It was rumoured as a possibility, but Netflix have confirmed that The Punisher will be getting his own series! The character’s arrival on Daredevil isn’t the first time Punisher has been put on-screen, however, it wasn’t until the pitch-perfect casting and performance of Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle that it’s really been successful.
This incarnation of The Punisher, which first appeared in Season 2 of Daredevil on Netflix, will join the already hugely popular Netflix/Marvel tv show line up. Marvel are currently preparing Luke Cage for release on the 20th September 2016, with Iron Fist currently shooting and due to air next year, followed by The Defenders, which will include all 4 of the heroes. It’s not entirely clear where The Punisher will slot into that line up, which also has to include a 2nd season of Jessica Jones, and (presumably) a 3rd Daredevil run, although that has yet to be confirmed.
The Punisher, who first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #129, has previously had a number of film outings starring Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane and Ray Stevenson, but none quite hit the mark until Bernthal took over the role for this iteration.
We’re only a week away from the BBC’s smash hit TV series Peaky Blinders return to BBC Two, however the stars of the show are also returning to Birmingham for a red carpet premiereat The Everyman Cinema, Mailbox Birmingham.
On Wednesday 4th May, BBC Birmingham will welcome the cast of Peaky Blinders to an exclusive screening of the first episode of series 3, with a select group of local fans who have been allocated golden tickets to attend the exclusive event.
The winners were chosen at random from 12,718 entries with 70% of the winning tickets allocated to Birmingham postcodes and residents of the West Midlands. If you missed out on tickets, fans are still encouraged to turn out for the very special event in their finest Peaky Blinders outfits and 1920’s themed costumes and watch the red carpet arrivals.
Series three of the BBC Two cult drama sees Tommy Shelby pulled into the glamorous and dangerous world of international intrigue in 1920s Britain, putting his entire organisation and family at risk, and forcing him to question everything about his own ambitions and desires
Today BBC Birmingham has also announced that Gaite Jansen, Kate Phillips (Linda Shelby), Birmingham-raised Harry Kirton (Finn Shelby) and Coventry lad Jordan Bolger (Isiah) will be joining Cillian Murphy (Tommy Shelby), Paul Anderson (Arthur Shelby) and Packy Lee (Johnny Dogs) as well as the show’s producers and Birmingham born Steven Knight at the event.
Steven Knight says, “I’m thrilled that the new series of Peaky Blinders will be screened in its heartland, Birmingham, and I hope the people of the city will enjoy the event. The third series is stronger than ever.”
Peaky Blinders Searies 3 airs on BBC Two on the 5th May 2016 at 9pm
Sense8, the Netflix series from the Wachowskis’s, has had a dramatic cast change, in which British actor Aml Ameen, who played Capheus “Van Damme” on the show has been replaced by actor Toby Onwumere. The switch is alleged to be due to “creative differences” with co-creator/executive producer/director Lana Wachowski…
These “differences” allegedly flared up during the table read of the show according to Deadline, but got worse once they’d moved to India for filming. This led to Ameen leaving and Onwumere being bought in to replace him.
It’s not entirely clear what these “differences” were with Lana Wachowski, a transgender woman, but when fellow cast member Jamie Clayton, also a transgender woman, was asked in a Twitter Q&A if she was sad to see him leaved, replied “NO!”… And when someone tweeted “This is horrible!!” at her about the removal of Ameen, she replied “It’s really not. Hate is horrible. Intolerance is horrible. #Sense8 IS LOVE.” Sooo… yeh…
Sense8 is a scifi series which revolves around 8 strangers from different parts of the globe, who suddenly become mentally and emotionally linked. The show has a number of LGBT characters, and has been praised for it’s positive portrayal of LGBT themes.
Whatever the reason is for Ameen’s leaving, Sense8 is currently filming it’s second season, and is expected to land late 2016/early 2017.
Just in case you were concerned that having a million new presenters on the revamped Top Gear wouldn’t be enough, the BBC have announce they’re also adding a second show called Extra Gear!
The new show will be presented by Rory Reid, who is also one of the new Top Gear hosting lineup, and will air on BBC Three’s iPlayer channel straight after the main show airs. Filmed at the famous Top Gear studio, each week Extra Gear will bring fans exclusive new footage, interviews, specially-recorded films and behind-the-scenes access to Top Gear.
Rory Reid says: “Extra Gear is hugely exciting. The Top Gear fans are some of the keenest in the world and with this show I’m giving them a chance to really get a peek behind the curtain. I’m looking forward to showing them how the show is made and what goes on behind the scenes, giving viewers a different perspective on some of the coolest cars on the planet.”
If you’re abroad, you won’t miss out on this additional Top Gear goodness, as BBC Worldwide will distribute Extra Gear to international broadcasters including BBC America and BBC Brit, where it will air alongside the new series.
Top Gear returns to BBC Two on the 22nd May 2016 at 8pm, with Extra Gear available on BBC Three’s live page and BBC Three on iPlayer at 9pm, straight after the main show.
On this week’s show, we not only do we have the triumphant return of Chris to Geektown, but also an interview with a legend of TV & film – Rutger Hauer.
Mr. Hauer is of course best know as the replicant Roy in Blade Runner, but you may have seen him more recently in True Blood as Niall Brigant, faerie grandfather to Sookie. He’s appeared in hundreds of movies and tv shows including Galavant, Batman Begins, and the Buffy The Vampire Slayer Movie.
He came on to talk to us about a new project – his very first audio drama called Alien: Out of the Shadows. Set between Alien and Aliens, Alien: Out of the Shadows takes place aboard the mining freighter, the MARION, which discovers RIPLEY aboard her shuttle/lifeboat NARCISSUS. Seemingly there to help, but ASH, the MARION’s on board computer voiced by Mr. Hauer, has a secret mission of it’s own…
The brand new audio drama, Alien: Out of the Shadows – stars Rutger Hauer in his first role for audio, Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter film series), Corey Johnson (The Bourne Ultimatum and Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Kathryn Drysdale (Two Pints of Lager and St Trinian’s), and is available to download right now at www.audible.co.uk/scream.
In this weeks show:
- Chris and I catch up after his long stint away, and take a look at the tv, games & films we’ve been watching and playing recently.
- We interview Rutger Hauer about his brand new audio drama, Alien: Out of the Shadows
- A round up of the latest TV & film news from across the pond and here at home, with an in depth look at the latest pilots from the US.
- As usual, all the latest tv air date updates, and a look forward to tv in the next 7 days.
Geektown Radio : Episode 61 – Interview with Rutger Hauer, plus TV & Film News, TV Premiere Updates & Air Date Info!
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Today Channel 4 announced that Indian Summers would not be returning for a third season. It seems that the drama about the British Raj, who’s first series was a smash hit for Channel 4, has not been renewed due to season two’s rather lacklustre ratings.
The show, which was made by New Pictures for Channel 4, struggled to keep the audience it found the first time around, and with various other dramas vying for the network’s finite budget, it was unfortunately the show that end up being dropped.
Channel 4 is certainly not short of quality drama at the moment. Humans & No Offence are getting second seasons. New series National Treasure starring Robbie Coltrane/Julie Walters, and written by BAFTA-winning writer Jack Thorne is due soon, and a new comedy-drama Loaded from Fresh Meat/Misfits writer Jon Brown is also on the cards. It’s just unfortunate for fans of Indian Summers that they won’t see their show return.
A spokesperson for Channel 4 say “We’re incredibly proud of Indian Summers and have loved having it in the schedule. But with a number of new drama launches already confirmed for 2017 we have decided not to commission a third series.”