Will there be a second season of ‘The Halcyon’?

ITV has axed The Halcyon after just one season. From the producers of Downton Abbey, the period drama launched in January and told the story of a bustling and glamorous five star hotel in 1940 at the centre of London society and a world at war. The cast of the eight-part series included Steven Mackintosh (Luther), Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense), … >

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‘The Halcyon’ recap: Our suspicions about D’Abbeville are confirmed in Episode 7

November of 1940 finds the Halcyon on the eve of its 50th anniversary celebration—and under the evil shadow of Lucian D’Abbeville. Our suspicions are confirmed—he’s selling information about transatlantic convoys and departure dates. As his contact observes, “You’re not a man complicated by ideology.” Richard Garland puts Emma in charge of the festivities to mark … >

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‘The Halcyon’ recap: Episode 6 boasts some brilliant performances

Brilliant writing, brought to life by fine acting, shines in the sixth episode of ITV’s new hotel drama. We’re now in October of 1940 and we’re focused on the nighttime exploits of the inhabitants of the Halcyon. Emma joins the Women’s Voluntary Services and provides tea to overworked firefighters and escorts the injured to medical … >

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‘The Halcyon’ recap: The show must go on in Episode 5

September 1940 finds the Halcyon catering to its well-healed guests as if the war wasn’t happening. As German bombers approach London, the kitchen staff is in full swing, preparing a wedding dinner and lamenting the lack of geese to use in the main course. Little do they know that the entre will soon be the … >

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‘The Halcyon’ recap: Joe has a decision to make in Episode 4

It’s now August of 1940 and Americans are leaving London—and the Halcyon—in droves. German propaganda leaflets are being dropped along the coast and dogfights are taking place in the air above the hotel. Rather than run for cover, the intrepid Brits stand in the street and applaud RAF victories. Joe O’Hara’s boss has offered him … >

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‘Merlin’ and ‘Mr Selfridge’ stars lead new stage production of ‘Gaslight’

Gaslight, one of the greatest thrillers of all time, arrives in Brighton next month. The new production returns to UK theatres starring Kara Tointon (Mr Selfridge), Rupert Young (Merlin) and Keith Allen (Robin Hood). Tointon plays Bella Manningham, the character famously played by Oscar winner Ingrid Bergman in the classic 1944 movie adaptation. Gaslight visits Theatre Royal Brighton from Monday … >

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