Kunal Nayyar plays extremely against type as “Sandeep”, a hardened killer who can potentially help the police solve another crime.
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The brew and biscuit subplot persists here in the final episode of Criminal: United Kingdom season 2 — Tony’s negotiation skills are on-point. Three biscuits up-front for a brew; seems fair to me. You could probably build a whole episode around this drama, but there’s much more to worry about with the arrival of the titular Sandeep, a bearded Kunal Nayyar evidently not playing Rajesh Koothrappali here.
Sandeep is a hardened criminal. He knows who’s behind the two-way glass and turns his back to it for the interview. He was a successful businessman before his incarceration and has no intention of helping the police with their current inquiries. Hobbs and Reiss aren’t intimidated, though, and even poke fun at the only property he currently owns — his cell in Belmarsh.
Hobbs brings up Annabelle, a young entrepreneur who went missing 11 years ago. Her mother has kept her room pristine ever since, in case she comes back, which includes keeping it clean. While doing so, she recently discovered a disposable camera that contained a photograph of Annabelle and Sandeep together. He claims not to have known her, not to have met her, despite being photographed with her. He claims to deeply regret the murder he did commit, and that he doesn’t deserve to be linked to any others, photograph or not.
When Sandeep realizes that the photo was taken in 2009, he says he can help them with their inquiries. He was apparently on a cruise at that time, which is immediately verified by the team in the observation room. He recalls the route exactly. “Like the wedding, they certainly took photos too.” It’s time this interview was suspended.
Tony checks up on the cruise, which makes for a solid alibi. He tells Hobbs and she’s dismayed enough to let him tell Sandeep that he’s free to go — as he says, it’s not their fault he didn’t do it. Sandeep says they have him for another hour, though, since the driver from Belmarsh isn’t picking him up until 18:00. He asks what would it have been worth had he known who was responsible and was able to tell them? Since he has spent the last ten years living with many of the most dangerous men in the country, there are plenty of unsolved high-profile crimes that he does know about and that he can help them with. So, what is it worth?
The next sequence plays out like a little game. Sandeep suggests the police reel off some high-profile crimes and they see what comes up. Their first suggestions don’t ring any bells, but Vanessa suggests the case of missing Alfie Ince. This piques Sandeep’s interest. He asks if that’d be high-profile enough for him to negotiate a reduction in his sentence. There are 55 minutes left. Plenty of time to do business.
Donna Swift, a prosecutor, arrives to lay out how all this is going to work. Sandeep is adamant that this has to be done in a one-hour window to secure a better chance of him actually getting the reduction. He insists his self-imposed deadline is real and that he won’t speak after it. He wants four years taken off his 14-year sentence, of which he’s already served ten. He’d basically be going free immediately. The prosecutor says this is doable, but it’s at the top end. He’s done his homework. He wants a cup of tea and a biscuit if they have one. Subplots paying off!
Criminal: United Kingdom season 2, episode 4 sees the return of an obviously demoted Hugo Duffy, who worked the Alfie Ince case. He’ll be sitting in on the interview with Tony. Sandeep begins his story, beginning at Brixton, where he did indeed spend some time in 2010. His first time in a cell. He was terrified, but not as scared as the fellow inmate he befriended who smuggled cars along a route to Bulgaria. Along that route, people, children, were also trafficked, including Alfie Ince — for £25,000, apparently. Apparently on the way Alfie tried to get out of the van and had to be “subdued”. That’s how he ended up killing him. His body was buried in some national park near Arnhem. He gives a name: John Brian Buchanan. And he knows his full address, which was to be the base of the money-laundering business they were intending to set up.
Hugo finds this immediate recitation of the address to be a bit suspicious. He has an address of his own — one of Sandeep’s properties which was very close to where Alfie Ince disappeared from the in the first place. Hugo claims that he wasn’t investigated at the time, but the property is being investigated right now, which isn’t true, but Sandeep doesn’t know that. Hugo explains how if they find a body he’ll be serving another life sentence on top of his current one. If he helps out, though, a judge would look favorably on that. Hugo and Tony press Sandeep on who they’ll find missing on his property, and he finally tells them — Annabelle Ashcombe. She told him at the wedding she could invest half a million, which stopped him from taking the job on the cruise. Then she visited him to tell him she’d changed her mind. That’s when he lost it. He describes hitting her with a pole in the garden, just once, which is when the football landed in the garden. Alfie came in a few seconds later to fetch it. And back came the pole.
With that matter handled, we learn that Hugo is starting a new job in the morning, hence why he can’t go for a drink with Tony and Natalie (well, that and the fact he’s an alcoholic.) Tony, finally, gets the hint. And he leaves his biscuits on the table. Interview over.
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Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.
Meghan Markle, The Only Good Royal Apart From Harry TBH, Could Run For President In 2024
First, it was Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump and Kanye West who were celebs before making their presidential bid. Now apparently Meghan Markle could run for president in 2024, according to a close friend.
“One of the reasons she was so keen not to give up on her American citizenship was so she had the option to go into politics,” a close friend of the royal told Vanity Fair.
“I think if Meghan and Harry ever gave up their titles she would seriously consider running for president,” the close friend added.
However, other close friends of the duchess said she had no plans of pursuing a political career.
This comes after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry featured in a video to promote Time 100’s list of the most influential people in 2020.
In the video, the couple urged people to vote in Novembers election.
“Every four years, we’re told the same thing, this is the most important election of our lifetime. But this one is,” Markle said in the video.
“As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation, and online negativity,” Harry added.
Markle has also been cold-calling voters with Gloria Steinem, encouraging them to vote.
As a member of the royal family, Markle is meant to remain politically neutral. But this latest move by the royal couple has lead to questions about whether she is making her political inclinations known to the public.
In a statement from Buckingham Palace, they said “the Duke is not a working member of the royal family” and his comments were “made in a personal capacity.”
Since marrying into the royal family, Markle has had to tone down on her political activism and keep quiet to maintain political neutrality.
Before that Markle was vocal in her activism, particularly when it came to Donald Trump. In a 2016 interview with Larry Wilmore, she called Trump “misogynist, and so vocal about it.”
Trump responded with, “I didn’t know she was nasty.” I wouldn’t call that nasty though, I’d just call it stating facts.
After that video of the couple came out, Trump made it known that he was “not a fan” of Markle. Well, I’m sure she’d say the same for you too, buddy.
As much as it would be great to have a woman of colour as the next US President, it doesn’t seem very likely she will run for president. According to Andrew Morton, author of Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, he said, “she has no chance of ever running for president. She would be eaten alive.”
Well, there goes that dream.
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Dax Shepherd reveals he relapsed after 16 years of sobriety
After 16 years of being sober, actor and comedian Dax Shepard revealed he has been battling an opioid addiction.
His admission came Friday during the latest episode of his popular podcast “Armchair Expert.”
“An episode I hoped I’d never have to record, but one I felt I owed to all the beautiful Armcheries who have been on this ride with me for the last couple years,” Shepard said in an Instagram post announcing the episode.
In the episode, Shepard –– known for his role on Parenthood – detailed the bumps of his journey, most recently dealing with an addiction to Vicodin, the opioid painkiller. For the last eight weeks, he said, he had been “on them all day,” after taking them originally for injuries.
This led to a situation where he was “taking, you know, eight 30s a day, and I know that’s an amount that’s going to result in a pretty bad withdrawal. And I start getting really scared, and I’m starting to feel really lonely. And I just have this enormous secret.”
At first Shepard said he tried to fix the problem himself by slowly weaning off the pills — but it didn’t work.
But this month, he revealed his addiction to wife Kristen Bell and his friends. As of Friday, he is on day 11 of being sober once more.
“I’m making Kristen feel crazy,” he said.
Shepard has previously dealt with addiction to cocaine and alcohol, which he says he has not touched in 16 years. The actor has been open about his recovery journey, discussing it in the past on his podcast and in interviews.
Actress Kristen Bell addressed her husband’s addiction in 2018, when he celebrated 14 years sober. “I know how much you loved using,” she wrote. “I know how much it got in your way. And I know, because I saw, how hard you worked to live without it.”
“I will forever be in awe of your dedication, and the level of fierce moral inventory you perform on yourself, like an emotional surgery, every single night,” Bell continued. “I love you more than I ever thought I could love anyone, and I want you to know, I see you. I see how hard you work. You’re hard work benefits all of us, and you set an excellent example of how to be human.”
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