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3 May 2016 | Leave a Comment

For those of you suffering withdraw from The Walking Dead, you might want to check out OUTCAST, from the creators of TWD, which arrives on FOX UK – 7th June at 10pm!

Another comic book adaptation from Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead, OUTCAST follows Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit – ER, We Bought a Zoo), a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of the Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister – Life On Mars, Mad Dogs), a preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers and regain the normal life he lost. But what Kyle discovers could change his fate — and the fate of the world — forever.

Patrick Fugit stars as Barnes, a man searching for answers, and for redemption, who sequesters himself from those he loves for fear of causing greater hurt. Philip Glenister stars as Reverend Anderson, a West Virginia evangelist who believes he is a soldier in God’s holy war against the forces of evil on Earth. An inveterate drinker and gambler, he doesn’t believe God intends people to sweat the small stuff. Gabriel Bateman (Stalker) stars as Joshua Austin, an eight-year-old who lives across town from Kyle. To his family’s dismay, he appears to be in the clutches of demonic possession, but there’s something very different about this possession and its connection to Kyle Barnes.

 

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28 Apr 2016 | Leave a Comment

Over 12,000 fans apply to see Peaky Blinders come home to Birmingham!

Over 12,000 fans apply to see Peaky Blinders come home to Birmingham!

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

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27 Apr 2016 | Leave a Comment

Extra Gear

Top Gear Gaining An Extra Gear

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.

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25 Apr 2016 | Leave a Comment

Indian Summers Not Returning

Indian Summers Not Returning

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.”

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22 Apr 2016 | Leave a Comment

12 MONKEYS -- Season:2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Amanda Schull as Cassandra Railly, Aaron Stanford as James Cole -- (Photo by: Kurt Iswarlenko/Syfy)

12 MONKEYS — Season:2 — Pictured: (l-r) Amanda Schull as Cassandra Railly, Aaron Stanford as James Cole — (Photo by: Kurt Iswarlenko/Syfy)

Adapting the respected 1995 movie 12 Monkeys into a TV series was a risky venture for Syfy but it also had plenty of potential. In the show’s first season the writers stuck to the film’s basic premise but necessarily expanded the story in ways that allowed the series to become an independent entity in its own universe. That, in turn, created an opportunity for 12 Monkeys: The Series to expand its mythology into valid territory that the film never explored.

When Season 2 premieres in the UK on 27th April that expansion will take off in a big way and fans will be surprised by what is to come, says star Aaron Stanford. “I think it’s a much more epic story,” Stanford told Geektown during a Syfy press conference . “It’s almost as if Season 1 was a prequel in a lot of ways to where we go. That’s how big the show gets certainly. By the end, it’s going to be pretty surprising.”

For the uninitiated, Stanford’s character, James Cole (played in the movie by Bruce Willis), is sent back in time from 2043 to stop an organization called The Army of the 12 Monkeys from releasing a virus that will wipe out most of humanity. After arriving in 2015 he joins forces with a virologist, Cassandra Railly,  played by Amanda Schull, and the daughter of the original creator of the virus, Jennifer Goines, played by Emily Hampshire, to prevent the apocalypse.

12 MONKEYS -- "One Hundred Years" Episode 203 -- Pictured: (l-r) Amanda Schull as Cassandra Railly, Aaron Stanford as James Cole -- (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Syfy)

12 MONKEYS — “One Hundred Years” Episode 203 — Pictured: (l-r) Amanda Schull as Cassandra Railly, Aaron Stanford as James Cole — (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Syfy)

Because the action moved quickly during the first season we only got brief insights into the backgrounds of these characters. The second season will reveal much more, says Terry Matalas, who developed the series with Travis Fickett. “I’d say one of the big surprises in Season 2 is the characters. There’s a lot more development with them. There’s a lot more expansion of the back stories of these characters.  And I think you’ll find that a lot of them turn out to be not exactly what you expected them to be.”

A time travel story is the ideal vehicle for a writer to expand characters because it offers opportunities for emotional exploration that you don’t get with other genres, explains Matalas. “You get to see characters at different points in their lives; you get to see somebody young and you get to see somebody old and ask the question about how the egg became the chicken. I also think all good time travel stories have an emotional component. I mean, Back to the Future is about a kid who goes back in time to make his parents fall in love. There’s nothing better than that. The sky is the limit really as to what you can do, and the places you can go; the different time periods and how they reflect in the characters.” 

12 MONKEYS -- "Tomorrow" Episode 109 -- Pictured: (l-r) Barbara Sukowa as Jones and Aaron Stanford as James Cole -- (Photo by: Ben Mark Holzberg/Syfy)

12 MONKEYS — “Tomorrow” Episode 109 — Pictured: (l-r) Barbara Sukowa as Jones and Aaron Stanford as James Cole — (Photo by: Ben Mark Holzberg/Syfy)

Those sentiments are shared by the actors. Stanford, Hampshire and Schull all acknowledge that they get the kind of variety on 12 Monkeys that they wouldn’t get on many other shows. “We get to be placed into these emotional circumstances that we’re comfortable with, but we don’t know what’s coming,” says Schull. “We have to stay on our toes because of that. So it’s not like doing a completely different role from week to week but a lot of elements change and we have to adapt. It’s not just your ordinary run of the mill weekly procedural.”

12 Monkeys: The Series returns for its second season on Syfy UK, Wednesday 27th April at 9pm.

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If you have listened to this week’s Geektown Radio, you’ll hear how we were praising Sky’s recent drama output, particularly The Five and Lucky Man. It seems the network has no intention of taking it’s foot off the gas as today it announced six new dramas airing on Sky 1 and Sky Atlantic, with some big star names attached in front, and behind the camera. More info on each show below…

Guerrilla (Sky Atlantic)

Idris Elba and John Ridley

Idris Elba and John Ridley

A co-production between Sky Atlantic and Showtime, and starring the hottest man in Hollywood right now, Idris Elba, Guerrilla is a love story set against the backdrop of one of the most politically explosive times in UK history.

Written by Academy Award winner John Ridley (American Crime, 12 Years a Slave), it tells the story of a politically active couple whose relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970s London.  Their ultimate target becomes the Black Power Desk, a true-life, secretive counter-intelligence unit within Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism.

Idris Elba is quoted as saying “It’s been a long-time desire of mine to collaborate with Mr Ridley and his work here is nothing short of a masterclass in character building and storytelling. TV is in for a treat.”

Guerrilla will be 6 hour long episodes, to be shot in London in the late summer of 2016, and airing in 2017.

Tin Star (Sky Atlantic)

Tim Roth & Christina Hendricks

Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks

Created by 28 Days Later & Brighton Rock screenwriter Rowan Joffé, Tin Star is a revenge thriller starring the brilliant Tim Roth (Hateful Eight, Lie To Me, and a million other brilliant movies…) and Christina Hendricks (Mad Men, and, of course, Firefly!). The show is produced by the tv hit factory that is Kudos (The Tunnel, Humans, Broadchurch, Spooks, Hustle, Life On Mars, Ashes to Ashes…), so you can expect it to be good!

Tin Star tells the story of Jim Worth, an ex-Metropolitan police detective who has moved with his family to the Rocky Mountains to start a new life as a local police chief in an idyllic rural community. When his small town is overrun by migrant workers from a massive new oil refinery – the wave of drugs, prostitution and organised crime that follows them threatens to sweep away everything in its wake.

When Jim makes a stand, his act appears to prompt mysterious assassins to unleash sudden and violent retribution on Jim and his family; the resulting tragedy irrevocably shattering the peace they had found in this once perfect mountain idyll and transforming their remote sanctuary into a hellish and inescapable prison.

Who was behind the attack? Did the oil company – fronted by urbane corporate liaison, Mrs Bradshaw (Christina Hendricks) – hire the assassins to thwart Jim’s discovery of a shocking cover-up? Or is the police chief’s violent, alcoholic past as an undercover cop finally catching up with him?

Devastated by the harrowing acts of brutality enacted on his family, a voice from Jim’s past returns – his long-suppressed, booze and drug addicted alter-ego Jack Devlin. Taunting the police chief’s every waking moment, Devlin, the poisonous voice in Jim’s head, speaks only of violent and bloody revenge.

Fuelled by guilt, fear and shame, Jim’s resolve to keep the darkest part of himself hidden from the world weakens; finally succumbing, Worth releases Devlin, an internal rage made manifest. And in so doing, the devil inside goes on to consume Jim almost completely, becoming an even greater threat to the family and the town, than the assassins themselves.

Riviera (Sky Atlantic)

Oscar-winning writer/director Neil Jordan (The Borgias, Michael Collins) has teamed up with Booker Prize-winning author John Banville (The Sea) to create Riviera, starring Julia Stiles (the Jason Bourne movies, Dexter).

Georgina (Stiles) is newly married to billionaire Constantine Clios when he is killed in a yacht explosion. She is shocked to discover the fortune that maintained his immaculate, ever-so-tasteful lifestyle is tainted with dishonesty, double-dealing, crime, and ultimately murder.

Helped by Constantine’s first wife, Georgina will undergo an education in lying, double-dealing, outright theft and shocking criminality. She has to learn fast to maintain the Clios mansion and save the family from its enemies and from itself. Hiding her bloodstained fingers inside Chanel gloves, she soon reveals herself to be an A-plus student in the brutal art of survival.

Delicious (Sky 1)

Written by Mr. Selfridge’s Dan Sefton and starring Dawn French, Delicious is set in Cornwall, and is described as a story of love, heartbreak, food and female friendship. Dawn stars as the ‘sensual and passionate’ cook Gina, who was once married to Leo Vincent, a successful entrepreneur, chef and hotel owner, with whom she shares a daughter. Leo made his fortune from his exceptional Italian cooking – a family tradition he inherited from his ex-wife – and runs the idyllic Penrose Hotel in the Tamar Valley.

Since divorcing Gina, Leo’s culinary empire has continued to grow, with the fruits of success now being shared with his new wife Sam. However, Leo is keeping a secret which is set to upturn all of their lives. In a friendship already born out of betrayal, Gina and Sam face the secrets and scandal that will bind them together in the most unlikely of circumstances.

Jamestown (Sky 1)

Jamestown comes from Carnival Films, who are the multi award-winning producers of Downtown Abbey and Lucky Man, and is written by Bill Gallagher (Lark Rise to Candleford, The Paradise). It’s an 8-part series starring Max Beesley (Mad Dogs, Bodies) & Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock…, Snatch, Primeval).

Set in 1619, Jamestown follows the settlers as they establish a community in the New World. Amongst those landing on shore are a group of women destined to be married to the men of Jamestown, including three spirited women from England: Jocelyn (Naomi Battrick), Alice (Sophie Rundle) and Verity (Niamh Walsh). Leaving their old lives behind, these women have embarked on this journey to start afresh, fulfil their dreams and become the female pioneers of an exciting new western outpost.

Battling against inhospitable wilderness, suspicious indigenous people and a host of brutal challenges with ambition, power and entrepreneurial spirit on their side, these pioneers will define a new way of life.  Jamestown will reveal the spirit of adventure and true grit of these early adventurers who travelled in search of a better life. Leading the cast of settlers are Max Beesley, Jason Flemyng, Dean Lennox-Kelly, Shaun Dooley, Stuart Martin, Steven Waddington, Matt Stokoe and Burn Gorman.

With whole-hearted tales of love, affairs, births, marriage and death, Jamestown tells a modern story in a historic setting. With all manner of trials, the settlers come together to conquer and adjust to the realities of their new lives on the other side of the world. Jamestown is a place for them to build new lives and start again but it is also somewhere past secrets can be buried.

The Last Dragonslayer (Sky 1)

This year’s Sky Christmas spectacular will be The Last Dragonslayer, based on the first of Jasper Fforde’s series of novels. Adapted by Tom Edge (Scrotal Recall), the series will star Ellise Chappell, John Bradley (Game of Thrones) and Ricky Tomlinson (The Royle Family).

Adding to Sky’s ever growing collection of original drama, this epic adventure is set in the Ununited Kingdoms. A magical blend of past and present, medieval and modern, the story follows indentured orphan Jennifer Strange (Ellise Chappell) who reluctantly discovers her destiny is to become the last Dragonslayer.

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