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Happy New Year!

10 Jan

Happy New Year, Northam-watchers! And happy indeed it is to begin a year with upcoming projects to get excited about.

Jeremy is currently in rehearsals for Hay Fever, opening at the Noel Coward Theatre on 10 February and running for sixteen weeks (last night, 2 June). The full cast has now been announced, and stars Lindsay Duncan (Judith Bliss), Kevin McNally (David Bliss), Jeremy Northam (Richard Greatham) and Olivia Colman (Myra Arundel) are joined by Sam Callis (Sandy Tyrell), Freddie Fox (Simon Bliss), Jenny Galloway (Clara), Amy Morgan (Jackie Coryton) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Sorel Bliss). Howard Davies directs, with designs by Bunny Christie, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Mike Walker.

Tickets are selling fast, so if you haven’t booked yours yet, I’d get your skates on. You can book them direct from the theatre here (and via all the usual ticketing agents). Jeremy hasn’t graced a London stage since 2004 (Old Times, Donmar Warehouse) and there are many who thought perhaps he’d given up treading the boards, so this is a rare opportunity to see Jeremy air his Olivier Award-winning chops in public. In a comedy, too. For me, this is the stuff dreams are made of (literally!). If you can go, do!

White Heat, the other early 2012 treat in store, looks like it may be broadcast in March (the exact date, I’m told by the BBC, will only be confirmed two weeks prior to transmission, so could change). Happily, the BBC would like us to feature White Heat here at the blog, so look out for more information and pictures (oh yes!) next month.

A reminder:

White Heat is a new six-part drama series about the interwoven lives, loves and betrayals of seven characters whose relationships are forged in the white heat of the Sixties through to present day, written for BBC Two by award-winning writer Paula Milne.

Passionate, dangerous and compelling, the characters’ love stories and friendships are set against a backdrop that takes us from Wilson to Thatcher, feminism to the Falklands, hedonism to HIV – exploring the personal and political journeys which shaped their destinies to make them the people they are today.

White Heat stars Sam Claflin (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, United), Claire Foy (Little Dorrit, The Promise), Reece Ritchie (Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time, Pete Versus Life), Lee Ingleby (Being Human, Inspector George Gently), MyAnna Buring (The Twilight Saga, Any Human Heart), David Gyasi (Red Tails, Murderland) and Jessica Gunning, with Jeremy playing the father of Sam Claflin’s character. It’s being billed as one of the BBC’s drama highlights for 2012.

And that’s all we know about for now … might there be more? If there is, I’ll be sure to let you know!

Gill

Jeremy Northam in new BBC drama ‘White Heat’

10 Jul

Exciting news today on Jeremy Northam’s next project, a BBC2 drama series for 2012, Paula Milne’s White Heat. Here’s how the BBC describe it:

Sam Claflin (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, United), Claire Foy (Little Dorrit, The Promise), Reece Ritchie (Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time, Pete Versus Life), Lee Ingleby (Being Human, Inspector George Gently), MyAnna Buring (The Twilight Saga, Any Human Heart), David Gyasi (Red Tails, Murderland) and Jessica Gunning (Law & Order UK, Doctor Who) will star in White Heat, a new semi-autobiographical drama series written by award-winning writer Paula Milne (Endgame, Small Island, The Virgin Queen, The Fragile Heart, The Politician’s Wife) and produced by ITV Studios for BBC Two.

Paula Milne says: “Getting the right cast for White Heat was crucial not least because it spans half a century. It means our young cast must age from 18 to early forties when the older cast take over. Our young cast are all riding the crest of their own burgeoning, brilliant careers – like the characters are when we first meet them. It takes more than talent to take us on their epic journey through the decades – it takes insight and extraordinary maturity and they have that too. They all say they are lucky to play such parts. Me, I think we are lucky to have them.”

This ambitious series charts the lives of seven friends from 1965 through to the present day. Their relationships; complex, volatile, life affirming and life changing start when they come together as a diverse group of young students to live as flat mates in London’s Tufnell Park: rebel with a cause Jack (Claflin), intelligent feminist Charlotte (Foy), fragile beauty Lilly (Buring), medical student Jay (Ritchie), electronics enthusiast Alan (Ingleby), law student Victor (Gyasi) and big-hearted Orla (Gunning).

The series follows them over four decades as their lives, loves and destinies are shaped by the political events of each era – from the death of Churchill, the union strife of the Seventies, the ascendancy of Thatcher, the Falklands, Aids, the end of the Cold War to the present day. Their interwoven personal lives played against the backcloth of these crucial events converge to make them the people they are today.

Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning says: “The cream of new British acting talent have been cast to star in Paula Milne’s White Heat, an epic story of our times told through the eyes of seven amazing characters, which will continue BBC Two’s commitment to original drama in 2012.”

Filming will begin next week on location in London. Executive Producers are Kate Bartlett and Paula Milne for ITV Studios and Lucy Richer for the BBC. Elinor Day is Producer and John Alexander (Small Island, Exile) is Director.

White Heat is a truly original piece that continues to signal BBC Two’s confident new direction following the re-birth of drama on the channel, commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, Drama Commissioning, and Janice Hadlow, Channel Controller, BBC Two.

Jeremy will play Edward, an ambitious politician disappointed in his wayward son, played by Sam Claflin. The title of the series should not lead you to associate it with the Warner Bros. gangster film starring James Cagney; in this instance, ‘White Heat’ is taken from a 1963 speech by Harold Wilson (Labour leader at the time).

I’m sure more information will emerge nearer to the broadcast date and I’ll be sure to keep you updated. In the meantime, you may allow yourselves a little happy dance!

by Gill

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