BBC America Introduces ‘Intruders,’ ‘The Game’ and ‘A Poet in New York’ [TCA 2014]

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BBC America continues to grow as a channel and offer some of the best series on television at the moment. For their panel at the Television Critics Association Summer 2014 Press Tour, they brought out three of their upcoming programming including Intruders, The Game and A Poet in New York.

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Intruders

If you’re in the mood for paranormal, may I direct you to BBC America’s new original series, Intruders, based on the Michael Marshall Smith’s book “The Intruders.” The eight-part series stars John Simm and Mira Sorvino and focuses on a secret society that chases immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. The first episode introduces us to a few of the characters we’ll be following including a husband and wife (Simm and Sorvino), an assassin (James Frain), and a runaway (Millie Brown). While not much is revealed in the first episode, we are given hints as to what is happening and knowing that the story will come together by the end of episode 8 makes it all even more compelling.

The panel presentation for the show included series stars John Simm (Jack Whelan), Mira Sorvino (Amy Whelan), James Frain (Richard Sherperd), Millie Brown (Madison), executive producer and writer Glen Morgan, executive producer Jane Tranter, and director of the first four episodes Eduardo Sanchez.

Here are a few of the highlights from the panel:

– The feel of the show is very much how the novel reads in that revelations don’t happen too early on. While you do have some idea of what’s going on, the show will keep you guessing until later on in the show.

– Tranter used the term “renewable serial” coined by Toby Whithouse during The Game panel (see below) to describe the series, in that the story does wrap up by the end of the season, but they do have grounds to springboard it into something else if the show gets renewed.

– Fun Fact: Michael Marshall Smith was supposed to write a second book after this first one but got sidetracked with other projects. However, he did tell Tranter and Morgan what he intended to do for the second book, so they do have ideas of where to go for a second season.

– Sorvino assured us that her role becomes incredible even though there is only a little bit of her in the first episode.

– Sorvino also shared that some of her scenes in Intruders were some of the most challenging scenes she ever had in her acting life.

– Part of how Millie Brown learned to do an American accent was by watching some of Disney Channel’s shows.

Intruders premieres August 23rd at 10pm. You can watch the trailer below.

The Game

Set in 1972 with the backdrop of Cold War, The Game follows the lives and lies of MI5 spies fighting the Soviet threats in the UK. Cast members Brian Cox ad Tom Hughes were in attendance on the presentation panel along with creator and executive producer Toby Whithouse to talk about the series.

Here are a few of the highlights from the panel:

– Spies refer to their work as the Game or the Great Game, which is how the show got its title. And fun fact, the only reason they didn’t go with the Great Game title is because Sherlock already had an episode titled “The Great Game” and so Whithouse joked that Sherlock got there first, so they decided on The Game instead.

– The show has its roots in a real operation, Operation Boot which took place in the early 1970s. The operation consisted of the expulsion of 100 sleeper agents from the UK.

– Each episode of the series will focus on a different sleeper agent and the mission around catching them.

– The first season is a self-contained story of six episodes. Whithouse described it as “a renewable serial,” to which he added “I might have just invented that [term].” If they were to come back for a second season they would have to come up with another story, which they are confident they would be able to do. In fact, Whithouse shared that he already knows what’s going to happen in the second season.

The Game premieres this Fall.

A Poet In New York

A Poet in New York

This Fall, BBC America will premiere a new film, A Poet in New York, starring Tom Hollander, which follows the last days of famous poet Dylan Thomas.

Writer Andrew Davies was present on the panel and Tom Hollander joined via satellite to talk about the film.

Here are a few of the highlights from the panel:

– When asked how he prepared for the role, Hollander explained that he read a few books about the period the film is set in, but that mostly he read the script and listened to as much of Thomas’ poetry as he could. He also added, “and I thought about all the alcoholics I’ve known and I’ve known a few.”

– When asked about his physical transformation for the role, Hollander explained that “it was a mixture of overeating on my part and judicious padding.” At the peak of it all he had gained 2 stones (28 lbs).

– “I felt comfortable fat being him,” Hollander shared. He went on to explain that it felt good not having to worry whether his double chin was showing, because in this case his double chin would actually help his performance.

– Hollander ended the panel by reading a new poem by Dylan Thomas that was recently discovered. In the poem, Thomas describes a pub as the “Buckingham palace of booze.”

You can watch the trailer for A Poet in New York below.