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7 items from 2017


The week in TV: The Moorside, Roots, Apple Tree Yard and more

11 February 2017 11:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Sheridan Smith and Gemma Whelan stand out in the BBC’s controversial Shannon Matthews drama. Plus, the towering remake of Roots

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Karen Matthews was presented with a “good parent certificate” from her local Dewsbury council, which perhaps tells us all we need to know about such good-citizenry guff, an unsavoury melange of censorious preaching and all-must-have-tickboxes acclaim for low achievement. Karen Matthews, as we all now must know, was the mother who hoaxed the kidnapping of her nine-year-old daughter, Shannon. For three weeks in 2008, Shannon lay drugged and hidden in the base of a divan bed in the nearby home of Karen’s dreadful boyfriend’s dreadful uncle, while the Sun ramped the reward money up to £50,000.

Roots is angry and beautiful, shameful and shaming, bloody and leathery and viciously vital »

- Euan Ferguson

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This Shannon Matthews drama continues TV’s fixation with people on benefits | Zoe Williams

8 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

New media is blamed, but mainstream dramas on the underclass are creating fervid, rightwing views

The Moorside, a drama billed by the BBC as the untold story behind the Shannon Matthews mystery, has its detractors, not least Shannon’s grandparents. They feel that, to a young woman who has been voluntarily under the care of a local authority since 2008, who has quite literally lost her identity and is having to navigate her teenage years with a false one, this raking over of the coals – her deliberate kidnapping by her mother and a male accomplice, in the hope of tabloid reward money – might have a deleterious effect.

The first episode aired on Tuesday night. The producers, I’m sure, would argue that their consciences were clear. They showed a community that was, in the words of the local reverend, Kathy Robertson (speaking on the Today programme), “quite resilient, quite compassionate, coming »

- Zoe Williams

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BBC admits real-life characters in Shannon Matthews TV drama were paid

8 February 2017 8:28 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Admission comes as cousin of kidnapped schoolgirl’s mother says The Moorside should not have been broadcast

The BBC has admitted that some of the real-life characters depicted in a controversial dramatisation of the fake abduction of the schoolgirl Shannon Matthews were paid for their cooperation.

ITV Studios, the production company behind The Moorside, which aired on BBC1 on Tuesday, paid “small fees” to some people who had been involved in real life, a BBC spokeswoman told the Guardian.

Related: The Moorside review – Sheridan Smith finds a new way into the familiar, awful Shannon Matthews story

Related: BBC defends TV drama about search for Shannon Matthews

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- Helen Pidd North of England editor

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Tuesday’s best TV: The Moorside; Britain’s Greatest Hoaxer

6 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Sheridan Smith stars in a dramatisation of the Shannon Matthews fake abduction story; Lee Nelson lobs Nazi golf balls at Donald Trump

With the new year’s gym crowds dwindling by the second, the ever-enthusiastic Anna Richardson and Amar Latif – a blind entrepreneur-turned-tv personality who will be a familiar figure to viewers of The Last Leg – present this introduction to all of the exciting forms of exercise you could be doing in 2017. A nice idea, although obviously the pair can’t provide the motivation to get off your sofa and go and do it all. Hannah J Davies

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- Hannah J Davies, John Robinson, Jack Seale, Mark Gibbings-Jones, David Stubbs, Ben Arnold, Graeme Virtue and Paul Howlett

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The Moorside: why the Shannon Matthews abduction drama is TV at its finest

3 February 2017 4:02 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The duo who tackled Fred and Rose West are now telling the harrowing story of Shannon Matthews, with Sheridan Smith on mesmerising form. Mark Lawson on the power – and the pitfalls – of docudrama

The only boring thing about The Moorside, a BBC drama that will surely already have TV awards judges twitching, is its title.

It’s easy to imagine other networks opting for something like 24 Days in Captivity: the Kidnapping of Shannon Matthews – immediately reminding potential viewers of a major UK news story from 2008, when a nine-year-old from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire was reported missing by her mother, Karen.

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- Mark Lawson

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Olivia Colman the bookies’ favourite to succeed Peter Capaldi in Doctor Who

1 February 2017 9:52 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Earlier in the week Peter Capaldi announced that he will be calling time on his stint as the Doctor in this year’s Christmas Special, and now bookmakers William Hill has released its odds for the thirteenth incarnation of the Time Lord in Doctor Who, with Broadchurch star Olivia Colman leading the pack with odds of 8/1.

Should the BBC opt for Colman, it would be the first time a female has portrayed the character – something long overdue in the eyes of many fans. Other actresses in the betting including Phoebe Waller-Bridge (14/1), Hayley Atwell (20/1), Sheridan Smith (20/1), Vicky McClure (20/1), Gemma Arterton (25/1), Helena Bonham Carter (25/1), Tilda Swinton (33/1) and former companions Billie Piper (33/1) and Catherine Tate (33/1).

Other candidates who the bookies seem to think have a chance include James Norton (10/1), Reece Shearsmith (10/1), Richard Ayoade (10/1), Rory Kinnear (12/1) and Andrew Scott (16/1). And if you want to waste some cash, you can also back the likes of »

- Gary Collinson

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Sheridan Smith Teams With Sister Pictures, ITV For ‘Clean Break’

11 January 2017 4:12 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Brit actress Sheridan Smith is set to star in new six-part drama series Clean Break for ITV. The drama, which is produced by Sister Pictures, focusses on an ordinary working class woman who is caught between two worlds – the everyday life of a devoted and loving mother and the darker, dangerous world of insider trading. Smith plays office cleaner Sam, one of an invisible army of cleaners on a zero-hours contract who clean in the early hours. She struggles with an online… »

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