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Jodie Whittaker Announced as the Thirteenth Doctor on Doctor Who

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Today is a big day for Doctor Who fans, as actress Jodie Whittaker has officially been announced as the Thirteenth Time Lord on the long-running BBC series, with Peter Capaldi making his bow as the 12th Doctor during this year's Christmas special:

Press Release (via The Futon Critic): New York - July 16, 2017 - The BBC and BBC America today announced to the world that Jodie Whittaker will be the new Doctor Who. She will be the Thirteenth Time Lord and take over from Peter Capaldi who leaves the global hit show at Christmas.

New head writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall who takes over from Steven Moffat on the next series made the decision to cast the first ever woman in the iconic role.

Jodie Whittaker says: "I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey - with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet. It's more than an honor to play the Doctor.
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Doctor Who Casts Jodie Whittaker as First Female In Lead Role — Watch

Doctor Who Casts Jodie Whittaker as First Female In Lead Role — Watch
The first female Doctor is among us.

Doctor Who has tapped Broadchurch‘s Jodie Whittaker to play the Thirteenth Doctor after departing star Peter Capaldi makes his final appearance as Twelve in this December’s Christmas special.

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The highly anticipated casting was announced following the conclusion of the Wimbledon men’s final on Sunday.

“I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey with [new showrunner Chris Chibnall] and with every Whovian on this planet,” Whittaker said in a statement. “It’s more than an honor to play the Doctor. It means
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On my radar: Sarah Waters’s cultural highlights

The novelist on unusual cinema experiences, Lgbtq history and the genius of Happy Valley

Born in Wales in 1966, Sarah Waters studied English at the University of Kent, followed by Lancaster University and Queen Mary’s, where her PhD thesis focused on lesbian and gay historical fiction. Immediately afterwards she started working on her first novel, Tipping the Velvet (a title taken from 19th-century pornography), which was published in 1998. Waters has won a number of awards: in 2003 alone, she was named one of Granta’s 20 best young British writers, received the South Bank award for literature, and was named author of the year at the British Book Awards. The stage adaptation of her 2006 novel The Night Watch is on at Manchester’s Royal Exchange until 18 June.

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David Threlfall to lead new BBC crime drama 'What Remains'

David Threlfall to lead new BBC crime drama 'What Remains'
David Threlfall is to lead the cast of BBC One's new drama What Remains. In his first role since wrapping on Shameless, Threlfall will play Detective Inspector Len Harper in the four-part thriller. Russell Tovey (Being Human), Steven Mackintosh (Criminal Justice) and David Bamber (The King's Speech) will also appear in the serial, written by Inside Men's Tony Basgallop. Victoria Hamilton (Lark Rise To Candleford), Indira Varma (Luther) and Claudie Blakely (The Night Watch) make up the rest of the cast. Described as a "thrilling state-of-the-nation whodunnit", What Remains will see a young couple - played by Tovey and Amber Rose Revah - uncover the corpse of (more)
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White Heat: 'What women went through in the 60s was seismic'

Screenwriter Paula Milne says her own experiences inspired the new BBC2 drama about a group of people through the decades

Sixteen years ago, BBC2 broadcast Our Friends in the North, a much lauded tale of four friends and social and political change that began in the 60s. Next week the channel will attempt a similar feat with White Heat.

Kicking off in 1965, the drama focuses on a group of flatmates as they move through the decades to the present day. With acclaimed screenwriter Paula Milne behind the scripts, it is perhaps little wonder the drama is being thought of as Our Friends in the South.

"As a woman, this piece is semi-autobiographical – so that is what you see on screen," said Milne. "The inevitable comparison is with Our Friends in the North, and that is a brilliant drama and showed the audience is interested in long television stories. But it
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The best television of 2011: drama

British drama had an ambitious but somewhat uneven year – while the Scandanavians produced a surprise hit. But what were your favourites?

It would be pushing it to suggest that 2011 was a landmark year for drama but viewers were certainly not badly served, with some fine new work emerging from both the UK and abroad.

In Britain, BBC2 led the field, in part thanks to the much-trumpeted extra investment that gave us The Crimson Petal and the White, The Shadow Line, The Night Watch and The Hour. A line-up that the BBC should rightly be proud of, but perhaps placed too much emphasis on.

Of that line-up, it was The Crimson Petal that played best for me, with Romola Garai capturing my attention as Sugar far more than she did as The Hour's Bel Rowley. Lucinda Coxon's adaptation of Michael Faber's novel was beautifully judged, with Chris O'Dowd a revelation as William Rackham.
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15th Annual Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

The 15th Annual Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (Plgff) begins September 30 and runs through October 8 at Cinema 21. This year the festival begins September 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Cinema 21 with a very special screening of local filmmaker David Weissman’s deeply moving We Were Here. The film chronicles the heavy impact the AIDS crisis had on San Francisco in the 80s through the eyes of five survivors. David Weissman will be in attendance. One of the subjects of the film is also scheduled to attend. This special screening is followed by a Gala Opening Night Party at 23Hoyt with hosted appetizers and drinks as well as a full cash bar and Holcombe Waller will perform a short set. Tickets for this event go on sale September 1.

The festival concludes on October 8 at Cinema 21 with the BBC production of The Night Watch based on the novel by Sarah Waters. Following four
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Rewind TV: Torchwood; The Night Watch; British Masters; The Life of Muhammad; Strictly Kosher; The World's Most Expensive Paintings – review

Torchwood provided pitch-perfect sci-fi while an adaptation of Sarah Waters's The Night Watch was marred only by being a one-off

Torchwood (BBC1) | iPlayer

The Night Watch (BBC2) | iPlayer

British Masters (BBC4) | iPlayer

The Life of Muhammad (BBC2) | iPlayer

Strictly Kosher (ITV1) | ITV Player

The World's Most Expensive Paintings (BBC1) | iPlayer

Torchwood, the so-called "Doctor Who for grownups", had been for too long one of those things I'd loved, admired, but never actually seen. The love and admiration were a teensy bit for Good Things coming out of Cardiff, but almost wholly for serendipitous anagrams and the creative delights within. Almost everything on telly, surely, could (in fact should) have an anagrammatic doppelgangy spin-off. "Whores Squat on Dai" would be an enticing if fabulously misleading version of Antiques Roadshow, and I might even have watched "Piers Morgan meets Sir Cliff Richard" had it been rejigged as "Charlie Crim frots deaf
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Cometh The Hour: BBC newsroom drama hits screen

1950s series has been hailed as the UK's answer to Mad Men, but writer says it has different pace and energy

A journalist slips some cash into the policeman's hand and minutes later is rifling through a dead man's pockets. Not the latest example of Fleet Street's rot but a detail from BBC2's new newsroom drama The Hour, set in 1956 as television journalism came of age.

"It's a really interesting time for the show to be broadcasting, although obviously I wasn't aware of the situation at the time," admits Abi Morgan, writer of The Hour. "We also have phone-tapping going on in our drama – although it's very different from the kind we're hearing about now."

With the Suez crisis as a backdrop, the stylish drama weaves thriller and newsroom drama together. It follows three news journalists – played by Dominic West, Romola Garai and Ben Whishaw – as they launch a groundbreaking new programme,
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Great LezBritain: Review of "The Night Watch"

Great LezBritain is a fortnightly stroll through the very best of British lesbo-centric entertainment and culture. Plus there will be some jolly good interviews with the top ladies who are waving the flag for gay UK.

The recent adaptation of The Night Watch on BBC2 is the fourth of Sarah Waters five books to have made the transition from page to screen, while her fifth book, The Little Stranger, will be made into a feature film sometime soon.

Waters is now undoubtedly a literary powerhouse. Her books have been lifted from the gay section of bookshops into the laps of straight women who might possibly be called Felicity and work in an office accounts department. Her previous adaptations, most notably Tipping The Velvet and Fingersmith were mightily successful, earning high ratings and high DVD sales. So in short, Waters seems a sure thing. So, with all that said, why the
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'The Night Watch' debut delights 3.2m

'The Night Watch' debut delights 3.2m
New BBC drama The Night Watch premiered with almost 3.2m on Tuesday evening, while Stephen Spielberg's Falling Skies lost viewers, according to the latest audience data. The Night Watch, Paula Milne's adaptation of a Sarah Waters novel following the lives of four young Londoners in the Second World War, averaged 3.03m (13.7%) for BBC Two between 9pm and 10.30pm, while 166k (0.8%) watched on the BBC HD channel. New science fiction thriller Falling Skies, executive produced by movie legend Spielberg, continued on the FX channel with 308k (1.4%) in the 9pm hour, down 115k on last week's debut. Also in the 9pm hour, Crimewatch arrested 4.2m (18.5%) on BBC One, beating Homes From Hell's 2.41m (10.6%) on ITV1 and 205k (1.1%) on +1. Animal Kingdom scooped 1.87m (9.1%) on ITV1 from 7.30pm. BBC One's Holby City (more)
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TV review | The Night Watch

The Night Watch turned sirens, fear and desire back to front but left me unmoved

I remember going to the cinema once, and walking into the film late, after it had already begun. The other people in my row and in the row behind seemed uncommonly angry about my late arrival, more so than I thought befitted the crime; they moaned and what-the-frigged at having to stand up to let me through, and someone sniggered. I fought through to my seat though, and settled in to watch the film.

Now I can be a bit thick about what's going on in a film, especially if it's a complicated psychological thriller as this was, and I'd missed the beginning. But this time my befuddlement reached new heights; I can honestly say I didn't have one single clue as to what the hell was going on. And then after 10 minutes, something strange happened: the film ended.
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Does BBC2 drama deserve a glowing report?

From The Night Watch and The Shadowline to the The Crimson Petal and the White – has BBC2's newly boosted drama budget been well spent?

A 90-minute adaptation of Sarah Waters's brilliant novel The Night Watch hits BBC2 screens tonight – the latest drama from a channel that 18 months ago received a budget boost of £10m each year for the next three years.

That cash, earmarked specifically for drama, prompted a "collective sigh of relief" from a drama production industry keen to make more of the brainy stuff, according to BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson. But what difference has it made for the viewer at home? Time to give Stephenson and his team a half-term report, and look at what's coming up.

The Night Watch, tonight's single drama, shows the channel on fine form. A skilful, faithful rendition of the book, which tells various stories of lesbian love during the Blitz,
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Does BBC2 drama deserve a glowing report?

From The Night Watch and The Shadowline to the The Crimson Petal and the White – has BBC2's newly boosted drama budget been well spent?

A 90-minute adaptation of Sarah Waters's brilliant novel The Night Watch hits BBC2 screens tonight – the latest drama from a channel that 18 months ago received a budget boost of £10m each year for the next three years.

That cash, earmarked specifically for drama, prompted a "collective sigh of relief" from a drama production industry keen to make more of the brainy stuff, according to BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson. But what difference has it made for the viewer at home? Time to give Stephenson and his team a half-term report, and look at what's coming up.

The Night Watch, tonight's single drama, shows the channel on fine form. A skilful, faithful rendition of the book, which tells various stories of lesbian love during the Blitz,
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Will the quiet craft of The Night Watch translate to TV?

Sarah Waters' tale of lives flattened by the second world war is a stunning novel, but it doesn't look like great telly

Sarah Waters is a darling of the small screen – her first three novels appeared in television adaptations between 2002 and 2008, feeding an apparently insatiable appetite for saucy Victoriana (she herself characterised her earlier books as "lesbo Victorian romps") to which the recent televisation of Michel Faber's The Crimson Petal and the White so ably catered.

There's no great mystery behind the stampede to adapt Waters' books: they have that perfect mix of story and spectacle which translates so well onto television. But her fourth novel, The Night Watch, due to grace British TV screens this evening, is a knottier proposition than its predecessors. For one thing, it forsakes the seductions of corsets and gas lamps for the far less photogenic setting of 1940s Britain, blasted and blacked-out.
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TV highlights 12/07/2011: The Night Watch | Undercover Boss | Imagine | Perfume | Nurse Jackie | Silent Library

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The Night Watch | Undercover Boss | Imagine | Perfume | Nurse Jackie | Silent Library

The Night Watch

9pm, BBC2

Anna Maxwell Martin, Claire Foy and Jodie Whittaker star in this gorgeous adaptation of the Sarah Waters novel. A group of young women, and one young man, live out their forbidden love lives behind closed doors in postwar London. The use of a set-up/rewind structure works to great stylish and dramatic effect and the performances are involving and beautifully understated against the backdrop of the London blitz and its horrors. The only thing you wish for is more time. This needs more than 90 minutes for the relationships to fully develop, but what is there is so worth watching.

Julia Raeside

Undercover Boss

9pm, Channel 4

Southern Fried Chicken may sound like some cheaply derivative Mickey Mouse outfit, but this British, family-run chain has a yearly turnover of £100m and branches in over 70 countries.
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Claire Foy: 'Next I want to do some singing and dancing' – interview

The glittering career of Claire Foy, star of The Promise and now The Night Watch, continues apace

Spend a little time in Claire Foy's company and you get the sense that, while she might be a bit stunned at how rapidly her acting career has progressed, she's certainly going to seize her moment. Irrepressibly cheerful, fast-talking and candid, the 27-year-old has barely rested in the four years since she left the Oxford School of Drama. It was only a matter of months before she starred in the pilot episode of Being Human (she always knew it could be huge, she says); she went on to take the leading roles in the BBC's 14-part adaptation of Little Dorrit and in Peter Kosminsky's acclaimed Israel-Palestine drama The Promise, which she describes as "a real love project for everyone who did it". Oh, and she's also squeezed in Upstairs Downstairs and a Hollywood fantasy thriller,
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'The Hour', Ricky Gervais top BBC Two summer, autumn lineup

'The Hour', Ricky Gervais top BBC Two summer, autumn lineup
Ricky Gervais's Life's Too Short and 1950s drama The Hour headline BBC Two's 2011 summer and autumn lineup. The channel's controller Janice Hadlow revealed the highlights of its upcoming slate of shows this morning, which includes Gervais and Stephen Merchant's return to BBC Two with their upcoming Warwick Davis sitcom. The Hour, which stars Romola Garai, Dominic West and Ben Whishaw, heads up the drama output for the broadcaster, alongside Bill Nighy and Michael Gambon's Page Eight and Anna Maxwell and Claire Foy's The Night Watch. The comedy output includes a return for the award-winning sitcom Rev and a tenth series for Rab C Nesbitt. Further series of MasterChef: The Professionals, The Rob Brydon show, Dragons' Den, Frank Skinners' Opinionated and (more)
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My TV hero: Claire Foy on Joanna Lumley

Joanna Lumley is just brilliant in Absolutely Fabulous – I love that she's not afraid of looking like a wally

Perhaps because I now tend to play people who are quite miserable, or at least not at their happiest, in my normal life I try to be quite upbeat. I've always found Joanna Lumley in Absolutely Fabulous hilarious. My mum and my sister were obsessed with the show, so I grew up watching the show pretty much all the time – we even wore out the videos.

Jennifer Saunders is fantastic in it of course, but I really love Lumley as Patsy Stone. Rewatching it recently, I was even more taken by what an amazing character Patsy is, and how brilliantly Lumley plays her.

It's her physicality that makes Lumley so funny: the fact that she's this elegant, beautiful woman who, with just a stoop of her shoulders, makes herself look completely different.
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BBC2: putting the British in drama

Promo for shows including The Shadow Line and The Night Watch asserts their Britishness in face of Sky's Us onslaught

The BBC is "putting a stake in the ground" by airing a promo for new BBC2 dramas under the banner Original British Drama.

The promo shows highlights from forthcoming BBC2 dramas including the The Shadow Line, starring Christopher Eccleston, and an adaptation of Sarah Waters' The Night Watch.

BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson says: "This line [Original British Drama] goes to the heart of what we believe in here. It's an opportunity to put our stake in the ground and exemplify our attitude."

Why does the British Broadcasting Corporation feel the need to emphasise the Britishness of its dramas right now? After all, it has been making original British TV drama for about 60 years. Could it be that BSkyB banging on about all the high end drama on its new channel Sky
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