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First look at Sacha Polak's acid attack drama 'Dirty God' (exclusive)

Director of ‘Zurich’ and ‘Hemel’ has street cast a survivor of a similar assault as her lead.

Screen has an exclusive first look image from Dirty God, a drama about a young woman in South London rebuilding her life after an acid attack leaves her with severe facial burns.

It is directed and co-written by Sacha Polak, who has previously won the Cicae Award and the Fipresci Prize at Berlin Film Festival for her features Zurich and Hemel respectively. In what is Polak’s English language debut, she has cast newcomer Vicky Knight in the lead role; Knight has facial scarring as a burns survivor herself.

The supporting cast has both established and rising names, including Katherine Kelly (The Night Manager, Mr Selfridge), Rebecca Stone (Prank Me), Bluey Robinson (EastEnders, Doctors), and Dana Marineci (Toni Erdmann, Scarred Hearts).

The film comes at a time when acid attacks are significantly on the rise in the UK; a recent
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First look at Sacha Polak's acid attack drama 'Dirty God'

Director of ‘Zurich’ and ‘Hemel’ has street cast a survivor of a similar assault as her lead.

Screen has an exclusive first look image from Dirty God, a drama about a young woman in South London rebuilding her life after an acid attack leaves her with severe facial burns.

It is directed and co-written by Sacha Polak, who has previously won the Cicae Award and the Fipresci Prize at Berlin Film Festival for her features Zurich and Hemel respectively. In what is Polak’s English language debut, she has cast newcomer Vicky Knight in the lead role; Knight has facial scarring as a burns survivor herself.

The supporting cast has both established and rising names, including Katherine Kelly (The Night Manager, Mr Selfridge), Rebecca Stone (Prank Me), Bluey Robinson (EastEnders, Doctors), and Dana Marineci (Toni Erdmann, Scarred Hearts).

The film comes at a time when acid attacks are significantly on the rise in the UK; a recent
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Strike Back: Season Six Viewer Votes

Does the new Section 20 team get the job done during the sixth season of the Strike Back TV show on Cinemax? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether the TV show Strike Back is cancelled or renewed for season seven. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustration when their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we'd like to offer you the chance to rate all of the Strike Back season six episodes below. A Cinemax action-adventure spy drama, Strike Back stars season six stars Warren Brown, Daniel MacPherson, Roxanne McKee, Alin Sumarwata, Nina Sosanya, Katherine Kelly, and Trevor Eve. Although once disbanded, Section 20 is now restored to track down a dangerous terrorist who has escaped from prison. As
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Strike Back on Cinemax: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Seven?

Vulture Watch Is Section 20 still on the job? Is the Strike Back TV show cancelled or renewed for a seventh season on Cinemax? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Strike Back, season seven. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  What's This TV Show About? A Cinemax action-adventure spy drama, Strike Back season six stars Warren Brown, Daniel MacPherson, Roxanne McKee, Alin Sumarwata, Nina Sosanya, Katherine Kelly, and Trevor Eve. Although once disbanded, Section 20 is now restored to track down a dangerous terrorist who has escaped from prison. As the team travels through Europe and the Middle East, they discover a lethal conspiracy which endangers them all and could change everything. Read
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Strike Back: Season Six Ratings

Although the Strike Back TV show was originally cancelled in 2015 after five seasons, now Cinemax and Sky have revived the action-adventure series for a sixth installment with a new cast. Can it bring back the old fans and attract new ones? Will Strike Back be cancelled or renewed for season seven? Stay tuned. A spy drama, Strike Back season six stars Warren Brown, Daniel MacPherson, Roxanne McKee, and Alin Sumarwata. The Cinemax cast also includes Nina Sosanya, Katherine Kelly, and Trevor Eve. Although once disbanded, Section 20 is restored to track down a dangerous terrorist who has escaped from prison. As the team travels through Europe and the Middle East, they discover a lethal conspiracy which endangers them all and could change everything. Note: This is considered the sixth season in the UK where the series originates. Cinemax picked
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Doctor Who, and the casting of soap stars in the show

Mark Harrison Oct 24, 2017

As Doctor Who series 11 adds a trio of soap opera stars to its cast. And it makes sense...

What do Mandip Gill, Tosin Cole and Bradley Walsh have in common? Other than the fact that they're all joining Jodie Whittaker's Doctor as part of the regular cast of Doctor Who's next series, they've all acted in soap operas. Even 12 years since the show was revived by a former Coronation Street writer, that still makes some fans nervous.

Whatever your thoughts on Corrie, EastEnders and other serial dramas (to give them their proper name – the nickname comes from an outdated observation about soap companies sponsoring many of them), they're the best, most relevant training ground for young actors in British television. It's also more relevant to the experience of working on Doctor Who than you might necessarily expect.

We won't go so far as Doctor Who
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Class

Network: BBC America. Episodes: Eight (hour).Seasons: One. TV show dates: April 15, 2017 — June 3, 2017 (Us). Series status: Cancelled. Performers include: Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins, Vivian Oparah, Katherine Kelly, Jordan Renzo, Aaron Neil, Pooky Quesnel, Paul Marc Davis, Anna Shaffer, and Shannon Murray. TV show description:A Doctor Who spinoff, the Class TV show on BBC America follows four students at Coal Hill Academy. Despite their differing backgrounds, they find themselves drawn together by bizarre events. Together, they must wage a covert war against aliens who have travelled through space and time. These kids are trying to balance friendships, romance, their families, and class work, while fighting off the forces lurking for the chance to kill everyone and bring them
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Class: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two on BBC America?

Vulture WatchWill Miss Quill and her students fend off the Shadow Kin? Has the Class TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on BBC America? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Class season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?   What's This TV Show About?Airing on the BBC America cable channel, Class stars Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins, Vivian Oparah, Katherine Kelly, Jordan Renzo, Aaron Neil, Pooky Quesnel, Paul Marc Davis, Anna Shaffer, and Shannon Murray. The sci-fi drama follows four students at Coal Hill Academy. Despite their differing backgrounds, they must band together to wage a covert war against aliens who have travelled through space and time. Under the supervision of
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Class: Season One Ratings

With Orphan Black in its fifth and final season, and Peter Capaldi kicking off his last outing as the 12th Doctor, BBC America is in the market for its next hit TV series. Is this new Doctor Who spinoff the right prescription? The series reportedly drew disappointing ratings in the UK. Will the Class TV show be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.Airing on the BBC America cable channel, Class stars Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins, Vivian Oparah, Katherine Kelly, Jordan Renzo, Aaron Neil, Pooky Quesnel, Paul Marc Davis, Anna Shaffer, and Shannon Murray. The sci-fi drama follows four students at Coal Hill Academy. Despite their differing backgrounds, they must band together to wage a covert war against aliens who have traveled through space and time. Under the supervision of Physics teacher Miss Quill (Kelly), Charlie (Austin), April (Hopkins), Ram (Elsayed)
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Class: Cancelled; Doctor Who Spinoff Won't Have a Second Season

School's out forever. The BBC has cancelled its Class TV show, after just one season. Radio Times has confirmed there will be no season two of this Doctor Who spinoff. Airing on the BBC America cable channel in the U.S., Class stars Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins, Vivian Oparah, Katherine Kelly, Jordan Renzo, Aaron Neil, Pooky Quesnel, Paul Marc Davis, Anna Shaffer, and Shannon Murray. The sci-fi drama follows four students at Coal Hill Academy. Despite their differing backgrounds, they must band together to wage a covert war against aliens who have travelled through space and time. Read More…
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Class: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two on BBC America?

Vulture WatchWill Miss Quill and her students fend off the Shadow Kin? Has the Class TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on BBC America? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Class season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?   What's This TV Show About?Airing on the BBC America cable channel, Class stars Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins, Vivian Oparah, Katherine Kelly, Jordan Renzo, Aaron Neil, Pooky Quesnel, Paul Marc Davis, Anna Shaffer, and Shannon Murray. The sci-fi drama follows four students at Coal Hill Academy. Despite their differing backgrounds, they must band together to wage a covert war against aliens who have travelled through space and time. Under the supervision of
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Class: Season One Ratings

With Orphan Black in its fifth and final season, and Peter Capaldi kicking off his last outing as the 12th Doctor, BBC America is in the market for its next hit TV series. Is this new Doctor Who spinoff the right prescription? The series reportedly drew disappointing ratings in the UK. Will the Class TV show be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.Airing on the BBC America cable channel, Class stars Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins, Vivian Oparah, Katherine Kelly, Jordan Renzo, Aaron Neil, Pooky Quesnel, Paul Marc Davis, Anna Shaffer, and Shannon Murray. The sci-fi drama follows four students at Coal Hill Academy. Despite their differing backgrounds, they must band together to wage a covert war against aliens who have traveled through space and time. Under the supervision of Physics teacher Miss Quill (Kelly), Charlie (Austin), April (Hopkins), Ram (Elsayed)
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Class: Cancelled? Series Creator Talks About the BBC Show's Future

Is Class cancelled? Recently, creator Patrick Ness took to Twitter to discuss the future of the BBC America TV show.A spinoff of Doctor Who, the sci-fi drama follows four students at Coal Hill Academy who must band together to wage a covert war against aliens who have traveled through space and time. The cast includes Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins, Vivian Oparah, Katherine Kelly, Jordan Renzo, Aaron Neil, Pooky Quesnel, Paul Marc Davis, Anna Shaffer, and Shannon Murray.Read More…
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‘Strike Back’: Cinemax Rounds Out Cast As Season 5 Production Begins

Nina Sosanya (David Brent: Life on the Road, Love Actually), Katherine Kelly (The Night Manager, Happy Valley) and Trevor Eve (Death of a Farmer, Troy) round out the Season 5 cast of Cinemax and Sky’s reboot of Strike Back. They join previously announced new series stars Warren Brown as “Mac” McAllister, Daniel MacPherson as Samuel Wyatt, Roxanne McKee as Natalie Reynolds and Alin Sumarwata as Gracie Novin. Filming has begun on the new season — its sixth overall and fifth…
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Class

Network: BBC AmericaEpisodes: Ongoing (hour)Seasons: OngoingTV show dates: April 15, 2017 — presentSeries status: Has not been cancelledPerformers include: Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins, Vivian Oparah, Katherine Kelly, Jordan Renzo, Aaron Neil, Pooky Quesnel, Paul Marc Davis, Anna Shaffer, and Shannon Murray.TV show description:A Doctor Who spinoff, the Class TV show on BBC America follows four students at Coal Hill Academy. Despite their differing backgrounds, they find themselves drawn together by bizarre events.Together, they must wage a covert war against aliens who have travelled through space and time. These kids are trying to balance friendships, romance, their families, and class work, while fighting off the forces lurking for the chance to kill everyone and bring them into Shadow.Under
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TV Review: ‘Class’ and ‘Doctor Who’ on BBC America

TV Review: ‘Class’ and ‘Doctor Who’ on BBC America
Class” starts out on familiar ground: Characters run down a hallway, pursued by a nightmare creature. So far, so “Doctor Who” (which also returns the same night, and naturally involves its own hallway chase).

Class,” a spinoff from the venerated sci-fi mothership currently starring Peter Capaldi, doesn’t stray all that far from the basic formula of the original. It’s got monsters, an unfortunate rip in the fabric of time and space, pop culture-obsessed characters who quip and banter, and an acerbic adult on hand to provide guidance and, on occasion, to skillfully exude irritation.

What “Class” doesn’t have yet is its very own reason to exist. It generally riffs on the kinds of plots and premises that have been “Doctor Who’s” stock in trade for decades, but on “Class,” those storylines feel a bit threadbare and padded.

In “Class,” the ratio of adult to young companions has been altered: Aboard “Doctor Who’s
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‘Class’ Review: ‘Doctor Who’ Spinoff Is Well Worth Powering Through Its Growing Pains

‘Class’ Review: ‘Doctor Who’ Spinoff Is Well Worth Powering Through Its Growing Pains
An exchange between two of the teen protagonists in BBC America’s “Doctor Who” spinoff “Class” takes place a little over halfway through the season and exemplifies some of the series’ unique strengths:

Ram, trying to explain his Sikh religion: “We believe the important thing in your life is to do good action. But if you do the good action, somewhere in the process there’s got to be God, even if you don’t have faith or believe that there’s some dude out there looking after you. Isn’t doing a good thing, one human to another, the closest we’re going to get to God?”

April: “And what about the bad things we do, one human to another?”

It’s the type of philosophical discussion that one might have in quieter contemplative moments, but since this is the world of “Doctor Who,” it instead occurs on a shadowy alien world,
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Class Season 1 Episode 8 Review – ‘The Lost’

Alex Moreland reviews the eighth and final episode of the Doctor Who spinoff Class

Look at you, in your little circle. Pretending to be heroes and never expecting to pay a price.

‘The Lost’ proves to be a disappointing finale to Class – one that, ultimately, is unable to deliver upon the promise of the series as a whole, and leaves the show’s future looking rather uncertain.

In some ways, the flaws of ‘The Lost’ are part of broader, systemic weakness with Class, which one episode was unlikely to be able to escape the weight of, or remedy on its own. Once again, the Shadowkin prove to be an issue; they have, frankly, never worked. Not in the opening episode, nor the two-parter event episodes, and not now, in the finale. It’s largely because they’re such simplistic villains; evil in an ill-defined yet cliché manner, just because they are,
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Class Season 1 Episode 7 Review – ‘The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did’

Alex Moreland reviews the seventh episode of the Doctor Who spinoff Class

At some point today, should everything go according to plan, there will come a moment… when you start to believe.

This episode is interesting primarily because of how different it is from the average episode of Class.

Consider the difference between this episode and the last; in many ways they represent the two most extreme ends of the spectrum of what Class can be. Where ‘Detained’ was very much about our younger characters, and set solely within Coal Hill, ‘The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did’ goes very much in the opposite direction. It’s set predominantly on alien planets, focuses primarily on Quill, and even has its own supporting cast. In many ways, ‘The Metaphysical Engine’ is an episode of Class which could well come from another show entirely; perhaps, but not quite, the closest that Class
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Class Season 1 Episode 6 Review – ‘Detained’

Alex Moreland reviews the sixth episode of Class

The truth came clear and had to be said.

Nothing about this episode should work.

It’s a bottle episode, restricted to one setting, and relies on the fairly simplistic, even cliché, premise of the gang being put in detention. The central conceit – a rock that prompts the characters to tell the truth – is seemingly little more than a piece of pure artifice.

There was, at the outset, every danger that this episode would prove to be the one that brought the tower of cards tumbling down – a piece of filler that couldn’t meet the quality of the episodes around it.

Rather surprisingly, though, ‘Detained’ proved to be the best episode of Class yet – possibly the closest it’s come to a genuinely resounding classic that could stand alongside the best of Doctor Who.

In many ways, it’s because this
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