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Kudos to Tony Jordan for his prescient TV ideas | Media Monkey

6 December 2012 8:36 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Monkey snuck into independent producer Kudos's 20th birthday bash at King's Cross restaurant Caravan on Thursday night to hear co-founder and chairman Stephen Garrett reminisce about the early days of the Spooks and The Hour maker. In particular Kudos's fruitful creative relationship with writer Tony Jordan – and the long gestation period for drama projects. Garrett recalled that Jordan came up with the prescient multi-channel idea for a drama thematically linked to a comedy on a second network ... in 1994, when there wasn't a lot of multi-channel TV. Fast forward more than a decade and Echo Beach and Moving Wallpaper were eventually broadcast on ITV1 and ITV2. Garrett also told of turning up to check on the progress of a Blackpool brain-storming session back in the day involving Jordan, Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharoah – the creative team that would eventually deliver Life on Mars – to find an empty room with a whiteboard, »

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'Downton Abbey' Season 3: Ed Speleers cast as a footman

22 March 2012 9:20 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Mr. Carson better be ready for the new trainees he's acquiring in Season 3 of "Downton Abbey." It was previously announced that Matt Milne ("War Horse") has been cast as a new footman named Alfred. Now Digital Spy is reporting that Ed Speleers has been cast as the second new footman, Jimmy.

Speleers has most notably starred as the title character in "Eragon," alongside Jeremy Irons, Robert Carlyle and John Malkovich. He also starred on U.K. television series "Echo Beach."

In addition to the new footmen, "Downton" is bringing in a new kitchen maid named Ivy (Cara Theobald), Lady Cora's mother Martha (Shirley MacLaine) and Martha's lady's maid Miss Reid (Lucille Sharp).

So many new faces! We're glad the show is paying attention to our Season 3 Character Wishlist. The third season of "Downton" premieres in the U.K. in September, in the U.S. in January 2013. »


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