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Win My Hero Academia Season Two Part One on DVD

My Hero Academia Season Two Part One

FEAR not citizens, because My Hero Academia Season Two Part One is here!

Enroll in a breathtaking new season of the action-packed anime hit when the new semester begins on April 2, 2018, with the series available on DVD and Blu-ray™ , courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Featuring the first 12 episodes, dive deeper into FunimationNow’s most simulcast show of 2017 and the world of heroes as our trainees face a trial more exciting and challenging than any exam – the UA High Sports Festival!

Based on Kōhei Horikoshi’s New York Times best-selling manga from Weekly Shonen Jump, the iconic home of Dragon Ball Z and Naruto, My Hero Academia is a coming of age story against the backdrop of a world where superheroes are not only real, but a viable profession.

Izuku “Deku” Midoriya is one of the few born without a “quirk” power, but that won’t stop him from enrolling in the prestigious U.A. High School to chase his dream of becoming the next symbol of peace, like his idol and mentor, All Might.

Kenji Nagasaki (Gundam Build Fighters) serves as director at the beloved BONES (Fullmetal Alchemist, Soul Eater), with Yoshihiko Umakoshi (Berserk) as Chief Animation Director and Character Designer. The series score is composed by Yuuki Hayashi (One Piece Film: Gold).

Daiki Yamashita (Dimension W) stars in the series alongside Kenta Miyake (Assassination Classroom), Nobuhiko Okamoto (Blue Exorcist) and Ayane Sakura (Love Live! School idol project). Justin Briner (Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign) leads the English language dub with Christopher R. Sabat (Fullmetal Alchemist), Clifford Chapin (Attack On Titan) and Luci Christian (One Piece).

Special Features:


• All 12 Episodes

• Episode 13.5 “Hero Notebook”


• All 12 Episodes

• Episode 13.5 “Hero Notebook”

• 11 Inside the Episodes

• Anime Expo 2017: Interview with Yoshihiko Umakoshi

• Promo videos

• Textless opening and closing songs.

Available to pre-order now at Zavvi on Blu-ray and DVD


Class 1-A made a name for themselves after facing The League of Villains, but an even greater challenge is about to begin. These young heroes will now fight students from other classes in the world’s biggest Quirk competition-the U.A. sports festival! With dreams at stake and friends turning to adversaries, Deku will give everything he’s got in his grand debut as the world’s next symbol of peace.

My Hero Academia Season Two Part One contains 12 episodes with an approximate run time of 25 minutes each and is rated 15.

Win My Hero Academia Season Two Part One on DVD

To celebrate the release of My Hero Academia Season Two Part One on DVD on Monday, April 2, 2018, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win a copy. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who wrote the New York Times best-selling manga upon which My Hero Academia Season Two Part One is based?

Simply send the answer to My Hero Academia Season Two Part One competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

King Lear: First-look photo of Anthony Hopkins and Florence Pugh

King Lear

Story by Jack Foley

A FIRST-look image has been released from the BBC’s King Lear, starring Anthony Hopkins and Florence Pugh.

BAFTA® and Olivier® Award-winning director Richard Eyre’s adaptation of King Lear will premiere on BBC2 this Spring.

Set in the fictional present, King Lear sees Academy® Award winner Hopkins (The Dresser, Nixon, Silence of the Lambs) as the eponymous ruler, presiding over a totalitarian military dictatorship in England.

Academy® Award and BAFTA® Award winner Emma Thompson (The Children Act, The Remains of the Day, Sense and Sensibility) stars as his oldest daughter Goneril.

Academy® Award nominee and BAFTA® Award winner Emily Watson (Theory of Everything, Genius) stars as his middle daughter Regan, and BAFTA® nominee Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth, Marcella) as Cordelia, the youngest of Lear’s children.

Academy® Award and BAFTA® Award winner Jim Broadbent (Iris, Game of Thrones) is the Earl of Gloucester, with BAFTA® Award winner Andrew Scott (Sherlock, The Hollow Crown) as his loyal son Edgar and John Macmillan (Hanna, Chewing Gum) as his illegitimate son, Edmund.

Emmy® Award nominated Jim Carter (Downton Abbey, Cranford) is the Earl of Kent, with Emmy® Award winner Christopher Eccleston (The Leftovers, Thor: The Dark World) as Oswald, and Golden Globe® nominee Tobias Menzies (Outlander, The Terror) as The Duke of Cornwall.

Anthony Calf (New Tricks, Riviera) plays the Duke of Albany and Karl Johnson (Wittgenstein, Rome) is Lear’s loyal jester the Fool.

King Lear has been commissioned by Charlotte Moore at the BBC, and is produced by Playground (Wolf Hall, Howards End, Little Women) and Sonia Friedman Productions (The Dresser) in association with Lemaise Pictures Limited for BBC Two. The drama is a co-production with Amazon Studios.

Kelly Macdonald joins BBC drama The Victim with John Hannah

Boardwalk Empire

Story by Jack Foley

KELLY Macdonald has joined the cast of new BBC legal drama The Victim alongside John Hannah and James Harkness.

The four-part drama, which has now begun filming in Scotland, has been created by Rob Williams, the man behind the Amazon hit The Man in the High Castle.

Set in Edinburgh and Greenock, the show will focus on Scotland’s unique legal system, and will be told through the eyes of the plaintiff and the accused.

Anna Dean (Macdonald) plays the Edinburgh mother of a nine-year-old boy who was murdered 15 years ago by a then 13-year-old.

Having campaigned to be told of the killer’s new identity and whereabouts, she is accused of revealing his new name online. But what exactly is she guilty of and what is she capable of doing in her son’s name?

Meanwhile, Craig Myers (Harkness) is a hard-working family man from Greenock who becomes the victim of a vicious attack after being branded online as a notorious child murderer living under a new identity.

Is he simply the tragic victim of mistaken identity or the convicted murderer he’s suspected of being?

The ensemble drama is rounded out by Jamie Sives, Karla Crome, Ramon Tikaram, Cal MacAninch, Chloe Pirrie and Isis Hainsworth.

Win Girlfriends on DVD


WITH a brilliantly fresh take on female friendship, the highly-acclaimed new drama Girlfriends brings together three of Britain’s great acting talents: Phyllis Logan, Miranda Richardson and Zoe Wanamaker. Following its run on ITV, this powerful series is set for DVD release courtesy of Acorn Media International.

This thoroughly engaging and entertaining drama follows the lives of three very different women facing the many obstacles that life has thrown at them; from bereavement, divorce and family problems, to age discrimination and health issues, but the one thing that holds them together is their strong bond.

The years have flown by for life-long friends Linda, Sue and Gail, yet their lives seem more complicated than ever. When Linda’s (Logan, The Good Karma Hospital, Downton Abbey), husband Micky vanishes from a cruise ship on their wedding anniversary, she suddenly finds herself on her own for the first time in nearly 30 years.

Widowed and out of her depth she turns to her old friends Gail (Wanamaker, Mr Selfridge, My Family) and Sue (Richardson, Map and Lucia, And Then There Were None), for support, but they all have their own problems to face.

As our girlfriends come back together to support their grieving friend, it’s clear Linda, Gail and Sue’s lives have changed over the years, but true friendship remains the same no matter how much time has passed.

This six-part series arrives as a two-disc DVD set on February 26, 2018.

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To celebrate the release of Girlfriends on DVD on February 26, 2018, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who created hit ITV series Girlfriends (Clue, the answer is in our preview)?

A) Jimmy McGovern
B) Kay Mellor
C) Abi Morgan

Simply send the answer to Girlfriends competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

Annabella Sciorra joins Luke Cage: Season 2

Annabella Sciorra

Story by Jack Foley

ANNABELLA Sciorra has joined the cast of Luke Cage for its second season.

The former Sopranos and Hand That Rocks The Cradle star will play a new villain, Rosalie Carbone, in the show’s sophomore run on Netflix.

Carbone is described as a mobster with ties to a very different Marvel vigilante: Frank Castle, aka The Punisher.

In the comics, Castle and Carbone have a brief fling, which ends once she realizes his true identity.

Netflix further describe the character as a dangerous downtown criminal underworld power player with an eye, and an agenda, toward Harlem, which means she could now go head to head against Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard), who is also returning to the Marvel-Netflix universe.

Sciorra, who is also set to appear in season two of Netflix’s G.L.O.W., was most recently seen at the Academy Awards, appearing onstage alongside Salma Hayek and Ashley Judd in support of the Me Too and Time’s Up movements.

Mike Colter plays Luke Cage in the Netflix superhero series.

Oscar winning short film The Silent Child to be shown on BBC1

The Silent Child

Story by Jack Foley

OSCAR-winning British short film The Silent Child is to be shown on BBC1 on Good Friday, giving UK viewers the first chance to see it.

Written and directed by ex-Hollyoaks stars Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton, the 20-minute film tells the tale of a young deaf girl who struggles to communicate. Maisie Sly, a six-year-old girl from Swindon, plays the title role.

The film subsequently went onto win the Academy Award for Best Short Film and drew widespread attention when Shenton, 30, used sign language during her acceptance speech.

The filmmaker, from Stoke-On-Trent, was inspired to write the film because of her own family’s experience as, when she was 12, her father went deaf after receiving treatment for chemotherapy.

She subsequently learned sign language and became a qualified British Sign Language Interpreter and ambassador for the National Deaf Children’s Society.

She and her fiance, Overton, cast Maisie after conducting a nationwide search and auditioning 100 children. And in another ‘aah’ moment at this year’s Oscars, Maisie also travelled to Los Angeles with them to attend the ceremony and accept the award.

Shenton and Overton have since revealed that they now hope to turn the short into a feature length film.

The Silent Child will be shown on BBC1 on Good Friday, March 30, 2018, at 19:40 BST.

Requiem (Lydia Wilson) - Preview


Preview by Jack Foley

FROM THE team behind The Missing comes Requiem, a thrilling new psychological thriller with a difference. This taut psychological, supernatural thriller is set to air on the BBC and follows on DVD, courtesy of Acorn Media International.

Matilda, hauntingly played by Lydia Wilson (Ripper Street) – is a young cellist whose life is suddenly turned upside down by her mother’s inexplicable and devastating suicide.

Still suffering from shock, a strange, disturbing discovery in her mother’s house leads her to a Welsh village – a place haunted by its own past, where 23 years earlier a young girl disappeared without trace. The secrets Matilda uncovers threaten to unravel her identity.

Written by Kris Mrksa (Underbelly), this compelling, spellbinding series features a stellar cast including Joel Fry (Plebs), James Frecheville (Transparent), Claire Rushbrook (Home Fires), Tara Fitzgerald (In The Club), Richard Harrington (Poldark), Joanna Scanlan (No Offence) and Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey).

Requiem arrives as a six-part series with a behind-the-scenes special feature on DVD on March 19, 2018.

The X-Files: Season 11 - Episode 7, Rm9sbG93ZXJz - Review

X-Files: Season 7, Rm9sbG93ZXJz

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

THE X-Files might just have delivered its best episode of Season 7 with the AI-based Rm9sbG93ZXJz.

Refreshingly devoid of the conspiracy element that has dragged down so many episodes of late, this stand-alone adventure was both knowingly humorous and frighteningly real, not least because it dealt with a potential reality that we, as a society, seem all too willing to march towards: and that’s becoming all too reliable on technology to the point of becoming subservient to it.

As the episode opened, Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) were in a diner, ordering a Chinese meal. They were both using their phones and placing their order via a computer screen. There were no waiters, and no fellow diners.

When one of their dishes arrived in unexpected form, Mulder went into the kitchen to complain, only to find yet more robots preparing the dishes. Moments later, they were paying for their food but refusing to leave a tip, prompting the robots to strike back.

What followed was a gradually worsening state of affairs for Mulder and Scully as they made their way, separately, home. The cyber attacks grew ever more dangerous. Machines they depended on – from house alarms to phone call back systems – turned against them, isolating them so that they were eventually in harm’s way.

Admittedly, the final moments were laughably OTT, while the resolution – or way out for the protagonists – was easy to predict. But this in no way detracted from the overall enjoyment of the episode, or the thought-provoking nature of what it had to say about modern life.

The opening 20 minutes or so (and especially the diner-based scenes) were like an X-Files version of Wall-E for the way in which neither Mulder or Scully were allowed to use words. There was a delightful dance going on between them, as humans seemingly incapable of interacting with each other, and the machines they were so reliant on for placing an order or obtaining their news fix.

We’ve all been guilty of burying our heads into a mobile phone when there are people around us who we could just as easily talk to. And who hasn’t smirked, at times, when receiving a Facebook update of a couple of friends out to dinner with each other, who have taken the time to post a ‘real-time’ update, as well as a ‘like’ of each other’s post? The irony is abundantly clear – you’re out together; save the social media updates for later!

Worse, with so much information about ourselves being available at the touch of a button, how many steps away are we from being disabled if technology breaks down, or even takes over? We’ve also enjoyed films that present a Terminator-style ‘what if?’ scenario, and marvelled at the likes of Black Mirror in predicting an AI-led future. But – as the episode suggested in the pre-credits tease – what if AI can really learn from humans? Are we feeding it bad habits to emulate?

And going back to Wall-E, that film also went onto depict a future in which humans had become so reliant on machines that they were too out of shape to believe anything but the mis-information they were being fed… not to mention the easy lifestyle they were being [life]-supported in leading: everything at the touch of a button to make things that much easier.

Hell, we are only two steps away [if that] from being able to order the driverless car that came to pick up Scully. The nightmare scenario being depicted in Rm9sbG93ZXJz might not be that too big a stretch.

Yet while certainly thought-provoking in the ‘what kind of future are we inviting?’ kind of sense, Rm9sbG93ZXJz also deserves credit for not being heavy-handed. There was a lightness of touch to proceedings, too, fuelled by the chemistry and camaraderie that exists between Mulder and Scully and the short-hand between the actors playing them, thereby allowing the episode to play out with virtually no dialogue for long periods of the time.

Rm9sbG93ZXJz was a glorious reminder of just how good The X-Files can be, especially in stand-alone episode form. It’s why we continue to support the show even when it doesn’t always hit the heights we once consistently expected from it.

The X-Files: Season 11 airs on Channel 5 on Monday nights from 11pm.

Tom Sturridge, Toni Collette and John Malkovixch join Netflix's untitled Jake Gyllenhaal thriller

The Boat That Rocked

Story by Jack Foley

TOM Sturridge, Toni Collette and John Malkovich are among the high-profile names to have joined the cast of Netflix’s untitled Jake Gyllenhaal horror-thriller.

The film, which reunites the actor with his Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy, also stars Rene Russo in one of the main roles.

Additional names to have been added to the ensemble include British actress Zawe Ashton, Stranger Things breakout Natalia Dyer, Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs and Billy Magnussen.

The plot follows big-money artists and mega-collectors who pay a high price when art collides with commerce.

Production is currently underway in Los Angeles, with the movie due to premiere sometime in 2018.

For Ashton, in particular, the role is a huge coup, having beat out several actresses for the part.

Her most recent credits include the Showtime series Guerrilla and Nocturnal Animals, which also starred Gyllenhaal. She can be next in Neil Jordan’s The Widow.

Sturridge (pictured above) is best known for his Tony-nominated role in Orphans. He was most recently seen next in WW1 drama Journey’s End.

Dyer is best known as Nancy on Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things and is expected to return to the role for Season 3.

Diggs, who was most recently seen in Lionsgate’s Wonder, is most famous for his role as Thomas Jefferson in the Broadway and West End sensation Hamilton.

For Gilroy, Gyllenhaal and Russo, the horror-thriller marks a reunion after teaming up on Gilroy’s directorial debut Nightcrawler, which earned Gilroy an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay.

HBO's Francesca Orsi teases 'going big' on Game of Thrones spin-offs

Game of Thrones

Story by Jack Foley

FRANCESCA Orsi, senior vice-president of drama at HBO, has been talking a little bit more about what to expect from the Game of Thrones spin-offs – and it’s going to be big!

Speaking at a panel titled “The Best of HBO” at the INTV conference in Israel on Tuesday, Orsi said that the network has budgeted the spin-offs somewhere close to the level of the original series – but above the budgetthe show had in its first few seasons.

“$50 million (per season) would never fly for what we are trying to do. We are going big,” she said.

She said that to try and cut costs [or corners] in bringing the spin-offs the same level of critical and fan adulation as Game of Thrones itself would be unwise. Rather, it “feels like corporate malfeasance to not continue it”.

Hence, Orsi also confirmed that the network is planning “three, four, five spinoffs” of the original series.

Needless to say, no details have been unveiled concerning which characters and what time frames the spin-offs will handle.

What is known is that, last year, HBO teamed with Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass/Kingsman), Brian Helgeland (Legend) and Carly Wray (The Leftovers) to develop separate spin-off series based on the fantasy world created by writer George R.R. Martin.

And speaking of Game of Thrones itself, Orsi predicted that the keenly-anticipated final season will not disappoint.

She referred to a table read of the last few episodes with the show’s cast which she described as “a really powerful moment in our lives and our careers”.

She added: “None of the cast had received the scripts prior, and one by one they started to fall down to their deaths. By the end, the last few words on the final script, the tears just started falling down. Then there was applause that lasted 15 minutes.”