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Jamie and Laura are back, and now they’ve got the baby in tow. The second season opens with our non-couple in the thick of parenting, and few ideas about how to cope. They can’t even pick a name, and time’s running out, because everyone is involved in planning the Christening.
Pramface delivered a lot of laughs in the first season, and the truly ensemble show doesn’t let up for the second. A wonderfully clever series that makes great use of its entire cast, Pramface is a fast-paced vehicle that manages to explore not only the teenagers, but their parents as well, and strips away the varnish to show off how people really are. Well, sort of.
The first season’s drunken one-night stand that turned into teen pregnancy takes off, as I said, in the parenting trenches, but Jamie and Laura also have to deal with their friends, »
- Marc Eastman
The Skyfall star played newsman Freddie Lyon on the period drama, which was cancelled after two series.
"We all felt we were coming back together again to finish off the story," he told The Sun. "So it was a blow to be honest."
Whishaw also expressed regret that the show ended on a "knife edge" - with his character Freddie fighting for his life after being savagely beaten by gangsters.
"It's really frustrating because you invest in a character and you think you're going to get the next bit of their story," he said. "I loved doing [the show] so much and I loved that character."
"Freddie might have gone to the dark side in series three, »
The BBC period drama's second series ended on a cliffhanger - with Freddie (Ben Whishaw) fighting for his life - and it was later confirmed that the show would not be returning for a third run.
However, writer Morgan told Vulture that she had not planned to kill the Freddie character off and that Whishaw would have returned if more episodes had been commissioned.
"I liked the idea of Freddie becoming disillusioned with the government and with the police and, in a way, with the media," she explained.
"Freddie might have gone to the dark side in series three, and it may have been up to Bel [Romola Garai] to pull him back."
Prior to the show's cancellation, Morgan voiced her desire to pen a third series of The Hour, saying: "I love those characters and »
Created by Abi Morgan, The Hour is set in the late 1950's and revolves around a BBC current affairs news show. The dramatic series stars Ben Whishaw, Dominic West, Romola Garai, Anton Lesser, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Joshua McGuire, Lisa Greenwood, Anna Chancellor, Kelly-Jayne Adams. Burn Gorman, Juliet Stevenson, Tim Pigott-Smith, Andrew Scott and Oona Chaplin.
A representative for BBC Two said, "We loved the show but have to make hard choices to bring new shows through."
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Parade's End is the leading nominee for the 2013 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.
Elsewhere, The Hour receives three nominations for stars Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw and Anna Chancellor, while Twenty Twelve, Doctor Who and The Great British Bake Off also feature in a list which is heavily dominated by BBC output.
ITV's Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile, the documentary which first revealed the extent of the TV presenter's sexual abuse and has prompted a number of reports, inquires and a major police investigation, is nominated for 'Best Single Documentary'.
[Left: Clare Balding / Right: Adam Hills]
Forget Oscar-tipped films and lush BBC dramatisations – the Lizzie Bennet Diaries is an addictive bi-weekly retelling of Pride and Prejudice for the web generation
Jane Austen has been providing us with Sunday-evening viewing fodder ever since someone had the ratings-winning idea of putting gowns and tight breeches on primetime TV. But as Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy celebrate their 200th anniversary of appearing in print, the best Austen adaptation around at the moment isn't an Oscar-tipped film or a lush BBC dramatisation – it's a series of 10-minute YouTube videos, with accompanying in-character tweets. And it's modern-day. And American.
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries calls itself an "innovative, original episodic video and social media series produced for the web". Actually, it's an addictive bi-weekly retelling of Pride and Prejudice, in which Darcy is a hipster, Lizzie is a beleaguered grad student and her mother is just as desperate to get her married off as in the original. »
- Kaite Welsh
Lara Pulver ("Sherlock"), Anna Chancellor ("The Hour"), Rupert Evans ("Homeland"), Samuel West ("Mr. Selfridge"), and Lesley Manville have all joined the cast of Sky Atlantic and BBC America's biopic mini-series "Fleming".
Dominic Cooper stars as James Bond creator/author Ian Fleming in the project. Pulver will play Ann O’Neill, with whom Fleming had a longterm on-off relationship before she became his wife in 1952. [Source: Deadline]
Set primarily in Folkestone and Calais, detectives Karl Roebuck (Dillane) and Elise Wassermann (Poésy) are called to investigate the death of a French politician. [Source: Deadline]
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome
Syfy's "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome" has finally scored a television air date - February 10th from 9-11 Pm for the world premiere of two-hour full-length movie. »
- Garth Franklin
A group of actors including Da Vinci’s Demons’ Lara Pulver, is joining the cast of Sky Atlantic/BBC America biopic, Fleming. The upcoming four-part drama stars Dominic Cooper as James Bond creator/author Ian Fleming and, as I reported last week, also has Annabelle Wallis lined up as Muriel Wright, the original inspiration for the Bond Girl. Sky confirms today that Pulver will play Ann O’Neill, with whom Fleming had a longterm on-off relationship before she became his wife in 1952. She is said to have heavily influenced the writer: a year after they wed, the first 007 book, Casino Royale, was published. Mr Selfridge‘s Samuel West is also aboard as Admiral John Godfrey with whom Fleming worked during WWII and who put him in charge of Operation Golden Eye. Godfrey is generally accepted to have been the inspiration for the M character in the Bond books. British actress »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
The life of the author is being dramatised in a four-part series - starring Dominic Cooper as the writer - being made for Sky Atlantic, to be screened later this year.
She will play Ann, a society figure who was Viscountess Rothermere for several years after marrying the proprietor of the Daily Mail, and was later married to Fleming for 12 years, until his death in 1964.
Lara said: "I am thrilled to be playing Ann, a real life high society siren worthy of Fleming's finest fictional femme fatales.
"In extraordinary times Ann had the ear »
Holiday break is officially over, but hopefully some of this week’s Blu-Ray releases can take away some of the pain you’re feeling from your inflated credit card bill. This week’s featured Blu-Ray, Dredd, is making a solid showing on the Blu-Ray sales charts, followed closely by last week’s featured Blu-Ray Looper. If you’re hesitant about adding the latter to your Blu-Ray collection, you can check out our Looper Blu-Ray review.
Ready for this week’s picks? Then read on.
Release Date: January 8th, 2013
Director: Pete Travis
A British-South African science fiction action film based on the British comic 2000 Ad and its strip Judge Dredd. »
- C.P. Howells
In what looks like it will be an annual fixture, Professor Brian Cox scans the night skies with that infectiously awestruck, half-moon smile of his. He's accompanied once more by comedian Dara Ó Briain, who makes for an effective sidekick with his comic rather than cosmic background and demeanour. He is shown how to spot and take pictures of celestial marvels, followed by half an hour of discussion with an invited audience over what hidden glories the telescope has revealed. David Stubbs
Ben Miller returns as uptight Brit detective Richard Poole, never without jacket and tie, solving crimes in the Caribbean. This week, the owner of a sugar plantation is found with a machete in his back. As usual, there's a cast of suspects – an ex-wife, a younger girlfriend, »
- David Stubbs, Martin Skegg, Hannah Verdier, Ali Catterall, Ben Arnold
11 items from 2013
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