Grime Star Stormzy Joins Roc Nation Exec Produced BBC Drama ‘Noughts & Crosses’

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“Noughts and Crosses” just added another musical heavy hitter with grime supremo Stormzy set to star in the adaptation of the Malorie Blackman novels for the BBC. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation is already on board and will exec produce, as will Participant Media. …

Helen Hunt Lifts The Lid On Playing A “Complicated” War Correspondent In British Drama ‘World On Fire’

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Helen Hunt has lifted the lid about playing a “complicated” war correspondent in forthcoming British war epic World on Fire.
Hunt plays Nancy, a female US war correspondent who can’t find peace unless her life is at risk, in the BBC One drama, which is…

Sean Bean Joins Peter Bowker’s BBC One WWII Epic Drama ‘World On Fire’

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Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings star Sean Bean is joining the cast of BBC One drama World on Fire.
The actor will star alongside Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets) and Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread) in the seven-part World War II epic.
Also joinin…

‘Peaky Blinders’ Jack Rowan & Newcomer Masali Baduza Lead The Cast For BBC Dystopian Drama ‘Noughts + Crosses’

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Peaky Blinders star Jack Rowan and newcomer Masali Baduza are to lead the lineup of the BBC’s dystopian drama Noughts + Crosses.
The six-part series, which is produced by Victoria producer Mammoth Screen for BBC One, will also star Timeless’ Paterson J…

Helen Hunt To Star In Peter Bowker’s BBC One World War II Drama ‘World On Fire’

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Helen Hunt is to star in Mammoth Screen’s BBC One WWII drama World on Fire.
The As Good As It Gets and Mad About You star will lead the cast alongside Phantom Thread’s Lesley Manville and rising British stars Jonah Hauer-King (Little Women) and Julia B…

‘Poldark’ Creator Debbie Horsfield Lifts The Lid On Final Season Ahead Of U.S. Bow Of Season Four

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Poldark creator Debbie Horsfield has lifted the lid on the final season of the British period drama, which will air in 2019.
Horsfield has opened up about her approach to the fifth and final season of the Mammoth Screen-produced drama after BBC and PBS…

BBC Terror Thriller ‘Bodyguard’ Sees Off Ratings Challenge From ‘Vanity Fair’, ITV’s Amazon Co-Pro

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BBC terror thriller Bodyguard comfortably beat ITV’s remake of Vanity Fair on Sunday night in the overnight ratings.
The Richard Madden-fronted thriller scored 6.6M overnight numbers with a 33% share and a 7M peak on BBC One. The third episode of the s…

‘Poldark’ Producer Mammoth Screen Heads To 19th Century With Adaptation Of ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’

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Poldark producer Mammoth Screen is heading to the 19th Century to adapt Alexander Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo.
The ITV-owned indie is working with Poldark writer Debbie Horsfield on the remake after it emerged that Aidan Turner’s scythe-wielding d…

‘The ABC Murders’: First-Look At John Malkovich As Hercule Poirot As BBC/Amazon Drama Rounds Out Cast

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The BBC and Amazon have offered the first glimpse of John Malkovich as Hercule Poirot in the forthcoming adaptation of The ABC Murders. The two broadcasters have also rounded out the cast with filming now underway.
Shirley Henderson (Harry Potter), Kev…

‘Vanity Fair’ Trailer: First-Look At ITV & Amazon’s Adaptation Of The Classic Napoleonic Novel

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ITV and Amazon have unveiled a first-look at the forthcoming adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s classic 1848 novel Vanity Fair.
The partners have debuted a short trailer that features Ready Player One star Olivia Cooke with her foot all over a…

Mammoth Screen To Adapt Christie Watson’s Nursing Novel ‘The Language Of Kindness’ For Television

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EXCLUSIVE: Christie Watson’s The Language of Kindness, a story of acts of compassion in the nursing profession, is to be turned into a television series after Mammoth Screen, the British production company behind dramas including Poldark and Victoria, optioned the rights. I understand the ITV-owned firm has set Rachel Bennette, who adapted Zadie Smith’s NW for BBC Two, to write.
The book, which comes out May 3 in the UK via publisher Chatto & Windus, is an account of the…

Christopher Hampton To Adapt ‘The Singapore Grip’ For ITV

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ITV is adapting J.G. Farrell’s World War II novel The Singapore Grip with a script from Oscar winner Christopher Hampton. The British broadcaster has ordered a six-part series produced by Poldark and Victoria producer Mammoth Screen.
The Singapore Grip, which was part of Farrell’s Empire Trilogy of novels, which also includes Troubles and The Siege of Krishnapur was originally published in 1978. It tells the story of a British family living in Singapore at the time of the…

Jenna Coleman To Return As ITV & PBS Bring Back Royal Drama ‘Victoria’

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Jenna Coleman’s Victoria may have already ascended to the throne and married Prince Albert but ITV‘s royal drama shows no sign of slowing after the UK broadcaster ordered a third season of the big-budget series.
The new season will follow the next chapter in the monarch’s eventful life and will see Coleman and Tom Hughes, who plays Albert, both return. ITV-owned Mammoth Screen will produce the series for ITV and PBS’ Masterpiece. It will follow a feature-length episode…

Victoria Creator Daisy Goodwin Alleges She Was Assaulted At David Cameron’s Downing Street

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Daisy Goodwin, creator of ITV and PBS period drama Victoria, has alleged that she was sexually assaulted during a visit to No. 10 Downing Street. Goodwin, who previously ran Sony-backed production company Silver River, claimed the incident happened while David Cameron was Prime Minister between 2010 and 2016.
Goodwin said she was assaulted by a government official, although declined to name the official. She said that he had “put his hand on my breast”.
“The official, who…

BBC Commissions New Drama Series From ‘Wolf Hall’ Writer, ‘Victoria’ Producer

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The BBC has commissioned two new eight-part drama series for its flagship channel BBC One, the pubcaster announced Friday. “The Three,” based on a trilogy of novels by Sarah Lotz and described as an international conspiracy thriller with a supernatural edge, has been adapted by Peter Straughan. Straughan won a BAFTA and was Oscar-nominated for… Read more »

Amazon Picks Up U.S. Rights To Agatha Christie Dramas

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Amazon has struck a multi-show deal with Agatha Christie Productions for U.S. rights to the upcoming seven dramas based on the author’s works. Ordeal By Innocence is the first adaptation out the door, with filming starting in Scotland this month. The three-part mini, produced by Agatha Christie Limited and Mammoth Screen for the BBC, has set its ensemble cast led by Bill Nighy, Catherine Keener and Matthew Goode. Alice Eve, Ella Purnell, Ed Westwick, Luke Treadaway…

ITV Commissions Mammoth Screen Drama ‘Desire’ From Scribe Jeremy Block

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ITV has commissioned Desire, a new five-part drama serial written by The Last King of Scotland screenwriter Jeremy BrockVictoria and Poldark producer Mammoth Screen will produce.
The story focuses on Leia, who is just about managing to hold her life together in the face of a messy divorce when she finds herself falling in love with an intensity that she’s never experienced before. It’s the wrong man at the wrong time but Leia can’t give the relationship up. It looks at…

Matt Charman To Pen ‘M’; Mammoth Screen Project Based On Real MI5 Spymaster

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UK-based Poldark and Victoria producer Mammoth Screen has acquired rights to Henry Hemming’s upcoming non-fiction book, M: Maxwell Knight, M15’s Greatest Spymaster. Returning to the world of espionage, Bridge Of SpiesMatt Charman is attached as lead writer to adapt the real-life story of one of the inspirations for the spy chief in Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels. Mammoth is eyeing a multi-part drama series.
Knight began spying for the British government in the 1920s…