Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary celebrations have added David Tennant who will reprise his role as the tenth Doctor for the first time since 2010. Billie Piper and John Hurt are also coming on board. They will join current Doctor, Matt Smith, and Jenna-Louise Coleman, who joined the series this season as the new companion. The latest Doctor Who series picks up again tonight in both the UK and the U.S.
Tennant, currently starring in ITV drama Boradchurch – which will air on BBC America Stateside – was the tenth Doctor over three series. He’ll next be seen on BBC America in the two-part Spies Of Warsaw that starts April 3. Piper played companion Rose Tyler for two series following the reboot in 2005.
The Doctor Who anniversary special will form part of major celebrations planned by the BBC for November. The special is produced by BBC Cymru Wales for BBC One, written by Steven Moffat and directed by Nick Hurran. Filming starts this week.
Shooting kicked off today on BBC One‘s three-part legal thriller The Escape Artist with David Tennant in the lead. The drama was created and written by David Wolstencroft (Spooks, MI-5) and also stars Extras‘ … Read More »
BBC America has acquired the eight-part ensemble British drama series Broadchurch starring David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Vicky McClure and Arthur Darvill. In the vein of The Killing, Broadchurch explores what happens to a small community … Read More »
Doctor Who fever continues. The long-running show, whose last season was the most-watched series ever on BBC America and the most downloaded on iTunes, is getting the TV-movie treatment. With its 50th anniversary fast approaching, the good … Read More »
As it increases its investment in original British fare, Sky has acquired Parthenon Media Group to establish an international distribution arm within the company. Parthenon founder and CEO Carl Hall will oversee the new business. Sky has said … Read More »
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David Tennant and Emily Watson will play a husband and wife in upcoming three-part BBC Two series, The Politician’s Husband. The story follows the shifting balance of power in a political marriage and the consequences when a wife becomes more … Read More »
The UK’s Sky Arts, which earlier this year announced it would triple its budget, has commissioned a series of one-off original TV dramas and comedies that will fall under the Playhouse Presents label. Among the notable projects, Walking The Dogs sees Emma Thompson play Queen Elizabeth in a comedy-drama about an intruder who made his way into her bedroom in 1982. Walking The Dogs is based on the night Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace, entered the Queen’s boudoir and chatted with her for a while until the police took him away. The title refers to Fagan’s window of access – a guard who was supposed to be positioned outside the Queen’s door was out walking her dogs. Eddie Marsan (Tyrannosaur, Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows) and Russell Tovey, who has a role in the Emma Thompson-penned Effie, are co-stars. Other shows just announced by Sky Arts, part of the BSkyB group of channels, will include such British talent as David Tennant, Olivia Williams, Stephen Fry and Hayley Atwell along with some non-Brits like Stellan Skarsgard and Harry Shearer. The latter is starring in Nixon’s The One, a verbatim account of Richard Nixon’s Read More »
Sony Pictures Animation and Aardman Animations announced they’ve set Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Brian Blessed, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey and Ashley Jenson to provide the voices in The Pirates! Band of Misfits, … Read More »
Simon Cowell and his X Factor producers won best entertainment show at tonight’s Royal Television Society awards in London. And BBC hit Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, beat ITV’s Downton Abbey to win best drama series. But Piers … Read More »
Catherine Tate, who played Tennant’s mouthy companion Donna in the BBC sci-fi show, will play opposite the Doctor Who star in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. It’s the first time the 2 have appeared on stage together, although they get … Read More »
BREAKING: While Peter Jackson and Warner Bros are figuring out where they’ll shoot back-to-back installments of The Hobbit, Jackson and his partner Fran Walsh have begun to set his cast for the ambitious projects that will begin shooting in February for release in December 2012 and 2013. The castings were announced by New Line Cinema COO/president Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros COO/president Alan Horn, MGM co-CEO Steve Cooper, and Jackson. As Deadline told you last week, Martin Freeman is set to play Bilbo Baggins, the adventurous Hobbit whose adventures and discovery of the One Ring leads the story up to The Lord of the Rings. Freeman has appeared in films ranging from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Hot Fuzz to Love Actually. Read More »
UPDATE: Things must be getting close on The Hobbit, because casting buzz is getting strong in Hollywood. Word is Martin Freeman will soon be set to play Bilbo Baggins, that Jimmy Nesbitt has been offered a role and that Michael Fassbender is being pursued for another as is David Tennant. Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis are expected to reprise Gandalf and Gollum.
EARLIER: While it looks like production on The Hobbit is set to start in February on the pair of films directed by Peter Jackson, there are still a few giant issues standing in the way. The films had to go in early 2011 to make the holiday release date. But even though the production schedule looks locked, there’s still the issue of the loud labor fight happening between Jackson and the unions, which have told performers outright not to work on the film because it’s a non-union production. By agreeing to a detente, the films would indeed get underway in New Zealand in early 2011. The delay has also been caused by all the ongoing problems at MGM, and just this week Lionsgate put forth a merger recommendation which Carl Icahn backs. That would obviously affect the pending Spyglass deal – and add more drama to any major production going forward. (Meanwhile, while MGM goes through all of its tumult, Mary Parent is expectedly in the process of leaving the studio, which she has run for almost three years.) Read More »