Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens TV Show: First Look

David Tennant and Michael Sheen

David Tennant and Michael Sheen have Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett fans doing the happy dance

At last, the image Good Omens fans have waiting years for: Crowley and Aziraphale made flesh. And what sublime casting: David Tennant as the demon Crowley and Michael Sheen as the angel Aziraphale.

 

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Filming has begun on the long-awaited BBC–Amazon co-production, which will see Gaiman and Pratchett’s cult book hit the screen as a six-parter with Gaiman at the helm as writer and showrunner.

Terry Pratchett’s assistant Rob Wilkins serves as executive producer, “primarily to remind the world the book had TWO FECKING AUTHORS .” #speakhisname

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Neil Gaiman and Rob Wilkins (image courtesy of @terryandrob)

Excited much?

Announcing the start of filming, Gaiman said: “People have fallen in love with an angel and a demon in a book by Terry Pratchett and me, and they have been excited and nervous to see how they would appear on screen — and I was probably the most nervous and excited of all. This is a first look. Michael Sheen is the best and finest of bookseller angels, David Tennant the coolest and most delightful of demons. Together they are one hell of a double act (or do I mean one made in Heaven?).”

So, who else is in Good Omens? Michael McKean announced his role as Witchfinder Army remnant Shadwell on Twitter last week.

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Rounding out the cast are Adria Arjona (Anathema Device), Nina Sosanya (Sister Mary Loquacious), Jack Whitehall (Newt), Miranda Richardson (Madame Tracy), Ned Dennehy (Hastur) and Ariyon Bakare (Ligur).

Filming is scheduled to take place over the next six months in London, Oxfordshire and South Africa. Good Omens is due to air on Amazon Prime worldwide in 2019 followed by a run on BBC2 in the UK.

What say you to the casting choices? Let me know in Comments.

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Blue Man Group Does Game of Thrones

Hodor? Hodor!

Hodor’s Horde has been fretting since it was announced that Hodor and Bran would not be appearing in Game of Thrones Season 5.

Now the Hodorites have gained some unlikely allies in the shape of Blue Man Group. Unveiling their cover version of the Game of Thrones theme music, the group announced (in writing, natch) that: “Blue Man Group’s vow of silence to remain in place until Hodor’s status in season 5 is confirmed.”

If you’re missing Hodor already, here are the greatest moments of “‘Hodor,’ said Hodor”:

Game of Thrones 5 premieres in the US on April 12 at 9PM ET on HBO

Game of Thrones 5 premieres in the UK on April 13 at 9PM  on Sky Atlantic

Rivers of London – A Hidden Chapter

Fans of writer Ben Aaronovitch who have been pacing the floor anxiously awaiting a Rivers of London TV series, can take the edge off by joining the London Met’s Department of Economic and Specialist Crime, Supernatural Sciences branch, a.k.a. The Folly.

Peter Grant is on a recruitment drive!

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Come to the official training centre for new recruits to see if you have what it takes.

Hidden in the depths of Westminster Reference Library lies a secret training centre for the Metropolitan Police where new recruits are taught the necessary skills to work for the supernatural sciences branch. Learn how to tackle vampires, try your hand at magic and avoid temptation from the river spirits.

The product of a collaboration between Aaronovitch, CityRead London and experimental theatre troupe Look Left Look Right, A Hidden Chapter is a live, interactive performance at Westminster Reference Library.

Audiences are invited to try their hand at detective work, magic and fending off supernatural spirits.

It’s one of a series of events in April celebrating Rivers of London and CityRead London, a fantastic scheme that promotes reading across the capital by focussing for a month on just one book featuring London. Previous years’ books have been: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks and My Dear I Wanted to Tell You by Louisa Young.

A Hidden Chapter is running on weekends in April. Tickets cost £10 and include a special copy of Rivers of London. Click here to book tickets and find out more.

Game of Thrones 4: HBO Unveils New Trailer

“veni, vidi, vici” — Winter, to Ned Stark

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Cold winds are rising, so it must be time for the new Game of Thrones Series/Season 4 trailer. And it looks good (obvs). Thank you HBO!

Dragons, Wildlings, ginger beards, John Snow’s curls vs. Jamie Lannister’s new ‘do, it’s a jam-packed 93 seconds of Game of Thrones action fit to whet anyone’s whistle.

Though after last season the thought of another GoT wedding is enough to set anyone’s nerves a-jangling.

Game of Thrones 4 premieres in the UK on Monday 7 April, 9pm on Sky Atlantic

Game of Thrones 4 premieres in the US on Sunday 6 April, 9pm ET on HBO

Atlantis And The Tomorrow People: Back To The ’70s

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Come in number seven, your time is up (patrickduffy.org)

“He’s the lone survivor of a lost civilization … thrust into ours!”

Okay, anyone hoping to see Mark Harris, a speedo-wearing webbed hottie “who is both human and a creature of the deep,” popping up in BBC One’s new drama Atlantis Saturday night will be sorely disappointed.

The replacement show for Merlin is not a remake of ’70s cult fave Man from Atlantis, so don’t tune in expecting to be amazed by Mark’s astonishing prowess at reading the newspaper underwater.

As casting director Andy Pryor tweeted, tongue firmly in cheek, “No Patrick Duffy but you can’t have everything.”

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Not a pair of yellow swimming trunks in sight (BBC One)

Instead, this new drama concerns antediluvian Atlantis and boasts a killer cast (Mark Addy, Juliet Stevenson) battling their way through a mish-mash of  well-known myths and legends.

Apparently, the Minotaur used to take time out from chasing virgins through his Cretan Labyrinth to visit the other end of the Med. Who knew?

Meanwhile, fans chomping at the bit until the new Blake’s 7 reboot hits screens, can get a taste of yet another ’70s remake in the shape of The CW’s upcoming The Tomorrow People.

This season John and the gang will be mostly wearing sludge tones (denofgeek.com)
This season John and the gang will be mostly wearing sludge tones (denofgeek.com)

And there is great news for fans of the original.

Just as Ronald D. Moore’s Battlestar Galactica gave a tip of the hat to its predecessor by including Apollo Richard Hatch, TVGuide reports that The Tomorrow People will welcome back original star Nicholas Young (you know, the one who always looked like he should have been modelling knitting patterns) in a recurring guest spot.

Sadly, there’s been no word yet on whether Flintlock drummer Mike Holoway will also be back to quicken the hearts of his now-40-something fans.

Watch this space for updates. At the rate the ’70s are coming back, TVClaw wouldn’t be at all surprised if Pauline’s Quirkes made an appearance in the listings.

Check out the preview clip of The Tomorrow People and tell us what you think:

Atlantis premieres on BBC One in the UK, Saturday 28 September at 8.25pm

The Tomorrow People premieres in the US on The CW, Wednesday 16 October at 9pm ET

Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London TV Series: Casting Wishlist

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Ben Aaronovitch

After a lot of input from Rivers of London fans the TVClaw Casting Wishlist has been updated  again (31/10/14). Some choices stay the same, some have changed. Others are still undecided. What say you?

Fans of writer Ben Aaronovitch have been doing the happy dance since it was announced back in June that Rivers of London (published in the U.S. as Midnight Riot) has been optioned for television.

“I’m looking forward to this with the mixture of mad anticipation and stark fear that is the only rational response to developing your own work for television,” said Aaronovitch. “[We] will be looking to put something on TV that will blow the audiences’ socks off out through their ears.”

With television vet Aaronovitch (Doctor Who, Casualty) behind the wheel, all should be well provided they get the casting right. Who could, who should play Peter Grant et al.?

For a while Aaronovitch maintained a collaborative fantasy casting wishlist on his blog made up of suggestions from readers. “I keep getting asked who I think should play the characters in the Rivers books and mind always goes blank. So I did what I always do when faced with an empty brain. I went on Twitter and asked other people. The result got out of hand so I decided to turn it into a page.”

The page has been taken down, but recently Aaronovitch tweeted that his first choice to play Nightingale would be Paul McGann. He joked that, “You know if Paul isn’t available I believe I’d settle for Tom Hiddleston as Nightingale – you know – if I had too [sic]”.

Let’s join in the fun and add the TVClaw crowd’s choices to the Rivers of London fantasy cast.

As usual let’s speculate wildly, try not to cry when remembering that Patrick Malahide and Nigel Havers — both of whom would have been perfect 10 years ago —  are too old to play Nightingale, ignore actors’ pre-existing work commitments, and compile our own dream cast for Rivers of London. Add your picks in Comments.

The TVClaw Rivers of London Casting Wishlist (Updated, 31/10/14)

P.C. Peter Grant: after much back and forth we’re going for Ukweli Roach over previous pick Alex Lanipekun (he is a little bit long in the tooth to play Peter). Check out Ukweli’s Twitter profile: he describes himself as ‘wizard’. Oooooh. Errrrr. Stay tuned for updates!

D.C.I. Thomas Nightingale: Paul McGann does have the perfect combination of eccentricity and intensity (and would have been the best Doctor Who ever if he’d been given a proper crack at it), but was initially barred from the Casting Wishlist on grounds of height. However, with some Folly magic that could be overcome. And yes, Tom Hiddleston would also be great in the role, and there’s an outside chance the Wallander alum would return to television à la his Thor co-star Elba. However, don’t discount the power of the vastly underrated Darren Boyd. That said, the popular vote goes to Ioan Gruffud. With his latest foray, Forever, wobbling a bit in the US television ratings right now it’s possible he could be available in the near future.

P.C. Lesley May: we want Kimberley Nixon! After her memorable turns in Fresh Meat and the glorious Under Milk Wood she’s knocked previous favorites  Nichola Burley and Maisie Williams off the top spot.

Beverley Brook: Estella Daniels

Dr Walid: Tony Curran or fellow ginger scene-stealer Julian Rhind-Tutt.

Molly: Talulah Riley in a black wig would still make for an interesting Molly. Yes, of course Helena Bonham-Carter would be hilarious and terrifying and perfect as Molly, but could she be tempted to the small screen for more than a one-off? However, the TVClaw popular opinion is that either HBC or Shirley Henderson would be a far better fit for the part than Riley.

D.C.I. Alexander Seawoll: Greg Davies

Lady Celia Tyburn Thames: Zawe Ashton

D.S. Miriam Stephanopoulos: Julia Sawalha hereby replaces previous pick Catherine Tate

Mama Thames: Patti Boulaye

Father Thames: David Essex

Lord Grant: wouldn’t Cockney Rebel front man (and Deptford native) Steve Harley be amazeballs as Peter’s dad?

Ben Aaronovitch’s lastest novel, Broken Homes, is in bookshops now.

Check out his interview on BBC Breakfast in which he talks all things Folly, explains why old-school Daleks don’t talk much and reiterates his support for Idris Elba as the next Doctor.

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