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Articles Tagged 'Paul Abbott'

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Anne-Marie Duff Returns to UK ‘Shameless’ Finale

Bafta-nominated actress Anne-Marie Duff is set to return to the Channel 4 hit show Shameless, which launched the career of Duff and her now-husband James McAvoy, as it comes to an end in 2013, reports BBC News. She will reprise her role as the eldest daughter Fiona who she played in the first and second season. […]

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UK ‘Shameless’ Comes to an End after 10 Years

Channel 4’s hit show Shameless, which launched the career of James McAvoy, Anne-Marie Duff and Maxine Peak, comes to an end in 2013. Creator Paul Abbott has made it the last hoorah for Frank Gallagher (David Threlfall) – the beer guzzling single father of seven children (initially six) in Manchester, England – after 11 series of the […]

New Paul Abbott Drama Has Personal Associations For Jim Broadbent

Jim Broadbent, the Oscar-winning British character actor, has revealed that, like all good thespians, he draws on his own personal experiences to bring a touch of reality to the roles he plays. So when asked to portray a former journalist, Sam, who is battling with Alzheimer’s, for the new BBC drama Exile — written by […]

Should British TV Shows Have 24-Episode Seasons?

Should British TV series copy the U.S. model and create longer-running shows? Paul Abbott – the visionary writer behind State of Play and Shameless – thinks they should. During a speech back in August at Edinburgh International Television Festival, Abbott said, “We should have 26-parters on [UK] TV. We are kind of addicted to a […]

Finally: State of Play Returning For Second Season

Paul Abbott‘s tour de force of politics and journalism – the incomparable British series State of Play – will finally get that long-awaited second season, Abbott tells The Sun. “We’re looking at doing six episodes,” he says. The show had a crazy-brilliant cast – Bill Nighy, John Simm, Kelly Macdonald, Polly Walker, David Morrissey, Philip […]