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Bodies: excellent medical drama not for the faint-hearted

25 May 2016 7:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




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

20 April 2016 6:08 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

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’

20 April 2016 5:55 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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, »

- Leo Barraclough

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