Richard E. Grant, Anna Chancellor & Rade Sherbedgia Join ITV’s ‘Downton Abbey’

By Patrick Munn – February 14th, 2014 @ 05:36 pm UTC
Category: News / UK News

Richard E. Grant (Withnail and I), Anna Chancellor (The Hour) and Rade Sherbedgia (Snatch) are joining the cast of ITV’s drama series Downton Abbey for its upcoming fifth season, TVWise has learned.

Grant has been cast as Simon Bricker, who visits Downton Abbey as a guest of the Granthams; Chancellor as Lady Anstruther; and Sherbedgia as Kuragin, a Russian refugee who has fled her homeland following the Bolshevik revolution. They join a large cast for season five which includes, amongst others, Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery, Dame Harriet Walter and Peter Egan are also returning to reprise their roles as Lady Shackleton and Lord Flintshire, respectively.

“We are delighted to welcome these talented actors to the world of Downton”, said Gareth Neame, Managing Director of Carnival Films, who also serves as an executive producer on Downton Abbey. “The characters they play are set to bring yet more excitement and intrigue to the show.”

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Tom Hardy Joins BBC Two’s ‘Peaky Blinders’

By Patrick MunnTom Hardy (Inception) has joined the cast of BBC Two’s period drama Peaky Blinders for its upcoming six episode second season.


The Dark Knight Rises actor – who has more recently been filming alongside Gary Oldman on Child 44, a feature adaptation of Tom Rob Smith’s novel which is being produced by Scott Free Productions and Summit Entertainment – has joined the 1920′s set drama playing a charismatic leader who presents a unique opportunity to Tommy (Cillian Murphy). The BBC first made the announcement on the Peaky Blinders’ Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Created by Steven Knight, Peaky Blinders is set in Birmingham in 1919 and follows the extended Shelby criminal family whose many brothers, sisters, cousins and uncles make up the fiercest gang of post-war Birmingham: the ‘Peaky Blinders. The drama series is produced by Caryn Mandabach Productions & Tiger Aspect Productions and stars Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later), Sam Neill (The Tudors), Helen McCrory (Harry Potter), Annabelle Wallis (Snow White And The Huntsman), Iddo Goldberg (Secret Diary Of A Call Girl) and Charlie Creed-Miles (Nil By Mouth). The show’s second season, which consists of six episodes, is being written by series creator Steven Knight and enters production next month.

BBC One’s ‘The Musketeers’ Renewed For Second Season

By Patrick Munn – February 9th, 2014 @ 12:35 pm UTC

BBC One’s newest drama series The Musketeers has been renewed for a second season.

“Drama in 2014 has got off to a great start on BBC One and The Musketeers has really brought something fresh and new to the channel”, said BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore, who commissioned the second season alongside the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson. ”I can’t wait to see how things will develop in the next series.”

Created by Adrian Hodges, The Musketeers is a new adaptation of the legendary tale of the three musketeers. The series is set on the streets of seventeenth century Paris where law and order is more an idea than reality and follows the three Musketeers: Athos, Aramis and Porthos who are far more than King Louis XIII’s personal bodyguards. They stand resolutely for social justice, for honour, for valour, for love and for the thrill of it. The drama series is being produced by BBC Drama Productions in association with BBC Worldwide & BBC America and stars Luke Pasqualino (Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome), Tom Burke (Great Expectations), Santiago Cabrera (Merlin) and Howard Charles.

The series’ ten-episode first season is currently unspooling on BBC One on Sunday nights following ratings juggernaut Call The Midwife, with a further 7 episodes still to air. The pick up of a second season comes after the series – which is a co-production with BBC America –  premiered as the BBC’s biggest drama launch since the aforementioned Call The Midwife, with the first three episodes averaging an audience of 6.3 million viewers. The renewal also comes despite concerns as to how the series will proceed without Cardinal Richelieu, with the actor portyraying that character, Peter Capaldi, not returning for season two as he was recently cast as Doctor Who on the BBC’s eponymous science-fiction series.

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