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Hugh Grant Joins Guy Ritchie’s ‘Toff Guys’ Gang

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Hugh Grant Joins Guy Ritchie’s ‘Toff Guys’ Gang
Exclusive: Hugh Grant is boarding Miramax’s Guy Ritchie-directed gangster feature Toff Guys.

Written by Ritchie with Marn Davies and Ivan Atkinson, Toff Guys returns the British filmmaker back to his Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch roots. The pic explores the collision between old-money European wealth and the modern marijuana industrial complex with new gang entrants swarming.

Grant joins Matthew McConaughey, Kate Beckinsale and Crazy Rich Asians breakout Henry Golding who have already been announced. The Four Weddings and a Funeral Star will play Fletcher, a British gossip journalist with a reputation of going into people’s lives, and undoing them. Miramax closed a $30 million-plus world rights deal and committed to finance the pic in May ahead of the Cannes market.

The new studio under beIN Media Group Chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi and CEO Bill Block is on a roll this month with Halloween which they co-financed with Blumhouse and produced.
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Pete McTighe on the journey from ‘Wentworth’ to ‘Doctor Who’

Pete McTighe.

As the originating writer of Wentworth, Pete McTighe never imagined he would be able to fulfill a childhood dream of joining the creative team on the BBC’s Doctor Who.

So he was shocked when he got an email from Chris Chibnall, the showrunner on the iconic show’s 11th season, who was aware of his work which includes episodes of Glitch, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Winners & Losers and Nowhere Boys.

A few days later they chatted on Skype. The result: “Suddenly I found myself plonked right at the heart of Doctor Who, in the engine room,” the UK-born McTighe tells If.

“It’s not like I didn’t work for it – I’d sacrificed a lot and focused a great deal of time and energy over many years to get to the stage where I could even be in the frame for a job this massive
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Emma Thompson to Star in HBO Limited Series ‘Years & Years’

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Emma Thompson to Star in HBO Limited Series ‘Years & Years’
Emma Thompson has been cast to star in “Years & Years” from writer Russell T. Davies, it was announced Thursday. The six-part limited series is a Red Production Company production, in co-production with HBO, BBC One and Canal+.

Here’s the logline for the series: “As Britain is rocked by unstable political, economic and technological advances, we follow the Lyons family as their complex lives converge on one crucial night in 2019. Then, over the next 15 years, the twists and turns of everyday life are explored as we find out if this ordinary family could ever change the world.”

Thompson will play Vivienne Rook, an outspoken celebrity turned political figure whose controversial opinions divide the nation. She’s a new breed of politician, an entertainer, a rebel, a trickster, and her rise to power leads us into an unknown future.

Also Read: HBO Picks Up 'Icebox' Feature About 12-Year-Old Honduran
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Emma Thompson to Play Celebrity-Turned-Politician in BBC, HBO’s ‘Years & Years’

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Emma Thompson to Play Celebrity-Turned-Politician in BBC, HBO’s ‘Years & Years’
Emma Thompson will play a charismatic celebrity-turned-politician in “Years & Years,” the upcoming future-set family drama from Russell T. Davies, whose extensive credits include “Doctor Who” and “Queer as Folk.”

The limited series will go out on the BBC in the U.K., HBO in the U.S., and Canal Plus in France, with the three coproducing. Studiocanal banner Red Production Company is making the six-parter.

The story follows one British family, the Lyons, over 15 years, starting in 2019, through political instability, technological advances and a changing economy. “We find out if this ordinary family could ever change the world,” the producers said in a statement.

Thompson (“Saving Mr. Banks”) will play Vivienne Rook, an outspoken celebrity-turned-politician, whose controversial opinions divide the nation. Rory Kinnear (“Peterloo”) is cast as Stephen Lyons, a financial advisor and the family’s peacekeeper. He is married to Celeste, played by T’Nia Miller (“Marcella”), an ambitious accountant.
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Emma Thompson to Star in HBO-BBC Limited Series 'Years & Years'

Emma Thompson to Star in HBO-BBC Limited Series 'Years & Years'
HBO and the BBC are teaming up for Years & Years, a limited series led by Emma Thompson and Rory Kinnear that follows a family navigating the uncertainties of life in a near-future United Kingdom.

The six-episode series, created by Russell T. Davies (Doctor Who, A Very English Scandal) and produced by StudioCanal's Red Production Copmany, will air on HBO, BBC One and Canal+ in 2019.

Years & Years begins in 2019 with Britain rocked by unstable political, economic and technological changes. It will follow members of the Lyons family as their lives converge on one night, and then over ...
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John Barrowman Hopes New Doctor Who Showrunner Brings Back Torchwood

Torchwood, the fan favorite Doctor Who spinoff, has been off the air for 7 years now. But star John Barrowman still hopes that it could return somehow now that its former showrunner, Chris Chibnall, holds the top spot on the flagship BBC sci-fi series.

While speaking to Radio Times, the actor who played the immortal Captain Jack Harkness opposite both Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant and on his own show, revealed that he’d attempted to get a reboot of Torchwood off the ground a while back, taking the idea to different U.S. networks – including The CW, the home of Barrowman’s other big series, Arrow.

“I was doing meetings with different production companies all around the Us including the CW, and the one things out of everyone’s mouth was ‘How would we get a hold of Torchwood? To do it?’ And I thought ‘That’s an interesting question,
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Hugh Grant on the ‘moving’ and ‘important’ ‘Paddington 2’ and the ‘voyeuristic joy’ of ‘A Very English Scandal’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

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Hugh Grant on the ‘moving’ and ‘important’ ‘Paddington 2’ and the ‘voyeuristic joy’ of ‘A Very English Scandal’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
Hugh Grant was as surprised as everyone else about his BAFTA nomination for “Paddington 2,” mostly because “it’s not a classic awards-type film. It’s a kid’s film, it’s a sequel, it’s animated.” Yet Grant snagged a Best Supporting Actor bid for playing Phoenix Buchanan, a narcissistic, washed-up actor with his sights set on the friendly title bear’s fortunes. Released in the U.K. last December, “Paddington 2” opened stateside in early January to critical raves (it holds a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes) and is now eligible at the Oscars. Watch our exclusive video interview with Grant above.

Grant relished the opportunity to spoof his profession, donning a variety of costumes and personas to portray a pompous thespian. Though he wouldn’t name names, he reveals that he “created him out of scraps of old actors I’d worked with in my 20s in the provincial theater in England.
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Nicola Shindler Appointed CEO of Studiocanal UK

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British TV veteran Nicola Shindler (“Happy Valley”) has been appointed CEO of Studiocanal’s U.K. office following the departure of Danny Perkins earlier this year. Shindler currently runs the Studiocanal-owned Red Production Company, which she founded in 1998.

In her new role at Studiocanal UK in London, Shindler will be in charge of setting up and spearheading a new in-house film production arm to develop British films, tapping into the U.K.’s vast talent pool. Studiocanal recently launched an in-house production banner in France and is preparing to bow one in Germany.

Shindler will work closely with Ron Halpern, who will continue to head third-party productions around the world, including in the U.K.

Shindler, who will start her new position on Oct. 1, will report to Didier Lupfer. She will also retain her position as CEO of Red Production Company, where Richard Fee, Michaela Fereday and Jemma Rogers will
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‘The End of the F***ing World’ Renewed for Second Season

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Channel 4 and Netflix have renewed “The End of the F***ing World” for a second season. The renewal was one of a number of new commissions – including a new drama from Russell T. Davies (“Queer as Folk”) – announced by the British broadcaster ahead of the Edinburgh Television Festival.

BAFTA- and Emmy-nominated “The End of the F***ing World” enjoyed the best launch week ever for an exclusive single series or stunt launch when it debuted on All 4, the broadcaster’s streaming platform, last October. The teen comedy drama, which was created and written by Charlie Covell, based on a graphic novel by Charles S. Forsman, then launched on Netflix in January, finding a new legion of fans.

“We’re so proud that this global success story began at Channel 4 and that a second series is on its way,” said Beth Willis, Channel 4’s head of drama. “Charlie’s witty,
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Pamela Post Upped to Head of Scripted for MTV, VH1 & Logo

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A month after MTV launched MTV Studios with an inaugural slate that includes Daria and Aeon Flux revivals, Pamela Post, Svp Original Programming & Head of West Coast for MTV, VH1 and Logo, has been elevated to Head of Scripted for the MTV, VH1, and Logo Group. In this expanded role, Post will oversee scripted programming for all three networks as well as for the newly launched MTV Studios.

The top scripted position in the group has been vacant since Maggie Malina stepped down as head of scripted for MTV and VH1 in February.

As part of a new Viacom mandate implemented in early 2017, both MTV and VH1 focused their programming efforts on unscripted programming. All of their existing scripted series were canceled with one exception, the upcoming rebooted third season of MTV’s Scream. But there have been a handful of scripted/animated projects going through the development pipeline over the past year,
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Pamela Post Named Scripted Head for MTV, VH1, Logo

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Viacom veteran Pamela Post has been promoted to head of scripted programming for MTV, VH1, and Logo. In her new role, Post will lead scripted efforts for the three cable channels as well as the recently launched MTV Studios.

Post will continue to head the channel group’s West Coast office and serve as executive producer on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Among the projects she will spearhead in her new role are upcoming revivals of “Aeon Flux” and “Daria,”

“Pam is a passionate and gifted storyteller with exceptional leadership skills,” said channel group general manager Amy Doyle, to whom Post will continue to report. “She continually inspires me and I know she will bring all of her energy and creativity to this expanded role.”

Post returns to the scripted world where she made her mark at Team Todd as VP of production, serving as associate producer for HBO’s “If
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David Tennant Reveals How He Was Offered The Role Of Doctor Who

It’s hard to imagine Doctor Who without David Tennant nowadays. While Christopher Eccleston, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi all have their ardent fans, the man who played the Tenth Doctor is routinely voted the most popular of the revived series, with his tenure in the Tardis – which stretched from 2005 to 2010 – often seen as one of the golden eras of the show.

While speaking with BAFTA in New York recently, the Scottish actor opened up about how he was originally cast in the role of a lifetime. He revealed that he had no idea that this was on the cards when he was suddenly offered the part of the Doctor, as he thought his meeting with then-producer Russell T. Davies was just about giving him a sneak peak at Eccleston’s season.

“I was in Russell T. Davies’s front room, who was the showrunner. He’d just completed season
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Hugh Grant, Stephen Frears Added to Edinburgh TV Lineup

Hugh Grant, Stephen Frears Added to Edinburgh TV Lineup
Hugh Grant's first significant small-screen role in over 20 years has earned him a starring appearance at the upcoming Edinburgh TV Festival.

The actor will be part of the award-winning team — including writer Russell T. Davies and director Stephen Frears — behind the acclaimed drama A Very British Scandal to give a master class at the event. The miniseries, which saw Grant play real-life U.K. politician Jeremy Thorpe who stood trial for conspiracy to murder his secret ex-lover, received critical acclaim when it aired on BBC One last month, and recently headed to the U.S....
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How to Make Very British TV Like ‘A Very English Scandal’ a Global Sensation, According to Russell T. Davies

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How to Make Very British TV Like ‘A Very English Scandal’ a Global Sensation, According to Russell T. Davies
If the state of things today is a source of frustration, know that Russell T. Davies is right there with you. “What a mad world we live in at the moment. Everything seems to get hotter and madder and stranger and faster,” he said to IndieWire the day his new miniseries, “A Very English Scandal,” began streaming on Amazon Prime.

The openly gay Welsh writer pointed to the current global sports obsession as just one example of that. “We’re all hopping around Russia celebrating because the World Cup’s there, and all the stuff about the politics of Russia seems to have been forgotten,” he said. “My nighttime television is now full of people celebrating all over Russia, a country that’ll happily lock men like me up. Before the World Cup, we were all going, ‘Oh, is it right to forgive them their laws on homosexual rights? Should
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‘A Very English Scandal’ Review: Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw’s Affair Sets Britain Ablaze in a Fun Yet Tragic True-Life Tale

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‘A Very English Scandal’ Review: Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw’s Affair Sets Britain Ablaze in a Fun Yet Tragic True-Life Tale
For a series that features more than a little explicit anal sex, there’s something charmingly proper about “A Very English Scandal,” the Stephen Frears-directed three-part limited series just imported stateside by Amazon Prime. A perfect three-hour binge starring Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw, the series excels at taking a singular and somewhat obscure story and making it universally relatable, all while very much living up to its title.

Written by Russell T. Davies, whose credits include creating the original “Queer as Folk” (and thus giving us the gift of a gay romance between Littlefinger from “Game of Thrones” and Jax from “Sons of Anarchy”), “Scandal” focuses on the alleged affair between real-life figures Jeremy Thorpe (Grant) and a young man named Norman Scott (Whishaw), who are first shown as secret lovers during an era in Britain when living as a homosexual man was illegal. But what happens after
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‘A Very English Scandal’ Review: Amazon’s Quick Romp of Mistakes, Misdeeds, & Attempted Murder

Adapted from John Preston’s book of the same name, A Very English Scandal chronicles the true story of a member of the British Parliament, Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) and his entanglement with one Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw), including a trial for conspiracy to murder. Taking place in the 1960s and 1970s, and starting out when homosexuality was considered a crime in England, the miniseries (written by Russell T. Davies and directed by Stephen Frears) is a fast-paced and quirk-filled account of the lengths Thorpe went to to keep Scott silent about their relationship. Aided by his close …
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U.K. Greenlit: 2 BBC Series on the Way, Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’ Is Casting for a July Shoot

Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition! “The Split”BBC primetime divorce drama “The Split” is set to return for a second series. Written by Abi Morgan (“The Iron Lady”), the first series starred Nicola Walker as a divorce lawyer caught between the arrival of her estranged father, played by Anthony Head, and the breakdown of relations with her husband, played by Stephen Mangan. Abi Morgan will return to write the second series, which will shoot in late 2018 and early 2019. Casting directors Victor Jenkins and Beverley Keogh are expected to return. “Years and Years” Following the success of “A Very English Scandal,” writer Russell T. Davies is to return with dystopian drama “Years and Years” for the BBC. Set in Manchester,
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Georgia Tennant Says She Was Never Asked To Return To Doctor Who

One of the most interesting one-off Doctor Who characters has to be Jenny, the Doctor’s clone daughter.

Showing up back in season 4’s fittingly-titled “The Doctor’s Daughter,” Jenny was created from the Time Lord’s DNA and looked to be an interesting addition to his life. However, at the end of the episode she flew off into space on her own, never to be seen or heard from again.

Naturally, the question of what happened to Jenny was one that Doctor Who showrunners Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat were asked a lot by fans over the years. And, in order to draw a line in the sand, the pair jokingly agreed that she’d simply flown straight into the moon at the end of the episode and died. Though not exactly what folks wanted to hear, it was still assumed to be canon by the fandom.

Now,
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Former Doctor Who Showrunner Russell T Davies Writing Dystopian Family Drama For BBC

Russell T. Davies, the man responsible for the early success of the Doctor Who reboot, is coming back to television with a new drama on The BBC. Deadline reports Davies is writing a "dystopian family drama" by the name of Years and Years for the network, which sounds a bit different from the average dystopian affair.

The story begins with a busy family in Manchester in 2019 and then will follow that family 15 years into the future in addition to capturing some of the crucial moments that change the world along the way. Examples include Britain withdrawing from Europe, China asserting itself as a superpower, and America becoming an isolated nation. The story picks up with a British politician Vivienne Rook who is noted for her trickery, ability to induce terror, and as a former entertainer. 

It sounds a bit politically driven with some obvious parallels to modern society, although I'm
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‘Doctor Who’ Writer Russell T. Davies to Pen BBC Family Drama ‘Years and Years’

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‘Doctor Who’ Writer Russell T. Davies to Pen BBC Family Drama ‘Years and Years’
Doctor Who” scribe Russell T. Davies is time-traveling once again, this time for a family drama set in a near-future, fast-changing world. Davies is teaming with “Happy Valley” producer Red Production Company on “Years and Years,” which has been greenlit by the BBC.

The show will follow the lives of a single family, the Lyons, over 15 years in a Britain rocked by political change and economic and technological advances. “When their lives all converge on one crucial night in 2019, the story accelerates into the future, following the lives and loves of the Lyons over the next 15 years,” the producers said.

In a near future in which Britain has left the EU, America is isolationist, and China increasingly powerful, the story also takes in the rise to power of Vivienne Rook, a new breed of politician, entertainer, and rebel.

Studiocanal-owned Red and Davies are frequent collaborators. He and Red’s founder,
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