BBC confirms transmission date for final Inspector George Gently film

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After 10 years and 23 episodes the BBC One drama Inspector George Gently say farewell with a final film: Gently And The New Age. Martin Shaw as the and Lee Ingleby are back one last final time as Gently and Bacchus, and I for one will be sorry to see it go – I know lots of people who find the series as dull as dishwater, but I’ve really enjoyed Gently and Baccus’s evolving relationship and the way it has examined Britain’s ever-changing socio-political landscape from the 1960s onwards. The BBC has now announced the transmission date for George’s last hurrah. Continue reading

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Sara Blædel’s Louise Rick novels optioned by Canadian production company

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We all know that anything from Scandinavia is well worth a watch, and the so-called Nordic Noirs just keep on coming (Case, Midnight Sun, Dicte, Mammon 2, Black Lake and more this year). We’ll be getting the final instalment of The Bridge early in 2018, and the look-out is on to see who will fill Saga Norén’s shoes. How about Danish author, Sara Blædel’s Louise Rick? Blædel (pictured) has written over half a dozen novels featuring her popular protagonist, and now we hear out of MIPCOM that she’ll be coming to a TV screen soon. Continue reading

John Turturro to star in new TV version of The Name Of The Rose

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Umberto Eco’s 1980 debut novel, The Name Of The Rose, went on to become a huge literary hit, and then a hit on the big screen in 1986 in a movie adaptation starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater. With the annual MIPCOM media fest currently happening in Cannes and news dripping out every day, we’ve learned that a new television is in the works, starring John Turturro, who was recently nominated for an Emmy for his brilliant work in The Night Of. Continue reading

ITV commissions second series of Liar

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October has been Harry and Jack Williams month with the brothers’ having Monday night all to themselves – Rellik has been playing out on BBC One, while the much more conventional domestic noir (and less satisfying) Liar has been a huge success on ITV. In fact, Liar has been the ITV’s highest-rating new drama of the year, which is pretty good going. Not surprisingly, the channel announced that there was to be a second series. Continue reading

Review: Liar (S1 E6/6), Monday 16th October, ITV

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I genuinely wasn’t looking forward to the series one finale of Liar, Harry and Jack Williams’ ‘Rape Roshomon’ (as it has been crudely called elsewhere). The first half of the series was an interesting if ethically shady he said/she said exploration of truth – not so much consent, as the heinous act of sexual abuse had been used as the platform on which this drama has been based (don’t get me started) – but the last half of this series has descended into base-level shocks and thrills and unbelievable plotlines, which put it at odds with the serious subject matter it had surely been trying to explore. I really didn’t enjoy episode five, so my hopes weren’t high when it came to the finale. Continue reading

BBC Four acquires Danish thriller Below The Surface

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Out of all the new thrillers waiting in the wings, Below The Surface has the most intrigue and is the most anticipated. It has a fantastic pedigree behind the camera – The Killing’s Søren Sveistrup and Borgen’s Adam Price have joined forces with Meta Louise Foldager Sorensen (A Royal Affair) as executive producers, and enlisted Kasper Barfoed (Dicte, Those Who Kill and Summer Of ’92), to form a Danish dream team. Now we hear that the eight-part crime series now has a UK home: BBC Four.

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Review: Rellik (S1 E6/6), Monday 16th October, BBC One

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Over five weeks, the Williams brothers’ Rellik has rewound and rewound back in time to reveal the acid killer. The flashback device is something Jack and Harry obviously love, and here in this series they have indulged this love for all its worth – with a high concept based on the flashback, Rellik was peak Williams. It looked and felt as though it was something new and ground-breaking, but I would argue that by breaking conventions, Rellik created new ones all of its own. We’ve seen how the flashback device can work in telling a story; we were now going to find out whether it could produce a worthy ending. Continue reading