‘Broadchurch’ review: Episode 6 is Season 3’s strongest so far

This week’s Broadchurch episode, the strongest so far, is all about people trying to escape the prisons they carry with them – and often finding that they can’t. While Lenny Henry’s Ed Burnett spends the majority of the episode under police custody, brooding in an actual cell or a police interrogation room, and Joe Miller … >

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‘Vera’ Season 7 episode guide: What happens next?

Based on the bestselling Inspector Stanhope books by award-winning writer Ann Cleeves, crime drama Vera returns to ITV for a seventh season. Set around Newcastle and the stunning Northumberland countryside, DCI Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) and her team are drawn into four more compelling mysteries, including the death of a wildlife ranger, left alone overnight … >

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‘Prime Suspect: 1973’ episode guide: What happens next?

Stefanie Martini (Doctor Thorne, Endeavour) stars as the young incarnation of Helen Mirren’s iconic character Jane Tennison in ITV’s new Prime Suspect prequel series. Prime Suspect: 1973 is adapted from Lynda La Plante’s bestselling novel, Tennison. Buy the complete original Prime Suspect series box set on Amazon here. The cast also includes Blake Harrison (Dad’s Army, The Inbetweeners), … >

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‘Prime Suspect: 1973’ review: Episode 4 is efficient but unexciting

There’s an early episode of The Simpsons where, with the plot seemingly resolved partway through the episode the family gathers on the sofa. “Everything really wrapped up nicely,” declares Homer with satisfaction; “And much quicker than usual” he adds, with a post-modern awareness of how TV works. I mention this only because it’s how I … >

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Watch trailer for the new season of crime drama ‘Vera’

Brenda Blethyn is back as DCI Vera Stanhope this weekend and ITV has released a trailer for the new season of Vera. Based on the bestselling Inspector Stanhope books by award-winning writer Ann Cleeves, the crime drama returns to ITV at 8pm on Sunday 19 March with the first of four new stand-alone films. Buy the complete … >

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‘Broadchurch’ review: Season 3 Episode 3 explores toxic masculinity

If there’s a defining theme that seems to run through Broadchurch 3, but is particularly prominent in this third episode, it’s toxic masculinity. As Hardy says, “it makes me ashamed to be a man”. Chris Chibnall’s script dwells on the many ways the men of Broadchurch act suspiciously, defensively or even aggressively at the thought of … >

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