BBC America didn’t do an executive session for the Television Critics Association today. The company president, Sarah Barnett, just made a few quick announcements and introduced panels on The Last Kingdom and Doctor Who. So before BBC America cleared out for other networks, I asked Barnett a few questions about the future of Orphan Black. She explained that Orphan Black season 4 has been greenlit and right now the focus is on coming up with surprising character revelations. Read More »
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Today BBC America presented a Doctor Who panel for the Television Critics Association. Stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman were only available via satellite from the set, but writer/executive producer Steven Moffat was here in person. After the panel, Moffat answered follow-up questions from reporters, including some details about the possibility of a female Doctor, and the character guest star Maisie Williams will play. She will be different from Arya Stark for sure.
(Some vague spoilers for recent Doctor Who episodes are ahead.) Read More »
Over a year ago, in the spring of 2014, Tom Hardy was reported to star in a BBC One drama event series called Taboo, created by Locke director Steven Knight. And now the project has finally made some more progress towards getting in front of cameras this fall.
Danish director Kristoffer Nyholm, best known for directing the original Scandinavian version of The Killing before it was imported and adapted for American audiences on AMC and Netflix, has boarded Taboo. Nyholm will direct the first four episodes of the eight-part series. Learn more about the Tom Hardy Taboo series after the jump! Read More »
The Sherlock panel at Comic Con 2015 wasn’t full of revelations , because Steven Moffat hasn’t started writing a fourth season yet, and consequently we don’t even know when that fourth season might shoot. But there is special episode coming up, in which the cast of the modern-set series takes on a case set in the Victorian era. A great clip from the special was shown at the panel, and you can see that below.
Additionally, this Sherlock special will be even more unusual than you might have expected, as a theatrical release of some sort is planned for the one-shot. Read More »
A unified Charles Dickens universe is coming to TV.
TV and movie adaptations of classic novels were once the easiest way to cheat on reading a book in high school. Wikipedia pretty much changed that, but I like to hope there are still high school kids somewhere who turn to moving images as a shortcut to understanding authors like Charles Dickens. If there are, the planned BBC series Dickensian might really mess them up.
The show will pull together a variety Dickens characters into one story, including characters from Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, Bleak House, and Oliver Twist. Read More »
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Imagine if you will a story that might be set somewhere between Harry Potter and The Prestige — a wild tale of rival magicians set in an alternate version of early 1800s England, featuring the influence of faerie and real-world history alike. That’s one way to describe Susanna Clark’s epic novel Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, and if that makes the novel seem like a daunting piece of work to adapt for television, it is.
BBC One will soon air a Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell series, created by Clark, Toby Haynes, and Peter Harness, with Bertie Carvel and Eddie Marsan in the two lead roles. If this first Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell trailer is anything to go by, the BBC may have come up with a corker of an adaptation. Check out the lively footage after the jump. Read More »
The highly anticipated third season of Orphan Black premieres in the US on IFC and BBC America at 9 p.m. Saturday April 18. Before that, if you haven’t seen the first two seasons, it’s easier than ever to see catch them all for free.
IFC will air a marathon of the first two seasons starting on Friday April 17 and Amazon will allow people to stream the first season for 24 hours starting at Friday, starting at 12:01 a.m. PT Friday. Read more about the Orphan Black free streaming options below. Read More »
Game over, man! The Grand Theft Auto movie just got weirder, and perhaps more awesome. The BBC production features Daniel Radcliffe as Sam Houser, aka one half of the sibling duo that has guided Rockstar Games and the Grand Theft Auto series to video game domination.
The film’s story revolves around a specific period in the company’s history, when Rockstar and GTA were under fire from firebrand Florida attorney Jack Thompson. And now we’ll see Bill Paxton in Grand Theft Auto as Jack Thompson, going a long way towards ensuring that we’ll be unable to look away from the BBC Films production. Read More »
Rockstar Games co-founder and president Sam Houser has long been using movies as fodder for his games — the Grand Theft Auto series, for which he has served as chief creative force for many years, is saturated with film influences. Now Houser, who generally shies away from the spotlight, will be the subject of a film.
Daniel Radcliffe is in talks to play Houser in Grand Theft Auto, which will chronicle one particularly odd period in the game designers life, when Rockstar came under attack from Florida lawyer Jack Thompson. Read More »