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This week we have exciting casting announcements, trailers and details on an upcoming BBC WWI drama. Read on for this week’s biggest television news…

– Sky Atlantic have released a trailer for the upcoming second season of Smash, the musical drama from NBC, which is set to air over here from 9pm on Thursday 18th July. The second season finds the team back in New York and facing an unexpected scandal which puts the show’s fate in danger. Starring Debra Messing, Jack Davenport and Katherine McPhee, the second season is also its final, as NBC cancelled the show after it continually struggled in the ratings. Check out the trailer below:



– Casting news has been coming out all week for BBC Two’s upcoming spy drama, Legacy, and it’s an impressive line up; Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) has been cast in the lead role as Charles Thoroughgood, a spy in training who begins to uncover the shocking truth about his father’s past, and he will star alongside Ramola Garai (The Hour), Tessa Peake-Jones (Holby City), Christian McKay (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), Olivia Grant (Strike Back), Simon Russell Beale (The Hollow Crown) and Andrew Scott (Sherlock).

– BBC Two have officially announced a one off drama about a satirical magazine printed during World War I. The project, titled The Wipers Times, has been written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, with Ben Chaplin (Me and Orson Welles), Michael Palin (Life of Brian), Emilia Fox (Silent Witness), Julian Rhind-Tutt (The Hour) and Steve Oram (Sightseers) set to star. The drama tells the story of two soldiers who discovered a printing press in the ruins of Ypres and used it to print a satirical paper for their fellow soldiers in the trenches, much to the consternation of their superior officers. Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC Two, described the show by saying, “Just like the original Wipers Times, this new history drama will be filled with jokes, spoofs and amazing examples of courage behind the laughs”.

– After the recent trailer for Top of the Lake, comes the announcement that the drama series, made in a co-production between the BBC, Sundance Channel and UKTV, will premiere in the UK from 9:10pm on Saturday 13th July on BBC Two. Starring Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings), Peter Mullan (Tyrannosaur) and Holly Hunter (The Piano) and written by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee, it tells the story of a police detective (Moss) who investigates the disappearance of Tui, a twelve year old girl, last seen standing in an icy lake.

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