The Curious Appeal of the Crime Drama

Sixes and Sevens

I read a lot as a teen. I read young adult fantasy, regular old fantasy, Judy Blume, various smut, Tom Robbins, fucking Camus, Anne Rice… the list goes on. (I’m not really sure why Camus is fucking Camus, but somehow it seems right). Amidst all of that, one of the most atypical reading habits I had was Agatha Christie. I collected old pocket paperbacks with amazing mid-century illustrations on their covers — I still have a box of these under my bed. I’d often start one on a Sunday morning and finish by suppertime. This was the beginning of a lifelong fascination with crime fiction.

Sometimes — halfway through binge watching another British or Swedish crime drama series — I wonder why this genre is so comforting to me. The darker and more psychologically complex the better. I’m also strangely drawn to the figure of the lonely detective who probably drinks…

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Prey Advert features Alpha Bravo PC’s

We recently spotted the latest advert for ‘Prey’ starring John Simm.  We can see our  officers running in the heat of the moment halfway through the commercial.  Well done to Jason and Nick for your reliability and energy during the filming.

ITV Prey starring John Simm Lemon Casting

ITV Prey starring John Simm Lemon Casting

ITV’s new high-octane three-part thriller, Prey, lead by BAFTA nominated actor John Simm.

Starts Monday 28 April at 9pm on ITV
A RED Production Company production for ITV.
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Created and written by television newcomer Chris Lunt and directed by BAFTA winner Nick Murphy (The Awakening, Occupation, Blood) Prey follows the story of a man on the run, who is desperate to clear his name for the sake of his family.
Produced by Tom Sherry (Scott & Bailey, New Tricks, Murphy’s Law) and filmed on location in Manchester John plays Detective Sergeant Marcus Farrow, a well-liked copper who is wrongly accused and arrested for an inhumane crime.
Narrowly escaping police custody Farrow becomes an outlaw and begins a high-stakes game of cat and mouse across the city with Acting Detective Chief Inspector Susan Reinhardt (Rosie Cavaliero).
As a wanted killer, Farrow has few allies, however one thing is certain, for the sake of his family, Farrow is prepared to do things he never thought possible. And he won’t rest until he knows the truth.
Joining the cast alongside John Simm are Rosie Cavaliero, Craig Parkinson, Anastasia Hille and Adrian Edmondson.

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Jim Coldwell plays Military Officer for Corporate Shoot

Jim Coldwell loved his latest role as a military officer on a corporate shoot.

Military Officer for a corporate shoot

Military Officer for a corporate shoot

He had to shout orders in the faces of executives which was right up his street.  Jim is ex-military himself so he knew exactly what he was doing and fitted into the role perfectly.  Jim was kitted out with his own uniform from his days with the Para Troopers.  The production team were pleased with him and thought he looked the part.  Well done Jim!

Jim has also taken part as a security guard for Manchester United Football players at Man U’s training ground aswell as armed repsonse, riot squad and a regular pc for many true crimes reconstructions.  He is a valued member of the Alpha Bravo team.

Alpha Bravo has an excellent selection of professionals available no matter how large the shoot.  Please give us a call and ask how we can assist you on 0161 205 2096

We also have uniforms available to hire separately.

New Police Dramas in the North West

We have 2 new TV drama that will be hitting TV Screens soon.  ‘Remember Me’, ‘Prey’, starring John Simm and ‘In The Club’ starring Will Mellor.

 

‘Remember Me’

Michael Palin will take his first leading role in a TV drama for more than 20 years in BBC1‘s supernatural thriller Remember Me.

Remember Me Michael Palin

Palin, who will reunite with the rest of Monty Python later this year, plays a mysterious care home resident who is the only witness to a violent death in the three-part series, which began filming in Yorkshire this week.

Lemon provided all the police, uniforms and many supporting and featured artists for this new BBC1 Drama. A special well done to Lisa Ashton who got dialogue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In The Club

We have had a fantastic time working with The BBC on a new drama shot around the Huddersfield area called ‘In The Club’. We provided all the uniformed professionals and police uniforms aswell as many featured and supporting artists. A special well done to Pauline, from the Film and TV Workshops, who had a speaking role yesterday.

Will Mellor and Jill Halfpenny have been cast in BBC One’s upcoming drama In The Club. Hermione Norris, Tara Fitzgerald and Katherine Parkinson are also among the cast members of the six-part series which has been penned by The Syndicate’s Kay Mellor.

In The Club follows the lives of six different couples who’ve bonded at the local Parent Craft class in the last trimester of their pregnancies.

Jonathan Kerrigan, Christine Bottomley, Luke Thompson, Taj Atwal, Sacha Dhawan and Hannah Midgley have also been cast.

From the pen of BAFTA-winning writer Kay Mellor OBE, creator of Band Of Gold, Fat Friends, A Passionate Woman and The Syndicate (currently being remade with Steven Spielberg for the US) comes a new BBC One drama, In The Club.

Kay Mellor said:

In The Club Kay Mellor

“I’m really excited by the calibre of cast we’ve attracted; the level of talent is staggering.

“I feel flattered and honoured to have such amazing actors bringing my characters to life.”

In The Club is a 6×60-minute drama about pregnancy, imminent birth, love and the changing nature of relationships that a new baby brings to a modern family. The series follows six very different couples, who’ve bonded at the local Parent Craft class in the last trimester of their pregnancies. Each has their own unique issues to deal with, be it swollen feet, chronic wind or Braxton Hicks alongside debt, divorce and even death.

“Birth is the ultimate creation, it changes you and your relationships forever. I’m still close friends with the people I met on my antenatal class. It’s a special time in your life,” she said.

The Club is being made by Kellor’s production company, Rollem Productions and will air next year.

BBC

It was commissioned by former BBC1 controller Danny Cohen and controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson.

 

In The Club

We have had a fantastic time working with The BBC on a new drama shot around the Huddersfield area called ‘In The Club’.  We provided all the uniformed professionals and police uniforms.

Police Uniform Hire

Police Uniform Hire

Will Mellor and Jill Halfpenny have been cast in BBC One’s upcoming drama In The Club.  Hermione Norris, Tara Fitzgerald and Katherine Parkinson are also among the cast members of the six-part series which has been penned by The Syndicate’s Kay Mellor.

In The Club follows the lives of six different couples who’ve bonded at the local Parent Craft class in the last trimester of their pregnancies.

Jonathan Kerrigan, Christine Bottomley, Luke Thompson, Taj Atwal, Sacha Dhawan and Hannah Midgley have also been cast.

From the pen of BAFTA-winning writer Kay Mellor OBE, creator of Band Of Gold, Fat Friends, A Passionate Woman and The Syndicate (currently being remade with Steven Spielberg for the US) comes a new BBC One drama, In The Club.

Kay Mellor said:

In The Club, Kay Mellor, BBC

BBC ‘In The Club’ Kay Mellor

“I’m really excited by the calibre of cast we’ve attracted; the level of talent is staggering.

“I feel flattered and honoured to have such amazing actors bringing my characters to life.”

In The Club is a 6×60-minute drama about pregnancy, imminent birth, love and the changing nature of relationships that a new baby brings to a modern family. The series follows six very different couples, who’ve bonded at the local Parent Craft class in the last trimester of their pregnancies. Each has their own unique issues to deal with, be it swollen feet, chronic wind or Braxton Hicks alongside debt, divorce and even death.

“Birth is the ultimate creation, it changes you and your relationships forever. I’m still close friends with the people I met on my antenatal class. It’s a special time in your life,” she said.

The Club is being made by Kellor’s production company, Rollem Productions and will air next year.

BBC