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Drama chief stresses need for breadth as he defends mix of classics and new work from Jimmy McGovern and others
If the answer is Agatha Christie, then what is the question? For the BBC, which revealed a new long-term partnership with the Christie estate last week, it was "how do we rejuvenate peaktime drama on BBC1?".
Whether Christie is the solution remains to be seen. It is a safe bet, no doubt, to turn to the woman described by the BBC's controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson as the "bestselling novelist in the world ever".
BBC1 has to be broad, as Stephenson was keen to point out at. But does it have to be safe? There's been no shortage of Christie on the box of late, nearly all of it (Poirot, Marple) on ITV.
It was also ITV which last adapted Christie's Tommy and Tuppence tales (in 1983, starring Francesca Annis »
- John Plunkett
White Heat actor Gyasi will play new recruit Ash, with Joyner cast as his feisty wife Lorna.
"I am simply thrilled to be working with this creative team and to be a part of this exciting new project," said series lead Gyasi.
Ask any music obsessive about which year they recognise as the best in the history of popular music and any self-respecting one will say 1967. If the beginning of popular music can be measured (as it often is) by the rise of The Beatles in 1962 and the abundance of acts that formed in the Fab Four’s wake, the prevalence of this year seems understandable. Yet it truly is outstanding just how many career-defining long-players were dropped in ’67, from incomparable avant-garde masterpieces such as the Velvets’ Velvet Underground and Nico and White Light/White Heat, through the dark cynicism of Forever Changes and The Doors to the Beatles’ own rainbow-hued Sgt Pepper.
Although there is a distinct absence of many revered ‘60s artists from this list (the Stones were on the cusp of releasing a string of four fabulous »
- Daniel Owens
3 items from 2014
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