Downton Abbey

ITV commissions adaptation of Belgravia

The Napoleonic Wars

The six-part series will be set in London during the climax of the Napoleonic Wars and will follow the dark secrets of upper-class households.

During the evening of the Battle of Waterloo, the Trenchards accept an invitation to an extravagant ball hosted by the Duchess of Richmond, triggering a sequence of events that lead to secrets being unravelled and devastating consequences for decades to come.

Julian Fellowes will adapt the novel alongside Downton Abbey producers Gareth Neame, Nigel Marchant and Liz Trubridge.

First look at new Sky One drama Jamestown

Set in 1619 Virginia, Jamestown sits on what seems to be the edge of existence, only populated by men.

It's been this way for 12 years; that's until the town is shaken up when the first women, including Alice (Sophie Rundle), Verity (Niamh Walsh) and Jocelyn (Naomi Battrick), move in.

Jamestown follows the story of the new arrivals as they battle love, power and survival.

As you can imagine there is rivalry and competition among them, but they come to realise that they must all work as one to survive in their new lives.

Kevin MacLellan: a global player

Kevin MacLelland (Credit: NBCUniversal)

The Chair of this year’s RTS London Conference, Kevin MacLellan, the London-­based Chairman of International at NBCUniversal, is proof that talent and hard work, rather than privilege and well-placed connections, can take you to the top of the entertainment industry. 

His blue-collar Brooklyn background was about as far as you could get from Hollywood or downtown Manhattan. MacLellan’s family expected him to follow in his father’s footsteps: they wanted him to work for the local phone company. He saw his future differently.  

British talent shines in Emmy Awards nominations

Tom Hiddleston, hugh Laurie, BBC

The nominations contain around 50 nods for British television shows, actors, writers and directors.

Welsh actor Matthew Rhys was nominated for Best Lead Actor in a drama for his role in US spy drama The Americans, while Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba are all vying for Lead Actor in a limited series for BBC shows Sherlock: the Abominable Bride, The Night Manager and Luther respectively.

Samantha Morton and Jessica Brown Findlay to star in Georgian prostitution drama Harlots

Jessica Brown Findlay (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

Harlots follows Margaret Wells (Oscar-nominated Samantha Morton), a woman who struggles to reconcile her roles as mother and brother owner in the family drama that offers a new take on 18th century London’s most valuable commercial activity – sex.

“In 1760s London there were brothels on every corner run by women who were both enterprising and tenacious,” says Executive Producer, Alison Owen. “History has largely ignored them, but their stories are in turn outrageous, brutal, humorous and real.”

Matthew Rhys and Matthew Goode toast new wine series

The pair set out from their base in the Italian countryside to uncover some of the best wines the country has to offer, and the stories behind them.

Joining the performers for The Wine Show are wine experts Joe Fattorini and Amelia Singer, who will guide the novice wine drinkers through some of the world’s finest drinks. Gizzi Erskine will also act as a food expert in the US.

Your new favourite TV dramas of 2016

Beowulf, ITV

 

 

Churchill’s Secret - ITV

This one of TV film stars Harry Potter actor Michael Gambon as Winston Churchill. In 1953 Winston Churchill has the first of several strokes which was kept secret from the world. Told from the perspective of his young nurse, Churchill fights to recover, all the while holding tight to the reins of the nation, refusing to relinquish his Prime Ministership.

 

 

Bake Off rises to the top of 2015's most watched shows

Nadiya Hussain, Mary Berry, Bake Off, Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc

Over half of the top 40 TV shows of 2015 aired on BBC One, according to research compiled by the Press Association from the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (Barb).

Despite an increase in viewers over the year, Channel 4 does not make the list, as BBC One fills 27 spots, and ITV takes the remaining 13 places. 

Strictly Come Dancing appeared 13 times in the list, making it the most consistently viewed show so far this year.