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The ‘Game Of Thrones’ star will play Robert Catesby, who devised the 1605 plot.
‘Game Of Thrones‘ star Kit Harington has been cast in a new three-part historical drama from the BBC titled ‘Gunpowder’.
The actor will also serve as executive producer for the mini-series, which aims to tell the real story about the infamous 1605 Gunpowder Plot.
Kit Harington has been cast in new BBC drama ‘Gunpowder’
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Sherrinford, Eurus, Moriarty - Sherlock and Watson have their work cut out.
The question all along, it seems, was not ''who' is Sherrinford?', but rather ''what' is Sherrinford?'. The season four finale of 'Sherlock' entitled 'The Final Problem' was rife with plot twists and a story much darker than any previous episode. Plus, the return of Jim Moriarty - sort of. Warning: Spoilers ahead.
As it's revealed that Watson (Martin Freeman) was not, in fact, shot in the head with a bullet but with a tranquiliser at the end of 'The Lying Detective', Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. Watson confront Mycroft (Mark Gatiss) about the so-called Holmes sister Eurus (Sian Brooke), who Sherlock has no memory of. Mycroft eventually explains how she was their psychotic younger sibling whose genius far exceeded each of theirs. She was sent away at a young age after apparently killing Sherlock's dog Redbeard and is now held at a high security institution in the middle of the ocean called Sherrinford.
Gatiss, who co-created the series with Steven Moffat and plays Sherlock's brother Mycroft, responded to Ralph Jones' scathing review of 'The Six Thatchers' in The Guardian.
‘Sherlock’ co-creator and star Mark Gatiss has responded in style to a newspaper critic who had accused the show of turning Benedict Cumberbatch’s character into ‘Sherlock Bond’, penning a short verse defending the direction they had chosen.
The updated version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective stories returned to BBC One for its first proper series in three years on New Year’s Day, with the first of three episodes that was entitled ‘The Six Thatchers’.
Mark Gatiss penned a response to critical review in The Guardian
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'Sherlock' series four begins on New Year's Day - but co-creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat aren't sure whether there will be any more.
‘Sherlock’ returns for a full series for the first time in nearly three years on New Year’s Day – but the growing Hollywood success of its chief stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman means that the new fourth series could be the last.
That is, at least, according to the BBC One drama’s co-creator Mark Gatiss, who told reporters at a recent screening that while everybody involved was enthusiastic to make more episodes, the increasing difficulty of getting them in the same place at the same time was placing the future of ‘Sherlock’ in jeopardy.
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An old trailer with the confirmation we've all been waiting for.
A trailer for the fourth season of 'Sherlock' has been re-released, this time featuring the air date of the first episode 'The Six Thatchers'. There's no new footage available, but creators were more than generous with what they released earlier this year. Fan theories are rife.
Benedict Cumberbatch returns as genius sleuth in 'Sherlock' season 4
The 'new trailer' that everyone's going on about is exactly the same as the initial teaser we saw from San Diego Comic-Con, only this time we get to see the release date. It confirms the heavy amount of speculation that it will air on New Year's Day, just like the 2016 special 'The Abominable Bride'.
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Professor Deborah Lipstadt spent her life documenting and writing about the atrocities that happened in concentration camps during the second World War. She wrote numerous books on the subject and in 1993 she eventually published a book on holocaust deniers, a conspiracy theory that was growing in strength mainly down to a few pseudo-historians and Nazi supporters who deny the holocaust ever happened - or at best claim the deaths and gassings have been vastly over exaggerated.
Rightfully documenting the danger of denial, Lipstadt's book brought to light just how such stories take shape to become plausible to readers and creators of such literature. One of the people she named in her book was the British historian David Irving who had written multiple books on Hitler and various parts of the war who supported the notion - amongst many other things - that Hitler didn't kill Jewish people for actively being Jewish and there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz.
Irving sues the professor and her publishers for Liable in the British court system and a long trial is set in motion. Lipstadt and her team of lawyers must find a way to prove in a courtroom setting that the holocaust did happen and Irving's claims (stated in her book) are false and that he is therefore a holocaust denier.
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John le Carre's novel is adapted with plenty of inventive style into a remarkably personal thriller, packed with thrills that find suspense in the characters and their predicament rather than pushy movie cliches. It's so sleek and involving that it's easy to ignore the nagging plot holes. We're too busy imagining what we might do in the same situations.
It opens in Marrakech, where poetry professor Perry (Ewan McGregor) and his lawyer wife Gail (Naomie Harris) have gone in an attempt to save their troubled marriage. One evening in a bar, Perry meets the boisterous Dima (Stellan Skarsgard), a Russian who openly admits that he launders money for the mafia. And he asks for Perry's help in delivering information to British intelligence in exchange for his family's safety. Back in London, Perry meets MI6 agent Hector (Damian Lewis), who sees this data as vital to bring down corrupt British politicians. But he has to go rogue to continue on the case, drafting Perry and Gail in to help. Soon they're travelling to France and Switzerland in a dangerous game that puts them in the crosshairs of both a Russian mafia boss (Grigoriy Dobrigyn) and a shifty British MP (Jeremy Northam).
The key point here is that Perry and Gail get involved because they are trying to help Dima's family. This makes everything that happens unusually down-to-earth, with a plot that hinges on the safety of a wife and children rather than the fate of the world. Actually, it's the state of the world that's the villain here, as corrupt Western politicians accept huge money to sidestep the rule of law. Screenwriter Hossein Amini is terrific at keeping the film's focus on the people rather than the plot machinery. And director Susanna White fills the screen with classy touches that are gorgeously shot and edited. The action sequences are unusually clever, avoiding cliches for something more deeply involving (a big shootout is particularly imaginative).
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Although no broadcast date has yet been confirmed, the cast is now fully assembled and filming has begun on series four of 'Sherlock'.
Benedict Cumberbatch has said he’s “thrilled” to be back working on the series that made him a megastar, as filming for the long-awaited season four of ‘Sherlock’ finally gets under way.
Fans of the BBC series have been promised that “ghosts of the past” will visit the new three-part instalment, which will see 39 year old Cumberbatch return as the famous detective alongside Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson. The episodes will be directed by American Rachel Talalay, whose previous credits include The Wind in the Willows and ‘Doctor Who’.
“I can't wait for everyone to see season four,” Cumberbatch said on Wednesday (April 6th). “But you will have to wait… though not for long… and it will be worth it.” No broadcast date has yet been confirmed.
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Stephen Fry married his fiancé Elliott Spencer on Saturday (17th January). The actor and comedian shared his happy news via Twitter.
Stephen Fry and Elliott Spencer are married! The couple announced their happy news on Saturday (17th January). Fry announced the news via Twitter and attached a picture of the couple signing the marriage register. "Gosh. @ElliottGSpencer and I go into a room as two people, sign a book and leave as one. Amazing," Fry wrote.
Moffat and Gatiss remain tight-lipped about the 'Sherlock' series 4 premiere, but lead star Cumberbatch promises it will be worth the wait.
We are trembling with excitement over the return of the world's favourite aloof sleuth after 'Sherlock' series 3 spectacularly concluded earlier this year with a finale that no-one was expecting. So what's in store for Holmes and Watson in series 4?
Is Benedict Cumberbatch as excited as we are for series 4?
It's sad to say we can't be expecting any Baker Street action for more than a year with our next dose of 'Sherlock' coming as a 2015 Christmas special. While the end of series 2 left us pondering Holmes' dramatic survival after leaping off a multi-storey building, we've been mulling over the Moriarty Mystery and his apparent resurrection since January - and now we have plenty more time to think about it.
The co-creator of the BBC series denied that a feature film was ever going to be made.
Fans of the television show 'Sherlock' will be very pleased with Mark Gatiss's latest announcement.
The English writer, who co-created the contemporary BBC series based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes with Steven Moffat, spoke with Digital Spy at Sunday night's Arqiva BAFTA Television Awards about the show's future plans.
Earlier this year in January, there were stirrings that a big-screen film would follow the end of the third series.
A sudden announcement brings 15 brand new 'Game of Thrones' pictures.
The first photos from the new season of fantasy drama Game of Thrones have been released by HBO to accompany the earlier released season four trailer. You can check out them all on Sky Atlantic's site here. Set to return in April, Game of Thrones has cranked its fans' excitement to maximum level with the teasing new material.
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'Sherlock' creator Steven Moffat has revealed that a big screen take on the modern detective series might still happen
In general, TV shows that are turned into movies never come close to emulating the same kind of success or that same edge that made the orignal creation such a joy to behold in the first place. When Sherlock, the BBC's hit modern update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective series, is concerned however, a movie version of the feature-length programme seems to make a lot of sense.
With the show's stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman currently mentioned among the highest echelons of Hollywood actors, it seems less and less likely that a Sherlock film will ever come to fruition, however during a recent chat with Entertainment Weekly, series writer and creator Steven Moffat revealed that a Sherlock movie might not be completely out of the question yet. With a fourth and potentially a fifth season already under construction, Moffat and the rest of the Sherlock team still have plenty of ideas to work with, ideas that may make their way on to the big screen.
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Lars Mikkelsen stars as the shady Charles Magnussen, who promises to be the detective's most prominent foe yet
Sherlock returned earlier this month for its third season and did so it fantastic form, with the first two episodes gaining major plaudits from fans and critics alike. With the season finale due to air on Sunday, 12 January, there is already a lot to live up to, but the unmasking of a new villain should do the trick for fans of the show with even the highest of standards.
Lars Mikkelsen briefly appeared as the villainous Charles Magnussen at the end of season three opener 'The Empty Hearse' and on Sunday's episode we will get to see him carry out his evil deeds in full, a prospect that Mikkelsen himself says will be worth the wait. Describing Sherlock's (Benedict Cumberbatch) newest foe as a "supreme" villain who "lives off preying on other people," Magnussen promises a wholly different kind of villain to Andrew Scott's Jim Moriarty.
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The hit update of Arthur Conan-Doyle's master detective stories will return on 1 January
Sherlock is back on our screens on News Years Day (well, New Years Night to be specific) after a long hiatus and as fans of the hit series practically hang off the edge of their seats in anticipation, the BBC have treated us to a short behind-the-scenes glimpse of what we might expect when the show returns.
The boys are back in town!
The show returns to BBC 1 at 9pm with the episode The Empty Hearse in which Sherlock’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) shock 'death' in The Reichenbach Fall is explained and he is reunited with Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman), with the events of the rest of the season kicking off from there. Of course, the reunion between the two central characters is an emotional affair and one that had to be approached in a delicate and particular way. According to series co-creator and writer Steven Moffat, speaking in the new clip, this is exactly what he and co-creator Mark Gatiss have achieved.
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss promised fans of the BBC series that they will not be disappointed when the new season airs
Sherlock will return to BBC1 on 1 January, 2014, a hearse parading through the streets of London revealed last month, and as stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman and series creators and writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss addressed the expectations surrounding the impending thid season, they promised that fans won't be let down.
Sherlock's return won't disappoint fans, hopefully
Cumberbatch said that viewers are "in for a treat" when Sherlock returns in season opener 'The Empty Hearse' and his sentiment was shared by Freeman, Moffat and Gatiss.
The largest haul of missing Doctor Who episodes of the last three decades has been recovered in Africa.
In what is being described as a "thrilling" discovery, nine Doctor Who episode reels dating from the 60s and 70s has been found in a Nigerian television relay station. The find is thought to be the largest haul of missing episodes recovered in the last three decades, according to BBC News.
'Doctor Who' Writer Mark Gatiss Was Excited To Learn Of The Discovery.
Episodes included 'The Enemy of The World' and most of the classic 'The Web of Fear' which sees Patrick Troughton's Doctor fight with a yeti and looks rather scary. "It's the quintessential Doctor Who story," said Mark Gatiss, DW writer. "It has the return of the Abominable Snowmen in an iconic location," he added. Of the found reels, Gatiss coul barely contain his excitement.
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BBC bosses can breathe a sigh of relief: whovians have given their seal of approval to their new chosen Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi.
Hoardes tuned in to the BBC last night (4th August) to watch Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor and be the first to hear the news. Peter Capaldi was finally unveiled after plenty of hype, reminiscing and dry ice. The 55-year-old new Doctor, famous for his role as the profanity-prone Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It, walked out onstage to a storm of applause and seemed slightly bewildered by it all.
Let's All Hope He Keeps That Fabulous 'Tache!
Well, the Doctor's still white and male, so no major changes there, despite betting and predictions, but Capaldi will represent an older generation than the previous three Doctors, harking back to the original TV series where the Whos were slightly more aged gentlemen than David Tennant or Matt Smith. Keen eyes will have already noticed that Capaldi, a DW fan himself, has already acquainted himself in front of the camera on the series, having appeared in 'The Fires of Pompeii' episode alongside David Tennant.
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Some dramatic scenes from the upcoming third series of 'Sherlock' took place in Central London on Friday (April 12th 2013) plus a surprise guest appearance.
Benedict Cumberbatch looking deadly serious on the set of 'Sherlock'
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman began filming series 3 of 'Sherlock' in the most dramatic way with hypnotism and leaping of buildings on Friday (April 12th 2013) in Central London.
The contemporary detective drama based on the 19th century stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is set to continue in the Winter of 2013 as filming kicked off last week in London where the last series left off. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman were snapped acting out some intense scenes as their respective characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. Co-creator Mark Gatiss was also on the set as Sherlock's older brother Mycroft Holmes as well as antagonist Jim Moriarty played by Andrew Scott. Psychological illusionist Derren Brown made a surprise appearance on the set, hypnotising Martin Freeman who subsequently dropped to the floor in one spectacular scene; it is as yet unclear as to Derren's role in the upcoming series 3 plot but speculation has suggested that his character could be based one of Conan Doyle's darkest characters Sebastian Moran.
Dalek designer, Raymond Cusick, has died, in the 50th anniversary year of Doctor Who
The designer of Doctor Who’s most famous cyborgs, the Daleks, has died, at the age of 84. Raymond Cusick, from Horsham, West Sussex, created the pepper-pot villains and also developed their sinister gliding motion. Despite the fact that the armoured cyborgs have become an integral part of the Doctor Who legacy – along with their notorious catchphrase “exterminate!” – Cusick has previously revealed that the process of designing them wasn’t exactly an easy one.
According to the Daily Mail, Cusick said that the original Daleks “rattled like an old biscuit tin” and pneumatic wheels had to be added to them to stabilise them. The ‘pepper pot’ design had been decided on after he was showing one of the programs special effects experts, Bill Roberts, how he envisioned the Daleks moving around: he picked up a pepper pot and moved it around the table, explaining “it’s going to move like that – no visible means.” Mr Cusick died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday evening, his daughter confirmed. He is survived by two daughters and seven grandchildren.
Cusick’s death comes in the 50th anniversary year of Doctor Who. A planned Doctor Who movie, reportedly entitled An Adventure In Space and Time will detail the origins of Doctor Who, according to Entertainment Weekly. League of Gentleman actor Reece Shearsmith has been cast in the role of Patrick Troughton. Fellow LoG star Mark Gatiss is onboard as the screenwriter.
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