Review: The Secret (S1 E1/4), Friday 29th April, ITV

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the_secretAfter all the drama provided by Line Of Duty, I was almost thankful for The Secret’s more conventional narrative. That’s not a knock on it at all – this four-part series, based on a true story and starring James Nesbitt and Genevieve O’Reilly, was in some ways refreshing in its structure compared to the helter-skelter Line Of Duty the night previously. What was interesting about this well-played drama was how much tension writer Stuart Urban (based on a book by Deric Henderson) managed to extract from a story that has been out in the public domain since 2009.

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Interview: James Nesbitt, The Secret

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the_secretHas everyone recovered from Line Of Duty? No? Well tough, because the crime drama wheel still keeps spinning and tonight on ITV (Friday 29th April) there’s an intriguing-looking new three-parter starting up, which is based on a true story. James Nesbitt and Genevieve O’Reilly play Colin Howell and Hazel Buchanan – two married characters who start a destructive affair, ending in murder. We managed to get hold of an interview with James Nesbitt, which you can read after the jump. Continue reading

Line Of Duty, The Aftermath: Series four shoots in August; What We Really Thought About Series Three

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Meet_the_cast_of_Line_of_Duty_series_3It’s a testament to Jed Mercurio and his team of actors that Line Of Duty not only dominated my Twitter timeline last night, but it’s also  BBC2’s highest rated drama for 15 years. That’s 15 years! It’s also a testament to the writing and the acting that we’re still talking about it today. I thought I’d throw my two-penneth worth into the mix, and show you some of my favourite reactions to last night’s 90-minute series finale as well as discussing the show even more.

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Review: Line Of Duty (S3 E6/6), Thursday 28th April, BBC2

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Trailer: Line Of Duty, season three finale

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p01svgvvIt’s the big one; the one we’ve all been waiting for. Line Of Duty has really captured the imagination and tonight it’s the series three finale, where we finally get to see if The Caddy gets his comeuppance or whether he can successfully frame Steve for his wrongdoings. We’re promised a feature-length episode and some sort of resolution. But this is Jed Mercurio we’re talking about here, so who knows what’s going to happen? There’s a clip after the jump… Continue reading

Catherine Ryan Howard’s Distress Signals optioned for TV

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0distressTPR(2)I was lucky enough to meet Irish writer Catherine Ryan Howard at last year’s Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, where she told me about her debut novel that would be published this year. And now, well… Distress Signals is starting to generate some buzz around it and it looks set to be a bit of a hit. It’s released on 5th May (next week!) here in the UK, but already it has been optioned for television. Continue reading

Review: Gotham (S2 E15/22), Monday 25th April, Channel 5

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5834974374f84d65cd9815fc9cdf297bEvery now and again, we find ourselves thinking that Gotham has lost its way; if an episode is to violent, too rushed, too unfocused, or if character consistency goes out of the window. Then we get an episode like this one, and our faith is restored. Oh, the glee when we realised what the producers had done to Oswald Cobblepot! Fresh out of Arkham, supposedly cured, but in fact merely deadened by Clockwork Orange-style conditioning, Oswald is turned away by Butch and Tabitha, and tarred and feathered (geddit?) for good measure. Continue reading