ITV Making ‘Hatton Garden’ Heist Drama

The 2015 heist in London’s diamond district by a group of grizzled thieves is already the subject of multiple movie projects. Now ITV is giving the notorious caper the small-screen treatment by greenlighting drama series “Hatton Garden.”

The robbery is proving irresistible for film and TV producers, with Studiocanal’s “Night in Hatton Garden,” Ronnie Thompson’s “The Hatton Garden Job,” and Working Title also reportedly working up a project about the raid, in which a gang of retired petty criminals looted the contents of the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Company.

ITV’s series will consist of four parts and comes from Jeff Pope, a writer who specializes in dramatizing real-life events.

Timothy Spall, Kenneth Cranham, and Brian F. O’Byrne will play the aging robbers. David Hayman, Alex Norton, Ian Puleston-Davies, Geoff Bell, and Nasser Memarzia will also star. Terry Winsor (“Essex Boys”) will co-write the series, and Paul Whittington (“Cilla”) will direct.

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House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2015: Full Winners List

It’s just concluded tonight in London and so we’ve got the full list of those hard-working stars of the small screen, who excel in one of the fastest changing formats of entertainment and impressing more and more all the time, it’s the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2015 winners! The ceremony was hosted by Graham Norton at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and was broadcast on BBC HD.

There were two awards for The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, with Jason Watkins receiving his career-first BAFTA in the hotly contested Leading Actor category. In the Supporting Actress category Gemma Jones, who was last nominated in 1977, received her first ever BAFTA, for Marvellous, the feature-length biopic of Neil Baldwin. Marvellous was also successful against strong competition in the Single Drama category. Georgina Campbell won the BAFTA for Leading Actress for her harrowing portrayal of a victim of
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Cumberbatch secures sixth BAFTA TV nomination

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The Imitation Game star has been nominated for his leading role in BBC drama Sherlock.Scroll down for full list of nominations

Benedict Cumberbatch has been nominated for the third time as leading actor in his BBC role of Sherlock. This marks his sixth nomination for this category in his career.

Cumberbatch received a Best Actor Oscar nomination earlier this year for his role as Alan Turing in Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game.

The nominations, announced on Wednesday by actors Freddie Fox and Amanda Abbington, place Cumberbatch in a category alongside three others.

Toby Jones (Harry Potter, Captain America, The Hunger Games) is recognized for his role in Marvellous. The show received two other nominations including Single Drama and Supporting Actress for Gemma Jones.

James Nesbitt (The Hobbit) also received a leading actor nomination for The Missing, in addition to Jason Watkins (The Golden Compass) for his role in The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries.

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BAFTA Television Awards 2015 Nominations Announced

The nominations for 2015’s House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards have been announced this morning, seeing Olivia Colman and Benedict Cumberbatch among the nominees and Happy Valley, Marvellous, The Missing and Line Of Duty all receiving three nominations each.

Following a ‘Leading Actress’ triumph for her role in Broadchurch last year, Colman has received a ‘Female Performance in a Comedy Programme’ nomination for BBC Two sitcom Rev - an impressive fifth nomination in four consecutive years.

Meanwhile, Coleman’s co-star Tom Hollander has also been nominated for his role in Rev (‘Male Performance in a Comedy Programme’), seeing the pair compete with W1A’s Jessica Hynes and Hugh Bonneville respectively, another show in which Coleman has appeared.

Tamsin Greig (Episodes) and Catherine Tate (Catherine Tate’s Nan) have also received nominations in the female category, with Matt Berry (Toast Of London) and Brendan O’Carroll (Mrs Brown’s Boys
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Benedict Cumberbatch, James Corden Among Nominees for BAFTAs

London — Benedict Cumberbatch has been nominated for the BAFTA Television Awards for the third time for his role in “Sherlock,” while James Corden is on the short-list as the co-creator of comedy thriller “The Wrong Mans.”

Olivia Colman will be vying for a BAFTA for a fourth consecutive year as she is nominated for female performance in comedy show “Rev.

Among those shows receiving multiple BAFTA nominations are “Marvellous,” “The Missing,” “Happy Valley” and “Line of Duty.”

Marvellous,” which is the true story of Neil Baldwin, who refused to let the label of being someone learning difficulties hold him back, received nominations for single drama, leading actor for Toby Jones and supporting actress for Gemma Jones.

Child abduction tale “The Missing” sees nominations for leading actor for James Nesbitt, supporting actor for Ken Stott and drama series.

Crime thriller “Happy Valley” picked up nominations for Sarah Lancashire as leading actress,
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Sheridan Smith's Cilla Black drama adds Aneurin Barnard

ITV has announced casting details for its upcoming Cilla Black drama.

The White Queen star Aneurin Barnard will feature as Cilla's husband Bobby in the three-part series, opposite Sheridan Smith in the title role.

Ed Stoppard (The Politician's Husband) will star as Brian Epstein, while John Henshaw (Downton Abbey) will play Cilla's father John White.

Melanie Hill (Waterloo Road) rounds out the cast as Cilla's mother Priscilla.

Cilla - from Philomena writer Jeff Pope - will focus on the singer-turned-presenter's rise to fame in 1960s Liverpool.

The drama follows the unknown Priscilla White as she pursues her dreams of stardom, begins a relationship with future husband Bobby Willis, and meets legendary music manager Brian Epstein.

It will also feature Black's friendship with The Beatles, and how their success helped launch her career.

Cilla begins filming in March and April in Liverpool, and will feature many of the
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Sheridan Smith to play Cilla Black in three-part ITV drama

Series entitled Cilla will look at her rise to fame, friendship with the Beatles and relationship with husband Bobby

Cilla Black is to be portrayed by the Bafta and Olivier award-winning actor Sheridan Smith in an ITV biopic about the future Blind Date presenter's rise to fame as a 1960s popstar.

Cilla, a three-part drama, will focus on Black's emergence from Liverpool's Merseybeat music scene in the wake of the success of the Beatles to become a chart-topping artist.

Black, real name Priscilla White, was working as a typist and performing in Liverpool venues including the Cavern, Zodiac, Blue Angel and Iron Door clubs when she came to the attention of the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein.

A friend of the Beatles, Black was signed to their Emi label, Parlaphone, and worked with the group's producer, George Martin, at London's Abbey Road Studios.

She had her first UK number one, Anyone Who Had A Heart,
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Sheridan Smith to star as Cilla Black in new ITV drama

Sheridan Smith has signed up to play Cilla Black in a new drama for ITV.

The three-part series from Philomena writer Jeff Pope, will focus on the singer-turned-presenter's rocky rise to fame in 1960s Liverpool.

The drama will follow the unknown Priscilla White - Black's real name - as she pursues her dreams of stardom, embarks on a relationship with future husband Bobby Willis, and meets legendary manager Brian Epstein.

The series will also tell the story of Black's friendship with The Beatles, and how their success and links to industry bosses helped to shape her career.

Smith - who won a BAFTA Television Award for her role in Mrs Biggs last year - will reunite with the programme's executive producer Pope and director Paul Whittington for the project.

Describing Black's story as "fascinating", Smith said: "So thrilled to be back at ITV for such an exciting project and to
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Reece Shearsmith, Sheridan Smith for new ITV drama The Widower

ITV has announced details of a new three-part factual drama based on the crimes of convicted murderer Malcolm Webster.

Reece Shearsmith and Sheridan Smith will star in The Widower, which has been co-written by award-winning factual drama screenwriter and filmmaker Jeff Pope (Mrs Biggs).

Pope also serves as executive producer of the series, with Paul Whittington (Mrs Biggs, Vera) as director.

The Widower takes place over a 13-year period, and follows Webster, who sets about poisoning and murdering his first wife, attempting to do the same to his second wife and moving on to a further scheme to deceive his third fiancée.

Sheridan Smith stars as first wife Claire Morris, who wed Webster in September 1993.

Jeff Pope, Head of Factual Drama, ITV Studios, said: "This is a quite extraordinary story, far more chilling than any fiction. Webster was a banal, almost benign face of evil.

"He was so clever at
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BAFTA Nominations Announced: Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2013

Hot off the press, we’ve got all the details for the BAFTA Television Awards 2013, sponsored by Arqiva. We’ve got the full list below but first up, here’s that full press release in all its glory. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite in our previously reported Radio Times Audience Awards, all the details can be found via this link. In the meantime, exciting news here:

The nominations have been announced today for the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2013, which will take place on Sunday 12 May at London’s Royal Festival Hall, hosted by Graham Norton.

The Girl and Last Tango in Halifax have four nominations apiece, and compete with each other in three performance categories. Leading Actor Toby Jones, Leading Actress Sienna Miller and Supporting Actress Imelda Staunton are all nominated for The Girl. They take on Leading Actor Derek Jacobi, Leading Actress Anne Reid and
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Sheridan Smith to star in new ITV drama Mrs Biggs

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Sheridan Smith is to play the title role of Charmian Biggs in the five part ITV drama Mrs Biggs produced by ITV Studios. She will be joined by Danny Mays (Public Enemies, Ashes to Ashes, Made in Dagenham) who assumes the iconic role of Charmian’s infamous ex-husband Ronnie Biggs.

Written by award-winning writer and Executive Producer Jeff Pope, Mrs Biggs will chronicle Charmian’s life from the fateful moment that, as a teenager on a train, she first met and fell in love with the flirtatious and worldly Biggs.

Sheridan commented: "When I received the call to say that I'd got this job I burst into tears. Charmian is an incredible woman, and I'm so lucky that she'll be on hand to support me and give me advice during the shoot. I hope that I can do her story justice".

Mrs Biggs will recount the story of their struggle
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Vera recommissioned for second series

'Vera' has been recommissioned for a second series by ITV. Filming for four stand-alone episodes of the detective drama has already commenced, with BAFTA-winning actress Brenda Blethyn set to reprise her role as Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope in the show, which is based on the works of crime author Ann Cleeves. The programme - which is set in Northumberland and Newcastle - averaged 6.6 million viewers with a peak episode of 6.8 million during its first series. All four 120-minute episodes - which will be directed by Peter Hoar, Julian Holmes and Paul Whittington - will document the mysterious goings on in
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