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The word from Atlantis is that series 2 is much darker and less silly than the first. Here’s our spoiler-free look at episode 1…
When Atlantis came out of the gates last autumn, it was a light, comic Boys’ Own adventure. Its three male leads - the dishy heroic one, the chubby cowardly one, and the nerdy maths one - faced CGI monsters with a mixture of acrobatics, bickering and slapstick. Forays into the darker world of witchcraft and fate were countered by musical comedy stings and pratfalls. Swords were swung. Mythical creatures were battled. Jokes were cracked. Balconies were vaulted off. And a lukewarm average of 5.4 million UK viewers watched it all.
Hoping to increase that number and earn a third series renewal, Atlantis’ creators (Merlin producers Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps, and Misfits’ writer Howard Overman) are reported to have overhauled the second series, making it meaner, moodier, better-paced, »
We recently reported that AMC has teamed up with Kudos and Channel 4 for a drama series called Humans that takes place in an alternate reality in which families own advanced robotic servants, one of whom begins to act of its own will—a premise that might call to mind images of I, Robot or Bicentennial Man. Now the cast of Humans has been revealed and fans of Dark City and Kill List should be pleased.
Press Release – “William Hurt (A History of Violence, Damages), Katherine Parkinson (The It Crowd, The Honourable Woman), Tom Goodman-Hill (The Devil’s Whore, Mr Selfridge), Colin Morgan (Merlin, The Fall), Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It, Just William), Neil Maskell (Utopia, The Mimic) and Gemma Chan (Dates, Fresh Meat) are to star in Humans – the ambitious new co-production from Channel 4, AMC and Kudos.
Humans is set in a parallel present where the latest »
- Derek Anderson
William Hurt is about to explore the age-old subject of “man vs machine.”
The Oscar-winning actor (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Damages) is set to star in AMC’s new eight-part drama series Humans, which is “set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ — a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart.”
Hurt will play George Millican, a widower who forges something akin to a father-son relationship with “his out-of-date synth Odi.”
Testament Of Youth is James Kent’s dramatisation of famed pacifist Vera Brittain’s earliest memoir. Starring Swedish actress Alicia Vikander as Brittain herself, the story chronicles her early years during World War I. It premiered at the London Film Festival last night, and we went along to meet the cast and crew and get the story.The film sees Vera left behind at home while her fiancé Roland (Kit Harington), her brother Edward (Taron Egerton) and friends Victor (Colin Morgan) and Geoffrey (Jonathan Bailey) all leave for France to fight for their country. Desperate to keep her loved ones safe, she leaves university to become a nurse on the Front, and it’s there that she comes to understand the true horrors of war.The cast were out in force on the red carpet to discuss the importance of this new adaptation. Talking to Empire, Merlin star Colin Morgan »
This looks promising. Channel 4 and AMC have announced the cast of Humans, their forthcoming English-language take on Swedish sci-fi series, Real Humans (pictured), the story of a near-future world in which robots or 'Synths' are commonly used as domestic servants.
Leading the series will be The It Crowd's Katherine Parkinson and Mr Selfridge's Tom Goodman-Hill, as a couple who purchase a refurbished 'synth' (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit's Gemma Chan) to attempt to relieve their household workload. Those two will be joined by Merlin's Colin Morgan, Utopia's Neil Maskell, Game Of Thrones' Will Tudor, 24: Live Another Day's Emily Berrington and The Thick Of It's Rebecca Front.
A co-production between Channel 4 and AMC, the drama is set in a world where the new must-have gadget is a 'Synth' - an eerily lifelike robotic servant.
Parkinson and Goodman-Hill have been cast as a couple who purchase a Synth (played by Gemma Chan) but quickly come to regret their decision, according to Deadline.
An adaptation of the Swedish series Real Humans, the project was originally developed by XBox Entertainment, with AMC coming on board after Microsoft closed its production studios.
Returning to BBC One on Saturday the 15th of November is series two of Greek myth-inspired fantasy series Atlantis (well, the first chunk of series two at least. The second run is being split into two sections, one starting in November and the latter airing in early 2015).
After series one, which showed plenty of promise but stumbled in a number of areas, failed to set critics’ worlds on fire, it’s little surprise that the message of the series two launch was all about change.
“They’ve almost rebooted the show” said Hercules actor Mark Addy (Game Of Thrones, The Full Monty), “I think it is a completely different show. It’s not totally different obviously, but it’s different in its nature and it’s an improvement.”
To coincide with the 50th anniversary of Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds, ITV is bringing International Rescue back to the small screen for a new animated series from Weta Workshop entitled Thunderbirds Are Go!, and thanks to Film Divider we’ve got some first look character artwork for the show featuring Tracy brothers Scott, Virgil, Alan, Gordon and John. Check it out…
The image above was created as a teaser for next week’s 16th Ble Expo in London, so expect to see more from Thunderbirds Are Go! then.
Thunderbirds Are Go! is set to air on Citv next year, with a voice cast that includes Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), David Graham (Thunderbirds), Kayvan Novak (Facejacker), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones), Rasmus Hardiker (Lead Balloon), Sandra Dickinson (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), Andrew Williams (Foyle’s War), Angel Coulby (Merlin) and Adjoa Andoh (Doctor Who).
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- Gary Collinson
Some viewers were left disappointed when the crime thriller's initial five-part run ended on a cliffhanger, with serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) escaping justice.
"These [sorts of] cases are complex and take an enormous amount of time to solve, so I always thought it would be well-served by running on," The Fall creator Allan Cubitt explained at a BAFTA screening for the second series last night (September 23).
Gillian Anderson, who plays protagonist Stella Gibson, added: "It was always my understanding that what I was signing up to went beyond the five [episodes]."
Dornan described the upcoming six-part second series - which has been both written and directed by Cubitt - as "remarkable".
"I didn't feel that you could move that far forward from what we did in the first series, »
Speaking at a BAFTA screening for the upcoming second series, Cubitt told an audience last night (September 23) that he would "like to think" of the crime thriller as a feminist piece.
"Obviously there were people who thought [it was] the diametric opposite of that," he acknowledged. "But there were plenty of people who did understand what I was trying to achieve - it is a dissection of a certain kind of male view… an exploration of misogyny.
"I think anything that sets out to explore a complex and difficult subject like that always runs the risk of being held up as an example of it, rather than a critique of it."
He continued: "If you think that The Fall is misogynistic... then I would've failed abjectly, completely. My feeling is that people who think about it probably »
Fans of the British teen drama, Skins, were definitely saddened when the show went off the air last summer. Over the course of seven series, audiences were introduced to a number of fine actors, such as Nicholas Hoult, who later went on to even bigger stardom. Thankfully, over the past year, cast members from all three generations have started to pop up in new films and TV shows. Those not quite ready to let go of Cassie (Hannah Murray), Cook (Jack O’Connell), or Emily (Kathryn Prescott) can find solace in seeing the actors who portrayed them back in the limelight this fall.
Nicholas Hoult (Tony, First Generation)
Undoubtedly the biggest star to come out of the series, Hoult has crossed over to the big screen with roles in the X-Men franchise and Warm Bodies. He can next been seen in Dark Places (Nov. 2014) and Mad Max: Fury Road (May 2015), both co-starring Charlize Theron. »
- Stacy Lambe
You will remember Harry Melling as the obese and cruel Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films, but you may not recognise him today.
The 25-year-old actor has appeared in a number of iconic stage plays on both sides of the Atlantic, and is about to go on tour with a brand new production titled The Angry Brigade by James Graham.
Digital Spy caught up with Melling to see what he has been up to since waving goodbye to Dudley back in 2010.
"I come from quite an actor family so I definitely grew up watching theatre from a young age, and always knew there was something magical about that. And always knew that I wanted to be involved in that.
"But saying that I think that screen work is equally as magical, but just in very different ways really. At »
Here's some news to put a spring in any fantasy fan's step: following the success of 2013's splendid Neverwhere dramatisation, BBC Radio 4 is working its magic on another UK modern classic, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's 1990 novel Good Omens.
Due to air in six parts over a single week in December 2014, Good Omens comes from the creative team behind Neverwhere, with The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy's Dirk Maggs adapting and directing, assisted by producer Heather Larmour and of course, Neil Gaiman.
It's the first time the co-authored novel, which tells a raucous story of ancient prophecies, impending armageddon, and sushi, has been adapted for radio, with progress on a much-anticipated film version with Terry Gilliam appearing to have stalled for the foreseeable. The story of Good Omen's collaborative »
Repped by Zodiak Rights and produced by Paris-based Capa Drama, the English-language “Versailles” will also topline Alexander Vlahos (“Merlin et Privates”), Dominique Blanc, Amira Casar. The international cast will be completed by Tygh Runyan, Stuart Bowman, Noémie Schmidt, Evan Williams, Anna Brewster, Sarah Winter, Anatole Taubman, Lizzie Brocheré, Elisa Lasowski, Maddison Jaizani, Peter Hudson and Gilly Gilchrist.
“Versailles” was created by Simon Mirren (“Criminal Minds”) and David Wolstencroft (“The Escape Artist”) who also serve as showrunners and exec-producers on the series, along with Claude Chelli (“Braquo”) at Capa Drama and Anne Thomopoulos (“Rome,” “Borgia”). It’s co-produced by Fabrice de la Patelliere at Canal Plus Creation Originale, Capa Drama, Zodiak, et Incendo.
- Elsa Keslassy
A trailer featuring Smith taking on the role of the pop singer during her rise to fame in 1960s Liverpool has also been released, giving viewers a taste of Jeff Pope's three-part drama.
Aneurin Barnard (The White Queen, Citadel, We'll Take Manhattan) stars as Cilla's husband Bobby, Ed Stoppard (The Politician's Husband, Silent Witness, Branded) plays Brian Epstein, John Henshaw (Downton Abbey, Midsomer Murders, South Riding) is Cilla's father, John White and Melanie Hill (Waterloo Road, Hebburn, Merlin) is Cilla's mother, Priscilla.
"I am thrilled to be playing Cilla, »
A new trailer is out for "Northmen: A Viking Saga," an action adventure film starring some faces that will be familiar to regular cable series watchers. "Black Sails" and "Merlin" hunk Tom Hopper leads a cast as the captain of a Viking crew shipwrecked off the coast of Scotland. The Northmen must trek to the safety of a nearby stronghold, but a group of the King's ferocious mercenaries are on their tail.
Also onboard are "True Blood" star Ryan Kwanten as a staff wielding monk, former "Game of Thrones" and new "The Transporter" star Ed Skrein, "Happy Valley" actors James Norton and Charlie Murphy, and famed Swiss actor Anatole Taubman. The film is currently slated for release in Eastern Europe this Fall, no word on a U.S. release just yet.
- Garth Franklin
Post by BBC Two.
The trailer focuses on Paul Spector's (Dornan) obsession with Dsi Stella Gibson (Anderson), as he watches over her motionless body and watches news footage of her in a dark bedroom.
Production on the second series - which was written and directed once more by Allan Cubitt - recently wrapped in Belfast.
Six million dollars really isn’t a lot of money these days. Certainly not to Mark Wahlberg, who is reportedly in the frame to play technologically-enhanced Steve Austin in Universal’s cinematic reboot of The Six Million Dollar Man. For those too young to remember the simple thrills of 1970s escapist TV, Austin was an astronaut who was rebuilt as a sort of bionic warrior in a tracksuit after much of him was mashed up in a devastating accident. Austin’s powers in the series included an incredibly strong right arm, a robot eye and the ability to run super super quick.
The concept was last seen onscreen in Bionic Woman with Michelle Ryan (Merlin) and Katee Sackhoff (Oculus), itself a new version of a spin off from the original male-dominated show. (It’s also worth mentioning Sandra Bullock’s involvement in 1989 entry Bionic Showdown. ) Ryan’s update drew decidedly »
- Steve Palace
Well hello there, Tom Ellis! Best known to U.K. audiences from the BBC's Miranda and Merlin, Welsh-born actor Ellis is preparing to make a Stateside splash as the lead star on USA's new medical drama, Rush, premiering July 17. Ahead of the series premiere, get to know the hunky 35-year-old who'll heat up TV screens this summer as "medical fixer" Dr. William P. Rush. 1. Despite his model-like good looks, Ellis isn't really into the heartthrob status that followed him throughout his TV career in the U.K. [...] »
ITV has announced a new six-part World War II drama series.
Created and written by Simon Block and given the working title Jambusters, the drama follows a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community.
"We're really delighted to have commissioned Jambusters," said ITV director of drama Steve November.
"Great writing from Simon has given Julie Summers's wonderful book a fictional life. The women are real and engaging, and have fantastic spirit and attitude.
With World War II on the horizon, multiple strands of plot interweave to create a period drama full of jeopardy and intrigue, but also great humanity and modernity."
Executive producer Francis Hopkinson added: "Thanks to Simon Block's brilliant script, inspired by Julie Summers's book, this series will take a fresh look at life on the Home Front, showing both the tragedies and the triumphs, and offering some wonderful roles for Britain's top actresses. »
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