LINE OF DUTY: Creator Jed Mercurio on Season 6 – Exclusive Interview

Kelly Macdonald is Joanne Davidson in LINE OF DUTY - Season 6 | ©2021 World Productions/Steffan Hill

LINE OF DUTY is now streaming its sixth season on Britbox in the U.S., with new episodes dropping on Tuesdays. (All five previous seasons are available.) When the Season Six finale of LINE OF DUTY ran on the BBC earlier this year, it was the highest-rated show in the U.K. of the twenty-first century. Viewers of LINE OF DUTY will easily understand the appeal. The twist-filled police drama, which aired its first season in 2012, deals with an internal affairs division, called “anti-corruption” or “AC” in England. LINE OF DUTY follows one such department in the English Midlands, AC-12, tasked […]Read On »

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GRACE: Novelist and executive producer Peter James on the transition from book to small screen – Exclusive Interview – Part 2

John Simm and Richie Campbell in GRACE | ©2021 Britbox

In Part 2 of our exclusive phone interview with novelist/executive producer Peter James, he talks more about GRACE. The new British series, starring John Simm as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, is streaming its two-telefilm first season on Britbox in the U.S. ASSIGNMENT X: In DEAD SIMPLE, Roy Grace is assigned to the Cold Case unit, but winds up working on a current case. Is he working on cold cases or current cases throughout the bulk of the series? PETER JAMES: Almost entirely, he’s working on current cases. There are a couple of books where his cold case knowledge comes in […]Read On »

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GRACE: Novelist and executive producer Peter James on Britbox detective series – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

GRACE Key Art | ©2021 Britbox

GRACE, starring John Simm in the title role, is a new U.K. detective series. Its first season, consisting of two telefilms, DEAD SIMPLE and LOOKING GOOD DEAD, is now available in North America on Britbox. GRACE is based on the award-winning, long-running series of novels (seventeen and counting) by prolific author/producer Peter James, who serves as an executive producer on the TV series. The novels and TV edition revolve around Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of Brighton, England. Grace works on solving both new crimes and cold cases while continuing to investigate the sudden, unexplained disappearance of his wife years earlier. […]Read On »

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KATE & KOJI: Actor Jimmy Akingbola on new Britbox comedy and TED LASSO – Exclusive i\Interview

Jimmy Akingbola in KATE & KOJI | ©2021 Britbox

KATE & KOJI has its North American premiere on the streaming service Britbox on Tuesday, April 13. The half-hour comedy ran its first season last year on ITV, and has already been renewed for a second season. Jimmy Akingbola stars as Koji, opposite Brenda Blethyn’s Kate. Kate is the stuck-in-her-ways proprietor of a small English seaside café. Koji is a doctor from West Africa who is not allowed to practice medicine – or do any other paying work – while he waits for his asylum application to be processed. The two are unlikely comrades, but when Kate discovers an upside […]Read On »

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HONOUR: Executive producer Liza Marshall on new British film – Exclusive Interview

Keeley Hawes in HONOUR| ©2021 Britbox

HONOUR is a fact-based drama that follows the investigation, led by British police detective Caroline Goode (played by Keeley Hawes, also one of the executive producers) into the 2006 disappearance of Banaz Mahmod (Buket Kamur). Goode’s inquiry leads her to learn about the disturbing practice of “honor killings,” which consist of men murdering women, often family members, for perceived infractions against patriarchal culture. HONOUR executive producer Liza Marshall has an extensive career in both narrative and documentary films and television. Her previous work includes the RED RIDING films, WELCOME TO THE PUNCH, SPRINGSTEEN AND I, TABOO, and RIVIERA. Speaking by […]Read On »

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A CONFESSION: Director Paul Andrew Williams discusses the new fact-based mini-series – Exclusive Interview

A CONFESSION - Season 1 | ©2020 Britbox

A CONFESSION, now streaming on Britbox, is based on real case that happened in Wiltshire, England, spanning 2003-2016. Well-respected police Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, played in the miniseries by Martin Freeman, was so committed to trying to locate a missing woman that he bent the rules. The fallout was catastrophic, affecting a murder case as well as Fulcher’s career. Paul Andrew Williams, whose other work includes THE COTTAGE, THE EICHMANN SHOW, BROADCHURCH, and WHITE DRAGON, directed all six episodes of A CONFESSION. He sits down to discuss his work on the miniseries. ASSIGNMENT X: Was directing all six episodes of […]Read On »

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VERA: Executive producers Kate Bartlett and Phil Hunter give the scoop on Season 10 – Exclusive Interview

VERA - Season 10 Key Art | ©2020 Britbox

The tenth season of British detective series VERA (along with the previous nine seasons) is now available to U.S. audiences via the Britbox streaming service. Brenda Blethyn, a two-time Oscar nominee for her work in SECRETS AND LIES and LITTLE VOICE) stars as Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope, a character taken from a series of mystery novels by Ann Cleeves. Vera’s team is headquartered in Northumberland, but their cases take them to various parts of England, and even Scotland. Vera is somewhat unusual amongst female TV detectives in that she’s not only mature in age – sure, we’ve had Miss Marple […]Read On »

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THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE: SAN FRANCISCO: Julie Graham on the sequel series – Exclusive Interview

Julie Graham in THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE: SAN FRANCISCO |©2019 Britbox

THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE was originally produced in 2012 and 2014 by Britain’s ITV, airing on PBS in the U.S. The show was named for Bletchley Park, where a team of female code-breakers worked for the Allies in WWII. The series followed four of the women in their post-war lives in England of the 1950s, where the characters come together to use their skills to solve peacetime murders. THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE: SAN FRANCISCO is a sequel series that brings two of the original characters, Julie Graham’s Scottish Jean McBrian and Rachael Stirling’s English Millie Harcourt, to the American city. Originally in […]Read On »

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MUM: Lesley Manville talks about her award-winning work on the British comedy series – Exclusive Interview

MUM key art | ©2019 Britbox

In MUM, currently streaming its third and final season on Britbox, Lesley Manville plays Cathy Bradshaw. Cathy is a widowed mother with a grown son, Jason (Sam Swainsbury). Cathy has finally embarked on a new romantic relationship relationship with lifelong friend Michael (Peter Mullan), something that Jason can’t stand. The third season takes place over the course of a week, as Cathy, Peter, Jason, and Jason’s girlfriend Kelly (Lisa McGillis) gather at a country estate to celebrate the birthday of Cathy’s brother Derek (Ross Boatman). Manville has won a Royal Television Society Award and been nominated for a BAFTA for […]Read On »

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THE VICTIM: Kelly Macdonald and STV Productions executive Paul Sheehan discuss the British mini-series – Exclusive Interview

Kelly MacDonald in THE VICTIM | ©2019 Britbox

In Britbox’s four-part drama THE VICTIM, shown earlier this year on the BBC, Kelly Macdonald plays Anna Dean, a married mother in Edinburgh, Scotland. Anna and her husband Lenny (Jamie Sives) have two remaining young children, but Anna has never recovered emotionally from the murder of her elder son. When the boy’s presumed killer is free, Anna is accused of identifying him online, which leads to the man being beaten almost to death. Is he actually the killer? And whether he is or not, are Anna’s actions justified? John Hannah plays the police detective looking into the matter. Macdonald, herself […]Read On »

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