Rupert Everett suits up for The Musketeers

Rupert Everett and Matthew McNulty have been cast in the third season of BBC One’s swashbuckling adventure The Musketeers.

Rupert Everett in The Musketeers

Rupert Everett in The Musketeers

Everett will play Philippe Achille, Marquis de Feron, the corrupt Governor of Paris, Head of the Red Guard and illegitimate brother to Louis XIII.

McNulty portrays Lucien Grimaud, a money lender and vicious criminal who clawed his way out of poverty and neglect. Both men go up against the Musketeers and bring chaos and sedition to the monarchy and Paris.

The returning cast includes Luke Pasqualino as d’Artagnan, Tom Burke as Athos, Howard Charles as Porthos, Santiago Cabrera as Aramis, Hugo Speer as Captain Treville, Ryan Gage as King Louis, Alexandra Dowling as Queen Anne, and Tamla Kari as Constance.

The Musketeers is made by BBC Drama Production North and coproduced by distributor BBC Worldwide and BBC America. Jessica Pope is the executive producer, and Matthew Bird is producer.

BBC America takes more Orphan Black

BBC America has ordered a fourth season of its original drama Orphan Black.

Orphan Black

Orphan Black

The conspiracy thriller will return for a ten-part season in 2016, following the conclusion of season three on June 20 this year.

The cast includes Tatiana Maslany, Ari Millen, Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Skyler Wexler, Kevin Hanchard, Evelyne Brochu, Kristian Bruun, Ksenia Solo, Michiel Huisman, Josh Vokey, Zoé De Grand Maison, Justin Chatwin and Kyra Harper.

Produced by Temple Street Productions, the executive producers are Ivan Schneeberg, David Fortier, Graeme Manson, and John Fawcett.

Orphan Black is commissioned by BBC America and Canadian network Space.

It is distributed by BBC Worldwide.

 

Hulu takes AMC series

Hulu will become the exclusive US home of a host of dramas after signing a deal with AMC Networks.

Fear The Walking Dead

Fear The Walking Dead

The agreement includes rights to new and upcoming dramas from AMC, IFC, BBC America, SundanceTV, and WE TV, such as The Walking Dead spin-off Fear The Walking Dead.

Series from AMC Networks will be available on Hulu before each subsequent season’s network premiere.

BBC unveils The Last Kingdom

Here’s the first look at new BBC drama The Last Kingdom.

The Last Kingdom

The Last Kingdom

The series, which will air on BBC Two in the UK and BBC America, is based on Bernard Cornwell’s novels The Saxon Stories and written by Stephen Butchard.

Set in the 9th Century, the separate kingdoms that once made up England have fallen to the invading Vikings. Only the great Kingdom of Wessex – the last kingdom – stands defiant under its visionary King Alfred the Great.

Against this turbulent backdrop, Uhtred (pictured), who loses his Saxon father in battle, is kidnapped by the Vikings and raised as one of their own. Forced to choose between the country of his birth and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are ever tested. Is he Saxon or Viking?

The cast includes Alexander Dreymon, Rutger Hauer, David Dawson, Emily Cox, Matthew Macfadyen, Ian Hart, and Rune Temte.

The Last Kingdom is produced by Carnival Films. The executive producers are Gareth Neame, Nigel Marchant, and Stephen Butchard; the co-executive producer is Nick Murphy; and the producer is Chrissy Skinns.

The eight-part series is currently in production in Hungary and the UK, and will debut later this year.

First look: Tatau

Here’s the first image from Maori-themed drama Tatau.

Tatau

Tatau

The series follows a pair of 20-something friends – Kyle and Paul – from London who are travelling the world looking for sun, fun and adventure.Kyle even gets a Maori tattoo.

While snorkeling in a lagoon, Kyle finds the body of a local girl tied up underwater, dead. But after returning to the lagoon with the police, the corpse has disappeared, and the friends find themselves in world of Maori myths, symbols and visions – until the truth of Kyle’s tattoo is revealed.

It stars Joe Layton, Theo Barklem-Biggs, and Shushila Takao.

Tatau is coproduced by Touchpaper TV and South Pacific Pictures for BBC Three and BBC America.

It is written by Richard Zajdlic, who executive produces with Rob Pursey, John Barnett, Chris Bailey, and Matthew Read. John Rushton is the producer.

The show debuts next month on BBC Three.

Luther special starts production

Luther is back in town.

The no-nonsense detective, played by Idris Elba, is back in front of the cameras for a two-part special due to air on BBC One and BBC America later this year.

Luther

Luther

Pitted against his most chilling adversary yet, haunted by the ghosts of his past and hell-bent on retribution, he’s drawn into a terrifyingly complex case that pushes him closer to the edge than he’s ever been.

Written and created by Neil Cross, the Luther special will also star Rose Leslie, Laura Haddock, Darren Boyd, John Heffernan, and Patrick Malahide, with Michael Smiley and Dermot Crowley returning to the series.

Luther is a BBC Drama Production and BBC America coproduction distributed by BBC Worldwide.

The executive producer is Elizabeth Kilgarriff and the producer is Marcus Wilson.

First image: London Spy

Here’s the first image on Ben Whishaw starring in BBC Two/BBC America coproduction London Spy.

London Spy

London Spy

The five-part miniseries, written by Tom Rob Smith, is the story of a chance romance between two people from different worlds – one from the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service, the other from a world of clubbing and youthful excess.

Alongside Whishaw, the cast includes Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, and Edward Holcroft.

It is produced by Working Title Television.

London Spy will debut in 2015.

Arte traps Wolf Hall

Arte in France and Germany has picked up period drama Wolf Hall.

Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall

It is the latest broadcaster to acquire the 6×60′ series, currently airing on BBC One, from distributor BBC Worldwide.

SVT in Sweden, DR in Denmark, YLE in Finland, and Australia’s BBC First have previously bought the show, while coproducer Masterpiece on PBS will air the series in the US.

Wolf Hall, based on Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bringing up the Bodies, follows the meteoric rise of Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance), in the court of King Henry VIII (Damian Lewis).

The cast also includes Peter Kosminsky, Mark Gatiss, Jonathan Pryce, Colin Callender, Mark Pybus, and Peter Straughan.

It is produced by Company Pictures and Playground Entertainment.

BBC Worldwide’s drama slate also includes:

Banished (7×50′): From writer Jimmy McGovern, this series set in 1787 is based on the lives of the inhabitants of the first penal colony in Sydney. The cast includes MyAnna Buring, Julian Rhind-Tutt, David Wenham, and Russell Tovey. It is produced by RSJ Films and See-Saw Films for BBC First.

Critical (13×45′): This new medical drama penned by Jed Mercurio is set in a major trauma centre that only deals with the most serious cases. It stars Lennie James and is produced by Hat Trick Productions for Sky One.

Orphan Black season three (10×45′): Continuing the series about a woman who discovers she is a clone, starring Tatianya Maslany. It is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with BBC America and Canada’s Space.

The Interceptor (8×50′): A police officer is recruited by UNIT, the Undercover Narcotics Intelligence Team, a top-secret squad brought together to hunt down and bring to justice society’s most ruthless criminals. It is a BBC Drama Production for BBC One in association with BBC Worldwide.

Wallander (3×90′): Kenneth Branagh returns for a final season as Detective Kurt Wallander. It is produced by Left Bank Pictures, Yellow Bird, and TKBC Series for BBC One, coproduced with Masterpiece for PBS, and TV4 in Sweden.

Orphan Black gets five network US launch

AMC Networks will boost the season three premiere of Canadian drama Orphan Black by launching it across its range of channels in the US.

Orphan Black

Orphan Black

The first episode of the new run will debut on April 18 on its US home, BBC America, as well as AMC, IFC, SundanceTV, and WE TV.

The deal comes in the wake of AMC Networks buying into BBC America, which is now jointly operated with BBC Worldwide.

Starring Tatiana Maslany in multiple roles, Orphan Black follows a woman whose life changes when she witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks just like her. She learns that she and the woman were clones, with more like them and must fight for their freedom against the dangerous factions set on capturing them all.

The series is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Space in Canada and BBC America.

It was co-created by writer Graeme Manson and director John Fawcett, and is executive produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier.

Filming on season three continues until March.

It is distributed globally by BBC Worldwide.