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BBC Two is 50: The Hour, Bottom and more shows to bring back

13 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC Two is 50 - the British Broadcasting Corporation's second eldest child hits the half-century mark this Sunday (April 20).

But which shows from those five decades on air were given short shrift? Did your favourite drama or comedy not get a fair shake?

BBC Two is 50: Share your memories and thoughts

Other channels have plundered BBC Two's back catalogue with results ranging from the sublime - Sky's Alan Partridge revival - to the disastrous - Gold's Yes, Prime Minister rehash.

But with just two days to go until Two hits 5-0, here's five more shows - from the '60s to the '00s - that deserve another shot.

The Likely Lads (1964-66)

"Oh, what happened to you? Whatever happened to me?" - Yes, its more distinguished follow-up Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? might have graduated to BBC One, but its 1960s predecessor was a BBC Two staple. »

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The Last Days On Mars Review

7 April 2014 12:11 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Ruairi Robinson.

Starring: Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas, Romola Garai, Goran Kostic, Johnny Harris, Tom Cullen, Yusra Warsama, Olivia Williams.

Running Time: 98 minutes.

Certificate: 15.

Synopsis: A group of astronaut explorers succumb one by one to a mysterious and terrifying force while collecting specimens on Mars.

The Last Days On Mars revolves around the first manned mission to the red planet, presumably set sometime in the near future. In literally the final hours of their six-month long mission, a group of astronauts make a groundbreaking discovery: fossilised evidence of bacterial life. Intent on not returning to their home planet empty-handed, the group undertake a rogue mission to collect samples, and all kinds of hell breaks loose as a mysterious presence starts to off them one by one.

Liev Schreiber is currently experiencing somewhat of a career surge. Always a great supporting actor (showing up in the likes of X-men Origins, The Manchurian Candidate »

- Paul Heath

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Xbox Entertainment Studios, U.K.’s Channel 4 Partner on ‘Humans’

7 April 2014 3:22 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes — Xbox Entertainment Studios and U.K.’s Channel 4 have inked a co-production deal for drama series “Humans,” based on the Swedish sci-fi drama “Real Humans.” Distribution will be handled by Shine Intl.

The series, which will comprise eight hour-long episodes, will be produced by Kudos (“The Hour,” “Utopia,” “Broadchurch,” “The Tunnel”). Channel 4 in the U.K. and the Xbox platform in North America will share a 2015 premiere broadcast window.

“Humans” is an English-language adaptation of Sveriges Television (Svt) and Matador Films’ series, which will be penned by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (“Spooks,” a.k.a. “Mi-5″).

Show is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a “Synth” — a highly-developed robotic servant that’s so similar to a real human it’s transforming the way people live. When a rushed-off-his-feet suburban father of three buys a refurbished second-hand Synth, »

- Leo Barraclough

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New Penny Dreadful posters and behind-the-scenes featurette

5 April 2014 4:06 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Over the past week Showtime has been releasing a batch of character images from Skyfall screenwriter John Logan's upcoming psychosexual Victorian era thriller series Penny Dreadful, giving us a look at Josh Hartnett (30 Days of Night) as Ethan Chandler, Eva Green (300: Rise of an Empire) as Vanessa Ives, Billie Piper (Doctor Who) as Brona Croft, Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) as Dorian Gray and Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger) as Dr. Victor Frankenstein. Well, another two posters have now arrived online via TV Line, this time featuring Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights) as Sir. Malcolm Murray and Danny Sapani (Doctor Who) as Sembene...

Meanwhile, Showtime has also released a featurette which takes us behind the scenes of the series, with new footage and comments from the cast and crew...

Penny Dreadful will premiere on Showtime on May 11th, with a cast that also includes Rory Kinnear »

- Gary Collinson

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Victor Frankenstein featured in latest Penny Dreadful character poster

3 April 2014 1:11 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Yesterday we brought you four character posters from Showtime's upcoming Victorian era psychosexual thriller Penny Dreadful featuring  Josh Hartnett (30 Days of Night) as Ethan Chandler, Eva Green (300: Rise of an Empire) as Vanessa Ives, Billie Piper (Doctor Who) as Brona Croft and Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) as Dorian Gray [see here], and now it's the turn of Dr. Victor Frankenstein, played by Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger); take a look courtesy of Hitfix....

Penny Dreadful will premiere on Showtime on May 11th, with a cast that also includes Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Helen McCrory (Skyfall), Danny Sapani (Doctor Who), Simon Russell Beale (My Week with Marilyn), and Anna Chancellor (The Hour). »

- Gary Collinson

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Stephen Garrett Bowing Out At UK’s Kudos & Shine Pictures

2 April 2014 6:33 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Veteran TV exec Stephen Garrett is leaving the Shine Group later this year. He is currently Chairman of Kudos, one of the UK’s leading indies, which he co-founded two decades ago and which was acquired by Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine in 2007. The company’s recent credits include Broadchurch, The Hour and Vicious. Garrett is also leaving his post as Executive Chairman of Shine Pictures. Under his stewardship, that feature division has made such titles as Eastern Promises, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen and Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day. Upcoming projects, including the Gregory Burke-penned Blowback, will be led by Shine Pictures’ Head of Film Ollie Madden. Together, Shine Pictures and Kudos are currently co-producing feature Spooks: The Greater Good which Garrett is producing with Madden and Kudos CEO Jane Featherstone. In a statement, Garrett praised his colleagues and noted, “I’m excited by the blurring of boundaries and the fusion of forms. »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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Four character posters for Showtime's Penny Dreadful

1 April 2014 1:54 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Showtime has released four character posters from the upcoming psychosexual thriller Penny Dreadful from Skyfall scribe John Logan, which gives us a look at Josh Hartnett (30 Days of Night) as Ethan Chandler, Eva Green (300: Rise of an Empire) as Vanessa Ives, Billie Piper (Doctor Who) as Brona Croft and Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) as Dorian Gray; check them out courtesy of The Huffington Post and Bloody Disgusting....

Penny Dreadful is set to get underway on Showtime on May 11th, with a cast that also includes Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger), Helen McCrory (Skyfall), Danny Sapani (Doctor Who), Simon Russell Beale (My Week with Marilyn), and Anna Chancellor (The Hour). »

- Gary Collinson

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Indie Spotlight

23 March 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes photos from Chainsaw Sally: The Animated Series, the first two chapters from the novel Survivor Max, the uncensored trailer for Smothered with Bill Moseley and Kane Hodder, Camp Dread DVD release details, and much more:

First Two Chapters of Survivor Max: “Meet Max, an 11-year old boy who was stuck in another boring day at school when the lock down alarm went off. They were under quarantine. He escaped and made it home, only to discover he’d have to find a way to survive this plague alone. Little did he know his father, his only parent, was among the infected. Slow-moving and non-thinking, the “lamebrains” swarmed his apartment complex, hunting survivors to feed their insatiable hunger for living flesh. Now he must apply his Porcupine »

- Tamika Jones

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Jimmy McGovern epic Australian convict drama lands all-star cast

12 March 2014 10:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jimmy McGovern's epic new BBC Two drama series Banished has secured an impressive all-star cast list.

Being Human's Russell Tovey, Ripper Street's MyAnna Buring and Julian Rhind-Tutt (The Hour) will all star in the show, which is starting filming in Sydney, Australia next month.

Banished will follow the "lives, loves, relationships and battle for survival of a group of convicts" in New South Wales, Australia, 1788.

How the first convicts survived is the best story I've come across in over 30 years as a dramatist. When you've got something like that, you don't worry about the narrative; you just concentrate on the characters. That is what we did. Consequently, I don't think I've ever written anything so character-driven.Jimmy McGovern

Other cast members include Top of the Lake's David Wenham, Joseph Millson (Holby City), Ewan Bremner (Accused) and Orla Brady (Strike Back).

Banished will come to BBC Two »

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MyAnna Buring and Russell Tovey to star in Banished

12 March 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

MyAnna Buring and Russell Tovey have been cast in 'Banished'. The 'Ripper Street' actress and the 'Being Human' star will be joined by the likes of Julian Rhind-Tutt ('The Hour') and David Wenham ('Top Of The Lake') in Jimmy McGovern's new BBC series, set for broadcast in 2015. The seven-part fictional drama is inspired by 18th century events when Britain established a penal colony in Australia, and will centre around the settlement's convicts, the soldiers who guarded them and the men who governed them. Jimmy explained: ''How the first convicts survived is the best story I've come across in over 30 years as »

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Ambitious Convict Drama "Banished" Announced

11 March 2014 9:42 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

See-Saw Films and Rsj Films are teaming to produce the period drama series "Banished" for the new premium channel BBC First.

"Cracker" and "Redfern Now" writer/producer Jimmy McGovern is penning the seven-part series which centers on events in the 18th century when Britain established its penal colony in Australia.

The ambitious series follows the lives, loves, relationships and battle for survival of a group of convicts, the marines that guard them and men who govern them.

David Wenham ("300") plays pragmatic idealistic Governor Arthur Phillip who wanted to turn the ramshackle settlement of Sydney into land of opportunity.

Joseph Millson ("Holby City") plays Major Ross, a man who thinks the only chance of survival is to rule with an iron fist. Russell Tovey ("Looking"), Myanna Buring ("Ripper Street") and Julian Rhind-Tutt ("The Hour") play convicts.

Dan Percival ("Death Comes To Pemberley") and Jeffrey Walker ("Jack Irish") are directing. Filming begins »

- Garth Franklin

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Stellan Skarsgård to star in BBC One crime drama from The Hour creator

28 February 2014 2:23 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Stellan Skarsgård is to front new BBC One drama River.

The Thor star will play a police detective in the six-part thriller from The Hour creator Abi Morgan.

Skarsgård's character John River is a brilliant but troubled officer whose fractured mind is the key to his crime-solving genius.

The 62-year-old Swedish actor is best known for his film work, including roles in 2011's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels and the recent Nymphomaniac.

"River is full of intriguing twists and turns and I was truly gripped when the script came in," said Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One.

"Abi's one of Britain's most distinctive and original storytellers, and her ability to push the boundaries of the genre in surprising ways makes River her perfect debut on BBC One."

River will air on BBC One in 2015.

Aidan Turner to lead BBC One's new Poldark »

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The CW Announces Season Finale Dates and May Event Series Labyrinth

27 February 2014 11:00 AM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

One of the most Our Kind of Shows-friendly networks, The CW, has done us a few more favors, bless ‘em. They’ve given us not only the dates for the season finales of all Our Kind of Shows that they broadcast – that’s Arrow, The Tomorrow People, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Star-Crossed, and The 100 – but tacked on a new one as a bonus!

Well, it’s not a new series, but Labyrinth is a four-hour miniseries, and it stars so many familiar faces. The War Doctor! The Winter Soldier! Draco Malfoy! Defiance‘s Datak Tarr! Winter’s Tale‘s Beverly! More info about that below, along with the season finale dates and times. The SciFi Mafia Calendar (see the Calendar tab above) has also been updated.

The CW Sets Season Finale Dates And Kicks Off Summer With Four-hour Event Series “LabyrinthLabyrinth Makes Its Broadcast Television Premiere Across Two Nights on Thursday, »

- Erin Willard

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Downton Abbey Adds Doctor Who Alum Richard E. Grant Among Others

22 February 2014 6:27 AM, PST | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Let’s get one thing straight before we delve into what is sure to be an exciting tale of casting and wonder; I haven’t watched Downton Abbey despite my sincere intentions to do just that. It’s nothing personal against the British series, I just have a lot on my plate right now and couldn’t fit another series under my already overloaded plate. I’ve already given up a number of shows simply because I couldn’t keep up. Perhaps one day I’ll be able to watch Downton Abbey, but for now let’s just talk about the latest casting additions to the series. I think we can all at least agree they’re exciting even if I don’t know much about the series.

The most auspicious of the three new cast members is Richard E. Grant. The man is a wonderful actor and has been around for quite some time. »

- Brody Gibson

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Meryl Streep Joins Carey Mulligan for 'Suffragette,' Written by Abi Morgan

20 February 2014 10:33 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Meryl Streep is set to play Brit political activist Emmilene Pankhurst in "Suffragette," alongside Carey Mulligan. The period drama will be helmed by Sarah Gavron ("Brick Lane"), and is written by "Iron Lady" scribe Abi Morgan. It follows the early women's suffrage movement in Britain, and the foot soldiers who were forced underground as a result. Filming kicks off February 24 in the UK. Aside from Streep and Mulligan, it's got an impressive supporting cast, including Helena Bonham-Carter and Romola Garai ("The Hour"). Streep is currently up for her 18th Oscar nomination for "August: Osage County." She won the Academy Award for "Iron Lady" in 2012, her third win. Streep's career is examined in depth in former La Weekly critic Karina Longworth's new book in the "Anatomy of an Actor" series. »

- Beth Hanna

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James Bond films are 'a boy's fantasy', says Fleming star Anna Chancellor | Media Monkey

20 February 2014 2:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor who plays real-life Moneypenny in Sky Atlantic drama says she has 'no interest' in 007 – and she's 'bored' by Sean Connery

She may be playing the real-life Moneypenny in Sky Atlantic's Fleming, but actor Anna Chancellor has revealed she doesn't even like James Bond. The Sun reports that the The Hour and Four Weddings and a Funderal actor said: "I can't say I've seen all the films. I have no interest in them." She added: "It'a a boy's fantasy. I'm bored by Sean Connery. He doesn't do it for me." However, she said of the Sky drama: "I like the drama itself. Ian Fleming's interesting, the era's interesting." Monkey hopes she's not bored by costume drama: she is joining the cast of ITV's Downton Abbey for its upcoming fifth season.

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James Bond films are 'a boy's fantasy', says Fleming star Anna Chancellor | Media Monkey

20 February 2014 2:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor who plays real-life Moneypenny in Sky Atlantic drama says she has 'no interest' in 007 – and she's 'bored' by Sean Connery

She may be playing the real-life Moneypenny in Sky Atlantic's Fleming, but actor Anna Chancellor has revealed she doesn't even like James Bond. The Sun reports that the The Hour and Four Weddings and a Funderal actor said: "I can't say I've seen all the films. I have no interest in them." She added: "It'a a boy's fantasy. I'm bored by Sean Connery. He doesn't do it for me." However, she said of the Sky drama: "I like the drama itself. Ian Fleming's interesting, the era's interesting." Monkey hopes she's not bored by costume drama: she is joining the cast of ITV's Downton Abbey for its upcoming fifth season.

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Meryl Streep Has A Key Role In "Suffragette"

19 February 2014 7:13 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Meryl Streep has signed on for a small but key role in Sarah Gavron's upcoming drama "Suffragette" for Ruby Films.

Abi Morgan ("The Hour," "The Iron Lady") penned the script in which Carey Mulligan plays a young woman who becomes engrossed in the early feminist movement, turning to violent acts to bring about more change.

Streep is portraying celebrated political activist Emmeline Pankhurst who gives a big speech on women's rights during a feminist rally in the film. The real Pankhurst founded several political organizations such as Women's Franchise League and the Women's Social and Political Union.

Filming is slated to begin on February 24th in the U.K.

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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Downton Abbey: Richard E Grant and Anna Chancellor join cast of ITV drama

14 February 2014 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Withnail star to play a guest of the Granthams as Harriet Walter and Peter Egan reprise their roles for fifth series

Richard E Grant is to join the cast of Downton Abbey, one of several new names including Anna Chancellor who will feature in the fifth series later this year.

Grant, the Withnail and I star who recently appeared in HBO comedy Girls, will play Simon Bricker, who visits Downton Abbey as a guest of the Granthams.

The role will reunite Grant with the drama's creator, Julian Fellowes, after he appeared in his Oscar-winning film, Gosford Park, directed by Robert Altman.

Chancellor, whose credits include Four Weddings and a Funeral and BBC2's The Hour, will play Lady Anstruther, with Russian actor Rade Sherbedgia, who appeared in Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, playing a refugee who fled the Russian revolution after the first world war.

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- John Plunkett

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Richard E. Grant to join 'Downton Abbey' for season 5

14 February 2014 10:28 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

While some of us will forever remember Richard E. Grant from "Withnail and I," he's moving into far tonier role. The actor (who has also appeared in classy stuff like "Gosford Park" and "The Age of Innocence") is set to join the cast of "Downton Abbey" for the show's fifth season. He's not the only one, either.  While Grant will be playing the role of Simon Bricker, who visits Downton Abbey as a guest of the Granthams, Anna Chancellor ("The Hour," "Four Weddings and a Funeral") will be taking on a role as Lady Anstruther. Also on deck will be Rade »

- Liane Bonin Starr

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