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Laura Main: Boyfriend cries watching Call the Midwife

15 September 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Laura Main says her boyfriend cries when he watches her in 'Call the Midwife'. The 33-year-old actress stars as Shelagh Turner, previously Sister Bernadette, in the BBC One drama and she's revealed her boyfriend, theatre actor Stephen McGlynn, often has to fight back tears during more emotional episodes. Laura said: ''He often has a tear in his eye at the end. ''Men really like the show - it seems to really appeal to everyone.'' Laura also admitted that as her character has just adopted a daughter, filming scenes for the upcoming fourth series - which is set to air early next year - »

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James Corden won't leave A League of Their Own

12 September 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Laura Main says her boyfriend cries when he watches her in 'Call the Midwife'. The 33-year-old actress stars as Shelagh Turner, previously Sister Bernadette, in the BBC One drama and she's revealed her boyfriend, theatre actor Stephen McGlynn, often has to fight back tears during more emotional episodes. Laura said: ''He often has a tear in his eye at the end. ''Men really like the show - it seems to really appeal to everyone.'' Laura also admitted that as her character has just adopted a daughter, filming scenes for the upcoming fourth series - which is set to air early next year - »

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Sherlock, EastEnders lead winners at TVChoice Awards 2014

8 September 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Sherlock and EastEnders were among the big winners at the 2014 TVChoice Awards this evening (September 8) at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

It was a good night for the BBC all round as Happy Valley also scooped two prizes, including Best New Drama and Best Actress for Sarah Lancashire.

Sherlock was named Best Drama Series, fending off competition from Call The Midwife, Waterloo Road and Downton Abbey.

Benedict Cumberbatch triumphed in the Best Actor category ahead of Allen Leech (Downton Abbey), David Tennant (The Escape Artist) and Bradley Walsh (Law & Order: UK).

EastEnders won four of the soap prizes, including the prestigious Best Soap award. Ahead of the show's 30th anniversary, the soap was also handed an Outstanding Contribution Award.

Danny Dyer won Best Soap Actor for his performance as Mick Carter, just nine months after joining the BBC serial drama. Lindsey Coulson's portrayal of Carol Jackson's cancer battle »

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Call the Midwife, Doctors actress Clare Cathcart dies, aged 48

5 September 2014 8:39 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Clare Cathcart has died, aged 48.

The actress, who had roles in Call the Midwife, New Tricks and Casualty, passed away yesterday (September 4) at her home in Brighton, a representative has confirmed.

"It is with huge sadness that we have to report the death of our beloved friend and client Clare Cathcart," a spokesperson said in a statement.

"Clare was brilliant, fearless and funny; a wonderful actor who we are immensely proud to have represented.

"Her credits are too vast to list in full but, to name a few, she'll be remembered for her work at the Royal Court, the RSC, the National, the Tricycle and Chichester Festival Theatre as well as innumerable appearances on screen.

"Without her razor-sharp wit and glorious laugh the world will seem a darker place. We will miss her enormously."

Cathcart rose to prominence with roles in shows including Holby City, Come Fly with Me and Doctors. »

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Call the Midwife actress Clare Cathcart dies, aged 48

5 September 2014 8:39 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Clare Cathcart has died, aged 48.

The actress, who had roles in Call the Midwife, New Tricks and Casualty, passed away yesterday (September 4) at her home in Brighton, a representative has confirmed.

"It is with huge sadness that we have to report the death of our beloved friend and client Clare Cathcart," a spokesperson said in a statement.

"Clare was brilliant, fearless and funny; a wonderful actor who we are immensely proud to have represented.

"Her credits are too vast to list in full but, to name a few, she'll be remembered for her work at the Royal Court, the RSC, the National, the Tricycle and Chichester Festival Theatre as well as innumerable appearances on screen.

"Without her razor-sharp wit and glorious laugh the world will seem a darker place. We will miss her enormously."

Cathcart rose to prominence with roles in shows including Holby City, Come Fly with Me and Doctors. »

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Our Zoo review it's hard not to like this sentimental, animal-happy drama

3 September 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

It's a period drama full of familiar characters, but I found myself rooting for George's idealism, scoffing at his cynical mother and hoping they wouldn't shoot the monkey

Our Zoo (BBC1) arrived with an air of early Sunday evenings: a new six-part drama on BBC1, set in 1930, about George Mottershead, a plucky man who loves animals and adventure, and so decides to set up a zoo. Will he triumph, against the odds? Well, yes, because it's "based on a true story", and spoiler alert! that zoo became Chester zoo, which is currently open and thriving, and offering visitors a truly "Animazing day out".

The televised story of its genesis is a bit grimey, like Call the Midwife, and it's northern, like The Village and The Mill, in the sense that its actors settle on accents located in a generic North, somewhere between Durham, Leeds and Manchester. It's got posh people and it's got poor people, »

- Rebecca Nicholson

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Outlander Review – TV – Starz

3 September 2014 7:07 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Outlander Review

Starz is continuing with its unique and engaging string of original series with Outlander. Based on the series of books by Diana Gabaldon, the show starts off with a major uphill battle ahead as it must face off with legions of adoring fans.

It’s the story of Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a married combat nurse from 1945. On her honeymoon with Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies), Claire pokes her nose into druidic dancing and magical stones, and suddenly finds herself in 1743. Naturally, the first person she sees is Black Jack Randall (also Tobias Menzies), a British soldier who doesn’t have pleasant intentions toward her, or any of the Scotsmen in the area. Rescued from Randall’s clutches, she is taken to a group of Scottish fighters, and meets Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). Now she has to find a way to survive, and figure out what to do with her growing feelings for Jamie. »

- Marc Eastman

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Casting Net: Vince Vaughn to star in comedy 'The Politician'

2 September 2014 4:59 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Vince Vaughn has sworn in to star in the comedy The Politician. Vaughn will play the title role, a D.C. elected official on the run from the FBI, U.S. Marshals, and a gang of drug dealers after getting caught in a prostitution scandal. What If director Michael Dowse will helm the project from writers Matthew Bass and Theodore Bressman while Seth Rogen will produce with his Point Grey production company. [THR]

Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) are in talks to star together in Me Before You, the adaptation of the Jojo Moyes »

- Jake Perlman

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'Me Before You' Casts 'Game of Thrones' Star Emilia Clarke

2 September 2014 2:04 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin are in negotiations to star in the new adaptation Me Before You for MGM Studios.

Based on the novel of the same name by Jojo Moyes, Me Before You follows Lou, a young girl from a small town who meets Will, a successful man who has been confined to a wheelchair after a horrific accident. Lou takes a job as Will's caretaker and they go on a series of adventures. The young woman tries to convince Will that life is still worth living.

Jojo Moyes wrote the first draft of the screenplay, with Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber performing the most recent rewrite. Thea Sharrock is making her feature directorial debut, after directing episodes of Call the Midwife, with Karen Rosenfelt producing. No production schedule was given.

While best known for playing Daenerys Targaryen on HBO's Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke »

- MovieWeb

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‘Got’s Emilia Clarke, ‘Hunger Games’ Sam Claflin To Star In MGM’s ‘Me Before You’

2 September 2014 11:42 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: MGM is negotiating with Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin to star in the Thea Sharrock-directed Me Before You, the adaptation of the Jojo Moyes best-selling novel. Karen Rosenfelt is producing Sharrock’s feature debut. MGM is partnered with New Line and Warner Bros, which has dated the movie for August, 2015 release.

Clarke, whose breakout came playing the mother of dragons Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s Game Of Thrones, is playing Sarah Conner in Terminator: Genisys, and she is also going to star with Nicholas Hoult in Go Down Together, the Michael Suscy-directed revisionist take on Depression Era outlaws Bonnie and Clyde. Though a newcomer, Claflin’s track record is pretty remarkable: the final three The Hunger Games films, Snow White and The Huntsman and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

There was a lot of competition between young actors for this male lead, and he beat out »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Sherlock, Downton Abbey: what the Us can learn from our TV exports

31 August 2014 10:04 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As Benedict Cumberbatchs detective scoops seven Emmys, what is the secret of successful UK drama?

Last week, BBC1s Sherlock took home no fewer than seven Emmys a higher total than Game of Thrones or even Breaking Bad, which was hailed as the big winner on the night. So while British TV critics regularly and often justifiably lament that the best drama is made in America, UK series are now enjoying unprecedented success in the Us.

Downton Abbey led the way, scooping 11 Emmys for its first three series on Us public service broadcaster PBS, which also co-produces Sherlock and Call the Midwife. Cable channel BBC America provides a more niche showcase for the best of British drama, airing shows including Doctor Who, Broadchurch and Luther. Other Us cable channels (such as Sundance, which shares The Honourable Woman with BBC2) are looking more and more to UK drama for co-productions.

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- Neil Midgley

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Daily Mail on the wrong trail over BBCs Sherlock success | Media Monkey

27 August 2014 7:26 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Paper makes convincing case about the health of Us drama but then bizarrely claims Brits were humiliated at the Emmys

Props to the Daily Mail for manufacturing a BBC-bashing piece out of Sherlocks Emmys triumph: This is a golden age for TV: Shame the best shows are American and the BBCs struggling to keep pace, says the Mails television critic. While Christopher Stevens thesis that most of the best TV in this widely-hailed golden age is coming out of the States is on the money, using Mondays Primetime Emmys to back up the argument is somewhat perverse, to say the least. Once, Britannia ruled the airwaves, with dramas that were the envy of the worlds broadcasters, Stevens writes. But thats ancient history, and this week the Emmy awards in Los Angeles delivered fresh humiliation. American television shows swept the board. Er ... fresh humiliation? Sherlock won a total of seven Emmys, »

- Monkey

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EastEnders: say hello to Bert and Ernie

22 August 2014 9:59 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The month in soaps: EastEnders newly arrived baby Moons, if Ken Barlows Corrie caravans rocking, dont come knocking, and the sad demise of Donna, angel of Emmerdale

Keep your legs closed. Put some tights on, or something. And lo, a soap baby was born. Two, in fact. Kats labour was no Call The Midwife blubfest, but it progressed as it should: with Alfie shouting useless advice at her. Fresh from an afternoon hanging out at Mothers World in the hope of blagging free baby gear if her waters broke, Kat eventually went into labour and one loud, screeching birth scene later she and Alfie were proud parents to the ridiculo-named twins Bert and Ernie.

Of course, Kat and Alfies happy event was upstaged by the goings-on back in Albert Square, where the Carter family were becoming embroiled in Ians weirdness. Busy juggling two unlikely bromances with Phil and Mick, Ian »

- Hannah Verdier

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Fresh Meat, Dallas, Under the Dome: Tube Talk Q&A

14 August 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

So apparently summer's over for another year - but there's no need to stand outside brooding in the wet weather like a moody, mercurial TV anti-hero!

Come indoors, settle down in front of the telly and watch some cracking shows - the Tube Talk Q&A is back with all the latest scoop on when and where you can expect to see your favourite TV programmes.

Have any of the new season shows been picked up yet? Digital Spy used to have a planner which highlighted what had been picked up and by whom.

...and now we do again!

Yes, the Us TV Acquisitions scorecard is back and revamped for the 2014-15 television season. It's early days, so the whole thing's pretty much a sea of red right now, but that'll change as more and more UK channels announce which fresh Yank hits they'll be airing.

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Danielle Dajani, Tara Cook Join ‘Downton Abbey’ Producer Carnival Films

5 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Carnival Films, the London-based production company behind “Downton Abbey,” has appointed Danielle Dajani as its head of production, and Tara Cook as development producer, working alongside Phil Temple, who has been promoted and also serves as development producer.

Dajani joins Carnival, which is part of NBCUniversal Intl. Television Production, from Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles, where she was exec VP. Before Raleigh, Dajani was VP of international physical production and production finance at Walt Disney Pictures in L.A., head of production at Aramid Capital in London, and general manager of Village Roadshow Production Management in Sydney.

Dajani takes over from Kimberley Hikaka, who departs after nearly seven years at Carnival.

In the role, Dajani will be responsible for overseeing all of the company’s productions across its U.K. and international businesses.

As development producers, Cook and Temple will be responsible for the origination, development and sale of Carnival’s upcoming U. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Call the Midwife series 4: First look at new star Charlotte Ritchie

5 August 2014 7:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The first picture of Charlotte Ritchie in Call the Midwife has been released by the BBC.

Fresh Meat star Ritchie joins the cast of the smash hit period drama, replacing Jessica Raine, who exited at the end of the last series.

Ritchie will play rookie nurse Barbara Gilbert in the show and by the look of the first picture, she's struggling to get to grips with life at Nonnatus House.

Linda Bassett has also joined the show for series four, playing veteran nurse Phyllis Crane.

Miranda Hart, Pam Ferris, Jenny Agutter and Helen George will all return for the Christmas special and new episodes.

Trixie's (Helen George) romance with Tom Hereward (Jack Ashton) looks likely to be a central storyline for the fourth series, judging from two other new pictures released today (August 5).

Jessica Raine departed the show after an emotional third series finale earlier this year. Raine's character Jenny Lee »

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Kay Mellor: Steven Spielberg rang me up in Topshop

3 August 2014 10:29 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The writer, director and producer on her new drama In the Club, the BBC, Leeds, soaps and when Hollywood came calling

Kay Mellors new BBC1 drama In The Club, about the adventures of a group of heavily pregnant women and their partners, might seem indebted to One Born Every Minute and Call the Midwife, with a helping of northern realism stirred in. But for Mellor the series, which starts on Tuesday, is so much more. She calls it a means of exorcising demons, painful, cathartic, because it has been in my head, just bubbling away for 15 years an early treatment was filed away while she built her reputation for popular dramas, from Fat Friends to The Syndicate.

The added emotional edge is because, at 63, Mellor has poured the defining experience of her life into In The Clubs most vulnerable character, a pregnant schoolgirl called Rosie. Hannah Midgley, who plays her, »

- Maggie Brown

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Film worth $2.7bn to UK broadcasters

28 July 2014 4:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Feature films were worth an estimated £1.6bn ($2.7bn) to UK broadcasters in 2013, according to new research by the British Film Institute.

While the total number of film transmissions (59,542) and total audience size (3.4 billion) dropped to five-year lows across terrestrial, pay-tv film channels and other digital multichannels, the estimated value of film increased year-on-year by £66m ($112m).

The estimate is based on a model developed by data research company Attentional and is derived from the annual revenue per channel multiplied by the percentage of broadcast hours for film.

According to the new research, published in the BFI’s statistical yearbook, there were 3.4 billions viewings of feature films across all television formats (except pay-per-view) in 2013 – more than 20 times the number of cinema admissions.

This represents approximately 53 film viewings per person per year, down from 61 in 2012.

The most popular film on terrestrial TV in 2013 was Disney/Pixar’s Up, with almost 7.9 million viewers tuning in to watch on New Year »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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10 Greatest TV Shows Of The Decade… So Far

27 July 2014 1:12 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Showtime

TV isn’t what it used to be. With production costs spiralling upwards, more furiously engaged fandoms and a shift towards “binge-watch” culture, there has never been a better time to be a fan of the small screen.

And as we’re on the verge of hitting the midway point of the decade there really is no better time than now to take a gander back and see what televised treats have been wowing us for the last five (ish) years. But before you get ahead of yourselves with the guessing and the surmising, this humble feature is celebrating programs that began to air from 2010 onwards, so as good as they were, save your vocal defence of the likes of Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Deadwood, The Wire and Battlestar Galactica for elsewhere.

Looking back, the 10s have been a veritable proving ground of exciting new shows. There’s been comedy (New Girl, »

- Shaun Davis

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#SDCC14: Penny Dreadful Season 1 Heading to Blu-ray/DVD in October

26 July 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

One bit of news from Sdcc that almost slipped under our radar is that Showtime original series Penny Dreadful: Season One will be released on Blu-ray/DVD on October 7th. It you're looking to add a bit of Victorian intrigue to your Halloween season, read on for the details!

From the Press Release:

From Showtime Networks, CBS Home Entertainment, and Paramount Home Media Distribution, the Penny Dreadful: Season One Blu-ray collection will include every episode of the series' first season.

The Blu-ray collection also boasts extensive special features that delve into the gripping thriller.

From three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Skyfall, Hugo, Gladiator) and Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall), Penny Dreadful is a frightening psychosexual drama that weaves together classic horror origin stories into a gripping series that is "moody, mystical and wonderfully twisted" (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Penny Dreadful, starring Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down), Timothy Dalton »

- Debi Moore

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