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The two-part drama series features Winstone playing smuggling leader Elzevir Block, alongside Aneurin Barnard, who plays young John Trenchard.
Trenchard and Block embark on an adventure that takes them from 18th century Dorset to the Jewel quarter of The Hague and a final epic sea voyage.
"I'm incredibly excited to be working with Sky - I can't wait to start filming and it's a real honour to be bringing such an epic adventure story to life," said Winstone.
Moonfleet will air on Sky1 on Friday, December 27. »
Sky’s new family drama Moonfleet has released it’s first pictures ahead of it’s release later this year. The drama, based on the novel by John Meade Falkner, sees Ray Winstone star as the head of a band of smugglers who welcome new blood in the form of Welsh actor Aneurin Barnard. They are on the hunt for a precious diamond and the journey sees them venture across land and sea in a tale of adventure and friendship.
The two-part adaptation has been penned by Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes writer Ashley Pharoah and the pictures show what’s in store as the troop set out on their adventure and also hint at the friendship that will be formed between the characters played by Barnard and Winstone.
- Victoria Bull
They say you can learn a lot about a woman from the contents of her handbag. If that is the case, you would have to conclude that the actress Keeley Hawes is either a new age hippy or a not especially discerning shoplifter. She is neither, it turns out, but today her brown leather tote overflows with alternative remedies. There's fish oil and ginkgo biloba capsules that promise to boost memory ("I saw them this morning in Boots and thought, 'Brain performance! That's what I need!'") and a little tub of seeds called D'Mix that you chew after meals ("Revolting, but you feel so worthy").
"There's nowhere to hide in the theatre," she says, sipping from a canteen of detox tea. »
- Tim Lewis
As Christmas and The Fall Of The Eleventh draw closer, the attention on Doctor Who begins to shift to Series 8 and Peter Capaldi’s full introduction as the Doctor. Shooting is scheduled to commence in January 2014, meaning that, currently, the focus is on pre-production as the new series’ writers and scripts start to come together.
Neil Cross (writer of Series 7′s The Rings Of Akhaten and Hide) has confirmed that he will be returning to script an episode of Series 8, commenting on Peter Capaldi that “There’s something about his physicality, his image, his wit, that evokes the Doctor” and “There’s something about him that evokes classic Doctor Who.” How many episodes Cross will be writing and the outline of that episode(s) remains to be seen.
- James T. Cornish
Review Louisa Mellor 14 Jul 2013 - 22:00
The White Queen reaches the mid-way point, and marks the occasion with some blood-thirsty action. Here's Louisa's review...
This review contains spoilers.
This week’s action-heavy episode of The White Queen served me up a delicious platter of my own words. It turns out that the series doesn’t ignore battles at all, it was just saving them up for the half-way point. This week had mist and creeping and mud and blood, arm-flinging battle speeches, thrusting and grimacing, slo-mo hair-flicking and swords galore. At one point, Edward IV performed a head-butt so powerful that a vase fell off the top of my TV.
Did the battle scenes shake off its reputation as a slight and stuffy Sunday night drama? No, but I’ve spent enough time with the characters now for a kind of Stockholm syndrome to have set in. Indeed, I’m »
As always happens when the current Doctor decides to leave the show, speculation is rife as to who will be regenerating into the Twelfth Doctor. I almost don’t want their identity revealed until the regeneration, because that way they would be avoiding all the hate that Matt had to go through when Tennant left and he stepped into the Converse trainers.
I won’t lie; when I discovered that the new Doctor was going to be so young, I had some hate going on too because I’ve watched the show since childhood and none of the other Doctors have been under the age of possibly thirty-five. Perhaps a little older.
Matt, however, surprised everybody. He managed to be a 900+ year old Time Lord and he managed to do it perfectly. He was – if anything – Patrick Troughton all over again (he even borrowed Troughton’s dress sense and a lot of his quotes, »
- Gemma Wright
News Louisa Mellor 18 Jun 2013 - 07:30
He has just one Doctor Who instalment under his belt - series seven's creepy, fun Hide - but director Jamie Payne has helmed episodes of any number of quality UK dramas. From geek fare Primeval, Ashes to Ashes, and Outcasts, to more recent period shows The Hour, Da Vinci's Demons and The White Queen, Payne is well-versed in making good-looking telly.
Unless the BBC has a surprise up its sleeve, Payne will have a regeneration to stage during the one-hour festive episode, announced to be Matt Smith's final outing as the Doctor.
Filming on the as-yet untitled Christmas Special begins this August.
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Bowie? Someone saw him having breakfast once – and it was a beautiful thing
Music documentaries can be quite tedious things, especially if the subject of the documentary isn't taking part – on account of being dead maybe, or simply too mysterious and enigmatic to be involved. So you're left with archive clips, which will be frustratingly short for lovers of the music who will want to hear whole songs. Interspersed with the clips there'll be talk, by people who worked with the subject back in the day. There'll be stories of good times, hedonism and demonstrations of significant chord changes. If the subject of the film is very famous, the collaborator will maybe show off a little about just how well they knew/know them, personally. And music journalists and cultural commentators will be competitively insightful. You know the genre.
- Sam Wollaston
A modest, well-adjusted detective, more plodding than the actual plod
Crime dramas on ITV, they're like buses – you wait for one ... you know how it goes. Three in four days by my count, all of which in some way resemble certain BBC shows. Well you get copycat crime, why not copycat crime drama? So the strange Murder on the Home Front on Thursday was a bit Waking the Dead and a bit Silent Witness but set in 1940, maybe to lure in a historical fiction/period drama/Call The Midwife audience as well. Then Life of Crime on Friday, about a female fed fighting her shouty misogynist colleagues (sexist pigs?) in the 80s to a soundtrack of Culture Club and Duran Duran, was basically Ashes to Ashes minus the sci-fi.
And now this – The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (ITV, Sunday) – all murky Victorian London streets, dodgy geezers with mutton chops drinking »
- Sam Wollaston
Three big stars of the small screen reveal their television secrets
Martin Freeman: the unexpected hero
It's a testament to Martin Freeman's love of his character Watson in Sherlock that he originally turned down the role of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit to make series two. "I desperately wanted to do the film, but it clashed," he remembers. "And so I had to say goodbye to The Hobbit. I just couldn't go to New Zealand." Desperate not to lose him, The Hobbit pushed back production, and, well, we know the rest. "I have two of the most amazing jobs that exist in television and film right now. It sounds very arrogant, but it's true."
He continues to be amazed at the hysteria surrounding Sherlock: "We've had hordes of fans screaming and trying to film us on their iPhones while we've been on location for the third series. »
- Megan Conner, Alice Fisher
Written By: Neil Cross
Directed By: Jamie Payne
The Story: Caliburn House, 1974. The Doctor & Clara arrive to help a psychic and a professor investigate the mysterious hauntings that have occurred at the house, and come face to face with the Witch of the Well!
The Verdict: It’s a darn shame that Doctor Who is on so early in the evenings. If you get the chance, watch Hide in the dark. It improves the viewing experience tenfold this week, and at times may scare the crap out of you!
It’s been ages since we’ve had an actual scary episode of Doctor Who (2011’s Night Terrors was the most recent and that was less terrifying then a rather difficult Sudoku puzzle), but Neil Cross delivers a creepy, suspenseful and thrilling story that piles on the scares and pulls no punches in putting the hairs on the back of our necks up. »
- Matt Dennis
Wow. What an exciting week for Doctor Who! David Tennant and Billie Piper are on board for the 50th anniversary spesh! Zygons are coming back after a 37 year absence! The old rumour of missing episodes surfaces again! Of course, the latter will probably prove to be as true as a headline in a red top newspaper, but you can’t win ‘em all.
Talking of tomorrow’s fish ‘n’ chip wrappers, further drama came on Monday when one of the best known red tops trumpeted that Doctor Who had reached rock bottom with its supposed worst episode ever. The insightful reporting somehow came to this conclusion by quoting two tweeters and crowing about the might of Ant And Dec, who had crushed the latest antics of the Time Lord to something resembling a Jungle banquet amuse bouche.
The sad thing is though, if only The Rings Of Akhaten itself had »
Hawes, a familiar BBC face from shows such as Ashes to Ashes, Spooks and the ill-fated return of Upstairs Downstairs, will play a detective inspector who is the only survivor after a police convoy is ambushed.
My Family star Robert Lindsay is the deputy chief constable who takes charge of the case, with Raine joining the team investigating police corruption, alongside first series stars Martin Compston and Vicky McClure. Adrian Dunbar will also return. »
- John Plunkett
How many times have you been told not to use wifi you don’t recognize? This week’s episode takes the threat of identity theft to an all new degree. And the only reason The Doctor found out about it at all is cause he got a call from a lady who said she couldn’t find the Internet. Spoiler shields up, watch for falling planes, and listen for…
The Bells Of Saint John
Directed by Colm McCarthy
The Doctor is in the early 13th century, meditating over the living (well, living somewhere) mystery that is Clara Oswin Oswald. So when he’s told “The Bells of St. John are ringing”, he races back to his hidden Tardis, (with its “St. John’s Ambulance” label) where the phone in the door is ringing. He’s getting an impossible call from modern day, from the impossible Clara Oswald, »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
A batch of new stills from Neil Jordan's vamp adaptation 'Byzantium' have risen and that may not be the only thing to rise when glancing upon them. A selection of the new batch give us some more peeks at sexy Brit star Gemma Arterton ('Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters') flaunting her goods as the mysterious Clara Webb and showing off her fine blood craving figure. The rest of the pics also feature co-stars Saoirse Ronan ('The Host') and Landry Jones ('The Last Exorcism', 'Antiviral'). Jordan helms from a script penned by Moira Buffini whose original play the story is based on. Jonny Lee Miller ('Dexter', Dark Shadows'), Tom Hollander ('Hanna') and Daniel Mays ('Ashes to Ashes') also star. Head below to check out the new pics. »
Feature Cameron K McEwan 22 Mar 2013 - 07:00
Cameron talks us through the classic Doctor Who monsters due for a return to the screen, feat. plantoids, spiders, woodlice and more...
With Doctor Who series seven part two seeing the return of the The Ice Warriors (well, one at least), thoughts turn to which other monsters from the classic era of the show should return to face Gallifrey's finest for the first time in the new era. Here are nine of the best and my apologies to fans of The Monoids, the Sensorites and the Mandrels - so very close!
Their first and only telly appearance* came in the Colin Baker story (no, stick with us), Terror of the Vervoids; which formed part of the larger story arc, The Trial of a Time Lord. Considering the turmoil the show was in and the poor production values of the time, these Plantoids (that's a word, »
London — When did the modern era begin? With the Renaissance? With Elvis Presley?
Viewers had never seen anything like the androgynous orange-haired figure in a jumpsuit, singing about aliens while draping his arm teasingly around guitarist Mick Ronson and offering a lyrical benediction – "let all the children boogie."
Lonely teenagers in suburban bedrooms across the land were entranced, and, in many cases, inspired.
The ripples from that moment help explain why a major new multimedia exhibition about Bowie at London's Victoria and Albert Museum is the fastest seller in the institution's history, with 50,000 advance tickets sold – and why Bowie is topping music charts once again at the age of 66.
The "David Bowie Is" exhibition, which opens Saturday, marks the first time Britain's leading museum of »
Vampire adaptation 'Byzantium', which stars Gemma Arterton -below ('Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters') and Saoirse Ronan ('The Host') as the mysterious Clara and Eleanor, will be rolled out in the Us on 28th June courtesy of IFC Films. Such is a sign of the times it'll most likely land on VOD with a post dated limited theatrical opening but either way the Neil Jordan flick based on the play 'A Vampire Story' by Moira Buffini (who also penned the screenplay) is finally seeing the light of day. The movie is already scheduled to hit selected UK theatres from 3rd May and Caleb Landry Jones ('The Last Exorcism', 'Antiviral'), Jonny Lee Miller ('Dexter', Dark Shadows'), Tom Hollander ('Hanna') and Daniel Mays ('Ashes to Ashes') all co-star. »
Throughout a less-than admirable Army Wives Season 6, many of us wondered what would happen to Claudia Joy Holden. We found out in "Ashes to Ashes," as Michael received news his beloved wife had died in her sleep while on tour with the First Lady in Germany.
It was a perfect decision for Michael to drive to to Denise's house to talk about Claudia Joy before he broke about her death. It was right that the two people who loved her more than anyone discussed it first. Michael was at Denise's side when he made the call to Emmalin. After the death of her sister and one of her best friends, Denise's son, Jeremy, breaking the news about her mother had to be one of the most difficult calls he ever had to make.
So each character talked with the next to pass on the news of Claudia Joy's death. The »
- email@example.com (Carissa Pavlica)
William Burroughs: The weapon of the Wild Boys is a bowie knife, an 18in bowie knife, did you know that?
David Bowie: An 18in bowie knife … you don't do things by halves do you? No, I didn't know that was their weapon. The name Bowie just appealed to me when I was younger. I was into a kind of heavy philosophy thing when I was 16 years old, and I wanted a truism about cutting through the lies and all that.
On 28 February 1974, Rolling Stone magazine published a remarkable encounter between David Bowie and William Burroughs. Entitled "Beat Godfather Meets Glitter Mainman", the event had been hosted in November 1973 by the American journalist A Craig Copetas. As published it took the form of a Q »
- Jon Savage
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