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 movie 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.

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.

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.

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) 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.

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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.

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 internatioal 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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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:

  • 1×01 Inheritance – 31 March 2020, 9:00pm
  • 1×02 The Woman in Red – 7 April 2020, 9:00pm
  • 1×03 Deeds not Words – 14 April 2020, 9:00pm
  • 1×04 Memento Mori – 21 April 2020, 9:00pm
  • 1×05 Cell 99 – 28 April 2020, 9:00pm *
  • 1×06 The Case of Henry Scarlet – 5 May 2020, 9:00pm *

(* not confirmed yet)


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.


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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.

 

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

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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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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Midsomer Murders S20 continues on ITV

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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.

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.

There are no known release dates as of yet, other than “early 2020” for the UK and the USA but we’ll update this post as soon as we find out more!

The articles also mention Andrew and give us a little bit more information about his character Rupert Parker:

Andrew Gower (Carnival Row) plays Rupert Parker, Eliza’s business partner and friend. At the start of the series he invests in Eliza’s new detective agency and is one of the few encouraging voices on her side.

(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)

 

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

 

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)


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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!

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.

 

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 early 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.

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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Carnival Row Season 2 – What we know so far

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Pre-production for season 2 of Carnival Row is well underway but what – and when! – can we expect to find out what’s in store for our favourite characters.

Showrunners Travis Beacham and Marc Guggenheim have recently teased a few details in an interview with Tyler Aquilina (Entertainment Weekly).

We advise you to not continue reading if you haven’t finished watching season 1 on Amazon Prime yet or want to remeain spoiler free for season 2!


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After the explosive season 1 finale, what will happen to Philo and Vignette?

[Philo] is a man without a country. […] he’s not human enough for the humans, but he’s not fae enough for the fae. He kind of exists in this sort of status Twilight Zone. Not to mention the fact that, because of this decision, he has relinquished his badge. So this cloak of authority that he used to have is no longer there. […]

When we see Vignette again at the start of season 2, she’s the same character, in very, very, very different circumstances than we left her in. […] don’t forget that Vignette joined the Black Raven in season 1. So without spoiling too much, it’s very safe to say the Black Raven story line is very much Vignette’s story line.

And what’s next for our other star-crossed lovers Imogen and Agreus?

[A]s we’re putting some characters behind the wall, it felt necessary to look outwards with other stories. With Imogen and Agreus, we’re definitely looking outwards, and just from a purely visual standpoint, they’re going to find themselves in some very different environments in season 2. And they’re going to end up in some places that we’ve heard of and are probably curious about.

Will there be more politics?

[T]here’s going to be some sort of geopolitical tensions that are growing, that are sort of unrelated to what’s going on in the ghetto, but will dovetail into Imogen and Agreus’s story, and into what’s going on in Balefire Hall. And just in general in season 2, things get a bit more complex, and we start having a bit more fun with everything.

Read the complete interview here!


So when can we expect to see season 2?

There hasn’t been an official anouncement from Amazon or the showrunners yet but judging by the production schedule season 1 went through a release date for the new episode some time in the first half of 2021 seems plausible.

(Season 1 began filming in September 2017 and was originally supposed to come out in early 2019, even before extensive re-shoots caused the delay.)

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Carnival Row: Getting Ready for Season 2

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All the signs are all pointing in the right direction: season 2 of Carnival Row is coming, and, as they did during the production of season 1, the cast and crew are keeping us updated with Behind the Scenes photos via their social media accounts.

After scouting for some new locations that will be featured in the new season, the cast are starting to arrive at the Barrandov Studios in Prague (Czech Republic), where most of season 1 was filmed.

Andrew Gower‘s involvement in season 2 isn’t confirmed yet but we are rather confident that we haven’t seen the last of his character Ezra Spurnrose.

Follow our social media accounts (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) as we’re trying to report and share all news Andrew Gower and Carnival Row!

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It’s Not All Fancy Dress Tea Parties on Carnival Row

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Judy Manning (Your Entertainment Corner) met David Gyasi, Tamzin Merchant, and Andrew Gower at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills just before the launch of the new Amazon Original Series Carnival Row to talk about their characters, costumes, tonality, and more.

Read the interview here.

More Production Images from Carnival Row

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Here are two new production images from Carnival Row showing the Spurnrose household. Pictured above are siblings Ezra (Andrew Gower) and Imogen Spurnrose (Tamzin Merchant) at their lushly decorated home.

Thank you to production designer François Séguin for sharing these pictures of the absolutely stunning set design with us. Check out his website for more photos here.

For more images from Carnival Row have a look at our Gallery.

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Carnival Row: Andrew Gower Red Carpet Interviews

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Andrew Gower attended the Carnival Row world premiere at the famous TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Wednesday 21 August 2019. We’ve collected a series of interviews with him from the red carpet at the LA screening.

Watch the videos below to see what Andrew has to say about the Victorian noir series, his character Ezra Spurnrose and what viewers can expect. Enjoy!

Visit our Gallery with more pictures from the event and read all news Carnival Row!

Carnival Row: Red Carpet Interviews

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Watch this video with interviews from the red carpet at the LA screening of Carnival Row last Wednesday.

First up is Andrew Gower (Ezra Spurnrose), followed by cast and crew members Arty Froushan (Jonah Breakspear), Cara Delevingne (Vignette Stonemoss), Caroline Ford (Sophie Longerbane), David Gyasi (Agreus Astrayon), brothers Jamie Harris (Sergeant Dombey) and Jared Harris (Absalom Breakspear), Marc Guggenheim (executive producer), Orlando Bloom (Rycroft Philostrate), Tamzin Merchant (Imogen Spurnrose) and Travis Beacham (creator, executive producer).

New Humpy Fu*king Dumpty Stills

There are two new stills taken on the set of Humpty Fu*king Dumpty by photographer Dave Gleave. They show Andrew Gower as Tommy Quickly, the main protagonist of the short film about the Merseybeat singer.

According to Stephen Waltersrecent tweet, Andrew’s debut as an executive producer will go on the film festival circuit before being released to a wider audience.

Humpty Fu*king Dumpty Trailer

Stephen Walters shared this trailer for his and Andrew Gower‘s short film Humpty Fu*king Dumpty on Twitter alongside the news that it is “going on the festival circuit”.

Good luck to Humpty Fu*king Dumpty and watch this space for updates on dates and times of the film festivals it will be shown at.

 

Poldark 5×02 Screencaps

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The second – and sadly Andrew’s final – episode of Poldark‘s 5th season aired tonight in the UK – time to say good-bye to James Hadfield, yet again an “insanely” good performance by Andrew Gower.

What did you think of the episode? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

As always we have a full set of screencaps of Andrew’s scenes from the episode in our Gallery here!

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Poldark S5 – International Air Dates

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Here’s an overview over the release dates for Poldark‘s final season as far as we could find them. If you have any further info, please contact us on Facebook, Twitter or via e-mail, so we can edit this list!

  • U.K. – Sunday 14 July 2019, 9:00 – 10:00 pm on BBC1
  • Ireland – Sunday 14 July 2019 via BBC cable
  • Belgium – Sunday 14 July 2019 via BBC cable
  • Spain – Monday 15 July 2019
  • The Netherlands – Monday 15 July 2019
  • Germany / Austria
    • Monday 15 July 2019 on demand on Sony Channel (OV)
    • Tuesday 15 October (weekly), 9:15pm on Sony Channel (dubbed)
  • Switzerland – Monday 15 July 2019 on demand on Sony Channel
  • Norway – Tuesday 16 July 2019
  • Finland – Tuesday 6 August 2019, 7:00 – 8:00pm on Yle TV1
  • Australia – Saturday 17 August 2019, 8:30 – 9:30pm on ABC TV
  • South Africa – 13 August 2019, 8:00pm on ITV Choice
  • New Zealand – Tuesday 20 August 2019 on Prime
  • USA – Sunday 29 September 2019, 9/8c on PBS
  • France – Friday 11 October 2019 streaming on Netflix France

Watch this space! We’ll add dates and countries to the list as soon and when we get them.

We can’t wait for you to meet Andrew Gower‘s character James Hadfield!

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Humpty Fu*king Dumpty Screening Cancelled

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Very sad news reached us today. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Andrew Gower and Stephen Walters unfortunately had to cancel the screening of their short film Humpty Fu*king Dumpty, scheduled for 10 June 2019 in London.

They send their apologies and thank the fans for their support.

We’re gutted about the news and hope we can report more positive news about Humpty Fu*king Dumpty soon again.

For now we can only send both Andrew and Stephen positive vibes and well wishes, and the reassurance of our unwavering love and support!

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News on Humpty Dumpty Screening soon!

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Things are really moving fast now – only two months after Andrew Gower and Stephen Walters wrapped filming on their first joint venture, they announced today that soon they’ll be ready to share the news on the screening of Humpty Dumpty (now called Humpty Fu*king Dumpty) with the fans.

Almost two years ago, they announced their big announcement that they’re starting a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter to finance their “passion project” in a similar way.

If you’re on Twitter, click the link and tell Andrew and Stephen how excited you are about Humpty Fu*king Dumpty!

 

Meet Humpty Dumpty’s DOP

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Oliver Walker just announced that he “recently [operated] on an exciting project with Stephen Walters and Andrew Gower.

A look at his IMDb confirmed it is indeed Humpty Dumpty – and that he and Andrew had previously worked together on feature film Running Naked.

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Welcome to #TeamHumptyDumpty, Oli!

Follow Oliver Walker on Instagram and Twitter, and have a look at Humpty Dumpty‘s IMDb. Lots of new additions there. Things are definitely moving fast now!

Humpty Dumpty Receives Notable Cast Addition

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According to IMDb, Kiran Sonia Sawar joined the cast of Andrew Gower‘s and Stephen Walters‘ short film Humpty Dumpty about musician Tommy Quickly. Kiran received a BAFTA Scotland Best Actress nomination for her role as Shazia in Andrew’s Black Mirror episode “Crocodile”.

We asked our resident Tommy Quickly experts at his fan page on Facebook and they reckon Kiran’s character Peggy might have been one of Tommy’s girlfriends. We’ll have to wait and see if this turns out to be the truth!

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Update on Running Naked

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We found a small update on Running Naked, the movie Andrew Gower filmed last summer alongside Matthew McNulty (Misfits, Black Work) and Tamzin Merchant (Carnival Row, Ark), and directed by Victor Buhler, on the production company’s website:

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(Source: NoW Films)

Great to hear post-productions is going well and that we should be able to see Running Naked later in 2019. Together with the release of Midsomer Murders (UK premiere), Poldark and Carnival Row, this is shaping up to be a great year for all of Andrew’s fans!

Catch The Village on Amazon Prime UK

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Thanks to our group member Luanne we were alerted that you can (now?) watch The Village (season 1 and season 2) on Amazon Prime UK and it’s included in your Prime membership! Andrew Gower‘s American and Canadian fans can watch The Village on BritBox!

We highly recommend watching both seasons of the period drama series starring John Simm, Maxine Peake and Matt Stokoe (who plays the other lead in Andrew‘s upcoming film Running Naked) about life in a Derbyshire village in the early 20th century.

You can also spot Andrew‘s character in both seasons: young Gilbert Hankin is played by child actor William Grindey in season 1 where he has some unfortunate encounters with his teacher Mr Ingham (played by Outlander‘s Stephen Walters).

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CarterMatt: Poldark season 5 spoilers: Is an Outlander actor coming on board?

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CarterMatt has picked up on Andrew Gower‘s recent Instagram post in which he revealed his part in the upcoming final season of period drama Poldark. (see our post about it here)

Our favourite part of their article?

If you haven’t watching Outlanderthen there is a reasonably good chance you’re familiar with [Andrew] Gower from some of his other work. After all, he has appeared in such other series including AD: The Bible Continues, Being Human, The White Queenand more. This is someone who’s got a rather-impressive resume of TV work behind him and while he’s not going to have a chance to continue whatever he does on Poldark, there is still an opportunity for more good stuff down the line.

(Source: CarterMatt)

No doubt about that!

The Village on BritBox

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Both seasons of The Village are now available on subscription-on-demand service BritBox in the US and Canada.

Catch Andrew Gower as adorable Gilbert Hankin as he struggles to find his place in the world and win the heart of his Agnes. Forgotten are the tortures he suffered from the hands of local teacher Crispin Ingham (played by Stephen Walters) during Season One.

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Andrew in new short film “Fear the Lord”

Andrew Gower has been cast in a new short film called Blessed are Those that Fear the Lord which was financed via Kickstarter earlier this summer. Filming apparently wrapped two months ago on 21 August 2017.

We’ll keep you updated as soon as we learn more about this.

Congratulations, Andrew, we cannot wait to see you as James!

Panel with Diana Gabaldon at Denver Comic Con

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Andrew Gower joined Outlander author Diana Gabaldon in a panel at Denver Comic Con. The duo answered some question from the moderator but also the audience covering topics such as Outlander (of course), but also Andrew’s former band Emerson and his current Kickstarter campaign for Humpty Dumpty.

Visit our Gallery for more pictures from the convention!

Andrew Gower On Playing Winston Smith In 1984

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Here’s another interview with Andrew Gower about playing Winston Smith in 1984 and what tempted him to take on the part. Being Human and Outlander (and their loyal fanbases) get a notable mention, too.

You’ve done some beloved dramas, like Being Human and Outlander. What’s the fan response been like?

Yes, both Being Human and Outlander are known for their loyal fanbases. The beauty of both of those jobs was that the characters were very removed from me. So I’ve been lucky to get off scot-free, without any strange encounters. The wigs, blood and strange onscreen faces/voices – they haven’t found their way into my day-to-day life. Yet.

Read the complete interview here.

1984’s Andrew Gower on Coping with Rats, Big Brother & on Getting His Teeth Into Being Human

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Theatre.com talked to Andrew Gower about playing the lead in 1984 and his time as Cutler on Being Human.

You graduated from drama school [the Oxford School of Drama] six years ago but are only now making your West End debut.
Yeah, which is funny because when I left drama school, I always envisaged that my career would be on stage; I never saw it going down the route of TV and film, so for this to be only my third theater job and in something so incredible and illustrious is really amazing.

Read the full interview here.

Capital Ep 01

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To the outside world, the residents of Pepys Road have it all. House prices have rocketed, creating a street of multi-million pound homes… However, life’s other problems don’t go away just because you’ve won the property lottery.

Petunia (Gemma Jones) is growing increasingly worried that her dizzy spells don’t seem to be going away, but doesn’t want to turn to her daughter Mary (Lesley Sharp) for help. Meanwhile, Roger (Toby Jones), banker and supposed family man, is hoping that this year’s bonus might bring him and his wife Arabella (Rachael Stirling) happiness – or at least be able to cover the cost of Bogdan (Radoslaw Kaim) and all the renovations he’s been doing on the house. Mark (Andrew Gower), Roger’s young and ambitious assistant at the bank, takes matters into his own hands when his ideas aren’t met with approval.

Elsewhere, local shopkeeper Ahmed (Adeel Akhtar) is hoping that his brothers Shahid (Danny Ashok) and Usman (Hamza Jeetooa) might finally start to take some responsibility and make something of their lives. While Quentina (Wunmi Mosaku), traffic warden and asylum seeker, is just looking to keep her head down – while being abused by the Pepys Road residents she is ticketing. All of this is watched by the successful but secretive Smitty (Robert Emms), an artist who shares his own personal connection to Pepys Road.

Normal life on a normal street. At least, that is, until a mysterious note bearing the words ‘we want what you have’ is dropped through every letterbox. Who has sent the message? And are they still watching the residents? Before long, the ripples caused by the note will have touched every corner of the community – and the residents of Pepys Road will see their lives transformed. *

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* Source: TV Maze (adapted)

A.D. – The Bible will not continue

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According to Variety, NBC has cancelled A.D. – The Bible Continues after only one season. The overall viewing numbers of the biblical drama, which picked up the story of the 2013 miniseries The Bible, were too low for NBC to renew it for another season.

Producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are planning to return to the story on their own digital channel, set to be launched in late 2016 or early 2017. However it is unlikely that another season of A.D. will also mean a return of Roman emperor Caligula, the character portrayed by Andrew Gower.

Outlander Season 2 Casts Bonnie Prince Charlie, Jamie’s Cousin and More

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Variety has now confirmed Andrew’s casting as Bonnie Prince Charlie in Outlander:

Andrew Gower (“The Village,” “A.D. The Bible Continues”) has been cast as Prince Charles Edward Stuart in the new season, Variety has confirmed. When Charles Stuart isn’t carousing with his Jacobite supporters, the young heir to the exiled Catholic royal dynasty is plotting his return to the throne. An unlikely leader with an unabashed taste for alcohol and women, Prince Charles is hell-bent on glory — no matter what the cost.

(Source: Variety)

Outlander Season 2: Bonnie Prince Charlie, Fergus & More Roles Cast

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According to Access Hollywood Andrew Gower has been cast in season 2 of Starz’ hit TV show Outlander.

Andrew Gower, a graduate of the Oxford School of Drama, will play Bonnie Prince Charlie (Prince Charles Edward Stuart), who Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) will meet in Season 2.

Charlie has a taste for alcohol and the ladies, and is determined to achieve glory, no matter the price.

Andrew hails from Liverpool (which is also where Stephen Walters, who plays Angus, is from). He played Caligula in NBC’s “AD: The Bible.” Andrew also is an alum of the UK’s “Being Human,” and the medical drama “Monroe.”

(Source: Access Online)

A.D. Ep 9 Saul’s Return

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A.D. – The Bible Continues Ep. 9 “Saul’s Return”

Following his ascent to the Roman throne, Caligula (Andrew Gower) starts a reign of terror over those in his immediate vicinity. Feeling that he isn’t given the appropriate respect and love from his subjects, he demands that statues of him are erected all over the Roman empire, including one inside the Temple of Jerusalem.

Pilate (Vincent Regan) and the High Priest Caiaphas (Richard Coyle) know that such a desecration will cause a riot among the Jewish population, and that they need to work together to avoid bloodshed. However, there are also some among the former political leaders of Jerusalem that see a chance to restore the old order of things after the looming rebellion.

Saul (Emmett J Scanlan) returns to Jerusalem a changed man but is met with suspicion among the disciples who used to be his enemies. He needs to convince them of his miraculously changed intentions as well as leave hiding and start preaching Jesus’ words. While he and Peter (Adam Levy) come to an understanding, the disciples learn from Mary Magdalene (Chipo Chung) about the arrival of Caligula’s statue.

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A.D. Ep 8 The Road to Damascus

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A.D. – The Bible Continues Ep. 8 “The Road to Damascus”

In Pilate’s Palace in Jerusalem the presence of Caligula (Andrew Gower) and his Jewish friend Agrippa (Michael Peluso) causes unrest for all members of the household, servants and masters alike. After another insult, Pilate (Vincent Regan) decides to confront Caligula about his behaviour but hesitates in the last minute to execute his plan.

Jesus’ disciples are still hiding in Jerusalem fearing for their lives, when they receive word that Philip (Joe Dixon) needs their help in Samaria. Saul Saul (Emmett J. Scanlan) is on his way to Damascus when he is faced with a life altering vision of Jesus Christ. Blinded and a changed man, he is later visited by the Christian Ananias (Nicholas Sidi), who heals and baptizes him.

Back in the palace, Pilate and his wife Claudia (Joanne Whalley) are looking forward to their new life in Rome, which is promised to them by Emperor Tiberius (Kenneth Cranham), when news reaches them that Tiberius has passed away “peacefully in his sleep”. His successor Caligula returns to Jerusalem to demonstrate his newly gained power.

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A.D. Ep 7 The Visit

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A.D. – The Bible Continues Ep. 7 “The Visit”

Biblical drama A.D. – The Bible Continues is a sequel to the NBC hit TV show The Bible by producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. It picks up immediately after the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ and shows the impact his death had on his disciples as well as the religious and political leaders of the time.

Jewish persecutor Saul (Emmett J. Scanlan) is targeting Peter (Adam Levy), a former fisherman from Bethsaida and one of the followers of the recently executed Jesus. Fearing for his life, Philip (Joe Dixon) has fled Jerusalem. After watching “Simon the Sorcerer” (Stephen Walters) perform a “miracle” in a market, he decides to show the people of Samaria the true power of God.

The imminent visit of Roman Emperor Tiberius (Kenneth Cranham) threatens Pilate’s (Vincent Regan) position as Governor of Jerusalem. Tiberius is accompanied by his “debauched and dangerous” nephew Caligula (Andrew Gower), who on a nightly stroll through the city reveals his quick temper and violent nature.

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The Village 2×06

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John Middleton (John Simm) has woken from his coma but is unable to speak. His wife Grace (Maxine Peake) is worried about what he will say and how much he might remember from the accident. Martha (Charlie Murphy) moves back in with her father Revernd Lane (Scott Handy) and is surprised to find Nurse Joy Dangerfield (Juliet Aubrey) living there.

Lady Allingham’s (Juliet Stevenson) world is falling apart: with one of her sons being gay, the other one about to be divorced, she fears she’ll never have an heir. Her daughter Caro (Emily Beecham) reminds her that she already has one: the illegitimate boy Caro had after a brief encounter with Bert Middleton’s older brother Joe (Nico Mirallegro) and who had been given up for adoption without her consent.

Bill Gibby (Derek Riddell), who is now the leader of the city council of Sheffield, is back in the village with plans for a reservoir which could supply Sheffield with clean water but would involve flooding the village. When Grace hears about the plan, she vows to stop it in a passionate speech with the other villagers, including Gilbert (Andrew Gower) and Agnes Hankin (Chloe Harris) applauding her.

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The Village 2×05

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As John Middleton (John Simm) lies in a coma with severe head trauma, rumours are spreading about the true nature of the relationship between his wife Grace (Maxine Peake) and Labour politician Bill Gibby (Derek Riddell). Two hectoring policemen arrive in the village and start investigating the mass trespass. Their main suspects are Bert Middleton (Tom Varey), Gerrard Eyre (Matt Stokoe) and Gilbert Hankin (Andrew Gower).

George Allingham (Augustus Prew), a principled journalist, is pressured by his family to alter the report of events in their favour. His world is further unsettled when his wife Martha (Charlie Murphy) tells him that she wants to leave him for Gerrard Eyre. A divorce is out of the question for the Allingham family who fear possible damage to Edmond’s (Rupert Evans) political career.

Gerrard and Bert are arrested and put on trial for rioting while Gilbert, whose father is also the village’s magistrate, is no longer a suspect. Key witness of the prosecution is George Allingham, a war hero, on whose words the verdict will be rendered. It is up to him to decide whether to support his family’s interest or follow his conscience.

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The Village 2×02

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Arnold Hankin (Anthony Flanagan) surprises his wife Norman (Ainsley Howard) with his latest idea: he wants to open a dance hall. He leaves the business of the boot factory to his son Gilbert (Andrew Gower), who is secretly in love with the factory worker Agnes (Chloe Harris). When he tries to do Agnes a favour, things take a turn for the worse, and he is forced to fire Agnes but vows to make her life better.

Nurse Joy Dangerfield (Juliet Aubrey) comes to the village to teach the family planning methods of Marie Stopes. Her first patient is Agnes, who is pregnant by her abusive lover Bairstow (Joe Armstrong). Norma also consults Nurse Dangerfield in hopes that her advice will help spike things up in the Hankin’s marital bed and result in a baby of her own.

While John Middleton (John Simm) struggles to keep his dairy business going without a barn, his wife Grace (Maxine Peake) is drawn to Labour candidate Bill Gibby (Derek Riddell) and goes on a bicycle ride with him. Even though he knows about the affair, a shy Gilbert asks Agnes to go to the dance hall opening with him, and a determined Phoebe (Phoebe Dynevor) invites Bert Middleton (Tom Varey).

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The Village 2×01

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The Village 2×01

It’s the year 1923 in the village and the Middletons are barely making ends meet with their dairy farm while the Allinghams are hosting a house party for the arrogant and eccentric Lord Kilmartin (Julian Sand), who they hope will assist Edmund Allingham’s (Rupert Evans) political progress. Part of the entertainment is the traditional “Hare & Hound Race” with Bert Middleton (Tom Varey) volunteering as the runner.

With the help of his former teacher Gerrard Eyre (Matt Stokoe) and villager Margaret Boden (Annabelle Apsion), he manages to avoid capture and celebrates the victory with his friend Gilbert Hankin (Andrew Gower) and the rest of the village in the pub where they reminisce about the past. However, Lord Kilmartin accuses Bert of cheating and refuses to pay the prize money.

At a boxing competition, Edmund’s opening words are upstaged by the passionate speech by Labour candidate Bill Gibby (Derek Riddell). Determined to win enough money to leave the village and start a new life elsewhere, Bert enters the ring with black boxer Ghana Jones (Daniel Ezra) but loses. Bert’s mother Grace (Maxine Peake) finally decides to make a stand for her son and shames Edmund into paying Bert his money.

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The Borgias 3×01 The Face of Death

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The Borgias 3×01 The Face of Death

Historical drama The Borgias is focused on the House of Borgia and their rise to power at the turn of the 16th century, centering on Rodrigo Borgia (Jeremy Irons), the later Pope Alexander VI, and his family: his illegitimate sons Giovanni (David Oakes), Cesare (François Arnaud) and daughter Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger).

The third season picks up where the second season stopped: the Pope is fighting for his life after being poisened with cantarella while his Cardinals continue plotting at his deathbed. However, not only the Pope’s life is in danger, his enemies are also after his family.

One of the assassins (Andrew Gower) blackmails Lucrezia’s nurse Concetta (Mackenzie Munro) to gain access to the Borgia household and kill all family members. Lucrezia, Cesare and his servant Micheletto (Sean Harris) need to work fast if they want to save everyone…

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Misfits 4×04 reviews

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Here’s what some critics had to say about Andrew Gower‘s perfomance as Jake in last night’s episode of Misfits “In the Skin of Another”.

18 November 2012:

  • Billie Doux: Poor Andrew Gower has a crap time in every show he’s in. Shot, resurrected and then bludgeoned to death with a rolling pin. Ouch!
  • Cultbox: The excellent Andrew Gower […] an underused Andrew Gower
  • SFX: Jake […] doesn’t get much to do here, but he still makes an impact.

19 November 2012:

  • Digital Spy: Andrew Gower is underused here, but happily brings the same memorable creepiness to his character that he did to Being Human‘s Cutler
  • Simon’s Incoherent Blog: Andrew Gower […] felt rather wasted here in the small (even if significant) part of Jake; he was as charismatic as ever, but got little to do

Monroe 2×03

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Monroe 2×03

Dr Monroe (James Nesbitt) is still reeling from his failed surgery last week. When he operates on 25 year old Alex Schofield (Gwilym Lee), who has a benign tumor in his spine, he loses confidence altogether and stops the procedure midway. Only after he successfully removes a knife from a rugby fan’s head, he gains his “mojo” back.

Shepherd (Tom Riley) and Bremner (Sarah Parish) decide to try counselling to save their relationship but Shepherd still tries to deal with his infidelty and whether or not he should reveal the truth to Bremner which would potentially endanger Sarah Witney’s (Christina Chong) job.

Springer’s (Luke Allen-Gale) promotion as registrar has slightly gone to his head until Mullery (Andrew Gower) mocks him about his new appearance and tells him that he hadn’t been Monroe’s first choice. Witney asks Springer out on a date but instead of going to a fancy restaurant, they end up at Monroe’s house and poker night.

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Monroe 2×02

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Monroe (James Nesbitt) has a hard time deciding which of his two trainees to keep as registrar and which one to let go: Daniel Springer (Luke Allen-Gale) or Kitty Wilson (Michelle Asante). Dr Bremner (Sarah Parish) continues to alienate Shepherd (Tom Riley) with her behaviour and suggests counselling but he starts to seek comfort elsewhere while Springer clumsily tries to ask Witney out on a date.

When Bremner and her registrar Sarah Witney (Christina Chong) are tied up in the operating theatre, Mullery (Andrew Gower) takes the chance to remove a nail from a young boy’s heart in an emergency surgery overseen by Dr Gillespie (Neil Pearson). He performs well but is worried about Witney’s reaction when she finds out that she’s missed out on this very rare procedure.

Monroe’s patients are Lynn Monkford (Caroline Strong), a woman with terminal cancer, whose surgery – meant to make her final months a bit more tolerable – doesn’t go as planned, and teenager Shelly Maxwell (Amelia Young), who has a malfunctioning brain shunt. While Graham Birdwell (Martin Walsh) undergoes a double heart bypass, the hospital staff take care of his mentally disabled brother Geoffrey (Tim Dantay).

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Monroe 2×01

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Monroe 2×01

Eighteen months have passed since the events of the season 1 finale and a lot has changed at the fictional St Matthew’s Hospital. cardiothoracic surgeon Jenny Bremner (Sarah Parish) now has a baby with anaesthetist Lawrence Shepherd (Tom Riley), there’s a new Head of Clinical Services Alistair Gillespie (Neil Pearson) and Andrew Mullery (Andrew Gower) has transferred to general surgery and is now a registrar.

Changing his specialty has also given a boost of confidence to Mullery, who is now a much more accepted member of staff at the hospital and has become friends with fellow registrar Sarah Witney (Christina Chong). Together with trainees Daniel Springer (Luke Allen-Gale) and Kitty Wilson (Michelle Asante), they have formed a close-knit circle much like the older doctors.

On her first day back at work after maternity leave, Bremner is torn between her guilt as a young mother leaving her baby in the care of a stranger and feeling sidelined after being out of her job for so long. Dr Monroe (James Nesbitt) still struggles with accepting all the differences at work, when his son announces his engagement to girlfriend Donna (Karla Crome).

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Andrew featured in Omnia

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The lovely ladies at Omnia, a free online zine, have included an article about Andrew Gower in their latest edition.

He’s very unassuming, small and skinny and rather awkward, but he’s an excellent actor, very emotive and funny, and absolutely deserving of everything good that comes his way.

You said it Daisy and Nancy!

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You can also read it here

Toby Whithouse talks Cutler

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EW.com have published an interview with Being Human executive producer Toby Whithouse about Being Human episode 4×07 “Making History”, a very Cutler-centric episode.

Does Cutler have any humanity left in him?
From the moment that he sees his wife killed, that’s it. It’s been interesting to look at the reactions to him on online. I’m very pleased to see that Cutler has a lot of fans. There are also quite a lot of people who are hoping that there is a bit of decency left in him and that he will redeem himself. That’s something Andrew [Gower] imbued in the character, because it wasn’t on the page. That people are having questions about him is a testament to his performance, because in my mind, the best way of telling if Cutler is lying is if his lips are moving.

Read the full interview here.

There’s also a lovely, spoilery review of the episode on the Independent website, full of gushing praise for Andrew Gower. And another gushing review on Cultfix, this time spoiler free.

The Cutler Movie

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If you miss everyone’s favourite vampire solicitor “Cutler, Nick Cutler” as much as we do, you might enjoy The Cutler Movie which recently appeared on YouTube.

It’s a complilation of all of Andrew Gower‘s scenes from season 4 of British cult TV show Being Human and it works amazingly well as a standalone. So even if you’re new to the world of Being Human, you might enjoy this one.

Huge thanks to YouTube user Speakhurst for providing us with this! Continue reading “The Cutler Movie”

Q&A with Toby Whithouse

The BBC‘s Being Human blog has posted the results of a fan Q&A with Toby Whithouse. Several of the questions involved Cutler’s (Andrew Gower) character and his subsequent demise, for example:

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However, it’s the revelation that we won’t see Cutler again that is the most shocking…

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We live in hope that…

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Read the full Q&A here.

Being Human 4×08 The War Child

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Being Human 4×08 The War Child

In the last episode of Being Human’s 4th season, the Old Ones, an elite group of extremely powerful, older vampires, have finally arrived in Barry Island. Their leader is Mr Snow (Mark Gatiss), an ancient, over 3000 year old vampire, who is less than impressed by the welcome the only vampire left standing, Cutler (Andrew Gower), can present him with.

In flash forwards, we get glimpses of the world, 10 years into the future with “War Child” Eve as a young girl, who is hunted by vampires. In present time, the gang at Honolulu Heights – Hal (Damien Molony), Alex (Kate Bracken), Tom (Michael Socha)  and Annie (Lenora Crichlow) – are making plans to stop the Old Ones from taking over the world, when an unexpected visitors comes knocking at their door.

Humiliated and disappointed, Cutler has had enough of his species and is determined to take his revenge on them. He will do whatever it takes to be remembered in history as the one who ended all vampires and fulfilled the prophecy of the War Child, whose true meaning was revealed to him by Mr Snow himself.

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Being Human: Behind the Scenes 4×07

Another YouTube clip from the BBC, this time looking behind the scenes at the Nightclub in episode 7 of Being Human. Bizarrely, considering this is such a big Cutler moment, we only see Andrew Gower right at the very end, but it’s still worth a watch to see how the scene was put together.

Being Human 4×07 Making History

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Being Human 4×07 Making History

In this Cutler (Andrew Gower) centric episode, viewers finally learn about Cutler’s backstory and who his mysterious maker is. In flashbacks we can see a still human Cutler visiting none other than Hal Yorke (Damien Molony) in jail, who has been arrested for “illegal gambling and dog fights”. Hal wants to hire Cutler as his new legal representative and turns him into a vampire.

Cutler struggles at first with his new life, finding it particularly hard to kill people, especially his human wife Rachel (Natalie Burt). Cutler’s addiction for blood is overpoweringly strong and so Hal decides it is time to take some drastic measures to show Cutler his old, human life is over and to “burn his bridges”.

In present time, Hal pays a visit to the vampires at Stoker’s Warehouse and is surprised to see Cutler there who seems overjoyed that his maker is still alive. When Cutler offers him blood, Hal leaves horrified, but returns later to find out more about Cutler’s plans. This time he accepts Cutler’s offer to earn his trust.

In the meantime, Cutler has taken Tom (Michael Socha) under his wings and convinced him to do him one last favour: to use his werewolf form at the next full moon to attack the Old Ones in a confined space, after they have arrived in Barry Island. However, it wouldn’t be Cutler, if there weren’t more to the story…

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Being Human 4×06 Puppy Love

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Being Human 4×06 Puppy Love

The video, Cutler (Andrew Gower) uploaded on YouTube of the werewolves Tom (Michael Socha) and George (Russel Tovey) transforming at the full moon, is started to get attention. While most people believe it to be fake, it brings the young female werewolf Allison (Ellie Kendrick) into town where she encounters Hal (Damien Molony) and Tom.

Together the two young werewolves try to find out who is behind the leaked video footage. They come across Golda (Amanda Abbington), a new vampire in town, who has made it clear to Cutler that she is in charge now. When Tom and Allison reach a dead end with their investigation, they visit Cutler in his office who sees his opportunity to get rid of two problems at once.

Before the big showdown, Tom convinces Hal to go on a double date with him, Allison and a Scottish girl named Alex (Kate Bracken), a customer at the cafe. This is Hal’s first date in over half a century and Hal struggles to keep his bloodlust under control when Alex invites him to kiss her.

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Being Human 4×05 Hold the Front Page

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Being Human 4×05 Hold the Front Page

Cutler (Andrew Gower) continues his plan to expose werewolves as the big threat to human kind and in his determintaion he does not even shy away from manual labour. He personally drags bodies in the woods surrounding Barry Island and prepares them with a garden claw to make them look like they were attacked by a large animal – or a wolf.

“Teenaged” vampire Adam (Craig Roberts) returns to Honolulu Heights as he and his new lover, middle-aged school-mistress Yvonne Bradshaw (Selina Griffiths), are being chased by the press. Unfortunately one of the journalists, Pete Travis (Sacha Dhawan), is able to snag a picture of Adam – but it turns out to be empty.

With further evidence in hand, Pete pays a visit to a  solicitor – Cutler – and reveals to him that he has proof that vampires exist and that someone – “husbands, fathers, wives, sons, daughters, judges, police… solicitors” – is covering things up. Cutler sees his chance to enlist Pete’s help with his own plans and follows him to his hotel room.

Meanwhile Yvonne Bradshaw proves to be a whole new challenge to the male occupants at Honolulu Heights as her own supernatural powers of a special kind are causing havoc with their emotions.

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Being Human 4×04 A Spectre Calls

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Being Human 4×04 A Spectre Calls

The new supernatural trio at Honolulu Heights – ghost Annie (Lenora Crichlow), werewolf Tom (Michael Socha) and vampire Hal (Damien Molony) – are still trying to settle into a new routine when they are visited by a seemingly charistmatic ghost from the 70s called Kirby (James Lance). Everyone seems to be quite taken by the new addition but it soon becomes clear that Kirby has his own agenda.

Hal follows up on a newspaper article about the Box Tunnel Massacre and comes across coroner Dr Wilson (Lucy Robinson), whose report confirms that the victims were killed by Jason Healey – a human scapegoat for the real killer, vampire John Mitchell (Aidan Turner). When Hal pays a visit to Dr Wilson, she immediately recognizes him as a vampire and is clearly terrified of what he might do to her.

Back at the B&B, the situation between Hal, Annie and Tom escalates due to Kirby’s cunning manipulations. Eventually, Tom runs off and gets into trouble for letting off some steam. At the police station he receives help from an unlikely source and we also meet the vampire blackmailing coroner Wilson into altering her report…

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Being Human 4×02 Being Human 1955

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After Griffin’s (Alex Jennings) “proper death” at the end of episode 1, the vampires are yet again without a leader, and a new supernatural trio – ghost Pearl (Tamla Kari), werewolf Leo (Louis Mahoney) and vampire Hal (Damien Molony) – show up at Honolulu Heights, which causes friction with the current occupants, ghost Annie (Lenora Crichlow) and young werewolf Tom (Michael Socha).

Cutler (Andrew Gower) continues to work on his plan to reveal the existance of vampires and werewolves to humanity. He has brought a focus group, which appears to consist largely of homeless people, to Stoker’s warehouse and shows them the video of werewolves George and Tom changing at the full moon.

Before he can collect their surveys, however, he is distracted by fellow vampire Fergus (Anthony Flanagan) and his “war council” who have a slightly different approach to how things should be handled (and by who) in the future.

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Being Human 4×01 Eve of the War

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Being Human 4×01 Eve of the War

After the events of the season 3 finale, local vampires have already regrouped around their new leader Griffin (Alex Jennings). They meet up at the warehouse of Stoker Import and Export in Barry Island where they are preparing for the arrival of the “Old Ones”, a group of of extremely powerful elite vampires, who are travelling over the course of a few months across the Atlantic Ocean to Barry Island by freighter to discuss their plans for a global vampire takeover there.

Meanwhile the remaining occupants of “Honolulu Heights” – ghost Annie (Lenora Crichlow), werewolf George (Russell Tovey) and his newborn baby – are still recovering from the losses of their lovers, vampire Mitchell (Aidan Turner) and werewolf Nina (Sinead Keenan). Whereas George locks himself up with his young daughter not letting anyone near her, Annie seeks support from young werewolf Tom (Michael Socha) who is desperate to make new friends after his father figure McNair (Robson Green) was killed.

Among the newcomers in town is Cutler (Andrew Gower), a young, cocky vampire with ambitious plans to take over the world. While he wants to reveal the existance of vampires as the ones that save humanity from the “bigger threat, the werewolves”, Griffin is looking for an adequate gift to present the Old Ones with. “Vampire recorder” Regus (Mark Williams) seems to have the solution: according to a prophecy, the “War Child” born to two werewolves is the key to the destruction of all vampires – the perfect sacrifice.

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Monroe 1×06

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Exciting times for the young surgeons at St Matthew’s: their training is over and it is time for their assessment. All of them are eager to please their supervisors and secure their place at the hospital. Mullery (Andrew Gower) is also a “cute embarrassment” to girlfriend and fellow surgeon Sally Fortune (Manjinder Virk) who is still in recovery after her brain and heart surgery.

Anaesthetist Lawrence Shepherd (Tom Riley) surprises his friend Monroe (James Nesbitt) with the announcement that it is time for him to move on and find work elsewhere. During nightshift, Monroe is called to an emergency: a thirteen year old girl is admitted with brain damage after a car accident and it brings back some painful memories to Monroe.

Shepherd and Dr Bremner (Sarah Parish) have a long and honest conversation that holds some surprising revelations while Monroe receives a visit from his wife where they open up about their shared grief over their daughter’s death. Despite everything, life goes on at St Matthew’s Hospital after all.

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Monroe 1×05

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The stakes are set high this week as the patient of the week is not a random stranger but one of St Matthew’s own. Dr Monroe’s (James Nesbitt) main assistant Sally Fortune (Manjinder Virk) collapses during surgery and it turns out she doesn’t only have a life-threatening brain aneurysm but also needs heart surgery and a valve replacement resulting from an infection.

While Monroe and Dr Bremner (Sarah Parish) clash over the best way of treatment, Mullery (Andrew Gower) is plagued by guilt as he is blaming himself for Fortune’s aneurysm: he and Sally recently started dating and the two had sex the night before. Monroe takes Mullery under his wings while they’re awaiting the results of Sally’s second surgery.

Tensions are running high amongst the staff at St Matthew’s and affecting also their private lives and relationships outside the hospital. Bremner reconsiders her relationship with Dr Shepherd (Tom Riley) and Monroe takes another step in accepting his separation from wife Anna (Susan Lynch), much to the dismay of their son Nick (Perry Millward).

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Monroe 1×04

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After spending the night with Tatiana (Carolin Stoltz), an Eastern European biochemist, who works at tha hostital as the tea trolley lady, Dr Monroe meets his new patient, family man Brendon (Tony Mooney), who believes that God speaks to him through epileptic seizures. Supported by his teenage daughter Phoebe (Phoebe Dynevor), he is unsure if he wants the tumour, which is causing his fits, to be surgically removed.

Dr Bremner faces two very different patients this week: James (Tommy Jessop) is an orphan with Down syndrome and Alex (Harry Ferrier) is a cocky ladies’ man. However the two unlikely candidates bond over their mutual love for computer games, after James states that Mullery (Andrew Gower) is “useless” at them.

Nobody is more surprised than Mullery when Dr Bremner, who is in high spirits over her thriving relationship with anaesthesist Laurence Shepherd (Tom Riley), praises his surgical skills while treating Alex. Due to Monroe’s interference, things between the two new lovers soon turn sour though.

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Monroe 1×03

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Young ex-soldier David Foster (Matthew Needham) is admitted to St Matthew’s Hospital with a blood clot in his brain after a fall under the influence. Against his initial judgement and to everyone’s surprise, Monroe (James Nesbitt) decides not to operate on the young man and instead waits and sees if the clot dissolves naturally.

Dr Bremner’s patient this week is an elderly lady, Judith Wardin (Bridget Turner), whose daughter is very attached to her and wants her to be around for her grand-daughter’s upcoming wedding. Despite some misgivings about the uncertain outcome of the surgery, Dr Bremner (Sarah Parish) and her team operate on Judith.

Mullery (Andrew Gower) tries to impress Dr Bremner and outshine fellow trainee surgeon Sarah Whitney (Christina Chong). His clumsy attempts, however, are easily seen through by Dr Bremner, who voices her disappointment in him. Dr Monroe enjoys taunting Daniel Springer (Luke Allen-Gale), who has temporarily “misplaced” one of his patients.

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Monroe 1×02

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The “patients of the week” at St Matthew’s hospital are teenagers James and Danny. James tried to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head, after he accidentally fired the gun at his younger brother Danny and hit him in the chest. Dr Bremner’s team operate on young Danny to fix his heart while Monroe and his assistant Sally Fortune (Manjinder Virk) perform brain surgery on James.

Things are being complicated by the fact that James and Danny’s parents can’t stand to be in the same room after being recently seperated which is a constant reminder for Dr Monroe on the effects a split-up can have on children as he is struggling to admit the true reason for the failure of his own marriage to his son Nick (Perry Millward).

During Danny’s operation it is trainee surgeon Sarah Whitney (Christina Chong), who shows initiative, leaving Mullery (Andrew Gower) at a disadvantage. Mullery’s moment to earn Bremner’s respect comes soon after, however, when he senses her discomfort while dealing with Danny’s desperate and emotional mother, and rescues her.

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Monroe 1×01

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The medical drama follows neurosurgeon Gabriel Monroe (James Nesbitt) and the staff at St Matthew’s Hospital. The series was created by Peter Bowker for ITV and filmed in Leeds starting on 26 September 2010. The former Leeds Girls’ High School was used as the principal set of the series and transformed into the fictional St Matthew’s Hospital.

The main protagonist Dr Monroe is a blunt and unconventional yet brilliant surgeon who – underneath his hard shell – cares deeply for his patients, who are not only “bundles of symptoms” for him but human beings that he tries to help even beyond the operation table. This, however, does not help his strained relationship with his wife, who leaves him after their son goes to university.

At the hospital he is constantly at odds with cardiothoracic surgeon Jenny Bremner (Sarah Parish), who is usually flanked by her two trainee surgeons Sarah Witney (Christina Chong) and Andrew Mullery (Andrew Gower). Monroe’s best friend at work is anaesthetist Lawrence Shepherd (Tom Riley).

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Frankenstein’s Wedding: Victor’s Diary

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In the run-up to the live broadcast of Frankenstein’s Wedding, the BBC are releasing a series of Video Diaries that give us an insight into the three main characters, Victor Frankenstein (Andrew Gower), his fiancé Elizabeth Lavenza (Lacey Turner) and the Creature (David Harewood).

Watch Victor’s Diary below!

“I thought again of his words ‘I will be with you on your wedding-night’. That then was the period fixed for the fulfilment of my destiny.” Victor Frankenstein

Dr Victor Frankenstein, the troubled genius, has always been ambitious, obsessed with pushing the boundaries of science. He justifies his desire to create life by saying he wants to benefit humanity but instead he creates a threat that could destroy everything. He’s made a bargain with his creation and the stakes are high.

Elizabeth knows nothing about Victor’s secret but the wedding is getting closer, will the Creature’s threat turn into reality?

Frankenstein’s Wedding will be performed live at Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds and broadcast simultaneously on BBC Three on 19 March 2011.