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Line Of Duty series 4: who is blue hoodie man?

Louisa Mellor Apr 13, 2017

We may be barking up an entirely specious tree, but did you notice this suspicious-looking man at the crime scene in episode one?

LIne Of Duty episode 4.1 spoilers.

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Watching a crime thriller in the age of online streaming, the DVR and the freeze-frame is an entirely different game than it used to be. Time was that your theory on whoever stole the groundskeeper's whistle on Juliet Bravo that week would be mere supposition.

Even if you owned a video recorder, you didn't routinely tape everything you watched, nor could you screengrab a salient frame to support your suspicions and share it at the touch of a button.

For better or for worse, now we can. And do. And have. 

Your honour, we'd like to draw the court's attention to exhibit A, a series of three screengrabs taken
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Count Arthur Strong’s favourite TV

The semi-retired music hall entertainer on why you should bring back Juliet Bravo and how he finds Duck Dynasty a turn-off

Well modesty forbids me to give you my first choice, Count Arthur Strong. So my second-choice unmissable show would be Strictly Come Dancing. Unless I’m at [Arthur’s local] The Shoulder Of Mutton. It’s not on at an ideal time for me, really.

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In memoriam: director Christopher Barry

News Louisa Mellor 10 Feb 2014 - 10:28

Christopher Barry, noted director of classic Doctor Who and countless other series, has passed away at the age of 88...

We're sad to learn that director Christopher Barry, who directed over forty episodes of Doctor Who between 1963 and 1979 alongside a great deal of much-loved television work, has passed away at the age of 88.

Christopher Barry was one of the rare Doctor Who directors whose work on the show spanned four Doctors, including stories with William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker. His first Who episode was 1963's The Dead Planet, part of the first Dalek serial that famously introduced the planet Skaro and the Thals. Sixteen years later, Barry's final Who serial was 1979's The Creature From The Pit featuring Tom Baker.

In addition to Doctor Who, Barry took the helm on over thirty episodes of Z-Cars, as well as several instalments of All Creatures Great And Small,
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Sally Wainwright: not the same old

Last Tango in Halifax is that rare thing: a feelgood hit drama about older people. Writer Sally Wainwright tells Caroline Rees about putting her own mother's romance on screen

'I've never had feedback like that before," says writer Sally Wainwright of the correspondence she received last year in the wake of her BBC drama Last Tango in Halifax, about two septuagenarian sweethearts. "As a writer, you don't get many letters from members of the public. I think I've had the same number for Last Tango that I've had in the past 20 years." She adds, drily: "That's about seven."

Last Tango, which won two Baftas, returns for a second series this month. It is popular, in part, because it tells the story of older people without depicting them as senile or terminally ill. Actors Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid, who play the couple, report receiving an "extraordinary" public thumbs up.

"It's so un-ageist,
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What TV cops' cars say about them

The Sweeney is being remade – and Inspector Regan, played by Ray Winstone, has traded in his Ford Granada for a Ford Focus. Would he really drive a car like that?

More than 30 years after Jack Regan banged up his last villain, the Sweeney is being remade as a feature film. Replacing John Thaw and Dennis Waterman as flying squad detectives Regan and Carter are Ray Winstone and Ben Drew – and instead of a dodgy souped-up Ford Granada there's to be a shiny new Ford Focus.

It's the Ford Focus that's the problem. It may be a cut above the old Rover that Inspector Wexford used to potter around the Hampshire lanes in, but a two-litre turbo-charged St hatchback Ford Focus just feels too boy-racer for Regan. Regan was an unreconstructed 70s man and nothing less than an unreconstructed 70s car seems to fit. Can you imagine John Thaw pulling a
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Obsessive, Compulsive, Procedural #2: ‘Prime Suspect’

Prime Suspect

Created by Lynda La Plante and Alexandra Cunningham

Based on the ITV series Prime Suspect created by Lynda La Plante

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1.01 Pilot

Directed by Peter Berg

Written by Alexandra Cunningham

1.02 Carnivorous Sheep

Directed by Jonas Pate

Written by Alexandra Cunningham

1.03 Bitch

Directed by Michael Waxman

Written by Liz Heldens

1.04 Great Guy, Yet: Dead

Directed by Jonas Pate

Written by John McNamara


The U.S. Prime Suspect has one terrible, undeniable problem: its title. Even though the U.S. Prime Suspect is closely based on the U.K. Prime Suspect, the title just doesn’t work. The reason for this has everything to do with the structural difference between U.S. broadcast network prime-time and U.K. broadcast network prime-time.

The original Prime Suspect is one of the best TV shows of all time. In bringing us the adventures of Dci Jane Tennison, Lynda La Plante
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Noel Collins obituary

Stalwart of the TV police series Juliet Bravo

Noel Collins, who has died of cancer aged 74, was a linchpin of the police series Juliet Bravo throughout its entire six-series run. As Sergeant George Parrish, he was familiar for his "Yes, ma'am" response to consecutive uniformed inspectors Jean Darblay (Stephanie Turner) and Kate Longton (Anna Carteret). Parrish and his male colleagues were seen adjusting to working with a female boss in the BBC programme, which was launched a decade before the more hard-edged Prime Suspect – although four months after ITV's The Gentle Touch, which starred Jill Gascoine as a detective inspector.

The pace of life was slow in Juliet Bravo, whose title came from a police call-sign. The series (1980-85), set in the fictional Lancashire town of Hartley and described by one television critic as "Dixon in skirts", was also notable for being the flipside to its creator Ian Kennedy-Martin's previous,
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Acorn Media DVD Review: Vera

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ITV’s detective drama series Vera comes to the United States on 30 August. The show which has yet to air on American network TV, is being released on DVD by Acorn Media. The drama starring Brenda Blethyn is being released on the same day as Doc Martin: The Movies, but this show is as serious as those films are funny. Unlike, Marple, Poirot and Midsomer Murders, Vera is not set in small-town idyllic Britain where every episode seems to somehow involve a vicar, a butler or a thatched roof. Instead, this show is set in the North of England, a real and gritty place.

The 4-disc set being released by Acorn Media contains four feature length self-contained episodes. The first of the four began with a shot of Gina McKee riding
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TV matters: novels and television

Television and fiction have a long history of affinity – and it works both ways

The revelation from Salman Rushdie that he is creating a sci-fi series for the cable network Showtime, in preference to another work of hardback fiction, is an illustration of the affinity between TV and the novel: far greater, in terms of both narrative and production, than that between the book and film.

While cinema and TV frequently turn novels into scripts, TV also has a long tradition of the reverse journey. Through all the different manifestations of the Doctor Who franchise, the tie-in novelisation, adapted or expanded from episodes, has been a constant marketing tool. At jumble sales and in charity shops, you will still sometimes find battered paperbacks spun off from Juliet Bravo , Angels or General Hospital.

And two of the medium's major writers – the late Dennis Potter (Pennies from Heaven, The Singing Detective) and Stephen Bochco (La Law,
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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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Gerard Kelly obituary

TV, film and theatre actor whose inimitable physicality made him a pantomime legend

Everyone loved the mop of black hair, the half-length trousers, the bright Dr Martens and the cry of "Hiya pals", but you could spend hours figuring out exactly what made Gerard Kelly such a physically funny pantomime star. It was something to do with the knobbly knees, the way one leg would drag coyly behind the other, and the impression of Kelly having feet that headed in opposite directions. The actor Karen Dunbar, who appeared alongside him in three Christmas shows at the King's theatre in Glasgow, has her own theory. "I think it came from his hips," she said. "He used his whole body."

Whatever his secret, Kelly – who has died aged 51 after a brain aneurysm – was a consummate performer who reigned supreme at the King's theatres in Glasgow and Edinburgh for 20 years. To do this
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Six to Watch: TV detectives

Idris Elba explodes onto screen as Luther tonight – but which other great telly-detectives does he follow? And can he match them?

Idris Elba's Luther might not have a great deal in common with Miss Marple – I can't see him going down a storm in St Mary Mead, for instance. But that is the beauty of television crime-solving – it's a broad church, with room for amateur sleuths, moody inspectors, razor-sharp detectives and everything in between.

That, however, brings its problems – with every man and his dog apparently having a hand (or paw) in solving crime. So we've limited our search for the best television detectives to professional police or private detectives, rather than the full array of part-time consultants, busybodies and hobbyist gumshoes (although I'm sure we'll come to them another time). So here are our "top of the cops"– six great TV detectives to watch. Who would you have included?
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Joanne Whalley interview

The Manchester-born actor on why she has played truants, schemers and tearaways all her life

"Am I blind or are you ­hiding?" I get this text from Joanne Whalley as I'm looking directly at her, eye to eye, at a coffeeshop near her home in West Hollywood. She's the one who seems to be hiding: slender and on the small side, wearing sombre colours and ­sunglasses on a gloomy winter's day. She might be a suburban mother ­picking up the kids, or one of those ­quietly dangerous film-noirish women – in shades, dressed to blend in – she has played on more than one occasion.

After the release of Scandal in 1989, in which she played Christine Keeler, Whalley seemed on the verge of ­something huge. She had recently ­married the Hollywood star Val Kilmer and moved to the Us. But the ­marriage lasted eight years, and the career did not. Some people
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