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Purves + Pekkala (2009)

New Town (original title)
The New Town area of Edinburgh is a magnet for architects, estate agents and upwardly-mobile families, each wanting to remould it in their own way. So when the head of Scottish Heritage ... See full summary »

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Annie Griffin

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Annie Griffin
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Cast

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Cameron Bowie Cameron Bowie ... Atte
Ewan Donald Ewan Donald ... Mr Hendry
Gabriel Quigley ... Shona Glennie
Natasha Watson Natasha Watson ... Simone
Lucie Crystal Lucie Crystal ... Kirsty Glennie
Juliet Cadzow Juliet Cadzow ... Mrs Showalter
Mark Gatiss ... Duff Purves
Max Bremer Max Bremer ... Mikko Pekkala
Edith MacArthur ... Mrs MacIver
Rose Leslie ... Rhian
Duncan Duff ... Ernst de Bont
John Bett John Bett ... Archie Linklater
Omid Djalili ... Walter Bannerman
Daniela Nardini ... Meredith McIlvanney
Catherine Murray Catherine Murray ... Yvette
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The New Town area of Edinburgh is a magnet for architects, estate agents and upwardly-mobile families, each wanting to remould it in their own way. So when the head of Scottish Heritage mysteriously falls from a high church tower, the suspicion of murder falls on them all. Written by Anonymous

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When Mrs MacIver leaves the dinner table to answer the door, Rhian drinks most of her glass of wine but in the long shot when Mrs MacIver returns the wine glass is full though it is emptier again in the next shot. See more »

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Strange goings on in Edinburgh's New Town
19 February 2009 | by nick-839See all my reviews

Truly dreadful.

Neither funny enough to be a comedy or dramatic enough to be a drama. Apparently this pilot was made in the hope of a full series being commissioned. On the basis of this, it shouldn't be. Shame to see the usually reliable Mark Gatiss in something so dire, and even Omid Djalili as a Scot fails to raise any interest whatsoever.

This comes from writer Annie Griffin, whose earlier series 'The Book Group' was a mixed blessing. The first series zipped along with panache, whereas the second dragged along with little style. 'New Town' seems stillborn at the pilot stage.

The only real positive is that Edinburgh makes a splendid location, just a shame that the script doesn't do it justice.


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Country:

UK

Release Date:

14 February 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Murhamysteeri Purves & Pekkala See more »

Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

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1.78 : 1
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