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Why I was wrong to doubt the mighty melodrama of MotherFatherSon

When Helen McCrory launched into a monologue about a dead seal I nearly lost hope, but the family saga has won me over with its pure, jaw-dropping emotion

Warning: this piece contains spoilers for MotherFatherSon

Before MotherFatherSon began I thought I had some idea what to expect. It was written by Tom Rob Smith, creator of London Spy and The Assassination of Gianni Versace. It starred Richard Gere as a millionaire media mogul, Helen McCrory as his estranged wife and Billy Howle as their troubled, cocaine-addled son.

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Richard Gere Series ‘MotherFatherSon’ Sold to Multiple Territories

  • Variety
BBC Studios, the British public broadcaster’s commercial arm, has announced a raft of territory sales for Richard Gere starrer “MotherFatherSon,” a drama series written by Tom Rob Smith, Emmy-nominated for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” The show will screen Tuesday at Series Mania, France, in the International Panorama section.

Buyers for the eight-part thriller include HBO for Central and Eastern Europe, Tvnz in New Zealand, RTP2 in Portugal, Ruv in Iceland, Catchplay in Taiwan, Zee Café in India and Amedia in Russia. The show will be shown on BBC First in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa.

Gere stars in his first television role for 30 years alongside Helen McCrory and Billy Howle. The cast also includes Sarah Lancashire, Paul Ready, Danny Sapiani (“Black Panther”), Joseph Mawle (“Game of Thrones”) and Sinéad Cusack (“Call the Midwife”). The director is James Kent, who will attend the Series Mania screening.
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‘Leaving Neverland’ Draws 2 Million Viewers in U.K. as Jackson Fans Fight Back

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‘Leaving Neverland’ Draws 2 Million Viewers in U.K. as Jackson Fans Fight Back
About 2 million viewers tuned into controversial Michael Jackson documentary “Leaving Neverland” in Britain this week as the pop superstar’s fans took to the streets and plastered London buses with messages protesting his innocence, and his nephew sought funding for a series refuting the sex-abuse allegations made in the film.

The two-part documentary was broadcast on Wednesday and Thursday nights on free-to-air network Channel 4, which produced the film along with HBO. Part 1 peaked at 2.4 million viewers and averaged 2.1 million. The second part was down slightly with a peak of 2.2 million and 1.9 million average, which equates to a 12% share of the British audience. Those figures are more than double the usual audience for Channel 4’s 9 p.m. slot and eclipsed the viewership numbers on HBO in the U.S.

However, the documentary was beaten both nights by Jeremy Clarkson’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” reboot on ITV and
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MotherFatherSon: was its loveless sex scene the most chilling in TV history?

The new Richard Gere drama is awash with toxic masculinity. But nothing could prepare viewers for its dark and deeply Freudian sex worker role-play

I’m starting to think Mary Whitehouse was on to something. TV is currently indundated with rows and rows of genitalia in Naked Attraction, two orgies per episode on Game of Thrones, plus the sex-obsessed Pure, the smutty Sex Education and the absolute filth of Sally4Ever. Where’s a proud prude to turn for some wholesome evening entertainment these days? So imagine my pearl-clutching horror upon discovering that BBC Two’s new drama also hinges on one of the oddest sex scenes in recent memory. Only it turns out that MotherFatherSon is great family television. Just definitely not in the Whitehouse sense of the phrase.

It’s the work of Tom Rob Smith, a writer who has previously proven his willingness to dive headfirst into
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Richard Gere conquered theatre and cinema … can he now score a TV hit?

Writer Tom Rob Smith tells of ‘wooing’ actor for state-of-the-nation BBC series MotherFatherSon

The first time Richard Gere appeared in a television series it was 1976 and the then little-known actor was in a single episode of the New York crime drama Kojak, playing a crook holding up a liquor store. Gere has since gone on to rather more illustrious parts, but now the Hollywood star is taking on his first major small-screen role in an eagerly awaited BBC Two drama.

Tom Rob Smith, the writer of MotherFatherSon, which starts next month, embarked on “a long wooing process” with Gere, eventually convincing him to take the part by assuring him it would be like performing on stage. “The question I asked was: when has Richard Gere recently had the chance to do a big two-page monologue?” Smith told the Observer.
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Richard Gere conquered theatre and cinema … can he now score a TV hit?

Writer Tom Rob Smith tells of ‘wooing’ actor for state-of-the-nation BBC series MotherFatherSon

The first time Richard Gere appeared in a television series it was 1976 and the then little-known actor was in a single episode of the New York crime drama Kojak, playing a crook holding up a liquor store. Gere has since gone on to rather more illustrious parts, but now the Hollywood star is taking on his first major small-screen role in an eagerly awaited BBC Two drama.

Tom Rob Smith, the writer of MotherFatherSon, which starts next month, embarked on “a long wooing process” with Gere, eventually convincing him to take the part by assuring him it would be like performing on stage. “The question I asked was: when has Richard Gere recently had the chance to do a big two-page monologue?” Smith told the Observer.
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BBC Takes Stake in New Company Set Up by ‘Luther,’ ‘Bodyguard’ Exec

  • Variety
BBC Studios has taken a minority stake in Firebird Pictures, the new drama indie being set up by BBC execs Elizabeth Kilgarriff and Craig Holleworth.

Kilgarriff’s credits include “Luther,” “Poldark,” “McMafia” and upcoming Richard Gere-starrer “MotherFatherSon.” She commissioned breakout drama hit “Bodyguard.” Holleworth will be the new company’s COO, having run business and operations for BBC Drama, BBC Films and its program acquisitions over a number of years. He has brokered deals for shows including “Doctor Who,” “Peaky Blinders” and “Sherlock.”

BBC Studios has taken a minority stake in the new venture. The commercial and production arm of the U.K. pubcaster will have a distribution deal with Firebird and sell its programming internationally.

“Now feels like an exciting time to be stepping forward into a new venture and building bold and distinctive shows for a global market,” Kilgarrif said. “Craig and I share a vision to
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AMC Opens Writers’ Room For Potential New Series 61st Street

AMC today announced that it had opened up a writers’ room for “61st Street,” a potential new AMC Studios’ series from BAFTA-winner Peter Moffat as showrunner and executive producer, to be executive produced by Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society (“David Makes Man”). The project is being developed as part of AMC’s “scripts-to-series” model, which opens writers’ rooms to develop potential series that, in success, move straight-to-series.

Set in present-day Chicago, “61st Street” is a gripping drama that follows Moses Johnson, a promising high school athlete, who is swept up into the infamously corrupt Chicago criminal justice system. Taken by the police as a gang member, he soon finds himself in the eye of the storm as police and prosecutors seek revenge for the death of an officer during a drug bust gone wrong. A timely examination of the institutional racism plaguing cities nationwide, “61st Street” plumbs the depths
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First trailer for MotherFatherSon starring Richard Gere, Helen McCrory and Billy Howle

The BBC has debuted the first trailer for its upcoming thriller series MotherFatherSon, which has been created by Tom Rob Smith (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) and stars Richard Gere, Helen McCrory, and Billy Howle; watch it here…

Richard Gere plays Max, a charismatic self-made American businessman with media outlets in London and around the world. Helen McCrory plays Kathryn, a British heiress who has been estranged from Max following the breakdown of their marriage some years before. Their 30 year-old son, Caden (Billy Howle), runs Max’s UK newspaper and is primed to follow in his father’s footsteps as one of the most powerful men in the world. But when Caden’s self-destructive lifestyle spirals out of control, the devastating consequences threaten the future of the family, its empire, and a country on the brink of change…

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‘MotherFatherSon’ Trailer: Richard Gere Is A Media Mogul In New BBC Drama Series

Richard Gere has an incredible IMDb filmography, filled with award-winning roles. However, outside of some festival films, the actor hasn’t really had a major part in a big film since 2015’s “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” and let’s be real, that’s not something to rave about. That being said, Gere is taking his talents to the small screen, to star in the upcoming BBC drama series “MotherFatherSon.”

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The series marks the actors first foray into TV since the mid-’70s when he had a one-off role in “Kojack.” But this time, Gere is front and center in “MotherFatherSon,” playing a media mogul that goes to the UK to visit his estranged wife and his son.

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Motherfatherson (2019) TV Show Trailer: Richard Gere’s Son May Destroy the Media Mogul’s Company [BBC]

MotherFatherSon Trailer BBC‘s MotherFatherSon (2019) TV show trailer stars Richard Gere, Helen McCrory, Billy Howle, Ciarán Hinds, and Elena Anaya. MotherFatherSon‘s plot synopsis: “Richard Gere plays Max, a charismatic self-made American businessman with media outlets in London and around the world. Helen McCrory plays Kathryn, a British heiress who has been estranged from Max following the [...]

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Watch: Richard Gere Warns of ‘Disloyalty’ in His Return to TV in BBC’s ‘MotherFatherSon’

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Watch: Richard Gere Warns of ‘Disloyalty’ in His Return to TV in BBC’s ‘MotherFatherSon’
“We are all capable of disloyalty,” Richard Gere warns in his first role for the small screen in decades, in BBC drama “MotherFatherSon.” Gere plays media overlord Max, who can be seen as a kingmaker and family man in the show’s first trailer.

Max is a newspaper and media baron who can influence elections and shape politics. He has succession plans in place, in the form of his son, Caden (Billy Howle), but events take an unexpected turn as a family crisis hits, with far-reaching implications.

“Are you here to pick a prime minister or deal with your son?” an adviser asks in another sequence. The trailer also shows a glimpse of Howle and Helen McCrory, who plays Max’s ex-wife.

It is a family drama but is set “in the context of really exploring our world in terms of politics and media and power in general,” Gere said
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Variety Announces 10 Brits to Watch for 2019

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Variety is pleased to announce its annual list of 10 Brits to Watch, an honor the publication has bestowed since 2013.

For the third year, Variety is partnering with the Newport Beach Film Festival to recognize those selected at the fifth annual Newport Beach U.K. Honours evening, to be held at the Langham Hotel in London on Feb. 7. Talent selected include writers, actors, and singers appearing working in all mediums.

“The health and vitality of the U.K. filmmaking scene can be measured in many ways, from the unprecedented boom in physical production in London and across the British Isles, to the abundance of U.K. talent at the center of awards season,” said Steven Gaydos, VP and executive editor of Variety. “In movies such as ‘The Favourite,’ ‘A Private War,’ ‘The Children Act’ and in the many individual performances by brilliant British screen talents such as Richard E. Grant, Olivia Colman,
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Apple Nears Order To Series Starring Richard Gere From Howard Gordon & Warren Leight Based On Israel’s ‘Nevelot’

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Apple is finalizing an eight-episode order for a drama series starring Richard Gere. The project, from Howard Gordon (24) and Warren Leight (Law & Order: Svu), is based on the Israeli series Nevelot and hails from Fox 21 Television Studios, Gordon’s 20th TV-based Teakwood Lane Prods. and Keshet Studios.

Written by Gordon and showrun by Gordon and Leight, the untitled series centers on two elderly Vietnam vets and best friends — one of whom is played by Gere — who find their monotonous lives upended when a woman they both loved fifty years ago is killed by a car. Their lifelong regrets and secrets collide with their resentment of today’s self-absorbed millennials, and an act of self-defense snowballs into a tragic series of events.

Executive producing the series are Gordon, Leight, Gere, Dror Sabo, Lee Yardeni, Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Rachel Kaplan, Peter Traugott, Yoram Mokady and Mirit Toovi.

The project was referenced by Gordon’s agent,
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Joe Cole Recruited to Sky and Cinemax’s ‘Gangs of London’

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Joe Cole Recruited to Sky and Cinemax’s ‘Gangs of London’
Fresh from winning best actor for his performance in “A Prayer Before Dawn” at the BIFAs, Joe Cole has joined Pulse Films’ upcoming drama “Gangs of London.” Sope Dirisu (“The Huntsman: Winter’s War”) has also signed up to the series, which will be on Sky in the U.K. and Cinemax in the U.S.

Production is underway on the show, which hails from writer-director Gareth Evans (“The Raid”) and is being produced by Pulse Films in association with Jane Featherstone’s Sister Pictures. The thriller follows the power struggle that ensues when a criminal kingpin is assassinated, creating a power vacuum, and international gangs battle for control of London’s underworld.

Evans created the show with Matt Flannery and will direct most of the 10 episodes, which will feature his hallmark complex, choreographed, fight scenes. Corin Hardy, fresh off the success of “The Nun,” will also direct several installments
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Mipcom Wrap: Stars Shine, Deals Get Done as Industry Weighs ‘The Big Shift’

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The TV sands are shifting and attendance numbers of 13,800 were flat, but the mood was upbeat at Mipcom this week. The stars came out, even if the sun mostly didn’t, and new shows were announced, sold, and financed even as the industry continues to grapple with the impact of digital and a wave of consolidation.

The studios were once the Mipcom power brokers – its October timing works well, with fall-season launches on U.S. broadcast networks – but the market chatter now centers on Netflix and Amazon as much as Warner Bros. or Disney. Reed Midem, which organizes Mipcom, captured the mood with the tagline for this year’s event: “The Big Shift.”

The rise and rise of the streamers, and their demand of global exclusivity, mean that some of the biggest shows in the world never come on the market. Lionsgate proved the exception to the rule with its
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Richard Gere Hits Cannes With ‘MotherFatherSon,’ Says World of TV and Movies ‘Has Turned Upside Down’

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Richard Gere Hits Cannes With ‘MotherFatherSon,’ Says World of TV and Movies ‘Has Turned Upside Down’
Richard Gere hit Cannes on Monday with his upcoming BBC series “MotherFatherSon,” and the star told reporters that TV is now where the best work is being done.

MotherFatherSon” marks the first time Gere has taken a role in a major series after a career in film. “The world has so turned upside down in terms of movies right now. The most interesting stuff being done for an actor is [on] television,” he said. “I don’t have to work; I do what I want to. This is something I thought is going to be five or six months of my life, but is going to be worth it.”

Gere also said that drama can shine a light on real-world events, particularly at this moment in time. “The reality-show president we have highlights the real stuff even more,” he said. “We have now become accustomed to seeing something that is false
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Mipcom: Richard Gere Talks Donald Trump, Playing a Media Mogul in 'MotherFatherSon'

Mipcom: Richard Gere Talks Donald Trump, Playing a Media Mogul in 'MotherFatherSon'
The title of Richard Gere's new show MotherFatherSon gives away both a little and a lot about BBC Studios' new drama.

It's the story of a media mogul, but the producers are billing it more as an “emotional thriller” surrounding a family's business and personal baggage — and there is a lot to unpack. Gere plays Max, an American baron with a “new money” fortune built on trashy tabloids, who purchased a British institution much to the consternation of the old elite. The magnate is also a kingmaker of sorts, deciding who to support in the ...
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‘The Bisexual,’ ‘The Name of the Rose,’ ‘Valley of the Boom’ Among Top Titles at Mipcom

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‘The Bisexual,’ ‘The Name of the Rose,’ ‘Valley of the Boom’ Among Top Titles at Mipcom
International TV drama’s golden age is continuing. As buyers and sellers from around the world congregate in Cannes, Variety speaks to the stars, writers, and distributors of 10 of the scripted series that will be the talk of the Croisette.

The Bisexual (pictured top left)

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Desiree Akhavan wrote the first draft of “The Bisexual” right after premiering her indie film “Appropriate Behaviour” at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and then spent a year developing it. Having moved to London she took the script out in the U.K. and partnered with Jane Featherstone’s hot indie, Sister Pictures. Just as her movie “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” was greenlit, Channel 4 ordered “The Bisexual” to series.

Akhavan and longtime collaborator Cecilia Frugiuele co-wrote the show. Akhavan also directs, and stars as Leila, a New Yorker in London. Having split with her girlfriend and business partner Sadie (Maxine Peake
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Hot 2018 Mipcom Titles: What Will Be The High-End Dramas & Breakout Formats To Watch Out For On The Croisette

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Some 14,000 international TV executives, including around 5,000 buyers from over 100 countries, will be cruising down the Croisette in Cannes this weekend for the annual Mipcom market.

The sun is set to shine in the south of France and the major international distributors, including the Hollywood studios, will hope this helps shift their latest high-end dramas and non-scripted entertainment formats.

The Americans will be back in town, having largely given Mip TV in April a miss, with high-profile buyers from the FAANGs joining traditional buyers from the broadcast networks and cable stations. The likes of Apple’s Morgan Wandell, Hulu’s Craig Erwich, Amazon’s Cj Yu and Euro chief Georgia Brown, Facebook’s Toby Faulkner and Mina Lefevre and YouTube’s Luke Hyams are expected to be joined by Fox’s Rob Wade and teams from Bravo, FX, A+E Networks, Nat Geo and Discovery.

Hollywood talent chief Ari Emanuel will be
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