Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s literary masterpiece will star Paul Dano (12 Years A Slave, Prisoners, There Will Be Blood), Lily James (Cinderella, Downton Abbey) and James Norton (Happy Valley, Belle, Grantchester), it is announced today.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest novels of all time, War And Peace will be told over six one hour episodes. Director Tom Harper (The Scouting Book For Boys, Peaky Blinders, Woman In Black: Angel Of Death) will bring this classic to life for a modern audience on a truly epic scale in what Davies calls “a thrilling, funny and heartbreaking story of love, war and family life”.
James Norton says: “I’m thrilled to be entrusted with Andrei in this exciting adaptation. It’s a privilege to bring to life one of Tolstoy’s wonderfully rich and conflicted characters. And to get to work alongside talents such as Tom Harper, Andrew Davies, Lily James and Paul Dano is very exciting – I can’t wait to get started.”
Paul Dano will star as Pierre Bezukhov, Lily James as Natasha Rostova and James Norton as Prince Andrei Bolkonsky. Also heading up the rich cast of characters are Stephen Rea (An Honourable Woman, The Shadow Line) as Prince Vassily Kuragin, Ade Edmondson (Prey, Blood) and Greta Scacchi (The Falling, Brideshead Revisited) as Count and Countess Rostov; as well as Jack Lowden (The Passing Bells, The Tunnel) as Nikolai Rostov, Tom Burke (The Musketeers, The Hour) as Dolokhov and Aisling Loftus (Mr Selfridge, Good Cop) as Sonya.
Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman and Executive Producer for The Weinstein Company says: “I fell in love with Tolstoy’s War and Peace as a teenager when I read it for the first time. Putting an epic, iconic story like War and Peace on screen with a cast of this calibre is an incredible thrill. Lily, Paul, and James are all amazingly talented actors and it takes their level of talent to capture the scale of Tolstoy’s words. We are excited to get underway with Andrew Davies and the phenomenal team at BBC.”
The new, fifth season of Sky Atlantic’s Game of Thrones will premiere on the channel on Monday 13 April at 9pm, the day after it returns in the US.
Based on the bestselling book series by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones is an epic drama set in the world of Westeros, where ambitious men and women of both honour and ill-repute live in a land whose summers and winters can last years.
Members of the ensemble cast for the fourth season included Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harington, Natalie Dormer, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner. Executive producers, David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger, Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, George R.R. Martin.
Tom Bateman (Da Vinci’s Demons, The Tunnel), Richard E Grant (Downton Abbey, Dr Who) and Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street, Death In Paradise) join forces to star in Jekyll & Hyde.
From an idea conceived by acclaimed novelist Charlie Higson, the action and fantasy series has been inspired by The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and My Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Higson has written and will executive produce the drama which exudes mystery, fantasy, horror and sci-fi.
Set in 1930’s London at a time of Hollywood glamour, aerodynamic cars and monster movies, the drama will pay homage to the Stevenson novel, and focus on the young, attractive, troubled hero, Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the original doctor.
At the heart of the drama is Robert Jekyll’s quest to discover his real identity, his true family history and the nature of his ‘curse’. Jekyll transforms into Hyde in moments of extreme anger, stress and when his or the lives of others are threatened.
In the opening episode Jekyll is a newly qualified doctor living with his foster parents in Ceylon. He knows nothing of his family history or his inherited condition, which his foster father, Dr Vishal Najaran, is controlling with medication. The drama follows his path to discovery, which coincides with the transformative powers of his condition growing stronger and more disruptive. His journey will take him into a dark and unforgiving place, as his alter ego seems capable of anything. At the same time there are shadowy forces trying to find Jekyll and the source of his powers.
Further cast includes Stephanie Hyam (Murdered By My Boyfriend), Donald Sumpter (Game Of Thrones, Being Human), Amit Shah (The Smoke, Hustle), Phil McKee (Ripper Street, Dracula), Christian McKay (Rush, Theory of Everything), Ruby Bentall (Lark Rise to Candleford, The Paradise), Enzo Cilenti (Game of Thrones), Lolita Chakrabarti (The Smoke, Death in Paradise), Michael Karim (Inspector Lewis) and Ace Bhatti (Silk, Eastenders).
Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams are returning to the Britain’s Got Talent judging panel as the nation’s favourite talent show is back for another action packed series. Hosts Ant & Dec are also back to guide the audience through the weird, wacky and wonderful talents auditioning.
In their hunt for the best talent around the judges will set off on tour from the 19 January, kicking off in Edinburgh at The Festival Theatre. The action then continues in Manchester at The Lowry (29-31 January), Birmingham at The Hippodrome (5-7 February) and London at The Dominion Theatre (11-15 February), as performers try to impress and avoid the dreaded buzzers. Meanwhile each judge will be choosing the act that astounds them the most to send straight through to the live semi-finals, with the return of the Golden Buzzer. The show hits screens on ITV this Spring.
Simon Cowell, said:
‘I’m really looking forward to starting auditions on Britain’s Got Talent next week. I feel very confident in my role as a judge on the show and I look forward to hopefully finding a star. Amanda is so much fun to work with and has great instincts. Alesha has proved to be a brilliant judge, has an amazing eye for talent and is a pleasure to be around. And, then there’s David…’
Legendary dancer Michael Flatley is back on the West End stage with his most spectacular show to date.
An epic new staging of his original masterpiece, Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games, features a cast including James Keegan, Morgan Comer and Mathew Smith as the “Lords of the Dance”, and former world champion acrobatic gymnast Alice Upcott as “The Little Spirit”. Chart-topper Nadine Coyle (Girls Aloud) lends her voice to the show’s signature tune, playing the role of The Goddess Erin, as part of an new score from Ger Fahy.
One of the fastest selling West End theatrical productions of the year; Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games had its World Premiere at the legendary London Palladium with an exclusive 8 week limited run starting on 1 September 2014 before gracing Wembley Arena and touring more than 200 venues across 15 countries over the next 18 months.
Michael Flatley’s Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games Blu-ray DVD and Digital Download on 24th November.
See Countryfile as you have never seen before in this feature-length special which sees the Countryfile team traverse the breathtaking landscape of the United Kingdom showcasing each of our beautiful seasons.
Helen Skelton is in the Lake District, enjoying some of her favourite childhood activities, Ellie Harrison gets to grips with managing her Cotswold orchard, Adam Henson is on his farm in the throes of the harvest season, Matt Baker nets a Spring catch in Southport and John Craven is on the summer seas, hoping for a glimpse of one of our most mysterious marine creatures.
Countryfile: A Celebration of the Seasons is released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on 24 November 2014
BBC crime drama Death in Paradise today announced more incredible names set to guest star in the eagerly awaited fourth series.
The stellar line-up of artists set to appear in the new series includes highly-acclaimed British actors Neil Morrissey (Line of Duty), Sally Phillips (Miranda) and Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis, as well as rising star Tobi Bakare (The Tunnel, The Shadow Line) who will join the main cast as Saint Marie’s newest Police Officer.
Filmed on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe and well-known for attracting some of the UK’s finest acting talent, the sun-soaked drama starring Kris Marshall has gone from strength to strength over the past three series, pulling in an average consolidated figure of almost 8.5 million viewers to cement its position as one of BBC One’s highest rating midweek dramas.
Other high-profile names revealed to feature in the winter-warmer include Michelle Collins (Coronation Street), James Fox (Downton Abbey), Francis Magee (Game of Thrones), Nick Moran (Mr Selfridge), Colin McFarlane (Torchwood), Jo Absolom (Doc Martin), Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot) and Jason Merrells (Emmerdale).
ITV has confirmed a new exclusive deal with broadcaster and talk show host Jonathan Ross keeping him on the channel until at least the end of 2015.He will record two new series and a Christmas special of his eponymous show during 2015.
Jonathan Ross said: “I’ve been lucky enough to interview some of the biggest stars around on The Jonathan Ross Show and I’m delighted that I’ll continue to do so for ITV until at least the end of 2015 with two series booked for the channel for next year. This Saturday I have Russell Brand, Lyndsey Lohan, Daniel Radcliffe and Rio Ferdinand on the couch and there’s plenty more to come.”
Since joining the channel in autumn 2011 Jonathan has interviewed some of the most famous people in sport, TV, film and music including David Beckham, Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, Andy Murray, Tom Hanks, Keifer Sutherland, Kylie Minogue, Will Ferrell, Bradley Cooper, Sandra Bullock, Liam Neeson, Damien Lewis and Sir David Attenborough.
BBC One announced today that production has started on David Walliams’ latest book dramatisation The Boy In The Dress. Following on from the success of Christmas TV offerings Gangsta Granny and the BAFTA nominated Mr Stink, BBC One’s one hour special of David Walliams’ first children’s book The Boy In The Dress will air this festive season.
The stellar ensemble cast includes a debut from Billy Kennedy in the role of Dennis, Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous), Tim McInnerny (Blackadder), Meera Syal (Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars), Steve Spiers (Extras, Big School), James Buckley (The Inbetweeners), Felicity Montagu (I’m Alan Partridge), David Walliams (Little Britain, Big School) himself and an extra special cameo appearance from international supermodel Kate Moss.
David Walliams said: “We have put together a dream cast for this the first of my children’s books. and for many still my best. It is a funny and poignant story about what is is to be different. I hope it will make everyone who sees it, young and old, stop and think.”
Goldfinger and Avengers star Honor Blackman will make a guest appearance in the second series of the channel’s scripted sitcom, You, Me & Them Blackman will play Rose, Ed’s vital and eccentric mother, who is quite ready to cause chaos between her son and his girlfriend given half a chance. At the age of eighty, Rose has the tireless nature of a person a quarter her age and even though she seems harmless to Lauren, Ed warns her she will create turmoil.
Honor Blackman says: “I think they are lovely people, and a terrific team and I look forward to having fun with them. Anthony Head and Eve Myles have a wonderful relationship; I am going to see if I can rattle their cage a bit!”
Jimmy Mulville, Executive Producer, Hat Trick added, “We’re thrilled to have such an icon of British film join the cast of You Me and Them. Honor plays a fantastically naughty and funny character who is definitely not growing old gracefully”.
The new series, scheduled to air in 2015, is created and written by Steve Turner, whose comedy credits include ITV’s Great Night Out. He is working with multiple award-winning writer Jonathan Harvey, whose credits include Coronation Street and Gimme, Gimme, Gimme.