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Production begins on 'Victoria And Abdul'

26 September 2016 10:41 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Focus Features holds worldwide rights to the Working Title drama from Stephen Frears starring Judi Dench in what will be her second on-screen portrayal of Queen Victoria.

Shooting will take place at locations across Scotland, India, and England. Focus is financing Victoria And Abdul in association with BBC Films.

Ali Fazal of Furious 7 plays Abdul Karim, a young clerk who forges a close friendship with the queen that is frowned upon by her inner circle after he travels from India to participate in her Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Dench played Queen Victoria in Mrs Brown (pictured) in 1997.

Billy Elliot screenwriter wrote the Victoria And Abdul script based on Shrabani Basu’s book Victoria & Abdul: The True Story Of The Queen’s Closest Confidant.

The cast includes Adeel Akhtar, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard, Ruth McCabe, Tim Pigott-Smith, Julian Wadham, Olivia Williams and Fenella Woolgar.

Focus will open the film in limited release in North America on September »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Michael Gambon, Olivia Williams Join Stephen Frears’ ‘Victoria and Abdul’

26 September 2016 8:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michael Gambon, Olivia Williams and Simon Callow have joined the cast of Stephen Frears’ “Victoria and Abdul,” which has started filming in Britain.

The period drama sees Judi Dench return to the role of British monarch Queen Victoria opposite Bollywood actor Ali Fazalas playing Abdul Karim. Dench first played the long-serving 19th-century queen on the big screen in 1997’s “Mrs. Brown.”

Victoria and Abdul” tells the true story of the queen’s unexpected friendship, in the later years of her reign, with a young Indian clerk who had traveled to Britain to participate in the queen’s 1887 Golden Jubilee celebrations. Written by Lee Hall (“Billy Elliot”), the film is based on Shrabani Basu’s novel “Victoria and Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant.”

Dench received the first of her seven Oscar nominations for “Mrs Brown.” (She won a supporting-actress Oscar the following year playing another queen, »

- Robert Mitchell

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The Circuit pilot review

25 August 2016 9:53 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Aug 25, 2016

Pulling writers Sharon Horgan and Dennis Kelly are back with a wry, understated comedy pilot about middle-class awkwardness…

Adeel Akhtar and Paul Ready’s most famous scene in Dennis Kelly’s conspiracy thriller Utopia saw the latter gouge out the former’s eye with a spoon. The Circuit, written by Dennis Kelly and Sharon Horgan, reunites the pair for more torture involving cutlery. And placemats. And Le Creuset saucepans. And giant prawns of unspecified variety.

The Circuit is a character comedy set against the peculiar middle-class agony of the dinner party. If Channel 4 orders a series, each episode will presumably take place in the home of a new host Come Dine With Me-style. If you can picture Come Dine With Me populated by the cast of Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

It says something about a comedy’s world outlook that its sanest, most »

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Adeel Akhtar Joins Judd Apatow-Produced ‘The Big Sick’

23 May 2016 8:38 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Adeel Akhtar, a rising star in both the comedy and dramatic worlds, has boarded the cast of The Big Sick opposite stand-up comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley). Also starring in the comedy produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel are Holly Hunter, Ray Romano and Zoe KazanGlen Basner's FilmNation is fully financing and handling international sales on the picture, with Apatow and Mendel producing through Apatow Productions (Trainwreck, This Is… »

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Capital: Pivot Acquires Us Rights for London Series

5 April 2016 4:42 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

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Pivot has acquired the Us rights for the south London-set Capital TV series. Watch a trailer, below. Shaw Media has acquired the Canadian rights, and BBC Worldwide has acquired the rights for Australia and New Zealand. The three part series is an adaptation of John Lanchester's novel of the same name. Capital originally premiered on BBC One in November, 2015.

The cast of Capital includes: Toby Jones, Rachael Stirling, Radoslaw Kaim, Wunmi Mosaku, Adeel Akhtar, and Gemma Jones. Written by Peter Bowker, Capital is executive produced by Derek Wax and Peter Bowker for Kudos. Lucy Richer executive prodcudes for the BBC, with Matt Strevens producing.

Watch the Capital TV show trailer.



Get more details from this Fremantle Media press release. »


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MipTV: Pivot Takes U.S. Rights to London-Set Drama ‘Capital’

5 April 2016 3:56 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes — Participant Media’s television network Pivot has taken U.S. rights to British drama “Capital,” which has also been licensed by Shaw in Canada, and BBC Worldwide in Australia and New Zealand.

The three-part miniseries, which is produced by Kudos for the BBC in the U.K. and distributed internationally by FremantleMedia Intl., is an adaptation of the novel by John Lanchester. It revolves around the interconnected lives of a diverse group of Londoners who all reside on the same suburban street Pepys Road — but all is not as it seems.

Targeted by a mysterious hate campaign, each of the residents of Pepys Road receives an anonymous postcard through their front doors bearing the menacing message: “We Want What You Have.” But who is behind the campaign and what do they want?

The diverse dwellers include investment banker Roger (played by Toby Jones), who is eagerly anticipating his £1 million »

- Leo Barraclough

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The week in TV: Maigret Sets a Trap; The Island With Bear Grylls; Murdered By My Father; The Night Manager - review

2 April 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Rowan Atkinson’s ‘subtle’ Maigret suffered from a weak storyline, while Bear Grylls’s contestants hit new heights of effing and blinding

Maigret Sets a Trap (ITV) | ITV Hub

The Island With Bear Grylls (C4) | All4

Atkinson was great ... yet a pipe juts from his lips as credibly as it would from those of a donkey

A couple of contestants had panic attacks after a tiny swim, and why? Hadn’t they ever watched it?

The inordinately talented Adeel Akhtar, that lovely shopkeeper from Capital, had a beast of a job on his hands

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- Euan Ferguson

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Catch-up and download: from Murdered By My Father to The Characters

28 March 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC3 tackles honour crimes in its new fact-based drama while over on Netflix up-and-coming comics get a 30 minute slot to build a sketch show

BBC3’s 2014 one-off Murdered By My Boyfriend was a necessary piece of television, highlighting the dangers of domestic abuse via a fact-based drama that went on to win a Bafta for its lead actor Georgina Campbell. This follow-up of sorts highlights the troubling prevalence of “honour-based” crimes in the UK – more than 11,000 of which have been reported since 2010 – via the story of Salma (Kiran Sonia Sawar), who is forced into an engagement by her widowed father (Utopia’s Adeel Akhtar) but is in love with another man. Events build with grim inevitability. Available from 6pm on Tuesday.

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- Gwilym Mumford

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Four Lions Says To Laugh in the Face of Terror

23 March 2016 9:01 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Some movies become classics for all the wrong reasons. 2010’s Four Lions, the British terrorist spoof about a crew of bumbling would-be bombers, still rattles in my mind whenever terrorism hits the news. Isil/Isis attacks on Brussels, gunmen in Mali, and continued atrocities in Turkey plague innocent people while those unaffected battle responses ranging from complacent abstractions (“Thoughts and prayers to #Brussels”) to exploitative grandstanding (“Build a wall”). The great strength of Four Lions is its response to extremism: laughter. Successfully wielded in the Ku Klux Klan scene in Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 Western Django Unchained, there is no more effective way to remove the power of hate than by reframing that hate as complete incompetence. Never shying from the dangerous reality – guns and horseback lynch mobs retain their flame-licked horror – Tarantino understands that the true power stems from a fearful response, so he makes his terrorists buffoons with ill-cut hoods. Four Lions »

- Jacob Oller

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Murdered By My Father

3 March 2016 9:36 AM, PST | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

Kiran Sonia Sawar stars as Salma, a 17 year old girl who is the victim of a so-called "honour" killing at the hands of her father in a new BBC Three factual-based drama Murdered By My Father, due to air online later this month.

Murdered By My Father follows the renowned success of BBC Three’s bold dramas based on real-life testimonies, including the critically acclaimed, BAFTA-award-winning Murdered By My Boyfriend and also Don’t Take My Baby.

Inspired by real events, Murdered By My Father is directed by multi-award-winning director Bruce Goodison and written by new screenwriter Vinay Patel, and tells the shocking story of how family love and duty can be turned to violence and murder.

Kiran Sonia Sawar (represented by Polly's Agency) is a graduate of Oxford School of Drama and has previously appeared in American crime series Legends and the BBC’s Holby City.

Salma’s love interest, »

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