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Real pain lies behind the fiction of true-crime dramas | Samira Ahmed

Writers should be wary of fictionalising violent crimes. More compassion needs to be shown to those left in their wake

Though I’m better known as an arts journalist, for most of my career I’ve been a crime reporter. I’ve covered headline-making cases, from the serial killer Levi Bellfield – the subject of ITV’s recent drama Manhunt – to that of Shannon Matthews, whose abduction was the subject of the BBC drama The Moorside. I’m proud of the careful, responsible reporting of those cases by journalists, and am always inspired by the diligent work of police, lawyers and jurors in public courtrooms all over the country.

Related: Did we really need a film about the James Bulger murder? | Gaby Hinsliff

Some writers give oddly defensive justifications, showing a lack of empathy for those with real memories of the crimes

Related: If news is dying, who will safeguard democracy?
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BritBox Teams With BBC, Jeff Pope on Two New Series

  • Variety
“Best of British” streaming service BritBox is making further moves into original production, announcing a new multi-series collaboration with Oscar-nominated writer-producer Jeff Pope during its Television Critics Association panel on Saturday. BritBox will co-produce Pope’s new dramas “The Barking Murders” and “The Hatton Garden Heist” with the BBC.

The Barking Murders” stars Stephen Merchant, Sheridan Smith and Jaime Winstone and is written by Neil McKay, who previously collaborated with Pope on 2017’s “The Moorside,” also starring Smith, and 2011 miniseries “Appropriate Adult.” The three-part factual drama, executive produced by Pope, focuses on the families of the victims of a convicted serial killer (Merchant). It is scheduled to start filming this spring and will air on BBC One in the U.K.

Written and created by Pope, “The Hatton Garden Heist” stars Timothy Spall in a crime drama that provides an inside look at the infamous London jewelry heist. The 2015 robbery
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Channel 4 and Netflix co-commission season 2 of The End of the F***ing World

  • HeyUGuys
Channel 4 and Netflix have teamed up to commission a second series of the Rts Award-winning and BAFTA-nominated series The End of the F***ing World.

The first season was All 4’s best performing exclusive single series and become its most-binged show of any exclusive single series. So, really it was only a matter of time before this news broke.

The first series saw teen outsiders James and Alyssa embark on a road trip which descended into darkly comic chaos. After finding themselves embroiled in a series of violent events they are soon trailed by two uniquely mismatched police detectives, played by BAFTA-winning Wunmi Mosaku and Gemma Whelan. After a shocking series finale, only one thing is certain…expect the unexpected.

Also in the news – Laura Dern in negotiations to join Greta Gerwig’s Little Women

Ian Katz, Director of Programmes at Channel 4, said: “Lurching between black and joyous, The
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Stephan Pehrsson (‘Black Mirror: U.S.S. Callister’ cinematographer) was inspired by ‘the different iterations’ of ‘Star Trek’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Cinematographer Stephan Pehrsson wanted to capture “the different iterations of ‘Star Trek‘” for the “Black Mirror” episode “U.S.S. Callister.” This installment of Charlie Brooker‘s acclaimed anthology series centers on Robert Daly (Jesse Plemmons), a lonely coder who creates a virtual reality video game based on his favorite sci-fi series, casting himself as the dictatorial captain. Cristin Milioti co-stars as Nanette, the beautiful new hire who becomes a digital clone in his imagined universe. Watch our exclusive video interview with Pehrsson above.

See Cristin Milioti relishes the captain’s chair in ‘Black Mirror’ episode ‘U.S.S. Callister’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

“We started off with the classic ’60s look,” Pehrsson explains, referring to the original William Shatner-led version of “Trek.” To do this he used “a 4:3 format with a very static camera” and “Dutch framing.” His lighting also featured “nice eye-light” for Plemmons and “beautiful, glossy frames for the female actors” like Milioti.
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2018 BAFTA TV Awards: ‘Peaky Blinders’ in upset over ‘The Crown’ but Vanessa Kirby still pulls off win

2018 BAFTA TV Awards: ‘Peaky Blinders’ in upset over ‘The Crown’ but Vanessa Kirby still pulls off win
The Crown” won only one of its three races at the 2018 BAFTA TV Awards on May 13 when Vanessa Kirby claimed the supporting actress prize for her riveting portrayal of Princess Margaret. While this lavish historical drama had taken home three BAFTAs at last month’s TV Craft Awards, it was bested here for Drama Series by another period piece, “Peaky Blinders.” And although Claire Foy has already collected a Golden Globe and SAG Award for capturing the essence of Queen Elizabeth II, she lost Best Drama Actress to Molly Windsor who won for the docudrama “Three Girls,” which was named Best Miniseries. (See the full list of BAFTA TV Awards winners.)

There is a threshold of six installments to qualify as a drama series at these kudos; the cap is 19, after which a show is deemed to be a continuing drama. Also up for Best Drama Series were the police
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2018 BAFTA TV Awards full list of winners (and nominees too!) [Updating Live]

2018 BAFTA TV Awards full list of winners (and nominees too!) [Updating Live]
The 2018 BAFTA TV Awards programs took place at London’s Festival Hall on Sunday, May 13. “The Great British Bakeoff” presenter Sue Perkins hosted this celebration of the best of British television for the second year running. Scroll down to see the complete list of BAFTA TV Awards winners (and nominees).

As with the Emmys, the British academy divides its TV awards into two parts. The BAFTA TV craft awards which are equivalent to the Creative Arts at the Emmys, were handed out in a ceremony on April 22 that was emceed by Stephen Mangan (“Episodes”). The lavishly produced drama series “The Crown,” which screened on Netflix on both sides of the pond, won three of its seven races at these kudos honoring the best behind-the-scenes artists and professionals.

The Crown,” which chronicles the first years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, also leads the BAFTA TV Awards nominations for the
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2018 BAFTA TV Awards complete list of nominations: Every show and performer in the running

2018 BAFTA TV Awards complete list of nominations: Every show and performer in the running
The BAFTA TV Awards honor programs across a wide range of genres. Winners will be revealed in a ceremony at London’s Festival Hall on Sunday, May 13 with “The Great British Bakeoff” presenter Sue Perkins hosting for the second year running. See the full list of BAFTA TV Awards nominations below and come back to Gold Derby for complete coverage of the ceremony.

See 2018 BAFTA TV Awards full list of winners (and nominees too!) [Updating Live]

The historical drama “The Crown,” which chronicles the first years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, leads the BAFTA TV Awards nominations for the second year in a row with bids for Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actress (Claire Foy) and Best Drama Supporting Actress (Vanessa Kirby). Not surprisingly, this lavishly produced series, which screened on Netflix on both sides of the pond, won three of its seven races at last month’s BAFTA TV
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‘Gentleman Jack’: Sophie Rundle, Gemma Whelan, Timothy West & Gemma Jones To Co-Star In HBO Series; Full Cast Set

  • Deadline
‘Gentleman Jack’: Sophie Rundle, Gemma Whelan, Timothy West & Gemma Jones To Co-Star In HBO Series; Full Cast Set
Sophie Rundle, Gemma Whelan, Timothy West and Gemma Jones have been tapped to co-star opposite Suranne Jones in Gentleman Jack (fka Shibden Hall), HBO and BBC One’s eight-episode drama series from BAFTA-winning writer Sally Wainwright. Filming will begin next month in and around West Yorkshire and on location in Copenhagen. The series will premiere on BBC One in the UK.

Set in 1832 Halifax, West Yorkshire, Gentleman Jack focuses on landowner Anne Lister (Jones) and her determination to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, by reopening the coal mines and marrying well. The story examines Anne’s relationships at home with her family, servants, tenants and industrial rivals and, most importantly, would-be wife. Based in historical fact, the real-life
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Sheridan Smith review – force of nature brings laughs, tears and cheek

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Presenting numbers from her recent covers album, the actor and singer can’t hold back the tears after a difficult two years – but her voracious talent turns the show into an exhilarating emotional rollercoaster

Wartime show tunes set the mood, before Sheridan Smith bounds on with a spotlight lighting her from behind and making her blonde locks glow like a halo. Her big hair, wiggly walk, red dress and lipstick ooze an old-fashioned, Marilyn Monroe sort of glamour. Only the tattoos creeping down each arm suggest that we are in 2018, but then that’s Smith all over. As one of the UK’s most accomplished actors, she is equally at home playing comic period characters such as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl or a council estate rough diamond in hard-hitting Shannon Matthews kidnap drama The Moorside.

This two-hour show of orchestrated covers, laughs and introductory stories, though,
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2018 BAFTA TV Awards nominations: Full list led by ‘Black Mirror,’ ‘Line of Duty,’ The Crown,’ ‘Three Girls’

2018 BAFTA TV Awards nominations: Full list led by ‘Black Mirror,’ ‘Line of Duty,’ The Crown,’ ‘Three Girls’
The BAFTA TV Awards honor programs across a wide range of genres. Winners will be revealed in a ceremony at London’s Festival Hall on Sunday, May 13 with “The Great British Bakeoff” presenter Sue Perkins hosting for the first time. The Craft Awards winners will be announced on Sunday, April 22 at an evening presided over by “Episodes” star Stephen Mangan. (Read the full report on the BAFTA TV Awards nominations here.)

Best Drama Series

The Crown

Line of Duty

Peaky Blinders

“The End of the F***ing World”

Best Mini-series

Howards End

The Moorside

The State

Three Girls

Best Single Drama

Against the Law

Black Mirror (Hang the DJ)”

“King Charles III”

Murdered for Being Different

Best Drama Actor

Sean Bean, “Broken

Joe Cole, “Black Mirror

Tim Pigott-Smith,” King Charles III”

Jack Rowan, “Born to Kill

Best Drama Actress

Claire Foy, “The Crown

Sinead Keenan, “Little Boy Blue

Thandie Newton,
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2018 BAFTA TV Awards nominations: ‘The Crown’ reigns again, ‘Black Mirror’ shines

2018 BAFTA TV Awards nominations: ‘The Crown’ reigns again, ‘Black Mirror’ shines
The historical drama “The Crown,” which chronicles the first years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, led the BAFTA TV Awards nominations for the second year in a row, with three bids including Best Drama Series. SAG and Golden Globe winner Claire Foy reaped a Best Actress nomination for her sensitive portrayal of the young monarch. And Vanessa Kirby contends for her scene-stealing turn as younger sister Princess Margaret. However, Matt Smith was snubbed again for his subdued take on Prince Phillip.

Not surprisingly, this lavishly produced series, which screened on Netflix on both sides of the pond, also reaped seven bids at last month’s nominations for the BAFTA TV craft awards which honor the best behind-the-scenes artists and professionals; these are equivalent to the Creative Arts Awards at the Emmys.

With its 10 episodes, “The Crown” easily crossed the threshold of six installments required to qualify as a
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The End of The F***ing World: first clips arrive

Kirsten Howard Oct 3, 2017

Here's your first look at Channel 4's new series The End Of The F***ing World, based on Charles Forsman's incredibly dark comic...

A new Channel 4 series produced alongside streaming service Netflix, The End Of The F***ing World is set to launch as a complete box set on All 4 later in the month, and the first episode will premiere on the channel ahead of that.

Written by Charlie Covell (Humans) and based on the comics by Charles Forsman, the 8-episode series has been directed by talented up-and-comers Jonathan Entwistle and Lucy Tcherniak. It looks dark as hell and utterly intriguing, and now you can take a look at the first clips from the forthcoming show yourself, courtesy of Channel 4.

Here they are (best to go full screen with these wee things)...

And here are some more details on the story...

The End Of
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From Michelle Dockery to Joanne Froggatt, Where to Catch the ‘Downton Abbey’ Cast This Fall

Nearly two years after Downton Abbey went off the air, most of the beloved ensemble cast is back in action on screen and stage, with Michelle Dockery, Dan Stevens and Joanne Froggatt leading several high-profile projects coming out this fall.

2017 Fall Preview: Et's Complete Coverage

Even though the period drama ended in 2015, this year can definitely be dubbed “2017: Life After Abbey.” And to think, all we care about is a Downton Abbey movie!

Check out what’s coming up (and highlights of a few things you may have missed):

Michelle Dockery

Good Behavior (TNT)

Premieres 10/15

Godless (Netflix)

Premieres 11/22

Photo: PBS / Getty Images / TNT / Netflix

Dockery, aka Lady Mary, was one of the first cast members out of the gates with a decidedly un-Downton-like character, playing con artist and recovering drug addict Letty Raines on TNT’s Good Behavior. “I was very fortunate when it came along,” Dockery told Et. “I wasn’t
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The week in TV: Little Boy Blue; The Durrells; The Island with Bear Grylls; Girlboss

The Moorside writer Jeff Pope does a fine job on the story of Rhys Jones, The Durrells is much more likable than it should be, but Girlboss isn’t

Little Boy Blue (ITV) | ITV Hub

The Durrells (ITV) | ITV Hub

The Island with Bear Grylls (C4) | All 4

Girlboss (Netflix)

It is a tribute to Jeff Pope’s writing that, even as surgeons battled to save the life of 11-year-old Rhys Jones, I was still willing them to succeed. Even though everyone knows the real Rhys died in 2007 on the operating table, after being shot in a Liverpool car park, there was still, surely, a hope – can they get the blood in in time? Will that surgical clip hold – and, like a sporting action-replay, ever the insane suspicion that it might go differently this time.

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The week in TV: The Moorside, Roots, Apple Tree Yard and more

Sheridan Smith and Gemma Whelan stand out in the BBC’s controversial Shannon Matthews drama. Plus, the towering remake of Roots

The Moorside (BBC1) | iPlayer

Roots (BBC4) | iPlayer

Apple Tree Yard (BBC1) | iPlayer

The Good Karma Hospital (ITV) | ITV Hub

Karen Matthews was presented with a “good parent certificate” from her local Dewsbury council, which perhaps tells us all we need to know about such good-citizenry guff, an unsavoury melange of censorious preaching and all-must-have-tickboxes acclaim for low achievement. Karen Matthews, as we all now must know, was the mother who hoaxed the kidnapping of her nine-year-old daughter, Shannon. For three weeks in 2008, Shannon lay drugged and hidden in the base of a divan bed in the nearby home of Karen’s dreadful boyfriend’s dreadful uncle, while the Sun ramped the reward money up to £50,000.

Roots is angry and beautiful, shameful and shaming, bloody and leathery and viciously vital
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This Shannon Matthews drama continues TV’s fixation with people on benefits | Zoe Williams

New media is blamed, but mainstream dramas on the underclass are creating fervid, rightwing views

The Moorside, a drama billed by the BBC as the untold story behind the Shannon Matthews mystery, has its detractors, not least Shannon’s grandparents. They feel that, to a young woman who has been voluntarily under the care of a local authority since 2008, who has quite literally lost her identity and is having to navigate her teenage years with a false one, this raking over of the coals – her deliberate kidnapping by her mother and a male accomplice, in the hope of tabloid reward money – might have a deleterious effect.

The first episode aired on Tuesday night. The producers, I’m sure, would argue that their consciences were clear. They showed a community that was, in the words of the local reverend, Kathy Robertson (speaking on the Today programme), “quite resilient, quite compassionate, coming
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BBC admits real-life characters in Shannon Matthews TV drama were paid

Admission comes as cousin of kidnapped schoolgirl’s mother says The Moorside should not have been broadcast

The BBC has admitted that some of the real-life characters depicted in a controversial dramatisation of the fake abduction of the schoolgirl Shannon Matthews were paid for their cooperation.

ITV Studios, the production company behind The Moorside, which aired on BBC1 on Tuesday, paid “small fees” to some people who had been involved in real life, a BBC spokeswoman told the Guardian.

Related: The Moorside review – Sheridan Smith finds a new way into the familiar, awful Shannon Matthews story

Related: BBC defends TV drama about search for Shannon Matthews

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The Moorside review – Sheridan Smith finds a new way into the familiar, awful Shannon Matthews story

Neil McKay’s drama told a story with less focus on Broken Britain and more on the community that came together in a crisis. Plus: Britain’s Greatest Hoaxer

I thought I knew this story. Well, it was such a strange one, and it changed as it went along. It started with the disappearance of a nine-year-old girl, Shannon Matthews, in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. It was a story of missing, and searching, and fearing the worst. Then it became one about Shannon not being Maddie and her family not being the McCanns. It was a story about the media, and politics, and Britain; a country divided by latitude and class and by the bits that weren’t broken and the bits that were. Then Shannon turned up, under the bed of mum Karen’s boyfriend’s uncle; and it was about kidnap, false imprisonment, perverting the course of justice and Wt-actual-f.
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The Moorside: why the Shannon Matthews abduction drama is TV at its finest

The duo who tackled Fred and Rose West are now telling the harrowing story of Shannon Matthews, with Sheridan Smith on mesmerising form. Mark Lawson on the power – and the pitfalls – of docudrama

The only boring thing about The Moorside, a BBC drama that will surely already have TV awards judges twitching, is its title.

It’s easy to imagine other networks opting for something like 24 Days in Captivity: the Kidnapping of Shannon Matthews – immediately reminding potential viewers of a major UK news story from 2008, when a nine-year-old from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire was reported missing by her mother, Karen.

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