Matthew to appear in new Robin Hood movie.

Thanks to forum members who went to the Masterclass this afternoon, and sent back reports. More details are in the forum.

From Jane:

"He looked gorgeous in a lt grey suit! The only work he has coming up is 4 days filming on Nottingham - the new Russell Crowe film."

Matthew running the London Marathon

Thanks to Lizzie on the forum for spotting this article in The Telegraph which lists Matthew as one of the runners in this year's London Marathon.

Alongside his mate and fellow actor Alistair Petrie, Spooks star Macfadyen is running with the TV Times adidas Leukaemia Research team. Since January the pair have been training together, but admit their regime started a bit late because, "We celebrated our decision to enter at the pub and then ignored our commitment for months." Finishing time, they say, is not important: "As long as it's faster than the Diving Suit guy."

We are looking to see where the team can be sponsored specifically.

Andrew Davies discusses the characters of Little Dorrit

Thanks to Cathy who found this slide show on the PBS Masterpiece website.  It's a slide show of the characters in Little Dorrit, with audio of screenwriter Andrew Davies discussing how he wrote them.

Watch the slideshow here.  (Be sure to catch what he says about Arthur Clennam and Matthew Macfadyen!)

BBC backpedals on Bonnets

Little Dorrit didn't receive the critical acclaim in the UK that was expected, perhaps because it was being shuffled to different time slots (even at the last minute) and the half hour serial broadcasts.  Previously the BBC said it would probably step away from making period dramas.

However, with the format that PBS is adopting (showing Little Dorrit in longer segments on a weekly basis) and the the rave reviews in the US, BBC is rethinking this idea. From the Telegraph's interview with Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC drama commissioning:

Also still important to the BBC, says [Ben] Stephenson, is period drama. Reports that Auntie is to abandon her bonnets are, he says, wide of the mark. “We are really pretty much the only place in the world that makes this kind of drama – the reviews of Little Dorrit in America at the moment are quite extraordinary,” he explains. 

A Pocket Full of Rye on PBS

I contacted PBS as to when A Pocket Full of Rye would be shown on PBS.  They suggested I set my DVR for the day after Independence Day.  That would be July 5th!

Thanks to PBS!

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