Review: National Treasure (S1 E4/4), Tuesday 11th October, Channel 4

Over the course of three episodes we’ve seen how the case against Paul Finchley has affected his family, not only making them suspect his integrity and innocence, but also questioning their own roles in the whole sordid affair. Am I a good daughter? Am I a good wife? Did I make him happy? Did I forget anything? Did…

Review: National Treasure (S1 E3/4), Tuesday 4th October, Channel 4

If last week’s episode centred on disgraced comic legend Paul Finchley’s daughter, Dee, and her struggles growing up and into adulthood, this third episode was most assuredly about his long-suffering wife, Marie. To say that Julie Walters’ performance in tonight’s installment was nothing short of astonishing is an understatement – it was truly heartbreaking and…

Review: National Treasure (S1 E2/4), Tuesday 27th September, Channel 4

At the end of episode one of this outstanding, unsettling four-part drama, legendary comic Paul Finchley (Robbie Coltrane in imperious form), got the news that seven women had come forward to accuse him of historical sex crimes. It was a blow to the avuncular colossus and his long-suffering wife Marie (Julie Walters). She had chosen to…

Review: National Treasure (S1 E1/4), Tuesday 20th September, Channel 4

Channel 4 can always be relied upon to produce interesting, topical and thought-provoking drama in every genre, with each one possessing a very particular style (almost a house style). National Treasure is the latest in a long line of these dramas. It has a heavyweight cast, and examines a subject that’s both uncomfortable to watch as…

Interview: Robbie Coltrane, National Treasure

There’s a big, new four-part drama starting on Channel 4 tonight that’s a timely and uncomfortable look at the roles our heroes play in modern society. It’s written by Jack Thorne, and stars Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters and Andrea Riseborough – all superb craftspeople. National Treasure doesn’t disappoint, either, and provides an engrossing story. We’ve…

Channel 4 confirms transmission date for National Treasure

It’s another week in which two big crime dramas are announcing themselves, and you can’t get bigger than a drama starring Robbie Coltrane and Dame Julie Walters. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Coltrane on our screens (he’ll always be best known for Cracker), and Walters is always worth a watch whatever she does, and…

Unforgotten recommissioned for a fifth series by ITV

Unforgotten fans where left in emotional limbo last night, when the death of Cassie Stuart caused them to weep openly, as well as hope and pray for a new, fifth series. And now ITV has confirmed that Chris Lang will be back for a fifth run of the outstanding British crime drama. Furthermore, ITV said…

REVIEW The Third Day (S1 E1&2/6)

Billed as a psychological thriller, The Third Day is Sky’s latest collaboration with HBO, and comes with some considerable pedigree. Written by Dennis Kelly (Utopia) and directed across three distinct segments – including the live broadcast of a theatrical performance – by Marc Munden (National Treasure) and Philippa Lowthorpe (Three Girls), the cast is led…