Exclusive Interview: ATLANTIS star Mark Addy brings strength to Hercules

Mark Addy is Hercules in ATLANTIS | ©2013 BBC America/Nick Briggs

Most people’s mental image of Hercules from Greek mythology is of a tall, muscular, handsome demigod who can flatten tall monsters with a single punch. This would not precisely describe the Hercules played by Mark Addy in ATLANTIS, the action/adventure/fantasy now in its first season on BBCAmerica, Saturdays at 9 PM. In ATLANTIS, created by Johnny Capps, Howard Overman and Julian Murphy, we’re in the realm of the ancient Greek myths, but the legend of Hercules has been principally invented by Hercules. He teams up with a pre-Argonauts Jason (Jack Donnelly), a pre-snakes Medusa (Jemima Rooper) and a pre-mathematics-changing-theory Pythagoras […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: ATLANTIS actress Jemima Rooper channels Medusa

Jemima Rooper is Medusa in ATLANTIS | ©2013 BBC America

In ATLANTIS, now airing its first season on BBC American Saturdays at 9 PM, we’re in the days of the Greek myths. Jason (Jack Donnelly), who will eventually steal the Golden Fleece and marry Medea, is currently having adventures with mathematician Pythagoras (Robert Emms) and a tirelessly self-promoting, slightly out-of-shape Hercules (Mark Addy). We know the group’s female member by name, but aren’t used to seeing the character Medusa not as a snake-haired Gorgon, but rather with the lovely face of actress Jemima Rooper. London native Rooper has split her work between theatre (including the recorded-for-National Theatre Live production of […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: ATLANTIS creators talk new show and the end of MERLIN

Sarah Parish, Alexander Siddig and Aiysha Hart in ATLANTIS - Season 1 | ©2013 BBC America

In the fantasy/adventure series ATLANTIS, now airing its first season on BBC America Saturday nights at 9 PM, Jason (Jack Donnelly), who will one day captain the Argonauts and wed Medea, washes up on the shores of the fabled city. There Jason teams up with a rather out-of-shape Hercules (Mark Addy), mathematician Pythagoras (Robert Emms) and a not-yet-snaky Medusa (Jemima Rooper) as he tries to puzzle out his destiny. ATLANTIS executive producers/co-creators Johnny Capps and Howard Overman, who also created the BBC’s MERLIN, are present at a party thrown by BBC America for the Television Critics Association. There they talk […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 1 – “You Win or You Die”

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Ian McElhinney in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO/Nick Briggs

Stars: Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Jason Momoa, John Bradley Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s novel “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Dan Minahan Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: May 29, 2011 By the end of the GAME OF THRONES episode “You Win or You Die,” the viewer’s head is spinning, trying to figure out what’s going to happen. It looks likely […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 1 – “A Golden Crown”

Harry Lloyd in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Harry Lloyd, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Jason Momoa Writers: Jane Espenson and David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s novel “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Dan Minahan Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: May 22, 2011 World-building is a slow and tough process, but GAME OF THRONES is doing the work adroitly, balancing information about the Seven Kingdoms with the engrossing character drama. […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 1 – “The Wolf and the Lion”

Sean Bean in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Harry Lloyd, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Jason Momoa Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s novel “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Brian Kirk Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: May 15, 2011 In “The Wolf and the Lion” episode off GAME OF THRONES, we don’t actually see any of the Dothraki, but we hear a lot about them, because King Robert (Mark […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 1 – “Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things”

Ian McElhinney in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO/Nick Briggs

Stars: Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Harry Lloyd, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Jason Momoa Writer: Bryan Cogman, based on George R.R. Martin’s novel “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Brian Kirk Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: May 8, 2011 GAME OF THRONES is one of those series where we can’t wait to see what happens next, even though we more often than not have no idea what that’s going to be. In […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 1 – “Lord Snow”

Kit Harington in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO/Nick Briggs

Stars: Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Harry Lloyd, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Jason Momoa Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s novel “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Brian Kirk Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: May 1, 2011 “Lord Snow” is a set of strong scenes that lead up to big events in the future. Nothing too huge or dramatic happens here – sure, there’s a pregnancy and […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 1 – “The Kingsroad”

Emilia Clarke in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO

Stars: Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Harry Lloyd, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Jason Momoa Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s novel “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Tim Van Patten Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: April 24, 2011 GAME OF THRONES opened hell for leather in its first week, and though its second episode, “The Kingsroad,” omits the horror element of the premiere, it is very compelling […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 1 – “Winter is Coming” – Series Premiere

Sean Bean in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO

Stars: Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Harry Lloyd, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Jason Momoa Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s novel “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Tim Van Patten Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: April 17, 2011 Let’s be honest. Most opening episodes of series tend to drag just a little while we get to know everyone. Not GAME OF THRONES, which starts off with a […]Read On »

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