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13 items from 2017


The Guardian view on Jane Austen: pride not prejudice | Editorial

13 August 2017 11:26 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Two hundred years after the novelist’s death, snobbery continues to cloud our celebration of one of Britain’s greatest writers

More than two centuries after readers first met them, Elizabeth and Darcy have yet to grow old. Their story has inspired erotic spinoffs, murder mysteries and a retelling from the servants’ point of view. The much-loved and mostly faithful 1995 Andrew Davies screen adaptation, starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, helped birth Bridget Jones’s Diary. Then came the “Hollywood-meets-Bollywood” movie Bride and Prejudice and even a genre mashup with zombie hordes menacing Pemberley.

This last was more apt than it sounds, and not only because Andrea Leadsom briefly resurrected Jane Austen last month, the bicentenary of her death, describing her as one of “our greatest living authors”. Pride and Prejudice is the novel that simply will not die. Twenty million copies on, Mr Darcy has become so synonymous with »

- Editorial

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‘Mindhunter’: Why David Fincher’s Return to Netflix Could Be More Significant Than ‘House of Cards’

1 August 2017 2:18 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Mindhunter” is nothing like “House of Cards.”

Mindhunter,” adapted from a novel by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas, is set in 1979 and follows two FBI agents, played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany, who are tasked with understanding the fractured psyches of serial killers in order to crack existing investigations and prevent future murders.

House of Cards,” adapted from a British TV series by Andrew Davies, is set in the modern day and follows two married politicians, played by Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, whose quest for power in Washington D.C. takes them to unexpected extremes.

Save for David Fincher’s involvement and their distribution platform, the trailer for “Mindhunter” doesn’t look anything like “House of Cards.”

Except, of course, it does: It looks exactly like “House of Cards” — literally. The sharp, clean contrast; the blue and gray color palette; the shadows and silhouettes. “Mindhunter” looks like “House of Cards »

- Ben Travers

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‘Mindhunter’: Why David Fincher’s Return to Netflix Could Be More Significant Than ‘House of Cards’

1 August 2017 2:18 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Mindhunter” is nothing like “House of Cards.”

Mindhunter,” adapted from a novel by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas, is set in 1979 and follows two FBI agents, played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany, who are tasked with understanding the fractured psyches of serial killers in order to crack existing investigations and prevent future murders.

House of Cards,” adapted from a British TV series by Andrew Davies, is set in the modern day and follows two married politicians, played by Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, whose quest for power in Washington D.C. takes them to unexpected extremes.

Save for David Fincher’s involvement and their distribution platform, the trailer for “Mindhunter” doesn’t look anything like “House of Cards.”

Except, of course, it does: It looks exactly like “House of Cards” — literally. The sharp, clean contrast; the blue and gray color palette; the shadows and silhouettes. “Mindhunter” looks like “House of Cards »

- Ben Travers

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'War And Peace' production outfit makes two key hires

22 June 2017 8:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

ITV Studios, Sky execs join UK outfit.

Lookout Point has hired two drama heavyweights to aid its growth plan – ITV Studios drama exec Francis Hopkinson and Sky’s head of scripted production Louise Mutter.

Hopkinson, who has been with ITV Studios since 2011, has been named executive producer and will be tasked with developing and producing his own slate of original dramas.

He will also produce the company’s forthcoming Andrew Davies-penned adaptation of A Suitable Boy for BBC1.

He will also form part of the senior team at Benchmark Television, the high-end drama venture that Lookout Point established with Danny Cohen’s Access Entertainment. »

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New images and promo for House of Cards season 5

9 May 2017 4:40 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With just three weeks to go until the return of House of Cards, Netflix has released another batch of images for the upcoming fifth season of the acclaimed political drama series, along with a promo entitled ‘Australians for Underwood’; check them out below….

The fifth season of the critically acclaimed Emmy® ­nominated drama House of Cards premieres Tuesday, May 30, 2017. The series’s Golden Globe® winning stars Kevin Spacey (as Francis Underwood) and Robin Wright (as Claire Underwood), whose characters have always been each other’s strongest allies, show cracks in their relationship. House of Cards also stars Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Neve Campbell, Derek Cecil, Paul Sparks and Joel Kinnaman.

Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese are showrunners for season five, and they serve as executive producers along with David Fincher, John Mankiewicz, Daniel Minahan, Kevin Spacey, Joshua Donen, Dana Brunetti, Eric Roth, Robin Wright, Michael Dobbs and Andrew Davies. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Andrew Davies Adapting Vikram Seth’s ‘A Suitable Boy’ For BBC One, Lookout Point

5 May 2017 3:09 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

BBC One and Lookout Point are reteaming with award-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies on the adaptation of Vikram Seth's bestselling novel A Suitable Boy. Published in 1993, the period coming-of-age story begins in 1951 and is set in India. The eight-part series will be shot on location in India and feature the BBC’s first entirely non-white cast. A Suitable Boy follows a young woman's search for love and identity in a newly independent, post-Partition India. Lata is… »

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Watch the trailer for House of Cards season 5

1 May 2017 12:05 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following a batch of first look images for House of Cards [take a look here], Netflix has released a trailer for the upcoming fifth season of the critically acclaimed political drama series along with the above banner featuring Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and Claire Underwood (Robin Wright); take a look below…

The fifth season of the critically acclaimed Emmy® ­nominated drama House of Cards premieres Tuesday, May 30, 2017. The series’s Golden Globe® winning stars Kevin Spacey (as Francis Underwood) and Robin Wright (as Claire Underwood), whose characters have always been each other’s strongest allies, show cracks in their relationship. House of Cards also stars Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Neve Campbell, Derek Cecil, Paul Sparks and Joel Kinnaman.

Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese are showrunners for season five, and they serve as executive producers along with David Fincher, John Mankiewicz, Daniel Minahan, Kevin Spacey, Joshua Donen, Dana Brunetti, Eric Roth, Robin Wright, Michael Dobbs and Andrew Davies. »

- Amie Cranswick

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First-look images from House of Cards season 5

21 April 2017 10:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With the fifth season of House of Cards set to arrive on Netflix next month, the streaming service has released five first-look images for the critically acclaimed political drama series featuring Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), Claire Underwood (Robin Wright), Will Conway (Joel Kinnaman), Hannah Conway (Dominique McElligott), Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly), and Leann Harvey (Neve Campbell); take a look below…

The fifth season of the critically acclaimed Emmy® ­nominated drama House of Cards premieres Tuesday, May 30, 2017. The series’s Golden Globe® winning stars Kevin Spacey (as Francis Underwood) and Robin Wright (as Claire Underwood), whose characters have always been each other’s strongest allies, show cracks in their relationship. House of Cards also stars Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Neve Campbell, Derek Cecil, Paul Sparks and Joel Kinnaman.

Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese are showrunners for season five, and they serve as executive producers along with David Fincher, John Mankiewicz, »

- Amie Cranswick

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MIPTV Feels Full Impact of Digital TV Revolution

6 April 2017 7:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Graced by enticing pre-l.A. screenings of Disney and Lionsgate shows and large excitement at sneak-peaked scenes from Adam Price’s “Ride Upon the Storm” and Tom Tykwer’s “Babylon Berlin,” 2017’s MipTV trade fair underscored why Hollywood still dominates much of global TV, as well as the new raised bar of ambition of European dramas.

Amazon’s Roy Price laid out plans for Amazon to drive into more originals, though he did not go into specifics. Both Amazon and Netflix took meetings with key content suppliers at MipTV. Meanwhile, MipTV caught the TV business, and indeed the world, in vertiginous transition, thanks in business terms to a phenomenon little short of a revolution: the global broadcast of foreign-language shows, currently driven by Netflix.

Change, however, goes beyond that. Not for nothing, The Wit’s Virginia Mouseler drilled down in a Wednesday Fresh TV Fiction on 2017 as the “Year of Trans-Genre, »

- John Hopewell

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MipTV: Pascal Breton’s Federation Ent. Boards ‘Les Miserables,’ ‘AIDS’ (Exclusive)

1 April 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Pascal Breton’s Federation Entertainment has boarded Andrew Davies’ upcoming adaptation of “Les Miserables” and “AIDS,” an ambitious medical thriller drama set against the backdrop of the epidemic’s outbreak in the 80’s.

A one-hour drama series, “AIDS” opens in the early 80’s, when the virus started spreading and causing deaths. It centers on two teams of French and American researchers from the Institut Pasteur in Paris and National Institute of Cancer in the Maryland who embarked on a mission to discover and identify the AIDS virus.

“AIDS” is being developed by Mayane Films’s Georges Benayoun (“Wicker Park,””L’appartement”) and Franck Nouchi, a doctor-turned-journalist who worked for France’s biggest newspaper, “Le Monde,” in the 80’s. The series will be based on true facts and will feature real-life characters within the medical world.

“AIDS is being developed as a suspenseful thriller chronicling the scientific and human adventure filled with clashes, sex »

- Elsa Keslassy

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The Best of British Takeaways review – are these Britain’s top fish friers?

15 March 2017 12:20 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

In this easily digestible new format, three British chippies competed in a series in challenges judged by Tom Kerridge and Mitch Tonks

Mmmmm. Fish and chips. The tang of vinegar on paper softened with rain. The menacing eye of a seagull. And Tom Kerridge sizing up the flakiness of cod and the spikiness of batter (yes, a batter’s spikes are a thing in the world of extreme fish-frying). This isn’t just The Best of British Takeaways: Fish and Chips (BBC2). This is the best of British telly: populist, easily digested, and sort of good for you in moderation.

We are a nation of takeaway lovers, spending an annual £6bn on fast food, and we are also a nation of food programme lovers, spending around 6bn hours a year watching celebrity chefs trawling the country in search of the best chip. So what could be better than some of »

- Chitra Ramaswamy

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BBC commissions Sally Wainwright period drama

6 March 2017 3:22 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Shibden Hall, written by Wainwright, is from the co-producer of War And Peace.

War And Peace co-producer Lookout Point has won its first solo commission for the BBC – a 19th century period drama penned by Sally Wainwright.

BBC1 has partnered with Us premium cable network HBO to order Shibden Hall, a 8 x 60-minute series based on the real-life diaries of West Yorkshire landowner Anne Lister.

It marks one of Lookout Point’s first major drama commissions since former BBC Wales drama boss Faith Penhale joined as joint chief executive.

Penhale’s focus has been to help the BBC Worldwide-backed firm move from being an international financing specialist to an originator of premium drama.

It is currently co-producing BBC1’s Mike Bartlett-penned newspaper drama Press with BBC Studios and Nigel Stafford Clark’s Deep Indigo and Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Les Miserables with BBC Studios and The Weinstein Company.

Lookout Point previously »

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Chris Carey Joins Lookout Point; Will Produce BBC’s ‘Les Misérables’ Event Mini

6 February 2017 6:24 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

UK indie Lookout Point has appointed Chris Carey as Executive Producer to develop a slate of new series, and to produce Andrew Davies' upcoming adaptation of Les Misérables. The Victor Hugo classic is being made for the BBC in partnership with BBC Studios and The Weinstein Co. Veteran scripted comedy and drama producer Carey’s credits include This Is Jinsy, under his Welded Tandem Picture Company shingle. More recently, he produced Abi Morgan's crime drama River… »

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