Archive for the ‘Drama’ Category

The Fall: As second series begins filming Gillian Anderson promises it will be “even darker” than the first!

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Last year the nation was gripped as the thrilling new crime drama, The Fall, hit our screens and kept us mesmerised for 5 weeks!

Created by Allan Cubitt and directed by Jakob Verbruggen, The Fall told the story of Belfast’s first ever serial killer, Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) from both his point of view, and that of Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson), the Detective Superintendent brought in to try and catch him.
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Sherlock’s Moriarty actor, Andrew Scott, strips for new comedy!

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It’s Moriarty as you have never seen him before – Not only is he half naked, but he is actually having fun!

We all know that in Sherlock Moriarty is no stranger to fun, having taken such great enjoyment out of terrorising the world and systematically bring national security to its knees, but the fun his actor Andrew Scott is pictured having in The Sun newspaper today is harmless!
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Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch hints at Khan return for Star Trek 3!

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Following his roaring success of his Star Trek: Into Darkness debut, Benedict Cumberbatch has hinted that he may be returning to the Star Trek trilogy for the third instalment!

Cumberbatch, who is best known for his portrayal of the infamous London detective Sherlock in the globally celebrated BBC detective series of the same name, appeared as new villain on the block, John ‘Khan’ Harrison in the second film in the Start Trek series directed by JJ Abrams last year.
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Line of Duty Episode Five: Keeley Hawes & Mark Bonnar shine in this penultimate instalment

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So who’s guilty then? That’s the question most of us will be asking ourselves after that thrilling penultimate instalment of Line of Duty. Writer Jed Mercurio definitely kept us waiting for the arrest of Mark Dryden, but when it did come the resulting interview was masterfully executed. But, as he has done all series, Mercurio continues to put doubt in our heads with that final shot of Lindsay. It’s unclear how much she knew but suffice to say that Dryden’s arrest is partly to do with her.

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Law and Order UK: Bradley Walsh returns in this mediocre legal crime drama

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I’ve sporadically watched Law and Order UK since it first aired in 2009. In that time I’ve found it to be a fairly mediocre drama that was never compelling as either a police procedural or a legal saga. It comes to something when the most positive element of a drama is the performance from quiz show host Bradley Walsh but I’ve always found something endearing about his portrayal of DS Ronnie Brooks. In fact it’s all change for Brooks this series as he has yet another new partner in the shape of DS Joe Hawkins.

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Waterloo Road Concludes Tonight as both Gabriella and Christine face the consequences of their actions

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The final part of the current run of Waterloo Road airs tonight and features the climax of both Christine’s drink-driving storyline and Gabriella’s reign of terror at the school.

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Shetland: Douglas Henshall stars as Jimmy Perez in this formulaic crime drama

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of months then you will have noticed the large amount of crime dramas on our screens. From Death in Paradise and Suspects to Line of Duty and DCI Banks all of these programmes differ in style and story but all have police investigations at their heart. This week we have two more crime dramas returning to our screens with Shetland being the first. Shetland first aired as a stand-alone double bill last year but, as these instalments received favourable ratings, a new six part series has been commissioned.

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The Widower starring Reece Shearsmith, Sheridan Smith & John Hannah comes to ITV! Based on real-life killer Malcolm Webster (VIDEO)

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ITV have announced further details about new three-part drama The Widower, which is based on the shocking story of real-life killer Malcolm Webster, who murdered his first wife, then tried to do the same with two more women…

Webster is played by League of Gentlemen star Reece Shearsmith, and the role of Webster’s first wife Claire Morris is played by Gavin & Stacey and Mrs Biggs actress, Sheridan Smith. A Touch of Cloth and Spartacus actor John Hannah plays the role of Detective Inspector Charlie Henry who was instrumental in bringing Webster to justice. Read more & comment »

My Mad Fat Diary: Sharon Rooney continues to shine in a mediocre instalment

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Those of you who read my reviews of My Mad Fat Diary on a regular basis know that I’m a massive fan of the show and feel that it can do little wrong. But even my favourite programmes occasionally take a misstep and that’s what I feel My Mad Fat Diary has done tonight. Most of the reason for this is in the introduction of the new characters such as the group of unlikeable girls and Rae’s new therapy buddy Liam. Tonight did see the start of an inevitable story that I didn’t want to see and for that reason alone it was possibly my least favourite episode of the comedy drama.

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Endeavour series two promo video premieres! Shaun Evans as Morse returns….

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Endeavour is returning to our screens and ITV have released the first promo video for the second series this afternoon.

Shaun Evans will lead the drama once more, in his role as young Morse and again he’ll star alongside Roger Allam, who takes on the alter ego of senior Detective Inspector Fred Thursday.

A new series of the prequel to Inspector Morse will be made up of four two hour long films and will air on ITV this spring.

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Typecast Benedict Cumberbatch wants to play ‘dumb’ character & calls Sherlock a ‘b**tard’

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Benedict Cumberbatch has admitted that he’s worried about being typecast and is ready to take on a very different role.

The Sherlock star has made a big name for himself in the TV and movie world over the past five years and as well as heading up the hit BBC detective drama, he’s also taken the lead in The Fifth Estate, playing Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Cumberbatch played plantation owner William Ford in Twelve Years A Slave and Christopher Tietjens in Parade’s End, “the last Tory”, a brilliant government statistician who was in the British Army during World War I.

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Mr Selfridge Episode Eight: Katherine Kelly & Amanda Abbington shine as the drama returns to form

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For several weeks now Mr Selfridge has been almost stagnant in the way that it handles its storylines and this has resulted in some mediocre episodes. But, judging by tonight’s instalment, things are on the up and Jeremy Piven’s return as the titular shopkeeper has renewed the programme’s energy. In addition, the overlong story regarding Leclair’s whereabouts reaches its long overdue conclusion and the glamour provided by American silent film star Mabel Normand injects a bit of sparkle into a show that shouldn’t be as dour has it has been.

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First sexy Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch wont quit show – which is good as Mark Gatiss says he is irreplaceable!

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Benedict Cumberbatch has been declared as the first ever “sexy Sherlock Holmes” by one of the men who brought him into the show, Mark Gattis.

According to the writer, who also plays Cumberbatch’s on-screen brother Mycroft Holmes in the hit BBC detective series, the part was made for Benedict, who he says bring just the right balance of unapproachability and lack of interest in sex to the part, making his wild and untamed persona more attractive.
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Jonathan Creek: Alan Davies continues to bring the charm to another muddled instalment

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I do wonder what people tuning into Jonathan Creek for the first time must think about people who have recommended the programme to them in the past. Aside from the appearance of Alan Davies solving mysteries, none of what I’ve seen from this new series really feels like Jonathan Creek at all. Despite offering more of a dilemma than last week’s theatre-based opener, tonight’s episode still feels over-crowded and has several unnecessary subplots. Though there are hints that the old Jonathan Creek is still in there somewhere,

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Agatha Christie to get Sherlock style modern-day twist?

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Following the roaring success of bringing one of literature’s best loved characters into the modern world, another detective series is about to get the “Sherlock treatment” too!

Sherlock Holmes has been reinvented for screen several times over the years since he was first invented by the writing genius that was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but no adaptation has had even slightly the effect that the current BBC modern-day twist version has.
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