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‘Halo’ Series at Showtime Adds Three to Cast as Production Set to Begin

  • Variety
Showtime’s upcoming “Halo” series has added three more series regulars.

Danny Sapani, Olive Gray, and Charlie Murphy have all joined the show, which is based on the video game franchise of the same name and is set to begin production this month in Budapest. They join previously announced series lead Pablo Schrieber, who will play the Master Chief, as well as Natascha McElhone, Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi, Bentley Kalu, Natasha Culzac, and Kate Kennedy. The series is currently scheduled to air in the first quarter of 2021.

Sapani will play Captain Jacob Keyes, described a dedicated military man, a war hero and a caring father. He finds that working alongside his daughter and his ex-wife is usually the cause of conflict rather than comfort. Sapani’s television credits include shows like “Harlots,” “The Crown,” “Doctor Who,” and “The Bastard Executioner.” His film credits include “Black Panther,” “Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi,
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My character Tracy Beaker changed the world. I hope she will again | Dani Harmer

The books and our BBC series made such a difference to young people. Seeing how Tracy copes as a modern mother will be intriguing

I get asked all the time what I think Tracy Beaker is up to now and never really have an answer. I grew up with Tracy, playing her in the BBC TV series The Story of Tracy Beaker from the age of 12 to 16, and then again from when I was 19 in Tracy Beaker Returns – when she comes back as a care worker. We explored the first kiss situation together, and so much else. Like so many of her age, she had a wild imagination, and lots of crazy scenarios in her head.

Related: Tracy Beaker is back … as a single mum fighting to make ends meet

Thanks to Tracy Beaker, other children have some understanding of what growing up in foster care means

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Friday's best TV: Shetland; Land of Hope and Glory – British Country Life

  • The Guardian - TV News
The Scottish crime drama concludes – and welcome to rural life, as seen by Country Life magazine

Based on Jacqueline Wilson’s bestseller, The Story Of Tracy Beaker was a mainstay of early 00s Cbbc that tackled difficult issues with warmth and mischief. There have since been a handful of spinoffs, including this Bafta-winning series, now on its fourth run. Like the original, it focuses on the ups and downs of life in a children’s home, and features Nick Sharatt’s illustrations. Those raised on Beaker might deem it sacrilege, but it will engage and educate its target audience of six- to 12-year-olds. Hannah J Davies

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Movie Review – Just Jim (2015)

Just Jim, 2015.

Written and Directed by Craig Roberts.

Starring Emile Hirsch, Craig Roberts, Ryan Owen, Charlotte Randall, Nia Roberts and Aneirin Hughes.

Synopsis:

Living in the sleepy valleys of Wales, Jim has his life altered when an enigmatic American moves in next-door.

Those of you familiar with Craig Roberts will most likely remember him from his breakout performance in Richard Ayoade’s film Submarine, and those who don’t might well remember his much earlier role as Rio in The Story of Tracy Beaker. Transgressing past his childhood roles on-screen Roberts takes up residence behind the camera for his directorial debut, Just Jim. Having written, directed and starred in his own film, Just Jim stands as an incredibly striking achievement, illustrating all the potential that the multifaceted Roberts possesses in its execution.

The comedy of Just Jim is both poignant and surreal, at times seeming extremely dry and deadpan in its approach towards the beginning,
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Craig Roberts Takes The Lead In Amazon’s Red Oaks

Amazon Studios are continuing their move to strengthen their slate of original programming, with the production of a new comedy pilot – Red Oaks. Directed by David Gordon Green (Prince Avalanche), and written by Gregory Jacobs (Criminal) and Joe Gangemi (Wind Chill), Red Oaks has now added actor Craig Roberts to its cast in the lead role.

Focusing on a 20 year-old man named David Myers (Roberts), the story sees him land a job as an assistant tennis pro at Red Oaks Country Club, which is predominantly Jewish. As he tries to get to grips with his new situation, he must also figure out what kind of life he wants to lead. Roberts joins a cast that already includes Jennifer Grey, Paul Reiser and Richard Kind.

Having got his start on British television shows, such as Young Dracula, The Story Of Tracy Beaker and Casualty, Craig Roberts made the move to the
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Identical twins cast in The Dumping Ground

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Nine year old identical twins, Nelly and Gwen Currant, from Hertfordshire have been chosen to play the roles of twin characters Toni and Billie in the new series of the popular children’s drama The Dumping Ground, which starts filming this week.

Nelly and Gwen applied via an open casting process which ran earlier this year. The twins applied via the Cbbc website and sent in an audition film before coming to BBC MediaCity for a live audition. They impressed the casting team with their natural acting style, energy and the clear bond that they had with each other.

Lis Steele, Executive Producer on The Dumping Ground, says: "Casting nine year old identical twins was set to be an incredible challenge but we were bowled over by the range and quality of auditions. Despite being newcomers to acting, Nelly and Gwen showed naturalness, a sense of fun and a terrific understanding of the show's storytelling.
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The Dumping Ground returns for second series

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Two new faces join Cbbc's The Dumping Ground, the sequel to the multi-award-winning Cbbc dramas The Story Of Tracy Beaker and Tracy Beaker Returns, as it returns for a second series this January.

16 year old Kasey McKellar (represented by D&B Management) plays newcomer Bailey. Kasey recently appeared in Top Boy 2 playing R'Marni. And Stacy Liu joins the cast as new carer May Li.

The new series will consist of 13 new 30-minute episodes plus 10 exclusive three-minute webisodes which will run parallel to the stories broadcast on the channel.

The webisodes will feature an exclusive storyline which will run online for 10 weeks, culminating in a cliff-hanger which will be resolved in the last episode of the TV broadcast as both the online and TV stories merge for the series finale.

The new series follows more of the dilemmas, dramas, friendships and challenges faced by young people in care, and stars Connor Byrne
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Dani Harmer comes fourth in 'Strictly Come Dancing' 2012 final

Dani Harmer comes fourth in 'Strictly Come Dancing' 2012 final
Dani Harmer has come fourth in the Strictly Come Dancing 2012 final. The Story of Tracy Beaker actress was eliminated from the show along with professional partner Vincent Simone after receiving the fewest number of public votes. The 23-year-old made a number of small mistakes in her showdance, leaving her in last place in the judges' scoring. Upon leaving, Harmer told Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly that working with partner Simone had been the highlight of the competition, saying: "Everything has just been absolutely amazing, but the best thing is this man right here... I am going to miss dancing with him (more)
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Dani Harmer comes fourth on 'Strictly Come Dancing' 2012 final

Dani Harmer comes fourth on 'Strictly Come Dancing' 2012 final
Dani Harmer has come fourth on the Strictly Come Dancing 2012 final. The Story of Tracy Beaker actress was eliminated from the show along with professional partner Vincent Simone after receiving the fewest number of public votes. The 23-year-old made a number of small mistakes in her showdance, leaving her in last place in the judges' scoring. Upon leaving, Harmer told Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly that working with partner Simone had been the highlight of the competition, saying: "Everything has just been absolutely amazing, but the (more)
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Cbbc returns to The Dumping Ground

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As the last ever episodes of Tracy Beaker Returns play out on Cbbc, and we bid a final farewell to Dani Harmer in her long-running reign over Cbbc as Tracy Beaker, there is some good news for fans of the series.

Cbbc has commissioned a brand new drama series set in Jacqueline Wilson’s fictional children’s home The Dumping Ground, familiar to millions of viewers from Cbbc dramas The Story of Tracy Beaker and Tracy Beaker Returns.

The new series will continue to delve into the everyday lives and experiences of young people in care, with new dilemmas, dramas and friendships being explored across 13 half-hour episodes, and Nick Sharratt’s popular animated illustrations, which featured in the award-winning series The Story of Tracy Beaker and Tracy Beaker Returns, will continue to counterpoint the live action. Leading writers including Elly Brewer, who worked on three series of Tracy Beaker Returns,
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'Submarine' Star Craig Roberts Talks Berlin Pic 'Comes A Bright Day' & New Projects With Derick Martini & Cillian Murphy

One of the more impressive screen debuts of last year came from 21-year-old Welsh actor Craig Roberts. A British children's TV veteran (he was the star of "The Story Of Tracy Beaker" and "Young Dracula" among others), Roberts broke out as the pretentious, deluded hero of Richard Ayoade's charming "Submarine," coming across as equal parts Dustin Hoffman, Bud Cort and John Gordon Sinclair (from "Gregory's Girl"), and it seemed to mark the birth of a star. Indeed, Roberts has found himself in demand since the film debuted at Toronto back in 2010, with new films on the way including Sundance entries "Red Lights" with Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy and Elizabeth Olsen, and teen rom-com "The First Time," and he went back to his home turf to make the heist comedy "Comes A Bright Day," from first-time director Simon Aboud, where Roberts plays a man taken hostage during a bank robbery,
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Becoming Human: meet the cast

Not content with one supernatural household, BBC3's web spin-off introduces their teenage counterparts. Who have their own troubles – like detention …

Skins may have just unveiled a whole new cast. But anything Skins can do, Being Human can do just as well at least. And being a show about the undead, it doesn't even have to get rid of the old one.

This week sees the start of Becoming Human, a new online and red-button spin-off from the BBC3 hit. The 10 bite-sized parts introduce a new vampire, werewolf and ghost, stuck not in a houseshare but in detention. (You can see the first episode here.) Even the producers have teased that it's like a supernatural Breakfast Club, although of course, none of the talented young cast have seen that movie. As the series plays out, fans will have the chance to interact with the story via clues – phone conversations, CCTV footage,
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