“Liar,” the latest series from Sundance TV looks to be covering that territory in a new way. From creators Harry and Jack Williams (“Fleabag”), “Liar” stars Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd as two people each trying to piece together their versions of what happened on a fateful date.
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Froggatt, best known for her role as Mrs. Bates on “Downton Abbey,” stars as a teacher whose evening with surgeon Andrew (Gruffudd) leads to a swirl of violence, trauma, and accusations. Sundance has released its latest teaser for the series, told from Laura’s point of view.
Romance might finally be blossoming with Tamla Kari's comely Constance, but elsewhere d'Artagnan's fortunes are less favourable. He's yet to become a true Musketeer and a new nemesis also lurks on the horizon, the fearsome brute Labarge - with guest star Vinnie Jones taking on the sort of period villain role he's not attempted since the music video for Westlife's 'Bop Bop Baby'.
Jones might be a one-trick pony, but it's a trick he's undeniably good at performing and it's enormous fun seeing his cockney hardman routine relocated to 17th Century Paris.
Labarge - a man with "no more humanity than a jackal" - is swiftly
PETA has garnered attention for years for their ads featuring nude celebrities saying they'd rather go naked than wear fur. Now Fishlove is getting in on the act, though "I'd rather go naked than wear seafood" doesn't exactly have the same ring to it.
But the U.K. organization, set up in 2009 by Moshimo restaurant owner Nicholas Rohl and actress Greta Scacchi, is designed to raise awareness of the unsustainable fishing done worldwide that is ruining the earth's marine ecosystem.
Above, you can see "X Files" and "Hannibal" actress Gillian Anderson posing with a Conger eel draped over her bosom, and below model/actress Elizabeth "Lizzie" Jagger (daughter of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and model Jerry Hall) rides a yellowfin tuna in the buff.
For more information and photos, check out the Fishlove website and Facebook page. Other celebrities taking part include Ben Kingsley, Terry Gilliam,
Digital Spy sat down with Bettany and director Nick Murphy (The Awakening) to discuss the film's portrayal of family, and its striking setting on the Lancashire coast.
Bettany also discussed the casting of Stephen Graham, who he had been hoping to work with for several years, as Joe's more sensitive brother Chrissie.
Mark Strong, Brian Cox, Zoë Tapper and Ben Crompton are among the supporting cast of Blood, which was adapted by Bill Gallagher from his own 2004 BBC series Conviction.
Blood is out now in UK cinemas.
You don't need to have seen Bill Gallagher's 2004 BBC series Conviction to recognise the small-screen roots of Blood, which begins in a relatively standard Sunday evening telly vein. After a 12-year-old girl is murdered, hardened and emotionally distant copper Joe Fairburn (Paul Bettany) becomes obsessed with tracking down her killer, with the case reminding him of an unsolved one from his past.
The police arrest Jason (an unsettling Ben Crompton), a smug and unrepentant creep with a history of child abuse. Joe and his more sensitive brother Chrissie (Stephen Graham) are convinced of his guilt, but he's released due to lack of evidence. This does not sit well with the increasingly unpredictable Joe, and an impulsive act of vigilante justice sends both brothers spiralling into moral decline.
Despite the limitations of Gallagher's script,
The superb cast is led by Paul Bettany who stars alongside British acting favourites Mark Strong, Stephen Graham, Adrian Edmondson, Zoë Tapper and Brian Cox. It’s also produced by Oscar-winning Skyfall director Sam Mendes and slated for UK cinemas from 31st May. Here we have the new poster.
"In Britain we don't have as much money to make programs as in America," James Keast, the series' costume designer, tells Zap2it. "One of our skills is to make it look expensive. With that in mind, we are mostly filming in a shop where the colors will be black because that was the uniform of the day, and I would like to use some color."
He created most of the costumes, but, "all of the trimmings, all of the bits of lace are original," Keast says. He regularly haunts garage sales, charity sales and eBay. "I have a huge selection of these pieces, and if I see it,
Prisoners' Wives star Walker and Garrow's Law actor McArdle will appear opposite Jeremy Piven in the ITV drama's second series.
McArdle will play Lord Loxley - estranged husband of Lady Mae Loxley (Katherine Kelly), while Walker is cast as Delphine Day - a Bohemian novelist and businesswoman who befriends Harry Selfridge's wife Rose (Frances O'Connor).
Ten new episodes of Mr Selfridge - set four years after the events of the first series - began filming in London this week.
Series two will follow Harry Selfridge's efforts to keep his department store afloat as the Great War approaches.
Wild at Heart's Cal Macaninch will also join the hit period drama as Mr Thackeray - the store's new head of fashion.
"ITV Studios is thrilled to be making a second series of Mr Selfridge," said Kate Lewis, executive producer for ITV Studios.
Piven participated in a live chat Monday with the fans, where he talks about his new television role.
Q: "Did you have any reservations about being part of a period piece and now competing with the 'Downton Abbey' standard?"
Piven: "No reservations whatsoever. In fact, I couldn't have planned it any better."
Q: "What was the appeal of this role?"
Piven: "Harry lived such a full, beautiful and ultimately tragic life that it's really fertile ground for a series."
Q: "It feels like you were born to play this part...what did you think when you were approached to play Harry?"
Piven: "I felt honored that they would think of me for this role and
The question is -- will it catch on here in the U.S.?
Star Jeremy Piven is best known for his work as Ari Gold on "Entourage," a fast-talking, neurotic Hollywood talent agent. We can't imagine that "Mr. Selfridge" is going to attract many "Entourage" viewers, so we're curious as to the PBS viewer reaction to Piven in the titular role, which is not unlike his "Entourage" character.
For us, while Piven is certainly a solid Selfridge, we found the supporting characters even more interesting. In particular, Aisling Loftus as Agnes Towler, a shop girl who takes care of her younger brother and has to put up with a mooching,
The real life Harry Selfridge was a larger-than-life entrepreneur who turned the dreary museum-like retail establishments of London into something resembling modern stores. PBS Masterpiece’s new drama Mr Selfridge shows us precisely how this brash yank managed to win the hearts and minds of London’s stuffy elite.
The show begins with Selfridge’s plans for a new store unraveling as his business partner pulls the plug on the deal. Among other things, his English counterpart is unhappy with Selfridge’s decision to hire a brass band to perform at the building site as work begins on the construction. Even away from the work, Selfridge ruffles feathers in London with his all-too-casual manner and apparent disdain for etiquette. He persuades a shop assistant in another store to break protocol and let him browse through the store’s entire inventory of gloves. He
Though many Americans may not know his name, the lush eight-part series "Mr. Selfridge," launching on PBS' "Masterpiece Classic" Sunday, March 31 (check local listings), brings viewers into his world. It's well worth the visit.
Jeremy Piven ("Entourage") is perfectly cast as the brash American in the title role.
"I would describe him as a burst of bright light, hopefully endearing and a powerful energy that possibly takes up a lot of energy in the room and yet is in love with what he does and his family and makes everyone in the room feel special," Piven says.
It's an apt description for the man who seems to always have something to prove and whose charisma enchants people.
Set in England around the same time as "Downton Abbey," "Mr.
"Mr. Selfridge" tells the story of real-life department store mogul Harry Gordon Selfridge (Jeremy Piven), who revolutionized the world of shopping when he opened Selfridge & Co. in London in 1909. Will "Downton Abbey" fans get their period drama fix with this new program? Yes and no.
On the one hand, "Mr. Selfridge" has many of the trappings viewers love about "Downton" -- period costumes and sets, an upstairs/downstairs feel between the wealthy Selfridge, his friends and customers, and the working-class people who are employed at his store.
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However, whereas "Downton" has always focused on propriety and upholding the old ways in an ever-changing world, "Mr. Selfridge" is about looking forward, an entrepreneur working his way up the social ladder with his salesmanship and vision.
And if you can't wait that long for your next fix, the DVD of series one is out now. Digital Spy caught up with one of the show's stars, Zoë Tapper, to chat about its success and her TV heroes.
Why do you think people fell in love with Mr Selfridge?
"I think it's glamorous. I think it's escapist television. People are pulled into this world on a Sunday night that is a totally different world to the one we live in now. It fills in a big hole in the scheduling and I think that's why people have warmed to it.
"Mr Selfridge is a lot more accessible than shows like Downton. Everyone knows the store, but not everyone knows the story.
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