In Cold Blood Wins International Emmy for Current Affairs

From the ITV press website:

Produced by DSP for ITV Network, this feature-length documentary examined the biggest treatment disaster in NHS history. Directed by Grierson Award-winning and BAFTA-nominated documentary maker Marcus Plowright, this film told the story of how thousands of British haemophiliacs were infected and died from HIV and Hepatitis C after being prescribed infected blood products by the NHS. This landmark film offered viewers a vivid insight into the scale and impact of the tragedy.

Controller of Current Affairs, Tom Giles said:

“This is fantastic recognition for a beautifully-made film and for an important record of an underreported national scandal. It’s also a real testament to the strength of filmmaking that ITV Exposure now attracts that it’s the strand’s fifth International Emmy – four of those won in the last five years.”


Filming begins on Channel 5 drama Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar

(via Endemol Shine UK)

Lyndsey Marshal will play the lead role of crime writer Agatha Christie in the new drama commissioned by Channel 5 and made by Endemol Shine’s DSP. Starring with her will be Jonah Hauer-King (World on Fire, Little Women).

Created by husband and wife team Tom and Emily Dalton Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar (w/t), which will air on Channel 5 in the UK later this year, is currently filming in Malta under the direction of Sam Yates, voted one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow in 2016, named a rising star in The Observer, and featured in GQ Magazine’s Men of the next 25 year.

Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar (w/t) sees author Agatha Christie, bruised from her divorce, travel to the deserts of Iraq in the late 1920’s for an archaeological dig where she unravels a series of mysterious murders.

Lyndsey Marshal (Rome, Hanna, Trespass Against Us) stars as Agatha Christie looking for escape and inspiration for a new literary career, writing romantic fiction instead of the detective novels that have made her a celebrity; Jonah Hauer-King (World on Fire, Little Women) is Max Mallowan a handsome archaeologist determined to win Agatha’s affection despite a 14-year age gap; Stanley Townsend (Informer, The Tunnel) is Sir Constance Bernard a British diplomat in Iraq; Katherine Kingsley (Black Mirror Hated in the nation) is Katharine, the glamorous and charismatic wife of earnest archaeologist Leonard Woolley played by Jack Deam (DCI Banks); Waj Ali (Carnival Row) is Ekeziel, Iraqi head of security at the dig; Rory Fleck Byrne (Harlots) is Marmaduke, the aristocrat funding the Woolley’s excavation and Bronagh Waugh (Unforgotten, The Fall) is Lucy, second wife of Sir Constance Bernard, and in charge of administration for the dig .

Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar (w/t) is written by Tom Dalton (Agatha and the Truth of Murder, The Pharmacist) and directed by Sam Yates (The Hope Rooms and the West End stage production of The Starry Messenger). Carol Harding will produce.

Also commissioned by Channel 5 and filming later this year, Agatha and the Death of X (w/t) is set in the Blitz in 1940’s London, as the author decides she must kill off her most famous creation, and in doing so, becomes a target herself…

Agatha and the Truth of Murder, which aired on Channel 5 in 2018, has already sold to more than 139 territories. Kew Media Distribution has international global rights to the two new films. All three Agatha films originate from writer Tom Dalton and DSP (part of the Endemol Shine Group).


Interior Design Masters – ‘Great British Baking Show’ Meets ‘Project Runway’

(via – Meghan O’Keefe, The Decider)

There are thousands of shows on Netflix, and not all of them make for a good binge, but Interior Design Masters is just that. It is an aggressively addicting binge-watch that will suck you in and steal your day away from you.  All told, Interior Design Masters plays like a mashup of the sweet, slickly produced Great British Baking Show and America’s slightly sassier reality competition hit Project Runway. Meaning, it is a delicious reality binge.

Interior Design Masters — not to be confused with The Great Interior Design Challenge or Amazing Interiors — is a new Netflix original series imported from the BBC. The show pits 10 interior designers against each other in a series of tricky challenges that test their talent, their teamwork skills, and their ability to match a client’s brief. Some of the more fun challenges include revamping dorm rooms and redecorating rental homes.

For the most part, it’s wholesome fun. Everyone on the show cares deeply about interior design and wants to challenge themselves. Even the team challenges are more about collaboration than explosive drama. The only times the claws do come out are when the designers get to see each other’s work. While some of the designers have praise for one another, this is where we hear contestants psyche themselves up by tearing each other’s work down. The cast itself is a fun mix of quirky personalities, sweet dreamers, and a couple of super slick competitors. My personal favourite was Ju, a sunny Brazilian who loved floral wallpaper with abandon. She was sweet, upbeat, and really game to take notes.

In fact, like Project Runway, Interior Design Masters is a show that illustrates its surviving contestants’ personal growth. The quality of the work ramps up from week to week, and the designers who keep moving on up are the ones willing to push themselves out of their own personal comfort zones.

Bright, chipper, and easy to watch, Interior Design Masters is tailor-made to be your next favourite binge-watch.