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Traditional carols and joyful festive music will be at the heart of Religion and Ethics programming across BBC television and radio this Christmas.

Classical music stars including Russell Watson, Katherine Jenkins, Hayley Westenra and Howard Goodall’s Enchanted Voices, will join with choirs and congregations to celebrate and rejoice in the birth of Jesus and all the yuletide festivities.

For the first time on Christmas Day afternoon, BBC Two broadcasts an hour-long special, Carols From Winchester, providing the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind while enjoying some of the best-loved Christmas carols and classical Christmas music.

On BBC radio, Christmas highlights include BBC Radio 4’s exploration of one of our best-loved carols, Good King Wenceslas, in Sunday Worship. On the feast of St Stephen, the programme travels to Prague to reflect on the story of one of Europe’s most beneficent kings – Wenceslas I, Duke of Bohemia. 

Speaking about the programmes, Aaqil Ahmed, Head of Religion and Ethics and Commissioning Editor for Religion Television, says: “I’m delighted that the BBC’s religious programming this Christmas is as much a part of the festive season as ever, with the wonderful new addition of Carols From Winchester on Christmas Day afternoon. From Joan Bakewell discussing belief with guests including Bonnie Greer and Chris Patten on BBC Radio 3 to Aled Jones introducing a festive sing-along from the Royal Albert Hall on BBC One on Boxing Day, the BBC provides something for everyone this Christmas.”

 

Christmas highlights across the BBC include: 


BBC One

Christmas preparations start on BBC One on Sunday mornings during Advent with the return of Fern Britton Meets… the series in which Fern talks to four people in the public eye about how their personal faith has impacted their lives. This year Fern will talk to June Brown, who rose to fame as gossipy Dot Cotton in EastEnders; celebrity cook and champion of the countryside, Clarissa Dickson Wright; American civil rights campaigner, the Reverend Jesse Jackson; and evergreen singer and now vineyard owner, Sir Cliff Richard.

Also during Advent, Songs Of Praise will countdown to Christmas with four special programmes: on Advent Sunday, Pam Rhodes introduces festive hymns from a candlelit Derby Cathedral. The second Songs Of Praise programme for Advent sees Aled Jones gets into the Christmas spirit, as he is joined by choirs across Yorkshire to explore the story of some of the most popular Christmas Carols. The following week, Aled invites his Christmas guests – Sharon Corr, Paul Carrack and Beverley Knight – to perform some of  their favourite festive songs. And on the Sunday before Christmas it is back to 1910 as Pam Rhodes turns the clock back 100 years to experience an Edwardian Christmas.

BBC One welcomes in Christmas with a live broadcast of the service of Midnight Mass from Liverpool’s Roman Catholic Cathedral – the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. The Celebrant is the Archbishop of Liverpool, The Most Reverend Patrick Kelly KCHS STL PhL, who will also give the homily.

On Christmas Day morning, the service will come live from Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire, with the story of the Nativity reflected within the Anglican Eucharist.

Later in the evening there will be a quiet moment of reflection in Christmas Night, as actor Paterson Joseph reads from St John’s Gospel and The Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields performs O Holy Night.

Aled Jones will introduce a special Boxing Day Big Sing from London’s Royal Albert Hall as 5,000 voices come together for a festive singalong of favourite carols and Christmas music. The “people’s tenor”, Russell Watson, Howard Goodall’s Enchanted Voices and best-selling international soprano Hayley Westenra will perform in front of the packed auditorium.

On New Years Day, BBC One will broadcast the Archbishop of Canterbury’s annual New Year’s Message.

 

BBC Two

In week before Christmas, The Private Life Of A Christmas Masterpiece explores The Adoration of the Christ Child by Filippo Lippi. Painted over five centuries ago, Filippo Lippi’s nativity is like no other – the birth of Christ in a dark, wooded wilderness.

On Christmas Eve afternoon, BBC Two presents Carols From Kings which, for many, heralds the true start of Christmas. The service opens with a single choir boy starting the carol Once In Royal David’s City. He is joined by the world-famous choir to sing favourite Christmas music and carols old and new. As darkness falls, the blue tones of sparkling mediaeval stained glass give way to the warmth of candlelight to create a unique atmosphere in which the Christmas story is told in the well-loved words of the King James’ Bible and reflected on in other readings read by members of the College.

In contrast to the sense of anticipation of Carols From Kings, Carols From Winchester, broadcast for the first time this year on Christmas Day, joyfully and triumphantly celebrates the birth of Jesus. There will be special performances from mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins and bass-baritone Jonathan Lemalu.

BBC Radio has a range of programmes for all tastes this Christmas, from the traditional worship to thought provoking interviews and features.

Gavin Henson, Wales rugby superstar and current Strictly Come Dancing contestant, has revealed that he wants to move from the Ospreys until at least the end of the season to help him come to terms with the break up of his relationship with Charlotte Church, as part of an exclusive interview for a special edition of BBC Wales’ Scrum V flagship rugby programme.

In the special one-off BBC Two Wales programme, Strictly Gavin: A Scrum V Special (Thursday 16 September, 8pm) Henson speaks openly and candidly about his fitness, his rugby future for club and country, his painful break up with Charlotte Church, his new found reality TV fame and coming to terms with life in the celebrity spotlight.

Talking about his intention to move from the Ospreys till the end of the season Henson says: “It’s just tough. It’s because I know the Ospreys players so well and obviously there’ll be banter and obviously the personal relationship with Charlotte is all in the newspapers… I’m a bit raw, to be honest.

“I don’t want to face it. I want to be somewhere new where people are a little bit too respectful to ask about my business and just don’t know who I am… and just have a fresh club and see where I am rugby-wise.”

But asked if there was any way in which he might return to play for the Ospreys, Henson said: “I’ve just told you ideally what I’d like to happen. If that doesn’t happen I wouldn’t feel too awkward about it, I’d do it. I’d do it. It’s not the end of the world, crikey – you know, I have got friends there, it would be fine. I just think for the best it would have been this option.”

On the prospect of his return to international rugby, Henson says: “I really believe that I might only need one or two games to prove I’ve still got it and I think the Welsh team has slightly missed me a bit. So if I can come back and be as good or better than I was when I last played or back to the standards of 2004/2005, which I think I can now because my body’s feeling good, then yeah, I can get in that Six Nations squad.”

In the programme Henson reveals how events in his private life are weighing heavily on him. He says: “It’s the worst thing in the world to see your kids being brought up by another fella. It’s not nice at all. I don’t want people feeling sorry for me, it goes on and I’ve got to deal with it and I’m dealing with it.”

Exclusive highlights from the interview can also be heard in the Scrum V Radio programme presented by Gareth Lewis on BBC Radio Wales on Thursday, September 16 from 6.40pm. BBC Two Wales is available across the UK to digital satellite viewers on channel 991. The programme will be available on the BBC iPlayer for seven days after broadcast.

Strictly Gavin: A Scrum V Special, Thursday, September 16, BBC Two Wales, 8pm

BBC Two Daytime announces the commission of Royal Upstairs Downstairs, a brand-new factual series which follows in the footsteps of Queen Victoria to the grand houses, castles and intimate family homes across Great Britain that she visited throughout her 63-year reign.

Royal Upstairs Downstairs unites the presenting talents of Tim Wonnacott (Bargain Hunt) and Rosemary Shrager (School For Cooks) as they bring to life the details of each individual visit, during a time steeped in tradition but led by invention and unparalleled industrial, political and social change.

The series delves into the age of Queen Victoria from the immense banquets and celebrations held in her honor to the incredible preparations which went on behind the scenes.

Liam Keelan, Controller of Daytime, who commissioned the series, says: “I’m delighted to bring daytime viewers a unique insight into one of most remarkable periods in British history and the Queen who reigned over it.

“This new series reflects the ambition of BBC Daytime to bring our audiences even more quality factual content and follows on from the success of programmes such as Michael Portillo’s Great British Railway Journeys.”

Queen Victoria’s progress, era by era, will be explored through her visits to some of the most stunning stately homes of Britain, including Chatsworth House, Holkham Hall, Woburn Abbey and Blair Castle in Scotland.

It will reveal stories of tables which, according to sources, “almost literally groaned” underneath the weight of food at a lavish banquet at Harewood House; charades and illumination as evening entertainment at Chatsworth House and how 16,000 coloured tea-lights were used to light Stoneleigh Abbey in Coventry to mark the Queen’s visit.

Using house records and hearing from Queen Victoria’s own journals, Tim will explore what happened on each visit, how she was entertained, why she came to each house and her legacy on the surrounding area which survives today.

Rosemary will be downstairs, learning about the vast preparations that went in to each visit, and recreating one of the dishes Victoria would have eaten during her stay, such as ice cream, savoury custards which went into soups and beef à la Provençale.

Royal Upstairs Downstairs (20×45′) is being made by Lion Television for BBC Two Daytime. The BBC executive producer is Jacqueline Hewer and the executive producer for Lion is Jeremy Mills. It will transmit in Winter 2010.

 

TROUBLED FAMILIES SEASON

The formative years of some young people can be tougher than most as, for many different reasons, they spend time in the care system or with foster families.

BBC Two’s Troubled Families Season explores the subject of caring for children and families who have been through tough times. These very personal stories reveal that “family” can mean many things.

Actor Neil Morrissey was just 10-years-old when he was sent into care. His brother Stephen was sent to another children’s home and they rarely saw each other during the rest of their childhood. In Neil Morrissey – Care Home Kid, he hopes to discover why he was taken away from his family and to understand the impact that living in care had on him and his friends.

Emma Loach’s Families In Care follows the families who arrive at Save The Family’s purpose-built village near Chester. Homeless and desperate, they’re on the verge of losing their children to social services. Instead, they put their whole family into care in the hope that this unique programme can help them turn their lives around.

Further programming for the Troubled Families Season will be announced later in the year.

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Neil Morrissey – Care Home Kid, BBC Productions

Families In Care, A CTVC production

 

EDUCATION SEASON

BBC Two brings together a major season on education, focusing on our schools, the tough choices parents have to make and whether we could all do better?

In an ambitious new series, Gareth Malone’s Extraordinary School For Boys , Gareth becomes a primary school teacher for one term. His mission is to re-engage boys who don’t like school and who, like many across the country, lag behind their female peers. His method is to bring risk, competition and adventure back to the classroom.

In Mind The Gap John Humphrys examines why the education system is still failing so many children and why the attainment gap between advantaged and disadvantaged pupils has stubbornly refused to narrow.

Catchment is a revelatory year-long journey following children, parents, schools and Birmingham Education Authority through the often fraught process of selecting a child’s secondary school. The series concludes with Back To School, a documentary special to air within a week of term starting, in which multiple-cameras follow the children’s first day as they enter their big school for the first time.

In The Classroom Experiment, education expert Dylan Wiliam sets up an experimental secondary school classroom to test some of the most forward-thinking ideas for revolutionising the standard of education and the well-being of school children in the UK.

Britain’s Youngest Boarders takes an exclusive look inside one of England’s most prestigious preparatory schools from the point of view of three young boys who are starting boarding school for the first time.

Father of four Toby Young feels the educational choices available for his children are so limited that he has decided to set up his own, parent-run, state secondary school. Start Your Own School follows his trials and tribulations.

And in a new drama for the Education Season, Permanently Excluded tells the moving story of a newly-qualified teacher and his relationship with a difficult boy. Acclaimed writer Brian Fillis spent 12 years as a teacher and senior manager in some of Britain’s most challenging schools. His work explores two of the key issues in education right now – inclusion and choice, because choice for some means exclusion for others.

As part of the education moment, BBC Films showcases Notes On A Scandal starring Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett and Alan Bennett’s critically acclaimed The History Boys.

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The Classroom Experiment, BBC Productions

Gareth Malone’s Extraordinary School For Boys, A TwentyTwenty production

Catchment, A Blast Films production

Back To School, A Blast Films production

Britain’s Youngest Boarders, Love Productions

Mind The Gap, A Matchlight production

Start Your Own School, A Renegade Pictures production

Permanently Excluded, BBC Productions, Wales

 

A wide range of ambitious factual programmes, distinctive series and single dramas, and innovative new comedy offers stimulating, entertaining and rewarding television across all genres on BBC Two this autumn and winter 2010/11.

Highlights include:

The return of Brian Cox in a major new series, Wonders Of The Universe, and a Stargazing event exploring the skies live on-air over three nights.

A season of programmes looking at our schools, the choices parents have to make and whether we could do better?

A season on troubled families, including a very personal documentary by Neil Morrissey, who was taken into care at the age of ten.

A big focus on history with new programmes and new presenters, including Ancient Worlds with Richard Miles, Pompeii with Mary Beard, Behind Closed Doors with Amanda Vickery, The Do-Gooders with Ian Hislop and programming to mark the Battle of Britain’s 70th anniversary, with a drama-documentary based on Geoffrey Wellum’s best-selling book, First Light.

A focus on literature in the new year with Sebastian Faulks celebrating the novel in Faulks On Fiction.

New drama including When Harvey Met Bob, which tells the story behind the Live Aid event, Christopher And His Kind starring Matt Smith and literary adaptation The Crimson Petal And The White.

New and innovative comedy, including: The Stephen K Amos Show, The Rob Brydon Show, The Trip starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, Episodes starring Matt LeBlanc, Whites starring Alan Davies, plus the return of Miranda and Harry And Paul.

And new formats, including James May’s Man Lab, How TV Ruined Your Life with Charlie Brooker, Michel Roux’s Service, A Dream Life In The Country and Giles And Sue Live The Good Life.

Says Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC Two: “This new season reflects BBC Two at its most ambitious and distinctive, bearing the early fruits of the extra investment in drama and offering viewers some fantastic new mainstream comedies alongside the greatest range of factual programming on TV.

“This autumn and winter, viewers can enjoy some big moments created around issues that matter, from schooling to live stargazing events; a focus on history in the autumn and then on literature in the winter; and programmes that reflect the contemporary world with moving human stories, like Neil Morrissey on childcare. We’ve also got lots of exciting new factual formats, including Michel Roux’s Service, Sue And Giles Live The Good Life and James May’s Man Lab. Plus, I’m delighted to say that we have a fantastic range of inspiring, authoritative and entertaining talent on the channel in the worlds of fact and fiction.”

 

In a new, landmark history series for BBC Two, Digging For Britain unearths the biggest Roman coin hoard in a single container ever found in Britain.

Metal detectorist Dave Crisp made the discovery of a lifetime when he uncovered a hoard of more than 52,000 coins dating from the 3rd century AD, buried in a field near Frome, in Somerset.

The coins were found in a huge jar just over a foot (0.3m) below the surface.

The excavation will be broadcast in a new BBC Two archaeology series, Digging For Britain, presented by Dr Alice Roberts – to be broadcast in August.

Because Mr Crisp realised the importance of the find, he called the Finds Liaison Officer in Wiltshire, Katie Hinds, as soon as it was discovered. She then informed Anna Booth, Finds Liaison Office in Somerset, who then contacted Somerset County Museums Service to organise an excavation.

They were able to systematically excavate the pot layer by layer, meaning we can learn much more about the circumstances surrounding the burial of this massive amount of coinage that has remained untouched for over 1700 years.

The hoard was so enormous it took the team three full days to excavate the vessel and its contents.

Mr Crisp said: “I have been 22 years detecting and I have never, never had a hoard. I put my hand in, pulled out a bit of clay and there was a little Radial, a little bronze Roman coin – very, very small, about the size of my fingernail.”

Since the discovery in late April, archaeologists at the British Museum have been working through the find.

The coins were all contained in a single clay pot. Although it only measured 18″ (0.45m) across, the coins were packed inside and would have weighed an estimated 160 kilos, as much as two adults.

Sam Moorhead, from the British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme, said: “I don’t believe myself that this is a hoard of coins intended for recovery.

“I think what you could see is a community of people who are actually making offerings and they are each pouring in their own contribution to a communal ritual votive offering to the Gods.”

It is estimated the coins were worth roughly four years’ pay for a legionary soldier.

A selection of coins from the hoard is on display in Gallery 68 at the British Museum until mid-August.

Digging For Britain is a 360 Production. The executive producer is John Farren and the executive producer for the BBC is James Hayes.

Martin Davidson, Commissioning Editor, History, said: “Archaeology is a fantastic jigsaw puzzle and I hope Digging For Britain can help bring to life some of the mysteries of our nation’s past. I’m thrilled that the BBC is in a position to bring this fascinating find to viewers.”

 

BBC Scotland has given the go-ahead for a second series of three comedy shows which showcased new and emerging talent when they made made their television debuts.

Burnistoun, Gary – Tank Commander and Limmy’s Show will each be back on BBC Two Scotland for a second six part series.

Ewan Angus, Commissioning Editor, TV, said: “I’m delighted we will be screening new series of these shows which gave our audiences the chance to enjoy a new range of comedy performances.

“The new commissions underline our commitment to develop innovative and distinctive comedy from Scotland.”

The three series will be produced by Glasgow-based The Comedy Unit, part of the RDF Media Group.

Comedy Unit Creative Director, Rab Christie added: “It’s unusual for one series to resonate so quickly with the audience so for all three to be recommissioned is fantastic.

“The new comedies not only have fans in Scotland but, thanks to the internet, all over the world. The Comedy Unit and the writer-performers of each series are thrilled to be given the nod to go again and can’t wait for the public to see these new episodes.”

Burnistoun, written and performed by Robert Florence and Iain Connell, features hilarious sketches based around the residents of a fictional yet strangely familiar Scottish town named Burnistoun.

Scottish internet sensation Limmy stars in Limmy’s Show – a brand of comedy that combines character pieces, visuals and sketches.

Gary – Tank Commander is a sitcom featuring Scottish Bafta-winning writer-performer and stand-up Greg McHugh as Gary McLintoch, a soldier who returns home from the front to the barracks and offers unique insights into both worlds.

 

Chiwetel Ejiofor (American Gangster, Endgame, Talk To Me), Christopher Eccleston (Lennon Naked, Doctor Who), Sir Antony Sher (The Wolfman, Primo) and Stephen Rea (The Crying Game, Breakfast on Pluto) are to star in The Shadow Line, BBC Two’s landmark noir thriller written, produced and directed by Hugo Blick (Sensitive Skin, Marion And Geoff).

They are joined by Rafe Spall (Desperate Romantics, He Kills Coppers), Kierston Wareing (Fish Tank, Five Daughters), Lesley Sharp (Playing The Field, Clocking Off), Sean Gilder (Shameless), Freddie Fox (Worried About The Boy), Malcolm Storry (The Knock), Richard Lintern (The Bank Job) and David Schofield (The Bill).

The esteemed cast play Jonah Gabriel (Ejiofor), Joseph Bede (Eccleston), Peter Glickman (Sher), Gatehouse (Rea), Jay Wratten (Spall), Lia Honey (Wareing), Julie Bede (Sharp), Robert Beatty (Gilder), Rattalack (Fox), Maurice Crace (Storry), Chief Superintendent Patterson (Lintern) and Sergeant Foley (Schofield) – diverse individuals whose worlds become interwoven after the murder of drug baron Harvey Wratten.

From the cop with a bullet in his brain, whose amnesia leaves him doubtful of his own moral compass; to the drug-lord driven by a profound personal tragedy, risking it all on one last deal; to the brilliantly lethal puppet-master who gradually emerges from the shadows to bring the story to its shocking climax – The Shadow Line explores the morality of these characters as they negotiate the repercussions of Wratten’s death and attempt to navigate the fine line between right and wrong.

As the thread around Wratten’s operation begins to unravel, the web of intrigue becomes more complex – and the question of which side of the line they stand on becomes increasingly blurred.

An intelligent and gripping conspiracy thriller that delves to the heart of human morality, The Shadow Line will have audiences enthralled over six taut and thrilling episodes. Faced with similar dilemmas, on which side of the line would you stand?

Ben Stephenson, Controller, Drama Commissioning, says: “As we continue our drive to build a bold and exciting drama story on BBC Two with commissions like Crimson Petal and The Hour, I am thrilled that we have attracted such world class talent to Hugo Blick’s thrilling scripts. Chiwetel and Chris are two of our finest actors and we couldn’t be more excited to have them, and the rest of the amazing cast, on board for this original and epic six-hour series.”

The Shadow Line is a Company Pictures/Eight Rooks/Baby Cow production in association with CinemaNX. It begins filming in the Isle of Man at the beginning of July, with location shoots also taking place in London.

The series is written, produced and directed by Hugo Blick, with Johann Knobel (Shameless, Inspector George Gently) co-producing. Executive producers are George Faber and Charlie Pattinson for Company Pictures (Shameless, Skins, The Devil’s Whore, Generation X), Henry Normal and Lindsay Hughes for Baby Cow (Sensitive Skin, Marion And Geoff, Gavin And Stacey), Marc Samuelson and Steve Christian for CinemaNX (The Disappearance Of Alice Creed, Me And Orson Welles) and Polly Hill for the BBC.

The Shadow Line was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, Drama Commissioning, and Janice Hadlow, Controller, BBC Two. The series will be broadcast in 2011.

 

A special weekend starting on Saturday 17 July will see BBC Two broadcast the UK TV premieres of The Damned United, Eastern Promises and Is Anybody There? This marks the official launch of BBC Two as the new principal home for BBC Films, the award-winning feature filmmaking arm of the BBC.

The Damned United tells the story of Brian Clough’s legendary stint as manager of Leeds United, starring Michael Sheen as the eponymous Clough, Timothy Spall as Peter Taylor, and Colm Meaney as arch-rival, Don Revie.

Is Anybody There? is Michael Caine’s moving portrayal of retired magician Clarence in a bitter-sweet tale of an unusual friendship.

Finally David Cronenburg’s highly acclaimed thriller Eastern Promises is a tale from the dark underworld of London’s Russian mafia, starring Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts.

Also accompanying The Damned United is the frank documentary Brian Clough: From Front to Back.

This Autumn, as part of an education moment on BBC Two, BBC Films will showcase Notes On A Scandal starring Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett, and Alan Bennett’s critically acclaimed The History Boys.

Earlier this year, as part of the BBC’s Strategy Review, it was announced that BBC Two would become the principal home for BBC Films. This is part of a drive to bring more quality drama to the channel, with the BBC Strategy Review proposing a £25m investment in BBC Two from 2012 to boost the channel’s distinctiveness.

Janice Hadlow, Controller, BBC Two, said: “BBC Two is committed to showing more quality fiction on the channel, and we’re delighted that BBC Films will be part of this. It’s wonderful that licence fee payers will be able to see these films for free following their theatrical releases.”

Christine Langan, Creative Director, BBC Films, said: “Establishing a permanent home for BBC Films on BBC Two will enable us to create exciting film moments for our audiences throughout the year, reinforcing our commitment to bring original and distinctive British films to the British public.”

BBC Films produces around eight films a year working in partnership with major international and UK distributors.

Today also sees the launch of the BBC Films Showreel on bbc.co.uk/bbcfilms, presenting a selection of highlights from recent and forthcoming films.

The films premiering on BBC Two on July 17/18 are as follows:

The Damned United

Taking over from his hated rival, Don Revie, Clough is determined to destroy the soul of his new club. Revie’s Leeds were peerless, cynical, inspired. No one loathed them more than Clough. The feeling was mutual. Clough is alone, haunted and sleepless throughout his brief and painful stint as manager of Leeds United. The compulsive, flawed and tragic figure he cuts takes on Shakespearian dimensions and presents us with a football manager’s guide to heaven and hell. Starring Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Spall. Directed by Tom Hooper and the screenplay is by Peter Morgan from the novel The Damned United by David Peace.

Also accompanying the film is Brian Clough: From Front to Back, a frank documentary telling the story of an unforgettable career, including heady days with Derby County, unprecedented European success with Nottingham Forest and his notorious 44-day tenure as Leeds United boss. Martin O’Neill and Sir Michael Parkinson are among those who remember the man they called ‘Cloughie’.

Is Anybody There?

Edward hates living in the old people’s home run by his parents. His only interest is a morbid obsession with ghosts, death and the afterlife. Until, that is, the arrival of reluctant new resident, Clarence – a retired magician with a liberating streak of anarchy. Together this delightful odd couple overcome their personal drawbacks, and learn that you are never too old, or too young, to grow up. Starring Michael Caine, Anne-Marie Duff, David Morrissey, Bill Milner, Leslie Phillips, Elisabeth Spriggs. Director John Crowley and screenplay by Peter Harness.

Eastern Promises

A midwife sets out to discover the truth behind the murder of a young prostitute and finds herself snared in the deadly world of the Russian mafia. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel and Armin Mueller-Stahl Directed by David Cronenberg and the screen play is by Steve Knight.

 

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