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BritBox Acquires ‘Line of Duty’ for North American Service

  • Variety
BritBox has acquired a raft of hit U.K. shows, such as thriller “Line of Duty” and gameshow “Pointless,” to bolster its lineup of British programs on its North American streaming service.

BritBox, a joint venture between BBC Studios and ITV, closed new deals at Mipcom on Wednesday with Kew Media Distribution and Endemol Shine International to bring more than 250 hours of content to its U.S. and Canada platform.

Jed Mercurio-scripted police thriller “Line of Duty,” starring Martin Compston, Adrian Dunbar, Vicky Mclure, Keeley Hawes, and Thandie Newton, has been a huge hit for the BBC over its five series.

Other shows included in the deal include Sky crime dramas “Thorne: Sleepyhead” and “Thorne: Scaredy Cat,” starring David Morrissey and Aidan Gillen, and “Pointless,” a popular BBC One game show.

Also included is long-running panel show “8 Out of 10 Cats” hosted by Jimmy Carr and the mystery-spy series “MI5,” starring Peter Firth,
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Victoria: Season Four; ITV in Talks to Renew Period Drama Series for 2020 (Report)

Will Victoria return for another season? TVWise reports ITV is in talks to renew the TV show for a fourth season.

The British drama, which airs on PBS in the U.S. drama chronicles the personal and professional life of Great Britain’s Queen Victoria. The cast includes Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Rufus Sewell, Alex Jennings, Paul Rhys, Catherine H. Flemming, Peter Firth, Eve Myles, and Tommy Knight.

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Sidney Lumet movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best

  • Gold Derby
Sidney Lumet movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best
Sidney Lumet would’ve celebrated his 95th birthday on June 25, 2019. The Oscar-nominated director proved incredibly prolific during his career, directing over 40 movies in 50 years, from his feature debut “12 Angry Men” (1957) through his cinematic farewell “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” (2007). But how many of those titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 20 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1924, Lumet got his start as a child actor, appearing in “One Third of a Nation” (1939) when he was 15 years old. After serving during WWII, he quickly began directing Off-Broadway plays before moving into the burgeoning medium of television, where he helmed hundreds of live teleplays. While working on episodes of “Playhouse 90,” “Kraft Theater” and many more, he honed his abilities to shoot quickly and economically.

His turned to movies with “12 Angry Men,” an adaptation of Reginald Rose
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Sidney Lumet movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Network,’ ‘Dog Day Afternoon,’ ’12 Angry Men’

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Sidney Lumet movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Network,’ ‘Dog Day Afternoon,’ ’12 Angry Men’
Sidney Lumet would’ve celebrated his 95th birthday on June 25, 2019. The Oscar-nominated director proved incredibly prolific during his career, directing over 40 movies in 50 years, from his feature debut “12 Angry Men” (1957) through his cinematic farewell “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” (2007). But how many of those titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 20 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1924, Lumet got his start as a child actor, appearing in “One Third of a Nation” (1939) when he was 15 years old. After serving during WWII, he quickly began directing Off-Broadway plays before moving into the burgeoning medium of television, where he helmed hundreds of live teleplays. While working on episodes of “Playhouse 90,” “Kraft Theater” and many more, he honed his abilities to shoot quickly and economically.

SEEHenry Fonda movies: 25 greatest films ranked worst to best

His turned to movies with “12 Angry Men,
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‘Cheat’: First-Look At Katherine Kelly & Molly Windsor In Dark ITV and Sundance Now Drama

  • Deadline
Here’s the first look at Cheat, ITV and Sundance Now’s forthcoming dark drama starring The Night Manager’s Katherine Kelly and Three Girl’s Molly Windsor. The four-part series is being rolled out by All3Media International at next week’s Mipcom.

The psychological thriller, created by newcomer Gaby Hull, was commissioned by British broadcaster ITV and AMC Network’s Svod platform boarded in June.

Kelly plays university professor Leah, who starts a dangerous relationship with her student Rose, played by Windsor, and is thrust into a case of academic deception, which has fatal consequences. Humans and Mr Selfridge star Tom Goodman-Hill plays Leah’s university professor husband Adam, while Unforgotten’s Lorraine Ashbourne and Spooks and Victoria star Peter Firth play her parents. The Young Ones’ Adrian Edmondson plays Rose’s father William.

Cheat is exec produced by Two Brothers Pictures founders Harry and Jack Williams and Christoper Aird.
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U.S. Svod Service Sundance Now Boards ITV’s Psychological Thriller ‘Cheat’

Sundance Now has boarded British drama Cheat, from the makers of Fleabag and Liar.

The Svod platform has become the U.S. partner for the four-part drama, which is produced by All3Media’s Two Brothers Pictures for ITV.

The psychological thriller, created by newcomer Gaby Hull, starts filming this month with The Night Manager and Strike Back star Katherine Kelly and Three GirlsMolly Windsor starring. Kelly plays university professor Leah, who starts a dangerous relationship with her student Rose, played by Windsor, and is thrust into a case of academic deception, which has fatal consequences.

Humans and Mr Selfridge star Tom Goodman-Hill plays Leah’s university professor boyfriend James, while Unforgotten’s Lorraine Ashbourne and Spooks and Victoria star Peter Firth play her parents. The Young Ones’ Adrian Edmondson plays Rose’s father William.

Cheat is exec produced by Two Brothers Pictures founders Harry and Jack Williams and Christoper Aird.
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Victoria: Season Three Production Underway; Laurence Fox and Kate Fleetwood Join the Cast

Victoria has some new company. ITV just announced Laurence Fox and Kate Fleetwood have joined season three of the UK TV show.The historical drama, which airs on in the U.S., chronicles the personal and professional life of Great Britain’s Queen Victoria. The cast includes Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Rufus Sewell, Alex Jennings, Paul Rhys, Catherine H. Flemming, Peter Firth, Eve Myles, and Tommy Knight.Read More…
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Victoria: Season Three Renewal Announced for ITV Series

Victoria's reign will continue. According to TVWise, ITV has renewed the TV series for a third season.The period drama, which airs on PBS in the U.S., chronicles the personal and professional life of Great Britain's Queen Victoria. The cast includes Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Rufus Sewell, Alex Jennings, Paul Rhys, Catherine H. Flemming, Peter Firth, Eve Myles, and Tommy Knight.Read More…
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October Horrors 2017 Day 28 – Lifeforce (1985)

Lifeforce, 1985.

Directed by Tobe Hooper.

Starring Steve Railsback, Peter Firth, Frank Finlay, Melinda May, and Patrick Stewart.

Synopsis:

A joint UK-us space mission aboard the Hms Churchill takes a strange turn when the crew stumbles upon an enormous craft hidden in the tail of Halley’s Comet, with three seemingly humanoid bodies entombed within. Contact with Earth is soon lost and a retrieval mission finds the ship damaged, the crew dead and the escape pod missing, with the three bodies brought back to Earth for research. Upon inspection, the three bodies are in fact vampiric alien creatures whose rapidly growing hunger soon threatens the survival of the human race.

We’re entering the final stretch of October Horrors 2017 and to celebrate entering the final stretch we’re going Big!!! How big? Cannon Films Big!!!!!

Having exhausted ourselves of Alien films, we’re instead going to take a look at something slightly more ludicrous.
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Victoria: Season Two Premiere Date Announced by PBS

Break out your best tea and crumpets. Victoria has a return date. Recently, PBS announced season two of the TV show will debut in January.The historical drama, which airs on ITV in the UK, follows the life of a young Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman). The cast also includes Tom Hughes, Rufus Sewell, Alex Jennings, Paul Rhys, Catherine H. Flemming, Peter Firth, Eve Myles, and Tommy Knight.Read More…
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Awfully Good Movies: Lifeforce (Video)

  • JoBlo
Lifeforce (1985) Director: Tobe Hooper Stars: Steve Railsback, Peter Firth, Mathilda May Next weekend, Ridley Scott gives the Alien franchise another shot with Alien: Covenant, so Awfully Good Movies is dipping into the weird and wonderful world of Alien ripoff movies with one of the most famous of them: 1985’s Lifeforce! What makes this flick one of the most notable Alien ripoffs is... Read More...
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Victoria: Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones) Joins Season Two & Production Begins

Victoria has some new company. This week, ITV announced Game of Thrones star Diana Rigg has joined season two of the UK drama.The series, which airs on PBS in the U.S., chronicles the early years of Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman). The cast also includes Tom Hughes, Rufus Sewell, Alex Jennings, Paul Rhys, Catherine H. Flemming, Peter Firth, Eve Myles, Tommy Knight, and Nichola McAuliffe.Read More…
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Claws: Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) Joins TNT Dramedy Series

Breaking Bad vet Dean Norris has joined the cast of the Claws TV show at TNT. According to Deadline, Norris is taking over the series regular role of Uncle Daddy, "...a dangerous Dixie Mafia crime boss who is deeply Catholic and actively bisexual." Peter Firth played the character in the pilot.TNT describes Claws as, "...a midnight-dark, wickedly funny meditation on female badness set in a South Florida nail salon." Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston, Harold Perrineau, Jenny Lyon, Judy Reyes, Jack Kesy, Karrueche Tran, Kevin Rankin, and Jason Antoon star. The hourlong dramedy comes from executive producers Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, and showrunner Janine Sherman Barrois. Read More…
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TVLine Items: Vikings Star Makes New History, Grammys Nab Adele and More

TVLine Items: Vikings Star Makes New History, Grammys Nab Adele and More
Vikings star Travis Fimmel is taking on a multifaceted new role at History.

The actor will write, executive-produce and headline an anthology series about infamous sinners and anti-heroes, with the first season taking on criminal-turned-lawman Wyatt Earp, our sister site Deadline reports.

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Fimmel’s Vikings character chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok was — Spoiler alert! — killed off in the Dec. 28 episode.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Adele will perform at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, airing live Feb. 12 at 8 pm Et/5 pm Pt on CBS.

* The true
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Victoria Season 1 Review

Three episodes was provided prior to broadcast.

One of the downsides to living in the new Golden Age of Television is that some shows, decent in their own right, will inevitably suffer in comparison to the best of the best.

I fear that may be the fate of Victoria, which has its U.S. premiere later tonight. The show presents inevitable comparisons to Netflix’s The Crown in its tale of one of England’s most famous queens, at times rising to the challenge of its competitor, and at other times, falling a bit short.

The series opens at the very beginning of Victoria’s famous reign. King William is dead and his niece, Alexandrina Victoria (Jenna Coleman), a girl of eighteen, will ascend to the throne. She’s lived a sheltered and inexperienced life at Kensington, reared under the strict oversight of her mother, the Duchess of Kent (Catherine Flemming
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Victoria: Jenna Coleman on Queen Victoria's Upbringing

"They expect me to fail." This week, PBS released a new preview for their upcoming TV series Victoria.The historical drama, which airs on ITV in the UK, stars Jenna Coleman as a young Queen Victoria. The cast also includes Tom Hughes, Rufus Sewell, Alex Jennings, Paul Rhys, Catherine H. Flemming, Peter Firth, Eve Myles, Tommy Knight, Nichola McAuliffe, Daniela Holtz, Nigel Lindsay, Ferdinand Kingsley, Adrian Schiller, David Oakes, and Alice Orr-Ewing.Read More…
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Victoria: PBS Releases New Masterpiece Teaser

Rule Victoria! Below, watch a teaser trailer for the Victoria TV show, premiering on PBS Masterpiece! Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Downton Abbey's old timeslot. A historical drama from Daisy Goodwin, the eight-part first season stars Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria, Tom Hughes as Prince Albert, and Rufus Sewell as Lord Melbourne. ITV has already renewed Victoria for a second season, and PBS will reportedly follow suit.The Victoria TV series cast also includes: Alex Jennings, Paul Rhys, Catherine H. Flemming, Peter Firth, Eve Myles, Tommy Knight, Nichola McAuliffe, Daniela Holtz, Nigel Lindsay, Ferdinand Kingsley, Adrian Schiller, David Oakes, and Alice Orr-Ewing. Read More…
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Victoria: Season Two Renewal for ITV Series; PBS to Follow?

God save the Queen! The Victoria TV show has been renewed for a second season on ITV. According to Deadline, Victoria season two has also been picked up by PBS, which makes sense, because it is an ITV co-production with Masterpiece on PBS. That said, PBS has yet to announce the renewal.In UK, the eight-episode first season premiered on ITV on August 28, 2016. In the Us, the PBS premiere is scheduled for January 15, 2017. From Daisy Goodman, Victoria stars Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria, Tom Hughes as Prince Albert, and Rufus Sewell as Lord Melbourne.The cast also includes Alex Jennings, Paul Rhys, Catherine H. Flemming, Peter Firth, Eve Myles, Tommy Knight, Nichola McAuliffe, Daniela Holtz, Nigel Lindsay, Ferdinand Kingsley, Adrian Schiller, David
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Victoria episodes 1 & 2 review: Doll 123 & Ladies In Waiting

Louisa Mellor Aug 30, 2016

ITV's Victoria stars Jenna Coleman as the young queen in her first years of a long reign...

This review contains spoilers.

Like a set of royal commemorative china advertised in the back pages of the Mail On Sunday, Victoria is a gleaming tribute to a certain idea of British history. Specifically, the idea of British history fictionalised in glossy Sunday night period dramas.

In that world, queens are beautiful, prime ministers are dreamy, scarred villains plot to a sinister string score and the working class provide comic relief and morality tales below stairs. Uncomfortable truths about the age in question are either swept to one side or fashioned into anachronistic badges of honour worn by the heroes. (“Yes, Lady Walpole-Margate, he may be a shirt-lifter, but he’s also a damned fine valet and in England, we judge a man’s chracter by the shine on his master’s shoes” etc.
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‘Victoria’ Trailer: New British Miniseries Follows Queen Victoria’s Early Life, From Her Throne To Her Courtship

‘Victoria’ Trailer: New British Miniseries Follows Queen Victoria’s Early Life, From Her Throne To Her Courtship
Though historical drama fans in the United States might have to wait a bit, their UK counterparts will be excited for the next big period drama to take over their TV. The upcoming eight-part miniseries “Victoria” follows the early life of Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman), from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18 through her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes). The series also features Rufus Sewell (“The Illusionist”) as Lord Melbourne, Peter Firth (“Equus”) as the Duke of Cumberland, Paul Rhys (“Vincent and Theo”) as Sir John Conroy, and many more.

Read More: ‘Doctor Who’s’ Jenna Coleman Embodies the Vivacious and Very Short Queen ‘Victoria’

The series is created by Daisy Goodwin, who previously produced on such British programs as the UK version of “The Apprentice,” the reality show “How Clean Is Your House?” the five-part documentary “Jamie’s Kitchen,” and Sharon Horgan’s comedy series “Pulling.
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