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Britannia honour for Felicity Jones

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Britannia honour for Felicity Jones
The Oscar-nominated actor will receive Batfa Los Angeles’ Britannia Award for British Artist Of The Year presented by Burberry in October.

Jones, who will be seen in A Monster Calls and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story later this year, will collect the honour at the 2016 Britannia Awards ceremony in Beverly Hills on October 28.

British Artist Of The Year “pays tribute to a talented British artist whose outstanding performances in a year have demonstrated the high quality of their craftsmanship… a person who represents the best of British talent.”

Prior recipients include Emma Watson, Daniel Craig, Kate Winslet, Tilda Swinton, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Blunt, Michael Sheen, Rachel Weisz and James Cordon.

Jones earned a lead actress Academy Award nod in 2015 for her role opposite Eddie Redmayne in The Theory Of Everything. She also stars in December release Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Felicity Jones is one of the finest, most sought-after
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London Spy recap: episode one – Whitehall wonks, hidden trunks

Ben Whishaw, Edward Holcroft and Jim Broadbent make the most of their roles in the opening episode of BBC2’s intriguing new espionage drama from Tom Rob Smith

London hasn’t lacked high-calibre televised espionage thrillers in recent years, but the world of London Spy is a very different one to that of David Hare’s Page Eight or Hugo Blick’s The Honourable Woman, where deals are still done by wry, rumpled gentlemen over a malt whisky.

We don’t yet know how it’ll take shape for series creator Tom Rob Smith, but after the beguiling, sedate blossoming of the love affair, the murky climax implied something altogether less convivial, with a heavy nod to the real-life “spy in the suitcase”.

Related: Ben Whishaw and Jim Broadbent on London Spy: ‘It’s not a gay story. It’s about guys who happen to be gay’

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Worricker Times Three on Masterpiece Contemporary (PBS)

Whether a Bill Nighy fan or a David Hare follower, tune in to PBS, Masterpiece Contemporary, for Part II of The Worricker Trilogy. Turks & Caicos airs tonight at 9pm Et. Military intelligence operative Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) was introduced in the TV crime thriller, Page Eight in 2011, after it made quite a splash as the Toronto Film Festival’s closing feature. Brainchild of writer/director David Hare, the project, initially, had challenges attracting financial support. There weren’t any over-the-top, visually exciting, action sequences; nor was he planning any. The project was about “human beings” Hare said at the time and about “the inner workings of MI5.” ...

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TV Review: Worricker Trilogy: Masterpiece’s ‘Turks & Caicos,’ ‘Salting The Battlefield’

TV Review: Worricker Trilogy: Masterpiece’s ‘Turks & Caicos,’ ‘Salting The Battlefield’
Completing the Worricker Trilogy that began with the 2011 movie “Page Eight,” PBS’ Masterpiece Contemporary offers back-to-back films featuring Bill Nighy as world-weary spy Johnny Worricker: “Turks & Caicos” and “Salting the Battlefield.” “All-star cast” is an overused term but, taking both movies into account, damned if it doesn’t apply, with Christopher Walken, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Winona Ryder and Judy Davis among those enlisting in writer-director David Hare’s cerebral and decidedly jaundiced spin on the efficacy of the War on Terror, which despite leisurely pacing and inordinately long, talky scenes, nevertheless proves totally absorbing.

In terms of tone, there’s more Raymond Chandler than John Le Carre in these understated surroundings, where never a shot is fired nor punch thrown. Hare’s theatrical background also reveals itself in the long rat-a-tat exchanges between characters, although when those scenes comprise Nighy riffing with Christopher Walken, it’s remarkable just
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Weekend Movies & TV: 'Interstellar,' 'Big Hero 6,' 'The Newsroom,' & More (Video)

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This weekend, Matthew McConaughey attempts to save the human race in Christopher Nolan's space epic "Interstellar," a young prodigy and his robot friend, Baymax, become crime fighters in Disney's "Big Hero 6," and three shows return to HBO, back to back, on Sunday night: "The Newsroom," "The Comeback," and "Getting On."

Also in theaters this weekend: "The Theory of Everything" tells the extraordinary story of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and his relationship with Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). In "Jessabelle," the titular character returns to her childhood home to recover from a horrific accident only to find a long-tormented spirit awaiting her return. "The Better Angels" tells the story of Abraham Lincoln's childhood in the harsh wilderness of Indiana and the hardships, tragedy, and women that shaped him. "On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter" chronicles the international sport of motorcycle racing. The documentary was inspired by Bruce Brown's 1971 "On Any Sunday.
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‘The Strain’s’ Ruta Gedmintas Leads Jane Linfoot’s ‘The Incident’

‘The Strain’s’ Ruta Gedmintas Leads Jane Linfoot’s ‘The Incident’
London — Principal photography has started on “The Incident,” a character-driven psychological drama, starring Ruta Gedmintas, who appears in FX’s new horror drama “The Strain.”

Shooting will take place on location in Yorkshire, Northern England, for four weeks.

“The Incident,” which is a working title, is the debut feature from BAFTA-nominated writer/director Jane Linfoot (“Sea View”). It also stars Tom Hughes (“Cemetery Junction”) and upcoming actress Tasha Connor (“X Plus Y”).

The film is produced by Caroline Cooper Charles (“Hush,” “Bunny and the Bull,” “All Tomorrow’s Parties”) and Sarada McDermott (“Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie,” “Tyrannosaur,” “The Swimmer”). The film is backed by BFI Film Fund with Creativity Capital, and is a Universal Spirits and Square Circle Films production.

A metropolitan couple, Annabel (Gedmintas) and Joe (Hughes) cross paths with Lily (Connor), a troubled, vulnerable teen. Annabel and Joe’s decision to ignore Lily’s plight provokes
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Michael Caine, Jane Fonda And Harvey Keitel Star In ‘Youth In Venice’

A truly diverse cast has been assembled by director Paolo Sorrentino for Youth In Venice, the follow up to his critically-lauded Italian odyssey The Great Beauty. Boasting two of the world’s best jobbing actors, Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, the story concerns a pensionable film director and composer who go on a break to the mountains, where presumably some stunning scenery will fuse with meditations on life and art. The subject matter may have less discerning cinemagoers rolling their eyes, but the pairing of these performers from very different backgrounds should generate enough electricity to power the French Riviera come festival season.

Sorrentino hasn’t skimped on the rest of the cast either, with Jane Fonda making one of her sporadic returns to the big screen. Rachel Weisz, last seen romancing the elderly with Bill Nighy in Page Eight, and Paul Dano (Prisoners) round off the talent-heavy roster. Shooting
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BBC America Announces Dylan Thomas Film from Screenwriter Andrew Davies

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BBC America has acquired A Poet in New York, a film about Dylan Thomas’ final days. The drama is written by Andrew Davies, BBC’s venerable screenwriter most acclaimed for the 1995 Pride and Prejudice as well as more recent well-received series like House of Cards and Little Dorrit. It features several beloved BBC actors, with Tom Hollander (Rev., Pride and Prejudice) as Dylan Thomas and Essie Davis (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) as his wife. Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting, Page Eight), and Phoebe Fox (Switch, New Tricks) co-star.

The film will premiere this fall on BBC America and is directed by Aisling Walsh (Room at the Top, Loving Miss Hatto).

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“One of the most renowned poets in the world, Dylan Thomas is the creator of some of the most memorable lines in the English language. Known for his wild, hard-drinking lifestyle as well as his brilliance, his
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A Classic is Born...on Masterpiece Contemporary

A Classic is Born...on Masterpiece Contemporary
guest review by Darwyn Carson With a solid reputation for superior dramas, PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre has undoubtedly been a hard act to follow. Now its close cousin, Masterpiece Contemporary raises the bar tonight with the tightly woven political thriller, Page Eight. Writer-director David Hare (the playwright perhaps best known in the States for his screenplays The Hours and The Reader) has culled together a terrific cast of players led by Bill Nighy that includes Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Judy Davis, Felicity Jones, and Rachel Weisz. A traditional spy drama, taut with suspense, Page Eight almost feels sophisticated in its darkness, with undercurrents of danger lurking in the shadows and veiled threats being made from unexpected quarters, wholly reminiscent of— —Noir when it was king. Long-time military intelligence analyst Johnny Worricker (Nighy) is a passionate man, about his art collection, jazz records and the many women he has wooed—some of whom he’s.
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A Classic is Born...on Masterpiece Contemporary

guest review by Darwyn Carson With a solid reputation for superior dramas, PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre has undoubtedly been a hard act to follow. Now its close cousin, Masterpiece Contemporary raises the bar tonight with the tightly woven political thriller, Page Eight. Writer-director David Hare (the playwright perhaps best known in the States for his screenplays The Hours and The Reader) has culled together a terrific cast of players led by Bill Nighy that includes Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Judy Davis, Felicity Jones, and Rachel Weisz. A traditional spy drama, taut with suspense, Page Eight almost feels sophisticated in its darkness, with undercurrents of danger lurking in...

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Winona Ryder cuddles up to Bill Nighy at Turks & Caicos screening

Winona Ryder cuddles up to Bill Nighy at Turks & Caicos screening
Winona Ryder cuddled up to co-star Bill Nighy and writer David Hare at the Turks & Caicos screening in New York last night (April 7).

The 42-year-old actress, who was recently rumoured to be involved in a possible Beetlejuice sequel, looked elegant in a flowing cream dress and simple black blazer as she attended the event hosted by Vogue at the Cinema Society.

The star posed with and embraced Nighy and the show's writer Sir David Hare on the red carpet.

Ryder plays Melanie Fall, a businesswoman with a secret, in the BBC original drama from Oscar-nominated writer Hare.

Meanwhile, Nighy reprises his role of ex-MI5 operative Johnny Worricker in the follow-up to 2011 thriller Page Eight.

Christopher Walken also stars in the spy thriller as CIA agent Curtis Pelissier, while Helena Bonham Carter plays Margot Tyrell, an old girlfriend of Worricker's.

Dylan Baker and Sherlock actor Rupert Graves appear as well in the 95-minute drama,
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Turks & Caicos; The Widower, W1A; Line of Duty – review

Bill Nighy's hunted spy, Reece Shearsmith's creepy killer and Keeley Hawes's haunted cop were among the highlights of an amazing week for British TV drama

Turks & Caicos (BBC2) | iPlayer

The Widower (ITV) | ITV Player

W1A (BBC 2) | iPlayer

Line of Duty (BBC2) | iPlayer

What a splendid yet depressing week for British drama. I say that only because I can't quite remember another week when there was simply so much damned fine stuff available, and suspect that this week in March 2014 will go down as, in the disconcertingly American shorthand of our times, a game-changer. Anyone now attempting to write a drama script for TV will henceforth have, surely, to up said game, and any mediocre writer will grow depressed. So: no more thinly dimensioned alcoholic cribbage-loving cops, tetchy fat posh tweedy pathologists, heart-of-gold whores, skinny damaged a) matriarchs, or b) lady psychiatrists, or, please God, sleuthing gardeners,
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Turks & Caicos; Arena: Whatever happened to Spitting Image? – TV review

In the complex, grubby world of David Hare's thriller Bill Nighy exudes real menace – and far too much charm

We last saw Johnny Worricker three years ago in Page Eight, standing in front of an airport departure board. Last night he turned up in Turks & Caicos (BBC2) for the second part of David Hare's post-9-11 political trilogy. The tax haven off Miami isn't the worst place in the world for a former MI5 agent (Bill Nighy) to eat lobster on the beach, but it's an even better one to go to when waiting for trouble. Trouble, in the shape of CIA agent Christopher Pelissier (Christopher Walken), soon showed up and Worricker was quickly drawn into the complex, grubby world of corrupt financiers and politicians that satisfyingly led back to the compromised British prime minister, Alec Beasley (Ralph Fiennes), from Page Eight.

As you would expect from Hare,
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Bill Nighy, Winona Ryder, more: Is this BBC Two's starriest ever cast?

Bill Nighy leads an all-star cast of Hollywood heavyweights in tonight's BBC Two drama Turks & Caicos.

Nighy reprises his role of ex-MI5 operative Johnny Worricker in the follow-up to 2011 thriller Page Eight.

Winona Ryder plays Melanie Fall, a businesswoman with a secret, in the TV film from Oscar-nominated writer Sir David Hare.

Christopher Walken is cast as Curtis Pelissier, a CIA agent, while Helena Bonham Carter is Margot Tyrell, an old girlfriend of Worricker's.

Dylan Baker and Sherlock actor Rupert Graves will also appear in the 95-minute drama, co-starring Ewen Bremner and Ralph Fiennes.

Turks & Caicos is the second in Hare's Worricker trilogy, with third film Salting the Battlefield set to air on Thursday, March 27 at 9pm.

Bill Nighy, Christopher Walken for BBC Two's Page Eight sequels

Watch a trailer for BBC Two's Turks & Caicos below:
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TV highlights 20/03/2014

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Rugby League: Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors | Ade At Sea | Davina: Beyond Breaking Point | Turks & Caicos | Arena: Whatever Happened To Spitting Image? | The Good Wife | Rake | Some Football Managers With Jokes

Rugby League: Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors

7.30pm, Sky Sports 1

This is a rerun of last year's grand final, but so far this season neither side has shown the form that got them there. Wigan are missing Nrl convert Sam Tomkins and seem to be suffering a hangover from their defeat in the World Club Challenge. Warrington, meanwhile, have been made to look vulnerable in defeats against St Helens and Leeds, with their defence being breached far too easily. It's early days, but a win would be very welcome for both teams. Lanre Bakare

Ade At Sea

8.30pm, ITV

Episode one of six in a neat look at Britain's maritime past, fronted by comedian turned seasoned documentary type Ade Edmondson.
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This Week's Must-See TV: 5 Shows You Shouldn't Miss

Want to make sure you don't miss anything great on the telly in the next seven days? Never fear, because Tube Talk has done all the hard work for you and smushed all of this week's must-see TV into one snappy rundown. Check out what you should be checking out below...

W1A: Wednesday (March 19) at 10pm on BBC Two

There may be trouble ahead, because former Olympics Head of Deliverance Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville) is heading to the BBC in W1A, the follow-up, don't-you-dare-call-it-a-sequel to BAFTA-winning mockumentary Twenty Twelve.

He's joined by clueless buzzword-spewing PR guru Siobhan Sharpe, played to perfection again by show-stealing Jessica Hynes, as well as a whole host of brand new oddballs and incompetents inside Broadcasting House. Cringe and clever, W1A certainly delivers and is never afraid to bite the hand that feeds it for.

Watch the trailer for W1A below:

Davina:
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Why film producers are relieved when the Oscars are over

Head of BBC Films Christine Langan explains why the end of the awards season is a good thing, and how she 'nurtures' winners like The Queen and Philomena

The Oscars inspire various emotions in film producers: suspense, elation, deflation … and relief. Whatever the outcome, award season is finally over. "They are very exciting, but it's got to the point where they take up a big chunk of the year," observes Christine Langan, head of BBC Films. "You're barely through the summer when the pundits are coming up with a programme of what to watch."

Still, she grants, for those outside the major studios, gongs can be a film's best friend. "Working in the independent sector, you're in the lunatic gang anyway, hoping for some magic – a really unusual story or a really knockout performance – so of course awards are important. They can prolong the life of your film, get it noticed,
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Carey Mulligan debuts in David Hare's Skylight in West End this summer

Stephen Daldry will direct Mulligan and Bill Nighy, who returns to a role he played in 1997

Carey Mulligan will make her West End debut this summer in a revival of David Hare's Skylight to be directed by Stephen Daldry.

Skylight, which will preview at the Wyndham's theatre in June, will also mark a double return for Bill Nighy. Not only will it be his first London stage appearance in 13 years, since Joe Penhall's Blue/Orange, it is also another shot at a part he played in 1997, when he inherited the role of Tom Sergeant from Michael Gambon in Skylight's first West End run.

In Hare's play, Tom, a whizzy, newly widowed restaurateur, pitches up at the flat of his younger ex-lover Kyra Hollis – who will be played by Mulligan – with a view to rekindling a relationship.

Mulligan is already a well-regarded stage performer, having turned in an acclaimed
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NBCU's Michael Edelstein: 'Downton Abbeys don't grow on trees'

International TV production boss reveals that plans for a film are on hold and why the show has been such a global success

Downton Abbey may seem a quintessentially English drama, yet it ultimately belongs to a Us media giant. Carnival, the UK producer of Downton, Whitechapel and Dracula, is owned by NBC Universal (itself a subsidiary of Us cable company Comcast), which also owns Made in Chelsea creators Monkey and other British production companies.

Like Downton's own rich American, Cora, NBC Universal (NBCU) has brought money to the table. It is looking to grow its international programme-making business in the UK and elsewhere.

Michael Edelstein, the president of NBCU's international television production business since 2010, says the focus has been on expanding the company in English-language markets, using its channels and distribution business. That worked for Downton Abbey, which returns to ITV on Christmas day with a festive special, because
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Idris Elba Presents Luther: Songs & Scores From Seasons 1, 2 & 3 Available November 5th

Launched in 2010, Luther has fast become one of the BBC's most popular crime series with Idris Elba in the title role as a dedicated but obsessive police officer. With its mysterious theme, Paradise Circus by Massive Attack opening each episode the series also utilises a play-out track that fits the atmosphere of the story. This release features many of these outstanding songs including music from Robert Plant, Suede, Marilyn Manson, and Nina Simone. Composer Paul Englishby provides the score for the series with music that can range from darkly menacing soundscapes to elegiac dreaminess. His career spans film, TV, theatre, dance and concert hall. He received an Emmy Award for his adroit jazz score to David Hare's TV production Page Eight (also Ivor Novello Award nominated). He also...
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