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Hannah Spearritt spills the beans on new series of Primeval

30 December 2010 7:09 AM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Former pop star Hannah Spearritt says fans will be impressed by the comeback of Primeval.

In a new interview, she reveals how the primetime show has been revamped for its return to the screen - and also takes us behind the scenes on her relationship with co-star Andrew-Lee Potts.

When the dinosaur drama was cancelled after three series, it wasn't only the fans who were shocked. Hannah Spearritt, who plays Abby, says she was left stunned too.

"It was a tough time for everybody - there were a few shows that were unfortunately dropped because of the credit crunch," says the 29-year-old.

"It was bizarre because when we spoke to people on the street there was a sense that the public really believed in the show."

Spearritt took advantage of her time off by enjoying what she calls "life time".

"I was doing loads of stuff for the house, an ongoing project of mine, »

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'Merlin' star: 'Show butchers the legend'

21 December 2010 6:28 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Merlin star Bradley James has claimed that the show "butchered the Arthurian legend". The actor told SciFiNow that the BBC drama should not be considered a "definitive telling" of the Camelot myth. "We're here to provide Saturday night escapism," he explained. "People should not take what we've done as a be-all and end-all of the legend, because it's really not the case." He continued: "It kind of changes the story because primarily [the show is] about... Merlin. You can chop up other characters' storylines, but as long as you're telling the story of Merlin, it's kind of okay." He (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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TV Review: Dirk Gently

17 December 2010 3:32 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

A lesser-known property from the late Douglas Adams (creator of The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy), Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency was nevertheless a novel Adams thought would be easier to film than his revered sci-fi opus. Previously turned into radio plays with Harry Enfield as the gumshoe, BBC4 have decided to put Dirk Gently on-screen for the first time, adapted by in-demand screenwriter Howard Overman (Misfits, Vexed). Stephen Mangan (Green Wing) plays the eponymous sleuth, who believes in “the fundamental interconnectedness of all things”, and applies this theory of quantum mechanics to solve superficially innocuous crimes.

Overman has wisely excised much of the book’s budget-swallowing imagination into something achievable on a frugal budget; bringing the idea down-to-earth as an eccentric cousin to the BBC’s Sherlock update. Purists may grumble this isn’t the Dirk Gently they wanted to see, but it’s more accessible and practicable. »

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Episode Recap: Merlin - 3.06: "The Changeling"

10 December 2010 11:44 AM, PST | PopStar | See recent PopStar news »

A baby is enchanted in her crib, by what appears to be a fairy. Twenty years later, she's grown up and a bit of a slob for a noblewoman! She's Princess Elena (Georgia May) and complains of her shoes, she doesn't like wearing them. Lord Godwyn (Simon Williams) is her father. Uther (Anthony Head) thinks her beautiful and "strategic." Godwyn finds Arthur (Bradley James) "strategic." They must marry off the two to cement their allegiance. Arthur doesn't love her and refuses. Elena arrives at court and trips over. Merlin (Colin Morgan) has to fetch and carry, as normal. Arthur has to inform Gwen (Angel Coulby) of this marriage and that he won't go through with it. Merlin thinks perhaps Elena will be like her mother. Arthur has bad breath, a sense of humour. Then adds, no, Arthur is right, they don't share anything in common. Uther tells him that Arthur's »

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Episode Recap: Merlin - 3.05: "The Crystal Cave"

10 December 2010 11:16 AM, PST | PopStar | See recent PopStar news »

Arthur (Bradley James) and Merlin (Colin Morgan) are being pursued by bandits in the forest, in a scene reminiscent of the BBC's other successful drama, Robin Hood (TV), as fans of this will recall. Arthur tells Merlin they'll outrun them before asking why Merlin never trusts him. Of course they don't outrun them and Arthur leads Merlin into a cave, and tells him he should trust him and that's coming from a future king. It's actually called The Valley of the Fallen Kings. Merlin tells him it's cursed but Arthur says it's only a myth. They'll be safe from the bandits and Merlin should, "trust me." Arthur is shot in the back by an arrow, as expected whenever he says to trust him, that's when things go awry. Merlin sees no possible way out for them and attempts to provide comfort to Arthur. He believes Arthur is dying. In this »

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Merlin: Season Three Debuts January 7th on Syfy [release]

9 December 2010 4:09 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

As we reported last month, the third season of Merlin is kicking off on Syfy on Friday, January 7, 2011. There are 13 episodes in this season and Merlin has already been renewed for a fourth season of 10 episodes by the BBC. The BBC is supposedly already talking about possible specials and/or a fifth season.

Here in the states, Syfy will likely wait to see how season three performs before purchasing the rights to any more.

Here's the press release from Syfy...

The Magic Of Camelot Returns With Season Three Premiere Of Merlin Friday, January 7, At 10Pm On Syfy

New York – December 8, 2010 – The magic is back! The popular series Merlin, starring Colin Morgan, Bradley James and Anthony Head, returns for a third season on Syfy beginning Friday, January 7, at 10Pm »

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First trailer for BBC Four’s ‘Dirk Gently’

8 December 2010 2:45 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The BBC have debuted the first trailer for their new BBC Four drama based on Douglas Adams’ cult novel, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.

Anti-hero Dirk Gently operates his eponymous detective agency based on the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. Perpetually broke, hopelessly chaotic and utterly infuriating, most people suspect Dirk is nothing more than a cheap conman. And they might be right – but nevertheless his methods, though unusual, do often produce surprising results. When Dirk sets out to solve an apparently simple and harmless disappearance of a cat from an old lady’s house, he unwittingly uncovers a double murder which, in turn, leads to a host of even more extraordinary events.

Dirk Gently stars Stephen Mangan as the eponymous hero, alongside Darren Boyd (Royal Wedding, Little Dorrit) as his unwitting sidekick Richard Macduff and Helen Baxendale (Cold Feet, Friends) as Richard’s girlfriend Susan in the adaptation by Bafta-winning Howard Overman (Misfits, »

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Merlin star promises exciting stories ahead, dismisses Doctor Who battle

2 December 2010 2:42 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

As magical drama Merlin heads towards the finale of its third series this coming Saturday, actor Bradley James - who plays Prince Arthur - says there are still many exciting stories to tell.

And he dismisses any notion of trying to beat the BBC's No1 drama Doctor Who, insisting that Merlin's sword-and-sorcery and the Time Lord's sci-fi travels could happily co-exist without rivalry.

Asked if he wanted to see Merlin weave a spell to the top spot, he said: "I don't think we will ever need to take over from Doctor Who - there is more than enough room in the world for both."

Bradley - who says his own hero is his mum and admits he relies on his youthful metabolism to stay in shape for the numerous shirtless shots - also rejects any criticism that the title of the show may not be the right name for an ensemble piece. »

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"Dexter", "Merlin" Get Renewals

2 December 2010 10:12 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

An official announcement is shortly expected confirming that Showtime drama "Dexter" has been renewed for a sixth season to begin airing late 2011 says The Hollywood Reporter.

Last Sunday's episode, the tenth of twelve in the current fifth season, pulled in a season high of 2.5 million viewers - up 43 per cent from the fifth season premiere.

Back in 2008 Showtime renewed Dexter for two further seasons (fourth and fifth). A dual season renewal wasn't made this time as cast contracts will expire at the conclusion of a sixth season (and thus will require a heavy round of renegotiations).

Meanwhile, The BBC are reportedly already in talks over a fifth season of family fantasy drama series "Merlin" as the show's third season finale gets set to air this weekend in the UK reports Atv Today.

A month ago the network ordered a fourth season of the series to air in 2011. This fourth season »

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Merlin: Possible Season Five and Specials for BBC

1 December 2010 1:30 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Several weeks ago, it was announced that Merlin was renewed for a fourth season to debut in 2012 overseas. Though that's good news for fans of the show, some have been concerned because the series was renewed for only 10 episodes versus the usual baker's dozen. Does this mean that the show is coming to a close?

Merlin showrunner Julian Murphy tells SFX that the reduced episode order came down to finances. He said, "Merlin is an expensive show... and what we are not prepared to do is cut its budget or production values. The BBC has had a really tough [financial] hit."

On the positive side, Murphy noted that, "We are now discussing the fifth series with the BBC, and I think [the 2011 break] potentially preserves the program for longer. There is [also] talk of specials [and other] ways we can »

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‘Alcatraz’ Adds Jonny Coyne and Jason Butler Harner to Cast

1 December 2010 9:45 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Casting for J.J. Abrams’ latest TV pilot is accelerating. After scoring Lost veteran Jorge Garcia last week and Sarah Jones just yesterday, Jonny Coyne and  Jason Butler Harner (pictured above) are the latest to join the cast of sci-fi-mystery show, Alcatraz.

Both actors have previous  experience on Abrams-headed TV projects. Coyne was recently seen on NBC’s Undercovers, and has previously had bit parts on the BBC’s Merlin and the 2003 Tomb Raider sequel. Harner had a one-episode part on Fringe in 2009 and a small role in Clint Eastwood’s well-received Changeling the year before that.

Both actors have made the rounds in one-off roles on network and cable TV for the last decade. The two are the first time travelers to be cast (assuming that’s…

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Coyne, Harner join Abrams's 'Alcatraz'

1 December 2010 9:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jonny Coyne and Jason Butler Harner have joined the cast of upcoming J.J. Abrams Fox pilot Alcatraz. The series will follow a team of FBI agents investigating the mysterious reappearance of a gang of Alcatraz prisoners who vanished 30 years ago. Deadline reports that Coyne will play the lead role of prison warden Edwin James. The actor recently played a recurring role on Abrams's short-lived NBC spy drama Undercovers and has also appeared in episodes of Merlin (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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'Merlin' to return for fifth series?

29 November 2010 5:51 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Merlin producer Julian Murphy has revealed that discussions are underway regarding a fifth series of the show. It was announced last month that the fantasy drama would be returning for a 10-part fourth series in 2012. Speaking to SFX about the reduced episode count, Murphy said: "It was brutally about money. Merlin is an expensive show... and what we are not prepared to do is cut its budget or production values. The BBC has had a really tough [financial] hit." However, he added: "We are now discussing the fifth series with the BBC, and I think [the 2011 break] potentially preserves the programme for longer. There is [also] (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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Thousands flock to meet the stars at Memorabilia 2010

26 November 2010 10:58 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Last weekend’s Winter Memorabilia Show at NEC Birmingham proved a great success with visitor numbers up on March’s show, organisers have announced.

One of the UK’s leading entertainment events, Memorabilia gave collectors and fans the chance to get autographs signed by a host of movie and TV stars, including Hollywood legend David Warner; David Bradley and Warwick Davis (Harry Potter); Angel Coulby and Rupert Young (Merlin); Tommy Knight and Anjili Mohindra (Sarah Jane Adventures); Katy Manning (Doctor Who) and John Challis, best known as Boycie in Only Fools And Horses.

Sporting greats signing at the show included Ian Wright; Barry McGuigan; Tommy ‘The Hitman’ Hearns; Carl Fogarty; Malcolm Macdonald; Ray Clemence; Jimmy Case; Phil Neal; Mick Mills and WWE superstar Bret Hart.

The show also featured videogame previews from EA Games and Tecmo Koei, metal mayhem courtesy of Robots Live and the Frontier Wrestling Alliance’s exciting European Uprising event, »

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Episode Recap: Merlin - 3.04: "Gwaine"

26 November 2010 8:39 AM, PST | PopStar | See recent PopStar news »

After a day of hunting, Arthur (Bradley James) insists he's in need of some mead. Merlin (Colin Morgan) mistakenly believes it's sleep that he needs, not mead. They stop at a local tavern where Arthur posits he can tell what people are thinking about him in such a place. Merlin won't be Arthur's servant when they enter the tavern, but just a "simple peasant." Merlin replies, "The simple part's right," referring to Arthur. The bar wench pays a compliment, which Arthur thinks is directed at him, but it's Merlin she finds handsome! There's the usual trouble in the tavern; as we know by now, where Arthur goes, trouble is never far behind. A man asks the bar wench for his share of the takings and insists on getting more than a coin. Arthur, forever so chivalrous, has to come to her rescue. The thug whistles for the rest of his men. »

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Tom Ellis drops 'Merlin' finale hints

25 November 2010 9:28 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Tom Ellis has revealed details of his character Cenred's role in the upcoming third series finale of Merlin. The actor told What's On TV that the evil warlord will follow his own agenda in the final two episodes. "This time... you get the sense that Cenred might be in it more for himself than you may have thought before," he explained. "Never trust a baddy!" Ellis added that the show's heroes will be forced to battle an "immortal army" as the series draws to a close. "There's (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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'Merlin' exec teases third series finale

25 November 2010 8:57 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Merlin producer Rachel Knight has revealed details about the show's third series finale. In a post on the BBC TV blog, Knight confirmed that the final two episodes of the run would see the return of Excalibur and the formation of the Knights of the Round Table. "For those of you that haven't guessed, we are finally bringing together that infamous group of warriors," she wrote. "The formation of this special group marks a new era and I can't wait to start exploring where we can take (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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'Merlin' McGrath: 'Morgana is not evil'

25 November 2010 3:05 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Merlin star Katie McGrath has insisted that her scheming character Morgana is not purely evil. The actress told the Daily Record that the character had evolved over the course of the show. "I don't see her as evil," she claimed. "By season three, you understand that she has no other option than to do what she has to do. She believes in what she is doing and in standing up for people like her. She's dark, [but] not evil." McGrath admitted that she felt the pressure of playing such an "iconic and powerful" role. "You look back at all the actors who have played it before you, such as Helen Mirren," (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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Merlin: Season Three TV Show Debuts on January 7th

23 November 2010 7:08 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Season three of Merlin is set to kick off on Syfy on Friday, January 7th reports The Futon Critic.

The fantasy series, revolving around young versions of the legendary Merlin and King Arthur, is produced overseas for the BBC and is distributed all over the world. NBC cancelled Merlin after one season but Syfy took it over and aired season two from April to July of this year. It performed well enough that the cable channel purchased season three.

At the time, Merlin creator/executive producer Johnny Capps said, "The upcoming season will add an exciting new twist to Merlin's ongoing struggle to protect Prince Arthur, as well as thrilling audiences with bigger and bolder action sequences, stunning CGI monsters, mysterious villains and comic fun for all the family."

Season three has already aired overseas and a fourth round of episodes has »

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Episode Recap: Merlin - 3.03: "Goblin's Gold"

23 November 2010 1:10 PM, PST | PopStar | See recent PopStar news »

Whilst on a quest for a book for Gaius (Richard Wilson), Merlin (Colin Morgan) chances upon a secret room in the library and sets loose a goblin, which proceeds to cause havoc on Camelot. This is Merlin (TV)'s comedic episode, as every series of the show has at least one or two episodes that are played purely for laughs. A case of Merlin opening Pandora's box, instead of leaving things alone. The goblin had been trapped in the box for over 50 years and now he's out; he's going to have fun...and breaks things. The goblin appeared to be Merlin's answer to Gollum from The Lord of the Rings. The goblin escapes Merlin's attempts to ensnare him and starts to throw books around, incidentally, actually throwing the one Merlin was looking for. Then scours the castle in search of gold. Arthur chances upon Merlin and his messy bed chamber. »

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