Vanity Fair 2018

Begins NOW~

Sunday, September 2, 2018  (7 episodes)

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON VICTORIAN TV SAGA ‘VANITY FAIR’ WITH OLIVIA COOKE, TOM BATEMAN, CHARLIE ROWE, SURRANE JONES, FRANCES DE LA TOUR! MEET ALL THE CHARACTERS!

   ‘VANITY FAIR’ VICTORIAN SAGA
3 Sep 9, 2018 Episode 3

2 Sep 3, 2018 Episode 2

1 Sep 2, 2018 Episode 1

Vanity Fair starts tonight on British ITV!

Believe it or not, Autumn unofficially starts today and the first historical series to open the new season tonight on ITV is the latest small screen adaptation of William Thackeray‘s novel VANITY FAIR (if I got it right it will also start airing this month on HBO cable channels around the world and will air for US audience later on at Amazon). The story is set in the Napoleonic era following the destiny of resourceful Becky Sharp played by Olivia Cooke. The second episode airs as soon as Monday, and the rest of the series will air next five Sundays.

WHAT’S THE STORY?   
The seven part drama coming from Poldark‘s and Victoria‘s Mammoth Screen, is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, and follows

The series will also start this month on HBO world cable channels

modern heroine Becky Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society. Her story of villainy, crime,

The series will air in seven hourlong episodes!

merriment, lovemaking, jilting, laughing, cheating, fighting and dancing, takes her all the way to the court of King George IV, via the Battle of Waterloo, breaking hearts and losing fortunes as she goes.

BECKY SHARP
is played by Olivia Cooke. Born to a French opera dancer and a poor, drunken artist, she is orphaned as a teenager and accepted at Miss Pinkerton’s academy for young ladies to teach French in exchange for her schooling and upkeep. Once she goes out in the world, Becky is determined to rise in society – by any means necessary.
CAPTAIN ROWDON CRAWLEY
who will fall for Becky is played by Tom Bateman.  He is a heavy dragoon with strong desires and small brains, who had never controlled a passion in his life. He is the younger son of Sir Pitt and stands to inherit money from his aunt, Miss Crawley, who has always loved him best despite his love of sports, gambling and women.
SIR PITT CRAWLEY
to whose house Becky arrives as the governess is played by Martin Clunes. He’s a baronet and the owner of a huge estate at Queen’s Crawley, but despite his position in society he is a dirty, stingy and lecherous old man.
MISS MATILDA CRAWLEY
played by Frances de la Tour,  is rich, single and elderly and her potential heirs are at pains to impress her, even if it looks likely she’ll leave most of herfortune to favoured nephew Rawdon. Miss Crawley is dismissive and deeply unimpressed with pretty much anyone.
AMELIA SEDLEY
Becky’s friend from the academy is played by Claudia Jessie. Becky’s total opposite, she is naturally sweet, obedient, kind-hearted and naive, with blindloyalty that verges on stupidity. She is waiting to be married to her childhood sweetheart George Osborne.
SIR GEORGE OSBORNE AND  WILLIAM DOBIN
George, played by Charlie Rowe, has been close to the Sedley family all his life as childhood friend and neighbour, with his and Amelia’s fathers being business partners. He does like Amelia, but he is more in love with himself and is preoccupied with drinking and gambling and his own pursuits! Johny Flynn plays his best friend Dobin, a gentleman who has risen honestly in society and exhibits qualities of kindness, loyalty and respect. He is secretly deeply in love with Amelia.
WHO ELSE IS THERE?   
The cast also includes Surrane Jones as snobbish Miss Pinkerton who hates Becky,  Michael Palin plays Thackeray himself, the mysterious

Surrane Jones plays snobbish Miss Pinkerton

narrator, Claire Skinner is Amelia’s mother Lady Sedley, Simon Russell Beale is Mr Sedley, David Flynn is Amelia’s vain brother Jos, a figure of

David Flynn is Jos Seddley, vain and ridiculous and fat

ridicule whom Becky tries to seduce. Mathew Baynton is Sir Pitt’s uptight son Bute Crawley, Robert Pugh‘s is George’s rich father Mr Osborne.

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Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy 2015

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The Elephant Man 2019

The 2×90 minute drama biopic, from The Missing and Requiem producer New Pictures, will chart Merrick’s extraordinary story from his working-class beginnings in Leicestershire, through the work-houses, music halls and freak shows that punctuated 19th Century culture to his time at the London Hospital and his friendship with Dr Frederick Treves.

Commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, and Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, and written by Neil McKay (Moorside), the series will be directed by Richard Laxton (Mum). Executive producers are Elaine Pyke and Charlie Pattinson for New Pictures and Tommy Bulfin for BBC. Producer is Tom Mullens (Poldark). all3media will handle international distribution and is associate producer.

The series will be filmed in Wales with transmission due next year with additional casting under way.

The iconic Merrick has been the subject of countless medical studies, screen and stage performances. Born in the UK city of Leicester in 1862, at the age of five he began to develop physical deformities to his skin, face, arms and feet. When he was 11, his mother died from bronchopneumonia, his father soon remarried and by 17 he was a resident of the workhouse after his relationship with his father deteriorated. Seeking to escape the workhouse several years later, Merrick found his way into a human oddities show in London where he was exhibited as ‘The Elephant Man’. He met Treves in 1884, after the doctor had witnessed Merrick being exhibited in a shop across the road from the London Hospital. Treves brought Merrick to the hospital where he lived until his death in 1890, aged 27.

Among the many performers to portray Merrick have been David Schofield, David Bowie, Mark Hamill, and most recently Bradley Cooper in his West End theatre debut. In 1980, David Lynch famously directed John Hurt in a haunting classic which won BAFTAs for Best Film and Best Actor and scored eight Oscar noms.

Heaton, who plays Jonathan Byers in Netflix smash Stranger Things and recently wrapped on 2019 Marvel pic The New Mutants, said, “I’m extremely excited and honoured to be given the opportunity to take on the portrayal of Joseph Merrick in the BBC’s adaption of The Elephant Man. This is such a special role and a challenge for any actor. Joseph has such an incredible story and I can’t wait to go on this journey and bring him to life.”

Pyke, executive producer for New Pictures, added, “Joseph’s determination to be his own man, to earn a living, to find a sense of freedom and to express himself is inspiring to all. Neil McKay’s beautiful script captures this extraordinary story and we are thrilled that Charlie Heaton is going to play Joseph.”

 

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.

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The Areonauts

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Death and Nightingales BBC 2- 3 part series

 ‘DEATH AND NIGHTINGALES’
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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
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Black 47

 

Ireland 1847

REVENGE STORY STARRING JIM BROADBENT AND HUGO WEAVING
It’s 1847 and Ireland is in the grip of the Great Famine that has ravaged the country for two long years. Feeney, a hardened Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, abandons his post to return home and reunite with his estranged family. He’s seen more than his share of horrors but nothing prepares him for the famine’s hopeless destruction of his homeland. He discovers his mother starved to death and his brother hanged by the brutal hand of the English. With little else to live for, he sets on a destructive path to avenge his family, systematically working his way up the political and social hierarchy of 19th Century Ireland. Hannah, an aging British soldier and famed tracker of deserters, is sent to stop Feeney before he can further stoke the fires of revolution. But Hannah and Feeney are old army comrades with a mutual respect forged by their times fighting together. Personal bonds and shifting allegiances cause both men to question their motives, as they are tested to the limit by the hellish landscape of “the Great Hunger”.
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