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‘Prime Suspect’ Sequel ‘Tennison’ Greenlit by U.K. Broadcaster ITV

‘Prime Suspect’ Sequel ‘Tennison’ Greenlit by U.K. Broadcaster ITV
London — U.K. broadcaster ITV has greenlit a prequel to multi Emmy-winning crime series “Prime Suspect,” which starred Helen Mirren and ran for seven seasons. The new series “Tennison” will be written by “Prime Suspect” scribe Lynda La Plante, and will air next year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the debut of “Prime Suspect.”

“Tennison,” which will comprise six hour-long episodes, portrays the young Jane Tennison beginning her career and reveals why she became such a complex and formidable character in London’s police force. It’s set in East London in the 1970s, when women police officers are being uneasily “integrated” into the force. Twenty-two year-old Tennison is a probationary officer in a world where high-ranking police officers were notoriously chauvinistic, and the rules and regulations often bent.

Single-minded and ambitious, if a touch naive, Tennison’s dedicated and instinctive approach to her career is evident from the start.
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ABC's new drama 'Black Box' probes addiction and disease

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ABC's new drama 'Black Box' probes addiction and disease
New York (AP) — ABC's brainy new medical drama "Black Box" does a neat trick: It dares viewers to imagine for themselves the cost-benefit ratio of addiction, and does it without taking a firm stand. It does it in the person of lovely, top-of-her-field Dr. Catherine Black, known as "the Marco Polo of the Brain," who helps patients navigate a range of neurological disorders. She also secretly wrestles with one of her own: She's bipolar. Meanwhile, she's addicted to the mind-expanding, sometimes rapturous but ultimately dangerous effects of skipping the meds that keep her "normalized," and letting her condition run full tilt. "This show is not a generic examination of bipolarity — not at all," says series star Kelly Reilly. "This is about one woman who is an addict to her disease. The disease is treatable. But it calls for a lifetime of commitment and rearranging medications to see what works and
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Les Petits Meurtres D’Agatha Christie — (Best French TV!!)

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Les Petits Meurtres D’Agatha Christie

Acorn Media’s latest batch of DVD releases includes something quite novel – Agatha Christie stories, in French! Les Petits Meurtres D’ Agatha Christie includes seven stand-alone mysteries that aired in France between 2009 and 2012. The stories are based on Christie classics such as the ABC murders and Cat Among the Pigeons, but the action is set in 1930s and 1950s France.

Antoine Duléry takes on the role of detective Larosière, a suave ladies man who is described as an “artiste” by none other than the police commissioner. He’s a man who enjoys the finer things in life and he also has a sense of humor. Essentially, he’s a stereotypically French version of the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. The later stories involve the dashing Samuel Labarthe as Commissioner Laurence. Again, to unsophisticated English eyes he seems very much like your run-of-the-mill French fellow.

Logistically,
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Elijah Wood to co-star in Dylan Thomas biopic Set Fire to the Stars

The film will explore the relationship between Thomas and fellow poet John Malcolm Brinnin, played by Wood

Elijah Wood: 'Frodo's never going away'

Elijah Wood has signed on for a lead role in Set Fire to the Stars, a film exploring the relationship between the poets Dylan Thomas and John Malcolm Brinnin.

Wood will play Brinnin, an American poet and literary scenester who was friends with Thomas as well as Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams. He wrote Dylan Thomas in America, an account of how he brought the poet to the United States and accompanied him on book tours, which were often marred by Thomas's drunkenness and erratic behaviour. Thomas will be played by Celyn Jones, a veteran of TV shows like Above Suspicion, Leaving and Shameless.

The film will be directed by Andy Goddard, who has helmed Downton Abbey episodes, including its recent Christmas special, and it co-stars Shirley Henderson,
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Acorn TV Debuts New Seasons of ‘Doc Martin,’ ‘Vera’ and ‘Above Suspicion’ Today

Season 6 of ITV’s highest-rated drama Doc Martin won’t be available to air on public TV stations here until February 2014, but Acorn TV today debuts the latest season of the Brit series starring Martin Clunes. Today’s also the debut date on Acorn TV for the latest seasons of Vera, starring Brenda Blethyn (Secrets & Lies, Pride & Prejudice) as sharp-tongued police detective Vera Stanhope; and Above Suspicion, based on bestselling novels by Lynda La Plante and starring Kelly Reilly as a young detective and Ciarán Hinds (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Game Of Thrones) as her charismatic boss.
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The 10 Best British TV Writers

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House of Cards

Kieran Kinsella

David Croft

If you write a list of your 10 favorite British TV sitcom characters, probably half of them were created by comic genius David Croft. His creations include Mr Humphries (Are You Being Served?), Sergeant Major ‘Shut up’ Williams (It Ain’t Half Hot Mum) Herr Flick (Allo, Allo) and Corporal Jones (Dad’s Army). Like many great comedy writers, Croft collaborated with others including Jimmy Perry and David Floyd. Few writers though could match his creativity or career longevity. Such was Croft’s popularity that he was a regular guest on the British TV convention circuit right up until his death at the age of 89.

Paul Abbott

BAFTA and Emmy winning writer Paul Abbott, rose from humble origins to become one of the most successful writers in British TV history. His hard-hitting dramas are far removed from the idyllic world of Marple and Midsomer Murders.
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Global Showbiz Briefs: ITV’s ‘Breathless’ Adds Cast; K5 International; Reprieve For Bollywood’s Sanjay Dutt; ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ In Finland; A+E UK & More

ITV’s ‘Breathless’ Rounds Out Cast Six-part ITV drama Breathless has added cast to join the previously announced Jack Davenport-starrer. Natasha Little (Vanity Fair), Oliver Chris (One Man Two Guvnors), Zoe Boyle (Downton Abbey, Sons Of Anarchy), Joanna Page (Gavin & Stacey), Shaun Dingwall (Above Suspicion) Catherine Steadman (The Tudors, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen), Sarah Parish (Hatfields & McCoys), Pippa Haywood (Mr Selfridge) and Iain Glen (Game Of Thrones) have all boarded the ITV Studios drama about a group of doctors and nurses working in a London hospital in the 60s. Shooting is underway this month on Breathless which is produced by Jolyon Symonds with Kate Bartlett and director Paul Unwin exec producing. K5 Adds Rodolphe Sanze To Sales, Ups Sara Boss K5 International is expanding its sales team to handle its full Cannes slate. Rodolphe Sanze has joined the company, reporting to Partner, Sales and Marketing, Carl Clifton, and
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Joanna Page, 'Game of Thrones' star join new ITV drama 'Breathless'

The cast has been announced for ITV's upcoming drama Breathless.

The series - which has started filming in London - is set in the 1960s and focusses on the lives of doctors and nurses at one of the capital's hospitals and delves into their "cauldron of lies, deception and guilty secrets, driven by love, ambition and sex".

Vanity Fair's Natasha Little will star as Elizabeth, the "elegant" wife of surgeon Otto played by Jack Davenport - who was revealed to have joined the cast as the lead character in February.

Friends of the couple, Dr Charlie Enderbury and his wife Lily will be played by Above Suspicion's Shaun Dingwall and Gavin & Stacey star Joanna Page.

Joining the cast as colleagues at the hospital are Catherine Steadman (The Tudors) as a nurse who catches Otto's eye and Oliver Chris (Green Wing) as a junior consultant engaged to Angela's sister Jean,
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February DVD Reviews: She Wolves and Above Suspicion

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Dr Helen Castor in She Wolves

Kieran Kinsella

As a self-confessed history buff I was excited to hear that Athena’s February line-up would include the BBC documentary series She-Wolves: England’s Early Queens. This critically acclaimed show is hosted by Cambridge historian Dr Helen Castor and the content is largely drawn from her book on the same subject. As you might have guessed, the term “she-wolves” was conjured up by an anonymous misogynist hundreds of years ago to describe the powerful women who once dominated the British Isles. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that Castor portrays the women in question as helpless victims in a man’s world. She is quick to draw attention to their character flaws whilst explaining the obstacles powerful women once faced in a male dominated society.

Most of us are pretty familiar with Elizabeth I, “Bloody Mary,” and Lady Jane Grey. Things
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Lynda La Plante: this much I know

The crime writer, 69, on smoking, flying, and the joy of children

Women love the puzzle of crime. The genre format allows you to step away from the raw emotion and say: "Mmm, I think the woman in the raincoat did it." I think women are very good at puzzles and enjoy piecing it together.

My big mantra for aspiring crime writers is: go to source. Go to prisons, go to the police. Sometimes when I watch crime shows I'm amazed they haven't got to the truth because it's usually so much more interesting than fiction.

We have an incredible police force. Obviously there's a bad apple here and there, but in reality I've never found a police officer who didn't have my admiration.

Victims of crime aren't cared for enough. During her imprisonment, Myra Hindley was entitled to psychiatric help. She took a degree, wrote poetry, had Lord Longford running
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Olivia Colman Joins Cast of ITV’s Mr Whicher

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The Suspicions of Mr Whicher ITV

BAFTA winner Olivia Colman (Accused) is set to join the cast of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher when filming for the new season gets under way later this year. The drama is based around the investigations of Inspector Jonathan ‘Jack’ Whicher – a real life 19th century Met officer who was years ahead of his time in terms of his detective work. Hat Trick productions originally produced the show as a one-off drama but after the success of the 2011 story, ITV network chiefs decided to commission a second series of the show. Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum) returns as the title character while guests stars include Tim Pigott-Smith (The Hour), Shaun Dingwall (Above Suspicion) and Sean Baker (Call the Midwife).

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Classic British TV Series Being Streamed By Acorn TV

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Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

The leading ‘Best British TV’ streaming service Acorn TV is now streaming full seasons of several popular British mystery and drama series, along with two critically acclaimed Canadian series. This week Acorn TV also has a special Memorial Day Weekend Midsomer Marathon with the first 22 episodes of its best-selling series,Midsomer Murders, and the U.S. debut of John Nettles final episodes.

Acorn TV is currently streaming a full season of Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect; the final seasons of the universally acclaimed Canadian dramedy Slings & ARROWSand Derek Jacobi’s mystery series Cadfael; the U.S. debut of the newest season of Murdoch Mysteries; Lynda La Plante’s Trial & Retribution; John Mortimer’s Under The Hammer; the final episodes of WWII drama Wish Me Luck; Richard Griffiths (Harry Potter) in Pie In The Sky; and John Nettles final episodes with Midsomer Murders,
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Scoop: Rome's Ciarán Hinds Cast as Sigourney Weaver's Ex in USA's Political Animals

Scoop: Rome's Ciarán Hinds Cast as Sigourney Weaver's Ex in USA's Political Animals
Ciarán Hinds is moving from ancient Rome to modern-day America in USA Network’s upcoming drama Political Animals.

Debuting this summer from executive producers Greg Berlanti (Dirty Sexy Money) and Laurence Mark (Jerry Maguire), the six-episode D.C.-based project centers around newly-appointed Secretary of State Elaine Barrish (played by Sigourney Weaver) balancing both personal and political crises.

Hinds will play Bud Hammond, a jovial former president (and Elaine’s ex-husband) who was once loved by the American public, but whose out-of-office antics caused a tumble in his popularity. He still holds a candle for his wife, and eagerly awaits
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“Above Suspicion,” “Out” and “In Their Own Words” on DVD

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Above Suspicion on Acorn Media DVD

Kieran Kinsella

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March is going to be a marvelous month for fans of British TV as Acorn Media and Athena release something old, something new and something that has elements that people once regarded as being … well a little blue!

Out Acorn Media

Originally broadcast in 1978, Out is a Thames TV drama about a convict named Frank Ross (Tom Bell) who emerges from jail after serving an eight year stretch for his role in a heist. Out has elements that you find in shows such as The Sweeney, Minder and dare I even say Life on Mars only this show is rather more serious than those classics. Ross is a cold customer who is intent on finding the rat who caused his arrest.
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More than 10m tune in for Becky's exit from Coronation Street

ITV1's flagship soap easily beats BBC1's Inside Out and a Panorama investigation into train fares

Coronation Street star Katherine Kelly described her exit storyline from the show as her "leaving gift" from producers. Her character Becky's dramatic farewell delivered a ratings present of its own for ITV1 on Monday night with a pair of episodes each watched by more than 10 million viewers.

The first Coronation Street of the night had 10.5 million viewers, a 43.9% share, between 7.30pm and 8pm, rising to 10.6 million with ITV1+1. The second instalment had 10.9 million viewers (42.2%) between 8.30pm and 9pm, up to 11.2 million with ITV1+1.

ITV1's flagship soap predictably had the better of BBC1's regional current affairs show Inside Out, which had 3.7 million viewers (15.4%) between 7.30pm and 8pm, and a Panorama investigation into train fares, which could only manage 2.5 million viewers (9.5%) between 8.30pm and 9pm.

In a strong night for ITV1, Lynda La Plante
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'Mrs Brown's Boys' holds strong despite 'Royal Bodyguard' collapse

'Mrs Brown's Boys' holds strong despite 'Royal Bodyguard' collapse
Mrs Brown's Boys was the only bright spark in BBC One's comedy lineup last night. The Brendan O'Carroll sitcom averaged 4.67m (18.6%) at 9.30pm, despite a dreadful lead-in from David Jason's The Royal Bodyguard, which slumped to 2.94m (11.7%). Now in its third week, Royal Bodyguard has lost over 4 million fans, having premiered with 7.1m on Boxing Day. Jasper Carrott's return to stand-up, in The One Jasper Carrott, was seen by 3.4m (13.4%) at 8.30pm. Elsewhere, series four of Lynda La Plante's Above Suspicion opened with 6.31m (25.1%) on ITV1 at 9pm, adding 256k (1.4%) on +1, prior to which 8pm documentary Cornwall with Caroline Quentin interested 3.83m (15.1%) and 147k (0.6%) on timeshift. BBC Two's University Challenge educated 2.99m (11.7%) at 8pm, then the audience dropped (more)
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TV highlights 09/01/2012

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Coppers | Shameless | The Private Lives of Medieval Kings | Above Suspicion | Storyville Survivors: Despicable Dick | Weeds

Coppers

9pm, Channel 4

Another season of the fly-on-the-wall series that follows the Nottinghamshire constabulary as they face an endless wave of crime. It's quickly apparent how difficult the job is, mostly down to timewasting "no comment" routines from guilty suspects – oh, and absolutely everyone, even the very thickest criminals, firmly believes they are smarter than the police. The coppers on show here have a great, dry matter-of-factness about them, something the job seems to instil very quickly, and their comments appear bluntly honest. Phelim O'Neill

Shameless

10pm, Channel 4

This, for those who have given up counting, is the ninth series of Shameless. The long-running "dramedy" trundles relentlessly on, seeking out new ways in which to humiliate poor old Frank Gallagher. This week the Chatsworth Dionysus is evicted from the estate, along with the rest of its inhabitants,
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Acorn Media Adds “Above Suspicion” to Streaming Service Line Up

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Above Suspicion

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Acorn Media have added ITV’s hit drama Above Suspicion to the line-up of shows on its U.S. streaming service. The hard hitting series has never been aired before in the U.S. and is not even being released on DVD until March 2012.

Above Suspicion is a crime drama written by Prime Suspect creator Lynda La Plante. Kelly Reilly and Ciarán Hinds star as the detectives in the two stories that are spread out across five hour long episodes. U.S. based fans of British TV can watch Above Suspicion and other hit shows such as Poirot, Poldark and Marple on Acorn’s streaming service by paying the low annual fee of $24.99. The streaming service can be viewed through computers, iPhones, iPads, Apple TV and Google TV.

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Acorn TV streams U.S. debut of Lynda La Plante's Above Suspicion, more

On Monday, Dec. 5th, Acorn TV, the first streaming service specializing in British television - has the U.S. debut of "Above Suspicion",the newest series from Prime Suspect (UK) creator Lynda La Plante available. The new, ongoing British detective series hasn.t aired in the U.S. and won.t be available on DVD until March, so this will be the first time U.S. audiences can see the series, starring Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes movies) and Ciarán Hinds (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Harry Potter). Additionally, The Forsyte Saga, Series 2 offers the second season of the classic PBS miniseries starring Damian Lewis (Showtime.s Homeland, Band of Brothers), Ioan Gruffudd (Horatio Hornblower), Gina McKee (Notting Hill) and Rupert Graves (Mrs. Dalloway). For
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Vote for Irish Talent at UK's National Television Awards 2012

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The longlist for the National Television Awards 2012 has been announced and is peppered with Irish talent, including Colin Morgan and Katie McGrath for their roles in 'Merlin'; presenter Graham Norton and BBC/RTÉ comedy series 'Mrs. Brown's Boys'. 'Hollyoaks' star Emmett J. Scanlan has been longlisted in the category of Best Serial Drama Performance. Other Irish contenders for the National Television Awards include Ciarán Hinds (Above Suspicion), UK/Irish actor Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey), Colin Morgan (Merlin), James Nesbitt (Monroe) and Stephen Rea (The Shadow Line) all in the category of Best Drama Performance: Male.
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