Sarah Lancashire

Netflix adds Sarah Lancashire and Ben Whishaw to spy thriller Black Doves

Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean) stars as Helen Webb – devoted mother, wife, and spy. For years Webb has been leaking her politician husband’s government secrets to her spy organisation, The Black Doves. When Webb’s lover Jason is suspiciously murdered, she turns to an old friend, Sam Young (Whishaw) – an assassin whose dark past is swiftly catching up with him. 

Set against a backdrop of London in full Christmas swing, the two begin solving the murder, uncovering a web of conspiracies in the process that all lead towards an impending geopolitical crisis. 

Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and Kudos team up for two new dramas

Stephen Knight stood smiling at Cillian Murphy

The creative partnership comes after the creation of Knight (Peaky Blinders, Taboo, See) and Kudos’ BBC series SAS Rogue Heroes. The deal will give Kudos a first look at Knight’s UK based projects, and will utilise Knight’s Digbeth Loc. Studios in Birmingham, showing a firm commitment to increasing financial investment in skills and training in the West Midlands.

Happy Valley: A cop on the edge

Sarah Lancashire as Catherine Cawood in Happy Valley (credit: BBC)

Human bones, a barrel, the bottom of a reservoir. As far as bleak British crime dramas go, this seems like a textbook set-up.

Thank goodness, then, that the uniformed officer trudging through the mud to identify the dismembered body is Sergeant Catherine Cawood, played by the endlessly watchable Sarah Lancashire and a sign that what we’re about to embark on could not be further from a formulaic police procedural.

New images of Sarah Lancashire and cast of Happy Valley hint at violent justice in series three

Happy Valley last aired in 2016, and speaking to Radio Times earlier this year, Sally Wainwright confirmed that the new series will jump time accordingly, taking place seven years after the events of the last.

In one image, Sarah Lancashire can be seen making her final outing as Sergeant Catherine Cawood, sporting a bloody nose after a police raid.

James Norton as Tommy Lee Royce (credit: BBC)

Filming commences on final series of Happy Valley with new cast announcement

Sarah Lancashire as Sergeant Catherine Cawood (credit: BBC/Lookout Point/Matt Squire)

Sarah Lancashire will be returning to her iconic role of Sergeant Catherine Cawood, with James Norton reprising his role as the murdering sex offender Tommy Lee Royce and Siobhan Finneran also returning for series three as Catherine’s sister, the recovering addict Clare Cartwright.

The BBC has announced the new cast for series three, with Amit Shah (The Other One), Mark Stanley (The Girl Before) and Mollie Winnard (Four Lives) joining Happy Valley’s celebrated lineup.

BBC One’s Happy Valley to return for a third and final series

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After a five-year hiatus, Wainwright has written six new episodes of the West Yorkshire set police drama, with Sarah Lancashire returning to her iconic role as Sergeant Catherine Cawood.

James Norton (McMafia) will reprise his role as Tommy Lee Royce, the murderer and sex-offender who assaulted Catherine’s daughter. Siobhan Finneran (Alma’s Not Normal) will also return as Catherine’s sister, the recovering addict Clare Cartwright.

BBC announces remake of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads

Left to right: Jodie Comer, Monica Dolan, Martin Freeman, Tamsin Greig, Sarah Lancashire, Lesley Manville, Lucian Msamati, Maxine Peake, Rochenda Sandall, Kristin Scott Thomas, Imelda Staunton and Harriet Walter (Credit: BBC)

Ten of the original monologues will be remade and two new ones, written by Bennett last year, will also be showcased.

Produced by Nicholas Hytner’s London Theatre Company and Kevin Loader, filming will take place at the BBC Elstree Studios using current sets.

The monologues tell stories that are important and timely, all while allowing the actors to perform despite the coronavirus lockdown.

Memorable TV performances of the decade

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Series binging over weekly releases has become the new norm, and brand new, high-quality TV content seems to be in endless supply.

The competition for viewers’ attention has intensified tenfold, and the leading broadcasters have risen to the challenge.

At the beginning of a new decade, we look back at some of the most memorable performances and series of the last ten years.


Sarah Lancashire to star in new Channel 4 drama The Accident

Sarah Lancashire in The Accident (credit: Channel 4)

The four-part series will complete a trilogy of dramas created for Channel 4, alongside Kiri and National Treasure.

Written by RTS-award winning screenwriter Jack Thorne, The Accident follows the aftermath of a catastrophic explosion on a construction site in a Welsh town. As the community is torn apart by grief and anger, they search for someone to blame.