Thursday, 26 February 2015

Doctor Who Vs. Cracker, Series 2

Actors Robbie Coltrane (here playing criminal psychologist 'Fitz'), Geraldine Somerville (as DS Penhaligon), and Lorcan Cranitch (DS Beck) all returned for three new thrillers, first broadcast on ITV in the autumn of 1994.
Christopher Eccleston left his role as Chief Inspector Bilborough in the first story (he was killed by Robert Carlyle's character, Albie Kinsella), and he was succeeded by Ricky Tomlinson as new DCI, Charlie Wise.
Another repeat run of the second, nine-part season concluded on ITV3 last night, and featured Maureen O'Brien (pictured as Virginia Trant in the second serial), and twelve other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

To Be A Somebody (TX: October 10 to 24 1994)
  • for series semi-regulars Paul Copley (Pathologist), Edward Peel (Chief Superintendent), Barbara Flynn (Judith) and Peter Brayahm (stunts) see my blog for Series 1 of Cracker
  • series production manager Des Hughes was the line producer on eight recent adventures, from The Snowmen to The Time of the Doctor, and made a cameo appearance in The Five(ish) Doctors
  • Dorothy Friend worked on the continuity for Boom Town too
The Big Crunch (TX: October 31 to November 14)
  • Emma Cunniffe (Sarah) played Claire in Night Terrors
  • Big Fiish artist James Fleet (Michael Trant) voiced O'Reilley for Max Warp (2008), Geoff Cooper for The Entropy Composition, and Martin Ashcroft and Sir Jack Merrivale for Special Features (both featured on The Demons of Red Lodge release of 2010)
  • Ellie Haddington (Mrs Barnes) was Professor Docherty in Last of the Time Lords
  • Jim Carter (Kenneth Trant) voiced Brother Bernard for The Book of Kells (BF, 2010)
Men Should Weep (TX: November 21 to December 5)
    • Rachel Davies (Mrs Malcolm) was Camilla in State of Decay
    • series casting assistant Andy Pryor has been the casting director on the revived series since Rose

    Sunday, 22 February 2015

    Doctor Who Vs. Silk, Series 1


    This popular legal drama series, created by prolific screen writer Peter Moffat, began on BBC One in February 2011. 
    With female QCs (Queen's Counsels or 'silks') in a tiny minority, Northern barrister Martha Costello (portrayed here by Bolton-born actress Maxine Peake) is anxious to join that elite number progressing through the courts of London. For season one, Martha was joined at the fictional Shoe Lane Chambers by Clive Reader (Rupert Penry-Jones), Billy Lamb (Neil Stuke), Nick Slade (Tom Hughes), and Niamh Cranitch (Natalie Dormer).
    A six-part, repeat run of Silk concluded on the Drama channel last night, and featured twenty-six Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
    • Stuke voiced the titular villain of Big Finish's The Crooked Man (2014)
    • series regular Nina Sosanya (Kate Brockman) was Trish Webber in Fear Her
    • Owen Teale (Frogett) was Maldak in Vengeance on Varos, and voiced Hayton for The Mind's Eye (2007)
    • Gerard Horan (DS Scarrow) and Pip Torrens (Maikin) both appeared in Human Nature and The Family of Blood, as Mr. Clark and Headmaster Rocastle 
    • Big Finish artist Philip Bretherton (Haig) voiced Plenipotentiary Suskind for Arrangements for War (2004), Scrivener for Recorded Time, Darcy, D'Urberville and Heathcliff all for A Most Excellent Match (both 2011), and Vituperon for Philip Hinchcliffe Presents: The Devil's Armada (2014)
    • Kerry Godliman (WPC Banks) voiced Karen for both The Eight Truths and Worldwide Web (both 2009)
    • Adrian Schiller (Zeigler) was Uncle in The Doctor's Wife, and voiced Zanith for Time Works (2006)
    • Sheila Ruskin (Magistrate) was Kassia in The Keeper of Traken
    • Rupert Wickham (Wiles) voiced Captain Dudgeon for No Man's Land (2006) and Faber for Survival of the Fittest (2010)
    • Fenella Woolgar (Wendy) was Agatha Christie in The Unicorn and the Wasp, and voiced Commander Hellan Femor for The Company of Friends: Fitz's Story (2009), and Morella Wendigo for Nevermore (2010)
    • Paul Thornley (Turley) voiced Marko for Seven Keys to Doomsday (2008), Michael Rond also for Fitz's Story, and Gomori for Paper Cuts (2009)
    • Adrian Dunbar (Gillespie) voiced McCarthy for Brave New Town (Big Finish, 2008)
    • Diana Quick (Justice Frank) voiced Prime for Scream of the Shalka
    • Ariyon Bakare (Antwi) has been cast in Series 9
    • Sam Graham (Cutler) voiced McMullan for Destination Nerva (BF, 2012)
    • Peter Hamilton Dyer (Clerk) began his TV career as Embery in Remembrance of the Daleks
    • Greg Donaldson (Gaoler) voiced Coach Bela Destry for The Game (BF, 2005)
    • director (of episodes 5 and 6) Catherine Morshead also helmed Amy's Choice and The Lodger
    • writer (of episode 5) Steve Thompson also scripted The Curse of the Black Spot, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, Time Heist and The Science of Doctor Who
    • Jake Jackson was also the music mixer on seventy-one stories, from The Runaway Bride to The Time of the Doctor
    • Iain Erskine was film editor on Nightmare in Silver too
    • Lewis Peake was also an art department assistant on Planet of the Dead and The Waters of Mars
    • Adam Harvey was the assistant editor on An Adventure in Space and Time too
    • David Foster was also the orchestrator on seventy-six installments, from Voyage of the Damned to Last Christmas
    • Tom Lucy was also the stunt co-ordinator on sixteen episodes, from Smith and Jones to The Next Doctor
    • Gordon Seed was a stuntman on nineteen adventures and the stunt co-ordinator on another eleven, from Series 2 to The Time of the Doctor

    Wednesday, 18 February 2015

    Doctor Who Vs. Cracker, Series 1

    Produced by Granada for ITV, this gritty crime series began in 1993 and ran for three full seasons. Two feature-length specials followed in 1996 and 2006, and even spawned an American version in 1997 (broadcast in the UK as Fitz). 
    The show focused on the work of Manchester-based criminal psychologist (or 'cracker'), Dr Edward 'Fitz' Fitzgerald, portrayed by Robbie Coltrane. He was joined
    by actors Geraldine Somerville (as DS Jane Penhaligon), Lorcan Cranitch (as DS Jimmy Beck), and Christopher Eccleston (as DCI David Bilborough, pictured).
     The eleven thrillers earned Coltrane three consecutive Best Actor awards from BAFTA, and Jimmy McGover, the programme's creator and lead writer, won a total of five writing prizes.
    Another repeat run of the first, seven-part series concluded on ITV3 last week, and featured another twenty-two Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

    The Mad Woman in the Attic (UK TX: September 27 & October 4 1993)
    • series regular Barbara Flynn (Judith Fitzgerald) voiced Sister Chalice for Big Finish's The Skull of Sobek (2008)
    • Nicholas Woodeson (Hennessy) voiced the Clocksmith for Doom Coalition 3 (BF, new for 2016)
    • Paul Copley (Pathologist) was Clem McDonald in Torchwood: Children of Earth, and voiced Dad for Spare Parts (BF, 2002)
    • Kerry Shale (CSO) played Dr. Renfrew in Day of the Moon
    • Adrian Dunbar (Kelly) voiced McCarthy for Brave New Town (BF, 2008)
    • Andy Devine (Train Guard) was a Draconian in Frontier in Space
    • Alan David (Hanrahan) was Gabriel Sneed in The Unquiet Dead
    • Sunetra Sarker (Receptionist) was Indira in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
    • semi-regular Edward Peel (Chief Superintendent) was Kane in Dragonfire
    • Don Hederson (Hennessey) was Gavrok in Delta and the Bannermen
    • Peter Brayham was also stunt co-ordinator on The Christmas InvasionNew Earth and School Reunion
    • stuntman Chris Webb was a Monoid in The Ark
    To Say I Love You (TX: October 11 to 25)
    • Andrew Tiernan (Sean) was Mr. Purcell in Night Terrors
    • David Haig (Graham) was Pangol in The Leisure Hive
    • Susan Vidler (Sammy) was Aunt Susan in The Big Bang
    • Tim Barlow (Judith's Father) was Tyssan in Destiny of the Daleks
    • Beryl Reid (Fitz's Mum) was Captain Briggs in Earthshock
    • Owen Brenman (Haig) voiced Jerry for Human Resources (BF, 2007)
    • Alf Tramontin was the steadicam operator on Attack of the Graske too
    One Day a Lemming Will Fly (TX: November 1 & 8)
    • series production manager Liam Foster began his television career as an uncredited AFM on (episode 6 of) The Space Pirates and Spearhead from Space
    • Andy Pryor (series casting) has worked as casting director on the revived run since 2005, as well as The Sarah Jane Adventures and every episode of Torchwood
    • Dorothy Friend worked on the continuity for Boom Town too

    Wednesday, 11 February 2015

    Doctor Who Vs. Wire In The Blood, Series 1

    Made by Coastal Productions, this dark crime drama was based on characters created by Scottish author Val McDermid (who made a cameo appearance in the first mystery), and was originally shown in the autumn of 2002.
    Named after McDermid's novel of 1997, the first run opened with an adaptation of her book, The Mermaids Singing (published in 1995).
    The series, filmed at locations in the North East of England and set in the fictional Yorkshire town of Bradfield, centred around the work of clinical psychologist and police profiler Dr. Tony Hill, portrayed by Robson Green
    The six-part series, currently being repeated on ITV3, also featured Hermione Norris (as DCI Carol Jordan) and thirteen Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

    The Mermaids Singing (TX: November 14 & 21)
    • Norris played Captian Lundvik in Kill the Moon
    • Big Finish artist Nicky Goldie (Mrs. O'Connell) voiced the Empress for Winter for the Adept, Valeria Hedone for The Fires of Vulcan (both 2000), and Inquisitor Danby for Excelis Rising (2002)
    • series regular Tom Chadbon (ACC Brandon) was Duggan in City of Death, Merdeen in The Mysterious Planet, and voiced Gordon for No More Lies (BF, 2007)
    • Mark Bonnar (McTeer) was Jimmy in The Rebel Flesh and The Almost People, and voiced Porteus for the recent audio release, The English Way of Death
    • stuntman Crispin Layfield was the stunt co-ordinator on fifty-nine installments of the revived run, from Father's Day to Mummy on the Orient Express
    Shadows Rising (TX: November 28 & December 5)
    • director Nicholas Laughland was an AFM on Earthshock
    • Lucy Robinson (Jilly) was Fran Clovis in New Earth 
    • stunt performers Dani Biernat, Tina Maskell and Paul Kennington all worked on the revived series too
    Justice Painted Blind (TX: December 12 & 19)
    • Daniel Ryan (Gregory) was Biff Cane in Midnight
    • Albert Welling (Lawson) was the titular F├║hrer in Let's Kill Hitler
    • Big Finish artist Susan Brown (Jean) was Bridget Spears in Torchwood: Children of Earth, and voiced Mary for 100: Bedtime Story (2007), Alice Withers for The Eternal Summer, Maud for Castle of Fear, Mrs Withers and Mrs Sowerby for Plague of the Daleks (all 2009), Margaret for both Deimos and The Resurrection of Mars, Eleanor Harvey for Return of the Krotons, Chief Engineer and Chanel for The Song of the Megaptera, Babs for Prison in Space (all 2010), and Kastrella for the forthcoming story Death Match
    • George Gerwitz was also the first assistant director on Rose, Aliens of London and World War Three