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It is now routine, in surveys of best-ever TV fictions, for Us series screened during the last decade including The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Mad Men and The Wire to slug it out for gold, silver and bronze, while Britain's main hope of making the podium comes from productions that date from far back into the last century, such as The Singing Detective, Boys from the Blackstuff and Edge of Darkness.
Some argue, though, that Britain is too submissive to the legend of a new American golden age of televisual imagination and this may be a good time for the fightback to start, as the first half of this year has seen the launch of three of the most lauded and talked-about dramas made in the UK in recent times. »
- Mark Lawson
Originally titled The Good People, short film and music video prodigy Corin Hardy's debut feature was renamed The Woods, and on tap for you today is the second piece of poster art for the film, which is currently in post-production. Dig it!
Fraught economic pressures force Adam Hitchens, a London based conservationist, to take a job surveying an Irish forest. He hopes the move to a mill house deep in the idyllic countryside will be a breath of fresh air for his wife, Clare; their young baby son, Finn; and dog, Iggy.
Not everyone approves of their arrival, however. A farmer with strong beliefs in local tradition and folklore warns of danger if Adam does not stop unsettling the ancient, »
- Steve Barton
It's truly tragic to think that audiences only have two more Philip Seymour Hoffman performances to look forward to following the upsetting death of the actor earlier this year. He'll return as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I this fall, but next month everyone should go see A Most Wanted Man. This quiet, understated thriller features a stirring performance from a grizzled and perpetually smoking Hoffman as he leads a covert German intelligence organization tasked with hunting spies. It's the perfect slow-burning spy thriller, and a new trailer from across the pond has arrived. Watch! Here's the new UK trailer for Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man from eOne UK: A Most Wanted Man is directed by Anton Corbijn (The American) and written by Andrew Bovell (Edge of Darkness), based on John Le Carre's novel of the same name. German spy Gunther Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman »
- Ethan Anderton
Burn Notice: Fox, 9pm
It's the final ever episode of the hit show tonight, and after Michael's (Jeffrey Donovan) betrayal, he attempts to win back people's trust.
Meanwhile, James (John Pyper-Ferguson) becomes obsessed with ending his life.
The 1980s conspiracy thriller, which is set in a world of state security and political power, is being repeated tonight.
A Yorkshire policeman (Ronald Craven) discovers his murdered daughter was an eco-terrorist involved in a raid on a nuclear plant. Also starring Emma Craven and Darius Jedburgh.
Big Brother: Channel 5, 10pm
The housemates attempt to seize power in the house, how will their decisions affect the dynamics?
Every once in a while, a television drama comes along that perfectly encapsulates the mood of the time in which it was made. In the 1980s - a decade best remembered in the United Kingdom for Thatcherism and the omnipresent threat of nuclear war - that drama was Edge of Darkness.
Edge of Darkness - a six-part serial - is the story of Ronnie Craven, a Yorkshire police detective who initiates an off-the-books enquiry into his daughter's murder, only to discover that her death has broader political implications.
Soon, Craven is drawn into a world of corrupt politics and eco-terrorism, culminating in an ill-fated excursion into a radioactive waste facility known as 'Northmoor' - the hub of a power-hungry plot by malevolent forces. »
This mix of political thriller and crime drama is being repeated by the BBC for those who don't care about Fifa and Luis Suárez
We're now long past the stage of 11pm kick-offs, but BBC4's decision to repeat the brooding, quietly bonkers 1985 miniseries Edge of Darkness late on Monday nights is the best kind of World Cup counter-programming, even if Gaia the name of Joanne Whalley's gung-ho eco-militant pressure group sounds like someone who might play on the left wing for Brazil. Devised by Z-Cars co-creator Troy Kennedy Martin and broad enough in its artistic ambition to encompass the creeping military-industrial cosiness between Reagan and Thatcher, the threat of state-sponsored nuclear terrorism, the then-radical environmental theories of James Lovelock and an evocative (if endlessly repeated) Eric Clapton guitar solo, Edge of Darkness is hardly an overlooked gem lost to the shifting tides of TV history. When the six-part »
- Graeme Virtue
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The Elite League campaign may have some way to run, but the King's Lynn Stars already seem likely to remain atop the table for the foreseeable. A few rungs lower down, the battle to plunder a play-off berth continues, with Eastbourne Eagles hosting 2013 Elite League champions Poole Pirates. The imperious form of Darcy Ward suggests it might be the pirate flag that flutters triumphantly at the end of the night, but in Bjarne Pedersen the Eagles have their own rider in fine fettle. Mark Jones
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- Mark Jones, Andrew Mueller, Ben Arnold, Bim Adewunmi, Julia Raeside, Hannah J Davies, Jonathan Wright and Hannah Verdier
The only excuse I've heard from anyone as to why Edge of Tomorrow bombed at the domestic box office this weekend from those that said they didn't like the marketing. Personally I thought the trailers worked, they got me more interested in it, especially when you take into consideration the Groundhog Day plotting and ridiculous title, the latter of which is what I'd like us to discuss. Edge of Tomorrow is based on the graphic novel "All You Need is Kill", which the film was originally titled. Then it was changed to Edge of Tomorrow and we all scoffed as neither title sounded particularly compelling, the first obscure and confusing, the second being generic and uninteresting. I admit that while writing this very post I almost wrote Edge of Darkness instead of Edge of Tomorrow, you know, that Mel Gibson movie from 2010, also from Warner Bros. Today I read a »
- Brad Brevet
Originally titled The Good People, short film and music video prodigy Corin Hardy's debut feature has been renamed The Woods and on tap for you today is the first piece of poster art for the film, which is currently being filmed in Ireland.
Check out the art below, courtesy of Empire, and look for more on this one real soon!
The Woods follows a London-based conservationist who is sent to Ireland to investigate an ancient forest. During his survey he accidentally disturbs the hallowed grounds and finds himself in a fight for survival to protect his family from an ancient brood of creatures.
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- John Squires
Short film and music video prodigy Corin Hardy is currently putting the finishing touches to his debut feature The Woods at Roger Corman's old studio in Galway, so now seems like a good time to debut the film's first poster. The Irish folk horror stars Joseph Mawle (Game Of Thrones) and Bojana Novakovic (Edge Of Darkness), with Michael McElhatton (Shadow Dancer), Michael Smiley (A Field In England, Spaced), and several woodland creatures you'd probably rather not encounter on a dark night.The film was previously known as The Good People, and that original title refers to dark fairy-folk The Hallow, feared and respected by locals, and not averse to stealing the odd child to bolster their numbers. Tree surgeon Mawle is given a gig in their woods, and moves his family from the city for a spot of slower-paced life in the fresh air. But of course, in the »
The first details on the latest tale of terror from Occupant Entertainment are here, and we've got the skinny for you! Supernatural happenings are afoot in The Woods, and here are your first casting details and a whole lot more. Read on!
From the Press Release
Written by Hardy and Olga Barreneche, The Woods stars Joseph Mawle (pictured; Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, "Game of Thrones”), who will be next seen in Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea, and Bojana Novakovic (Devil, Edge of Darkness), who currently stars on “Rake”. The film is produced by Occupant's Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino and is overseen by Occupant executive Kate Sharp. Fantastic Films is acting as the Irish co-producer and financing is coming from Prescience, Hyperion Media Group, »
- Steve Barton
BBC Two is 50 - the British Broadcasting Corporation's second eldest child hits the half-century mark today - Sunday, April 20.
Picking out the greatest shows from five decades of broadcasting seems like a near-impossible task, but never say that Digital Spy is easily cowed. These are - in our humble opinion - the channel's finest ever offerings.
BBC Two is 50: The Hour, Bottom and more shows to bring back
The rules are as follows: shows like Red Dwarf that originated on BBC Two are eligible, but shows better associated with another channel are not - say Top of the Pops, which aired on BBC One for the majority of its run but shifted to the sister channel for its final episodes.
Oh, and we're talking only original commissions - so no Us imports either. But even that barely narrows it down, so if you think there are any glaring omissions, »
BBC Two is 50 - the British Broadcasting Corporation's second eldest child hits the half-century mark this Sunday (April 20) and, in those five decades, has delivered some phenomenally popular and powerful programming.
Kim Shillinglaw has a lot to live up to - with every channel controller from the very first, Michael Peacock, to the most recent, Janice Hadlow, serving up a range of diverse, entertaining and even groundbreaking shows.
Since 1964, BBC Two has become renowned as a home for great comedy - from the surreal The League of Gentlemen and Shooting Stars, to much-loved classics like The Likely Lads and The Goodies and modern favourites such as The Trip and The Wrong Mans.
But there's a tradition of fine drama too - running from the original The Forsyte Saga (1967) to Line of Duty (2012-present) and taking in such iconic series as I, Claudius (1976) and Edge of Darkness (1985).
Meanwhile, popular entertainment and »
Following a premiere at Sundance in January, the spy thriller A Most Wanted Man is heading to theaters this summer, marking one of the final performances from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. The film is an understated and reserved thriller in the vein of Michael Clayton and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, with Hoffman anchoring the film with one hell of a grizzled performance (read my review from Sundance here). The film also stars Rachel McAdams (whose German accent needs some work), Willem Dafoe, Daniel Bruhl and Robin Wright. It's a spectacular slow burn that is undoubtedly worth seeing. Watch below! Here's the first trailer for Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man, originally from Yahoo: A Most Wanted Man is directed by Anton Corbijn (The American) and written by Andrew Bovell (Edge of Darkness), based on John Le Carre's novel of the same name. German spy Gunther Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is tracking down Issa, »
- Ethan Anderton
Is there any hope for Mel Gibson? It was almost four years ago that a string of obscene voicemail messages obliterated the actor’s career and then salted the very earth it sprung from. But Gibson hasn’t given up. He’s actually done the opposite, making a new movie every year since 2010 – Edge of Darkness, The Beaver, Get the Gringo and Machete Kills, with The Expendables 3 due out this year. Add another onto that list, because Gibson has just signed onto something called Blood Father. According to Deadline, the film has just put all its major pieces in place: Gibson will star, Jean-Francoise Richet (of Mesrine and 2005′s Assault on Precinct 13 remake) will direct and Peter Craig (The Town) will write the screenplay, based on his own novel. The story sounds just like every other “grizzled old man kills people for some reason” action movie these days: a teenage girl witnesses a murder and »
- Adam Bellotto
Warning: this blogpost contains spoilers
There were obvious risks in declaring Broadchurch the "best TV drama of the year" at the beginning of spring 2013, but, last March, it already seemed safe to award the title. Twelve months on, it's clear that Line of Duty is going to take some beating to the 2014 prize. Although many have just discovered the series through the traditional and social-media coverage that a hit TV show now attracts, the first series in 2012 was one of BBC2's biggest successes.
Even so, creator Jed Mercurio has managed to top even his own standards, as viewers learned that Keeley Hawes' Di Denton, who had seemed at different times to be a perpetrator and a victim, was something of both. She had helped to »
- Mark Lawson
'If I'm wrong, I'm insane. If I'm right, it's worse': in conspiracy films – from Rosemary's Baby to State of Play – solving the crime does not bring peace. Michael Newton investigates a rich cinematic genre
Some believe that JFK was shot by his driver, some that Bobby Kennedy was killed by one of his guards; some believe the world is ruled by a Yale fraternity, some by lizard-aliens in disguise; some believe that Obama is a Communist mole; some that, back in 1966, Paul McCartney died. These notions are, at best, deluded; but as potential pitches for an as yet unmade Hollywood movie, they might just secure the contract. For, in movies, you can believe that the moon shots were faked, or that men are replacing their wives with compliant robots, or that space shuttles are firing earthquake-inducing weapons, or that the world itself is a delusion – and in each case you could be proved right. »
- Michael Newton
The new Fox comedy, Rake, is the next entry in the category of television shows remade from overseas efforts, and while it doesn’t come with all the same hurdles as most similar efforts, it has a tricky road ahead of it. The normal course would be to talk about the differences in comedic styles inherent in moving something across the pond, a problem Fox will soon face when it tries to “Americanize” the beloved, and wonderful, Gavin & Stacey with the upcoming Us & Them. This time, the show is from Australia, originally starred Richard Roxburgh, and aimed for a dark and tragic brand of comedy that was almost completely unique.
Roxburgh was not only brilliant, but brilliantly cast, relaying enough charm and delivering the proper form of wit to keep the character engaging and likable, no matter what he did. A modern version of a frequent side character in Elizabethan »
- Marc Eastman
Over the last several days we posted some animated goodies leading up to today's release of Machete Kills. Now we have your chance to score a Blu-ray / DVD combo pack of it along with Blus of Mama, Curse of Chucky and The Purge. Read on for details.
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Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills is available on Blu-ray and DVD now courtesy of Universal Studios.
Danny Trejo (Grindhouse, Machete) returns as legendary ex-Federale Machete Cortez in this action-packed thrill ride from innovative director Robert Rodriguez. In his latest mission, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen/Carlos Estevez; "Anger Management," "Two and a Half Men") to stop a crazed global terrorist (Mel Gibson; Braveheart, Edge of Darkness) from starting a nuclear war. »
- Uncle Creepy
Universal Studios Home Entertainment will release the action-packed sequel Machete Kills on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack January 21. Danny Trejo reprises his role from 2010's Machete as the ex-Federale Machete Cortez, tasked by the President of the United States (Charlie Sheen/Carlos Estevez) to stop a madman (Mel Gibson) hellbent on starting a nuclear war. We have a giveaway lined up where fans can take home the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Take a look at how you can win today.
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