DARK HORSE to receive world premiere this weekend at Sundance Film Festival
Louise Osmond and Judith Dawson’s feature documentary DARK HORSE will compete this weekend in Sundance’s World Cinema Documentary Competition. The category showcases work by ‘some of the most courageous and extraordinary international filmmakers working today’. Set in a former mining village in Wales, against the backdrop of the current recession, DARK HORSE is the inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who decide to take on the elite 'sport of kings' and breed themselves a racehorse. Raised on a slagheap allotment, their foal grows into an unlikely champion, beating the finest thoroughbreds in the land, before suffering a near fatal accident. Nursed back to health by the love of his owners - for whom he's become a source of inspiration and hope - he makes a remarkable recovery, returning to the track for a heart-stopping comeback.
MR SELFRIDGE - Starts Sunday 25th January at 9pm on ITV
The ITV period drama returns, following the charismatic Mr Selfridge and his much-loved department store in 1919, just after the end of World War One. Executive Producer and lead writer Kate Brooke, Series Consultant and creator Andrew Davies and Co-Executive Producer and writer of two episodes, Kate O’Riordan. With episodes by Helen Raynor, James Payne and Matt Jones. Starring Jeremy Piven and Zoë Wanamaker.
JEFFERSON'S GARDEN: Watford Palace - 5th-21st February
The world premiere of a gripping, powerful, entertaining and timely play from the internationally acclaimed writer Timberlake Wertenbaker. Directed by Brigid Larmour. America. 1776. Christian is a Quaker. His family came to America to live in peace. But he is a young man fired up by dreams of revolution. Should he defy his community and pick up a gun? Thomas Jefferson is an idealist, with a vision of liberty for all. But America is a fractured coalition of states, in a bloody war for independence. How will he balance the ideal with the reality? Susanna was born a slave. But the British promise to liberate any slave who joins their fight against the revolution. Where does true freedom lie?
DEATH OF A COMEDIAN: The Lyric, Belfast - 7th Feb - 1st March
Powerful and deliciously dark comic story about the price of success in the world of stand-up comedy, written by award-winning playwright Owen McCafferty. Death of a Comedian is a co-production between the Lyric Theatre, the Abbey Theatre and Soho Theatre. Directed by Steve Marmion.
UP THE WOMEN Series 2 begins 21st January!
UP THE WOMEN, written by Morwenna Banks, Jessica Hynes and Barunka O'Shaughnessy, is back for a second series! Catch the first episode on BBC TWO, Wednesday 21st January at 10.05pm.
Paddington and Pride nominated for BAFTAs!
Congratulations to Paddington and Pride which have both been nominated for Outstanding British Film in this year’s BAFTAs. Paddington, based on the books by Michael Bond, has also been nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Pride, directed by Matthew Warchus, received further nominations for Outstanding debut by a British writer/director/producer and Best Supporting Actress.
SILENT WITNESS Series 18: BBC One, Mondays and Tuesdays at 9pm
SILENT WITNESS returns to BBC One this January with five thrilling two-part stories of the London based pathology and forensic series, with Emilia Fox as Nikki and David Caves as Jack. Episodes 5 and 6 – parts one and two of ‘Protection’ - are directed by Daniel O’Hara.
CUCUMBER: Channel 4 – January 22nd at 9pm; BANANA: E4 – January 22nd at 10pm; TOFU: 4oD
Fifteen years after the ground-breaking gay drama Queer as Folk, Russell T Davies has created, written and executive produced a ‘channel-defining’, multi-platform threesome for Red Production Company, exploring the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life. Cucumber follows 46-year-old Henry and his long-term boyfriend Lance in the aftermath of “the worst date night in history”. Banana will tell standalone stories by up-and-coming talent that cover “fifty shades of gay”, with episodes written by Matthew Barry and Lee Warburton. Tofu is an online documentary series about sex and sexuality.
CALL THE MIDWIFE Series 4: BBC One – begins Sunday 18th January at 8pm
Set in the East End, this heart-warming, gritty drama sees our favourite midwives enter the swinging 60s. Created, written, and executive produced by Heidi Thomas. Starring Miranda Hart, Pam Ferris and Vanessa Redgrave, with new addition to the team, Charlotte Ritchie.
London Short Film Festival 2015
Congratulations to our many talented writers and directors with films competing in the London Short Film Festival 2015, including Stefan Georgiou, Richard Higson, Paul Angunawela, Lisa Clarke, Beryl Richards, Ed Tracy, and a guest one minute piece by Peter Strickland. The festival runs from the 9th to the 18th of January.
Congratulations to Morwenna Banks!
Congratulations to Morwenna Banks; GOODBYE has been shortlisted for the Imison Award 2015. What a fanstastic start to the year!
LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX Series 3 BBC1 – Sundays at 9pm
The BAFTA Award-winning series continues. Created, written and executive produced by Sally Wainwright, the show stars Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid as two love struck widows, rekindling a long lost romance. Sarah Lancashire also returns for series three as uncompromising Caroline and Nicola Walker is back as troubled Gillian. Produced by Red
MARVELLOUS BBC2 – Thursday 25th December at 11pm
Catch the repeat showing of this year’s award nominated drama written & executive-produced by Peter Bowker on Christmas Day. This 90-minute film tells the story of Neil Baldwin, a man once labelled with 'learning difficulties' whose life defies limitations. Directed by Julian Farino and starring Toby Jones, Gemma Jones, Tony Curran, Nicholas Gleaves. Produced by Fifty Fathoms.
EASTENDERS BBC1 - Thursday 1st Janaury 2015
The New Year get's off to an explosive start in this episode written by James Payne, as major developments in the murder investigation of Lucy Beale are revealed.
CORONATION STREET ITV1 - Wednesday December 24th 7.30pm and Thursday 25th 8pm
Rising tensions and dangerous temptations dominate Jan McVerry's cracking Christmas Eve episode. Followed on Christmas day by Joe Turner's episode of heart break and BIG secrets revealed. Not to be missed!
DOWNTON ABBEY: fifth series Christmas Day Special on ITV at 9pm 25th December
Minkie Spiro directs the annual two hour festive special which will air at 9pm on Christmas Day. This year the Crawleys join Lord and Lady Sinderby at Brancaster Castle for the grouse season.
Bea Roberts - Winner of the Theatre 503 Playwriting Award 2014
Congratulations to Bea Roberts, whose play And Then Come The Nightjars has been announced as the winner of Theatre 503's 2014 Playwriting Award. It will receive a production at Theatre 503 in due course - details of which will be announced here.
Congratulations to Matthew Warchus and Guy Myhill on their BIFA wins!
Congratulations to Matthew Warchus and Guy Myhill on their BIFA wins!PRIDE by Matthew Warchus has won the Best British Independent Film 2014, as well as Best Supporting Actor for Andrew Scott and Best Supporting Actress for Imelda Staunton. Meanwhile Guy Myhill’s first feature THE GOOB has won Best Achievement in Production.
SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS opens at Bristol Old Vic 27th November
This Christmas, our much-loved family musical returns after taking Bristol by storm in 2010, a highly-acclaimed national tour and a season in London's West End.Swallows and Amazons, based on the book by Arthur Ransome, is a story of an idyllic era, of endless summer evenings and the beauty of youthful imagination. Follow Captain John and his able crew as they set sail to Wildcat Island on an exotic adventure packed full of piracy, adventure and fun!Adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson With songs by Neil Hannon
ATLANTIS series II: begins Saturday 15th November, 8.30pm
ATLANTIS returns to BBC 1 this Saturday. The fantasy drama starring Jack Donnelly, Juliet Stevenson and Sarah Parish opens in the midst of a brutal battle for the kingdom of Atlantis. The time has come for Jason to fulfil his destiny - the battle for Atlantis has begun. Written by Howard Overman, the lead director is Justin Molotnikov.
SOME GIRLS Series 3: BBC3 – Starting Monday 10pm
The critically acclaimed comedy series created and written by Bernadette Davis returns to BBC3 for a third and final series. As Viva, Amber, Saz and Holli approach their final term at Greenshoots, they have plenty of mad sassy adventures in store for them.
The Agency and Creative England team up to host LA party
Creative England and The Agency kicked off their week-long trip to LA with a reception at the British Counsul General's Residence. The event aimed to forge new partnerships for UK filmmaking talent on an international level. Amongst The Agency's film projects funded by Creative England are THE GOOB, written and directed by Guy Myhill, and the Alison Deegan penned feature A LITTLE CHAOS. The 160-strong attendees included talent agents, managers, producers, financiers and industry executives including representatives from HBO, Warner Brothers TV, BBC Worldwide and Future Film Group. Stephen Durbridge, The Agency's Managing Director, commented “We are honoured to introduce Creative England to the Hollywood community; their approach to supporting exciting new talent in England is a breath of fresh air.”
THE FALL Series 2: BBC Two, begins November 13th
Written & directed by Allan Cubitt, THE FALL returns for a second series of 6 episodes. Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) continues her search for serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan), who seems to be getting even more dangerous. Co-starring Colin Morgan, John Lynch and Aisling Franciosi.
MOVING ON Series 6: BBC One - November 10th-14th daily at 2.15pm
Created and script edited by Jimmy McGovern, MOVING ON returns for another series of 6 daytime episodes. Episodes 1 & 2 star Hayley Mills and Lisa Riley.
PADDINGTON: released in cinemas on November 28th
Paddington Bear returns to the screen in Paul King’s adaptation of Michael Bond’s classic books. Starring Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman, Jim Broadbent, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington.
WEST END RECAST 2: Phoenix Theatre – November 9th
West End Recast returns with an all new sensational evening of Musical Theatre madness! Where the Phantom might be female, Annie could be 65 years old and Sweeney Todd could be as nice as pie! For one night only some of the West End's biggest stars are given the unique opportunity to sing songs from roles they have always wanted to play but will NEVER be cast in. Directed by Adam Lenson.
2071: Royal Court Theatre, Downstairs – November 5th to 15th
Writer Duncan Macmillan and director Katie Mitchell have been working with Chris Rapley, one of the world’s most influential climate scientists, to create this new piece of theatre with science at its heart. What do we owe to future generations? And how can we protect our children and grandchildren? Sound design by Ben and Max Ringham.
THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING - Unicorn Theatre, 21st Nov
Ellen McDougall directs E.T.A. Hoffman's magical story to create this wondrous and festive production of an old and favourite title.It's Christmas Eve, 1805. Seven year-old Marie retrieves the sad and broken Nutcracker from under the Christmas tree and promises to look after him. But on the stroke of midnight he comes alive, and after enlisting Marie’s help in his battle with the evil Mouse King, they journey together through strange and fantastical stories until they finally arrive in a secret land made of nothing but candy.Full of magic, mice and adventure, this will be a Christmas show to remember.
FAR AWAY opens at the Young Vic on Friday 7th November
JMK Young Director Award 2014 winner Kate Hewitt directs Carol Churchill’s modern classic at the Young Vic until 29th November. One of the UK's most exciting young directors at work on one of our greatest writers - not to be missed.
Destiny Ekaragha named BAFTA Breakthrough Brit 2014
Destiny Ekaragha has been named one of 2014's BAFTA Breakthrough Brits. The 2014 group was carefully selected by a panel including Richard Ayoade, Mike Newell and Olivia Colman. Destiny's directorial debut feature GONE TOO FAR! is currently in cinemas, produced by Poisson Rouge Pictures and distributed by Verve.
CITIZEN KHAN returns for its third series on Friday!
The BBC’s first ever British Asian comedy returns for series three. Created by Adil Ray and co-penned by Richard Pinto and Anil Gupta, we revisit the “capital of British Pakistan” and reunite with the Khan family. Series begins this Friday 31st October at the new time of 8.30pm on BBC One.
TOAST OF LONDON is back for series two!
After picking up the Rose d’Or Best Sitcom Award, BAFTA nominated Toast of London returns for its second series. Co-written by Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry, the award-winning British comedy will return to Channel 4 on Monday 3rd November at 10:35pm.
A HARLEM DREAM opens at the Young Vic on 20th October
A new show by BirdGang’s Ivan Blackstock with dramaturgy and additional text by Rob Hayes, A HARLEM DREAM is a timeless story of forbidden love and betrayal featuring hip hop dance and a score composed by Mercury Prize nominee Soweto Kinch.Commissioned by Dance Umbrella and co-produced by the Young Vic, the production runs from 20th October until 1st November.
Congratulations to Guy Myhill
Congratulations to Guy Myhill and all involved with THE GOOB, which won the top prize ‘Golden Hitchcock’ award at Dinard’s British Film festival this weekend. THE GOOB was made through the iFeatures scheme and produced by Mike Elliott and Lee Groombridge.
INSPECTOR LEWIS begins on ITV, 9pm Friday 10th October
INSPECTOR LEWIS begins on ITV, 9pm Friday 10th October Nick Renton directs the first two episodes of the new INSPECTOR LEWIS, produced by Chris Burt. Lewis is enjoying retirement until a newly promoted Hathaway asks him to team up with him again. Season 8 begins Friday 9th October, 9pm on ITV.
EAST IS EAST Opening at Trafalgar Studios 10th October
Written by Ayub Khan Din, this much-loved modern comedy classic about growing up in multiracial England, opens this month at Trafalgar Studios. Starring Jane Horrocks as Ella and the playwright himself Ayub Khan Din as George.
OPENING AT THE BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2014...
We kick off a fantastic run at the festival this year with Peter Strickland’s European premiere of BJORK BIOPHILIA LIVE, the vibrant feature of Bjork’s concert. Peter Strickland has also written and directed his third feature film THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY, which is in Official Competition. Debbie Tucker Green’s SECOND COMING, a fresh new London-set drama, will feature along with A LITTLE CHAOS, an originally scripted drama from first-time screenwriter Alison Deegan. Guy Muyhill directs and writes his debut feature THE GOOB, which was made through the iFeatures scheme and is in the First Feature Competition. ROBOT OVERLORDS, a thriller co-written by Mark Stay, about a robot invasion on earth, will also premiere.
Peter Strickland at the BFI London Film Festival 2014
Peter Strickland’s third feature THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY receives its European premiere at London Film Festival on the 9th of October – the same night that his co-directed BJORK: BIOPHILIA LIVE features as the festival’s Sonic Gala. A one minute short in ‘The Film the Buys the Cinema’ completes Peter’s trio of films at the LFF 2014.
TOAST OF LONDON wins Rose d'Or at Berlin!!
Toast of London, co-written by Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry and produced by Objective Productions, has picked up the prestigious Rose d'Or Best Sitcom Award. The BAFTA and RTS-nominated comedy returns this autumn for a brand-new series on Channel 4.
OUR GIRL begins on BBC One, 21st September at 9pm
OUR GIRL returns to BBC One with a 5-part series starring Lacey Turner as Molly Dawes, an East London girl with few prospects whose life is turned around when she joins the Royal Army Medical Corps. Also starring Ben Aldridge and Iwan Rheon, written by Tony Grounds and directed by Anthony Philipson and Richard Senior.
THE RETURN OF THE SOLDIER - Reviews
The new musical at the Jermyn Street Theatre, directed by Charlotte Westenra, has received unanimously brilliant reviews. Mark Shenton wrote 'anyone who cares about British musicals must go...Charlotte Westenra stages it beautifully'. It plays until the 20th September. 4* The Stage5* West End Wilma4* Theatre Full Stop4* Everything Theatre4* Public Reviews
Full casting announced for CITY OF ANGELS at The Donmar
Full casting for Josie Rourke's production was announced today including Samantha Barks and Katherine Kelly, Rosalie Craig and Hadley Fraser. City of Angels opens at The Domar on the 5th December. The run is currently sold out but additional tickets are due to be released soon!
PRIDE release date announced - 12th September 2014
BBC Films and Calamity FIlms/Pathe have announced that Matthew Warchus' film PRIDE will be released in the UK on 12th September. It’s the summer of 1984 – Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support. But the activists are not deterred. They decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a mining village in deepest Wales and set off in a mini bus to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership.
CHASING SHADOWS: ITV - starts September 4th at 9pm
Created and written by Rob Williams, this thrilling, new four-part drama focuses on the work of a missing persons field unit charged with tracking down serial killers who prey on impressionable and vulnerable people. Starring Reece Shearsmith, Alex Kingston and Noel Clarke.
MARVELLOUS, written by Pete Bowker, airs this September on BBC Two
Written & executive-produced by the award-winning writer Peter Bowker, this is the true story of a life lived to the full, a man once labelled with 'learning difficulties' whose life defies limitations. This 90-minute film tells the story of Neil Baldwin and is directed by Julian Farino. Starring Toby Jones, Gemma Jones, Tony Curran, Nicholas Gleaves. The film also previews at the BFI on September 8th at 6.15pm.
SPEED THE PLOW begins previews this month at The Playhouse Theatre, West End
Lindsay Lohan makes her stage debut in David Mamet’s 1988 play directed by Lindsay Posner. A satirical portrayal of Hollywood, this high-octane modern classic is filled with Mamet’s trademark wit and mesmerising dialogue. The Associate Director is Adam Lenson.
TOP HAT, directed by Matthew White, continues its UK tour
Winner of 3 Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical. Directed and co-adapted by Matthew White. Calling at Milton Keynes Theatre (until September 6th); Newcastle Theatre Royal (9th – 20th) & Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre (23rd – 4th Oct).
ROBOT OVERLORDS at the BFI London Film Festival
You can catch Robot Overlords (written by Mark Stay) at the BFI London Film Festival on the 18th & 19th of October – tickets on sale 18th September! It has been three years since the robot invasion of earth. Sean Flynn has never given up hope that his missing father might still be alive. All humans have been fitted with transmitters to ensure they obey the cardinal rule of the robot empire. An accident at home leads to one of the transmitters short-circuiting, allowing Sean and his friends the opportunity to infiltrate their alien adversaries.
JOCK: SCOTLAND ON TRIAL at the Finborough Theatre
Acclaimed playwright, author and 'Yes' campaign spokesman in the Scottish independence referendum debate Alan Bissett has written a new play for the Finborough. It has four performances between Wednesday 10th Sept and Saturday 13th Sept. It also features an extract from his Fringe show THE PURE, THE DEAD AND THE BRILLIANT, which Time Magazine called 'a stunning piece of theatre'.
ALBION: The Bush – September 12th to October 25th
A new play by Chris Thompson, examining the turbulent rise of the new far right in modern day Britain. Direct by Ria Parry.