DICKENSIAN and RIPPER STREET soundtracks – CD Reviews

RIPPER STREET soundtrack | ©2016 Silva Screen Records

    The music of Victorian-to-Edwardian England has never been more interesting given the likes of Hans Zimmer’s SHERLOCK HOLMES, Charlie Mole’s MR. SELFRIDGE and John Lunn’s DOWNTON ABBEY. When given the spirit of such TV dream-team mash-ups like PENNY DREADFUL, the antiquated approach becomes positively hopping, especially as heard on English label Silva Screen’s releases of the BBC soundtracks to Debbie Wiseman’s DICKENSIAN and Dominik Scherrer’s RIPPER STREET, shows whose desperation-caked cobblestones ring with exciting, unbuttoned vibrancy. DICKENSIAN is turns the Marvel Universe into the Charles Dickens one as literary superheroes from such classic novels as A CHRISTMAS CAROL, GREAT EXPECTATIONS and THE OLD CURIOUSITY SHOP search for the […]Read On »

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BBC America executive Richard De Croce on DOCTOR WHO, ORPHAN BLACK and more – Exclusive Interview

Clara (Jenna Coleman), Robin (Tom Riley), and the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) in DOCTOR WHO - Series 8 - "Robot of Sherwood" | ©2014 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Adrian Rogers

BBC America’s senior vice-president of programming Richard De Croce has been with the network for nearly ten years. De Croce, who is American himself, is very upbeat about BBCA’s many recent successes, including the acclaim for and popularity of ORPHAN BLACK and the worldwide clamor for the new season of DOCTOR WHO. He’s also enthused about new series such as the science-fiction thriller INTRUDERS, currently airing Saturdays at 10 PM (just after DOCTOR WHO), and the upcoming spy thriller THE GAME. At a party thrown by BBC America for the Television Critics Association, De Croce talks about the whys and […]Read On »

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THE HONORABLE WOMAN producer Greg Brenman talks the new miniseries

Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in THE HONORABLE WOMAN | © 2014 Robert Viglasky/Sundance

In Sundance TV’s new eight-part miniseries THE HONORABLE WOMAN, Thursday nights at 10 PM, Maggie Gyllenhaal plays the title character, Nessa Stein. Written and directed by Hugo Blick, the thriller shows us Nessa, the daughter of an Israeli arms dealer who is now a baroness, working on a deal to bring fiber optic cable from Israel to the West Bank. The project is not only fraught with its own ramifications, but it brings to light many secrets from the past. Greg Brenman is the executive producer, with the BBC’s Polly Hill, of THE HONORABLE WOMAN. His previous credits include the […]Read On »

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