ACCLAIMED INDIE WEB SERIES COPS AND MONSTERS IS MOVING TO AMAZON PRIME, AND WILL BE EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE TO STREAM ONLINE FROM 27TH OCTOBER.
Inspired by popular programmes like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Being Human, Cops and Monsters is an innovative spin on the hallmarks of a much-loved genre, updating it for a new era – and setting it all in Scotland.
A cult success on YouTube that received special screenings at Comic Cons around the UK, in particular MCM Scotland, Sci-Fi Wales and MCM London, Cops and Monsters has also received several
prestigious international film awards. Cops and Monsters was nominated for Best Web Series 2017 at Web Fest NYC, received an Exceptional Merit distinction at the WRPN Global Webisode Competition 2017, and was the winner of Best Web Series 2016 at the Los Angeles Film Awards. As a result, it’s no surprise that the series caught the eye of executives at Amazon – Cops and Monsters will now be exclusively available on Amazon Prime, which will also be the home of series two.
Cops and Monsters is a police thriller set against a backdrop of growing tensions and an uneasy peace treaty between the human and supernatural communities. The first series sees the Paranormal Investigation Team Scotland following the trail of a shadowy werewolf assassin, before being drawn into the wider intrigue and danger of The Cult of Many Faces. Rookie agents Maya Hedges (Ellen Patterson) and Martin Carmichael (Kenny Boyle) navigate the visceral danger of this case and the obstructionist bureaucracy presented by the Scottish Ministry of Justice – all while Maya must come to terms with the death of her parents, killed by werewolves years prior.
The series has attracted a star-studded cast of familiar faces from British television and experienced genre veterans. Guest stars include Doctor Who companions Sophie Aldred & Caitlin Blackwood, Marvel & Harry Potter actor James Payton and Wolfblood stars Rachel Teate & Leona Kate Vaughan.
Conceived and spearheaded by writer/producer Fraser Coull, the series was an entirely independent venture. Each episode was produced on a budget of £15 000, raised through a succession of concerted Kickstarter campaigns – a testament not only to Cops and Monsters’ popularity, but also the passion and dedication of its fans and supporters.
Of the move, Fraser Coull says “I had to decide if it was the right thing for the show or not. But really it comes down to getting the show as much profile and a bigger audience as possible, so that all our hard work can be recognised. Hopefully, it will also open some doors for us all!”
View Cops and Monsters on Amazon Instant Video Here.
Remember BUGS? Mid to late 1990s prime time action/adventure/science fiction series starring Jayne Griffiths and Craig McLachlan?
Well writer / script executive of BUGS, Colin Brake, is developing a TV series from the post-apocalyptic teen fantasy Kymiera novels.
Colin Break is developing the series for B7 Media.
B7 Media is multi award-winning independent producer with an international track record in developing, packaging and producing content and formats for radio, television, film and digital platforms (SKY, BBC, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 4 Extra, Audible/Amazon, Content Media, UKTV, SPACE, Eastlink TV and Syfy Channel).
Andrew Mark Sewell, B7’s Executive Producer says: “I’ve long been an admirer of Steve Turnbull’s writing; he’s a prodigious talent who’s really tapped into the teenage psyche to deliver a thought-provoking near-future thriller.”
USA Today bestselling author, Steve Turnbull, says: “Having put so much of myself into the book, I was delighted when B7 agreed to pick it up. Kymiera is a very complex story and it needs a production company that understand how to bring stories like this to fruition. Kymiera couldn’t be in safer hands.”
Brake says: “As a lifelong fan of the genre and a lover of powerful writing wherever I find it, I’m delighted to be working with B7 and Steve to realise Kymiera as a bold and exciting television drama series. Together we will bring Steve’s unique dystopian vision to the screen with passion, intelligence and heart – a truly original 21st century thriller.”
The book series Kymiera was created by speculative fiction writer Steve Turnbull.
a round up of the DC Universe TV show in the UK at the moment.
The Flash – Sky 1 Tuesday nights at 8pm
Flash returned to our screens two weeks ago, season 3 sees Barry Allen dealing with the ramifications of his time travelling escapades at the end of season 2.
Barry changed the timeline surrounding his mother’s death, he stopped the reverse Flash, and took him away. Keeping him locked up in a specially designed cell. Barry lives out a surreal existence with his mother and father saved from death. Aww that’s cute.
Little does Barry realise the damage he’s doing. He starts having these weird little episodes, flashes of the real timeline start to disappear. Thorn still locked up, questions Barry and his motives. Who’s the villain Barry?
In this version of events, Wally West is Kid Flash (he hates being called that). Barry and Wally team up to deal with the Rival. Wally almost dies in this reality. Detective West saves the day, by killing the Rival.
Flash has to release the reverse Flash in a bid to reset the timeline. Oh dear Barry, you’ve messed up badly. Thorn takes Barry on his wild ride. But where has he left him?
Barry is completely at the mercy of Reverse Flash, and he’s gone and done a runner. (That’s really cheesy). Barry isn’t safe yet, subtle differences assure him he isn’t in the correct reality yet. Ms West, isn’t speaking to her father. Barry makes it his mission to sort the pair out.
Barry reveals to the group minus Harry Well’s that he’s messed with time, and messed it all up. He reminds the group that they should be working as one to save the day. So they put things aside to save the day. A new villain had appeared in alchemy, and he’s just resurrected the Rival. But what else has he bought back?
Sisko has his vibe suit and he’s pretty kick ass. Kaitlyn is hiding a dark secret. Killer frost. Will this mean she’ll go rogue and turn on the group?
You’ll have to watch Sky 1 on Tuesdays to find out.
Wednesdays sees the green Arrow return to our screens, also at 8pm on Sky 1.
Ollie is now mayor of Central city, and he’s trying to juggle his day job and his vigilante activities. The core team has been broken up. Thea just wants to get on being herself. Laurel Lance is dead, and the city owes her their existence to her. They’ve honored her with a statue (albeit a terrible one).
Former captain Lance is struggling to come to terms with the loss of the black canary, and he’s taken step backwards into the bottle. He’s no longer got the white canary to help him through, no she’s traveling in time with the Legends of tomorrow.
The events of season 4 lost me. I’m sorry I did not care much for the Damien Darkh storyline. But it’s fair to say he broke the group up. Enter our new villain, looking to terrorise the city and seize control. Church is a good match for Arrow, and without the usual back up Ollie looks out of his depth.
Felicity conceives Ollie he must recruit a new team. Ollie begins by chasing down mad dog. Gives him the usual warning, then leaves him an invite to try out for his team. The tech guy wants to join, and he’s on the inside, knowing who Ollie is and the whole nine yards. We have a new girl being recruited too.
Felicity is still happy to fulfil her role as overwatch. She’s the only one to keep Ollie grounded and stable. The man is a looney, taking on all manner of bad guy. He takes a Bratva training module to try to teach the team. But he’s so harsh on the new group, that all of them want out. Throw in a few flashbacks and you’re setting up the tone of the season. Ollie struggling with the weight of all his duties, and trying to put a kick ass team together.
Thea makes an interesting discovery, no big surprise that a supposed ally is really up to no good. Enter ragman, an undisclosed neutral with an axe to grind.
Arrow will have his hands full this season.
Legends of Tomorrow
Legends of Tomorrow returned on Thursday and will continue in a Thursday night slot on Sky 1 also at 8pm.
The Legends dealt with the time masters at the end of season 1. Rip Hunter has taken the Legends through time, playing protectors to all effectively making them the new time masters.
Looks like they’ve messed up though, they and the time ship are apparently at the bottom of the ocean since 1942. Our new member of the team, finds Ollie in his office. Dropping the bomb that he knows he is the Green Arrow.
Ollie is convinced that the best thing to do is get into a submersible and find the wave rider. Job done, they find only one crew member in stasis. After they get him out of stasis, they listen to his tale. Nice little set up for the season. Find Damien Darkh, and ignore the warning from another time master. Stay out of 1942! Ok then 1942 it is.
Darkh has stolen Einstein’s estranged wife in a bid to give the Nazis an atomic weapon. The Germans get the weapon onto a submarine and plan to travel to New York win the war and be home in time for crumpets and sauerkraut for tea with the führer.
Crisis averted but on a collision course with a nuclear device, Rip scatters the team through time but saves Mick Rory in stasis. Just because he took a hit and wouldn’t do so well being scattered. So the new guy and Mr Rory are tasked with finding the rest of the crew throughout time.
Where is Rip? What is Darkh up to? And why has Thorn turned up?
We’ll have to watch to find out how all of these questions pan out over the coming episodes. Sky seem to have all the superhero stuff that’s important.
A familiar face and voice in this trailer for the new BBC3 series CLASS set in the worlds of Doctor Who.
The Doctor Who spin-off ‘Class’ created and written by Patrick Ness, who also produces alongside Doctor Who showrunner lead writer Steven Moffat, and Brian Minchin, who acted as producer on Doctor Who and two of its previous spin-offs, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. The first series will consist of eight episodes, set to premiere on BBC Three on 22 October 2016.
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As mentioned in a number of press outlets this morning a previous Doctor Who is following in the footsteps of possibly the greatest Doctor Who there ever was (with the possible exception of the late great Gene Wilder :( ).
Yes that is right. David Tennant is taking on the role of host of the Crystal Maze. But we keep thinking that Richard O’Brien would have been a great candidate to play the essentric Time Lord in Doctor Who.
There was another host after Richard O’Brien, but he never did quite fill the shoes left for him.
I am feeling VERY old as the show has been off the air for 21 years, ending in 1995 (but that only just happened).
The Crystal Maze is to return to our television screens this autumn after 21 years off air.
The problem-solving game show, which ran from 1990 to 1995, is returning to Channel 4 in October with the former Doctor Who actor David Tennant reportedly lined up to follow the footsteps of Richard O’Brien and Ed Tudor-Pole as the host.
The classic game show will form part of Channel 4’s Stand Up to Cancer night, with celebrities as the contestants.
Is Westworld going to be the next Game Of Thrones?
Looking at this ‘mature’ trailer it is certainly a contender with its high concept scifi blended with aspects from the wild west, and HBO being in the driving seat!
Oh yes and its sexual content and violence!
Discover a world where every human appetite can be indulged.
This 2016 TV version of Westworld originally reached the screen in the 1973 movie of the same name, written and directed by novelist Michael Crichton (he of Jurassic Park fame).
The original Westworld movie (buy from amazon here) was followed by a sequel Futureworld and then a TV series Beyond Westworld in 1980. Beyond Westworld ran for just 5 episodes.
The new HBO TV series is due to start late in 2016. You can see the trailer above.
The new TV series stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris and Evan Rachel Wood.
Just in from the boys at the Dwarf.
Series eleven of Red Dwarf will be with us very soon!
The Dwarfers find themselves in an alternative version of America where modern technology is prohibited, making Rimmer and Kryten illegal. The Dwarfers infiltrate the tech savvy underground and try to bring down the authoritarian regime.
When the Dwarfers investigate a crashed ship at the bottom of an ocean moon, Lister and Cat become trapped together and Lister’s nightmare begins. Meantime Rimmer and Kryten discover the ship is controlled by a dark force.
3. GIVE AND TAKE
After an altercation with a deranged droid Lister has his kidneys organ-napped. The only solution is to ask Cat, the most selfish creature in the universe, to give him one of his.
4. OFFICER RIMMER
After a scandalous piece of good fortune Rimmer saves the life of a bio-printed Captain and is promoted, fulfilling his life-long dream of becoming an Officer. He immediately opens an Officer’s club, which is out of bounds to the lower orders, and uses the bio-printer to fill it with versions of himself.
Kryten has a mid-life crisis and changes his body cover from Mech grey to Ferrari red. The posse try and show him how much he’s achieved in life by taking him to visit a mechanoid from his old fleet.
6. CAN OF WORMS
Cat takes time off from being in love with himself to fall head over heels in love with a lady Cat with a big secret.
Red Dwarf series XI starts on DAVE TV on the 22nd September 2016 and stars Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules and Robert Llewellyn
Yes it is true. The next Sharknado movie is subtitles Sharknado The 4th Awakens.
Great Star Wars pun? I have typed it 3 times now and am already bored of it.
Syfy has announced the premier date for the fourth instalment of the Sharknado franchise, Sharknado: The 4th Awakens. In the USA anyway it will be Sunday, July 31 at 8 p.m. ET. I am sure it won’t be long after that that us Brits get it.
Sharknado 4 (I won’t use that sub title again) follows five years after the events of Sharknado 3 (Oh Hell No! I so much prefer that title). But after a period of calm the sharks filled whirl winds are back. Obviously.
Tara Reid will reprise her role as April, revealing the character’s fate after fans voted to decide whether she lives or dies in the sequel. Oh yes we did that didn’t we. I know how I voted.
Today we got to see Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman on set from Doctor who. Now we just have to hope that we won’t be kept waiting too long.Welcome back, to those of you now following my next post fear not. I have returned.
Thank you for all your kind words and comments, but I think I am trying to get audience numbers up, and a little discussion going. So I will do my best on these fronts. Tell all your friends and hopefully we can all get going together?
What we kind of know so far is this –
• 13 episodes possibly split in 2 halves, although this has been denied by Steven Moffat, with something grand for Christmas? (Note to Steven Moffat – make the Christmas one longer this time please, or at least keep us waiting till Christmas day for the second part of a story?? Or maybe one Christmas day and then one on Boxing Day just to polish us all off.
• It has been said for some time that the Doctor is being taken in a darker direction. I kind of like this idea, but might it be too much for the younger audience? Yes we want to give the kiddies a scare, it’s part of the tradition in Doctor who, but if this is going to be a bit more adult I fear that Capaldi will be slated, as will the show runner. Consider this a warning shot across your bow Mr Moffat.
• Jenna will be staying on for a little bit longer, but as yet not even all of the feeds I read through seem to confirm for how long.
• A possible search for Gallifrey? Although this is more likely to be left on the back burner for a bit longer, to keep us guessing.
• No neckwear of any kind, and no hint at all of any appearing soon
• Also begging for hour long episodes
Filming started bright and early this morning, and a few images have started to appear. Most notably Capaldi and Coleman stood with a script and pointing far off into the distance. A comparison has been seen between Pertwee and Capaldi in similar poses. Also there is a little older image from the BBC from the unveiling, of Capaldi clutching his jacket in the way that Hartnell (the first Doctor) used to do. I get the references to past incarnations, some people will get them, and others won’t. This is a little less subtle than previous times, we have always had reference to past Doctor’s thrown in, and in the case of war (Hurt) we had a throw forward with the ears line.
Twitter has a few images of Strax and Madame Vastra, but the absence of jenny makes me wonder. Perhaps this is a set up for Capaldi’s first story, after all Smith had grown very fond of the Paternoster gang. Who knows we may even get a full goodbye to River now. But I’m no expert so please don’t quote me on that.
All in all we have been told that the Doctor will have his post regeneration madness and this will probably gobble up a good chunk of any first episode, so the thought here may be open with a nice 2 part episode.
I am waiting for more images to appear, and will keep up to date with what I can, as for any rumours or story lines, I’d love to hear what people have to say, and input as much as they can. I will try to add on my twitter and other bits onto profile on scifind as would love to talk to many more people about this all.
Hope you all have a great 2014 and hope I won’t be away for too long.
“REYKJAVIK, ICELAND – April 27, 2013” – CCP Games, the world’s leading independent developer of massively multiplayer games, announced today that they have entered into a creative partnership with filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur and his production company to bring the EVE Universe to television screens worldwide.
The new television series will take its inspiration from the millions of people who have left their mark on the EVE Universe via stories submitted to the website http://truestories.eveonline.com
. Kormákur’s creative team, in collaboration with CCP, will create an original concept and storyline set in the EVE Universe, a future history of rival societies trapped beyond a wormhole in a dystopian sci-fi world.
Baltasar Kormákur has been making movies of all genres for more than a decade and his films consistently garner both critical and commercial success. He started 2012 by topping the US box office with Contraband, starring Mark Wahlberg. Contraband was based on his Icelandic film Reykjavik Rotterdam, which Kormákur starred in and produced. His latest Icelandic film, The Deep, was shortlisted for an academy award nomination in 2013 and won a record-breaking 11 Edda Awards, including Best Film and Best Director.
Currently Kormákur is in post-production of 2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, which Universal Pictures will release August 2, 2013. He is also directing the pilot episode of the HBO thriller The Missionary, starring Benjamin Walker, produced by Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, and Charles Randolph. Randolph is also the creator of The Missionary.
“The EVE universe is full of astounding stories of epic battles, daring heists, and gripping political intrigue, all of which will make for an amazing television series,” said Baltasar Kormákur. “The opportunity to interact with the fans of the EVE Universe directly opens up all sorts of exciting possibilities.”
“The inhabitants of the notorious and beloved EVE Universe have ten years’ worth of dramatic stories to tell,” added Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, CEO of CCP. “Our close collaboration with Baltasar and his creative team gives me confidence that we will capture EVE’s essence, inspiring millions of TV viewers with visions of humanity’s future.”
“EVE Online” (PC/Mac) is a captivating science-fiction game in which hundreds of thousands of players compete for riches, power, glory and adventure in a single universe. On June 4th, CCP will launch “EVE Online: Odyssey”, the 19th free expansion for “EVE Online”. The launch of “Odyssey” comes as CCP celebrates the game’s tenth consecutive year of player growth, having passed the 500,000 worldwide subscriber mark in March. More information about “EVE Online” can be found at www.eveonline.com
CCP recently announced that “DUST 514 “will launch on May 14th.” DUST 514″ brings intense infantry combat, large-scale warfare and deep character advancement to the PlayStation®3 in an exclusive, free-to-play, massively multiplayer shooter. Set in, and integrated with, the massive universe of “EVE Online”, players wage war in this first-person shooter, where a single victory could prove the crushing blow to a galactic empire of thousands of online gamers. More information about “DUST 514” can be found at www.dust514.com