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Viacom’s Channel 5 Doubles Down On Drama With Thriller ‘The Deceived’ From ‘Derry Girls’ Creator Lisa McGee & ‘The Spanish Princess’ Producer New Pictures

Exclusive: Viacom’s Channel 5 is doubling down on its dive into drama with a four-part thriller from the creator of Derry Girls.

The British broadcaster has ordered The Deceived from All3Media-owned producer New Pictures, the company behind StarzThe Spanish Princess, Netflix’s The Innocents and HBO and Sky’s forthcoming Helen Mirren-fronted mini-series Catherine The Great.

The show is created by Lisa McGee, who created Channel 4 hit comedy Derry Girls, which is set during The Troubles in Northern Ireland and is available globally on Netflix, and her husband, Tobias Beer, an actor and writer.

It is set in Cambridge in the UK and Donegal, the northernmost county in Ireland. It is a contemporary psychological thriller following a young English student called Ophelia, who falls in love with her married lecturer, Michael. However, when their affair results in a shocking and tragic death, Ophelia finds herself
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ITV & BBC Officially Unveil UK Streaming Service BritBox With Titles Including ‘Love Island’ & ‘Gentleman Jack’

ITV and the BBC have officially unveiled the launch of UK streaming platform BritBox with ITV holding 90% equity in the venture. The two companies have also revealed the first shows that will be available on the service, which launches in the fourth quarter of the year, including Love Island (above) and HBO co-pro Gentleman Jack.

The service, designed to protect the broadcasters against the growing power of Netflix and Amazon, has been long in the works but today’s news comes after the two parties officially signed the agreement. It will be priced at £5.99.

BritBox, which is separate to its U.S. counterpart, will be an ITV-controlled venture with the commercial broadcaster holding 90% of the equity with the BBC controlling 10%. The public broadcaster has an option to acquire additional share over time up to 25% and ITV will have the ability to bring other shareholders on board. It is expected that
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‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘The Office’ Heading to BritBox as Streamer Unveils U.K. Launch

  • Variety
British broadcasters the BBC and ITV have formally agreed to launch their joint streaming service, BritBox, in the U.K. in the fourth quarter of 2019. It will be priced at £5.99 ($7.50) per month, making it the same price as the cheapest Netflix subscription in the U.K.

ITV will control BritBox, holding a 90% stake. The BBC will contribute programming but will not directly sink any cash into the new service, unless it exercises an option to increase its 10% share to 25%.

BritBox will be programmed with a catalog of shows from both broadcasters, plus some originals. Both BBC Studios and ITV Studios will pull shows from Netflix and other streamers in the U.K. to put on their new service. “The Office” is one title that Netflix will lose to BritBox. Period favorite “Downton Abbey” will also be on the soon-to-launch streamer.

“What is on Netflix will not be on BritBox, what
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Viacom International Studios UK Eyes Drama & Children’s Move As Channel 5 Unveils Annual Results

Viacom International Studios UK Eyes Drama & Children’s Move As Channel 5 Unveils Annual Results
Viacom’s UK production studio has set its sights on moving into drama and children’s programming as its sister broadcaster Channel 5 plots life after Big Brother.

C5 unveiled its first annual financial results since the decision to cancel the long-running Endemol Shine format and despite a slight dip in turnover, it revealed that spent 2% more on original programming than in the previous year.

Turnover for the fiscal year of 2018, which ran to the end of September, was down from £379.7M (Us$473.3M) to £376.3M (Us$469.1M) with operating profit down from £45M to £39.9M. However, the company said that the latter’s decrease was down to a “decision by management to increase spend on UK original programming by 2% despite a decrease in turnover”. Its total content spend last year was £232M, which includes all programming spend including acquisitions.

It is now turning its attention to the scripted genre
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BBC & Netflix Unveil First-Look At ‘Dracula’ As Claes Bang-Fronted Drama Rounds Out Cast

BBC & Netflix Unveil First-Look At ‘Dracula’ As Claes Bang-Fronted Drama Rounds Out Cast
The BBC and Netflix have unveiled the first look of their Dracula reboot as they have rounded out the cast.

The three-part series, which stars Claes Bang as Count Dracula, is written by Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat and produced by Hartswood Films. the series is inspired by Bram Stoker’s classic novel and will re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy. In Transylvania in 1897, the blood drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London.

Lyndsey Marshal (The League of Gentlemen), Chanel Cresswell (This Is England), Matthew Beard (The Imitation Game), Lydia West (Years & Years), Paul Brennen (Happy Valley), Sarah Niles (Catastrophe), Sofia Oxenham (Poldark), John McCrea (God’s Own Country), Phil Dunster (Humans) and newcomer Millicent Wong have joined the series alongside John Heffernan, Joanna Scanlan, Dolly Wells, Sacha Dhawan, Jonathan Aris, Morfydd Clark and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett.

Jonny Campbell (Westworld), Damon Thomas
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The Best Crime Series on Netflix

Are you finding yourself in the mood for murder, most foul? Well, we have you covered with our list of the Best Crime Series on Netflix. From docuseries like The Keepers to updated classics like Sherlock, not to mention Netflix originals Mindhunter and Bloodline, as well as British series Luther, Happy Valley, and Wallander (there are a lot of British crime series on here), there should be something to tempt you below. Like with our Best TV Dramas on Netflix, we have even more lists of TV subgenres on the streaming giant to share, including the Best Sci-Fi and …
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‘Westworld’s Sidse Babett Knudsen Joins Jack Thorne’s C4/Hulu Disaster Drama ‘The Light’

‘Westworld’s Sidse Babett Knudsen Joins Jack Thorne’s C4/Hulu Disaster Drama ‘The Light’
Westworld and Borgen star Sidse Babett Knudsen has joined Channel 4 and Hulu drama The Light (w/t).

Babett Knudsen, who plays Theresa Cullen in the HBO sci-fi thriller, is joining Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire in the four-part series, which is the follow-up to National Treasure and Kiri.

The cast also includes Nabhaan Rizwan (Informer), Mark Lewis Jones (National Treasure), Jade Croot (Casualty), Shaun Parkes (Line of Duty), Ruth Madeley (Years and Years), Joanna Scanlan (No Offence), Adrian Scarborough (Gosford Park), Genevieve Barr (Press) and Eiry Thomas (Rillington Place).

Written by Jack Thorne and produced by The Forge, it is currently in production in Wales with Anne with an E’s Sandra Goldbacher directing and Killing Eve’s Morenike Williams producing. George Ormond and George Faber are Executive Producers.

The Light is set in the fictional town of Glyngolau and explores a forgotten community devastated by disaster. An explosion
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Richard E. Grant to play a former drag queen in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Variety is reporting that Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) is set to portray a former drag queen in an upcoming feature film adaptation of the British stage musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

According to the site, the film will tell the story of Jamie (Max Harwood), a 16-year-old who doesn’t quite fit in and has to overcome prejudice and bullying to step out of the darkness and into the spotlight.

Grant – who will next be seen on the big screen in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – will portray Jamie’s mentor, while the cast also includes Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley) as Jamie’s mother and Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) as his teacher.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will reunite the creative team behind the stage production in director Jonathan Butterell, writer Tom MacRae, composer Dan Gillespie and choreographer Kate Prince. Filming will get underway this month,
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Richard E. Grant to Play Former Drag Queen in ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’

  • Variety
Richard E. Grant to Play Former Drag Queen in ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’
Oscar-nominated actor Richard E. Grant will portray a former drag queen and mentor in “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” the movie adaptation of the British stage musical.

Catastrophe” co-creator and star Sharon Horgan and “Happy Valley” star Sarah Lancashire have also joined the film. Max Harwood will play the titular role of Jamie, a role inspired by the true story of Jamie Campbell.

“Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” follows 16-year-old Jamie, who doesn’t quite fit in and is terrified about the future. He overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness into the spotlight. Horgan portrays his teacher and Lancashire will play his mother, Margaret. Shobna Gulati, from the original stage cast, will reprise her role of Ray.

The film is a Film4, Warp Films and New Regency production and reunites the original creative team behind the stage production with director Jonathan Butterell, writer Tom MacRae,
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Richard E Grant to Star in ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ as Former Drag Queen

Richard E Grant to Star in ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ as Former Drag Queen
Fresh off his Oscar nomination for his work in “Can You Ever Forgive Me,” Richard E. Grant is set to star as a legendary drag queen in the film adaptation of the popular British stage musical “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.”

Catastrophe” star Sharon Hogan and “Happy Valley” star Sarah Lancashire also join newcomer Max Harwood, who plays the young lead Jamie, in the film.

“Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” is based on the stage production inspired by the true story of Jamie Campbell, a 16-year-old boy who became a drag queen. The musical is originally inspired by a BBC documentary, “Jamie: Drag Queen at 16,” and it explores how Jamie overcomes prejudice and the bullies at his school to become a drag sensation.

Also Read: Richard E. Grant Is Unapologetically Ecstatic Over His Oscar Nomination (Video)

Grant stars as a former drag queen and Jamie’s mentor named Hugo, also known as Loco Channelle.
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Richard E. Grant, Sharon Horgan, & Sarah Lancashire Join ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’

Richard E. Grant, Sharon Horgan, and Sarah Lancashire have joined the cast of the big-screen adaptation of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. The film, which starts shooting at the end of the month, reunites the original creative team behind the stage production: director Jonathan Butterell, writer Tom MacRae, composer Dan Gillespie Sells and choreographer Kate Prince. Filming will begin in Sheffield, England on June 24, an official release says. Max Harwood will stars as the lead in the true to life story.

The film is produced by Mark Herbert and Peter Carlton for Warp Films, and New Regency’s Arnon Milchan. Executive producers are Yariv Milchan and Michael Schaefer for New Regency and Daniel Battsek and Ollie Madden for Film4, who developed the project alongside Warp Films. The film will be released worldwide via 20th Century Fox.

Inspired by the true story of Jamie Campbell, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie follows
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New Regency, Warp & Film4 Team On Musical Adaptation ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’; Richard E. Grant, Sharon Horgan Among Cast

  • Deadline
New Regency, Warp & Film4 Team On Musical Adaptation ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’; Richard E. Grant, Sharon Horgan Among Cast
New Regency, Film4 and Warp Films are teaming on a feature version of UK stage musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which will star Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley), and newcomer Max Harwood as the lead. Fox will release worldwide.

Inspired by the true story of Jamie Campbell, the film follows 16-year-old Jamie New who lives on a council estate in Sheffield, England. Supported by his loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness to become a drag queen.

Grant will play former drag queen and Jamie’s mentor Hugo with Horgan as Jamie’s teacher Miss Hedge and BAFTA winner Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley) as his mother Margaret. Shobna Gulati, from the original stage cast, will reprise her role of Ray.

The film will reunite the original creative
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Richard E. Grant and Sharon Horgan cast in film adaptation of West End Show ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’

The hit West End stage show ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ is getting the big screen treatment thanks to New Regency, Film4 and Warp Films with Richard E. Grant and Sharon Horgan heading up the cast.

Recent Academy Award nominee Richard E. Grant plays former drag queen and Jamie’s mentor Hugo with BAFTA nominee Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) as Jamie’s teacher Miss Hedge. BAFTA winner Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley) plays his mother Margaret. Shobna Gulati, from the original stage cast, will reprise her role of Ray.

Inspired by the true story of Jamie Campbell, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie follows 16-year-old Jamie New who lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. Jamie is going to be a sensation. Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness,
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Richard E. Grant to Play Former Drag Queen in Fox's 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie'

Richard E. Grant to Play Former Drag Queen in Fox's 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie'
Richard E. Grant, still fresh from his Oscar-nominated role in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, and Catastrophe co-creator and star Sharon Horgan have joined the cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie, the adaptation of the hit British stage musical.

Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire has also joined the film, while newcomer Max Harwood is set to play the titular role of Jamie, a schoolboy who dreams of wearing a frock to his school prom.

Inspired by the true story of Jamie Campbell, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie follows 16-year-old Jamie New who lives on a council estate in Sheffield, England. Jamie ...
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Critic's Notebook: HBO’s 'Gentleman Jack' Delivers a Groundbreaking Season Finale

Critic's Notebook: HBO’s 'Gentleman Jack' Delivers a Groundbreaking Season Finale
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a dashing woman in possession of an untapped coal pit must be in want of a wife. Or so it goes in Sally Wainwright's sly, rollicking Gentleman Jack, HBO's period drama that draws on (and expands) Austenian rom-com innuendo to adapt the story of real-life Georgian Era figure Anne Lister, popularly described as "the first modern lesbian."

Wainwright, the virtuoso behind Netflix's dark thriller Happy Valley, has devised a new kind of Byronic heroine for this series: a female rake, equal parts brooding, arrogant and sprightly, who wishes to marry ...
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‘Happy Valley’ Producer Red To Adapt Rising British Political Star Jess Phillips’ Book ‘Everywoman’ For TV

‘Happy Valley’ Producer Red To Adapt Rising British Political Star Jess Phillips’ Book ‘Everywoman’ For TV
Rising British political star Jess Phillips is to have her book Everywoman: One Woman’s Truth About Speaking the Truth turned into a TV drama by Happy Valley producer Red Production Company Company.

The Labour MP, an outspoken critic of Brexit, who has recently dealt with a torrent of rape threats on Twitter, published the book, a collection of empowering stories from her own life, told with honesty and hilarity, in 2017 via Random House. She is a self-described “gobby MP”, who “has a tendency to shout about the stuff I care about”.

The series will be co-produced by Red, which also produces Netflix’s Safe and Emma Thompson-fronted BBC drama Years and Years, and Lucy Dyke, whose credits include Abi Morgan’s The Split, Black Mirror and Ripper Street.

The option deal was brokered by Yasmin McDonald and Laura Macdougall of United Agents.

Phillips said, “I’m utterly thrilled to be working with Red,
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On ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Gentleman Jack,’ Gemma Whelan Plays Two of HBO’s Best Women

On ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Gentleman Jack,’ Gemma Whelan Plays Two of HBO’s Best Women
Just as “Game of Thrones” came to an end, HBO announced that it has renewed “Gentleman Jack” for a second season. That’s great news for fans of British actress Gemma Whelan, who essentially amounts to a Venn diagram of where the two shows’ audiences overlap.

On “GoT” Whelan built a devoted following as Yara Greyjoy, Queen of the Iron Islands and sister to Theon (Alfie Allen). Her character in “Gentleman Jack” is a far cry from the bloodthirsty lothario she plays on “Thrones,” however; as conservative Marian she antagonizes her casanova sister, the swaggering butch Anne Lister (Suranne Jones). Though Whelan herself is straight, she has endeared herself to Lgbtq audiences with one gay and one gay-adjacent role; it is a testament to her versatility as an actress that her two biggest TV roles could not be more different.

A co-production between HBO and the BBC, “Gentleman Jack” has
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Gentleman Jack Renewed for Season 2

If you don’t yet know Jack, you’re about to get even more chances.

Gentleman Jack has been renewed for Season 2, it was announced on Thursday by HBO and the BBC. The series airs on the pay cabler Stateside, Mondays at 10/9c. Its eight-episode first season concludes June 10.

Created by Sally Wainwright (Happy Valley), Gentleman Jack tells the story of Anne Lister (BAFTA Award winner Suranne Jones), a woman who had a passion for life and a mind for business, and bucked society’s expectations at every turn.

“We’re thrilled that Anne Lister’s story has resonated so
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‘Gentleman Jack’ Renewed for Season 2 by HBO, BBC

  • The Wrap
HBO and the BBC’s period drama “Gentleman Jack” has been renewed for a second season at HBO, the network announced Thursday.

“We’re thrilled that Anne Lister’s story has resonated so powerfully with audiences in the U.S. and abroad, and we’re grateful to Sally Wainwright and the entire ‘Gentleman Jack’ family for bringing her story to life,” Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Drama Programming, said. “Anne’s journey is an important and courageous one and we can’t wait to share this next season with the world.”

Gentleman Jack” is created, written and co-directed by Wainwright, and stars Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle (“Peaky Blinders”).

Also Read: 'Gentleman Jack': How a 19th Century Lesbian's Coded Diary Became an HBO Series

The series tells the story of Anne Lister, who the BBC and others regard as Britain’s first modern lesbian, and her
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‘Gentleman Jack’: HBO & BBC Renew Sally Wainwright’s Suranne Jones-Fronted Period Drama For Season 2

HBO and BBC period drama Gentleman Jack has been handed a second season. Sally Wainwright’s Suranne Jones-fronted series will return for another eight-part run.

It comes as the Lookout Point-produce drama is still on the air. The series debuted on HBO on April 22 in its new Monday night slot and on the BBC on May 19. It became the BBC’s biggest new drama launch of the year with an average overnight audience of 5.1 million viewers.

Written by Happy Valley creator Wainwright, it tells the story of Anne Lister, played by Jones, who had a passion for life and a mind for business, and bucked society’s expectations at every turn.

Gentleman Jack focuses on Regency landowner Lister in the period drama, which is set in 1832 Halifax, West Yorkshire. She is determined to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, by reopening the coal mines and marrying well.
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