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2009-09-10 19:12:27

British actors Richard Armitage and Andrew Lincoln have been cast in a six-part drama series based on Chris Ryan's novel Strike Back, The Guardian said. Armitage is best known for his roles in TV's The Vicar of Dibley, Robin Hood and Spooks. Lincoln stars in the series This Life. He also had a supporting role in the movie Love Actually. The Guardian said Strike Back has begun shooting on location in South Africa and is expected to air on Sky1 and Sky1 HD next spring. It is about two former...

2008-11-26 00:29:00

British security experts have ordered the removal of an electric samovar presented to Queen Elizabeth II 20 years ago and kept at Balmoral Castle. The fear is that the samovar, designed to make Russian-style tea, might have been bugged, The Daily Telegraph reports. The 2-foot-high red and yellow pot was loved by the Queen Mother, who died in 2002, and sat in the drawing room of the castle. The queen and her husband spend part of every summer at Balmoral. While the castle is her private...

2008-11-03 15:00:12

British actor Richard Armitage said a scene in which his "Spooks" character endures waterboarding was as difficult to shoot as it is disturbing to watch. The episode of the BBC's long-running spy series, featuring the controversial interrogation technique, is slated to air Monday night. The actor said that before he allowed himself to be subjected to waterboarding for the show he thought the technique was "a humane way of extracting information without hurting people." He admitted he...

2008-10-23 18:00:16

British actor Richard Armitage has joined the cast of the popular U.K. spy drama series "Spooks," known as "MI-5" when it airs on BBC America. Armitage is best known for playing Guy of Gisborne on the adventure series "Robin Hood," and for his portrayal of John Thornton in the BBC miniseries "North and South." He also had a recurring role on the comedy series "The Vicar of Dibley." The actor will appear in "Spooks's" seventh season, which is scheduled to premiere on BBC1 Monday. Asked...

2008-08-31 12:05:00

The BBC isn't commenting about reports that one of the British broadcaster's top executives may be heading up a division in the United States. While BBC officials have remained quiet about the possibility of executive Jane Tratner heading up a BBC Worldwide West Coast drama production division in Los Angeles, the highly regarded TV executive is said to be negotiating for such a position, The Hollywood Reporter said Friday. Tratner has earned a reputation for popular dramatic shows while...

2008-08-26 18:00:34

DOCTOR Who has pipped Friends as the TV series people most want to see turned into a movie. The revival of Doctor Who, starring David Tennant, came top of a list of shows viewers are clamouring to see adapted for the bigscreen. Sci-fi series Red Dwarf was third, followed by the US hits Heroes and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Spooks, the BBC series about MI5 spies, was sixth in the poll for the Radio Times. It was followed by 24, starring Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer, Lost,...

2008-08-25 06:00:44

DOCTOR Who is the TV show viewers would most like to see on the big screen. The revived BBC hit pipped US sitcom Friends in a Radio Times poll, with its spin-off Torchwood in ninth place. Another Beeb sci-fi favourite, comedy Red Dwarf, took third spot, followed by US hits Heroes and CSI. BBC spy drama Spooks was sixth, followed by real-time terrorist drama 24 and Lost. Cult 60s show The Prisoner, which ITV are about to revive, completed the top 10. Star Trek was voted the show that...

2008-08-25 06:00:43

By Jane Bradley IT MAY be thought of by some as a show for closet sci-fi geeks, but Doctor Who has now pipped the US comedy hit Friends as the TV series people most want to see turned into a film. The latest instalment of the life of the time lord with two hearts has come top of a list of programmes that viewers are clamouring to see adapted for the big screen. Science fiction was a popular theme in this year's poll of Radio Times readers, with interest in a film version of the antics...


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