8 items from 2015
How Isis is funded in World’s Richest Terror Army, more survival tactics in The Island With Bear Grylls and Alastair Sooke celebrates the Treasures Of Ancient Greece. Plus comedies galore with Kim Cattrall in Sensitive Skin, baby business in The Delivery Man and accidental insemination in Jane The Virgin
How has Islamic State come to control so much territory? Investigative reporter Peter Taylor follows the money, charting how the group gathers funds from oil sales, ransoms, extortion and selling permits to loot treasures from archaeological sites. Featuring an interview with captured Isis leader Abu Hajjar and, depressingly, much about how and why the Us detention centre Camp Bucca effectively became a recruitment and even a training centre for jihadists. Jonathan Wright
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- Jonathan Wright, Mark Jones, David Stubbs, Andrew Mueller, Hannah J Davies and John Robinson
Blick - who also scripted The Shadow Line - has created an as-yet-untitled thriller set in contemporary Africa.
Details on the series are scarce, but it is said to follow "a compelling set of characters caught up in a very human moral dilemma".
The eight-part series aired on BBC Two in July and August last year, with Gyllenhaal winning a Golden Globe for her performance.
BBC Two orders new comedy Mum from creator of Him & Her
Appearing on The Graham Norton Show, she said: "It was quite a strange thing. It was the first time I'd been offered something like that on Twitter. I tweet all the time and Emma Freud tweeted me and asked me to do the Bake Off.
"She threw down the gauntlet and I said, 'Yes'. I'll just take a lot of wine and have fun!"
When reminded that judge Paul Hollywood is a fellow Liverpudlian, she replied: "I can make Scouse with him."
Meanwhile, the actress also spoke about new TV series Sensitive Skin, which is currently airing on Sky Arts.
"I desperately wanted to do it because it is about a »
You don’t come across big international remakes of UK dramas so often that you’d expect two of them to turn up on the same night – never mind a scheduling clash. Yet here we are at 10pm: Gracepoint, the American overhaul of Broadchurch, up against a revisiting of Sensitive Skin, the acclaimed Hugo Blick dramedy starring Joanna Lumley, which first aired 10 years ago.
In its Canadian remake (Sky Arts), it is Kim Cattrall who plays Davina, a successful fiftysomething with a long marriage, grownup son, vintage Jag and fear of losing her youth. Cattrall, in her first major TV role since Sex and the City, is not exactly a revelation – her portrayal of Samantha always exceeded the limits of the show’s scripts – but »
- Vicky Frost
MasterChef: BBC One, 8pm
In the final week of heats, Gregg and John challenge four more contestants to wow them with their signature dishes.
Who will be sent home, and who will join the other contestants to battle it out in the quarter finals?
Gracepoint: ITV Encore, 10pm
In the first episode of Fox's remake of the British crime hit Broadchurch, a young boy's body is found on a beach - leading to a frenzied investigation where none of the town's secrets are safe.
David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch) and Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) star as Detectives Emmett Carver and Ellie Miller, who lead the investigation. Also supporting is Nick Nolte as one of the town's suspect residents.
The Us drama prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho returns tonight for its third season.
Rugged Brendan Gleeson on the other hand...
The Sex and the City star told the Irish Independent: "Maybe it's my age, but [Dornan] doesn't look like a man to me.
"He looks like a young boy. I like men to look like men. I saw the preview and you know they say in three seconds you can tell if you find someone attractive or not? Well, I just thought, 'No'."
But an actor fulfilling her red-blooded manly request is Calvary actor Gleeson.
"Now, if he were Brendan Gleeson - well, there's a little something going on there, you know, the twinkle in the eye..."
On a rumoured third Sex and the City movie, she insisted: "Well, Sam is behind me in the sense that it's over. »
It was a great night for Xavier Dolan at the Canadian Screen Awards today, where the wunderkind's latest film, "Mommy," won nine awards, nearly sweeping every category. The only fields the film lost in were crafts categories conceded the critically reviled (but it's Canadian!) "Pompeii," which took home five awards. Check out the full list of winners below, the nominees here and everything else you can possibly imagine (more or less) at The Circuit. Best Motion Picture "Mommy" Achievement in Direction Xavier Dolan, "Mommy" Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Antoine Olivier-Pilon, "Mommy" Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Anne Dorval, "Mommy" Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Suzanne Clément, "Mommy" Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role John Cusack, "Maps to the Stars" Adapted Screenplay "Elephant Song" Original Screenplay "Mommy" Achievement in Art Direction "Pompeii" Achievement in Cinematography "Mommy" Achievement in Costume »
- Kristopher Tapley
Looking back at the cinematic calendar for 1994 and the quantity of modern classics released within those 365 days is staggering. Pulp Fiction, Four Weddings And A Funeral, Forrest Gump… all mainstream hits that enraptured both audiences and critics. If you brush aside the popular chaff you’ll find a handful of genre gems; in particular, Roland Emmerich’s underrated sci-fi flick, Stargate.
Emmerich, currently gearing up to relaunch his blockbuster franchise Independence Day, is hard at work on simultaneously kickstarting the Stargate brand. The in-development movie – which is heralded as the beginning of a new trilogy – has now found its writers. According to a report from THR, Emmerich appears to be employing those with whom he’s already familiar. Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods, who helped ID2 land the greenlight thanks to their script, are now on board to pen the first Stargate instalment.
The duo have struck up a »
- Gem Seddon
8 items from 2015
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