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Storming its’ way into view today is the brand new trailer for upcoming BBC show The Musketeers set to hit screens at the end of January. The 10-part series has a cracking cast, top quality writer and, if the trailer is anything to go by, some serious action to keep us entertained on what appears to be the BBC’s new Saturday night ‘must-see TV’.
Fans of Doctor Who can starve off their withdrawal following the Christmas Day regeneration as 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi plays statesman Cardinal Richelieu, the main enemy of the Musketeers. Filling the Musketeers’ boots are Luke Pasqualino (Skins, The Borgias) as D’Artagnan, Tom Burke (Great Expectations, The Hour) as Athos, Santiago Cabrera (Merlin, Heroes) as Aramis and Howard Charles (Royal Shakespeare Company) as Porthos. Here’s the very worthy sounding plot summed up:
‘Set in 17th century Paris D’Artagan, Athos, Aramis, and Porthos fight »
- Victoria Bull
The biggest problem with Atlantis has always been inconsistency.
BBC One's family fantasy series has been uneven in tone and quality across its first 13 episodes - compare stand-out instalment 'Pandora's Box' to frothy dud 'Hunger Pangs', which aired just two weeks later.
Building on last week's strong set-up, 'Touched by the Gods: Part Two' - the show's final outing for 2013 - provides a satisfying pay-off with a few genuinely surprising twists, but you're left with the feeling that, when series two rolls around, we could be in for more pratfalls, fart jokes and neglect of character.
Atlantis is at its best when, as here, it cuts back on the silliness and treats situations and characters with a little gravity - how good is Mark Addy when he's spared the slapstick and is allowed to actually act, lambasting a heastrong Jason when he announces his plan to rescue Ariande? »
BBC One has released the first trailer for upcoming drama The Musketeers.
It is scheduled to launch on BBC One in early 2014.
Catch up on all the latest TV and Movies releases in Digital Spy's Screen Time: »
Feature Caroline Preece 17 Dec 2013 - 07:00
E4’s seminal sci-fi dramedy Misfits has finally closed the doors to its community centre for good (or until there’s a movie and/or an American remake) and, while its end didn’t make the impact it may have done a couple of years ago, it’s leaving a massive gap in the television schedules. After five years on the air, the series is still being talked about as being something unique, never looking tired when measured against fresh new shows hoping to ape some of its early success. There’s a reason for this – there are no other shows like it; it doesn’t look as if anyone’s even tried.
Back in 2009, Misfits was a bit of a revelation. Originally billed and advertised as Skins-meets-Heroes, »
A retro-feel English ghost story with a passable twist, “Blackwood” gives with one hand while taking away with the other. Debuting feature director Adam Wimpenny, a graduate of musicvideos, commercials and television, overcomes a limited budget with evident style and technical proficiency. But his facility with actors is less apparent, eliciting an inert performance from lead thesp Ed Stoppard (“Upstairs Downstairs”) as a history professor trying to unlock the grisly secret of his titular new countryside home. Ancillary and specialist fest play rep the film’s best chances for further hauntings.
Following a nervous breakdown in his previous prestigious academic post, Ben (Stoppard) strives for a healthier work-life balance at his new job, giving purposeful attention to his wife, Rachel (Sophia Myles), and young son, Harry (Isaac Andrews). But it soon becomes evident that Blackwood is not the peaceful rural retreat envisioned, and Ben is disturbed by visions that connect »
- Charles Gant
Starz has released a behind the scenes featurette for their Michael Bay-produced pirate series Black Sails. The story focuses on the adventures of Captain Flint and his men, and it takes place twenty years before Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island. It's about time we get a TV series about pirates, and this one looks like it's going to be pretty fantastic!
Flint (Toby Stephens), the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, takes on a fast-talking young addition to his crew who goes by the name John Silver (Luke Arnold). Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day – a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined by both its enlightened ideals and its stunning brutality.
- Joey Paur
Review Laura Akers 10 Dec 2013 - 07:22
Dracula appears to be floundering, and this week's crowded narrative doesn't help. Here's Laura's review...
This review contains spoilers.
A couple of weeks ago, I talked about the difficulty of writing complex stories with interweaving plotlines: it has to be done really well. Otherwise, you tend to end up with either a tangled mess or a disjointed narrative. This has very much been the case with Dracula: it is successful when it sticks to focusing on one part of the story in an episode, making only brief and occasional nods to other plotlines, but largely fails when it attempts anything more complicated. Yet, they keep trying, and this week’s attempt led to a disjointed narrative.
While Dracula's writing has played a substantial role in keeping the series from achieving what it could (given its cast and producer-ly »
From Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and Guillermo del Toro (the Hellboy films, Pan’s Labyrinth), the thriller stars Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as the head of a Centers for Disease Control team in New York City. Unexpectedly, the group is tasked with investigating a mysterious viral outbreak with the hallmarks of an evil strain of vampirism.
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According to our sister site Deadline, »
- Megan Masters
As you know, us guys here at the Tube Talk Q&A toil tirelessly to get you guys the best in telly teasers and the very latest UK airdates.
The festive period is no exception - we'll always deliver the gift of TV scoop to all the good little boys and girls...
This week, as the temperature continues to plummet and we start to pray for snow not rain, we've got the latest news on Hawaii Five-0, Banshee and more to warm your cockles!
I'll copy and paste my Hawaii Five-0 question again then... Broadcast date?
Patience is a virtue, Blade11 - because we can now inform you that Hawaii Five-0 will return to Sky1 with its fourth season on Saturday, January 4 at 9pm, with a kidnapping plot pushing McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) to the very limit.
Stayed tuned afterwards too, because Sky1 will also be premiering new NCIS: Los Angeles »
The acclaimed and contemporary American remake of celebrated 1990 UK series House Of Cards has unveiled a teaser trailer and press release confirming that the show will return on the 14th February 2014. Following a hugely successful 13-episode run, released exclusively on the increasingly popular video-on-demand service with a pilot directed by the brilliant David Fincher, Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood and the majority of the cast return for a second season. Expect more political scandal and cover-ups from the House of Representatives.
(Beverly Hills, CA – December 4, 2013) – The second season of the Netflix original series, from Media Rights Capital, “House of Cards,” premieres Friday, February 14, 2014. All 13-episodes of the season starring Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey (“Horrible Bosses,” “American Beauty,” “The Usual Suspects”) and Golden Globe® nominee Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Forrest Gump”), who both received Emmy® nominations for their performances in the first season, will be available »
- Craig Hunter
Fans of the Netflix original series, House of Cards, can rejoice. The date that the second season of the hit show will arrive on the net has just been announced. Starting on February 14 (that’s right, Valentine’s Day), you can continue watching the exploits of Francis Underwood as he attempts to climb the political ranks in Washington D.C., using every devious method on his way to the top.
In the second season, Francis (Spacey) and Claire (Wright) Underwood continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts. Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara, “American Horror Story”), an up-and-coming reporter and Francis’s former paramour, is inching closer to the truth about his crimes. President Walker’s (Michel Gill, “The Good Wife”) billionaire confidante Raymond Tusk (Gerald McRaney, “Southland”) demands that Francis reciprocate political favors or face retribution. And Claire must confront the increasing glare of the spotlight »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
BBC America has picked up Season 2 of fantasy drama “Atlantis” after just one episode. From the creators of “Merlin” and “Misfits,” “Atlantis” delivered the highest rated series premiere ever for the cable channel’s programming block, Supernatural Saturday, with 838,000 total viewers. The drama, from Urban Myth Films, is a co-production between BBC Cymru Wales and BBC America. Johnny Capps, Julian Murphy and Howard Overman executive-produce “Atlantis” for Urban Myth Films with Bethan Jones for BBC Cymru Wales. Also read: ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Special Sets Records for BBC America “’Atlantis’ is off to a fantastic start and is the centerpiece of our Saturday. »
- Jethro Nededog
BBC America has picked up season two of new fantasy co-production, "Atlantis," from the creators of "Merlin" and "Misfits." On November 23, "Atlantis" delivered the highest rated series premiere ever for Supernatural Saturday with 838,000 total viewers. The 13-part series premieres Saturdays at 9:00pm Et on BBC America. In the UK, "Atlantis" is the biggest new Saturday night drama series to launch across all BBC channels since 2006, even up on the launch of hit show "Merlin." "Atlantis" is an Urban Myth Films production for BBC Cymru Wales co-produced with BBC America. Executive producers are Johnny Capps, Julian Murphy and Howard Overman for Urban Myth Films. The show is executive produced for BBC Cymru Wales »
Pat yourselves on the back, Whovians, we have become part of the record books. As we told you earlier, last Saturday’s theater simulcast of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary episode, Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor, did exceptionally well against a certain brand-new movie. But that’s not all.
Check out all the power of we Whovians in the press release below (and please skip over the part that calls Matt Smith the Eleventh Doctor, the good folks at BBC America have been a little busy compiling data. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here):
BBC America’s Doctor Who 50th Special Delivers Rating and Social Media Records #1 Highest Rated Telecast Ever For BBC America #1 Television Show On Twitter #1 Television Event Ever On Tumblr Doctor Who Sets Fathom Events Theatrical Record Doctor Who Global Simulcast Sets Guinness World Record Atlantis Delivers »
- Erin Willard
The Enchanted Forest’s loss is USA Network’s gain.
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Written and directed by Warm Bodies‘ Jonathan Levine, the project revolves around Dr. William Rush, an on-call doctor to the very rich and very private, those whose medical needs demand a degree of discretion. (Think: Olivia Pope meets HankMed. »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Myths are malleable, and BBC America's "Atlantis" twists ancient ones into new shapes.The lush 13-episode series launches Saturday, Nov. 23. Set on the lost island of Atlantis, it has a filmic look and tremendous fun with Greek myths.
In this, Hercules is an overweight blowhard played by Mark Addy ("Game of Thrones"). Medusa (Jemima Rooper, "Hex"), the hideous Gorgon who had snakes for hair, is now a sweet young woman. And Jason (Jack Donnelly, "Dancing on the Edge") is a hot traveler from the present.
"What struck me most is why hasn't anyone used this material before," Rooper tells Zap2it. "They are reinventing the stories as they want."
Fittingly, the series opens at sea, with Jason on a quest to find his long-lost father, whose submarine disappeared. Jason's small sub spins out of control and crashes, and he washes up, naked, on a foreign shore.
That naked bit »
Essentially another British tea-time show with an inordinately good cast around the fringes, “Atlantis” plunges right into its reimagining of Greek mythology, where only the names (Hercules, Pythagoras, Medusa) bear much resemblance to our perceptions. Playful but thin, this good-looking hour (partly lensed in Morocco) is filled with portentous dialogue – yet another youthful protagonist told time and again of his “great destiny” – and an affordable dollop of CGI creatures. It’s not bad, but don’t come to BBC America’s latest import burdened by high expectations, since this ship doesn’t do much more than tread water.
In that respect, the show falls squarely in the vein of previous series like “Merlin” (which comes from that skein’s creative team) and “Sinbad,” U.K. productions with presold names that found a home, if only marginal viewership, on content-hungry U.S. channels.
Young Jason (Jack Donnelly) is introduced as he »
- Brian Lowry
Like the mythology it patches together on the show, Atlantis itself feels like a pastiche of many other fantasy-adventure series, from Xena to Grimm to Doctor Who (Atlantis is even premiering after an encore of the Doctor Who 50th-anniversary special). Created by Merlin's Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy, and Misfits' Howard Overman, Atlantis is hoping to fill a Merlin-sized (if not a Time Lord-sized) hole in both BBC One and BBC America's schedules. It will certainly fill viewers minds with misshapen mythology, but does so in a fairly charming, family-friendly way. Photos: 'Doctor Who' at
- Allison Keene
Eight weeks in and Atlantis has proven a moderate success for BBC One - a second series has been confirmed, but while few question the show's sense of style, some detractors have issues with its substance… or lack thereof.
'The Furies' is another example of an episode that looks incredible and is populated with strong actors - both among the regular cast and the guest roster - but is let down by a script that's often frustratingly simplistic.
This week, our heroes must deliver a trunk full of gold to the land of Helios to ensure that the arranged marriage of Philemon (James Rastall) to his prospective bride goes ahead, but their trek across the desert is complicated by the arrival of Pythagoras's brother Arcas - played by a buffed-and-bronzed Will Merrick from Skins.
Merrick's a strong young actor and a believable on-screen sibling for Robert Emms's Pythagoras, and »
Next in line to inherit the throne of Royal films is Diana. The film takes audiences into the private realm of one of the world’s most iconic and inescapably public women – the Princess of Wales, Diana (two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts) — in the last two years of her meteoric life.
On the occasion of the 16th anniversary of her sudden death, acclaimed director Oliver Hirschbiegel (the Oscar-nominated Downfall) explores Diana’s final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews, “Lost,” The English Patient), the human complications of which reveal the Princess’s climactic days in a compelling new light. Diana is in select theaters now.
As long as filmmakers have been bringing the lives of England’s Kings and Queens to the silver screen have moviegoers been going to the cinemas to be schooled in British Monarchy.
So Arise, Sirs and Ladies, »
- Movie Geeks
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