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Penry-Jones thriller '39 Steps' pulls in 7.3m

29 December 2008 7:18 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A one-off spy thriller starring Rupert Penry-Jones was a ratings hit for BBC One last night (Sunday), early figures suggest. The 39 Steps, a new adaptation of John Buchan's classic novel, averaged 7.28m (27.4%) over 90 minutes from 8pm. It beat a new episode of The Royal on ITV1, which had just 4.25m (15.9%) in the 8pm hour. BBC Two's Top Gear Vietnam Special put in a strong 6.07m (22.7%) over the same period. ITV1's one-off ghost drama Affinity was a ratings disaster at 9pm. The two-hour piece, set in the 1870s and starring Zoe Tapper, could only muster 2.7m (12.1%). This contributed to ITV1's primetime share falling to a miserable 12.9%, down seven points on last week. A new series of Celebrity Mastermind launched to 5.54m (26.6%) on BBC One at 6.30pm, then Antiques Roadshow picked up 7.41m (32.3%) in the 7pm hour. (more) »

- By Neil Wilkes

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'Survivors' to Debut on BBC This Fall

9 November 2008 7:29 AM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

If you’re wondering where Freema Agyeman went after leaving Doctor Who behind, you will be pleased to know she became a Survivor. She was cast in the remake of the Terry Nation Survivors series from the 1970s. The new incarnation will be debuting on the BBC this fall in a six-episode inaugural season. She is joined in the cast by Nikki Amuka–Bird (No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency) as Samantha Willis; Max Beesley (Hotel Babylon) as Tom Price; Shaun Dingwall (Doctor Who) as David; Julie Graham (Bonekickers) as Abby Grant; Paterson Joseph (Jekyll) as Greg; Phillip Rhys (24) as Al; Zoë Tapper (The Last Van Helsing) as Anya and newcomer Chahak Patel as 11-year-old Najid.

Agyeman was written out of the third season of Torchwood in a feud between rival production channels.

BBC Drama Productions pursued the remake rights for some time before finally obtaining them in 2007 and handing production over »

- Robert Greenberger

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