The Crown

  • The Crown, the highly anticipated, new original series will premiere on Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, to a global audience on Friday, November 4, 2016. The 10-episode series will be available in 4K.
  • Check out the date announcement here: Prepare to be welcomed into the coveted world of power and privilege and behind locked doors in Westminster and Buckingham Palace….the leaders of an empire await.

The Crown reunites acclaimed writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (The Queen). Based on the award-winning play, The Audience, The Crown tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II’s early reign, revealing the personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th Century.

The Crown stars Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, Matt Smith as Prince Phillip, John Lithgow as Sir Winston Churchill, Victoria Hamilton as the Queen Mother, Jared Harris as King George VI, Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret and Dame Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary, among others.

Series Description: A Netflix original series, The Crown focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne….a new era is dawning. Peter Morgan’s masterfully researched scripts reveal the Queen’s private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness. Prepare to be welcomed into the coveted world of power and privilege and behind locked doors in Westminster and Buckingham Palace….the leaders of an empire await.

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Left Bank Pictures founder and Managing Director Marigo Kehoe was honoured with the 2015 Women in Film & Television Barclays Business Award.

Presented by Sir Kenneth Branagh, the award recognises Marigo’s outstanding business achievement by a woman in film, TV or digital media.

“I have been lucky to work with some of the most amazingly talent writers, actors, directors and producers,” Marigo said upon receipt of the award. “And it is those people, as well as the incredible team at Left Bank, who have inspired and supported me throughout my career.”

Hosted by broadcaster and presenter Sandi Toksvig and supported by Sky, the prestigious event saw film and TV’s finest gather at London’s Park Lane Hilton Hotel to celebrate the year’s most inspiring women.

Women in Film & TV is the leading membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK, and part of an international network of over 10,000 women worldwide. Members of the organisation come from a broad range of professions spanning the entire creative media industry, including film, TV, games, animation and digital media.


Contemporary detective drama DCI Banks starring Stephen Tompkinson (Trollied, Truckers, Wild At Heart), Andrea Lowe (Love Life, Monroe) and Caroline Catz (Doc Martin) has gone into production in the stunning county of Yorkshire, ITV confirmed today.

The six-part drama features new cast members Samuel Anderson (Trollied, Doctor Who) who will play Vince, the latest member of Banks’ team, Shaun Dingwall (Leg-ends, Silent Witness) as Chief Superintendent Colin Anderson, Shaun Dooley (Broadchurch, Ordinary Lies) as hardened career criminal Steve Richards and Maimie McCoy (Musketeers) as Richards’ wife, Tamsin. The series will also see the return of popular cast members Jack Deam (New Tricks, Casualty) as DC Ken Blackstone and Keith Barron (Holby City, Doctors) as Banks’ father, Arthur Banks.

Produced by award-winning indie Left Bank Pictures, series five is set to be the grittiest season yet with the Yorkshire detective facing his toughest investigation to date.  The series is comprised of 6 x 60’ original episodes inspired by the books from acclaimed novelist Peter Robinson.  The drama features self-contained stories told over two episodes, but also, in an explosive serial crime story that weaves throughout the whole series, DCI Banks will be forced to question all that he holds dear, as he pits his detective skills against criminals who will stop at nothing to escape the law.

When Banks confronts a powerful adversary who has been dubbed by his superiors as too big to bring down, his dogged pursuit of justice sets in motion a chain of events that rips at the very fabric of his life, both professional and personal. Helen encounters unexpected challenges when she tries for promotion and Annie pursues her own results – driven, gut instinct style of policing which threatens to ruin her relationship with Banks.

The first story finds Banks drawn into the dark world of self-harm when a school teacher and his pupil are found dead. In the second story, Annie discovers a disturbing secret as the team investigate a kidnap within Leeds’ Chinese community and in the final two episodes, Banks’ team question how far he will go in pursuit of justice when he enters a dangerous cat-and-mouse game to pin down a man who is seemingly outside the reach of the law.

The series will be produced by Anne-Louise Russell (Casualty as producer, DCI Banks, Crossing Lines as script executive). Radford Neville (Wuthering Heights, Loving Miss Hatto, The Borrowers) who produced series four of the drama returns as executive producer alongside Left Bank Pictures Chief Executive, Andy Harries.  Peter Robinson continues his involvement in the creative process, ensuring the stories are true to his characters and the spirit of DCI Banks.

Series 5 will be directed by Craig Pickles (DCI Banks, Suspects), Robert Quinn (Home Fires, Jekyll And Hyde) and Mark Brozel (Dickensian, Holy Cross).

The series has been commissioned for ITV by Director of Drama, Steve November and Head of Drama Series, Jane Hudson.

“DCI Banks has become a firm favourite with the ITV drama audience and this series will be the grittiest yet,” said Jane.  “We’ll see the team embark on an investigation that will truly change things forever.”

BBC Worldwide will distribute DCI Banks internationally.

“From time to time, I have to do things against my instinct. But the point is I am paid to serve and the guest must always come first.”

ITV today confirmed commission of an 8 x 60’ drama series, The Halcyon, which tells the story of a bustling and glamorous five star hotel at the centre of London society and a world at war.

The drama, set in 1940, shows London life through the prism of war and the impact it has on families, politics, relationships and work across every social strata – set to a soundtrack of the music of the era.

Produced by award-winning independent production company Left Bank Pictures (Wallander, DCI Banks), The Halcyon reveals how war permeates everyone’s lives from the glamorous guests to its loyal, hard-working staff watched from within by American journalist Joe O’Hara.

Created by writer Charlotte Jones (Trust Me), who also writes the series, The Halcyon has been commissioned by ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea.

“A hotel is the perfect place to show ambition in telling the story of World War II,” said Steve. “It was an extraordinary time in our country’s history, and London was a transforming city. The Halcyon takes us right to the heart of this as the hotel is busy, energetic, and vibrant which reflects how people carried on with their lives with defiance in the air,” added Steve.

The Halcyon will be executive produced by Sharon Hughff (Strike Back, Waterloo Road) and produced by Chris Croucher (Downton Abbey) with the opening episodes directed by Nigel Cole (Calendar Girls, Cold Feet).

Left Bank Chief Executive Andy Harries said: “1940 is one of the most dramatic years in our islands history. Who could have imagined that London would survive the blitz and Luftwaffe’s attempted destruction of the city? What was it like to be in a 5 star hotel in the west end through this extraordinary period?

It’s such a compelling idea for a drama. The world of the Halcyon hotel has to carry on, through thick and thin and against all odds. The bedrooms have to be made safe, the bars have to stay open, and the band has to play on. People have to sleep, eat and survive.

Our opening line says it all ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times’.”

The series will begin filming in London and surrounding areas from April 2016.

During Amazon Studios’ latest pilot season, the U.S remake of Cris Cole’s acclaimed dark comedy Mad Dogs became one of its most watched shows, and has been picked up for a full season. The new series will premiere exclusively for Prime Instant members in the U.S, UK and Germany later this year and into 2016.

The original show’s creator, Cris Cole, wrote the adaptation, based on the UK original, which follows the reunion of a group of underachieving forty-something friends in a Belizean villa where grudges begin to emerge and secrets explode as their trip becomes a labyrinthine nightmare of lies, deception and murder.

The pilot starred Steve Zahn, Billy Zane, Romany Malco, Michael Imperioli and Ben Chaplin. It was directed by Charles McDougall (The Good Wife) who is an exec producer with Cole, Ryan, Marney Hochman (Last Resort), Left Bank’s Andy Harries (Strike Back, Wallander, The Queen) and Suzanne Mackie (Mad Dogs, Kinky Boots). It’s co-produced with The Shield creator Shawn Ryan of Sony Pictures Television.


Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This (ITV) has been shortlisted for best single drama in this year’s Broadcasting Press Guild (BPG) Awards.

The single film about legendary comedian Tommy Cooper, written by Simon Nye (How Do You Want Me, Men Behaving Badly) and starring David Threlfall (Shameless, Nowhere Boy) as Tommy is nominated alongside Marvellous (BBC Two), A Poet In New York (BBC Two) and Murdered By My Boyfriend (BBC Three).

This is the second award nomination for the film, Iain Erskine was also nominated for best Editing in this year’s RTS Craft and Design awards.

The BPG awards – given only for work commissioned in the UK – are highly prized by programme-makers because they are selected independently by TV and radio correspondents, critics and previewers. The 41st annual awards lunch, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Friday March 13th 2015, will be attended by the winners, BPG members and leading broadcasting executives.


Netflix has confirmed the arrival of its first original show from the UK, a £100m biopic of the Queen.

The Crown, produced by Left Bank in association with Sony Pictures Television, is a new ten-part series which is due to land on Netflix in 2016 and forms a part of the VoD service’s push into original content.

The series  tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II and her relationship with post-war Downing Street. It is based on the West End play The Audience, and written by The Queen and Frost/Nixon writer Peter Morgan. The series will be directed by Billy Elliot’s Stephen Daldry.
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Cardinal Burns (Series 2) and Tommy Cooper: Not like That, Like This have each been nominated for the RTS Craft & Design 13/14 awards.

Multi-award winning comedy sketch series Cardinal Burns has been nominated for three awards, in the Photography, Music (original score) and Production Design categories, with Tommy Cooper up for best Editing.
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SIR KENNETH BRANAGH returns in his BAFTA winning role as Inspector Kurt Wallander in three new films produced for BBC One by Left Bank Pictures, Yellow Bird and TKBC, co-produced with Masterpiece, TV4, Film i Skåne and the Copenhagen Film Fund, in cooperation with ARD Degeto and with the support of the Ystad Österlen Filmfond.

The three feature length episodes are written by PETER HARNESS (Case Histories, Is Anybody There?) and JAMES DORMER (Spooks, The Fixer), and adapted from two original novels by Swedish author HENNING MANKELL.

The first film, The White Lioness, written by JAMES DORMER and directed by BENJAMIN CARON (Skins, My Mad Fat Diary, Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This) is adapted from HENNING MANKELL’s third original novel in the Wallander series, The White Lioness. The story takes place in South Africa, and will be filmed on location in Cape Town.

The two final instalments in the Wallander series will be written by PETER HARNESS, also directed by BENJAMIN CARON, and adapted from HENNING MANKELL’s final Wallander novel, The Troubled Man. Haunted by his past, Wallander faces a deeply personal case whilst looking toward the future with profound uncertainty, he will have no choice but to come face-to-face with his most intractable adversary: himself. The Troubled Man will be filmed on location in Skane, Sweden; and Copenhagen, Denmark.

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ITV recommissions detective drama starring Stephen Tompkinson

22 September 2014

A new series of contemporary crime drama DCI Banks will return for a six-part series starring Stephen Tompkinson, Andrea Lowe and Caroline Catz, ITV confirmed today.

Produced by award-winning indie Left Bank Pictures, the new series will comprise 6 x 60’ original episodes inspired by the books written by acclaimed novelist Peter Robinson. Filming will take place in Yorkshire later this month.

Stephen Tompkinson reprises his role as DCI Alan Banks with Andrea Lowe (Love Life, Monroe) playing DS Annie Cabbot and Caroline Catz (Doc Martin) as DI Helen Morton. Well renowned actors Keith Barron and Polly Hemmingway also return as Banks’ parents, Arthur and Ida.

With a reputation for delivering credible and emotional crime stories that are firmly rooted in the Yorkshire setting, DCI Banks has become a firm favourite with ITV viewers. This fourth series will feature powerful personal stories for the lead characters, both in their private lives and in their work environment; a deeper exploration of Banks’ relationship with his parents, further complications in Annie and Banks on/off romance and a personal crisis that threatens Helen’s career.

The first story, What Will Survive, revolves around a young woman found buried alive and her connections to a man, his autistic son and a family that seem to have silenced the town. We also see Banks’ life turned upside down by tragic events in his own family. What Will Survive is written by Nicholas Hicks-Beach (Law & Order: UK, Lewis, Letters From A Killer). Home, is written by Noel Farragher (Law & Order: UK, Inspector Lewis, Above Suspicion 2: Deadly Intent) and deals with an unfolding tragedy as a well-loved young Maths teacher is run over deliberately by a car outside his school. His Muslim girlfriend suspects her own father and cousin who disapprove of the relationship and the fact she has left her husband from an arranged marriage.

In the final story Ghosts, which is written by Paul Logue (Midsomer Murders, Death In Paradise, Waterloo Road, Casualty), Helen’s past comes back to haunt her when an old flame from another Police force implies he is being framed. He begs for her help shortly before he is killed in mysterious circumstances.

DCI Banks will be produced by Radford Neville (The Game, The Borrowers, Loving Miss Hattow). Radford is also a co-executive producer alongside Left Bank Pictures Chief Executive, Andy Harries. Peter Robinson continues to be involved in the creative process, ensuring the stories are true to his characters and the spirit of DCI Banks.

The series has been commissioned for ITV by Director of Drama, Steve November and Head of Drama Series, Jane Hudson.

DCI Banks is much loved by the ITV audience and I’m thrilled a fourth series has been commissioned,” said Steve.

Jane added: “This series will see Banks pushed to the limit as he tackles his toughest crimes to date whilst dealing with a personal tragedy which turns his life upside down.”

Executive producer, Andy Harries said: “What people love about DCI Banks is the compelling stories that are drawn from real life and often inspired by real events. It’s a proper British detective show set in the heart of modern Yorkshire.”