Ripper Street‘s Matthew Macfadyen and Episodes‘ Stephen Mangan are set to star in Perfect Nonsense, a new take on the works of P.G. Wodehouse. The play will see Mangan as bumbling fop Bertie Wooster and Macfadyen as his brilliant butler Jeeves. Wodehouse first created the characters in 1915 and they’ve been portrayed on stage and screen going back to 1935. More recently, Stephen Fry played Jeeves to Hugh Laurie’s Bertie in the cult 1990s ITV series Jeeves & Wooster. Tony and Olivier Award nominee Sean Foley is directing Perfect Nonsense with previews starting in the UK in October. There’s no word yet on a Stateside transfer. Foley’s I Can’t Sing! — The X Factor Musical, produced by Simon Cowell’s Syco, is gearing up for a March 2014 rollout in London.
BBC One‘s Danny Cohen and Ben Stephenson today confirmed a second season order of crime drama Ripper Street, just as the first season heads into the home stretch in the UK. The BBC America co-production will start shooting eight new episodes this spring for an as-yet unspecified 2014 air date. Ripper Street debuted on BBC America on January 19, three weeks after its UK bow on BBC One where it has faced tough competition from rival ITV’s Jeremy Piven period drama Mr Selfridge in the same timeslot. However, it’s been gaining in recent weeks for a consolidated average of 7.1M viewers and a 22.9% share over its first five outings. Richard Warlow created and exec produces the series that stars Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg in 1889 London and the aftermath of the Jack the Ripper murders. Warlow said today that the second season will “move forward into the 1890s: the death rattle of a century coming to a close, the labor pains of a modern world on the rise.”
Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
At a lunchtime panel at today’s TCA, Ray McKinnon, creator/writer/executive producer of Sundance series Rectify, was adamant about not revealing whether the serialized story would provide a traditional ending. But at another panel an hour …