Is Netflix set on “world domination”? That was one of the themes in this intriguing encounter between the company’s Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos, and Francine Stock, presenter of Radio 4’s The Film Programme. Since a huge expansion across the globe in January, only China, North Korea, Crimea and Syria remain outside the streaming service’s worldwide reach.
Hooten and the Lady – Sky: Friday September 18 at 9pm
This big-budget adventure drama follows the escapades of an unlikely duo – maverick adventurer Hooten (Michael Landes) and Lady Alexandra Lindo-Parker (Ophelia Lovibond), a refined British Museum historian. They travel the globe searching for lost relics, and get into numerous scrapes along the way. The first episode sees the pair hunting the lost city of gold – El Dorado, and hints dropped by Sky suggest further episodes will be set in Egypt and the Himalayas.
When the latest project from multiple Oscar nominees Peter Morgan (The Queen) and Stephen Daldry (The Reader) reaches audiences in November, it won’t be in cinemas.
Morgan has created and written The Crown, an extended biopic on the life of Queen Elizabeth II. Daldry is the executive producer and has directed an episode of the show. The series begins with Elizabeth’s marriage in 1947 and aims to recount the story of her life until the present day.
Speaking during a self-published video of their investor call, Netflix CEO and co-founder Reed Hastings began: "There are so many competitors and everyone is working hard to build the best content. We're seeing growth in the overall internet TV market."
When pressed if there were any plans to purchase an existing film company in order to produce content more easily, chief content officer Ted Sarandos confirmed: "we're building it versus buying it [...] not just in our films, but in several of our series Netflix is the studio and the network."
Doctor Who fans missing Matt Smith will be excited to he will return to our screens in new Netflix drama The Crown. The former Doctor will play Prince Phillip with an all-star cast including Wolf Hall's Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and John Lithgow as Winston Churchill.