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:

 

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 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

 

 

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.

 

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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