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Exclusive: British actress Annabelle Wallis is headed home to UK television to star opposite Cillian Murphy in the six-part BBC Two drama series Peaky Blinders. Created by Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight, an Oscar-nominee for Stephen Frears’ Dirty Pretty Things, the series is set in 1919 Birmingham where a ruthless family of gangsters, led by Murphy’s character Tommy, rules the lawless post-war slums. Wallis, whose credits include X-Men: First Class and W.E. along with TV programs The Tudors and Pan Am, will play a mysterious new arrival in the neighborhood who peaks Tommy’s interest. The Tiger Aspect/Caryn Mandabach Productions crime saga is produced by Katie Swinden, with Otto Bathurst directing. Writers include Knight, David Leland, Stephen Russell and Toby Finlay. Principal photography has just gotten underway in Birmingham and Leeds. Peaky Blinders is expected to air in 2013 in the UK. Wallis is repped by ICM Partners and United Agents. »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Irish actor Cillian Murphy has been cast as the head gangster of a crime family in new BBC series 'Peaky Blinders'. Murphy will play Tommy, a member of the tough Delaney family, who rule a Birmingham neighbourhood in post-war 1919. 'Peaky Blinders' is written by Steven Knight, the writer behind gritty British features 'Eastern Promises' and 'Dirty Pretty Things'. He wrote the six-part script with David Leland (Band of Brothers), Stephen Russell (Shameless) and Toby Finlay (Ripper Street).Otto Bathurst (Five Days, Criminal Justice) will direct with Katie Swinden (Luther, Spooks) producing. »
Recently, we had a chance to speak with David Oakes, who stars as Juan Borgia on Showtime’s The Borgais.
Finale Spoilers Ahead.
In this interview, Oakes goes through the second season, focusing on Juan’s evolving character. He also chats with us about his final moments on the series and teases us with how he’d like to see Juan return in a cameo episode in The Borgias Season 3.
Sad to see Juan go. He was the guy everyone loved to hate, especially his family. Did you approach the character differently or prepare differently, knowing that you were going to die?
David Oakes: I knew it was obviously going to be my death, but I definitely didn’t know how I was going to die. So any preparation I did certainly didn’t involve syphilis or gangrene (laughs). All I wanted to do from the outset – without knowing »
- Bags Hooper
As episode five of The Borgias' second season debuts this coming Sunday on Showtime, the network has ordered a third season of Vatican intrigue and Renaissance drama, with ten episodes to premiere in 2013. Production is slated to begin this summer in Budapest, Hungary, starring Jeremy Irons in his Golden Globe Award-nominated role. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.
The Borgias stars Oscar-winner Irons as Pope Alexander VI, the cunning, manipulative patriarch of the infamous Italian Renaissance family who builds an empire by bribing, buying and muscling his way into the papacy. In addition to Irons, Season 2 also stars François Arnaud, Holly Grainger, Joanne Whalley, Lotte Verbeek, David Oakes, and Colm Feore. As the series continues to unfold, the greatest existential threat to Alexander's Papacy may not come from foreign adversaries or ambitious political operatives, but may linger within his most »
Brimstone and Treacle, Dennis Potter's play featuring the rape of a disabled woman, caused a storm in the 1970s. Could a new revival prove even more shocking?
Few things date more quickly than outrage. Works once viewed as unperformably perverse – Stravinsky and Nijinsky's The Rite of Spring, Strindberg's Miss Julie – are now a good night out for the bourgeoisie. When the young theatre director Amelia Sears, hunting for her next production, came across a copy of a play called Brimstone and Treacle by Dennis Potter, she had, she admits, "no idea of the controversy there was around it. I'd done a production of Potter's Blue Remembered Hills and I found this in a library and thought: why hasn't it been done?"
The revival Sears is now directing at the Arcola theatre in London will be a test of whether a text that provoked a fat file of newspaper headlines »
- Mark Lawson
On Sunday, April 8th, three hit Showtime series will return to the network in a triple-header night of programming. The night kicks off with the fourth season of Nurse Jackie at 9 Pm Et/Pt, starring Emmy Award winner Edie Falco; followed by the third season of The Big C at 9:30 Pm Et/Pt, starring Golden Globe winner Laura Linney; and culminating with the hit drama series The Borgias at 10 Pm Et/Pt, starring Jeremy Irons in his Golden Globe nominated role.
In its debut season, Nurse Jackie received an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Comedy Series" and Falco won the Emmy Award for her role as Jackie Peyton. Last season, she received her second Emmy nomination for the series. When season four returns, Jackie is coming to realize that both karma and sobriety can be a bitch. In addition to finally confronting her addiction, Jackie must also attempt to save »
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