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Line of Duty’s Martin Compston is coming to Stockport to film a new crime drama

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If you’re already missing Line of Duty, which finished last Sunday with a final episode that divided opinion among viewers, then we’ve got some good news.

Line of Duty’s Martin Compston is coming to Greater Manchester to film a new crime drama on Monday.

Compston is coming to Stockport to film the new series of Traces, a show following the team behind SIFA (the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science and Anatomy) as they investigate a bomb plot.

As well as Compston, the series will also star Molly Windsor and Laura Fraser – who played Lydia Rodarte-Quayle in Breaking Bad and its spin-off series Better Call Saul.

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Traces producers, in a letter sent to local residents and businesses, said: “As part of the economic recovery, filming on location is allowed to proceed, provided government guidance surrounding work activities is observed and industry guidelines are adhered to.

“We want to reassure you that our work is in line with the government guidance and has been approved in consultation with all relevant authorities.”

Filming for the second series of the BBC show will happen around Stockport town centre, beginning at The Arden Arms on Millgate at 8am on Monday.

Next the action will head to Great Underbank, followed by Freedmans clothes hire on Little Underbank, before heading to The Angel Inn at Market Place later in the day.

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While the first series of Traces told the story of Emma, a young forensic lab assistant who discovered the truth behind a fictitious case study with links to her past, the second promises to ramp up the stakes with the bomb storyline.

The letter says: “While Emma and Daniel anxiously await Phil McAfee’s murder trial, a series of homemade bombs go off in Dundee.

“The targets make no sense. The only clues they have about the bomber are the bombs themselves.”

The new series is set to be released later this year, and you can catch the first series on BBC iPlayer now.

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Manchester crime series The Detectives to ‘return this year’ as reason for delay revealed

The Detectives could be back sooner than you think…

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The Detectives: Fighting Organised Crime will reportedly be returning to our screens later this year when the next story ‘concludes’. 

The series, which first hit screens across the UK back in March 2021, gave viewers a rare glimpse into Manchester’s world of crime.

Real-life investigations led by Greater Manchester Police into criminal activity and organised crime gangs spanning across two years were shown in a startlingly candid manner, as were the gang members behind the heinous crimes happening across the city. 

The first episode, which aired on March 23rd last year, saw police officers called out to a hostage situation in central Manchester, where a man had been taken by an armed gang in front of his wife and children, only to be released after a £34,000 ransom was paid.

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Episode two, which aired the following week, followed Greater Manchester Police’s Major Incident Team as they launched a murder investigation into the murder of a known drug dealer, with officers meticulously piecing together CCTV evidence and information from phone records to uncover a large-scale conspiracy.

Both episodes proved to be hugely successful, with millions of people tuning in from all across the country. However, despite the anticipation surrounding the next episode, it was never aired.

BBC 2 never broadcasted the third instalment of the series and, more recently, the existing episodes were removed from BBC iPlayer.

But now, fans of the show have been given an idea as to why the episodes never aired and when they can expect to see them back on their screens.

Tweeting in December, Minnow Films, which produced the series, replied to a query about when it will next be shown on television, writing: “It will return next year [2022], there are delays due to ongoing investigations.”

In a different tweet, Minnow Films also wrote: “It will return next year [2022], date TBC. We do need to wait for stories to conclude.”

There have been rumours that the show’s second run will focus on Rochdale grooming gangs, though the BBC are yet to confirm what the series will follow and when exactly it will air, with the broadcaster simply asking people to ‘keep an eye on the programme page for dates nearer the time.’

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Waterloo Road confirms three popular characters are returning for the new series

Fans will spot some familiar faces in the new series…

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Waterloo Road will be bringing back three characters from the original series for this year’s reboot, the BBC has confirmed.

Back in September, it was announced that the iconic drama would be making its long awaited return, with the official Waterloo Road Twitter page sharing a cryptic post that read: “Psst. We’ve heard a rumour going around school”, alongside a snap of a piece of paper with the words: “Brand new Waterloo Road coming soon!”.

Director of BBC Drama Piers Wenger then confirmed the news, saying: “Waterloo Road is the perfect lens through which to explore post-Covid Britain, from the perspective of those who have arguably been affected most: young people in education.

“We are thrilled to be returning to this brilliant format – its thrills and spills, unmissable characters and high drama – at a time when audiences across Britain need it most – and to be collaborating with the brilliant Cameron Roach and Wall To Wall on its return.”

Ever since the announcement, details surrounding the reboot have been scarce; but now, the BBC has confirmed that three of the original characters will be reprising their roles; Angela Griffin, Adam Thomas and Katie Griffiths.

Angela will return as popular teacher Kim Campbell, who has since been promoted to Headteacher of the school, while Adam will make his return as Donte Charles, and Katie will reprise her role as Chlo Charles.

All three actors have since shared their excitement about returning to Waterloo Road, with Angela promising ‘amazing storylines’ ahead.

She said: “I feel really honoured to be joining the new series of Waterloo Road. It is exciting to be stepping back into Kim’s shoes and I can’t wait to explore her life, character and how she has evolved since we last met her.”

Former Emmerdale star Adam Thomas has also expressed his excitement, with him saying he’s ready to go ‘back to where it all started’.

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Adam explained: “Waterloo Road was a huge part of my life and career so to go back fifteen years later is a dream come true. I can’t wait to see some old faces and some new. I know this series is going to be the best one yet.”

And Adam’s on-screen wife Katie Griffiths is just as excited, with her saying on the return of her character: “Chlo was my first professional acting role, and I feel so lucky to be part of the show again.

“I can’t wait to see what stories unfold!”

The BBC has said the new series will be filmed here in Greater Manchester, and will boost drama production skills in the North of England and help to reshape the BBC’s drama slate to better reflect, represent and serve all parts of the country.

Waterloo Road will return to BBC One and BBC iPlayer later this year.

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Coronation Street and Emmerdale change time slots in huge ITV shake-up

Big changes to the soap schedule are coming…

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Soap fans, beware: Coronation Street and Emmerdale will be changing their time-slots in one of ITV’s biggest schedule shake-ups in years.

From March 2022, Emmerdale will be moving to Coronation Street’s usual 7:30pm time slot following an hour’s worth of news programming, while the latter will have three hour-long episodes on a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8pm.

Corrie’s usual split episodes will end with the arrival of the new TV schedule.

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But for the most dedicated of soap fans, this new schedule will see Corrie clash with Eastenders, which airs on BBC One at either 7:30pm and 8pm on every weekday except Wednesday.

According to ITV, the changes have been introduced in a bid to strengthen regional and national news output with a direct lead into the popular serial dramas, giving a 6:30pm-9pm chunk of consistent output.

So it isn’t because of Sally’s raunchy scenes

ITV’s Managing Director Kevin Lygo explained: “As viewing habits rapidly change, live audiences to our national and international news programmes remain remarkably strong.

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“Our evening news programme reached an impressive 35.6 million viewers in 2021. We are very excited to be announcing this investment in what is an important public service strength of ITV – high-quality, impartial, trusted broadcast journalism – at a time when it could not be more important.”

John Whiston, ITV’s Managing Director of Continuing Drama, added: “With Coronation Street bursting at the seams with fantastic story and character, the new format gives the show a brilliant new canvas on which to shine.

“And Emmerdale will do what it does best in this new time slot where viewers can continue to enjoy the dramatic goings on in the Dales.”

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