2017 Empire Awards

Daniel Mays attended the 2017 Empire Awards on Sunday March 19th at the Roundhouse in London.

From Empire Magazine’s red carpet blog (4:42PM): Daniel Mays talking about how he got the role for the multi-nominated Rogue One. “I was on a half-term break with my kids in Devon. No audition, but I had to have a Skype chat with them from an NCP car park. It was completely surreal.”

Danny and Anne-Marie Duff presented Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie with the Best TV Series award for The Night Manager.

A few photos from the evening:

 

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Royal Television Society Awards

The Royal Television Society (RTS) Awards ceremony was held last evening 21 March at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Line of Duty series 3 was nominated for two awards:

  • Drama Series
  • Writer Drama – Jed Mercurio

Commiserations were in order for Line of Duty as Happy Valley won both of those categories.

Photos from the evening:

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Against the Law – BFI Flare World Premiere

Against the Law starring Daniel Mays had its world premiere at the BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival on Thursday 16 March at the BFI in London.

The film is a powerfully moving drama and intermixed throughout is real-life testimony from men who lived through those dark days, when homosexuals were routinely imprisoned or forced to undergo chemical aversion therapy in an attempt to cure them of their “condition”.

BFI Flare audience reaction to the film was incredible and overwhelming.

Daniel says: “I’m incredibly proud to be part of a drama that tells such an important real-life story. Peter Wildeblood is a fascinating, complex, yet flawed character from a time when being a gay man in Britain was incredibly difficult – I can’t wait to bring his tale to life for the BBC Two audience.”

Daniel Mays (Line Of Duty, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Public Enemies) stars in BBC Two’s powerful factual drama as Peter Wildeblood, a thoughtful and private gay journalist whose lover Eddie McNally (played by newcomer to television, Richard Gadd), under pressure from the authorities, turned Queen’s evidence against him in one of the most explosive court cases of the 1950s – the infamous Montagu Trial.Written by Brian Fillis, Against the Law is directed by Fergus O’Brien, produced by Scott James Bassett and executive produced by Aysha Rafaele, Creative Director of The Documentary Unit, BBC Studios.

Photos from the premiere evening can be seen on the BFI Flare Facebook page. Some of our favourites:

Made by BBC Studios, Against the Law will broadcast on BBC Two in July.

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Interview – Fergus O’Brien Against the Law 

Fergus O’Brien, director of Against the Law, was interviewed this morning on BBC Radio London to discuss the importance of the BFI Flare Film Festival.

Listen to Fergus O’Brien’s interview

The Evening Standard has a great piece on BFI Flare and Againt the Law. 

Against the Law premieres Thursday 16 March at BFI Flare The London LGBT Film Festival. 

The anticipated air date for Against the Law on BBC Two is July 2017 to coincide with 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexual acts in 1967

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Guerrilla – Cast Video

Showtime has released a video for Guerrilla featuring the cast and creators – John Ridley, Idris Elba, Freida Pinto, Daniel Mays, and Rory Kinnear – of the new SHOWTIME original series Guerrilla. They discuss the show and its historical and contemporary significance.

From Academy Award® winner John Ridley (12 Years A Slave, American Crime) comes the six-part limited event series GUERRILLA, a love story set against the backdrop of one of the most politically explosive times in U.K. history. It tells the story of a couple whose relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970s London. Their ultimate target becomes the Black Power Desk, a true-life, secretive counter-intelligence unit within the Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism. While the series is set against a background of social and political activism, at its heart GUERRILLA is about a relationship under pressure, and the reality that for any couple there comes a point when the choices they make have real and lasting consequences. GUERRILLA stars Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) and Babou Ceesay (Getting On). Golden Globe® winner Idris Elba (Luther, Beasts of No Nation) co-stars and serves as an executive producer through his Green Door Pictures. Additional cast includes Laurence Olivier Award winner Rory Kinnear (PENNY DREADFUL), Nathaniel Martello-White (Deadmeat), Daniel Mays (Line of Duty), Denise Gough (People, Places & Things), Brandon Scott (Grey’s Anatomy), Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat) and Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude).

Don’t miss the series premiere in the UK on Thursday 13 April on Sky Atlantic and in the US on Showtime Sunday 16 April  at 9 PM ET/PT. Daniel Mays stars as Cullen.

Previous site news on Guerrilla

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Line of Duty – Royal Television Society Awards Nominations

Congratulations to BBC Two, Line of Duty and Jed Mercurio for their two Royal Television Society (RTS) Awards nominations for Drama Series and Writer – Drama Series for the critically acclaimed series 3 that starred Daniel Mays.

The awards ceremony is held Tuesday, 21 March at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The RTS Awards  recognise programmes which have made a positive contribution to their genre through their originality, innovation or supremely high standard, and from which other programme makers can learn and develop. These criteria of originality, creative risk-taking and standard setting quality apply to the performance as well.

Best of luck to our Line of Duty friends!

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Line of Duty – Series 3 on BBC One

Line of Duty moves to its new home on BBC One soon! Ahead of the much-anticipated series 4 premiere, BBC One will be showing the critically acclaimed series 3 which stars Daniel Mays.

Daniel Mays stars as Sergeant Danny Waldron, the highly proficient leader of an Armed Response Unit whose unpredictable behaviour is becoming a threat to colleagues and suspects. When AC-12 are called in to investigate Danny’s conduct, even they could find themselves in the firing line. Mays joins returning cast Martin Compston as Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott, Vicky McClure as Detective Constable Kate Fleming and Adrian Dunbar as Superintendent Ted Hastings.

Tune in to BBC ONE:
Episode 1: 11 March at 00:05
Episode 2: 11 March at 01:05
Episode 3: 13 March at 00:15
Episode 4: 13 March at 01:15
Episode 5: 14 March at 01:00
Episode 6: 15 March at 00:45

All series 3 episodes will be available again on iPlayer but only for a week.  Binge watching will be necessary!

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#Guerrilla – Premieres on Sky Atlantic & Showtime in April

Sky Atlantic and Showtime held a cast and crew preview screening of Guerrilla last week.

A new Showtime trailer was also released and features Daniel Mays as Cullen:

Photos from the cast and crew preview:

Guerrilla premieres on Sky Atlantic on 13 April and on Showtime on 16 April.

Guerrilla first look

Book tickets for the Radio Times Festival closing gala on 9 April 2017 featuring Guerrilla.

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BFI Flare: Against The Law World Premiere 16 March 2017

Updated 27 February 2017:  Tickets for both screenings of Against the Law on 16 March 2107 are currently SOLD OUT.  There is a possibility that tickets will be available on the day of the event.

BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival has today announced their exciting 2017 program line up for their 31st edition!

Against the Law starring Daniel Mays and Mark Gatiss has it’s gala world premiere with two screenings on Thursday 16 March 2017 at 18:15 and 20:45 at BFI.

BFI Member on-sale tickets: depending on membership level begins Monday 20 February through Wednesday 22 February 2017

Public on-sale tickets: Monday 27  February 2017 at 11:30 am

Against the Law is a timely and sensitive biopic based on Peter Wildeblood’s bestseller which tells the story of his affair with a handsome serviceman he met in Piccadilly and the devastating consequences of their relationship. Wildeblood had been a celebrated and well-connected journalist on the Daily Express, with a range of acquaintances that included Lord Montagu of Beaulieu. He is played by Daniel Mays, in a beautifully nuanced performance that charts his journey from Fleet Street via public vilification to his imprisonment under the same legislation that sent Oscar Wilde to Reading Gaol. Mark Gatiss gives a chilling performance as a prison doctor charged with administering therapeutic measures to homosexuals acquiescing to the idea that they can be ‘changed’.

The importance of Peter Wildeblood’s case (jointly brought against him, Lord Montagu and Michael Pitt-Rivers) is that it brought the debate about homosexuality into the public domain. It led the way to the creation of the Wolfenden Committee on sexual law reform that eventually resulted in the passing of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which changed the lives of thousands of gay men with its partial decriminalisation of homosexual acts. This film offers a profoundly moving portrait of what it meant to be gay in the 1950s, underlining the importance of understanding our recent history and the immense social and emotional burdens endured by generations of gay men.

More information on the festival and ticketing can be found at the BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival website.

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Daniel Mays To Star In BBC Two’s ‘Against the Law’

Daniel Mays is to star in BBC Two’s Against the Law directed by Fergus O’Brien.


Daniel Mays (Line Of Duty, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Public Enemies) stars in BBC Two’s powerful factual drama as Peter Wildeblood, a thoughtful and private gay journalist whose lover Eddie McNally (played by newcomer to television, Richard Gadd), under pressure from the authorities, turned Queen’s evidence against him in one of the most explosive court cases of the 1950s – the infamous Montagu Trial.

More than ten years before the decriminalisation of homosexual acts in 1967, Peter Wildeblood, and his friends Lord Montagu (Mark Edel-Hunt) and Michael Pitt-Rivers, were found guilty of homosexual offences and jailed.

With his career in tatters and his private life painfully exposed, Wildeblood began his sentence a broken man, but he emerged from Wormwood Scrubs a year later determined to do all he could to change the way these draconian laws against homosexuality impacted on the lives of men like him.

Daniel says: “I’m incredibly proud to be part of a drama that tells such an important real-life story. Peter Wildeblood is a fascinating, complex, yet flawed character from a time when being a gay man in Britain was incredibly difficult – I can’t wait to bring his tale to life for the BBC Two audience.”

Patrick Holland, Channel Editor, BBC Two, said: “50 years ago, it was a crime to be a gay man in the UK. Against The Law is a stunning piece that melds drama and documentary testimony to tell the story of one man, and his wider generation, as they struggled to make society accept their sexuality as non-criminal. It is brilliant to have a film that brings the authorship of Brian Fillis, the vision of director Fergus O’Brien, and the outstanding talent of Daniel Mays and cast to this important subject”

The drama also features Mark Gatiss (Taboo, Sherlock) as Wildeblood’s prison psychiatrist, Doctor Landers and Charlie Creed-Miles (Ripper Street, Peaky Blinders) as Superintendent Jones.

Woven through this powerful drama is real-life testimony from a chorus of men who lived through those dark days, when homosexuals were routinely imprisoned or forced to undergo chemical aversion therapy in an attempt to cure them of their “condition”. There is also testimony from a retired police officer whose job it was to enforce these laws, and a former psychiatric nurse who administered the so-called cures. All of these accounts serve to amplify the themes of the drama and help to immerse us in the reality of a dark chapter in our recent past, a past still within the reach of living memory.

Written by Brian Fillis, Against the Law is directed by Fergus O’Brien, produced by Scott James Bassett and executive produced by Aysha Rafaele, Creative Director of The Documentary Unit, BBC Studios.

Made by BBC Studios, Against the Law will broadcast on BBC Two later in the year.

Against the Law will have its  world premiere at the opening night gala for BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival on Thursday 16 March 2017. Public tickets to the film festival will be available 22 February. 

Updated 9 February 2017 with BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival information.

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