The first image of Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty) has been released from her upcoming stint in the new series of Doctor Who. She will appear as the enigmatic Ms Delphox, a powerful banker from another world, who crosses paths with Peter Capaldi’s Doctor in the first episode of the new season.
Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields) has teamed up with FremantleMedia International to develop a series based on Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, currently titled, Ugly. The series will follow the life of the disfigured bellringer against the turbulent backdrop of seventeenth century France, a time of great unrest and change. Speaking about the series, the Oscar nominated writer and director, Joffé, said “In our story, Ugly is beautiful and much of what passes for beauty is ugly. Such is life, and life and love, cruelty and compassion, morals and money, are the subjects of our story”.
Banished, the new BBC Two series from Jimmy McGovern (Accused), has lined up its main cast with Russell Tovey (Being Human), Julian Rhind-Tutt (The Hour), MyAnna Buring (Ripper Street), David Wenham (Top of the Lake) and Genevieve O’Reilly (The Honourable Woman) all signing up to star. The seven episode period drama will tell the story of the first convicts and their jailers trying to establish themselves in the inhospitable landscape of New South Wales, Australia in 1788.
Though CBS’ How I Met Your Mother is about to bow out in the States, production is steaming along on its spin-off, How I Met Your Dad, with Nick D’Agosto (Masters of Sex) and Andrew Santino (Mixology) both joining the cast. Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) has already been announced to star in the lead role of Sally, whilst Santino will play her older brother, Danny, and D’Agosto takes the recurring role of Frank, an IT guy.
Some more dates for your TV planner:
Wilfred returns to BBC Three for its third season from midnight on Monday 17th March. Elijah Wood stars in the series as the slightly odd Ryan, a man who befriends his neighbour’s dog.
Rev will also be back for a third season, starting on BBC Two from 10pm on Monday 24th March. It stars Tom Hollander (Pirates of the Caribbean) as a priest who runs an inner-city church and must contend with a colourful array of parishioners.
Community returns for a fifth season from 10pm on Thursday 10th April on Sony Entertainment Television. The new season sees the return of original creator and showrunner, Dan Harmon.