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James Cellan Jones obituary

Leading light in the direction and production of television drama who made his name with The Forsyte Saga

James Cellan Jones, who has died aged 88, was one of the outstanding directors and producers of British television drama during the postwar era. His single plays, series and serials, from the 1960s to the late 90s, included seven of the 26 episodes of The Forsyte Saga, televised by the BBC in 1967 and watched by audiences of up to 18 million each Sunday night.

The show was also an international success, viewed by around 100 million people in 26 countries, and set the stage for a long line of period TV dramas to follow, including Jim’s own seven-hour production of Olivia Manning’s Fortunes of War (1987), which made international stars of Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson.
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‘Masterpiece’ Launches 50th Anniversary Challenge Fund; Philanthropist Darlene Shiley Contributes $5M – TCA

  • Deadline
PBS’s Masterpiece has launched a campaign to raise $20M for a Masterpiece 50th Anniversary Fund in 2020. The fund has landed a lead gift of $5M from Darlene Marcos Shiley, chair of the Shiley Foundation, longtime public media supporter and the first face an average of 13 million Americans saw when they tuned in to Downton Abbey and caught that 10-second introductory spot.

The $5M gift is the largest to date to the Masterpiece Trust, an initiative that launched in 2011 to reach out to individual donors and families after the iconic franchise lost its main sponsor Exxon Mobil in 2004.

Producing station Wgbh said the Masterpiece Trust 50th Anniversary Challenge Fund is established in honor of “five decades of beloved programming,” including the Upstairs Downstairs, The Forsyte Saga and Prime Suspect and recent hits Downton Abbey, Sherlock, and Victoria, and to further the legacy of the series that also is by far
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Damian Lewis webchat – your questions answered on Brexit nationalists, Eton and noisy theatregoers

The Homeland and Billions star, now starring in The Goat, talked sweet packets, war heroes and the myths of private education

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Au revoir, thanks for reading. Thanks for being online, and I hope this answers some of your questions. Toodle pip - and come as see The Goat!

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SkavArt asks:

Earlier in the year you commented that it was “a nonsense” that only privately educated actors were becoming dominant in acting. Don’t you feel that, due to the lack of funding in all the arts, such as the removal of grants and increase course fees, that it’s becoming less diverse? That there isn’t the healthy mix of students from different backgrounds that there once was?

You're right, we have to protect against lack of diversity. If theatre, film, TV, dance, opera, ballet are going to remain true artforms, they must be reflective of all society.
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The trailer for Another Mother’s Son will break your heart

  • HeyUGuys
Author: Zehra Phelan

An emotionally affecting and inspiring trailer for the biographical film Another Mother’s Son has been released. The film stars Judge John Deed actress, Jenny Seagrove as Louisa Gould – one of the first recipients of Her Majesty’s British Hero of the Holocaust Awards in March 2010.

Louisa Gould was a shopkeeper in Jersey during the Second World War, in charge of handing out rations to those in the only British territory to fall under the control of the Third Reich. After learning of her son’s death in battle she takes under her wing a young Russian Pow who escaped a German Prison camp despite her family’s concerns. Singer/songwriter, and ex-Boyzone member, Ronan Keating plays her brother Harold Gould. He is no stranger to acting following his role as Guy in the West End show, Once, which earned him rave reviews.

Directed by Emmy-nominated Christopher Menaul (Summer in February,
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11 TV Shows and Movies to Cure Your Downton Hangover

11 TV Shows and Movies to Cure Your Downton Hangover
Downton Abbey has come to an end – both across the pond and here at home – but the period piece binge is just beginning.

While Downton writer and creator Julian Fellowes has two projects in the pipeline – a miniseries, Dr. Thorne, and a show for NBC, The Gilded Age, fans still have a bit to wait until those will hit their screens (Gilded Age has been said to be aiming for a 2017 release, while Dr. Thorne may be coming at the end of the year.)

In the meantime, here are 11 movies, TV shows and miniseries that will quench your period piece thirst.
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11 TV Shows and Movies to Cure Your Downton Hangover

  • PEOPLE.com
11 TV Shows and Movies to Cure Your Downton Hangover
Downton Abbey has come to an end - both across the pond and here at home - but the period piece binge is just beginning. While Downton writer and creator Julian Fellowes has two projects in the pipeline - a miniseries, Dr. Thorne, and a show for NBC, The Gilded Age, fans still have a bit to wait until those will hit their screens (Gilded Age has been said to be aiming for a 2017 release, while Dr. Thorne may be coming at the end of the year.) In the meantime, here are 11 movies, TV shows and miniseries that will quench your period piece thirst.
See full article at PEOPLE.com »

11 TV Shows and Movies to Cure Your Downton Hangover

  • PEOPLE.com
11 TV Shows and Movies to Cure Your Downton Hangover
Downton Abbey has come to an end - both across the pond and here at home - but the period piece binge is just beginning. While Downton writer and creator Julian Fellowes has two projects in the pipeline - a miniseries, Dr. Thorne, and a show for NBC, The Gilded Age, fans still have a bit to wait until those will hit their screens (Gilded Age has been said to be aiming for a 2017 release, while Dr. Thorne may be coming at the end of the year.) In the meantime, here are 11 movies, TV shows and miniseries that will quench your period piece thirst.
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Q&A: Gina McKee, actor – ‘I’d like to say sorry to my brother. I never meant to kill your frog’

‘The worst thing anyone’s said to me? At an audition, the director said, “I really wanted Helena Bonham Carter for this role” ’

Born in County Durham, Gina McKee, 51, appeared in the film Notting Hill and had a Bafta-winning role in the 1990s series Our Friends In The North. She starred in the 2002 TV series The Forsyte Saga, and her film roles include Atonement (2007) and In The Loop (2009). In 2011, she was nominated for an Olivier award for her performance in King Lear at the Donmar; she is playing The Mother at the Tricycle Theatre, London, until 5 March.

When were you happiest?

Now is pretty good; at home, the stove is burning and I’ve cleared the inbox enough to feel that I can relax.

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Here’s What’s Coming And Going From Netflix in August

It’s almost August and that means Netflix is about to give their content a refresh. Some of the notable titles leaving include: Family Ties: Season 1-7, Unbreakable, and Titanic. So if you haven’t seen some of these titles, plan your nights accordingly. We of course can look forward more than a few new titles including The Hurt Locker, White God (pictured above), and Girl Meets World season 1.

Available August 1

Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein (1999)

In this animated adventure, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore revel in their new gig at a movie theme park by wandering the grounds after hours. Among the attractions is the spooky Frankenstein’s Castle, where a real mad scientist is bringing the monster to life. But when the boys cross paths with the creature (Frank Welker), they soon learn that appearances can be deceiving, and Frankenstein is more misunderstood than malevolent.

Asylum (2005)

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What's Leaving Netflix in August 2015

So much for "Never let go": Mighty epic "Titanic" leaves Netflix streaming on August 1st.

Say goodbye to "Driving Miss Daisy," "Kiss the Girls," "The Fifth Element," "Unbreakable," "and "Face/Off" as well. These and dozens more titles will be leaving Netflix in August.

Also marked for deletion: '60s classics "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," "The Longest Day," and "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea."

And if you want to revisit the '80s sitcom "Family Ties," better get on that before August 15, when the Michael J. Fox series disappears from your queue.

Here's a complete list of the movies and TV shows that Netflix is pulling from your streaming list in August 2015. And, just so you're not left empty-handed, we've also got the list of what's new on Netflix in August 2015. (All titles and dates provided by Netflix and subject to change.)​

Leaving August 1

"Bad Girl Island
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Harry and Paul’s Story of the Twos on FilmOn’s BBC Two Channel

  • ShockYa
The 50th anniversary celebration of BBC Two is under full swing with “Harry and Paul’s Story of the Twos,” airing on BBC Two Dec. 27. The special will also air on FilmOn’s BBC Two channel. The television special, hosted by Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse, feature the presenter’s look back at the historic channel and some of their favorite memories. Here’s more about what you can expect from the special. “As part of the 50th anniversary of BBC Two, Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse present their own unique biography of BBC Two. They romp through the story of Two’s highs and lows, from imported Scandinavian dramas, via The Forsyte Saga, [ Read More ]

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The Office, Top Gear and more: BBC Two's Greatest Ever Shows

BBC Two is 50 - the British Broadcasting Corporation's second eldest child hits the half-century mark today - Sunday, April 20.

Picking out the greatest shows from five decades of broadcasting seems like a near-impossible task, but never say that Digital Spy is easily cowed. These are - in our humble opinion - the channel's finest ever offerings.

BBC Two is 50: The Hour, Bottom and more shows to bring back

The rules are as follows: shows like Red Dwarf that originated on BBC Two are eligible, but shows better associated with another channel are not - say Top of the Pops, which aired on BBC One for the majority of its run but shifted to the sister channel for its final episodes.

Oh, and we're talking only original commissions - so no Us imports either. But even that barely narrows it down, so if you think there are any glaring omissions,
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BBC Two is 50: Share your memories and thoughts

BBC Two is 50 - the British Broadcasting Corporation's second eldest child hits the half-century mark this Sunday (April 20) and, in those five decades, has delivered some phenomenally popular and powerful programming.

Kim Shillinglaw has a lot to live up to - with every channel controller from the very first, Michael Peacock, to the most recent, Janice Hadlow, serving up a range of diverse, entertaining and even groundbreaking shows.

Since 1964, BBC Two has become renowned as a home for great comedy - from the surreal The League of Gentlemen and Shooting Stars, to much-loved classics like The Likely Lads and The Goodies and modern favourites such as The Trip and The Wrong Mans.

But there's a tradition of fine drama too - running from the original The Forsyte Saga (1967) to Line of Duty (2012-present) and taking in such iconic series as I, Claudius (1976) and Edge of Darkness (1985).

Meanwhile, popular entertainment and
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The Spoils of Babylon Review: Epic Nonsense Starring Tobey Maguire & Kristen Wiig

  • PEOPLE.com
The Spoils of Babylon Review: Epic Nonsense Starring Tobey Maguire & Kristen Wiig
The Spoils of Babylon, premiering Thursday on IFC (10 p.m. Et/Pt) and produced by Funny or Die, is more correctly titled - with a significant loss of magnificent pretentiousness - Eric Jonrosh's The Spoils of Babylon. It also bills itself as an “epic television event,” but in truth boils down to a mere six half-hour episodes. And although Babylon boasts a cast that starts somewhere in the A-list (Tobey Maguire, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell), it stoops a little to accommodate a few highly respectable character actors (Tim Robbins, Michael Sheen). Then it improbably winds down to Haley Joel Osment,
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The Spoils of Babylon Review: Epic Nonsense Starring Tobey Maguire & Kristen Wiig

The Spoils of Babylon Review: Epic Nonsense Starring Tobey Maguire & Kristen Wiig
The Spoils of Babylon, premiering Thursday on IFC (10 p.m. Et/Pt) and produced by Funny or Die, is more correctly titled – with a significant loss of magnificent pretentiousness – Eric Jonrosh's The Spoils of Babylon.

It also bills itself as an “epic television event,” but in truth boils down to a mere six half-hour episodes.

And although Babylon boasts a cast that starts somewhere in the A-list (Tobey Maguire, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell), it stoops a little to accommodate a few highly respectable character actors (Tim Robbins, Michael Sheen). Then it improbably winds down to Haley Joel Osment, the former
See full article at People.com - TV Watch »

Air Date For An Adventure In Space And Time Set

We had a feeling that An Adventure in Space and Time would be aired over the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who celebration weekend, but the exact day and time were still to be specified. We have confirmation of that now, November 22nd at 9/8c on BBC America. Wouldn’t want to miss it. Here’s the official press release.

Doctor Who’s First Doctor Regenerated in BBC America’s An Adventure in Space and Time Premiering on November 22 The story of how it all began stars David Bradley, Jessica Raine and Brian Cox

What do you get when you mix C.S. Lewis with H.G. Wells, and sprinkle in a bit of Father Christmas? An alien Time Lord exploring space and time in a Police Box spaceship called the “Tardis” (Time And Relative Dimension in Space). On November 23, 1963, a television legend began when the very first episode of Doctor Who was broadcast on BBC One.
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Damian Lewis: 'The Homeland writers are desperate to kill Brody'

As Homeland returns to our screens, the actor talks about failure, family, being caned at Eton – and his future on the hit TV show

For five months of the year, Damian Lewis lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, where his hit TV series Homeland is filmed and where, after taking a break between seasons, he goes through the same acclimatisation routine. "The first week you think: I may never go home, this is amazing. The second week, you think: right, now I can get over my jet lag, this is really good fun. And then, after the second week, it's a disaster. I have kids and a wife; you spend a lot of the time quite homesick."

He is at home in London, gearing up for last weekend's UK launch of Homeland season three, which has some ground to make up after a disappointing second season. Lewis is at the zenith of his fame,
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Acorn TV Increases Programming And Exclusives For Its “Best British TV” Streaming Service

  • CinemaRetro
Foyle's War: one of the most highly acclaimed British TV shows of all time.

Silver Spring, MD; August 15, 2013 – Rlj Entertainment’s (Nasdaq: Rlje) Acorn TV, the first streaming service focused on the best of British TV in North America, announces more exclusive U.S. premieres as well as tripling its available content. Available at www.Acorn.TV and via its popular Roku app, Acorn TV brings many of the best British mysteries, comedies, and dramas, as well as select Australian, U.S. and Canadian series, to the increasing number of consumers who prefer to stream content. Previously, Acorn TV streamed a full season of 18 rotating series; moving forward, Acorn TV will add at least six new and classic series each month, as well as offering a catalog of 65 series for catch-up viewing and discovery of new series, with no set end dates. Acorn TV also continues to offer a free 30-day trial.
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Band of Brothers – Where are they now?

Twelve years ago, HBO put to screen a miniseries that was one part Television event, one part historical drama, which had the considerable backing of executive producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks and the hype of being something of a spiritual successor to their highly acclaimed war film Saving Private Ryan. Through ten one hour long episodes, essentially using TV as a medium to explore a vast and epic journey through the Second World War that would simply be impossible to map on the big screen, and with Stephen E Ambrose’s critically acclaimed non-fiction book as source material and a huge cast representing a collective of real world heroes, one of the most ambitious storytelling exercises the small screen has ever mounted was brought to life. The result was much fanfare, both critically and among the masses, a recurring trope that continues to this day, and the fledgling start
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PopWatch Planner: Katniss grabs the torch from Olympics, 'The Closer' says farewell

PopWatch Planner: Katniss grabs the torch from Olympics, 'The Closer' says farewell
The Olympics are almost finished, but archery’s greatest heroine is set to return this week when The Hunger Games arrives on home video. Jennifer Lawrence helped the first installment of the dystopian franchise split the box-office bulls eye, cashing in more than $400 million, and the blockbuster gets a special Saturday Blu-ray release. With midnight purchase parties, it could conceivably hurt the movies actually opening in theaters and make them… Expendable.

Sunday, Aug. 12

Olympics closing ceremonies and men’s basketball final, NBC

The closing ceremonies are notoriously a pot-luck affair, with the host nation dusting off every native-born international star
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