Review: River (S1 E1/6), Tuesday 13th October, BBC1

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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 18/08/2015 - Programme Name: River - TX: n/a - Episode: River (No. Ep 1) - Picture Shows: John River (STELLAN SKARSGARD) - (C) Kudos - Photographer: Nick Briggs

(C) Kudos – Photographer: Nick Briggs

For this Abi Morgan-penned six-parter the BBC has assembled some serious talent. Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård and British favourite Nicola Walker are a bit of a dream team, and anything created by Morgan is absolutely worth a watch. But of course this pedigree doesn’t guarantee a good series. Thankfully River turns out to be pretty much everything you hope it would be – all your favourite tortured cop tropes and character traits, but with a different twist. Continue reading

Twin Peaks: Michael Ontkean pulls out; David Duchovny to appear?

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The new Twin Peaks is one of the most eagerly-awaited series around (it’ll probably hit our screens in early 2017), but after the announcement that David Lynch’s surreal crime drama would be back for a brand-new run after 20-odd years things have been a little rocky throughout the pre-production process. There were lots of contract wranglings with co-creator Lynch, and now there seem to be casting problems, with Michael Ontkean – who played the softly-spoken, morally sturdy local sheriff in the original series – pulling out of the project. But there may be some good news… one of the show’s original guest stars, now a superstar, might be coming back.  Continue reading

Interview: Abi Morgan, River

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Whenever there’s a new Abi Morgan project on either big or small screens you know it’s worth a watch ,and now she’s taken her first steps into the crime drama genre. RIver is an intriguing six-parter that stars Stellan Skarsgård as John RIver, a brilliant but troubled detective. If this sound familiar, hold your horses – there are layers to River that are absent in other crime dramas. Here’s Morgan herself, talking about this new project. Continue reading

Interview: Stellan Skarsgård, River

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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 04/08/2015 - Programme Name: River - TX: n/a - Episode: River - First Look (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: EMBARGOED UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 4th AUGUST, 2015 John River (STELLAN SKARSGARD) - (C) Kudos - Photographer: Nick Briggs

 (C) Kudos – Photographer: Nick Briggs

Stellan Skarsgård has always been a fine actor, so when the Swede was announced as the lead in Abi Morgan’s six-part cop drama there was a ripple of excitement within the crime drama-loving fraternity. When I saw River a month or so ago at its media screening I was not only struck how good he was as John River, but how sensitive and interesting Morgan’s story is. Anyway, we got hold of an interview with Skarsgård, which is over the jump… Continue reading