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Line of Duty reaches shocking climax

Line of Duty reaches shocking climax

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Did time finally run out for DCI Roz Huntley (Thandie Newton)?

The fourth series of BBC police drama Line of Duty came to an end on Sunday by revealing key information about the mysterious “Balaclava Man”.

Viewers also saw what appeared to be the last of Thandie Newton’s DCI Roz Huntley, the target of AC-12’s latest investigation into police corruption.

The Guardian praised the show’s “great acting and writing” while the Telegraph called it “insanely gripping“.

A fifth series of the drama has already been commissioned.

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The makers of Line of Duty posted this tweet on Sunday showing cast members Martin Compston, Adrian Dunbar and Vicky McClure

ITV broadcaster Susanna Reid was among those to salute the season finale on Twitter, describing it as “suspenseful, stimulating, superb television”.

“THANK YOU so much each & every one of you for watching,” wrote cast member Vicky McClure. “It’s been an absolute joy seeing your response over the last 6 weeks!”

Overnight ratings show that Line of Duty fetched an average audience of 7.46 million on BBC One, way ahead of the 3.79 million who tuned into Grantchester on ITV.

World Productions, who make the show for the BBC, said the ratings were “the highest live audience ever for the show”.

Spoiler warning: do not read any further if you have yet to see the final episode of Line of Duty.

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The show featured a stand-off involving Dunbar, Compston and McClure’s characters

At the end of Sunday night’s episode, it was revealed that “Balaclava Man” was not one person but several people working for a mysterious criminal network.

One of the balaclava-clad men was shot dead by police in a tense stand-off and was described as “a known violent criminal with long-term associations”.

An AC-12 police report briefly shown on screen revealed his name to be Robert Denmoor.

The episode also saw Newton’s character finally confess to her role in the death of forensics expert Timothy Ifield (Jason Watkins).

But she did not go down without a fight, ensuring her husband’s lawyer Jimmy Lakewell (Patrick Baladi) was arrested for perverting the course of justice.

The episode ended with both characters in prison and Assistant Chief Constable Derek Hilton (Paul Higgins) dead in what appeared to be a staged suicide.

According to the Mirror’s TV critic, the only flaw in the “tense and twisting” hour-long final was that it “wasn’t long enough“.

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Media captionActress Maya Sondhi who plays Maneet Bindra in Line of Duty tells Today plot twist was a shock to her

Actress Maya Sondhi, who played WPC Maneet Bindra in the series, told Radio 4’s Today programme earlier that writer Jed Mercurio had yet to start writing the fifth series.

She also revealed that it had been “a shock” to find out in episode four that her character had been secretly feeding information to ACC Hilton.

“He does write amazing twists, doesn’t he?” she said of “evil genius” Mercurio.

“The beauty of his writing is there are so many layers to it.”


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US actor Val Kilmer makes cancer admission

US actor Val Kilmer makes cancer admission

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Kilmer, pictured in 2013, said his swollen tongue was “healing all the time”

Top Gun star Val Kilmer has appeared to confirm he had cancer, after previously claiming he had “no cancer whatsoever”.

While answering questions put to him by Reddit users, the actor revealed he “did have a healing of cancer” and was still dealing with a swollen tongue.

“Because I don’t sound my normal self yet people think I may still be under the weather,” the 57-year-old wrote.

Speculation over Kilmer’s health grew last year after Michael Douglas said he was “dealing with” throat cancer.

The former Batman actor responded at the time by saying Douglas was “misinformed”.

“He was probably trying to help me cause press probably asked where I was these days,” Kilmer wrote while taking part in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) last week.

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Kilmer appeared with Michael Douglas in The Ghost and the Darkness

Writing on Facebook last year, Kilmer said his only recent contact with Douglas had been to seek advice over a lump in his throat.

Known for his roles in such films as Heat, The Doors and Tombstone, Kilmer worked with Douglas on 1996 film The Ghost and the Darkness.

Following Douglas’s comments last year, it was reported that Kilmer had been reluctant to seek medical treatment due to his Christian Science faith.

Many Christian Scientists believe that diseases can be healed with prayer, although the Church does not forbid adherents seeking medical aid.

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Doherty played Heather Duke in Heathers and Prue in Charmed

Meanwhile, US actress Shannen Doherty has revealed she is in remission after receiving treatment for breast cancer.

The former star of Beverly Hills, 90210 wrote on Instagram that she felt “blessed” by the “overwhelming” news.


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Six child actors who retired from showbiz

Six child actors who retired from showbiz

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Stranger Things is one of Netflix’s most successful shows

Child stars have been a crucial part of Hollywood for generations, but many of them choose totally different careers in adulthood.

The second season of Netflix’s hugely popular drama Stranger Things will premiere on Halloween 2017, the streaming service confirmed earlier this year.

The show stars Winona Ryder and David Harbour but also relies heavily on its cast of child actors, who play some of the main characters.

The young stars have been praised for their performances in the show, and could well have bright futures in Hollywood ahead of them.

But the glitz and glamour of the entertainment industry isn’t for everyone.

For every Drew Barrymore or Jodie Foster, there are plenty of child actors who chose to go in totally different directions in their adult years.

Here are six child stars who left acting behind to pursue new careers.


Peter Ostrum

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You might not recognise the name, but Ostrum played Charlie in the big-screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The 1971 film saw Ostrum appear alongside four other child actors as one of Willy Wonka’s five golden ticket winners.

“Everybody thinks that acting is such a glamorous profession, but it’s a difficult profession,” he said after starring in the film.

That may explain why he quit acting and became a vet as an adult instead.

Some of the other young actors in the film picked up a few more big screen roles in the years after the film, but nearly all drifted away from Hollywood.

Michael Bollner, who played Augustus Gloop, for example, now works as an accountant in Munich.


Mara Wilson

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In the 1990s, it was difficult to go to the cinema without seeing a film with Mara Wilson in it.

She starred in Miracle on 34th Street, Mrs Doubtfire, A Simple Wish and Matilda.

But then, as she entered her teenage years, the former child actress retreated from the limelight.

“I was 13 and I was awkward, and I was gawky, and I was not a very cute kid anymore,” Wilson told The Huffington Post in 2013.

“So, Hollywood didn’t really want me at that point, and I was kind of over it too. So, after a while, it feels like a mutual breakup. That’s the way that I’d describe it.”

Wilson is now a writer and released a book last year called Where Am I Now?

She also came out as bisexual in support of the victims of the attack on an LGBT nightclub in Orlando.


Mary Badham

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Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird was an instant literary phenomenon when it was first released in 1960, and is still considered a classic.

When the inevitable big-screen adaptation was made, Mary Badham was hired to play the role of Scout, the young girl who serves as the book’s narrator.

Badham became the youngest actress ever nominated for the best supporting actress category at the Oscars after her appearance in the film (although the record was broken a decade later by the marginally younger Tatum O’Neal).

She went on to act in a few other films released in the 1960s, but then gave up on the profession for the rest of her life – with one exception.

Badham was coaxed out of retirement for a minor role in one film – 2005’s Our Very Own – after its director, Cameron Watson, said he wouldn’t accept any other actress for the part.

She now works an art restorer and a college testing coordinator, but often writes about her experiences on Mockingbird and attended a special screening of the film with President Obama in 2012.

“When I retired, I was at an in-between age. I wasn’t a child anymore, I wasn’t really a woman yet and they weren’t really writing scripts for that age,” she said later that year.


Shirley Temple

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Not many of us can claim to have started our career at the age of three – but that’s exactly what Shirley Temple did.

As a child actress, she starred in a whole host of films, including Bright Eyes, The Little Princess, Heidi and Captain January.

But in her adult years, she entered politics and public affairs, becoming a Republican fundraiser and serving three years as the United States Ambassador to (what was then known as) Czechoslovakia.

She also had a mocktail named after her – which, thank you for asking, consists of ginger ale (or lemonade) and a splash of grenadine, garnished with a maraschino cherry.

When Temple died in 2014 at the age of 85, she left behind a remarkable legacy – no child star since has ever come close to equalling her record of being Hollywood’s top box office star for four years in a row.


Mark Lester

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Mark Lester was just 10 years old when he was cast as Oliver in, er, Oliver.

The film adaptation of the stage musical was released in 1968 – more than 130 years after Charles Dickens’s novel Oliver Twist was first published

Lester took various roles over the following decade but decided to give up acting at the age of 19 and became an osteopath.

“Child actors going on to become adult actors never really works, apart from a few. Jodie Foster was the exception,” he told The Independent.

He and Michael Jackson – who was born in the same year – were close friends, and Lester became godfather to the singer’s three children.


Ariana Richards

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Richards took on a few small acting jobs throughout her childhood, but shot to fame playing Lex Murphy in 1993’s Jurassic Park – a role she filmed when she was just 12 years old.

She briefly reprised the role for The Lost World: Jurassic Park four years later, but then took a step back from acting to focus on her art career.

Richards graduated in 2001 with a degree in fine art and drama and went on to become a successful painter.

But, in 2011, she said: “Being interested in acting never changes. Acting is in your blood, and of course I’ll always be interested in it.”

Which explains why she was briefly tempted back in 2013 for a role in TV movie Battledogs.


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7 Celebrity Nude Eyeshadow Looks to Try ASAP

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Whether you have a fear of technicolor shadows or are looking for a new way to show off your collection of nudes, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite neutral eyeshadow looks celebrities have recently worn on the red carpet–and that we can’t stop thinking about.

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Whether you consider yourself a Plastic, a Burnout, or a Cool Mom, Mean Girls assuredly touched you in some personal way. Even over a decade after its debut, the brilliant movie about North Shore High and its many cliques remains a masterwork that holds up to the test of time–and teen scrutiny. Its quotes? Equally enduring.

Indeed, it’s probably one of the most quotable films in history. Mean Girls gave us such gems as “Is butter a carb?,” “You can’t sit with us,” “I don’t hate you ’cause your fat. You’re fat ’cause I hate you!”, to name just a few. In honor of the film, which celebrates another anniversary on April 30, here are some Mean Girls maxims laid out as inspirational quotes to get you going in the morning.

10 Rose Gold Homeware & Kitchen Gifts for Mother’s Day and Graduation

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Line of Duty: series creator Jed Mercurio interrogated

Line of Duty: series creator Jed Mercurio interrogated

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It’s had the nation gripped and now finally it’s time to find out who Balaclava Man is in the police drama Line of Duty.

Could it be DCI Roz Huntley’s husband Nick? Or lawyer Jimmy Lakewell? There are plenty of other suspects in the mix.

As the climax approaches, we caught up with series creator and writer Jed Mercurio to give him an AC-12 style interrogation.


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Keeper of secrets: Jed Mercurio

Is it true a sixth series is not confirmed?

We definitely have a fifth, not a sixth… but we haven’t started working on it yet. I need to think what the character is first.

Did you instantly think of Thandie Newton for the role of DCI Roz Huntley or were other people in the running?

It just evolved. I don’t normally think of a specific actor, I concentrate on the character and then when we get into pre-production that’s how names come up.

I always knew Thandie was top talent, she was a real laugh on set. It was the easiest casting process I’ve ever been through.

Did Thandie’s status as a Hollywood star have an impact?

We were flattered she wanted to do the role – most of her career she’s been doing Hollywood movies so it was a boost for the whole team.

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Thandie Newton as DCI Roz Huntley

How do you come up with the plots for Line of Duty?

I come up with the story ideas on my own. I like to sit at my desk… sometimes I get inspiration when I’m going about my normal day-to-day life.

Then when I’ve come up with some sort of story, I get the editorial team on board and we try to develop it.

I then write an outline of the first episode which takes about a week. Only when we are happy with the first episode do we start on the second.

Can we expect any surprises for the final episode?

(pauses, laughs) You will just have to watch!

How do real-life police officers react to the plot?

One of our intelligence advisers for the show said his team have been trying to crack who balaclava man is – it’s quite funny.

What would you like to explore in the next series?

I want to look at the personal lives of all the regulars in series five – they’ve taken a backseat in this series to Roz Huntley, so it would be good to explore that side of things a bit more.

The regulars are definitely up for doing more… that’s if they survive the final episode!

What’s more important, ratings or awards?

I always try and distinguish between facts and opinions. I am just pleased the show is being watched. Ratings are the most important thing.

What advice do you have for budding crime series writers?

Just write, write, write. Watch lots of shows and films in that genre. Read lots and think about story and characters.

Are you tempted to write over in the US?

I actually went over there for a while when my career was quiet over in the UK. I wrote pilots for shows over there for about five years. I like the differences between American and British television dramas.

The final of Line of Duty is on BBC One on Sunday night at 9pm.


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