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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Mark Bonnar

Television and film stars can seem to be larger than life. Given their apparent talent, confidence, and charisma, fans may believe that these stars are simply destined for success. However, it is important to remember that they are just people. Even the most gifted performers can be discouraged like everyone else. Many stars nearly quit acting because they were discouraged by others. One such individual is the highly talented Mark Bonnar. Luckily for his fans, Bonnar persevered and has become a highly acclaimed actor. He has appeared in productions like Casualty, Shetland, and today stars in the highly popular Catastrophe.

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Mark Bonnar
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Exclusive Interview – Screenwriter Gaby Chiappe on Their Finest

Set during the days after The Blitz during World War II, Their Finest follows the writers and film makers working for The Ministry Of Information, with one aim in mind – to raise public morale. The film’s screenwriter, Gaby Chiappe, talked to Flickering Myth’s Freda Cooper about making the move from writing for TV to the big screen – and how she came to appear in the movie herself. It’s released in cinemas this Friday.

The film is Gaby Chiappe’s first movie screenplay, adapted from Lissa Evans’ novel Their Finest Hour And A Half. After a career in TV, taking in household names like EastEnders, Shetland and Vera, she found herself on familiar territory, telling the story of a group of people she understands well – writers. And, when the opportunity presented itself, she couldn’t resist stepping in front of the camera herself, to play a small role
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TVLine Items: Brockmire Renewed, Sponsors Bail on Bill O'Reilly and More

TVLine Items: Brockmire Renewed, Sponsors Bail on Bill O'Reilly and More
IFC has renewed Brockmire for a second season — just hours before the new, Hank Azaria-led comedy steps up to the plate.

Brockmire, which stars its executive producer Azaria (The Simpsons) as the titular character, follows a famous baseball announcer 10 years after a public meltdown (triggered by his learning of his wife’s infidelity) that ruined his reputation and made him a viral sensation. The show’s cast also includes Amanda Peet (Togetherness) as the strong-willed owner of the Morristown Frackers minor league team and Tyrel Jackson Williams (Lab Rats) as an social media-savvy intern.

“This show is the most fun I’ve ever had.
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Is reading a murder mystery somehow better than watching one on TV?

The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific concepts

People tend to think that time spent reading a book is more productive than time spent watching TV, but is that right? Is there more intrinsic benefit in, say, reading a detective murder mystery – such as one of Ann CleevesShetland books – than in watching the serialised version on the box?

Jan Jenkins, Hull

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Archie Panjabi on Her The Good Wife Exit and a Spinoff Return—Will the Boots Get Zipped Up Again?

Archie Panjabi on Her The Good Wife Exit and a Spinoff Return—Will the Boots Get Zipped Up Again?
Archie Panjabi left the world of the The Good Wife behind in season six, and to her, it was exactly the right time. "In terms of anything that happened on The Good Wife, I think it's only respectful for it to stay on The Good Wife," Panjabi told reporters at the 2016 TCA Summer Press Tour when asked about the season six finale in which her final scene with Julianna Margulies was done via green screen and caused controversy among fans. "It was time for me for many reasons to unzip the boots and step into another show."  Panjabi went over to the UK and appeared Power Monkeys and Shetland. In the Us she did a guest spot on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and is now part of the Blindspot cast...
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‘Blindspot’ Casts Archie Panjabi in Recurring Role for Season 2

‘Blindspot’ Casts Archie Panjabi in Recurring Role for Season 2
The Good Wife” alum Archie Panjabi will put her investigative skills to good use on “Blindspot” in Season 2, Variety has learned.

Panjabi has been cast in a major recurring role in the mystery thriller’s sophomore season, playing the head of a secret division of the Nsa that has been tracking the Jane Doe case from afar.

Since her “Good Wife” exit, the British thesp has been working steadily in the UK, with roles on crime dramas “The Fall” and “Shetland,” and political comedy “Power Monkeys,” in addition to a big screen turn in Dwayne Johnson’s “San Andreas.”

Blindspot” Season 2 premieres Wednesday, September 14 at 10 p.m. on NBC, following the finale of “America’s Got Talent.” In its new Wednesday timeslot, it’ll lead the night ahead of “Law & Order: Svu” and “Chicago P.D.” Check out all of NBC’s fall premiere dates here.

Panjabi is represented by Gersh. “Blindspot
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Shetland review – wildness, beauty and a damn good yarn

As Jimmy Perez, Douglas Henshall rivals Wallander, Sarah Lund and Saga Norén in this gripping Celtic noir

Quiz question. If you were to swim due west from the top of Shetland, where would you make landfall? Maine? Nope. Canada? Not even. Greenland; that’s how far north Shetland is.

And if you swam east? Well, Scandinavia: the coast of Norway, round about Bergen. Which is way further north than Borgen, The Bridge, The Killing, all that. Shetland totally has latitude attitude, every right to have its own brooding dark cop drama – Celtic noir, which is what you might call Shetland (BBC2). Wallander? Sarah Lund? Saga Norén? Scandi shandy drinking southern… softies.

Related: Crime writer Ann Cleeves on her Shetland Islands inspiration: views, arts, food and more

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Vera’s Back

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Vera — probably the best contemporary detective drama on British TV — returns to the U.S. with a fifth season being debuted nationally on Acorn TV. Based on novels by Shetland’s Ann Cleeves, Vera is a no nonsense Northumbrian detective with a brusk exterior and a well buried heart. It’s tempting to describe her as a female Wallander but unlike her Swedish counterpart she doesn’t spend half an hour caught up in self-indulgent introspection before uttering a sentence.

I interviewed leading lady Brenda Blethyn last year and she was an absolute delight. The antithesis of her dowdy onscreen persona. At the time, season 5 was very much up in the air. Like most things these days, it’s fate depended very much on the ratings of season 4. Unsurprisingly (in my view) Vera season 4 was one of the few shows in the UK last year to satisfy the TV critics
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‘Game Of Thrones’ Adds 3 Tarlys To Season 6 Cast

‘Game Of Thrones’ Adds 3 Tarlys To Season 6 Cast
The Tarly family is growing. James Faulkner (Downton Abbey, DaVinci’s Demons), Samantha Spiro (London Spy) and Rebecca Benson (Shetland) have joined the cast for the upcoming sixth season of HBO’s Game Of Thrones. Faulkner will play Randyll Tarly, Samwell's dad; Spiro is Melessa Tarly, Samwell’s mother; and Benson plays Talla Tarly, Samwell’s sister. They join recently cast Freddie Stroma who plays Dickon Tarly, Sam’s…
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'Iona' world premiere to close Edinburgh film festival

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'Iona' world premiere to close Edinburgh film festival
Scott Graham’s drama stars Ruth Negga of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) is to close with the world premiere of Scott Graham’s Iona on June 28 at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh.

Shot entirely on location in Scotland, the film stars Ruth Negga (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), Douglas Henshall (Shetland), Tom Brooke (The Boat That Rocked) and Michelle Duncan (Atonement), with debuts by two Scottish actors, Ben Gallagher and Sorcha Groundsell.

Iona is director Graham’s second film following his award winning Shell in 2012.

Graham said: ‘I discovered many films and filmmakers at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Edinburgh was my home all through my twenties and it was in venues like Filmhouse and the Cameo where I learned the value of the stories we tell and the emotions we share.

“I’m thrilled Iona will have its premiere here and doubly thrilled it will
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Iona to close Edinburgh Film Festival 2015 by Amber Wilkinson - 2015-05-11 10:49:46

A woman returns to the island that is her namesake with her teenage son in Iona - which will close Eiff 2015 Photo: Courtesy of Eiff Scott Graham’s Iona has been announced as the closing film of the 69th edition of Edinburgh Film Festival on Sunday June 28 at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh, where it will receive its world premiere.

Shell director Graham's second feature is described as "part coming-of-age story and part returning-home drama", that tells the story of Iona - returning to the Island where she was born (and after which she was named) with her teenage son Bull to seek refuge from a violent crime in Glasgow. Iona's return exposes Bull to a way of life she rejected when she left the island as a teenager and sends a shockwave through her family.

Shot entirely on location in Scotland, the film stars Ruth Negga (Marvel’s Agents of S.
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Scott Graham’s ‘Iona’ To Close 2015 Edinburgh Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) is delighted to announce Scott Graham’s beautifully shot drama, Iona, will close the 69th edition of the Festival on Sunday 28 June at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh where it will receive its World Premiere.

Shot entirely on location in Scotland, the film stars Ruth Negga (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), Douglas Henshall (Shetland), Tom Brooke (The Boat That Rocked) and Michelle Duncan (Atonement), with remarkable debuts by two young Scottish actors, Ben Gallagher and Sorcha Groundsell. Iona is director Scott Graham’s second film following his award winning Shell in 2012.

Director Scott Graham said: ‘I discovered many films and filmmakers at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Edinburgh was my home all through my twenties and it was in venues like Filmhouse and the Cameo where I learned the value of the stories we tell and the emotions we share. I
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Game of Thrones' Ciaran Hinds to join Douglas Henshall in BBC's Shetland

Actor who plays Mance Ryder in the fantasy epic to appear in third series of crime drama

Game of Thrones star Ciaran Hinds will be “locking swords” with Douglas Henshall in the new series of crime drama Shetland.

The actor, who plays Mance Ryder in the fantasy epic, is joined by Anna Chancellor and Julie Graham in the six-part BBC series which stars Henshall as detective Jimmy Perez.

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Archie Panjabi, Ciaran Hinds Trek To ‘Shetland’ For BBC Drama’s Third Season

Based on the crime novels by Ann Cleeves, BBC One drama Shetland is adding a trio of new stars to its roster. Game Of ThronesCiaran Hinds, The Good Wife‘s exiting Archie Panjabi and The Hour‘s Anna Chancellor are all boarding for the third season which is currently shooting in Scotland. Made by ITV Studios for BBC Scotland, Shetland first aired as a two-part drama in 2013 and was expanded to six episodes for its second season which ran last year. Returning star Douglas…
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The Good Wife's Archie Panjabi to appear on BBC One's Shetland

The Good Wife star Archie Panjabi is to appear in the third series of Shetland.

The Emmy Award-winning actress will star in the six-part series produced by ITV Studios for BBC One, which will air later this year.

Game of Thrones actor Ciaran Hinds and Anna Chancellor will also have roles in the series, alongside James Cosmo, Saskia Reeves, Sara Vickers, Jack Greenlees, Jamie Michie, Mark Cox, Kate Donnelly and Andrew Rothney.

Douglas Henshall will return as Di Jimmy Perez, alongside series regulars Alison O'Donnell, Steven Robertson, Julie Graham and Mark Bonnar.

The third series will centre around the disappearance of a young man on a ferry crossing from Aberdeen to Lerwick.

Hinds said of his role: "I'm looking forward to locking swords with Douglas Henshall and working against the stunning backdrop of Shetland.

"I came to Scotland a lot in the '70s and '80s in various theatre productions - and,
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Doctor Who: Doom Coalition arriving in November from Big Finish

After yesterday’s brilliant news of Big Finish extending their Doctor Who audio licence until 2020, today they have released even more fantastic news about Doctor Who: Doom Coalition, which is expected to go on sale in November 2015

Doom Coalition is an epic saga that will span four box sets (a total of sixteen episodes) forming one breathtaking inter-connecting saga that will push the Doctor’s bravery and resourcefulness to its limits. Starring Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor and his companion Liv Chenka (Nicola Walker) they will both head into a brand new era of Doctor Who, as the Tardis is recalled to Gallifrey by the Time Lords. And they will be battling a new foe known only as The Eleven.

“The overall story of Doom Coalition was devised by myself and Ken Bentley over the course of many walks to the studio,” says producer David Richardson, “Our framework
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Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent Join BBC-Weinsteins TV Drama ‘War and Peace’

Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent Join BBC-Weinsteins TV Drama ‘War and Peace’
London — Gillian Anderson and Jim Broadbent have joined the cast of TV drama “War and Peace,” which is being produced by the BBC, alongside the Weinstein Company, BBC Worldwide and Lookout Point.

Principal photography has started on Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic novel, which is being filmed on location in Russia, Latvia and Lithuania. The miniseries, which is being told across six one-hour episodes, is being directed by Tom Harper (“Woman in Black: Angel of Death”).

Also joining the cast are Rebecca Front (“The Thick of It,” “Lewis”), Kenneth Cranham (“In the Flesh,” “37 Days”), Aneurin Barnard (“Cilla,” “We’ll Take Manhattan”), Tuppence Middleton (“The Imitation Game”), Callum Turner (“Leaving,” “Queen and Country”), Jessie Buckley (“Endeavour”), Brian Cox (“The Game,” “Shetland”) and Ken Stott (“The Hobbit,” “The Missing”).

Previously announced thesps includes Paul Dano, Lily James, James Norton, Stephen Rea, Ade Edmondson and Greta Scacchi.
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David Tennant and James McAvoy win at BAFTA Scotland Awards

David Tennant and James McAvoy win at BAFTA Scotland Awards
David Tennant and James McAvoy were among the major winners at the BAFTA Scotland Awards on Sunday (November 16).

McAvoy was the recipient of the Best Film Actor Award for his portrayal of a corrupt police officer in director Jon S Baird's dark comedy Filth.

He emerged victorious over competitors Peter Mullan (Sunshine on Leith) and Jack O'Connell (Starred Up).

Tennant triumphed over Line of Duty's Mark Bonnar and Shetland's Douglas Henshall in the Best Television Actor category for his performance in The Escape Artist.

Other major winners included Sophie Kennedy Clark (Philomena) for Best Film Actress, Shirley Henderson (Southcliffe) for Best Television Actress and Starred Up for Best Feature Film.

BAFTA Scotland was formed back in 1989 as an extension of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
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David Tennant and James McAvoy win at BAFTA Scotland Awards

David Tennant and James McAvoy were among the major winners at the BAFTA Scotland Awards on Sunday (November 16).

McAvoy was the recipient of the Best Film Actor Award for his portrayal of a corrupt police officer in director Jon S Baird's dark comedy Filth.

He emerged victorious over competitors Peter Mullan (Sunshine on Leith) and Jack O'Connell (Starred Up).

Tennant triumphed over Line of Duty's Mark Bonnar and Shetland's Douglas Henshall in the Best Television Actor category for his performance in The Escape Artist.

Other major winners included Sophie Kennedy Clark (Philomena) for Best Film Actress, Shirley Henderson (Southcliffe) for Best Television Actress and Starred Up for Best Feature Film.

BAFTA Scotland was formed back in 1989 as an extension of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
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National Television Awards 2015 voting opens: The full longlist

The National Television Awards 2015 longlist nominations have been announced and voting is now (October 14) open.

Hosted by Dermot O'Leary, the NTAs celebrate the best and most popular TV and are exclusively voted for by viewers. The 2015 awards take place at London's O2 on January 21.

The Nta shortlist will be announced in January when the final round of voting begins. Viewers can vote for free online at nationaltvawards.com or by calling the Nta vote form request line 0844 646 2060.

Full list of 2015 nominations:

Chat Show Host

Adam Hills

Alan Carr

Graham Norton

Jonathan Ross

Michael McIntyre

Paul O'Grady

Piers Morgan

Sarah Millican

Comedy

Benidorm

Big School

Birds of a Feather

Blandings

Boomers

Citizen Khan

Derek

Mrs Brown's Boys

Not Going Out

Outnumbered

The Big Bang Theory

The Wrong Mans

W1A

Daytime

Animal Saints and Sinners

Antiques Road Trip

Bargain Hunt

BBC Breakfast

Coach Trip

Escape to the Country

Father Brown

Fifteen to One

Flog It!
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