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Graham Theakston obituary

My friend Graham Theakston, who has died of cancer at the age of 62, was a talented director of television drama over the past 30 years. He will be best remembered for Channel 4's The Politician's Wife, for which he won a Bafta award in 1995, and The Mill on the Floss (1997). He worked on many popular shows, including Cadfael (1994), New Tricks (2003-5), Sherlock (2002), Inspector Lynley (2007) and Blue Murder (2007).

Born and raised in Bradford, Graham went to grammar school and was the first in his family to go to college. He was originally intended for a career in architecture but was drawn to stage and screen after several inspiring visits to London in the early 1970s. His London friends musicians, actors, designers steered him towards a job in television and he got his break as a director, thanks to the producer Richard Bates, on a sci-fi series called Tripods in 1984.

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TV Spot and Photos from Bedlam Premiering On BBC America In October

First the bad news: Doctor Who will be over for a while, after October 1. That’s when the season 6 finale airs on BBC America. They are trying to lessen the blow though, bless ‘em, by starting us on a new series directly afterwards. Check out the tv spot:

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Here’s a brief summary:

Bedlam is a ghostly series set around Bedlam Heights — a hip, newly renovated apartment building. Those who live there think they have the best address in the world, but little do they know their new home has a harrowing past.

The conversion of Bedlam Heights from a former insane asylum has awakened the ghosts of its dark and violent past. These spirits wish to reclaim what’s theirs and seek revenge on those who have wronged them.

Kate (Charlotte Salt, The Tudors), a direct descendant of the people who ran the former asylum for generations,
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[TV] Blue Murder

Blue Murder, although stylized in a similar fashion to such crime dramas as Law and Order, The Closer, and NYPD Blue, comes off comedic and lacks the grittiness of most of its contemporaries. In the first episode, Detective Janine Lewis (Caroline Quentin) is shown proudly bounding down the hall in an oversized sweater to tell her colleagues that she has been promoted to Chief Inspector. She then gets a bottle of champagne to celebrate, and drives home to surprise her husband, who is unfortunately in bed with another woman. She’s pregnant with her husband’s child as well at this point, a surprise.

Perhaps the choice of music in the show aids in this comedic feel, an instrumental saxophone that blares when Janine is happy and then winds down when she’s having a bad day, or finds her husband with his mistress. The show does well to juxtapose
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DVD Review - Blue Murder: Complete Collection

There's something quite interesting about Blue Murder. In a way, it's the anti-Prime Suspect, though in other ways it's the clear successor to the female-driven police drama. Murder's Caroline Quentin, for instance, lends a lightness to her role as Dci Janine Lewis that was (intentionally) absent from the darker portrayal of Dci Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect. At the same time, though, the show seems to examine the difficulties that women have in positions of authority in law enforcement, a theme well shared by Suspect. In a way, the two shows seem like twins: Prime Suspect is the serious older one, while Blue Murder is the playful younger sibling. After all, you'd never see Tennison roll her eyes and proclaim a case to be "Murder! In all its glory."

Quentin is absolutely great as Janine Lewis, a single mother who juggles parenting with solving murders. Work, of course, eats away at her home life,
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DVD Playhouse: December 2010

DVD Playhouse December 2010

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Allen Gardner

America Lost And Found: The Bbs Story (Criterion) Perhaps the best DVD box set released this year, this ultimate cinefile stocking stuffer offered up by Criterion, the Rolls-Royce of home video labels, features seven seminal works from the late ‘60s-early ‘70s that were brought to life by cutting edge producers Bert Schneider, Steve Blauner and director/producer Bob Rafelson, the principals of Bbs Productions. In chronological order: Head (1968) star the Monkees, the manufactured (by Rafelson, et al), American answer to the Beatles who, like it or not, did make an impact on popular culture, particularly in this utterly surreal piece of cinematic anarchy (co-written by Jack Nicholson, who has a cameo), which was largely dismissed upon its initial release, but is now regarded as a counterculture classic. Easy Rider (1969) is arguably regarded as the seminal ‘60s picture, about two hippie drug dealers (director Dennis Hopper
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ITV axes Quentin's 'Blue Murder'

ITV axes Quentin's 'Blue Murder'
ITV has axed crime drama Blue Murder after six years, it has been revealed. The programme, which starred Caroline Quentin as Dci Janine Lewis, first appeared on screen in 2003 and was last seen in October when the final episode of series five aired. Speaking to The Guardian about the show, Quentin confirmed: "It's been axed, which is a big disappointment." She continued: "The last series was the best we'd ever made. I thought it was fantastic. It took us a long time to get it right but we all felt we'd finally (more)
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ITV axes Blue Murder

ITV1 crime drama starring Caroline Quentin and Ian Kelsey dropped after five series

ITV is ditching Caroline Quentin crime drama Blue Murder after five series.

The former Men Behaving Badly and Life Begins actor, who played single mum and Dci Janine Lewis in the ITV1 drama, confirmed the series would not be returning. "It's been axed, which is a big disappointment," she said.

Quentin, who starred alongside Ian Kelsey as Di Richard Mayne, added that there was no clue the series was ending when cast and crew filmed the last episode, screened in October.

"We honestly didn't suspect. So we haven't had the chance to say a lot of goodbyes. Everyone was sad when we found out," she said.

Guest stars in the final series, filmed in and around Manchester, included Coronation Street's Chris Gascoyne and former Weatherfield actress Tina O'Brien.

"The last series was the best we'd ever made.
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Caroline Quentin tipped for 'The Bill'

Caroline Quentin tipped for 'The Bill'
Blue Murder star Caroline Quentin has reportedly entered talks to join The Bill for a guest stint. Show producers have decided that drafting in the actress for six weeks' worth of episodes would reignite interest in the programme, according to The Mirror. Bosses are believed to be disappointed by the police drama's ratings struggle in its new 9pm timeslot. The series was shifted in the ITV1 schedule three months ago as part of its revamp as a post-watershed drama airing just once a week. It is thought that Quentin would play Sun Hill's Borough Commander if negotiations go as planned. As well as Blue Murder, she has proved popular with roles in Men Behaving Badly, Jonathan Creek and Life Begins in the past. A source said: "Caroline Quentin has been asked to come in to try and boost the show's popularity. Scriptwriters (more)
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'Criminal Justice' returns to 4.4 million

Criminal Justice returned to 4.44m (18.9%) at 9pm last night, according to early viewing figures. The first new episode of the BBC One series, which stars Maxine Peake and Matthew Macfadyen, was down on last year's opening episode, which drew 5.5m (26%) on Monday, July 1, 2008. It was beaten by the penultimate episode of ITV1's Caroline Quentin-fronted Blue Murder, which logged an impressive 4.63m (19.7%). Also at 9pm, the second episode of Five's FlashForward was seen by 3.26m (13.9%), just topping last week's premiere. Channel 4's Daredevils (more)
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Blue Murder: Set 4 - DVD Review

If you are a fan of mysteries and/or good crime drama and have not yet seen the series Blue Murder, you are in for a treat. With realistic stories combined with exceptional acting that makes the characters live onscreen, Blue Murder is not a glamorized look at detective work, but rather the story of people who are good in their profession. The fourth set is now available on DVD and there.s a chance that once you have seen any of the episodes, you will want to see more. Set in Manchester, Chief Detective Janine Lewis (Caroline Quentin) runs her department with great success. She is so competent she has had a nod for an advancement that will put her
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