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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Clerkenwell Films

Clerkenwell films is a UK production company based in Clerkenwell, London. It was founded in 1998 by actor John Hannah and director Murray Ferguson. During that time, they have produced television shows for both the UK and international broadcasters. Some of the platforms on which their series are shown include the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Sky, E4, and Netflix. Some of their shows include ‘The End of the F***ing World’, ‘Lovesick’, ‘Misfits’, and ‘Afterlife’. Here are five more things that you probably do not know about the production company Clerkenwell Films. 1. BBC Worldwide Has a Stake Many of the

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Lesley Sharp webchat – your questions answered on football, female roles and lipsyncing with David Tennant

Currently starring in Simon Stephens’ version of The Seagull, Lesley Sharp talked about creating characters with Mike Leigh, teaming up with Suranne Jones, writing her first novel – and the joy of animated caterpillars

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Thanks very much - great questions! It's been lovely. Farewell!

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Hi Lesley, I love everything you’ve done, you’re an inspiration. What has been your favourite thing so far, and is there something you’re longing to do but haven’t yet?

Actually, The Seagull is one of the things I've longed to do for a very long time. Going on stage is always a process that causes anxiety and nervousness. You don't know whether you'll end up with something you can wholeheartedly commit to for the length of time you've got to perform it. This has been one of those moments that is intensely pleasurable - the play,
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Ghostwatch: Behind The Curtains creator interview

Craig Lines Oct 31, 2016

We chatted to Rich Lawden, the maker of documentary Ghostwatch: Behind The Curtains, about the haunting legacy of Pipes...

When Ghostwatch screened on BBC1 in 1992, it received a record number of complaints from viewers who were upset, shocked, terrified or angry about it. Worried that perhaps they had gone too far, the BBC refused to rebroadcast it and, as a result of its relative obscurity, the show took on a near-mythical cult status. However, one young viewer it made a huge impression on was Rich Lawden who, twenty years later, would release a passionate and comprehensive documentary (Ghostwatch: Behind The Curtains) that covered everything you could ever want to know about the programme but were afraid to ask.

See related Marvel's Luke Cage episode 13 viewing notes: You Know My Steez The Punisher: 5 new cast members and 2017 release confirmed

With both Ghostwatch and Behind The Curtains released this
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Teachers: funny, honest, unglamorous comedy drama




A fond look back at UK comedy drama Teachers, starring a pre-The Walking Dead and post-This Life Andrew Lincoln...

Fifteen years ago, Andrew Lincoln wasn’t the guy from The Walking Dead. He wasn’t even the creepy guy from Love Actually (the one with the signs. Not any of the other creepy guys). No, he was the guy from This Life that was getting a show all of his own in which to charm the viewing masses. That show was Teachers. And charm us he did.

Set in a secondary school in Bristol, Teachers was good enough to make us actually want to go back to school – or, for those of us who were still at school when it started, to wonder if some of the ridiculous rumours we were making up about the staff shagging each other might actually be true after all.
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Midwinter Of The Spirit episode 3 review

ITV's Midwinter Of The Spirit heads into its ultimate good vs evil showdown with a fast-paced barnstormer of a finale...

This review contains spoilers.

“You are not ready! Spiritually, or mentally!” yells Rev. Huw Owens (David Threlfall) midway through the final fifty-minute instalment of Midwinter Of The Spirit. If you’ve made it this far into the three-parter, you’ve already been spiritually and mentally tested with a crucifixion murder, the desecration of a local church, and lots – and lots – of character cigarette breaks. You’re ready for a finale of heel-face turns, shocks, and jittery SFX that look like nicotine withdrawal. But us viewers aren’t the yell-ees for Huw – that’s Merrily Watkins (Anna Maxwell-Martin) he’s shouting at, still swaying from her daughter (Sally Messham) having pissed off with a Satanic restaurateur (Siobhan Finneran) at the end of the previous episode, plus that pesky demonic possession thing
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Midwinter Of The Spirit episode 2 review

ITV's wickedly wonderful Midwinter Of The Spirit continues to provide more intrigue than you can shake a crucifix at...

This review contains spoilers.

Life – and death, it turns out – sure ain’t easy for Deliverance Minister Merrily Watkins (Anna Maxwell-Martin), what with her having just found colleague and crazy old coot Canon Dobbs (David Sterne, making an early exit) chilling at home with a slit throat. But that’s just the latest strife she’s been saddled with since taking on her new Exorcist job – there’s that crucifixion killer still at large to deal with; the dead Satanist that keeps showing up to poke at the cut she’s got festering on her hand; and trouble from her teenage daughter (Sally Messham), who’s taken to hanging out with a middle-aged woman she met in a pub toilet. Boy, Merrily, it sure must suck a witch’s deathly cold
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Ed Westwick Signs With ICM Partners

Gossip Girl alum Ed Westwick has signed with ICM Partners. He was formerly with Wme. Westwick is set to star opposite Erika Christensen in the new ABC drama series Wicked City, which premieres October 27. He began his TV career with guest star roles on British TV series including Doctors, Casualty and Afterlife, but his breakout role came in 2007 in The CW’s Gossip Girl playing Chuck Bass. Westwick made his feature film debut the year before in The Weinstein Company’s Brea…
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Anna Maxwell-Martin as an exorcist in ITV's Midwinter of the Spirit

ITV’s new thriller about a country vicar who’s an exorcist, based on the books by Phil Rickman, also stars David Threfall and Siobhan Finneran

New three-part drama starring Anna Maxwell Martin, based on the books by Phil Rickman, and adapted by screenwriter Stephen Volk (Afterlife, The Awakening, Ghostwatch).

Maxwell Martin plays Merrily Watkins, a single mother who is also a vicar who’s trained to be an exorcist, “a job increasingly mistrusted by the modern Church and rarely talked about, and one that puts her faith and family to the test...”

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Ursula Le Guin dramatisations and doc coming to BBC Radio 4

The Left Hand Of Darkness and Earthsea are coming to BBC Radio 4, along with a documentary celebrating author Ursula Le Guin at 85...

Welcome to Ursula Le Guin month (April's just its use-name) on BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra. A whole series of programming in celebration of the seminal Us author's work is coming our way over the next few weeks, including dramatisations of The Left Hand Of Darkness and Earthsea novels, as well as a documentary, Ursula Le Guin At 85.

For anyone who needs reminding, Ursula Le Guin has been creating some of America's greatest science-fiction and fantasy literature for almost half a century. From her childhood-favourite Earthsea series set in a world of mages and magic, to politically probing anarchist utopia The Dispossessed and sci-fi gender thought experiment The Left Hand Of Darkness, Le Guin has a string of modern classics to her name.

The programming gets underway with a
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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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#SDCC14: Day Two (July 25th) Horror Highlights Include The Walking Dead, Sleepy Hollow, Horns, Everly, The Originals, Wayward Pines, Bates Motel, Tusk, and More

We're back with the horror highlights of Day 2 of this year's Sdcc, and you better rest up! On tap are "The Walking Dead," "Bates Motel," "Sleepy Hollow," Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, Scream Factory, and More!

What you'll find below is just the tip of the iceberg (and it does include a few "fringe" panels that we thought might be interest). Be sure to visit the official San Diego Comic-Con 2014 website for the full lineup.

Day 2: Friday, July 25, 2014

10:00 Am - Publishers Weekly: Behind the Digital Line

As digital comics have become a driving force of the medium, more publishers and creators have launched digital first lines of comics. How do publishers and creators deal with the unique properties of the web and tablet? How do readers react? Are they an evolution from webcomics or their own medium? And how will technological evolution affect storytelling as more choices arise? Pw's
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Multi-media platforms collide with the release of Collider

Content Media and beActive will be taking advantage of the multi-media universe when releasing the adaptation of the graphic novel Collider by Nuno Bernardo (Sofia’s Diary). Trapped on the Cern campus in 2018 six individuals are the last hope for the survival of humanity; the project will include 8 x 11 minute Webisodes, 4-part 22 minute TV Series; a 90 minute feature length cut for VoD, DVD and theatrical release, two mobile Apps (iOS and Android), and a 6-part comic book series.

“The Colliderstory started in Comic book format, one per each character of the story,” stated Nuno Bernardo in the production notes. “Each comic book is divided in two parts: their life and backstory before they jump to the future, and then what happens in the future to each character. This backstory will allow the audience to know the characters before the feature film [that we are shooting next September comes out]. The Webseries featuring Iain Robertson [Band of Brothers] in the role of
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Roll Up! Roll Up! For The Vampire Circus! Fantastiq Film Festival, UK August 9-11

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The team behind the now defunct Fantastic Films Weekend (Ffw) has reformed and regrouped as Fantastiq and will present the first edition from August 9-11 at Derby Quad in the UK.

Cinema Retro will be present in the form of Hammer’s quirky horror tale Vampire Circus, which we are sponsoring. The film’s director Robert Young will be present to talk about the 1973 film, one of the run of off-kilter shockers that Hammer produced in the Seventies.

Director Robert Young

The director of Fantastiq is Tony Earnshaw, formerly Head of Film Programming at the National Media Museum in Bradford where he launched the Ffw in 2002. He said: “I’m genuinely delighted to be able to resurrect my pet project, albeit under a new name. And I’m thrilled to welcome Cinema Retro on board as a key supporter along with We Belong Dead magazine and publisher Spectral Press, which
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BBC America to Develop Two New Sci-Fi Series

We are very pleased to report that BBC America, the home of “Supernatural Saturdays” and therefore the home of such fantastic series as The Fades, Bedlam, and of course Doctor Who, has announced that they are developing two new series that fit right into our agenda. Wired will be a sci-fi program about owning androids as luxury items, and The Dead Beat will be a paranormal procedural where the police beat includes the world of the dead. Get it? Here’s the press release:

@Bbcamerica to develop two new series with UK indie @ClerkenwellFilm, the producers of the UK hit series Misfits

New York – Tuesday, February 28, 2012 – BBC America announced today that it will develop two new distinctive series, Wired and The Dead Beat, with UK indie Clerkenwell Films, producers of the hit UK sci-fi series Misfits. Wired, a sci-fi program from writer Steven Volk (Afterlife), and The Dead Beat, a
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‘Misfits’ Producers Developing Two Series For BBC America

BBC America is looking to spread its wings from its parent station the BBC by developing two new original series: Wired and The Dead Beat.

In September, BBC America signed a non-exclusive co-production development deal with Clerkenwell Films, producers of the UK superhero series Misfits. The seeds of the new agreement will consist of the sci-fi drama Wired, from screenwriter Stephen Volk (Ghostwatch, Afterlife), and The Dead Beat, a paranormal crime thriller written by John Jackson (Being Human).

Stephen Volk’s Wired dives into the potentially grim outcome that technological advancement may bring us, while touching upon what it means to be human. Wired is set in a world similar to ours in the present day, with the major exception being that the inhabitants of this world are robotic replicas of ...

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Writer Stephen Volk talks about The Awakening, Ghostwatch and a second Turn of the Screw

The Awakening is a welcome return to the big screen for writer Stephen Volk, self proclaimed ‘tub-thumper’ for the horror genre and the man behind the acclaimed small screen horrorshows Afterlife and Ghostwatch.

His new film (out in UK cinemas tomorrow ) was directed by Nick Murphy and is as far from the Death-by-irony gorefests which litter the horror landscape of the last ten years as can be. It is a proper character based ghost story which I enjoyed immensely and has Rebecca Hall and Dominic West investigating the supposed supernatural death of a boy at a remote boarding school.

Our conversation took place on Hallowe’en, nineteen years to the day since his celebrated and controversial TV drama Ghostwatch aired and I couldn’t begin the conversation without talking about the huge impact it has had on the depiction and popularity of the supernatural on TV.

During the conversation we
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[Now Streaming] Halloween: All Horror Special Edition

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Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch.

This week in honor of the release of Paranormal Activity 3 and in anticipation for Halloween, we’re dedicating the entire column to all things horror. Whatever your preferred Halloween watching — be it satanic scares, ghoulish ghosts, creature features or humorous horror — we’ve got you covered with the spookiest movies streaming online.

Is it spawns of Satan that scare you most? Then pregame for Paranormal Activity 3, by taking in the prequel’s sister flicks…or visiting with another little brunette girl plagued by dark forces.

Paranormal Activity (2007) Shortly after moving in together, Katie and Micah begin to experience strange late night phenomenon. Initially amused, Micah decides to set up a camera to record the paranormal activity, never realizing he’ll shoot his own demise. This
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New Image of Rebecca Hall in The Awakening, Synopsis Revealed

We’ve had our eye on Nick Murphy’s forthcoming film The Awakening for some time now. Knowing that writer Stephen Volk was working with director Murphy on a ghost story was a possibility too enticing to ignore.

Volk’s work is known to millions, with Ghostwatch my own personal favourite, but his TV series Afterlife and his work on Ken Russell’s Gothic will be familiar to genre fans across the world. Put simply, the man knows how to chill the wits out of you, and now with a terrific poster already glimpsed and the news that Dominic West and Rebecca Hall were set to star my interest was piqued.

Today, via the BBC Films website, we have a picture of Rebecca Hall in the film and our first look at a full synopsis for the project, which reads as follows,

A ghost-debunker comes to a boy’s school
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TV Review: The Walking Dead – Episode 1 “Pilot” (Directors Cut)

The Walking Dead – Episode 1: Pilot (Directors Cut)

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey DeMunn, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun | Written and Directed by Frank Darabont

Based on the Robert Kirkman created comic, The Walking Dead follows a group of survivors led by police officer Rick Grimes in search of a safe place to live after a zombie apocalypse. And so it begins… Yes, one of the most eagerly awaited TV shows finally arrives in the UK. Was it worth the wait? Yes. Does the finished product justify the hype? Hell yes!

The Walking Dead starts as it means to go on with an awesome opening scene that [Spoiler: Highlight to read] sees Andrew Lincoln’s Officer Grimes blow away a zombie-child, /Spoiler] for all intents and purposes laying down the ground rules for what is to follow. It’s almost like in that one scene Frank Darabont and co. are saying “Forget
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New Fall TV Shows 2010 – What is Coming and What to Expect (Part II)

Now that September is here the networks are in the final sprint for the new 2010-2011 season. If you watch TV you probably will have seen many of these shows advertised. The new season lineup includes inevitable staples (classic cop and legal dramas) and more peculiar blends (The Shield’s Michael Chiklis in a family series playing a dad with superpowers, for example); some legendary names (Jj Abrams, Shawn Ryan, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg) and many fresh faces. A few shows like The Event (NBC), Running Wilde (Fox), Broadwalk Empire (HBO) or The Walking Dead (AMC) have already created buzz. For now, however, all of them are pure potential, waiting for their chance to conquer primetime. But despite any hopes or expectations, the only thing certain is that, among all of these promising shows, very few will make it to the second season mark.



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