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Louisa Mellor Jul 27, 2016
Ghostbusting doesn’t make Nathan Appleby feel good in the penultimate episode of The Living And The Dead…
This review contains spoilers.
The Living And The Dead delivered the perfect Halloween special this week. Episode five was a typically handsome hour (is there a better-looking show on at the moment?) dripping with classic horror moments.
It was the week that saw Shepzoy’s sceptics get what for. Spirits rampaged around the village dripping ghost-blood on the carpets and sending the locals scattering. Even the most rational-minded villager couldn’t convince themselves that a murderous troupe of dead Civil War soldiers was just a trick of the light.
Reverend Denning, for one, was shaken out of his existential certainty by a levitating daughter and a ghostly forest fire (you’d think a man of the cloth would be at home with burning bushes). The same goes for Charlotte Appleby, »
Louisa Mellor Jul 13, 2016
Curses and accusations abound in the latest episode of BBC supernatural period drama The Living And The Dead…
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“A strange summer” Nathan Appleby remarked to his pal the vicar over a tankard of ale. “Disturbing” agreed the man of the cloth. That’s what comes of living in a six-part supernatural miniseries. Weird events occur on a weekly basis.
Especially at harvest time, a period so crucial to the economic existence of Shepzoy, it’s fraught with superstition and accusation even before the ghost-of-the-week turns up.
That’s what makes The Living And The Dead’s setting such fertile ground for spooky storytelling. Belief in ghosts, curses and witchcraft is already stewed in with the life of the village. Their ways are the old ways, and those old ways are rapidly knocking Nathan Appleby’s Enlightenment rationalism into a cocked hat.
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Louisa Mellor Jul 6, 2016
This review contains spoilers.
It would be fair to say that Nathan and Charlotte’s Escape To The Country isn’t going swimmingly. Tragic children of the parish keep spoiling the baby-making, strawberry-growing idyll envisaged by the second Mrs Appleby. That’s what comes of her persisting in the belief that she’s in Poldark when she’s actually been cast in Children Of The Corn. The sooner she realises that and hotfoots it out of Shepzoy, dreamy husband in tow, the better.
Fat chance of that now that Nathan is further down the rabbit hole. Turning his back on scientific rationalism, the good doctor’s growing obsession with ghosts and strange happenings is pulling him away from the world of the living. The spookier things get, the more personal »
Joyfully, we are removed from reality to 19th-century Somerset, where supernatural doings and malevolent spirits abound
The first episode of the new six-part drama The Living and the Dead (BBC1) opened in a Somerset vicarage, in 1894 and I was already sold. “Anywhere but the here and now, my loves,” I whispered at the screen. “Anywhere but here and now.”
Soon, joyfully, we were even further removed from reality. Partly by the ethereal beauty of Colin Morgan – off whose cheekbones the entire production hangs – as Nathan Appleby, a pioneering psychologist returned from London to the family pile to make A Go of Things after the death of his mother, and partly because supernatural doings are afoot. Sixteen-year-old Harriet has started hearing voices and feeding ducklings to pigs. Is she about to get her first period? Is she haunted? Or is her psychic upheaval emblematic of the industrial changes about to sweep through bucolic England? »
- Lucy Mangan
This review contains episode 1 spoilers.
Ashley Pharoah, the creator of The Living And The Dead, made his name writing genre TV with a twist. He and Matthew Graham added a time travel mystery to the police procedural in Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes, then spliced the supernatural with court drama in Eternal Law.
Pharoah’s new series The Living And The Dead plays the same game. It’s a traditional Victorian ghost story with Something Else Going On. Two events in the first episode alert viewers to this fact – the vapour trail of a modern airplane in the 1894 Somerset sky and the closing sight of a twenty-first century woman, iPad in hand, walking around the nineteenth-century farmhouse in which the story is set. »
Victorian sleuths try to save an ailing estate; prison and drugs stateside, and birthday-sharing with Ricky Tomlinson
Cider with ghosties: after debuting as a box set on iPlayer, this Somerset chiller takes a terrestrial bow. A Victorian psychologist (Colin Morgan) and his free-spirited wife (Charlotte Spencer) abandon 1894 London to try to save his ailing family estate. But their new-fangled farming methods churn up more than just soil. Spectral voices, creepy scarecrows and an audacious twist combine to create an effective opener. Scripted by Ashley Pharoah (Life On Mars). Graeme Virtue
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- Graeme Virtue, John Robinson, Ali Catterall, Jonathan Wright, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Rachel Aroesti, Paul Howlett
On the wall of Ashley Pharoah’s office hangs the bullet-riddled driver-side door of a red 1983 Audi Quattro. It’s a set-souvenir from Ashes To Ashes, the time-travel police drama he co-created to follow Life On Mars. Somewhere nearby is a sepia photograph of a young man looking justifiably disturbed by the sack-headed, creepily masked figures who surround him. That’s Pharoah’s souvenir from the set of The Living And The Dead, an eerie period supernatural drama launching in 'box-set' form on BBC iPlayer tomorrow.
Set in 1894 Somerset, The Living And The Dead is in the tradition of the dark English pastoral. It pits the rural customs and rites of an ancient way of life against the modern ingress of industry and technology. »
In a repeat of last year's successful online-box-set-then-traditional-broadcast-release (snappier name required) of Peter Kay's Car Share, the BBC is launching its first original drama 'box-set'.
All six episodes of spooky new period drama The Living And The Dead, created by Life On Mars' Ashley Pharoah and starring Merlin's Colin Morgan and Glue's Charlotte Spencer, will be available to watch from this Friday the 17th of June on BBC iPlayer. The episodes will then receive a weekly airing starting from Tuesday the 28th of June at 9pm.
It's a smart move from the BBC, one that will transform iPlayer into more than simply a catch-up service. Traditional viewers won't lose out on week-by-week viewings, while those more used to gulping down entire series whenever it suits them can do just that.
The Living And The Dead is in the tradition of the dark English pastoral, a creepy countryside tale of the strange goings-on that beset a young psychologist (Morgan) and his photographer wife (Spencer) when they move back to his childhood West Country home in 1894.
We'll have more for you on the show later this week.
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[caption id="attachment_50007" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The Living and the Dead TV show on BBC America, season one. Charlotte Spencer as Charlotte Appleby. Colin Morgan as Nathan Appleby. © BBC/ Photographer: Robert Viglasky.[/caption]
“What lies beneath should be left beneath.” BBC America has announced The Living and the Dead TV series will premiere in fall, 2016. The British supernatural Victorian-era period drama was created by Ashley Pharoah who executive produces with Matthew Graham.
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The movie may function fourfold as a prequel, sequel, spinoff and quasi-remake to the highly budgeted slice of fantasy dreck that was 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman, but it’s surprisingly hard to hate The Huntsman: Winter’s War. That’s not to say it’s a good movie – it manifestly is not – but what director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and writers Evan Spiliotopoulos and Craig Mazin have wrought is a deeply weird, definitely unnecessary, and frequently entertaining piece of popcorn programming, one that – while existing purely to further Universal’s franchise-first agenda – also possesses a wacky, oddball appeal that its morose predecessor never even attempted to harness.
This is another way of saying that you won’t marvel at anything in The Huntsman on an intellectual or even a cinematic level, but you might be surprised to find yourself appreciating its ridiculous antics and consummate messiness. The film never quite »
- Isaac Feldberg
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“The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” which opens on April 22, 2016 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Emily Blunt, Sam Claflin, Nick Frost, Sophie Cookson, Colin Morgan and Sheridan Smith from director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and writers Evan Spiliotopoulos and Craig Mazin.
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Spare a thought for Snow White: So casually has she been written out of “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” that even Queen Ravenna’s all-knowing mirror, when called upon to name the fairest of them all, omits her as a contender. Vague excuses are made for her absence from a film that awkwardly positions itself as both prequel and sequel to the Goth-lite derring-do of 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman,” though perhaps Snow skimmed Evan Spiliotopoulos and Craig Mazin’s perfunctory script and reasonably decided she couldn’t be bothered. In her (and Kristen Stewart’s) place, a Katniss Everdeen-styled Jessica Chastain steps into the breach, fighting for good alongside Chris Hemsworth’s eponymous hero — this time against two wicked-queen combatants in Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt, whose glittery sisterly feud would have made for an adequate spinoff vehicle on its own. Even their doubled-up diva-tude, however, can’t ignite a rhythmically flat, »
- Guy Lodge
This April, a team will rise against the wicked! The new trailer for The Huntsman: Winter's War has just debuted online. And we have it for you here, in all its fantastic, action-packed glory. Discover the story that came before Snow White, with Chris Hemsworth and Oscar winner Charlize Theron returning to their roles from 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman, joined by Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain.
This story is set several years before 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman, with Chris Hemsworth returning as the Huntsman, although Kristen Stewart is not coming back as Snow White. Long before the evil Queen Ravenna was thought vanquished by Snow White's blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya, suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom. With Freya's ability to freeze any enemy, the young ice queen has spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen, »
Last month, it was rumored that Universal Pictures may be promoting its upcoming action-adventure The Huntsman: Winter's War during Super Bowl 50, which made sense since we hadn't gotten any new footage since the first trailer debuted back in November. As it turned out, the studio didn't shell out $5 million to promote the movie during the big game, but, just yesterday, Universal did unveil a second trailer, which teased the war between Charlize Theron's Ravenna and Emily Blunt's Freya, two sisters vying for the same throne. Today, Universal has released a 60-second TV spot, which shows how these sisters were once inseparable before they engaged in warfare.
This story is set several years before 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman, with Chris Hemsworth returning as the Huntsman, although Kristen Stewart is not coming back as Snow White. Long before the evil Queen Ravenna was thought vanquished by Snow White's blade, »
"What are you gunna do - be the hero who defeats the Mirror, and saves the entire kingdom?" Universal has debuted the second official trailer for The Huntsman Winter's War, the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman from 2012. This live-action fantasy fairy tale gone mad stars Chris Hemsworth as The Huntsman, a man stuck in the middle of a battle between a Queen and her sister Freya, played by Emily Blunt. This big budget studio sequel also stars Jessica Chastain as Sara, Charlize Theron as Ravenna, Sam Claflin as William, plus Colin Morgan, Sophie Cookson, Nick Frost and many others. This looks as bland as the first trailer (or the first film for that matter), but that's just me. "Are you ready, Huntsman?" Here's the second trailer for Cedric Nicolas-Troyan's The Huntsman Winter's War, from YouTube: The fantastical world of Snow White and the Huntsman expands to reveal »
- Alex Billington
Episodes: 16 (hour)
TV show dates: May 28, 2013 -- present
Series status: Ending
Performers include: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, Laura Donnelly, Bronagh Waugh, Niamh McGrady, Michael McElhatton, Ben Peel, Frank McCusker, John Lynch, Ian McElhinney, Archie Panjabi, Stuart Graham, Aisling Franciosi, Valene Kane, Emmett J. Scanlan, Bronágh Taggart, Karen Hassan, Jonjo O'Neill, Nick Lee, Colin Morgan, Brian Milligan, Séainín Brennan, and Sean McGinley.
TV show description:
This crime drama is set in Northern Ireland and follows senior investigating officer Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson). She must temporarily leave her position to enter the Police Service of Northern Ireland to oversee the progress of a murder investigation that has gone on for too long -- Operation Musicman.
When she discovers exactly what is going on in the case, she must work with the local detectives to find »
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" actor Adam Driver and Mma champ Ronda Rousey are set to serve as guest hosts on the January 16th and 23rd episodes of "Saturday Night Live". Chris Stapleton and Selena Gomez will serve as musical guests on the respective episodes. [Source: Espn]
Krister Henriksson, Aidan McArdle, Ruth Bradley, Aisling Bea and Richard Coyle have joined the cast of the third and final season of BBC Two's psychological thriller "The Fall" which just began shooting its third and final season in Belfast.
Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan and Colin Morgan along with various others return for the final five-episode run of the drama which will air later this year. Picking immediately from the cliffhanger second season finale, the battle between Detective Superintendent Gibson (Anderson) and serial killer Paul Spector (Dornan) will reportedly reach a "terrifying conclusion". [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
17 items from 2016
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