Netflix grabs new Star Trek

The new series in the Star Trek franchise will premiere in the UK on Netflix in Autumn 2017. Star Trek: Discovery will follow new missions to find undiscovered worlds and exciting new lifeforms. The series will feature one particular Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The run will include 15 episodes, up from the previously announced 13, and be produced by CBS Television in association with Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout, Bryan Fuller’s Living Dead Guy Productions and Roddenberry Entertainment. Watch the first look trailer: Netflix is the world’s leading … Continue reading Netflix grabs new Star Trek

Warship

Channel 4 is to broadcast a new documentary about the flagship of the Royal Navy. HMS Ocean is a floating village with its own hospital, shop, police force, church, bank, laundry and gym. The series follows Ocean and its crew on a 7 month active deployment which began last September and which ends as the ship becomes the command platform for the United States Naval Combined Task Force 50 in the Gulf – the first time a UK ship has led a US task force in the Middle East. With exclusive access to the ship and her crew, the programme … Continue reading Warship

Netflix to screen new Second World War documentary

Netflix have announced a new original documentary series called Five Came Back. Adapted from Mark Harris’ book ‘Five Came Back: a story of Hollywood and the Second World War’ it tells the story of how Hollywood was changed by the tumultuous events of World War II. It is told through the interwoven experiences of five film makers who interrupted their careers to serve their country: John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra and George Stevens. To guide viewers through the different personalities, interweaving chronologies and multiple locations, the documentary team have turned to the voices of five modern cinematic … Continue reading Netflix to screen new Second World War documentary

New images from Marvel’s Iron Fist

Netflix have released new images of the forthcoming series Marvel’s Iron Fist. Finn Jones plays billionaire Danny Rand who returns to New York after mysteriously going missing.  He discovers corrupt criminals in control of the City and using his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist he fights against them. The cast also includes Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, David Wenham as Harold Meachum, Jessica Stroup as Joy Meachum and Tom Pelphrey as Ward Meachum. The series launches on Netflix on 17 March 2017 with an initial run of 13 episodes.   Continue reading New images from Marvel’s Iron Fist

BBC Four should screen When We Rise

I have been reading about the new television drama created and produced by Dustin Lance Black. When We Rise follows the stories of four activists fighting for LGBT rights and spans five decades of struggle. The series sounds fascinating and seems likely to inform, educate and entertain. In America, When We Rise is being broadcast by ABC, which is owned by Disney.  It has yet to find a home on a British television network. This intriguing drama sounds like it needs to be commissioned by BBC Four.  The channel features an eclectic mix of programmes covering documentaries, history, science, drama, … Continue reading BBC Four should screen When We Rise

Sony Movie Channel launches on Freeview and Virgin

Sony Pictures Television has announced that its flagship movie channel will launch on Freeview and Virgin on 10 January 2017. Sony Movie Channel, which is currently on Sky 323, will replace MovieMix on Virgin and the free-to-air television platform. The enhanced channel will launch with 14 channel premieres in the first month including Godzilla, Twilight, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, The Mask Of Zorro and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Kate Marsh, Executive Vice Preisdent of Sony Pictures Television’s Western Europe International Networks Division said: “Sony has a rich cinematic heritage. With our knowledge and love of movies we want … Continue reading Sony Movie Channel launches on Freeview and Virgin

The new Agatha Christie television adaptation is a triumph

Stop what you are doing and watch the new BBC adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The Witness For The Prosecution! I mean it.  It really is that good. The two part television drama has been adapted from Christie’s short story, which was first published in 1925.  It tells of a young man, Leonard Vole, who stands accused of the murder of a glamorous and rich heiress.  The story has been re-imagined for the screen by writer Sarah Phelps and director Julian Jarrold.  In this new version it becomes part courtroom drama, part suspense thriller interwoven with tragic love stories.  Building on … Continue reading The new Agatha Christie television adaptation is a triumph