“I wanted to make a drama unlike anything else, because Chernobyl was unlike anything else. I wanted it to be as unique as the event itself.” That was the ambitious goal set by writer and producer Craig Mazin for his epic mini-series about the Soviet power plant that caught fire on 26 April 1986, triggering the most disastrous nuclear accident in history. And Mazin has succeeded.
Over the past couple of decades, Stephen Graham has become increasingly hard to avoid on both TV and film. The variety of roles he’s taken on is extraordinary. He can play cops and robbers, modern and period drama, ordinary and larger-than-life characters. He is convincing in all of them.
Set in the halls of Westminster, the series follows Prime Minister Robert Sutherland (Robert Carlyle) and his Chief of Staff Anna Marshall (Victoria Hamilton) as they try to deal with a national emergency.
The pair must bear attacks from their political opponents, face family pressures and lead the COBRA committee, a team of experts and politicians, to ensure the nation’s safety.
Channel 4 & All4
A coming-of-age sitcom written by Lisa McGee, Derry Girls aired back in January on Channel 4.
Online publishing platform The Broadcast Bridge won the Corporate Website award, with the judges acknowledging its outstanding contribution to the broadcast industry by generating more than 300 pages of specialised technical content every month. The runners up in this category were The Broadcast Knowledge and Boxer Systems.
It’s official. Sky, the leading pay-TV platform in the UK, is no longer a Murdoch company. The man most closely identified with the launch and development of the film and footie satellite giant, Rupert Murdoch, signalled his departure late last year, when his 21st Century Fox media behemoth agreed to sell most of its pay-TV and Hollywood studio assets, including a 39% stake in Sky, to Disney for $71bn.
Fox clearly preferred the Mouse to a competing approach from US cable and broadcast combo Comcast.
Produced by Tiger Aspect, Hitmen (working title) will be a six-part original comedy that tells the story of contract killers Jamie (Mel Giedroyc) and Fran (Sue Perkins). The duo are not your average assassins, however, nor the most professional, as the pair botch up assassinations and work from a scruffy van. Their incompetence sees the pair thrown into ridiculous adventures, testing their friendship along the way.
1. A Discovery of Witches, Sky One and Now TV, Fridays, 9pm
The shows included in the deal will be available for customers to binge-watch as much as they desire, beginning with the release of the box-set of the third series of Channel 4 drama No Offence on 13th September.
Live coverage of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix 2019 and highlights of Formula 1 races will be shown on Channel 4 as part of the deal, as well as the first series of the Sky original thriller Tin Star, starring Tim Roth.
Deep beneath the hustle and bustle on London’s Temple tube station, is hidden a dark secret: an illegal clinic set up in the abandoned network of underground tunnels.
Daniel (Strong) is a surgeon whose own trauma has led him to establish the clinic, making medicine available to any who need it. Assisted by grumbling Lee (Mays) and Anna (van Houten), the trio treat a variety of increasingly dangerous and desperate patients, testing Daniel’s morality to the limits.