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The Fall: Gillian Anderson on portraying an enigma

Gillian Anderson stars in BBC Two's new psychological crime thriller The Fall. As Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, she is brought in from the Metropolitan Police by the Police Service of Northern Ireland to review a stalled murder investigation.

What compelled you to take the role of DSI Stella Gibson? She feels a little like an island but I find that interesting and it makes me want to know more, which is always a good thing where character and drama is concerned. Can you tell us a detail from the script where you felt a connection to Stella? It's hard to say. I am intrigued by her no-nonsense way of being. And that over time we get to see warmth and what she cares about. She is an enigma. What are the key factors behind Stella's professional decisions? I think she is professional and driven and has a mind for this kind of work and ... [Continua a leggere]

BBC Two HD Channel to launch 26 March

The BBC today announces it will launch BBC Two HD at 6am on Tuesday 26 March. BBC Two HD will be available on Sky HD (169), Freeview HD/YouView (102), Virgin Media (187), Freesat HD (109) and BT Vision (852).

The announcement follows the successful launch of BBC One HD on 3 November 2010. BBC Two HD will replace the existing BBC HD Channel and will be available subscription-free on all digital television platforms offering HD channels. Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC Two, says: “BBC One HD has already proved to be highly valued by our audiences and I’m delighted that we’re able to follow this with the launch of BBC Two in HD. The launch of BBC Two HD will allow us to showcase more of our programmes at their very best – helping to highlight our commitment to high q ... [Continua a leggere]

Room On The Broom, a very special family Christmas treat on BBC One

The premier of the half-hour animated special Room On The Broom, will light up faces and warm the cockles of every family on their sofa this Christmas, when it broadcasts as a festive highlight on BBC One.

Room On The Broom is an enchanting tale of friendship and family that has been beautifully adapted from the magical picture book by the same creative team that brought Christmas cheer to BBC Christmases past with The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child. Room On The Broom continues the tradition and will make quintessential viewing for the whole family to enjoy - a date not to be missed in the Christmas calendar. The award-winning book was written in 2001 by Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler, the creators of the much loved modern classic The G ... [Continua a leggere]

RomaFictionFest 2012 partners with BBC Worldwide for exclusive day of events

David S. Goyer, Gillian Anderson and Matthew Macfadyen to take part in series of panels, masterclasses and screenings in first ever BBC Worldwide day

BBC Worldwide is to have an entire day dedicated to the drama titles it represents around the world at RomaFictionFest, a leading international festival dedicated to television fiction. Running from 30th September to 5th October in Rome, this will be the festival’s sixth year andthe first time a day has been dedicated to an international distributor.   Taking place on Monday 1st October at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, the exclusive BBC Worldwide events will feature a masterclass, two panel sessions and drama premieres that will be open to attending industry and general public ... [Continua a leggere]

Jamie Dornan to to star alongside Gillian Anderson in Allan Cubitt’s new BBC Two drama series The Fall

Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan (Once Upon a Time, Shadows in the Sun) will join Gillian Anderson in a gripping psychological thriller that forensically examines the lives of two hunters.

Dornan plays serial killer Paul Sector, who stalks his victims in and around Belfast. Anderson is talented Detective Superintendent Gibson on secondment from the Met, brought in to catch him. Produced by Artists Studio and written by Allan Cubitt (The Runaway, Murphy’s Law, Prime Suspect), the five episodes will follow the police investigation uncovering the intricate story of the lives entangled by a series of murders - both the killers’ and the victims’ families. Allan Cubitt says: “When I think of the great television drama from my formative years I think first and ... [Continua a leggere]

Gillian Anderson confirmed in lead role of Allan Cubitt’s new BBC Two drama series The Fall

The Fall is a gripping psychological thriller that forensically examines the lives of two hunters. One is a serial killer who stalks his victims at random in and around Belfast and the other is a talented female Detective Superintendent on secondment from the MET who is brought in to catch him.

Produced by Artists Studio and written by Allan Cubitt (The Runaway, Murphy’s Law, Prime Suspect), the five episodes will follow the police investigation uncovering the intricate story of the lives entangled by a series of murders – both the killer's and the victims’ families. Gillian Anderson stars as DSI Gibson, who arrives to conduct a 28 day review at a Belfast station where the police are getting nowhere on a high profile murder case. Further casting will be announced soon, with filming starting in Belfast next month. Allan Cubitt says: “When I think of the real ... [Continua a leggere]

Great Expectations: Falling in love with Miss Havisham

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I wanted to play Miss Havisham because she's an iconic character who pervades our world in various forms. So many people have written about her or based other characters on her over many decades. I was interested in what it was that was so appealing about her, what it is that seems to get under people's skin. We're talking about a woman who is deeply, almost psychotically manipulative and potentially really psychologically damaging to Pip and Estella, the two children that we see her have this direct impact on. There was a curiosity there for me. Also reading the scripts and appreciating ... [Continua a leggere]

Great Expectations: Miss Havisham given 'youthful' air

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Tortured, ghostly, eternal bride-to-be Miss Havisham is returning in a fresh screen adaptation of Charles Dickens' literary classic Great Expectations.

The wealthy heiress, who was jilted on her wedding day and lived as a recluse for decades afterwards, haunts her tumbledown mansion clad in a dusty matrimonial gown. Miss Havisham - with her white matted hair and wedding feast table preserved in cobwebs - has been played by older actresses in previous major incarnations. Joan Hickson played her at the age of 75 in 1981, while Anne Bancroft was cast in a 1998 modern reworking of Dickens's story at the age of 67. But for the new take on Great Expectations she is portrayed by Gillian Anderson, who at 43 is the youngest screen star to pl ... [Continua a leggere]

Great Expectations - Interview with Ray Winstone & Gillian Anderson

The centrepiece of this year's BBC One Christmas schedule is Sarah Phelps's (Oliver Twist, EastEnders) bold new three-part adaptation of Great Expectations starring Ray Winstone, Gillian Anderson, David Suchet and Douglas Booth.

Here Ray Winstone who stars as Magwitch and Gillian Anderson who stars as Miss Havisham talk about playing two of Dickens iconic characters and why Great Expectations is a must see for viewers who enjoy a bit of Dickens at Christmas. "Christmas without a BBC show or drama is not really Christmas is it. You have enough to drink and eat and then you sit down by the fire and watch a good drama, and there's nothing better than Dickens at Christmas," says Ray Winstone, the East-London born actor who follows in the footsteps of past luminaries such as Finlay Currie and James Mason in the ro ... [Continua a leggere]

Melissa George stars in Frank Spotnitz’s new BBC One suspense thriller Nemesis

Written and created by the award-winning American television writer and producer Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files, Strike Back), Nemesis is an original eight-part suspense thriller set in the world of international espionage, produced by Kudos Film & Television (Spooks, Life On Mars), in association with Big Light Productions, for BBC One and HBO’s Cinemax channel.

At the heart of the drama is Sam played by Melissa George (The Slap, In Treatment), a highly skilled operative for an elite private intelligence firm who survives an attempt on her life that may have been orchestrated by members of her own team. Once she returns to the firm, she performs her secretive duties without knowing who to trust and who wants her dead. Adam Rayner (Hawthorne, Mistresses) plays Sam’s colleague at the firm and love interest. The dedicated and complex members of the firm operate in the shadows, must often confront life and death situations on secret mission ... [Continua a leggere]

Anderson 'tired' filming X-Files

Actress Gillian Anderson says filming her parts as Agent Dana Scully in the new X-Files film left her exhausted.

Filming for X-Files: I Want to Believe finished in Canada in March but the star, 39, says she struggled this time physically. She said: "It was hard work. I'm too old for this. It was a slog. David [Duchovny], who's in the best shape of his life because he had to bonk people every two minutes for Californication, did most of the work." She added: "He's climbing and jumping off cliffs. I didn't do any of that and I was more exhausted by the end of it than he was. I'm a wimp." Second film The X-Files ran between 1993 and 2002 on TV, with the first feature film, Fight The Future, released ... [Continua a leggere]

New X Files movie 'coming soon'

A new film reviving the cult 1990s TV series The X Files is moving closer to being made, according to reports.

David Duchovny, one of the show's stars, has told reporters he will receive a script next week. Duchovny and co-star Gillian Anderson are both "on board" to reprise their roles as alien-hunting special agents Mulder and Scully, he said. The script has been written by creator Chris Carter and writer Frank Spotnitz, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The pair co-wrote the first X Files movie, which came out almost a decade ago. The original thriller series was a hit when it ran from 1993-2002, winning three Golden Globes for best TV drama. Duchovny was speaking at the Television Critics A ... [Continua a leggere]



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