Olivia Colman is, as we all know, one of the UK’s leading actresses. It almost doesn’t need to be said. But she’s so brilliant in everything she puts her mind to – comedy, drama (I still can’t get her performance in Paddy Considine’s harrowing Tyrannsaurus out of my mind), you name it. There’s just something so natural and likeable about her, and Broadchurch she has fashioned a character who has really struck a chord with viewers. Ellie Miller is someone who has been put in extraordinary situations, but someone who we all, somehow, can relate to. That takes great skill to pull off, and Colman has the skills. We managed to get hold of an interview with Colman, which you can read after the old jumperoo.
As well know, one of the heavy hitters of British crime drama is back on our screens next week. Broadchurch, especially that gut-wrenching, incredible first series, has become a real phenomenon – Chris Chibnall’s scripts have been amazing, and it has really benefitted from having a brilliant cast, not least that central pairing of David Tennant and Olivia Colman. We managed to get hold of an interview with David, so have a butcher’s after the jump…
Last 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…
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.
NB: There are spoilers inside
As 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.
Sam 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.
Fortitude 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.