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The BBC fills out the cast of Discworld series The Watch

BBC Studios has announced that Anna Chancellor (Pennyworth), James Fleet (Outlander), Ingrid Oliver (Doctor Who), Ruth Madeley (Years and Years), Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Deep State) and Bianca Simone Mannie (Homeland) have joined the cast of The Watch, an upcoming series inspired by Terry Pratchett’s bestselling Discworld novels. The official synopsis for The Watch reads: Set in […]

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BBC America’s ‘The Watch’ Enlists Anna Chancellor And James Fleet

BBC America today announced Anna Chancellor, James Fleet, Ingrid Oliver, Ruth Madeley, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, and Bianca Simone Mannie have joined the cast of the network’s disruptive original series, The Watch, premiering in 2020. Co-produced by BBC Studios and Narrativia, The Watch is inspired by Sir Terry Pratchett’s bestselling “Discworld” novels. Set in a fictional city where crime has been legalized, The Watch is a genre-busting series that follows a group of misfit cops as they rise up from decades of helplessness to save their corrupt city from catastrophe. Uniquely anarchic and thrillingly entertaining, the character-driven drama follows several of Sir Terry Pratchett’s best-loved creations on a riotous and emotional odyssey. Anna Chancellor (Pennyworth) is set to star as Lord Vetinari, The Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, and architect of the city’s normalized wrongness and ramshackle system of governance. James Fleet (Outlander) will play The Archchancellor, a wizard, magical advisor,
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‘The Watch’: ‘Pennyworth’s Anna Chancellor & ‘Outlander’s James Fleet Join BBC America’s Terry Pratchett Adaptation

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‘The Watch’: ‘Pennyworth’s Anna Chancellor & ‘Outlander’s James Fleet Join BBC America’s Terry Pratchett Adaptation
Pennyworth’s Anna Chancellor and Outlander’s James Fleet have joined the cast of BBC America’s The Watch, based on Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels.

The pair are the latest actors to join the BBC Studios and Narrativia-produced series, joining lead Richard Dormer.

Chancellor stars as Lord Vetinari, The Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, and architect of the city’s normalized wrongness and ramshackle system of governance, while Fleet stars as The Archchancellor, wizard, magical advisor, and the Head of the Unseen University.

Set in the fictional city of Ankh-Morpork, where crime has been legalized, The Watch is a “punk rock” drama. The eight-part series centers on a group of misfit cops as they rise up from decades of helplessness to save their corrupt city from catastrophe.

Elsewhere, Ingrid Oliver (Doctor Who) stars as the Head of The Assassins’ Guild, Doctor Cruces. Ruth Madeley (The Rook) stars as the wiry Throat,
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Diarmuid Lawrence obituary

Television director with a wicked, sparkling wit whose eclectic list of credits showcased a complete film-maker

The television director Diarmuid Lawrence, who has died aged 71, approached the small screen not as an auteur, but as a master craftsman. He perfected his craft over a lifetime of storytelling, first in the theatre and then, for the greater part of his long career, in television drama, where his name on the titles brought a stamp of quality. His eclectic list of credits showcased a complete film-maker whose unifying purpose was to bring life to stories of all kinds, to surprise and delight an audience.

His last film, Peter and Wendy (2015), which reimagined Jm Barrie’s classic as a modern allegory of the Neverland between life and death, and for which Diarmuid created a magical world where Great Ormond Street hospital and the Jolly Roger became one. He had a wicked, sparkling wit,
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Pennyworth Episode 4 Review: Lady Penelope

An otherwise leisurely fun episode for Pennyworth unexpectedly turns in the series most shocking moment yet.

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This Pennyworth review contains spoilers.

Pennyworth Episode 4

Well, this is a helluva episode. After much of the story is spent with Alfred and Martha Kane exploring the Raven Society infiltrated hamlet, in a rather quirky jaunt, the episode suddenly ends on a dark note that sees the brutal death of Esme.

In retrospect, Esme’s murder was foreshadowed in the opening moments of “Lady Penelope” when an at-first Wayne-esque family of three walks down the wrong alley of this alternate London. However, rather than get mugged, they beat the disfigured beggar. Not to mention the silence outside her door finally entered. Similarly, things were looking too suspiciously rosy for Esme, what with her getting on famously with Alfie’s cantankerous pop (Ian Puleston-Davies).

And Alfred’s memories of burying his fellow
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Win Benjamin on DVD

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To mark the release of Benjamin on 12th August, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.

The bittersweet comedy tells the story of Benjamin (Colin Morgan) a rising star filmmaker, who is thrown into emotional turmoil on the brink of premiering his second film, when Billie, his hard-partying publicist, introduces him to a mesmeric French musician called Noah.

Set among the back streets of East and North London, the film boasts original music from James Righton of the Klaxons and great performances from its cast including Colin Morgan, Phénix Brossard, Joel Fry, Jack Rowan, Jessica Raine and Anna Chancellor.

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Open to UK residents only The competition will close 15th August 2019 at 23.59 GMT The winner will be picked at random from entries received No cash alternative
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Movie Review – For Love or Money (2019)

For Love or Money, 2019.

Directed by Mark Murphy.

Starring Robert Kazinsky, Samantha Barks, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Ed Speleers, Anna Chancellor, Tony Way, Ivan Kaye and David Hargreaves.

Synopsis:

A fairy tale romance takes an unexpected turn when Mark (Robert Kazinsky) discovers his beautiful bride-to-be, Connie (Samantha Barks), has actually been plotting against him.

For Love or Money is nothing that hasn’t been seen before. A self-proclaimed anti-romcom, the film details a fake relationship between Mark and Connie, who sets out to fleece him of an impending windfall. As his childhood crush, Mark is only too happy to be duped by his shallow, dismissive girlfriend – but when her plot is revealed to him, Mark delights in giving her in a taste of her own – bitter – medicine.

Although this reads like a truly standard bill of fare, there are sparks in the screenplay, and among the cast, that keep interest ignited. Robert
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Simon Amstell comedy 'Benjamin' secures international sales agent (exclusive)

Simon Amstell comedy 'Benjamin' secures international sales agent (exclusive)
The film premiered at BFI London Film Festival last year.

New London-based sales agent Wildstar Sales has picked up international rights to Simon Amstell’s UK comedy Benjamin which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in 2018.

Wildstar, the new outfit officially launched by former Fusion Media Sales executive Murray Dibbs at the Berlinale this year, will introduce the project to buyers in Cannes.

Verve Pictures released the film theatrically in the UK in March.

Benjamin stars Colin Morgan as a rising young filmmaker whose life is thrown into turmoil by a burgeoning romance and the upcoming premiere of his second feature.
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Lily James & Alicia Vikander Set For ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Red Nose Day Return — Watch Teaser Clip

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Lily James & Alicia Vikander Set For ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Red Nose Day Return — Watch Teaser Clip
Lily James and Alicia Vikander have signed on to the cast of the upcoming Four Weddings and a Funeral short film set to premiere on NBC’s Red Nose Day.

James and Vikander will join original Four Weddings cast members Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell and Kristin Scott Thomas in One Red Nose Day And A Wedding short, which picks up 25 years after the original hit British comedy. It will air exclusively in the U.S. as part of NBC’s night of programming supporting Red Nose Day on May 23. UK fans will get a sneak peak of One Red Nose Day and Wedding, which airs as part of Red Nose Day in the UK, tonight on BBC One. You watch the teaser clip below.

John Hannah, Rowan Atkinson, James Fleet, David Haig, Sophie Thompson, David Bower, Robin McCaffrey, Anna Chancellor, Rupert Vansittart, Simon Kunz, Sara Crowe and Timothy Walker also star in the short.
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Alicia Vikander, Lily James Confirmed for 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' Red Nose Day Return

The all-star Four Weddings and a Funeral return — set to air in the U.K. on Friday as part of the BBC's Red Nose Day coverage — has added two major names.

First rumored in December, Alicia Vikander and Lily James have now officially joined One Red Nose Day and a Wedding, picking up 25 years after the iconic 1994 original and reuniting Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Kristin Scott Thomas, John Hannah and Rowan Atkinson.

James Fleet, David Haig, Sophie Thompson, David Bower, Robin McCaffrey, Anna Chancellor, Rupert Vansittart, Simon Kunz, Sara Crowe and Timothy Walker are also starring ...
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Exclusive Clip From Simon Amstell’s Directorial Debut ‘Benjamin’

In cinemas this week is one of the best directorial feature debuts we’ve seen for quite some time. Simon Amstell’s first film Benjamin arrives at cinemas from Friday and we’ve got an exclusive clip to share. Benjamin features a superb cast including the Colin Morgan, Phénix Brossard, Joel Fry, Jack Rowan, Jessica Raine and Anna Chancellor. Amstell writes and directs.

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The bittersweet comedy tells the story of Benjamin (Colin Morgan) a rising star filmmaker, who is thrown into emotional turmoil on the brink of premiering his second film, when Billie, his hard partying publicist, introduces him to a mesmeric French musician called Noah.

Set among the back streets of East and North London, the film boasts original music from James Righton of the Klaxons.

Benjamin opens in cinemas and on VOD on Friday 15th March. Check out our exclusive clip ‘Can We Sit Somewhere?’ below.
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Four Weddings and a Funeral 2 Trailer Reunites Cast for Red Nose Day

The Four Weddings and a Funeral mini sequel trailer has been released. The short sequel was made to take part in this year's Red Nose Day. The annual event funds programs that keep children safe, healthy, and educated. Over the years, Red Nose Day has raised over $1.3 billion for 50 states and Puerto Rico, along with 38 countries around the world, impacting the lives of over 16 million children in the process. The event takes place on May 23rd this year, which is when the Four Weddings and a Funeral sequel will be released to the public.

The Four Weddings and a Funeral mini sequel is officially titled One Red Nose Day and a Wedding and it will air on NBC. The special sequel brings the original cast together after 25 years. Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Kristin Scott Thomas, John Hannah, Rowan Atkinson, James Fleet, David Haig, Sophie Thompson, David Bower, Robin McCaffrey, Anna Chancellor,
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‘Four Weddings And A Funeral’ Charity Spinoff Trailer: BBC & NBC Unveil First Look

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‘Four Weddings And A Funeral’ Charity Spinoff Trailer: BBC & NBC Unveil First Look
Hugh Grant’s Charles and Andi MacDowell’s Carrie are back in the first clip for the charity spinoff of classic Brit flick Four Weddings And A Funeral.

The BBC and NBC have unveiled a trailer for the return of Richard Curtis’ film, which features much of the original cast, who reunited to make short film One Red Nose Day And A Wedding.

There’s speculation that it’s set at Charles’ daughter’s wedding and the clip certainly suggests nuptials.

Richard Curtis, who wrote the original film and is the co-founder of charity telethon Red Nose Day, has written the short for the 2019 edition of the charity fundraiser. Cast will include Grant, MacDowell, Kristin Scott Thomas, John Hannah, Rowan Atkinson, James Fleet, David Haig, Sophie Thompson, David Bower, Robin McCaffrey, Anna Chancellor, Rupert Vansittart, Simon Kunz, Sara Crowe and Timothy Walker. They will be joined by special guests.

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First teaser for Four Weddings sequel One Red Nose Day and a Wedding

As revealed earlier this month, the cast of Four Weddings and a Funeral are set to reunite 25 years after the release of the classic British rom-com for the Comic Relief short One Red Nose Day and a Wedding; check out a teaser here, which sees the characters inviting us to their big day…

One Red Nose Day and a Wedding reunites Four Weddings and a Funeral director Mike Newell and screenwriter Richard Curtis with cast members Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Kristin Scott Thomas, John Hannah, Rowan Atkinson, James Fleet, David Haig, Sophie Thompson, David Bower, Robin McCaffrey, Anna Chancellor, Rupert Vansittart, Simon Kunz, Sara Crowe and Timothy Walker.

The short will air on Red Nose Day on March 15th in the UK and on May 23rd in the Us.

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Glasgow Film Festival 2019 Review – Benjamin

Benjamin, 2019.

Directed by Simon Amstell.

Starring Colin Morgan, Phénix Brossard, Joel Fry, Anna Chancellor and Jack Rowan.

Synopsis:

A young, aggressively anxious filmmaker navigates his way through a burgeoning relationship as he battles with his own personality.

Films are often segregated by their sexual orientation. Look at Netflix and Sky Movies, you can categorise your searches by “Gay/Lesbian Films” or “Lgbtq”. Simon Amstell, the comedian-turned-director of Benjamin, says he doesn’t see himself as a “queer comedian”, he’s just a comedian. In that spirit, his debut film, despite having a homosexual relationship at its heart, doesn’t allude to or contrive drama out of his characters’ sexualities alone – the conflicts are rooted within their colliding emotions, and it’s incredibly refreshing.

How much of the feature is based on Amstell’s own coming-of-age to becoming a “real boy” isn’t exactly confirmed, but the situational cringe is so astute,
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Love puts a spanner in the works in trailer for ‘Benjamin’

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Verve Pictures have debuted the first trailer for ‘Benjamin’ from comedian and actor Simon Amstell who makes his directorial debut.

Set among the back streets of East and North London, the film boasts original music from James Righton of the Klaxons and great performances from its cast including Colin Morgan, Phénix Brossard, Joel Fry, Jack Rowan, Jessica Raine & Anna Chancellor.

Also in trailers – First look trailer for Taika Waititi’s ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ series arrives

The film hits cinemas March 15th.

Benjamin Synopsis

The bittersweet comedy tells the story of Benjamin (Colin Morgan) a rising star filmmaker, who is thrown into emotional turmoil on the brink of premiering his second film, when Billie, his hard-partying publicist, introduces him to a mesmeric French musician called Noah.

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Four Weddings and a Funeral cast reunite for One Red Nose Day and a Wedding sequel short film

25 years after its release, the cast of Four Weddings and a Funeral are set to reunite this March for One Red Nose Day and a Wedding, a special short film set to premiere on BBC One during Red Nose Day 2019.

The short will pick up 25 years after the movie and reunite Four Weddings director Mike Newell and screenwriter Richard Curtis with cast members Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Kristin Scott Thomas, John Hannah, Rowan Atkinson, James Fleet, David Haig, Sophie Thompson, David Bower, Robin McCaffrey, Anna Chancellor, Rupert Vansittart, Simon Kunz, Sara Crowe and Timothy Walker.

The new short follows on from the huge success of the Love, Actually sequel Red Nose Day, Actually in 2017, and will air on BBC One in the UK on March 15th and on NBC during Red Nose Day USA on May 23rd.

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Freddie Fox & Anna Chancellor To Star In BBC Feature Doc About Oscar Wilde

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Freddie Fox & Anna Chancellor To Star In BBC Feature Doc About Oscar Wilde
King Arthur star Freddie Fox and Trust star Anna Chancellor are two of the A-list actors featured in a feature-length BBC documentary about Oscar Wilde.

The pair will feature in The Importance of Being Oscar alongside Outnumbered’s Claire Skinner and Four Weddings and a Funeral’s James Fleet, which is produced by Banijay-owned indie Iwc.

The 80-minute doc, which will air next year on BBC Two, will explore the Irish writer’s career, controversial personal life and concluding fall from grace. It will chart his success and will be part revelatory accounts, part-performance. The actors will perform excerpts from his greatest works, including The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Canterville Ghost.

Stephen Fry, Wilde’s grandson Merlin Holland and his latest biographer Matthew Sturgis will also feature.

The doc has been commissioned by Mark Bell, Commissioning Editor, BBC Arts with Richard Curson Smith directing for Iwc.
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BBC Orders Oscar Wilde Documentary With Stephen Fry, Freddie Fox

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BBC Orders Oscar Wilde Documentary With Stephen Fry, Freddie Fox
A new documentary about Oscar Wilde will tell the celebrated writer’s story with a star cast recreating excerpts from his greatest works, including “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” Freddie Fox, Claire Skinner, Anna Chancellor and James Fleet will all perform in the 80-minute show, “The Importance of Being Oscar,” which will be on BBC Two in the U.K.

Stephen Fry, Wilde’s grandson Merlin Holland, and his latest biographer, Matthew Sturgis, will also delve into Wilde’s glittering and scandalous career, and his place in the high society of the day. Viewers will join experts, enthusiasts and biographers as they step inside Wilde’s life and career.

Banijay’s U.K. banner, Iwc, is producing. Banijay’s sales arm will take it out internationally.

“The time is really ripe for a re-evaluation of Oscar Wilde’s life and work on television,” said exec producer Franny Moyle.
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Amazon Prime to air The ABC Murders in Us, new trailer released

The Agatha Christie adaptation The ABC Murders is set to air on Amazon Prime Video for the United States. Academy Award winner John Malkovich (Bird Box) stars as Christie’s most famous character, detective Hercule Poirot, in the mystery series that sees Poirot tracking down a serial killer. Along with the news that the series will premiere on Amazon, the streaming service also released a trailer for the miniseries which you can watch below…

The ABC Murders is the second of three adaptations from Agatha Christie Limited to air on Amazon Prime. The novel was written in 1936 by Christie and is notable for her further experimentation with shifting points of view in the narrative. The series is already premiering on BBC One, with its finale to air tonight, while its Amazon Prime premiere is set for February 1, 2019.

The first Christie series for the BBC and Amazon was Ordeal By Innocence starring Bill Nighy,
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