Ten new episodes of ITV Studios’ period drama Mr Selfridge, starring Emmy award-winning American actor, Jeremy Piven, have been commissioned by ITV.
Filming for the new series will begin in April following the success of Mr Selfridge with British and international audiences.
The drama is inspired by the life of charismatic American entrepreneur, Harry Gordon Selfridge, whose business in London’s Oxford Street has become a much-loved institution. This new series is the third instalment in the rise and fall of this colourful but troubled man.
Kate Brooke (Ice Cream Girls, Making of a Lady) returns as the lead writer working alongside Kate O’Riordan (The Bad Mother’s Handbook, The Kindness of Strangers) and Helen Raynor (Baker Boys, Doctor Who).
Lindy Woodhead, author of Shopping Seduction and Mr Selfridge, the book that inspired the series, continues in her role as advisor on retail history.
Filming will take place on location in Greater London with a lavish replica of the 1909 Selfridge’s shop floor being recreated in a former carpet warehouse. The exterior of the store will be filmed in the historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent.
Kate Lewis, executive producer for ITV Studios said:
“We have some surprises in store for an audience in this third series. You only have to walk down Oxford St today to know that Selfridges Department Store continued to be successful, but for its founder, Harry Selfridge, things were very different. His story was a rollercoaster ride that ended rather tragically. We pick up Series 3 in 1919, the point at which his life really begins to unravel.”
Mr Selfridge will return to ITV later in 2014
The story of humble baker Thomas Farriner (Andrew Buchan) and his fabled involvement in The Great Fire of London is to be dramatised by the producers of “Fleming” and “Mistresses.”
Inspired by the historical events of 1666 and with the backdrop of King Charles II’s court, The Great Fire will focus on the circumstances which led to the catastrophic fire, Thomas Farriner’s family life at the bakery in Pudding Lane, the playboy king’s extravagant lifestyle, and Farriner’s complex relationship with his fictional sister-in-law, Sarah played by Rose Leslie.
Diarist Samuel Pepys, a close confidante of the King who dared to tell him “he was consumed by the pursuit of pleasure”, will be portrayed by Daniel Mays and his wife Elizabeth is played by Perdita Weeks.
Jack Huston plays the role of King Charles II, whilst Oliver Jackson-Cohen is his brother, James Duke of York. Andrew Tiernan plays prisoner Vincent, a forgotten soul languishing in Newgate prison, whilst Antonia Clarke is Frances Stewart.
The drama will unfold over four consecutive days as the fire indiscriminately takes hold of the city and the people desperately attempt to overcome the flames. The four 60-minute episodes will capture the most prosperous city of its age as fire rages and engulfs dwellings and businesses like the bakery on Pudding Lane.
Terrified and bewildered, the people are thrown into chaos, and with each day they become increasingly desperate to seek safety away from the city.
The Great Fire will screen on ITV later this year
The Missing follows Tony, played by James Nesbitt (The Hobbit trilogy, Jekyll) – a man who will do whatever it takes to find his missing child.
When Oliver disappears on a holiday in France, Tony’s exhaustive search fractures his marriage to Emily, played by Frances O’Connor (Mr Selfridge, A.I. Artificial Intelligence), and threatens to destroy his life. Julien, a French police detective played by Tcheky Karyo (Goldeneye, The Patriot), who launched the initial search for the child, also cannot shake the small belief that he may still be alive.
This relationship thriller is told simultaneously over two time frames and is set in two countries. Exploring the emotional cost of obsession, hope and finding when to let go, this new drama shows the impact of a child’s abduction.
Nesbitt, O’Connor and Karyo are joined by an international cast including; Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) as Mark, Ken Stott (The Hobbit trilogy, Rebus) as Ian, Arsher Ali (Four Lions, The Guilty) as Malik and Titus De Voogd (Steve + Sky, Any Way The Wind Blows) as Bourg.
Written by Harry and Jack Williams and directed by Tom Shankland (Ripper Street), The Missing is due for transmission on BBC One later this year
Sky Arts’ popular comedy and drama strand Playhouse Presents… returns this May with a lineup which includes talent from the makers of Uncle, Line of Duty and Holy Flying Circus.
The series of 30 minute one-off comedies and dramas will feature Jo Brand, Simon Callow, Cara Delevingne, Lindsay Duncan, Kevin Eldon, Jane Horrocks, Daniel Mays, Matthew Perry, Billie Piper, Mark Strong, Sylvia Syms, Ashley Walters, Jason Watkins, Ben Whishaw and Richard Wilson.
The series also involves the writing talents of the Cara Delevingne will make her television debut alongside the veteran actress Sylvia Syms in Tim Firth’s Timeless. Cara stars as Chloe, a young woman reluctantly looking after her great-grandmother while her mother and grandmother are on a cruise.
Matthew Perry makes his UK TV comedy debut with The Dog Thrower. It is also the directorial and TV screenwriting debut for its writer Jon Ronson. His story of a man who finds fame, then infamy, when he starts throwing his dog also stars Tim Key and Kimberley Nixon, with original music by Belle and Sebastian.
The award-winning playwright Polly Stenham also makes her directorial and screenwriting debut with Foxtrot, the story of a gang heist gone wrong starring Billie Piper and Ben Whishaw.
Ralf Little and Nick Moran will also make their joint screenwriting and directing debut with Space Age, starring Richard Wilson and Simon Callow as two ageing astronauts on a final and perilous journey.
Playhouse Presents… returns in May 2014 at 9pm on Sky Arts 1 HD
Based on the cult-classic film of the same name, From Dusk Till Dawn marks director Robert Rodriguez’s first foray into serialized drama – and a return to the story he directed back in 1996. In the original film Quentin Tarantino starred alongside George Clooney as a pair of bad-to-the-bone brothers named Seth and Richie Gecko. They
The 10-episode series takes place over the course of one night, following the brothers (D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz) as they try to evade a pair of Texas rangers, Earl McGraw (Don Johnson) and Freddie Gonzalez (Jesse Garcia).
Along the way, Seth and Richie encounter former pastor, Jacob Fuller (Robert Patrick) and his family. The Geckos take them hostage and steal their RV to cross the border.
Chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club populated by vampires. With the law, the undead and some of Mexico’s most hardened criminals on their trail, the group must fight until dawn to get out alive.
“From Dusk Till Dawn” will premiere on Tuesday, March 11 on Netflix
Sky Living comedy Mount Pleasant will return to UK screens later in 2014.
Sally Lindsay and Daniel Ryan will reprise their roles as Lisa and Dan Johnson, whose lives are about to be turned upside down by the arrival of their first baby. No sooner has the newest member of the Johnson clan made its debut, than Dan’s wayward younger brother makes an unexpected entrance.
Elsewhere more secrets will come to the surface when Bradley’s (Nigel Harman) past catches up with him and he’s forced to make a trip to “take care of business.” With handsome Greg (Adrian Bower) secretly employed by Bradley as a ‘minder’ for Tanya (Samantha Womack) and Ella (Nicola Millbank) what could possibly go wrong?
Meanwhile, Fergus (Neil Fitzmaurice) struggles as Denise’s (Ainsley Howard) career as a model goes from strength to strength, and Roger (James Dreyfus) and Bianca (Sian Reeves) become unlikely housemates.
Joining the cast for series four are Daniel Ings (Psychoville, The Cafe) who will play Robbie, Dan’s younger brother and Naomi Bentley (Primeval, White Van Man) as Angie, Fergus and Lisa’s new PA.
Paula Wilcox returns as Pauline, Dan and Robbie’s mother, Bobby Ball as Lisa’s dad Barry and George Sampson as Bianca’s stepson, Gary.
Orange Is The New Black was one of the critical darlings of 2013. For those of you who missed out last year, here’s a quick recap:
Based on the popular memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman, Orange Is The New Black stars Golden Globe® nominee, Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, an engaged Brooklynite whose decade-old relationship with international drug-runner Alex (Laura Prepon) results in her arrest and year-long detention in federal prison.
To pay her debt to society, Piper must trade her comfortable New York life with fiancé Larry (Jason Biggs) for an orange prison jumpsuit and a strange new world of everyday indignities that forces her to question everything she knows. As she serves her time, she forms unlikely new alliances with an eccentric and outspoken group of inmates.
Orange Is The New Black Series 2 starts in June 2014 on Netflix
Susanna Reid, Ben Shephard, Charlotte Hawkins and Sean Fletcher will be joining the channel as ITV’s main weekday presenters between 6.00am and 8.30am, on ITV’s newly named breakfast show, Good Morning Britain.
Lorraine Kelly will now be at the helm of her own show, Lorraine, between 8.30am and 9.25am, five days a week.
Aled Jones will present a new weekend morning show, Weekend, between 8.30am and 9.25am starting later this year.
ITV Director of Daytime, Helen Warner, said: “I’m delighted to welcome all four presenters to the ITV Breakfast family. ITV has a first class roster of breakfast and daytime talent both on and off screen and I’m thrilled to be expanding this. Our overriding aim is to continue to improve our breakfast programming for our viewers and we have been working for some time behind the scenes developing the next chapter of our offering.”
“Engaging, news driven content is our number one priority and will be at the heart of everything we do on Good Morning Britain. I believe we have a top team in place to deliver this and make this a compelling proposition to wake up to in the morning.”
Singer songwriter Molly Smitten-Downes will be the UK’s 2014 entrant for The Eurovision Song Contest, performing her own song ‘Children of the Universe’ at the 59th Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark, in front of an estimated global audience of over 120 million viewers.
Molly, aged 26, from Leicestershire, was discovered through BBC Introducing and invited to compose and perform a song especially for the competition.
Performing for the UK as her artist name Molly, she has been singing and composing songs for over 10 years and has become widely recognised within the music industry and live music scene. In 2012 she was awarded Best Urban/Pop Act at Live and Unsigned, has performed at numerous festivals including Sundown and in 2013 won Best Song at the Best of British Unsigned Music Awards.
She has supported artists such as Jake Bugg, Tinie Tempah, Labrinth & Chase n Status.
Molly says: “I’m so excited for everyone to hear ‘Children of The Universe’. I’m so happy with it. To represent the United Kingdom in such a huge competition, not only as a singer and performer but as a songwriter is an unbelievable honour. I hope I can do us proud”
The Eurovision Song Contest will take place on Saturday 10th May in Copenhagen, Denmark, broadcast live on BBC One & BBC One HD, with commentary by Graham Norton and live on BBC Radio 2 with commentary from Ken Bruce. The semi-finals will be held on Tuesday 6th and Thursday 8th May, broadcast on BBC Three and BBC Three HD hosted by Scott Mills.
Based on Charlotte Gray’s book “Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike,” the drama brings to life the tale of seven strangers and their collective fight for survival and wealth in a small, frontier town in the remote Klondike. The journey begins in 1897 when two childhood best friends, Bill (Madden) and Epstein (Prew) make the perilous journey through the North American wilderness to Klondike boom town Dawson City, “The Paris of the North,” where neither law nor order prevailed.
In the untamed Yukon Territory during a period of outrageous lawlessness – murder, revenge, riches, violence and redemption awaited these two young, ambitious men who made the arduous, back-breaking journey to Dawson City. Klondike is a man-versus-nature tale that places the characters in a land full of undiscovered wealth, but ravaged by harsh conditions, unpredictable weather and deceptive, dangerous individuals fueled by desperateness – including greedy businessmen, seductive courtesans and native tribes witnessing the destruction of their people and land by opportunistic entrepreneurs.
Featuring an all-star cast of homegrown talent including Richard Madden (King of the North Robb Stark on Game of Thrones, A Promise), Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs), Ian Hart (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, My Mad Fat Diary) and August Prew (The Village, About a Boy), a ratings smash for Discovery Channel U.S. delivering 3.4 million viewers for the first episode, KLONDIKE tells the powerful story of the last great Gold Rush in our history.