British Solider Adnan Sarwar Heads Back To Iraq For BBC Two Documentary

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Former British soldier Adnan Sarwar is heading back to Iraq fifteen years after the start of the Iraq war for a two-hour documentary for BBC Two. The broadcaster has commissioned UK and U.S. producer October Films to make Return To Iraq (w/t).
Sarwar will explore how the country has changed since he served in the army as a 24-year old. He will discuss how his life changed following an ambush after seeing how driving Saddam Hussein from power led to more violence in the…

‘King Lear’: First-Look At Anthony Hopkins & Emma Thompson’s Adaptation For BBC & Amazon

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The BBC and Amazon have unveiled the first-look at the forthcoming adaptation of King Lear starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.
The broadcasters have revealed the first image of the TV movie version of the Shakespeare adaptation with Hopkins as Lear with Florence Pugh as his youngest daughter Cordelia. The drama, which is produced by Colin Callender’s Playground and Sonia Friedman Productions, is a contemporary take on the play with Richard Eyre directing.
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‘Peaky Blinders’ Steven Knight On Fans & Heroes As He Nabs First BAFTA Nomination For Writing Gangster Saga

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EXCLUSIVE: Season 4 of Peaky Blinders was the period gangster epic’s highest-rated ever and BBC Two’s most-watched drama of 2017. Today, the saga of the Shelby clan scored five nominations from the BAFTA TV Craft Awards, including a first-ever nod for creator/writer Steven Knight in the Drama Writing category. When I reached Knight this morning, the 2004 Oscar nominee for his original Dirty Pretty Things screenplay, was surprised — and thoughtful about the show’s fans…

Anna Maxwell Martin, David Wilmot, Vicky McClure & Daniel Mays To Front BBC IRA Bombing Drama

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Philomena’s Anna Maxwell Martin, The Alienist’s David Wilmot and Line of Duty stars Vicky McClure and Daniel Mays are to front a British drama based on the events of the IRA’s 1993 bombing of Warrington.
The drama, Mother’s Day, will air on BBC Two as a 90-minute one-off, produced by BBC Studios and written by Murdered For Being Different’s Nick Leather.
The Warrington bombings saw the terrorist organization plot two separate bomb attacks in the British city, killing two…

Kenneth Branagh & Lily Cole Join BBC Shakespeare Comedy ‘Upstart Crow’

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Kenneth Branagh and Lily Cole have joined the cast of BBC Shakespearean comedy Upstart Crow as filming on the third series kicks off.
The Dunkirk star will play a mysterious stranger and the model and St Trinian’s actress will play Ephie in the third series of Ben Elton’s comedy, which airs on Amazon in the U.S. Other guest stars include the likes of  Adrian Edmondson (Bottom), Montserat Lombard (Inside No. 9) and Ben Miller (Armstrong and Miller). They join regulars…

‘Peaky Blinders’ Season 4 Breaks Own Record & Is BBC Two’s Top Drama Of 2017

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EXCLUSIVE: The Steven Knight-created period gangster epic Peaky Blinders wrapped its Season 4 run in the UK last month, and with consolidated figures now tabulated, it scores as the most-watched drama of 2017 on BBC Two. The season average was 3.3M viewers with a peak episode volume of 3.6M for the finale — the biggest audience for an episode ever.
The numbers also make it the most popular season for the Shelby clan. Previous season averages were 2.4M, 2.2M and 2.4M…