Sunday, 8 April 2012

David Tennant: new TV drama, United news, TV appearances

David Tennant to star in TV drama 'The Spies Of Warsaw'

Former Doctor Who star David Tennant will play a French spy in a new two-part Second World War-era drama by Likely Lads writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.
The actor will appear with Merlin star Janet Montgomery in the BBC Four show The Spies Of Warsaw based on the best-selling novel by Alan Furst.

Tennant's character is drawn into the murky world of espionage in the story which is set in Poland, Paris, London and Berlin in the years leading up to the outbreak of war.
BBC Four controller Richard Klein described the show as "a tense, passionate and sexy love story set against the increasingly strident clang of coming war".

He said: "Spies Of Warsaw is an entertaining, thrilling and insightful drama with a very different take on the Second World War, seen through the eyes of characters who know from the start that they and their fellow countrymen will face the brunt of the horrors to come: this is top class drama, and perfect for BBC Four."

Clement and La Frenais have written some of the most popular British television shows of the last 40 years including The Likely Lads, Porridge and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.
Filming will start next month in Poland.

Source: The Independent

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Netflix Sign Up BBC United Drama For Streaming

Netflix are said to be one of several international buyers of the rights to BBC’s English direct-to-TV film United, a feature starring David Tennant and Dougray Scott, based on the true story of the tragic 1958 Munich air disaster that killed many of the Manchester United football team of that season.

The crash, which saw 21 people (including 8 players) lose their lives (out of a total 45 people on-board the plane), shocked the world of football (in particular in England), and tributes are still made to this day, most notably on its 50th anniversary in 2008. The 90-minute long film, written by Chris Chibnall and directed by James Strong, was first aired over three years later.
A year after it was premièred on BBC Two, the production is now being licensed abroad through Content Television, with online streaming giant Netflix snapping up the broadcasting rights in both USA and Canada.

Other multiple rights holders now include Universal Pictures Pty for Australia & New Zealand, Tele-Munchen Group for ‘German-speaking Europe’, and subscription HBO for a number of countries throughout Asia. European nation-wide broadcasters picking up rights include TV2 (Denmark), RTE (Ireland), NRK (Norway), ITI Neovision (Poland), and SVT (Sweden), and ITI Neovision (Poland). Paradiso hold all rights to United in Japan, whilst M Pictures hold a similar arrangement in Thailand, and a number of other providers such as Sundance Global Channel and Carmen Film have also signed deals, the culmination of an impressive session in Cannes (France) for Content Television.

Source: World TV PC

Also reported by Virtual Press Office and C21 Media

This week's TV appearances

  • Thurs 12 April - The Minor Character, Sky Arts channel at 9pm.
  • Fri 13 April - Episode Three of the David Tennant narrated comedy Twenty Twelve, BBC Two at 10pm.
  • Sun 15 April - Discovering Hamlet at 9.40pm on Sky Arts 2 HD.

Source: David Tennant on Twitter


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