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Christmas Day’s best TV: Torvill & Dean; Call the Midwife; Christmas Bake Off

  • The Guardian - TV News
The earthy biopic of the UK’s beloved ice-dance titans is an unexpected gold-medal delight, while past contestants do battle on the baking show

Missing the Royle Family this Christmas? This earthy biopic might fill the gap. It stars Poppy Lee Friar and Will Tudor as the UK’s beloved ice-dance titans, and is an unexpected gold-medal delight, dramatising the familial tensions of their working-class childhoods in Nottingham with sharp wit, a killer soundtrack and an abundance of heart. As job pressures and emotional setbacks pile up, Jayne and Christopher’s partnership is put under increasing pressure; will they unravel before we hear that fateful Bolero? You may already know the answer. Graeme Virtue
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Torvill and Dean Ice Skating Drama Greenlit With ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Will Tudor

  • Variety
Torvill and Dean Ice Skating Drama Greenlit With ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Will Tudor
The story of Britain’s Olympic-winning ice-dancing pair Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean will be told in a TV drama for ITV in the U.K. Will Tudor (“Game of Thrones”) will play Dean and Poppy Lee Friar (“Ackley Bridge”) portrays Torvill in the 120-minute drama, which Endemol Shine will sell internationally.

The film will track the artistic and personal relationship between the two skaters, who were British, European, world and Olympic champions in their discipline. They were national heroes in the U.K., with 24 million viewers at home tuning in to their 1984 Olympics win.

Endemol Shine-backed Darlow Smithson will make the ice-dance drama, which was written by William Ivory (“Made in Dagenham”). The TV movie will also star Anita Dobson (“EastEnders”) as Torvill’s first coach, and Stephen Tompkinson (“The Split”) as her father.

Ivory interviewed his subjects at length and said: “Chris and Jayne are such fascinating characters:
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‘Game of Thrones’ Will Tudor To Star In ITV Drama About British Skating Legends Torvill & Dean

‘Game of Thrones’ Will Tudor To Star In ITV Drama About British Skating Legends Torvill & Dean
Game of Thrones star Will Tudor is to star in a one-off drama about British skating legends Torvill and Dean.

The actor, who starred as Olyvar in the HBO series between seasons three and five, will play Christopher Dean, alongside Ackley Bridge and Eve star Poppy Lee Friar as Jayne Torvill in the two-hour single film.

Torvill and Dean is written by Made In Dagenham and Burton and Taylor writer William Ivory and it will tell the story of the skating partnership from personal and professional angles. Ivory has spent hours interviewing the pair ahead of the series, which is produced by Endemol Shine-owned indie Darlow Smithson.

Jaime Winstone (Donkey Punch) also stars alongside Anita Dobson (Call The Midwife), Stephen Tompkinson (The Split), Jo Hartley (This Is England ’90), Dean Andrews (Last Tango in Halifax), Christine Bottomley (Cucumber) and Susan Earl (So Awkward).

It is produced by Emma Burge (Shameless
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Rachel Weisz in Second Trailer for Romantic Thriller 'My Cousin Rachel'

"Don't close the door, I cannot be alone with you." Fox Searchlight has debuted a second trailer for the new romantic thriller My Cousin Rachel, starring Rachel Weisz in a period piece based on Daphne Du Maurier's novel of the same name. Weisz plays the alluring cousin of a young Englishman, who falls for her as he attempts to seek revenge on her for supposedly murdering his guardian. Sam Claflin co-stars, along with Holliday Grainger, Iain Glen, Andrew Knott, and Poppy Lee Friar. There's some impressive cinematography in this, thanks to Dp Mike Eley (Nanny McPhee Returns), but as for the rest of it I'm not sure if it's for me. There is a great deal of sexual tension and confusion and all that good stuff. Take a peek. Here's the second official trailer for Roger Michell's My Cousin Rachel, direct from YouTube: You can still watch the
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Rachel Weisz Casts a Dark Spell in My Cousin Rachel Trailer

Rachel Weisz Casts a Dark Spell in My Cousin Rachel Trailer
Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the first trailer and poster for their upcoming thriller My Cousin Rachel, which stars Rachel Weisz as the title character and Sam Claflin as Philip Ashley. This film will mark the third time that the timeless original novel by Daphne Du Maurier will be adapted, with the first big-screen adaptation debuting in 1952, starring Olivia de Havilland as Rachel Ashley and Richard Burton as Philip Ashley. The novel was then adapted into a 1983 mini-series starring Geraldine Chaplin and Christopher Guard as Rachel and Philip.

My Cousin Rachel is a dark romance that tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. The original novel was first published in 1951, and also spawned a few other types of adaptations.
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Rachel Weisz in Trailer for Roger Michell's New Film 'My Cousin Rachel'

"How easy it must be for a woman like your cousin Rachel to twist you around her little finger..." Fox Searchlight has unveiled a trailer for the upcoming romantic drama My Cousin Rachel, adapted from Daphne Du Maurier's novel of the same name. My Cousin Rachel stars Rachel Weisz as the cousin of a young Englishman, who falls for her as he attempts to seek revenge on her for supposedly murdering his guardian. Sam Claflin co-stars, along with Holliday Grainger, Iain Glen, Andrew Knott, and Poppy Lee Friar. This is a very powerful trailer with a very mood song in it that is designed to provoke emotions and pull viewers in. I'm curious, but not really sure what to expect, it seems a bit too romantic for my tastes. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Roger Michell's My Cousin Rachel, direct from YouTube: A dark romance, My Cousin Rachel
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First UK Poster & Trailer for My Cousin Rachel starring Rachel Weisz & Sam Claflin

  • HeyUGuys
Author: David Sztypuljak

With Denial in cinemas this week starring the fabulous Rachel Weisz as Professor Deborah E. Lipstadt it comes as no surprise that Fox Searchlight have released the first UK poster & trailer for My Cousin Rachel starring Weisz and her co-star Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games). For anyone unsure, this is most definitely not a sequel to the 1992 movie My Cousin Vinny starring Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio and Marisa Tomei… as nice as that would be!

The movie is an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s (author of Rebecca, The Birds) acclaimed novel of the same name and is helmed by Notting Hill / Morning Glory director Roger Michell.

Sam Claflin in My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel is a dark romance about a young Englishman who plots revenge again his mysterious beautiful cousin believing that she’s murdered his guardian. His feelings becoming rather more complicated when the finds himself falling for her.
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First BAFTA nomination for Nowhere Boys

Matchbox Pictures. Nowhere Boys has scored its first nomination for the British Academy Children.s Awards presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

The ABC3 teen drama created by Tony Ayres and produced by Beth Frey is in the running for the international award along with Cartoon Network's Clarence and Adventure Time and Disney Xd's Gravity Falls. BBC2/Lion TV.s gruesomely entertaining history show Horrible Histories leads the nominations with nods for comedy and writing for the Magna Carta episode and for Jessica Ransom's portrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots. Peppa Pig received its ninth nomination for pre-school: animation and its fourth in the writer category.

The nominees for best feature are Big Hero 6, Inside Out, Paddington and Shaun the Sheep: The Movie. The awards will be handed out at the Roundhouse, London, on November 22, hosted by actor/comedian/screenwriter Doc Brown. Earlier
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Horrible Histories, Professor Branestawm lead BAFTA Children's nominations

Horrible Histories could be heading to success at this year's British Academy Children's Awards after being nominated in three categories.

The programme leads the nominations with nods in the Comedy and Writing categories, while Jessica Ransom is also nominated in the performer category for her turn as Mary, Queen of Scots.

Elsewhere, The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm is nominated in the Comedy category, while star Harry Hill is also a contender.

Meanwhile, Peppa Pig is up for awards in the Preschool: Animation and Writer categories, while Operation Ouch! is in the running for a Factual award.

Operation Ouch! hosts Drs Alexander and Chris van Tulleken are nominated for Presenter awards, as are Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes of Sam & Mark's Big Friday Wind-Up.

Harriet's Army has nominations for Drama and Writer, while The Dumping Ground, Wolfblood and Katie Morag are all up for Drama awards.

All At Sea
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The Secret Life of Boys

  • ScreenTerrier
The Secret Life Of Boys is a brand new interactive comedy drama which launches on the Cbbc website and Cbbc channel this November.

In the series 11 year old Ginger flies from Australia to the UK to spend the summer with four cousins she's never met before - how will she manage in a foreign country, with a new family?

Melbourne-based Erica Brown (represented by Gilchrist Managment in Australia) flew to Ireland to film the lead role of Ginger Boxwell, marking her TV drama debut.

Her cousins are played by 19 year old Neil Reynolds, who has previously appeared in comedy series The T-Boy Show.

15 year old Reece Buttery (represented by A&J Management), who starred in BBC Christmas drama Gangsta Granny, and plays Mo in Cbbc's The Dumping Ground, plays Robbie.

12 year old Gene Gurie (represented by The Young Actors Theatre) plays Ethan in his first TV role.

And Joel Guy
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New Cbbc sci-fi drama starts January

  • ScreenTerrier
The highly-anticipated new Cbbc sci-fi drama Eve starts on Monday 5th January on Cbbc starring Poppy Lee Friar, Eubha Akilade and Oliver Woollford.

The thirteen episode series combines sci-fi mystery adventure with a fish-out-of-water comedy-of-manners as life changes beyond recognition for the Clarke family when Eve, the world's first fully sentient ‘artificial person’, comes to live under their roof.

Eve (Poppy Lee Friar) is the first of her kind who, on the surface, seems perfectly human. But scratch beneath that surface and you find a robot capable of amazing feats - if she manages to navigate her way through the perils of teenage life first.

In episode one, maverick scientist Mary Douglas, played by Jane Asher, is being thrown out of her own scientific institute, Calimov Systems, by Katherine Calvin (Rhona Croker) who’s staging a hostile takeover.

Mary orders Nick Clarke, played by Ben Cartwright, to destroy her top-secret Project Eternity prototype,
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New Cbbc series Eve casting news

  • ScreenTerrier
19 year old Poppy Lee Friar has landed the lead role in new Cbbc sci-fi series Eve, announced last year, which has just completed filming in Glasgow.

Eve is a 13 episode science fiction series which follows the adventures of a robot living with a family in suburbia and trying to make sense of human life as a teenage girl.

Poppy (represented by Curtis Brown) plays Eve, a highly-sentient robot living with a family in modern-day suburban Britain. She will star alongside Jane Asher who plays Mary Douglas, described as “a maverick genius scientist”.

Poppy, was a pupil at Sylvia Young Theatre School, and previously starred as one of the ghostly sisters, Sophie in the Cbbc series Dead Gorgeous, as well as playing Rosalie Selfridge in the first two series of Mr Selfridge on ITV.

Joining her in the cast is 16 year old Oliver Woollford (represented by Curtis Brown) from Newark as Will.
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Tointon sisters join cast of Mr Selfridge

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The Selfridge children are all grown up in the third series of Mr Selfridge, which picks up in 1919 just after the end of World War I.

In the new series which is about to start filming in London, the role of Harry’s eldest daughter, Rosalie, (played by Poppy Lee Friar in Series 1 and 2) is taken over by Kara Tointon. Kara (represented by Curtis Brown) played Dawn Swann in Eastenders for four years and won Strictly Come Dancing in 2010.

Kara’s real-life sister, Hannah Tointon, plays her rebellious sister, Violette in a move that sees the sisters acting together for the first time. 26 year old Hannah (represented by Independent Talent) played Katy Fox in Hollyoaks and more recently starred in Switch on ITV2 and BBC's The Hour.

In the new ten-episode series Rosalie is set to marry the handsome son of trouble-making Russian princess Marie, played by Zoe Wanamaker. Serge
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Limbs and Girls in Bikinis Totalled on Lake Placid: The Final Chapter Infographic

Something with a bit of bite that has arrived on DVD here in the UK is Don Michael Paul's 'Lake Placid: The Final Chapter'. The final installment (apparently) in the croc based horror franchise which began all the way back in 1999 with Steve Miner's excellent little comedy horror was released this week which you can now pick up on DVD and enjoy in the comfort of your own home. To commemorate the release we have a little infographic to bring you highlighting all the important facts and figures from the entire series from lost limbs to Spring Breakers chomped! Elisabeth Rohm, Yancy Butler, Paul Nicholls, Poppy Lee Friar, Benedict Smith, Caroline Ford, Scarlett Byrne and horror star Robert Englund ('Strippers vs Werewolves') all star. Check the new graphic as well as the DVD artwork below....
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Meet the Mr Selfridge children

  • ScreenTerrier
Award-winning actor Jeremy Piven leads the cast as American entrepreneur, Harry Gordon Selfridge, in ITV's new drama Mr Selfridge, about the life of the flamboyant and visionary American entrepreneur.

Harry Gordon Selfridge moved to London with his wife Rose (played by Frances O'Connor), their four children and his mother Lois (Kika Markham) in 1906 to build and open the most ambitious and ground-breaking department store the world had ever seen.

The four Selfridge children are:

Rosalie, Harry’s eldest and slightly impressionable daughter, who gets help from Lady Mae to bed into London society, is played by 17 year old Poppy Lee Friar. Poppy (represented by Curtis Brown) from London, was a pupil at Sylvia Young Theatre School, and starred in the Cbbc comedy drama series Dead Gorgeous which was filmed in Australia.

13 year old Adam Wilson plays Gordon, Harry’s only son, and the heir to the Selfridge Empire. Gordon is
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Lake Placid: The Final Chapter Heading for DVD Next February

UFO production 'Lake Placid: The Final Chapter' is set to arrive on DVD in the New Year. The fourth, and notably final(?), installment in the killer croc franchise which made its TV debut on SyFy this past September is set to hit DVD on 19 February across the Us courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The sequel, helmed by Don Michael Paul, stars Elisabeth Rohm, Yancy Butler, Paul Nicholls, Poppy Lee Friar, Benedict Smith, Caroline Ford and Scarlett Byrne along with an appearance from horror superstar Robert Englund ('Strippers vs Werewolves'). Head below to check out the DVD artwork....
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Dafoe joins AFI Awards

Us actor Willem Dafoe, currently shooting The Hunter in Tasmania, will be one of the presenters at the Samsung Mobile AFI Awards this Saturday in Melbourne.

Other presenters include Catherine McClements, Sigrid Thornton, Asher Keddie, Vince Colosimo, Nick Giannopoulous, Stephen Curry, Julia Zemiro, Josh Lawson, Joel Edgerton, Alan Jones, Caitlin Stasey, Yvonne Strahovski, Alex Dimitriades, Fred Schepisi, Shaun Micallef, Adam Zwar, Poppy Lee Friary, Claudia Karvan, Lincoln Lewis and Nash Edgerton.

Both the Industry Awards (Dec 10) and the Awards Ceremony (Dec 11) will be hosted by Shane Jacobson. The broadcast on the Nine Network will include coverage of the red carpet arrivals, hosted by Giaan Rooney.

Celebrity guests include Ben Mendelsohn, Justine Clarke, Sacha Horler, Aaron Pederson, Deborah Mailman, Aden Young, Clayton Jacobson, The Hon. Simon Crean, Giaan Rooney, Damien Walshe-Howling, James Frecheville, Harrison Gilbertson, Morgana Davies, Laura Wheelwright, Cheree Cassidy, Ashleigh Cummings, Deniz Akdeniz, Phoebe Tonkin, Chris Pang, Nathan Phillips,
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Animal Kingdom leads AFI nominations

Animal Kingdom received 18 nominations for this year’s Australian Film Institute Awards, followed by Beneath Hill 60 (12), Bright Star (11), Tomorrow, When the War Began (8), The Tree, Bran Nue Dae (7 each) and The Boys Are Back (4)

The Best Film category will see Animal Kingdom competing against Beneath Hill 60, Bright Star, Bran Nue Dae, The Tree and Tomorrow, When the War Began.

Australia’s top rated drama productions – Packed to the Rafters and Underbellly: The Golden Mile – were both absent from the main Television categories (except for Underbelly‘s two acting nods).

The winners will be revealed on December 10 (Industry Awards) and 11 (main Awards Ceremony) in Melbourne.

This is the full list of nominees:

AFI Members’ Choice Award

Animal Kingdom. Liz Watts. Beneath Hill 60. Bill Leimbach. Bran Nue Dae. Robyn Kershaw, Graeme Isaac. Bright Star. Jan Chapman, Caroline Hewitt. The Boys Are Back. Greg Brenman, Tim White. Tomorrow When The War Began.
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