The animated film We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, based on the classic children’s book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, is now available on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. Prime members can stream We’re Going on a Bear Hunt at no additional cost to their membership via the Amazon Prime Video app on compatible smart TVs, connected devices, mobiles devices or online — the film is also available to download to mobile devices for offline viewing.
Amazon is the first streaming platform to bring the animated special to U.S. viewers. Originally commissioned by UK broadcaster Channel 4, the 25 minute film debuted on Christmas Eve attracting 8 million viewers and taking an audience share of 23.5%, making it the Channel 4’s highest rating program of 2016.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt follows the intrepid adventures of siblings Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max, the baby and Rufus the dog, who decide one day to go on an adventure in search of bears. A tale of perseverance, optimism and the determination to confront your fears head on, the film expands the universe of the much-loved picture book and stars the voice talent of Olivia Colman (Broadchurch, The Night Manager), Pam Ferris (Matilda, Call the Midwife) and Mark Williams (Harry Potter, Father Brown) who breathe life into the brand new characters of Mum, Grandma and Dad respectively. Michael Rosen, who wrote the best-selling book, plays the Bear.
Acclaimed British singer-songwriter George Ezra wrote and recorded the theme song, penning a distinctive, sweet song called “Me & You” for the film’s soundtrack. “Me & You” marks the first time that George has composed a bespoke song for film or television.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is produced by Ruth Fielding and Camilla Deakin from Lupus Films with Norton Herrick as executive producer for Herrick Entertainment and Helen McAleer and Julia Posen as executive producers for Walker Productions. Joanna Harrison and Robin Shaw are co-directors. It was commissioned for Channel 4 by Jay Hunt, Channel 4 Chief Creative Officer, Beth Willis, Head of Drama, John Hay, Head of Specialist Factual and Commissioning Editor, Drama Liz Lewin. It is a Lupus Films Production in association with Bear Hunt Films, Walker Productions and Herrick Entertainment for Channel 4 Television Corporation with the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA programme of the European Union.
It is her second nomination for the role of Angela Burr after being put up for an Emmy.
The former Norwich High School for Girls and Gresham’s School pupil is up against Chrissy Metz, Lena Headey, Mandy Moore and Thandie Newton in the category.
Her co-stars in the show Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie have also been nominated with the drama collecting four nominations in total.
The 42-year-old is best known for playing DS Ellie Miller in the ITV drama Broadchurch, winning a host of awards for her portrayal.
Other British talent up for awards includes Charlotte Rampling, Riz Ahmed and Dev Patel.
The Golden Globes will be held on January 8 and will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon.
“Broadchurch” Season 3 is now in the works and fans are now waiting for its release date on ITV and Netflix. The British crime drama has been known for its distinctive detective story that features Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) and Alec Hardy (David Tennant).
“Broadchurch” Season 2 maintained the mystery and intense scenes that were first seen in its predecessor. With that, fans are now expecting to see the same in “Broadchurch” Season 3 or even exceed what the show first offered.
As the showrunners confirmed the return of “Broadchurch” Season 3, viewers are now waiting for the announcement of its official release date. ITV has yet to reveal the show’s airing, but many believe it will be in 2017 as it began filming in May 2016.
Netflix Life reported that after “Broadchurch” Season 3 airs on ITV, viewers can expect it to be seen on Netflix after one to six months. Of course, Ellie Miller and Alec Hardy are bound to return along with Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan, Arthur Darvill, Carolyn Pickles and Adam Wilson.
Meanwhile, it was recently reported that “Broadchurch” Season 3’s production has been spotted ongoing and behind-the-scene clips are now emerging online. David Tennant and Olivia Colman are seen in their characters as Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller.
Julie Hesmondhalgh, too, is seen in an unknown role yet for “Broadchurch” Season 3. However, it has been said that the “Corrie” star’s has a very important role in the coming new installment of the television crime drama.
In between breaks of “Broadchurch” Season 3 production, Julie Hesmondhalgh is openly mingles with her fans as she accommodates everyone for a photo opp. Evidently, fans who are on the set hold their phones and take pictures with the stars.
‘Broadchurch” Season 3 will be filmed in West Bay, Bridport and Clevedon in Dorset on the south coast of England. ITV has yet to announce the official return of “Broadchurch” Season 3 on the small screens.
Victoria Coren Mitchell is to present a new BBC Radio 4 series called Women Talking About Cars.
The BBC said the radio show would “explore of what cars symbolise to women today, including freedom, power, refuge, novelty and familiarity”.
The four-part series, which will feature a different guest every week, begins on 30 November.
Dawn French, Olivia Colman, Sarah Millican and Germaine Greer will be among the interviewees.
Coren Mitchell said: “I’m really looking forward to sitting down with some of the greatest women in modern British culture and talking about the pros and cons of the five-speed manual gearbox.”
Cars will be used “as a vehicle to share memories and take a comic look at life, love, sex, work, childhood, adulthood and adventure”, the BBC said.
The episodes will be recorded in front of a live audience at the BBC’s Radio Theatre in London.
Members of the public will be invited to take part in the programme and share their own memories, such as driving to a first job, doing the school run or picnic trips in a campervan.
French, who will appear on the first episode, said: “It will be great to get together with Victoria for a good old girly natter about the torque stats on the BMW Luxus 850.”
BBC Radio 4 comedy commissioning editor Sioned William said of Coren Mitchell: “She’s brainy, witty and – I’m reliably informed – can change a tyre in under five minutes.”
The theatre’s artistic director Rufus Norris said that he lured The Night Manager star back to the stage over a coffee.
Olivia, 42, will appear in Mosquitoes, a new play by Lucy Kirkwood, which will have its world premiere in July next year.
Announcing the new work, Rufus said: “It centres on the relationship between two sisters. One is a leading scientist at the opening of the Large Hadron Collider.
“It’s about physics and the search for Higgs boson. There’s an incredibly lively and acerbic relationship between these two sisters and Olivia is playing one of the sisters.”
He added: “I think she’s a really terrific actress.”
He worked with Olivia on the film production of London Road.
“Since then I’ve been trying to woo her back into the theatre,” he said.
“I had a coffee with her not long ago and managed to trick her into stepping back over the line.
“When actors get that kind of success in TV and film, before you know it, five or 10 years have gone by without them being on stage.
“So it’s really important to get them back to keep that side of their craft up.”
The Broadchurch actress previously starred at the National in 2009 in the play England People Very Nice.
Norris will direct the new play.
Previously announced productions at the National Theatre next year also include Imelda Staunton in Follies, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Nathan Lane, The Amazing Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield and Russell Tovey all star in Angels In America.
The theatre recently announced a “national listening project… a verbatim archive of conversations from across the UK” which took place in the days after the EU Referendum in June.
A performance based on the first round of material, created in collaboration with poet Carol Ann Duffy, will be entitled My Country: A Work In Progress.
Hit Phoebe Waller-Bridge comedy Fleabag is almost certain to return for a second series.
According to BBC sources, both the Corporation and the writer and star herself are keen to make a second season of the show which aired first on BBC3 and finished its BBC2 run at the end of last month.
“Although a second series isn’t officially commissioned yet, we are in discussions and there is a real desire of both sides for it to return, we’re just not sure exactly when,” said a senior BBC source.
Series one of the darkly comic tale of a mischievous and troubled young woman ended with Waller-Bridge’s eponymous Fleabag still at a crossroads in her life following a startling revelation concerning her late friend and business partner Boo (Jenny Rainsford).
Other characters in the acclaimed comedy included Fleabag’s uptight sister Claire (Sian Clifford), her emotionally needy ex-boyfriend played by Hugh Skinner, her ambivalent dad (Bill Paterson) and her passive-aggressive step-mum (Olivia Colman).
Speaking before the broadcast of the comedy, Waller-Bridge intimated that the show was written with a second series in mind.
“We cracked it open so that she would be able to have a life beyond it and also there are so many more stories and story strands and character strands come out of this series,” she said.
Fleabag originated from a one-woman stage show of the same name which Waller-Bridge is bringing back to London’s Soho Theatre later this autumn.
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Channel 4’s eccentric comedy Flowers will bloom again.
A second series of the dark comedy will see the return of Olivia Colman’s Deborah and her depressed husband Maurice (Julian Barratt), the broadcaster has announced.
The six-part run will look at a new era of their marriage and whether they can survive the challenges laid bare in series one, including Maurice’s suicide attempt and Deborah’s infidelity.
The Flowers’ twins Donald (Daniel Rigby, Black Mirror, Eric and Ernie) and Amy (Sophia di Martino, The Darkest Universe, Friday Night Dinner) will also be back, as will the character of Shun, the Flowers’ Japanese factotum played by the writer Will Sharpe.
The recommission is a sign of Channel 4’s faith in the show: it opened in April with 710,000 viewers for episode one. Overnight ratings dropped to 400,000 in the middle of the run before rallying to 680,000 for the series finale.
The show’s consolidated viewing was an average of 1m viewers per episode across the five episodes.
Deputy Head of Comedy Nerys Evans, who commissioned the show for Channel 4 said: “Covering deeply complex issues like fidelity, mental health, sexuality and fraying family bonds, Will Sharpe’s hilariously awkward and heart-breaking show offers another unmissable look at the Flowers’ messed up world.
“Will’s scripts and the show’s perfect cast are so brilliant at making you wail with laughter one minute, and well up the next. I couldn’t be more excited for the family’s return to Channel 4.”
LONDON: Channel 4, Lupus Films and Walker Productions have brought Olivia Colman, Pam Ferris, Mark Williams and Michael Rosen on board the voice cast for the animated special We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.
Colman (Broadchurch, The Night Manager) has signed on to voice Mum, while Ferris (Matilda, Call the Midwife) will portray Grandma and Williams (Harry Potter, Father Brown) will provide the voice for Dad. Rosen, who wrote the best-selling book on which the half-hour film is based, will play the bear. The film is slated to air on Channel 4 this Christmas.
The story follows the adventures of a group of siblings and their dog Rufus as they set out on an adventure in search of bears. The kids encounter many obstacles such as snowstorms, oozing mud and dark forests, but the real challenge begins when the group is separated. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is produced by Lupus Films in association with Bear Hunt Films, Walker Productions and Herrick Entertainment for Channel 4. It is distributed internationally by Union Media.
Piers Wenger, the head of drama for Channel 4, said, “We’re delighted to welcome Olivia, Mark and Pam on board this fantastic family adventure, and Michael playing the bear is an inspired touch. It’s a brilliant cast for a brilliant, classic story; I can’t wait for Christmas.”
Camilla Deakin, producer for Lupus Films, commented, “We are thrilled to have attracted the services of such a high-caliber cast to bring our grown-up characters to life. Olivia Colman, Pam Ferris and Mark Williams are wonderful actors with highly distinctive styles and we’re delighted that they are joining us for this timeless adventure, along with Michael Rosen, who makes a very convincing bear!”
Colman added: “What appealed to me about the story is the bond the family have—they care for and look after each other. Another wonderful aspect of the story is that it’s kids enjoying a natural adventure with their imaginations, fresh air and the wilderness. I love that they commit to their adventure…I would like to go with them!”
“Watership Down,” the 1972 Richard Adams novel that was adapted into an animated film just six years later, will be adapted once again for a computer-animated mini-series produced by Netflix and the BBC.
“The thing about Watership Down is that it’s an epic adventure story,” Rory Aitken, executive producer, told The Telegraph U.K.
A tale about displaced rabbits looking for a new home, “Watership Down” has become well known for its brutal violence over the years, but that will change somewhat with the new series.
“It’s not a terrifying, brutal story,” said Aitken. “I think that in a way we want to restore the reputation that the book should have as one of the great adventure stories of all time. It’s grown this reputation for being scarring and horrific and brutal, and actually that’s not what the essence of the story is. While we won’t shy away from the darkness in the book, visually it won’t be as brutal and scarring.”
The anthropomorphized rabbits of the adventure story will be voiced by Sir Ben Kingsley, who will play General Woundwort, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, and “Star Wars” star John Boyega.
In addition to toning down the shocking scenes of animal violence seen in the original film, project heads say the new mini-series will feature more prominently the voices and storylines of the work’s female characters.
Gemma Arterton, Olivia Colman, and Anne-Marie Duff will voice Clover, Strawberry, and Hyzenthlay, respectively.
“The idea is to bring it to a wider family audience. While ‘Watership Down’ is never going to be for young children, it will be for the whole family to watch together,” said Aitken.
The mini-series is reportedly being produced in four parts, and has a budget around 20 million pounds, according to the Daily Mail.
The series will premiere on the BBC, and be available on-demand thereafter on Netflix.