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‘Quirke’ writer hoping for Series 2

Quirke writer Andrew Davies has revealed that he is uncertain whether he’ll write a second series of the new 1950s-set crime drama. Based on the books by Benjamin Black, the pseudonym of award-winning Irish writer John Banville, BBC One’s three-part drama launched last month. Davies told Radio Times: “I hope it’ll be on again [for...

BBC Two orders Bloomsbury group drama ‘Life In Squares’

BBC Two has announced the commission of Life In Squares,  a new drama about the Bloomsbury group. Written by BAFTA Award-winning Amanda Coe (Room At The Top), the three-part serial dramatises the exceptionally close, often fraught relationship of sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf, and Vanessa’s enduring, sexually complicated alliance with gay artist Duncan Grant....

Sue Johnston joins ‘Downton Abbey’ Series 5

ITV has announced that Sue Johnston is joining the cast of Downton Abbey‘s new series in a guest role. Best known for her roles in Waking the Dead, The Royle Family and Coronation Street, the actress will play Denker, Lady’s Maid to Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham. Other guest stars confirmed for Series 5 include...

‘Law & Order: UK’ to be rested by ITV

ITV has announced that Law & Order: UK will take a break “for the foreseeable future” following the departure of lead actor Bradley Walsh. Walsh has played Ronnie Brooks in all eight series of the crime drama. Created by acclaimed US show runner Dick Wolf and based on the US franchise, Law & Order: UK...

BBC Three orders zombie apocalypse game show

BBC Three has announced the commission of I Survived A Zombie Apocalypse, a new twist on the reality game show. The seven-part series will see eight contestants begin an apocalyptic adventure trapped together in a shopping mall, surrounded by the walking dead. The contestants must live by their wits, make difficult decisions, and use urban...

‘Vera’ will return for Series 5 in 2015

Filming has started in the North East of England on the fifth series of ITV’s crime drama Vera. Brenda Blethyn will reprise her role as D.C.I. Vera Stanhope, alongside Jon Morrison (Nil By Mouth) as D.C. Kenny Lockhart, Cush Jumbo (Torchwood: Children of Earth) as D.C. Bethany Whelan, Kingsley Ben-Adir (City Slacker) as pathologist, Dr....

‘Penny Dreadful’ will return for Season 2 in 2015

Sky Atlantic has announced the commission of a second season of Penny Dreadful. The recently-launched drama series will return in 2015 with ten new episodes – two more than the first season. Written, created and executive produced by John Logan (writer of Gladiator, Hugo and Skyfall), and executive produced by director Sam Mendes (American Beauty),...

‘Game of Thrones’ star joins new ‘Star Wars’ movie

Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones, has joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. Following months of rumours, 12 Years A Slave star Lupita Nyong’o has now also officially been cast in the movie, Den of Geek reports. Directed by JJ Abrams, Star Wars: Episode VII is filming now...

‘Doctor Who’ exec on Series 8 changes: ‘It needs to be surprising again’

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed that Peter Capaldi’s arrival will see the show’s “rhythm” alter in the new series. Discussing the casting of Peter Capaldi at the recent Hay Festival, Moffat commented: “We sat there thinking ‘Of course we’re going to cast him. What are the BBC going to think?’ Are they going...

‘The Smoke’ has been axed

It has been confirmed that The Smoke won’t be returning for a second series. The firefighting drama launched earlier this year on Sky1 and the first series concluded in March. Sky announced: “We’re very proud of The Smoke, which played a key part in Sky1’s plans to develop big scale dramas; something we will continue...