Jul 27,2010

‘Season of the Witch’ undergoing additional shooting

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Ever since it’s theatrical release date was postponed in spring the fate of ‘Season of the Witch‘ – Claire’s big screen debut – has been unclear. According to Shock Till You Drop.com Production Weekly reported yesterday that the movie is undergoing some re-shoots, or additional shooting, at the beginning of September. IGN.com reports that this additionally photography will take place in Shreveport, Louisiana. Also they blame the tremendous delay on unsuccessful early screenings. Let’s hope this movie’s luck will soon turn around!



Jul 26,2010

‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ returns to BBC – with Claire

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After receiving more critical acclaim for her modern day follow up projects to ‘Little Dorrit‘ – ‘Pulse‘ for BBC3 and ‘Going Postal‘ for Sky One – Claire Foy is returning to the past as well as to BBC One in her new role as Lady Persie in ‘Upstairs, Downstairs‘ set in 1936. However, Lady Persie and Amy Dorrit are nothing alike. Lady Persie “The Temptress” is the sister of Lady Agnes Holland played by Keeley Hawes – who is married to Matthew Macfadyen who played Arthur Clennam in ‘Little Dorrit‘.

The Temptress
Lady Persie, played by Claire Foy, the star of BBC1′s Little Dorrit, is the sister of Lady Agnes and is described as ‘walking dark and dangerous path’. She will break hearts like her predecessor, the glamorous Lady Georgina Stockbridge, a hedonistic party girl played by Lesley-Anne Down who eventually saw the error of her ways after accidentally killing a cowherd in a road traffic accident. Ms Down, now 56, went on to find fame in America and is currently starring in the long-running daytime soap opera The Bold And The Beautiful.

The new project is actually a revival of ITV’s Seventies hit ‘Upstairs, Downstairs‘. The show originally ran on ITV from 1971 to 1975, spanning the fictional life of the Bellamy family from 1903 to 1930, and was the brainchild of actresses Dame Eileen Atkins and Jean Marsh. The new version will be set in 1936. In the new series, which takes up the story six years after the original left off in 1930, Rose makes an emotional comeback to the London townhouse to serve the new family, under the steely Lady Agnes Holland.

Interestingly, co-creator and star of the show Jean Marsh is reprising her role as Rose Buck, originally a lowly parlour maid but now elevated to housekeeper. The other mastermind behind the show, Dame Eileen Atkins, didn’t act in the original series but now plays the formidable matriarch of the aristocratic family who move in ‘upstairs’ at 165 Eaton Place.

Art Malik, Anne Reid, Ed Stoppard, Adrian Scarborough, Ellie Kendrick and Nico Mirallegro are also part of the cast. A full-scale replica of Eaton Place has been built at studios in Cardiff and filming begins next month. BBC is planning to screen the drama as early as autumn and it will be broadcast on Masterpiece in the US shortly after it makes its British debut. They hope to find similar success to the original, which was broadcast in more than 70 countries to an audience of more than a billion.

Writer Heidi Thomas, who also scripted the successful BBC’s drama Cranford, said: ‘The series will be shot through with sensuality. This is a drama very much about warm-blooded human beings.

‘In a house like Eaton Place, there is a limit to what you can keep behind closed doors. The place is a pressure cooker and the tensions continue to rise and rise until they boil over.

‘Whether the characters are upstairs or downstairs they are ­living in close proximity to each other and these are the dramas that will engage viewers.’

Piers Wenger, head of drama at BBC Wales where the series is being made, said: ‘We are delighted to have secured the rights to Upstairs, Downstairs with the full blessing and support of the original co-creators.

‘This is not a remake but a ­completely new version, set in a different era with a whole new cast of characters.’

Source: Daily Mail

Scan by Lorna – thank you:
- Magazine Scans > Scans from 2010 > Mail on Sunday – July 25, 2010



Jun 21,2010

Canal Plus joins C4′s Homeland

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French pay broadcaster Canal Plus is to team with British broadcaster Channel 4 on Peter Kosminsky’s event mini-series Homeland.

The series will be produced by UK indie Daybreak Pictures (The Trial of Tony Blair) and French producer Breakout Films (Resolution 819) and will be directed by Kosminsky, who has worked on Wuthering Heights and race drama Britz.

The 4x1hour mini-series is part of Channel 4′s £20 million push to expand its drama output following this year’s end of reality series Big Brother and the network will air it in 2011, followed by a broadcast on Canal Plus as well as cultural channel Arte.

Homeland follows Little Dorrit‘s Claire Foy as a young girl who travels to Israel after uncovering her grandfather’s journal documenting his experience in the British army around the time of the British mandate of Palestine.

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Jun 04,2010

‘Pulse’ Screencaptures & More

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Pulse‘ aired yesterday on BBC3 and it’s easy to find a ton of glowing reviews – The Scotsman says it’s “grisly, grimy and intriguing” and could “prove another triumph for BBC3, following the hit show Being Human.” Herald.ie wrote that it’s “a deeply satisfying mixture of suspense and horror set in an NHS hospital”.

If you too, enjoyed the pilot episode and want to help it get picked up for a proper series be sure to leave a comment on the BBC 3 Blog (where you can also re-watch the entire episode). And here’s the Official PULSE Facebook Page.

Hannah who is played to beautiful affect by Claire Foy
- Monstersandcritics.com

Built around the impressively versatile Claire Foy, fresh from sneering up a storm in Going Postal, Pulse aimed at a tricky mix of soap and supernatural and got it pretty much spot on. Caring without being cloying, Foy handled Hannah’s complicated backstory, which involved both a mental breakdown and a break-up (with the creepy Nick), with some aplomb.
- Metro.co.uk

The excellently understated Claire Foy playing trainee doc Hannah. … Good performances, most notably from Claire Foy as a traumatised trainee doctor, Hannah Carter, resuming her studies following the death of her mother.
- The Guardian

Foy makes for a convincing heroine, and plays the part with the right mix of vulnerability and determination to prevent her character from sliding into the typical woman-in-peril clichés that the horror genre so frequently falls back on.
- Den of Geek

What is absolutely certain is this is a first-rate cast, headed by Claire Foy of Little Dorrit fame as junior doctor Hannah.
- Mirror.co.uk

So what does the writer, Paul Cornell think of Claire as the heroine in his show? “The way the emotion works through that cast is tremendous. Claire Foy, who appears in almost every frame, did such an amazing job, and it’s wonderful to see.” (source) “The casting here is excellent, though. Claire Foy really does heavy lifting. It’s her quest, she’s the centre for us.” (source)

Here’s an interview where Claire herself talks about ‘Pulse‘:
Claire Foy & Ben Miles, Pulse, TV Choice Magazine

Assuming ‘Pulse‘ gets commissioned by the BBC for a full series we’ll be looking at transmitting in late March or early April of 2011 – according to its producer Simon Heath (source). Don’t forget to leave your positive comments on the BBC 3 Blog.

GALLERY LINKS:
- Movies & Television > Pulse (TV, 2010): Production Stills
- Movies & Television > Pulse (TV, 2010): Pilot

Signing off with this quote:

It was refreshing, and bold, and a break from the norm. So yes, if you’re reading this, BBC controllers: please, sirs, can we have some more?
- The Independent



Jun 02,2010

‘Going Postal’ Reception

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Following the airing of ‘Going Postal‘ on Sunday and Monday the general echo about the Terry Pratchett adaptation is very favourable. Many reviews called it entertaining and great fun and were praising the excellent cast – including Claire Foy – as well as the show’s visuals. And Claire seems to have gained quite a number of new fans according to Twitter.

Claire Foy a sneering delight as Adora Deerheart, the perfect anti-love interest for the perfect anti-hero.
– Metro

The stellar cast is headed by Richard Coyle as conman-turned- postmaster Moist von Lipwig and Claire Foy as Adora Belle Dearheart.
– Mirror

Clare Foy is a petite powder keg of sarcastic sharp-tongued charm and compact strength in four inch steel-tipped stilettos in her Adora Belle guise
– Den of Geek

It was the most-watched multichannel show of the day on Sunday, with 879,000 viewers and a 5% audience share. The second part on Monday attracted 627,000 viewers and brought Sky an audience share of 3.2%.

Sky1 HD and Sky1 are repeating all of ‘Going Postal on Friday, June 4th from 6pm! And it will be released on Region 2 Blu-ray & 2 Disc Special Edition DVD on August 23, 2010 including the following extras:

• Exclusive Terry Pratchett Introduction
• Deleted Scenes
• Blooper Reel
• Image Gallery: props, set drawings, storyboards
• Cast, Crew and Terry Pratchett interviews
• Director audio commentary

GALLERY LINK:
- Movies & Television > Going Postal (TV, 2010): Production Stills



May 27,2010

More Scans & Interviews

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Anna and I have added more scans from UK publications to the gallery, thanks to the ever helpful Lorna!

Claire Foy is featured in The Stage Podcast talking about of course ‘Pulse‘ and ‘Going Postal‘. We learn that she’s finished filming ‘Homeland‘ in Israel. Listen to the lovely interview here.

And the ‘Going PostalPress Pack features an interview with Claire, which was added to our Press Archive:

Claire Foy On…

GALLERY LINKS:
- Movies & Television > Going Postal (TV, 2010): Poster
- Scans: TV Choice (UK) – May 29-June 4, 2010
- Scans: Radio Times (UK) – May 29-June 4, 2010
- Scans: New (UK) – May 31, 2010



May 26,2010

Claire Foy & Ben Miles, Pulse

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from TV Choice Magazine (UK) / by Tricia Martin

She made her name as Little Dorrit in the star-studded BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens’ story. Now Claire Foy has come bang up to date as Hannah Carter in BBC3’s pilot drama Pulse. A blood-splattered supernatural thriller, it’s a tale of secret medical experiments, cover-ups and a hospital where anything can happen. We caught up with Claire and her co-star Ben Miles to talk about gore and zombies…

Did you have any idea of how gory this was going to be when you read the script?
Claire Foy:
That there was going to be this amount of blood in it? I think we all got our fair amount of blood splattered at us at some point. I don’t know that I approve of gore in general terms. But in this, it’s different.

You only see blood when there are operations. There are no unnecessary spurts of blood. And then when it does happen, it’s not just done for effect. It’s like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe what’s happened’.

Ben Miles: I didn’t get splattered by any blood at all. I felt very left out!
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May 26,2010

Claire Foy On…

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from the ‘Going Postal‘ Press Pack

Going Postal…
It’s the story of Moist von Lipwig and about him pulling his finger out, really. It’s a very human story, it’s about relationships and you can relate to it; there are a lot of modern references. It’s fantasy, but not a fantasy.

Adora Belle Dearheart…
She’s a badass. She’s hard as nails on the outside and she doesn’t give people much of a chance, but actually, underneath, she’s very vulnerable. She’s had a hard life and she’s a sensitive soul deep down, so there are plenty of moments to play when the mask slips.

Adora works for the Golem Trust and Lipwig’s parole officer is a golem. She’s sort of like a recruitment consultant for them and stands up for their rights. Lipwig wants to learn how to manipulate the golems so that’s when she meets him. After that he’s constantly trying to get a date with her. Both her brother and father have died as the result of a family fortune they lost, and the man she blames for that is Reacher Gilt. She hates him with a passion. It turns out that Lipwig has a plan to bring Gilt down, so that is where it all begins between the two of them…
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May 25,2010

Lots of ‘Going Postal’ Material

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The Official ‘Going Postal’ Website has been updated with loads of pictures & videos, many of which feature Claire as Adora Belle Dearheart. Seriously, you can spend quite some time on there and it’s definitely worth checking out ahead of the airing of the Terry Pratchett adaptation next Sunday & Monday, May 30 & 31, 2010 at 6pm on Sky 1 and HD. Here the direct links to the videos with the Claire Foy interview & Adora’s Make-Up Secrets on the Official Website.

GALLERY LINKS:
- Movies & Television > Going Postal (TV, 2010): Promotion
- Movies & Television > Going Postal (TV, 2010): Interviews
- Movies & Television > Going Postal (TV, 2010): Featurettes
- Movies & Television > Going Postal (TV, 2010): ‘Adora Belle Dearheart’ Trailer
- Movies & Television > Going Postal (TV, 2010): Website
- Movies & Television > Going Postal (TV, 2010): Official Wallpaper



May 25,2010

‘Pulse’ Trailer

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As briefly mentioned before, the BBC3 pilot ‘Pulse‘ starring Claire Foy will air next week on Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 9pm on BBC3. Here’s the official site with a trailer.

One whole week before, on Thursday, May 27, 2010, the show will premiere online on BBC.co.uk.

If you reside in the UK and can view BBC3 please be sure to tune in. The amount of viewers will decide the future fate of this – according to many online reviews – promising series.

GALLERY LINK:
- Movies & Television > Pulse (TV, 2010): Trailer



May 25,2010

New UK Scans

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GALLERY LINKS:
- Scans: TV Quick (UK) – May 29-June 4, 2010
- Scans: Total TV Guide (UK) – May 29-June 4, 2010
- Scans: TV And Satellite Week (UK) – May 29-June 4, 2010
- Movies & Television > Pulse (TV, 2010): Promotion



May 23,2010

SFX Scans

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Claire Foy’s upcoming projects ‘Going Postal‘ and ‘Pulse‘ are both featured in the July issue of UK magazine SFX. Find the scans with some lovely shots of Claire in the gallery.

GALLERY LINK:
- Scans: SFX (UK) – July 2010



May 23,2010

Claire on BBC Breakfast next Tuesday

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TV alert! Claire Foy will be on BBC’s Breakfast show this coming Tuesday, May 25, 2010. She will promote ‘Going Postal‘ (airing on the Bank Holiday Weekend, May 30 & 31) and probably also ‘Pulse‘ (airing on June 3). More on these projects hopefully tomorrow!

Anna and I don’t live in the UK. While it’s likely that the interview might turn up on the BBC website afterwards, we would appreciate a recording of it very much. Do you live in the UK and are able to share Claire’s interview with us? Please get in touch, thank you!



May 22,2010

Claire featured in Harper’s Bazaar

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The June issue of UK Harper’s Bazaar features Claire Foy together with other “world-conquering British actresses” in their Shooting Stars portfolio.

Claire Foy
AGE: 26

BREAKTHROUGH: As Amy Dorrit in the BBC’s 2008 adaptation of Little Dorrit.
UP NEXT: The female lead in Peter Kosminsky’s Channel 4 drama Homeland. Also, starring roles in Sky One’s Terry Pratchett adaptation Going Postal, and with Nicolas Cage in Season of the Witch.

GALLERY LINK:
- Scans: Harper’s Bazaar (UK) – June 2010



May 08,2010

First look at Hannah in ‘Pulse’

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The BBC3 pilot ‘Pulse‘ will air sometime in June and so far the few advance reviews have been very positive. Let’s hope it will get picked up!

The main character, Hannah, like all the best Heroes/heroines has her own inner demons to conquer when’s she’s not busy uncovering that all is not well at St Timothy’s. Her growth from a daughter struggling with her mother’s death and the huge shoes she now has to fill to reluctant heroine feels realistic. It would have been easy to start the episode with a massive info dump to give us her background but instead we are allowed to find out how and why she’s so traumatized as the episode draws on.
source: Geek Syndicate

GALLERY LINK:
- Movies & Television > Pulse (TV, 2010): Promotion
- Movies & Television > Pulse (TV, 2010): Production Stills



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