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Versailles Season 1 Episode 2 Review

9 June 2016 7:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Kirsty Capes reviews the second episode of Versailles

If you stuck with Versailles this week for all the sex and scandal that was on display in episode one, you were probably sorely disappointed by the distinct lack of boobies in episode two of BBC’s French-produced new period drama.

Sadly, viewers this week were only subject to one sex scene between King Louis Xiv (George Blagden) and his sister-in-law Henriette (Noémie Schmidt), and only one horrendous mutilation of a courtier at the hands of Philippe (Alexander Vlahos) for guffawing at the King’s brother’s choice of clothing (a lady’s dress and heels – historically accurate and true to the real Philippe’s choice of attire).

But if you were disappointed by a false promise of salaciousness after episode one seemed so very indicative, you’ll be pleased with a fairly optimistic story development as, in episode two, writers Simon Mirren »

- Kirsty Capes

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Series Mania: Argentine Drama ‘El Marginal’ Wins Grand Prix

25 April 2016 12:37 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris — Perched high up in his towering armchair, the excitable Seriesmaniac – Series Mania’s new festival trophy, as created by Parisian design studio Hartland Villa – certainly seemed to have his extremely wide eyes on shows from all over the globe.

Voted for by an eclectic jury led by “The Sopranos” showrunner David Chase and comprising Israeli actress Yaël Abecassis, Anglo-Irish-French actress Amira Casar, British screenwriter Tony Grisoni and French screenwriter Fanny Herrero, Series Mania’s top Grand Prix went to gritty crime series “El Marginal” from Argentina, created by Sebastian Ortega and produced by Underground Producciones, in which an ex-cop goes undercover at a California jail to infiltrate a gang that was responsible for the kidnapping of the daughter of a senior judge.

“El Marginal’s” top Series Mania adds to the statute trove of Underground, the company behind some of Telefe’s biggest critical and ratings hits, such as »

- Damon Wise and John Hopewell

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Series Mania TV Fest Unveils Jury Members

1 April 2016 5:06 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris’ 7th Series Mania TV fest has unveiled its jury members: Yaël Abecassis, Amira Casar, Tony Grisoni and Fanny Herrero. As previously announced, “The Sopranos” creator and seven-times Primetime Emmys winner David Chase will preside over the jury.

For the first time, an international jury will judge the international skeins competing at main section, which includes eight series, most of them world premiering at Paris fest.

Israeli actress-model Abecassis won best actress kudo for TV series “Hatufim” at the Israeli TV Academy Awards and for “Shabatot VeHagim” at the Israel Golden Screen Awards. Abecassis latest work was in Amos Gitai’s “Rabin, the Last Day.”

French cinema-legit actress Casar has worked for a broad range of directors including the Quay brothers, Carlos Saura, Catherine Breillat, Tony Gatlif and Bertrand Bonello. Credits take in Canal Plus original series “Versailles” and Tomas Gilou’s Gallic hit “La vérité si je mens!.” Casar »

- Emilio Mayorga

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