Sunday, 25 November 2012

Douglas Henshall: Shetland preview, Doors Open update, The Secrety of Crickley Hall reviews 
From Douglas
Douglas Henshall will be on the panel of judges for the Frank Deasy Writers award 2012 – 2013.
BBC Scotland has announced its plans to offer residencies for writers to develop ideas for BBC1, in hopes that one of their dramas will be commissioned through BBC Scotland.
Dougie said: “Writers are so crucial to drama – without them, people like me are out of work, so to be involved in this award is an honour. After all, writers are the past, present and future for drama.”

More here.
Dougie’s new TV drama Shetland, based on the work of popular crime-writer Ann Cleeves had a preview in Mareel on Wednesday 21st November 2012. Read about the event here and here

The Secret of Crickley Hall episode 2 will be shown on Sunday November 25th at 9pm and episode 3 on Sunday December 2nd at 9pm. A DVD of the drama is due to be released on December 3rd 2012.

Doors Open is being adverstised as part of ITV's Christmas drama season.

55 Days finished its run at the Hampstead Theatre on Saturday November 24th.
Source (including photo):

There are detailed reviews of  the first episode of The Secret of Crickley Hall at Primetime and at SFX


Douglas Henshall, 47, is the actor best known as the star of Primeval, South Riding, Lipstick on Your Collar and Collision. He stars next month alongside Stephen Fry in the ITV1 art heist drama Doors Open.

Douglas Henshall discusses his favourite reads
The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Penguin, £10.99
A book about love and roulette – a giddy mixture.

I find my spirits soaring at the way he writes about love and plummeting to the very depths of hell at the way he writes about addiction. Gloriously romantic in that reckless Russian way.

If This Is A Man by Primo Levi
Abacus, £9.99
A most extraordinary book and the one which has had the biggest influence on me. An unimaginable story about his time in Auschwitz and the way he manages to keep his humanity alive and survive.

Heartbreaking, uplifting and humbling in ways I can’t begin to describe.

Summer Lightning by P G Wodehouse
Arrow, £7.99
The antithesis of Primo Levi. I adore all the Blandings books.

It’s a safe world where nothing bad is going to happen with the most glorious wit and the most absurd characters.
I’ve re-read and re-read them. They’re like Christmas; they never fail to put a smile on your face.

by Charles Bukowski
Virgin Books, £8.99
Bukowski can be incredibly nihilistic. You can only read him in small doses before you want to kill yourself.

He was a man who wrote when drunk and edited when sober and there’s a brutal honesty with which he talks about himself and his success or failure in relationships with women. I found it quite poetic.

by Irvine Welsh
Vintage, £7.99
I don’t think you can overestimate how important a book this was.

To use the Leith vernacular in the way he did, the rhythms and the poetry, it was a revolution in Scotland.

He talks about male friendship better than anyone and is the most important Scottish writer around.

The Gulag Archipelago
by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Harper Perennial, £18.95
Sometimes I admire the people as much as what they write and this is an extraordinary piece by an extraordinary man.

It’s about incarceration by an unjust, criminal and inhumane people but the way in which he writes, well, I want to say this out loud walking around my house, not just read it.

Source (including photo): Express

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