Reviews & Recaps

The Limehouse Golem – Reviews

Have you seen The Limehouse Golem yet? Daniel Mays stars as George Flood in this brilliant Victorian thriller.

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The Reviews:

The Guardian: Nighy and Mays make a terrific double act, their relationship nicely balanced between formal frostiness and bickering affection. It’s a pleasure to watch them together.

Mark Kermode: Ripe and enjoyable murder mystery.

The Independent: A Victorian melodrama with all of the trimmings.

Time Out: An entertaining adaptation.

Critical Popcorn: Daniel Mays [is] equally brilliant

ComingSoon.Net: Every single inch of director Juan Carlos Medina’s adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s novel The Limehouse Golem is delicious.

SciFi Now: This is a richly rewarding riff on penny dreadful horrors with a real wit and bite to it, and it’s a wonderfully chilling treat.

Collider: A devishly good mystery

The Guardian (Peter Bradshaw)

Evening Standard

Little White Lies: This film is a bravura music-hall gothic, with all of 1880s London its theatricalised stage.

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Against the Law – The Reviews

Against the Law starring Daniel Mays aired in the UK Wednesday 26 July on BBC Two to rave reviews from both the viewing audience and television critics. The one-off factual drama was in third spot for Twitter trends during the almost 90 minute broadcast.

Agains the Law is BBC Two’s powerful factual drama about Peter Wildeblood, a thoughtful and private gay journalist whose lover Eddie McNally, 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 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.

The reviews are in:

Observer New Review : [Daniel Mays] is perfect in the role.

The Times: ★★★★☆ Daniel Mays was ideally cast as Peter Wildeblood, whose bravery and testimony in 1954 helped to bring about changes in the law for gay men.

The Telegraph: ★★★★☆ A moving story of men who refused to feel ashamed. “…Daniel Mays, who can play cocky and cruel, but here wore the heartbreaking look of a schoolboy learning the vital skill of moral self-defence.”

The GuardianMays is unobtrusively brilliant as Wildeblood

The Arts Desk: Daniel Mays is a revelation in a factual drama about Peter Wildeblood’s imprisonment for homosexuality. He exceeds all expectation with this performance. He finds a remarkable range in a life wholly governed by watchfulness and fear.

The SpectatorIn the central role, Daniel Mays captured Wildeblood’s reluctant journey into the spotlight perfectly.

Digital Spy: Against the Law is a powerful reminder of how far we have come.

Den of Geek: Daniel Mays delivers an astonishing performance as Peter Wildeblood.

The Conversation: A fitting tribute to gay men whose persecution in the 1950’s paved the way for new rights.

Radio Times:  Against the Law won heaps of praise from viewers last night, many of whom were moved to tears as they hailed the docudrama as both “heartbreaking” and “frustrating”.

The Northern Echo: Daniel Mays says that he believes the drama is “a profound, important piece of work”

You can catch up with Against the Law on BBC iPlayer through 25 August.

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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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