Speak: Andrew Gower on BBC Radio 4

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

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

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

Follow this link to listen to Speak.

Release Date for Miss Scarlet and The Duke on PBS

PBS Masterpiece announced today the long anticipated schedule for their 50th anniversary celebrations in January 2021, which promises “can’t-miss programs featuring a-list talent, spectacular stories and breathtaking settings”. As previously reported, they will exclusively premiere perdiod crime drama Miss Scarlet and The Duke in the USA, and we now have a date!

Sunday 17 January 2021, 8/7c

Kate Phillips (Peaky Blinders) stars in a six-part mystery as Miss Eliza Scarlet, the headstrong, first-ever female detective in Victorian London. Stuart Martin (Jamestown) plays her childhood friend, professional colleague, and potential love interest, Scotland Yard Detective Inspector William Wellington, a.k.a., The Duke.

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Supporting Eliza Scarlet in her quest are her maid and surrogate mother Ivy (Cathy Belton), Rupert Parker (Andrew Gower) and Moses (Ansu Kabia). The cast is completed by Kevin Doyle (Henry Scarlet), Danny Midwinter (DS Frank Jenkins), Matthew Malone (PC Honeychurch) and Helen Norton (Mrs Parker).

For more information follow & like Scarleteers on Facebook and Twitter!

LFCC Postponed to July 2021

It doesn’t come with a surprise but it is still sad news: Showmasters announced that the London Film and Comic Con will be postponed to 23 – 25 July 2021.

If you’ve already purchased a ticket for this year’s event from 20 – 22 November 2020 (previously 24 – 26 July 2020), your tickets will remain valid for the new July 2021 dates so there is no further action needed to be taken on your part. If you cannot make the new dates, please e-mail Showmasters to receive a digital voucher that can be used at any Showmasters event, any time up to two years of issue.

Currently there is no information on guests attending the event, so at this time we don’t know whether Andrew Gower will be able to be at the event in July 2021 but we’re keeping our fingers crossed 🤞 and will update you as soon and when we find out more.

Stay safe and stay healthy! 😷

Running Naked Trailer

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

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

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

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

Black Work back on ITV

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

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

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

Wacth the original 2015 trailer for Black Work:

Epic Drama brings Miss Scarlet and The Duke

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

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

For a list of international distributors click here.

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

It’s a Wrap on Carnival Row Season 2.1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Exclusive Q&A with Running Naked Director Victor Buhler

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I haven’t but would like to see it.

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

Hopefully a box of each!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Running Naked: World Premiere at BJIFF

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

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

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

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

Orlando Bloom Talks Carnival Row Season 2

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

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

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

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

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

Carnival Row: Filming S2 Continues

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

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

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

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

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

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Andrew Gower and Carnival Row creator Travis Beacham in September 2019

Miss Scarlet and The Duke Investigate in Germany

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

What is it About?

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

Who is in the Cast?

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

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

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Carnival Row Emmy Nominations

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Huge Congratulations to Team Carnival Row and three Emmy nominations:

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

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

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

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

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

Miss Scarlet and the Duke, A Review

Ramblings of a Supposed Writer

London’s Greatest Investigator Has Arrived.

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

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

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Petition to Bring Back Miss Scarlet and The Duke

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

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

Click to sign here!

LFCC Postponed to November 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke Filming Locations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Humpty Fu*king Dumpty Online World Premiere

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

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

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

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


ETA (4 May 2020):

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

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(Source: Humpty Film on Twitter)

 

Miss Scarlet and The Duke 1×05 Cell 99

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

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

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

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Andrew Gower Submitted for Emmy 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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Rupert Parker Fan Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke 1×04 Memento Mori

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke 1×04 Memento Mori

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

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

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

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Happy Birthday, Alfie!

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke’s Dynamic Duo

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

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

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

For some spoiler free information, we recomment the following:

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


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Rachael New on Rupert Parker:

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

Andrew Gower on Rupert Parker:

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(Source: Drama Quarterly)

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke 1×01 Inheritance

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke 1×01 Inheritance

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

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

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

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Exclusive Q&A with Andrew Gower

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

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


First things first: How are you?

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

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

10 for awesomeness. The weirdness has worn away.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What would Sherlock Holmes think about Miss Eliza Scarlet?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can you share any news on Running Naked?

The last I heard the final edit is finished.

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

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

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

It’s great to be back!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anything you want to say to your fans?

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

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

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

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke Video Interviews

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

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

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

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

Meet Rupert Parker (Miss Scarlet and The Duke)

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Meet Rupert Parker!

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

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

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

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


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

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New Trailer for Miss Scarlet and The Duke

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

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

Watch the trailer on Twitter:

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


Carnival Row Suspends Production

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

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

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

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


ETA (14 March 2020):

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:


Watch the season 1 trailer:

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

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

Carnival Row Filming Season 2 in Dubrovnik

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

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

It is unclear at this point how these locations fit into the plot for season 2 but it might be connected to the Spurnrose storyline which last saw Imogen (Tamzin Merchant) and her lover Agreus (David Gyasi) flee the city of The Burgue from her brother Ezra’s (Andrew Gower) wrath.


ETA (6 March 2020):

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

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Carnival Row Filming Locations in Czechia

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

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

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

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


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Miss Scarlet Investigates on Lightbox (New Zealand)

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

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


ETA (29 March 2020):

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


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

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

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Listen to Bonnie Prince Andrew

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

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

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

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

Just one more reason to visit the Scottish capital!

(Source: The Times)

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Andrew Gower and Arran Johnston as Bonnie Prince Charlie

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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Midsomer Murders 20×06 Send in the Clowns

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Midsomer Murders 20×06 Send in the Clowns

Ferabbee’s Circus has come to Swynton Magna, the village in Midsomer County where Joe (Jason Watkins), the owner of the circus, grew up with his now estranged brother Curtis (Neil Stuke), who still lives in the village. Soon after the arrival, evil clown sightings are not only scaring the inhabitants of Swynton Magna but Inspector Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) must also face one of his biggest fears.

Not all that glitters is gold at Ferabbee’s – the circus is in deep financial trouble. Harry (Andrew Gower), Joe’s son, has plans to modernize the acts but his ideas fall on deaf ears, and clown Groucho (Kevin Eldon) wants to take on a better offer and leave the circus. The pressure is high on the remaining circus staff  when things take a turn for the worse, and one of their own is killed in the circus ring.

Inspector Barnaby, his partner DS Jamie Winter (Nick Hendrix) and pathologist Fleur Perkins (Annette Badland) have their work cut out for them as the list of suspects is long and everyone in Swynton Magna has their dark secrets: who is Curtis’ attractive wife Freya (Lorraine Burroughs) having an affair with and what is going on in young Mostyn Cartwright’s (Andrew Knott) basement?

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

British television network ITV will air another episode of season 20 of popular crime drama Midsomer Murders in the new year. Episode 20×05 “Till Death Do Us Part” will air on Monday, 6 January 2020 at 8:30pm.

According to websites TV Maze and TV Wise, Andrew Gower‘s episode “Send in the Clowns” is scheduled to air on Tuesday, 14 January 2020 at 8:00pm. Fingers crossed this turns out to be true!

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

Meet Andrew Gower at London Film and Comic Con

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

The event will take place from 24 – 26 July 2020 at Olympia London. Andrew will only attend on Saturday, 25 July, and he’ll be joined by fellow Carnival Row actor Simon McBurney (Runyan Millworthy) with more announcements expected soon.

Tickets for the event are on sale here, and you can buy photo op tickets for Andrew as well.

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


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Andrew is looking forward to meeting you all!

Miss Scarlet and The Duke: International Distributors

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

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

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

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

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

(Source: Deadline)

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

(Source: Advanced Television)

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke London Screening

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Good news for Miss Scarlet and The Duke: There will be a sponsored screening of the upcoming period detective drama on 3 December 2019 at Content London, “one of the most important TV drama events in the industry calendar”.

Content London takes places from 3 – 5 December 2019 at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London (Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London).

If you’re not a delegate at the conference, you can at least watch the official trailer here, and we hope there will be more information about Miss Scarlet (Kate Phillips), The Duke (Stuart Martin) and Rupert Parker (Andrew Gower) soon!

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

ETA (4 December 2019): red carpet photos

 

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 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!


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


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


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


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

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

 

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

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As previously speculated, a delay in production of season 2 of Carnival Row seems more likely now, after the major shake up that occured earlier this month.

International Business Times states that new showrunner Erik Oleson “may decide on where he wants to take the story.” Screen Rant reports that “the show will take a short break to allow the new showrunner a chance to give his inputs and possibly take the show in a new direction if required”.

This is not the first major behind the scenes change that Carnival Row has gone through.

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

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

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

The recent changes had Guggenheim step down as showrunner to focus on other projects (but he will remain a consultant on the show) and the original creator Travis Beacham leave the project completely due to “creative differences” (he will be still credited as executive producer but in title only).

We can only hope that all these changes will have a solely positive effect on Carnival Row, and that the release of season 2 (expected for summer 2021) will not be delayed too much.

You can catch season 1 of Carnival Row on Amazon Prime (it’s included in your Prime membership or you can sign up for a free trial month) and enjoy Andrew Gower‘s portrayal of Ezra Spurnrose (who is confirmed to reprise his role in season 2).

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Miss Scarlet & The Duke: First Promo Poster

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

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

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


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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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Is Carnival Row the new Game of Thrones?

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Is Carnival Row the new Game of Thrones? WMagazine thinks so!

In their article, they make a strong case for it:

[U]nlike Thrones, Carnival Row will take place in a vaguely futuristic city (albeit with Victorian-era touches, in a steampunk sort of way), and instead of ongoing wars and battle scenes, it will instead take on the form of a neo-noir mystery. Still, there’s not only enough that appears to be in the show’s DNA (including magical creatures and scheming members of a ruling upper class) to hook Thrones fans, but a few familiar faces from the Thrones cast will appear as well (in addition to veterans of the Outlander, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Misfits franchises).

What is Carnival Row even about?

Essentially, it’s a fantasy series about the tensions of an immigration crisis.

It all takes place in the “neo-Victorian” city of Burgue, a city dominated by humans, but tensions emerge when magical creatures like elves and faeries start fleeing to the city as refugees once war breaks out in their homeland. As seems to be unfortunately natural to humans, they don’t react too kindly to the outsiders. To make matters worse, a bunch of the newly arrived faeries end up murdered, including at least one faerie showgirl in the part of the city known as the titular “Carnival Row.” Most of the humans don’t really seem to care until a lone detective decides to take up the case. [Orlando] Bloom plays that detective, named Rycroft Philostrate, while [Cara] Delevingne plays a faerie known as Vignette Stonemoss.[…]

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Who else is in the cast?

Indira Varma [Ellaria Sand, Game of Thrones] plays Piety Breakspear, who is described as “the regal and cunning matriarch of the powerful family that rules the city of the Burgue.” […]

Misfits vet Karla Crome plays another faerie with a gift for poetry who is forced to work in a brothel to survive.

Our Andrew Gower gets a mention, too!

[…] Tamzin Merchant [Running Naked, Ark], the actress who was originally cast as Daenerys in Throne‘s ill-fated original pilot episode, also has a major role.

Merchant (Salem) and Andrew Gower (Outlander) play brother and sister Imogen and Ezra Spurnrose. They hail from a wealthy family that’s falling on tough times, so they enter a business deal with a “Puck” who has moved across the street. And, in a bit of a taboo move, Imogen may or may not be falling in love with that Puck.

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Read the full article here!

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!

#TeamHumptyDumpty

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!

 

7 Casting Decisions That Hurt Outlander (And 13 That Saved It)

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Screenrant have published a list of “7 Casting Decisions That Hurt Outlander (And 13 That Saved It)” and while we do not agree with all their assessments, we strongly support their view of Andrew Gower‘s performance as Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Saved It: Andrew Gower As Bonnie Prince Charlie

Prince Charles led the Jacobite Rebellion in 18th-century Scotland and inevitably failed in his mission to take the crown. Outlander needed to find the perfect actor to play the Bonnie Prince, and they found him in none other than Andrew Gower.

Gower showed off his acting chops as the Prince and emulated his privilege, wealth, and flamboyancy in every movement and every word. It was, quite honestly, a damn shame when his role was over by the beginning of season 3 because he was just so fun to watch. But much like the real Prince Charlie, the character’s time in Scotland was over, and it was time for everyone else to move on, too.

(Source: Screenrant)

We could not have said it better ourselves 👏 and we cannot wait what the future holds for our bonnie Andrew but we are sure they will be bigger and better things than what was in store for his alter ego Prince Charlie.

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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Follow Humpty Dumpty on Twitter for further updates!

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!

Outlander 3×01 The Battle Joined

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Outlander 3×01 The Battle Joined

The episode opens with Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) waking up after the Battle of Culloden. In flashbacks he remembers the moments leading up to the battle, standing next to Bonnie Prince Charlie (Andrew Gower), the charge of the Highland army and his final encounter with Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies) on the battlefield.

In 1948, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Frank (Tobias Menzies) are settling into life in Boston. Despite trying her best, Claire finds it increasingly difficult to adjust to modern amenities and the life of a respected wife of a Harvard professor. Tensions between her and Frank rise as they both realize that Claire can’t forget the father of her unborn child.

Back on Culloden Moore in the 18th century, the last remaining Highland soldiers are found by British government troops, who are ordered to execute the survivors. However, the commanding officer, Lord Hal Melton (Sam Hoare), recognizes Jamie as the man who saved his younger brother’s life and reluctantly repays his brother’s debt of honour.

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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.

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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.

Outlander 2×13 Dragonfly in Amber

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Outlander 2×13 Dragonfly in Amber

The final episode of Outlander’s second series opens in Scotland in 1968 where a grown-up Roger Wakefield (Richard Rankin) attends the wake of his recently deceased stepfather. Amongst those paying their respects to the late Reverend are also a visibly aged Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and her adult daughter, Brianna (Sophie Skelton).

Back in 18th century Scotland the morning of the Battle of Culloden has come. Jamie (Sam Heughan) fails in his last desperate attempt to sway the Prince’s (Andrew Gower) decision to postpone the attack. Jamie and Claire are discussion taking more drastic steps to stop the onslaught from happening when they are interrupted by Jamie’s uncle Dougal (Graham McTavish).

When Jamie realizes that they have run out of options and history will take its course, he uses the last hours before the battle to make sure at least his loved ones and those under his protection are provided for: he sends his men back to his estate Lallybroch and returns with Claire to the stones of Craigh na Dun so she and their unborn child can be safe.

“Mark me” count: 1

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1984 Press Night

Watch this video with a few short statements by visitors and cast of 1984 during press night at The Playhouse London, including Andrew Gower (Winston Smith).

If ever I was to say to the younger generation, now is the time to come and see this.

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Outlander 2×12 The Hail Mary

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Outlander 2×12 The Hail Mary

Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Andrew Gower) and his rebellious army are back in Scotland and camped near Inverness. Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) join them after their previous detour to the South and are shocked to see the state of the soldiers, only 3 days away from the fateful Battle of Culloden.

While running an errand in the city, Claire is surprised to meet a much changed Mary Hawkins (Rosie Day), who was reunited with her former admirer Alex Randall (Laurence Dobiesz), whose health has gravely deteriorated since Paris. At their quarters more surprises await Claire including another encounter with one Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies).

Alex Randall is not the only one whose health has taken a turn for the worse: The Chief of Clan MacKenzie Colum (Gary Lewis) has come to Inverness to ask Claire for one final wish and to have a talk with his younger brother Dougal (Graham McTavish) about the future of their clan. After receiving some secret information, the Prince and his generals make plans for one last ambush on Cumberland’s troops.

“Mark me” count: 1

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Outlander 2×11 Vengeance is Mine

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Outlander 2×11 Vengeance is Mine

The Jacobite army is camped in Northern England, only 5 days away from London, awaiting decisions from Prince Charles Edward (Andrew Gower) and his generals whether to march on or return back north. When the decision is made, Jamie (Sam Heughan) and his men are ordered to lead the way to Inverness.

On their way, they are ambushed by governement troops and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) is separated from the rest. She’s taken to the house of an English nobleman who turns out to be none other than the notorious Duke of Sandringham (Simon Callow). At his estate she is also re-united with Mary Hawkins (Rosie Day), the young woman who had been attacked in Paris.

While waiting for Jamie to rescue her, Claire finds out some unpleasant truths about the Duke of Sandringham and his valet, and Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) is finally able to keep a vow he gave to Jamie a long time ago.

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Bonnie Outlander Submissions for Emmy 2016

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Look at GoldDerby’s Gallery of Outlander actors who were submitted by Sony/ STARZ for an Emmy nomination and see if you can spot a familiar face: Our Bonnie Prince Andrew Gower has been put forward in the Supporting Actor category!

Other submissions for Outlander are:

Huge congratulations and good luck to the Outlander cast, especially Andrew, of course!
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Outlander 2×10 Prestonpans

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Outlander 2×10 Prestonpans

The Highlander army has arrived at Prestonpans and are at an impasse with the British. The Bonnie Prince’s (Andrew Gower) generals are fighting with each other about how to proceed while the men are getting restless waiting for new orders. The War Chieftain of Clan MacKenzie, Dougal MacKenzie (Graham McTavish) is eager to impress the Prince and volunteers to undertake a potentially suicidal mission.

Thanks to Claire’s (Caitriona Balfe) knowledge about the past, Jamie (Sam Heughan) is aware of the importance of the upcoming battle and encourages the Prince to take action when the opportunity presents itself. Claire uses her previous experience as a WW2 combat nurse to organize the treatment of wounded soldiers during and after the battle.

“History” keeps its promise of a Jacobite victory, but not all Highlanders make it out unharmed. While some simply fall from grace, others will have to pay the ultimate price.

“Mark me” count: 4

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Outlander: Graham McTavish & Andrew Gower Talk Prestonpans

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Access Hollywood released an interview with Graham McTavish (Dougal McKenzie) and Andrew Gower (Bonnie Prince Charlie) about Outlander episode 2×10 “Prestonpans”.

Graham McTavish was full of praise for his co-star’s acting:

“One of the things that I loved about what Andrew did with the part was how he physically created the Prince,” Graham said, when we asked him about working with the Season 2 “Outlander” actor. […]
“[Andrew] made some really great [acting] choices with that.”
The article also mentions Andrew’s ongoing rehearsals for 1984 in London’s West End.

Outlander 2×06 Best Laid Schemes

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Outlander 2×06 Best Laid Schemes

After the difficult decision they had to make at the end of the previous episode Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) are trying to find their way back to a normal married life. They must also find a way to stop the business transaction from happening that threatens to fill Prince Charles’ (Andrew Gower) war chest.

Using Claire’s medical knowledge they come up with a plan, and Jamie, Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) and young Fergus (Romann Berrux) leave to execute it. Claire returns to L’Hôpital to continue her work there with Monsieur Forez (Niall Greig Fulton) who warns her about the consequences for “practitioners of the dark arts”.

Prince Charles is devastated when he learns about their failed undertaking. He feels all his efforts to restore the House of Stuart to the British throne have led to nothing. However, not only his life seems to be in ruins: Claire is in despair when she learns that Jamie has gone back on his promise with dire consequences for both their lives.

“Mark me” count: 2

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Outlander 2×05 Untimely Resurrections

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Outlander 2×05 Untimely Resurrections

Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) have to deal with the consequences of their dinner party. Mary (Rosie Day) is still recovering from her attack the night before but also hopeful that she is now free to marry her secret admirer Alex Randall (Laurence Dobiesz). A union that could prove fatal to Claire’s first husband Frank (Tobias Menzies).

At his warehouse, Jamie receives a visit from Prince Charles Edward (Andrew Gower) who has found a new business partner in the Comte St. Germain (Stanley Weber). The outcome of their business endeavour could easily be a turning point in the Prince’s goal to unite the Scottish clans and re-claim the British throne for his father.

The Frasers are invited to the gardens of Versailles by the French King Louis (Lionel Lingelser), and Jamie and Claire’s relationship is put to the ultimate test when a ghost from the past comes back to haunt them. Claire is forced to call in a favour that threatens to break them.

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Outlander 2×04 La Dame Blanche

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Outlander 2×04 La Dame Blanche

Jamie’s spirits are lifted after he learns that Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies) is still alive and he has a chance to take vengeance on his former torturer. Thus revigorated, he and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) are finally able to come together as a couple again, when they are disturbed by a nightly visitor.

It is none other than the rightful heir to the British throne, Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Andrew Gower). He had to flee from his lover’s house in a rather un-prince-ly fashion when her husband returned home earlier. From a monkey bite on his hand, Claire deducts that his lover must be her friend Louise de Rohan (Claire Sermonne).

Jamie and Claire decide to use his knowledge and the information Louise had confided in her earlier to expose the Prince as an untrustworthy fool in front of one of his potential financier, the Duke of Sandringham (Simon Callow), at a dinner party. Unfortunately, not the entire evening goes according to plan…

“Mark me” count: 3

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Outlander 2×03 Useful Occupations and Deceptions

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Outlander 2×03 Useful Occupations and Deceptions

While Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) days and nights are occupied with running his uncle Jared’s wine business, playing chess with Finance Minister Joseph Duverney (Marc Duret) and befriending Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Andrew Gower), his wife Claire (Caitriona Balfe) is bored with the life of a lady.

Having tea “with the ladies” – neighbour Louise de Rohan (Claire Sermonne) and young Mary Hawkins (Rosie Day) – makes Claire feel restless and useless, so when the opportunity presents itself, she is more than happy to offer her help at a local hospital, L’Hôpital des Anges, run by the formidable Mother Hildegard (Frances de la Tour).

Jamie finally manages to arrange the long desired meeting between Duverney and Prince Charles at Maison Elise. At first Duverney seems more interested in the female residents of the brothel when Charles surprises both Jamie and the Minister of Finance with news, that threaten to swat all of the Frasers’ plans.

“Mark me” count: 1

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