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  1. I searched and did not find, but this is a show I suspect some of us will be interested in. Not to be confused with the adaptation from a few years back starring Stephen Mangan. IMDB page.
  2. Broadchurch is a BBC series about the effect a boy's death has on a small Scottish town. It stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman. Arthur Darvill (Rory on Doctor Who) and Jodie Whittaker (Sam in Attack the Block) have supporting roles. The series aired in England this Spring, and BBC America has started showing it this month. They put the first episode on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpDwKZbBoXM&feature=youtu.be
  3. BBC Two: Witnessing her father’s assassination at the hands of the armed wing of the PLO as a small child has left an indelible mark on Nessa Stein. An Anglo-Israeli businesswoman who now heads up the Stein Company and all its philanthropic output, she took her father’s former arms company and has inverted its purpose – providing high-speed data cabling across the Middle East in an effort to remove barriers, increase learning & knowledge and table peace in an area that has only ever known conflict. Recently ennobled in the House of Lords, Baroness Stein is as fearless as she is compassionate; as wise as she is determined and works tirelessly to promote her company’s work. However, she also harbours a dark secret from her time held hostage in Gaza eight years previously that threatens to blow apart her world and all that she has fought for, as she is forced to confront the demons from her past amidst a high profile game of political cat and mouse, played out on the world’s stage. TVbytheNumbers: Internationally Renowned Cast Stars in Hugo Blick's Fast-Paced Thriller Including Stephen Rea, Janet McTeer, Lindsay Duncan, Andrew Buchan and more New York, May, 12, 2014 – SundanceTV announced today that “The Honorable Woman,” starring Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart, The Dark Knight, Secretary), will premiere Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT. “The Honorable Woman” is a fast paced, labyrinthine thriller set against an international political backdrop of paranoia and espionage. The eight-part miniseries is written and directed by BAFTA Award winner Hugo Blick (The Shadow Line) and follows one woman’s personal journey from London’s Whitehall and MI6 to the CIA in Washington to the Middle East to right the wrongs of her family’s past. The Hollywood Reporter touted Blick’s gripping drama as one of this summer's "Hottest New Fiction Shows.” “SundanceTV is proud to welcome 'The Honorable Woman,' an utterly spellbinding drama, to our growing portfolio of innovative miniseries,” remarked SundanceTV President Sarah Barnett. “These television events take big creative risks, thanks to the stellar talent driving them. ‘The Honorable Woman’ follows in the footsteps of our award-winning miniseries 'Top of the Lake.' Maggie's remarkable performance blew us all away." “The Honorable Woman” follows Nessa Stein (Gyllenhaal), whose father was a Zionist arms procurer; as children, she and her brother witness his assassination. Years later, after inheriting her father’s company, she dramatically inverts its purpose from supplying arms to laying high-spec data cabling networks between Israel and the West Bank. Now in her thirties, her sudden appointment to the House of Lords, apparently due to her tireless promotion of projects for reconciliation between the Israelis and Palestinians, creates an international political maelstrom. Joining Gyllenhaal is a top international cast including: Academy Award nominee Stephen Rea (“The Shadow Line,” “Father & Son,” V for Vendetta); Oscar and Tony Award nominee Janet McTeer (“Damages,” Albert Nobbs); Lindsay Duncan (“The Hollow Crown,” “White Heat”); Andrew Buchan (“Broadchurch,” “Garrow’s Law,” “The Fixer”); BAFTA Award nominee Katherine Parkinson (“The IT Crowd,” “Sherlock”); Eve Best ("Nurse Jackie," The King’s Speech); Lubna Azbal (Incendies, Occupation, Paradise Now, Body of Lies); Tobias Menzies (“Game of Thrones,” “Rome,” “The Shadow Line”); Igal Naor (300: Rise Of An Empire, Green Zone) and more ...
  4. (A&F links to The Hours (2002), The Reader (2008) and Turks & Caicos (2014).) Shadows on the Wall: Exceptional acting and a smart script add spice to what's otherwise a fairly low-key political thriller that feels somewhat dated in its subject matter. But the strong personal drama makes it worth a look. As does the "don't trust the government" theme ... For his film-directing debut, writer Hare digs beneath headlines about secret prisons and torture, asking who knew that they existed while exploring the mutual mistrust between politicians and the public. While most filmmakers would ramp this up with grisly assassinations, explosive car chases and lots of things going bang in the dark, Hare deliberately remains in the real world. These are people who solve their problems using their brains and only resort to violence when everything else fails. While this slow-burn approach may annoy multiplex audiences (indeed, the film debuts on TV in the UK), it's a joy to watch for thinking filmgoers ... The New Republic: Some of the color photography, by Martin Ruhe, is exquisite but sinister—there’s a bruised sky against college masonry in Cambridge that escapes the usual proviso that television cannot be “beautiful” without seeming picturesque. The subject matter turns on such large issues as security, intelligence, Intelligence, honor, and love. The cast is so daunting it makes you keep an open mind about which characters are not to be trusted. What are Marthe Keller, Alice Krige and Judy Davis doing there unless they’re up to no good? In short, can you trust anyone, especially someone you’ve fallen in love with? And then there’s the fact that Page Eight is written and directed by David Hare, whose busy life in theatre and doing the movie scripts for important films and other directors (Damage, The Hours, The Reader), should not make us forget that in the 1980s he wrote and directed three exceptional, small movies, Wetherby, Strapless, and Paris By Night ... Now on Netflix instant streaming.
  5. (A&F links to The Hours (2002), The Reader (2008) and Page Eight (2011).) TVWise: ... set to premiere on Thursday March 20th at 9pm. Written and directed by David Hare, Turks & Caicos follows Johnny Worricker who, having walked out of his job at MI5, goes to the airport apparently to choose his destination at random. But his presence on the obscure islands of Turks & Caicos brings him a new problem: he is being forced by the CIA to deal with a group of ambiguous Americans who are on the islands for a high-level conference on the world financial crisis. At the same time, an old girlfriend, Margot Tyrrell, is being asked to betray her boss in London in order to establish an illicit connection between the prime minister and dark goings-on in the war on terror. The film is produced by Carnival Films in association with Heyday Films & Runaway Fridge Films and stars Bill Nighy, Christopher Walken, Winona Ryder, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Ewen Bremner, James Naughton, Dylan Baker and Zach Grenier.
  6. So I've never been a fan of any of shows from Starz. What I saw of Spartacus was laughably bad and pornographic in ways that even HBO avoids. The opening episodes of Magic City were boring, lurid and derivative. Both the casting and script writing for Camelot were embarrassing. I had given up, but then a friend convinced me to try this one and, while it's certainly not at the talent level of HBO, I've found it watchable. There are so many ways it could have been better, but it's fascinating to see - partly because much of it is a historical story that I haven't seen anyone try to tell before. It essentially begins at the tail end of Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 3 and then it appears as if the last two episodes will takes us through the events of Richard III, except without Shakespeare's Tudor bias. The script writing is mediocre at best. The story goes much too fast. It really should have been a show instead of a miniseries since they could have spent whole seasons each on what they end up giving only a couple episodes. But much of the cast is quite surprisingly quite good. Max Irons (son of Jeremy Irons) is likeable as Edward IV. Aneurin Barnard is good as Richard III because he plays the character so that he's always keeping the audience guessing. Janet McTeer (Hannah Arendt, The Woman in Black) and James Frain (Titus, The Tudors) both do a little scene stealing. Rupert Graves (Inspector Lestrade from Sherlock) turns much more sinister than I thought he could be. But the three main actresses (Rebecca Ferguson as Elizabeth, Faye Marsay as Anne, Amanda Hale as Margaret) all do quite well and should start promising careers with this show. This show also gets props for striving to tell the story in a way that gives the women characters as much (if not sometimes more) screen time as the men. I haven't read anything by Phillippa Gregory, and nothing I've heard about her makes me think I would be able to enjoy her writing, but I appreciate her striving to make people just as curious about the women as the men. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TGbhi4JySo Pajiba: “The White Queen,” a BBC and Starz miniseries, is more interesting for the history it covers — the Wars of the Roses — than for how it covers it. The Tudors, the ultimate winners (historical spoiler alert?) of the 15th century dynastic wars between the houses of Lancaster and York, rivals within the House of Plantagenet, get most of the pop culture glory thanks to Henry VIII and daughter Elizabeth I. We (at least in the U.S.) tend to forget about this ridiculous real-life “Game of Thrones,” in which siblings and cousins and way too many Richards, Edwards and Henrys all vie for the crown ... Ferguson and Irons deliver impressive chemistry, and it is easy to side with Elizabeth and her family thanks to Ferguson’s convincing performance. But “The White Queen” lacks an overall spark, offering only an introduction to a fascinating piece of history that, given time and better resources, could have been presented in a far grander manner. It’s not enough to cram exposition into scenes to try to explain why a battle is being waged; you have to help us understand it, to feel it. Bringing these stories to our cultural consciousness is important, but mostly “Queen” plops its viewers into the middle of the action and expects each of them to just go with whatever happens. That’s fine, in a way. The miniseries can be, to borrow a phrase from Alan Ball, “popcorn for smart people.” But oh, it could have been more. Television Blend: ... The White Queen’s scope does cause some problems with the narrative, but the whole endeavor hasn’t been a complete loss. Moments in the script and some scene sequences are extremely compelling. In episode 3, Edward IV is headed off to battle and the ladies in the series—Elizabeth, Margaret Beaufort (Amanda Hale) and Lady Isabel Neville (Eleanor Tomlinson) and her mother—are all praying for different outcomes in the battle. The scene is tightly woven, giving audiences the opportunity to see the various stakes at hand, and it's also prettily edited. If every moment of the series were as watchable as that one, The White Queen would have been among the summer’s best offerings ... Los Angeles Times: Shoveling three novels and 30 years of very confusing history into even 10 hourlong episodes requires that "The White Queen" become a series of vignettes rather than a cohesive narrative, a "greatest hits of the Wars of the Roses," as it were. Years collapse into minutes, intricate policy is condensed into cardboard personalities, and the characters are swiftly categorized as good or evil. But if the whole never lives up to a sum of its parts, some of the parts are quite good ... Anyone else here seen it? Some of the episodes were mediocre enough to quit over, but it's been growing quite good towards the end now.
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