Daniel Mays

The Kemps: All True

On Friday, Daniel Mays was announced as joining the cast of The Kemps: All True.

Spandau Ballet global superstars Gary and Martin Kemp are to star in a new one-off spoof documentary, playing themselves recording a new album.

Made by BBC Studios, The Kemps: All True will see Rhys Thomas OBE interview the pair about their lives and careers following Spandau Ballet’s 40th anniversary celebrations in December. As part of Spandau Ballet, the pair have sold more than 25 million albums with 23 hit singles worldwide, and in 2011 they received a BMI award after hit single True became one of the most played songs in US history.

As well as looking back at their musical history, The Kemps: All True sees the Kemps other passions: Martin attempts to launch a new film franchise and Gary plans a new Vegan meat-substitute, Wonge.

Perry Benson (The Real McCoy, Operation Good Guys, Benidorm, Oh You Rang M’Lord?) features as their brother ‘Ross Kemp’. The Kemps: All True also features Simon Day (The Life Of Rock with Brian Pern, The Fast Show), Anna Maxwell Martin (Line Of Duty, Motherland), Daniel Mays (Line Of Duty, Good Omens), Alan Ford (Snatch, Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels), Shirlie Holliman (Pepsi & Shirlie), Lucy Montgomery (Tracey Ullman’s Show, The Life Of Rock With Brian Pern, The Fast Show), Tony Way (Extras, Black Books, After Life) and Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who).

Martin Kemp says: “After being known as Roman Kemp’s dad for a few months, I’m really happy to be getting back in the limelight and being known for being that one from Spandau Ballet who hit someone over the head with an ashtray in EastEnders; as well as spending some time with my brothers, Gary and Ross.”

Gary Kemp says: “I’m thrilled that the BBC is making this probing documentary into the lives of my brother and me, and great to be in the delicate yet blood-stained hands of the wonderful Rhys Thomas. Anyone who knows Rhys’s work can expect a little more probing than is usual. Our lawyers await.”

Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy says: “I had to look up the word hagiography in relation to this… as it’s the complete opposite of that. Fair play to Gary and Martin for being good sports and going along with the screwball comedy brain of Rhys Thomas.”

Cassian Harrison, Controller of BBC Four, says: “It’s ‘True’ that BBC Four has always supported the most outstanding talents in British music. After 40 years, the Kemp brothers are clearly indestructible and we’re delighted we can assist them in their attempts to go for ‘Gold’ again. I for one wish them the best of luck!”

The Kemps: All True is a BBC Studios production for BBC Four. It has been commissioned by Cassian Harrison, Controller of BBC Four, and Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy, and will be Executive Produced by Ben Caudell. Rhys Thomas will direct and produce and the BBC Commissioning Editor is Alex Moody.

Transmission details will be confirmed in due course

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Good Omens – BBC Two

Get ready for the apocalypse!  Good Omens has it’s UK television premiere this evening at 9PM!

Described as equal parts humor and horror, fantasy and drama, Good Omens takes place 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.

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 that 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.

Good Omens airs weekly every Wednesday at 9PM on BBC Two. The series is also still available to watch on Amazon Prime Video world-wide.

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1917 BAFTA Film & Oscar Awards Nominations

1917 has been nominated for an incredible 9 BAFTA Film Awards:

Best Film
Outstanding British Film
Best Cinematography
Best Direction
Production Design
Original Score
Sound
Special Visual Effects
Makeup & Hair

The 73rd British Academy Film Awards, more commonly known as the BAFTAs, will be held on 2 February 2020 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Also announced are the phenomenal 10 Academy Awards Nominations:

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Oscars® 2020 will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood

1917:

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers— Blake’s own brother among them.

1917 is directed by Sam Mendes, who wrote the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Showtime’s Penny Dreadful). The film is produced by Mendes and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Away We Go) for their Neal Street Productions, Jayne-Ann Tenggren (associate producer, Spectre), Callum McDougall (executive producer, Mary Poppins Returns, Skyfall) and Brian Oliver (Rocketman, Black Swan).

Daniel Mays stars as Sergeant Sanders.

 

1917 opens in cinemas world-wide on Friday 10 January.

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1917 – Now in Cinemas

1917 – the Golden Globe winner for Best Motion Picture Drama and Best Director Motion Picture – is released in cinemas world-wide today 10 January. Daniel Mays is Sergeant Sanders.

Sam Mendes, the Oscar®-winning director of Skyfall, Spectre and American Beauty, brings his singular vision to his World War I epic, 1917.

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.1917 is directed by Sam Mendes, who wrote the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Showtime’s Penny Dreadful). The film is produced by Mendes and Pippa Harris (co-executive producer, Revolutionary Road; executive producer, Away We Go) for their Neal Street Productions, Jayne-Ann Tenggren (co-producer, The Rhythm Section; associate producer, Spectre), Callum McDougall (executive producer, Mary Poppins Returns, Skyfall) and Brian Oliver (executive producer, Rocketman; Black Swan). The film is produced by Neal Street Productions for DreamWorks Pictures in association with New Republic Pictures.

Universal Pictures will release the film domestically in limited release on December 25, 2019 and wide on January 10, 2020. Universal and Amblin Partners will distribute the film internationally, with eOne distributing on behalf of Amblin in the U.K.

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1917 – UK Premiere

The world premiere for the film 1917 was held in London last evening. Daniel Mays, who portrays Sgt, Sanders in the film,  was in attendance along with many of the film’s incredibly talented cast. This was the World Premiere and Royal Film Performance, in support of the Film and TV Charity

1917:
Sam Mendes, the Oscar®-winning director of Skyfall, Spectre and American Beauty, brings his singular vision to his World War I epic, 1917.

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.

1917 is directed by Sam Mendes, who wrote the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Showtime’s Penny Dreadful). The film is produced by Mendes and Pippa Harris (co-executive producer, Revolutionary Road; executive producer, Away We Go) for their Neal Street Productions, Jayne-Ann Tenggren (co-producer, The Rhythm Section; associate producer, Spectre), Callum McDougall (executive producer, Mary Poppins Returns, Skyfall) and Brian Oliver (executive producer, Rocketman; Black Swan).

The film is produced by Neal Street Productions for DreamWorks Pictures in association with New Republic Pictures. Universal Pictures will release the film in the US in limited release on December 25, 2019 and wide on January 10, 2020. Universal and Amblin Partners will distribute the film internationally, with eOne distributing on behalf of Amblin in the U.K.

You can watch the premiere red carpet event livestream  – look for Danny’s interviews around the 11 minute and 41:30 minute marks.

A few photos from the evening:

It was truly an exciting evening for the cast, crew, and creatives. We wish them all the best as the film hits worldwide beginning Christmas Day in the US and then 10 January 2020 in the UK.

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Code 404 – First Look

Sky has released the first image for Code 404 starring Daniel Mays and Stephen Graham:

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Stephen Graham and Daniel Mays are set to star in Code 404, a new Sky original production, for Sky One, set in the in the Special Investigation Unit at the London Met.

The 6×30” police comedy series, co-produced by Water & Power Productions and Kudos, part of the Endemol Shine Group, is set in the near future and will revolve around two Detective Inspectors, DI John Major (Daniel Mays) and DI Roy Carver (Stephen Graham), who are the top crime fighting duo in the Unit. But when an undercover sting goes horribly wrong, Major is gunned down on the job and killed.

How will the SIU function without Major? It doesn’t have to. As an ‘asset’ considered too valuable to lose, Major’s body is fast-tracked into an experimental Artifical Intelligence project to bring him back from the dead. The only problem is, Major 2.0 may look like and sound like the original, but something has been lost in translation – quite a lot actually. His arrogant demeanour and gung-ho approach remain but his crimefighting instincts have completely deserted him. Somehow, Major’s error-strewn hunches and Carver’s scrambling to make good allows them to just about scrape by. But while the experiment might be hailed as a success, on the front line Roy Carver is left dealing with an increasingly deluded partner.

Jon Mountague, Head of Comedy, Sky Entertainment, said: “What a coup, Stephen Graham and Daniel Mays are the dream team – the perfect Carver and Major. Danny Peak’s scripts are endlessly hilarious and very, very arresting. Can’t wait.”

Tom Miller from Water & Power Productions, said: “Danny and Stephen are an electric double-act, and with Daniel Peak’s brilliant scripts we can’t wait to bring this to life for Sky One.”

Phil Temple from Kudos, said: “We couldn’t be more delighted to have such outstanding actors bringing heart and passion to these joyful scripts – this really is going to be great!”

Code 404 will be directed by Al Campbell and written by Daniel Peak. Executive producers include Tom Miller and Sam Myer for Water & Power Productions, Phil Temple and Diederick Santer for Kudos and Morwenna Gordon for Sky. The series was commissioned by Jon Mountague, Sky’s Head of Comedy and Zai Bennett, Director of Programming for Sky Entertainment UK & Ireland.

Code 404 will air on Sky One and streaming service NOW TV sometime in 2020 and will be internationally distributed by Sky Vision.

Check back for more information soon!

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Des – ITV

The Sun has the big news that Daniel Mays is set to star with David Tennant and Jason Watkins in ITV’s new drama “Des”.

Danny will portray Detective Chief Inspector Peter Jay the police officer who investigated the Muswell Hill crime scene. David Tennant will portray Dennis Nilsen, a former soldier and policeman, murdered at least a dozen boys and young men in his North ­London homes between 1978 and 1983. Jason Watkins will portray Brian Masters who wrote the biography on Nilsen.

ITV Press Release:

ITV’s head of drama, Polly Hill, said: “This starts with ­Nilsen’s arrest and is looking at him through the eyes of the police officer trying to identify those he killed and deliver ­justice. David Tennant is going to be brilliant as Nilsen and, with Daniel and Jason, this has an incredible cast.”

Written by Luke Neal, the three-part drama is based on material from Brian’s book Killing For Company, which features conversations with the twisted loner, known as “Des”.

Filming begins very soon with an expected transmission date sometime in 2020.

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2019 Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance

Daniel Mays took part in the 2019 Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance held at Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, 9 November.

2019 Program:

2019 marks 75 years since 1944, a pivotal year in the Allied fight for freedom in the Second World War. There will be unique tributes to mark the 75th anniversary of the battles of Monte Cassino, Kohima, Imphal and D-Day culminating in a parade of some of the last surviving veterans who fought and served in 1944. 

Throughout the event we’ll remember the bond of friendship and collaboration that exists between Britain, the Commonwealth and her allies. As the petals fall in the Royal Albert Hall, the festival will pay tribute to all victims of war and remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice.

We encourage to watch this superb program in its entirety:
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Please consider donating to the Royal British Legion and supporting their great work in supporting the Armed Services Community.

Lest We Forget

 

 

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Temple Series 2

Fantastic news today that Sky has commissioned a second series of Temple. Daniel Mays will return to his character Lee along with Mark Strong and Carice van Houten.

Cameron Roach Sky’s Director of Drama & Sky Studios said: “Temple’s unique tone and compulsive narrative has ensured that it has become a firm favourite with our viewers, and the show already has an army of passionate fans We’re incredibly excited to announce a second season, and to see the next chapter of the thriller evolve. We are delighted that our customers will be able to revel in the world, and performances of the exceptional cast, led so brilliantly by Mark Strong, Danny Mays and Carice van Houten.”

Liza Marshall, Executive Producer, Hera Pictures said: “Series two will be bolder than ever as Daniel is pushed to even greater extremes as he risks everything to stay ahead of his lies and keep a grip on his underground world. Our fantastic cast led by Mark Strong will take the story forward with its unique blend of pressure-cooker intensity, emotion and jet-black humour. Hera Pictures are delighted to bring Temple back for a second series.”

Temple series two is commissioned by Zai Bennett, Sky’s Managing Director of Content and Cameron Roach, Sky’s Director of Drama with Gabriel Silver as the executive producer for Sky. The series is produced by Hera Pictures with executive producers Liza Marshall and Mark Strong.

Deadline also has the good news.

Filming is planned to commence in early 2020 and additional cast will be announced in due course.

Congratulations to the cast and crew! We are so pleased that this fantastic series continues. After that cliff hanger ending we NEED to know what happens next!

We have all the news and updates on this exciting second series.

Temple- Reviews

The Temple reviews are in! Episode one aired Friday evening to rave reviews from viewers and critics. We cannot wait to see where this story is headed…

The Telegraph: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Daniel Mays was good as a comic foil”

iNews: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Blackly comic, gloriously Gothic and potentially very addictive”

The Arts Desk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ “There’s excellent support…Daniel Mays enjoys himself to an indecent degree…”

The Sunday Times: “Temple is a clever little piece of programming”

The Guardian: “Hugely rewarding”

Episode two airs Friday, 20 September at 9PM on Sky One.

All episodes are available to watch on Sky via the SkyGo app and also on NowTV.

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