“Rillington Place”
posted by barbz       20 Mar       categories: tv: rillington place      

BBC One today announces that Tim Roth and Samantha Morton will lead the cast for Rillington Place, which begins filming tomorrow in Scotland.
This gripping three-part drama is based on the real-life multiple murders undertaken by John Christie in Notting Hill in the 1940s and Fifties. The subsequent tragic miscarriage of justice, which led to Timothy Evans being hanged for a crime he did not commit, contributed towards the abolition of capital punishment in Britain.

Tim Roth (The Hateful Eight) plays John Christie, who lived at the infamous address with his wife, Ethel (Samantha Morton), from where he carried out the multiple murders. Newly-weds Timothy and Beryl Evans, played by Nico Mirallegro (The Village) and Jodie Comer (Doctor Foster), fall prey to Christie’s influence after moving into a neighbouring flat.

Writers Ed Whitmore and Tracey Malone say: “This is a story you just can’t look away from: an unlikely serial killer who orchestrated a devastating miscarriage of justice. It has drawn us in at every turn and has attracted an incredibly exciting level of talent who are as committed as we are to bringing it to life.”

Phillippa Giles, Executive Producer for Bandit Television, says: “This is an incredible cast. A tribute to the beautiful texture of the scripts and Craig Viveiros’s reputation as a director.”

The 3×60 drama is made by BBC Drama Production in association with Bandit Television for BBC One. It is directed by Craig Viveiros (And Then There Were None) and written by Ed Whitmore (He Kills Coppers) and Tracey Malone (Born To Kill). Commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC TV Channels and iPlayer, and Polly Hill, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning, the executive producers are Phillippa Giles for Bandit Television, part of Endemol Shine Group, and Hilary Salmon for BBC Drama Production. It is produced by Sharon Bloom (Silent Witness).

Rillington Place will be filmed at BBC Scotland’s Dumbarton Studios, and on location in Glasgow and London.


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BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival
posted by barbz       15 Feb       categories: theatre: the pass      

The BFI is thrilled to announce that the opening night gala of the 30th edition of BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival (Wed 16 March 2016 at London’s Odeon Leicester Square) will be the world premiere of The Pass, a new British drama directed by first-time feature filmmaker Ben A. Williams, starring Russell Tovey (Looking, Being Human, The History Boys) and Arinze Kene. Adapted for the screen by John Donnelly from his hit play first presented at the Royal Court Theatre, The Pass is produced by renowned British film producer Duncan Kenworthy (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Love Actually, The Eagle).

The Pass is the story of three very different nights over 10 years in the life of a Premier League Footballer. Jason (Russell Tovey) is at the beginning of his career, and on the night before his first big international match he and long-time friend and team-mate Ade (Arinze Kene) share a hotel room, trying to beat the inevitable pre-match tensions with locker-room banter and teenage high-jinks. Out of nowhere Jason kisses Ade. The emotional repercussions of this pass, and the decisions that follow on and off the pitch, have a major impact on every aspect of the public and private lives of both men across the next decade.

The cast includes Hollyoaks heart-throb Nico Mirallegro and theatre and TV actress Lisa McGrillis.

Tovey, McGrillis and Mirallegro all reprise the roles they originally performed on stage. Michael Billington in The Guardian praised the play’s “sharp wit and visceral power” and especially Tovey’s “commanding performance”… “What Tovey captures superbly, apart from Jason’s physical fitness, is his shift from a nervy but determined teenager into a…figure who has paid the price of fame.” Jim White in The Telegraph wrote that “in Russell Tovey’s turn as football superstar Jason, it delivers quite an astonishing central performance”.


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“Over Here, Over There” Radio play
posted by barbz       7 Feb       categories: other projects      

Here you can listen to this new radio project with Nico for BBC Radio 4

From Fact to Fiction is an award-winning series in which writers create a fictional response to the week’s news.
In a week that saw politicians debate the conditions in migrant camps and the treatment of Asylum Seekers in UK , Shami Chakrabarti takes us to an imagined future.
It is 2041. A mother and son argue about his plan to leave the country without permission. She is a settled refugee in her adopted state; the place of his birth. He is a radical; angry at his life of injustice and caught up in his plans to flee, yet he knows very little about his mother’s own tale of escape.

Mother…..Julie Hesmondhalgh
Son…..Nico Mirallegro
Director…..Nadia Molinari.

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79 Birthdays available now
posted by barbz       12 Jan       categories: radio: 79 birthdays      

Here you can hear the latest Nico radio project for BBC Radio 4. Enjoy!

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79 Birthdays
posted by barbz       3 Jan       categories: radio: 79 birthdays      

One of the first pieces of radio drama was broadcast in 1928 under the title ‘Kaleidoscope’. It told the story of one ‘ordinary’ British man’s life – then 70 years – in sound. No recording or script of that original broadcast now exists, but the idea has always intrigued poet Michael Symmons Roberts. Now, as the average male lifespan in Britain reaches 79, this drama takes up the challenge, telling the story of Jimmy through significant birthdays on the road to his 79th.

Jimmy loses his life before it begins when he’s being born. A guardian angel, Leila is waiting for him. Jimmy is desperate to know what would have happened to him had he been born . After a lot of persuasion, Leila grants Jimmy his wish, showing him his life as he spools through his birthdays, playing out the key moments in full .

Produced in Salford by Susan Roberts.

This new project will premiere on BBC Radio 4 next Thursday at 14:15 (UK time) and it will last 45 minutes.


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“Noah’s Ark” DVD
posted by barbz       19 Dec       categories: dvd, tv: the ark      

You can now pre-order the DVD of Noah’s Ark (just for US and Canada friends) on Amazon.com! It will be officialy released on February 2, 2016. Thanks to our lovely Irish Girl for the info.

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Take Back Theatre
posted by barbz       5 Dec       categories: events, photos      

I added some pictures of Nico a few days ago at the Take Back theatre event in Manchester.


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43rd International Emmy Awards Gala
posted by barbz       27 Nov       categories: events, photos, videos      

A few days ago, Nico attended the annual gala of the International Emmy Awards due to the nomination of Common (and My Mad Fat Diary) in New York. I added a few pictures of the event (unfortunately, in a poor quality). I also post here a video of the red carpet.

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BBC Audio Drama Awards
posted by barbz       17 Nov       categories: nominations      

Nico has been nominated for Best actor in an audio drama (For Orpheus and Eurydice) for the 2016 BBC Audio Drama Awards. Finalists will be announced on Tuesday 5 January 2016. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House London on the evening of Sunday 31 January 2016. Congrats Nico!

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Street Magazine Scans
posted by barbz       16 Nov       categories: scans      

I upload some scans donated by our friend Irish girl of Nico’s interview for Streets Magazine.

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