The Children – BBC

A new TV movie set in 1945 has begun filming in Northern Ireland.

Marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust next year, The Children is described as a “stark, moving and ultimately redemptive story.”

Written by BAFTA-nominated screenwriter Simon Block (The Eichmann Show), the one-off 90-minute special is based on the first-person testimony of some of these now elderly survivors of the Holocaust, whose filmed interviews will also be featured in the film.

The Children will star Romola Garai (The Hour), Tim McInnerny (Blackadder) and Iain Glen (Downton Abbey).



The official synopsis reads: “One summer’s night in 1945 a coach-load of children, some as young as three years old, are in transit from Carlisle airport to the Calgarth Estate in Lake Windermere, England. They are child survivors, and presumed orphans, of the Holocaust.

“With only a few meager possessions, they do not know what awaits them in Britain. They speak no English and, having spent many years living in death camps, and are deeply traumatized.

“At the end of World War II, the British government granted up to 1,000 children the right to come to the UK. Three hundred of these children were brought to Lake Windermere for their first four months to have the opportunity to recover, surrounded by nature.

“The responsibility for looking after the children is held by Oscar Friedmann (Thomas Kretschmann – The Pianist), a German-born child social worker and psychoanalyst. He and his team are in uncharted territory: their project to mass-rehabilitate a group of children has never been attempted before.”

BBC Two controller Patrick Holland commented: “The Children promises to be a beautiful and powerful drama about a little-known part of British history. The refuge given in the Lakes and determination to give children back their lives so they could begin again is both deeply moving and humbling.”

Executive producer Leanne Klein added: “The Children is a story of hope after horror, revealing how Britain and a remarkable group of adults transformed the lives of 300 child survivors of the concentration camps.

“Seventy-five years after the Holocaust ended it’s a story that feels as important and relevant as ever. I’m incredibly proud of the exceptional cast and crew we have brought together to make this film.”

The Children will air on in the UK on BBC Two and in Germany on ZDF in 2020.

Wolf Hall Season 2

Mark Rylance to reprise his role as Thomas Cromwell is still unknown

Not expected before 2021

THE MIRROR AND THE LIGHT

 

 

The BBC will adapt Hilary Mantel’s upcoming novel The Mirror and the Light as a sequel to 2015’s Golden Globe-winning mini-series Wolf Hall, Director of Content Charlotte Moore has confirmed to Radio Times.

The hotly-anticipated historical novel will be published in March next year, and is the final part of the trilogy following Wolf Hall (2009) and Bring Up the Bodies (2012).

Director Peter Kosminsky used the first two novels as the basis for his critically-acclaimed six-part Tudor drama, which starred Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell, Damian Lewis as King Henry VIII, Anton Lesser as Sir Thomas More and Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn.

The story follows Cromwell’s rise to power and his mission to free the King of his second wife.
The Mirror and the Light will be published on 5th March 2020, eight years after the previous installment. It is expected to cover the last few years of Cromwell’s life, from Anne Boleyn’s death to his own execution in 1540.

The Nightingale – Release Aug 02

HAUNTING TRAILER FOR 18TH CENTURY COLONIAL AUSTRALIA SET THRILLER THE NIGHTINGALE WITH SAM CLAFLIN, AISLING FRANCIOSI!

PERIOD SET SAM CLAFLIN FILM

A haunting trailer has been released for Australian historical drama THE NIGHTINGALE which is out in US cinemas this August staring Sam 

Jennifer Kent has directed the movie!

Claflin. The winner of Special Jury prize at Venice Film Festival, explores the misogyny, racism, sexual violence and classism of the 1800s colonial Australia as well as the consequences of violence and the price of chasing revenge.

It follows Clare (Aisling Franciosi), an Irish convict who has served her sentence in 18th century colonial Australia and is desperate to be free of her abusive master. But Lieutenant Hawkins (Sam Claflin) refuses to release her from his charge. Clare’s husband (Michael Sheasby) retaliates, and she becomes the victim of a harrowing crime at the hands of the lieutenant and his

Aisling Franciosi is starring in the lead female role.

cronies.When British authorities fail to deliver justice, Clare decides to pursue Hawkins, who leaves his post suddenly to secure a captaincy up north.

This is probably the first time we see kindhearted Sam Claflin playing a villain

She enlists the help of Billy (Baykali Ganambarr), a young Aboriginal tracker who grudgingly takes her through the rugged terrain as the locals and the colonizers engage in the Black War. Clare and Billy are hostile toward each

Baykali Ganambarr plays the Aboriginal tracker faced with racism

other from the outset, both suffering their own traumas and mutual distrust, but as their journey leads them deeper into the wilderness, they must learn to find empathy while weighing the true cost of revenge.

 

 

The Last Kingdom Season 4 renewed on Netflix

DESTINY IS ALL! NETFLIX RENEWS THE LAST KINGDOM EPIC TV SAGA FOR SEASON FOUR WITH ALEXANDER DREYMON, DAVID DAWSON!

     ‘THE LAST KINGDOM’
GETS SEASON 4 AT NETFLIX!
Oh, what wonderful news for you in this festive weekend at the end of the year: Netflix has announced that they have

The third season is currently airing on Netflix

renewed their super popular historical saga THE LAST KINGDOM for the fourth season (I’ve heard rumors, but don’t tell anyone, that they’ve actually secretly ordered the fifth season as well)! And you know what this means: you watched the third season, which is currently airing on Netflix, in great numbers!
The third season was shot by Carnival Films without BBC as the co-producer and has ten episodes instead of the usual eight. The season saw our hero, brave knight Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) break his bonds with disrespectful King Alfred of Wessex (David Dawson) and also with his Danish brothers. Hopefully, the fans won’t have to wait more than a year for the fourth season

The series has been a major success for the streaming network

like they did with the current one. So far, the writers have covered six novels of Bernard Cornwell’s 11 part saga the show is based upon. We can probably expect more battles for Uhtred and his merry gang of warriors and probably

Alexander Dreymon is portraying fearless Lord Uhtred in the epic TV series

not much peace for the courageous 10th century knight who still believes in his motto Destiny Is All! Will he finally win his father’s land of Bebbanburg and become the lord of his own kingdom? Will he find yet another wife?

Six Minutes to Midnight 2018

Summer 1939. Influential families in Nazi Germany have sent their daughters to a finishing school in an English sea side town to learn the language and be ambassadors for a future looking National Socialist. A teacher there sees what is coming and is trying to raise the alarm. But no one is listening.

WITH EDDIE IZZARD, JUDI DENCH, JAMES D’ARCY, JIM BROADBENT
James D’Arcy will play a Captain in the movie

Shooting has begun on SIX MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT which boasts an exquisite selection of British thespians in the cast lead by Judi Dench, Eddie Izzard, James D’Arcy, Celyn Jones (who also wrote the script) and Jim Broadbent!

In the movie,  based on true events from 1939, Izzard, who recently already played with Judi Dench in Victoria and Abdul, plays a teacher named Thomas Miller who has taken a last minute and controversial role teaching English to the daughters of high ranking Nazis at the Augusta Victoria College, Bexhill-on-Sea – a finishing school on the south coast of England. Under the watchful eye of their headmistress Miss Rocholl (Judi Dench), and her devout assistant Ilse Keller (Carla Juri), the girls practice their English and learn how to represent the ideal of German womanhood. When the body of a former teacher is discovered, it triggers a sequence of deadly events and leaves Thomas running from the police with the threat of being hanged for murder.

Judi Dench will be the strict headmistress!

 

OUTPOST

 

 

CHARACTER PHOTOS ARE IN!
The Outpost hits CW July 10th in ten episode run

Just as I promised you two weeks ago when I presented you with the first trailer for it, your trusted spy is bringing you a premium spotlight on new epic fantasy adventure series THE OUTPOST which hits CW July 10th in Northern America and a number of SyFy channels around the world, including Europe (Germany, UK, Ireland and others) and Australia. This is the first summer series for CW and it will air in ten hourlong episodes coming from the kitchen of experienced Dean Devlin, the legendary producer and writer of cult science fiction movie Stargate, who is now executive producing the new television series with

The series will also air on SyFy channels around the world next month

Jonathan Glassner, creator of its small screen version – super popular television science fiction show Stargate SG-1Doug Pasko and Zac Reeder!

 

THE STORY OF THE OUTPOST
follows Talon (Jessica Green, whom you watched in Ash vs Evil Dead), the lone survivor of a race called “Blackbloods.” Years after her entire village is

Jessica Green will be Talon with supernatural powers!

destroyed by a gang of brutal mercenaries, Talon travels to a lawless fortress on the edge of the civilized world, as she tracks the killers of her family. On her

Jake Stormoen will obviously be the knight of the crew

journey to this outpost, Talon discovers she possesses a mysterious supernatural power that she must learn to control in order to save herself, and

Imogen Waterhouse will obviously be the princess of the crew

defend the world against a fanatical religious dictator (played by Philip Brodie). Our dear actor Andrew Howard whom we fell in love with back in

Anand Desai Barochia will obviously be the brains of the crew

the old days when he played Richard the Lionheart in mini series Lion in Winter, after which he also starred in Hatfields and McCoys, Hell on Wheels, is also in the cast.

 

WHO ELSE IS IN THE CAST?

Beside Jessica Green in the lead role and Andrew Howard as the main villain and her nemesis, the cast will also include beautiful faces of Jake 

Jake Stormoen super stunning in full armour!

Stormoen (Extinct, Mythica) as Garret, Imogen Waterhouse (Nocturnal Animals, Braid) as Gwynn,  Anand Desai Barochia (Emmerdale, Lake Mead) as Janzo and Robyn Malcolm (Top of the Lake, Hostiles).

The 12th Man 2017

Released US  May 4th, 2018   (English subtitled)

Twelve men in the Norwegian resistance force were captured by the Nazis, and all were killed but Jan (Thomas Gullestad). Now with the Nazis in hot pursuit, the lone survivor fights for his life and endures the icy Scandinavian landscape. Jonathan Rhys Meyers also stars. Based on a true story, this film was directed by Harold Zwart.