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9 items from 2013


Oz deal for Us Rake remake

3 November 2013 3:46 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Us version of Rake, which stars Greg Kinnear as brilliant, womanising and self-destructive criminal lawyer Keegan Deane, will screen on the rebranded Universal Channel on Foxtel.

Due to a holdback agreement with the ABC, the Us show cannot screen in Oz until after the third series of the Australian Rake airs on the public broadcaster. The remake premieres on Fox at 10 pm on Sunday January 19 with a strong lead-in, the Nfc Championship Game, and will then screen on Thursday nights at 9.

Peter Duncan, who co-created the original series with Richard Roxburgh and Charles Waterstreet, tells If the holdback agreement is not an issue, noting, .The ABC has been pretty generous. The Us series won.t finish screening until April. I am not sure when the new series will go to air in Australia but I believe it.s late February, so it.s not going to be a massive imposition. »

- Don Groves

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Oz deal nears for the Us Rake

3 November 2013 12:49 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

An Australian broadcaster is poised to acquire the Us version of Rake, which stars Greg Kinnear as brilliant, womanising and self-destructive criminal lawyer Keegan Deane.

Due to a holdback agreement with the ABC, the Us show cannot screen in Oz until after the third series of the Australian Rake airs on the public broadcaster. The remake premieres on Fox at 10 pm on Sunday January 19 with a strong lead-in, the Nfc Championship Game, and will then screen on Thursday nights at 9.

.There is an Australian deal in the offing,. Peter Duncan, who co-created the original series with Richard Roxburgh, tells If on the line from Los Angeles, where he is co-executive producing Fox.s version with Peter Tolan.

Duncan would not be drawn on the likely Australian buyer but he acknowledged the Us networks. hour-long format - each episode runs 42 ½ minutes, whereas the Australian eps are 57 minutes- is hard for the »

- Don Groves

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An Accidental Soldier set to travel

29 September 2013 1:53 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

ABC telemovie An Accidental Soldier looks set to be sold to multiple territories after London-based Dcd Rights acquired the international distribution rights.

Dcd Rights will introduce the film to international buyers at the Mipcom market in Cannes which runs October 7-10. The firm has an impressive track record in selling Australian dramas and comedies including Rake, The Slap, Mr & Mrs Murder, The Straits, The Strange Calls and A Moody Christmas.

Directed by Rachel Ward and produced by Goalpost Pictures and Taylor Media, An Accidental Soldier starred Dan Spielman, Marie Brunel, Bryan Brown and Julia Zemiro.

Set during WW1 and scripted by Blake Ayshford and based on the book Silent Parts by John Charalambous, it.s the tale of a romance between a young Australian baker who deserted the front line and a grieving French woman who risks her life by sheltering him from the authorities.

Meanwhile, the third season of »

- Don Groves

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TV Review: Wentworth Episode 1

29 August 2013 12:17 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Those of you who tuned in to the first episode of Wentworth (aka Wentworth Prison) expecting wobbling walls and paper machete set pieces will have been sorely disappointed. Unlike a certain well known other Australian women’s prison drama series from yesteryear Wentworth seemingly has a budget that stretches beyond paying for catering for an expanding cast of hungry women. But will this re imagining of Prisoner Cell Block H prove as popular with the great British public?

Wentworth focuses on the plight of one woman who is held in remand at Wentworth Prison. Played to doe eyed perfection by Danielle Cormack Bea Smith is your typical fish out of water as she tries (and fails) to adjust to her time in the all-women’s prison surrounded by corrupt cops, drug users, killers, angry lesbians and scary old hags. It will be interesting to see how she transforms herself over »

- Matt Aspin

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Wentworth Prison: 5 reasons to watch the Prisoner: Cell Block H remake

28 August 2013 7:41 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

One of the greatest ever Aussie exports, Prisoner: Cell Block H, is the latest TV show to get the remake treatment for the 21st Century.

Re-imagined with an updated cast, a bit of extra grit and a new title - Wentworth Prison - the show picked up plenty of critical acclaim when it was launched in Australia earlier this year. Keep reading for five reasons to watch the behind-bars drama.

1. The show has managed to please hardcore fans of the original.

"I really felt the pressure of bringing back an iconic show and there was a lot of scepticism from the original fans," says Nicole da Silva, who plays lead character Franky Doyle.

"But the response has been so positive and it's been so successful... we could not have dreamed of a better reception."

The show's first episode pulled in 244,000 viewers in Oz, a Foxtel record, and it was compared »

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This Week's Must-See TV: 5 Shows You Shouldn't Miss

25 August 2013 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

If we had to sum up this week's edition of Must-See TV in two words, we'd go for 'guilty pleasures' - what with it containing reality show beasts Celebrity Big Brother and The X Factor, as well as the ever-ridiculous Celebrity Juice.

But we don't have to use two words. We can use many - we make the rules. Read on for our full rundown of the week's top telly here...

Celebrity Big Brother: Wednesday (August 28) at 9pm on Channel 5

We've got high hopes that this Celebrity Big Brother, with its delightful mix of housemates who are camp, crude, controversial and Courtney Stodden. We're just four days in and are already bloomin' hooked!

But alas, it's already time to bid farewell to one sorry sleb in the first live eviction of the series on Wednesday. The delightful Emma Willis will be on hand to debrief the unlucky loser, who, »

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Australian Prison Drama Series 'Wentworth' To Get UK Premiere

21 August 2013 6:57 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Australian actress Shareena Clanton and New Zealander Robbie Magasiva star in the popular Australian prison drama series, Wentworth, which is set to premiere this month on the UK's Channel 5. The ten-part series, from Aussie network Foxtel, is a modern re-telling of the old 80's series, Prisoner; also an Australian production.  That show aired in the UK under the title, Prisoner: Cell Block H. Wentworth focuses on protagonist Bea Smith's (Danielle Cormack) story, detailing how she ended up in prison, and how she came to subsequently rule the yard. Clanton (Stone Bros, Redfern Now) plays the role of prisoner Doreen Anderson aka #335-571, while Magasiva (Lord of The Rings, The Tattooist) stars as corrections officer Will Jackson. Wentworth airs on UK network Channel 5, on Wednesday, August 28 @ 10Pm.

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- Emmanuel Akitobi

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Australian Prison Drama Series 'Wentworth' To Get UK Premiere

21 August 2013 6:57 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Australian actress Shareena Clanton and New Zealander Robbie Magasiva star in the popular Australian prison drama series, Wentworth, which is set to premiere this month on the UK's Channel 5. The ten-part series, from Aussie network Foxtel, is a modern re-telling of the old 80's series, Prisoner; also an Australian production.  That show aired in the UK under the title, Prisoner: Cell Block H. Wentworth focuses on protagonist Bea Smith's (Danielle Cormack) story, detailing how she ended up in prison, and how she came to subsequently rule the yard. Clanton (Stone Bros, Redfern Now) plays the role of prisoner Doreen Anderson aka #335-571, while Magasiva (Lord of The Rings, »

- Emmanuel Akitobi

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'Prisoner Cell Block H' remake 'Wentworth' to air on Channel 5 in UK

29 April 2013 2:44 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Prisoner Cell Block H remake Wentworth is to air on Channel 5 in the UK.

Based on the classic Australian soap opera, the ten-part Wentworth will premiere later this year.

Set in the violent, dangerous environment of a modern prison, the series is described as a "graphic, edgy reboot" of the original Prisoner.

Danielle Cormack and Nicole da Silva will star as lead inmates Bea Smith and Franky Doyle.

Katie Keenan, Head of Acquisitions at Channel 5, said: "Wentworth will be a great addition to Channel 5's drama output this autumn.

"This compelling cast of female characters packs an emotional punch and will appeal to the Channel 5 viewers who love our range of crime output from dramas to factual series."

Initially devised as a 16-part mini-series, the original Prisoner Cell Block H ultimately ran for 692 episodes between February 1979 and December 1986.

> Prisoner's Val Lehman wants to make comeback for show's remake

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