The New Year will see the return of Birds of a Feather to our ITV screens, and with it will be a tribute to the memory of Lynda Bellingham.
Lynda Bellingham lost her battlewith colon cancer earlier this year and to help raise awareness of the illness that claimed her, her former Loose Women co-presenter, Linda Robson will portray a cancer scare in Birds of a Feather. Read more & comment »
With Still Open All Hours topping the festive TV ratings chart it seems as if sitcom comebacks are one of the big trends right now. Hoping that’s the case are the team behind Birds of a Feather which returns after more than fifteen years away from the screen. Unlike the Open All Hours reboot, this Birds of a Feather remake has been coming for a while and is coming on the back of a very successful theatre tour. Though the three lead actresses are all returning to the roles that first made them famous, there is one big change namely the fact that the long-running BBC1 sitcom is now on ITV.
‘Birds of a Feather’ is making its return to our screens though there will be one big difference to the show. After the original version aired from 1989 until 1998 on the BBC the renewed series will now air on ITV.
The series which stars Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph and Pauline Quirke ran on the BBC for 102 episodes but apparently the BBC rejected the new concept for the show.
In the build-up to the comeback series of popular 90’s sitcom Birds Of A Feather, ITV have released pictures of the cast.
Birds Of A Feather first hit our BBC screens back in 1989 following the lives of sisters Tracey Stubbs (Linda Robson) and Sharon Theodopolopodos (Pauline Quirke) as they adapted to life in Chigwell whilst their husbands, Daryl and Chris, served lengthy prison sentences for armed robbery. Read more & comment »
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 »
Pauline has been telling Soaplife about the dramatic storyline, and what happens when her character discovers the newborn.
She said that on finding the baby, Hazel immediately calls an ambulance, and then as she’s rushing home to warm the baby up, she runs into Zak (Steve Halliwell) and Lisa (Jane Cox) who rush to help… Read more & comment »