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Will the Emmys continue its British love affair with Starz’s ‘Howards End’ in Best Limited Series?

Expect to see the Starz program “Howards End” reap a Best Limited Series Emmy nom on July 12, along with nominations across the board for its actors and below-the-line talent. The series debuted stateside in May, 26 years after the acclaimed 1992 film adaptation that garnered nine Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Director (James Ivory) and won three including Best Actress for Emma Thompson.

Based on the acclaimed 1910 novel by E.M. Forster, this new spin on the timeless classic was adapted by Oscar champ Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”). It stars Hayley Atwell and Philippa Coulthard as the independent and unconventional Schlegel sisters navigating their way through turn-of-the-century England, whose lives become intertwined with the wealthy Wilcox family and the working-class Bast family. The series also stars Emmy winners Julia Ormond and Tracey Ullman, alongside Matthew Macfadyen, Joseph Quinn and Alex Lawther.

See Emmys 2018 exclusive: Starz categories for ‘Outlander,’ ‘Counterpart,
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Emmys spotlight: ‘George Gently’ goes out with a bang with Acorn TV movie finale

Emmys spotlight: ‘George Gently’ goes out with a bang with Acorn TV movie finale
The long-running British series “George Gently” is finally eligible for the Emmys thanks to the participation of the streaming service Acorn TV. Martin Shaw, who has headlined some of the most popular English dramas of the last half century, has the role of his career as the title character, a police detective who struggles to find his footing after his wife is killed.

While the first 23 telefilms were set in the swinging 60s, the last two see Gently and company adjusting to life in the 1970s. The last installment in the series, “George Gently and the New Age,” is contending for Best TV Movie at the 2018 Emmys. This finale brings Shaw’s character full circle as he inches closer to solving the death of his wife. That tragedy had been he catalyst for Gently leaving London in 1964 and joining the North East police force.

A large part of the appeal
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British TV Classics "Doc Martin" And "George Gently" New Releases Through Acorn Video And Acorn TV

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Cinema Retro has received the following press release from Acorn Media.

The new season of the smash hit U.K. dramedy, plus over 1.5 hours of bonus content;

Starring Martin Clunes (Arthur & George) and Caroline Quentin (Men Behaving Badly)

with guest stars Sigourney Weaver (Aliens, Avatar), Art Malik (True Lies, Homeland),

Doc Martin, Series 8

DVD and Blu-ray Debut from Acorn on December 12, 2017

“A smart, gentle comedy with loads of wit and zest” —The Globe and Mail

“Sweet, stirring, and completely addictive” —Slate

“Delightfully quirky” —Los Angeles Times

“Absolutely bloody hilarious” —London Evening Standard

Widely considered one of the most successful British series in the U.S., U.K. and worldwide, Doc Martin, Series 8 makes its DVD/Blu-ray debut on December 12, 2017 from Acorn TV, an Rlj Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: Rlje) brand. Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly) returns as Dr. Martin Ellingham in the eighth series of this smash-hit British comedy. In these all-new episodes,
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Royal Court's The Children Begins Tomorrow at Mtc

A friendly reminder that performances begin tomorrow Tuesday, November 28 for the Manhattan Theatre Club's American premiere of The Royal Court Theatre's production of The Children, the new play by Olivier Award winner Lucy Kirkwood Chimerica, directed by James Macdonald Top Girls at Mtc starring acclaimed London cast members BAFTA Award winner Francesca Annis BBC's Cranford , Olivier Award nominee Ron Cook Juno and the Paycock at The Donmar, and Olivier Award winner Deborah Findlay The National Theatre's Stanley.
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Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson to lead all-star cast of BBC Two’s King Lear

BBC Two and production company Playground have announced that Anthony Hopkins (The Dresser, Nixon, Silence of the Lambs) and Emma Thompson (The Children Act, The Remains of the Day, Sense and Sensibility) are set to lead the cast of a star-studded adaptation of William Shakespeare’s King Lear from BAFTA-winning director Richard Eyre (The Dresser, Notes on a Scandal).

Set in the fictional present, King Lear sees Anthony Hopkins as the eponymous ruler, presiding over a totalitarian military dictatorship in England. Emma Thompson stars as his oldest daughter Goneril, with Emily Watson (Theory of Everything, Genius) as his middle daughter Regan and Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth, Marcella) as Cordelia, the youngest of Lear’s children.

Jim Broadbent (Iris, Game of Thrones) takes the role of the Earl of Gloucester, Andrew Scott (Sherlock, The Hollow Crown) as his loyal son Edgar and John Macmillan (Hanna, Chewing Gum) as his illegitimate son Edmund.
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Jodie Whittaker Announced as the Thirteenth Doctor on Doctor Who

Today is a big day for Doctor Who fans, as actress Jodie Whittaker has officially been announced as the Thirteenth Time Lord on the long-running BBC series, with Peter Capaldi making his bow as the 12th Doctor during this year's Christmas special:

Press Release (via The Futon Critic): New York - July 16, 2017 - The BBC and BBC America today announced to the world that Jodie Whittaker will be the new Doctor Who. She will be the Thirteenth Time Lord and take over from Peter Capaldi who leaves the global hit show at Christmas.

New head writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall who takes over from Steven Moffat on the next series made the decision to cast the first ever woman in the iconic role.

Jodie Whittaker says: "I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey - with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet. It's more than an honor to play the Doctor.
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Doctor Who Casts Jodie Whittaker as First Female In Lead Role — Watch

Doctor Who Casts Jodie Whittaker as First Female In Lead Role — Watch
The first female Doctor is among us.

Doctor Who has tapped Broadchurch‘s Jodie Whittaker to play the Thirteenth Doctor after departing star Peter Capaldi makes his final appearance as Twelve in this December’s Christmas special.

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The highly anticipated casting was announced following the conclusion of the Wimbledon men’s final on Sunday.

“I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey with [new showrunner Chris Chibnall] and with every Whovian on this planet,” Whittaker said in a statement. “It’s more than an honor to play the Doctor. It means
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Angela Lansbury, Emily Watson, Michael Gambon and more cast in BBC and PBS’ Little Women

Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-winning drama producer Playground has announced the cast for its upcoming adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women for the BBC and PBS.

Emily Watson (Apple Tree Yard, The Theory of Everything, Genius) is set to play Marmee, the iconic matriarch of the March family. The March sisters will be played by newcomer Maya Hawke as the willful and adventurous Jo, Willa Fitzgerald (Scream: The TV Series, Misfortune) as eldest daughter Meg, Annes Elwy (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams) as Beth, and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies, Halt and Catch Fire) as youngest sister Amy.

Academy Award-winner Dame Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote, The Manchurian Candidate) will play the girls’ wealthy relative – the cantankerous Aunt March. BAFTA-Award winner Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, Churchill’s Secret) takes the role of their benevolent neighbor Mr. Laurence, and Jonah Hauer-King (Howards End, The Last Photograph
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Angela Lansbury, Michael Gambon, Emily Watson sign for Us-uk mini-series 'Little Women'

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BBC One, PBS, Playground co-pro starts shoot this month.

Dame Angela Lansbury, Michael Gambon and Emily Watson will star in the BBC One drama adaptation of Little Women for UK indie Playground.

Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, the coming of age story about a family growing up in post-Civil War America, will air as a three-part mini-series adapted by the creator of Call the Midwife Heidi Thoma (Cranford) and will be directed by Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen).

Principal photography gets under way this month in Ireland. Co-producers are PBS label Masterpiece.

The series will be set during the book’s 1860’s world with the UK actors adopting Us accents.

Maya Hawke, Willa Fitzgerald, Annes Elwy and Kathryn Newton will play the March sisters alongside rising actor Jonah Hauer-King as Laurie Laurence.

Watson is set to play Marmee, the matriarch of the March family. Lansbury will play the girls’ wealthy relative – the cantankerous Aunt March
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Maggie Lunn obituary

Leading casting director who helped to launch actors such as David Oyelowo and Benedict Cumberbatch

Maggie Lunn, who has died of cancer aged 56, was a leading casting director, at various times head of casting at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Almeida. She also cast for television and film, including the BBC series Cranford and the film Notes on a Scandal. Recent work for the stage included, in 2015, the triumphant Young Chekhov trilogy at Chichester Festival theatre, which transferred to the National the following year.

Casting directors – in theatre, TV and film – are the unsung heroes of every production. Benedict Cumberbatch, Alex Jennings, Ben Whishaw, Eve Best, Rory Kinnear, Eddie Redmayne and David Oyelowo are a few of the now celebrated actors whose careers Maggie helped to launch.

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Maggie Lunn obituary

Leading casting director who helped to launch actors such as David Oyelowo and Benedict Cumberbatch

Maggie Lunn, who has died of cancer aged 56, was a leading casting director, at various times head of casting at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Almeida. She also cast for television and film, including the BBC series Cranford and the film Notes on a Scandal. Recent work for the stage included, in 2015, the triumphant Young Chekhov trilogy at Chichester Festival theatre, which transferred to the National the following year.

Casting directors – in theatre, TV and film – are the unsung heroes of every production. Benedict Cumberbatch, Alex Jennings, Ben Whishaw, Eve Best, Rory Kinnear, Eddie Redmayne and David Oyelowo are a few of the now celebrated actors whose careers Maggie helped to launch.

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Winnie the Pooh Author Biopic Begins Shooting with Margot Robbie

Fox Searchlight Pictures announced today that principal photography on the Untitled A.A. Milne Project has begun shooting on location in Oxfordshire, Surrey, East Sussex and London.&#160 The film is directed by Simon Curtis from a script written by Frank Cottrell Boyce based on a screenplay by Simon Vaughan.&#160 The film stars Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald and Will Tilston as young Christopher Robin.&#160

Additional cast includes Stephen Campbell Moore, Alex Lawther, Richard McCabe, Nico Mirallegro, Geraldine Somerville and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.&#160 Damian Jones produces with Steve Christian nd Vaughan serves as executive producer. Says producer Damian Jones.

"I'm thrilled to finally see this fascinating story be realized with such an array of fresh and exciting talent in front of and behind the camera as well as continuing my ongoing collaboration with Fox Searchlight."

Christian adds.

"It's such a joy to be able to share the long held passion that I've
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The Devil Within Her (1975) Coming to Blu-ray from Scorpion Releasing

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Donald Pleasence, Joan Collins, and Caroline Munro co-star in The Devil Within Her, aka Sharon's Baby and I Don't Want to Be Born, a 1975 horror film featuring a violent baby that is coming to Blu-ray from Scorpion Releasing.

Blu-ray.com reports that the folks at Scorpion Releasing are hard at work on a fresh 2K restoration of The Devil Within Her, and while an exact release date has yet to be revealed, the Blu-ray is expected to come out in early 2017.

We'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on special features announcements and release details. In the meantime, we have the official synopsis, trailer, and poster for the Peter Sasdy film:

Synopsis (via Blu-ray.com): "Hollywood legend Joan Collins teams up with cult stars Donald Pleasence and Caroline Munro in this terrifying tale of a demonic baby!

Lucy (Collins, Dynasty, Land Of The Pharoahs) is a former dancer, having moved
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DramaFever Obtains Streaming Rights To 18 BBC Titles

DramaFever is getting an infusion of classic British entertainment. The New York-based streaming platform, popular for its focus on international TV and movies, has closed a licensing deal with BBC Worldwide North America for the U.S. streaming rights to 18 BBC titles.

DramaFever added five BBC titles to its streaming platform on July 1, 2015, and will add the remaining 13 shows over the next few months. The online video service’s premium subscribers now have access to the first five titles: Tess of the D’Urbervilles (starring Eddie Redmayne), Pride and Prejudice (Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth), Upstairs, Downstairs (Keeley Hawes), Little Dorrit (Claire Foy), and Miss Austen Regrets (Olivia Williams).

Here’s a list of the remaining BBC titles DramaFever will start streaming in the upcoming months:

Sense and Sensibility (Premieres July 31) – Sense and Sensibility is a story of two young sisters on a voyage of burgeoning sexual and romantic discovery.
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Russell Tovey and Douglas Hodge are the latest stars to join Tom Hiddleston's Night Manager

Russell Tovey and Alistair Petrie are the latest stars to join the BBC and AMC's miniseries The Night Manager.

A television adaptation of the classic John le Carré novel, it will star Tom Hiddleston as an ex-soldier named Jonathan Pine, who is recruited for the British intelligence service by the mysterious Burr (Olivia Colman).

Jonathan Pine is sent to investigate an alliance between Washington DC, Whitehall and a major arms dealer by infiltrating weapons trader Richard Onslow Roper's (Hugh Laurie) gang.

Joining Cranford star Petrie and Being Human's Tovey as a new cast addition is Douglas Hodge.

Hodge's notable credits include playing Bartholomew Rusk in Penny Dreadful, and appearing in the films Diana and Serena.

Directed by Academy Award-winning film In a Better World's Susanne Bier, The Night Manager is expected to premiere next year.
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Wamg Talks To Woman In Gold Director Simon Curtis

After having robust box office numbers this past weekend and being praised by both audiences and critics, Woman In Gold opens in wide release this Friday, April 10. In his review, Jim Batts says, “Woman In Gold concerns a celebrated work of art, but it’s also about two inspiring lives also worthy of celebration.” Read his review here.

Woman In Gold is the remarkable true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s famous painting ‘Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I’. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Reynolds), she embarks upon a major battle which takes them all the way to the heart of
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Downton Abbey and Line of Duty stars for ITV's new series Home Fires

ITV has announced the cast for its new six-part drama series Home Fires.

Previously known as Jambusters, the period piece follows a group of inspirational women in Cheshire at the height of World War II.

Banding together as the Great Paxford Women's Institute, they help maintain the nation's fabric in its darkest hour.

Downton Abbey's Samantha Bond and Cranford's Francesca Annis will lead the cast, which also includes Mark Bonnar (Line of Duty), Ruth Gemmell (Utopia), and Claire Rushbrook (My Mad Fat Diary).

Mark Bazeley (The Suspicions of Mr Whicher), Frances Grey (The Widower) and Ed Stoppard (Cilla) will also feature in Simon Block's adaptation of Julie Summers's non-fiction book Jambusters.

"We're really delighted to have commissioned Home Fires," said ITV's Director of Drama Steve November. "Great writing from Simon has given Julie Summers's wonderful book a fictional life.

"The women are real and engaging
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Damian Lewis to wear crown for Masterpiece

Damian Lewis to wear crown for Masterpiece
Brody’s got a new job: Damian Lewis (Homeland) will play Henry VIII in Masterpiece’s Wolf Hall on PBS.

The program will follow the meteoric rise of Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance) in the Tudor court, from his start as a blacksmith’s son to Henry VIII’s closest advisor. Claire Foy (Little Dorrit) will play Anne Boleyn in the six-part mini-series written by Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).

Other casting includes Jonathan Pryce (Cranford) as Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Joanne Whalley (The Borgias) as Henry’s first wife Katherine of Aragon, and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) as Stephen Gardiner, Secretary to the King.
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Posterized: Judi Dench, Leading Lady

Good things come to those who wait. For Judi Dench that good thing would be movie stardom. She's been acting on stage since 1957 (as Ophelia in Hamlet at the age of 23), on tv since 1959 (the title role in Hilda Lessways), and on the silver screen since 1964 (The Third Secret)...  but it wasn't until 1997/1998 when Dench hit her sixties that true movie stardom happened, prompted by the double whammy of her first Oscar bid (Mrs Brown) and its follow up "oops sorry about last year" Oscar win for Shakespeare in Love (recently discussed). Isn't her career trajectory unheard of? Who doesn't even start being a movie star until their sixties? Dame Judi thats who.

Though she may soon retire (she's turning 80 a year from now) she's still in her movie prime. Her latest starring role is as Philomena, the story of a woman seeking the grown son she gave up for adoption,
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Birgitte Hjort Sørensen: 'People in Britain have really taken to Borgen's strong female leads'

Her crusading reporter Katrine Fonsmark in Borgen is ambitious, hardworking, exercises too much, eats too little. "Which is certainly not the case for me," says Birgitte Hjort Sørensen

Birgitte Hjort Sørensen is already sitting in a booth at the back of a Japanese restaurant when I arrive for our lunch in Mayfair. It was her choice of venue and I'd assumed it was because sushi is the preferred diet of calorie-conscious actresses on perpetual detox.

But I notice Sørensen, 31, already has a glass of champagne in front of her and a twinkle in her eye. Another glass is immediately produced by a solicitous waiter. We clink and each take a swig.

It rapidly becomes clear that we are going to get along.

Within a few minutes, the Danish actress has told me that she loves London, because "I like the structure – I like knowing that you have to stand on
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