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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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DA VINCI’S DEMONS: Actor Tom Riley on the final season and DOCTOR WHO – Exclusive Interview

Tom Riley in DA VINCI'S DEMONS - Season 3 | ©2015 Starz

DA VINCI’S DEMONS, the brainchild of series creator David S. Goyer, begins its third and final season on Starz Saturday, October 24. Tom Riley stars as the legendary historical inventor and artist Leonardo Da Vinci, who as a young man has quite a few adventures. Season 3 sees him making some surprising new alliances as the Turks threaten Da Vinci’s native Italy. Riley, an Englishman whose work includes the films I WANT CANDY and MONROE, is in a garden at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel, where he talks about DA VINCI and more. ASSIGNMENT X: Going into Season 3, […]Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 9 Premiere – “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Witch’s Familiar”

Peter Capaldi is the Doctor and Jenna Coleman is Clara Oswald in DOCTOR WHO - Season 9 | ©2015 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Simon Ridgway

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez Writer: Steven Moffat Director: Hettie Macdonald Original Telecast: September 19th & 26th, 2014 Network: BBC America The first season of DOCTOR WHO where a new regeneration of The Doctor is introduced is always a bit of a dicey phase. The Doctor is never really who is he is going to be with his new face, and you kind of have to get around all of the more unstable parts of his personality post regeneration. Having said that I did enjoy Peter Capaldi’s first season as the new 12th Doctor. The writing wasn’t completely […]Read On »

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DOCTOR WHO: Steven Moffat gives the Season 9 scoop and talks Missy and Daleks – Interview

Peter Capaldi is the Doctor in DOCTOR WHO - Season 9 | ©2015 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Simon Ridgway

The Doctor is in again at BBC America. DOCTOR WHO, which ran on the BBC from 1963 through 1989 and was revived in 2005 by Russell T. Davies, is in the ninth season of its current version on BBC America on Saturdays at 9 PM. This is the second season for Scottish actor Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, a helpful Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey who travels through space and time in his TARDIS and regenerates into a new body (played by a new actor) whenever he’s mortally wounded. This is the fifth season for Steven Moffat as DOCTOR […]Read On »

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THE STRAIN: Actor David Bradley on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

David Bradley in THE STRAIN - Season 2 | ©2015 FX/Robert Sebree

Actor David Bradley is dancing with the kind of gusto associated with Dickensian revels. His costar on THE STRAIN, Kevin Durand, is immortalizing the action with his cell phone. It’s perfectly appropriate – this is a party thrown by Fox and FX for the Television Critics Association press tour at West Hollywood’s Soho House and there’s music blaring – but whether one is most familiar with Bradley from his STRAIN role as determined and lethal vampire hunter Abraham Setrakian, the vile Walder Frey from GAME OF THRONES, actor William Hartnell aka the First Doctor Who from AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE […]Read On »

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POLDARK: Eleanor Tomlinson on new PBS remake – exclusive interview

Eleanor Tomlinson in POLDARK | ©2015 PBS

There seems to be something about Eleanor Tomlinson that makes people think of the past. The English actress has played some contemporary characters, but she’s often cast in period pieces, including her film debut THE ILLUSIONIST, followed by the features ALICE IN WONDERLAND (Victorian England) and JACK THE GIANT SLAYER (unspecified medieval England) and the miniseries DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY (Jane Austen’s England) and THE WHITE QUEEN (the War of the Roses). Now Tomlinson is starring in the remake of POLDARK, originally dramatized by the BBC 1975-1977 from Winston Graham’s novels; the new version is adapted by Debbie Horsfield. The […]Read On »

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David Harewood on SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED – exclusive interview

SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED | © 2015 PBS

In 2012, England’s BBC4 and America’s PBS, via member station WNET New York Public Media, joined together to bring forth SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED, a series of documentaries about Shakespeare’s plays, which aired on PBS in 2013. Each segment, hosted by someone famed for their connection to the Bard’s work, was full of insights into the source and inspiration of the plays and interviews with actors, directors and other experts who had insights into the material. This year, a second season of SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED is airing on PBS. The first two segments, with Hugh Bonneville on A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and Christopher […]Read On »

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GRACEPOINT actress Jessica Lucas on the Fox series and the EVIL DEAD remake – Exclusive Interview

Jessica Lucas in GRACEPOINT - Season 1 | ©2014 Fox/Mathieu Young

In Fox’s GRACEPOINT, which has its first-season finale tonight, Thursday December 11 at 9 PM, the small California coastal town has been all but ripped apart by the murder of young Danny Solano. As in BROADCHURCH, the U.K. series that is GRACEPOINT’s source material, an out of town reporter is one of those most responsible for stirring things up, to the point where one local commits suicide due to a campaign of harassment in the press. Here, the reckless journalist is called Renee Fleming. She’s played by Jessica Lucas, who was also one of the leads in last season’s CULT […]Read On »

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GRACEPOINT actors Madalyn Horcher and Kendrick Sampson on the Fox thriller – Exclusive Interview

Madalyn Horcher and Kendrick Sampson in GRACEPOINT - Season 1 | ©2014 Fox/Ed Araquel

In Fox’s GRACEPOINT, which has its finale Thursday, December 11 at 9 PM, young Danny Solano has been murdered in the small coastal town of the title. David Tennant and Anna Gunn play, respectively, police detective Emmett Carver and police detective Ellie Miller, who are trying to find the killer. The miniseries is based on the British drama BROADCHURCH, which also starred Tennant. Madalyn Horcher plays the dead boy’s adolescent older sister Chloe Solano; her distraught parents are portrayed by Michael Pena and Virginia Kull. Kendrick Sampson plays Chloe’s adult boyfriend Dean Iverson, whose dealing in drugs may or may […]Read On »

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