Here’s a look at WB and Village Roadshow’s Valentine’s Day 2014 romance Winter’s Tale, the adaption of Mark Helprin’s novel that marks Oscar-winning scribe Akiva Goldsman’s directorial debut. Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) and Colin Farrell star in the mythic tale of the love between a dying woman and a thief, in a time-jumping story that spans more than a century. Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint, Russell Crowe, and newcomers Ripley Sobo and Mckayla Twiggs of Broadway’s Once round out the cast:
Former Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay will topline BBC One‘s three-part adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1936 gothic novel, Jamaica Inn. Emma Frost (The White Queen) wrote the adaptation that’s produced by Origin Pictures and directed by BAFTA winner Philippa Lowthorpe (Call The Midwife). Set in 1820s Cornwall, the story follows spirited Mary Yellan (Brown Findlay), a young woman sent to live with her aunt (Joanne Whalley) after the death of her mother. When Mary arrives at the eerie, isolated Jamaica Inn, she finds her once carefree aunt is now firmly under the spell of domineering husband Joss (Sean Harris). The inn, it turns out, is a front for a smuggling ring. As Mary attempts to navigate her new surroundings, she falls for bad boy Jem (Matthew McNulty) and begins questioning her own morals and loyalties until an ultimate test reveals her true self. Ben Daniels and Shirley Henderson also star. Shooting starts this week in Cornwall, Yorkshire and Cumbria with a 2014 airdate to be confirmed.
‘Downton Abbey’ Season 3 Is Highest-Rated In UK; 2-Hour Movie To Air At Christmas; Questions Linger On Fourth Season
Downton Abbey ended its official Season 3 run on the UK’s ITV Sunday night with an average 10.1M viewers and a 39.1% share. The score marked a high for the season which had previously peaked in the overnights on October 21. With an overall average of 9.7M viewers, the third season has become the highest-rated for the period drama – Season One averaged 8.4M and Season Two had 9.5M. The show now take a hiatus from British screens until Christmas Day when a 2-hour special will air (though I’m told it will not have a holiday theme). That follows a similar pattern to last year when a Christmas movie tied up some loose ends at the Grantham estate. However, there’s no plan this year to screen the movie for local media as much of the cast including Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Jessica Brown Findlay and Lesley Nichol will be in the U.S. on a press tour ahead of Season 3′s January 6 PBS debut.
Questions continue to swirl around the possibility of a fourth season as core actors including Stevens see their stars rise. He’s currently on Broadway opposite Jessica Chastain in The Heiress and recently told The Wall Street Journal, “I think we’ll have to wait and see really,” about a fourth season. “You do feel a certain obligation to shows that raise your profile like Downton has. But there are definitely other exciting opportunities out there.” Downton creator Julian Fellowes told me in May that he envisioned the show going on for at least four seasons. He’s now commented to The Telegraph, “I think I’d be surprised if there was not a fourth series.” ITV, which has the final word on whether another season goes forward, ordered Season 3 at just about this time last year.