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‘Call the Midwife’ Series 4 new cast members revealed

Linda Bassett (East Is East) and Charlotte Ritchie (Fresh Meat) have joined the cast of Call the Midwife for the upcoming fourth series. Bassett will play Nurse Phyllis Crane and Ritchie will play as Nurse Barbara Gilbert. Series narrator Vanessa Redgrave will also appear as the mature Jennifer Worth on screen for the first time in...

‘Top Boy’ won’t be returning for Series 3

Ashley Walters has confirmed that Channel 4’s Hackney gang drama Top Boy will not be coming back for a third series. Walters told Shortlist magazine: “We had a third series in mind, which is why the second was left the way it was, but it hasn’t been commissioned again.” He added: “I was quite disappointed to...

British singer Foxes to guest star in ‘Doctor Who’

The BBC has announced this morning that singer-songwriter Foxes will appear in the new series of Doctor Who – and she’ll be performing a track in her episode. Foxes will guest star in Episode 8, written by Jamie Mathieson (Being Human). She commented: “I can’t believe I’m actually going to be in an episode of...

Cast announced for BBC One’s Polish WWI drama ‘The Passing Bells’

Jack Lowden (The Tunnel) and Paddy Gibson (What Richard Did) will lead the cast of BBC One’s new World War One drama The Passing Bells. Marking the centenary of World War One, the five-part drama will be filmed in Poland and is written by Tony Jordan (EastEnders, Hustle, Life on Mars). A Polish co-production, The...

Martin Clunes to play Sherlock Holmes creator in ITV drama

ITV has commissionsed a new adaptation of Julian Barnes’s novel, Arthur & George, based on an intriguing series of genuine events in the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Set in 1903, the three part drama will star Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) as the novelist and physician who created the detective Sherlock Holmes. The official synopsis...

Damian Lewis joins BBC Two’s Tudor drama ‘Wolf Hall’

Homeland star Damian Lewis will play Henry VIII in BBC Two’s epic new drama series Wolf Hall. Written by Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), the six-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels is currently filming in the South West of England. Starring Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell and Claire Foy (The Promise) as...

‘Call the Midwife’ Series 4 begins filming

Filming has started on the fourth series of Call the Midwife and this year’s Christmas episode at the historic Chatham dockyard and at its studio base in Chertsey, Surrey. The Christmas special will be followed by eight new episodes in 2015. Series 4 sees the community of nuns and nurses in 1960, on the cusp...

‘Doctor Who’ exec Moffat on casting a female Doctor

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed that the casting of a female Doctor will not be “a political decision”. Speaking at a Q&A session at the Hay Festival, Moffat joked: “I don’t know why I’m the one who gets the grief for this. I’m the one who put the dialogue into the show to...

‘Doctor Who’ nearly ended when David Tennant left

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed that the BBC considered ending the show following David Tennant’s departure. The Scottish actor first appeared as the Tenth Doctor in 2005 and left Doctor Who at the same time as Season 1-4 showrunner Russell T Davies in 2009. Speaking at the Hay Festival, Moffat commented: “I think there...