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Monday, 19 August 2019

Netflix Is Producing A He-Man Masters of the Universe Anime Series




Masters of the Universe: Revelation. The show will follow unresolved stories from the classic '80s era, and it will follow many of your favorite characters right where they left off when the show ended.

"I'm Eternia-ly grateful to Mattel TV and Netflix for entrusting me with not only the secrets of Grayskull, but also their entire Universe," declared Smith in a press release. "In Revelation, we pick up right where the classic era left off to tell an epic tale of what may be the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor! Brought to life with the most metal character designs Powerhouse Animation can contain in the frame, this is the Masters of the Universe story you always wanted to see as a kid!"

Eric Carrasco (Supergirl), Tim Sheridan (Reign of the Supermen), Diya Mishra (Magic the Gathering), and Marc Bernardin (Alphas) will serve as writers on the new series. Powerhouse Animation, the studio behind Netflix's Castlevania series will be doing the animation.

The popular novel The Chestnut Man from Søren Sveistrup becomes a new Danish Netflix Original.




Copenhagen, August 19, 2019 -- Earlier today Netflix announced its second Danish original series, The Chestnut Man, at Copenhagen TV Festival. The Chestnut Man is based on the debut novel by award winning writer Søren Sveistrup (The Killing) and the series will debut exclusively on Netflix worldwide. Production is slated to begin in Denmark in 2020 with the executive production team SAM Productions, who is also behind the coming Norwegian Netflix original series Ragnarok.

The Chestnut Man is set in the quiet suburb of Copenhagen, where the police make a terrible discovery one blustery October morning. A young woman is found brutally murdered in a playground and one of her hands is missing. Above her hangs a small man made of chestnuts. The ambitious young detective Naia Thulin is assigned to the case, along with her new partner, Mark Hess. They soon discover a mysterious piece of evidence on the chestnut man - evidence connecting it to a girl who went missing a year earlier and was presumed dead - the daughter of politician Rosa Hartung.

Søren Sveistrup, author of The Chestnut Man: "Netflix has shown a strong, genuine interest in my book and I'm excited about the deal and confident that Netflix will be the perfect place for The Chestnut Man."

Casting announced on series 2 of ITV’s hit drama The Bay




Casting for Series Two of The Bay, has today been announced by ITV and Tall Story Pictures. Morven Christie (The A Word, The Replacement) returns to lead the cast, alongside Daniel Ryan (Mount Pleasant, Black Sea), Lindsey Coulson (Funny Cow, Bulletproof), Imogen King (Clique), Art Parkinson (Game of Thrones, Zoo) and Taheen Modak, who made his professional screen debut in Series One.

Joining Christie are; Joe Absolom (A Confession, Doc Martin), James Cosmo (His Dark Materials, The Name of the Rose, Game of Thrones), Stephen Tomkinson (DCI Banks, Trollied), Sharon Small (Trust Me, Mistresses), Sunetra Sarker (Ackley Bridge, Informer), Owen McDonnell (Killing Eve, My Mother and Other Strangers), Steven Robertson (Shetland, T2: Trainspotting), Amy James-Kelly (Safe, Military Wives Choir), Kerrie Taylor (Fallen, Where The Heart Is), Wendy Kweh (Silent Witness, Holby City) Julia Haworth (Clink, Coronation Street) and Jack Archer, making his professional screen debut.

Written by award-winning writer and playwright Daragh Carville (Being Human, The Smoke, Cherrybomb), the first series of The Bay achieved consolidated audiences of 7 million viewers with a share of 26% across six episodes.

Series 2 begins with Lisa Armstrong at a low ebb: forced to do menial police work whilst she watches Med go from strength to strength. But a new case involving a shocking murder within a loving family brings Lisa unexpectedly back into the front line. She must get under the skin of a new family and prove her worth; to her colleagues, to her family and to herself.

Sir Michael Morpurgo’s Mimi And The Mountain Dragon to be ‘BBC One festive treat’




Airing this winter on BBC One, a special 2D animated adaptation of Sir Michael Morpurgo's children's book Mimi And The Mountain Dragon is to have its television premiere this festive period as part of a wider literature focus on the BBC in 2019-20.
The (1x25') story on BBC One will have an introduction from the award winning writer himself, Sir Michael Morpurgo (War Horse), and will be narrated through classical music in an original score written by Oscar award-winning composer, Rachel Portman (The Little Prince). It will be performed by the BBC Philharmonic featuring singers from the Hallé's family of choirs and will be recorded at Media City UK, Salford.

Based on original illustrations by Emily Gravett and adapted for the screen by novelist, poet, and playwright, Owen Sheers, Mimi and the Mountain Dragon is a story about a village that quakes in fear of the mighty Mountain Dragon. One winter, a shy little girl called Mimi finds a tiny baby dragon asleep in her family woodshed. Mimi takes the perilous journey through blizzard and darkness to return the baby dragon to her mother who all the villagers fear.

The newly animated film from Leopard Pictures and Factory started life when Jan Younghusband, Head of Commissioning for BBC Music TV, approached Sir Michel Morpurgo and asked him if he would write a children's story that could be set to classical music for BBC television. Inspired by a trip to a village in Switzerland some years before, Michael Morpurgo wrote Mimi And The Mountain Dragon which was also released as a children's book.

Steven Knight to adapt best-selling book SAS: Rogue Heroes for BBC One




BBC One today announced the commission of a major new drama series based on Ben Macintyre's best-selling book SAS: Rogue Heroes which tells the incredible story of how the world's most renowned and ruthless Special Forces unit, the SAS, came to exist.
The series will be adapted by acclaimed screenwriter Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Taboo, A Christmas Carol) and produced by Kudos (part of Endemol Shine UK) whose credits include Broadchurch (ITV), The Tunnel (Sky Atlantic) and Humans (Channel 4).

Steven Knight will bring to the screen Macintyre's extraordinary book, written with unique and privileged access to the secret SAS archives, and bring to life this definitive account of SAS history. It will tell the story behind the revolutionary thinking which led to the creation of a new form of combat and warfare in the deserts of North Africa. Celebrating the glory, action and camaraderie at the heart of this story, the series will delve into the psychology of the flawed, reckless but astonishingly brave group of maverick officers and men who formed the SAS in the darkest days of World War Two.

Steven Knight, says: "This will be a secret history telling the story of exceptional soldiers who decided battles and won wars only to then disappear back into the shadows. We will shine a light on remarkable true events informed by the people who shaped them."

Channel 4 commissions Ben Wheatley’s hilarious & unsettling satire Generation Z




A brand new 6-part series written and directed by Ben Wheatley, Generation Z sees rapacious baby boomers and disaffected teenagers at each other's throats…this time quite literally.

First they ate your dreams of a brighter future, now they want to eat you…

In Generation Z, Ben Wheatley brings his trademark pitch-black humour and biting satire to Channel 4. Produced by The Forge, this 6 X 60' comedy drama is a timely, startling and thrillingly outrageous ride through a green and pleasant land rent by division, disappointment and…death.


The future looks bleak for today's youth – seemingly-endless austerity, astronomical house prices, insurmountable student debt, a political system which appears intent on destroying itself… And to add insult to injury, their hard-earned taxes are being eaten up by the old - smug, self-satisfied, small-minded, "Little Englander" pensioners whose remaining sole purpose in life is to make it a misery for everyone else.

In a small British town, tensions come to a head when a mysterious military convoy crashes outside the Sunnywise Retirement Home. The vehicles were carrying a toxic substance, which, as a result of the crash, leaks into the local environment and infects the residents of the retirement community. The symptoms of this infection quickly manifest – an overwhelming appetite for raw flesh. They're old, they're angry and they're on the rampage. As the military scrambles to control the outbreak and keep everything out of the media spotlight, a group of regular teenagers find themselves in the thick of the battle against these flesh-eating baby boomers.

Generation Z follows a group of wide-eyed teenagers caught up in a future far more grotesque and terrifying than anything they could have expected. They wanted to make a difference, this is their chance! But it's going to take more than a pithy meme on social media…this is a bloody and messy battle royale!

Tapping directly into the myriad fears which define the experience of today's youth and bringing viscerally to life the increasingly stark divisions between generations, Ben Wheatley's Generation Z is a compelling, macabre, timely, outrageous, and scabrous satire presenting a modern Britain at war with itself.

Ben Wheatley says: "I'm excited to be working with Channel 4 and The Forge. Generation Z is my first original created tv project and I couldn't think of better partners."

Thursday, 15 August 2019

BBC One Daytime confirms return of crime drama London Kills


BBC One Daytime has confirmed the return of popular police drama London Kills, following its recent success in the schedule. The first series averaged an audience of 1.2m - a total of 2.1m viewers watched the first episode across all platforms - making it the biggest daytime drama of the year.

Acquired from Acorn Media International (AMI), the drama features a stand-out cast of great British acting talent, including Hugo Speer (Father Brown) and Sharon Small (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries).

London is the backdrop for an elite murder squad, comprised of Detective Inspector David Bradford (Hugo Speer); ambitious Detective Sergeant Vivienne Cole (Sharon Small), who plays by her own rules; seasoned crime-solver Detective Constable Rob Brady (Bailey Patrick); and inexperienced Trainee Detective Constable Billie Fitzgerald (Tori Allen-Martin).

The second series will see detectives tackle a brand new murder case in each episode, but it’s the one mystery David can’t solve that continues to haunt him. In a dramatic plot twist, detectives will begin to think the unthinkable: did the Detective Inspector murder his wife?

Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisition, BBC says: “London Kills delivered impressive ratings for BBC One daytime, along with a significant uplift in iPlayer requests, and we are delighted that the drama has been so popular with BBC audiences. The next series promises to deliver even more of the terrific twists and turns that have left viewers eager for more.”

Stuart Shaw, Managing Director, Acorn Media International, says: “We’re thrilled with how well BBC audiences have responded to London Kills and they will now be able to enjoy a second series next year.”

London Kills are 5 x 60’ series Executive Produced by Paul Marquess, Shane Murphy for Acorn Media Enterprises, and Sarah Eichenlaub for ZDF Enterprises. Series 2 is written by Paul Marquess, Sarah-Louise Hawkins, Jake Riddell, Sally Tatchell and Claire Fryer, and directed by Fiona Walton and Sean Glynn.

London Kills (Series Two) will be back on BBC One Daytime in early 2020.