BBC One’s upcoming adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover has found its three stars in the form of Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), Holliday Grainger (The Borgias) and James Norton (Happy Valley). Based on DH Lawrence’s infamous novel and adapted by Jed Mercurio (Line of Duty), it tells the story of an upperclass woman’s affair with her gamekeeper. Grainger will star as Lady Chatterley, with Norton as her husband, Lord Clifford Chatterley, and Madden rounds out the cast as the gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors. The one off, 90-minute drama forms part of the BBC’s season of 20th century literature.
A trailer has been released for ITV’s new crime drama Chasing Shadows, starring Reece Shearsmith (The Widower), Alex Kingston (Doctor Who) and Noel Clarke (Star Trek Into Darkness). The series revolves around DS Sean Stone (Shearsmith), a socially awkward yet driven detective, obsessed with puzzles, who works with a Missing Persons unit to help track down those most at risk.
The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses has added more stars to its line-up with Judi Dench (Skyfall), Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty) and Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) all signing up to star in the three new Shakespeare adaptations. Both parts of Henry VI will be produced, followed by Richard III, which is set to star Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock). The new cast additions join the previously announced Sophie Okonedo (The Slap), Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) and Tom Sturridge (The Boat That Rocked).
BBC One’s Happy Valley has been renewed for a second season – “Sally Wainwright’s sensational series gripped the nation. Visceral, emotional and provocative from beginning to end, it’s been fantastic to see our audience on tenterhooks, begging for more” said Charlotte Moore, BBC One Controller.
Life on Mars creators Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham are reuniting for a new drama for BBC One. The supernatural series, The Living and the Dead, will be set in 1888 in a community struggling to adapt during a time of great industrial change. It follows one man’s investigations into the hauntings and paranormal activities that are terrorising the village.
AMC has renewed tech drama Halt and Catch Fire for a second season. Despite critical acclaim, the series has struggled to pull in ratings and its renewal shows that AMC has confidence it will find its footing. “This is a show about invention, experimentation, and the inherent risks in trying to break new ground – themes that really resonate with us as a network and attracted a passionate audience,” said Charlie Collier, President of AMC.
Showtime has also renewed Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan for third seasons, set to air in 2015. David Nevins, President of Showtime said of the renewals, “These acclaimed shows are filled with complex and interesting characters and settings that will no doubt give audiences compelling television to invest in for seasons to come.”