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Channel Ten announces cast for Milperra Massacre series Brothers In Arms

18 December 2011 4:43 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Channel Ten has announced the cast for upcoming miniseries Brothers In Arms about the infamous .Milperra Massacre.. Leading the cast on the six-part series, from the producers of Underbelly, is Callan Mulvey (Rush), Matt Nable (Killer Elite), Maeve Dermody (Griff The Invisible) and Susie Porter (The Jesters). Other cast members on the series . originally titled Bikie Wars: Brothers In Arms . include Anthony Hayes (The Slap), Todd Lasance (cloudstreet), Luke Ford (Red Dog), Damian Walshe-Howling (Terra Nova, The Reef), Nathaniel Dean (Wild Boys), Jeremy Lindsay Taylor (Underbelly: Razor) and Luke Hemsworth (Tangle). Ten will be hoping for a similar reaction to Nine.s Underbelly franchise, also created by Screentime, when it goes to air next year. »

- Sam Dallas

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Catch up TV Guide: From Public Enemy to This Is England '88

16 December 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

TV: Public Enemy: Prophets Of Rage; Hip Hop At The BBC

After the documentaries on Janet Jackson, Prince and Lionel Richie, it's the turn of hip-hop's radicals to tell their story. Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, Hank and Keith Shocklee are all on hand, with Run-dmc, Method Man and Anthrax's Scott Ian. There's more digging through the crates with Hip Hop At The BBC, which has footage of the Sugarhill Gang from 1979; Run-dmc, LL Cool J and Eric B & Rakim from the 80s; Ice T, Monie Love, Fugees and the Roots from the 90s; and recent clips of Dr Dre & Eminem, Dizzee Rascal and Jay-z. Available until Monday.

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TV: Worst Christmas Jobs In History

What's worse than rounding up the reindeer and racking up the air miles on a global all-nighter? Tony Robinson digs through the history books for seasonal job descriptions such as Roman vomit collector, »

- Richard Vine

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Win The Slap on DVD + The Novel

16 December 2011 1:58 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of BBC4 drama, The Slap, Revolver Entertainment have given us 2 copies of the DVD and the novel to give away to coincide with it’s release January 2nd.

Based on Christos Tsiolkas’ multi-award winning best-selling novel, The Slap more than doubled the BBC4 audience share for the time slot and transfixed audiences across the UK with its controversial and headline-grabbing storyline. Across its 8 hour-long episodes, The Slap raises vivid questions of parenting, the rights of children, race, class, sexuality and the different perspectives between men and women… The series starts as a group of close friends attend a 40th birthday BBQ; the food and wine flows and the guests enjoy a long, lazy lunch. Amongst the alcohol, camaraderie and a children’s cricket game, a man slaps a child who is not his son…

To be in with a chance of winning the series on DVD, »

- Competitons

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TV review: The Slap; Up in Flames: Mr Reeves and the Riots; and MasterChef: the Professionals

15 December 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Yes, the sex often seemed superfluous. But in the end The Slap proved a real knockout

You can usually bank on any TV adaptation being inferior to the book. The Slap (BBC4) has proved the exception. Now it could be that Christos Tsiolkas's 2008 bestseller always felt like it ought to have been a screenplay rather than a novel or that, at 500 pages, it was at least 150 pages too long, but the real mystery of the TV version is why it hasn't picked up more plaudits and a stronger following.

Yes, it has had its infelicities. The endless voiceovers explaining what each character was really thinking while that actor mooned around vacantly in the background would have been too much even for someone comatose on Valium watching afternoon TV. And I did begin to wonder if the apparently obligatory sex scene written into each episode had been included only to »

- John Crace

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Kravitz, Okonedo Live In "1000 A.E."

6 December 2011 7:06 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Zoe Kravitz ("X-Men: First Class") and Sophie Okonedo ("The Slap") are in early talks to join Will Smith and Jaden Smith in M. Night Shyamalan's sci-fi action adventure "1000 A.E." says Heat Vision.

Set in a time in which humans abandoned a now inhospitable Earth, Will plays a hero while Jaden is his son who is also considered a failure as a warrior.

When the two crash-land on Earth, it is up to the son to save his father. Kravitz would play Smith’s daughter, while Okonedo will portray his wife.

Gary Whitta, Shyamalan and Stephen Gaghan penned the script with shooting to kick off early next year. »

- Garth Franklin

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Melissa George joins BBC One spy thriller 'Nemesis'

22 November 2011 11:01 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Melissa George has landed the lead role in BBC One's new drama Nemesis. The Australian actress, who can currently be seen in BBC Four's The Slap, will play Sam in the espionage thriller. Sam, who works for a private intelligence firm, is almost assassinated and suspects members of her team. When she returns to work, she is unsure who to trust. George has also appeared in shows including Home & Away, Grey's Anatomy, Alias and In Treatment. She recently signed up for an American adaptation of Stephen King's Bag of Bones. Nemesis will also star Adam Rayner as Aidan, Sam's colleague and love interest. Rayner's previous credits include Mistresses and the Us drama HawthoRNe. Nemesis, written by Strike (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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TV News: Who, Slap, Wolf, Powers, Munsters

18 November 2011 8:04 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Doctor Who

There's still no title but the first official image from this year's "Doctor Who" Christmas special has arrived. Clips from the episode are expected to be shown during the BBC’s Children In Need appeal tonight in the U.K. The episode will be the sole new bit of 'Who' to air between now and next Fall. [Source: Den of Geek]

The Slap

Matchbox Pictures has sold the rights to the controversial Australian TV series "The Slap" to DirecTV and TVOntario in the Us and Canada respectively. DirecTV will screen the series on the Audience Network later this year.

Sundance Channel will screen the show in much of Europe and Asia while BBC4 began broadcasting the show late last month. Told from eight different points of view, the story follows the repercussions of a single ‘slap’ from a man to a child at a summer barbecue. Melissa George, Sophie Okonedo and Jonathan Lapaglia star. »

- Garth Franklin

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The Slap, based on Christos Tsiolkas' novel, to air via DirectTV, Canada's Tvo

17 November 2011 3:07 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Series based on bestselling novel The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas launched in Australia last month. Dcd sold the rights to air the provocative Australian drama in the U.S. via DirectTV on the Audience Network channel, and The Slap will also find Canada via Ontario's Tvo. The eight-part drama series is based on the novel by Tsiolkas which launched on Australia's ABC1 last month, and is also getting solid UK ratings via BBC4. Matchbox Pictures produced the show which stars Sophie Okonedo, Melissa George, Essie Davis and Jonathan Lapaglia. he series starts at an Australian backyard BBQ. Amongst alcohol, friendship and a children’s cricket game a man slaps a child who is not his son. The party comes to a sudden halt. The child’s parents are so affronted they vow to take the man to court. As the series unfolds the police become involved and friends and family are forced to take sides. »

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The Slap, based on Christos Tsiolkas' novel, to air via DirectTV, Canada's Tvo

17 November 2011 3:07 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Series based on bestselling novel The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas launched in Australia last month. Dcd sold the rights to air the provocative Australian drama in the U.S. via DirectTV on the Audience Network channel, and The Slap will also find Canada via Ontario's Tvo. The eight-part drama series is based on the novel by Tsiolkas which launched on Australia's ABC1 last month, and is also getting solid UK ratings via BBC4. Matchbox Pictures produced the show which stars Sophie Okonedo, Melissa George, Essie Davis and Jonathan Lapaglia. he series starts at an Australian backyard BBQ. Amongst alcohol, friendship and a children’s cricket game a man slaps a child who is not his son. The party comes to a sudden halt. The child’s parents are so affronted they vow to take the man to court. As the series unfolds the police become involved and friends and family are forced to take sides. »

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The Slap, based on Christos Tsiolkas' novel, to air via DirectTV, Canada's Tvo

17 November 2011 3:07 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Series based on bestselling novel The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas launched in Australia last month. Dcd sold the rights to air the provocative Australian drama in the U.S. via DirectTV on the Audience Network channel, and The Slap will also find Canada via Ontario's Tvo. The eight-part drama series is based on the novel by Tsiolkas which launched on Australia's ABC1 last month, and is also getting solid UK ratings via BBC4. Matchbox Pictures produced the show which stars Sophie Okonedo, Melissa George, Essie Davis and Jonathan Lapaglia. he series starts at an Australian backyard BBQ. Amongst alcohol, friendship and a children’s cricket game a man slaps a child who is not his son. The party comes to a sudden halt. The child’s parents are so affronted they vow to take the man to court. As the series unfolds the police become involved and friends and family are forced to take sides. »

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'The Slap' producers "fascinated" by show's success

15 November 2011 11:20 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Slap's producers have revealed that they find its success "fascinating". The Australian television drama starring Sophie Okonedo, Jonathan Lapaglia and Melissa George - which looks into the repercussions for a group of friends after one of them slaps another's child at a barbecue - has now been picked up by a Us television network. Producer Helen Bowden told The ABC: "The Slap is selling everywhere, right around the world. There's been a huge interest in it. It's a fascinating idea that something so Australian is translating so well." Around 700 producers - including Bowden - are currently gathering in Sydney for the Spaa Conference 2011, hoping to help the Aussie television industry evolve further. Brian Rosen from the Screen Producers Association said: "If we want to have an Australian voice, if we (more) »

- By Rebecca Davies

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The ABC's TV programme schedule for 2012 revealed?

13 November 2011 10:34 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The ABC has unveiled its TV programming schedule for next year. The Australian broadcasting network, which had recent success with Melissa George drama The Slap, revealed that comedian Josh Thomas will head up a new show for the corporation in 2012. > 'The Slap' to be broadcast on BBC Four

> Josh Thomas publicly slams Ruby Rose again According to the Herald Sun, Offspring actor Don Hany will also appear in a new series, while former Spicks and Specks star Myf Warhurst will premiere her six-part documentary Myf Warhurst's Nice. Other celebrities believed (more) »

- By Rebecca Davies

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TV highlights 10/11/2011: Rev | Brunel's Last Launch: A Time Team Special | Life's Too Short | The Slap | PhoneShop | Dirty Digest

9 November 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Rev | Brunel's Last Launch: A Time Team Special | Life's Too Short | The Slap | PhoneShop | Dirty Digest

Rev

9pm, BBC2

At an apposite moment considering events at St Paul's, the sitcom about inner-city parish life returns. In the first episode, we catch up with the Reverend Adam Smallbone on retreat and contemplating such spiritual matters as whether "that strange cauliflower cheese" is on the lunch menu again. Still, excitement is nigh as Adam is mistakenly hailed as a have-a-go hero when he accidentally thwarts a mugging. A beautifully observed comedy that's by turns warm and acerbic. Jonathan Wright

Brunel's Last Launch: A Time Team Special

9pm, Channel 4

The sheer numbers behind Isambard Kingdom Brunel's SS Great Eastern are baffling. It was five times bigger than any ship ever built before it, contained three million rivets, and was designed to travel with enough coal in its iron belly to power it »

- Jonathan Wright, Ben Arnold, John Robinson, David Stubbs, Ali Catterall

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'The Slap's Jonathan Lapaglia: 'I don't believe in marriage'

1 November 2011 11:24 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jonathan Lapaglia has revealed that he doesn't believe in marriage. The 42-year-old Australian actor, who is best known for his role in ABC1 television drama The Slap, said that the idea of planning a wedding ceremony for all his friends and family "scares" both him and his actress partner Ursula Brooks. Lapaglia told Woman's Day magazine: "It is the ceremony of marriage that scares us, not the institution. It's having a wedding and inviting everyone. It seems so stressful." However, he did say that he has been totally devoted to Brooks since they met in 1998 and they are very happy raising their 7-year-old daughter Tilly together. Lapaglia revealed that meeting Brooks at an Australian-themed gala event in the Us was "meant to be". (more) »

- By Rebecca Davies

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Exclusive: Shanahan agents form new company, take Asher Keddie, Maeve Dermody

1 November 2011 10:37 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Two agents from elite talent agency Shanahan Management have parted ways with the company and opened their own agency, taking several high profile clients along with them. Lee-Anne Higgins and Natasha Harrison left Shanahan last week and have opened United Management with former Rgm and Alchemy Artists agent, Trish McAskill. At the time of writing, 15 former Shanahan clients were listed on casting website Showcast as belonging to United Management. Actors that have migrated to the new agency include Asher Keddie (Offspring, Paper Giants), Maeve Dermody (Griff the Invisible), Pia Miranda, (Surviving Georgia, Looking for Alibrandi), Anthony Hayes (The Slap, Killing Time), Rodger Corser (Rush, The Cup) and Dan Wyllie (Burning Man, The Hunter). When contacted, Shanahan confirmed »

- Amanda Diaz

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'The Slap's Jonathan Lapaglia: 'I used to be a doctor'

1 November 2011 4:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jonathan Lapaglia has revealed that he used to be a doctor. The Australian actor, who is currently starring alongside Melissa George and Sophie Okonedo in Aussie TV drama The Slap, said that he "entertained" the idea of becoming an actor throughout medical school but ended up pushing it out of his mind "out of fear" of failing. Lapaglia told Woman's Day magazine: "Shortly after I started working as a doctor, I decided to listen to the voice inside me before it was too late. It was now or never, so I decided to explore acting." He then quit his job, moved to New York and enrolled in a two-year drama course. "I was lucky enough to work within a month of graduation," he revealed. "I landed my first role on (more) »

- By Rebecca Davies

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Rewind TV: Death in Paradise; The Slap; Frozen Planet; Spooks – review

29 October 2011 4:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Ben Miller is convincing as a detective transferred from Croydon to the Caribbean, while The Slap could be a hit for BBC4

Death in Paradise (BBC1) | iPlayer

The Slap (BBC4) | iPlayer

Frozen Planet (BBC1) | iPlayer

Spooks (BBC1) | iPlayer

I'm as partial to a half-decent, lightweight whodunnit on a drowsy Sunday evening as anyone, so it was odd to find myself watching one on a Tuesday. In every other way, this first episode of new BBC1 series Death in Paradise, with its exotic island setting, wealthy suspects, classic "locked room mystery" (a gunshot, a broken vase, a body, a figure in the bushes) and opulent home thronging with guests, seemed determined to be unsurprising. True, there was no Poirot passing through on a Caribbean cruise, though it would have been up his street – I mean, why would the island's happy-go-lucky British police chief choose to shoot himself in someone else's house »

- Phil Hogan

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'Celebrity Juice' hits all time high on ITV2

28 October 2011 2:50 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Celebrity Juice scored its best ever audience on Thursday evening, while BBC Four's The Slap made a solid debut, the latest audience data has shown. The new series of comedy panel show Celebrity Juice continued to prove immensely popular, attracting 1.78m (9.1%) on ITV2 from 10pm, just eclipsing its previous best in May. The show also racked up 333k (3%) on +1. The Slap, an eight-part Australian drama based on the book by Christos Tsiolkas and starring Sophie Okonedo and Jonathan Lapaglia, premiered with 574k (3.1%) on BBC Four from 10pm. On the terrestrials, Hidden was seen by 3.67m (16.4%) on BBC One in the 9pm slot, just outperforming Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey, which had 3.37m (15.1%) on ITV1 and 116k (0.6%) on +1. Elsewhere on BBC One, Dale Farm: The Big Eviction was seen by 3.64m (15.6%) in the 8pm hour (more) »

- By Andrew Laughlin

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TV review: The Slap; The Future State of Welfare; Panorama – Dale Farm: the Big Eviction

28 October 2011 2:41 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Slap is a morality play that will provoke debate. Should a child have been slapped? Personally, I'm for hitting the parents

Not only have I never seen The Wire, but I have never read international word-of-mouth success The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas either. I expect both my Guardian contract and my middle-class membership certificate to be revoked any day now.

So my apologies before we begin for not being able to compare and contrast the novel with the eight-part dramatisation that began last night on BBC4. The first episode told the story – of, as even a fule will know through cultural osmosis, the fallout from a family barbecue that ends with a brattish three-year-old, whose parents refuse to discipline him, being slapped by someone else – from the host Hector's point of view.

Hector is a man on the edge – of 40 (the barbecue marks his birthday), of an affair with his children's babysitter Connie, »

- Lucy Mangan

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TV News: Slap, Downton, CW, Bag

13 October 2011 10:25 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Slap

"The Slap", ABC1 Australia's provocative and layered new eight-part adult drama series based on the Christos Tsiolkas' novel, has been a critical and ratings success with the first episode drawing 1.3 million viewers in Australia.

At the Mipcom market last week, international deals were locked down with the series sold to Sundance for broadcast in Europe. BBC4 acquired the UK rights back in August and will commence transmission on October 27th.

Melissa George, Jonathan Lapaglia, Sophie Okonedo and Alex Dimitriades all star in this story which traces the shattering repercussions when a man slaps a child who is not his son at a Melbourne suburban barbeque. The boy’s parents are so affronted by the assault that they call the police and legal action results, lives soon fracturing. [Source: Inside Film]

Downton Abbey

Though originally planned out for three seasons by writer Julian Fellowes, ITV1's period drama hit "Downton Abbey »

- Garth Franklin

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