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FremantleMedia casts fairy tale romance

5 July 2015 3:22 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Last Cab to Darwin.s Emma Hamilton and City Homicide.s Ryan O.Kane head the cast of Network Ten.s Mary: The Making Of A Princess.

FremantleMedia Australia's telemovie will follow the chance meeting of Tasmanian-born Mary Donaldson and Crown Prince Frederik Andre Henrik Christian of Denmark at. Sydney's The Slip Inn in 2000. That led to a four-year courtship which culminated in their marriage.

The producer is Antonia Barnard, Sam Strauss wrote the screenplay and Jennifer Leacey is the director.. Shooting in Sydney starts on July 20, with Damian Wyvill as the DoP..

Hamilton played Anne Stanhope in The Tudors and will be seen in the fourth series of. Mr Selfridge. Her credits include Jeremy Sims. Last Cab to Darwin and TV.s The Musketeers, Poirot and Case Histories.

O.Kane appears in two upcoming Australian movies, Abe Forsythe.s black comedy Down Under and Peter Andrikidis. Alex & Eve. »

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Peter Harness interview: adapting Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

20 May 2015 10:13 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We chat to Peter Harness, writer of Doctor Who and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, currently airing on Sunday nights on BBC One...

Writer Peter Harness is currently on a roll. After attracting praise for his work on Wallander, his Doctor Who episode Kill The Moon brought him to more mainstream attention. But it’s his current work which should propel him to the A-List of British writing talent, a place fully deserved. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, the 800+ page period fantasy novel, considered by many to be unadaptable, has debuted as a TV series on the BBC to rave reviews (not least on this site).

One of the adaptation's key strengths is the streamlined nature of the script, which still captures perfectly the world and characters created by novelist Susanna Clarke. For that, Perter Harness must earn the plaudits. Proving to be a very charming and clever guy, he took the »

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Cancelled or Renewed? Status of Ovation, Own, PBS, Pivot, Pop, Reelz, and Sundance TV Shows

1 May 2015 9:20 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

When will the new seasons of the PBS shows start airing? What happened to that Own show? Gone for good? Which Reelz TV shows have been cancelled? Which Pivot and Ovation shows have been renewed? How many episodes?

Below, you'll find the status of recent/current/upcoming scripted TV shows on Ovation, Own, PBS, Pivot, Reelz, and Sundance. To see a series' ratings (if available), click the links in the middle column.

Shows include A Young Doctor's Notebook, The Artful Detective, Babylon, Bomb Girls, Call the Midwife, Case Histories, Cracked, The Crimson Field, Deutschland 83, Downton Abbey, Endeavour, Fortitude, Foyle's War, Grantchester, Hap & Leonard, If Loving You Is Wrong, Last Tango in Halifax, Lewis, Love Thy Neighbor, Miss Marple, Mr. Selfridge, Please Like Me, Poirot, Poldark, Rectify, Returned, Schitt's Creek, Sherlock, Silk, Wolf Hall, The Bletchley Circle, The Haves and the Have Nots, The Paradise, The »


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ITV takes stake in Alison Owen, Debra Hayward's Monumental

30 April 2015 8:57 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

ITV Studios has acquired a minority stake in Monumental Television, the fledgling indie set up by film producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward.

Owen and Hayward established the company in September and are in “advance development on several scripted series”.

The former is the founder of Ruby Film and Television, which launched in 1998 and produced dramas including Case Histories, Dancing on the Edge and Emmy award-winning Temple Grandin.

It also produced Oscar-nominated movie, Saving Mr Banks, and Jane Eyre.

Hayward most recently produced the Golden Globe-winning film Les Miserables and was head of films at Working Title, where she oversaw Bridget Jones’ Diary, Atonement and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

As part of the deal, ITV Studios Global Entertainment will exclusively distribute all of Monumental’s television productions.

The relationship will be managed by ITV Global Entertainment executive vice-president of content and co-productions, Ruth Clarke.

It is ITV’s latest production sector deal, following investments »

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ITV Takes Stake in Alison Owen, Debra Hayward’s Monumental

30 April 2015 2:51 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — ITV Studios Global Entertainment, the international distribution arm of U.K. TV network ITV, has acquired a minority stake in Monumental Television, the indie recently founded by producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward.

The agreement will see Itvs Ge exclusively distribute all television productions from Monumental, which is already in advanced development on several major scripted series.

Owen is the founder of production company Ruby Film and Television, which she set up in 1998. Along with producing feature films, including the Oscar-nominated “Elizabeth,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Jane Eyre,” Ruby was behind high-end television dramas “Case Histories,” “Dancing on the Edge” and “Temple Grandin,” which won an Emmy.

Hayward most recently produced the Oscar-nominated “Les Miserables.” She was formerly head of films at Working Title, where she had creative responsibility for the company’s feature film slate, including the “Bridget Jones’ Diary” franchise, “Atonement” and the multi-Oscar nominated “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. »

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Waterloo Road co-creator brands show axing 'a lost opportunity'

8 March 2015 4:57 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Waterloo Road co-creator Eileen Gallagher has called the axing of the school-based BBC drama "a lost opportunity".

The producer told The Daily Record that moving the show from Rochdale to Scotland in 2012 was "a game-changer for the Scottish TV industry".

"All my life I have argued for the real need Scotland has for a continuing network drama," she said. "It has never had it and this was an attempt to establish one.

"I'd hoped it would become Scotland's Holby City or EastEnders – the kind of drama which is there year in, year out. In terms of creating a critical mass of TV drama talent, you need something like that. It's a big railway sleeper.

"You can grow talent, you can keep an experienced base of crew who have work they can rely on. All of that is fundamental to create a network production hub, which Scotland should be.

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9 actors who have left Downton Abbey for better... or worse

5 March 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

For many actors, Downton Abbey was their first big break in television.

But not everyone can be a Lord Grantham or a Carson. For many - whether they chose to leave or were written out - their fortunes changed after exiting the ITV drama.

So after the news that Dan Stevens has joined Beauty and the Beast, Digital Spy looks at the careers (so far!) of 9 actors who have bowed out of Highclere Castle...

1. Ed Speleers

After starring in series three, four and five of Downton, Ed Speleers left Jimmy Kent behind for another role in a big budget British TV drama.

We most recently saw him in the part of Edward Seymour in Wolf Hall, and he will also star in upcoming films Remainder and Howl. Most prominently, he's been cast alongside Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter in Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass.

2. Amy Nuttall »

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