This week, in TV news: Scott Buck takes on Iron Fist, Stephen Mangan tackles a literary legend and Channel 5 investigates an alien invasion.
Scott Buck Boards Iron Fist
With Daredevil and Jessica Jones already on screen and Luke Cage hot on their heels, Marvel finally has time to focus on the forgotten member of its Defenders crossover series. The studio has teamed-up with Dexter’s Scott Buck to bring Iron Fist to Netflix.
Pitched almost as a mystical version of the Green Arrow, the show will follow the trials and tribulations of Danny Rand, a wealthy entrepreneur who returns to New York City years after he was thought to have died. Finding his home corrupted by a criminal element, he sets out to eliminate the bad guys using his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.
A veteran of Rome, Six Feet Under and Dexter (where he worked with Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg), Buck will now get started on cranking out the scripts, with the series expected to appear sometime in 2017. Before that, Luke Cage and a second season of Daredevil are both expected to air in 2016, while Jessica Jones is available on Netflix right now.
The Truth is Out There… On Channel 5
While the arrival of a new series of The X-Files may be just over a month away in the US, information on when we can expect to see the revived series on this side of the pond has been suspiciously lacking thus far. Thankfully, the show has finally found a home on these shores, with Channel 5 picking up the series in the UK.
The classic sic-fi series is set to return early next year for a new six-episode season, which will see original stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their roles as Mulder and Scully to investigate a worldwide invasion plot by conservative newsman Tad O’Malley (Joel McHale).
The new series premieres in the US on January 24 on Fox, with the new episodes expected to make their way over here shortly after.
When Harry Met Arty
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle meets Harry Houdini. It might sound like the stuff of some incredibly niche fan fiction, but it’s actually the premise of ITV’s latest period drama Houdini & Doyle. The first pictures from the series appeared online earlier this week.
Stephen Mangan and Six Feet Under’s Michael Weston play the Sherlock writer and master illusionist respectively in the series, which chronicles the duo’s real-life friendship as they work with New Scotland Yard on unsolved crimes at the turn of the 20th Century.
Canadian actress Rebecca Liddiard, Blackadder’s Tim Mcinnerny and Adam Nagaitis also feature in the 10-part series, which 24’s Stephen Hopkins has directed ready to air in 2016 exclusively on ITV Encore.
Stars Assemble for Aardman Doc
With a showreel that includes Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep, Aardman has created some of the most delightfully funny and heartwarming animations of all time over the course of its decades-spanning history. As such, it’s only right that its 40th anniversary should be celebrated with star-studded documentary A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman on BBC1.
Narrated by Julie Walters, the documentary will go behind the scenes to show how the studio brought its iconic characters to life whilst bringing together a host of stars – both human and of the clay variety – to wax lyrical about its achievements.
Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy and David Tennant are just some of the famous faces who will be sharing their experiences of working with the studio, appearing alongside Jane Horrocks, Terry Gilliam and Hugh Grant.
“Our friends and colleagues thought we were pretty well barmy to start up anywhere outside of London,” says co-founder Peter Lord of the Bristol-based studio. “So it’s amazing now to find that Aardman has become this huge community of superbly talented people, making films and telling stories that travel around the world.”
A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman will air on Boxing Day at 2.25pm.