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Harsh Light News Newsletter

Films to watch over the Christmas holiday period!

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John Bradshaw’s Santa’s Squad, originally titled The Santa Squad, hit television screens in the United States on Monday, 7 December 2020.

Santa’s Squad, with a story penned by Mark Valenti, revolves around unemployed art teacher Allie. Allie, after being hired at the Santa Squad, is given a special assignment.


British Network Television

UK lottery winner, Cherry Jackson, is discovered dead

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The latest Chris Foggin directed Death in Paradise episode, with a story and teleplay penned by James Hall and Helen Black, opens with Craig (Jason Manford) and Danielle Mackenzie (Faye McKeever) arriving at the Jackson residence. Gavin (Kelvin Fletcher) and Cherry Jackson (Laura Aikman), after winning the UK National Lottery, relocated to Saint Marie.

The episode, set on and around the anniversary of Patrice Campbell’s (Leemore Marrett Jr.) death, is a trying time for DS Florence Cassell (Joséphine Jobert). Patrice, as series fans will recall, was Florence’s fiancée. …


British Network Television

Sharon Beale moves forward with her plan to poison Ian

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The latest John Howlett directed EastEnders episode, with a teleplay penned by Daran Little, delivers a powerful emotional punch.

Previously, not wanting to see her leave Walford, Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) reveals to Frankie Lewis (Rose Ayling-Ellis) he’s her biological father. Mick and Frankie, for the first time in their lives, enjoy breakfast together as father and daughter.

It’s great seeing Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) welcoming Frankie to the family. The only Carter seemingly not completely in the loop is Shirley (Linda Henry).

Meanwhile, elsewhere, Sharon Beale (Letitia Dean) moves forwards with her plan to poison Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt). Sharon, instead of killing him solvely, has obtained from Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) a fast acting drug. …


American Network Television

The Trashcan Man makes his way to New Vegas, while Flagg and Abigail meet for the first time.

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Chris Fisher’s The Vigil, with a teleplay co-written by Jill Killington and Knate Lee, brings us two-thirds of the way through The Stand miniseries.

Randall Flagg (Alexander Skarsgård) dials up his war against the survivor Boulder residents. Flagg’s pawns, Nadine Cross (Amber Heard) and Harold Lauder (Owen Teague), move forwards with their plot to destroy the Boulder community.

The survivors, in this latest episode, are reunited with Mother Abagail Freemantle (Whoopi Goldberg). Losses, despite their efforts to maintain the community, continue to mount. Flagg clearly sees all opposition to his iron fist detrimental to his rule.

Trashcan Man (Ezra Miller), the major character introduced, is revealed in The Vigil. Fire and flames, as a theme, play a significant part in this latest instalment. Trashcan Man, unquestionably unstable, is a pyromaniac who becomes sexually aroused by the mere thought of fire and explosives. His reaction to the oil refinery explosion is readily apparent. …


American Network Television

“Nancy Drew” and the Drew Crew is back!

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Larry Teng’s The Search for the Midnight Wraith, the Nancy Drew second season premiere, came to television screens in these United States on Wednesday, 20 January 2021.

The first season, spanning 18 episodes, ended prematurely on Wednesday, 15 April 2020. The second season premiere, with a story co-written by Noga Landau and Melinda Hsu Taylor, continues to provide fans with an appropriate degree of Nancy Drew creepiness.

All the main cast members from the first season, Kennedy McMann, Leah Lewis, Maddison Jaizani, Tunji Kasim, Alex Saxon, Riley Smith, and Scott Wolf, have returned.

Nancy Drew’s (Kennedy McMann) quest to solve the mystery that is her own identity remains front and centre. Nancy, even though she is desperate to prove she’s nothing like the Hudsons, is doing a terrible job keeping her friends out of harm’s way. There is an obvious recklessness to Nancy’s behaviour which is, from certain perspectives, unforgivable. …


American Network Television

The team searches for a young woman who is heading down a deadly path of vengeance

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Deran Sarafian’s Anonymous, with a story penned by Spindrift Beck, hit television screens in these United States on Tuesday, 19 January 2021. Anonymous, the latest FBI: Most Wanted episode, packs a powerful punch.

The episode opens with a twelve step meeting where a newcomer to the group executes three unarmed members. Eva Martin (Gabrielle Walsh), from the way she approaches Lucy Little (Graceann Dorse), couldn’t look into her victim’s face. Eva didn’t have as much trouble shooting either Sal Little (Zack Calhoon) or the guard (Sam N. Hawkins).

James Martin (Brian Anthony Wilson), as Special Agent Jess LaCroix (Julian McMahon) correctly observes, is extremely overbearing. It was James, according to Carol Martin (Sally Stewart), that wanted Eva to pursue a legal career. …


BRITISH NETWORK TELEVISION

Adam Barlow’s real attacker, Faye Windass, is revealed

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Debbie Webster (Sue Devaney) is surprised to see Ray Crosby (Mark Frost) eating breakfast at the bistro as if nothing has happened.

A little while later, Abi Franklin (Sally Carman), Alya Nazir (Sair Khan), and Faye Windass (Ellie Leach) observe Ray leaving the bistro.

Police Constable Craig Tinker (Colson Smith) reveals Ray had been released pending an investigation. Abi and Alya report Ray to the police.

Gail Rodwell (Helen Worth), needing a job, talks Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) into hiring her as a cleaner. A job is a job is a job!

Ray and Susan (Alison George), as Alya secretly records their conversation on her mobile phone, discuss their crimes. …


Canadian Network Television

Hudson & Rex, when a mummified body is discovered, have another strange case to solve

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After a mummified body is discovered in Newfoundland’s tundra, Detective Charlie Hudson (John Reardon) and Rex (Diesel vom Burgimwald) set off in search of a community of survivalists who may be harbouring a murderer.

Charlie, more of a city cop, doesn’t know the local terrain. Forensics Chief Sarah Truong (Mayko Nguyen), fearing Charlie and Rex could be in serious trouble, insists on accompanying Kendra (Diana Bentley) into the wilds.

IT Specialist Jesse Mills (Justin Kelly), initially not able to see the wood for the trees, is pointed in the right direction when Sarah suggests he read between the lines. …


British Network Television

Mick Carter finally tells Frankie Lewis that he’s her dad

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The latest John Howlett directed EastEnders episode, with a teleplay written by Daran Little, opens with Sharon Beale (Letitia Dean) standing behind the bar at The Queen Victoria.

Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) shows up and wants to know why she doesn’t want to move forwards with poisoning Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt). Max Branning (Jake Wood) adamantly feels Sharon must be behind Ian’s deteriorating health.

Sharon, when Ian asks her if there is anything she needed to get off her chest, tells her husband that her feelings have never changed. The only reason Sharon married Ian was to get close to him. …


British Network Television

The American “Staged” reboot is in real jeopardy

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Simon Evans hears desperate news from Georgia Tennant, via Lucy Eaton, and tries to get David Tennant and Michael Sheen to work together. It ultimately falls to the new cast members, Jim Parsons and Josh Gad, to offer David and Michael a new perspective on their friendship. Is it too late?

Anna Lundberg and George are respectively irritated with how Michael and David have been behaving over the past few weeks. Ever since they discovered an American reboot of Staged was in the works, noting their reaction, both David and Michael have been seriously p*ssed off.

Jim and Josh have been respectively cast as American versions of Michael Sheen and David Tennant in the reboot. Michael and David, other than helping the American cast members understand their characters, have no on screen presence in the reboot. …

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