The Gathering Storm 2002

Today, Winston Churchill is regarded as one of the great leaders of his time, and a hero for helping to guide Great Britain through the crises of World War II. But in the 1930s, Churchill‘s place in history hardly seemed assured; his early warnings against the growing threat of the Third Reich were taken seriously by few of his contemporaries, and he suffered through a variety of personal, professional, and economic setbacks before German attacks on England gave credence to his theories about Hitler’s desire to overtake Europe, and gave Churchill the opportunity to rise to the greatness that was his destiny. The Gathering Storm is a made-for-television biographical drama based on Churchill‘s memoirs about his life leading up to World War II. Albert Finney stars as Winston ChurchillVanessa Redgrave plays his wife, Clementine, and Derek Jacobi appears as Stanley Baldwin. Jim Broadbent and Ronnie Barker co-star. Produced for the BBC, The Gathering Storm received its American premier on the HBO premium cable network in the spring of 2002.

A young Tom Hiddlestone as Randolph Churchill

 

The Trial of Christine Keeler

 THE TRIAL OF CHRISTINE KEELER  ARRIVES TO BBC FOR HOLIDAYS
Holidays this year at BBC won’t be all about spooky horrors… there will be political horrors too! They are ready to premiere their new mini series THE TRIAL OF CHRISTINE KEELER on December 29th and 30th and today
The six part series will start airing ahead of New Year

you can check out the character photos and trailer for the six episode series that depicts the infamous Profumo Affair, a political scandal from the 60s.

What’s The Scandal About?
London, Winter 1962. Britain is gripped by the Cuban Missile Crisis, and a series of sex and spy scandals have rocked the British government. Short of money, working class model Christine Keeler has returned to stage dancing in

Sophie Cookson takes the lead role in the series

Soho’s famous cabaret clubs. Christine lives with her West Indian boyfriend Johnny in a racially tense Notting Hill, and confides in her best friend Mandy Rice Davies. It has been over a year since Christine’s secret affair with the

Click on  the photo to see the whole cast gathered around the pool

married, middle aged Conservative Minister of War, John Profumo. But now Christine is shaken by violent harassment by a West Indian stalker, ‘Lucky’ Gordon, and when Johnny fails to protect her, she considers refuge with her

Ben Miles has been made bald for the role of John Profumo

mentor, socialite Dr Stephen Ward. However, Ward is under MI5 surveillance for entertaining a handsome Russian diplomat, and amid delusions of grandeur, he tries to use his establishment links to secure emergency nuclear

James Norton is osteopath Stephen Ward who introduced Christine and John

talks between the US and Russia. At the same time, Profumo tries to raise his profile to mark the end of UK conscription, and Christine recalls the beginnings of their infamous affair: the fateful weekend they met at twilight by a country manor swimming pool.

Who’s Involved In The Scandal?

Sophie Cookson stars as Christine Keeler, a 19 year old model who is entangled in a scandal due to having an affair with the married Secretary of

Ellie  Bamber, left, plays Christine’s best friend

State for War, John Profumo. James Norton is Stephen Ward, an osteopath who introduces John Profumo to Christine Keeler. Ellie Bamber is Mandy

James Norton has starred in a lot of political shows and films lately

Rice Davies, a model and a showgirl. Ben Miles is John Profumo, a Conservative MP and Secretary of State for War who is plunged into a scandal after his affair with Christine Keeler is exposed. He initially lied to the House

Christine was sentenced to nine months in jail in the end

of Commons about the affair and the incident became a global scandal after it emerged that Keeler may have simultaneously been involved with a Soviet

Ward was convicted for pimping, but he killed himself before the sentence could be passed

naval attaché. Emilia Fox is Valerie Profumo, the actress wife of Profumo. Nathan Stewart Jarrett is Johnny Edgecombe, a jazz promoter whose

The series was both written and directed by females

involvement with Christine Keeler inadvertently alerted authorities to the Profumo affair.  Anthony Welsh is Lucky Gordon, a jazz singer who comes to public attention due to his involvement with Christine Keeler.

Dracula (series) *** 01/01/2020

    ‘DRACULA ‘SERIES
WILL SPLASH THE FIRST DAYS OF THE NEW YEAR WITH BLOOD

As if that wasn’t bizarre enough  BBC has decided to start the new year with even nastier horror premiering their new extremely graphic three part

Dracula will start airing January 1st in three consecutive nights

DRACULA series on January 1st with other two hour and a half long episodes airing in the following two days! Claes Bang will move to Transylvania in

Claes Bang takes the lead role of the fanged monster

1897, as the blood drinking Count who is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast. John Heffernan stars as

Dracula aboard Demeter whose crew he will suck dry

Jonathan Harker, an English solicitor who visits Dracula’s castle and becomes his captive. Jonathan Aris is captain Sokolov of famous ship Demeter.

Lord Ruthven is portrayed by Patrick Walsh McBride

Patrick Walsh McBride portrays young Lord Ruthven in the series which will air on Netflix for the rest of the world later on.

The  First Episode of Dracula
starts in 1897. English lawyer Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to meet a new client – and a legend is about to get fresh blood… This is the tale of a

Always lovely John Heffernan is poor Jonathan Harker

terrifying, maze-like castle, of undead Brides, and a vampire Count whose ambition is to conquer the new world. Check out the nastiness below:

 

A Christmas Carol *** FX – Dec 19, BBC Dec 22

    ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’ OR
 MORE LIKE A HALLOWEEN ONE

As somebody noticed around the internet, it is beginning to feel a lot like… Halloween. Yep, Halloween, not Christmas, as British national broadcaster has decided to swamp us with nasty horrors in what is definitely

The series will air on FX and BBC this month

the worst holiday program scheme they’ve ever had. You can already see from the dark posters that their central series A CHRISTMAS CAROL won’t be filled with jingle bells but with creepy sounds, monsters and fog. It is interesting that it will first air in USA on FX on December 19th before moving to BBC on December 22nd!

Christmas Carol
is a unique and original take on the Charles Dickens’ iconic ghost story by Steven Knight and a haunting, hallucinatory, spine-tingling immersion into Scrooge’s dark night of the soul. The three-part special follows Ebenezer Scrooge (Guy Pearce), the miserly cold-hearted boss, as he is visited by ghosts from the past, present and future, on a freezing

Guy Pearce takes the lead role in the new series

Christmas Eve. Forced to face up to how his self interested, penny-pinching behavior has impacted his own life and those around him, is it too late for him to save the spirit of Christmas, and himself? Andy Serkis as Ghost of Christmas Past, Joe Alwyn as Bob Cratchit, and Jason Flemyng as Ghost of Christmas Future also star.

His Dark Materials series

BBC and HBO have revealed the first poster for their ambitious fantasy saga HIS DARK MATERIALS which starts November 3rd in UK and a day later in USA. The eight episode series, based on Philip Pullman novels, stars  Dafne Keen as Lyra Belacqua and James McAvoy as her uncle, Lord Asriel, who plays a senior member of the authoritarian church that Lyra fights against.

The story is set in an alternate reality where humans are accompanied by magical animal companions called daemons. The evil Magisterium seeks to control this world and all the others connected to it  and the only way to do that is through sick procedures involving children and their sentient counterparts. It’s up to Lyra, and her daemon companion Pantalaimon to rescue the children. Along the way she will also have the help of armoured polar bear Iorek Byrnison who also talks.

His Dark Materials starts this November

The series will have 8 episodes in the 1st season with the 2nd shooting shortly

 

 

World on Fire 2019 BBC

 

World on Fire is a heart-stopping, multi-stranded drama telling the story of World War Two through the lives of ordinary people from all sides of this global conflict. The first series of seven episodes tells the story of the first year of the war, starting with the German invasion of Poland in September 1939 and ending with the Battle of Britain.

7 Nov 10, 2019
6 Nov 3, 2019
5 Oct 27, 2019
4 Oct 20, 2019
3 Oct 13, 2019
2 Oct 6, 2019
1 Sep 29, 2019

 

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