October 22, 2009 |
"Upstairs, Downstairs," the 1970s British TV series about the residents and servants in a London home during the early part of the 20th century, is being revived by the BBC with Jean Marsh returning in her Emmy-winning role as Rose, a housekeeper. Eileen Atkins, who co-created the series with Marsh, will appear in a new role. The new show will take place in the years leading to World War II, set in the same house but with a different family living there, the BBC said. Heidi Thomas, who wrote the "Cranford" miniseries that ran on PBS, is writing two 90-minute installments that will begin production next spring.
January 31, 2014 |
"Doc Martin," Season 6 (KCET, Thursdays). The sixth season of this British series, which has become popular here via public television, DVD (from the Anglocentric Acorn Media) and streaming sites, makes its local TV premiere this week. Martin Clunes plays Dr. Martin Ellingham, as capable in his work as he is hopeless with people. Martin has gotten over the suddenly acquired fear of blood that ended his successful career as a London surgeon and found him working, not quite happily, as a GP in the Cornwall fishing village where he had spent presumably happy summers as a boy. (It is difficult to tell with him)
January 9, 2014 |
Continuing the relationship that has yielded such recent box office successes as "Midnight in Paris" and "Blue Jasmine," Sony Pictures Classics will release Woody Allen's next film, "Magic in the Moonlight. " This will be the seventh collaboration between the filmmaker and Sony Classics. Allen notoriously keeps the subjects of each of his films a closely guarded secret. "Magic" stars Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney and Jacki Weaver.
August 9, 1992
My wife and I decided to acquire cable because Arts & Entertainment was showing Jean Marsh's and Eileen Atkins' "The House of Eliott" (July 12). Cable at last! Here was our opportunity to throw away the shackles of the networks. But oh, what a disappointment A&E turned out to be. As magnificent as "The House of Eliott" was, it was nonetheless marred by a barrage of commercials worse than anything seen on the networks. Julio L. Francesconio, Los Angeles
August 19, 1991 |
A Show of Her Own: Actress Eileen Atkins, who scored a hit Off Broadway as Virginia Woolf in "A Room of One's Own," will open the show at the Westwood Playhouse on Oct. 16, according to producer Arthur Cantor. The one-woman show is adapted and directed by Patrick Garland, artistic director of England's Chichester Festival. This will mark Atkins' first appearance on a Los Angeles stage since she performed at the Mark Taper Forum in John Webster's "The Duchess of Malfi" in 1975.
May 15, 1991 |
A Degree Above the Rest: John Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation" is the pick of the New York Drama Critics' Circle as best play of the 1990-91 theater season. "Our Country's Good" by Timberlake Wertenbaker was named best foreign play, and "The Will Rogers Follies," a Ziegfeld-like extravaganza directed by Tommy Tune, won best musical. A special citation was given actress Eileen Atkins for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in the one woman-show, "A Room of One's Own."