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Friday, 30 August 2019

BBC Sounds and BBC Radio 1 launch Future Sounds Collective


BBC Sounds and BBC Radio 1 launch the Future Sounds Collective - a monthly evolving music mix curated by artists, producers, and DJs.

This brand new listening experience will allow listeners to discover what their favourite artists and those in the industry are really listening to on their personal playlists, with a message from each contributor about why they just can’t get enough of their chosen track.

Spearheaded by DJ and presenter of BBC Radio 1’s Future Sounds, Annie Mac, (Radio 1, Mon-Fri, 7pm-9pm) the mix brings together artists, producers and DJs across genres to create a totally unique mix of music championed by those at the heart of the industry, with new additions updated monthly.

The first edition of Future Sounds Collective features recommendations from Yungblud, HAIM, Robyn, Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes, High Contrast, Jordan Rakei, Michael Kiwanuka, Frank Carter, AJ Tracey, Tierra Whack, Blossoms, Martyn, Jamz Supernova, Sea Girls, BBC Radio 1Xtra’s DJ Target, and BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Annie Mac.

Annie Mac says: “Every weeknight on Radio 1’s Future Sounds we provide two hours of the best new music in the world for our listeners to discover. The Future Sounds Collective playlist is the perfect companion piece to the show, bringing together the tracks our favourite artists love for you to fall in love with too. I can’t wait to listen!”

Listen to Future Sounds Collective exclusively on BBC Sounds, with new mixes every month. Download the free app, or listen online at bbc.co.uk/sounds

Andrew Neil to host new BBC political programme


Andrew Neil, widely hailed as one of Britain’s finest political analysts and interviewers, is to host a new prime-time political programme from next week (Wednesday 4 September).

With in-depth analysis and forensic questioning of key political players, The Andrew Neil Show, on BBC Two at 7pm every Wednesday, will run through the autumn as the country approaches 31 October, the date of the UK’s scheduled departure from the European Union.

The 30-minute programme will round up the events of the political week, including that day’s Prime Minister’s Questions or the party leaders’ conference speeches, and will feature interviews with key political players.

Andrew Neil says, “The Autumn of 2019 is destined to be one of the most intriguing and significant in British politics for at least a generation. I’m delighted to be fronting a weekly show in prime time on BBC Two that will be on top of the story, whatever direction it takes”

Fran Unsworth, Director of BBC News, says, “Andrew’s one of the best political journalists in the UK, and we’re thrilled he’ll be on our screens for a prime-time BBC Two series.

“Andrew’s special programme with the Conservative leadership candidates was hailed as a masterclass of political interviewing. As Britain moves towards the Brexit deadline, this show will be a must-watch for anyone who wants to understand what’s going on.”

Andrew Neil presents Politics Live on BBC Two every Thursday lunchtime. This Week, which he hosted, recently ended after 16 years following Andrew’s decision to step down from late-night broadcasting.

Hairy Bikers Route 66


In this brand new six-part series The Hairy Bikers fulfil a long-held ambition: to take on the world’s most iconic road trip, America’s Route 66, which spans over 2,000 miles of tarmac from Chicago to California.

With a large helping of their signature warmth and humour, Si King and Dave Myers explore modern America via the ‘Mother Road’ and learn how it drives you into America’s past, meeting the communities, cultures and cuisine along the way.

As the Bikers ride from place to place, they share their passion for good food and have some incredible experiences which give them the real taste of America.

From joining modern day cowboys on a thrilling cattle drive through the vast prairies of Oklahoma and experiencing the staggering scale of the Mojave Desert and Monument Valley, to cooking with the Amish community and sampling the very latest LA food trends, the Bikers have an unforgettable adventure.


The Capture - In a post-truth world can we really believe what we see?


An acutely timed six-part surveillance thriller that looks at a troubling world of fake news and the extraordinary capabilities of the intelligence services. In this ‘post-truth era’, can we really believe what we see?

When soldier Shaun Emery’s (Callum Turner) conviction for murder is overturned because of flawed video evidence, he returns to life as a free man with his young daughter.

But when damning CCTV footage from a night out in London comes to light, his life takes a shocking turn - and he must fight for his freedom once again.

DI Rachel Carey (Holliday Grainger) is drafted in to investigate Shaun’s case, but she quickly learns that the truth can be a matter of perspective: should she trust Shaun Emery?


An introduction from Ben Chanan, series creator, writer and director
"Video evidence is one of the most successful ways to convict a criminal. Video fakery is becoming ever more convincing. So what happens when these two developments collide? What happens to criminal justice if we can no longer trust what we see?

When I began writing The Capture two years ago, these questions felt firmly like the stuff of hypothetical ‘what if’ drama. I think they still are, but maybe not for long. Now, barely a week goes by without a new warning about the potential horrors of facial recognition, deep-fakes or fake news. Perhaps we will soon have to find new ways to judge the veracity of video footage.

My characters, in their efforts to uncover the truth, fall back on more fundamental, human faculties: memory, trust, instinct. But these things are hardly infallible. Can the traumatised soldier rely on his memories? Can the idealistic police detective trust the institutions that surround her? Eventually, the soldier and the detective will come to question everything they know and believe in.

This turbulent scenario reflects how the world feels to me at the moment. Several years ago, when the foundations for this idea were laid, I was working on a documentary about counter terrorism, interviewing retired agents from US Homeland Security and the CIA. I got a clear sense of where they all were politically - generally Hawkish, George W Bush-era Republicans. Now many of those same spymasters are commentators for CNN. Routinely they lambast a Republican administration, whose President has professed a love for Wikileaks. Up is indeed down, black is white.

My ambition starting out was to create a modern-day conspiracy thriller that evoked the mood and paranoia of my favourite 1970s post-Watergate movies, The Parallax View and Three Days Of The Condor. I had no idea our current era would turn out to be such a good fit."

Monday, 26 August 2019

Competition: Win Keeping Faith - Series 2 DVD


Keeping Faith - Series 2  is out on DVD on September 2nd

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies on DVD to give away.

Synopsis
FOLLOWING THE runaway success of the first series last year, the critically acclaimed Welsh drama Keeping Faith, starring Eve Myles as the eponymous lead, returns for its second enthralling six-part series.

Originally airing on BBC Wales, series one was the most popular show on the channel in more than 25 years, as well as the most downloaded non-network show on BBC iPlayer since records began and boasted a large audience on BBC One.

We return to stunning rural Wales, to catch up with tenacious lawyer, wife and mother Faith Howells, played with élan by the brilliant Eve Myles (Broadchurch, Torchwood). 18 months after her life was turned upside down by the sudden disappearance of her husband, Evan (Bradley Freegard ­– Under Milk Wood), Faith is  drawn into a new mystery, taking on the case of Madlen Vaughan (Aimee-Ffion Edwards ­­– Peaky Blinders),  a local farmer accused of murdering her husband in cold blood.

With Madlen’s murder trial, the prospect of Evan’s return and her conflicted emotions towards former criminal Steve Baldini (Mark Lewis Jones – Chernobyl) Faith must take a stand. Putting her children, her business and even her life on the line, will she find the truth or lose everything and everyone she loves?

You’ll be Keeping Faith in this addictive thriller.

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For your chance to win just answer the question below.

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Sunday, 25 August 2019

The king of magic, Dynamo, returns to TV screens in an explosive new Sky original



After five years away from TV due to a career-threatening illness, award-winning magician Dynamo returns to screens next year with a new, jaw-dropping three part special, Project 7 (w/t), for Sky One and NOW TV that promises to change the face of magic on television.


The Sky original will take viewers on a journey across the globe to watch Dynamo perform close-up miracles, impossible predictions and unbelievable feats of magic that will have a lasting effect both on him and the people he interacts with.

The ambitious, visually stunning special co-produced by Phil McIntyre Television, Inner Circle Films and Motion Content Group will air on Sky One and streaming service NOW TV in the UK and Ireland in 2020.

Dynamo says: "This show has been a passion project of mine for almost 3 years and represents a whole new approach to the genre. I believe that now more than ever people need a sense of magic in their lives so I can't wait for everyone to see what I've been working on."


Inside Man created by multi-award-winning writer Steven Moffat announced for BBC One




Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, announced at Edinburgh TV Festival a brand new original crime thriller Inside Man from Bafta and Emmy award-winning writer Steven Moffat (Dracula, Sherlock, Doctor Who).


In this four-part mini-series produced by Hartswood Films for BBC One, a prisoner on death row in the US and a woman trapped in a cellar under an English vicarage, cross paths in the most unexpected way…

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, says: "In our ongoing relationship with Steven and Sue (Vertue), they sent us this mini-series which Steven had written on spec and we commissioned it instantly. The script is a page-turner and grips you from the outset, and Charlotte and I couldn't resist bringing this story to BBC One."

Produced by Hartswood Films for BBC One, this four-part serial will go into production in late 2020.

BBC Three announces new original horror series Red Rose




Red Rose is an original horror series written by the Clarkson twins - Michael and Paul - for BBC Three.


The eight-part series was commissioned by Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama and will be co-produced by Eleven (Sex Education, The Enfield Haunting) and global independent studio Entertainment One, eOne (Sharp Objects).

The story follows a disparate group of teenagers, adrift in the long hot summer following GCSEs, hanging out on the Bolton moors with little sense of direction or purpose now that school is over. Rumours circulate of the Red Rose app, an urban legend that blooms on the smartphones of teenagers, encouraging them to undertake a series of challenges increasingly dangerous in its demands. On the fringes of her group of friends, Rochelle Jackson downloads the mysterious app, naively inviting darkness into her life. What she sets in motion is a series of events that take the town by storm, and bring the friends together to battle the unseen forces of a seemingly supernatural entity.

Red Rose will explore the precarious relationship between teenagers and their online lives, the seductive power of what is not real versus what is and often less exciting; but ultimately it is a story of friendship told through the prism of a classic horror-thriller.

The Clarkson twins say: "We're thrilled that our first show will be with the BBC. We've been working in LA for a while now, so the opportunity to return to the UK for our own show is incredible. Red Rose is a love letter to our hometown and childhood. We get to explore what challenges face the bright but opportunity starved teenagers of today. Working on the Haunting Of Hill House has prepared us well to undertake this genre driven challenge. We can't think of a better home for it than the BBC. It's gonna be well good!"

Hugh Laurie to star in political thriller Roadkill by David Hare



Award-winning actor Hugh Laurie (House, The Night Manager) will play a Conservative minister in a major new political thriller for BBC One written by David Hare (Collateral) and produced by The Forge (Collateral, National Treasure, Kiri).

Roadkill is a four-part fictional thriller about a self-made, forceful and charismatic politician called Peter Laurence (Hugh Laurie). Peter's public and private life seems to be falling apart - or rather is being picked apart by his enemies. As the personal revelations spiral, he is shamelessly untroubled by guilt or remorse, expertly walking a high wire between glory and catastrophe as he seeks to further his own agenda whilst others plot to bring him down. However events show just how hard it is, for both an individual and a country, to leave the past behind. With enemies so close to home, can Peter Laurence ever out-run his own secrets to win the ultimate prize?

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.

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

DANNY TREJO TO STAR IN SCI-FI TV SERIES PARAGON



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."

Cast
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
decision.

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!”