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Wme To Represent Me+You Productions As ‘Sick Of It’ Producer Eyes U.S. Scripted Push

An Idiot Abroad and Sick of It producer Me+You Productions is to make an aggressive push into the U.S. after striking an exclusive representation deal with William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (Wme).

Under the two-year deal, Wme will represent Me+You’s drama and comedy properties in North America. The British company, which was established by Richard Yee and Krishnendu Majumdar, was previously represented by CAA in the U.S., but largely for its non-scripted titles.

Me+You recently produced Sky One comedy drama Sick of It, created and written by Karl Pilkington and Yee. The six-part series is being launched at Mipcom by BBC Studios. Similarly, Sky Vision will be selling Me+You’s three-part as-yet-untitled anthology series that was announced last week for Channel 4. The series, which is written by The Escape’s Dominic Savage, stars Crazy Rich Asian’s Gemma Chan, Minority Report’s Samantha Morton
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Gemma Chan To Star In Dominic Savage-Penned Anthology Series For UK’s Channel 4

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Gemma Chan To Star In Dominic Savage-Penned Anthology Series For UK’s Channel 4
Crazy Rich Asians’ Gemma Chan is to star in an anthology drama series for UK’s Channel 4, written by Dominic Savage, the writer of Gemma Arterton-fronted feature The Escape.

Chan, who also starred in AMC and C4 co-pro Humans, will appear in the three-part series, as will Minority Report’s Samantha Morton and This Is England and Line of Duty star Vicky McClure.

The as-yet-untitled series has been developed and co-authored with the leading actors, with themes including relationships, identity and empowerment. The trilogy explores the experience of three women in moments that are emotionally raw, thought-provoking and utterly personal.

It is produced by An Idiot Abroad indie Me+You Productions with Savage and Richard Yee exec producing. Series producer is Me+You co-founder Krishnendu Majumdar with co-producers John Pocock (Chewing Gum) and Faiza Tovey (Uncle). The series was co-funded by Sky Vision, which will handle global distribution.
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Stephen Graham Joins ‘Line Of Duty’: Series 5

One of the best shows on British television is the brilliant Line Of Duty and, over the years, in the four seasons that have debuted so far, we’ve seen the likes of Lennie James, Keeley Hawes, Daniel Mays, and Thandie Newton amongst its cast, alongside regularsMartin Compston, Vicky McClure, and Adrian Dunbar. Series 5 is on the way and is now filming, and the BBC has seemingly confirmed a huge coup for the new run, Stephen Graham. More on the Stephen Graham Line Of Duty news below.

Stephen Graham Line Of Duty casting – Actor will join series 5

The show comes from creator and writer Jed Mercurio, the mind behind the hugely successful Bodyguard, which had its gripping finale run on British television last Sunday night. Richard Madden played the title character in the show, which is set to roll out via Netflix to the rest of the world later in October.
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‘Misfits’ Producer Clerkenwell Developing Scripted Series With Sbtv Founder Jamal Edwards – Sheffield Doc/Fest

‘Misfits’ Producer Clerkenwell Developing Scripted Series With Sbtv Founder Jamal Edwards – Sheffield Doc/Fest
Clerkenwell Films, the British production company behind teen sci-fi drama Misfits and Netflix and C4’s The End of the Fxxxing World, is developing a scripted series based on the life of British entrepreneur Jamal Edwards.

Edwards, the founder of online video channel Sbtv, which was responsible for helping the careers of pop stars such as Ed Sheeran and Rita Ora, said that the series would be akin to Michaela Coel’s Chewing Gum, which debuted on E4 and is available on Netflix globally.

He revealed the news at the Sheffield Doc/Fest, where he was hosting a session titled Jamal Edwards MBE: Sbtv, Music and Mental Health with The Revolution Will Be Televised’s Jolyon Rubenstein. Edwards began his career filming videos on a UK housing estate and has since moved on to record interviews at 10 Downing Street and the Bermuda Triangle, which finding time to take selfies with Royal
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Sheffield Doc/Fest reveals 2018 programme

Sheffield Doc/Fest reveals 2018 programme
Over 200 projects announced, including 37 world and 70 UK premieres.

UK documentary festival Sheffield Doc/Fest has unveiled the programme for its 25th edition, which runs from June 7-12 this summer.

Amongst the titles are a screening of McQueen, Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui’s film about the late British fashion designer Alexander McQueen composed of archival footage and personal testimonials.

Last month Sean McAllister’s A Northern Soul was announced as the opening night film.

Scroll down for the full list of films in competition

The 2018 official competition jury includes documentarian Mark Cousins, director Sophie Fiennes and artists Liv Wynter and Samson Kambalu.
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Meera Syal: ‘I was asked for my autograph in a smear test’

The actor and writer on singing on a bus, netball and stretch marks

Born in Wolverhampton, Syal, 56, wrote the screenplay for the 1993 film Bhaji On The Beach; her first novel, Anita And Me, won the Betty Trask Award in 1996. She co-wrote and starred in the award-winning BBC comedy Goodness Gracious Me and was Bafta nominated in 2003 for her role in The Kumars At No 42. She stars in Abi Morgan’s new BBC1 drama The Split. She is married to the actor Sanjeev Bhaskar and lives in London.

What is your earliest memory?

My mum used to take me home from nursery on the same bus as a load of ladies coming out of a factory at the end of their shift. I used to stand at the front and sing requests. They’d shout out, “Sing us Puppet On A String, love”. I would sing the hit parade while sand
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Vicky McClure: ‘What makes me unhappy? A bad cup of tea’

The actor on Julie Walters, eyebrows and why she misses video shops

Born in Nottingham, Vicky McClure, 34, trained at The Television Workshop, where she was discovered by Shane Meadows. She appeared in his 1999 film A Room For Romeo Brass and won a Bafta for her role as Lol in the This Is England series. Her other work includes Line Of Duty and Broadchurch, and she is currently starring in the ITV2 comedy series Action Team. She is engaged to the actor and writer Jonny Owen.

When were you happiest?

Christmas Day in Nottingham. I am happiest when I am with all of my family, and last year Jonny and I got engaged.

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Anna Maxwell Martin, David Wilmot, Vicky McClure & Daniel Mays To Front BBC Ira Bombing Drama

Philomena's Anna Maxwell Martin, The Alienist's David Wilmot and Line of Duty stars Vicky McClure and Daniel Mays are to front a British drama based on the events of the Ira's 1993 bombing of Warrington. The drama, Mother's Day, will air on BBC Two as a 90-minute one-off, produced by BBC Studios and written by Murdered For Being Different's Nick Leather. The Warrington bombings saw the terrorist organization plot two separate bomb attacks in the British city, killing two…
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Line Of Duty series 5: writing gets underway

Kirsten Howard Feb 15, 2018

Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio is hard at work on series 5, he revealed yesterday...

Some people enjoy receiving a bunch of flowers for Valentine's Day, or a box of choccies. Maybe even some sexy undies, if you're feeling dangerous.

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But for some of us, there's nothing more romantic than the smell of a new series of Line Of Duty in the air, and so we were over the moon to get a lovely gift from the show's creator Jed Mercurio yesterday, who lovingly (we may be reading too much into this) announced on Twitter that he'd just started writing series 5 of the hit BBC drama...

Cheers, Martin, just started writing series 5 ...

— Jed Mercurio (@jed_mercurio) February 14, 2018

Gosh, this is all terribly sudden and unexpected, but...oh, what the hell! Yes! We will marry you,
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Jodie Whittaker Opens Up About Doctor Who Secrecy, Apologizes To Phoebe Waller-Bridge For Bearing The Brunt Of Rumors

It’s fair to say that the commotion preceding Doctor Who‘s unveiling of Jodie Whittaker almost brought the Internet to a standstill.

Before it became public knowledge that the Thirteenth Doctor was, in fact, a woman, scores of big-name Hollywood actors were linked with the hit BBC series – Kris Marshall, Ben Wishaw, Tom Rosenthal, Vicky McClure…you name it – including Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

The soon-to-be Han Solo actress came into contention two months ago, before being ruled out of the race altogether due to her ongoing commitment to that galaxy far, far away. But in that brief period of time, Waller-Bridge was arguably the hot-tipped favorite to become the next Time Lord, and that’s something Jodie Whittaker addressed while appearing on BBC Radio 2 (via Digital Spy).

Not unlike the recent James Bond news, Whittaker was sworn to secrecy before the BBC announced her to be the first female Doctor,
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Broadchurch

Network: BBC AmericaEpisodes: 24 (hour)Seasons: ThreeTV show dates: August 7, 2013 -- August 16, 2017Series status: EndedPerformers include: David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan, Jonathan Bailey, Carolyn Pickles, Matthew Gravelle, Arthur Darvill, Adam Wilson, Joe Sims, Charlotte Beaumont, Simone McAullay, Tanya Franks, Pauline Quirke, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Charlotte Rampling, Eve Myles, William Andrews, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, James D'Arcy, Susan Brown, Will Mellor, Vicky McClure, Meera Syal, Hollie Burgess, Peter De Jersey, Steve Bennett, Benji Yapp, and Oskar McNamara.TV show description:      This crime drama series revolves around the murder of an 11-year old whose body is discovered on a local beach. Detective Inspector Alex Hardy (David Tennant) is brought in to head up the murder investigation in the small seaside town of Broadchurch. His partner is local Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman).The two
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge now bookmakers’ favourite for the next Doctor in Doctor Who

With Peter Capaldi set to make his exit from Doctor Who in this year’s Christmas Special, the speculation as to who will be the next actor to take on the iconic role of the Time Lord is really heating up.

Although Death Valley star Kris Marshall was widely tipped to have already secured the role of the Thirteenth Doctor, we now have a new bookies’ favourite in Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, while Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum) and Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) have both entered the betting after an influx of bets pointing towards the first ever female Doctor.

“A female Doctor Who definitely looks to be in the making as women dominate the betting after a massive reshuffle off the back of Peter Capaldi filming his final scenes as the time lord,” said Aoife Heffron of BoyleSports. “When the news broke that Capaldi would be stepping down as Doctor Who,
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Two Shot Podcast: Craig Parkinson's luvvie-free chat about acting

The Line Of Duty villain takes a ‘brew-up and dive in approach’ to his interviews with actors. First up it’s his former co-star Vicky McClure

Craig Parkinson, best known as bent copper Dot Cottan in Line Of Duty, has just launched Two Shot Podcast (iTunes). It’s a labour of love in which he interviews his friends about acting and, like all great TV villains, he comes across as a likable sort.

The podcast is the antithesis of a luvvie-darling discussion, a point made clear by every single thing his first guest and Line of Duty co-star Vicky McClure says. They meet in McClure’s kitchen in Nottingham and after Parkinson presents her with a packet of posh breakfast tea and a multipack of cereal, it’s slippers on and down to business.

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Jawbone Premiere Interviews: Ray Winstone, Michael Smiley, Johnny Harris & more

Author: Jon Lyus

Last night the boxing drama Jawbone held its Premiere at the BFI Southbank with cast members Michael Smiley, Ian McShane, Ray Winstone and the director Thomas Napper. They were joined by the writer and star of the film Johnny Harris.

Also attending the premiere were Line of Duty star Vicky McClure, the wonderful bearded Nick Frost as well as Paul Weller, who contributed to the film’s soundtrack. Boxing consultants Barry and Shane McGuigan walked the red carpet too.

Scott Davis and Collin Hart were on the red carpet – here’s how they got on.

Jawbone Premiere Interviews

Jawbone will be released in UK cinemas on 12 May.

A brutal, poignant, and authentic movie inspired by the world of amateur boxing, with a lost soul fighting for his life at its bloody beating heart.

A former youth boxing champion, Jimmy McCabe (Johnny Harris), is a man desperately in search of hope,
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Adrian Dunbar interview: Ted Hastings, Line Of Duty

Simon Brew May 7, 2017

As Line Of Duty series 4 arrives on disc, we chat to the man who plays Britain's newest superhero, Adrian Dunbar. Diesel sucking ahead...

The hero we need right now? That’s Si Ted Hastings, the unbreakable – well, he better be – chief of AC-12, the unit that’s held us rapt for four series of Line Of Duty and counting. Ted is the man with morals of iron. He sucks diesel like no other. And the man who brings him to the screen, Adrian Dunbar, spared us some time for a chat, before he had to get back to bringing down bent coppers.

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Hello! How are you?

Yeah, mate! Good [I’ve never met Si Hastin… Adrian Dunbar before, but clearly I'm thrilled he’s called me mate]. Just got the news that we’ve been commissioned for a sixth series!

I just saw that. I trust you’re going to fill me in with spoilers
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Win Line of Duty Series 4 on DVD

The critically acclaimed BBC crime drama Line of Duty returned for its fourth series this year and it’s released on DVD 8th May alongside the Line of Duty 1-4 Complete Box Set from Acorn Media International. To celebrate we have 2 copies of series four to giveaway on DVD.

Thandie Newton plays Dci Roz Huntley, under pressure from her superiors to apprehend a serial murderer after months of fruitless investigation. When another young woman is abducted, Roz is on the scene to track down and charge a 24-year-old man. But doubts around the young man’s guilt lead the chief forensic investigator (Jason Watkins) to the police anti-corruption unit AC-12.

With suspicions that Roz is ignoring forensic evidence that might prove the young man’s innocence, Superintendent Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) places DS Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) undercover inside Roz’s team to dig deeper into the case. With DS Steve Arnott
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The lying game: why unreliable TV narrators matter in the Trump era

Thrillers like The Replacement and The Oa are defining post-truth fiction in a post-truth era. Can prestige TV help us win back reality?

When it comes to quality drama, we’ve never had it so good. But the latest age of peak TV has coincided with the rise of a very different kind of storytelling. One played out on news channels rather than Netflix. The practitioners are ideological fabulists – your Trumps, your Milos, your Nuttalls – and while they might lack basic craft, intellectual rigour and moral discipline, when it comes to telling their tall tales they are worryingly prolific in their attempts to own the narrative. When real life is wilder than Westworld, how can TV compete?

Joe Ahearne, the writer and director behind BBC1’s recent workplace thriller The Replacement, has witnessed the rise of alt-truth in public life with relatable exasperation. The Replacement’s ultra-capable antagonist Paula (Vicky McClure
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The Replacement episode 3 review

Louisa Mellor Mar 14, 2017

Vicky McClure and Morven Christie were the highlights of The Replacement’s melodramatic, soap-like finale…

This review contains spoilers.

Praise be for the three-parter. Even when the narrative wheels come off, as they did in spectacular fashion in The Replacement’s ludicrously overblown finale, you’re still quids-in when it comes to your time investment. A dodgy last hour after two decent instalments is forgivable, especially when it’s all so bonkers you can’t look away.

Episode three put pay to all the subtle ambiguity over who was really the crazy one and vindicated our girl Ellen by exposing Paula not only as Kay’s killer but also as the villain from the Saw films. The blue-eyed monster hatched a plan so complicated that even after watching the episode twice and taking notes each time, I could still use a steer on what actually happened.

Here
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The Replacement episode 2 review

Louisa Mellor Mar 8, 2017

Who is really the villain in this story? The plot thickens in part two of BBC One psychological thriller The Replacement

This review contains spoilers.

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Hoo boy. You could cut the tension in that sandstone Victorian villa with a chic, designer knife. After Paula’s resigned “Fine, you win”, it wouldn’t have felt out of place for her to draw a sword, toss one to Ellen and leap onto the coffee table to have this out once and for all by clashing steel over the tasteful soft furnishings. That’s how powerful the animus is between these two.

They don’t need swords, of course. The laser beams shooting out from Vicky McClure’s limpid baby blues are weapon enough. The same goes for Morven Christie’s bright, false smile. Every flash of either this week took
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The week in TV: The Nightly Show; The Replacement; Broadchurch; Prime Suspect 1973; Catastrophe

Morven Christie and Vicky McClure are deliciously vicious in the BBC’s new drama, while Alec and Ellie are back to their best

The Nightly Show (ITV) ITV Player

The Replacement (BBC) | iPlayer

Broadchurch (ITV) | ITV Player

Prime Suspect 1973 (ITV) | ITV Player

Catastrophe (C4) | All 4

What a difficult business it must be having ITV as a friend. Brightly new-pin sharp some days, radiating intelligence; the next day a bleary, weary fright of a mess, both cock-boastful and wheedlingly needy. On one hand, the channel continues to produce some of the finest drama currently on show on, yes, the planet. On the other, the channel continues to showboat its contempt for news and current affairs by not only moving News at Ten to 10.30 but, now weaving like a drunk trying to remove his trousers, replacing it with The Nightly Show.

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