Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell for Christmas 2014

BBC film new period drama Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell for Christmas 2014 in St John’s Square

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BBC filming new drama

St John’s square, Wakefield BBC filming new drama

A city square will become the star of the small screen as film crews prepare to move in for the making of a magical new BBC drama.

Flim crews will be preparing the set of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell in St John’s Square, St John’s North and South Parade today. (Saturday)

And the drama, based on the best-selling novel by Susanna Clarke, and boasting a seasoned cast of actors, will form the centre piece of the channel’s 2014 Christmas schedule.

It tells the story of a time at the beginning of the 19th Century, when England no longer believes in practical magic.

But Mr Norrell, of Hurtfew Abbey, stuns the city of York, when he brings the minster’s statues to life, and is then invited to London to help the government in the war against Napoleon.

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell stars Eddie Marsan, of Best of Men, Ray Donovan and Filth fame, Olivier award-winning Bertie Carvel, known for roles in Restless, Hidden and Matilda, Paul Kaye, of Game of Thrones and Stella fame plus, Marc Warren from Hustle and Mad Dogs and Alice Englert, who starred in Ginger and Rosa and Beautiful Creatures.

Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC drama commissioning, said: “We have secured the most original, talented and dynamic cast and team to produce this brand new adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s award-winning novel.

“This cements our reputation for bold and ambitious drama and I can’t wait to see Bertie and Eddie bring these wonderful characters to life in a unique and exciting way.”

When Sherlock Met Sherlock

By | Posted on January 20th, 2014

Robert Downey Junior and Benedict Cumberbatch (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Producers Guild/AP Images)

Last night, at the 25th annual Producers Guild of America awards, this strange apparition appeared. Sherlock Holmes (as played by Robert Downey Jr.) met Sherlock Holmes (as played by Benedict Cumberbatch) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

And while this was going on, PBS aired “The Empty Hearse,” the first episode of Season Three of Benedict’s Sherlock (recap here). That is a LOT of deduction in a short space of time.

And there’s no sign of it letting up. Today, a spin-off iOS app, inviting fans to become part of Sherlock’s Homeless Network, was released in the U.K.

Look, here’s a trailer:

Sherlock: The Network allows you to help Holmes and Watson solve new cases, whether by passing on messages, or becoming a spy. Your job is to gather information and help solve one of ten new cases, and yes, there is specially shot new footage of Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and the others.*
The app will be released on January 27 in the U.S., and if you want to see more, read the review at Sherlockology.

Aneurin Barnard – Image of the Week

Actor Factor: Aneurin Barnard
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Aneurin Barnard (born 8 May 1987) is an award-winning Welsh stage and screen actor.

Early life

Barnard was born in the former borough of Ogwr in Mid Glamorgan, Wales, the son of June, a factory worker, and Terry Barnard, a coal miner. He has a sister named Ceri. He attended Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari in South Wales during his secondary school years. He then trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama alongside Kimberley Nixon and Tom Cullen, graduating in 2008. His first language is Welsh.
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Ironclad

Barnard played Melchior, one of the three leads, in the London premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening, which opened in February 2009 at the Lyric Hammersmith. The play later transferred to the Novello Theatre in March 2009, running until May 2009. Barnard won a Laurence Olivier Award for his role in Spring Awakening in 2010. He has appeared in guest roles in TV series Doctors, Casualty, Shameless, Y Pris and Jacob’s Ladder. He has also appeared in the short TV films The Big Day, Night on the Tiles and the BAFTA Cymru winning Owl Creek Bridge.

His theatre work in Wales includes Singin’ in the Rain, playing Don Lockwood, for Bridgend County Youth Theatre and Il Miracolo for Elan Wales. At drama school, he appeared in productions of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Hobson’s Choice, The Importance of Being Earnest and West Side Story, in which he played Tony. He was also involved in a radio production of Under Milk Wood.2013 Aneurin Barnard - White Queen
The White Queen

Barnard appeared in Ironclad, a film set in 1215 and featuring the signing of the Magna Carta by King John and the rebellion by his barons. The film also stars Paul Giamatti, Derek Jacobi, Kate Mara, James Purefoy, Jason Flemyng and Mackenzie Crook.

In 2011 he starred in Hunky Dory alongside Minnie Driver. The film is set in 1976 during the hottest summer recorded, in a school in Swansea. Barnard played the role of Davy and in the film sang songs from the era such as David Bowie’s “Life on Mars” and The Who’s “Love Reign O’er Me”.

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Moonfleet

In January 2012 he starred as photographer David Bailey in the BBC Four film “We’ll Take Manhattan” alongside Karen Gillan. He also appeared in the 2012 horror movie Elfie Hopkins alongside Jaime Winstone. Barnard was considered for the role of Jack in the 2013 film Jack the Giant Slayer, but was beaten to the part by Nicholas Hoult.

Barnard then appeared in the lead role in Vertigo Films’s Guinea Pigs, also named The Facility an atmospheric, micro-budget horror film about volunteers fighting for their lives after a drug trial goes wrong. The film also stars Alex Reid, Chris Larkin, Steve Evets, Nia Roberts, Oliver Coleman, Skye Lourie, Jack Doolan and Amit Shah. Later in 2012 he starred in the horror-thriller film Citadel.

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Agatha Christie’s Marple  “Endless Night”

In April–June 2012 he filmed the fantasy adventure movie Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box throughout the South West of England, playing the title role of Mariah Mundi. The movie is scheduled for release in 2013. Barnard also featured in Trap for Cinderella (2013) directed by Iain Softley which was based on the book by Sébastien Japrisot as well as portraying the character Claude in Francesca Gregorini’s drama thriller, Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes.

Barnard portrayed King Richard III of England in the television series The White Queen on BBC One. Barnard also portrayed the character John Trenchard in a two part adaptation of “Moonfleet” that was filmed in Ireland.
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The Imitation Game 2014

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game 2014

2014 Film
The drama, a biopic of Alan Turing, also stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Allen Leech and Matthew Beard. One of Britain’s most extraordinary unsung heroes, Turing was the pioneer of modern-day computing, Turing is credited with cracking the German Enigma code and the film is a nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British Establishment, but his work and legacy live on.
  • The Imitation Game is an upcoming historical drama film about British wartime cryptographer Alan Turing who cracked Nazi Germany’s Enigma code during World War II and was later criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality. Wikipedia
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Keira Knightley (Joan Clarke)

Keira Knightley

Joan Clarke
Allen Leech (John Cairncross)

Allen Leech

John Cairncross
Mark Strong (Stewart Menzies)

Mark Strong

Stewart Menzies
Matthew Goode (Hugh Alexander)

Matthew Goode

Hugh Alexander
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Starz Sets Premiere Date for Da Vinci’s Demons Season 2 * Mar 22

Source: Starz


Starz announced today that the second season of the historical fantasy “Da Vinci’s Demons,” an original series created by David S. Goyer (“The Dark Knight” trilogy, Man of Steel, upcoming Batman vs. Superman), will premiere in the U.S. on Saturday, March 22nd at 9pm ET/PT.

The ten-episode drama, produced by Adjacent Productions, follows the ‘untold’ story of the world’s greatest genius, Leonardo da Vinci, during his turbulent youth during the Renaissance. Starz greenlit “Da Vinci’s Demons” for a second season following its record-setting first season weekend debut on Starz on Friday April 12, 2013.

Outside of the United States and English-speaking Canada, “Da Vinci’s Demons” is distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide, in partnership with FOX International Channels (FIC) who broadcasts the series to audiences in 125 countries in Latin America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa following Starz’s exclusive premiere in the U.S.

Brilliant and passionate, the 25-year- old Leonardo da Vinci is an artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist. As a free thinker, with intellect and talents that are almost superhuman, he struggles to live within the confines of his own reality and time.

Starring Tom Riley as the title character, season two of “Da Vinci’s Demons,” finds Florence thrown into chaos in the wake of the Pazzi conspiracy. Lorenzo is gravely ill and Leonardo da Vinci must push the limits of his mind and body to defend the city against the forces of Rome. While the Medicis go to unthinkable lengths to deal with new threats, da Vinci continues on his quest to find the fabled Book of Leaves and uncover the secret history of his mother. He’ll come to realize that he has lethal competition in his quest — new enemies who may be even worse than the forces of Pope Sixtus. His search will take him to faraway lands and force him to reevaluate everything he knew about the world and his own history.

Riley’s co-stars include Laura Haddock, who plays Lucrezia Donati; Elliot Cowan, who plays the de factor ruler of Florence, Lorenzo Medici; Lara Pulver, who plays his wife Clarice Orsini; and Blake Ritson, who plays the ruthless and unwavering Count Girolamo Riario, nephew of Pope Sixtus IV.

Jane Tranter, head of Adjacent Productions, served as Executive Producer. The series was shot in Swansea during the summer and fall of 2013. The series is produced by Adjacent Productions, a label launched in 2012 that sits alongside BBC Worldwide Productions in order to identify new and original programming created and produced under the company’s umbrella.

 

The Promise – release April 16th

2014 The Promise Alan Rickman

 

This looks good

Alan Rickman, Rebecca Hall, Richard Madden

If you’ve been wondering exactly what Alan Rickman’s been up to since he took off the curly wig and stopped checking the floor for dog mess as Hilly Krystal in CBGB, he’s gone back to what he does best. Buttoned-up and starchy men whose passions are buried far beneath a crusty outer shell of respectability.

Look! He’s doing it here, in the trailer for A Promise, in which he plays Karl Hoffmeister, a somewhat stiff, but respected owner of a failing factory in pre-WWI Germany. Concerned for the future, he hires a young man called Ludwig (played by Game of Thrones star Richard Madden) to help take over his more energetic duties.

Sadly, Ludwig finds himself irresistably drawn to Hoffmeister’s young wife Charlotte (Rebecca Hall), especially after he takes on the role of live-in tutor to her young child. It’s at this point that history intervenes, and propriety is stretched to the very limits:

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Release Dates

Italy Sep 4, 2013 (Venice Film Festival)
Canada Sep 7, 2013 (Toronto International Film Festival)
France Nov 11, 2013 (Arras Film Festival)
Spain Nov 15, 2013 (Gijón International Film Festival)
Belgium Apr 16, 2014
France Apr 16, 2014