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Men go meat-hunting in The Island With Bear Grylls, finding work is hard work in The Job Centre and Horizon asks, Is Binge Drinking Really That Bad? Plus NYPD detective Kate’s wedding is scuppered in Castle and Inspector George Gently confronts the bovver boys
It’s Christmas Eve 1969 and Martin Shaw’s grumpy copper knows who’s been naughty or nice. Investigating the aftermath of a bank job points Gently and sidekick Bacchus toward the local skinhead scene, where former Shameless tearaway Jody Latham lords it over a gang of bovver boys in braces and oxblood DMs. With Sten guns, car stunts and a skanking soundtrack, this action-packed episode ends the seventh series on a high, though it remains unclear whether George will return for some 1970s adventures. Graeme Virtue
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- Graeme Virtue, David Stubbs, Ben Arnold, Jack Seale, Ali Catterall and Hannah Verdier
'Saint Joan': Constance Cummings as the George Bernard Shaw heroine Constance Cummings on stage: George Bernard Shaw, William Shakespeare and Benn W. Levy (See previous post: "Constance Cummings: Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill.") In the mid-1930s, Constance Cummings landed the title roles in two of husband Benn W. Levy's stage adaptations: Levy and Hubert Griffith's Young Madame Conti (1936), from Bruno Frank's original, which was presented on both sides of the Atlantic. (On Broadway, the play had a brief run in spring 1937 at the Music Box Theatre.) The Theatre Guild-produced Madame Bovary (1937), from the Gustave Flaubert novel, staged in late fall at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre. Referring to the London production of Young Madame Conti, The Sunday Times critic James Agate wrote that the American actress had made "a roaring success out of what in other hands might so easily have been an inarticulate, »
- Andre Soares
The show - about two colleagues who take part in a company car-share scheme - launched on iPlayer ahead of its broadcast premiere and has already won over many with its good-natured humour.
In 'Séance Time', Tina - »
Nick and Margaret frown on The Trouble With Trains, Punch and Judy politics with Newzoids, and strangers share a ride in Peter Kay’s Car Share. Plus: Inspector George Gently investigates a rape and a haunted house finale in Inside No 9
Peter Flannery’s well-crafted police procedural returns with an episode that explores 1960s attitudes towards sex and sexual violence. Cue John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby), a character whose principal purpose is so often to hit the wrong note when compared to his streetwise boss (Martin Shaw), descending to a new nadir as he conducts a witness interview: “Who’s been raping you then, pet?” What unfolds is the tale of the hunt for a killer, plus Gently has a health scare and Bacchus is consumed by an affair. Jonathan Wright
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- Jonathan Wright, John Robinson, Graeme Virtue, David Stubbs, Hannah Verdier and Mark Jones
The world of Doctor Who has changed greatly in the space of just 10 years. The cast and crew have almost completely been replaced since 2005, including a number of new actors to play the errant Time Lord and his companions.
But what has happened to the class of '05? Where are Rose and Mickey now? What is the writer of 'Dalek' up to? And where can you see more work from the director of 'Rose'?
Here it is then, your guide to the main players of Doctor Who series one.
After his three-month on-screen stint as the Doctor, Christopher Eccleston's career continued in much the same vein, taking in theatre, interesting television roles and the odd blockbuster.
We pay tribute to Brian Clemens, a screenwriter and producer whose work lit up 1970s cult TV and beyond...
Brian Clemens, who died earlier this week aged 83, was a highly respected screenwriter and producer both for TV and Film. He will chiefly be remembered for his work on The Avengers, The New Avengers and The Professionals but his credits were numerous and encapsulated a real golden age of cult, escapist television from the 1950s onwards.
Clemens was born in Croydon in July 1931. He spent his National Service as a Weapons Training Instructor. After spending time as a copywriter, he established himself as a scriptwriter - sometimes using the pseudonym "Tony O'Grady" - O'Grady being his mother's maiden name. He received his first commission from the BBC at the age of 24 - a thriller called Valid For Single Journey Only. He went on to write for many of the big TV »
Brian Clemens, one of the defining writers of British television in the 20th century, has passed away aged 83. Best known for his work on The Avengers and numerous other cult series of the telefantasy genre, he also scripted shows across the pond such as Diagnosis: Murder and created my own personal favourite The Professionals. Still shown on ITV4 to this day, it concerned the adventures of a pair of laddish hard men operating for fictional government department CI5, and put stars Martin Shaw and the late Lewis Collins on the map.
Born in Croydon, Clemens had his first short story published before hitting his teens and went on to write for television and film full time after a stint in advertising. He performed scribbling duties on a wide variety of programmes including Danger Man and Richard The Lionheart, but it was delivering the pilot episode of The Avengers that made his name. »
- Steve Palace
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