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‘Midnight Sun,’ ‘Feed the Beast,’ ‘The Kettering Incident’ World Premiere at 7th Paris Series Mania

23 March 2016 7:57 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris – Graced by David Chase, Cuba Gooding Jr. Harlan Coben, Stephen Poliakoff, Frank Spotnitz, Lucia Puenzo and “Dexter” showrunner Clyde Phillips, the Paris’ 7th Series Mania, a drive by French authorities to create a TV event that can sit side by side with Cannes Festival, will open April 15 with HBO’s sex-and-drugs laced 1970s music-scene drama “Vinyl,” whose creators include Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese.

Closing April 24 with Hulu’s Stephen King adaptation “11.22.63,” the premiere French TV festival will also boast a new eight-series international competition as it steps up in scale, ambition and government backing. Industry participation is also expected to grow from last year’s 980 execs.

Fest will also feature four other competitions, focusing on American, French, a worldwide Panorama and Web series, plus as industry highlights, a European TV Series Co-Production Forum running April 19-21, featuring 16 TV projects, and a work-in-progress sneak-peak of “Marseille,” Netflix’s first French original series, »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Emmy spotlight: 'London Spy' stars Ben Whishaw, Charlotte Rampling & Jim Broadbent bring humanity to spy thriller

18 March 2016 12:10 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Imagine "Looking" as written by John le Carre, and you've got a pretty good idea of "London Spy," a five-hour British miniseries that tackles queer themes through the prism of a spy thriller. It's written by Tom Rob Smith and directed by Jakob Verbruggen, both worthy of Emmy consideration -- it's visually stylish, tensely paced and features deep dialogue scenes that are almost hypnotic in how they draw you into story and character -- but I'd like to focus on three actors who I think are key to the story's success: Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Emmy Predictions Whishaw has become the kind of actor who makes me excited for a project just by virtue of being in it, having given a wide range of performances in the last five years that I've almost uniformly liked. That includes »

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BFI Flare unveils 2016 line-up, expands industry programme

18 February 2016 11:30 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Lgbt festival will feature more than 50 features in its 30th anniversary year; Catherine Corsini’s Summertime [pictured] revealed as closing night film.

BFI Flare: London Lgbt Film Festival (March 16-27) has revealed the line-up for its 30th anniversary edition.

The festival will feature more than 50 features and 100 shorts this year, as well as a series of events and an expanded industry programme.

The film programme will be split into three programmes - Hearts, Bodies and Minds - which will highlight three distinct themes: Lgbt content in British film and new British talent, transgender representation, and Queer Science and new technology.

The first of those, Lgbt content in British film and new British talent, will feature titles including Tomer and Barak Heymann’s documentary Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?, Andrew Stegall’s Departure, and Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures.

The second strand, Transgender representation on screen, will feature »

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Don't Have a James Bond Budget for Your Spy Story? Tell A Tale Like 'London Spy'

27 January 2016 9:05 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Fans of the latest iteration of James Bond who tune into BBC America's newest miniseries will find themselves watching something very different. Sure, both projects feature the magnetic Ben Whishaw, but "London Spy" puts Bond's current Quartermaster right in the action... Well, so to speak. Also featuring Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling, "London Spy" revolves around Danny (Whishaw), a young man whose chance encounter with a handsome stranger on the street leads to a poetic love affair — with a tragic end. To find out what happened to his lover, Danny tries to delve into the world of British intelligence, but it's not a world that's high on handing out answers. Sex, death and spies all get brought together in the beautiful yet melancholy miniseries created by novelist and writer Tom Rob Smith, who was at the TCA Winter Press Tour this month to sit down with Indiewire and dig »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Don't Have a James Bond Budget for Your Spy Story? Tell A Tale Like 'London Spy'

27 January 2016 9:05 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Fans of the latest iteration of James Bond who tune into BBC America's newest miniseries will find themselves watching something very different. Sure, both projects feature the magnetic Ben Whishaw, but "London Spy" puts Bond's current Quartermaster right in the action... Well, so to speak. Also featuring Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling, "London Spy" revolves around Danny (Whishaw), a young man whose chance encounter with a handsome stranger on the street leads to a poetic love affair — with a tragic end. To find out what happened to his lover, Danny tries to delve into the world of British intelligence, but it's not a world that's high on handing out answers. Sex, death and spies all get brought together in the beautiful yet melancholy miniseries created by novelist and writer Tom Rob Smith, who was at the TCA Winter Press Tour this month to sit down with Indiewire and dig »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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An unlikely romance collides with espionage in BBC America’s “London Spy”

20 January 2016 1:32 PM, PST | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

On Thursday, Jan. 21, at 10pm Et/Pt, BBC America premieres the new five-part mystery series London Spy, from author Tom Rob Smith. In this series, brilliant investment banker Alex (Edward Holcroft) has an unlikely romance with hard-partying, youthful bon vivant Danny (Ben Whishaw). Just as their relationship deepens, Alex is found dead under suspicious circumstances, and his real identity is uncovered to be that of a code-breaking spy working for MI6. With a desire to find out the truth about Alex’s identity and his death, Danny begins following the trail into the dark world of espionage. In over his head, Danny … Continue reading →

The post An unlikely romance collides with espionage in BBC America’s “London Spy” appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »

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The Many Seductions of 'London Spy'

19 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The scene that caused a minor furor when "London Spy" (BBC America) debuted in Britain comes 26 minutes into the series premiere, but by that point its first seduction is already long complete. In fact, the knot of limbs in which Danny (the brilliant Ben Whishaw) and Alex (Edward Holcroft) consummate their unlikely attraction is all the more beguiling for being held, for a time, at arm's length: by a chance encounter, a quiet breakfast, a day spent along the shore. Sex is integral to "London Spy," created and written by the novelist Tom Rob Smith and directed by Jakob Verbruggen ("The Fall"), only in the sense that our most intimate acts necessarily intersect with the wider world—even, or perhaps especially, when we wish to keep them secret. Read More: "BBC Crime Drama 'The Fall' Returns to Netflix, Better (and Darker) Than Ever" With a color scheme reminiscent of Tomas Alfredson »

- Matt Brennan

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The Many Seductions of 'London Spy'

19 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The scene that caused a minor furor when "London Spy" (BBC America) debuted in Britain comes 26 minutes into the series premiere, but by that point its first seduction is already long complete. In fact, the knot of limbs in which Danny (the brilliant Ben Whishaw) and Alex (Edward Holcroft) consummate their unlikely attraction is all the more beguiling for being held, for a time, at arm's length: by a chance encounter, a quiet breakfast, a day spent along the shore. Sex is integral to "London Spy," created and written by the novelist Tom Rob Smith and directed by Jakob Verbruggen ("The Fall"), only in the sense that our most intimate acts necessarily intersect with the wider world—even, or perhaps especially, when we wish to keep them secret. Read More: "BBC Crime Drama 'The Fall' Returns to Netflix, Better (and Darker) Than Ever" With a color scheme reminiscent of Tomas Alfredson »

- Matt Brennan

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TV Review: ‘London Spy’

18 January 2016 9:30 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

U.K. writers regularly churn out well-wrought drama series with top-notch casts, and “London Spy” has all the usual things going for it — smart writing, evocative use of locations, an atmosphere of yearning, erudite suspense. And yet there is something singular about this terrific program, a spare, off-kilter intensity that sets it apart from its peers.

The series is lean, enigmatic and not that interested in linear storytelling; it’s a sensitive exploration of emotional truth and of the complexities behind elaborate performances of identity. It’s elliptical and indirect at times — and sometimes a little too enigmatic — but its narrative drive is strengthened by a percolating anger at injustice, fear-mongering and prejudice. This haunting drama becomes more captivating over the course of its five installments, thanks in large part to sensational performances from Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling.

London Spy” could have gone terribly wrong, given the »

- Maureen Ryan

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London Spy: BBC wants second series, creator sceptical

11 January 2016 12:59 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The BBC has asked London Spy creator Tom Rob Smith for more episodes, but he’s not sure we need them…

This article contains vague spoilers for London Spy series 1.

It’s rare that you hear about a TV writer/series creator not wanting a second series, but that’s exactly what seems to be happening with London Spy’s Tom Rob Smith.

“The BBC have asked [for a second series] and my instinct is that it probably shouldn’t continue,” he told The Guardian. “If you’ve lost the two central relationships, who would you be spinning Danny through? I preferred Charlotte and Ben going head to head, I don’t know whether they’d have the same spark as friends.”

“I don’t have any desire to explore the real-world spy consequences of what was going on,” Mr Smith continued. “It was a relationship drama refracted through the prism of the spy genre. »

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