Channel 5 has released first teaser and images from their new four part mini series HEAT which should arrive to the British broadcaster sometime later this year with Danny Dyer in the lead role (his first after leaving EastEnders) in the story about two families as they go to a secluded home for a vacation. Secrets and lies unravel, and not everyone will make it out alive! Darren McMullen, Jane Alsop, Richie Morris and Hunter Hayden also star. The series was shot Down Under as the story is set during the Australian bushfire season. It will also air on Network 10 in Australia.
WHAT'S THE SERIES ABOUT?
Set in Australia on the brink of bushfire season, the four-part nail
biting and suspenseful thriller series sees two families take a summer
holiday together at a secluded home in the countryside, which is
intended to offer everyone a chance to bond and unwind.
However, secrets and lies are exposed on the trip that render the
atmosphere hostile, with the smell of ominous end in the air: not
everyone will make it out alive.
Prime Video has released first photos from global spy series CITADEL which arrives April 28th! Eight years ago, Citadel fell. The independent global spy agency, tasked to uphold the safety and security of all people, was destroyed by operatives of Manticore, a powerful syndicate manipulating the world from the shadows. With Citadel’s fall, elite agents Mason Kane (Richard Madden) and Nadia Sinh (Priyanka Chopra Jonas) had their memories wiped as they narrowly escaped with their lives. They’ve remained hidden ever since, building new lives under new identities, unaware of their pasts. Until one night, when Mason is tracked down by his former Citadel colleague, Bernard Orlick (Stanley Tucci), who desperately needs his help to prevent Manticore from establishing a new world order. Mason seeks out his former partner, Nadia, and the two spies embark on a mission that takes them around the world in an effort to stop Manticore, all while contending with a relationship built on secrets, lies, and a dangerous-yet-undying love. Lesley Manville plays Dahlia Archer, the British Ambassador to the United States, whose loyalties may lie elsewhere. Episodes will air weekly after double episode premiere.
RIGHTEOUS MOVIE TRAILER
HE MANAGED TO SAVE THEM!
Currently ruling number one spot at Russia's box office charts is war movie RIGHTEOUS (Праведник) from Sergei Ursulyak. Set in 1942 it sees Alexander
The movie is currently topping Russian charts
Yatsenko playing Red Army officer Nikolai Kiselev who receives an order to withdraw over two hundred Jews from the occupied Belarusian lands behind the front line - old people, women and children, who miraculously escaped reprisal. These people, tormented by hunger, who have lost their relatives and almost lost their minds from the horror they experienced, will have to walk hundreds of kilometers along the forest paths in order to gain hope for salvation and faith in the future. Sergey Makovetsky,
Mark Eidelstein, and
Maria Zolotukhina also star.
Some three years ago your trusted spy was one of the first ones to inform you about the slate of Disney Plus future productions in South America and now the first one among them is coming to the small screens: THE ROAR OF THE BUTTER FLIES (El grito de las mariposas) will stream on Disney's South American streamer Star + from March 8th and will later on probably arrive to Disney + itself for the viewers in the rest of the world. The thirteen episode series starring Belén Rueda, Sandy Hernández, Susana Abaitua, Essined Aponte, Guillermo Toledo, Mercedes Sampietro, Alina
It will air in thirteen episodes
Robert, Luis Alberto García, Héctor Noas, Mario Espitia, follows three extreme courageous women who stand up to one of the bloodiest dictators in Latin American history.
Between the year 1930 and the day of his assassination in 1961, Rafael
Leónidas Trujillo (Luis Alberto Garcia), alias "El Chivo", turned the
life of the Caribbean country of Dominica into a tragic opera starring a
monster who could not bear any opinion against him, much less a "no"
from the lips of a woman. Planned murders from power, abuses and gender
violence, artistic and sporting events, and absolute control of the
media, were the tools put into practice by one of the most grotesque
tyrants in memory of the 20th century to control the people. Only a
brave few risked their lives to face it. Minerva Mirabal (Sandy
Hernandez), nicknamed "La Mariposa", was one of them. A unique,
beautiful, cultured and committed woman, whose short life with a tragic
outcome hastened the end of the "Fiesta del Chivo".
While we are waiting for the first trailer and above all for the release date, I thought I could remind you of DESERT WARRIOR historical epic adventure movie set in the 7th century Arabia with first images from the film starring Anthony Mackie, Sharlto Copley, Aiysha Hart and Sir Ben Kingsley, which was shot entirely in Arabia last year. Rise of the Planet of the ApesRupert Wyatt is directing. A decades long ban on Hollywood movies ended only in 2018 in Arabia!
STORY IS SET IN 7TH CENTURY
when Arabia is made up of rival, feuding tribes,
disunited and forever at each other’s throats. Emperor Kisra (Ben
Kingsley) has a fearsome reputation for being utterly ruthless. But when
the Arabian Princess Hind (Aiysha Hart) refuses to become the emperor’s
concubine, the stage is set for an epic confrontation. It is a battle
that, by its conclusion, will have changed the region forever and echo
throughout history. Escaping with her father, King Numan (Ghassan
Massoud) into the vast and unforgiving desert, Hind is pursued by
Kisra’s seasoned mercenary Jalabzeen and his bloodthirsty troops. Hind
and her father are forced to entrust their safety to a mysterious bandit
(Anthony Mackie), whose fighting prowess is second to none. The bandit
harbors his own secrets, which will play a large part in deciding the
fate of the battle. Hind inspires the fractious tribes to come together
for one last stand and unite against an army that outnumbers them and is
far better equipped.
Here is something Australian for you today: a trailer and poster for BLUEBACK movie drama which is out in cinemas March 3rd. Robert
The movie is out in cinemas this March
Connolly's movieadaptation of Tim Winton's beloved novel stars Eric Bana, Rada Mitchell and Mia Wasikowska. Three different actresses play the protagonist Abby at different stages of her life. As a child she befriends a magnificent wild blue grouper while diving. When Abby realizes that the fish is under threat, she takes inspiration from her activist Mum, Dora, and takes on poachers to save her friend. The film already played in Australia and Germany, but will swim into the Northern American theatres this March. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think:
Your treat for today are first images from new historical series coming from Serbia THE HOLY KINGDOM which will be a high end documentary series with
The series might air on Viasat History as well
live action scenes depicting the birth and the rise of Serbian medieval state with the special focus on Serbia's most important royal dynasty Nemanyich. To premiere this Autumn on Serbian national broadcaster RTS, this twelve part series will also cover how all the kings of the Nemanyich dynasty were proclaimed saints except the most famous one among them - legendary Serbian tzar Dushan who, at the peak of his power, ruled the biggest kingdom in Europe at that time, which covered the whole Balkans including Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece. While the live action part has
Petar Strugar is playing Stefan Nemanya
already been shot, the documentary part will feature Serbia's most prominent historians and archaeologists, alongside professors from the world's most famous universities, such as Harvard, Oxford, Sorbonne, Lomonosov, Heidelberg! Serbian Museum of History has, meanwhile, provided ideal reconstructions of Serbian medieval crowns, which significantly contributed to the authentic appearance of the characters. For the first time ever on film, the audience will be able to see the legendary coronation of tzar Dushan which was later on a theme of many magnificent paintings. Petar Strugarleads the cast in the live action part as Stefan Nemanya, the founder of the dynasty and its first great zhupan. Viasat History has expressed interest for this series so there is a huge possibility they will air it for the global audiences.
After a lack of success with some of her previous adaptations, the queen of crime Agatha Christie is returning to BBC One who have just ordered a two part series based on her MURDER IS EASY novel produced by Mammoth Screen.
is set in England, 1954. On a train to London, a man going by
the name of Luke Fitzwilliam meets Miss Pinkerton, who tells him that a
killer is on the loose in the sleepy English village of Wychwood under
The villagers believe the deaths are mere accidents, but Miss Pinkerton
knows otherwise - and when she's later found dead on her way to Scotland
Yard, Luke feels he must find the killer before they can strike again.
Because for a certain kind of person, murder is easy. Previous BBC
adaptations And Then There Were None, The Witness For The Prosecution, Ordeal By Innocence, The ABC Murders and The Pale Horse were not overly successful.
We are angling towards the end of winter and with first signs of spring directors are slowly starting to offer their upcoming works to buyers, producers and
The Shoemaker arrives this March
distributors especially with Berlin Film market ahead of us, so today I have made for you a selection of international movies of the historical genre that we can look forward to this year or very soon. The first one on the list comes from Canada, their historical drama THE SHOEMAKER (La Cordonnière) from director Francois Bouvier will arrive into Canadian cinemas next month, March 17th starring Rose-Marie Perreault whom we watched in Germinal series, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Nicolas Fontaine. Set at the turn of the 20th century, it follows the humble beginnings of the career of Victoire Dussault, founder of the shoemaker's shop that will give rise to the fortune of the Dufresne family, known today in Canada also for the castle they had built on the outskirts of Montreal.
GERMAN MEASURES OF MEN
I also have for you first photos and exciting trailer for sweeping historical drama MEASURES OF MEN (Der vermessene Mensch) which should arrive into German cinemas next month as well and will air at Berlinale. Alexander Hoffmann (Leonard Scheicher) is determined to continue the legacy of his father, a pioneering ethnologist. At university, he gets caught up in the maelstrom of the evolutionist race theory of the late 19th century. Hoffmann is disgusted by the measuring of skulls, which has no other purpose than to pseudo-scientifically legitimise the superiority of the white race – but he goes along with it. He wants to find counter-evidence and seeks contact with Kezia Kambazemi, the interpreter of a delegation of Nama and Herero in Berlin who have been forced to take part in a “peoples show”. Shortly after the delegation leaves, an uprising against the German colonial power begins in what was then “German Southwest Africa”. As an ethnologist, Hoffmann becomes a member of an expedition and travels all over the country under the protection of the imperial army in search of skulls – and of Kezia.
GERMAN SISI AND I
After two series and a film, we are getting yet another movie on Austrian empress Sisi, but this time from the angle of one of her ladies. SISI AND I (Sisi Und Ich) coming from director Frauke Finsterwalder should arrive
Sisi And I also arrives this March
into German, Austrian and Swiss cinemas March 30th! What would you say if you could suddenly work for the most famous and sought-after woman of your century? Travel the world with her and have the chance to maybe even become her best friend? All of this could be so beautiful. Wouldn't you have fallen madly in love with her? What a disaster. This is how Countess Irma (Sandra Hüller) feels. Empress Sisi (Susanne Wolff) has reached the last half of her life. Irma finds her surrounded by women in a kind of noble commune in Greece, a universe away from the etiquette of the Austrian court. Sisi lives in absolute freedom, in which neither her children nor her husband play a role. The only important thing is that there is no boredom and that the empress herself determines the rules of the game. Irma falls head over heels in love with the intoxicatingly charismatic Sisi and her modern ideas. Together they travel wherever the mood takes them. And everything could go on forever if Sisi weren't Empress. The world is reaching out to break her. And as much as Irma and Sisi resist, in the end there is only one fatal path that will bind the two women together forever. Tom Rhys Harries, Anthony Calf, Georg Friedrich also star.
SERBIAN HEROES OF HALYARD
I've already informed you about this one two years ago but now we have a trailer for a film set at the end of World War 2 when Serbs
saved more than 500 American and Allied pilots in the biggest
individual rescue mission in the history of air forces. Serbian National Broadcaster has prepared a massive war epic on it titled HEROES OF HALYARD and simultaneously a mini TV series titled AIR BRIDGE. Beside a big number of Serbian actors, the cast will also include Carl Wharton, Nikola Kent, Stephen Moore, Adam Davenport and Jadran Malkovich under the helm of director Radosh Bajich. The film is inspired by the largest single rescue operation in the history
of world aviation of about
508 American and other Allied pilots behind
The film is expected sometime in 2023, series as well
enemy lines, which took place at an improvised airport in the
village of Pranjani at the foot of Serbian mountain Suvobor with the
logistical support of the Yugoslav Royal Army in 1944 known by the code
The film follows a father who has to send both his sons to war
Halyard".The story, based on historical facts, has
members of the Jović family as its main protagonists.Two brothers from
that family are in the conflicting armies, Mirko is in the Chetniks and
Sreten is in the partisans. Their father is
Air Bridge TV series version will air in six episodes
trying to protect his
youngest son from joining any army.
The story of Halyard is actually an apotheosis of heroism, friendship,
charity, nobility and patriotism.The film should arrive this Autumn.
And she will not be alone in the cast which will also include Richard Armitage, Emmett J. Scanlan, Joanna Lumley. Adapted from Harlan Coben's novel, the eight part series follows Maya Stern who is trying to come to terms with the brutal murder of her husband, Joe. But when Maya installs a nanny-cam to keep an eye on her young daughter, she is shocked to see a man she recognises in her house. Her husband, who she thought was dead…
Detective Sergeant Sami Kierce leads the homicide investigation into Joe’s death while grappling with secrets of his own. Meanwhile, Maya’s niece and nephew, Abby and Daniel, are trying to find the truth about their mother’s murder, several months earlier. Are the two cases connected?
TO LEAD LE FAUX SOIR MOVIE
While you are enjoying his Django series which launched last week, Matthias Schoenaerts has just scored a lead role in LE FAUX SOIR WW2 movie drama according to Screen Daily! Set in 1943, it tells the story of when the Belgian resistance secretly produced a spoof version of the country’s leading newspaper, Le Soir, which had become a propaganda tool of the occupying Nazi forces. He will play Belgian resistance hero in the movie directed by Michael R. Roskam.
PARIS INTERZONE SERIES
POST WW2 PARIS SET SERIES
Speaking of WW2, the producers of Liaison series with Vincent Cassel and Eva Green, have set their next project: they will adapt James Campbell's
The book will be adapted into series
novel PARIS INTERZONE into mini TV series. As Variety reports, the ambitious series, which William Boyd is writing and is being co-produced by Ian Benson, will shed light on a counterintelligence program that was launched by the CIA and operated by a secret unit within the American embassy in Paris. Their mission was to infiltrate the literary cafes of the Left Bank in Paris and spy on expat American artists and authors. At that time in the U.S., under the McCarthy era, many authors, especially black and gay ones, were oppressed and jailed. The series will be a modern, glamorous noir thriller laced with a love triangle between a French editor and two American characters.
The stage is set for the last farewell and goodbye in the final season of SANDITON costume drama based on the unfinished book by Jane Austen! Who will get their happily-ever-after? Wedding bells are ringing in the third season, but you’ll have to watch to find out for whom. In the meantime, learn more about what lies ahead for Charlotte and other residents in season three, which fresh characters (and romantic prospects) arrive on the scene, how to watch the new season, and more. The series that originally started on British ITV, which later on cancelled it due to terrible ratings, and then moved over to PBS Masterpiece in USA, will premiere on Sunday, March 19th!
IN THE CONCLUDING CHAPTER
eager fiancé in tow, Charlotte returns to a now thriving Sanditon. It’s
Georgiana’s 21st birthday, and while a lavish party awaits, an awkward
reunion with Colbourne raises old feelings and new questions. It’s not
all celebration for Georgiana, who is called on to meet a startling new
challenge, but finds support from unlikely sources. Through it all,
Charlotte and Georgiana bond over their dilemmas, as well as their
resolve to forge their own destinies.
In Sanditon Season 3, your invitation awaits for more grand parties,
lovely friendships that stand the test of time and circumstances. But
many surprises await on Sanditon’s shores — astonishing new alliances,
ghosts from the past, and all the complications of love and life.
WHO WILL VISIT SANDITON?
The seaside resort of Sanditon boasts some familiar faces in Season 3 including Charlotte Heywood (Rose Williams), heiress Georgiana Lambe (Crystal Clarke), Heywood’s fiancé Ralph Starling (Cal Brigden), and the mysterious Alexander Colbourne (Ben Lloyd-Hughes). Also back are Colbourne’s tomboyish young daughter, Leonora (Flora Mitchell), and his rebellious niece, Augusta (Eloise Webb), who falls for a questionable admirer.
The tireless Parker family returns — Tom (Kris Marshall), wife Mary (Kate Ashfield) and brother Arthur (Turlough Convery) — as well as the town’s resident financier Lady Denham (Anne Reid) and Edward (Jack Fox), her double-dealing nephew. Lady Susan (Sophie Winkleman) also makes ahigh-society return to Sanditon.
New visitors bring new and intriguing romantic possibilities. Lady Montrose (Emma Fielding) is determined to snare matches for her grown children: Lydia (Alice Orr-Ewing) and Lord Henry Montrose (Edward Davis). Rowleigh Pryce, (James Bolam) a crusty investor, shares an intriguing past with a Sanditon resident, and Samuel Colbourne, (Liam Garrigan) is a London attorney and eligible bachelor.