Friday, April 28, 2017

Night Manager series 2 release date, Tom Hiddleston and everything you need to know Your complete guide to the next season.

Sam Ashurst
27 April, 2017

27 APRIL 2017

The legions of Tom Hiddleston fans campaigning for the actor to be the next James Bond were (almost) rewarded in early 2016, when The Night Manager began broadcasting on BBC One.

Essentially a long-form Bond flick spread across six episodes of television (based on a John le Carré book, as opposed to an Ian Fleming one), it followed Hiddleston's luxury-hotel night manager (and former British soldier) Jonathan Pine, as he's recruited as a spy and tasked with taking down a secret arms trade operating between Whitehall and Washington, DC.

Pine may have completed his mission, but if there's one thing James Bond taught us, a spy's work is never done.

It garnered huge critical, audience and award-ceremony success, being nominated for 36 awards and winning 11, including Golden Globes and Emmys. Which probably helped its chances of returning for a second series.

There's one significant element holding it back, but we'll get to that in a moment.

For now, here's all the very latest The Night Manager series 2 news and rumours

We've got some bad news for those desperate Googlers – there's literally no chance of a new series this year.

Still, 2017 has brought some good news to fans. In March of this year, director Susanne Bier confirmed that scripts for a second season were "slowly being developed".

This was the first official confirmation that series 2 was even being considered, and it was reason enough for The Night Manager maniacs to order a slap-up celebration meal via room service.

Bier told Broadcast: "We all very much want to do a season two, but the thing we absolutely do not want is to do something that does not live up to the level of season one. That would be a really bad idea."

Despite series one's massive ratings success / huge awards haul, the show has yet to be renewed for a second series.

The BBC and AMC, along with producers The Ink Factory, released a statement explaining the situation, saying they are in the "early stages" of development.

"[We] are in the early stages of developing a potential second series of The Night Manager, but nothing is definite yet and we have nothing to announce," they said.

Producer Simon Cornwell (who is also author John le Carré's son) has said that the show's creators "would love to do another series".

One possible – and fairly major – hold-up is the fact the source book was a one off, with no follow-ups.

"I'm Ross more times than I'm Aidan these days!" – Aidan Turner on living life as Poldark and what's to come in series 3

By Sarah Doran

June 2017 can’t come quickly enough for UK fans of BBC’s Poldark. The show’s eagerly anticipated third series hits BBC1 early this summer, and leading man Aidan Turner is excited.

“We only wrapped six weeks ago so getting the series out this soon is great,” the Irish actor tells during a break at the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival.

“When I see it I’ll remember shooting it which is always a bonus. It’s always too long to wait, you know?”

Oh, we know.

Series two saw the Cornish Captain come under fire for his actions with former love Elizabeth in scenes (one scene in particular) that divided opinion. Was Ross a rogue or a rapist? Debate raged online and original texts were consulted as the nation tried to decide how to deal with what Ross had done.

“I knew it was going to be big news for people, for fans and that,” says Turner. “I don’t know if they knew what to expect.”

He wasn’t sure what to expect from them either: “It was interesting to see how the audience responded to him, whether they were going to let him in anymore, or let him hang for his errors.

“You can’t necessarily stand by Ross’s actions, he’s clearly made a huge blunder, but he’s a flawed character,” Turner says. “You don’t set out to play a hero, or someone who's an iconic legend who doesn’t make any mistakes, and just rides into town and saves the world. He’s a real guy who makes real mistakes.”

Three series in, it’s clear that Captain Poldark and the ‘real guy’ who portrays him are almost one and the same in the eyes of some viewers. Has Ross become a part of Turner’s DNA?

“I’m Ross more times than I’m Aidan these days,” he explains. “It’s kind of weird, but such is the nature of the business.” He’s not complaining. In fact, he still seems somewhat surprised that he’s become a Sunday night drama sensation.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in Fantastic Beasts


Sherlock fans rejoice! Fantastic Beasts has cast Martin Freeman as Dumbledore, and replaced Johnny Depp with Benedict Cumberbatch.

Oh what a day

When it was revealed Johnny Depp was to play Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts series, some people were not happy. They felt it unethical to have Depp cast in the series, because of his personal life controversy.

When director David Yates’ commented on this matter, he did little to appease the critics. People felt he was brushing aside a troubling issue, “In this business, it’s a weird old business. You’re brilliant one week, people are saying odd things the next, you go up and down. But no one takes away your pure talent.”

Heyman continues, “We’re thrilled to have Benedict join the team. Obviously we’re all huge fans of his work in Sherlock. He’s shown time and again how good he is at playing roles similar to that, so we’re really excited to see him bring that smart-guy awkwardness to Grindelwald.”

On the heels of this announcement, it’s also (finally) been revealed who will play a young Albus Dumbledore. In light of the new Grindelwald casting, this is perhaps the most unsurprising surprise to have ever surprised us: Martin Freeman will play the young Albus Dumbledore, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch’s Gellert Grindelwald.

“In addition to the recasting of Grindelwald, we’re also happy to announce that fellow Sherlock star Martin Freeman is set to play Dumbledore,” Heyman states. “It was an obvious choice, really. With Benedict now in the series, we just had to add Martin as well. And knowing Grindelwald and Dumbledore’s history, we hope Johnlock shippers will be just as excited about this as we are.”

Sunday, April 9, 2017

First Look: Benedict Cumberbatch in New TV Drama ‘The Child in Time’


Photo BBC

We’re so used to seeing Benedict Cumberbatch in costume — be it as Sherlock or Thomas Edison or Doctor Strange — it can be startling to see him out and about wearing normal clothes. (Especially seeing as how he loves to play dress-up even on his days off.)

So imagine our surprise when we saw the first photo released today (April 5) from the set of upcoming drama The Child in Time, showing the Sherlock star dressed sombrely while taking a stroll through woods.

What, no deerstalker or cloak of levitation? Not even a teeny, tiny scarf?

Benedict is starring in the TV adaptation of Ian McEwan‘s harrowing 1987 novel, The Child in Time, in which he’ll play children’s book author Stephen Lewis, whose life is turned upside down when his three-year-old daughter goes missing.

The adaptation will take the form of a one-off, 90-minute film, and has just started shooting in and around London. Released alongside this photo was some more information on Benedict’s co-stars.

It’s not the first tine Benedict has starred in an adaptation of an Ian McEwan novel. He memorably (due in no small part to the decidedly dodgy moustache he wore for the part) played shady Paul Marshall in the 2007 film Atonement, based on the 2001 book of the same name.

When this new adaptation was first announced, McEwan was quoted as saying: “I have fond memories of Benedict playing a brilliant and key part in the movie adaptation of Atonement. Now, it’s a great honour to have this actor of such immense resource, experience and subtlety in the lead role of The Child In Time.”

Pride and Prejudice 1995, Episode 4 of 6

Very sorry, this is the only version of Episode 4 I could find. I'll keep looking though.