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THE LIVING AND THE DEAD
REAL GHOSTS SEEN WHILE SHOOTING IN ENGLAND
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REAL GHOSTS SEEN WHILE SHOOTING IN ENGLAND
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19.11.2020 09:46:24
A powerful and stylish adaptation of JP Priestley’...
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One Of The Most Widely Debated Hauntings Of The 20...
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James Herriot's classic memoirs of a Yorkshire cou...
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Photography Is Killer Business…
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25.11.2020 16:52:46

THE LIVING AND THE DEAD

REAL GHOSTS SEEN WHILE SHOOTING IN ENGLAND

The search for happiness of two people in a remote, rural - as it turns out - haunted house in Victorian England. In short, this is how The Living And The Dead can be summed up, which tastefully mixes the genre of emotional costume drama with spooky horror. And anyone who would like to experience the inexplicable phenomena of the haunted house shown in Epic Drama’s new series, 9pm on 13 December, can also travel there!

Starring: the suddenly emerging sexy star!

It is rare for an actor to be seen in a single episode of a series, and for viewers to remember them. Colin Morgan, who stars in The Living And The Dead, is best known for his title role as Merlin in the BBC fantasy series. But when he appeared in The Crown, the British newspapers were flooded with articles about who could be the “hot journalist” in the successful series. Daily Mail: “The Crown fans swoon over new star Colin Morgan”; the Express has dedicated a separate article to his presentation, which is not at all usual for an episode character. The good news is that we can admire the attractive Northern Irish actor in a new six-part series coming soon to Epic Drama!

Shooting in a real ghost house

According to the story of The Living And The Dead, psychologist Nathan inherits the family estate in the wonderful but isolated Somerset Valley and moves in with his wife to start a new life. Instead of a rural idyll, however, inexplicable events upset their lives and everything they have thought so far about themselves or the world. As a set, it would have been obvious if the creators had set up the haunted house in a studio, but they decided otherwise: instead, the actors moved into a real ghostly mansion: Horton Court, built in the 16th century. Charlotte Spencer, who plays the female lead, said some had already seen a mysterious woman by the large fireplace in the house, while others had noticed a little boy on the roof. “The only problem is that this little boy drowned in the lake next to the house in the thirties,” Colin Morgan adds. The crew heard the sound of mysterious footsteps several times during the filming, but when they turned in the direction of the noise, no one was there. Strange shadows were also noticed, and during the filming of a séance scene, sheets of paper blew across the room, though there was no draft. The creepiest thing, however, was the ringing of the phone: it sounded like an old landline phone ringing somewhere in the house, except that it turned out the phone had been disconnected for years. Yet they heard it twice that day…

Anyone who is brave enough and likes the house in the series, can rent it at any time, as Horton Court has recently been refurbished and opened to tourists.

Until then, The Living And The Dead, the latest series from the creator of ‘Life on Mars’ and ‘Ashes to Ashes,’ reveals how a young couple faces all the memories, trauma, and pain of the property’s rich and eery past. The new six-part series will premiere on Epic Drama exclusively across Central and Eastern Europe, from Sunday 13th December, 9pm, and air every evening at the same time across the week.

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19.11.2020 09:46:24

AN INSPECTOR CALLS

A powerful and stylish adaptation of JP Priestley’s play AN INSPECTOR CALLS

Calling all fans of Murder On The Orient Express and other classy crime mysteries. This November on Epic Drama brings the premiere of An Inspector Calls, a film based on the play of the same name written by JB Priestley. The story revolves around a prosperous family embroiled in a tragic death.

Set in 1912, An Inspector Calls tells the story of a wealthy family, as they are celebrating the engagement of Sheila Birling to Gerald Croft – a marriage that will result in the merging of two successful businesses. Their festive evening is disrupted by a visit from Inspector Goole. Goole is investigating the suicide of a young girl, a former factory worker of Mr Birling's. Interrogating each family member in turn, Goole's relentless questioning reveals that each one not only had a connection with the deceased girl, but may also have played a significant part in her demise.

An Inspector Calls is based on a play written by English playwright J. B. Priestley. First performed in 1945, it is regarded one of his best-known works and is considered to be one of the classics of mid-20th-century English theatre. This adaptation stays loyal to the original, as it’s played out during one single night. The screenplay is written by Helen Edmundson, who has since gone on to write for the big screen in 2018 with Mary Magdalene and adapted Andrea Levy’s 2004 novel Small Island for the National Theatre. Director Aisling Walsh is best known for her work on films Maudie and Song for a Raggy Boy and has directed episodes of series such as The Bill and Trial & Retribution.

Inspector Goole is portrayed by David Thewlis, best known for his role as Professor Lupin in the Harry Potter films. He has also made impressive turns in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, 2015’s Macbeth, The Theory of Everything and Naked, the latter for which he won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993. He’s no stranger to the small screen either, having received recognition for his supporting role as V.M. Varga in Fargo (2014). Sophie Rundle plays the downtrodden Eva Smith. Rundle has made a huge impact in recent years with roles in series such as Peaky Blinders, Gentleman Jack and Bodyguard. Epic Drama watchers will recognize her from series Jamestown and The Bletchley Circle. Miranda Richardson portrays Sybil Birling. She is also no stranger to the Harry Potter franchise, having played Rita Skeeter in two of the films. She’s well-known for her work in The Hours, Made in Dagenham, and The Crying Game and received Academy Award nominations for her roles in Tom & Viv and Damage. Ken Stott, playing Arthur Birling, is most recently known for his role as Balin in the The Hobbit trilogy, and was recognized for his work in series The Vice and The Missing.

An Inspector Calls, premieres on Epic Drama, Saturday 21st November at: 21:00 CET (CEE) 

Calling all fans of Murder On The Orient Express and other classy crime mysteries. This November on Epic Drama brings the premiere of An Inspector Calls, a film based on the play of the same name written by JB Priestley. The story revolves around a prosperous family embroiled in a tragic death.

Set in 1912, An Inspector Calls tells the story of a wealthy family, as they are celebrating the engagement of Sheila Birling to Gerald Croft – a marriage that will result in the merging of two successful businesses. Their festive evening is disrupted by a visit from Inspector Goole. Goole is investigating the suicide of a young girl, a former factory worker of Mr Birling's. Interrogating each family member in turn, Goole's relentless questioning reveals that each one not only had a connection with the deceased girl, but may also have played a significant part in her demise.

An Inspector Calls is based on a play written by English playwright J. B. Priestley. First performed in 1945, it is regarded one of his best-known works and is considered to be one of the classics of mid-20th-century English theatre. This adaptation stays loyal to the original, as it’s played out during one single night. The screenplay is written by Helen Edmundson, who has since gone on to write for the big screen in 2018 with Mary Magdalene and adapted Andrea Levy’s 2004 novel Small Island for the National Theatre. Director Aisling Walsh is best known for her work on films Maudie and Song for a Raggy Boy and has directed episodes of series such as The Bill and Trial & Retribution.

Inspector Goole is portrayed by David Thewlis, best known for his role as Professor Lupin in the Harry Potter films. He has also made impressive turns in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, 2015’s Macbeth, The Theory of Everything and Naked, the latter for which he won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993. He’s no stranger to the small screen either, having received recognition for his supporting role as V.M. Varga in Fargo (2014). Sophie Rundle plays the downtrodden Eva Smith. Rundle has made a huge impact in recent years with roles in series such as Peaky Blinders, Gentleman Jack and Bodyguard. Epic Drama watchers will recognize her from series Jamestown and The Bletchley Circle. Miranda Richardson portrays Sybil Birling. She is also no stranger to the Harry Potter franchise, having played Rita Skeeter in two of the films. She’s well-known for her work in The Hours, Made in Dagenham, and The Crying Game and received Academy Award nominations for her roles in Tom & Viv and Damage. Ken Stott, playing Arthur Birling, is most recently known for his role as Balin in the The Hobbit trilogy, and was recognized for his work in series The Vice and The Missing.

An Inspector Calls, premieres on Epic Drama, Saturday 21st November at: 21:00 CET (CEE)

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28.10.2020 14:38:07

THE ENFIELD HAUNTING

One Of The Most Widely Debated Hauntings Of The 20th Century…

THE ENFIELD HAUNTING

Epic Drama’s utterly chilling new three-part miniseries, The Enfield Haunting is inspired by the world’s most documented poltergeist incident and adapted from Guy Lyon Playfair’s book ‘This House is Haunted’. Featuring a stellar cast which includes, Timothy Spall (Harry Potter, The King’s Speech), Matthew Macfadyen (Frost/Nixon, Pride & Prejudice) and Juliet Stevenson (Bend It Like Beckham, Mona Lisa Smile), the series premieres on the eve of All Saints' Day, or Halloween, and will air exclusively across Central & Eastern Europe on Epic Drama over three consecutive nights, 31 October, 1 and 2 November at 21:00 CEE.

Based on terrifying real events that took place at a seemingly ordinary house in Enfield, UK, in 1977, and made shocking headlines around the world, The Enfield Haunting portrays the story of Janet Hodgson (Eleanor Worthington Cox), a cheeky 11 year-old girl who was terrorized by the paranormal activity permeating every room of her home. Also living with Janet in the allegedly haunted house, was her (single) Mother Peggy Hodgson (Rosie Cavaliero) and her three siblings, Margaret, 14, Johnny, 10 and Billy, 7.  It was in August of ‘77 that the Hodgson family’s ghostly troubles began. One night, as Peggy put her children to bed, she heard loud banging. When she went upstairs to investigate, Margaret and Janet told her about a chest of drawers which had inexplicably slid across the room and strange banging noises they’d heard coming from the walls. Peggy, anxious by the situation, called the police. When two constables arrived, they also witnessed odd happenings as a chair moved across the floor, yet no one had touched it.

In the years that followed, the Society for Psychical Research became involved in the high-profile case. Maurice Grosse (Timothy Spall), a doting researcher was called in, and went to great lengths to protect Janet from the strange, dark forces, in hopes of making peace with his own daughter’s untimely death. But the inexperienced Grosse was joined by Guy Playfair (Matthew Macfayden), a skilled paranormal investigator, and together they tried to unravel the bizarre and horrifying events unfolding at 284 Green Street.  

Epic Drama’s chilling new three-part series, The Enfield Haunting, which premieres at 21:00 on Halloween, will have you on the edge of your seat!

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28.10.2020 13:30:17

New TV Adaptation of James Herriot's ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

James Herriot's classic memoirs of a Yorkshire country vet is to be adapted for a nostalgically entertaining new version of the iconic British drama.

 

All Creatures Great and Small will premiere on Epic Drama, Sunday 1st November at 18:45 across Central and Eastern Europe. The much-celebrated seven-part series recently launched in the UK on Channel 5 becoming the channels Number 1 British drama, and highest rated programme this year.

All Creatures Great and Small, follows the heartwarming escapades of a young vet in 1930’s Northern England. Fresh out of Glasgow Veterinary College, James Herriot (Nicholas Ralph) follows his dream to become a vet in the magnificent and cinematic Yorkshire Dales. He soon discovers that treating the animals is as much about treating their owners, and the Dales’ famers are a tough crowd to please. At Skeldale House, James gets to know his newly formed dysfunctional family; his chaotic and erratic boss Siegfried Farnon (Samuel West), his wayward young brother Tristan (Callum Woodhouse) and the shrewd housekeeper Mrs Hall (Anna Madeley) who is endlessly steering the ship.  When local beauty and independent farmer’s daughter Helen Alderson (Rachel Shenton) attracts James’s attention he finds another, more enduring reason to stay in the Dales.

Other on-screen talent includes, Dame Diana Rigg as Mrs Pumphrey, the eccentric owner of spoilt Pekingese dog Tricki Woo; Matthew Lewis as Hugh Hulton, a wealthy landowner and rival to James in a bid to win Helen’s heart; and Nigel Havers who plays General Ransom, the manager of the local racecourse.

The launch this year of this delightful new series, coincides with the 50th anniversary of the original publication in 1970 of the much-loved books. Since they were first published, James Herriot's memoirs have sold more than 60 million copies and entranced generations of animal lovers around the world for almost half a century. But this is not the first time the novels have been turned into a television series. Between 1978 and 1990, there was the classic version which ran on the BBC, starring Robert Hardy, Christopher Timothy, Peter Davison and Lynda Bellingham. All Creatures Great and Small was also turned into a feature film in 1975 starring Anthony Hopkins.

Premiering on Epic Drama this Sunday, 1st November, 18:45, the charming, funny and poignant, new TV adaptation of All Creatures Great and Small, is a heart-warming story of determination, love and companionship from one of Britain's best-loved authors.

 

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15.10.2020 18:00:32

DELIGHTFUL THRILLER “DEAD STILL” PREMIERES EXCLUSIVELY ON EPIC DRAMA

Photography Is Killer Business…

Epic Drama’s new series, Dead Still, is inspired by the real-life trend of post-mortem photography in the Victorian era. Written and created by John Morton and Imogen Murphy, the six-part series, which premieres [Friday 16th October at 21:00 across CEE and Wednesday 21st at 21:30 in Poland], features an acclaimed international cast including award-winning actor, Michael Smiley (Kill List, Luther, Wire in the Blood) as Brock Blennerhasset; Kerr Logan (Game of Thrones, Victoria) as Conall Molloy; Eileen O’Higgins (Brooklyn, Mary Queen of Scots) as Nancy Vickers, and Aidan O’Hare (The Dublin Murders, Jackie) as Detective Frederick Regan.

Dead Still is set in the late 1880s, when the practice of photographing the recently deceased was popular throughout Ireland and across Europe. A photograph of your lost loved one was considered a most treasured possession, and Brock Blennerhasset, Ireland’s foremost memorial photographer, must revive his business after an accident. Brock enlists the help of loyal and efficient assistant, and former gravedigger, Conall Molloy, and his once-estranged young niece, Nancy Vickers, who he charges with helping run his business.

After a rocky start, their working relationship begins to develop, but it appears someone more sinister is getting in on the act of memorial photography. Detective Frederick Regan of Dublin Castle begins to investigate a series of murders in Dublin’s criminal underbelly, and soon concludes that the serial killer may be cashing in on a taste for a different type of imagery: pictures of his victims in the throes of death. As the body count begins to rise, Blennerhasset, Molloy and Vickers must stop a murderer intent on ending not just their business, but their lives.

Dead Still also stars Jimmy Smallhorne (Taken Down, Clean Break) as Cecil Carruthers, Mark Rendall (Departure, Versailles) as Percy Cummins, Peter Campion (Derry Girls, Kat and Alfie: Redwater) as Henry Vickers, and features Martin Donovan (Big Little Lies, Fahrenheit 451) as Bushrod Whacker.

Epic Drama’s new series, Dead Still, premieres across Central & Eastern on Friday 16th October at 21:00 across Central & Eastern Europe, and on Wednesday 21st at 21:30 in Poland.

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11.09.2020 21:37:07

MISS SCARLET AND THE DUKE

Meet 19th Century London’s First-Ever Female Detective…

Epic Drama, home to the very best period drama series from around the globe, brings you the new and exclusive, fast-paced crime series, Miss Scarlet And The Duke, premiering Tuesdays, 21:00 (CET) from 15th September. Lead protagonist, Eliza Scarlet is an educated, fearless, young woman played by Kate Phillips (Wolf Hall, Peaky Blinders, The Crown, Downton Abbey movie), and she stars alongside Stuart Martin (Babylon, Jamestown, Medici: Masters of Florence) as consummate rogue, The Duke.

When Eliza's father dies, he leaves her penniless in a time where marriage is the only option for financial security.  But headstrong Eliza, has an ace up her bonnet - her father's business, a detective agency. But it's Victorian London and to operate in this man's world, she needs a male partner.  The Duke, Eliza’s envisioned partner in crime is a Detective Inspector for Scotland Yard, who as a young boy was mentored by her father. He’s a gambler, a drinker and a womaniser but he is genuinely fond of Eliza who he shares an almost sibling like bond, but with an underlying sizzling attraction.

Also supporting Eliza as she sets out to become 19th century London’s first female detective, are Moses (Ansu Kabia) and Rupert Parker (Andrew Gower). Moses works at a night club in Soho and has come to London from Jamaica for a new beginning. While their first encounter doesn’t make for a good start, they eventually form an unlikely alliance. And Rupert Parker is a wealthy young man, whose domineering mother is extremely displeased about her only son’s unmarried status and forces him to propose to Eliza. Clearly terrified of his mother, Rupert confides in Eliza that he doesn’t want to be married and the two bond over the fact that they both crave independence and soon discover a different way for them to form a partnership.

The gripping and endearing, six-part series, follows the fiery relationship between Eliza and Duke as they team up to solve a new puzzling crime in each episode, set in the murkiest depths of 1880s London. With her inquisitive mind, Miss Scarlet has always been more interested in running her late father's detective agency than behaving like a proper lady. But nothing has prepared her for the dangers she is about to face as a woman in the murder investigation trade.

Miss Scarlet and The Duke premieres exclusively on Epic Drama across Central and Eastern Europe, Tuesdays, 21:00 (CET) from 15th September.

 

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06.12.2017 06:20:00

Harlots

Set against the backdrop of 18th century Georgian London, Harlots is a powerful family drama ofering a brand new take on the city’s most valuable commercial activity - sex. Inspired by the stories of real women, the series follows Margaret Wells (Morton) and her daughters, as she struggles to reconcile her roles as mother and brothel owner. When her business comes under attack from Lydia Quigley (Manville), a rival madam with a ruthless streak, Margaret fghts back, even if it means putting her family at risk. Brown Findlay will star as Charlotte, Margaret’s eldest daughter and the city’s most coveted courtesan who begins to grapple with her position in both society and her immediate family.
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Written by acclaimed playwright and screenwriter, Moira Bufni (Jane Eyre, Tamara Drewe) and created by Moira Bufni and Alison Newman, Harlots is the frst commission for Monumental Pictures, the independent company founded by Oscar nominated producers Alison Owen (Suffragette, Tulip Fever) and Debra Hayward (Bridget Jones’s Baby, Les Misérables).

In 1760s London there were brothels on every corner run by women who were both enterprising and tenacious. History has largely ignored them, but their stories are in turn outrageous, brutal, humorous and real.
Alison Owen, Executive Producer
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