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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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Acorn TV Expands Streaming Service

Acorn TV Expands Streaming Service
Guest review by Darwyn Carson - Good news all! Acorn Media Group, the first company to provide live streaming of the best in classic and contemporary British television, recently expanded the service, which launched in July of 2011 with a roster of six series and 40 hours of programming online at any given time. Now viewers have complete episodes of 10 series and 60 hours of programming accessible. There’s so much material—a lot of it never seen before in the States. Two new shows are rotated in weekly (as the oldest shows are rotated out) and remain in the schedule for five weeks, allowing ample time to watch your favorites or never-seens. First episodes are gratis, so if you’re a BBC America or PBS Masterpiece buff, or simply have a passion for excellent drama, check it out at acornonline.com/TV. I did just that and found a gem: Above Suspicion,
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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,
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Acorn TV Debuts New Seasons of ‘Doc Martin,’ ‘Vera’ and ‘Above Suspicion’ Today

  • Deadline TV
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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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

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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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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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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

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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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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 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

  • IFTN
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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Lynda La Plante Teams With Lionsgate TV For 'Villains Of All Nations' Pirate Series

  • Deadline TV
Exclusive: Acclaimed British TV writer-producer Lynda La Plante, creator of Prime Suspect, is set to develop Villains of All Nations, a drama series for Lionsgate TV based on historian Marcus Rediker’s book about the “Golden Age” of piracy in the 17th and 18th centuries. The project is described as a "modern, bold and gritty interpretation of the genre," using Redkier's book as a springboard. Lionsgate TV Group president Kevin Beggs said the company had been looking to work with La Plante for a while. “Not only is she a brilliant writer, she happens to have a longtime love and knowledge of the subject matter, and we believe she can achieve exactly the kind of ‘Deadwood on the high seas’ sensibility we’re looking for," he said. On Villians of All Nations, La Plante joins executive producers Alexandra Milchan (Street King) and Alessandro Camon (Thank You for Smoking). Redike is
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'Above Suspicion' recommissioned by ITV

'Above Suspicion' recommissioned by ITV
ITV has confirmed that it has commissioned a fourth series of crime drama Above Suspicion. Kelly Reilly and Ciaran Hinds will reprise their respective roles as Di Anna Travis and Dcs James Langton in the new three-part drama. The new series, adapted by Lynda La Plante from her novel Silent Scream, will focus on the brutal murder of a glamorous British film star. "I'm thrilled to be making a fourth series of Above Suspicion for ITV, which will see Travis progress even further up the career ladder investigating one of her most challenging cases to date," said La (more)
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The Killing: BBC4's new Scandinavian import

It's Prime Suspect meets State Of Play via Wallander and every bit as good as that sounds. Meet Inspector Sarah Lund, star of Danish cult hit Forbrydelsen (The Killing)

Gravelly goddess Sharon Gless telling the flasher to put it away during the opening credits of Cagney & Lacey. Helen Mirren's Dci Jane Tennison insisting that Met misogynists call her guv, not ma'am, in Prime Suspect. The 80s power-hair of Jill Gascoine in The Gentle Touch and Heather Locklear in Tj Hooker – so huge it barely fits on their warrant card photos. There is nothing quite like a female TV cop. And we've been waiting ages – four years, in fact, since the Kleenex-crumpling climax of Prime Suspect: The Final Act – for another worthy one to come along. But already this year, like buses with blue lights on top, two have arrived at once.

A fortnight ago, the annual Above Suspicion mini-series brought us the formidable,
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Rewind TV: Zen; Above Suspicion: Deadly Intent; Silent Witness – TV review

Rufus Sewell prowls Rome's backstreets stylishly in sexy thriller Zen, while Silent Witness strains credulity to the limit

Zen (BBC1) | iPlayer

Above Suspicion: Deadly Intent (ITV1) | ITV Player

Silent Witness (BBC1) | iPlayer

Perhaps the most testing challenge that confronts crime drama is how to stay the right side of absurdity. It doesn't matter how good the acting is, or how impressive the location work, a sinking feeling will inevitably set in if the plot is ludicrously unrealistic. So Wallander, for example, may be bathed in naturalism, but it's also bathed in blood, and therefore in the Swedish countryside, where murderers are as rare as coconut palms, belief is the preserve of the credulous.

Happily, there is a place in which a great deal of tireless work – grazie Silvio Berlusconi – has been done to redraft the borders of absurdity, and its name is Italy. It's the ideal environment for crime
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Tonight's TV highlights: Stargazing Live | Silent Witness; Above Suspicion – Deadly Intent | The Bear Family & Me | Arena: The Archers | Pixar: 25 Magic Moments | Jack The Ripper: The German Suspect

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Stargazing Live | Silent Witness; Above Suspicion – Deadly Intent | The Bear Family & Me | Arena: The Archers | Pixar: 25 Magic Moments | Jack The Ripper: The German Suspect

Stargazing Live

8pm, BBC2

It's science club time as Professor Brian Cox puts his unrivalled enthusiasm to work to tell us about the wonders of the night sky. For the next three nights he's holed up at the Lovell telescope, along with Dara O'Briain who has the sidekick's job, asking the stupid questions that the rest of us are thinking. The professor provides a tour of the galaxy and shows how to spot and photograph celestial spectacles. You also get Jonathan Ross learning how to be an amateur astronomer and Liz Bonnin demonstrating how the stars affect us even during the day time. Ms

Silent Witness; Above Suspicion – Deadly Intent

9pm, BBC1; 9pm, ITV1

Two series in the solid tradition of photogenic crime-fighting teams whose dedication always outweighs their libidos.
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