BBC One has set Tim Roth and Samantha Morton to star in three-part serial killer story Rillington Place. Filming began this weekend in Scotland on the period project from BBC Drama Production and Bandit Television. It focuses on the true tale of murderer John Christie, his wife Ethel and their neighbor Timothy Evans, who all lived at Number 10 Rillington Place in London’s Notting Hill. Told from each of their viewpoints, the story explores the relationships and individual actions that led to a tragic miscarriage of justice, which contributed to the abolition of capital punishment in Britain. Roth will play Christie and Morton is Ethel. Nico Mirallegro (The Village) and Jodie Comer (Doctor Foster) have been set as Timothy and Beryl Evans. Ed Whitmore and Tracey Malone penned the script.
Discovery Communications has partnered with the Netherlands’ NOS in a TV and multi-platform broadcast agreement for the 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games. Under the deal, Dutch viewers will be able to access the games on both NOS and Discovery’s Eurosport. This is part of Discovery’s initiative to make the games, which it acquired in June, available to as many people throughout Europe as possible. It also follows a long-term partnership entered with the BBC to make it the exclusive free-to-air broadcaster in the UK for the next five Olympics. In the Netherlands, NOS will sublicense free-to-air audiovisual and radio rights; the pact also includes digital rights to the content it broadcasts on its linear TV channel.
BAFTA has set a Life in Pictures event with director Peter Greenaway. The helmer of such pics as 1989’s The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover will discuss his craft and career on April 13 at BAFTA HQ in London. After initially training as a painter, Greenaway began making his own films in 1966 with his first short, Death of Sentiment, before progressing to features with The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982), followed by A Zed & Two Noughts (1985), The Belly of an Architect (1987) and Drowning by Numbers (1988). Greenaway was awarded the BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema in 2014. His upcoming film, Eisenstein in Guanajuato, opens in UK cinemas on April 15. It screened in competition in Berlin in 2015. An intimate walk through a filmmaker or actor’s career, the Life in Pictures series has hosted such talent as Kenneth Branagh, Cate Blanchett, Emma Thompson, Todd Haynes, Ang Lee, Sam Mendes, Helen Mirren, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep and Kate Winslet.
Eddie Izzard has completed the seemingly impossible for charity. The comedian and actor on Sunday finished his pledge to run 27 marathons in 27 days for the UK’s Sport Relief. In running 707 miles, the 54-year-old Izzard raised more than £1.35M for the charity, finishing with a double marathon Sunday in Pretoria, South Africa. When I bumped into Izzard on BAFTA night in London in February, he told me he was looking forward to the feat he was about to attempt. This actually was the second time he’d tried it, having had to pull out for health reasons in 2012. The 27 marathons were intended to reflect the 27 years Nelson Mandela had spent in prison before becoming South Africa’s first black president. “It’s been the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” said a “very tired” Izzard, according to the BBC. “Thank you to everyone who has donated. Don’t do this at home.”