Weekly TV News Round-Up

This week, in TV: Fresh Meat gets a release date, Ripper Street gets a trailer and Rambo gets his own TV show


 Amazon Prime announces first UK series

Bloodline, Daredevil, House of Cards, Transparent, the states are awash with acclaimed dramas backed by the rise of online streaming services. It’s a somewhat different story in the UK, however, where the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime are still yet to fully make their mark. That could be about to change, though, as Amazon Prime has announced its first original UK drama.

Set in the world of French haute couture just after the Second World War, The Collection tells the story of an illustrious Paris fashion house as it emerges from the dark days of occupation by following the lives of two very different brothers.

It’s created, written and executive-produced by Oliver Goldstick, who certainly knows his way around a drama set in the catty world of high fashion having acted as showrunner on Ugly Betty as well as Pretty Little Liars.

Co-produced by BBC Worldwide, the eight-part series kicks of filming in Wales and France next month and will launch on Amazon Prime sometime in 2016.

Wednesday 24th July 2002, 10pm.

 Rambo is coming to the small screen

Currently scoring rave reviews in Rocky spinoff Creed, Sylvester Stallone has plans to resurrect another of his iconic movie characters, this time for the small screen. He’s teamed up with Fox to develop an on-going drama called Rambo: New Blood.

Stallone has been trying to get this one off the ground as far back as 2013 and the partnership with Fox certainly makes a lot of sense considering he’s already working on a spinoff of his Expendables franchise for the broadcaster.

It’s not yet known whether Sly will reprise his role as the titular one man army, although the Rambo character looks set to have a significant role in the series, which will follow the exploits of Rambo’s son JR, a badass Navy SEAL now on his own quest for justice.

Whether the Rambo concept – which typically involved the reticent hero blowing stuff up in an increasingly outlandish fashion – is suited to the long-form format of TV is another question entirely – although, Ash vs the Evil Dead is currently doing solid business off the back of a similarly limited premise.

No word on a possible air date yet, but we shouldn’t expect it before the end of next year at the earliest.


Ripper Street series 4 trailer lands online

“Whitechapel is rotten and wild. Its is heaving, pitiless and ignorant.” While these are not the sort of words likely to please London’s tourism board, for Ripper Street fans they serve as an enticing teaser for the Victorian thriller’s upcoming fourth season. The first trailer landed online earlier this week.

As you can see, the show’s fourth outing once again finds London’s East End overrun by murder, explosions and grim punch-ups, only this time the danger is amplified by the arrival of Queen Victoria to celebrate her diamond jubilee. Fortunately, Matthew Macfadyen’s honourable DI Edmund Reid returns to Whitechapel just in time, reuniting with his old partners Drake (Jerome Flynn) and Captain Jackson (Adam Rothenberg) to help keep Whitechapel in check.

They’ll be joined by David Threlfall and one-time Neville Longbottom Matthew Lewis (sporting a rather fetching moustache) for the series, which debuts on Amazon Prime on 15th January 2016.


Fresh Meat finally has an air date

Hello, nature. Prepare to get fucked. Jack Whitehall has confirmed Fresh Meat will finally return for a fourth and final series on January 5th 2016.

Arriving more than two years after the last series, the new episodes should pick up where we left off with the oddest of couplings Kingsley (Joe Thomas) and Josie (Kimberly Nixon) going their separate ways after a brief and rather combustible romance.

Yet it might not quite be the last we see of Manchester’s motley crew of students, with creators Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain previously admitting they’re working on ideas for a possible Fresh Meat movie – though those plans appear to be in the very early stages of development.

The show’s cast also includes Charlotte Ritchie, Greg McHugh, Zawe Ashton and airs on Channel 4 in the UK.


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