Les Misérables – the latest ‘Masterpiece’ epic headed to PBS and BBC

When it rains drama, it pours these days as PBS and BBC have announced an epic new adaptation of the 19th Century Victor Hugo classic, Les Miserables with an all-star cast headed by Dominic West (The Affair, The Hour) and David Oyelowo (Spooks, Selma, A United Kingdom) in the iconic roles of Jean Valjean and Javert, the police inspector […]

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Creator/writer Andrew Davies sets sights on ‘Les Miserables’…sans music.

Creator/writer Andrew Davies will bring Les Miserables, Victor Hugo’s 19th-century novel, to the small screen in 2017. Set against the epic backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest, the 6-part drama will bring together Davies’ War and Peace team including the Weinstein Company for the forthcoming BBC production. “Les Misérables is a huge, iconic title. Most […]

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Downton's Lily James to star in 'War and Peace'?

Looks like Downton Abbey‘s Lily James is getting dangerously close to Benedict Cumberbatch waters these days when it comes to her name being rumored for parts in virtually everything that is slated for production. Having just finished her lead role in Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella, the actress who plays Lady Rose in Downton Abbey is, according […]

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'House of Cards' – old and new, coming your way in February

Unfortunately, most telly watchers who reside in the U.S. today know House of Cards as the more recent, critically acclaimed, Emmy-nominated, Netflix original series. Good as it was in season one, I’m still over-the-top more of a fan of the 1990 political thriller by the BBC which was set after the end of Margaret Thatcher’s […]

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PBS' Masterpiece brings Great Expectations in 2012

While BBC One viewers will get an early Christmas present to unwrap, fear not, PBS faithful, the upcoming BBC production of the Charles Dickens classic, Great Expectations, is scheduled to premiere as part of PBS’ Masterpiece series in Spring 2012. The classic novel will be the centerpiece of both the Beeb’s and PBS’ bicentenary celebration […]

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It's a Dickens 2012 telly celebration

With the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth nearly upon us (February 2012), there are numerous festivals, exhibitions and educational activities planned for 2012. Two of the most eagerly awaited events from my perspective, however, will be those that find their way to the telly in December leading up to the year-long celebration. Bleak Expectations […]

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165 Eaton Place in the 21st Century

“This is not a remake but a completely new version, set in a different era with a whole new cast of characters.” That quote, in itself, from Piers Wenger, head of drama at  BBC Wales, makes me really wish it was 2011 already when the new Upstairs Downstairs comes to PBS’ Masterpiece series to celebrate their […]

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