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Deadwater Fell review – it's the new Broadchurch ... but more irresistible

David Tennant stars in this moving, compelling crime drama as a doctor who becomes prime suspect when his wife and children die in a fire

Deadwater Fell (Channel 4) is basically Broadchurch in Scotland. David Tennant is a doctor rather than a policeman, and at the centre of a crime rather than investigating it, and he’s letting his freckles show, but switch your mind to its Broadchurch setting and you will not be disappointed. You may even rejoice that, possibly alone among all things in this bleak and benighted year of no apparent Lord at all 2020, the Tennant TV imprimatur continues to deliver what we need. And, I hope, in a way that also continues to fund his theatrical career to deliver what he needs in the way of more creative challenges. I seek win-win situations these days with the mad desperation of a starving pig snouting for truffles in a barren landscape.
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From ‘Devils’ to ‘Sanditon,’ The Next Global Hits are Coming to Mipcom

  • Variety
From ‘Devils’ to ‘Sanditon,’ The Next Global Hits are Coming to Mipcom
The “Downton Abbey” effect will be felt at Mipcom, with one of the stars of the show in town to launch her new project, an ITV-Masterpiece period drama, while a number of lavish historical series ready to take the international stage. Buyers looking for thrillers or edgy contemporary dramas will also be in luck, and several shows take on the exploration of race, community or other social issues, often with complex female characters at the fore.

As the annual market gets underway, Variety breaks down the dozen must-see series from all over the world.

The Accident

Producer: The Forge

Broadcaster: Channel 4 (U.K.), Hulu (U.S.)

Distributor: All3Media Intl.

“The Accident” is the third installment of Jack Thorne’s trilogy for Channel 4 and Hulu after “National Treasure” and “Kiri.” In the new show, a large building project offers the people of a forgotten Welsh town hope, but
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Newcomer Nicholas Ralph Cast as Lead in ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ Remake

  • The Wrap
Newcomer Nicholas Ralph Cast as Lead in ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ Remake
Nicolas Ralph will make his television debut playing the lead in the remake of the popular British series “All Creatures Great and Small.” Ralph will play James Herriot, a handsome and compassionate veterinarian who brings his practice to the country. Christopher Timothy portrayed Herriot in the original series, which ran for seven seasons and 90 episodes from 1977 to 1990 on BBC1 and PBS.

This latest adaptation of best-selling author James Herriot’s cherished collection of stories is written by Ben Vanstone (The Last Kingdom) and directed by Brian Percival (“Downton Abbey”).

Samuel West joins as Siegfried Farnon, the wonderfully eccentric veterinary surgeon and proprietor of Skeldale House who reluctantly hires the recently qualifiedHerriot into his rural practice. Mrs. Hall, the resident housekeeper and matriarch of Skeldale House will be played by Anna Madeley. Siegfried’s errant and charismatic younger brother, Tristan, will be played by Callum Woodhouse (“The Durrells in Corfu”). Rachel Shenton
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‘The Good Fight’s Cush Jumbo & ‘Good Omens’ David Tennant Star In C4 Crime Drama ‘Deadwater Fell’

‘The Good Fight’s Cush Jumbo & ‘Good Omens’ David Tennant Star In C4 Crime Drama ‘Deadwater Fell’
The Good Fight’s Cush Jumbo and Good OmensDavid Tennant are to star in Channel 4 crime drama Deadwater Fell (w/t).

The pair are leading the cast of the Kudos-produced four-part series alongside Patrick Melrose and The Crown star Anna Madeley and The Terror’s Matthew McNulty.

The series is as much of an exploration of the anatomy of a terrible crime as it is a forensic dissection of two relationships. Tennant, who starred in Kudos’ Broadchurch, stars as admired local doctor Tom Kendrick, while Madeley plays his loving wife Kate, a primary school teacher. Kate works with her best friend Jess Milner, played by Jumbo, who used to be a bit of an outsider. But when she met Steve, played by McNulty, six years ago, she quickly moved to the small, Scottish community of Kirkdarroch and made a home with him. She helps him look after his
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Patrick Melrose: Season Two Talks Underway for Sky Atlantic and Showtime Series

Is Patrick Melrose pulling a Big Little Lies? Deadline reports there are talks to bring the Showtime and Sky Atlantic TV show back for a second season.

Based on the novels by Edward St Aubyn, the drama series stars Benedict Cumberbatch as a wealthy, damaged man and follows him from his dreadful childhood, through his adult struggles with substance abuse, and later quest for recovery. The cast also includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hugo Weaving, Blythe Danner, Allison Williams, Anna Madeley, Pip Torrens, Jessica Raine, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Holliday Grainger, Indira Varma, and Celia Imrie.

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‘Patrick Melrose’ Season 2 in ‘the Exploratory Phase’ at Showtime

‘Patrick Melrose’ Season 2 in ‘the Exploratory Phase’ at Showtime
Showtime’s limited series “Patrick Melrose” may not be so limited anymore. The network is in early discussions to bring the Benedict Cumberbatch-led series back for a second season.

“It is very early in the exploratory phase, but Showtime would love the opportunity to work with Benedict, Edward, David, Teddy and the series’ producers again,” a Showtime spokesperson told TheWrap.

Based on the Patrick Melrose series of semi-autobiographical novels written by Edward St. Aubyn, “Patrick Melrose” is an acerbic and fearless look at the protagonist’s harrowing odyssey from a deeply traumatic childhood to his remarkable survival as an adult, per Showtime’s description.

Each episode was devoted to one of St. Aubyn’s five novels, so a second season would not be based on any prior source material.

Cumberbatch, who also executive produces the miniseries, plays
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‘Patrick Melrose’: Creative Team In Talks To Bring Back Limited Series For Second Season

‘Patrick Melrose’: Creative Team In Talks To Bring Back Limited Series For Second Season
Exclusive: The creative team behind Patrick Melrose, the BAFTA-winning Benedict Cumberbatch-fronted drama, are in active discussions about bringing the limited series back for more episodes.

Patrick Melrose was originally set up as a five-episode order with each episode of the show based on one of Edward St Aubyn’s novels. Although all of the novels were used for the David Nicholls-penned adaptation, Deadline understands that Cumberbatch and the producers are looking at ways to carry on the story.

The series, which was directed by Edward Berger and produced by Michael Jackson’s Two Cities Television, Little Island Productions and Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch, aired on Showtime in the U.S. and Sky Atlantic in the UK in May 2018. Rachael Horovitz and Michael Jackson are lead exec producers alongside Cumberbatch, Adam Ackland and Helen Flint.

Horovitz and Jackson said, “Our collective passion for Teddy’s novels and the joyful experience
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Movie Review – The Mercy (2018)

The Mercy, 2018.

Directed by James Marsh.

Starring Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Jonathan Bailey, Ken Stott, Eleanor Stagg, Finn Elliot, Kit Connor, Oliver Maltman, Mark Gatiss, Simon McBurney, Sam Hoare, Avye Leventis, Andrew Buchan, Anna Madeley, Adrian Schiller, Simon Chandler, Genevieve Gaunt, Alexia Traverse-Healy, Dorothy Atkinson, Sebastian Armesto, and Martin Marquez.

Synopsis:

The incredible story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his solo attempt to circumnavigate the globe. The struggles he confronted on the journey while his family awaited his return is one of the most enduring mysteries of recent times.

If the first act of The Mercy feels somewhat rushed, that’s because director James Marsh is more interested in the psychological effects of failing an extremely ambitious goal. Having made Man on Wire (the outstanding documentary detailing the before and after of Philippe Petit’s insane tightrope walk between New York skyscrapers), it’s clear that the
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The Nutcracker And The Four Realms – Review

Mackenzie Foy is Clara and Jayden Fowara Knight is Phillip in Disney’s The Nutcracker And The Four Realms.

Tchaikovsky’s classic The Nutcracker Ballet is a perennial holiday favorite, particularly for little girls for whom visions of sugarplum fairy ballerinas dance in their heads. With Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music, Hoffman’s magical Christmas fantasy story, The Nutcracker seems a natural for Disney.

Best of all, The Nutcracker And The Four Realms features dancing by prima ballerina star Misty Copeland, the first African American principle dancer with the American Ballet Theater, With Copeland in the cast, Nutcracker fans can’t be blamed for expecting something like a lush big screen version of the holiday-favorite ballet. But The Nutcracker And The Four Realms is a far different story, with much less of Misty Copeland’s thrilling dancing and much less of Tchaikovsky’s famous music than one would expect or hope.
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Film Review: ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’
Conceived just a smidge over two centuries ago, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 short story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” has been told and retold so many times over the years — as a ballet by Tchaikovsky, as a novel by Dumas, as a Christmas cartoon by Barbie — that we can reasonably conclude there’s no one right way to reinterpret the beloved classic. That said, there are certainly wrong answers, and Disney’s dazzlingly hollow, superficially PC live-action adaptation, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” veers dangerously close to blowing it, squandering a talented cast and some of the most spectacular design work this side of “My Fair Lady” on a version with precious little dance and even less chemistry.

Conceptually speaking, who better than Disney to make a definitive big-screen version of “The Nutcracker”? And yet, both the film’s title and the peculiar circumstances that led co-helmers Lasse Hallström
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Patrick Melrose: Has the Showtime TV Series Been Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two?

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Has Patrick overcome his past? Is the Patrick Melrose TV show cancelled or renewed for a second season on Showtime? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Patrick Melrose, season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  

What's This TV Show About?

A Showtime drama, based on the semi-autobiographical novel series from Edward St. Aubyn, Patrick Melrose stars Cumberbatch in the title role. The cast also includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hugo Weaving, Blythe Danner, Allison Williams, Anna Madeley, Pip Torrens, Jessica Raine, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Holliday Grainger, Indira Varma, and Celia Imrie. The story is the study of a wealthy, damaged man. It follows him from his dreadful childhood, through his adult struggles
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Movie Review – The Little Stranger (2018)

The Little Stranger, 2018.

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson.

Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter, Liv Hill, Josh Dylan, Camilla Arfwedson, Anna Madeley, Kate Phillips, Lorne MacFadyen, Amy Marston, Kathryn O’Reilly, Dixie Egerickx, Tipper Seifert-Cleveland, Sarah Crowden, Oliver Zetterström, Archie Bradfield, Peter Ormond, and Charlotte Rampling.

Synopsis:

After a doctor is called to visit a crumbling manor, strange things begin to occur.

Never trust doctors. That seems to be the main takeaway from The Little Stranger (Room director Lenny Abrahamson following up that devastatingly emotional journey with a 20th-century England-based tale of a Gothic mansion that may or may not be haunted by a malevolent force), which follows a respected country doctor (Domhnall Gleeson’s second collaboration with the filmmaker) and his complicated relationship with the once flourishing manor known as Hundreds Hall (alongside his childhood fascination and connection to the building) as well as its remaining owners and inhabitants.
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Domhnall Gleeson Gets Spooked in First Trailer for Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘The Little Stranger’

“The first time I saw Hundreds Hall was July 1919. Nothing could’ve prepared me for the spell it cast when I saw the house again thirty years later.”

These chilling opening lines set the mysterious tone in the first trailer for their newest gothic horror picture The Little Stranger. Eerily speaking here is Dr. Faraday (played by Domhnall Gleeson) who, after being called to treat a patient, must return to Hundreds Hall – the supposed haunted house of this haunted house tale. Dr. Faraday soon meets the inhabitants of the manor and is quickly thrown into a terrifying descent as the family’s dark secrets reveal themselves.

The Little Stranger is directed by Academy Award-nominated Lenny Abrahamson (Room) and is scripted by BAFTA-nominated Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl). Coxon’s screenplay is adapted from Sarah Waters’ novel of the same title. Waters is recently known for her novel Fingersmith, which was
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First Trailer for 'The Little Stranger' from Director Lenny Abrahamson

"There's something evil in this house..." Focus Features has debuted the first official trailer for The Little Stranger, the latest film from director Lenny Abrahamson. This suspense horror is set in the 1940s, where a country doctor encounters a family "haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life." The film definitely has a creepy vibe to it, but this trailer plays more like a period-piece mystery thriller. Domhnall Gleeson stars as Dr. Faraday (with an impressive mustache to boot), and the full cast includes Ruth Wilson, Charlotte Rampling, Will Poulter, Anna Madeley, Kate Phillips, Josh Dylan, Camilla Arfwedson, and Amy Marston. I dig how luscious and detailed the whole film looks, from the scenery and sets to the cinematography by Dp Ole Bratt Birkeland, and the lovely music. I'm not that frightened by anything in this trailer, but I'm very curious about it and I want to see more.
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Patrick Melrose: Season One Ratings

Every network longs for hit shows, even paid-subscription cable channels like Showtime. Aside from his successful feature film career, Benedict Cumberbatch has also been able to lure sizable audiences to PBS for Sherlock. Can he reel them in for Showtime's new Patrick Melrose TV show and score in the Nielsen ratings race? Will Patrick Melrose be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. A Showtime drama, based on the semi-autobiographical novel series from Edward St. Aubyn, Patrick Melrose stars Cumberbatch in the title role. The cast also includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hugo Weaving, Blythe Danner, Allison Williams, Anna Madeley, Pip Torrens, Jessica Raine, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Holliday Grainger, Indira Varma, and Celia Imrie. The story is the study of a wealthy, damaged man. It follows him from his dreadful childhood, through his adult struggles with substance abuse, and later quest for recovery.
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Patrick Melrose: Season One: Viewer Votes

Is Patrick Melrose's road to recovery rocky or smooth during the first season of the Patrick Melrose TV show on Showtime? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether a TV show is cancelled or renewed for season two. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustration when their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we'd like to offer you the chance to rate all of the Patrick Melrose season one episodes below. A Showtime drama, based on the semi-autobiographical novel series from Edward St. Aubyn, Patrick Melrose stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. The cast also includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hugo Weaving, Blythe Danner, Allison Williams, Anna Madeley,
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Emmys 2018 exclusive: Showtime categories for ‘Patrick Melrose,’ ‘Smilf,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ and more

Emmys 2018 exclusive: Showtime categories for ‘Patrick Melrose,’ ‘Smilf,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ and more
In a Gold Derby exclusive, we have learned the category placements of the key Emmy Awards contenders for Showtime. For this season, the premium network has newcomers “The Chi” (Jason Mitchell) and “Smilf” (Frankie Shaw), returning Emmy contenders “Homeland” (Claire Danes) and “Shameless” (William H. Macy) and limited series “Patrick Melrose” (Benedict Cumberbatch) and “Twin Peaks” (Kyle MacLachlan) as part of their 2018 campaign.

Below, the list of Showtime lead, supporting and guest submissions for their comedy, drama and limited series. More names might be added by the network on the final Emmy ballot. Also note that performers not included on this list may well be submitted by their personal reps.

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“Billions”

Drama Series

Drama Actor – Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis

Drama Supporting Actress – Malin Akerman, Condola Rashad, Maggie Siff
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Patrick Melrose

Network: Showtime. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: May 12, 2018 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hugo Weaving, Blythe Danner, Allison Williams, Anna Madeley, Pip Torrens, Jessica Raine, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Holliday Grainger, Indira Varma, and Celia Imrie. TV show description: A drama, based on the semi-autobiographical novel series from Edward St. Aubyn, the Patrick Melrose TV show is the study of a wealthy, damaged man, Patrick Melrose (Cumberbatch). The story follows him from his dreadful childhood, and his adult struggles with substance abuse and later quest for recoveryAt first, Melrose appears to be nothing more than a pleasure-seeking rover. Money seems to be no
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‘Patrick Melrose’ Bosses on the Journey to Showtime Limited Series, Telling a Tale of Abuse and Class

  • Variety
‘Patrick Melrose’ Bosses on the Journey to Showtime Limited Series, Telling a Tale of Abuse and Class
Class, privilege, wealth, abuse, recovery, drugs, drugs and more drugs. Showtime’s foray into scripted Saturday night series with the debut of “Patrick Melrose” has it all, including Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character.

Not that it was an easy road getting there.

The five-part miniseries is based on the semi-autobiographical novels from Edward St. Aubyn, and finally comes to television after spending half a decade in development. Not only was the task of translating St. Aubyn’s notoriously beautiful prose to the small screen a massive undertaking, but finding the right vehicle in which to tell the best-selling saga with a cult-like following was important in order to nail the numerous themes and overall tone from the books.

“Although now hopefully it feels like it was meant to be, when we started off on the journey it was actually very difficult,” co-showrunner Michael Jackson tells Variety. “We cycled through
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Patrick Melrose: Showtime Releases Poster and Video for New Benedict Cumberbatch Series

Who is Patrick Melrose? Showtime has just released a new poster and teaser for their upcoming TV show starring Benedict Cumberbatch.ased on the novels by Edward St. Aubyn, the miniseries “skewers the upper class as it tracks the protagonist’s harrowing odyssey from a deeply traumatic childhood through adult substance abuse and, ultimately, toward recovery.” The cast also includes Blythe Danner, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hugo Weaving, Anna Madeley, and Allison Williams.Read More…
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