Archive for the ‘Drama’ Category

My Mad Fat Diary: Sharon Rooney is brilliant in the final episode of the series (Spoilers)

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Whilst watching the final episode of this series of My Mad Fat Diary I was left wondering if there would be a series three. I’m certainly sure that fans of the programme, including myself, would be up for another run of this thoroughly enjoyable comedy drama. At the same time though I don’t know how much scope there is left for a new series seeing as how tonight’s finale resolved most of the major issues in the series. Whilst I’d like to see the programme return I was left with the overwhelming feeling that this might be it.

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Former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens plays a cross-dresser in web series High Maintenance

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Former Downton Abbey star, Dan Stevens, has appeared as a cross-dresser for the online web series High Maintenance.

High Maintenance is a hugely popular, and critically acclaimed US internet series which follows a nameless cannabis dealer, who is played by Ben Sinclair who created the series with his wife Katja Blichfield, who makes deliveries to different people in New York each episode.
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Endeavour: Shaun Evans & Roger Allam shine as the Morse prequel returns (Spoilers)

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Every week it seems like I’m writing about yet another TV crime drama and this week is no exception. Luckily the crime drama in question, Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour, is a classier affair than a lot of its contemporaries. Maybe it’s the Oxford scenery or Russell Lewis’ superb multi-layered script but there’s something about Endeavour that makes it supremely watchable. Although its one ninety-minute episode, that doesn’t mean that the story is stretched beyond all proportion as there’s plenty of story to be had. In fact tonight’s episode sees Morse and Thursday attempting to solve a murder, a disappearance and a theft which are inexplicably linked together.

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The Americans- The Walk-In: Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys shine in another thrilling instalment (Spoilers)

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As I’ve noted over the past couple of weeks, this series of The Americans has mainly focused on Philip and Elizabeth’s relationship with their children Henry and Paige. Tonight’s episode reinforced that with Elizabeth visiting Jared, the son of the couple’s fallen friends, and realised that his fate could one day be that of her children. But, as we saw tonight, Paige is rightfully suspicious of her parents’ antics whilst Henry is satisfied with simply trying to locate the stars in the night sky. In fact, with all of this quality family drama, I was a little disappointed when the spying story got in the way.

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TV News! Downton Abbey, Mrs Brown’s Boys movie & John Simm in ITV’s Prey!

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We have lots of telly news for you today, so we’ll start with veteran actor Richard E. Grant’s tweets from the set of Downton Abbey…

The actor is starring in the show as Simon Bricker, an art historian and expert who’s a houseguest of the Crawley family. And as you can see in the image above and the one after the jump, Richard’s right at home at Highclere Castle where the show is filmed. Read more & comment »

Salting the Battlefield: Bill Nighy steals the show as the Worricker trilogy ends on a high (Spoilers)

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Last week I was fairly disparaging about the second instalment of David Hare’s Johnny Worricker trilogy, Turks and Caicos. I felt that Turks and Caicos was more of a bridging instalment between Page Eight and tonight’s Salting the Battlefield and, after watching the latter, I can confirm that I was right. Whilst certain elements of Turks and Caicos played into Salting the Battlefield, most notably the Prime Minister’s stake in the Bridge Foundation, the majority of what happened last week was fairly incidental. I’m sure the plot points that Turks and Caicos introduced could’ve been presented in a much slicker way than the programme we were served last week. That being said, at least Salting the Battlefield was, for the most part, a well-paced espionage drama with plenty of fine performances.

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Game of Thrones fans need insomnia for series 4 debut at 2am! Sophie Turner confesses she’s lost the plot!

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Fans of Game of Thrones are of course delighted that series four is about to debut, however, those fans are going to need to be either insomniacs or truly dedicated, given that the first episode of the new series will air at 2am on April 7…

And as it’s a Monday, they might also need to chuck a sickie or book a day off, assuming they want to be among the first to watch the episode which is being simulcast from the States by HBO.

When the new episode airs in America, it’ll be Sunday, April 6 at 9pm, but that equates to – as mentioned above – 2am on Monday, April 7 here, when the show airs on Sky Atlantic. However, if you can’t watch it at 2am, Sky Atlantic are airing it again on April 7 at 9pm. Read more & comment »

Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss working on Doctor Who again as ratings rise for the BBC detective show!

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It’s been revealed this week that Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss is once more working with Steven Moffat to pen new episodes of Doctor Who, and as fans of the show will know, the new series of the iconic Doctor Who features Peter Capaldi in the role of the Time Lord.

Speaking to the Radio Times about returning to work on Doctor Who, Gatiss said, “I’m writing for Peter Capaldi – two episodes, in fact.” Read more & comment »

ITV recommissions The Suspicions of Mr Whicher with Paddy Considine

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Tenacious ‘private inquiry agent’ Jack Whicher, played by Paddy Considine, is to return to ITV with two new stories in The Suspicions of Mr Whicher series.

With the backdrop of mid Victorian England and inspired by the real life career of celebrated 19th century detective Jonathan ‘Jack’ Whicher, the films see Jack pursuing his new found role as a private inquiry agent.

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Amazon Prime Instant Video adds Doctor Who, Sherlock, Ripper Street, Vikings, Call The Midwife & more

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The team over at Amazon Prime Instant Video have added even more of the biggest TV shows to their lineup this spring. Some of the most popular recent BBC series are available for members to enjoy, as well as exciting Amazon exclusives. Check out the list below…

Top TV this Spring

1. Dr Who: series 1 – 6
The Doctor returns, alongside newly-weds Amy and Rory, to face monsters and mysteries and adventures all across time and space, in a thrilling new series of Doctor Who.

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Mr Selfridge Spoilers: Frances O’Connor WON’T return to play Rose Selfridge in series 3!

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Following the revelation that her character was dying at the end of the series 2 finale of Mr Selfridge, Frances O’Connor has announced that she will not be returning when the series returns for its third series next year.

O’Connor has played the rich wife of Harry Selfridge (Jeremy Piven) who came to London in the late 1880′s to open the now iconic department store, Selfridges, since the show first began in 2013.
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My Mad Fat Diary: Sharon Rooney & Jodie Comer shine in a beautifully tragic episode (Spoilers)

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Every one of my reviews of My Mad Fat Diary does include the obligatory sentences in which I wax lyrical about the phenomenal central performance from Sharon Rooney. However Rooney is so great that sometimes it’s hard for some of the supporting cast members to make that much of an impression. While this isn’t a bad thing at all tonight’s episode made me realise just how much talent the other younger cast members possess especially Jodie Comer who plays Chloe. Tonight’s instalment focused as much on Chloe as did on Rae and showed how our protagonist isn’t always as selfless as she believes herself to be.

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Fifty Shades Jamie Dornan watched Sex And The City to prepare for raunchy scenes In New Worlds!

Jamie Dornan, the actor who will portray Christian Grey.

The Fall star, Jamie Dornan, has revealed that to help him prepare for saucy roles he turned to Sex And The City for tips!

Dornan, who has just begun filming for the second series of The Fall, is set to play raunchy Christian Grey in the movie adaptation of the blockbuster E.L. James novel, Fifty Shades Of Grey.
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British Academy Television Craft Awards: Broadchurch, Doctor Who, Luther nominated!

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the nominations for its annual British Academy Television Craft Awards, which honour the very best behind-the-scenes talent from television. This year’s ceremony will be held at The Brewery on Sunday 27 April, and will be hosted once again by Stephen Mangan.

A diverse range of programmes compete in each category for the coveted BAFTA masks. Leading the way with six nominations is BBC Two’s gangster family epic Peaky Blinders, featuring Cillian Murphy and Helen McCrory.

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Mr Selfridge: Amanda Abbington & Aisling Loftus shine in the series two finale

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Over the past nine weeks we’ve watched as Harry Selfridge and his team have struggled with personal and professional problems during the start of World War I. Those of you who’ve read my reviews know that I’ve felt that this series has been inconsistent but more often than not has at least provided some entertaining episodes. Thankfully the series goes out on a high tonight with the majority of the stories having a happy ending of sorts while the villain of the piece got his just desserts. However this jubilation was tinged with tragedy in the final moments of the episode as I was left wondering if we’d see one of the main characters ever again.

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