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ITV’s ‘Girlfriends’ Casts Up; Cinemas In India’s Tamil Nadu Strike – Global Briefs

As filming begins on new ITV drama Girlfriends, written by The Syndicate's Kay Mellor, the supporting cast has been set to join leads Miranda Richardson, Zoe Wanamaker and Downton Abbey's Phyllis Logan. From Rollem Productions, the contemporary six-part series follows three friends struggling with the responsibilities that come with being a modern woman of a certain age. Acorn Media Enterprises is the North American partner. Among the new cast are the Harry Potter series…
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ITV’s ‘Girlfriends’ Casts Up; Cinemas In India’s Tamil Nadu Strike – Global Briefs

ITV’s ‘Girlfriends’ Casts Up; Cinemas In India’s Tamil Nadu Strike – Global Briefs
As filming begins on new ITV drama Girlfriends, written by The Syndicate's Kay Mellor, the supporting cast has been set to join leads Miranda Richardson, Zoe Wanamaker and Downton Abbey's Phyllis Logan. From Rollem Productions, the contemporary six-part series follows three friends struggling with the responsibilities that come with being a modern woman of a certain age. Acorn Media Enterprises is the North American partner. Among the new cast are the Harry Potter series…
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Miranda Richardson, Zoe Wanamaker, Phyllis Logan Are ‘Girlfriends’ For ITV, Acorn

Shooting starts next month on new ITV drama Girlfriends, written by The Syndicate‘s Kay Mellor. Rollem Productions is producing with Miranda Richardson, Zoë Wanamaker and Downton Abbey‘s Phyllis Logan leading the cast. Acorn Media Enterprises has also boarded as the North American partner in a deal negotiated by All3Media which is handling international distribution. The contemporary story follows three friends struggling with the responsibilities that come with being a…
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First candidates for TV directing diversity scheme announced

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First candidates for TV directing diversity scheme announced
Directors UK and Creative Skillset programme aims to diversify directing talent in TV drama.

Directors UK and Creative Skillset have announced the first two directors who have been selected for their new high end TV drama directors career development programme.

Tina Gharavi and Samantha Harrie have been picked for the scheme, which was launched to help progress and diversify directing talent in TV drama.

They have been selected from more than 200 applicants to work on Kudos’ The Tunnel: Vengeance and Neal Street Productions’ Call The Midwife.

Four additional candidates will be announced later this year.

The scheme includes a 12-week paid placement with high end drama production companies and broadcasters across the UK, working alongside a show’s lead director throughout the entire duration of the show.

Tina Gharavi, the BAFTA-nominated and award-winning filmmaker is working alongside director Gilles Bannier (Tin Star, In The Dark, The Tunnel: Sabotage) on The Tunnel: Vengeance, the Kudos produced
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Acorn To Co-Produce BBC Drama ‘Love, Lies & Records’ Starring Ashley Jensen

Acorn Media Enterprises has boarded its latest UK drama series as the North American co-production partner on BBC One’s Love, Lies & Records. The Acorn TV Original is written by Kay Mellor (The Syndicate) and stars Catastrophe and Ugly Betty‘s Ashley Jensen who also led Acorn’s first original series, Agatha Raisin. A six-part series, Love, Lies & Records is produced by Rollem Productions for BBC One. Shooting starts next month on the drama that follows Town Hall Registrar…
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Guilt Cancelled at Freeform

Guilt Cancelled at Freeform
The verdict is in: Freeform has cancelled the freshman drama Guilt.

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The mystery series followed American student Grace (played by The Syndicate‘s Daisy Head), who is suspected of killing her London flatmate Molly Ryan. The cast included Titanic’s Billy Zane, Vinyl‘s Emily Tremaine and Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Anthony Head, the real life father of lead star Daisy.

The show wrapped up Season 1 on Aug. 22 with the reveal that Luc murdered Molly, after being blackmailed by her jealous secret ex-lover Roz.
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Guilt: What's Your Verdict on Freeform's Sordid Mystery Drama?

Guilt: What's Your Verdict on Freeform's Sordid Mystery Drama?
If you ever found yourself watching Gossip Girl and thinking, “This show needs more murder,” or “I wish Chuck’s burlesque club was a deviant sex club,” then Freeform’s new mystery series Guilt is for you.

RelatedGuilt Ep Previews Freeform Drama’s ‘Racy,’ Amanda Knox-Like Mystery

The premiere this week launches with the grisly killing of Molly, a free-spirited Irish student in London. There are secrets galore (Molly was pregnant when she died! Someone was stalking her!) and so many shady suspects (Rupert Giles?!) that a flowchart might be helpful. Alas, my breakdown of the key players in
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Guilt Ep Previews Freeform Drama's 'Racy,' Amanda Knox-Like Mystery

Guilt Ep Previews Freeform Drama's 'Racy,' Amanda Knox-Like Mystery
It would be unwise to accuse Freeform’s new mystery drama Guilt (premiering Monday at 9/8c) of playing innocent. Not only does it feature a central protagonist who may have killed her roommate, but there are also plenty of other scandalous elements.

PhotosGuilt First Look: Sexy Scandal Hits London Streets in Freeform Drama

“I actually watched the pilot with my mom, and at one point, she turned to me and said, ‘This is a little racy,'” Kathryn Price, who co-created the show with Nichole Millard, recalls with a laugh. “There’s a sex club. There’s a lot
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Guilt First Look: Sexy Scandal Hits London Streets in Freeform Drama

Guilt First Look: Sexy Scandal Hits London Streets in Freeform Drama
Think you’re a good judge of innocence or Guilt? Now’s your chance to find out. TVLine has your exclusive first look at the suspects, allies and royals who’ll come under scrutiny in Freeform’s new London-set murder mystery series.

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In the June 13 premiere (airing at 9/8c), American Grace (played by The Syndicate‘s Daisy Head) becomes the prime suspect in her roommate’s savage murder, forcing her sister Natalie (Vinyl‘s Emily Tremaine) to leave Boston and come to her defense across the pond. When Natalie
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Lenny Henry Joins ‘Broadchurch’ As Filming Starts On Third & Final Season

Shooting began today on the third season of hit ITV crime drama Broadchurch. This is the last go-round for David Tennant and Olivia Colman (hot off The Night Manager) as Detective Inspector Alec Hardy and Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller. The pair reunites in Season 3 to investigate a serious sexual assault. Just added to the cast are 2016 honorary BAFTA winner Lenny Henry (The Pirates! Band Of Misfits, The Syndicate) and Roy Hudd (Robot Overlords, Coronation Street). As…
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BAFTA to Honor Comedian, Actor, Writer Lenny Henry at TV Awards

BAFTA to Honor Comedian, Actor, Writer Lenny Henry at TV Awards
London — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is set to honor British comedian, actor and writer Lenny Henry. He will receive BAFTA’s Special Award in recognition of his “outstanding creative contribution to television” at the British Academy Television Awards on May 8.

Krishnendu Majumdar, chair of BAFTA’s Television Committee, said: “There is no one more deserving of the Special Award this year than Lenny Henry. He has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a performer and writer, appearing in dozens of shows from ‘Tiswas’ to the hugely popular ‘Lenny Henry Show,’ and most recently in the drama ‘The Syndicate,’ proving his appeal spans all generations and genres.”

Majumdar added: “Lenny’s recent groundbreaking BAFTA lecture has helped to reframe and reignite the discussion about diversity in British television, with the conversations he has sparked already leading to positive changes. This, coupled with his incredible contribution to the industry,
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Screen Gems Unveils Official Title For Underworld 5

Kate Beckinsale's fifth adventure as the Vampire Death Dealer Selene will be titled Underworld: Blood Wars.  Co-producers Screen Gems & Lakeshore Entertainment made the announcement earlier today on the film's official Facebook page. Anna Foerster (Outlander) directed the feature, which wrapped principal photography earlier this year, with a script from Cory Goodman (The Last Witch Hunter). Joining Beckinsale are Theo James, who reprises his role from the previous installment, Tobias Menzies (Outlander), Lara Pulver (Edge Of Tomorrow), Charles Dance (Game Of Thrones), Bradley James (iZombie), James Faulkner (Da Vinci's Demons), Oliver Stark (Into The Badlands), Peter Andersson (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), Clementine Nicholson, and Daisy Head (The Syndicate). The film will arrive in theaters just in time for Halloween on October 14, a week ahead of the Tom Cruise-starrer Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. There are also a few early rumors circulating that suggest a sixth film with Beckinsale is already being planned.
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Buffy Vet Anthony Stewart Head Joins Freeform Murder Mystery Guilt

Buffy Vet Anthony Stewart Head Joins Freeform Murder Mystery Guilt
Guilt just became a family affair.

Anthony Stewart Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) has been cast opposite daughter Daisy Head (The Syndicate) on Freeform’s forthcoming soap, TVLine has learned.

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The murder mystery finds Grace Atwood (Head), a young American women, accused of viciously murdering her Bff while in London. The Buffy vet will assume the recurring role of James Lahue, Grace’s charming stepfather who just so happens to have ties to the victim.

Vinyl‘s Emily Tremaine also co-stars as Grace’s sister Natalie who teams up with
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‘Spark’ ABC Pilot Casts Lena Olin & Tom Brittney

Lena Olin (Welcome To Sweden) and Tom Brittney (The Syndicate) are set as series regulars as mother and son in ABC pilot Spark, from writer Michael Cooney and producers Ian Sander & Kim Moses. Spark is a lavish primetime drama series of passion, greed and hope in a Steampunk reality, circa 2016. Set in an alternate history where gas and coal fuel the world, the drama centers on the battle for power between two rival families and a rebellious young woman with a spark of…
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‘Outlander’ Season 2 Finds its Roger Wakefield in Scottish Actor Richard Rankin

‘Outlander’ Season 2 Finds its Roger Wakefield in Scottish Actor Richard Rankin
Outlander” has cast Scottish actor Richard Rankin in the pivotal role of Roger Wakefield, Starz announced Monday.

Described as intelligent, kindhearted, and charming, Roger is the grown up version of Reverend Wakefield’s adopted son, who we met in season one. After his parents died in World War II, Roger was raised by the Reverend (with help from his housekeeper, Mrs. Graham) and is a proud Scot through and through. Now a professor at Oxford, Roger has a keen interest in history, and all the secrets and insight it presents.

Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling novels know that Roger plays a pivotal role in the lives of Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) as their time-travelling story unfolds.

The Starz and Sony Pictures Television series is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore and will return in Spring 2016.

Rankin recently appeared alongside Bradley Cooper in John Wells’ “Burnt,
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Outlander Casts Burnt Actor as Roger

Outlander Casts Burnt Actor as Roger
Outlander has found its Roger in Scottish actor Richard Rankin.

Rankin will play the grown-up version of Rev. Wakefield’s adopted son, whom we met in Season 1.

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Described as “intelligent, kindhearted and charming,” Roger was raised by the pastor after his parents died in World War II. When we meet him, he is a professor at Oxford who is very interested in history.

In addition to the Bradley Cooper film Burnt, Rankin’s credits include Xiii, From Darkness and The Syndicate. He also appeared in two episodes of American Odyssey.

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ABC Family Orders to Series Mystery Soap Guilt, Supernatural Drama Beyond

Meet the new dramas joining ABC Family/soon-to-be Freeform‘s slate: the sexy soap Guilt and the supernatural-tinged Beyond, both of which have received series pickups.

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Guilt follows a young American woman (played by The Syndicate‘s Daisy Head) in London who becomes the prime suspect in the savage murder of her roommate/best friend. As the investigation unfolds, viewers and even the girl’s own sister (Arrow‘s Katrina Law) will question whether she’s innocent or a sociopath. The mystery will weave through all levels of London society,
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First look at Anne Marie Duff in BBC One's autumn drama From Darkness

Digital Spy has an exclusive first look at BBC One's new psychological thriller From Darkness.

Anne-Marie Duff plays Claire Church in the moody crime drama, an ex-cop forced to confront her traumatic past.

Duff leads a top-notch cast that includes In The Flesh star Luke Newberry, This Is England actor Johnny Harris and The Syndicate's Richard Rankin.

Harris is Church's colleague - and former lover - Dci John Hind, with Newberry cast as his partner DS Anthony Boyce and Rankin playing Claire's struggling partner Norrie.

Written by Katie Baxendale, From Darkness originated from BBC Writersroom.

"Katie Baxendale has created a beautifully complex character in her female protagonist," Duff said. "As soon as I started to read episode one I felt excited at the prospect of being involved. It's a world in which all of the characters have real stories to tell."

From Darkness will air on BBC One next month.
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‘Arrow’s’ Katrina Law & Billy Zane to Star in ABC Family Drama Pilot ‘Guilt’

‘Arrow’s’ Katrina Law & Billy Zane to Star in ABC Family Drama Pilot ‘Guilt’
ABC Family has begun production on its Amanda Knox-style drama pilot “Guilt,” and has set the cast, led by Katrina Law, Billy Zane and Daisy Head as the prime suspect.

Head (“The Syndicate”) will play Grace, a young girl American girl living in London who is stunned when she becomes the top suspect in the savage murder of her roommate. Law (“Arrow,” “Spartacus: War of the Damned”) will play her sister Natalie, an attorney who drops everything when Grace becomes a murder suspect. Zane (“Titanic”) has been cast as Stan, Grace’s cocky defense attorney, who revels in conflict and enjoys winning.

The cast is rounded out by Cristian Solimeno (“Rush”), who will play D.S. Bruno, an ambitious Scotland Yard detective sergeant who is determined to get to the bottom of the murder and is immediately intrigued by Natalie; Naomi Ryan (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), who will play Gwendolyn,
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International Star You Should Know: Richard Rankin

International Star You Should Know: Richard Rankin
Richard Rankin has been steadily building a varied resume, from comedy sketch show “Burnistoun,” which ran for three seasons on BBC One; to legit hit “Black Watch,” about a group of Scottish soldiers stationed in Iraq; to BBC/PBS’ World War I medical mini “The Crimson Field”; and indie horror movie “The House of Him,” in which he plays a serial killer. He currently stars in BBC crime drama “From Darkness,” and has a minor role in John Wells’ “Burnt,” starring Bradley Cooper, which the Weinstein Co. is set to release Oct. 23.

Hard-driving Plans: The 32-year-old studied acting at Glasgow’s Langside College after a trip to Los Angeles inspired him. “My brother and I had dreamed of being singers or being in a boy band,” he says. “Then I went into It for a while. … I wanted to build computers, which I still enjoy doing.”

Horsing Around: The actor,
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