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News | BBC Three announces cast for Doctor Who spin-off ‘Class’

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Reposted from BBC Media Centre

BBC Three today announce the stars of the Doctor Who spin-off series Class – exciting young new talents Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah. They will be joined by Katherine Kelly, as she takes the role of a teacher and powerful new presence at Coal Hill School.

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Watch | The X Factor’s Rachel Adedeji joins cast of Hollyoaks [Spring Trailer]

Via Digital Spy

​Former X Factor star Rachel Adedeji has joined the cast of Hollyoaks – and she'll be arriving with a bang.

The actress and singer has landed the role of the real Lisa Loveday and has already started filming at the show's set in Liverpool. Hollyoaks fans have already been introduced to Sonia Albright – an impostor who is pretending to be Lisa. But if you thought Sonia was troublesome, wait until you see what the real Lisa has in store for the village.

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News | Chewing Gum, John Boyega & Cecilia Noble win Screen Nation Awards

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The stars turned out for the 2016 Screen Nation Awards which took place on Saturday 19th March at the Hilton London Metropole. The event, now in its 11th year, aims to celebrate the best in black British and global talent and the outstanding work produced over the last twelve months. John Boyega, Alison Hammond, Sinnita, Charlene White, Malachi Kirby and OT Fagbenle were just some of the TV and film personalities in attendance. See below for the full list of winners as well as interviews hosted by SceneTV's presenter Ria Hebden.

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News | Nominees Announced for 11th Screen Nation Film & Television Awards 2016

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The annual Screen Nation Film & Television Awards popularly known as ‘the black Baftas' returns once again to the West End of London as the UK’s only international celebration of black British achievement in film and TV.

Now in its second decade, the star studded ceremony hosted by Brenda Emmanus (BBC London News Arts Correspondent) and Kojo (comedian and ITV2 Love Fix presenter) will pay homage to some of the finest British talent and globally established film & TV stars working in the UK and around the world today.

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News | BAFTA Chief Agrees Awards are ‘too white’ ahead of peaceful protest

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The faces of Bafta award nominees are placed on chairs inside The Royal Opera House ahead of the Bafta Awards during a photocall in London, Britain, 11 February 2016. The ceremony will be hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) on 14 February. EPA/ANDY RAIN

Reposted from The Telegraph 

The Baftas, the flagship event in the British film industry calendar, does not feature enough black and ethnic minority nominees, the head of the awards body has admitted. 

Amanda Berry, chief executive of Bafta, said that she was backing a protest by black performers that will be held outside tomorrow’s event, as she heaped blame on the film industry for failing to create enough opportunities for ethnic minority actors. Idris Elba is the only black star out of twenty performers who feature in the four main acting categories at tomorrow’s Baftas, and Ms Berry told the Telegraph: “Not enough films are being made with diverse talent in front of the camera. Our industry isn’t diverse enough, so the pool of people to draw award winners from isn’t diverse enough. I want the awards to be as diverse as they possibly can be. But people can only vote on what they’ve seen. 

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News | Warner Bros Names ‘Creed’ Director Ryan Coogler as Creative Ambassador in the U.K.

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Reposted from Variety

Ryan Coogler, director and co-writer of Creed, has been named as the first Warner Bros. Creative Talent Ambassador in the U.K. The news comes as the studio’s Creative Talent program welcomed participants of its third season.

Coogler was supported early in his career by the Time Warner Foundation in partnership with Sundance Institute, which enabled him to develop his first feature film, Fruitvale Station. The film went on to win the Grand Jury Prize and the audience award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Coogler said: “Having experienced firsthand the support and impact of programs similar to Warner Bros. Creative Talent, it is fantastic to know that passionate young people of all backgrounds are being given the chance to follow their dreams here in the U.K. This can be a tough industry, and so we need to do what we can to bring talented young people into it.”

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Watch | History release trailer for ‘Roots’ mini-series starring Malachi Kirby

Reposted from Coming Soon

HISTORY premieres Roots on Memorial Day 2016, airing over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning Monday, May 30, it was announced today by Paul Buccieri, President of A&E and HISTORY. The four-night, eight-hour event series developed by HISTORY, from A+E Studios, is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. Roots will be simulcast on A&E and Lifetime, in addition to HISTORY. Check out the Roots trailer above.

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News | New Grayson Perry series to explore ‘masculinity’

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Reposted from Swan Films 

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 ManGrayson will explore the changing lives and changing expectations of men in modern Britain.

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News | BBC Three announce new shows and partnership with Idris Elba

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Reposted from BBC Media Centre

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.

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News | David Ajala lands role in new USA Network series ‘Falling Water’

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Reposted from Variety 

'Falling Water' has been ordered to series at USA Network. The drama hails from 'The Walking Dead’s' Gale Anne Hurd, 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.

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