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.

Wolf Hall conquers BBC Two

Period drama Wolf Hall has been revealed to be the highest-rating drama on BBC Two for more than a decade.

Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall

The series, based on Hilary Mantel’s historical novels, saw a consolidated audience of 4.4 million viewers across its six episodes.

This is the highest rating for a drama series on BBC Two since current records began in 2002.

Wolf Hall charts the meteoric rise of Thomas Cromwell in the Tudor court, from his lowly start as a blacksmith’s son to Henry VIII’s closest advisor.

It stars Mark Rylance as Cromwell and Damian Lewis as Henry VIII, with Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn.

The series was written by Peter Straughan, and co-producted by Company Pictures and Playground for BBC Two and Masterpiece for PBS in association with BBC Worldwide, and Prescience and Altus Productions.

Colin Callender, John Yorke, Polly Hill, Rebecca Eaton, Martin Rakusen, and Tim Smith executive produce.

Sun doesn’t set on Channel 4’s Indian Summer

It’s only three episodes into its first season.

But Channel 4 has moved quickly to tie up a second season of period drama Indian Summers.

Indian Summers

Indian Summers

The new ten-part season, due to air in 2016, will be set in Simla during the summer of 1935, three years after the current season.

Indian Summers was created and written by Paul Rutman, and is produced by New Pictures. Charlie Pattinson and Rebecca Eaton executive produce. Indira Varma is the co-executive producer.

It is coproduced with Masterpiece on PBS, which airs the series in the US, and is distributed worldwide by All3M International.

BBC bags Sherlock stars for fourth run

They may both now be Hollywood stars but Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will find time in their schedule to reunite for a fourth season of detective drama Sherlock.

Sherlock

Sherlock

BBC One has ordered a one-off special, which is expected to air at Christmas 2015, followed by three new episodes, likely to premiere in 2016.

Sherlock, produced by Hartswood Films, is written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Sherlock is produced by Sue Vertue and the executive producers are Beryl Vertue, Gatiss, Moffat, Bethan Jones, and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece for PBS in the US.

Shooting on the special will begin in January 2015, with the series shooting later next year.

Cast books Indian Summers

Julie Walters will lead the cast for Channel 4 and PBS’s forthcoming historical drama Indian Summers.

Channel 4

Channel 4

Walters will be joined on-screen by Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Jemima West, Nikesh Patel, Roshan Seth, Lillete Dubey, Alexander Cobb, Craig Parkinson, Fiona Glascott, Amber Rose Revah, Aysha Kala, Olivia Grant and Edward Hogg.

The ten-part series is set in 1932 against the Himalayas and tea plantations of northern India, and tells the story of the decline of the British Empire and the birth of modern India, from both sides of the experience.

Filming will take place this summer with the series due to be broadcast on Channel 4 in 2015.

Produced by New Pictures for Channel 4 in the UK and coproduced by Masterpiece on PBS in the US, it is written by Paul Rutman and directed by Anand Tucker.

The producer is Dan McCulloch and executive producers are Charlie Pattinson, Elaine Pyke, Simon Curtis and Rebecca Eaton. Indira Varma is the co-executive producer.

Indian Summers will be distributed internationally by All3Media International.

Mr Selfridge gets third run

ITV will return to Mr Selfridge for a third season.

Mr Selfridge

Mr Selfridge

The period drama about the beginnings of London’s flagship department store, starring Jeremy Piven as the title character, will have a new ten-episode run in 2015.

Filming for the new series, which is set in 1919, ten years after the store first opens, will begin in April.

Kate Brooke will return as the lead writer alongside Kate O’Riordan and Helen Raynor. Lindy Woodhead, author of Shopping Seduction and Mr Selfridge, the book that inspired the series, will also continue as an advisor on retail history.

The ITV Studios series will be produced by Dominic Barlow, and executive produced by Brooke, O’Riordan, Kate Lewis and Rebecca Eaton.

Mr Selfridge is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Season two will have its US premiere on March 30 on Masterpiece on PBS.

Wolf Hall is a Masterpiece for PBS

The forthcoming BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s historical novels Wolf Hall and Bringing Up The Bodies will air in the US as part of PBS’s Masterpiece strand.

The six-part series will follow the rise of Thomas Cromwell, played by Mark Rylance, in the Tudor court, from his start as the son of a blacksmith to becoming King Henry VIII’s closest advisor.

Director Peter Kosminsky will helm the series, which is written by Peter Straughan.

Filming will begin in spring 2014 and it will air in 2015.

Wolf Hall is coproduced by Company Pictures and Playground Entertainment for BBC Two and PBS in association BBC Worldwide.

Polly Hill, the BBC’s head of independent drama, will executive produce with Rebecca Eaton for PBS and Martin Rakusen and Ben Donald for BBC Worldwide, Colin Callender for Playground Entertainment and John Yorke for Company Pictures.

Channel 4 and PBS enjoy Indian Summer

Channel 4 in the UK and US network PBS will coproduce a period drama about the final years of British colonial rule in India.

Set in 1932, Indian Summers (10×60′) will tell the story of the decline of the British Empire and the birth of modern India, seen from British and Indian perspectives.

The drama is the first Channel 4 commission from New Pictures and will be coproduced by Masterpiece on PBS.

It is created and written by Paul Rutman and will be directed by Simon Curtis. The executive producers are Charlie Pattinson and Simon Curtis, with Rebecca Eaton. Indira Varma is the co-executive producer.

Indian Summers will be distributed internationally by All3Media International.

Production will begin next year.

Source: Channel 4

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

PBS gets Breathless

US public broadcaster PBS’s Masterpiece has signed a deal to coproduce forthcoming ITV drama Breathless.

PBS Masterpiece

PBS Masterpiece

The deal, completed by distributor ITV Studios Global Entertainment, sees PBS partner with the UK broadcaster on the 1960s-set medical drama.

It will follow the lives of doctors and nurses working in a London hospital who are driven by love, ambition and sex.

Breathless has been co-created and written by Paul Unwin. It is executive produced by Kate Bartlett for ITV Studios and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece with Paul Unwin.

Source: PBS / Futon Critic