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Comic Con arrives in St. Helens this weekend

St. Helens (Merseyside) hosts its first ever Comic-Con this weekend – 15th July 2017 – and the final guest line up from both Movie & Television and from the Comic Book World has now been announced along with guest signings and panel talks. Stars from Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Primeval and Star Wars will be in attendance for the town’s first event of this kind.

Guest photoshoots have been announced and are as follows:-

11 am – Terry Molloy

12 pm – Jon Davey

12:30 pm – Ken Colley

1pm – Alan Harris

1:30 pm – Hannah Spearritt

2pm – Dominic Carter

2:30pm – Ross Mullan

3pm – Hugh Mitchell

4pm – Adam Brown

Along with this the comic book guests include Tim Perkins, Andy Cowsill, Nick Brokenshire, Andy Fairhurst and Sam Johnson.

Game to will be sponsoring a free gaming area, in which numerous Current-Gen platforms will be set up to play with, and on show will
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Back This! – Fun House / The Book Club

Welcome to the latest edition of our regular crowdfunding feature here on Nerdly – Back This! – where we take a look at some of the cool content taking the crowdfunding route on sites such as Indiegogo, Sponsume and Kickstarter. This month we’re spotlighting two Very different projects…

Bring Back Fun House

Fun House mega-fan Glen Middleham and a group of his friends and colleagues need your help to launch a live event version of the classic TV show in London. They have been working with the original Fun House creative team to design a truly authentic experience, planned to include many of the games you used to adore as a child. In teams of 6 Reds vs 6 Yellows, you’ll be able to play wacky games, race the Fun Karts, tackle the vast ball pool and take on the gigantic Fun House itself in an experience which is planned to last 1h 45mins.
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Round-Up: Exclusive Poster for The Inhabitants, The Hatching, The X-Files & Ghostbusters Figures, All Hallows’ Eve 2, Monstrous Comic

  • DailyDead
In this round-up, we have an exclusive poster for the Rasmussen brothers' The Inhabitants, DVD release details on The Hatching, a look at Diamond Select Toys' The X-Files and Ghostbusters figures, an All Hallows' Eve 2 trailer, and Kickstarter campaign details for the comic book series Monstrous.

The Inhabitants Exclusive Poster: Hitting Blu-ray and DVD today from FilmRise, The Inhabitants was written and directed by Michael and Shawn Rasmussen (John Carpenter's The Ward). To celebrate the film's home media release, we've been provided with an exclusive poster from The Inhabitants just for Daily Dead readers (shown below).

Press Release: "New York – FilmRise has acquired North American home media rights to The Inhabitants, the new supernatural thriller from the writers of John Carpenter's The Ward. The Brooklyn-based film and TV distributor will release the film January 5th, 2016, on DVD and Blu-ray. The discs will include an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette as well as the film's trailer.
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Doctor Who series 9: Face The Raven new pictures

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The BBC has released a tidy pile of brand new pictures from Doctor Who series 9 episode, Face The Raven...

Now that Sleep No More is, er, no more, it's time to move on to the next episode of Doctor Who series nine: Face The Raven.

Written by Merlin and Primeval's Sarah Dollard, Face The Raven sees the Doctor and Clara inside a magical world concealed in our nation's capital. For more on that, here's the official synopsis:

"The Doctor and Clara, with their old friend Rigsy, find themselves in a magical alien world, hidden on a street in the heart of London. Sheltered within are some of the most fearsome creatures of the universe… and Ashildr (Maisie Williams)! With a death sentence hanging over their heads, not all of the intruders will get out alive."

You can see the preview teaser for the Justin Molotnikov-directed episode,
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Doctor Who series 9: Face The Raven spoiler-free review

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Is Face The Raven any good? Yes, yes, yessity-yes. Here's our spoiler-free review of the next Doctor Who series 9 episode...

Today, the BBC has cost me 40p. In that time, I've listened to a bit of radio, caught up with the news at the BBC website. And then?

I watched Saturday's Doctor Who.

Good grief. In a series that's not been afraid to take twists, turns, to go off in precisely the opposite direction that people were expecting, Face The Raven has again demonstrated the confidence and talent that's fuelling modern day Doctor Who. It does feel like we take a lot of this for granted, but there are several flat-out exquisite moments in this episode - not least Peter Capaldi giving his work in The Zygon Inversion a run for its money - that surely deserve at the very least a lot more respect. Some thunderous applause would help,
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Peter Harness interview: Doctor Who, The Zygon Inversion

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Spoilers: writer Peter Harness chats to us about The Zygon Invasion, The Zygon Inversion and Doctor Who...

This interview contains spoilers for Doctor Who: The Zygon Inversion, The Zygon Invasion, and Kill The Moon.

The weekend just gone saw The Zygon Inversion screen on BBC One, penned by Peter Harness and Steven Moffat. It’s Harness’ third Doctor Who episode, following The Zygon Invasion and Kill The Moon, and his pen also adapted Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, that appeared on our screens earlier this year.

He spared us some time for a spoiler-y chat about writing, Doctor Who, and taking risks…

I remember talking to James Moran around the time he wrote The Fires Of Pompeii for Doctor Who. He recalled that when he wrote that episode, Russell T Davies gave him some particular ingredients. It was going to be Pompeii, the day before the eruption,
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Round-Up: House Of Salem Poster, Santa Short Film, Pay The Ghost Blu-ray

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Now in post-production, James Crow's House of Salem stars Andrew-Lee Potts, Anna Nightingale, and Robert Lowe. Also in this round-up: a look at the short horror film called Santa and details on the Pay the Ghost Blu-ray.

House of Salem: Press Release: "Independent film company Last British Dragon has just wrapped filming its second feature-length horror film after “Curse of the Witching Tree”. Written, Produced and Directed once again by James Crow, the film promises to build upon its success in the USA and the UK with another film entering the realms of demonic forces, gothic imagery, and eerie undead spirits.

A group of kidnappers become a child’s unlikely protectors, after finding out they have unwittingly been set up to take part in a deadly game of human sacrifice. As they start to uncover the truth of the safe house they find themselves trapped, they must battle demonic
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What next for Saturday night UK family drama?

From Primeval to Merlin and Atlantis, Doctor Who's return spawned a host of Saturday teatime dramas that have since disappeared. What next?

It’s Saturday night. BBC 1 is showing Doctor Who. It does this a lot, generally speaking, and has done on and off (sometimes very off) for over fifty years. When the show returned in 2005 it brought with it the realisation that there was a huge family audience un-catered for on Saturday nights, and unfortunately Doctor Who was only on air for a quarter of the year, so it couldn’t do it all by itself.

ITV quickly realised it needed to attract that audience too, and while it had gameshows that dominated the schedules it didn’t have anything like Buck Rogers In The 25th Century or The A Team to put up against the BBC this time. And time was of the essence: new shows had
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Doctor Who 10 years on: Where are the class of 2005 now?

The world of Doctor Who has changed greatly in the space of just 10 years. The cast and crew have almost completely been replaced since 2005, including a number of new actors to play the errant Time Lord and his companions.

But what has happened to the class of '05? Where are Rose and Mickey now? What is the writer of 'Dalek' up to? And where can you see more work from the director of 'Rose'?

Here it is then, your guide to the main players of Doctor Who series one.

The Cast

After his three-month on-screen stint as the Doctor, Christopher Eccleston's career continued in much the same vein, taking in theatre, interesting television roles and the odd blockbuster.

Post-2005, the Northern actor went Stateside to take on the role of invisible man Claude in the Us series Heroes. From there, he popped up in a very amusing Doctor Who-esque cameo as Dr.
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Kieran Bew Cast As Lead In ITV’s ‘Beowulf’

Kieran Bew (Da Vinci's Demons) has been cast to play the lead role of Beowulf in ITV's epic re-imagining of the iconic Old English poem following the exploits of the titular warrior as he battles a fearsome monster during Britain’s Dark Ages. Kieran will star alongside William Hurt (Humans), and Joanne Whalley (Wolf Hall). Created by James Dormer (Strike Back), Tim Haines (Primeval) and Katie Newman (Primeval), the action-packed 13 part series is produced by ITV Studios
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ITV announces cast for Beowulf 13-part series

ITV has announced casting for its new Beowulf series.

Da Vinci's Demons actor Kieran Bew will play the title role in a 13-part adaptation of the classic myth.

The Incredible Hulk's William Hurt, Downton Abbey's Ed Speleers and Wolf Hall's Joanne Whalley will also star in the series.

Rounding out the cast are Ian Puleston-Davies (Coronation Street), David Ajala (Black Mirror), Ellora Torchia (Indian Summers) and Alex Price (Penny Dreadful).

Created by Strike Back's James Dormer with Primeval's Tim Haines and Katie Newman, Beowulf is set in the mythical Shieldlands, a place of spectacle and danger populated by both humans and fantastical creatures.

Dormer said: "Hundreds of years ago our ancestors listened to the story of Beowulf because it was a great adventure story - it scared them, thrilled them, made them laugh and cry. But they also listened because they recognised themselves and their fears in it.
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The Musketeers series 2 episode 7 review: A Marriage Of Inconvenience

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The Musketeers picks up the slack and delivers a surprising, eventful and engaging episode in A Marriage Of Inconvenience...

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2.7 A Marriage Of Inconvenience

Last week’s Through A Glass Darkly was a slight blip on what has been a strong season for The Musketeers and it is with some relief that A Marriage Of Inconvenience returns the series, if not to its peak, then at least some way to it.

Directed by Edward Bennett (Waking The Dead, Silent Witness) and written by, Steve Bailie (Casualty, Primeval), A Marriage Of Inconvenience is a surprising episode in that it had me raging for the first half hour, but then as the twist became more clear it forced me to see it in a new light. This was an episode that caught me unawares and I liked it the more for it.

So what was going on? Well, in
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Digital Spy's rising stars for 2015: Joe Cole, Karla Crome and more

Who are the stars of tomorrow in TV, film and theatre?

Digital Spy presents its predictions for 2015 - in no particular order, here are seven young actors, writers, comedians and musicians who look destined to make an impression on the world of entertainment this year.

1. Billy Howle

After graduating from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2013, Billy Howle quickly landed television work in Channel 4's New Worlds and on ITV's Vera.

But the young actor first came to our attention last year with his powerful performance as the troubled James in sorely underrated countryside thriller Glue.

Next up for the talented Howle is a plum role in BBC One's adaptation of Laurie Lee's Cider with Rosie, which is due to be broadcast later in 2015.

2. Hannah Britland

A graduate from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Hannah Britland launched her television acting career with early roles in Misfits and Skins.
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ITV Plans A "Beowulf" TV Series

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"Strike Back" executive producer James Dormer is set to adapt a new action drama series based on the ancient Anglo-Saxon poem "Beowulf" for British broadcaster ITV.

The thirteen-episode series, which ITV has greenlit, is set in the mythical Shieldlands and described as a "western set in the Dark Ages of Britain's mythic past". Both humans and fantastical creatures populate this world which will actually be filmed in England's North East.

Tim Haines ("Primeval," "Sinbad") and Katie Newman ("Primeval: New World") will executive produce, Stephen Smallwood ("Ripper Street," "The Day of the Triffids") will produce. Filming is slated to begin in April, but there's no casting locked down as yet.

Source: Variety
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‘Strike Back’s’ James Dormer to Adapt ‘Beowulf’ as Dark Ages Western

London — James Dormer, who exec produced two seasons of “Strike Back,” is to adapt the epic Anglo-Saxon poem “Beowulf” as an action-packed drama.

The U.K. broadcaster ITV, which has greenlit the series, describes it as “a Western set in the Dark Ages of Britain’s mythic past.”

The 13-part series is set in the mythical Shieldlands, “a place of spectacle and danger populated by both humans and fantastical creatures,” said ITV. Dormer will write and executive produce the show, which will be filmed in England’s North East. Filming will begin in April 2015. There are no casting details at present.

In the first episode Beowulf returns, after spending many years wandering as a mercenary warrior, to Herot to pay his respects to the recently deceased Thane, Hrothgar — the man who raised him. But when Herot is attacked by the terrifying monster Grendl, Beowulf has no choice but to hunt it down,
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ITV orders new drama The Forgotten from Undeniable writer

ITV has commissioned new drama The Forgotten.

The six-part series from Mainstreet Pictures will centre on a 39-year-old cold case that's reopened following the discovery of a skeleton buried underneath a cellar.

An extensive investigation is led by Dci Cassie Stuart and Di Sunil 'Sunny' Khan that spans the country and delves back in time to find the killer.

Chris Lang (Undeniable, A Mother's Son) writes the series and Tim Bradley (Teachers, Primeval) produces.

ITV's Director of Drama Steve November said: "The Forgotten will look at how an historic police investigation affects the lives of all those touched by it.

"Lang's scripts are wonderfully compelling as the mystery deepens and the police hunt for the killer intensifies."

BBC Worldwide has claimed the global distribution rights for the series.

The Forgotten will begin filming in March 2015, with casting due to take place later in the year.
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Global Showbiz Briefs: Talpa Global & A Cappella Team On ‘The Big Picture’ Rights; ‘Mammon’ Sells To Multiple Territories; More

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In a rare deal for a third-party format, Talpa Global will partner with Israel’s A Cappella to handle the worldwide distribution rights to game show The Big Picture. Created by TV host and mentalist Nimrod Harel and A Cappella, The Big Picture sees studio contestants given a shot at winning $1M by correctly answering 12 picture-based questions. If the studio player is unsure, they can enlist help from a connected viewer playing along in real time with the Big Picture app. At that moment, the connected player will have their image projected on the TV screen, play along via the technology and also have a shot at winning a substantial amount of the studio player’s total prize money. A budget of $1M went toward developing and producing an English-language Big Picture pilot, which A Cappella’s Einat Shamir and Tal Shaked shopped at Mip-tv in April.

Beta Film has
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Soda takes The Goob for UK

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British drama debuted at Venice Days.

Soda Pictures has acquired UK rights to The Goob, the debut feature from writer-director Guy Myhill.

The deal was negotiated between Soda Pictures’ MD Edward Fletcher and producers Mike Elliott and Lee Groombridge of Emu Films.

The cast includes Sean Harris (Prometheus), Sienna Guilleroy (Luther), Hannah Spearritt (Primeval) and newcomer Liam Walpole.

The coming-of-age story centres on 16-year-old Goob Taylor (Walpole) in Norfolk. He helps his mother run a transport cafe and harvests the surrounding pumpkin fields. But when she starts a relationship with a stock car driver (Harris), Goob becomes an unwelcome side thought. But when exotic pumpkin picker Eva arrives, Goob dreams of a better life, fuelled by her flirtatious comments.

The Goob received its world premiere last month in Venice. It is up for the Golden Hitchcock at the 25th Dinard British Film Festival and will feature in the First Feature Competition at the BFI London Film Festival
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Rufus Hound joins cast of Russell T Davies's Channel 4 series Cucumber

Rufus Hound has joined the cast of Russell T Davies's new series Cucumber.

The actor and comedian will guest star as Rupert, a man who is interested in the show's lead character Henry (Vincent Franklin), Gay Times reports.

Meanwhile, Father Ted's Ardal O'Hanlon and Doctor Who's Adjoa Andoh have also been added to the cast.

The new Channel 4 series - which was first announced last year - is an eight-part drama and will focus on gay life in the 21st Century.

Coronation Street's Julie Hesmondhalgh will appear in the show, alongside Cyril Nri (The Bill), Freddie Fox (Parade's End), Fisayo Akinade (Fresh Meat), Con O'Neill (Uncle), James Murray (Primeval) and Ceallach Spellman (Waterloo Road).

Channel 4 has also commissioned an E4 follow-up series titled Banana, as well as an online factual series called Tofu. All three series are expected to debut in 2015.
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Luke Pasqualino, Maimie McCoy and Executive Producer Adrian Hodges Talk BBC America’s The Musketeers, Blending Genres, and More

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The Musketeers, airing on BBC America, is set on the streets of 17th century Paris, before law and order reigned. As a result, King Louis Xiii’s personal bodyguards, Athos (Tom Burke), Aramis (Santiago Cabrera) and Porthos (Howard Charles), stand for social justice, honor and valor. Created by Adrian Hodges (Primeval), the show also stars Luke Pasqualino, Peter Capaldi, Maimie McCoy, Tamla Kari and Hugh Speer. During this exclusive interview with Collider, co-stars Luke Pasqualino and Maimie McCoy, along with executive producer/writer Adrian Hodges, talked about what made them want to take on The Musketeers, how crucial the chemistry was among the actors, not going too over-the-top with the humor, making sure the villains feel very real, how challenging it is to find the right directions for such a blend of genres, how challenging the physical aspects of these roles are, favorite action scenes and episodes, and how they
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