Emmerdale’s Home Farm will have a new family set to make their mark on village life in the coming weeks.
When Home Farm is put up for auction and an open day held for potential purchasers, feisty Nicola King, played by Nicola Wheeler, is rude to prospective buyer Chrissie White. She has no idea who she is and it’s typical of Nicola to make assumptions. Soon Nicola’s fibs and fabrications are blown apart by the arrival of Chrissie’s fiancé, ex-villager Robert Sugden who has joined his partner to look around the house.
Before long Chrissie’s wealthy father Lawrence White arrives to inspect the property, because he wants to buy in the area and Home Farm seems just the ticket. Lawrence will be played by acclaimed actor John Bowe (Silent Witness, DCI Banks, Prime Suspect, Coronation Street). Whilst his daughter Chrissie is being played by newcomer Louise Marwood.
Forthright in his views, Lawrence is not impressed with Chrissie’s choice of husband and on getting wind of Robert’s reluctance to return to the village, promptly puts in an offer. Could Lawrence be determined to rock his daughter’s relationship? In his first major TV role Ryan Hawley (History Boys, both in the West End and the UK theatre tour) will play Robert Sugden.
Chrissie’s troubled fourteen-year-old son Lachlan played by Thomas Atkinson is set to join his family shortly.
Acclaimed British actor Christopher Eccleston (The Leftovers, Thor: The Dark World) will be joined by Marsha Thomason (White Collar) and Paterson Joseph (The Leftovers, Law & Order: UK) in a new four-part drama series Safe House.
The cast will also include Jason Merrells (Emmerdale, Waterloo Road), Nicola Stephenson (All At Sea, Holby City), and Peter Ferdinando (Doctor Who, A Field in England) and is set to commence filming today; Monday 6th October.
The 4-part drama tells the story of a married couple: Robert (Christopher Eccleston) a former detective and Katy (Marsha Thomason) a teacher who are asked by close friend and police officer Mark (Paterson Joseph), to turn their remote Guest House into a Safe House.
Their first ‘guests’ at the Safe House, are a family in fear of their lives after they are violently attacked by someone who claims to know them. For Robert protecting the family resurrects fears and anxieties bound up in a terrifying night eighteen months ago – where he was protecting a star witness who was about to testify against her gangland husband. Unexpectedly, he was shot, and she was killed. As a consequence of running the Safe House, Robert re-questions this incident and uncovers a web of lies.
Inspired by a real couple, Safe House is a distinctive character-driven drama created and written by Michael Crompton (Kidnap & Ransom, Carrie’s War), and directed by award-winning Marc Evans (Hinterland, Collision).
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.
Filming has commenced on riveting three-part thriller Black Work starring Sheridan Smith, Matthew McNulty, Douglas Henshall, Geraldine James and Phil Davis.
Following her critically acclaimed roles in Cilla and Mrs Biggs, Sheridan will play police woman Jo Gillespie whose world is thrown into turmoil when husband Ryan (Kenny Doughty), an undercover policeman, is shot dead in mysterious circumstances. She resolutely sets out to discover who murdered him and has to confront difficult truths about her family life and her marriage to Ryan.
Police officer Jo is mother to 7-year-old Melly (played by Honor Kneafsey) and stepson Hal, a role taken by Oliver Woollford. Understandably Jo is emotionally distraught and heavily conflicted as she unravels the last few years of her husband’s life. Leaning on his colleague and fellow police officer DC Jack Clark (Matthew McNulty) for support.
Writer Matt Charman shed light on his inspiration for the drama:
“Sheridan Smith is a dream to write for because as an actress there’s really nothing she can’t do. And Black Work is a story that pushes her to the limit – it makes her character, Jo Gillespie doubt herself, her family, her friends, everything she’s always taken for granted in her search for her husband’s killer.”
The Black Work cast also includes: Sharon Duce (Coronation Street), Andrew Knott (Spooks: Code 9), Ace Bhatti (Eastenders), Carla Henry (Homefront), Kenny Doughty (Vera), Lisa Dillon (Cranford), Vinette Robinson (Sherlock), and Ben-Ryan Davies (Waterloo Road).
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
Two of Britain’s finest actors Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling OBE, confirmed to join Ben Whishaw and Edward Holcroft in BBC Two’s new espionage thriller, London Spy.
London Spy is the story of a chance romance between two people from very different worlds, one from the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service, the other from a world of clubbing and youthful excess.
Whishaw plays Danny – gregarious, hedonistic, romantic and adrift, who falls for the anti-social enigmatic and brilliant Alex (played by Holcroft). Just as the two of them realise that they’re perfect for each other, Alex disappears. Danny, utterly ill-equipped to take on the complex and codified world of British espionage, must decide whether he’s prepared to fight for the truth.
Filming on the five part drama series, created by acclaimed author Tom Rob Smith (Child 44), started this week in London and sees the Academy Award-winning Jim Broadbent confirmed to star alongside British actress Charlotte Rampling OBE, whose recent role in the BBC’s Restless in 2012 saw her receive an Emmy Award nomination.
Alongside Ben Whishaw, confirmed last month in the lead role, will be newcomer Edward Holcroft. He will be seen on screens soon in the upcoming BBC Two adaptation of Wolf Hall.
London Spy is directed by Jakob Verbruggen whose credits include the hugely successful first series of The Fall, plus episodes of the US The Bridge.
Creator and writer Tom Rob Smith says: “London Spy has gathered an exceptional cast and a visionary director. I couldn’t be more excited, or proud.”
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.