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It looks like new ‘Doctor Who’ companion won’t be from London!

Following over a decade of London-based companions, it looks like Doctor Who newcomer Pearl Mackie’s character Bill will break the trend. Modern Doctor Who companions Rose Tyler, Mickey Smith, Martha Jones, Donna Noble and Clara Oswald all lived in the London area (although Clara originally hailed from Blackpool). Even Amy Pond and Rory Williams, who were first seen in the...

Who performs the theme song for ‘The Living and the Dead’?

We’ve had lots of fans of BBC One’s new supernatural drama The Living and the Dead asking who the haunting theme music which plays over the equally spooky title sequence is by. Director Alice Troughton (Merlin, In the Flesh) has kindly informed CultBox that the track is called ‘A Lyke Wake Dirge’. It’s arranged and performed by The Insects, with vocals from Howling’ Lord. The...

Tom Riley to star in new crime drama ‘Dark Heart’ from ‘Unforgotten’ writer

ITV Encore has announced the commission of of a new crime drama from the writer of Unforgotten and the producer of The Missing. Dark Heart will star Tom Riley (Da Vinci’s Demon, Doctor Who) as DI Will Wagstaffe, a man haunted by his past. Set in London, the two-hour drama is written by Chris Lang (A Mother’s Son), directed by Colin Teague (Jekyll & Hyde) and based...

Matthew Goode and Joely Richardson lead ‘The Hatton Garden Job’ movie cast

The cast has been announced for a new heist thriller based on last year’s extraordinary robbery of £14m worth of jewels from London’s Hatton Garden Vault. The Hatton Garden Job began filming in London this week and is the first movie to catalogue the remarkable burglary. Downton Abbey star Matthew Goode and Nip Tuck star Joely Richardson will head up the cast. The...

ITV orders second season of Sean Bean’s ‘The Frankenstein Chronicles’

The Frankenstein Chronicles will return to ITV Encore for a second season. Incorporating elements from Mary Shelley’s Gothic literary classic, the period crime drama launched last November, starring Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, Sharpe) as Inspector John Marlott. The Frankenstein Chronicles is set in Georgian London in 1827 and was created by Benjamin Ross (The Young Poisoner’s Handbook)...

Cast announced for BBC One’s Damilola Taylor drama ‘Our Loved Boy’

Filming has begun on BBC One’s new one-off film about murdered schoolboy Damilola Taylor. Told from the perspective of the Taylor family, the 90-minute drama explores their journey from Lagos to London, the emotional repercussions of Damilola’s death and the family’s quest for justice. Our Loved Boy is written by award-winning screenwriter and playwright Levi David Addai and directed by Euros Lynn...

‘In the Club’ actor joins new season of ‘Sherlock’

Sacha Dhawan is going to guest star in Sherlock. The actor is best known for his roles in The History Boys, In the Club, 24: Live Another Day and Mr Selfridge. He also appeared in Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss’s Doctor Who drama An Adventure in Space and Time. Dhawan will play a character named AJ in the fourth season of...

‘The Living And The Dead’ writer hints at second season plans

The creator of BBC One’s The Living And The Dead has hinted at the possibility of a second season. Starring Colin Morgan (Merlin, Humans) and Charlotte Spencer (Glue), all six episodes of  the supernatural drama debuted on BBC iPlayer last week and will begin airing on BBC One later this month. > Read our 5-star review of the first episode. Asked at...

‘Doctor Who’ makers tried to get Timothy Dalton back in ‘Hell Bent’

Doctor Who director Rachel Talalay has revealed that it was hoped Timothy Dalton would return in last year’s season finale. The character of Rassilon – the founder of Time Lord society on the planet Gallifrey and its first leader, as Lord High President – had previously been seen in ‘The End of Time: Part 2′ in 2010, played by...

ITV orders two more ‘Maigret’ films starring Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson will return as legendary French fictional detective Jules Maigret in two further single films. The Blackadder star made his debut as Maigret earlier this year in ‘Maigret Sets a Trap’, which attracted 7.2 million viewers and a 28% share of the audience. Two new 120-minute films will begin filming in November, again set in Paris in the 1950s. Writer Stewart Harcourt (Treasure Island, Marple)...