Carey Mulligan, John Simm, Nicola Walker to star in new David Hare thriller for BBC

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BBC Two today announced yesterday a new four-part thriller series called Collateral, a gripping, high-octane thriller set in present-day London, from pre-eminent playwright David Hare and starring Academy-Award nominee Carey Mulligan in the leading role. Read on for more… Continue reading

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Filming begins on 20th series of Midsomer Murders

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Filming began this month on the 20th anniversary series of the UK’s longest running contemporary detective drama, ITV’s Midsomer Murders. Neil Dudgeon returns to play DCI John Barnaby for his seventh year in the role and Nick Hendrix is back as DS Jamie Winter. More details about this hardy perennial after the jump! Continue reading

Review: Prime Suspect 1973 (S1 E6/6), Thursday 6th April, ITV

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The fact that the opening of wunderkind Mike Oldfield’s 1973 debut Tubular Bells starts this finale merely points up that this tune is remembered by many for featuring in director William Friedkin’s outstanding and genre-busting horror film The Exorcist (released the same year). It also launched the career of a certain Richard Branson, as it was the first album released by Virgin RecordsSo it doesn’t really sit well in the context of this misguided prequel to the groundbreaking Prime Suspect series. It comes as Cliff Bentley (Alun Armstrong) runs from the conflagration at the bank that claims the life of DI Bradfield (Sam Reid). It is a good explosion, but with pretty cheap-looking CGI flames. Continue reading