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Eight months after it premiered on Amazon Prime Instant Video, the long-awaited third series of Ripper Street comes to BBCOne tonight. This comes after the Internet giant struck a deal with Aunty Beeb to save the critically-acclaimed series, but why was it axed in the first place? Lead star, Matthew Macfadyen isn’t giving many clues: “I...
- Philip Bates
Zimbabwean-born, Australian trained actor Rick Cosnett ("The Flash") has signed for a recurring role on ABC's new thriller series "Quantico". The show revolves around a group of young FBI recruits who battle their way through training at the Quantico base in Virginia.
Cosnett plays Elias Harper, an openly gay and comedic former defense attorney who used his rhetoric and savvy against FBI cases. Recruited by Miranda (Aunjanue Ellis) as an analyst for his brilliant mind, Elias loves to be right but also has a soft and kind-hearted side. [Source: Deadline]
Lauren Ambrose ("Six Feet Under") and Robbie Amell ("The Flash") are both set to guest star in one episode of the upcoming "The X-Files" event series on Fox. Character details were scarce beyond the pair playing smart and confident agents for the bureau. The six episode run is currently in production. [Source: Variety]
Cate Blanchett will develop and direct the »
- Garth Franklin
Reid, Drake and Jackson will continue to fight crime on Friday nights at 9pm, following its release on Amazon Prime Instant Video in November.
Amazon has also confirmed that the drama will continue for a fourth and fifth series. It is unclear whether the forthcoming series will air on the BBC.
The third series sees Bennett Drake (Jerome Flynn) returning to H Division as an Inspector, Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen) focusing on his books and Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg) returning to the force after four years away.
The show's creator and writer Richard Warlow said: "Series three pivots around the fall from grace of 'Long' Susan Hart, a woman whose new philanthropic ambition is matched only by her ruthless pursuit. »
Stewart Harcourt is adapting Jonathan Smith.'s recently published book "The Churchill Secret: Kbo," a two hour film to be directed by Charles Sturridge ("Where Angels Fear to Tread," "A Handful of Dust"), with Timothy Bricknell producing. Filming of ITV's "Churchill'.s Secret" begins this June in London and at Chartwell, the Churchill. family home in Kent. Set during the summer months of 1953, Winston Churchill., who has been elected Prime Minister for the second time., suffers a life-threatening stroke, which is kept secret from the world. The story is told from the point-of-view of his young nurse (Romola Garai) as Churchill battles to recover. His wife (Lindsay Duncan) hopes that the stroke will force him to retire, while his political friends and foes plot over who will succeed him. The adult Churchill children (Matthew Macfadyen as Randolph, Daisy Lewis as Mary, Rachael Stirling as Sarah and Tara »
- Anne Thompson
The story is told from the perspective of his young nurse Millie Appleyard (Garai).
Filming will begin this month in London, Hayes and at Churchill's principal family home in Kent.
The one-off will also air in the Us on »
As fans are likely aware, Ripper Street was cancelled but was then revived for a third season thanks to a deal with Amazon. Do the ratings on BBC America really matter? Likely not as much as they used to but it's still fun to follow along and see how the show's doing.
This season of Ripper Street picks up four years after Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen), Bennet Drake (Jerome Flynn), and Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg) split and isolated themselves from one another. Others in the cast include MyAnna Buring, Charlene McKenna, Clive Russell, David Wilmot, and David Dawson.
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Lionsgate has nabbed all U.S., Canadian and U.K. distribution rights to Tele München Group’s “The von Trapp Family — A Life of Music,” which looks at the family behind the iconic musical “The Sound of Music.”
The studio is planning a Christmas 2015 release, which means that it will hit theaters in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the film version of “The Sound of Music.”
The film is currently being shot in Salzburg and Bavaria and stars Eliza Bennett (“Broadchurch”), Matthew Macfadyen (“Anna Karenina”) and Rosemary Harris (“Tom & Viv”). Ben Verbong (“The Girl With the Red Hair”) directs the picture. It tells the story of Agathe von Trapp (Bennett), the eldest von Trapp daughter, and her emotionally strained relationship with her father (Macfadyen) and his second wife (Yvonne Catterfeld), as well as the way she developed her musical talent.
- Brent Lang
The biggest deals of this year’s Cannes Marché du Film and how the Competition titles sold throughout the festival.
Behind the glamour of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, business was booming at the Marché du Film (May 13-22), with representatives from 120 countries in attendance - up four on 2014.
A total 3,300 films were on offer this year, around 1,000 at the project stage, with an estimated 11,000 film professionals in attendance, in line with last year.
In the opening days, Marché chief Jérôme Paillard told Screen: “Acquisition agents are telling me that it’s the first time in a number of years that there are so many big projects. I’ve been told there are around 50 high profile projects on offer.”
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Reviews for this Sky Living three-parter have been mixed, with some finding its apparently real-life tale of a poltergeist’s assault on a 1970s house convincingly creepy, and others feeling the central monster lacked spirit (“It may as well pull a tablecloth over its head and float around mumbling ‘wooooooo,’” wrote Grace Dent in the Independent). Still, it’s hard to be too down on anything that features Timothy Spall and Matthew Macfadyen, again sporting Ripper Street-length sideburns. Episodes one and two are available on Sky On Demand. The series concludes Sunday, 9pm.
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- Gwilym Mumford & Kate Hutchinson
Exclusive: Film and Music Entertainment (F&Me) have pacted with Tbilisi-based 20 Steps Productions and The Caucasian Film Service on a three-picture deal to be shot in 2015/16.
The arrangement follows the three companies’ partnership shooting and co-producing in Georgia on Pawel Pawlikowski scripted Lost in Karastan, starring Matthew Macfadyen, and Venice opener The President, directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf.
Development of the project is being co-financed with Creative England. Following an initial recce to the Caucasus earlier in the year, a first draft is due soon after this year’s Cannes market.
The film tells the story of Peggy, a naïve but ambitious young woman with a crippling physical disability, who gets thrown into the deep end when she starts her new career in PR at a high-profile company »
Having rescued the period police procedural drama "Ripper Street" from cancellation after two seasons, Amazon must be happy with their commission and exclusive launch last year of a third season on their Amazon Prime Instant Video service.
Today comes word that the show performed very well with the third season streamed more than any other TV show and attracting larger viewing audiences than some major U.S. series.
As a result, Amazon has now committed to two further seasons for Prime Instant in the UK with filming to begin immediately. Premiere dates for the two new seasons have yet to be set, though it sounds like they may be slightly shorter runs of six or seven episodes each rather than the usual eight.
- Garth Franklin
After a successful revival, Amazon has commissioned a fourth and fifth series of the Victorian detective drama
Ripper Street lives on – Amazon Prime confirmed today that it has recommissioned the Victorian detective drama for a fourth and fifth season.
Originally a BBC drama, Ripper Street was dropped after the second series, only to find a new online home for its third. The series, starring Matthew Macfadyen, MyAnna Buring, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg, follows the adventures of 19th-century policemen in London’s East End.
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- Richard Vine
Ripper Street, the police thriller set in Victorian Whitechapel following the legendary Jack the Ripper murders, has given a further two series by Amazon Instant Video. Starring Matthew Macfadyen (The Enfield Haunting), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones) and Adam Rothenberg, with MyAnna Buring (The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit) also playing a starring role in the most recent...
- Christian Cawley
Ripper Street will return for a fourth and fifth series, after becoming the most-watched show on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the UK.
Amazon resurrected the period procedural after it was axed by BBC One, with the third series - released in November - proving a success for the online outlet.
Two further series have now been commissioned, with launch dates for both to be announced later this year.
Series three will have its first airing on BBC One this summer.
"I had always hoped that Ripper Street would live to follow the world of 'H' Division right through to the end of the Victorian age itself; so with many great thanks to Amazon, and all those viewers who have taken Ripper Street to their hearts, it's »
Ripper Street series 4 and 5 are coming to Amazon Prime Instant Video, in a coup for fans of the period detective drama...
Yet more proof that TV is an entirely different game since the advent of streaming sites comes the announcement that Amazon has ordered not one, but two new series of Ripper Street.
If anyone requires a potted history: the BBC cancelled the period detective drama following its second series. Then, after much fan protest and some valiant rescue work by the behind-the-scenes team came the triumphant news that Ripper Street would live on thanks to Amazon Prime Instant Video. Series three streamed there late last year to much acclaim, and series four and five are now to follow in its wake.
Creator and lead writer Richard Warlow has plans to follow Whitechapel's H Division "right through to the end of the Victorian age itself", and now it looks as though he'll have the opportunity. »
Michael Cowan’s Phoenix World Entertainment handles international sales on the political satire, which stars Matthew Macfadyen (Anna Karenina) as a British filmmaker hired by the president of Karastan to make an epic movie about the European region.
The film, which opened the London Comedy Festival in January, is also being released this month across Germany by Piffl Medien as Welcome to Karastan, following its award winning success at the Hamburg Film Festival.
A release in the Cis territories will begin on May 15 through 20 Steps, and further summer festival dates for the film are being lined up including Motovun and Cluj following recent screenings in Prague and Sofia »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
This supernatural account of the famous 1970s London poltergeist is packed with genuine thrills and superb performances from a young cast
Do you believe in ghosts? If you do, The Enfield Haunting (Sky Living) is an outstanding chiller, beautifully directed and packed with big scares and superb performances. If you don’t, it becomes perhaps even more interesting as a study of broken families and collective hysteria. Based on psychic investigator Guy Lyon Playfair’s book, This House is Haunted, it tells the “true” story of the Hodgson family from Enfield, plagued, they claimed, by a series of strange happenings at their suburban house in the late 1970s.
Matthew Macfadyen is the dashing skeptic Playfair and Timothy Spall is his fellow psychic detective, Maurice Grosse, drawn to the family’s supposed plight by his own tragic backstory: the death of his daughter Janet in a motorbike accident. In interviews, Spall »
- Julia Raeside
“Undone by sentimentality,” grumbles a senior secret agent in “Spooks: The Greater Good,” having been foiled when a long-favored rendezvous location proves a trap. He might as well be talking about the film itself. A strained, superfluous spinoff from a globally popular, now-defunct BBC spy drama that was itself something of a nostalgia exercise, Bharat Nalluri’s chrome-colored thriller plays less as an organic extension of the series’ universe than an all-purpose genre piece nominally tailored to fit the “Spooks” franchise — not to mention the star quality of previously unaffiliated leading man Kit Harington. Nearly four years after the show’s exit from TV screens, existing fans may well deem this workaday return too late; for any uninitiated viewers, seeking a British twist on “Bourne” territory, it’s almost certainly too little.
- Guy Lodge
The actor Aidan Turner’s topless scenes in Poldark were some of the most talked about TV moments of the year but the Ripper Street star Matthew Macfadyen has criticised attempts by TV and film studios to make their male stars increasingly hunky.
The former Spooks actor said the growing obsession for male actors to have a six-pack was not true to life and “smacks of vanity”.
You do the deal and then the personal trainer gets in touch
Related: Poldark review: rugged and gorgeous – and that’s not just the coastline
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- John Plunkett
The Mr Turner actor plays paranormal investigator Maurice Grosse in the Sky Living horror drama, which is based on actual events that took place at a house in Enfield in 1977.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Spall said that it was the story's other complexities that later attracted him to star in the project.
"What I take from whether something's good or not is the first read, and I have to say that when I first read it, I was terrified," he said. "I was actually a bit disturbed by it.
"It's quite an achievement where you're just sitting reading, and I don't want to sound self-indulgent, but I read quite a lot of scripts. So when you're reading and you get the hairs go up on the back of the neck [it's impressive].
"In fact, »
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