Victoria returns to our screens this weekend, starring Leo Suter and Bebe Cave .
In this new series, Leo Suter joins the cast as Edward Drummond, PA to Sir Robert Peel (Nigel Lindsay).
Bebe will be joining Queen Victoria’s household as Wilhelmina Coke, niece of the Duchess of Buccleuch (played by Dame Diana Rigg). Hebe Beardsall also features as Princess Gertrude of Baden.
In the first series we saw Victoria (played by Jenna Coleman) inherit the throne, enjoy a courtship with Albert, and adjust to life as a young queen. The new series starts a month after the first series left off – Victoria has just given birth to her first child, also named Victoria, and is struggling to balance motherhood, marriage, and monarchy.
The first episode of series two of Victoria starts this Sunday 27th August at 9:05pm on ITV.
Sam Clemmett will be returning to the role of Albus Potter in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Lyric Theatre on Broadway in the Spring of 2018.
The first scene of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set during the final chapter in the seventh book, in which Harry says goodbye to his son Albus as he leaves for Hogwarts for the first time. J.K. Rowling has previously said of Sam’s casting: ‘There’s much I could say about Sam-as-Albus, but we’d be into spoiler territory so quickly I’ll just say we couldn’t have cast better.’
Sam will be joined by fellow West End cast members Jamie Parker (Harry Potter), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger), Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy), Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley), Poppy Miller (Ginny Weasley), and Alex Price (Draco Malfoy), as well as 28 new cast members. The West End show won a record-breaking 9 Oliviers overall, including Best New Play, as well as 8 WhatsOnStage Awards, 3 Critics’ Circle Awards, and 1 Evening Standard Theatre Award.
We’re thrilled to announce that BFI feature Pin Cushion has been announced as the opening film for Venice Critics Week.
Critics Week runs annually during the Venice International Film Festival, and selects seven debut films to premiere in competition, and two debuts to screen as special events out of competition (of which Pin Cushion is the first.) All the features screened will be world premieres.
Pin Cushion is the debut feature of writer/director Deborah Haywood, and is a coming-of-age drama with magical-realist touches, which follows teenager Iona (our Lily Newmark) and her mother Lyn (Joanna Scanlan), who move to a new town and attempt to become friends with the locals. When Iona becomes friends with a group of girls led by Chelsea (our Bethany Antonia), Iona and Lyn start to grow apart.
More information on the festival can be found here:
More than 100,000 fans have descended on San Diego in California for this year’s Comic-Con, the largest event dedicated to film, TV and pop culture.
Sean Teale will be at this year’s Comic-Con to present the new FOX series The Gifted. Sean plays the role of Eclipse a mutant who is part of a small underground network of mutants who are resisting the Sentinel Services and avoiding capture.
Sean will be part of a panel today along with the rest of the cast of The Gifted. They will talk about the upcoming series, participate in a Q & A session and show an exclusive first look at the first half of the Pilot episode.
Syfy series Krypton will also be presented on Saturday at Comic-Con. The series will air next year starring Ann Ogbomo as Primus Alura Zod, leader of Krypton’s military guild.
Krypton is set two generations before the destruction of Superman’s home planet and follows his grandfather as he fights to redeem his family’s honour. Krypton also features our Adam Fielding and fans will be offered a sneak peek at the upcoming series which will hit Syfy next year.
Chris Geere is set to star in BAFTA winning writer Sam Bain’s new BBC series Ill Behaviour.
Prior to the series premiere on 22nd July on BBC iPlayer, Chris has already received critical acclaim for his performance of Joel, a perennial underachiever who is trying to help his friend Chris through chemotherapy. The Guardian praised his performance and stated that ‘The undoubted star of the show, though, is Chris Geere’s Joel…All the characters are in denial about something here – illness or feelings or addiction – but Joel is a masterclass in broken nostalgia.”