6 items from 2017
Set during the days after The Blitz during World War II, Their Finest follows the writers and film makers working for The Ministry Of Information, with one aim in mind – to raise public morale. The film’s screenwriter, Gaby Chiappe, talked to Flickering Myth’s Freda Cooper about making the move from writing for TV to the big screen – and how she came to appear in the movie herself. It’s released in cinemas this Friday.
The film is Gaby Chiappe’s first movie screenplay, adapted from Lissa Evans’ novel Their Finest Hour And A Half. After a career in TV, taking in household names like EastEnders, Shetland and Vera, she found herself on familiar territory, telling the story of a group of people she understands well – writers. And, when the opportunity presented itself, she couldn’t resist stepping in front of the camera herself, to play a small role »
- Freda Cooper
Archie Panjabi and Jack Davenport have been set to star in ITV’s upcoming family thriller, Next Of Kin. From Mammoth Screen, the contemporary drama is created by BAFTA-nominated Paul Rutman (Indian Summers, Vera) in his first collaboration with wife, Natasha Narayan. Emmy and BAFTA nominee Justin Chadwick is directing. Shooting starts in April in the UK and overseas. The six-part series follows whip-smart Gp Mona Shirani (Panjabi) who lives in London with political… »
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Sara Afshar’s documentary Syria’s Disappeared: The Case Against Assad made for devastating viewing. It focused on the tens of thousands detained after the 2011 Arab spring uprisings who have since been missing, or discovered to have been tortured and killed. As the documentary showed, sometimes whole families were taken, including 2,000 children. If the “disappeared” are alive, they’re most likely still being detained in president Bashar al-Assad’s military prisons and hospitals.
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- Barbara Ellen
In addition to being a huge cash generator, Red Nose Day is also a good barometer of the shifting power balances within British light entertainment. This year’s inductees to the inner circle include blunt but charming comic Romesh Ranganathan, Brits-bossing charisma vacuum Rag‘n’Bone Man and the inescapable Ed Sheeran. Friday, 7pm, BBC1
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- The Guide
Exclusive: Scottish production company Synchronicity Films has secured the rights to Hanif Kureishi’s novella, The Body. The plan is to develop the tense thriller as a high-end international drama series. Synchronicity's Claire Mundell will executive produce, with Robert Murphy (Dci Banks, Vera) adapting. The acquisition was made in partnership with Green Ash Pictures backed by Great Point Media. The Body, originally published in 2002, centers on Adam, a middle-aged… »
Gem Wheeler Mar 2, 2017
ITV's Prime Suspect prequel gets off to a strong start. Spoilers...
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Jane Tennison (Stefanie Martini) isn’t having a good day. Her journey to work is interrupted when she witnesses a mugging and rushes off the bus to give chase, but the woman involved, while grateful, isn’t interested in reporting the crime. When the young Wpc finally arrives at the police station in Hackney at which she’s on probation after completing her training, her hair’s dishevelled and her make-up’s smeared. She gets an earful from the overbearing Sergeant Harris (Andrew Brooke) and is swiftly put on tea-and-biscuit duty for her male superiors, who are quite happy to leave their washing-up »
6 items from 2017
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