From the book and the movie so scandalous, the UK had to censor both, BBC One is bringing us Lady Chatterley’s Lover, which supposedly (and hopefully) with acknowledge that in 2015, HBO’s Game of Thrones is regularly more racy.
Speaking of Game of Thrones, look who is playing the Lover of the movie’s title.
Yes, that’s Richard Madden, who seems to be on a streak to come down in the world–first from King in the North to Prince Charming, and now to gamekeeper Oliver Mellors.
Continue reading Promo Pictures from “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”
Now you can help Doctor Who not run out of ideas.
For the past seven weeks, I have been pretty obsessed with the BBC’s production of Susanna Clarke’s story of Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. I have been critical of it. For instance, I really felt it should have been ten episodes to really give the depth of stories that sometimes felt glossed over, with plot points not given enough room to breathe. But one place I could not fault was the world building that arrived on screen, and the level of gorgeous detail that went into making that happen. Oh, and of course, the magical effects.
BBC Productions are rightly proud of what they’ve done here, and to highlight all the work that went into it, they’ve created a web series that takes us behind the scenes in bring that story from page to screen. Strangecast is admittedly a bit of an experimental piece. Hosted by Frankie Ward, this twenty two video set covers everything from the video effects (VFX) to the script writing, the directing, plus interviews with actors Ariyon Bakare (Stephen Black) and Enzo Cilenti (Childermass) on developing and inhabiting their characters.
Don’t be daunted by the sheer amount of videos under the cut. Each is only around two to three minutes long. The result is a 44 minute or so behind the scenes special, much like one would see aired on TV, but in easy to digest bite sized pieces to watch a few at a time over the course of the day.
Continue reading Strangecast: The Making of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
Poldark has been one of the smash hits on BBC this past spring, so it’s no surprise to find that the eight part series will be riding over here forthwith. Poldark, for those who are not from the 1970s, was one of PBS’s great historical fiction series of the golden age of BBC importing.
It’s been a full generation since TV last remade Poldark, partly because the fans of the 1970s version simply wouldn’t allow it.But this version for a new century seems to have taken off, and with only one season fo Downton left in the tank, PBS is hoping for another multiple season hit. (Poldark Series 2 is already assured overseas.)
Continue reading Poldark Coming to PBS In June
I’ve come a little late to Wolf Hall. I’m aware for most, there’s only one episode left, but I’m only on episode 3. I sat down thinking I would mainline it, like I once did with Season 1 of Downton Abbey so long ago. And I’d probably get a jolly post about hats out of it too.
Going in, I knew Wolf Hall was, according to all the critics, an amazing piece of television, “PBS at its finest” etc. I knew many who raved about it, and others who watched because they had been told it was good, despite being massively bored–or otherwise not getting it. But there’s what one expects from PBS, and then… there’s this.
It’s hard to describe Wolf Hall in normal TV terms. One could say that the show is “complex.” But then again Game of Thrones is complex. And yet, Game of Thrones works hard to decomplexify itself, using themes to join together disparate scenes, and adding plenty of exposition and reminders of who characters are and their relationships at every point. Wolf Hall isn’t interested in decomplexing itself for you. It assumes you know your history when it comes to the subject matter and demands you worry about keeping up.
Continue reading A Meditation on Wolf Hall
We knew that Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell would be appearing on our TVs “soon.” “In a couple of weeks” and “imminently,” according to various sources when the trailer dropped last week. But it was still a bit of a surprise last night to realize they weren’t kidding about that “couple of weeks” thing. The show will premiere in ten days on BBC One May 17th, 2015.
We in the US will have to wait a little bit longer. According to Deadline, the seven episode series premieres on BBC America June 13th at 10pm.
Here’s the official blurb.
In 1806, the reclusive and skillful Mr Norrell (Eddie Marsan) is thought to be the last remaining practical magician. His displays thrill the nation — in London, he raises the beautiful Lady Pole (Alice Englert) from the dead and summons an army of ghostly ships to terrify the French. But he is soon challenged by the emergence of another magician: the brilliant novice Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel). While trying to secure his beloved Arabella’s (Charlotte Riley) hand in marriage, he meets a vagabond, the magician of Threadneedle Street, who tells him he is destined to be a great magician. Young, handsome and daring, Strange is the very antithesis of Norrell. A dangerous battle ensues between the two great men.
Below, we’ve got a clip from episode one.
Continue reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell Premiere Date and Clip
I am Strange.
We wish to know, why is there no more magic done in England? So begins the story of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, who work to revive the practice of magic in England in the service of war against Napoleon, in this alternate universe history of the 19th century. With the swirling faeries, ravens, and 18 hundreds setting, this looks to be a fabulous series in the making.