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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.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Robert Lindsay, James Murray, Susannah Fielding, Ellie Kendrick and Navin Chowdhry join the cast of ITV drama, Invisible

Robert Lindsay, James Murray, Susannah Fielding, Ellie Kendrick and Navin Chowdhry join Jason Watkins and Tala Gouveia for new ITV drama, Invisible.

BAFTA, Tony and Olivier Award winning stage and screen actor Robert Lindsay (Bounty Hunters, Maleficent) will join Jason Watkins (The Crown, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, W1A) and Tala Gouveia (Cold Feet) for the first episode of ITV's new contemporary crime series, Invisible.

He will star as entrepreneur and multi-millionaire, Max Crockett, alongside Ellie Kendrick (Game Of Thrones, Press), Susannah Fielding (This Time With Alan Partridge, High & Dry) and Rosalie Craig (Endeavour, Lovesick) as his daughters Elenora, Tamara and Megan. Navin Chowdhry (Next Of Kin, Doctor Foster) and Jack Ashton (Call The Midwife, Broadchurch) have also been cast as son-in-laws Pete and Jack, with Cassie Bradley (Coronation Street, Torvill & Dean) as daughter-in-law Kasha.

Age Before Beauty and Primeval star James Murray also joins the cast as Superintendent John Houseman, alongside Pearl Chanda (Motherland, Endeavour) as DC Laura Simpson and Jack Riddiford (Poldark, Murder On The Orient Express) as DC Darren Craig. Natalie Mendoza (Hotel Babylon) and Roger Evans (Da Vinci's Demons) will also feature in the first episode.

Victor Oshin joins the cast of Casualty as junior doctor Mason

Victor Oshin joins Casualty as series 34 of the long-running BBC One medical drama gets underway this summer.
Victor will be playing Mason, an over confident F1 (foundation doctor) who sees himself as a high flier and someone who's going places. But behind the pretence, Mason finds himself under pressure with a lot to prove after a tricky first shift doesn't leave the best impression with some of his colleagues…

Victor Oshin says: "I am super excited to be joining the Casualty family and I can't wait to start this journey with such a talented cast and crew."

The News Quiz celebrates 100 series with a star-studded line-up of guest hosts

Nish Kumar, Angela Barnes, Andy Zaltzman, Phil Wang, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Zoe Lyons, Patrick Kielty, and Andrew Maxwell will be hosting an episode each of the News Quiz, as Radio 4 celebrates the 100th series.
The new series will begin on 30 August on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

Kicking off the first episode will be award-winning comedian Zoe Lyons. Zoe has been a regular panellist of The News Quiz, first appearing in 2016. She frequently appears across the BBC and had a Radio 4 series, Zoe Lyons: Passport Paddy in 2018.

A Bank Holiday double bill for Poldark finale on BBC One

The fifth and final series of Poldark will conclude in an exciting action-packed double bill over the late August Bank Holiday weekend on BBC One. The penultimate episode of the series will air on Sunday 25th August at 8pm followed by the finale on Monday 26th August at 8:30pm.
Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content says: "Over the last four years Poldark has been a runaway success for BBC One and has become a firm favourite with audiences of all ages. It's been wonderful to follow Ross and Demezela's adventures and the changing fortunes of the Poldark and Warleggan dynasties.

"From the beginning everyone involved in the production has been committed to being faithful to Winston Graham's brilliant novels, and so this is sadly the last episode of the last series. Everyone at the BBC would like to thank fans in Cornwall and around the world who have been so supportive of the show, the incredible cast, the crew, Debbie Horsfield, and the team at Mammoth for bringing us such a special series."

Writer Debbie Horsfield has delved into history and taken inspiration from Winston Graham's novels to adapt an incredible five series of Poldark for BBC One. The finale concludes with Ross Poldark seeking to foil a French invasion and implicate his enemies. However when his secretive plans go awry, he receives helps from unexpected quarters.

Friday, 9 August 2019


Action superstar Danny Trejo has joined the cast of Pikchure Zero Entertainment’s new sci-fi action series Paragon, which is currently in production for a 2020 launch.

The series, soon out to networks, will encompass a 7-episode first season, with each 43-minute episode fixing on the human race dealing with the obliteration of Heaven.

Paragon is a sci-fi action series that follows the different factions of society as they deal with Heaven’s destruction. With only a small piece of the after-life to live for, everyone from Death himself is fighting to claim the Elysian for themselves.

“We have always loved the Sci-fi fantasy genre, and we wanted to create a series that explored one of the most intriguing questions of humanity. Where do we go when we die? And what would happen if Heaven no longer existed?”, says Justin Price, who in addition to directing the eps, produces alongside Khu.

Price adds, “Paragon is an edgier and grittier cable style series in the vein of Firefly and Altered Carbon. I believe we have an electric hybrid that explores the human spectrum of dealing with loss and love in a stylistic way. Danny Trejo is outstanding as Kincaid, the half-dead leader of disbanded reapers.”

In addition to Trejo (Machete, 3 From Hell), the series – based on an idea by Price and Khu - stars Franziska Schissler, and Dilan Gwyn.

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Amazon Original's Carnival Row - Official Trailer (Cara Delevingne, Orlando Bloom)

We go deeper into the world of Carnival Row with their newest trailer featuring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne.

Carnival Row is an upcoming American neo-noir fantasy web television series created by René Echevarria and Travis Beacham that will premiere on August 30, 2019 on Amazon Prime Video.

The eight-episode series is directed by Jon Amiel and stars Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne. In July 2019, it was announced that Amazon had renewed the series for its second season.

Carnival Row will follow "mythical creatures who have fled their war-torn homeland and gathered in the city as tensions are simmering between citizens and the growing immigrant population. At the center of the drama is the investigation into a string of unsolved murders, which are eating away at whatever uneasy peace still exists."

Orlando Bloom as Rycroft Philostrate
Cara Delevingne as Vignette Stonemoss
David Gyasi as Agreus
Tamzin Merchant as Imogen Spurnrose
Andrew Gower as Ezra Spurnrose
Karla Crome as Tourmaline
Arty Froushan as Jonah Breakspear
Caroline Ford as Sophie Longerbane
Indira Varma as Piety Breakspear
Jared Harris as Absalom Breakspear
Simon McBurney as Runyan Millworthy

Watch on Amazon here (Link opens in a new window)

Monday, 5 August 2019

Deep Water - Starring Anna Friel, Sinead Keenan and Rosalind Eleazar - Full Details & Trailer

Multi-award winning actresses Anna Friel, Sinead Keenan and Rosalind Eleazar star in gripping, emotional thriller, Deep Water, from Kudos.

Set against the beautiful and imposing backdrop of the Lake District, the series is written by BAFTA-nominated Anna Symon (Indian Summers, Mrs Wilson) and adapted from the Windermere series of novels by critically-acclaimed author Paula Daly.

The six part series follows the lives of three complex and vibrant women, each struggling to keep their heads above very deep water. Like all of us, they seek to do their best for their families, but face tough choices with difficult, and often messy repercussions. The women are connected by the school gates, each with children around the same age.

International Emmy winning actress Anna Friel (Marcella, Butterfly) plays mother of three, Lisa Kallisto, who juggles her hectic family life with running a business, which keeps her occupied at all hours. Chaotic and disorganised, Lisa, is married to Joe who works night and day as a taxi driver.

Physiotherapist Roz, played by RTS award-winning and BAFTA nominated actress Sinead Keenan (Little Boy Blue) once had a thriving private practice, but the debts run up by her soulmate Winston leave the family facing financial ruin. If she can pay off their debts they will get their lives back on track. Roz is offered help from an unexpected quarter. The decision she makes could change the course of her life.

Kate Riverty played by Screen Nation Rising Star Rosalind Eleazar (Howards End, Rellik) seems to have it all - wealthy and attractive and with a well-drilled and highly organised family life. Mother to Lucinda and Fergus, and married to Guy, Kate invites her friend Lisa and husband Joe to dinner, but the evening goes spectacularly wrong for Lisa after she makes a spontaneous

With a stunning home overlooking Lake Windermere, Kate and Guy appear to be two of life’s winners, but is it possible Kate is too good to be true?

Episode 1 Synopsis
Deep Water is an emotional thriller set in England’s beautiful Lake District.

Among the epic scenery of lakes and mountains, we meet three ordinary mothers. But, behind closed doors, each woman is struggling with extraordinary moral and ethical dilemmas.

Our strong female protagonists make life-changing decisions with unpredictable consequences for themselves and their families. The series investigates the tangled issues of modern parenting, friendships, relationships and sexual desires. Deep Water explores the challenges of being a twenty first century woman. These are ordinary women making extraordinary choices and watching their journeys is an unforgettable ride.

Over-stretched, working mother Lisa Kallisto (Anna Friel) never lives up to the expectations she sets herself. Happily married to taxi driver Joe, she is mother to three kids and runs a dog kennels business. But Lisa can’t help comparing herself to tiger mum, Kate Riverty (Rosalind Eleazar), who makes the best cakes, organises the best play dates, and is married to the handsome and wealthy Guy. Lisa is delighted when Kate invites her to a dinner party, but the evening takes an unexpected turn when she meets Kate’s charming brother-inlaw.

Haunted by her transgression at the dinner party, Lisa throws herself into family life, determined to bury her guilt. But she makes a further error when she forgets to pick up Kate’s teenage daughter, Lucinda, from school and the Rivertys place the blame firmly at her door.

Lisa’s friend, physiotherapist Roz Toovey (Sinead Keenan) Is stony broke and deep in debt due to the actions of her gambling addicted partner Winston. Desperate to protect her daughter Abby and keep a roof over all their heads, she works every hour she can. But when bailiffs come knocking, her home is under threat, and her partner is nowhere to be seen, an offer of cash for sex from a wealthy client could be Roz’s only option.

Main cast
Lisa Kallisto - Anna Friel
Roz Toovey - Sinead Keenan
Kate Riverty - Rosalind Eleazar
Joanne Aspinall - Faye Marsay
Guy Riverty - Alastair Mackenzie
Winston Hill - Charlie Carrick
Joe Kallisto - Steven Cree
Scott Elias - Gerald Kyd
Adam - Steve Toussaint
Alexa - Camilla Beeput
Wayne - Matthew Aubrey
Pete Toovey - Carl Rice
Lucinda Riverty - Indeyarna Donaldson-Holness
Sally Kallisto - Nell Williams
Abby Hill - Macy Shackleton
Sam Kallisto - Leo Ashton
Fergus Riverty - Rico Canadinhas
James Kallisto - Jake Hayes
Louise Elias - Audrie Woodhouse
Miss King - Naomi Yang
Client Sue - Heather Phoenix
Taxi Driver - James Puddephatt

Theo Paphitis to return to the Den as guest Dragon this summer

Theo Paphitis returns to BBC Two’s Dragons’ Den as a guest Dragon in the new series, which starts this Sunday 11 August, Theo will appear later in the run.

He stands in for Touker Suleyman, who was unable to film for part of the series, and will appear in a number of episodes alongside the current line-up of Dragons; Deborah Meaden, Peter Jones and Tej Lalvani, as well as the newest and youngest ever Dragon in the Den, Sara Davies.

Theo is one of the favourite and most formidable Dragons to have appeared in the Den. He originally joined in 2005 as part of the line up in the second series but stood down after nine series in 2013 to focus on his retail businesses.

On returning to the Den Theo Paphitis says: “It was my Godfather moment… just as I thought I was out, they pull me back in, and it was a pleasure to breathe some Dragon fire into the Den again. When I received the call asking me to stand in for part of this upcoming season it didn’t take long to say yes but it did feel like my Bobby Ewing moment, stepping out of the shower. The moment I sat in the chair like I had never been away. I did try to reclaim my middle chair from Deborah but she wasn’t having any of it.

“Being the first and only emeritus Dragon in the Den is an honour. I enjoyed relieving the current Dragons of some great investments along the way, and rekindling some old rivalry.”

Touker Suleyman says: “I’m grateful that my good friend Theo was able to step in to the Den to keep my seat warm while I had some time off. I can’t wait to see him back in action and keeping the other Dragons on their toes, but don’t worry, I wasn’t gone for long!”