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It is gratifying to see that This Life, BBC2's houseshare drama, has quietly and patiently been building an audience for itself. Nothing sensational you understand - but the steady, ratcheted increments seem to suggest that viewers are getting the point of the series rather better than the critics who gave it such a dusty welcome. This is gratifying because what is best about the drama is what is missing from it: false crescendos, melodrama, the ready narrative satisfactions of a conventional soap - and it isn't always the case that such restraint is rewarded.

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Elstree Studios, birthplace of some of the best-known films in cinema history, is to make blockbuster movies again after an 11th-hour settlement to a bitter eight-year wrangle.

Move to right TV crime's wrongs

Home Office guidance is to be sent to producers of television crime dramas to make sure they are "factually accurate", in a campaign ordered by the Prime Minister to "increase publicity for successful police operations".

No holds barred in battle for late-night viewers

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Brother Cadfael's creator dies aged 82

THE bestselling writer Ellis Peters, who created the Brother Cadfael medieval mystery novels, died yesterday aged 82 after suffering a stroke.

How to make a flop

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REVIEW : There's nowt a stint down a hole won't cure

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Teatime with Auntie

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TELEVISION REVIEW / An arresting lesson in dramatic finesse

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RIGHT OF REPLY / Are you listening, Dennis?: Whatever cynics say, television is giving a home to as many aspiring writers as ever, argues George Faber, the BBC's head of single drama

Ever since Dennis Potter's valedictory interview with Melvyn Bragg, when he declared the original TV drama defunct and savaged the market-led, formula-driven series that had taken its place, a chorus of voices has echoed his views: young writers lack the springboard to gain experience and confidence; directors have no room to innovate; TV executives only want to play safe; the TV play is dying - an unwatched, anachronistic hangover from the long-lamented Golden Age of The Wednesday Play.

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AS THE headline-grabbing bits in the new Desmond Morris series show, there is now nowhere that documentary cameras won't go. Even Mr Morris, however, might think twice before entering the house inhabited by the six students on The Living Soap (BBC 2). Blood from an unexplained source covered the floor of the fridge (causing a medical student to flee in horror), goldfish were chucked down the lavatory, and the washing-up was adorned with gob.
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