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BritBox January 2021 Schedule Announced

BBC Studios and ITV have announced the BritBox January 2021 titles, which include everything from new BritBox Originals to classic British fare. BritBox is the biggest collection of streaming British television in North America. The BritBox January 2021 titles include the return of mystery The Bay starring Grantchester’s Morven Christie, the debut of thriller Traces …

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ITV Commissions Cold Case Murder Drama Karen Pirie

ITV has commissioned cold case murder drama Karen Pirie, which is based on Val McDermid’s novel The Distant Echo (buy at Amazon) and comes from World Productions, the producers of Line of Duty and Bodyguard. Emer Kenny (Harlots, Save Me Too) adapted The Distant Echo, which is the first in a series of best-selling novels about the young Scottish …

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ITV Commissions Surveillance Thriller Viewpoint

ITV has commissioned five-part thriller Viewpoint, from Emmy and Edgar award-winning screenwriter Ed Whitmore (Manhunt, Waking the Dead) and independent producers Tiger Aspect Productions, part of EndemolShine UK. Based on an idea by Fleabag director Harry Bradbeer, who has co-created the series with Ed Whitmore, Viewpoint follows a police surveillance investigation into a tight knit Manchester …

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Luke Evans to Star in ITV Crime Drama The Pembrokeshire Murders

Luke Evans will take the lead in ITV‘s upcoming true crime drama The Pembrokeshire Murders, a three-part mini-series depicting the pursuit of a cold-blooded serial killer. Commissioned by ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill, the drama is from World Productions, the creators of Line of Duty and Bodyguard, and will be executive produced by Simon …

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Finding Alice Cast Members Announced to Be Joining Keeley Hawes

ITV today announced the full Finding Alice cast that will be joining award-winning actor Keeley Hawes. The six-part contemporary drama, created by Roger Goldby, Hawes and Simon Nye, and written by Goldby and Nye, follows a woman whose husband’s sudden and accidental death unearths a trail of secrets, debt, suspicion and criminality. The series will be produced …

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John Simm to Play Roy Grace in ITV’s Adaptations of the Novels

Acclaimed screenwriter and Endeavour creator Russell Lewis has adapted two of Peter James’ award-winning novels (buy at Amazon.com) from the Roy Grace series for ITV. John Simm will play the lead role of the tenacious detective. Titled Grace, the two-part, feature-length (120 minutes each) screenplays will narrate the first two stories in the series, Dead Simple and …

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David Tennant to Play Serial Killer Dennis Nilsen in ITV’s Des

ITV is developing Des, a three-part drama which follows the arrest and trial of serial killer Dennis Nilsen, known as Des. Written by Luke Neal and developed by Luke Neal and Lewis Arnold, the drama is based on material from the book Killing for Company by Brian Masters. Told through the prism of three men …

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First Look at Michael Sheen as Chris Tarrant in Quiz

AMC and ITV have revealed a first look at Michael Sheen as TV presenter Chris Tarrant in the upcoming three-part drama, Quiz. Directed by globally renowned director Stephen Frears (A Very English Scandal, Florence Foster Jenkins, Philomena, The Queen) and written by playwright James Graham (Brexit: An Uncivil War, Ink, This House, Labour of Love), …

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White House Farm Is Coming in Early 2020 from ITV

ITV’s six-part factual drama White House Farm, produced by New Pictures, revolves around one fateful night in August 1985 when five members of the same family were murdered at an Essex farmhouse: Sheila Caffell, her twin six-year-old sons, Daniel and Nicholas, and her parents, Nevill and June Bamber. The series will seek to provide fresh …

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Emily Watson to Star in ITV Psychological Thriller Too Close

ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill, has commissioned Too Close, a psychological thriller starring Emily Watson as a forensic psychiatrist assigned to work with a woman accused of a heinous crime but who claims she can’t remember a thing. Written by actress and author Clara Salaman, and produced by Snowed-In Productions in association with all3media …

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The Masked Singer UK Host and Panelists Announced

ITV has announced the host and panelists set to join The Masked Singer UK, a brand new version of the international smash hit series. Comedian and presenter Joel Dommett will take the helm as host of the brand new UK version of the global hit coming to ITV in 2020. Dommett has presented I’m A …

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ITV Commissions Stephen Frears’ Three-Part Drama Quiz

The extraordinary and sensational story of how Charles and Diana Ingram attempted an ‘audacious heist’ on the quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? is to be told in a three-part drama titled Quiz, ITV and AMC announced today. Major Ingram, his wife Diana and an accomplice, Tecwen Whittock, who was sitting in the …

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BritBox Launch Details Announced by ITV and the BBC

ITV and the BBC have signed an agreement for the BritBox launch in the UK in the fourth quarter of this year. This is a bold, new step for ITV and BBC as they seek to work together to offer something fresh and distinctive to the public. BritBox will be competitively priced at £5.99 per …

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USA Network Orders Splashy Competition Series Cannonball

USA Network today announced that it has picked up Cannonball, a competition series that pits contestants against some of the highest, fastest and wettest challenges ever created, for a cash prize. The 10-episode series, based on the hit Talpa format, is produced by ITV Entertainment and will premiere in 2020. Each episode of Cannonball features 16 …

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ITV Orders Because the Night from Luther Creator Neil Cross

ITV has ordered contemporary thriller Because the Night, from Luther creator and acclaimed screenwriter Neil Cross, to be produced by Euston Films. The announcement was made by Polly Hill, ITV’s Head of Drama. Because the Night is a chilling and suspenseful four-part story of murder — and perhaps ghosts — which exposes the quiet terror …

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Tenacity Adaptation in Development for ITV

ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill, has commissioned the high octane, six-part thriller television series Tenacity from Bad Wolf in partnership with Entertainment One. Inspired by J.S. Law’s novel of the same name, the series is created and written by Peter A. Dowling, whose credits including Flightplan and Reasonable Doubt. In the story, when a …

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Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia Begins Filming for EPIX and ITV

Filming has commenced on Belgravia, a Julian Fellowes-penned, six-part limited series for ITV and EPIX from Carnival Films, the makers of Downton Abbey. Belgravia is a story of secrets and scandals amongst the upper echelon of London society in the 19th Century. When the Trenchards accept an invitation to the now legendary ball hosted by …

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BritBox: BBC and ITV Confirm UK Version of Streaming Service

The BBC and ITV have confirmed the UK version of their streaming service BritBox. The networks are in final talks for their partnership to give audiences a new way to view entertainment. The talks are to work out a formal legal agreement, and reportedly plan to add other partners. BritBox is an original streaming service bringing …

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Hugh Jackman to Open the BRITs with a Greatest Showman Performance

The BRIT Awards 2019 announced today that multi award-winning actor and performer Hugh Jackman is set to open the show with a The Greatest Showman performance. This show-stopping BRITs performance will be under the creative direction of Michael Gracey, the film’s director. Hugh Jackman has carved a successful career both on stage in front of live …

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ITV Commissions A Confession, Starring Martin Freeman and Imelda Staunton

ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill, has announced the commission of six-part drama A Confession, from acclaimed screenwriter Jeff Pope. Starring Martin Freeman and Imelda Staunton, the series is co-produced by ITV Studios and Urban Myth Films. A Confession tells the story of how Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, played by Martin Freeman (StartUp, The Hobbit, Sherlock, …

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