Kim Victoria Cattrall is an English-Canadian actress. She is best known for her role as Samantha Jones on HBO's Sex and the City, for which she received five Emmy Award nominations and four Golden Globe Award nominations, winning the 2002 Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress, she reprised the role in the films Sex and the City and Sex and the City 2. Cattrall went on to appear in various television roles, she came to prominence in the 1980s with films such as Ticket to Heaven, Police Academy, City Limits, Big Trouble in Little China, Masquerade, Midnight Crossing, The Return of the Musketeers. She worked on several occasions with director Bob Clark, appearing in four of his films: Tribute, Porky's, Turk 182, Baby Geniuses, her other film credits include The Bonfire of the Vanities, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Split Second, Above Suspicion, 15 Minutes, Ice Princess, My Boy Jack, The Ghost Writer, Meet Monica Velour. On stage, Cattrall appeared in the 1986 Broadway production of Michael Frayn's Wild Honey.
Her other stage credits include August Strindberg's Miss Julie, Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, Noël Coward's Private Lives, Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth. From 2014 to 2016, Cattrall starred and served as executive producer on the HBO Canada series Sensitive Skin, for which she received a nomination for the Canadian Screen Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, she stars on the web television series Tell Me a Story. Cattrall was born in Liverpool, her mother, Gladys Shane, was a secretary, her father, Dennis Cattrall, was a construction engineer. When she was three months old, her family emigrated to Canada, settling in the city of Courtenay on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. At age 11, she returned to England, she took acting examinations at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art but returned to Canada after a year, at age 16 she moved to New York City for her first acting role. Cattrall began her career after graduating from Georges P. Vanier Secondary School in 1972, when she left Canada for New York City.
There, she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, upon her graduation signed a five-year film deal with director Otto Preminger. She made her film debut in Preminger's action thriller Rosebud. A year Universal Studios bought out that contract and Cattrall became one of the last participants in the contract player system of Universal before the system ended in 1980; the Universal system's representative in New York, Eleanor Kilgallen, cast Cattrall in numerous television guest-star roles. One of the first jobs Kilgallen got her was in a 1977 episode of Quincy, M. E. starring Jack Klugman, whom Kilgallen represented. In 1978, Cattrall played the love interest of a murderous psychologist in an episode of Columbo and in "Blindfold", an episode of the 1970s action series Starsky & Hutch, in which Starsky is grief-stricken since he accidentally blinded Cattrall's character, young artist Emily Harrison, by a shot of his gun, she starred in The Bastard and The Rebels, two television miniseries based on the John Jakes novels of the same names.
In 1979, she played the role of Dr. Gabrielle White on The Incredible Hulk and would go down in television Hulk lore as one of the few characters who knew David Banner was alive and was the creature, her work in television paid off and she made the transition to cinema. She starred opposite Jack Lemmon in his Oscar-nominated film Tribute, in Crossbar, the film about a high jumper who loses his leg and still participates in the Olympic trials, with Cattrall's help; the following year, she appeared in Ticket to Heaven. In 1982, Cattrall played P. E. teacher Miss Honeywell in Porky's, followed two years by a role in the original Police Academy. In 1985, she starred in three films: Turk 182, City Limits and Hold-Up, the last with French star Jean-Paul Belmondo. In 1986, she played Kurt Russell's brainy flame in the action film Big Trouble in Little China. In 1987, her lead role in the cult comedy film Mannequin proved a huge success with audiences. One of her best-known film roles is that of Lieutenant Valeris in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
Near the end of filming, Cattrall had a photographer shoot a roll of film on the Enterprise bridge set, in which she wore nothing but her Vulcan ears. After finding out about the unauthorized photo session, Leonard Nimoy had the film destroyed. Aside from her film work, Cattrall is a stage actress, with performances in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge and Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters and Wild Honey to her credit. In addition, she can be heard reading the poetry of Rupert Brooke on the CD Red Rose Music SACD Sampler Volume One. In 1997, she was cast in Sex and the City, Darren Star's series, broadcast on HBO; as Samantha Jones, Cattrall gained international recognition. She capitalized on her success by appearing in steamy television commercials promoting Pepsi One. Sex and the City ran for six seasons and ended as a weekly series in spring 2004 with 10.6 million viewers. Cattrall reprised the role of Samantha Jones in the Sex and the City film
Bugs (TV series)
Bugs is a British television drama series that ran for four series from 1 April 1995 to 28 August 1999. The programme, a mixture of action/adventure and science fiction, involved a team of independent crime-fighting technology experts, who faced a variety of threats involving computers and other modern technology, it was broadcast on Saturday evenings on BBC One, was produced for the BBC by the independent production company Carnival Films. In July 2014, London Live, a local digital terrestrial station in London, began airing a complete re-run from Series 1; the series was devised by Carnival boss Brian Eastman and producer Stuart Doughty with input from veteran writer-producer Brian Clemens, who had worked on The Avengers. Clemens described Bugs as "an Avengers for the 1990s". Other notable series writers included Stephen Gallagher. Two episodes, were written by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, who went on to create the series Smallville; the theme tune was written by Gavin Greenaway. The programme was a mixture of action/adventure and science fiction, with a reliance on fast-paced plots, technical gadgetry and explosions.
Much of the programme's filming took place around the London Docklands area, redeveloped with projects such as Canary Wharf. This was intended to give a modern, even futuristic, feel to locations of the episodes; the production was based at two warehouses of Blackwall Basin, on the Isle of Dogs in London. After the IRA bombing of the South Quay Plaza, the crew had to travel further to find intact buildings for exterior locations; the plot of the programme involved a team of specialist independent crime-fighting technology experts, who faced a variety of threats involving computers and other modern technology. The main trio of regulars were Ros Henderson and Ed. An independent team, they began working alongside the government agency'Bureau of Weapons Technology' in series two and from series three, with the original Bureau decimated, they came under the authority of the newly created Bureau 2, whose head was codenamed Jan and her secretary, Alex Jordan; the series evolved, as a result, from a series of unconnected one-off episodes to an overarching'soap opera' complete with office romances.
There has been controversy over Ed's surname - because he was never called anything other than "Ed", some people have taken his surname to be Russell because he was addressed as "Dr Russell" in one episode. However, more a pseudonym, as both Ros and Beckett used plenty of false names throughout the series; the programme came close to cancellation at the conclusion of its third series, but due to an exciting cliffhanger ending deliberately included by the production team, strong foreign sales, a fourth was commissioned. The final series suffered from being moved to an earlier timeslot on Saturday evenings, for only having the first eight of its produced ten episodes scheduled for broadcast. Coupled with the Omagh Bombing forcing the BBC to postpone the series for a week, this meant that the concluding three episodes would not be broadcast until a year later. Another attempt to save the show by giving the series a cliffhanger ending was not successful, the ending of the final episode — where Alex has just married boyfriend Adam, only to have him killed at the wedding and Ros and Beckett are abducted by an attacker unseen by the audience but recognised by Beckett — was never resolved.
The series has something of a minor cult following in the UK, not least for glaring production faults - for example in the first episode the cast are quite stepping onto pre-chalked outlines to aid what was a short external shot. Overall 40 episodes were produced. Virgin Publishing produced novelizations of the episodes of the first series, but these were not successful and subsequent episodes were not novelised; as of 2005, the series is available on DVD in series-by-series box set form, released by Revelation Films. A complete box set collection of all four series is available. Jaye Griffiths as Rosalyn "Ros" Henderson Jesse Birdsall as Nicholas Beckett Craig McLachlan as Ed Russell Jan Harvey as Barbara Jan Paula Hunt as Alex Jordan Martin McDougall as Lacombe Steven Houghton as Ed Russell Gareth Marks as Jean-Daniel Marcel Michael Grandage as Channing Hardy Joseph May as Adam Mosby Bugs at BBC Programmes Bugs on IMDb Bugs at TV.com
ITV (TV network)
ITV is a British free-to-air television network with its headquarters in London, it was launched in 1955 as Independent Television under the auspices of the Independent Television Authority to provide competition to BBC Television, established in 1932. ITV is the oldest commercial network in the UK. Since the passing of the Broadcasting Act 1990, its legal name has been Channel 3, to distinguish it from the other analogue channels at the time, namely BBC 1, BBC 2 and Channel 4. In part, the number 3 was assigned because television sets would be tuned so that the regional ITV station would be on the third button, with the other stations being allocated to the number within their name. ITV is a network of television channels that operate regional television services as well as sharing programmes between each other to be displayed on the entire network. In recent years, several of these companies have merged, so the fifteen franchises are in the hands of two companies; the ITV network is to be distinguished from ITV plc, the company that resulted from the merger of Granada plc and Carlton Communications in 2004 and which holds the Channel 3 broadcasting licences in England, southern Scotland, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and Northern Ireland.
With the exception of Northern Ireland, the ITV brand is the brand used by ITV plc for the Channel 3 service in these areas. In Northern Ireland, ITV plc uses the brand name UTV. STV Group plc uses the STV brand for its two franchises of northern Scotland; the origins of ITV lie in the passing of the Television Act 1954, designed to break the monopoly on television held by the BBC Television Service. The act created the Independent Television Authority to regulate the industry and to award franchises; the first six franchises were awarded in 1954 for London, the Midlands and the North of England, with separate franchises for Weekdays and Weekends. The first ITV network to launch was London's Associated-Rediffusion on 22 September 1955, with the Midlands and North services launching in February 1956 and May 1956 respectively. Following these launches, the ITA awarded more franchises until the whole country was covered by fourteen regional stations, all launched by 1962; the network has been modified several times through franchise reviews that have taken place in 1963, 1967, 1974, 1980 and 1991, during which broadcast regions have changed and service operators have been replaced.
Only one service operator has been declared bankrupt, WWN in 1963, with all other operators leaving the network as a result of a franchise review. Separate weekend franchises were removed in 1968 and over the years more services were added; the Broadcasting Act 1990 changed the nature of ITV. This criticised part of the review saw four operators replaced, the operators facing different annual payments to the Treasury: Central Television, for example, paid only £2000—despite holding a lucrative and large region—because it was unopposed, while Yorkshire Television paid £37.7 million for a region of the same size and status, owing to heavy competition. Following the 1993 changes, ITV as a network began to consolidate with several companies doing so to save money by ceasing the duplication of services present when they were all separate companies. By 2004, ITV was owned by five companies, of which two and Granada had become major players by owning between them all the franchises in England, the Scottish borders and the Isle of Man.
That same year, the two merged to form ITV plc with the only subsequent acquisitions being the takeover of Channel Television, the Channel Islands franchise, in 2011. and UTV, the franchise for Northern Ireland, in 2015. The ITV network is not owned or operated by one company, but by a number of licensees, which provide regional services while broadcasting programmes across the network. Since 2016, the fifteen licences are held by two companies, with the majority held by ITV Broadcasting Limited, part of ITV plc; the network is regulated by the media regulator Ofcom, responsible for awarding the broadcast licences. The last major review of the Channel 3 franchises was in 1991, with all operators' licences having been renewed between 1999 and 2002 and again from 2014 without a further contest. While this has been the longest period that the ITV Network has gone without a major review of its licence holders, Ofcom announced that it would split the Wales and West licence from 1 January 2014, creating a national licence for Wales and joining the newly separated West region to Westcountry Television, to form a new licence for the enlarged South West of England region.
All companies holding a licence were part of the non-profit body ITV Network Limited, which commissioned and scheduled network programming, with compliance handled by ITV plc and Channel Television. However, due to amalgamation of several of these companies since the creation of ITV Network Limited, it has been replaced by an affiliation system. Approved by Ofcom, this results in ITV plc commissioning and funding the network schedule, with STV and UTV paying a fee to broadcast it. All licensees have the right to opt out of network programming (except fo
Jeeves and Wooster
Jeeves and Wooster is a British comedy-drama series adapted by Clive Exton from P. G. Wodehouse's "Jeeves" stories; the series was a collaboration between Brian Eastman of Picture Partnership Productions and Granada Television. It aired on the ITV network from 22 April 1990 to 20 June 1993, with the last series nominated for a British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series, it starred Hugh Laurie as Bertie Wooster, a young gentleman with a "distinctive blend of airy nonchalance and refined gormlessness", Stephen Fry as Jeeves, his improbably intelligent and bold valet. The stories are set in the United Kingdom and the United States in an unspecified period between the late 1920s and the 1930s. Wooster is a minor aristocrat and member of the idle rich, he and his friends, who are members of The Drones Club, are extricated from all manner of societal misadventures by the indispensable valet Jeeves. When Fry and Laurie began the series they were a popular double act due to regular appearances on Channel 4's Friday Night Live and their own show A Bit of Fry & Laurie.
In the television documentary Fry and Laurie Reunited, the actors, reminiscing about their involvement in the series, revealed that they were reluctant to play the parts of Jeeves and Wooster but decided to do so because the series was going to be made with or without them and they felt no one else would do the parts justice. The theme is an original piece of music in the jazz/swing style written by composer Anne Dudley for the programme. Dudley uses variations of the theme as a basis for all of the episodes' scores and was nominated for a British Academy Television Award for her work on the third series. Many of the programme's supporting roles – including significant characters such as Aunt Agatha, Madeline Bassett and Gussie Fink-Nottle – were played by more than one actor. One prominent character, Aunt Dahlia, was played by a different actress in each of the four series. Francesca Folan played two different characters: Madeline Bassett in series one and Lady Florence Craye in series four.
The character of Stiffy Byng was played by Charlotte Attenborough in series two and by Amanda Harris in series three and by Attenborough again in series four. Richard Braine, who took over the role of Gussie Fink-Nottle in series three and four appeared as the conniving Rupert Steggles in series one. Four series were produced, with 23 episodes in total; the five episodes of the first series were directed by Robert Young and first aired in April and May 1990. The second series, directed by Simon Langton, aired in April and May 1991; the third series, directed by Ferdinand Fairfax, aired from March to May 1992. Fairfax directed the six episodes of the fourth and final series, which aired in May and June 1993; the third series of Jeeves and Wooster won a British Academy Television Award for Best Design for Eileen Diss. The final series won a British Academy Television Award for Best Graphics for Derek W. Hayes and was nominated for a British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series. In retrospect, Michael Brooke of BFI Screenonline called screenwriter Clive Exton "the series' real star", saying his "adaptations come close to capturing the flavour of the originals" by "retaining many of Wodehouse's most inspired literary similes."
Granada Media released all four series on DVD in Region 2 between 2000 and 2002. On 1 September 2008, ITV Studios Home Entertainment released Jeeves and Wooster: The Complete Collection, an eight-disc box set featuring all 23 episodes of the series. In Region 1, A&E Home Video released the entire series on DVD in the Canada. In Region 4, Shock Entertainment has released the entire series on DVD in Australia, it was released in season sets in 2007/2008, followed by a complete series collection on 4 August 2008. Interior shots of Skeldings Hall were filmed at a historic house in London. Totleigh Towers was filmed at Hampshire. Other location shots of "Trouble at Totleigh Towers" were filmed at West End, Waltham St Lawrence, Berkshire. Exterior shots of Brinkley Court were filmed at Barnsley Park, Gloucestershire in series 1 and Hall Barn, Buckinghamshire in series 4. All interior shots of Brinkley Court were filmed at Hertfordshire. Interior and exterior shots of Chuffnell Hall, in series 2, were filmed at Wrotham Park.
Shots of Chuffnell Regis, Devon were filmed in Clovelly and High Street, Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire Scenes from "Bertie Sets Sail" were filmed in Halton House, Buckinghamshire Chuffnell Regis Station shots were filmed at Horsted Keynes station – Bluebell Railway, Sussex. Ditteridge Hall was filmed at Berkshire. Twing Hall was filmed at Gloucestershire; the "Victoria Hotel" and the "Hotel Riviera" in Westcombe-on-Sea were filmed in Devon. Some of the exterior shots in the gardens of the estate in "Jeeves in the Country" are filmed at Polesden Lacey, Surrey. Barmy's Aunt's House was filmed at Surrey. Deverill Hall was filmed at Oxfordshire. Fothergill Hall was filmed at Buckinghamshire. Lord Worplesdon's New York City residence was filmed at Hertfordshire. Exterior shots of Stuyvesant
Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter is an English actress. She is known for her roles in large-scale blockbusters, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Kate Croy in The Wings of the Dove. For her role as Queen Elizabeth in The King's Speech, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, she won the 2010 International Emmy Award for Best Actress for her role as British author Enid Blyton in the TV film Enid. Bonham Carter began her film career, playing the title character in Lady Jane, playing Lucy Honeychurch in A Room with a View, her other film roles include Ophelia in Hamlet, Where Angels Fear to Tread, Howards End, Elizabeth Lavenza in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite, Marla Singer in Fight Club, Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter series, Skynet in Terminator Salvation, Miss Havisham in Great Expectations, Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables, the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella and Rose Weil in Ocean's 8.
She has collaborated with director Tim Burton. Her other television films include A Pattern of Roses, Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald, Live from Baghdad and Burton & Taylor. In 2018, she was confirmed to play Princess Margaret on seasons four of The Crown, she was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2012 New Year Honours list for services to drama, in January 2014, the British prime minister, David Cameron, announced that Bonham Carter had been appointed to Britain's new national Holocaust Commission. Bonham Carter was born in London, her father, Raymond Bonham Carter, who came from a prominent British political family, was a merchant banker and served as the alternative British director representing the Bank of England at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D. C. during the 1960s. Her mother, Elena, is a psychotherapist, of three quarters Jewish background, whose own parents were diplomat Eduardo Propper de Callejón and painter Baroness Hélène Fould-Springer.
Bonham Carter's paternal grandmother was politician and feminist Violet Bonham Carter, daughter of Herbert Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the first half of the First World War. Bonham Carter is the youngest of three children, with two brothers and Thomas, they were brought up in Golders Green and she was educated at South Hampstead High School, completed her A-levels at Westminster School. Bonham Carter was denied admission to King's College, not because of her academic performance but because college officials were afraid that she would leave during the course to pursue her acting career; when Bonham Carter was five, her mother had a serious nervous breakdown, which took three years for recovery. Soon afterwards, her mother's experience in therapy led her to become a psychotherapist herself—Bonham Carter has since paid her to read her scripts and deliver opinions on the characters' psychological motivations. Five years after her mother's recovery, her father was diagnosed with acoustic neuroma.
He suffered complications during an operation to remove the tumour that led to a stroke that left him half-paralysed and using a wheelchair. With her brothers at college, Bonham Carter was left to help her mother cope, she studied her father's movements and mannerisms for her role in The Theory of Flight. He died in January 2004. Bonham Carter, who has no formal acting training, entered the field winning a national writing contest and used the money to pay for her entry into the actors' Spotlight directory, she made her professional acting début at the age of 16 in a television commercial. She had a part in a minor TV film, A Pattern of Roses, her first lead film role was as Lady Jane Grey in Lady Jane, given mixed reviews by critics. Her breakthrough role was Lucy Honeychurch in A Room with a View, filmed after Lady Jane but released two months earlier. Bonham Carter appeared in episodes of Miami Vice as Don Johnson's love interest during the 1986–87 season and in 1987 opposite Dirk Bogarde in The Vision, Stewart Granger in A Hazard of Hearts and John Gielgud in Getting It Right.
Bonham Carter was cast in the role of Bess McNeill in Breaking the Waves, but backed out during production due to "the character's painful psychic and physical exposure", according to Roger Ebert. The role went to Emily Watson, nominated for an Academy Award for her performance. In 1994, Bonham Carter appeared in a dream sequence during the second series of the British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, as Edina Monsoon's daughter Saffron, played by Julia Sawalha. Throughout the series, references were made to Saffron's resemblance to Bonham Carter, her early films led to her being typecast as a "corset queen", "English rose", playing pre- and early 20th century characters in Merchant-Ivory films. She played Olivia in Trevor Nunn's film version of Twelfth Night in 1996. One of the high points of her early career was her performance as the scheming Kate Croy in the 1997 film adaption of The Wings of the Dove, acclaimed internationally and netted her first G
Hayley Elizabeth Atwell is a British-American actress. She is known for her work in stage productions, such as A View from the Bridge, onscreen, for period pieces, such as the 2008 drama The Duchess, the 2010 historical drama miniseries The Pillars of the Earth, her appearance as Evelyn Robin in Disney's live-action Winnie the Pooh film, Christopher Robin, for her portrayal of Peggy Carter in various films and television series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including the lead role in the ABC action-adventure series Agent Carter. Hayley Elizabeth Atwell was born on 5 April 1982 in an only child, her father, Grant, is a photographer from Missouri. Her mother Alison is British. Atwell has dual citizenship of the United States. After attending Sion-Manning Roman Catholic Girls' School in London, she took A-levels at the London Oratory School. Atwell took two years off to travel with her work for a casting director, she enrolled at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she trained for three years and earned a BA degree in Acting.
Her contemporaries at Guildhall included actress Jodie Whittaker, whom Atwell would describe as a "great friend", Michelle Dockery, with whom she would work in Restless. Atwell graduated in 2005. Atwell trained at Guildhall School of Drama. After graduating, Atwell’s stage debut came in 2005 with the production of Prometheus Bound at Sound London, starring David Oyelowo, followed by Women Beware Women at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Atwell appeared in two productions at the Royal National Theatre, both directed by Nicholas Hytner: Man of Mode and Major Barbara. In 2009, Atwell made her West End debut in Lindsay Posner's A View From the Bridge, for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award. Following a short break from the theater, Atwell starred in Alexi Kaye Campbell's 2011 production of The Faith Machine, directed by Jamie Lloyd at the Royal Court Theatre. In 2013, Atwell collaborated with Alexi Kaye Campbell and Jamie Lloyd again in a revival of The Pride at Trafalgar Studios. Atwell returned to the stage in 2018 in Dry Powder at the Hampstead Theatre and appeared in Josie Rourke's, Measure for Measure, at the Donmar Warehouse, opposite Jack Lowden.
The production gained critical acclaim, with The Daily Telegraph adding that it was “beautifully staged and expertly performed”. As a result of positive reception, the plays run was extended. Atwell's first major on-screen television role came in 2006 with BBC Two's miniseries, The Line of Beauty. In the year, Atwell appeared as'415' in AMC Television's November 2009 miniseries, The Prisoner, a remake of the 1967–68 series by the same name. In 2010 Atwell appeared in Channel 4's adaptation of William Boyd's, Any Human Heart, that year, Ken Follett's miniseries, Pillars of the Earth, which co-starred Eddie Redmayne. In 2013, Atwell starred in BBC Two's adaptation of William Boyd's espionage novel, before starring in "Be Right Back", an episode in Charlie Brooker's critically acclaimed science fiction television series, Black Mirror. Atwell made the transition to film roles early on, with her first major role coming in Woody Allen's 2007 film Cassandra's Dream, playing stage actress Angela Stark.
In 2008, she appeared in the film The Duchess, which earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the British Independent Film Awards. That year, Atwell appeared in the Miramax film Brideshead Revisited. Atwell played Agent Peggy Carter in the 2011 American superhero film Captain America: The First Avenger. MTV Networks' NextMovie.com named her one of the "Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011". Atwell voiced Carter in the 2011 video game Captain America: Super Soldier, she reprised the role in the 2013 short film Agent Carter, the 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in the 2015 films Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. As Carter, she appeared in two episodes of the ABC television show Agents of S. H. I. E. L. D. and as the lead role in Marvel's Agent Carter, which aired from 2015 to 2016. Agent Carter was cancelled by ABC on 12 May 2016, she provided Carter's voice in Lego Marvel's Avengers and Avengers: Secret Wars. In 2015, Atwell played Cinderella's mother in Disney's live action adaptation of Cinderella directed by Kenneth Branagh.
In February 2016, Atwell was cast in the ABC series Conviction. The series aired 13 episodes between October 2016 and January 2017. Atwell starred as Margaret Schlegel in BBC One's 2017-2018 miniseries, Howards End, based on the classic E. M. Forster adapted by playwright Kenneth Lonergan. In 2018, she played Evelyn Robin, the wife of the titular character in Disney's live action Winnie the Pooh film Christopher Robin directed by Marc Forster and co-starring with Ewan McGregor. In 2019, Atwell starred opposite Tamara Lawrance in a three-part BBC adaptation of Andrea Levy's novel The Long Song, about a slave on a sugar plantation in 19th-century Jamaica. Atwell received an Ian Charleson Commendation for her work in Major Barbara, has received two Laurence Olivier Award Nominations, first for her work in A View from the Bridge, in 2011 work her revival of The Pride. Atwell was nominated for a WhatsOnStage Award for her role in The Pride; as of 2010 Atwell lived in a flat in London. In 2015, she moved to Los Angeles to be close to the production of Agent Carter, although still retained her personal base in London.
During the filming of Captain America: The First Avenger in 2010, Atwell took a three-month course in art history and haik
Blott on the Landscape
Blott on the Landscape is a novel by Tom Sharpe, first published in 1975. The book was adapted into a 6-part television series of the same name for BBC television in 1985; the story revolves around the proposed construction of a motorway—M101 in the book and the M399 in the BBC series—through Cleene Gorge in rural South Worfordshire—a fictional gorge in a fictional English county. At one end of Cleene Gorge is Handyman Hall. Sir Giles is secretly in favour of ensuring that the motorway passes through the Cleene Gorge as it will mean he will be paid the compensation for the destruction of Handyman Hall, under a covenant preventing its sale. While superficially pretending to be supportive he takes steps to undermine the inquiry and prevent alternatives being adopted, to ensure the new road travels through the Gorge. By contrast, Lady Maud's family has lived in the gorge for over 500 years, she is fiercely defensive of her heritage and expects Giles to support her. Matters are further complicated by their on-going marital problems, including Sir Giles's fetishist infidelity and Lady Maud's wish for children to continue her line.
The German Army had become so fed up with Blott that the Nazi High Command decided to get rid of him by assigning him to an Italian bomber on a raid to England. Blott, who had served as navigator—and was not good at it—made them lost and was the only survivor when his plane crashed into a mountain, whereupon he was captured, with his captors believing him to be Italian. Blott is patriotic towards his new home nation and home and fiercely devoted to the Handyman family, Maud in particular. Maud's and Giles's marriage settlement leaves Giles with Handyman Hall in the event of a no-fault divorce but not in the event of death or infidelity, a situation he seeks to provoke by refusing to co-operate in his marital duties and which Maud sees as a potential solution. With his military training, some leftovers of the war secretly buried on the estate, Blott begins a covert campaign including blackmail and wire tapping to scrutinize Sir Giles's activities on Maud's behalf and to undermine the construction of the motorway.
He discovers and aims to foil Giles's plans. In the course of the fight for the Gorge, a picturesque nearby village is destroyed by Blott using a demolition crane to whip up popular opposition to the works. Giles is discovered by Lady Maud and Blott in bed bound by his mistress Mrs Forthby and is blackmailed, as is Dundridge, the official in charge of the motorway construction, the Hall is converted into a wildlife park in an attempt to prevent the removal of its occupants. Giles himself is killed by lions when he is discovered by Blott and Maud trying to burn down the Hall; as a final resort, Blott concretes himself into his home, located in the entrance archway to the estate, preventing work progress. Dundridge and going mad with power, demands the SAS are called in to remove Blott. Blott, after repelling their attempts to scale the arch, secretly launches an attack on his own archway for which the SAS is blamed compelling enough public attention to cause the plans to be dropped. Dundridge is imprisoned for his part in the'attack' and the destruction of the village, Maud and Blott marry and state their intention to add to the Handyman family.
Blott on the Landscape was released as an audiobook in two formats: abridged by Listen for Pleasure read by George Cole, unabridged by Chivers Audio Books read by David Suchet