Monthly Archives: October 2010

Moving On: Plays For Our Today

John Simm as Moose

“IT feels a lot harder now than when I started,” said writer John Fay.

“There’s definitely more writers and actors out of work. There’s less getting done.

“And I do think that comes down to money. If people aren’t investing in it, then it’s not getting made, is it?'” Continue reading

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Spooks: True North

A rally fan?

“THE dream is over now…”

Spooks series nine, episode seven.

Where we finally get some answers about Lucas North / John Bateman and Vaughn Edwards.

And much more. Continue reading

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Merlin: Series Four

Bradley James and Colin Morgan as Prince Arthur and Merlin

MAGIC news today for fans of Merlin, which has been recommissioned for a fourth BBC1 series.

The current series is being watched by an average of over six million viewers, even though it has been pitched into direct battle with ITV1 ratings juggernaut The X Factor.

Ten new episodes will begin filming next March for screening in the UK later in 2011.

Featuring the arrival of the Knights of the Round Table. Continue reading

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Downton Abbey: Joanne Froggatt

Joanne Froggatt as Anna

THE 6am alarm call is never welcome on a Saturday.

But it has afforded me time to polish the silver and iron the morning newspapers.

Now, in a brief respite from my duties, I am told the Manchester Evening News – said to be favoured by Mr Crawley – has this very day published my discussion with a young lady by the name of Joanne Froggatt.

Who may also be known to some of you as Anna, the head housemaid at Downton Abbey. Continue reading

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Spooks: The One With The Spade

Driving Lucas (Richard Armitage) crazy


“YOU have a name, a life, that were never meant to be yours.

“You’ve got no friends, no family, no past. You’re not a real person.”

Spooks series nine, episode six finds Lucas / John caught on a hook.

Reeled in by Vaughn to the point of risking everything for Maya.

And capable of shocking behaviour. Continue reading

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Downton Abbey Podcast

Jim Carter as Mr Carson


CREATOR Julian Fellowes and the cast of Downton Abbey – just recommissioned for a second series – talk about the making of the ITV1 period drama.

This Life of Wylie podcast includes contributions from Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Rob James-Collier, Joanne Froggatt and Gareth Neame.

You can download the enhanced version (with photos) below: Continue reading

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Spooks: The Sickness Unto Death

Sir Duke

“THE greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quickly in the world.

“Almost as if it were nothing at all.”

Sir Harry quotes Kierkegaard in Spooks series nine, episode five. Continue reading

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