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Joe Dempsie (Game Of Thrones) and former Screen Star of Tomorrow George Mackay (Captain Fantastic) are among a number of young UK talent to sign up for the BFI and Film4’s musical Been So Long, which is now shooting in Camden, London.
Michaela Coel, who won a BAFTA TV award last year for her performance in E4 series Chewing Gum, leads the cast of the film, which has been adapted by Ché Walker from his musical that was staged at London’s Young Vic.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Grater)
You might not have much idea what’s going on in the return of this blackly comic Manchester cop drama, but you’ll have a good time anyway
A funeral, at a crematorium, with a big police presence, headed by Di Viv Deering (Joanna Scanlan). Because the lad who died was son of Nora Attah (Rakie Ayola), matriarch of one of Manchester’s most feared criminal families. Dad is here too, a convicted murderer, no longer married to Nora …
Boom! Uh-oh, big explosion, in the middle of Amazing Grace. Possibly a gas explosion, more likely a bomb. And Dad’s no longer here, he’s got a Clean It Up no pooing (if you’re a dog) sign buried in his skull. And Nora, who was cuffed to her now-deceased ex for the service, breaks his hand in order to get free. She’s well hard, Mrs Attah.
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- Sam Wollaston
Right from its opening scene – where a suspect is chased under a bus and his head squashed like a jam doughnut – No Offence marked itself out as a gripping cop show like no other. The brainchild of Shameless’ Paul Abbott, it smashes together lightning-paced police drama with dark comedy and lashings of soap opera. At the centre is impulsive detective constable Dinah Kowalska, played by Elaine Cassidy, who we caught up with on the phone ahead of the second series beginning tonight (January 4th) on Channel 4. Key to No Offence’s success, she told us, was the Paul Abbott factor.
“It is like when you really like a band and you are waiting for their next album,” she said. “No Offence felt like his next album after Shameless, even though he has written films and stuff since. Paul’s writing is unique. It is just about three degrees left of reality. »
3 items from 2017
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