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TV awards nominations announced


Red Riding leads the nominations for this year's TV Quick and TV Choice Awards.


The three-part Channel 4 series picked up five nominations, with Sean Bean, Andrew Garfield, David Morrissey and Maxine Peake all up for acting awards and the series itself nominated in the best new drama category.


Peake will compete for the best actress crown with Kaya Scodelario for her role as Effy in E4's teen drama Skins, Jill Scott (The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency), Keeley Hawes (Ashes To Ashes) and Billie Piper (Secret Diary Of A Call Girl).


The Apprentice, Big Brother, Katie & Peter: Stateside and Living's Jade series are all nominated in the best reality show section.

In the soaps categories, Simon Gregson, Larry Lamb and Scott Maslen are among those nominated for the best actor gong, while Samia Smith, Katherine Kelly and Samantha Janus are up for best actress.


Coronation Street's Craig Gazey will compete against former EastEnders star Lauren Crace for best soap newcomer.

The awards ceremony, to be hosted by Primeval's Ben Miller, will take place at London's Dorchester Hotel on September 7.

Prizes are awarded based on reader votes from TV Quick and TV Choice.


Red Riding US release!

Cannes 2009: Red Riding Trilogy to be released theatrically


The stunning three-part television drama Red Riding is to be released in American cinemas.

That’s right, our US chums will soon have to pay to see the same stylistic Yorkshire police procedural series that we got on the telly for free. Which might sound like a bit of a con if you haven’t seen it – but the Channel 4 production has such stunning cinematography we think it’ll work perfectly stretched onto the big screen.


Oh, and it stars a litany of British cinema talent, including Paddy Considine, Warren Clarke and Sean Bean. And we’d pay to see that lot any day of the week.
In fact, if it somehow gets a UK release, we’ll be first in the queue to pick up a ticket. Seriously.



My friend Mooms and I went to the screening of Red Riding on February 28th and she wrote three excellent reviews, click the link!

Mooms' reviews


Farrell from the US visited the UK and saw this great billboard in London. She also happened to stumble on the building in Bradford that was used to shoot the outside "Karachi Club" scenes with Dawson and Eddie Dunford. Click thumbs.

Red Riding DVD cover

The DVD's (this is a 3 DVD box) are released on April 13th. I got mine yesterday. Click thumb for full size DVD scan. You'll find new captures for 1974 in the Red Riding photoalbum in the Photo gallery.

BFI info

The info the BFI (British Film Institute) provided when my friend Jeanne and I visited the Red Riding screening on February 28th. Click thumbs

Mark Addy Interview with the Yorkshire Post

This is what Mark had to say about Sean:

Which Yorkshire stage or screen star, past or present, would you like to take for dinner?

Well, I'd like to say Sean Bean, who is also in the new series Red Riding, because he's such a lovely man, very charming, full of stories and good humour. But I wonder what it would actually be like? You certainly wouldn't get any peace and quiet over the food – Sean is recognised and asked for autographs wherever he goes. The ladies love him.


BFI Red Riding preview

And I will be there! The tickets orderrd and the flight booked!



Daily Mirror 29/01/2009 Scan thanks to Jeanne! Click thumb

Interview on Red Riding

Sean Bean plays John Dawson

How does John Dawson fit into the story of 1974?

John Dawson is head of a construction and property firm. He's got a lot of people in
his pocket, people in the right places, socially and politically in West Yorkshire. His
game plan is to control influential people such as the police, councillors and the
media so as to safe guard his activities. He's a ruthless man who will manipulate
anyone for his own ends. He wants to be friends with people in high places and he
wants to get journalist, Eddie Dunford, on his side as John wants to have some sway
with the media. His connections with the local community are all a means to further
his business career and to achieve his rather warped vision of what he wants his
construction empire to be. He's a vain man and a lot of what he does is about his

What attracted you to Red Riding? Did you have any reservations about taking on such a dark role?

I didn't really have reservations. It was the role that attracted me to Red Riding; John is a very dark character. He's incensed and enraged by things that are happening in the country at that time and he believes that anyone who stands in his way should be swept aside. He's very vocal in his concerns and his ideals and he uses charm and humour with that, which is a very powerful mix. It's an incredibly edgy, biting piece of social history which is wonderfully written. As soon as I read the scripts I knew this was something different that I could really get my teeth into. I was excited about what I could do with the character and I was proud to be part of an ensemble piece.

It's a very different role for you, how do you think viewers will react to seeing you play this kind of character?

This is something very different for me. John’s a powerful, exciting dangerous
character and I've got no idea what to expect from the film. I loved doing Red Riding because it meant I could put everything into it. There are some scenes that might shock people and it is very different from my other roles, but I hope viewers will enjoy what they see.

You are involved in a shoot-out scene towards the end of the film which is very impressive. What was it like to film?

It's a long scene that was done in one steady cam shot. My action was at the end of the scene and involved gunfire, luckily it all went very well but it was very intense to film. You know the gun shot is coming so it can be hard not to react before the shot is fired. The pressure is what makes it so exciting.

Had you read any of the Red Riding novels?

I didn't want to read the books before I started filming for fear that it might colour what I was doing with my character in the films. I wanted to keep what was on the page of the scripts.

Julian Jarrold has a very particular style of directing, what was it like working with him?

Julian's very precise and did his homework. He's extremely talented and knew exactly what he wanted to do. He managed to extract some very interesting moments from the scripts and transform the feeling and emotion expressed by the writer brilliantly onto film. Julian's a very quiet man but he has a vision and he quietly, yet forcefully achieves that.

You appear in flashback scenes in 1983 which was made by a different director, Anand Tucker; how different is his style?

The films felt very different and their styles were diverse. I think the directors were chosen to fit the requirements of the individual films. It did feel quite odd working with some of the actors again but having a completely different crew, but I found it very rewarding.

What was the atmosphere like on set? Was it dark in keeping with the piece, or were you able to lighten the mood?

I thoroughly enjoyed it; we all did. There was a lot of laughter which permeated the set because it was a case of if we didn't laugh, we'd cry. We all needed that light release and it was often quite hysterical laughter. The scenes we were filming were very dark and therefore emotionally pushed us to the limit, but we all got on brilliantly and enjoyed drinks in the pub after shooting to unwind.

What was it like going back to the Seventies? What do you remember of that time?

Revisiting the 70s was fantastic. There was a certain more vibrant, relaxed, adventurous attitude at that time. Things were opening up, people where discovering things about themselves and about what they could do, who they were and what they could wear. The clothes were quite outrageous and I think it was quite an outrageous and exciting time. We filmed a scene which involves a house party and as I walked in it was great to see the amazing clothes that some of the extras were wearing. It reminded me of being about 14 or 15 years old as I looked across the room at big the big earrings, fancy hair dos and lots of smoke.



Gathered in some weird bar in east London last night were members of the press and assorted cast and crew. Oh look, there's Paddy Considine with his collar up; there's Maxine Peake stopping by to say hello; and, hold on to your hats, Sean Bean has entered the building. That's how I felt last night - a bit star-struck and a bit excited.

Unfortunately, Channel 4 decided not to show a complete installment from the trilogy. What it did show - about 15 minutes of extended highlights from all three - were screened on small (small for the venue and the gravitas of the occasion) plasma TVs dotted around the room.

But this is what I saw. Lots of men shouting. Lots of men swearing. Sean Bean in a magnificent, tight polo neck jumper playing a nasty property developer. David Morrissey in period spectacles with a fine tash, playing copper Maurice 'The Owl' Jobson. Paddy Considine electrifying onscreen as he always does, playing supercop Peter Hunter (nicknamed within the force 'Saint C***'). Maxine Peake as detective Helen Marshall. Mark Addy as in-over-his-head lawyer Pigott. Andrew Garfield from Boy A further announcing himself as an actor to watch playing obsessive journalist Eddie Dunford.

These were the snippets we saw - a few scenes here and a few scenes there. I've since watched the first episode - 1974 - and it is excellent. It looks filmy, with lots of lingering shots of fingernails and car parks and bannisters and wedding rings (like snatched photographs from yesteryear), and it's brilliantly acted. Thankfully the bleak feel of the mid-1970s is retained thanks to a faded colour palette and also plenty of shots of council estates with burning matresses and kids banging cars with slabs (that's what happened in the 1970s, right?).

Just to recap, 1974 introduces us to Eddie Dunford, a young, ambitious crime journalist working for the Yorkshire Post. He's just come back from a failed stint 'down south' and he's back in the north, and a bit of a laughing stock. When a young girl is kidnapped and murdered brutally (swan's wings are sewn into her back), he sees this as his big chance to make a name for himself. His obsessive investigations start to have an effect, and he uncovers a trail of corruption within the police force. It doesn't end well for the poor lad, or for Yorkshire. Soon the Ripper will come calling.

It's always difficult when you read books and then watch the film or TV adaptation, but I think this lot might have pulled it off. There's lots of testosterone flying about (you're bound to with that amount of male actors), but there are sensitive moments between Garfield (who really is excellent) and the mother of a kidnapped and murdered girl (Frost/Nixon's Rebecca Hall a stand-out performance from her).

Later on David Morrissey called it a Yorkshire version of The Wire, while Warren Clarke has already likened it to Seven elsewhere. Whatever it is, it's really good, fat-arse, adult drama. It also has a catchphrase: "This is the north and we do what we bloody want."

Look out for an early March airing.


Channel 4 have set up an early website for Red Riding with a short trailer that has a couple of shots of Sean with him speaking in full-on Yorkshire mode.  Thanks to Toastie


City gives a backdrop to new drama

By David Barnett - Telegraph and Argus

A star-studded series of chilling TV crime dramas featuring a wealth of British acting talent including Sean Bean and Lesley Sharp has begun shooting in Bradford.

The three films are being produced for Channel 4 and are based on Osset author David Peace’s acclaimed “Yorkshire Noir” novels set against the backdrop of the hunt for Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper.

The West Riding of Peace’s youth becomes the Red Riding for the purposes of his books and now the TV adaptations – blood red.

Yesterday film crews were spotted at locations in Bradford – including the Connaught Rooms, a former Masonic hall on Manningham Lane, and nearby Lister Park – following on from filming in Calderdale last week.

The three books which are being adapted – Nineteen Seventy-Four, Nineteen Eighty and Nineteen Eight-Three – will have three different directors at the helm, including Anand Tucker, James Marsh and, for the first instalment, Julian Jarrold, most recently responsible for the remake of Brideshead Revisited and the TV version of the hit novel White Teeth.

And the cast is a veritable who’s who of British TV today – it includes Andrew Garfield (returning to C4 after his Bafta-winning performance in Boy A), who plays rookie local crime reporter Eddie Dunford; Rebecca Hall (Woody Allen’s forthcoming Vicky Cristina Barcelona), who plays young widow Paula Garland; Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings), who plays property magnate John Dawson; Paddy Considine (Dead Man’s Shoes, The Bourne Ultimatum), who plays Assistant Chief Constable Peter Hunter, Lesley Sharp, who plays his wife Joan Hunter; David Morrissey (The Other Boleyn Girl, Blackpool), who plays Detective Chief Superintendent Maurice Jobson, and Mark Addy (The Full Monty), who plays John Piggott.

The trilogy will be made for Channel 4 in association with Revolution Films, Screen Yorkshire and Lip Sync. It is scheduled for transmission sometime in 2009.

David Peace, in an interview with the T&A following the publication of the Nineteen Eighty segment of the series, recalled how the Ripper murders had affected everyone he knew when he was growing up.

He also said that although he had used the murders committed by Peter Sutcliffe as the basis for the plot, and the police’s attempts to snare the killer, he had changed all names and fictionalised all characters.

He said: “I did it out of sensibilities for families of the victims. Even Peter Sutcliffe’s name is changed to Peter Williams, one of the aliases he used.

“This is a work of fiction, after all, and although I want to convey how harrowing this time was, I got into this through choice. The victims and their families didn’t.”

Next year will also see a movie version of Peace’s book The Damned United, which charts the ill-fated 44 days that Brian Clough was in charge of Leeds United.


Sean Bean filming in Calderdale for ITV drama


Published Date:
05 September 2008

By Megan Featherstone


Film heart-throb Sean Bean is filming in Calderdale, the Courier can reveal.

Bean is starring in Red Riding for Channel Four.

Yorkshire-born Bean has been seen filming at Arden Road Social Club, Halifax, along with 2008 Bafta-winning actor Andrew Garfield.

Red Riding has been adapted from three of the four books in David Peace's Red Riding Quartet, set in Yorkshire in the 1970s and early 80s at the time of the Ripper murders.

As well as Halifax, scenes are being shot in Bradford and Harrogate.

It is not the first time Bean has filmed in our area. A few years ago he appeared in Sharpe, some of which was shot at Hardcastle Crags.

Meanwhile the actors and crew of Unforgiven have been spotted off Ripponden Old Lane, Soyland.

The action appears to centre around Whitegate Head Farm, where an L-reg police car could be seen outside the farmhouse. It is believed some scenes have also been shot inside.

The film crew set up base with their Land-Rovers and trailers at nearby Stones Cricket Club.

Other readers have spotted activity around Gibbet Street, Halifax, and an ITV spokesman confirmed the majority of filming will be in and around Halifax and Huddersfield.

More news

Actress Samantha Morton is to make her directorial debut next year with a drama for Channel 4 about a young girl growing up in a children’s home.

Morton’s film, called The Unloved, forms part of a line-up of three major new projects unveiled by the broadcaster, including a new two-part series called Palestine from Britz writer and director Peter Kosminsky.

Morton, who has appeared in TV shows such as Longford for Channel 4 and has made a name for herself in films including Minority Report and Enduring Love, is joining forces with production company Revolution Films on The Unloved, which will begin filming later this year.

She has been working alongside writer Tony Grisoni, who penned the screenplay for the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, to create a fictional script that provides a child’s view of the UK’s care system.

In 2006 Morton, who was herself in care until the age of 16, criticised the state of children’s homes in the UK, claiming paedophiles in prison were treated better.

Speaking about her new project, Morton said: “I am thrilled to be making my first film with Channel 4, who have constantly pushed boundaries, and enabled people like myself to have a voice. I hope this film can help make a difference to the young people that see it.”

Casting is ongoing and the drama will be transmitted in 2009.

Meanwhile, Grisoni is also working on a new drama trilogy for Channel 4 based on three of the books in David Peace’s series of novels called the Red Riding Quartet, which are set in Yorkshire in the seventies and early eighties at the time of the Ripper murders.

White Teeth director Julian Jarrold will direct 1974, James Marsh will direct 1980 and Anand Tucker, who directed Hillary and Jackie, will take the helm of 1983.

The ensemble cast will include Andrew Garfield, last seen in Channel 4’s Boy A, who will play local crime reporter Eddie Dunford, and Sean Bean, who will take the role of local property magnate John Dawson.

David Morrissey will play Detective Chief Superintendent Maurice Jobson and Mark Addy will also feature in the production.

It will film in Yorkshire this autumn for broadcast in 2009.

Finally, Kosminsky’s Palestine has been described as a drama that will cut between two time frames and stories - that of a 19-year-old girl from London called Erin, who is holidaying with a wealthy school friend in Israel, and that of her grandfather Len who, during the forties, was part of the British peace-keeping force in what was then Palestine.

A surprise discovery pushes Erin to reconnect with the past and seek out the descendants of the Arab family her grandfather sought to help.

Palestine is a product of a first look deal the broadcaster has with Kosminsky. It will be made by Daybreak Pictures and executive produced by David Aukin.

Speaking about the new projects, head of Channel 4 drama Liza Marshall said: “These three distinctive and radically different projects are very much in the spirit of what Channel 4 drama is about - the best writers and directors having the freedom to make creatively ambitious and bold work.”


New project for Sean ?

Thanks to Toastie

• Andrew Garfield, Paddy Considine, David Morrissey, Sean Bean, Mark Addy and Daniel Mays, are in final discussions to star in the three-part C4/Film 4 movies based on David Peace's Red Riding series of fictional books inspired by the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper and the killer who murdered little girls in West Yorkshire in the late Seventies and early Eighties.
Producers at C4 and Revolution Films are still negotiating with leading actors for other major roles.

Garfield would play Edward Dunford, a young crime reporter who, in the first film 1974 (directed by Julian Jarrold), stumbles on the truth behind a schoolgirl's murder.

That film - and the final one, 1983 - have echoes of the real-life murder of Lesley Molseed in 1975 and the later freeing of Stefan Kiszko, who spent years in jail before a judge ruled that a miscarriage of justice had taken place.

Addy will play a lawyer, John Piggott; Morrissey will play Det Supt Maurice Jobson; and Mays has the part of Michael Myshkin, a man jailed for child murders, in the film 1983 - which Anand Ticker directs.

The middle film, 1980, directed by James Marsh, will star Paddy Considine as a top policeman asked by the Home Office to spur on the hunt for the Ripper.

Bean will play a swan-obsessed architect. Tony Grisoni has written the screenplays and the films will be shown next year.

Yorkshire Ripper Headed to the Screen

Over a seven year span beginning in 1974 the Yorkshire Ripper otherwise known as Peter Suticliffe murdered 13 women before his capture in 1981. This event spawned a numerous amount of books to be written about him including David Pearce's "Red Riding Quartet". Today Variety reports that UK pubcaster Channel 4 will be prepping a triology of films based on those novels.

The three films will be made on a total budget of $10 million with a seperate director for each film. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas scribe will adapt the books into three films and will weave the second book Nineteen Seventy Seven into the other three. Julian Jarrold will direct “Nineteen Seventy Four,” James Marsh will direct “Nineteen Eighty” and Anand Tucker will direct “Nineteen Eighty Three.”

In the UK the films will be televised and then possibly play theatrically. Overseas however the films will be packaged strictly as a theatrical run so we may be able to see all of them on the silver screen. Keep it here for more.

Three Directors Take on Ripper Trilogy

UK's Channel 4 is developing a trilogy of films revolving around the hunt for the notorious Yorkshire Ripper serial killer, reports Variety.

The three crime films Revolution Films is producing for Channel 4 are based on three of the four books in British novelist David Peace's "Red Riding Quartet," which is set in Yorkshire in the 1970s and early '80s.

The storylines cover police corruption and perversion of justice in the hunt for the Ripper from 1975 until his detection in 1981, when Peter Sutcliffe was convicted of murdering 13 women. He is serving multiple life sentences.

Three directors, all of whom have previously worked with Film 4 on features, are aboard to helm the project, which is budgeted at $10 million in total. Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane) will direct "Nineteen Seventy Four," James Marsh (Man on Wire) will direct "Nineteen Eighty" and Anand Tucker (And When Did You Last See Your Father?) will direct "Nineteen Eighty Three."

Tony Grisoni, who wrote the screenplay for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, has adapted the three Peace books. Elements from Peace's second book -- "Nineteen Seventy Seven" -- will be woven into the three pics.

The films are being made as a TV series, with a UK theatrical release likely to follow.



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