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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - The Walking Dead, Bluestone 42

Arthur & George: ITV, 9pm

Martin Clunes delivers a nuanced, winning performance as Sherlock Holmes's creator, as this three-part serial based on Julian Barnes' novel continues.

In part two, Arthur starts to stir up trouble when he confronts the officers who investigated the case of the Wyrley Ripper - can he prove that George (Arsher Ali) is innocent?

Criminal Minds: Sky Living, 9pm

The Bau are back from mid-season hiatus, with Sky picking up season 10 from episode 11, 'The Forever People'.

The discovery of frozen bodies in Lake Nevada leads the FBI profilers to a dangerous cult, but Jj (Aj Cook) throws the case - and herself - into jeopardy when she recklessly confronts a serial killer on her own.

The Walking Dead: Fox, 9pm

Last week featured this dystopian drama's most shocking moment yet, as grizzled Rick Grimes *gasp* shaved off his mighty beard - where can
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Waterloo Road star Laura Aikman joins BBC Three's Bluestone 42

Laura Aikman has joined the cast of Bluestone 42 series three.

The Waterloo Road actress will appear in the latter half of the BBC Three comedy series, which follows the lives of a bomb disposal team in Afghanistan.

Aikman will play a high-threat-bomb disposal expert called Ellen Best, who finds it hard to fit in with the rest of the group.

The actress said: "It's been awesome to join the cast of Bluestone 42, especially as I was already a fan of the show.

"It's also given me an amazing opportunity to learn so much about the army and make some amazing new friends, who I may never otherwise have met."

Returning cast members include Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter), Oliver Chris (Breathless), Katie Lyons (The Crimson Petal And The White) and Tony Gardner (Last Tango in Halifax).

Bluestone 42 will return to BBC Three later in 2015.
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Downhill Review

As a style of filmmaking that has been severely overcooked in the horror genre, spawning a variety of unoriginal, hackneyed productions, handheld footage has certainly served comedy somewhat more favourably. It simply has so much scope to it in such a department, provoking realism and encouraging improvisation. With the likes of This Is Spinal Tap illuminating the sub-genre, and The Office and The Thick of It also triumphing on the smaller screen, James Rouse has followed on in their footsteps with his amiable debut production, Downhill.

The film explores four old school friends and now middle-aged men, reuniting to embark on a coast to coast walk. Gordon (Richard Lumsden) is the ringleader, bringing together Keith (Karl Theobald), Steve (Jeremy Swift) and Julian (Ned Dennehy) for this arduous, yet enlightening adventure, while his young son documents the entire journey on film.

Where Downhill truly shines, is within the naturalistic approach taken,
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Andrew Garfield turns 30: 5 best pre-Spider-Man roles

Andrew Garfield turns 30: 5 best pre-Spider-Man roles
It's fair to say that Andrew Garfield has inhabited the role of Spider-Man to an impressive extent. After he was first announced as the frontman for Marc Webb's reboot, he appeared in character at Comic-Con to make a heartfelt speech about what the character meant to him, and made a return appearance in Hall H this year.

So don't get us wrong: we are big fans of Garfield as Spidey. But it's been more than two years since he had another film out, and there's nothing but The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on the horizon until 2015, when he's lined up a role in Martin Scorsese's period drama Silence. But for now, we've got Garfield withdrawal.

To celebrate Garfield's 30th birthday, we look back on the five most significant roles from his pre-webslinging days.

Boy A (2007)

Garfield earned a TV BAFTA for his achingly moving breakthrough performance in John Crowley's drama,
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Bluestone 42; The Crash – TV review

This military comedy set in Afghanistan – and written by the Miranda team – is funny but it gets nowhere near the bone

Bluestone 42 on iPlayer

• The Crash on iPlayer

It takes a special sort of show to make a comedy out of a bomb disposal unit in contemporary Afghanistan; a show that dives into the dark, dank hollows of a man's heart, then drags its way painfully out, up the ridges of thwarted hope and bitter laughter. Or else, you could do it Dad's Army-style, using the war mainly for uniforms and comedic scenarios, making sure the only people who die are idiots or invisible insurgents in far-off sheds. That's what BBC3's Bluestone 42 (pronounced four-two, if you want to pretend you watched it, and not watch it) has done: it's very broad and kind, and I was impressed by it. It was confident and deft, and brooked no squeamishness,
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This Week's Must-See TV: 5 Shows You Shouldn't Miss

Goodbye Being Human, but hello Parks and Recreation. This week's Must-See TV is a little bit of an emotional rollercoaster, mixing long-awaited arrivals with some sad, sad departures and gritty murder mysteries with some controversial comedy.

Plus, there's two big Comic Relief TV events taking place in advance of the big day itself on March 15 - Russell Brand's Give It Up gig (Wednesday, March 6 at 10pm on BBC Three) in aid of beating addiction and Comic Relief's Big Chat with Graham Norton, all six hours of which will air live on BBC Three on Thursday, March 7 from 7pm, with highlights following Friday at 10.35pm on BBC One.

Mayday: Monday (March 4) at 9pm on BBC One

This edition of TV picks technically goes from the week commencing Monday, March 4, buuuuut we're going to do a bit of cheating here to make sure you don't get left behind on this dark,
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BBC Three army comedy defended: 'We treated this world with respect'

The creators of new BBC Three comedy Bluestone 42 have defended the show from criticism that it may be offensive to serving troops.

Written by James Cary and Richard Hurst, Bluestone 42 is a comedy about a British bomb disposal detachment serving in Afghanistan.

The show launches in March and stars Oliver Chris (Green Wing), Kelly Adams (Hustle), Gary Carr (Death in Paradise) Stephen Wight (The Paradise) and Katie Lyons (Boy A).

Exec producer Stephen McCrum said that from the very beginning it was vital the comedy "got the spirit" of the army absolutely right.

"The one thing that came across with our early research was that it was really important to these people that we treated this world with respect," said McCrum.

"They take their professional lives very seriously. We made absolutely clear that these people are engaging in a serious and dangerous job and are doing it with great professionalism.
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Boy A

Cast: Andrew Garfield (Jack Burridge), Peter Mullan (Terry), Michelle (Katie Lyons)

Directed by: John Crowley

Based on the novel by Jonathan Triggel

Are there some crimes for which the granting or gaining of redemption is beyond human reach?

Boy A is pure evil. I would believe that. And you would. If you learnt of the horrifically violent and senseless crime he committed. We would consider any punishment to be inadequate. Now, here comes the catch, the Gordian knot. He was a kid when he did it. Probably around 12. He spent the next 14 years of his life locked up in a juvenile detention centre. He has undergone intensive therapy and counselling. He is being released....

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On DVD: "Boy A," "The Unforeseen"

  • IFC
By Michael Atkinson

The British have a thing about underage sociopathy -- we in the U.S. will puzzle and wonder as a culture about the latest school shooter or the very occasional death-metal bogus-ritual killing, but in tabloid-crazy England a news story of a child murdering a child pinches very powerful nerve endings, and the social wound of it is felt universally and lasts for years, if not indefinitely. While the American character, often amnesiac and marinated in ideas of personal freedom and frontier independence, tends to take these things in stride (does anyone even off-handedly remember the name of that Virginia Tech psycho?), the convention-loving Brits are commonly, in contrast, traumatized for good. (There's a reason England is the most surveillance-saturated nation in the world.) This is the underlying dynamic of John Crowley's adroit and heartfelt "Boy A" (2007), which is inspired at least in part by the 1993 abduction and killing,
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Crime Tale Doesn't Pay

John Crowley's "Boy A" is a well-acted but familiar British drama about a 24-year-old parolee (Andrew Garfield) haunted by a horrible crime in which he participated as a child.

His caseworker Terry (Peter Mullan) urges the young man, who has assumed the name Jack for his own protection, to put behind his lurid past. But it's not an easy task when the tabloids have blaring headlines about Jack's release and vigilantes are offering a reward for information on his whereabouts.

Jack dates a sweet co-worker (Katie Lyons) and bonds
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