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James Norton on ‘Gareth Jones,’ Working with Agnieszka Holland and Lessons from History (Exclusive)

Filming is just about to wrap on “Gareth Jones,” Agnieszka Holland’s latest film, about the intrepid Welsh journalist of the title and his efforts to report on the Holodomor, a manmade famine in 1930s Soviet Ukraine. “War & Peace,” and “McMafia” star James Norton plays Jones, and the cast includes Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”) and Joseph Mawles (“Game of Thrones”). Norton spoke to Variety about working with Holland, the modern resonance of the story, and the recurring Russian themes in his work.

What was your gut feeling when you heard about “Gareth Jones”?

My initial reaction was intrigue and surprise that I hadn’t heard of this guy before. What I love about these kind of jobs, and acting in general, I guess, is that they always give you an opportunity and a reason to embark on a mini-research trip. In my history classes we definitely did the Holocaust,
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The Tunnel

Network: PBS. Episodes: 24 (hour). Seasons: Three. TV show dates (Us): June 18, 2016 — August 5, 2018. Series status: Ending. Performers include: Stephen Dillane, Clémence Poésy, Angel Coulby, James Frain, Joseph Mawle, Keeley Hawes, Tom Bateman, Jeanne Balibar, Thibaut de Montalembert, Jack Lowden, Cedric Vieira, and Sigrid Bouaziz. TV show description: A British-French crime drama, The Tunnel TV series follows UK Detective Karl Roebuck (Dillane) and French Detective Elise Wassermann (Poésy). In the first season, when a French politician is found dead in the middle of the Channel Tunnel (i.e. Chunnel), these two officers are dispatched to investigate on behalf of their countries. Thanks to a discovery made at the scene of the crime, the French and British
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‘Troy: Fall of a City’ Review: ‘The Iliad’ Becomes Just Another Story in Netflix Series That Tells Greek Mythology by the Book

Few stories in history have such a clear starting point as the feud of Troy and Sparta, as told by Homer in the annals of Greek mythology. A literal classic tale of affection, duty, honor, family, and betrayal that plays out on a bloody stage, the aftermath of Paris and Helen’s legendary affair is the stuff that poetry and mythology are made of.

Perhaps it’s because the story has been told so many times before, or because its characters seem destined to a fate already predetermined by thousands of years of its telling, but the new Netflix/BBC co-production “Troy: Fall of a City” feels timeless in precisely the same way that all other incarnations of the story have. Without much reinvention, except to maybe appease some of the spectacle that guides one the biggest shows on television right now, it’s not so much an adaptation of the story for current times,
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Trailer For Netflix's Troy: Fall Of A City - "An Epic Story of Love and War, Intrigue and Betrayal"

The epic story of the Trojan War is being retold in a new series at Netflix called Troy: Fall of a City. It looks like they are taking a Game of Thrones style approach to telling this legendary story.

The tale of the Trojan War has been told many times over the years, the most famous account is Homer's The Iliad. But, I'm sure many of you also remember Wolfgang Peterson’s Troy, which starred Brad Pitt. I think I enjoyed that film more than most people. It has some cool stuff in it.

Now, we have this new series which follows the story of when the prince of Troy, Paris, elopes with the queen of Sparta, Helen. Here's the synopsis:

An epic story of love and war, intrigue and betrayal. When Helen and Paris fall in love, they trigger a chain of events that threatens their families and the city of Troy.
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Review: Game of Thrones – Season 7 – Episode 6

Well… that happened then.

If last week went by at a break neck pace, this week really takes the cake. Dragons, White Walkers, dead bears and Olympic medal running – hell, this episode seems to go by faster than it took to leak online.

So, we pick up pretty much where we left off last week – Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) is leading a suicide mission North of the Wall to convince sociopath Cersie (Lena Headey) that zombies are more important than her claim to the throne that came out of nowhere. All he wants to do is capture one of the extras off The Walking Dead, traipse it down to King’s Landing and solve all the show’s problems in one go. Jon and co spend quite a bit of time drinking in the Northern sights – and then literally all hell breaks loose.

But before we get to that, let
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Good News: Game of Thrones' Benjen Stark Is Still a Babe Out of Costume

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Good News: Game of Thrones' Benjen Stark Is Still a Babe Out of Costume
Jon Snow lost his uncle Benjen during Sunday night's episode of Game of Thrones. The heartbreaking death (which we didn't actually see) came when Benjen rescued Jon (Kit Harington) from the sea of oncoming White Walkers and wights, giving his nephew his horse to get back to the Wall while he was left to fend for himself. While Benjen hasn't been on the show a lot over the years, he always pops up at extremely important times, making fans love him that much more. He's mysterious, brave, and pretty sexy with that long hair and facial scar. While some Got characters look drastically different on real life, Benjen, played by Joseph Mawle, still has his character's general persona even out of costume. While Joseph doesn't have long hair or that scar, there's no mistaking those beautiful eyes. Related52 Must-See Photos of the Game of Thrones Cast Out of Character
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Game of Thrones: A Brief History of Benjen Stark, [Spoiler]'s Icy Savior

Game of Thrones: A Brief History of Benjen Stark, [Spoiler]'s Icy Savior
Warning: This post contains spoilers for Sunday’s Game of Thrones.

Fire met ice in a big way on Sunday’s Game of Thrones… but it wasn’t Dany’s fire-breathing dragons that ultimately saved Jon Snow from the chilly clutches of the Night King.

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Instead, Benjen Stark — a character we last saw in the Season 6 finale — swooped in to rescue Jon Snow just as the undead army was closing in. Benjen sacrificed himself (we think), allowing Jon to take his horse to escape back to Eastwatch. But saving Starks from certain
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The Tunnel

Network: PBS. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates (Us): June 18, 2016 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Stephen Dillane, Clémence Poésy, Angel Coulby, James Frain, Joseph Mawle, Keeley Hawes, Tom Bateman, Jeanne Balibar, Thibaut de Montalembert, Jack Lowden, Cedric Vieira, and Sigrid Bouaziz. TV show description: A British-French crime drama, The Tunnel TV series follows UK Detective Karl Roebuck (Dillane) and French Detective Elise Wassermann (Poésy). In the first season, when a French politician is found dead in the middle of the Channel Tunnel (i.e. Chunnel), these two officers are dispatched to investigate on behalf of their countries. Thanks to a discovery made at the scene of the crime, the French and
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26 new UK TV shows to look out for

Louisa Mellor Jun 1, 2017

Some exciting new UK drama and comedy commissions are making their way to TV over the next year or so…

We know, we know. You still have two episodes of Fargo season two before you can think about starting season three. You’ve already fallen behind on American Gods. Your planner memory is chock-a-block with Big Little Lies and that Oj Simpson thing and some Spanish prison series your workmate bullied you into recording. You’re struggling to make time for Twin Peaks. New Game Of Thrones is just around the corner. And guess what, Netflix UK have just added a whole new season of It’s Always Sunny, those sods. You need a list of new TV show recommendations like you need a hole in the head.

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And yet, as long as they keep making them, we’ll keep recommending them.
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'Game of Thrones' Everything to Know: Arya Stark and Her History of Violence

Welcome to The Hollywood Reporter's "Everything to Know" series. Starting with Game of Thrones, THR's Westeros guru Josh Wigler will offer an in-depth guide about, well, everything there is to know about one particular topic within the complex universe.

The Starks have suffered in myriad ways. Four of the family members have lost their lives — violently — since the start of Game of Thrones, three butchered via a pair of House Bolton betrayals, two of them beheaded. The ones who are still alive — and that includes Jon Snow (Kit Harington), who was briefly dead, and Benjen Stark (Joseph Mawle), who is...
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‘Troy: Fall Of A City’: Bella Dayne, Louis Hunter & More Join BBC/Netflix Epic

BBC One/Netflix co-production Troy: Fall Of A City has set its cast with Louis Hunter, Bella Dayne, David Threlfall, Frances O'Connor, Jonas Armstrong, Joseph Mawle, Tom Weston-Jones, David Gyasi, Johnny Harris and Chloe Pirrie among those strapping on sandals for the epic tale of mortals and gods. Produced by Wild Mercury in association with Kudos, Troy is written by The Night Manager‘s David Farr. The drama is filming on location in Cape Town and will premiere in the UK…
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Review: Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season on Blu-ray

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Out today is the Blu-ray edition of Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season from HBO Home Entertainment.

We previously reviewed the Digital HD version of the season here but there are new elements to consider with the box set.

The vast majority of Digital HD releases do not come with the bonus features, extra, and Easter Eggs we have come to know and love about the disc format. As a result, the Digital HD version is a nice add-on for on-the-go viewing, but the complete immersive experience, the special features add interviews, behind-the-scenes information, commentary, and deleted scenes to enhance your appreciation of the material. This season set, though, does come with some, but all, the extras found on the Blu-ray box set.

This season was a mixed bag with incredibly strong storytelling undercutting its strength by not surprising us. No one, except readers of the novel, expected
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Ripper Street series 5 episode 4 review: The Dreaming Dead

Becky Lea Jul 11, 2017

After the previous episode's reflective calm, Ripper Street series 5 delivers an action-packed, dramatic instalment...

This review contains spoilers.

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5.4 The Dreaming Dead

The news of two bodies in the fishseller’s cottage soon reaches Whitechapel, thanks to Robin Sumner who fled the scene of his mother and uncle’s deaths. Reid and Jackson head straight to the cottage only to find that Dove has already scoured the place of evidence. They instead devise a plan to find the bodies, dumped in the river, in order to connect the murders to Nathaniel. Neither of them are prepared for the revelation of to what lengths Dove will stoop in order to save his brother and reputation. Meanwhile, Shine continues his pursuit of Reid, now more determined than ever when it is revealed that the pain plaguing him is likely a fatal brain tumour.
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Ripper Street series 5 episode 1 review: Closed Casket

Becky Lea Jun 20, 2017

With characters on the run and battle lines drawn, Ripper Street series 5, airing now on BBC Two, gets off to a strong start...

This review contains spoilers.

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5.1 Closed Casket

The fifth and final series of Ripper Street starts a mere three days after the final events of the fourth series, opening with the funeral of Bennett Drake. Reid (Matthew Macfadyen), Jackson (Adam Rothenberg), and Susan (MyAnna Buring) remain hidden in the sewers, still reeling from Drake’s death at the hands of the feral Nathaniel (Jonas Armstrong). Nathaniel’s brother, Augustus Dove (Killian Scott) sets about covering up his own actions as well as his sibling’s. To aid this, he brings back an old Whitechapel nemesis, Jedediah Shine (Joseph Mawle), last seen beaten into submission by Drake, as the new Chief of H division and commands him to track down Reid.

The fourth series’ climactic scenes were designed to shatter the status quo that was the investigative team of Lehman Street. Even when the relationship between Reid, Drake, and Jackson was fractious, they were united in their common desire to clean up the streets of Whitechapel by whatever means necessary. Losing Drake, and therefore the strong presence of Jerome Flynn, is a risk to the established dynamic of the show as the chemistry of the three central characters was often its strongest element.

How the series manages without Flynn in the longer term of course remains to be seen, but there is enough intrigue in this first episode that Drake’s loss is felt solely on an emotional level, rather than in Closed Casket’s construction. Time is spent with protagonists and antagonists alike, all of whom deal with Drake’s death in different ways. Though her scenes are brief, Charlene McKenna’s performance is heart-wrenching as the grief of losing her husband overcomes Rose and she runs away from her home. Macfadyen and Rothenberg are as reliable as ever, stoic and focused in their ambition to avenge their friend.

The episode itself reflects that stoicism; aside from Rose and Matilda’s respective scenes and a short moment in which Susan catches sight of Connor outside Dove’s home, the emotions are somewhat downplayed. There’s a new, more sombre version of the theme tune, befitting the mournful turn of events and used to establish the quieter tone that the episode goes for. It works well, particularly in the more sinister moments, such as Dove sweeping Connor into his arms, or Matilda coming face to face with an old foe of her father’s. When the heightened, emotional scenes do come, the contrast helps them land more effectively.

In the midst of this fallout, Closed Casket has a lot of set-up to do, as well as reminding everyone of what has gone before. Naturally, it feels a little slow as a result, a deliberate and steady attempt to move the characters into position for the coming episodes. As the dire nature of Reid, Jackson, and Susan’s respective situations become clearer and more obstacles are found to be in their way, the episode picks up pace towards a final scene that is still more about scene-setting than action, but with the added bonus of firmly establishing the opposite sides of this series’ struggle.

Introducing old faces is never an easy task , especially when they have been absent for two series. Thankfully, having an actor with the presence of Joseph Mawle is a good hand to play and the second he strides in, the memory of Shine’s awfulness comes flooding back. Shine is one of the best antagonists to cross Reid’s path and Mawle’s spitting performance is set up in perfect opposition to the ever calm and methodical Macfadyen. Though kept separate for this episode, the anticipation of their inevitable confrontation bubbles under the surface, ready to build as the series progresses.

The returning secondary characters continue to provide capable support. Thatcher finds himself in his element with Shine in control and Benjamin O’Mahoney’s cocksure attitude is undercut beautifully in the climactic scene of the episode. Anna Burnett is given some of the more emotional work to do as Matilda is faced with surviving without her father and the newfound knowledge of his violent acts. Both Armstrong and Scott remain impressive as the chalk-and-cheese Dove brothers, one struggling to control his inner animal, the other the very definition of calm manipulation.

With characters on the run, stakes raised, and battle lines drawn, it’s a strong start to the fifth series. Ripper Street has steadily become a more consistently good show during its runtime and if the current trajectory holds, it will finish its time with us on a considerable high.

Read Becky's review of the series four finale, Edmund Reid Did This, here.

This review was originally posted in October 2016.
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Celebrating the movie roles of Eddie Marsan

Mark Harrison Oct 11, 2016

We salute the film work of one of Britain's very best, and most versatile, film actors: Mr Eddie Marsan...

Eddie Marsan isn't just one of the best British actors working today – he's also one of the busiest, appearing in all kinds of supporting roles in major movies, while also appearing on TV a lot, on both sides of the Atlantic. He was fantastic as the latter lead in BBC One's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell last year and he's also a regular on Showtime's Ray Donovan as Ray's brother Terry, an ex-boxer suffering from Parkinson's disease.

On the big screen though, it's Marsan's versatility that really makes him so watchable. He's had attention grabbing turns in minor roles in blockbusters like Hancock, Mission: Impossible III and Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes films, but he's also at home amongst a big ensemble in more serious fare like Spielberg
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Ripper Street: series 5 October release date confirmed

Louisa Mellor Sep 27, 2016

The fifth and final series of Ripper Street will arrive on Amazon Video in the UK on Wednesday the 12th of October...

All six episodes of series five in Richard Warlow's Victorian-set crime drama Ripper Street will arrive on Amazon Video in the UK on the 12th of October.

Series five, announced earlier this year as the show's final run, began filming in Dublin this March. The speedy turnaround means that fans watching via the streaming service will be treated to two series in a single year.

Amazon rescued the detective drama after its cancellation by the BBC in 2013, giving Warlow the chance to expand the story of Edmund Reid and co. with three further series. 

According to the Amazon press bumf, the show's six final episodes "make up one single story. Our heroes become fugitives, forved to operate outside the law as they pursue the
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Review: Game of Thrones Season 6 on Digital HD

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The sixth season of HBO’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones demonstrated one of the key differences between novels and television. The mass medium of television brings with it certain expectations by its audience and producers, hoping to curry favor for repeated patronage, sometimes ignore their instincts and give the fans what they want. Authors rarely so succumb, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle being the best known example of giving the readers what they wanted.

In the five books released to date, Martin has continually confounded, angered, and relentlessly surprised his readers. Characters succeed, fail, survive, and die as the story dictates, not because fans have made certain characters popular.

Therefore, this season is a mixed bag with incredibly strong storytelling undercutting its strength by not surprising us. No one, except readers of the novel, expected Ned Stark to die or what was to happen at the Red Wedding.
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Game of Thrones: Creators Talk Season Seven, Episode Count and Series' End

In the wake of the Game of Thrones season six finale, creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are talking about the upcoming seventh season and how close they are to mapping out the series' end. As they have previously done, the duo cited a total episode count of 73 episodes, telling Deadline, "Call it 73 for now." That is, it sounds like HBO will give them the wiggle room they need to properly wrap up the hit fantasy drama.The pair also addressed the upcoming seventh season, specifically mentioning Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey); what Benjen (Joseph Mawle) told Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright), before he took his leave; as well as Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington).Read More…
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'Game Of Thrones' Producers On The Secret Behind [Spoiler]'s Shocking Return

'Game Of Thrones' Producers On The Secret Behind [Spoiler]'s Shocking Return
Last night on HBO's "Game of Thrones," a character who hasn't been seen since the first season makes a surprising appearance. Benjen Stark (Joseph Mawle), Ned Stark's brother and former Night's Watch First Ranger, came in from the cold to save Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and Meera (Ellie Kendrick) from the wights. Though he was presumed dead, Benjen explains he was stabbed by a White Walker and left to die, only to be revived with dragonglass by the Children of the Forest. Naturally, his appearance asks more questions than answers, leaving fans of the series to speculate about future events. EW sat down with "Game of Thrones" co-executive producer Bryan Cogman, who also wrote the episode, to expand on the secret behind his return, the reaction to Hodor's demise, the theatre troupe scenes, and more. Read More: Review: 'Game of Thrones' Season 6 Episode 6, 'Blood of My Blood
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Game of Thrones Episode 6.6 Recap: Guess Who Is Back?

Game of Thrones Episode 6.6 Recap: Guess Who Is Back?
Episode 6 of Game of Thrones "Blood of My Blood", does not begin with Hodor miraculously alive. The gentle giant is dead, but did indeed hold the door long enough for Meera (Ellie Kendrick) and Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) to escape into the woods. Bran is still in the trance. He sees a montage of the events that led up to this point. The White Walkers are front and center, but we do get a glimpse of The Mad King and his stockpile of Wildfire in the vision. This has to be an important set up for the eventual showdown with The Night King. He wakes up as they are surrounded by the undead. Meera valiantly covers him; a masked rider swinging a mace of fire comes to their rescue. He pulls them unto his horse and they escape into the forest.

Sam (John Bradley) and Gilly (Hannah Murray) arrive at
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