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2018 BAFTA TV Craft Awards: Behind the scenes at these precursor prizes

2018 BAFTA TV Craft Awards: Behind the scenes at these precursor prizes
Low-key is the phrase which comes to mind when attending the 2018 BAFTA TV Craft Awards on April 22, especially when compared to the BAFTA Film Awards several months back. Low-key, undoubtedly more relaxed but yet, just as classy. It’s also looser, so to speak.

It’s currently 22 degrees Celsius here in a rather sticky in London – that’s roughly 72 Fahrenheit to you guys over in America. And it is not a good day to be wearing a suit. We’re used to complaining about rain, so it’s tricky for us Brits to adjust and complain about heat. But we manage.

Everyone still manages to look glamorous despite the heat, with tonight’s nominees clad in their best frocks, gowns, suits and the occasional kilt. I’ve just seen “Game of Thrones'” Hannah Murray (Gilly) step out of her car in a gold dress and she looks lovely. Gold
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Watch An Exclusive Clip From The Upcoming British Film ‘Tango One’

To coincide with its release on the home formats later this month we have an exclusive clip from the upcoming British film Tango One.

When three undercover recruits are assigned an impossible mission to take down one of the world’s most wanted men, notorious drug dealer, Den Donovan (Vincent Regan 300, Bonded by Blood), they have no idea who they are dealing with. As the undercover recruits inch closer to their target, they are each drawn in by the charismatic criminal leader – too close, perhaps, to remember the rules.

Related: Interview with Tango One star Vincent Regan

Tango One is a heart-stopping thriller where crime, corruption, and power know no limits; brilliantly led by Regan, and supported by Sophie Colquhoun (TV’s Plebs, Captain America: The First Avenger), Joseph Millson (Casino Royale, TV’s Ashes to Ashes), Calum MacNab (Football Factory, The Firm) and introducing Union J star Jj Hamblett
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Five Of The Best Time-Travelling TV Classics

Time travel has always captivated audiences. Whether it be films like Back to the Future or even the Jean-Claude Van Damme movie Timecop (a classic), we’ve always been interested in going back and looking at times gone by. The same can be said for television, and to celebrate the release of Outlander: Season Three, which arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on 5th March, we look at five of the best TV series to feature time travel.

The third season of Outlander, based upon ‘Voyager’, the third of eight books in Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling series, revolves around a British WWII nurse who is mysteriously swept back in time to Scotland in 1743. The hugely successful third run sees Claire (Caitriona Balfe in her Golden Globe® nominated role) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) attempting to make a life apart from one another but the fates have other plans as they
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First Trailer Debuts For New British Thriller ‘Tango One’

Universal Pictures has debuted the very first trailer for their upcoming British thriller Tango One, which arrives on digital on March 5th, and then on DVD from March 19th.

Step into the ruthless London criminal underworld and prepare yourself for action of the most brutal order when the film adaptation of Stephen Leather’s nail-biting thriller Tango One launches on Digital Download from 5 March, and DVD from 19 March, 2018.

Based on the award-winning and best-selling novel by top UK thriller author Stephen Leather (Murder in Mind, London’s Burning) and directed by Sacha Bennett (Get Lucky, We Still Kill the Old Way), Tango One is a fast-paced crime thriller about how far one man will go to rescue his daughter and save his criminal empire from collapse.

When three undercover recruits are assigned an impossible mission to take down one of the world’s most wanted men, notorious drug dealer, Den
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'Narcos' producer Gaumont sets up UK division

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Kudos executive producer Alison Jackson will take the role of UK president.

Source: Netflix

‘Narcos’

Narcos producer Gaumont is setting up a UK division, headed up by Kudos executive producer Alison Jackson (reports Broadcast).

Taking the role of UK president and reporting into Gaumont vice chief executive officer Christophe Riandee, Jackson will join the French producer when the UK arm opens for business in August.

She is currently executive producing series two of Kudos’ Sky Atlantic drama Tin Star.

Gaumont, which has offices in Paris and Los Angeles, is also opening a German office on 1 July.

Riandee said: “The UK has a rich heritage in creating exceptional dramas that travel the world, and with Alison’s infectious passion for television drama, as well as her ability to tap into the deep resource of well-established and emerging talent, this market will also be a key driver for new content for Gaumont outside of the Us, France and Germany
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'Narcos' producer Gaumont setting up UK division

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Kudos executive producer Alison Jackson will take the role of UK president.

Source: Netflix

‘Narcos’

Narcos producer Gaumont is setting up a UK division, headed up by Kudos executive producer Alison Jackson (reports Broadcast).

Taking the role of UK president and reporting into Gaumont vice chief executive officer Christophe Riandee, Jackson will join the French producer when the UK arm opens for business in August.

She is currently executive producing series two of Kudos’ Sky Atlantic drama Tin Star.

Gaumont, which has offices in Paris and Los Angeles, is also opening a German office on 1 July.

Riandee said: “The UK has a rich heritage in creating exceptional dramas that travel the world, and with Alison’s infectious passion for television drama, as well as her ability to tap into the deep resource of well-established and emerging talent, this market will also be a key driver for new content for Gaumont outside of the Us, France and Germany
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10 Things We Learned From 'David Bowie: The Last Five Years'

Francis Whately's documentary The Last Five Years, which debuts January 8th on HBO, takes a close look at David Bowie's final recorded documents, The Next Day and Blackstar. Instead of the usual procession of famous talking heads that appear in most music docs, the portrait quizzes his close collaborators on these last two albums – producer Tony Visconti, graphic designer Jonathan Barnbrook, composer Maria Schneider and the Donny McCaslin-fronted jazz outfit that played on Blackstar. The movie toggles back and forth between decades, drawing connections between song lyrics from
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Doc NYC Film Review: ‘David Bowie: The Last Five Years’

Doc NYC Film Review: ‘David Bowie: The Last Five Years’
David Bowie: The Last Five Years,” which premieres Nov. 10 at the Doc NYC film festival (it will then be shown on HBO), is a singular and haunting pop documentary. It’s a companion piece to “David Bowie: Five Years,” the 2013 documentary in which director Francis Whately meditated on the pivotal period of Bowie’s fame, from 1970 to 1975. That movie dug deep into the heady fascination of the first rock star who was passionate and Warholian at the same time — an image junkie who kept rotating his look and aspect, and did it as casually as most of us change underwear.

The Last Five Years,” also directed by Whately, was assembled under the shadow of Bowie’s death (he died on Jan. 10, 2016). It’s about a very different man: one who remained, to the end, a committed artist even as he was living as a retired pop star. Bowie’s exit from the spotlight of celebrity happened quite suddenly
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Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams episode 1 review: The Hood Maker

Louisa Mellor Sep 17, 2017

Three cheers for grown-up sci-fi anthology series Electric Dreams, which promises to be a real treasure trove. Spoilers...

This review contains spoilers.

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1.1 The Hood Maker

A hunched robot in a Pac a Mac creeps behind a pillar. A quintet of babies with floating umbilical cords dance a ring of roses in mid-air. A neon sign advertises the services of a four-breasted woman. Welcome, say the opening credits, to the world of electric dreamer Philip K. Dick.

Or more properly, a world inspired by Philip K. Dick. Episode one of this ten-part anthology series has taken liberties with Dick’s 1955 short story The Hood Maker, and quite rightly. That was written under the shadow of McCarthyism, when loyalty and betrayal were matters of state. This was written under the shadow of the Snooper’s Charter and corporate data mining. In the fifties,
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Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams: spoiler-free review

Rob Leane Sep 14, 2017

Here’s our verdict on two episodes of Amazon and Channel 4’s sci-fi anthology series, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams...

At a swanky event in London, a gaggle of journalists was plied with booze and nibbles, before sitting down to watch two episodes of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. This sci-fi anthology series from Amazon and Channel 4, which arrives on screens later this month, adapts short stories from the literary master behind Blade Runner, Minority Report, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly and The Man In The High Castle.

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Expectations were high as the snacks depleted and we were ushered to the screening room. Then, Channel 4’s Head of Drama introduced a special video message from Bryan Cranston, who stars in one
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Eiff announces screenwriter-in-residence by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-08-24 22:04:16

Three Girls Photo: BBC

Edinburgh International Film Festival announced Glasgow-born screenwriter Nicole Taylor, whose Three Girls recently aired on BBC1, as the new Eiff Screenwriter-in-Residence.

Taylor will receive a bursary of £7,500 and access to the four Edinburgh universities between now and June 2018, when the 72nd edition of the festival will take place. During this time she will have the opportunity to develop project ideas with science and humanities researchers.

Nicole Taylor Taylor's three-part Three Girls, about the Rochdale grooming scandal, garnered a strong critical response and a consolidated audience of 8.1 million on BBC1 and more than 9.3 million requests for the series were made on BBC iPlayer.

Prior to that Taylor’s multi-bafta nominated single drama, The C Word, starring Sheridan Smith, was produced for the channel. She has also written on numerous series, including Indian Summers for Channel 4, The Hour for BBC2, and Ashes to Ashes for BBC1.

Her.
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The 25 Best TV Theme Songs of the 21st Century, Ranked

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The 25 Best TV Theme Songs of the 21st Century, Ranked
Amidst the chorus of people saying that TV is better than it’s ever been, you’ll always find one person lamenting the decline of the theme song. While it’s true that the days of minutes-long intros with original songs and catchy melodies might be in the past, there’s no denying that shows are still finding memorable (and in a few cases, iconic) ways to open each episode.

Read More: The 20 Best Animated TV Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

With that in mind, we set out to pick the best TV themes of the young century. Some of these are snippets from existing songs, others are new instrumentals that have quickly taken on meaning well beyond the shows they’re attached to. As DVRs and streaming services make it easier than ever to skip TV credits, there are plenty of songs and shows trying to keep the art of the opening alive.
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Does guessing a twist ruin a TV show?

Gabriel Bergmoser Apr 11, 2017

Guessing a twist ahead of time only really ruins the fun if a TV show is doing a bad job to begin with, Gabriel argues...

This article contains major spoilers from the beginning for Life On Mars, Ashes To Ashes, Westworld, Bates Motel and Dexter.

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Back in 2010, Den of Geek interviewed Matthew Graham, creator of the now-classic series Ashes To Ashes, shortly before the release of the show’s brilliant finale. When asked about how close the many fan theories were getting to the truth of how the series would end, he had this to say:

“The thing is that you should be able to guess. When you get to the end, you should be able to say ‘oh yes'. It's not an out-of-nowhere thing, because I think that would be a cheat.
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The 10 Best David Bowie Covers in the Year Since His Death

The 10 Best David Bowie Covers in the Year Since His Death
It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since David Bowie‘s death. It hurts for many reasons, but if there’s any solace to glean from the loss, it’s that Bowie has been properly mourned. Not just among civilians — you’d be hard-pressed to find an artist who didn’t turn in a Bowie cover at some point. Here are some of our favorites from the past year, ranging from deep cuts to the obvious ones.

Seu Jorge, “Space Oddity”

Okay, okay, this one’s kind of a cheat. Seu Jorge’s lovely samba-flavored covers of
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David Bowie Birthday Celebration: Gary Oldman, La Roux, Simon Le Bon and More Gather to Celebrate Rocker’s Life — Watch

It’s been almost a year to the day since we lost David Bowie, but the rock icon and beloved creative force is still foremost in the minds of those who knew and loved him best. As Billboard reports, on Sunday evening, some of those people — including fans, friends and even former bandmates — gathered together to celebrate what would have been Bowie’s seventieth birthday for a three-hour charity concert at London’s Brixton Academy. It was an appropriately rocking and raucous event.

The show was hosted by actor (and close Bowie pal) Gary Oldman, who took the stage not only to emcee the event, but to rock out to a few of Bowie’s classics, including “Sorrow” and “The Man Who Sold the World.”

Read More: David Bowie’s ‘No Plan’ Music Video Is a Posthumous Tribute to the Departed Space Oddity — Watch

Oldman was joined by other luminaries and performers,
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Ashes To Ashes: saluting a terrific sequel

Gabriel Bergmoser Dec 1, 2016

Despite its teething problems, Life On Mars sequel Ashes To Ashes went on to surpass even the heights of its original show...

Sequels are hard to get right. Go too far in a new direction and you run the risk of betraying the original, hew too closely to an established formula and you’ll be accused of repetition. Television spin-offs arguably have an easier time of it as they can essentially recreate themselves in the image of whatever aspect of the original show they’re putting front and centre, but the tricky balancing act of creating something new while giving people what they want remains.

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Ashes To Ashes is a television rarity; while it is often referred to as a Life On Mars spin-off, it’s actually a direct sequel,
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Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2 would include “digital Bob Hoskins”

Simon Brew Nov 29, 2016

Director Robert Zemeckis admits the chances of Disney greenlighting Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2 are slim…

Director Robert Zemeckis has just been doing the press tour for his new movie, Allied, that’s now playing in UK cinemas. And as part of that, he’s given a lengthy interview to the terrific and bearded Robbie Collin in The Telegraph.

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In said interview, the conversation turned to the long in development Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2, that Zemeckis has on and off been linked to pretty much since the original came out back in 1988.

Zemeckis does have a screenplay in place for a new film,
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David Bowie’s Son Debunks ‘Gross’ Report About His Dad

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David Bowie’s Son Debunks ‘Gross’ Report About His Dad
Ashes to ashes, debunk to debunky… David Bowie‘s son, filmmaker Duncan Jones, would like it known: His deceased father’s ashes were not scattered at this year’s Burning Man festival. Jones took to Twitter to clear up the matter on Monday, writing, “That Burning Man thing? What people will do & say for attention never ceases to amaze me. Not true. Kind of a gross claim as well. *sigh*” Also Read: David Bowie's Old Hair Expected to Fetch Thousands at Auction The “Burning Man thing” Jones was referring to was a report that a portion of “Suffragette City
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Venice unveils 2016 market projects

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Venice Production Bridge will incorporate Gap Financing Market and Final Cut events.

The Venice Film Festival (Aug 31 - Sept 10) has revealed the line-ups for its 2016 market events, newly renamed the Venice Production Bridge (Sept 1 - 5).

The Production Bridge will host features, TV, web-series and Vr projects.

Venice’s two-day Gap-Financing Market event (September 2-3, 2016) will host 40 selected European and International projects looking to close their international financing.

The market’s Final Cut strand will award prizes to selected in-the-works projects from Africa and from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria, while the inaugural Book Adaptation Rights Area will see publishers pitch books ripe for film or TV adaptation.

The European Commission organises two workshops, one on access to finance (Sept 3) and the other on the future of cinemas (Sept 4). The second event, which will be opened by European Commissioner Oettinger, will focus on how cinemas can fully reap the benefits of digital technologies.

Gap Financing
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Matthew Graham interview: Childhood’s End, Syfy, Doctor Who

Simon Brew Sep 1, 2016

We chat to screenwriter Matthew Graham about Syfy miniseries Childhood's End, Us TV and why he's not doing any more Doctor Who...

Matthew Graham was the co-creator and co-executive producer of hit shows Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes, and he’s just brought Childhood’s End to the screen in the Us.

Here's the second of two interviews we've done with Matthew. The first took us behind the scenes on the development of the seemingly abandoned live-action Star Wars TV show he was hand-picked by George Lucas to work on, while this one looks at Childhood's End, as well as what he's up to now...

How have you found Syfy? They’ve gone through a big transition in recent years, and really seem to be behind science fiction television again.

I think that’s true. Two years ago, when I sat down to start talking
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