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.

The Witcher Epic Series

  ‘THE WITCHER’ EPIC SERIES
MOST ANTICIPATED SERIES OF THE YEAR IS READY TO LAUNCH
The Witcher starts December 20th

The moment is finally upon us, spylings, Netflix is ready to start airing what is without any doubt the most anticipated series of the year, from December 20th! Lavish small screen adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s epic fantasy adventure (the books have been sold to date in more than 30 million copies around the world) THE WITCHER will stream its eight episode opening season ahead of Christmas with the second season already ordered. Hollywood’s leading hunk Henry Cavill toplines the cast as demon hunter in an epic tale of fate and family. Anya Chalotra stars as Yennefer and Freya Allan as Ciri. Other

The series is based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s ultra popular saga

cast members include Jodhi May as Calanthe, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson as Eist, Adam Levy as Mousesack, MyAnna Buring as Tissaia, Mimi

The series will have eight episodes

Ndiweni as Fringilla, Eamon Farren as Cahir, Joey Batey as Jaskier, Lars Mikkelsen as Stregobor, Royce Pierreson as Istredd, Maciej Musiał as Sir Lazlo, and Anna Shaffer as Triss.

The Witcher Is An Epic Story
revolving around famed monster hunter, Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) who lives in the world of The Continent where humans, elves, witchers, gnomes, and monsters battle to survive and thrive, where people often prove more dangerous than beasts, and good and evil is not easily identified! But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
Witcher Geralt of Rivia

A demon hunter played by Henry Cavill who says that Geralt is not an average hero! He’s a tough person who won’t treat everybody perfectly. He’s

Henry Cavill is Geralt of Rivia

very hard on the exterior because that’s what he believes the world is!  He kills monsters who have invaded his world from a parallel dimension. He has a faithful horse called Roach.

Princess Cirrilla, played by Freya Allan, feels like she’s been sheltered from the real world. Hidden behind shrouds of loyalty and castles. She sneaks

Freya Allan is Princess Ciri of CIntra

out from time to time. She remains loyal but strives to know the world outside of her walls. After losing her entire family and everyone she loves in one night,

The series will feature exquisitely lavish and rich costumes and sets

Cirilla feels lost. She is thrown into a vicious, upside-down world than she is used to and must push forward to find Geralt. Adventuring from place to place

Joey Batey is charming minstrel Jaskier

and finding herself in new landscapes and towns, Cirilla learns a lot about herself. A power that she possesses, but cannot understand. Yet.

 

Yennefer of Vengerberg

Played by Anya Chalotra, Yennefer’s story arc is powerful and full of challenges. Born with a misshapen spine and jaw, she is sold by her father who

Anya Chalotra is sorceress Yennefer

resented her for her differences. This not only begins her on her journey but completely changes her life arguably for the better. She will become a powerful sorceress.

 Did You Know?
The series is created and executive produced by Lauren Schmidt who also produced Umbrella Academy and Daredevil series. Henry Cavill actively pursued the role of Geralt but was initially turned down before the
Henry Cavill was cast after 200 actors were turned down for the role
show was even written. After Schmidt tested more than 200 actors she realised Henry was the only right choice especially as she kept hearing his
MyAnna Buring is Tissaia de Vries a powerful sorceress who takes Yennefer under her wing
voice in her head while writing Geralt’s lines. Henry considers the role a dream come true and I’m sure you will all agree we wouldn’t want anybody else leading this show!

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.

Vienna Blood – Nov 18 (tonight)

     ‘VIENNA BLOOD’ TRAILER
FOR NEW PERIOD SET SERIES

BBC has released the trailer! New period set series VIENNA BLOOD is coming November 18th to BBC Two and will air on Monday nights with three ninety minutes long episodes based on the best selling Liebermann novels by British writer Frank Tallis. Starring Matthew Beard and Juergen Maurer the new mini series is set in 1900s Vienna: a hot bed of philosophy, science and art, where a clash of cultures and ideas play out in the city’s grand cafes and opera houses. This unique, ambitious and compellincrime drama, set in glorious Vienna during an extraordinary period in its history, also stars Conleth Hill, Charlene McKenna, Amelia Bullmore, Jessica De Gouw and Luise von Finckh
The series starts this Monday on BBC2

 

Most of the series was shot over in Austrian capital Vienna

 

A Student Of Freud’s 


Max Liebermann (Matthew Beard) is a brilliant young English doctor, studying under the famed psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. Max is keen to understand the criminal mind and begins to observe Oskar Rheinhardt (Juergen Maurer), a Detective Inspector in the Vienna Police Department, who is struggling with a perplexing case. Max’s extraordinary skills of perception and forensics and his deep understanding of human behavior and deviance help Oskar solve Vienna’s most mysterious cases.
Matthew Beard is a middle class British-Jew who moved to Austria in his teens. He is now a junior doctor but has fallen under the spell of the new science of the day and is studying neurology. Fixated by the idea of analysing psychopaths at close hand, Max convinces the Viennese police to let him observe their work.

 

Juergen Maurer is a Police Inspector Oskar, more a doer than a thinker. Despite being occasionally irritated by Max’s discursive approach to crime-solving, Oskar is savvy enough to know that Max’s intuitions will help his career prospects.

 

 

His Dark Materials Nov 4

‘HIS DARK MATERIALS’
STARTS WEAVING TONIGHT!
It starts tomorrow on HBO for USA audience

It is here, spylings, it is finally here, the premiere of the small screen television series adaptation of Philip Pullman‘s epic saga HIS DARK MATERIALS hits BBC tonight and then HBO tomorrow evening, November 4th! I can’t say I’m overly thrilled, there is something deeply unappealing about this cast for me, but I know most of you will not agree, so I will leave you to enjoy it tonight with today’s spotlight on the main characters!

The Eight Part Saga
tells the story of Lyra, who lives in Jordan College, Oxford. Placed there at the request of her Uncle, Lord Asriel, she lives a sheltered life amongst the

The series will start tonight on BBC oNE

scholars and college staff while under the watchful protection of The Master and Librarian Scholar Charles. When the glamorous Mrs Coulter enters Lyra’s life she embarks upon a dangerous journey of discovery from Oxford to London. Here she meets Father Macphail, Lord Boreal and journalist Adele Starminster at a glittering society party where she first hears about the sinister General Oblation Board. Lyra is subsequently thrown into the nomadic world of the boat dwelling Gyptians who take her North in her quest. Once in the North she meets charismatic aeronaut and adventurer Lee Scoresby who joins them on their epic journey and who becomes one of Lyra’s closest allies.

Dafne Keen is Lyra Belacqua

A young orphan raised by the scholars of Jordan College, Oxford, Lyra’s never happier than roaming the city with her friends – but revelations about

Due to kids growing fast, Daphne Keen already shot the second season of the series, sixteen episodes in total so far! We will see first eight this year

her true heritage will take her on a dangerous journey, where her talent with the future predicting alethiometer will be put to the ultimate test. Her dæmon, Pantalaimon, has yet to settle in one form.

James McAvoy is Lord Asriel

A fierce and formidable man from an aristocratic background, Lord

Helen McRory lends her voice to James McAvoy’s Stelmaria snow leopard

Asriel plans a momentous scientific expedition that could bring serious repercussions down on Lyra. His dæmon, Stelmaria, takes the form of a Snow Leopard.

Ruth Wilson is Mrs Coulter

The mesmerizing and elegant Mrs Coulter enchants Lyra, but

Ruth Wilson is evil and very secretive Mrs Coulter

proves to have a dark side when her true schemes are revealed. Her dæmon takes the form of a golden monkey.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is Lee Scoresby

A Texan aeronaut and adventurer, Scoresby finds himself pulled into

Lin Manuel Miranda plays an adventurer who helps Lira

Lyra’s adventure when he’s hired to transport her across the north. His dæmon, Hester, takes the form of an Arctic Hare.

Ruta Gedmintas is Serafina Pekkala

The clan queen of the witches of Lake Enara, Serafina forms a close

Ruta Gedmintas plays the queen of witches

bond with Lyra as she helps her on her journey. Her dæmon is a snow goose called Kaisa.

Will Keen is Father MacPhail

MacPhail is the president of the Consistorial Court of Discipline, an

Will Keen is also the real life father of Daphne Keen!

important part of the Church, and he has designs to track down Lyra or have her assassinated. His dæmon is a lizard.

 

The Aeronauts Dec 6 USA

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON THE AERONAUTS PERIOD SET ADVENTURE WITH EDDIE REDMAYNE, FELICITY JONES, VINCENT PEREZ, TOM COURTENAY, ANNE REID

   ‘THE AERONAUTS’ 
AIM HIGH REACH FOR THE SKY
The movie hits Amazon Prime around Christmas

The two of them starred together for the first time in The Theory of Everything five years ago and both Eddie Redmayneand Felicity Joneswere nominated for Oscars that year for their roles in that one, and now they are working together in THE AERONAUTS but it is safe to say this one won’t be in the running for Academy Awards. It is ready, though, to premier November 4th in United Kingdom, and then from December 6th in USA and December 20th on Amazon Prime, following daredevil pilot Amelia Wren and weather scientist James Glaisher who find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a gas balloon.

  Inspired By True Events
In 1862, daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) teams up with pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in

This is the second time Redmayne and Jones are starring together

history. While breaking records and advancing scientific discovery, their voyage to the very edge of existence helps the unlikely pair find their place in the world they have left far below them. But they face physical and emotional challenges in the thin air, as the ascent becomes a fight for survival.

Erased For Being A Man?

Although James Glaisher was the real historical person, Amelia Wren is a fictional character who replaces his real life assistant  Henry Tracey Coxwell with a female version. Wonder what would feminists have to say on

The film is based on Richard Holmes book Falling Upwards: How We Took To The Air

that? They say the aim was to inspire girls that they can go on adventures too, but if that did not really happen isn’t it a despicable case of fabricating history for the sake of modern agenda in which a real life hero Coxwell gets totally

The movie was directed by Tom Harper

erased just because he wasn’t a female? While portraying Glaisher, Eddie Redmayne has a serious ankle injury and had to wear a cast! With Tom Harper from BBC’s War and Peace directing, the cast also includes Tom Courtenay and Anne Reid as James’ parents, Vincent Perez as Amelia’s husband.

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Foundation

Apple has just found lead stars for its TV series adaptation of Isaac Asimov‘s famous sf classic FOUNDATION

The ten episode series will be toplined by Lee Pace and Jared Harris in a story about a band of exiles who discover that the only way to save the Galactic Empire from destruction is to defy it. As Deadline reports, Lee Pace will portray Brother Day, the current Emperor of the Galaxy, while Jared Harris will play Hari Seldon, a mathematical genius who predicts the demise of the empire. David Goyer (Da Vinci’s Demons) is serving as the show runner and executive producer as well. This comes after rumours that Apple has already invested close to $250 million into their sf series

 

SEE which launches their streaming service next week and has the second season already ordered!

 

Lee Place will rule the Galaxy in the new series

 

 

The King’s Man – Feb 2020

A rather dynamic and exciting teaser for THE KING’S MAN a period set prequel to Kingsman movie series about a mysterious British intelligence agency. This one explores its origins with the help of a rather stellar cast: gorgeous Harris Dickinsonnext to Ralph Fiennes, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Gemma Arterton(as Mata Hari), Liam Neeson, Daniel Bruhl, Rhys Ifans(as Rasputin), Charles Dance, Matthew Goode (as Tristan), Tom Hollander (who plays three rulers George V and his cousins Wilhelm II of Germany, Nicholas II of Russia) ,Djimon Hounsou, Stanley Tucci (as Merlin), Alison Steadman (as Guinevere), Neil Jackson, Robert Aramayo (as Yugoslav hero Gavrilo Princip), and Joel Basman (as Gawain). Out next February, it will be set in World War I era: as a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them!
The King’s Man is out February 14th next year

 

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