The Night Manager makes new hires

A host of top names have joined the cast of The Night Manager.

The BBC One/AMC adaptation of John le Carré’s novel began production last month.

And joining the espionage drama are David Harewood, Neil Morrissey, Katherine Kelly, and Tobias Menzies.

The cast already includes Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander, and Elizabeth Debicki.

Produced by The Ink Factory, The Night Manager tells the story of former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston) who is recruited by an intelligence operative named Burr (Colman) to navigate the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington where an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade.To infiltrate the inner circle of lethal arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper (Laurie), which includes girlfriend Jed (Debicki) and an associate named Corcoran (Hollander), Pine must himself become a criminal.Adapted by David Farr, the executive producers are Stephen Cornwell, Simon Cornwell, Stephen Garrett, David Farr, and Polly Hill. The producer is Rob Bullock.

The miniseries is due to air in 2016.

ITV’s Mr Selfridge back for fourth season

ITV period drama Mr Selfridge has been commissioned for a fourth season.

Ten new episodes of the series have been ordered for 2016.

Mr Selfridge

Mr Selfridge

Jeremy Piven stars as the charismatic American retail entrepreneur Harry Gordon Selfridge, the man behind the world-famous Selfridges department store in London.

The fourth season will focus on his dramatic fall as he loses hold on the empire and social status he created.

Katherine Kelly, Tom Goodman-Hill, Ron Cook, Amanda Abbington, Amy Beth Hayes, Trystan Gravelle, Sacha Parkinson, and Samuel West will also return.

Helen Raynor is the lead writer alongside Kate O’Riordan, James Payne, Matt Jones, Hamish Wright, and Ben Morris.

Lindy Woodhead, the author of Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge, the book that inspired the series, continues as an advisor.

Dominic Barlow will return as series producer and ITV Studios’ Kate Lewis will executive produce with Raynor, and Rebecca Eaton.

Mr Selfridge is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

The third season will have its US premiere on March 29 on Masterpiece on PBS.

PBS back for more Mr Selfridge

US public broadcaster PBS has picked up the second season of period drama Mr Selfridge.

Mr Selfridge

Mr Selfridge

The show, which is commissioned by UK broadcaster ITV, will appear as part of PBS’ Masterpiece strand when it airs in 2014.

Mr Selfridge stars Jeremy Piven as the eponymous flamboyant American entrepreneur who opens a world-famous department store in London.

The cast also includes Frances O’Connor, Aisling Loftus, Katherine Kelly, Grégory Fitoussi, Trystan Gravelle, Amanda Abbington, Tom Goodman-Hill, Ron Cook, Polly Walker, Cal Macaninch and Aidan McArdle.

It is a ITV Studios and Masterpiece coproduction and is based on the book Shopping, Seduction & Mr Selfridge by Lindy Woodhead. The writers are Kate Brooke, Kate O’Riordan, Dan Sefton and Andrew Davies.

The producers are Cherry Gould and Piven, and the executive producers are Kate Lewis, Brooke, O’Riordan, Davies and Rebecca Eaton.

Season two, which is currently filming, is due to air on ITV early next year.

Source: PBS / Futon Critic