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BBC renews Atlantis for second season

BBC One’s Saturday night hit show Atlantis has been picked up for a second season as filming draws to a close on the first. Announcing the news, with nine episodes of the debut year yet to air, Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One said: “Atlantis delivers original British drama with the kind of scale and ambition … Continue reading

Culture Show Who special confirmed for Friday 22nd November

The Culture Show‘s special on Doctor Who – You, Me and Who – will air at 9.30 pm on BBC2 on Friday 22nd November, its host Dr Matthew Sweet has confirmed. “Got your 500-year diary handy?” he began on twitter earlier today before providing the date. The tweet was accompanied by a photo of Sweet … Continue reading

Abrams to co-write new Star Wars film

News is just breaking that J.J.Abrams won’t only be directing Star Wars Episode VII – he’ll be co-writing it too. According to the reports, Abrams will be working with The Empire Strikes Back co-writer Lawrence Kasdan on the script, replacing Michael Arndt.  “I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled … Continue reading

Fox acquire Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season

Twentieth Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment have made a deal to produce The Bone Season, based on the best-selling novel by British author Samantha Shannon. Deadline notes that “The deal was made with Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish’s The Imaginarium, which controlled the rights and will produce with Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping.” In addition … Continue reading

Cinema tickets for Day of the Doctor go on sale Friday

The BBC has released details of the cinema chains which will be showing the 3D presentation of the Doctor Who anniversary special The Day of the Doctor, with tickets going on sale on October 25th at 9 a.m. The cinema screenings will take place the same time as the UK TV broadcast on BBC One on 23rd … Continue reading

Women in Horror produce charity calendar

‘Horror’ is a genre that encompasses all the arts – film, music, literature, sculpture, painting, fashion – and this year a special calendar is celebrating the contribution of twelve women to the horror scene in the UK, with all profits going to charity. The calendar is put together by filmmaker Melanie Light, based in London. … Continue reading

Hitchhikers Live Tour cancelled (updated)

The live tour of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy has been brought to a premature end. According to a statement issued just now on Facebook, “The Radio Theatre Company deeply regret to announce the immediate cancellation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy Radio Show 2013 Tour. Tonight’s performance at The Hawth, Crawley and … Continue reading

Who anniversary trailer celebrates all 11 Doctors (video)

After weeks of speculation, details of the specially-filmed trailer for The Day of the Doctor have emerged, before its premiere on Saturday 19th October between Strictly Come Dancing and Atlantis on BBC One around 8.20 p.m. Although the trailer does not include any footage from the special, the BBC’s press release notes that “Travelling through … Continue reading

RIP Lou Scheimer

Lou Scheimer, described as one of the “fathers of Saturday morning television” has died, shortly before his 84th birthday. Scheimer was one of the founders of Filmation Associates, which was responsible for Journey Back to Oz, one of the first sequels to The Wizard of Oz, which starred Judy Garland’s daughter Liza Minnelli as the voice … Continue reading

Michael Marshall’s The Intruders are coming to BBC America (updated)

Michael Marshall’s 2007 novel The Intruders is being adapted for an eight part series for BBC America. According to the report at Deadline, The X-Files’ Glen Morgan is scripting and executive producing the series, which is “about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others”. Production will begin … Continue reading