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Fearless: Read Between The Lies

“TRUMP has politicised a generation.

“People are very aware of that now.

“That actually they don’t trust necessarily the establishment to solve things for them or look to the establishment as heroes, as Brexit and as Trump has proved.

“So this idea of people that are quite ordinary and normal fighting for other ordinary and normal people on those lost causes, in some cases people who have been abandoned in prison for 10, 15, 20 years, I felt Patrick really had his finger on the pulse there.”

Helen McCrory talking to me about Fearless (ITV, 9pm Mon June 12), a topical new six-part drama created and written by Homeland and 24 writer Patrick Harbinson.

She plays solicitor Emma Banville in a compelling story about the abuse of justice and power.

With a strong supporting cast – including Sir Michael Gambon – in a series that takes us from Britain to America and back. Continue reading

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Black Work: Sheridan Smith

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“IT must be a horrible feeling to trust someone and then find out they weren’t who they said they were.”

Sheridan Smith talking to me about her role as Jo Gillespie in new three-part drama Black Work.

It’s always a pleasure to speak to Sheridan and this latest encounter came just after she had been to Buckingham Palace to collect her OBE from Prince William:

“An unforgettable day. Absolutely magical, like a dream. I will never, ever, forget it.” Continue reading

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Poldark: BFI Q&A

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“I hope I’m not intruding…”

Ross Poldark returns to Cornwall – and our television screens – in a new BBC1 (and PBS) adaptation of Winston Graham’s novels.

Some, like me, will be old enough to remember the iconic 1970s’ Poldark TV series starring Robin Ellis and Angharad Rees.

While younger viewers may have no idea what all the fuss is about.

Aidan Turner, who takes the title role in the 2015 series, admits he initially had to enlist the help of Google to find out what Poldark was. Continue reading

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Endeavour 2: Q&A

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THE latest TV puzzle starts with a crossword.

Plus a flashback to the young detective being shot at the end of the last story.

Endeavour returns to ITV on Sunday for a second series of the Inspector Morse prequel.

It’s May 1966 and the young Morse (Shaun Evans) is on his first day back at work at Oxford City Police with Det Insp Fred Thursday (Roger Allam).

But doubts remain about whether the Detective Constable is fully recovered from his ordeal.

“The light’s gone out of him,” Thursday tells his wife. Continue reading

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Monroe 2: Press Launch

“YOU know what? I just love the miracle days.”

It begins tonight with both an expanded regular cast and hospital world.

If you liked Monroe the first time around, then you’re going to love series two.

Creator and writer Peter Bowker is always a guarantee of top quality drama.

And Monroe is one of the very best things you will see on British television. Continue reading

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