Wednesday, March 5, 2014

CHARLES DANCE, OLIVER JACKSON COHEN, ANDREW BUCHAN, JACK HUSTON IN 17TH CENTURY 'THE GREAT FIRE' OF LONDON ITV SERIES! 'THE MACHINE' SF TRAILER WITH TOBY STEPHENS


  'THE GREAT FIRE' EPIC SERIES
GETS OLIVER JACKSON COHEN, CHARLES DANCE, ANDREW BUCHAN, JACK HUSTON
A starstudded cast has been gathered for ITV's new historical mini series THE GREAT FIRE! GAME OF THRONES Charles Dance and DRACULA's Oliver Jackson Cohen lead the cast which will also have Rose Leslie, Jack Huston, Andrew Buchan, Daniel Mays! Set in the 17th century the four part mini series will tell the story of humble baker Thomas Farriner (Andrew Buchan) and his fabled involvement in The Great Fire of London. Jack Huston will play King Charles II, Oliver Jackson Cohen is portraying his brother, James Duke of York, Daniel Mays is Samuel Pepys, a close confidante, while Charles Dance will be Lord Denton - an emissary of the King's! To be directed by Jon Jones (MR. SELFRIDGES) the series won't use CGI but real pyrotechnics and special effects.

DEZZY'S HISTORY LESSON 

In 1666 London was the greatest city in the world with a population of 300,000! In just four days THE GREAT FIRE destroyed nearly half the city and threatened the monarchy. The fire didn't reach the aristocratic parts of London, but it did burn down St. Paul's Cathedral, and the homes of about 70,000  inhabitants. The deaths of the poor people weren't recorded at that time so the number of victims is still unknown. The fire had actually started in Farriner's bakery at midnight and then rapidly spread across the town. The indecisiveness of London's mayor to start the demolition of certain parts of the city in order to stop the fire had caused the firestorms which ate up the rest of the city in just two days. The rumours of the fire being set by foreigners resulted in horrid lynchings and street violence against strangers. The battle against fire was won when the Tower of London garrison used gunpowder to create effective firebreaks to halt further spread eastward. Since there wasn't enough money nor workforce (most of the citizens fled the city) London wasn't transformed into a monumental new capitol but was instead pretty much recreated as the old one with new buildings being of stone not of wood. It is interesting that a year before a huge plague epidemics had killed a sixth of London's citizens and the fire the year after that actually helped purge all the rats and unsanitary housing which were a threat for a new outbreak. Ultimately, London was changed forever, paving the way for the dawn of a new era, in which modern London rose from the ashes.


  THE MACHINE SF TRAILER
 WITH TOBY STEPHENS!
Check out the first trailer for British sf film THE MACHINE with BLACK SAILS star Toby Stephens. Two computer programmers fall in love as they create the first ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence, which is designed to help humanity. But things go wrong when the MoD steal their breakthrough and teach it to become a robotic weapon.

40 comments:

  1. This is the first I've heard of The Machine, but it looks pretty cool.

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    1. I've heard about it only recently too :)

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  2. Oooo, why do things always go wrong with robots! LOL

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    1. One of the guesses would be that they're devil's business :))

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  3. Great trailer the machine !
    Cheers .

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  4. Machine looks interesting. I feel like this could really happen one day. Crreeppy!

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    1. it sure can, if it haven't already :)

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  5. welcome to the machine... i too not heard of that thank you. i wish i could grow a stash like that.

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    1. always here to inform among the first :)

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  6. Handled well, "The Great Fire" could be an interesting series.

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    1. yes, we could draw an important lesson from that episode in history.... only if history wouldn't repeat itself constantly....

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    2. Very true Dez but it sounds good for the historical part anyway.

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    3. it does, it will be interesting seeing how they dealt with fires back in those ancient days

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  7. The Great Fire might be good. We had a great fire in Chicago year ago that burned a lot of the city down, but I don't think it took out as much at the one in London.

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    1. oh, my, that's horrible. We had a dumpster caught by fire last summer and the whole block smelled nasty for weeks :(

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  8. Allways love your history lessons.
    That trailer looked intense!

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    1. why, thank you kind Sir of Walstonia! I do try to write these historical tidbits whenever a post allows :)

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  9. That was a fascinating time in history for London. Glad I wasn't there.

    The Machine looks interesting.

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    1. me too, Lynda, fire scares the coon's tail out of me!

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  10. Hope they're careful with the pyrotechnics. Thanks for the history lesson:)

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    1. They're not shooting in London, so the city is safe :)

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  11. The Machine actually sounds a lot like the plot of the Megaman X games

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  12. Ah, a Phoenix story! Way cool Dezzy. Thanks for the history lesson.

    .......dhole

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  13. Fascinating London history, Dez.

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  14. Hope things are well with you Dezzy. Cold but super duper bright sun here.

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  15. The Great Fire sounds fascinating and Mr. Cohen is rather easy on the eyes ;)

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    1. which is why we often feature him here :) I think he reads us because he once tweeted about us :)

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  16. This is the first time I've heard anything about The Machine, and it sounds interesting. The Great Fire also interests me because of the historical aspect of it. Thanks for info! I appreciate it.

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    1. be welcome, Pat, glad you found both projects interesting

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  17. Virginia Madsen looks amazing. I remember her in the Electric Dreams movie back in the 80s. The new show sounds interesting. Hope they play it here in Dubai soon.

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    1. I loved her as princess Irulan in famous DUNE and also in that old horror CANDYMAN

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  18. Virginia Madsen looks amazing. I remember her in the Electric Dreams movie back in the 80s. The new show sounds interesting. Hope they play it here in Dubai soon.

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    1. Do you have foreign shows in Dubai? I bet you have Turkish MAGNIFICENT CENTURY historical series :)

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  19. Designed to help humanity. But things go wrong... I'm shocked.

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    1. such scandal it is! It's almost unimaginable :) Such things would never happen in reality :)

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