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BritBox Acquires ‘Line of Duty’ for North American Service

  • Variety
BritBox has acquired a raft of hit U.K. shows, such as thriller “Line of Duty” and gameshow “Pointless,” to bolster its lineup of British programs on its North American streaming service.

BritBox, a joint venture between BBC Studios and ITV, closed new deals at Mipcom on Wednesday with Kew Media Distribution and Endemol Shine International to bring more than 250 hours of content to its U.S. and Canada platform.

Jed Mercurio-scripted police thriller “Line of Duty,” starring Martin Compston, Adrian Dunbar, Vicky Mclure, Keeley Hawes, and Thandie Newton, has been a huge hit for the BBC over its five series.

Other shows included in the deal include Sky crime dramas “Thorne: Sleepyhead” and “Thorne: Scaredy Cat,” starring David Morrissey and Aidan Gillen, and “Pointless,” a popular BBC One game show.

Also included is long-running panel show “8 Out of 10 Cats” hosted by Jimmy Carr and the mystery-spy series “MI5,” starring Peter Firth,
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‘Gentleman Jack’s Sophie Rundle & ‘Line of Duty’s Martin Compston Star In BBC One Thriller ‘The Nest’

  • Deadline
‘Gentleman Jack’s Sophie Rundle & ‘Line of Duty’s Martin Compston Star In BBC One Thriller ‘The Nest’
Gentleman Jack’s Sophie Rundle and Line of Duty’s Martin Compston lead the line for BBC One’s forthcoming thriller The Nest.

The pair front the five-part drama, from Nicole Taylor, the writer of hit British drama Three Girls, alongside newcomer Mirren Mack.

Dan (Compston) and Emily (Rundle) are crazy about each other. They live in a huge house in a beautiful location just outside Glasgow and want for nothing. All that’s missing is a baby – and they’ve been trying for years. Through a chance encounter they meet Kaya (Mack), an 18-year-old from the other side of the city, whose life is as precarious at theirs is comfortable. When Kaya agrees to carry their baby, it feels like they were meant to meet, but was it really by chance? Who is Kaya and what has brought her to this couple? Can the dreams of Kaya, Emily and
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The Filmmakers Podcast #117: How to Make Indie Films w/ John Landgridge

  • Nerdly
Here’s the latest episode of the The Filmmakers Podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on the official podcast site, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

For those unfamiliar, with the series, The Filmmakers Podcast is a podcast about how to make films from micro budget indie films to bigger budget studio films and everything in-between. Our hosts Giles Alderson, Dan Richardson, Andrew Rodger and Cristian James talk how to get films made, how to actually make them and how to try not to f… it up in their very humble opinion. Guests will come on and chat about their film making experiences from directors, writers, producers, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers and distributors. They also shoot the breeze about their new films, The Dare, World of Darkness,
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Stars Unite At Soccer Aid For Unicef Gala

Soccer Aid for Unicef players including Usain Bolt, Niall Horan, Jamie Redknapp and Sir Mo Farah joined more than 250 guests for a star-studded gala tonight at the Science Museum in South Kensington, raising a staggering £425,000 to support Unicef’s vital work protecting children in danger around the world.

The superstars and footballing legends descended on London’s Science Museum for the first ever Soccer Aid for Unicef Gala, hosted by Mark Wright. The evening featured an interactive football themed reception, complete with a real grass ‘green carpet’ and walkthrough player tunnel. Guests were also treated to exclusive performances from Robbie Williams and world freestyle football sensation, Ben Nuttall.

As part of his performance, Robbie Williams announced live on stage Sir Mo Farah will be this year’s captain of the England team, much to the surprise of Sir Mo himself, who was delighted to accept the captain’s armband.

Actor
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David Harewood Addresses MPs at Soccer Aid For Unicef Parliamentary Event

This week, actor David Harewood met members of parliament at a Soccer Aid for Unicef event at the Houses of Parliament to support the Great Big Kickabout.

MPs attended the afternoon reception, which was hosted by Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon Jon Bercow, in the State Rooms. David Harewood told MPs about his recent trip to Sierra Leone, where he saw first-hand how Unicef programmes are improving child health, early childhood development and education in vulnerable communities.

David Harewood said: "I recently travelled to Sierra Leone with Unicef saw with my own eyes some of the incredible work done to help children around the world.

“I visited a baby care unit where there were babies no bigger than my hand, fighting for breath and fighting for life. The lifesaving work doctors and staff were doing there reminded me of why I play for Soccer Aid for Unicef.
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Exclusive Interview – Jack Lowden and Joe Alwyn on Mary Queen of Scots

Coinciding with the home entertainment release of Mary Queen of Scots, we’ve got an exclusive video interview with actors Jack Lowden and Joe Alwyn, who portray Lord Darnley and Robert Dudley respectively; watch the interview here…

“Mary Queen of Scots” explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan). Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie). Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion,
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Rita Ora To Perform Exclusive Half-Time Gig At Soccer Aid 2019

Critically Acclaimed singer-songwriter, fashion designer, actress and TV star Rita Ora will perform an exclusive live half time set at Soccer Aid for Unicef 2019 at Chelsea Fc’s Stamford Bridge Stadium in London on Sunday 16th June, broadcast exclusively on ITV and Stv.

The global superstar has also been named a Unicef UK Ambassador, it was announced today. Having supported Unicef UK since 2013, when she featured in the charity’s ‘No Place Like Home’ video to help raise awareness of the refugee crisis in Syria, Rita has supported numerous campaigns and performed at celebrated Unicef events including the Halloween Ball, Match for Children and the Unicef Summer Gala in Italy.

Rita also recently travelled to her native Kosovo earlier this year in support of the Soccer Aid for Unicef campaign to see how Unicef programmes are improving child health, childhood development and education in marginalised communities.

Rita made the surprise
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Martin Compston, Laura Fraser, Molly Windsor & Jennifer Spence To Star In UKTV Crime Drama ‘Traces’

Martin Compston, Laura Fraser, Molly Windsor & Jennifer Spence To Star In UKTV Crime Drama ‘Traces’
Line of Duty’s Martin Compston, Breaking Bad’s Laura Fraser, Cheat’s Molly Windsor and TravelersJennifer Spence are to star in UKTV’s crime drama Traces.

The quartet will front the six-part series, which is written by Scott & Bailey and This Life writer Amelia Bullmore and 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 marks the first original commission for UKTV’s Alibi and is produced by Happy Valley and Safe producer Red Production Company.

Laurie Brett (EastEnders), Vincent Regan (The White Princess), Michael Nardone (Shetland) and John Gordan Sinclair (Ill Behaviour) round out the cast. Directing are Rebecca Gatward (Grantchester) and Mary Nighy (Silent Witness).

Traces is set in Scotland and explores the world of Sifa, the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science. The drama follows female characters – Emma Hedges, played by Windsor,
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Line of Duty Series 5 Episode 4 Review

Eammon Jacobs reviews the fourth episode of Line of Duty series 5…

After the previous episode left viewers on a dangerous cliffhanger, we finally discover what happened when undercover copper John Corbett broke into Hastings’ estranged wife’s flat, and it’s not pretty. When Ted sees her brutal injuries, his reaction is staggered throughout the episode. Initially he’s understandably horrified, until that develops into a thirst for revenge before boiling down to simmering anger – something that DS Arnott takes the full brunt of by the end of the episode. Writer Jed Mercurio once again proves his skills at balancing emotion, character development and suspense, all in one nail-bitingly tense episode.

The team finally uncover more about John Corbett’s shady past, and it becomes apparent that his history in Northern Ireland is somehow connected to Hastings’ career before his AC-12 appointment. After he tortured Roisin, he spoke with a
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Line of Duty Series 5 Episode 3 Review

Eammon Jacobs reviews the third episode of Line of Duty series 5…

Corrupt coppers, dramatic reveals and Stephen Graham shooting at people… It’s just another day on the job for the officers of AC-12. Don’t worry, this is spoiler-free! Line of Duty series five heavily leans into the over-arching story that Jed Mercurio has been laying the groundwork for in the previous five series’. DS Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), DS Steven Arnott (Martin Compston) and Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) are in the middle of uncovering a rogue organisation of corrupt policemen across the country. These ‘bent coppers’ that Stephen Graham’s John Corbett venomously refers to them as in this episode are out to make as much money for themselves as possible by betraying their fellow officers.

We’ve been led to believe so far that the executive officer running the organisation, codenamed ‘H’, could actually be one
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BBC Cop Drama ‘Line Of Duty’, From ‘Bodyguard’s Jed Mercurio, Returns With 7.8M Viewers To Top 2019 Ratings

BBC cop drama Line of Duty has scored its highest ever opening ratings – was the Jed Mercurio-created series helped by the Bodyguard effect?

The fifth season launched with 7.8M overnight viewers on BBC One, scoring a 38% share. This trumped the 5M for its fourth season launch, which was its first since moving from BBC Two, as well as the 7.5M viewers that tuned in for last year’s finale. It hit a peak of 8M during its hour-long return.

The ratings mean that the World Productions drama currently sits as the highest rated programme across all channels in 2019 so far. It was also a hit for 16-34 viewers, making it the second highest rated show in that demo following an Fa Cup soccer game in January.

Season five of Line of Duty will air on Acorn TV in the U.S. Hulu previously premiered the show in the States
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Movie Review – The Aftermath (2019)

The Aftermath, 2019.

Directed by James Kent.

Starring Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, Jason Clarke, Flora Thiemann, Alexander Scheer, Fionn O’Shea, Frederick Preston, Anna Katharina Schimrigk, Jack Laskey, Joseph Arkley, Kate Phillips, Tom Bell, and Martin Compston.

Synopsis:

Post World War II, a British colonel and his wife are assigned to live in Hamburg during the post-war reconstruction, but tensions arise with the German who previously owned the house.

It’s easy to imagine what probably inclined director James Kent (Testament of Youth) to adapt Rhidian Brook’s book The Aftermath into a movie (the novelist also serves as one of three writers on the script in addition to Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse), as mining immediate post-World War II Germany for dramatic romance on paper seems to yield untapped potential. And while I can’t speak for the quality of the book itself, the film is as dry and dull as they come.
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‘Line Of Duty’ Season 5 New Season Air Date Revealed

The BBC has confirmed that their highly anticipated and extremely popular crime drama Line Of Duty is set to return to screens later his month. The news was announced via Twitter just yesterday.

BBC/YouTube

The fans have already called it. Confirming for the record, #LineOfDuty Series 5 starts on Sunday 31st March on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.@Vicky_McClure @martin_compston @StephenGraham73 @Jed_Mercurio @RochendaSandall pic.twitter.com/oNpYNfQ0nU

— BBC One (@BBCOne) March 18, 2019

Line Of Duty is about the investigations of AC-12, a controversial police anticorruption unit.

Jed Mercurio is the man behind the award-winning drama, which will return to BBC One on March 31st – that’s in just a couple of weeks’ time! Stephen Graham is the new addition to the cast, which also includes Vicky McClure, Martin Compston, Adrian Dunbar, Maneet Bindra, Polly Walker, Andrea Irvine, and Aiysha Hart.

The new series will be made up of six episodes,
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Movie Review – The Aftermath (2019)

The Aftermath, 2019.

Directed by James Kent.

Starring Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, Jason Clarke, Jannik Schümann, Kate Phillips, and Martin Compston.

Synopsis:

Post World War II, a British colonel and his wife are assigned to live in Hamburg during the post-war reconstruction, but tensions arise with the German who previously owned the house.

The Aftermath presents itself in the trailers as a stereotypical period romance involving a fractured husband and wife relationship and temptation arising from an attractive forbidden presence in the house. What it actually is, is an examination of grief and the different coping strategies people use to deal with their pain. Whilst at times it’s slightly cheesy and clumsily handled, The Aftermath is an interesting but flawed film.

Rachael (Knightley) arrives in Hamburg to live with her husband (Clarke) who has been off fighting the war and has to stay to help with the reconstruction. They’re
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Movie Review – The Aftermath (2019)

The Aftermath, 2019.

Directed by James Kent.

Starring Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, Jason Clarke, Jannik Schümann, Kate Phillips and Martin Compston.

Synopsis:

It’s 1946 in postwar Germany, a country bruised by the fallout of Hitler’s regime, and into this world arrives Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley), to be reunited with her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke). While he’s rebuilding the decimated city of Hamburg, she is left at home in an uncomfortable houseshare with a German widower (Alexander Skarsgård) and his troubled daughter.

The ingredients were in place for this WWII romance to deliver a layered, fractious, and sexy dangerous liaison; a geopolitical backdrop, a brooding man about the house tryst, and a tragic backstory for each of the main players.

Sadly, once the pieces are in place, The Aftermath plays out like the plot of a charity shop novella that your Gran picked up in search of some mild titillation.
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Film Review: Keira Knightley in ‘The Aftermath’

  • Variety
Film Review: Keira Knightley in ‘The Aftermath’
Less widely seen (and acclaimed) than it deserved to be, James Kent’s debut feature “Testament of Youth” was one of the great recent love-in-wartime dramas, translating the intimate romance and sprawling human tragedy of Vera Brittain’s Wwi memoir with a grace and heft worthy of its David Lean allusions. Four years on, it’s not hard to see why Kent was enlisted for “The Aftermath,” which aims for a similar old-school blend of stiff-upper-lipped heartbreak and grand classical sweep amid the ruins of another world war — albeit from material a bit thinner than Brittain’s. Paring Rhidian Brook’s 2013 bestseller down to a straightforward love triangle between Keira Knightley and Jason Clarke’s troubled English married couple and the dreamy German widower (Alexander Skarsgård) whose house they’ve requisitioned in postwar Hamburg, Kent’s film settles efficiently but less enthralingly into rainy-afternoon soap territory.

The result is attractive and diverting,
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‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, David Tennant, Guy Pearce, Maria Dragus, Eileen O’Higgins, Liah O’Prey, Izuka Hoyle, Brendan Coyle, Martin Compston, Gemma Chan, Ismael Cruz Córdova | Written by Beau Willimon | Directed by Josie Rourke

Mary Queen of Scots, directed by Josie Rourke, is a remake/retelling of the 1971 film of the same name Mary, Queen of Scots directed by Charles Jarrott. Rourke’s film stars two heavyweight leading actress titans of their craft in Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, as opposing queens Mary Stuart and Queen Elizabeth I battling out for the reign. This twenty-nineteen rendition is a highly intense scorcher of deliberating venomous proposal and political promise. Wrapped in a deeply controversial and disputed historical subject matter with questionable accuracy that thankfully doesn’t derail an otherwise immersive film.

Josie Rourke’s film looks and sounds stunning. Courtesy of the score from composer
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'The Killing' star Sofie Gråbøl joins UK thriller 'Tripwire' (exclusive)

Moviehouse Entertainment handling title at Efm.

Danish actress Sofie Gråbøl, most recognised for playing Sarah Lund in crime series The Killing, has boarded the cast of Adrian Mead’s UK thriller Tripwire.

Gråbøl will star alongside Martin Compston and Stephen Graham in the film, which Moviehouse Entertainment is presenting to buyers at the European Film Market (Efm) in Berlin this week.

Mark Vennis of Moviehouse is also producing the title with Clare Kerr of MeadKerr Films.

Set in Bosnia in 1994, Tripwire follows a small, closely knit squad of British soldiers out on a routine patrol. Lured into a booby-trapped farmyard

Exclusive: Joe Alwyn, Jack Lowden, Jodie Rourke and more talk Mary Queen of Scots

  • HeyUGuys
To celebrate the release of the acclaimed historical drama Mary Queen on Scots later this month, we sat down with many of the cast and the film’s director to dissect and chat about it.

The film charts the life of Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) who became Queen of France at aged 16 before returning to Scotland to reclaim her throne. However, both Scotland and England are under the rule of Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) and soon the two become rivals for the throne. Here, we chat to some of the male cast who surround the two leads: Martin Compston, Adrian Lester, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn and James McArdle make up some of those who both advise the two as they become closer and closer to war.

In addition, we chatted to director Josie Rourke, who makes her directorial feature debut with the film and discuss the challenges in bringing it to the screen,
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Mary Queen of Scots | Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, David Tennant, Joe Alwyn | Premiere Interviews

A Regal period drama with buckets of intrigue came to the capital yesterday evening with the premiere of Josie Rourke’s Mary Queen of Scots. Those attending the premiere were Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Gemma Chan, Martin Compston, Adrian Lester, James Mcardle, David Tennant, Guy Pearce and director Josie Rourke.

The event was held at the Cineworld Leicester Square and the red carpet was rolled out for the new royal film, adapted by House of CardsBeau Willimon from John Guy’s book ‘Queen of the Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart’.

Ronan talked about her delight and surprise at being offered such a challenging leading role. She spoke of the friendship on set and how much she relied on the Scottish members of the cast and crew. Harley Quinn actress Margot Robbie talks about the intimacy between the two lead characters. Jack Lowden opened
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