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‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star Jack Davenport Boards Amma Asante’s ‘A United Kingdom’ (Exclusive)

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star Jack Davenport Boards Amma Asante’s ‘A United Kingdom’ (Exclusive)
London — Jack Davenport, who played British naval officer James Norrington in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, is in final negotiations to join the cast of inter-racial love-story movie “A United Kingdom,” which will be directed by BAFTA-winning filmmaker Amma Asante, and stars “Selma’s” David Oyelowo and “Gone Girl’s” Rosamund Pike. Shooting on the film starts today in Botswana.

Davenport’s other credits include Matthew Vaughn’s movie “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Smash,” the NBC series about a Broadway musical, and PBS medical drama “Breathless.”

A United Kingdom” has also added several other cast members: Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” franchise and also appeared in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” Nicholas Lyndhurst, who was three times BAFTA nominated for comedy “Only Fools and Horses…,” Laura Carmichael, who played Lady Edith Crawley in “Downton Abbey,” and Arnold Oceng, who starred alongside Reese Witherspoon in “The Good Lie.
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Waterloo Road star Laura Aikman joins BBC Three's Bluestone 42

Laura Aikman has joined the cast of Bluestone 42 series three.

The Waterloo Road actress will appear in the latter half of the BBC Three comedy series, which follows the lives of a bomb disposal team in Afghanistan.

Aikman will play a high-threat-bomb disposal expert called Ellen Best, who finds it hard to fit in with the rest of the group.

The actress said: "It's been awesome to join the cast of Bluestone 42, especially as I was already a fan of the show.

"It's also given me an amazing opportunity to learn so much about the army and make some amazing new friends, who I may never otherwise have met."

Returning cast members include Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter), Oliver Chris (Breathless), Katie Lyons (The Crimson Petal And The White) and Tony Gardner (Last Tango in Halifax).

Bluestone 42 will return to BBC Three later in 2015.
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Digital Spy's rising stars for 2015: Joe Cole, Karla Crome and more

Who are the stars of tomorrow in TV, film and theatre?

Digital Spy presents its predictions for 2015 - in no particular order, here are seven young actors, writers, comedians and musicians who look destined to make an impression on the world of entertainment this year.

1. Billy Howle

After graduating from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2013, Billy Howle quickly landed television work in Channel 4's New Worlds and on ITV's Vera.

But the young actor first came to our attention last year with his powerful performance as the troubled James in sorely underrated countryside thriller Glue.

Next up for the talented Howle is a plum role in BBC One's adaptation of Laurie Lee's Cider with Rosie, which is due to be broadcast later in 2015.

2. Hannah Britland

A graduate from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Hannah Britland launched her television acting career with early roles in Misfits and Skins.
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PBS Miniseries ‘Breathless’ Looks at Treatment of Women in the ’60s

PBS Miniseries ‘Breathless’ Looks at Treatment of Women in the ’60s
Airs: PBS; Sundays through Sept. 7

Stars: Jack Davenport, Natasha Little, Shaun Dingwall, Catherine Steadman

About: It’s not too late to catch up with this luscious six-part “Masterpiece Theater” entry set among a group of doctors and nurses at a London hospital in 1961. Jack Davenport is a commanding presence as a brilliant-but-tortured nurse-chasing surgeon who performs abortions in secret at a time when birth-control pills were available to only married women — if their husbands gave consent. Creator Paul Unwin, a British drama vet, was inspired to use a medical setting to look at the shoddy treatment of women in Britain during this period.

Quote: “I became fascinated by those American dramas that are like novels,” Unwin says, “where every episode, you get enough of the story, but you don’t get the whole thing. ‘Breathless’ (also) was born out of an interest in trying to write stories about women.”
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TV Review: ‘Breathless’

TV Review: ‘Breathless’
Doctors and nurses have been engaged in soapy doings since broadcasting’s infancy, but seldom in a package quite as tantalizing as “Breathless.” Set in the early ‘60s, this three-part “Masterpiece” production obviously shares certain qualities with “Mad Men,” but quickly establishes its own spin on the era replete with a web of interlocking relationships. Built around a dashing gynecologist who performs illegal abortions, the project feels timely and provocative, but can just as easily be savored strictly for its “Peyton Place”-like attributes. For those needing a fix of sumptuous British period drama until “Downton Abbey” docks, “Breathless” is a breath of fresh air.

The producers won half the battle by casting Jack Davenport (closer to “Swingtown,” happily, than his “Smash” ordeal) as Dr. Otto Powell, who appears to saunter through life with nary a care despite breaking the law to assist women with terminating unwanted pregnancies. Assured and self-confident,
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The Office 11 years on: What Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman and co did next

Ricky Gervais has confirmed that The Office's David Brent will be heading to the big screen with his own movie, Life on the Road.

So as we anticipate what Brent has been up to since the end of the BBC hit comedy, here's what the cast have done since:

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais played the lead role as David Brent - the embarrassing, toe-curling and cringeworthy boss of company Wernham Hogg, devoid of self-awareness but poised with an unwavering love for the paper merchants he manages.

Gervais went on to create comedy Extras with Stephen Merchant, which was co-produced by the BBC and HBO and aired between 2005 and 2007. Gervais played ambitious actor Andy Millman, afflicted with a useless agent played by Merchant. Guest stars have included Patrick Stewart, Samuel L Jackson, Ben Stiller and Kate Winslet.

In 2009, Gervais starred in, wrote and directed his feature comedy debut The Invention of Lying.
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Zoe Boyle Joins ABC’s ‘Astronaut Wives Club’; Morgan Taylor Campbell In ‘Sea Of Fire’

  • Deadline TV
Zoe Boyle (Breathless, Downton Abbey) is set as a female lead in ABC’s summer drama series Astronaut Wives Club. The project, from Fake Empire, Groundswell Productions and ABC Studios, tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. Boyle, repped by ICM Partners, Seven Summits and Independent in the UK, will play Jo Schirra, wife of Wally Schirra, who flew missions for the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. Related: 2014 ABC Pilots Morgan Taylor Campbell (The Killing) has been cast in ABC’s drama pilot Sea Of Fire, which chronicles the fallout from three teenage girls starring in a pornographic film, which tears their families apart and leads to a disappearance and a murder. Campbell will play Jane McAllister, the pretty, preppy and seemingly straight-laced daughter of Reverend Bobby and Adine McAllister, who goes
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Isabelle Cornish lands first Us role

  • IF.com.au
Puberty Blues star Isabelle Cornish has landed a role in Sea of Fire, a Us drama pilot which traces the fall-out after three teenage girls appear in a porn film.

Cornish, 19, recorded an audition in Sydney and sent it to the producers in Los Angeles, her first try-out for a Us pilot. Subsequently she met with the producers in La and was offered the role of Merel, a straight-a student and cheer-leader daughter of the local Sheriff.

The pilot commissioned by the Us ABC network will start shooting in Vancouver in early March. Jack Davenport (Breathless, Smash) has been cast as Merel.s father, who is called in to investigate the disappearance of her close friend Jane (not yet cast). Dexter.s Jennifer Carpenter will play an FBI agent who joins the chase.

The pilot was scripted by Jenna Bans, adapted from a Dutch series, according to Deadline.com. The producers are Sony TV,
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Jack Davenport To Star In ABC Pilot ‘Sea Of Fire’

  • Deadline TV
Jack Davenport is set as the lead in ABC‘s drama pilot Sea Of Fire. The Smash alum, who fielded multiple pilot offers, joins recently cast female lead Jennifer Carpenter in the project based on a Dutch format. Young Australian actress Isabelle Cornish (Home & Away) also has been cast in the pilot, which chronicles the fallout from three teenage girls starring in a pornographic film, which tears their families apart and leads to a disappearance, a murder and host of other secrets boiling under the surface in a small town. Davenport stars as easy-going local Sheriff Marty Kesowich. Already deeply concerned over his suicidal and befuddled wife, Marty counts himself lucky to have a seemingly perfect daughter, cheerleader and straight-a student Merel (Cornish). But he’s shocked to learn that Merel is not at all the paragon he imagined. After Merel’s close friend Jane goes missing, Marty fears that his daughter had some involvement,
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Breathless cancelled by ITV after single series

Breathless has been dropped after a single series.

The period medical drama will not return for a second run, broadcaster ITV has confirmed.

Series star Zoe Boyle -- who played Jean Truscott - told Radio Times that Breathless would "unfortunately" not be returning but described working on the show as "a really fun experience".

"I loved the part and I loved the script and I loved the show as a whole," she said.

Breathless launched with 3.4m viewers in October, with an overnight audience of 2.11m tuning in for the final episode the following month.

Jack Davenport, Joanna Page, Sarah Parish and Iain Glen appeared alongside Boyle on the show.

ITV also axed crime drama Whitechapel in November, but has commissioned new original drama including John Simm thriller Prey and mystery series Grantchester.

ITV announces new drama pay channel Encore for Sky
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David Morrissey To Topline BBC One Miniseries ‘The Driver’

  • Deadline TV
The Driver, about an ordinary man who makes a terrible decision, is a three-part thriller from BAFTA Award-winning screenwriter Danny Brocklehurst (Shameless UK). The Walking Dead‘s David Morrissey will play taxi driver Vince McKee, who blames himself for a family mystery and accepts an offer to start driving for a criminal gang. But, says the BBC, it’s ultimately a redemptive story about getting a second chance under incredible circumstances. Jim Poyser co-created the drama which is co-produced by Morrissey’s Highfield Pictures and Red Production Company for BBC One. Jamie Payne (Doctor Who, The White Queen, The Hour) is director. Ian Hart, Colm Meaney, Shaun Dingwall, Claudie Blakeley, Sacha Parkinson and Lee Ross also star. Morrissey, who is also toplining AMC pilot Line Of Sight, is executive producing The Driver for Highfield with Nicola Shindler for Red and Polly Hill for BBC One. Producer is Jolyon Symonds (Breathless
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'Smash' actor to guest on 'The Good Wife'

'Smash' actor to guest on 'The Good Wife'
A Smash bad boy will put on a white hat for The Good Wife.

Jack Davenport — last seen playing Derek Wills on the NBC drama — will play an upstanding assistant U.S. attorney in the CBS drama.

His episode will air next year.

Davenport also starred in the ITV drama Breathless this year. Set in Britain in 1951, the drama is similar to Showtime’s Master of Sex in that it focuses on the world of reproductive medicine.
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Masters of Sex; Breathless; Homeland; Newsnight – review

A drama about sexologists Masters and Johnson was sharply observed, while Homeland returned, trying to untangle itself

Masters of Sex (Channel 4) | 4oD

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What was the big appeal of Mad Men? Good acting, attractive cast, decent script – none of them hurt. But its strongest drawing power was its early-1960s setting, that golden period after the war and before everyone realised that smoking caused cancer, back in the early days of consumerism when everything was still shiny, before the cult of youth, when everyone still wanted to look as if they were 45.

There are a lot of things you can do in those years, dramatically speaking, that would be difficult to bring off with a story set in the present day. For a start, it's a pre-ism era, before the public recognition of feminism, racism, sexism and all the other identity conflicts.
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ITV’s ‘Breathless’ Catches 3.7M Viewers In UK Debut

  • Deadline TV
Sixties-set medical drama Breathless premiered on ITV1 in the UK on Thursday night with 3.7M viewers (including +1s) for a 17.5% share in the overnights. That was consistent with the slot average and was enough for the show to top other entries at 9 Pm. Co-produced by ITV Studios and Masterpiece, the six-part drama about a group of doctors and nurses working in a London hospital draws inevitable comparisons to Mad Men given the stylish period look – not to mention the tag line, “Perfect lives built on lies.” It kicks off in 1961 and focuses on the changing roles of women at a time when abortion was still illegal, the contraceptive pill was only just available to married women and moral codes were shifting. Breathless is co-created, written and exec produced by Paul Unwin who was in Cannes at the Mipcom TV market earlier this week to talk up the series along with
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'Breathless' attracts 3.4 million for first episode on ITV

ITV's new series Breathless topped Thursday's ratings outside of soaps, overnight data reveals.

Jack Davenport's hospital drama gathered 3.44 million (16.4%) at 9pm, with an added 283,000 (1.8%) on +1. Earlier, Pat and Cabbage amused 2.30m (10.5%) at 8.30pm.

On BBC One, new haulage drama Truckers interested 2.88m (13.5%) at 9pm.

BBC Two's Trust Me, I'm a Doctor appealed to 3.18m (14.5%) at 8pm, followed by the latest Peaky Blinders with 1.47m (6.9%) at 9pm. Mock the Week quizzed 1.52m (8.6%) at 10pm.

Channel 4's Location, Location, Location was seen by 1.84m (8.4%) at 8pm (185k/0.9%). Educating Yorkshire climbed to 2.54m (12.0%) at 9pm (393k/2.5%), while My Tattoo Addiction brought in 1.13m (7.0%) at 10pm (171k/2.0%).

On Channel 5, The Railway attracted 737k (3.4%) at 8pm (101k/0.5%), followed by Countdown To Murder with 982k (4.6%) at 9pm (127k/0.8%).

ITV2's Celebrity Juice entertained 824k (5.0%) at 10pm (124k/1.4%).
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Breathless; Trust Me I'm a Doctor – TV review

Yes, it's the 60s, and there's smoking, sex and even a Don Draper type – but don't call it the British Mad Men

I saw the WikiLeaks movie, The Fifth Estate, the other night. Benedict Cumberbatch is fantastic but the film isn't, for several reasons, one of which is that it doesn't really work visually. It's a problem with a lot of drama about the 21st century. People now spend their entire lives staring into screens and communicating via text. Looking at a screen of people looking into screens isn't a very fulfilling experience. You have to go back to the 20th century to find people actually talking to each other, having old-fashioned touchy sex not Skype sex, expressing emotions not emoticons, and anger in a way that isn't snapping shut a laptop. It's maybe why there's so much period drama about.

In Breathless, ITV's latest period piece, we're in London in 1961. Of course,
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Katzenberg, Kavanaugh Join Cannes TV Market Crowd

  • Variety - TV News
Cannes — Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ryan Kavanaugh and Andie MacDowell were among the star guests in Cannes for the Mipcom program market, which attracted 13,500 TV industryites.

There were 4,623 international acquisitions execs at the event, which wrapped Thursday. This number included more than 1,000 buyers from digital platforms.

An array of talent hit the red carpet to support the screenings of their shows, including MacDowell and co-star Dylan Neal for Hallmark Channel’s “Cedar Cove,” which is being sold by Beta Film. Sky Atlantic, Canal Plus and Shine International brought over the cast of “The Tunnel,” including Clemence Poesy and Stephane Dillane, CBS Global Distribution Group flew in the co-stars of sci-fi hit “Under the Dome,” Dean Norris and Rachelle Lefevre, and Starz sailed in with the cast of pirate epic “Black Sails,” led by Toby Stephens and Hannah New.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell hosted a screening of “The Face,” which she exec produces, and
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Is Breathless just another Mad Men clone?

The new ITV drama starring Jack Davenport will, inevitably, be compared to the hit Us show. But it always been the nature of TV to spawn lookalikes

Occasionally, in the business world, there's a product that encourages envious emulation in other manufacturers: the Hoover and the iPhone are two obvious examples; both led to legal and copyright argument over attempts at imitation. In television drama, the same phenomenon occasionally occurs – with wrong-footed bosses shouting, "Why can't we make one of those!" – and, because it's harder to define and protect an original product in the creative industries, there will be a flow of lookalikes.

In this regard, Matthew Weiner's Mad Men now seems established as the iPhone of small-screen writing. Breathless is the latest UK wannabe, and begins tonight (ITV, 9pm), in a week when another of the Us impersonators started screening here: Masters of Sex (9pm, Tuesdays, Channel 4
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TV highlights 10/10/2013

  • The Guardian - TV News
Trust Me I'm A Doctor | Equestrianism: Horse Of The Year Show | Truckers | Peaky Blinders | Breathless | The Duchess, The Killer And Her Lover: Countdown To Murder | Tricked | The Big C: Hereafter

Trust Me I'm A Doctor

8pm, BBC2

This new series purports to reveal the facts behind widespread medical stories and to help resolve the confusing claims around what exactly is and isn't good for us. The tendency with such magazine programmes is to rely on gimmicks, but here the stunts are largely kept in check and the results are informative. If you're hoping to find out the best way to assess fatness, whether extra sleep is healthy and if we should all be taking aspirin to prevent heart attacks and strokes, look no further. Martin Skegg

Equestrianism: Horse Of The Year Show

8pm, Sky Sports 4

Coverage of day two of the 2013 celebration of all things equine from Birmingham's NEC, marking
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Mipcom’s Profile Rises As TV Hits Golden Age

  • Variety - TV News
Cannes — The global boom of upscale cast-driven drama has injected some glamour and timeliness into the Cannes-set Mipcom confab, turning it into a one-stop-launchpad for top sales companies.

The looming airstrike, which was eventually cancelled on Saturday, hasn’t kept market-goers from travelling to the French Riviera. Mipcom welcomes more than 13,000 participants, including 4,500 buyers — a 6% year-on rise through Thursday. Partly due to its focus on Argentina, the market will have a strong Latin American presence, said Laurine Garaude, head of Reed Midem’s TV division. Africa and Russia are the other two emerging markets with participation numbers on the rise.

The sheer number of bigscreen talent and creatives who have made the trip to Cannes to promote their shows reflects the convergence of film and TV, and the bigger emphasis placed on international.

“Last year Harvey Weinstein said in his keynote that TV had hit its golden age and was
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