Philip Shaun McGuinness – The Responder

Philip co-stars in Dancing Ledge Productions’ The Responder, airing on BBC One on Monday 24th of January!

Written by ex-police officer Tony Schumacher and produced by the multiple-time BAFTA winner Lawrence Bowen, this 5-part series follows Chris (Martin Freeman), a crisis-struck, morally compromised, unconventional urgent response officer talking a series of night shifts on the beat in Liverpool.

While trying to keep his head above water, he is forced to take on a new rookie partner Rachel (Adelayo Adedayo) and both soon discover that to survive in this relentless high-pressure nocturnal world they will need to help each other instead of destroying each other.

The Responder will also star Ian Hart, MyAnna Buring, Kerrie Hayes, Warren Brown, David Bradley and Rita Tushingham.

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Anna Lavrenteva – Tetris

Anna has joined the cast for Marv Films’ upcoming Tetris biopic, releasing on Apple TV+ in the near future. 

Directed by Jon S. Baird and starring Taron Egerton, Roger Allam and Anthony Boyle; it will tell the story of how the iconic video game went from a fun side-project by a Russian computer engineer recreating a favourite game from his childhood to the second best-selling video game franchise of all time (behind Super Mario), available on practically every electronic device ever invented and becoming so popular it has its own medical syndrome caused by relentlessly playing it. 

Along the way, it will involve immense corporate battles for ownership of the game involving backroom dealings with Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev, and publishing rights pitting Japanese video game titan Nintendo against British publisher Mirrorsoft owned by notorious businessman and fraudster Robert Maxwell. 

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Jacob Butler & Rachael Hilton – The Bay

Rachael and Jacob both feature in the third series of The Bay, now airing on ITV every Wednesday at 9pm.

Currently in its second series, the crime drama stars Morven Christie as a detective sergeant family liaison officer called in on an investigation into missing twins from a family in Morecambe, hence the name The Bay

The third and final series will star a new lead, Marsha Thomason as DS Jenn Townsend.

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Nicholas Clarke – Trigger Point

Nicholas features in HTM Television’s Trigger Point, coming to ITV on the 23rd of January!

Written and produced by Jed Mercurio, the mind behind Line of Duty and Bodyguard, it will star Vicky McClure and Adrian Lester as two bomb disposal operatives Lana Washington and Joel Nutkins just after they both returned from serving together in Afghanistan.

However, civilian life doesn’t greet them upon their return home with a terrorist campaign threatening the lives of Londoners. 

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Joe Hughes – A Town Called Malice

Joe has joined the cast for Sky’s new Original drama A Town Called Malice, coming out in the near future.

Written by Nick Love, this 8-part crime drama will be set in the early 80s and follow the Lord Family, a small-time crime syndicate from south London.

When the youngest member Gene Lord (Jack Rowan) and his girlfriend Cindy Carter (Tahirah Sharif) have a hair-raising scrape with death, they flee to the Costa del Sol to avoid being connected to gangland warfare and intend to start a life together far away from the heat back in England.

However, when the other Lords join them in the Iberian sunshine, the family patriarch Albert Lord (Jason Flemyng) realises this get-away is the perfect opportunity for the Lords to re-invent themselves and try to recapture some of the magic of their glory days.

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Damien Walsh – We Will Rock You UK Tour

Damien is currently in the midst of rehearsals for the UK tour of Ben Elton’s jukebox musical We Will Rock You, due to open at Portsmouth’s Kings Theatre on the 7th of February. 

Set to the music of Queen and debuting in the West End in 2002, it takes place in a far dystopian future where an  ultra-totalitarian regime has banned free thought and action as well as musical instruments and composing new unregulated music, relegating Rock music to the dustbin of history.

However a group of young rebels calling themselves The Bohemians are fighting tooth-and-nail to restore the freedom to think what you want to think, do what you want to do, and to play whatever music you want to play.

Centred around the romance between the dual revolutionaries Galileo and Scaramouche, the Bohemians rediscover rock music and use it to liberate people’s minds and overthrow the tyrannical Killer Queen. 

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Shamia Chalabi – Force Majeure

Shamia is part of the cast of Tim Price and Michael Longhurst’s Force Majeure, running at the Donmar Warehouse until the 5th of February.

Based off the award-winning 2014 film by Ruben Östlund, it tells the story of Tomas and Ebba’s family as they commit to spending some quality family time together with a skiing trip to the Alps. 

However when an avalanche threatens the resort in which they’re staying, it shows the deep cracks within the family unit dwelling just beneath the surface. 

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Princess Olga Romanoff – Keeping Up With the Aristocrats

Olga co-stars in Shine TV and ITV’s top-drawer reality show Keeping Up With the Aristocrats, coming to ITV on the 17th of January.

In this three-part series we will delve into the lives of four of Britain’s must prominent aristocratic dynasties to see how the other half lives over a summer social season.

Olga is joined by her cousin Lord Ivar Mountbatten and his husband James alongside Lord and Lady Fitzalan-Howard as they endeavour to inject some funds into their cash-poor asset-rich estates.

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Jean-Baptiste Fillon & Luca Matteo Zizzari – Mister Mayfair

Jean-Baptiste and Luca both co-star in Philippe Martinez and SPI International’s Mister Mayfair.

A musical gangster comedy, this first part in a trilogy focuses on New York Gangster turned London nightclub owner Max Mayfair as he attempts to escape his murky American past by building a new glamorous bombastic world filled to bursting with music, dance, talent and beauty.

However, Max’s then-unknown granddaughter threatens to upend the apple-cart when she arrives from NYC telling stories of Mayfair’s safe-cracking mafia past.  

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Joe Gallina – Toast of Tinseltown

Joe co-stars in  Matt Berry’s Toast of Tinseltown, available to watch now on BBC iPlayer.

Starring Berry himself as the self-centred thespian Steven Toast, we follow him directly after three seasons of trying and failing to garner success and critical acclaim in London (outside of some voice-over work) so he decides a move to Hollywood could be just what he needs to be recognised as the true king of stage and screen he knows he is. 

Reprising their roles from the original series Toast of London are Doon Mackichan as drug-addicted agent Jane Plough, Harry Peacock as Toast’s mortal enemy Ray Purchase, and Shazad Latif & Tim Downie as sound engineers Clem Fandango and Danny Bear. Joining them are American comedy heavy-hitters Fred Armisen and Rasida Jones. 

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