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The channel, which launched six weeks ago, shows reruns of crime series but is there is any intrigue left in Broadchurch when you already know who the killer is?
The fact that crime novels almost never win major literary prizes is often attributed to cultural snobbery, and that can be a factor. But, as a devotee of detective fiction who has been a judge for many book awards, I have noticed another problem. In the stage of deliberations at which panelists re-read the shortlist, mystery stories are inevitably disadvantaged because a large part of the narrative power the manipulation of suspense and concealment of identities has become redundant.
For this reason, the concept of a TV re-run channel for whodunnits seems peculiar. But, six weeks ago, ITV launched Encore, a service available to Sky subscribers (channel 123), which began with a repeat showing of Broadchurch. The channel isnt limited to detective series on Wednesday nights, »
- Mark Lawson
Lindsay Denton, Robin Griffin, Catherine Cawood… modern TV crime drama is overflowing with great women characters…
“Granny’s been in a fight”.
That’s not something you often hear from young boys on TV, much less followed by a matter-of-fact, “she was chasing this scrote and he kicked her in the face”. “Did he get away?” the boastful grandson is asked. “Hell no”.
That exchange, from Happy Valley’s second episode, sums up a shift afoot in modern crime drama. Women in TV crime are no longer just the sexy sidekick, femme fatale, strangled prostitute or pert corpse on the slab - they’re the leads. Grandmothers, mothers, sisters, daughters; married, divorced, single; keen runners, pianists, swimmers, cat-owners… They’re not all cut from the same cloth, nor are they empty nods towards diversity or ‘find and replace’ stand ins for male characters. They’re women, flawed and heroic, »
Star accepts prize via satellite link wearing a dinner jacket – but camera reveals he is sporting only shorts on his bottom half
The National Television Awards' new "best detective" category appears to have been tailor made for Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch – although he did face stiff competition from Broadchurch's David Tennant and Olivia Colman, Luther's Idris Elba, Scott & Bailey's Suranne Jones and Law & Order UK's Bradley Walsh. Viewers therefore may not have been surprised at his win – but many were gobsmacked by the end of his acceptance speech. Cumberbatch accepted the award smartly dressed in a dinner jacket by satellite link from Los Angeles, where he said he was "working". However, he then stood up, revealing he was wearing a pair of red board shorts. Monkey wonders what Sherlock's Mrs Hudson would have made of that.
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The 19th National Television Awards took place at London's O2 Arena this evening (January 22).
Hosted by Dermot O'Leary, the ceremony celebrated all that is great and good in UK television.
National Television Awards 2014 - as it happened
The National TV Awards winners in full:
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Coronation Street - Winner
Mrs Brown's Boys - Winner
Doctor Who - Winner
Paul O'Grady: For The Love of Dogs - Winner
The stars of Broadchurch, Sherlock and Luther will have to face off competition from Scott & Bailey's Suranne Jones and Law & Order UK's Bradley Walsh too... but who would you nominate as the greatest television 'tec?
Vote in our poll below to have your say - and don't forget to visit NationalTVAwards.com if you want your vote to count on the night itself too! »
Is a railway romance a good platform for a lasting relationship?
David Morrissey and Sheridan Smith book a one-way train to Excitementville, bypassing Responsibiltyford and Mundaneton in the BBC’s new two-part drama written by David Nicholls. But is the story merely an unambitious cliché of a Brief Encounter replacement service?
Most disappointing of any aspect inside the programme was the decision of the BBC programmers not to reschedule the entire evening to broadcast the 7.39 at its misleading self-appointed time and choose the ironically timely 9pm slot instead. For one day or two, surely the Ten O’clock News could have been delayed due to leaves on the line or some sort of signal failure directed at Huw Edwards.
David Nicholls, author of best-seller One Day, choo choo chooses one train as his subject for this mini-series. The service in question is the daily commute of the 7.39 to Waterloo. »
- George Meixner
Benedict Cumberbatch and Olivia Colman have been nominated for a National Television Award 2014. The 'Sherlock' star and the 'Broadchurch' actress will go head-to-head for the new TV Detective gong at this year's ceremony, taking place at London's o2 on Wednesday January 22. Idris Elba will also battle it out for the prize after being recognised for his role in 'Luther', along with Bradley Walsh for 'Law & Order UK', Suranne Jones for 'Scott & Bailey' and David Tennant for his part in 'Broadchurch'. Meanwhile, Ant and Dec could receive their thirteenth consecutive best presenter award after receiving a flood »
The shortlist for the 19th National Television Awards has been announced.
Dermot O'Leary hosts this year's ceremony, which takes places on Wednesday, January 22 at London's 02. Fans can vote at NationalTVAwards.com.
The National TV Awards nominations in full:
Mrs Brown's Boys
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8 items from 2014
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