BBC One’s ‘Gangsta Granny’ Rounds Out Cast
Julia McKenzie, Joanna Lumley, Rob Brydon and Miranda Hart will star in Gangsta Granny, BBC One’s 60-minute adaptation of David Walliams’ best-selling children’s novel. The comedy-drama tells the story of young Ben (Reece Buttery), who is bored while staying with his dull grandma (McKenzie). Then one day, Grandma tells Ben a story that she was once an international jewel thief, and together they go on a wild adventure. Directed by Matt Lipsey, Gangsta Granny will be produced by Jo Sargent and executive produced by Mark Freeland. It begins filming Sunday for broadcast at Christmastime
Pathé Takes On ‘Suffragette’
Pathé has boarded Suffragette, the newly-titled Ruby Films drama that’s also backed by Film4 and the BFI. Carey Mulligan stars in the project that was known as The Fury when Deadline broke the news of her talks. At the time, it was with Focus, but Pathé has now stepped in to handle sales as well as UK and French distribution. (The future of Focus Features International is a subject of uncertainty amid the revamp currently ongoing at Focus Features.) Principal photography on Suffragette starts on February 10th next year. Mulligan plays Maud, a foot soldier of the early feminist movement forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. Emmy winning writer Abi Morgan penned the script which Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) is directing. Saving Mr Banks producer Alison Owen is producing with Faye Ward. Exec producers are Film4’s Katherine Butler and Pathé’s Cameron McCracken.
Seven Network Bringing ‘The Story Of Us’ To Australia
Australia’s Seven Network has bought the docudrama format The Story Of Us from Nutopia. It will be produced by Essential Media & Entertainment and air in 2015. The Story of Us format tells the story of how a country was created, using re-creations, CGI and interviews. The format has been produced in the U.S. and UK, and a global version titled Mankind: The Story of All Of Us has been seen in more than 35 territories.
‘The Great British Bake-Off’ Finale Draws 8.4 Million Viewers
An average audience of 8.4 million watched Frances Quinn crowned winner of The Great British Bake Off on BBC Two this week, making it the channel’s best-performing program since the current measuring system was introduced in 2002. The competition drew a 32.6% share.
Ajyal Youth Film Festival Unveils Inaugural Program
The Ajyal Youth Film Festival in Doha, Qatar, has announced the program for its inaugural edition. Presented by the Doha Film Institute, the fest will include a tribute to anime; a ‘Made in Qatar’ segment; and a series of nine ‘Special Screenings,’ with films from Brazil, Canada, China, France, Korea, Mexico, Qatar, Spain, UK and the USA. The event runs November 26-30 at the Cultural Village Katar
Ronnie Screwvala To Exit As Managing Direct Of Disney’s India Ops
Ronnie Screwvala is stepping down from his post as Managing Director of India Operations at the Walt Disney Co. The move had been rumored for some time. Siddharth Roy Kapur, currently Managing Director of Disney UTV’s studios business, will take over the company’s India operations on January 1, though Screwvala will assist in the transition until June 2014. “Sid has been an integral part of the Disney UTV family and brings to the role a diverse set of business and creative skills and a strong pulse on the Indian audience and consumers,” Walt Disney International Chairman Andy Bird said.
‘Rake’ Will Make Its UK Debut On Universal Channel
Universal Channel will premiere the U.S. legal drama Rake in the UK. Greg Kinnear stars in the Sony Pictures TV series as a brilliant but self-destructive criminal defense lawyer who spars with everyone around him — including his ex-wife, the judges, the assistant district attorney, his bookie, and even the IRS — as he relies on his wit and charm to defend the indefensible, both in and out of the courtroom. The cast of Rake, which will air on Fox in the States, also includes Miranda Otto, John Ortiz and Necar Zadegan.