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The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - TELEVISION & RADIO -

Christ­mas al­ready seems like a dis­tant mem­ory and the nights are still cold and gloomy. That all adds up to one thing - ITV is bring­ing back Vera. The char­ac­ter, cre­ated by nov­el­ist Ann Cleeves, has been a main­stay in the early year sched­ules for the past few Jean Val­jean is tor­mented by his con­science and, un­der re­lent­less pres­sure from Javert, is forced to con­fess his true iden­tity. How­ever, his life looks is changed en­tirely once again due to a prom­ise he makes to Fan­tine. The Thenardiers see a bright fu­ture ahead when a wealthy stranger seeks lodg­ings at their inn. A por­trait of the di­rec­tor, with ac­cess to an ar­chive of his work, pro­vid­ing an in­sight into in­com­plete projects and in­spi­ra­tions. The film is di­vided into four sec­tions, ex­plor­ing Welles’ po­lit­i­cal be­liefs, his ro­man­tic life, his fas­ci­na­tion with power and cor­rup­tion, and his sense of hu­mour. the­couri­er­magazine years, and this is her ninth run on our screens. Once again Brenda Blethyn will play her, and the first of her four cases, en­ti­tled Blind Spot, sees her in­ves­ti­gate the mur­der of Joanne Caswell, a trainee foren­sic psy­chol­o­gist, whose body was found on a land­fill site. Could Joanne’s death be linked to a crime com­mit­ted by a for­mer pris­oner? New se­ries. As spring ar­rives, Non­na­tus House wel­comes two new nuns, the ex­pe­ri­enced Sis­ter Hilda and newly qual­i­fied Sis­ter Frances, who must ac­cli­ma­tise to the chang­ing East End. A com­pli­cated mul­ti­ple birth tests the skills of some of the mid­wives to the limit, but Trixie has to face her fears. Med­i­cal staff use bat­tle­field dress­ings to try to save the life of a man who’s bleed­ing to death. Nine-year-old Ar-rayyan has been hit by a car and has a nasty head in­jury. And a fall leaves sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian Bon­nie with a se­verely frac­tured an­kle.

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