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Timothy Spall to star in Sky1’s ‘Fungus the Bogeyman’

Sky1 has announced the cast for an all-star adaptation of Fungus the Bogeyman. Inspired by Raymond Briggs’ classic family story, the new four-part series is written by Doctor Who writer Tom MacRae (‘The Girl Who Waited’). Timothy Spall (Mr Turner) will lead the cast in the title role, alongside comedian Victoria Wood as Eve and...

‘Downton Abbey’ writer returns to ITV with ‘Doctor Thorne’

Julian Fellowes will adapt Anthony Trollope’s novel Doctor Thorne for ITV. The three-part drama will begin filming later this year. Downton Abbey creator Fellowes commented: “As a lifetime devotee of Trollope, my own favourite among the great nineteenth century English novelists and certainly the strongest influence over my work that I am conscious of, it...

More cast announced for ‘Line of Duty’ Season 3

Will Mellor, Arsher Ali and Leanne Best have joined the new season of Line of Duty. Season 3 of BBC Two’s police corruption drama began filming in Belfast last month, with Mrs Biggs star Daniel Mays playing AC-12’s “most dangerous adversary yet”. The three new cast members will play the other officers in the Armed...

Peter Capaldi is ‘on amazing form’ in new season of ‘Doctor Who’

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has been chatting about what to expect when the show return this autumn. Season 9 began filming in Cardiff in January. Speaking to DS about the new episodes at this week’s BAFTA nominations party, Moffat teased: “We always move it on. I don’t think we’ve ever done two consecutive series...

Steven Moffat teases Missy’s return in ‘Doctor Who’

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed what attracts him to the Doctor’s dynamic with The Master. Season 9 will open with a two-part story featuring the return of Michelle Gomez as Missy. ‘The Magician’s Apprentice’ and ‘The Witch’s Familiar’ were shot earlier this year, including filming on location in Tenerife. > Take a look...

‘Poldark’ soundtrack album announced

An album featuring Anne Dudley’s music from BBC One’s Poldark will be released next month. Poldark: Music from the TV Series is available to pre-order now and will be out on Monday 11 May. > Order the album on Amazon. Composer, arranger and producer Anne Dudley was music producer on Les Miserables, starring Hugh Jackman...

‘Doctor Who’ showrunner: ‘Season 9 isn’t all two-parters’

Steven Moffat has discussed the shift towards more two-part stories in the new season of Doctor Who. Season 9 will open with a two-parter written by showrunner Moffat, followed by another two-parter written by Being Human creator Toby Whithouse. Episodes 5 and 6, titled ‘The Girl Who Died’ and ‘The Woman Who Lived’, are written...

‘Midsomer Murders’ Season 18 begins filming

ITV has recommissioned Midsomer Murders for an eighteenth season. The long-running crime drama will return for six new feature-length episodes in 2016. Neil Dudgeon and Gwilym Lee are both back as DCI John Barnaby and DS Charlie Nelson. The pair will be joined by Manjinder Virk (Ordinary Lies, Call the Midwife) as Dr Kam Karimore,...

‘Friday Night Dinner’ Season 4 confirmed

Channel 4 has commissioned a fourth season of comedy Friday Night Dinner. Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter, Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal will all return as the Goodman Family, along with Spaced star Mark Heap as Jim. Creator Robert Popper commented: “I am verry hapy I am writin a new serries of Friday Niht Dinners for...

‘Cucumber’ stars reunite in new gay short sci-fi film

Julie Hesmondhalgh and Ceallach Spellman have joined the cast of a new gay short film about time travel. Directed by Lloyd Eyre-Morgan (Dream On, Celluloid), Closets is described as “an unusual, compassionate and ultimately uplifting story, peppered with sorrow, humour and hope”. Hesmondhalgh and Spellman, who played Cleo and Adam in Queer as Folk creator...