While there’s been a reduced amount of new dramas airing in the last few months thanks to the pandemic throwing the TV industry into turmoil, the arrival of autumn has brought with it the shows bosses have been saving up. One of the first to debut during this new season of telly is Us, which arrives on BBC One at the weekend.Described as a “rom-com in reverse”, it is perfect for those looking for something a little less intense than cop shows or physiological thrillers, but still want something that packs an emotional punch. Here’s everything we can tell you about it...Us is based on David Nicholls’ novelTo many people, David Nicholls is best known as the author behind, One Day –the smash hit novel that spawned a film of the same name starring Anne Hathaway. Us served as his follow-up novel, coming five years later in 2014. Like its predecessor, it proved to be hugely popular with readers and critics alike, with one review in the Independent describing it as “a perfect book”. It was also long-listed for the 2014 Man Booker Prize and David won the Specsavers UK Author of the Year award.So what is it about?Well, as David put it in a press introduction for the series, if One Day “was about the beginnings of a relationship – will they, won’t they get together? – Us asked’ ‘what comes next?’”.It follows the story of the Petersen family, who are rocked when wife Connie tells husband Douglas that she’s not sure she wants to be married to him any more. As he vows to prove to his wife that he is still the man she fell in love with and to repair his troubled relationship, Douglas insists that they go ahead with a planned family tour of Europe – originally intended as a holiday to mark their son Albie’s last summer before university. But will the pair be able to reconcile their relationship, or will the family have to come to terms with a life apart?The action is also intercut with flashbacks of Douglas and Connie’s love story and the early days of their relationship, revealing how they fell in love and how things have changed in the years that followed.Describing the emotion of the series, David says: “It’s about regret and loss and the spectre of loneliness but I hope we’ve made something funny and uplifting too, something emotional and affecting that will have viewers recognising themselves and those around them, as one of ‘Us’.”It is set in some incredible locationsMuch like how the stunning European locations became an important part of fellow BBC drama Killing Eve, Us will also showcase the beauty of the continent. The crew filmed last year in London, Amsterdam, Venice, Barcelona and Paris and David says the series is supposed to be a “love letter to Europe”. “I hope we’ve captured that on screen,” he adds. Tom Hollander and Saskia Reeves head up the castTom Hollander (The Night Manager, Baptiste, Gosford Park) plays Douglas, who is a scientist. Tom describes his character as “quite a grumpy dad” to son Albie, who gets on better with his mother, and Douglas lives with the idea that his wife Connie prefers their son to him. He is devastated when Connie tells him she is falling out of love with him, as he is a man who “doesn’t want to be left”, according to Tom.Saskia Reeves (Wallander, The Child In Time, Luther) plays Connie, who is preemptively experiencing empty nest syndrome, terrified of the gaping hole that only child Albie is going to leave when he heads to university. Saskia describes Connie as having “completely settled for a life that she never ultimately wanted” as she gave up her dreams of becoming an artist and “took refuge in Douglas’ absolute undying love for her” – a situation she begins to reassess when their family’s dynamic is about to change. Tom Taylor – best known for playing Gemma and Simon Foster’s son Tom in Doctor Foster – plays Albie, an artistic, musical, creative and complicated teenager, who is about to set out on the next chapter of his life. “He doesn’t particularly want to go on holiday with his parents and feels he has been dragged into it – so tries to ditch them,” Tom says. But Albie will go on a journey of his own as he deals with the situation between his mother and father. Gina Bramhill (Being Human, Black Mirror) and Iain De Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Lip Service) appear as a young Connie and Douglas in flashback scenes, while Thaddea Graham (Curfew, The Letter For The King) appears as a character called Kat, and Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing, Gentleman Jack) plays Freja. Why should I watch it?While the premise of the story might initially seem quite downbeat, Tom Hollander promises it has a “particular humour to it, which is in David’s writing”, with Tom Taylor adding there is plenty of “light hearted comedy” in what he describes as “a really fun drama”. “It’s not a story without hope, it is a story about hope,” Tom Hollander adds. He also says the story will likely “speak to parents of a certain age, those who have children who might be about to fly the nest or go to college”. Gina also says it will likely make you feel “terribly nostalgic for a different time, pre-covid!” She noted: “All of those wonderful locations and the freedom we had – I hope an audience can be uplifted and transported; not only back to the 90s, but also to the not-so-distant past, to be able to escape and enjoy this story of two people’s love and loss and growth.”Watch the trailer When is it on?Us begins on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One, continuing each week. READ MORE: 29 TV Picks Coming Later In 2020 That Will Help Staying In Feel More Bearable 21 Times Katherine Ryan's Character In The Duchess Was Almost Too Relatable The Sex Education Cast Could Not Be More Excited To Return To Work As Series 3 Gets Underway
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“Wow, what a time to arrive,” chuckled the 7-Eleven shop assistant as he looked out of the store windows to the semi-darkness outside. We smiled ruefully in response. It was 2pm.Moving continents in the midst of a pandemic has not been without its challenges, so when we touched down in San Francisco last Tuesday it already felt like we’d done the hard yards.That evening we arrived in Palo Alto in preparation for my wife’s new job at Stanford University. Predictably, I woke prematurely the following morning due to jet lag. Looking through the slats in the blinds of our Airbnb, the sky had an unmistakable orange hue. I assumed it must be sunrise and privately congratulated myself for having the good fortune to witness such a delightful Californian welcome.But as I lay there over the next 30 minutes, the light didn’t alter. I looked at my phone and was disconcerted to see the weather forecast wasn’t predicting sunshine, but smoke. I didn’t even know that was a setting. During the hours that followed, rather than getting lighter, the sky turned redder and darker. By the afternoon, California’s wildfires had caused the sky to resemble the angry, dying light of a distant sunset.While we were taken aback by the colour of the sky, we assumed that this had perhaps been a common side effect of the fires that had featured in the news bulletins of recent weeks. We didn’t want to reinforce the British stereotype of always talking about the weather the first day we got there, so instead deployed another and adopted a stiff upper lip.However, as we walked into town it was clear this was unusual by anyone’s standards. The main street has been temporarily pedestrianised to allow restaurants to arrange tables – all two metres apart of course – on the road so businesses can operate outdoors while indoor dining is prohibited. Few people were tempted by the prospect of al fresco dining though. It was hard to blame them; the epicentre of Silicon Valley suddenly looked like it belonged in an episode of Black Mirror.It’s safe to say this wasn’t how we had pictured our first day. It was both sad and unsettling to see our new hometown, which evidently had so much going for it, almost devoid of life under an ominous, otherworldly sky that was in equal parts compelling and intimidating.The drama of Wednesday’s radiant sky hasn’t been replicated since, but the air quality has worsened considerably. As the San Francisco Bay Area is surrounded by forest fires, it’s afflicted by the smoke regardless of which way the wind blows and, on Friday, California had the poorest air quality of anywhere in the world.Health warnings were issued advising residents to “stay inside, keep windows and doors closed, and keep your indoor air purified.” Some office workers received free respirators from their employers while a staff member at Stanford University used the institution’s online forum to enquire about the “best ways to remove hot ash from outside work surfaces”.As new arrivals, we were ill-prepared for the smoke’s detrimental health effects and have neither respirators nor indoor air purifiers. Without them it’s impossible to avoid the harmful particles that irritate your airways.The fires in California are the worst on record. In total six of the largest 20 blazes ever recorded in the state are currently raging and, with several weeks of the wildfire season remaining, three million acres of forestry have already been destroyed.The previous record was 1.8million acres, which burned during the devastating wildfires of 2018. During those months, many residents bought respirators to cope with the poor air quality and so are better equipped to deal with the pollutants in the air this time around. As new arrivals, we were ill-prepared for the smoke’s detrimental health effects and have neither respirators nor indoor air purifiers. Without them it’s impossible to avoid the harmful particles that irritate your airways. Upon our return from brief trips outside for food, our throats feel sore, so it’s disconcerting to reflect that the air quality is probably not much better in the small converted garage that we now call home.Putting aside the elephant in the room of the glowing orange sky above, the other observation we made on Tuesday was that everyone in Palo Alto wears masks – even to walk along the street. This is because, back in May, Palo Alto city council issued an emergency order requiring all members of the public to wear face coverings outside their home. This strong stance was in stark contrast to the numerous government U-turns back home.Before we arrived we’d read that California had the highest number of Covid-19 infections of any state in the US. We had also seen coverage of the vehement protests in the country opposing the lockdown restrictions. So we anticipated there would be some fairly liberal interpretations of the rules. Yet it has been quite the opposite.We’re keen to meet our neighbours properly, but they have a one-month-old baby and are understandably cautious given the maelstrom around us. As a result of the pandemic and the wildfires, we can neither meet our prospective friends inside nor out, so for now, we merely wave at each other from the window.Settling in a new country is never easy, and the unique circumstances have added additional challenges. Though it has bought us time to overcome the jet lag, it feels strange to move to a faraway land with so much to offer, and have to sit inside as the Golden State burns around us.Chris Atkin is a freelance journalist. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisjatHave a compelling personal story you want to tell? Find out what we’re looking for here, and pitch us on [email protected] from HuffPost UK Personal Oregon Wildfires Are Decimating Homes Near Me And I'm Terrified About What's Next I’m A White Teacher. 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After spending most of the first half of 2020 cooped up indoors, the prospect of autumn – meaning trips to the park are looking less inviting, as is enjoying some sun in a family member’s garden – might not be the most welcome to a lot of people.What could help cushion the blow even just a little, though, is the fact there’s some great new TV to get into over the coming weeks and months, catering to a whole range of different tastes.Here’s a round-up of our top TV picks for the rest of 2020 that might just take the edge off stopping in...I Hate SuzieAvailable now to watch on Now TV, with new episodes on Sky Atlantic every ThursdayWhat is it?Billie Piper takes the lead in this new black comedy, which centres around the titular Suzie, a minor celeb who suddenly finds herself back in the headlines when personal photos of her are leaked online.Described as “excruciatingly honest”, the series pulls precisely zero punches, with each episode presented in a completely different I May Destroy You-esque fashion from the one before it.I Hate Suzie also reunites its star with Lucy Prebble, who previously penned Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, and with its frank approach to taboo themes, it will appeal to a lot of the same audiences.Watch it if you liked: I May Destroy You, Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, FleabagI’m Thinking Of Ending ThingsAvailable to stream on Netflix nowWhat is it? A new psychological horror film starring Jessie Buckley and Toni Collette, the film centres around a young woman who, unenthused about her new relationship, agrees to accompany him to meet his parents, who just happen to live in the middle of nowhere.From there, things all start to unravel.Directed by Charlie Kauffman, whose past writing credits include Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and Being John Malcovich, it doesn’t take a detective to work out that it doesn’t take long before things take an unsettling turn.It’s definitely a bizarre watch, but also a thoroughly depressing one, so maybe have an episode of Friends or Love Island to treat yourself to afterwards, especially if you’re watching before bed.Watch it if you liked: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Midsommar, Russian DollBritain’s Got TalentAiring every Saturday night on ITV What is it? For obvious reasons, things are running a little differently than usual during this year’s Britain’s Got Talent semi-finals.With the show having been on pause since the spring, this year’s semi-finals are now underway, with weekly pre-recorded shows airing on a Saturday night. Former champion Ashley Banjo is also a new addition to the panel, filling in for Simon Cowell, who recently injured himself in an electric bike accident.At this stage, you already know whether or not BGT is your cup of tea, but for those who’ve turned their nose up at the talent format in the past, surely right now is the perfect moment to give it another go?Watch it if you liked: The X Factor, The Greatest Dancer, Strictly Come DancingI’ll Be Gone In The DarkAvailable to watch on Now TV now, with new episodes on Sky Crime every Sunday nightWhat is it? A definite must-watch for any fans of true crime, I’ll Be Gone In The Dark is a new documentary based on the critically-acclaimed book of the same name by Michelle McNamara.The series tells the story not just of the Golden State Killer – who committed at least 50 rapes and murdered at least 13 people in the 1970s and 80s – but also Michelle’s quest to find the killer’s true identity decades later, which sadly ended in tragedy.Fans of the book should definitely tune in, though, as the series includes plenty of details not included in Michelle’s book, including events that have transpired since it was published.Watch if you liked: Making A Murderer, The Jinx, Unsolved MysteriesMulanAvailable to purchase for Disney+ subscribersWhat is it? The latest in a long line of Disney’s live-action remakes, this is the much-awaited re-imagining of the animated classic Mulan, given a more grown-up twist by director Niki Caro, who has stripped the film of its original songs and the main character’s dragon sidekick, Mushu.Instead, the new Mulan is a film more focussed on “realism”, intended as an epic the whole family can enjoy.However, the film did take some heat earlier this year following comments made by its leading actor Yifei Liu, while the decision for Disney to charge existing subscribers to watch a film on a service they were already paying for was met with a mixed response.Watch if you liked: Aladdin, A Wrinkle In Time, Pirates Of The CaribbeanEastEndersNow airing on BBC One and the BBC iPlayerWhat is it? What do you mean “what is it?”. It’s literally EastEnders.The long-running BBC soap came off air for the first time in its 35-year history back in June, but with production now up and running again (albeit with huge changes, due to social distancing guidelines), the show is finally back on our screens.Rather than picking up exactly where we left off, though, Walford is a rather different to when we last paid it a visit, with three months having passed for both us and the residents of Albert Square. How has time changed things for the characters we know and love? We’ll have to wait and see, won’t we?Watch it if you liked: EastEnders (before it went off air in the first place), Coronation Street, Holby CityLove Island USAAiring now on ITV2What is it? The US version of the much-loved British reality show usually takes place in a villa in Fiji, but due to the pandemic, producers have had to think on their feet, instead moving the whole thing to a luxury hotel in Las Vegas.Once you get over the fact the horizon is peppered with bright lights and skyscrapers – and the “bants” are a lot more American than you’re used to – it’s pretty much business as usual for Love Island, which should be music to the ears of anyone who missed their usual fix this summer.Watch if you liked: Love Island, Too Hot To Handle, Love Is BlindDesDebuts on ITV on 15 SeptemberWhat is it? ITV is continuing its long line of true crime miniseries based on infamous British murder cases, following in the footsteps of recent offerings like Appropriate Adult, Dark Angel and The Pembrokeshire Murders.This new three-parter sees David Tennant in the lead role of Dennis Nilsen, who murdered at least 12 young men and boys in North London in the late 1970s and early 80s.Des will almost certainly not be one for the faint of heart, given the truly horrific nature of Nilsen’s crimes, but for true crime devotees, this will be a must-watch.Watch it if you liked: Broadchurch, Appropriate Adult, The Pembrokeshire MurdersCriminalDebuts on Netflix on 16 SeptemberWhat is it? Alternatively, for those who like a crime drama that’s a little more detached from reality, Netflix has you covered with brand new episodes of Criminal, the police-based miniseries that debuted last year.Katherine Kelly is once again leading the cast, with Netflix pulling it out of the bag in terms of guest stars, including Kit Harington in his first post-Game Of Thrones role, Catastrophe star Sharon Horgan, Kunal Nayyar of The Big Bang Theory fame and Sophie Okonedo, soon to be seen in Ratched and Death On The Nile.For anyone who loves the interview room sequences in Line Of Duty but finds the rest of the show a bit heavy, this short-and-sweet series is well worth a stream.Watch it if you liked: The Stranger, Line Of Duty, Silent WitnessRatchedDebuts on Netflix on 18 SeptemberWhat is it?Ryan Murphy has been well and truly on a roll with his Netflix output in 2020, debuting Hollywood (one of our favourite shows of the year) as well as a second series of The Politician, not to mention documentaries he produced like Circus Of Books and A Secret Love.However, with American Horror Story on ice for the time being, Ratched is the series that Ryan Murphy fans who prefer when he takes a walk on the dark side have been most looking forward to.Putting his frequent collaborator Sarah Paulson in the leading role, the show serves as an origin story for Nurse Ratched of the classic book One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.And as if Sarah in a leading role wasn’t enticing enough, the supporting cast boasts Cynthia Nixon, Rosanna Arquette and Sharon Stone, as well as past players from the Murphy-verse like Charlie Carver, Jon Jon Briones and Finn Wittrock. We are ready.Watch if you liked: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, American Horror Story: Asylum, Girl, InterruptedFive Guys A WeekSeries two begins on 18 September, with the first series available to watch on All 4What is it? One of our favourite shows of the first half of 2020 is already back for a second series, and it can not come soon enough.This dating show has a simple enough premise, with a woman moving five guys into her home for a week, and kicking the ones she doesn’t fancy out one by one until she finds her match.Compared to other dating shows – like Love Island, Too Hot To Handle or even its Channel 4 neighbour First Dates – Five Guys A Week feels a lot more low-fi and less glossy, but that’s what makes for such compelling and addictive viewing.The contestants very much feel like real people of all ages and backgrounds living ordinary lives, giving it more of a Gogglebox, Don’t Tell The Bride or Come Dine With Me-esque feel than the dating shows we’ve become used to in recent years.Watch if you liked: First Dates, Come Dine With Me, Celebs Go DatingDrag Race HollandDebuts on WOW Presents Plus on 18 SeptemberWhat is it? 2020 has been a rough year for everyone, but one thing we definitely can’t complain about is not having enough Drag Race to watch.As soon as series 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race came to an end near the beginning of lockdown, we were treated to the fifth All Stars run (not to overlook RuPaul’s *whispers* Secret Celebrity Drag Race in the middle of all of that, too). And by the time Shea Couleé took her place in the Hall Of Fame, the first series of Canada’s Drag Race got underway.Now that’s over, did you think that we were done with Drag Race for another? Well, think again.WOW Presents Plus subscribers will soon have access to the first ever run of Drag Race Holland – so get ready for some niche Dutch pop culture references that will go straight over your head, an obligatory Vengaboys lip sync and a whole lot more phoned-in messages from RuPaul, because even though we done already done had ourses, there’s still more to come.Watch if you liked: RuPaul’s Drag Race (in its various incarnations), Drag SOS, Glow UpUsDebuts on BBC One on 20 SeptemberWhat is it? Based on the much-loved novel by David Nicholls (of Starter For 10 and One Day fame), Us tells the story of a middle-aged couple, whose marriage hits a bump in the road when their 18-year-old son leaves for university.When mum Connie tells Douglas, her husband of almost 25 years, that she’s fed up and wants to leave him, he convinces her to let him take her and their son on one last family holiday, which just happens to be a “grand tour” of Europe.Expect lots of awkwardness, set against some beautiful backdrops.Watch if you liked: Normal People, One Day, Life BeginsGreat British Bake OffReturns on 22 September on Channel 4 What is it? Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many feared the Great British Bake Off would not be able to go ahead in 2020, at a time when what the nation really needs is some bakery-based escapism, a few softly-spoken innuendos and a nice bit of colour blocking from Prue Leith.Fortunately, those sneaky Channel 4 bosses managed to film a whole series in secret without telling anyone, the results of which are about to be revealed.Quite how it’ll go ahead with new host Matt Lucas and a whole lot of coronavirus restrictions (we’re guessing Hollywood handshakes are out the window) remains to be seen, but we’ll definitely be tuning in to find out.Watch if you liked: The Great Pottery Throwdown, The Great British Sewing Bee, Strictly Come DancingEnola HolmesDebuts on Netflix on 23 September What is it? This new film centres Enola, the younger sister of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes, who has to put her family’s skills for solving mysteries into effect when her beloved mother goes missing.Enola Holmes boasts an all-star cast including Henry Caville, Helena Bonham-Carter and Millie Bobby Brown, in her first leading role outside of Stranger Things.And while it’s a family comedy, it was also helmed by Harry Bradbeer, best known for his work with Phoebe Waller-Bridge on more grown-up shows like Fleabag and Killing Eve, so maybe don’t write it off on that basis.Watch if you liked: Sherlock, Killing Eve, Stranger ThingsLittle Mix The SearchDebuting on BBC One on 26 September What is it? Another TV show hit hard by the pandemic, the frustratingly-titled Little Mix The Search was supposed to be done and dusted by now, and instead we haven’t seen a single episode. Fortunately, the auditions will be coming to us before long, and Little Mix fans will finally get their fix of one of the biggest acts in the UK today.The Search has a fairly simple premise, that sees Little Mix putting together new bands, mentoring them and offering the winning band a supporting spot on their next tour (whenever that may end up being).Probably not the most challenging of watches, admittedly but who doesn’t love watching Little Mix having some fun together?Watch if you liked: The Voice, The X Factor, Britain’s Got TalentThe Boys In The BandStreaming on Netflix from 30 SeptemberWhat is it? Yet another offering from super-producer Ryan Murphy, this is a new feature-length film directed by Joe Mantello.The Boys In The Band is based on the play of the same name, and features the very impressive cast of a 2018 Broadway revival, including Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells and Michael Benjamin Washington.Set in the late 1960s, when the original play first debuted, The Boys In The Band features around a group of gay men, who gather together to celebrate one of their birthdays, with tempers quickly flaring as they revisit their past.Watch if you liked: American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson, Looking, HollywoodHonourDebuts on ITV later in the autumn What is it? Keeley Hawes takes the lead in this new ITV drama, which she’s also produced, in which she plays real-life detective chief inspector Caroline Goode, who fought for justice in the Banaz Mahmod “honour killing” case.Honour has already faced controversy, with many – including Banaz’s own family – criticising the decision to centre the story on Keeley’s character, claiming it perpetuates a white saviour narrative.Keeley later said of the show: “With something like this – and especially with this – we were all so mindful that we were dealing with real people. Banaz, Caroline, their families, everybody involved, the team, so there is that element of course, and with this, even more so. Much more so, probably, than anything I’ve ever worked on.“But the responsibility is huge. It’s huge. I felt it every day. I’ve felt it every day since. I really have.”Watch if you liked: Bodyguard, Line Of Duty, Mrs WilsonThe Haunting Of Bly ManorStreaming on Netflix from 9 OctoberWhat is it? *shudders* It’s taken us since 2018 to get over the trauma of watching The Haunting Of Hill House, and now there’s a brand new horror series to give us nightmares.Although The Haunting Of Bly Manor is from the same team as Hill House and features many of the same cast, Netflix is taking a leaf out of American Horror Story’s book with this one, setting the new story in a completely different universe, and with returning stars playing brand new characters.Instead, The Haunting Of Bly Manor is based on the Victorian novella The Turn Of The Screw, telling the story of a young governess who experiences some supernatural goings on when she arrives at a new country manor.Frankly, it sounds absolutely chilling, but we’re probably going to have binged the whole thing by Halloween, let’s be honest.Watch if you liked: The Haunting Of Hill House, American Horror Story: Roanoke, Paranormal ActivitySmall AxeDebuts on BBC One later this yearWhat is it? Steve McQueen’s first TV project has been six years in the making (it was first announced in January 2014!), but by all accounts, it’s going to be well worth the wait.Small Axe is an anthology series made up of five short films, telling the story of a West Indian community in London spread across three decades.And the Oscar-winning director has truly assembled an absolutely epic group of actors to bring it all to life. Among the show’s stellar cast are Black Panther’s Letitia Wright, Star Wars’ John Boyega and Malachi Kirby, who previously appeared in Roots and the Black Mirror episode Men Against Fire.Watch if you liked: Sitting In Limbo, Widows, Top BoyThe UndoingDebuts on 26 October on Sky Atlantic What is it? Nicole Kidman’s latest TV venture doesn’t sound like it’s a million miles away from her award-winning stint in Big Little Lies, which is no bad thing for fans of the hit drama.She plays a hugely successful New York City, whose life is changed overnight by “a violent death”, “a missing husband” and a subsequent “chain of terrible revelations”.She’s joined in the new series by Hugh Grant (who’d have thought Paddington 2 would give his career the jolt it needed) and, fingers crossed, at least one or two fabulous wigs.Watch if you liked: Big Little Lies, Little Fires Everywhere, The Night ManagerThe MandalorianNew episodes on Disney+ from 30 OctoberWhat is it? Having to wait for a new episode every week, despite the fact it had already been seen in the US months earlier, rather took the shine off The Mandalorian when Disney+ launched back in March. But this time around, we’re getting it at the same time as our American cousins, so it’ll be much easier to avoid spoilers.The Star Wars spin-off is our only contact with that galaxy far, far away now the most recent trilogy is done and dusted, and we can’t wait to see what’s transpired since we last checked in.And by that we, of course, mean… what kind of scrapes is Baby Yoda going to get himself into this time around?Watch if you liked: Star Trek: Discovery, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Guardians Of The GalaxyStrictly Come DancingReturns to our screens in the autumnWhat is it? It’s still not clear (including to the BBC, apparently) exactly what form Strictly Come Dancing is going to take in 2020, but times are hard, and we’ll take whatever sparkle we can get at the moment, quite frankly.What’s interesting to us is that Strictly has managed to get its best line-up in years under such strange circumstances, with Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo, Olympic boxer Nicola Adams, former home secretary Jacqui Smith and comedian Bill Bailey among the contestants we’re most excited to see on the dance floor.And if nothing else, this year’s Strictly will be appointment viewing when Nicola Adams makes history as one half of the show’s first ever same-sex couple. Watch if you liked: Dancing On Ice, Great British Bake Off, Britain’s Got TalentWe Are Who We AreDebuts on BBC Three later this yearWhat is it? After a summer that saw so few of us actually able to enjoy a holiday abroad, who doesn’t fancy losing themselves in sunnier climes as autumn approaches?Enter: Luca Guadagnino.The director perfected sun-drenched romance in Call Me By Your Name, and it looks like he could be about to do it again in We Are Who We Are, a new limited series about two American teenagers who find themselves on a military base in Italy.“With We Are Who We Are we are attempting to portray the here and now of two families, few generations, many exciting people,” Luca explained. Count us in.Watch if you liked: Call Me By Your Name, Euphoria, Waves The CrownSeries four debuts on Netflix on 15 NovemberWhat is it? As much as we’d watch Olivia Colman do pretty much anything at this point, the most recent series of The Crown did feel like it largely set the scene for what’s coming next.And now, our patience is finally about to be rewarded. Because series four of The Crown finally sees the arrival of Princess Diana, played by newcomer to the show Emma Corrin.Fans should also ready themselves for one of the series’ most controversial introductions to date, with Sex Education’s Gillian Anderson joining the cast as prime minister Margaret Thatcher.Watch if you liked: The Queen, The Iron Lady, The TudorsI’m A CelebrityReturns to ITV this autumnWhat is it? After almost 20 years, I’m A Celebrity is ditching the jungle for something a little closer to home, with this year’s contestants setting up camp in a spooky castle in Wales.Admittedly, this measure is ITV’s response to coronavirus restrictions, but we have to say, we think this could bring something fresh to I’m A Celebrity that we’re looking forward to checking out.Watch if you liked: Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Island With Bear Grylls, The Crystal MazeIndustryDebuts on BBC Two later this yearWhat is it? Set in the fast-paced financial district of London, Industry is a new eight-part series looking into the fast-paced world of international finance, as seen through the eyes of a group of young trainees.If the show rings a bell, that’s probably because of its famous director, Girls co-creator Lena Dunham, who spent time living in Cardiff during production (and, if you recall, got weirdly hooked on Love Island).Watch if you liked: Girls, Normal People, The ApprenticeAdult Material What is it? Channel 4′s big new drama for the final quarter of 2020 is Adult Material, focussing on the porn industry, starring Hayley Squires and Rupert Everett.Hayley plays Jolene, a run-of-the-mill mum of three, who also happens to be one of the UK’s most famous porn stars. According to Channel 4, the show hones in on “Jolene’s world... a place that influences all of our lives, whether we know it or not, but none of us ever truly see”.Perhaps not one for sitting down with the whole family to watch of an evening, but one we can’t wait to devour all the same.Watch if you liked: Shameless, Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, Footballers’ WivesDebuts on Channel 4 later this yearThe CircleReturns to Channel 4 later this yearWhat is it? One of our most surprising reality TV obsessions of last year, we were over the moon when The Circle (which kind of introduced the world to social distancing before it was cool, just saying) announced it would be back for a third series in 2020.And not only that – Channel 4 is also going to be throwing a load of famous faces into the mix for a separate celebrity mix. After seeing Richard Madeley’s all-singing, all-dancing, all-twerking stint in last year’s regular series, we can’t wait to see who they can rope in for the celeb series, and how it all plays out...Watch if you liked: Love Is Blind, Big Brother, Love IslandHuffPost may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page.READ MORE: 7 Netflix Hidden Gems That You Won't Believe Have Passed You By From Selling Sunset To Sex Education – These Are Netflix's 10 Best Originals Of 2020 (So Far) 21 Films And TV Shows To Stream On Netflix If You Need Some Escapism In Your Life
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  #heartofthecitykresnt   Kresnt is a Rapper/Singer/Producer who has gained the attention of a global audience with his masterful wordplay, intricate flows, and versatility in production.Kresnt's debut Album Rumi's Reflection produced by Nani Beats reached second overall for Canadian HipHop and R iTunes chart upon release May 2019 and peaked Number one in Turkey.His follow up LP “RUMI”  peaked Number One on iTunes Hip-Hop Canada Charts upon release with lead singles “Arab Money” and “Immortalized.”Kresnt’s memorable 2019 shows included 420 Vancouver where he opened for Legendary Hip-Hop Pioneers Cypress Hill with an audience of over 100,000.He concluded 2019 with a sold-out year end concert in Vancouver called BLACK MIRROR .With over 20 million streams, COMPLEX describes Kresnt as “West Coast’s Next Breakout Act.” Kresnt can be discovered on New Music Friday Canada , Northern Bars, Shisha Lounge, TRAP Ouro, HipHop Favourites and more.Notable publications that features Kresnt’s music include the SOURCE Magazine, Hot New Hip-Hop,  HipHopdx, ELEVATOR, COMPLEX, HipHopCANADA, ALLHIPHOP, FOMOBLOG, DARIMUSIC, Coffee & Banana and more  Kresnt’s last album EVERYBODY KNOWS featured  “D.Y.D.” which has garnered over 1,000,000 views online and “Remember Way Back” produced by fifty-five time Grammy-nominated / Multi-Platinum Producer Ken Lewis (JAY-Z, Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne , Juice Wrld, BTS).We can expect the new single “heart of the city” on September 10 2020, which is Kresnt's last single before the release of his album "Ahmed.""heart of the city" is about finding yourself in a foreign place whether physical or social while realizing that your are evolving.
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A number of Reddit pages were taken over with pro-Trump content Friday afternoon. The compromised subreddits that display banners promoting Trump at the time of writing include r/Avengers and r/bannedfromclubpenguin. A Reddit spokesperson told Business Insider that it is investigating an incident "related to a series of vandalized communities. It appears the source of the attacks were compromised moderator accounts. We are working to lock down those accounts and restore impacted communities." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A number of Reddit accounts were compromised Friday afternoon, which led to a number of subreddits being overtaken by pro-Trump signage. A Reddit spokesperson told Business Insider in an email that "an investigation is underway related to a series of vandalized communities. It appears the source of the attacks were compromised moderator accounts. We are working to lock down those accounts and restore impacted communities." A Reddit post lists the subreddits that are affected, which include r/Avengers and r/bannedfromclubpenguin, which both display pro-Trump content at the time of writing. However, not all of the subreddits have the Trump banners displayed on their pages. For example, r/49ers and r/nfl are among the subreddits listed to have been compromised, but the headers on their pages do not display the pro-Trump icons. A post r/Black Mirror shows that the subreddit was at one point compromised and showing the pro-Trump icon, though its header now displays the TV show title. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why you don't see brilliantly blue fireworks
Photo by Nick Statt / The Verge Microsoft is now rebuking Apple over its stringent developer restrictions and its stance on cloud gaming apps, which the iPhone maker does not allow on the App Store for apparent violations of its guidelines. In a statement attributed to a Microsoft spokesperson, the company tells The Verge, “Apple stands alone as the only general purpose platform to deny consumers from cloud gaming and game subscription services like Xbox Game Pass.” Apple earlier today elaborated on its controversial position to not allow services like Microsoft’s upcoming xCloud and the competing Google Stadia platform to exist on the App Store because the company cannot review individual games available on cloud platforms. A number of other App Store guidelines also... Continue reading…
It’s been nearly nine years since the spies of MI5 solved their final case on the BBC drama Spooks. The show was one of the most popular and enduring dramas of the 00s, running for ten series after it debuted in 2002. Recent months have seen Spooks enjoy a resurgence after all of the series were uploaded to the BBC iPlayer at the start of the UK’s lockdown, introducing it to a whole new generation of viewers, as well as giving its original fanbase the chance to catch it again. With that in mind, we checked in on all of the fictional MI5 agents to see what the actors behind them have been up to since leaving their undercover lives behind...Matthew Macfadyen as Tom Quinn (Series 1-3, 10)Shortly after his role on Spooks came to an end, Matthew made the jump to the big screen, starring as Mr. Darcy in Joe Wright’s Pride & Prejudice in 2005.From there, he played Daniel in 2007’s Death At A Funeral, portrayed John Birt in 2008 film Frost/Nixon and appeared as Stiva in 2012’s Anna Karenina. Other film roles include The Three Musketeers, Robin Hood and The Current War.TV wise, Matthew reunited on screen with former Spooks co-star Keeley Hawes in Ashes To Ashes in 2007 – two years after the pair married in real life. They remain together to this day and have two children. In 2010, he won a TV Bafta for Best Supporting Actor for his role in BBC drama Criminal Justice. After making a cameo appearance in the final episode of Spooks in 2011, Matthew had a lead role in BBC One’s period drama Ripper Street from 2012 to 2016 and appeared in two US TV movies. Most recently, he played Major Charles Ingram in ITV’s Quiz, a dramatisation of the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? coughing scandal, while he also appears as Tom Wambsgans in the critically acclaimed HBO series Succession.David Oyelowo as Danny Hunter (Series 1-3)Since David left his role as Danny at the end of the third series, he’s gone on to have a massive film career. He won huge critical acclaim for his portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr in 2014’s Selma, which saw him win the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture and Black Reel Award for Best Actor, as well as earning Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice nominations. In the same year, David also gave an acclaimed performance in HBO film Nightingale, for which he picked up a Critics’ Choice Television Award and Black Reel Award for Best Actor. David also took the lead role in 2016’s A United Kingdom, and starred in Queen of Katwe in the same year. His other film credits include Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Lincoln (2012), Jack Reacher (2012), The Butler (2013) and Gringo (2018). David has also continued to make appearances on the small screen too, playing Javert in the BBC’s 2018 adaptation of Les Miserables and Edward in Channel 4’s 2013 drama Complicit, as well as providing the voice of Scar in The Lion Guard animated series and Alexsandr Kallus in Star Wars Rebels.  Keeley Hawes as Zoe Reynolds (Series 1-3)Keeley has taken on a wide range of roles since her character absconded after being charged with conspiracy to murder. In one of her first post-Spooks roles, she appeared in a modern reimagining of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, before having a guest role in two episodes of The Vicar Of Dibley in 2006. From there, Keeley took the lead role in Life On Mars spin-off Ashes To Ashes as DI Alex Drake, before playing another cop in 2010 ITV drama, Identity. Four years later, she was the main antagonist in the second series of Line Of Duty, with her character Lindsay Denton also returning for the third season in 2016. Arguably her most famous role came in another of Jed Mercurio’s series, Bodyguard, where she played home secretary Julia Montague in 2018. Keeley also had a main role in the second series of BBC drama The Missing, and until 2019, played Louisa Durrell in The Durrells. Other major roles include Mrs Wilson, Upstairs Downstairs and The Hollow Crown. Peter Firth as Sir Harry Pearce (Series 1-10)After Spooks finished on TV in 2011, Peter reprised his role as Harry in the 2015 spin-off film Spooks: The Greater Good, which starred Game Of Thrones’ Kit Harington. The same year saw him play Jacob Marley in the BBC’s Dickensian, before he then went on to appear as the Duke Of Cumberland in ITV’s Victoria. Other roles have included military drama Mayday, and ITV’s Undeniable, while Peter most recently appeared on TV in a 2018 episode of Sky One drama Strike Back: Retribution. Hugh Simon as Malcolm Wynn-Jones (Series 1-10)Like Peter Frith, Hugh also reprised his role as Malcolm in the Spooks film in 2015, having  played Dr Holland in the second series of Channel 4’s period drama The Mill in 2014.  He has also made guest appearances in shows like Doctors, Vera, Endeavour and Last Tango in Halifax, and has starred alongside Rowan Atkinson as Dr Paul in ITV’s Maigret TV films. Most recently, Hugh popped up in two episodes of Victoria in 2019 as Colonel Sibthrope, as well as Sky One sitcom Brassic and was most recently seen at the start of the 2020 in an episode of The Trial Of Christine Keeler. Jenny Agutter as Tessa Phillips (Series 1-2)Jenny was already a celebrated actor when she joined the cast of Spooks, but these days she is arguably best known for playing Sister Julienne in Call The Midwife since 2012. She’s also appeared in ITV drama series Monday Monday, and the BBC’s The Invisables and The Alan Clark Diaries, as well as making guest appearances in the likes of Agatha Christie’s Marple, New Tricks and Midsomer Murders. Jenny has also appeared in two Marvel films, playing Councilwoman Hawley in 2012’s The Avengers and 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Rory MacGregor as Colin Wells (Series 1-5)After wrapping up his role as Colin, Rory has had a number of guest roles in the likes of Casualty, New Tricks, Primeval and Ashes To Ashes. According to IMDb, his last credited TV role was in 2011, when he appeared in an episode of Doctors. Lisa Faulkner as Helen Flynn (Series 1)Lisa’s role in Spooks was short-lived to say the least, with her character Helen memorably killed off via a deep fat fryer 7in the second episode of the first series. From there, she appeared in two series of Murder In Suburbia as Det. Sgt. Emma Scribbins from 2004 to 2005, before playing Laura Scammell in New Street Law from 2006 to 2007. But an appearance on Celebrity Masterchef in 2010 changed the course of Lisa’s career and personal life. After winning the series, Lisa became closely associated with food, hosting Real Food Family Cook Off and What’s Cooking, as well as making frequent appearances in the This Morning kitchen. She also began a relationship with Masterchef judge John Torode, and the couple are now married, hosting John And Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen on ITV. Away from the cookery world, Lisa played a central role in Max Branning’s Walford revenge storyline on EastEnders in 2017, playing Fi Browning – the daughter of classic villain James Willmott Brown.Shauna Macdonald as Sam Buxton (Series 2-3)Shauna’s first big role after leaving Spooks was in the 2005 horror film The Descent, in which she played Sarah Carter. Her other film roles include 2013’s Filth and 2016’s The Correspondence, while she also had a minor role as a pilot in Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 2017. On TV, Shauna has popped up in the likes of Ripper Street and Bonekickers, and had main roles in BBC drama The Cry as Dr Wallace and In Plain Sight as Agnes Muncie. She also played Georgie in BBC sitcom Hold The Sunset, and more recently appeared in an episode of ITV’s Liar as Mary Earlham and BBC drama The Nest as Sheena Galvin. Since 2015, she has also voiced Professor Squawkencluck in animated series Danger Mouse, while Shauna has also had various theatre roles and acted on many Radio 4 plays. Nicola Walker as Ruth Evershed (Series 2-5, 8-10)Nicola has been a main-stay on British TV since her second stint on Spooks came to an end. These days, she is probably best known for playing Gillian Greenwood on Last Tango In Halifax since 2012, which has seen her nominated for a TV Bafta for Best Supporting Actress. She also plays DCI Cassie Stuart in ITV crime series Unforgotten, and lawyer Hannah Stern in the BBC’s family drama The Split. Nicola has also appeared in dramas including 2013’s Prisoners’ Wives and Heading Out, 2014’s Babylon, 2015’s River, and 2018 mini series Collateral, as well as guest roles on shows including New Tricks, Inside No 9 and Scott And Bailey. Rupert Penry Jones as Adam Carter (Series 3-7)Rupert’s exit from Spooks came as a shock to many fans when his character was killed off in the seventh series. From there, Rupert starred in a BBC adaptation of John Buchan novel The 39 Steps, playing Richard Hannay and from 2009 to 2013, he had a lead role as DI Joseph Chandler in Whitechapel, and from 2011 to 2014, he played Clive Reader in Silk. His most recent TV credit came in 2018, when he played Samuel Blake in Sky’s crime series Stan Lee’s Lucky Man. Rupert also made the leap to the US, appearing as Mr Quinlan in the American horror series The Strain and Lord Thomas Hamilton in historical adventure series Black Sails. His film credits include 2014’s A Little Chaos, 2017’s Pegasus Bridge and 2020’s Miss Fisher And The Crypt Of Tears. Olga Sosnovska as Fiona Carter (Series 3-4)Two years after her time on the show came to an end, Olga had a minor role as a character called Debbie in Ocean’s 13. Also in 2007, she starred in an episode of US drama Criminal Minds. In 2011, Olga appeared in four episodes of dark US comedy Weeds as Zoya, while her most recent credited screen role was in 2014, when she had a guest role as Roxanna in HBO series The Leftovers. Raza Jaffrey as Zafar Younis (Series 3-6)Fans of BBC drama Mistresses may also know Raza for playing Hari during the first two series. After leaving in 2009, he had a minor role as a butler in Sex And The City 2 the following year, which marked the start of his US career. From there, he played Dec Sundaram in 2012 US TV series Smash, appeared in three episodes of Once Upon A Time In Wonderland in 2014 and had a recurring role in Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary. The same year, Raza had a recurring part in Homeland, playing Aasar Khan in seven episodes, before he landed a main role as Neal Hudson on the CBS TV medical drama Code Black. More recently, he’s starred in the Lost In Space reboot and NBC’s The Enemy Within, as well as starring alongside Blake Lively and Jude Law in 2020 film The Rhythm Section. In real life, Raza married Spooks co-star Miranda Raison shortly after he left the show in 2007, but they divorced two years later. He is now married to another former Spooks star Lara Pulver, although the couple never worked on the show together. Miranda Raison as Jo Portman (Series 4-8)Straight after Spooks, Miranda played Abbey in ITV drama Married Single Other in 2010, and the following year made appearances in Death In Paradise, Merlin and Sugartown. In 2013, she landed her biggest role in the US to date, when she was cast as Caroline Fowlds in 24: Live Another Day, and has appeared in other American TV series including Nightflyers and Warrior. Back home, she played Sylvie in 2018 ITV drama Dark Heart after appearing in a pilot episode two years earlier. If you have children, Miranda’s voice is also probably familiar to you, as she has voiced the character of Millie in Thomas The Tank Engine since 2013. Miranda’s also had a number of stage roles, including productions of Hello/Goodbye, The Winter’s Tale and Harlequinade. Hermione Norris as Ros Myers (Series 5-8)Hermione was best known as Karen Marden in Cold Feet prior to joining the cast of Spooks, and reprised the role when the show returned after a 13-year hiatus in 2016 for four more series. Hermione’s time in ITV drama Kingdom as Beatrice came to an end around the same time as her character was killed off in Spooks in 2009, and she has enjoyed a plethora of other TV roles since. In 2011, she appeared in BBC drama Outcasts, while she starred in ITV mini-series A Mother’s Son the following year. She played Grace Carter in BBC period drama The Crimson Field in 2014, and the same year saw her star as Roanna in Kay Mellor’s In The Club, before she enjoyed a guest role in an episode of Doctor Who. More recently, Hermione starred in ITV mini series Innocent opposite Lee Ingleby in 2018, and portrayed antagonist Dr Vivien Lake in the most recent series of Luther in 2019.   Alex Lanipekun as Ben Kaplan (Series 6-7)Alex’s character was unusual in that Ben was first introduced as a journalist who later became a spy. After Alex exited the show, he had a guest role in BBC Three series Being Human in 2010, also making appearances in Beautiful People, Death In Paradise and The Missing. He played Steve in 2012 Comedy Central series Big Bad World, and two years later landed his first US TV role, playing James Harman in 24: Live Another Day, reuniting him with former Spooks co-star Miranda Raison. The same year, Alex appeared in four episodes of Homeland as Hank Bonham, while more recently he played Pandarus in the BBC and Netflix co-production Troy: Fall Of A City in 2018.In 2019, Alex starred in Sky Atlantic drama Riviera as Raafi Al-Qadar. Gemma Jones as Connie James (Series 6-7)Gemma was well-known to many prior to joining the cast of Spooks thanks to her many film and TV roles, including playing Bridget Jones’ mum in the movie franchise, and Madam Poppy Pomfrey in the Harry Potter films – both roles she reprised after leaving the BBC show. As well as guest roles in the likes of Merlin, Death In Paradise, Last Tango In Halifax and Doc Martin, she had a regular role in ITV drama Unforgotten in 2015, appearing alongside former Spooks co-star Nicola Walker. In 2015, Gemma won the TV Bafta for Best Supporting Actress for her role in BBC TV film Marvellous, and in 2019, she played Aunt Anne Lister in Gentleman Jack – a role she’s previously played in a 2010 TV movie, The Secret Diaries Of Miss Anne Lister. Gemma also played Johnny’s mum Deirdre in God’s Own Country in 2017 and appeared as Ivy in 2019 Elton John biopic Rocketman. Most recently, Gemma appeared alongside her former Spooks co-star Hermione Norris in Cold Feet, playing her character Karen’s mum, Heather, in 2020.Richard Armitage as Lucas North (Series 7-9)In 2010, Richard began appearing in Sky drama Strike Back as John Porter, and the same year saw him play Heinz Kriger in Captain America: The First Avenger. He starred in all three films of The Hobbit series as Thorin Oakenshield, while his other film credits include Alice Through The Looking Glass, Ocean’s 8 and Pilgrimage. Richard has also appeared in several US TV dramas, playing Francis Dolarhyde in Hannibal and Daniel Miller in Berlin Station, while he also provided the voice for Trevor Belmont in Castlevania. Richard’s stage credits also include Remembrance Of Things Past, The Crucible and Uncle Vanya. Most recently, Richard appeared in the 2020 Netflix series The Stranger, in the lead role of Adam Price. Shazad Latif as Tariq Masood (Series 8-10)Around the same time Spooks wrapped up, Shazad had guest roles in Fresh Meat, Black Mirror and BBC drama Silk. In 2013, he appeared in five episodes of My Mad Fat Diary as Dr. Nick Kassar, before going on to play Clem in Channel 4 sitcom Toast Of London. From there, Shazad appeared in the 2015 series of BBC drama Ordinary Lies as Rick, before making the jump over to the US a year later, when he landed the role of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in Penny Dreadful. After the show was cancelled after one season, Shazad began playing Ash Tyler in Star Trek: Discovery, sticking with the series for two years. He appeared in British-Candanian series Departure in 2019, and provided the voice of Kylan in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Shazad’s big screen credits include The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – where he played Kushal – and 2018’s The Commuter. Sophia Myles as Beth Bailey (Series 9)Sophia only stayed with Spooks for one series, but she went on to play the character of Darcy Yyril in the Transformers film Age Of Extinction in 2014, and also appeared in BBC drama Our Zoo as Lady Katherine. In 2018, she played Rebecca in Sky One’s A Discovery Of Witches, while in 2020, Sophia also reprised the role of Madame de Pompadour – who she’d played in a 2006 episode of Doctor Who – for a special webcast episode. She has also provided the voice for Operative 19 in a reboot of Gerry Anderson’s anime series Firestorm. Max Brown as Dimitri Levendis (Series 9-10)Max was known to soap fans prior to joining Spooks, having appeared in the regular casts of both Hollyoaks and Crossroads, as well as his role as Edward Seymour in The Tudors. Since the end of Spooks, Max has acted in US cop drama Beauty & The Beast, as well as having guest roles in the likes of Sleepy Hollow, You, Me And The Apocalypse and Agent Carter. From 2016 to 2018, Max appeared alongside Elizabeth Hurley in outrageous drama The Royals, playing King Robert, while in 2019, he appeared in the Downton Abbey film as Richard Ellis. Lara Pulver as Erin Watts (Series 10)Like some of the other cast members, Lara reprised her role as Erin in the 2015 Spooks film. Prior to that, Laura appeared in two episodes of the Sherlock as Irene Adler between 2012 and 2014, and played Clarice Orisini in the BBC’s Da Vinci’s Demons. She also appeared in a Sky dramatisation of the life of James Bond creator Ian Fleming, playing his love interest Ann O’Neill. Most recently, Lara appeared in BBC Two’s The City And The City, and in 2020, she played Karen in US period drama The Alienist. Her other TV roles include guest roles in Quantico and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. Lara is also a stage actor, winning the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical in the West End revival of Gypsy. Her other stage credits include High Society, Chicago and Miss Saigon. She is also married to former Spooks star Raza Jaffrey, who played Zafar. Geoffrey Streatfeild as Calum Reed (Series 10)Geoffrey only appeared in the final series of Spooks, but did reprise his role as Calum in the film four years later. He appeared in The Thick Of It in 2012 as the “Inbetweener” junior minister in DoSac, and played Edward IV in two episodes of The Hollow Crown in 2016.His other TV credits include The Miniaturist, Prime Suspect 1973 and Traitors. Geoffrey also has a number of stage credits, including Ivanov, The Seagull and Cell Mates.MORE NOSTALGIA: Where Are The Cast Of Bad Girls Now? 20 Facts You Probably Never Knew About Robbie Williams' Rock DJ Relive One Direction's Beginnings With A Look Back At X Factor's Iconic 2010 Series
Netflix mentioned TikTok for the first time in its shareholder’s open letter released with the second-quarter earnings report. The streaming service provider mentions TikTok as ... The post Netflix views TikTok as a new competitor says its growth is shocking appeared first on Gizchina.com.
Netflix, the global leader in streaming TV, is having a moment now that more people are staying home. But it still faces pressure to hold on to its standing as legacy-media and tech rivals pursue their own streaming plays. Business Insider spoke with current and former Netflix employees, as well as industry experts, to identify the 56 most powerful executives leading key growth areas at the company. They include influential execs such as Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and new Chief Marketing Officer Bozoma Saint John, as well as some less familiar names, like Rochelle King, the vice president of creative production, and Ty Warren, the head of physical production. View Business Insider's exclusive interactive chart below. Click here for more BI Prime stories. Netflix is having a moment now that more people are staying home.The streaming-video service's global audience surged to 183 million paid subscribers in March. And Netflix's stock reached new heights in July as evidence from analysts and third-party data pointed to another strong quarter. That was despite new rivals like Disney Plus, HBO Max, and Apple TV Plus, which dented Netflix's growth last year. Netflix's past decade of unrivaled subscriber growth and an equally impressive stock climb forced legacy media to take streaming seriously or risk irrelevance and tech titans to vie for a piece of the streaming-TV pie. By the end of 2020, Comcast, AT&T, and ViacomCBS will have unveiled new streaming strategies to challenge Netflix and keep up with the viewer shifts it spurred. Business Insider spoke with current and former Netflix employees, as well as industry experts, to identify the 56 most powerful executives leading key growth areas at the company. Netflix has many leaders — not all of whom are included here — but this list gives an inside look at whom to watch in 2020. Netflix declined to comment on this story. At the top of the company is CEO Reed Hastings, who cofounded Netflix in 1997 as a hub for online movie rentals, oversaw its move into streaming video 10 years later, and drove the company to become the first truly global TV service. Hastings' core leadership team includes influential execs like Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, who oversees the company's colossal content budget; Chief Product Officer Greg Peters, who is responsible for every aspect of the platform from its price to the option to turn off autoplay video; and Bozoma Saint John, Netflix's newly appointed chief marketing officer — and its third in the last year — who brings with her experience from Endeavor, Uber, and Apple Music.There are also execs driving key initiatives within Netflix whose names might not be as familiar as those in its C-suite. They include Ty Warren, Netflix's head of physical production who is adapting to TV- and film-production stoppages around the world; movie boss Scott Stuber, who is turning the company into a major player in Hollywood; top animation exec Melissa Cobb, who is helping Netflix compete with Disney Plus; creative production lead Rochelle King, who is managing one of the fastest-growing teams at Netflix this year; Vice President of Product Todd Yellin, who is pushing Netflix to evolve entertainment with new formats like "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch"; and Bela Bajaria, who is developing content for crucial international audiences. Each leader plays their part to get people to spend more time with Netflix, which will be a key factor in keeping viewers around as new platforms launch. "The real measurement will be time," Hastings said at The New York Times' DealBook conference in November. "How do consumers vote with their evenings?" This chart is interactive. Click on "core team" to get the full list of names.This post was last updated on July 14, 2020. Do you have tips about working at Netflix? Email this reporter at [email protected] Email for Signal number. Business Insider asked Netflix insiders how to get a job at the streaming company. See our coverage on BI Prime: Exactly what it takes to get a job at Netflix, according to its head of hiring, former employees, and recruiting experts: Insiders share their best tips for navigating the hiring process, from how to prep for an interview to what to do if you don't get the job. Netflix's recruiting boss reveals the team the company is staffing up the most in 2020: Netflix's creative production team will be its biggest hiring priority. How to get noticed by Netflix job recruiters who can help you get hired, according to company insiders: The first step is to craft your online persona to tell your professional story. How to get a job interview at Netflix with the help of employee referrals — and what to avoid doing, according to company insiders: Recommendations from Netflix employees can get prospective candidates noticed by Netflix recruiters. Former employees shared their top tips on getting referrals and using them to land a job. Netflix's 5 toughest job-interview questions, according to company insiders: These are some of the job-interview questions candidates should be prepared to answer at any stage of the hiring process. What to do if Netflix rejects you for a job the first time around, according to its head of hiring: One employee was interviewed at Netflix three separate times before being hired, Netflix's vice president of talent acquisition said. The top 10 slides from Netflix's groundbreaking first culture deck that experts say had the most impact: Netflix's culture deck is a must-read for candidates. Recruiters explain what sets Netflix's culture apart from other tech companies. 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Midway through In the Dream House, her memoir about an abusive relationship with a former girlfriend, Carmen Maria Machado makes a painful observation: "Putting language to something for which you have no language is no easy feat."She's referring to Adam's job in Genesis of naming the animals, but she's also confronting the core challenge of her book.Domestic abuse in queer relationships is rarely written about—when your love is taboo, so are its violences.The author's previous book, Her Body and Other Parties, is a collection of short stories so effortlessly wide-ranging they pivot from fantasy to romance to humor in the blink of an eye.Machado can always find the words to convey what she means, even when she's using language in ways it's never been used before.She is a master of bending genre tropes to her whims—painting family dramas and domestic microagressions as the horror tales they are, demonstrating women's invisibility by literally making them see-through.
Alexa may be the key to solving an already somewhat bizarre Florida case where a woman was killed by a footlong spear to the chest.Police have secured a search warrant for recordings from an Amazon Echo and Echo Dot in the home, which they believe may have witnessed the possible murder, according to the Sun Sentinel.The incident in question happened back in July: Sylvia Galva Crespo, 32, died in her Hallandale Beach, Florida, home after a mysterious accident left her stabbed through the chest with a spear inexplicably already in the apartment.At least, that’s the explanation her husband, Adam Crespo, 43, gave police before he was charged with second-degree murder.Police now believe Amazon Echo devices in the home may have been triggered by their “wake word” at the time of the incident, thus making Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa a possible witness, the Guardian reports.It feels like something straight out of Black Mirror.
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