“One Of The Greatest Performances You’ll Ever See”

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Oyelowo as Martin Luther King in Selma: one of the greatest performances you’ll ever see.
-Scott Feinberg, Hollywood Reporter

It’s looking set to be a very exciting end of year for HH client DAVID OYELOWO who has been receiving rave reviews for his stunning performance as Martin Luther King Jr. in new civil rights King biopic Selma, scheduled for international commercial release January 2015.

Fifty years on, the film revisits the events of King’s historic voting-rights march from Selma, Alabama to the state capitol in Montgomery, whilst simultaneously offering an in-depth portrait of Dr. King himself. With DAVID in the lead role, Selma also boasts a fantastic cast including Tim Roth, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tom Wilkinson and Oprah Winfrey.

Having recently received its American Film Institute premiere, the Selma screening was met with extremely positive reviews and top praise from major journals and industry critics, with DAVID receiving numerous plaudits for what Variety magazine called “a graceful, majestic lead performance”. The smash Variety review (which you can read in full here) goes on to call Selma “politically astute, psychologically acute…revisit[ing] those events with startling immediacy, dramatic force and filmmaking verve…the kind of movie that gives year-end “prestige” pics a good name, which should equate to considerable box-office and awards-season gold.”

Of course, we never want to speak to soon, but we’re keeping fingers crossed for DAVID in the upcoming awards season, which looks like it could be an exciting ride. You can see the trailer at the bottom of this post and check out what the critics are saying below. Go DAVID!

“holy shit Selma. What a great fucking movie. I personally see Selma as a major work. David Oyelowo knocks it the fuck out of the park.
-Sasha Stone, Awards Daily

 “Selma is a gift to the Oscar season. Director Ava DuVernay created a film that’s not only important but also a work of art. I’m blown away…Oh and David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King? True talent. Brace yourself for awesome awards show speeches for Selma. Bc they’re coming.”
-Danielle Nussbaum, EW

Selma is fantastic…Oyelowo is wonderful…Seriously, fuckin’ A…Important film at an important time. Voting rights under fire as we sit here. Powerful.”
-Kris Tapley, Hitfix

Selma gets rousing reception, huge cheers for star David Oyelowo, who carries Ava Duvernay’s sincere biopic.”
-Anne Thompson, Indiewire

“Ava DuVernay’s Selma is a triumph! Standing ovation. Oscar contender across the board. Typing thru tears.”
-Jeff Sneider, The Wrap

Selma: a triumph. Absolutely incredible, powerful, passionate, poignant & profound.”
-Courtney Howard, Very Aware

Selma: more soul, emotion, and urgency than any biopic in memory. DuVernay, Oyelowo, and Bradford Young are MAJOR talents.”
-Russell Hainline, Movie Mezzanine

 “Selma is beautifully done. Bravo! And #DavidOyelowo is so good as Martin Luther King that it’s easy to see him being crowned by #Oscar.
-Christina Radish, Collider

“Brilliant, beautiful. Completely blown away.”
-Marc Malkin, E Online

David Oyelowo just killed it in Selma. Unbelievable performance from a terrific actor.
-Nicole Sperling, EW

Shirley Triumphs at Scottish BAFTAs!

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Huge congratulations go to the brilliant SHIRLEY HENDERSON who this week won the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actress (Television) for her strikingly poignant and moving performance in Channel 4’s small town murder drama Southcliffe.

Southcliffe aired earlier in 2014 and told the tragic story of a fictional English market town whose community is ripped apart by a spate of shootings. SHIRLEY gave a breathtaking performance as a grieving mother at the centre of the drama, left devastated in the aftermath of the inexplicable chain of menacing events. A very well deserved win – congrats SHIRLEY!

Click on the link below to see the moment she was named the winner, and to watch a brief red carpet Q&A with SHIRLEY as she discusses preparing for the role:

First Trailer for CINDERELLA

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Check out the brand new trailer (below) for Disney’s upcoming Cinderella, starring HAYLEY ATWELL.

This live action feature film, directed by Kenneth Branagh, retells the classic “Cinderella” story and follows the fortunes of young Ella (played by Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother, played by HAYLEY. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia and Drisella into the family home. But when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. When her evil stepmother forbids her to attend the Royal Ball, help is at hand in the form of a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham-Carter) and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, Cinderella’s life will change forever.

The film opens in cinemas next year on March 13th.

Lucy’s HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

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Jump Start Productions, a truly independent film production company based in Brighton, will be releasing their latest feature film Home For Christmas on December 5th, starring HH client LUCY GRIFFITHS, who also co-produced the film. It is scheduled to screen in selected Ourscreen cinemas and on demand from December 5th.

Home For Christmas marks the third film LUCY has collaborated with Jump Start Productions on as an actress, and the second she has co-produced with them. From the original book written by Cally Taylor, it follows the story of Beth Prince (played by April Pearson) who, having always loved fairytales, now feels, aged twenty-four, like she is finally on the verge of her own ‘happily ever after’.  She lives by the seaside, works in a charming old cinema and has a boyfriend who is so debonair and charming she can’t believe her luck! There is just one problem – none of her boyfriends have ever told her they love her and it doesn’t look like Aiden is going to say it any time soon. Desperate to hear ‘I love you’ for the first time, Beth takes matters into her own hands – and instantly wishes she hadn’t!

Home For Christmas will be touring a number of cinemas using the Ourscreen strand of programming by Picturehouse, which consequently means that if the tickets don’t sell, the film isn’t shown. The film will be accompanied on its tour by a number of cast and crew who will be hosting Q&As at each event. For full screening and tour dates and to book your tickets now, visit the film’s official website.

Check out the trailer below, which also includes a brief introduction with some of the cast explaining how the screening process works:

THE WRONG MANS Series 2 Teaser Unveiled

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The hilarious, award-winning comedy series The Wrong Mans is set to return to our television screens this year for its second series and the first teaser trailer has been released online.

The show, written by and starring HH client MATHEW BAYNTON and James Corden, will return to find heroes Sam (MATHEW) and Phil challenged with many problems on a dangerous international quest, including trying to escape a high-security Texan jail. While Phil is excited to get the chance to reinvent himself around the world, Sam is less happy and craves his old life. But the pair need to make a decision – do they want to hide or try to get home to Bracknell in time for Christmas?

In the words of the show’s two leads/writers, “we pick up where we left off in series one, but now Sam and Phil are different. They have changed as people because of everything that has happened to them. The stakes are higher and there’s even more danger now.”

The Wrong Mans returns to BBC Two this Christmas. Check out the teaser below:

En Vogue! Tilda Swinton, Fashion Icon

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HH client TILDA SWINTON is renowned globally as not only a multi-award-winning actress, but also as a fashion icon. In celebration of her birthday this month, Vogue magazine has run an über-cool feature showcasing her best fashion moments of the year. The article describes her 2014 red carpet looks as “awe-inspiring”, “unconventional” and “impressive” whilst being both “androgynous” and “overtly feminine”, claiming that “there are few women in Hollywood who own the red carpet in quite the same radically chic way.”

We couldn’t agree more! Check out the full article here as Vogue counts down TILDA‘s top ten looks of the year.

Ben Whishaw Is PADDINGTON!

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Brace yourselves for a delightful dose of British comedy in the highly-anticipated, superbly heartwarming big screen version of Paddington, released in UK cinemas on 28th November and starring BEN WHISHAW.

From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (Harry Potter), Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced wonderfully by BEN) who is shipped over to London from darkest Peru, arriving in – that’s right – Paddington station, in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realise that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you,” and offer him a temporary haven.

However, it’s not long before this rarest of bears catches the eye of an evil taxidermist (played by Nicole Kidman), throwing his new home – and very existence – under threat.

The film boasts a fantastic British cast which includes High Bonneville, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Michael Gambon, Peter Capaldi, Imelda Staunton, Matt Lucas and Sally Hawkins, alongside Kidman’s evil villain and BEN‘s pitch-perfect voice! Get ready for the upcoming festive fun by checking out the two fab trailers below:


SET FIRE TO THE STARS

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Celebrated poet Dylan Thomas battles his demons in 1950s New York in new feature film Set Fire To The Stars, released in selected UK cinemas next Friday 7th November and starring SHIRLEY HENDERSON.

Marking Dylan Thomas’ centenary, this fascinating semi-biographical drama – directed by Andy Goddard and beautifully shot in black-and-white – focuses on a week in the life of the great poet, played by Celyn Jones, as he prepares for a series of performed readings in the US. Elijah Wood stars as John Malcolm Brinnin, the young Harvard grad responsible for drawing Thomas out to the States and preparing him for his tour. But Brinnin soon becomes swiftly overwhelmed by the Welsh hellraiser and his fiery recklessness, desperately attempting to get him sober ahead of the poet’s upcoming schedule. The relationship between the two men quickly dissolves into a mutually destructive clash of wills and egos.

SHIRLEY gives a fantastic performance as the neurotic ‘Shirley’, one half of a rural Connecticut couple who, as friends of Brinnin, throw a cabin party for Thomas in a boozy attempt at intervention ahead of his next speaking engagement.

Set Fire To The Stars features a bunch of stellar performances from its excellent cast, an accomplished original score by Gruff Rhys (from Welsh band Super Furry Animals) and offers a playful, humourous and moving snapshot of one of the world’s most beloved poets. Go see it in cinemas from 7th November! Here’s the trailer:

Brand New AVENGERS Trailer Unveiled!

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Marvel comic fans worldwide have been going crazy with excitement over the last 24 hours as the first official trailer for Avengers: Age Of Ultron was unexpectedly unveiled on YouTube yesterday.

Age Of Ultron is the sequel to 2012’s massive blockbuster hit Avengers Assemble, which has become the third highest-grossing movie of all time. This second installment, also directed by Joss Whedon, sees new super-villain Ultron unleash his reign of terror on the planet as Marvel’s superhero collective, comprising Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Captain America et al, assemble once more to defend planet earth. AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON stars in Ultron, making his Marvel debut as Quicksilver, and HATYLEY ATWELL returns to her role as Agent Peggy Carter – her third big screen appearance as the character, having previously starred in Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. ISAAC ANDREWS also stars in the film as Costel.

WARNING: This is going to be HUGE! Check out the coolness and catch your first glimpse of AARON‘s Quicksilver in the trailer below. The movie arrives April 2015. Get excited!

NORTHERN SOUL

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Northern Soul, the brand new debut feature film from director Elaine Constantine, is now showing in selected cinemas across the UK and also available to buy on DVD and Bluray. It stars HH clients JACK GORDON and ALEX ESMAIL.

Northern Soul is the story of a youth culture in the 1970s which changed a generation. It tells the tale of a nightclub-based movement which developed in Northern England and offers an authentic and uplifting account of John and Matt, two young boys whose horizons are opened up by the discovery of black American soul music. No longer satisfied with the prospect of a small town life and a factory production line, they dream of going to America to discover super rare records which will help them become the best DJs on the Northern Soul scene. The difficult journey forces the two best friends to confront rivalry, violence and drug abuse as their friendship and loyalties are tested to the limit.

ALEX plays Stee and JACK plays Shawn, an older Northern Soul fan who introduces John and Matt to Wigan Casino, one of the scene’s most iconic venues.

With an affectionate portrayal of a small-town ’70s Lancashire, Northern Soul evokes the exhilaration of a new musical scene and tells the story of a youth culture that changed a generation and influenced songwriters, producers, DJs and designers for decades to come. The film also boasts a stunning soundtrack featuring numerous vinyl gems and ‘Northern Soul’ classics, including Edwin Starr, The Salvadores and Frankie Valli. Go see it on a big screen near you! Here’s the trailer:

Scottish BAFTA Noms For Shirley & Freya

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The official list of nominees for the 2014 British Academy Scotland Awards (Scottish BAFTAs) has been announced and huge congratulations go to HH clients SHIRLEY HENDERSON and FREYA MAVOR for their Best Actress nominations!

SHIRLEY is nominated in the Actress Television category for her leading role in the acclaimed Channel 4 drama Southcliffe. FREYA has been nominated in the Actress Film category for her role in the film musical of The Proclaimers’ songs, Sunshine On Leith.

Congrats to both clients! The winners will be announced at the official ceremony, taking place this year on Sunday 16th November.

Ezra Is THE FLASH!

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We’re extremely excited to announce a new superhero coming to the big screen! The Flash, the fastest man (and superhero) alive, will hit cinemas in 2018 with HH client EZRA MILLER starring in the titular role.

Just as The CW channel has successfully brought back DC Comics’ iconic The Flash in a new TV series, the character will soon get a big screen reboot as part of DC Entertainment/Warner Bros’ cinematic universe, as announced last week. The big announcement revealed no less than ten massive new DC films on the way, including character team-up films (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice), full team-up films (Justice League [Parts 1 and 2]) and traditional solo character stories (The Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Shazam, Cyborg and a Green Lantern reboot). Each year between 2016 – 2020 will see the unveiling of two new films, with The Flash scheduled for a March 2018 release.

Whilst The Flash movie won’t arrive for three more years, the character is traditionally a part of DC’s ‘Justice League’, meaning EZRA may well have an appearance in one or more of the upcoming movies before his solo story hits the big screen.

We can’t wait to see EZRA as the scarlet-suited speedster and we’ll keep you updated over the coming months as more news is revealed. Watch this space…

Pam Sews For Charity

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Following in the footsteps of uber successful series The Great British Bake Off, a new show has been announced in the name of charity: The Great British Sewing Bee. A bundle of famous faces will take their places at the sewing machines in a bid to impress judges Patrick Grant and May Martin over three special celebrity episodes in aid of BBC Children In Need.

Our very lovely client PAM FERRIS will be competing in the second episode, which airs next week on Thursday 23rd October at 8pm on BBC Two. PAM used her past experience with a sewing machine to take on the competition, saying: “I was never a professional dressmaker. I had a little training, but that was over 40 years ago! It was amazing the way memories came flooding back as soon as I started. I had a lot of fun for a wonderful cause – helping raise money for BBC Children in Need.”

Sara Cox steps in as guest host for the second episode, which sees PAM picking up her needles and competing alongside dance expert Louie Spence, comedian Mark Watson and television presenter Gaby Roslin. Tune in next Thursday to watch the fun unfold!

THE BRAIN HACK

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Brand new short film The Brain Hack, starring HH client ALEXANDER OWEN, has been proving very popular on this year’s festival circuit and has been selected as part of the official lineup at 2014’s Grimmfest, The International Freethought Film Festival, The Minneapolis Underground Film Festival and The British Horror Film Festival.

The Brain Hack is a psychological horror about two film students who create a short-cut to induce hallucinogenic visions of God, but soon find themselves hunted by a deadly religious sect.

As part of the official line up for the British Horror Film Festival 2014, it will screen at the Empire, Leicester Square at 5pm this Saturday 18 October. Get your tickets now via the Empire Leicester Square website. You can find more info on the official The Brain Hack website and check out the trailer below:

Get Ready To Run!

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Hit US sci-fi/action blockbuster The Maze Runner opens in UK cinemas tomorrow, Friday 10th October, starring our very own WILL POULTER.

Directed by Wes Ball and based on James Dashner’s 2009 novel of the same name, The Maze Runner is the first installment of a young-adult, post-apocalyptic science fiction trilogy. The story follows sixteen-year-old Thomas, played by Dylan O’Brien, who awakens in a rusty elevator (known as ‘The Box’) with no memory of who he is, only to learn he’s been delivered to the middle of an intricate maze, along with a slew of other boys, who have been trying to find their way out of the ever-changing labyrinth — all while establishing a functioning society in what they call ‘The Glade’. With the maze being the only way out, the boys must become Runners and search for an escape route. But the maze entrance closes at dusk, and no-one has ever survived a night in the maze…

WILL stars as Gally, one of the Gladers and the main villain of the first book/film. Named after Gallileo, he is immediately mistrustful of newcomer Thomas and swiftly becomes his enemy.

The Maze Runner was released last month in the United States, topping the box office on its opening weekend and becomming one of 2014’s biggest hits. It’s received extremely positive reviews, with praise aimed at the cast’s performances as well as the film’s intriguing premise and refreshingly dark tone. It opens here in the UK tomorrow, so make sure you see it on the big screen! Here’s the trailer:

THE GREAT FIRE

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Brand new historical drama series The Great Fire starts next week on ITV, starring ROSE LESLIE.

A disaster movie, political thriller and melodrama all-in-one, The Great Fire is inspired by the historical events of 1666 and set within the decadent backdrop of King Charles II’s court. The series focuses on the circumstances which led to the catastrophic fire; the humble baker Thomas Farriner’s family life at the infamous bakery in Pudding Lane and his fabled involvement in the blaze; the playboy King’s extravagant lifestyle, and Farriner’s complex relationship with his fictional sister in law, Sarah, played by ROSE. The Great Fire will unfold over four consecutive days as the fire indiscriminately takes hold of the city and the people desperately attempt to overcome the flames.

Andrew Buchan plays the role of Thomas in this 4 x 60 minute drama, produced by Ecosse Films and written by successful novelist Tom Bradby, ITN’s Political Editor. Charles Dance, Jack Huston, Daniel Mays, Andrew Tiernan and Perdita Weeks also star.

The Great Fire starts next Thursday October 16 on ITV at 9pm, with new episodes every Thursday. Here’s the trailer:

HH Triplet In Mike Leigh’s MR TURNER

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Mike Leigh’s latest feature film Mr. Turner, starring HH clients TOM WLASCHIHA, STUART McQUARRIE and SINÉAD MATTHEWS, screens at the London BFI Film Festival tomorrow, Friday 10th October.

Mr. Turner is a British biographical drama film, written and directed by Mike Leigh and chronicling the life and career of British radical and revolutionary painter and artist J. M. W. Turner. Profoundly affected by the death of his esteemed father, loved by his housekeeper Hannah Danby, whom he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, Turner (played by Timothy Spall) forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout his journey, Turner travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.

TOM plays Prince Albert, STUART plays the father of famed British art critic John Ruskin and SINÉAD plays Queen Victoria.

The film premiered in competition for the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where Spall won the award for Best Actor and cinematographer Dick Pope received a special jury prize for the film’s beautiful cinematography.

Mr. Turner will premiere at London’s BFI Film Festival tomorrow night at 6pm in London’s Odeon West End, Screen 2. It also screens on Saturday 11th at 11am in the same theatre. The film will receive its nationwide UK cinema release on 31st October. Check out the trailer below:

Grand Prize at Pyongyang

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The closing ceremony of the week-long 14th Pyongyang International Film Festival (PIFF) was held this week at the Ponghwa Art Theatre in the capital of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and German war film My Beautiful Country, starring ZRINKA CVITESIC, won the festival’s top award, the Torch Award.

My Beautiful Country is a moving love story in a time of hatred; a stunning film that portrays how the Kosovo War affected both Serbians and Albanians, echoing the war and peace theme. ZRINKA stars in the leading role of young Serbian widow Danica who, during Kosovo’s civil war, falls in love with Ramiz, a Albanian soldier. Wounded in battle, he seeks refuge in Danica’s home on the Serbian side of the River Ibar.

More than 90 films were screened during the Pyongyang festival, including pictures from the DPRK, China, Germany, the United Kingdom and India, all competing for the Torch Award. Huge congratulations to ZRINKA and everyone involved with the production of the film!

An HH Quartet: Christian Camargo’s DAYS AND NIGHTS

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Tomorrow sees the US cinema and VOD release of HH client CHRISTIAN CAMARGO‘s directorial debut feature, Days and Nights. As you can see from the new poster above, it also boasts a stellar cast which includes HH-ers BEN WHISHAWCHRISTIAN CAMARGO, JULIET RYLANCE and MARK RYLANCE.

Inspired by Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull”, Days and Nights is set in rural New England in the 1980s and centres around Elizabeth (Allison Janney), a movie star who brings her paramour Peter to her lakeside estate to visit her family on Memorial Day weekend. The household includes her ailing brother (William Hurt), her artist son (BEN), his ethereal muse (JULIET), the family doctor (Jean Reno) and the estate’s custodian (Russell Means), the careless caretaker (Michael Nyqvist) and his wife (Cherry Jones), their temperamental daughter (Katie Holmes) and her long suffering ornithologist husband (MARK) – the keeper of the sacred land where a bald eagle is trying to raise its young. During the weekend a disastrous turn of events leads the family from dysfunction to heartbreak and, ultimately, salvation.

As well as directing and starring in the film, CHRISTIAN also wrote the screenplay and JULIET was one of the film’s two producers.

Days and Nights hits US cinema screens and VOD tomorrow. Here’s the trailer:

GOTHAM

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Gotham, one of 2014’s most hotly-anticipated shows, has finally arrived on television screens in the US, and will be premiering in the UK on 13th October on Channel 5.

Gotham is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. The ‘Batman’ prequel follows the renowned Commissioner Gordon and his rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, chronicling the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time. Through the series, we witness what it took for Gordon to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City and the circumstances that created the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker.

Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, Gordon (played by Ben McKenzie) is partnered with the brash but shrewd police legend Harvey Bullock (played by Donal Logue), as the two stumble upon the city’s highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes’ hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, Bruce (played by David Mazouz), to whom Gordon vows to catch the killer.

HH client SEAN PERTWEE stars in the series as the beloved Alfred Pennyworth; the Wayne family’s loyal, unflappable Butler who takes it upon himself to support and raise the newly-orphaned Bruce. Also starring in the show are Jada Pinkett Smith (Fish Mooney), John Doman (Carmine Falcone), Camren Bicondova (Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman), Robin Lord Taylor (Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin) and Cory Michael Smith (Edward Nygma/the future Riddler).

Gotham is a fun, dark, gripping, atmospheric and well-paced new drama series with big production values and an excellent cast. It premiered on FOX in the USA on Monday this week to rave reviews, and will continue to air on Monday nights. Those of you in The States who missed the first episode can catch it again now on FOX’s Gotham page. Unfortunately, those of you in the UK will have to wait a few weeks longer as Gotham will premiere on Channel 5 on 13th October. In the meantime, check out the trailer below and get ready for one of the year’s biggest new shows!

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