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In an effort to discover and support a next-generation of voices in front of and behind the camera, the BBC is embarking on a series of initiatives including training programs and an Lgbt project curated by Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss. Queers has been written by a group of up-and-upcoming Lgbt writers for BBC Four. There are eight 15-minute monologues (penned by Keith Jarrett, Jon Bradfield, Gareth McLean, Matthew Baldwin, Michael Dennis, Jackie Clune, Brian Fillis… »
The final issue of a story arc is always a mixed blessing. On the one hand, you want a resolution, you want to see how it all finishes and if it lives up to what has gone before. On the other hand, it’s always sad to say goodbye to a storyline and characters that you have been enjoying immensely. That’s the case here. For me, this has been the best storyline in the Rivers of London series so far. Dark humour, laugh out loud dialogue, sinister events intertwined with funny interludes, we’ve had it all. The creative team have done superbly, and I’m hoping for a suitably impressive ending.
The first thing that grabbed me this issue was the cover, I thought it was a guest appearance by Papa Lazarou, from The League of Gentlemen. »
- Dean Fuller
It seems Tom Hardy and Steven Knight's confidence was well placed. Their Taboo TV show has been renewed for a second season on FX and BBC One. Hardy and Knight executive produce the series with Ridley Scott, Kate Crowe, and Dean Baker.An 1800s period drama, Taboo stars Hardy as James Keziah Delaney. The FX cast also includes Oona Chaplin, Jefferson Hall, Jonathan Pryce, Stephen Graham, Michael Kelly, Jessie Buckley, David Hayman, Tom Hollander, Jason Watkins, Franka Potente, Ed Hogg, Leo Bill, Christopher Fairbank, Richard Dixon, Mark Gatiss, Nicholas Woodeson, Lucian Msamati, and Robert Parker.Read More… »
Will the Taboo TV show on FX be cancelled or renewed for season two? Co-creators Tom Hardy and Steven Knight seem quite confident a second season renewal is on the way and are already planning the new installment. The season one finale just aired on February 28th.An 1800s period drama, Taboo stars Hardy as James Keziah Delaney. The FX cast also includes Oona Chaplin, Jefferson Hall, Jonathan Pryce, Stephen Graham, Michael Kelly, Jessie Buckley, David Hayman, Tom Hollander, Jason Watkins, Franka Potente, Ed Hogg, Leo Bill, Christopher Fairbank, Richard Dixon, Mark Gatiss, Nicholas Woodeson, Lucian Msamati, and Robert Parker.Read More… »
The Emmy-winning actor will star in and executive-produce Showtime’s five-part limited series Melrose, the network announced Tuesday. Based on the bestselling Edward St. Aubyn novels, Melrose casts Cumberbatch as Patrick Melrose, “an aristocratic and outrageously funny playboy” who turns to substance abuse to erase bad childhood memories of his abusive father.
Prior to the premiere of Sherlock series four on New Year’s Day, there was a lot of talk that the latest season could be the final run of episodes for the beloved BBC drama.
Back in October, Benedict Cumberbatch indicated that the fourth series “might be the end of an era”, only for Steven Moffat to downplay his comments and offer a glimmer of hope to fans that we may get further episodes at some point in the future. Well, now co-creator Mark Gatiss has weighed in with his own thoughts, and it doesn’t sound like he’s overly optimistic about a series five:
“I honestly don’t know if there will be any more,” Gatiss tells The Sun. “It’s incredibly difficult to get Benedict and Martin’s diaries to align. And obviously we left it in a very happy place…if that’s the end I »
- Gary Collinson
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Though far from a bad show, Sherlock isn’t quite the all-star that it used to be. That was particularly evident in its recently concluded fourth season, which debuted in January and was far from its strongest outing. Still, that hasn’t stopped fans from calling for more and while BBC hasn’t made any formal announcements yet in regards to what they plan to do with the series, it certainly isn’t sounding too promising.
A major issue in putting Sherlock together recently has been the increasingly busy schedules of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, who are becoming pretty popular in Hollywood. Besides their Marvel Cinematic Universe commitments, both actors are quite in demand and as they continue to get bigger, it’s going to be more and more difficult to get them to »
- Josh Wilding
Sherlock could be no more.
Mark Gatiss, who co-created the hit BBC series with Stephen Moffat, has dropped the strongest hint yet that the increasingly hectic schedules of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman — a growing thorn in the side of the detective show — could see Sherlock laid to rest.
"I honestly don’t know if there will be any more," he said at the WhatsOnStage awards Sunday, according to The Sun. "It’s incredibly difficult to get Benedict and Martin’s diaries to align."
Cumberbatch has growing commitments within the Marvel universe as Doctor Strange, alongside work with his <a »
- Alex Ritman
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Game of Thrones has been good to Jon Snow actor, Kit Harington since he first appeared back in 2011. His role catapulted his name into the league of prominent actors and he has landed some major roles. The newest to come to fruition is the BBC’s new three-part historical drama, Gunpowder.
Back in October last year Harington was rumoured to be part of the Guy Fawkes inspired story but it’s taken until now for that confirmation to come through with filming due to start this month (February). Harington will not only be appearing in front of camera but also serving as executive producer. However, his vested interest in this production doesn’t stop there, with Kudos producing in association with his own Thriker Films.
- Zehra Phelan
BBC Worldwide, the British broadcaster’s commercial division, says it has sold more than 3,000 hours of drama around the world in the past three months. The announcement was made as four-day TV market BBC Worldwide Showcase kicked off in Liverpool, England, with scripted shows taking center stage.
In Western Europe, where more than 200 hours of drama were sold, two of Germany’s major broadcasters bought a number of new and classic titles. Rtl Pay purchased “SS-gb” and “Rillington Place,” and Zdf bought “Death in Paradise” (seasons 5-6) as well as “Spooks” (seasons 6-10), among other titles. In Italy, Rai Cinema acquired “Doctor Foster” (season 1) as part of a drama package.
There is also strong demand for British drama in Central and Eastern Europe, with 600 hours of content sold across the region. In Russia, “War and Peace” (2015) will now be available on subscription VOD platform Ivi, and in Ukraine, Digital Screens will have “Dickensian” (season 1) among other drama »
- Leo Barraclough
Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Liv Tyler (The Leftovers), Peter Mullan (Top of the Lake) and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) have signed on to star in the upcoming three-part historical thriller series Gunpowder from the BBC.
Scripted by Ronan Bennett (Top Boy), who devised the project with Harington and Daniel West, the series will explore the true story behind the 1605 Gunpowder Plot, where a group of English Catholics attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill King James I in order to restore a Catholic to the throne. The plot was ultimately foiled when Guy Fawkes was captured guarding the explosives.
Harington is set to play Robert Catesby, the man responsible for devising the plan, and the driving force behind the plot (who also happens to be a direct ancestor of Harington in real life). Gatiss will portray King James’ spymaster-in-chief Robert Cecil, with Mullan as Jesuit Father Garnet »
- Gary Collinson
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Per our sister site Deadline, Tyler is one of three actors joining the Game of Thrones star in the three-part BBC One drama. Sherlock‘s Mark Gatiss and Top of the Lake‘s Peter Mullan have also signed on to appear in supporting roles.
As first reported back in October, Gunpowder is set in the year 1605 and chornicles the attempt made »
BBC One has ordered explosive three-part historical drama Gunpowder with Game Of Thrones‘ Kit Harington starring and exec producing. Harington was first mooted for the Guy Fawkes-inspired thriller back in October. He’s now confirmed with Liv Tyler, Top Of The Lake‘s Peter Mullan and Sherlock‘s Mark Gatiss rounding out cast. The series was developed by Ronan Bennett, Harington and Daniel West and written by Bennett (Top Boy, Hidden). Kudos is producing in association with… »
Cumberbatch will play a children’s author named Stephen Lewis, whose young daughter “goes missing in the lyrical and heartbreaking exploration of love, loss and the power of things unseen.” As the drama unfolds, we see the devastating effects loss can have on a marriage “until hope surfaces and triumphs unexpectedly.”
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The 31st BFI Flare: London Lgbt Film Festival (March 16-26) will open with historical drama Against The Law.
Marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which decriminalised homosexual acts between adult males in England and Wales, the film is based on Peter Wildeblood’s autobiographical novel of the same name.
It tells the story of Wildeblood, a celebrated journalist, and his love affair with another man, which led to devastating consequences including imprisonment. His case instigated the publication of a report that recommended the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.
The BFI will »
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Louisa Mellor Feb 21, 2017
Anthology strand Inside No. 9 is an ingenious antidote to bloated TV storytelling and convuluted multi-series arcs. Created by The League Of Gentlemen and Psychoville's Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, who write and appear in each episode, it tells original half-hour tales that surprise, delight and unsettle.
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Thankfully, BBC Two appears to know what a gem it has in the show and is treating it with the care it deserves. Five new episodes following the 2016 Christmas special start airing tonight, and filming is about to get underway on a fourth series.
Louisa Mellor Feb 6, 2017
Taboo reveals its true purpose in episode five, which sees things hot up considerably…
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Unlike alternative methods of dispatching one’s enemy in nineteenth century England—your disembowelling and your throat slitting—duelling turns out to involve a surprising amount of red tape. A doctor, a lawyer and an officiator must be present, each dueller has to bring a buddy, start from an allotted spot and, after a polite exchange of bullets, cease firing. There’d be less bureaucracy involved in taking out a tracker mortgage. Whether rowing through pestilential fog to a between-parishes island owned by a gypsy in a top hat is also regulation or merely an »
Mark Harrison Feb 1, 2017
“Everything ends, and it’s always sad. But everything begins again too, and that’s always happy.”
Well, it's that time again. Peter Capaldi has confirmed that Series 10 of Doctor Who will be his last as the Twelfth Doctor and before the year is out, we'll be looking at number 13. Speculation about who will be cast as the next Doctor usually begins anew the day after one has been announced, and will only intensify in the next few weeks and months, but let's not forget what Capaldi has achieved in the role so far.
Immediately taking umbrage with his new kidneys at the end of The Time Of The Doctor, the Twelfth Doctor is usually characterised as a grumpier and less cuddly version »
Beloved British actor Sir John Hurt passed away at the age of 77 after battling pancreatic cancer. The two-time Oscar nominee had over 200 acting credits to his name, including “Alien,” “V for Vendetta,” “The Elephant Man,” the “Harry Potter” franchise, and most recently Pablo Larraín’s “Jackie.”
Following the announcement of his death on Friday, his Hollywood peers and friends paid tribute to him on social media, sending their condolences and remembering the great times they’ve had together, as well as his incredible filmography.
It was terribly sad today to learn of John Hurt's passing. He was a truly magnificent talent.
— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) January 28, 2017
- Liz Calvario
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American academic Deborah Lipstadt is accused of libel by historian David Irving when she declares him a Holocaust denier. In a battle for historical truth, she and her legal team have to prove that the Holocaust actually happened. Based on true events.
Timing, as they say, can be everything. In which case, EOne, UK distributors of Denial, have their collective finger squarely on the pulse. If there was ever a time to release this particular film, it’s now. The narrative may be about the exposure of David Irving as a Holocaust denier, but the film is about truth – how it can be manipulated, presented and used to support a point of view. At the start of the year, we were living in a time of “post-truth”: weeks later, »
- Freda Cooper
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