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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 »
Sky1's new medical drama Critical has unveiled its first trailer.
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. »
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.
A special award for outstanding contribution to writing and writers will be presented on the night.
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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 »
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.
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, »
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
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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]
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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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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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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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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 »
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.
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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 »
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.
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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. »
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, »
BBC One has announced plans to adapt four classic 20th century novels.
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. »
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.
The drama will reunite Origin Pictures with Jamaica Inn »
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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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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."
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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.
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