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Bomb Girls
Director: Ken Girotti, Adrienne Mitchell
Year:
2012
Genre:
Drama
Synopsis:

Drama about World War II women at work in a munitions factory.

Set in the 1940s, Bomb Girls tells the remarkable stories of the women who risked their lives in a munitions factory building bombs for the Allied forces fighting on the European front. The series delves into the lives of these exceptional women from all walks of life – peers, friends and rivals – who find themselves thrust into new worlds and changed profoundly as they are liberated from their home and social restrictions.

Characters: Lorna, a supervisor at the munitions factory with two sons on the front; Gladys, a wealthy socialite who becomes a bomb girl despite her parents’ disapproval; Kate, a preacher’s daughter with a golden voice who’s running from her fundamentalist father; Betty, a fast-talking girl from the Prairies responsible for training the bomb girls; Vera, whose life is forever changed by her work on the assembly line; Edith, a forlorn mother of two youngsters;  Marco, an Italian-born factory worker who is banned from the army because of his ethnic background.

“With dynamic characters, action, gore, love and plenty of mysteries that need to be figured out this is definitely a show I’ll be adding to my Wednesday night TV roster.” – TVGuide.ca

“It does a great job of pulling you in, and when it ends you can’t wait for the next episode.  Bomb Girls should be a hit.” – Real Style Network

Doc Martin
Director: Mark Crowdy, Craig Ferguson, Dominic Minghella
Year:
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Genre:
Drama
Comedy
Synopsis:

This show is just what the doctor ordered (TV Times)

Dr Martin Ellingham, a brilliant and successful vascular surgeon at Imperial College London, develops haemophobia (fear of blood), forcing him to stop practising surgery. He obtains a post as the sole general practitioner in the sleepy Cornish village of Portwenn, where he had spent childhood holidays with his Aunt Joan, who owns a local farm. Upon arriving in Portwenn – where, to his frustration, the locals address him as “Doc Martin” – he finds the medical clinic in chaos.

The show revolves around Ellingham’s interactions with the local Cornish villagers. Despite his medical excellence, Ellingham is grouchy, pugnacious, and lacks social skills. His direct, emotionless manner offends many of the villagers, made worse by his invariably unpleasant responses to their ignorant, often foolish, comments. They perceive him to be hot-tempered and lacking in a bedside manner, whereas he feels he is performing his duties in a professional and by-the-book manner, not wasting time chatting.

In the UK, Doc Martin has been a ratings success for ITV. The final episode of the third series was watched by 10.37 million viewers, a highest-ever viewing figure for a single episode.

Local versions of the series has been produced in Spain (Antena 3), France (TF1), Germany (ZDF), Greece (Mega), The Netherlands, Russia, Czech Republic. In addition, an American remake of the show is being planned, led by Marta Kauffman, co-creator of the successful TV show ’Friends’.

“Abdolutely bloody hilarious” – London Evening Standard

“Sweet, stirring and completely addictive” – Slate

“Delightfully quirky” – Los Angeles Times

Gomorrah
Director: Stefano Sollima, Claudio Cupellini, Francesca Comencini
Year:
2014 2015 2016
Genre:
Drama
Thriller
Synopsis:

Based on Roberto Saviano’s bestseller and the Cannes Grand Jury Prize winning feature film by Matteo Garrone

This is the inside story of the Camorra, the fierce Neapolitan crime organization, told through the eyes of 30-year-old Ciro, the right hand of the clan’s godfather, Pietro Savastano.

Like no one else, Ciro knows what it means to be a loyal clan member. But when clan leader Pietro decides to sacrifice the lives of many of his own only to make a bloody statement to rival clan boss Salvatore CONTE, something dies in Ciro – for one of the many victims of the forced bloodshed is his foster father ATTILIO, himself an ever-loyal clan member. Still, when Pietro is sidelined by a long jail sentence, Ciro’s own code of honor forces him to obey Pietro’s orders to be a mentor first to Pietro’s son GENNARO, then to his wife IMMA – both seemingly inept to hold the reins of power but learning quickly… With his back against the wall and knowing that sowing the seeds of chaos is the best method to yield a new order, Ciro finally forges a secret pact with the clan’s worst enemy, Conte, resulting in relentless bloodshed outside and inside the Savastano clan but, finally, the desired new order, with Ciro as the new godfather. But is he really? Pietro, seemingly having gone crazy in his endless months of solitary confinement, escapes while being transferred to a mental clinic. Suddenly, his eyes are clear, vivid and fierce again – forecasting a vendetta bloodier than any Naples has ever seen…

One of the most hotly-anticipated new international drama series!” – The Hollywood Reporter

Forget the Sopranos, here come the Savianos!” – Der Spiegel

Gomorra is pure gangster perfection!” – Aftonbladet

Just for Laughs
Director: Various
Year:
2016 2017
Genre:
Comedy
Synopsis:

The World Funniest Non-verbal Prankshow!

Non-stop pranks with real people, straight up live action comedy! Enjoy all of the comedic relief provided by the world’s longest running and most adored prank show, where unsuspecting people get roped into hilarious situations, concocted by the Just For Laughs Gags’ experts. Right now around the world people of all ages, cultures and nationalities are laughing along with Just for Laughs Gags. A good laugh is great for health. Doctor’s orders!

Just for Laughs is a Canadian silent comedy/hidden camera reality television show in production for last 15 years. With its silent format and no translation required, the show is sold to more than 140 countries all over the world, more than 100 airlines, it has more than 1.5 billion hits on YouTube and more than 2.1 million Facebbok fans.  It’s on CBC in Canada, BBC1 in the UK, TF1 in France and ABC and Telemundo in the United States.

The series uses a hidden camera format, playing pranks on unsuspecting subjects while hidden cameras capture the subjects’ responses; each episode presents multiple gags. While some segments have included brief dialogue, most do not contain any sound or dialogue; the audio is replaced with sound effects, a laugh track, and music. Most segments are filmed in Quebec City, Montreal and Vancouver, while some have been filmed in Mexico.

“Just For Laughs will tickle everyone’s funny bone with its hilarious practical jokes, hidden camera pranks, and other creative hijinks.” – Metacritic

“There’s no sound, but there sure are plenty of laughs. This crazy Quebec-based troupe uses the city as its stage, and its inhabitants, or victims, as characters! People are caught in a twisted yet funny web of comedic deception.” – Google

Kennedys, The
Director: Jon Cassar
Year:
2011
Genre:
Drama
Synopsis:

They were perhaps the first American political dynasty to recognize the value of image over inconvenient truth. History tells us what they did. “The Kennedys” tells us who they were.

They’ve been called America’s royal family. But that does them – and the country – little justice. Royals are born to their status. The Kennedys made themselves into theirs in an utterly American way, through driving ambition, hard work and, when necessary, a willingness to toss the rule book aside. They inspired a generation, and they’re still the yardstick against which charismatic politicians are measured. But behind closed doors they lived a complex mixture of loyalty and love, resentment and betrayal, physical courage and emotional inadequacy.

“The Kennedys”, an eight-hour miniseries, is a historically accurate dramatization in which affairs of state played out in the Oval Office and in the Cabinet Room take a back seat to the intense and often volatile personal relationships that existed far from the prying eyes of the media.

“The Kennedys” tells the story of a father’s obsessive determination to see his own failed aspirations for power realized by his sons. It tells the story of the sons upon whom that responsibility fell – brothers whose death passed the burden to the next one in line. It tells the story of three wives who, despite their immense differences, shared the challenge of life in the spotlight, of strained marriages and of finding their own relevance in the shadows cast by their famous husbands.

“Without a doubt one of the best, most riveting, historically accurate dramas about a time and place in American history that has ever been done for TV.” – New York Post

Missing, The
Director: Tom Shankland (Season I), Ben Chanan (Season II)
Year:
2014 2015 2016
Genre:
Action
Drama
Thriller
Synopsis:

A complex, delicate narrative drives “The Missing,” a dramatic thriller taking place in two countries and at several times.

Season I: When five-year-old Oliver Hughes disappears while on holiday in France, it sets off a manhunt that will last for years to come. The Missing, a Starz Limited Series, is a gripping dramatic thriller that takes you inside the mind of a father, Tony, desperate to locate his lost son. With help from a local detective, Tony embarks on an obsessive quest to find his son and those responsible for his disappearance. A riveting puzzle with twists and turns at every stage, Tony’s exhaustive search fractures his relationship with his wife Emily and threatens to destroy his life. Told through a delicate and complex narrative, The Missing unfolds over two time frames simultaneously.

Season II: David Morrissey and Keeley Hawes will show all the stages of grief as Sam and Gemma, the mother and father of a missing daughter. But The Missing will change things up this time around. The dual-timeline structure will still be in effect, looking at 2003 and 2014, but in Season 2, Sam and Gemma’s daughter Alice – now in her 20s – who was missing for 11 years, will reappear in Germany. Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo), the detective from Season 1, will return to help Sam and Gemma through the case.

“The Missing is imaginatively written, well cast, chillingly believable and quite addictive.” – The New York Times

“This is one of the year’s very best TV programs, hard as it sometimes is to endure.” – New York Magazine

“Hauntingly brilliant television” – The Guardian

Rita
Director: Lars Kaalund, Jannik Johansen, Kathrine Windfeld
Year:
2012
Genre:
Comedy
Drama
Synopsis:

A politically incorrect Danish TV series.

The primary school teacher Rita is getting complaints from and is disliked by parents, experts, the protesting ’68 generation, and all those who try to control her. But students love her, because they know she is fighting for them. While focusing on her battles at school, Rita sometimes forgets her own kids who are struggling with their own individual lives.

Rita has a constant itch from which creating conflict – something she does frequently – brings her only temporary relief, for the scars from being raised by a tyrannical father never healed.  But from the ashes of the inferno of her childhood rose Rita – unpredictable, politically incorrect, confrontational. A suburban Marie Antoinette, a middle-class Hugh Hefner. Not the easiest way to be when you are a teacher, but the kids love her – maybe because she is still a child herself.

But things are about to change. When her son brings home his in-laws, the father turns out to be Rita’s boyfriend from her late teens, the man she wasn’t ready to love back then. The kind man, the good man, the man who forced her to stop and examine where all that anger came from. Now he is back in her life, and Rita gets one last chance to confront that past that is still a controlling force in her life.

Rita is the teacher I would have loved. Anarchist at heart, whip smart and a bit of a whore. She gets an A+.” – Scallywag
“Rita, you have hit me!” – Henrik Palle, Politiken
“Rita is simply too much – but in a good way!” – Berlingske Tidende

Riviera
Director: Neil Jordan
Year:
2017
Genre:
Thriller
Synopsis:

Julia Stiles heads to the glamorous French Riviera for an audacious new 10-part drama created by Academy Award-winning writer Neil Jordan.

Riviera is based on an idea by former U2 manager Paul McGuinness, with the first two episodes co-written by Booker Prize-winning author John Banville. The part thrilling family saga and part high-octane crime series tells the story of American art curator, Georgina. Having found love with her husband Constantine, a billionaire businessman and philanthropist, she enters the fast-paced world of high fashion and deep secrets with flawed and fabulous characters fluent in the language of deception. Her life amongst the international super-rich is one of private jets, fine art and extravagant parties. But her world is, almost literally, blown to pieces when Constantine is presumed dead following a mysterious yacht explosion, an event that leads her to uncover the dark underbelly to their Vanity Fair lifestyle the grit beneath the gloss. The strange circumstances surrounding her husband’s supposed death sees Georgina united uncomfortably in grief with the elegant and formidable ex-wife Irina, who sees her not just as the woman who stole Constantine’s affections, but those of their children Adam, Christos and Adriana. However, familial rivalries are the last thing on Georgina’s mind, as the life she thought she had continues to unravel and she embarks on a dangerous path to uncovering the truth about her husband and the world he inhabited.

“‘Riviera’ efficiently combines elements of soap operas, murder mysteries and thrillers, and, as the frosting on top, it gives viewers a peek at the luxurious lives of the oligarch-adjacent global elite.” – Variety

 

Titanic: Blood and Steel
Director: Ciaran Donnelly
Year:
2012
Genre:
Drama
Synopsis:

How the luxury liner was built in Belfast by the White Star Lines over 15 years from 1897, and at a cost of 105 lives.

To the wealthy who invested in it, Titanic was a dream. To the middle class who managed its construction, Titanic was a challenge. And to the working class who built it, Titanic was the beginning of a revolution. This is the story of the men and women who built, ran and owned the Titanic, their love, their lives and their losses.

The series portrays the epic process of building the great ship from the ground up and the people who gave life to its creation. It ends when the ship begins its journey, taking with it the souls of our story. The series strips away the pop culture romance that surrounds the “ship of dreams” and presents the reality of its making and the harsh world that spawned Titanic. The story crosses all human facets of the turbulent society in which the ship was built – Edwardian Belfast in 1907 – and depicts how the greatest leviathan of all time was hand made in a city on the edge of revolution. The reality of the ship’s making is perhaps more profound and compelling than its demise.

The Titanic was built in Belfast between the years 1907 and 1912 at the largest shipyard in the world, Harland & Wolff. This was the heyday of steam travel, an era of complacency and leisurely comfort; of sharp social distinctions and smug self-sufficiency. It was also an era where Mankind was deluded by the notion that Nature was at last his slave. That era died with the Titanic.