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‘Bodyguard’ & ‘Line of Duty’ Creator Jed Mercurio To Speak At Banff World Media Festival

‘Bodyguard’ & ‘Line of Duty’ Creator Jed Mercurio To Speak At Banff World Media Festival
Bodyguard and Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio is to give a keynote session at the Banff World Media Festival in June.

The British writer and producer will take part in an exclusive In Conversation With address as the Rocky Mountains-set conference celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Mercurio will speak on Monday June 10 at the event, which runs 9-12 June at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Marking his first North American speaking engagement, he will discuss his work as a showrunner and his recent BBC drama hits. He will also touch on previous series including Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Critical, Strike Back, Bodies, The Grimleys and Cardiac Arrest.

He is the latest A-list name to take part in the Canadian event with DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg also giving a keynote speech. Katzenberg, who is currently Managing Partner of WndrCo and Chairman and Founder of Quibi, will speak on Sunday,
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Film Critics’ Gender Gap: Men Write 78 Percent of Reviews, Study Finds

  • The Wrap
A new study conducted by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and Time’s Up has found that film criticism is dominated by white men, with 78 percent of reviews from 2015 to 2017 written by male critics, and 83 percent written by white critics.

The report surveyed reviews of 300 top-grossing films from 2015 to 2017 posted on Rotten Tomatoes to assess gender and race/ethnicity of critics, including how this varies by film distributor and publication outlets.

Nearly 60,000 reviews were logged in the report, which found that nonwhite women only wrote 3.7 percent, white female critics wrote 17 percent, and nonwhite men wrote 13 percent.

Also Read: Time's Up, USC Launch Diversity Database for Critics and Entertainment Reporters

“This study reveals that the inequality we see among critics is not a one-time problem,” said Dr. Stacy L. Smith, founder and director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. “These are stable patterns that demonstrate that the conversation surrounding films and their
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Stalin’s Russia Set For TV As ‘Episodes’ Producer Hat Trick Options Simon Sebag Montefiore’s Novel ‘One Night in Winter’

Exclusive: Stalin’s Russia is set to be portrayed on the small screen after Episodes and Flack producer Hat Trick Productions optioned Simon Sebag Montefiore’s novel One Night in Winter.

The book tells the story of marriage, childhood, danger, and betrayal in Stalin’s Moscow during the bleak days after World War II.

The move is a major drama statement for Jimmy Mulville’s Hat Trick, which is best known for producing comedies, including Channel 4’s hit teen series Derry Girls, and panel shows such as Have I Got News For You. However, the company has produced scripted series such as Alison Brie-fronted Doctor Thorne, James Nesbitt’s ITV crime drama The Secret and Jed Mercurio’s medical drama Critical.

Inspired by a true story, the series is set in Moscow as the country celebrates its victory over the Nazis. However, on a nearby bridge, a teenage
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Time's Up Teaming With USC Annenberg Professor to Launch Diverse Critics Database

Time's Up Teaming With USC Annenberg Professor to Launch Diverse Critics Database
As stars and studios continue to call for more diverse film critics, Time's Up and Annenberg Inclusion Initiative director Dr. Stacy L. Smith are stepping into the fray with a new database of diverse critics and journalists.

Called Critical, the forthcoming opt-in database, open to all, aims to connect underrepresented film critics and journalists with publicists, studios, film critics associations and talent. Over 200 critics and journalists have created profiles so far after being contacted by Critical or friends who forwarded Critical's email about the initiative.

Critical, which Time's Up is calling a collaboration with studio executives,...
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‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Mad Men,’ and 7 More TV Series That Should Never Be Made Into Films

‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Mad Men,’ and 7 More TV Series That Should Never Be Made Into Films
Against all odds, good taste, and common sense, the “Baywatch” movie is washing up on multiplex shores this week. If it’s successful as anticipated, it will likely inspire a new wave of film producers hunting for TV IP. This is a plea to hold fire.

It can work, of course. “Firefly” fans long begged for a movie version of the short-lived Joss Whedon series and got one in “Serenity”; “Deadwood” aficionados are similarly holding out for a big screen version of the HBO series. “Sex and the City,” “Twin Peaks,” “The X-Files,” and “The Simpsons” have all taken a run at the feature-length route, with some very mixed results. And recent hits like “Fargo,” “Friday Night Lights,” and “Westworld” made the reverse jump from movie to series, while Justin Simien’s Sundance premiere “Dear White People” is now enjoying a healthy run as a Netflix series.

Still, that doesn
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The Best ‘Concept Episodes’ on TV, Ever — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best ‘Concept Episodes’ on TV, Ever — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best concept episode that’s been on television?

Sonia Saraiya (@soniasaraiya), Variety

I have to admit a recency bias, I guess, but “BoJack Horseman’s” “Fish Out of Water” has stuck with me in a way that no other concept episode has — a gimmick that didn’t feel gimmicky but instead desperately necessary for the forward motion of the episode. It’s not quite fair, because “Community,” for example, is comprised almost entirely of concept episodes, and it’s hard to disagree with how much “Buffy’s” “Hush” and “Once More, with Feeling” inspired other, later shows. But “Fish Out of Water” was
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Martin Phipps And Ruth Barrett Victoria Original Soundtrack Available Now

Dubois Records, in cooperation with Mammoth Screen and Masterpiece will release the Victoria – Original Soundtrack digitally on all music streaming platforms to coincide with the Us release of the television series on PBS this coming weekend. The album features the limited series’ original score by multi-bafta and Ivor Novello winning composer Martin Phipps (Woman In Gold, The Keeping Room) and Ruth Barrett (City Of Tiny Lights, Whitechapel) with vocals from the Mediaeval Baebes. Victoria was first aired on ITV in the UK on August 28, 2016.

Phipps says: “The idea was to give Victoria a dynamic voice, an explosive theme through which we could rejoice in her strength & courage. The Mediaeval Baebes were the perfect sound for this. With one foot in the classical world & one in the commercial, they gave Victoria the mixture of refinement & attitude I was after.”

Barrett says: “I started composing from episode 2, weaving in some of Martin
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Irish drama starring Andrew Scott, Cillian Murphy scores key deals

Irish drama starring Andrew Scott, Cillian Murphy scores key deals
Exclusive: Protagonist to handle sales and Element secures distribution rights to Parallel Films production backed by IFB and BFI.

The Delinquent Season, the directorial debut of Mark O’Rowe that stars Andrew Scott (Sherlock) and Cillian Murphy (The Dark Knight), has secured worldwide and UK deals.

Protagonist Pictures will handle worldwide sales for the project, a character-driven drama set in suburban Dublin, while Element Pictures Distribution will release in the UK and Ireland.

The film, supported by the Irish Film Board, RTE and the BFI, centers on two couples whose apparently solid marriages come under strain. Catherine Walker (Critical) and Eva Birthistle (Brooklyn) co-star.

Director O’Rowe is well-known for his stage plays, including Our Few and Evil Days and screenplays including Irish crime drama Intermission, starring Murphy and Colin Farrell, crime drama Perrier’s Bounty, with Murphy and Brendan Gleeson and Boy A, starring Andrew Garfield.

Murphy is a regular collaborator with O’Rowe, having starred
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First Look: Margot Robbie and Domhnall Gleeson Discover ‘Winnie The Pooh’ In Author A.A. Milne Biopic

First Look: Margot Robbie and Domhnall Gleeson Discover ‘Winnie The Pooh’ In Author A.A. Milne Biopic
Finding Neverland” turned the creation of “Peter Pan” into an Oscar-nominated drama back in 2004, and Fox Searchlight is surely hoping that’s the case for its upcoming A.A. Milne biopic. The author created the children’s classic “Winnie the Pooh,” and he’ll be the subject of the untitled drama that will also focus on the coming-of-age of Milne’s son, Christopher Robbin. Fox Searchlight has announced production is officially underway in Oxfordshire, Surrey, East Sussex and London, and some new first look photos have debuted on USA Today to mark the occasion.

Read More: Why Margot Robbie Picked ‘The Most Challenging Indie’ Imaginable For Her Next Producing Gig

Directed by Simon Curtis (“My Week With Marilyn,” “Woman In Gold”), the film stars Domnhall Gleeson as Milnes, Margot Robbie as his wife, Daphne, and Kelly McDonald as Christopher’s nanny, Robin. The young boy’s toys inspire the creation of ‘Winnie the Pooh,
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Line Of Duty series 4 to film later this year

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The fourth series of Jed Mercurio's superlative crime thriller, Line Of Duty, is planned to start filming at the end of 2016...

News that the BBC, showing excellent sense, had simultaneously commissioned a third and fourth series of Jed Mercurio's stunning Line Of Duty arrived just after the conclusion to series two. Now we've a clearer idea of the schedule plan.

World Productions has confirmed that series four is currently being written to film later this year, according to our chums at Cultbox. By our reckoning then, we might expect series four to arrive on our screens in 2017.

The two-year gap between series two and three was down to creator and writer Jed Mercurio's involvement in Sky medical drama Critical, but it looks as though the BBC crime show will have his full attention since it was confirmed that no further episodes of Critical would be made.
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Critical: Lennie James Would Have Loved to do a Second Season

Critical aired one season on Sky 1 before it was cancelled earlier this year. Lennie James, best known as Morgan from The Walking Dead, starred on the British medical drama, and he is not at all happy that the series was not given a real chance to develop and continue on for a second season. It only aired 13 episodes.

Digital Spy shared James' comments about the series.

"I would've loved to have gone back and done another series. The show is something I'm immensely proud of. I had a huge amount of fun doing it.  I think it was a show that may well have taken Sky by surprise, but I do think that it warranted being supported more by Sky, and being given the second chance, but what else am I going to say?"

James also had some criticism for
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Lennie James is not happy with Sky 1 over Critical axe: 'It deserved more support'

Sky 1 called time on medical thriller Critical earlier this year - and now star Lennie James has argued that the real-time drama was poorly served by the channel.

James - now a regular on The Walking Dead - had made time in his schedule to shoot a second series of Critical, before Sky announced the show's cancellation in the summer.

"I would've loved to have gone back and done another series," he told Digital Spy. "The show is something I'm immensely proud of. I had a huge amount of fun doing it.

"I think it was a show that may well have taken Sky by surprise, but I do think that it warranted being supported more by Sky, and being given the second chance, but what else am I going to say?"

James said that Critical - from award-winning writer Jed Mercurio - was "trying something different" and needed a different sort of promotion.
See full article at Digital Spy - TV news »

12 contenders to replace Jenna Coleman as Doctor Who's next companion

The rumours have been rife, but now we have it 100% confirmed - Jenna Coleman is leaving Doctor Who, which means the hunt is on for her replacement.

Who's fit to follow in Clara's footsteps? 12 suggestions follow - from the silly to the serious.

Jenna Coleman will star as Queen Victoria in a major new ITV drama

1. Ingrid Oliver

Unit scientist Osgood - first name as yet undisclosed - is perhaps the natural choice to replace Clara.

Smart, plucky and with a taste for adventure, she's got all the qualities one looks for in a companion - and was already eyed as a potential by the Doctor before her untimely demise ("All of time and space - something for your bucket list.").

Now that she's apparently returned from the dead, perhaps Osgood could step aboard the Tardis in series nine - providing she's not a Zygon duplicate.

2. Maisie Williams

Game of Thrones
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[Inked In Blood] New And Upcoming Comics For August 19th, 2015

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Our Take: I have joked in the past about changing the name of this column to “Sebelaworld” and at this point I’ve stopped finding that funny. I mean, it’s his fault for always writing stories that just fit perfectly into the Destroy The Brain niche but I mean I could just not talk about his books. So how about artist Jon Sawyer?
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Sky1 calls time on Critical: No second series for medical thriller

Sky1 has called time on its fast-paced medical series Critical.

Lennie James fronted the drama as the head of a major trauma unit, tasked with treating seriously-wounded patients.

Critical aired 13 episodes between February and May - pulling in a series average of 192,000 viewers - but will not be back for a second series.

"We are really proud of the acclaim Critical received and its ground-breaking achievements in the production of TV medical drama," Sky1 said in a statement. "We would like to thank Jed Mercurio, the team at Hat Trick Productions and all our cast."

The show was created by Line of Duty writer Jed Mercurio, with each episode unfolding in real time as Glen Boyle (James) and his team worked to save their latest patient.

Back in May, Kimberley Nixon - who played Dr Harry Bennett-Edwardes - told Digital Spy that there was "huge hope" for a second series of Critical.
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Daredevil, Empire and more: The 13 best TV shows of 2015 so far

Believe it or not, 2015 is half done already - and the past six months have delivered some top-notch television, much of it brand new drama, comedy and documentaries.

Picking the finest from a particularly fine crop was no easy task, but these were our rules: it had to launch in 2015, it must have aired one series / season in its entirety and it had to be a continuing series.

So no-one off pieces - e.g. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - and nothing that got the chop - sorry, Banished.

Here - in original broadcast order - are the DS Staff Picks from the year so far.

Marvel's Agent Carter - Morgan Jeffery, TV Editor

Hopes were high for Marvel's Agent Carter - not least because fans had been clamouring for a series featuring Hayley Atwell's heroine ever since her 2013 One-Shot short film.

Happily, this 8-part first season met and
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Is Critical coming back to Sky1 for a second series?

Is Critical coming back to Sky1? Series star Kimberley Nixon has confirmed there's "huge hope" for a second series.

Nixon - who plays Harry Bennett-Edwardes on the medical drama - told Digital Spy that there has been "talk" of shooting more episodes in 2016.

"I'm not sure if it's coming back for a second series," she said. "I think there's definitely a huge hope for it.

"More than anything, the set cost a fortune - so there was talk of doing another series, mainly to get their money's worth, really!"

Nixon revealed that she'd like to see her "rookie" character become tougher and more ruthless if the show were to continue.

"In the first series, Harry's such a rookie - very much the nervous new girl," she said. "But we used to joke that by series 15, she'd be [like Lennie James's character] Glen Boyle. She'd be hardened - don't f**k with her!"

Critical
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Tuesday’s best TV

  • The Guardian - TV News
A rottweiler needs help in the Dog Rescuers, celebrity anglers in The Big Fish Off and more Victorian squalor in 24 Hours In The Past. Plus: Di Viv Deering and her team go serial killer-hunting in No Offence and it’s all about the heart for Lennie James in surgical thriller Critical

Dogs in need of help, a big shaggy Alan Davies, and a load of tinkly tragi-music are a powerful combination. Yes, it’s a new series of The Dog Rescuers, which looks at the work of Rspca officers as they help neglected pets and those in need. This time around, there’s a rottweiler in trouble after becoming stranded on the mudflats of the river Dee in Merseyside. On a lighter note, an over-frisky spaniel is sent to a specialist dog trainer to see if they can calm it down. Hannah Verdier

Continue reading...
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Big Brother: Timebomb, Empire

Big Brother: Timebomb: Channel 5, 9pm

It's back - and this time with a ticking timebomb theme which promises to probe housemates' past, present and future!

Emma Willis is once more on hosting duties, introducing a new batch of housemates who'll be spending the foreseeable in a swanky '60s-style pad.

Empire: E4, 9pm

The red-hot Us drama continues - and in episode three, the Lyons get a taste of what their lives might have been like had Lucious (Terrence Howard) never hit the big time.

Meanwhile, trouble is brewing for Hakeem (Bryshere Y Gray) and Tiana (Serayah) as another woman comes between them.

Critical: Sky1, 9pm

It's the penultimate outing for Sky1's glossy, gory, high-adrenaline medical thriller starring Lennie James as trauma specialist Glen Boyle.

In episode 12, the team hits the road to treat victims of a traffic accident, while Glen makes a shock announcement.

Penny Dreadful: Sky Atlantic,
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Julian Fellowes To Adapt Anthony Trollope’s ‘Doctor Thorne’ For ITV

While Downton Abbey is preparing for its final season on the UK’s ITV, creator Julian Fellowes will be returning to the network with a new drama to begin shooting later this year. Fellowes is to adapt Anthony Trollope’s Victorian era novel Doctor Thorne as a three-part drama. Hat Trick Productions is producing with Mark Redhead (Critical) and Fellowes exec producing with Chris Kelly and Ted Childs. The story centers on Dr Thomas Thorne, who lives in the village of…
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