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Viacom’s Channel 5 and Comedy Central Join BritBox Ahead of Its U.K. Launch

  • Variety
Viacom-owned Channel 5 and Comedy Central have joined BritBox, the “best-of-British” subscription streaming service created by the BBC and ITV. The platform, already available in North America, is due to launch on home turf in Britain by year’s end.

Under the deal with Viacom, shows from the U.K.’s Channel 5 can appear on BritBox following a 30-day catchup window on the channel’s VOD platform My5. Comedy Central will contribute a selection of its British-produced shows.

The addition of content from those two sources strengthens BritBox’s content lineup, which already includes shows such as “Victoria,” “Happy Valley,” “Broadchurch,” “Les Miserables,” “Downton Abbey,” “Love Island,” “Famalam,” “Gavin & Stacey,” “The Office” and “Benidorm.” These series will be on the service at launch in the U.K. or become available shortly afterward, when licensing agreements with other Svod operators end. BritBox will be available for £5.99 ($7.53) per month.

“We
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Alessandro Nivola, Gemma Arterton Head Killer Cast For BBC One/FX 3-Part Adaptation Of Rumer Godden Steamy Lit Classic ‘Black Narcissus’

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Alessandro Nivola, Gemma Arterton Head Killer Cast For BBC One/FX 3-Part Adaptation Of Rumer Godden Steamy Lit Classic ‘Black Narcissus’
Exclusive: Alessandro Nivola and Gemma Arterton head a killer cast for a three-part adaptation of the 1939 classic Rumer Godden literary novel Black Narcissus, a tale of sexual repression and forbidden love. BAFTA-winning writer Amanda Coe wrote the three hourlong episodes and renowned Dp Charlotte Bruus Christensen makes her directing debut.

BBC One is producing with DNA TV and FX Productions. The exec producers are Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich and Coe for DNA TV and FX Productions and Lucy Richer for the BBC. Filming starts in October in Jomsom, Nepal and Pinewood Studios, UK.

Black Narcissus was previously adapted for screen in 1947 by Powell and Pressburger and subsequently won two Oscars for Cinematography (Jack Cardiff) and Art Direction (Alfred Junge).

Arterton plays Sister Clodagh, the leader of the nuns of St Faiths, who travel to Nepal to
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'Victoria' Star Jenna Coleman Joins Netflix/BBC Crime Drama 'The Serpent'

'Victoria' Star Jenna Coleman Joins Netflix/BBC Crime Drama 'The Serpent'
Jenna Coleman (Victoria, Doctor Who), Billy Howle (MotherFatherSon, Dunkirk) and Ellie Bamber (Les Misérables, Nocturnal Animals) have been cast in lead roles in the upcoming Netflix/BBC crime drama The Serpent.

Filming has begun on the Mammoth Screen-produced series, which will see Tahar Rahim play Charles Sobhraj, one of the most elusive criminals of the 20th century.

Coleman will play Marie-Andrée Leclerc, Sobhraj’s partner and frequent accomplice, with Howle and Bamber cast as Herman and Angela Knippenberg.

Charles Sobhraj (Rahim) was the chief suspect in the unsolved murders of up to 20 young Western travelers across India, Thailand and Nepal’s ...
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‘Victoria’ Star Jenna Coleman Joins BBC and Netflix Serial-Killer Drama ‘The Serpent’

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‘Victoria’ Star Jenna Coleman Joins BBC and Netflix Serial-Killer Drama ‘The Serpent’
Jenna Coleman will switch from starring as the long-reining British sovereign in “Victoria” to play Marie-Andrée Leclerc, the partner and accomplice of French serial killer Charles Sobrhaj, in the BBC and Netflix drama “The Serpent.” Coleman will star alongside the previously announced Tahar Rahim, who plays Sobrhaj, as well as Ellie Bamber and Billy Howle, who have joined the series.

Sobhraj was the chief suspect in the unsolved murders of up to 20 young travelers across India, Thailand, and Nepal’s hippie trail in the mid-1970s. Having slipped repeatedly from the grasp of authorities worldwide, he became Interpol’s most wanted man.

Howle will play Herman Knippenberg, a junior diplomat at the Dutch Embassy in Bangkok who unwittingly walks into Sobhraj’s web of crime and ultimately seeks to bring him to justice. Bamber will appear as his wife, Angela.

The BBC will launch the series in the U.K.
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‘Shantaram’ to shoot in Victoria

Paramount Television and Anonymous Content’s 10-part TV adaptation of Gregory David Roberts’ novel Shantaram will shoot in Melbourne thanks to grants from the Federal Government and Film Victoria.

Justin Kurzel, who is directing the first two episodes, is holding auditions for the production commissioned by Apple TV, which will shoot in October.

Published in 2003, the novel follows Lindsay, a bank robber and heroin addict who escapes from Melbourne’s Pentridge Prison and flees to India, which mirrors the author’s experience.

Landing in Bombay, he is forced to live in the slums, which shelters him from the authorities. He sets up a free health clinic as a way to contribute to the community, learns about the local culture and customs and becomes fluent in Marathi, the local language.

He also witnesses and battles outbreaks of cholera and firestorms and becomes involved in trading with the lepers.

Joel Edgerton was
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‘A Discovery Of Witches’: ‘Victoria’ Star Tom Hughes Joins Cast Of Supernatural Drama For Season Two

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Victoria star Tom Hughes is joining the cast of Sky and AMC Networks drama A Discovery of Witches.

Hughes will star as Kit Marlowe, an English playwright, poet and translator of the Elizabethan era, for the show’s second season. Hughes, who also starred in BBC Cold War drama The Game, is the first name revealed to join the cast after the British pay-broadcaster made a bumper two-season order for the supernatural series.

Downton Abbey and The Good Wife star Matthew Goode stars as vampire Matthew Clairmont in the Bad Wolf-produced show, while Hacksaw Ridge‘s Teresa Palmer plays heroine Diana Bishop in the series.

A Discovery Of Witches is the first installment of Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy, which has sold more than 3.5M copies worldwide. Originally published in 2011, Discovery is the story of Diana, a young scholar at Oxford who is a descendant of the Salem witches. When she accidentally unlocks an enchanted manuscript,
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French Producer, Co-Founder of Indie Sales Eric Névé Dies at 57

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French Producer, Co-Founder of Indie Sales Eric Névé Dies at 57
Eric Névé, a prominent French producer whose credits include Ziad Doueiri’s Oscar-nominated “The Insult,” has died. Névé, 57, was the founder of the Paris-based production banner La Chauve-Souris and co-founder of the international sales company Indie Sales and its sister outfit Indie Prod. He died Sunday.

Through La Chauve-Souris, which he launched in 1995, Névé produced several popular and daring films from a mix of established and emerging directors, notably Jan Kounen’s “Doberman,” Jean-Paul Salomé’s “Les femmes de l’ombre,” Romain Gavras’ “Notre jour viendra,” Moussa Touré’s “La Pirogue” and Daouda Coulibaly’s “Wùlu.”

Névé was well-known for his contribution to the flourishing of new talents in West Africa, in particular Senegal, through his other production company, Astou Films.

In 2013, Névé launched the banner Indie Sales with former TF1 International executive Nicolas Eschbach. The sales and co-production company boasts a library of about 60 movies, among which are Jean-Pierre Améris’s “Marie Heurtin,
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French producer and Indie Sales co-founder Eric Névé dies aged 57

French producer and Indie Sales co-founder Eric Névé dies aged 57
Producer credits included Dobermann, La Pirogue, Fast Convoy, and Suburra.

French producer Eric Névé, whose varied credits included Jan Kounen’s Dobermann, Cannes Un Certain Regard title La Pirogue, and Italian organised crime thriller Suburra, has died at the age of 57.

Paris-based international sales company Indie Sales, which Névé co-founded with Nicolas Eschbach in 2013, put out a statement on Tuesday (23) announcing the producer’s sudden and unexpected death on July 21.

Having graduated in business finance from France’s Sciences Po and Paris-Dauphine universities, Névé got into cinema working for historic film company Ugc, state broadcaster film arm France 3 Cinéma,
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UK’s Nfts to open major hub in northern England

The new Leeds hub will be spread over a number of sites.

The UK’s National Film and Television School (Nfts) is to open a hub in northern English city of Leeds next year, its third outside of Nfts Scotland in Glasgow and its main school in Beaconsfield, just outside London.

Nfts director Jon Wardle said the school recognises “the direction of travel is more out of London production”, which will require more skilled talent in the regions.

The opening follows Nfts sponsor Channel 4’s relocation of its national headquarters to the Yorkshire city. The Leeds hub will be
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‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘The Office’ Heading to BritBox as Streamer Unveils U.K. Launch

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British broadcasters the BBC and ITV have formally agreed to launch their joint streaming service, BritBox, in the U.K. in the fourth quarter of 2019. It will be priced at £5.99 ($7.50) per month, making it the same price as the cheapest Netflix subscription in the U.K.

ITV will control BritBox, holding a 90% stake. The BBC will contribute programming but will not directly sink any cash into the new service, unless it exercises an option to increase its 10% share to 25%.

BritBox will be programmed with a catalog of shows from both broadcasters, plus some originals. Both BBC Studios and ITV Studios will pull shows from Netflix and other streamers in the U.K. to put on their new service. “The Office” is one title that Netflix will lose to BritBox. Period favorite “Downton Abbey” will also be on the soon-to-launch streamer.

“What is on Netflix will not be on BritBox, what
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Only You review – a perfectly realised story of love and longing

The course of true love runs less than smooth in this engrossing debut feature from writer-director Harry Wootliff

Here’s something special – a terrifically engrossing drama about two wholly believable characters, made with the kind of wit, honesty and raw emotional intimacy that pierces right to the heart of their relationship. Vividly rendered, and filled with tangible yearning, it strikes a balance between romantic passion and mundane domesticity, as the skin-prickling attraction of new love is tested by the day-to-day tribulations of real life.

At the heart of the film’s charms are a pair of flawless performances by Laia Costa and Josh O’Connor, both superbly directed by writer-director Harry Wootliff in her very impressive feature debut. Costa, who did such breathtaking work in the one-take German drama Victoria, is Elena, a Spanish émigré living in Glasgow. Stumbling home from a New Year’s Eve party, she finds herself
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Phoebe Dynevor & Regé-Jean Page To Headline Shondaland’s ‘Bridgerton’ At Netflix; 10 Others Cast

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Exclusive: Netflix has set the cast for Shondaland’s Bridgerton. Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page lead the cast of the eight-episode series, which also includes Golda Rosheuvel, Jonathan Bailey, Luke Newton, Claudia Jessie, Nicola Coughlan, Ruby Barker, Sabrina Bartlett, Ruth Gemmell, Adjoa Andoh (Thunderbirds Are A Go) and Polly Walker. They join Julie Andrews, who voices the pivotal character of Lady Whistledown, in the hourlong period series based on Julia Quinn’s bestselling series of novels, which is slated to premiere in 2020.

This marks a return to Shondaland for Page, coming off a co-starring role on the company’s legal drama For The People, which ran on ABC for two seasons.

Created by Scandal veteran Chris Van Dusen,
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Only You review – gloriously sexy and sad love story | Peter Bradshaw's film of the week

Instant attraction on New Year’s Eve – and a little white lie – lead a young couple down the poignant path from passion to heartache

Movies about love at first sight are common enough and so are movies that track the bittersweet season cycle of a relationship’s first year. Then there are movies about a relationship further down the road, brutally tested by the agony of fertility treatment – such as Tamara Jenkins’s excellent Private Life, from 2018 – involving older people who have had ample time to jettison any youthfully naive illusions they may have had about themselves, about each other and about life itself. The marvel of this Glasgow-set debut film from writer-director Harry Wootliff is to make these genres overlap. It’s a poignant and compelling Venn diagram of passion and heartache.

There is enormous tenderness and sensuality in the lead performances: from Spanish actor Laia Costa, the star
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Cancelled or Renewed? Status of PBS TV Shows

Which PBS TV shows have been cancelled? How many episodes are there this season? Has a series already been renewed for next season? Below, you'll find a list of PBS' recent/current/upcoming scripted TV shows and their current status.

TV shows like All Creatures Great and Small, Call the Midwife, Endeavour, Grantchester, Last Tango in Halifax, Les Miserables, Little Women, The Miniaturist, Mrs. Wilson, My Mother and Other Strangers, Poldark, Press, Sherlock, Victoria, The Woman in White, ...
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Picture Tree Intl. Picks Up Carolina Hellsgård’s ‘Sunburned’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Picture Tree Intl. has acquired the rights to Carolina Hellsgård’s “Sunburned,” the follow-up feature to her zombie drama “Endzeit – Ever After.”

Pti will be presenting first footage from the film, currently in post-production, at this year’s German Films Previews (July 3-6).

“Sunburned” follows solitary teenager Claire on a family holiday in Spain. Neglected by her distant mother and older sister she eventually finds company in Amram, a young, struggling Senegalese beach vendor. Claire promises to help him, regardless of the consequences.

The film is Hellsgård’s third feature as director after her debut “Wanja,” which premiered at the Berlinale in 2015, and post-apocalyptic zombie feature “Endzeit – Ever After,” which premiered at Toronto Film Festival last year. The latter film is still traveling the festival circuit with an upcoming U.K. premiere at Edinburgh Film Festival on June 29, and is being readied for its U.S. release through Juno Film,
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Letitia Wright, John Boyega to Star on Steve McQueen’s BBC-Amazon Series ‘Small Axe’

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Letitia Wright, John Boyega to Star on Steve McQueen’s BBC-Amazon Series ‘Small Axe’
Letitia Wright and John Boyega are set to star on Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe,” an upcoming anthology series that will air on the BBC in the U.K. and Amazon in the U.S.

The cast also includes Malachi Kirby (“Black Mirror”), Shaun Parkes (“Lost in Space”), Rochenda Sandall (“Line of Duty”), Alex Jennings (“Victoria”) and Jack Lowden (“Mary Queen of Scots”).

Created and written by McQueen with Alastair Siddons and Courttia Newland, the six-part, one-hour series will tell five different stories (with the first told across two episodes) and is set in London’s West Indian community, running from the late 1960s through the early ’80s. Shooting on the series began on location in London this week.

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Per the studio, the title “Small Axe” is derived from a Jamaican proverb which has resonance throughout the Caribbean,
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Letitia Wright, John Boyega to Star in Steve McQueen’s Series ‘Small Axe’ (Exclusive)

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Letitia Wright, John Boyega to Star in Steve McQueen’s Series ‘Small Axe’ (Exclusive)
Letitia Wright and John Boyega head an all-star British cast in Steve McQueen’s upcoming anthology series, “Small Axe,” one of the most eagerly anticipated dramas coming out of Britain, where it will air on the BBC. Amazon has already snagged the show for the U.S.

The series from the Oscar-winning director of “12 Years a Slave” and “Widows” has been years in the making. It is set in London’s West Indian community, starting in the late 1960s and running until the early ’80s.

Production is now underway on location in London. Boyega (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) and Wright (“Black Panther”) join a cast that also includes Malachi Kirby (“Black Mirror”), Shaun Parkes (“Lost in Space”), Rochenda Sandall (“Line of Duty”), Alex Jennings (“Victoria”) and Jack Lowden (“Mary Queen of Scots”).

The series will comprise six parts and tell five different stories. Its title is derived from
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Letitia Wright, John Boyega to Lead Steve McQueen's Amazon Drama 'Small Axe'

Letitia Wright, John Boyega to Lead Steve McQueen's Amazon Drama 'Small Axe'
Steve McQueen, director of 12 Years a Slave and Widows, has started production on his long-gestating TV drama Small Axe.

The six-part anthology series — commissioned for the BBC with Amazon having boarded for the U.S. — is set to star Letitia Wright and John Boyega, and tell five stories set within London’s West Indian community from the late 1960s to the early '80s.

Malachi Kirby (Curfew, Black Mirror, Roots), Shaun Parkes (Lost in Space, Hooten & the Lady), Rochenda Sandall (Line of Duty, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch), Alex Jennings (A Very English Scandal, Victoria) and Jack Lowden (The Long Song, Mary Queen of Scots) ...
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Netflix Unveils Cast, Shooting Dates for Alex Pina’s ‘White Lines’

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Netflix Unveils Cast, Shooting Dates for Alex Pina’s ‘White Lines’
Laura Haddock (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), Marta Milans (“Shazam”) and Juan Diego Botto (“Good Behavior”) are set to star in “White Lines,” the Netflix original series written by “La Casa de Pavel” creator Alex Pina.

The 10 episode show will start shooting later this month until October in the Balearic Islands including Majorca and Ibiza. On top of writing the series, Pina also serve as showrunner. Nick Hamm, Luis Prieto, Ashley Way and Alvaro Brechner will be directing it.

After the body of a legendary Manchester DJ is discovered twenty years after his mysterious disappearance from Ibiza, his sister returns to the beautiful Spanish island to find out what happened. Her investigation will lead her through a thrilling world of dance clubs, lies and cover-ups, forcing her to confront the darker sides of her own character.

The cast is completed by Nuno Lopes, Laurence Fox (“Victoria”) and Angela Griffin.

The series
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2019 Emmy Awards nominations ballot: See the 165 Best Drama Series hopefuls from A (‘All American) to Y (‘You’)

2019 Emmy Awards nominations ballot: See the 165 Best Drama Series hopefuls from A (‘All American) to Y (‘You’)
TV academy voters are faced with a daunting task when they fill out their 2019 Emmy Awards nominations ballot, They have to consider 165 shows for Best Drama Series, which is five more than last year. At least they no longer have to winnow their choices down to just 10 favorites. As with last year, they are being told to “Vote for as many achievements in this category that you have seen and feel are worthy of a nomination.”

Remember, only seven of the shows below will earn bids for Best Drama Series when the nominations are announced on July 16. Among those in contention are reigning champ”Game of Thrones,” which is looking for a record-tying fourth win. With the exception of “This Is Us,” none of the other 2018 nominees are in contention this year.

See 2019 Emmy nominations ballot: 732 programs vie for your consideration (that is 4 more than last year)

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