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The best TV of 2013: Phil Hogan's choice

21 December 2013 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

If not quite a vintage year, 2013 will be remembered for Netflix's innovation and a succession of bleakly engrossing crime dramas

Read the Observer critics' reviews of the year in full here

Doctor Who turned 50; BBC4 showed its last biopic (Burton and Taylor, with Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter); Netflix arrived and turned TV watching on its head with House of Cards… but that's enough milestones. We weren't deluged with fabulous new shows that had the nation gibbering with expectation. Two of the best were quite ancient – chemistry thriller Breaking Bad (another coup for Netflix) and scatterbrain comedy Parks and Recreation, both Us imports that took off over here after several seasons over there. And, still on Us comedy, the second season of Lena Dunham's Girls was funny, sharp and full of surprising nudity. Returning successes Downton Abbey and Homeland stuttered rather than soared, though Call the Midwife – another »

- Phil Hogan

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Rewind TV: The Great Train Robbery; Food and Drink Christmas Special; Masters of Sex – review

21 December 2013 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

True-crime drama was derailed by irony, Michel Roux led a wild goose chase and Masters of Sex reached a joyless climax

The Great Train Robbery (BBC1) | iPlayer

Food and Drink Christmas Special (BBC2) | iPlayer

Masters of Sex (c4) | 4oD

The BBC's Great Train Robbery wasn't great (though I suppose it was timely, given the death of Ronnie Biggs last week). It didn't help that it came puffing in the tracks of the excellent Lucan, ITV's pre-Christmas crime drama based on real and infamous bygone events. But even its two parts – one the tale of robbers, the other of cops, both written by Chris (Broadchurch) Chibnall – exposed disparities of quality and tone. The opening scene, an arch, stylised caper in which half-a-dozen men wearing identical bowler hats and moustaches marched in single file into the Boac building to wait for a cashbox to arrive, seemed to have strayed in from The Avengers. »

- Phil Hogan

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The best TV of 2013: No 3 – Utopia (Channel 4)

18 December 2013 4:23 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Bold, theatrical and unlike anything else on the box at the moment – Dennis Kelly's graphic novel-influenced drama was as shocking as a chilli eye-bath

• Catch up with the rest of the countdown here

Big yellow holdall, salt and chilli eye-bath, queasy wub-wub soundtrack: just some of the ingredients that made Utopia, written by Dennis Kelly, one of the best, most original dramas of the year. A group of internet forum posters with an interest in graphic novels are thrown together when one of them gets hold of the mysterious Utopia manuscript. It's thought to be the work of a mad scientist, alludes to the mysterious Network and Mr Rabbit, and it may contain an incredible but elusive secret about "something big". Whatever its significance, it seems a lot of people want it and they will kill for it. So the band of socially odd internet nerds goes on the run, »

- Julia Raeside

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The Great Train Robbery: A Robber's Tale review

18 December 2013 2:42 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Louisa Mellor 18 Dec 2013 - 21:30

The first of two BBC films on the Great Train Robbery is slick stuff, but does it provide enough light and shade?

This review contains spoilers.

1.1 A Robber’s Tale

The Great Train Robbery. With a name like that, it’s no wonder we enjoy retelling this story. Had the 1963 Cheddington Mail Van Raid not been rechristened with such a swashbuckling title, you can bet we wouldn’t be here now, watching the credits roll on another dramatized version of events.

Or more properly, half a dramatized version. The second film in this diptych, A Copper’s Tale, airs tomorrow night and tells the same story from the other side of the thin blue line. Writer Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch, Torchwood) has cleaved the narrative into two neat halves: cops and robbers. In many ways, it’s a swell trick, the novelty of which tilts »

- louisamellor

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TV highlights 18/12/2013

17 December 2013 11:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

International Test Cricket: South Africa vs India | The Great Train Robbery | Lucan | Britain's Craziest Christmas Lights | Nigel Slater's Great British Biscuit | The Tunnel | Crackanory

International Test Cricket: South Africa vs India

8.25am, Sky Sports 1

Away from England's Ashes breakdown and incapability to do anything other than be skittled out for pathetic scores, there's another, less infuriating cricket clash to gorge on. The two top-ranked Test sides in the world clash in Johannesburg. For India it's a case of life after Sachin Tendulkar, who hung up his pads in November. For South Africa it's a chance to extend their lead at the top of the rankings and take inspiration from their brilliant one-day form. Lanre Bakare

The Great Train Robbery

8pm, BBC1

Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall wrote this stylised take on the Great Train Robbery, all thick-rimmed glasses, excessive use of jazz, twill and clunky robber's slang. Luke Evans plays heist mastermind Bruce Reynolds, »

- Lanre Bakare, Ben Arnold, Julia Raeside, Rachel Aroesti, Ali Catterall, Mark Jones

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Meet the new cast members of Utopia series 2

16 October 2013 1:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

News Louisa Mellor 16 Oct 2013 - 09:21

Rose Leslie, Ian McDiarmid and more have joined the cast of Dennis Kelly's Utopia for its second series...

Wonderful things are afoot. Not only is BBC Three's In the Flesh currently filming its second series, but Channel 4's Utopia has also set to work on the first block of episodes for series two.

Dennis Kelly's unsettling conspiracy drama is returning next year with six new fifty-minute episodes, including - in Kelly's own words - "a very odd" series opener, "which people are either going to really like or really say ‘what the fuck did you do that for?’ and I’ve got no idea what the reaction’s going to be".

Director Marc Munden, who was responsible for establishing Utopia's impressive style in series one, is back to head up the first three episodes of series two.

Also returning for »

- louisamellor

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'Game of Thrones' star Rose Leslie joins 'Utopia' series 2

16 October 2013 12:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie has joined the cast of Channel 4's Utopia for series two.

Leslie, Ian McDiarmid (Star Wars) and Tom Burke (The Hour) are among the new cast additions joining the conspiracy thriller in its second run.

Trystan Gravelle (Mr Selfridge) and Michael Maloney (The White Queen) will also join returning cast members Fiona O'Shaughnessy (Jessica Hyde), Alexandra Roach (Becky), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Ian), Adeel Akhtar (Wilson Wilson), Oliver Woollford (Grant), Paul Higgins (Dugdale), Neil Maskell (Arby) and Geraldine James (Milner).

Principal photography has now begun on the new six-part series, again written by Dennis Kelly and directed by Marc Munden (The Crimson Petal and the White).

Channel 4 first announced in March that Utopia would return for a second series, with the new episodes expected to air in 2014.

A Us remake of the show was also reported to be in development at HBO, with David Fincher »

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Five things Ben Wheatley could do to Doctor Who

15 October 2013 4:48 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Sightseers and Kill List director will direct Peter Capaldi in the first two episodes of his stint as Doctor Who. So what might we expect from him?

Whenever we hear exciting news about Doctor Who, it's usually to do with new actors joining the show. Over the past couple of years we've had a new companion, a new Doctor, a few returnees and even a new … whatever it is that John Hurt is playing. Now there's some behind-the-camera news that is just as thrilling, with the announcement that Ben Wheatley, one of Britain's most talented film directors, has signed on to direct the first two episodes of Peter Capaldi's tenure. But what could he bring to the show?

1. His own people

Directors like to work with people they have already established a rapport and a shorthand with, as it saves a lot of time cutting out any getting-to-know-you awkwardness. »

- Phelim O'Neill

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Five things Ben Wheatley could do to Doctor Who

15 October 2013 4:48 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Sightseers and Kill List director will direct Peter Capaldi in the first two episodes of his stint as Doctor Who. So what might we expect from him?

Whenever we hear exciting news about Doctor Who, it's usually to do with new actors joining the show. Over the past couple of years we've had a new companion, a new Doctor, a few returnees and even a new … whatever it is that John Hurt is playing. Now there's some behind-the-camera news that is just as thrilling, with the announcement that Ben Wheatley, one of Britain's most talented film directors, has signed on to direct the first two episodes of Peter Capaldi's tenure. But what could he bring to the show?

1. His own people

Directors like to work with people they have already established a rapport and a shorthand with, as it saves a lot of time cutting out any getting-to-know-you awkwardness. »

- Phelim O'Neill

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DVD Review: 'The Rise'

5 October 2013 5:11 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆  The rollicking heist movie is one of those genres that can easily feel redundant nowadays. With elaborate plot machinations its central tenet, this specialist variety of thriller relies on having an original way to dupe its audience who will naturally be looking for clues towards some final act twist. Trying to find a unique spin on the material is director Rowan Athale, who brings to DVD and Blu-ray his debut feature in the form of 2012 British crime caper The Rise (formerly Wasteland). Whilst it's hurtling pace means it rarely bores, it is ultimately unable to find any innovation within the genre trappings and viewers will be far from fooled.

Brutally beaten yet surprisingly smug hipster Harvey (rising star Luke Treadaway) sits in a police station as he's questioned by Detective Inspector West (Timothy Spall). Charged with robbery, GBH and only six weeks after serving a prison sentence, things don't look good for our protagonist, »

- CineVue UK

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The Rise (aka Wasteland) (quick take)

20 September 2013 7:56 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Smooth, accomplished British crime indie tweaks clichés of the genre in a marvelously satisfying way. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Independent British cinema is lousy with tales of poor young idiots off the housing estates (American translation: the projects) getting into trouble with the law out of desperation and lack of other feasible options. And if that’s what The Rise (aka Wasteland in North America) looks like at first, one can only imagine that it is writer-director Rowan Athale pulling our collective leg… or lulling us into a false sense of been-there, done-that before springing his deliciously clever originality on us. For here we have Harvey (Luke Treadaway: Killing Bono) being interrogated by cop Di West (the always intriguing Timothy Spall: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2) about a spot of bother he’s gotten into, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Catch the thriller The Rise seven days before DVD - in Sky Store

19 September 2013 5:36 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Catch the British thriller The Rise seven days before it's available on DVD - on demand in Sky Store. Newly-released jailbird Harvey (Luke Treadaway) hits on the perfect ruse for revenge after innocently taking the rap for duplicitous drugs dealer Steven Roper (Neil Maskell). He recruits his three best mates to pinch dope deal proceeds from under the nose of the dodgy Roper. »

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New trailer For Open Windows

14 September 2013 2:52 AM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Following up on the poster released in February, the first trailer for Nacho Vigalondo‘s real-time thriller Open Windows takes us inside computer screen and the spectator becomes the protagonist of this adventure. Vigalondo’s first English-language movie looks pretty damned good and not just because of adult film star Sasha Grey. Elijah Wood also stars as a man who is obsessed with an actress (Grey). He finds a way to spy on her through his computer screen. All kidding aside, this looks much more generic than we hoped, and also annoying as it presents a computer interface unlike anything real users actually have. Neil Maskell, Iván »

- Nick Martin

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Trailer for Elijah Wood's Open Windows Thriller

13 September 2013 7:27 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Today we have the official trailer for the upcoming "Open Windows" thriller, starring Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey and Neil Maskell (Kill List). Check it out below. In "Open Windows," Wood plays a man who is obsessed with an actress (Grey). When she gets abducted, he goes on a mission to find her. Everything in the movie will be seen through a laptop. "So much of what my character is experiencing is happening on a computer screen," said Wood, adding that it took him a while to get used to running around with a computer rig. The new film is directed by Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes) and has already finished shooting. It has yet to get a release date. Trailer: »

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New trailer for 'Open Windows' starring Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey

13 September 2013 5:12 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

We have added an international trailer for director Nacho Vigalondo's upcoming experimental in style movie thriller, "Open Windows." The film stars Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey in the leading roles alongside a cast that includes; Neil Maskell, Iván González, Ulysses Lopez and Trevante Rhodes. Watch the new trailer for "Open Windows" below; A release date "Open Windows" in the Us and UK is yet to be announced. Jill, the most exciting actress of the moment, refuses to have dinner with Nick, a fan who won a date with her in an Internet contest organized by the distributor of her latest film. In return, a guy named Chord, posing as Jill's campaign manager, helps Nick to follow in the »

- Anthony Pearson

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Open Windows (2013) Movie Trailer: Elijah Wood is Sasha Grey’s Voyeur

13 September 2013 2:45 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

  Open Windows Trailer. Nacho Vigalondo‘s Open Windows (2013) movie trailer stars Sasha Grey, Elijah Wood, Neil Maskell, Iván González, and Ulysses Lopez. Open Windows‘ plot synopsis: “Jill (Sasha Grey) is a famous actress who has refused to have dinner with Nick (Elijah Wood), a fan who won a date with [...]

Continue reading: Open Windows (2013) Movie Trailer: Elijah Wood is Sasha Grey’s Voyeur »

- Rollo Tomasi

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Open Windows Spanish Trailer Featuring Sasha Grey

13 September 2013 12:25 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Stalking and voyeurism are taken to a whole new level in an international trailer for Open Windows, the latest from director Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial). Elijah Wood stars as a man who takes his obsession with an actress (Sasha Grey) too far, finding a way to spy on her through the "open windows" on her computer. The film does not have a distributor or a release date set, so stay tuned for the latest on this thriller. In the meantime, take a look at this Spanish trailer.

Open Windows comes to theaters in 2013 and stars Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey, Neil Maskell, Iván González, Brian Elder, Trevante Rhodes, Jaime Olías, Ulysses Lopez. The film is directed by Nacho Vigalondo. »

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Entire Film Via Desktop In ‘Open Windows’ Trailer

13 September 2013 11:17 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Some people argue that we spend more time in front of our computer screens than interacting in the real world. When those people argue such nonsense I simply click the big red ‘X’ in the top right hand corner. Timecrimes director, Nacho Vigalondo, has decided to turn this idea into a high concept thriller. If you thought found footage were pushing their luck, then how about an entire film that emulates a person’s desktop? It’s obviously a huge risk, but from this first trailer it may very well be that Vigalondo has pulled it off.

Elijah Wood stars as a fan who misses out on the chance to see his idol. He is soon contacted by a mysterious man who gives Wood access to hidden camera footage of his idol, Sasha Grey. What follows is a cat and mouse game compiled of different browser windows and webcam footage. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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What do we know about Utopia series 2?

11 September 2013 11:11 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Interview Louisa Mellor 12 Sep 2013 - 07:00

Utopia writer Dennis Kelly has shared a few details about the second series of his dystopian Channel 4 thriller Utopia

Earlier this year, Channel Four thriller Utopia splashed acid yellow over a particularly grey January. Its attention-grabbing story of hit-men, deadly viruses, and global conspiracy shook TV audiences from their post-Christmas slumber and showed them a world where graphic novels hid deadly secrets and mad scientists made deals with the devil. With ‘Where Is Jessica Hyde?’, it also coined the creepiest catchphrase since those twins asked The Shining’s Danny to pop round for a play date.

Speaking to comedy and television writer Vicky Nangle as part of a Space event held last month in Brighton, Utopia writer Dennis Kelly spoke about writing the series, dealing with controversies, and what he has planned for the second run, due to begin filming this October… »

- louisamellor

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Rupert Grint & Others Join Macbeth Adaptation ‘Enemy Of Man’

6 September 2013 12:32 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Those Gcse students don’t have enough films based on the plays of William Shakespeare when it comes to their coursework. So our dear friend, director Vincent Regan, has decided we need one more. It will be yet another retelling of Shakespeare’s greatest work, (I went there!) Macbeth. The updated film, titled Enemy Of Man, sees Sean Bean as Macbeth; a war hero returning home. He’ll be lead down a road of ambition, paranoia, and manipulative wives on his quest for power. Spoiler! Sean Bean dies.

Macbeth is my favourite Shakespeare play, so I always welcome a new adaptation. It’s always fun to see if we’ll have another Throne Of Blood, or if it will join the Australian, Sam Worthington lead, MacBeth (2006) in terms of absurdity. This will be Regan’s debut feature as he steps from in front of the camera in order to lead »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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