Who better to explore the subject of contemporary masculinity than frock-wearing, mountain-biking, father-of-one and chronicler of modern manners, Turner Prize-winning artist, BAFTA Award-winning presenter Grayson Perry? In his new series, Grayson Perry: All Man, Grayson will explore the changing lives and changing expectations of men in modern Britain.
On Tuesday 16 February, BBC Three will switch from a linear broadcast channel to an online first destination. The new service will feature brand new original British comedy, contemporary British drama, innovative entertainment, thought-provoking documentaries and distinctive current affairs programming all made for BBC Three’s 16-34 target audience. At an event in London, BBC Three unveiled two new platforms: The Best Of – which will bring together original long-form programmes and a range of new content, including short form films – and The Daily Drop – home to BBC Three’s new stream of daily content including short-form videos, blogs, social media, image galleries, trending stories and daily updates from news and sport. The Daily Drop will roll out in Beta over the next few days. The Best Of will launch in February.
'Falling Water' has been ordered to series at USA Network. The drama hails from 'The Walking Dead’s' GaleAnneHurd, and was co-written by Blake Masters and the late Henry Bromell.
'Falling Water' revolves around three strangers who realize they are dreaming separate parts of the same dream that has big implications for each of their lives. Each of them is on a mysterious and highly personal quest — one is searching for his missing girlfriend, one is searching for a lost child, one is looking to cure his catatonic mother — and it is the clues found in their collective dream that come to guide them. The deeper they dig, though, the more they come to realize that their missions touch on stakes that are much larger than their individual agendas, and that the visions found in their common dream just might hold the key to the fate of the world.
Endemol Shine UK has acquired a 50% stake in Lenny Henry’s indie Douglas Road. The Douglas Road deal is the highest-profile agreement struck since the mega-indie merger last year. It is believed that the deal came about after an introduction through The Fall indie Artists Studio after the ESG-owned drama indie began developing a number of projects together.
The production company was founded a year ago by Henry and former EastEnders producer Barbara Emile. It won its first commission in May, landing a 3 x 60-minute documentary for Sky Arts, Lenny Henry’s Got The Blues, in which the comedian attempted to uncover why the UK has never produced an internationally-recognised black blues star. Along with its factual ambitions, Douglas Road will focus on drama and comedy and has a number of projects in advanced development.
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.
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:
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.”
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.
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."
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.