Prime Suspect prequel sees return of Jane Tennison on ITV | Media | The Guardian

Tennison features detective, made famous by Helen Mirren, as a 22-year-old, with ITV also announcing new eight-part drama by creator of The Bridge

  Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect, a six-part prequel of the ITV series sees her character Jane Tennison investigating her first murder case as a 22-year-old.

The six-part series, called Tennison, will be set in 1970s Hackney and portrays a young Tennison starting out on her police career, experiencing London’s violent criminal ganglands first hand.

ITV said the drama would “reveal why she became such a complex and formidable character in the Metropolitan police”, set in a world where “high-ranking police officers were notoriously chauvinistic, and the rules and regulations often bent”.

ITV director of drama Steve November said: “I’m delighted Lynda has revisited the iconic character of Jane Tennison. The scripts are brilliantly written and she perfectly captures the sights, sounds and mood of the 70s period.”

The broadcaster announced details of the new drama on Thursday after La Plante revealed she was writing a prequel to Prime Suspect last year. There are no details about who will play the young Tennison.

It will be broadcast in 2016 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Prime Suspect, which first broadcast on ITV in 1991 and ran until 2006. It has also been adapted for US television.

Mirren, who brought DCI Tennison and later Det Supt Tennison to life across seven series, was already famous when the first Prime Suspect was broadcast, but the role made her a household name.

ITV has already enjoyed success with a detective prequel with Inspector Morse spin-off, Endeavour, starring Shaun Evans and Roger Allam.

The prequel has been devised by La Plante who has written a book, also called Tennison, which will be published in September.

La Plante said: “I have very much enjoyed writing the young Jane, creating her family background and the start of her career in the police force. I do hope my readers will enjoy meeting her in September and viewers in 2016.”

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Dragon Blade * US Release * September 2015

 Tiberius – Roman Emperor from 14BC – 37 AD

  • A massive success this year in its native China, “Dragon Blade” brings action spectacle on a grand scale to US audiences. Featuring an international cast led by Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody, the film features the fight for the Silk Road when East and West collide. When corrupt Roman leader Tiberius (Adrien Brody) arrives with a giant army to claim the Silk Road, Huo An (Jackie Chan) and his group of trained warriors teams up with an elite legion of defected Roman soldiers led by General Lucius (John Cusack) to maintain the delicate balance of power in the region. To protect his country and his new friends, Huo An gathers the warriors of thirty-six ethnic nations together to fight Tiberius in an incredible epic battle. The film is written and directed by Daniel Lee (“Black Mask”) and produced by Jackie Chan and Susanna Tsang.

    Written by Lionsgate


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Between Boredom and Brilliance – Part Ten

Emma 2009

 Chapter Ten – A Necessary Change of Plans


Emma woke when the warm breath of her husband caressed her cheek, ruffling the soft hair on her brow with its loving breeze.

“Mmmm ….” she purred, stretching luxuriously in his arms. “Not yet, George, I want to sleep a bit longer before I rise …”

“Well, my lady,” her beloved coaxed softly, “I’m afraid that is not what I have in mind for you, at the moment …”

His wicked hands began exploring her nude body with magical fingers, igniting fire where they roamed. Emma moaned with the yearning she always felt when her George presented her with his passion. “My dearest love, you must set me free for I have a million things to see to, this morning.”

She tried to break free of George’s hold but the circle of his arms only grew tighter.

“You will have plenty of time, my darling Emma, before you must go to visit Harriet.”

“How do you know I want to visit Harriet?” Emma asked in stunned surprise. “Have I told you that last night? I do not recall!”

“I know everything about you, dearest, I make it my task to do so. Now … be a good little wife and indulge me …”

When his mouth started roaming all the places his hands had mapped out before, Emma surrendered and let herself be swept away by George’s passion once again.


In the morning – a glorious, bright, warm July morning with the height of summer so near – Emma buttoned a pale yellow pelisse over her  cream-coloured sprigged muslin dress and fastened a white straw hat onto her golden curls. She was on the brink of setting off for Abbey Mills Farm to hear what stories Harriet might have gathered for the newspaper when she heard her maid Maud talking to Blaise, George’s valet. Or better, whispering. They had not noticed her, hidden behind the big closet in the hall, while they were carrying their baskets, full of laundry, to the servants’ quarter.

“Mademoiselle Mathilde, will you please do me ze ‘onour of goink on a stroll wiz me zis afternoon?” Blaise asked, his horrible French accent mangling the words.

“No, you dolt!” Maud scoffed in her pronounced Kentish accent. “ Why would I do that? Besides, I have to go to the village to see my aunt. She’s not well, not well at all!”

“Zen, let me go wiz you and see zat you arrive properly.”

“No, you brazen man! My cousin would have a stroke when you’d turn up at Mrs Bates’ house! My niece is an elderly spinster, as you very well know. Besides, they’re two ladies living on their own. They abhor male company, especially when they don’t know the men. They can barely suffer Mr Knightley’s company, let alone yours!”

A moment later, the green baize door fell shut behind them and Emma stood baffled for a while, dealing with what she had just heard. Mrs Bates, ill? Oh, my goodness, but she had completely forgotten that Maud was a relative of the Bates ladies! She must go and visit as soon as was possible! Drat, but she had agreed to meet with Harriet now so it would have to wait until after luncheon.


However, Harriet had other disturbing facts to offer. She was sitting under the apple tree in the farm’s courtyard, vigorously fanning herself in the late morning heat. Emma went to take a seat beside her on the bench.

“Good morning, my dear Harriet! How are you today?”

“I am fine, thank you, dear Emma.”

“You are looking somewhat … flushed, my dear. Have you gathered some upsetting facts for the newspaper, by any chance?”

“Oh, Emma, I have not! There seems to be not a thing worth writing about. Everything is proceeding its normal boring way in Highbury and nothing of interest occurs!”

“Yes, our dear Highbury is so completely lacking of incidents that I sometimes think the Lord God has forgotten we exist! Well, we will wait and …”

While she was still saying these words, Emma watched the most extraordinary thing happen. She abruptly stopped speaking and stared at Harriet’s pretty, young face, exquisite in its youthful roundness and the creamy velvet of its skin. She saw Harriet’s cornflower blue eyes shift to a point far beyond Emma’s shoulder, come to rest and blossom with the most wonderful smile, dreamy and overflowing with love.

Puzzled to the extreme, Emma glanced over her own shoulder … and understood. A few paces away stood Robert Martin, tall, broad-shouldered, in shirt sleeves and dirty leather trousers, the ones he used to do farm work. The same deep fond gaze mirrored Harriet’s and Emma found herself smile in total comprehension. That was how her own, dear George looked at her … with pure, unmitigated love.

Emma did not understand why she had not seen this from the start for Harriet and her Robert had always looked at each other like that. They had always loved each other deeply, only Emma had persuaded Harriet that it was not true and nearly managed to break these two lovers apart.

“Good morning, Mr Martin,” she said, smiling fondly at him. He was such a sweet, good man.

Robert Martin blinked at the sound of her voice but recovered himself quickly. “Good morning, Mrs Knightley,” he replied and bowed at Emma. Then, immediately, he shifted his gaze back to his wife and asked, in a voice brimming with concern, “Are you well, my love? Are you in need of something, anything? I will get it for you instantly.”

“I am very well, dearest, do not concern yourself. Go about your work and leave me here with my friend.”

Mr Martin nodded and turned away to enter the barn. Emma had no inkling of what had been exchanged between the two of them but it had been something very intense, for sure.

“Are you ailing, Harriet?” she asked, a bit concerned herself.

“No, dear Emma,” Harriet replied, joy in her voice, “I am very, very well. I could never be better in all my life. You see, my dearest Emma, I am with child. Around the turning of the year, a little Martin will be born.”


Emma walked back home through the countryside, her heart singing with joy and her mind filled with images of infants. What a wonderful news Harriet just gave her! She not only felt extremely happy for her friend but also envied Harriet for just a tiny bit. All of a sudden, Emma wished for a child of her and George. What joy would that bring to her dear husband and her darling Papa!

There was, however, an important step to be taken. When Harriet was to be a mother and Miss Bates was to take proper care of her ailing mother, neither of them would find time to spend on a newspaper. Maybe, it was better to cancel the whole project before it even started.


The Dark Valley 2014

The Dark Valley 2014

Directed by     Andreas Prochaska
Written by     Martin Ambrosch, Andreas Prochaska
Running time :90 minutes
Country     Austria, Germany

Sam Riley as Greider
Tobias Moretti as Hans Brenner
Helmuth Häusler as Hubert Brenner
Martin Leutgeb as Otto Brenner
Johannes Nikolussi as Rudolf Brenner
Clemens Schick as Luis Brenner
Florian Brückner as Edi Brenner
Hans-Michael Rehberg as Brenner
Erwin Steinhauer as Breiser
Paula Beer as Luzi

There is an English speaking version.


Sam Riley has an uncanny resemblance to Leonardo DiCaprio

Sam Riley 2014 The Dark Valley
Sam Riley 2014 The Dark Valley

Synopsis by Jason Buchanan

A solitary stranger appears in a mountain village high in the Alps, stirring unease among the locals as he frigid winds of winter blow in. Subsequently taken in by the local patriarch, the mysterious newcomer becomes the subject of grim speculation after two of his host’s sons perish under mysterious circumstances.


Matthew Macfadyen and Romola Garai join ITV’s Winston Churchill drama – CultBox

Ripper Street 3 Matthew Macfadyen
ITV has announced further casting for their new one-off drama about Sir Winston Churchill set in the 1950s.Churchill’s Secret is based on Jonathan Smith’s recently published book, The Churchill Secret: KBO, and adapted by Stewart Harcourt (Treasure Island).Joining the previously announced Michael Gambon (Harry Potter) as Churchill and Lindsay Duncan (Birdman) as Clementine Churchill will be Romola Garai (The Hour) as nurse Millie Appleyard, Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street) as Randolph Churchill, Daisy Lewis (Downton Abbey) as Mary Churchill, Rachael Stirling (The Bletchley Circle) as Sarah Churchill and Tara Fitzgerald (In the Club) as Diana Churchill.The Hour Romola GaraiThe cast also includes Bill Paterson as Lord Moran, James Wilby as Lord Bracken, Alex Jennings as Anthony Eden, Patrick Kennedy as Jock Colville, Christian McKay as Christopher Soames, Chris Larkin as Rab Butler and John Standing as Lord Camrose.Downton Abbey 5 Sarah BuntingThe official synopsis reads: “Set during the summer months of 1953 Churchill—now Prime Minister for the second time and in his late 70’s—suffers a life-threatening stroke, which is kept secret from the world.

“Told from the viewpoint of his young Nurse, Millie Appleyard, the drama follows his battle to recover as his long suffering wife Clemmie desperately hopes the stroke will force Winston to retire while his political friends and foe scheme to plot who will succeed him.

“Meanwhile his adult children descend on Chartwell, unsure if he will pull through, as tensions within his family begin to surface.”

Directed by Charles Sturridge (Da Vinci’s Demons, The Road to Coronation Street), the two-hour film begins filming this month in London, Hayes and at Churchill’s principal family home, Chartwell in Kent.

Source: Matthew Macfadyen and Romola Garai join ITV’s Winston Churchill drama – CultBox

Filming wraps on new action thriller in Connemara

Filming wraps on new action thriller in Connemara News by Enda Cunningham – Jun 20, 2015

Wilds of Connemara … perfect backdrop in this scene from Pilgrimage
Filming of a new action thriller set in the 13th Century – much of which was shot in Leenane – has been completed.Award-winning Irish director Brendan Muldowney and up-and-coming British TV and movies stars Jon Bernthal and Richard Armitage were amongst the cast and crew who have been filming in Connemara and South Mayo over the past seven weeks.
Scenes of the stars in mountainous and country terrain are expected to form a major part of ‘Pilgrimage’, which will be heavily promoted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and the American Film Market in November.
It tells the story of a band of monks on a perilous journey to escort their monastery’s holiest relic to Rome – a rock used in the martyrdom of St Matthias, the thirteenth apostle.When the true significance of the relic is revealed, the journey becomes much more treacherous, and the group’s faith and loyalty to one another are tested.

Source: Filming wraps on new action thriller in Connemara



5 Reasons Why ‘Poldark’ Is Going To Be The New ‘Downton Abbey’

By Meghan O’Keefe
June 21, 2015 // 9:00am

5 Reasons Why ‘Poldark’ Is Going To Be The New ‘Downton Abbey’


A few years ago, an absorbing soap opera about the drama going on in a massive Yorkshire estate in the 1910s and 1920s took the world by storm. Downton Abbey renewed mainstream America’s interest in British costume drama and introduced us all to the Crawley clan. But Downton Abbey is almost over. So, what British export can hope to take its place in our collective Yankee hearts? Based on what we’ve seen, Masterpiece‘s latest series, Poldark, might just be your new summer obsession.

The original Poldark crossed the pond in 1975 and became one of Masterpiece’s first massive American hits. The story — which is based on Winston Graham’s Cornwall novels — has been compared to everything from Gone With The Wind to Pride & Prejudice. It’s a sweeping saga about a lovable gentleman rogue named Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner). Young Captain Poldark returns home from the Revolutionary War to discover that everything he loved is lost. How will he rebuild? Can he rebuild? Will he forever pine after his childhood love? Or will the earthy Demelza (Elinor Tomlinson) turn his head? Poldark tackles all this and more.

If that hasn’t sold you, here are five reasons why we suspect Poldark might be the next Downton Abbey.

It’s Already A Super Big Deal In England

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Even though Downton Abbey still has at least one season to go, England has already moved on. “Poldark fever” is an actual thing that gripped Brits this spring. The season finale had nearly 6 million viewers. What does that mean? It means that 1 in 4 Brits who were watching TV were watching it. For bigger context, those are akin to stateside Game of Thrones numbers. Poldark is a ratings smash and it might just have the juice to make the leap stateside.

It’s The Anti-‘True Detective’


As American television keeps pushing the boundaries of storytelling, it also seems to be pushing the boundaries of taste. Everything has to be dark, gritty, shocking, bloody, and sometimes appalling. While you can expect grim nihilism from HBO shows, don’t look for it in Poldark. It’s old-fashioned, straight-forward storytelling with a hero whose biggest foe is his own pride. The cinematography is glorious, the acting superb, and the characters are all shockingly earnest. I mean, the bad guys are a family of miserly bankers called the Warleggans, for goodness sake. The show’s one fault might be how simple it is, but then, it’s so well-done and absorbing that watching it feels like you’re cozying up to an old familiar friend.

It’s Got This Really, Really, REALLY Hot Guy

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The biggest British crossovers usually have wonderful writing, fantastic acting, one dashing heartthrob. Poldark’s hunk is its criminally good-looking lead, Aidan Turner. You might recognize Turner for his work on the cult hit Being Human or as Kili, the hot dwarf who flirted with Evangeline Lilly in The Hobbit movies. Playing Ross Poldark is Turner’s “Darcy moment.” In fact, there’s a moment in episode three that rivals Colin Firth’s legendary wet shirt scene in Pride & Prejudice. A shirtless Captain Poldark is seen reaping wheat in a field with a scythe and it was enough to almost melt British twitter. Will it be enough to melt your heart? (WELL, I HOPE SO. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT?)

The Women Are The Real Heroes


Part of Downton Abbey’s success is its focus on its brilliant female characters. Lord Grantham might rule over Downton Abbey, but it’s Lady Mary, Anna, and the Dowager Countess we tune in for. Poldark doesn’t just take its name from its charismatic leading man, but from the entire Poldark clan. There’s Elizabeth Poldark (Heida Reed), Ross’s elegant childhood love torn between her love of Ross and her duties to her husband, his feckless cousin, Francis. Then there’s Verity Poldark (Ruby Bentall). She’s as true, courageous, and honest as her name would suggest. Finally, there’s the feisty street urchin-turned-kitchen wench, Demelza Carne (Elinor Tomlinson). She lends the show its passionate heart and is the program’s romantic heroine.
It’s Yet Another Romantic Masterpiece From ‘Masterpiece’


One of the things I love most about PBS’s Masterpiece is that I know it will never let me down. It’s constantly cherry-picking the best television that Britain has to offer and Poldark is no different. In fact, Poldark might be my favorite Masterpiece offering in quite some time. The show is about the tensions that boil between old and new, rich and poor, and the future and the past. It’s about how drama erupts when people succumb to fear, pride, and jealousy.

Most of all, it’s about how love has the power to light us through our darkest days. If you’ve ever fallen for a Mr. Darcy, a Heathcliff, a Horatio Hornblower, or a Jamie Fraser…then Ross Poldark will capture your heart. And if you have a soft spot for tempestuous upstarts like Elizabeth Bennet, Scarlett O’Hara, Jane Eyre, or Claire Randall… then you’re really going to like Demelza. And if you like streaming amazing quality entertainment for free, you’re going to love watching it on your PBS app after it premieres tonight. [Watch Poldark on PBS]