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Aaron Paul's selfie hell! What we saw at the BAFTAs after-party

19 May 2014 9:22 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Pretty much the first thing Digital Spy saw when making our way down the stairs to the Grand Room in London's Grosvenor House, location of the TV BAFTAs after-party, was Danny Dyer posing with a young boy as his dad took a picture, presumably making the little guy beam by complimenting his "lovely" mini tux.

That's the kind of event we're talking about here - an event where a star arguably still best known for playing violent, foul-mouthed British gangsters can take a moment to make some kid's night. Everyone was happy. Everyone was in a friendly mood. And everyone was ready to party.

But first, these people needed some food. Some hit the red carpet way back at 5pm after a good couple of hours of preparation, and then had to sit through an entire awards ceremony. If Claudia Winkleman displays half as much passion about Strictly as she did about dessert, »

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Broadchurch, Poirot among ITV Encore launch week highlights

12 May 2014 2:42 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV Encore has announced details of its upcoming launch week highlights.

Broadchurch will air for the first time since its original transmission last year, airing all eight parts across Monday to Thursday from June 9.

The episodes will air in double bill slots on the new subscription channel, which will be available on Sky Channel 123.

The new channel will focus on the best of ITV's drama series of recent years.

Meanwhile, Sheridan Smith and Danny Mays's Mrs Biggs will air during the first few weeks, along with The Ice Cream Girls and Rory Kinnear's Lucan.

David Suchet's final four instalments of Poirot will also air on the channel, as well as Whitechapel and Dci Banks from the beginning of their runs.

ITV's Director of Television Peter Fincham said: "Drama is a genre that we know audiences love, and we have worked with some fantastic talent, both on and off screen, »

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Cilla Black: 'I was asked to host Blind Date for being sexless'

11 May 2014 10:20 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Cilla Black said that she was asked to host Blind Date because she was "the most sexless person on TV".

The actress and singer, who will be honoured at the 2014 Arqiva BAFTA Television Awards for her outstanding contribution to television entertainment over the last 50 years, was also the person who pushed to get the show on UK television.

"Blind Date was based on an Australian show called Perfect Match, which I first saw when I was on tour there," Black told The Guardian.

"I couldn't understand why it wasn't on British TV."

Alan Boyd, who eventually became the show's producer, told Black that Blind Date would never make it past the Independent Broadcasting Authority due to it's sexual connotations.

"Later, he told me that when he was trying to come up with the right presenter he tried to think of the most sexless person on TV," Black continued. "He said it was me. »

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ITV Encore previewed in new advert - watch

10 May 2014 2:27 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV Encore has been detailed in a new advert.

Launching on June 9 on Sky channel 123, the brand new pay channel will be dedicated to playing ITV's best dramas.

The output has been described as "another chance to see, or a fresh opportunity to discover, some of the best ITV drama of recent times".

It will show programmes such as Broadchurch, Downton Abbey, The Widower, The Ice Cream Girls, Mrs Biggs, Lucan, Vera, Whitechapel and Dci Banks.

ITV chief executive Adam Crozier recently said that the channel was part of its strategy to become the most-watched channel in the UK.

"A key part of our strategy is to become the most-watched, most-loved and most-talked-about family of free and pay channels for every household and every advertiser in the UK," Crozier explained.

Encore will be ITV's first new channel in eight years. It launches as part of a four-year partnership with Sky. »

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Sheridan Smith's Cilla Black drama adds Aneurin Barnard

17 March 2014 5:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV has announced casting details for its upcoming Cilla Black drama.

The White Queen star Aneurin Barnard will feature as Cilla's husband Bobby in the three-part series, opposite Sheridan Smith in the title role.

Ed Stoppard (The Politician's Husband) will star as Brian Epstein, while John Henshaw (Downton Abbey) will play Cilla's father John White.

Melanie Hill (Waterloo Road) rounds out the cast as Cilla's mother Priscilla.

Cilla - from Philomena writer Jeff Pope - will focus on the singer-turned-presenter's rise to fame in 1960s Liverpool.

The drama follows the unknown Priscilla White as she pursues her dreams of stardom, begins a relationship with future husband Bobby Willis, and meets legendary music manager Brian Epstein.

It will also feature Black's friendship with The Beatles, and how their success helped launch her career.

Cilla begins filming in March and April in Liverpool, and will feature many of the »

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‘Boardwalk Empire’ Thesp Jack Huston to Ignite Period Drama ‘Great Fire of London’

4 March 2014 9:12 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — “Boardwalk Empire” and “American Hustle” thesp Jack Huston is to star as English monarch Charles II in Ecosse Films’ 17th-century period drama “The Great Fire of London,” which has been greenlit by U.K. free-to-air channel ITV.

The four-parter, which will unfold over four consecutive days, centers on Thomas Farriner, played by Andrew Buchan (“Broadchurch”), whose bakery in London’s Pudding Lane was at the heart of the catastrophic fire in 1666.

Game of Thrones” and “Downton Abbey” thesp Rose Leslie will play Farriner’s sister in law, Sarah, with whom Farriner has a complex relationship.

Oliver Jackson-Cohen (“Dracula,” “Mr Selfridge”) plays Charles’ brother, James Duke of York, while Daniel Mays (“Mrs Biggs,” “Treasure Island,” “Public Enemies”) appears as diarist Samuel Pepys, a close confidante of the King. Perdita Weeks (“The Invisible Woman”) will play Pepys’ wife Elizabeth.

The cast also includes Andrew Tiernan (“Ripper Street”) and Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones »

- Leo Barraclough

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Jack Huston, Rose Leslie Among Cast For ITV’s ‘The Great Fire’ Miniseries

4 March 2014 2:34 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

ITV has set the roster for its upcoming four-part miniseries that follows the lives and loves of both historical and fictional characters in 1666 London as The Great Fire rages. Broadchurch‘s Andrew Buchan, Rose Leslie (Utopia, Game Of Thrones, Downton Abbey), Jack Huston (American Hustle, Boardwalk Empire) and Daniel Mays (Mrs Biggs, Welcome To The Punch) have each taken on key roles in the production from Fleming and Mistresses‘ Ecosse Films. Inspired by the real events of 1666 when nearly half of London was destroyed in less than a week, the drama is written by Tom Bradby, political editor of ITN and author of Shadow Dancer. The story unfolds over four consecutive days as the fire takes hold of the city and the people desperately attempt to overcome the flames amid a threat to the monarchy. Buchan will play humble baker Thomas Farriner in whose shop the fire began on September »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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Sheridan Smith to play Cilla Black in three-part ITV drama

16 February 2014 9:59 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Series entitled Cilla will look at her rise to fame, friendship with the Beatles and relationship with husband Bobby

Cilla Black is to be portrayed by the Bafta and Olivier award-winning actor Sheridan Smith in an ITV biopic about the future Blind Date presenter's rise to fame as a 1960s popstar.

Cilla, a three-part drama, will focus on Black's emergence from Liverpool's Merseybeat music scene in the wake of the success of the Beatles to become a chart-topping artist.

Black, real name Priscilla White, was working as a typist and performing in Liverpool venues including the Cavern, Zodiac, Blue Angel and Iron Door clubs when she came to the attention of the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein.

A friend of the Beatles, Black was signed to their Emi label, Parlaphone, and worked with the group's producer, George Martin, at London's Abbey Road Studios.

She had her first UK number one, Anyone Who Had A Heart, »

- Jason Deans

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Sheridan Smith to star as Cilla Black in new ITV drama

16 February 2014 3:14 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Sheridan Smith has signed up to play Cilla Black in a new drama for ITV.

The three-part series from Philomena writer Jeff Pope, will focus on the singer-turned-presenter's rocky rise to fame in 1960s Liverpool.

The drama will follow the unknown Priscilla White - Black's real name - as she pursues her dreams of stardom, embarks on a relationship with future husband Bobby Willis, and meets legendary manager Brian Epstein.

The series will also tell the story of Black's friendship with The Beatles, and how their success and links to industry bosses helped to shape her career.

Smith - who won a BAFTA Television Award for her role in Mrs Biggs last year - will reunite with the programme's executive producer Pope and director Paul Whittington for the project.

Describing Black's story as "fascinating", Smith said: "So thrilled to be back at ITV for such an exciting project and to »

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Aacta Awards: Goliath slays David

30 January 2014 12:53 AM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

If the 3rd annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards could be categorised as a David vs Goliath battle between The Rocket and The Great Gatsby, Goliath is the hands-down winner.

Baz Luhrmann.s opulent romantic drama won six awards tonight, for best film, director, adapted screenplay, lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio, supporting actor Joel Edgerton and supporting actress Elizabeth Debicki.

That.s in addition to the six awards in craft categories plus the Aacta award for outstanding achievement in visual effects bestowed on Luhrmann.s film on Tuesday.

Kim Mordaunt's The Rocket, which had 12 nominations versus 14 for Gatsby, had to be content with just one trophy, for Mordaunt.s original screenplay.

The outcome is likely to reignite the debate about the near-impossibility of comparing a lavishly-mounted 3D film financed by Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures, which cost $160 million, with an independently-funded Lao-set film from a first-time director budgeted at about $2 million. »

- Don Groves

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Baz's creative team cleans up at Aacta Awards

27 January 2014 8:11 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Great Gatsby dominated. Aacta.s technical and short films awards today, collecting gongs in all six craft categories for which it was nominated, plus the Aacta award for outstanding achievement in visual effects.

The co-production Top of the Lake bagged two TV trophies while Matchbox Pictures. Nowhere Boys, created by Tony Ayres, was named best children.s TV series.

The TV documentary prize went to Redesign My Brain, which explores the revolutionary new science of brain plasticity, written and directed by Paul Scott and produced by Isabel Perez and Scott for ABC TV.

Writer-director Nick Verso's The Last Time I Saw Richard, produced by John Molloy, was honoured as best short fiction film. Developed and funded through Screen Australia.s Springboard program, the short is a prequel to the upcoming feature film Boys In The Trees, tracing the friendship between two teenagers in a mental health clinic in »

- Don Groves

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Shane Bourne to host Aacta Awards

15 January 2014 2:07 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Actor and comedian Shane Bourne will host this year.s Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (AACTAs), broadcast in a 90-minute presentation on Thursday, January 30, at 8.30pm on Network Ten.

Bourne will lead the night of peer-voted awards, live performances and special appearances from personalities across the Australian television and film industry.

AFI | Aacta CEO, Damian Trewhella, said .We are delighted Shane will host the 3rd Aacta Awards Ceremony. Shane is an AFI Award winner and audience favourite, and a well loved and respected member of the screen industry.. Bourne said, .I am really looking forward to being involved in the 3rd Aacta Awards and providing the social lubricant to help ensure a great night for all as we celebrate the year.s achievements in television and film. And if the official after party is just a fraction as good as the scenes from The Great Gatsby then »

- Staff writer

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Sheridan Smith and Reece Shearsmith to star in ITV murder drama

10 January 2014 8:39 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Widower is based on Malcolm Webster, who killed his first wife in a staged car crash and tried to do the same to his second

Sheridan Smith and Reece Shearsmith are to star in an ITV drama about Malcolm Webster, who was convicted of murdering his wife in a staged car accident and trying to kill his second in a copycat crash.

Co-written and executive produced by ITV Studios' award-winning factual drama screenwriter and film-maker Jeff Pope, The Widower tells the story of how, over 13 years Webster, a seemingly mild-mannered nurse, set about poisoning and murdering his first wife, plotted the same scheme against his second wife and moved on to try to deceive his third fiancée.

Webster, to be played by Shearsmith, lost his appeal against his convictions in December. He was found guilty in 2011 of murdering his first wife, Claire Morris, in Aberdeenshire in 1994, and the »

- Hatty Collier

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Reece Shearsmith, Sheridan Smith for new ITV drama The Widower

9 January 2014 2:33 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV has announced details of a new three-part factual drama based on the crimes of convicted murderer Malcolm Webster.

Reece Shearsmith and Sheridan Smith will star in The Widower, which has been co-written by award-winning factual drama screenwriter and filmmaker Jeff Pope (Mrs Biggs).

Pope also serves as executive producer of the series, with Paul Whittington (Mrs Biggs, Vera) as director.

The Widower takes place over a 13-year period, and follows Webster, who sets about poisoning and murdering his first wife, attempting to do the same to his second wife and moving on to a further scheme to deceive his third fiancée.

Sheridan Smith stars as first wife Claire Morris, who wed Webster in September 1993.

Jeff Pope, Head of Factual Drama, ITV Studios, said: "This is a quite extraordinary story, far more chilling than any fiction. Webster was a banal, almost benign face of evil.

"He was so clever at »

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