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Trailer | He’s Back! Luther Returns for a Two-Part Special on BBC One

Hold on to your seats, the trailer for the Luther two-part special has finally been released.  Pitted against his most chilling adversary yet, haunted by the ghosts of his past and hell-bent on retribution, John Luther is drawn into a terrifyingly complex case that pushes him closer to the edge than he’s ever been.

Star Idris Elba says: "It’s great we’ve been able to do this Luther special. John is so close to my heart, he’s part of me. The fans won’t be disappointed with his return – it’s explosive and definitely goes up a gear!"

Written and created by Emmy nominated Neil Cross and directed by Sam Miller (No Good Deed, Fortitude) this Luther 2×60-minute special will also star Rose Leslie (Game Of Thrones, Downton Abbey), Laura Haddock (Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Inbetweeners Movie), Darren Boyd (Fortitude, Spy), John Heffernan (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Ripper Street) and Patrick Malahide (Indian Summers, The Paradise), with Michael Smiley and Dermot Crowley returning as Benny Silver and DSU Martin Schenk respectively.

Executive Producer Elizabeth Kilgarriff says: “It’s very exciting to have Idris Elba back as DCI John Luther and to be in east London shooting the show’s fourth instalment. Neil Cross has pulled out all the stops to make this the biggest, scariest story yet and it’s a privilege to welcome such a glittering array of acting talent to our already stellar cast.”

The Luther TV event kicks off Tuesday 15th December 9pm on BBC One.

News | Meet the 2015 BAFTA Breakthrough Brits


Now in its third year, Breakthrough Brits in partnership with Burberry, is the UK’s leading initiative that identifies, supports and celebrates the most promising newcomers across film, television and games. 

This year's 18 talented newcomers were selected by a panel of leading figures in film, television and games including actors Natalie Dormer and James Norton, game writer and narrative designer Rhianna Pratchett, producer Simon Chinn, production designer Eve Stewart and SBTV's Jamal Edward. 

See the full list of the breakthrough talent below:

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News| BBC Writersroom Announces 15 Writers Selected for Comedy Room 2015


via BBC Media Centre

BBC Writersroom has kicked off Comedy Room 2015 – a development pool of 15 up-and-coming writers who have been selected from Writersroom open talent searches, alongside input from BBC Comedy (TV and radio). 

The aim of the scheme is to encourage and develop the best in new comedy writing and to help these writers to build strong connections within BBC Comedy.The talented 15, will receive targeted training and development for six months, including workshops, masterclasses and networking events.

Anne Edyvean, Head of the BBC Writersroom, says: “The creation of Comedy Room is a way of answering the question, ‘How do we best support emerging writing talent in Comedy?’ We decided on regular, structured teaching; introductions to key people in BBC Comedy; workshops; and script support for a hand-picked group of writers, over a limited time-period, in conjunction with BBC Radio and TV Comedy.”

The selected writers are:

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Event | MOBO ‘Rise With Us’ Season’ Celebrates Black Culture & Creative Talent

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After two decades of influencing generations of musical artists to aspire to greatness, MOBO has launched 'MOBO Season' – a season of ground-breaking cultural and educational events. In the lead up to the 2015 MOBO Awards and under the banner of ‘Rise With Us’, the MOBO Season aims to celebrate black culture as well as established and future talent from across the creative arts.

MOBO ‘Rise With Us’ Season is jam-packed with an incredible range of events all hand-picked by MOBO from across the creative industries of film, theatre, fashion and art. From a ‘Late at Tate’ event, to the homegrown critically acclaimed cast of ‘The Etienne Sisters’ at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, and the exploration of the golden era of sound systems at the exhibition ‘Rockers, Soulheads & Lovers: Sound Systems Back in Da Day’, at the new Art Exchange in Nottingham, MOBO has curated a programme of the highest quality.

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News | EastEnders casts transgender actor Riley Carter Millington


via Radio Times

EastEnders has signed TV newcomer Riley Carter Millington to play the part of Kyle, his casting being the first time a UK television soap opera has ever had a transgender actor playing a transgender character in a continuing role.

The BBC1 soap's executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins announced earlier this year that he was creating a transgender character and expressed a determination to have a transgender actor in the role. After the news broke, a number of transgender actors put themselves forward for the role and, as well as working alongside groups within the transgender community, EastEnders undertook workshops to find an actor.

Millington's debut scenes will be screened later this month, but little will be revealed until Riley's permanent return at the end of 2015.

Speaking on the topic of joining EastEnders, the 21-year-old actor said: "I am extremely excited to be joining EastEnders. I can honestly say that I have now fulfilled my two biggest dreams – to be living my life as a man and to be an actor. I cannot wait to really get stuck in with filming and I look forward to seeing what is in store for my character."

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Noel Clarke, Natalie Dormer & Jamal Edwards Join BAFTA Breakthrough Brits 2015 Jury


Acclaimed professionals from across the film, television and games industries met at the headquarters of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) at 195 Piccadilly in London to select this year’s BAFTA Breakthrough Brits, in partnership with Burberry. The chosen talented newcomers will be announced at an event at the global Burberry flagship, 121 Regent Street, on Tuesday 10 November.

Actress Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games), BAFTA-nominated actor James Norton (Happy Valley, Mr Turner) and game writer and narrative designer Rhianna Pratchett (Tomb Raider, Heavenly Sword) joined fellow jury members to decide the honourees.

BAFTA and Burberry share a vision of celebrating British talent and giving them the tools to develop their skills at the start of their careers, wherever they are in the world. The annual Breakthrough Brits initiative, which was launched in partnership with Burberry in 2013, celebrates and supports the UK’s future stars of film, television and games. Honourees receive one-to-one mentoring, guidance sessions and networking opportunities, as well as free access to BAFTA events, for 12 months.

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News| Adelayo Adedayo, Rachna Suri & Osy Ikhile Amongst Screen International’s ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ 2015

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Reposted from Screen Daily

Screen International has revealed its Stars of Tomorrow, spotlighting the hottest up-and-coming actors and filmmakers. Now in its 12th year, the annual showcase spotlights up-and-coming actors, writers, directors and producers who will be making waves in the years to come.

Past Stars of Tomorrow selected by Screen include Benedict Cumberbatch (2004), Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne (2005), Suffragette star Carey Mulligan, Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor John Boyega (2011) and last year’s cover stars Taron Egerton, Olivia Cooke and Sam Keeley.

Stars of Tomorrow editor Fionnuala Halligan said: “It has been yet another exciting year for young British and Irish talent and yet another difficult selection in which I looked at around 400 valid candidates.  This may be the first time you encounter these names, but it certainly won’t be the last. It’s our first year where we are presenting the Stars of Tomorrow at the BFI London Film Festival and hopefully they will benefit from the greater exposure. Some of the young talent are here with films in the festival already and more will return. We at Screen wish them well as they sail off into super stardom and we look forward to watching them as they shine."

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John Boyega to be honoured as a Rising Star at San Diego Film Festival


Reposted from Variety

Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega has been selected by the San Diego Film Festival as the recipient of its Rising Star Award. He will be presented the trophy at Variety‘s Night of the Stars Tribute on Oct. 1 at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in La Jolla, along with previously announced recipients Adrien Brody, Geena Davis and Brit Marling.

Now in its 14th year, the San Diego Film Festival will run from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4.

Boyega will also star in James Pondsoldt’s The Circle opposite Tom Hanks and Emma Watson. He also appeared in Imperial Dreams and Attack the Block.

Boyega is repped by WME, U.K. agency Identity Agency Group, and Hansen Jacobson & Teller.

Congrats John!



Ofcom chief Sharon White tells UK broadcasters to reflect ‘society as it is today’


Reposted, via The Guardian

The chief executive of Ofcom, Sharon White, has said broadcasters have to do more to represent the diverse nature of Britain today and not the country of “20, 30, or 40 years ago”.

White said reflecting the nation back to itself was important for the UK’s cultural wellbeing and part of a “compact” between broadcasters and the public. The lack of diversity both on and behind the screen of UK broadcasters has been the focus of campaigners including actor and writer Lenny Henry, with the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky pledging to improve the representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people.

White said it was really important that society is reflected back in the programming.

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Watch | Harry Enfield stars in a new Creative Skillset diversity film

Comedy legend Harry Enfield stars in a new Creative Skillset film highlighting the issues of diversity in television. 

The film was premiered at the 2015 Guardian Edinburgh TV Festival at a Creative Skillset diversity networking drinks attended by many of the heavyweights of the TV industry and the Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey.

Harry stars as Haanes, a South African émigré who arrived in the UK in the late 1980s and then found work in television in this country. To say the very least, he has a rather backward and outdated view of the world – based around an era that we all thought had passed. Nevertheless Haanes sees many things that he recognises in the Television industry in 2015.

Also showcased at the networking event on Wednesday was a brochure Making TV more diverse that sets out some of the many ways that Creative Skillset and partners are helping change the face of television production by creating opportunities for  people from a diverse range of backgrounds in a wide range of roles.