Friday, July 29, 2016

Jamillah and Aladdin returns for second series!

Magical drama, Jamillah and Aladdin, returns to CBeebies this August for a second series.

This modern retelling of the Middle Eastern Aladdin tale, stars Blossom Campbell as Jamillah, Aladdin is played by Wilson Radjou-Pujalte (who recently starred in BBC’s drama series Dickensian as the Artful Dodger) and the Genie by Leroy Osei-Bonsu.

Jamillah, a feisty young girl seeking adventure, lives with her family in modern day London where she discovers a dusty old lamp in the attic and makes a wish. A Genie appears and, with the help of his magic, the two travel back in time to Ancient Baghdad, where Jamillah meets Aladdin, a boy the same age as her, who always seems to be getting himself into trouble.

The second series sees the friendship between the three protagonists blossom, with more exciting adventures in store.  In the opening episode of the second series, the grieving Sultan decides to ban fun, and so Jamillah, with the help of her comrade Aladdin, tries to bring happiness and harmony back to Baghdad by the seemingly simple act of making the Sultan smile. But as the pair find, this is not an easy challenge...

The series is produced by Emma Stuart, the directors are Catharine Cooke and Jaco Smit, and the Head Writer is Kathy Waugh. The series was filmed on location in South Africa and consists of 26 x 15 minute episodes, which will be shown on CBeebies from August 2016.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Meet the young Jane Tennison

RADA graduate Stefanie Martini has been cast as young Jane Tennison, the role made famous by Helen Mirren in the acclaimed Lynda La Plante crime drama Prime Suspect.

The much-anticipated prequel - Tennison, has begun filming on location in London.

Stefanie (represented by Troika), graduated from RADA last year, and has previously featured in TV dramas Thorne, Endeavour and Emerald City. The new series follows the young Jane Tennison at the beginning of her career, revealing why she became such a complex and formidable character in the Metropolitan Police.

Rosie Day (represented by Troika) will play Jane's sister Pam, whilst Nick Sidi and Geraldine Somerville are cast as Jane’s parents, Andrew and Joyce.

Sam Reid and Blake Harrison also star as Jane’s superiors DCI Len Bradfield and DS Spencer Gibbs.

The producer is Rhonda Smith and the series director is David Caffrey.

The 6 x 60 minute series is written by Lynda La Plante, based on her book Tennison. Prime Suspect ran for seven seasons from 1990 to 2006, and won two Emmys for Helen Mirren.

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