Exclusive Miss Scarlet and The Duke Cast Q&As

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After our exclusive interviews with Miss Scarlet and The Duke‘s show creator Rachael New and director Declan O’Dwyer, we reached out to some of the cast and asked them 5+1 questions – and they all graciously agreed to answer them.

Many thanks to Kate Phillips, Kevin Doyle, Lola Sattar, Cathy Belton, Simon Ludders, Helen Norton, Matthew Malone, Danny Midwinter and Stuart Martin for their time and answers!


Eliza Scarlet

It is hard to imagine a recent British period drama that actress Kate Phillips has not appeared in. While studying at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, she played Jane Seymour in Wolf Hall before portraying Venetia Scott on The Crown, Linda Shelby on Peaky Blinders, Princess Mary in the 2019 Downton Abbey film, and she most recently played Laura Lyttelton on The English Game.

What do you like best about Eliza Scarlet? She’s a quick thinker and a clever mind. I love her wit and her tenacity. She’s a very fun character to play.

What do you think annoys the Duke the most about Eliza? She doesn’t know when to give up and it often ends with the two on them at logger heads. She doesn’t pull her punches with him, which clearly winds him up but somehow they always manage to come together in the end.

Who was your favourite character in season 1? Rachael has created an amazing ensemble of really witty and heart felt characters and Eliza is different with everyone – each bringing out a different side of her. I particularly love her relationship with Ivy. She takes on the role of a mother figure for Eliza and between them they share a lovely balance of bickery but also tender moments.

What was your favourite scene in season 1? There are way too many to choose from but I have the best memories of filming one particular scene in episode 5. It was our last day of the shoot and Stuart and I were having to perform a scene through a small hole in a prison door. It was a very fun and fast paced scene to play as, whilst starting off quite sweetly, as ever it escalates quickly into a full blown row.

Is there something you would like to see your character do in season 2? 🤞 Action sequences. My favourite moments are when Eliza is bounding around, hair a mess, spouting some sort of pithy, cutting remark – most likely in The Duke’s direction.


Henry Scarlet

Kevin Doyle is an English actor who is best known for his portrayal of Mr Molesley in popular period drama series Downton Abbey. The 2019 Downton Abbey film saw him working alongside his later “TV daughter” Kate Phillips, while he barely missed appearing next to Andrew Gower in A.D. – The Bible Continues where he played Joseph of Arimathea in the series’ first 6 episodes.

What do you like best about Henry Scarlet? He loves and admires his daughter.

What do you think annoys Eliza the most about her father? He’s usually right about things.

Who was your favourite character in season 1? Eliza.

What was your favourite scene in season 1? No favourite. They were all wonderful to do.

Is there something you would like to see your character do in season 2? 🤞 Come back to life!


Young Eliza

Lola Sattar is a young aspiring actress who is best known for playing young Eliza on Miss Scarlet and The Duke. She has also appeared in the British-German fantasy children’s television series The Worst Witch and most recently, played a guest role on The Dumping Ground, a British children’s drama series about young people living in care homes.

What do you like best about Eliza Scarlet? I like her fiery nature, sharp mind and determination as well as her compassion for those in need.

What do you think annoys her father the most about Eliza? I think the fact that Eliza is so strong minded can annoy her father as it would have been unusual at the time for a young woman to act in such a way and I think he fears what the rest of the world will take of it, especially in her future – he wants what he thinks is best for his daughter.

Who was your favourite character in season 1? Moses.

What was your favourite scene in season 1? I love the scene where Eliza begins to teach Ivy to read & write – I found it really moving.

Is there something you would like to see your character do in season 2? 🤞 I’d like to see Eliza solve more cases and build up her reputation for being a great detective.


Ivy

Cathy Belton is an accomplished Irish actress who has appeared in a wide range of stage, film, radio and television productions. In 2015 she received an IFTA nominationa for her performance in Irish crime drama Red Rock. She appeared alongside Dame Judi Dench in critically acclaimed Philomena in 2013, and portrayed Louise in period drama A Little Chaos starring Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman.

What do you like best about Ivy? What I like best about Ivy is her honesty and loyalty! She always speaks her mind and she is absolutely loyal to Miss Scarlet. Even when Miss Scarlet runs into finance trouble and can’t pay Ivy, Ivy stays and remains loyal and continues to run the house. Her honesty is a joy to play. She always speaks her mind even when it’s not what Miss Scarlet wants to hear. This relationship is everything to Ivy. Miss Scarlet is the daughter, sister, best friend she never had.

What do you think annoys Eliza the most about Ivy? What annoys Miss Scarlet most about Ivy is her conservative and old ways: Ivy doesn’t believe in women’s rights. A woman’s place is in the home. But watch this space… Miss Scarlet is working her beautiful ways on her. She teaches her to write and educated her on women’s rights. I love this journey Ivy is on.

Who was your favourite character in season 1? It has to be my lovely Eliza! Kate Phillip’s portrayal of Miss Scarlet is wonderful. She has an ability to bring great masses of emotion and gear changes with the lightest of touch. It’s beautiful to watch Eliza grown through series one.

What was your favourite scene in season 1? My favorite scene to play was in ep 4 where Eliza teaches Ivy to write. Two women from opposite poles supporting each other and making their way in the world.

Is there something you would like to see your character do in season 2? 🤞 I’d love to see Ivy continue to grow with Eliza. Perhaps help Eliza in her private dectective business. What I am most confident about is that in the hands of our gifted creator and writer Rachael New, Ivy is in very safe hands.


Mr Potts

Simon Ludders is a well-known British stage and television actor. You will have seen him as Renfield in the CBBC series Young Dracula, as Mr Smith in the Being Human spin-off series Becoming Human, and as Trevor Smith in British crime drama Broadchurch. In 2005 he wrote, produced and directed short film The Last Child of the Sixties, a mockumentary about the fictional Gary Phelps (played by Ludders).

What do you like best about Mr Potts? Pompous characters are always fun to play as they have further to fall when it all goes wrong. Mr Potts is a perfect example of that. He is a stickler for rules which are invariably broken by either Miss Scarlet or The Duke.

What do you think annoys Eliza the most about Mr Potts? See above. Also he secretly knows that she is way more intelligent than him.

Who was your favourite character in S1? What a difficult question! I’m going to sit on the fence and say all of them. Is that allowed?

What was your favourite scene in S1? Really too many scenes to choose from but the first scene in the first episode with the glass eyed moll is a fantastic opening.

Is there something you would like to see your character do in season 2? 🤞 Win the lottery. Failing that, managing to get one over on Miss Scarlet…


Mrs Parker

Dublin born and based actress Helen Norton has an impressive resumee in theatre where she hasn’t only acted but also written and directed short plays for children, and toured with her two-hander play To Hell in a Handbag (co-written with Jonathan White) across the UK and Ireland to sell-out performaces. Her television and film credits include Angela’s Ashes, Ella Enchanted and The Borgias.

What do you like best about Mrs Parker? I love that Mrs Parker pulls no punches, speaks her mind and will do whatever she thinks is best to protect her own.

What do you think annoys Rupert the most about his mother? Probably the fact that she treats him more like a child than an adult and never seems to listen to his opinions or believes he could, in fact, have any opinions of his own.

Who was your favourite character in season 1? That’s a difficult question, there were so many great characters! I loved the hapless policeman Honeychurch and also Ivy and Moses.

What was your favourite scene in season 1? My favourite scene was in Episode 1 when Mrs Parker and Rupert are visiting Scarlet and the artificial eyeball rolls into view!

Is there something you would like to see your character do in season 2? 🤞 If I’m lucky enough to return in Season 2, I’d be delighted with whatever Rachael decides Mrs Parker should get up to!


PC Honeychurch

Versatile Irish actor Matthew Malone graduated from The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin in summer 2018. He has since appeared in a number of plays in Dublin and was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Paul in Faultline in 2020. In late 2021 he can be seen on Netflix in the Vikings’ spin-off Valhalla.

What do you like best about PC Honeychurch? I think my favourite thing about him is how green he is. Honeychurch is wonderfully out of his depth starting out as a policeman, learning through his mistakes, and it’s fun to play that comedy as he struggles to keep up with Eliza and Duke.

What do you think annoys William and Eliza the most about PC Honeychurch? Probably his inexperience and his cheek. He always seems to say the wrong thing and finds it hard to see Eliza as an authority – but she shows him what’s what.

Who was your favourite character in S1? I have a real fondness for Mrs. Parker (Helen Norton). She’s straight out of Oscar Wilde and is scary and hilarious in equal measure.

What was your favourite scene in S1? There’s a scene at the end of episode 3 when Eliza starts to teach Ivy (Cathy Belton) how to read and write. There’s something really powerful about that passing on of knowledge to someone who’s cared for her for so many years, and it ties up that episode’s story really well.

Is there something you would like to see your character do in season 2? 🤞 I’d love to see Honeychurch do something right (for once!) and impress the Duke. I can imagine how surprised and chuffed he’d be at helping to solve a case.

DS Frank Jenkins

Danny Midwinter‘s passion for acting was discovered by an agent while he was working for a moving company. He has since worked on numerous TV series and films in Britain and internationally, including From Hell (starring Johnny Depp) about the Jack the Ripper murders as well as the historical TV drama series Rome (with Outlander‘s Tobias Menzies) and The Borgias.

What do you like best about DS Frank Jenkins? Frank is a thinker and everyone around him underestimates him.

What do you think annoys the Duke the most about Frank? I think the Duke dislikes Frank’s dress sense and his slopey ways.

Who was your favourite character in season 1? That’s a hard one. I loved everyone. If I was pushed i would say my favourite character has to be Rupert Parker. He is so diametrically opposite to Frank – and Andrew just made him fascinating and funny.

What was your favourite scene in season 1? I have two scenes actually. One is when young Eliza has a conversation with her father over the kitchen table and then the mirror scene to that; when adult Eliza is sat at the same table having a conversation with her father.

Is there something you would like to see your character do in season 2? 🤞 For season two I would love to dress like the Duke, Stuart Martin looked fantastic.


The Duke

Scottish actor Stuart Martin is certainly not an unfamiliar face when it comes to period drama having had major roles in hit series Jamestown (alongside Misfits and The Village alumni Matt Stokoe) and Medici (with Hollywood legend Dustin Hoffman, “BodyguardRichard Madden and Monroe‘s Sarah Parish). He most recently starred in comic adaptation Dampyr which is scheduled to be released in 2020.

What do you like best about The Duke? He’s a proper old school bloke, isn’t he, from a bygone era. And Rachael doesn’t shy away from that in how she’s written him. Warts and all. He doesn’t always get it right, he doesn’t always say it in the right way or apologise quick enough when he’s got it wrong. But he does apologise, in his own way. Says what he thinks, let’s his temper and emotions flare unmoderated and unapologetically. He goes from zero to ten in a heartbeat and back to three again just as fast. That is the best and most rewarding thing to be given and to be able to play as an actor. To be able to follow those thoughts and emotions and not second guess them or dampen them before they’ve even reached the surface. To be able to have an argument and not be apologising while you’re having the argument. I’ve got a real soft spot for Duke. Hardened because of his experiences in a tough world, but caring and loving and open to change and what’s right.

What do you think annoys Eliza the most about The Duke? All of the above. He’s very much a man of his time and Eliza is ahead of her time. So their ways of thinking don’t always aline, which gives a lot of the lovely drama and comedy. They both infuriate each other because they both have such different ways of seeing the world and cases. He’s getting there. He may not be the most forward thinking by today’s standards, but I think he’s learning and trying to do what’s right and Eliza knows this and respects him for this. She just knows it may be a slightly longer journey getting him to see her way of thinking and what’s right often. But it goes both ways.
It’s a brilliantly complex relationship that Rachael has crafted with a whole load of affection and love and history thrown in, that makes the characters such a joy to play and delve into.

Who was your favourite character in season 1? They are all so brilliantly crafted, on and off the page. They all have their own distinct lives and journeys, flaws and struggles. A testament to Rachael’s writing and how she’s created these characters. They all have such great moments and lives and struggles we all care about. And they will continue to grow and shine in season two.

What was your favourite scene in season 1? So many, but I loved filming episode 5 in the prison. We all did. We filmed it all near the end of the shoot in an ancient prison in Wicklow, Wicklow Gaol. It has such an amazing history of its time used in the Irish War of Independence and Civil War and before. There are so many scenes in that ep that I loved as Eliza and Duke’s relationship and working relationship has matured. The stakes are so high and tensions and emotions are so high that we really see who they are. Unfiltered. The scene between them when Duke finally finds Eliza locked in the cell, for me, sums up their whole relationship and what the shows about. Their battles and tiffs, how they wind each other up and the comedy that comes with it and is such a beautiful part of the show, their losses and fears. They both allow themselves to be very honest and open in that scene through the locked cell door. I think it was maybe 6 pages and Dec would just run it as 8 minute long takes. It was great fun for me and Kate to play out under the watchful brilliant guidance of Dec.

Is there something you would like to see your character do in season 2? 🤞 It’s funny, normally you do have a feeling of the things you want to see your characters doing more of in the next season. Something you felt was missing that would show a different side of them or could be expanded. But not with this, the way Rachael mapped out the characters in season one, you don’t feel that, we got to show so many sides to them. And although there are many sides to these characters that we are yet to see, I’m as excited as you are to see where she takes them. What I do know is that the next journey that they go on will be up a level. We’re going to go deeper and further. With the introduction of new characters and dangers and challenges that will make their worlds all that harder and ultimately dramatic and funny and heartbreaking for these brilliant characters. It’s going to be BIG.


Inevitable bonus question: How was working with Andrew Gower?

Kate Phillips: Well, you know better than anyone what an amazing actor he is. Working with Andrew is heaven. He’s unbelievably talented and his comic timing is genius. There is one scene in episode 6 that I wasn’t sure we would ever be able to complete because we were both laughing so much.

Kevin Doyle: I didn’t get to work with Andrew but I did get to watch his work and I thought it was a wonderful, sensitive, intelligent and funny performance. I also thought he was a lovely human being.

Lola Sattar: Really good, he made me feel so welcome on set!

Cathy Belton: Working with Andrew Gower was a joy! He is a gifted actor. Hardworking but such fun. We laughed a lot. It was hard to keep a straight face in scenes with Andrew. His comic timing is extraordinary.

Simon Ludders: Unfortunately I didn’t get to work with Andrew as we were never in any scenes together. However, I’ve battled against him in a few Zoom quizzes over lockdown and it hurts me to say that he’s rather clever. Ish. Kind of.

Helen Norton: Andrew was Gorgeous to work with, it’s difficult to launch into a Mother/Son relationship when you don’t know the other actor well but we had some interesting character chats and playing our scenes was great fun!

Matthew Malone: I never crossed over with Andrew on set, but I really enjoyed his performance as Rupert. His comic timing brings so much to his scenes.

Danny Midwinter: Andrew Gower is the next John Hurt.

Stuart Martin: Just brilliant. He’s one of my favourite people. Lovely and funny and brilliant and generous on and off screen. Nothing better than finding a wee old pub in a wee town in Ireland to have a few pints of Guinness after a long day shooting, and no better person to have there with you, both talking rubbish, than Andrew.

Speak: Andrew Gower on BBC Radio 4

In case you missed it the first time around, here’s another chance to listen to Philip Palmer’s audio drama Speak starring Andrew Gower and Pippa Haywood.

Lucian [Andrew Gower] has a vocabulary that is limited to a core 1500 words, but Clara [Pippa Haywood] wants to teach him those that are forbidden. A dystopian love story about the power of words, set in a near future where the language spoken is Globish – a reduced version of English. […] A gripping two-hander about the power of words; how words – and even more, the absence of words – can control, confine, leach emotion and trap minds.

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The programme will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday, 17 October 2020 at 9:00pm and will be available online afterwards for 30 days.

Follow this link to listen to Speak.

Running Naked Trailer

We’ve just had news via the Running Naked Film Instagram account that the film was selected by yet another film festival and will be screened online at the Portland Film Festival next week from 12 – 18 October 2020.

Named, one of the top 25 coolest film festivals in the world, the Portland Film Festival (PDXFF) is the biggest and most highly attended film-lover movie event in the Northwest. Each year, we program some of the coolest independent movies, workshops and classes around.

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Thanks to the PDXFF website, we can now also share a first trailer for the film starring Andrew Gower and Matthew McNulty.

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For more infotmation on this independet production, please also read our exclusive Q&A with writer/director Victor Buhler.

Black Work back on ITV

A potential positive side effect of the lockdown and the resulting lack of new TV content is that broadcasters are forced to dig deep into their archives and repeat some of their older series. This circumstance is giving Andrew Gower‘s fans a chance to catch up on some of his earlier work.

Black Work is a detective thriller starring Sheridan Smith, Douglas Henshall (Outlander) and Matthew McNulty (Misfits, Running Naked). Andrew plays DC Jared Ansell who is part of the task force investigating the murder of a fellow police officer who’s secretly done undercover (or “black”) work.

The three-part series originally aired in 2015 and will be shown again on ITV this week on three consecutive nights, starting on Wednesday, 2 September 2020 at 9:00pm. If you miss one of the episodes, you can also watch them on ITV Hub later on.

Wacth the original 2015 trailer for Black Work:

Epic Drama brings Miss Scarlet and The Duke

Viasat World’s premium channel Epic Drama (available in Central and Eastern Europe) is premiering Miss Scarlet and The Duke on 15 September at 9:00pm/ 10:00pm.

You can also currently watch Miss Scarlet and The Duke on German streaming service TVNow and on Alibi Channel in the UK as boxsets, and it is available on DVD in Australia and New Zealand. Our American fans will have to wait a little while longer: PBS MASTERPIECE announced that the period drama will be shown as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations starting in January 2021.

For a list of international distributors click here.

There is currently no information whether the series has been picked up for a second season. If you would like to show your support for the cast & crew of Miss Scarlet and The Duke, please sign our petition to bring it back for more seasons!

It’s a Wrap on Carnival Row Season 2.1

Filming of the first half of season 2 of Victorian noir series Carnival Row finally wrapped in Prague earlier this month. Production had been halted amid the on-going Covid-19 pandemic in mid-March.

During lockdown Cara Delevingne spoke to entertainment new magazine Variety and said “that she filmed six of the eight planned episodes, but she’s not sure when the season will air.” The interview, which was published in June 2020 further quotes Delevingne: “The second season is going to be so good, but I don’t know when we’re going to finish it, and probably not until the winter, because it has to be cold outside and snowing and miserable.”

In another recent interview with entertaintment website Collider, Orlando Bloom, who is also an executive producer on the show, explained the decision to split season 2.

“I was 3 weeks from finishing the season. To keep the momentum of the show moving forward […] they are going to release the first half of the season and add one [episode].”

We would like to go back and polish it off a little bit. I managed to get in and out and get some stuff done so we could close out that first half of the second season which I think will tease people into wanting more which is good.”

The first half will be made of 5 episodes and the material mainly filmed before lockdown including a few addtional scenes that were re-shoot recently in Prague. The second half of the season, consisting of 4 episodes, appears to not have been filmed yet.

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The block that was supposed to film on location in Dubrovnik (Croatia), which first had to be postponed from October to March due to the first production hiatus following the change in showrunners, and then cancelled altogether due to the pandemic, will now be filmed on an entirely new set at Barrandov Studios in Prague (Czech Republic).

“There are a couple of storylines that were actually going to shoot on location in another part of Europe which Covid prevented. They were all about to go and film in Croatia, everything was set and Covid just killed that. Actually what I think is going to be more interesting is what they are doing now: they’re just taking over another giant part of the studio to build out this other world which was going to be a Croatia location and I think it’s going to be even more interesting. Because with the amount of space they’ve got to built out these worlds and the talent of people who are working on building the worlds out, it’s really rich.

Season 2 of Carnival Row originally started filming in late September 2019. Cara Delevingne, Orlando Bloom, Tamzin Merchant, David Gyasi, Caroline Ford, Ariyon Bakare and Andrew Gower are all confirmed to reprise their roles.

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Exclusive Q&A with Running Naked Director Victor Buhler

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Victor Buhler

We feel extremely honoured that one of our most prominent Twitter followers, American filmmaker Victor Buhler, agreed to talk with us about one of his upcoming film projects Running Naked starring Matthew McNulty, Andrew Gower, Tamzin Merchant and Rakhee Thakrar.


Harvard graduate Victor Buhler is a writer, producer and director of several award winning drama and documentary films. His IMDb page lists an impressive 8 wins and further 4 nominations, including an Emmy nomination for his documentary Rikers High (2006) and a Student Academy Award nomination for his dramatic short film Chaperone (2001). Last year he won the Emmy for Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary for Tom vs Time. He’s also taught film-making at his alma mater Harvard University and at New York University’s Tisch Graduate Film School.


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First of all: Thank you so very much, Mr Buhler, for taking the time to answer a couple of questions about your upcoming film Running Naked for us!

Running Naked is based on a script written by yourself, Michael Knowles and Jennifer Knowles. Who had the idea for it originally? Is the story pure fiction or is it based on a real story?

A friend of ours named Rob Wales had the original idea but we developed the script extensively over time. We all felt very connected to the idea: Jennifer is a cancer survivor herself and Mike helped her through her recovery; I was in a life-threatening car accident. In the process of surviving those terrible moments in our lives, we adapted. Survival makes you tougher but it can also make your thought processes more brittle or it can make you less open to certain experiences. Running Naked is about breaking through where you’re stuck mentally. The film main characters – Ben and Mark – open old wounds but they end up rediscovering their true selves.

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Andrew Gower with Matthew McNulty in Black Work & with Tamzin Merchant in Carnival Row

Running Naked stars Andrew Gower, Matthew McNulty and Tamzin Merchant. All three actors have previously worked together on other projects. In your own personal opinion, do you think it is an advantage or a disadvantage to work with actors who know each other well?

When actors know each other well – and respect each other – they can develop a shorthand. Certainly that shorthand was clear between Andrew and Tamzin, who share a love scene together in particular that I think is one of the best scenes in the film. Overall, I felt the actors really enjoyed working with one another.

Can you tell us something about the casting process, and how was working with Andrew Gower? You mentioned in an earlier conversation with us that you’re also a “big fan” of his.

In truth, I wasn’t that familiar with Andrew’s work before casting Running Naked. I soon realized he is a very capable actor with a tremendous amount of range and sensitivity. He has incredible attention to detail: he had a very clear vision of his character of Ben Taylor. He was meticulous, heartfelt and always prepared.

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Running Naked is a film about friendship, about two men who met when they were both treated for leukaemia when they were teenagers and who re-connect later in life when one of them is faced with some life changing news. Is that an accurate plot description?

Running Naked is about friendship for sure although Mark and Ben – the two main characters – never lost contact since they were teenagers. Mark, however, has seen his friend retreat into his own world and Ben has become a fussy, obsessive recluse. The story is about when a piece of news forces each character to change their perspective.

One of the main characters, Ben (played by Andrew Gower) is not only a former cancer patient but also struggles with severe mental health issues. Did you do extensive research on both illnesses?

I wouldn’t say that Ben has severe mental health issues. He did develop obsessive mental patterns that became his way to cope with cancer. I did research Obsessive Compulsive Disorder extensively but I would say that Ben’s diagnosis would be mild and not be severe. Nevertheless, habits run deep and the mind is a mysterious tool that can control a person’s behavior in complex ways.

In terms of cancer, Jennifer Knowles, who co-wrote the script, is a cancer survivor herself.

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When we first heard about Running Naked, we couldn‘t help but be reminded of a German film called Knockin‘ on Heaven‘s Door *. Have you ever heard of it?

[* A “criminal comedy” about two cancer patients who meet in hospital and decide to go on a road trip to see the ocean. They get in trouble with a group of gangsters, are chased by the police and end up in a brothel, before they finally reach their goal.]

I haven’t but would like to see it.

Would you say Running Naked falls into the same category or does it have a completely different tone? In other words, how many boxes of tissues and chocolate are we going to need?

Hopefully a box of each!

Running Naked is produced by NoW Films. Can you tell us something about the company?

NoW (North of Watford) Films was born out of a passion to generate, develop and produce high quality film and television projects. The company’s ethos is to create and maintain an impressive network of creative talent and industry partners not only within the production world, but in terms of high quality writing, acting and directing. NoW has produced 8 features since 2009.

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When and where will fans be able to see Running Naked? What does the future hold for it?

The state of the world has affected the film’s release schedule but we’re excited to announce that Running Naked will debut at the Beijing Film Festival at the end of August 2020 and will be released, starting in the UK, from October 2020.

Last but not least: Will there be any actual naked running or is it just a metaphor?

You’ll have to watch the film to find out of course!

Thank you, Mr Buhler, once again and we are very much looking forward to seeing Running Naked and Andrew bringing Ben Taylor to life.

Thank you for your interest in the film and in Andrew’s career, of course!

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Running Naked: World Premiere at BJIFF

Running Naked, a full length independent production that Andrew Gower stars in alongside Matthew McNulty (Misfits, Black Work), will have its world premiere at the 10th annual Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) in the week of 22 – 29 August 2020.

Mark and Ben have been friends since meeting as teenage cancer patients. Twenty years later, Mark is a successful, womanizing doctor while Ben has become a neurotic recluse – a prisoner of his own obsessive rituals and wacky habits. A dramatic piece of news upends their lives and challenges Mark and Ben’s friendship to the core. To break Ben out of his shell, Mark stakes everything he – and Ben – has, and drags his mate on an adventure that will change both their lives.

Source: bjiff.com

The film, which also features Andrew’s Carnival Row co-star Tamzin Merchant (Ark) and Kiran Sonia Sawar (Black Mirror, Humpty Fu*king Dumpty), is part of the featival’s Official Selection.

More news about Running Naked and an exclusive Q&A with writer and director Victor Buhler to follow shortly, so watch this space!

Orlando Bloom Talks Carnival Row Season 2

In a new interview with entertaintmenr website Collider actor Orlando Bloom talked about Carnival Row‘s second season and gave away some interesting information.

Production of Carnival Row resumed only recently after a 5 months Corona related hiatus which left them only weeks from finishing shooting. In order to keep fans from waiting too long for the new episodes, Amazon Prime is apparently considering splitting the season in 2 parts with an additional episode to give fans 5 episodes in season 2.1 and another 4 in the second half of season 2.

He also revealed that plans to shoot parts of S2 in Dubrovnik, Croatia had to be cancelled, also due to Corona, and that those scenes will now be shot on a new sound stage in a studio.

Orlando praised new showrunner Erik Oleson, who replaced original showrunner and creator Travis Beacham in a surprise move just after production on Season 2 had begun last autumn, and is very excited to be working with him.

Watch the full video below. Steve Weintraub and Orlando Bloom start talking about Carnival Row at the 57:45 time stamp.

Carnival Row: Filming S2 Continues

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Almost to the day 5 months after Carnival Row had to suspend filming their second season due to the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, production is now officially back on track.

Last months production service company Stillking Films posted almost daily updates on their their Instagram account about the security measures put in place to ensure a safe return to Barrandov Studios in Prague (Czech Republic), where the popular Amazon Prime series is filmed.

Now main cast members Tamzin Merchant and David Gyasi, who play star-crossed lovers Imogen Spurnrose and Agreus Astrayon, have shared images from their return to work.

Tamzin Merchant, David Gyasi on Instagram Stories

The series’ leads Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne appear to have not come back to Prague yet but this might be due to the new health and safety regulations that aims to keep the amount of people working on set at a time to an absolute minimum.

So far we can also not confirm yet that Andrew Gower, who is reprising his role as Imogen’s brother Ezra, has resumed filming but we’ll be keeping an eye out and let you know as soon as we find out.

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Andrew Gower and Carnival Row creator Travis Beacham in September 2019

Miss Scarlet and The Duke Investigate in Germany

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke

Good news for Andrew Gower‘s German fans: The crime solving dynamic duo, Miss Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips) and The Duke (Stuart Martin), will begin their investigations on Video-on-Demand platform TVNOW in Germany on Tuesday, 1 September 2020.

All 6 episodes will be made available as a box set according to websites Serienjunkies and Wunschliste. There is currently no further information on the TVNOW website.

Only last week PBS MASTERPIECE announced that the period drama will premiere in the USA as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations starting in January 2021.

You can currently watch Miss Scarlet and The Duke on Alibi Channel in the UK and it is set to be released on DVD in Australia and New Zealand in mid-August after a successful broadcast on 7TWO and Lightbox. For a list of international distributor click here.


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Miss Scarlet and The Duke as Part of PBS’ 50th Anniversary

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In January 2021 American network PBS MASTERPIECE is  celebrating its 50th anniversary with an entire season of new shows and it appears that Miss Scarlet and The Duke is to be one of them.

According to their website “the exact air date for Miss Scarlet and the Duke is still a mystery” but you can sign up for their newsletter (or watch this space!) to be the first to know when the date is announced.

What is it About?

When headstrong Eliza Scarlet is left penniless and devastated after the death of her father, she has two choices for survival: marriage or her father’s private detective agency. But no matter how well she knows the tricks of his trade, the trade itself is deemed entirely inappropriate for a genteel lady of the 1880s. Enter “The Duke,” Scotland Yard’s Detective Inspector William Wellington, a notorious drinker, gambler, womanizer…and a crime-solving friend to Eliza (no matter how much they may bicker!).

Who is in the Cast?

Kate Phillips (Peaky BlindersThe Downton Abbey MovieWolf Hall, and The Crown) stars as Eliza Scarlet, and Stuart Martin (JamestownBabylonMedici) stars as The Duke. Also joining the lineup are Cathy Belton, Danny Midwinter, Andrew Gower (Outlander, Poldark) and Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey).

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It’s great news that Miss Scarlet and The Duke was chosen to be part of the anniversary season, which will potentially bring more visibility to the series, but unfortunately it also means that Andrew‘s American fans will have to wait about 4 months longer than previously thought until they can see him as Rupert Parker, Eliza Scarlet’s best friend and supporter.

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Carnival Row Emmy Nominations

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Huge Congratulations to Team Carnival Row and three Emmy nominations:

  • Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes for Joanna Eatwell, Clare Vyse, Jennifer Lander and team
  • Outstanding Main Title Design for Lisa Bolan, Henry DeLeon, Mert Kizilay, Kaya Thomas, Yongsub Song, Alex Silver and team
  • Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music for Nathan Barr

Sadly, Andrew Gower and none of the other submitted cast received a nomination but we think those three are more than deserved!

If you like Carnival Row‘s costume design, please follow Denise Haywood Costume, who was part of Joanna Eatwell’s team in season 1 and regularly shares fascinating close-ups and BTS pictures of the costumes.

Nathan Barr’s wonderful soundtrack is available at select digital stores!

The series is currently preparing to resume filming in Prague after production had to be suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic in mid-March.

Miss Scarlet and the Duke, A Review

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London’s Greatest Investigator Has Arrived.

Miss Scarlet and The Duke follows Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips), the daughter of famed private detective Henry Scarlet (Kevin Doyle). Eliza has dreamed all her life of following in her father’s footsteps and becoming a detective but is unable to due to the fact she is a woman. After Henry dies however, Eliza is left penniless. Not wanting to have to marry in order to survive, Eliza resolves to continue her Father’s agency.

This proves to be easier said than done however as no one will take her seriously because of her gender. With no one wanting to hire her, Eliza is forced to turn to childhood friend William Wellington (Stuart Martin)– who is a Detective Inspector. Eliza proposes the two work together on cases, so that he can gain her insight and she can gain enough experience and reputation to…

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Petition to Bring Back Miss Scarlet and The Duke

We’re happy to support Scarleteers, the Facebook page for fans of Miss Scarlet and The Duke and their campaign to bring back the series for (at least!) another season. Their petition is as much a gentle nudge to the production company A & E Studios to officially announce more adventures for our favourite dynamic duo as it is a way of showing our love and appreciation to the entire cast and crew for creating such a wonderful period drama.

So if you enjoyed season 1, please sign the petition and share the link, for more Miss Scarlet (Kate Phillips), The Duke (Stuart Martin) and more Rupert (Andrew Gower)!

Click to sign here!

LFCC Postponed to November 2020

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As was to be expected, Showmaster’s London Film & Comic Con (LFCC) had to take the difficult decision to postpone their main convention event this summer due to the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The event will now take place from 20 – 22 November 2020 at Olympia London.

Andrew Gower has already been re-confirmed as a guest (attending Saturday only!), as well as fellow Carnival Row actor Simon McBurney (Runyan Millworthy), Sacha Dhawan (Being Human‘s Pete) and Riz Ahmed (Out of Darkness) with more announcements expected soon.

If you already have a ticket for the event, this will be automatically transferred to the new date. If you can’t attend the event on the new dates, please e-mail Showmasters to receive a voucher which will be good to use for any future Showmasters events up until the day after LFCC 2021 (26 July 2021). At that point, you can request a full refund, should you have not been able to use your voucher.

Tickets sales will be available shortly again for the event and photo op tickets (£20) for Andrew. Autograph tickets (£20) can be purchased at the event itself.

Don’t miss this opportunity for all Miss Scarlet and The Duke, Carnival Row, Poldark, Outlander and Being Human fans to meet Andrew, the man behind Rupert Parker, Ezra Spurnrose, James Hadfield, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Cutler… Nick Cutler.

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke Filming Locations

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Some of the main “characters” on Miss Scarlet and The Duke, next to the two leads Kate Phillips (Eliza Scarlet) and Stuart Martin (“The Duke”), are certainly the gorgeous original sets that were used during filming. Filming at original sets (in contrast to built sets in a studio) always provides certain challenges for cast & crew but adds a definite layer of authenticity to the scenes.

Miss Scarlet and The Duke was filmed entirely in and around Dublin (Ireland) which doubles for Victorian London as unfortunately the British capital has changed quite a bit since the 19th century while Dublin has preserved large parts of its original Georgian houses. Other large productions, such as the BBC’s Ripper Street, have profited from filming in the Irish capital for its authentic look as well as financial reasons.

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Cabinteely is a suburb of Dublin’s southside which is home to the 18th century Cabinteely House & Park. The grand country manor house was built by Robert Nugent, Lord Clare, and has an 18th century staircase, decorative plasterwork and a vaulted gallery still preserved while the park is a beautiful example of an 18th century English landscape park.

You can visit Cabinteely House for free guided tours and walk in the footsteps of Hollywood stars like Eva Green (Penny Dreadful), Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) and Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) who all filmed there. It also served as one of the main sets of Miss Sarlet and The Duke.

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Greystones is a coastal town and seaside resort in County Wicklow south of Dublin. Part of St. Brigid’s National School is the historic building of Holy Faith Convent. Built in 1845, and sitting on over half-an-acre land, the 11,000-square-feet building was purchased by the adjacent school in 2018, ensuring a continuation of the long common tradition between the school and the former Catholic convent.

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Only a short drive alog the coast away from Greystones is Wicklow Gaol, a former prison located in the town of Wicklow, Ireland. It served as a prison from the late 18th to the early 20th century. In 1822 and 1842/43 it was extended and housed prisoners until 1924 when the last prisoners left. It was renovated and re-opened as a museum in 1998 and claims to be one of the world’s most haunted buildings.

On Miss Scarlet and The Duke is serves as the eerily beautiful Woolwich Prison.

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke also used Ardmore Studios in Wicklow, Ireland’s leading studio facility and production centre, for filming. Previously, it had also served as a set for large international productions such as The Tudors (starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Henry Cavill and Natalie Dormer), Braveheart (with Mel Gibson), as well as the afore mentioned Ripper Street and Penny Dreadful.

Finally, watch this video by Dublin Tour Guide showing a scene for Miss Scarlet and The Duke being filmed in the streets of Dublin. Find out where and when you can see Miss Scarlet and The Duke in your country!

 

Miss Scarlet and The Duke 1×06 The Case of Henry Scarlet

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke 1×06 The Case of Henry Scarlet

While William “The Duke” Wellington (Stuart Martin) continues the investigations into last episode‘s criminals and the murder of Henry Scarlet (Kevin Doyle), he tries to keep Eliza (Kate Phillips) safe by placing her under house arrest. However, he’s yet again underestimated Eliza’s cleverness who has secretly contacted one of her accomplices and gathers information on the case on her own.

When Rupert Parker (Andrew Gower) comes to talk to her about an urgent personal matter, he also relies a message for Eliza from the Jamaican crook Moses (Ansu Kabia). Rupert’s own dilemma is that the seemingly quiet and docile Miss Tilly (Amy McAllister) turns out to be quite as determined and insistent when it comes to marrying him as his mother is to get him married, and Eliza’s advice doesn’t help to improve matters at all.

Following some clues, William and his assistant DS Frank Jenkins Danny Midwinter discover some shocking truths that hit closer to them and Miss Scarlet than they could have imagined. The world isn’t black and white any more – who is on the right side of the law and who is on the wrong side isn’t always as it appears, and the stakes have never been higher for Miss Scarlet and The Duke.

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Updates on Carnival Row Season 2

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Filming season 2 of Carnival Row has been on hiatus for almost 2 months now due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and several of the show’s cast and crew have replied to fans’ concerns about the future of the show.

In an Instagram live video in support of his charity challenge for Tearfund (in which he is raising money for people living in poverty to help them deal with the effects of the corona virus) David Gyasi (who plays wealthy puck Mr Agreus) explained:

We were very close to finishing season 2 before the lockdown happened and then it was deemed that we needed to be safe. So before the lockdown, we all flew home to be with our families. I think the plan is very much to resume once we’re able to and get season 2 out to you all as quickly as possible. Thank you all for your patience.

(Source: David Gyasi on Instagram)

If you want to support David Gyasi, please check out his JustGiving page or you can participate by joining #TheClimb challenge!


In a recent interview with Film Music Magazine, composer Nathan Barr revealed the following:

Carnival Row was only part way into shooting season 2 and did not have enough completed on any one episode to move forward into post when everything ground to a halt in March.

Read the full interview and what he had to say about composing the iconic score for Carnival Row on his Wurlitzer theatre organ.

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Finally, Andrew Gower also mentioned where things where left off when the pandemic reached Europe:

We had 4 weeks left of [filming Carnival Row], we were just about to get to Croatia, Dubrovnik, and then Trump’s […] travel ban came in, so finishing that off hopefully when – I mean what can we say when will this end, when will travel happen again? So that’s happening, which is really exciting, the series has gone bigger and better since season 1 with Mr Bloom and Ms Delevingne.

Watch Andrew’s full interview with Toffee TV.


Meanwhile the Czech Republic (where Carnival Row is primarily filmed) are looking at easing the severe lockdown measures, which have been in place since mid-March, after officials declared that the Covid-19 outbreak there had been brought under control. However, resuming production on Carnival Row will also require lifting international travel bans and opening borders to allow the cast and crew to return, as well as ensuring everyone’s health and safety on set. This might be a while yet.

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ETA (15 May 2020):

In his Instagram live video this morning, David Gyasi was again asked about the future of Carnival Row and he gave a more detailed answer this time:

When will Carnival Row be back on?

That’s a good question. It’s one that a lot of people are asking.

So I will reveal to you what I know. We have filmed the majority of season 2. It’s in post-production, the stuff that we filmed ready and apparently they are very excited about it. I haven’t seen any of it but the “adult”, Amazon and Legendary, are very excited about it and cannot wait to get it out to you.

There’s a hunger and a desire to get back filming because we had to stop due to the pandemic but quite rightly they’re not going to do anything until it’s safe to do so. But we will be back is what I’m told. They’re very much planning on bringing us back.

I think… you know, I don’t know… I’m hoping before the end of the year but before that… obviously you see that thing puts everything into perspective, doesn’t it? And I’m fully aware how difficult lockdown would be without our boxsets and our films and our music and our poetry and our art and all of those things.

So I’m aware of the importance of it but I’m also made blatanly aware of the importance of health, so I think: make sure everyone’s safe and so we can safely go back to work and then don’t worry, we are very keen to bring you season 2 and hopefully season 3.

(Source: David Gyasi on Instagram)

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ETA (3 June 2020):

In her recent interview with entertainment magazine Variety, Cara Delevingne also addressed the production hiatus and had to dampen fans’ expectations:

It’s been a surreal year for Delevingne, as it has been for everyone. She started the winter in Prague, filming the second season of Carnival Row, where she plays the pansexual fairy Vignette. But production shut down in March due to the coronavirus, forcing her to leave the set for her home in Los Angeles. She says that she filmed six of the eight planned episodes, but she’s not sure when the season will air. “The second season is going to be so good, but I don’t know when we’re going to finish it,” Delevingne says. “And probably not until the winter, because it has to be cold outside and snowing and miserable.”

(Source: Variety)

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ETA (30 June 2020):

Today, the EU announced a list of countries whose citizens are free to enter the EU again from 1 July after borders were locked due to the pandemic. The USA, China and Brazil, where infection rates are still high, are not on the list. As this could be problematic to Hollywood productions like Carnival Row filming in Europe (as well as European companies working on these productions), some states are willing to make exemptions for “essential workers”.

Variety quotes Pavlína Žipková, head of the Czech Film Commission:

“In relation to the EU declaring a travel ban on the U.S., please let me assure you this is not valid for economic workers but tourism travellers only. Filmmakers of all nations are welcome in the Czech Republic.”


ETA (11 July 2020):

Apparently things are finally moving again! David Gyasi posted on his Instagram that he received a call back to work and thanked the fans for their patience:


ETA (15 July 2020):

Actor Ryan Hayes (who plays Constable Thatch) shared a picture of a nightly Prague with his followers on his Instagram. Is this a sign that the actors are already back in Prague to start completing season 2?

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ETA (15 July 2020)

Stillking Films, Carnival Row‘s production service company based in Prague, started to post daily updates in their Instagram stories about pre-production of the remaining S2 episodes. After being on hiatus for almost exactly four months, getting the whole producion machinery fired up again is taking a lot of planning and effort, especially with circumstances changed so dramatically due to the ongoing pandemic and the requirement of severe health and safety measures as some of the pictures suggest.


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Humpty Fu*king Dumpty Online World Premiere

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In today’s Wizard World Virtual Experience Outlander panel, Stephen Walters had some amazing news for his and Andrew Gower‘s fans: Their joint-venture Humpty Fu*king Dumpty will finally be available online for everyone to watch next Friday (8 May 2020)!

The main protagonist, Merseybeat musician Tommy Quickly (played by Andrew Gower), was another discovery of Beatles manager Brian Epstein and the short film sheds some light on a pivotal turning point in Tommy’s career and life.

Watch this clip with Stephen Walters’ announcement – and watch this space, we’ll be updating this post as soon as we know more details including where and when you can see the film!

Thank you to Jackie Merrell (@AngusAngels) for sharing this video with us!)


ETA (4 May 2020):

We do have a release date now! Start your countdowns!

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(Source: Humpty Film on Twitter)

 

Miss Scarlet and The Duke 1×05 Cell 99

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William “The Duke” Wellington (Stuart Martin) is on his way to an important meeting with Superintendent Stirling (Nick Dunning) and other division heads of Scotland Yard when a distress calls reaches him: Miss Scarlet (Kate Phillips) has gone missing. Eliza’s canny housekeeper Ivy (Cathy Belton) has already undertaken some investigating of her own and is sure that something untoward has happened.

Rupert Parker (Andrew Gower) is the last person to have seen Eliza and he is entertaining German undertaker Herr Hildegard (Richard Evans) and his “radiant niece” Tilly (Amy McAllister) – who he is eager to impress – when William arrives to inquire about Eliza’s whereabouts. The late Henry Scarlet’s (Kevin Doyle) old case book finally leads William to the seeminly empty Woolwich Prison.

Reunited with Eliza the two soon discover that an abandoned gaol is also a perfect hideout for a gang of criminals. But what is Henry Scarlet’s connection to the gang and who is the mysterious prisoner in Cell 99? This case is soon turning into a most personal one for the dynamic duo and test for their resolve. The culprits this time might be closer to them then they think.

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Andrew Gower Submitted for Emmy 2020

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According to Gold Derby, Amazon Prime have listed their submissions for their comedy, drama and limited series in the run for an Emmy Award. Among the submitted titles and names are Carnival Row (in the Drama Series category) and Andrew Gower as Supporting Actor.

Also put forward are Orlando Bloom (Actor), Cara Delevingne (Actress), Arty Froushan, David Gyasi, Jared Harris, Simon McBurney (Supporting Actor), Karla Crome, Tamzin Merchant and Indira Varma (Supporting Actress).

Of course, a submission is far from a nomination (or a win) but it’s an important first step and we are more than happy and proud to read Andrew’s name in the company of all these other distinguished talents.

Previously, Andrew had been submitted for an Emmy nomination in the same category in 2016 for his role as Bonnie Prince Charlie in the STARZ production Outlander.

Huge congratulations to Andrew and so well deserved! 👏👏👏

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Rupert Parker Fan Art

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The talented Jo P. has created some lovely fan art for Miss Scarlet and The Duke including this great drawing of our Rupert Parker (played by Andrew Gower). Check out Jo P.’s other fan art on Instagam and let her know what you think!

Are you an artist who’s been inspired by Miss Scarlet (or any other of Andrew Gower‘s projects)? We’d love to see and share your art! Graphics, videos, fan fiction – we love them all! You can contact us via e-mail or one of our social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook)!

World Screen Video: The Team behind Miss Scarlet and The Duke

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World Screen’s Anna Carugati took part in a video chat with the team behind Victorian detective series Miss Scarlet and The Duke.

She spoke with Rachael New (Creator), Emma Sparks (UKTV), Patty Ishimoto (Executive Producer),  Kate Phillips (Miss Scarlet) and Moreyba Bidessie (A+E Networks) about what makes the period drama unique and its record ratings on Alibi Channel in the UK.

Watch the video on the World Screen Website including some scenes from the remaining two episodes which also feature Andrew Gower as Rupert Parker.

For more information on where and when you can watch Miss Scarlet and The Duke in your country, check out this post, which will be updated as soon and when new information becomes available.

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke 1×04 Memento Mori

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke 1×04 Memento Mori

After last week’s case, Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips) is disappointed to find out that Scotland Yard’s DI William “The Duke” Wellington (Stuart Martin) has claimed all credit for solving the case for himself. Her friend and business partner Rupert Parker (Andrew Gower) is likewise disappointed that his investment is not mentioned as this would have surely vexed his mother (Helen Norton). When German undertaker Herr Hildegard (Richard Evans) approaches Eliza in the street, she tries to brush him off, but becomes more interested when he mentions a potential new case.

James Henderson (Hugh O’Conor) is a “death photographer“, who specializes in capturing the images of the recently deceased for their loved ones, a custom that was weirdly popular in Victorian time where people were obsessed with death and the afterlife. James himself is now receiving threatening messages from beyond the grave after he got engaged to his daugher’s governess Amelia (Roisin Murphy). Is the ghost of James’ dead wife Violet (Amelie Metcalfe) trying to take revenge or is Amalia’s mother Edith (Marion O’Dwyer), a psychic, behind the mysterious postcards?

William gets a taste of what it feels like to be overlooked and prejudiced against in his chosen profession for himself while he must deal with the nosy journalist Jacob Bunce (Kevin Eldon). Rupert ponders the idea of giving in to his mother’s pressure and get married, if for appearances only. After Eliza laughs at his suggestion, she is surprised to see him pursing a different prospect very quickly, but a discovery in her father’s (Kevin Doyle), former office distracts her and makes her question the circumstances of his sudden death.

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Happy Birthday, Alfie!

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Alfie is a 5 year old boy who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in February 2018. Sadly due to the Covid-19 pandemic, his 6th birthday party on 25 April 2020 had to be cancelled. To make his day extra special, his dad has asked people to send video messages to his page.

Here’s Andrew Gower‘s video message. You can send one, too, and help raise awareness by using the hashtags #HappyBirthdayAlfie #DuchenneAwareness #StayHomeSaveLives


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Black Mirror’s Andrew Gower: My Everton Story

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Toffee TV – Everton’s fan channel – have posed a video interview with Andrew Gower in which they talked about his acting career and all things Everton (Andrew’s favourite football team).

Watch the interview below and tweet to let Toffee TV (@ToffeeTVEFC) and Andrew (@TheAndrewGower) know what you thought of it!

Miss Scarlet and The Duke 1×02 The Woman in Red

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It’s been a couple of weeks since Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips) has opened her own private detective ageny and things are not going quite as hoped for. Not many people in 19th century London are willing to hire a female detective. During her first monthly meeting with her financier Rupert Parker (Andrew Gower), who proudly presents her to his friend Dr Moorhouse (Kieran Hodgson), she has to admit she can’t pay the agreed rate.

Tabitha Butler’s (Deirdre Mullins) husband Edward (David Crowley) was found at the scene of a murder with the murder weapon his his hand. Tabitha hires Eliza to prove her husband’s innocence despite his confession. During her investigation she once again crosses paths with Jamaican bouncer Moses (Ansu Kabia) while The Duke tries his best to discourage Eliza from continuing on her “foolish” endeavour.

Eliza’s skills of deduction lead her back to Rupert, who takes a great risk by confiding a big secret to her, but the realization that they are both outsiders in a Victorian world, strengthens their bond and friendship. In the end even the Duke has to reluctantly acknowledge Eliza’s abilities are an asset, and a new business partner will help take care of her clients’ poor payment behaviour.

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke’s Dynamic Duo

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Michael Pickard (editor of Dynamic Duo) visited the set of Miss Scarlet and The Duke in Dublin last year and spoke to the cast and crew of the new Victorian crime drama. His article contains a lot of interesting information about the development of the show and the characters from show creator Rachael New with additional quotes from director Declan O’Dwyer as well as the cast.

There is also some lovely information on Andrew Gower‘s character Rupert Parker.

However, you might consider some of it as SPOILERS, so please continue reading on your own risk.

For some spoiler free information, we recomment the following:

If you want to remain completely spoiler free, we advise you to stop reading now.


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Rachael New on Rupert Parker:

[…] to operate beyond her limits in 1880s London, [Eliza] leans on three male characters for support. […] Rupert Parker is a rich, privileged man who proposes to Eliza. To his relief, however, she turns him down because he doesn’t want to be married, only proposing under the pressure of his domineering mother Mrs Parker. “The reason why he doesn’t want to get married – as he reveals to Eliza – is he is secretly gay, something that in this period of time would destroy your life and your reputation. They bond over this and he invests in her agency,” New says.

Andrew Gower on Rupert Parker:

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(Source: Drama Quarterly)

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke 1×01 Inheritance

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke 1×01 Inheritance

Brought up by her widowed father Henry (Kevin Doyle), Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips) is an educated, headstrong young woman living in Victorian London. When her father suddenly dies, she is left penniless and forced to pick up Henry’s business and become London’s first female detective in a time where women had little to no rights at all. Reluctantly she teams up with her father’s former protégé, Scotland Yard Detective Inspector William “The Duke” Wellington (Stuart Martin).

Eliza’s first client introduces himself as Alfred Winters (Aidan McArdle) who hopes to see his niece, Clara Simms (Ellise Chappell), one last time before he dies. Clara had eloped with her scoundrel husband and is now believed to work in Soho as a chorus girl. Despite the dangers the streets of London hold for a woman alone at night, Eliza manages to find Clara and arrange a meeting with her uncle. Belatedly, Eliza realizes she has made a grave mistake and vows to correct it.

Back at her house, Eliza finds a visitor in her parlour. Rupert Parker (Andrew Gower) is a wealthy young man, whose domineering mother (Helen Norton) is extremely displeased about her only son’s unmarried status and forces him to propose to Eliza. Clearly terrified of his mother, Rupert confides in Eliza that he doesn’t want to be married. The two bond over the fact that they both crave independence and quickly discover that there is a different way for them to form a partnership.

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Exclusive Q&A with Andrew Gower

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With most of us in some form of quarantine during the Covid-19 epidemic, we hope the follwing interview will provide some welcome distraction. Andrew Gower graciously agreed to answer a few questions for us earlier this week – little did he know how many there would be! He answered all of them nonetheless and we cannot thank him enough for his time and patience!

We hope you enjoy reading this as much as we did coming up with questions and covering “a bit of everything”.


First things first: How are you?

Right now, I feel like I should be asking all of you … how you are? … but I shall answer your question : despite the craziness of the world right now – I’m well thank you and healthy. Self isolating in London. In a VERY clean flat.

This question needs to be asked: On a scale from 1-10, how weird or how awesome is it for you to have your own small fanbase?

10 for awesomeness. The weirdness has worn away.

Do you remember the first time someone asked you for your autograph?

The first autograph I ever signed was at a cinema in Angel – the person sat next to me thought I was Andy Murray.

You’re not very active on Social Media. What changed your mind about joining Instagram? Do you have a preference?

I love Twitter for football. All Everton news. That’s a daily go to. I do like to post random photos or music on both – sporadically. I think it’s a nice way to share work you’re passionate about. But I’ve definitely made a conscious effort to spend less time on them. Nothing wrong with a bit of mystery.

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Tell us something about Andrew, the actor: when you’re filming, what’s the first thing you do when you come on set? Do you have a special routine?

This changes from set to set … or whatever scenes I’m filming that day. But I’d say a common go to is a cup of black coffee or at a push a red bush tea.

Is it as hard for you as it is for us fans to wait for a new film or TV series to come out after you’ve wrapped filming?

Part of the fun of wrapping a project is knowing that when it comes out you’ll be in a completely different headspace/another role 🤞. There’s something magical about that. Much nicer to be able to watch a project from a distance – not that I’m an avid viewer of my work anyway.

Out of all the characters you played, do you have a favourite?

I really don’t. The joy is being able to think what you can play next or how you could improve the role you just played/make better for next time.

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Probably one of the most beloved characters you’ve played so far is Sherlock Holmes (lovingly nicknamed “Baby Sherlock” by your fans btw) on Murdoch Mysteries. It’s been 7 years and people are still asking if/when you’ll make a comeback. Are you aware there’s even an online petition that asks for your return?

I’m not aware but that’s very lovely to hear.

What would Sherlock Holmes think about Miss Eliza Scarlet?

Probably be incredibly envious of her talents … and hat collection.

Sherlock Holmes, Rupert Parker and Ezra Spurnrose are all Victorian men (even though Ezra isn’t really from the 19th century). Were you able to use some of your research for the other characters?

I’ve definitely had my overdose of Victorian England. Etiquette coming out of my ears. Although with every character I try and approach them with a different mind set or from a different angle – but it definitely helps to have researched a time period.

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One of your fans once commented that it takes “guts and talent” to take on characters like Caligula or Bonnie Prince Charlie. What do you think were some brave choices you made in portraying either character?

That’s lovely to hear. I think one of the main things I took from drama school and from actors I admire … is that we should always be taking risks. Creative risks. Bold choices. Just like Brian Epstein took a risk on 4 lads from Liverpool. Best creative decisions are always risks.

Speaking of Caligula: there were moments when he definitely reminded us on Peter Ustinov’s Nero in the old classic Quo Vadis. Have you ever seen it?

I’ve never seen it. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Three of the characters you played recently (Tommy Quickly, James Hadfield and Ben Taylor) are all battling (different) mental health issues. Coincidence or is this a topic you particularly liked exploring at that moment?

Honestly, it’s just they’re all really interesting characters on the page. It’s an amazing opportunity to play somebody who faces different day to day obstacles than yourself.

Can you share any news on Running Naked?

The last I heard the final edit is finished.

Iceland, Sweden, the Czech Republic – you filmed in some pretty cold places lately. Which one was your favourite (and do we need to knit some mittens for the future)?

I really couldn’t choose. V lucky to have filmed in all those countries. My mitten game is strong … don’t you worry.

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Congratulations on a second season for Carnival Row! How does it feel to be back for another season?

It’s great to be back!

Our corner of the internet imploded a little, when you announced your part in the final season of Poldark. To see Mitchell and Cutler unite is probably the biggest dream, Being Human fans never knew they had, come true. How was filming with Aidan Turner?

Great to finally meet Aidan. Was lovely to chat about our time on Being Human and many of the Poldark crew had been on the show too. Joy to see them all!

You recently completed your first film as a producer. Can you tell us something about the experience to be in charge of a project from beginning to end? Would you like to produce again, maybe also direct?

It’s definitely something I’d like to do again. Though like with everything … It’s all about finding the right project and then you’ll NEED to do it.

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It seems you often manage to include some of your music when you’re acting, for example one of Emerson’s songs is featured in an episode of Monroe. How did that happen?

Our wonderful producer Jennie Scanlon found out I had been in a band and asked if they could use the music for the episode.

Another example is Rob (Black Mirror), who is singing in his car just before the fatal accident. Was that scene improvised?

That was scripted. Charlie Brooker and John Hillcoat were very specific with the song choice.

If you had become a professional football player, which position would you have played? Who’s your favourite player?

Oh best question of the day. I was a delusional central midfielder. Still am. My favourite player is Leighton Baines.

Anything you want to say to your fans?

Thanks so much for all your support and now more than ever please stay safe n at home.

Thanks a million, Andrew, for taking the time and agreeing to answer this really long list of questions. Stay safe and well, and we can’t wait to see you in your upcoming projects!

>>> Don’t miss Miss Scarlet and The Duke on 31 March 2020 9:00pm on Alibi channel! <<<

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke Video Interviews

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Media blog HeyUGuys met up with Miss Scarlet and The Duke‘s creator and executive producer Rachael New and director Declan O’Dwyer as well as the show’s two leads Kate Phillips (Eliza Scarlet) and Stuart Martin (William “The Duke” Wellington) and talked with them about the upcoming period crime drama.

Watch the interviews below, and read our own exclusive interviews with Rachael New and Declan O’Dwyer! Find out how to watch Miss Scarlet and The Duke in your country!

Andrew Gower plays Miss Scarlet’s best friend Rupert Parker, a mild mannered and slightly nervous young man who invests in Eliza’s agency and is one of her few supporters.

  • Rachael New and Declan O’Dwyer
  • Kate Phillips and Stuart Martin

ETA (31 March 2020):

In this episode of A Stab In The Dark, Mark Billingham talks to Kate Phillips and Rachael New. Kate and Rachael discuss with Mark the enduring appeal of the Victorian era when it comes to crime fiction and drama and explain why Eliza Scarlet is the female Sherlock Holmes.

Meet Rupert Parker (Miss Scarlet and The Duke)

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Meet Rupert Parker!

Alibi Channel have updated their website with a couple of character profiles for Miss Scarlet and The Duke including one for Rupert Parker (played by Andrew Gower).

Rupert Parker is a mild mannered and slightly nervous young man who also happens to be extremely wealthy. If he seems a little unsure of himself, it might be because he’s never had the chance to step out of the shadow of his domineering mother, who seems intent on making a marriage match between him and Miss Scarlet. Maybe they can partner up in some other way, though.

Read the other profiles for Miss Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips), William “The Duke” Wellington (Stuart Martin), Moses (Ansu Kabia), Henry Scarlet (Kevin Doyle) and Ivy (Cathy Belton) on the Alibi website.

Read the episode guide for episode 1×01 “Inhertitance” here which premiers on Tuesday, 31 March 2020 at 9:00pm on Alibi.


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Andrew Gower shared another still of Rupert Parker on his Instagram account. Looking good, Mr G.!

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For more stills, screencaps and BtS shots from Miss Scarlet and The Duke, visit our Gallery!

New Trailer for Miss Scarlet and The Duke

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Two weeks ahead of its UK premiere, Alibi TV tweeted a new trailer for Miss Scarlet and The Duke. It contains a couple of new scenes (compared to the first trailer) with the two leads Kate Phillips (who plays Miss Eliza Scarlet) and Stuart Martin (who plays William “The Duke” Wellington).

Sadly no new scenes with Andrew Gower (who plays Rupert Parker, Eliza’s best friend and business partner) but we’re sure there will be plenty once the show starts on 31 March 2020 at 9:00pm.

Watch the trailer on Twitter:

See our list of international broadcasters to find out where you can watch Miss Scarlet and The Duke and read our exclusive Q&As with show creator Rachael New and director Declan O’Dwyer.


Carnival Row Suspends Production

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In a video message posted on his Instagram account actor Orlando Bloom, who plays PI Rycroft Philostrat on Carnival Row, announced today that the show’s production would shut down for an unknown amount of time. Bloom, who is also an Executive Producer on the show, explained that this was to allow cast and crew to return home to self-quarantine amid the current coronavirus crisis.

It’s farewell from us as we go home to be quarantined. But we’re coming home to the States, at least I’m coming home to the States, because we want to get in before the quarantine. Big love everybody, stay safe out there! Self-quarantine. It seems really crazy actually this whole corona thing but do the right thing by you and your family and stay safe. In a few weeks, we’ll beat this bad boy.

The news come as a 30-day ban on anyone travelling from Europe to the USA has been put into effect, with only flights from the UK allowed into the country for now.

We can only second Orlando Bloom’s words and hope that all of Andrew Gower‘s fans stay safe and healthy during this difficult time. 🤞


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Orlando Bloom has now added the following statement to his InstaStory in response to comments by concerned fans:

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ETA (15 March 2020):

Executive producer and new showrunner Erik Oleson addressed fan’s concern over the suspended production of season 2 via the Stillking FilmsInstagram account.

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Kate Phillips / Miss Scarlet on The Balance Podcast

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The Balance Podcast posted a special bonus episode with Kate Phillips (who plays Eliza Scarlet in the upcoming Miss Scarlet and The Duke) for International Women’s Day.

Kate is arguably best known for the role of Linda Shelby on BBC mega-smash Peaky Blinders. And she’s also enjoyed huge success with Aftermath, The Crown, the Downton Abbey film and much more.

Kate also talks about the great work done by Era 50:50, who campaign for 50-50 representation on stage and screen.

Listen to the whole interview on The Balance Podcast.


Release Date for Miss Scarlet and The Duke on Alibi

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The wait is almost over! Alibi TV have just announced the release date for Miss Scarlet and The Duke today. British fans can tune in

>>> on 31 March 2020 at 9pm <<<

to see the new crime drama about Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips), the first female detective in Victorian London, and Scotland Yard’s Detective Inspector William “The Duke” Wellington (Stuart Martin). Don’t miss Andrew Gower as Rupert Parker, Eliza’s best friend and business partner.


Air dates for season 1 on Alibi:


Watch the season 1 trailer:

Miss Scarlet and The Duke is set to be broadcast in the USA on PBS Masterpiece in September this year. For more information on other international distributors, please see this post. We will update the list as soon as we have more details.

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Kate Phillips already gave away the release date for Miss Scarlet and The Duke in this Instagram post:

Carnival Row Filming Season 2 in Dubrovnik

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After filming season 2 of Carnival Row so far took place in Prague and Liberec (Czech Republic / CzechWalks.com), production of the fantasy noir series will now move to Dubrovnik (Croatia) later this month for 10 days.

Originally scheduled for November 2019, filming in the old Mediterranean town had to be cancelled last autumn due to the the production hiatus following the change in showrunners. According to TPortal.hr local scouting agencies are looking for extras to film scenes in Dubrovnik itself, Trsteno and Konavle.

It is unclear at this point how these locations fit into the plot for season 2 but it might be 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 (6 March 2020):

Today Dubrovački Vjesnik run an article about a couple of people who showed up for the audition to become extras on the new season of Carnival Row. They also revealed that the show will film in Croatia from 29 March to 8 April.

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Carnival Row Filming Locations in Czechia

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According to CzechWalks.com, Carnival Row is currently filming its second season in the town of Liberec (Czech Republic).

Pictured above is the Liberec Town Hall, a Neo-Renaissance building from the late 19th century, which fits in nicely with the series Neo-Victorian theme.

Further scenes were apparently shot in the nearby town of Turnov at a depot for steam engines.

After production had been halted for a few weeks following the change in showrunners later last year, it is now back on track with filming resumed at the Barrandov Studios and on location in Prague.


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Miss Scarlet Investigates on Lightbox (New Zealand)

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Lightbox (New Zealand) announced on their Instagram account today that new period drama Miss Scarlet and The Duke will be coming “soon” to their SVOD (Subscription Video On Demand) service.

A plucky heroine and a gruff but lovable Scotsman? Yes please. #MissScarletandtheDuke – Coming soon to Lightbox


ETA (29 March 2020):

We now have a release date for New Zealand: the first episode will be available on 15 April 2020 according to the Lightbox website!


British fans of the murder mystery set in Victorian times can watch the series on Alibi TV next month while American fans will have to wait until September for the release on PBS (according to series creator Rachael New). We will update the List of International Distributors as soon as we find out more.

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke follows the adventures of Miss Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips), the first-ever female detective in 19th century London who is forced to partner with Detective Inspector William “The Duke” Wellington (Stuart Martin) of Scotland Yard, a drinker, gambler and womaniser. Rupert Parker (Andrew Gower) is Eliza’s best friend and one of her few supporters.

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Listen to Bonnie Prince Andrew

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Visitors to Edinburgh Castle can now learn all about the building’s rich history by listening to some familiar voices on their audio guide.

Among the prominent voices are Saoirse Ronan, who played Mary Queen of Scots in the movie with the same name, and who will give the visitors insights in the life of Queen Elizabeth I‘s Scottish cousin and rival. Game of Thrones author George RR Martin discusses the “Black Dinner” and how it inspired one of the novels’ most infamous plots.

Other parts are spoken by Scottish writer Ian Rankin and the band The Proclaimers.

It’s no surprise then that Andrew Gower was asked to lend his voice once more to “Bonnie Prince” Charles Edward Stuart, the character he portrayed on the time travel series Outlander.

Just one more reason to visit the Scottish capital!

(Source: The Times)

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Andrew Gower and Arran Johnston as Bonnie Prince Charlie

Alibi TV adds Miss Scarlet and The Duke

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Emma Willis, Cathy Belton, Kate Phillips, Helen Norton, Andrew Gower and Stuart Martin in Miss Scarlet and The Duke (photo credit: Alibi TV)

Alibi TV has added Miss Scarlet and The Duke to their website, including some new promo pictures, episode titles and summaries. The only thing missing (so far) is a release date but thanks to our interview with creator Rachael New we know it’ll be March!

The episodes will be called:

  • 1×01 Inheritance
  • 1×02 The Woman in Red
  • 1×03 Deeds not Words
  • 1×04 Memento Mori
  • 1×05 Cell 99
  • 1×06 The Case of Henry Scarlet

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.

You can also find detailed information on where and how to receive Alibi channel here.

Watch the extended season 1 trailer, and find a list of international distributors.

Exclusive Q&A with Rachael New

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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?

In the UK it will be on UKTV March time and in the States on PBS MASTERPIECE in September.

Great news, especially for everyone this side of the pond. Thank you!

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Meet the main cast of Miss Scarlet and The Duke!

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.

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In our recent Q&A, director Declan O’Dwyer called you and Miss Scarlet “one and the same”. Would you agree?

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!

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Andrew Gower as Rupert Parker

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.

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Filming Miss Scarlet and The Duke in Dublin

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.

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Cast & Crew of Miss Scarlet and The Duke at the World Premiere

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!



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New Promo Pic for Miss Scarlet and The Duke

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Here’s a larger version of a promotional picture for Miss Scarlet and The Duke adding some of the supporting cast including Andrew Gower as Rupert Parker.

From left to right: Kevin Doyle, Helen Norton, Andrew Gower, Stuart Martin, Kate Phillips, Ansu Kabia, Cathy Belton, Danny Midwinter.

We’re still waiting for a release date but check out the list of international distributors and the extended trailer here.

Find more Miss Scarlet stills and pictures from the London premiere in our Gallery!

Midsomer Murders 20×06 Send in the Clowns

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Midsomer Murders 20×06 Send in the Clowns

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?

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Visit our Gallery for more screencaps from this episode!

Meet the cast of Midsomer Murders series 20

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Radio Times introduced the cast of the new Midsomer Murders episode “Send in the Clowns” in an article and treated Andrew Gower‘s fans with this new production still from the 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.

(Source: Radio Times)

Andrew is joined in the episode by fellow Being Human alumni Jason Watkins, Outlander‘s “Mrs Fitz” Annette Badland and a few more exciting guest stars. Find more about them here.

“Send in the Clowns” airs next Tuesday, 14 January 2020, at 8:00pm on ITV in the UK!

For international release dates, see our post here.

ITV Sends in the Clowns!

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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.

(Source: Radio Times)

Mark your calendars and set your alarms, you don’t want to miss this!

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It is also available on BritBox UK and on DVD / BluRay. If you live outside the UK, here are some international air dates:

If you know of any release dates in other countries, please let us know and we will update the list!

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And the Winner Is…

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Huge thanks to everyone who took part in our contest again this year, and congratulations to all the winners! You’ve all been notified and we hope you enjoy your prizes!

Here’s the solution to our 2019 Advent Calendar. Click on the links to learn more about the different contexts!

  1. Being Human
  2. The White Queen
  3. Outlander
  4. Creation Outlander Convention Las Vegas
  5. Conquest of the South Pole
  6. Carnival Row
  7. Capital
  8. Black Mirror
  9. Humpty Fu*king Dumpty
  10. Starfury’s Highlanders 3 Convention
  11. A.D. – The Bible Continues
  12. Carnival Row World Premiere
  13. Ark
  14. Endeavour
  15. Poldark
  16. The Village
  17. 1984
  18. The Borgias
  19. Monroe
  20. Miss Scarlet and The Duke
  21. Midsomer Murders
  22. Emerson
  23. Misfits
  24. Murdoch Mysteries

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Midsomer Murders S20 continues on ITV

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Joe Ferabbee (Jason Watkins) and his son Harry (Andrew Gower) – 20×06 Send in the Clowns

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!

Season 20 is currently broadcast in Germany and is available in the UK via subscription service BritBox and on DVD.

Advent Calendar 2019 – completed!

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Here they are! Our 24 beautiful Advent calendar days!

It’s not too late to join our competition!

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!)

Meet Andrew Gower at London Film and Comic Con

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As an early Christmas present for his fans, Showmaster’s London Film & Comic Con announced Andrew Gower today as one of their guests for their summer edition.

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.

We think this is an excellent opportunity for all Carnival Row, Poldark, Outlander and Being Human fans to meet Andrew, the man behind Ezra Spurnrose, James Hadfield, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Cutler… Nick Cutler.


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Andrew is looking forward to meeting you all!

Miss Scarlet and The Duke: International Distributors

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Miss Scarlet (Kate Phillips) and The Duke (Stuart Martin)

Deadline, Variety and Advanced Television report today about several international distributors that have picked up Andrew Gower‘s upcoming period detective drama Miss Scarlet and The Duke and will air it in 2020.

This article will be updated with more information as soon as and when 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.

(Source: Deadline)

SAG Award-winning actor Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey) portrays Eliza Scarlet’s late father, Henry Scarlet, whilst Andrew Gower (Carnival Row, Black Mirror, Outlander) plays Rupert Parker, Eliza’s business partner and friend.

(Source: Advanced Television)

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke London Screening

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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!

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Visit our Gallery for photos from the event (will be updated as soon as there’s more).

ETA (4 December 2019): red carpet photos

 

Our Advent Calendar Is a Go!

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Look at these shiny prizes!

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!

Good luck everyone! 🍀

 

Midsomer Murders S20 on DVD

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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.

Since 7 November 2019 the episodes are exclusively available through the subscription service BritBox, which launched on that day in the UK, and the complete season 20 DVD box set (RC2) can now be pre-ordered and will be released on 2 December 2019.

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.

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Announcing our Advent Calendar Contest 2019!

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It’s that time of year again!

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!)

 

Miss Scarlet and The Duke: Extended Trailer

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Miss Scarlet (Kate Phillips) and The Duke (Stuart Martin)

Moshe Laniado Peleg, Vice President of International Creative & Marketing Services at A+E Networks, shared a slightly extended version of the Miss Scarlet and The Duke trailer on Vimeo. Enjoy!

Watch it and see if it includes new scenes with Andrew Gower as Rupert Parker! It sure looks excellent!

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Rupert Parker (Andrew Gower)

 

Miss Scarlet and The Duke at ATF Singapore

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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…

Best of luck to show creator Rachael New and her team at ATF, and we hope we can share more news, release dates and promo material with you soon. The first trailer for Miss Scarlet and The Duke was released last week, including two scenes with Andrew Gower as Rupert Parker.

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Midsomer Murders aka Inspector Barnaby S20 in Germany

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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.

(Source: Serienjunkies.de)

(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:

(Source: ZDF – Inspector Barnaby)


ETA (17 December 2019)

GoldeneKamera.de (website for the prestigous annual German film and television award) also reports the “Return of Inspector Barnaby” and confirms that German broadcaster ZDF will show all 6 episodes of season 20 on six consecutive Sunday nights starting this Sunday 22 December.

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Midsomer Murders Season 20 is available in the UK on BritBox.

It was also broadcast in the USA and Canada, Norway and Sweden, South Africa, Belgium and the Netherlands, France, New Zealand and Australia.

If you have information about release dates in other countries, please let us know. You can contact us on Facebook, Twitter or via e-mail!

Carnival Row S2 Officially Resumes Production

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The official Carnival Row accounts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook have confirmed that the production of Season 2 of the Amazon Prime series is back on track again with this video.

Watch Cara Delevingne, Orlando Bloom, Tamzin Merchant and David Gyasi tease what’s in store for their characters and the world of Carnival Row in Season 2!

In the past few days, they had already shared some posts on their personal Instagram accounts that seemed to indicate that they’re back in Prague.

The show had been put on hiatus to allow the new showrunner Erik Oleson and new story editor Laurie Penny to review the existing material after a major shake up behind scenes had seen the original creator Travis Beacham leave the show due to “creative differences”.

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.


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Miss Scarlet and The Duke: Trailer

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Hollywood Spy have shared the first official trailer for the upcoming period drama Miss Scarlet and The Duke about the first female detective in 19th century London.

Included in the trailer are two small scenes that give a look at Rupert Parker, Andrew Gower‘s character on the show.

Miss Scarlet and The Duke is set to be released in early 2020 on PBS (USA) and Seven (Australia). We will add more information about release dates in other countries as soon as we get it.

Visit our Gallery for more screencaps from the trailer and promo pictures for Miss Scarlet and The Duke. Read our exclusive interview with director Declan O’Dwyer to learn more about the new series.

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Happy 30th Birthday, Andrew!

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Happy Birthday, Andrew!

Dear Andrew

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!

We love you and will always be

Your most loyal Fans

 

30 Facts about Andrew Gower

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!

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1. Andrew Gower was born in Aintree, a small village near Liverpool, which makes him a true Scouser (Scouse is the dialect spoken in/around Liverpool).

2. Scouse is also a type of lamb or beef stew popular in the Liverpool region and (in variations) in countries around the North Sea. Think lapskaus in Norway, lapskojs in Sweden, skipperlabskovs in Denmark, and Labskaus in northern Germany.

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. He’s 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!

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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 years old 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.

8. Andrew Gower graduated from the Oxford School of Drama and was awarded the prestigious Spotlight Prize in 2010.

9. His Spotlight award winning performance was a monologue from the play Me, As a Penguin by English playwright Tom Wells.

10. He appeared with fellow OSD student Nell Hudson (Outlander‘s Laoghaire) in the school’s production of After The Fall by Arthur Miller.

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11. In May 2010 he appeared in the play “Once Upon a General Election” directed by none other than Fleabag‘s Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

12. He had a small part in Jon Stewart‘s film Rosewater, alongside Gael García Bernal and Claire Foy.

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!

14. The Gower Peninsula is a popular holiday destination in Wales, there’s a Gower Street in London and one in Los Angeles, but there’s no connection between them and our Andrew Gower.

15. He has played two medical professionals in his career so far: trainee surgeon Andrew Mullery (Monroe) & notable Dr Victor Frankenstein (Frankenstein’s Wedding)

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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 drama Monroe, 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.

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21. History vs. Fiction: He’s played 6 real life figures so far: Roman emperor Caligula, The White Queen‘s Lord Strange, Outlander‘s Bonnie Prince Charlie, Poldark‘s James Hadfield and musician Tommy Quickly.

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 BBC Radio 4 and lending his distinctive voice to cartoon character Mudlark in The Tall Tales Of Urchin.

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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!) (Woohoo time travel!). However, despite being a Brit, he’s never seen an episode of Doctor Who. Shocking, we know…

28. His Black Mirror episode “Crocodile” filmed in Iceland during the largest snowfall in 40 years while Carnival Row filmed in Prague during the Beast From The East. Sweden (for short film Ark) looks rather snowy, too!

29. Miss Scarlet And The Duke will be the second time he dives into the world of 19th century crime solving after playing the great detective Sherlock Holmes on Murdoch Mysteries.

30. He turns 30 years old on 8 November 2019! Happy birthday, Andrew Gower!

Midsomer Murders on BritBox UK

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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.

 

Carnival Row Soundtrack Coming Soon

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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.

Season 1 of Carnival Row is available on Amazon Prime while the production of season 2 seems to be resuming after it was put on a short hiatus following a change in showrunners. Andrew Gower is confirmed to reprise his role as Ezra Spurnrose.

Andrew Gower Joins Tracks

Andrew Gower joins the cast of multi-award winning radio drama Tracks in its 4th season. The conspiracy thriller written by Matthew Broughton will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 between 28 October and 8 November 2019 with a new episode every day.

Andrew appears in episodes 1, 2, 7 and 8 of the radio drama, which is available as a Podcast for a limited time on the BBC website.


Tracks: Indigo

Dr Helen Ash is involved in a road accident. But where was she going in such a hurry? And why can’t she remember?

The answer lies in the riddle of Helen’s daughter, Frances, who’s older than she should be. And a mysterious ‘child-mother’, who’s younger than she should be….

Romola Garai returns as Helen Ash in the compelling fourth series of Tracks.

Cast of Tracks: Indigo

Helen … Romola Garai
Freddy … Jonathan Forbes

Other parts played by Andrew Gower, Georgia Henshaw, Sally Orrock, Carys Eleri, Sion Pritchard, Joanna van Kampen, Scarlett Courtney, Adam Courting, Lucy Reynolds, Ashleigh Hadadd, David Hounslow, Sinead MacInnes, Juliet Cowan and Marc Danbury

Written by Matthew Broughton
Produced and Directed by James Robinson

(©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd)

TRACKS Series 4 : INDIGO

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The fourth Series of Tracks: Indigo is now available.

10 Episodes of 15 minutes each.

Details Here.

The entire series (and all 3 of the previous series) are available on BBC SOUNDS and as a PODCAST.

(Be aware that the episodes are often out of order on BBC SOUNDS (I have no idea why) – so double check or use the Tracks Homepage:)

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Starring:

Dr Helen Ash – Romola Garai

Freddy Fuller – Jonathan Forbes

Helen is involved in a serious car accident – but why did the car hit her? Where was she going? What is wrong with her baby daughter Frances? And what’s wrong with time?

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Further Changes Behind the Scenes of Carnival Row?

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It seems like the recent showrunner changes on Carnival Row are still causing some ripple effects which also seems to support the rumours that production of season 2 will be halted to accomodate these changes.

Bleeding Cool reports that the award winning English writer and self-proclaimed “genderqueer feministLaurie Penny will come on board as an executive story editor.

“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.

(Source: Fandom Wiki)

Also joining the ranks as an executive producer this season is Cara Delevingne, who plays “pansexual fairy” Vignette Stonemoss on the Victorian noir series.

Laurie Penny hasn’t commented on the news yet.

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke in Australia

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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 2020, but – as always – we will keep you informed as soon as we find out more!

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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.

(Source: TV Tonight)

Further sources:

Andrew Gower joins the two leads Miss Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips) and William “The Duke” Wellington (Stuart Martin) as Rupert Parker.

Read our exclusive interview with director Declan O’Dwyer to learn more about the upcoming Victorian crime drama!


ETA (15 March 2020):

Seven Network tweeted the first trailer for Miss Scarlet and The Duke which will be released “soon” on 7TWO.


ETA (13 May 2020):

The official Seven Network website for Miss Scarlet and The Duke is now online!


ETA (23 May 2020):

Big thanks to show creator Rachael New who tweeted the release date for Miss Scarlet and The Duke in Australia today!


ETA (24 May 2020):

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According to TV Blackbox, Australian channel 7TWO will show the episodes as double features on Thursdays at 8:30pm, starting on 4 June 2020.

Please see this post for more information on international distributors of Miss Scarlet and The Duke!

 

Carnival Row Season 2: Filming To Be Halted To Plan Changes

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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.

In January 2015 Amazon Studios signed a development deal for the series with Guillermo del Toro on board as a co-writer, executive producer, and director. Travis Beacham, the writer of the original spec script A Killing on Carnival Row, and TV veteran René Echevarria, were to act as co-creators and executive producers.

In May 2017, production was finally given a series order but at that point del Toro had stepped away from the project due to scheduling conflicts and Paul McGuigan took over from him. However, only 6 months later, McGuigan was replaced by Jon Amiel.

Co-creator Echevarria stayed as showrunner for most of season 1 but this position evenually went to Marc Guggenheim who oversaw the season 1 reshoots.

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).

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Miss Scarlet & The Duke: First Promo Poster

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke is currently being presented at MIPCOM, an annual trade fair held in Cannes (France), and director Declan O’Dwyer as well as show creator Rachael New) took to Instagram to share this first promo poster for the new Victorian crime drama.

It shows the two leads, Kate Phillips (Miss Eliza Scarlet) and Stuart Martin (William “The Duke” Wellington). Sadly missing is Andrew Gower, who plays Rupert Parker, Eliza’s best friend.

Read our exclusive interview with Declan O’Dwyer to find out more about the show which is set to be released early next year on PBS (USA).


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Interview with Kate Phillips / Miss Scarlet and The Duke

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Jamie Steinberg interviewed Kate Phillips (who plays the lead on Miss Scarlet and The Duke) for StarryMag about her roles on Downton Abbey and Peaky Blinders. However, her upcoming crime drama set in Victorian London was also mentioned:

Q) What other projects have you been working on?

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.

(Source: StarryMag.com)

We can’t wait to see it either, Kate!

Read the complete interview with Kate Phillips here and also have a look at our own exclusive interview with Declan O’Dwyer (director)!

 

Creator Travis Beacham leaves Carnival Row, Erik Oleson joins as Showrunner

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David Gyasi, Tamzin Merchant, Cara Delevingne, Orlando Bloom and Travis Beacham at San Diego Comic Con in 2019

Deadine.com reports some major “behind-the-scenes” changes on Carnival Row which recently started filming its second season in Prague (Czech Republic).

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.”

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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.

Watch Carnival Row now on Amazon Prime starring Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, Tamzin Merchant and Andrew Gower!

 

Miss Scarlet & The Duke at MIPCOM

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According to a tweet from Video Age International, Miss Scarlet and The Duke will 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.

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(Source: Video Age International)

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.

Andrew Gower will play Rupert Parker, Miss Scarlet’s “BFF” (according to show creator Rachael New) and “a man ‘out of time’ with Victorian London“.

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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.”


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Carnival Row Filming in Dubrovnik Next Month

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Carnival Row‘s executive producers Travis Beacham and Marc Guggenheim scouted several new locations for filming season 2 of the successful Victorian noir series a month ahead of its season 1 premiere.

Croatia Week now reports that production will come to the picturesque old towns of Dubrovnik and Trsteno to film Carnival Row for 10 days in November 2019.

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 Thrones as well as the casino city of Canto Bight in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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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.

(Source: FilmNewEurope.com)

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.


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.

We don’t believe this is a sign that Carnival Row has been cancelled but rather further proof that production is currently on hiatus, possibly to give the new showrunner Erik Oleson and executive story editor Laurie Penny time to view the current material and make any adjustments they deem necessary.

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.]

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Watch Carnival Row‘s first season now on Amazon Prime!

Exclusive Q&A with Declan O’Dwyer

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Declan O’Dwyer

Declan O’Dwyer, director of the upcoming Miss Scarlet and The Duke, graciously agreed to do this short Q&A exclusively for Andrew-Gower.co.uk. Read what he had to say about the series, working with Andrew Gower and his favourite pizza topping!


The Irish born director, writer and producer previously worked on a number of BBC productions (Robin Hood, Merlin) and directed the original pilot of Being Human. He was a writer and director for the History Channel documentary Barbarians Rising and was nominated for an EMMY award in 2019 for his work on Free Rein. In 2014 Declan O’Dwyer was the first international signing from The Black List. In summer 2019 he directed all 6 episodes of period crime drama Miss Scarlet and The Duke, created by Rachael New and starring Kate Phillips, Stuart Martin and Andrew Gower.


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.

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Stephanie Zimbalist & Pierce Brosnan in Remington Steele / Cybill Shepherd & Bruce Willis in Moonlighting

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.

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Andrew Gower as Rupert Parker in Miss Scarlet and The Duke

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.

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke sets in Dublin (Ireland)

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.

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Kate Phillips as Eliza Scarlet / Director Declan O’Dwyer and Creator Rachael New

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.

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Andrew Gower in Miss Scarlet and The Duke

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.

Eleven years ago, you directed a pilot episode – starring Andrea Riseborough as Ghost Annie – which was later picked up as a TV show which later had Andrew Gower in his breakthrough role, who later starred with Andrea Riseborough in Black Mirror and now you worked with him on Miss Scarlet. Six degrees of Kevin Bacon or does the UK really only have 12 actors?

No, I think the UK only has 7 actors – and Benedict Cumberbatch is 6 of them.

I loved doing the pilot of Being Human. Claire Foy, Andrea Riseborough, Russell Tovey, Guy Flanagan and Adrian Lester, lovely lovely cast and a great script.

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Andrea Riseborough, Russell Tovey and Guy Flanagan in the original Being Human pilot

Is there a question you always wanted to be asked in an interview but no-one ever thought to ask you?

What’s your favourite pizza? Mine’s a simple Margarita.

Thank you so very much, Mr O’Dwyer, for agreeing to answer our questions. We‘re really excited about Miss Scarlet and the Duke and can‘t wait to see it!

Thank you for asking me to do this. It was fun.


Miss Scarlet and The Duke is scheduled to be released on PBS in the USA in early 2020.

Can watching Poldark change your speech pattern? 


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Poldark Corner

Judas; yes!

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…

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Poldark S5 on Netflix France

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Great news for our French fans: Season 5 of Poldark will be released on Netflix France on Tuesday 1 October 2019

Friday 11 October 2019!

Don’t miss Andrew Gower as James Hadfield in the first two episodes of the popular period drama, and the moment Being Human‘s John Mitchell (Aidan Turner) finally meets Nick Cutler!


ETA (1 October 2019)

Due to technical issues the episodes aren’t available yet but we’ve been assured that Netflix France is working on fixing the problem. We’ll keep you posted!


ETA (2 October 2019)

Les dernières réponses de Netflix aux messages mettent en avant un bug sur les applications et que la S5 n’a jamais été prévue pour le 1er octobre…

(Source: Poldark France)


ETA (9 October 2019)

Poldark France just let us know that Poldark’s final season will be released on Netflix France on Friday 11 October 2019! Thank you very much, Poldark France, for the info!

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First Day of Filming for Carnival Row S2

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Carnival Row‘s creator Travis Beacham shared this picture via his Instagram account from the first day of filming season 2 this morning. Actors already seen on set (or on the way to set) include Cara Delevingne, Orlando Bloom, Tamzin Merchant, David Gyasi, Caroline Ford and Ariyon Bakare.

Also reprising his role as Ezra Spurnrose will be Andrew Gower.

This means production of the new episodes begins almost to the day two years after principal photography for season 1 started.

We’ll keep you posted with all news as soon as we find them.

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