A four-part animated re-make, with more of a role given to the female characters, is due to be broadcast in late 2017.
The BBC has teamed up with Netflix to announce a televisual re-make of children’s favourite 'Watership Down', which will feature an all-star cast including new Star Wars actor John Boyega, Nicholas Hoult and James McAvoy among others.
The new four-part animation was announced by the BBC in conjunction with streaming giant Netflix on Wednesday (April 27th), and with a reported budget of nearly £20 million, represents the biggest joint venture between the two organisations to date. Using state of the art animation, it will apparently be broadcast on BBC1 in late 2017, with Netflix giving it its premiere throughout the rest of the world.
John Boyega is to voice 'Bigwig' in a re-make of 'Watership Down' for BBC and Netflix
Throwing a solid Hollywood cast into a surreal arthouse satire, acclaimed Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth) makes his English-language debut with a bang. This is a blackly comical parable about how it feels to be single in a society that only values couples. With its two-part structure it almost seems like two movies mashed together, exploring the topic in ways that are smart and revelatory, and utterly deranged. And the strikingly gifted actors bring it to life beautifully.
It's set in a remote hotel on the Irish coastline, where the recently divorced David (Colin Farrell) has gone to find a mate. Single people here have 45 days to find their perfect partner, or else they're transformed surgically into an animal of their choosing. David has opted to become a lobster, but is determined to find a wife. He watches as one guy (Ben Whishaw) fakes nosebleeds to appear more like a young woman (Jessica Barden). So David pretends to be something he isn't, but is caught by the hotel's imperious manager (Olivia Colman). He escapes into the woods, where he joins a desperate band of loners led by a fierce warrior (Lea Seydoux). There he falls for a woman (Rachel Weisz) who is short-sighted like he is, but romance is forbidden among the loners.
The filmmakers are inventively exploring some very real issues in society, which makes the story ring eerily true, no matter how relentlessly odd it gets. The script's action sequences sometimes feel a bit contrived, but they add to the characters' nagging sense of desperation as they're stuck in a world that simply won't accept them as they are. And it helps that the actors dive in without hesitation. Farrell has gained weight to play the middle-aged David, who had a happy life before being plunged into this nightmare. He's very easy to identify with, both in his awkward interaction and as he boils over in rage. Weisz adds a lusty, razor-sharp intelligence to her role. And Colman quietly steals the movie with her deadpan performance as the godlike hotel manager.
Sometimes this extreme satire feels rather on-the-nose, but it's also a powerfully provocative exploration of the way society forces people to comply, marginalising anyone who refuses to join the status quo. And Lanthimos is gifted at using comedy and emotion to deepen the characters and themes, digging beneath the surface while telling a story that's simply impossible to predict. So in the end, we're almost taken aback at the way all of this has wormed its way under our skin, revealing things about ourselves we thought we had suppressed. Especially the way we value or dismiss people around us based on factors that are utterly irrelevant.
Continue reading: The Lobster Review
Co-star David Mitchell reveals a tearful picture of the actress on her final day of shooting
It's been a comedy staple for many a Channel 4 viewer throughout the naughties and many a tear was shed when it was confirmed that the ninth series of Peep Show was to be the last. Thankfully for avid fans it's going out the way it came in with Olivia Colman's Sophie a firm part of its final outing.
Olivia's character Sophie has been a firm part of Peep Show for nine series
David Mitchell, who has played Mark, Sophie's on-off romancer since the beginning, confirmed Colman's involvement with a tweeted picture of the actress between himself and Robert Webb who plays Jeremy in the sitcom.
Continue reading: Olivia Colman Confirmed For Final Series Of Peep Show
David is a single man having just left a 12 year relationship. As per the rules of living in The City, set in a dystopian future, he is forced to check into The Hotel. The sprawling facility is a place where all singletons must find love within 45 days, or else be turned into a creature of their choice and banished into The Woods, as being alone is highly frowned upon. David's only companion is his loyal dog, who happens to be his unlucky-in-love brother who ran out of time when he was a resident at The Hotel. David's chosen animal is a lobster, but he has no intention of living life as a crustacean and makes his escape into The Woods to join up with The Loners. Soon he meets a short-sighted woman who happens to be extremely adept at catching rabbits. As chance would have it, David finds himself falling for her, but this kind of romance is against the law in The City.
Continue: The Lobster Trailer
Olivia Colman struggling for work? Really?
The Bafta-winning actress says her turns in Broadchurch, The Accused and Twenty Twelve left her struggling for roles because producers assumed she would be too busy.
Olivia Colman [L] says her starring role in Broadchurch left her struggling to get work
"After those first two Baftas, I didn't really get offered anything, which makes you think: Oh, no!" she told the Radio Times. "And, after I finished the second series of Broadchurch, nothing came up for six months, which really is a long time and I got a bit panicky."
Continue reading: Olivia Colman: "Broadchurch Left Me Struggling For Work"
Between 2006 and 2008, Steve Wright killed five people in the town of Ipswich, Suffolk. The residents of London Road found themselves in the heart of the media storm, and were shocked by the representation of their neighbourhood in the press. Throughout the course of one of the most challenging times in their lives, the residents of London Road came together to repaint, remake, and re-establish their homes into something they could be truly proud of, and something that would stop the country associating them with the murders. This is the story of the residents of London Road.
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Pudsey is tired of living alongside his cooing middle-aged owner and decides to embark on a solo journey across town. Soon enough though, he meets teenagers Molly, George and Tommy - siblings who he spectacularly saves from some bullies - who take him in with the promise of a treat for his bravery. However, the children are bereft after the death of their father and their mother is moving them to an isolated country village. Pudsey decides to join them, despite the new landlord Mr. Thorne's objections, and he makes friends with some of the farmyard animals. He soon discovers that Mr. Thorne's hatred of dogs is not the only questionable thing about him and he starts to uncover a dastardly plan unfolding. Will this little dog manage to thwart Mr. Thorne and save the town?
Following the spectacular win of Pudsey the dog and his young trainer Ashleigh Butler on the sixth series of 'Britain's Got Talent', the dancing pooch embarks on a screen adventure with 'Pudsey The Dog: The Movie'. The charming comedy film has been directed by BAFTA nominee Nick Moore ('Wild Child', 'Horrid Henry: The Movie') and written by Paul Rose ('Dani's House', 'My Parents Are Aliens'), and will reach UK cinemas on July 18th 2014.
Do you hear that? It's the sweet sound of all your favorite shows coming back.
Orphan Black, aka one of the best shows on television at the moment, got renewed for a third season on Wednesday. It’s no surprise, either – the sci-fi series, which sees the excellent Tatiana Maslany play several different clones in each episode, is currently enjoying its biggest surge in popularity since its launch on BBC America.
The renewal means we'll see more of Tatiana Maslany's face next year. A lot more.
It will return for another ten-episode run (why are you so short, BBC shows?) in Spring 2015. So… Clone Club dance party anyone? If you don’t know what that means, you clearly have not seen enough of Orphan Black. Go back and fix that.
Continue reading: Heads Up, Clone Club! "Orphan Black" Renewed For Third Season
A riveting performance from Tom Hardy makes this pseudo-thriller utterly riveting, turning even the most contrived plot elements into punchy drama. Like Robert Redford in All Is Lost or Sandra Bullock in Gravity, this one-person show also works as an intriguing cinematic experiment: telling an entire story centred only on a man driving a car for 90 minutes.
Hardy plays construction foreman Ivan Locke, who's set to oversee the biggest concrete pour in Europe. But at the crucial moment, he abandons his post and hits the road for a late-night drive from Birmingham to London. He turns his work responsibility over to his extremely nervous assistant (voiced by Andrew Scott), but has a tough time calming down the corporate bosses. He also phones his sons (Tom Holland and Bill Milner) to tell them he won't make it home to watch the big game, but he struggles to explain to his angry wife (Ruth Wilson) the reason he's driving to London to meet a middle-aged woman (Olivia Colman), who is also sounding rather stressed down the line.
As Hardy's character tries to salvage his marriage, family and career, his moral conundrum becomes increasingly intense, and Hardy plays him as a man whose internal turmoil is raging behind his confident voice. It's a remarkably effective performance, gripping and involving, asking big questions even if the script never quite gets around to grappling with the issues at hand. It's also playing rather heavily on the irony that doing the right thing is likely to cost Ivan pretty much everything, leaving him alone and despised like his father.
Continue reading: Locke Review
The BAFTA TV Awards 2014 nominations have been announced - is your favourite show in there somewhere?
The nominations have been announced for this year's BAFTA TV Awards, which will be held on Sunday 18th May. After an outstanding year in television, this year's awards will make for gripping viewing with nominations covering all categories of TV talent. Channel 4's comedy series, The IT Crowd, leads the way with four nominations alongside the broadcaster's chilling crime drama, Southcliffe, according to BAFTA.
Actor Richard Ayoade & Comedy 'The IT Crowd' Could Clean Up At The 2014 TV BAFTAs.
The IT Crowd dominates the best performance in a comedy categories as Richard Ayoade and Chris O'Dowd are each nominated whilst their co-star Katherine Parkinson has been nominated for best female in a comedy and the show's final episode is up for best sitcom.
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