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Dalgliesh season 2 I Release date, cast, trailer and latest news



Channel 5’s detective adaptation Dalgliesh wrapped its final season one mystery on Friday 19th November, and viewers are already wondering if the drama will return.

Season two has not yet been ordered, but the Channel 5 and Acorn series is based on PD James’ bestselling Inspector Dalgliesh books – and there’s plenty more source material ripe for adaptation following season one.

Doctor Foster star Bertie Carvel leads the Dalgliesh cast and plays the title role, while Jeremy Irvine plays his hotheaded colleague Charles Masterson.

Read on for everything you need to know about Dalgliesh season two.

Dalgliesh season 2 release date

There’s no release date yet for Dalgliesh season two, but we’ll keep this page updated with any news.

Dalgliesh season 2 cast

In the first season, Bertie Carvel played the title role of policeman and published poet Adam Dalgliesh, while Jeremy Irvine played his colleague Charles Masterson.

Other Dalgliesh cast members included Mirren Mack, Natasha Little, Paul Mallon, and Siobhán Cullen.

Dalgliesh season 2 trailer 

There’s no trailer yet for Dalgliesh, but we’ll keep this page updated.

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China basks in Covid Zero approach as other nations scramble for Omicron



Countries across the world scrambled this week to impose border and travel curbs after the new omicron variant emerged. In China, it was business as usual.

While scientists race to figure out whether the Covid-19 variant first sequenced in South Africa will pose a bigger problem than the highly infectious delta strain, countries ranging from the U.K. and Israel to Japan erred on the side of caution. They put in place preemptive defenses and travel restrictions designed to keep the variant out, rather than betting on omicron being a flash in the pan. It’s a calculus Beijing didn’t have to consider.

The emergence of the highly-mutated form of the virus has provided some vindication for China’s Covid Zero approach, which saw the country close its border indefinitely at the beginning of the pandemic, and intensify its stringent curbs ever since. While other places pivot to living alongside the virus, China has prioritized weeding out every last infection, saying the health of the population is its main priority — and economic benefits will follow.

Covid booster

“Omicron is a booster shot for Covid Zero,” said Huang Yanzhong, a senior fellow for global health at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. “If Western countries are walking back on their reopening and closing borders, they’ll lose the grounds for accusing China of sticking to what they say is an unsustainable and incorrect approach.”

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Other countries embracing travel and border restrictions anew raises questions about whether China’s strategy may offer a better defense from newly emerging variants, particularly in the early days when their risk isn’t fully understood and the guarantee of an exit from the Covid pandemic is far from certain. The country’s state-backed newspaper, the Global Times, already declared China the most likely place to avoid devastation from omicron.

While the verdict is still out on whether the startling genetic changes found in omicron justify the preemptive hunkering down, some analysts said China’s approach may offer benefits. Kinger Lau, a strategist with Goldman Sachs Group Inc., said the economic fundamentals and ongoing Covid curbs in the world’s second largest economy put it in a better position to face the new variant.



Still, the zero-tolerance strategy China is clinging to has come under growing criticism from abroad and at least partly from within, and goes well beyond rigid border closures to include a growing suite of disruptive curbs.

Harder containment

While it has shielded the world’s most populous country from the rampant infections and massive death tolls that have ravaged other parts of the world, Covid Zero has taxed China and its people, with the weekslong quarantines and re-entry procedures meaning they’re effectively locked inside the country.

It’s gotten harder, and less successful, over time. The handful of delta flareups that have emerged since May are requiring ever-more stringent measures to subdue. China is currently grappling with dozens of infections in a border town in its Inner Mongolia region, even as remnants of a previous outbreak continue to linger.

After vowing to keep out Covid, China doesn’t have many options. The country’s approach is a one-size-fits-all strategy, said Nicholas Thomas, an associate professor at the City University of Hong Kong who has edited several books on foreign policy and public health. The lack of efficient vaccines gives China little room to maneuver, he said.

The inactivated shots developed by the domestic firms Sinopharm and Sinovac Biotech Ltd. are less effective at preventing symptomatic infections than Western mRNA shots in studies, though they slashed hospitalization rates and deaths. Still, relatively little solid data on how these shots work against the delta variant has been published compared to their rivals in the West.

That’s one reason why China continues to double down on its zero-tolerance approach rather than rely on vaccination rates that top 75% of the population, cover children as young as three, and include widespread use of booster shots. It doesn’t have much confidence in what would happen if it eased those curbs, analysts say.

ALSO READ: China local Covid cases jump to most in nearly a month amid fresh outbreak

No countries have reinstated the same level of punishing lockdowns and curbs on personal movement that China continues to deploy, and few would try to impose the other measures in its arsenal like invasive searches and personal tracking. Even the new travel restrictions among countries trying to keep omicron out fall far short of those China uses to isolate itself from the broader world, where Covid continues to circulate.

Unintended benefits

The mitigation measures are having benefits that go beyond Covid. A study conducted by researchers in China and Hong Kong found that lockdowns enacted in the months following the virus’s emergence in Wuhan prevented 347,000 deaths unrelated to Covid.

The lower mortality rates were tied to the stringent curbs, including changes in behaviors such as mask-wearing and social distancing, that led to reduced air pollution, better hygiene and fewer traffic accidents, according to the study published in the journal Nature.

“The results suggest that virus countermeasures not only effectively controlled Covid-19 in China but also brought about unintended and substantial public health benefits,” the researchers said.

Border bandwagon

With more definitive data on omicron’s ability to wreck havoc likely to take weeks, more countries are expected to join the border-closing bandwagon. That shows other governments also are unwilling to take chances, rather than rely on science, says Jin Dong-Yan, a virologist at Hong Kong University. The travel curbs will be temporary if omicron turns out to be not much of a threat.

In China — where omicron is least likely to gain an immediate foothold given the curbs already in place — the variant could push back even further any timeline to reopen to the rest of the world, Huang at the Council on Foreign Relations said.

There is speculation leaders could start cautiously reopening after the Winter Olympics in Beijing, slated to begin in February. At that time, full vaccination rates will be higher than the current 75%, and more effective treatments are likely to be available, Huang said.

The variant could add to the case for postponing any reopening plans until after a major Communist Party summit that’s taking place in the second half of 2022 and is expected to solidify a third term for Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“Delta and omicron together represent a major threat to China’s health security,” Thomas said. “Without alternative solutions, China is effectively locked into this trajectory well into mid-to-late 2022.”

(With assistance from Jinshan Hong)

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Matrix: Resurrections and Aquaman Star Leaves the Cast of Mad Max: Furiosa



Matrix: Resurrections star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has exited George Miller’s Furiosa – the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road spin-off.

According to Deadline, the 35-year-old actor will be replaced by Tom Burke, who played Orson Wells in the Oscar-winning Netflix movie, Mank.

Abdul-Mateen II is parting ways with Furiosa due to a scheduling conflict. It’s currently unknown what his other project will be. “Sources say it is a secret passion project he had been developing for some time,” Deadline revealed. “Production recently moved up on it, which ultimately led him to leaving Furiosa.” The star will soon appear in The Matrix: Resurrections as a version of Morpheus, and will reprise his role as Black Manta in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom next year.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Morpheus in The Matrix: Resurrections. (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Morpheus in The Matrix: Resurrections. (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

Mad Max: Furiosa will star Anya Taylor-Joy in its leading role – a younger version of Charlize Theron’s Mad Max Fury Road character, Imperator Furiosa. The upcoming Mad Max spin-off will reveal the character’s origins, but little else is known for the time being.

Chris Hemsworth will also star alongside Anya Taylor-Joy in an undisclosed role, while George Miller returns to direct, write and produce alongside his producing partner, Doug Mitchell.

Although little is known about the film’s plot, George Miller has confirmed that its structure will be very different to Fury Road.

“Whereas Fury Road essentially happened over three days and two nights, this happens over many years,” he said. “You try to make films that are ‘uniquely familiar…’ This will be familiar to those people who know Mad Max, and in particular Fury Road, but also it will be unique.”

Mad Max: Furiosa was originally due to be released on June 23, 2023 but was recently delayed until 2024. Miller also recently revealed that it was an early screening of Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho that convinced him to cast Anya Taylor-Joy in the title role.

The film also marks an early major studio project for Tom Burke, who is perhaps best known for the role of Athos in the 2014 BBC drama, The Musketeers.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.

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Genshin Impact 2.4 release date – Lantern Rite and Enkanomiya details



The Genshin Impact 2.4 update is due to arrive in early 2022 and will coincide with the anniversary of last February’s Lantern Rite festival, an extensive celebration with plenty of activities and rewards. Genshin Impact fans have uncovered information indicating that the Lantern Rite festival will return during 2.4, and may include a rerun of the immensely popular Windtrace event.

In addition to Lantern Rite, 2.4 may also introduce a new area called Enkanomiya. According to information from the 2.4 beta, this mysterious region is accessed from Inazuma, although it has its own separate map. Reportedly, Enkanomiya operates on a unique day/night cycle, and players can manually switch between Evernight and Whitenight in order to solve puzzles and modify the environment.

Genshin Impact 2.4 could also include two new characters – Yun Jin and Shenhe – and dataminers have uncovered new skins for Keqing and Ningguang, in addition to hangout events and new weapons, and new furnishings for the Genshin Impact Serenitea Pot. This information is based on beta gameplay and has not been officially confirmed by Mihoyo. With that in mind, here’s everything we know about the next Genshin Impact update ahead of the Genshin Impact 2.4 release date.

Genshin Impact 2.4 release date

The Genshin Impact 2.4 release date is January 5, 2022, based on Mihoyo’s typical six-week update schedule.

Genshin Impact 2.4 livestream date

The Genshin Impact 2.4 livestream date and time has yet to be announced. If Mihoyo follows previous timeframes, the livestream may air around December 24, however there may be disruption around the holiday period.

Genshin Impact Shenhe, a woman with silvery hair tied back with a red ribbon, holding a polearm

Genshin Impact 2.4 new characters

Mihoyo has announced two new Genshin Impact characters that are anticipated to arrive in the 2.4 update – Shenhe and Yun Jin. Shenhe is a five-star Cryo Polearm user, and Yun Jin is a four-star Geo Polearm user.

Dataminers have also uncovered an avatar file referring to a potential new character called Heizou, although there is very little information about them. As far as we know, Yae Miko and Ayato will not appear in the 2.4 update.

Genshin Impact 2.4 banners

There are no characters confirmed to feature on rate-up event banners in 2.4. A tweet from UBatcha indicates the possibility of a Zhongli rerun in 2.4, however.

Genshin Impact 2.4 new outfits

According to information from the 2.4 beta, there will be evening gown skins released for Keqing and Ningugang. If these outfits follow the same pattern as the previous Genshin Impact skins released in 1.6, one of them will be available via in-game events, and the other will be released on the in-game store. The above tweet by Project Celestia indicates Ningguang’s outfit, called ‘Orchid’s Evening Gown’, can be obtained from the Lantern Rite II event, Fleeting Colors in Flight.

Genshin Impact 2.4 new area

Reportedly, the new Genshin Impact area is called Enkanomiya, and it is a secret region of Inazuma that is shown on a separate map, like the Golden Apple Archipelago in 1.6 – however, hopefully it will be permanent. Tweets from Project Celestia report that Enkanomiya can be switched between its two modes, Evernight and Whitenight, at will – transforming the environment.

Genshin Impact 2.4 events

The possible Genshin Impact 2.4 events are:

  • Lantern Rite II
    • A Wondrous Shadows challenge where you adjust a lantern, using its light and shadow to create a particular image
    • Fleeting Colors in Flight, from which you can obtain the Ningguang skin and a free 4* Liyue character
    • Windtrace
  • Over Mountains and Seas, the Enkanomiya quest
  • A Study in Potions

Genshin Impact 2.4 new content

Additional new Genshin Impact content reported from the 2.4 beta includes the following:

  • A Shenhe story quest, which could be an archon quest
  • Ningguang and Yun Jin hangout events
  • Custom Furnishing Sets in the Serenitea Pot
  • New furniture, food, and fish
  • New five-star polearm weapon, the Calamity Queller (via Honey Hunter World)
  • New Genshin Impact elemental reactions called Overgrow and Overdose (via Project Celestia)

That’s everything we know so far – we’ll update this page when we have more information. If you’re saving up for the next Genshin Impact banner, keep an eye on our Genshin Impact codes guide for the latest freebies.

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