BBC Two Explores The Rise And Fall Of Michael Jackson With Journalist Jacques Peretti

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The BBC is making its own film about Michael Jackson – days before the controversial HBO and Channel 4 co-pro Leaving Neverland is set to air.
The British public broadcaster has commissioned Michael Jackson: The Rise And Fall (w/t), written and p…

Vice Studios Scores ‘Inside The Brexit Storm’ Political Documentary For The BBC

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Vice Studios has scored a Brexit documentary for the BBC – the latest third party commission for the youth-skewing media company’s fledgling production arm.
The British public broadcaster has ordered Inside The Brexit Storm (w/t) from Vice Studio…

Freddie Fox & Anna Chancellor To Star In BBC Feature Doc About Oscar Wilde

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King Arthur star Freddie Fox and Trust star Anna Chancellor are two of the A-list actors featured in a feature-length BBC documentary about Oscar Wilde.
The pair will feature in The Importance of Being Oscar alongside Outnumbered’s Claire Skinner and F…

‘Game of Thrones’ Jamie Sives & ‘Catastrophe’s Mark Bonnar Front BBC Crime Drama ‘Guilt’

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Game of Thrones star Jamie Sives and Catastrophe star Mark Bonnar are to front a four-part dark crime caper for the BBC.
Guilt, written by Eric, Ernie And Me writer Neil Forsyth, will be the first drama for BBC Scotland’s new digital channel and will t…

BBC To Examine Rupert Murdoch’s Influence Over The British Press In Three-Part Doc Series ‘A Tabloid Empire’

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The BBC is to examine Rupert Murdoch’s influence over the British press in a major three-part documentary series.
The British public broadcaster has commissioned A Tabloid Empire (w/t) from Trump: An American Dream producer 72 Films.
The three-part ser…

‘Top Gear’: British Entertainers Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff Replace Matt LeBlanc In Car Format

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The BBC has signed up British entertainers Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff to replace Matt LeBlanc as the hosts of global motoring format Top Gear.
This comes after the former Friends star revealed that he would be leaving Top Gear after the next…

Eva Green & Eve Hewson To Star In BBC Two’s Adaptation Of ‘The Luminaries’

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Sin City star Eva Green and The Knick’s Eve Hewson are to star in BBC Two adaptation of The Luminaries.
The pair will star in the six-part drama, produced by Working Title Television alongside New Zealand actor Marton Csokas, who starred in Lord of the…

Ben Wheatley’s ‘Happy New Year, Colin Burstead’ Set For BBC Two Christmas Slot In UK After London Film Fest Debut

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Ben Wheatley’s (Free Fire) seventh feature, Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, will air in the UK on BBC Two over Christmas after its London Film Festival (Oct 10-21) world premiere.
Following LFF, the comedy-drama will screen around the UK in a limited r…

John Goodman: Netflix & BBC Drama ‘Black Earth Rising’ “Rejuvenated” Me After Being “Burnt Out” From A “Long Year”

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Roseanne star John Goodman has stated that his forthcoming Netflix and BBC drama Black Earth Rising “rejuvenated” him after being “tired” and “burnt out” from a “long year”.
The actor, who is set to star in Roseanne Barr-less ABC comedy The Connors thi…

BBC Orders Modern Slavery Drama ‘Doing Money’ From ‘The Girl’s & ‘Vanity Fair’s Gwyneth Hughes

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Gwyneth Hughes, writer of the BBC and HBO’s The Girl, has created a feature-length drama about slavery in modern Britain for the BBC.
Doing Money will star Romanian actress Anca Dumitra (Las Fierbinti) and Downton Abbey’s Allen Leech. It tells the stor…

Richard Gere & Helen McCrory In ‘MotherFatherSon’ First-Look Photos

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BBC Two has dropped the first images for MotherFatherSon, the upcoming eight-part series that marks Richard Gere’s first major TV drama role. Created by Tom Rob Smith (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story), MotherFatherSon al…

‘Black Earth Rising’: BBC & Netflix Drop Trailer For John Goodman & Michaela Coel-Fronted Genocide Drama

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“The truth is far more complex than you may wish to hear”… the BBC and Netflix have dropped the first trailer for John Goodman and Michaela Coel-fronted genocide drama Black Earth Rising.
The Roseanne star and Chewing Gum creator star in the Hugo…

David Schwimmer To Exec Produce TV Adaptation Of British Stage Play ‘Love’ For BBC Two

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David Schwimmer is exec producing a television adaptation of British stage play Love for the BBC. The Friends star is one of the team behind the feature-length film, which is being produced by McMafia producer Cuba Pictures.
Love, written and directed …

BBC Two Orders Adaptation Of Adam Kay’s Medical Memoir ‘This Is Going To Hurt’

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EXCLUSIVE: BBC Two has ordered an adaptation of This is Going to Hurt, a funny medical memoir from former junior doctor Adam Kay.
The eight-part comedy drama, which tells of life on the hospital ward, is produced by Jane Featherstone’s Sister Pictures …

BBC Moves Into Virtual Reality Future With Property Format ‘Watch This Space’

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EXCLUSIVE: The UK has a long history of producing hit property shows such as Kevin McCloud’s Grand Designs and Phil and Kirstie’s Location, Location, Location. The BBC is now moving into the virtual reality-led future with its latest format in the genr…

BBC Two Buys Danny Boyle’s FX Drama ‘Trust’ After Sky Drops It In UK & Germany

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FX drama Trust is heading to the BBC in the UK after Sky dropped the Donald Sutherland-fronted U.S. acquisition ahead of its debut.
The British public broadcaster is to air the series, which tells the story of the true-life kidnapping of the heir to bi…

Sarah Lancashire, Sinead Cusack, Paul Ready, More Join Richard Gere In BBC Two Eight-Parter ‘MotherFatherSon’

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EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley), Sinéad Cusack (Call the Midwife) and Paul Ready (The Terror) are among those joining Richard Gere, Helen McCrory and Billy Howle in Tom Rob Smith’s eight-part drama for BBC Two, MotherFatherSon.
As previously…

BBC Partners With UKTV & FremantleMedia International On ‘Planet Earth’-Style Adventure Doc Series

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International TV business models are changing… the BBC has partnered with digital broadcaster UKTV to co-fund a Planet Earth-style documentary series produced by the former head of the BBC’s Natural History Unit.
BBC Two and UKTV’s Dave are partn…