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Big Light Productions, the company behind Amazon series “Man in the High Castle,” is set to ramp up its slate of dramas, with two seasoned executives joining its ranks.
Frances Flannery (“Spotless”) will work up a slate of original scripted projects for the production company, which was founded by Frank Spotnitz (“The X Files”). She has worked at Kudos and Wall to Wall.
Emily Feller comes to Spotlight from Studiocanal’s Red Production Company and will executive produce new original series and the new season of Rai and Netflix series “Medici: Masters of Florence.” Her credits include British shows “Bodies” and “The Driver.”
“With projects already in development in the U.K., the U.S. and Europe, it’s an exciting moment for Emily and Frances to join the team,” said Big Light’s head of drama, Katie McAleese. “They’re both exceptionally writer-focused and have fantastic editorial instincts. I’m thrilled that they’re joining as »
- Stewart Clarke
Louisa Mellor May 5, 2017
If I were ever to find myself alone in a room with a dead body I’d created in self-defence and pondering my next move, “plead guilty to manslaughter,” Jed Mercurio tells me. “For the minimum three years sentence. If you take the risk of fighting a murder plea with self-defence and you fail, then you will be convicted of murder and that is a mandatory life sentence.” Getting off with self-defence is really, really hard, says Mercurio, really hard. “I did the research.”
It’s good advice, if alarming in the context of a DVD release-plugging interview. As a general rule, »
Louisa Mellor Apr 19, 2017
Warning: contains spoilers for Line Of Duty series one, two, three and four (until episode four). And some wild speculation.
“How do you know when an executive officer is telling lies? His lips move.” So said Si Ted Hastings reporting back after lunching with Acc Hilton in Line Of Duty series four episode one. It was a characteristically wry comment from Hastings, a character who brooks no truck with bent coppers and PR-manipulators like Hilton. Was it, though, more than that? Was Ted calling Hilton a liar a crucial clue as to what’s really »
Louisa Mellor Apr 15, 2017
Spoilers from the start in our review of Line Of Duty’s latest, which has reached the traditional point of maddening complexity...
This review contains spoilers.
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When DS Steve Arnott called himself a blunt instrument last week, he must have been talking about his skull. That man not only has a steely gaze and an enviable collection of steel-grey waistcoats, he also clearly has a cranium made of the same.
Steve lived. Not exactly to tell the tale—the concussion made him too hazy for that—but he lived to catch bent coppers another day. (Incidentally, do you think Mr and Mrs Arnott at the hospital were played by Martin Compston’s real parents? »
The new series of the hottest police drama on TV is all about the elusiveness of truth, says its creator
If television drama were a town, every other building would be a police station or hospital. So viewers should be grateful to Jed Mercurio for spectacularly renovating these repetitive premises. He created two highly original medical shows - Cardiac Arrest and Bodies - before creating one of the most distinctive cop series, Line of Duty, which is about to return for its fourth series.
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- Mark Lawson
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