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How does Jed Mercurio do it? He always manages to pump the plot full of shocking twists to keep us on our toes. But the truth about Balaclava Man can’t be as clear-cut as it seems
Spoiler alert: this blog is for people watching series four of Line of Duty (it also contains spoilers from earlier series). Don’t read on unless you have watched episode three. Catch up on the episode one and two recaps here.
It’s usually at this point every series, midway through the run, when I hold up my hands and admit: Line of Duty makes my head hurt. This series has proved no exception, albeit for slightly different reasons. It can’t be as clear-cut as it seems, can it? Many commenters already pegged Lee Ingleby’s seemingly mild-mannered husband as the real Balaclava Man, and so it apparently transpired – much to DS Steve Arnott’s detriment. »
- Sarah Hughes
Public network Zdf and commercial group ProSiebenSat.1 have secured free TV and pay TV rights, respectively, in Germany for the 10-part series, which stars Downton Abbey's Tom Cullen, together with Hannah Arterton, Lee Ingleby and Sarah Solemani
Studiocanal, which is handling world sales for the show, has already closed deals for The Five with much of Europe, including with Canal Plus for France, Telefonica in Spain and Npo in the Netherlands. Studiocanal's production subsidiary Red originally produced the show for »
- Scott Roxborough
French commercial broadcaster TF1 has picked up “Liar,” a thriller series from the creators of BAFTA- and Emmy-nominated “The Missing.” The show stars “Downton Abbey’s” Joanne Froggatt. TF1 also acquired contemporary drama series “Innocent.” The pre-sales were inked by All3Media Intl.
“Liar,” which has been ordered by Britain’s ITV and the U.S.’s SundanceTV, is written by Harry and Jack Williams at Two Brothers Pictures, who also wrote “The Missing.” Froggatt stars alongside Ioan Gruffudd (“Forever”) in a story of a night that changes the lives of their characters, Laura Nielson and Andrew Earlham, forever.
“An initial attraction between them leads to a date, but neither fully realizes the far-reaching consequences that their meeting will have on each other or their families,” according to a statement. “Truth and consequences go hand in hand in a gripping thriller that examines both sides of a relationship and both sides of the truth.”
- Leo Barraclough
The Olivier-nominated actor joined us live from the National Theatre to talk about crying on cue, why American TV takes so many risks and what she has in common with Hedda Gabler
Thanks for reading! And watching. Great answering all your questions - au revoir!
Do you find parallels between the characters you play – ie Stella and Hedda? Both are destructive in their own way. Do you ever draw on your experiences playing other characters with whom you can see similarities?
Sometimes there are similarities, but I've never put those two together. I've seen moments of Alice in Hedda, and moments of Alison in Hedda - in their self loathing. Alice is a psychopath, and is slightly different, she enjoys it and doesn't have a conscience; Alison and Hedda have a deep sense of self-loathing, with Hedda it's quite far down and she doesn't recognise it. »
- Guardian Staff
Created exclusively for TV by Coben, a nine-time No. 1 New York Times bestselling author,“The Five” will debut on OnDirecTV on March 27.
Produced for the U.K.’s Sky 1 by Nicola Shindler’s Manchester-based Red Production Company (“Happy Valley”), “The Five” follows on two other DirecTV acquisitions from Studiocanal – Europe-spanning crime-thriller “The Last Panthers,” and dramedy “Spotless” – as OnDirecTV, a Latin American premium pay TV entertainment channel, seeks to build audiences for an upscale mix of international series and movies, concerts and documentaries.
OnDirecTV has also essayed localisation in Latin America via its first Latin American original series, Argentine noir thriller “La Casa del Mar,” which was nominated for an International Emmy in 2016.
The DirecTV deal adds to sales pacts with Japan’s Wowow, where “The Five” will bow in February. It »
- John Hopewell
5 items from 2017
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