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Wrecked commission announced March 2021

8 December 2021

U.K. channel BBC Three has commissioned “Wrecked,” a six-part comedy horror series from Fremantle’s Euston Films (“The Sister,” “Dublin Murders”).

Written by emerging talent Ryan J. Brown, the six-part series is set aboard a mega cruise ship. It follows 19-year-old new recruit Jamie as he joins the crew in search of his missing sister. She was working aboard the same vessel on a previous tour and never made it home. Jamie is initiated into cruise life and gets a crash course on the teen tribes within the staff who party hard and remain oblivious to the bloodthirsty murders taking place on board. Jamie is forced to turn detective and uncover the sinister truth.

Ryan J. Brown said: “In ‘Wrecked,’ the kills are brutal, the laughs are loud, and the heartfelt moments land with real candor. I wanted to create a piece of genre entertainment that had the savvy teen sharpness of ‘Scream,’ the unsettling atmosphere of ‘The Shining’ and the strange upstairs, downstairs mythology of ‘Cabin in the Woods.’ At its core, ‘Wrecked’ is a tense coming-of-age story about a lost, gay kid from Sheffield propelled into uncharted waters of escalating paranoia and self-discovery.”

The series will be produced for BBC Three and BBC iPlayer by Euston Films, part of Fremantle, executive produced by Noemi Spanos for Euston Films and Tommy Bulfin for the BBC.

Spanos said Brown had a “wildly distinctive voice,” and added: “His blend of comedy, horror and coming of age storytelling has had us laughing, crying and terrified in equal measures throughout the development process and we can’t wait to realize Ryan’s unique vision and tone on screen.”

The series will film in Northern Ireland later this year.

Fremantle will handle international distribution.

Waleed Zuaiter receives Bafta nomination for role in ‘Baghdad Central’

3 December 2021

Palestinian-American actor Waleed Zuaiter has received a Bafta nomination for leading actor for his role in Baghdad Central.

The six-part drama series offers a fresh locally rooted perspective of life in Baghdad following the US-led coalition’s invasion of Iraq. The show is produced by Euston Films and has been released on the UK’s Channel 4.

Nominated in the same category are John Boyega (Small Axe), Josh O’Connor (The Crown), Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You), Paul Mescal (Normal People) and Shaun Parkes (Small Axe).

Based on the debut crime novel by Elliott Colla, Baghdad Central follows the story of Muhsin Khafaji, played by Zuaiter, a former police inspector who is looking for his missing daughter and is thus forced to collaborate with US troops.

This is the first Bafta nomination for the Oscar-nominated film producer.

Zuaiter also stars in the coming HBO film Oslo, which is based on the true story of the negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestine Liberation Organisation, which led to the 1993 Oslo Accords. It’s adapted from the Tony award-winning play of the same name.

Zuaiter plays Palestinian Hassan Asfour, a PLO liaison and the associate of finance minister Ahmed Qurei.

The 2021 Bafta TV nominations, which were announced on Wednesday were dominated by British anthology series Small Axe with 15 nominations, followed by Netflix drama The Crown with 10 nominations.

The Bafta TV Awards will be held on Sunday, June 6 while the Bafta TV Craft Awards will be on Monday, May 24. Both will take place in a studio format.

Baghdad Central goes global

1 June 2020

Fremantle has sold Channel 4’s Iraq war drama series Baghdad Central in almost 90 territories.

Fremantle-owned Euston Films’ six-part drama has been picked up by French/German broadcaster Arte along with Spanish pay-TV operation Movistar+, which has also acquired The Investigation and Salisbury poisonings as part of a package.

Arte will air the series across its networks in European French and German-speaking territories including France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

Other deals include Canada’s CBC, Brazil’s Globoplay and Russia’s IVI.

The series has already aired on SVoD Hulu in the US, Australia’s SBS and StarzPlay across the Middle East and north Africa.

Starring Bertie Carvel and Waleed Zuaiter, the series is set in Iraq in 2003 and follows Iraqi ex-policeman Muhsin al-Khafaji, who loses his job and home and is arrested and tortured after being mistaken for someone else.

In the UK, it aired to a consolidated average audience of 500,000 (3.6%) in a Monday 10pm slot in February.

“Baghdad Central is an authentic and compelling crime thriller,” said Al De Azpiazu, Fremantle’s Senior Vice President of sales and distribution for French-speaking Europe.

“The gripping storyline is told through a unique perspective that we don’t often see on TV and bought to life by an incredible international cast.”

Hulu Boards ITV’s Russell Tovey Drama ‘The Sister’ From ‘Luther’ Creator Neil Cross

29 May 2020

Russell Tovey-fronted drama The Sister, an adaptation of Neil Cross thriller Burial, is coming to Hulu.

The digital service has boarded the drama, originally commissioned by ITV and produced by Fremantle’s Euston Films.

The Years & Years star leads a cast that also includes Bertie Carvel (Baghdad Central), Amrita Acharia (Game of Thrones), Nina Toussaint-White (GameFace) and Paul Bazely (Benidorm) in the four-part series.

Tovey plays well-meaning but directionless Nathan, a man trying to escape his past. Nathan has a terrible secret he’s long prayed would stay buried and for which he’s long worked hard to make recompense. Almost a decade into his new and devoted married life, Nathan is rocked to the core when Bob, played by Carvel, an unwelcome face from the past, turns up on his doorstep with shocking news, triggering a series of catastrophic decisions which cleverly drive a tense and compelling narrative of psychological suspense, dread, love and possible redemption.

The series, which was previously known as Because The Night, is exec produced by Euston Films Managing Director Kate Harwood and Noemi Spanos (Dublin Murders). Niall MacCormick (The Victim) will direct each of the four episodes. Fremantle will sell internationally. Jonathan Curling (Tin Star) will produce the series, which is set to air later this year.

The Sister cast and first look at new ITV drama with Russell Tovey

28 May 2020

Russell Tovey will lead the cast of new ITV drama The Sister starting on TV soon.

First announced under the name Because The Night last year, the new four-part series comes from Luther creator, Neil Cross and is inspired by his novel Burial.

Russell Tovey plays well meaning but directionless Nathan, a man trying to escape his past. Nathan has a terrible secret he’s long prayed would stay buried and for which he’s long worked hard to make recompense.

Almost a decade into his new and devoted married life, Nathan is rocked to the core when Bob, played by Bertie Carvel an unwelcome face from the past, turns up on his doorstep with shocking news….triggering a series of catastrophic decisions which cleverly drive a tense and compelling narrative of psychological suspense, dread, love and possible redemption.

Additional cast include Amrita Acharia as Holly, Simone Ashley as Elise, Nina Toussaint White as Jackie, Paul Bazely as Graham and Amanda Root as June.

Russell Tovey said the show would “challenge me as an actor more than I’ve ever been challenged before.

“As a web of lies, that he thought was dead and buried, comes back to haunt Nathan, he sinks deeper and deeper into the horror of the event that happened ten years ago. I cannot wait to start filming and join this amazing team and cast ”

Neil Cross added: “Nathan, Bob and Holly have been with me for many years. I couldn’t be more excited to see them brought to life by Russell Tovey, Bertie Carvel and Amrita Acharia”

Executive Producers, Kate Harwood and Noemi Spanos commented: “We’re very excited to be working with the brilliant Russell Tovey in this lead role, we’ve always been great fans and we are delighted to have him play Nathan.

“We are excited and know him, Bertie and the rest of the cast will do a fantastic job of bringing Neil’s propulsive thriller to life”

The Sister is a Euston Films production for ITV and is distributed internationally by Fremantle. The series was commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill.

The series will air on ITV in 2020.

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