Wayward Pines, Matt Dillon, Juliette Lewis, coming soon


Wayward Pines is coming to Fox on 14 May. It’s based on Blake Crouch’s books, exec produced by M Night Shyamalan, and stars Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones, Juliette Lewis and Terrence Howard. What’s the 10-parter like? A mystery-thriller with overtones of Twin Peaks and a pinch of pulp horror thrown in. We’ll have a review this weekend…


Braquo series 3, Fox, PREVIEW

Explosive start – Vachewski’s car is blown up in Braquo. Pics: Fox TV

Rating: ★★★

Fox: starts Tuesday, 20 May, 9pm

Story: After his car blew up, Theo was taken to hospital in a critical state. Caplan and Morlighem go to Vogel’s place, determined to avenge their companion. 

BRAQUO is not so much a TV drama as a graphic pulp novel with live actors. It’s violent,

Roxane and Eddy

unbelievable, silly and – if you’re in the mood – fairly enjoyable.

Main man is, of course,  Eddy Caplan, the macho Paris cop who doesn’t so much sail close to the edge as jump straight off.

He and his team – Vachewski, Morlighem and Delgado – were happy to break the law in series one to clear the name of their chum Max Rossi, and spent much of the remaining episodes since then fending off internal affairs when not cracking the heads of villains.

Another murder spree – by the cops

As series three opens, Caplan and co are haring off to murder Vogel, whom Caplan suspects of blowing up Vachewski’s car at the end of series two. They find Vogel’s house empty, and back at the station their boss, Michelle Bernardi, has to beg them not to inflict their own justice on Vogel. The fact that murder is illegal doesn’t, of course, cloud Caplan’s judgement.

When they give Bernardi the gallic shrug, she has to blackmail them into desisting by threatening to have Morlighem’s kids handed over to social services. They certainly do things differently en France…

Strangers to Braquo may get the impression that Roland Vogel, the shaven-headed sneering psychopath of the piece, is a career baddie. But this being Braquo, a murderer/bomber/nutjob such as Vogel could only be working for the police internal affairs bureau.

Vogel and Oriane

He teams up with a new ally in series three, Oriane Beridze. When not trying to destroy Caplan, these

Working closely together – Vogel and Oriane

two are usually beating each other up, pulling knives – ‘Put your dick away, I’ve seen enough of it today,’ she tells him, referring to his switchblade – and blackmailing each other.

Meanwhile, Caplan is contacted by an old lag he helped to put away. Vibert tells Caplan of a trafficking network run by the Russian mafia, and you just know that, as usual in Braquo-land, there’s more to this than meets the eye and much bone-crunching, cigarette-smoking and swearing are to follow.

Downton Abbey it ain’t.

Cast: Jean-Hugues Anglade Eddy Caplan, Nicolas Duvauchelle Théo Vachewski, Joseph Malerba Walter Morlighem, Karole Rocher Roxane Delgado, Lizzie Brochere Oriane Beridze

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David Tennant filming Gracepoint

HERE’S a shot of David Tennant shooting Gracepoint, the US version of ITV’s Broadchurch, which is being made by Fox. It was taken in Sidney, British Columbia. David is starring alongside Breaking Bad‘s Anna Gunn (who replaces Olivia Colman). His character of DI Alec Hardy has become Detective Emmett Carver, complete with US accent. Carver and his partner Ellie Miller will investigate the killing of young Danny Solano on an idyllic Californian beach. Gracepoint is very much part of the current craze for foreign makeovers – The Bridge (twice), The Office, The Killing, Low Winter Sun, Life on Mars have all had the treatment. Sometimes they work (The Office was brilliant), often they don’t (The Killing). But this one does have a terrifc cast. The 10-parter is expected to air this autumn, so we’ll find out how good it is quite soon. Picture courtesy of Tyson Elder rocktographer.ca

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Fargo with Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman coming to C4

FOX TV’s new series version of the Coen brother’s classic crime-gone-wrong movie Fargo will hit Channel 4 in the UK soon after it goes out in the US in April.

The 10-parter stars Billy Bob Thornton (Bad Santa, Friday Night Lights) as Lorne Malvo, a rootless, manipulative type who derails the life of insurance salesman Lester Nygaard, played by Sherlock‘s Martin Freeman.

The 1996 original, starring Steve Buscemi, William H Macy and Frances McDormand, was a typically offbeat Coen creation, darkly humorous and grim in places. The series will feature an all-new ‘true crime’ story (the original had this label, but was actually based on ‘true’ events from several cases).

Colin Hanks (Dexter, Parkland) plays Duluth Police Deputy Gus Grimly, a single dad who must choose between his own personal safety and his duty as a police officer when he comes face-to-face with a killer. Rounding out Fargo’s cast of recurring characters is Emmy-winner Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad), who plays Deputy Bill Olson.

Joel & Ethan Coen (No Country For Old Men, A Serious Man, True Grit) are among the exec producers.

Channel 4 Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt says, ‘Fargo is a perfect Channel 4 show – a dark comedy, beautifully directed with a stunning cast. We are excited to be bringing it to a British audience.’

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