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Good actors who survive shocking scripts

By David Herman  

It’s one thing for actors to play ‘Hamlet’ or Chekhov. But perhaps a better test of an actor’s ability is when they manage to survive a truly shocking script and all around them are sinking without trace.

There have been several outstanding examples on TV recently. Philip Glenister hardly needs more plaudits for his terrific performance as Gene Hunt in ‘Life on Mars’, one of the outstanding TV performances of the past decade. But he’s now managed to deliver an equally good performance in the wretched BBC 1 sequel, ‘Ashes to Ashes’, with a bad script which has reduced Keeley…

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