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A new Netflix thriller from the creator of The Stranger is filming in Manchester

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A new Netflix series from the creator of The Stranger is set to start filming in Manchester early next year.

Harlan Coben and Danny Brocklehurst are once again teaming up to adapt another one of Coben’s novels for Netflix, following on from the huge success of The Stranger.

The streaming service has a five year deal with the author, which in total will see fourteen of his books adapted for television – so far we’ve seen Safe, The Stranger, and The Woods.

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The next offering is based on Coben’s bestselling novel Stay Close and it sounds just as gripping as the previous series, as it follows three characters whose dark secrets resurface and set off a chain of events which threaten to destroy their lives.

It will star Cush Jumbo (Deadwater Fell), James Nesbitt (The Missing), and Richard Armitage (The Stranger), with Mancunian producer Nicola Shindler joining up with writer Danny Brocklehurst to help tell the story.

According to the synopsis of the show: “Three people living comfortable lives each conceal dark secrets that even the closest to them would never suspect; Megan (Jumbo), a working mother of three; Ray (Armitage), the once promising documentary photographer, now stuck in a dead-end job pandering to celebrity-obsessed rich kids, and Broome (Nesbitt), a detective who’s unable to let go of a missing person’s cold case.

“Lorraine (Parish), an old friend from Megan’s past, delivers some shocking news which will impact on all three characters. As the past comes back to haunt them, threatening to ruin their lives and the lives of those around them, what will be their next move?”

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Actor Richard Armitage said: “I can’t wait to return to Manchester to work with Nicola, Danny, Harlan and the team again. I love Harlan’s style and this plot and character will be brilliantly challenging.

“At a time when we have remained apart; ‘Stay Close’ promises to break all the rules.”

Production is set to begin in early 2021 across Manchester and the North West, although there’s currently no scheduled premiere date for the series.

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Corrie fans left shocked after Roy Cropper reveals real reason for leaving the soap

Corrie will never be the same again…

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Opinions were divided among Coronation Street fans last night when the soap’s veteran Roy Cropper announced his sudden departure.

Roy, played by David Neilson, has been a staple part of the ITV soap since 1995 and has gained a loyal fanbase for his soft and gentle demeanour over the years.

However, fans were less than impressed by Roy’s sudden departure last night, where he abandoned his niece Nina Lucas, played by Mollie Gallagher. 

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In last night’s episode, Nina was shocked to discover from Adam Barlow that Roy had signed over his entire estate to her with immediate effect, which led her to worry that he was planning on taking his own life. 

In a shock twist, Roy then revealed that he was leaving the cobbles for a new job opportunity in South America, where he will be working as a chef (probably not rustling up bacon butties, I can imagine). 

This storyline twist left viewers scratching their heads, however, with many slamming the whole idea of Weatherfield’s finest chef sharing his expertise in an exotic foreign country. 

One puzzled Twitter user wrote: “I’m struggling to picture Roy Cropper in South America. Southport maybe.”

Another commented: “Just read that #Corrie‘s Roy Cropper might leave the street as he’s been offered a job as a chef in South America. He literally fries eggs and butters toast WHERE do they come up with these stories hahaha.”

A very good point indeed. 

Roy is starting a new life after the pressure mounted as police traced the gun used to kill Natasha Blakeman. Roy stopped Abi from shooting the teenage thug after the pair were washed away together in a Victorian sewer – as you do.

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The first Peaky Blinders series 6 trailer is here and Castlefield has a starring role

Castlefield has had a dark makeover…

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The newly released trailer for the sixth and final series of Peaky Blinders has given fans a glimpse of Manchester’s Castlefield as the dark streets of Birmingham. 

The official Peaky Blinders Twitter account released the teaser clip over the weekend with an announcement that the series will be available to watch on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in ‘early 2022’. 

The clip shows Tommy Shelby, played by Cillian Murphy, walking down a dark, cobbled street carrying a mysterious-looking bag likely filled with money and other shady stuff not unfamiliar in the world of the Peaky Blinders.

Behind the scenes, Screen Manchester worked with the Peaky Blinders locations team to organise access to various locations across the city, with Manchester’s Castlefield standing as one of the most frequent backdrops in the new series.

Earlier this year, excitement was rife as crews rolled into the area to build their set on the cobbled streets around Duke Street.

The area was left completely unrecognisable but all too familiar for viewers of the series, which follows the exploits of the Shelby crime family in the aftermath of the First World War. 

Bobby Cochrane from Screen Manchester said: “It was a pleasure to facilitate filming applications from this iconic BBC drama and we worked closely with the location manager and their team from late 2020.

“The requests for Castlefield were some of the most ambitious and complex we have facilitated to date but I am proud that we helped make the director’s vision a reality.

“I am excited to see how this stunning area of the city will look in this series and It has been wonderful to see the location in the first trailer.”

An exact release date for the sixth and final season is yet to be announced, though Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight has previously said he hopes for a Spring-time release, which will be sometime between March and May next year.

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First trailer released for crime drama starring Vicky McClure and produced by Line of Duty creator

Vicky McClure has shared the first teaser trailer for the new crime series

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Are you still questioning your existence following the dramatic season 6 finale of Line of Duty?

Well, I may have a little bit of good news for you; HTM Television, Jed Mercurio’s production company and the brains behind all six seasons of the hit policing series, has made the mother of all comebacks with a brand new crime drama, Trigger Point.

The new series, set to be released early next year, will focus on counter terrorism policing and the ‘extraordinary’ work of the Metropolitan Police Bomb Disposal Squad.

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McClure, who became well known and loved as undercover detective Kate Flemming in Line of Duty, will this time be taking on the role as frontline officer Lana Washington, with Adrian Lester as her colleague, Joel Nutkins. Both ex-military, the pair are close, having served together in Afghanistan.

But, when a terrorist campaign threatens London over the summer, the duo are at the forefront of urgent efforts to find out who is behind the bombings before the number of deaths increase.

Further details surrounding the show have so far being kept tightly under wraps but, over the weekend, both McClure and Mercurio shared a brand new teaser trailer, which you can watch below. 

Mercurio wrote: “What a thrill to continue the collaboration with the brilliant @Vicky_McClure on #TriggerPoint @HTMTelevision coming in the new year to @ITV.”

On her new role, McClure said last year: “I’m so grateful to be working with Jed again. I’m really looking forward to creating a strong, bright and troubled character in Lana Washington.

“Daniel Brierley has produced a brilliant and nail-biting script. I can’t wait to get started later this year.” 

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