Stand Up To Cancer

When we stand up, we save lives.

Daniel Mays has joined the stellar lineup of those supporting Stand Up To Cancer.

Watch the film here.

Daniel Mays said “Stand Up To Cancer is an incredible campaign that I am proud to be part of this year. This film shows the difference we all can make when we take a stand – now is the time to Stand Up together to tackle this relentless disease. Researchers and scientists are making progress in the labs every day – let’s keep standing with them until we can banish cancer to the history books.”

A stellar line-up, including Daniel Mays, David Oyelowo, Paralympian Amy Conroy and actors Dame Harriet Walter, Jason Watkins, and Kadiff Kirwan have joined forces in a thought-provoking short film for Stand Up To Cancer.

Marking the return of the joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, the film highlights the positive change which can be achieved when humanity stands up for what it believes in. The famous faces appear alongside cancer patients, their loved ones, and medical staff as they call upon the nation to Stand Up To Cancer.

The film, produced by Nonsense London, opens with Kadiff Kirwan watching footage of Black Lives Matter protests and a woman following the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. It then cuts to David Oyelowo reflecting on how standing up “builds community, changes history and shapes the future.”

If you are able to, we encourage you to donate to this very worthy cause at the Stand Up To Cancer website.

Thank you!

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First Look – Magpie Murders

BritboxUK and Masterpiece PBS have released the first look photos of Magpie Murders including Daniel Mays in character.

Magpie Murders 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.

Earlier this year, PBS’ MASTERPIECE and Britbox UK announced that they will co-produce and broadcast Magpie Murders, a new drama based on the bestselling novel written by Anthony Horowitz OBE.

The six-part series is produced by Jill Green and Eleventh Hour Films. Lauded as “a magnificent piece of crime fiction” and “an ingenious novel within a novel” by the Sunday Times (London), Magpie Murders topped multiple best-seller lists including the New York Times and Los Angeles Times and appeared on the year-end Best Books lists of NPR, USA Today and others. Its international awards include the prestigious Macavity Award for Best Novel. A beguiling murder mystery with a solution that will both astonish and shock viewers, the plot of Magpie Murders revolves around the character Susan Ryeland, an editor who is given an unfinished manuscript of author Alan Conway’s latest novel, but has little idea it will change her life.

The television adaptation is scripted by Horowitz, who is known to MASTERPIECE fans for the popular World War II mystery Foyle’s War. MASTERPIECE executive producer Susanne Simpson said, “Anthony Horowitz is a master mystery writer, and Magpie Murders is a beautiful and complex work. Our MASTERPIECE audience will truly enjoy this intriguing story of a mystery within a mystery.” MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston.Anthony Horowitz said, “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.” Jill Green said, “This is an extraordinary and distinctive drama. I don’t think there’s ever been a crime show like it with a strong female lead treading the line between reality and fiction as she fights to uncover the truth.” Magpie Murders is streaming in the U.K. exclusively on BritBox UK. Magpie Murders is an Eleventh Hour Films production for MASTERPIECE and BritBox UK and distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures Television

Magpie Murders will premiere in 2022!

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Inside No. 9

We are so excited that Daniel Mays has been announced as one of the Inside No. 9 guest stars for series 7, set to premiere in 2022!

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.“

Gregor Sharp, Commissioning Editor at the BBC, says: “Inside No. 9 is a crown jewel of comedy and we can’t wait to see what twisted gems Reece and Steve have in store for us in the new series.”

Josh Cole, Head of Comedy, BBC Studios Production, says: “It’s a joy to be back in the Inside No. 9 saddle. Reece and Steve are comic masters, and their new scripts are better than ever. Which really is saying something when the last bunch won Best Comedy at the BAFTAs!”

Since its launch in 2014, Inside No. 9 has received widespread critical acclaim and has won an enviable étagère of awards, including the comedy prize at the 2016 Rose d’Or, two RTS Awards and two BAFTA TV Craft Awards (including Comedy Writing), South Bank Show and Writers’ Guild awards. In addition to this, Steve Pemberton won the Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme at the 2019 BAFTA TV Awards and the series won Best Scripted Comedy at the 2021 BAFTA TV Awards.

All previous episodes of Inside No. 9 are available to watch now on BBC iPlayer and series seven will premiere on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer in 2022.

Inside No. 9 is a BBC Studios Comedy Production created and written by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton. The Executive Producers are Josh Cole (Good Omens, Sally4Ever, Crashing) and Adam Tandy (The Thick Of It, Detectorists). The Producer is Kim Crowther (Midsomer Murders, The Worst Witch). The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Gregor Sharp.

Check out the news from Elliot Gonzalez over at I Talk Telly

We will have more on this exciting project for Danny in the near future!

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Temple Series 2 – Premieres 28 October

Daniel Mays and Mark Strong announced earlier today that Temple series 2 will premiere on Sky on Thursday 28 October!

Starring Daniel Mays, Mark Strong, and Carice Van Houten series 2 immediately picks up where things left off with Beth having woken from her coma and very much aware of her husband’s suspicious behaviour, Eve reeling to discover her mother has been alive all this time, Lee falling in with a charismatic activist and Anna luring patients down to the clinic for illegal drug trials, life is only going to get more insane…

New cast members include Rhys Ifans joining as a “dubious and deeply unpredictable medical fixer” called Gubby, Michael Smiley playing his “poetic but frequently inebriated assistant” Dermot, Ruthxjiah Bellenea, Mandeep Dhillon, Jamie Michie, Will Keen, and Gbemisola Ikumelo.

Temple was recommissioned by Sky in 2019 after the successful first series aired.

We will get a proper series trailer very soon but until then check out the first look trailer released late last year.

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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 Series 2 is Here!

Today is the day! Code 404 premieres at 10PM on Sky Comedy with all episodes available online at Sky and Now TV!

The crime fighting duo of the future, DI Carver (Stephen Graham) and his AI-driven partner DI Major (Daniel Mays), are back!

Unfortunately, there’s still a few bugs to patch out. 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. But it came at a price. At last realising that his best friend had shacked up with his wife Kelly (Anna Maxwell Martin) while he was “away” (and a bit before), their partnership is over, and the pair go their own ways. But when a 20-year old cold case is reopened, the pair find themselves back together and thrown into the action. 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 Series 2 features brand new cast members Meera Syal (Elizabeth Churchland) and Clive Russell (Clifford Major) who will be joining the cast. Alongside Stephen Graham, Daniel Mays and Anna Maxwell Martin, returning cast include Michelle Greenidge (Not Judy), Rosie Cavaliero (Dennett), Richard Gadd (Cleasby) and Amanda Payton (Parfit).

Sky Original, Code 404 series 2, all episodes available 1 September on Sky Comedy and NOW

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 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.

Viewers can catch up on all episodes of the first series of Code 404 on-demand on Sky and NOW.

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Code 404 Press

Just under a week to go until series 2 of Code 404 premieres on Wednesday 1st September on Sky Comedy and Now TV! Sky will air the first two episodes beginning at 22:00 and you can watch ALL episodes immediately on Now TV (subscription) beginning 1st September.

Also announced today is that Code 404 S2 will premiere in the USA on September 23rd on Peacock.

Danny and his cast mates will have upcoming press:

Podcasts: Just the Facts with Alex Zane. Available on most podcast platforms. A video of the interview will also be available on the Just the Facts Youtube page:

Print: Check the weekly TV magazines for Code 404 content.

Radio Times- The Big RT interview


Podcast: This is My Cinema: The BIFA podcast


Radio: BBC 5 Live

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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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The Dumb Waiter at The Old Vic – Reviews

The reviews are coming in for The Dumb Waiter starring Daniel Mays and David Thewlis.

The New York Times: Serving Murder in “The Dumb Waiter”: The Old Vic’s production of the 50-minute one-act play is as polished as an assassin’s gun.

Guardian: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It takes theatrical alchemy – and talent – to turn a play as familiar as Harold Pinter’s 1957 two-hander into a drama as new and freshly dangerous as Jeremy Herrin’s revival here. That is partly down to the supreme skills of David Thewlis and (especially) Daniel Mays. Mays, meanwhile, is an utter marvel.

The Arts Desk

Broadway World

Production photos courtesy of The Old Vic Theatre and Manuel Harlan

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Evening Standard Magazine Cover & Feature Interview

Daniel Mays graces the cover and is the feature interview in this week’s Evening Standard Magazine. Danny talks his starring role in The Dumb Waiter, his career, and the amazing photoshoot in the Old Vic Theatre and on the marquee!

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