Monday, 22 December 2014

Pivot Sets Jan. 29 Premiere for Stanley Tucci Drama ‘Fortitude’

Pivot has set Jan. 29 as the premiere date for “Fortitude,” the cabler’s first scripted drama.

Starring Stanley Tucci as an expert forensic detective, the Arctic-set psychological thriller explores the small town of Fortitude, as mystery and suspicious grows after a brutal and shocking murder.

The entry into edgy scripted drama territory is a big priority for Pivot, the indie cabler owned by Participant Media that launched in 2013.

“Fortitude” is a co-production with Sky Atlantic and was filmed in Iceland and the U.K. The cast also features Michael Gambon, Richard Dormer, Christopher Eccleston, Sofie Gråbøl, Jessica Raine, Luke Treadaway, Nicholas Pinnock, Verónica Echegui and Johnny Harris.

Click here to watch the trailer.

“Fortitude” will open with a special two-hour episode.

Virginia’s note: Possibly will be the same date for the UK premier too.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Who’s that at Askham?

TELEVISION and film star Christopher Eccleston visited the Queens Head, Askham, while in the area to film a new series called Safe House.
"He had a bite to eat with us and then made our daughter, Katie Norman, very happy by sitting with her for half an hour and chatting to her about his time as the ninth Dr. Who in 2005. Katie is a huge Dr. Who fan and he just happens to be her favourite doctor," said her father, John, who runs the inn with wife Eileen.
Being born in Salford, Chris is a big Manchester United fan and he returned to the Queens Head later in the day to watch a game on television with some of the locals. "All agreed what a really nice guy he was and that he had time for everyone," added John.

Friday, 14 November 2014

The Smiths drummer Mike Joyce to replace Christopher Eccleston at Salford history event

The former Doctor Who was due to join actress Maxine Peake in an afternoon of prose, poetry, and drama at Peel Hall, at Salford University later this month.

Salford star Christopher Eccleston has bowed out of an event telling the story of the city’s radical history.

The former Doctor Who was due to join actress Maxine Peake in an afternoon of prose, poetry, and drama at Peel Hall, at Salford University later this month.

But actor Eccleston, originally from Ellesmere Park, Eccles, will instead be replaced by The Smiths drummer Mike Joyce.

Joining them, will be actress Maxine Peake and writer Sheila Hancock, of the Friends of Salford’s Working Class Movement Library, which is staging the event.

‘Salford Stories and Radical Readings’ is expected to include work by writers associated with the city including ‘Love on the Dole’ author, Walter Greenwood, Shelagh Delaney, and Coronation Street creator, Tony Warren.

Money raised from the event at 2pm on Sunday November 23rd will go towards the upkeep of the library, which houses one of the most important collections of historical material on working class organisations in the country.

Library manager Lynette Cawthra said: “The Working Class Movement Library is sorry to have to announce that Chistopher Eccleston will not be able to take his place on stage with Maxine Peake and Sheila Hancock.

“He apologises to everyone but has not been able to get out of a revised filming schedule.”

Tickets for this fundraising event, are £12 (£8 student concessions), and are available from the University of Salford online shop. For enquiries call 0161 295 5241 or email

Monday, 27 October 2014

Sofie Grabol, Christopher Eccleston and Stanley Tucci star in first full trailer for Fortitude

Michael Gambon, Richard Dormer, Jessica Raine and Sienna Guillory are also among the star-studded cast for the Sky Atlantic drama set to air in 2015

Sofie Grabol, Christopher Eccleston and Stanley Tucci star in first full trailer for Fortitude

We've been excited about Fortitude for a good, long while. First a star-studded cast made up of Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Sofie Grabol, Christopher Eccleston, Jessica Raine and more were announced back in January. And now, following a brief teaser earlier this month, we've got our hands on the 12-part drama's first full trailer. 

Set in the snowy community of Fortitude - dubbed "one of the safest towns on earth" - the drama will chart the fallout of a mysterious murder. Game of Thrones actor Richard Dormer and Tucci will play the Arctic town's sheriff and a detective who are trying to make sense of the violent death. 

And for once, Grabol won't be solving any crimes - she'll play the town's Governor whose regeneration plans are scuppered by the murder - while former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston stars as an English scientist. 

Check out the trailer below...

And have a peak behind-the-scenes of the drama, which was filmed in Iceland:

Monday, 13 October 2014

Update to my Christopher Eccleston website.

Just added an interview taken from Red Magazine, dated September 2002.


This is the photo from said interview. Winking smile
It can be found under the Interviews tab.

Titan Comics To Publish Doctor Who Comics Featuring Christopher Eccleston – The Ninth Doctor


Hannah Means-Shannon is currently liveblogging the Diamond Retailer Breakfast at New York Comic Con.

Which has just just announced in March, a fourth Doctor Who comic book series from Titan Comics, featuring the Ninth Doctor, with the likeness of Christopher Eccleston and also starring Rose and Captain Jack. It will be out for the tenth anniversary of the return of the TV series.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Christopher Eccleston to lead new ITV thriller Safe House

Christopher Eccleston is to the lead the cast of ITV's new drama series Safe House.
The Leftovers actor will play a retired detective in the four-part series, also starring White Collar's Marsha Thomason.

Christopher Eccleston at the World Premiere of Thor: Dark World, at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.

© Rex Features / Ray Tang

Safe House follows Robert (Eccleston) and Katy (Thomason) - a married couple asked by close friend and police officer Mark (Paterson Joseph) to turn their remote guest house into a safe house.
The first 'guests' are a family in fear for their lives, after being violently attacked by a stranger who claims to know them.
18 months previous, Robert was shot trying to protect a star witness due to testify against her gangster husband. Protecting this new family causes the ex-cop to re-examine that terrifying night and soon he uncovers a web of lies.

Jason Merrells (Emmerdale), Nicola Stephenson (Holby City) and Peter Ferdinando (Doctor Who) will also star in the drama, set in the Lake District and inspired by true events.
Safe House - potentially a returnable series for ITV - has been created and written by Michael Crompton (Silent Witness, Kidnap and Ransom). Filming on the series commences today (Monday, October 6).


Radical Readings.

Location : Peel Hall, University of Salford

Start date : 23rd November 2014

End date : 23rd November 2014

Join Christopher Eccleston, Sheila Hancock and Maxine Peake for an afternoon of prose, poetry and drama telling the story of radicalism and revolution and the history of the original "dirty old town".  Expect to be entertained by some of our greatest poets and by many of the writers that we associate with Salford, from Walter Greenwood to Tony Warren and from Robert Roberts to Shelagh Delaney.  Who knows, we may even hear from Henry Hobson, Harold Brighouse's most famous creation.

The event takes place at Peel Hall, Peel Building, University Of Salford, Salford M5 4WU, starting at 2pm.  This is a fundraising event for the Library, and tickets are £12 (£8 student concessions).  Tickets are available from the University of Salford online shop here.  For enquiries please contact the University events team on 0161 295 5241, or email  Please do not contact the Library about tickets.

An event staged in conjunction with the University of Salford - the Library is very grateful for their support.

Please note that Julie Hesmondhalgh, whose name appeared on the initial flyers for the event, is very disappointed no longer to be able to participate due to work commitments in London.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Exclusive Sky interview with Chris.


In The Leftovers, Christopher Eccleston stars as a man of faith who's struggling to come to terms with the sudden disappearance and the implications it has on his religion and his family.

In our exclusive interview, he talks about the show as well as discussing how the third episode, Two Boats And A Helicopter, explores his character.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Fortitude: First look at Sky Atlantic's much-anticipated new TV drama

Sky Atlantic has debuted a first look at its much-anticipated new drama Fortitude on Digital Spy.

Sofie Grabol (The Killing), Christopher Eccleston (The Leftovers) and Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones) feature in the first official cast image.

Fortitude on Sky Atlantic

© Sky Atlantic

Game of Thrones actor Richard Dormer and Harry Potter's Michael Gambon can be seen in a second promo for the crime thriller, which also stars Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) and Johnny Harris (the This Is England series).

Fortitude on Sky Atlantic

© Sky Atlantic

DS also has a behind-the-scenes video teaser, in which Fortitude executive producer Patrick Spence discusses the 12-parter's "unsettling tone".

Teaser on the above website.

Fortitude centres on a mysterious death in the Arctic Circle and has been shot on location in Iceland and the UK.
Devised by Low Winter Sun writer Simon Donald, the series will air on Sky Atlantic in 2015.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Christopher Eccleston and Juliet Stevenson among stars at charity Pinknic in the Park in memory of Highgate teen

Christopher Eccleston and Juliet Stevenson among stars at charity Pinknic in the Park in memory of Highgate teen

Actor Christopher Eccleston judges the Pinknic in the Park's Actor Christopher Eccleston judges the Pinknic in the Park's "bake off" competition with Allie's mother, Lindsay Wylie. Picture: Polly Hancock

Saturday, September 13, 2014 
8:00 AM

The favourite park of a Highgate schoolgirl who died of cancer nearly four years ago glowed pink for a day at a charity picnic to raise thousands of pounds for disadvantaged youngsters in her memory.

Hundreds, including actor Christopher Eccleston, poured into 
Waterlow Park on Saturday for Pinknic in the Park to celebrate the life of 17-year-old Alexandra Wylie, pictured right.

The Channing schoolgirl – known as Allie to her friends – died in 2010 from an incurable form of cancer, but her passion for life inspired her mother to set up the Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation (AWTF) in her name to help children living in poverty in north London.


Highgate actresses Juliet Stevenson and Michelle Collins joined former Doctor Who star Mr Eccleston and a team of volunteers made up of Allie's friends and family to run the third annual Pinknic, which this year raised nearly £12,000.

Allie's mum, Lindsey Wylie, 55, of Gladsmuir Road, Highgate, said: "That park was very special to Alexandra. We used to walk there everyday, and it's in the heart of the community that supports us.

"The one thing I've learnt from Alexandra's death is how wonderful people are. They give time, money and support and through all of that this wonderful event was created."

And the charity's celebrity supporters weren't afraid to get stuck in as Mr Eccleston judged the fête's popular Bake Off competition, while Ms Stevenson and Ms Collins drew a raffle.

Beauty therapists from Allie's Sanctuary, a spa and salon which supports the work of the foundation, were on hand to provide 
relaxing massages and nail painting.

An inflatable adult assault course was also on offer for the park's more adventurous visitors.

Meanwhile, live music from Channing School choir, Chacapella and former X Factor contestant, Lydia Lucy, saw people dancing throughout the afternoon.

All proceeds from the picnic will go towards funding food parcels and cooking lessons for children at the Camden branch of Kids Company, a charity for vulnerable young people.

Lindsey added: "We are very keen to bring healthy, nutritious meals back into children's homes and to provide as much support as we can for families who are really struggling."

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Leftover’s new TX date.

The first season of HBO’s drama series The Leftovers will receive its UK premiere on Sky Atlantic on Tuesday September 16th at 9pm, it has been announced.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Christopher Eccleston on Keeping Quiet About his Religious Beliefs and The Hardest Scene to Shoot in ‘The Leftovers’


Christopher Eccleston
is no stranger to TV — after all, he is the actor who brought Doctor Who back to life after a sixteen year absence and was also on another cult favorite TV series, Heroes — and he recently returned to the small screen in the HBO series The Leftovers. On the series Eccleston portrays Matt Jamison, a former reverend who is distraught and confused about why he wasn’t “chosen” to disappear in a rapture-like event that caused 2% of the world’s population to disappear that happened three years before the start of the series. He spoke to Vulture about why he doesn’t think he should talk about his own religious beliefs and what was the hardest scene to film.

In the past, Eccleston has identified himself as an atheist. When asked how that worldview affects his performance as a former reverend, Eccleston retreats from his earlier statements on religion. He explains why by saying, “You know, I think I said I was an atheist years ago when I was young and headstrong. I don’t know what I would say now. I’d probably say nothing. I actually think it’s quite important when you’re playing a character like this to keep your mouth shut about that. So, I’m keeping my mouth shut.”

He also spoke about the most difficult scene to film, and explains why he doesn’t plan on watching it. He reveals, “The scene where Matt puts his camp bed next to his wife, who is in a semi-vegetative state, and stares at the portrait of Job. That’s his darkest hour. How to pitch that … crumbling was a challenge, and probably one I won’t look at. That was hard. It’s those quiet moments where the camera pulls into you and and you try and open yourself outward … I don’t want to sound too much like an actor here but you know what I mean? Those moments of fragility are the hardest.”

Interview with Christopher Eccleston about Ep 3 of The Leftovers.

  HBO "Two Boats and a Helicopter" gives viewers a window into Rev. Matt Jamison's world, three years after the Departure. What do you think the previous years were like for him?

Chris Eccleston He's almost unlike any other human being because he was so present on the day of the Departure. He was traumatized personally, just with the notion of it - the intellectual, emotional impact of what this may be. And then most of all, of course, was the devastating effect it had on his wife and then his sister, who he's very close to, and the loss of his brother-in-law and his nephew and niece. He experienced huge personal loss, and the whole thing he built his life around - Christianity - is questioned. He loses his flock. He loses his potency in the community, and he loses his sense of meaning, really. Rather than just the ordinary man on the street, he is a man who's taken a spiritual view of life. So he's got more to think about, more to suffer, all while trying to cling to his flock, really. There are a lot of people questioning him and looking to him for leadership.

HBO Rev. Jamison's sanctuary is rather empty. Where is his flock?

Chris Eccleston There probably was a great movement toward the church in the first couple of days, as there always is. But as people have had time to think and reflect about the idea that this was an act of God, I can fully understand that they would turn away from Christianity.

HBO Your character lays there on his fold-out bed and draws inspiration from the painting of Job. Did you research Job?

Chris Eccleston Two or three years ago, before I did the show, I was asked to do a reading at Westminster Cathedral in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury. I was asked to read from the book of Job, when God finally decides to address Job's questions and says, "Who are you to question me? Did you make the sea? Are you responsible for the fish in the sea?" And all that powerful, unbelievable powerful prose. I was very, very struck by it - by the power of that exchange, the first questioning of God by a man, the first existential man in literature, possibly. A year later, I was in a tiny church in Devon, a tiny church with my mother actually, and the Bible was open. I walked up, and it was open at that very page. Then I ended up playing a character that identified with Job. So I've been following him -it's crazy. If you're playing a man of God, you do read the Bible, and you do find meaning in it. It's extraordinary, just simply as a narrative, it's so rich.

HBO Should fans look to the Book of Job to understand Rev. Jamison?

Chris Eccleston People should read the Book of Job. It's an extraordinary piece of literature. I don't think Job is just about Matt Jamison, though. Look at Kevin Garvey and the stuff he's going through. It has to do with suffering and making sense of it. Jamison makes sense of his suffering, finds the positivity in it, and finds a way to go forward, not to just throw himself off a building.

HBO There's a moment where Rev. Jamison digs up a peanut butter jar full of cash from Kevin Garvey, Sr. What's the connection between these two?

Chris Eccleston I'm wondering myself. I refer you to Damon Lindelof. One of the joys for me on this series is that I gave up this idea of complete ownership of a character, which is not the way I was taught in drama school and not the way I worked in the past. But it's a new way of making television that's developed over the past 15 years in America. I don't know what's going to happen to me tomorrow, and I don't know what my reaction is going to be.

There's a freedom in that. It just happens that I trust Damon's sensibility and his respect for his audience and his intelligence. I know I am not going to turn into Batman. Although... interesting idea in Matt Jamison as Batman.

HBO Matt's dream is loaded with backstory. There's a moment where Mary whispers at Matt, "Why do you persist?" What do you make of that?

Chris Eccleston I knew broadly what that was intended to do. The fact that that question is in the mouth of the person he loves most in the world, Mary, makes it very ambiguous and interesting. The very interesting interpretation of dreams is that when we dream, everybody in the dream is actually a version of us. So, perhaps, he was asking himself: Why do you persist? Why don't you just lie down and die? Why do you persist caring for Mary? Why do you persist with your Christianity? Why do you live?

HBO Also in the dream, Mary changes into Laurie Garvey. What should we read into that?

Chris Eccleston It's obviously a way of exploring a character's interior life. We talked a lot on the set about how, when people are deeply traumatized, all of their belief systems come tumbling down, their normal way of behaving, their sexuality, reacts in very strange ways to death and to loss. You could argue that Matt becomes a far more instinctive and animalistic being, certainly if you look at the beating scene. Some of his behavior is wild. To suddenly be, at 3 o'clock in the morning, sneaking into a garden and, suddenly, standing in front of you is Laurie Garvey. It's a very charged moment, and I thought that that moment surfaced in a quasi-sexual dream. Guilt would be attached to it. Matt has lost his physical life with his wife.

HBO This episode ends with Matt Jamison walking up to his former church to find the Guilty Remnant painting the windows white, and Patti Levin staring at him. What's going through his mind in that moment?

Chris Eccleston He thinks that this is the Guilty Remnant's first big mistake - to take a church and deface it. There's no doubt that Christianity is on the ground, but there's nothing like victimization to get something off the ground. He sees huge political capital in them making him an outsider. He's clever, you know, he's clever.

HBO Aimee calls Rev. Jamison "Father Nutballs." How do you feel about that?

Chris Eccleston I want a t-shirt: Team Father Nutballs. I love that. Father Nutballs!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Christopher Eccleston Would Really Like To Be In Heroes Reborn, Yes please.

Like so many eclipses and/or Petrelli-based nuclear explosions, Heroes Reborn is fast approaching and there is nothing we can do about it. But you know what would get a lot of us on board with the NBC series reboot? If they brought back Claude Rains, AKA The Invisible Man — AKA Christopher Eccleston. Yeah. that’d do it.

We know that former Heroes stars Milo Ventimiglia and Hayden Panettiere are not so keen on returning to the franchise, which is putting out a new stand-alone miniseries in 2015 that will supposedly have “some familiar faces” in it. But Eccleston is totally on board for a return.

“Of course, yeah, I had a great time on the show!” Eccleston told MTV News at a red carpet event for his new HBO series, The Leftovers. “Yeah. I’d always be interested. That was a great character. I love that guy.”

Photo of Chris from Fortitude.

This is taken from the Sky leaflet & states that Fortitude is coming 2015.


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

The Leftovers: Sermon Trailer Released Online

HBO has released a new trailer for The Leftovers online.

The Leftovers is the story of what happens after two per cent of Earth’s population suddenly disappears. The new trailer show’s Matt Jamison, played by Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who, Thor: The Dark World) giving a sermon on what he believes the disappearances to mean.

Video here:


Monday, 9 June 2014

Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler and Justin Theroux star in new trailer for HBO's The Leftovers

The new series from Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof is set three years after two per cent of the world's population disappears without a trace

Video here:



Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler and Justin Theroux star in new trailer for HBO's The Leftovers

Written By
Susanna Lazarus
12:13 PM, 09 June 2014

The Leftovers, the new drama from Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof, has debuted its second trailer and this time we get a proper look at Christopher Eccleston's involvement.

The HBO series is set in the town of Mapleton three years after a worldwide Rapture which saw two per cent of the global population – roughly 140 million people – disappear without a trace. The former Doctor Who star plays local preacher Matt Jamison who questions the authenticity of the Rapture, given that so many of the departed were no better than those left behind.

Justin Theroux plays the town's police chief Kevin Garvey who struggles to maintain order as residents grapple with their confusion and grief, while government investigations into what happened continue to draw blanks.

Adapted from the best-selling novel by Tom Perotta, the series also stars Liv Tyler, Paterson Joseph and Carrie Coon and kicks off in the US on June 29, although no word yet on when we'll see it here on Sky Atlantic.

Friday, 6 June 2014

9th Doctor character code for Legacy game.

This is the code to unlock the 9th Doctor in the 'Doctor Who: The Legacy' game on Android & iOS. 
Expires Sunday. 

This Code Adds The Ninth Doctor To Doctor Who: Legacy

by Christian Cawley

From now until Sunday - as part of a larger giveaway spanning five Doctor Who sites - we're giving away the Ninth Doctor and a new look for Doctor Who: Legacy, in association with the game's developers!

This code - unlike last week's - will expire midnight pacific time on Sunday night and there are no limits on its use, meaning that as many of you who want the Ninth Doctor and his alternative look can have him!

All you have to do is open this section below, note down the code and enter it into the Promo screen in Doctor Who: Legacy on your Android or iPhone/iPad.

[spoiler title=Get the Ninth Doctor for Doctor Who: Legacy!]

If you enjoy Doctor Who: Legacy you might be interested in our interview with the game's developers which is available in ourKasterborous Magazine videogames specialor in one of our podKasts from late last year.

Ninth Doctor for Doctor Who: Legacy!

Our work here is done. There are more codes for you to find...

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Saturday, 24 May 2014

Love Letter to Manchester.

Behind the scenes with the creator of BBC1series From There to Here - Peter Bowker. The writer of TV dramas including Occupation, Eric and Ernie and Blackpool reveals how the North West inspires him and actors including Philip Glenister, Chris Eccleston and Sarah Parish explain why he's now in such demand.

Sun 1 Jun 2014 22:55 BBC One NORTH WEST ONLY

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

New TV Spot for Lindelof’s THE LEFTOVERS Includes Christopher Eccleston Scenes.

Even though we were recently given a lovely long (nearly three minutes!) trailer for Damon Lindelof‘s upcoming series The Leftovers, it was completely devoid of any Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who, Thor: The Dark World). Happily (which is ironic, as you’ll see), we get more than one look at the former Doctor in this first TV spot with footage. We also get a couple of other new bits o’ scenes mixed in with some we’ve already seen:

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

The Leftovers on UKTV.

Sky Atlantic have run an advert for The Leftovers saying it's 'coming soon'. 
Good news for Chris' UK fans. 

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Doctor Who Masterpiece Collection Maxi Bust: 9th Doctor

This is gorgeous, I’ve already pre-ordered my copy.


After nine years off the air, Doctor Who relaunched in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston's no-frills, tough-as-nails, energetic Ninth Doctor.

This incredibly-detailed maxi-bust perfectly replicates the straightforward, heroic genius of Eccleston's unforgettable performance as the leather-jacketed man-of-the-people Doctor!

[Doctor Who: Masterpiece Collection Maxi Bust: 9th Doctor (Product Image)]

9th Doctor collected comics to be rereleased in May.

Read in the official DW magazine that they’re going to release all the 9th Doctor comic strips from the magazine plus the stories from the 2005 Doctor Who annual in one collection, the collection is supposed to be released 19th May.

Previously they had only released the collected comics minus the stories from the annual.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Damon Lindelof's The Leftovers has premiere delayed by HBO

HBO has pushed back the premiere date of former Lost writer Damon Lindelof's highly-anticipated new programme The Leftovers.
The Leftovers had been scheduled to air on June 15, but the pay channel is now moving Justin Theroux and Christopher Eccleston's drama series to June 29 at 10pm ET.
The Leftovers centers on a group of suburbanites who are left behind on earth when a Biblical Rapture takes place.
Theroux will play a police chief and father of two, while former Doctor Who star Eccleston has been cast as a former reverend who now publishes his own tabloid.
Amy Brenneman, Ann Dowd, Liv Tyler and Michael Gaston also have roles in The Leftovers.
Production on the series was halted briefly by HBO earlier in April due to scheduling constraints.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

BBC Announces D-Day 70th Anniversary Coverage - Not OT.

The BBC has announced special coverage across it's television and radio stations to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

D-Day was the battle that the Allies could not afford to lose. The attack, by 156,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy on 6 June 1944, was the beginning of the end of the Second World War.

More than two million servicemen and women took part in the planning and executing this auspicious and daring campaign. Seventy years later, on 6th June 2014, the world will pause to commemorate their success and also their sacrifice.

Danny Cohen, Director of BBC Television, says: "We all owe so much to the brave servicemen and women who took part in the D-Day campaign and it is a privilege to commemorate and mark this incredibly important anniversary with a range of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online."

During the week leading to the 70th anniversary of D-Day, BBC One will tell the story of the countdown to the event itself. Presented by Sophie Raworth, D Day 70: The Heroes Remember (4x45) will feature emotional testimony from veterans who crossed the channel by air and by sea, alongside the memories of locals who remember how the events unfolded on that momentous day.

On 6 June from Arromanches, France, Huw Edwards will anchor the day’s coverage of the special D-Day commemoration ceremonies - the biggest since the 60th anniversary in 2004. Servicemen and women - now in their 80s and 90s - will travel to Normandy to join current members of the Armed Services, European heads of state, royalty and world leaders to remember the friends they made and lost and the war they won for our freedom.

D-Day 70 – The Heroes Return on BBC One will feature highlights of the Bayeux Cathedral Service and then broadcast live from a Service of Remembrance from Bayeux Cemetery, The International Ceremony - which will see veterans stand alongside world leaders, and the Veterans March Past in Arromanches. Highlights of D-Day 70 - The Heroes Return can also be seen on BBC Two in the evening of 6 June (8-9pm).

The BBC has been appointed the broadcast partner for the Royal British Legion, providing live coverage to nations around the world, as well as broadcasting on big screens to veterans throughout Normandy.

BBC News and Current Affairs will cover this major anniversary from the UK, Belgium and Northern France over several days with comprehensive coverage of the events for News outlets across TV, radio and online.

BBC Radio 2 will also reflect and remember throughout the day, beginning with Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show (6.30-9.30am), which will be broadcast live from the beach at Arromanches, part of the British sector codenamed ‘Gold’ during the D-Day landings. Later, Jeremy Vine broadcasts from HMS Belfast on the River Thames (midday-2pm) - HMS Belfast being one of the D-Day flagships and one of the first in the fleet to fire its guns. During the programme, Jeremy will hear many stories from veterans. And from 7am through to 7pm Jeremy will also present a 90-second D-Day-themed bulletin following the hourly news on Radio 2.

The commemoration on Radio 2 culminates in a special Friday Night Is Music Night from London’s Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Concert Orchestra (8-10pm). Hosts Jeremy Vine, Dermot O’Leary and Louise Minchin will re-tell the story of key moments of D-Day, with performances from a fantastic line-up including acclaimed folk singer and musician Seth Lakeman with a song written about his grandfather, who served at D-Day and, years later, took a young Seth to Arromanches Beach to recount that fateful day. The BBC Concert Orchestra will be joined by a band featuring musicians drawn from all three UK Armed Forces.

In a one-off documentary for BBC Two, Normandy 44 (1x60), James Holland takes a fresh look at the wider 77-day campaign, challenging many of the myths that have arisen and casting new light on this brutal but vital campaign. Including the perspectives of those who were there from both sides, drawing on the latest academic thinking and using practical experiments with the tanks, guns and equipment used, this will be a revelatory examination of the most iconic campaign of the Second World War.

BBC Two’s Great British Menu is already back on screen and the chefs are hoping it will be their finest hour as they fight it out for the chance to cook at a glorious banquet marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The banquet will take place at a bastion of British wartime resilience, London's magnificent St Paul's Cathedral, for guests including some of those who fought on 6 June 1944 itself.

BBC Radio 4’s coverage will start on 2 June with D-Day Dames – a documentary about the group of US women war correspondents working in London in June 1944, exploring their efforts to report on the D-Day invasion and their subsequent reporting from France. The D-Day landings also feature in Britain At Sea, a 15-part series presented by Admiral Lord West that tells the story of the Navy in one of its most tumultuous periods – from the dawn of the 20th century to the present day.

Radio 4 Extra will present a range of programmes from the archive on 5 June including dramas starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliet Stevenson and Christopher Eccleston, documentary programmes exploring the ‘what ifs’ of D-Day and behind-the-scenes preparations to the attacks and a Loose Ends Special, as well as other programmes featuring those who served on both the front line and the home front.

Elsewhere on the BBC, regional news programme South Today is planning a week of special coverage. The South Coast was the jumping-off point for the invasion of Europe. South Today will explore how the invasion was planned, how the troops trained and what happened to them once they were dropped or landed in France. Commemorations in the cities and towns that hosted the troops will be covered throughout the week, which culminates in live coverage from Normandy on the anniversary itself.

Digital content to support the BBC’s coverage of the anniversary will include dedicated iWonder guides exploring some of the intriguing questions around the invasion, such as how the course of the war might have been changed if the invasion had not been successful and a D-Day timeline allowing audiences to explore the key moments of the invasion.

Friday, 4 April 2014

HBO announces premiere date for The Leftovers, a series about The Rapture, starring Justin Theroux, Christopher Eccleston, and Liv Tyler.

It’s the end of the world, but it’s not as we know it.

HBO has confirmed the premiere date for their new Rapture-themed original series, The Leftovers. The end is very nigh with its start date is locked in for June 15, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT, and we feel more than fine. In fact, the series, which is created by Damon Lindelof (showrunner on Lost) and acclaimed novelist Tom Perotta (on whose book of the same name the series is based), is so stacked with talent, we’re excited about these End Times.

With a cast that includes, Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Charlie Carver, Max Carver, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, Michael Gaston, Emily Meade, Annie Q, Margaret Qualley, Amanda Warren, and Chris Zylka, there is so much talent aboard this ark that humanity may have a chance. Then again, this is not a strictly doctrinaire reading of the Book of Revelations when the logline includes, “The drama series is an original look at The Rapture…because it’s not entirely clear The Rapture happened.”

Based on the book, this series will be about people who did not make the Instant Salvation List. That would include Theroux as Kevin Garvey, a police chief and father trying to keep a shell-shocked society from going to the abyss and Eccleston’s Matt Jamison, a former reverend who has traded in the faith in favor for the sleaze of self-editing a local tabloid. Coon will play a mother whose children got into the party in the sky while she missed the invite.

HBO has confirmed that the first teaser for The Leftovers will air Sunday April 6, 2014 right before the Season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones at 9pm ET/PT. It will also be accompanied by the teaser trailer for the seventh and final season of True Blood, which you can already watch here.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Doctor Who: BBC release three images to mark nine years since the show's revival.

The stylised images - celebrating the show's revival in 2005 - feature the ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness

Doctor Who: BBC release three images to mark nine years since the show's revival

Written By
Radio Times Staff
3:59 PM, 26 March 2014

Nine years ago today, the nation sat down to check out the revival of some show called Doctor Who. The rest, as they say, is history - and the present, the future, and space.

To commemorate this fact the BBC have commissioned three snazzy images from Lee Binding: the designer behind series 7's 'movie style' posters and the artwork from the 50th anniversary special, The Day Of The Doctor. As you would expect, they star Christopher Eccleston's ninth Doctor, Billie Piper's Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harness, played by John Barrowman.

Download the images here, ( and check them out below…

Rose Tyler

The ninth Doctor

Captain Jack Harkness

Friday, 28 February 2014

Read for RNIB short story by Patrick Ness and narrated by Christopher Eccleston now available online

Read for RNIB Day working with Patrick Ness and Christopher Eccleston.

To celebrate the much anticipated re-launch of award-winning author Patrick Ness’s collection of short stories “Topics About Which I Know Nothing”, Read for RNIB has joined with publishers Fourth Estate to release an exclusive audio version of one of the stories, narrated by Hollywood actor Christopher Eccleston.

“Now That You’ve Died”

The story, “Now That You’ve Died”, takes readers, and listeners, on an exhilarating journey into the afterlife.

It was written by Patrick especially for Read for RNIB and now, for the first time, everyone can experience and enjoy the audio story here.

In return, we ask you to consider making a donation to RNIB to help make reading more accessible to blind and partially sighted people.

Sense Story

The story was originally performed as an exhilarating interactive theatrical, part of our Sense Story Series, in 2013 when RNIB brought together a highly acclaimed team including co-directors Hector Harkness (Punchdrunk), Kate Hargreaves (Gideon Reeling), producer Colin Nightingale (Punchdrunk and Gideon Reeling) and Matthias Kispert (sound composer) with the task of creating an entirely inclusive experience which could be enjoyed equally by blind and partially audiences as by everyone else.

Audience members listened, tasted and smelled their way through the story as they were physically moved through the story within the confines of a conventional lift.

Read for RNIB Day campaign manager, Becca McRow, said;

Now That You’ve Died is another fine example of Patrick’s finesse for storytelling which is both captivating yet challenging to the reader and we’re honoured that he wrote it in support of Read for RNIB Day.

So many of us love to get lost in a good book, but experiencing a story isn’t just about the written words on a page; we want to encourage people to think differently about reading.

Christopher Eccleston brings the story to life superbly and we’re delighted that we can now open up this fantastic audio version of the story to members of the public. We ask for a donation in return to help RNIB continue its vital work in making reading more accessible for blind and partially sighted people.”

Patrick Ness

Patrick became just the second author ever to win the Carnegie Medal in two consecutive years when he scooped the prestigious honour in 2011 and 2012 for Monsters of Men and A Monster Calls. He spoke of his delight in working with Read for RNIB Day:

I’ve been lucky enough to win the Carnegie Medal a couple times, and one of most brilliant things about it is getting a braille copy of your winning book and meeting some awesome young blind and partially sighted readers. When RNIB offered me the idea of a “play without visuals”, I leapt at it. I hope it brings a huge spotlight on Read for RNIB Day.”

Friday, 24 January 2014

Stanley Tucci, Christopher Eccleston to star in Sky Atlantic drama

Christopher Eccleston, Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon and Sofie Gråbøl will star in Sky Atlantic's new drama Fortitude.
Jessica Raine, Johnny Harris, Richard Dormer, Luke Treadaway and Nicholas Pinnock will also star in the 12-part hour-long drama series.

Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunt The Moet British Independent Film Awards 2013, London, Britain

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Christopher Eccleston at the World Premiere of Thor: Dark World, at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.

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Fortitude centres on a mysterious death in the Arctic Circle and will be filmed in Iceland and the UK.
Surrounded by the savage beauty of the Arctic landscape, Fortitude is one of the safest places on earth, until a brutal murder threatens the future of the entire town.
Game of Thrones actor Dormer will play local chief of police Sheriff Dan Anderssen, with Tucci cast as his new partner - DCI Morton, a newcomer to the town.
The town's conflicted governor Hildur Odegard will be portrayed by The Killing star Gråbøl, with Gambon as Henry Tyson, a wildlife photographer with only weeks to live.

Jessica Raine

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Sofie Grabol who plays Detective Inspector Sarah Lund with Sigurd Holmen Le Dous who plays her new police partner Asbjorn Juncker

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Eccleston (Doctor Who) is scientist Charlie Stoddart - who works at the Fortitude Arctic Research Centre - with Treadaway as his new colleague Vincent Rattrey and Call the Midwife star Raine as Jules Sutter, who is married to Frank Sutter (Pinnock), Fortitude's chief search and rescue pilot.
"Our audience loves great, world-class story-telling and so Fortitude is a perfect fit for Sky Atlantic," said Julia Barry, Director, Sky Atlantic. "We're thrilled to welcome Stanley Tucci - in his first British television role – and the rest of this amazing group of actors to the channel."
Fortitude has been devised by Low Winter Sun writer Simon Donald and will air on Sky Atlantic in late 2014.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Damon Lindelof and Tom Perotta's The Leftovers to Premiere this Summer

HBO drama series "The Leftovers," from Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, will begin production early this year for a summer debut.
The ensemble cast includes Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Charlie Carver, Max Carver, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, Michael Gaston, Emily Meade, Annie Q, Margaret Qualley, Amanda Warren and Chris Zylka.
When 2% of the world's population abruptly disappears without explanation, the world struggles to understand just what they're supposed to do about it. Three years later, the new HBO drama series "The Leftovers" is the story of the people who didn't make the cut.
Damon Lindelof ("Lost") and acclaimed novelist Tom Perrotta (Little Children, Election) collaborate on "The Leftovers," which begins production of its ten-episode season in New York early this year for summer debut. Lindelof serves as the series showrunner.
Based on Perrotta's bestselling novel of the same name, "The Leftovers" is an original look at The Rapture... because it's not entirely clear The Rapture happened. Peter Berg directed the pilot from a script by Lindelof and Perrotta. Lindelof and Perrotta executive produce the series along with Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey; Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger co-executive produce. The series is produced for HBO by Adventure Corps in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Set in a small New York suburb, "The Leftovers" follows Justin Theroux as Kevin Garvey, a father of two and the chief of police, who is trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy when the notion no longer applies.