HBO Max and BBC One Release First-Look Images for Psychological Thriller “The Girl Before”





HBO Max and BBC One Release First-Look Images for Psychological Thriller “The Girl Before” Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Jessica Plummer and Ben Hardy
The limited four-part series tells the story of Jane (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who gets the chance to move into a beautiful, ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect (David Oyelowo).
[via press release from WarnerMedia]
HBO Max And BBC One Release First-Look Images For Psychological Thriller THE GIRL BEFORE Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Jessica Plummer And Ben Hardy

THE GIRL BEFORE
THE GIRL BEFORE
THE GIRL BEFORE

HBO Max unveiled first-look images of stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Loki,” “The Morning Show,” “Black Mirror”), David Oyelowo (“Selma,” “Les Misérables”) and Jessica Plummer (“EastEnders” and “How To Talk To Girls At Parties”) in JP Delaney’s gripping adaption of his best-selling novel, THE GIRL BEFORE, for HBO Max and BBC One. The limited four-part series from award-winning production company 42 (“The English Game,” “Watership Down,” “The Courier”), is written and executive produced by JP Delaney with Marissa Lestrade (“White Stork,” “Deep State 2”) co-writing episodes. Emmy-nominated Lisa Brühlmann (“Killing Eve,” “Servant,” “Blue My Mind”) directs.

Logline: THE GIRL BEFORE tells the story of Jane (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who gets the chance to move into a beautiful, ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect (David Oyelowo). There’s just one catch: the occupants must abide by his list of exacting rules. Jane starts to feel the house changing her in unexpected ways, but when she makes the shocking discovery about her predecessor, Emma (Jessica Plummer), she’s forced to confront unnerving similarities. As the two women’s timelines interweave, Jane begins to question if her fate will be the same as the girl before…

Credits: Executive producers include Eleanor Moran, Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh for 42, Ben Irving for the BBC, JP Delaney and Lisa Brühlmann. Rhonda Smith produces and Gugu Mbatha-Raw is an associate producer.

THE GIRL BEFORE also stars Ben Hardy and will stream in the U.S. on HBO Max and will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK, with WarnerMedia also controlling rights for additional select territories around the world. ITV Studios brokered the co-commission deal with HBO Max.

A global bestseller, “The Girl Before” has sold over one million copies since its publication in 2016. It is published by Quercus in the UK and Ballantine in the US.



Stevie Wonder To Headline ‘Global Citizen Live’ in Los Angeles





Stevie Wonder To Headline ‘Global Citizen Live’ in Los Angeles With Adam Lambert, Chloe X Halle, Demi Lovato, H.E.R., ONEREPUBLIC, Ozuna, the Lumineers and 5 Seconds of Summer at the Greek Theatre on Sept. 25, 2021
London Lineup Featuring Duran Duran, Kylie Minogue, Måneskin, Nile Rodgers and Chic, Rag’n’Bone Man, and More

Broadcast Airing in Full on ABC News Live Beginning Sept. 25 at 12:30 p.m. EDT, on BBC One on Sept. 25 From 5:30 p.m., and Across the BBC Until Approximately 3:00 a.m.; Global Citizen Live Highlights Show Airing on BBC One, Sunday at 4:30 p.m.; and Airing on ABC on Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m. EDT

International advocacy organization, Global Citizen has announced the expansion of “Global Citizen Live” to include Los Angeles and London with an outdoor event in L.A., which is presented by Verizon, and headlined by Stevie Wonder with Adam Lambert, Chloe x Halle, Demi Lovato, H.E.R., ONEREPUBLIC, Ozuna, The Lumineers and 5 Seconds of Summer at The Greek Theatre on Sept. 25, 2021. Also announced today was the lineup in London, featuring performances from Duran Duran, Kylie Minogue, Måneskin, Nile Rodgers and Chic, and Rag’n’Bone Man all from a spectacular location. Tickets for the Los Angeles festival are available now at globalcitizenlive.la.

Both events are part of the once-in-a-generation day of unity across six continents to be broadcast over 24 hours on networks around the world: ABC News live will broadcast the full event beginning at 12:30 p.m EDT on Sept. 25, live on BBC One on Sept. 25 from 5:30 p.m., and across the BBC platforms until approx. 3:00 a.m.; and airing a highlights show on ABC on Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m.

BBC Radio 1 will be reflecting “Global Citizen Live” with a special Life Hacks show on Sunday, Sept. 26 (4:00-6:00 p.m.), hosted by Vick Hope and Katie Thistleton. The show will take a further look into some of the issues raised and will play out some of the sets from the event. BBC Radio 2 will also be broadcasting a special show with highlights of the performances from the event on Sunday, Sept. 26 (7:00-9:00 p.m.), hosted by Trevor Nelson.

Performances by BTS, Usher, Andrea Bocelli, Green Day, Keith Urban, Lorde, Metallica and Ricky Martin will round out the broadcast, cutting to ticketed, COVID-19-compliant events:

• LOS ANGELES (presented by Verizon) with Stevie Wonder, Adam Lambert, Chloe x Halle, Demi Lovato, H.E.R., ONEREPUBLIC, Ozuna, The Lumineers and 5 Seconds of Summer
• NEW YORK CITY (presented by Citi and Cisco) with Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello, Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo, Meek Mill, Shawn Mendes, and special guest performances by Alessia Cara, Burna Boy, Cyndi Lauper, Jon Batiste, and Lang Lang
• PARIS with Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Doja Cat, DJ Snake, Black Eyed Peas, Stormzy, Christine and the Queens and special guest performances by Angélique Kidjo, Charlie Puth, and Fatma Said
• LONDON with Duran Duran, Kylie Minogue, Måneskin, Nile Rodgers and Chic, and Rag’n’Bone Man
• LAGOS with Femi Kuti, Davido, Tiwa Savage, and Made Kuti
• RIO DE JANEIRO with Alok, Mart’nália, Criolo, Liniker, with special guests Tropkillaz, and Mosquito, in partnership with Rock In Rio
• SYDNEY with Delta Goodrem and more to be announced

“It is again my pleasure and honor to join with all of the artists who are using their gift of song to celebrate the Global Citizens’ event by doing our part in working against global warming, starvation and singing for equality around the world … We Are The Village!!!” – Stevie Wonder

“Over the past year and a half we’ve all faced fears about our health, food availability, and climate change. I see ‘Global Citizen Live’ as a megaphone that can point the power of the people directly at those with the ability to make the worldwide, systemic changes needed to protect the most vulnerable people and to defend our planet. Now is not the time for wealthy countries to cling to nationalist ideals and refuse to prioritize foreign aid and support to those in dire need. On Sept. 25, we will gather the world to watch as leaders commit their intentions to act as responsible global citizens. And it’s our job to cry out when promises aren’t fulfilled. We want to encourage our leaders to ensure there are good times ahead for everyone.” – Nile Rodgers

“At key moments in history, music has helped mobilize the world for the greater good. In 1985, we performed at Live Aid and the impact was heard around the world, yet we’re keenly aware that the issues we campaigned for at the time not only remain, they’re even more critical now. Despite best intentions, promises made can be easily forgotten without persistent advocacy and accountability, which is what Global Citizen does year-round. We are proud to join this incredible group of artists to raise our collective voices ahead of crucial meetings where some of the most important decisions on foreign aid and climate change will be made.” – Duran Duran

With the mission to rally citizens to call on world leaders, philanthropists and corporations to defend the planet and defeat poverty by prioritizing climate change, famine and vaccine equity, Global Citizen will be calling on business and government leaders in the U.K.:

• Show continued global leadership through a successful COP by helping to ensure that the $100 billion in climate finance is delivered by CO26.
• Join the Race to Zero coalition to help increase private sector ambition.

In collaboration with COP26, “Global Citizen Live” coincides with the UN General Assembly (September), prior to the G20 Meeting (October) and COP26 Meeting (November). Focused on vaccine equity, famine and climate change, “Global Citizen Live” will call on leaders to deliver: 1 billion vaccines to the poorest countries by the end of September; meals for the 41 million people on the brink of famine; helping curb emissions by joining the Race to Zero, and pledging a combined total of 1 billion trees by 2022 in support of 1t.org.

COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma said: “COP26 marks a critical turning point for humanity to protect our planet from the worst and most pressing effects of climate change.

As we approach November, I am pleased to support Global Citizen Live in their efforts to rally the public in demanding swift action to help protect the planet.”

“Ending poverty and protecting the planet depends on wide scale changes made at the personal, community and societal levels throughout the world. Rotary International, our members and our friends across the globe, are all in. We are proud to be part of ‘Global Citizen Live’ and together support solutions to the world-wide challenges that must be overcome. Through Rotary’s leadership in polio eradication, we have shown what we can do when we draw on the collective strengths of our partners and national governments. Now is the imperative for us all to collaborate and use our combined networks to create lasting and sustainable impact,” said Jennifer Jones, president-elect, Rotary International.

Festival tickets for Paris, New York City, and Los Angeles can be earned by taking action at GlobalCitizenLive.org. Alternately, viewers can watch from home by tuning in to BBC, ABC, ABC News Live, Australia’s Channel 9, Brazil’s Multishow and Bis, France’s TF1/TMC, Singapore’s Mediacorp, ABC, ABC News Live, BBC, FX, iHeartRadio, Hulu, The Roku Channel, YouTube, TIME, Twitter and others.

“Global Citizen Live” is supported by a corporate coalition, including Global Partners: Accenture, Cisco, Citi, The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Google, Live Nation, P&G, Salesforce, Verizon, and campaign partners Hilton, WW International, and World Wide Technology who will engage support from the private sector in driving new commitments toward the campaign’s policy objectives. Access Bank is a “Global Citizen Live” campaign partner in Nigeria.

Campaign co-chairs include Chuck Robbins, chairman and CEO of Cisco; Jane Fraser, CEO of Citi; James Quincey, chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company; Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines; Lorraine Twohill, CMO of Google; Michael Rapino, CEO of Live Nation; Marc Pritchard, CBO of P&G; Marc Benioff, chair and CEO of Salesforce; Hans Vestberg, chairman and CEO of Verizon; and Mindy Grossman, CEO of WW International.

Executive producers of the Global Citizen Live campaign include Michele Anthony for UMG, Francine Katsoudas, Tina Kennedy, Eric Ortner, Guy Oseary, Michael Rapino for Live Nation, Brian N. Sheth, Wassim “Sal” Slaiby and Chris Stadler.

The program will be executive produced by Jane Y. Mun, with producing partners Deviants Media, Diversified Production Services, Done+Dusted Productions, Ken Ehrlich Productions, Live Nation, Livewire Pictures, TMPL Motion Pictures, and U-Live (a UMG Nigeria company).

Global Citizen is grateful for the support from incredible organizations advocating for impact, including 1t.org, American Forests, The Asia Society, Ban Ki Moon Center, Center for Environmental Peacebuilding, Climate Neutral, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation, Conservation International, COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, Education Cannot Wait, GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, Global Solidarity Fund, Green Climate Fund, Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents, International Fund for Agricultural Development, International Rescue Committee, LISC, Namati, Nigeria Solidarity Support Fund (NSSF), One Acre Fund, Outright Action International, Paris Peace Forum, Project Everyone, The Pathfinders, Re:Wild, Rotary International, Seadream Family Foundation, Sheth Sangreal Foundation, Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), Slum2School Africa, South African Education Project, The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, The Global Fund (to Fight TB, AIDS, Malaria), UNICEF, UNICEF Australia, UNITAID, UNFPA, Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF), World Food Programme, World Health Organization, World Health Organization Foundation.

The “Global Citizen Live” campaign is supported by more than 35 governments and world leaders, including European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen; Prime Minister of Italy and G20 Chair Mario Draghi; President of France Emmanuel Macron; President of Chile Sebastián Piñera; President of Argentina Alberto Fernández; German Chancellor Angela Merkel; Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg; Prime Minister of Croatia Andrej Plenković; Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sánchez; Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo; Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Löfven; Prime Minister of Fiji Frank Bainimarama; Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne; Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados; Foreign Minister of Nigeria Geoffrey Onyeama; Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa; Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights of Mexico, Martha Delgado Peralta, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; as well as United Nations Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed; Dr Tedros Executive Director of the World Health Organization; UK COP President Designate Alok Sharma; US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry; the 8th Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon; Peter Sands Executive Director of Global Fund; Monique Vledder, Head of Secretariat, Global Financing Facility; Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development; David Beasley, Executive Director, World Food Programme; Yasmine Sherif, Director, Education Cannot Wait; M. Sanjayan, CEO, Conservation International; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women; and United Nations SDG Advocate Eddie Ndopu. Global Citizen’s campaign is also supported by Barbados, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Ireland, Paraguay, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

“Global Citizen Live” has received in-kind support from leading media companies, including Bandsintown, BellaNaija, Branded Cities, Brut Media, Captivate, Clear Channel Outdoor, Curb Media, Digital Mobile Media, Evergreen Trading, Forbes, GSTV, iHeartRadio, Interstate Outdoor, Jack Agency, JCDecaux Nigeria, Mass Media, Nigeria Info, Outfront Media, Penske Media, Seen Media, Six Flags Theme Parks, The New York Times, Vanguard Media, Wazobia FM and Wazobia Max TV.

For more information about Global Citizen Live, visit www.globalcitizen.org, and follow @glblctzn on Instagram, Tik Tok, Twitter, and YouTube.

About Global Citizen
Global Citizen is the world’s largest movement of action takers and impact makers dedicated to ending extreme poverty by 2030. With over 10 million monthly advocates, our voices have the power to drive lasting change around sustainability, equality, and humanity. We post, tweet, message, vote, sign, and call to inspire those who can make things happen to act — government leaders, businesses, philanthropists, artists, and citizens — together improving lives. By downloading our app, Global Citizens learn about the systemic causes of extreme poverty, take action on those issues, and earn rewards with tickets to concerts, events, and experiences all over the world. For more information, visit GlobalCitizen.org.



BBC One’s “The Capture” Casts Paapa Essiedu as Series Two Guest Lead





BBC One’s “The Capture” Casts Paapa Essiedu as Series Two Guest Lead
Indira Varma and Andy Nyman also join the cast, alongside returning actors Ron Perlman, Ben Miles, Lia Williams, Nigel Lindsay, Cavan Clerkin and Ginny Holder.
[via press release from BBC]
BBC One’s The Capture casts Paapa Essiedu as series two guest lead

BAFTA and Emmy nominated Essiedu to star opposite returning series lead Holliday Grainger.

Indira Varma and Andy Nyman also join the cast, alongside returning actors Ron Perlman, Ben Miles, Lia Williams, Nigel Lindsay, Cavan Clerkin & Ginny Holder.

BBC One, Heyday Television and NBCUniversal International Studios’ hit thriller The Capture will star Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You, Gangs Of London, Hamlet) as guest lead for series two, it was announced today. The BAFTA and Emmy award nominated actor will join series lead Holliday Grainger for the next instalment of the hit drama, created and written by Ben Chanan.

Essiedu will play Isaac Turner, a young rising star MP with ambitions for the very top.

Indira Varma (This Way Up, Game Of Thrones) and Andy Nyman (Hanna, Unforgettable) will also join The Capture for series two.

Ron Perlman (Hand Of God, Sons Of Anarchy), Ben Miles (Devils, V For Vendetta,), Lia Williams (The Crown, Riviera), Cavan Clerkin (The Last Kingdom, Babylon), Ginny Holder (Avenue5, MotherFatherSon) and Nigel Lindsay (The Salisbury Poisonings, The Last Kingdom) all reprise their roles from series one.

Series two of The Capture will again question if we can really believe what we see. Britain is under siege: hacked news feeds, manipulated media, and interference in politics. Entrenched in the UK’s own ‘Correction’ unit, DCI Rachel Carey (Grainger) finds herself in the middle of a new conspiracy – with a new target. But how can she solve this case when she can’t even trust her closest colleagues?

Escalating from the CCTV thriller of series one, the six-part run features ‘invisible’ assassins, the terrifying rise of deepfake technology, the ever-growing tension between government and Big Tech, and corruption at the heart of the British media.

On joining The Capture, Paapa Essiedu says: “I’m so excited to be coming on board with The Capture. Ben has written one of the freshest and most prescient scripts of recent times and I can’t wait to see what this incredible cast and crew can do with it.”

Creator & writer Ben Chanan adds: “I am thrilled to be working with Paapa Essiedu on The Capture series two. I’ve honed the story of Isaac Turner, a young, ambitious, idealistic British politician with Paapa in mind, and there’s no actor I’d rather collaborate with in bringing it to life. I also feel incredibly lucky to be welcoming Indira Varma and Andy Nyman to the show, where they join the brilliant Holliday Grainger, Ron Perlman, Lia Williams and the cast from series one. A dream cast, across the board”

The first series of The Capture was a big hit for the BBC, growing its live BBC One audience across the series and attracting an average consolidated audience of 7.7 million viewers. On BBC iPlayer, it was 2019’s most requested new title across all genres.

Series two of The Capture (6×60′) was commissioned by Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, and Charlotte Moore, BBC Chief Content Officer. It will be produced by Heyday Television, which is part of NBCUniversal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group, for BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

The Capture creator Ben Chanan has written all six episodes. James Kent (MotherFatherSon) and Philippa Langdale (A Discovery of Witches) have boarded series two to direct. Executive Producers are David Heyman, Rosie Alison and Tom Winchester for Heyday Television, Tom Coan for NBCUniversal International Studios, with Ben Irving for the BBC alongside Ben Chanan and Derek Ritchie. The producer is Kristian Dench. The series will be distributed by NBCUniversal Global Distribution.

Filming begins imminently. Further details about The Capture series two will be announced in due course.

GK



First-Look Images Revealed and Further Casting Announced for BBC One’s Highly Anticipated Adaptation





First-Look Images Revealed and Further Casting Announced for BBC One’s Highly Anticipated Adaptation of “This Is Going to Hurt”
The co-production with AMC will launch on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
[via press release from BBC]
First-look images revealed and further casting announced for BBC One’s highly anticipated adaptation of This Is Going To Hurt

Casting has been announced, and first-look images released, of the highly anticipated adaption of Adam Kay’s multi-million copy bestseller This is Going to Hurt, which has just wrapped filming

Ben Whishaw as Adam

Emmy, Bafta and Golden Globe-winning lead Ben Whishaw is joined by Dame Harriet Walter, Ambika Mod, Michele Austin, Alex Jennings and Rory Fleck Byrne

Casting has been announced, and first-look images released, on the highly anticipated adaption of Adam Kay’s multi-million copy bestseller This Is Going To Hurt, which has just wrapped filming. The co-production with AMC will launch on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

At times hilarious, at times devastating, This Is Going To Hurt is a 7X45′ series following Adam (Ben Whishaw – A Very English Scandal, Skyfall, London Spy), a doctor who we find wending his way through the ranks of hospital hierarchy – junior enough to suffer the crippling hours, but senior enough to face a constant barrage of terrifying responsibilities. Adam is clinging to his personal life as he is increasingly overwhelmed by stresses at work: the 97-hour weeks, the life and death decisions, and all the while knowing the hospital parking meter is earning more than him.

Whishaw is joined by newcomer Ambika Mod as Shruti, a young junior doctor just starting in obstetrics and gynaecology. Naturally bright, diligent and caring, she has everything it takes to be a great doctor, but the job still finds ways to throw her into chaos and doubt.

Ambika Mod and Ben Whishaw

Michele Austin (Meet the Richardsons, The Casual Vacancy) plays Tracy, a confident, sharp-witted senior midwife, and Bafta-nominated Alex Jennings (The Crown, A Very English Scandal, Unforgotten, The Lady In The Van) plays Mr Lockhart, a consultant and Adam’s domineering boss. Kadiff Kirwan (Chewing Gum, This Way Up, The Stranger) plays Julian, Adam’s colleague and professional rival, and Ashley McGuire (This Country, Malory Towers, It’s A Sin) plays Miss Houghton, a formidable and forthright consultant who spots potential in Shruti.

Emmy-nominated Harriet Walter (Killing Eve, The Crown, Succession) plays Veronique, Adam’s mother. Rory Fleck Byrne (Harlots, Vita And Virginia, Ghosts) plays Adam’s boyfriend Harry, and Tom Durant-Pritchard (Feel Good, The Windsors, Judy, The Crown) plays Adam’s best friend Greg, his two closest relationships and the ones forced to face the brunt of the pressures he faces at work.

The series is based on Adam Kay’s award-winning international multi-million selling memoir of the same name, which has sold over 2.5 million copies to date and has been translated into 37 languages. The series, which is created, written and executive produced by Kay himself, rejoices in the laugh-out-loud highs, while pulling no punches in its depiction of the gut-wrenching lows of life on a gynaecology and obstetrics ward.

Blisteringly funny, politically enraging and frequently heartbreaking, This Is Going To Hurt remains a stark reminder of the vital role played by the NHS and is a clarion call to support our medics, a message that is more urgent than ever.

Created, written and executive produced by Adam Kay, This Is Going To Hurt is commissioned by Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, is executive produced by Naomi de Pear (Don’t Forget The Driver, Flowers, The Bisexual, The Power) and Jane Featherstone (Chernobyl, Giri/Haji, The Split, The Power) for Sister, James Farrell (Untitled Game Of Thrones Prequel) for Terrible Productions, Mona Qureshi for BBC One, as well as Kristin Jones and Dan McDermott for AMC. Ben Whishaw also serves as Executive Producer.

The series is produced by Holly Pullinger (Don’t Forget The Driver) with Lucy Forbes (In My Skin, The End Of the F***ing World series two) directing the first four episodes and Tom Kingsley (Ghosts, Stath Lets Flats, Pls Like) directing the other three episodes. The international distribution of the series will be handled by BBC Studios.

KS



Production Begins on BBC One, BBC America and Sister’s Third and Final Series of “The Split”





Production Begins on BBC One, BBC America and Sister’s Third and Final Series of “The Split”
The series will once again be distributed internationally by BBC Studios.
[via press release from BBC]
Production Begins on BBC One, BBC AMERICA and Sister’s Third and Final Series of The Split

Further cast announcements include the return of BARRY ATSMA as Christie, CHUKWUDI IWUJI as Zander and DAMIEN MOLONY as Tyler

Joining the cast will be LARA PULVER (Sherlock)

Dee Koppang O’Leary (Bridgerton, The Crown) begins as lead director

New York, NY – Today, BBC One, BBC America and SISTER are delighted to announce that production has started in London on Abi Morgan’s returning drama – The Split – for the final part of its trilogy. The series will once again be distributed internationally by BBC Studios.

The highly anticipated series, set in the fast-paced, complex world of London’s high-end divorce circuit is created by BAFTA and EMMY award winning writer Abi Morgan (River, Suffragette, The Hour) and Executive Producers Jane Featherstone (Chernobyl, Giri-Haji, Utopia), Lucy Dyke (The Split, Black Mirror, Ripper Street) and Lucy Richer (Small Axe, The Salisbury Poisonings, The A Word).

Alongside the returning three Defoe sisters (Nicola Walker, Annabel Scholey and Fiona Button), their formidable mother Ruth (Deborah Findlay) and Hannah’s husband Nathan (Stephen Mangan), the production today reveals the eagerly awaited return of Christie played by Barry Atsma; the catalyst to the breakdown of Hannah and Nathan’s marriage in series two.

Also returning to The Split for its final series are Damien Molony (Tyler), Chukwudi Iwuji (Zander), Rudi Dharmalingham (James), Elizabeth Roberts (Liv Stern), Ian McElhinney (Prof Ronnie), Anna Chancellor (Melanie Aickman) and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Glen Peters), reprising his role as the Vicar who married Rose and James in season one.

Joining this formidable group is Lara Pulver (Sherlock) playing Kate, a leading child psychologist whose arrival adds a whole new layer of complexity to Morgan’s multi-layered examination of divorce and modern marriage. This farewell series, equal parts electrifying, witty and heart-breaking, continues to put the Defoe sisters and their matriarch at its heart; a group of powerful women working together to help their clients, their colleagues and each other as they continue to navigate the messiness of life.

After audiences were left reeling by the collapse of Hannah and Nathan’s marriage at the end of series two, we join them again ten months on, following the two divorce lawyers as they negotiate their way through their own separation. With Dee Koppang O’Leary (Bridgerton, The Crown) boarding as lead director, Abi Morgan will conclude the trilogy with the most heart-warming and heart-breaking series to date as we watch a divorce lawyer confronted with her own divorce. With Christie making a return combined with a shocking revelation, will Hannah and Nathan repair their broken marriage, or is The Split simply too deep to repair?

Abi Morgan says “For every writer there are characters that stay with them, long after a show is over, Hannah Defoe and her family are just that, and it’s been a welcome balm after a difficult year globally, to reunite this brilliant cast. The Split has been building to this exhilarating final act for the Defoes as they navigate their way through the marital make up and break up, both personally and professionally, at Noble, Hale and Defoe. They say you can’t have new beginnings without endings, and I want to say a big thank you to the BBC and AMC, and the fans who have kept running by our side.”

Sister Co-Founder Jane Featherstone and Executive Producer Lucy Dyke said, “We’re delighted to start production on this glorious third series of The Split. Abi’s scripts are beautiful and we can’t wait for our wonderful cast to bring them to life in the hands of lead-director Dee Koppang O’Leary. We’re also thrilled to be adding Lara Pulver to our Split family this season. Our thanks to the BBC and AMC Networks for their continued commitment and unwavering support. The final part of Hannah and Nathan’s story is, as expected, very emotional – be prepared for tears!”

Lucy Richer, Executive Producer for the BBC, says, “The Split is one of our most-loved and most-talked about drama series and we’re thrilled to be back in production with Series 3. As ever, Abi Morgan’s incredible writing sparkles with truth and honesty, wit and heartbreak. It is fantastic to be back with the Defoes, with Hannah and Nathan facing their biggest challenge yet – how to survive the break up of their marriage, and navigate their own divorce”.

Dan McDermott, president of original programming for AMC Networks says, “We’re excited to start production on The Split’s final series, which will offer BBC America viewers and Sundance Now subscribers the perfect send off for this acclaimed British drama.”

The Split Series 3 will air in 2022. Further TX details to be confirmed.

In the U.S. The Split, Series 3 will air on BBC America and be available to stream on AMC Networks’ streaming service Sundance Now, which also has the first two seasons available now to watch anytime.

About The Split

Created and written by Abi Morgan, The Split is produced by SISTER for BBC One, co-produced with Little Chick and BBC America, and was re-commissioned by Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, Charlotte Moore, Chief Content Officer BBC and Kristin Jones, EVP of international programming, AMC Networks. Series Three is executive produced by SISTER Co- Founder Jane Featherstone (Chernobyl, Giri-Haji, Utopia), writer and creator Abi Morgan (River, Suffragette, The Hour), Lucy Dyke (Black Mirror, Ripper Street) and Lucy Richer for the BBC. Dee Koppang O’Leary (Bridgerton, The Crown) boards as the lead director with Sumrah Mohammed and Emma Genders producing. Casting continues with filming due to start in 2021.

The second series, which averaged over 6 million viewers and over 19 million streams, became the third most watched drama series on BBC iPlayer in 2020 (does not include continuing drama titles).

The Split Series one and two are available on BBC iPlayer to stream now.

About AMC Networks

AMC Networks is a global entertainment company known for its popular and critically-acclaimed content. Its portfolio of brands includes AMC, BBC AMERICA (operated through a joint venture with BBC Studios), IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, IFC Films, and a number of fast-growing streaming services, including the AMC+ premium streaming bundle, Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and ALLBLK. AMC Studios, the Company’s in-house studio, production and distribution operation, is behind award-winning owned series and franchises, including The Walking Dead, the highest-rated series in cable history. The Company also operates AMC Networks International, its international programming business, and 25/7 Media, its production services business.

About BBC Studios

BBC Studios, a global content company with bold British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC. Able to take an idea seamlessly from thought to screen and beyond, its activities span content financing, development, production, sales, branded services, and ancillaries across both its own productions, and programs and formats made by high-quality UK independents. Award-winning British programs made by the business are internationally recognized across a broad range of genres and specialisms, with brands like Dancing with the Stars/Strictly Come Dancing, Top Gear, Doctor Who and Bluey. BBC Studios has offices in 22 markets globally, including ten production bases in the UK and production bases or partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. The company, which ordinarily makes around 2,500 hours of content a year for both the BBC and third parties including Apple, Amazon and China Mobile, is a champion for British creativity around the world. It is also a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector through a mix of equity partnerships, content investment and international distribution for program titles. To the BBC, BBC Studios contributes both cash dividends and funds for program-making, supporting the license fee and enhancing programs for UK audiences.

In the Americas, BBC Studios – with team members across the region – manages joint venture relationships with AMC Networks for flagship channel BBC AMERICA (U.S.) – home of original series Killing Eve and global brands Seven Worlds: One Planet, Doctor Who, and Top Gear – and with ITV for SVoD service BritBox (U.S./Canada), as well as a strategic partnership in Canada with Blue Ant Media for BBC Earth Channel. The company also operates a robust linear and digital content sales and co-productions operation, as well as a franchise management business. In addition, BBC Studios operates a major production unit in Los Angeles responsible for the highly-rated, Emmy(R)-nominated Dancing with the Stars and multi-award-winning Life Below Zero. In Brazil, through a production partnership with Endemol Shine, local production Dancing Brasil has become a breakout hit. In addition, the company has recently launched BBC SELECT in the U.S. and Canada, an ad-free, digital streaming channel offering unrivalled content across culture, politics and ideas, on Amazon Prime Video Channels and the Apple TV app.



Emily Blunt and Chaske Spencer to Star in Hugo Blick’s “The English”





Emily Blunt and Chaske Spencer to Star in Hugo Blick’s “The English” from BBC One and Amazon Studios
Rafe Spall, Tom Hughes, Stephen Rea and Valerie Pachner will also star in the six-episode series.
[via press release from Amazon]
EMILY BLUNT AND CHASKE SPENCER TO STAR IN HUGO BLICK’S “THE ENGLISH” FROM BBC ONE AND AMAZON STUDIOS

Also joining the cast are Rafe Spall, Tom Hughes, Stephen Rea and Valerie Pachner

CULVER CITY, Calif. – May 11, 2021 – Produced by the multi-award-winning production company Drama Republic (Doctor Foster, Us, Black Earth Rising), filming has now commenced on The English, a 6×60″ high-octane epic western led by Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns, A Quiet Place) and Chaske Spencer (The Twilight Saga, Banshee) for BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK, and Amazon Prime Video in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, in association with All3Media international.

Written and directed by multi-award-winning Hugo Blick (The Honourable Woman, Black Earth Rising, The Shadow Line) and set in the mythic mid-American landscape in the year of 1890, The English follows Cornelia Locke (Emily Blunt), an Englishwoman who arrives into the new and wild landscape of the West to wreak revenge on the man she sees as responsible for the death of her son. Upon meeting Eli Whipp (Chaske Spencer), an ex-cavalry scout and member of the Pawnee Nation by birth, they join together and discover a shared history which must be defeated at all costs, if either of them are to survive.

The cast will also include Rafe Spall (The Salisbury Poisonings, Trying), Tom Hughes (A Discovery of Witches, Victoria), Stephen Rea (The Shadow Line, The Honourable Woman), Valerie Pachner (A Hidden Life, The Kingsman), Toby Jones (Marvellous, Detectorists), Ciaran Hinds (The Terror, The Woman in Black), Malcolm Storry (The Princess Bride, Doc Martin), Steve Wall (Raised by Wolves, The Witcher), Nichola McAuliffe (Tomorrow Never Dies, Doctor Who), Sule Rimi (Black Earth Rising, Strike Back) and Cristian Solimeno (Avenue 5, Guilt).

Hugo Blick said: “The chance to make a Western with Emily Blunt and the cast is so delicious I’m still wondering if it’s one of those weird dreams we were all having during lockdown. If not, a thrilling, romantic, epic horse-opera is heading to your screen sometime next year, and I couldn’t be more excited.”

Greg Brenman, CEO of Drama Republic, said: “Hugo Blick has created a compelling, modern love story set against the epic landscape of a Western. The English is a true adventure that will tell us as much about the times we live in today as the period in which it is set.”

Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, said: “I’m delighted that Hugo’s beautiful scripts are finally coming to life in The English. With a cast led by the exceptional Emily Blunt and Chaske Spencer, I have no doubt that this thrilling and compelling story will be a treat for BBC audiences when it hits our screens”.

Brad Beale, Vice President, Worldwide Licensing for Prime Video, said: “We can’t wait to break new ground and bring The English to Prime Video. We know Hugo Blick’s incredible tale of love, loss, and revenge – brought to life on-screen by the talented Emily Blunt, Chaske Spencer, and the entire cast of The English – will captivate Prime members across the globe.”

Louise Pederson, CEO All3Media international, said: “We are incredibly excited to be working with the team at Drama Republic to bring Hugo Blick’s wonderfully epic drama to audiences around the world.”

Greg Brenman will executive produce for Drama Republic alongside Hugo Blick and Emily Blunt. Mona Qureshi will executive produce for the BBC. The producer is Colin Wratten (Killing Eve, The Witness for the Prosecution). The English has been commissioned for the BBC by Charlotte Moore, Chief Content Officer, and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning. Amazon Studios is coproducing in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, in association with All3Media international. IllumiNative are consulting with production on the series.

The English is currently filming in Spain and further details will follow in due course.

NOTES TO EDITORS

Emily Blunt is represented by Chris Andrews from CAA, David Weber of Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern and Roger Charteris of Artists Partnership.

Chaske Spencer is represented by A3 Artists Agency, ATA Management, & Peikoff Mahan Law Office.

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Amazon Prime Video & BBC One Announce Casting for New Psychological Thriller “Chloe”





Amazon Prime Video & BBC One Announce Casting for New Psychological Thriller “Chloe”
Erin Doherty, Billy Howle, Pippa Bennett-Warner and Jack Farthing topline the six-episode series from Alice Seabright.
[via press release from Amazon]
ERIN DOHERTY, BILLY HOWLE, PIPPA BENNETT-WARNER, AND JACK FARTHING TO STAR IN BBC ONE AND AMAZON PRIME VIDEO THRILLER CHLOE

CULVER CITY, Calif. – April 20, 2021 – Filming has started in Bristol on Chloe, an original psychological thriller from Mam Tor Productions for BBC One and Amazon Studios. The six, one-hour episodes will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK, and will be available on Amazon Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.

A mystery about obsession, deceit, identity and grief from creator and writer Alice Seabright (director, Sex Education), Chloe stars some of the UK’s hottest young acting talent including Erin Doherty (The Crown), Billy Howle (The Serpent), Pippa Bennett-Warner (Gangs of London), and Jack Farthing (Poldark).

The exciting young cast also unites Poppy Gilbert (Stay Close), Akshay Khanna (Grace), Brandon Micheal Hall (Search Party), and newcomer Alexander Eliot.

Having recently drawn critical acclaim for her portrayal of Princess Anne in The Crown, Doherty plays Becky. Still living with her mom and working as a temp, Becky compares herself to the picture-perfect lives on Instagram, compulsively returning to one account: Chloe’s (Gilbert). Becky obsessively watches her seemingly flawless life through social media. But when Chloe dies suddenly, Becky’s need to find out how and why leads her to assume a new identity and engineer a “chance” meeting with Chloe’s best friend, Livia (Bennett-Warner), and infiltrate Chloe’s group of close-knit friends.

Through her alter-ego Sasha, Becky becomes a powerful, transgressive heroine; a popular, well-connected “someone” with a life, and loves, that are far more exciting and addictive than the “no one” she is as Becky. However, the pretense soon obscures and conflates reality, and Becky risks losing herself completely in the game she is playing.

Alice Seabright says: “Becky is a complex, courageous heroine and there is no one better to play her than Erin. All these characters have been a dream to write, and it now feels like they’ve found their soulmates in our amazing cast. I can’t wait to start bringing the show to life with them, and with our wonderful crew. Thank you to the BBC and Amazon, to our brilliant writers, Kayleigh Llewellyn, Poppy Cogan, and Bolu Babalola, and to my partners in crime – the powerhouses Tally Garner and Morven Reid.”

Taking full advantage of Bristol’s rich cultural scene from the art to music, Chloe will also feature the work of artists local to the region, including an original score composed by Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) featuring Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Alison Goldfrapp.

Tally Garner, Executive Producer at Mam Tor Productions, says: “Alice is an exceptionally unique talent. She has built these characters from the ground up and we love them all so much. To see them come to life, played by such a phenomenally talented cast is beyond exciting. They are all amazing. Huge thanks to Ben Irving and Piers Wenger at the BBC, and to Cathy Payne and Simon Cox at Banijay Rights, who have been steadfast partners right from the start, and to the team at Amazon Studios for loving Chloe too, and taking her global. It’s going to be an addictive, emotional rollercoaster of a show.”

Ben Irving said: “It’s been a joy to watch these characters develop on the page through the incredible work of Alice and the whole creative team behind this drama. We couldn’t wish for a more exciting cast to be taking them on their onward journey to the screen. I can’t wait for audiences to meet them all on BBC One.”

Brad Beale, Vice President, Worldwide Licensing for Prime Video, said: “We’re excited to be working with the incredible Alice Seabright and this talented cast on this audacious thriller, Chloe, as well as the teams at BBC One and Mam Tor Productions. We look forward to bringing this gripping and potent series to our Prime Video customers.”

Chloe (6×60′) is a coproduction between BBC One, Mam Tor Productions and Amazon Studios, and was commissioned by Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama and Charlotte Moore, BBC Chief Content Officer. It is created, written, and directed by Alice Seabright who also serves as an executive producer. The series producer is Joanna Crow (Giri/Haji) and second block director is Amanda Boyle (Skins). Executive producers are Tally Garner (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell) and Morven Reid (Pure) for Mam Tor Productions, and Ben Irving for the BBC.

Banjay Rights is the international distributor for Chloe, with the business’ Matt Creasey, EVP Sales and Acquisitions serving as broker of the exclusive worldwide SVOD deal with Amazon Studios.

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Stellar Cast Confirmed for Major New Steven Moffat Drama “Inside Man,” for BBC One and Netflix





Stellar Cast Confirmed for Major New Steven Moffat Drama “Inside Man,” for BBC One and Netflix
David Tennant, Dolly Wells and Lydia West will lead the cast of a major new thriller alongside Stanley Tucci.
[via press release from BBC]
Stellar cast confirmed for major new Steven Moffat drama Inside Man, for BBC One and Netflix

David Tennant (Des; Staged; Doctor Who), Dolly Wells (The Pursuit Of Love; Dracula; Can You Ever Forgive Me?) and Lydia West (It’s A Sin; Years And Years; Dracula) will lead the cast of a major new thriller from BAFTA and Emmy award-winning writer Steven Moffat (Dracula, Sherlock, Doctor Who), alongside Stanley Tucci (Feud; The King’s Man; Spotlight) in the title role of the Inside Man.
Produced by Hartswood Films for BBC One and Netflix, it will be directed by Paul McGuigan (Sherlock; Dracula; Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool).

The captivating four part mini-series follows a prisoner on death row in the US, a Vicar in a quiet English town, and a maths teacher trapped in a cellar, as they cross paths in the most unexpected way…

Husband and wife team Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue, executive producer for Hartswood Films, say: “We’re a bit stunned, and very excited, at the acting talent we’re managing to assemble for this show. Can’t wait to crawl out of our lockdown bunker and get to work.”

Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, says: “BBC One viewers will already know the television magic created when Steven Moffat writes for David, Dolly and Lydia. With the fantastic Stanley Tucci alongside them as our Inside Man, everything is in place for a series that will have the nation gripped.”

Chris Sussman, UK Original Series, Netflix says: “We’re delighted to team up with the BBC on another brilliant series from the ingenious mind of Steven Moffat. It’s impossible to say too much about Inside Man without giving away spoilers – so let’s just say the scripts are fiendishly clever, the cast is fantastic and at this point in time nobody but Steven knows how it’s going to end. We’re thrilled to continue our fruitful partnership with BBC One, BBC Studios and Hartswood Films and are excited about bringing this series to a global audience.”

Caroline Stone, Director of Independent Drama at BBC Studios, says: “We are very excited to be working once again with Hartswood Films, the BBC and Netflix to bring another fantastic series from Steven Moffat to audiences around the world. Inside Man is set to be an unmissable drama with a hugely talented line-up both on and off screen. From the very successful partnerships we’ve had in the past with Netflix, we are optimistic it will be another hit globally.”

Inside Man is a 4×60 drama for BBC One and Netflix. It is created and written by Steven Moffat, directed by Paul McGuigan, with Alex Mercer as producer. Executive producers are Sue Vertue for Hartswood Films and Ben Irving for the BBC. Chris Sussman will oversee for Netflix. It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, BBC Chief Content Officer, and Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama. BBC Studios are the international distributors and brokered the deal with Netflix.

The series will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK and on Netflix outside of the UK and Ireland. Filming will take place later this year.



Amazon Prime Video Announces “A Very British Scandal” Starring Claire Foy and Paul Bettany





Amazon Prime Video Announces “A Very British Scandal” Starring Claire Foy and Paul Bettany
The three, 60-minute episodes will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK, and will be available on Amazon Prime Video in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
[via press release from Amazon]
BBC One and Amazon Studios confirm Sarah Phelps’ A Very British Scandal, starring Claire Foy and Paul Bettany

CULVER CITY, Calif. – March 11, 2021 – Emmy and Golden Globe award-winner Claire Foy (The Crown, Wolf Hall) and BAFTA-nominated Paul Bettany (WandaVision, Uncle Frank, Avengers: Infinity War) will lead the cast of BBC One and Amazon Studios’ A Very British Scandal, from the makers of the multi-award winning and critically-acclaimed A Very English Scandal, Blueprint Pictures. The three, 60-minute episodes will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK, and will be available on Amazon Prime Video in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Written by Sarah Phelps (The Pale Horse, Dublin Murders), A Very British Scandal focuses on the divorce of the Duke (Paul Bettany) and Duchess of Argyll (Claire Foy), one of the most notorious, extraordinary and brutal legal cases of the 20th Century.

Famed for her charisma, beauty and style, Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, dominated the front pages as a divorcee featuring accusations of forgery, theft, violence, drug-taking, secret recording, bribery, and an explicit polaroid picture all played out in the white-hot glare of the 1960s media.

A Very British Scandal turns this scandal inside out in order to explore the social and political climate of post-war Britain, looking at attitudes toward women, and asking whether institutional misogyny was widespread at the time. As her contemporaries, the press, and the judiciary sought to vilify her, Margaret kept her head held high with bravery and resilience, refusing to go quietly as she was betrayed by her friends and publicly shamed by a society that revelled in her fall from grace.

Sarah Phelps said: “Writing the story of Margaret’s life and the events leading up to and including her divorce from the Duke has been a passion project of mine since 1993 when I first heard her name and started learning about her. I felt very strongly that she’d been punished for being a woman, for being visible, for refusing to back down, be a good girl and go quietly. This drama is my tribute to her.”

Claire Foy said: “I’m so excited to work with Anne, Sarah and Paul on this extraordinary project, and to explore through this story, how often shame, judgement and controversy surrounds a woman’s sexuality.”

Paul Bettany said: “I’m delighted to be working with the remarkable Claire Foy to tell the fascinating and scandalous story of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll and their very complicated lives. I’m also extremely happy to get the chance to once again be working with the wonderful teams at the BBC and Amazon Studios.”

Pete Czernin, co-founder of Blueprint Pictures said: “We’re thrilled to be able to bring together the uniquely brilliant voices of Sarah Phelps and Anne Sewitsky with the class of Claire Foy and Paul Bettany. Uniting their outstanding talents, A Very British Scandal will shine a new light on the scandalous divorce of Margaret Argyll for a 21st century audience.”

Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, said: “Argyll v Argyll was one of the defining scandals of the 1960s. In the face of vilification in the press, Margaret fought valiantly but often in vain to control the narrative around her. With the help of our incredible writer Sarah Phelps, director Anne Sewitsky, the perfect casting of Claire Foy and Paul Bettany and the team at Blueprint, we are delighted to be able to shine a new light on these events and reframe the life of this infamous character.”

Brad Beale, Vice President, Worldwide Licensing for Prime Video, said: “A Very English Scandal was a tremendous success among Prime Video customers and critics alike, and we’re incredibly excited to work with the BBC and Blueprint again. We can’t wait to see Claire and Paul bring the fascinating Duchess of Argyll Scandal to life.”

A Very British Scandal will be directed by Anne Sewitsky and produced by Chris Ballantyne. Executive Producers are Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Diarmuid McKeown and Delyth Scudamore for Blueprint Pictures, Lucy Richer for the BBC, Sarah Phelps, Anne Sewitsky, Claire Foy, Kate Triggs, and Dominic Treadwell-Collins. Amazon Studios is co-producing in the US. It was commissioned by Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, and Charlotte Moore, BBC Chief Content Officer.

Filming will take place across the United Kingdom later this year. Further casting will follow in due course.

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Blueprint Pictures Biography

London based Blueprint Pictures was founded in 2005 by Pete Czernin and Graham Broadbent.

Blueprint makes film and television for an international audience, including Martin McDonagh’s multi-award winning Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, featuring an Oscar-winning performance from Francis McDormand, and Sam Rockwell, and the BAFTA-nominated The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

In May 2018, Blueprint produced A Very English Scandal for television, which was broadcast on BBC One and Amazon Prime Video, written by Russell T Davies, starring Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw and directed by Stephen Frears. It has won multiple awards including four BAFTAs, an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a Critics Choice award.

In 2020, Blueprint released Emma, the Jane Austen classic, which received a Golden Globe nomination for Anya Taylor-Joy (Queen’s Gambit), and was directed by Autumn de Wilde.

Upcoming releases include A Boy Called Christmas, based on the best-selling book by Matt Haig, and directed by Gil Kenan, with cast including Jim Broadbent, Maggie Smith, Sally Hawkins and Kristen Wiig, and Last Letter From Your Lover, which stars Felicity Jones and Shailene Woodley, and is directed by Augustine Frizzell.



HBO Max And BBC One To Co-Produce JP Delaney’s THE GIRL BEFORE





HBO Max And BBC One To Co-Produce JP Delaney’s THE GIRL BEFORE

Limited Series Stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw And Golden Globe® And Emmy® Nominee David Oyelowo

HBO Max and BBC One will co-produce the psychological thriller THE GIRL BEFORE, a four-episode limited series based on the global bestselling book of the same name, from 42 starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“The Morning Show,” “Misbehaviour”) and Golden Globe®, BAFTA, and Emmy®-nominated actor David Oyelowo (“Selma,” “Les Misérables”). Emmy nominated Lisa Brühlmann (“Killing Eve,” “Servant,” “Blue My Mind”) will direct.

Logline: THE GIRL BEFORE tells the story of Jane (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who gets the chance to move into a beautiful, ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect (David Oyelowo). There’s just one catch: occupants have to abide by his list of exacting rules. Jane starts to feel the house changing her in unexpected ways but, when she makes the shocking discovery that her predecessor Emma died in the house, she’s forced to confront unnerving similarities. As the two women’s timelines interweave, Jane begins to question if her fate will be the same as the girl before…
Jeniffer Kim, senior vice president, International Originals, HBO Max quote: “We jumped at the chance to co-produce JP Delaney’s intricate mind twister, THE GIRL BEFORE, with the BBC and 42. With what will surely be stellar performances from the incomparable Gugu Mbatha-Raw and David Oyelowo, One Folgate Street is about to welcome new house guests from both sides of the pond.”

Gugu Mbatha-Raw quote: “I’m so excited to work with this amazing team on such a compelling story in my debut role as an actor and producer.”

David Oyelowo quote: “This story is mind bending in its clever construction and intricacy. I can’t wait to see it, let alone be in it. Plus, I’d go anywhere to work with my friend Gugu again.”

JP Delaney quote: “Having written for the screen in a previous career, it’s long been a dream of mine to adapt THE GIRL BEFORE, but I was determined to only do it if I could find partners who wanted to pursue high-quality, classy storytelling above all else. You really couldn’t get a more quality-focused line-up than 42, the BBC and HBO Max – and we’ve already attracted world-class talent in the shape of Lisa, Gugu and David. Psychological thrillers can be even more gripping on television than they would be as movies, and I’m incredibly excited to be re-telling this particular story in a visual medium. It’s also been great fun to collaborate on episodes two and three with a brilliant co-writer, Marissa Lestrade.”

Lisa Brühlmann quote: “Can our surroundings, like a special house, affect who we are, even change us? The ability to change our beliefs and our character is highly fascinating to me. I can’t wait to bring this female driven thriller to life.”

Eleanor Moran and Rory Aitken, executive producers for 42 quote: “We’re thrilled to have the chance to bring JP Delaney’s adaptation of his unforgettable bestseller to the small screen. Gugu Mbatha-Raw always brings such emotional complexity to her roles, and having an actor as accomplished as David Oyelowo as her co-lead is a dream come true. Lisa Brühlmann’s singular vision will add a whole other layer to the show. We can’t wait to introduce a global audience to the extraordinary secrets hidden behind the walls of One Folgate Street.”

Piers Wenger, director of BBC Drama quote: “The scripts JP Delaney has prepared for THE GIRL BEFORE are just as addictive and unputdownable as his riveting novel. To have Gugu and David leading the cast, Lisa Brühlmann directing and Marissa Lestrade co-writing episodes really underlines the quality of this production and I can’t wait to see One Folgate Street on screen.”
The limited series will stream in the U.S. on HBO Max and will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK, with WarnerMedia also controlling rights for additional select territories around the world.
A global bestseller, “The Girl Before” has sold over one million copies since its publication in 2016. It is published by Quercus in the UK and Ballantine in the U.S.

Credits: Created, written and executive produced by JP Delaney, THE GIRL BEFORE is adapted from Delaney’s own best-selling novel of the same title. Additional executive producers include Eleanor Moran, Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh for 42, Ben Irving for the BBC, and Lisa Brühlmann. Rhonda Smith will produce and Gugu Mbatha-Raw is an associate producer. Marissa Lestrade (“White Stork,” “Deep State 2”) will co-write episodes of the series. ITV Studios is the international distributor and brokered the co-commission deal with HBO Max.

About Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Gugu Mbatha-Raw is an award-winning actor of the stage and screen. Her stage performances include “Hamlet,” alongside Jude Law in the West End, “Elsinore” in Denmark and Broadway, and “Nell Gwynn,” for which she was nominated for ‘Best Actress’ at the 2015 Evening Standard Theatre awards.

In film, Gugu has starred in “Larry Crowne” alongside Tom Hanks, as well as the period drama, “Belle,” for which Gugu won Best Actress at the 2014 BIFA Awards. She has also starred in “Concussion,” alongside Will Smith, “The Whole Truth,” starring Keanu Reeves and Renée Zellweger, “Miss Sloane” with Jessica Chastain, “Free State of Jones” with Matthew McConaughey and “Beauty and the Beast.” Additional roles include Disney’s ground-breaking blockbuster fantasy, “A Wrinkle in Time,” opposite Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, “Cloverfield Paradox,” Stephanie Laing’s “Irreplaceable You,” “Fast Color,” “Motherless Brooklyn,” “Come Away,” “Misbehaviour” and “Summerland.”

In television, Gugu starred in “San Junipero,” an episode from the critically-acclaimed Netflix anthology series, “Black Mirror,” which won two Primetime Emmy® Awards. Gugu also starred in the fan favorite and award-winning Apple TV+ drama series, “The Morning Show.” Upcoming TV projects include “Seacole,” Marvel’s “Loki” on Disney+ opposite Tom Hiddleston, and “Surface,” an eight-part series written by Veronica West, which Gugu will also co-produce alongside Reese Witherspoon.

Outside of her acting credits, Gugu has recently become a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.

About David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo, a multiple Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Emmy-nominated actor and producer, is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents. Oyelowo recently made his directorial debut with “The Water Man,” which premiered at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival to much critical acclaim, and will be released day-and-date in theaters and PVOD on May 7, 2021 by RLJE Films in the U.S., and by Netflix internationally later this year. Oyelowo stars alongside Lonnie Chavis and Rosario Dawson, as well as produces under his Yoruba Saxon banner with ShivHans Pictures and Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films.  This is the sixth film to be produced by his production company, Yoruba Saxon, along with prior films: “Come Away,” “A United Kingdom” and “Nightingale,” amongst others. Oyelowo can currently be seen in George Clooney’s “The Midnight Sky,” which was one of the most-watched titles on Netflix during the holidays and is on course to be watched by 72M households within its first four weeks.  Next, he will be seen in Lionsgate’s “Chaos Walking” with Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland, as well as, Sony’s “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” with Rose Byrne and Domhnall Gleeson, both being released this year. Oyelowo is presently in production on Searchlight Pictures untitled murder mystery thriller, in which he stars alongside Saoirse Ronan and Sam Rockwell.   

Additional film credits include: “A United Kingdom,” “Queen Of Katwe,” “Selma,” “Interstellar,” “A Most Violent Year,” “Captive,” “The Butler,” “Lincoln,” “Don’t Let Go,” “The Middle of Nowhere,” “Jack Reacher,” “The Paperboy,” “Red Tails,” “The Help” and “The Last King Of Scotland.”

About 42
42 is a London and LA-based management and production company. Established in 2013, 42 produces films and television dramas, and represents an eclectic range of high-profile and emerging talent. 42’s television credits include the Emmy-award-winning animated miniseries “Watership Down” (BBC/Netflix), adapted by Tom Bidwell; Bash Doran’s spy thriller “Traitors” (C4/Netflix), starring Emma Appleton and Keeley Hawes; and “Wild Bill” (ITV) starring Rob Lowe. 42’s drama about the birth of football, “The English Game,” written and created by Julian Fellowes, is currently available on Netflix.

The company released “Military Wives” starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan in the UK and globally last year, and next up is Cold War thriller “The Courier” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rachel Brosnahan. Sci-fi action adventure “Outside The Wire,” starring Anthony Mackie and Damson Idris, recently opened on Netflix as its Number One film globally. Also for Netflix is Adam Randall’s “Night Teeth,” in post-production. The company is producing “The Silent Twins,” starring Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrence, which will start shooting later this month.The company has a multi-year first-look development, financing and production deal with MGM for television. On the film side, 42 has a multi-year first-look development, financing and production deal with Netflix.