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BBC reveals stars of its adaptation of Normal People by Sally Rooney

Daisy Edgar-Jones to play Marianne in series directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie Macdonald

The stars of the BBC adaptation of Sally Rooney’s award-winning novel Normal People have been announced as filming gets under way in Ireland.

The coming-of-age book has been adapted as a 12-part series for the BBC and the streaming service Hulu and will be directed by the Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson and TV and theatre director Hettie Macdonald.

Related: Sally Rooney: ‘I don’t respond to authority very well’
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Rungano Nyoni among Women in Film and TV UK 2018 winners

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Rungano Nyoni among Women in Film and TV UK 2018 winners
Juliet Stevenson receives Lifetime Achievement Award.

Women in Film & TV (UK), the membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK, announced its 2018 awards today (Dec 7), with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Rungano Nyoni and Juliet Stevenson among the winners.

Actress Stevenson received the Lifetime Achievement award, presented by her Truly, Madly, Deeply co-star Michael Maloney. Stevenson’s film work includes Emma, Bend It Like Beckham and Mona Lisa Smile.

Actress, writer and director Phoebe Waller-Bridge was awarded the writing award. Waller-Bridge is best known for creating and starring in sitcoms Crashing and Fleabag, as well as writing and producing BBC drama Killing Eve.
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Juliet Stevenson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge & Jameela Jamil Score Women in Film & Television Awards

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Juliet Stevenson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge & Jameela Jamil Score Women in Film & Television Awards
Truly, Madly, Deeply star Juliet Stevenson, Fleabag and Killing Eve creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge and The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil are among the winners of the Women in Film & Television (UK) Awards.

The trio are among a number of women to be lauded at the awards, which are hosted by Sandi Toksvig and taking place on Friday lunchtime in London.

Stevenson is set to be handed the Eon Productions Lifetime Achievement Award by her Truly, Madly, Deeply co-star Michael Maloney, while Waller-Bridge is being awarded the The Screen Skills Writing Award. The ITV Studios Achievement of the Year Award is being handed to Jamil – a former British TV presenter who has now found success in the U.S. on the NBC comedy and is an active campaigner challenging the assumptions society makes about body size.

The Pinewood Studios Best Performance Award is being given to Nicola Walker, star of BBC drama The Split,
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Rungano Nyoni Win Women in Film & TV U.K. Awards

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Rungano Nyoni Win Women in Film & TV U.K. Awards
Phoebe Waller-Bridge has won the top writing award and Rungano Nyoni the newcomer accolade from influential British industry organization Women in Film & TV. Actress Juliet Stevenson, whose numerous film credits include “Truly, Madly, Deeply” and “Bend it Like Beckham,” will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at a ceremony Friday.

Waller-Bridge broke out with 2016’s “Fleabag” and this year’s cat-and-mouse drama “Killing Eve.” Nyoni is the director of “I Am Not a Witch,” a freshman feature-length film that is Britain’s submission for next year’s foreign-language Oscar.

Jameela Jamil won Wftv’s award for achievement of the year. The former presenter stars in U.S. sitcom “The Good Place” and has actively campaigned on body-image issues.

American-born documentary filmmaker and producer Norma Percy picked up the award for contribution to the medium for her work on factual projects including “Inside Obama’s White House.” The factual category was won by Deeyah Khan,
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‘Howards End’ interviews: Matthew Macfadyen, Hayley Atwell, Philippa Coulthard and more exclusive chats [Watch]

Starz is looking for an Emmy breakthrough for its four-hour adaptation of E.M. Forster‘s novel “Howards End” written by Oscar-winner Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”) and directed by Hettie Macdonald. Gold Derby recently spoke with stars Matthew Macfadyen, Hayley Atwell, and Philippa Coulthard, as well as producer Colin Callender about the limited series. Scroll down and click their names below to be taken to their full interviews.

Atwell had some mighty shoes to fill playing headstrong Margaret Schlegel: the role brought Emma Thompson the Best Actress Oscar for the 1992 Merchant Ivory adaptation. “I know Em and spoke to her about it, and she was adamant … not to watch other people’s interpretations of the work you’re about to do,” Atwell explains. “You don’t want to get lost or confused impersonating someone else.” Atwell previously earned a Golden Globe nomination for her work in “The Pillars of the Earth
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Will the Emmys continue its British love affair with Starz’s ‘Howards End’ in Best Limited Series?

Expect to see the Starz program “Howards End” reap a Best Limited Series Emmy nom on July 12, along with nominations across the board for its actors and below-the-line talent. The series debuted stateside in May, 26 years after the acclaimed 1992 film adaptation that garnered nine Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Director (James Ivory) and won three including Best Actress for Emma Thompson.

Based on the acclaimed 1910 novel by E.M. Forster, this new spin on the timeless classic was adapted by Oscar champ Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”). It stars Hayley Atwell and Philippa Coulthard as the independent and unconventional Schlegel sisters navigating their way through turn-of-the-century England, whose lives become intertwined with the wealthy Wilcox family and the working-class Bast family. The series also stars Emmy winners Julia Ormond and Tracey Ullman, alongside Matthew Macfadyen, Joseph Quinn and Alex Lawther.

See Emmys 2018 exclusive: Starz categories for ‘Outlander,’ ‘Counterpart,
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Peaky Blinders, The Handmaid’s Tale and Three Girls among the winners at BAFTA’s British Academy Television Awards 2018

The 2018 British Academy Television Awards took place in London tonight, with the BBC’s Peaky Blinders fending off competition from Line of Duty, The Crown and The End of the F***ing World to take home the top honour, Best Drama Series.

Other shows honoured on the night included The Handmaid’s Tale (Best International Show), Three Girls, Murder in Successville (Best Comedy Entertainment Programme), Murdered for Being Different (Best Single Drama) and Broken (Best Leading Actor – Sean Bean).

Check out a full list of the winners here…

Drama Series

Winner: Peaky Blinders Production Team – Caryn Mandabach Productions / Tiger Aspect Productions / BBC Two

Line Of Duty Production Team – World Productions / BBC One

The Crown Production Team – Left Bank Pictures / Netflix

The End Of The F***Ing World Production Team – Clerkenwell Films / All 4

Comedy Entertainment Programme

Winner: Murder In Successville Andy Brereton, Avril Spary, James De Frond, Laurence Rickard – Shiny Button
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Hayley Atwell on ‘Howards End,’ and Why She May Be Done with Agent Carter and Broadcast TV — Turn It On Podcast

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Hayley Atwell on ‘Howards End,’ and Why She May Be Done with Agent Carter and Broadcast TV — Turn It On Podcast
As an actress growing up in the United Kingdom, Hayley Atwell knew there were a handful of strong, compelling female characters she wanted to play: Margaret Schlegel, the lead of “Howards End,” was one of them.

“There tends to be the wish list of the kinds of characters that you hope to play one day, whether it be Lady MacBeth or Hedda Gabler or Cleopatra or these other great heroines, if it’s in a Jane Austen novel or any kind of novel,” Atwell told IndieWire’s Turn It On podcast. That included Margaret, whom she plays in the Starz limited series version of “Howards End,” adapted for TV by Kenneth Lonergan.

“I had a chance to play a fully formed, interesting woman so different to me that I had to [do it],” she said. “I would love to be more like her but it felt like a fulfilling creative challenge to bring her to life.
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Will Starz’s ‘Howards End’ limited series repeat awards success of the 1992 movie that won 3 Oscars?

Starz’s new limited series adaptation of “Howards End” is positioning itself to do very well at the 2018 Emmys, much like the 1992 film of the same name. The movie “Howards End” won three Oscars and was also nominated for Best Picture. The limited series has rave reviews and could easily rack up multiple nominations at this year’s Emmys.

Based on the novel “Howards End” by E.M. Forster, the limited series tells the story of Margaret of the bourgeoisie Schlegel family, who is bequeathed the titular country home by Ruth, an aging member of the wealthy Wilcox family, which causes an uproar between the families. Hayley Atwell is cast as Thompson’s Oscar-winning role of Margaret, while Julia Ormond plays Ruth, for which Vanessa Redgrave was nominated for an Oscar.

See‘Howards End’ reviews: Will it go from Oscars to Emmys thanks to ‘delightful,’ ‘sumptuous’ limited series on Starz?

Ormond
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‘Howards End’: Kenneth Lonergan & Hayley Atwell On The “Fresh Approach” To Classic Novel – The Contenders Emmys

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Kenneth Lonergan’s adaptation of Howards End on Starz marks the TV debut of the E.M. Forster literary masterpiece. Lonergan was joined on stage to talk about the four-part limited series directed by Hettie Macdonald at Contenders with star Hayley Atwell.

In Howards End, Atwell plays Margaret Schlegel, one of two sisters living together with their hypochondriac younger brother in Edwardian London. The two lead independent and slightly unorthodox lives. The novel was adapted for the big screen in 1992 by James Ivory, who has distinct storytelling skills.

Lonergan told moderator Joe Utichi that he was intrigued by the source material and, at the same time, had many objections — which was one of the reasons why he was “flattered” into adapting it. With his different point of view on the story, he said he didn’t think too much about Ivory’s version because the format is different. Because of that,
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Hayley Atwell on ‘Howards End’ and Getting Advice from Oscar-Winner Emma Thompson

Hayley Atwell on ‘Howards End’ and Getting Advice from Oscar-Winner Emma Thompson
Adapted from the E.M. Forster novel, written by Kenneth Lonergan and directed by Hettie Macdonald, Howards End (airing on Starz in four installments) is the story of two independent and unconventional sisters, Margaret (Hayley Atwell) and Helen Schlegel (Philippa Coulthard), trying to discover meaning in an ever-changing world. When Ruth Wilcox (Julia Ormond) dies unexpectedly, her husband Henry (Matthew Macfadyen) becomes the owner of Howards End and Margaret finds that he may be much more than she ever expected. During this 1-on-1 interview with Collider, actress Hayley Atwell talked about why she wanted to sign on …
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‘Howards End’ reviews: Will it go from Oscars to Emmys thanks to ‘delightful,’ ‘sumptuous’ limited series on Starz?

‘Howards End’ reviews: Will it go from Oscars to Emmys thanks to ‘delightful,’ ‘sumptuous’ limited series on Starz?
E.M. Forster‘s classic 1910 novel “Howards End” was most famously adapted into a 1992 Merchant Ivory film starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. It earned nine Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Director (James Ivory), and it won three including Best Actress for Thompson. That’s a tough act to follow, but now, 26 years after that film, Forster’s novel has now been adapted into a four-part limited series on Starz that is garnering its own rave reviews. It’s rated 89% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and has scored 89 on MetaCritic, indicating near-universal acclaim. So now it has the potential to be as big a hit at the Emmys as the film was at the Oscars.

The series stars Hayley Atwell in the role that won Thompson the Oscar. She plays Margaret Schlegel, who seeks love and purpose in turn-of-the-century England. It’s directed by Hettie Macdonald, a BAFTA TV Award
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TV Review: ‘Howards End’ on Starz

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If there were no Merchant Ivory film, Starz’s “Howards End” would be a more welcome adaptation. The four-part miniseries, an adaptation of E.M. Forster’s 1910 novel about class collision and national identity in turn-of-the-century England, is impeccably cast and studiously performed. But the bones of the production, adapted by prominent playwright Kenneth Lonergan and directed by Hettie Macdonald, lacks the impeccable grace and subtlety of both the earlier adaptation and the source material. Lonergan’s screenplay is so disinterested in logistics that it just skips them; especially towards the end of the four-parter, “Howards End” lets weeks, months, or years drop between scenes without even nodding to the audience. The aim is to raise the dramatic stakes, but combined with Macdonald’s lens — which knits together the story with a pleasant, too-romantic glow — what ends up happening is a messy smoothening of an intricate story. Forster’s book — a masterpiece,
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'The Crown', 'Black Mirror' lead Bafta TV nominations

'The Crown', 'Black Mirror' lead Bafta TV nominations
Line Of Duty and Three Girls also score multiple nods.

Netflix dramas The Crown and Black Mirror lead the nominations for the 2018 Baftas TV Awards.

The shows, along with the BBC’s Line Of Duty and Three Girls, have three nods each.

The Crown and Line Of Duty will compete in the best drama category with Peaky Blinders and The End Of The F***ing World.

Claire Foy is once again nominated for best actress, with her co-star Vanessa Kirby up for best supporting actress. Both have been recast (with Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter) for series 3.

Joe Cole
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'The Crown', 'Black Mirror' lead TV Bafta nominations

'The Crown', 'Black Mirror' lead TV Bafta nominations
Line Of Duty and Three Girls also score multiple nods.

Netflix dramas The Crown and Black Mirror lead the nominations for the 2018 TV Baftas.

The shows, along with the BBC’s Line Of Duty and Three Girls, have three nods each.

The Crown and Line Of Duty will compete in the best drama category with Peaky Blinders and The End Of The F***ing World.

Claire Foy is once again nominated for best actress, with her co-star Vanessa Kirby up for best supporting actress. Both have been recast (with Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter) for series 3.

Joe Cole earned
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Spring 2018 TV Preview: Shows Created By and About Women to Check Out

Killing Eve”: Sophie Mutevelian

Warmer weather, budding trees, blooming flowers — spring (fingers crossed) finally seems to be here. To make good news even better, it has arrived with a bevy of TV series and projects from and about women. The next few months will see a ton of television narratives and docs centered on, created, written, and directed by women, and we’ve assembled some of the most promising titles here for your convenience.

The season kicks off April 8 with “Killing Eve,” the new series from “Fleabag” creator/star Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The BBC America thriller, based on Luke Jennings’ “Villanelle” novellas, is about two women in a very twisted relationship: Eve (Sandra Oh), an MI5 security officer longing for excitement, and Villanelle (Jodie Comer), the serial killer she becomes fixated upon.

Several other book adaptations are making their way to the small screen this spring. Hettie Macdonald’s “Howards End
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Oscar winner Kenneth Lonergan on director's cuts, Scorsese and studio battles

The writer-director behind Manchester by the Sea and You Can Count On Me talks about his struggles with the much-delayed 2011 drama Margaret

Writing a screenplay without directing it is obviously easier than writing and directing, just because it’s less work. But it’s not as much fun, mostly because you have no real control over the end product. There are exceptions. I had a wonderful experience recently doing a four-part television adaptation of Howards End for the BBC, which was then beautifully directed by Hettie Macdonald. Nothing turns out exactly as you imagined, whether you direct your scripts or not.

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Cathy King Joins 42 As Literary Manager & Partner

Exclusive: Rory Aitken, Ben Pugh, Josh Varney and Kate Buckley’s management and production company, 42, has brought Cathy King into the fray as Literary Manager and Partner. Formerly at London’s Independent Talent Group, the respected King will continue to work with a high-profile client list at 42 that includes such names as Julian Fellowes, Abi Morgan, Chris Chibnall, Amanda Coe, Sam Bain, Jesse Armstrong, Philippa Lowthorpe, Toby Whithouse, Hettie Macdonald and…
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Cathy King Joins 42 As Literary Manager & Partner

Exclusive: Rory Aitken, Ben Pugh, Josh Varney and Kate Buckley’s management and production company, 42, has brought Cathy King into the fray as Literary Manager and Partner. Formerly at London’s Independent Talent Group, the respected King will continue to work with a high-profile client list at 42 that includes such names as Julian Fellowes, Abi Morgan, Chris Chibnall, Amanda Coe, Sam Bain, Jesse Armstrong, Philippa Lowthorpe, Toby Whithouse, Hettie Macdonald and…
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Trailer Watch: Hayley Atwell Is Proud of Her Independence in “Howards End”

Howards End”: Starz

A trailer has arrived for Hayley Atwell-starrer “Howards End.” Starz’s upcoming period drama sees the “Agent Carter” alumna playing Margaret, a young woman who lives in London with her sister Helen (Philippa Coulthard) and brother Tibby (Alex Lawther). “You are really the most peculiar girls,” Aunt Juley (Tracey Ullman) tells Margaret and Helen. She proceeds to describe Margaret as being “so independent,” and coming from her, that’s not a compliment. Juley clearly wants Margaret to rely on someone in particular — a husband.

“Since the death of their parents and despite their interfering Aunt Juley’s best intentions, the sisters lead independent and slightly unorthodox lives,” the official synopsis for the four-episode series details. “After meeting the wealthy and conservative Wilcox family on holiday, Margaret forms a friendship with the older and more traditional Ruth Wilcox (Julia Ormond). When Ruth unexpectedly dies, Margaret finds
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