Friday, October 6, 2017

BBC ANNOUNCES 19TH CENTURY POLAR ADVENTURE 'NORTH WATER', EPIC WW2 DRAMA 'WORLD ON FIRE', 'KING LEAR' WITH ANTHONY HOPKINS, EMMA THOMPSON, 'BODYGUARD' WITH RICHARD MADDEN, KEELEY HAWES

BBC'S NEW PROJECTS 
ARCTIC SET 'NORTH WATER'
We're all posh British today, with BBC's announcement of a slate of their future projects! They are planning to turn Ian McGuire's novel THE
Andrew Haigh is directing the series
NORTH WATER into a five episode period set thriller series. Set in Hull and the ice floes of the Arctic in the late 1850s it follows Patrick Sumner, a disgraced surgeon who signs up as ship’s doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic. On board he meets Henry Drax, the harpooner, a brutish killer whose amorality has been shaped to fit the harshness of his world. Hoping to escape the horrors of his past, Sumner finds himself on an ill-fated journey with a murderous psychopath. In search of redemption, his story becomes a harsh struggle for survival in the Arctic wasteland.

WW2 DRAMA 'WORLD ON FIRE'
Together with Poldark's and Victoria's Mammoth Screen, they're also working on epic WW2 landmark drama WORLD ON FIRE telling the story of WW2 through the lives of ordinary people from all sides of this global
King Lear will air on Amazon Prime too!
conflict. The 7 part saga 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. It follows a young translator in Warsaw, a factory worker in Manchester, a war correspondent, a family from Berlin etc.

NEW 'KING LEAR'
BBC has also officially confirmed their work on new TV movie KING LEAR. Hollywood Spy was among the first in the world to announce this project which, set in the fictional present, sees Anthony Hopkins as the eponymous ruler, presiding over a totalitarian military dictatorship in England. Emma Thompson, Emily Watson and Florence Pugh are his daughters. Jim Broadbent is Earl of Gloucester, Andrew Scott is his loyal son Edgar and John Macmillan his illegitimate son Edmund. Jim Carter is Earl of Kent, Christopher Eccleston is Oswald, Tobias Menzies is Duke of Cornwall. Karl Johnson is set to play Lear’s loyal jester the Fool.

RICHARD MADDEN'S 'BODYGUARD'
BBC has revealed the 1st photo from their 6 part drama BODYGUARD that tells the fictional story of David Budd (Richard Madden), working as a Specialist Protection Officer for the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch
Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes in Bodyguard
of London’s Metropolitan Police Service. When he is assigned to protect the ambitious and powerful Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes), whose politics stand for everything he despises, Budd finds himself torn between his duty and his beliefs. Responsible for her safety, is he actually her biggest threat?

6 comments:

  1. Well, you know I love anything to do with WW2, so I'm excited about "World on Fire." I love "King Lear" too and yowza, what a stellar cast!

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    1. it's really a cast that makes me tipsy a bit, literally everybody in it is an award winning actor or actress!
      WW2 one should be massive, with multiple story lines. Can't wait to hear about the casting.

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  2. World on Fire sounds interesting. I like the take on telling it from the perspective of ordinary people. That's not something that is often shown in war type movies.

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    1. Yes, I just wish they've put people from other countries in it, not just Poland, Britain and Germany. I do adore everything BBC does on WWI and WW2 so it should be good.

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  3. The North Water looks absolutely terrifying just from the setting. BBC knows how to create dramas

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    1. there's also upcoming new series THE TERROR, you have it in our right hand sidebar, also set up in the Arctic with horror in the snow and ice :)

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