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Fast & Furious animated series heading to Netflix

Fast & Furious 8

Story by Jack Foley

NETFLIX has teamed up with DreamWorks Animation and Universal Pictures for a new animated TV series based on The Fast and the Furious franchise.

The animated show will revolve around teenager Tony Toretto, who follows in the footsteps of his cousin Dom when he and his friends are recruited by a government agency to infiltrate an elite racing league serving as a front for a nefarious crime organization bent on world domination.

The series is the first to come out of a newly expanded deal that gives the streaming giant a first-look at DreamWorks Animation shows based on Universal film properties.

Commenting on the announcement, Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids and Family and Netflix, said: “We are thrilled to take our fantastic partnership with DreamWorks Animation to the next level with new opportunities from the vast library of Universal Pictures.

The Fast and the Furious franchise is a global phenomenon beloved by audiences of all ages, and we can’t wait to get started on the new animated series that will capture the action, heart, humour and global appeal of the feature films.”

Tim Hedrick (DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender) and Bret Haaland (All Hail King Julien) will serve as executive producers and showrunners.

Vin Diesel, Neal Moritz and Chris Morgan, who also serve as producers on the live-action Fast and the Furious franchise, will also executive produce the animated show.

The Fast & Furious film franchise has already unspooled eight films and grossed $5 billion worldwide. The ninth and 10th films in the franchise bow in April 2020 and April 2021.

The most recent was Fast & Furious 8.

The Good Karma Hospital: Series 2 - Preview

The Good Karma Hospital Series 2

Preview by Jack Foley

FOLLOWING the hugely popular first series, we return to the stunning shores of South India and the close-knit community of The Good Karma Hospital. Following its run on ITV, The Good Karma Hospital: Series Two arrives on DVD thanks to Acorn Media International, alongside The Good Karma Hospital Complete Series One and Two DVD Box Set on April 23, 2018.

Amanda Redman is back as the formidable Dr Lydia Fonseca, head of the run down, but resourceful medical centre in the tropical Indian coastal town. Alongside her hardy team she’s ready to face new challenges.

It’s a year since junior doctor Ruby Walker (Amrita Acharia), moved to Kerala looking for a fresh start and a distraction from her broken heart, and now settled in her new life it’s time for her to take on more responsibility.

When a storm hits and the hospital’s generator fails, Ruby’s new found confidence is put to the test, will she make the right decision or has she been pushed too far?

A surprise connection to her Indian family gives Ruby a deeper understanding of her heritage and brings her closer to Dr Gabriel Varma (James Floyd ), but she must decide if she’s ready for romance.

Neil Morrissey (Line of Duty) returns as Greg, a local bar owner and Lydia’s on-off boyfriend. After trying to make a go of things at the end of series one, the couple realise they might not be on the same page when talk of marriage arises.

As the medics face professional and personal challenges, their dedication and skills are pushed to the limits.

Lydia, Ruby, and the rest of The Good Karma Hospital team will come to understand that by working together, they can face any challenge and rely on each other through good times and bad.

Win The Shannara Chronicles: Season 2 on DVD

The Shannara Chronicles

Preview by Jack Foley

STUDIOCANAL is proud to announce that Season 2 of the sci-fi adventure drama The Shannara Chronicles will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on April 30, 2018. Pre-order now. To celebrate, we’re giving away 2xDVD copies!

A year after the events of last season, The Four Lands is in chaos. The re-emergence of magic has the populace terrified, and an organization called The Crimson is hunting down magic users, using fear and intimidation to sow discord among the races.

Wil (Austin Butler, Aliens in the Attic), scarred by the loss of Amberle and his separation from Eretria (Ivana Baquero, Pan’s Labyrinth), has turned his back on his magical destiny to become a healer.

But when a mysterious woman named Mareth (Malese Jow, NCIS: Los Angeles) saves Wil from a Crimson attack, he is forced to rejoin the fight.

After reuniting with Eretria, Wil and Mareth seek out Allanon, only to learn that the Druid’s former protégé, Bandon, is on a mission to resurrect a creature of darkest evil: The Warlock Lord.

Together, our heroes must band together to take down The Crimson and prevent Bandon from unleashing an even greater threat upon the Four Lands, before it’s too late.

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The Shannara Chronicles will be available on Blu-ray and DVD from April 30, 2018. Pre-order now

Susan Sarandon returning to Ray Donovan as series regular

Susan Sarandon in The Lovely Bones

Story by Jack Foley

SUSAN Sarandon is returning to Ray Donovan as a series regular.

The Oscar-winning actress will reprise the role of studio head Samantha Winslow in the Showtime drama’s forthcoming sixth season having appeared in seven episodes during the 2017 run.

However, anyone anticipating more of the same from the sixth run of the drama had best think again – big changes lie in store.

For starters, production has relocated from Los Angeles to New York, with filming having commenced in April.

Sarandon’s return seemed all-but-assured with the way the last season ended, her character one of the last

Sarandon has been enjoying a strong run of TV roles recently, having also earned rave reviews for her portrayal of Bette Davis in Ryan Murphy’s Feud and successfully lending her voice to multiple animated projects — including Netflix’s Neo Yokio.

Strike - Career of Evil - Preview

Strike: Career of Evil

Preview by Jack Foley

THE third series of the critically acclaimed TV detective series based on J.K. Rowling’s best-selling crime novels written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, Strike – Career of Evil will be available to own on DVD from 16th April 2018, courtesy of Warner Bros Home Entertainment.

For the first time, the Strike series’; The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm and Career of Evil will be available to own as a complete box set, on DVD from April 16, 2018.

Strike, a war veteran turned private detective operating out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street.

He’s wounded both physically and psychologically, but Strike’s unique insight and his background as an SIB Investigator prove crucial in hunting down a killer who seems determined to seek revenge on Strike by framing him for murder and destroying his life.

© Brontë Productions Limited. © 2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.

More about Strike – Career of Evil

Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger lead a stunning cast including Kerr Logan (Alias Grace, Game of Thrones), Andrew Brooke (Children of Men, Jack The Giant Slayer), Emmanuella Cole (Eastenders, Thorne: Sleepyhead), Ben Crompton (Kill List, Game of Thrones), Jessica Gunning (Trollied, Pride), Matt King (Bronson, RocknRolla), Killian Scott (’71, Damnation) and Kierston Wareing (Fish Tank, Bonded by Blood) for the third part of the major new BBC One series; Strike – Career of Evil.

Tom Burke, who most recently starred in BBC’s epic War & Peace as ‘Fedor Dolokhov’ and in The Musketeers as Athos, is Strike, a war veteran turned private detective operating out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street.

He’s wounded both physically and psychologically, but Strike’s unique insight and his background as an SIB Investigator prove crucial in hunting down a killer who seems determined to seek revenge on Strike by framing him for murder and destroying his life.

Holliday Grainger, who most recently starred in BBC’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover as Lady Constance Chatterley, plays Robin, now Strike’s business partner. Though she began as a temporary secretary, she soon became involved with his caseload and was eventually offered partnership at the end of The Silkworm. Like Strike, she comes under threat in this story.

Mackenzie Crook to star in Worzel Gummidge remake

Three And Out

Story by Jack Foley

MACKENZIE Crook is to star in a television remake of classic children’s series Worzel Gummidge.

The show, which will reportedly be screened on the BBC, will be based on the books by Barbara Euphan Todd, rather than the late 1970s TV show, which starred Doctor Who‘s Jon Pertwee.

Crook will play the lead, a talking scarecrow.

A statement on behalf of the former star of The Office confirmed he is working on “a new contemporary adaptation of the original Worzel Gummidge books”.

“It’s in the very early stages of development, so scripts have not yet been written,” the spokesperson said.

The BBC has yet to confirm the remaking of the show.

Pertwee played Worzel from 1979 to 1981 over the course of four ITV series. He went on to make a further two series when the show was reprised in 1987.

Crook may be fondly remembered for his performance as Gareth in The Office but he is also enjoyed film success as part of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and further TV fame on critically-acclaimed series The Detectorists alongside Toby Jones.

He has also been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for his debut novel, The Windvale Sprites, which he also illustrated.

Win Below The Surface: Complete Season 1 on DVD

Below The Surface

Compiled by Jack Foley

FOLLOWING its transmission on BBC Four, STUDIOCANAL is pleased to announce that the explosive Danish Nordic Noir crime thriller Below The Surface will be available on Digital Download on April 8, and DVD from April 9, 2018. It is available to order now.

This thrilling eight-part series comes from creator Kaspar Barfoed, whilst BAFTA award-winning writer/creator of The Killing, Søren Sveistrup, joins fellow BAFTA winner and Borgen creator Adam Price and A Royal Affair producer Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen as fellow executive producers.

On a rainy October morning, fifteen Danes have their lives turned upside down when the metro train they are travelling on is hijacked by unknown perpetrators, who will threaten to kill each of them, one by one, if their demands aren’t met.

This is the beginning of a historic hostage situation that, over the course of one single week, changes Denmark forever. The politicians argue whether or not to negotiate with terrorists. In the press, there are discussions on where the line is drawn in portraying the captives and seeking out their families. Ordinary Danes are left thinking that it could have been them.

Among the hostages, the thoughts vary between rebellion, negotiation and apathy, but one thought is shared by all: “Am I going to die now?”

From SAM Productions comes Below The Surface, a sophisticated Scandinavian thriller set against the backdrop of Copenhagen in crisis.

Win Below The Surface: Complete Season 1 on DVD

To celebrate the release of Below The Surface: Complete Season 1 on DVD on Monday, April 9, 2018, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 2 box sets. Simply answer the following question…

Q. How many people are hijacked in Below The Surface?

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BAFTA TV awards 2018: Line of Duty leads nominations

Line of Duty

Story by Jack Foley

GRITTY police drama Line of Duty leads the BAFTA TV nominations with a total of four.

The show is up for best drama series, best leading actress for Thandie Newton and best supporting actor for Adrian Dunbar. It is also shortlisted for must-see moment of 2017, the only BAFTA TV award voted for by the public.

Other notable nominations included Claire Foy, who was shortlisted for the second year running as best leading actress for her role as Queen Elizabeth in Netflix series The Crown.

Vanessa Kirby – who plays Princess Margaret in the series – received a nomination for best supporting actress, while the royal drama also picked up a nomination for best drama series.

The Crown was one of three shows to receive three nominations. BBC drama Three Girls and fellow Netflix show Black Mirror also scored a triple.

Black Mirror has two first-time nominees recognised for their performances: a leading actor nomination for Joe Cole for Hang The DJ, which is also nominated in the single drama category, and a supporting actor nomination for Jimmi Simpson for USS Callister.

In the best drama series category, Peaky Blinders and The End of the F***ing World complete the category.

Tim Pigott-Smith received a posthumous nomination for playing the titular role in BBC Two drama King Charles III. The TV play, which also received a nomination for best single drama, sees Prince Charles’ accession to the throne dissolve into political chaos when the monarch refuses to sign a parliamentary bill. It was adapted by Mike Bartlett from his play of the same name.

Pigott-Smith, who previously won a BAFTA for his role in the 1984 TV series The Jewel in the Crown, died last year.

Among the actresses to receive first-time nominations were Julie Hesmondhalgh, who was shortlisted as best supporting actress for her performance in ITV’s Broadchurch, in which she played rape victim Trish Winterman in the third and final season.

Anna Friel also received a nomination in the supporting actress category for Broken. Her co-star, Sean Bean, is nominated for best leading actor for his role as a Catholic priest in the BBC One drama.

Graham Norton received his 16th BAFTA nomination, picking up a nod for best entertainment performance for BBC One’s The Graham Norton Show, while Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have received a TV nomination for their show Saturday Night Takeaway.

Michelle Keegan and Ore Oduba announced the nominations at BAFTA on Wednesday. The awards take place on May 13, 2018, hosted by Sue Perkins.

The nominations in full

Leading actor
Sean Bean – Broken
Joe Cole – Hang the DJ (Black Mirror)
Tim Piggott-Smith – King Charles III
Jack Rowan – Born to Kill

Leading actress
Claire Foy – The Crown
Sinead Keenan – Little Boy Blue
Thandie Newton – Line of Duty
Molly Windsor – Three Girls

Supporting actress
Anna Friel – Broken
Julie Hesmondhalgh – Broadchurch
Liv Hill – Three Girls
Vanessa Kirby – The Crown

Supporting actor
Adrian Dunbar – Line of Duty
Anupam Kher – The Boy with the Topknot
Brian F. O’Byrne – Little Boy Blue
Jimmi Simpson – USS Callister (Black Mirror)

Entertainment performance
Adam Hills – The Last Leg
Michael McIntyre – Michael McIntyre’s Big Show
Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show
Sandi Toksvig – QI

Male performance in a comedy programme
Rob Brydon – The Trip to Spain
Asim Chaudhry – People Just Do Nothing
Toby Jones – Detectorists
Samson Kayo – Famalam

Female performance in a comedy programme
Daisy May Cooper – This Country
Sian Gibson – Peter Kay’s Car Share
Sharon Horgan – Catastrophe
Anna Maxwell Martin – Motherland

Drama series
The Crown
The End of the F****** World
Line of Duty
Peaky Blinders

Single drama
Against the Law
Hang the DJ
King Charles III
Murdered for Being Different

Howards End
The Moorside
The State
Three Girls

Soap and continuing drama
Coronation Street

Big Little Lies
Feud: Bette and Joan
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Vietnam War

Entertainment programme
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
Britain’s Got Talent
Michael McIntyre’s Big Show
The Voice UK

Comedy and comedy entertainment programme
The Last Leg
Murder in Successville
Would I Lie to You?

Scripted comedy
Chewing Gum
This Country

Antiques Roadshow
Cruising with Jane McDonald
No More Boys and Girls
The Secret Life of the Zoo

Must-see moment
Blue Planet II – Mother pilot whale grieves
Doctor Who – The 13th Doctor is revealed
Game of Thrones – Viserion is killed by the Night King
Line of Duty – Huntley’s narrow escape
Love Island – Stormzy makes a surprise appearance
One Love Manchester – Ariana Grande sings One Last Time

Current affairs
Raped: My Story
Syria’s Disappeared: The Case Against Assad (Dispatches)
Undercover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets (Panorama)
White Right: Meeting The Enemy (Exposure)

Single documentary
Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me
Louis Theroux: Talking to Anorexia
One Deadly Weekend in America
Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad

Factual series
Catching a Killer

Reality and constructed factual
Celebrity Hunted
Love Island
Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds
The Real Full Monty

Specialist factual
Basquiat – Rage to Riches
Blitz: The Bombs that Changed Britain
Blue Planet II
Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents

News coverage
The Battle for Mosul (Sky News)
The Grenfell Tower Fire (Channel 4 News)
The Grenfell Tower Fire (ITV News at Ten)
The Rohingya Crisis (Sky News)

Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko (Sky Sports/Sky Sports Box Office)
Six Nations: Wales v England (BBC Sport/BBC One)
The Grand National (ITV Sport/ITV)
Uefa Women’s Euro semi-final: England v Neterlands (Whisper Films/Channel 4)

Live event
ITV News Election 2017 Live: The Results
One Love Manchester
Wild Alaska Live
World War One Remembered: Passchendael

Kenneth Branagh to star in A Gentleman in Moscow for TV

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Story by Jack Foley

KENNETH Branagh is to star in and produce a TV adaptation of A Gentleman in Moscow.

Based on the Amor Towles novel of the same name, the period drama will see Branagh playing the protagonist, Count Alexander Rostov, who, after being named an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin.

Living in an attic room during a tumultuous period of Russian history, the Count witnesses events unfold from outside the hotel’s doors.

Tom Harper, whose film credits include The Scouting Book for Boys and The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, is on board to direct the TV series.

The project reteams Branagh with Mark Gordon, who was recently named president and chief content officer at eOne, after their collaboration on Branagh’s own Murder on the Orient Express, in which he starred and directed.

Branagh’s credits as an actor and/or director include Much Ado About Nothing, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Dunkirk. On TV, he was also popular as the famed detective Wallander.

Gordon commented in a statement: “Ken is a world class talent celebrated for portraying captivating and layered characters, and Tom is a master at crafting gripping and thought-provoking television.”

Win A Place To Call Home Series 5 on DVD

A Place To Call Home: Series Five

Preview by Jack Foley

FILLED with scandalous secrets, family drama and romance, Australia’s multi award-winning *A Place To Call Home returns for series five and arrives on DVD, alongside A Place To Call Home Complete Series One to Five Box Set courtesy of Acorn Media International on April 2, 2018, following its run on BBC One.

Featuring Jack Irish favourite Marta Dusseldorp in the lead role and set against the sweeping backdrop of 1950s Australia, A Place To Call Home tells the story of nurse Sarah Adams, a woman with a mysterious past, who returns to Australia after 20 years abroad.

An encounter on her voyage home ties her to the Blighs, a wealthy pastoralist family living in New South Wales who have some secrets of their own.

The series stars a stellar cast including Noni Hazlehurst, Brett Climo, Craig Hall, Abby Earl and David Barry.

Four years after we first met the Bligh family, series five finds their estate, Ash Park, in danger. It’s 1958 and the malicious Sir Richard Bennett’s involvement in their financial affairs puts their ownership at risk. Could Regina be their only hope of salvation or can’t they trust anyone to help save their home?

Make a place in your heart and a place in your DVD collection for A Place To Call Home.

Win A Place To Call Home Series 5 on DVD

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Q. In which year is the fifth series of A Place To Call Home Series set?

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