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The 20 Best-Directed TV Drama Series of the 21st Century, Ranked

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The 20 Best-Directed TV Drama Series of the 21st Century, Ranked
TV has never been more beautiful, more daring, and more dramatic, and that’s owed to the new level of talent being given a chance to redefine what might be possible within this medium today. Since the dawn of the 21st century, we’ve witnessed an incredible array of directors (some native to TV, some fleeing the fluctuating feature film world) come to episodic storytelling to discover its potential.

Read More: The 25 Best TV Theme Songs of the 21st Century, Ranked

True story: We began this list with a wider range of genres in mind, but the number of shows we wanted to recognize grew so large that we decided to split it into drama and comedy series (we’ll get to comedies down the line). This is also the ritual place where we acknowledge that “The Sopranos,” if it had premiered just a little bit later, would have
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Met Film launches sales arm with former Dogwoof exec

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Exclusive: Vesna Cudic to head up new outfit; company’s debut sales slate revealed.

UK outfit Met Film has launched a new boutique international sales arm, Met Film Sales, which will offer a slate of high-end documentaries and TV series.

The company is being headed up by Vesna Cudic [pictured], previously head of acquisitions and sales at Dogwoof.

“I am really excited about this move to Met Film,” Vesna told Screen. “I was attracted by the prospect of being involved in the projects from the start, helping with the finance and then selling them worldwide.

“We already have a slate of Met Film documentaries and series in varying stages of development and finance, and I’m also currently developing relationships with producers who can create content for us to sell, including fiction titles.”

Vesna will be in Cannes this month launching the company’s initial slate.

In further news, the company has also launched Met Studio, a new content
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Ben Hardy, Jessie Buckley, Dougray Scott & Charles Dance Head To BBC’s ‘The Woman In White’ Remake

Ben Hardy and Jessie Buckley are set to join Dougray Scott and Charles Dance in a BBC One adaptation of Wilkie Collins' psychological thriller The Woman in White. The 5×60 series, which has begun filming in Northern Ireland, is produced by Origin Pictures and is adapted by Fiona Seres. David Thompson exec produces along with BBC's Sarah Stack while Sarah Curtis produces. Black Mirror and Humans helmer Carl Tibbetts is set to direct. Story follows Walter Hartright who…
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Top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time: 40 - 21

Wesley Mead Dec 22, 2016

Wesley counts down the penultimate 20 entries in the top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time list: from number 40 to 21...

This article was first published in December 2015. Read entries 100 - 81 here, entries 80 - 61 here, and entries 60 - 41 here.

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Since the medium’s infancy, viewers have enjoyed sharing holidays with their favourite television characters. We grow invested in our friends on screen over the years; spending Christmas with them is a rite of passage, a chance for us to share tradition from our world with the fictional ones we see on screen. Some shows embrace the season wholeheartedly, characters in good spirits and enjoying the trappings of the season; others skew a little darker, bringing the more oppressive,
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Top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time: 40 - 21

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Wesley counts down the penultimate 20 entries in the top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time list: from number 40 to 21...

Read entries 100 - 81 here, entries 80 - 61 here, and entries 60 - 41 here.

Since the medium’s infancy, viewers have enjoyed sharing holidays with their favourite television characters. We grow invested in our friends on screen over the years; spending Christmas with them is a rite of passage, a chance for us to share tradition from our world with the fictional ones we see on screen. Some shows embrace the season wholeheartedly, characters in good spirits and enjoying the trappings of the season; others skew a little darker, bringing the more oppressive, burdensome side of the holidays to life. Either way, Christmas episodes tend to demonstrate the strengths of our favourite series, and it’s long been a festive ritual of mine to wheel out old DVD sets and settle
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Black Mirror: White Christmas review

Charlie Brooker’s terrific Black Mirror Christmas special with Jon Hamm & Rafe Spall tells three very human tales of tech paranoia…

This review contains spoilers.

Charlie Brooker’s been hiding something. Beneath that hugely entertaining mantle of misanthropy and idiocy-skewering invective, beats the charitable heart of a man who wants us all to care a little bit more. If there’s a lesson to White Christmas - a trio of Black Mirror stories about the consequences of loneliness and ostracisation - it would be to stop, think, and empathise.

White Christmas’ first story introduces us to Matt (Jon Hamm, whose matinee idol good looks cast him perfectly as the kind of swaggering, smug Yank an intensely British drama like Black Mirror would instantly mistrust). Alongside his day job, Matt runs a seedy side-line as a pickup artist coach and wank conductor to a voyeuristic choir of online pervs.

Taking Google Glass to its logical conclusion,
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Jon Hamm to star in Black Mirror feature

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Jon Hamm to star in Black Mirror feature
Mad Man star will be joined by Rafe Spall and Game of ThronesOona Chaplin in feature-length special.

Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Rafe Spall (What If) and Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones) are to co-star in a feature-length special of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, set for broadcast on the UK’s Channel 4 in December.

The 90-minute seasonal special will interweave three stories of “Yuletide techno-paranoia”. It will start filming in the UK this week.

Hamm’s character appears in all three stories contained within the as yet unnamed episode.

The star of Mad Men and Million Dollar Arm said: ‘“I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the Black Mirror Christmas Special. I have been a massive fan of the show since its inception.

“Its dark humour and intelligent observation of our society and values hooked me deeply as a viewer and I’m honoured that Charlie and the rest of the creative team have
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Retreat Director Set to Prove that Science Fiction Is Timeless

Back in 2010, Bill Kelly sold his sci-fi script Timeless, which at one point had Philip Noyce attached to direct. Four years later, the project is finally set to find its way in front of cameras, and a new director has been named. Read on!

Per Deadline, UK director Carl Tibbetts is now in the director's chair, after recently making his feature debut with 2011's Retreat.

The story tracks a twenty-something surfer who sets out to build a time-travel machine after his wife dies in an accident. He taps a young Harvard physicist to help make the impossible a reality.

New financier Nicolas Veinberg and Defiant Pictures have come aboard, and Sunil Perkash (Salt, Enchanted, Premonition) will produce alongside Veinberg and Lucas Jarach. Relativity Media, which made the initial spec deal, is circling for domestic distribution.

Shooting is set to begin next spring in Gran Canaria, Spain, with casting currently under way.
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‘Retreat’ Helmer Boards Sci-Fi Pic ‘Timeless’

‘Retreat’ Helmer Boards Sci-Fi Pic ‘Timeless’
Exclusive: UK director Carl Tibbetts (Retreat, Black Mirror) is now in the director’s chair on Timeless, the science fiction project scripted by Bill Kelly (Enchanted, Premonition). Story tracks a twentysomething surfer who sets out to build a time-travel machine after his wife dies in an accident. He taps a young Harvard physicist to help make the impossible a reality. Kelly first sold the spec in 2010 when Phillip Noyce was attached to direct. Now new financier Nicolas Veinberg and Defiant Pictures have come aboard, and Sunil Perkash (Salt, Enchanted, Premonition) will produce alongside Veinberg and Lucas Jarach. Relativity Media, which […]
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Rotterdam adds How to Survive strand

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Rotterdam adds How to Survive strand
Programme includes David Mackenzie’s Starred Up and Ti West’s The Sacrament.

The International Film Festival Rotterdam (Jan 22 - Feb 2) has added a programme of films focusing on “contemporary survival” to its thematic Signals section.

How to Survive… will feature 12 independent films from around the world range from Spanish survival horror La cueva (In Darkness We Fall) by Alfredo Montero to Jang Cheol-soo’s Korean spy thriller Secretly Greatly, and from Canadian internet found footage documentary Hoax_canular by Dominic Gagnon to Iranian apocalyptic visions in From Tehran to Heaven by Abolfazl Saffary.

It will also feature David Mackenzie’s British prison drama Starred Up, Us director Ti West’s found footage horror The Sacrament, and White Bear, an episode from Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror series that aired in the UK.

In the How to Survive… Clinics, experts will teach visitors forgotten survival skills. In a workshop by Rotterdam-based Wild Vleesch, visitors can learn
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Black Mirror Season 2 - Episode 2 Review

Luke Owen reviews the second episode of Black Mirror...

Last week’s episode was an incredibly sombre and slow paced show that was centred around one performance. This week’s episode, White Bear, however was a completely different kettle of fish – which is what makes Black Mirror such an interesting show.

White Bear was a visceral, violent, frightening and all together terrifying affair with some incredible visuals, an intriguing build and a payoff that seems to have split its audience. A brief look at Twitter has seen many people claim that the reveal in the third part was a letdown while others thought it was very clever. I'm personally in the latter camp as I think it asks more philosophical questions than a conventional twist ending would have, but I can understand the frustrations.

For me however the episode fell down on its lead performance from Lenora Crichlow. This was
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Black Mirror series 2 episode 2: White Bear spoiler-filled review

Review Ryan Lambie Feb 19, 2013

Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror takes a nightmarish turn in its second episode. Here's Ryan's spoiler-filled review of White Bear...

Warning: the following contains spoilers.

"I think, with a lot of dramas, people come back to them hoping to see the same characters, and be assured by the same characters every week. You know what you're getting most of the time when you tune into a drama. What we always hoped with Black Mirror is that you don't know what you're getting..."

So said writer and series creator Charlie Brooker in a recent BAFTA Q&A, which took place after a private screening of series two's opening episode, Be Right Back. Of all the Black Mirror episodes we've seen so far, White Bear fulfilled that remit outlined above; its horror-infused drama leaves us unsure whom we can trust or what will happen next, and its last act is truly gut-wrenching.
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Review: Retreat (DVD)

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In Carl Tibbetts’ debut film as a writer and director, he paints a portrait of a modern couple thrown into the most primitive of situations. While vacationing in a remote island cottage they had come to some eight years prior, Martin (Cillian Murphy) and Kate (Thandie Newton) are confronted with the true horrors of humanity when Jack (Jamie Bell) arrives to disturb their peaceful getaway.

The film starts out quietly, as Martin and Kate are delivered to their destination by Doug (Jimmy Yuill), the owner of the cottage, and they go about “enjoying” themselves. There is so much tension in these early scenes between the couple that I wondered why they would isolate themselves further from the world in an attempt to heal their collective wounds.

A wounded soldier (Jamie Bell) is found on the beach one morning by Martin and brought back to the cabin against Kate’s wishes.
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“Retreat” – DVD Review

“Retreat” – DVD Review
Retreat

90 Minutes, Rated R

Directed by

Carl Tibbetts

Starring

Thandie Newton, Cillian Murphy, and Jamie Bell

Review by

Brandon Moore

Plot: Following a marital tragedy, Kate (Newton) and Martin (Murphy) return to a cabin located on an isolated island where they previously vacationed. However, upon rescuing a wounded young man named Jack (Bell), they soon find themselves ensnared by the stranger’s mysterious agenda.

Characters isolated in a remote setting and threatened by a force outside of their control has been a staple of the thriller genre since Agatha Christie first penned And Then There Were None in 1939. In the years since, the locations have evolved (summer camps, the ocean, space ships), but the threat often remains the same: an individual or collective entity picking the characters off one by one. It is an ideal archetype for preying on our fears; what could be scarier than inhabiting a location in which we don’t belong,
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Trailer and 4 Clips from Retreat

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Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton, and Jamie Bell star in Retreat, which was released on DVD today from Sony Home Pictures Entertainment. We have a trailer and 4 clips from the film for you to watch:

“In the tradition of Dead Calm and A Perfect Getaway comes the terrifying psychological thriller Retreat, debuting on DVD and Digital February 21st from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Golden Globe® nominee Cillian Murphy (Inception, The Dark Knight), Thandie Newton (2012, RocknRolla, upcoming Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds) and Jamie Bell (The Adventures of Tintin, The Eagle) are the only inhabitants of a remote island off the coast of Scotland when a deadly virus infects Europe and cuts them off from civilization. As they fight for survival, it becomes clear the virus is not the only thing they need to be concerned about. Bonus materials include the behind-the-scenes featurette “The Making of Retreat” and a photo gallery. The
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Retreat (2011) Review

by Marcey Papandrea, MoreHorror.com

I have to be honest; Retreat is not an easy film to review. The reason being is that this is a film best seen with as little prior knowledge as possible and it is rather difficult to discuss and review the film while remaining as spoiler free as possible. I shall do my best to not reveal much in terms of the plot, but you best just go check this film out, because it is a damn good one.

Retreat comes from co-writer/director Carl Tibbetts, this is his debut and I have to say for a debut this man knows his stuff! Usually you can tell when a film is someone’s first behind the camera, but not here. The film felt like it came from a seasoned veteran and that really speaks volumes in terms of Tibbetts talents and what he crafted here.
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'Retreat' Coming to DVD in February

by MoreHorror.com

Retreat boasts a top caliber cast and is now heading to a DVD release. The film releases from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on February 21st, 2012. Check out the official details below.

From the official release:

In the tradition of Dead Calm and A Perfect Getaway comes the terrifying psychological thriller Retreat, debuting on DVD and Digital February 21st from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Golden Globe® nominee Cillian Murphy (InceptionThe Dark Knight), Thandie Newton (2012, RocknRolla, upcoming Tyler Perry.s Good Deeds) and Jamie Bell (The Adventures of TintinThe Eagle) are the only inhabitants of a remote island off the coast of Scotland when a deadly virus infects Europe and cuts them off from civilization. As they fight for survival, it becomes clear the virus is not the only thing they need to be concerned about. Bonus materials include the behind-the-scenes featurette .The Making of Retreat. and a photo gallery.
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Cillian Murphy Thriller 'Retreat's to DVD

Cillian Murphy Thriller 'Retreat's to DVD
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced a DVD release of Retreat which stars Cillian Murphy (Sunshine, 28 Days Later), Thandie Newton (Vanishing on 7th Street, 2012) and Jamie Bell (Death Watch, King Kong). The disc will be available to own on February 21, and should retail at around $30.99. The only extra material will be a Retreat: The Making Of featurette, and a photo gallery. Carl Tibbetts makes his feature directorial debut on the film, which "finds Murphy and Newton heading to a remote island cottage to rebuild their frail marriage. When a wounded and armed stranger (Bell) shows up at their door with news about a deadly airborne virus, they must seal themselves inside the cottage, where the tension starts to escalate from psychological to physical."
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Retreat Review

This year’s Fantastic Fest went by in a blur, a seven-day avalanche of drinking, interviews, more drinking, and kick-ass genre-films that—from time to time—could feel a little overwhelming. While I managed to catch almost everything I planned on seeing during Fantastic Fest 2011, I was forced to skip a few flicks thanks to an already-crowded schedule. And so, when the folks behind one of those films-- Carl TibbettsRetreat-- dropped me a line asking if I’d like to catch the film now, I was all too happy to say “Yes”. So, did I miss out on this one back when Fantastic Fest was in full swing, or would it turn out that Retreat was better left unseen? Find out after the jump, folks. I’ve been going back and forth on my feelings regarding Carl TibbettsRetreat since seeing the film a few days ago. On the one hand,
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Retreat and Counting Down the Minutes to the Big Reveal: A Movie Review

Director: Carl Tibbetts.

Writers: Carl Tibbetts and Janice Hallett.

Retreat is a misnomer; this is a vacation from hell! Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton and Jamie Bell star in this film from first time director Carl Tibbetts. How did he get such a great cast on his first film? This holiday involves murder, infection and marital strife. Throw in a recent miscarriage and you have a grumpy time all round. Luckily there are some soft moments early, with the action begining in first third of the film. Released October 21st, Retreat is a psychological thriller that plays with the truth and viewers' perceptions of reality.

Kate (Newton) and Martin (Murphy) are dropped off at an isolated island for some soul searching and relationship mending. Kate is withdrawn, while Martin is oblivious to the issues at hand. Then, their quiet retreat is invaded by a private of the United Kingdom army. He is cut and bruised.
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