Set in a Manchester house subdivided into four apartments, Mike Bartlett’s new six-part drama is a kind of spinoff from his The Doctor Foster, one of the occupants of this show, is Anna Baker (Victoria Hamilton), who now mysteriously calls himself « Belle, » while Dr. Foster’s ex-husband of Anna, Neil (Adam Jones) will reappear in later episodes. The connection seems tenuous, however, with the other occupants whose lives will unexpectedly intersect being married couples played by Alison Steadman and Peter Davidson – she feels trapped as her 70th birthday approaches – and Adrian Lester and Rachael Stirling, while Melissa Johns plays pregnant single Hannah
Fans who fear the show has lost its knack for naughty innuendo will be relieved when Prue Leith remarks to Mark: « I remember worrying about your really big nuts » Mark just introduced his Heavy Chocolate Florentines to macadamia in the signing challenge, and while last week’s star baker Peter continues to impress the judges, it’s a completely different contender who gets the series’ first Hollywood handshake.
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Chris Wilson continues his thoughtful trilogy on Britain’s worst serial killer by examining how the idea of a ‘good death’ helped Harold Shipman escape detection Since his victims died painlessly in the comfort of their own home, many family members were too grateful for the lack of suffering to question all that was untoward about the doctor’s actions. Wilson speaks to the family who led a successful campaign to re-examine every Shipman-related death throughout his medical career
In the latter half of Gwyneth Hughes’ drama of the 2006 ‘honor killing’ of Banaz Mahmod, his body is found in Birmingham following a phone call, but DNA evidence is destroyed when water pipe bursts Other evidence from phones leads to trial of Banaz’s father and uncle, where their lawyers present a convincing defense – until the victim’s sister, Bekhal, steps forward courageously to provide evidence behind a screen Meanwhile, a repeat edition of Exposition at 1045pm is a documentary, four years in the making, about the case
After 12 weeks of intensive study, Sandi Toksvig reunites her group of adult dyslexic learners in London to perform a pantomime, which presents the challenge of learning scripts and reading aloud Martin Kemp, who received a diagnosed with dyslexia in 1995 after two brain tumors, is on hand to offer some acting advice before the show continues in front of a live audience at the Globe
Jude Law’s bad trip continues on this strange little island in the Thames Estuary as his character Sam is ‘baptized’ in a hallucinogenic ceremony overseen by Larry (a menacing John Dagleish) in what everyone keeps calling « the big house » Who’s the white-haired former owner? Meanwhile, fans of the ’60s series The Prisoner might recognize the futility of Sam trying to escape as he tried to cross the causeway to the mainland. Of course he will be brought back
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