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Last Updated: July 1, 2015
Doctor Who is the persistent subject of rumours - from the credible to the outright absurd - and it can be difficult to separate what's fact from what's fiction.
Lucky for you, dear reader, that Digital Spy is on hand to cut a swathe through the nonsense - these are the facts, 100% confirmed, about series 9 of the world's greatest science-fiction series.
Filming began on the 9th series of Doctor Who - its 35th run overall - on January 5, 2015 for a planned transmission in the autumn. Steven Moffat will serve as lead writer and executive producer for the fifth time.
Coleman was widely expected to be leaving the series in the 2014 Christmas special - and indeed had planned to exit - »
Believe it or not, 2015 is half done already - and the past six months have delivered some top-notch television, much of it brand new drama, comedy and documentaries.
Picking the finest from a particularly fine crop was no easy task, but these were our rules: it had to launch in 2015, it must have aired one series / season in its entirety and it had to be a continuing series.
So no-one off pieces - e.g. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - and nothing that got the chop - sorry, Banished.
Here - in original broadcast order - are the DS Staff Picks from the year so far.
Marvel's Agent Carter - Morgan Jeffery, TV Editor
Happily, this 8-part first season met and »
We all are aware about the generous side of Salman Khan. If his Being Human Foundation is a sign of his kind nature and his love for charity, the actor went a step further to ensure that all Kashmiris get their share of entertainment during his Bajrangi Bhaijaan shoot. While Salman had given employment to a few during the shoot schedule in Kashmir, he even helped the locals in other ways too. When the cast and crew were shooting at Pahalgam, Salman Khan interacted with the locals and he realized that some of them don't even own a television sets. Hence, the superstar decided to lend a helping hand and got his team to work on the matter. The actor ensured that everyone got a TV set of their own. Salman Khan's team is currently working according to his orders and most of the houses have already received their television connection. »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
A television adaptation of the classic John le Carré novel, it will star Tom Hiddleston as an ex-soldier named Jonathan Pine, who is recruited for the British intelligence service by the mysterious Burr (Olivia Colman).
“Poldark” made a considerable splash with “Masterpiece” viewers in the mid-1970s, and those who remember — along with their more discriminating children — should find much to like in this sumptuous remake. Aidan Turner (of “Being Human” and “The Hobbit”) takes over the title role in this sweeping period drama, whose picturesque landscapes and glorious soundtrack will make many linger to book passage to Cornwall. Much in the vein of “Wuthering Heights,” the series mixes class distinctions and romance, offering the kind of classy soap that should help keep Anglophiles’ cockles happily warmed between now and more “Downton Abbey.”
Based on the books by Winston Graham, the eight-part series (half of which was previewed) introduces Turner’s Captain Ross Poldark in the wilds of Virginia in 1781, sporting a red coat and battling the Americans. Flash forward two years, and he’s back in his native Cornwall, sporting a wicked scar that »
- Brian Lowry
News just in from BBC Wales: Sarah Dollard, whose previous TV credits include Being Human and the acclaimed spy drama, The Game, has been confirmed as the hand behind the pen on episode 10 of Doctor Who Series 9! More intriguingly, the episode features Joivan Wade, Flatline‘s Rigsy, the community service kid who helped Clara...
- Christian Cawley
Rigsy is a young graffiti artist who helped save the world in 'Flatline', and he will now reunite in a new adventure with the Doctor (Capaldi) and Clara (Coleman).
BBC Two's moody spy thriller The Game drew to a close tonight - but is the stage set for a second series?
But this was no dud sat on the shelf - The Guardian said The Game was thick "with intrigue" and called it "compelling", while Radio Times branded star Tom Hughes "a seductive leading man".
Ratings, though, have been solid but unspectacular - a launch figure of 1.63m had dropped to 920k by the time the fifth episode aired.
Did you tune in every week to watch the story unfold? Are you a fan of Hughes' swaggering spy Joe Lambe - and are you hoping for another series?
Hughes himself is certainly keen on another outing, »
Cavity Colors and Van Orton Design have released limited T-shirts and tank tops inspired by the aliens from John Carpenter's film, They Live. Also in this round-up: trailers for AMC's Humans and the Mad Max video game.
"The left side of the image represents the first time Rowdy Roddy Piper puts on the infamous sunglases, and he sees the subliminal imagery and aliens in grayscale. The color side represents when you finally see “Them” in full color and fully exposed to the world!"
Priced at $24, this limited maroon shirt is printed on 100% cotton fabric and is prone to sell out quickly. To learn more about the Cavity Colors' They Live T-shirt, visit:
"Exposure" Tank Top:
Also priced at »
- Tamika Jones
“Shadowhunters” is based on Cassandra Clare’s “Mortal Instruments” books. It follows Clary Fray (“Happyland” and “The Fosters’” Katherine McNamara), a teenager who learns that she is descended from a long line of the titular human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. When her mother is kidnapped, Clary must embrace her destiny and accept that the world is full of faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves.
The cast also includes Dominic Sherwood as the narcissistic and “lethally gorgeous” bad boy Shadowhunter Jace, Alberto Rosende as Clary’s best friend Simon, and Emeraude Toubia as the beautiful and well-trained Shadowhunter Isabelle. “Glee” actor Harry Shum Jr. will play an ancient and eccentric warlock named Magnus »
- Whitney Friedlander
When Being Human was cancelled after five series, fans of the show were naturally dejected.
It’s to be expected, then, that the show’s creator Toby Whithouse will face regular questions over the possibility of bringing the show back.
The discussion reopened recently, with Whithouse asked for an update over two years after the show was stopped.
He told BBC Writersroom: "We all know shows that have outstayed their welcome, or been cynically resurrected. And no one would thank me – least of all the Being Human fans – if I went back with anything other than a stunning and revolutionary idea."
"Anything less would demean the show. And I haven’t had that idea," he added.
So, don’t expect the show to return any time soon. If Mr Whithouse's stance ever changes, »
In an interview for BBC Writersroom, Whithouse appeared to play down the possibility of resurrecting the supernatural BBC Three series.
"We all know shows that have outstayed their welcome, or been cynically resurrected," he said.
"No-one would thank me - least of all the Being Human fans - if I went back with anything other than a stunning and revolutionary idea. Anything less would demean the show. And I haven't had that idea."
Being Human - a drama about a ghost, a werewolf and a vampire attempting to lead normal lives - aired five series on BBC Three between 2008 and 2013.
Press Release (via TV By the Numbers) -- New York, NY – May 14, 2015 – "AMC today announced its new eight-part drama series “Humans” will premiere Sunday, June 28th at 9:00 p.m. Et/Pt. Set in suburban London, “Humans” takes place in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a Synth – a highly developed, artificially intelligent servant eerily similar to its living counterpart. Penned by British writing partners Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (“Spooks,” Spooks: The Greater Good) and based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama “Real Humans,” the series explores the emotional impact that comes as the lines between humans and machines become increasingly blurred. This bold new series is produced in conjunction with the »
- Derek Anderson
Wrapping up its most watched season in seven years, The CW Network presented its 2015-16 broadcast schedule today to advertisers, affiliates and national media at New York City Center in New York City. The indie-pop band Of Monsters and Men kicked off the presentation with a live performance of their latest single "Crystals," and their international hit song "Little Talks." Here's what CW's Mark Pedowitz had to say in a statement.
"This has been a terrific season for The CW, and is a result of a strategy we set in motion a few years ago to broaden out and grow our audience. We had our most watched season, and our highest-rated season among men, in seven years. We launched The CW's most watched series ever with The Flash, and with The Flash and Jane the Virgin, we received more critical acclaim than ever before. The CW is heading into »
Hughes told Metro that he hopes BBC Two will recommission the series, in which he stars as MI5 operative Joe Lambe.
"There's definitely more layers to peel away," he said. "I think audiences have become more sophisticated and don't expect everything right away - it's like Don Draper in Mad Men, we only got to know him gradually."
Its third episode airs this Thursday (May 14) at 9pm.
Murdered by My Boyfriend star: BBC Three shows can be successful online
Detectorists: Will series 2 move from BBC Four to a new channel? »
This silly and anarchic BBC3 blooper sees TV personalities crack a homicide alongside a cast of not-so-famous, farcical faces
“‘Youth” channel BBC3 is hurtling towards its online-only fate in January 2016. It’s already lost its big acquisition, Family Guy, to ITV2 and there’s been talk of one of the true jewels in its crown, Don’t Tell the Bride, setting up home on one of its bigger siblings. This means the days of flicking and accidentally chancing upon something like Being Human, or In the Flesh, or a surprisingly incisive documentary about young people and mental health, for example, will be gone. To watch BBC3, you will have to make a concerted effort, and it is unlikely that great swaths of viewers will do that. Its new comedy Murder in Successville, a truly bizarre concoction of genres and ideas, reinforces the sense that this is a real shame.
Murder in Successville is ridiculous. »
- Rebecca Nicholson
Call it as the after effects or whatsoever, one just cannot deny the fact that the after the arrest of Salman Khan, there had to be many repercussions which were simply waiting to happen. While on the emotional front, there were many hearts broken and bleeding, but, on the financial front, it was worse. The shares of Mandhana went down by 5 percent (intraday) today after Salman Khan was pronounced guilty in the 2002 hit-and-run case. For the uninitiated, Mandhana Industries has an exclusive license agreement with 'Being Human- the Salman Khan Foundation' - for their designing, marketing and distribution of the 'Being Human' clothing. On the other hand, even the shares of Eros International Media fell by 7 percent, because it has the global distribution rights of Salman Khan's to-be-released films Bajrangi Bhaijaan and his production Hero. »
With the Sessions court verdict out for the hit-and-run case, as per the reports, wherein the Bollywood superstar Salman Khan might face upto 10 years of jail, it has kind of sent a shock wave in the industry! And why not? After all Salman is one of the most influential celebrities of Bollywood around, who has the power to turnaround almost anything. Though the Sessions court has given its judgement over the 12-year old case, the star may appeal to higher court. While the final decision is still awaited as to whether Salman will face the jail sentence or not, we take a look at how it will impact the industry overall (if he ever faces the jail term).
Box-office business:Since the superstar is known for churning out blockbusters and money-spinners and has reportedly an estimated Rs. 300 crore riding on his films already, we wonder how much impact it will have on Box-office business, »
Two episodes were provided for review purposes prior to broadcast.
Maori myth is at the heart of Tatau, BBC America’s curiously trippy new drama about two British tourists who become embroiled in a maze of hallucinatory visions, murder plots and local secrets while vacationing in the Cook Islands. It’s an intriguing and unusual subject for the channel to tackle, and the resultant oddness of the show as a whole is what immediately sets it apart from the network’s previous supernatural dramas In the Flesh and Being Human (though Tatau, with its photogenic cast and fast-paced plot, is certainly geared toward the same teenage demographic).
Whether the show’s peculiarity will make it something truly worth watching down the road, though, is a question unanswered after the uneven first two episodes. The pilot is really an extended intro for leads Kyle (Joe Layton) and Budgie (Theo Barklem-Biggs), twentysomething »
- Isaac Feldberg
As this chat with Tatau’s lead actors, Joe Layton and Theo Barklem-Biggs, took place before the press screening for BBC Three’s new supernatural drama, the pair were given the responsibility of describing the series to me: Unique. Mysterious. Fast-paced. Energy-fuelled. A hurricane. A typhoon. (Before long, they're just listing weather systems.)
“It’s a teen show, accessible for young people” cuts in Barklem-Biggs as his co-star brings up the otherworldly, occult palette of True Detective, “even around all this darkness there will be moments that make you laugh as well. It keeps you on the edge of your seat.”
Layton gets back on message and agrees, “I think it really suits BBC Three.”
That it does, as a youth-oriented story of two twenty-something backpackers, Kyle and Budgie, »
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