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Acorn TV Expands Streaming Service

18 April 2014 1:10 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Guest review by Darwyn Carson - Good news all! Acorn Media Group, the first company to provide live streaming of the best in classic and contemporary British television, recently expanded the service, which launched in July of 2011 with a roster of six series and 40 hours of programming online at any given time. Now viewers have complete episodes of 10 series and 60 hours of programming accessible. There’s so much material—a lot of it never seen before in the States. Two new shows are rotated in weekly (as the oldest shows are rotated out) and remain in the schedule for five weeks, allowing ample time to watch your favorites or never-seens. First episodes are gratis, so if you’re a BBC America or PBS Masterpiece buff, or simply have a passion for excellent drama, check it out at acornonline.com/TV.  I did just that and found a gem: Above Suspicion, »

- Darwyn Carson

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - The Big Allotment Challenge

15 April 2014 4:01 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Big Allotment Challenge: BBC Two, 8pm

Fern Britton hosts a new show where nine pairs of gardeners compete to produce the best fruit and vegetables from their allotment. Filming took place over several months, so throughout the six-part series, the cameras will flit back and forth to show the contestants' progress. While they play the long game with their gardening, the competitors are also tasked with more immediate tasks, such as flower arrangement and production of jams and jellies.

Gardening experts are on hand to judge the hopefuls: Royal Horticultural Society judge Jim Buttress, floral designer Jonathan Moseley and food writer Thane Prince will give their verdicts on the efforts and decide which of the teams will have to leave the competition.

Embarrassing Bodies: Live from the Clinic: Channel 4, 9pm

The Embarrassing Bodies team of Drs Christian Jessen, Dawn Harper and Pixie McKenna return with a live series, »

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George Gently series six gains surprising depth

3 April 2014 7:55 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

George Gently, Series 6

Created by Peter Flannery

Available Streaming on Acorn.TV

The police procedural is as old as television itself. Over the decades, pretty much every permutation of the genre has had its day in the sun, with the genre itself often changing as television progressed. From the original Golden Age classic Dragnet, to the increasingly serialized Hill Street Blues, to the grittier NYPD Blue and the modern era’s novelistic, realistic masterpiece The Wire, the genre shifts with each age, and reflects back on the society that produces it.

You may have noticed that all of the shows in the above paragraph were American productions, and in fact, most of the genre’s heights hail from this side of the pond. Yet the British have their own history of police shows (from Z-Cars, through Prime Suspect, and even last year’s Broadchurch) to draw from. George Gently, which just wrapped its sixth series, »

- Jordan Ferguson

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Endemol Buys ‘The Fall’ Producer Artists Studio

31 March 2014 2:17 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Endemol has acquired TV drama production company Artists Studio, which produces Gillian Anderson starrer “The Fall.”

The Fall,” which also toplines Jamie Dornan (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) and is created and written by Alan Cubitt, is BBC Two’s most successful drama to date, averaging more than 4 million viewers per episode across its first season in 2013.

Previous Artists Studio credits include “Combat Hospital” for ABC and “Thorne” for U.K. satcaster BSkyB.

Endemol will globally distribute Artists Studio productions, including the second season of “The Fall,” which has been commissioned for production in 2014, as well as numerous projects commissioned and in development for U.K. and U.S. broadcasters. Further announcements will be made in due course.

Producer Gub Neal, whose credits include “Prime Suspect,” “Cracker” and “Queer as Folk,” co-founded Artists Studio in February 2009, alongside Justin Thomson-Glover and Patrick Irwin, all three of whom formerly ran drama producer Box TV. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Endemol Acquires UK-Based ‘The Fall’ Producer Artists Studio

31 March 2014 1:22 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Endemol is expanding its scripted programming business with the acquisition of Wales-based drama production house Artists Studio. The company makes such series as Gillian Anderson-starrer The Fall for BBC Two, the channel’s most successful drama ever with more than 4M viewers per episode during the first season run. Under the deal, Endemol will distribute Artists Studio product including the 2nd season of The Fall which goes into production this year; as well as other projects in development for UK and U.S. broadcasters. Previous Artists Studio credits include Combat Hospital for ABC and Thorne for Sky UK. Gub Neal (Prime Suspect, Queer As Folk) co-founded Artists Studio in 2009 with former Box TV colleagues Justin Thomson-Glover and Patrick Irwin. Artists Studio will come under the Endemol UK banner. The acquisition also includes Far Moor Media, an executive producer packaging service for international drama producers whose credits include the currently »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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True Detective: Flawed Finale to a Classic Series

10 March 2014 3:25 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

If you thought it had something to do with Woody Harrelson's father-in-law - and this doesn't constitute a spoiler, because that was too off-base to ever be possible - you were wrong. In fact, just about every theory that cropped up online speculating about the finale of HBO's terrific True Detective (and inspiring writers to mention the notorious ending of Lost) was wrong. Now onto some real spoilers. The resolution of the sprawling mystery of who was committing the ritualized serial killing of young women and children grew, with surprising directness, out of the very last shot of the previous, »

- Tom Gliatto, PEOPLE TV Critic

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Winona Ryder: 'I thought 50 Shades of Grey was about the economy'

3 March 2014 9:14 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Winona Ryder has revealed that she had a conversation with author El James mistakenly thinking her hit novel Fifty Shades of Grey was about finance.

The actress told Red that she had been thrown by the book's sleeve, which depicts a smart tie.

"This is how out of the loop I am. I met El James at a party and I'd heard about the book so I knew everyone was talking about it, but because there's a tie on the cover I thought it was about Wall Street!" Ryder said.

"I think I said something really stupid to her because I literally thought it was about the economy."

James's best-selling erotic thriller is currently being adapted into a movie, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and starring Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele.

Luke Grimes, Marcia Gay Harden, Eloise Mumford, Jennifer Ehle and Rita Ora feature in the supporting cast. »

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Line of Duty: the gripping police drama that makes women a real force

1 March 2014 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Halfway through its compelling run, BBC2's Line of Duty is smashing gender stereotypes and giving the celebrated Scandi-noir dramas a run for their money

Three police officers murdered in a lethal ambush; a fourth spectacularly defenestrated; a seriously injured individual in witness protection finished off in hospital – and the only survivor of the carnage, Di Lindsay Denton, who may or may not be personally implicated in all or some or none of the above carnage, has her head violently stuck down the lavatory by her colleagues as punishment for dispatching her three colleagues with "no firearms, no backup".

Welcome to the gripping world of BBC2's Line of Duty, halfway through its second series and, without so much as a Nordic woolly jumper or sub-title in sight, possibly on its way to becoming as addictive as The Bridge, The Killing and Borgen. If there is any justice in the world, »

- Yvonne Roberts

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ABC Pilots ‘Exposed’, ‘Irreversible’ & ‘Saint Francis’ Add Cast

28 February 2014 3:42 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Brian F. O’Byrne (Prime Suspect, FlashForward) has nabbed a lead role in ABC’s drama pilot Exposed, from writer Charles Randolph, Peter Traugott’s Tbd Entertainment, and Universal TV. It centers on Anna, an investigative journalist who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth including making questionable alliances. O’Byrne, repped by Gersh and Lisa Richards Agency, will play Quigg, a very powerful, mysterious man who works for the Pentagon. Related: 2014 ABC Pilots British actress Jessica Knappett (The Inbetweeners Movie) and Iris Bahr (The Last Exorcism) are set as female leads opposite David Schwimmer in ABC comedy pilot Irreversible, from Peter Tolan and Sony Pictures TV. Schwimmer also serves as a producer on the project, based on the Israeli series Bilti Hafich. It centers on Andy (Schwimmer) and Sarah, a somewhat eccentric, self-absorbed couple, and their trials and tribulations — most of which they bring upon themselves. Knappett, repped »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Brian F. O’Byrne Joins ABC Drama ‘Exposed’

28 February 2014 11:12 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Brian F. O’Byrne has signed on to the ABC drama pilot “Exposed.”

The Universal TV project from scribe Charles Randolph revolves around a dogged investigative reporter who is open to making questionable alliances in pursuit of stories. Pedro Pascal (“Game of Thrones”) is set to star.

Patty Jenkins will direct the pilot, which is set to lense in Vancouver and Los Angeles. Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan are exec producers with Randolph.

O’Byrne at present is on Broadway starring opposite Debra Messing in the Manhattan Theater Club staging of John Patrick Shanley’s new play “Outside Mullingar.” The well-regarded thesp has supporting roles in several TV series and pilots in recent years, including NBC’s “Prime Suspect” and ABC’s “Flash Forward.”

O’Byrne is repped by Gersh.

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- Cynthia Littleton

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TV: Prime Suspect Prequel Headed to Bookstores and ITV

19 February 2014 9:03 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Writer Lynda Laplante has announced she's bringing back her biggest hit, Prime Suspect, as a prequel. The seven-season crime series made Helen Mirren a household name and a Hollywood movie star on the strength of her portrayal of Jane Tennison, a gifted, no-nonsense detective in a London police department rife with sexism.  The author of eight novels, Plante will publish the new Prime Suspect installment first as a book, then adapt it for Britain's ITV in 2016 on the 25th anniversary of the original show's premiere. The prequel will focus on Tennison's early years as a female cop in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Laplante revealed what she has in mind for Tennison's past: "It's probably I would think a love affair with a high-ranking officer who was murdered, because going back in time I also have the Ira explosions, so there's a lot of material for me to sort »

- Inkoo Kang

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Prime Suspect prequel on its way

19 February 2014 12:39 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

News Louisa Mellor 19 Feb 2014 - 07:06

It's very early days, but Lynda La Plante plans to adapt her new Prime Suspect novel into a TV prequel for Dci Jane Tennison

BAFTA ceremony viewers last saw Dame Helen Mirren reciting from The Tempest and giving a well-deserved shout-out to inspirational teachers in her Fellowship acceptance speech (give us credit for not making a terrible Lord Of The Rings joke there). It was though, less for Shakespeare than for TV detective drama Prime Suspect that the stage and screen actor broke into the public consciousness.

Now, a Mirren-less Prime Suspect prequel is on the cards according to its creator. Lynda La Plante has announced she is writing a novel, due for release in 2015, telling the early story of Tennison's career in the force and set in the late seventies and early eighties. La Plante will then adapt that novel for television, possibly »

- louisamellor

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Lynda La Plante writing Prime Suspect prequel

18 February 2014 4:49 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Writer to adapt her new novel, called Tennison, for TV in 2016, the 25th anniversary of the hit ITV drama starring Helen Mirren

Lynda La Plante is writing a prequel to Prime Suspect which she will adapt for TV in 2016, the 25th anniversary of the hit ITV drama.

The prequel will be called Tennison, after its main character, Jane Tennison, and was revealed by La Plante on Tuesday as she launched a new company, La Plante Global, incorporating all of her print and screen interests.

"I am extremely excited to have begun work on the Tennison project. Jane Tennison is a character who millions of people know and admire from my books and TV series, Prime Suspect, portrayed brilliantly by Helen Mirren," La Plante told This Morning on Tuesday.

"But nobody knows what drove her to become a Dci [detective chief inspector] or want to join the police force in the first place. When »

- John Plunkett

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Prime Suspect prequel being written by creator Lynda La Plante

18 February 2014 6:53 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Lynda La Plante has announced that she is developing a new prequel to Prime Suspect.

The acclaimed crime author is penning new book Tennison for publication in 2015 and hinted that a TV adaptation could follow.

"I am extremely excited to have begun work on the Tennison project," La Plante said in a statement.

"Jane Tennison is a character who millions of people know and admire from my books and TV series, Prime Suspect, portrayed brilliantly by Helen Mirren.

"But nobody knows what drove her to become a Dci or want to join the police force in the first place. When you first meet her in the early '90s, she is a very complex character, but what made her so?"

La Plante originally created Prime Suspect in 1991, with the show's final two-part serial airing in 2006.

"Readers will find out [about Tennison's origins] next year when the book is published; or in 2016, which is »

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BAFTA Awards: All the Big Winners

16 February 2014 3:10 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Spoiler alert! If you are going to watch the BAFTA broadcast Sunday night on BBC America and want to be surprised, read no further.The force of Gravity was strong at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday - but it was unflinching drama 12 Years a Slave that took the top prize. Steve McQueen's visceral, violent story of a free black man kidnapped into servitude in the 19th-century U.S. South was named best picture. Its star, Chiwetel Ejiofor, took the male acting trophy. Ejiofor thanked McQueen, a visual artist who turned to filmmaking with Hunger and Shame, for »

- Associated Press

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Helen Mirren criticises British television for rising female body count

15 February 2014 4:10 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

On eve of receiving highest Bafta honour, actress hits out at increasing number of TV murder victims who are young women

On the eve of the awards ceremony where she will receive the British film industry's highest honour tonight – a Bafta fellowship, from Prince WilliamDame Helen Mirren has criticised the growing number of dead women in British television drama.

Mirren told the Observer that she agreed with the playwright David Hare's recent complaints about the bloodthirsty nature of most drama on British TV, saying there was a clear sexual divide when it came to the corpses. "Most of those bodies are young women," she said.

Hare had spoken out against the number of murder victims on television at the launch of the second of his Worricker trilogy of films last week. "I can't personally stand the body count in contemporary drama. I just think it's ridiculous," he said. »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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Helen Mirren criticises British television for rising female body count

15 February 2014 4:10 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

On eve of receiving highest Bafta honour, actress hits out at increasing number of TV murder victims who are young women

On the eve of the awards ceremony where she will receive the British film industry's highest honour tonight – a Bafta fellowship, from Prince WilliamDame Helen Mirren has criticised the growing number of dead women in British television drama.

Mirren told the Observer that she agreed with the playwright David Hare's recent complaints about the bloodthirsty nature of most drama on British TV, saying there was a clear sexual divide when it came to the corpses. "Most of those bodies are young women," she said.

Hare had spoken out against the number of murder victims on television at the launch of the second of his Worricker trilogy of films last week. "I can't personally stand the body count in contemporary drama. I just think it's ridiculous," he said. »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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The detective wore Prada: fashion on TV

15 February 2014 2:10 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Carrie's tailoring, Peggy's hats... Guardian writers choose their small-screen style crush

Carrie Mathison, Homeland

American Vogue loves to put serene, beautiful actresses on its cover; crotchety-faced, nervous-wreck federal agents, not so much. Interesting, then, that when Annie Leibovitz photographed Claire Danes last summer, it was not the sunshine-blond, movie-star-and-mum version of Danes who gazed out from the newsstands, but Carrie Mathison, her Homeland character. Her gaberdine and leather Burberry trench was tightly buttoned, the collar turned up incongruously against the August weather; her hands were thrust into the pockets, her gaze cool and level. In one of the pictures inside, Danes was in a surveillance van, wearing a knee-length Victoria Beckham sheath dress accessorised with bulky headphones and trademark crossed-arm pose. Similarly, when Danes starred in a fashion shoot for the New York Times's T magazine, she was wearing Comme des Garçons and Valentino, but still recognisably Carrie, with that shiny, »

- Hadley Freeman, Jess Cartner-Morley, Sophie Heawood, Lucy Mangan, Rosie Swash, Sali Hughes, Hannah Marriott

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First Look Photo From The Forger Starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer And Tye Sheridan

11 February 2014 1:34 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Here’s a first look at The Forger Starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer And Tye Sheridan

Directed by Philip Martin (BAFTA and Emmy Award winner – Prime Suspect, Mo, BBC’s Wallander) and written by Richard D’Ovidio (The Call, Exit Wounds), the film stars two-time Academy Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe winner John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty) , Oscar winner Christopher Plummer (Beginners, The Last Station), Tye Sheridan (Mud, upcoming Joe).

The Forger tells the story of a former child art prodigy and second generation petty thief, Ray Cutter (Travolta) who arranges to buy his way out of prison to spend time with his ailing son, Will Cutter (Sheridan). Ray and his father, Joseph Cutter (Plummer), must come together to carry out one last big job for the syndicate who financed his early release.

The heist film is still in the post-production stage, so no word yet on a release date. »

- Michelle McCue

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First Image and Official Synopsis for The Forger Starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer, and Tye Sheridan

11 February 2014 9:40 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

As acquisitions and sales at the Berlin Film Festival continue, the first image and synopsis have been released for Philip Martin's The Forger.  According to the synopsis, the movie" tells the story of a former child art prodigy and second generation petty thief, Ray Cutter (John Travolta) who arranges to buy his way out of prison to spend time with his ailing son, Will Cutter (Tye Sheridan). Ray and his father, Joseph Cutter (Christopher Plummer), must come together to carry out one last big job for the syndicate who financed his early release."  I'm a bit confused by this synopsis.  If you were an art prodigy, then wouldn't you commit counterfeiting instead of petty thievery?  That's like being a guitar prodigy and deciding to play the slide whistle. Hit the jump for the image and press release. Here's the press release: Genre: Heist Status: Post-production Producers: Al Corley, Bart Rosenblatt, »

- Matt Goldberg

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