Published on August 4th, 2012 | by Jen Knight0
The UK Wrap: 4th August 2012
Returning on Monday the 6th of August is the second season of E4’s Beaver Falls, a comedy-drama that follows a trio of Oxford Brookes University graduates who get jobs at an American summer camp for the children of California’s rich and influential. Staring Sam Robertson as Flynn, who hopes to take his mind of his degenerative motor-neurone condition by sleeping with everything with a pulse. John Dagleish as Barry, who fell hard in season one of the show for the already taken Kimberly, and Arsher Ali as A-Rab, a somnambulist who is using the distractions of America to mend his broken heart. After running a-foul of the camp jocks in season one, season two sees the trio return to Beaver Falls only to find things have changed since the trip back to the UK. The girl A-Rab felt a connection to in Season one, is now married. Barry hopes to pick up where he left with Kimberly, and Flynn sets his sights on the new camp councillor.
Airing Wednesdays on BBC Two is the second season of Vexed, the police procedural comedy starring Toby Stephens. Stephens plays Jack Armstrong, a charming, but disorganised Detective Inspector. Season two sees Armstrong paired with a bright and driven rookie partner, DI Georgina Dixon played by Miranda Raison. Jack’s best friend, café-owner and ex-cop Tony and colleague Naz complete the crime solving team. Each week the pair attempt to harmonise their differing methodical styles and work towards solving a case. This week’s episode sees Jack and Georgina investigate the murder of a student on a modern university campus, and find themselves drawn into the complicated and overly PC world of gender politics.
This Australian spring sees no less than eight returning/new drama series to appear on BBC One. Billed as the Original British Drama campaign, over the next fortnight BBC audiences get a nightly sneak peak when teasers for the brand new original shows air amongst the Olympics coverage. Returning for a second series is the Melissa George vehicle Hunted, along with Doctor Who, Merlin, EastEnders and the Accused. Completely new dramas include, Good Cop and The Secret of Crickley Hall, Shetland and Ripper Street. Aside from the long awaited return of Doctor Who, the second season of the Accused is one of the shows which has piqued my interest. Each episode of the dramas follow a different character as they await their verdict in court, and tells the story behind how they find themselves accused. The first episode of the new season will star Olivia Coleman (Peep Show) and Anne-Marie Duff (Shameless)