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Check Out 'The Walking Dead' Star Andrew Lincoln in His First Big TV Role

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 14th 2011 8:00AM
Andrew LincolnBefore Andrew Lincoln hit the big time in the U.S. starring in 'The Walking Dead' as zombie apocalypse survivor and committed family guy Rick Grimes, he was famous to a generation of British fans who knew him simply as "Egg."

Lincoln played the sensitive and conflicted Edgar Cooke, a.k.a. Egg, in the critically acclaimed mid-'90s BBC drama, 'This Life.' Set in South London, the series followed the trials and tribulations of a houseful of 20-something college graduates as they embarked on their fledgling legal careers.

'This Life' became notorious for its portrayal of hard-working, hard-partying young professionals and its liberal heapings of sex, drugs and booze, all played out against a Portishead soundtrack.

After the jump, check out Lincoln in 'This Life.' (And yes, there is some Portishead.)

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Jason Isaacs Talks About His Star Turn in the Engaging Detective Drama 'Case Histories'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 13th 2011 1:00PM
You could watch the excellent 'Case Histories' (Sunday, PBS Masterpiece, check local listings) just to see Jason Isaacs play an Edinburgh detective very well, but this mystery import offers a host of other pleasures.

The thing is, Masterpiece's 'Case Histories,' which adapts a trio of Kate Atkinson's popular Jackson Brodie novels over the course of three weeks, can't be neatly filed away in the "mystery" category. As is the case with Atkinson's bestselling novels, this thoughtful and well-paced program ranges from the subversive to the sad without losing focus on the emotions of the complex people at the center of the story. Its frequently light tone can turn on a dime to tragedy, and the fact that this version of 'Case Histories' pulls off those transitions so deftly is a minor miracle.

"There is a bit of magical misdirection going on," actor Jason Isaacs, star of Showtime's 'Brotherhood' and NBC's upcoming drama 'Awake,' says of 'Case Histories,' in which he plays the ex-cop Jackson Brodie. "It looks like a crime thriller and it's not that at all. It's a great, big, current anthropological satire. It's full of these rich, boldly etched characters that leap off the page and screen, and they are not from the rag-bag of clichés that a crime thriller is normally made of."

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