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Big, brave and bold: Autumn 2005 on BBC ONE



Drama


The Virgin Queen

 

Anne-Marie Duff stars as The Virgin Queen in a new drama for BBC ONE about the life of one of Britain's greatest monarchs, Elizabeth I.

 

Paula Milne's powerfully authored drama about the long and eventful life of England's iconic Queen is currently filming against a backdrop of some of Britain's most beautiful houses and landscapes.

 

The Virgin Queen explores the full sweep of Elizabeth's life: from her days of fear as a potential victim of her sister's terror; through her great love affair with Robert Dudley; into her years of triumph over the Armada; and finally her old age and her last, enigmatic relationship with her young protégé, the Earl of Essex.

 

The cast also includes: Joanne Whalley as Queen Mary; Dexter Fletcher as the Earl of Sussex; Tara Fitzgerald as Kat Ashley; Sienna Guillory as Lettice Knowles; Tom Hardy as Robert Dudley; Ian Hart as William Cecil; Robert Pugh as Lord Chancellor Gardiner; Kevin McKidd as the Duke of Norfolk; Hans Matheson as the Earl of Essex; Emilia Fox as Amy Dudley; Ben Daniels as Francis Walsingham; Ewen Bremner as Sir James Melville; and Bryan Dick as Thomas Wyatt.

 

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Spooks

 

A high-octane two-part feature-length special launches the return of critically acclaimed Bafta, RTS and TRIC awardwinning Spooks for a new season this Autumn on BBC ONE.

 

MI5's crack team of spies was left reeling after the shocking death of Danny at the hands of hostage-takers as the last series concluded.

 

Now Adam (Rupert Penry-Jones), Harry (Peter Firth), Ruth (Nicola Walker), Fiona (Olga Sosnovska) and rising star Zafar (Raza Jaffrey) set out to become even stronger in their battle to safeguard the nation.

 

The fourth series opens with an action-packed special which leaves MI5 with only 48 hours to prevent a catastrophe.

 

Adam faces one of the most difficult choices of his career in order to save a hospital from devastation: will he be forced to let a brave and innocent young woman die?

 

The special, directed by Antonia Bird, introduces Anna Chancellor as Juliet Shaw, National Security Co-ordinator and Harry's nemesis - and also a figure from his past; it also guest stars Martine McCutcheon in her first UK TV role since leaving EastEnders.

 

Guest artists starring in the series include Rupert Graves, Jimi Mistry, George Baker and David Threlfall, and there are return appearances from Hugh Simon and Rory Macgregor.

 

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Messiah

 

Red Metcalf and his team are up against time when a suspected serial killer embarks on a gruesome murder spree in this gripping series of Messiah.

 

As the body count continues to rise, Red becomes increasingly agitated as the killer tantalisingly remains one step ahead.

 

His desperate quest to unravel the clues left at each scene leave him frustrated and despairing as each murder becomes ever more horrific.

 

Ken Stott is Red Metcalf and Neil Dudgeon, Maxine Peake, Helen McCrory and Hugo Speer co-star.

 

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Bleak House

 

Gillian Anderson, Denis Lawson, Charles Dance, Alistair McGowan, Pauline Collins and Johnny Vegas lead a star cast in a groundbreaking adaptation of Dickens' Bleak House, written by Andrew Davies.

 

The skilfully crafted thriller and passionate indictment of the legal system is one of Dickens's most celebrated achievements.

 

Dickens wrote Bleak House as a monthly serial for popular consumption, complete with cliff-hanger endings that left his audience fervent for the next instalment.

 

Davies' adaptation is told in a series of half-hour episodes, to be shown twice weekly, using the pace, multiple storylines and cliff-hanger endings more usually associated with popular drama.

 

This never-been-done-before adaptation of a timeless tale gives a fuller rendering of the book that is normally achievable in a classic adaptation.

 

The story revolves around orphan Esther Summerson (Anna Maxwell Martin), companion to Ada and Richard, the Jarndyce wards of court, whose connection to the aloof yet beautiful Lady Dedlock (Gillian Anderson) may bring ruin to both her and Jarndyce (Denis Lawson).

 

Charles Dance is the merciless lawyer Tulkinghorn, who seeks to uncover Lady Dedlock's dark secret. Johnny Vegas plays Krook, the drunken, sly shop owner/landlord; Alistair McGowan plays Jarndyce's lawyer, Kenge; and Timothy West is Sir Leicester Dedlock.

 

Alun Armstrong, Hugo Speer, Liza Tarbuck, Charlie Brooks, Matthew Kelly, Richard Harrington, Nathaniel Parker, Warren Clarke, Anne Reid, Richard Griffiths, Phil Davis and rising stars Carey Mulligan and Patrick Kennedy also star.

 

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Love Soup Tamsin Greig stars in Love Soup

Monarch of the Glen

 

New beginnings and happy endings come calling as feel-good drama Monarch Of The Glen experiences its final Highland fling.

 

The seventh, and final, series sees the MacDonald family face the ultimate battle - to ensure the Glenbogle estate survives in an ever-changing world.

 

As well as Monarch favourites Susan Hampshire, Lloyd Owen, Sandy Morton, Tom Baker, Rae Hendrie and Martin Compston, this series sees the arrival of Kirsty Mitchell as feisty shepherdess Iona MacLean and Kellyanne Farqhar as Amy, the laird's god-daughter.

 

Bringing to a close some of the best-loved stories, the final series also sees the return of familiar faces from Glenbogle's past, including Hamish Clark, Julian Fellowes and a spirited return from Richard Briers as Hector MacDonald.

 

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Waking the Dead

 

Emmy award-winning series Waking The Dead returns for a new series of two-part films.

 

Trevor Eve, Sue Johnston and Wil Johnson return along with new recruits Esther Hall and Félicité du Jeu.

 

Following the tragic death of former colleague DS Mel Silver (Claire Goose), Frankie (Holly Aird) has left the team to return to research - and Felix (Esther Hall), a bright, strong, somewhat altruistic and objective pathologist, has stepped into her shoes.

 

The team is finding it extremely hard to come to terms with Mel's death and finding a replacement is proving to be a heartbreaking challenge.

 

However, when Stella, a dedicated, ambitious DS, arrives for an interview, it seems she may have what it takes to be a member of this close-knit team.

 

Using advanced techniques in forensic science, the Met's crack squad of experts gets under the skin of some tough 'cold cases' to discover the truth.

 

Boyd's (Trevor Eve) team of devoted professionals often takes risks in order to bring the perpetrators to justice.

 

Guest stars include: David Walliams; David Hayman; Nicola Stephenson; Ayesha Dharker; Toby Stephens; and Paul Freeman.

 

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Shakespeare

 

Shakespeare's reputation as a dramatist and poet is unique. Considered by many to be the greatest playwright of all time, Shakespeare's plays have merited translation and performances in cultures far removed from medieval England.

 

The universality of his themes - love, marriage, death, guilt, separation, reunion and reconciliation to name but a few - gives his work a continual freshness and relevance. They also help us to understand what it is to be human.

 

This Autumn, the BBC is celebrating Shakespeare with a variety of programmes and initiatives across its services - television, radio and online - in an attempt to rediscover the Bard, explore his work in original ways and investigate his life story and the myth-making that surrounds him.

 

The centrepiece of this celebration will be four modern interpretations by some of Britain's leading television writers, for BBC ONE.

 

Shirley Henderson plays Kate opposite Rufus Sewell's Petruchio in Sally Wainwright's version of The Taming Of The Shrew.

 

Vitriolic, aggressive and 'shrewish', Kate is an opposition MP who is instructed to find herself a husband to make her more electable.

 

Twiggy Lawson, Stephen Tompkinson, David Mitchell and Jaime Murray also star in the romantic comedy which explores the complexities of relationships against a backdrop of glamorous London circles and politics.

 

In David Nicholls's Much Ado About Nothing, Sarah Parish plays Beatrice, presenter of a popular early evening regional news show whose ex-lover and arch enemy, Benedick, played by Damian Lewis, is hired as her co-anchor. Billie Piper plays weathergirl Hero.

 

Peter Moffat's Macbeth is transposed to the enclosed and heated world of a top London restaurant kitchen and stars James McAvoy as Joe Macbeth and Keeley Hawes as Ella Macbeth.

 

Peter Bowker sets A Midsummer Night's Dream during a weekend in a holiday park. The romantic comedy, featuring four warring couples, a donkey's head and a gaggle of fairies stars Imelda Staunton, Johnny Vegas, Bill Paterson, Lennie James, Sharon Small and Dean Lennox Kelly.

 

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Love Soup

 

Starring Tamsin Greig, Michael Landes and Trudie Styler, Love Soup is a romantic comedy-drama series by the creator of One Foot In The Grave, David Renwick.

 

Today, statistics show that the UK is a nation of people dragging their feet over settling down. People are getting married later - in 1991 the average age was 25, now it is 30.

 

More people are living alone - 41 per cent of women over 16 are neither married nor cohabiting. And by 2011, the prognosis is that more than 50% of all men and women will never marry.

 

So if more and more people are waiting longer and longer to meet their soul mate, what is happening in their love lives in the meantime? And what are their prospective partners getting up to in theirs?

 

Love Soup looks at what happens when your first love is a distant memory but you haven't yet found 'the one'.

 

Dealing with the parallel lives of a perfectly matched couple who have yet to meet each other, the comedy-drama follows their hopes, fears and dating disasters as they try to remain sane in a world from which they each feel increasingly excluded.

 

Tamsin Greig (Green Wing, Black Books) plays Alice Chenery, an account manager for a perfume company in a London department store, struggling to maintain a flat in Brighton she cannot afford.

 

Michael Landes (The Wonder Years, The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air) plays Gil, a successful American comedy writer who has fled his home country in search of artistic integrity and a lasting relationship.

 

Each week, Love Soup shows their continuing doomed attempts to find the definitive partner who will bring them the happiness they deserve. Will fate ever put them together?

Since when has fate ever been kind?

 

Trudie Styler is Gil's neighbour, Irene, and Sheridan Smith plays Cleo, one of Alice's colleagues and unofficial matchmaker on the perfume counter.

 

SA/JDR



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