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.

 

BBC takes War and Peace to US

BBC One’s adaptation of War and Peace has been picked up in the US.

War and Peace

War and Peace

Lifetime, A&E and History will all screen the series, which is based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel and written by Andrew Davies.

The six-hour series stars Paul Dano, Lily James, James Norton, Jim Broadbent, Gillian Anderson, Rebecca Front, and Kenneth Cranham.

Stephen Rea, Ade Edmondson, Greta Scacchi, Jack Lowden, Tom Burke, and Aisling Loftus have also joined the cast.

War and Peace is produced by BBC Cymru Wales Drama, in partnership with The Weinstein Company, BBC Worldwide, and Lookout Point.

Faith Penhale and Bethan Jones executive produce with Davies, Harvey Weinstein, Robert Walak, and Simon Vaughan. The producer is Julia Stannard.

War and Peace will air in 2016.

PBS acquires more Last Tango in Halifax

US public broadcaster PBS has picked up the third season of British drama Last Tango in Halifax.

Last Tango in Halifax

Last Tango in Halifax

The six-part season continues the story of love-struck septuagenarians Alan and Celia, who rediscover their love 60 years after they first met.

Anne Reid and Derek Jacobi lead the cast, which also includes Sarah Lancashire, Nicola Walker, Tony Gardner, Dean Andrews, Nina Sosanya, Ronni Ancona, and Josh Bolt.

It is written by Sally Wainwright and produced by Red Production Company.

The producers is Karen Lewis, with executive producers Wainwright, Nicola Shindler, and Matthew Read.

Season three debuts on PBS on June 28.

Last Tango in Halifax is distributed by BBC Worldwide.

BBC One summons The Coroner

Claire Goose and Matt Bardock will head the cast of a new daytime drama for BBC One.

Claire Goose

Claire Goose

The Coroner follows Jane (Goose), a high-flying solicitor, who after another failed relationship, returns to the small seaside town she escaped as a teenager to take up the post of Coroner. She finds herself forced to work with Davey (Bardock), the boy who broke her heart and is now local Detective Sergeant.

Each episode will contain a new story in which Jane and Davey work together to solve any sudden, violent or explained deaths in Lighthaven, based on Salcombe in Devon.

The cast also includes Grace Hogg-Robinson, Oliver Gomm, Beatie Edney, and Ivan Kaye.

The Coroner was created by writer Sally Abbott. Additional writers include Ann Marie Di Mambro, Al Smith, David Bowker, Dan Muirden, Kit Lambert, Matthew Cooke, and Vincent Lund.

It is produced by BBC Birmingham Drama Village, in collaboration with distributor BBC Worldwide.

The development producer is Ceri Meyrick, the producer is Sandra Maclver, and the series producer is Sam Hill.

The series will begin filming this month and air in 2016.

BBC Worldwide builds Banished sales

Broadcasters in Mexico, Poland, and Israel have picked up rights to Jimmy McGovern’s latest drama, Banished.

Banished

Banished

VEO in Mexico, TVP in Poland, and Cellcom in Israel have acquired the seven-part series, which is based on the lives of the inhabitants of the first penal colony in Sydney.

YLE in Finland and HRT in Croatia have also bought the show, which is distributed by BBC Worldwide.

Banished was commissioned by BBC Two in the UK and BBC First in Australia.

The historical drama, set in 1787, stars Russell Tovey, Julian Rhind-Tutt, MyAnna Burling, and David Wenham.

It is produced by RSJ Films and Seesaw Films.

Sundance Channel Global takes dramas worldwide

Sundance Channel Global is building its drama slate with the addition of two new series.

Season two of SundanceTV’s The Red Road (6×60′) has been picked up from Entertainment One and will debut less than 24 hours after its US debut in Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, and European countries including France, Iberia, Benelux, Poland and CEE.

The Red Road

The Red Road

Meanwhile, BBC Two and SundanceTV’s political thriller The Honourable Woman (8×60′), bought from BBC Worldwide, will air in Asia, along with The Great Train Robbery (2×90′), from Content Media.

The Honourable Woman

The Honourable Woman

Sundance Channel Global is owned by AMC Networks International.

Duff leads From Darkness

Anne-Marie Duff will lead the cast of BBC One’s psychological drama From Darkness.

BBC One

BBC One

The 4×60′ series, written by Katie Baxendale, stars Duff as Claire Church, a former police officer who left the Greater Manchester Police after the impact of violence became too overwhelming for her to continue.

But as four bodies from her past investigations are unearthed, she finds herself pulled back into the world she thought she’d left behind.

It is produced by BBC Drama Production North, with Hilary Martin and Oliver Kent executive producing. The producer is Helen Ziegler.

ITV names Unforgotten cast

ITV has unveiled the cast for its forthcoming six-part crime drama Unforgotten.

ITV

ITV

Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar will line up alongside Trevor Eve, Bernard Hill, Ruth Sheen, and Tom Courtenay.

The series, written by Chris Lang, focuses on a 39-year-old murder case when the bones of a young man are found beneath the footings of a demolished house. An investigation begins that will unravel the lives of four people who have been waiting for this moment for nearly 40 years, as they discover that the past can’t, and won’t, stay buried for ever.

Walker and Bhaskar will play DCI Cassie Stuart and DS Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan, the modern-day police team who gradually unravel deep-rooted and long-forgotten secrets, which will have a dramatic impact on their investigation and the lives of four potential suspects – Father Robert Greaves (Hill), Sir ‘Frank’ Philip Cross (Eve), Lizzie Wilton (Sheen), and Eric Slater (Courtenay).

Tim Bradley produces for Mainstreet Pictures. Lang, Sally Haynes, and Laura Mackie executive produce. BBC Worldwide will distribute the series.

Unforgotten, which was previously known as The Forgotten, will begin filming from mid-March.

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.