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First image of Mark Strong in Deep State, supporting cast revealed

Back in March it was announced that Mark Strong is set to lead the upcoming Fox spy series Deep State, and now we have the first official look at the actor as Max Easton, who Deadline describes as “an ex-spy brought back into the game to avenge the death of his son, only to find himself at the heart of a covert intelligence war and a conspiracy to profit from the spread of chaos throughout the Middle East.”

In addition to the first look photo, we also have details on the supporting cast, with Strong set to be joined by Alistair Petrie (The Night Manager), Anastasia Griffith (Damages), Amelia Bullmore (Happy Valley), Kingsley Ben-Adir (King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword), Pip Torrens (The Crown) and Fares Fares (Tyrant) in addition to the previously announced Karima McAdams (Fearless), Joe Dempsie (Game of Thrones) and Lyne Renee (Split).

Deep State has been
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Fox’s ‘Deep State’ Spy Thriller Adds Cast To Join Mark Strong: First-Look Photo

Deep State, Fox Networks Group's first regional scripted commission for Europe and Africa, has added new cast and released a first-look photo as production moves to London. Mark Strong is starring in the eight-part series created by Matthew Parkhill and Simon Maxwell. It will air in more than 50 countries on Fox. Joining the cast are Alistair Petrie (Genius, The Night Manager), Anastasia Griffith (Royal Pains, Damages), Amelia Bullmore (Happy Valley), Kingsley Ben-Adir (Ki…
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Happy Valley series 2 episode 1 review

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Happy Valley is back for series 2 with a deservedly confident swagger. Hooray for Catherine Cawood...

This review contains spoilers.

In the eighteen months since she put away Tommy Lee Royce, Sgt Cawood’s got a medal from the Queen and a new pair of shades. Thankfully that’s all that’s changed about her. She’s still hard-as-nails, talks a mile a minute and thinks at twice that speed, and is just the type of rare person who can be relied upon when a sheep’s skull needs staving in with an ornamental garden rock. Twice.

She’s also very funny, as this episode’s opening proved. Sally Wainwright’s writing in Happy Valley continues to leap nimbly from comic to grave. Add to that Sarah Lancashire’s deadpan delivery—slouched behind a pair of Aviators, fag in hand—and the result is absurdly entertaining. Only Cawood
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Full cast announced for A Christmas Carol in the West End

Adeel Akhtar, Amelia Bullmore, Keir Charles and Samantha Spiro will join Jim Broadbent in the cast of A Christmas Carol.

The full cast for the upcoming West-End production of A Christmas Carol, which runs at the Noël Coward Theatre from 30th November 2015 to the 30th January, 2016, has been announced. Jim Broadbent will lead the cast as Scrooge, and today we can announced that Adeel Akhtar, Amelia Bullmore, Keir Charles and Samantha Spiro will join him.

Grab your tickets for A Christmas Carol here.

Adeel Akhtar is best known for his work in film and television. He was BAFTA-nominated for his role in Utopia, played hapless Fessal in Chris MorrisFour Lions and played Maroush in Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator. His work on-stage includes playing Guildenstern in Hamlet at the Young Vic.

Amelia Bullmore is known not only for her writing (Di and Viv and Rose) but also for her many appearances on television,
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Casting: Heigl, Lewis, Hurt, Rambin, Treadaway

Doubt

Katherine Heigl and her former "Grey's Anatomy" executive producers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater are teaming for the re-tooled CBS drama pilot "Doubt". Heigl replaces KaDee Strickland in the role.

Heigl will play a smart, chic, successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm who shockingly gets romantically involved with one of her clients who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime. Dule Hill, Laverne Cox, Kobi Libii, Elliott Gould and Dreama Walker also star. [Source: THR]

Happy Valley

Matthew Lewis ("Harry Potter"), Shirley Henderson ("Filth"), Kevin Doyle ("Downton Abbey"), Katherine Kelly ("Mr. Selfridge"), Julie Hesmondhalgh ("Coronation Street") and Amelia Bullmore ("Scott & Bailey") have joined the cast of the second season of the BBC's acclaimed drama "Happy Valley" which begins shooting this week.

Sarah Lancashire and James Norton return for the follow-up to the dark West Yorkshire-set cop drama in which Catherine suspects there might be another serial killer
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‘Happy Valley’ Adds Cast For Season 2; Lee Hupfield Inks Deal With Cats On The Roof Media – Global Briefs

Season 2 of the BBC’s acclaimed drama Happy Valley begins shooting this week with some new names among the cast. Among those joining Sarah Lancashire, James Norton and other returning actors are Downton Abbey's Kevin Doyle, Harry Potter‘s Matthew Lewis, Mr Selfridge‘s Katherine Kelly, Coronation Street‘s Julie Hesmondhalgh, Filth‘s Shirley Henderson and Scott & Bailey‘s Amelia Bullmore. The BBC One drama is created by Sally Wainwright and won the Best Drama Series BAFTA…
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‘Happy Valley’ Adds Cast For Season 2; Lee Hupfield Inks Deal With Cats On The Roof Media – Global Briefs

‘Happy Valley’ Adds Cast For Season 2; Lee Hupfield Inks Deal With Cats On The Roof Media – Global Briefs
Season 2 of the BBC’s acclaimed drama Happy Valley begins shooting this week with some new names among the cast. Among those joining Sarah Lancashire, James Norton and other returning actors are Downton Abbey's Kevin Doyle, Harry Potter‘s Matthew Lewis, Mr Selfridge‘s Katherine Kelly, Coronation Street‘s Julie Hesmondhalgh, Filth‘s Shirley Henderson and Scott & Bailey‘s Amelia Bullmore. The BBC One drama is created by Sally Wainwright and won the Best Drama Series BAFTA…
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Neville Longbottom actor Matthew Lewis joins Happy Valley series 2

The cast for the second series of Happy Valley has been announced in full, and there are plenty of new and familiar faces.

Sarah Lancashire will return in the lead role, alongside the likes of James Norton, Siobhan Finneran, George Costigan, Karl Davies and Charlie Murphy.

Harry Potter's Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) is among the newcomers to the show. He'll be joined by former Coronation street stars Katherine Kelly and Julie Hesmondhalgh.

Shirley Henderson, Amelia Bullmore, Downton Abbey's Kevin Doyle and Cucumber's Con O'Neill and Vincent Franklin also star.

Airing next year, the six-episode series sees Catherine and her team hunt down a potential new serial killer in Calder Valley.

Writer and Executive Producer Sally Wainwright said: "I am thrilled to be embarking on a second series. We were delighted and overwhelmed with the viewers' response to series one and it's clear that there's a huge appetite
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Scott & Bailey are returning to ITV for an ambitious new 3-parter

Scott & Bailey will soon be making a return to ITV in a special three-parter.

The fifth series of the crime drama will see the titular detectives tackling one single case across three episodes for the first time.

Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp will return as the crime-fighting duo, with Bailey (Jones) returning from her Vice secondment and Dci Gill Murray (Amelia Bullmore) in retirement.

The series focuses on a gruesome internet crime investigation, with Bailey entering an online world where users boast about committing murders.

Sally Lindsay - who co-created Scott & Bailey with Jones - will also return to the drama as Bailey's sister Alison. Meanwhile, Samantha Manning and Lisa Farrand join the cast as new police advisors.

"I'm very excited to be returning to the series as Rachel Bailey and this time to be working alongside Nicola Shindler as an executive producer," Jones said.

Filming will begin in September,
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‘What We Did On Our Holiday’ fumbles its ending, but the charm is too much to resist

What We Did on Our Holiday

Written by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin

Directed by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin

U.K., 2015

Were Bill Cosby’s name not synonymous with mud right now, What We Did on Our Holiday could be easily titled Kids Say the Darndest Things. Big names like Rosamund Pike and David Tennant headline the film, but it’s the kids who steal the show. Writer/directors Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin take their experience from running BBC’s Outnumbered and utilize the improvisational skills of youngsters Emilia Jones, Bobby Smalldridge and Harriet Turnbull to pair off against legend Billy Connolly to make a charming summer comedy.

Gordy MacLeod’s (Billy Connolly) seventy-fifth birthday is coming up, and Doug (Doug Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike, far removed from her Oscar-nominated performance as Amy in Gone Girl, playing a loving mother of two) are taking their three children
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'What We Did on Our Holiday' Clip Starring David Tennant | Exclusive

'What We Did on Our Holiday' Clip Starring David Tennant | Exclusive
David Tennant's Doug learns about his daughter Jess' (Harriet Turnbull) bizarre sleeping habits in our exclusive clip from What We Did on Our Holiday, arriving in theaters and on VOD formats July 10. Before leaving for their vacation, Doug discovers that his daughter wants to bring her friends "Eric" and "Norman" long on their trip. As it turns out, "Eric" and "Norman" are two large rocks, who sit under her bed to protect her from the "bad rocks".

Oscar nominee Rosamund Pike, David Tennant and Billy Connolly star in this hilarious and up-lifting comedy movie for the whole family. Doug and Abi take their kids on a family vacation. Surrounded by relatives, the kids innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. It's soon clear that when it comes to keeping a big secret under wraps from the rest of the family,
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Theatre Review: Di And Viv And Rose

Director: Anna Mackmin.

Starring: Tamsin Outhwaite, Jenna Russell, Samantha Spiro.

Synopsis: Aged eighteen, three women join forces at university. Life is fun. Life is intense. Together they feel unbeatable. As Di and Viv and Rose grow up, chance and choice put their closeness to the test. They must thrash out how to work, how to love, how to live.

Amelia Bullmore’s cleverly written story truly captured the hearts of the audience. Di and Viv and Rose is based on the lives of three young women who meet at university in the 1980s, away from home for the first time, ready to channel their independent lives and on the path of self-discovery.

The first half is predominantly set in the safe setting of the lounge of their student house where the story focuses on their time spent at university and how life changing events bonds the eternal unconditional gift of friendship,
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Amelia Bullmore: ‘I love choppy waters’

She’s acted in every edgy show going, from Jam to Ashes to Ashes to State of Play – and written many of her best lines. As her own hit play Di and Viv and Rose reaches the West End, Amelia Bullmore reveals how it all began – with a feminist cabaret and a Transit van

• Read Michael Billiington’s review of Di and Viv and Rose

Amelia Bullmore looks small and stranded as she waits for me outside the Royal Academy, with its vast stone quad spread out before her. She shoots out a hand from her mackintosh pocket to greet me and we scurry off to the cafe. Once seated, a neighbouring customer attempts to disentangle his bag from Bullmore’s similar-looking one. “Yes, do take it,” she tells him cheerily. “Let’s not have a sitcom-style mix-up!”

The 49-year-old actor and writer has enjoyed an astonishingly eclectic career. In
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London Film Review: ‘What We Did on Our Holiday’

London Film Review: ‘What We Did on Our Holiday’
The current flow of U.K. comedy talent from smallscreen to big continues with the middling laffer “What We Did on Our Holiday,” the writing-directing debut of the team behind much-loved Blighty sitcom “Outnumbered.” Re-creating the show’s winning formula of three amiably precocious young children trading smarts with fondly exasperated parents, the pic swings for a much more eventful story arc, with mixed results. Absent a brand-name title, BBC Films will struggle to match the rich profits of summer smash “Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie,” but “Holiday” might thrive as a something-for-everyone outing, appealing to family members as age-diverse as the film’s characters.

Ramping up the conflict in proportion to the bigger canvas, filmmakers Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin present London couple Doug (David Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike) on the verge of divorce, but co-opting their young offspring — Lottie (Emilia Jones), Mickey (Bobby Smalldridge) and Jess
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What We Did on Our Holiday review – ambitious and likable family fun

David Tennant and Rosamund Pike play the put-upon parents of three kids in this feature-format development of Outnumbered

It’s impossible not to enjoy this big-hearted and sweet-natured British family movie from Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin – effectively a feature-format development of their smash-hit BBC TV comedy, Outnumbered, which pioneered semi-improvised dialogue from the children. It creates a terrifically ambitious (and unexpected) narrative with a tonne of sharp gags. I would have liked to see Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner reprise their roles as the mum and dad, but because we have all seen their fictional children grow up on the small screen that is not really feasible. David Tennant and Rosamund Pike are Doug and Abi, the troubled parents of three boisterous kids: they’re heading up to Scotland for the 75th birthday of Doug’s unwell dad, Gordy (Billy Connolly), which means staying with Doug’s uptight brother,
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What We Did On Our Holiday Review

Directors: Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin

Starring: Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Ben Miller, Amelia Bullmore, Billy Connolly, Emilia Jones, Bobby Smalldridge, Harriet Turnbull

Certificate: 12A

Running Time: 95 Minutes

Synopsis: Explores the meaning of life and suggests how best to live and love.

Writer/directors Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin bring the semi-improvised style of their hit sitcom Outnumbered to the big screen in this cosy comedy drama rocked by an outrageous twist. Beleaguered pairing David Tennant and Rosamund Pike have to pretend their marriage hasn’t fallen apart when a birthday celebration for Tennant’s father (Billy Connolly) demands they travel up to the Highlands with three precocious children (Emilia Jones, Bobby Smalldridge and Harriet Turnbull). Meanwhile up in Scotland uptight millionaire brother Ben Miller and repressed wife Amelia Bullmore plan the festivities at his hi-tech country house. When the family convenes the resulting fault-lines lead to a tragic incident
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Scott & Bailey review top-notch British telly

The ITV detective drama is in its fourth series and is as watchable as ever but far funnier than I remembered

I never really got into Scott & Bailey (ITV) in a serious way, but I was always glad it existed, a bit like Jamie Oliver, or the Green Party. Its ingredients were top-notch British telly fodder: Sally Wainwright co-created it and wrote most of the first three seasons; Lesley Sharp, Suranne Jones and Amelia Bullmore led a doggedly solid cast; and it told working-class and womens stories in a way that clearly hadnt been manhandled by a posh male commissioning editor some way up the executive pay scale. Still, in spite of all this, I only watched it casually, and dropped off completely around the start of the second series. Now that Im back, Im not sure why I ever left in the first place.

Were up to series four
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Lionsgate sets 'Holiday' release date

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Lionsgate sets 'Holiday' release date
Family comedy starring Rosamund Pike and David Tennant from the writers of BBC series Outnumbered.

Lionsgate has set September 26, 2014 as the UK release date for What We Did On Our Holiday.

The comedy is written and directed by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, creators of hit BBC series Outnumbered, and centres on a family holiday as a couple attempt to keep their impending divorce secret from their extended family.

Doug (David Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike) and their three children travel to the Scottish Highlands for Doug’s father Gordie’s (Billy Connolly) birthday party, where it’s soon clear that when it comes to keeping their secret under wraps, their children are their biggest liability.

The cast also includes Ben Miller and Amelia Bullmore.

Producer is Origin Pictures with backers including BBC Films and Creative Scotland. UK sales outfit Independent recently secured multiple sales on the comedy.
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First look at What We Did on Our Holiday

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First look at What We Did on Our Holiday, the new family feature film from the creators of Outnumbered which stars Billy Connolly, Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Ben Miller, and Amelia Bullmore.

Bobby Smalldridge, Emilia Jones and Harriet Turnbull star as the three McLeod children.

12 year old Emilia Jones (represented by Arg Talent) plays Lottie. Emilia was Alice in Channel 4's Utopia and played Young Fiona in Shrek in the West End. She is currently filming alongside Michael Caine in Italian feature film The Early Years.

Bobby Smalldridge (represented by the Sylvia Young Agency) played Small Boy in Billy Eliot in the West End and has filmed episodes of Miss Marple, Casualty and Topsy and Tim. He played the part of Samuel in the 2011 film, Foster with Ioan Gruffudd and Toni Collette.

The film also introduces newcomer Harriet Turnbull as Jenni, the youngest McLeod.

The dysfunctional McLeod family venture
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BBC Films to adapt Alan Bennett’s The Lady In The Van

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New feature, starring Maggie Smith, will reunite the team behind The History Boys. BBC Films to also produce crime drama City of Tiny Lights starring Riz Ahmed.

BBC Films has unveiled its upcoming slate ahead of Cannes, which highlights its ongoing strategy to develop new talent and bolster existing relationships with filmmakers.

The slate is headlined by The Lady In The Van, an adaptation of the memoir of playwright, screenwriter, actor and author Alan Bennett.

Reuniting the team behind The History Boys, BBC Films and Bennett will be joined by Nicholas Hytner who will direct. Kevin Loader, Damian Jones and Nicholas Hytner will produce.

Starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings as Bennett, The Lady In The Van is based on Bennett’s experiences with Miss Shepherd, a vagrant who parked her clapped out old dormobile in his drive and stayed for 15 years.

BBC Films also revealed that they will be producing City of Tiny Lights with Ado Yoshizaki Cassuto
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