DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY

DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY


 

 

RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 22nd, 2016, BBC AMERICA

Penned by Max Landis and from the producers of The Walking Dead, the series is a comedic thriller that follows the bizarre adventures of eccentric “holistic” detective Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) and his reluctant assistant Todd (Elijah Wood). The series is an adaptation of Douglas Adams’ (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) wildly successful comic novels, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, and is set in the unexpected world of the hyper, absurd, eponymous detective.

This season, Dirk and Todd wind their way through one big, seemingly insane mystery, crossing unlikely paths with a bevy of wild and sometimes dangerous characters, each episode landing them a few random steps closer to uncovering the truth.

Oscar-winning director Dean Parisot will direct the series’ first two episodes.

In addition to Barnett and Wood, the series also stars Hannah Marks as Todd’s sister Amanda, a former rebellious punk riot grrl, now sidelined and housebound by a painful genetic disorder.

The latest additions to the cast include: Jade Eshete as Farah Black, the athletic, self-doubting, badass, hyper competent but utterly anxious Security Officer to a billionaire; Mpho Koaho as Ken, a nerdy, friendly-faced tech trapped in increasingly difficult and bloody circumstances; Fiona Dourif as Bart Curlish, the terrifying, homicidal, deranged, fearless and nearly invincible self-identified “Holistic Assassin”; Michael Eklund as Martin, violent ring leader of the Rowdy 3 with an inexplicable sensitive side; Miguel Sandoval as Colonel Scott Riggins, beleaguered CIA head of a defunct secret bureau investigating the paranormal; Dustin Milligan as Sergeant Hugo Friedkin, Riggin’s subordinate,  unpredictable, wildly ambitious and dangerous moron; and Aaron Douglas as Gordon Rimmer, an enigmatic loser with an impressive series of horrible secrets. Also joining the inaugural season is Neil Brown Jr. as Estevez and Richard Schiff (The West Wing) as Zimmerfield, missing person’s detectives operating increasingly off book as they follow the trail of a complex and mystifying case. Additional casting for the series will continue over the course of production. ‎

When asked about casting, show creator Max Landis responded: “I couldn’t be happier. We got such wonderful actors, it’s really a shame we’re killing so many of the characters.”

“Douglas Adams might have said we ended up with the cast we were meant to have.  I’d add we’re extremely happy about it,” said showrunner Robert Cooper.

NATIONAL TREASURE

NATIONAL TREASURE


 

 

NATIONAL TREASURE is a gripping and highly topical 4-part mini-series, written by multi-award winning screenwriter Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the cursed child, This is England) and directed by BAFTA-winning director Marc Munden. The cast is headed by Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters and Andrea Riseborough.

The series follows Paul Finchley, an ageing, beloved comedian, a hero to TV audiences and peers alike, after he is arrested following an allegation of rape dating back to the 90’s. The four-part drama follows the story from arrest through to verdict and focuses both on the investigation, and the effect of the case on Paul, on his wife of 40 years, Marie, and his troubled daughter, Dee.

National Treasure is a story that goes behind the headlines to look at the human and emotional impact when the whole life of a family is called into question. It explores memory, truth, doubt, and how well we really know ourselves and those close to us.

The drama was first unveiled during last year’s Edinburgh TV Festival. “What I’ve always loved about Channel 4 is that it’s a place to discuss big ideas. (J.Thorne)

“National Treasure is a piece about doubt, about the smell of abuse, about how we as a society live in Yewtree times. Paul is a man who could be innocent or guilty. We’re going to examine him from all sides and ask that big question – how well do we know the people closest to us?”

National Treasure is produced by new production company The Forge for Channel 4.

 

 

THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

released: September 2016

Sci-Fi / Thriller

The near future; humanity has been all but destroyed by a mutated fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating “hungries”.  Only a small group of children seem immune to its effects.

At an army base in rural England, this group of unique children are being studied, subjected to cruel experiments by biologist Dr. Caldwell.  Despite having been infected with the zombie pathogen that has decimated the world, these children retain normal thoughts and emotions.  And while still being subject to the craving for human flesh that marks the disease these second-generation “hungries” are able to think and feel making them a vital resource in the search for a cure.

The children attend school lessons daily, guarded by the ever watchful Sergeant Parks.  But one little girl, Melanie, stands out from the rest.  Melanie is special.  She excels in the classroom, is inquisitive, imaginative and loves her favourite teacher Miss Justineau.

When the base falls, Melanie escapes along with Miss Justineau, Sergeant Parks and Dr. Caldwell. Against the backdrop of a blighted Britain, Melanie must discover what she is and ultimately decide both her own future and that of the human race.

Directed by Colm McCarthy (Doctor Who, Sherlock) with Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, Paddi Considine and introducing Senia Nanua.

Written and adapted by Mike Carey, The Girl with all the Gifts is produced by Camille Gatin and Angus Lamont, company credits include Altitude Film, Poison Chef, BFI Film Fund.

About the writer:

Mike Carey first came to prominence within the world of comic books, writing the Lucifer series at DC Vertigo, Hellblazer for DC, X-MenFantastic Four and adapting Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Shadow for Marvel amongst other titles. He also wrote The Unwritten which has made the New York Times graphic novel bestseller list and was awarded Comic Con’s Inkpot Award in 2012. More recently, Carey has moved into prose fiction with thrillers such as The Dead Sea Deception(under the pseudonym of Adam Blake), fantasy novels The City of Silk and Steeland The House of War and Witness and the Felix Castor novels. The Girl with all the Gifts is his most recent novel, published in 2014 to critical acclaim and attracting multitudes of fans including writer-director Joss Whedon who proclaimed it to be: “Heartfelt, remorseless and painfully human . . . as fresh as it is terrifying. A jewel.” (source: Orbitbooks)

HUMANS

HUMANS


 

 

HUMANS, an adaptation of the award winning Swedish series Real Humans, the drama, produced by Shine’s Kudos (“Utopia”, “Broadchurch”), is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ — a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart.

Written by British writing partnership Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks, Spooks: The Greater Good), Humans is based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans.

Cast: Oscar winner William Hurt, Katherine Parkinson (“The Honorable Woman”), Tom Goodman-Hill (“Mr Selfridge”), Colin Morgan (“The Fall”), Rebecca Front (“The Thick Of It”), Neil Maskell (“Utopia”) and Gemma Chan (“Fresh Meat”) and Will Tudor (“Game of Thrones”).

Synopsis: In the hope of transforming the way they live, one strained suburban family purchases a refurbished synth only to discover that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences.

Hurt plays George Millican, a widower who has formed a close relationship with his out-of-date synth Odi, who he treats more like a son than a piece of machinery.

Parkinson plays Laura, a woman who seems to have it all — a great career as a lawyer, a loving husband, three children. But inside she’s struggling with her own unresolved demons. In a misguided attempt to help the situation her husband Joe, played by Tom Goodman Hill, buys a Synth. Played by Gemma Chan, Anita is the pliant, servile automaton that all Synths are supposed to be — but every now and then, she does something inexplicable. Something almost human.

Morgan joins the cast as Leo, who’s desperately trying to track down someone from his past; Front plays the overbearing carer synth, Vera; and Maskell takes on the role of police officer Peter Drummond, who works for the Special Technologies Task Force.

 

 

THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE

THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE


 

 

Romola Garai, Chris O’Dowd, Gillian Anderson, Richard E Grant, Shirley Henderson, Amanda Hale and Mark Gatiss star in a bold four-part adaptation of The Crimson Petal And The White adapted from Michel Faber’s best selling novel by acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon and directed by award-winning Marc Munden (The Devil’s Whore, The Mark Of Cain), produced by Origin Pictures for the BBC.