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18 items from 2016

BBC to stream 1974 show with first lesbian kiss on UK television

15 June 2016 4:01 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Girl, starring Alison Steadman, tells the story of an affair between army officers and is now available after 40 years

It is a common misconception that the first lesbian kiss on British television was Anna Friel’s passionate embrace on Brookside in the early 90s.

In fact, the taboo was broken two decades earlier in the BBC drama Girl, featuring Alison Steadman, and the moment is now being made available for the public to watch for the first time in four decades.

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Hans Rosenfeldt interview: creating The Bridge, Marcella

15 June 2016 4:06 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




We chatted to the Swedish creator of The Bridge about series 4, the Scandi-noir label and UK crime drama Marcella...

As his first English-language series Marcella comes out on DVD, we spoke to Swedish screenwriter and novelist Hans Rosenfeldt about the writing process, the differences between British and Swedish television production, and the future of his hugely acclaimed home-grown crime drama, The Bridge

What did you find most appealing about Marcella when you first heard the pitch?

Well, I was pitched the idea by Nicola Larder (Marcella’s co-creator and executive producer). We met in Italy and were talking about The Bridge, and she actually pitched me an idea about this female detective being left by her husband and bringing back an old case. I really liked that because it sounded like something I could probably work with. The opportunity to work abroad was what really attracted me, »

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Marcella finale recap – devastatingly unsettling

17 May 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Marcella goes down swinging with a bold, bracing episode featuring heists, plastic prisons – and a wall-clawing psychopath. I suspect we’ll be seeing more of Anna Friel’s tortured detective very soon

And so Marcella goes down swinging, with a finale that rarely strayed far from “utterly bonkers”. The first 20 minutes in particular were a bewildering mess of activity, with a heist at Gibson HQ, a tense stand-off between killer and detective (or should that be killer and killer?) and one deeply unpleasant moment involving a broken wine bottle and a man’s cheek.

I simply can’t fault this show for the pleasure it has taken in throwing absolutely everything at the detective drama genre (like Hans Rosenfeldt’s previous show The Bridge, in many ways). I just wish there weren’t so many daft plot holes, unbelievable character developments and hoary old police drama cliches. I suspect we »

- Gwilym Mumford

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Tuesday’s best TV: Marcella; David Attenborough’s Zoo Quest; Locked Up

16 May 2016 10:10 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Big finale of the Anna Friel detective saga; colour footage of 1950s show Zoo Quest sees the light of day; first episode of Spanish women’s prison drama. Plus: Gary Lineker in Leicester’s Impossible Dream

Despite the occasional mention of Kim’s baby blog, there’s a distinctly late-90s air to Kay Mellor’s Leeds-based parenting drama. As its second series trundles on, hapless Rick causes chaos for Dev and Jasmin, demanding their help when one of Diane’s young charges is injured in her absence. Meanwhile, surrogate mum Shelly goes into labour with Nathan and Andrew’s baby, and Ray worms his way back into ex-wife Roanna’s life under false pretences. Hannah J Davies

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- Hannah J Davies, Hannah Verdier, Ali Catterall, Jonathan Wright, Phil Harrison, Julia Raeside, Jack Seale, Paul Howlett

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Cannes: John Moore Tapped to Direct ‘N.O.C.’

12 May 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Irish helmer John Moore is attached to direct upcoming C.I.A. action-thriller “N.O.C.,” which Radiant Films International and Cargo Entertainment is shopping to buyers on the Croisette this year.

Penned by Dave Matalon and Daniel Scott Gordon, “N.O.C” follows Alek, a C.I.A. deep undercover operative who discovers that a faction of the agency is actively collaborating with the terrorist cell he was sent to infiltrate. Stuck in a hospital in Berlin with the help of Corinne, the Emt who saved his life, Alek must evade both the agency and the terrorists, if he wants to bring the evidence of the unsanctioned special op to the people he thinks he can trust.

Gabriela Bacher will produce for Summerstorm Entertainment, a subsidiary of Film House Germany, alongside Vandal Entertainment’s Navid Mcllhargey and Cargo Entertainment’s Marina Grassic. Moore, Peter Veverka, Christian Angermayer and Clemens Hallmann will exec produce. »

- Diana Lodderhose

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Marcella recap: episode six – should a story this dark be off-limits?

9 May 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

After the horrific death of a small child, Marcella goes into full maverick cop mode on a thrilling chase to find the murderer

Things got dark this week in Marcellaland, perhaps a little too dark. The death of a child is always a difficult proposition for drama, particularly a primetime ITV drama. Which doesn’t necessarily mean it should be off-limits – only that I’m not sure Marcella quite has the maturity or thoughtfulness to pull off such a devastating development.

Unlike a few of you in the comments, I think Anna Friel has done reasonably well in conveying Marcella’s scratchy, grief-soaked energy, and I did buy her anguish over little May’s death. But Friel’s frequently let down by duff writing: the use of the child’s mobile as a signifier of Marcella’s sense of loss is as clunky and cliched a conceit as I’ve »

- Gwilym Mumford

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Marcella recap: episode three – sudden death and spaniels

18 April 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

There are 565 suspects on the loose, and they’re all up to no good: chaining people up, running people over repeatedly and crucifying doggies

Marcella trundles on, never quite proving gripping but featuring enough jumpy moments to hold my attention, most notably this week with the sudden and horrible death of Cara and the untimely demise of a spaniel. I’m hoping that as the finger of blame slowly shifts towards Marcella, things might get a bit more engrossing. Anna Friel’s scrambled performance is proving the highlight of this show, so the more of that the better, quite frankly.

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- Gwilym Mumford

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The Bridge creator says fourth series will be show's last

5 April 2016 7:40 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Hans Rosenfeldt says Kim Bodnia, who quit Scandinanvian drama over creative differences, could return for final run

The creator of The Bridge has revealed that the fourth series of the acclaimed Scandinavian drama will be the last.

The hit murder mystery starring Sofia Helin as detective Saga Norén was watched by 2 million viewers on BBC4, one of the most popular of the new breed of foreign dramas to come to the UK.

Related: Anna Friel feels the cut of ITV's stab in the Nordic dark

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- John Plunkett

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James May assembles 440,000 viewers for BBC4 show

5 April 2016 3:35 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Former Top Gear presenter’s fears that no one would watch him restoring a mower are confounded, but show is outgunned by ITV’s Marcella with 6m

It was a world away from Top Gear’s high octane car chases, but James May’s latest TV project – in which he spent 10 hours putting together the 331 component parts of a petrol engined lawnmower – was watched by more than 400,000 viewers.

Even May himself expressed fears that no one would watch the show, the first of a three-part series on BBC4 called James May: The Reassembler.

Related: James May: ‘We are not in a race with Chris EvansTop Gear

Related: Anna Friel feels the cut of ITV's stab in the Nordic dark

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- John Plunkett

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Marcella review: skilful Scandi noir comes to London – knitwear and all

4 April 2016 11:20 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Anna Friel picks up Saga Norén’s mantle in this new show written by The Bridge’s Hans Rosenfeldt. It gets off to a promising start, despite a few clunky crime drama cliches

Moody scenes, dead bodies and a selection of interesting knitwear can only mean one thing: a new Scandi crime drama. Marcella (ITV, 9pm), is written by Hans Rosenfeldt, who brought us the brilliant Danish-Swedish series The Bridge, only this one is set in London so there are also dramatic shots in black cabs and the underlying menace of runaway property prices.

Marcella Backland?” asks Di Rav Sangha, when a woman in a nice cardigan opens the door. “It’s Mar-chella,” says Marcella, “but yeah.” He has come about the Grove Park murders, a case Mar-chella, a former DS, was working on a few years ago but never solved. Two bodies have been found. “It looks like he’s back, »

- Emine Saner

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Marcella recap: episode one – Anna Friel takes a golf club to primetime drama

4 April 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Blackouts, coincidences and fearsome scenery chewing from Anna Friel … the ITV’s new cop-noir is ridiculous – and you won’t be able to stop watching

Marcella Backland (Anna Friel) lies bruised and distraught in a bathtub, her face caked gratuitously in blood. Why she’s in a such a bad way is unclear, but we do know that, shortly before her soak, she paid a visit to the mistress of her estranged husband. We also know, from the fact that she hurled said husband, Jason, down the stairs a few weeks ago, that she’s prone to violence. Backland says she couldn’t remember that incident, and you suspect she might not recall this one either, but it stands to reason that something unpleasant has gone down and the finger’s pointing firmly at her. The twist? Backland is the person who’d usually be investigating this kind of domestic disturbance. »

- Gwilym Mumford

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Netflix Takes World Rights To ‘Marcella’ Crime Drama Starring Anna Friel – Miptv

3 April 2016 11:02 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Netflix has acquired exclusive worldwide streaming rights to crime series Marcella from Hans Rosenfeldt, creator of the original Swedish/Danish co-production The Bridge (Bron). The eight-part drama, sold by Cineflix Rights, premieres tonight on ITV in the UK and will be available globally, outside the UK and Ireland, on Netflix beginning July 1. Anna Friel (Limitless), Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey), Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude), Sinéad Cusack (Jekyll & Hyde) and Harry… »

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Netflix Acquires Worldwide Streaming Rights to Anna Friel Crime Drama ‘Marcella’

3 April 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes — Building a now rapidly burgeoning slate of European series offered to Europe and the world, Netflix has acquired the exclusive worldwide streaming rights to “Marcella,” the crime drama series from “The Bridge” writer Hans Rosenfeldt, starring Anna Friel. The deal was struck by Cineflix Rights, which holds international distribution rights.

The show, whose cast also includes “Downton Abbey’s” Laura Carmichael, “Fortitude’s” Nicholas Pinnock, “Jekyll & Hyde’s” Sinead Cusack and Harry Lloyd, whose credits include “Game of Thrones,” will premiere on April 4 in the U.K. on commercial network ITV and will be available globally, outside of the U.K. and Ireland, on Netflix beginning July 1.

The series, produced by Buccaneer Media for ITV, stars Friel as a troubled detective mother of two children who gives up her career to care for her family. When 10 years later, her husband walks out on her, she returns to work and »

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Netflix to air The Bridge creator's Marcella worldwide

3 April 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Streaming service buys right to Hans Rosenfeldt’s new thriller, which stars Anna Friel and Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael, from ITV

Netflix has bought the rights to ITV’s new Anna Friel drama Marcella, written by the creator of The Bridge, Hans Rosenfeldt.

The Us-based video-on-demand service has bought the exclusive worldwide streaming rights to the eight-part thriller, which begins on ITV on Monday.

Related: Anna Friel feels the cut of ITV's stab in the Nordic dark

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- John Plunkett

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Pushing Daisies: Anna Friel Would Still Like to Revive the Cancelled Series

1 April 2016 4:21 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

ABC cancelled the Pushing Daisies TV series after two seasons totaling 22 episodes. Even Ned's (Lee Pace) magic touch couldn't bring it back to life (or perhaps -- he touched it twice). Co-star Anna Friel, who played Ned's untouchable love interest, Charlotte 'Chuck' Charles, would jump at the chance to revive this cancelled-too-soon show, at least as a movie. For the love of apple pie, someone get Netflix on the phone!

Per Friel, the Pushing Daisies cast, which also included Chi McBride, Ellen Greene, Swoosie Kurtz, Kristin Chenoweth, and Jim Dale (as narrator), loved doing the series.



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Anna Friel feels the cut of ITV's stab in the Nordic dark

1 April 2016 7:47 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The former Brookside star admits her role in The Bridge writer Hans Rosenfeldt’s grisly first UK drama, Marcella, took its toll

When Anna Friel’s character emerges from a bath bruised and bleeding and with the walls covered in blood, it is clear that ITV’s latest drama, from the creator of acclaimed Scandinavian murder mystery The Bridge, is no Midsomer Murders.

Swedish writer Hans Rosenfeldt’s first UK drama, Marcella, is also likely to be one of ITV’s darkest, featuring a string of grisly killings, including a man suffocated in a plastic bag in close-up, and the crucifixion of a family dog.

Related: Forget Jonathan Pine. I'm the Night Manager

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- John Plunkett

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SXSW Film Review: ‘The Master Cleanse’

17 March 2016 10:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The idea that the deepest horrors come from within is treated quite literally in “The Master Cleanse,” a curious semi-supernatural concoction that splits the difference between a self-help-therapy satire and an early-Cronenberg creature feature. Featuring a fine cast led by Johnny Galecki, playing a young sad sack who signs up for a three-day juice fast with some decidedly unexpected side effects, writer-director Bobby Miller’s beguiling debut feature proceeds with calm, deliberate steps down its particular rabbit hole. If the result feels a bit underpowered, narrative-wise, with modest commercial prospects at best, it nevertheless touches a chord of bittersweet feeling that a more genre-oriented thriller approach might not have managed.

Recently jilted at the altar, Paul (Galecki) seems destined to drift and wander through life until he sees a TV commercial advertising a spiritual retreat in the mountains and a promise of complete renewal, complete with a handy website (letsgetpure. »

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SXSW Unveils Lineup With James Caan, Ethan Hawke, Keegan-Michael Key Movies

2 February 2016 12:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

South by Southwest has unveiled most of its eclectic lineup with world premieres of movies starring James Caan, Nicolas Cage, Ethan Hawke, Keegan-Michael Key, Adam Scott and Bella Thorne.

The 23rd edition of the Austin-based festival opens March 11 with the previously announced Richard Linklater comedy-drama “Everybody Wants Some.”

The nine-day festival will screen 137 films, including 52 films from first-time filmmakers, 89 world premieres, 14 North American premieres and seven U.S. premieres. These films were selected from 2,455 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,467 U.S. and 990 international feature-length films from a total of 7,235 submissions.

Notable world premieres include Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice,” starring Keegan-Michael Key; Ti West’s “In a Valley of Violence,” starring Ethan Hawke and Taissa Farmiga; “The Master Cleanse,” starring Johnny Galecki and Anna Friel; Sophie Goodhart’s “My Blind Brother,” starring Adam Scott and Nick Kroll; “Shovel Buddies,” starring Bella Thorne; “The Trust,” starring Nicolas Cage and »

- Dave McNary

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