Drama and Acquisitions highlights for Autumn/Winter 2015/16
TX: Winter, E4
The aliens are here. In fact, they’ve been here for the last 40 years. But though they walk like us, talk like us and look like us, they’re not allowed to live with us. All aliens are forced to live behind a huge wall in a in a segregated community called Troy; a ramshackle and hedonistic ghetto where a criminal sub-culture thrives. It’s a world of mystery, danger and forbidden pleasures.
But when mild-mannered human Lewis, a border control guard at the wall’s check-point, discovers that he is half-alien, his secret threatens to turn his world upside down as he is drawn into the dark underbelly of Troy.
Production co: Clerkenwell Films
TX: Autumn, C4
The “best new crime drama since Breaking Bad and True Detective” (The Independent) returns to Channel 4 with a brand new story that will unfold over 10 episodes. Kirsten Dunst (Interview with the Vampire, Spider-Man) and Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad) star in this new series set in 1979, 30 years previous to the events of the first series. Dunst plays Peggy Blomquist, a small town beautician with big city dreams who is trying to figure out who she really is and what she really wants as she struggles with traditional societal expectations. Her husband Ed, played by Plemons, a butcher's assistant who wants to be supportive of his wife’s self-discovery, even if he doesn’t quite understand it. Patrick Wilson (Insidious, Young Adult) also stars as Lou Solverson, previously seen in the first series, a clean-cut Minnesota State Patrolman, four years back from Vietnam where he served in the Navy. Ted Danson (Cheers, Saving Private Ryan, 3 Men and a Baby) plays Hank Larsson, the Sheriff of Rock County, Minnesota, and an unflappable WWII vet who embodies a certain cowboy poetry. Jean Smart (24, Frasier) joins the cast as Floyd Gerhardt, the matriarch of the Gerhardt crime family. She’s stood by her husband’s side for 40 years, but now that he’s at death’s door she thinks it’s her turn to run things…
TX: Winter, C4
In the fourth and final series, its 3rd year and the end of university life is drawing closer. JP’s (Jack Whitehall) brother pays an unexpected visit and it’s a wakeup call for all the housemates. JP is told it’s time to knuckle down as he has a cushy bank job lined up for him, but is he up to it and what he even wants to do with the rest of his life? Vod (Zawe Ashton) is wrestling with a debt that could sink a small Euro state, while Oregon (Charlotte Ritchie), now Student Union President, has big plans for her legacy. Kingsley (Joe Thomas) finds himself in an unconventional relationship, while Howard (Greg McHugh) is headed for a first Class degree, until some unexpected news sends him spiralling. And poor 2nd year Josie (Kimberley Nixon) faces the prospect of being without her friends for next year…
Production co: Objective
Homeland season 5
TX: Autumn, C4
The multi-award winning US series is back for a 5th season with Claire Danes reprising her role as Carrie Mathison alongside the familiar faces of Mandy Patinkin, F. Murray Abraham and Rupert Friend.
Homeland will pick up two years after Carrie Mathison’s ill-fated tenure as Islamabad station chief. Struggling to reconcile her guilt and disillusionment with years of working on the front lines in the “war on terror,” Carrie finds herself in a self-imposed exile in Berlin, estranged from the CIA and working as the head of security for a German philanthropist.
Joining the cast this series are; Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings), Sebastian Koch (Albatross),Alexander Fehling (Inglourious Basterds) and Sarah Sokolovic (The Good Wife). Season 5 is currently filming in Berlin.
Series 4 has received four Emmy nomination, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actress for Claire Danes, Guest Actor in a Drama Series for F. Murray Abraham, and Directing for Lesli Linka Glatter
Indian Summers II
TX: Winter, C4
Rachel Griffiths, Art Malik and James Fleet join Julie Walters and the rest of the cast of Channel 4’s record-breaking drama series Indian Summers in this second series. It’s the summer of 1935 – a season where old allegiances will be broken and new ones forged, where unbridled passions run wild and where revolution hangs heavy in the air. An assassination attempt on the Viceroy Lord Willingdon (Patrick Malahide), and the surprise arrival of Lord Hawthorne (James Fleet), puts Ralph’s (Henry Lloyd-Hughes) future in the balance. Meanwhile, Cynthia’s (Julie Walters) Royal Simla Club plays host to an important royal guest, the Maharaja Maritpur (Art Malik) and his elegant and mysterious mistress Sirene (Rachel Griffiths).
Aafrin (Nikesh Patel) is embroiled in an intricate, dangerous and violent game of cat and mouse as he finds himself part of the escalating independence campaign alongside the beautiful and passionate Kaira (Sugandha Garg) and the unpredictable and volatile Naresh (Arjun Mathur). Alice’s (Jemima West) world is thrown into turmoil by the arrival of her estranged and abusive husband, Charlie Havistock (Blake Ritson). As the fight for Indian independence intensifies, all those who converge in Simla during this pivotal summer will find their loyalties tested, their relationships strained to breaking point and their world, as they know it, facing irrevocable change.
Production co: New Pictures
TX: Autumn, C4
The second season of the hit Emmy award-winning French supernatural thriller returns to Channel 4, picking up six months after the deceased disappeared into the mountains – taking with them Simon, Camille and her mother Claire, Julie and mysterious little Victor. Since then, nothing's been heard of them. Rumours abound that the dead have returned, but the authorities refuse to believe them. The rare witnesses have chosen to remain silent, among them Lena and her father Jerome, who have not given up hope of finding Claire and Camille. But when a mysterious man named Berg pays a visit to the town, it appears he knows more than he claims. Especially when a new wave of resurrections begin...
This Is England ’90
TX: Sunday 13th September 9pm, C4
Gazza’s tears. Hubble’s launch. Saddam’s invasion. Mandela’s release. This is 1990. This Is England. And Lol, Woody, Shaun, Milky, Smell, Gadget, Harvey, Kelly, Trev and Combo are back for the final chapter of Shane Meadows’ multi award-winning landmark series. It’s two years on since the less-than-festive Christmas of ‘88, with some of the gang embracing the new decade with more gusto than others. But a lot can happen in a year, and in true This Is England style, the second summer of love soon gives way to a winter of discontent.
Production co: Warp Films
TX: Winter, E4
The Inbetweeners’ Blake Harrison stars in E4’s mind-bending new comedy drama as Danny, an average 24-year-old who has been friends with stoner Milo (newcomer George Webster) since they were kids. Danny decides it’s time to grow up, settle down and marry long-term girlfriend Kate (BAFTA Award winner Georgina Campbell). But his life plans are put on hold when he and Milo find themselves tripping to various parallel universes…where they encounter different versions of themselves – and a deadly assassin.
Production co: Mammoth Screen
After a hugely successful first year which has seen over 30 series go live, garnering close to 10 million views, upcoming Shorts include a look at the gritty underbelly of LA, an introduction to the new generation of über-successful teen vloggers, bite-sized horrors from Film 4, behind the scene exclusives of This Is England and talking cash money with teenage lottery winners.