‘Brief Encounters’ Episode 2 review

After last week’s solid introduction, this episode takes strong but subtle steps to fortify the relationships of the women involved, focusing on building their chemistry. As a result, we are treated to some wonderful performances. “Brian, I’ve been to a pub…and I liked it.” Penelope Wilton continues to be the best thing about Brief Encounters, … >

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‘Brief Encounters’ review: Penelope Wilton steals the show in Episode 1

Developed from Jacqueline Gold’s memoir Good Vibrations: The True Story of Ann Summers, ITV’s new six-part drama focuses on the lives of four women who are brought together by the selling of Summers infamous ‘marital aids’ in Sheffield, 1982. “Terry, don’t be silly. It’s just underwear.” Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders, Episodes) heads the cast of Brief … >

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ITV confirms start date for Ann Summers drama ‘Brief Encounters’

ITV’s new drama series about the early days of the Ann Summers party plan business will begin next month. Set in the early 1980s, Brief Encounters started filming in Sheffield in January and is produced by Jo Willett (Birds of a Feather). The cast includes Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey), Peter Wight (Our Zoo), Angela Griffin (Lewis), Don Gilet (EastEnders), Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary), Will … >

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‘Brief Encounters’ trailer: First look at ITV’s Ann Summers drama

ITV has released the first trailer for its upcoming drama series about the early days of the Ann Summers party plan business. Set in the early 1980s, Brief Encounters stars Sharon Rooney, Penelope Wilton, Angela Griffin and Sophie Rundle as “four women striving to find happiness and fulfilment.” The six-part series is created and written by Fay Rusling and … >

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BBC Two orders second season of Scottish comedy ‘Two Doors Down’

Two Doors Down will return to BBC Two for a second season. Written by Gregor Sharp and Simon Carlyle, the Scottish comedy launched last month. Six new 30-minute episodes will begin filming from mid-August on location in Glasgow and at BBC Scotland’s Dumbarton Studios. Starring Arabella Weir, Alex Norton, Elaine C Smith, Doon Mackichan, Sharon Rooney, Jonathan Watson, Jamie Quinn … >

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‘Two Doors Down’ returns to BBC Two in April

Scottish comedy Two Doors Down is back next month. BBC Two returns to Latimer Crescent for six new episodes, written by Simon Carlyle (Bad Education) and Gregor Sharp (The Trip). The Glasgow-based sitcom’s new season begins at 10pm on Friday 1 April and the first episode sees Eric leave the freezer door open, leading to … >

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Cast for ITV’s Ann Summers drama ‘Brief Encounters’ revealed

ITV has announced the cast for its upcoming drama series about the early days of the Ann Summers party plan business. Sharon Rooney, Penelope Wilton, Angela Griffin and Sophie Rundle will star as “four women striving to find happiness and fulfilment” in Brief Encounters, set in the early 1980s. Inspired by chapters in Jacqueline Gold’s … >

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BBC One confirms start date for new Scottish comedy ‘Mountain Goats’

My Mad Fat Diary star Sharon Rooney’s new sitcom will begin later this month. Set around the antics of a ragtag group of Mountain Rescue volunteers, the six-part comedy “celebrates the Highlands of Scotland, with proper kilt wearing maniacs fighting disaster on a weekly basis against the stunning backdrop of the Glencoe hills.” Mountain Goats … >

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