Johana Gustawsson’s Roy and Castells series optioned for television

And the news just keeps on coming. French-born author Johana Gustawsson’s Roy and Castells series has been sold to Banijay Studios France and award-winning French actress Alexandra Lamy for a television adaptation. Lamy will adapt it for the screen and play the main character, Emily Roy. The series is a co-production between Sweden, the UK…

REVIEW: Trust (S1 E3/6)

There’s a bitter irony in the title of this week’s episode – La Dolce Vita. As in Fellini’s 1960 masterpiece, which features murder, suicide, sexual incontinence and abandoned hedonism, there’s nothing very sweet about the life young John Paul Getty III has forged for himself in Rome. In this series’ rather vexing narrative structure, we…

Netflix announces Wild District’s transmission date

New Colombian series Wild District follows Jhon Jeiver (Juan Pablo Raba), a lethal guerrilla fighter who escapes the jungle after the signing of the Colombian Peace Agreements. He arrives in Bogotá escaping from his past, and tries to reinsert himself in society while looking to reconnect with his long lost family. But he soon finds himself…

REVIEW: The Deuce (S2 E3/9)

We’re up to episode three in series two of The Deuce, David Simon and George Pelecanos’s detailing of the fledgeling sex industry in 1970s New York, and it was the most thrilling of the run yet. One of the criticisms that many have of the show is that things develop too slowly, scenes are too…

REVIEW: The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair (S1 E4/10)

At the end of episode three of this paper-thin whodunit, it was revealed that murdered teen, Nola Kellergan, had some secrets of her own. Not only had she endured a beating from her hyper-religious mother, but she was also seen getting into the car of the chauffeur to one of the richest men in America’s…

Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Domhnall Gleeson to star in Run

Thanks to Fleabag and Killing Eve, Phoebe Waller-Bridge is now hot property in TV land, and for her next project, she’s going back to the thriller genre. This time executive producing, Run is described as a comedic thriller starring Domhnall Gleeson and written Waller-Bridge collaborator, Vicky Jones. But wait… the good news is that Waller-Bridge…

Chris Evans signs on for Defending Jacob

No, not THAT Chris Evans. Chris Evans has become synonymous with superhero movies, thanks to his stint as Captain America. Now he’s returning to television for the first time in almost 20 years after signing on to star and executive produce Apple TV series, Defending Jacob. According to Variety: The series is based on the…

Sky Atlantic releases first trailer for series two of Tin Star

Last week, we brought you the first-look images from series two of Sky Atlantic’s original series, Tin Star. Now the broadcaster has released the first trailer, even though it’s not set to transmit in the UK until the early part of 2019. Here it is: Series two sees Tim Roth, Christina Hendricks Genevieve O’Reilly and Abigail…

REVIEW: Strangers (S1 E3/8)

Strangers got some unfairly negative press last week when it was accused of ‘fridging’ it’s main female character within seconds of the show starting, apparently something of a record. Originally a term coined by writer Gail Simone in the late 1990s , the concept was chiefly orientated around the killing or injuring of a female…

REVIEW: Mystery Road (S1 E1&2/6)

There’s something about BBC4’s crime drama schedule on a Saturday night that just usually feels hygge in its traditional environment of autumnal evenings, partly due to the colder climates that nordic noir normally offers us – but this year they’ve programmed it as such to deliver three very sunshine-packed shows back to back – the…