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Rankin Launches Art Movement To Support Global Fight Against Heart Disease

This World Heart Day, the British Heart Foundation has teamed up with world renowned photographer Rankin to launch an international art project with creatives from around the world, to raise awareness of the global fight against heart disease.

‘Heart for a Heart’ has seen celebrated artists, celebrities, photographers, and brands from around the world unite against heart disease by creating unique heart-themed artwork and uploading them to social media in celebration of World Heart Day.

The social media movement aims to raise awareness of heart and circulatory disease – the leading cause of death worldwide. In the UK alone, nearly 160,000 lives are lost to these devastating conditions each year, one every three minutes. Globally it causes an estimated 17.7 million deaths a year.

Among those taking part include actors Simon Pegg, Carey Mulligan, Anna Friel, Nicholas Hoult, Gillian Anderson, Sadie Frost, Ashley Margolis, Max Beesley, Noel Anthony Clarke, and Emma Pierson; TV personalities Holly Willoughby,
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TV: Jamestown Review

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Author: Amanda Carnac

Imagine being trapped in a tiny ship heading for America in 1617, not only are you unsure of whether you’ll make it, you also have no idea who your future husband will be if you reach your destination. The only thing you can be sure of is that even if the man who has paid for your passage turns out to be a rapist or drunkard, there’s no going back.

Writer Bill Gallagher, who also wrote Lark Rise to Candleford and Paradise, is experienced at drawing from real life events in history and when researching Jamestown, the first British settlement in America, decided he wanted to write a drama where women, despite being perceived as underdogs, use their intelligence to manipulate themselves into a position of power.

To try and turn this subject matter into a work of feminism was always going to be tricky. In
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Sky Orders Up Second Season of ‘Jamestown’ on Eve of First Season Premiere

Sky Orders Up Second Season of ‘Jamestown’ on Eve of First Season Premiere
Sky has commissioned a second season of its upcoming original drama “Jamestown” just days ahead of the show’s U.K. premiere.

Produced by Carnival Films, makers of multi-award-winning global hit “Downton Abbey,” “Jamestown” is a Sky Original Production about the birth of America. It charts the early days of the first British settlers as they embark on lives in the New World. The show launches on Sky 1 and on demand via Sky’s Now TV in the U.K. on Friday.

“The first series of ‘Jamestown’ is unique, beautifully shot and packed with compelling storylines full of adventure and emotion. It demonstrates Sky’s commitment to make the highest-quality drama and has left us all wanting more,” said Anne Mensah, Sky’s head of drama.

The second season will reunite creator and writer Bill Gallagher with the ensemble cast led by Naomi Battrick, Sophie Rundle and Niamh Walsh. Producer Sue de Beauvoir will also return for
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Bodies: excellent medical drama not for the faint-hearted

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We revisit brilliant, unflinching UK medical drama Bodies by Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio. Gory scenes ahead…

Did you know umbilical cords can snap? That if you give one a hard-enough tug it can ping loose of a placenta and spray flecks of high-nutrition gunk all over your face? Or that too firm a yank on a lodged placenta can pull a uterus clean out, starting a flesh avalanche that turns pounds of inside-meat into surprise outside-meat that slumps, glistening, like an exotic off-cut in a butcher’s shop window?

I’d apologise for the graphic imagery but it serves a purpose. To head off at the pass any comments of the ‘why are you writing about a medical drama on a site called Den Of Geek?’ variety. I promise you, there isn’t a landscape more sci-fi than the layers of spongey, mottled purple lurking beneath a tautly pregnant stomach,
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‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Carnival Films Producing British Settler Drama ‘Jamestown’ For Sky

‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Carnival Films Producing British Settler Drama ‘Jamestown’ For Sky
Carnival Films, the NBC-Universal owned creator of ratings juggernaut Downton Abbey, is producing Jamestown, an eight part drama about the first British settlers embarking on their lives in America. The show was been commisioned by pan-Euro pay TV giant Sky. Bill Gallagher (The Paradise) has written the show. Max Beesley, Jason Flemyng, Dean Lennon-Kelly, Naomi Battrick, Sophie Rundle and Niamh Welsh are in the cast. The story begins in 1619, with the settlers seeking to…
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‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Carnival to Produce ‘Jamestown’

London — “Downton Abbey” creator Carnival Films is to produce eight-part drama series “Jamestown,” which charts the early days of the first British settlers as they embark on their new lives in America.

The show, which has been commissioned by European pay TV operator Sky, is written by Bill Gallagher (“Lark Rise to Candleford,” “The Paradise”), and will go into production this month.

Leading the cast of male settlers are Max Beesley, Jason Flemyng, Dean Lennox-Kelly, Shaun Dooley, Stuart Martin, Steven Waddington, Matt Stokoe and Burn Gorman. The female settlers are played by Naomi Battrick, Sophie Rundle and Niamh Walsh.

Set in 1619, “Jamestown” follows the settlers as they establish a community in the New World. Amongst those landing onshore are a group of women destined to be married to the men of Jamestown, including three spirited women from England: Jocelyn (Battrick), Alice (Rundle) and Verity (Walsh).

Leaving their old lives behind,
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Max Beesley gets 'serious'

Max Beesley is glad to be getting cast in ''serious'' dramas. The 'Hotel Babylon' star has been shaking up Claire Danes' security team in the latest season of American hit drama 'Homeland', and back in the UK he's appearing in British drama 'Ordinary Lies', but revealed there was a time that he couldn't get cast in serious roles. Speaking exclusively to Bang Showbiz, he said: ''There was a point when I was doing 'Hotel Babylon' when I couldn't get cast in a serious part. It's so weird, but then you do serious parts and they go, 'Ooh, I don't know if they'd
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Max Beesley recording with Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson

Max Beesley thinks it's ''brilliant'' that he was able to call on Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson to sing tracks he wrote for Us drama 'Empire'. The 44-year-old 'Hotel Babylon' actor starred in two episodes of the hit E4 show as Guy, alongside his pal Terrence Howard - who plays lead character Lucious Lyon - and said living in Los Angeles has given him the opportunity to get back into music and meet amazing singers. Speaking exclusively to Bang Showbiz, he recalled: ''I know Terrence. He and I have co-written and co-produced two songs on that series. This opportunity came up and
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TVLine Items: Madam Secretary Gets a Bro, DWTS Pro Injured and More

TVLine Items: Madam Secretary Gets a Bro, DWTS Pro Injured and More
Madam Secretary will have some family business to attend to when the CBS drama returns.

TV vet Eric Stoltz (Chicago Hope, Caprica) — who also co-executive-produces the political drama — will appear in Season 2 as Peter, the brother of Téa Leoni’s Elizabeth McCord.

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According to EW.com, Peter is an adventurer and risk-taker who will try to settle an old conflict with Elizabeth when he comes to town.

Madam Secretary returns Sunday, Oct. 4, at 8/7c on CBS; Stoltz’s first episode will air sometime in November.
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‘Homeland’ Casts Max Beesley to Work Under Claire Danes (Exclusive)

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‘Homeland’ Casts Max Beesley to Work Under Claire Danes (Exclusive)
Claire Danes has a new “Homeland” underling — and she’ll probably want to keep an eye on this one. The Showtime drama just locked recurring “Suits” actor Max Beesley for one episode. He’ll play Mike Brown, an ex-Royal Marine turned private military contractor. Brown is described as smart, but he is not entirely comfortable working under Carrie Mathison (Danes). Beesley is best known for a variety of roles on British TV including “Hotel Babylon,” “Mad Dogs,” “Ordinary Lies” and “Survivors.” Film-wise, he was a co-lead with Mariah Carey in “Glitter,” and could also be seen in “The Emperor’s Wife” and “Pawn.
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The past catches up with Claire Danes in new trailer for Homeland season 5

A new trailer has arrived online for the fifth season of Showtime’s hit drama-thriller Homeland, which you can view below…

In the new season Carrie (Claire Danes) “attempts to live as a private citizen don’t go so well as she’s once again embroiled in a web of geo-politics, which involves hackers and getting tossed into a van among other things.”

Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend and F. Murray Abraham return as Saul Berenson, Peter Quinn and Dar Adal, while new recruits include Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings), Sebastian Koch (A Good Day to Die Hard) and Brit Max Beesley (Suits).

Homeland season 5 starts on October 4th.
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Max Beesley lands Empire role

Max Beesley has landed a guest role in 'Empire'. The 'Hotel Babylon' actor is reportedly set to join the cast of the hit Us drama - which airs on E4 in the UK - after impressing producers at Fox. A source revealed: ''Producers were very impressed with Max's performances and were keen to snap him up.'' Although it will only be a ''guest role'', the British star will have the ''chance to make it permanent'' according to the insider. The source told The Sun newspaper: ''The show will be huge for his career in terms of exposure and although at this moment it's a
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Ordinary Lies cast have signed up for series 2, says Jason Manford

Jason Manford has revealed that the Ordinary Lies cast have signed up for a second series.

However, the comedian and actor added that it is 'on the BBC' to decide the future of the drama. The first series premiered in March and also starred Max Beesley, Michelle Keegan and Mackenzie Crook.

Ordinary Lies: Tell us why you loved the hit BBC One series

Manford told Digital Spy: "I knew it was good as soon as I was sent the script, so I knew we had a special show.

"And then once they filled the rest of the cast and we turned up at the read-through and I saw all the names and faces, I was like 'Oh my God, this is going to be great'.

"So yeah it was really great fun and I was really pleased with it."

Manford went on to speak about the prospect of new episodes,
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Robson Green reveals why the next Strike Back had to be the last

Strike Back fans, Robson Green has revealed why the next series had to be the last.

Green - who plays Lt. Col. Philip Locke - told Digital Spy that the action thriller's next run gets "bigger and better" than before - and "couldn't really go anywhere else".

Michelle Yeoh, Max Beesley will appear in Strike Back's final series

"You can't write a story like this, and then continue the series," he hinted. "So yeah, we knew it was going to go out with a bang. The storylines were so gripping and thrilling.

"It just got better and better and it couldn't really go anywhere else. But you should always leave your audience wanting more, and I think the finale does that. It really is a very emotional ending."

However, Green did reveal that, early on, that had been talk of Strike Back continuing - perhaps on a new network.
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Ordinary Lies: Shaun Dooley talks hit BBC One drama's storming finale

Ordinary Lies has become one of BBC One's most talked-about new drama series of 2015, with viewers hooked as writer Danny Brocklehurst weaved in-and-out of the lives of the staff at Js car dealership.

The first series draws to a close tomorrow night (Tuesday, April 21) - with Beth (Jo Joyner) taking centre stage for a painful reunion with her long-lost husband Dave (Shaun Dooley).

Dooley spoke to Digital Spy about what to expect from the dramatic climax... and whether Ordinary Lies come could back for a second series.

The response to Ordinary Lies so far has been hugely positive - have you been following the reaction?

"I have, yeah - the reaction around Michelle Keegan's episode, and Sally Lindsay's… and what was interesting was the reaction to Holly [Earl] and Shazid [Latif's] episode [which depicted a relationship between an adult male and 15-year-old girl]... that was really interesting.

"I think what Danny does brilliantly is he creates things that get people
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Michelle Keegan "really nervous" about Ordinary Lies: 'People will judge me'

Michelle Keegan has said that she is "really nervous" about being seen in her first television role since leaving Coronation Street.

The actress, whose role in BBC drama Ordinary Lies is her first since her exit from the ITV soap last summer, told the Daily Star that she feels a huge amount of pressure to have her role well received.

"I felt there was so much pressure after leaving Corrie," said Keegan. "I knew I had to make the right decision about my first role. Everyone was waiting to see what I did and getting ready to judge me if I made a mistake.

"I am really nervous about how it does in the ratings. I do feel a lot of pressure, but I just hope it does well. I know the producers and BBC are very happy with the outcome so hopefully the viewers will like it too."

The actress,
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Watch Michelle Keegan in first trailer for BBC One drama Ordinary Lies

The first trailer for BBC One's Ordinary Lies has been released.

Michelle Keegan faces a dilemma as secrets threaten to distort the lives at the centre of the six stories in the clip.

Keegan, Jason Manford, Jo Joyner, Mackenzie Crook and Max Beesley star in the new six-part drama series coming soon to BBC One.

Ordinary Lies comes from Red Production Company - the creators of Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax - and Shameless director Danny Brocklehurst.

Sally Lindsay, Belinda Stewart-Wilson, Shazad Latif, George Bukhari, Cherrelle Skeet, Shaun Dooley and Fisayo Akinade also appear in the dark thriller with comedic undertones.

The series, which was commissioned by the BBC back in September 2014, will be set on the shopfloor of a motor showroom, and follows each character's lies and secrets leading to life-changing consequences.

Ordinary Lies' first one-hour episode airs on BBC One at 9pm on March
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Cinemax Slots Strike Back for Summer, Reveals Details on Final Season

Cinemax Slots Strike Back for Summer, Reveals Details on Final Season
Holding court at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Thursday, Cinemax threw Strike Back fans a bone by narrowing the premiere date for the delayed fourth and final season down to “summer 2015.”

The high-octane action-drama typically fires off its new episodes in the summer, but production on Season 4 was paused for six months when series star Sullivan Stapleton, who plays Sgt. Damien Scott, sustained a serious, injury off-set in February 2014.

The pay cabler also released the logline for the final season, including casting details:

Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) and Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester), along with the rest of
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Michelle Keegan lands role in new drama

Michelle Keegan has landed a role in 'Ordinary Lies'. The 27-year-old actress quit her role as 'Coronation Street' barmaid Tina McIntyre earlier this year and was brutally killed off the ITV soap and it's now been revealed she will return to screens in the new BBC One drama. The brunette beauty will play a receptionist at a car showroom alongside a number of other stars including former 'EastEnders' star Jo Joyner, Sally Lindsay, Jason Manford, Mackenzie Crook and Max Beesley. The six-part series - which was written by Bafta-winner Danny Brocklehurst - follows the everyday lives of shifty car salesman, played by Manford,
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Michelle Keegan, Jason Manford, Jo Joyner in new BBC drama Ordinary Lies

Michelle Keegan and Jason Manford are to star in a new BBC One drama.

Ordinary Lies comes from the creators of Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax Red Production Company, and Shameless director Danny Brocklehurst.

Max Beesley, Mackenzie Crook, EastEnders actress Jo Joyner and Rebecca Callard will also star in the ensemble series, which will air in 2015.

Sally Lindsay, Belinda Stewart-Wilson, Shazad Latif, George Bukhari, Cherrelle Skeet, Shaun Dooley and Fisayo Akinade round out the cast of the dark thriller with comedic undertones.

The series will be set on the shopfloor of a motor showroom, and how a series of each character's lies and secrets can lead to life-changing consequences.

Beesley plays boss Mike, whose marriage to Alison (Stewart-Wilson) is in trouble as he appears to be interested in Head of Sales Beth (Joyner). Beth is still struggling with the disappearance of her husband, while handling her sales team
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