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Safe House episode 3 review

Underneath Safe House's over-reliance on flashback and cheap tricks lies a beautifully directed, strongly performed drama...

This review contains spoilers.

We’ve reached the halfway point in this new ITV drama starring former Doctor Who, Christopher Eccleston, and the dramatic moments of the previous instalment hang heavy throughout Safe House episode three.

During part two’s denouement, we were introduced to new character Gemma Underwood. And then we were quickly unintroduced to her as she was murdered by the villain of the piece, Michael Collersdale (played very devilishly by Peter Ferdinando). Her link to the ongoing events with the Blackwood family (who have been stashed away in the lake district in the titular safe house along with Eccleston’s Robert after an attack by Collersdale) is revealed - she’s the sister of mother Ali (Holby City’s Nicola Stephenson).

As we discover over the course of the proceedings,
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Safe House episode 1 review

Misdirection is a hand played throughout Safe House, which is elevated by a fascinating cast and strong direction...

This review contains spoilers.

From ITV comes yet another Monday night drama to add to their roster of impressive output in recent times.

Safe House, from writer Michael Crompton (who recently penned ITV’s excellent Code of A Killer), sees Christopher Eccleston play ex-policeman Robert who has left the force behind him with his wife Katy, played by Marsha Thomason, for a quiet life in the beauty and tranquility, not to mention solitude, of the Lake District.

We quickly discover Robert left the police due to the the execution of a witness he was protecting, an event which continues to haunt him. He’s visited by his former colleague and friend Dci Mark Maxwell, Paterson Joseph, with a proposition for the couple.

Keen to “rehabilitate” his friend Robert, Mark suggests that the
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ITV's new Christopher Eccleston drama could become returning series

ITV's Safe House could become a returning series, writer Michael Crompton has confirmed.

Christopher Eccleston stars in the four-parter as a retired detective who turns his home into a 'safe house' for strangers at risk.

"The idea was actually given to me by Paula Cuddy [of producers Eleventh Hour Films]," Crompton revealed at a recent press launch. "But it always intrigued me - the sort of people who do run a safe house and why, and just that whole world.

"You're under incredible pressure, and there's a vacuum in which anything can happen - so it was a really exciting premise and one that hopefully we can return to over the next 2-3-4-5 series."

Cuddy added that there are "most definitely" plans for more Safe House, with each potential new series following the plight of a new series of guests.

Jason Merrells, Nicola Stephenson and Paterson Joseph also appear in the first series,
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UK: Watch Marsha Thomason & Paterson Joseph in Trailer for 4-Part Thriller 'Safe House'

Across the pond... Marsha Thomason ("White Collar") and Paterson Joseph ("The Leftovers," "Law & Order: UK") will join Christopher Eccleston ("The Leftovers," "Thor: The Dark World") in a new ITV network 4-part drama series titled "Safe House" from Eleventh Hour Films, which is described as "a tense thriller set in the beautiful wilderness of the Lake District." The cast will also include Jason Merrells, Nicola Stephenson, and Peter Ferdinando, and is set to premiere on Monday April 20th at 9pm, it has been announced. Created and written by Michael Crompton, and directed by Marc Evans, the 4-part drama...
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UK: Marsha Thomason & Paterson Joseph Headline Atmospheric 4-Part Thriller 'Safe House'

Across the pond... Marsha Thomason ("White Collar") and Paterson Joseph ("The Leftovers," "Law & Order: UK") will join Christopher Eccleston ("The Leftovers," "Thor: The Dark World") in a new ITV network 4-part drama series titled "Safe House" from Eleventh Hour Films, which is described as "a tense thriller set in the beautiful wilderness of the Lake District." The cast will also include Jason Merrells, Nicola Stephenson, and Peter Ferdinando, and is set to premiere on Monday April 20th at 9pm, it has been announced. Created and written by Michael Crompton, and directed by Marc Evans, the 4-part drama...
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Code Of A Killer: tank tops, bad bobs and the dawn of DNA profiling

John Simm and David Threlfall star in ITV’s new crime thriller, which resurrects a grisly 1980s Midlands murder in painstaking detail

It’s well documented that in the Godfather movies, an orange is a symbolic portent of death. Don Corleone even makes some fake teeth out of orange peel to amuse his grandson, foreshadowing his heart attack. I suspect Michael Crompton had this in mind when scripting two-part police thriller Code Of A Killer, which opens with a close-up of a Feu Orange traffic-light air freshener dangling from a rear-view mirror. Its “delightful fragrance” was enough to turn your Ford Fiesta Mk II into a Terry’s Chocolate Orange on wheels. Dare we assume this one belongs to a harbinger of death?

A very specific caption tells us that we’re in Narborough, Leicestershire on 21 November 1983, 7.30pm. It’s the true story of the rape and murder of two teenage girls,
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Global Showbiz Briefs: Christopher Eccleston To Guard ITV’s ‘Safe House'; Martin Freeman In ‘The Eichmann Show'; More

Christopher Eccleston has been cast with Marsha Thomason (White Collar) and Paterson Joseph (The Leftovers) in ITV’s new four-part drama series Safe House. Produced by Eleventh Hour Films, Safe House is a thriller set in the wilderness of England’s Lake District. Eccleston plays Robert, a former detective who is asked by a close friend and police officer to turn his family’s remote guest house into a safe house. Their first ‘guests’ are a family in fear of their lives after they are violently attacked. For Robert, protecting them resurrects fears and anxieties bound up in a terrifying night gone wrong with a star witness. As a consequence of running the safe house, Robert begins to questions the incident and uncovers a web of lies. Inspired by a real couple, Safe House is written by Michael Crompton (Kidnap & Ransom, Carrie’s War), and directed by Marc Evans (Hinterland,
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Christopher Eccleston to lead new ITV thriller Safe House

Christopher Eccleston is to the lead the cast of ITV's new drama series Safe House.

The Leftovers actor will play a retired detective in the four-part series, also starring White Collar's Marsha Thomason.

Safe House follows Robert (Eccleston) and Katy (Thomason) - a married couple asked by close friend and police officer Mark (Paterson Joseph) to turn their remote guest house into a safe house.

The first 'guests' are a family in fear for their lives, after being violently attacked by a stranger who claims to know them.

18 months previous, Robert was shot trying to protect a star witness due to testify against her gangster husband. Protecting this new family causes the ex-cop to re-examine that terrifying night and soon he uncovers a web of lies.

Jason Merrells (Emmerdale), Nicola Stephenson (Holby City) and Peter Ferdinando (Doctor Who) will also star in the drama, set in the Lake District and inspired by true events.
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John Simm, David Threlfall for ITV's Code Of A Killer

John Simm and David Threlfall will lead the cast of ITV drama Code of a Killer.

The crime drama is based on the true story of Alec Jeffreys' discovery of DNA fingerprinting and its use by Detective Chief Superintendent David Baker in bringing a double murderer to justice.

Simm stars as Dr Alec Jeffreys who discovered the DNA fingerprinting technique while working at Leicester University in 1984.

Threlfall plays David Baker, who headed up a brutal double murder investigation in the mid 1980s with the help of Jeffreys' discovery.

James Strong (Broadchurch, United) will direct, while the screenplay is written by Michael Crompton with input from Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys and former Detective Chief Superintendent David Baker.

Filming for Code Of A Killer is due to begin at the end of September.
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Shameless star David Threlfall for ITV drama Code of a Killer

David Threlfall is to star in a new two-part ITV drama.

Code of a Killer will be based on the true story of Alec Jeffreys's discovery of DNA fingerprinting, and its first use by detective David Baker.

It will be centred around Jeffreys's findings and Baker's investigation into catching a double murderer using the new science.

Shameless star Threlfall will play Baker, who led the 1984 investigation into the murders of Leicestershire schoolgirls Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth.

In real life, Baker approached Jeffreys to use his new technique of reading people's DNA fingerprints in order to solve the murders.

Michael Crompton has written the drama, which will be directed by James Strong (Broadchurch).

The series has been developed with input from Sir Alec Jeffreys and former Detective Chief Superintendent David Baker.

Executive Producer Simon Heath said: "Code of a Killer will be a testament to the pioneering science of Alec Jeffreys and how,
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Martin Clunes to play Arthur Conan Doyle in ITV drama Arthur & George

Martin Clunes is to play Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in an ITV drama.

The high-profile series will be based on the novel Arthur & George by Julian Barnes.

The three-parter will be written by Silent Witness and Waking the Dead scribe Ed Whitmore.

ITV has also commissioned Line of Duty producer World Productions to make Code of a Killer, a two-part DNA-based crime thriller which tells the story of the first major UK case that was solved using DNA profiling.

Written by Michael Crompton, Code of a Killer will be directed by James Strong (Broadchurch). David Threlfall will star as Dcs David Barker, following his recent outing for ITV as Tommy Cooper in Not Like That, Like This.

ITV's director of television, channels and online Peter Fincham spoke about the channel's recent successful dramas, citing Tommy Cooper biopic Not Like That, Like This, The Widower and Prey. He
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ITV commissions new drama Safe House from Foyle's War producers

ITV has commissioned a new four-part drama from Foyle's War producers Eleventh Hour Films.

Safe House will be an atmospheric thriller set in the Lake District, and is the first to come from Jill Green's indie since it expanded its senior creative team.

The drama follows a married couple who turn their remote guest house into a safe house.

It is inspired by a true story, and it is planned to form part of an ongoing event drama.

The series was created and written by Michael Crompton (Kidnap & Ransom, Carrie's War).

Jill Green said of the drama: "Safe House is a quality drama with intelligently crafted characters delivering a complex and engaging story that will keep the viewer gripped.

"We have a slate of exciting projects, all equally ambitious and which set the bar for the kind of content we will continue to create."

Eleventh Hour Films is currently
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TV review: Kidnap and Ransom; Pramface; Catholics

Dominic's trying to keep the bodybags down - then the ninja snipers barge in

Ever since Denzel Washington out-crumpeted Coventry's own Clive Owen as the hostage negotiator in the 2006 film Inside Man, the United Kingdom has been working behind the scenes to overcome this affront to its national dignity. Now we have our riposte: Trevor Eve as Dominic King, hostage negotiator, in the unexpectedly excellent Kidnap and Ransom (ITV1).

Concerned pinch in his forehead? Check. Cool shades? Check. Enigmatic past? Check. Natasha Little and Helen Baxendale fighting over him back in London? Check. Dignified in defeat in a tea-room chess game with a Kashmiri local before the drama kicked off in earnest? Check. Four mobiles, just in case? Check. Pint-sized assistant who, so far as I can tell, does all the work? Check. A way of leaving his mouth open sensually at the end of a sentence, like Gordon Brown used to do?
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