BBC reveals Line Of Duty series four trailer

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thandie_newton_is_under_suspicion_in_the_first_line_of_duty_series_four_trailerLast year, BBC2’s Line Of Duty – that helter-skelter thriller that tells the stories of anti-corruption unit AC-12 – really broke through. So much so, it received a promotion – after record-breaking viewing figures, it got shipped over to BBC1 for its fourth series, which will kick into a gear in the next month or so. And, with the Beeb’s promo machine cranking into gear, it released the first proper trailer last night after the first episode of SS-GB. Have a look-see after the jump… Continue reading

Review: SS-GB (S1 E1/5), Sunday 19th February, BBC1

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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 31/01/2017 - Programme Name: SS-GB - TX: n/a - Episode: SSGB - Early Release (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Episode 1 Detective Superintendent Douglas Archer (SAM RILEY), Harry Woods (JAMES COSMO) - (C) Sid Gentle Films Ltd - Photographer: Screen Grab

(C) Sid Gentle Films Ltd – Photographer: Screen Grab

Let it be known that anything set in the mid-20th century will be watched and no doubt loved in this house. I love the aesthetics – the clothes, the furnishings, the language – which basically means that I could and would watch someone piss into a pot for an hour if it was set in the 30s, 40s, 50s or early part of the 1960s. Thankfully, this glossy five-adaptation of Len Deighton’s terrifying story of ‘alternative reality’ has a lot more to say for itself than pot-pissing, and the fact that it depicts an occupied London in 1941 after the Nazis won the war gives it a strangely topical element, especially as our own strands of reality have mingled to fractious effect.

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Sky Atlantic releases two new Twin Peaks teasers

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watch_the_new_cryptic_teaser_trailers_for_the_twin_peaks_sequelUp until now all the cryptic promotional material for the new, upcoming Twin Peaks has been from the US and its new network home, Showtime. But now Twin Peaks’ UK broadcaster, Sky Atlantic, is getting in on the act with its own promo campaign, a campaign that has seen two new teaser trailers released in the past day or so. Continue reading

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 20th – Sunday 26th February)

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p04t3lz8As we gird our crime loins for the incoming Broadchurch and Prime Suspect 1973, there’s still plenty to watch and enjoy this week, not least episode two of SS-GB and episode three of The Kettering Incident. Look out for the series finale of the now Kris Marshall-less Death In Paradise, as well as two new series – James Nesbitt in Sky1’s Lucky Man, and from New Zealand, The Brokenwood Mysteries. Enjoy! Continue reading

Interview: Kate Bosworth, SS-GB

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624As if you didn’t know, the next big, BBC1, Sunday-night drama is a four-part adaptation of Len Deighton’s SS-GB, which presents a classic noir set in 1940s Britain, where the Nazis defeated the Allies and now occupy the country. Sam Riley plays Detective Douglas Archer, while American actress Kate Bosworth plays a classic femme fatale – a mysterious US journalist who may or may not be what she seems. We managed to get hold of an interview with Bosworth, which you can read after the jump. Continue reading

Interview: Sam Riley, SS-GB

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624Sam Riley first came to my attention when he burst onto the scene playing Joy Division’s tragic lead singer Ian Curtis. Now the 37-year-old makes his television debut in the BBC’s adaptation of Len Deighton’s alternative reality noir, SS-GB, which starts on Sunday. Riley plays Detective Douglas Archer, a man trying to do his job in popst-war London… except in this story, the war was lost by the Allies and London (and the UK) is under the control of the Nazis. We managed to get a hold of an interview with Riley, which you can read after the jump. Continue reading

Review: Fortitude (S2 E4/10), Thursday 16th February, Sky Atlantic

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1000Fortitude is a pretty grim place to live. The work is hard, the cold could kill you in minutes, and if the forces of nature aren’t enough, the local inhabitants seem to be determined to bump each other off. What Fortitude emphatically does not need is someone called The Man With No Face who goes around beheading people. Continue reading