Daniel Cole is a name well-worth making a note of because even though his debut novel, Ragdoll, won’t be released in the UK until January 2017 (by Trapeze), the rights to it have already been snapped up by the same production company who made ITV hit The Durrells. All this from a novel that won’t be released for over six months. That’s good going.
For many, last year’s Bloodline was Netflix’s best-ever drama, which, when you consider its output includes House Of Cards, Jessica Jones and Daredevil, is a bold statement. It starred Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn (who’s been getting some serious exposure thanks to his appearance in the Star Wars: Rogue One trailer) and Sissy Spacek, all part of a tense family drama. We met the Rayburn family, who own and runs a beachside hotel in the Florida Keys. When the oldest son and black sheep of the family, Danny (Mendelsohn), returns home for his parents’ celebration of their 45th year running Rayburn House and the scheduled dedication of a pier in their name, he quickly causes turmoil amongst the clan, who have a dark past. When Danny gets caught up in the criminal world, he threatens to bring down his entire family and their legacy. It was quality viewing and now, with series two on the horizon, some new casting news has been announced.
Oh, ‘Dot’ Cottan, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Lindsay Denton (Keeley Hawes) may have that thousand-yard stare, Steve Arnott makes the sullied boy scout shtick work for him, and Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) has that world-weary, silver-haired George Clooney thing going on, but despite getting less screen time than Line Of Duty’s other main characters, Craig Parkinson’s pivotal DS Cottan is a revelation. But more of this anon.