Saturday, April 5, 2014
My Mad Fat Diary star Ciara Baxendale (represented by Cole Kitchenn) leads the cast as Harriet in a new 3-part drama for CBBC, Harriet's Army.
She is joined by 18 year old Sophie Wright (who played Tix in the first series of My Mad Fat Diary) as Violet Croft, with Harriet's brothers being played by Ben Ryan-Davies as Edward, and Max True as Sam. The ensemble cast also includes James Baxter as Stephen Croft, Matthew McGreevy as Jimmy, and Adam Thomas Wright as Lewis Brown.
Harriet's Army is a gripping new three-part CBBC drama series, set during World War One and following a group of children in a small English town as they hold the Home Front and discover the true enemy within.
Fourteen-year-old Hattie is a girl who doesn’t fit in, and when she’s kicked out of the Girl Guides for getting involved in a fight, her father doesn’t know what to do with her. As war breaks out and the efforts of the Scouts and Guides are volunteered in support of the war, Harriet feels sidelined and forms her own ‘army’ of misfits, mounting their own patrols and searching for German spies.
Hattie's Army highlights the astonishing and genuinely important role played by the children and young people who were left behind when their fathers and brothers went to fight in the trenches.
Directed by Stewart Svaasand, produced by Foz Allen, and written by Guy Burt, filming on the new series has just wrapped in Newcastle.
Friday, April 4, 2014
Dakota Fanning, Juno Temple and Alexandra Roach were attached to play the young princesses, the roles are now to be played by Sarah Gadon as Elizabeth and Bel Powley as Margaret.
27 year old Canadian actress Gadon, seems an unlikely choice to play our future queen, but she has just finished filming on another international co-production The Girl King, the story of Sweden’s 17th century Queen Kristina.
Bel Powley (represented by BWH), who has recently filmed the lead role in coming-of-age feature The Diary Of A Teenage Girl, will play the young fun-loving Margaret.
Bel, the daughter of casting director Janis Jaffa and actor Mark Powley, started acting as a child, when she starred in the first two series of popular CBBC drama M.I. High, before appearing alongside Robbie Coltrane in ITV's Murderland, and more recently sitcom Benidorm. Her theatre roles have included Royal Court productions Tusk Tusk and Jumpy, as well as appearing on Broadway in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia.
Rupert Everett and Emily Watson will portray George VI and Queen Elizabeth, with 22 year old Irish actor Jack Reynor (represented by MacFarlane Chard), who played the title role in Lenny Abrahamson's What Richard Did, as a young soldier who looks out for Elizabeth on the big night.
Shooting begins on Monday on locations at Chatsworth and Belvoir Castle.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Shooting has begun this week in Berkshire on Glue, a brand new original series created and written by BAFTA-winning writer Jack Thorne (This is England, Skins, The Fades) for E4.
E4 has brought together some of Britain’s brightest young talent from film, TV, stage and music to star in the new series including:
Yasmin Paige, star of critically-acclaimed feature Submarine;
Jessie Cave, best known as Lavender Brown in Harry Potter;
Waterloo Road and The Sarah Jane Adventures actor Tommy Lawrence Knight;
Faye Marsay, who stole Howard’s heart as new housemate Candice in Channel 4’s Fresh Meat;
The young cast also features:
Jordan Stephens, platinum-selling hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks, making his acting debut:
Callum Turner who recently starred opposite Helen McCrory in ITV drama Leaving;
Charlotte Spencer last seen as Carly Kirk in BBC Two’s Line of Duty;
Tommy McDonnell, currently in cinemas in acclaimed British prison film Starred Up;
and Bristol Old Vic graduate Billy Howle, currently on screen in Channel 4’s New Worlds.
The series will also star Kerry Fox (Bright Star), Jonny Owen (Shameless), Kierston Wareing (Luther), and Steve Oram (Sightseers)
Overton. A tiny village in the English countryside. Farming is its beating heart. Race-horses are its bread-and-butter. But beyond the rolling hills and behind the stable doors lies a green and not-so-pleasant land...
Bored kids play chicken on top of silo machines that can cut your hand to slices no thicker than the ham in your sandwich. The same kids play at grain-barn-jumping – deadly, if your lungs fill up with the tiny bullets of wheat. Now someone has played murder.
When the body of a local teenage boy is found underneath the wheels of a tractor, the villagers in this remote community – his friends – are forced to open up their world and watch their secrets spill out. Secrets that will change their particular brand of country life forever.
Twisted and wayward, tragic and comic, Glue will take E4 audiences on a wild and thrilling ride as the mystery of his murder unravels.
Sophie Gardiner, Channel 4 Commissioning Editor, says: “The team at Eleven have pulled together an incredible cast for Jack’s thrilling scripts – the line-up reads like a roll-call of some of the brightest up-and-coming talent around. We can’t wait for them to bring our bold new series to life. Brace yourselves for a trip to the countryside…E4-style.”
She added “Glue follows in the proud tradition of E4 showing the most original and exciting drama for young audiences. This is E4’s first whodunit drama, adding murder and mystery to the range of shows, from My Mad Fat Diary to Youngers, on the channel’s slate of new British drama series.”
The eight 60-minute episodes, produced by Eleven Film, are scheduled to air this Autumn on E4.
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