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‘Downton Abbey’ Star Jessica Brown Findlay Joins Morrissey Biopic

‘Downton Abbey’ Star Jessica Brown Findlay Joins Morrissey Biopic
Downton Abbey” star Jessica Brown Findlay has joined the cast of “Steven,” a biopic about the early life and career of singer Morrissey.

British filmmaker Mark Gill is directing “Steven” from his own script, with Jack Lowden portraying the musician in his early life in the 1970s before he became the lead singer of the 1980s band The Smiths. Findlay will play Morrissey’s friend, visual artist and musician Linder Sterling.

Steven Patrick Morrissey founded The Smiths with Johnny Marr in 1982. The group broke up in 1987 and Morrissey went on to a successful solo career.

HanWay is handling sales on the project, which starts shooting this month, while Entertainment One has taken U.K. rights.

Orian Williams and Gill’s Voorman Problem partner, Baldwin Li, are producing.

Findlay portrayed Lady Sybil Branson in Julian Fellowes’ hit TV series “Downton Abbey.” Her movie credits include “The Riot Club,” “Jamaica Inn” and “The Outcast.
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‘Sherlock’s’ Moriarty, Andrew Scott, Joins Cast of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ (Exclusive)

‘Sherlock’s’ Moriarty, Andrew Scott, Joins Cast of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ (Exclusive)
London — Andrew Scott, who is Jim Moriarty in “Sherlock” and is soon to be seen as Denbigh in James Bond movie “Spectre,” has joined the cast of Philippa Lowthorpe’s feature film adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s adventure story “Swallows and Amazons.” Scott, whose other movie credits include “Pride,” will play a secret agent — by the name of Lazlow — in pursuit of the reclusive and enigmatic Jim Turner (Rafe Spall), inspired by Ransome’s own life as a spy.

In the novel “Swallows and Amazons,” Ransome based the character of Turner on himself as a novelist. The filmmakers behind this new adaptation have been inspired by Ransome’s secret life as an agent for the British intelligence service MI6, and based Turner on Ransome the spy. The truth about Ransome’s role as a secret agent, whose code name was S.76, was revealed 10 years ago when the British government released
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StudioCanal, HanWay board 'Swallows and Amazons'

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Exclusive: Iconic UK book series sails to production with Rafe Spall, Kelly Macdonald in lead roles.

StudioCanal has snapped up UK rights to the upcoming feature version of UK classic book series Swallows and Amazons from HanWay Films, which has launched world sales at Cannes.

Boardwalk Empire star Kelly Macdonald has newly joined the Harbour Pictures’ (Calendar Girls) production alongside Rafe Spall (Get Santa) who will lead the cast as the enigmatic Captain Flint.

Philippa Lowthorpe (Jamaica Inn) will direct from a screenplay by Andrea Gibb (Dear Frankie).

Production on the film version will begin in the Lake District this summer. BBC Films and the BFI developed the project and are on-board for production finance.

The film is set over an idyllic English summer holiday where the Walker children and their sailing rivals, the Blacketts, run amok in their boats against the impressive backdrop of the Lake District. But when the Walker’s uncle Jim is revealed
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Rupert Everett and Matthew McNulty will cause trouble for The Musketeers

Fans of The Musketeers - meet your new villain.

Rupert Everett is set to follow in the footsteps of Peter Capaldi and Marc Warren by playing an antagonist in the BBC drama's third series.

Everett has been cast as Philippe Achille, Marquis de Feron - illegitimate brother to Louis Xiii (Ryan Gage) and the corrupt Governor of Paris.

Jamaica Inn actor Matthew McNulty will also join the show as Lucien Grimaud, a money lender and vicious criminal who goes up against the Musketeers.

The pair will join returning cast members Luke Pasqualino, Tom Burke, Howard Charles, Santiago Cabrera, Hugo Speer, Ryan Gage, Alexandra Dowling and Tamla Kari.

The Musketeers creator Adrian Hodges will not return as showrunner for the third series, with Simon Ashford and Simon Allen serving as lead writers and Matthew Bird (Fortitude, Death in Paradise) joining as producer.

New episodes have been shooting in Prague since April.
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9 actors who have left Downton Abbey for better... or worse

For many actors, Downton Abbey was their first big break in television.

But not everyone can be a Lord Grantham or a Carson. For many - whether they chose to leave or were written out - their fortunes changed after exiting the ITV drama.

So after the news that Dan Stevens has joined Beauty and the Beast, Digital Spy looks at the careers (so far!) of 9 actors who have bowed out of Highclere Castle...

1. Ed Speleers

After starring in series three, four and five of Downton, Ed Speleers left Jimmy Kent behind for another role in a big budget British TV drama.

We most recently saw him in the part of Edward Seymour in Wolf Hall, and he will also star in upcoming films Remainder and Howl. Most prominently, he's been cast alongside Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter in Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass.

2. Amy Nuttall
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Doctor Who series 8: new guest star rumoured

Auf Weidersehen Pet's Christopher Fairbank is rumoured to be making a guest appearance in Doctor Who series 8...

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Details are thin on the ground for this one so far, but on the authority of the mighty Blogtor Who and filming set photos, it's been reported that Christopher Fairbank, a familiar face from well, just about everything is to make a guest appearance in Doctor Who's new series.

Fairbank has been a regular presence in TV and film since the late 1970s, memorably playing the role of Albert Arthur Moxey in Auf Weidersehen Pet, as well as appearing in just about any novel adaptation worth its salt (The Rotters' ClubThe Line Of BeautyTess Of The D'Urbervilles and this year, Jamaica Inn). He's also tipped up in Merlin, Pirates Of The Caribbean 4, and The Fifth Element. Buy a ticket to the Dwayne Johnson-starring Hercules to enjoy all the Rock's
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BAFTA TV Awards 2014: Who's going to triumph? - live blog

Okay, so we might not be wearing our gladrags and we might not be sipping champagne, but who says a onesie and a takeaway can't be glamorous?

It's BAFTA night, and while we're not at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane with all the best and brightest from the last year of television, at least we can join the party from our sofas. Yep, we'll be blogging along with the awards - which start at 8pm on BBC One - so grab your slippers and a cuppa and join in by tweeting @digitalspy and leaving your comments below...

And as a reminder, the awards actually start in "real life" at 7pm - but we'll be doggedly going along with the television broadcast and pretending we're not an hour behind everyone else, so there's no fear of spoilers. If you want things as they happen, we'll be updating our winners' list here.
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David Threlfall, Nico Mirallegro, Ashley Walters for BBC drama The Ark

David Threlfall, Nico Mirallegro and Ashley Walters have been confirmed for new BBC drama The Ark.

The one-off drama, from the makers of Death in Paradise, is a retelling of the biblical story of Noah and The Ark.

The Not Like That, Like This actor will star as Noah, while Joanne Whalley (The Borgias, Jamaica Inn) will take the role of his wife Emmie.

Commenting on his role, Threlfall said: "The story jumped off the page at me from the first reading. It's not just a family saga but the first family saga.

"It takes its inspiration from many faiths and speaks of values which should be shared across all cultures. It was something I immediately wanted to be part of."

Emily Bevan (In The Flesh), Hannah John-Kamen (The Hour, Death in Paradise) and Georgina Campbell (One Night) have also been cast in the drama, which has been written by Hustle's Tony Jordan.
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BBC to revisit Lady Chatterley’s Lover

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BBC to revisit Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Cider With Rosie, The Go-Between and An Inspector Calls will be adapted as 90-minute dramas for a BBC1 season of early 20th century British novels and plays.

Controller Charlotte Moore and drama controller Ben Stephenson have ordered the dramas, which include Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio’s version of Dh Lawrence’s controversial 1928 novel, previously adapted for BBC1 by Ken Russell in 1993.

The sexually explicit novel, which details an affair between an upper-class woman and her gamekeeper, was censored in the UK for 30 years.

The project is a co-production between Hartswood Films and Serena Cullen Productions, and will be produced by Cullen with Sherlock exec Beryl Vertue on board as executive producer. Mercurio has written and will direct.

Meanwhile, Ben Vanstone is adapting Laurie Lee’s childhood memoir Cider With Rosie, about growing up in a Cotswold village on the verge of industrial change.

The drama will reunite Origin Pictures with Jamaica Inn
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Let's get ready to mumble! 14 amazingly incoherent performances

Let's get ready to mumble! 14 amazingly incoherent performances
Eh? What did he say?

Earlier this week, viewers complained that they couldn't make out half of what was being said in BBC One's new drama Jamaica Inn. A combination of Cornish accents and dodgy sound meant that most of the dialogue went over people's heads. Say what you want about Made in Chelsea or EastEnders, but at least you can follow what's going on.

Turn on the subtitles as Digital Spy takes a look back at some of the most confusing performances from TV and film, whether it was intentional or not.

1. Bane - Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises)

Fans of Christopher Nolan's Batman series were already concerned about Bane after seeing the first trailer. After reassurances that the sound will be altered in time for its full release, we are as confused as ever by what Bane was going on about. We thought Christian Bale's growling Batman was bad enough.
See full article at Digital Spy - Movie News »

Let's get ready to mumble! 14 amazingly incoherent performances

Eh? What did he say?

Earlier this week, viewers complained that they couldn't make out half of what was being said in BBC One's new drama Jamaica Inn. A combination of Cornish accents and dodgy sound meant that most of the dialogue went over people's heads. Say what you want about Made in Chelsea or EastEnders, but at least you can follow what's going on.

Turn on the subtitles as Digital Spy takes a look back at some of the most confusing performances from TV and film, whether it was intentional or not.

1. Bane - Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises)

Fans of Christopher Nolan's Batman series were already concerned about Bane after seeing the first trailer. After reassurances that the sound will be altered in time for its full release, we are as confused as ever by what Bane was going on about. We thought Christian Bale's growling Batman was bad enough.
See full article at Digital Spy - TV news »

Let's get ready to mumble: 13 incoherent performances

Let's get ready to mumble: 13 incoherent performances
Eh? What did he say?

Earlier this week, viewers complained that they couldn't make out half of what was being said in BBC One's new drama Jamaica Inn. A combination of Cornish accents and dodgy sound meant that most of the dialogue went over people's heads. Say what you want about Made in Chelsea or EastEnders, but at least you can follow what's going on.

Turn on the subtitles as Digital Spy takes a look back at some of the most confusing performances from TV and film, whether it was intentional or not.

Bane - Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises)

Fans of Christopher Nolan's Batman series were already concerned about Bane after seeing the first trailer. After reassurances that the sound will be altered in time for its full release, we are as confused as ever by what Bane was going on about. We thought Christian Bale's growling Batman was bad enough.
See full article at Digital Spy - Movie News »

Let's get ready to mumble: 13 incoherent performances

Eh? What did he say?

Earlier this week, viewers complained that they couldn't make out half of what was being said in BBC One's new drama Jamaica Inn. A combination of Cornish accents and dodgy sound meant that most of the dialogue went over people's heads. Say what you want about Made in Chelsea or EastEnders, but at least you can follow what's going on.

Turn on the subtitles as Digital Spy takes a look back at some of the most confusing performances from TV and film, whether it was intentional or not.

Bane - Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises)

Fans of Christopher Nolan's Batman series were already concerned about Bane after seeing the first trailer. After reassurances that the sound will be altered in time for its full release, we are as confused as ever by what Bane was going on about. We thought Christian Bale's growling Batman was bad enough.
See full article at Digital Spy - TV news »

Jamaica Inn: complaints to BBC over 'mumbling' soar to nearly 800

Flood of complaints over costume drama continues despite corporation agreeing to turn up volume for second episode

Complaints to the BBC about inaudible dialogue in Jamaica Inn have risen to nearly 800 following last night's second episode.

The BBC said it would turn up the volume on the drama, starring Downton Abbey actor Jessica Brown Findlay in the lead role, after viewers took to Twitter to complain about Monday night's opening instalment.

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Jamaica Inn: BBC investigating sound quality complaints

The BBC is investigating viewer complaints about the sound quality in new drama Jamaica Inn.

Viewers have reportedly noted that sound issues ruined their enjoyment of the first episode of Jessica Brown Findlay's drama, which debuted last night (April 21) on BBC One.

Technicians are now said to be looking into the issue in the hopes of fixing it before tonight's second episode, according to Radio Times.

"There were issues with the sound levels last night that we are currently reviewing ahead of tonight's episode," the BBC said in a statement.

The BBC were not able to confirm whether the issues related to the level or quality of the sound, or problems with the drama's original recording.

Many viewers complained about the sound quality on Twitter last night, pointing out the mix of Cornish accents and general mumbling by the characters.

Only Fools and Horses actor John Challis said: "Jamaica Inn
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Jamaica Inn episode 3 review

Review Becky Lea 23 Apr 2014 - 22:00

It's all coming to a head in this, the final episode of Jamaica Inn. Here's our review...

This review contains spoilers.

Mary faces the wrath of her uncle Joss and is dragged on a wrecking mission to steal from a ship incoming from France. Barely escaping with her life, she is locked in the inn by Patience whilst they plan to flee from the mysterious man in charge of operations. Meanwhile, Jem languishes in prison and is offered his freedom in exchange for testifying against his brother. As the net closes in around Joss, Jem is forced to take action in order to stop the mysterious man in black getting to Mary.

The final episode opens with a stunning sequence of the moment in which Mary is forced to look on as her uncle’s wrecking crew lure an incoming ship onto the rocks.
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Jamaica Inn opens with over 6 million viewers on BBC One

BBC One's new three-part drama Jamaica Inn opened with over 6 million viewers on Monday, according to overnight data.

Jessica Brown Findlay's new series was seen by 6.1m (25.1%) at 9pm. Earlier, documentary 24 Hours on Earth brought in 3.3m (5.3%) at 7pm, while a repeat of Miranda amused 3.1m (12.9%) at 8.30pm.

On BBC Two, Great British Menu gathered 1.5m (7.0%) at 7.30pm, followed by Restaurant Wars with 1.3m (5.5%) at 8pm and Business Boomers with 1.4m (5.7%) at 9pm. Rev continued with 1.1m (5.6%) at 10pm.

ITV's new Tommy Cooper biopic Not Like That, Like This interested 3.2m (15.6%) at 9pm (258,000/2.0% on +1). Earlier, I Never Knew That About Britain appealed to 2.8m (12.1%) at 8pm.

On Channel 4, Food Unwrapped's Easter special brought in 1.3m (5.2%) at 8pm (149k/0.6%), followed by One Born Every Minute with 1.7m (7.1%) at 9pm (251k/1.5%).

Channel 5's Classic Car Rescue was seen by 734k (3.1%) at 8pm. Britain's Crime Capitals attracted 570k (2.3%) at 9pm, followed by Booze,
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Origin Pictures partners with Endemol

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Endemol and Origin will jointly develop and finance a new slate of drama series for the UK and international markets, with Ewd as distributor

Producer/distributor Endemol is to enter into an exclusive first-look development and distribution deal with international drama producer Origin Pictures to take effect later this month.

The three-year deal will see Endemol provide development funding in return for exclusive first-look distribution rights on Origin Pictures television titles.

Endemol have an existing relationship with Origin, with Endemol Worldwide Distribution (Ewd) handling the distribution rights for miniseries Death Comes to Pemberley, which launched last year.

David Thompson, the former BBC Films boss who now heads Origin, said the new relationship would “allow our ideas to flourish in the international marketplace”.

Thompson launched Origin in 2008, having run BBC Films for over a decade. Origin Pictures credits include the TV movie Freefall starring Dominic Cooper, BAFTA nominated miniseries The Crimson Petal and the White starring Romola Garai, Chris
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Endemol Pacts with David Thompson’s Origin Pictures

London — Endemol has inked an exclusive first-look development and distribution pact with drama producer Origin Pictures, which is led by former BBC Films topper David Thompson.

The three-year deal will see Endemol provide development funding in return for exclusive first-look distribution rights on Origin television titles.

Endemol has an existing relationship with Origin, with Endemol Worldwide Distribution handling the distribution rights for the miniseries “Death Comes to Pemberley,” which launched at Mipcom 2013.

Origin was launched in 2008 by Thompson, who ran BBC Films for over a decade. He works alongside head of film and television Ed Rubin and head of development Claire Marshall on a wide-ranging slate of ambitious drama projects.

Origin’s television credits include the television movie “Freefall,” starring Dominic Cooper; BAFTA nominated miniseries “The Crimson Petal and the White,” starring Romola Garai, Chris O’Dowd, Gillian Anderson and Richard E. Grant; miniseries “Hidden,” starring Philip Glenister, Thekla Reuten
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Miptv: Endemol In First-Look Deal With Drama Producer Origin Pictures

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Endemol Worldwide Distribution has pacted with London-based Origin Pictures, makers of recent BBC mini Death Comes To Pemberley, in an exclusive three-year first-look deal. The partners will jointly develop and finance a new slate of drama series for the UK and international markets, marking a further push by Endemol into scripted projects. Endemol will provide development funding and will handle international rights. The pair previously worked together on Death Comes to Pemberley, which launched at Mipcom last October. Origin Pictures, founded in 2008 by former BBC Films exec David Thompson, works across television and features. Its TV credits include BAFTA nominated mini The Crimson Petal And The White and the upcoming BBC One mini Jamaica Inn starring Downton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown Findlay. On the feature side, Origin has produced 2011 horror pic The Awakening and last year’s Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
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