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Line Of Duty series 5: writing gets underway

Kirsten Howard Feb 15, 2018

Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio is hard at work on series 5, he revealed yesterday...

Some people enjoy receiving a bunch of flowers for Valentine's Day, or a box of choccies. Maybe even some sexy undies, if you're feeling dangerous.

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But for some of us, there's nothing more romantic than the smell of a new series of Line Of Duty in the air, and so we were over the moon to get a lovely gift from the show's creator Jed Mercurio yesterday, who lovingly (we may be reading too much into this) announced on Twitter that he'd just started writing series 5 of the hit BBC drama...

Cheers, Martin, just started writing series 5 ...

— Jed Mercurio (@jed_mercurio) February 14, 2018

Gosh,
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Here’s The Deal With Rorschach In Doomsday Clock #1

By now, a good portion of you have probably gotten your hands on a copy of Doomsday Clock #1, whether you’ve made an early trip to your local comic shop or attended one of the release parties at 11:57 pm last night. Either way, DC fans are in for quite the ride, especially when you consider that Superman and some of our other favorite heroes are on a collision course with those originating from the Watchmen universe.

Obviously, there’s the appeal that comes with seeing an eventual showdown between the Man of Steel and Doctor Manhattan, but what of other surviving characters such as Nite Owl, Silk Spectre II, Ozymandias and Rorschach? Well, the first two mentioned have yet to be reintroduced, but it has been made known that Ozymandias’ scheme that was hatched at the end of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ original story was eventually exposed, thus
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The Snowman: what on earth went wrong?

Ryan Lambie Oct 20, 2017

Panned by critics, mystery thriller The Snowman is a curious misfire from some great actors and filmmakers. So what happened?

Nb: The following contains major, major spoilers for The Snowman movie and the original novel.

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Most great crime thrillers hook us in with a mystery: who's the killer? The Snowman, released earlier this month to a blizzard of chilly reviews, offers another conundrum that lurks just outside the frame: how did a film with such a sterling pedigree go so bafflingly wrong?

The plot, as laid out in Jo Nesbo's best-selling novel of the same name, sounds like decent fodder for a disturbing thriller in the vein of Seven or The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
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Tony Shalhoub Promises ‘The Band’s Visit’ Will Startle Audiences in Unexpected Ways (Exclusive)

Tony Shalhoub Promises ‘The Band’s Visit’ Will Startle Audiences in Unexpected Ways (Exclusive)
He solved murder cases on Monk. Now, for the first time, veteran actor Tony Shalhoub is taking a stab at musical theater. Call it a birthday gift -- to himself.

“It’s a little terrifying. Having not done a musical before, it’s kind of uncharted waters for me,” says Shalhoub, who turns 64 on Oct. 9, two days after The Band’s Visit starts preview performances at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway. Despite appearing on Broadway last season as Walter Franz in Arthur Miller’s The Price and earning Tony nominations for Golden Boy and Conversations With My Father, this is the first time the actor will be singing onstage. Based on the 2007 film, the show originally premiered Off- Broadway to sold-out audiences last year “without any knowledge or guarantee it was going to move [to Broadway]. We’re over the moon about the fact it’s going to be in a huge venue.”

The Band’s
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Adrian Dunbar on directing Homer on a Donegal beach – and his fears for Line of Duty

The actor best known as Superintendent Ted Hastings in Line of Duty is bringing Homer and Heaney to County Donegal. Our writer joins him for oysters as he takes his dogs for a windswept walk along the shore

There is a story about this seaside town, says Adrian Dunbar, as we lunch on oysters and crabcakes in Bundoran, on the southern edge of County Donegal. Outside Madden’s Bridge Bar, the sky is the colour of porridge. Inside, the Guinness is bible black. And in the distance, the peaks that rise up over the Wild Atlantic Way are shrouded in cloud.

It’s the story of an ancestral homecoming, says the 59-year-old actor, now best known for his long-running role as Superintendent Ted Hastings in the BBC police drama Line of Duty. In the early 1960s, Dunbar relates, a young man was brought back to Ireland from Los Angeles by his parents.
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BritBox Beefs Up Offering With Idris Elba, Sean Bean Series in Fall Lineup

BritBox Beefs Up Offering With Idris Elba, Sean Bean Series in Fall Lineup
New series starring Idris Elba and Sean Bean are to debut in the U.S. via BritBox this fall as the subscription streaming service tries to beef up its slate.

A joint venture between BBC Worldwide and ITV, BritBox offers the largest collection of British television in the U.S. But upon its launch in March, it came under some criticism that it mostly offered recycled classics and lacked many of the BBC and ITV’s new headline shows, possibly because those were reserved for other outlets such as BBC America. The new fall lineup, announced Thursday, brings a number of fresh offerings.

Critically acclaimed BBC drama “Broken” (pictured), which stars Bean as a maverick Catholic priest presiding over a parish in Northern England, will make its American debut after having launched in Britain in May. The show, created and written by Jimmy McGovern, co-stars Anna Friel, Adrian Dunbar and “Ray Donovan” star Paula Malcomson.

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Top Of The Lake - China Girl episode 3 review: Surrogate

Louisa Mellor Aug 11, 2017

Top Of The Lake series 2 continues to be as satisfyingly odd and unpredictable as ever. Spoilers ahead...

This review contains spoilers.

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2.3 Surrogate

Sex and violence are never far away from each other in Top Of The Lake: China Girl. That’s hardly surprising for a murder mystery set in the world of the sex trade, but the two aren’t only connected by Cinnamon’s story.

Episode three opens with a monologue from Tony, who confesses to the accidental mid-sex murder by strangulation of a woman he’s picked up from a brothel. It’s fictitious, probably. Or if it isn’t, the story he tells isn’t about our China Girl. Then there are the sex noises Robin hears from Miranda’s apartment, at first indistinguishable from shrieks of pain. Even Miranda’s romantic hailstone story took place
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Top Of The Lake - China Girl episode 2 review: The Loved One

Louisa Mellor Aug 3, 2017

Top Of The Lake series two is a layered, unusual crime drama that's thrillingly impossible to predict...

This review contains spoilers.

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2.1 The Loved One

TV is so saturated with crime mystery that it can feel as though we’ve seen it all before. Corpses on slabs, evidence walls, corrupt police, hard-drinking detectives with personal demons… Top Of The Lake has all of the above, with added extras. With strange imagery and offbeat characters, it gives us the genre essentials packaged alongside something new to look at and plenty new to think about.

Episode two’s flashback to Robin and Johnno’s wedding one month earlier overflowed with new things to look at. Unusual sights abounded – Tui in white coattails, the bride in a bomber jacket,
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Broken episode 5 review

Louisa Mellor Jun 27, 2017

Broken’s storytelling, writing and performances are first rate. Here’s our review of its penultimate series 1 episode…

This review contains spoilers.

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Despite being led by a bona fide movie star, Broken isn’t a showy drama. It doesn’t inspire hashtags or memes, or attract the sort of headlines and fanfare of other TV programmes. Instead, every Tuesday at 9pm, quietly and deliberately, it breaks our hearts.

With good reason. Broken has a job to do and each week sets about doing it with dreadful efficiency. Through an anthology of stories showcasing the pressures in play on everyday people from within and without, it aims to create empathy and understanding. It keeps breaking our hearts so they heal stronger.

This week, it did so by setting in motion a course of events that seemed
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Broken episode 1 review

Louisa Mellor May 30, 2017

Jimmy McGovern’s moving new six-part drama starring Sean Bean and Anna Friel is anchored by excellent performances…

This review contains spoilers.

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As Christina Fitzsimmons (Anna Friel) gets her kids ready for school in episode one of Broken, she talks her son through his maths homework by breaking a complex problem into individual sums. Christina’s whole life is sums - the oppressive mental arithmetic of not-enough. Not enough time (when we meet her she’s forty minutes late for work) and not enough money (she’s borrowed sixty pounds from the till and is sacked as a result).

Halfway through the episode, Christina makes another calculation: if she waits three days to report her mother’s sudden death, she can draw on her pension and feed her family for… what?
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Miley Cyrus Sends Love to Ariana Grande and Victims of Manchester Arena Attack

Miley Cyrus Sends Love to Ariana Grande and Victims of Manchester Arena Attack
Miley Cyrus is sending her love to friend Ariana Grande after a horrific explosion left 22 people dead following her concert in the U.K. on Monday night.

“ishing I could give my friend @arianagrande a great big hug right now…” Cyrus, 24, wrote on Instagram. “ove love love you… so sorry you had to be apart of such a tragic event! my most sincere condolences to anyone and everyone affected by this horrific attack!”

“ll I can do is send as much Hope & Peace your way!” Cyrus continued. “This Must end! No more war… no more innocent lives taken… L-o-v-e.”

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Adrian Dunbar interview: Ted Hastings, Line Of Duty

Simon Brew May 7, 2017

As Line Of Duty series 4 arrives on disc, we chat to the man who plays Britain's newest superhero, Adrian Dunbar. Diesel sucking ahead...

The hero we need right now? That’s Si Ted Hastings, the unbreakable – well, he better be – chief of AC-12, the unit that’s held us rapt for four series of Line Of Duty and counting. Ted is the man with morals of iron. He sucks diesel like no other. And the man who brings him to the screen, Adrian Dunbar, spared us some time for a chat, before he had to get back to bringing down bent coppers.

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Hello! How are you?

Yeah, mate! Good [I’ve never met Si Hastin… Adrian Dunbar before, but clearly I'm thrilled he’s called me mate]. Just got the news that we’ve been commissioned for a sixth series!

I just saw that. I trust you’re going to fill me in with spoilers
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The Guardian view on crime shows: drama fit for the Greeks | Editorial

Even in an age of diverse, imaginative and varied TV series, one genre retains a remarkable grip on the public’s imagination

This will be a dreary, joyless, colourless weekend. For on Sunday, there will be no close encounters between Thandie Newton’s Dci Roz Huntley and a chainsaw-wielding forensics coordinator; no mysterious men clad in balaclavas; no body parts buried in the woods. Martin Compston has slipped out of DS Steve Arnott’s drip-dry suit and estuarine accent; Adrian Dunbar has exited Supt Hastings’ rather depressing corner office.

In short, Line of Duty, Jed Mercurio’s immensely entertaining police drama, which in its fourth season has just enjoyed a triumphant run on BBC1, is over for the year. Meantime, ITV’s Broadchurch is receding into a distant memory, and fans of Happy Valley are coming to terms with the awful fact that screenwriter Sally Wainwright is resting the Yorkshire-set
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Line Of Duty exclusive: “I think it’s probably going to finish at [series] six”

Simon Brew May 5, 2017

Exclusive: Adrian Dunbar looks ahead to the next two series of Line Of Duty, and thinks the end might be in sight...

While the nation still recovers from the superb fourth series of Line Of Duty, that resides on BBC iPlayer if you’ve not had the pleasure and on DVD from next week, the news has come in today that the BBC has commissioned a further run of the show. We already knew that series five was happening, although we’re unlikely to see it until 2019. Now, though, a sixth series has been commissioned as well.

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Today, we also had the pleasure of chatting to top fella and diesel-sucker Adrian Dunbar, who has brought to the screen the real superhero of our times,
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Win Line of Duty Series 4 on DVD

The critically acclaimed BBC crime drama Line of Duty returned for its fourth series this year and it’s released on DVD 8th May alongside the Line of Duty 1-4 Complete Box Set from Acorn Media International. To celebrate we have 2 copies of series four to giveaway on DVD.

Thandie Newton plays Dci Roz Huntley, under pressure from her superiors to apprehend a serial murderer after months of fruitless investigation. When another young woman is abducted, Roz is on the scene to track down and charge a 24-year-old man. But doubts around the young man’s guilt lead the chief forensic investigator (Jason Watkins) to the police anti-corruption unit AC-12.

With suspicions that Roz is ignoring forensic evidence that might prove the young man’s innocence, Superintendent Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) places DS Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) undercover inside Roz’s team to dig deeper into the case. With DS Steve Arnott
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Line Of Duty series 4: creator Jed Mercurio interview

Louisa Mellor May 5, 2017

Major spoilers ahead as we speak to Line Of Duty creator, writer and director Jed Mercurio about Roz Huntley, Acc Hilton and more…

If I were ever to find myself alone in a room with a dead body I’d created in self-defence and pondering my next move, “plead guilty to manslaughter,” Jed Mercurio tells me. “For the minimum three years sentence. If you take the risk of fighting a murder plea with self-defence and you fail, then you will be convicted of murder and that is a mandatory life sentence.” Getting off with self-defence is really, really hard, says Mercurio, really hard. “I did the research.”

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It’s good advice, if alarming in the context of a DVD release-plugging interview. As a general rule,
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ITV Studios Takes Over World Productions

ITV Studios has taken over “Line of Duty” production company World Productions, it was announced Tuesday. ITV plc took a majority stake in World Productions, which produces the hit crime drama for the BBC.

Roger Charteris, CEO of World Productions, will step down with the company’s creative director Simon Heath taking on the role as CEO. Managing director Roderick Seligman will continue to oversee day-to-day management.

“World has made a name for itself as one the country’s foremost drama producers with a raft of brilliant, stand out series,” said Julian Bellamy, managing director of ITV Studios. “I can’t wait to work with Simon’s team as they drive World Productions into a new phase of growth in the UK and beyond.”

Line of Duty” debuted on BBC Two in 2012 where is ran for three seasons becoming the channel’s highest rated drama series in 15 years. Following its break-out success the BBC moved the fourth
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Arrow season 5 episode 18 review: Disbanded

Tyler McCarthy Mar 30, 2017

Arrow delivered another strong episode as the Prometheus chess game reaches a fever pitch...

This review contains spoilers.

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5.18 Disbanded

After last week’s psychologically thrilling romp, the gang on Arrow dealt heavily with the consequences of their leader’s mental manipulation. In the ongoing battle for Oliver Queen’s soul, it was a tug-of-war between the hero’s best friend and his fifth greatest enemy yet.

After Adrian Chase, also known as Prometheus, captured Green Arrow and got him to confess to being nothing more than a murderous animal, the hero thought things were over. However, the psychotic Chase arrived in his boss’ office to twist the knife a little further. After pinning
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‘The Secret Scripture’ Trailer: Rooney Mara is a Dangerous Woman in Jim Sheridan’s Period Drama — Watch

‘The Secret Scripture’ Trailer: Rooney Mara is a Dangerous Woman in Jim Sheridan’s Period Drama — Watch
The Secret Scripture” had its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival. Now, the film adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s 2008 bestselling novel of the same name is ready for its big screen release this May. The film comes from beloved Irish director Jim Sheridan, who has six Oscar nominations to his name, for films like “My Left Foot” (1989), “In The Name Of The Father” (1993) and “In America” (2002).

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The film follows the story of Roseanne McNulty (Vanessa Redgrave), an elderly woman who has spent 50 years in a mental institution in Ireland. The film takes viewers into Roseanne’s past. As a young woman (played by Rooney Mara), Roseanne was involved in a love triangle between a fighter pilot (Jack Reynor) and a priest (Theo James) that had devastating consequences for all three of them.
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Robin Williams Good Morning, Vietnam! November 3rd at Schlafly Bottleworks

“Goooooooood morning, Vietnam! Hey, this is not a test! This is rock and roll! Time to rock it from the Delta to the D.M.Z.!”

Good Morning, Vietnam! (1987) screens Thursday November 3rd at 7:00pm at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue Maplewood, Mo 63143) as part of the ‘A’ Film Series “Culture Shock”

Good Morning, Vietnam! stars Robin Williams in the role he was born to play: the irreverent, non-conformist deejay Adrian Cronauer. Imported by the Army for an early a.m. radio show, Cronauer blasts the formerly staid, sanitized airwaves with a constant barrage of rapid-fire humor and the hottest hits from back home.. The GI’s love his style but the commanders aren’t so thrilled with his comedy. Sidesplitting comic bombshells and studded with hot ’60’s hits, the film depicts Cronauer’s raucous Saigon adventures amid a world gone mad. Williams is brilliant in his portrayal of Adrian
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