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BRITBOX: Network President Soumya Sriraman on the U.S. streaming service and more – Exclusive Interview

BRITBOX Network President Soumya Sriraman | courtesy of Britbox

Launched in 2017, Britbox is a streaming service dedicated to bringing the best of BBC and ITV fare to the United States. Soumya Sriraman (first name rhymes with “home ya” and surname is pronounced Sree-rah-man), President of Britbox North America, sits down for an extensive discussion of the company that brings an enormous amount of British television to U.S. viewers. ASSIGNMENT X: What made U.K. TV networks BBC and ITV decide to join hands and create Britbox? SOUMYA SRIRAMAN: It kind of had to be done. The thing that both BBC and ITV have done for a long time is […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SAY MY NAME

SAY MY NAME movie poster | ©2019 Electric Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Lisa Brenner, Nick Blood, Celyn Jones, Mark Bonnar, Alan Cox, Peter Davison Writer: Deborah Frances-White Director: Jay Stern Distributor: Electric Entertainment Release Date: July 14, 2019 Poor Statton Taylor (Nick Blood). A piano tuner on a small island of the coast of Wales, he has a very tamped-down existence. Statton decides to cut loose one night with pretty American Mary (Lisa Brenner), who he meets in a pub. He promptly forgets her name when they’re in bed together (his mnemonic trick produces the wrong moniker). She is offended. Then their already-interrupted one-night stand in a hotel room […]Read On »

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CAMPING: Co-creator Jenni Konner on new HBO comedy series – Exclusive Interview

CAMPING - Season 1 Key Art | ©2018 HBO

HBO’s Sunday-night half-hour comedy CAMPING is based on a British series of the same name, which was created by Julia Davis. Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, who both serve as executive producers on the new edition, adapted the American version for HBO. Jennifer Garner stars as ultra-controlling Kathryn McSorley-Jodell, who plans a group camping trip to celebrate the fortieth birthday of mild-mannered husband Walt (David Tennant). The excursion brings out the worst in everyone. Konner, who was also a executive producer on HBO’s GIRLS with Dunham (the two ended their creative partnership earlier this year), directed several episodes of CAMPING, […]Read On »

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THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE: SAN FRANCISCO: Rachael Stirling on new British series – Exclusive Interview

Rachael Stirling in THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE: SAN FRANCISCO |©2018 Britbox

THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE, originally produced in the U.K. by ITV in 2012 and 2014, aired in the U.S. on PBS. Set in 1950s England, it told the story of four women who had worked together during WWII as code-breakers at the top-secret Bletchley Park facility. After the war ends, the very different characters come together to use their wartime skills to solve murders. Now the streaming service Britbox has joined forces with ITV to bring forth THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE: SAN FRANCISCO. Original BLETCHLEY CIRCLE characters Millie, played by Rachael Stirling, and Jean, played by Julie Graham, have been out of […]Read On »

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David Tennant chats about his new thriller BAD SAMARITAN – Interview

BAD SAMARITAN poster | ©2018 Electric Entertainment

In the new film thriller BAD SAMARITAN, opening nationwide on Friday, May 4, parking valet/burglar Sean, played by Robert Sheehan, tries to rescue a kidnapped woman from wealthy, techno-savvy American psychopath Cale Erendreich, portrayed by David Tennant. BAD SAMARITAN is written by Brandon Boyce and directed and executive produced by Dean Devlin. Tennant and Boyce both appeared at a press conference with Sheehan and Devlin to discuss the creepy new thriller (watch this space for exclusive interviews with the latter two). Scottish actor Tennant is beloved worldwide for playing the Tenth Doctor on DOCTOR WHO. Other recent roles have included […]Read On »

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GOTHAM: Sean Pertwee chats Season 4 and all things Alfred – Exclusive Interview

Sean Pertwee in GOTHAM - Season 4 | ©2017 Fox/Tommy Garcia

On Fox Network’s GOTHAM, now on Thursday night in its fourth season, Sean Pertwee plays Alfred Pennyworth. Alfred, as anyone who knows anything about Batman is aware, is the unquestionably loyal butler and guardian to Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), who is steadily becoming more invested in crime-fighting, though he has not yet become the Caped Crusader. GOTHAM unsurprisingly has a cult following. Pertwee came to the series already accustomed to to the concept of fandom. Not only has the London-born actor appeared in a number of projects that have developed their own admirers – the films DOG SOLDIERS, EVENT HORIZON […]Read On »

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KING CHARLES III: The late actor Tim Pigott-Smith on his final roles – Exclusive Interview

Tim Pigott-Smith in KING CHARLES III | Photo Courtesy of Robert Viglasky/Drama Republic for BBC and MASTERPIECE

Actor Tim Pigott-Smith, the subject of this interview, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 70 on April 7, 2017, a little under three months after this interview was conducted. He was at the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour in Pasadena, California, to talk about the film version of KING CHARLES III. KING CHARLES III began life as a stage play. It seems Shakespearean, dealing with the English throne and written by Mike Bartlett entirely in iambic pentameter, but in fact it deals with issues of present and future. The premise of KING CHARLES III is that Queen […]Read On »

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THE MUSKETEERS: EP Jessica Pope on Season 3 – exclusive interview

Luke Pasqualino is D'Artagnan in THE MUSKETEERS | ©2014 BBC America/Larry Horricks

Jessica Pope is one of the executive producers of THE MUSKETEERS. This latest take on Alexandre Dumas’ tale of loyalty and adventure in seventeenth-century France star Luke Pasqualino as D’Artagnan, Tom Burke as Athos, Santiago Cabrera as Aramis and Howard Charles as Porthos, with Peter Capaldi as their Season 1 adversary Cardinal Richelieu. THE MUSKETEERS debuted its first two seasons in the U.S. on BBC America, but its third and final season debuted on Hulu, where all seasons are now available. Pope (whose other credits include DALZIEL & PASCOE, THE STATE WITHIN and SENSE AND SENSIBILITY) talks about making MUSKETEERS, […]Read On »

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BEOWULF: RETURN TO THE SHIELDLANDS: David Ajala – exclusive interview

Beowulf - Season 1

In Esquire Network’s new series BEOWULF: RETURN TO THE SHIELDLANDS, Saturday nights, Kieran Bew plays the title hero. Not only does his Beowulf have to defend the legendary kingdom of Hierot against monsters and himself against the jealous prince Slean, portrayed by Ed Speleers, but he’s got to figure out how to contend with the other tribes of ancient Scandinavia. One tribe is the Vardi, led by the thane Rate, played by David Ajala. Ajala (pronounced Ah-Jah-Lah) , from London, England, has starred in the British TV series TREXX AND FLIPSIDE and the ABC Network drama BLACK BOX in the […]Read On »

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SHERLOCK: Co-creator Steven Moffat discusses Victorian-era Sherlock for new special – Interview

Benedict Cumberbatch is Sherlock Holmes in SHERLOCK: THE ABOMINABLE BRIDE | ©2015 PBS/Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films and BBC One and MASTERPIECE

Among the most successful collaborations between the United States’ PBS and England’s BBC is the series SHERLOCK, which airs in the U.S. as part of PBS’ Masterpiece Theatre. Adapted by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels and stories, SHERLOCK takes the famed detective Holmes, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and his loyal sidekick Dr. John Watson, played by Martin Freeman, and presents them as contemporary men in present-day London. Except that the current special, SHERLOCK: THE ABOMINABLE BRIDE, airing on PBS Friday, January 1, is set in the Victorian era. First at a question-and-answer session set […]Read On »

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