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ITV Making ‘Hatton Garden’ Heist Drama

9 June 2017 3:19 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The 2015 heist in London’s diamond district by a group of grizzled thieves is already the subject of multiple movie projects. Now ITV is giving the notorious caper the small-screen treatment by greenlighting drama series “Hatton Garden.”

The robbery is proving irresistible for film and TV producers, with Studiocanal’s “Night in Hatton Garden,” Ronnie Thompson’s “The Hatton Garden Job,” and Working Title also reportedly working up a project about the raid, in which a gang of retired petty criminals looted the contents of the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Company.

ITV’s series will consist of four parts and comes from Jeff Pope, a writer who specializes in dramatizing real-life events.

Timothy Spall, Kenneth Cranham, and Brian F. O’Byrne will play the aging robbers. David Hayman, Alex Norton, Ian Puleston-Davies, Geoff Bell, and Nasser Memarzia will also star. Terry Winsor (“Essex Boys”) will co-write the series, and Paul Whittington (“Cilla”) will direct.

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- Stewart Clarke

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‘The Crown’ Loses Out at BAFTA TV Awards; ‘Happy Valley’ Scores

14 May 2017 1:51 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix’s “The Crown” lost out in all the categories it was nominated in at BAFTA’s British Academy Television Awards, which were handed out Sunday night. The Netflix show had gone into the night a favorite after scoring five nominations in four categories, the most nominations of any show this year.

The Crown” lost out to BBC crime drama “Happy Valley” in best drama category, while Claire Foy was beaten by “Happy Valley” star Sarah Lancashire in the leading actress category. John Lithgow, Jared Harris and Vanessa Kirby all lost out in supporting categories.

Foy came away empty-handed for a second consecutive year in the leading actress category, having been nominated last year for “Wolf Hall” but losing to “Doctor Foster’s” Suranne Jones. In her acceptance speech, Lancashire acknowledged Foy, a Golden Globe winner for her role as a young Queen Elizabeth II, saying: “Claire Foy, you’ve given me my best 10 hours under a »

- Robert Mitchell

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The week in TV: Little Boy Blue; The Durrells; The Island with Bear Grylls; Girlboss

29 April 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Moorside writer Jeff Pope does a fine job on the story of Rhys Jones, The Durrells is much more likable than it should be, but Girlboss isn’t

Little Boy Blue (ITV) | ITV Hub

The Durrells (ITV) | ITV Hub

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Girlboss (Netflix)

It is a tribute to Jeff Pope’s writing that, even as surgeons battled to save the life of 11-year-old Rhys Jones, I was still willing them to succeed. Even though everyone knows the real Rhys died in 2007 on the operating table, after being shot in a Liverpool car park, there was still, surely, a hope – can they get the blood in in time? Will that surgical clip hold – and, like a sporting action-replay, ever the insane suspicion that it might go differently this time.

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- Euan Ferguson

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Little Boy Blue review – gut-wrenching grief, and an investigation that nearly didn’t get results

24 April 2017 11:20 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Jeff Pope’s dramatisation of the fatal shooting of 11-year-old Rhys Jones excelled at turning bad news into good drama

A football ground tribute to someone who has just died is always a moving thing, partly because of the scale of collective feeling. It was hard not to choke up at the minutes’ applause for Ugo Ehiogu, who died too young, at Villa Park and Wembley at the weekend.

The one in Little Boy Blue (ITV) is a reconstruction: 39,000 Everton fans gave up their half-time break at a recent match to applaud 11-year-old Rhys Jones, younger than too young, as actors playing his parents and brother stood by the side of the pitch.

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- Sam Wollaston

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‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Actor Steve Coogan on the Magical Year of ‘Philomena’ – Awards Season Flashback

6 March 2017 8:01 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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If it wasn’t already clear that Steve Coogan is an extraordinarily multi-talented man, along came “Philomena.” Perhaps known best as a comic actor in films like “In The Loop,” “The Trip” and “24 Hour Party People,” Coogan took a turn for the dramatic with “Philomena,” both in front of and behind the camera. As producer, writer and star, Coogan helped deliver one of the year’s most heartwarming — and heartbreaking — dramas, detailing the true story of a woman (Judi Dench) who is joined by a journalist (Coogan) to try to find the son who was taken from her 50 years earlier.

A story that easily could have been turned into an overly sentimental tearjerker is handled with a confidence and restraint in both Coogan’s words and performance, resulting in a film that has been winning over audiences and awards groups left and right.

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- Peter Knegt

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