Review: Victoria & Abdul

VA poster“Victoria & Abdul” is a tricky film. It’s excellent, no doubt, but is also thought provoking in ways which one might find unexpected. Once the credits rolled I heard members of the audience asking each other how they liked it. Most everyone did, but it brought up many questions and an animated discussion. There is more “there there” than a simple episode of the life of an historical character. Based on “true events-mostly” as claimed in the beginning titles, and directed by the incomparable Stephen Frears, “Victoria & Abdul” brings us to a lesser known story in the life of Queen Victoria. She’s shown in a declining state, being rolled out of bed, dressed, led around, frail and infirm despite her robust size, sleeping at the banquet table, and missing her mouth occasionally as she speeds through her meals. QAwindowHer eyes are dull and her zest for life has long fled. We follow her blossoming under a new friendship with Abdul Karim, regain her feisty sparkle, and then the inevitable discontent this friendship causes within her family and household.

This is ground we’ve visited before in the film “Mrs. Brown”. This friendship, however, is very different. Although there is a question of the nature of the relationship, it is not skirting on the romantic in the same way we witnessed with Queen Victoria’s Scottish servant, John Brown. Indeed, Abdul Karim, for the Queen, embodies the romance of India, the most exotic jewel in her empire. Her hunger for knowledge of India and Abdul’s eagerness to build on his favor with the Queen brings him into a newly invented position, that of “the munshi” or teacher. He gives the Queen lessons in Urdu, culture, and questionable history. Queen Victoria thrives under her new passion for India. Her Munshi and beloved companion, Abdul, is lavished with attention, honors and an exalted, secure position of intimacy and trust at court… so long as Queen Victoria is in a position to protect him and his family.VA walkies

You know where the story is headed, yet it is compelling enough to keep the audience rapt. The acting is perfection. We’ve seen Judi Dench as Queen Victoria before, and from the moment she is shown as a rag doll being pulled from the bed, we understand precisely what stage of her life we have come to witness. She brings a sweetness, loneliness, sympathy and naivete to the elderly queen which makes her treatment of those around her as pets, puppets, necessary evils, or simple nuisances not at all something to simply judge, but something to ponder. Ali Fazal plays Abdul with the wide eyed enthusiasm for adventure, a strong sense of ‘carpe diem” and a touch of the philosopher-poet. His handsome charm wins over both Victoria and the audience even when the character’s choices make one pause. Eddie Izzard is Bertie, the Prince Of Wales and plays the subtleties, adding to the broad, villainous strokes with which his character is written. Tim Pigott-Smith as Ponsonby, Michael Gambon as Lord Salisbury, are standouts. Fenella Woolgar and Olivia Williams as the Queen’s ladies and the actors who make up the rest of the household are all stellar. Simon Callow blows up the screen as Puccini in a comic turn to remember. Adeel Akhtar as Mohammed has incredible chemistry with Azi Fazal’s Abdul. Akhtar deftly brings comedy, pain, and an intense truth to his embodiment of Mohammed, the character which inspires some of the film’s most thought provoking questions.QA boat

The questions “Victoria & Abdul” poses are legion. Even as I laughed there are uncomfortable moments when I wondered if it was appropriate. Within the comedy we see cruelty. There are heartbreaking examples of racism, ignorance and exclusion. Abdul and Mohammed, brought to England for the same purpose, have opposing views on empire yet their fates are as intertwined as they are different. This film made me think about race, religion, empirical politics, the ideals of friendship, love, hatred, home, ambition and the sorrows of aging and the end of life. Very few moments don’t ring true.VA Throne The costumes are exquisite, scenery astonishing and the details and glimpses of life within the royal palace invite you into a world where nothing jars you back into the twenty first century except the notion of how much has changed and how much has remained the same. You could watch it simply for the story and the absolute beauty, but like all good films, it makes one think about what one has just seen, want to see it again and long to know more. What does that “mostly” in the opening titles mean? Was Queen Victoria truly as open and inclusive as she is portrayed in the film? Do friendship and love really conquer all? I’d absolutely encourage you to see “Victoria & Abdul” and tell us what YOU think!

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The real Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim.

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Outlander is BACK and EW Has Some Exclusive SEXY Pix of Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe!

Entertainment Weekly never fails to bring us the sexiest photos of our favorite time traveling lovers from the STARZ hit series, Outlander! In next week’s issue EW went behind-the-scenes of the South Africa shoot to find out what the drama has in store for its 5-million plus fans this fall. Take a LOOK at these gorgeous photos of Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) and Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser) – you might need a cigarette in between images. (All images copyright Entertainment Weekly)

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EACH photo can be an EW cover in its own right! Are we right? 

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We love these “behind the scenes” images as well! 

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How LONG did Sam have to stay waist-deep in water in order to get just the right shot, we wonder? OL_10

PLUS as an added bonus, EW is publishing THREE different covers!! These gorgeous covers of Sam and Cait are sure to come come OL fandom collectors items!

Where can you get your copies? They will be available to subscribers and on newsstands on Friday – however, the third cover, showing the happy couple together, will be available exclusively at Barnes & Noble beginning on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Or you can buy the whole set here. What are you waiting for? We’ve already ordered ours! 

It won’t be long now. Outlander Season 3 debuts on STARZ on September 10th! You can catch up on the previous season on the STARZ app now! And don’t forget to watch our very own Outlander recap show, OUTLANDDISH. Catch up on our OutlandDish content here: OutlandDish: A Wee Outlander RECAP Show

Need a little Outlander NOW? Check out this amazing S3 trailer: 

Sláinte, Sassenachs!

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Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe SHINE in “OUTLANDER” S3 Debut as STARZ SURPRISES FANS WITH WORLD PREMIERE AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON

San Diego, Calif. – July 21, 2017

There was already magic in the air at the “OUTLANDER” panel at San Diego Comic-Con as the cast and creatives of the STARZ hit series returned for their first appearance in two years. The expected screams were heard as our favorite cast members were introduced by moderator actress and dancer, Jenna Dewan TatumRonald D. Moore (executive producer), Maril Davis (executive producer), Diana Gabaldon (author), Tobias Menzies (Black Jack Randall/Frank Randall), Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall), Richard Rankin (Roger Wakefield), and everyone’s favorite time-traveling couple, Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser) and Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser), brought an excitement and electricity to Comic-Con that was palpable. But things really got off the hook when Moore announced a surprise screening of Episode 301: “The Battle Joined” and suddenly the roof blew off of Ballroom 20!

The episode, written by Moore and directed by Brendan Maher, was just the remedy fans needed to cure the woes of Droughtlander.  The opening title sequence and Outlander theme music was enough to have fans reaching for their tissues.

The third season of “OUTLANDER” picks up right after Claire (Caitriona Balfe) travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant with Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) child, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies). Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire.

Both Heughan and Balfe shine in an episode that does not feature them how we like them: together –  save for one dream sequence. Very few lines are spoken by Heughan yet the emotional intensity conveyed on his face tells the whole story.  At death’s door, Jamie is feeling the pain of having lost the Battle of Culloden and the love of his life at the same time. This is a man who wishes for it all to be over and our hearts break for him. Balfe’s multi-layered nuances as Claire allow us to feel the struggle of a woman who yearns for another life, while having to accept and learn to live with another.  Balfe’s scenes with Menzies (Frank) are both passionate and poignant. We feel pain and sadness for both characters.  Extra kudos to Menzies for brilliantly portraying Frank in such a way that makes us forget he was ever Black Jack Randall. It’s only the beginning but we can already see the award-winning potential in this cast. 

Poignant performances by both Balfe and Menzies in Episode one of Outlander’s Season 3 debut.

As the years pass, Jamie and Claire will attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love. The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire’s heart… as well as new doubt. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other. As always, adversity, mystery, and adventure await them on the path to reunion. And the question remains: When they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones all those years ago? These and other questions will all be answered in the much-anticipated season 3 of Outlander.

Looking forward to performances by Richard Rankin (Roger) and Sophie Skelton (Brianna)

Diana Gabaldon’s eight-book Outlander series has sold more than 28 million copies worldwide and all the books have graced the New York Times best-sellers list. The “Outlander” series spans the genres of history, science fiction, romance and adventure in one amazing tale. The second season of “Outlander” won the Critics’ Choice Award for Most Bingeworthy Show, and four People’s Choice Awards, including Favorite TV Show.

WATCH the FULL Outlander Comic-Con panel followed by FAN REACTION of the episode here: 

“Outlander” Season Three will premiere on Sunday, September 10th at 8pm ET/PT on STARZ.

 

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Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Matthew B. Roberts, Toni Graphia, Anne Kenney, Andy Harries, MarigoKehoe and Jim Kohlberg serve as executive producers of “Outlander,” which is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.

 

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Outlander Booth | Jamie’s Print Shop Revealed At 2017 Comic-Con

Fans from around the world have descended upon 2017 San Diego Comic-Con to celebrate the long-awaited return of their beloved show, OUTLANDER. The STARZ hit series returns to SDCC with a bang, giving loyal viewers the ultimate fan experience beginning with a recreation of Jamie Fraser’s Print Shop, which will be the scene of the much anticipated reunion between Jamie and the love of his life, Claire! The Outlander Print Shop has already become the most popular booth on the convention floor! 

Visit Jamie’s Print Shop at the Outlander booth at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con

The print shop entrance features a specially made sign from the set of Outlander…with a hidden love note to Jamie and Claire. Can you find it?

The Print Shop sign!

This is an exact replica of the sign featured on the show – specially designed by the Outlander art department. 

Fans are greeted by some well cast sexy Highlanders – looking so good in a kilt, we were sure they must be Jamie’s kin! 

Sexy Highlanders abound!

A variety of authentic antiques from the era are featured in Jamie’s print shop.

Authentic antiques from the era….

At Wednesday’s sneak peek preview night, Outlander fans lined up for hours to get the chance to visit Jamie’s world, amongst them the ever popular fan group, Outlander SoCal Edition, led by founder Heather Insley – who remarked on the excitement in the air for this very Outlander weekend.

Dedicated Outlander fan group, Outlander SoCal Edition, led by founder Heather Insley.

On preview night, fans already wrapped around the booth for the chance at a sneak peek of Jamie’s Print Shop!

Fans are rewarded greatly for their time with a variety of cool, limited edition collectibles such as Outlander prints, flasks, tartan bandana’s and special Outlander tees which are made to order and live printed right on the floor! Very impressive. But the most sought-after item is the “golden ticket” which grants fans admission to the cast autograph signing session on Saturday, July 22nd. 

Take a look at our visit to the Outlander booth here:

There is so much for the Outlander fan to enjoy this weekend at Comic-Con. Don’t forget to line up early for the much-anticipated OUTLANDER panel in Ballroom 20. The panel will feature cast members: Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Tobias Menzies, Sophie Skelton, Richard Rankin, Executive Producers Ron D. Moore and Maril Davis and Outlander author, Diana Gabaldon! Also, try as many times as you can to get one of those magic tickets that will gain you entrance into the autograph signing session! 

Thank you to STARZ PR, including Alana McGaughey and Claire Gendel, and Tiffany from STARZ marketing for including The Anglophile Channel in on such an exciting Outlander event! 

The STARZ Outlander team ready to roll at 2017 SDCC

Outlander returns to STARZ on September 10th!~  Follow them on Twitter @Outlander_Starz

Watch the awesome Season 3 trailer here: 

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Jodie Whittaker Makes Television History as First Female Doctor Who in 50 Years!

Jodie Whittaker

Makes Television History as

First Female Doctor Who in 50 Years!

By Juliette Boland

July 19, 2017

Drum Roll Please!

 It was the moment Whovians around the world had been anxiously waiting for, the announcement of who would be following in Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi’s footsteps. The BBC both thrilled, and shocked, fans when they revealed that British actress, Jodie Whittaker, would be making television history by becoming the Thirteenth Time Lord and the first female ever to play the role in the show’s remarkable fifty year history.

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Meet the NEW face of Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker!

Many names had been floating around and last minute rumors were beginning to spread like wildfire. Besides Whittaker, some of the names being bandied about were Kris Marshall (Love Actually), Pheobe Waller-Bridge (Broadchurch), Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter) and Andrew “Honey, you should see me in a crown…” Scott (Sherlock).

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Honey, you should see me in a TARDIS! (Photo via Pinterest wefollowpics.com)

Personally, after listening to the rumors, I thought Marshall was the front runner and would have been a great choice as the Doctor. I pictured him as goofy Doctor, like the Sixth and Eleventh Doctors, and bringing more lightness to the show. Also, he was ginger, something The Doctor longed to be – so, it was destiny!

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The Doctor has always wanted to be ginger! Kris Marshall would have filled the bill.

 Many of us believed that we would all be waiting until this Christmas to finally meet the new Doctor. That’s eternity to a Whovian!  Thankfully, the BBC took pity on us and posted a teaser on Twitter, but that only served to tease us even more as we screamed and held onto each other after a series of cryptic hints ended with the promise that we’ll “Meet the 13th Doctor after the Wimbledon Men’s Final”. This was posted July 14th, just two days before the news we’d all been yearning to know would be broadcast around the world!

Instead of biting their fingernails or counting the stars in the sky, fans reacted in true Doctor Who fashion by investigating the teaser in depth, creating flow charts, elaborate diagrams, and color coated bar graphs. Sure enough, many clever Whovians found clues as to the Doctor’s gender hidden within the teaser. For example, the teaser featured The Statue of Liberty (who is female), the Sahara Desert (“Sahara” – a feminine name), an iPhone (which everyone connected to Siri, who was originally voiced by a woman), and the Prime Minister’s door (the current PM is a woman). Whovians began to theorize that the next Doctor would in fact be a woman!

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The “Sahara” Desert! Hint, hint!

Of course, Whovians have a Yoda-like intuition when it comes to all things Doctor Who therefore few were surprised when, on July 16, BBC creatively announced the Thirteenth Doctor in a video. In it, a person, wearing a dark hood over their head, walks through a thick forest and holds out the Tardis key in their hand. The person takes off their hood and it was revealed in 0.5 seconds that the Thirteenth Doctor will, in fact, be portrayed by a woman!  Jodie Whittaker, star of the hit ITV series, Broadchurch, was the lucky actress chosen as the first female to play this iconic role in fifty-four years of Doctor Who history!  The newly-minted Doctor  sees her Tardis in the distance and walks towards it with a genuine smile on her face. From that moment, the Thirteenth Doctor departs on her journey to change the course of Doctor Who forever.

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Welcome to the future! The NEW face of Doctor Who!

WATCH the “big reveal” HERE:

It’s A Girl! How Do We Feel?

Millions of jaws simultaneously dropped to the ground at the moment of unveiling. While this can be seen as a positive reaction, there were still variations of “shock” in the Whoniverse. Believe it or not, there had been mixed feelings with making the Doctor a woman. Some believe a female Doctor will change the show’s focus and lose its traditional adventurous feel. Others believe that Jodie Whittaker, a seasoned and talented actress, will bring a creative, multi-layered, intriguing Doctor to the table proving that, in the end, gender does not matter. 

A seasoned dramatic actress, Whittaker will bring strength to The Doctor.

Twitter Explodes! 

Opinions flooded social media, contrasting views immediately clashing, and battles were beginning to form. Many people don’t like change. It always takes a bit of adjusting to shift to a new Doctor – no matter the gender – especially after you have been attached to the current one for such a long time, but this was different. Like other iconic characters we’ve come to know and love: James Bond, Sherlock, Poirot etc., we all had been used to The Doctor being portrayed as a man, for over 50 years, and now fans had been thrown a curve ball and were being asked to adapt. So what was the fan reaction?

Some fans have welcomed Whittaker with open arms!

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   Others weren’t exactly shedding tears of joy.

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 In the midst of this war between Ms. Who, Mr. Who, and Gender fluid Who – Doctor Who alumni have already tweeted their congratulations and support to Whittaker with great positive energy!

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13th Doctor’s Companion, Pearl Mackie (Bill), supports Jodie!

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10th Doctor’s Companion, Billie Piper (Rose), was another supporter!

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Current Victoria star, and companion to 11th and 12th Doctor, Jenna Coleman.

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We all loved Karen Gillan as Amy, and Karen loves Jodie!

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Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) is all for a female Doctor!

In short, Doctor Who alum have got each other’s backs. It’s like they’re inviting a new member to the family and I love that! 

I was thrilled to get to chat with some classic Doctors: Peter Davison (5th Doctor) and Colin Baker (6th Doctor) and Sophie Alred (Companion to 7th Doctor) who gave me their thoughts on our new female Doctor: 

and NO better endorsement can be given to Ms. Whittaker than the seal of approval that came from DW showrunner, Steven Moffat, and DW writer, Mark Gatiss who gave us the definitive take on the Doctor being a woman: 

Much loved, outgoing Doctor, Peter Capaldi, also shared his thoughts, “Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm. She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.”

A shining endorsement from the brilliant 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi.

A Word From The New Showrunner

As everyone knows, the Doctor’s gender isn’t the only thing changing in the Whoniverse. It was announced earlier that longtime showrunner, Steven Moffat, decided to hang up his sonic screwdriver and hand over the keys to the Tardis to Chris Chibnall, the BAFTA-winning show runner of the hugely successful ITV series, Broadchurch (of which Whittaker was the star).

The new master of the Whoniverse, Chris Chibnall.

Chibnall’s vision for the new direction of the show is something he had always planned on,  “After months of lists, conversations, auditions, recalls, and a lot of secret-keeping, we’re excited to welcome Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor. I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we’re thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away.  Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way.”

What Does Jodie Whittaker Think?

What does the woman-of-the-hour have to say about making television history? Whittaker has revealed that, “It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you’re told you can’t be.”

In an interview with BBC, Whittaker was asked “What do you want to tell the fans?”  She answered with, “I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.”

Whittaker, a Doctor for a new generation of Whovians.

My Thoughts On The Matter

 I have put much thought into the whole idea of a female Doctor long before Whittaker’s casting was announced. Here is what I believed beforehand. Word had been going around that the next Doctor might be a woman. And a female Doctor would be no surprise due to all the winks and nudges throughout season ten. In truth, I thought a female Doctor wasn’t necessary. There had already been a great amount of female representation in the series through the Doctor’s memorable and strong companions. One may argue that companions are viewed as the Doctor’s “assistants” and thus relegated to the status of “side-kick”, I beg to differ. From Martha Jones to Donna Noble to Clara Oswald, the show has shown female strength in a multitude of ways. Companions have reigned in the Doctor, confronted him, steered him toward the right decisions, and have shown great independence with the decision to leave him. Not only are these women female, they are human, too. The show proves that even a human female can be stronger and wiser than a thousands of years old alien male.

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However, I’ve always remained open to the idea of a woman Doctor as well. After all, it is 2017 and women have proven that they can carry a film (Wonder Woman) or television series (Big Little Lies) to great box office or ratings success.  It’s time for Doctor Who to change a bit, too, unless you want the same storylines reoccurring over and over again. Doctor regenerates, Doctor finds a normal Earth girl, Doctor travels with Earth girl, Doctor falls in love (or becomes BFFs) with Earth Girl , Doctor loses Earth girl, Doctor wallows. However, that’s getting a bit old, isn’t it? Personally, I’m ready for a little girl power to infuse this journey with strength and excitement and with Whittaker at the helm of the TARDIS, I’m sure that’s exactly what we’re going to see. 

Many little boys have grown up with Doctors like David Tennant and Matt Smith as their role models, and strive to be like them.  Now, little girls can look up to Whittaker’s Doctor, with the knowledge that they too can be Time Lords who save the world!

I conclude with this simple opinion (and maybe even suggestion). I respect everyone’s opinions, but I’ve seen some comments on Twitter that have really jumped to unfair conclusions. We haven’t even seen Whittaker’s first episode, so to judge so quickly and harshly is pretty unkind. This is such an amazing opportunity for her, and we should be supporting her through this next year before Capaldi officially gives her the Tardis key. Let’s give Whittaker a chance, because if you have seen the television show Broadchurch (which starred David Tennant, the Tenth Doctor), you know she is a phenomenal actress.

New Doctor Who Showrunner, Chris Chibnall comments on the announcement.

No matter what gender, as long as the actor or actress that portrays the Doctor is committed, passionate, and loyal to the character, I will always be satisfied. I am  sure that Whittaker will bring all of those characteristics to the role.

Congratulations, Jodie Whittaker! Welcome to the Whoniverse! I wish you the best of luck during your stay, and I cannot wait to see you everything you bring to Doctor Who Season 11!

Allons-y!!!

A message from the 7th Doctor


Juliette Boland is a two-time Los Angeles Press Club, National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award winner and host of the Timey Wimey Fandom Show. Check out her other videos on her webpage here:Juliette’s Timey Wimey Fandom Show

Juliette  is a Junior at Orange County School of the Arts. Her work can also be seen on Los Angeles Times High School Insider and Watch What Happens OCSA. 

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Outlander Season 3 Trailer Debuts Ahead of 2017 Comic-Con [VIDEO AND PHOTOS]

Beverly Hills, Calif. – July 18, 2017

The wait is almost over for OUTLANDER fans as Starz releases the new official trailer for the highly anticipated third season of its Original Series “Outlander,” premiering on Sunday, September 10th at 8PM ET/PT.  Just ahead of Outlander’s return to San Diego Comic-Con, fans are getting a closer look at new footage from the forthcoming season based on Voyager, the third of eight books in Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling Outlander series. Grab a wee dram and take a look at the trailer here:  

Now, If that doesn’t stir your Sassenach heart, nothing will! 

The third season of “Outlander” picks up right after Claire (Caitriona Balfe) travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant with Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) child, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies).

Frank is happy to see Claire, but we all know what she’s thinking! (Photo courtesy of STARZ)

Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire.

As the years pass, Jamie and Claire attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love.

Will Frank show signs of Black Jack Randall? This photo has us running for cover. (Photo courtesy of STARZ)

The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire’s heart… as well as new doubt. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other. As always, adversity, mystery, and adventure await them on the path to reunion. And the question remains: When they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones, all those years ago?


Diana Gabaldon’s eight-book Outlander series has sold more than 28 million copies worldwide and all the books have graced the New York Times best-sellers list. The “Outlander” series spans the genres of history, science fiction, romance and adventure in one amazing tale. The second season of “Outlander” won the Critics’ Choice Award for Most Bingeworthy Show, and four People’s Choice Awards, including Favorite TV Show.

This weekend Outlander makes its long-awaited return to San Diego Comic-Con with a new exciting Outlander booth, fun fan experiences, a full cast panel in Ballroom 20 and an up-close and personal autograph signing opportunity for their dedicated Outlander fanmily. For more information visit: https://www.comic-con.org

Grab your best Outlander costumes and see ya at the OL booth!

Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Matthew B. Roberts, Toni Graphia, Anne Kenney and Andy Harries serve as executive producers of “Outlander,” which is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.

For more information, go to the official Outlander Facebook Page and follow @Outlander_Starz on Twitter and Instagram. Join the conversation with #Outlander and #STARZ.

Website: http://www.starz.com/originals/Outlander

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Poldark’s Eleanor Tomlinson, Downton Abbey’s Matthew Goode To Join All Star Cast in BBC One Agatha Christie Thriller “Ordeal By Innocence”

[July 5, 2017 – London]
Agatha Christie lovers will be excited to hear that the BBC has announced an incredible all-star cast for its latest thriller, Ordeal By Innocence, which begins filming  in Scotland this month in a major adaptation by Sarah Phelps.
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Damien Timmer, executive producer, Mammoth Screen, says: “Sarah Phelps has excelled herself with this spellbinding adaptation of one of Agatha Christie’s most celebrated stories. A gloriously dark deconstruction of an apparently perfect family, we hope it delights and chills viewers when it airs!”

Joining the cast are Poldark’s Eleanor Tomlinson and Downton Abbey’s Matthew Goode alongside, Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Pirates Of The Caribbean) and Catherine Keener (Get Out, Capote),  Anthony Boyle (Harry Potter And The Cursed Child), Ed Westwick (White Gold, Gossip Girl), Luke Treadaway (Fortitude, A Street Cat Named Bob), Morven Christie (The A Word, The Replacement), Crystal Clarke (Assassin’s Creed, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens), Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Churchill) and Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness, Black Mirror).

This new three-part drama reunites the dynamic team at Mammoth Screen, Executive Producers, Damien Timmer, Karen Thrussell, and producer Roopesh Parekh who were behind last December’s The Witness for the Prosecution and And Then There Were None in December 2015, both of which were critical successes for BBC One. 

Mammoth Screen’s, And Then There Were None, starring Aidan Turner.

Adapted from Christie’s 1958 novel of the same title, Ordeal By Innocence will be directed by Sandra Goldbacher (Victoria, The Hour, Me Without You) and produced by Parekh, (Poldark, And Then There Were None, The Hollow Crown).

“Ordeal By Innocence”, first published in the UK in November 1958, takes place during Christmas 1954. Wealthy philanthropist Rachel Argyll is murdered at her family estate Sunny Point.Her adopted son Jack Argyll, a young delinquent, is arrested for her murder. He vehemently protests his innocence.

Eighteen months later, Dr Arthur Calgary, a scientist, walks onto the velvety lawns of Sunny Point claiming to have just returned from an expedition to the Arctic. Even more extraordinary is his claim to hold the alibi that can prove Jack’s innocence. But Jack died in prison before the case could come to trial, and the Argyll family is reluctant to dig up the secrets of the past.

Rachel’s widower Leo is about to remarry his secretary Gwenda and none of Rachel’s other adopted children Mary, Mickey, Tina or Hester, nor longstanding housekeeper Kirsten, is willing to reopen that most horrendous chapter of their lives. However, the shattering implications of Calgary’s story are too big to avoid; if he is telling the truth then the wrong person was arrested for Rachel’s murder. And if Jack was not the killer, then it must have been somebody else at Sunny Point.

James Prichard, executive producer and executive chairman of Agatha Christie Limited, says: “Ordeal By Innocence was one of Christie’s personal favourites and I cannot wait to see how this outstanding cast will bring her story to life under the skillful direction of Sandra Goldbacher and the Mammoth Screen production team. To have Bill Nighy and Catherine Keener head up this all-star cast really is a testament to the depth and quality of my great grandmother’s writing.”

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Ordeal by Innocence was adapted into a film in 1985, directed by Desmond Davis and starred Donald Sutherland, Faye Dunaway, Christopher Plummer and Sarah Miles.

The story was also adapted for the third season of the 2007 ITV television series Marple featuring Geraldine McEwan with significant changes to the original novel. 

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Ordeal By Innocence continues BBC One and Agatha Christie Limited’s unique production deal that will see ACL and Mammoth deliver seven Christie adaptations! That’s music to Agatha Christie lover’s ears! 

Ordeal By Innocence is a Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited drama for BBC One. The executive producers are Phelps, Thrussell, Timmer, and Helen Ziegler for Mammoth Screen, James Prichard and Basi Akpabio for Agatha Christie Limited, Gaynor Holmes for BBC.

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