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Masterpiece Drama 'Churchill's Secret' Assembles Sprawling Cast

22 June 2015 1:42 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

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

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Matthew Macfadyen and Romola Garai join ITV drama Churchill's Secret

22 June 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Matthew Macfadyen and Romola Garai are among the latest actors who have joined ITV's feature-length film Churchill's Secret.

Set during the summer months of 1953, the one-off drama stars Michael Gambon as Winston Churchill, who in his late 70s suffers from a life-threatening stroke.

The story is told from the perspective of his young nurse Millie Appleyard (Garai).

Macfadyen will play Randolph, one of Winston's children. Daisy Lewis, Rachael Stirling and Tara Fitzgerald have signed up to portray Winston's other children Mary, Sarah and Diana respectively.

Further cast additions include Bill Paterson, James Wilby, Alex Jennings, Patrick Kennedy, Christian McKay, Chris Larkin and John Standing.

Churchill's Secret is based on Jonathan Smith's recently-published book The Churchill Secret: Kbo, and is being adapted by Stewart Harcourt.

Filming will begin this month in London, Hayes and at Churchill's principal family home in Kent.

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Ripper Street: Season Three Ratings

18 June 2015 8:26 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

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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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Lionsgate Nabs Rights to Biopic About ‘Sound of Music’ Daughter Agathe von Trapp

3 June 2015 3:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

The screenplay was written by Christoph Silber (“Good Bye »

- Brent Lang

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Cannes 2015: deals round-up

22 May 2015 2:23 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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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Universal Pictures and Focus Features took worldwide rights to Tom Ford’s upcoming thriller Nocturnal Animals, starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal, in a deal reportedly worth $20m. [Story]

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Catch-up TV and radio guide: from The Enfield Haunting to Hetty Feather

18 May 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Timothy Spall’s spooky three-parter has made its way to Sky On Demand and Jacqueline Wilson’s new kid’s drama is now on iPlayer

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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F&Me signs three-film deal with Georgian producer

16 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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.

First up to start later this year is How to Sell a War, scripted by Tim Price and director Rudolph Herzog. Producers are Sam Taylor, Mike Downey and Vladimer Katcharava.

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 »

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"Ripper Street" Gets Two More Seasons

13 May 2015 9:41 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

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.

Matthew Macfadyen has confirmed he's set to return, saying in a statement: "I'm delighted to be embarking on another dose of Ripper Street - blood and guts, »

- Garth Franklin

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Ripper Street to return for two more series of 'blood, guts and pocket watches'

13 May 2015 5:40 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

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

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Amazon Commissions Two More Series of Ripper Street!

13 May 2015 5:21 AM, PDT | Kasterborous.com | See recent Kasterborous news »

Christian Cawley is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

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...

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- Christian Cawley

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Ripper Street is coming back for a fourth and fifth series

13 May 2015 2:26 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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.

Ripper Street writer and creator Richard Warlow said: "It is a great privilege to be asked to continue this journey through Victorian Whitechapel.

"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 »

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Ripper Street: renewed by Amazon for series 4 and 5

13 May 2015 2:21 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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. »

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'Lost in Karastan' picked up for UK release

11 May 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Political satire starring Matthew Macfadyen co-written by Ida’s Pawel Pawlikowski.

Black comedy Lost in Karastan has been picked up by Bulldog Films for a UK theatrical release this autumn alongside a simultaneous digital rollout.

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.

Ben Hopkins directs from a script he co-wrote with Ida director Pawel Pawlikowski.

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 »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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The Enfield Haunting review: an outstanding chiller of gothic goings-on

10 May 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

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

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Film Review: ‘Spooks: The Greater Good’

8 May 2015 8:05 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“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.

Created by David Wolstencroft — who, perhaps tellingly, has no creative involvement here — “Spooks” was launched in 2002 and ran for an impressive ten seasons, »

- Guy Lodge

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Poldark-style six-packs 'smack of vanity', says Matthew Macfadyen

5 May 2015 2:47 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Ripper Street actor says he was put on fitness regime for Pride and Prejudice role but Mr Darcy would never have gone to the gym

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

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Timothy Spall: 'I turned down The Enfield Haunting at first, I was terrified'

30 April 2015 5:04 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Timothy Spall has revealed that he originally turned down The Enfield Haunting because he found it too disturbing.

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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Spooks The Greater Good review: Harry Pearce still knows a trick or two

29 April 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Bharat Nalluri; Screenwriter: Jonathan Brackley, Sam Vincent; Starring: Peter Firth, Kit Harington, Elyes Gabel, Jennifer Ehle, Lara Pulver, Tuppence Middleton, David Harewood, Tim McInnerny; Running time: 104 mins; Certificate: 15

"I still know a trick or two," says Peter Firth's seasoned MI5 head Harry Pearce during a tense exchange in Spooks: The Greater Good. It's a statement that sums up this TV-to-film adaptation well - despite 10 series under its belt Spooks still has something to offer. Particularly if you were a fan of the hit BBC One TV series.

There's nothing here to rival the jaw-dropping shock of Lisa Faulkner's deep fat fryer demise in the series' second episode back in 2002, but The Greater Good stands as a solid spy thriller that successfully harnesses the tone and feel of the TV show. After its trailblazing early years, Spooks gradually brought Firth's Pearce to the fore, and he takes centre »

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Spooks The Greater Good review: Harry Pearce still knows a trick or two

29 April 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Director: Bharat Nalluri; Screenwriter: Jonathan Brackley, Sam Vincent; Starring: Peter Firth, Kit Harington, Elyes Gabel, Jennifer Ehle, Lara Pulver, Tuppence Middleton, David Harewood, Tim McInnerny; Running time: 104 mins; Certificate: 15

"I still know a trick or two," says Peter Firth's seasoned MI5 head Harry Pearce during a tense exchange in Spooks: The Greater Good. It's a statement that sums up this TV-to-film adaptation well - despite 10 series under its belt Spooks still has something to offer. Particularly if you were a fan of the hit BBC One TV series.

There's nothing here to rival the jaw-dropping shock of Lisa Faulkner's deep fat fryer demise in the series' second episode back in 2002, but The Greater Good stands as a solid spy thriller that successfully harnesses the tone and feel of the TV show. After its trailblazing early years, Spooks gradually brought Firth's Pearce to the fore, and he takes centre »

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The Trapp Family - A Life in Music

18 April 2015 3:56 AM, PDT | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music, a new film The Trapp Family - A Life in Music is in production in Salzburg. The film, which tells the story behind the legend, is based on the autobiography of Agathe von Trapp, the eldest daughter.

23 year old British actress Eliza Bennett leads the cast as Agathe, starring with Matthew Macfadyen as her father Georg von Trapp alongside an international cast, whilst Vanessa Redgrave plays the older Agathe.

Eliza (represented by Independent Talent) starred in Nanny McPhee and Inkheart as a child, and more recently in thrillers F and Confine, she also appeared in the second series of Broadchurch.

The Trapp Family - A Life in Music tells the story of Agathe, who has been searching for her path in life since her youth: She is the eldest daughter among many siblings, and her relationship with her father, the »

- noreply@blogger.com (ScreenTerrier)

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