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Today we have our first look at Sky and Amazon’s new ten-part series Britannia. Featuring Kelly Reilly and David Morrissey the series the takes us into the dark heart of the Roman Conquest of Britain. Written by Jez Butterworth, whose recent works include Edge of Tomorrow, Black Mass and a hand in the script for […]
- Jon Lyus
Louisa Mellor Dec 7, 2016
Currently filming in Prague, Sky Original series Britannia is the latest UK period drama to delve further back into history than bonnets and corsets, all the way to the Roman invasion of Britain.
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As you'll see in the image gallery above, it stars David Morrissey (seen recently in The Missing, but also an old chum from The Walking Dead, Doctor Who and Blackpool) and Kelly Reilly (True Detective, »
The Walking Dead fans hoping this season’s main antagonist, Negan, would soon meet his maker will have to hold out for at least another season. Love him or hate him, during a recent appearance on Sirius Xm’s The Howard Stern Show (via ComicBook.com), actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan revealed that he’ll be back as Negan for the eighth season of the hit AMC series.
Morgan, who has mentioned in the past that he will have a long stay on the show, said, “I know that I’ll be around for season 8. We finished [season 7] a week ago.”
For those surprised by the lack of Negan in the show’s two most recent episodes, the actor confirmed, “The next two, I’m really big in. I’m f—ing heavy in those.”
- Justin Cook
[Warning: This story contains spoilers through season seven, episode six of AMC's The Walking Dead.]
The latest episode of the AMC zombie drama, "Swear," may not have seemed like much of a game-changer on the surface. After all, it featured fewer series regulars than virtually any other Walking Dead episode — perhaps second only to Tara's introduction in "Live Bait," season four's first Governor (David Morrissey) flashback episode. But what it »
- Josh Wigler
Louisa Mellor Nov 24, 2016
As the revelations finally start to pour in, The Missing’s penultimate episode is equal parts satisfying and sickening…
This review contains spoilers.
Sophie Giroux to take her revenge against Adam Gettrick. The real Alice Webster to be reunited with her family (and it all to go swimmingly this time). Daniel Reed to have survived his wounds and learn that his father was a good man who didn’t kill himself. Julien to return home with Celia and have that potentially life-saving operation. The Websters to move back to England and live happily ever after. Jorn Lennart to magically come back to life and live out his days composing pretty guitar lullabies for Eve and her half-David Morrissey baby.
That’s my wish-list for next week’s finale. Granted, it may tip »
Louisa Mellor Nov 16, 2016
The Missing series 2 delivers its best episode yet, an emotional and tense instalment focused on Julien Baptiste…
This review contains spoilers.
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2.6 Saint John
Thematically and emotionally, The Missing series two struck all the right notes this week. The multiple plot strands coalesced in an episode that was alternately sickening, thrilling and moving. Sickening in the scenes showing Gettrick’s home life with Sophie and Lucy; thrilling in every step closer Julien came to discovering Adam and what really happened in Iraq in 1991; and moving just about every time Keeley Hawes and David Morrissey were on screen.
Choosing to reveal Gettrick as the culprit last week turns out to have been a killer move. It »
Louisa Mellor Nov 9, 2016
Hear what The Missing’s writers and producer have to say after the events of episode five. Major spoilers…
Warning: contains spoilers. Avoid until you’ve seen The Missing episode 5.
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The Missing series two has chosen to show its hand early. At the end of episode five, it revealed its culprit with three hours of story remaining. There are still plenty of questions to be answered as it ties up the dangling plot threads, and much to explain about how series two’s plot strands are connected, but we know who took the girls. And it’s someone nobody had their eye on. »
Proving that these things can be as much a result of personal connection as they can be the result of casting director’s opinions, Maria Bello has revealed that she will be appearing in season eight of The Walking Dead – because her friend produces it, and she loves the show.
“I am obsessed with the show. I have a friend who’s a producer on it, and I’ve asked them to write me a part, which apparently they are for next season. Even if I just play a zombie, I said, ‘I’ll just come out and play a zombie for an episode, I don’t care!’ But it is my favourite show.”
Evidently, the team behind The Walking Dead are writing her a part, but it is not yet clear what that part will be. Realistically, it would be very disappointing if the role were actually restricted to that of a zombie, »
- Sarah Myles
Louisa Mellor Oct 26, 2016
The Missing continues to weave a gripping, packed story, though it wouldn’t hurt it to stop and take a breath…
This review contains spoilers.
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2.3 A Prison Without Walls
The ability to stand still every so often works wonders for a thriller. Quiet moments don’t just offer a slip road away from the roaring influx of revelation, they allow tension to build and realisations to gradually dawn. Characters are given a chance to breathe uninterrupted by the noise of plot.
The Missing, gripping as it is, could afford to stand still a little more often. With a cast this good, there’s plenty to keep our attention without erratically leaping from strand to strand, »
Season one of BBC and Starz’s harrowing “The Missing” ended with a descent into madness, but don’t expect a resolution to any lingering questions in season two.
Created and written by brothers Harry and Jack Williams, the eight-hour second season of the missing persons thriller launched Oct. 12 in the U.K. and will make its international bow at Mipcom. This time the show follows an all-new case involving Sam (David Morrissey) and Gemma (Keeley Hawes), whose daughter disappeared in 2003. In 2014, Alice (Abigail Hardingham) returns. The season will toggle between 2014 and the present as returning French detective Julien Baptiste (Tcheky Karyo) gets involved in the story.
At what point did you decide there would be a season two?
Harry Williams: We always imagined it would be one series and it was midway through series one when we realized we wouldn’t be able to write about Julien, who we just loved. We »
- Rob Owen
Louisa Mellor Oct 13, 2016
This review contains spoilers.
While some TV dramas go perfectly with a vat of tea and a chocolate hobnob, and others sit well with a glass of wine, the best accompaniment to The Missing series two might be a flipchart, multi-coloured board markers and a stack of Post-It Notes. Episode one was cluttered with questions to file away and a timeline so convoluted that a homemade diagram was your best hope of keeping up.
Over the course of the hour I totted up three time periods, four countries, two abductions, two missing babies, two suspects, one affair, at least one suicide, a mysterious fire and a funeral. Best add paracetamol to your Wednesday shopping list for the next seven weeks.
Haircuts turned out to be key. »
No, not the one about the French boy called Paul who goes missing in Manchester. That’s The Pogba Story, though they should probably get Julien Baptiste, the great French detective (retired) on to that as well. This is The Missing (BBC1), Harry and Jack Williams’s drama about missing children, back for a second series. James Nesbitt, remember? Playing the dad of five-year-old Oliver who disappears in France.
Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo) returns, with his limp, his philosophical stubbornness, his chunky knitwear and his comedy intonation. Otherwise, it is a whole new story and cast: Keeley Hawes, David Morrissey and one of my all-time favourite Icelandic actors Olafur Darri Olafsson, from Trapped. It’s very fashionable to have a token Nordic in your drama these days, »
- Sam Wollaston
Louisa Mellor Sep 30, 2016
As The Walking Dead season 7 premiere edges closer, we look back over some of season 1-6’s best ever moments. Spoilers…
Warning: contains major spoilers for The Walking Dead seasons 1- 6.
The world of The Walking Dead is a cruel one. That’s the lesson its showrunners have impressed upon viewers time and again through six seasons of Walker attacks, bloody beheadings, surprise crossbow bolts to the brain, and—how could we not mention it—bludgeonings by psychopaths wielding barbed-wire-wrapped baseball bats.
That’s why you won’t find much fun in the selection below. The Walking Dead isn’t really a birthday-parties-and-puppies kind of place; it’s more a viscera-and-machine gun sort of deal.
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Bear that in mind as you join us on this tour of the show’s thirteen most unforgettable moments so far...
13. Daryl »
Now that September is finally underway, you can expect to see a lot of horror and sci-fi offerings making their way to Blu-ray and DVD from now until Halloween. This Tuesday, we have a handful of selections to look forward to, including a double dose of Hammer Films double features, Haunted Honeymoon (directed by and starring the late, great Gene Wilder), and a trio of new releases: The Neighbor, Tale of Tales, and The Ones Below.
For more than four decades, Hammer Films’ unique blend of horror, science fiction, thrills and comedy dominated countless drive-ins and movie theaters. Enjoy this impeccable collection from the darkest corners of the Hammer Imagination! »
- Heather Wixson
I am a sucker for maternal thrillers. From ’90s popcorn thrillers like The Hand That Rocks The Cradle to the brutal extremism of Inside, crazy mothers hit a soft spot for me and part of it may be due to the fact that the motivation is right there. There’s no need for an extensive backstory when the loss of a child is involved. The audience gets it. While the premise of The Ones Below may sound like a familiar trope, writer/director David Farr knows how to utilize his unique style to provide a slow burn of a thriller that will keep the anxiety levels high.
Kate (Clemence Poesy) and Justin (Stephen Campbell Moore) are 18 weeks into their pregnancy when they get neighbors in the form of Jon (David Morrissey) and Theresa (Laura Birn) who are also expecting. Theresa is persistent on spending time with Kate, with a smile »
This still, which arrives on the heels of those pics spotlighting the ensemble cast, hails from Entertainment Weekly, and when the outlet quizzed Morgan about Negan’s chances against the Governor (played by David Morrissey), the actor claimed that said contest wouldn’t really be a contest at all.
“It’s not even close. I mean, I love David Morrissey, but he wouldn’t stand a chance. Wouldn’t stand a chance. I’d put Negan up against anybody. He’s super smart and there’s no filter, no fear. The Governor was a little bit wack. Negan’s got it together. It wouldn’t even be close. And I’m sorry, ‘cause I really love David. He’s awesome. I worked with him for »
- Michael Briers
Season seven of The Walking Dead may very well be the most highly anticipated yet, and that's mainly down to the fact that the lead villain will be Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan. A new image has been revealed of him today, and as you can see, he seems to be taking some sadistic pleasure in gunning down someone or something. Either way, a gun makes a change from his famed baseball bat, Lucille. Talking to Entertainment Weekly recently, Morgan said Negan should be way more feared than The Governor ever was. "It's not even close. I mean, I love David Morrissey, but he wouldn't stand a chance. Wouldn't stand a chance. I'd put Negan up against anybody. He's super smart and there's no filter, no fear. The Governor was a little bit wack. Negan's got it together. It wouldn’t even be close. And I'm sorry, 'cause I really love David. »
Amazon and Sky have given the greenlight to the new Britannia TV show, starring Kelly Reilly, David Morrissey, and Zoe Wanamaker. Britannia is set in 43Ad. The drama features the Roman Imperial Army which, Amazon says is "determined and terrified in equal measure, returns to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia, a mysterious land ruled by wild warrior women and powerful Druids who can channel the powerful forces of the underworld."The Britannia TV series, is currently in production, with an eye toward a 2017 premiere. Written by Jez Butterworth and Tom Butterworth, with Richard McBrien, Britannia is produced by Rick McCallum and executive produced by Vertigo Films’ James Richardson with Pippa Harris and Nicolas Brown from Neal Street Productions and Anne Thomopolous.Read More… »
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The new series, which takes place in the year 43 A.D., will follow Kerra (Reilly) and Antedia (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone‘s Zoë Wanamaker), arch-rivals in a land ruled by warrior women and powerful Druids capable of channeling the underworld. When Aulus Plautius (Morrisey) leads the Roman Imperial Army in an invasion of Britannia, they are forced to set aside their differences and work together to stop him. »
Teaming for their first co-production, Amazon in the U.S. has joined with the UK’s Sky on original drama series, Britannia. Written by Jez Butterworth, this will be Amazon’s first series entirely produced overseas. In April, Deadline revealed that Kelly Reilly was in talks to star; she will now be joined by The Walking Dead‘s David Morrissey along with Zoë Wanamaker (Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone) and Stanley Weber (Outlander). Vertigo Films (Monsters) is… »
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