Thursday, February 28, 2019

SKY ORDERS JUNO TEMPLE STARRING MOROCCO PERIOD SET DRAMA LITTLE BIRDS AND LESBIAN 23RD CENTURY SET SF SERIES INTERGALACTIC

  'LITTLE BIRDS'
JUNO TEMPLE TO LEAD MOROCCO SET 1950'S MINI TV SERIES
Juno Temple will star in the six episode series
British Sky has just cast Juno Temple as the lead star of their new period set series LITTLE BIRDS an adaptation of Anais Nin’s infamous collection of erotic short stories. Set in Tangier in 1955, in the famous international zone, one of the last outposts of colonial decadence, it follows troubled American debutante Lucy Savage (Temple) as she faces a culture shock.Thrilled to escape her controlling parents, Savage arrives full of anticipation for her marriage to her English fiancée, Lord Hugo Cavendish Smythe, little knowing that Hugo has already lost his heart to someone else. As Lucy fights to carve out her independence and identity, her life becomes intertwined with Cherifa Lamour (Yumna Marwan), a Moroccan dominatrix who services the diplomats and foreigners of this colourful, bohemian world and Egyptian Aristocrat Adham Abaza (Raphael Acloque) and they all become entangled with some very
Raphael Acloque will lead the male part of the cast
dangerous characters!

LESBIANS IN SPACE 
Sky has also ordered sf series INTERGALACTIC a 23rd century set action packed ten part drama which will follow a crew of fierce female convicts who break free and go on the run. The series follows Ash, a young flight cadet falsely imprisoned before becoming embroiled in an audacious prison break-out with a disparate gang of dynamic women, who fall in love and betray each other.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

NEW TRAILER FOR DISNEY'S LIVE ACTION THE LION KING! RUSSIAN WIZART STARTS PUSHKIN'S FAIRY TALE EPIC ANIMATED FRANCHISE WITH RUSLAN AND LUDMILA

  'THE LION KING'
BEHOLD THE NEW TEASER!
I'm a bit late with this one, but a new trailer has been released during Oscars for Disney's live action version of THE LION KING together with the first
The Lion King roars next July!
poster as well! With James Earl Jones returning as Simba's father Mufasa, Donald Glover leads the voice cast as Simba himself, the future king of the African savannah who must overcome betrayal and tragedy to assume his rightful place on Pride Rock. Directed by Jon Favreau, the movie will start roaring next July worldwide 25 years after the original animated adventure! Everybody's favourite meerkat Timon and warthog Pumbaa are back too with voices from Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen! Simba's evil uncle Scar will get his voice from Chiwetel Ejiofor while Alfre Woodard will voice Simba's mother, Sarabi.



PUSHKIN'S FAIRY TALES  
TO BECOME ANIMATED MOVIES
Speaking of kids' movies, Russian Wizart is starting an animated franchise based on Alexandar Pushkin's fairy tales in the vein and scale of Disney's
Voronezh set Wizart studio will cast an international ensemble for the new movie
Aladdin and Tangled. The first one, set for 2021, will be RUSLAN AND LUDMILA in which Ludmila is abducted by the evil wizard, Prince Vladimir, and Ruslan, the knight, sets out to rescue her. Some of Pushkin's famous
The studio found its worldwide fame with popular Snow Queen animated movies
stories include magical Russian fairy tales such as Tale Of Tsar Saltan, The Tale Of The Dead Princess, and The Tale Of The Fisherman And The Fish.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

2019 SITCOMS: MERRY HAPPY WHATEVER WITH DENNIS QUAID AT NETFLIX, THE UNICORN, OUR HOUSE AT CBS, NANA & UNITED WE FALL AT ABC, UNINSURED AT NBC, GENIUSES, PATTY'S AUTO AT FOX

2019 MULTICAM SITCOM PILOTS
 NETFLIX'S NEW MERRY HAPPY
Dennis Quaid will try his luck in sitcoms
WHATEVER SITCOM

Netflix has ventured into multicam sitcom waters again with MERRY HAPPY WHATEVER a holiday themed comedy with an eight episode order for the first Christmas season (potential new seasons would follow other holidays). Dennis Quaid will play Don Quinn, a strong willed patriarch who must balance the demands of his complicated family with the stress of the Christmas season when his youngest daughter comes home for the holidays with a new boyfriend.

UNICORN IN OUR HOUSE AT CBS
CBS has ordered a pilot for a multicam sitcom from Will & Grace executive producer which would have Latin star Jaime Camil as an outrageously
Jaime Camil will lead an untitled CBS sitcom
wealthy trust fund baby who is cut off by his father, and he and his wife are forced to move into her estranged sister’s Reseda condo! CBS also has a pilot for THE UNICORN which, inspired by a true story, follows a widower who is eager to move on from the most difficult year of his life, only to realize he’s utterly unprepared to raise his two daughters on his own and equally unprepared for the dating world — where, to his shock, he’s suddenly a hot commodity. Their third new multicam sitcom pilot is for OUR HOUSE following a devoted mom and dad who are committed to raising their children with the love and support the mom never got as a kid but discover how difficult that is with her insane parents and siblings back in the picture.

NANA & UNITED WE FALL AT ABC
ABC has ordered a pilot for multicam sitcom NANA which will see Josh Cooke play an obsessive dad, who after the death of his wife, is forced to invite his brash and bawdy mother-in-law Nana (Katey Sagal) into his home
Josh Cooke and Katey Sagal will lead Nana pilot at ABC
to help raise the two granddaughters she barely knows. They also have a pilot for UNITED WE FALL a profoundly realistic, multicultural family sitcom that shows how, when two people with young children and overzealous extended families truly love each other, barely anything is possible.

NBC IS UNINSURED 
NBC has, meanwhile, found stars for their multicam sitcom UNINSURED in which Adam Pally and Abby Elliott will play young parents Dave and
Abby Elliott and Adam Pally will lead Uninsured pilot at NBC
Rebecca, who end up having to take care of Dave’s parents who have mishandled their finances and need help to pay down a sizeable debt.

Maggie Lawson will be the mom of Geniuses
MAGGIE LAWSON AT FOX!
Over at Fox, they've cast Maggie Lawson to lead multicam sitcom pilot GENIUSES as the mom of a blue collar family in South Jersey trying to get by while raising four kids, three of whom just happen to be certified geniuses. Jason Biggs will play the father of the family. Fox has also rounded up cast for another of their new multicamera sitcom pilots hiring Carra Patterson, Sarah Levy, Paola Lázaro and Joanna Adler to all star in PATTY'S AUTO a comedy 
Sarah Levy will be one of Patty's female mechanics!
set in an Pennsylvania-based auto repair shop with only female mechanics. It revolves around Patty (Patterson) and the eclectic women who work for her. Don't forget to check out our previous report on 2019 sitcoms here!

Monday, February 25, 2019

JAMES MCAVOY IS POWERFUL LORD ASRIEL IN THE FIRST TEASER TRAILER FOR BBC'S EPIC FANTASY SAGA HIS DARK MATERIALS!

'HIS DARK MATERIALS'
1ST TEASER FOR BBC EPIC SAGA
British broadcaster BBC has surprised us today big time with the unannounced release of the first teaser trailer for their new epic fantasy saga
The series will air on BBC and also on HBO in North America
HIS DARK MATERIALS based on Philip Pullman's famous books. The series will air sometime this year on BBC and HBO.

HIS DARK MATERIALS FOLLOWS
Lyra (Dafne Keen) who lives in Jordan College, Oxford. Placed there at the request of her Uncle, Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) she lives a sheltered life amongst the scholars and college staff while under the watchful protection of
James McAvoy is Lyra's uncle Lord Asriel!
The Master (Clarke Peters) and Librarian Scholar Charles (Ian Gelder). When the glamorous and mesmeric Mrs Coulter (Ruth Wilson) enters Lyra’s life she embarks upon a dangerous journey of discovery from Oxford to
Ruth Wilson is evil Mrs Coulter
London. Here she meets Father MacPhail (Will Keen), Lord Boreal (Ariyon Bakare) and journalist Adele Starminster (Georgina Campbell) at a glittering society party where she first hears about the sinister General
Lin Manuel Miranda is adventurer Lee Scoresbee
Oblation Board. Lyra is subsequently thrown into the nomadic world of the boat dwelling Gyptians – Ma Costa (Anne Marie Duff), Farder Coram (James Cosmo), John Faa (Lucian Msamati), Raymond Van Geritt (Mat
The novels were previously turned into 2007's Golden Compass movie
Fraser), Jack Verhoeven (Geoff Bell) and Benjamin de Ruyter (Simon Manyonda) who take her North in her quest. Once in the North she meets charismatic aeronaut and adventurer Lee Scoresby (Lin Manuel Miranda) who joins them on their epic journey and who becomes one of Lyra’s closest allies.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

CHRIS EVANS TO STAR IN SF FRANCHISE INFINITE AND IN THE READ SEA DIVING RESORT AT NETFLIX WITH BEN KINGSLEY, MICHIEL HUISMAN, GREG KINNEAR, ALESSANDRO NIVOLA

CHRIS EVANS TO STAR IN
INFINITE SF FILM AND THE RED SEA DIVING RESORT THRILLER
Chris Evans will be very busy this year
I was thinking how to cheer you up this Saturday and I came up with Chris Evans! He has two new projects under his sleeve! Antoine Fuqua wants him for his possible franchise project INFINITE, a movie adaptation of D. Eric Maikranz novel The Reincarnationist Papers. Chris would play Evan Michaels, a man haunted by memories of two past lives who stumbles upon a centuries old secret society of similar individuals who make up the Cognomina, a group of people who possess total recall of their past lives and whose members have been agents of change throughout history. He seeks to join their ranks. 

THE RED SEA DIVING RESORT 
another of his projects, has landed over at Netflix! Gideon Raff's movie describes one of the most remarkable rescue missions in history. It follows a group of Mossad agents and Ethiopians who in the early ’80s used a deserted holiday retreat in Sudan as a front to smuggle thousands of refugees to Israel. Chris Evans plays Ari Kidron, the Mossad agent who leads the
Chris will also lead Jekyll film about the only living descendant of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, who makes a deal with the dark side!
mission! Ben Kingsley, Michiel Huisman, Greg Kinnear, Haley Bennett, Alessandro Nivola, Michael Kenneth Williams, round up the stellar cast!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

SPOOKY FIRST PHOTOS FROM NEW GOTHIC PERIOD SET MINI SERIES LAMBS OF GOD WITH ESSIE DAVIS, SAM REID, ANN DOWD

'LAMBS OF GOD'
GOTHIC SERIES WITH ESSIE DAVIS, ANN DOWD AND SAM REID
Rejoice, spylings, we have first photos from one of the most anticipated of this year's new epic shows! Period set Gothic thriller LAMBS OF GOD should hit Australian Foxtel sometime this year starring Essie Davis, Ann
The series will premiere next month at Series Mania in Lille, France
Dowd and Sam Reid in a four part drama which centres around three eccentric, secluded nuns living on a remote island, forgotten by time and the Church – until a priest unwittingly happens upon them.

LAMBS OF GOD FOLLOWS
 the journey of three Catholic nuns, Sisters Iphigenia (Essie Davis), Margarita (Ann Dowd) and Carla (Jessica Barden), who are the last
Our dearest Sam Reid plays the only man in the series
remaining members of the enclosed order of St Agnes. They have forgotten the world outside until a young priest, Father Ignatius (Sam Reid), pushes his way through the undergrowth in the hope of finding prime real estate. What
The series will air sometime this summer on Foxtel in Australia
unfolds is a psychological and frightening game of survival; a thrilling ride in which the nuns become criminals and Father Ignatius is forced to confront his own personal weaknesses.

FERAL NUNS IN A MONASTERY
As you can see from the photos, the mini series, a small screen adaptation of a  a Marele Day novel, will be very atmospheric and highly stylized, a lush,
The series was shot in Sydney and Tasmania!
evocative drama that is both ancient and incredibly modern, with its timeless message of resilience, and the power of story- telling as a redemptive force. Written by Sarah Lambert, it was directed by Jeffrey Walker.

Friday, February 22, 2019

TARON EGERTON IS ELTON JOHN IN FANTASY BIOPIC ROCKETMAN WITH RICHARD MADDEN, JAMIE BELL, BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD! MARCO POLO'S PRODUCER TO MAKE HISPANIOLA EPIC TV SERIES ON COLUMBUS

'HISPANIOLA' EPIC TV SERIES
Hispaniola is based on Hans Koning's book
ON INFAMOUS CHRISTO- PHER COLUMBUS
 Marco Polo's writer John Fusco is set to produce another epic saga for TV! He will turn Hans Koning's novel Columbus: His Enterprise: Exploding the Myth into an epic series titled HISPANIOLA! Cavalry Media has envisioned it as a premium drama about unchecked power and the madness and brilliance bred by its pursuit. Based on Koning’s 1991 book, it will tell the brutal true story of Christopher Columbus and the first Wild West frontier, the tropical Caribbean island of Hispaniola that now encompasses the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Hispaniola is the site of the first permanent European settlement in the Americas, founded by Columbus on his voyages in 1492 and 1493.

'ROCKETMAN' TRAILER
TARON EGERTON IS ELTON JOHN
First full trailer and a poster arrive from United Kingdom for Elton John's ROCKETMAN, a movie inspired by his life. Taron Egerton (who actually
Rocketman will fly from May 31st!
sings all Elton's songs in the movie) plays Elton himself, with Jamie Bell playing Elton's long time composer Bernie Taupin, our dear Richard Madden as Elton's manager and lover John Reid and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton's mother Sheila Farebrother. Charlie Rowe, Steven Mackintosh, Tate Donovan also star. The movie is not a classic biopic like Bohemian Rhapsody was, but a fantasy musical in which Elton's most famous songs were used to express important beats in his life at emotional moments describing how he went from a shy small town pianist to world's biggest pop superstar.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

1ST PHOTOS FROM WORLD ON FIRE BBC WW2 EPIC SAGA WITH SEAN BEAN, LESLEY MANVILLE, JONAH HAUER KING! NEIL GAIMAN TO REIMAGINE JIM HENSON'S LEGENDARY EPIC TALE THE STORYTELLER

JIM HENSON'S THE STORYTELLER
TO BE REIMAGINED BY NEIL GAIMAN AND FREEMANTLE
 I admit it was my absolutely favourite series when I was just a little spy! Fremantle and The Jim Henson Company will do a reimagining of famous
It will be a reimagined version of the iconic series
series THE STORYTELLER with the help from Neil Gaiman! This iconic series was led by John Hurt who played a mysterious elfin storyteller sitting in front a fireplace and telling stories from various European folk tales to his dog. The stories featured creatures made by Jim Henson's Creature Shop set in the world inhabited by various mystical and magical characters – heartless giants, enchanted beggars, white lions and human hedgehogs – exploring themes such as fear, desire, death and destiny, and challenging notions about good and evil. The
The series was inspired by Jim's daughters studies in folklore and mythology
new series will explore Storyteller's background in a Northern kingdom where stories are forbidden and where the act of telling a story is liable and can get you imprisoned or executed!



FIRST 'WORLD ON FIRE'
PHOTOS FROM BBC'S WW2 SAGA
BBC has revealed the first photos from their new WW2 epic saga WORLD ON FIRE which stars Sean Bean, Lesley Manville, Jonah Hauer King, Helen Hunt, Blake Harrison, Ewan Mitchell, Julia Brown, in the six part drama, an adrenalized, emotionally gripping and resonant drama following the first year of World War II told through the intertwining fates of ordinary people drawn from Britain, Poland, France, Germany and the United States as they grapple with the effect of the war on their everyday lives.

WORLD ON FIRE SERIES
follows hidden human stories: from Harry, a young English translator in Warsaw caught up in negotiations with the Nazis and trying to smuggle his Polish lover Kasia out of the country, to Lois, the girl who is waiting for him at home, a young Mancunian factory worker who will come to take all the opportunities the war can offer to live a different kind of life... to Nancy, a female US war correspondent who can’t find peace unless her life is at risk, to the Rossler family in Berlin, worried for their soldier son and willing to do anything to protect their disabled daughter from the attentions of the ruling Nazi regime.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

COLIN FARRELL TO LEAD BBC'S ARCTIC SET 19TH CENTURY MINI SERIES THE NORTH WATER! 1ST PHOTOS FROM ANCIENT ROME SERIES BRITANNIA 2ND SEASON WITH DAVID MORRISSEY

COLIN FARRELL TO LEAD
Colin Farrell will play the psychopath Drax
THE NORTH WATER EPIC DRAMA
Well, I don't think we've ever seen him in a BBC project, but now Colin Farrell will lead BBC 2's new  three part epic series THE NORTH WATER! Based on a novel by Ian McGuire, it will be set in the UK and the ice floes of the Arctic in the late 1850s, following the story of Patrick Sumner, a disgraced ex-army surgeon who signs up as ship’s doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic. On board he meets Henry Drax (Colin Farrell), 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. Andrew Haigh is directing for See Saw Films.

'BRITANNIA' SEASON 2
HAIL THE FIRST PHOTOS!
Speaking of epic series, Sky Atlantic has released first photos from the second season of their Roman era series BRITANNIA which did not really amaze
David Morissey returns as super evil Roman general Aulus.
anyone last year but it still had viewership strong enough to give them another run which will probably happen sometime this spring. 

CONQUER THE CELTS!
In the show that follows Roman conquest of Britain, Eleanor Worthington Cox returns as now more grown Cait, who is being prepared by outcast Druid Divis (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) to fulfil the prophecy in a world where the gods
Eleanor Worthington Cox is developing her powers as Cait
hold power over everyone, so the question remains how much freedom does anyone have over their own actions? David Morrissey is returning as evil General Aulus who will be romanising willing Celt tribes with the help of Celtic Queen Amena (Annabel Scholey), and crushing those who try to resist!
Mackenzie Crook will play both Veran and his brother Harka
Mackenzie Crook will both play evil sorcerer Veran and his brother Harka, who is apparently even more evil. They will have an epic battle of wills that puts in jeopardy a prophecy that would save Britannia from the Romans.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

NEW FANTASY BOOK ADAPTATIONS: HUXLEY'S BRAVE NEW WORLD, JENN LYONS' THE RUIN OF KINGS, ADAM SILVERA'S THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END TO BECOME TV SERIES

'THE RUIN OF KINGS' TO
BECOME EPIC FANTASY TV SERIES
A number of new fantasy books are getting adaptations, people! Annapurna TV will turn Jenn Lyons' THE RUIN OF KINGS into an epic fantasy
The Ruin of Kings was published this month
television series. It is the first book of her five part saga A Chorus of Dragons.
Set in a sprawling, magic filled world populated by gods, dragons, krakens, witches, demons, ghosts, shape shifters and zombies, THE RUIN OF KINGS follows the story of Khirin, a young thief who discovers he may be the son of a prince and involved in a complex prophecy where he is more valuable alive than dead. Lyons, who worked as a graphic artist on video games before, has published this one just two weeks ago for Tor Books!

  'BRAVE NEW WORLD'
TO BECOME USA NETWORK SHOW
USA Network has taken over from SyFy the series adaptation of Aldous Huxley's seminal work BRAVE NEW WORLD set in a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy,
Brave New World has been in work since 2015
privacy, money, family, and history itself. As citizens of New London, Bernard Marx and Lenina Crowne have only ever known a rigid social order, a perfect pharmaceutical called Soma, and a culture of instant gratification and ubiquitous sex. Curious to explore life beyond the strictures of their society, the two New Worlders embark on a vacation to the Savage Lands, where they become embroiled in a harrowing and violent rebellion. Bernard and Lenina are rescued by John the Savage, who escapes with them back to New London. John’s arrival in the New World soon threatens to disrupt its utopian harmony, leaving Bernard and Lenina to grapple with the repercussions.

'THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END'
TO BECOME SF SHOW AT HBO
Silvera's bestseller will become HBO series
Over at HBO they've decided to turn Adam Silvera's fantasy novel THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END into a half hour series produced by Chris Kelly and J.J. Abrams. The story is set in the near future where everyone receives a bureaucratic phone call notifying them at the start of their last day on Earth! The series will follow a seemingly disparate group of people as they live their scary, funny, weird, hopeful, romantic, and unexpected final hours, all connected through the two gay teenage boys who are both looking to make a new friend on their End Day and will meet up for one last great adventure — to live a lifetime in a single day.

Monday, February 18, 2019

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON NEW POST WW2 THRILLER SERIES TRAITORS WITH KEELEY HAWES, LUKE TREADAWAY, MATT LAURIA, JAMIE BLACKLEY, STEPHEN CAMPBELL MOORE

NEW 'TRAITORS' SERIES
A POST WW2 THRILLER DRAMA
If you don't know what to watch tonight, here is a suggestion for you: new period set series TRAITORS starts this very evening over at British Channel 4. With the cast lead by Keeley Hawes, Emma Appleton, Luke
The new series starts tonight at British Channel Four
Treadaway, Matt Lauria, Michael Stuhlbarg and Stephen Campbell Moore, the six part spy drama, previously known as Jerusalem, will also air sometime later this year on Netflix for the audience around the globe.

TRAITORS IS THE STORY
 of the oddly-named Feef Symonds (Emma Appleton). Feef is a “bold” young woman who joins the Civil Service in 1945 just as Clement Attlee’s
The series will later on air on Netflix worldwide
Labour Party sweeps to victory, defeating wartime leader Winston Churchill in a surprise landslide. Ambitious and determined to make something of her life, Feef is unappreciated by her family – but her American lover is a different
Keeley Hawes leads the female government workforce as Priscilla Garrick
matter. With his encouragement, she agrees to spy on her own government on behalf of the Americans, who have a hidden agenda: they want to ensure that
Emma Appleton takes the lead role of Feef in the new series
England’s ‘socialist’ leaders don’t play into Soviet hands. Struggling to work out what she stands for, and what she’s capable of, Feef must learn to think for
Luke Treadaway is Labour MP who is drawn to Feef
herself and play by her own rules at a time when knowledge becomes power and nothing and no one is what they seem!

WHO ARE THE OTHER TRAITORS?
Keeley Hawes plays Priscilla Garrick, a senior civil servant at the Cabinet Office with a fearsome reputation. She leads the female workforce. Michael Stuhlbarg joins her in the cast as Rowe, a single-minded man from the
Jamie Blackley plays Feef's brother who hates his sister for going her own way
American intelligence services. Luke Treadaway is set to play young Labour politician Hugh Fenton, Stephen Campbell Moore will play Philip, and
Brandon P. Bell is American soldier stationed in UK
Matt Lauria is Feef’s lover Peter McCormick who has a wife and kids back in USA. Jamie Blackley plays Feef's brother Freddie who had to marry for money to save his family but is probably homosexual. Brandon P Bell plays
Michael Stuhlbarg plays an agent from American Intelligence Services
soldier and driver Jackson Cole, who signed up to the military hoping that the African American contribution in the war would ease the appalling racism back home in the US.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

NEW PHOTO OF KEELEY HAWES FROM BBC'S PERIOD SET DRAMA SUMMER OF ROCKETS STARRING TOBY STEPHENS, TIMOTHY SPALL, LINUS ROACHE

'SUMMER OF ROCKETS'
NEW KEELEY HAWES PHOTO!
We are kinda, sorta having a Keeley Hawes weekend here, celebrating the year in which currently leading British female star will be appearing in almost every other TV project to the delight of the fans! Today, a lovely new photo of
The story of the new series is set at the end of the 1950s!
her from BBC's new six part series SUMMER OF ROCKETS which, set in the tumultuous year of 1957, follows a Russian Jewish family living in Britain amid the fear and excitement of the nation’s first Hydrogen Bomb test. The
The new series should start sometime this spring, probably between Keeley's new series Traitors and the final season of her The Durrells series.
cast also includes Toby Stephens, Timothy Spall (as lord Arthur Wallington), Linus Roache (who plays an MP, the husband of Keeley's character)! Toby Stephens leads the cast as Samuel, a 40-year-old Russian Jewish émigré, inventor and designer of hearing aids whose clients include the
Toby Stephens plays the lead role of an inventor and MI5 spy
former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. He is approached by MI5 to demonstrate his work but they actually want him to spy on his new friends played by Keeley and Linus. Stay tuned, as tomorrow the spy is bringing you a spotlight on Keeley's new series Traitors.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

THEO JAMES & ROSE WILLIAMS TO LEAD ITV & PBS PERIOD SET TV SERIES ADAPTATION OF JANE AUSTEN'S SANDITON!

'SANDITON' PERIOD SET SAGA
THEO JAMES AND ROSE WILLIAMS TO TOPLINE THE CAST
Theo James will take the male lead in the series
Well, we certainly haven't seen him so far in British costume drama! Theo James is set to lead ITV's and PBS new period set saga SANDITON together with Rose Williams who played Princess Claude in Reign (very poorly if I may say). The small screen adaptation of Jane Austen's novel which was never finished, will also star Anne Reid and Kris Marshall and it was written by War and Peace and Les Miserables' scribe Andrew Davies.

SANDITON tells the story of the impulsive, spirited and unconventional Charlotte Heywood (Rose Williams) and her spiky relationship with the charming Sidney Parker (Theo James). When a chance accident transports her from her rural hometown of Willingden to a would-be coastal resort, it exposes Charlotte to the intrigues and dalliances of a seaside town on the make. The drama takes viewers from
Rose Williams will take the female lead
the West Indies to the rotting alleys of London and exposes the hidden agendas of each character and sees Charlotte discover herself and ultimately find love.

Anne Reid will play Lady Denham. Two husbands dead and gone, Lady Denham received money from the first and a title from the second and expects to be treated with a great deal of deference. Notoriously tight-fisted, she seems to delight in the power that she wields over the town, particularly those waiting to cash in from her death. Playing the head of the Parker family, Kris Marshall stars in the eight part series as Tom Parker, an enthusiastic and happily married man with a vision of putting Sanditon on the map.

Friday, February 15, 2019

GORGEOUS FIRST TRAILERS FOR ITALIAN ENGLISH LANGUAGE EPIC TV SERIES THE NAME OF THE ROSE ARE OUT WITH RUPERT EVERETT, JOHN TURTURRO, DAMIAN HARDUNG, ALESSIO BONI

WHAT'S THE SPY'S VERDICT
Visually stunning, the series has one deadly weakness: John Turturro's almost scandalously bad acting, his approach to the role has no depth and is as expressive as a dead stone of a monastery wall. His poor efforts in acting are borderline offensive. Emerson, though, absolutely shines in his marvellous master class in acting, and young Hardung is an absolute breath of fresh air and loveliness.

'THE NAME OF THE ROSE'
The series starts airing March 4th in Italy!
EPIC TV SERIES TRAILERS ARE IN!
Rejoice, people! Italian national broadcaster RAI (which gave us magnificent epic series Medici Masters of Florence) has released two gorgeous trailers for their small screen version of Umberto Eco's famous THE NAME OF THE ROSE which will start airing from March 4th in Italy. With almost $30 million spent on the production, the eight episode series really should not disappoint the audience. BBC will air the series in UK, Sky in Germany, OCS in France. Sundance TV will air it in USA and Canada, with local broadcasters airing it around Europe too.

Damien Hardung plays young novice Adso
THE STORY OF THE NAME OF THE ROSE RAI'S EPIC TV SAGA IS
set in good old Mediaeval Italy, more precisely in the year 1327, and revolves around the old Franciscan monk William of Baskerville (played by American actor John Turturro) and his kind and innocent young novice Adso von Melk (played by German model & actor Damian Hardung) just as
John Turturro and Damian Hardung are William and Adso
they arrive at a secluded monastery in the Alps. There they become witnesses to a series of mysterious murders. While Baskerville and Melk investigate and
The series will later on air on BBC and Sundance as well
search for the killer, they are hunted themselves by the merciless inquisitor Bernard Gui (Rupert Everett), who prosecutes those who criticize the Pope.

WHO'S IN THE BROTHERHOOD?
The series stars John Turturro (as William of Baskervillea 14th century Franciscan monk, as he investigates a series of unusual deaths at a remote
Rupert Everett plays merciless inquisitor Gui!
monastery) and Rupert Everett (as Inquisitor Gui) while Michael Emerson will play The Abbot, an ambiguous, greedy, over sensitive and
Michael Emmerson is the evil Abbot!
irritable prince of the Abbey! Gorgeous German actor Damian Hardung will be William's apprentice, Benedictine novice Adso. The cast will also include Sebastian Kock, Piotr Adamczyk, James Cosmo, Richard Sammel and our favourite Italian star Alessio Boni next to Greta Scarano. The series will hit US on Sundance May 1st!