For the episode summaries and more promo pictures, please visit the Alibi TV website. We know that Andrew Gower will portray Rupert Parker, “Scarlet’s business partner and friend who invests in the agency and is one of her few supporters”, in at least 5 of the 6 season 1 episodes.
We had the great pleasure of speaking to the wonderfully talented Rachael New, creator of the upcoming drama Miss Scarlet and The Duke. We talked about her work on the 6 part series, the challenges of writing in a period setting and her plans for the future.
The British screenwriter’s impressive CV consists of a wide variety of drama and comedy series, both in contemporary and historical settings. In 2009 she wrote and co-created comedy drama series Monday Monday (starring Tom Ellis and Miranda Hart) for British channel ITV. She’s well-known for her work on The Mallorca Files (BBC), which also features a male and female detective clashing on how to investigate, and period drama Grantchester (ITV). Miss Scarlet and The Duke is the first time she serves as creator, writer and show runner.
What are you most excited about for fans to discover about Miss Scarlet and The Duke?
There is so much I’m looking forward. The characters have been so much fun to write. My protagonist Eliza Scarlet is a force of nature – an ambitious, independent woman living at a time where women had little or no rights. This creates lots of lovely conflict which you need to create a cracking story. I also think the tone of the series is quite a fresh take on the period genre. It’s a drama but punctuated with lots of comedy. I think this is something that will feel quite new and exciting to watch.
There’s no release date yet but can you maybe roughly hint at when we can expect to see it?
Great news, especially for everyone this side of the pond. Thank you!
How much research went into your work on Miss Scarlet and The Duke?
A lot. I wanted the world to feel as authentic as possible so that Eliza’s struggle could cut through. It wasn’t a chore. I love history, and curling up on my sofa with a pile of books, cup of tea (or g&t) usually with a blanket or a cat on my lap, is my idea of heaven.
That sounds really heavenly indeed! Is Miss Scarlet based on historic events? Was there a real “Miss Scarlet“?
The character of Eliza Scarlet is fiction – there were no female detectives in 19th century London – however the world she inhabits is very much an authentic one. I felt it was important to research as much as possible. The 19th century was very much a male dominated society and at its core the premise of Miss Scarlet and The Duke is a woman in a man’s world trying to stay in the game.
What was your inspiration for Miss Scarlet, as a character and as a series?
We have a female Doctor Who so I wanted to write a female Sherlock Holmes, but unlike Holmes Eliza Scarlet is more human and less super hero. And where Holmes would be celebrated for his brilliance, Eliza has to work a hell of a lot harder for any kind of respect or recognition.
Haha! There is a lot of me in Eliza – her determination, her impatience, her lack of culinary skills – I’d rather be digging in the garden covered in mud than in the kitchen baking. But Kate Phillips (who plays Eliza) has brought so much to the role that now I’m writing season 2 I just think of her. She is sensational.
Can you share anything about the casting process? What were you looking for in the actors portraying Eliza, the Duke, and Rupert?
I was looking for that spark, a connection that the actor has with the script. As soon as I met with Kate (Eliza), Stuart (Duke), Andrew (Rupert), Ansu (Moses) and Cathy (Ivy) I knew immediately that’s who I wanted. Each are very special actors. They’ve brought magic to the screen and I feel extremely lucky to have them on the show.
Standard and inevitable question: how was working with Andrew Gower?
Andrew’s funny, smart, intuitive and just a lovely person to hang out with. Rupert Parker is a complex character and Andrew did a beautiful job of playing those nuances with such subtlety. He manages to make you laugh as well as move you all at the same time. He’s a class act.
We couldn’t agree more!
How old were you when you started writing? Has writing always been a passion for you?
I always loved writing as a kid and a teen but never really thought about making a living out of it. It was later when I had my first baby (who is now almost 18!) that a stranger actually paid me for a piece of writing. I haven’t stopped since.
Do you enjoy writing historical stories or contemporary ones? And why? What are some pros and cons of each genre?
I’m a period drama junkie so that is my preference both to watch as a viewer and to write. There are many cons of writing period – it’s costly and it’s tricky when out on location to cover up the signs of our modern age – satellite dishes, telephone lines, street lights… but it’s worth the hassle. I love diving into a world that isn’t recognisable as my own. To me that’s true escapism and what storytelling is all about.
Miss Scarlet and The Duke was the first time producing your own show. How did that feel?
It was exhausting, stressful, relentless… and I loved every minute of it. Working with director Declan O’Dywer was a real career high for me. I’ve found a friend for life as well as a trusted colleague who I’ll definitely be working with on other projects. I don’t want to big him up too much or he’ll get a big head and it’s already pretty big – that and the fact that someone else might snap him up if they realise just how good he is.
Show Running Miss Scarlet has been incredible but I had an awesome team behind me. Ben Edwards who over the years has often been my writing partner on other shows (and who rather conveniently also happens to be my husband) wrote a couple of the episodes and helped me break the stories. Then there’s my formidable exec producer team headed up by Patty Ishimoto at Element 8. It was a massive team effort.
What’s your next project? Anything you can share?
I’ve got a Tudor thriller that’s an itch I’m going to scratch at some point, but at the moment it’s all Miss Scarlet. I’m in the middle of writing the first two episodes of season 2.
Thank you so very much, Ms New, for taking the time to answer our questions. We are even more excited to see Miss Scarlet and The Duke now and are loving the idea of a second season!
Ferabbee’s Circus has come to Swynton Magna, the village in Midsomer County where Joe (Jason Watkins), the owner of the circus, grew up with his now estranged brother Curtis (Neil Stuke), who still lives in the village. Soon after the arrival, evil clown sightings are not only scaring the inhabitants of Swynton Magna but Inspector Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) must also face one of his biggest fears.
Not all that glitters is gold at Ferabbee’s – the circus is in deep financial trouble. Harry (Andrew Gower), Joe’s son, has plans to modernize the acts but his ideas fall on deaf ears, and clown Groucho (Kevin Eldon) wants to take on a better offer and leave the circus. The pressure is high on the remaining circus staff when things take a turn for the worse, and one of their own is killed in the circus ring.
Inspector Barnaby, his partner DS Jamie Winter (Nick Hendrix) and pathologist Fleur Perkins (Annette Badland) have their work cut out for them as the list of suspects is long and everyone in Swynton Magna has their dark secrets: who is Curtis’ attractive wife Freya (Lorraine Burroughs) having an affair with and what is going on in young Mostyn Cartwright’s (Andrew Knott) basement?
Visit our Gallery for more screencaps from this episode!
They also had the following information about Andrew’s character Harry Ferabbee and about Andrew himself:
Who is Harry Ferabbee? Harry is Joe’s son who works with him at the circus, but is frustrated and worried by their dramatically falling trade. He thinks that their brand needs a major revamp, but his father routinely dismisses his ideas.
What else has Andrew Gower been in? He is probably best known for playing Charles Stuart in the second season of time travel drama Outlander, but has also appeared on BBC One hit Poldark and big-budget Amazon fantasy series Carnival Row.
Andrew Gower‘s Midsomer Murders episode “Send in the Clowns” will finally make its debut on British television. ITV will show the episode on Tuesday, 14 January 2020, at 8pm.
Things take a gruesome turn when Ferabbees Circus comes to town, bringing with it a chain of sinister clown sightings, threatening notes and deathly dangerous circus acts. Barnaby has to face up to his fears in order to solve the case.
British television network ITV will air another episode of season 20 of popular crime drama Midsomer Murders in the new year. Episode 20×05 “Till Death Do Us Part” will air on Monday, 6 January 2020 at 8:30pm.
According to websites TV Maze and TV Wise, Andrew Gower‘s episode “Send in the Clowns” is scheduled to air on Tuesday, 14 January 2020 at 8:00pm. Fingers crossed this turns out to be true!
If you recognize one (or more) of the pictured TV shows, movies, events, etc., that Andrew Gower was a part of (or will be, in some cases) drop us an e-mail!
Every honest guess (whether correct or not) will enter your name to the drawing pot from which winners will be chosen on 1 January 2020.
All winners, including our Andrew Gower Fan of the Year, will be announced the same day, and our exclusive prizes will be mailed out the day after.
Good luck to all of you! 🍀
(Disclaimer: We’re an open-minded group and respect all faiths and (non-)beliefs. We love all fans of Andrew Gower, no matter which holiday you celebrate this time of year, or whether you celebrate any at all!)
The event will take place from 24 – 26 July 2020 at Olympia London. Andrew will only attend on Saturday, 25 July, and he’ll be joined by fellow Carnival Row actor Simon McBurney (Runyan Millworthy) with more announcements expected soon.
Tickets for the event are on sale here, and you can buy photo op tickets for Andrew as well.
There are no known release dates as of yet, other than “early 2020” for the UK and the USA but we’ll keep you posted as soon as we find out more!
The articles also mention Andrew and give us a little bit more information about his character Rupert Parker:
Andrew Gower (Carnival Row) plays Rupert Parker, Eliza’s business partner and friend. At the start of the series he invests in Eliza’s new detective agency and is one of the few encouraging voices on her side.
Good news for Miss Scarlet and The Duke: There will be a sponsored screening of the upcoming period detective drama on 3 December 2019 at Content London, “one of the most important TV drama events in the industry calendar”.
Content London takes places from 3 – 5 December 2019 at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London (Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London).
If you’re not a delegate at the conference, you can at least watch the official trailer here, and we hope there will be more information about Miss Scarlet (Kate Phillips), The Duke (Stuart Martin) and Rupert Parker (Andrew Gower) soon!
Visit our Gallery for photos from the event (will be updated as soon as there’s more).
ETA (4 December 2019): red carpet photos
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – 2019/12/03: Andrew Gower attends the Miss Scarlet and the Duke World Premiere TV screening at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London. (Photo by Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – 2019/12/03: Andrew Gower attends the Miss Scarlet and the Duke World Premiere TV screening at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London. (Photo by Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Today, 1 December 2019, is the day we launch our annual Advent Calendar Contest!
Watch out every day for our posts on all our Social Media outlets (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook page & group) and our Gallery and give us your best guesses about the context of the picture: is it a screencap from one of his TV shows or movies? Is it a promo still from a play? Or was it taken at an event?
Drop us an e-mail if you know the answer (or comment the Social Media post)!
You can participate every day, every guess (even if you guessed wrong!) will enter your name to the draw. Winners will be drawn at random on 1 January 2020!
1st Prize: Our exclusive Andrew Gower 2020 calendar (not available in shops!)
2nd Prize: Our exclusive Andrew Gower Fan Postcards! (you can choose between 3 different designs)
Special Award: The person with the most correct guesses will receive the honorary title as “Andrew Gower Fan of the Year”!
Absolutely prizeless, of course, is the fun you will have participating in this contest!
Unfortunately, there is no more news regarding Andrew Gower‘s Midsomer Murders episode 20×06 “Send in the Clowns” and a potential transmission date on ITV in the UK. Along with episode 20×05 “Till Death Do Us Part” it has not been broadcast yet on the British network.
We regret that we aren’t able to share better news with you but will keep you posted as soon as we have further information. We hope a lot of you will be able to watch Andrew’s episode on BritBox or DVD at least.
Starting next Sunday, 1 December, we are counting down the days to the winter holidays with our traditional Advent Calendar contest.
There will be 24 pictures from Andrew Gower‘s career – past, present and future – that will be posted on all our Social Media outlets, on Twitter, Facebook (Page and Group), Instagram and in our Gallery on 24 consecutive days leading up to Christmas Eve.
All “days” will be posted at 12pm (CET) on Social Media and uploaded to our Gallery soon after.
To enter the contest and win one of our exclusive prizes, including the highly prestigious title as “Andrew Gower Fan of the Year”, you need to do the following:
Like the picture and comment with your guess of the context (what TV show, movie, event is it from?)
Alternatively – if you don’t have a Social Media account – you can simply e-mail us.
As an example, have a look at our past Advent Calendars 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Every honest guess (whether correct or not) will enter your name to the drawing pot from which winners will be chosen on 1 January 2020. One guess per day and person only, but you can guess every day which will increase your chances to win.
(Disclaimer: We’re an open-minded group and respect all faiths and (non-)beliefs. We love all fans of Andrew Gower, no matter which holiday they celebrate this time of year, or whether they celebrate any at all!)
A&E Networks are also presenting Miss Scarlet and The Duke to the Asian market. According to Content Asia the upcoming period crime drama is part of the network’s catalogue for the Asia TV Market and Forum (ATF), “the region’s leading entertainment content event”. Similar to MIPCOM, ATF is used by the industry to present new content for international distribution.
In the run-up to this year’s ATF, held from 3 – 6 December 2019 in Singapore, Content Asia included Miss Scarlet and The Duke in their list of “Must See” shows for the coming year.
Another female-led PI story with a fiery mis-matched duo at its core…
Set in the same 1880s London society that gave rise to Jack the Ripper, this six-episode hour-long British detective drama features headstrong heroine, Eliza Scarlet (played by Kate Phillips from “Peaky Blinders”), who takes over her father’s detective agency when he dies.
In a world where women’s options are limited, she ties up with Scotland Yard Detective Inspector William Wellington (aka The Duke, a drinker, gambler, and womaniser), played by Stuart Martin.
Eliza has always been more interested in running her late father’s detective agency than behaving like a proper lady. But nothing has prepared her for the dangers she is about to face as a woman in the murder investigation trade…
German TV broadcaster ZDF has an early Christmas present for all fans of popular British crime drama Midsomer Murders as they just announced the release of all six episodes of S20, including Andrew Gower‘s episode “Send in the Clowns”.
Das ZDF hat die Premiere der 20. Staffel von „Inspector Barnaby“ (OT: „Midsomer Murders“) für Sonntag, den 22. Dezember um 22.15 Uhr angekündigt. Den Anfang macht der erste von insgesamt sechs neuen Folgen mit dem Titel „Mord nach altem Rezept“. Zuschauer mit digitalem TV-Empfang können wahlweise die deutschen Synchronisation oder in den englischen Originalton wählen.
(ZDF has announced the premiere of Season 20 of “Inspector Barnaby” (OT: Midsomer Murders) for Sunday, 22 December at 10:15pm. The first of a total of six new episodes will be “Mord nach altem Rezept” (“Murder Following an Old Recipe” / “The Ghost of Causton Abbey”). Viewers with access to digital TV can choose between a German dubbed version and the original English one.)
If ZDF follows their usual pattern and shows one episode per week, they will air on these dates:
Even though, Andrew Gower doesn’t appear in the video, he is confirmed to reprise his role as Ezra Spurnrose and will probably be seen hunting his fugitive sister Imogen (Tamzin Merchant) and her forbidden lover Agreus (David Gyasi) in the new season.
On your 30th birthday, we wish you all the best, happiness and good health. May your day be as wonderful as you are, may you be showered with birthday love as you deserve, and may only bright things come your way in the future!
We also wanted to take the opportunity to THANK YOU for all the joy you bring us with your talent and dedication to your work. We love watching you “do your thing” – which you do so exceptionally well – and we’re grateful for the ample opportunities we had for it this year.
We look forward to seeing more of you in the future on screen (and maybe on stage?). Whatever you choose to do, we know it will be great!
In the run-up to Andrew Gower‘s 30th birthday on 8 November we tweeted a “30 Facts about Andrew Gower” countdown. In case you missed some of them (or would like to read them again) Here is the complete countdown again with some trivia that you may or may not know about him yet. Enjoy!
1. Andrew Gower was born in Aintree, a small villiage near Liverpool, which makes him a true Scouser (Scouse is the dialect spoken in/around Liverpool).
3. He dreamed about becoming a professional football player when he was younger. He still occassionally plays with his team FC Beaujolais or for charity. Our #ManOfTheMatch!
4. The “love of his life” is his favourite football team, Everton. #COYB
5. If he could choose a super power, he’d want the ability to fly. We’re sure that can be arranged in a future film, TV show or play!
6. Music was his first love. He’s a self-proclaimed “obsessed” Beatles fan and would love to play John Lennon one day.
7. He was 15 when he formed his band Emerson with some friends and played gigs in NW England, most notably in the famous Cavern Club (where The Beatles also regularly played in their early years) in Liverpool.
13. Short films can be little gems of cinematography. One of them is Manjinder Virk‘s Out Of Darkness in which Andrew Gower appeared alongside Tom Hiddleston (among others). If you haven’t yet, you need to watch it!
15. He has played two medical professionals in his career so far: trainee surgeon Andrew Mullery (Monroe) & notable Dr Victor Frankenstein (Frankenstein’s Wedding)
16. He does intense research when creating his characters, and even his baddie characters have a human side that makes the audience feel and root for them. #TeamEzra#TeamCutler
17. In preparation for his first professional role as trainee surgeon Andrew Mullery on medical dramaMonroe, Andrew Gower watched two coronary artery bypass surgeries while standing next to the actual surgeons.
18. So far almost all his characters have had either weird love lives or creative deaths – or both. Only The Village‘s Gilbert Hankin enjoyed some kind of Happy End.
19. Five of his characters died a total of 7 deaths (6 of them on screen). None of them died of natural causes. He was shot (twice), stabbed, choked, bled and clubbed to death (twice). Ouch!
20. He played 2 supernatural characters in his career so far: a vampire (Being Human‘s Nick Cutler) and a zombie (Misfits‘ Jake), both of them back-to-back in 2012.
22. As Bonnie Prince Charlie he muttered his (in)famous catchphrase “Mark Me” only 17 times in 9 of his 10 Outlander episodes, so less than twice per episode.
23. Carnival Row is the first time he’s acted in a fantasy setting. His other projects are split evenly between historical (12) and contemporary (12).
24. Andrew Gower is without doubt our favourite, but what are some of his? His favourite ice-cream is pistachio, his favourite comfort food is cereal and he loves the rice pudding his mom used to make for him when he was a kid.
25. Not surprisingly, he has also worked as a voice actor, taking part in two radio plays for BBCRadio 4 and lending his distinctive voice to cartoon character Mudlark in The Tall Tales Of Urchin.
26. The radio play Dark Visions: Speak references George Orwell’s 1984. Andrew Gower gave his London West End debut in a theatre adaption of the famous dystopian novel in 2016.
27. His favourite films are Back To The Future parts 1 and 2 (not 3!) (Wooohoo time travel!). However, despite being a Brit, he’s never seen an episode of Doctor Who. Shocking, we know…
Streaming service BritBox, which was formerly only available in the USA and Canada, has now fully launched in the UK, as a collaboration between the BBC and ITV with additional context by Channel 4 and Channel 5.
Included in your BritBox subscription, set at £5.99 a month, are also the so far unaired episodes of Midsomer Murders‘ latest season, 20×05 “Till Death Do Us Part” and Andrew Gower‘s episode 20×06 “Send in the Clowns”.
According to TV Wise, these episodes “wont air on ITV for several months”. If you don’t want to wait for so long, you can also subscribe to BritBox for free for 30 days, so this might be an option for you.
You can also always have a look at our Gallery with screencaps from the episode if neither option tickles your fancy.
Nathan Barr released a teaser of the soundtrack for Carnival Row on his personal Instagram page along with the information that the soundtrack will officially be released in only three days’ time on Friday, 8 November 2019!
You can find links to order and download the soundtrack from select digital stores here!
Read this interview with the composer where he talks about using “unusual” instruments like a rare Wurlitzer organ and the sound of a human femur in his creation of the beautifully haunting score for the Victorian noir series.
“Better known in the UK as a political columnist, author and activist, the Daily Telegraph once called her ‘without doubt the loudest and most controversial female voice on the radical left.’ ” Recently Penny moved to Hollywood to work on television and her credits include Joss Whedon‘s upcoming HBO show The Nevers.
Executive Story Editor is a crew position for a writer in American television. It is a more senior position to Story Editor. […] The responsibilities are similar to that of a story editor. They assist the writing staff in breaking stories up for the season and edit stories and screenplays written for a show.
Exciting news for our followers “down under”: Australian network Seven have announced the addition of Miss Scarlet and The Duke to their 2020 schedule at its annual 7Upfronts in Sydney today. No exact date has been given yet for the series, which is expected to air on the American PBS network in early 2020, but – as always – we will keep you informed as soon as we find out more!
MISS SCARLET AND THE DUKE
Set in the same 1880s London society that gave rise to Jack the Ripper, this British detective drama features a fearless, independent heroine played by Kate Phillips (Peaky Blinders, The Crown). With her inquisitive mind, Miss Scarlet has always been more interested in running her late father’s detective agency than behaving like a proper lady. But nothing has prepared her for the dangers she is about to face as a woman in the murder investigation trade. From prolific British writer Rachael New comes this fresh crime drama about the first ever female detective in 19th century London. MISS SCARLET AND THE DUKE is produced by Element 8 Entertainment.
As previously speculated, a delay in production of season 2 of Carnival Row seems more likely now, after the major shake up that occured earlier this month.
International Business Times states that new showrunner Erik Oleson “may decide on where he wants to take the story.” Screen Rant reports that “the show will take a short break to allow the new showrunner a chance to give his inputs and possibly take the show in a new direction if required”.
This is not the first major behind the scenes change that Carnival Row has gone through.
The recent changes had Guggenheim step down as showrunner to focus on other projects (but he will remain a consultant on the show) and the original creator Travis Beacham leave the project completely due to “creative differences” (he will be still credited as executive producer but in title only).
We can only hope that all these changes will have a solely positive effect on Carnival Row, and that the release of season 2 (expected for summer 2021) will not be delayed too much.
You can catch season 1 of Carnival Row on Amazon Prime (it’s included in your Prime membership or you can sign up for a free trial month) and enjoy Andrew Gower‘s portrayal of Ezra Spurnrose (who is confirmed to reprise his role in season 2).
A) I’ve just wrapped on a project called “Miss Scarlet and the Duke.” A new TV series by A and E that will air on PBS in the new year. It’s a detective show set in Victorian London that follows a young woman, Eliza Scarlet, trying to establish herself as a respected female detective. It’s wonderfully punchy and witty. I can’t wait for people to see it.
Showrunner Travis Beacham is exiting the show due to “creative differences” in a mutual decision with Amazon Studios. Beacham, on whose original spec script A Killing On Carnival Row the show is based, also co-created the show with René Echevarria, who was the drama’s original showrunner and was replaced during the season 1 re-shoots by Marc Guggenheim. Guggenheim is now also stepping down from the day-to-day business of running Carnival Row and handing over the reins to new showrunner Erik Oleson.
According to Deadline.com “the plan is for filming to continue during the showrunner changeover. The series may go on a brief hiatus to give Oleson time to examine the existing scripts and outlines and put his own stamp on them. That is not expected to impact the timeline for when Season 2 will be available on Prime Video.”
New showrunner Eric Oleson signed an overall contract with Amazon Studios earlier this year. His previous credits include the much praised third season of Netflix’s Daredevil(showrunner) and Amazon Prime’s The Man in the High Castle (head writer, executive producer).
We hope this change will only have a positive effect on Carnival Row, whose first season was a big success with fans but received very mixed reviews from critics.
According to a tweet from Video Age International, Miss Scarlet and The Dukewill be presented at MIPCOM (Marché International des Programmes de Communication, English: International Market of Communications Programmes), an annual trade show held in Cannes (France) from 14 – 17 October 2019, which is mainly used by representatives of television studios and broadcasters to buy and sell new programmes for international distribution.
The news come with the above promotional still of the two main characters played by Kate Phillips (Miss Eliza Scarlet) and Stuart Martin (William “The Duke” Wellington) after the cast and crew entertained us with a series of photos from the set of Miss Scarlet during the summer.
In their MIPCOM Spotlight for A+E International, WorldScreen.com quote Moreyba Bidessie, director of international scripted development and sales at A+E Networks:
“Miss Scarlet and The Duke is in post-production, having filmed all through the summer, and it’s exciting for us to start showing buyers how it’s looking. […] We are so hugely proud of the show—our first original scripted show from A+E Networks International.”
If the mediterranean town of Dubrovnik looks oddly familiar to you, it’s probably because it has become a very popular filming location and has doubled for example as the cities of King’s Landing and Qarth in the HBO series Game of Thronesas well as the casino city of Canto Bight in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
We are wondering whether this new filming location (season one was exclusively filmed in the Czech Republic, mostly at the Barrandov Studios in Prague) is in some way connected to the Spurnrose storyline which last saw Imogen (Tamzin Merchant) and her lover Agreus (David Gyasi) flee the city of The Burgue from her brother Ezra’s (Andrew Gower) wrath.
ETA (9 October 2019)
FilmNewEurope.com has shared some further information on filming season 2 of Carnival Row in Croatia:
Amazon Studios will be the first major production company to film in the famous Croatian town after the City of Dubrovnik introduced a price list for public spaces. Filmmakers now have to pay up to 6,740 EUR per day for areas larger than 1,000 square meters, such as the one outside the Rector’s Palace in the Old City, where Carnival Row will be filmed.
“For filming locations alone, the City of Dubrovnik will earn between 47,160 and 53,900 EUR from Amazon Studios for Carnival Row,” said Jelka Tepešić, Deputy Mayor of Dubrovnik.
[…] An additional Croatian filming location will be Trsteno Arboretum in the Dubrovnik region. Embassy Films is expected to serve as the local service provider. The producers have applied for incentives through the Filming in Croatia project, which offers a 25% cash rebate for foreign productions and coproductions. […]Tanja Ladović from the Croatian Audiovisual Centre […] confirmed that Carnival Row is on their list for support.
Amazon Studios invested an estimated 1.5 billion CZK (roughly $75 million) on season 1 of Carnival Row, which was one of the most expensive projects to ever shoot in the Czech Republic, and was granted a tax rebate of more than 250 million CZK in return.
Rector’s Palace, Dubrovnik
ETA (10 October 2019)
Reddit user SRimac has recently reported that the scheduled filming in Croatia in November has been cancelled – or at least post-poned – as the entire Croatian crew has been apparently laid off.
Whether Dubrovnik will still be used as a set for season 2 at a later point is unclear.
Please keep in mind that there is no official confirmation for this and has to be seen as highly speculative.
[SRimac’s original post about Season 2 being cancelled and further comments have been deleted by now. However, the significant lack of “behind the scenes” updates from the Carnival Row cast, especially Orlando Bloom, who regularly shared updates during the filming of Season 1 via his Instagram account, seems to support the theory that production has indeed been halted.]
What can fans expect from Miss Scarlet and the Duke? How would you describe the overall tone of the series?
Miss Scarlet and the Duke is the story of the first female detective in Victorian London. Conjured from the mind of Rachael New. The show doesn’t take itself too seriously – but it does expose the prejudices society put on women in the Victorian era and draws many parallels to society today. But, all that said – it is a fun show – with the relationship between Miss Scarlet, and the Duke at its core.
In a comment I read someone saying Miss Scarlet sounds like “Remington Steele in Victorian times”. Would you say this is an appropriate comparison?
Ha! I’d not heard that one. If comparisons have to be drawn (they always will) I would say it’s more like a Victorian Moonlighting. But hey, I loved Remington Steele – and it’s another good reference.
Can you tell us a little about Rupert Parker, the character Andrew Gower is playing? Who is he? And I must add that the moustache is fabulous!
At the moment, I can tell you very little about Rupert Parker I’m afraid. I will say only this, he is a man ‘out of time’ with Victorian London.
Inevitable question: how was working with Andrew Gower?
What’s it like to work with Mr Gower? Well, first and foremost he’s a beautiful human being – so it was always a joy having him on set. He’s a proper laugh to have around – always brought amazing energy. He’s a grafter as well, the consummate, consummate professional. I’d jump through fire to work with him again, any day of the week, twice on Sunday.
Do you have a story about filming that you can share? Something that was especially challenging, something funny that happened, or a favourite set?
Too many to mention. And probably many I can’t, or shouldn’t – in a good way. The schedule was extremely challenging. We shot all six episodes in 51 days. We often had to shoot up to 7 pages a day. That’s very tough on a crew (especially shooting a period piece) but it is especially tough on the actors (imagine memorising 7 pages of dialogue – day in day out). Kate Phillips lead from the front. She was amazing. Always on it. Never complained. (and she’s brilliant in it).
I have to say, despite the schedule pressures (we shot the show in Dublin, doubling for Victorian London) the crew were magnificent and the set was an absolute giggle.
On Miss Scarlet you basically worked with two leading ladies: show creator Rachael New and Kate Phillips, who plays Miss Scarlet.
Haha. Yes! They are one in the same. Miss Scarlet is the very thinly veiled alter ego of Rachael New. It wouldn’t surprise me if Rachael is wearing Miss Scarlet’s costume right now as she writes series two.
Rachael is the creator/Showrunner (she’s in charge basically) and has built this fantastic world for us to play in. Kate brings Eliza Scarlet to life (as Stuart does with The Duke). And they are a really great fun to watch. Their chemistry and relationship is magic. They got on like a house on fire also, so that helps.
But yes – two leading ladies. I consider that an honour.
How do you feel about women taking over and being more and more in control in film business?
I’ve never known it any different to be honest, Isabel. Throughout my career I’ve always worked alongside and for amazing female writers, producers and executives. The change I can see, and it’s a very positive one, is more stories come from the female gaze. And that can only be a good thing.
You’re a director, a writer and a producer. Do you have a preference?
Directing. Hands down. I hate writing. I only ever started writing – because I wasn’t getting offered the kind of scripts I wanted to make. Rather than moan about it – I wrote stuff. I was very fortunate, people liked it. It opened doors in Hollyweird. (Not a typo).
Have you always wanted to be a director?
No, I aways wanted to be a movie star. Not an actor – a movie star. But I can’t act for toffee. Best for everyone that I stay behind the camera – and aim it at people like Andrew Gower.
Is it true that you always wear a tuxedo on the first day of filming?
Yes – the tuxedo thing on the first day is true. Be it in jungle or desert, rain or snow. It harks back to my very first directing gig. It was an in-joke with the crew, about being out at an awards ceremony the night before – and going straight to work.
It does not matter if you are a native English speaker, British, or even Cornish; when you watch Poldark, you need a new set of ears.
After all, it is the authentic feel of Poldark that has seduced audiences all over the world. A bit of jesting with the English grammar is most certainly welcome. Winston Graham made an enormous effort to make the dialogues as close to reality as possible. Not only did he mix with the locals and talked to them to learn the details of their spoken tongue, he developed a linguistic method to capture the mood of the 18th century for Poldark. Every time before attempting to continue with the story, he followed a ritual. He read the great works of the late 18th century writers to exercise his mind. This allowed him to recreate dialogues which would have been heard at that time…
Pre-production for season 2 of Carnival Row is well underway but what – and when! – can we expect to find out what’s in store for our favourite characters.
Showrunners Travis Beacham and Marc Guggenheim have recently teased a few details in an interview with Tyler Aquilina (Entertainment Weekly).
We advise you to not continue reading if you haven’t finished watching season 1 on Amazon Prime yet or want to remeain spoiler free for season 2!
After the explosive season 1 finale, what will happen to Philo and Vignette?
[Philo] is a man without a country. […] he’s not human enough for the humans, but he’s not fae enough for the fae. He kind of exists in this sort of status Twilight Zone. Not to mention the fact that, because of this decision, he has relinquished his badge. So this cloak of authority that he used to have is no longer there. […]
When we see Vignette again at the start of season 2, she’s the same character, in very, very, very different circumstances than we left her in. […] don’t forget that Vignette joined the Black Raven in season 1. So without spoiling too much, it’s very safe to say the Black Raven story line is very much Vignette’s story line.
And what’s next for our other star-crossed lovers Imogen and Agreus?
[A]s we’re putting some characters behind the wall, it felt necessary to look outwards with other stories. With Imogen and Agreus, we’re definitely looking outwards, and just from a purely visual standpoint, they’re going to find themselves in some very different environments in season 2. And they’re going to end up in some places that we’ve heard of and are probably curious about.
Will there be more politics?
[T]here’s going to be some sort of geopolitical tensions that are growing, that are sort of unrelated to what’s going on in the ghetto, but will dovetail into Imogen and Agreus’s story, and into what’s going on in Balefire Hall. And just in general in season 2, things get a bit more complex, and we start having a bit more fun with everything.
There hasn’t been an official anouncement from Amazon or the showrunners yet but judging by the production schedule season 1 went through a release date for the new episode some time in the first half of 2021 seems plausible.
(Season 1 began filming in September 2017 and was originally supposed to come out in early 2019, even before extensive re-shoots caused the delay.)
All the signs are all pointing in the right direction: season 2 of Carnival Row is coming, and, as they did during the production of season 1, the cast and crew are keeping us updated with Behind the Scenes photos via their social media accounts.
Philo (Orlando Bloom) finds himself at a manor outside the city facing Absalom Breakspear (Jared Harris), who thinks Philo is the murderer of Aisling Querelle (Erika Stárková). When his attempt to shoot Philo fails, the two start talking and their conversation brings a few surprising revelations for both of them. Breakspear lets Philo go the following morning and promises to have Vignette released as well.
After her night with Agreus (David Gyasi), Imogen (Tamzin Merchant) returns to the Spurnrose house in the morning and a suspicous Ezra (Andrew Gower) tells her that he would go away for the day to inspect his new ship, the “Swan”. Imogen uses his absence to sneak back into Agreus’ house and they continue their affair. However, they are observed by Ezra, who confronts them and threatens Agreus with a gun.
Jonah Breakspear (Arty Froushan) is in for a few unexpected turns of events himself as not everything he has been made to believe all his life turns out to be true. Back in the city, Philo is finally able to uncover the truth about the killings on Carnival Row with the help of the haruspex Aioffe (Alice Krige), and he teams up with Vignette (Cara Delevingne) to go after the Darkasher and the person controlling it.
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After being arrested, Philo (Orlando Bloom) is put in a cell with human prisoners who are told he’s a half-blood. Vignette (Cara Delevingne), who was previously put in the fae cell next to him, warms him about an attack by his fellow inmates and he is able to fight them off. Philo admits that the murdered fae singer Aisling was his mother. He and Vignette finally declare their love for each other, just before Philo is transferred to another location.
After Imogen (Tamzin Merchant) and Mr Agreus (David Gyasi) return after the auction, Imogen finds her brother Ezra (Andrew Gower) aggravated and upset over the arrest in their own home and after he learned that their father once gave refuge to a pregnant pix. He promises his sister that he will negotiate an end of her obligations to Agreus, but Imogen doesn’t seem too happy about it.
Later Ezra and Agreus meet to discuss business, and Ezra inquires about Agreus’ past as as a skipjack, a kind of bounty hunter for escaped indentured fae, and questions his morality. Afterwards Ezra tells Imogen he good news that they might be able to sever their ties with Agreus sooner than expected but Imogen reacts rather disappointed. She observes Agreus’ house and decides to give him a late night visit.
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The murder of Dr Morange (Gregory Gudgeon), a known and well liked member of The Burgue, is causing a lot of talk amongst its citizens. Erza Spurnrose (Andrew Gower) is visibly shaken by the news when he informs his sister about the death of their father’s friend. Constable Berwick (Waj Ali) and Sergeant Dombey (Jamie Harris) decide to start their own investigations which eventually lead them both to the person who is the link between all murder victims.
Sophie Longerbane (Caroline Ford) is receiving mourners after the death of her father in parliament. Intrigued, Jonah Breakspear (Arty Froushan) observes her from the gallery and the two start talking after Sophie realizes he was spying on her. Jonah is clearly fascinated by the young and ambitious woman who seems to relish his attention. When they part, Sophie tells him that they are very much alike, but that he is still under his parents’ thumb.
Vignette (Cara Delevingne) breaks into a museum exhibiting fae artefacts from the library where she used to work in Tirnanoc, the homeland of the fae. She is arrested and taken into police custody just as Imogen Spurnrose (Tamzin Merchant) and Mr Agreus (David Gyasi) arrive to attend an auction. The unlike couple causes some heads to turn but after some initial nervousness, they are surprised to discover that they actually enjoy each other’s company.
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In the Spurnrose household, Imogen (Tamzin Merchant) decides to take matters into her own hands. She’s invited Mr Agreus (David Gyasi) and some of her high society friends for tea and in exchange the wealthy puck will invest in Ezra’s (Andrew Gower) next business venture. Ezra is appalled at the idea but is left with no choice.
Piety Breakspear (Indira Varma) blames Jonah’s reckless behaviour for his abduction and reminds him of the sacrifices she has made for him and his prophesized future. Later Jonah (Arty Froushan) accompanies his father to parliament to see the deceased Longerbane’s daughter, Sophie (Caroline Ford), take his seat until the next election.
Investigating two murders now, Philo (Orlando Bloom) is returning to the orphanage where he grew up and is haunted by childhood memories. Trying to uncover the truth about the gruesome deaths turns more and more into an quest into Philo’s own past. In the meantime, Vignette (Cara Delevingne) settles into her new life on Carnival Row.
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There has been another gruesome murder on Carnival Row: the headmaster of the orphanage, where Philo (Orlando Bloom) grew up, has been killed by a strange creature. While Philo is investigating the case, he encounters the killer in the sewers of The Burgue but the monster is able to get away. Philo later learns that the creature is a Darkasher, a golem made from body parts and reanimated with dark magic. Sceptical that such a thing is possible, he turns to the Haruspex (Alice Krige) for proof.
Ezra (Andrew Gower) apologizes to his sister Imogen (Tamzin Merchant) for his harsh words over breakfast and then leaves to meet the family’s solicitor. Once he is out of the house, Imogen prepares to receive Mr Agreus (David Gyasi). She hopes to use his desire to be accepted into (human) society by getting him to invest into her brother’s endeavours but the wealthy Puck isn’t as gullible as Imogen might have thought and misinterprets her intentions.
Dahlia (Chloe Pirrie), leader of The Black Raven, suspects Vignette (Cara Delevingne) is informing on them to the police. To prove her innocence, Vignette must find the real traitor and is forced to confront him, which puts her into a great deal of danger.
Ritter Longerbane (Ronan Vibert) is taken into custody for the abduction of Jonah Breakspear (Arty Froushan) and attacked by the boy’s distraught father, who doesn’t believe in Longerbane’s innocence. The real kidnapper uses this chance to kill Longerbane and reveal the place where Jonah is held so he can be rescued by the police. After arriving back at home, Jonah realizes who the person was that held him hostage.
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They had a few nice things to say about the cast, …
BEACHAM: I love our cast. I adore them. First of all, they’re such kind and generous people, and they’re just a genuine pleasure to be around. […] But also, they’re incredibly talented. We have actors who you could give garbage, and they could make it look art.
… shed some light on where those unusual character names come from, …
BEACHAM: […] I got Imogen Spurnrose ‘cause I was reading a poem, and the end of one line was “spurn” and the beginning of the next line was “rose,” or something like that. It’s fun, finding those names that feel right. […] I want to find the sound that says who the character is.
… and how far ahead they’re making plans for the series, …
GUGGENHEIM: We talked a lot about where Season 2 would go, on set, and in talking about Season 2, we’ve already outlined and talked about Seasons 3 and 4.
While Philo (Orlando Bloom) is investigating the murder of former famous fae singer Aisling Querelle (Erika Stárková), the Spurnroses meet with their solicitor Mr Wigsby (Roy McCrerey) to try and find out how to get rid of their unwanted neighbour, the Puck Mr Agreus (David Gyasi). Learning there is nothing they can do legally, they decide to simply ignore him which proves to be more complicated than it sounds.
Frustrated about the situation, a drunk Ezra (Andrew Gower) “offers” Vignette (Cara Delevingne) an alternative way to reimburse him for the loss of his family’s fortune. When she refuses his advances, he tries to rape her but she is able to flee. Ezra accuses her of stealing and files a police report against her. Philo overhears this at the constabulary and buys Vignette’s contract from the Spurnroses.
Vignette finds refuge at The Tetterby Hotel, the fae brothel on Carnival Row, where her friend Tourmaline Larou (Karla Crome) works, who introduces Vignette to a rebel fae group called “The Black Raven” led by the fierce Dahlia (Chloe Pirrie). Running out of options, Vignette decides to join them despite the danger she is putting herself in.
The Chancellor’s son Jonah (Arty Froushan) is still missing after being kidnapped from Tourmaline’s room at The Tetterby Hotel. Desperate, his mother Piety suggests to seek the help of the fae witch, the haruspex Aioffe (Alice Krige) who deduces that Jonah was kidnapped by the Breakspear’s rival, Ritter Longerbane (Ronan Vibert).
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Fans and critics unanimously agree that the Beauty and the Beast like love story between Imogen Spurnrose (Tamzin Merchant) and Mr Agreus (David Gyasi) is one of the most compelling and intriguing storylines in Carnival Row‘s first season.
Mangala Dilip (meaww.com) talked to both actors and Andrew Gower (who plays Imogen’s brother Ezra) about their characters.
[Ezra] is probably one of the most ignorant characters I’ve ever played, maybe will play, but the beauty of ignorance is there’s always the revelation with those characters when something happens and when the truths hit home.
For ages, the homeland of the Fae was a place of myth and legend until the may empires of man arrived and warred for control af its riches. Seven years ago, this great war ended when The Republic of The Burgue withdrew abandoning the Fae to the iron fist of their rivals, The Pact. Now the Fae’s homeland is the hell from which they yearn to escape…
Vignette Stonemoss (Cara Delevingne), a fairy and fugitive in The Burgue, is the only survivor of a ship wreck which belongs to Ezra Spurnrose (Andrew Gower), thus making her an indentured servant to his family. He decides to give Vignette to his sister Imogen (Tamzin Merchant), a spoiled and arrogant socialite, as a lady’s maid.
Rycroft Philostrate (Orlando Bloom), Philo to his friends, is a police inspector in The Burgue and often at odds with his colleagues for being “fae-friendly”. His latest case, a series of attacks and murders, brings him to Carnival Row, the part of The Burgue where fairies and other mystical creatures have settled.
The Burgue is governed at Balefire Hall, where the Chancellor Absalom Breakspear (Jared Harris) is constantly attacked by the leader of the opposition, Ritter Longerbane (Ronan Vibert) for allowing fae immigrants to stay, while the Breakspears’ son Jonah (Arty Froushan) is a regular customer at The Tetterby Hotel, a brothel on Carnival Row.
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In addition to two comic book prequels, Amazon is also releasing an audiobook centering on the fae poetry writer Tourmaline Larou, who is forced to work as a prostitute on Carnival Row.
Stephanie K. Smith, one of the show’s writers, sheds more light on Tourmaline (Karla Crome) and Vignette’s (Cara Delevingne) backstory with Tangle in the Dark, which is available for preorder from Audible and will be released on 3 October 2019.
Tourmaline Larou lives an idyllic life of learning by day and partying by night. An aspiring poet, her future promises nothing less than brilliance.
Then, Vignette Stonemoss walks through the door, and Tourmaline’s world is upended.
As she struggles to understand the effect this stranger has on her, Tourmaline and her fellow fae face a looming threat from the human world. War is on the horizon, and their very existence is at stake.
And Tourmaline will discover whether love will save her – or destroy her.
As always we have started uploading full sets of screencaps of Andrew’s scenes from all his episodes in our Gallery here! Please bear with us for a couple of days as they’re quite a few but we’ll keep updating this post with the screencaps that are available as soon as they are.
On the question what attracted them to their respective characters, Andrew answered:
I hadn’t read a script that has female characters so shaped and so formed and living and challenging the men in a Victorian period film is something that is really refreshing. […] That sort of works for me right now as an actor who is attracted to those projects consistently, and that is the work I’ve done in the past and this specifically is the one that I went, “Ah, we’re dealing with female characters that we haven’t dealt with before, and I get to be in scenes with them.
We can’t wait to see Andrew in yet another series set in Victorian times (the “real” one this time) with a strong female lead in Miss Scarlet and the Duke!
He further explained about his Carnival Row character Ezra and how he approached him:
I think a lot of people like to keep things out of how they are because they’re terrified of change. Why do you put a woman in a corset to stop her challenging you? Why do women and men sit in different rooms so they can’t gossip? I read this etiquette book to play Ezra and it was really helpful, because every time I was in a scene with my sister [Imogen], she was breaking every etiquette rule in that book, so basically, that’s obviously going to make me angry because she’s not abiding…
19 August 2019: Tim Goodman for The Hollywood Reporter
Carnival Row mixes deep mythological elements with a creatively bleak, timeless setting (recalling the Victorian era) and contemporary issues of race, class, immigration and sexual identity. […]
Carnival Row has a strong cast and if you’re in the open-minded mood to see how humans, fairies and inter-species creations fight to get along in a dark world of magical realism and Jack the Ripper-era British police tactics — replete with political machinations, an otherworldly serial killing spree and disparate tribes of combatants — then this is precisely your stew.
The fine supporting cast includes Jared Harris (Chernobyl) and Indira Varma (Game of Thrones) as a powerful politician and his scheming wife; David Gyasi (Interstellar, Cloud Atlas) as a rich outcast; Simon McBurney (The Loudest Voice) as a theater actor and key piece to a larger murder mystery; and Karla Crome (The Victim, Misfits) as a fae prostitute and best friend to Vignette. All give strong performances, as do Andrew Gower and Tamzin Merchant as brother-and-sister aristocrats with sinking fortunes.
Vignette Stonemoss (Cara Delevingne) […] finds herself and her contract in the home of the sniveling Ezra Spurnrose (Andrew Gower), his petulant, marriage-obsessed sister Imogen (Tamzin Merchant, a series standout), and their faun housekeeper Afissa (Tracey Wilkinson). The Spurnroses have a mysterious wealthy new neighbor, who himself is a faun—the handsome, brooding Mr. Agreus (David Gyasi), who’s met with snobbery at best and hostility and prejudice at worst. It’s prickly. Luckily for Vignette, this is a city where you are bound to run into everyone you’ve ever met without much effort.
[Travis] Beacham’s world is richly textured […] and directors like Thor Freudenthal and Jon Amiel capture that texture, even luxuriate in it.[…] When the storytelling approaches the level of the world-building and subsequent production design, it can be engaging, even enthralling. […]
Each and every member of the cast acts their little hearts out, and each and every corner of this world could not possibly be more Carnival Row. Like many a silly novel, it is a shambles, but an enjoyable one, and […] you’ll be rewarded with a long, messy, and satisfying distraction.
It’s a fable about refugees and immigrant discrimination written to reflect the crises and cruelties of our times. It’s a tale of clashing cultures and warring belief systems. But it’s also a Victorian-style murder mystery in which a Jack the Ripper-style killer is hunting unsuspecting fae. […]
Carnival Row is a visual splendor, make no mistake about that. Even when the setting is at its dingiest, its directors Thor Freudenthal and Jon Amiel draw the eye to the beauty in the muck, making the loveliest scenes glow all the richer. Of course the real test is how well the CGI sells the fairy flights and mid-air skirmishes, and it passes on both counts. The fae wings, when unfurled, are enviable. […]
The divided world of the Burgue is harrowing enough to navigate with a killer on the prowl. Then add in the drama’s array of subplots only loosely connecting most parties during the first four episodes of season one, and at times, keeping all the stories in order feels akin to sorting through entrails — though much lovelier, of course, and peddled by extraordinary actors.
Andrew was very philosophical about [expectations being a tricky thing], saying “People are gonna like the show, and people are not gonna like the show. But that in itself is the show.” […]
Andrew had the perfect example […], in the way he approached a character like Ezra, who is very much not the hero of this tale. “I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t read anybody’s storyline other than my own because I was like: That’s what Ezra would do.”
In her review of the show Lissette Lanuza Sáenz also added:
[…] the storyline involving Imogen, Agreus and Ezra [is] the strongest of them all. In fact, Imogen’s journey throughout the series, though a little predictable, has enough gravitas to it that in the end, I didn’t just feel for her, I wanted her to win, and Ezra’s turn as, well, a Victorian man, through and through, is acted so convincingly that you can’t help but feel a bit sorry for him.
From Legendary Comics come two prequel one-shot companions to introduce the show’s main protagonists Rycroft Philostrate (Orlando Bloom) and Vignette Stonemoss (Cara Delevingne) and their backstories.
“From the Dark” follows Rycroft Philostrate as he adjusts to his life in The Burgue, and the memories of his former life intertwine with a mystery that will take him through the strange city streets that he now calls home. A recent bomb attack has only intensified the situation. Can he find the people responsible before there is another explosion?
“Sparrowhawk” features Vignette and her fellow Fae, who after finding their homeland under attack, must fight and sacrifice in order to reach safety. Mythical powers only count for so much, when the other side has them too. Will they find the refuge they are looking for or does an even bigger threat wait for them?
The comics are already available on ComiXology. Both are free for the first week of release, but will cost $0.99 after 4 September 2019.
After scouting new locations in and around Dubrovnik in Croatia and a quick trip to Los Angeles (CA) for the world premiere of Carnival Row, creator Travis Beacham is back in Prague, presumably preparing to begin filming the second season of the fantasy series.
At the same time, the Czech casting agency Extrafilms is looking for extras to play “pucks” in the new season. According to their website shooting starts in the second half of September.
CARNIVAL ROW 2. série – natáčení od druhé půlky září
(CARNIVAL ROW Season 2 – shooting from the second half of September)
If you’re interested in playing a faun (“puck” is a derogatory term for these mythical creatures) in season 2, you can contact Extrafilms via e-mail. Follow them on Facebook for up-to-date information.
MEZI 10. a 15.9. budou probíhat choreografické zkoušky, kde se budou potvrzovat noví adepti choreografkou.
(Between 10. and 15.9. there will be choreographic tests where new applicants will be confirmed by the choreographer.)
Here are two new production images from Carnival Row showing the Spurnrose household. Pictured above are siblings Ezra (Andrew Gower) and Imogen Spurnrose (Tamzin Merchant) at their lushly decorated home.
Thank you to production designer François Séguin for sharing these pictures of the absolutely stunning set design with us. Check out his website for more photos here.
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Twitter user Shannon Corbeil asked Carnival Row creator Travis Beacham (pictured above with actress Tamzin Merchant who plays Imogen Spurnrose on the fantasy noir series) how the script called A Killing on Carnival Row for a full length feature film Beacham wrote in 2005 ended up as an Amazon Prime series coming out in 2019.
Beacham was happy to answer in a series of tweets and it’s an interesting read!
1) So Carnival Row was a short film I wrote in film school, wanting to direct. Born from a litany of bizarre influences. Dickens, The Third Man, Brassaï, Jack the Ripper lore, Celtic mythology, etc. But to my chagrin, the faculty balked at making it.
2) My screenwriting teacher convinced me to write the feature. This felt like the height of indulgence. I ADORED it but could not imagine anyone else would. It was so dense & weird. Then an alumni interning in LA asked me to send it to him, which I did, thinking nothing of it.
3) A month or so later, he calls me (still in film school) and says, “You should know you’re going to start getting phone calls.” And my life, truly, was never the same after that. Within a year, I had agents, I’d met Guillermo del Toro, and Carnival Row was on the Black List.
4) It was very warmly received in Hollywood, and sold to New Line, but quickly proved almost impossible to make for a host of dull reasons. So it became kind of a sacrificial lamb in my mind. This pure thing I loved intensely that had to die so I could have a career.
5) And it really was very dead. But it kept coming up. Years later, I’d still get asked in meetings, “Carnival Row, I loved that script. What’s going on with that one?” And I’d have to force a smile & say, “Oh I don’t know,” while thinking — you are never going to see that one.
6) But at some point, shortly after I took a bit of a thumping on an unrelated pilot experience, Legendary acquires Carnival Row from New Line. And Thomas Tull calls to ask, “So what do you think about making this as a tv show?” And like that, it wasn’t dead anymore.
7) Finally, we shopped it around. Amazon happily snapped it up. We wrote it. Hired a crew. Found a cast. Went to Prague. Built the Row. Shot the whole thing. And it’s coming out on August 30th, in open defiance of the natural order. #CarnivalRow
8) And I don’t know what lessons there are to draw. It’s still so surreal to me that it’s happening. I know people reach for comparisons b/c they have to, I guess, but to me it’s this thing that’s been in my life for ages and is suddenly real. Which is the craziest part.
Created by Travis Beacham and René Echevarria, Carnival Row takes place on an alternate earth where fae and other mythical creatures roam under the sneering eye of mankind, who have systematically decimated their kind bit by bit. And the tension is only growing as a string of murders within the mythic community seeks to undo what little peace remains.
What makes Carnival Row work is its commitment to launching into this kind of world with fleshed-out ideas. Since the series is choosing to take the path of claiming the world is as it is and not going the route of having the creatures be revealed as having lived in secret for generations, more care needed to be taken into crafting a world that feels lived in. And that care is clear and present from the first frame.
There will be those that try and compare the series to Netflix’s lackluster feature film attempt at this idea, Bright. But, where that film failed is where Carnival Row succeeds. There is never a moment of adjustment with the show. Once you’re in, you’re in. Very quickly, one stops viewing the characters as creatures and just starts viewing them as personalities, and that is no small feat.
Additionally, not only are the technical aspects just some of the most gorgeous artistry on television right now, the story is very followable, which is something many shows like this have a problem with. Audiences should have as easy a time getting into this world as they did for the likes of The Lord of The Rings and Harry Potter.
One of the […] subplots is a regency-style drama about venal aristocrats distressed to find they must share their fashionable address with a horned and hoofed newcomer. Tamzin Merchant sinks her teeth into the role of a spiteful ingenue whose naive games descend into darkness.
The whole thing is underpinned by layers of subtext dealing with racism, immigration and colonialism […] and weave[s] timely themes in among the pseudo-historical shenanigans and lurid action, taking in those who grease the wheels of oppression for their own benefit and a society that denigrates others while secretly enjoying their company.
A second season has already been confirmed, and the series does end strongly with seismic changes for the fantasy city.
David Gyasi portrays Agreus who develops a relationship with the human Imogen Spurnrose (Tamzin Merchant) to the chagrin of her brother Ezra (Andrew Gower). We also see the animosity from the police forces and political leadership, including Absalom Breakspear (Jared Harris) and his wife Piety (Indira Varma). The cast here truly are an ensemble with even relative newcomers Anna Rust and Karla Crome fleshing out their supporting roles.
[…] it is the character work led by Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne that makes this show interesting. If not for seeing characters with horns in almost every scene, you could easily take this as a period drama dealing with political and racial themes in a real world setting. As a testament to Travis Beacham‘s original story, Carnival Row comes across as a fully realized world that doesn’t play like anything else currently on television.
The BBC Press Office announced today that the final two episodes of Poldark will air on BBC One over the August Holiday weekend.
Prepare yourselves for “an exciting action-packed double bill”. The penultimate episode of the series will air on Sunday 25 August 2019 at 8:00pm followed by the finale on Monday 26 August 2019 at 8:30pm.
During the bank holiday weekend, Poldark fans will be treated to an exclusive first-look clip of the finale straight after episode seven airs on BBC One. It will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer as well as on the BBC and Poldark social channels.
Good news for our American Poldark fans: after screenings in London and Cornwall, the first episode of the 5th season of the popular period drama will also be presented at special events across the USA.
This post will be updated with information about the ones we can find! Click the links to find out more about the events and how to receive tickets.
Auburn (NY), Tuesday 10 September 2019, 7:00 – 10:00pm
Ellsworth (ME), Saturday 14 September 2019, 4:00pm
Triangle (NC), Tuesday 17 September 2019, 2:00 – 3:30pm
Andrew Gower plays James Hadfield in the first two episodes of Poldark‘s final season, which airs Sunday nights at 9:00pm on BBC One in the UK and is scheduled to be released on PBS (USA) on 29 September 2019. For more international air dates see this post.
(Thank you to fan site Poldarked for the heads-up about the Charlottesville screening!)
The pictures shared by Travis Beacham and Marc Guggenheim show the Croatian city of Dubrovnik. Fantasy fans might recognize the town on the Adriatic sea as the set of King’s Landing in HBO hit series Game of Thrones, the show that has been suggested Carnival Row is replacing.
Carnival Row season 1 will be released exclusively on Amazon Prime on Friday 30 August 2019. We have no information yet whether Andrew Gower will reprise his role as Ezra Spurnrose for another season.
“It’s hugely ambitious and it was only when we were on the ground and physicalizing so many different aspects of the character development that you could see there were some gaps that we needed to fill in and we’re very blessed that Amazon believes in the show and were right behind it. The confidence to do those reshoots was the greatest gift to us. I’m so grateful that we got to go back and do another take of some of the first work we did.”
Creator Travis Beacham, on whose film script the series is based, added:
“The advantage of when you have a true series order like this is that you shoot all eight episodes, then you can go back and look at the whole and watch as well as we can watch. Are we setting up the things that pay off as well as we can set them up? It’s a function of the size of it and the scope of what we’ve been allowed to do.”
“There’s stigma when it comes to reshoots but increasingly in this world of peak TV where shows are getting bigger and bigger, it becomes necessary.”
Following the announcement that another season of Carnival Row is in the works, Amazon also released another teaser trailer and this one finally gave us the first official look at Ezra Spurnrose played by Andrew Gower.
Watch this gif of the short sequence that features Ezra with his sister Imogen (Tamzin Merchant).
Great news as it is now official: Carnival Row has been picked up for a second season by Amazon and it’s already in development!
The signs have been there for a while from head writer Travis Beacham mentioning talks about another season back in February 2019 to the addition of writer Marc Bernadin to the writing team in March 2019 after principal photography for season 1 had ended.
Variety and Deadline reporting the news now confirms all previous speculation. Big congratulations to the entire cast and crew on this amazing accomplishment (34 days before the release of the show’s first season)!
Unfortunately there is no information yet whether Andrew Gower will reprise his role as Ezra Spurnrose.
Watch Carnival Row on Amazon Prime on 30 August 2019!
After Ned Despard’s (Vincent Regan) release from prison, Ross (Aidan Turner) must now help him restore his good name and have him reinstated as Superintendent of British Honduras. Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) and the children have come to London and together with Ned’s wife Kitty (Kerri McLean) they try to support their husbands.
Back in Cornwall, Prudie (Beatie Edney) has her hands full with ambitious new farm hand Tess (Sofia Oxenham), Morwenna (Ellise Chappell) and Drake Carne (Harry Richardson) make slow progress finding some intimacy in their married life while young Valentine (Woody Norman) feels neglected after his mother’s death and the arrival of new baby Ursula.
Dr Enys (Luke Norris) gives his talk about insanity at the Royal College of Surgeons and his words are met with doubt and disapproval. Only one man in the audience shows genuine interest, who introduces himself as Thomas Erskine (Peter Forbes), James Hadfield’s (Andrew Gower) lawyer. He convinces Dr Enys to testify on Hadfield’s behalf at court to save him from being executed for treason.
Meanwhile, George Warleggan’s (Jack Farthing) mental health issues become more and more apparent, and his uncle Cary Warleggan (Pip Torrens) decides to take measure into his own hands…
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For everyone not being able to attend San Diego Comic Con this weekend, Amazon Prime have released two brand new trailers for their upcoming fantasy series Carnival Row, giving us a more detailed look into this new world and its two main characters, Vignette Stonemoss (Cara Delevingne) and Rycroft Philostrate (Orlando Bloom).
The eight-part series, from René Echevarria, Travis Beacham and Legendary Television, is set in a Victorian fantasy world filled with mythological immigrant creatures whose exotic homelands were invaded by the empires of man. The growing population struggles to coexist with humans — forbidden to live, love, or fly with freedom. But even in darkness, hope lives, as a human detective, Rycroft Philostrate (Bloom), and a refugee faerie named Vignette Stonemoss (Delevingne) rekindle a dangerous affair despite an increasingly intolerant society. Vignette harbors a secret that endangers Philo’s world during his most important case yet: a string of gruesome murders threatening the uneasy peace of the Row. […]
Here’s an overview over the release dates for Poldark‘s final season as far as we could find them. If you have any further info, please contact us on Facebook, Twitter or via e-mail, so we can edit this list!
U.K. – Sunday 14 July 2019, 9:00 – 10:00 pm on BBC1
In a surprise move the German Sony Channel have announced yesterday that they will show the season 5 episodes of British period drama Poldark only 24 hours after they’ve premiered in the UK.
The channel can be received in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. For more information, please have a look at the Sony Channel website here.
We are very excited that our German, Swiss and Austrian fans will be able to see the new episodes and Andrew Gower as James Hadfield (who is now confirmed for the first two episodes!)
Schon ab heute liegt die erste neue Folge in der englischen Originalfassung mit deutschen Untertiteln in den Sony-Channel-Mediatheken von Vodafone, Unitymedia, MagentaTV und Prime Video Channels bereit.
Auch die weiteren Episoden werden jeweils nur 24 Stunden nach der Premiere in Großbritannien on Demand zur Verfügung gestellt. Die deutsche Synchronfassung wird voraussichtlich im Herbst im Sony Channel zu sehen sein.
The fifth and final season of the popular British perdiod drama is set just after the turn of the century in 1800. The characters are still reeling from the tragic events of the previous season finale, when Ross (Aidan Turner) receives a letter from an old friend who is wrongfully imprisoned and needs his help.
Ross promptly leaves for London, leaving his wife Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) “to run the farm, the mine and the family” back in Cornwall, where there is unrest caused by some unemployed commoners. Demelza tries to appease them by employing the cocky Tess (Sofia Oxenham) as a farm hand. This, however, does nothing to help the situation…
While attempting to help his friend Ned Despard (Vincent Regan) in London, Ross also encounters a man named James Hadfield (Andrew Gower) on several occassions, who preaches the Second Coming of Christ and who is willing to go to some extreme lengths to bring it about. Meanwhile Ross’ efforts don’t go unnoticed either…
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After sharing some BtS pictures with his followers on Instagram since Miss Scarlet and the Duke began principal photography last week, Declan O’Dwyer teased Andrew Gower‘s look as Rupert Parker today, with the promise that “the rest of him is to follow – soonish.”
We are receiving a lot of questions about the airdate for Poldark in Australia. With some research we found out that ABC TV is currently doing a re-run of series 4 and we assume this will lead directly into the new episodes.
Upcoming this Saturday 13 July 2019 is episode 4×04, which means the series 4 finale will probably be broadcast on Saturday 10 August 2019.
If this is true, series 5 could premier in Australia on
>>> Saturday 17 August 2019 <<<
At this point this is only speculation* but we will update this post with new information as soon and when we get them. If you have any further details, we’d be eternally grateful if you could let us know so we can share it with other fans! You can contact us on Facebook, Twitter or via e-mail!
The final series of popular perdiod drama Poldark, which will see Andrew Gower as historical figure James Hadfield, premiers on BBC 1 in the UK on Sunday 14 July 2019 at 9pm, and on PBS in the USA on Sunday 29 September 2019 at 9/8c.
According to IMDb, he’s playing a character named Rupert Parker. Not much else is known at this point, so watch this space and follow director Declan O’Dwyer on Twitter or Instagram, whose tweet last week made us perk up, and who is regularly sharing BTS shots from set.
So, yesterday was the table read. It was really rather cool to see the words come off the page – and an absolute pleasure to watch @katejphillips@stueymartin86 & @TheAndrewGower and the rest of the amazing cast – breathe life into the characters. You are in for a proper treat.
PBS have announced the release date for the 5th series of period drama Poldark.
Our American followers can watch the episodes – featuring Andrew Gower as James Hadfield – starting on Sunday 29 September 2019 at 9/8c on MASTERPIECE on PBS!
BBC One premiers the final series in the UK this Sunday 14 July 2019 at 9pm.
We are trying to find out more dates for other countries for you and we’ll inform you as soon and when we get them. If you know a date for your country, please let us know so we can share it with other fans.