13 items from 2016
The horrifying crime thriller about the Beast of Birkenshaw murders concludes. Plus: a bloody and brooding new drama
This well-crafted retelling of how serial murderer Peter Manuel – the “Beast of Birkenshaw” – terrorised Lanarkshire in the late 1950s concludes. Buoyed by his continued evasion of the law, the assured and cocky Manuel (Martin Compston) sets a foot wrong, meaning Douglas Henshall’s thwarted but ever-resourceful detective Muncie is finally able to close in. Had Manuel’s horrifying crimes been a work of fiction, they would scarcely be believable. Ben Arnold
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- Ben Arnold, Graeme Virtue, Phil Harrison, David Stubbs, Luke Holland, Grace Rahman, John Robinson, Paul Howlett
Mark Harrison Oct 11, 2016
We salute the film work of one of Britain's very best, and most versatile, film actors: Mr Eddie Marsan...
Eddie Marsan isn't just one of the best British actors working today – he's also one of the busiest, appearing in all kinds of supporting roles in major movies, while also appearing on TV a lot, on both sides of the Atlantic. He was fantastic as the latter lead in BBC One's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell last year and he's also a regular on Showtime's Ray Donovan as Ray's brother Terry, an ex-boxer suffering from Parkinson's disease.
On the big screen though, it's Marsan's versatility that really makes him so watchable. He's had attention grabbing turns in minor roles in blockbusters like Hancock, Mission: Impossible III and Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes films, but he's also at home amongst a big ensemble in more serious fare like Spielberg »
★☆☆☆☆ Talulah Riley plays three roles in rom-com Scottish Mussel, acting as star, writer and director. Sadly, her feature debut is as vacuous as they come, without so much as a morsel of skill on display and lacking both drama and humour. Ritchie (Martin Compston) is a chancer who spends his days hanging around at the pub with best mates Danny (Joe Thomas) and Fraser (Paul Brannigan). Disillusioned with their poor lifestyle, Ritchie sees money in mussel farming and volunteers at a wildlife centre in the Highlands. As he schemes to sell mussel pearls he falls in love with conservationist Beth (Riley). »
- CineVue UK
Ahead of its release later this month, a first trailer has arrived online for writer-director Talulah Riley’s upcoming comedy Scottish Mussel which sees Riley starring alongside Martin Compston, Joe Thomas, Morgan Watkins and Paul Brannigan; check it out below after the official synopsis…
Scottish Mussel tells the story of Ritchie (Martin Compston), a Glaswegian chancer with low hopes and no prospects. Disillusioned with city‐life, he goes undercover at a Highland conservation centre to make his fortune as an illegal pearl fisher with the help of his two hapless and accident-prone mates, Danny (Joe Thomas) and Fraser (Paul Brannigan). But his plan goes awry when he meets Beth (Riley), a pretty English conservationist passionate about saving endangered mussels from the clutches of pearl thieves, and falls for her instantly…
Scottish Mussel is set for release on September 23rd.
- Amie Cranswick
"Scallops. You've got a bath full of scallops." Check out this quirky trailer for a very odd indie comedy called Scottish Mussel, which is an awkward play on words considering this is a romantic comedy and yet it's also about mussels, meaning molluscs. Scottish Mussel is the directorial debut of actress Talulah Riley, who also stars in the film as the conservationist beauty who falls for an an illegal pearl fisher. Martin Compston plays a "Glaswegian chancer" who head to the Scottish Highlands to make money diving for pearls with his two friends. The romance angle is extremely cliched, with the obvious aspect of the two of them hating each other before she convinces him that mussels are worth saving. The cast includes Morgan Watkins, Joe Thomas, Harry Enfield, Rufus Hound, Camille Coduri & Marianna Palka. Dive in. Here's the official trailer (+ UK poster) for Talulah Riley's Scottish Mussel, direct »
- Alex Billington
Newton will take on the role of Detective Chief Inspector Roz Huntley who faces investigation by the AC12 police unit.
Related: Line of Duty promoted to BBC1 for two more series
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- Dugald Baird and agencies
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The BBC has renewed the Line of Duty TV show for a fifth season. Previously renewed through season four, the successful BBC Two show is moving to BBC One, for its upcoming fourth season. In other words, Line of Duty is not only not cancelled, it is getting a promotion of sorts. The season three finale of Line of Duty aired April 28, 2016, on BBC Two.
A British police procedural drama starring Martin Compston, Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar, Craig Parkinson, and Keeley Hawes, Line of Duty is written and created by Jed Mercurio and produced by World Productions. In a press release, the BBC cited strong ratings when announcing the channel change, and season five renewal (i.e. recommissioning).
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Filming on season four of acclaimed police corruption drama to begin in the autumn after it broke ratings records
Acclaimed BBC2 drama Line of Duty is to switch to BBC1 for two more series after it broke ratings records with more than 5 million viewers.
Related: Line of Duty review – an intense, butt-clenchingly brilliant finale
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- John Plunkett
Louisa Mellor Jan 26, 2017
Line Of Duty series 4 cast
"Ever more diabolical twists" is what Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio is promising for series 4 of police thriller Line Of Duty. "We're all looking forward to tormenting the nation" he said in the BBC's official press release back when the new run was announced.
To assist with this torment, they're bringing in English actress Thandie Newton (Crash, The Slap, Westworld). She'll be joining the central cast consisted of Vicky McClure, Martin Compston, Maya Sondhi and Adrian Dunbar in Line Of Duty series 4.
Courtesy of CultBox, here's the first image of Newton in the show...
Newton will play Dci Roz Huntley, who begins series 4 "in the thick of a career-defining case, Operation Trapdoor", according to the official BBC blurb. »
Line Of Duty cements its status as the most thrilling drama on television with a stunning finale to a stunning series…
This review contains spoilers.
Like many a modern idiot, around my wrist is a special watch that monitors my heart-rate. It syncs with my phone and shows me a graph of what my pulse is doing at any given moment. If I were ever to kill someone, I suspect it could be used to incriminate me. Murder must play havoc on the cardiovascular system.
Fifteen minutes before the end of Line Of Duty’s series three finale, you’ll see a significant spike on the graph. My body was sitting lazily on the sofa; my heart was doing laps of the park. This might be the first occasion on which I hand over my TV reviewing responsibilities to a Fitbit.
There can’t have been a »
Warning: contains spoilers for Line Of Duty series 3, episode 5 (Nb interview took place before the finale aired. Here's a spoiler-filled post-finale chat).
As Line Of Duty viewers might expect from the man who’s turned the police interview into an art-form, Jed Mercurio is a very measured, practiced interviewee. He gives precise, categorical answers unfurred by the usual hesitations and rambling false starts. Bring up the perception that Line Of Duty’s series two finale was hard to follow and he explains, patiently, that the most reliable evidence we have suggests otherwise. He speaks fluently in terms of suppositions, anecdotal evidence, arithmetical means and statistical outliers. When he completes a given response, he simply stops talking.
Mercurio’s voice only became heated twice in the next six thousand words. »
Demon Bumbler: Carlyle’s Serial Killer Comedy Hit or Miss
Actor Robert Carlyle directs his feature debut Barney Thomson from a first-time screenplay by producer and Ad Richard Cowan, an adaptation of novel by Douglas Lindsay. Released in the UK last year with The Legend of appearing as part of the title, the Us release divorces itself from such a lofty claim, reducing it instead to merely the name of its title character, hoping the star wattage of supporting players such as Emma Thompson and Ray Winstone will drive audiences to the film. A Glasgow set serial killer comedy, mild comparisons to another famed murderous barber, Sweeney Todd, the famed demon of Fleet Street, are completely superficial. Mildly amusing, Carlyle squanders the film’s focus, allowing his more flamboyant co-stars to score more perversely entertaining heights.
Opportunity has yet to present itself to the continually downtrodden Barney Thomson (Carlyle), a »
- Nicholas Bell
This BBC series about an anti-corruption squad is addictively plotted – if you missed it on TV, time to catch up with Gates, Denton and co
At the core of this addictive police series is a theme that marks it out from most other detective dramas: who polices the police? The answer is AC12, an anti-corruption unit, and Jed Mercurio’s BBC2 series follows their nail-bitingly tense and ultimately explosive adventures as they are called in to investigate cases across the UK.
They are a tight crew: Adrian Dunbar’s gruff leader, Superintendent Ted Hastings; Vicky McClure’s no-nonsense DC Kate Fleming (generally used as an undercover cop, winkling information out of whichever department is under investigation); and Martin Compston’s cocky DS Steve Arnott, the eager new recruit who is never quite sure when to stop pushing.
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- Sarah Hughes
13 items from 2016
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