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Poldark's Aidan Turner back on BBC1 in Agatha Christie adaptation
Paul Revoir Friday July 10th 2015

A TV version of And Then There Were None will also star Charles Dance, Sam Neill and Miranda Richardson and be a highlight of Christmas schedule

Poldark’s Aidan Turner, famed for his topless scything in the Sunday night drama, will return to BBC1 to star in an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None.

Producers say this is the first time the book has been adapted into a British TV series. The drama is expected to be a centrepiece of the broadcaster’s Christmas schedule this year.

Turner will be part of an illustrious cast that includes Charles Dance, Sam Neill, Miranda Richardson, Anna Maxwell Martin and Toby Stephens.

The production, described as a “searingly modern” adaptation, is part of a recent deal between the BBC and Christie’s estate to bring some of the author’s best-known works to the small screen in the 125th anniversary of her birth.

Christie’s stories have largely been associated with ITV over the past two decades. The corporation’s commercial rival aired the long-running Poirot series, starring David Suchet, as well as its take on the Miss Marple mysteries.

The three-part series for the BBC is being produced by Mammoth Screen, the same company that made Poldark. Sources on the drama said And Then There Were None would be darker than Christie stalwarts Poirot and Marple and was more like a thriller. It is being adapted by Sarah Phelps, whose previous work includes the BBC’s 2011 costume drama Great Expectations.

The story is set in 1939 and sees 10 strangers invited to the isolated Soldier Island, near the Devon coast, by mysterious hosts Mr and Mrs UN Owen, who are absent when they arrive. Each of the guests is accused of a “terrible crime”. After one of them dies, the group realise there may be a murderer among them.

Turner will play Philip Lombard, a mercenary soldier with a murky past who is short on money. It will be his first UK TV appearance since Poldark, the finale of which was watched by 5.9 million viewers. Dance will appear as Justice Lawrence Wargrave, Neill as General John Macarthur and Maxwell Martin as Ethel Rogers.

Mathew Prichard, chairman of Agatha Christie Limited and the author’s grandson said: “I am so excited that this, the most iconic of Agatha Christie stories, is being made for television with this truly extraordinary cast. My grandmother would be thrilled to know that a new generation will be able to enjoy And Then There Were None when it appears on the BBC.”

Damien Timmer, managing director of Mammoth Screen, added: “We’re really proud to be working with Sarah Phelps on her searingly modern adaption of Agatha Christie’s masterpiece. With this extraordinary cast and director Craig Viveiros at the helm we’re treating it with the ambition and scale befitting one of the great classic novels of the 20th century.”

The programme is due to air in the US next year. The BBC has previously announced that David Walliams will star in a six-part series based on the adaption of two Christie books, set in the 1950s, called Partners In Crime, which is expected to air soon.

Source: The Guardian

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Behind the Scenes with Poldark’s Aidan Turner

Find out about the making of Poldark as star Aidan Turner (Ross Poldark) talks filming, fans, and favorite scenes in an exclusive interview with MASTERPIECE. Saddle up and swoon and let Aidan Turner take you behind the scenes! #PoldarkPBS

On Location…with Faithful Fans
"I did have a couple of Hobbit and Being Human fans showing up. One girl found me at the side of a cliff—I don't know how she did this—she flew from Holland that morning and, in like the remotest part of the UK on the side of a cliff, she found me, and I was like how on earth did you get here?! It was insane! There were a lot of those mental moments, where fans would find us."

High Horse: Riding
"I love riding. Those days were some of my favorite because it felt like the whole story came together when you're out on the moors just galloping around and you're doing what Ross does. And it all makes sense and it all feels very earthy and grounded and real and active.

The horse tends to respond, too. They're such smart animals, incredibly sensitive and emotional, so it's funny how that would play out a lot of the time. Sometimes you're in a scene and you might be shouting at somebody and the horse [Seamus] will get quite tetchy and he'll feel it and won't calm down. The horse would get worked up with you. We had to use different words, different code words for "action" on set, because Seamus knew "action" meant "go," so he would just take off when he heard it, all the time. Sometimes it might be "action" and I'd have to take ten beats and then come into the scene for whatever reason, a panning camera move or something, but if he heard that, he'd be off, so we'd have to change words up.

Sometimes it would be my name, sometimes it would be my character's name. And we couldn't show him the clapper board, because if he heard the clapper board clap loud, he'd take off. That was a nightmare at the beginning, because I was getting used to Seamus. And then it very quickly became something I absolutely loved because he is so sensitive. You just needed to think something, and he would think the same thing and react the same way, so it became a really strong relationship."

Seamus Rides Again? Season 2
"There was a rumor that they might be retiring him, but I don't know, because he's quite a legend and he's been on TV shows for years, and he's a proper movie horse, and he's a bit of a movie star in the stables. I think, because he worked so hard on this shoot, they were going to retire him, but maybe there's another season left. I'd be sad if it wasn't him again."

Remembering Warren Clarke
"There's a day I remember very well—of course Warren Clarke [Charles Poldark, Ross's uncle] passed very soon before the show ends—and there's a scene I remember where we're both sitting on the horse. I had food poisoning that day. And I remember Warren felt so sorry for me, but he just kept cracking jokes all day and doing impersonations of [beloved British comedian] Tommy Cooper and I couldn't help but laugh the whole way through. He knew exactly what would make me feel better. And there's a sense of sadness when I think about that day, as well, and that scene for obvious reasons. It was a really special few months, making Poldark."

Paradise Found: Cornwall
"It was an amazing experience, we were so lucky. We spent about 10 weeks there and we were all over Cornwall. There was a week we had a private, family owned beach to ourselves, in St. Alstal. They just gave it to us for the week while we got the best of the British summer. It was just so idyllic, the entire shoot, everything was just so stunning. We were saying on set, when this goes out, people aren't going to believe we shot it in the UK, they'll think we went to Florence or the South of France or something, because it was actually just too beautiful. There wasn't a cloud in the sky. You don't have to leave the British mainland to find that sort of Paradise."

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Welsh actor Matthew Rhys (The Americans, Brothers and Sisters, The Edge of Love) takes on the BAFTA Guru 60 Second Challenge! Find out - all in his native Welsh - how he gets acting jobs, what he'd tell his 16 year old self, and the most vicious part he's played.

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It’s the 32nd birthday of Poldark – sorry, Aidan Turner – today, and what better reason to celebrate the man that’s had us all hot under the collar since the BBC series aired earlier this year?

From making scything sexy to being ‘pretty nifty with a sword’, here’s 32 reasons we love Pol Aidan…

1. Let’s start by stating the bleeding obvious, shall we?
As Poldark, Aidan was FIT (particularly when topless – see above).
2. He played a dashing vampire in Being Human
And, since Twilight, vampires are always hot, aren’t they?
3. And then a dwarf in The Hobbit films
Yeah, dwarves don’t do it for us quite so much, but somehow Aidan made his character Kili a legitimate hunk
4. As Poldark, he reminds us of one of our other fictional crushes…
There’s definitely a touch of the Mr Darcys about him, isn’t there? And Aidan agrees: “He’s a literary hero: strong and rebellious.”
5. Whilst as himself, he reminds us of yet another…
We’ve been #TeamAidan ever since SATC. We’ve even got the t-shirt, which is handy.
6. He makes a mean spinach frittata
Or so this advert for eggs, filmed when he was just 18 years old, would suggest. Oh, how we’d love Poldark to make us a frittata!

7. The man can dance
Before his dream took him to acting school, Aidan represented Ireland in both ballroom at Latin American dance for 10 years. Just imagine how good he’s going to be when he takes the floor for the first dance at his (read: ‘our’) wedding.
8. He has an indie side
Before he hit the big time with The Hobbit and Poldark, Aidan appeared in short art-house film The Sound of People, in which he plays an 18-year-old boy contemplating his life as he stands on a diving board. Deep.
9. He’s ‘alright riding a horse’ and ‘pretty nifty with a sword’
Or so he told The Telegraph. What more do you want in a man?
10. He’s six foot tall
11. He hates the gym as much as we do
Speaking about staying in shape for Poldark, the actor said: “I had to get my top off a lot, so I had to look good, which meant long days filming and then hitting the gym in the evening. I hated it. I was hungry all the time. I kept wanting to skip the gym, but my trainer would be there… it was awful.”
That said, we VERY much appreciated the results
12. He’s Irish
Which means he likes to have a good time (not to stereotype or anything). WE love to have a good time. God, this is just meant to be, isn’t it?
13. He got his first big break in another period drama that fired up all sorts of feels inside of us
Here he is in the opening scene of The Tudors (let’s just ignore the questionable accent, shall we?).

14. He has a secret tattoo
In a recent interview, the star revealed he has three tattoos, two of which are on either arm (the make-up artists had to cover them up when he stripped on Poldark), but the location of the third is a mystery. Ooh, the mind boggles…
15. He can play guitar
Although he admits that he’s ‘not a great singer’, so don’t expect to be serenaded anytime soon.
16. Those luscious locks
We almost cried when he chopped them off.
17. He’s taken the spot in our heart previously reserved for Benedict Cumberbatch
Handily, our obsession with Aidan/Poldark began around the same time that Benedict announced his marriage…
18. He’s made scything a thing
“We’ve certainly had a bit more interest in the scything community in the last few months,” scythesman Simon Fairlie told The Guardian last week, alluding to the infamous scene in Poldark where Aidan wields a scythe.
19. His Irish accent
Have you heard Aidan talking outside of Poldark? If not, look up a video interview with the man NOW. His soft Irish accent will do funny things to your insides.
20. He’s modest
The hunk recently told The Big Issue that he doesn’t think of himself as dashing. Umm, Aidan, millions of women would beg to differ.
21. And his sex symbol status hasn’t gone to his head either
In fact he finds it ‘a little awkward’. How refreshing.
22. He’s had his heartbroken – but came through the other side.
Aidan has previously confessed: ’I don’t know anyone on this planet who hasn’t had their heart broken. It’s happened to me. Love is love, it’s the purest and rawest thing we have in life.’ Since then, he’s found happiness with fellow actor Sarah Greene.
23. But he’s not quite off the market yet
The lovebirds were forced to deny rumours that they’d got engaged earlier this year.
24. That said, he’s a pretty committed boyfriend
Aidan is rumoured to be moving to New York to be close to Sarah whilst she films a movie. Wait, what? NO!
25. He knows how to make sparks fly
And we don’t just mean when he’s taking his top off… Aidan’s first job was an electrician with his dad. We do love a man that knows how to re-wire a plug.
26. He’s an award winner
The actor won the Best Male Newcomer award at the 2014 Empire Awards for his role in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
27. He’s built his own man cave…
…complete with a couple of pool tables, a bar and a screen. Oh, we’d like to hang out in there.
28. He faces his fears head-on
Aidan told The Sunday Times Magazine that he went skydiving in New Zealand (with a little help from James Nesbitt and a couple of drinks) because he’s afraid of heights.
29. He’s got a few £££s behind him now
He’s rumoured to have made £250,000 from the first series of Poldark, but a BBC insider recently revealed that he could ‘name his price’ for the second. Kerching!
30. He’s part of a small band of men who look *really* good wearing eyeliner
See also Johnny Depp, Jared Leto
31. The new series of Poldark doesn’t start filming until this Autumn – boo!
But he has a new film, The Secret Scripture, out later this year – yay!
32. And finally… THAT SWIMMING SCENE
Come on, you didn’t think we’d forgotten about it, did you?

Source: NowMagazine

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How Aidan Turner Turned a 70s Masterpiece Theatre Reboot into a Mini-Revolution
19th June 2015

The Dublin-born actor Aidan Turner melts the screen as Ross Poldark, the title character in BBC’s reboot of Poldark, airing this month on the PBS anthology Masterpiece Adapted from Winston Graham’s novels (set in Cornwall, England, during the late 18th and early 19th centuries), the series revolves around a rebellious young army officer who returns from the American Revolutionary War to find his estate in disarray and his fiancée engaged to another man. (Robin Ellis, who starred in the 1970s version, has a cameo.) “There is a lot going on with this guy,” Turner says. “He’s a bit badass. He has a healthy disregard for the law. He’s a bit of a drinker and he’s complex.”

The 32-year-old actor began his career as a dancer. “I was six when I started. I represented Ireland in ballroom and Latin-American dancing for 10 years.” He has the trophies to prove it, but, he admits, “I sort of hated it. Then suddenly you start winning, and, well, I’m quite a competitive person.” (He later attended Ireland’s Gaiety School of Acting.) His dance training helped shape the now famous physique that has fans of the show, which became a Sunday-night phenomenon in Great Britain last spring, drooling and taking to social media to complain whenever he doesn’t take his shirt off in an episode. “It is slightly awkward,” Turner admits. “I will never be fully at ease with it.”

Later this year Turner will be seen alongside Rooney Mara in Jim Sheridan’sThe Secret Scripture, but for the time being, Ross Poldark is the official Mr. Darcy of the 2015 summer season.

Source: VanityFair

"Ross Poldark is the official Mr. Darcy of the 2015 summer season." Heck, yes!!! :)

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Well....never, ever ask for my predictions (or if you do, make sure to place your bets on the opposition!)

Broad City (Comedy Central)
Jane the Virgin (The CW)
Mom (CBS)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Transparent (Amazon)
Veep (HBO)
You’re the Worst (FX)

(Yay! I got a winner! But then as you may recall, from this point onwards it was pure guesswork)

Anthony Anderson, Blackish (ABC)
Chris Messina, The Mindy Project (FOX)
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon)
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley (HBO)
Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth (FOX)

Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
Constance Wu, Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin (The CW)
Ilana Glazer, Broad City (Comedy Central)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)
Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback (HBO)

Adam Driver, Girls (HBO)
Cameron Monaghan, Shameless (Showtime)
Jaime Camil, Jane the Virgin (The CW)
T.J. Miller, Silicon Valley (HBO)
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Tony Hale, Veep (HBO)

Allison Janney, Mom (CBS)
Carrie Brownstein, Portlandia (IFC)
Eden Sher, The Middle (ABC)
Judith Light, Transparent (Amazon)
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Melanie Lynskey, Togetherness (HBO)

Becky Ann Baker, Girls (HBO)
Bradley Whitford, Transparent (Amazon)
Josh Charles, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
Laurie Metcalf, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Peter Gallagher, Togetherness (HBO)
Susie Essman, Broad City (Comedy Central)

Bessie (HBO)
Killing Jesus (National Geographic Channel)
Nightingale (HBO)
A Poet in New York (BBC America)
Stockholm, Pennsylvania (Lifetime)

24: Live Another Day (FOX)
American Crime (ABC)
The Book of Negroes (BET)
The Honorable Woman (Sundance)
Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
Wolf Hall (PBS)

David Oyelowo – Nightingale (HBO)
James Nesbitt – The Missing (Starz)
Kiefer Sutherland – 24: Live Another Day (FOX)
Mark Rylance – Wolf Hall (PBS)
Michael Gambon – The Casual Vacancy (HBO)
Richard Jenkins – Olive Kitteridge (HBO)

Aunjanue Ellis – The Book of Negroes (BET)
Felicity Huffman – American Crime (ABC)
Frances McDormand – Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)
Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Honorable Woman (Sundance)
Queen Latifah – Bessie (HBO)

Bill Murray – Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
Cory Michael Smith – Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
Elvis Nolasco – American Crime (ABC)
Finn Wittrock – American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)
Jason Isaacs – Stockholm, Pennsylvania (Lifetime)
Jonathan Pryce – Wolf Hall (PBS)

Claire Foy – Wolf Hall (PBS)
Cynthia Nixon – Stockholm, Pennsylvania (Lifetime)
Janet McTeer – The Honorable Woman (Sundance)
Khandi Alexander – Bessie (HBO)
Mo’Nique – Bessie (HBO)
Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)

The Americans (FX)
Empire (Fox)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Homeland (Showtime)
Justified (FX)
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)

Eva Green – Penny Dreadful (Showtime)
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife (CBS)
Keri Russell – The Americans (FX)
Taraji P. Henson – Empire (FOX)
Vera Farmiga – Bates Motel (A&E)
Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)

Aden Young – Rectify (Sundance)
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul (AMC)
Charlie Hunnam – Sons of Anarchy (FX)
Freddie Highmore – Bates Motel (A&E)
Matthew Rhys – The Americans (FX)
Timothy Olyphant – Justified (FX)

Carrie Coon – The Leftovers (HBO)
Christine Baranski – The Good Wife (CBS)
Joelle Carter – Justified (FX)
Katheryn Winnick – Vikings (History)
Lorraine Toussaint – Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Mae Whitman – Parenthood (NBC)

Ben Mendelsohn – Bloodline (Netflix)
Christopher Eccleston – The Leftovers (HBO)
Craig T. Nelson – Parenthood (NBC)
Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul (AMC)
Mandy Patinkin – Homeland (Showtime)
Walton Goggins – Justified (FX)

Cicely Tyson – How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)
Julianne Nicholson – Masters of Sex (Showtime)
Linda Lavin – The Good Wife (CBS)
Lois Smith – The Americans (FX)
Sam Elliott – Justified (FX)
Walton Goggins – Sons of Anarchy (FX)

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)
Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel)
Married at First Sight (A&E)
MythBusters (Discovery Channel)
Shark Tank (ABC)
Undercover Boss (CBS)

The Amazing Race (CBS)
America’s Got Talent (NBC)
Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
Face Off (Syfy)
Master Chef Junior (FOX)
The Voice (NBC)

Anthony Bourdain – Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)
Betty White – Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (Lifetime)
Cat Deeley – So You Think You Can Dance (FOX)
James Lipton – Inside the Actors Studio (Bravo)
Phil Keoghan – The Amazing Race (CBS)
Tom Bergeron – Dancing with the Stars (ABC)

Archer (FX)
Bob’s Burgers (FOX)
Gravity Falls (Disney Channel)
The Simpsons (FOX)
South Park (Comedy Central)
Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD)

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
The Graham Norton Show (BBC America)
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

So, congratulations go to all of the winners and commiserations to the runner-ups - considering the number of TV channels and shows on air today, it's fair to say that to get nominated is an achievement in itself.

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