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From There To Here topped the ratings outside of soaps upon its launch on Thursday, overnight data reveals.
The Philip Glenister drama was seen by 4.5 million (21.8%) at 9pm on BBC One. Later, Question Time appealed to 3.1m (26.7%) at 10.35pm, followed by the first part of Vote 2014 results with 1.0m (25.8%) at 11.35pm.
On BBC Two, the Chelsea Flower Show coverage continued with 2.4m (11.4%) at 8pm, followed by Horizon with 921k (4.4%) at 9pm.
ITV's broadcast of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 thrilled 2.7m (13.0%) at 7.30pm (496,000/2.6% on +1).
On Channel 4, Posh Pawn brought in 1.5m (7.1%) at 8pm (271k/1.3%), while Heston's Great British Food appealed to 913k (4.4%) at 9pm (119k/0.7%).
Channel 5's Trauma Doctors attracted 1.3m (6.1%) at 9pm, followed by Person of Interest with 698k (4.2%) at 10pm.
On BBC Three, Tyger Takes On interested 263k (1.3%) at 9pm, while Jonah from Tonga amused 223k (1.3%) at 10pm.
The Manchester bomb goes off and for the Cotton family, the shocks just keep coming
'Why, Mr Homegrown Drama Ambassador, with this three-part series written by Peter Bowker (of Occupation and Blackpool) that begins in 1996 with the Manchester Ira bombing, you are really spoiling us!"
It's called From There to Here (BBC1), and it's wonderful. Bowker's drama sets out to trace the repercussions of the blast for the city, and for the Cotton family, which includes Philip Glenister (as Dan), Steven Mackintosh (as Dan's shiftless brother, Robbo) and Bernard Hill (their eternally unimpressed dad).
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- Lucy Mangan
Arrow: Sky1, 8pm
From There To Here: BBC One, 9pm
The first episode of this new three-part drama series airs tonight, starring Philip Glenister as a husband and father who finds his life turned upside down after an Ira bomb blast.
It is the day of England and Scotland's meet at the European Championship in 1996 when Daniel Cotton is caught up in an attack that transforms him - and Manchester - forever.
Restless and reckless, Daniel embarks on a double life that is set to destroy his world all over again.
Philip Glenister is ''scared'' of his co-star Bernard Hill. The 51-year-old actor - best known for his portrayal of police officer Dci Gene Hunt in 'Life on Mars' - has admitted to feeling intimidated by the 69-year-old actor, who plays his father in new BBC One drama 'From There to Here'. Bernard was specifically chosen for the part by scriptwriter Peter Bowker to match the macho personalities of Philip and his on-screen brother Steven Mackintosh. Philip told The Sun newspaper: ''Peter Bowker said they had two alpha males with me and Steven. So they needed someone that was going to scare even »
The BBC and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) have announced a new green certificate for TV shows.
For the first time on British TV, viewers will see which programmes meet higher environmental standards with the 'albert+' certification badge on the credits.
Danny Cohen, BBC Director of Television, has called for the TV industry to include albert+ as the "expected standard for all productions".
The BBC's Springwatch and drama From There To Here will be the first to carry the certification.
Programmes with the badge will be those involving staff who have measured their carbon footprint and used low-carbon production techniques.
In the Philip Glenister drama From There To Here, 73% of the crew were based locally in Manchester, props and costumes were found from local charities and returned, there was an 80% drop in paper use and 95% of skip waste was recycled.
Cohen said: "The BBC is »
Written by and starring the talent show's judge David Walliams, the show follows the relationship of teachers in a secondary school.
Carroll, who was a runner-up in the last series of Britain's Got Talent, will play Dean, a new boy at Greybridge School.
The comedian, who suffers from cerebral palsy, will see his character taken under the wing of Tate's character Miss Postern.
Walliams told The Sun: "I am excited to be welcoming so many talented new faces to the show - and it's great to be working with Jack."
On ITV, Endeavour's finale episode dipped by 200k to 4.5m (19.3%) at 8pm (459k/2.2%). Catchphrase entertained 3.2m (16.2%) at 6.45pm (199k/0.9%), followed by Off Their Rockers with 3.3m (15.0%) at 7.30pm (318k/1.4%).
BBC One's The Crimson Field dropped a further 600k to 4.8m (20.2%) at 9pm. Countryfile topped the night overall with 6.3m (30.1%) at 7pm, followed by Antiques Roadshow with 5.0m (21.8%) at 8pm. Match of the Day 2 scored 3.2m (21.5%) at 10.35pm.
On Channel 5, martial arts film Forbidden Kingdom thrilled 934k (4.2%) at 7pm (136k/0.6%), followed by Act of Valor »
The British public's top ten favourite TV detectives have been revealed.
Britain's Favourite Detectives - a celebration of the UK's greatest fictional crime solvers - will air on Saturday, April 19 on Channel 5.
Benedict Cumbarbatch's dashing Sherlock Holmes, David Suchet's intellectual Hercule Poirot and Life on Mars double-act Sam Tyler (John Simm) and Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) are among the top 'tecs featured.
Digital Spy can reveal who has made the top ten - though you'll have to tune in at 9.25pm on Saturday to find out which order they come in, and which detective has claimed the top spot.
The top ten list is as follows...
Miss Marple (Marple)
Inspector Morse (Morse)
Di Alec Hardy (Broadchurch)
Di Frost (A Touch of Frost)
Dci Tom Barnaby (Midsomer Murders)
Detective Columbo (Columbo)
Britain's Favourite »
Endemol and Origin will jointly develop and finance a new slate of drama series for the UK and international markets, with Ewd as distributor
Producer/distributor Endemol is to enter into an exclusive first-look development and distribution deal with international drama producer Origin Pictures to take effect later this month.
The three-year deal will see Endemol provide development funding in return for exclusive first-look distribution rights on Origin Pictures television titles.
Endemol have an existing relationship with Origin, with Endemol Worldwide Distribution (Ewd) handling the distribution rights for miniseries Death Comes to Pemberley, which launched last year.
Thompson launched Origin in 2008, having run BBC Films for over a decade. Origin Pictures credits include the TV movie Freefall starring Dominic Cooper, BAFTA nominated miniseries The Crimson Petal and the White starring Romola Garai, Chris »
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The three-year deal will see Endemol provide development funding in return for exclusive first-look distribution rights on Origin television titles.
Endemol has an existing relationship with Origin, with Endemol Worldwide Distribution handling the distribution rights for the miniseries “Death Comes to Pemberley,” which launched at Mipcom 2013.
Origin was launched in 2008 by Thompson, who ran BBC Films for over a decade. He works alongside head of film and television Ed Rubin and head of development Claire Marshall on a wide-ranging slate of ambitious drama projects.
Origin’s television credits include the television movie “Freefall,” starring Dominic Cooper; BAFTA nominated miniseries “The Crimson Petal and the White,” starring Romola Garai, Chris O’Dowd, Gillian Anderson and Richard E. Grant; miniseries “Hidden,” starring Philip Glenister, Thekla Reuten »
- Leo Barraclough
Life on Mars, “Episode 1”
Written by Matthew Graham
Directed by Bharat Nalluri
Originally aired January 9, 2006 on BBC One
“I had an accident and I woke up 33 years in the past. Now that either makes me a time traveler or a lunatic or I’m lying in a hospital bed in 2006 and none of this is real.”
Nothing about Life on Mars should have worked. Its premise sounded ridiculous- an English cop gets hit by a car and ends up in the 1970s trying to figure out if he’s crazy or if he really did travel through time. But with “Episode 1”, its pilot, the series hit the ground running, with immediate well-defined characters, an enthralling plot, witty dialogue, and an intriguing mix of sci-fi and character study.
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Blue Jasmine has not only put Woody Allen back on the map, it’s given Cate Blanchett a career defining role. But you know that because you’ve seen it… Oh you haven’t seen it? Then you may not know it also stars Louis Ck, one of the world’s greatest stand-up comedians. In fact, over the last decade, the diminutive director has released a film a year, from the terrific (Midnight In Paris) to the downright forgettable (Cassandra’S Dream… No, me either). In that time he’s worked with some people you might not expect. For instance…
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London– U.K. talent agency Ken McReddie Associates, which represents actors including Idris Elba, Emily Blunt, Jack Huston and Diane Kruger, is rebranding and re-launching under the fresh moniker The Artists Partnership. The move, according to the agency, reflects the company's growth and a strategy for repping clients in the U.K. and internationally. Other names at the newly refreshed banner include Jeremy Irons, Kim Cattrall, Anna Friel and Harvey Keitel as well as British TV talent including David Suchet, Martin Shaw, Reggie Yates, Philip Glenister, Marc Warren, Sue Johnston and Jenny Agutter. The Artists Partnership has also
- Stuart Kemp
For many, 2013 was the year that Olivia Colman did "that face": you know, that beguiling mix of sadness, confusion and "did I leave the garage door open"-tinged dread seen in everything from Broadchurch to Run, and finally this psychological drama, shown last week. Colman stars as Margaret Lea, a biographer contacted by fading novelist Vida Winter (Vanessa Redgrave) to help her share the long-buried secret of her childhood, an act that prompts Lea to confront her own troubled youth. Chilly and taut, it feels far more suited to the gloom of January than its festive time slot. Catch it in full on iPlayer.
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14 items from 2014
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