Apple TV (Untitled) Benjamin Franklin Project

Big announcement this week that Daniel Mays has joined Apple TV’s untitled Benjamin Franklin project. The production was announced earlier this year but casting has been finalized. Danny stars alongside Michael Douglas and Noah Jupe.

The drama will explore the thrilling story of one of the greatest gambles of Benjamin Franklin’s career. At age 70, without any diplomatic training, Franklin convinced France – an absolute monarchy – to underwrite America’s experiment in democracy. By virtue of his fame, charisma and ingenuity, Franklin outmaneuvered British spies, French informers and hostile colleagues, all while engineering the Franco-American alliance of 1778 and the final peace treaty with England of l783. The eight-year French mission stands as Franklin’s most vital service to his country, without which America would not have won the Revolution.

Danny will portray Edward Bancroft, a close friend of Franklin’s, who was the secretary to the American commissioners in France.

Additional cast includes Ludivine Sagnier (Lupin) as Madame Brillon, Thibault de Montalembert (Call My Agent!) as Vergennes, Daniel Mays (Line of Duty) as Edward Bancroft, Assaad Bouab (Call My Agent!) as Beacumarchais, Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan) as John Adams, Jeanne Balibar (Irma Vep) as Helvetius and Theodore Pellerin (There’s Someone Inside Your House) as Lafayette.

The series from Emmy and WGA Award-winning writer Kirk Ellis (John Adams) and Emmy and DGA Award-winning director Tim Van Patten, is based on the book A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America by Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff.

The drama is a co-production between ITV Studios America and Apple Studios and is written and executive produced by Kirk Ellis, and directed by Tim Van Patten, who will serve as executive producer alongside Michael Douglas, Richard Plepler through EDEN productions, and Tony Krantz through Flame Ventures.

The drama is currently filming in Paris with an Apple TV debut date TBD.

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Kid/Nap – Inside No 9 Weds 18 May

The Inside No 9 episode we have all been waiting for- Kid/Nap starring Daniel Mays, Daisy Haggard, and Jason Isaacs along with Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton – premieres on Wednesday 18 May at 22:00 on BBC Two. Danny is also reunited with Code 404 director Al Campbell

Shane (Daniel Mays) and Clifford (Jason Isaacs) have a plan to abduct the wife (Daisy Haggard) of a wealthy hedge fund manager. If he won’t pay them the money, they’ll snip her ears off to prove they mean business. Everything in the plan depends on everyone playing their part right to the end. It’s totally foolproof – isn’t it?

Tune in Wednesday 18 May at 22:00PM BBC Two.

Watch the series 7 trailer:

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Inside No. 9 – Premiere Date and Trailer

Inside No. 9 series 7 will premiere on Wednesday 20 April at 22:00 on BBC Two. Daniel Mays stars in an upcoming episode (date still TBA).

Watch the trailer featuring Daniel Mays:

Produced by BBC Studios Comedy Productions and broadcast on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer, the new series of Inside No. 9 will feature six stand-alone stories, once again inviting viewers into Shearsmith and Pemberton’s world of the extraordinary and macabre.

Headlining series seven are Daniel Mays (Line of Duty, Good Omens), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter, The OA), Sophie Okonedo (The Escape Artist, Britannia), Jessica Hynes (There She Goes, W1A), Diane Morgan (Mandy, Motherland), Daisy Haggard (Back To Life, Breeders), Annette Badland (EastEnders, Doctor Who), Siobhan Redmond (The Replacement, Unforgotten) and Ron Cook (Hot Fuzz, The Salisbury Poisonings).

Also set to feature in the upcoming series is Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s fellow co-creator, writer and star from The League of Gentlemen, Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Dracula).

Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton say: “We hope you’ll join us and another incredible cast of actors for more surprises that will make your jaws drop and spines tingle. Heads might even roll, and if not heads, definitely eyes.“

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Magpie Murders- Reviews

Magpie Murders starring Daniel Mays is now streaming on BritBox UK.

The reviews are in and it’s a resounding hit!

The Telegraph – ★★★★

The Times – ★★★★

Radio Times – ★★★★

The Arts Desk – ★★★★★

Watch Magpie Murders on BritBox UK (subscription needed but they do offer a 7 day free trial)

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Magpie Murders – Premieres Today On BritBox UK

Today’s the day! Magpie Murders is now available to stream exclusively on Britbox UK. Daniel Mays stars in a dual role as DI Locke and DI Chubb. All episodes are available today!

Magpie Murders (Anthony Horowitz) revolves around the character Susan Ryeland, played by Lesley Manville, an editor who is given an unfinished manuscript by bestselling mystery writer Alan Conway, featuring Conway’s detective Atticus Pünd – and has little idea it will change her life…

Danny has had some press appearances this week:

RTS – Preview Q&A

Virgin Radio UK – Chris Evans – Danny’s interview begins around the 3 hour mark.

Good Morning Britain:

Magpie Murders will premiere later this year in the US on Masterpiece PBS.

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Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget

We are happy to announce the great news that Daniel Mays has joined the cast of the long awaited sequel to Chicken Run – Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget. The film will premium on Netflix in 2023.

Danny announced earlier:

(From the Netflix announcement) A project incredibly dear to the hearts of Aardman, and something that everyone at Netflix is excited about. Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget, the eagerly anticipated sequel to the highest-grossing stop-motion animated film of all time, will be coming exclusively to Netflix in 2023. Over the years, a sequel was often discussed at Aardman but the studio needed the right story and the right partner. Following Robin Robin, another collaboration seemed like a no-brainer and the perfect time to bring back our poultry heroes to the world.  

Like its 2000 predecessor, Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget is a comedy action-adventure. When your heroes have to summon up all their resources to break into an impenetrable fortress, and those heroes are chickens, then comedy is deep in its DNA. But there’s also a very moving family story at its heart. We’re thrilled to announce that Ginger and Rocky will be played by Thandiwe Newton and Zachary Levi, respectively. They’re fabulous together. Bella Ramsey will voice their headstrong daughter, Molly — a true chick-off-the-old-block who completes the family trio in this new chapter. Reprising their roles are Jane Horrocks (Babs), Imelda Staunton (Bunty) and Lynn Ferguson (Mac), joined by new additions Josie Sedgwick-Davies (Frizzle), David Bradley (Fowler), Romesh Ranganathan (Nick), Daniel Mays (Fetcher) and Nick Mohammed (Dr. Fry). Sam Fell (Flushed Away and Oscar-nominated ParaNorman) will direct the film, on which production is already underway.

We are thrilled that Danny has joined this cast! Like everyone, we are enormous fans of the original Chicken Run film and the Wallace & Grommit franchise. We will have updates on this new project as they are released. In the meantime, we’re off to re-watch Chicken Run (for the 1000th time)!

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Magpie Murders Trailer

Britbox UK has released the series trailer for Magpie Murders starring Daniel Mays.

Premiering on Britbox UK on Thursday, 10 February, the television adaptation is scripted by Anthony Horowitz: “Magpie Murders is my most successful novel and it wasn’t easy to adapt. But I think the result is a completely original drama that will delight and beguile audiences in equal measure.” Magpie Murders is streaming in the U.K. exclusively on BritBox UK beginning Thursday, 10 February. and later in 2022 on MASTERPIECE in the US. Magpie Murders is an Eleventh Hour Films production for MASTERPIECE in the US and BritBox UK and distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures Television.

Magpie Murders first look

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Code 404 – Series 3 – Filming has begun!

We are so excited to see that filming has already begun on Code 404 series 3! The commissioning announcement was made just last week and the cast, creatives, and crew have wasted no time in getting back to work.

Series three welcomes back Daniel Mays and Stephen Graham as the AI-enhanced “supercop” DI John Major and his long-suffering partner DI Roy Carver, along with Anna Maxwell Martin, Rosie Cavaliero, Michelle Greenidge, Richard Gadd, Amanda Payton, Tracy-Ann Oberman and Michael Armstrong. This series also introduces to the cast Vinette Robinson as Professor McAllister and Daniel Lawrence Taylor as journalist Searle.

When one of SIU’s own is murdered, Major and Carver become hellbent on solving the case and proving their worth. But it’s bigger than they thought. Forensic psychologist Professor McAllister is brought in to work the case; but still the killer manages to evade capture and wreak havoc. Can they hunt the killer down before it’s too late?

Code 404 is co-produced by Kudos, part of Banijay UK, and Water & Power Productions and is executive produced by Phil Temple, Tom Miller and Sam Myer. The series is written by Daniel Peak and directed by Al Campbell. The series was commissioned by Jon Mountague, Director of Comedy at Sky Studios and Zai Bennett, MD of Content at Sky UK & Ireland and was co-funded by Sky Studios. NBCUniversal Global Distribution handle international sales of the series on behalf of Sky Studios.

Series 2 expected transmission is sometime in 2022. We already cannot wait!!

Catch up on series 1 and 2 now, all episodes available on demand on Sky and streaming service NOW.

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Code 404 Recommissioned for Series 3!

Fantastic news today that Code 404 starring Daniel Mays has been recommissioned for series 3 by Sky!

They’re back to delete crime… Sky Original Code 404 – the futuristic crime-fighting comedy starring Stephen Graham, Daniel Mays and Anna Maxwell Martin – will return for a third series on Sky Comedy and streaming service NOW.

This announcement follows the great success of the first two series of Code 404, with the second series becoming the biggest season launch in the history of the Sky Comedy channel, while the first series of Code 404 was Sky’s fastest binged original comedy boxset ever.

Series three welcomes back Daniel Mays and Stephen Graham as the AI-enhanced “supercop” DI John Major and his long-suffering partner DI Roy Carver, along with Anna Maxwell Martin, Rosie Cavaliero, Michelle Greenidge, Richard Gadd, Amanda Payton, Tracy-Ann Oberman and Michael Armstrong. This series also introduces to the cast Vinette Robinson as Professor McAllister and Daniel Lawrence Taylor as journalist Searle.

When one of SIU’s own is murdered, Major and Carver become hellbent on solving the case and proving their worth. But it’s bigger than they thought. Forensic psychologist Professor McAllister is brought in to work the case; but still the killer manages to evade capture and wreak havoc. Can they hunt the killer down before it’s too late?

Code 404 is co-produced by Kudos, part of Banijay UK, and Water & Power Productions and is executive produced by Phil Temple, Tom Miller and Sam Myer. The series is written by Daniel Peak and directed by Al Campbell. The series was commissioned by Jon Mountague, Director of Comedy at Sky Studios and Zai Bennett, MD of Content at Sky UK & Ireland and was co-funded by Sky Studios. NBCUniversal Global Distribution handle international sales of the series on behalf of Sky Studios.

Catch up on series 1 and 2 now, all episodes available on demand on Sky and streaming service NOW.

Filming will begin in due course on series 3 and we expect the release date to be sometime in 2022!

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Temple Series 2 Press

Temple series 2 premieres this evening Thursday 28 October at 9PM on Sky Max and all episodes are available on Now TV.

Daniel Mays has been doing the press rounds for the premiere:

Radio and TV:
Virgin Radio Interview – Danny had a great interview with Gabby Roslin and Ricky Wilson on Wednesday 27 October talking Temple, Swimming with Men (Gabby’s favourite!), and more. Catch up with the interview here– Danny is at the 3 hour 7 minute mark.

BBC Radio Wales– Tune in from 2PM on Thursday 28 October. Danny’s interview is at the 13 minute mark.

BBC Radio Kent – Tune in after 3PM on Thursday on 28 October. Danny’s interview is at the 1 hour 15 mark.

BBC 3 Counties Radio – Danny’s interview is at the 2 hour 36 minute mark.

BBC Lincolnshire– Danny’s interview is at the 1 hour 12 minute mark

Another few interviews are happening the week of 31st October and we will update those links once they are available:
BBC Sussex

BBC The One Show – Tune in at 7PM BBC One on Thursday 28 October when Danny and Mark Strong are talking all things Temple.

Soccer AM: Tune in to Sky Showcase from 10:30AM on Saturday 30 October when Danny takes part in the Carabao Cup quarter final draw

BT – Danny and Mark Strong discuss Temple

Portrait Artist of the Year – Danny is a portrait subject in an upcoming episode (date TBA)

Print:

The Book of Man – This is another great interview with Danny.
Radio Times

Other:
Daniel Mays Spotify playlist for Lee from Temple

Check back as we update Danny’s Temple press schedule

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