Competitions

Competition time: see the first episode of Spiral season 4, Q&A with Grégory Fitoussi and more!

Clement and the judge in Engrenages

As I’ve mentioned before, the second Totally Serialized is about to take place in London. Featuring international cinema and TV, as well as UK shows such as Doctor Who and Peep Show, it’ll offer you the exclusive chance to see:

  • The first episode of the mini-series Labyrinth, based on the multi-million selling novel by Kate Mosse, followed by a panel Q&A with cast and key creatives
  • The UK premieres of innovative French shows Rebound, Spin and The Church Men
  • A panel on TV screenwriting with Jack Thorne (The Fades, This is England), Ashley Pharoah (Life on Mars) and French screenwriters
  • The world premiere of Flight of the Storks directed by Jan Kounen
  • The world premiere of Jo attended by Jean Reno
  • A comedy medley of French and British sitcoms (The Thick of It, Peep Show, Kaboul Kitchen, Workingirls)
  • A Skins revival to say goodbye to the cult show ending this year, with a screening of the very first episode and a Q&A with the creator Bryan Elsley
  • A night of Doctor Who fun with fancy dress, music, quizzes and a writing masterclass with Toby Whithouse.

Full details of what’s on are here and here’s a trailer:

And I have a pass to give away to one lucky person for all of Friday 18th’s events, which will include:

  • The UK premiere of the first episode of Spiral series 4
  • The UK premiere of new Scandinavian sci-fi show Real Humans
  • Episode two of the French political series Spin
  • A Q&A with actor Grégory Fitoussi

Here are some trailers – yes there will be English subtitles:

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is leave a comment below before midnight on Tuesday 14th January, after which the results will be announced. Good luck and spread the word!

The Totally Serialized UK-French TV festival now has a trailer

Remember Totally Serialized, the UK-French TV festival being held in London this January? Well, there’s a trailer for it now that shows off the highlights, including season 4 of Spiral introduced by Grégory Fitoussi, a Doctor Who panel, Hugh Bonneville from Downton Abbey and a Q&A with Jean Reno about his new show Jo, which will be getting its world premiere. Watch it to find out more.

Totally Serialized returns with Jean Reno and Jo, Spiral and Grégory Fitoussi, Ashley Pharoah, Doctor Who and more French & UK TV

Remember Total Serialized, the French and British TV Series Festival? Well it’s back again. Here beginneth the press release/

From 16 to 20 January 2013, Ciné Lumière at the Institut français will hold the second edition of Totally Serialized. It will showcase the best of new productions from both sides of the Channel and also European TV shows on the big screen – with actors, screenwriters and directors in attendance.

Highlights include:

  • The UK premiere of the first episode of Spiral series 4, followed by a Q&A with actor Grégory Fitoussi!
  • The first episode of the mini-series Labyrinth, based on the multi-million selling novel by Kate Mosse, followed by a panel Q&A with cast and key creatives
  • The UK premieres of new Scandinavian TV show Real Humans, and innovative French shows Rebound, Spin and The Church Men
  • A panel on TV screenwriting with Jack Thorne (The Fades, This is England), Ashley Pharoah (Life on Mars) and French screenwriters
  • The world premiere of Flight of the Storks directed by Jan Kounen
  • The world premiere of Jo attended by Jean Reno
  • A comedy medley of French and British sitcoms (The Thick of It, Peep Show, Kaboul Kitchen, Workingirls)
  • A Skins revival to say goodbye to the cult show ending this year, with a screening of the very first episode and a Q&A with the creator Bryan Elsley
  • A night of Doctor Who fun with fancy dress, music, quizzes and a writing masterclass with Toby Whithouse.

Other events will be announced in the next few weeks so please like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (French Institute account) and check our website. The official Twitter tag for the festival is #TS2013.

A new event for fans of French and British TV: Totally Serialized

Well, here’s exciting (no, really, genuinely exciting):

From 19 to 22 January, the Institut français will hold its first ever French and British TV Series Festival. TV fanatics, enthusiasts and newcomers will be able to discover the cream of French and British TV series with the most amazing actors, screenwriters and directors in attendance. It’s time to get totally serialized!

The UK premiere of eagely awaited hit TV Show Borgia, attended by actor Mark Ryder, will kick off the festival. Other highlights include a very special premiere of the first episode of Inside Men, the new BBC One TV Drama, followed by a Q&A with writer Tony Basgallop, a screening of Spiral with the screenwriters Anne Landois and Eric de Barahir, an exclusive screening of the first episode of Shane Meadows’s This is England ’88, in the presence of members of the cast and all-night marathon of Season 3 of Misfits with the cast also attending. Maverick French TV Shows such as Platane, with a Q&A with co-screenwriter Hafid F. Benamar, and Hard, a comedy about the porn world are also lined-up as well as comedies such as The Invincibles and the hit TV show Desperate Parents introduced by actress Valérie Bonneton.

Gangsters and cops will wrap up the festival on Sunday notably with Tony’s Revenge and the dark and gritty Braquo. A panel discussion on ‘How to Write a TV Show’ completes the programme, gathering majors screenwriters such as Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), Paula Milne (Small Island, The Politician’s Wife), Anne Landois and Eric de Barahir (Spiral).

You can find out more here, and there’s also a schedule of events. And for those who aren’t going, apparently Death in Paradise will be broadcast on BBC1 and Borgia will be shown on Netflix UK in 2012. Yes, there’s going to be a Netflix UK in 2012. Interesting. And I’ll be even more interested to see if Borgia is better than snore-fest The Borgias.

I’m probably going to be camped out in the Institute for most of this.