Archive for the ‘Drama’ Category

The Fall Series 2: Emmett J Scanlan praises new scripts (EXCLUSIVE)

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We were all thrilled to bits when, at the end of the first series of The Fall last year, it was announced that it would be followed by a second – And from the sounds of it we were right to be excited!

The five part series, the RTÉ One crime series written by Allan Cubitt and directed by Jakob Verbruggen, had us glued to our TV screens last May through to June as we watched former X Files star Gillian Anderson lead a team of investigators’ as Stella Gibson, the Metropolitan detective brought in to try and pin down Belfast’s first ever serial killer.
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Scott & Bailey confirmed for series 4! Suranne Jones & Lesley Sharp return!

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Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp have returned to their roles as inspiring crime-fighting team, Scott & Bailey.

Filming is underway in Oldham and Manchester for eight new episodes in which their relationship will be sorely tested as both seek the same promotion to Detective Sergeant.

Amelia Bullmore reprises her role as plain-speaking D.C.I. Gill Murray who keeps control of Syndicate 9 and ensures the team delivers in spite of the pressures of modern day policing. Additionally, Amelia (Di and Viv and Rose at the Hampstead Theatre and Craven for BBC Radio 4) will write four of the scripts for the new series. Former Coronation Street actor Lee Warburton will write two episodes with Emily Ballou (American Blackout, Case Histories) writing the remaining episodes.

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Derek Series Two Review: Ricky Gervais’ confusing comedy drama returns with a lacklustre opening episode

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Back in 2012 Ricky Gervais brought us a one-off pilot of his new programme Derek. After it had aired people weren’t sure what to make of it, primarily as Gervais’ titular character appeared to have some sort of learning difficulty. I had a similar issue with the programme at the time but, unlike some, was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. I did feel that Gervais didn’t do himself any favours in the way he portrayed the character and if he had let somebody else play the title role I don’t think there would’ve been as much outrage as there was. A full series last year drew similar complaints while I’m sure series two, which started tonight, will have some critics furiously berating Gervais once again.

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Sky Living set Hannibal season 2 premiere – BBC Three In The Flesh date

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BBC Three have set a premiere date for the launch of their zombie drama series, In The Flesh.

The show will return for it’s second season on Sunday 4th May, at 10pm, so set those recorders and DVRs.

The show was a hit for the channel when it launched last year. It was set soon after the ‘rising’, the phrase used for the zombie apocalypse and centred around re-animated teenager Kieren Walker, who struggled to be accepted back into village life after he came ‘back to life.’

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BBC America air John Simm Intruders promo & Lorraine Kelly in Pudsey movie – TV News

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Lorraine Kelly has landed herself her first ever big screen role!

The Scottish presenter will be voicing the character of Faustus, a Siamese cat featured in a movie starring Britain’s Got Talent winning dog Pudsey.

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Sarah Lancashire snubbed by writers before BBC’s Happy Valley – Spoilers!

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Sarah Lancashire has admitted that her soap history has caused some problems in new jobs and roles she’s auditioned for.

The acclaimed actress started her TV career on ITV soap opera Coronation Street, but she’s been out on her own and working on stage, dramas and sit-coms since 1996.

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Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This: David Threlfall excels in this well-written biographical film

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Television biopics about the lives of comedians tend to showcase subjects who were incredibly depressed off stage even though they made millions of people laugh. BBC4′s Curse of Comedy Season definitely demonstrated that the life of a famous TV comedian was a tough one and these films really showed just how depressed these men were when they were off stage. This isn’t the tone set by tonight’s ITV biopic of Tommy Cooper, entitled Not Like That, Like This, which showcases that the legendary magician constantly had a case of the funnies. Despite his need to constantly make everybody laugh, Cooper did have a darker side due to his alcoholism and the fact that he was in love with two women.

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Jamaica Inn: Jessica Brown Findlay shines in this serviceable adaptation of the Daphne Du Maurier classic (Spoilers)

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The Bank Holiday weekend often sees one TV channel offer up a costume drama of some kind and this year BBC One have not disappointed. Emma Frost’s adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn is the perfect accompaniment to a Bank Holiday Monday due to its lavish exterior locations and brilliant period detail. Showing over three nights, Jamaica Inn stars Jessica Brown Findlay as the story’s heroine Mary Yellan who soon finds herself embroiled in a complicated and somewhat deadly situation.

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Game of Thrones- Breaker of Chains Review: Charles Dance shines in this uneven episode

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One of the big question’s coming out of last week’s Purple Wedding was who was going to sit on the Iron Throne following the death of one of TV’s most detestable characters. Becoming the latest inhabitant of the Iron Throne is the dream of several of the series’ major players and controlling who sits on it has proven to be a deadly game. The question of who poisoned Joffrey’s wine is the other puzzle that’s been set up this episode and with the dying king’s finger being firmly pointed in Tyrion’s direction it appears that the half-man is fighting for his life once again.

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Third series of Mr Selfridge is in production & ITV announce Zoë Wanamaker will join the cast!

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There’s great news for fans of hit ITV drama Mr Selfridge as it’s been announced today that a third series of the show is now in production, and that new members of the cast will include veteran actress Zoë Wanamaker.

The show’s third run will feature a total of ten episodes, and filming will begin this week on location in London, which is where Zoë will join Emmy award-winning star Jeremy Piven – who of course plays the role of charming American entrepreneur, Harry Gordon Selfridge – and an entourage cast which includes former EastEnders actress Kara Tointon and her sister Hannah.

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The Crimson Field: Suranne Jones shines in an underwhelming instalment

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In my review of last week’s episode of The Crimson Field, I praised the improvements that the programme had made as I felt that Sarah Phelps had significantly fleshed out some of the supporting characters. However it appears as if I spoke to soon as I was severely underwhelmed by this week’s episode and in particular a couple of the subplots. That being said, I feel that there’s hope for the series primarily due to the complicated past of Joan as well as the potential relationship between Kitty and Gillan.

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Endeavour: Shaun Evans & Roger Allam shine in this superb final instalment (Spoilers)

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What happens now? That was the question I asked myself as the final credits rolled for the last Endeavour episode of this second series. Writer Russell Lewis left so many unanswered questions in the last two minutes of tonight’s instalment that I was desperate to get any answers as soon as possible. As of yet, ITV are yet to announce a third full series for Endeavour but with audiences of over five million on a weekly basis they’d be fools not to. In addition, I just can’t see the Inspector Morse prequel coming to an end with such a tragic conclusion even if it does provide a suitable explanation for Morse’s attitude in later life.

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The Americans: Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys continue to shine in an emotional instalment

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One of the overriding themes of The Americans has been that of identity. Philip and Elizabeth are essentially playing parts in their everyday life as they try to portray members of the all-American family. But it’s when they don the wigs, facial hair and glasses that they are really playing a cavalcade of characters all of whom are out to fool people in one way or another. The most prominent of these characters is definitely Clark, Philip’s alter-ego, Martha’s husband who is basically used to pump her for information. But, as we saw last week, Clark has almost become a real person with Elizabeth seemingly more intrigued about how different her husband is when he’s with his other wife.

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Sherlock: Martin Freeman admits scheduling 4th series is “hard” as plans to start soon are scrapped!

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Oh dear, this is not the news we were hoping for – Plans to start work on the fourth series of Sherlock soon have been scrapped!

When the third series of the hugely popular BBC detective series came to an end earlier this year, everyone started screaming for a 4th series release date.
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Sherlock: Could Time’s readers’ 6th most influential star, Benedict Cumberbatch, be heading for James Bond role?

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Benedict Cumberbatch, the actor recently named Times reader’s 6th most influential star, is reportedly being lined up to play star in James Bond!

Throughout the history of this country, every little boy dreamed about being James Bond, whether they had aspirations to be an actor or not!
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