Last night saw the first episode of the new four-part ITV drama The Great fire, which tells the story of the Fire of London that destroyed almost all the city back in 1666.
We were already expecting pretty huge things with this drama, after all the main cast alone make up some of the biggest shows on the planet right now, with Game of Thrones stars Rose Leslie and Charles Dance joining forces with Mrs Biggs star Daniel Mays and Broadchurch’s Andrew Buchan, to name but a few. Read more & comment »
Over the past few weeks I’ve become increasingly disenfranchised with the amount of crime drama that ITV have produced. From the tiresome Lewis and predictable Grantchester to the reliable Scott and Bailey; I feel that the channel’s drama output should give us more than just a cavalcade of police procedurals. That’s why I was excited to see something a different drama on ITV in the form of The Great Fire, a dramatisation of the blaze that engulfed London in 1666.
A few years ago Hugo Blick wrote The Shadow Line, a multi-layered drama about police corruption which was utterly enthralling from beginning to end. Now Blick is back with another drama, The Honourable Woman, which shifts its focus from policemen to the Israel and Palestine conflict. The Honourable Woman of the title is Nessa Stein who has become ennobled due to all the good work she’s done in the Middle East. But Nessa, along with the majority of the characters in the drama, has several secrets that are now coming back to haunt her.
The story of humble baker Thomas Farriner and his fabled involvement in The Great Fire of London is to be dramatised by Fleming and Mistresses producer, Ecosse Films, for ITV.
Inspired by the historical events of 1666 and with the decadent backdrop of King Charles II’s court, The Great Fire focuses on the circumstances which led to the catastrophic fire, Thomas Farriner’s family life at the bakery in Pudding Lane, the playboy King’s extravagant lifestyle, and Farriner’s complex relationship with his fictional sister in law, Sarah played by Rose Leslie (Utopia, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey). Thomas, played by Andrew Buchan, (Broadchurch, Garrow’s Law, Nowhere Boy) is central to the drama which is based upon existing historical knowledge with fictional stories cleverly interwoven and written by successful novelist Tom Bradby, ITN’s Political Editor.
So, after eight weeks of clues and guess-work tonight’s episode of Broadchurch finally revealed who killed Danny Latimer. ITV have been promoting this final episode all week, telling us that closure will be achieved and making this finale seem incredibly important. Indeed I’m struggling to remember the last time that the final part of a TV drama really felt like a must-watch event especially a murder mystery drama such as Broadchurch. So it’s really a testament to ITV and writer Chris Chibnall that the nation were glued to their screens to find out who the killer was.
You may have noticed that my Broadchurch review is a little later this week. That’s because there are no preview copies of the last two episodes of Broadchurch available to journalists. While it means I can’t release my review right after transmission, it does mean that I can experience all of the revelations along with everyone else. After watching tonight’s instalment I can see exactly why there were no advance previews as this episode was crammed full of revelations.
Reading the comments under my weekly reviews or Broadchurch, it’s clear that some of you feel that the programme is being dragged out too long. I personally think that the drawn out nature of the investigation is something that is a credit to the show and I like how it isn’t rushing through the suspects. Indeed that sense of frustration plays into tonight’s episode as eight weeks have now passed since the death of Danny Latimer. With police resources now being cut back it appears as if it will be even harder for Miller and Hardy to solve Danny’s murder. However this episode brings up some new evidence and finally sees the police interrogate one of the major suspects.
In my previous review of Broadchurch I noted how Danny’s murder had made the seaside town a particularly hostile place. Despite the ominous tents now being moved from the beaches, there’s a mood of distrust in the air and that definitely manifests itself in tonight’s episode. As we saw last week, newsagent Jack Marshall’s past was brought up and the police have marked him out to be one of the lead suspects.
As we approach the halfway point of Broadchurch it appears as if everybody has their own idea of who the killer is. The last couple of episodes have built up Mark Latimer as the lead suspect in the death of his son Danny. However it was revealed last week that Mark’s flimsy alibi was an attempt to cover up an affair with hotelier Becca Fisher. With Mark now seemingly out of the picture, a number of different characters are being lined up as the potential murder. This fourth instalment sees the citizens of Broadchurch turn on each other as they try to decide who to trust. As more secrets come about Broadchurch’s residents it appears as if nobody in a small community truly knows their neighbours.
Those who read my review of last week’s edition of Broadchurch knew that I thought it was a bit of a let-down. After a stunning opener, Broadchurch lost some of its realism by introducing a psychic telephone engineer and a plot involving cocaine. Thankfully I felt tonight’s episode was a return to form even though it did feature the telephone engineer once again. It also felt fairly focused this week as it mainly featured the investigation into whether Mark Latimer killed his son.
It seems that, after last week’s opening episode, most of you seem to really enjoy Broadchurch describing it as fabulous and gripping. I personally love the realism of the piece and especially the characters’ reactions to the death of young Danny Latimer. However there was one incredibly far-fetched moment this week which took the realism away from Broadchurch for the first time.
Last night saw the premier of the exciting new ITV thriller, Broadchurch, starring former Doctor Who David Tennant, and if you are already hooked, as most of the country appears to be, then you can get the whole 8-part series on DVD!
Tennant, who held the position of BBC world saving Time Lord Doctor Who prior to its current leader Matt Smith, plays out-of-town Detective Inspector Alec Hardy investigating the mysterious death of an 11-year-old boy on a beach at the foot of a cliff at the seaside community of Broadchurch. Read more & comment »
So far this year ITV’s drama output hasn’t been great what with Mr Selfridge still dragging on and Great Night Out flopping in the ratings it seems as if the channel needs a hit. Thankfully they may just have that with Broadchurch a new eight part thriller drama set around a small seaside community who experience a tragedy after a eleven year old boy is killed.
ITV have now announced that “powerful” drama Broadchurch will debut on Monday 4 March at 9pm, and we have a first look video for you after the jump.
The drama boasts an impressive cast line-up that includes former Doctor Who actor David Tennant as well as Olivia Colman, Andrew Buchan and Jodie Whittaker.
Arthur Davrill also stars in the series as vicar Paul Coates, while Vicky McClure plays a national journalist with a special interest in the case. Former Emmerdale star Pauline Quirke takes on the role of Susan Wright, a mysterious woman with secrets of her own… Read more & comment »