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Good Omens – First Trailer

Amazon released the first full trailer for Good Omens this past weekend at the New York Comic Con (NYCC) in New York City:

Described as equal parts humor and horror, fantasy and drama, Good Omens takes place in 2018 when the Apocalypse is near and Final Judgment is set to descend upon humanity. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, and tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan — except that Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a fast-living demon, are not looking forward to the coming war, and someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

Neil Gaiman, writer, says: “Almost 30 years ago Terry Pratchett and I wrote the funniest novel we could about the end of the world, populated with angels and demons, not to mention an 11 year-old Antichrist, witch-finders and the four horsepeople of the Apocalypse. It became many people’s favourite book. Three decades later, it’s going to make it to the screen. I can’t think of anyone we’d rather make it with than BBC Studios, and I just wish Sir Terry was alive to see it.”

Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy and Drama, Amazon Studios, says: “Spanning not only the universe but also the entirety of time, Neil Gaiman has created a story that may be the largest ever told on television. We’re excited to be working with BBC Studios to bring Neil and Terry Pratchett’s incredible book to life and to Prime members everywhere.”

Daniel Mays stars as Arthur Young the unwitting father of the antichrist and David Tennant (Crawley) and Michael Sheen (Aziraphale) play the demon and angel trying to stall the end of the world as they know it.

Commenting on his casting back in August 2017, Daniel Mays said he was: “Beyond overjoyed to be jumping on board Good Omens. It’s not everyday you get to play the father of the antichrist! Neil Gaiman’s scripts are out of this world and the cast they’ve assembled are second to none. Can’t wait to get cracking!

The End is Nigh…in 2019! Good Omens will launch globally on Prime Video in over 200 countries and territories in 2019 including in the UK, where it will also air on BBC Two at a later date after it’s online debut in the US.

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Two for Joy – London Premiere

The London premiere of Two for Joy was held this evening (26 September 2018) at Everyman Cinema Kings Cross.

Daniel Mays was in attendance with co-stars Emilia Jones, Badger Skelton, Director Tom Beard, and producer Sadie Frost.

Photos from the evening:

Two for Joy is in select Everyman cinemas beginning Friday 28 September.

A coming-of-age drama, Two for Joy follows a daughter, her mother and her wayward younger brother as their relationship reaches a critical breaking point.
This portrait of modern Britain is seen through the eyes of a family in crisis, shining a spotlight on issues affecting marginal communities, young carers, mental illness and national identity.

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Sunday Brunch – 23 September 2018

Daniel Mays was a guest on this morning’s Sunday Brunch on Channel 4.

Danny discussed Two for Joy (released on Friday, 28 September), Channel 4’s The Inerrogation (premiers this Autumn), and Fisherman’s Friends (released Friday, 23 November).

You can watch the episode online for the next 30 days.

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Two For Joy – Official Trailer & Press

Two for Joy starring Daniel Mays, Sam Morton, and Billie Piper will be released in the UK on Friday 28 September at Everyman and selected cinemas:


Vi has been forced to grow up fast; mother-daughter roles are reversed, Vi is Aisha’s carer as well as trying to control her rascal younger brother Troy, who with no father figure and a struggling mother, is a law unto himself – something must give, the situation must change.

TWO FOR JOY has been conceived and developed over the last six years through a series of short films and photo projects by Tom Beard. It’ll be a bold, unique and distinct departure from your classical social-realist film, while un-voyeuristically exploring and bringing into the public eye the consequence of some serious, British, topical themes that are often short-changed by the government, and under-represented on our screens.

Daniel Mays stars as Lias.

Press and appearances:


Sunday Brunch Daniel Mays discusses Two for Joy on 23 September – available online until 22 October.


BBC Five LiveSadie Frost and Tom Beard on their film Two for Joy

Flickering Myth – Interview with Daniel Mays & Tom Beard


Flickering Myth –Review

The Upcoming

The Quietus

Film review – Hollywood Reporter

Little White Lies

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Mother’s Day – Reviews

Mother’s Day aired on Monday 3 September on BBC Two and was met with critical and audience acclaim. This important and emotional drama about the events surrounding the 1993 Warrington bombings starred Daniel Mays, Anna Maxwell Martin, Vicky McClure.

On the day before Mother’s Day 1993, Colin and Wendy Parry’s lives are torn apart when their youngest son Tim is killed in a terrorist attack by the IRA in Warrington’s town centre. The attack shocks ordinary people on both sides of the Irish Sea.

Review roundup:

Telegraph: ★★★★★ Maxwell Martin and Mays gave performances of exceptional depth and power: she a mother struggling to grieve privately for her lost child; he a father convinced some public good must be mined from so senseless a loss.

Guardian: ★★★★ Daniel Mays is also excellent as Colin Parry, channelling his grief in a different direction, towards ensuring his son didn’t die for nothing, and instead becomes a symbol of peace.

The Times: ★★★★ [Mays] put in potent, restrained performance, conveying a man who found catharsis in speaking to the media, reminding people what a “cracker” Tim was.

Warrington Guardian: the couple are portrayed brilliantly by Daniel Mays and Anna Maxwell Martin.

Independent: Powerfully nuanced performances by Anna Maxwell Martin and Daniel Mays as Tim Parry’s parents.

iNews: Moving performances from Anna Maxwell Martin and Daniel Mays.

Express: Anna Maxwell Martin and Daniel Mays portray a convincing couple.

Mother’s Day is available to watch online until March 2019.

We encourage you to visit and suppport the organization that the Parry family started as a way to honour the life of their son Tim: Peace Centre.

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Mother’s Day – Tonight – BBC Two

Mother’s Day airs this evening at 9PM on BBC Two.

This factual drama Written by Nick Leather (Murdered For Being Different, Broken)  and directed By Fergus O’Brien (Against the Law) Mother’s Day focuses on two ordinary women living either side of the Irish Sea, brought together in the wake of the tragedy:

On the day before Mother’s Day 1993, Colin and Wendy Parry’s lives are torn apart when their youngest son Tim is killed in a terrorist attack by the IRA in Warrington’s town centre. The attack shocks ordinary people on both sides of the Irish Sea.

Sue McHugh, an unassuming and normally shy Dublin housewife, is deeply affected by the tragedy. Spurred into action by the events in Warrington and the hope that she can make a difference, Sue urges people across Ireland to demonstrate that the killings on all sides must stop. But has Sue underestimated the challenge of brokering peace in a community that has known only conflict?

As the grieving Parrys search desperately for answers to their son’s senseless killing, they form an alliance with Sue, her husband Arthur, and her Peace ’93 movement, travelling to Dublin in a bid to bring about peace and ensure Tim’s enduring legacy is one of hope and tolerance. Based on real events.

Daniel Mays (Against The Law, Rogue One) will play Tim’s father Colin Parry, Anna Maxwell Martin plays Wendy Parry, with Vicky McClure and David Wilmot (The Alienist, Black Sails) as Susan and Arthur McHugh.

We hope that you will watch this important, moving factual drama.

For Tim and Johnathan.

The BBC has information and support if you, or someone you know, have been affected by the issues raised in Mother’s Day.

Peace Centre

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Fisherman’s Friends – First Look

We have our first look at the Fisherman’s Friends cast:

Fishermans Friends First

EXCLUSIVE NEWS: Brit comedy Fisherman’s Friends, from the writing and producing team behind UK box office hit Finding Your Feet, has netted a UK deal with Entertainment Film Distributors.

Based on the true story of a group of fishermen from Port Issaac, Cornwall who are signed by Universal Records and achieve a top ten hit with their debut album of Sea Shanty’s and even went on to play the main stage at Glastonbury in 2011.

In a twist of fate, cynical music executive Danny (Daniel Mays) finds himself in a small Cornish village trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen. Attempting to overcome the fishermen’s skepticism about the music business he finds himself drawn into the community, has his integrity tested and ultimately is shown the meaning of loyalty, love and friendship.

Also joining Daniel in the cast are James Purefoy, Dave Johns, Tuppence Middleton, David Heyman, Maggie Steed, and Noel Clarke.

Planned UK release is now set for 15 March 2019.

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Temple – Sky

We are happy to be able to announce that Daniel Mays has joined the cast of Sky One’s thriller series Temple!

Deadline has the exclusive update from Sky:

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Strong (Kingsman), Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones) and Daniel Mays (Line of Duty) will star in the Sky-commissioned thriller series Temple. The high-concept eight-parter, produced by Hera Pictures head Liza Marshall (Riviera), is playwright Mark O’Rowe’s adaptation of the acclaimed Norwegian drama series Valkyrien about the workings of an illegal and subterranean

Strong will star as Daniel, a surgeon who is driven by personal tragedy to treat anyone in his underground London clinic who is willing to pay for medical help outside the system. Aided by Lee (Mays), a disgruntled transport employee, and Anna (van Houten), a guilt-ridden medical researcher, they treat a variety of increasingly desperate and highly dangerous patients, as Daniel’s morality is tested to the limit.

Executive producers are Marshall, Strong and O’Rowe for Hera Pictures and Gabriel Silver and Anne Mensah for Sky. Luke Snellin (Wanderlust) is the lead director, with Shariff Korver (Fenix) and Lisa Siwe (Modus) following; Barney Reisz (Black Mirror) produces. Sky Vision will distribute internationally and co-fund the series, which is being lined up for Sky One in 2019.

Former Scott Free, Channel4 and Archery Pictures exec Marshall added: “After the success of Riviera, I am thrilled to be working with Sky again on my first production for Hera. I think the audience will love the world of Temple and it’s darkly funny take on life.”

Filming is expected to begin in London on September 3rd.

Temple is expected to air on Sky One later in 2019.

Stay tuned for updates on this exciting new project for Danny!

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Mother’s Day – Press

Mother’s Day is scheduled to air on BBC Two on Monday, 3 September. Be on the lookout for several press and print interviews with Daniel Mays, the cast and creative team:


Thursday, August 30th – BBC the One Show – 7PM (scheduled with Anna Maxwell Martin). BBC link is available until 30 September.

August 22nd: BBC London News Interview

Print & Online:

August 21st:

Warrington Guardian

Liverpool Echo

August 26th: Q&A video from the Peace Centre premiere

August 29th: The Big Issue

August 30th: Radio Times

August 31st: Telegraph

August 30th: Nick Leather -Mother’s Day writer- interview on Front Row


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Mother’s Day – Trailer

The BBC has released the trailer for the upcoming 90 minute drama about the 1992 Warington IRA bombing – Mother’s Day. This emotional look at the families and the aftermath of that horrific and shocking event stars Daniel Mays, Anna Maxwell Martin, and Vicky McClure.

On Twitter, Daniel Mays said: Can’t recall a drama I’ve acted in over the years that emotionally resonated with me as much as . Colin, Wendy & Sue, my gratitude knows no bounds in allowing us tell to your story. For Tim & Johnathan.”

Written by Nick Leather (Murdered For Being Different, Broken) Mother’s Day focuses on two ordinary women living either side of the Irish Sea, brought together in the wake of the tragedy.

Anna Maxwell Martin (Motherland, Good Omens) plays Wendy Parry, the mother of 12 year old Tim Parry who lost his life in the attack which left two boys dead and many others injured. Vicky McClure (Line of Duty, The Replacement) plays Susan McHugh, the Dublin mother of two so outraged by the loss of young life that she organised one of the largest peace rallies in Irish history, leading thousands through the streets in protest at the continued violence of the Troubles.

Daniel Mays (Against The Law, Rogue One) will play Tim’s father Colin Parry, with David Wilmot (The Alienist, Black Sails) as Arthur McHugh.

Mother’s Day will air on BBC two on 3 September .

You can see Tim and Jonathan’s legacy at work at the Tim Parry Jonathan Ball Peace Foundation. If you are able, we encourage you to donate to this wonderful foundation as they wage peace on all fronts.

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