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Julian Fellowes webchat – your questions answered on The Wind in the Willows, Downton Abbey, winning an Oscar – and Nando's

The Downton Abbey creator answered your questions on his new TV show The Gilded Age, Gosford Park – and whether he has a butler

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Thank you for the questions - I'm flattered that you're interested. It's a nice feeling - not just that people are enjoying the show but also that they want to know more about the people who made it.

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DonRodrigo asks:

Do you put milk first in your tea or last? And do you take sugar?

Last. And I never take sugar in tea.

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Peely1 asks:

Have you ever been to Nando’s?

Yes! There's an excellent one in Dorchester, right next to the cinema.

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DonRodrigo asks:

How tall are you?

5ft 10in

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Pagey asks:

Are you planning to write anything in a contemporary setting, outside of your direct experience? I believe there is too much reverence for
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American Gods cast interview: Ian McShane, Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning

Louisa Mellor May 3, 2017

We chatted to the stars of American Gods, Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning and Ian McShane...

As a crowded room (cameras, lights, at least half a dozen PRs) is being set up for the next interview at February’s American Gods press junket, Ricky Whittle is being berated by co-star Emily Browning. His crime? Not having watched The Wire in its entirety.

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“What is wrong with you?” demands Browning.

“I only made it through three seasons,” Whittle shrugs, “I just got bored.”

“How could you stop watching?” she persists, outraged.

“I just got bored…” he repeats, his answer interrupted by the unmistakable voice of Ian McShane crossing the room. McShane takes his seat and nods towards Whittle. “He hasn’t even seen Deadwood”.

“I will watch Deadwood!” insists Whittle, hanging his head and laughing.
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Netflix: Movies and TV Shows Leaving in March

Netflix: Movies and TV Shows Leaving in March
Here are the movies and TV shows leaving Netflix in March.

Netflix users should say goodbye to Jaws, National Lampoon's Animal House and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, as they are just some of the films leaving the streaming service this month.

Netflix's March additions were just announced. 

Check out the full list below to see what is leaving Netflix.

Leaving March 1, 2017

Jaws

Justice League: War

Jaws 2

Jaws 3

Jaws: The Revenge

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

Keeping Up Appearances

Monarch of the Glen: Seasons 1 - 7

National Lampoon's Animal House

Robin Hood: Seasons 1 -...
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Netflix: Movies and TV Shows Leaving in March

Here are the movies and TV shows leaving Netflix in March.

Netflix users should say goodbye to Jaws, National Lampoon's Animal House and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, as they are just some of the films leaving the streaming service this month.

Netflix's March additions were just announced. 

Check out the full list below to see what is leaving Netflix.

Leaving March 1, 2017

Jaws

Justice League: War

Jaws 2

Jaws 3

Jaws: The Revenge

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

Keeping Up Appearances

Monarch of the Glen: Seasons 1 - 7

National Lampoon's Animal House

Robin Hood: Seasons 1 -...
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - TV News »

Every Movie and TV Show Expiring on Netflix in March

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The time has come to say goodbye to some of your favorite movies and shows on Netflix. While there are plenty of titles in store for next month, classics like Jaws and romantic comedies like The Nanny Diaries are about to disappear forever. You better start watching now before they're gone! Related:33 New Movies and TV Shows to Watch on Netflix in February Expiring March 1 Jaws Justice League: War Jaws 2 Jaws 3 Jaws: The Revenge Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Keeping Up Appearances Monarch of the Glen, Seasons 1-7 National Lampoon's Animal House Robin Hood, Seasons 1-3 Survivors, Series 1-2 Expiring March 2 Black or White Sweetwater Expiring March 3 Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey Misfire Web Junkie Expiring March 4 Entertainment I Dream of Wires Otto the Rhino Seashore The Discoverers The Nanny Diaries Expiring March 5 Food Chains Jail Caesar The Days to Come Two Hundred Thousand Dirty Expiring March 6 Pit Stop
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Top 20 New Year TV episodes

Wesley Mead Jan 2, 2017

As the New Year arrives, we salute a few favourite TV episodes depicting this momentous time of year...

New Year is a time for reflection on the past and resolution for the future, an opportunity to consider what you’ve achieved and what you’re yet to work on. It’s also a time to stay up well past midnight, partying the night away with friends and family, potentially embarrassing yourself in the process. That dichotomy ensures that the New Year is fertile ground for television, and the finest comedies and dramatic series use the moment to allow for contemplation amidst the alcoholic excesses. Here are twenty New Year episodes that offer an entertaining take on the aeons-old celebration - from emotional character pieces to geeky genre takes and old-fashioned barrages of seasonal comedy.

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Den Of Geek's top books of 2016

Den Of Geek Dec 14, 2016

As nominated by our writers, here are the books published in 2016 that we couldn't recommend more highly...

Closing the final page on the very best books leaves you with a single urge: to share it. We’re talking about the kind of books that make you want to follow strangers down the road, tugging at their elbow and saying “seriously, you’ve got to read this”.

Here then, is our equivalent of doing that. These are the books published in 2015 that our writers felt compelled to share. If there’s one that you feel similarly enthused about, please do recommend away in the comments section...

All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

We live in what can charitably be described as interesting times. If you were feeling less than charitable, you might even describe them as dark times. And it has always been
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E L James' husband, Niall Leonard, to pen Fifty Shades Darker

Niall Leonard will be writing the screenplay to Fifty Shades Of Grey follow-up, Fifty Shades Darker...

With over a half a billion dollars banked from this year's Fifty Shades Of Grey movie, it's surprising that it's taken Universal Pictures so long to get moving on the second book of E L James' trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker. But, as you probably know, things haven't really been too straightforward.

Director Sam Taylor-Johnson, who was signed up to direct the entire trilogy of Fifty Shades films, quit the sequel. It had been little secret that she and E L James didn't exactly see eye to eye, and given that James has creative sign-off over the movies, it was a fight that ultimately only one person could win.

Also not returning is screenwriter Kelly Marcel. And the report had been that James herself was to have a go at penning the script for Fifty Shades Darker.
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"Fifty Shades" Sequel Gets Hubbie Scribe

"Fifty Shades of Grey" author E.L. James has enlisted her husband Niall Leonard to pen the script for "Fifty Shades Darker," the upcoming film adaptation of the second book in her 'Fifty Shades' novel trilogy.

Leonard is an author who has also worked on numerous British TV productions including acclaimed shows like "Wire in the Blood," "Monarch of the Glen" and "Hornblower".

Leonard worked on the script for the first 'Fifty Shades' film but was not credited. In a statement, producer Michael De Luca says: "Niall is an outstanding writer in his own right, with multiple established credits, and we are lucky to have him join Team Fifty."

Neither the first film's director Sam Taylor-Johnson or screenwriter Kelly Marcel are returning for the sequel. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are attached to reprise their roles in the film which has yet to set a production start date.

Source: THR
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Fifty Shades Darker Finds Its Screenwriter

Fifty Shades Darker Finds Its Screenwriter
While the search continues for a new author-approved director to replace the recently-exited Sam Taylor-Johnson, Fifty Shades Darker now at least has a screenwriter. The sequel to Fifty Shades Of Grey will be adapted from E.L. James's novel by Niall Leonard.This will have gone down well with James, because Leonard is her husband. It should mean, if you will, that screenwriter and author stay on the same page, avoiding the 'creative differences' that dogged the first movie.Leonard doesn't yet have any other big screen or Hollywood credits to his name, but does have a long background in British TV. He wrote episodes of Wire In The Blood, Wild At Heart, Monarch Of The Glen and Hornblower, among many others (there's a smutty Hornblower / Fifty Shades joke here somewhere, but we'll leave you to make it yourselves). He also directed episodes of The Bill.It's further evidence of
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El James turns to her husband Niall Leonard to write the 50 Shades of Grey sequel

El James turns to her husband Niall Leonard to write the 50 Shades of Grey sequel
El James has turned to her husband Niall Leonard to write the Fifty Shades of Grey screenplay sequel.

Leonard replacing Fifty Shades of Grey screenwriter Kelly Marcel for the project is another major shake-up for the mega franchise, as director Sam Taylor-Johnson won't be back either.

Leonard is an established television writer, having worked on the acclaimed series Monarch of the Glen, Wire in the Blood and Wild at Heart.

A creative change of some kind was expected for the upcoming sequel, given that James acknowledged clashing with director Taylor-Johnson in an interview with Digital Spy.

"It was hard in places," the author-producer told us.

"But any creative process they're going to have disagreements between all sorts of people but we got there in the end and I think the fans will be really pleased."

An adaptation of James's erotic novel Fifty Shades Darker is set for a 2016 release.

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Lloyd Owen cast in Sky1 and NBC's Apocalypse Slough

Lloyd Owen has been cast in upcoming comedy-drama Apocalypse Slough.

The actor joins the Sky1 and NBC series in a recurring role as Farrell, the Us president who struggles with the news that the end of the world is coming, reports Deadline.

Owen has had appearances in Midsomer Murders and The Originals in recent years, and played Paul Bowman on Monarch of the Glen.

Apocalypse Slough follows a group of seemingly unconnected characters, as their lives start to intersect when it is reported that a large comet will collide with Earth.

The cast includes Rob Lowe, Jenna Fischer, Megan Mullally, Pauline Quirke, Mathew Baynton, Paterson Joseph and Joel Fry.

Lowe is playing a rebellious priest at the Vatican, whose faith is shaken by the impending apocalypse.

The show is produced by Working Title and Bigballs Films.
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Thank God: BBC's Series Will Remain on Netflix

Well this is a huge relief: the BBC and Netflix have hugged it out and the British series threatening to leave the streaming service at the end of the month (among them: "Top Gear," "Luther," the original "House of Cards" and, critically, "Doctor Who" and its spin-off "Torchwood") are secure. As The Best of Netflix points out, "these types of last minute deals are often very common." The site theorizes that the shows will be around at least for "the next several months," although points out that most of these contract re-ups last for a year or more.

We have actually just started making our way through the vast and complicated "Doctor Who"-niverse and are somewhere in the David Tennant years, so we would have to do a lot of cramming in order to make it through before Netflix pulled the plug. And we haven't even gotten into "Torchwood" yet!
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Netflix Renews (Most) BBC Series, Including 'Doctor Who,' 'Luther' & 'The Office'

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Netflix Renews (Most) BBC Series, Including 'Doctor Who,' 'Luther' & 'The Office'
Were you freaking out earlier this week when word spread about a number of BBC shows exiting Netflix at the end of the month? Well, you can relax (to some extent). According to the service, the following shows have been renewed and will be available for streaming after January 31: • Classic Doctor Who; 18 Collections • Copper, Seasons 1-2 • Doctor Who, Seasons 1-7 • House of Cards Trilogy • Keeping Up Appearances, Season 1 • Luther, Seasons 1-3 • Monarch of the Glen, Seasons 1-6 • North & South • The Buccaneers • The Office (U.K.), Seasons 1-2 • Torchwood, Seasons 1-4 • Wallander, Seasons 1-3 A spokesperson did add, though, that "fans should plan to enjoy before February" the series "Faulty Towers," "Blackadder," "Mi-5" and "Red Dwarf." (And you should! All of them are great! At the very least, "Selma" star David Oyelowo is in "Mi-5.") Who knows if they'll be...
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Netflix Renews Deal for ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Luther,’ More BBC Series

Netflix Renews Deal for ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Luther,’ More BBC Series
Fans of British television can rest easy. Following numerous reports that Netflix and the BBC were parting ways, the streaming service has clarified that many of its most popular Brit series are staying put.

In response to headlines that beloved series “Doctor Who,” “Luther,” the original “The Office” and more were going to be dropped from the service at the end of the month, a Netflix spokeswoman tells Variety that such reports were false.

Among the shows that will still be available on Netflix are classic and current “Doctor Who” series, “Luther,” “Top Gear” seasons 17 through 20, “Torchwood,” “Wallander,” “Keeping Up Appearances,” and the original “Office” and “House of Cards” series.

The deal in question did not involve series including “Sherlock,” “Happy Valley,” “The Honorable Woman,” “Call the Midwife” or other series not up for renewal. These series will remain on Netflix.

Here’s a list of BBC series staying on
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Netflix Saves Doctor Who

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We have some good news to kick off your weekend, Netflix will keep Doctor Who. Okay, take a deep breathe and lets get down to the details. Earlier this week reports were issued that BBC shows like Doctor Who was to be dropped at the end of the month, as their contract ended. This caused a huge uproar and left UK TV fans freaking out on how they would get their “fix”. The reports turned out to not be fully correct. The following shows and seasons will remain on the service after their new contract takes effect.

Doctor Who: Classic Episodes

Doctor Who: Seasons 1-7

Torchwood: Seasons 1-4>

Luther: Seasons 1-3

The Office U.K.: Seasons 1-2

Robin Hood: Seasons 1-3

House of Cards U.K.

Copper: Seasons 1-2

Top Gear: Seasons 17-20

North & South

Wallander: Seasons 1-3

Keeping Up Appearances: Season 1

Monarch of the Glen
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New Neil Gaiman book features Doctor Who, American Gods stories

Neil Gaiman's next collection of short stories will include Doctor Who and American Gods tales.

The sometime Doctor Who scriptwriter will feature a story written to commemorate the Doctor's 50th anniversary in his new book Trigger Warning, reports Men Who Stare at Books.

It will also include Black Dog, a story set in the American Gods universe.

The Doctor Who story is presumably Gaiman's ebook Nothing O'Clock.

Gaiman released the first short story follow-up to American Gods - The Monarch of the Glen - in his 2006 collection Fragile Things.

The writer worked on the scripts to Doctor Who episodes 'The Doctor's Wife' and 'Nightmare in Silver'.

Trigger Warning will be released on February 3, with an ebook preview Little Triggers coming on January 13.
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Bryan Fuller Talks ‘American Gods’; Expects Series to Air in 2016

Starz has a new hit TV series on its hands, with the fantasy novel series adaptation Outlander; the network aims to replicate that success when it brings the world of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods from the page to small screen. Gaiman’s work of modern Americana fantasy is a best-seller that’s won multiple prestigious awards (including the Hugo and Nebula); it also has a sequel novel in development by the author and shares characters in common with Gaiman’s Anansi Boys novel and the novella “Monarch of the Glen” (which revolves around the protagonist of American Gods, Shadow).

That is to say, there’s a reasonable amount of source material – and critically-acclaimed source material at that – for American Gods ...

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Only Eight Hours Left To Get Epic Fantasy StoryBundle

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Neil Gaiman. Brandon Sanderson. Tracy Hickman. Peter David. These are just some of the authors included in StoryBundle’s Truly Epic Fantasy Bundle. All these books can be yours for a price you name, all DRM-free, with the option to donate a portion of your purchase to The Challenger Center.

The books include:

The Sacrifice by Kristine Kathryn Rusch Spirit Walker by David Farland MythWorld by James A. Owen The Camelot Papers by Peter David The Monarch of the Glen by Neil Gaiman Bloodletting by Peter J. Wacks & Mark Ryan Clockwork Angels by Kevin J. Anderson The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson The Immortals by Tracy Hickman

Order them now at StoryBundle. But hurry– there are only eight hours left to take advantage of the deal.

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Originally published on ComicMix as Only Eight Hours Left To Get Epic Fantasy StoryBundle
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No Blarney: Here Are Ten Of Our Favorite Irish Hunks

A few years back we posted a list of some of our favorite Irish actors for St. Patrick’s Day, and it contained pretty much who you’d expect – Liam, Pierce, Colin F., Cillian, Daniel D.L. , Jonathan R.M., an Aidan (Quinn), but enough time has has passed that we have a whole new bumper crop to celebrate. Including another Aidan!

Here are ten more actors we can share our Shamrock Shakes with, and can smile those Irish eyes at us anytime.

Jamie Dornan

31-year-old Jamie grew up in the suburbs of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and is the second cousin (twice removed) of Greer Garson. Along with a very successful modeling career, he’s flourishing on the big and small screen, with roles on Once Upon A Time, The Fall and he’s currently filming one of the most hotly anticipated spectacles of next year, Fifty Shades Of Grey.
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