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Rake box set review: teeming with sex, violence and smart dialogue

22 October 2015 8:12 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Addicted to cocaine, spread-betting and chasing impossible women, and saddled with a venomous bunch of clients, defence counsel Cleaver Greene is a compelling antihero

Cleaver Greene is not your typical TV defence barrister. His clients aren’t those unable to fight their own corner, and Cleaver isn’t driven by a need to correct some formative wrong from his past. What does drive him are his gambling debts, unpaid tax, and the feeling deep in his soul that his job might be a sham. A straight-talking scoundrel played with relish by Richard Roxburgh, Cleaver is the antihero at the heart of Rake, possibly the most underrated show on Netflix, and a scathing attack on the inequalities of the Australian legal system.

Created by film director Peter Duncan, and later remade in the Us with Greg Kinnear, Rake is styled on Jimmy McGovern’s Cracker: social commentary disguised as a procedural. »

- George Bass

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‘House of Cards’ Writer Beau Willimon Joins BAFTA/BFI Lecture Series

22 July 2015 4:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — “House of Cards” executive producer Beau Willimon and Nancy Meyers, who was Oscar nominated for “Private Benjamin,” will be among the speakers in the latest series of lectures by leading screenwriters organized by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the British Film Institute.

Other screenwriters featured in the series are U.K. writers Nick Hornby, who was Oscar nominated for “An Education,” and Jimmy McGovern, who created “Cracker,” and Australia’s Andrew Bovell, whose credits include “A Most Wanted Man.” The lectures will run in London between Sept. 23 and Oct. 3.

Now in its sixth year, the series “exists to celebrate screenwriters’ authorial contribution to film, and gives esteemed writers a platform to share highlights and insights from their careers with an audience of film-lovers and their peers,” according to a statement.

Hornby, whose credits also include “Wild,” starts the season on Sept. 23. Bovell, whose credits include “Lantana, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Clocking Off box set review – ‘shocking tales of ordinary people with dark secrets’

2 July 2015 8:05 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Set in a Manchester bed linen factory, Paul Abbott’s dramas deal with infidelity, rape and racism – and there’s no guarantee of a happy ending

When Clocking Off started its run on the BBC back in 2000, it quickly established itself as not just your bog-standard 9pm drama. Paul Abbott, who had paid his dues on Coronation Street and Cracker, created an ensemble cast of characters whose stories became more twisted with every scene.

Theirs are tales of ordinary people with complicated lives and dark secrets, set against the mundane backdrop of a Manchester bed linen factory, Mackintosh Textiles. It’s a place where real life is more shocking than the participants of any gossip-hungry tea break could ever imagine. Although the story arc unfolds week by week, each episode stands alone with stars such as Sarah Lancashire, Philip Glenister and Lesley Sharp taking it in turns to inhabit centre stage. »

- Hannah Verdier

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Paul Abbott: ‘I don’t think you need damage to be a good writer but you have more experience of extremities'

15 April 2015 10:36 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Paul Abbott’s brilliant new series No Offence is a ‘comedy for a crime-addicted audience’. He talks to Simon Hattenstone about writing Shameless, his family and his battle with bipolar disorder

Paul Abbott is in danger of having created a new character every bit as monstrous as Shameless’s Frank Gallagher, and he is so excited that the words can’t tumble out fast enough. Detective inspector Vivienne Deering (played by Joanna Scanlan from The Thick of It) is not shy of squirting vaginal deodorant in public meetings, occasionally confuses it with her mouth spray, takes the longest (singing) pisses in TV history, will do anything to protect herself, is pretty good at looking after others too, and is not to be messed with. No Offence is the first original UK TV series Abbott has written in more than a decade.

He has been working in television for 30 years, and »

- Simon Hattenstone

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No Offence: Watch trailer for Shameless creator's new Channel 4 drama

7 April 2015 7:23 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The first trailer for Shameless creator Paul Abbott's Channel 4 drama No Offence has been released.

The Manchester-based crime drama stars Joanna Scanlan, Alexandra Roach and Colin Salmon, and mixes "cop drama, family saga and social mayhem".

No Offence consists of eight hour-long episodes, and follows Di Vivienne Deering (Scanlan), DC Dinah Kowalska (Elaine Cassidy) and DS Joy Freers (Roach) as they attempt to keep the streets clean from crime.

Broadchurch's Will Mellor and Friday Night Dinner's Paul Ritter also star.

Writer Abbott previously said about the show: "I'm a big fan of well-told cop shows and jet-black social comedy, and I wanted to see how explosively we could bang two genres' heads together.

"No Offence is reared on wilder-than-average seeds, and I've had a ball with the AbbottVision team in building this concept."

Abbott is known for his work on Cracker, State of Play and Clocking Off. »

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Banished stars on BBC Two's "gruelling but rewarding" new series

4 March 2015 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Setting his new series in 18th century Australia might seem like a departure for Jimmy McGovern - the BAFTA-winning writer renowned for using drama to address issues plaguing contemporary Britain.

But when asked what's inherently special about a McGovern script, regardless of setting, both Russell Tovey and MyAnna Buring give the same answer: "Character."

Both star in McGovern's new BBC Two series Banished - a seven-part serial about the first settlers in Oz, many of whom were convicts shipped halfway across the world against their will.

"Jimmy adores the people he writes and he knows intrinsically who each of these people are, and the way that those characters interweave is inherent to him," Tovey suggests.

Buring - speaking to DS a few days later - is similarly effusive about McGovern: "He just gets straight down to the nitty-gritty of what it means to be human.

"You can be in the future, »

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