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Win movie merchandise with Walk Like a Panther

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Feel-good British comedy Walk Like A Panther is released nationwide in UK cinemas Now. To celebrate, we are offering 2 of you the chance to win a merchandise bundle,

including signed poster, a t-shirt, a cap and some limited edition Panther beer from Magic Rock Brewing!

Starring BAFTA Award nominee Stephen Graham (Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s

Revenge, “Boardwalk Empire”), British Independent Film Award winner Dave Johns (I,

Daniel Blake) and Jill Halfpenny (“Humans,” “EastEnders”), Walk Like A Panther is

directed and written by Dan Cadan.

Walk Like A Panther revolves around a group of ‘80s wrestlers who are forced to don the lycra one last time when their beloved local pub is threatened by closure. Led by father-son duo, Mark (Graham) and Trevor Bolton (Johns), this unlikely bunch of underdog heroes sets out to save their community, rekindling old friendships and family ties along the way.

The ensemble British
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Keith Barron: from coppers to adulterers, a star of hit TV to the end

The prolific actor, who died this week, kept viewers coming back to shows such as Duty Free and Haggard with his charm, vocal clarity and sharp comic timing

Whereas many frontline actors conduct parallel careers in television, stage and film, Keith Barron, who has died aged 83, was essentially a peak-time TV specialist.

His small-screen career stretched a remarkable 55 years, from the 1961 BBC comedy A Chance of Thunder to the ITV police series Dci Banks, in which, as recently as last year, he played the main character’s elderly dad. This Christmas, he will be seen posthumously in the seasonal special of the BBC1 sitcom Not Going Out, his final performance.

Related: Duty Free star Keith Barron dies aged 83

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Abi Morgan's female lawyer series 'The Split' casts up

  • ScreenDaily
BBC One, Sundance TV series heading into production.

Abi Morgan’s BBC One and Sundance TV drama The Split has cast up ahead of production, which kicks off in London next week.

Nicola Walker [pictured centre] (Four Weddings And A Funeral) will lead the six-part drama, alongside Meera Syal (Goodness Gracious Me), Stephen Mangan [pictured right] (Episodes), Fiona Button (Lip Service), Deborah Findlay (Leaving), Annabel Scholey (Being Human), Barry Atsma (Hector And The Search For Happiness) and Stephen Tompkinson (Dci Banks).

Written by Morgan [pictured left], whose credits include Shame, The Iron Lady and The Hour, the series counts Jane Featherstone as an executive producer under her new banner Sister Pictures.

Broadchurch director Jessica Hobbs is directing, with Black Mirror’s Lucy Dyke producing.

The series is an exploration of modern marriage and the legacy of divorce told through the lens of the Defoes, a family of female lawyers working in London’s divorce circuit.

It was commissioned by Piers Wenger, controller of BBC
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'War And Peace' production outfit makes two key hires

ITV Studios, Sky execs join UK outfit.

Lookout Point has hired two drama heavyweights to aid its growth plan – ITV Studios drama exec Francis Hopkinson and Sky’s head of scripted production Louise Mutter.

Hopkinson, who has been with ITV Studios since 2011, has been named executive producer and will be tasked with developing and producing his own slate of original dramas.

He will also produce the company’s forthcoming Andrew Davies-penned adaptation of A Suitable Boy for BBC1.

He will also form part of the senior team at Benchmark Television, the high-end drama venture that Lookout Point established with Danny Cohen’s Access Entertainment.
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Principal photography has started on new British comedy ‘Walk Like A Panther’

Shooting has officially kicked off on a brand new British comedy called Walk Like A Panther, a film that will star Stephen Graham, Jill Halfpenny and I, Daniel Blake breakout star Dave Johns.

Shooting is underway in Yorkshire, England, with emerging British director Dan Cadan making his feature film debut from his own original screenplay.

Walk Like A Panther is a big-hearted British comedy set-up over at Fox International Productions, revolving around a group of ‘80s wrestlers who are forced to don the lycra one last time when their beloved local pub is threatened by closure. Led by father-son duo, Mark (Graham) and Trevor Bolton (Johns), this unlikely bunch of underdog heroes set out to save their community, rekindling old friendships and family ties along the way.

Also amongst the the top-notch cast are Sue Johnston (Downton Abbey, The Royle Family), Lindsey Coulson (EastEnders, The Level), Julian Sands (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
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Synchronicity Films Acquires Hanif Kureishi’s ‘The Body’ For Series Adaptation

Exclusive: Scottish production company Synchronicity Films has secured the rights to Hanif Kureishi’s novella, The Body. The plan is to develop the tense thriller as a high-end international drama series. Synchronicity's Claire Mundell will executive produce, with Robert Murphy (Dci Banks, Vera) adapting. The acquisition was made in partnership with Green Ash Pictures backed by Great Point Media. The Body, originally published in 2002, centers on Adam, a middle-aged…
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BBC Worldwide Sells 3,000 Hours of Drama in Three Months (Exclusive)

BBC Worldwide, the British broadcaster’s commercial division, says it has sold more than 3,000 hours of drama around the world in the past three months. The announcement was made as four-day TV market BBC Worldwide Showcase kicked off in Liverpool, England, with scripted shows taking center stage.

In Western Europe, where more than 200 hours of drama were sold, two of Germany’s major broadcasters bought a number of new and classic titles. Rtl Pay purchased “SS-gb” and “Rillington Place,” and Zdf bought “Death in Paradise” (seasons 5-6) as well as “Spooks” (seasons 6-10), among other titles. In Italy, Rai Cinema acquired “Doctor Foster” (season 1) as part of a drama package.

There is also strong demand for British drama in Central and Eastern Europe, with 600 hours of content sold across the region. In Russia, “War and Peace” (2015) will now be available on subscription VOD platform Ivi, and in Ukraine, Digital Screens will have “Dickensian” (season 1) among other drama
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Dci Banks: ITV Series Cancelled; No Season Six

ITV has cancelled its Dci Banks TV show after five seasons (series). Radio Times reports the fifth series will be the final outing. The program ended with the two-part finale, "Undertow, which will serve as the Dci Banks TV series finale.Stephen Tompkins starred in the title role of ITV's adaption Peter Robinson's Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks book series. Andrea Lowe, Caroline Catz, Jack Deam, and Samuel Anderson also starred.Read More…
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Lionsgate Names ITV’s Steve November as U.K. TV Creative Chief

Lionsgate has recruited top ITV executive Steve November as creative director of U.K. television as the company looks to ramp up its British television output.

November, who will be based in London, will spearhead the growth of the company’s slate of original programming and manage its relationships with production partners in the U.K. He will report to Zygi Kamasa, CEO for Lionsgate U.K. and Europe, and Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs.

Lionsgate already is a major supplier of premium series to cable, broadcast and digital platforms in the U.S., with a slate of nearly 80 television series on 40 different networks, including ”Orange Is the New Black” on Netflix, “Nashville” on Cmt/Hulu, “Casual” on Hulu, and “The Royals” on E!. It is now seeking to replicate that high profile in U.K. television, where it has recently invested in production companies Primal Media and Kindle Entertainment as well as co-financing the hit
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Sex, Lies and Cyber Attacks review – where’s the big Ashley Madison reveal?

There’s nothing like other people’s infidelities to get the pulse racing, but this ‘inside story’ promises more than it delivers. Plus: Dci Banks is grumpy and Bear Grylls does choreographed excitement

When a bank’s computer system is hacked and details of its customer accounts leaked, then everyone – other than those involved – usually gets bored with the story in a matter of days. When it’s an online dating site for people wanting to have affairs, then there’s a media feeding frenzy for months on end. There’s nothing like other people’s infidelities to get the pulse racing.

Sex, Lies and Cyber Attacks (Channel 4) set itself up to be to be the inside story of how the Ashley Madison website came to be hacked in July last year, when the email addresses of more than 30 million of its users were made public. However, as no
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‘Outlander’ Casts Brianna: Sophie Skelton Nabs Fan-Favorite Role for Season 2

‘Outlander’ Casts Brianna: Sophie Skelton Nabs Fan-Favorite Role for Season 2
Starz’s “Outlander” has cast British actress Sophie Skelton in the fan-favorite role of Brianna for Season 2, the premium cabler announced Thursday.

(Spoiler Alert) Brianna, a striking, redheaded young lady, is the daughter of lead characters Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). Strong-minded and intelligent beyond her years (traits inherited from both her mother and father), Brianna has a distinctly scholastic mindset and a healthy dose of Fraser stubbornness.

Skelton joins previously announced cast member Richard Rankin, who will play Roger Wakefield. Rankin will portray the adult version of Reverend Wakefield’s adopted son, who viewers met as a child in Season 1.

Skelton, a trained singer and dancer, has appeared in UK TV shows including “Doctors,” “Dci Banks,” “Waterloo Road” and “Foyle’s War.” She and most recently appeared in a lead role in an episode of the BBC drama “CasualtyForsaking All Others.” She’ll next be
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Sophie Skelton Is Brianna In "Outlander"

British actress Sophie Skelton ("Doctors," "Dci Banks") has scored the key fan-favorite role of Brianna in the second season of Starz' "Outlander" which returns in April.

The character is described as a striking, redheaded young lady and the daughter of lead characters Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan).

Strong-minded and intelligent beyond her years, she has a distinctly scholastic mindset and a healthy dose of Fraser stubbornness.

She joins previously announced Richard Rankin, who will play the adult version of Roger Wakefield whom viewers met as a child in the first season.

Source: Variety
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Judy Greer And Luke Wilson Find Measure Of A Man

Judy Greer And Luke Wilson Find Measure Of A Man
Moving to another Ya adaptation following the Hunger Games films, Donald Sutherland is already part of the cast of Measure Of A Man. And he's now joined by Luke Wilson and Judy Greer. Jim Loach (son of Ken) is directing the film, based on the 1991 novel One Fat Summer by Robert Lipsyte.The Maze Runner's Blake Cooper leads the film - a 1970s coming-of-age drama - as Bobby Marks, an overweight kid struggling with summer camp and an ongoing saga involving a lawnmowing job. Wilson and Greer will be playing Bobby's less than helpful parents, with Liana Liberato his sister Michelle, and Sutherland as Dr. Kahn, owner of that troublesome lawn.Loach's last film was Oranges And Sunshine in 2010 (although his drama Chasing Satellites seems to be complete and awaiting a release). But he's been more prolific on television, clocking up the mini-series Life Of Crime, plus episodes of Dci Banks,
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James Bloor Heads North

James Bloor Heads North
Striking while his career iron is still heating up, Brit newcomer James Bloor is following his unlikely role in Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel Leatherface with some more American genre action. He's signed on for North, a post-apocalyptic yarn also starring Jacob Lofland (Mud), Patrick Schwarzenegger (Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse) and Sophie Kennedy Clark (Philomena).Documentarian Matthew Ogens is making the switch to fiction to direct the film. Its sketchy plot details so far reveal a group of teenagers striking out into the dangerous, blasted unknown in the wake of a cataclysm. Chris Walla of the band Death Cab For Cutie is providing the soundtrack.Bloor's only screen acting credits so far are a two-part Dci Banks story and a short based on Hansel And Gretel. In Leatherface he's reportedly playing one of three teenagers who might grow into the chainsaw-wielding maniac.North is currently shooting in Detroit.
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All 27 stars of Skins: Whatever happened to E4's teen tearaways?

Here's one of those 'This'll make you feel old' factoids - it's two years since the last ever episode of Skins aired.

E4's groundbreaking hormone-fest wrapped up on August 5, 2013 - with an older Cook (Jack O'Connell) heading off into an uncertain future at the close of 'Rise (Part Two)'.

Cook was but one of 27 major characters featured on Skins across three 'Generations' - in a total of 61 episodes, split into seven series. But where are the teen tearaways of Roundview College now?

Generation One

1. Nicholas Hoult

Hoult played Tony Stonem - the pre-eminent bad boy of Skins - across its first two series. Later badly hurt in a traffic accident and forced to rely on others, Tony had mellowed by his final episodes.

Now aged 25, Hoult has become a bona-fide Hollywood star with roles in this year's Mad Max: Fury Road and the much-anticipated book adaptations Dark Places and Kill Your Friends.
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Jessica Madsen Braves Leatherface

Jessica Madsen Braves Leatherface
Once again, rather strangely, heading to British TV for its young cast, Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel Leatherface has just gained Jessica Madsen. The Mr. Selfridge actress joins Sam Strike (Eastenders) and James Bloor (Dci Banks).The new Chainsaw film follows 2013's hapless Texas Chainsaw 3D as the eighth film in the scrappy franchise. It's the second to be called Leatherface, following Jeff Burr's third instalment in 1990 starring a young Viggo Mortensen. It's also the second attempt at a prequel, after Jonathan Liebesman's Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning in 2006.Like Liebesman's film, the new Leatherface is following the hulking killer's early years in the 1970s, although in this case we'll find him in his teens before he dons the mask and picks up the saw. It seems to be a mystery revolving around three teenage psychopaths, one of whom will grow up brain William Vail with a hammer and endlessly chase Marilyn Burns.
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The Island with Bear Grylls returns to Channel 4 with 1.6m on Wednesday

The Island with Bear Grylls returned to strong ratings on Channel 4, according to overnight figures for Wednesday (April 8).

The survival skills series aired to 1.63m (7.8%) at 9pm, with a further 283,000 viewers (1.8%) tuning in on Channel 4+1. Later, First Dates averaged 1.15m (7.5%) at 10pm (189k/2.4% on +1).

However, it was BBC One's MasterChef that topped the ratings once again, bringing in 4.80m (24.0%) at 8pm, while Secret Britain interested 3.90m (18.6%) at 9pm. Match of the Day scored 1.82m (15.7%) at 10.45pm.

On BBC Two, Collectaholics continued with 1.07m (5.8%) at 7pm, while The Ladykillers: Pest Detectives gathered 1.20m (6.0%) at 8pm. This World appealed to 980k (4.7%) at 9pm, and Qi interested 780k (4.5%) at 10pm.

ITV's Big Star's Little Star entertained 3.16m (15.7%) at 8pm (180k/0.9% on +1), followed by the latest Dci Banks with 3.71m (17.7%) at 9pm (181k/1.2%).

Channel 5's Nightmare Neighbour Next Door was seen by 1.07m (5.4%) at 8pm (145k/0.7%), followed by OAPs Behaving Badly
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Dci Banks, Chicago Pd

Dci Banks: ITV, 9pm

Last in the series of the ITV detective drama starring Stephen Tompkinson.

The investigation ramps up when Morton discovers that Hexton is the biological father of murdered student Josh.

The Island with Bear Grylls: Channel 4, 9pm

First in the new series of the survival programme where two teams, one all-male and one all-female, are put to the test on tropical islands.

Tonight, the male participants struggle against harsh currents and tropical storms as they try to find shelter.

Chicago Pd: 5Usa, 9pm

Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) and his team return for a second season of the Chicago Fire spin-off.

The Intelligence Unit begins to investigate the murder of one of their own, while Internal Affairs are still after Voight's badge.

You, Me and Them: Gold, 10pm

First in the new series of the comedy starring Eve Myles and Anthony Head as a couple with a big age difference.
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MasterChef tops Wednesday night with 5.5 million

MasterChef was on top of the ratings on Wednesday evening, overnight data reveals.

The BBC One competition brought in an average 5.53 million (27.3%) at 8pm, followed by Billion Dollar Chicken Shop with 3.17m (15.5%) at 9pm.

On BBC Two, The Fixer appealed to 883,000 (4.7%) at 7pm, while The Ladykillers was seen by 1.16m (5.7%) at 8pm and the Strangeways documentary by 1.41m (6.9%) at 9pm.

ITV's Big Star's Little Star entertained 3.47m (17.0%) at 8pm (178k/0.9% on +1), followed by the latest Dci Banks with 3.62m (17.8%) at 9pm (196k/1.2%).

On Channel 4, How Safe Are Our Planes? interested 987k (4.9%) at 8pm (109k/0.5%). 24 Hours in A&E gathered 1.73m (8.4%) at 9pm (263k/1.6%) and First Dates attracted 1.05m (6.4%) at 10pm (197k/2.3%).

Channel 5's Nightmare Neighbour Next Door was seen by 1.41m (7.0%) at 8pm (101k/0.5%), followed by OAPs Behaving Badly with 967k (4.7%) at 9pm (123k/0.7%) and Grand Theft Auto: UK with 681k (4.0%) at 10pm.

On ITVBe, Towie's latest episode brought in 474k (2.8%) at 10pm.
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Wednesday’s best TV

  • The Guardian - TV News
Martha Kearney retraces her ancestors’ footprints in Norther Ireland, a look at the infamous 1990 revolt in the Manchester prison and Stephen Tomkinson’s Dci Banks ventures into Breaking Bad territory

The second episode charting the journalist’s travels in her ancestral homeland. Delving into the works of 19th-century artist George Victor Du Noyer, who compiled numerous geological depictions of his country, Kearney discovers how its landscapes once looked, as well as exploring the changes that continue to occur. This week, she explores Northern Ireland, from Belfast’s Victoriana to the rugged nature of the Giant’s Causeway. It’s beautifully shot, and Kearney is an engaging guide. Hannah J Davies

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