Keeley Hawes to play real detective in ITV drama

Keeley Hawes is to star as the real-life detective who brought five killers to justice in the heartbreaking true story of Banaz Mahmod, the young Londoner murdered by her own family for falling in love with the wrong man. The new two-part series, Honour, is written by Gwyneth Hughes (Vanity Fair, Dark Angel, Remember Me), …

Keeley Hawes to star in new adaptation of du Maurier’s Rebecca

Keeley Hawes, despite a whole career of brilliant work, is very hot at the moment thanks to her appearance in Jed Mercurio’s Bodyguard. Now news reaches is that she has signed up to star in a new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. Netflix is to reshoot a story whose defining adaptation was Alfred Hitchcock’s…

BBC releases new trailer for Jed Mercurio’s Bodyguard

Full disclosure: I don’t think the BBC’s upcoming series, Bodyguard, is especially crimey but we bring you news of it because it’s written and created by Line Of Duty showrunner, Jed Mercurio, and it stars a LOD alum, Keeley Hawes. Set in and around the corridors of power, Bodyguard tells the fictional story of David…

Line Of Duty: Lindsay Denton versus Roz Huntley

I love Line Of Duty. I love Steve Arnott and his chippy little ways; I love Kate Fleming’s calm insouciance; I love Ted Hastings and his paternal, old-fashioned sheriff ways; and, more to the point, I love the fact that writer and director Jed Mercurio has torn up the rule book when it comes to crime…

Review: The Missing (S2 E8/8), Wednesday 30th November, BBC1

And so it came to this. The final instalment of a crazy, dual timeline-hopping story that has taken in Germany, Iraq and Switzerland as its three main locations. A story of family breakdowns, shocks, twists and a power drill. Yes, this second series of The Missing has had a bit of everything and is the…

Review: The Missing (S2 E7/8), Wednesday 23rd November, BBC1

So last week I posted a review where I stated everything seemed to point to the women who said she was Alice Webster being Alice Webster. Some readers pointed out that I got this wrong. But surely this is all part of the game – the Williams brothers pulling us this way and that, injecting subterfuge…

Review: The Missing (S2 E6/8), Wednesday 16th November, BBC1

Can we talk about the drill? I think we can. When army liaison officer Adam Gettrick was revealed to have been ‘Alice Webster”s captor and father to her child (or at least that’s what was inferred) and mercilessly and brutally killed German Polizei Jorn Lenhart with a cordless drill (I still can’t drive past a B&Q after…

Review: The Missing (S2 E5/8), Wednesday 9th November, BBC1

I’ve been enjoying this series of The Missing. I have, honestly. I know I’ve been gobbing on about lack of emotional connection with the characters (because of the dual timeline approach), but I have been enjoying it: it has been innovatively told, very well acted and full of edge-of-your-seat twists and turns. This episode – episode…

Review: The Missing (S2 E2/8), Wednesday 19th October, BBC1

So off we went on series two of The Missing last week – another emotional rollercoaster ride, this time featuring the Webster family, who were coming to terms with the reappearance of their lost daughter, Alice Webster. But that wasn’t all. That was in 2014, and now, in the present day, Julien Baptiste was in…

Review: The Missing (S2 E1/8), Wednesday 12th October, BBC1

The first series of The Missing was the series that put the Williams brothers – Harry and Jack – on the map. It was a harrowing story of two British parents stranded in France searching desperately for their little boy, Oliver, with the help of local policeman Julien Baptiste. The search drove the couple apart…