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Capturing the Krays: A ‘Legend’ feature

It’s been a quarter of a century since a film was made about the Kray twins, and now two have come along at once! The main event of course is Legend, showcasing Tom Hardy in a dual role that has earned rave reviews from critics. The gangster pair were admired and abhorred in equal measure. They represented a strand of culture that mixed community values with intimidation and violence.

Some are looking forward to further exposure for Ronnie and Reggie. Others object to the perceived glamourizing of men who were hunted by the police and responsible for bloody carnage across London. Whatever your view, you have to agree they had a permanent effect on the fabric of Britain and this has been reflected onscreen in some surprising ways.

Don your best suit, pack your shooter and prepare for a rain-soaked car journey into the neon heart of the capital
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Former ‘Downton Abbey’ Exec Sally Woodward Gentle Sets Up Indie Company

London — Producer Sally Woodward Gentle, who was previously creative director at “Downton Abbey” producer Carnival Films, has set up a new independent production company, Sid Gentle Films, which is in development on a number of drama projects.

The company has been set up to produce high-end scripted drama productions, long-running returning series, one-off features and mini-series for U.K. and international broadcasters, as well as developing a selection of independent feature film projects.

Woodward Gentle, who is the founder and CEO of the new production company, is joined by Henrietta Colvin as head of development. Lee Morris joins early next year as managing director.

Projects in development are an adaptation for BBC One by one of Britain’s most successful screenwriting partnerships, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. The duo has previously penned five James Bond films from “The World Is Not Enough” to “Skyfall.”

The company is also working with
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Carnival’s Sally Woodward Gentle Launches Yucaipa-Backed UK Production Company

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Sally Woodward Gentle was most recently creative director at Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films. Now striking out on her own, the exec has launched production company Sid Gentle Films with financial backing from Ron Burkle‘s global investment firm The Yucaipa Companies. Sid Gentle is eyeing scripted drama, TV movies and miniseries as well as indie features. The company is already in development on a Neal Purvis/Robert Wade-penned project for the BBC, and a supernatural thriller from Ben Court and Caroline Ip, also for the BBC. Former Carnival exec Henrietta Colvin is also joining Sid Gentle Films as head of development. Lee Morris, who’s currently producing Da Vinci’s Demons, will come aboard as managing director in the New Year. Woodward Gentle’s producing credits include Channel 4′s BAFTA award-winning Any Human Heart, ITV drama series Whitechapel and Helena Bonham Carter drama Enid. She is also
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Showrunners – TV's lords and creators

In America, TV writers are no longer made to feel like spare parts. Instead, they wield huge power – and their British counterparts aren't far behind

During the summer of 2009, I hosted a packed Q&A with visiting Americans Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse and Jack Bender, at which fans of their long-running ABC drama Lost queued patiently, proffering posters and DVD inserts to be signed and requesting photos. It was as if these middle-aged back-office executives were as famous as Lost's nubile stars. At this moment I began to understand the importance of "showrunners" in the imagination of Us audiences.

The "showrunner" has achieved cult status in America, thanks to our ever-deepening appreciation of how TV works, through fansites and box-set extras, brand loyalty to long-running franchises nurtured at fan conventions such as San Diego's Comic-Con, and the global watercooler of social media. (While Bender was busy shooting in Hawaii,
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How Whitechapel escaped the shadow of Jack the Ripper

ITV's grisly serial killer drama started off exploring the Ripper story in a modern-day context, but then managed to move on. Can it expand on its winning formula with series four?

What motivates a serial killer? In pop culture, they often seem to be slicing and dicing their way toward some sort of self-improvement. Thomas Harris and the various movie adaptations of his novel Red Dragon helped popularise a certain stereotype: the lethal wingnut staging elaborate murder dioramas to transform themselves into someone, or something, else. But in ITV's Whitechapel – which kicks off its fourth series tonight – it's not just the stab-happy antagonists who are obsessed with a viscera-spattered makeover. It's the show itself. In the course of the previous three series, it has been systematically transformed.

The original series, which screened in early 2009, had a great hook (and many other sharp implements): essentially, Jack's back. In modern-day Whitechapel,
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Whitechapel: the murder mystery you may have missed

Feature Becky Lea 4 Sep 2013 - 07:00

Becky talks us through the evolution of ITV's acclaimed murder mystery drama, Whitechapel, which begins its fourth series today...

In an age of television flooded with crime dramas about fiendish killers and fierce, battle-worn detectives, it can be difficult for a show, both new and existing, to feel fresh and stand out from the crowd. Returning this week, the fourth series of Whitechapel continues its unique approach of combining the modern with the historical, and weaving its cases around murders which took place in reality with a healthy dose of character-led drama at its heart. I and a small loyal fanbase eagerly await the new series, but with the long gap since the last episode, it might just be one murder mystery that has passed you by.

The series is written by screenwriting duo Ben Court and Caroline Ip, whose first feature was the much underrated The Hole,
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DVD Review - Mayday

Mayday, 2013.

Created by Ben Court and Caroline Ip.

Starring Peter Firth, Peter McDonald, Leila Mimmack, Aidan Gillen, Sophie Okenedo, Lesley Manville, Max Fowler, Tom Fisher and Sam Spruell.

Synopsis:

As a small community celebrates May Day, 14-year-old May Queen Hattie disappears.

The BBC’s recent five-part thriller Mayday, shown on consecutive nights over one week last month, comes out on DVD today complete with standard extra features including a ‘making-of’, cast filmographies and a photo gallery.

Set in a small countryside community during their traditional May Day celebrations, local popular girl Hattie Sutton (Leila Mimmack) disappears on her way to take part in the parade as the May Queen. Over the next few hours and days, as the search for the teenager widens and the likely outcome grows grimmer, the town is torn apart by suspicion and a lack of trust as neighbours and family turn on one another and
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Mayday; Story of Music – TV review

What chilled most about murder mystery Mayday was the claim of an ancestral right to wear green man makeup

You'd naturally think Aidan Gillen killed Hattie, the 14-year-old May Queen, in the woods above the village. Ever since he played transgressive super-hottie Stuart in Queer as Folk, he's worked sneering lips and leering eyes as a series of reptiles, chancers and scumbags – dodgy mayor in The Wire, slimy counsellor in Game of Thrones, venal banker in credit-crunch drama Freefall. Why not add murderer to the list?

In Mayday (BBC1), he's similarly sinister: a bad dad who thumps his son for nothing and buries his grief over his dead wife in video game marathons. Plus he has a mysterious bag locked in a cupboard. Could it be a body-bag full of May Queen? Possibly. Harold Pinter called Gillen "dangerous" when he was in The Caretaker, which is damning evidence. The prosecution rests,
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Mayday; Story of Music – TV review

What chilled most about murder mystery Mayday was the claim of an ancestral right to wear green man makeup

You'd naturally think Aidan Gillen killed Hattie, the 14-year-old May Queen, in the woods above the village. Ever since he played transgressive super-hottie Stuart in Queer as Folk, he's worked sneering lips and leering eyes as a series of reptiles, chancers and scumbags – dodgy mayor in The Wire, slimy counsellor in Game of Thrones, venal banker in credit-crunch drama Freefall. Why not add murderer to the list?

In Mayday (BBC1), he's similarly sinister: a bad dad who thumps his son for nothing and buries his grief over his dead wife in video game marathons. Plus he has a mysterious bag locked in a cupboard. Could it be a body-bag full of May Queen? Possibly. Harold Pinter called Gillen "dangerous" when he was in The Caretaker, which is damning evidence. The prosecution rests,
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This Week's Must-See TV: 5 Shows You Shouldn't Miss

Goodbye Being Human, but hello Parks and Recreation. This week's Must-See TV is a little bit of an emotional rollercoaster, mixing long-awaited arrivals with some sad, sad departures and gritty murder mysteries with some controversial comedy.

Plus, there's two big Comic Relief TV events taking place in advance of the big day itself on March 15 - Russell Brand's Give It Up gig (Wednesday, March 6 at 10pm on BBC Three) in aid of beating addiction and Comic Relief's Big Chat with Graham Norton, all six hours of which will air live on BBC Three on Thursday, March 7 from 7pm, with highlights following Friday at 10.35pm on BBC One.

Mayday: Monday (March 4) at 9pm on BBC One

This edition of TV picks technically goes from the week commencing Monday, March 4, buuuuut we're going to do a bit of cheating here to make sure you don't get left behind on this dark,
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'Mayday': New BBC One all-star thriller - watch trailer

BBC One's new highly-anticipated drama series Mayday has released a new trailer ahead of its premiere on Sunday night.

The series - which stars Sophie Okonedo, Aidan Gillen, Peter Firth and Lesley Manville - will be stripped across next week from Sunday until Thursday in five episodes.

Watch the trailer for Mayday:

Written by Ben Court and Caroline Ip (Whitechapel) and directed by Brian Welsh (Black Mirror, In Our Name), the drama centres on the disappearance of a village's 14-year-old May Queen.

Mayday premieres on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.
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Watch Sophie Okonedo In First Trailer For New BBC 5-Part Thriller 'Mayday'

A project that was initially announced a year ago is finally set to make its debut... S&A fave Sophie Okonedo stars alongside Peter Firth, Aidan Gillen and Lesley Manville in what the BBC is calling a "sophisticated five-part thriller" titled Mayday, from writers Ben Court and Caroline Ip (Whitechapel). What's the Mayday story: When a young girl goes missing on her way to the Mayday parade, the small community in which she lives looks to one another for answers. But beneath the picture-postcard idyll lies a sinister other world and the dark woods teem with myth. As the community reels from Hattie’s disappearance, the drama follows the mass hysteria and...
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Watch Sophie Okonedo In First Trailer For New BBC 5-Part Thriller 'Mayday'

Watch Sophie Okonedo In First Trailer For New BBC 5-Part Thriller 'Mayday'
A project that was initially announced a year ago is finally set to make its debut... S&A fave Sophie Okonedo stars alongside Peter Firth, Aidan Gillen and Lesley Manville in what the BBC is calling a "sophisticated five-part thriller" titled Mayday, from writers Ben Court and Caroline Ip (Whitechapel). What's the Mayday story: When a young girl goes missing on her way to the Mayday parade, the small community in which she lives looks to one another for answers. But beneath the picture-postcard idyll lies a sinister other world and the dark woods teem with myth. As the community reels from Hattie’s disappearance, the drama follows the mass hysteria and ensuing search from the point of view of the central characters, each of whom fears that someone they know is responsible. As they keep silent, their suspicions intensify over the course of the five episodes. Sophie Okonedo plays Fiona,
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Sophie Okonedo Talks Role In New BBC 5-Part Thriller 'Mayday' + First Look Photos

A project that was initially announced a year ago is finally set to make its debut... S&A fave Sophie Okonedo stars alongside Peter Firth, Aidan Gillen and Lesley Manville in what the BBC is calling a "sophisticated five-part thriller" titled Mayday, from writers Ben Court and Caroline Ip (Whitechapel). What's the Mayday story: When a young girl goes missing on her way to the Mayday parade, the small community in which she lives looks to one another for answers. But beneath the picture-postcard idyll lies a sinister other world and the dark woods teem with myth. As the community reels from Hattie’s disappearance, the drama follows the mass hysteria and...
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Sophie Okonedo Talks Role In New BBC 5-Part Thriller 'Mayday' + First Look Photos

Sophie Okonedo Talks Role In New BBC 5-Part Thriller 'Mayday' + First Look Photos
A project that was initially announced a year ago is finally set to make its debut... S&A fave Sophie Okonedo stars alongside Peter Firth, Aidan Gillen and Lesley Manville in what the BBC is calling a "sophisticated five-part thriller" titled Mayday, from writers Ben Court and Caroline Ip (Whitechapel). What's the Mayday story: When a young girl goes missing on her way to the Mayday parade, the small community in which she lives looks to one another for answers. But beneath the picture-postcard idyll lies a sinister other world and the dark woods teem with myth. As the community reels from Hattie’s disappearance, the drama follows the mass hysteria and ensuing search from the point of view of the central characters, each of whom fears that someone they know is responsible. As they keep silent, their suspicions intensify over the course of the five episodes. Sophie Okonedo plays Fiona,
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BBC One to strip new drama 'Mayday' across one week

BBC One is to strip new five-part drama Mayday across a single week.

The thriller series stars Sophie Okonedo (The Slap), Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones), Peter Firth (Spooks) and Lesley Manville (Cranford).

Penned by Whitechapel writing duo Ben Court and Caroline Ip, Mayday tells the story of a missing teenager and the hunt for the abductor, told through the eyes of a close-knit community.

"I am very excited that they are screening Mayday over five days," said star Okonedo. "I think it will suit the piece enormously.

"It has a lot of twists and turns and things are not always as they seem. The reality is often heightened with a cliffhanger at the end of every episode."

Mayday has been directed by Black Mirror's Brian Welsh and produced by Chris Fry (Spooks).

The series premiere on Sunday, March 3 on BBC One.

> The Village, White Queen, Mayday: First
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Sophie Okonedo To Star In New BBC One 5-Part Thriller "Mayday"

Sophie Okonedo To Star In New BBC One 5-Part Thriller
S&A fave Sophie Okonedo will star alongside Peter Firth, Aidan Gillen and Lesley Manville in what the BBC is calling a "sophisticated five-part thriller" titled Mayday, from writers Ben Court and Caroline Ip (Whitechapel). What's the Mayday story: When a young girl goes missing on her way to the Mayday parade, the small community in which she lives looks to one another for answers. But beneath the picture-postcard idyll lies a sinister other world and the dark woods teem with myth. As the community reels from Hattie’s disappearance, the drama follows the mass hysteria and ensuing search from the point of view of the central characters, each of whom fears that someone they know is responsible. As they keep silent, their suspicions intensify over the course of the five episodes. Sophie Okonedo will play Fiona, described as "a young mum determined to protect her family, who spies on a neighbour.
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Will Whitechapel's revamp murder the show?

No more copycat crimes and now one main story every two episodes – will this ITV series remain gripping and atmospheric?

It started with a three-part drama serial called Whitechapel that told the story of a modern-day murderer modelling his crimes on those of Jack the Ripper in the 1880s. Viewers loved this gripping, quirky ITV1 tale – enjoying some good old-fashioned hokum and gloriously overblown acting from Rupert Penry-Jones as posh boy Chandler, and Phil Davis as tough-but-fair old timer Sgt Ray Miles. ITV then reprised the idea – second time round Whitechapel featured a modern pair of nasties seeking to recreate the crimes of the Kray twins in 1960's east London – and the bumper ratings to go with it.

These first two runs of Whitechapel were fabulously original. Like all the best ideas – the updated Sherlocks are the most obvious other example – it seemed so delightfully simple. A modern retelling of
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Cracks – The Review

What must the pressure be like for a first-time filmmaker with an uncle and a father that are both world-class filmmakers? For Jordan Scott, daughter of Ridley and niece to Tony, it must be pretty damn awesome, especially when your debut feature film is as surprisingly well crafted as Cracks.

Jordan Scott directed and co-wrote Cracks with Ben Court and Caroline Ip, based on the novel by Sheila Kohler. What begins innocently enough as a drama about the lives of a group of girls at a British boarding school, this calm pot of water gradually simmers, slowly disrupting the surface, developing tension from an unexpected twist in the characters. lives.

Eva Green (Casino Royale, Kingdom Of Heaven) plays Miss G, a relatively young and uncommonly attractive teacher and mentor at the boarding school, whom the girls look up to and admire. Astonished by her stories of travel and experience, Miss
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Women Films at the Theatre This Weekend - April 1, 2011

Women's Films Now Playing Miral - written by Rula Jebreal Potiche Sucker Punch Desert Flower - written and directed by Sherry Hormann Cracks - directed by Jordan Scott, co-written by Caroline Ip I Will Follow - written and directed by Ava Duvernay Red Riding Hood - directed by Catherine Hardwicke Jane Eyre- written by Moira Buffini The Roommate From Prada to Nada True Grit Bhutto Winter's Bone - directed and co-written by Debra Granik, co-written by Anne Rosellini Women Directed Films Opening In a Better World - directed by Susanne Bier - review here Queen to Play - directed by…
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