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Doctor Who is so beloved that most actors would go to great lengths to get a role, even a just as an extra, on the show. Those same actors would love to quiz anyone that has been in an episode on just how they went about getting that role in the hopes that the method
- Rebecca Crockett
Fans of The Bletchley Circle have got quite awhile to wait before they can see season two. PBS has announced that the second season will debut on April 13th at 10pm. There are just four episodes and the finale will air on May 4th.
The Bletchley Circle follows four ordinary women (Anna Maxwell Martin, Rachael Stirling, Sophie Rundle, and Julie Graham) who have the extraordinary ability to break codes. They honed this skill during World War II when they worked undercover at Bletchley Park, site of the United Kingdom’s main decryption establishment. Following the war, the women use their code-breaking abilities to solve crimes in post-war London.
What do you think? Did you watch the first season? Do you plan on checking out season two? »
A former child soldier from the Congo trying to fit into the English way of life promises an intriguing storyline and adaptation to the usual, tired, gritty, inner-city drama set on a London sink estate. Debut feature-filmmaker Rob Brown, whose background is award-winning short filmmaking, has all the possibilities at his finger tips but fails to make anything significant or groundbreaking to the usual depressing affair. Thin characterisation and some wooden acting mar the potential, even though you cannot help but want the best for lead character Jumah, played by Roger Nsengiyumva of Africa United fame.
Sixteen-year-old Jumah (Nsengiyumva), who is African born and has witness some brutal atrocities in his homeland, is brought to inner-city London by his adoptive mother Laura (Rachael Stirling), a nurse, to live a safer existence and prosper from the educational opportunities. However, after witnessing a local murder on the estate, Jumah’s child »
- Lisa Giles-Keddie
Director: Rob Brown.
Running Time: 80 minutes
Synopsis: Young Jumah (Roger Nsengiyumva) is settled in an English school and lives with his adoptive mother. He’s quickly gained friends, a girlfriend and a reputation at his new school. But after he witnesses a schoolmate stabbing an older man in the streets, Jumah tries to remain quiet but finds that the event brings back memories from his childhood in Congo.
A stabbing by a school friend awakens many emotions in Jumah. It puts him and his friend – a fellow witness – in a moral dispute where the friend wants to remain quiet while Jumah verges on telling the police what he’s seen. The senseless violence by a fellow young man brings back the memories of childhood soldiers and the monstrosity which he witnessed while being a child soldier in his home country of the Congo. »
- Isra Al kassi
Written and Directed by Rob Brown.
Jumah is about to turn 16 and is already in need of a fresh start. Burdened with the shameful legacy of a past as a child soldier in the Congo, he lives with his adoptive mother in West London, where he struggles to keep a lid on his history of violence.
Unlike many other London based thrillers, this is a much more low-key affair with a strong focus on subtlety instead of explosive action and violence.
The story starts off simply enough as we see that although Jumah is living a different life, there’s still a dark side of him that he just can’t shake. One night though, he and a friend witness something that begins to reveal old and disturbing habits - threatening to turn him into »
- Gary Collinson
British actor Mem Ferda has signed onto associate produce Rob Brown’s upcoming feature film directorial debut, ‘Sixteen.’ Ferda joins fellow producers Jake Hume and Nic Jeune on the film, which stars Roger Nsengiyumva, Rachael Stirling, Rosie Day and Alexis Zegerman. The urban thriller chronicles an African teen’s struggle to confront his violent past. Jumah, an African former child soldier living in London, is forced to confront his violent past. Jumah is about to turn 16 in two days and wants to leave his violent past behind him. Things seem to be better now, as he has a tentative relationship building with a girl at school. But then Jumah witnesses a [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Set in 1952, The Bletchley Circle revolves around four women who used to work as codebreakers during World War II. When the police overlook a pattern in a series of killings, the women start investigating the murders themselves.
Season one debuted on PBS this past April with three episodes. Bletchley Circle was renewed for a second season by ITV in May and they haven't aired yet.
What do you think? Are you glad to hear that The Bletchley Circle is returning to a second season? »
Mork And Mindy. The Fenn Street Gang. Robin's Nest. Just a sample of the many spin-off shows from successful parent television classics. If a particular character or characters prove popular enough, then they get the chance to take centre stage in a specially created show. Even Doctor Who has had its fair share of spin-offs in recent years. Captain Jack got to helm his own team in Torchwood. K9 got to trundle around some more in super-futuristic style. And of course, the great Elisabeth Sladen brought Sarah Jane Smith for a slew of adventures in the late Noughties.
It's been suggested that the latest Doctor Who caper could have functioned as the pilot for a new spin-off show. It concerns the detective machinations of what's known as The Paternoster Row gang, namely the recently introduced lesbian Silurian Madame Vastra, her feisty lover Jenny Flint and their comedy sidekick Sontaran Strax. »
The fans love to moan, but as the season seven finale approaches, Doctor Who is as good as - if not better than - ever before, argues Dan Martin
The Doctor Who finale is nearly upon us, and there are more questions to be answered than ever before. Two mysteries await their endgame – the true identity of Clara Oswald, the impossible girl, and the even more tantalising MacGuffin of the Doctor's real name. But behind the scenes an even greater question lurks. In its 50th year, its biggest ever, is Doctor Who dropping the ball?
Series seven (or 33) began with epic bluster. The previous run was criticised, not entirely undeservedly, for the convoluted puzzle box that was the River Song storyline. This time, it was announced, they were going to go the other way – no two-parters and no long-running storyline, but a bam-bam-bam of big, blockbusting, one-off stories. "Don't tell me the plot, »
- Dan Martin
ITV has ordered a second series of The Bletchley Circle.
Series two will be comprised of a pair of two-part stories written by series creator Guy Burt.
Set a year on from the first series in 1953, Jean (Graham), Susan (Martin), Millie (Stirling) and Lucy (Rundle) reunite when former Bletchley Park colleague Alice Merren (Hattie Morahan) is accused of murder.
The second two-parter will follow Millie as she is abducted after becoming caught up in the murky world of people trafficking.
"The Bletchley Circle is a wonderful addition to our drama slate last year and we're delighted that it's returning to ITV with two new and exciting stories," said ITV's Director of Drama Commissioning, Steve November.
ITV has recomissioned 'The Bletchley Circle' for a second series. Julie Graham, Anna Maxwell Martin, Rachael Stirling and Sophie Rundle will return to the code-breaking thriller, which is based on the lives of four extraordinary women who worked at top-secret HQ Bletchley Park during World War II, for two new 60-minute episodes featuring two self-contained stories. Steve November, Director of Drama Commissioning at ITV, said: '''The Bletchley Circle' is a wonderful addition to our drama slate last year and we're delighted that it's returning to ITV with two new and exciting stories.'' 'Outnumbered' beauty Hattie Morahan has joined the cast of »
Gated communities are usually met with some suspicion and mistrust – in this case it’s rightly founded. Something is wrong in Sweetville, and The Doctor is red in the face about it. A bunch of friends reappear to help combat…
The Crimson Horror
by Mark Gatiss
Directed by Saul Metzstein
People are turning up dead in the canal in Victorian Yorkshire, their bodies in varied states of petrifaction and their skin a lobster red. Madame Vastra and Jenny are asked to investigate, and when they realize that The Doctor is somehow involved, they hurry to investigate. A woman is establishing her own ark on dry land, planning to survive the next torrent, not of rain, but of poison.
Mark Gatiss balances comedy and horror with a deft hand, being given the reins on the investigating Silurian and her companions. This may be the closest we ever get to a completely solo Vastra and Jenny adventure, »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
It's a long time before we actually see the Doctor in "The Crimson Horror," but when he does arrive in this alternately silly/creepy/fun installment it's one of the best moments of this "Doctor Who" season so far.
The extended wait for that burst of brilliance and the terrific sepia-tinged montage that follows represents exactly the kind of episode "Crimson" is: not a standout, not a disappointment, but full of great little scenes you'll be happy to rewatch later.
Aside from the Doctor's grand entrance -- when Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart) releases him from his Sweetville prison -- most of that great stuff involves the inspired guest casting of British TV legend Diana Rigg as conniving old hag Mrs. Gillyflower and Rigg's real-life daughter Rachael Stirling as Gillyflower's put-upon blind daughter Ada.
Rigg and Stirling are simply sensational, both together and individually, throughout the episode and arguably top the »
Written By: Mark Gatiss
Directed By: Saul Metzstein
The Story: Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax investigate a series of strange deaths in Yorkshire, 1893, where the corpses’ skin has been turned waxy and red!
The Verdict: And things were going so well. After three very excellent episodes, The Crimson Horror comes along to lower your expectations for next week, by delivering a sub-standard episode that’s more irritating then it is entertaining.
It’s not for want of trying, mind you. The central concept of dead red folk is a disturbing image (well, disturbing for kids at least) and there is some fun to be had here and there. But too much of the story is played for laughs, when clearly it would be more effective to play it for scares instead. It doesn’t help matters that much of the focus is on the Silurian Madama Vastra and Sontaran Strax, »
- Matt Dennis
Review Simon Brew 4 May 2013 - 19:13
This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.
The Crimson Horror
For the second time in this current run of Doctor Who series 7 episodes, Mark Gatiss has delivered an episode that blends together the tone and feel of different eras of the show. Set in 1893, The Crimson Horror mixes in elements of horror, period detective story, humour and science fiction, that - effects aside - feels like it could have sat as easily in the 70s as the modern run. The resultant episode is a fun one.
Interestingly, it's an episode where the Doctor and Clara aren't in it much, too. For large parts, they're part of the mystery here, rather than the ones actively trying to solve it.
Back when Doctor Who ran in »
Review Simon Brew 1 May 2013 - 07:00
It'd be remiss to call Mark Gatiss' The Crimson Horror the Doctor-lite episode of series 7. But were you to go with the description of it as the-one-where-the-Doctor-takes-a-surprisingly-long-time-to-show-up, you'd be more on the money.
Set in Yorkshire in the 1890s, it's actually left to the returning trio of Strax, Madame Vastra and Jenny to do the early heavy lifting in the episode. As such, we get one or two references back to The Snowmen here (which was the last time we saw them), not least because the last time they met Clara she was suffering a little from being, well, dead. But this is primarily a standalone tale, a period mystery with horror under and overtones. Pretty much perfect for Mark Gatiss, then.
Interestingly. it's more Jenny that »
Real-life mother-and-daughter duo Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling guest star in this week's edition of Doctor Who - the second episode this year from the pen of Mark Gatiss, 'The Crimson Horror' is a gothic romp through Victorian London!
With trusty accomplices Vastra, Jenny and Strax at their side, the Doctor (Matt Smith) and Clara (Jenna-Louise Colman) must unravel the sinister machinations of Mrs Gillyflower (Rigg) and solve the mystery of the Crimson Horror - a plague sweeping through London that leaves its victims paralysed, their skin red as blood!
Doctor Who continues this Saturday (May 4) at 6.30pm on BBC One.
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We've got acting legends camping it up and cross-dressing bald men (amongst other things) in this week's Must-See TV, which will give you the skinny on the likes of Doctor Who, The Following and other telly highlights.
Read on for full details of the shows you really should take a peek at this week...
Vicious: Monday (April 29) at 9pm on ITV
The humour may not exactly be top drawer, but the cast list of ITV's latest stab at primetime comedy can't be argued with. Sir Ian McKellen - Gandalf! Magneto! - and Sir Derek Jacobi - Claudius! The Master! - together... surely it can't be that bad?!
The Sirs play geriatric gay couple Freddie and Stuart, who in this opening episode decide to throw a camp and catty wake for their recently deceased friend. Gurning Misfits actor Iwan Rheon also appears as sprightly leather jacket fan Ash, who's just moved in upstairs, »
Smart, addictive and situated in a fascinating historical moment, “The Bletchley Circle” is the kind of nifty little British confection only PBS would provide, particularly in this limited three-episode format. Likely to appeal to an older audience as an old-fashioned whodunit, there’s also a Sherlock Holmes/”CSI”-type aspect to the notion of four women trained to decipher German codes during World War II reunited nearly a decade later to help crack a string of brutal murders. Perfectly cast and cleverly paced, consider it a mini-”Masterpiece Mystery” for that franchise’s crime-loving loyalists.
The four women are introduced identifying patterns in Nazi communiques while urging each other to “Never be ordinary!” But nine years later, they’re just that, living varying degrees of domestic bliss or desperation, when Susan (Anna Maxwell Martin of “Bleak House” and “South Riding”), now a slightly bored housewife and mother, recognizes a spatial »
- Brian Lowry
Speaking to Vulture, Coleman offered the first hints on what fans can expect from Rigg's guest appearance.
"Oh my God, she was so funny on set. She's got a lot of banter on her," Coleman declared. "I think [co-star Matt Smith] described her role as an old hag - but in the best possible way."
Coleman added of 'The Crimson Horror's storyline: "She's our villain and she runs a place in 1800 Yorkshire called Sweetville, which is kind of Stepford Wives-y. She has a big factory and she's up to no good.
"Her daughter, Rachael Stirling, is also playing her daughter on the show, and they just go at each other. »
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