Interview: Emily Watson, Apple Tree Yard



This weekend sees the start of a new, four-part psycho-sexual drama adapted from the best-selling Louise Doughty novel. Apple Tree Yard tells the story of Dr Yvonne Carmichael (Emily Watson), who has a high-flying career, a beautiful home, and a loving family. But appearances can be deceptive, and when she’s approached by a charismatic stranger (Ben Chaplin), she soon finds herself taking risks that she had never dreamt of before and embarks on a passionate affair. Watson is undoubtedly one of the UK’s most consistent and underrated actresses, and we managed to get hold of an interview with her, which you can read after the jump. Continue reading

Sky Atlantic announces last series of The Tunnel, plus Suranne Jones crime drama


fileSky Atlantic is going to be busy this year. On top of the imminent second series of Fortitude and the Swedish drama Midnight Sun, there’s also much more coming up later in the year. Two of things on the horizon include a returning series and a brand new one that will star one of the hottest female acting talents in the UK – Suranne Jones. Continue reading

Fiona Cummins’ Rattle gets screenwriter for TV adaptation


9781509812288rattle-400x0x0British author Fiona Cummins’ debut novel, Rattle, is attracting quite a buzz in the lead up to its 26th January publication date. The novel itself had already received rave reviews, but it’s the television adaptation that we’re going to be concentrating on here. We’re always on the look-out for novels that have been optioned as TV series, but also understand that the process can be a long and painful one – and, sometimes, things that get signed up for development never see the light of day. On the other hand, Rattle looks as though it’s some way down the line and things look promising – especially now Archery Pictures has now assigned a screenwriting to get to work on an adaptation. Continue reading

Review: Endeavour (S4 E2/4), Sunday 15th January, ITV


endeavour_2017After last week’s excellent (and dark) start to the series, I had no idea where Endeavour was going to go next. And that’s one of the beauties of something like Endeavour – each story is different, and the tone can sometimes be different, too. As long as Morse and Thursday are, well, Morse and Thursday, it doesn’t really matter where it goes. And this week it really did go somewhere else. Continue reading

Review: Unforgotten (S1 E2/6), Thursday 12th January, ITV


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DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) must really have been feeling her age in this week’s episode, having to explain the workings of such antiquated technology as pagers to her squad of millennials.Toothsome techie Nathan from the phone shop has managed to salvage fragments of the texts recorded on the pager on a 26-year-old corpse of murder victim David Walker, so back at the station, Cassie and the team are all playing a macabre version of hangman, filling in the blanks to find out who might have stabbed him to death, sealed him in a suitcase, and flung him in the River Lea. Continue reading

Review: Endeavour (S4 E1/4), Sunday 8th January, ITV


endeavour_2017Two days after the 30th anniversary of Inspector Morse’s first ever appearance on our screens, Endeavour keeps the torch burning with a fourth series. It’s been a patchy-old ride for Endeavour since its inception – yes, its air is thick with Morse lore and what people now call ‘easter eggs’, but over the course of its three previous series, we’ve had the good, the bad and the ugly. With the anniversary in mind, it’s important for fans of the titular, classics-loving detective this series got off to a good start. Thankfully, it did.

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