SundanceTV continues its acquisition of quality scripted dramas with Babylon (Thursdays, 10/9C) – a workplace drama set in London’s Scotland Yard. Created by Danny Boyle and starring Brit Marlin and James Nesbitt, it deals with the pressures of police work at all levels – culminating in the top job – and the struggle to maintain the public’s sympathy and trust.
The critically acclaimed – and Golden Globe®-nominated – anthology series The Missing has been given an order for a second season.
The series, which this season has followed a father (James Nesbitt) who continues to search for his missing son years later, will again be written by Harry and Jack Williams and feature a case which the audience follows over two time frames.
The Missing’s first season concludes on January 10th. Follow the jump for more.
James Nesbitt, Frances O’Connor and Tcheky Karyo will star in The Missing – a limited series being co-produced by Starz and BBC. Filming has begun in Brussels, Belgium. Nesbitt (The Hobbit Trilogy,Jekyll) plays Tony, a man devastated by the abduction of his son during a family vacation in France. His search for his son fractures his marriage to Emily (O’Connor) and threatens to destroy his life. Karyo play the French detective who launched the initial search for the child.
The Missing will air on BBC One in the UK and Starz in the U.S. in the fall. For more details, check out the press release after the jump.
Generally speaking, uplifting/inspirational movies tend to be clusters of clichés gathered together in a group and wallowing in mushy scores and ham-fisted acting. The Way opts to go another way – it’s a gentle, almost meandering story about a man coming to grips with the loss of a son and both finding himself and finding his way into a community – a blessedly cliché-free take on what Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey.
With all the attention being given to police and military undercover series [NCIS: Los Angeles and Dark blue among them], it’s refreshing to see the British series Murphy’s Law getting a DVD release in North America.
It’s plain from the opening moments of the first series’ [season’s] first ep, Murphy’s Law, that transplanted Irish cop Tommy Murphy [the excellent James Nesbitt, who headlined the recent Jekyll series] is long on charm, impertinence and pain. When his supervisors give Tommy a chance to get his very negative psych evaluation torn up, he is given the assignment of infiltrating a gang of diamond thieves led by the equally wonky [psychiatrically speaking] Terry. In a perfect example of inter-departmental co-operation, Tommy finds himself in the most peculiar of situations.