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Stephen’s still the adaptations King

Stephen King is a prolific author
Stephen King is a prolific author

Stephen King surely ranks as the most screen-adapted author of all time. With more than 50 movies and 20 TV productions based on King’s books, even Charles Dickens must be trailing in his wake.

One of the reasons King stories are adapted so often is that they invariably do a great job. Even when they aren’t mega hits, they tend to appear at the good end of the spectrum. A case in point is Under the Dome, which has just been cancelled by CBS after three seasons (the final episode airing on September 10).

Launched in June 2013, it picked up 17.8 million Live+7 viewers for its first episode. But although it has since faded, Under the Dome is generally viewed as a success for CBS, which also accrued streaming and international revenues.

CBS Entertainment chair Nina Tassler said: “Two years ago, Under the Dome broke new ground in the summer and became an instant hit on CBS, as well as with viewers around the world. Dome’s event storytelling and multi-platform business model paved the way for more original summer programming with the rollouts of Extant and Zoo.”

Under the Dome has been cancelled by CBS
Under the Dome has been cancelled by CBS

As for ‘the King,’ he probably isn’t losing too much sleep about Dome’s decline. Although another of his stories, Haven, has just been cancelled by Syfy after five seasons, there are new TV versions of his work coming through. Sonar Entertainment, for example, is working on an adaptation of Mr Mercedes, while Hulu is planning an adaptation of King’s 2011 time-travel novel 11/22/63 (a title they might have to change if it hits the international market).

And that’s not all. There are also reports of a highly ambitious plan to convert King’s classic novel The Stand into both a miniseries and a movie. The idea is that Showtime will air an eight-part miniseries based on the novel, which will then be followed by a film. Again, this highlights the way King’s work also seems especially good at driving schedule experiments.

Meanwhile, coming up in the next magazine issue of DQ will be a feature about Italian drama’s assault on the international stage – led initially by Gomorrah. So it’s interesting to note this week that another great Italian opus, 1992, has been picked up by Netflix for the US. Produced by Wildside (recently acquired by FremantleMedia), 1992 is a highly acclaimed series that looks at corruption in the Italian establishment in the 1990s. With Gomorrah and 1992 both spawning sequels, it looks like the Italian scripted community will now be vying for attention with the Scandinavians, French, Germans, Turks, Israelis and Spanish.

Netflix original Narcos
Netflix original Narcos

Netflix has also announced the renewal of Narcos, a series exploring the life and times of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and his infamous Medellin Cartel. Created by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro and directed by Jose Padilha, the series has attracted a very impressive 9.2 rating on IMDb, which puts it at the elite end of the rankings alongside shows like Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Wire, Sherlock and The Sopranos.

Elsewhere, another show to be cancelled this week was USA Networks’ Complications. But there was better news for Starz’ acclaimed comedy series Survivor’s Remorse, which follows the life of Cam Calloway (played by Jessie T Usher), a hard-working young basketball star who is thrust into the limelight after signing a huge contract with a pro basketball team in Atlanta.

“We are thrilled to renew Survivor’s Remorse for a third season,” said Starz MD Carmi Zlotnik,. “Since it began, the critics instantly embraced the show, and now we’ve seen its fans grow season after season. The creative team tackles the most topical of issues with heart and humour as the Calloway family deals with ‘pro-money and pro-problems’ off the basketball court.” An interesting note regarding Survivor’s Remorse is that its showrunner is the multi-talented Mike O’Malley, who also starred in Glee.

Ray Winstone in The Trials of Jimmy Rose
Ray Winstone in The Trials of Jimmy Rose

In the UK, a new three-part drama called The Trials of Jimmy Rose (see DQ’s feature on the show here) debuted on ITV this week to 4.1 million viewers (Sunday 21.00). This is probably seen as a bit of disappointment given that it is below the slot average – despite starring industry icon Ray Winstone.

Winstone plays a convicted criminal who comes out of jail after 12 years to find his family life in a state of disintegration. Episode one was praised by the critics, with The Telegraph saying: “Winstone’s portrayal of a once proud man being broken down was skillfully done, particularly when showing us the emotional distance time had put between Jimmy and wife Jackie. Alan Whiting’s spare script and Adrian Shergold’s tight direction eked emotion from small details. A casual putdown from a bus driver, a zero-hours job in a DIY store, Jimmy’s inability to command respect from young bloods, all reeked of humiliation.”

The show’s prospects were possibly dented by the fact it was up against the final episode of BBC1’s Agatha Christie adaptation Partners in Crime. Although Partners in Crime has tailed off quite badly, it still secured 3.3 million viewers, some of whom might have tried out the Winstone drama had it not been Partners’ finale. ITV will be hoping that this lost audience will have recorded their drama, in which case we may see a bounce back for episode two.

Is ABC set to cancel Mistresses?
Is ABC set to cancel Mistresses?

Back in the US, Hallmark Channel claimed its original series Cedar Cove (starring Andie MacDowell) has made the network “the most watched and highest rated in the Saturday 20.00 time period over the course of its third season.”

The network added: “Since the launch of Cedar Cove’s third season, the series is averaging a 2.1 HH rating on a Live+3 basis and more than two million total viewers, making Hallmark Channel number one in the Saturday 20.00 time period.”

Finally, one show awaiting decision over renewal is ABC’s Mistresses. Based on a British drama, Mistresses came to the end of its third season on September 3. Historically its ratings have been quite low but it has been picking up in the last few weeks. The odds probably favour cancellation but, as always, the time-shifted numbers need to be crunched before we can be sure Mistresses is going the same way as Under the Dome.

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Hard lines: Ray Winstone on The Trials of Jimmy Rose

Ray Winstone tells Michael Pickard about his new ITV show – a drama in which he plays a career criminal who learns the heavy price of his life of crime.

From criminals to gangsters, Ray Winstone has earned a reputation for playing the hard man.

And so he appears again in his latest television role, in which he plays a notorious armed robber who has made crime pay. Only this time, the story is one of redemption and reconciliation as his character learns the true cost of his actions.

In ITV’s forthcoming series The Trials of Jimmy Rose, Winstone plays the titular character who, during his latest stretch in prison, finds his family have moved on.

His wife is not sure she still loves him, while his son has cut him out of his life. So when he’s released and not greeted with a warm welcome, can he put finally put his criminal life behind him?

Winstone was attracted by the prospect of working with director Adrian Shergold
Winstone was attracted by the prospect of working with director Adrian Shergold

The three-part series, produced by ITV Studios and GroupM Entertainment, was written by creator Alan Whiting and Dom Shaw. Jane Dauncey is the producer and Adrian Shergold (Lucan, Mad Dogs, Dirty Filthy Love) is the director. The executive producers are Kieran Roberts and Melanie Darlaston.

Roberts describes the drama as a “warm, funny and compelling drama about a man with a criminal past who has to prove to his wife and family that it’s never too late to start over.”

Winstone says he became involved in the series through Shergold, with whom he has worked on several occasions. “ITV approached him and he came to me with the idea,” Winstone recalls. “Once they say, ‘He’s a guy coming out of prison,’ I go, ‘Oh, hold on.’ But then you read the script and you see it’s not actually about that. It’s about family.

“It’s about what a man does to a family when he’s banged up for 12 years. He destroys them. He loses his kids. They’re growing up in a world that’s changing but he’s not. He’s standing in the same place. His wife Jackie’s world has changed. His kids’ world has changed. And he hasn’t been there to protect them.”

Winstone can empathise with Jimmy’s desire to protect his family. “It’s my way of living. It’s where I come from,” he says. “And where our age group comes from. You have a responsibility and a morality to look after your own and to deal with it yourself. We never used to call the police. If there’s a silly argument today, someone calls the police.

“Years ago, it was dealt with. Not necessarily in a fight. But in a row someone said their piece and they went in and looked you in the eye and you said what you had to say. I just think those days (in the UK) have gone. Everything’s become very PC. Everything’s become almost like America – ‘You touch me, I sue you.’ Years ago, if someone was out of line they got a clump and that was it. Forgotten about.”

But on the subject of his reputation as a hard-man actor, the Londoner adds: “I’d like (to be known as) ‘Handsome actor… most attractive actor. Adonis actor Ray Winstone.’”

However, unlike his character Jimmy, who is told by his wife that he “never knew when to quit,” Winstone says he will know when it’s time to step away from the screen.

The three-parter was produced by ITV Studios and GroupM Entertainment
The three-parter was produced by ITV Studios and GroupM Entertainment

“I think about it all the time and then something great comes along that you want to do,” he says. “I’m not in a position to retire at the moment. We all have to pay our tax – we all have bills to pay. And I still enjoy doing what I do. But I’d probably much rather be sitting on a beach or lying on a sun lounger somewhere hot.

“Wouldn’t it be a perfect scenario where you haven’t got to work and then something comes along and you say, ‘Do you know what? I’d love to do that. I will do that.’”

Part of the role’s appeal to Winstone was the chance to appear alongside actress Amanda Redman (pictured top with Winstone), who plays Jimmy’s wife, Jackie. The relationship is not a new one for the pair – they also played screen spouses in the 2000 crime film Sexy Beast.

“I love her to death,” Winstone says. “I’ve worked with her a few times now. I don’t know whether ‘underrated’ is the right word (to describe Redman) because she’s not underrated by people within the profession. She’s up there with the best actresses who have ever come out of this country, and I know that from working opposite her.

“I’m a friend of hers, so I’m a bit biased anyway. But she’s never failed to deliver in anything she’s done.”

Like Winstone, Redman was drawn to the series through Shergold, with whom she says she had always wanted to work. “That is the reason I took the role,” she explains. “I knew in the hands of someone like Adrian it would be fabulous. And, indeed, he was just so fantastic to work with. He is extraordinary.

“Adrian was an actor and is so unusual in his approach. He’s not like any other director I’ve worked with at all. We did a lot of improvising. It’s a completely different way of working. He demands a lot of his actors, which I already knew. I have adored watching his stuff. So when they said Adrian Shergold was directing it, that was a no-brainer.”

Redman’s close relationship with Winstone – the pair have known each other since they were in their 20s – also meant the set felt like a “real family,” she adds.

However, looking at the wider television industry, Redman believes there’s a problem in terms of roles for older women.

The star, who previously appeared in long-running BBC1 drama New Tricks, says: “I’ve been saying it for a very long time. There aren’t enough good roles for women in their 50s. If that were the same for male actors then you’d just have to go, ‘Well, that’s life.’ But it isn’t. And therefore it’s insidious sexism and it makes my blood boil.

“The truth is there just aren’t roles written for women in their 50s. And there are quite a few of us. So, consequently, there are not enough to go around. (Talking about the issue) is labelled as whingeing – but why is it whingeing when all you are doing is defending your right to work? Why is it wrong to say that the issue needs to be redressed?”

As for her next move, Redman says she has “no idea what I’m doing next because nothing has been sent to me that I want to do.”

She adds: “Until something comes along that I want to do, I don’t see why I should work just for the sake of it. I never have done, so I’m not going to do it now. Life’s way too short.”

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