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Hulu Buys Sky Comedy Drama ‘Brassic’; Acorn TV Picks Up BBC One’s ‘Gold Digger’ – Natpe

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Hulu Buys Sky Comedy Drama ‘Brassic’; Acorn TV Picks Up BBC One’s ‘Gold Digger’ – Natpe
Hulu has acquired Sky comedy drama Brassic, while Acorn TV has picked up BBC’s Julia Ormond-fronted drama Gold Digger.

Both deals were unveiled by ITV Studios at Natpe.

Brassic stars This Is England’s Joe Gilgun, Ripper Street’s Damien Molony and Our Girl’s Michelle Keegan as well as Dominic West. Gilgun plays Vinnie, a man from the north of England with bipolar disorder and his best mate Dylan, played by Molony, whose girlfriend Erin, played by Keegan decides to leave town. Dylan is faced with the impossible decision between a fresh start with the love of his life or staying behind with his inseparable gang of mates that he can’t live without.

The series, which is produced by Calamity Films, the company behind Renée Zellweger’s Judy Garland biopic, was co-created by Gilgun and Danny Brocklehurst, the writer behind Netflix’s Michael C Hall-fronted thriller Safe.
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Theater Review: ‘Light in the Piazza’ Shines at Chicago’s Lyric Opera, thru Dec. 29, 2019

Chicago – Love is a powerful enough force to transcend any obstacle that you may put in its path. That seems to be the dominant theme of the beloved Tony Award-winning musical “The Light in the Piazza,” which is enjoying a very limited holiday engagement at the Lyric Opera House through December 29th, 2019, Click here for more details and tickets..

Presented by Scenario Two, a new commercial theatrical production company based in London, this sparkling new production of “The Light in the Piazza” is having a bit of a sentimental homecoming. The show had its Midwest premiere at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre in 2004 before transferring to Broadway in 2005, and it now stars the world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming, who is Creative Consultant to Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Play Rating: 5.0/5.0

Margaret Johnson (Renée Fleming), a well heeled and cultured North Carolina wife and mother is traveling throughout Italy with her daughter Clara (Solea Pfeiffer
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‘The Crown’ Season Three Review: Getting Older Is a Royal Pain

When an iconic British character is played by a new actor, the easiest way to deal with the transition can be to acknowledge it head-on. On Her Majesty’s Secret, the first James Bond film made without Sean Connery, opens with newbie George Lazenby getting ditched by the beautiful woman whose life he just saved, inspiring Lazenby’s 007 to quip (in a very un-Bond-ian Australian accent, at that), “This never happened to the other fella.”

Season Three of Netflix’s The Crown doesn’t get quite so in-jokey as Olivia Colman
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Alex Jennings and Solea Pfeiffer Join Renee Fleming in The Light In The Piazza in Chicago

Alex Jennings Netflix's The Crown and Solea Pfeiffer Almost Famous, Hamilton will join Rene Fleming in the limited Chicago presentation of The Light in the Piazza, for ten performances only, December 14-29, 2019, at Lyric Opera House press opening Saturday, Dec. 14. Tickets start at 49 and are on sale now. The Chicago engagement follows the production's acclaimed run at the Royal Festival Hall in London this summer.
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‘Small Axe’: BBC Unveils First-Look At Steve McQueen Period Drama

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The BBC has unveiled the first images of Small Axe, its period drama from 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen. Amazon has U.S. rights.

The series, which is set in London’s West Indian community between the 1960s-’80s, stars Black Panther’s Letitia Wright and Star Wars‘ John Boyega

Malachi Kirby (Roots), Shaun Parkes (Lost In Space), Rochenda Sandall (Line Of Duty), Alex Jennings (Victoria) and Jack Lowden (Mary Queen Of Scots) also star.

The show is a six-part anthology series that tells five stories set within London’s West Indian community from the late 1960s to the early ’80s. The Oscar-winning writer and director has said that the series will tell the story of a West Indian community in the heart of London across three decades, beginning at the moment of Enoch Powell’s “Rivers of Blood” speech in 1968.

It starts in 1968, when a small restaurant called
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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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Letitia Wright and John Boyega to lead Steve McQueen anthology series ‘Small Axe’

The best of British talent, Letitia Wright and John Boyega have both landed themselves leading roles in Steve McQueen anthology series ‘Small Axe’.

Years in the making, the six-part series will tell five different stories, set in London’s West Indian community, starting in the late 1960s and running until the early ’80s. Its title is derived from a Jamaican proverb with resonance throughout the Caribbean: “If you are the big tree, we are the small axe.” It is also the title of a Bob Marley song from his 1973 album “Catch a Fire.” McQueen conceived the anthology’s stories with Alastair Siddons and Courttia Newland. Novelist Alex Wheatle is a writing consultant.

Malachi Kirby (Black Mirror), Shaun Parkes (Lost in Space), Rochenda Sandall (Line of Duty), Alex Jennings (Victoria) and Jack Lowden (Mary Queen of Scots) all join Wright and Boyega on the cast.

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Letitia Wright and John Boyega join Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series

Letitia Wright (Black Panther) and John Boyega (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) have been cast in Steve McQueen’s (Widows) upcoming BBC series Small Axe. The series will revolve around London’s West Indian Community from the 1960s – 1980s.

In addition to Wright and Boyega, the series will also star Malachi Kirby (Roots), Shaun Parkes (Lost In Space), Rochenda Sandall (Line Of Duty), Alex Jennings (Victoria) and Jack Lowden (Mary Queen Of Scots).

The title of the series comes from a Jamaican proverb, “If you are the big tree, we are the small axe”, a warning for powerful figures who disenfranchise small communities, as well as the title of a Bob Marley song.

“I felt these stories needed to be shared,” said McQueen in a statement. “I wanted to relive, reevaluate and investigate the journeys that my parents and the first generation of West Indians went on to deliver
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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 Lead Cast In Steve McQueen BBC TV Drama ‘Small Axe’

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Letitia Wright & John Boyega Lead Cast In Steve McQueen BBC TV Drama ‘Small Axe’
Black Panther star Letitia Wright and Star Wars‘ John Boyega will lead cast in Steve McQueen’s upcoming BBC TV drama Small Axe, about London’s West Indian community between the 1960s-80s. As we reported yesterday, Amazon has picked up U.S. rights.

Production is now underway on location in London. Also starring are Malachi Kirby (Roots), Shaun Parkes (Lost In Space), Rochenda Sandall (Line Of Duty), Alex Jennings (Victoria) and Jack Lowden (Mary Queen Of Scots).

The long-gestating series will comprise six parts and tell five different stories. Its title is derived from a Jamaican proverb: “If you are the big tree, we are the small axe,” meaning that relatively marginal or small voices of dissent can successfully challenge more powerful ones. It is also the title of a Bob Marley song from his 1973 album Catch a Fire.

McQueen created the series’ stories with Alastair Siddons and Courttia Newland.
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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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Killing Eve leads winners of BAFTA’s 2019 British Academy Television Awards

BBC and AMC’s Killing Eve fending off competition from Bodyguard, Save Me and Informer last night at BAFTA’s British Academy Television Awards to win the coveted Best Drama Series gong.

Killing Eve won three awards in total on the night, adding Best Leading Actress (Jodie Comer) and Best Supporting Actress (Fiona Shaw), while Patrick Melrose was a double winner, scooping Best Miniseries and Best Leading Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch).

Check out all the winners here, highlighted in red:

Drama series

Bodyguard (BBC One)

Killing Eve (BBC Three)

Save Me (Sky Atlantic)

Informer (BBC One)

Mini-series

A Very English Scandal (BBC One)

Kiri (Channel 4)

Mrs Wilson (BBC One)

Patrick Melrose (Showtime/Sky Atlantic)

Leading actress

Jodie Comer – Killing Eve (BBC America/BBC Three)

Sandra OhKilling Eve (BBC America/BBC Three)

Keeley HawesBodyguard (BBC One)

Ruth Wilson – Mrs Wilson (BBC One)

Leading actor

Hugh GrantA Very English Scandal
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2019 BAFTA TV Awards: Full winners list [Updating Live]

2019 BAFTA TV Awards: Full winners list [Updating Live]
The 2019 BAFTA TV Awards programs took place at London’s Festival Hall on Sunday, May 12. Talk show host Graham Norton presided over this celebration of the best of British television. Scroll down to see the full and complete list of BAFTA TV Awards winners (and nominees).

As with the Emmys, the British academy divides its TV awards into two parts. The BAFTA TV craft awards which are equivalent to the Creative Arts at the Emmys, were handed out in a ceremony on April 28 that was emceed by Stephen Mangan (“Episodes”). At these kudos honoring the best behind-the-scenes artists and professionals, “A Very English Scandal,” based on the Jeremy Thorpe scandal, won a leading three BAFTAs: Costume Design, Director (Fiction) for Stephen Frears and Editing (Fiction), “Patrick Melrose” claimed Writer (Drama) for David Nicholls as well as Production Design and “Killing Eve” took Original Music and Sound (Fiction).

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2019 BAFTA TV Awards complete list of nominations: Every show and performer in the running on May 12

2019 BAFTA TV Awards complete list of nominations: Every show and performer in the running on May 12
The BAFTA TV Awards honor programs across a wide range of genres. Winners will be revealed in a ceremony at London’s Festival Hall on Sunday, May 12 with Graham Norton hosting. See the full list of 2019 BAFTA TV Awards nominations below and come back to Gold Derby for complete coverage of the ceremony.

The crime thriller “Killing Eve” leads with five bids including Best Drama Series. The BAFTAs were so impressed by the show that the rule requiring that the first airing be in the UK was waived. Golden Globe winner Sandra Oh and Jodie Cormier are both up for Best Drama Actress. Also nominated are supporting players Kim Bodnia and Fiona Shaw.

Another international hit, “Bodyguard,” is also up for Best Drama Series. But while leading lady Keeley Hawes was nominated, the show’s star, Richard Madden, was snubbed despite winning a Golden Globe. Unlike the Emmys, where Madden is a strong contender,
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2019 BAFTA TV Awards preview: Will ‘A Very English Scandal’ repeat after craft wins?

“A Very English Scandal” won big at a very English ceremony at the BAFTA TV Craft Awards on April 28. “A Very English Scandal,” which depicts British Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe conspiring to murder his gay ex-lover and his subsequent 1979 trial, won three awards, the most of any show of the night, edging out two-time champs “Killing Eve” and “Patrick Melrose.” As with the Creative Arts Emmys, these awards celebrate achievements in categories ranging from production and costume design to titles and graphics. The craft kudos could be a preview of the main ceremony on May 12.

Stephen Frears won Best Director (Fiction) for “Scandal” over, among others, Harry Bradbeer for “Killing Eve” and Thomas Vincent for “Bodyguard.”For recreating the looks of the 1960s and 1970s in “Scandal,” Suzanne Cave claimed Best Costume Design. For her deft cutting of the limited series, Pia Di Ciaula took home the Best Editing Fiction prize,
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2019 BAFTA TV Awards nominations: Full list led by ‘Killing Eve,’ ‘A Very English Scandal’

The BAFTA TV Awards honor programs across a wide range of genres. Winners will be revealed in a ceremony at London’s Festival Hall on Sunday, May 12. The Craft Awards winners will be announced on Sunday, April 28. (Read the full report on the BAFTA TV Awards nominations here.)

Best Drama Series

Bodyguard (BBC One)

Killing Eve (BBC Three)

Save Me (Sky Atlantic)

Informer (BBC One)

Best Mini Series

A Very English Scandal (BBC One)

Kiri (Channel 4)

Mrs Wilson (BBC One)

Patrick Melrose (Showtime/Sky Atlantic)

Best Single Drama

Bandersnatch – Black Mirror (Netflix)

Care (BBC One)

Killed By My Debt (BBC Three)

Through the Gates – On the Edge (Channel 4)

See 2019 BAFTA TV Awards nominations: ‘Killing Eve’ slays with 14 bids, ‘A Very English Scandal’ has 12, ‘Bodyguard’ kept to just 5

Best Drama Actor

Hugh GrantA Very English Scandal (BBC One)

Chance Perdomo – Killed By My Debt (BBC Three)

Lucian Msamati – Kiri
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Killing Eve and A Very English Scandal dominate BAFTA’s 2019 British Academy Television Awards nominations

BAFTA has announced the nominations for the 2019 British Academy Television Awards, with the BBC’s Killing Eve leading the field with fourteen nominations in total.

The series will contest the Best Drama Series award alongside Bodyguard, Save Me and Informer, and both Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh are nominated for Best Leading Actress in addition to Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard) and Ruth Wilson (Mrs Wilson).

Meanwhile, A Very English Scandal garnered twelve nominations including Best Mini-Series, where it is up against Kiri, Mrs Wilson and Patrick Melrose, while Hugh Grant (A Very English Scandal), Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose), Lucian Msamati (Kiri) and Chance Perdomo (Killed By My Debt) are up for Best Leading Actor.

Here’s the full list of nominations…

Drama series

Bodyguard (BBC One)

Killing Eve (BBC Three)

Save Me (Sky Atlantic)

Informer (BBC One)

Mini-series

A Very English Scandal (BBC One)

Kiri (Channel 4)

Mrs Wilson (BBC One
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'Killing Eve' leads Bafta TV nominations

The BBC/BBC America show earned 14 nods, including for its leads Jodie Comer and Sandrah Oh, and best drama.

Killing Eve leads the nominations for this year’s Bafta Television and Bafta Craft awards.

The BBC/BBC America show earned 14 nods, including for its leads Jodie Comer and Sandrah Oh in the best actress category, and best drama.

Just behind was A Very English Scandal starring Hugh grant and Ben Whishaw, with 12 nominations including best mini-series.

Patrick Melrose scooped six nominations, with Bodyguard and The Little Drummer Girl earning five.

Netflix’s Bandersnatch episode of Black Mirror picked up three nominations including best single drama.
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‘The Crown’s Alex Jennings & ‘Lost in Austen’s Jemima Rooper Join BBC Drama ‘Gold Digger’

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‘The Crown’s Alex Jennings & ‘Lost in Austen’s Jemima Rooper Join BBC Drama ‘Gold Digger’
The Crown’s Alex Jennings, Lost in Austen’s Jemima Rooper and Poldark’s Sebastian Armesto have joined BBC One drama Gold Digger.

The series stars Legends of the Fall and Temple Grandin actress Julia Ormond as Julia Day, an older woman who falls in love with Benjamin, a younger man, played by The Chronicles of Narnia and Westworld star Ben Barnes.

Armesto plays Ormond’s high achieving eldest son Patrick, who is always trying to be a good man, Rooper plays as Della, the middle child whose finger is permanently on the self-destruct button and newcomer Archie Renaux as Leo, the baby of the family who still lives with his mother and idolises his father.

Jennings, who played the Duke of Windsor in The Crown stars as Julia’s ex-husband Ted, Hard Sun’s Nikki Amuka-Bird plays Julia’s former best friend Marsha and Julia McKenzie (Agatha Christie’s
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