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11 items from 2012


Draft Day, A Country of Strangers & Rodham Top the 2012 Black List

17 December 2012 11:50 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

There is either a couple of football fans or Jerry Maguire/Moneyball with this year’s most liked unproduced screenplay. Close to 300 hundred film executives provided with the Black List creators a top ten of their favorite screenplays of the year and the consensus first overall pick (with 65 votes) comes from the recently featured in Variety (10 Screenwriters to Watch 2012) tandem of Rajiv Joseph & Scott Rothman and their drama which has nothing to do with enlisting in the armed forces. Draft Day – about the day in the life of a fictitious Buffalo Bills Gm appears to currently be in turnaround — which only means I expect to see this greenlight perhaps a little later than sooner – worth noting: top spot almost guarantees that the film will indeed go into production (2006, 2010 and 2011 are the exceptions.) Among the more alluring logline subjects we find on the list, I’d be keen on reading the »

- Eric Lavallee

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Rewind TV: Secret State; Dara O Briain's Science Club; Richard Hammond's Miracles of Nature; Imagine – review

10 November 2012 4:04 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Political thriller Secret State was stripped of ideology and a plot, while Dara O Briain had a decent stab at making science sexy

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Imagine BBC1 | iPlayer

In an age when politics lacks any great thrills, it appears harder to make a great political thriller. The last one that comes readily to mind was Paul Abbott's State of Play, which was way back in 2003, during Tony Blair's eventful second term as prime minister. But since then the air has seeped out of the Westminster bubble and not even the prospect of global economic collapse has succeeded in reflating public interest or screenwriters' conspiratorial imagination. The Killing and Borgen suggest the Danes know how to breathe life into coalition politics but so far it's an art for which British TV »

- Dara O Briain, Andrew Anthony

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Rewind TV: Secret State; Dara O Briain's Science Club; Richard Hammond's Miracles of Nature; Imagine – review

10 November 2012 4:04 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Political thriller Secret State was stripped of ideology and a plot, while Dara O Briain had a decent stab at making science sexy

Secret State C4|4oD

Dara O Briain's Science Club BBC2 | iPlayer

Richard Hammond's Miracles of Nature BBC1 | iPlayer

Imagine BBC1 | iPlayer

In an age when politics lacks any great thrills, it appears harder to make a great political thriller. The last one that comes readily to mind was Paul Abbott's State of Play, which was way back in 2003, during Tony Blair's eventful second term as prime minister. But since then the air has seeped out of the Westminster bubble and not even the prospect of global economic collapse has succeeded in reflating public interest or screenwriters' conspiratorial imagination. The Killing and Borgen suggest the Danes know how to breathe life into coalition politics but so far it's an art for which British TV »

- Dara O Briain, Andrew Anthony

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A Chorus of Disapproval; Mademoiselle Julie – review

29 September 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Harold Pinter theatre; Barbican, London

Trevor Nunn began the summer by directing a heavy-handed Kiss Me Kate; he ends it by staging a star-encrusted but tepid Chorus of Disapproval. What a waste. Of Alan Ayckbourn, whose 1984 play has not been taken seriously, and therefore looks unfunny. And of Nunn, who has been innovative (Nicholas Nickleby) and meticulous (his Merchant of Venice was a revelation because of its detail), and who has helped (with Gorky's Summerfolk) to widen the theatrical repertoire but is in danger of looking fusty.

Rob Brydon fans may think his performance alone is enough to justify the price of a ticket. He certainly provides the high points of the evening. As the director of the Pendon Light Operatic Society's amateur production of The Beggar's Opera, Brydon is hangdog and top dog: bullying, cardiganed, down in the dumps, overweening. He unleashes a terrific riff when, while trying out »

- Susannah Clapp

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Rewind TV: Doctor Who; Citizen Khan; Murder: Joint Enterprise; Bad Sugar – review

1 September 2012 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

There was more wit in five minutes of Doctor Who than the whole of Citizen Khan, and the sci-fi serial pulled off another extraordinary trick – making the Daleks scary again

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Bad Sugar (C4) | 4Od

It's remarkably seldom that a pocket cartoon can change any aspect of your life. But many years ago a man called Peter Birkett drew, for Punch, a simple cartoon featuring two Daleks confronted with a staircase. The caption was simple. "Well, this certainly buggers our plan to conquer the universe."

From that moment I was not only unafraid of Daleks but found them actively absurd. As all good gags do, this one took a while to filter into the wider world, but within a couple of years it was the wisecrack of choice in those sophisticated circles wherein Daleks were deemed worthy »

- Euan Ferguson

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TV review: Bad Sugar; A Touch Of Cloth; C4's 30 Greatest Comedy Shows; Murder: Joint Enterprise

26 August 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The comedy jamboree all went on a bit – despite the three funny women in Bad Sugar

There was something of a clubby feel to television comedy this weekend. Peep Show creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, Peep Show star Olivia Colman, Fonejacker Kayvan Novak and Green Wing's Julian Rhind-Tutt all take part or appear in a preposterous Channel 4 Top 30 countdown backslapathon, narrated by Pulling's Sharon Horgan. Horgan also appears – alongside Colman, Julia Davis (who isn't in the Top 30 show but who starts her own show, Hunderby, on Monday) and Novak – in Bain and Armstrong's new take on a telly melodrama. Rhind-Tutt, meanwhile, is in Charlie Brooker's spoof cop show, over on Sky.

I'm a big fan of all of the above. But is there a hint that what was out there, alone, has stepped back from the edge, is now safely behind the yellow line (I'm thinking of the London underground, »

- Sam Wollaston

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Murder

13 July 2012 9:32 AM, PDT | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

Misfits newcomer Karla Crome stars alongside Skins actor Joe Dempsie in Murder a new drama coming to BBC 2 co-created by Robert Jones and Kath Mattock, the writer/producer team behind the BAFTA-winning series Buried.

Sisters Coleen (Karla Crome) and Erin (Lara Rossi) have an intense and volatile relationship. All they have is each other. They meet Stefan (Joe Dempsie) who is passing through town, hours later one of them is dead. All we have to go on is what the two survivors tell us. Who did it? And why?

Murder will tell the fictional story of the brutal killing of Erin, a young woman found dead one night inside the flat she shares with her sister Colleen, played by rising British star Karla Crome. The chief suspect is quickly identified as a young war veteran, Stefan, who had come back to the flat to drink and play a game of »

- noreply@blogger.com (ScreenTerrier)

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Nordic noir comes to Nottingham with a new take on British crime thrillers

7 July 2012 4:11 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Birger Larsen, who directed The Killing, uses a searing red filter to bring the colour of blood to his tale of murder

The man who invented the slow, unsettling style of hit Nordic television thrillers, such as Wallander, The Killing and The Bridge, is bringing his unflinching brand of screen magic to the city of Nottingham.

There will be no cold, grey vistas, anoraks or patterned jumpers, but Danish director Birger Larsen's drama, Murder, to be broadcast on BBC2 next month, is set to show the East Midlands in a new, harsh light. Tourism to Denmark and Sweden has been boosted by the popularity of writers Henning Mankell and Jo Nesbø and television shows such as The Killing. Whether Murder will do the same for Nottingham is another matter.

"It is important to show this crime for what it often is, a vicious outburst of malicious energy and not »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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Fringe Round Table: "Worlds Apart"

2 May 2012 1:33 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Only two episodes of Fringe remain on season four.

But instead of lamenting that fact, our TV Fanatic Round Table team of Nick McHatton, Nick S., Sean McKenna and Carissa Pavlica are here to break down "Worlds Apart." What did you think of the episode? Weigh in on the following Q&A now...

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What was your favorite moment from the episode?

Nick: Walter shines again in this episode. I loved his talk with Walternate, and his comment about missing the other side.

Sean: I have to agree about Walter. He gets some of the best moments and lines. John Noble really brought a great sentiment to both his versions of Walter and the side beside sit down between the two of them was top notch.

Nick: Walter and Walternate. It's similar to a few conversations we've seen Walter have in the past, on those occasions he's encountered people who, »

- matt@tvfanatic.com (TV Fanatic Staff)

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Gabriel Byrne Scores A ‘Coup’ With Channel 4′s UK Conspiracy Thriller

24 January 2012 9:48 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

After three seasons on HBO’s In Treatment, Gabriel Byrne is returning to UK TV to star in a four-part drama series for Channel 4. With the working title Coup, the Company Pictures/Newscope Films conspiracy thriller starts production in February and will air later this year. Byrne will play politician Tom Dawkins, a reluctant hero thrust into the spotlight following an industrial disaster that raises questions about the safety procedures of the U.S. petrochemical company involved. Dawkins risks everything by taking on the establishment in his pursuit of the truth, uncovering a web of secrets along the way. The series is based on the novel A Very British Coup by Chris Mullin and was adapted for the screen by Robert Jones. Ed Fraiman is directing with Johann Knobel (Shameless) producing. Executive producers are Jason Newmark, Fraiman, George Faber and Charles Pattinson. »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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Gabriel Byrne returns to UK television in Channel 4's Coup

24 January 2012 5:40 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Usual Suspects star will play reluctant hero Tom Dawkins in four-part thriller based on the novel A Very British Coup

The Usual Suspects and In Treatment star Gabriel Byrne is making a return to UK television to take the lead role in Channel 4's conspiracy drama Coup.

In what is understood to be his first UK TV role in almost 20 years, Byrne will play reluctant hero Tom Dawkins.

In the four-part thriller, which is based on the novel A Very British Coup by former Labour MP Chris Mullin, politician Dawkins takes on the might of the establishment in a bid to uncover the truth behind an industrial accident in Teeside.

Byrne's casting is something of a coup itself for Channel 4, because although the Irish actor appeared in some UK television productions in the 1980s and early 1990s, he has since mostly worked on films in the Us.

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- Tara Conlan

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