Conspiracy Thriller ‘The Capture’ From David Heyman and NBCUniversal Among New BBC Drama Orders

The BBC is hoping to seize viewers with “The Capture,” a new conspiracy thriller set in London from Harry Potter producer David Heyman and NBCUniversal International Studios. The six-parter follows an unjustly arrested man, and poses questions about surveillance and video fakery. The drama is the brainchild of writer-director Ben Chanan. Heyman will executive produce through […]

The BBC is hoping to seize viewers with “The Capture,” a new conspiracy thriller set in London from Harry Potter producer David Heyman and NBCUniversal International Studios. The six-parter follows an unjustly arrested man, and poses questions about surveillance and video fakery. The drama is the brainchild of writer-director Ben Chanan. Heyman will executive produce through […]

BBC Sets New Dramas With Heyday, NBC Universal Int’l And ‘Thirteen’ Creator Marnie Dickens

The BBC has ordered four new dramas for BBC One, including surveillance thriller The Capture with David Heyman’s Heyday Television and NBC Universal International Studios, and Marnie Dickens series Gold Digger.
London-set spy thriller The Capture, the brainchild of writer-director Ben Chanan (Cyberbully), will begin with the unjust arrest of an innocent man and escalate into a multi-layered conspiracy of manipulated evidence. The 6x60mins series will be executive produced…

The BBC has ordered four new dramas for BBC One, including surveillance thriller The Capture with David Heyman’s Heyday Television and NBC Universal International Studios, and Marnie Dickens series Gold Digger. London-set spy thriller The Capture, the brainchild of writer-director Ben Chanan (Cyberbully), will begin with the unjust arrest of an innocent man and escalate into a multi-layered conspiracy of manipulated evidence. The 6x60mins series will be executive produced…

Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson Lead ‘King Lear’ Adaptation for BBC, Amazon Prime

An all-star cast joins an upcoming adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” which will air on BBC Two and Amazon Prime in 2018.

Oscar winners Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson are reuniting for their third collaboration together in the production. Hopkins will play the titular ruler while Thompson will play his eldest daughter, Goneril.

This version will take place in an alternate present-day reality where Lear presides over a military dictatorship in England. In the play, an elderly king who’s descending into madness makes the decision to split his kingdom among his three daughters, which sends the land into chaos.

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Joining Thompson as Lear’s other daughters are Emily Watson (“Theory of Everything”) as the middle daughter Regan and Florence Pugh (“Lady Macbeth”) as Cordelia, the youngest.

“King Lear” will also star Jim Broadbent (“Gangs of New York”) as the Earl of Gloucester, Andrew Scott (“Sherlock”) as his son Edgar and John Macmillan (“Hanna”) as his illegitimate son Edmund.

Other castmembers include Jim Carter (“Downton Abbey”) as the Earl of Kent, Christopher Eccleston (“The Leftovers”) as Oswald, Tobias Menzies (“Outlander”) as the Duke of Cornwall, Anthony Calf (“Riviera”) as the Duke of Albany and Karl Johnson (“Rome”) as Lear’s jester.

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BAFTA Award winner Richard Eyre (“Notes on a Scandal”) will be directing the TV movie.

“It is a tribute to the great Richard Eyre that we have brought together such a remarkable cast. The film is a testament to the BBC’s on-going commitment to the single drama, and we are very appreciative of their continued support,” executive producers Colin Callender and Sonia Friedman said.

“King Lear” was commissioned by Charlotte Moore at the BBC and will air on BBC Two. It’ was produced by Playground (Wolf Hall”) and Sonia Friedman Productions in association with Lemaise Pictures Limited. It is a co-production with Amazon Studios.

Other producers include Scott Huff and Lucy Richer.

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An all-star cast joins an upcoming adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” which will air on BBC Two and Amazon Prime in 2018.

Oscar winners Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson are reuniting for their third collaboration together in the production. Hopkins will play the titular ruler while Thompson will play his eldest daughter, Goneril.

This version will take place in an alternate present-day reality where Lear presides over a military dictatorship in England. In the play, an elderly king who’s descending into madness makes the decision to split his kingdom among his three daughters, which sends the land into chaos.

Joining Thompson as Lear’s other daughters are Emily Watson (“Theory of Everything”) as the middle daughter Regan and Florence Pugh (“Lady Macbeth”) as Cordelia, the youngest.

“King Lear” will also star Jim Broadbent (“Gangs of New York”) as the Earl of Gloucester, Andrew Scott (“Sherlock”) as his son Edgar and John Macmillan (“Hanna”) as his illegitimate son Edmund.

Other castmembers include Jim Carter (“Downton Abbey”) as the Earl of Kent, Christopher Eccleston (“The Leftovers”) as Oswald, Tobias Menzies (“Outlander”) as the Duke of Cornwall, Anthony Calf (“Riviera”) as the Duke of Albany and Karl Johnson (“Rome”) as Lear’s jester.

BAFTA Award winner Richard Eyre (“Notes on a Scandal”) will be directing the TV movie.

“It is a tribute to the great Richard Eyre that we have brought together such a remarkable cast. The film is a testament to the BBC’s on-going commitment to the single drama, and we are very appreciative of their continued support,” executive producers Colin Callender and Sonia Friedman said.

“King Lear” was commissioned by Charlotte Moore at the BBC and will air on BBC Two. It’ was produced by Playground (Wolf Hall”) and Sonia Friedman Productions in association with Lemaise Pictures Limited. It is a co-production with Amazon Studios.

Other producers include Scott Huff and Lucy Richer.

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John Cleese to Star in ‘Edith,’ First BBC Sitcom Since ‘Fawlty Towers’

British comedy legend John Cleese is returning to the small screen in his first BBC sitcom since “Fawlty Towers,” the network announced Tuesday.

Cleese will co-star along with Alison Steadman (“Orphan Black,” “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen”) in “Edith,” a six-part comedy series created and written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Charles McKeown (“Brazil”). Cleese and Steadman previously played husband and wife in the 1986 film “Clockwise.”

The series follows a widow — named Edith, of course — whose life is put on hold after her son hits rock bottom and moves back in with her. Cleese will play Phil, an old boyfriend and neighbor of Edith’s who dreams of marrying her. On the day she finally says yes to his proposal, her son Roger appears on her doorstep.

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“Edith” also stars Jason Watkins (“Taboo,” “Being Human”) as Roger, with Jessica Haynes, Anne Reid, Rosie Cavaliero, James Cosmo, and Peter Egan.

“These are the most enjoyable scripts I’ve been sent in the last 100 years,” Cleese said in the announcement. “It will also be particularly nice to work with Alison again since we joined forces in Clockwise all that time ago.”

The series was commissioned by Shane Allen, head of comedy at the BBC, and Charlotte Moore, the director of BBC content.

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Cleese’s “Fawlty Towers,” which ran for two series and 12 episodes in 1975 and 1979, took the top slot in the BFI TV 100, a list of the greatest TV shows of all time as compiled by the British Film Institute.

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British comedy legend John Cleese is returning to the small screen in his first BBC sitcom since “Fawlty Towers,” the network announced Tuesday.

Cleese will co-star along with Alison Steadman (“Orphan Black,” “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen”) in “Edith,” a six-part comedy series created and written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Charles McKeown (“Brazil”). Cleese and Steadman previously played husband and wife in the 1986 film “Clockwise.”

The series follows a widow — named Edith, of course — whose life is put on hold after her son hits rock bottom and moves back in with her. Cleese will play Phil, an old boyfriend and neighbor of Edith’s who dreams of marrying her. On the day she finally says yes to his proposal, her son Roger appears on her doorstep.

“Edith” also stars Jason Watkins (“Taboo,” “Being Human”) as Roger, with Jessica Haynes, Anne Reid, Rosie Cavaliero, James Cosmo, and Peter Egan.

“These are the most enjoyable scripts I’ve been sent in the last 100 years,” Cleese said in the announcement. “It will also be particularly nice to work with Alison again since we joined forces in Clockwise all that time ago.”

The series was commissioned by Shane Allen, head of comedy at the BBC, and Charlotte Moore, the director of BBC content.

Cleese’s “Fawlty Towers,” which ran for two series and 12 episodes in 1975 and 1979, took the top slot in the BFI TV 100, a list of the greatest TV shows of all time as compiled by the British Film Institute.

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