Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

It's a Crime Spree! ; BEST TV We loveHere's Double Trouble as Two Gritty New Dramas Are Launched This Week. from a Secret Group of Crime-Cracking Agents to Love and Vengeance in a Gangster's Family, Prepare for Some Hard- Hitting storiesfiRomance Is Mixed with Dangerous Secrets in the Scottish Town of Stonemouth

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

It's a Crime Spree! ; BEST TV We loveHere's Double Trouble as Two Gritty New Dramas Are Launched This Week. from a Secret Group of Crime-Cracking Agents to Love and Vengeance in a Gangster's Family, Prepare for Some Hard- Hitting storiesfiRomance Is Mixed with Dangerous Secrets in the Scottish Town of Stonemouth

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When acclaimed author Iain Banks died from cancer in the summer of 2013, it was a tragic loss to fans of both fiction writing and great TV. His best-selling novel The Crow Road was a small screen smash for the BBC back in 1996. Now this two-part romantic mystery is the first posthumous TV adaptation of a Banks story. Set in the fictional Scottish coastal town of Stonemouth, it's a dark but witty tale of love, loyalty and vengeance. We meet Stewart Gilmour (Christian Cooke), who two years previously had been due to marry Ellie Murston (Charlotte Spencer, Line Of Duty), but was run out of town by her gangster father Don (Peter Mullan, Top Of The Lake). However, when Stewart's best friend Callum dies in suspicious circumstances, he returns for the funeral. Back in his hometown, Stewart realises that he still loves Ellie - but her family may be involved in covering up Callum's death. "Stewart doesn't fit in back in Stonemouth," says Christian, 27, best known for Where The Heart Is. "But I don't think he comes back with the intention to investigate his friend's death and get into trouble. Ellie is Stewart's soulmate, but if there's a chance of them reconciling he knows it's not going to be at the funeral. His return to Stonemouth is precarious enough." Eyebrows may be raised in some corners that two English actors top the bill in a BBC Scotland production. But actor Peter Mullan, who hails from Aberdeenshire where the show was filmed, claims it shouldn't be a issue. "All the young cast are excellent," says Peter, 55. "Back in the day I wouldn't have been happy with two English actors being Scots. But we've had Scottish actors like Robert Carlyle, Ewan McGregor and James McAvoy playing English characters, so I don't have an issue with it any more. "In fact, I was in awe of Christian and Charlotte, who were absolutely flawless."

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