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‘Wild Bill’: First Trailer For Rob Lowe’s Fish-Out-Of-Water British Comedy

‘Wild Bill’: First Trailer For Rob Lowe’s Fish-Out-Of-Water British Comedy
“Brits don’t like boasters,” Rob Lowe’s high-flying U.S. cop Bill Hixon is told in the first trailer for ITV drama Wild Bill. He responds by calling East Lincolnshire a “godforsaken cabbage patch,” which nicely sums up the fish-out-of-water series.

The West Wing star plays Hixon, who is appointed Chief Constable of the East Lincolnshire Police Force in the UK in the ITV series, which launches in June. The series is produced by 42, Shiver and Anonymous Content.

Lowe’s Hixon is an analytics expert, a Moneyball-for-police type and he is in Lincolnshire to help bring down the crime rate, while also dealing with his troubled young daughter.

The show was created by The Hunted writer David Griffiths and then Awake creator Kyle Killen came on board with Silent Witness writers Dudi Appleton and Jim Keeble. Lowe acts as an exec producer as well as on-screen star.

He told Deadline earlier this year,
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Rob Lowe Discusses Being A Fish Out Of Water In ‘Fargo’-Esque British Cop Drama ‘Wild Bill’ As ITVS Eyes Global Sales – Mip

Rob Lowe Discusses Being A Fish Out Of Water In ‘Fargo’-Esque British Cop Drama ‘Wild Bill’ As ITVS Eyes Global Sales – Mip
Rob Lowe is enjoying being a fish out of water in British cop drama Wild Bill, which is leading ITV Studios Global Entertainment’s scripted lineup at next week’s Mip TV.

The West Wing star plays high-flying U.S. cop, Bill Hixon, who is appointed Chief Constable of the East Lincolnshire Police Force in the UK. The series is produced by 42, Shiver and Anonymous Content for ITV and launches later this year.

“The interesting sort of flavor of it was what drew me to it, it’s tone really. I love these shows, I love Fargo, Better Call Saul, I love these shows where there’s a titular hero in the middle of it, but surrounded in a world in that is very odd, very different and really authentically intense and violent, and then really really sweet and emotional and then really really funny, all at once. And it
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Jennifer Saunders and Siobhan Finneran join the cast on Netflix drama series ‘The Stranger’

  • HeyUGuys
Netflix has announced further casting for their new drama series ‘The Stranger’, a story based on Harlan Coben’s best-selling novel.

The eight-part series has cast Jennifer Saunders, Siobhan Finneran, Hannah John-Kamen, Anthony Head and Stephen Rea. Already attached to the cast are Shaun Dooley, Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones), Dervla Kirwan, and Kadiff Kirwan.

The book description reads:

Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream – a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life.

Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, Corrine, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all. Soon Adam finds himself tangled in something far darker than even Corrine’s deception, and realises that if he doesn’t make exactly the right moves,
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UKTV’s Alibi Moves Into Original Drama With Crime Thriller ‘Traces’ From ‘Happy Valley’ Producer Red

  • Deadline
UK broadcaster Alibi, which is operated by Discovery and BBC-backed UKTV, is moving into original commissioning for the first time with a Happy Valley-meets-Silent Witness-esque crime drama. Traces is produced by Happy Valley and Safe producer Red Production Company.

The drama is a six-part series written by Scott & Bailey and This Life writer Amelia Bullmore based on an original idea from crime writer Val McDermid, whose Hill/Jordan books were turned into hit crime drama Wire in the Blood.

It is the first original scripted drama for Alibi, which airs series such as Quantico and repeats of Luther. Red’s Nicola Shindler is exec producing.

Traces is set in Scotland and explores the world of Sifa, the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science. The drama follows female characters – Emma Hedges, Prof. Sarah Gordon and Prof. Kathy Torrance – who will use the rigors of forensics to uncover the
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‘War Of The Worlds’: Gabriel Byrne & Elizabeth McGovern Lead Cast In Sci-Fi Series From Canal+, Fox & Agc

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‘War Of The Worlds’: Gabriel Byrne & Elizabeth McGovern Lead Cast In Sci-Fi Series From Canal+, Fox & Agc
Gabriel Byrne (Hereditary) and Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) will lead the ensemble cast in Urban Myth Film’s TV series reimagining of classic sci-fi tale War Of The Worlds.

Also starring will be Léa Drucker (Le Bureau Des Légendes), Natasha Little (Silent Witness), Daisy Edgar Jones (Cold Feet), Stéphane Caillard (Marseille), Adel Bencherif (The Prophet) and Guillaume Gouix (The Returned) with additional casting underway.

Agc Television has joined Canal+ and Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa, as a partner on the English-language series and will co-finance and co-distribute. The partnership marks the first major co-financing deal for Agc’s TV division and the firm will distribute to the North American market and co-distribute with StudioCanal in Latin America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East. Fng Content Distribution will handle Europe and Africa (excluding French speaking territories). StudioCanal, as a shareholder of Urban Myth Films, helped put the production finance together.
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Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern Join Fox’s ‘War of the Worlds’ Series

  • Variety
Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern Join Fox’s ‘War of the Worlds’ Series
Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern have signed on for “War of the Worlds,” the upcoming adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic for Fox in Europe and Africa and Canal Plus in France. Stuart Ford’s Agc Television has also boarded the series as a finance and sales partner and will co-distribute internationally.

Byrne (“The Usual Suspects”) and McGovern (“The Wife”) will join an ensemble cast that includes Lea Drucker (“Le Bureau des Legendes”), Natasha Little (“Silent Witness”), Daisy Edgar Jones (“Cold Feet”), Stéphane Caillard (“Genius”), Adel Bencherif (“The Prophet”) and Guillaume Gouix (“The Returned”).

Studiocanal-backed producer Urban Myth Films is producing. The Fox and Canal Plus show will go up against another take on the alien invasion tale being produced by Mammoth Screen for British broadcaster ITV. That version stars Rafe Spall (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”) and Eleanor Tomlinson (“Poldark”).

The Urban Myth show sets the action in modern-day
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Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern Cast in StudioCanal's 'War of the Worlds' Series

Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern Cast in StudioCanal's 'War of the Worlds' Series
Hereditary star Gabriel Byrne and Downton Abbey actress Elizabeth McGovern will head the ensemble cast of War of the Worlds, a new television re-imagining of the H.G. Wells sci-fi classic, created by veteran British writer Howard Overman (Misfits, Atlantis).

Lea Drucker (Le Bureau des legendes), Natasha Little (Silent Witness), Daisy Edgar Jones (Cold Feet), Stephane Caillard (Genius), Adel Bencherif (The Prophet) and Guillaume Gouix (The Returned) have also signed on to star in the eight-part series, which Urban Myth Films is producing. Shooting on the series has already begun in the U.K. and France. Gilles Coulier (De Dag) and Richard Clark (Versailles) ...
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Martin Clunes Crime Drama ‘Manhunt’ Becomes ITV’s Highest-Rated New Drama Since ‘Broadchurch’ As 9M Tune In

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Martin Clunes Crime Drama ‘Manhunt’ Becomes ITV’s Highest-Rated New Drama Since ‘Broadchurch’ As 9M Tune In
British crime drama Manhunt, starring Doc Martin’s Martin Clunes, has become ITV’s highest rated new drama since the launch of Broadchurch in 2013. Is it this year’s Bodyguard?

The drama, which is produced by Buffalo Pictures and written by Ed Whitmore (Silent Witness), averaged 8.7M viewers across its three episodes, according to ITV, rising to 9M when online viewing was included. Growing from an overnight average of 6M, the catch up figures mean the show has become the most watched program of 2019 so far.

To put that into context, Bodyguard, the smash hit of 2018, opened with 6.7M live viewers with the first episode adding over 3M viewers to 10.4M after on-demand and catch-up viewers were added, making it the biggest new drama launch in the UK in ten years.

The show, which was picked up by streaming service Acorn in the U.S., stars Clunes as Detective Colin Sutton,
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ITV’s Martin Clunes Crime Drama ‘Manhunt’ Scores International Deals

  • Variety
ITV’s Martin Clunes Crime Drama ‘Manhunt’ Scores International Deals
Manhunt” has tracked down a raft of international sales, with buyers in Australia, France, and Scandinavia snapping up the U.K.-produced crime miniseries.

Doc Martin” star Martin Clunes plays detective Colin Sutton in the thriller, which is made by Clunes’ shingle Buffalo Pictures. His character leads a team investigating the horrific murder of a young woman in suburban London in the series. Based on a real-life high-profile case, the series follows the team’s attempts to find a suspect with seemingly little evidence at hand and then the efforts to ensure the prime suspect is convicted.

The three-parter opened on ITV in the U.K. on Sunday. Drg is handling international sales and has sealed deals with Network Seven in Australia and Tvnz in New Zealand. In Europe, it has been picked up by Canal Plus in Poland, France 3, Nrk in Norway, Npo in the Netherlands, and Yle in Finland.
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Exclusive Interview – Composer Danny Mulhern talks What They Had

Red Stewart chats with Danny Mulhern about What They Had

Danny Mulhern is an English composer who has been working in the film and television industries since the early-2000s. He is best known for his compositions for projects like Silent Witness, The Natural World, and What They Had.

Flickering Myth had the privilege to interview him, and I in turn had the honor to conduct it. I began by asking Mr. Mulhern about the website he has set-up for himself, which not only provides samples of his works but also links to his many social media platforms. Having spoken to another musician, Kevin Riepl, about the necessity of self-promotion in this world, I asked Danny how much he agreed with the sentiment.

“I think it’s absolutely true. I’ve tried to make my other social media channels more coherent and linked to the same aesthetic as my site,
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Film Review: Heart Blackened (2017) by Jung Ji-woo

Eighteen years after his debut feature film “Happy End”, director Jung Ji-woo reunites with actor par excellence Choi Min-sik for murder mystery/courtroom drama “Heart Blackened”, the remake of Chinese film “Silent Witness” starring superstar Aaron Kwok. “Heart Blackened” earned Best Supporting Actress nominations for both Lee Hanee and Lee Soo-kyung at the 54th Baeksang Art Awards, with the latter eventually emerging victorious.

Heart Blackened is screening at London Korean Film Festival

Yim Tae-san is the CEO of a vast empire who believes that money is the solution to all of life problems, except for his fledgling relationship with his daughter Yim Mi-ra. His relationship with her is further dented with his engagement to beautiful and much-loved singer Park Yoo-na, who just cannot seem to get Mi-ra to warm up to her, despite her best efforts. When Yoo-na is found killed in a parking lot shortly after a meeting with Mi-ra,
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Rob Lowe to Star in Crime Drama ‘Wild Bill,’ ITV Orders Miniseries

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Rob Lowe to Star in Crime Drama ‘Wild Bill,’ ITV Orders Miniseries
Rob Lowe is to star in and exec produce six-part crime drama “Wild Bill” for British broadcaster ITV. The miniseries is produced by 42, Shiver and Anonymous Content.

Lowe will play high-flying U.S. cop Bill Hixon, who is appointed chief of police in East Lincolnshire, a rural part of Eastern England.

When Hixon arrives in Boston, Lincolnshire, with his 14 year-old daughter Kelsey in tow, he’s hoping they can flee their painful recent past. But this unfamiliar, unimpressed community will force Bill to question everything about himself and leave him asking whether it’s Boston that needs Bill, or Bill that needs Boston?

The drama is the first time 42 Anonymous Content and ITV Studios label Shiver have collaborated to produce a drama series for ITV.

Wild Bill” is created by David Griffiths, Kyle Killen, and Dudi Appleton and Jim Keeble, and will be written by lead writers and showrunners Keeble and Appleton.
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Rob Lowe To Star In ITV Crime Drama ‘Wild Bill’ From Anonymous Content, 42 & Shiver

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Rob Lowe To Star In ITV Crime Drama ‘Wild Bill’ From Anonymous Content, 42 & Shiver
Rob Lowe is to star in British crime drama Wild Bill for ITV produced by Traitors and Watership Down producer 42, Maniac producer Anonymous Content and Shiver.

Lowe will play high-flying Us cop, Bill Hixon, who is appointed Chief Constable of the East Lincolnshire Police Force in the six-part series.

Wild Bill is created by David Griffiths (The Hunted), Kyle Killen (Halo) and Silent Witness writers Dudi Appleton and Jim Keeble and will be written by Keeble and Appleton, who will showrun the series.

Commissioned by Polly Hill, ITV’s Head of Drama, the show will follow Lowe’s Hixon as he lands in Lincolnshire with his 14 year-old daughter Kelsey, hoping to flee their recent painful past.

With a first class degree in Criminology, a Masters in Psychopathology and a Doctorate in Statistical Mapping, Hixon is impressively qualified to tackle the county’s crime figures with his graphs, charts, algorithms and a tapestry of digits.
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Emilia Fox: ‘What do I most dislike about my appearance? That it's scrutinised'

The actor on poems, postmortems and her favourite podcast

Born in London, the daughter of actors Edward Fox and Joanna David, Emilia Fox, 44, studied at Oxford. Since 2004, she has starred in the BBC drama Silent Witness. She is currently appearing in ITV’s Strangers. She is divorced, has one daughter and lives in London.

When were you happiest?

In my childhood, when I didn’t think about whether it was happy. It just was.
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Toronto: Saban Films Nabs ‘Romans’ With Orlando Bloom (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Saban Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to “Romans,” a drama about sexual abuse that stars Orlando Bloom. It marks one of the first distribution deals of this year’s Toronto Intl. Film Festival.

According to a logline, “‘Romans’ is the story of Malky (Bloom), a man who struggles to come to terms with the abuse he suffered by a local priest during his childhood. Now set on demolishing the church in which the abuse took place, he finds himself on the unlikely path toward forgiveness.

“Romans” is directed by Ludwig and Paul Shammasian (“The Pyramid Texts”). It co-stars Janet Montgomery (“Salem”), Charlie Creed-Miles (“Silent Witness”), Josh Myers (“I am Soldier”), and Anne Reid (“Last Tango in Halifax”). The drama is written by Geoff Thompson, who worked with the Shammasians on “The Pyramid Text.” “Romans” was produced by Jasper Graham of Dreamscape along with James Harris and Mark Lane
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Dark and Twisted Trailer For the Horror Film Await Further Instructions

We've got a trailer here's for a dark and twisted horror sci-fi thriller called Await Further Instructions that looks like it could be a fun and creepy movie. I'm not really familiar with anyone involved with the movie, but I like what I'm seeing in this first trailer.

"The story revolves around the Milgram family, who have gathered to celebrate Christmas, only to find a mysterious black substance has surrounded their house. Something monumental is clearly happening right outside their door, but what exactly – an industrial accident, a terrorist attack, nuclear war? Descending into terrified arguments, they turn on the television, desperate for any information. On screen, a message glows ominously: ‘Stay Indoors and Await Further Instructions...'"

The movie comes from director Johnny Kevorkian and it stars David Bradley, Neerja Naik, Hannah Emily Anderson (Jigsaw), David Bradley (Game of Thrones), Sam Gittins (The Smoke), Holly Weston (Howl), Kris Saddler
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Hong Kong legend Anthony Wong to star in New ITV Drama Stranger. Watch the Preview at the London BFI

Actor Anthony Wong will star in a new upcoming drama set to release next in autumn 2018 on ITV, alongside British actors John Simm and Emilia Fox (“Silent Witness”).

Set in Hong Kong and penned by screenwriting newcomers Mark Denton and Jonny Stockwood, this conspiracy thriller revolves around Professor Jonah Mulray (Simm) whose wife is killed in a car crash in Hong Kong. Not long after arriving in Hong Kong to identify the body, Mulray makes a shocking discovery about his wife and in 8 hours he will try to uncover the truth about her death with the help of Sally Porter (Fox) of the British Consulate and insider Anthony Wong.

On the 24th of July the London BFI is hosting a preview of the first two episodes + Q&A with actors John Simm, Emilia Fox and Katie Leung, and creators Mark Denton and Jonny Stockwood, chaired by ITN’s Nina Hossain.
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U.S. Remains Largest Export Market For British TV With Sales Of $441M

U.S. Remains Largest Export Market For British TV With Sales Of $441M
The U.S. remained the largest export market for British TV content with sales of £335M ($441M) across the 2016/17 year, according to a new report.

Total revenues from UK TV programming sales were estimated at £902m, according to the TV Exports report, published by British trade association Pact.

The U.S. was considerably larger than other markets with Australia, at £73M, and France, at £60M, coming in second and third.

Finished TV program sales is the major source of revenue, contributing £404M to the figures, however, sales to digital platforms has grown strongly, reaching £225M in 2016/17. Format sales contributed £37M and original commissions reached £133M, with the U.S. contributing £93M of this.

The top selling shows of the period included Sherlock, Planet Earth II, The Crown and Outlander. While Pact has annually put together export sales, given it changed its criteria this year, it’s tough to compare to previous years.
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Richard Gere, Helen McCrory, Billy Howle cast in BBC Two drama ‘MotherFatherSon’

Richard Gere, Helen McCrory, Billy Howle cast in BBC Two drama ‘MotherFatherSon’
The eight-part drama was created and written by ‘American Crime Story’ writer Tom Rob Smith.

Richard Gere has been cast in eight-part BBC Two drama MotherFatherSon, alongside Helen McCrory (the Harry Potter series) and Billy Howle (On Chesil Beach).

Gere will play self-made American media mogul Max, whose 30 year-old son Caden (Howle) runs his UK newspaper and is set to follow in his father’s footsteps. Max is estranged from his British heiress wife Kathryn (McCrory); when Caden’s self-destructive lifestyle spirals out of control, the consequences threaten both the family and Max’s business empire.

Written by American Horror Story writer Tom Rob Smith,
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Film Review: Heart Blackened (2018) by Jung Ji-woo

Heart Blackened” is a South Korean legal thriller starring Choi Min-shik and Park Shin-hye. This film is a remake of the Chinese film “Silent Witness” (2013) directed by Fei Xing. Honey Lee, who plays Park Yuna and Lee Soo-kyung as Im Mi-ra, were both nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 54th Baeksang Arts Awards.

Heart Blackened” is screening at the 19th Jeonju International Film Festival

Yim Tae-san (Choi Min-shik), a chaebol, is deeply in love with his new girlfriend, Yuna. Mi-ra, his daughter, is a spoiled club kid, and the two of them do not see eye to eye, having trouble getting along. While out drinking at a club, Mira’s friends find an online sex tape featuring Yim’s new girlfriend. The two women meet to discuss the video and Yim’s new love turns up dead and his daughter is the prime suspect. The film settles into a
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