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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

NEW TV SERIES: 'THE CODE' SLAVERY DRAMA BASED ON 'SONG YET SUNG' BOOK! 'KNIFEMAN' 18TH CENTURY LONDON DRAMA! 'GALYNTINE' POST APOCALYPTIC SHOW! FIRST 'GANGSTA GRANNY' PICTURE WITH JULIA MCKENZIE, ROBBIE WILLIAMS, JOANNA LUMLEY

'THE CODE' TV SERIES
ON AMERICAN SLAVERY PERIOD
Deadline reports that FX is preparing yet another historical mini series: THE CODE will be based on James McBride's novel SONG YET SUNG describing the life of famous abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Born a slave, she escaped and, with the help of the hard-bitten white watermen of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, fostered an intricate escape network of secret routes and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad that she used to smuggle more than 300 slaves to the North. The main character will be Liz, a black woman making a desperate dash to freedom, on the run from an able slave catcher, who takes on one last job only to find himself in a war against a notorious female slave stealer. As Liz makes her way through forbidding swamplands using the black codes of the underground, the complexities of slavery play out in full force, pitting slave against slave, white against white, and plantation owner against plantation owner!

GANGSTA GRANNY 1ST IMAGE
JULIA MCKENZIE, JOANNA LUMLEY, ROBBIE WILLIAMS
Here's a delightful first picture from BBC TV movie GANGSTA GRANNY which will air over the festive period. The movie follows the story of Ben (Reece Buttery), who is bored staying with his granny  (Julia McKenzie) until it is revealed that she used to be an international jewel thief. Miranda Hart and David Walliams play the boy's parents, Joanna Lumley is Queen of England, and pop star Robbie Williams is also in the cast.

NEW DRAMAS AT AMC!
18TH CENTURY LONDON SET 'KNIFEMAN' SERIES
And new series are coming to AMC too! They have ordered two pilots. KNIFEMAN, based on Wendy Moore's book “The Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching And The Birth of Modern Surgery,” will be set in 18th Century London following a charming, arrogant genius who challenges societal norms to transform his visions into cutting-edge discoveries. A surgeon or “barber” in a time when blood-letting and praying was the norm,  he is a hard living man not afraid to push the boundaries of modern medicine, even if it takes digging up a few graves to do it. While he makes his living running an unlicensed operating theatre out of his residence, he picks up extra cash harvesting organs for his brother Julian, favorite son and prized physician of the St. Stephen’s teaching hospital.
POST APOCALYPTIC 'GALYNTINE'
Second pilot is for GALYNTINE, a sf show taking place at a time after a cataclysmic technology induced disaster has resulted in a new society
that has eschewed any form of technology. This catastrophic event leaves small numbers of survivors scattered around the planet and forced to adapt to isolation and unique challenges.

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