Movie Review: THE SWEENEY

THE SWEENEY movie poster | ©2013 eOne

Rating: R Stars: Ray Winstone, Ben Drew, Hayley Atwell, Steven Mackintosh, Damian Lewis, Caroline Chikezie Writers: Nick Love & John Hodge, based on the television series created by Ian Kennedy Martin Director: Nick Love Distributor: eOne Release Date: March 1, 2013, theatrical and video on demand THE SWEENEY is based on the ‘70s U.K. police drama of the same name, created by Ian Kennedy Martin and starring John Thaw and Dennis Waterman. For its day, the show was gritty and controversial, showing cops who violently went around the law in the name of upholding it (think more Jack Bauer than […]Read On »

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TV Review: ENDEAVOUR – MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!

Shaun Evans in ENDEAVOUR | ©2012 PBS/ITV

Stars: Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, Danny Webb, Flora Montgomery Writer: Russell Lewis based on the characters created by Colin Dexter Director: Colm McCarthy Network: PBS Airdate: July 1, 2012 For those who were long time fans of the INSPECTOR MORSE series starring John Thaw, MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Offers up a prequel with the British tele-film ENDEAVOUR. Yes, prequels are getting really annoying and they’re ruining very good franchises when done wrong, yet writer Russell Lewis has “devised” a great new universe for Endeavour Morse before he was an Inspector and when he was just starting out on his road to becoming […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Abigail Thaw talks about ENDEAVOUR, the INSPECTOR MORSE prequel

Abigail Thaw in ENDEAVOUR | ©2012 PBS

John Thaw played the title role in the BBC’s INSPECTOR MORSE, based on the novels by Colin Dexter, from 1987 through 2000, though seven seasons and five specials, shown in the U.S. on PBS. The character died in the final special, THE REMORSEFUL DAY. Actor Thaw passed away in 2002, after forty-one years as a fixture of British television, with starring roles in THE SWEENEY, A YEAR IN PROVENCE and KAVANAGH Q.C. among the many to his credit. Inspector Morse has an ongoing legacy in the INSPECTOR LEWIS series, starring Kevin Whately as Morse’s former sidekick who has stepped into […]Read On »

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