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Quarantine viral videos: Line of Duty meets Unforgotten meets Life on Mars meets Midsomer Murders

There’s a lot of crossovers going on this viral video arranged by showrunner Jed Mercurio for charity Asks For Masks.

Most of the regular cast of Line of Duty (Adrian Dunbar, Martin Compston and Vicky McClure) show up, of course. But also joining them are various members of cop shows past and present:

  • Sanjeev Bhasker’s DI Sunny Khan from Unforgotten
  • Philip Glenister’s DCI Gene Hunt from Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes
  • Neil Dudgeon’s DCI John Barnaby from Midsomer Murders

Watch the video them give ’em some cash!


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Quarantine viral video: W1A returns

Many US TV show casts are reuniting by Zoom for charity read-throughs and even whole new episodes – Mythic Quest has just unveiled its latest episode, shot using 40 iPhones in the actors’ homes.

However, they’re not alone and yesterday, the cast of BBC Two’s W1A reunited for a five-minute special to announce the formation of the BBC Covid-19 Bounce Back Group.

Among those making an appearance are Hugh Bonneville, Monica Dolan, Sarah Parish, Jason Watkins and David Westhead.


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Quarantine viral video: the Community charity table-read

Community, which as I pointed out in a recent podcast is one of those comedy shows you have to watch if you haven’t already (it’s on Netflix), might have ended a while ago, but that doesn’t mean it’s faded from the minds of either its fans or its cast and crew.

This evening at 10pm UK time (2 pm PT), in another one of the charity table read-throughs that we’re getting from the US during lockdown, the cast and crew will unite (via Zoom, of course) for a table read of the fifth season episode Cooperative Polygraphy on the Community YouTube channel. Yep, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Jim Rash, Ken Jeong and even Donald “Star Wars: Solo” Glover will be there, as will series creator Dan Harmon.

The biggest fans will recall, of course, that that episode featured Walton Googins as well. He can’t make it so they’ve got Pedro Pascal – the star of The Mandalorian (and Narcos and the forthcoming Wonder Woman 1984) – to take his helmet off and read his part onstead.

While you’re waiting for that, you can always make a donation or listen to The Darkest Timeline, which is a podcast run by Ken Jeong and Joel McHale for Community fans. This one features Danny Pudi



And here’s the read through itself, followed by the Q&A that followed – enjoy!

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Quarantine viral video: Tony Shalhoub returns as Monk

Peacock is US TV network NBC’s new streaming service (Peacock because of NBC’s logo, in case you’re wondering). One of its first is At-Home Variety Show – a virtual series hosted by Seth MacFarlane, that ‘aims to raise awareness and support for essential workers and struggling communities during the pandemic’.

First guest? Tony Shalhoub, reprising his mysophobic character from Monk, who’s not enjoying the lockdown one bit. Also appearing are fellow Monk stars Traylor Howard, Ted Levine and Jason Gray-Stanford.