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BBC America Announces Dylan Thomas Film from Screenwriter Andrew Davies

BBC America has acquired A Poet in New York, a film about Dylan Thomas’ final days. The drama is written by Andrew Davies, BBC’s venerable screenwriter most acclaimed for the 1995 Pride and Prejudice as well as more recent well-received series like House of Cards and Little Dorrit. It features several beloved BBC actors, with Tom Hollander (Rev., Pride and Prejudice) as Dylan Thomas and Essie Davis (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) as his wife. Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting, Page Eight), and Phoebe Fox (Switch, New Tricks) co-star.

The film will premiere this fall on BBC America and is directed by Aisling Walsh (Room at the Top, Loving Miss Hatto).

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“One of the most renowned poets in the world, Dylan Thomas is the creator of some of the most memorable lines in the English language. Known for his wild, hard-drinking lifestyle as well as his brilliance, his
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Watch ‘The Musketeers’ In Action In New BBC Trailer

Storming its’ way into view today is the brand new trailer for upcoming BBC show The Musketeers set to hit screens at the end of January. The 10-part series has a cracking cast, top quality writer and, if the trailer is anything to go by, some serious action to keep us entertained on what appears to be the BBC’s new Saturday night ‘must-see TV’.

Fans of Doctor Who can starve off their withdrawal following the Christmas Day regeneration as 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi plays statesman Cardinal Richelieu, the main enemy of the Musketeers. Filling the Musketeers’ boots are Luke Pasqualino (Skins, The Borgias) as D’Artagnan, Tom Burke (Great Expectations, The Hour) as Athos, Santiago Cabrera (Merlin, Heroes) as Aramis and Howard Charles (Royal Shakespeare Company) as Porthos. Here’s the very worthy sounding plot summed up:

‘Set in 17th century Paris D’Artagan, Athos, Aramis, and Porthos fight
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One for all: new Machiavellian role for Capaldi in BBC's Musketeers

Actor renowned for role of ruthless spin doctor Malcolm Tucker to play Cardinal Richelieu in adaptation of Dumas classic book

He gave the nation a glimpse of his role as Doctor Who on Christmas Day, but before that series returns viewers will first have a chance to re-examine the political machinations of Peter Capaldi, as he takes on the role of Cardinal Richelieu in BBC1's gritty, updated take on the tale of the Three Musketeers.

The 10-part drama, which will begin next month and appears destined for a Saturday-night slot, is a modern take on the Alexandre Dumas tale without doing what its writer Adrian Hodges described as the "full Sherlock".

The feathers and the tabards are gone – fans of the 1973 Richard Chamberlain film will be disappointed – and in their place is a world that is a "bit smelly, a bit dirty", said Hodges. "But it's still about heroes,
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Rory Kinnear To Take On Lucan In New ITV Drama

Rory Kinnear To Take On Lucan In New ITV Drama
Lord Lucan's mysterious life will receive a fresh appraisal, with the announcement of a two-part drama based on the life of the flamboyant aristocrat.

Rory Kinnear, one of the country's busiest actors at the moment with roles in the upcoming 'Southcliffe', 'Loving Miss Hatto' and 'Skyfall', will take the role of Lord Lucan, whose fate has been shrouded in mystery following his disappearance in 1974.

Lord Lucan and his wife Veronica, whom he always said would blame him for the murder

Christopher Eccleston will take the role of Lucan's great friend, nightclub owner John Aspinall, whom many believe helped Lucan escape abroad, following the murder of his nanny Sandra Rivett at his Belgravia home, and an attack on his wife, Veronica, from whom Lucan was estranged.

Michael Gambon is also set to appear in the drama.

Sandra Rivett was the Lucans' nanny, who was bludgeoned
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Broadcasting Press Guild Awards see drama come storming back

Reality TV has come down to earth with a bump, as this year's awards go to BBC dramas Parade's End and The Hollow Crown

It is only a few years since the success of reality TV had people fearing for the future of scripted entertainment.

If broadcasters could top the ratings with a bunch of wannabes prepared to go on screen for free (they would be richly remunerated, went the theory, by the tabloids in due course) then what need for big budget comedy and drama?

But the winners of the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards tell a different story.

At the height of reality TV mania, Rupert Murdoch even launched a dedicated channel. The Fox Reality Channel featured more reality shows than you could shake a remote control at, although rather fewer that you might remember – My Bare Lady, Househusbands of Hollywood and surely the ultimate in reality TV, Gimme My Reality Show!
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Festive TV 2012: best and worst programmes

What did you make of this year's Christmas television offerings – from Doctor Who to The Snowman and the Snowdog; Restless and Miranda to the Downton Christmas special? Tell us which shows you loved and which left you disappointed

You couldn't say this was a vintage year for Christmas television. There were the usual specials of varying quality – from Doctor Who (decent) to Downton Abbey (ludicrous) and Outnumbered (awful) via Call the Midwife, Miranda and, of course, The Royle Family, but in general there seemed surprisingly few hits in the festive schedules.

Channel 4 brought viewers something new(ish) with its followup to The Snowman, which had charm if not quite the magic of the original. But it felt as if ITV had largely given up aside from Downton – which trundled along for two hours before sticking all its plot in the last three minutes – and the not terribly inspiring Doors Open with Stephen Fry.
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Rewind TV: Downton Abbey; Restless; Loving Miss Hatto; The Girl; David Suchet: In the Footsteps of St Paul – review

The Granthams lost the plot in a glutinous Downton Christmas special and a disappointing William Boyd thriller somehow transformed Rufus Sewell into Michael Gambon

Downton Abbey (ITV1) | ITVPlayer

Restless (BBC1) | iPlayer

Loving Miss Hatto (BBC1) | iPlayer

The Girl (BBC2) | iPlayer

David Suchet: In the Footsteps of St Paul (BBC1) | iPlayer

By tradition the Christmas special is special only in the sense that it's broadcast at Christmas. For with a vast captive audience gastronomically paralysed in front of the box, Christmas Day is a time devoted not to quality but gluttony.

As the ITV1 continuity announcer said: "Your ITV Christmas wouldn't be complete without a trip to Downton Abbey." Leaving aside the queasy thought of an "ITV Christmas", it's the idea of completion that's key here. The Christmas special is the pudding that must be eaten, regardless of appetite or appeal, because it will make us full. The gluttonous paradox,
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Rewind TV: Downton Abbey; Restless; Loving Miss Hatto; The Girl; David Suchet: In the Footsteps of St Paul – review

The Granthams lost the plot in a glutinous Downton Christmas special and a disappointing William Boyd thriller somehow transformed Rufus Sewell into Michael Gambon

Downton Abbey (ITV1) | ITVPlayer

Restless (BBC1) | iPlayer

Loving Miss Hatto (BBC1) | iPlayer

The Girl (BBC2) | iPlayer

David Suchet: In the Footsteps of St Paul (BBC1) | iPlayer

By tradition the Christmas special is special only in the sense that it's broadcast at Christmas. For with a vast captive audience gastronomically paralysed in front of the box, Christmas Day is a time devoted not to quality but gluttony.

As the ITV1 continuity announcer said: "Your ITV Christmas wouldn't be complete without a trip to Downton Abbey." Leaving aside the queasy thought of an "ITV Christmas", it's the idea of completion that's key here. The Christmas special is the pudding that must be eaten, regardless of appetite or appeal, because it will make us full. The gluttonous paradox,
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David Walliams's 'Mr Stink' has sweet smell of success with 6.3m

David Walliams's 'Mr Stink' has sweet smell of success with 6.3m
David Walliams's comedy drama Mr Stink was the standout show of yesterday's primetime schedule (December 23), early overnight ratings data indicates. The adaptation of the 2009 book, which was originally illustrated by Quentin Blake, scored 6.34m (27.3%) from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Also on BBC One, 4.18m (17.2%) watched Victoria Wood's Joyce Hatto biopic Loving Miss Hatto from 8.30pm-10.30pm. Around the same number 4.18m (20.6%) had watched the Antiques Roadshow for the hour before. 3.61m (20.8%) watched highlights of the last pre-Christmas Premier League games on Match of the Day 2 from 10.30pm to 11.30pm. Victoria Wood also did well for BBC Two last night, as All The Trimmings entertained 2.16m (9.15%) from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Her lead-in was The Morecambe & Wise Christmas Show, which had 2.5 million (more)
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TV review: Homeland | Mr Stink | Loving Mrs Hatto | James May's Toy Stories: Flight Club

If there had never been a first series of Homeland, this one would probably look great. But because of that high bar, the loss of momentum has been disappointing

And so to the finale of Homeland (Channel 4, Sunday). Abu Nazir's dead, everyone can relax, so they do, big time.

Carrie'n'Brody return to their lakeside love cabin, to do the sort of things couples do when they're not defending/breaching the security of the free world. They walk by the water, trade family secrets, make plans for the future. Brody juggles potatoes, shows his lighter side. They stroke each other's hair by the flickering light of the log fire. Carrie loves her job, she says. "The thing is Brody, I also love …" "Careful," says Brody. "Being with you."

Jesus, what the hell is this? Love Story? At least Quinn's there too, watching from the porch of the next-door cabin, through his telescopic sight.
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TV Review: Loving Miss Hatto - Everyone Should Have A Barry In Their Lives

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TV Review: Loving Miss Hatto - Everyone Should Have A Barry In Their Lives
From the pen of Victoria Wood came this moving and memorable drama about the life of Joyce Hatto, a piano-playing virtuoso who never quite fulfilled her dreams, and the devotion of her husband Barrington 'Barry' Coupe, tireless and mischievous in his efforts to bring his wife's music to her fans in the swansong of their lives, by fair means or foul.

Alfred Molina and Francesca Annis as a pair of mischievous music-makers

The real-life story was obviously a goodie - a pair of pensioners winging their way around the interweb, borrowing a crotchet here, a quaver there, and pulling off one of classical music's great frauds from behind the box hedges of Hertfordshire. But there were four other reasons this one-off drama worked so well.

The first, the script. Wood surpassed herself with a sure narrative touch, capturing a pair of very human lives, from the fumblings of a 1950s wedding night,
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TV review: Homeland | Mr Stink | Loving Mrs Hatto | James May's Toy Stories: Flight Club

If there had never been a first series of Homeland, this one would probably look great. But because of that high bar, the loss of momentum has been disappointing

And so to the finale of Homeland (Channel 4, Sunday). Abu Nazir's dead, everyone can relax, so they do, big time.

Carrie'n'Brody return to their lakeside love cabin, to do the sort of things couples do when they're not defending/breaching the security of the free world. They walk by the water, trade family secrets, make plans for the future. Brody juggles potatoes, shows his lighter side. They stroke each other's hair by the flickering light of the log fire. Carrie loves her job, she says. "The thing is Brody, I also love …" "Careful," says Brody. "Being with you."

Jesus, what the hell is this? Love Story? At least Quinn's there too, watching from the porch of the next-door cabin, through his telescopic sight.
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TV highlights 23/12/12

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Mr Stink | Secret Lives Of The Apostles | Mount Pleasant Christmas Special | Loving Miss Hatto | Homeland | Him & Her: The Christmas Special | Never Let Me Go | Bad Santa

• Plan your Christmas and New Year viewing with our interactive guide to festive television

Mr Stink

6.30pm, BBC1

Children's books are a familiar second-career path for people in public life, from Prince Charles to Ricky Gervais. Happily, even for a busy person, David Walliams's efforts seem a cut above the celebrity norm. The tale of a homeless man befriended by a middle-class schoolgirl, this adaptation features a suitably strong cast. Benidorm regulars Johnny Vegas and Sheridan Smith play the parents of 12-year-old Chloe, who invites a tramp (Hugh Bonneville) to hang out in her family's garden shed. Gentle family comedy, featuring Walliams himself as the prime minister. Jr

Secret Lives Of The Apostles

7pm, National Geographic

Don't expect revelations about what Peter and Paul
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BBC's Christmas programmes not all ho-ho-ho

Festive specials with Mo Farah and Fabrice Muamba lift spirits despite Call the Midwife baby emergency and glum Doctor Who

A tear-jerking Call the Midwife special and a sombre yuletide instalment of Doctor Who mean this may not be an entirely merry Christmas on the BBC, which has unveiled its highlights for the festive season.

Ratings phenomenon Call the Midwife – which became the BBC's most successful new drama series in a decade at its launch early this year – features, appropriately enough, a baby born in difficult surroundings in a special Christmas episode.

"For something to be feelgood, it doesn't have to make you deliriously happy – it has to touch your heart in a deep way. And for me that's what Christmas is all about," said Heidi Thomas, writer and creator of the show, which is based on Jennifer Worth's memoirs of practising midwifery in the East End during the 1950s.
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The Revolting World of Stanley Brown

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Back in January, Screenterrier posted a casting call on behalf of casting director Kerrie Mailey for a new Cbbc comedy series The Revolting World of Stanley Brown.

Now, the revolting new comedy is ready to hit our screens, as it comes to Cbbc this autumn.

The series revolves around 13-year-old Stanley Brown, who shares his insatiable curiosity about the revolting world around him with a chaotic time-traveller, Archie (played by stand-up comedian and presenter Sy Thomas) and his best friends Mike and Jess. Stanley is always in trouble but each week he finds a new and exciting way to come out on top, delighting in the mess and mayhem the world throws at him.

14 year old Dean-Charles Chapman (represented by Troika) leads the cast as Stanley Brown. After a few roles in television, Dean was cast as Small Boy in Billy Elliot in the West End when he was eight,
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'Loving Miss Hatto' Says Goodbye to Dublin as Post-Production Wraps

Post-production on BBC drama 'Loving Miss Hatto' has been completed at Dublin's Screen Scene and Wicklow's Ardmore Sound after a successful four-week shoot in the capital. Screen Scene VFX and Ardmore Sound carried out full picture and sound post production on the project. Alex Mackie edited, with Dermot Grace assisting. Gary Curran supplied the grade with Warren Dowling finishing. John Stevenson was sound designer with Michelle Cunniffe editing the dialogue. Garret Farrell completed the final sound mix at Screen Scene's centre stage. Dee Collier supervised the overall post production.
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'Anonymous' Presenter Jason Byrne To Host TV Awards Ceremony

Irish comedian and TV presenter Jason Byrne has been announced as host of the 11th annual Channel of the Year Awards at next month's Edinburgh TV Festival. The awards ceremony will take place in the Scottish capital on August 24 and will see British broadcasters and producers vie for the prize of best programme and best channel of the year, among a number of other awards.Victoria Wood, the writer of upcoming Irish-shot BBC One film 'Loving Miss Hatto', will present the prestigious Terrestrial Channel of the Year award.
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