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Digital channel orders three hour-long episodes of comedy drama based on Douglas Adams novel
The digital channel has ordered another three hour-long episodes of the comedy drama, following the pilot broadcast in late 2010, for later this year.
Adapted by the Bafta-winning writer Howard Overman – who is also behind Misfits, Vexed and Merlin – Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency follows the exploits of Adams's chaotic character as he uses his unusual methods to solve crimes.
The Dirk Gently books have formed the basis of a play and a BBC Radio 4 series, but this is the first time they have been adapted for TV.
- Jason Deans
When (or if) you think of urban UK film, you may immediately think Noel Clarke. However, while he may be the biggest fish, Clarke isn’t the only one swimming in that pool. Based on the cult novel of the same name by Q (aka Ashanti Power, aka Kwabena Manso), two years ago, Deadmeat won awards on both sides of the pond, Best British Feature at the Bfm Film Festival (London, UK), as well as an Accolade Award for Excellence (Hollywood, Us) and is now due to be released on DVD this week… in the UK, anyway.
Written, directed by and starring Q, Deadmeat is a gritty urban thriller which explores London’s gangland dark underbelly in a chilling tale of revenge killings and betrayal.
Toby Stephens is set to star opposite Maria Bello in NBC's drama pilot Prime Suspect. The remake of the iconic British series starring Helen Mirren centers on Jane Timoney (Bello), an iconoclastic female detective who has to make her bones in a tough New York precinct that is dominated by men. Stephens will play Jane's live-in boyfriend who is fighting his ex-wife to allow their son to stay with him and Jane. Brit Stephens, repped by Paradigm and U.K.'s Independent, recently starred opposite Lucy Punch in the BBC dramedy Vexed and in the play The Real Thing at The Old Vic. Guillermo Diaz (NBC's Mercy) has joined the cast of ABC's untitled Shonda Rhimes pilot, which revolves around the life and work of professional fixer Olivia Price (Kerry Washington) and her dysfunctional staff. Diaz will play a paralegal in the crisis management office who is also an expert »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
3 items from 2011
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