Season Three of Channel 5’s critically acclaimed original crime drama Suspects, starring Fay Ripley, Damien Molony and Clare-Hope Ashitey will return in January 2015, featuring a stellar line up of guest artistes.
The new series opens with the return of DS Jack Weston (Damien Molony) after his period of enforced leave. DI Martha Bellamy (Fay Ripley) is pleased to have Jack back, but makes no bones about it: this is his last chance… The team is called to a sixth form college, where a popular art teacher has been found with life-threatening head injuries – who has brutally assaulted her? The plot thickens when it transpires that this teacher had previously made complaints about being stalked to DC Charlie Steele (Clare-Hope Ashitey). The usually composed Charlie is beside herself – could she have prevented this horrific crime? The pressure’s on Jack to step up to the plate as Charlie’s sergeant, and keep everyone’s focus on the case. Suspicion falls on violent and aggressive college handyman Harry Webster (Ben Peel), who went to prison for killing his wife, and who clashes with Charlie as the investigation unfolds – can she keep her cool under fire? As events come to a head, Jack focuses his scrutiny on college head teacher Rory O’Hanlon (Emmett J. Scanlan), and uncovers a trail of suspicious deaths that makes even Martha’s blood run cold…
Coming up in future episodes, the team try to get to the bottom of what has happened to a badly-burned girl who has been dumped in the Thames, and who went missing two years ago – where has she been all this time? Next, an old adversary comes back on Martha’s radar when ruthless property developer Gregor Forrester (Ray Fearon) is accused of an arson attack that leaves a young man fighting for his life – can Jack put his personal grudges aside to trap slippery Gregor once and for all? And finally, Charlie has to tread carefully when her copper’s nose tells her that a family secret is obstructing justice, as she investigates a vicious hate crime on a transgender person – she is sure that this is connected to another of her cases, a missing teenage girl – but, with parents Natalie and Andrew Granger (Lucy Gaskell and Chris Coghill) stonewalling her, can Charlie crack the case and find the girl before it’s too late?
The first episode of US TV series Constantine has launched on Amazon Prime Instant Video with further episodes set to be released in the UK just hours after its stateside premiere on NBC. Based on the hugely popular comic book series from DC Comics, Constantine has launched during Amazon Prime Instant Video’s hair-raising Halloween takeover, with a new episode landing every Saturday thereafter.
Constantine stars Matt Ryan (Criminal Minds) as John Constantine – a seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult. Armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and a wickedly naughty wit, he fights the good fight — or at least he did.
With his soul already damned to hell, John Constantine abandons his campaign against evil, until a series of surprising events thrusts him back into the fray and he’ll do whatever it takes to protect the innocent. With the balance of good and evil on the line, Constantine travels the country, finding the supernatural terrors that threaten our world and sending them back to where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.
The series is executive produced by Daniel Cerone (Dexter, The Mentalist), David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy), and Mark Verheiden (Falling Skies, Battlestar Galactica), with the pilot episode directed by Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall. Constantine also stars Angélica Celaya (Dallas) as Zed, Charles Halford (True Detective) as Chas, and Harold Perrineau (Lost) as Manny. Based upon the characters from DC Comics and produced by Bonanza Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Constantine is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.
As well as the opening episode of Constantine, Amazon Prime Instant Video’s week-long Halloween takeover will feature some of the nation’s favourite spine-chilling films and shows, including Resident Evil: Retribution, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, and Evil Dead, among many others.
“It’s the one night of the year when audiences around the world are looking for a fright, so we’re delighted to be making the UK exclusive first episode ofConstantine available to Prime Instant Video customers this Halloween” said Chris Bird, Director of Content Strategy at Amazon Instant Video, adding: “Constantine is a great addition to the catalogue of spooky TV shows and frightening films already made available for unlimited streaming during our Halloween takeover, featuring alongside classics like The Craft and An American Werewolf in London and contemporary favourites like Warm Bodies.”
Constantine and a host of other fright worthy content can be watched through Prime Instant Video on more than 400 devices, including Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii and Wii U, amongst others, and online at www.amazon.co.uk/PIV. What’s more this content is accessible both on-the-go and from the comfort of customers’ homes, through Amazon Fire Phone and available soon on Amazon Fire TV.
If you’re a fan of Matt, check out the interview we did with Director Luke Massey about his movie ‘The Captive’ which co-starred Matt and his buddy (and ‘The Originals’ actor) Joseph Morgan.
After some time off UK screens, the brilliant Franklin & Bash returned with Season 3 back in August on Sony Entertainment Television (Sky 157 / +1 Sky 181 / Virgin 193 / BT 454 / TalkTalk 454). The even better news is that they’ve decided to run straight into Franklin & Bash Season 4, which premieres on Thursday 6th November at 10pm on Sony TV.
Franklin & Bash stars Breckin Meyer (Garfield, Road Trip and Robot Chicken’s hilarious Boba Fett), and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (the one and only Zack Morris in Saved by the Bell) as 2 unconventional and independent lawyers.
After defeating Damien Karp (Reed Diamond – Dollhouse, 24, Homicide: Life on the Street) in court, to the horror of Karp, the pair are recruited by his boss, the rather off-the-wall Stanton Infeld (Malcolm McDowell – Star Trek Generations, Clockwork Orange) to shake things up at his big law firm.
To help celebrate the Season 4’s arrival only a few months after the US, the nice folk at Sony have given us 3 Franklin & Bash branded hipflasks to give away!
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Good news for fans of the Dark Knight’s home town, as Gotham debuted to over 2m with a 9.28% share (inc. HD & +1) of the UK audience on Channel 5, making a fantastic start in the UK for the 1st year drama. The show actually beat out both Channel 4 and BBC2 for the 9 – 10pm time slot, which has got to be a relief to the folk over at 5 given that it wasn’t a cheap purchase for them.
We’ve poked some sharpened sticks at Channel 5 in the past over the dropping of some of our favourite shows, but, as we’ve mentioned before, TV stations aren’t charities. They are their to make money, so if they buy a show and it doesn’t get the viewing figures to support it and make the money back, they don’t really have any choice but to drop it. Once Upon A Time being a case in point. Despite it’s huge popularity with visitors of Geektown, the viewing figures for it were woeful, which forced the channel to drop it.
So, the message here is, if you like Gotham, tweet about it, (#GothamUK, @GothamOn5) Facebook it, tell your friends, help keep those numbers up, make sure you tune in next week for Episode 2: Selina Kyle (video above!)
News also arrived yesterday that Gotham has been given a full season order by Fox in the US, adding 6 more episodes to the run, bringing it up to a total of 22, so all in all, things are looking good on both sides of the atlantic for Gotham.
Before there was Batman… there was Gotham, and Gotham will arrive in the UK – Monday 13th October at 9pm on Channel 5. If you want to know about the 1st episode, you can read our review here, but there’s also some more general info about the show below. It’s getting great reviews all around (and we loved it), so I urge you to tune in!
Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker? GOTHAM is the origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome), GOTHAM follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.
Starring Ben McKenzie (Southland, The O.C.), Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy, Vikings), Sean Pertwee (Elementary, Camelot), Robin Lord Taylor (The Walking Dead), Erin Richards (Being Human, Merlin), David Mazouz (Touch), Camren Bicondova, Zabryna Guevara (Burn Notice), Cory Michael Smith (Camp X-Ray, Olive Kitteridge), Victoria Cartagena (The Good Wife), Andrew Stewart-Jones (Person of Interest), John Doman (Mystic River, The Wire) and Jada Pinkett Smith (HawthoRNe, The Matrix films), the series — from Warner Bros. Television — will be shown exclusively on Channel 5.
Growing up in Gotham City’s surrounding suburbs, James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) romanticized the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fiancée, Barbara Kean (Erin Richards), Gordon is living his dream – even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid.
Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), as the two stumble upon the city’s highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes’ hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, Bruce (David Mazouz), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy’s profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.
As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham’s criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), mob kingpin Carmine Falcone (John Doman) and many of the characters who will become some of fiction’s most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova), Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) and Edward Nygma/the future Riddler (newcomer Cory Michael Smith).
The crime drama will follow Gordon’s turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain Sarah Essen (Zabryna Guevara), as he goes head-to-head with Major Crimes unit detectives Renee Montoya (Victoria Cartagena) and Crispus Allen (Andrew Stewart-Jones). It also will focus on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee). It is a friendship that will last them all of their lives, playing a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader he’s destined to be.
GOTHAM is based upon the characters from DC Comics and is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer Bruno Heller wrote the pilot, which was directed and executive-produced by Emmy® nominee Danny Cannon (Nikita, the “CSI” franchise). John Stephens (Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl) will serve as an executive producer on the series distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.
As anyone that reads this site regularly will know, we love Batman here at Geektown. Personally I’ve had an ever expanding collection of Batman trades, comics and graphic novels since the early 90s, so I’m pretty well versed in the Batman and DC universe. When I heard they were planning a show based on Gotham, but pre-batman, I did wonder if the guys at Fox could pull it off. Thankfully they have, and in spectacular fashion.
The show is centred around a young, idealistic, Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie). Newly arrived in the cesspool that is Gotham city he soon discovers that pretty much everyone is on the take or playing sides. He’s partnered up with the grizzled old hand Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue). Not a out-and-out dirty cop, but definitely not a clean one either. Just someone who understands how Gotham works, and will do whatever it takes to not rock the boat. That becomes difficult when Gordon and Bullock get called to a double homicide. 2 people shot in an alley, and the only known witness is their son, Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz)…
Bullock is desperate to hand the case off to special branch cops Montoya (Victoria Cartagena) and Allen (Andrew Stewart-Jones), but Gordon insists they follow it up. This leads to a meeting with Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), a mob boss working under Gotham’s main crime lord Carmine Falcone. It’s also the first time we meet Robin Lord Taylor’s wonderfully slimy Oswald Cobblepot (nicknamed ‘Penguin’ by the rest of Fish’s crew), who’s working as a henchman for Fish. Taylor plays Cobblepot with a great mix of toadying deference to his boss, whilst ,behind his eyes, you can tell there are cogs turning about how to step over her, and climb the criminal ladder.
Oswald is not the only familiar future villain to pop up on the show, as they’re sprinkled throughout the episode if you know your Batman mythology. Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) is already out picking pockets on her way to becoming Catwoman. Eddie Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) is working as the police coroner, but is already annoying people with riddles. In the course of the investigation, Gordon and Bullock also meet a young girl called Ivy Pepper, who seems to have an interest in plants… There’s also a rather bad comedian telling jokes in Fish’s club, but I believe the plan is to plant ‘possible’ Joker’s throughout the series without ever actually revealing him. Sort of a ‘How I Met Your Joker’.
When Gordon goes to Wayne Manor, we get our first proper meeting with Bruce’s faithful butler Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee). This version is less the worry wart, upper-class Alfred of the comics, and seems to be rather more down to earth, not afraid to put Bruce in his place when he needs it. His line when he sees young ‘Master Bruce’ standing on the edge of the manor roof is just brilliant, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how his character and relationship with the young Bruce develops.
There are changes from the comics, but I think that was to be expected. It’s not like the origin’s of Gotham’s villains (or heroes) is set in stone, as there have been multiple retelling of their origins over the years. Much as I love Frank Miller’s Batman Year One, I also loved Nolan’s take on the origin story, and Scott Snyder’s latest take in the more recent Zero Year Batman comics. In a multi-verse of possibilities, there’s room out there for every variation. Bruno Heller (creator of Gotham, as well as HBO’s superb ‘Rome’, and the much loved ‘The Mentalist’) has done a great job weaving the characters into a solid, engaging story, that leaves you wanting to see where it goes next.
Gotham will air on Channel 5 – 13th October at 9pm, and I urge you to tune in. If you love Batman, cop shows, or just well written drama, you will love it.