“IF I could stop history in its tracks maybe I would.
“But I can’t, Carson.
“Nor you nor I can hold back time.”
Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) in the opening episode of the sixth and final series of Downton Abbey, which begins early in 1925.
Setting the scene for what is to come.
I attended the London premiere of Downton Abbey 6.1 yesterday.
Followed by two press conferences and then the usual afternoon of embargoed round table interviews with the cast.
“OVER my dead body, Andrew…”
Rory Kinnear as Barry Fairbrother in BBC1’s new three-part adaptation of JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy.
Jo Rowling’s first novel for an adult audience, published in 2012, became a global best-seller with over six million copies sold to date.
The 3 x 60 minute television adaptation, written by Sarah Phelps and directed by Jonny Campbell, begins on BBC1 at 9pm on Sunday Feb 15.
Set in what appears to be the idyllic English village of Pagford.
Those who have read the 500-page book will know that it deals with how we live today, including issues of community and responsibility.
“DON’T wake mummy…”
The chilling, disturbing and fascinating series two of The Fall is due to begin on BBC2 next month (November).
As many fans of the drama will know, the premiere screening – hosted by BAFTA – was held at London’s Mayfair Hotel on September 23.
Below is the story I wrote for a national newspaper a few hours after that launch which was used the day after in the hard copy edition and online – the latter behind a paywall.
So for those who were unable to access at the time, here’s that report.
Followed by my transcript of the post-screening Q&A that night involving Jamie Dornan, Gillian Anderson and Allan Cubitt.
“WE’RE addicts Elizabeth, you and I.”
It begins in the New York of early 1983.
And then flashes back to London seven months before.
Richard Burton walks into Elizabeth Taylor’s 50th birthday party wearing a mink coat…
The next year they are rehearsing together for her American stage production of Noel Coward’s Private Lives.
The world’s most famous couple – married to each other twice and divorced twice – yet again at the centre of a media circus.
Burton and Taylor is a film worthy of both screen legends, generally agreed to be two of the finest actors ever.
With Taylor regarded as the world’s most beautiful woman and Burton the gloriously-voiced hellraiser every female wanted to tame.
This diamond of a 90-minute drama is broadcast on BBC4 at 9pm next Monday (July 22).
“I don’t think he did it.”
Sarah Lund (Sofie Grabol) is back in a second series of The Killing, which begins on BBC4 at 9pm on Saturday Nov 19, with the second episode at 10pm.
The first season of this Danish crime drama was a phenomenon when it was screened in the UK with English sub-titles earlier this year.
I missed it first time around, so bought the DVD box set.
And ended up watching all 20 episodes in the space of four days.
Created by writer Soren Sveistrup, it’s one of the most compelling dramas I have ever seen.
Last night I was invited to a London preview screening of The Killing II episode one.
Hosted by BAFTA together with the Embassy of Denmark in London.
Followed by a Q&A with Sofie and senior producer Piv Bernth.