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1974 South Riding TV adaptation was stellar | Letters

Susanna Rustin’s article on Winifred Holtby (Scenes from provincial life, Review, 14 January) was excellent, except that it mentioned only two dramatisations of Holtby’s novel South Riding – the 1938 film and the BBC’s 2011 adaptation. Good though these were, there must be many people like myself, born and brought up in the area, who feel that both were outshone by Yorkshire TV’s 1974 serial. It was adapted from the novel by Stan Barstow and superbly acted by a cast including Dorothy Tutin, Nigel Davenport, Hermione Baddeley and Clive Swift. Much of it was filmed locally, and it captured the atmosphere of the area and the essence of the East Riding characters brilliantly. It can still be watched with pleasure and it deserved to be mentioned.

Jean Williams

Swanland, East Riding, Yorkshire

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Doctor Who 10 years on: Where are the class of 2005 now?

The world of Doctor Who has changed greatly in the space of just 10 years. The cast and crew have almost completely been replaced since 2005, including a number of new actors to play the errant Time Lord and his companions.

But what has happened to the class of '05? Where are Rose and Mickey now? What is the writer of 'Dalek' up to? And where can you see more work from the director of 'Rose'?

Here it is then, your guide to the main players of Doctor Who series one.

The Cast

After his three-month on-screen stint as the Doctor, Christopher Eccleston's career continued in much the same vein, taking in theatre, interesting television roles and the odd blockbuster.

Post-2005, the Northern actor went Stateside to take on the role of invisible man Claude in the Us series Heroes. From there, he popped up in a very amusing Doctor Who-esque cameo as Dr.
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TV books programmes: if nobody watches them, make better ones

The novelist Robert Harris was right to call the BBC’s lack of a books show a ‘disgrace’. There’s plenty the corporation could do to make a popular literary programme on TV

With injury, there is always a little insult. When a BBC spokesperson, responding to Robert Harris’s complaints at the Costa book of the year ceremony about the absence of a dedicated book show on its television channels, pointed out that the corporation was responsible for introducing readers to books by way of adaptations such as Wolf Hall and The Casual Vacancy, one might feel that Harris’s comments – in which he called the absence of a BBC TV books show an ‘absolute disgrace’ – had been somewhat misunderstood.

While Hilary Mantel and Jk Rowling, their publishers, agents and the book industry doubtless benefit from book adaptations, the BBC’s motive in putting them on is not altruistic.
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Sheridan Smith is Cilla Black: Lorra, lorra pics and trailer revealed

Sheridan Smith stars as Cilla Black in the new ITV biopic about the Liverpudlian songbird, and the first pictures of the actress's transformation into the flame-haired singer have been released.

A trailer featuring Smith taking on the role of the pop singer during her rise to fame in 1960s Liverpool has also been released, giving viewers a taste of Jeff Pope's three-part drama.

Aneurin Barnard (The White Queen, Citadel, We'll Take Manhattan) stars as Cilla's husband Bobby, Ed Stoppard (The Politician's Husband, Silent Witness, Branded) plays Brian Epstein, John Henshaw (Downton Abbey, Midsomer Murders, South Riding) is Cilla's father, John White and Melanie Hill (Waterloo Road, Hebburn, Merlin) is Cilla's mother, Priscilla.

The drama captures the atmosphere of promise and excitement in the Merseybeat music scene, and the battle for Cilla's heart between future husband Bobby and manager Brian Epstein.

"I am thrilled to be playing Cilla,
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Death Comes To Pemberley Review

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Death Comes To Pemberley Review

Mr Darcy and Elizabeth. Sounds familiar right? Don’t worry, Death Comes to Pemberly isn’t another dramatization of Pride and Prejudice. It’s a dramatization of a novel by the same name that featured some of the characters from Jane Austen’s greatest work. Written by P D James, Death Comes to Pemberly is an international best seller and a great choice for the BBC’s Christmas 2013 period drama.

As soon as this production was given the green light, people began to speculate about the identity of the actor who would be cast as Darcy. In the end, the BBC picked Matthew Rhys (The Americans). He cut his death in period drama last year in the network’s adaptation of Edwin Drood. He has the look of a Darcy with his dark hair and brooding Celtic brow, and he didn’t disappoint. Playing opposite
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The Look of Love: Q&A with Costume Designer Stephanie Collie

As is often the way with costume designers, Stephanie Collie is something of an unsung hero. We will not reel off her entire back catalogue, but it does include South Riding (2011, TV), Telstar (2008) Peter’s Friends (1992) and perhaps most exciting of all, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998).

Now, anyone old enough to remember when Lock, Stock arrived will remember just what an incredible influence its Mod inspired costumes had on the world of fashion. You could not pick up a men’s magazine of the time without seeing some guy in slim trousers and a jersey polo shirt. Stephanie Collie invented this look, thus providing one of the clearest examples of how costume design can transcend a movie and become something more. We would go so far as to say Stephanie Collie helped define an era.

The young cast of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels wearing the soon
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First Look: Judi Dench And Steve Coogan In 'Philomena'

First Look: Judi Dench And Steve Coogan In 'Philomena'
Steve Coogan's alter ego Alan Partridge has taken to the big screen this week, but it's a very different Coogan on display in the first trailer for drama 'Philomena'.

Coogan plays unlikely friends with Dame Judi Dench in 'Philomena' - a funny and shocking drama true story about a woman's search for her lost son.

Steve Coogan, Dame Judi Dench and Anna Maxwell Martin in 'Philomena'

Stephen Frears directs the dramas, which tells the story of Irish teenager Philomena, sent to a convent in 1952 after falling pregnant, with her baby sent away for adoption to America.

Philomena later encountered journalist Martin Sixsmith (played by Coogan in the film), who became intrigued by her story and helped her travel to America to seek out her lost son.

Sixsmith’s book 'The Lost Child Of Philomena Lee' was published in 2009. It acted as a catalyst
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BBC One Review: The Village

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The Village BBC One

Grey Feeney

BBC One’s new drama The Village began with Old Bert (David Ryall) explaining to an unseen interviewer that he is the second oldest man in Britain. After a few moments of private reflection, Old Bert began to recount the events of his childhood beginning in the summer of 1914.

Stylistically, the BBC got it spot on as The Village and its inhabitants looked surprisingly authentic. In terms of casting, they picked the cream of the crop with a line-up that included John Simm, Maxine Peake, Nico Mirallegro, Juliet Stevenson and the aforementioned Mr Ryall. The pre-war setting was a familiar one and we saw the predictable shots of bunting and cobbled streets that we’ve been overly exposed to in recent productions such as War Horse and Downton Abbey. We also saw themes that were explored in another BBC drama from that era – South Riding – as women’s lib,
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'The Alan Partridge Movie': Lynn, Michael, Sidekick Simon to return

'The Alan Partridge Movie': Lynn, Michael, Sidekick Simon to return
Further cast details about The Alan Partridge Movie have been revealed.

It has been announced that characters from the original TV sitcom will be making a return to appear alongside Steve Coogan, including Alan Partridge's faithful Pa Lynn (Felicity Montagu), Geordie friend and Bp garage worker Michael (Simon Greenall) and rival DJ Dave Clifton (Phil Cornwell).

According to Variety, new faces will also appear in the film about the Norfolk DJ, including Star Trek actor Colm Meaney, The Bletchley Circle and South Riding star Anna Maxwell Martin, and film actor Sean Pertwee.

They will join more recent characters from spin-off series Mid Morning Matters, who will also appear in the film, including Sidekick Simon (Tim Key).

Father Ted and Moone Boy director Declan Lowney is at the helm of the motion picture.

Earlier today (February 7), it was reported that scenes will be filmed at several locations in North Norfolk, including Sheringham and Cromer.
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Anna Maxwell Martin: 'Loads of women's drama is really dumbed down'

The South Riding star on the dearth of funny roles for women, dance-offs and why she's only ever spotted in Waitrose

Did you have a nice Christmas?

It was lovely. We were at home in London and then up in North Yorkshire, where my best friend has just moved on to a pig farm.

What was your favourite present?

Oh… erm… I'm never that into presents. I don't mean to sound like a total martyr but I can't even remember what I was given. I got a vegetable strainer, which I quite like. It's yellow.

You are about to appear at the Hampstead theatre in Di and Viv and Rose, a play written by Amelia Bullmore, which features three strong, funny female characters. Is it rare for women to find original material like that to act in?

Yes, massively. Very few people are doing it. Julia Davis is a huge
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Anna Maxwell Martin: 'Loads of women's drama is really dumbed down'

The South Riding star on the dearth of funny roles for women, dance-offs and why she's only ever spotted in Waitrose

Did you have a nice Christmas?

It was lovely. We were at home in London and then up in North Yorkshire, where my best friend has just moved on to a pig farm.

What was your favourite present?

Oh… erm… I'm never that into presents. I don't mean to sound like a total martyr but I can't even remember what I was given. I got a vegetable strainer, which I quite like. It's yellow.

You are about to appear at the Hampstead theatre in Di and Viv and Rose, a play written by Amelia Bullmore, which features three strong, funny female characters. Is it rare for women to find original material like that to act in?

Yes, massively. Very few people are doing it. Julia Davis is a huge
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

Violence in TV drama: the brutal truth

Ripper Street, Line of Duty and Good Cop may pile on the gore, but we shouldn't be shocked – it's just a return to gruesome form for British TV

New BBC1 drama Ripper Street, which began on Sunday evening boldly reimagines late 1880's Whitechapel as a Wild West outlaw town coping with the aftermath of the Ripper slayings.

Inspector Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen) and his two mates (Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg) are like the sheriff and two goodies combating a gruesome world where beatings, sexual attacks and murder come at the viewer suddenly and unexpectedly.

Most of the female characters seemed to be either prostitutes or mutilated cadavers and, if that's not enough, last night's first episode ended with the apprehension of a killer making what was essentially a Victorian snuff movie.

Shocking stuff, especially for BBC1, you may think. And it may even be a sign of an ever
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BBC Review: Accused Season Two Finale

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Accused Season Two Finale

N Conrad

The Accused season finale picked up where last week’s episode left of with the Stephen being taken to jail. Tina Dakin (Anna Maxwell-Martin) was responsible for escorting him to his cell and it didn’t take her long to realize that Stephen was deeply troubled. Despite her own efforts to get him help, her negligent boss Frank, left Stephen alone just long enough for him to take his own life. Rather than telling the truth, Tina decided to conceal Frank’s actions and things quickly and inevitably things spiraled out of control.

Anna Maxwell Martin (South Riding) and Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting) were the big name stars in the episode but Robert Sheehan (Stephen) and John Bishop (Stephen’s father) were tasked with handling some of the toughest and most harrowing scenes. Maxwell Martin and Bremner seem to excel in dreary dramas about flawed
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ITV Autumn Line Up Includes Clunes and Code Breakers

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Martin Clunes ITV

B Van Heusen

Doc Martin’s Martin Clunes returns to ITV this Autumn to star in the two part drama A Mother’s Son. The show is set in a small coastal town in Suffolk where a teenage girl’s murder has left the local community in a state of shock. Clunes plays Ben – a man with teenage children of his own who is involved in a new romance with a woman named Rosie. Hermione Norris (Mi5) plays Clunes’ love interest. Their budding romance is rocked to its core when Roise uncovers evidence to suggest Ben’s son was involved in the murder.

South Riding’s leading lady Anna Maxwell-Martin will also be on ITV this Autumn. She is set to star in the network’s cold war era drama The Bletchley Circle. As the name implies, the central characters are veteran World War II code breakers.
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Win The Woman in Black DVD and merchandise set

The most successful British horror film of all time, The Woman in Black comes to Blu-ray, DVD and digital download on June 18th, and to celebrate the release we're offering one lucky reader the chance to win a copy of the film on DVD, along with a limited edition merchandise set that includes a mug, torch and T-shirt.

Read on for a synopsis, trailer and details of how to enter this fantastic giveaway...

The Woman in Black tells the tale of Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe; the Harry Potter franchise), a lawyer who is forced to leave his young son and travel to a remote village to attend to the affairs of the recently deceased owner of Eel Marsh House. Working alone in the old mansion, Kipps begins to uncover the town’s tragic and tortured secrets and his fears escalate when he discovers that local children have been disappearing under mysterious circumstances.
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Win: The Woman in Black on Blu-ray, We Have 2 Copies To Give Away

The Woman In Black is available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download from 18th June, 2012. We have two copies of the Blu-ray to give away to our readers.

The Woman In Black tells the tale of Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter…), a lawyer who is forced to leave his young son and travel to a remote village to attend to the affairs of the recently deceased owner of Eel Marsh House. Working alone in the old mansion, Kipps begins to uncover the town’s tragic and tortured secrets and his fears escalate when he discovers that local children have been disappearing under mysterious circumstances. When those closest to him become threatened by the vengeful woman in black, Kipps must find a way to break the cycle of terror.

With a fantastic supporting cast including Oscar® nominee Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs, Tumbleweeds), Ciarán Hinds (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife,
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Bafta TV special: Ant and Dec, Anna Maxwell Martin, Kayvan Novak, Andrew Scott

Stars of the small screen reveal their TV secrets

The entertainers: Ant and Dec

This feels like real life," says Declan Donnelly, settling back into the sofa next to Anthony McPartlin. "We've done this before." You would have thought that after all those hours on telly performing – often live – for millions, Ant and Dec would want to do anything but watch it when they got home. "It's my number-one way to relax," says Dec. "We watch everything and anything and we constantly text each other to check what we're watching." Dec's last text to Ant was about the best ham sandwich in the world, as featured on Countrywise Kitchen. Ant's alerted Dec to the Hairy Bikers' pork terrine. Both food related, "but we text through sport, documentaries and dramas, too," says Dec. As hosts of Britain's Got Talent, the pair have been baffled by the competition revved
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Bafta TV special: Ant and Dec, Anna Maxwell Martin, Kayvan Novak, Andrew Scott

Stars of the small screen reveal their TV secrets

The entertainers: Ant and Dec

This feels like real life," says Declan Donnelly, settling back into the sofa next to Anthony McPartlin. "We've done this before." You would have thought that after all those hours on telly performing – often live – for millions, Ant and Dec would want to do anything but watch it when they got home. "It's my number-one way to relax," says Dec. "We watch everything and anything and we constantly text each other to check what we're watching." Dec's last text to Ant was about the best ham sandwich in the world, as featured on Countrywise Kitchen. Ant's alerted Dec to the Hairy Bikers' pork terrine. Both food related, "but we text through sport, documentaries and dramas, too," says Dec. As hosts of Britain's Got Talent, the pair have been baffled by the competition revved
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Bafta TV special: Ant and Dec, Anna Maxwell Martin, Kayvan Novak, Andrew Scott

Stars of the small screen reveal their TV secrets

The entertainers: Ant and Dec

This feels like real life," says Declan Donnelly, settling back into the sofa next to Anthony McPartlin. "We've done this before." You would have thought that after all those hours on telly performing – often live – for millions, Ant and Dec would want to do anything but watch it when they got home. "It's my number-one way to relax," says Dec. "We watch everything and anything and we constantly text each other to check what we're watching." Dec's last text to Ant was about the best ham sandwich in the world, as featured on Countrywise Kitchen. Ant's alerted Dec to the Hairy Bikers' pork terrine. Both food related, "but we text through sport, documentaries and dramas, too," says Dec. As hosts of Britain's Got Talent, the pair have been baffled by the competition revved
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Bafta TV special: Ant and Dec, Anna Maxwell Martin, Kayvan Novak, Andrew Scott

Stars of the small screen reveal their TV secrets

The entertainers: Ant and Dec

This feels like real life," says Declan Donnelly, settling back into the sofa next to Anthony McPartlin. "We've done this before." You would have thought that after all those hours on telly performing – often live – for millions, Ant and Dec would want to do anything but watch it when they got home. "It's my number-one way to relax," says Dec. "We watch everything and anything and we constantly text each other to check what we're watching." Dec's last text to Ant was about the best ham sandwich in the world, as featured on Countrywise Kitchen. Ant's alerted Dec to the Hairy Bikers' pork terrine. Both food related, "but we text through sport, documentaries and dramas, too," says Dec. As hosts of Britain's Got Talent, the pair have been baffled by the competition revved
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