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Posted By Maria   February 1st, 2017  Interviews,TV: SS-GB,Videos
Posted By Maria   January 31st, 2017  Photos: Appearances,TV: SS-GB

Sam attended the world premiere screening of SS-GB alongside his co-start Kate Bosworth in London on January 30th. The series will air in February but there isn’t an official date. Enjoy!

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Posted By Maria   January 21st, 2017  News/Rumors,TV: SS-GB

New films from Stanley Tucci, Martin Provost and China’s Liu Jian complete the Berlinale’s competition lineup and will see their world premieres at the next month’s festival

The festival also announced the Berlinale Special, which will once again present a selection of television series as part of the official program. It marks the third time TV programming has featured at Berlin, with screenings of the first two episodes of each series.

This year’s selected series includes TNT’s “4 Blocks” from Germany, directed by Marvin Kren; German-Danish co-production “Below The Surface,” from Kanal 5 and Discovery Network Denmark; France 2’s French-Belgian co-production “Black Spot;” ZDF’s German-Czech co-production “The Same Sky,” directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel; Amazon Prime’s “Patriot,” a U.S.-Czech co-production created by Steve Conrad; and the BBC’s “SS-GB,” starring Sam Riley and Kate Bosworth.

Berlinale Special Series:

“4 Blocks,” Marvin Kren (Germany)
“Below The Surface,” Kasper Barfoed (Denmark/Germany)
“Black Spot,” Mathieu Missoffe, Thierry Poiraud, Julien Despaux (France/Belgium)
“Patriot,” Steve Conrad (U.S./Czech Republic)
“The Same Sky,” Paula Milne, Oliver Hirschbiegel (Germany/Czech Republic)
“SS-GB,” Philipp Kadelbach (U.K.)

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Posted By Maria   January 20th, 2017  Photos: Production Stills,TV: SS-GB,Videos

Earlier this month we got a glimpse of SS-GB in BBC’s drama trailer. Be sure to check SS-GB scenes below and also you can find a couple of new production stills in the gallery.

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Posted By Maria   January 20th, 2017  Interviews,Photos: Magazine Scans,TV: SS-GB

SS-GB was featured in February’s issue of Empire magazine. You can find the scans with an interview of Sam and the creators and also includes some new pictures. Enjoy!

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British actor Sam Riley is hoping his new TV show boosts his chances of playing James Bond.

The English star has teamed up with Bond screenwriting pair Robert Wade and Neal Purvis, who penned Die Another Day, Casino Royal and Spectre, among others, on new BBC drama SS-GB.

It’s the first time the writing duo has worked on the small screen, and Sam relished the chance to play Douglas Archer in the “film noir with Nazis”.

“As my dad put it, people might actually watch something I’m in now,” he smiled to Empire magazine. “Plus I’ve always wanted to play a detective and my ego saw I was in every scene. I’m hoping it will up my odds for playing Bond, too.”

The drama follows Sam’s cop Douglas, who has to decide whether to work with the enemy or join the resistance. It’s set in an alternative reality, where Germany has won World War II and the Nazis and SS control London and Scotland Yard.

“He’s ambiguous. He’s not a Nazi but he thinks there has to be law and order… His neighbours see him driven to work by the Gestapo and didn’t know if they can trust him,” Maleficent actor Sam explained of the role.

“We have Germans playing crucial roles, instead of English actors putting on dodgy accents.”

For writers Robert and Neal, the project offered them a break from Bond.

“We had more freedom than with the Bond films, which are so heavily deconstructed,” Neal said. “It’s great fun having a large canvas to tell a story with twists, turns and subtle plot (shifts).”

Posted By Maria   June 23rd, 2016  TV: SS-GB

Weinstein Television is adding a new mini to its slate.

The company has acquired the U.S. television rights to the upcoming World War II alternate history thriller SS-GB starring Kate Bosworth and Sam Riley, it was announced Wednesday.

Based on Len Deighton’s 1978 novel by the same name, the miniseries is set in 1940s Nazi-occupied London, at a time when the Battle of Britain is lost, Winston Churchill is dead, King George is held prisoner by the SS, military rule is a constant, pockets of Resistance continue to present a threat and neighbors spy on neighbors. The series centers on Scotland Yard detective Douglas Archer (Riley) as he investigates what appears to be a routine murder case, only to find himself dragged into a much darker world. Archer then uncovers a web of intrigue involving British atomic weapons research secrets, which the Abwehr is keen to get its hands on. The stakes are high as this knowledge could determine the ultimate outcome of the war.

Frequent James Bond franchise scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (Spectre Skyfall, Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale) penned the TV adaptation, which is helmed by German director Philipp Kadelbach. The writers will also exec-produce with Sally Woodward Gentle and Lee Morris, of the UK-based production house Sid Gentle Films. The mini will air on BBC One, but no network is attached yet in the U.S.

This marks the second such partnership for Weinstein Television, which previously co-produced the adaptation of War & Peace that starred Lily James and Paul Dano. That mini aired on A+E Networks stateside this past winter, after first premiering on BBC One.

SS-GB is a brilliant exploration of ‘what if?’ What if Germany had won WWII? Len Deighton’s novel in the late 70s was an iconic depiction of the potential dystopia that threatens society when a tyrant wins,” TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein said. “It’s great to reunite with Simon Vaughan and the BBC and we’re thrilled to be working with Sally Woodward Gentle and Sid Gentle Films. And with Philipp Kadelbach’s incredible visual depiction of this story, there’s room for another series. This is not just a one off. If Tom Hiddleston hasn’t already locked up the James Bond role, Sam Riley will be giving him a run for his money when people see this.

Added Purvis and Wade: “We enjoyed being part of the team that brought Len Deighton’s SS-GB to television and it is testament to the quality of the show that the Weinstein co have partnered up to take this emotional and thrilling miniseries into America.”

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Posted By Maria   October 16th, 2015  News/Rumors,TV: SS-GB

Residents living near Highgate Cemetery have been told not to be alarmed at the presence of Nazi stormtroopers filming a new BBC drama in the area.

Producers of five-part series SS-GB sent letters telling people living in the nearby Holly Ledge estate not to worry about hearing explosives or seeing people wearing military uniforms in the cemetery over the next few weeks.

The letter said: “We plan to film a non-audible explosion, meaning you may hear actors react in a distressed manner for short moments at a time during takes.

“There will be actors dressed in German Army, SS and Russian military uniform, some will be armed – please do not be alarmed.”

The drama stars Sam Riley and Kate Bosworth and imagines what would happen if Germany had won the Second World War.

Set in London, it is based on the novel by Len Deighton and follows Archer, a Scotland Yard detective.

“Archer is a detective working under the SS facing the dilemma of whether to effectively collaborate or join the resistance,” according to the BBC’s description of the show. “[It’s] an “explosive thriller that will ask: What would you do, faced with stakes as high as this?“

Visitors to the famous cemetery, which contains the tombs of Karl Marx, novelist George Eliot and punk manager Malcolm McLaren, have also been warned about the use of fake firearms used in filming, but have been reassured there will be a police officer present when those are deployed.

The series is due to air on BBC One next year.

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Sam will play Detective Douglas Archer, who finds himself working under the brutal SS regime. When investigating what appears to be a simple black market murder, he meets American journalist, Barbara Barga (played by Bosworth), and both find themselves dragged into London’s murky underworld.

The actor said: “Archer is a compelling and complex character. He is a good guy struggling to reconcile his job as a policeman within the repressive Nazi machine. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have written a gripping screenplay that pays homage to Len Deighton’s novel. I am very much looking forward to working with this talented team.”

The ambitious series will be directed by the multi award-winning director Philipp Kadelbach. An established and highly-acclaimed German director, SS-GB marks Kadelbach’s first move into English-language TV series.

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