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The Stranger Review: A Binge-Worthy UK Thriller

Louisa Mellor Jan 31, 2020

Richard Armitage, Siobhan Finneran and some oddball elements elevate this very serviceable mystery thriller…

This is a spoiler-free review and comes from Den of Geek UK.

Secrets! Everybody’s got ‘em. Sordid little lies tucked away behind incognito tabs and fake online usernames. Maybe you diddled your expenses or your mortgage application or your son’s clarinet teacher. Let’s say you robbed Peter to pay Paul, then knocked Peter over the back of the head with a golf club and fed his remains to Paul’s pig. Whatever foul canker you’ve shoved so far up inside your folds nobody could ever find it, you’d better hope that you don’t get a visit from the Stranger.

The Stranger is Netflix’s new UK thriller, adapted by Danny Brocklehurst from the 2015 novel of the same name by crime mystery superstar Harlan Coben. It’s about
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Bafta reveals new members for 2019

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Bafta reveals new members for 2019
New members include filmmakers Lynne Ramsay, Haifaa al-Mansour, Fox Searchlight’s Kate Gardiner and Screen Scotland’s Isabel Davis.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) has revealed its 2019 intake of new members drawn from the film, TV and games industry.

Among the record 558 new members are filmmakers and writers Haifaa al-Mansour (Wadjda), Laszlo Nemes (Son Of Saul), Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here), Lee Unkrich (Coco) and former Screen Star of Tomorrow Rose Glass (Saint Maud).

New executives on the list include Kate Gardiner (head of Fox Searchlight UK); Jason Maza (Unstoppable), Emma Hewitt (BBC Films
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Netflix releases first images from Harlan Coben’s The Stranger

Netflix has released four first look images from the upcoming TV adaptation of Harlan Coben’s The Stranger featuring Jennifer Saunders, Richard Armitage, Hannah John-Kamen, Siobhan Finneran, and Kadiff Kirwan; take a look here… The Stranger is all about secrets – we often think they are buried or that no one will find out, but what […]

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Hulu Boards Aisling Bea C4 Comedy ‘This Way Up’ As Aasif Mandvi, Tobias Menzies & Indira Varma Join Cast

Hulu has boarded Aisling Bea comedy This Way Up as The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi, The Crown’s Tobias Menzies and Game of ThronesIndira Varma join the Sharon Horgan-exec produced series.

The U.S. digital service has partnered with Channel 4, which ordered the series, previously known as Happy Af, last year. The series is written by and stars Bea, who starred in NBC comedy I Feel Bad.

Bea plays Aine, a whip smart English-as-a-foreign language teacher trying to pull her life back together after a “teeny little” nervous breakdown, as her sister Shona, played by Catastrophe creator Horgan, worries, not only about her younger sibling, but also about her own life choices. The school where Aine teaches brings together a room full of characters also trying to find their own hope, direction and happiness in this messy world.

Mandvi plays Shona’s boyfriend Vish, Menzies stars as Richard,
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Jennifer Saunders and Siobhan Finneran join the cast on Netflix drama series ‘The Stranger’

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Netflix has announced further casting for their new drama series ‘The Stranger’, a story based on Harlan Coben’s best-selling novel.

The eight-part series has cast Jennifer Saunders, Siobhan Finneran, Hannah John-Kamen, Anthony Head and Stephen Rea. Already attached to the cast are Shaun Dooley, Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones), Dervla Kirwan, and Kadiff Kirwan.

The book description reads:

Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream – a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life.

Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, Corrine, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all. Soon Adam finds himself tangled in something far darker than even Corrine’s deception, and realises that if he doesn’t make exactly the right moves,
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Siobhan Finneran, Hannah John-Kamen Join Netflix’s ‘The Stranger’

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Siobhan Finneran, Hannah John-Kamen Join Netflix’s ‘The Stranger’
Siobhan Finneran and Hannah John-Kamen have signed on for “The Stranger.” They will star alongside the previously announced Richard Armitage in the Netflix adaptation of the Harlan Coben novel.

Absolutely Fabulous” star Jennifer Saunders has also been cast, in her first major drama role. Anthony Head (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and Stephen Rea (“War and Peace”) will also appear.

Happy Valley” and “Downton Abbey” star Finneran will play detective Johanna Griffin in the series, and John-Kamen (“Ready Player One”) will play the titular mysterious stranger who exposes people’s secrets, dropping bombshells that will shatter lives.

Armitage is Adam Price, the series protagonist who finds himself tangled in a mysterious web of deception. His steady life, two wonderful sons and watertight marriage all seem unassailable – until The Stranger reveals a shocking secret about his wife.

Studiocanal’s Red Production Company is making the series, which Netflix will launch globally. It
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‘Happy Valley’s Siobhan Finneran & ‘Ready Player One’s Hannah John-Kamen Join Netflix’s ‘The Stranger’

‘Happy Valley’s Siobhan Finneran & ‘Ready Player One’s Hannah John-Kamen Join Netflix’s ‘The Stranger’
Happy Valley and Downton Abbey star Siobhan Finneran and Ant Man and The Wasp and Ready Player One star Hannah John-Kamen have joined Netflix drama The Stranger.

The pair will star alongside The Hobbit and Berlin Station star Richard Armitage in the eight-part crime drama from the team behind crime drama Safe.

Finneran plays DS Johanna Griffin, while John-Kamen stars as a mysterious stranger who exposes people’s secrets, dropping bombshells that will shatter lives.

Elsewhere, Absolutely Fabulous’ Jennifer Saunders stars as Heidi, Johanna’s closest friend; an outgoing character who is seeking adventure after her daughter leaves for university.

The series is based on Harlan Coben’s eponymous novel and is produced by Safe producer Red Production Company.

Armitage stars as Adam Price in the thriller, which sees a secret destroys his perfect life and sends him on a collision course with a deadly conspiracy. Price has a good life,
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‘The Crown’s Anna Chancellor & ‘Black Mirror’s Daniel Rigby Join Second Season Of British Comedy ‘Timewasters’

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‘The Crown’s Anna Chancellor & ‘Black Mirror’s Daniel Rigby Join Second Season Of British Comedy ‘Timewasters’
The Crown’s Anna Chancellor and Black Mirror’s Daniel Rigby have joined the second season of British comedy Timewasters after ITV2 recommissioned the series.

Chancellor, who played Lady Rosse in the Netflix royal drama and also recently starred in Trust, and Rigby, who starred in Black Mirror episode The Waldo Moment, are joined in the six-part series by Javone Prince (PhoneShop) and Ellie White (The Windsors).

BAFTA-nominated comedy Timewasters, which is produced by Friday Night Dinner producer Big Talk Productions, follows a group of Londoners who are transported back to the 1950s to play in a jazz band. Original cast members including Daniel Lawrence Taylor, Kadiff Kirwan, Adelayo Adedayo and Samson Kayo.

The second season follows the band as they start a jazz club. Nick discovers that his one true love from the 1920s is alive and well and has a 32 year old son, Lauren is on a roll
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‘Queers’ Trailer: Alan Cumming Looks ‘Carol’ Great in Period Series From ‘Sherlock’ Creator Mark Gatiss — Watch

‘Queers’ Trailer: Alan Cumming Looks ‘Carol’ Great in Period Series From ‘Sherlock’ Creator Mark Gatiss — Watch
There’s nothing more delightful than watching Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman revel in all of that cheeky queer subtext on “Sherlock.” We have the show’s out creator, Mark Gatiss, to thank for it. Gatiss is ditching the undertones for overtones in “Queers,” a new short series commemorating the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act (sic), which partially decriminalized sex between two men in the U.K. Featuring performances from Britain’s brightest out actors, such as Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw, and Russell Tovey, each episode is written by a different prominent Lgbt writer. BBC America released a first trailer for the series today, and it’s flecked with all sorts of period costume magic.

According to the BBC, the show is a series of monologues from different figures throughout the fifty years, using inspiration from 1957’s Wolfenden Report, the HIV crisis and the 1967 Sexual Offence Act itself.
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BBC America Boards BBC’s ‘Queers’ As Co-Producer

BBC America will co-produce Queers, an eight-part short film series about the British gay experience, set to premiere October 14. In Queers, curated and directed by Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), eight established writers respond to the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act which partially decriminalized homosexual acts between men in the UK. Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw, Rebecca Front, Russell Tovey, Gemma Whelan, Ian Gelder, Kadiff Kirwan and Fionn Whitehead star. The films…
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