Michael McKean (This is Spinal Tap) has been cast in the upcoming Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul. He joins original Breaking Bad cast members Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks who will be reprising their roles as sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman and hitman Mike Ehrmantraut, respectively. McKean will play a new lawyer named Doctor Thurber, who suffers from a strange affliction.
BBC One’s Mapp and Lucia has found its two leads, with Anna Chancellor (The Hour) and Miranda Richardson (Parade’s End) signing up to star. Based on the EF Benson novels, the three part series is set in the summer of 1930 and looks at all the ‘snobberies and pretensions of small town life’. The series has been adapted by Steve Pemberton (Inside No. 9), who also stars, alongside Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) and Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones).
A TV adaptation of Rob Roy is in the works, currently being developed by STV Productions and Fremantle Media. The new series will ‘have the feel of a comic book’ and will be a lighthearted version of the story of the 18th Century Scottish outlaw. Alan Clements, Director of STV Productions said of the project, “Rob Roy is one of the most iconic characters in Scottish history and this fantasy adventure series will bring a mythical and contemporary edge to the story”.
BBC Two have announced that Episodes will return for its third series from 10pm on Wednesday 14th May. Starring Matt LeBlanc (Friends), Tamsin Grieg (Green Wing) and Stephen Mangan (Green Wing), it follows a British screenwriting couple who relocate to LA to work on an American remake of their hit UK series, but find themselves having to adjust to the US network way of working.
ITV announced that they are developing two new thirteen-episode dramas, which they hope will attract a family audience similar to Doctor Who. The first series is an adaptation of Beowulf, set to be very CGI heavy, and so will be produced by Tim Haines (Walking With Dinosaurs). The second is a new version of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde, which will be written by Charlie Higson (The Fast Show).
And finally, more good news for Game of Thrones fans this week – Sky Atlantic have announced that new episodes will now be shown with only one advert break.