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The Bourne Legacy, Tony Gilroy, 135 mins (12A) Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Alison Klayman, 90 mins, (15)

11 August 2012 4:00 PM, PDT | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

When the actor Mark McManus died, no one thought his TV show Taggart could possibly continue, since there wasn't a Taggart any more. In fact, the series continued for years, on the understanding that any gritty-faced Scottish copper who could growl, "there's been a mrrdrrr" was essentially Taggarting, in a generic way. The same has happened with the Bourne series. Instead of recasting Jason Bourne after Matt Damon's departure, the producers have kept the title and put a new hero into the Bourne position. It's now Jeremy Renner Taggarting away like crazy. »

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What happens when successful TV shows outlive their creators and stars?

10 May 2012 5:05 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As 56 Up director Michael Apted prepares to hand over the baton, which shows have outshone their original formats

There's a tradition in sport known as "retiring the shirt", in which the squad number worn by a particularly influential player is taken out of circulation: in American basketball, the vest in question will sometimes be symbolically raised into the rafters above the court. A similar issue arises in TV when a format becomes connected with particular personnel and the dilemma is represented twice in next week's schedules.

While promoting the return of 56 Up (Monday, 9pm, ITV1), director Michael Apted showed commendable lack of ego and squeamishness, in addressing a sensitive technical question.

As the now almost 50-year-old project was intended to follow a group of children through their lives and Apted was three times the age of his subjects at the beginning, a majority of the participants are likely to outlive him. »

- Mark Lawson

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