SEAN BEAN JOINSBBC is also casting new faces for their ambitious new WW2 series WORLD ON FIREwhich already hasLesley Manville, Jonah Hauer King, Helen Hunt and Julia Brown! Joining them now are Sean Bean,Last Kingdom’s and Halcyon’s Ewan Mitchell, Blake Harrison and Yrsa Daley Ward!
The ensemble series will follow different characters, from Harry, a young English translator in Warsaw caught up in negotiations with the Nazis and trying to smuggle his Polish lover Kasia out of the country, to Lois, the girl who is waiting for him at home, a young Mancunian factory worker who will come to take all the opportunities the war can offer to live a different kind of life. To Nancy, a female US war correspondent who can’t find peace unless her life is at risk, to the Rossler family in Berlin, worried for their
Sean Bean has also joined the seven episode WW2 series
soldier son and willing to do anything to protect their disabled daughter from the attentions of the ruling Nazi regime.
CLAES BANG TO LEAD
Consisting of three 90-minute episodes, the upcoming Dracula series will re-introduce the world to the vampire who “made evil sexy.” Taking place in Translyvania in 1897, the series will find “the blood drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.” In a statement, Claes Bang said:
There have been quite a number of adaptations of Dracula since the release of the Bram Stoker novel more than a hundred years ago, but I’m willing to give Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss a chance to prove that they can do something new with the story. “It was one of those moments – who else could it be than Claes. He has it all. Brilliant, gorgeous, charismatic, lethal. Tall, dark and gruesome all at once.” said Moffat, Gatiss, and executive producer Sue Vertue. Director of BBC Content and Piers Wenger added, “Hell has a new boss… and BBC One has an outstanding new leading man. To say we have lucked out with Claes would be to underestimate the supreme talents of Steven, Mark and the team at Hartswood and their knack for choosing the right actor to redefine an iconic role. Seriously exciting stuff.” Production on the Dracula series is expected to begin next year. As I’m not overly familiar with Claes Bang, I’ll leave it up to those of you who are, does he have the right stuff to play Dracula?
|Birth Name||Claes Kasper Bang|
|Height||6′ 4½” (1.94 m)|
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|Lis Kasper Bang||(? – present)|
An Agatha Christie 1936 Novel (rumored to release Dec 25th)
BBC One and Amazon have released the first photo of John Malkovich as Inspector Hercule Poirot in “The ABC Murders,” the upcoming three-part mini-series which Alex Gabassi (“The Frankenstein Chronicles”) is directing.
The series has once again been adapted by Mammoth Screen and writer Sarah Phelps following their limited series adaptations of “And Then There Were None,” “The Witness for the Prosecution” and “Ordeal by Innocence”.
Set in 1933, a serial killer is terrorising Britain – striking in a methodical pattern of killing people whose names and suburbs all begin with the same letter of the alphabet (eg. Alice Ascher of Andover, Betty Barnard of Bexhill) and leaving a copy of the ABC railway guide at the scene of each.
Poirot attempts to investigate but i
STARTING NEXT WEEK ON BBC! Saturday, Feb. 17th
TROY: FALL OF A CITY an epic tale of mortals and gods, has a psychologically rich and sweeping narrative which goes back to the story’s origins: to the judgement of Paris, his scandalous love affair with Helen, and the ill-starred prophecy surrounding his birth. Told from the perspective of the Trojan royal family at the heart of the siege, TROY: FALL OF A CITY is a rich story of love, intrigue, betrayal and belonging. Combining thrilling adventure with heart-breaking intimacy, it conveys the big themes of human existence and identity; of people battling to retain their sense of humanity and compassion amid the devastation and destruction of war.
|David Threlfall is King Priam of Troy|
|Tom Weston Jones is the heroic and tragic prince Hector of Troy|
|Bella Dayne is flimsy Helen of Troy whose adultery starts the war|
|Robin Hood’s Jonas Armstrong is King of Sparta Menelaus|
|Johnny Harris is Menelaus’ brother Agamemnon, king of Mycenae|
|Tom Weston Jones is the brave and heroic prince of Troy Hector|
|For some reason BBC thinks Achilles was black, played by David Gyasi|
|Australian actor Louis Hunter is the bratty prince of Troy Paris|
|Priam first want to marry Paris to Spartan princess Hermione (right)|
Check out the trailer below:
‘THE MERCY’ POSTERS
BBC’S ‘THE MINIATURIST’1ST PERIOD SET DRAMA CLIP
The characters from BBC’s new three episode period set drama
THE MINIATURIST which will air next Tuesday and Wednesday, December 26th and 27th in UK in their holiday programme. You can also check out two clips below!
BASED ON JESSIE BURTON BOOK
Set in 1686, it follows 18 year old Nella Oortman (Anya Taylor Joy) who knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam.
Full of hopes and dreams, she has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of wealthy merchant, Johannes (Alex Hassell) Brandt. But instead of Johannes, she’s met by his cold sister Marin (Romola Garai) and quickly realises that nothing is as it seems in the Brandt household. When Johannes finally appears he presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a doll’s house replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror what is happening within the house in unexpected ways and seem to be predicting and unravelling the future with unsettling accuracy. You can also check out the two, rather cheap looking, clips from the mini series below.
Anya Taylor Joy is Nella Oortman
Alex Hassell is Johannes in the series
Romola Garai and Anya Taylor Joy
The series will air first two days after Christmas on BBC
Gunpowder is set in the year 1605 and chronicles the attempt made by Fawkes and a group of provincial English Catholics to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I, all in an effort to help restore a Catholic to the crown. Among them was Robert Catesby, who was said to be the mastermind behind the operation. The plot was ultimately thwarted by authorities after explosives were spotted near Westminster Palace.
Follow Up Oct 2017
BBC has also officially confirmed their work on new TV movie KING LEAR. Hollywood Spy was among the first in the world to announce this project which, set in the fictional present, sees Anthony Hopkins as the eponymous ruler, presiding over a totalitarian military dictatorship in England. Emma Thompson, Emily Watson and Florence Pugh are his daughters. Jim Broadbent is Earl of Gloucester, Andrew Scott is his loyal son Edgar and John Macmillan his illegitimate son Edmund. Jim Carter is Earl of Kent, Christopher Eccleston is Oswald, Tobias Menzies is Duke of Cornwall. Karl Johnson is set to play Lear’s loyal jester the Fool.
Something positively delicious this Monday! BBC has released first images and a promo teaser for their upcoming new epic mini series GUNPOWDER which should air sometime this Autumn (twould be fun if it starts on the 5th of November!)! Kit Harington plays famous rebel Robert Catesby who, back in 1605 tried to blow up the king and the parliament. Guy Fawkes, another famous rebel, is played by Tom Cullen, with Liv Tyler also in the cast. Kit Harington has revealed that he is actually related to Catesby
The three part historical drama follows the story of the Gunpowder Plot, the 1605 attempt by a group of provincial English Catholics to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I in order to help restore
|The series will have a Saturday evening airing slot|
a Catholic to the throne. Although to this day people mostly associate the famous Gunpowder Plot with Guy Fawkes, the mastermind was nobleman Robert Catesby, a 30 year old committed Catholic at a time when Protestant England persecuted the church’s members
|Liv Tyler plays Catesby’s cousin who is worried about the success of the plot|
relentlessly. He himself lost both his father and wife and is forced to raise his little himself on his own. That is when he starts recruiting help for his plot among family and supporters. Liv Tyler plays his cousin Anne Vaux, who gets caught up in the plot. The cast also includes Peter
|Guy Fawkes is still celebrated with bonfires every November 5th!|
Mullan, Edward Holcroft, Shaun Dooley, Robert Emms, Derek Riddell and Mark Gatiss as Robert Cecil, the chief of the king’s spies whose network of informants pursued the plotters in a game of cat and mouse.
Headed our way is a three part adaptation of H.G. Wells‘ novel WAR OF THE WORLDS from Poldark and Victoria‘s Mammoth Screen! At the dawn of the 20th century, Horsell Common in Surrey is struck by a huge meteor, and the inhabitants of Earth slowly fall victim to a vicious invasion. The three-part drama follows one man’s attempt to escape the ruthless Martians – but they are determined to destroy all human life as they attempt to conquer the earth…
Writer, Peter Harness says: “I’m feeling phenomenally lucky to be writing The War of the Worlds, and blowing up gigantic swathes of the Home Counties at the dawn of the twentieth century. Wells’s book is ground zero for all modern science fiction, and like all the best sci-fi, manages to sneak in some pretty astonishing comments on what it is to be a human being too. I’m hoping to follow in the great man’s footsteps by making a terrifying, Martian-packed series which manages to be emotional, characterful, and – deep breath, dare I say it – even political at the same time.”
Damien Timmer, Mammoth Screen Managing Director, adds: “It’s a great honour to bring H.G. Wells’s masterpiece to BBC One. This huge title – the original alien invasion story – has been loosely adapted and riffed on countless times, but no one has ever attempted to follow Wells and locate the story in Dorking at the turn of the last century. We hope Peter’s adaptation will be the definitive adaptation of one of the great classic novels – and a visceral, thought provoking thrill ride!”
The War of the Worlds has been commissioned by Piers Wenger and Charlotte Moore, written by Peter Harness (Doctor Who, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Wallander) and will be produced by Mammoth Screen (Poldark, The City And The City, The Witness For The Prosecution, NW) for BBC One. Filming will begin early 2018.