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'Merlin Star' Colin Morgan Cast In New Supernatural BBC Drama 'The Living And The Dead'


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Fresh off his appearance as a cyborg in Channel 4 series ‘Humans’, Northern Irish actor Colin Morgan has landed the lead role in a new BBC show, 'The Living And The Dead'. Described as a ‘supernatural’ period drama, the show also stars 'Glue's' Charlotte Spencer, who will play Morgan’s wife.

Colin MorganColin Morgan has been cast in 'The Living And The Dead'. 

Set in 1894 in Somerset, the show sees Morgan as Nathan Appleby and Spencer as his wife Charlotte. After the couple inherit a farm and begin to start a new life they find their marriage put to the test after experience a series of strange and dangerous paranormal goings-on in their new home.

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Bypass Review


Excellent

After Pride, young British actor George MacKay returns to a much smaller scale of filmmaking for this dark, moody English drama. It may be somewhat gloomy and intense, but it gets under the skin because filmmaker Duane Hopkins (Better Things) remains so tightly focused on MacKay's character, offering a complex portrait of a young man pushed to desperation. Some earthy humour would have helped make it more resonant, as well as perhaps a lighter touch with some of the bigger plot points, but this is thoughtful and provocative filmmaking.

MacKay plays Tim, a young guy barely out of his teens and struggling to care for his surly teen sister Helen (Lara Peake). Their parents are long gone, and older brother Greg (Benjamin Dilloway) is in prison. So with the bills overdue and his girlfriend (Charlotte Spencer) expecting a baby, Tim sees little alternative but to follow Greg's lead into petty crime. But his boss is pushing him into increasingly dangerous situations, and as he tries to keep up with everything, Tim is ignoring the signs that something is seriously wrong with his health.

The title is the clue here, and Hopkins deploys a variety of visual touches to tell the story from within Tim's limited perspective. This includes lots of extreme close-ups, frantic hand-held action, slow-motion camerawork and a sound mix that's often out-of-sync with the images. Combined with a mournful musical score, this creates a strikingly powerful atmosphere. Yes, it's all rather bleak, but things are livened up by lyrical flashbacks and conversations that seem cut off in the middle, demanding that we work out the scene ourselves because that's exactly how Tim experiences it.

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George MacKay and Charlotte Spencer - BFI London Film Festival - 'Bypass' screening - Arrivals at Odeon West End - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 11th October 2014

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Stephen Ward: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Profumo Affair Musical Receives Critical Shrug


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The reviews are in for new West End musical, Stephen Ward, based on the real life Profumo Affair. Whilst members of an older generation will be instantly familiar with Stephen Ward and the name's scandalous connotations, there will be many confused about the title of Don Black and Christopher Hampton's new play.

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Charlotte Spencer Takes The Role Of Christine Keeler In 'Stephen Ward.'

The 1963 Profumo Affair was a political scandal named after John Profumo, who was the Secretary of State for War at the time and who engaged in an affair with the mistress of a soviet spy, Christine Keeler. Profumo was forced to resign after being found to have lied about the affair which in turn damaged the reputation of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.

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Wild Bill Review


Extraordinary
British actor Fletcher makes a terrific directing debut with this sharply told story of a family struggling to survive in a bleak environment. But this film is so full of hope that it thoroughly engages our emotions even when things get scary.

Since their mum left nine months earlier, 15-year-old Dean (Poulter) has been taking care of 11-year-old brother Jimmy (Williams) by working in construction at the Olympic park. But Jimmy is failing at school and getting increasingly involved with a gang of local drug dealers (Gregory, Maskell and Rheon). Then after eight years in prison, their dad Bill (Creed-Miles) comes home, realising that he must show some responsibility to keep his sons from being taken into care. But they don't know him, and he doesn't know anything about being a father.

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