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Hayley Atwell stars in ITV's new police drama Life of Crime, which launches in May.
The crime drama unravels across three episodes, which are based in 1985, with the backdrop of the Brixton riots, 1997 and 2013.
Life of Crime starts on Friday, May 10 at 9pm on ITV. »
William Boyd has revealed the name of his new official James Bond novel.
Solo will be the title of the 1969-set spy adventure, which will take 007 across Europe, Africa and the USA. Boyd, who announced the title at this year's London Book Fair, said that he has had "tremendous fun" penning the story.
"Mark my words, I've undertaken writing this very seriously," he said, adding: "No gimmicks, this is a real spy story."
The Fleming estate has continued to publish 007 novels, recruiting writers including Sebastian Faulks (Devil May Care) and Jeffrey Deaver (Carte Blanche) to continue the British spy's story. Bond movie producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have kept the character's screen adventures separate from the literary continuity.
Fleming wrote his first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in 1953 and 13 more before he died 11 years later, aged 56.
The title and plot of the new book remain under wraps, but the Fleming estate gave a hint of the style and the setting to woo fans who have been wowed by Daniel Craig's film portrayal of 007 in Skyfall.
"We can reveal that this novel will see a return to the classic Bond era, featuring a 45-year-old 007 in 1969," the estate said.
The novel will be published in Britain on 26 September by Jonathan Cape, Fleming's original publisher, and available from HarperCollins, a subsidiary of News Corp, »
The pair have overseen a drama renaissance at ITV, along with its director of television Peter Fincham, off the back of a £30m boost to drama funding.
ITV's head of drama serials Steve November will take over as acting director of drama until a permanent replacement is appointed. Mackie and Haynes will see through projects they have already commissioned.
Mackie, who joined ITV from the BBC in 2006, said: "Sally and I have loved our seven years at ITV and are incredibly proud of the dramas that we've commissioned with Peter. »
- John Plunkett
Julian Ovenden has joined the cast of NBC's musical drama Smash. The Foyle's War star will play actor Simon, who is cast as John F Kennedy in the show's Marilyn Monroe musical. English-born Ovenden will appear in multiple episodes of season two, TVLine reports. His past credits include roles on UK series Any Human Heart and Midsomer Murders, while guest stints on Charmed and ABC's 2008 series Cashmere Mafia are among his Us TV credits. As a young man, he won a music scholarship to Eton College and later studied at the University of Oxford on a choral scholarship, before performing extensively in musical theatre. Other actors who have joined NBC's revamped Smash for season two include (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
More than a bit of Camelot is coming to NBC’s Smash, with the casting of a British actor as Bombshell‘s John F. Kennedy.
Julian Ovenden, whose TV credits include the UK series Foyle’s War and Any Human Heart, plus ABC’s Cashmere Mafia — has landed the role of Simon, the actor who will play opposite Karen Cartwright as Marilyn Monroe’s infamous Canoodler-in-Chief, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Ovenden, a tenor who won choral scholarships to Eton and New College Oxford, will appear in multiple episodes »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
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