BANISHED: BBC Two - Thursdays at 9pm
Jimmy McGovern’s eagerly anticipated new series BANISHED begins Thursday 5th March 9pm on BBC Two. The epic 7-part series tells the story of the first British convicts transported to Australia, and their struggle to survive in the hostile environment. The series, a co-production between RSJ Films and See-Saw Films, was co-commissioned by BBC Two and BBC Worldwide. Starring Myanna Buring (Ripper Street), Russell Tovey (Being Human) and Julian Rhind-Tutt (The Hour).
DCI BANKS Series 4: ITV - Wednesdays at 9pm
The detective drama inspired by the novels of Peter Robinson returns for a fourth series. The first four parts of this 6-part series are written by Nick Hicks-Beach. Starring Stephen Tompkinson, Andrea Lowe and Caroline Catz.
POLDARK: Sunday 8th March at 9pm on BBC One
Written and executive produced by Debbie Horsfield, this new eight part drama, adapted from Winston Graham’s classic novels, follows Ross Poldark as he returns from war to his beloved Cornwall, to find his world in ruins. Starring Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson. Directed by Edward Bazalgette.
EASTENDERS BBC1 - Friday 20th February 8pm
Tune in to James Payne's Live Anniversary Episode of EASTENDERS tonight to find out how Walford's residents are coping with the brutal facts about Lucy's death now the truth is out. Will things ever be the same?
MULTITUDES has opened at The Tricycle Theatre
John Hollingworth’s urgent new play shows one Bradford-based family fight over the right to call themselves British. Directed by the Tricycle’s Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham, MULTITUDES is an even-handed examination of the future of diversity and multi-culturalism in 21st century Britain.
THE MUSKETEERS Series 2: BBC One – Fridays at 9pm
Series II of Adrian Hodges' epic 10 part drama continues on Friday nights. The Musketeers follows the talented quartet of King Louis XIII's personal bodyguards on their action-packed adventures, and numerous romantic liaisons. Starring Luke Pasqualino, Tom Burke, Santiago Cabrera and Howard Charles, as D'Artagnan, Athos, Aramis and Porthos, and Marc Warren joins as new villain Comte De Rochefort. Created, written & executive produced by Adrian Hodges. With episodes directed by Nick Renton and Edward Bennett.
RSC unveils winter 2015 season: New plays by Marina Carr and Helen Edmundson
Helen Edmundson’s new play, Queen Anne will run from November 19 to January 23 in the Swan Theatre. The play is about the relationship between Queen Anne and the Duchess of Marlborough and will be directed by Natalie Abrahami, who makes her RSC directorial debut. Also in the Swan Theatre, Marina Carr’s Hecuba, a reimagining of Euripides’ play, will run from September 17 to October 17, directed by Erica Whyman. This searing new commission by Marina Carr explores war, womanhood and regime change.
Congratulations to Andrew Haigh
Congratulations to Andrew Haigh 45 YEARS, written and directed by Andrew Haigh and produced by Tristan Goligher, has won two silver bears at Berlin Film Festival 2015. The film, lauded as ‘an exquisitely wrought, ineffably tender study of a pension-age marriage in silently dignified crisis’ (The Observer) received the best actress award for Charlotte Rampling, and the best actor award for Tom Courtenay.
THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY by Peter Strickland – released Friday 20th February
THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY by Peter Strickland – released Friday 20th February Peter Strickland’s eagerly anticipated third feature, THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY, will be released in selected cinemas nationwide on Friday 20th February. Written and directed by Strickland and produced by Andy Starke, THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY was made in association with Film 4 and the BFI. Starring Chiara D’Anna and Sidse Babett Knudsen as two lovers, the dark melodrama illuminates ‘the shifting nature of long-term relationships’ to create ‘a sumptuous, spellbinding, sensory experience’ (Little White Lies).
CUCUMBER: Channel 4 – Thursdays at 9pm; BANANA: E4 – Thursdays 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.
HAPPY DAYS: Young Vic Theatre – previews from February 13th
Juliet Stevenson reprises her role in Samuel Beckett’s surreal masterpiece, directed by Natalie Abrahami. The Movement Director is Joseph Alford. Sound design by Tom Gibbons.
THE GOODBYE GIRL opens at Above The Gatehouse on 4th Feb!
Adam Lenson directs the first London revival of The Goodbye Girl, from the writers of The Odd Couple, A Chorus Line & City of Angels. The show tells the story of Paula, an unemployed dancer who is reluctantly forced to co-habit in the same apartment with Elliot, a struggling Off-Broadway actor. Despite their differences, the pair – along with Paula’s precocious young daughter, Lucy – find a way to live together, and eventually, they fall in love.
BOI BOI IS DEAD begins performances on 14th Feb at the West Yorkshire Playhouse
Afro-jazz legend, father, lover, playboy, husband, rulebreaker, enigmatic force of nature… Boi Boi is dead. But not forgotten. Live music entwines with crackling dialogue in this sharp new production for the Courtyard stage. Zodwa Nyoni’s first full length play after a Channel 4 writer's residency at the Playhouse. A compelling new voice, her short play Nine Lives sold out at the Playhouse last year.
Lisa Blair directs HENRY V at Cambridge Arts Theatre
Celebrating the 600th Anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, Lisa Blair directs this captivating production, bringing the audience all the earthy grit of the Hundred Year War as they are led to victory by the flawed King.
TOP HAT continues it's UK Tour...
Winner of 3 Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical. Directed and co-adapted by Matthew White. The tour calls at Oxford New Theatre (until 7th), Manchester Opera House (10th – 21st) and Sheffield Lyceum (24th – March 7th).
Anne Enright named first Laureate for Irish Fiction
Anne Enright, author of the Booker prizewinning novel The Gathering and the highly acclaimed What are you like?, has been crowned as the first Laureate for Irish Fiction in 2015. This is the first appointment of its kind for the Arts Council of Ireland. Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced at the ceremony: “The Laureate for Irish Fiction is awarded on the basis of literary accomplishment and excellence, and is the highest honour that the Irish State can bestow on a writer in this genre. Anne Enright’s eloquent and powerful writing, fiercely individual voice and unyielding commitment to her craft combined to make her the pre-eminent choice.”
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.
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!
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.