First Look

Your Christmas Or Mine?

Exciting news that we can finally announce that Daniel Mays has spent his late-summer filming‘Your Christmas Or Mine?’ for Amazon Studios. We have to wait until December 2022 for this heart-warming Christmas film but it will be worth it!

Amazon Prime Video has announced the British film Your Christmas or Mine? will premiere on Prime Video in over 240 territories worldwide in December 2022.

The holiday film is made for Amazon Prime Video by Shiny Button, follows young couple James (Asa Butterfield, Sex Education) and Hayley (Newcomer, Cora Kirk), who, after a disastrous mix-up, end up having to experience each other’s family Christmas without their partners. The movie is directed by Jim O’Hanlon (Catastrophe, Trying) and executive produced by Kris Thykier (Kick-Ass, Tolkien) and Andy Brereton (Murder in Successville). Your Christmas or Mine, written by Tom Parry (The Job Lot), features a stellar line up of British talent, including Alex Jennings (The Crown), Harriet Walter (Killing Eve), Daniel Mays (Fisherman’s Friends), David Bradley (the Harry Potter series), Angela Griffin (White Lines), Natalie Gumede (Titans), Lucien Laviscount (Snatch) and Ram John Holder (Desmond’s).

“It’s a testimony to the warmth, humour, and emotional honesty of Tom Parry’s brilliant script for Your Christmas or Mine? that we’ve managed to attract such an amazing cast and crew to the project,” said O’Hanlon. “I can’t tell you how excited I am to be directing it—even if it means spending my summer mired in snow and black ice rather than on the beach.”

“From the moment we heard the idea for Your Christmas or Mine? we knew it was something very special that we had to bring to the screens of our customers, and we were excited to work with Shiny Button on this wonderful British Comedy for audiences across the world,” added Martin Backlund, head of content, UK, Ireland and Nordics at Prime Video. “We’re looking forward to Your Christmas or Mine? taking its place amongst the classic Christmas films our customers love, and we hope to follow it up with an increasing number of exclusive British films made for Amazon Prime Video over the coming years.”

We will be sure to post updates on Your Christmas or Mine? as we get them. In the meantime, start planning your Christmas jumper for this 2022 release!

Courtesy of PrimeVideo UK

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Code 404 – Trailer and Premiere Date Announced

Sky announced that Code 404 series 2 starring Daniel Mays and Stephen Graham will premiere on Wednesday, 1st September with all episodes available on Sky Comedy and Now TV.

Sky trailer:

Having cracked The Juggler case with his long-suffering partner, the resurrected DI Major has finally reached his potential as the top cop in the SIU. While the pair work on repairing their friendship following the conclusion of series one, a 21-year-old case with a significant connection to Major is reopened.

With an impending divorce, the return of his long-time absentee dad, and danger around every corner, the pressure seems to be getting to Major and he starts exhibiting strange behavioural glitches.

However, much to Carver’s concern, the problems are more serious than a typical reboot can solve, and our cyborg hero may be looking at terminal failure.

Code 404 returns Wednesday 1st September with all episodes available on Sky Comedy and Now TV.

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First Look – Temple

Sky released their first look trailer for the brilliant Temple starring Daniel Mays and Mark Strong. Tentatively announced for a 13 September premiere on Sky.

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 Autumn 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.”

We are hearing great buzz about Temple and cannot wait to see it on Sky One – most likely September time frame!

Check back for updates…

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Mother’s Day – First Look

BBC Two has released a first look at the cast of Mother’s Day:

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 this Autumn on BBC Two.

Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation

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Swimming with Men – Sport Relief & First Look Trailer

This evening we had a first look at the Swimming with Men cast in action during BBC One’s Sport Relief (Our pool-heroes skit begins at the 1hr33min mark). They definitely made a splash (Telegraph).


Vertigo Films also released the first trailer for the film:


Faced with a full-blown mid-life crisis, accountant Eric (Rob Brydon) joins an all-male group of synchronised swimmers, discovering that making patterns in a pool can, for a couple of hours at least, smooth out the bumps in his work and marriage. Initially keeping their personal lives in the locker, the ramshackle squad and coach Susan (Charlotte Riley) slowly learn to reveal their inner lives, as well as their paunches. But can they get their lives and routines in sync as they embark on an unlikely journey to Milan to compete in the World Championship?

Director: Oliver Parker
Written by: Aschlin Ditta
Cast: Rob Brydon, Adeel Akhtar, Daniel Mays, Jim Carter, Rupert Graves, Thomas Turgoose, Charlotte Riley, Jane Horrocks, Nathaniel Parker

The film is released in the UK this summer.

We will have more updates on this brilliant film in the run-up to its release.

With thanks to Vertigo Films and Aquabatix for the use of photos.

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First Look Trailer- Born to Kill

Channel 4 have released a first look trailer for Born to Kill:

Born to Kill is Channel 4’s intense new psychological thriller from Line of Duty producers World Productions  Starring Romola Garai (The Hour, Suffragette) and Daniel Mays (Made in Dagenham, Line of Duty, Rogue One: A Star Wars story,) as the single parents of two out-of-control teens, Born to Kill is the first commission for female writing duo Tracey Malone (Rillington Place) and first time TV writer and BIFA-nominated actress Kate Ashfield.

The four-part thriller is a haunting exploration of the mind of Sam, played by newcomer Jack Rowan, a teenager who’s on the verge of acting out hidden psychopathic desires. He lives with his protective mum Jenny (Romola Garai), a geriatric nurse, and thinks his dad died in a car crash.

While working at the local hospital, Jenny meets the charming Bill (Daniel Mays). New to town with his moody teenage daughter Chrissy, played by rising star Lara Peake, Bill’s trying to reconnect with his elderly mother Margaret (Elizabeth Counsell, Song For Marion). Just as Jenny and Bill start to hit it off, their kids meet at school and also form an instant attraction. Sam feels like he’s finally met someone that he can relate to, but does she really share his desire… to kill?

At the same time, Jenny learns that her ex, Sam’s dad, a violent man named Peter (Richard Coyle, The Fall), is nearing his parole date. Jenny must now face telling her son that not only is his father alive, he’s also a convicted murderer.

As this menacing four-part drama unfolds, decades of deceit unravels as Jenny, Sam and Peter’s long buried past comes back to haunt the fractured family. Will Jenny discover, despite her best efforts, that Sam and his dad are more alike than she could have ever imagined?

Born to Kill will launch on Channel 4 in April. 

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Guerrilla – First Look

Sky Atlantic and Showtime have released two exciting first look trailers for Guerrilla:

In addition to the trailers, we have an exclusive first look photo of Rory Kinnear as Pence and Daniel Mays as Cullen:

For additional first look photos from Guerrilla, please visit I Talk Telly from our friend Elliot Gonzalez

Guerrilla premiere dates are set for 13 April 2017 in the UK on Sky Atlantic and 16 April 2017 in the US on Showtime.

From Academy Award® winner John Ridley (12 Years A Slave, American Crime), comes the six-part limited 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). Additional cast includes Laurence Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (PENNY DREADFUL, Spectre), 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), along with Golden Globe® winner Idris Elba (Luther, Beasts of No Nation), who also serves as an executive producer through his Green Door Pictures. Along with Ridley and Elba, the executive producers are Michael J. McDonald for Stearns Castle, Patrick Spence and Katie Swinden for Fifty Fathoms and Tracy Underwood for ABC Signature.

GUERRILLA is a co-production between Fifty Fathoms and ABC Signature, in association with SKY UK.

We will have more updates on Guerrilla soon!

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First Look: Line of Duty Series 3

Ahead of this evening’s BAFTA Preview of Line Of Duty, BBC Two has released the first teaser trailer for series three. Look for series 3 to transmit in March 2016.

This series introduces Daniel Mays 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 the returning cast Martin Compston as Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott, Vicky McClure as Detective Constable Kate Fleming and Adrian Dunbar as Superintendent Ted Hastings.

The series is written and executive produced by Jed Mercurio, with Simon Heath as Executive Producer for World Productions and Stephen Wright, Head of Drama BBC Northern Ireland, as Executive Producer for the BBC. 

BBC Two has added the teaser trailer to the Line of Duty series site.

Reviews of the preview episode:

The Telegraph has a fantastic (no-spoilers) review of the first episode: Line of Duty, series 3: strap in for a nail-biting ride

Huffington Post UK: “Here, he’s (Daniel Mays) a revelation as Sergeant Danny Waldron

Radio Times: (Mild spoilers) Danny Mays is the perfect choice to play that awful mixture of victim and perpetrator

Loaded Magazine has an interview with Danny Mays about Line of Duty and Dad’s Army.  (includes video)

We will have updates on transmission of series 3 very soon! Updated post-BAFTA Preview Screening: Line of Duty series 3 will air sometime in March 2016!

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Dad’s Army – New Image Released

Universal Pictures has released a new image of the cast of the upcoming Dad’s Army film. 

The film star Toby Jones, Bill Nighy, Tom Courtenay, Bill Patterson, Michael Gambon, Blake Harrison, and Daniel Mays.

The film is expected to be released in February 2016. 

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Line of Duty Series Three: First Promo Photo and Additional Casting 

 BBC Two has released the first promo image from Line of Duty series 3!
With filming well under way for Line Of Duty series three, the BBC has today unveiled the other officers in the Armed Response Unit joining Daniel Mays’ (Mrs Biggs, Public Enemies, Made In Dagenham) character Sergeant Danny Waldron. 

Will Mellor (Broadchurch, The Street) plays PC Rod Kennedy, Arsher Ali (The Missing, Silent Witness) plays PC Harinderpal ‘Hari’ Bains and Leanne Best (Ripper Street, Fortitude) plays WPC Jackie Brickford.

Jed Mercurio, writer and creator of Line Of Duty, says: “Sergeant Danny Waldron appears to run a team of crack firearms officers, but hidden tensions simmer beneath the surface. We’re all hugely excited that Will Mellor, Arsher Ali and Leanne Best have agreed to play these pivotal roles.”

The commissioner for BBC Two is Kim Shillinglaw, Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four, and Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning. The executive producers are Jed Mercurio (Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Critical) and Simon Heath (The Great Train Robbery, The Fear and The Bletchley Circle) for World Productions, and Stephen Wright for BBC Northern Ireland. With support from Northern Ireland Screen.

The producer is Peter Norris (Nylon, Between The Lines). Michael Keillor (Critical, Silk) will direct episodes one to three and John Strickland (Bodies, Prime Suspect 2) will direct episodes four to six.

Courtesy of BBC Two

Courtesy of BBC Two

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