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Posted Tuesday 12/18/18 at 8:38PM EST
Bravo is rebooting Queer as Folk with original British series creator Russell T. Davies
Airing in 1999 and 2000 on Britain's Channel 4, the original Queer as Folk starred Game of Thrones' Aiden Gillen and Sons of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam before they made it big in America, joining Craig Kelly as three gay men living in Manchester. An American remake aired on Showtime from 2000 to 2005. Davies, who led the revival of Doctor Who in 2005 and recently wrote and produced A Very English Scandal, is teaming with writer Stephen Dunn on a reboot of the original Queer as Folk. "The new version of the show will feature entirely new characters in a new setting," according to Variety. "It is described as a modern take on the original British series that centers on a group of club-going friends who find support in the gay community following a tragedy."
Posted Thursday 10/25/18 at 6:46PM EDT
Emma Thompson to star in BBC and HBO's Years & Years as a celebrity-turned-politician
The two-time Oscar-winning actress will star in the limited series playing Vivienne Rook, "an outspoken celebrity-turned-politician, whose controversial opinions divide the nation." Years & Years, a co-production of the BBC and HBO, is from Russell T. Davies, who led the Doctor Who revival from 2005 to 2010.
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 10:56PM EDT
A Very English Scandal is a perfect three-hour binge, thanks to Hugh Grant
The Russell T. Davies-written, Stephen Frears-directed series starring Grant and Ben Whishaw, now available on Amazon Prime, works in part because of Grant. "Seeing Grant sink his teeth into the role of a lifelong pretender, forever afraid of being exposed even while fully seated in his own sense of authority, proves compelling simply because the signature charisma which made him a romantic comedy go-to in the ’90s has not diminished with age," says Liz Shannon Miller. "But here, he’s able to twist it just so, revealing Jeremy as the sort of manipulator whose political ascension and serial affairs are two sides of the same coin — there’s a hiding-in-plain-sight quality which makes him captivating and just a little bit terrifying."
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 9:38PM EDT
Former Doctor Who boss Russell T. Davies will time-travel once again with BBC family drama Years and Years
Years and Years will follow a single family through 15 years, starting with the year 2019.
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Hugh Grant could've been Doctor Who, but the 2004 offer never made it past his agent
Source: Digital Spy
Russell T. Davies, who helmed Doctor Who from 2005 to 2010, is finally getting to work with Grant on the BBC miniseries A Very English Scandal. Davies originally wanted Grant for Doctor Who, but the actor has no recollection of the offer. "We did ask him to be Doctor Who in 2004," says Davies. I have to say, that never got past his agent. I told him this. He was completely oblivious. With that level of star, you approach the agent and they just kick it out the window. 'Would Hugh like to come to Cardiff for a year?' 'No!'"
Posted Tuesday 3/20/18 at 9:58AM EDT
Former Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston says he “lost faith and trust and belief” in producers
Source: Radio Times
Eccleston, who played the Ninth Doctor during the first series of the Doctor Who revival in 2005, explained to Radio Times why he was the Doctor for only lasted one season: “My relationship with my three immediate superiors – the showrunner (Russell T. Davies), the producer and co-producer – broke down irreparably during the first block of filming and it never recovered,” he said.