2017 Television

Born to Kill Episodes

Catch up with Born to Kill Channel 4’s exciting new psychological thriller!

11 May 2017: Episode 4

Episode 4 reviews (SPOILERS!):

The Telegraph

The Arts Desk

Radio Times

The Mirror

Digital Spy

4 May 2017: Episode 3

Episode 3 reviews (SPOILERS!):

Telegraph

27 April 2017: Episode 2

Episode 2 reviews (SPOILERS!):

Telegraph

20 April 2017: Episode 1

Episode 1 reviews (SPOILERS!):
Telegraph
The Sun
Metro

The music is a big part of the series so take a listen to the excellent episode playlists every week:
Episode 1 playlist
Episode 2 playlist
Episode 3 playlist

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Born to Kill Premieres Tonight!

Born to Kill premieres tonight at 9PM on Channel 4!

Born to Kill is a must-see 4-part psychological thriller starring Daniel Mays, Romola Garai and newcomers Jack Rowan, and Lara Peake:

Born To Kill is a haunting four-part drama exploring the mind of Sam, a teenager on the verge of acting out suppressed psychopathic desires. As this chilling coming of age drama unfolds, decades of deceit are revealed and Sam’s family’s long buried past returns with a vengeance.

Starring Romola Garai (The Hour, Suffragette) and Daniel Mays (Made in Dagenham, Line of Duty, Rogue One: A Star Wars story,) as the single parents of two out-of-control teens, Born to Kill is the first commission for female writing duo Tracey Malone (Rillington Place) and first time TV writer and BIFA-nominated actress Kate Ashfield.

Sam, played by newcomer Jack Rowan, lives with his protective mum Jenny (Romola Garai), a geriatric nurse, and thinks his dad died in a car crash…

While working at the local hospital, Jenny meets the charming Bill (Daniel Mays). New to town with his moody teenage daughter Chrissy, played by rising star Lara Peake, Bill’s trying to reconnect with his elderly mother Margaret (Elizabeth Counsell, Song For Marion). Just as Jenny and Bill start to hit it off, their kids meet at school and also form an instant attraction. Sam feels like he’s finally met someone that he can relate to, but does she really share his desire… to kill?

At the same time, Jenny learns that her ex, Sam’s dad, a violent man named Peter (Richard Coyle, The Fall), is nearing his parole date. Jenny must now face telling her son that not only is his father alive, he’s also a convicted murderer.

As this menacing drama unfolds, Jenny, Sam and Peter’s long buried past comes back to haunt the fractured family. Will Jenny discover, despite her best efforts, that Sam and his dad are more alike than she could have ever imagined?

Born To Kill was directed by Bruce Goodison (Murdered By My Father, Doctor Foster).

It is executive produced by Jake Lushington (The Devil’s Whore) for World Productions and commissioned for Channel 4 by Head of Drama Beth Willis and Head of International Drama Simon Maxwell.

Born to Kill will air Thursdays beginning 20 April at 9PM on Channel 4.

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Guerrilla on Sky Atlantic

All episodes of Guerrilla are now available on sky.com via the SkyGo app!

Daniel Mays portrays Inspector Liam Cullen in this exciting new series.

From Academy Award® winner John Ridley (12 Years A Slave, American Crime), comes the six-part limited series GUERRILLA, a love story set against the backdrop of one of the most politically explosive times in U.K. history. It tells the story of a couple whose relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970s London. Their ultimate target becomes the Black Power Desk, a true-life, secretive counter-intelligence unit within the Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism. While the series is set against a background of social and political activism, at its heart GUERRILLA is about a relationship under pressure, and the reality that for any couple there comes a point when the choices they make have real and lasting consequences.

GUERRILLA stars Screen Actors Guild Award-winner Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) and Babou Ceesay (Getting On). Additional cast includes Laurence Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (PENNY DREADFUL, Spectre), Nathaniel Martello-White (Deadmeat), Daniel Mays (Line of Duty), Denise Gough (People, Places & Things), Brandon Scott (Grey’s Anatomy), Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat) and Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude), along with Golden Globe® winner Idris Elba (Luther, Beasts of No Nation), who also serves as an executive producer through his Green Door Pictures. Along with Ridley and Elba, the executive producers are Michael J. McDonald for Stearns Castle, Patrick Spence and Katie Swinden for Fifty Fathoms and Tracy Underwood for ABC Signature.

GUERRILLA is a co-production between Fifty Fathoms and ABC Signature, in association with SKY UK.

Go forth and binge watch!

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Guerrilla – Inspector Cullen

Daniel Mays is Inspector Cullen in the Showtime and Sky Atlantic series Guerrilla.


Chief Inspector Pence’s right hand man is Cullen a great cop and loyal to a point. But he is more of a humanist than his boss, and he clashes with Pence over the best way to reign in the in the movement without further fanning its flames.

Guerrilla premieres on Sky Atlantic at 9PM on Thursday 13 April and on Showtime at 9PM Sunday 16 April.

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Voices of Guerrilla

“Voices of Guerrilla” a special 14 minute episode with cast and creatives interviews is available online via SkyGo. Click the above link, then click ‘Watch” to be taken to the SkyGo app.

Daniel Mays features and gives insight to his character Cullen, a member of the police Special Branch Black Desk.

Watch this special feature now ahead of the Guerrilla premiere on Thursday 13 April on Sky Atlantic.

All episode of Guerrilla will be available online 13 April as a box set for Sky subscribers.

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Guerrilla – UK Premiere

The Guerrilla UK premiere was held tonight at The Curzon Bloomsbury in London.

Daniel Mays was in attendence:

Check out the Showtime Guerrilla Facebook page for more photos too.

Guerrilla premieres Thursday 13 April on Sky Atlantic at 9PM and then in the USA on Showtime on Sunday 16 April at 9PM.

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Interview: Born to Kill

CONFIRMED: Born to Kill will air Thursday 20 April at 9:00PM on Channel 4.

Daniel Mays stars in Channel 4’s new four-part psychological thriller Born to Kill. Read his interview for this exciting series and his character Bill:

You co-star in Channel 4’s new thriller, Born to Kill. Explain a little bit about the show.
I’d describe Born to Kill as a ‘study in psychopathy’, it’s very much in the heads of our main protagonist, Sam, a young boy dealing with dark, twisted psychotic desires. It’s also a coming-of-age story. He falls in love with my character’s daughter, and my character tentatively begins a relationship with Sam’s mother as well. As you can imagine, with the horrible dark thing running through the drama, there’s a very complicated domestic, family dynamic as well. It’s a very difficult project to define, it seems to exist between genres. It’s sort of a thriller, sort of a crime drama, but at its heart, it’s a drama about relationships, and the premise of nature versus nurture. I was blown away with it, the filming of it, and the getting into Sam’s headspace. It’s a disquieting, foreboding but deeply compelling watch. They drip-feed you information, and there’s a horrible sense of dread. It’s a very accomplished piece.

And tell us who you play?
I play a guy called Bill, who is somewhat at a low ebb when you first see him in the show. At the beginning of the piece he’s returning to Ripley Heath, where the drama is set. It’s where he grew up, he’s not been there for over a decade. He’s returning with his only daughter. He’s there to reconnect with his mother, but like characters littered throughout the piece, he’s got a really interesting back story. Bill is a widower who has lost his wife to cancer, and you get the sense that there’s a huge void in his life. That’s caused havoc with him, and there’s a sense that he might have suffered with depression. He comes back to look after his mother, who’s broken her hip and is in hospital. He’s lost his job, and he’s sort of making it up as he goes along. Throughout the course of the drama, he meets Romola’s character, and everyone’s wires get crossed.

It’s a pretty dark subject matter, isn’t it? Do you think drama is more interesting when it deals with the dark side of life?
I think so; I think there’s always an appetite for that. Whenever anyone said “What are you doing next, Danny?” and I said “I’m doing a psychological thriller for Channel 4,” they love it. There’s a dark fascination with the macabre sense of things in life. I guess that’s why, when you see a car accident, there’s a tailback and everyone wants to slow down to have a look at it out of the window. I think we embrace the darkness in the piece. It’s a compelling watch, but we’ve certainly not shied away from tough subject matter.

Did you do much in the way of research for the role? Or was it all there on the page?
I’ve played a lot of mixed up characters on the edge in the past, and what was appealing about Bill was that there was a simplicity about him. He’s just a regular guy and a regular dad trying to make the best of things after the death of his wife. Ultimately his journey throughout the piece very much ends up being about saving his daughter, who becomes mixed up with this guy who’s completely off the rails. But it’s also so interesting that his relationship with Jenny is never allowed to materialise. Nevertheless, they have a real, instant connection. They’re two lost, lonely souls. He makes her laugh, and they’re both looking for companionship. I thought that was something really interesting in the drama, how their relationship can never materialise into anything else because of events elsewhere.

Your daughter Chrissy is played by newcomer Lara Peake. How did you enjoy working with her?
I thought she was absolutely top drawer, a really fantastic new talent. Obviously the roles of Chrissy and Sam were key to cast, and I know that [director] Bruce Goodison and Channel 4 searched far and wide to try and find the best two actors to fill those roles. I think they’ve both hit it out the park. They’re both fiercely talented, incredibly committed, and just care deeply about the project. I think you can really see that in their performances. And their relationship and chemistry onscreen is fantastic, but individually they really stand up, and I just think they’ve unearthed two gems, really, two stars of the future.

It must be quite exciting, seeing talent like that coming through.
Oh, it really is. I actually did a radio play recently, and I was talking to some of the guys in it about this series, and about Lara and Jack [Rowan, who plays Sam] and about how refreshing it was to work with a new talent that has no baggage and no preconceived ideas about them. It’s gold, really, because as a viewer, having not seen them in anything else, you can invest totally in their performances. I think they’ve both done an incredible job. Jack’s performance really carries the whole piece. It’s such an unsettling performance. At times I felt sympathy for him, and it feels like a sort of modern day Psycho. He’s a bit like Norman Bates, with a rather off-centre outlook on the world. He plays it absolutely pitch-perfect, as far as I’m concerned.

Had you worked with Romola before?
No, I never had. I’d met her socially a couple of times, and obviously we were both in Atonement, but she was in the middle section of that movie and then she sort of passed the baton over to me in the Second World War section. So I literally passed her in the make-up bus. But I’ve always been an admirer of hers; She’s consistently brilliant in everything she does. And she really didn’t disappoint to work with. She’s got a fierce intelligence, she really fights her corner, and she’ll really stand up for the character she’s playing. She just had a deep consideration for her character, and she just wanted every beat and every nuance of her performance to compliment the whole piece.

The show is, in a large part, about estranged and difficult relationships between parents and their kids. As a parent yourself, did that unnerve you?
Yeah, it’s every parent’s worst nightmare, to lose connection with your children, to not fully engage with them or have an understanding of what crowd of people they’re mixing with, what they are watching online. I think it just cements the importance of trying to look after and raise your kids the best you possibly can, in a nurturing and loving relationship. Obviously Sam is carrying around this incident that happened years before with his dad. And it triggers the whole debate about whether individuals are born evil or whether they’re shaped by their experiences. It’s a very tricky subject to focus in on, and I’m not really sure what the answer is.

Do you think your interest in the dark and difficult aspects of life is what led to you becoming a Leyton Orient fan?
[Laughs] Someone had to. It’s a bit dark and dangerous at the moment at our club!

Read Romola Garai’s interview for Born to Kill.
On working with Daniel Mays:
TV’s nicest man – he’s lovely. He’s someone I’ve genuinely really, really admired for a long time, and it was a real treat for me to work with him.

Full press pack for Born to Kill.

Born To Kill launches on Channel 4 this April.

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First Look Trailer- Born to Kill

Channel 4 have released a first look trailer for Born to Kill:

Born to Kill is Channel 4’s intense new psychological thriller from Line of Duty producers World Productions  Starring Romola Garai (The Hour, Suffragette) and Daniel Mays (Made in Dagenham, Line of Duty, Rogue One: A Star Wars story,) as the single parents of two out-of-control teens, Born to Kill is the first commission for female writing duo Tracey Malone (Rillington Place) and first time TV writer and BIFA-nominated actress Kate Ashfield.

The four-part thriller is a haunting exploration of the mind of Sam, played by newcomer Jack Rowan, a teenager who’s on the verge of acting out hidden psychopathic desires. He lives with his protective mum Jenny (Romola Garai), a geriatric nurse, and thinks his dad died in a car crash.

While working at the local hospital, Jenny meets the charming Bill (Daniel Mays). New to town with his moody teenage daughter Chrissy, played by rising star Lara Peake, Bill’s trying to reconnect with his elderly mother Margaret (Elizabeth Counsell, Song For Marion). Just as Jenny and Bill start to hit it off, their kids meet at school and also form an instant attraction. Sam feels like he’s finally met someone that he can relate to, but does she really share his desire… to kill?

At the same time, Jenny learns that her ex, Sam’s dad, a violent man named Peter (Richard Coyle, The Fall), is nearing his parole date. Jenny must now face telling her son that not only is his father alive, he’s also a convicted murderer.

As this menacing four-part drama unfolds, decades of deceit unravels as Jenny, Sam and Peter’s long buried past comes back to haunt the fractured family. Will Jenny discover, despite her best efforts, that Sam and his dad are more alike than she could have ever imagined?

Born to Kill will launch on Channel 4 in April. 

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Guerrilla – Cast Video

Showtime has released a video for Guerrilla featuring the cast and creators – John Ridley, Idris Elba, Freida Pinto, Daniel Mays, and Rory Kinnear – of the new SHOWTIME original series Guerrilla. They discuss the show and its historical and contemporary significance.

From Academy Award® winner John Ridley (12 Years A Slave, American Crime) comes the six-part limited event series GUERRILLA, a love story set against the backdrop of one of the most politically explosive times in U.K. history. It tells the story of a couple whose relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970s London. Their ultimate target becomes the Black Power Desk, a true-life, secretive counter-intelligence unit within the Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism. While the series is set against a background of social and political activism, at its heart GUERRILLA is about a relationship under pressure, and the reality that for any couple there comes a point when the choices they make have real and lasting consequences. GUERRILLA stars Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) and Babou Ceesay (Getting On). Golden Globe® winner Idris Elba (Luther, Beasts of No Nation) co-stars and serves as an executive producer through his Green Door Pictures. Additional cast includes Laurence Olivier Award winner Rory Kinnear (PENNY DREADFUL), Nathaniel Martello-White (Deadmeat), Daniel Mays (Line of Duty), Denise Gough (People, Places & Things), Brandon Scott (Grey’s Anatomy), Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat) and Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude).

Don’t miss the series premiere in the UK on Thursday 13 April on Sky Atlantic and in the US on Showtime Sunday 16 April  at 9 PM ET/PT. Daniel Mays stars as Cullen.

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