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Michael Gambon (Harry Potter) and Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty) have both been cast in the adaptation for JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy. Gambon will star as Howard Mollison, while Hawes will play his daughter-in-law, Samantha.The three part series is being written by Sarah Phelps (The Crimson Field) in a co-production between BBC One and HBO and follows the murky going-ons in a small, seemingly picturesque English village.
the-casual-vacancy-jk-rowlingShowtime have announced that they are developing a 1980s rehab drama with Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man). The as yet untitled project will be set in Venice Beach in 1983 and has been written by Gary Lennon (Orange is the New Black). Downey Jr will act as an executive producer.

Good news for Oberyn Martell fans! Game of Thrones‘ Pedro Pascal will be back on our screens again in a new Netflix series, Narcos. Pascal will star as a Mexican DEA agent sent to Colombia in an attempt to kill the infamous drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar, played by Wagner Moura (Elysium). The series has been written by Chris Brancato (Hannibal) and is set to premiere on Netflix sometime in 2015.

ITV have announced that Law & Order: UK will finish at the end of its current season. The decision was made after main cast member, Bradley Walsh, decided to leave the series in order to pursue new characters. ITV Commissioner Steve November has said however that the series’ ending will be left open for the possibility of a ninth season at some point in the future.

As production gets underway on Homeland once again, casting announcements have been trickling out, giving us clues as to where Carrie (Claire Danes) could be headed. This week we have the news that Corey Stoll (House of Cards) and Laila Robins (Bored to Death) have both been added to the cast for the fourth season, each with characters who have strong ties to Pakistan. Stoll will play the hotshot head of a CIA station whilst Robins will be a new regular character, Martha Boyd – the US Ambassador to Pakistan.

Sky Atlantic and Showtime’s joint production Penny Dreadful has been renewed for a second season. The gothic drama which brings together some of the most famous characters from Victorian literature has proved a hit with critics and audiences alike. Stuart Murphy, Director of Sky Entertainment said of the renewal: “Penny Dreadful epitomises the cinematic scale of drama we have come to expect from Sky Atlantic and we are really looking forward to continuing our partnership with David Nevins and Showtime, John Logan and Sam Mendes in the second series”.

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