Sir Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench board the Orient Express for Agatha Christie’s whodunnit

As most P1’s of Tellyspotting are well aware, I’m not a huge fan of remakes. I’m all on board with prequels. Remakes, not so much. That said, the forthcoming November release of Kenneth Branagh’s ‘remake’ of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express may go a long way to alter my future close-mindedness. Sir Kenneth will not only co-produce and […]

Read more

Johnny Depp and Dame Judi Dench to board Kenneth Branagh’s Orient Express

As most P1’s of Tellyspotting are well aware, I’m not a huge fan of remakes. I’m good with prequels, remakes, not so much. That said, the forthcoming Kenneth Branagh ‘remake’ of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express may go a long way to alter my future close-mindedness. Sir Kenneth will not only co-produce and direct the newest adaptation […]

Read more

BBC to adapt Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution

Following on the heels of the highly successful adaption of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, comes word that the BBC will dip in the Christie mind palace once again and adapt the English crime novelist, short story writer and playwright’s classic 1925 story, Witness for the Prosecution, for broadcast on BBC One. Set in 1920s London, […]

Read more

Andrew Scott goes from Moriarty to Hamlet in 2017

From Laurence Olivier to Kenneth Branagh to Derek Jacobi to David Tennant to Benedict Cumberbatch, the role of Hamlet has attracted a veritable who’s who of British acting greatness the last half century. Most recently, at the National Theatre, Benedict Cumberbatch continued to showcase his considerable talents by taking on the title role last year […]

Read more

‘Wallander: The Final Season’ set for May 2016 on PBS

I’m trying to be an adult about this, I really am. I know that all good things must come to an end but do we have to experience the end of both Downton Abbey AND Wallander within three months of each other? With Downton Abbey coming to an end on Sunday, March 6, the good news/bad news […]

Read more

Post ‘Wallander’, Kenneth Branagh sets sights on ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

Just two short years after the longest-serving Poirot, David Suchet, hung up his iconic waxed moustache, Kenneth Branagh is to become the latest star to portray Agatha Christie’s most famous and long-lived character, eccentrically-refined Belgian detective in a new movie version of the classic Murder on the Orient Express. Branagh, who will bring to an end his […]

Read more

Downton Abbey's Lily James goes from Lady Rose to Cinderella

If you’re Lily James, it’s a long, long way from her accustomed upstairs Lady Rose lifestyle in Downton Abbey to her newest poor servant girl covered in ashes ‘downstairs’ lifestyle in Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella. Ok, there was that one time she did wear that downstairs maid outfit in series four when she met up with […]

Read more

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Buffy meets Jane Austen?

With the recent Death Comes to Pemberley, BBC and PBS viewers were reacquainted with Jane Austen…sort of. Now, going 180 degrees in the opposite direction, comes the latest ‘revisit’ with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies starring Downton Abbey’s Lily James, Doctor Who’s Matt Smith and Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey.

Read more