The line-up includes Olivia Colman, Ophelia Lovibond, Peter Serafinowicz, Lawry Lewin and Brendan Patrick.
As announced in March Nick Frost takes the lead role of Jeremy Sloane – a buttoned-down 1960’s man in crisis. Olivia Colman will play Sloane’s estranged wife Janet. Regularly appearing to him in flashbacks and fantasies, Janet remains a significant ‘other’ in Mr Sloane’s life.
Ophelia Lovibond joins the cast as Robin, a free-spirited young American and prospective new love interest for Mr Sloane, following a chance encounter in his local ironmongers while Peter Serafinowicz will play Ross, one of Mr Sloane’s three childhood friends whom he meets every night in his local.
Lawry Lewin plays Beans, Mr Sloane’s close friend who still lives at home with his mother and Brendan Patricks will play Reggie, the ladies’ man of the group.
Between his failed attempts at marriage, career success and even suicide, it’s fair to say that 1969 isn’t shaping up to be Sloane’s year. But with a potential job opportunity on the horizon and the phone number of a prospective new love interest following a chance encounter in his local hardware store, could Mr Sloane’s luck be about to change?
Filming began earlier this month and will be shot in studio and on location in London for transmission on Sky Atlantic HD in 2014.
BAFTA Award nominated actress Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur, Twenty Twelve, Rev) will co-star in The Suspicions of Mr Whicher II : The Murder In Angel Lane alongside Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum, Submarine, Red Riding), who returns to the role of Jack Whicher following the success of film drama The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, which aired on ITV in April 2011.
Produced by Hat Trick Productions, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher II is based on the life and times of Inspector Jonathan ‘Jack’ Whicher, the real-life pioneering detective who worked in the newly established Detective Branch of the Metropolitan Police during the 19th Century.
In the new film Olivia plays Susan Spencer, who employs Mr Whicher as a private inquiry agent to investigate the savage murder of her niece, 16 year old Mary.
Also starring in The Suspicions of Mr Whicher II is William Beck (Casualty, The Agent, Hustle), who reprises his role as Chief Inspector Dolly Williamson, and Tim Pigott-Smith (Downton Abbey, Strike Back, The Hour) returning as Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Richard Mayne. Shaun Dingwall (Above Suspicion, Summer in February, Rock & Chips) stars as Inspector George Lock and William Postlethwaite as Mary’s lover Stephen Gann.
They are joined by Mark Bazeley (The Body Farm, Accused, Mistresses), Sean Baker (Call the Midwife, Sparks and Embers, Silent Witness) and Alistair Petrie (Whitechapel, Ashes, Cranford).
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher II films over the next four weeks in Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire and central London. The two-hour film is written by BAFTA award-winning Neil McKay (Appropriate Adult, Mo, See No Evil: The Moors Murders).
The fictional story draws upon historical research into the detective career of Jack Whicher, medical, legal and policing practices of the day and both the criminal world and the apparently respectable Victorian society into which his work led him.
The original film was based on the best-selling book by Kate Summerscale, which brought to light Inspector Whicher’s ground-breaking career as one of the world’s first detectives. Kate has given her blessing to the new film.
Hat Trick’s Head of Drama Mark Redhead (The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, Bloody Sunday, Bodies) will executive produce the film, Rob Bullock (Case Sensitive, Mutual Friends, Wild at Heart) will produce and Christopher Menaul (Prime Suspect, See No Evil: The Moors Murders, Zen) will direct.
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher II was commissioned by ITV’s Drama Commissioning team, Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes.
Laura comments: “We’re delighted Paddy Considine has agreed to reprise his role as Jack Whicher, the most celebrated detective of his day. Neil McKay has taken the character and produced a gripping and compelling story”.
Mark Redhead adds: “After Jack Whicher left the Met, he continued with his vocation as a detective as one of the first so-called “private inquiry agents”. This story launches him into that career, and he becomes involved in a disturbing and puzzling murder case which brings him into conflict with powerful figures including his former colleagues in the Metropolitan Police.”
“When it’s murder, you want, more than anything else, to bring some kind of peace to those left bereaved by it. There can be no peace without the truth…” Inspector Jonathan ‘Jack’ Whicher
If you live in the UK you already knew you’d get the chance to see Broadchurch, a miniseries about “the events and investigation that unfold in a small coastal town after the murder of a young boy,” a bit later this year. And now we’ve found out that it’s been picked up by BBC America to air in the States as well. Why is that news relevant to our American readers? Only because Doctor Who‘s David Tennant and Arthur Darvill are both in it. We thought you’d like to know.
Tennant will play one of the detectives investigating the case of the murdered boy, while Darvill will play the town priest. The second detective is to be played by Olivia Colman, whom I best know as PC Doris Thatcher from Hot Fuzz, though she’s appeared in a ton of stuff before and since. Interestingly, IMDB notes that Colman played someone’s mother in the first Matt Smith (and, by extension, Arthur Darvill) episode of Doctor Who, though I don’t remember her character.
The eight-part miniseries, written by Doctor Who scribe Chris Chibnall, will air on ITV sometime this year and, to take a wild guess, on BBC America a month or so later at the most? I’ve been unable to find any confirmed information on the British release date, and the American one’s not been set yet, but BBC America tends to not lag behind quite so much as, say, PBS does (looking at you, Downton Abbey). Regardless, you can be sure we’ll be keeping track of this Doctor Who sort of-reunion.
Award-winning comedy Rev will return to BBC2 for a third series but it will not be broadcast until 2014.
Producers say the “brilliance” of cast members such as Tom Hollander and Olivia Colman have made getting everyone back together “challenging”.
The actors play inner-city vicar Rev Adam Smallbone and his wife Alex in the hit comedy, which won best sitcom at last year’s TV Baftas.
Filming is due to begin in Autumn 2013, with development starting this year.
Producer Kenton Allen said: “I’m delighted that we’ve managed to get Adam and his congregation back into church for what I hope will be an extraordinary third season of a show that is extremely special for all those involved.”
Made by Big Talk Productions, the first two series of Rev and a Christmas special proved a hit with critics.
The show also won best comedy at the South Bank Awards and picked up four prizes at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards in March, including best comedy and entertainment show and best writing.
Peep Show star Colman picked up two BPG awards of her own, including best actress and best breakthrough for both Rev and BBC One drama Exile.
Colman’s career has soared in recent years, with roles in Olympics comedy Twenty Twelve and a transition to the big screen in films such as Tyrannosaur and The Iron Lady.
Hugh Bonneville and Olivia Colman in Twenty Twelve Colman played a lovestruck PA in Olympics comedy Twenty Twelve alongside
The actress was also recently voted number nine in Broadcast magazine’s annual survey of the top 100 most creative and successful figures in TV.
Hollander is set to start filming alongside Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy in About Time, the new time-travel comedy from Love Actually director Richard Curtis.
He also recently worked on director Neil Jordan’s next film, Byzantium, which co-stars Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan.
BBC2 controller Janice Hadlow said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have Rev back on the channel. It’s one of the real comedy jewels in BBC2’s crown.”
Olivia Colman appears to have been cast in Broadchurch, according to her agent’s website. The drama, to be produced by Kudos for ITV, has been created by Chris Chibnall based on the BBC Four hit Danish detective series The Killing. It will be directed by James Strong and produced by Richard Stokes. David Tennant has been strongly linked to the lead role by a number of press and industry sources.
Olivia’s artist entry on the United Agents website lists her past and current projects, and also says:
“Projects to be filmed later this year include TV Dramas RUN for Channel 4 and BROADCHURCH for ITV1 and the comedy feature films CUBAN FURY for Big Talk and I GIVE IT A YEAR for Working Title.”
Olivia Colman is well known for her comic roles in Peep Show, Twenty Twelve and Rev; however she is also a powerful dramatic actor, appearing in Exile and The Iron Lady and she gave an award-winning performance opposite Peter Mullan in Tyrannosaur.
More production details can be found at the website of costume designer Roy Holman, whose impressive CV includes work on Doctor Who and Torchwood. This states that his work on the series starts from July. Shooting the series is believed to commence in August, and filming appears to continue until December 2012. On Ray Holman’s webpage, David Tennant is listed as one of the principal actors for Broadchurch.
As yet, casting and details about specific roles have yet to be confirmed by either ITV or Kudos.
Katie Leung and Olivia Colman are set to lead the cast of the upcoming Channel 4 drama Run.
The gritty four-part drama presents the stories of four unconnected people whose lives intertwine in a story of modern-day survival.
Each episode, directed by BAFTA-nominated Skins and Being Human helmer Chris Martin, will focus on a different character.
Best known for her role as Cho Chang in Harry Potter, Leung will play an illegal Chinese immigrant hoping to make a life for herself in the UK.
Colman, who recently received a BAFTA nomination for her work in Twenty Twelve, will play a struggling single parent who gets mixed up in the world of crime.
Run is currently filming in and around London.
Channel 4 has commissioned a new comedy pilot featuring three of Britain’s leading comic actresses.
Bad Sugar will star Olivia Colman, Julia Davis and Sharon Horgan, who also conceived the idea for the show together.
The half-hour pilot centres on a dysfunctional, wealthy mining dynasty, with an ailing patriarch and some greedy siblings. The show, produced by Tiger Aspect Productions, is described as ‘a peculiarly British take on telenovela style melodramas, played for laughs’.
Bad Sugar has been written by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, the award-winning writers behind The Old Guys and hit Channel 4 comedies Peep Show and Fresh Meat. It will be brought to the screen by The Inbetweeners director Ben Palmer.
The programme will also feature Peter Serafinowicz, Reece Shearsmith and David Bradley, best known for appearing in Ideal and the Harry Potter film series.
Executive Producer Sophie Clarke-Jervoise said: “The process of bringing together such gigantic talent, both on and off screen, has been tremendously exciting. Bad Sugar is a darkly comic world where anything can happen, and does!”
Writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong add: “We’ve always wanted to write a show with poisonings, death threats, extreme psychological pain and big hair. With the help of the amazing cast we’re hoping it might be what everyone in UK television has been waiting so long for – Grey Gardens, the sitcom.”
Nerys Evans, Channel 4’s Comedy Commissioning Editor, says: “We’re so delighted to have three of the country’s funniest comedy actresses come together on this glorious project, it’s beautifully written by Sam and Jesse, who are without a doubt the hottest comedy writers in the UK right now. If that mix of comedy talent wasn’t tantalising enough, it’s also directed by Ben Palmer, fresh from the record-breaking Inbetweeners Movie. To say we’re excited by Bad Sugar is a bit of an understatement.”
Bad Sugar will be shown on Channel 4 next year. Meanwhile Olivia Colman is currently starring in Rev and will continue to appear in Peep Show when it returns next year; Julia Davis stars in Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror on Channel 4 on December 11th; and Sharon Horgan is currently making Created by Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh.
Olivia Colman was in fighting spirit last night, telling anyone who thought her film Tyrannosaur was bleak and downbeat “should go and watch the f***ing film”.
The British actress was in giddy form, after winning the prize for Best Actress in a film about an unlikely love story within the horror of marital abuse.
She added, “I just want people to see that it is actually redemptive and beautiful. Tell all your friends to go and see it.”
Colman, who in her glamorous frock was a million miles away from the demoralised character Hannah she plays, thanked her writer and director Paddy Considine for “the role of a lifetime. You don’t get scripts like that every day”.
It was Tyrannosaur‘s night – also winning the award for Best Film, and Considine collecting the gong for Best Debut Director (the Douglas Hickox Award).
Considine joked it was just as well he was a director, as there weren’t any other debut awards available – “I might go into make-up next, try my hand at that.”
The second series of ACCUSED, Jimmy McGovern’s drama for BBC One, starts filming with Anne-Marie Duff, Olivia Colman, John Bishop, Robert Sheehan, Sheridan Smith and Thomas Brodie-Sangster in leading roles.
Anne-Marie Duff (Shameless, The Virgin Queen), Olivia Colman (Rev, Peep Show), John Bishop (Route Irish, Skins), Robert Sheehan (Misfits), Sheridan Smith (Love Soup, Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Nanny McPhee, Love Actually), Joe Dempsie (Skins, Fades), Josh Bolt (The Be All And End All) and Oliver Lee (Waterloo Road, Wired) are cast in the second series of Accused, which focuses on a different crime and punishment story each week, and starts filming this month in and around Manchester.
The first episode to film stars Anne-Marie Duff and Olivia Colman. They are mothers trying to do right by their sons and their community in a battle against guns and crime. Their sons are played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Oliver Lee. The episode opens on an estate where the funeral of a young drug dealer is about to take place. His gang leader, Riley played by Joe Dempsie, has instructed local shops to stay closed and show respect or there will be consequences.
The women’s lives and the lives of those they love will never be the same again. The episode is written by Carol Cullington (Brookside, Emmerdale) and Jimmy McGovern.
The next episode to shoot stars Robert Sheehan as a teenager called Stephen. He is convinced that the palliative care nurse Charlotte, played by Sheridan Smith, who is assigned to look after his mother, has a very different agenda. Stephen becomes increasingly paranoid about the welfare of his younger brother Dom played by Josh Bolt and is at odds with his father, Peter, played by John Bishop.
But is Stephen stricken by grief or by something else? This episode is written by Danny Brocklehurst (Exile, The Street) and Jimmy McGovern.
Accused was re-commissioned by BBC One Controller, Danny Cohen, and Ben Stephenson, Controller of Drama Commissioning, and is executive produced for the BBC by Polly Hill, Head of Independent Drama. Sita Williams is the producer and she executive produces with Jimmy McGovern and Roxy Spencer for RSJ Films. The series directors are David Blair (The Street, Accused) and Ashley Pierce (Downton Abbey).
The first two episodes of this new four-part series will film before Christmas. The second two episodes complete filming in February 2012. Further details and casting to come.