As we approach the 60th Anniversary of Doctor Who, revisit the story of Doctor Who, the occasional series written for the 50th Anniversary, explaining the origins of the programme.

Episode 3 - An Unearthly Series - The Origins of a TV Legend: First published 14 May 2012

Atlantis: A New Dawn, Part 1 - PicturesBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 - Reported by Harry Ward
The BBC have released images for A New Dawn: Part One, the first episode of the second series of Atlantis. The episode will premiere on 15 November at 8:30pm on BBC One and on BBC America at 9pm (Eastern Time).

Poster (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Pythagoras (Robert Emms) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Jason (Jack Donnelly) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Hercules (Mark Addy) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Ariadne (Aiysha Hart) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Pasiphae (Sarah Parish) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Promo (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films)
Medea (Amy Manson) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Medea (Amy Manson) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Sarpedon (Robert Pugh) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Jason (Jack Donnelly) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Jason (Jack Donnelly) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Derian (Ian Drysdale) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films)
Medea (Amy Manson) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Medea (Amy Manson) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Ariadne (Aiysha Hart) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films)
Hercules (Mark Addy), Jason (Jack Donnelly), Pythagoras (Robert Emms) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Jason (Jack Donnelly), Hercules (Mark Addy), Pythagoras (Robert Emms) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Sarpedon (Robert Pugh), Jason (Jack Donnelly) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films)
Goran (Peter De Jersey) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Pasiphae (Sarah Parish) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Pasiphae (Sarah Parish) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films)
Behind the Scenes: Sarah Parish (Pasiphae) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Behind the Scenes: Mark Addy (Hercules), Jack Donnelly (Jason), Robert Emms (Pythagoras) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Behind the Scenes (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Behind the Scenes: Aiysha Hart (Ariadne) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films)
Pythagoras (Robert Emms), Jason (Jack Donnelly), Hercules (Mark Addy) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Poster (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Promo (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films)




FILTER: - Atlantis

Atlantis Series 2 Launch TrailerBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 - Reported by Harry Ward
The BBC has released the trailer for Series 2 of Atlantis. The first episode in the new series will premiere in the UK on Saturday 15th November 2014 on BBC One.




A year has passed and much has changed. With her father dead Ariadne is named Queen, and finds herself at war with her old adversary, Pasiphae.

As the kingdom stands on the brink of collapse, the struggle for power is both bloody and brutal. With the future looking bleak, there is only one person Ariadne dare turn to for help: Jason. The time has come for the young warrior to fulfill his destiny - the battle for Atlantis has begun.





FILTER: - Atlantis

First Official Photos Of Dad's Army Film CastBookmark and Share

Monday, 27 October 2014 - Reported by Harry Ward
The first official photos from the film adaptation of Dad's Army have been released by Universal Pictures.

The main cast of the 2015 Dad's Army film - (left to right) Frank Pike (Blake Harrison), Walker (Daniel Mays), Jones (Tom Courtenay), George Mainwaring (Toby Jones), Arthur Wilson (Bill Nighy), Frazer (Bill Paterson), Godfrey (Michael Gambon) (Credit: Universal Pictures/PA Wire) Dad's Army - 2015 Film (Credit: Universal Pictures/PA Wire)

The film, which is written by Hamish McColl and directed by Oliver Parker, sees the group of "Local Defence Volunteers" in search of a spy as journalist Rose Winters, played by Catherine Zeta Jones, is sent to Walmington-on-Sea to report on the Home Guard's exploits.

The cast, who have have been filming the production in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, include Mark Gatiss, Sarah Lancashire, Annette Crosbie, Alison Steadman, Felicity Montagu, Julia Foster, Holli Dempsey, Oliver Tobias and Emily Atack.

The BBC reported the film as being "in the works" in February of this year.




FILTER: - Dad's Army - Film

Preview image of new Thunderbird 1 releasedBookmark and Share

Sunday, 22 June 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
A preview image of the new Thunderbird 1 from the forthcoming series Thunderbirds Are Go! has been released by ITV Studios.

The major new children's series, which is a co-production between ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures in association with Weta Workshop, is set to make its international debut early next year in the UK on ITV and CITV.

Set against the backdrop of the Hollywood sign, the rocket maintains its distinctive silver bullet style from the original show, which first aired on ITV from 1965 to 1966.

The reboot, comprising 26 half-hour episodes, will be produced using a mix of CGI animation and live-action model sets to deliver a new level of action-adventure animation while also paying tribute to the classic 1960s phenomenon.

As previously reported, the reinvention of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's iconic series will star Rosamund Pike as the voice of Lady Penelope and original cast member David Graham, who reprises his role as Parker.

Other star voices will include Kayvan Novak as inventor Brains and Thomas Brodie-Sangster voicing John Tracy.

Executive producer Giles Ridge said:
Thunderbirds Are Go! pays tribute to the original series whilst delivering a dynamic action-adventure to thrill a new generation. The iconic characters, craft, music and story elements of the original have been lovingly reimagined for a 21st-century audience. The series will showcase the world-famous Pukeko Pictures and Weta Workshop's ground-breaking creative and technical excellence.






FILTER: - ITV - Thunderbirds Are Go! - CITV

In The Flesh series 2 start date and time confirmedBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
The second series of In The Flesh is to start on Sunday 4th May at 10pm, the BBC confirmed today.

Starring Luke Newberry as Kieren Walker and Emily Bevan as Amy Dyer, with Kenneth Cranham as Vicar Oddie, it will comprise six one-hour episodes. Also returning are Kevin Sutton as ex-vigilante Human Volunteer Force soldier Gary Kendal and Harriet Cains as Kieren's sister Jen. Joining the cast for the new series of the zombie drama are Wunmi Mosaku as Maxine Martin, the pro-living Victus MP for Roarton, and Emmett J Scanlan, who plays the Undead Prophet disciple Simon Monroe.
We're reunited with Kieren Walker in the now seemingly PDS-friendly world of Roarton. Our hero is keeping his head down, working soul-destroying shifts in the Legion pub and squirrelling money into his "escape fund." Only problem is, he can't escape himself.

In the wider world, tensions are reigniting. The radical Pro-Living Party, Victus, is gaining government seats, prompting a backlash of PDS extremism connected to the Undead Liberation Army. Kieren is worried sick when Victus MP Maxine Martin enters the village, ostensibly offering her condolences in the wake of a brutal ULA tram attack. She can barely conceal her disappointment at what she sees in the Legion: PDS Sufferers and the Living happily rubbing shoulders. Not to mention Kieren himself behind the bar. She recoils in disgust from his cold touch. When Maxine violently clashes with Vicar Oddie, it seems Kieren was right to worry . . . Danger from the outside world is encroaching.

Kieren's overjoyed by the return of his BDFF (best dead friend forever), the irrepressible Amy Dyer - but his delight is cut short by a tense encounter with Amy's opinionated "beau", ULA member Simon. Kieren warns them both not to rock the boat in Roarton. However, they have other plans in mind, choosing to enter the Legion barefaced and wearing the clothes they were buried in. When they reveal the prejudice and hatred still bubbling under the surface in Roarton - not least from Gary Kendal - Kieren knows he needs to leave the village. Now.

A trailer for series 2 is available to watch below:


and a teaser has also been released:





FILTER: - In The Flesh

In The Flesh nominated for BAFTAs as series 2 details announcedBookmark and Share

Monday, 7 April 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
The BBC Three zombie drama In The Flesh was nominated for two TV BAFTAs today, including Leading Actor for first-time nominee Luke Newberry as Partially Deceased Syndrome sufferer Kieren Walker.

He faces opposition from Dominic West (Burton and Taylor), Sean Harris (Southcliffe) and Jamie Dornan (The Fall).

The show has also been nominated in the Mini-Series category, with Southcliffe, The Great Train Robbery and The Fall also vying for the gong, and follows creator Dominic Mitchell's nomination for a BAFTA Television Craft Award for Best Writer, which he will be hoping to win against Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch), Sally Wainwright (Last Tango In Halifax) and Dennis Kelly (Utopia).

The BAFTA Television Crafts awards ceremony takes place on Sunday 27th April and the TV BAFTAs will be held on Sunday 18th May.

Series two of In The Flesh, comprising six episodes, is to be shown on BBC Three in the first week of May, the BBC said today. The first series will be repeated on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer on Sunday 12th April.

Critically-acclaimed creator Dominic Mitchell reignites the world of teenager Kieren Walker, a PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferer who continues in his struggle to find acceptance in the second series of the award-nominated BBC Three drama In The Flesh.

Over six episodes, In The Flesh propels us back to the hotbed of Roarton nine months on, where the living and the undead have reached a fragile peace. Partially Deceased Syndrome sufferer, Kieren (Luke Newberry) is still struggling to find self-acceptance, and is keeping his head down, squirrelling money into his "escape fund" for Paris. Only problem is, he can't escape himself.

In the wider world, fear is in the air, provoked by radical Pro-Living Party Victus and extremism linked to the Undead Liberation Army. Scarier still, there are whispers about a Second Rising.

When explosive characters from both Victus and the ULA descend on Roarton, Kieren's dreams of escape are thrown into disarray. Victus MP Maxine Martin (Wunmi Mosaku) is stirring up anti-PDS sentiment in the village, while charismatic ULA disciple Simon (Emmett J Scanlan) wants Kieren to stay for different reasons altogether.

As Kieren increasingly finds himself in Maxine and Simon's crossfire, tensions reignite within the Walker family, where schoolgirl Jem (Harriet Cains) is facing her own demons, struggling to come to terms with vivid flashbacks from her time in the HVF (Human Volunteer Force). Kieren's only saving grace is the return of his old hunting partner Amy Dyer (Emily Bevan), but has his happy-go-lucky BDFF (Best Dead Friend Forever) been radicalised by the ULA?

As the series progresses, we follow Kieren, his friends and family, as he wrestles with his identity and his own and other people's beliefs. One thing's for certain: a quiet life is no longer an option.

Video interviews with Newberry and Mitchell to promote series 2 were released by the BBC today:






The BAFTA nominations echo plaudits from other parts of the industry - the series was also shortlisted for the MIND Media Awards 2013, Best Drama Serial at RTS, Best Drama Serial at Broadcast Awards and Innovation in Multiplatform at RTS North West - while Mitchell was named one of the 17 BAFTA Breakthrough Brits last year.

BBC Three controller Zai Bennett said:
Not only is BBC Three the most-watched digital channel in the hours it's on air, we're also the most BAFTA-nominated digital channel this year with six nominations, two of which are for the extraordinary In The Flesh which returns to BBC Three next month. I couldn't be prouder of the team, the producers, storytellers, actors and presenters who make BBC Three the ground-breaking, award-winning, incredible channel it is.




FILTER: - In The Flesh - Awards/Nominations