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Line of Duty’s Martin Compston to star as serial killer in ITV drama starting tonight

Compston is back on our screens, though his role hasn’t been without controversy…

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Line of Duty star Martin Compston will be portraying the role of real-life serial killer Peter Manuel in a series set to air on ITV tonight.

In Plain Sight will see Compston as the evil Peter Manuel, who was convicted of seven murders back in 1958. Douglas Henshall stars as detective William Muncie who eventually brought the killer to justice.

Manuel, who had been dubbed ‘the beast of Birkenshaw,’ was born to Scottish parents in New York City before moving back to Scotland where he committed the string of horrifying attacks.

The three-part mini-series about Manuel’s exploits, arrest and eventual execution was first broadcast on STV, a Scottish channel part of the ITV network, in 2016 and was filmed in locations across Compston’s hometown of Glasgow. 

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And this week, starting tonight, it is set to air once more for British audiences on ITV.

However, the series, written by Nick Stevens, hasn’t been without its controversy.

A relative of three of the women murdered by Manuel recently implored TV bosses not to show the ‘horrendous’ drama on the criminal again.

Stuart Reid’s father Robert was the brother of Marion Watt and Margaret Brown, who, along with Marion’s daughter, Vivienne, were all killed by Manuel. Upon hearing the plans to re-show the programme tonight, the seventy-six year-old spoke out, saying the remaining family ‘can’t believe’ the decision to re-air the show.

Stuart told the Daily Record: “They’re going to show this programme again from 2016 called In Plain Sight about the murderer Peter Manuel who murdered my dad’s two sisters and his cousin.

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“All we want is for someone to stop this horrible decision. I was twelve at the time, I will be seventy-seven at the end of this month – it’s terrible that this is still going on. Me and my brother David are the last of my dad’s family. We don’t want to see it again.

“If my dad was alive today or any of his brothers he would certainly not be pleased to see this again on national TV.”

An ITV spokeswoman said: “Before the drama commenced filming, the production team set out to trace and contact as many surviving relatives of Manuel’s victims as they could, but unfortunately we were unable to find the Reid brothers, hence them learning about the drama from pre-tv publicity.

“At the time we spoke to the brothers to reassure them that we fully respect and understand their views.”

In Plain Sight is set to air tonight on ITV at 9pm. The second and third parts will be broadcasted on Tuesday, June 8th and Wednesday, June 9th.

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Stephen Graham’s wife stars alongside him in BBC drama Time

Couples who lead smash-hit crime dramas together stay together

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Fans have been delighted to find out that Stephen Graham is acting alongside his real-life wife Hannah Walters in the BBC’s hit new crime series, Time

The new show sees the Scouse actor take on the role of prison officer Eric McNally, while Game of Thrones star Sean Bean portrays Mark Cobden, a teacher, husband and father who is handed a four year sentence after killing an innocent man in an accident.

But when his own son is sent to prison, Eric and his wife, Sonia McNally, do whatever it takes to protect him from violence behind bars, with the officer even being forced to commit crimes after he is delivered a sinister threat from one of his own inmates.

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And, when one of the most dangerous inmates identifies his weakness, Eric faces an impossible choice between his principles and his love for his family.

While the show, written by Jimmy McGovern, has proven to be a smash hit, viewers couldn’t help but notice one thing – Stephen’s on-screen wife was actually portrayed by his real-life wife, Hannah Walters.

Hannah, who has starred in a whole array of on-screen projects such as Whitechapel and even the 2011 Pirates of the Caribbean movie, On Stranger Tides, was put forward for the role by her husband, who is also an executive producer.

Though she wasn’t too pleased with him doing this, with her revealing on The Chris Moyles Show on Radio X: “I really told him off.

“I really told him off. [I said] ‘What are you doing? Why are you putting my name in there? You shouldn’t have done that.'”

Stephen then added: “And then she put herself on tape and obviously out of all the actresses that had put themselves on tape, he picked her because she was the best for the role.”

“Because, fortunately, we had quite good chemistry,” Hannah joked. “It would have been shocking if we didn’t!”

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The couple met when they were in training at the Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. 

They grew closer in 2006 while filming the British drama This Is England together, and they ultimately chose to tie the knot two years later. They now have two children together.

Episode 2 aired on BBC1 last night and the third and final part will be showing on June 20th.

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BBC looking for Greater Manchester couples getting married this year for new wedding show

Know anyone getting hitched this year?

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The BBC is on the lookout for both couples and wedding planners in Greater Manchester to appear on its new TV show.

Producers are searching for couples who are planning to get married between August and October this year with the aim to match them with ‘incredible wedding planners’ to create ‘show-stopping events’.

The show will see the planners compete for a ‘money-can’t-buy prize and the opportunity to take their careers to the next level.’

Outlining the show, a spokesperson said: “BBC Studios want to shine the spotlight on the backbone of the industry who against the odds help to make the dreams of couples come true.

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“A selection of event planners will be tasked with pulling off the dreams of some of Britain’s most deserving couples, producing precious memories which will last a lifetime.

“Each week they will be provided with a specific brief and budget to deliver an unforgettable masterpiece, whilst being judged by industry-leading judges and the couples themselves.”

The series also aims to give audiences some insight into the ‘remarkable skill set’ needed to plan a wedding.

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Applications for the show should be rife, with thousands of couples across the country having waited to tie the knot since the pandemic began last year.

Up to thirty people – including children – are currently allowed to attend a wedding ceremony or reception. But as it stands, big weddings with no cap on guest lists should be allowed to go ahead from June 21st, with confirmation expected in the coming weeks. 

This means couples taking part in the show should be able to craft their big day without any restrictions by the time production on the show begins.

If you’re eighteen or over and want to take part in the show, email weddings@bbc.co.uk.

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Peaky Blinders has finished filming the final season

The final season of the hit show will be on our screens very soon

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Filming for the sixth season of Peaky Blinders has officially finished, its director has confirmed this week.

This comes just months after crews rolled into Manchester’s Castlefield 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 BBC drama series, which follows the exploits of the Shelby crime family, lead by celebrated Irish actor Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby, in the direct aftermath of the First World War. 

Several wooden scaffolds, market-style props, trader signs, sacks, barrels and more were seen dotted around the area, with the Shelby’s famous ‘The Garrison’ pub being the most notable sight to viewers.

Cast members were also spotted in other North West locations while the sixth season was filmed in February, such as The Plaza in Stockport and on Formby Beach, Merseyside. 

But now, it’s officially a wrap.

Yesterday, director Anthony Byrne shared a picture from the set on Instagram stating that the cast and crew are ‘Done & Done & Done.’

Now this is a bittersweet achievement, because it has already been confirmed that season six will be the final chapter of the Peaky Blinders gang on TV – though creator Steven Knight has always said he wants to end the franchise with a movie. 

Speaking to Men’s Health, Cillian Murphy said it will be weird to finally say goodbye to the character he’s become so well known as.

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He said: “It’ll be very strange. I think probably when I stop, like a few months in, I’ll have to process the fact that I may not play him again. I’ll have to deal with that. But right now, I’m just still in it.”

He added that it’s been tough shooting the final scenes without Helen McCrory, who played Polly, the matriarch of the Shelby family.

“We’re all still deeply, deeply saddened. I’m deeply saddened and still trying to get over it. It’s hard to think of the series without her. She was so much a part of that,” he said, before adding that the whole season will be dedicated to her.

A release date for the sixth and final season is yet to be announced.

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