Bookmark and Share The Martian Chronicles

10/02/2015 04:58:00 p.m. - Reported by Marcus

Big Finish have announced a special release of B7 Media’s acclaimed dramatisation of Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles this December.

The new drama, originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4, stars Derek Jacobi (Last Tango in Halifax, I, Claudius, Doctor Who: Utopia) and Hayley Atwell (Marvel’s Agent Carter, The Pillars of the Earth, Doctor Who: Blood of the Daleks) as the leaders of an expedition to Mars, tasked with a secret mission.

When the first expedition to Mars mysteriously disappears, Earth sends a second to find out what happened. But the real mission is classified. And only Captain Wilder knows the truth.

Spender, an anthropologist on Wilder’s crew, attempts to prevent the colonisation that she believes will eradicate the last of an ancient people living on Mars. But to what lengths will she go?

As the honourable but duty-bound Captain Wilder tracks the now rogue Spender into the Martian mountains, the future of this ancient planet is at stake. Meanwhile, Earth itself teeters on the brink of its own global catastrophe as the very survival of humanity hangs in the balance.

The adaptation recently won the Silver Award for Best Drama Special at the 2015 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards. Alistair Lock was also nominated for Best Sound Designer at the 2014 Radio Production Awards. The release was produced by Patrick Chapman and directed by Andrew Mark Sewell who said

‘Over the years Big Finish has become synonymous with the very best in fantasy and science fiction audio drama, ‘and we’re delighted that they’ll be releasing our award-winning dramatisation of Ray Bradbury’s classic fable of Martian colonisation.’

Big Finish Executive Producer Jason Haigh-Ellery said

“The Martian Chronicles is a legendary sci-fi book, which has been turned into a fantastic award winning production by Andrew and his team at B7 Media — I’m delighted that Big Finish will be able to bring this classic story to a wider audience around the world”.

The Martian Chronicles, will be released in December and is available to pre-order now. The full-cast includes Derek Jacobi, Hayley Atwell, Anna Madeley, Mark Lewis Jones, John Altman, Zoe Tapper, Jonathan Rhodes, Dean Harris, Ryan Sewell, Rachael Naylor, Jacob James, Robert Lock, Mellissa Aston-Munslow and Owen Sewell

Bookmark and Share Orphan Black returns to BBC with Season 3

9/23/2015 07:29:00 p.m. - Reported by Harry Ward

Orphan Black: Season 3 (Credit: BBC/Orphan Black III Productions Limited 2015/BBC Worldwide) Orphan Black is returning to the BBC tonight, 14 months after the UK broadcast of the Season 2 finale. The whole of Season Three will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer from 10pm tonight. Episodes will also be broadcast on BBC Three in the early hours of the morning, also known as the 'graveyard slot'. The channel will be airing double bills starting this Sunday at 2:10am with The Weight of This Combination followed by Transitory Sacrifices of Crisis.

Synopsis for episode 1:
Sarah tries to bluff a ruthless enforcer that all is well at the Dyad Institute, while Alison's family finances pose problems. Helena is prisoner of the Castor clones, one of whom poses an immediate threat to those Sarah holds dear.

A fourth series was confirmed earlier this year.

Bookmark and Share First official Sherlock event to be held in Melbourne

9/04/2015 01:03:00 a.m. - Reported by Harry Ward

BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) have announced the first ever official Sherlock event to be held in Australia. Sherlock: From Script to Screen will take place at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne on Monday, 23rd November and will give fans the chance to hear from series co-creators and Executive Producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (who also stars as Sherlock’s brother Mycroft Holmes) as well as Series Producer Sue Vertue of Hartswood Films.

Sue Vertue, says:
We’re very excited to be bringing the magic of the show to Australia and meeting Sherlock fans over there. The game is most certainly on!
Sherlock: From Script to Screen (Credit: BBC Worldwide) Sherlock: From Script to Screen
Regent Theatre, Melbourne
Monday, 23rd November, 7.00-9.00pm

This is a must-attend for Sherlock fans, with the chance to hear from series co-creators and Executive Producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (who also stars as Sherlock’s brother Mycroft Holmes) as well as Series Producer Sue Vertue of Hartswood Films.

Sherlock: From Script to Screen will take fans on a journey behind the scenes of the award-winning BBC drama, exploring the making of the show and how the stories and characters are created and developed.

The event comes ahead of the Sherlock Special, which will see Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman reprise their roles in a one-off episode set in Victorian London in 1895. The episode has been co-written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and will premiere exclusively on Stan in Australia later this year.

A limited run of special BBC Worldwide ANZ fan screenings, in association with Stan, is planned for selected cinemas in Australia following the episode’s premiere on the streaming service.
Tickets will go on sale on Monday, 14th September from Ticketmaster.

Bookmark and Share The Making of Dad's Army

8/28/2015 07:29:00 p.m. - Reported by Harry Ward

Dad's Army (Credit: BBC) BBC Two's controller, Kim Shillinglaw, has announced that a new comedy about the making of Dad’s Army is to be made by the channel. The one-off 60 minute special will star Paul Ritter, Shane Ritchie, John Sessions, Sally Phillips and Kevin Bishop.
The Making of Dad's Army (w/t)

The dramatised story of how Jimmy Perry and David Croft overcame BBC management scepticism, focus groups and cast constipation to get the much loved legend onto air.

Running from Perry's initial idea in 1967 until the transmission of the first episode in 1968, this affectionate and witty film shows the beginnings of Perry and Croft's writing partnership and the casting woes, personal clashes and production difficulties that put the show's very existence in jeopardy. It reveals to fans and newcomers alike what went on behind the scenes in the making of Dad's Army and is a true love letter to British creativity.

Cast confirmed so far includes: Paul Ritter to play Jimmy Perry (Friday Night Dinner, The World's End, Quantum of Solace), Richard Dormer as David Croft (Fortitude, Good Vibrations, Game of Thrones), John Sessions to play Arthur Lowe (Filth, Gangs Of New York), Julian Sands as John Le Mesurier (The Killing Fields, The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo, A Room With a View), Mark Heap as Clive Dunn (Friday Night Dinner, Green Wing & Spaced), Shane Richie to play Bill Pertwee (EastEnders), Kevin Bishop as James Beck (The Kevin Bishop Show, Whites), Keith Allen to play Paul Fox (Bodies, Robin Hood, The Comic Strip Presents…), Michael Cochrane as Arnold Ridley (The Archers), Ralph Riach (Braveheart, Hamish Macbeth) to play John Laurie and Sally Phillips as Ann Croft (Smack The Pony, Bridget Jones' Diary, Miranda). Further cast details will be announced at a later date.

The Making of Dad's Army (w/t) is a 1 x 60' episode. It is being produced by DSP, part of Endemol Shine Group. It was commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller BBC Comedy Commissioning and Gregor Sharp, Commissioning Editor BBC Comedy. It was written by Stephen Russell (Hattie, Shameless, Coronation Street, Garrow's Law) and will be directed by Steve Bendelack (Spitting Image, the Royle Family, The League of Gentlemen). The Executive Producers are Charlotte Surtees and Emily Dalton and the Producer is Brett Wilson at DSP. The drama will be filmed in Northern Ireland and has been part funded by Northern Ireland Screen.

Bookmark and Share Thunderbirds 1965 Project To Create Classic Thunderbirds Episodes

7/14/2015 01:30:00 a.m. - Reported by Marcus

This September marks 50 years since Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s ground-breaking Thunderbirds series blasted onto TV screens in the UK. To celebrate this special anniversary, the iconic puppets will be making a spectacular return in three brand new episodes in Thunderbirds 1965, a project created by director Stephen La Rivière.

In addition to the much-loved television series, three Thunderbirds audio episodes were recorded and launched in 1966, with music and dialogue from the show’s original voice cast. Thunderbirds 1965 will see La Rivière film the Thunderbirds puppets and sets he faithfully recreated for the Filmed in Supermarionation documentary, using all of the classic Supermarionation techniques, and combine this with the original audio footage to create three brand new video episodes in the distinctive Thunderbirds style.

The Thunderbirds 1965 project will launch on crowdfunding website Kickstarter on Thursday 9th July at 9am, and backing the project is the only way that fans from around the globe will be able to watch these new episodes. In addition to a DVD / Blu-ray of the finished production, project backers have the opportunity to receive other exclusive rewards including a commemorative photo-book featuring rare and previously unpublished stills from the original series and an exclusive ‘Thunderbirds Experience’. This experience will give backers the chance to visit the Thunderbirds 1965 production studio and experience first-hand the classic model and puppet filmmaking techniques first developed fifty years ago. The recreated marionette stars will also be around for meet and greets.

The Thunderbirds 1965 Kickstarter campaign is aiming to raise £75,000 to fund the first of the three special episodes. If the project surpasses this initial target, the remaining episodes will be also produced.

Thunderbirds 1965 will be produced by the team behind the critically acclaimed Filmed in Supermarionation documentary, which tells the story of the pioneering production of Thunderbirds, Stingray, Captain Scarlet and other memorable marionette television shows. Sylvia Anderson and the estate of the late Gerry Anderson have welcomed the initiative.

Sylvia Anderson, co-creator of the classic series says:
Recreating the 1960s version of Thunderbirds like this is a great idea. What better way to celebrate half a century? I know that Stephen and his team will produce an episode that will look like something we would have made. FAB!
Jamie Anderson, son of Gerry Anderson says:
Generations of kids and adults have enjoyed Thunderbirds since it first aired 50 years ago. The magic formula of models, practical effects and puppets is very special, and I’m absolutely certain that Stephen and his team will recreate that magic.
Stephen La Rivière says:
For Filmed In Supermarionation, we shot new sequences with the puppets using the old fashioned techniques. Whilst many of the methods used seem a little archaic and time-consuming by today's standards, we thought that it would be very special to do a one-off project bringing Thunderbirds back to life 1960s style. Sadly, many of the original voice cast have passed away since 1965. However, thanks to these original audio recordings, we have new, authentic stories that have never been adapted for screen. This means that these old-new episodes should be the most authentic recreation of the 1960s experience as it's possible to get.
Further information can be found at

Bookmark and Share Orphan Black: Series Four confirmed

5/07/2015 04:11:00 p.m. - Reported by Chuck Foster

Orphan Black (cast series two)SPACE in Canada have confirmed that they have commissioned a fourth series of their clone conspiracy show Orphan Black, starring Tatiana Maslany. The series will consist of another ten episodes, and goes into production in Toronto over the Autumn.

Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay at Bell Media, said:
ORPHAN BLACK has become one of the decade’s breakthrough dramas, and a signature series for Space. This series is evidence that when a pedigreed creative team comes together with incredible actors, they create something impactful. We look forward to continuing to work with Temple Street and BBC America on what is sure to be another mind-bending season.

David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, executive producers of Orphan Black and Co-Presidents of Temple Street Productions, said:
The growth of ORPHAN BLACK and the amazing response from audiences over the past three seasons has exceeded our expectations and we’re delighted to be able to continue the journey in season four. We are incredibly proud of our talented cast and crew and grateful for the support from our broadcast partners at Space and BBCA.

The third series is currently being broadcast on SPACE, and due to be seen in the UK later this year.

Bookmark and Share Sherlock: 2015 Special - Teaser Image

11/25/2014 06:45:00 p.m. - Reported by Harry Ward

The producer of Sherlock, Sue Vertue, has tweeted a teaser image of Sherlock and Watson as they'll appear in next year's Sherlock Special. Production has now started on the episode, which has been written by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat.
#221back #sherlock #notkidding Sherlock and John as they'll appear in the Special.
Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch), Dr John Watson (Martin Freeman) (Credit: BBC/Hartswood Films/Arwel Wyn Jones)

Vertue also posted an image of the 'Read Through Draft' of the script.

Bookmark and Share Atlantis: A New Dawn, Part 1 - Pictures

11/11/2014 12:01:00 a.m. - Reported by Harry Ward

The BBC have released images for A New Dawn: Part One, the first episode of the second series of Atlantis. The episode will premiere on 15 November at 8:30pm on BBC One and on BBC America at 9pm (Eastern Time).

Poster (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Pythagoras (Robert Emms) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Jason (Jack Donnelly) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Hercules (Mark Addy) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Ariadne (Aiysha Hart) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Pasiphae (Sarah Parish) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Promo (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films)
Medea (Amy Manson) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Medea (Amy Manson) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Sarpedon (Robert Pugh) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Jason (Jack Donnelly) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Jason (Jack Donnelly) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Derian (Ian Drysdale) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films)
Medea (Amy Manson) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Medea (Amy Manson) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Ariadne (Aiysha Hart) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films)
Hercules (Mark Addy), Jason (Jack Donnelly), Pythagoras (Robert Emms) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Jason (Jack Donnelly), Hercules (Mark Addy), Pythagoras (Robert Emms) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Sarpedon (Robert Pugh), Jason (Jack Donnelly) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films)
Goran (Peter De Jersey) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Pasiphae (Sarah Parish) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Pasiphae (Sarah Parish) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films)
Behind the Scenes: Sarah Parish (Pasiphae) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Behind the Scenes: Mark Addy (Hercules), Jack Donnelly (Jason), Robert Emms (Pythagoras) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Behind the Scenes (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Behind the Scenes: Aiysha Hart (Ariadne) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films)
Pythagoras (Robert Emms), Jason (Jack Donnelly), Hercules (Mark Addy) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Poster (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Promo (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films)

Bookmark and Share Atlantis Series 2 Launch Trailer

10/29/2014 09:36:00 p.m. - Reported by Harry Ward

The BBC has released the trailer for Series 2 of Atlantis. The first episode in the new series will premiere in the UK on Saturday 15th November 2014 on BBC One.

A year has passed and much has changed. With her father dead Ariadne is named Queen, and finds herself at war with her old adversary, Pasiphae.

As the kingdom stands on the brink of collapse, the struggle for power is both bloody and brutal. With the future looking bleak, there is only one person Ariadne dare turn to for help: Jason. The time has come for the young warrior to fulfill his destiny - the battle for Atlantis has begun.

Bookmark and Share First Official Photos Of Dad's Army Film Cast

10/27/2014 08:41:00 p.m. - Reported by Harry Ward

The first official photos from the film adaptation of Dad's Army have been released by Universal Pictures.

The main cast of the 2015 Dad's Army film - (left to right) Frank Pike (Blake Harrison), Walker (Daniel Mays), Jones (Tom Courtenay), George Mainwaring (Toby Jones), Arthur Wilson (Bill Nighy), Frazer (Bill Paterson), Godfrey (Michael Gambon) (Credit: Universal Pictures/PA Wire) Dad's Army - 2015 Film (Credit: Universal Pictures/PA Wire)

The film, which is written by Hamish McColl and directed by Oliver Parker, sees the group of "Local Defence Volunteers" in search of a spy as journalist Rose Winters, played by Catherine Zeta Jones, is sent to Walmington-on-Sea to report on the Home Guard's exploits.

The cast, who have have been filming the production in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, include Mark Gatiss, Sarah Lancashire, Annette Crosbie, Alison Steadman, Felicity Montagu, Julia Foster, Holli Dempsey, Oliver Tobias and Emily Atack.

The BBC reported the film as being "in the works" in February of this year.

Bookmark and Share Preview image of new Thunderbird 1 released

6/22/2014 06:32:00 p.m. - Reported by John Bowman

A preview image of the new Thunderbird 1 from the forthcoming series Thunderbirds Are Go! has been released by ITV Studios.

The major new children's series, which is a co-production between ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures in association with Weta Workshop, is set to make its international debut early next year in the UK on ITV and CITV.

Set against the backdrop of the Hollywood sign, the rocket maintains its distinctive silver bullet style from the original show, which first aired on ITV from 1965 to 1966.

The reboot, comprising 26 half-hour episodes, will be produced using a mix of CGI animation and live-action model sets to deliver a new level of action-adventure animation while also paying tribute to the classic 1960s phenomenon.

As previously reported, the reinvention of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's iconic series will star Rosamund Pike as the voice of Lady Penelope and original cast member David Graham, who reprises his role as Parker.

Other star voices will include Kayvan Novak as inventor Brains and Thomas Brodie-Sangster voicing John Tracy.

Executive producer Giles Ridge said:
Thunderbirds Are Go! pays tribute to the original series whilst delivering a dynamic action-adventure to thrill a new generation. The iconic characters, craft, music and story elements of the original have been lovingly reimagined for a 21st-century audience. The series will showcase the world-famous Pukeko Pictures and Weta Workshop's ground-breaking creative and technical excellence.

Bookmark and Share In The Flesh series 2 start date and time confirmed

4/23/2014 10:19:00 p.m. - Reported by John Bowman

The second series of In The Flesh is to start on Sunday 4th May at 10pm, the BBC confirmed today.

Starring Luke Newberry as Kieren Walker and Emily Bevan as Amy Dyer, with Kenneth Cranham as Vicar Oddie, it will comprise six one-hour episodes. Also returning are Kevin Sutton as ex-vigilante Human Volunteer Force soldier Gary Kendal and Harriet Cains as Kieren's sister Jen. Joining the cast for the new series of the zombie drama are Wunmi Mosaku as Maxine Martin, the pro-living Victus MP for Roarton, and Emmett J Scanlan, who plays the Undead Prophet disciple Simon Monroe.
We're reunited with Kieren Walker in the now seemingly PDS-friendly world of Roarton. Our hero is keeping his head down, working soul-destroying shifts in the Legion pub and squirrelling money into his "escape fund." Only problem is, he can't escape himself.

In the wider world, tensions are reigniting. The radical Pro-Living Party, Victus, is gaining government seats, prompting a backlash of PDS extremism connected to the Undead Liberation Army. Kieren is worried sick when Victus MP Maxine Martin enters the village, ostensibly offering her condolences in the wake of a brutal ULA tram attack. She can barely conceal her disappointment at what she sees in the Legion: PDS Sufferers and the Living happily rubbing shoulders. Not to mention Kieren himself behind the bar. She recoils in disgust from his cold touch. When Maxine violently clashes with Vicar Oddie, it seems Kieren was right to worry . . . Danger from the outside world is encroaching.

Kieren's overjoyed by the return of his BDFF (best dead friend forever), the irrepressible Amy Dyer - but his delight is cut short by a tense encounter with Amy's opinionated "beau", ULA member Simon. Kieren warns them both not to rock the boat in Roarton. However, they have other plans in mind, choosing to enter the Legion barefaced and wearing the clothes they were buried in. When they reveal the prejudice and hatred still bubbling under the surface in Roarton - not least from Gary Kendal - Kieren knows he needs to leave the village. Now.

A trailer for series 2 is available to watch below:

and a teaser has also been released:

Bookmark and Share In The Flesh nominated for BAFTAs as series 2 details announced

4/07/2014 11:05:00 p.m. - Reported by John Bowman

The BBC Three zombie drama In The Flesh was nominated for two TV BAFTAs today, including Leading Actor for first-time nominee Luke Newberry as Partially Deceased Syndrome sufferer Kieren Walker.

He faces opposition from Dominic West (Burton and Taylor), Sean Harris (Southcliffe) and Jamie Dornan (The Fall).

The show has also been nominated in the Mini-Series category, with Southcliffe, The Great Train Robbery and The Fall also vying for the gong, and follows creator Dominic Mitchell's nomination for a BAFTA Television Craft Award for Best Writer, which he will be hoping to win against Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch), Sally Wainwright (Last Tango In Halifax) and Dennis Kelly (Utopia).

The BAFTA Television Crafts awards ceremony takes place on Sunday 27th April and the TV BAFTAs will be held on Sunday 18th May.

Series two of In The Flesh, comprising six episodes, is to be shown on BBC Three in the first week of May, the BBC said today. The first series will be repeated on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer on Sunday 12th April.

Critically-acclaimed creator Dominic Mitchell reignites the world of teenager Kieren Walker, a PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferer who continues in his struggle to find acceptance in the second series of the award-nominated BBC Three drama In The Flesh.

Over six episodes, In The Flesh propels us back to the hotbed of Roarton nine months on, where the living and the undead have reached a fragile peace. Partially Deceased Syndrome sufferer, Kieren (Luke Newberry) is still struggling to find self-acceptance, and is keeping his head down, squirrelling money into his "escape fund" for Paris. Only problem is, he can't escape himself.

In the wider world, fear is in the air, provoked by radical Pro-Living Party Victus and extremism linked to the Undead Liberation Army. Scarier still, there are whispers about a Second Rising.

When explosive characters from both Victus and the ULA descend on Roarton, Kieren's dreams of escape are thrown into disarray. Victus MP Maxine Martin (Wunmi Mosaku) is stirring up anti-PDS sentiment in the village, while charismatic ULA disciple Simon (Emmett J Scanlan) wants Kieren to stay for different reasons altogether.

As Kieren increasingly finds himself in Maxine and Simon's crossfire, tensions reignite within the Walker family, where schoolgirl Jem (Harriet Cains) is facing her own demons, struggling to come to terms with vivid flashbacks from her time in the HVF (Human Volunteer Force). Kieren's only saving grace is the return of his old hunting partner Amy Dyer (Emily Bevan), but has his happy-go-lucky BDFF (Best Dead Friend Forever) been radicalised by the ULA?

As the series progresses, we follow Kieren, his friends and family, as he wrestles with his identity and his own and other people's beliefs. One thing's for certain: a quiet life is no longer an option.

Video interviews with Newberry and Mitchell to promote series 2 were released by the BBC today:

The BAFTA nominations echo plaudits from other parts of the industry - the series was also shortlisted for the MIND Media Awards 2013, Best Drama Serial at RTS, Best Drama Serial at Broadcast Awards and Innovation in Multiplatform at RTS North West - while Mitchell was named one of the 17 BAFTA Breakthrough Brits last year.

BBC Three controller Zai Bennett said:
Not only is BBC Three the most-watched digital channel in the hours it's on air, we're also the most BAFTA-nominated digital channel this year with six nominations, two of which are for the extraordinary In The Flesh which returns to BBC Three next month. I couldn't be prouder of the team, the producers, storytellers, actors and presenters who make BBC Three the ground-breaking, award-winning, incredible channel it is.

Bookmark and Share Supermarionation documentary on its way

4/05/2014 02:25:00 a.m. - Reported by John Bowman

A major new feature film about the life and work of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson has been made by video publishing company Network.

Filmed in Supermarionation - billed as "the definitive documentary about the unique puppetry and animation technique developed by Gerry and Sylvia and their team and utilised in all their programmes throughout the 1960s" - has been directed and co-produced by Stephen La Riviere from his book of the same name.

It is hosted by Thunderbirds characters Lady Penelope and Parker, and features previously unseen archive footage, new interviews with surviving cast and crew, and clips from the shows. In addition, pioneering techniques used in the productions have been accurately re-created for the film, which will be premièred at the BFI later this year ahead of a general release.

Before then, though, a preview of selected scenes together with a question-and-answer session with the film's creative team will be held at Andercon on Saturday 19th April.

In the meantime, Network, which specialises in classic British TV programmes, has released two clips from it:

With Thanks To Tony Clark

Bookmark and Share Atlantis series 2 filming starts

4/03/2014 11:33:00 p.m. - Reported by John Bowman

Filming for the second series of fantasy drama Atlantis has started in Chepstow, the BBC announced today.

Jack Donnelly returns as Jason, with Mark Addy back as Hercules and Robert Emms reprising the role of Pythagoras.

The series launched on BBC One last autumn with an opening episode that pulled in a Live +7 audience of 8.4 million viewers, making it the biggest new Saturday-night drama series launch across all channels since Robin Hood in 2006.

The finale of the first series saw Paisphae, played by Sarah Parish, revealed to be Jason's mother. Parish, who also features in series two, is currently filming scenes that involve a dramatic shift of power in the kingdom, said the BBC in a press statement that added:
Pasiphae's desire to reign has not abated and rivalry with stepdaughter Ariadne takes her to new depths. Jason's personal involvement with Ariadne is surely a complication for Pasiphae, but will the knowledge that Jason is her flesh and blood weaken her resolve?
Also returning to the drama are Aiysha Hart as Ariadne and Juliet Stevenson as The Oracle, as well as new additions Vincent Regan as Dion and Amy Manson as Medea. Guest appearances are to be made by Robert Pugh (Game Of Thrones, The White Queen) and Peter de Jersey (Broadchurch, Holby City) in episode one.

In the press statement, co-creators Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy said:
It's wonderful to have everyone back in the studio together as we prepare to take Atlantis to new places in series two. We have some exciting new additions joining our exceptional cast and some surprises up our sleeve that we can't wait to unleash on the Atlantis audience later this year.
BBC executive producer Bethan Jones added:
It was a delight to see so many of the BBC One audience take Atlantis to its heart and we are thrilled to be returning with more adventures this year. The vision is as ambitious as ever and, building on the amazing sets in the Chepstow studios, the series will continue to deliver a visual treat for viewers, along with a deeper insight to the characters that drive the drama.
Atlantis was recommissioned by BBC One controller Charlotte Moore and Ben Stephenson, the controller of BBC Drama Commissioning. It is made by Urban Myth Films for BBC One through BBC Cymru Wales and co-produced by BBC America.

The programme is written by Howard Overman and executive-produced for Urban Myth Films by Capps and Murphy.