The Alienist S2 – now aka The Angel of Darkness

The Alienist season 2 is happening, with a new title

The core cast of The Alienist will return for a sequel series entitled The Angel Of Darkness. Daniel Bruhl, Luke Evans, and Dakota Fanning will all reprise their roles for TNT’s follow-up series, which will presumably air on Netflix here in the UK.

The series’ return and its new title won’t come as a huge surprise to fans who’ve read up on the show’s history: after all, The Alienist was based on a novel of the same name by Caleb Carr, and The Angel Of Darkness is the title of his sequel book.

TNT initially announced The Alienist as a one-off limited series, but the network seems to be chuffed about the show’s success and the plans to bring it back. TNT released this statement about the renewal:

“We could not be prouder of The Alienist’s outstanding, award-worthy performance and all of the work the incredible actors and crew put in to bring that story and time period to life,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT. “Our audience fell in love with these multi-dimensional, timeless characters and the journey of their struggles living in complicated times. With this new story in TNT’s Suspense Collection, we will further immerse viewers into their world as they are confronted with a new enemy.”

Daniel Bruhl in The AlienistAnd if you fancy some plot clues, here’s the synopsis for the novel version of The Angel Of Darkness:

June 1897. A year has passed since Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a pioneer in forensic psychiatry, tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham with the help of a team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline. Kreizler and his friends—high-living crime reporter John Schuyler Moore; indomitable, derringer-toting Sara Howard; the brilliant (and bickering) detective brothers Marcus and Lucius Isaacson; powerful and compassionate Cyrus Montrose; and Stevie Taggert, the boy Kreizler saved from a life of street crime—have returned to their former pursuits and tried to forget the horror of the Beecham case.

But when the distraught wife of a Spanish diplomat begs Sara’s aid, the team reunites to help find her kidnapped infant daughter. It is a case fraught with danger, since Spain and the United States are on the verge of war. Their investigation leads the team to a shocking suspect: a woman who appears to the world to be a heroic nurse and a loving mother, but who may in reality be a ruthless murderer of children.

Once again, Caleb Carr proves his brilliant ability to re-create the past, both high life and low. Fast-paced and chilling, The Angel of Darkness is a tour de force, a novel of modern evil in old New York.

Courtesy: Collider

Count of Monte Cristo – New Series coming



The ITV-owned indie is working with Poldark writer Debbie Horsfield on the remake after it emerged that Aidan Turner’s scythe-wielding drama is set to come to an end following its next season.

The story, written by The Three Musketeers author Dumas, is set between 1815 and 1839 in France and Italy. It follows the Bourbon Restoration through the reign of Louis-Philippe of France ahead of the Hundred Days period, when Napoleon returned to power. It is an adventure story following a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune, and sets about exacting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment.

Mammoth Screen boss Damien Timmer told Deadline that The Count of Monte Cristo was “arguably one of the most iconic and thrilling stories ever written” and that it would “follow the huge international success of Poldark.

“There are several new projects I’m working on, but following our five-year collaboration on Poldark, I’m thrilled to be continuing my relationship with Damien Timmer and Karen Thrussell at Mammoth Screen by developing The Count of Monte Cristo with them,” Horsfield told Radio Times. “Dumas’ classic is one of the greatest adventure stories of all time and we’re excited to be bringing his compelling characters and edge of the seat storytelling to the screen.”

Poldark’s scribe is working on the new series

The Reclusive Aristocrat – Part Fifty-Nine

Chapter Twenty-Five

He must be losing his bleeding bloody mind, there was no other plausible explanation for it. Rowena, I love you. He had not spoken it aloud, thank heaven for that small mercy, but to even think the blasted word? Love? Alex was certain that, apart from his poor, silly brother, he had never, ever loved anyone. Love was a useless, superfluous and completely nasty emotion that one should avoid at all costs. Love had the ability to overpower one, to wrestle the last bit of sanity from one’s mind and leave him an empty shell. Leave him stranded in a loneliness so miserable that one had no choice but to relinquish all of himself to madness.

And yet … a tiny kernel of doubt was nibbling at this solid declaration. He ruthlessly tamped it down while he was working hard in the bucket line, giving directions left and right to an ever-growing army of men. He did not know where they came from but apparently someone had summoned them from the neighbouring farms and village, because they must now count at least a hundred.

They were finally beginning to see the end of the fire. It seemed there would only be damage to the library as the flames had not gone beyond the double oak doors. Alex inwardly shuddered thinking of what would have happened should the fire have leapt into the hall. After yet another hour, they could cease their labours with only a few fresh guards to watch over the smoking remains of the library’s content. The walls and ceiling were relatively undamaged but the parquet floor was ruined, as was the furniture. The windows miraculously had not burst which had contributed to dominating the fire.

The exhausted firefighters were herded to the stables by Philby and his wife. The couple had organized the panicking maids into a disciplined corps to quench hunger, thirst and dirt. Alex refrained from going there himself, concern for Rowena forcing him to go search for her. The first one he saw was Carlisle. The earl also looked tired. He must have ridden all day to get here.

“Ah, Ketteridge, good work! The hall will be salvageable, I guess.”

“Yes, nothing but a bit of blunt is needed for repairs. If you will excuse me, Carlisle, I must go looking for my countess.”

“She has been brought to Crestwell Abbey, along with Daveston, who is in a sorry state. Your physician does not think he will survive until the morning.”

“Orme is here? How the devil did he know he was sourly needed here? Not that I am not immensely relieved, mind you.”

“His father was my long-time friend. We met at my club and as soon as I told him you were here to confront Daveston, not even wild horses would have been able to prevent him from coming along. You look like you could benefit from some attention yourself. Come with me, man.”


Rowena’s first thoughts after Dr Orme examined her were for Emma. She was relieved to hear that her shoulder was not broken nor dislocated, only badly bruised. Her next concern was for Roderick.

“Well, my lady, … “, Dr Orme began.

“Please, Richard, no more ‘ladying’ me. You are Alex’ best friend, and I would like you to be mine, too.”

“Thank you, Rowena, I would.” Then Richard Orme grew serious. “I will not beat around the bush, Rowena. Your brother is dying. He sustained third-degree burns on a large part of his body. According to recent studies in France, he has a mere 30 % chance of surviving with the percentage of area affected. I treated the wounds as best as I was able to, but infection due to loss of skin is the greatest danger. He has not yet regained consciousness nor will he likely in the next hours. The human body goes into a coma when the injuries are as atrocious as they are with your brother. I will, of course, see to keeping him in comfort.”

“I see there is not much I can do here, so I must see to my daughter, as she already missed a feed. Thank you, Richard,” Rowena said, shaking hands before leaving.

Emma, however, was surprisingly meek.

“I have been trying to give her some light gruel, my lady. She was fussing a lot, and I couldn’t soothe her. She took it all, and although she was struggling a bit with the spoon, she’ll get the hang of it quickly enough, our clever girl,” the nanny explained.

“Oh, splendid, Bessie, thank you!  I would prefer to bathe first, if you think you can keep her happy?”

“Yes, of course, my lady.”

Trixie was waiting for her mistress and had a bath ready. The warm, fragrant water was a balm to Rowena’s exhausted body. She stayed for a quarter of an hour , then changed into her nightgown and wrapper. Bessie was waiting for her in her bedchamber, cradling a slightly fussy Emma.

“Now let’s see if she’s still hungry for my milk,” Rowena said, taking the infant from her nanny.

Emma was, of course, avidly nursing from the start. She smiled at Rowena when she spoke to the infant, a new skill Emma had acquired over the last few days. Rowena was very tired but she was revived by the contact with her little girl. Afterwards, she was glad to give Emma back to Bessie and crawl between the sheets. She fell asleep the moment her head touched the pillow.

Not even Alex’ strange behaviour after he had saved her from the fire could keep her awake. Some days truly had enough misery to last a lifetime.

3:10 to Yuma 2007

 If you like westerns, this is an interesting story. Catch Russell Crowe still at the top of his best years.

Russell Crowe plays a desperado whose accomplices stage an ambush after he is taken into custody by a determined local sheriff in this remake of the 1957 film starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin. James Mangold directs a script based on the Elmore Leonard short story and penned by Stuart Beattie, Michael Brandt, and Derek Haas.

The Areonauts

 Just a few weeks ago you saw the first set photos of Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in Tom Harper’s historical adventure THE AERONAUTS in which they play pilot Amelia Wren and scientist James Glaisher who, back in 1862, find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a hot air balloon, and today you can check out the first official photo! Tom Courtenay and Vincent Perezalso star.
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Death and Nightingales BBC 2- 3 part series

BBC hasreleased first photos from their new three-part period set mini-series DEATH AND NIGHTINGALES with Jamie Dornan, Matthew Rhys and Ann Skelly! A story of love, betrayal, deception and revenge, it is set in the haunting countryside of Fermanagh in 1885. It’s a world of spies, confessions and double dealings where neighbours observe each other and inform. The tale takes place over a desperately tense 24-hour period. It’s Beth Winters’ (Ann Skelly) 23rd birthday and also the day she has decided to join the charming Liam Ward (Jamie Dornan) to escape from her limited life and complex relationship with her Protestant landowner stepfather Billy (Matthew Rhys). As decades of pain and betrayal finally build to a devastating climax, the series sees a woman struggling to control her own destiny and will ultimately illuminate tensions that tear both families and nations apart.
The series is based on Eugene McCabe modern Irish Classic.  Ann Skelly and Jamie Dornan lead the cast
Matthew Rhys plays the father in the new BBC 2 series


Well, this is certainly becoming a rather stellar and hunky cast indeed: war epic MIDWAY from director Roland Emmerich has just added new names to the cast which already includes Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Woody Harrelson, Mandy Moore and Ed Skrein! New additions to the cast include pop superstar Nick Jonas, Aaron Eckhart, Keean Johnson, Tadanobu Asano and Dennis Quaid!
Patrick Wilson will be Admiral Edward Layton
Based on the true story of the Battle of Midway, a turning point in the Pacific theatre of World War II, the very expensive historical action movie (the budget is above $100M as ‘Deadline’ reports)  will chronicle the exploits of the soldiers and pilots at the heart of the conflict. The story follows the real soldiers and aviators who pulled off the unbelievable to turn the tide of the war in June 1942.
Luke Evans is Commander McClusky

Woody Harrelsonwill portray Admiral Chester Nimitz, Patrick Wilson will play Navy Rear Admiral Edward Layton who was a key intelligence officer during WWII, Luke Evans is taking over the role of Lieutenant Commander Wade McClusky and Keean Johnson will play an Airforce radioman!
Nick Jonas has just joined the stellar cast