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Sean Bean Cast in ‘The Frankenstein Chronicles’ Mini-Series

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He’s faced off against many movie characters over the years, including an army of Orcs and James Bond, and soon prolific actor Sean Bean will face another formidable foe in The Frankenstein Chronicles, a six-part miniseries set to air on ITV Encore. Bean will play Inspector John Marlott in the 1800’s-set show, a man assigned to capture a killer who melds body parts together in a manner reminiscent of Victor Frankenstein.

Press Release - “ITV today confirmed commission of The Frankenstein Chronicles, a thrilling and terrifying re-imagining of the Frankenstein myth as a six-part period crime drama to be produced by Rainmark Films.

Incorporating elements from the investigative and horror genres with an extraordinary hero at its centre, Inspector John Marlott, played by multi-awarding winning leading actor Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Accused) will be taken on a terrifying journey in pursuit of a chilling and diabolical foe.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Alumni Sean Bean to Lead ‘Frankenstein Chronicles’

‘Game of Thrones’ Alumni Sean Bean to Lead ‘Frankenstein Chronicles’
Actor Sean Bean, whose credits include “Game of Thrones” and “Lord of the Rings,” will star in “The Frankenstein Chronicles,” a re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s monster tale as a six-part period crime drama.

Executive producers are Rainmark FilmsTracey Scoffield and Frank Doelger, whose credits include “Game of Thrones,” “Rome” and “John Adams.”

The series has been created by director and writer Benjamin Ross, who was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for “Rko 281,” and writer Barry Langford (“Torte Bluma”). Ross will direct the series.

Rainmark is producing for U.K. broadcaster ITV. Endemol Worldwide Distribution will be responsible for international sales outside U.K./Ireland.

The series is set in London in 1827 with Bean playing Inspector John Marlott. It opens with the discovery of the corpse of a child that turns out to be a crude assembly of body parts. Marlott accepts the challenge to track the perpetrator of this crime.
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Uma Thurman Lands Five-Episode Arc on NBC's 'Smash'

Uma Thurman Lands Five-Episode Arc on NBC's 'Smash'
Uma Thurman has been recruited for a major arc on NBC's midseason musical drama Smash. The Oscar-nominated actress will guest star in five episodes of the series, playing a character who is described as a "famous and somewhat difficult movie star who flirts with the idea of starring in Marilyn," the musical about Marilyn Monroe. Thurman, best known for toplining Kill Bill, has recently starred in The Producers, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, My Zinc Bed and Motherhood, and will appear in the upcoming Eloise in Paris. Smash follows the procress of creating a Broadway musical based on the

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Random: from the stage to Channel 4

Debbie Tucker Green's poetic adaptation of her play on youth and violence offers TV time to an innovative voice

Channel 4's original dramas can be outstanding: Any Human Heart, This is England, The Promise. But in the past few months we've had the glossy import Camelot (not recommissioned), the comedy-drama Sirens and … er … have I forgotten something?

So Random is interesting for rarity value alone. But unlike the expensive showpieces, this is a low-budget affair adapted from a one-woman stage play, first performed at the Royal Court. With a joint commission from Channel 4 Drama and Film4, writer Debbie Tucker Green has adapted and directed it herself, with the original actor, Nadine Marshall in the lead role.

Turning stage plays into good TV drama is always challenging. Stars such as Ian McKellen (Lear), Patrick Stewart (Macbeth) and David Tennant (Hamlet) have carried Shakespeare productions restaged on studio sets.
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There's Something About Uma

Craig here, asking you all (on her 40th birthday): where is Uma at?

Ah, Uma. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. And despite actually being Tarantino's Bride twice last decade. What is it about Uma? She's widely known and adored by many, yet never seems to (quite) make it to the top of the A-list. The likes of Helen Hunt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger, Jennifer Connelly, Angelina Jolie and Hilary Swank - all peers and contemporaries - have bagged themselves Oscars in the last thirteen-or-so years. The simple question is: where's Uma's gold?

She's one of the most uniquely beautiful actresses working, but nowadays, more so than in the early '90s, she doesn't often tend to get the recognition come awards season, or even appear on any of those Sexiest Hollywood Stars lists that crop up year-on-year anymore (although, is this really a fair
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Poor 'Number' for BBC Two ratings

BBC Two dropped to fewer than 600,000 viewers on Wednesday night for the latest of its stage play adaptations. A Number, starring Tom Wilkinson and Rhys Ifans, drew an average of just 561,000 (2.5%) between 9pm and 10.10pm. The figures placed the channel behind all terrestrial competition for the period. In the same slot last week, the acclaimed piece God On Trial had just 700,000 (3%), and the week before, Uma Thurman's My Zinc Bed managed only 1.04m (4.4%). BBC Two had success earlier, however, with 2.27m (10.5%) tuning in for the new series of The Restaurant in the 8pm hour. On Channel 4 at the same time, Embarrassing Illnesses had 1.82m (8.6%) and How Clean Is Your House? interested 2.01m (9%). The shows picked up additional audiences of 214,000 (1.1%) and 117,000 (0.6%) respectively via Channel 4+1. ITV1 won the 8pm slot with The (more)
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BBC exec prepping drama unit in U.S.

London -- The U.K.'s most influential drama executive could be headed to Los Angeles.

BBC drama chief Jane Tranter is in talks to move stateside and spearhead a new BBC Worldwide West Coast drama production division in the new year.

Tranter, the executive who brought "Doctor Who," "Life on Mars," "Spooks" and "Cranford" to BBC screens, is understood to be in discussion with BBC bosses over the move, which would put her atop a new stateside production arm that would likely run the BBC commercial division's drama and entertainment operations.

The BBC declined comment on the move beyond pointing to a statement earlier this summer when Tranter said she had "no immediate plans to go and work in the U.S."

But while a move is unlikely before next year, negotiations are well advanced. Tranter is understood to have been offered a number of U.S. jobs, including a position at HBO,
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Poor showing for Thurman's 'Zinc Bed'

A one-off drama starring Uma Thurman failed to register much of an audience on Wednesday night. My Zinc Bed, an adaptation of David Hare's acclaimed play, drew an average of just 1.04m (4.4%) to BBC Two between 9pm and 10.10pm. The channel was actually in fifth place for the period, behind even Five, which had 1.3m (5.4%) for an episode of Rory & Paddy's Great British Adventure. BBC One dominated the slot with Who Do You Think You Are? This week's episode of the celebrity genealogy show, featuring an emotional Jerry Springer, drew a solid 6.5m (27%) in the 9pm hour. On ITV1, coverage of the Champions League game between Liverpool and Belgian team Standard Liege averaged 4.55m (20.1%) from 8pm to 10.10pm. A surprise live task brought in 3.4m (14.1%) to Big Brother in the 9pm hour, with a further 321,000 (1.9%) watching on Channel (more)
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Elements of BBC2 in fall: 'Zinc,' 'Einstein'

Elements of BBC2 in fall: 'Zinc,' 'Einstein'
London -- Viewers may have been left in the lurch over whether he will return to screens here again as "Doctor Who," but actor David Tennant will take on a very different mantle when he plays a British astrophysicist in a new drama that will air on BBC2 this autumn.

In "Einstein and Eddington," due to hit screens in the fall, Tennant will play Arthur Eddington alongside Andy Serkis (the "Lord of the Rings" movies), who plays Albert Einstein in a drama that explores the relationship between two pioneering scientists, one British and one German, against the political backdrop of Europe on the brink of World War I.

Other upcoming highlights include "My Zinc Bed," an adaptation of David Hare's drama about drug addiction, which stars Uma Thurman and Jonathan Pryce.

In "Fallen," the network will commemorate the lives of British servicemen and women who died serving in Iraq and Afghanistan in an epic three-hour documentary that examines their lives and the impact their death has made on their families and friends.

Factual highlights include "Oceans," exploring underwater archaeology, geology, marine biology and anthropology, while "WWII -- Behind Closed Doors" looks at the relationships Joseph Stalin and the leaders of the Western allies. BBC2's main acquisition "Heroes" will return for Season 3.
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Thurman Set For Small Screen

Thurman Set For Small Screen
Hollywood actress Uma Thurman is set to make a move to the small screen - she has reportedly signed up to star in a new BBC TV drama.

The Kill Bill star is expected to take the lead role in My Zinc Bed, an adaptation of a play by renowned dramatist David Hare.

Thurman will star alongside Pirates of the Caribbean actor Jonathan Pryce in the show, according to British newspaper The London Paper.

The 38-year-old has also reportedly signed up for a second play adaptation by the BBC, taking a role in the TV version of Caryl Churchill's A Number alongside Notting Hill star Rhys Ifans.

Thurman, Ifans to star in BBC Two plays

BBC Two has signed up star-studded casts for two stage-play adaptations to air later this year. A production of David Hare's My Zinc Bed will feature Uma Thurman as recovering alcoholic Elsa, Paddy Considine as penniless poet Paul Peplow and Jonathan Pryce in the role of Victor Quinn, an internet entrepreneur. The second play - Caryl Churchill's A Number - stars Tom Wilkinson and Rhys Ifans in father and son roles. Bernard, (more)
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