5 reasons why ‘Utopia’ deserves a third season

Utopia’s second season shut up shop in deliberately ambiguous fashion, as you probably suspected it would, leaving enough dangling plot threads and questions to cats-cradle into a third season. That’s if the show gets one. Writer Dennis Kelly may have plans for a third and fourth season, but ratings for the show have been disappointing, … >

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‘Utopia’ Series 2 finale review

If recent weeks have taught us anything, Humanity’s big fear isn’t terrorism or nuclear war. It’s getting sick. Ebola is the latest spectre. Before that it was SARS, Swine Flu, Avian Flu. We’re terrified of our demise being delivered by a sneeze. We fear sickness, because we fear a lack of control. We like to … >

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‘Utopia’ Series 2 Episode 5 review

While Series 2 has lost much of the obliqueness of its predecessor – and there is no doubt that Utopia this year has used its torture spoon to feed you plot rather than push perplexities in your eye – the fact there are fewer questions has left greater space to admire performance of its talented … >

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‘Shameless’ creator’s new police drama ‘No Offence’ begins filming

Alexandra Roach (Utopia), Joanna Scanlan (Getting On) and Elaine Cassidy (The Paradise) will lead the cast of Channel 4’s new police procedural series, No Offence. Created by TV writer Paul Abbott (Shameless, State of Play), the eight-part series has started filming in Manchester and will air on Channel 4 in 2015. No Offence‘s cast also … >

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‘Walter’ review

If you’ve ever read Alan Partridge’s autobiography ‘I, Partridge’, you’ll remember the chapter where he details his detective series, ‘Swallow’. It’s a morass of cop cliches and odd ideas; a police procedural from the Monkey Tennis mind. BBC One’s pilot for the police comedy drama Walter seems to have come from the same place, but … >

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‘Utopia’ Series 2 episode guide

Channel 4’s conspiracy thriller Utopia returns for a second six-part series. Rose Leslie, Ian McDiarmid and Tom Burke are among the new cast members, joining original cast members Fiona O’Shaughnessy (Jessica Hyde), Alexandra Roach (Becky), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Ian), Adeel Akhtar (Wilson Wilson), Oliver Woollford (Grant), Paul Higgins (Dugdale), Neil Maskell (Arby) and Geraldine James (Milner). … >

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‘Utopia’ Series 2 Episode 4 review

You know Chekhov’s Gun, right? The dramatic principle that everything should have a purpose. Anton Chekhov explained it with a rifle – ‘If it’s not going to be fired, it shouldn’t be there’ – and Utopia loves to follow that rule. Hardly is a pistol pulled in Episode 4 without someone’s blood painting the wall. … >

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‘Utopia’ Series 2 Episode 4 teasers

The second series of Channel 4’s conspiracy thriller Utopia continues next week. A shocked Dugdale (Paul Higgins) reluctantly agrees to harbour Jessica (Fiona O’Shaughnessy), but who should be scared of who? Having revealed The Network’s plan to Wilson Wilson (Adeel Akhtar), Milner tests his allegiance. Episode 4 airs at 10pm on Tuesday 29 July on … >

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‘Utopia’ Series 2 Episode 3 review

What’s a modern conspiracy thriller without some hacking? Nothing. Since humanity first hooked its TV up to an Atari to play Pong, ‘hacking’ has been an entirely misrepresented but convenient techno-obfustication to leapfrog plot difficulties faster than the speed of typing. It’s the wi-fi Expelliarmus. A deus.exe machina. And it’s no different in Utopia, where … >

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‘Utopia’ Series 2 Episode 2 review

Making last night’s Episode 1 feel increasingly redundant, the second instalment of Utopia 2 brings us up to speed on where everyone is since we last left them aaaaaages ago, and does little else. But only in a show like this could that not really matter. Because Utopia is so abrasively bonkers it manages to … >

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