Martin Compston

Mayflies: how the BBC adapted Andrew O'Hagan's life-affirming ode to friendship and love

Tony Curran and Martin Compston looking out to sea in BBC series Mayflies

Few novels have excited as much love and devotion as Andrew O’Hagan’s Mayflies, a funny, tender but heart-rending tale of male friendship. Now, only two years after its publication, an adaptation is coming to the BBC, an astonishingly quick turnaround for television drama.

Martin Compston, Iain Glen and Emily Hampshire in the first look trailer of Prime Video’s supernatural thriller The Rig

Rose (Emily Hampshire), Magnus (Iain Glen) and Fulmer (Martin Compston) are among an oil rig crew 150 miles off the Scottish coast in the unpredictable and dangerous North Sea. While the crew are waiting to be collected to return to the mainland, the Kinloch Bravo rig is hit by huge tremors and encompassed by a supernatural mist, which leaves them deserted at sea with no communication to the outside world.

First look images released of Mayflies starring Martin Compston and Tony Curran

Tony Curran as Tully and Martin Compston as Jimmy in Mayflies (credit: BBC)

Directed by Peter Mackie Burns (Rialto), the two-part drama follows the life-defining friendship between Tully (Tony Curran) and Jimmy (Martin Compston).

It’s summer 1986 in a small Scottish town. Jimmy and Tully have ignited a brilliant friendship based on music, films, and the rebel spirit.

Prime Video buys exclusive access to new UK production facilities at Shepperton Studios

The new facilities comprise nine sound stages, workshops and office accommodation, which total approximately 450,000 square feet.

The facilities form part of the wider redevelopment and expansion of Shepperton Studios, which will provide approximately 1.2 million square feet of new studio space. Once construction is completed in 2023, the Studios will comprise 31 stages, making it the second-biggest studio in the world.

The deal is part of Amazon Studios’ plans to expand its production footprint in the UK.

Line of Duty and Downtown Abbey stars feature in first look images for ITV’s Our House

The four-part thriller stars Tuppence Middleton (Downtown Abbey) and Martin Compston (Line of Duty) as estranged husband and wife Fi and Bram Lawson.

Based on Louise Candlish’s international best-selling novel, the series sees Fi arrive home one day to find strangers moving themselves into her house and that her husband has disappeared.

Deeply confused, she reflects upon the safe space where she and her family had built a life together, and begins to peel back the layers of her relationship.

First look images released of Amazon Prime drama The Rig

Martin Compston in The Rig (credit: Amazon Prime Video)

Created by David Macpherson and directed by John Strickland (Bodyguard), the six-part series follows the crew of the Kinloch Bravo oil rig stationed off the Scottish coast in the North Sea’s treacherous waters.

Just as they are due to be collected and returned to the mainland from the remote rig, a mysterious, all-enveloping fog envelops the crew, hitting the station with massive tremors. As the crew find themselves cut off from all communication with the shore and the outside world, they struggle to discover what’s driving this unknown force.

Martin Compston, Tuppence Middleton and Rupert Penry-Jones to lead new ITV thriller Our House

Adapted for ITV by Simon Ashdown, the four-part drama will see Tuppence Middleton (Downtown Abbey) and Martin Compston (Line of Duty) star as estranged husband and wife Fiona and Bram Lawson.

Fiona is left dumbfounded when she comes home one day to find strangers moving in and all her belongings missing. She insists her home isn’t for sale but events begin to spiral beyond her control.

BBC One releases first look at new thriller Vigil

The six-part series stars Suranne Jones (Gentleman Jack), Rose Leslie (Downtown Abbey), Shaun Evans (Endeavour), Martin Compston (Line of Duty) and Paterson Joseph (Peep Show).

Jones and Leslie star as DCI Amy Silva and DS Kirsten Longacre, who lead an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on-board the HMS Vigil submarine.

Traces set to return for a second series

Credit: UKTV

The second series will see the return of Molly Windsor as Emma Hedges, Martin Compston as Daniel Macafee. Laura Fraser as professor Sarah Gordon, Jennifer Spence as professor Kathy Torrance and Michael Nardone as DCI Neil McKinven. 

Based on an idea by crime writer Val McDermid, Traces allows forensic science to take centre stage, set in Scotland at the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science.