Arts and Entertainment Stephen McGann, who plays Dr Turner in 'Don't Call the Midwife', has said the acting profession is excluding working class children

The actor said the profession is becoming so limited that a 'messy kid from a council estate' like himself would no longer be able to forge a career

DVD: Centurion (15)

An accomplished director of horror films Neil Marshall may be, but his first foray into historical epics is somewhat flat. Despite being full of high-octane running, it never seems to go anywhere.

Fringe notes: 17/08/2010

The Book Festival has a tempting new late-night programme, Unbound, this year.

Five Guys Named Moe, Udderbelly's Pasture, Edinburgh

Five Guys is one of the original "have a good time" jukebox shows in the West End, and the pleasure of seeing it again is like that of seeing an old friend: familiar, heart-warming, with faults you don't mind living with for a couple of hours.

Culture Club: Luther, Tuesdays, 9pm, BBC1

Readers review this week's TV drama

Sociology degree students to study 'The Wire'

It inspires devotion in its fans, is hailed as addictive viewing - and now television drama The Wire is to become the subject of a British university course.

Imogen Poots: A bright young thing who won't suffer for her art

She's brainy and beautiful, and a rising British acting talent with a clutch of upcoming risqué roles, but don't expect a tortured soul with cigarette in hand. Rachel Shields meets Imogen Poots.

Viewers face a very different crime wave as a new set of police heroes hits the small screen

Forget Frost and say goodbye to Barnaby. The latest stars of crime dramas are complicated, compromised and criminal. Gerard Gilbert examines the scene

Centurion (15)

Roman Britain, the second-century AD: the Ninth Legion marches north under its fearless commander Dominic West, only to be massacred by Picts.

Death in a cold climate

Actors risked frostbite and hypothermia on the set of Neil Marshall's Roman epic

Treme: Better than The Wire?

Last night the first episode of David Simon’s follow-up to his Baltimore epic premiered on HBO in America. So how does Treme measure up? Sarah Hughes delivers the verdict

Katrina on screen: How the creators of The Wire are dramatising the tragedy of New Orleans

Treme, set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, is the latest epic from The Wire's creator, David Simon. Ahead of its American premiere, Tim Walker looks at how the Big Easy and the disaster have inspired great art

Justified - Rogue male who's calling all the shots

Justified, featuring a gun-toting cowboy cop with killer charm, is the latest critically acclaimed hit to arrive here from America. Macho, no-nonsense heroes are all the rage this season, says Sarah Hughes

Observations: Joseph Fiennes is the new face of Carte Noire Readers

At the moment we're used to seeing Joseph Fiennes play action man. As the star of the US television sci-fi drama FlashForward, he charges around Los Angeles waving a gun, trying to work out why everyone on the planet simultaneously lost consciousness for 137 seconds.

BBC 'could learn about drama from HBO'

Call for Corporation to copy US channel's 'high-quality, high-risk' attitude

It's the reel thing: the film industry belongs to Glasgow

Want to shoot a Viking epic or a Brooklyn drama? Go north of the border. Ian Burrell reports
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Acting in video games gets a makeover

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