Poldark 5×02 (Synopsis)

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Poldark 5×02

After Ned Despard’s (Vincent Regan) release from prison, Ross (Aidan Turner) must now help him restore his good name and have him reinstated as Superintendent of British Honduras.  Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) and the children have come to London and together with Ned’s wife Kitty (Kerri McLean) tries to support their husbands.

Back in Cornwall, Prudie (Beatie Edney) has her hands full with ambitious new farm hand Tess (Sofia Oxenham), Morwenna (Ellise Chappell) and Drake Carne (Harry Richardson) make slow progress finding some intimacy in their married life while young Valentine (Woody Norman) feels neglected after his mother’s death and the arrival of new baby Ursula.

Dr Enys (Luke Norris) gives his talk about insanity at the Royal College of Surgeons and his words are met with doubt and disapproval. Only one man in the audience shows genuine interest, who introduces himself as Thomas Erskine (Peter Forbes), James Hadfield‘s (Andrew Gower) lawyer. He convinces Dr Enys to testify on Hadfield’s behalf at court to save him from being executed for treason.

Meanwhile, George Warleggan’s (Jack Farthing) mental health issues become more and more apparent, and his uncle Cary Warleggan (Pip Torrens) decides to take measure into his own hands…

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Poldark 5×01 (Synopsis)

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Poldark 5×01

The fifth and final season of the popular British perdiod drama is set just after the turn of the century in 1800. The characters are still reeling from the tragic events of the previous season finale, when Ross (Aidan Turner) receives a letter from an old friend who is wrongfully imprisoned and needs his help.

Ross promptly leaves for London, leaving his wife Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) “to run the farm, the mine and the family” back in Cornwall, where there is unrest caused by some unemployed commoners. Demelza tries to appease them by employing the cocky Tess (Sofia Oxenham) as a farm hand. This, however, does nothing to help the situation…

While attempting to help his friend Ned Despard (Vincent Regan) in London, Ross also encounters a man named James Hadfield (Andrew Gower) on several occassions, who preaches the Second Coming of Christ and who is willing to go to some extreme lengths to bring it about. Meanwhile Ross’ efforts don’t go unnoticed either…

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Outlander 2×13 Dragonfly in Amber

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Outlander 2×13 Dragonfly in Amber

The final episode of Outlander’s second series opens in Scotland in 1968 where a grown-up Roger Wakefield (Richard Rankin) attends the wake of his recently deceased stepfather. Amongst those paying their respects to the late Reverend are also a visibly aged Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and her adult daughter, Brianna (Sophie Skelton).

Back in 18th century Scotland the morning of the Battle of Culloden has come. Jamie (Sam Heughan) fails in his last desperate attempt to sway the Prince’s (Andrew Gower) decision to postpone the attack. Jamie and Claire are discussion taking more drastic steps to stop the onslaught from happening when they are interrupted by Jamie’s uncle Dougal (Graham McTavish).

When Jamie realizes that they have run out of options and history will take its course, he uses the last hours before the battle to make sure at least his loved ones and those under his protection are provided for: he sends his men back to his estate Lallybroch and returns with Claire to the stones of Craigh na Dun so she and their unborn child can be safe.

“Mark me” count: 1

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Outlander 2×12 The Hail Mary

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Outlander 2×12 The Hail Mary

Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Andrew Gower) and his rebellious army are back in Scotland and camped near Inverness. Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) join them after their previous detour to the South and are shocked to see the state of the soldiers, only 3 days away from the fateful Battle of Culloden.

While running an errand in the city, Claire is surprised to meet a much changed Mary Hawkins (Rosie Day), who was reunited with her former admirer Alex Randall (Laurence Dobiesz), whose health has gravely deteriorated since Paris. At their quarters more surprises await Claire including another encounter with one Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies).

Alex Randall is not the only one whose health has taken a turn for the worse: The Chief of Clan MacKenzie Colum (Gary Lewis) has come to Inverness to ask Claire for one final wish and to have a talk with his younger brother Dougal (Graham McTavish) about the future of their clan. After receiving some secret information, the Prince and his generals make plans for one last ambush on Cumberland’s troops.

“Mark me” count: 1

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Outlander 2×11 Vengeance is Mine

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Outlander 2×11 Vengeance is Mine

The Jacobite army is camped in Northern England, only 5 days away from London, awaiting decisions from Prince Charles Edward (Andrew Gower) and his generals whether to march on or return back north. When the decision is made, Jamie (Sam Heughan) and his men are ordered to lead the way to Inverness.

On their way, they are ambushed by governement troops and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) is separated from the rest. She’s taken to the house of an English nobleman who turns out to be none other than the notorious Duke of Sandringham (Simon Callow). At his estate she is also re-united with Mary Hawkins (Rosie Day), the young woman who had been attacked in Paris.

While waiting for Jamie to rescue her, Claire finds out some unpleasant truths about the Duke of Sandringham and his valet, and Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix is finally able to keep a vow he gave to Jamie a long time ago.

“Mark me” count: 0

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Outlander 2×10 Prestonpans

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Outlander 2×10 Prestonpans

The Highlander army has arrived at Prestonpans and are at an impasse with the British. The Bonnie Prince’s (Andrew Gower) generals are fighting with each other about how to proceed while the men are getting restless waiting for new orders. The War Chieftain of Clan MacKenzie, Dougal MacKenzie (Graham McTavish) is eager to impress the Prince and volunteers to undertake a potentially suicidal mission.

Thanks to Claire’s (Caitriona Balfe) knowledge about the past, Jamie (Sam Heughan) is aware of the importance of the upcoming battle and encourages the Prince to take action when the opportunity presents itself. Claire uses her previous experience as a WW2 combat nurse to organize the treatment of wounded soldiers during and after the battle.

“History” keeps its promise of a Jacobite victory, but not all Highlanders make it out unharmed. While some simply fall from grace, others will have to pay the ultimate price.

“Mark me” count: 4

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Outlander 2×06 Best Laid Schemes

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Outlander 2×06 Best Laid Schemes

After the difficult decision they had to make at the end of the previous episode Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) are trying to find their way back to a normal married life. They must also find a way to stop the business transaction from happening that threatens to fill Prince Charles’ (Andrew Gower) war chest.

Using Claire’s medical knowledge they come up with a plan, and Jamie, Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) and young Fergus (Romann Berrux) leave to execute it. Claire returns to L’Hôpital to continue her work there with Monsieur Forez (Niall Greig Fulton) who warns her about the consequences for “practitioners of the dark arts”.

Prince Charles is devastated when he learns about their failed undertaking. He feels all his efforts to restore the House of Stuart to the British throne have led to nothing. However, not only his life seems to be in ruins: Claire is in despair when she learns that Jamie has gone back on his promise with dire consequences for both their lives.

“Mark me” count: 2

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Outlander 2×05 Untimely Resurrections

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Outlander 2×05 Untimely Resurrections

Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) have to deal with the consequences of their dinner party. Mary (Rosie Day) is still recovering from her attack the night before but also hopeful that she is now free to marry her secret admirer Alex Randall (Laurence Dobiesz). A union that could prove fatal to Claire’s first husband Frank (Tobias Menzies).

At his warehouse, Jamie receives a visit from Prince Charles Edward (Andrew Gower) who has found a new business partner in the Comte St. Germain (Stanley Weber). The outcome of their business endeavour could easily be a turning point in the Prince’s goal to unite the Scottish clans and re-claim the British throne for his father.

The Frasers are invited to the gardens of Versailles by the French King Louis (Lionel Lingelser), and Jamie and Claire’s relationship is put to the ultimate test when a ghost from the past comes back to haunt them. Claire is forced to call in a favour that threatens to break them.

“Mark me” count: 1

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Outlander 2×04 La Dame Blanche

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Outlander 2×04 La Dame Blanche

Jamie’s spirits are lifted after he learns that Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies) is still alive and he has a chance to take vengeance on his former torturer. Thus revigorated, he and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) are finally able to come together as a couple again, when they are disturbed by a nightly visitor.

It is none other than the rightful heir to the British throne, Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Andrew Gower). He had to flee from his lover’s house in a rather un-prince-ly fashion when her husband returned home earlier. From a monkey bite on his hand, Claire deducts that his lover must be her friend Louise de Rohan (Claire Sermonne).

Jamie and Claire decide to use his knowledge and the information Louise had confided in her earlier to expose the Prince as an untrustworthy fool in front of one of his potential financier, the Duke of Sandringham (Simon Callow), at a dinner party. Unfortunately, not the entire evening goes according to plan…

“Mark me” count: 3

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Outlander 2×03 Useful Occupations and Deceptions

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Outlander 2×03 Useful Occupations and Deceptions

While Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) days and nights are occupied with running his uncle Jared’s wine business, playing chess with Finance Minister Joseph Duverney (Marc Duret) and befriending Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Andrew Gower), his wife Claire (Caitriona Balfe) is bored with the life of a lady.

Having tea “with the ladies” – neighbour Louise de Rohan (Claire Sermonne) and young Mary Hawkins (Rosie Day) – makes Claire feel restless and useless, so when the opportunity presents itself, she is more than happy to offer her help at a local hospital, L’Hôpital des Anges, run by the formidable Mother Hildegard (Frances de la Tour).

Jamie finally manages to arrange the long desired meeting between Duverney and Prince Charles at Maison Elise. At first Duverney seems more interested in the female residents of the brothel when Charles surprises both Jamie and the Minister of Finance with news, that threaten to swat all of the Frasers’ plans.

“Mark me” count: 1

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Outlander 2×02 Not in Scotland Anymore

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Outlander 2×02 Not in Scotland Anymore

The historic-fiction drama Outlander is focused on time-travelling WW2 combat nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) and her 18th century Highland warrior husband Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). In season 2 they are trying to change history and stop the Jacobite rising of 1745 and the devastating Battle of Cullodon from happening.

The Frasers have just arrived in Paris and are still settling into their new lives when Jamie receives a surprise invitation to meet Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Andrew Gower) in a rather unusual location. The Young Pretender to the British throne is in Paris to raise enough money to support an army.

However, this is easier said than done as the Bonnie Prince is “incognito” in France and can’t be received at court. He needs the help of someone who can negotiate on his behalf with the French Minister of Finance Joseph Duverney (Marc Duret) – and who would be better suited to the task than a loyal Scotsman like Jamie Fraser?

“Mark me” count: 3

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Black Work 1×03

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Black Work 1×03

In the third and final episode of Black Work, Andrew Gower reprises his role as DC Jared Ansell, a member of the taskforce who investigate the murder of Ryan Gillespie, police officer Jo Gillespie’s husband.

Devastated to discover that Ryan (Kenny Doughty) had bought the cottage for his mistress of three years and their child, Jo Gillespie (Sheridan Smith) is also told that Parry’s (Ben-Ryan Davies) girlfriend Sian was murdered just before Ryan was slain.

She tracks down Ryan’s handler Tom Piper (Phil Davis), who tells her that Sian blew Ryan’s cover and Chief Constable Jarecki (Geraldine James) was aware of this but did not pull him out of the operation.

A paranoid Jo is now suspicious of all her police colleagues, particularly her former lover Jack (Matthew McNulty), who appears to be far less innocent than she thought. *

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* Source: Wikipedia

Black Work 1×01

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Black Work 1×01

Black Work is a British three-part detective drama which centers around police officer Jo Gillespie (Sheridan Smith).

Jo Gillespie is dissatisfied that her husband Ryan (Kenny Doughty), like herself a police officer, spends so much time away from her and their children but resists colleague Jack Clark’s (Matthew McNulty) suggestion that she leaves Ryan for him.

She is doubly shocked to be told by Superintendent Hepburn (Douglas Henshall) not only that Ryan has been shot dead but had been working undercover – doing ‘black work’ – for three years without her knowledge. Most of the gang he was infiltrating have been arrested but Hepburn and Chief Constable Carolyn Jarecki (Geraldine James) are anxious not to publicize Ryan’s murder lest it damage the prosecution and are puzzled as to why Ryan had not reported back to his handler for some days before his death.

Jo is incensed by their attitude and tells his mother Barbara (Sharon Duce) who leaks his murder to the press. Believing she has a clue to the killer Jo tells Jack but follows up her enquiry alone, landing herself in danger. *

Andrew Gower plays DC Jared Ansell, a member of the taskforce, who investigate the murder of Ryan Gillespie. He appears in the first and last episode of the series.

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* Source: Wikipedia

A.D. Ep 9 “Saul’s Return”

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A.D. – The Bible Continues Ep. 8 “Saul’s Return”

Following his ascent to the Roman throne, Caligula (Andrew Gower) starts a reign of terror over those in his immediate vicinity. Feeling that he isn’t given the appropriate respect and love from his subjects, he demands that statues of him are erected all over the Roman empire, including one with the Temple of Jerusalem.

Pilate (Vincent Regan) and the High Priest Caiaphas (Richard Coyle) know that such a desecration will cause a riot among the Jewish population, and that they need to work together to avoid bloodshed. However, there are also some among the former political leaders of Jerusalem that see a chance to restore the old order of things after the looming rebellion.

Saul (Emmett J Scanlan) returns to Jerusalem a changed man but is met with suspicion among the disciples who used to be his enemies. He needs to convince them of his miraculously changed intentions as well as leave hiding and start preaching Jesus’ words. While he and Peter (Adam Levy) come to an understanding, the disciples learn from Mary Magdalene (Chipo Chung) about the arrival of Caligula’s statue.

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A.D. Ep 8 “The Road to Damascus”

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A.D. – The Bible Continues Ep. 8 “The Road to Damascus”

In Pilate’s Palace in Jerusalem the presence of Caligula (Andrew Gower) and his Jewish friend Agrippa (Michael Peluso) causes unrest for all members of the household, servants and masters alike. After another insult, Pilate (Vincent Regan) decides to confront Caligula about his behaviour but hesitates in the last minute to execute his plan.

Jesus’ disciples are still hiding in Jerusalem fearing for their lives, when they receive word that Philip (Joe Dixon) needs their help in Samaria. Saul Saul (Emmett J. Scanlan) is on his way to Damascus when he is faced with a life altering vision of Jesus Christ. Blinded and a changed man, he is later visited by the Christian Ananias (Nicholas Sidi), who heals and baptizes him.

Back in the palace, Pilate and his wife Claudia (Joanne Whalley) are looking forward to their new life in Rome, which is promised to them by Emperor Tiberius (Kenneth Cranham), when news reaches them that Tiberius has passed away “peacefully in his sleep”. His successor Caligula returns to Jerusalem to demonstrate his newly gained power.

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A.D. Ep 7 “The Visit”

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A.D. – The Bible Continues Ep. 7 “The Visit”

Biblical drama A.D. – The Bible Continues is a sequel to the NBC hit TV show The Bible by producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. It picks up immediately after the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ and shows the impact his death had on his disciples as well as the religious and political leaders of the time.

Jewish persecutor Saul (Emmett J. Scanlan) is targeting Peter (Adam Levy), a former fisherman from Bethsaida and one of the followers of the recently executed Jesus. Fearing for his life, Philip (Joe Dixon) has fled Jerusalem. After watching “Simon the Sorcerer” (Stephen Walters) perform a “miracle” in a market, he decides to show the people of Samaria the true power of God.

The imminent visit of Roman Emperor Tiberius (Kenneth Cranham) threatens Pilate’s (Vincent Regan) position as Governor of Jerusalem. Tiberius is accompanied by his “debauched and dangerous” nephew Caligula (Andrew Gower), who on a nightly stroll through the city reveals his quick temper and violent nature.

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Endeavour 2×04 Neverland

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Endeavour 2×04 Neverland

Oxford police have their hands full in the S2 finale of British detective series Endeavour (a prequel series to the long-running Inspector Morse) as they need to deal with several cases at once: young Tommy Cork (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) has run away from home and journalist Eric Patterson is found dead by a railway track.

While on the look-out for the young boy, DC Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) also discovers the body of prison escapee George Aldrige, a former resident of Blenheim Valley, a residential home for wayward boys. The home closed years ago and its site is now being redeveloped for the new police HQ.

Morse’s investigation of this seeminly unlinked cases eventually leads him to Nicholas Myers (Andrew Gower), a junior clerk in a solicitor’s office, and he uncovers a deep mud of horrifying secrets and police corruption, that not only threatens his own life and freedom, but also that of veteran Detective Inspector Fred Thursday (Roger Allam).

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The Borgias 3×01 The Face of Death

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The Borgias 3×01 The Face of Death

Historical drama The Borgias is centered around the House of Borgia and their rise to power at the turn of the 16th century, centering on Rodrigo Borgia (Jeremy Irons), the later Pope Alexander VI, and his family: his illegitimate sons Giovanni (David Oakes), Cesare (François Arnaud) and daughter Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger).

The third season picks up where the second season stopped: the Pope is fighting for his life after being poisened with cantarella while his Cardinals continue plotting at his deathbed. However, not only the Pope’s life is in danger, his enemies are also after his family.

One of the assassins (Andrew Gower) blackmails Lucrezia’s nurse Concetta (Mackenzie Munro) to gain access to the Borgia household and kill all family members. Lucrezia, Cesare and his servant Micheletto (Sean Harris) need to work fast if they want to save everyone…

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Being Human 4×08 The War Child

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Being Human 4×08 The War Child

In the last episode of Being Human’s 4th season, the Old Ones, an elite group of extremely powerful, older vampires, have finally arrived in Barry Island. Their leader is Mr Snow (Mark Gatiss), an ancient, over 3000 year old vampire, who is less than impressed by the welcome the only vampire left standing, Cutler (Andrew Gower), can present him with.

In flash forwards, we get glimpses of the world, 10 years into the future with “War Child” Eve as a young girl, who is hunted by vampires. In present time, the gang at Honolulu Heights – Hal (Damien Molony), Alex (Kate Bracken), Tom (Michael Socha)  and Annie (Lenora Crichlow) – are making plans to stop the Old Ones from taking over the world, when an unexpected visitors comes knocking at their door.

Humiliated and disappointed Cutler has had enough of his species and is determined to take his revenge on them. He will do whatever it takes to be remembered in history as the one who ended all vampires and fulfilled the prophecy of the War Child, whose true meaning was revealed to him by Mr Snow himself.

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Being Human 4×07 Making History

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Being Human 4×07 Making History

In this Cutler (Andrew Gower) centric episode, viewers finally learn about Cutler’s backstory and who his mysterious maker is. In flashbacks we can see a still human Cutler visiting none other than Hal Yorke (Damien Molony) in jail, who has been arrested for “illegal gambling and dog fights”. Hal wants to hire Cutler as his new legal representative and turns him into a vampire.

Cutler struggles at first with his new life, finding it particularly hard to kill people, especially his human wife Rachel (Natalie Burt). Cutler’s addiction for blood is overpoweringly strong and so Hal decides it is time to take some drastic measures to show Cutler his old, human life is over and to “burn his bridges”.

In present time, Hal pays a visit to the vampires at Stoker’s Warehouse and is surprised to see Cutler there who seems overjoyed that his maker is still alive. When Cutler offers him blood, Hal leaves horrified, but returns later to find out more about Cutler’s plans. This time he accepts Cutler’s offer to earn his trust.

In the meantime, Cutler has taken Tom (Michael Socha) under his wings and convinced him to do him one last favour: to use his werewolf form at the next full moon to attack the Old Ones in a confined space, after they have arrived in Barry Island. However, it wouldn’t be Cutler, if there weren’t more to the story…

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Being Human 4×06 Puppy Love

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Being Human 4×06 Puppy Love

The video, Cutler uploaded on YouTube of the werewolves Tom (Michael Socha) and George (Russel Tovey) transforming at the full moon, is started to get attention. While most people believe it to be fake, it brings the young female werewolf Allison (Ellie Kendrick) into town where she encounters Hal (Damien Molony) and Tom.

Together the two young werewolves try to find out who is behind the leaked video footage. They come across Golda (Amanda Abbington), a new vampire in town, who has made it clear to Cutler that she is in charge now. When Tom and Allison reach a dead end with their investigation, they visit Cutler in his office who sees his opportunity to get rid of two problems at once.

Before the big showdown, Tom convinces Hal to go on a double date with him, Allison and a Scottish girl named Alex (Kate Bracken), a customer at the cafe. This is Hal’s first date in over half a century and Hal struggles to keep his bloodlust under control when Alex invites him to kiss her.

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Being Human 4×05 Hold the Front Page

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Being Human 4×05 Hold the Front Page

Cutler continues his plan to expose werewolves as the big threat to human kind and in his determintaion he does not even shy away from manual labour. He personally drags bodies in the woods surrounding Barry Island and prepares them with a garden claw to make them look like they were attacked by a large animal – or a wolf.

“Teenaged” vampire Adam (Craig Roberts) returns to Honolulu Heights as he and his new lover, middle-aged school-mistress Yvonne Bradshaw (Selina Griffiths), are being chased by the press. Unfortunately one of the journalists, Pete Travis (Sacha Dhawan), is able to snag a picture of Adam – but it turns out to be empty.

With further evidence in hand, Pete pays a visit to a  solicitor – Cutler – and reveals to him that he has proof that vampires exist and that someone – “husbands, fathers, wives, sons, daughters, judges, police… solicitors” – is covering things up. Cutler sees his chance to enlist Pete’s help with his own plans and follows him to his hotel room.

Meanwhile Yvonne Bradshaw proves to be a whole new challenge to the male occupants at Honolulu Heights as her own supernatural powers of a special kind are causing havoc with their emotions.

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Being Human 4×04 A Spectre Calls

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Being Human 4×04 A Spectre Calls

The new supernatural trio at Honolulu Heights – ghost Annie, werewolf Tom and vampire Hal – are still trying to settle into a new routine when they are visited by a seemingly charistmatic ghost from the 70s called Kirby (James Lance). Everyone seems to be quite taken by the new addition but it soon becomes clear that Kirby has his own agenda.

Hal follows up on a newspaper article about the Box Tunnel Massacre and comes across coroner Dr Wilson (Lucy Robinson), whose report confirms that the victims were killed by Jason Healey – a human scapegoat for the real killer, vampire John Mitchell (Aidan Turner).

Back at the B&B, the situation between Hal, Annie and Tom escalates due to Kirby’s cunning manipulations. Eventually, Tom runs off and gets into trouble for letting off some steam. At the police station he receives help from an unlikely source and we also meet the vampire blackmailing coroner Wilson into altering her report…

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Being Human 4×02 Being Human 1955

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Being Human 4×02 Being Human 1955

After Griffin’s “proper death” at the end of episode 1, the vampires are yet again without a leader, and a new supernatural trio – ghost Pearl (Tamla Kari), werewolf Leo (Louis Mahoney) and vampire Hal (Damien Molony) – show up at Honolulu Heights, which causes friction with the current occupants.

Cutler continues to work on his plan to reveal the existance of vampires and werewolves to humanity. He has brought a focus group, which appears to consist largely of homeless people, to Stoker’s warehouse and shows them the video of werewolves George and Tom changing at the full moon.

Before he can collect their surveys, however, he is distracted by fellow vampire Fergus (Anthony Flanagan) and his “war council” who have a slightly different approach to how things should be handled (and by who) in the future.

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Being Human 4×01 Eve of the War

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Being Human 4×01 Eve of the War

After the events of the season 3 finale, local vampires have already regrouped around their new leader Griffin (Alex Jennings). They meet up at the warehouse of Stoker Import and Export in Barry Island where they are preparing for the arrival of the “Old Ones”, a group of of extremely powerful elite vampires, who are travelling over the course of a few months across the Atlantic Ocean to Barry Island by freighter to discuss their plans for a global vampire takeover there.

Meanwhile the remaining occupants of “Honolulu Heights” – ghost Annie (Lenora Crichlow), werewolf George (Russell Tovey) and his newborn baby – are still recovering from the losses of their lovers, vampire Mitchell (Aidan Turner) and werewolf Nina (Sinead Keenan). Whereas George locks himself up with his young daughter not letting anyone near her, Annie seeks support from young werewolf Tom (Michael Socha) who is desperate to make new friends after his father figure McNair (Robson Green) was killed.

Among the newcomers in town is Cutler (Andrew Gower), a young, cocky vampire with ambitious plans to take over the world. While he wants to reveal the existance of vampires as the ones that save humanity from the “bigger threat, the werewolves”, Griffin is looking for an adequate gift to present the Old Ones with. “Vampire recorder” Regus (Mark Williams) seems to have the solution: according to a prophecy, the “War Child” born to two werewolves is the key to the destruction of all vampires – the perfect sacrifice.

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Monroe 1×06

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Monroe 1×06

Exciting times for the young surgeons at St Matthew’s: their training is over and it is time for their assessment. All of them are eager to please their supervisors and secure their place at the hospital. Mullery (Andrew Gower) is also a “cute embarrassment” to girlfriend and fellow surgeon Sally Fortune (Manjinder Virk) who is still in recovery after her brain and heart surgery.

Anaesthetist Lawrence Shepherd (Tom Riley) surprises his friend Monroe (James Nesbitt) with the announcement that it is time for him to move on and find work elsewhere. During nightshift, Monroe is called to an emergency: a thirteen year old girl is admitted with brain damage after a car accident and it brings back some painful memories to Monroe.

Shepherd and Dr Bremner (Sarah Parish) have a long and honest conversation that holds some surprising revelations while Monroe receives a visit from his wife where they open up about their shared grief over their daughter’s death. Despite everything, life goes on at St Matthew’s Hospital after all.

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Monroe 1×05

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Monroe 1×05

The stakes are set high this week as the patient of the week is not a random stranger but one of St Matthew’s own. Dr Monroe’s (James Nesbitt) main assistant Sally Fortune (Manjinder Virk) collapses during surgery and it turns out she doesn’t only have a life-threatening brain aneurysm but also needs heart surgery and a valve replacement resulting from an infection.

While Monroe and Dr Bremner (Sarah Parish) clash over the best way of treatment, Mullery (Andrew Gower) is plagued by guilt as he is blaming himself for Fortune’s aneurysm: he and Sally recently started dating and the two had sex the night before. Monroe takes Mullery under his wings while they’re awaiting the results of Sally’s second surgery.

Tensions are running high amongst the staff at St Matthew’s and affecting also their private lives and relationships outside the hospital. Bremner reconsiders her relationship with Dr Shepherd (Tom Riley) and Monroe takes another step in accepting his separation from wife Anna (Susan Lynch), much to the dismay of their son Nick (Perry Millward).

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Monroe 1×04

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Monroe 1×04

After spending the night with Tatiana (Carolin Stoltz), an Eastern European biochemist, who works at tha hostital as the tea trolley lady, Dr Monroe meets his new patient, family man Brendon (Tony Mooney), who believes that God speaks to him through epileptic seizures. Supported by his teenage daughter Phoebe (Phoebe Dynevor), he is unsure if he wants the tumour, which is causing his fits, to be surgically removed.

Dr Bremner faces two very different patients this week: James (Tommy Jessop) is an orphan with Down syndrome and Alex (Harry Ferrier) is a cocky ladies’ man. However the two unlikely candidates bond over their mutual love for computer games, after James states that Mullery (Andrew Gower) is “useless” at them.

Nobody is more surprised than Mullery when Dr Bremner, who is in high spirits over her thriving relationship with anaesthesist Laurence Shepherd (Tom Riley), praises his surgical skills while treating Alex. Due to Monroe’s interference, things between the two new lovers soon turn sour, tho.

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Monroe 1×03

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Young ex-soldier David Foster (Matthew Needham) is admitted to St Matthew’s Hospital with a blood clot in his brain after a fall under the influence. Against his initial judgement and to everyone’s surprise, Monroe (James Nesbitt) decides not to operate on the young man and instead waits and sees if the clot dissolves naturally.

Dr Bremner’s patient this week is an elderly lady, Judith Wardin (Bridget Turner), whose daughter is very attached to her and wants her to be around for her grand-daughter’s upcoming wedding. Despite some misgivings about the uncertain outcome of the surgery, Dr Bremner (Sarah Parish) and her team operate on Judith.

Mullery (Andrew Gower) tries to impress Dr Bremner and outshine fellow trainee surgeon Sarah Whitney (Christina Chong). His clumsy attempts, however, are easily seen through by Dr Bremner, who voices her disappointment in him. Dr Monroe enjoys taunting Daniel Springer (Luke Allen-Gale), who has temporarily “misplaced” one of his patients.

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Monroe 1×02

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The “patients of the week” at St Matthew’s hospital are teenagers James and Danny. James tried to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head, after he accidentally fired the gun at his younger brother Danny and hit him in the chest. Dr Bremner’s team operate on young Danny to fix his heart while Monroe and his assistant Sally Fortune (Manjinder Virk) perform brain surgery on James.

Things are being complicated by the fact that James and Danny’s parents can’t stand to be in the same room after being recently seperated which is a constant reminder for Dr Monroe on the effects a split-up can have on children as he is struggling to admit the true reason for the failure of his own marriage to his son Nick (Perry Millward).

During Danny’s operation it is trainee surgeon Sarah Whitney (Christina Chong), who shows initiative, leaving Mullery (Andrew Gower) at a disadvantage. Mullery’s moment to earn Bremner’s respect comes soon after, however, when he senses her discomfort while dealing with Danny’s desperate and emotional mother, and rescues her.

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Monroe 1×01

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The medical drama follows neurosurgeon Gabriel Monroe (James Nesbitt) and the staff at St Matthew’s Hospital. The series was created by Peter Bowker for ITV and filmed in Leeds starting on 26 September 2010. The former Leeds Girls’ High School was used as the principal set of the series and transformed into the fictional St Matthew’s Hospital.

The main protagonist Dr Monroe is a blunt and unconventional yet brilliant surgeon who – underneath his hard shell – cares deeply for his patients, who are not only “bundles of symptoms” for him but human beings that he tries to help even beyond the operation table. This, however, does not help his strained relationship with his wife, who leaves him after their son goes to university.

At the hospital he is constantly at odds with cardiothoracic surgeon Jenny Bremner (Sarah Parish), who is usually flanked by her two trainee surgeons Sarah Witney (Christina Chong) and Andrew Mullery (Andrew Gower). Monroe’s best friend at work is anaesthetist Lawrence Shepherd (Tom Riley).

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