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Sophie Okonedo, Lesley Manville and Aidan Gillen star in this BBC drama

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Starts Sun Mar 3, 9pm, BBC1
Typical. You wait years for a drama focused around the traumas of a small town in the wake of a shocking incident, and a whole load come along at once. Each has plenty to recommend it, but we particularly liked the look of this one when we went on set in Surrey last summer. The cast, including Sophie Okonedo, Lesley Manville and Aidan Gillen, is impressive. The writers have form, having created ‘Whitechapel’. And an oppressive, vaguely pagan sense of mystery hangs over proceedings – hence the name.

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‘Lightfields’ - (ITV1, starts Wed Feb 27, 9pm)<br>ITV1’s supernatural ‘Marchlands’ follow-up

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‘The Crash’ - (BBC3, starts Tue Mar 5, 9pm)<br>A car crash devastates a small community

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Run

What?
A four-part drama placing a quartet of apparently unconnected lives on a collision course on the margins of London.

Who?
Lennie James, Jaime Winstone and Olivia Colman

When?
2013, C4

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Family Tree

What?
It’s another semi-improvised mockumentary. But, as Ricky Gervais told us, if anyone has earnt the right to recycle the formula, it’s the man who turned it into an art form.

Who?
Christopher Guest, Chris O'Dowd and Nina Conti

When?
Late spring 2013, BBC2

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Vicious

What?
Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi in a studio sitcom for ITV, playing bickering partners, with Frances de la Tour as their best friend.

Who?
Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi

When?
Late spring 2013, ITV1

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