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So Anne Boleyn got the chop, and even the executioner was deftly portrayed; while a new two-part documentary showed the hard road ahead for women in politics
Six hours and a single sword swipe, and the king’s Great Matter is finally resolved. Last night saw the end of Anne Boleyn, and the TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s books Bring up the Bodies and Wolf Hall (BBC2). There wasn’t a moment of Peter Kosminsky’s direction or Peter Straughan’s deft, beautifully elliptical writing that left you wanting for anything throughout this six-week splendour. But the final 15 minutes – with Anne’s death interspersed with flashbacks to Thomas Cromwell’s typically reluctant, typically thorough, inspection of the scaffold – were exceptional.
How do you dramatise a world that is mostly interior calculation, silent power plays and noiseless traps? By assembling a cast in which there is not one weak link. »
- Lucy Mangan
Was Hilary Mantel's adaptation of his novel a modern masterpiece - or was this Wolf all bark and no bite?
Join the conversation below - and let us know if you'd watch The Mirror and the Light, the planned follow-up based on Mantel's next book.
Share your thoughts on Wolf Hall in the comments section: »
It's been long in the works, but ITV has now confirmed that it's ordered a pilot for a revival of The Saint.
Set to go into production in 2016, this new take from writers Ed Whitmore (Arthur & George) and Chris Lunt (Prey) promises to bring Simon Templar - a roguish Robin Hood for the modern day - to a whole new audience.
But who could possibly follow in the esteemed footsteps of Sir Roger Moore (and Ian Ogilvy... and, erm, Val Kilmer) in bringing Leslie Charteris's gentleman thief to life? Digital Spy has picked out 12 potentials.
1. James Norton
Last year, Norton delivered two spectacularly disparate performances - as reprehensible Tommy Lee Royce on BBC One's Happy Valley and as 'sexy vicar' Sidney Chambers on ITV's Grantchester. Take a little of Royce's edginess, add a dash of Chambers's charm and you might just have yourself the perfect Saint.
2. Matthew Goode »
The Great Comic Relief Bake Off: BBC One, 8pm
Jo Brand hosts the third heat of the charity challenge, with four more celebrities hoping to impress Paul and Mary with their baking skills.
The Brit Awards: ITV, 8pm
Bonus: switch over to ITV2 at 10.20pm for all the behind-the-scenes gossip with The Brit Awards: Afterparty.
Strictly goes back to its Come Dancing roots as everyday folk take to the dance-floor in place of celebrities for a special Comic Relief series.
In the first of four episodes, we meet three »
A total of 24 members of the public have filed complaints with Ofcom about the use of the word, asking whether it was "really necessary".
The scene in question aired just after the 9pm watershed on Wednesday (February 18).
Based on Hilary Mantel's novel, the drama charts the rise of Thomas Cromwell and regularly uses bad language.
The king (Damian Lewis) spoke of his future bride, pondering: "Does not Mistress Seymour have the tiniest hands?"
After walking away, a courtier mocked him by saying: "Does she not have the whitest throat?", before another piped up, saying: "Has she not got the wettest c**t you ever groped?'
An Ofcom »
Spwa bought rights to the U.K, France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Australia/New Zealand. Westend Film is handling international sales.
“The Silent Storm” follows a couple living on a remote Scottish island with the woman caught between her minister husband and the delinquent sent to live with them. Kate Dickie and Ross Anderson also star.
The film was executive produced and financed by Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson through their Eon Productions, best known for the James Bond franchise. Nicky Bentham produced through her Neon Films.
The film is directed by Corinna McFarlane in her directorial debut.
News was first reported by Deadline. »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired North American rights and multiple international territories to Corinna McFarlane’s directorial debut The Silent Storm. Territories acquired include the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Australia/New Zealand. Starring Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion), Silent Storm follows an enigmatic outsider (Riseborough) living on a remote Scottish island, who finds herself caught between her… »
New York City native Adrien Brody had a very clear reason for getting involved in Bulgari’s Save the Children campaign, celebrated at a classy Oscar week kickoff cocktail event at Spago Beverly Hills on Tuesday night.
“I’m a product of public schools. My father is a public school teacher… Without his guidance, I wouldn’t be here today,” confessed the star and newly appointed Bulgari ambassador at a press conference preceding the party. “I wouldn’t have the confidence to speak my mind… I would not have the strength to commit to the roles I have, to believe in myself in this business, which is a very competitive business.”
“I grew up in a working class neighborhood,” he continued, captivating the room with his candidness about his modest Queens upbringing. “And I’ve witnessed the effects of poverty and lack of education and lack of guidance, which falls under the same category, »
- Jasmin Rosemberg
The period drama, starring Damian Lewis as King Henry VIII, has been sold to Arte for France and Germany, Svt for Sweden, Dr for Denmark, Yle for Finland, BBC First for Australia and co-production partners Masterpiece for the Us.
The announcement was made ahead of the BBC Worldwide Showcase 2015, which will be held in Liverpool between February 22 and 25.
The showcase is the biggest distributor trade event in the world, and is designed to generate programme sales on behalf of the BBC and independent producers.
President of global markets for BBC Worldwide, Paul Dempsey, said: "The range and quality of this year's content slate will make for a special showcase, and we can't wait to welcome a record number of international buyers to our flagship event for British TV exports."
It’s Wolf Hall’s world now, and we just live in it. Which is excellent. I am all for this, especially if we maintain a gateway into a parallel universe where we can still access modern medicine, cleaning products and meals whose recipes don’t begin “First catch your sheep’s head”. And if we could keep watching briskly efficient documentaries like Shakespeare’s Mother: The Secret Life of a Tudor Woman (BBC4), presented by historian and broadcaster Michael Wood, that would be great too.
Although I suppose in that case the life a) wouldn’t be so secret and b) watching it as well as living it might cause some kind of event horizon that would bring the »
- Lucy Mangan
What does it say that we've both put off discussing the new Werner Herzog film? I must admit my profound disappointment at Herzog's first fictional feature film since his two-shot salvo of The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans and My Son, My Son, What Have You Done? in 2009 and certainly his most expansive drama for decades. With a cast of James Franco, Robert Pattison, and Damian Lewis led by Nicole Kidman, Queen of the Desert adapts the true saga of Gertrude Bell, an utterly unique woman who at the turn of the last century plunged into the deserts of the Middle East by herself and become better acquainted and more influential among its myriad tribes and factions than anyone else before and probably since.
Yet for a director so adept at discovering, eliciting and pursuing a kind of inspired mania and adventurousness in his fellow man, »
- Daniel Kasman
The Great Comic Relief Bake Off: BBC One, 8pm
The first of four celebrity specials of Bake Off for Comic Relief.
The Henry VIII drama, starring Damian Lewis, continues.
Anne Boleyn realises her days might be numbered after she gives birth to a daughter, and not the son Henry wants. Meanwhile, Cromwell tries to force everyone to take an oath approving Henry as head of the Church.
Grimm: Watch, 9pm
The third instalment of this series of the fantasy drama airs tonight.
Nick and Hank investigate strange goings-on at a Wesen boxing gym, while Elizabeth offers to help Rosalee and Monroe find a way to restore Nick's lost powers.
The long-running medical »
Mantel is currently writing The Mirror and the Light, which is expected to be published later in 2015. The current series of Wolf Hall is based on the first two books in the trilogy.
Callender said: "We are waiting for Hilary to deliver it, but everybody involved felt they were making something of substance. Subject to everybody's schedule I think they will want to come back."
German powerhouse Studio Babelsberg celebrated Werner Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert,” starring Nicole Kidman, James Franco and Damain Lewis, at a party Feb. 6 Soho House In Berlin. Film is playing in competition at the Berlin festival.
The bash drew “Queen of the Desert’s” stars, including a cheerful and courtly Damian Lewis, who attended with his wife, actress Helen McCrory, and James Franco, who came with MoMA curator Klaus Biesenbach and kept a low profile at the bar. The eclectic guest list also included Courtney Love, who popped up and posed for pictures with Biesenbach and Franco.
Babelsberg’s CEO Charlie Woebcken said the studio was happy to throw a party in Berlin for Herzog’s film because the helmer is a good friend and they are in early talks on his next project.
“We were in discussions to shoot the English parts of ‘Queen of the Desert’ in Babelsberg, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Yesterday Werner Herzog premiered his latest, "Queen of the Desert," at the 65th International Film Festival. It marked a wonderful occasion to see the legendary German filmmaker in the flesh and on his home turf. Read More: Berlin: The Best Things Werner Herzog, Nicole Kidman and James Franco Said About 'Queen of the Desert'"Queen of the Desert," Herzog's first narrative film since the 2009 drama "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?," stars Nicole Kidman as a Gertrude Bell, a brilliant woman who, along with T.E. Lawrence (of "Lawrence of Arabia"), was a highly influential figure in English foreign policy, and most known for assisting in the creation of today's Iraq. James Franco, Robert Pattinson and Damian Lewis also star in the biographical epic. In honor of the film's world premiere, Indiewire sat down with the iconic filmmaker to talk about his interest in the project, working »
- Eric Eidelstein
Queen of the Desert costars James Franco, Nicole Kidman and Damian Lewis posed together on the red carpet at the film’s premiere at the Berlin Film Festival Friday night. ‘Queen Of The Desert’ Premiere In Queen of the Desert, Kidman stars as British explorer, writer, archaeologist and political attaché for the British Empire Gertrude Bell. […]
- Chelsea Regan
Awards season takes its annual sojourn to London this week for the Ee British Academy Film Awards, the last big chance for nominees to rub shoulders and be seen ahead of Oscar ballots closing on February 17. With a 500-member overlap between BAFTA and AMPAS, there are plenty of hearts and minds to be won, and BAFTA’s increased importance in its own right ensures a roster of peripheral events bringing more glitz than ever before.
Among the notable happenings this year are Vanity Fair planting a BAFTA fête flag for the first time — in association with Working Title — while Prince William and wife Kate are lending Kensington Palace to the nominees cocktail on Saturday. Universal is also hosting a party and The Weinstein Co bash is one of the hottest post-show tickets on Sunday.
But the schmoozing already kicked off last night with BAFTA’s new Film Gala Dinner, in »
- Joe Utichi
This afternoon, Werner Herzog premiered his latest drama "Queen of the Desert" in competition at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival. The film stars Nicole Kidman as the titular heroine, Gertrude Bell, who has gone down in history as the "female Lawrence of Arabia" for playing a key role in setting the course for the new political order in the Middle East around 1920. Herzog and Kidman -- alongside Kidman's onscreen lovers in the film, James Franco and Damian Lewis -- took part in a press conference immediately following the screening. Below are the top highlights: Nicole Kidman loved the opportunity to shoot on location in the desert."He's not a green screen sort of guy," Kidman said of Herzog. "The beauty of being in that landscape – I have a huge love for the desert – really helps to infiltrate the relationship [between her and Franco's characters]. One of my favorite sequences of the movie is when we run off into the desert. »
- Nigel M Smith
The world is full of men content to spend their lives within a few miles of where they were born, men who will love one woman, learn one language and go to their graves hardly having dreamed at all. These are not the men about whom Werner Herzog makes movies, although it took until age 72 for the chronicler of such bombastic souls as “Aguirre” and “Fitzcarraldo” to deem a woman worthy of one of his mighty portraits. Better late than never, and though Nicole Kidman is hardly the female Klaus Kinski, in the formidable character epic “Queen of the Desert,” she conveys with quiet determination what Kinski never could: the kind of conviction that changes the world.
Leaning more on romance than one might suppose to capture such an independent spirit as Gertrude Lowthian Bell, whose self-directed explorations among and dealings with the Middle East’s many conflicting tribes informed »
- Peter Debruge
Berlin — Nicole Kidman, James Franco and Damian Lewis spoke about their experience of working with director Werner Herzog, vultures and camels at a Berlin press conference Friday for Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert,” which plays in competition at the Berlin Film Festival.
The film centers on explorer Gertrude Bell, who has been described as “the female Lawrence of Arabia.” Bell traveled across the Middle East in the first decades of the 20th century, and helped define the borders of the region’s emerging nations.
But despite her decisive political role, it was Bell’s inner life that Herzog sought to capture. “Her interior life was more fascinating than the political complications of the last years of her life,” Herzog said.
- Leo Barraclough
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