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May 29, 2015

News: three new Gold sitcoms, a Mr Ripley TV series, Fry's Hippopotamus film + more

Posted on May 29, 2015 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Film casting

  • Henry Cavill exits Stratton
  • Sam Neill and Roger Allam to star in adaptation of Stephen Fry’s The Hippopotamus

Film trailers

  • Trailer for American Ultra with Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Topher Grace et al
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May 28, 2015

News: Denise Richards in Significant Mother, Richard Schiff joins The Affair, Interceptor trailer + more

Posted on May 28, 2015 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Owing to a slight case of ‘Sleepus Overus’ mixed with ’Summeritus', today’s news is slightly abbreviated…

Internet TV

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UK TV

UK TV show casting

New UK TV shows
  • Trailer for BBC One’s The Interceptor

US TV

US TV show casting

  • Richard Schiff joins The Affair, Stephanie Erb to recur on Ray Donovan
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May 27, 2015

Review: Between 1x1 (Netflix)

Posted on May 27, 2015 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Netflix's Between

In the US/UK: Available on Netflix. New episode available every Friday

Netflix is entering a new phase of its existence, learning what pretty much every big TV provider is finding out these days – you need partners if you’re going to keep making global television shows. These things are just too expensive to do by yourself if you’re going to maintain quality or at least avoid bankruptcy.

To be fair, as we’ve seen with Residue, Netflix doesn’t mind chucking out the occasionally cheap and cheerful bit of work, but I can’t imagine that’s its long-term business model. At least I certainly hope for Netflix’s sake that it’s not resting all its hopes and dreams on Residue.

So Between, a co-production between Netflix and Canada’s City TV, marks the first fruit of this change in strategy. Also new – at least for US Netflix subscribers if not for UK viewers – is its episodic, weekly release.

But then I can’t imagine you’d really want to binge-watch Between, a sterling example of the perils of international production and of how very unexceptional Canadian TV can be. Set in the aptly and ridiculously titled town of Pretty Lake, it sees a mysterious disease break out, killing thousands. At least, it’s probably a disease, what will the bile n’all, but since no one ever gets any symptoms until they simply throw up and die and as doctors can’t seem to find any cause for either the disease or the deaths, it might be something a bit more supernatural. Or alien.

The disease also has one other trick up its microscopic sleeve: it doesn’t kill anyone aged 21 or less. That means that in the space of just a few days, pretty much everyone inside the now-quarantined Pretty Lake is a kid… with no parents telling them what to do. What will happen next? And can anyone say Carousel?


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