9 items from 2015
Brenda Blethyn returns the fifth season of Vera, her career defining role as crusty and brilliant Detective Chief Inspector in charge of murder cases in Northumberland. Usually dishevelled and difficult, her off putting personality hides a crystalline mind for the job. Television hasn’t seen a female protagonist like this no-prisoners boss.Vera’s wicked wit, searing intelligence and playful personality are entertaining but takes the game to new dimensions via her treatment of others. When she’s dressing a colleague down, “mothering” a suspect into a confession or taking a secret drink at her desk, she’s a one off. In the male dominated […] »
- Anne Brodie
Warnings: contains mild spoilers for Humans episodes one and two.
A delicious air of tension hangs like cobwebs over Humans, the Channel 4 and AMC co-production which began airing earlier this month. It presents a near-future where a new breed of robots - called Synths - are both cheap and commonplace. They clean our schools, look after our elderly and do our cooking and cleaning.
The Synths carry out their menial tasks with serene eyes and an eerie half-smile, yet not everyone is comforted by their presence. Take Laura Hawkins (Katherine Parkinson), for example: a busy mother of two, she returns home from work one day to discover that her husband Joe (Tom Goodman-Hill) has purchased a Synth called Anita (Gemma Chan) to help with the household chores. »
"By the time you get to the Oscars, there's been so many award shows you know what's winning," Graham said. "In this, it really is up for grabs. You really don't know until the night and then it becomes obvious – the minute something wins you go, 'Well, of course that won, of course it did'. But until then, you don't know."
But who does he think will be picking up some of those lovely little trophies? Which show does he think should have been nominated? And is he a fan of Mrs Brown's Boys? Read on for all that and more...
"I would say that Leading Actor is a very hard category. Benedict Cumberbatch has been up before, »
Vera: ITV, 8pm
In the series finale, Vera (Brenda Blethyn) works to uncover the suspected murder of dock worker Owen Thorne, who plunges from the roof of a multi-storey car park while picking up his daughter from her school prom.
The mystery only delves further as disputes with family and colleagues are uncovered in the midst of Owen's death.
George, his competitor, celebrates by rewarding himself with a new ship - but Ross's revenge comes in the form of George's boat being wrecked, and concurrently ransacked by the townspeople.
Hunters of the South Seas: BBC Two, 9pm
Writer and explorer Will Millard travels to Lamalera, an Indonesian village, notorious in the Coral Triangle for their centuries of survival »
Actor, 69, is superfan of the fantasy fiction series and would like a part in it
Game Of Thrones superfan Brenda Blethyn would like to play a “sexy siren” in the hit show.
Blethyn, 69, who stars in Vera, told the Sunday People: “I love Game Of Thrones. I can’t believe series five is about to start. I even wrote a letter to them; I said I wanted to play a sexy siren!”
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- Press Association
Comedian Michael McIntyre hosts a variety performance from the Coliseum Theatre in London. Expect music, comedy and a few speciality acts in between, as well as a few jokes from the leading man himself.
Vera: ITV, 8pm
Brenda Blethyn returns as Vera in the fifth series opener of ITV's crime drama. In tonight's episode, the detective investigates a fire that has devastated a holiday park and the park owners' relatives are the chief suspects.
Poldark: BBC One, 9pm
The BBC period drama about a soldier who returns to England to find his life upended after fighting in the American Revolution continues.
In tonight's episode, a doctor arrives to investigate lung disease, Ross attempts an alliance with fellow mine-owners to build their own smelting company and Verity is reconciled with Captain Blamey.
London — U.K. commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned season four of period drama “Mr Selfridge,” starring “Entourage” star Jeremy Piven. The third season has its U.S. premiere on March 29 on PBS’ “Masterpiece.”
In season four, Piven will reprise his role as the colorful but troubled Harry Selfridge, and Katherine Kelly, from U.K. soap “Coronation Street,” is set to return as the socialite Lady Mae Loxley. The series will also feature a major new character played by “Line of Duty’s” Sacha Dhawan and two new guest roles for newcomers Lottie Tolhurst and Mimi Ndiweni.
The drama is inspired by the turbulent life of charismatic American retail entrepreneur Harry Gordon Selfridge. This fourth season, which comprises 10 episodes, focuses on his dramatic fall as he loses hold of the empire and »
- Leo Barraclough
For many actors, Downton Abbey was their first big break in television.
But not everyone can be a Lord Grantham or a Carson. For many - whether they chose to leave or were written out - their fortunes changed after exiting the ITV drama.
1. Ed Speleers
We most recently saw him in the part of Edward Seymour in Wolf Hall, and he will also star in upcoming films Remainder and Howl. Most prominently, he's been cast alongside Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter in Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass.
2. Amy Nuttall »
Who are the stars of tomorrow in TV, film and theatre?
Digital Spy presents its predictions for 2015 - in no particular order, here are seven young actors, writers, comedians and musicians who look destined to make an impression on the world of entertainment this year.
1. Billy Howle
But the young actor first came to our attention last year with his powerful performance as the troubled James in sorely underrated countryside thriller Glue.
9 items from 2015
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