It’s been announced that Jonathan Banks has been added to the cast of AMC’s upcoming Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul, to reprise his role as fixer, Mike Ehrmantraut. The new series will act as a prequel to the hit drama and will be an origin story of sorts for everyone’s favourite sleazy lawyer, Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). The show is being helmed by Breaking Bad creator, Vince Gilligan, and writer, Peter Gould.
The first images of Peter Capaldi in costume for his role as the Twelfth Doctor in Doctor Who were released this week, giving us a hint of what to expect from Capaldi’s incarnation. Howard Burden, the show’s Costume Designer, created the look which Capaldi described as “Simple, stark, and back to basics. No frills, no scarf, no messing, just 100 per cent Rebel Time Lord”.
Sky One announced that hit comedy, Modern Family, would be returning to UK screens for its fifth season from 8pm on Monday 17th February. Sky One also announced that their new drama series, The Smoke, is set to premiere from 9pm on Friday 20th February. The new show follows the lives of a fire crew and the daily struggles they face in such a dangerous and unrewarded job and stars Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica), Jodie Whitaker (Broadchurch), Rhashan Stone (Strike Back), Pippa Bennett-Warner (Southcliffe) Gerard Kearns (Shameless) and Taron Egerton (Lewis) and has been created by Lucy Kirkwood (Skins).
Following hot on the heels of the likes of Borgen and The Killing comes a new Danish drama, titled The Legacy (Arvingerne), which is headed to Sky Arts in the UK. It follows four adult siblings who reunite following the death of their renowned artist mother to divide up her estate. James Hunt, Director of Sky Arts, said of the acquisition, “with its award-winning pedigree, acclaimed production team, director and cast, we’re extremely excited to bring this brilliant and gripping Danish drama to the UK exclusively for the first time”.
ITV is launching a new pay TV channel in the form of ITV Encore, in association with Sky. The premium channel will show some of ITV’s top dramas from the past few years as well as new commissions, from 2015, which will boast “high quality production values, big name lead actors and compelling narratives penned by some of the UK’s best writers”. ITV Encore will be free for existing Sky customers and be available through NOW TV.
And finally, Sky have also extended their exclusive deal with HBO, ensuring that Sky Atlantic will remain the home for HBO shows in the UK. Yay!