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Daniel Mays To Star In BBC Two’s ‘Against the Law’

Daniel Mays is to star in BBC Two’s Against the Law directed by Fergus O’Brien.


Daniel Mays (Line Of Duty, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Public Enemies) stars in BBC Two’s powerful factual drama as Peter Wildeblood, a thoughtful and private gay journalist whose lover Eddie McNally (played by newcomer to television, Richard Gadd), under pressure from the authorities, turned Queen’s evidence against him in one of the most explosive court cases of the 1950s – the infamous Montagu Trial.

More than ten years before the decriminalisation of homosexual acts in 1967, Peter Wildeblood, and his friends Lord Montagu (Mark Edel-Hunt) and Michael Pitt-Rivers, were found guilty of homosexual offences and jailed.

With his career in tatters and his private life painfully exposed, Wildeblood began his sentence a broken man, but he emerged from Wormwood Scrubs a year later determined to do all he could to change the way these draconian laws against homosexuality impacted on the lives of men like him.

Daniel says: “I’m incredibly proud to be part of a drama that tells such an important real-life story. Peter Wildeblood is a fascinating, complex, yet flawed character from a time when being a gay man in Britain was incredibly difficult – I can’t wait to bring his tale to life for the BBC Two audience.”

Patrick Holland, Channel Editor, BBC Two, said: “50 years ago, it was a crime to be a gay man in the UK. Against The Law is a stunning piece that melds drama and documentary testimony to tell the story of one man, and his wider generation, as they struggled to make society accept their sexuality as non-criminal. It is brilliant to have a film that brings the authorship of Brian Fillis, the vision of director Fergus O’Brien, and the outstanding talent of Daniel Mays and cast to this important subject”

The drama also features Mark Gatiss (Taboo, Sherlock) as Wildeblood’s prison psychiatrist, Doctor Landers and Charlie Creed-Miles (Ripper Street, Peaky Blinders) as Superintendent Jones.

Woven through this powerful drama is real-life testimony from a chorus of men who lived through those dark days, when homosexuals were routinely imprisoned or forced to undergo chemical aversion therapy in an attempt to cure them of their “condition”. There is also testimony from a retired police officer whose job it was to enforce these laws, and a former psychiatric nurse who administered the so-called cures. All of these accounts serve to amplify the themes of the drama and help to immerse us in the reality of a dark chapter in our recent past, a past still within the reach of living memory.

Written by Brian Fillis, Against the Law is directed by Fergus O’Brien, produced by Scott James Bassett and executive produced by Aysha Rafaele, Creative Director of The Documentary Unit, BBC Studios.

Made by BBC Studios, Against the Law will broadcast on BBC Two later in the year.

Against the Law will have its  world premiere at the opening night gala for BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival on Thursday 16 March 2017. Public tickets to the film festival will be available 22 February. 

Updated 9 February 2017 with BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival information.

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Line of Duty Series 3 Episode 5 Reviews & Recaps

Line of Duty Series 3 episode 5– 21 April 2016: We will let the reviews do the talking here this week but be warned you won’t be able to avoid this episodes stunning events!

We will be posting reviews and recaps after each episode airs.  If you’d rather not know what has happened until you have watched please proceed with caution on the following links:

The Guardian: Excellent blog and discussion of each episode.

The Daily Mail: Who can we trust in Line of Duty

Huffington Post review and a separate interview with Daniel Mays about his time on Line of Duty.

Radio Times

The Telegraph

Daily Express

CultBox

Den of Geek

BT TV

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Line of Duty Episode 3

Catch up with Line of Duty episode 3 via BBC iPlayer for the next 30 days.

DS Steve Arnott believes there is a dark secret in Danny Waldron’s past. But while DI Cottan is commended for cracking the Waldron case, the spotlight falls on Arnott’s questionable conduct in a previous enquiry.

Episode 4 airs Thursday 14 April at 9PM on BBC Two. Get a sneak peek.

Episode one
Episode two

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Line of Duty Series 3 Episode 3 Reviews & Recaps

Line of Duty Series 3 episode 3– 7 April 2016- We learn the sad truth about Danny Waldron’s past and what lead to his actions in episode 1.

We will be posting reviews and recaps after each episode airs.  If you’d rather not know what has happened until you have watched please proceed with caution on the following links:

The Guardian: Excellent blog and discussion of each episode.

Radio Times: Episode review and 9 burning questions from episode 3.

Den of Geek

Huffington Post

Daily Express: Interestingly enough, series three’s original chief villain actually turned out to be the unlikely hero. You really started to feel sorry for Danny and his tragic life.

BT TV: Six questions we are all asking after episode 3.

 
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Line of Duty Episode 2

That was certainly a roller-coaster ride of a Line of Duty episode! We won’t spoil the shocking and stunning events that took place and suggest you watch the episode as soon as possible if you haven’t already!

Catch up with episode 2 via BBC iPlayer for the next 30 days.

Episode 3 airs Thursday 7 April at 9PM on BBC Two. Get a sneak peek.

Episode one

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Line of Duty Series 3 Episode 2 Reviews & Recaps

Line of Duty Series 3 episode 2 – 31 March 2016 (Happy Birthday to Danny Mays!)

We will be posting reviews and recaps after each episode airs.  If you’d rather not know what has happened until you have watched please proceed with caution on the following links:

The Telegraph: Did Line of Duty give us the most thrilling shock of 2016?

The Guardian: You ain’t seen nothing yet.

The Sun: Line Of Duty is a compellingly complicated cauldron of corruption

Digital Spy: The suspense is terrible… we hope it will last!

Cult Box: The man deserves a BAFTA re: Daniel Mays’s stunning performance

Den of Geek: If paranoia were a drug, Line Of Duty is a top-rung dealer.

Daily Express: We’re really falling down the Line of Duty rabbit hole now.

BT.com: Episode 2 is all about questions. Oh, and there are a few shocks too. But mainly questions.

Updated 31 March

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Line of Duty Premieres TONIGHT!

The much-anticipated Line of Duty series 3 premiere is tonight at 9PM on BBC Two.

Daniel Mays stars as Sergeant Danny Waldron, the highly proficient leader of an Armed Response Unit whose unpredictable behaviour is becoming a threat to colleagues and suspects. When AC-12 are called in to investigate Danny’s conduct, even they could find themselves in the firing line. Mays joins returning cast Martin Compston as Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott, Vicky McClure as Detective Constable Kate Fleming and Adrian Dunbar as Superintendent Ted Hastings.

Tune in tonight at 9PM on BBC Two.

The episode will be available on BBC iPlayer shortly after broadcast.

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The Story So Far: Line of Duty

A special Line of Duty 13 minute catch-up episode  is now available for viewing online on via BBC iPlayer. The episode features Daniel Mays as Sgt Danny Waldron.

Watch the episode here (now available for 7 days)

Series 3 premieres Thursday 24 March at 9PM on BBC Two.

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Line of Duty – Danny Waldron 

Introducing Danny Waldron as portrayed by Daniel Mays in Series 3 of Line of Duty:

Danny is a member of an armed response unit and is the new protagonist of the show. He is a very complex character. On the surface, he’s incredibly driven and ambitious, great at his job and rules his team with an iron fist.

There are many different layers to him and he’s got a lot of issues that he’s dealing with. In episode one, he’s put under investigation, and as the story unfolds we realise the inner workings of his character and what is motivating him to do these dangerous and unpredictable things.

Check out the other character descriptions at the Line of Duty official website.

The first episode of series 3 premieres Thursday 24 March at 9 PM on BBC Two. You do not want to miss this explosive series opener!

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Line of Duty Series 3 Begins Thursday 24 March

BBC has confirmed today that Line of Duty series 3 will begin on Thursday 24 March at 9PM on BBC Two.

Daniel Mays stars as Sergeant Danny Waldron:
The series opens with the fatal shooting of a criminal suspect by an armed response unit led by Sergeant Danny Waldron (Daniel Mays).

Danny and his team claim they acted in self-defence, but AC-12, led by Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), gather evidence that suggests that this was a deliberate killing. Under interview, Danny confidently rebuts all of AC-12’s accusations that he acted unlawfully, so DC Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) is sent undercover into Danny’s team to find out more.

Ingratiating herself to her new colleagues, Kate is quick to identify tensions and conflict between Danny and his team. But when Kate’s own conduct comes under scrutiny she finds herself sidelined from an armed drugs raid that goes very badly wrong.

Line of Duty series 3 consists of 6 episodes through 28 April.

Tune in to BBC Two every Thursday evening at 9PM for this thrilling series.

Series 3 media pack

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