Richard Adams’ novel Watership Down tells the story of a band of rabbits that are forced to leave their cozy warren because of encroaching technology – and the dangers they face on their journey to find a new home.
Already adapted as a brilliant film from Martin “Short, the BBC and Netflix have partnered for a four-episode limited series CGI adaptation of the story with a terrific cast that includes John Boyega, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Olivia Colman, Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, Daniel Kaluuya, Rosamund Pike, Gemma Chan, Peter Capald, and Taron Egerton.
Watership Down will premiere on Netflix on December 23rd and on the BBC December 22-24. Check out the trailer below.
Starz and BBC are partnering to co-produce a four-hour adaptation of E.M. Forster’s classic novel Howard’s End from Manchester By The Sea writer/director Kenneth Lonergan. Lonergan will script the adaptation which will be directed by Hettie Macdonald (Fortitude, Doctor Who).
Haley Atwell, Matthew Macfayden and Tracey Ullman have joined the cast.
SundanceTV is set to co-produce the original drama series The split with BBC One.
Set in London, the series follows three sisters – two of whom are divorce lawyers working for rival firms – who have to deal with the return, after some thirty years, of their estranged father.
Creative and production talent from such productions as The Hour, Broadchurch, Humans, and Black Mirror will work on the series – which will air exclusively on SundanceTV in the U.S. and, following its linear TV run, Sundance Now.
Arguably the most popular presenter on BBC America’s Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson has been informed that his contract will not be renewed.
This comes as a result of ‘a physical altercation accompanied by sustained and prolonged verbal abuse of an extreme nature’ with one of the show’s producers. Follow the jump to read the BBC’s statement.
PBS is scheduling a civil war series, title to be determined, set in Virginia, for a winter 2016 debut. The series would be part hospital story, part family saga. Ridley Scott (Gladiator and Thelma & Louise), David W. Zucker (“The Good Wife”) and Lisa Q. Wolfinger (“Desperate Crossing, The untold story of the Mayflower”) will executive produce. Series co-creator David Zabel (“ER”) will write.
PBS has also announced a co-production deal with the BBC and BBC Worldwide to develop eight-to-ten specials comprising twenty hour of programming – both standalone pieces and multi-part series will be included.
A series of specials covering the Vietnam War (culminating in the 2017 premiere of Ken Burns’s and Lynn Novick’s THE VIETNAM WAR (working title), and two documentaries (The Bomb, and Uranium – Twisting The Dragon’s Tale) the development of nuclear weapons are also planned for a July, 2015 premiere.