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Tom Bateman Joins Olivia Cooke in ITV, Amazon’s ‘Vanity Fair’ Adaptation (Exclusive)

Tom Bateman Joins Olivia Cooke in ITV, Amazon’s ‘Vanity Fair’ Adaptation (Exclusive)
Tom Bateman will star opposite Olivia Cooke in ITV and Amazon’s upcoming adaptation of “Vanity Fair,” Variety has learned.

Bateman will play Captain Rawdon Crawley, one of two brothers who is at risk of losing his family and fortune through his passion and desire to be with Becky Sharp, played by Cooke. The seven-part series is based on the novel of the same name by William Makepeace Thackeray. It is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, and follows Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society.

Bateman was recently cast in Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express,” which is based on the novel by Agatha Christie. He also appeared in the Amy Schumer-Goldie Hawn comedy “Snatched.” On the television side, Bateman played the lead role in ITV’s “Jekyll and Hyde,” and also appeared in the Starz series “Da Vinci
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Olivia Cooke to Topline “Vanity Fair” TV Adaptation

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Bates Motel” alumna Olivia Cooke is following in Reese Witherspoon’s footsteps: she’ll take on the role of Becky Sharp in an upcoming Amazon Studios and ITV adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s beloved novel “Vanity Fair.” According to Deadline, shooting for the seven-part drama kicks off in September. Gwyneth Hughes (“Dark Angel,” “The Girl”) penned the script.

Set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, the series “follows Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society,” the source summarizes. “Her story of villainy, crime, merriment, lovemaking, jilting, laughing, cheating, fighting, and dancing, takes her all the way to the court of King George IV, via the Battle of Waterloo, breaking hearts and losing fortunes along the way.”

Julia Stannard (“War & Peace”) will serve as producer, and James Strong (“Broadchurch”) is set to direct.

There have been a number of adaptations of the 1848 novel, with Witherspoon most recently taking on the role of Sharp in Mira Nair’s “Vanity Fair” in 2004.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “Ouija,” and “The Signal” are among Cooke’s other credits. The British actress has a number of high-profile projects in the works, including Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi thriller “Ready Player One,” “Life Itself,” an ensemble drama about intersecting lives from “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman, and “Gonzo Girl,” Rebecca Thomas’ adaptation of the Della Pietra book.

“Of course I’m a feminist, it would be ridiculous if I didn’t believe in equal rights for women and men,” Cooke has said. “My role models? My mum — my mum is my biggest role model.” When she was asked if she looked up to anyone in Hollywood, Cooke explained that she loves Kate Winslet’s work and lots of other actresses, “but I don’t want to be them,” she emphasized. “I just really want to be the best version of myself, I think. But I do like the trajectory of some people’s careers and things, but I think I am just trying to work out how to be an adult and figure out things about myself.”

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Olivia Cooke to star in 'Vanity Fair' adaptation for ITV, Amazon

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Olivia Cooke to star in 'Vanity Fair' adaptation for ITV, Amazon
Mammoth Screen to produce seven-part series.

ITV has tied with Amazon for the first time – commissioning a seven-part adaptation of William Thackeray’s Vanity Fair.

Mammoth Screen, the company behind ITV’s Victoria, and Amazon Studios will co-produce the 7x60-minute drama which is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and will star Olivia Cooke will star as the social climbing heroine Becky Sharp.

Thackeray’s novel, which was published as a serialisation from 1848, is to be adapted by Gwyneth Hughes.

Mammoth Screen managing director Damien Timmer will executive produce the series alongside Hughes, James Strong and Tom Mullens.

Vanity Fair was ordered by head of drama Polly Hill, who told Screen’s sister publication Broadcast earlier this month that she was open to signing more international co-production deals.

“We want to be in the market for those bigger, global facing dramas because the audience has become an international one,” she said. “What
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ITV, Amazon Team Up on New ‘Vanity Fair’ Adaptation With Olivia Cooke

ITV, Amazon Team Up on New ‘Vanity Fair’ Adaptation With Olivia Cooke
A new adaptation of satirical Victorian novel “Vanity Fair” starring Olivia Cooke is coming to TV, and will stream on Amazon and play on Britain’s ITV.

Amazon and ITV have joined forces on the seven-part small-screen version of the book by William Makepeace Thackeray, which will be produced by Amazon Studios and Mammoth Screen. Mammoth, which produced “Victoria,” is owned by ITV Studios.

Cooke, the star of Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One,” will play heroine Becky Sharp in the show, which is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and follows her attempts to make her way in English society.

Period drama was once considered the preserve of the BBC in the U.K., but commercial network ITV has had notable historical hits in recent years with “Downton Abbey” and “Victoria,” although the World War II-set “The Halcyon” fared less well and was canceled after one season. ITV
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BBC Drama Chief Polly Hill to Join U.K. Commercial Broadcaster ITV

London — The controller of BBC drama commissioning, Polly Hill, is to join commercial network ITV as head of drama. Her recent credits have included “Doctor Foster,” “War and Peace” and “The Night Manager.”

ITV director of television Kevin Lygo also announced Friday that Optomen managing director Sue Murphy will join ITV commissioning as head of factual entertainment, Siobhan Greene will move from ITV Studios to become the ITV commissioning team’s head of entertainment, and Peter Davey has been promoted to head of comedy entertainment.

ITV also announced that Angela Jain is to succeed Greene as managing director of ITV Studios Entertainment, and Rosemary Newell, Discovery Networks Intl. senior VP, content and operations, will become ITV’s head of digital channels and acquisitions.

Prior to Hill’s present role, she was the BBC’s head of independent drama between 2011 and 2015, where she was responsible for “The Missing,” “The Honorable Woman,
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‘Downton Abbey’ Star Joanne Froggatt to Play Serial Killer in ‘Dark Angel’

‘Downton Abbey’ Star Joanne Froggatt to Play Serial Killer in ‘Dark Angel’
Downton Abbey” star Joanne Froggatt is to play a serial killer in Victorian-era drama “Dark Angel,” which has been commissioned by U.K. broadcaster ITV.

The two-part show, which is produced by “Line of Duty” makers World Productions, is based on the true story of Mary Ann Cotton, played by Froggatt. The show starts with Mary Ann portrayed as a loving wife and mother, newly returned to her native North East of England. But faced with abject poverty and an ailing husband, we see how ruthlessly determined she is to pursue her desires — and a better life.

Mary Ann turns into a serial killer — a poisoner whose methods leave no visible scars, allowing her tally of victims to mount unsuspected by a Victorian society unable to conceive of a woman capable of such terrible crimes. Travelling around the North East, she insinuates herself into unsuspecting families, marrying and creating new
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Polly Hill replaces Ben Stephenson as controller of BBC drama commissioning

Polly Hill has been announced as the new controller of BBC drama commissioning

She replaces Ben Stephenson, who recently announced his departure. She will work with her predecessor over the next few days to ease the transition.

"I am delighted and honoured to be taking over as the controller of BBC drama commissioning," Hill said.

"Under Ben Stephenson's leadership BBC Drama has thrived, it's in an incredible place and I would like to personally thank him.

"I look forward to steering BBC Drama into the future and building on this success, continuing to be the home of the most original and ambitious storytelling across a range of drama that is unique to the BBC."

Director of BBC Television Danny Cohen added: "I'm delighted that Polly will be leading BBC Drama Commissioning. She has an exceptional track record for delivering outstanding drama.

"From Wolf Hall to Poldark and The Missing,
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Remember Me

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 © Faye ThomasMy Mad Fat Diary star Jodie Comer is set to star alongside Michael Palin in a haunting new BBC drama Remember Me.

Jodie will star as Hannah, a teenage care assistant who alongside investigating police detective Rob Fairholme (played by Mark Addy), tries to unravel the mysterious history of new care home resident Tom Parfitt (Palin), a frail, old Yorkshireman seemingly alone in the world, whose admittance to the nursing home triggers a series of inexplicable events.

Jodie (represented by Independent Talent), from Liverpool, plays Chloe in the popular E4 series My Mad Fat Diary which is about to return for a second series.

Julia Sawalha (Larkrise To Candleford) also stars as Hannah's troubled mother Jan Ward with Mina Anwar (The Thin Blue Line) as Tom's neighbour Roshana Salim.

The three-part mystery is written by award-winning writer Gwyneth Hughes (The Girl, Five Days, Miss Austen Regrets), and made by Mammoth Screen for BBC One.
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Global Showbiz Briefs: Natascha McElhone To Star In London Stage Adaptation Of ‘Fatal Attraction’; Michael Palin In BBC Drama; Some Chinese Hits Miss Taiwan Quota; More

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Natascha McElhone Boards West End ‘Fatal AttractionCalifornication‘s Natascha McElhone is set to take on the role of Alex Forrest in the stage adaptation of Fatal Attraction. Written by James Dearden and directed by Trevor Nunn, Fatal Attraction opens at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket on March 25. Dearden was nomiated for an Oscar for writing the 1987 hit film about a one-night stand that turns deadly. This is his first venture into live theater. McElhone’s stage credits include Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Count Of Monte Cristo, The Cherry Orchard and Honour. Veteran director Nunn’s recent theater credits include takes on A Little Night Music, Cyrano De Bergerac, Inherit The Wind, Kiss Me Kate, Birdsong, All That Fall and Scenes From A Marriage. Fatal Attraction is produced by Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions, Robert Fox and Patrick Ryecart. The rest of the cast is due to be announced shortly.
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Michael Palin to lead new BBC One supernatural drama Remember Me

Michael Palin is to take on his first regular TV role in 20 years.

The actor and TV presenter will lead BBC One's new supernatural thriller Remember Me.

Palin will play a care home resident who witnesses a violent death in the three-part drama.

"I've always loved ghost stories, so playing the lead in one is a very exciting prospect," said the 70-year-old.

Though he has appeared in one-off dramas, Remember Me marks Palin's first series role since Channel 4's acclaimed '90s drama GBH.

Mark Addy (Atlantis) and Jodie Comer (My Mad Fat Diary) will also appear in the series, which starts shooting this week.

BBC One controller Charlotte Moore said: "It's a real coup for us that Michael Palin has chosen to make his return to a leading role for the first time in over 20 years on BBC One, and a testament to Gwyneth Hughes's hauntingly brilliant script.
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Michael Palin to return to TV drama in BBC1 thriller Remember Me

Monty Python star will play care home resident who witnesses death in three-part series – his first lead TV role since 1991

Michael Palin will take his first leading role in a TV drama for more than 20 years in BBC1's supernatural thriller Remember Me.

Palin, who will reunite with the rest of Monty Python later this year, plays a mysterious care home resident who is the only witness to a violent death in the three-part series, which began filming in Yorkshire this week.

The star's last leading role in a small screen drama was as a headteacher in Channel 4's acclaimed Alan Bleasdale series GBH, co-starring Robert Lindsay, in 1991.

"This is my first lead role in a TV drama series since GBH. It's also a return to Yorkshire, where I was born, brought up and learned my acting in amateur dramatics," said Palin. "I was attracted to Remember Me not only by the northern setting,
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‘The Girl’: Emmy-Nommed Helmer Jarrold Proved No Bird-Brain

‘The Girl’: Emmy-Nommed Helmer Jarrold Proved No Bird-Brain
First-time Emmy nominee Julian Jarrold took a few creative liberties when directing “The Girl.” For instance, Gwyneth Hughes’ script called for birds to attack Sienna Miller’s character Tippi Hedren, then a “fade to black.” Unsure of the time lapse between those elements, Jarrold extended the sequence to show its full impact.

“We started with cutouts, then stuffed birds on wires, a bit of CGI, before doing what (Alfred Hitchcock) did and unleashing as many birds as possible into a tiny confined space onto the always stoical Sienna Miller,” Jarrold says.
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Suranne Jones, Russell Tovey, Freema Agyeman for new Sky drama pilots

Sky Living has announced a roster of stars for its new 'Drama Matters' pilot season.

Suranne Jones, Anna Friel, Russell Tovey, Sophie Rundle and Freema Agyeman are among the names confirmed for five new hour-long drama pilots.

Jones will play a new judge battling to keep her head above the water in the murky depths of the justice system in Lawless, from Torchwood writer Jacquetta May. Chris Coghill (EastEnders), Jonathan Cake (Desperate Housewives) and Lindsay Duncan (Rome) will also star.

The Psychopath Next Door - from Julie Rutterford (Shameless) will star Friel in the lead role and is billed as a "creepy and intriguing drama" about "what happens when real evil moves in next door".

Katherine Kelly (Coronation Street) and Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax will lead the cast of supernatural tale The Last Witch - a story of two feuding sisters from Scott & Bailey writer Sally Wainwright and
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Anna Friel To Play ‘The Psychopath Next Door’ For Sky Living; Net Sets New Dramas

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ITV Studios will produce one-off TV movie The Psychopath Next Door for the UK’s Sky Living. Anna Friel (The Vatican, The Look Of Love) will play the glamorous titular character who moves into a suburban community where her magnetic personality hides her true nature. Described as darkly comic, the film is written by BAFTA winner Julie Rutterford. It will air in the fall as part of Sky’s Drama Matters block. Kate Bartlett exec produces for ITV Studios in the company’s first commission from Sky Living. Myar Craig-Brown is producer, Kieron J. Walsh directs. Drama Matters has also added Lawless to the lineup. Written by Torchwood‘s Jacquetta May, the series hails from Warner Bros.-owned Shed Media’s Twenty Twenty. Scott & Bailey‘s Suranne Jones plays a new judge struggling to navigate the justice system. Jonathan Cake (Desperate Housewives), Chris Coghill and Lindsay Duncan also star. Other
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Goodson-Thomas joins Ingenious

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Goodson-Thomas joins Ingenious
Production exec Katie Goodson-Thomas joins as director of production and acquisitions.

Production executive Katie Goodson-Thomas has joined UK financier Ingenious as director of production and acquisitions.

Goodson-Thomas has previously worked with Jon Finn, Graham Broadbent, Damian Jones and David Thompson. She was most recently head of film for Chris Coen.

The executive will work closely with Fox Searchlight president of production Claudia Lewis and La-based director of production, Richard Gold, and she will be tasked with searching the UK for new investment projects.

She will also manage Ingenious and Fox Searchlight’s existing slate of joint development projects, including Shimmy written by Gwyneth Hughes (The Girl, Miss Austen Regrets, Five Days); I Dreamed A Dream, based on the Susan Boyle biographical stage musical, currently being adapted by Neil McKay (Appropriate Adult, Mo); and Season To Taste, based on the memoir by Molly Birnbaum and currently being adapted by Heather McGowan (Tadpole, Old Fires).

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BAFTA TV Craft Awards 2013: The winners and nominees in full

Digital Spy presents a list of winners and nominees at the BAFTA TV Craft Awards 2013, hosted by Stephen Mangan from The Brewery in London on Sunday, April 28, 2013:

Breakthrough Talent

Mike Bartlett - The Town

Julie Gearey - Prisoners' Wives

Rhys Thomas - Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender (Director's Cut)

Tim Whitnall - Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story - Winner

Costume Design

Amy Roberts - Mrs Biggs

Sheena Napier - Parade's End - Winner

Odile Dicks-Mireaux - Richard II (The Hollow Crown)

Lorna Marie Mugan - Ripper Street

Digital Creativity

Steve Boulton, James Rutherford - Channel 4 Paralympics - Winner

Production Team - Embarrassing Bodies: Live from the Clinic

Production Team - Foxes Live: Wild in the City

Production Team - The Great British Property Scandal

Director (Factual)

Katharine English - Our War

Ben Chanan - The Plot to Bring Down Britain's Planes - Winner

John Dower
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BAFTA Nominations Announced: Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2013

Hot off the press, we’ve got all the details for the BAFTA Television Awards 2013, sponsored by Arqiva. We’ve got the full list below but first up, here’s that full press release in all its glory. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite in our previously reported Radio Times Audience Awards, all the details can be found via this link. In the meantime, exciting news here:

The nominations have been announced today for the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2013, which will take place on Sunday 12 May at London’s Royal Festival Hall, hosted by Graham Norton.

The Girl and Last Tango in Halifax have four nominations apiece, and compete with each other in three performance categories. Leading Actor Toby Jones, Leading Actress Sienna Miller and Supporting Actress Imelda Staunton are all nominated for The Girl. They take on Leading Actor Derek Jacobi, Leading Actress Anne Reid and
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BAFTA Television Craft Awards 2013: Nominations Announced!

Five nominations for Parade’s End

Four nominations for The Girl, Ripper Street and The Hour

Doctor Who, 7/7 One Day in London, Call the Midwife, Amish: A Secret Life, Richard II, The Thick of It, Top Gear , The Fear and The London 2012 Olympics: Super Saturday each receive two nominations

London 2012-themed programming features across five categories

One of the most important things behind any final production, is all the craft and hard work that goes into making them look awesome. Today , BAFTA have announced the nominations for its annual British Academy Television Craft Awards, which honour the very best behind-the-scenes talent from television. This year’s ceremony will be held at The Brewery, in the City of London, on Sunday 28th April.

A diverse range of programmes compete in each category for the coveted BAFTA masks. Leading the way with five nominations is BBC Two’s five-part period drama, Parade’s End,
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BAFTA TV Craft Awards 2013: The nominations in full

Digital Spy presents a list of nominees for the BAFTA TV Craft Awards 2013, to be hosted by Stephen Mangan from The Brewery in London on Sunday, April 28, 2012:

Breakthrough Talent

Mike Bartlett - The Town

Julie Gearey - Prisoners' Wives

Rhys Thomas - Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender (Director's Cut)

Tim Whitnall - Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story

Costume Design

Amy Roberts - Mrs Biggs

Sheena Napier - Parade's End

Odile Dicks-Mireaux - Richard II (The Hollow Crown)

Lorna Marie Mugan - Ripper Street

Digital Creativity

Steve Boulton, James Rutherford - Channel 4 Paralympics

Production Team - Embarrassing Bodies: Live from the Clinic

Production Team - Foxes Live: Wild in the City

Production Team - The Great British Property Scandal

Director (Factual)

Katharine English - Our War

Ben Chanan - The Plot to Bring Down Britain's Planes

John Dower - Bradley Wiggins: A Year in Yellow

Ben Anthony
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'Parade's End', 'The Hour', 'The Girl' lead BAFTA TV Craft nominations

Parade's End has received the most nominations for this year's British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Television Craft Awards.

BBC Two's five-part drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall leads the way with five nominations, including the writing and make-up categories.

The channel's one-off Hitchcock drama The Girl starring Toby Jones and Sienna Miller follows with four nominations, along with BBC One's Ripper Street and BBC Two's The Hour.

Doctor Who and Call the Midwife receive two nominations each, as do documentaries 7/7 One Day in London and Amish: A Secret Life.

Also receiving two nominations are BBC Two's Richard II (The Hollow Crown), political comedy The Thick of It, Top Gear and Channel 4's The Fear.

The BBC's coverage of the London 2012 Olympics receives several nominations, including three out of the four nods in the 'Director: Multi-Camera' category.

Channel 4's Paralympics is also nominated in the 'Digital Creativity' category,
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