The BBC have revealed that an adaptation of The Last Song, the award winning novel by Andrea Levy, is in the works. The story, set in Jamaica, focuses on the dying days of slavery there. The three parter will be written by Sarah Williams and produced by Heyday Television.
The Last Song follows a strong-willed young female slave (July) on a Jamaican plantation in the 19th century. She is a natural survivor, who begins her story as a slave, but ends it as the mother of a gentleman.
Told from July’s perspective as she looks back over her life, the tone is funny, defiant and indomitable.
Three hundred years of slavery finally came to a chaotic end on the British-ruled Caribbean island in 1838. It is a shameful and rarely-acknowledged part of British colonial history. And though Abolition may have been the first step on the road to racial equality, it is a very long road and one upon which we still travel today.
But far from being a harrowing tale of violence and misery that one might expect from such a history, The Long Song is in fact a story of hope, passion and determination, full of insight and humour.
Above all, it’s a powerful story about love and survival, with vivid set pieces of social unrest and turmoil, and characters who change and develop in unpredictable ways. It’s also a story about the injustices which humans inflict upon each other, and the unexpected ways in which people’s humanity sometimes overrules their prejudices.
Novelist Andrea Levy, says: “I am particularly happy to have my novel, The Long Song, adapted by Heyday and the BBC. This untold story from Britain’s complex past in the Caribbean will be a period drama like no other.”
Screenwriter Sarah Williams, says: “I’m thrilled to be adapting Andrea’s powerful novel. It’s a cracking good story told from a female point of view and also serves as a tribute to the wit, ingenuity and resilience of generations of British slaves in Jamaica.”
David Heyman, Executive Producer and Heyday Television Founder, said: “Andrea Levy’s revelatory novel The Long Song cries out for dramatisation, uncovering as it does a wholly unexplored side to our history. It’s a novel full of surprise and unpredictable twists, upending any easy stereotypes of slave and master. We’re delighted that writer Sarah Williams has been able to capture the wit and verve of Andrea’s fiercely original heroine, July. And we’re excited to be making this for the BBC, with our partners at NBCUniversal International.”
Executive Producers are David Heyman and Rosie Alison for Heyday Television, and Elizabeth Kilgarriff for BBC One, alongside Andrea Levy and Sarah Williams. Roopesh Parekh serves as producer and the series will be distributed by NBCUniversal International Distribution.
ITV2, Survival of the Fittest, Laura Whitmore to Host
ITV2 have announced a new reality entertainment series called Survival of the Fittest that is to be hosted by Laura Whitmore.
The series, which will be made on the South African savannah, will see Laua welcome two teams of young, hot singles to The Lodge, where they will live together under the searing African sun. Laura will also present all of the main events from South Africa before announcing the winners at the end of the series.
Across the series, the two teams will battle it out in daily physical and mental challenges to determine which sex comes out on top.
Award winning comedian, Brennan Reece, will provide the voiceover for the nightly shows which will update viewers with the latest action from The Lodge.
Laura said: “I’m absolutely buzzing to be part of the Survival of the Fittest team. The ITV family always manages to come up with exciting and innovative formats and this brand new show is the ultimate Boys versus Girls. Having worked on five series of I’m a Celeb… I didn’t think that it was possible to find a backdrop as exotic as the Jungle – cue the African Savannah. I can’t wait to get out there, bring on the battle of the sexes!”
Brennan said: “I am so excited to be a part of the show. The closest I have ever come to being on Safari was a school trip to Chester Zoo one November, no one wants to see a crocodile shiver.”
Survival of the Fittest will be an ITV Studios and Motion Content Group production for ITV2. It was ordered by Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions, Paul Mortimer and will be overseen by Commissioning Editor for Factual Entertainment, Amanda Stavri. Creative Director of Entertainment Richard Cowles will head up the series for ITV Studios and it will be executive produced by Andy Cadman with Martin Oxley Executive Producer for Motion Content Group.
Bruce: A Celebration airs BBC One, Next Feb
On Wednesday 21 February 2018, the day before what would have been his 90th birthday, BBC Studios is staging a very special event to honour one of this country’s biggest and best-loved entertainers and broadcasters, Sir Bruce Forsyth. The show will be broadcast on BBC One at a later date.
Filmed at the London Palladium – the theatre which helped propel Sir Bruce to stardom – the hour long celebration will have music, dance, entertainment and comedy at its heart. As well as featuring some of Sir Bruce’s favourite songs, the show will also include dance performances and onstage tributes and fond memories of Sir Bruce from guests with whom he shared a special connection. The unparalleled Dave Arch and his Strictly Come Dancing band and vocalists will be onstage to accompany performances.
Charlotte Moore, Director of Content says: “I couldn’t think of a more fitting tribute to our dear friend Bruce than this celebration at the Palladium – a theatre he so loved. Bruce was such a favourite with the BBC One audience who I know will savour this hour of entertainment, music and commemoration of a true showbiz legend.”
Bruce: A Celebration (1×60’) is a BBC Studios production for BBC One. Commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director, Content and Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning, the executive producer for BBC Studios is Guy Freeman, Editor, Special Events with Ian Wilson as consulting producer. The series producer is Cerrie Frost and the commissioning editor is Jo Wallace.
Golden Globes 2018 nominations announced, HBO lead the way
The 75th Annual Golden Globe(R) Awards Nominees have been announced and on the TV front it’s once again Pay TV and Streaming leading the way. HBO top the board with 12 nominations and their show Big Little Lies tops the list at 6 individual nominations including Best Limited Series, Best actress in a limited series and best supporting actress in a limited series. FX also scored big with 4 nominations for Feud: Betty and Joan and 3 for Fargo. Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale also scored three nominations. Netflix meanwhile managed two Best TV series nominations, one for Stranger Things and one for The Crown.
The full run down of TV nominations is below.
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
a. THE CROWN NETFLIX Left Bank Pictures / Sony Pictures Television
b. GAME OF THRONES HBO HBO Entertainment / Bighead, Littlehead / Television 360 / Startling Television
c. THE HANDMAID’S TALE HULU MGM
d. STRANGER THINGS NETFLIX Netflix
e. THIS IS US NBC 20thCentury Fox Television
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
a. CAITRIONA BALFE OUTLANDER
b. CLAIRE FOY THE CROWN
c. MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL THE DEUCE
d. KATHERINE LANGFORD 13 REASONS WHY
e. ELISABETH MOSS THE HANDMAID’S TALE
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
a. JASON BATEMAN OZARK
b. STERLING K. BROWN THIS IS US
c. FREDDIE HIGHMORE THE GOOD DOCTOR
d. BOB ODENKIRK BETTER CALL SAUL
e. LIEV SCHREIBER RAY DONOVAN
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
a. BLACK-ISH ABC ABC Studios
b. THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL AMAZON Amazon Studios
c. MASTER OF NONE NETFLIX Universal Television / Oh Brudder Productions / Alan Yang Productions / Fremulon Productions / 3 Arts Entertainment
d. SMILF SHOWTIME ABC Signature Studios / SupahSmaht, Inc / Quantity Entertainment / Groundswell Productions
e. WILL & GRACE NBC Universal Television
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
a. PAMELA ADLON BETTER THINGS
b. ALISON BRIE GLOW
c. RACHEL BROSNAHAN THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
d. ISSA RAE INSECURE
e. FRANKIE SHAW SMILF
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
a. ANTHONY ANDERSON BLACK-ISH
b. AZIZ ANSARI MASTER OF NONE
c. KEVIN BACON I LOVE DICK
d. WILLIAM H. MACY SHAMELESS
e. ERIC MCCORMACK WILL & GRACE
BEST TELEVISION LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
a. BIG LITTLE LIES HBO HBO Entertainment / David E. Kelly Productions / Pacific Standard / Blossom Films
b. FARGO FX MGM Television / FX Productions
c. FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN FX Fox 21 Television Studios
d. THE SINNER USA NETWORK Universal Cable Productions
e. TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL SUNDANCETV SeeSaw Films
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
a. JESSICA BIEL THE SINNER
b. NICOLE KIDMAN BIG LITTLE LIES
c. JESSICA LANGE FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
d. SUSAN SARANDON FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
e. REESE WITHERSPOON BIG LITTLE LIES
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
a. ROBERT DE NIRO THE WIZARD OF LIES
b. JUDE LAW THE YOUNG POPE
c. KYLE MACLACHLAN TWIN PEAKS
d. EWAN MCGREGOR FARGO
e. GEOFFREY RUSH GENIUS
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
a. LAURA DERN BIG LITTLE LIES
b. ANN DOWD THE HANDMAID’S TALE
c. CHRISSY METZ THIS IS US
d. MICHELLE PFEIFFER THE WIZARD OF LIES
e. SHAILENE WOODLEY BIG LITTLE LIES
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
a. DAVID HARBOUR STRANGER THINGS
b. ALFRED MOLINA FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
c. CHRISTIAN SLATER MR. ROBOT
d. ALEXANDER SKARSGARD BIG LITTLE LIES
e. DAVID THEWLIS FARGO
NOMINATIONS BY TELEVISION NETWORK
TELEVISION NETWORK NOMINATIONS
USA Network 3
National Geographic 1
NOMINATIONS BY TELEVISION SERIES OR PROGRAM
TELEVISION SERIES OR PROGRAM NOMINATIONS
Big Little Lies 6
Feud: Bette and Joan 4
The Handmaid’s Tale 3
This Is Us 3
The Crown 2
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 2
Master of None 2
The Sinner 2
Stranger Things 2
Will & Grace 2
The Wizard of Lies 2
13 Reasons Why 1
Better Call Saul 1
Better Things 1
The Deuce 1
Game of Thrones 1
The Good Doctor 1
I Love Dick 1
Mr. Robot 1
Ray Donovan 1
Top Of The Lake: China Girl 1
Twin Peaks 1
The Young Pope 1
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