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The Great returns to Channel 4 for a second series

The Great returns to Channel 4 for a second series

The hit Emmy-nominated series “The Great,” starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, returns to Channel 4 this summer for a second series, which now sees Catherine finally taking the Russian throne for her own – but she will quickly learn that dethroning her husband was just the beginning.

Catherine must now face the realities of ‘liberating’ a country that doesn’t want to be free. Her fight to bring enlightenment to Russia will mean battling her own court and those closest to her, including her own mother, played by guest star Gillian Anderson (“The Crown”).

She will also battle her own heart as she continues to navigate her relationship with Peter. Ultimately, Catherine will learn that to change a country, you must let it change you, that there is a fine line between idealism and delusion, and that becoming ‘Great’ will ask more of her than she could have imagined.

The series stars Elle Fanning as Catherine, Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox, Adam Godley, Gwilym Lee, Charity Wakefield, Douglas Hodge, Sacha Dhawan, Bayo Gbadamosi and Belinda Bromilow.

“The Great” is created, written and executive produced by Tony McNamara and executive produced by Marian Macgowan, Mark Winemaker, Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Echo Lake’s Brittany Kahan Ward, Doug Mankoff and Andrew Spaulding, Thruline’s Josh Kesselman and Ron West, and Matt Shakman. The project is produced by Civic Center Media in association with MRC Television. “The Great” is distributed internationally by Paramount Global Distribution Group.

The series has garnered notable awards recognition since its U.S. debut in 2020, including multiple Emmy, SAG Award, Critics Choice Awards and Golden Globe nominations. “The Great” has also been nominated for four Writers Guild Awards, with Tony McNamara winning for Episodic Comedy in 2021.

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Daniel Lawrence Taylor comedy drama Boarders commissioned for BBC Three

Daniel Lawrence Taylor comedy drama Boarders commissioned for BBC Three

Boarders, a brand new coming-of-age comedy drama created by Bafta nominated Daniel Lawrence Taylor (Timewasters), has been commissioned for BBC Three and BBC iPlayer.

The six-part series produced by Studio Lambert (The Nest, Three Girls) in association with All3Media International follows the lives of five underprivileged black students from inner-city London who win scholarships to an elite boarding school.

Stepping out of the urban metropolis and into a world they can only describe as something out of Harry Potter, our leads will experience the highs and lows of boarding school: learning about themselves, their identity and what life on the other side looks like – which they discover is nothing like life in zone three.

From fun and independence to pressure and competition, first crushes, forging friendships and making enemies, Boarders will look at the experience of going to a top public school from a unique perspective. These kids may be outsiders but they’re determined to prove themselves – and shake things up along the way. The new boarders have arrived.

Creator and lead writer Daniel Lawrence Taylor says: “As the Black Lives Matter movement continues to grow momentum, and the world is becoming more aware of black struggles in white institutions, a show like Boarders has never been more relevant or ripe for comedy. Working with Studio Lambert and the BBC has been an absolute joy, and I’ve also bagged myself some of the most exciting Black British voices to help me bring this show to the screen.”

Susan Hogg, Head of Drama, Studio Lambert, says: “We are so excited to bring this bold and original series to BBC Three and BBC iPlayer. Daniel has the courage to tackle a tough premise through the lens of comedy. Boarders is at once heartfelt and hilarious.”

Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three, says: “We couldn’t be happier that Boarders will be coming to BBC Three and to be working with Daniel and this fantastic team of writers. He is an incredible talent and like the best series do, we know this one will make audiences laugh and will leave them thinking.”

Daniel is an award-winning writer/performer. He created, wrote and starred in Timewasters for which he was nominated for a Bafta for best scripted comedy, and won the 2018 Royal Television Society award for Best Breakthrough. He was also a 2018 Bafta Breakthrough Brit.

Joining Daniel in the Boarders writers room will be Emma Dennis-Edwards, Yemi Oyefuwa and Ryan Calais Cameron. The series will be script edited by Missy Howard.

Boarders (6×45’) has been commissioned by Ben Irving, Acting Director of Drama, and Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three. It will be Executive Produced by Daniel Lawrence Taylor, Susan Hogg and Maddie Sinclair for Studio Lambert, and Ayela Butt and Gaynor Holmes for the BBC.

All3Media International is distributing Boarders globally.

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Casting announced for Beyond Paradise

Casting announced for Beyond Paradise

Death In Paradise spin-off Beyond Paradise is a new, original drama which picks up Humphrey and Martha’s story as they navigate a new life together in the idyll of rural Britain.

Filming has begun on brand-new Death in Paradise spin-off series, Beyond Paradise in South-West England this week.

Co-commissioned by the BBC and BritBox International, and reuniting Kris Marshall and Sally Bretton in the lead roles, Beyond Paradise is a new, original drama which picks up Humphrey and Martha’s story as they navigate a new life together in the idyll of rural Britain.

Joining Kris and Sally are Zahra Ahmadi (The Bay, Tracey Ullman’s Show) as DS Esther Williams, Dylan Llewellyn (Big Boys, Derry Girls) who will be playing PC Kelby Hartford and Felicity Montagu (This Time with Alan Partridge, Landscapers, Vanity Fair) playing office support civilian, Margo Martins.

Seeking a quieter life away from the stress of the city, Humphrey (Marshall) has taken a job as a Detective Inspector in fiancée Martha’s (Bretton) hometown. However, they soon find that country life is anything but peaceful and Humphrey can’t help but be distracted by the town’s surprisingly high crime rate with a new, and very different, case challenging him and the team each week.

Created by Robert Thorogood and Tony Jordan, Beyond Paradise is a co-commission between the BBC and BritBox International and will be produced by Red Planet Pictures, part of the Asacha Media Group.

Founder and Executive Chairman of Red Planet Pictures, Jordan, will act as showrunner and lead a team of writers working across the 6×60 series. Jordan, Tim Key and Belinda Campbell will be executive producers for Red Planet Pictures, and Diederick Santer and Tommy Bulfin will executive produce for BritBox International and BBC respectively. BBC Studios brokered the co-production deal with Britbox International and will handle international distribution. The series is produced by Lindsay Hughes and directed by Sandy Johnson.

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Tulin Ulkutay Eris appointed as BBC Children’s and Education Head of Business

Tulin Ulkutay Eris appointed as BBC Children’s and Education Head

She will be responsible for overseeing the Children’s and Education business and commercial strategy with a particular focus on increasing the value to audiences and return of investments.

Tulin Ulkutay Eris is to join the BBC as she takes up the position of Head of Business for BBC Children’s and Education.

Joining in September, Tulin will be responsible for overseeing the Children’s and Education business and commercial strategy with a particular focus on increasing the value to audiences and return of investments.

She will oversee Children’s and Education departmental budgets, and lead the department’s Production Management and Operations teams.

As a senior multi-disciplinary media and entertainment professional, Tulin’s many years of experience covers both the commercial and creative sides of the children’s media industry.

She specialises in global children’s IPs and character brands and their regional positioning, strategy, management and monetisation through licensing, distribution, marketing and sales across traditional and digital platforms.

Tulin says: “I am thrilled to be joining BBC Children’s and Education, a department with such deep-rooted cultural history, at such an exciting time in its journey. It will be a privilege to help carry the light forward into the digital age, whilst continuing to uphold the mission to ‘Inform, Educate and Entertain’ children of all ages, through world-class content.”

Tulin will report to Patricia Hidalgo, Director of BBC Children’s and Education.

Patricia says: “Tulin’s experience speaks for itself. Her production expertise, commercial background, and deep understanding of children’s content and media, will be key to deliver on our business objectives; to create greater value for our audiences with higher returns to investments across Children’s and Education. We’re delighted she is to join us soon.”

Tulin’s career began in advertising, at McCann Erickson, before joining the London-based family business, Ulkutay Creative. Here she gained in-depth experience servicing the licensing and entertainment industries worldwide. Clients she worked closely with at Ulkutay included Disney, Warner Bros, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network (CN), LEGO, Kellogg’s, BBC, Rainbow and Hasbro.

She was also Senior Creative Producer at Cartoon Network Studios in Abu Dhabi helping to create original content for the Middle Eastern, North African and Turkish regions. She executive produced the local Turkish Cartoon Network animated series ‘Kral Sakir’ for 4 seasons; it subsequently became the #1 rated show on Cartoon Network in the region.

Tulin is presently Commercial Director at Bidaya Media, one of the leading children’s content production companies in MENA, best known for producing Sesame Street and Mansour in the region. Here she is responsible for all commercial initiatives such as licensing and merchandising, distribution and syndication, events, outreach and across digital platforms.

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