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TV News Roundup: Joy Nash to Star in AMC Series ‘Dietland’

In today’s roundup, Joy Nash joins the cast of AMC’s “Dietland,” and Masterpiece announced the air date of “Victoria’s” second season.

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AMC has announced that Joy Nash has been cast in the lead role for the network’s upcoming project “Dietland.” The original 10-episode drama series is based on Sarai Walker’s 2015 novel of the same name, and explores society’s obsession with weight loss and beauty. Nash plays Plum Kettle, obese all her life and preparing for lap band surgery when her world is upturned by two rival feminist factions. Caught between old ideas and radical new extremes, Plum must decide for herself what it means to be a revolutionary as the ‘war of the sexes’ becomes literal. Marti Noxon serves as writer, showrunner, and exec producer in addition to directing several episodes. “Dietland” is a co-production between AMC Studios and Skydance Television. Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg
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Production begins on 'The Chaperone'

Production begins on 'The Chaperone'
Elizabeth McGovern stars in the 1920s era film based on Laura Moriarty’s novel.

Principal photography has begun on Michael Engler’s 1920s-set film The Chaperone.

PBS, Masterpiece and Fibonacci Films in association with Rose Pictures, Hamilton Entertainment and Anonymous Content are producing the film with Arclight Films handling international sales.

PBS Distribution is planning a theatrical release of The Chaperone in the Us in 2018.

The film centres on a woman whose life is changed forever when she chaperones a young and soon-to-be-famous Louise Brooks to New York.

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes adapted the script based on Laura Moriarty’s novel of the same name.

Michael Engler directs the film that stars Elizabeth McGovern (pictured above), Haley Lu Richardson, Victoria Hill, Campbell Scott, Geza Rohrig, Blythe Danner and Miranda Otto.

McGovern, who is also a producer, optioned the novel and worked with Fellowes to adapt it for the big screen. The pair worked
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Haley Lu Richardson Joins Elizabeth McGovern’s PBS Movie ‘The Chaperone’

Haley Lu Richardson Joins Elizabeth McGovern’s PBS Movie ‘The Chaperone’
Split” star Haley Lu Richardson has joined Elizabeth McGovern in on the period drama “The Chaperone” — the first film from PBS Masterpiece.

Principal photography has started, producers announced Tuesday. “The Chaperone,” based on Laura Moriarty’s best-selling novel, is scripted by Julian Fellowes, directed by Michael Engler, and will air on PBS stations nationwide after its initial theatrical run.

McGovern, who is also a producer, optioned the novel and worked with Fellowes to adapt it for the big screen. McGovern portrays a woman whose life is changed forever when she chaperones a young and soon to be famous Louise Brooks — played by Richardson — to New York in the early 1920s.

Brooks, an icon of the 1920s for popularizing the bob haircut, would go on to star in 25 films, including “Pandora’s Box,” “Diary of a Lost Girl,” and “Miss Europe” before retiring in 1938.

Other cast members include Victoria Hill, Campbell Scott (“House of Cards”), Geza Rohrig, Blythe Danner
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Ken Burns, Jonathan Groff, and More on Why PBS Losing Federal Funding Would Be ‘Heartbreaking’

One of the most exciting things about PBS’s time at the Television Critics Association press tour is that, over the course of two days, critics get exposed to programming that covers an incredibly diverse range of subjects, from deep space exploration to nature to great poets to world-changing wars. But this summer, many of the panels took at least a moment to acknowledge the currently precarious state of public television programming in the United States, due to a proposed federal budget that would eliminate funding for PBS.

As reported on Sunday, PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger explained to critics that should the proposed budget go through, PBS had “no Plan B” for what would happen next. Many of the other speakers who appeared over the following two days had plenty to say about what effect this would have on the kind of programming they create, should this budget pass.
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Ken Burns, Jonathan Groff, and More on Why PBS Losing Federal Funding Would Be ‘Heartbreaking’

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One of the most exciting things about PBS’s time at the Television Critics Association press tour is that, over the course of two days, critics get exposed to programming that covers an incredibly diverse range of subjects, from deep space exploration to nature to great poets to world-changing wars. But this summer, many of the panels took at least a moment to acknowledge the currently precarious state of public television programming in the United States, due to a proposed federal budget that would eliminate funding for PBS.

As reported on Sunday, PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger explained to critics that should the proposed budget go through, PBS had “no Plan B” for what would happen next. Many of the other speakers who appeared over the following two days had plenty to say about what effect this would have on the kind of programming they create, should this budget pass.
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Production begins on 'The Chaperone' with Elizabeth McGovern

The 1920s era film is based on Laura Moriarty’s novel.

Principal photography has begun on Michael Engler’s 1920s-set film The Chaperone.

PBS, Masterpiece and Fibonacci Films in association with Rose Pictures, Hamilton Entertainment and Anonymous Content are producing the film with Arclight Films handling international sales.

PBS Distribution is planning a theatrical release of The Chaperone in the Us in 2018.

The film centres on a woman whose life is changed forever when she chaperones a young and soon-to-be-famous Louise Brooks to New York.

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes adapted the script based on Laura Moriarty’s novel of the same name.

Michael Engler directs the film that stars Elizabeth McGovern (pictured above), Haley Lu Richardson, Victoria Hill, Campbell Scott, Geza Rohrig, Blythe Danner and Miranda Otto.

McGovern, who is also a producer, optioned the novel and worked with Fellowes to adapt it for the big screen. The pair worked together on Downton Abbey alongside Engler
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‘Doctor Who’ Alum Jenna Coleman Hails Jodie Whittaker Casting

‘Doctor Who’ Alum Jenna Coleman Hails Jodie Whittaker Casting
Doctor Who” alum Jenna Coleman praised the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the 13th actor to play the series’ titular protagonist Monday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills.

“Oh, I love it,” Coleman said of Whittaker’s casting. “I think it’s genius. I think she is brilliant and lovely, and I can’t wait to hear her speak. I want to hear the voice. I think it’s very exciting times.”

Coleman played Clara Oswald, companion to the Doctor, on three seasons of “Doctor Who.” She appeared via satellite Monday at TCA to promote the upcoming season of PBS’ Masterpiece drama “Victoria,” in which she plays Queen Victoria of England. Coleman was asked at the end of the press panel by Masterpiece chief Rebecca Eaton to chime in on Whitaker’s casting.

Whittaker will be the first woman to play the Doctor, taking the role over from outgoing star Peter Capaldi beginning
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Masterpiece Boards Vanessa Redgrave-Starrer ‘Man In An Orange Shirt’ – TCA

Set to begin airing on BBC Two in the UK tonight, two-part drama Man In An Orange Shirt has also been slotted for a U.S. debut on Masterpiece on PBS in June 2018. Vanessa Redgrave stars in the screenwriting debut of best-selling British novelist Patrick Gale that charts the challenges and huge changes to gay lives from WWII to the present. Kudos produces for BBC Two and Masterpiece whose Rebecca Eaton shared the news at TCA today. The drama follows two gay love stories…
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Angela Lansbury, Michael Gambon, Emily Watson sign for Us-uk mini-series 'Little Women'

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BBC One, PBS, Playground co-pro starts shoot this month.

Dame Angela Lansbury, Michael Gambon and Emily Watson will star in the BBC One drama adaptation of Little Women for UK indie Playground.

Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, the coming of age story about a family growing up in post-Civil War America, will air as a three-part mini-series adapted by the creator of Call the Midwife Heidi Thoma (Cranford) and will be directed by Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen).

Principal photography gets under way this month in Ireland. Co-producers are PBS label Masterpiece.

The series will be set during the book’s 1860’s world with the UK actors adopting Us accents.

Maya Hawke, Willa Fitzgerald, Annes Elwy and Kathryn Newton will play the March sisters alongside rising actor Jonah Hauer-King as Laurie Laurence.

Watson is set to play Marmee, the matriarch of the March family. Lansbury will play the girls’ wealthy relative – the cantankerous Aunt March
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‘Prime Suspect: Tennison’: Before Helen Mirren, Prequel Explores Sexism the Detective Faced in 1970s Police Force

‘Prime Suspect: Tennison’: Before Helen Mirren, Prequel Explores Sexism the Detective Faced in 1970s Police Force
Twenty-five years ago, Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren) debuted on Masterpiece’s “Prime Suspect,” a show which dug into the sexism that still exists on modern police forces. Now that Mirren has retired the character, Masterpiece has dipped back into that well by turning back the clock.

Based on the book “Tennison” by author Lynda La Plante, who had created the character, “Prime Suspect: Tennison” stars Stefanie Martini (“Doctor Thorne,” “Emerald City”) as Jane Tennison, who is at this point a Wpc — Woman Police Constable — in 1973. Jane is just starting out with the Metropolitan Police Force, and has to prove herself even more in a man’s world that mainly values her as a glorified secretary, who can tend to their busy tasks in between her other duties. She gets her chance with her first murder investigation into the killing of a young woman.

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‘Prime Suspect: Tennison’: Before Helen Mirren, Prequel Explores Sexism the Detective Faced in 1970s Police Force

‘Prime Suspect: Tennison’: Before Helen Mirren, Prequel Explores Sexism the Detective Faced in 1970s Police Force
Twenty-five years ago, Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren) debuted on Masterpiece’s “Prime Suspect,” a show which dug into the sexism that still exists on modern police forces. Now that Mirren has retired the character, Masterpiece has dipped back into that well by turning back the clock.

Based on the book “Tennison” by author Lynda La Plante, who had created the character, “Prime Suspect: Tennison” stars Stefanie Martini (“Doctor Thorne,” “Emerald City”) as Jane Tennison, who is at this point a Wpc — Woman Police Constable — in 1973. Jane is just starting out with the Metropolitan Police Force, and has to prove herself even more in a man’s world that mainly values her as a glorified secretary, who can tend to their busy tasks in between her other duties. She gets her chance with her first murder investigation into the killing of a young woman.

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Watch: “Victoria” Season 2 First Look Sees the Monarch Embracing Motherhood

“Victoria”

In the inaugural season of “Victoria,” audiences saw the titular young queen (Jenna Coleman) as she settled into her life as a monarch. Victoria was coronated, broke away from her mother (Catherine Flemming), distanced herself from Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell), cultivated her own methods as a ruler, and married Prince Albert (Tom Hughes). A new clip for the show’s second season suggests that it will focus on how Victoria integrates motherhood into her royal responsibilities.

The first look of the ITV and PBS series’ sophomore season depicts the baptism of Victoria and Albert’s first child, Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa, who was born in the first season finale. According to Variety, the clip was released May 22 in honor of Victoria Day, the anniversary of the queen’s birth.

Series creator Daisy Goodwin will again serve as writer and Ep on the upcoming season, which includes eight episodes and a two-hour Christmas special. The new season will pick up a few weeks after Princess Victoria’s birth. Diana Rigg (“Game of Thrones”), Martin Compston (“Line of Duty”), and Bruno Wolkowitch (“Spin”) are joining the cast. “Rigg will play the queen’s Mistress of the Robes, Compston will guest star as social activist Dr. Robert Traill, and Wolkowitch will portray French King Louis Philippe,” Variety writes.

Mammoth Screen’s Kate McKerrell and Damien Timmer exec produce the historical drama, as does Masterpiece’s Rebecca Eaton. Paul Frift produces.

Season 1 of “Victoria” was ITV’s highest-rated drama of 2016.

Season 2 of “Victoria” is currently in production. It will air on ITV in the UK this fall and on PBS in the U.S. in early 2018.

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ITV, Masterpiece Release First Look Clip of ‘Victoria’ Season 2

ITV, Masterpiece Release First Look Clip of ‘Victoria’ Season 2
ITV and PBS’ Masterpiece have released a first-look clip of the second season of their hit historical drama “Victoria.” The short clip, released Monday to mark Victoria Day, the anniversary of the British monarch’s birth, sees stars Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes return to their roles as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

The clip shows the baptism of Victoria and Albert’s first child, Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa, in February 1841. It can be seen here:

The eight-part second season of “Victoria,” which is still in production, is once again written and executive produced by the show’s creator, Daisy Goodwin, and sees the story picking up six weeks on from the end of the first season. It follows the young monarch as a working mother, learning to balance her responsibilities as both parent and queen, while Albert continues to struggle to find a role for himself alongside his powerful wife.

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Arclight, Masterpiece, PBS reunite 'Downton Abbey' duo on 'Chaperone'

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Arclight, Masterpiece, PBS reunite 'Downton Abbey' duo on 'Chaperone'
Exclusive: New producers are behind Julian Fellowes and Elizabeth McGovern reunion.

Arclight Films and PBS have announced that PBS label Masterpiece is producing its first feature in the shape of Chaperone, which will reunite Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes and star Elizabeth McGovern.

Based on Laura Moriarty’s Us novel the film will be directed by Michael Engler and will air on PBS stations nationwide after its initial theatrical run.

The Chaperone takes place against the backdrop of the early 1920’s. A Kansas woman (McGovern) is forever changed when she chaperones a beautiful and talented 15-year-old dancer (Julia Goldani Telles, The Affair) named Louise Brooks to New York for the summer. One of them is eager to fulfill her destiny of dance and movie stardom; the other is on a mission to unearth the mysteries of her past.

Speaking at the PBS Annual Meeting in San Diego, Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton said: “It feels so right
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Arclight and PBS reunite 'Downton Abbey' duo on 'Chaperone'

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Arclight and PBS reunite 'Downton Abbey' duo on 'Chaperone'
Exclusive: New producers are behind Julian Fellowes and Elizabeth McGovern reunion.

Arclight Films, PBS and the PBS label Masterpiece are producing Chaperone, which will reunite Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes and star Elizabeth McGovern.

Based on Laura Moriarty’s Us novel the film will be directed by Michael Engler and will air on PBS stations nationwide after its initial theatrical run.

The Chaperone takes place against the backdrop of the early 1920’s. A Kansas woman (McGovern) is forever changed when she chaperones a beautiful and talented 15-year-old dancer (Julia Goldani Telles, The Affair) named Louise Brooks to New York for the summer. One of them is eager to fulfill her destiny of dance and movie stardom; the other is on a mission to unearth the mysteries of her past.

Speaking at the PBS Annual Meeting in San Diego, Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton said: “It feels so right to reunite Julian Fellowes, Elizabeth McGovern, and director
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Russell T Davies and Stephen Poliakoff lead BBC drama line-up

BBC drama boss Wenger orders over 25 hours of drama.

Russell T Davies, Stephen Poliakoff and Call the Midwife creator Heidi Thomas have penned dramas for Piers Wenger’s inaugural slate, reports Broadcast.

The BBC drama boss unveiled over 25 hours of new drama commissions across BBC1 and BBC2 at an event co-hosted by director general Tony Hall.

The nine series, seven for BBC1, one for BBC2 and one for BBC3, join recently announced Wenger commissions including Kudos’ Gunpowder and The Forge’s Carey Mulligan-fronted crime drama Collateral.

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Doctor Who writer Davies has written A Very English Scandal, a 3 x 60-minute series directed by Stephen Frears.

Based on the book A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment by John Preston, it follows the true story of Liberal party leader Jeremy Thorpe’s conspiracy to kill his ex-lover Norman Scott.

Commissioned by Wenger and BBC director of content Moore, it
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Anya Taylor-Joy, Romola Garai to Star in ‘The Miniaturist’ for BBC

Anya Taylor-Joy, Romola Garai to Star in ‘The Miniaturist’ for BBC
Anya Taylor-Joy, Romola Garai and Alex Hassell will star in period thriller “The Miniaturist” for BBC One, the broadcaster announced Friday. The adaptation of the novel by Jessie Burton is produced by The Forge for the BBC and co-produced with PBS’ Masterpiece.

Now filming, “The Miniaturist” is set in 1686 and stars Taylor-Joy, the breakout star of recent horror hits “The Witch” and “Split,” as a young country woman who arrives in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of a wealthy merchant (Hassell). When her husband presents her with a wedding gift of a cabinet that is a miniature replica of their home, furnished by an elusive miniaturist, she realizes the tiny creations mirror what is happening within the household and appear to predict the future with disturbing precision.

Garai plays Hassell’s cold and domineering sister.

“I couldn’t be happier to tell this amazing and atmospheric story with such
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Kelly Macdonald Joins Benedict Cumberbatch in BBC Drama ‘The Child in Time’

Kelly Macdonald Joins Benedict Cumberbatch in BBC Drama ‘The Child in Time’
Three new cast members have joined Benedict Cumberbatch in BBC drama “The Child in Time,” which has started filming in and around London. Directed by Julian Farino it is the first production of Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch TV production banner.

Boardwalk Empire” star Kelly Macdonald will play the estranged wife of Cumberbatch’s children’s author Stephen Lewis, who struggles to find purpose in life following the disappearance of his daughter two years earlier. Stephen Campbell Moore and Saskia Reeves have also joined the production playing Lewis’ best friends.

Adapted by Stephen Butchard (“The Last Kingdom”) from a novel by Ian McEwan, “The Child in Time” is a one-off 90-minute drama produced by Pinewood Television and SunnyMarch TV for BBC One. It is co-produced by PBS’ Masterpiece.

“I’m delighted to have such a talented cast join Benedict, Julian and the team and I’m very much looking forward to seeing them bring Stephen’s script to screen
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Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘The Child in Time’ Set for Masterpiece, BBC One Debut

Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘The Child in Time’ Set for Masterpiece, BBC One Debut
Benedict Cumberbatch is turning Ian McEwan’s “The Child in Time” into a TV movie for BBC One and Masterpiece.

The project comes from the “Sherlock” and “Dr. Strange” star’s SunnyMarch TV shingle, and is a co-production between Masterpiece for BBC One and Pinewood Television and SunnyMarch TV. Cumberbatch will executive produce and star in the 90-minute film, with Stephen Butchard adapting McEwan’s novel and Julian Farino directing. Studiocanal serves as distributor.

The film will explore the dark territory of a marriage devastated by the loss of a child: Cumberbatch will play children’s author Stephen Lewis, who must cope with the sudden loss of his daughter, Kate. Kate’s absence sets Stephen and his wife on diverging paths as both struggle with an all-consuming grief. With the passage of time, a balance of sorts returns, until hope surfaces and triumphs unexpectedly.

“I read the novel years ago and it stayed with me — profound, beautiful
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PBS Masterpiece Boards British Newspaper Drama ‘Press’

PBS Masterpiece has boarded six-part drama “Press,” which is set in the contemporary world of British newspapers as they try to move on from the phone-hacking scandal and cope with the 24-hour news cycle of the digital age.

The miniseries is written by Mike Bartlett (“Doctor Foster,” “Charles III”), and produced by Nigel Stafford-Clark, who has won three BAFTAs, for Deep Indigo, alongside Lookout Point and BBC Studios. BBC Worldwide is handling international rights, and the BBC has U.K. rights.

According to a statement, “Mike Bartlett’s razor sharp and observant drama will explore the turbulent media landscape through the fortunes of competing broadsheet and tabloid papers, and the very different and colorful characters who work for them. It’s a drama that could not be more relevant in today’s global news and Internet environment.”

Stafford-Clark commented: “At a time when both the nature and the role of the press have themselves become part of
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