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Russell T Davies: the government treats the BBC with contempt

Queer as Folk writer and Doctor Who producer hits out as he receives lifetime achievement award at Edinburgh festival

The writer Russell T Davies has criticised the government for treating the BBC with contempt, as he collected a lifetime achievement award at the Edinburgh television festival.

Davies, who is responsible for acclaimed hits including Queer As Folk, Casanova and Cucumber, accused ministers of “warding off the BBC” while focusing too much attention on satisfying Rupert Murdoch.

Related: BBC drama chief calls for fewer 'dark' shows and more inspiring tales

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‘Queer as Folk,’ ‘Doctor Who’ Showrunner to Receive Edinburgh Achievement Award

‘Queer as Folk,’ ‘Doctor Who’ Showrunner to Receive Edinburgh Achievement Award
British screenwriter Russell T. Davies, famed for his groundbreaking gay series “Queer as Folk” and the successful reboot of “Doctor Who,” will receive the Edinburgh TV Festival’s Outstanding Achievement Award next month.

The festival announced Tuesday that Davies will pick up the award in the Scottish capital on Aug. 24 and hold an onstage conversation with longtime collaborator Nicola Shindler of Red Production Co.

Davies revived “Doctor Who” for the BBC in 2005 and spun off two additional series, “Torchwood” and “The Sarah Jane Adventures.” A champion of gay-themed stories, he also created the “Cucumber,” “Banana” and “Tofu” series for Channel 4. Other works by Davies include “Bob & Rose,” “The Second Coming,” and Casanova.

The Bafta-winning writer is currently adapting “A Very English Scandal,” about British politician Jeremy Thorpe, who was accused of putting out a contract on his wife’s life, for the BBC. The show will air on flagship channel BBC One in 2018, and will be
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Afm: Ddi boards David Tennant rom-com 'You, Me And Him'

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Exclusive: Ddi boards rom-com starring Lucy Punch, Faye Marsay, David Tennant and Simon Bird of The Inbetweeners.

Toronto-based Double Dutch International chief Jason Moring announced on Tuesday that the company has acquired worldwide sales rights to the rom-com formerly known as Fish Without Bicycles.

David Warner and Simon Bird of The Inbetweeners BBC series and feature have joined David Tennant, Lucy Punch and Faye Marsay.

Daisy Aitkens makes her feature directorial debut and production is set to begin on October 31 in the UK based on Aitkens’ original screenplay.

Moring and his team will commence sales at the Afm next week on You, Me And Him, about a driven lawyer and her hedonistic girlfriend who must re-examine their relationship after befriending a Casanova-type neighbour.

Phin Glynn, Harriet Hammond and Georgia Tennant of Bad Penny Productions are producing.

”You, Me And Him is perfect counter-programming to the usual Afm line-ups,” said Moring. “This fresh rom-com
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Torchwood at 10: revisiting its origins

Andrew Blair Oct 18, 2016

As Doctor Who spin-off, Torchwood approaches its tenth anniversary, we rewind a decade to revisit its BBC Three origins...

BBC 3 was first connected with Doctor Who as a channel mentioned in The Dæmons (1971), and in 2005 became the broadcaster of Doctor Who Confidential (which ran from 2005 – 2011), providing the new series with accompanying documentaries akin to the existing DVD range. These were initially full of clips from the show's history, then became more about the making of the contemporary series. On top of this, 2006 saw the broadcast of Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood.

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This came about as part of BBC Wales' drive to produce more drama series, and Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies' desire to
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Amazon commissions its first original UK drama series The Collection

Amazon is broadening its reach with the new UK drama series The Collection, a first of its kind for the streaming service. The show is to be produced by BBC Worldwide’s Lookout Point, which also produced Ripper Street and co-produced the upcoming rendition of War and Peace.

As reported by Deadline, the series was created by Ugly Betty exec producer Oliver Goldstick and will consist of eight hour-long episodes. The Collection details the rise of an illustrious Paris fashion house and per THR tells the story of two brothers who “emerge from the dark days of the Nazi occupation and into the golden age of design and business.”

Emmy-winning director Dearbhla Walsh (Penny Dreadful, The Tudors) has been tapped, along with production designer Alison Dominitz (Casanova) and costume designers Chattoune & Fab (Dheepan, Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky). The Collection will be exec produced by Anne Thomopoulos (Rome, Borgia).

“We’re
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Who's Cool in Who? Rating the 13 Doctors

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Doctor Who is returning next week for it's ninth season. Peter Capaldi is back once again in the title role. He's gotten good reviews for his portrayal of the character. Capaldi is the 13th actor to play the eponymous Time Lord hero. Cinelinx looks back at the previous decades of Doctor Who and rates all the lead actors of the show's long history.

The First Doctor (Played by William Hartnell) was an aging, eccentric curmudgeon. He had little patience and he didn't suffer fools gladly. He could be very intolerant and dismissive of his traveling companions (except for his beloved Granddaughter Susan) although he started to lighten up as the show went on, learning to enjoy a bemused chuckle once in a while. He started out as an anti-hero but slowly grew into the selfless hero we know today.

Actor Score: A- *His ailing physical condition prevents him from getting
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Casanova pilot review

Directed by Delicatessen's Jean-Pierre Jeunet and written by The Americans' Stu Zicherman, new Amazon pilot Casanova is worth a watch...

One of two dramatic pilots to land on Amazon Prime recently, Casanova stars Diego Luna as the eponymous Venetian, recently escaped from imprisonment in the Doge’s palace and on the run to Paris, determined to right his ways and prove himself to be more than his debaucheries. All, however, does not go to plan. He immediately falls into the political game of the French court, finding himself caught between the ongoing machinations of Madame Pompadour (Bojana Novokovic) and his old friend, de Bernis (Ben Daniels).

When you think of Giacomo Casanova, sex is probably the first thing that comes to mind. His infamous debaucheries and reputation for seduction have formed the basis for various adaptations, including the rambunctious BBC version with David Tennant in the title role.
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House Creator's Sneaky Pete Pilot Gets Second Chance on Amazon

House Creator's Sneaky Pete Pilot Gets Second Chance on Amazon
As anticipated, Sneaky Pete — a drama co-created by House‘s David Shore and Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston — will get a second chance at life via Amazon Instant Video’s unique pilot preview process.

Amazon will debut the pilot on Friday, Aug. 7, after which viewers can provide feedback on whether a full season should be ordered.

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Originally developed (but passed on) by CBS, Sneaky Pete stars Giovanni Ribisi as a a con-man who, after leaving prison, hides from his past by assuming the identity of his cellmate, Pete. He thus moves in with
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Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner, BBC Execs Behind ‘Doctor Who,’ Launch Bad Wolf (Exclusive)

Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner, BBC Execs Behind ‘Doctor Who,’ Launch Bad Wolf (Exclusive)
London — Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner — the former BBC executives responsible for “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood” and “Da Vinci’s Demons” — have launched U.K./U.S. production company Bad Wolf to produce high-end TV and film for the global television market. The company, which has the support of the Welsh government, will be co-sited in South Wales and Los Angeles.

The company is putting together an ambitious production slate. Development deals with U.S. networks and studios are close to being agreed to, with discussions also under way with U.K. and European broadcasters.

Bad Wolf will have its production base at a permanent studio in South Wales, and is forecast to attract in the region of £100 million ($155 million) to the economy of Wales over the next 10 years.

Tranter and Gardner were at the helm of the BBC’s drama division until 2008, and together with Russell T. Davies they relaunched
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Carlos Antonio León and Thomas Piedra join forces in 'The 8-6' - Los Angeles Acting Auditions | Examiner.com

best friends Carlos Antonio León ("Shadowland", "The Secret of Joy") and Thomas Piedra ("Complot") have joined forces to bring to life a story that's inspired in true events. "The 8-6" (aka "Los OchoSeis") is an urban story highlighting the activities of a band of thugs well known in the Caracas's scene in the mid 1980's. The film will recreate the spirit of the 80's while focusing on the type of delinquency that was common in Venezuela during those days, a stark contrast with today's mercenary-like style of crime that the South American country is dealing with. With the assistance of some of the band's surviving members, Piedra ensembled a top notch crew that includes Javier Mujica as writer and director of the film, Ernesto Ceballos (actor and writer), Claudia Lepage ("The Longest Distance") and David Da Silva as executive producers. Piedra and León will also act in the film as Paco and Casanova respectively.
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Doctor Who: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About David Tennant

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David Tennant is known and loved by Doctor Who fans for his portrayal of the Tenth Doctor but his career has gone from strength to strength since he left the Tardis behind.

Thanks to his award winning roles in shows such as Broadchurch, Blackpool and Casanova (and that’s not forgetting a certain long running sci-fi series), he has firmly established himself as one of the most successful and versatile actors working in Britain today (he keeps trying to conquer the Us but thus far his effort have been in vein).

His countless performances on the stage and the screen – both big and small – have earned him countless of prestigious awards as well as a legion of dedicated followers who have devoted their lives to following and supporting his career.

As such, this list wasn’t designed for them (let’s face it, what don’t they already know about him?
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Queer As Folk cast - Then and Now: What the show's stars did next

A Russell T Davies TV project is always something to be excited about. From gifting us Queer as Folk to saving Doctor Who, he has given us a lot to be grateful for over the years. Hence why his various comeback series on Channel 4, E4 and online later this month are being greeted with such a sense of anticipation.

Cucumber, Banana and Tofu come 16 years after Davies shook up TV with Queer as Folk and his new shows look likely to be just as exciting, exploring the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life with a candid sense of humour.

But will it create as many stars as Davies's previous Channel 4 series? Here's what happened to the Queer As Folk stars after it ended in 2000.

Aidan Gillen (Stuart)

After playing the sexually rampant Stuart, Gillen landed a role in what many critics claim to be the "greatest
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How Doctor Who series 8 tapped into horror

The directors of Doctor Who's latest series brought back the scares in a big way. Well, fear is a superpower...

Warning: contains spoilers for every episode of the eighth series of Doctor Who.

We were promised back in August that the Peter Capaldi era of Doctor Who would mark a departure from the adventurous fairy tale approach of Matt Smith's run.

“Darker” and “edgier” are buzz words that have been applied to countless Hollywood sequels, but the eighth series actually lived up to that promise and by September, the tabloid press were dispensing think-pieces about whether or not it had become too scary for children (“scary” here standing in for “complicated” in Smith's era and “heretical” when David Tennant got a lift off a couple of angel robots in Voyage Of The Damned.)

All moral panics aside, this series brought back the scares in a big, bad way.
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New Who Review: “In the Forest of the Night”

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A great actor once said “never work with children or animals.” This episode features both, and once again, the axiom proves true. The students of Coal Hill School have a sleepover in the museum of natural history, and wake up…

In The Forest Of The Night

By Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Directed by Sheree Folkson

London, and indeed the whole world, ha been engulfed by dense, fireproof forests overnight. The Doctor assumes it’s an act of aggression, but with the help of the kids of Coal Hill School, including one very sensitive girl, the real threat to Earth is identified. But are they too late to realize they’ve been attacking the wrong side?

This is another episode where the main plot and the threat of the week is almost overwhelmed by the staggering character work. Wonderful camera work from the director (the steadi-cam run around the top deck of the
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Doctor Who series 8: Frank Cottrell Boyce confirmed

Frank Cottrell Boyce completes the line-up of writers for Doctor Who series 8...

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As teased earlier in the week, novelist and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce (24 Hour Party People, Millions) is indeed the writer of an episode in Doctor Who's new series.

Now the news is official, the BBC has released a smattering of details about Boyce's episode, which will feature a cast of child actors including young Harley Bird (the actress who lends her voice to CBeebies character Peppa Pig), and is to be directed by Sheree Folkson (Casanova, The Decoy Bride).

In the official press bumf about the news, Steven Moffat gave Boyce's script a raving endorsement as "pure magic - and everyting I could have hoped for from the genius behind the Olympics opening ceremony!! Doctor Who is born anew in the mind of a genius".

Boyce joins fellow series eight writers Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Phil Ford,
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Benedict Cumberbatch: Not Sexy Enough for ‘Sherlock'?

Benedict Cumberbatch: Not Sexy Enough for ‘Sherlock'?
Generally we trust the BBC to be the arbiter of all things sexy, but a new admission from “Sherlock” showrunner Steven Moffat throws that reputation into serious doubt. During a recent appearance at the Hay Festival, Moffat explained that the BBC initially pooh-poohed the idea of “Doctor Who” star David Tennant in the 2005 miniseries “Casanova” because he wasn't sexy enough. Also read: Benedict Cumberbatch Replaces Guy Pearce Role in Johnny Depp's Whitey Bulger Biopic And you should probably break out the smelling salts, because the British broadcasting company thought the same thing about Benedict Cumberbatch. “They said of casting David Tennant as.
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BBC didn't think Benedict Cumberbatch was sexy enough to play Sherlock Holmes

BBC didn't think Benedict Cumberbatch was sexy enough to play Sherlock Holmes
Cumberbitches, cover your eyes. You won’t like what you’re about to read.

According to Radio Times, Sherlock and Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat revealed at Monday’s Hay Festival that the BBC wasn’t always happy with his casting choices. Specifically: They didn’t think David Tennant was a sexy enough Casanova, and shockingly, they thought the same of Cumberbatch, who apparently lacked a certain sex appeal.

“They said of casting David Tennant as Casanova, ‘Damn, you should have cast someone sexier’,” Moffat said. “With Benedict Cumberbatch, we were told the same thing. ‘You promised us a sexy Sherlock,
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Benedict Cumberbatch not sexy enough to play Sherlock, said BBC

Benedict Cumberbatch wasn't considered sexy enough to play Sherlock Holmes, according to Steven Moffat.

The Doctor Who and Sherlock writer admitted at Hay Festival that the BBC were sceptical about his decision to cast Cumberbatch in Sherlock and David Tennant in Casanova (via Radio Times).

He explained: "They said of casting David Tennant as Casanova, 'Damn, you should have cast someone sexier'. With Benedict Cumberbatch, we were told the same thing. 'You promised us a sexy Sherlock, not him.'"

However, both actors ended up winning legions of admirers in their respective roles.

Tennant has gone on to star in Broadchurch and its Us remake Gracepoint, while Cumberbatch has appeared in films like Star Trek Into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave and August: Osage County.

Moffat said that there are some drawbacks to Cumberbatch's international success, particularly the difficulty scheduling future episodes of Sherlock.

"It can be quite annoying if you're scheduling a damn show,
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Benedict Cumberbatch Not Considered Sexy Enough for 'Sherlock'

It may seem mad, but the BBC reportedly didn't think Benedict Cumberbatch was sexy enough to play Sherlock Holmes.

That's the word from "Sherlock" showrunner Steven Moffat, who recently revealed that he had to fight to secure his chosen lead for the series after BBC brass declared that Cumberbatch didn't have the looks to bring the legendary detective to life. Speaking at the U.K.'s Hay Festival of Literature and Arts on Monday, Moffat also said that the Beeb wasn't too keen on his selection of then-unknown (and future "Doctor Who" star) David Tennant to play the heartthrob Casanova in another series.

"They said of casting David Tennant as Casanova, 'Damn, you should have cast someone sexier,'" Moffat told the crowd. "With Benedict Cumberbatch, we were told the same thing. 'You promised us a sexy Sherlock, not him.'"

Anyone who's ever called themselves a Cumberbitch would dare to disagree,
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BBC Had Issues With Cumberbatch Sex Appeal

"Sherlock" and "Doctor Who" showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed that U.K. public broadcaster The BBC initially weren't sold on actors Benedict Cumberbatch and David Tennant as leading men.

Why? They weren't "sexy enough". Moffat tells The Radio Times:

"They said of casting David Tennant [in a mini series] as Casanova: 'Damn, you should have cast someone sexier.' With Benedict Cumberbatch, we were told the same thing. 'You promised us a sexy Sherlock, not him.'"

Of course both have since gone on to great success. Cumberbatch's fame in particular has been an issue for Moffat who jokes "It can be quite annoying too if you're scheduling a damn show."

Source: THR
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