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Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 20-16

16 December 2014 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

2014 was a strong year for television, both at home and abroad, but now is the time to narrow down our favourites to only the choicest cuts.

These are Digital Spy's best TV shows for 2014 - continuing today with 20-16. Check back tomorrow for 15-11.

Additional material by Tom Eames and Alex Fletcher

Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 25-21

20. House of Cards

It may not have quite hit the highs of the first season - perhaps lacking a little of the heart provided by Corey Stoll's tragic Peter Russo last year - but House of Cards was still a captivating watch in 2014. Much has been made of the Netflix 'binge-watch' culture, but not every show could hold the viewer's attention across 13 straight episodes - this is one.

Its chief selling point remains Kevin Spacey's turn as the malevolent, magnificent Francis 'Frank' Underwood - by turns »

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Sky1's Lennie James medical drama Critical revealed in first look trailer

12 December 2014 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Sky1's new medical drama Critical has unveiled its first trailer.

The show stars The Walking Dead's Lennie James and has been penned by Line of Duty writer Jed Mercurio.

The 13-part series is told in real time like 24 and focuses on a hospital's trauma unit.

The show also stars Catherine Walker (Strike Back), who plays trauma registrar Fiona Lomas, with Claire Skinner (Outnumbered) as trauma consultant Lorraine Rappaport and junior doctor Harry Bennett-Edwardes played by Kimberley Nixon from Fresh Meat.

James said: "The chance to work with Jed again and to come home to be part of such an exciting and ballsy project was too good an opportunity to turn down."

Production on the show began in February, with the series set to air in 2015. »

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Writers' Guild shortlist unveiled

5 December 2014 3:28 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Filth, Pride and Philomena among film nominees; awards take place on Jan 19 in London.

Sandi Toksvig will present the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain annual Awards at Riba, in London, on Jan 19, 2015.

In the two film categories, Pride (Stephen Beresford), The Selfish Giant (Clio Barnard) and Starred Up (Jonathan Asser) are up for Best First Screenplay, while Filth (Jon S Baird), Metro Manila (Sean Ellis & Frank E Flowers) and Philomena (Jeff Pope & Steve Coogan) will compete for Best Screenplay.

TV programmes up for awards include Line of Duty (Jed Mercurio), Peaky Blinders (Steven Knight), The Great Train Robbery (Chris Chibnall) and House of Fools (Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer).

A special award for outstanding contribution to writing and writers will be presented on the night.

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TV Drama – Long Form

Line of Duty (Jed Mercurio), Happy Valley (Sally Wainwright), Peaky Blinders (Steven Knight)

TV Drama – Short Form

The Great Train Robbery (Chris Chibnall), Turks & Caicos (David Hare), [link »

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David Morrissey to deliver Ppf keynote

14 October 2014 6:23 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Award-winning actor, screenwriter, director and producer David Morrissey will take to the stage as the closing keynote of Broadcast’s Production and Post Forum next month.

The star of The Walking Dead and Welcome to the Punch is the final keynote to be added to the conference line-up joining Melvyn Bragg, Studio Lambert boss Stephen Lambert and writer/director Hugo Blick.

Morrissey will discuss his prolific career and contribution to the UK and Us TV industry, which also includes Sky 1 crime series Thorne, BBC1’s State Of Play and upcoming miniseries The Driver, plus the state of production in the current “golden age” of drama.

The two-day event, organised by Screen publisher Mbi, takes place at BAFTA on Nov 5/6.

The Forum hosts an array of industry names and top talent as they debate TV’s burning issues, reveal the secrets of their production success and answer delegates’ questions.  The audience will hear case studies from technical and creative »

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Who is Sacha Dhawan?: The rise of British TV's most prolific star

26 August 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Who is Sacha Dhawan?

Ever since his star-making role as Doctor Who's first director Waris Hussein in Mark Gatiss' brilliant drama An Adventure in Space and Time, this up-and-comer has seemingly not left our television screens.

From parts in cult series In The Flesh and Utopia to a guest stint on flashy Us drama 24, not to mention his latest gig on BBC One's In The Club, Dhawan has had quite the year.

Digital Spy spoke to Sacha about his career thus far and the range of different characters he's brought to life in some of UK television's best dramatic series.

"I was a child actor - when I was about 12, I was doing children's TV on Citv - but I was still in school," Dhawan recalls of his beginnings as an actor.

"When I left college, I decided to focus on acting full-time. I went to London, »

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Casting: Madden, Dockery, Rhames, Firth

22 August 2014 11:48 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Lady Chatterley's Lover

Rob Stark himself, "Game of Thrones" star Richard Madden, will play gamekeeper Oliver Mellors in a TV movie adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover" for BBC1. Jed Mercurio ("Line of Duty") helms the project which will come from "Sherlock" producer Hartswood Films

Madden joins Holliday Grainger ("The Borgias") as Lady Chatterley and James Norton ("Happy Valley") as her war-wounded husband Sir Clifford Chatterley. [Source: The Guardian]

Queen of Earth

Michelle Dockery ("Downton Abbey") has joined the cast of Alex Ross Perry's indie psychological thriller "Queen of Earth". Joe Swanberg is producing.

Dockery and Elisabeth Moss play two women who retreat to a beach house to get a break from the pressures of the outside world. Although they grew up as best friends, they soon realize how disconnected from each other they have become. [Source: THR]


Ving Rhames has joined the cast of Obin and Amariah Olson's indie action-thriller "Operator". Mischa Barton, »

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BBC’s ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ Cast Includes ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Borgias’ Alums

22 August 2014 10:44 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

BBC One has announced the cast for its upcoming adaptation of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” the 1928 Italian romance novel by D.H. Lawrence.

Holliday Grainger, who starred in Showtime’s “The Borgias” and A&E’s recent miniseries “Bonnie & Clyde,” will play the title role, with “Game of Thrones” star Richard Madden playing gamekeeper Oliver Mellors. James Norton, who appears in BBC One’s “Happy Valley,” will play Lady Chatterley’s war-wounded husband Sir Clifford Chatterley.

The novel was considered highly controversial at the time of its publication due to its explicit sexual content, and a trial was held in Britain in 1960 to determine if the book fell under the country’s Obscene Publications Act. It appears in an episode of “Mad Men” as well, with Joan Holloway’s possession of the book causing a stir in the office due to its erotic content.

The 90-minute drama will be written and »

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Lady Chatterley's Lover

22 August 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

Holliday Grainger and Richard Madden are set to star in Jed Mercurio’s adaptation of Dh Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover for BBC One.The 90-minute drama which will be directed by Mercurio to air on BBC One as part of its ambitious season of classic 20th century literature next year.Holliday Grainger (represented by Troika) will play Lady Chatterley with James Norton as her war-wounded husband Sir Clifford Chatterley. Holliday played Estella in the film adaptation of Great Expectations and will shortly be seen in The Riot Club, the film adaptation of the West End play Posh, and as an ugly sister in Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella.Game of Thrones star Richard Madden (also represented by Troika) will play gamekeeper Oliver Mellors. He has also recently wrapped on Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella in which he plays Prince Charming.

Jed Mercurio, writer and director, says: “I'm hugely flattered that »

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BBC1 adaptation of Lady Chatterleys Lover to feature Games of Thrones star

22 August 2014 9:51 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Richard Madden lined up for Jed Mercurio-directed drama, which will air as one of a series of 20th century literature adaptations

Game of Thrones star Richard Madden will play gamekeeper Oliver Mellors in Jed Mercurios new adaptation of Lady Chatterleys Lover for BBC1.

Madden, who played Robb Stark in the HBO fantasy series, will star opposite Holliday Grainger (The Borgias) as Lady Chatterley and James Norton, who starred opposite Sarah Lancashire in BBC1s Happy Valley, as her war-wounded husband Sir Clifford Chatterley.

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Holliday Grainger to lead the cast of BBC's Lady Chatterley's Lover

22 August 2014 8:01 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Holliday Grainger has been cast as the lead in the BBC's new adaptation of Lady Chatterley's Lover.

She will be joined by actors Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) and James Norton (Happy Valley) in Jed Mercurio's (Line of Duty) version of Dh Lawrence's iconic 20th century novel.

Grainger will play the eponymous Lady Chatterley, Madden has been cast as gamekeeper Oliver Mellors, while Norton will play Lady Chatterley's war-wounded husband Sir Clifford.

The new adaptation is a Hartswood Films production in association with Serena Cullen Productions. It will begin filming in Wales this October.

Hartswood Films executive producer Beryl Vertue said: "I am delighted to be working with Serena Cullen who developed this exciting project, and Jed's great screenplay has enabled us to attract these fine actors."

Lady Chatterley's Lover was censored for nearly 30 years after it was published in 1928. It tells the story of an »

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The Go-Between

18 August 2014 9:23 AM, PDT | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

13 year old Jack Hollington from Liverpool is set to star in the title role of the new BBC adaptation of LP Hartley's classic novel The Go-Between.

The Go-Between follows Leo Colston, who as an elderly man pieces together his childhood memories after finding his diary from 1900, which he wrote when he was 13 years old. A nostalgic tale about lost innocence, The Go-Between paints beautiful pictures of British life, humanity and social hierarchy at the beginning of the 20th century.

Jack (represented by Cam) attends classes at Southport’s  So Talented! Academy of  Performing Arts. He appeared in the Christmas episode of Doctor Who in 2013, and has a number of stage roles under his belt including playing Nathan in The Full Monty in the West End. Last year he filmed his first feature film role in The Devil's Harvest.

Joanna Vanderham and Ben Batt star as Marian and Ted, the star-crossed lovers, »

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Joanna Vanderham to star in BBC One's adaptation of The Go-Between

18 August 2014 4:28 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Joanna Vanderham has been cast in BBC One's The Go-Between , which will form part of its season of classic 20th century literature.

Vanderham, who has appeared in The Paradise, Dancing On The Edge and Banished, will play Marian Maudsley in the film. She will be joined by Stephen Campbell Moore (The History Boys) as Trimingham, Ben Batt (Shameless) as Ted Burgess and Maleficent's Lesley Manville as Mrs Maudsley.

Jack Hollington will play Leo Colston, the young protagonist of the 90-minute adaptation of LP Hartley's novel.

The Go-Between follows Colston as an elderly man as he pieces together his childhood memories. He does this with the help of his diary from 1900, which he wrote at the age of 13. The film then paints a picture of British life and social hierarchy at the beginning of the 20th century.

Vanderham said of her role: "I am so excited to have been »

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Hugo Blick's TV drama The Honourable Woman: a tangled, twisted ball of wool

2 July 2014 6:32 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The new drama from the creator of The Shadow Line is, like its predecessor, designed to leave viewers rather confused. How does it compare to other conspiracy thrillers from TV history?

A BBC programme controller once sent a memo to the drama department ordering that audiences should "know where they are" within five minutes of the show starting. It's probably a good thing for Hugo Blick that the executive in question long ago went to the reward of the BBC pension scheme, because the writer-director-producer specialises in conspiracy thrillers, such as 2011's The Shadow Line, in which viewers had no idea of where they were after five hours and would have struggle if asked to summarise the plot even five minutes after the end.

The new Blick flick eight-part series The Honourable Woman, which premieres on BBC2 on Thursday starts with the disadvantage of following the second series of Jed Mercurio's Line of Duty, »

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Game of Thrones panel coming to Edinburgh TV Festival

27 June 2014 4:12 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Game of Thrones will be making its debut at the Edinburgh TV Festival this year, it has been confirmed.

HBO's programming chief Mike Lombardo will head a panel with special guests, discussing the phenomenal success of the fantasy series and revealing some behind-the-scenes secrets for one of the most buzzed-about TV shows of all time.

Talent involved in the series who are taking part in the panel will be announced soon.

Other events at this year's Edinburgh TV Festival include writer Jeff Pope and Sheridan Smith in discussion, Dynamo giving a TV masterclass, stars of Gogglebox Steph and Dom talking about the show's incredible success and Line of Duty writer Jed Mercurio taking part in a panel about writing the very best drama.

The Edinburgh TV Festival started in 1976 and is attended by 2,000 delegates and top TV executives from around the world.

It takes place on August 21-23. »

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Gogglebox, Dynamo, Keith Lemon for Edinburgh TV Festival masterclasses

21 May 2014 7:24 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Channel 4's Chief Executive David Abraham is to give the main lecture at this year's Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival.

The broadcaster chief will deliver the James MacTaggart Lecture at the 39th annual event, which takes place from August 21 to 23.

The former UKTV chief said: "2014 is already shaping up to be a seismic year of change in the landscape of television so I am honoured to have the opportunity to give the MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival this year.

"It's also been over a decade since Channel 4 has had this important platform - so it will be a key opportunity, in front of our creative partners, to set out a vision for how and why we intend to maintain our cultural impact in a world in which globalisation and technology continue to reshape everything.'

Meanwhile, Keith Lemon will present a special edition of Through the Keyhole involving channel controllers' homes, »

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BBC One to adapt Lady Chatterley's Lover, An Inspector Calls

24 April 2014 4:43 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC One has announced plans to adapt four classic 20th century novels.

Line of Duty's Jed Mercurio is to adapt a new version of Dh Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover, while Adrian Hodges (The Musketeers) is working on a new version of LP Hartley's The Go-Between.

Aisling Walsh will direct a new version of Jb Priestley's An Inspector Calls, and Ben Vanstone will adapt Laurie Lee's Cider With Rosie.

Lady Chatterley's Lover was censored in English for nearly 30 years since its original 1928 edition. It tells the story of an upper-class woman's affair with her gamekeeper. It was previously directed by Ken Russell as a BBC serial starring Joely Richardson and Sean Bean in 1993.

Jed Mercurio said: "Lady Chatterley's Lover is a novel that constitutes a milestone of English literature. I'm immensely excited by this opportunity to dramatise its iconic themes in a fresh and original way. »

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BBC to revisit Lady Chatterley’s Lover

24 April 2014 3:02 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Cider With Rosie, The Go-Between and An Inspector Calls will be adapted as 90-minute dramas for a BBC1 season of early 20th century British novels and plays.

Controller Charlotte Moore and drama controller Ben Stephenson have ordered the dramas, which include Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio’s version of Dh Lawrence’s controversial 1928 novel, previously adapted for BBC1 by Ken Russell in 1993.

The sexually explicit novel, which details an affair between an upper-class woman and her gamekeeper, was censored in the UK for 30 years.

The project is a co-production between Hartswood Films and Serena Cullen Productions, and will be produced by Cullen with Sherlock exec Beryl Vertue on board as executive producer. Mercurio has written and will direct.

Meanwhile, Ben Vanstone is adapting Laurie Lee’s childhood memoir Cider With Rosie, about growing up in a Cotswold village on the verge of industrial change.

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Watch Teaser Trailer For '24'-Like Medical Drama 'Critical' Coming In 2015 Starring Lennie James

10 April 2014 3:32 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

From the writer of Line of Duty comes the brand new Sky (UK network) drama titled Critical starring Lennie James (who also starred in Line of Duty, during its first season), Claire Skinner and Kimberley Nixon. Critical is described as one story, in one place, in one hour - a real-time medical and emotional roller-coaster ride in which every second counts during the most life-threatening hour of a patient's treatment. Lennie James (who Stateside audiences may most recognize from The Walking Dead) leads an ensemble cast, playing trauma consultant Glen Boyle in what will be a 13-part series set in a state-of-the-art major trauma center, which treats only the most gravely ill or seriously injured. Each episode will feature a new and distinctive case. Whether that patient lives or dies is determined by decisions and procedures, but can the diverse team of medical professionals pull together and rise to each challenge? »

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Line of Duty to return for third and fourth series on BBC Two

8 April 2014 5:41 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Line of Duty is to return for two more series on BBC Two.

The acclaimed police thriller starring Martin Compston and Vicky McClure will air a third and fourth series, comprising six episodes each.

The second series, which starred Keeley Hawes as conflicted cop Di Lindsay Denton, attracted an average of 3.4m viewers across February and March.

Creator and writer Jed Mercurio said: "We're profoundly grateful to the fans who not only watched Line Of Duty but also made it such a talking point, and to BBC Two for this rare and immensely flattering opportunity.

"For series three and four, I can promise two explosive new cases for AC-12, new guest stars as police officers are investigated for corruption, further twists and turns from the loose ends of series two, and maybe even some surprise reappearances."

Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama, added: "Line Of Duty shows what the reinvestment »

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BBC commissions Line Of Duty series 3 and 4

8 April 2014 5:09 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

News Louisa Mellor 8 Apr 2014 - 13:00

Two new series of Jed Mercurio's superlative crime drama, Line Of Duty, are coming to the BBC...

If twisty, turny, elegantly constructed and engagingly performed crime drama is your thing, then chances are you already a fan of Line Of Duty, which recently completed its second series on BBC Two. If so, you'll join us in being delighted to hear that BBC Two has commissioned not one, but two new series of Line Of Duty from writer Jed Mercurio (Bodies, Cardiac Arrest).

Mercurio's critically praised 2012 series featured the inestimable talents of Lennie James and, with its tale of police corruption and personal transgressions, looked difficult to top. Top it he did, with an even more captivating second series.

If there's justice in the world (which, Line Of Duty's cynical world view assures us, there isn't) then Keeley Hawes and the series creators »

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