Thursday, June 25, 2015

MICHAEL WESTON, STEPHEN MANGAN ARE 'HOUDINI & DOYLE' IN NEW EPIC TV SERIES! 'LAST KINGDOM' EPIC SERIES TEASER WITH ALEXANDER DREYMON, MATTHEW MCFADYEN! 'NIGHTINGALE' BESTSELLER GETS ADAPTED

  'HOUDINI & DOYLE' EPIC SERIES
MICHAEL WESTON AND STEPHEN MANGAN TO LEAD THE CAST
In today's TV news, ITV has found the lead star for their intriguing new historical series HOUDINI & DOYLE: the period drama following the real-life friendship of Sherlock Holmes writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and illusionist Harry Houdini will see Stephen Mangan and Michael Weston leading the cast. Mangan will be Doyle, prolific writer and paranormal aficionado, while Weston will be Houdini, master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker. Set at the turn of the 20th century, the drama will explore their unique friendship and how they both worked with New Scotland Yard on unsolved crimes. Rebecca Liddiard will play Constable Adelaide Stratton,  the first female PC to work for the London Metropolitan Police Force. Tim McInnerny will play Inspector Horace Merring, while Adam Nagaitis will appear as Sergeant George Gudgett.

 'THE NIGHTINGALE' BESTSELLER
GETS BIG SCREEN ADAPTATION
Meanwhile, a book that has spent more than 20 weeks on New York Times' bestseller list, THE NIGHTINGALE will get its big screen adaptation. CHRONICLES OF NARNIA's Ann Peacock will pen the script at TriStar based on the book by Kristin Hannah (it is her 21st book), published a few months ago,  an epic family drama about two sisters living in France during WWII in which the story follows them as one becomes a prisoner in her own home and the other fights for the resistance.

 'THE LAST KINGDOM' TEASER
ALEXANDER DREYMON, MATTHEW MACFADYEN EPIC TV SERIES
And I don't know how I missed the first teaser for BBC 2's and BBC America's THE LAST KINGDOM epic series, even though it's constantly on my radar, but here it is now! It stars Alexander Dreymon, Rutger Hauer and Matthew McFadyen, with the story set in the late 9th century, when England was separated into several kingdoms. The Anglo-Saxon lands are attacked and in many instances ruled by Viking forces. The kingdom of Wessex has been left standing alone under the command of King Alfred the Great. Dreymon's Uhtred - the orphaned son of a Saxon nobleman, is kidnapped by Norsemen and raised as one of them. Forced to choose between a kingdom that shares his ancestry and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are ever tested.

30 comments:

  1. I am excited for The Nightingale! !!

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    1. we do love good WW2 dramas! Hope you didn't miss BOOK THIEF two years ago

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    2. I actually never heard of that, but I am looking for a good read. I just finished an awful one!!

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    3. it's a great book and a film too! That and THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS are my fave of such WWII books and films

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  2. Houdini and Doyle could be fun. I liked Michael Weston on House and thought it was a shame his planned spin-off never materialized.

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    1. I imagine it will be quite a hit!

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  3. Gawd, just look at Stephen Mangan's hair. How awesome is that!

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    1. he probably comes out of the shower, shakes his head and that is it :)

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  4. I know Alfred is considered to be the first real English monarch

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  5. Houdini and Doyle sound like fun.
    How are you, Dez dear?

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    1. I just hope it won't be too much like JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR NORREL which is currently airing and is quite popular and almost identical in topic

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  6. Houdini and Doyle sounds interesting. I didn't know they were friends.

    I'd love to see The Nightingale.

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    1. yep, it seems they were, I wrote about it a few times before :)

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  7. Kristin Hannah's books tend to leave me feeling depressed. I didn't read this one, and am not sure I'll catch the movie either. Sometimes, I just want to live in a world with feel good stories, ya know?

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    1. agreed. In all the books I've translated this year so far the characters die... so much that I was joking with my dear publisher that we should open a cemetery for dead book characters.....

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    2. I know! What the hell happened to happily ever after?

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    3. we just live in a sad sad world ... the 80's were family happiness, the 90's were grunge and social disappointment, the 00's were fall of family and human values and the 10's are now a decade of social downfall and moral destruction and thus of grim sadness

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  8. I'd be waiting for Nightingale. That's for sure.

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  9. Ha, I had no idea his name was Michael Weston. He actually starred in an episode of Burn Notice. He's a great actor.

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    1. yep, one of them actors that you know but don't know their name

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  10. I'd like to see what they're going to do in the adaptation of The Nightingale. I liked the book.

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  11. Great... my comment just flew away like a nightingale. :(

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    1. where did it go, where did it go? I had a troll last night and had to erase his comments, but I sure didn't erase any of yours, Blue!

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    2. I usually get spamming trolls who leave countless links for Indian porn... wait what?

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    3. I didn't even know Indians have porn.... do you reckon it's worth watching? :)

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