This week, in TV news: House of Cards gets a release date, Black Mirror gets some new faces and Kiefer Sutherland enters the Oval Office
House of Cards lands in March
The fourth season of House of Cards will be released on Netflix on March 4th, 2016, as revealed in a new campaign ad from Kevin Spacey’s scheming president Frank Underwood.
Not much is known about the new season – except that we’re in for a bumper run of 26 episodes – with the 30-second promo offering no clues as to how the cliffhanger that ended the third run will be resolved.
We do know that Neve Campbell has joined the cast, however, and rumours suggest she could be playing one half of a young power couple poised to rival a divided Frank and Claire Underwood (Robin Wright).
Stars announced for Black Mirror
Following the surprising announcement that Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror will be ditching Channel 4 in favour of Netflix’s more tech-savvy environs for its third run, the online-streaming giant has teased which stars will be involved in the upcoming series. Beyond the Lights’ Gugu Mbatha-Raw and The Martian’s Mackenzie Davis are confirmed to appear in the new episodes.
Plot details about their characters are naturally thin on the ground at this early stage, all we know is that Mbatha-Raw and Davis will appear in one of the 12 new installments Brooker is currently working on for the dark anthology series.
Kiefer Sutherland will be President
He saved the lives of countless US Presidents during his stint as gravelly-voiced terrorist-thwarter Jack Bauer in 24, now Kiefer Sutherland will find out what it’s like to actually be the leader of the free world as part of ABC’s Designated Survivor.
Sutherland is set to star as a low-level cabinet member who is promoted to President after a tragic attack during the State of the Union leaves everyone dead. An Inconvenient Truth director David Guggenheim wrote the script for the show, with X-Men’s Simon Kinberg acting as executive producer.
Tom Hughes joins ITV’s Victoria
Filming has been underway for more than two months, but ITV’s regal biopic Victoria still hasn’t quite finished filling out its core cast. The Silk’s Tom Hughes has just signed on to play the Queen’s handsome other half, Prince Albert.
Jenna Coleman is already installed in the lead role for the 8-part drama, which follows Queen Victoria from her ascension to the throne to her marriage to Hughes’ Albert.
Paul Rhys, Peter Firth and Catherine Flemming have also joined the cast, alongside Rufus Sewell as Lord Melbourne and Alex Jennings as King Leopold I of Belgium.
Gotham is finally coming to the UK
While superhero drama Gotham is already mid-way through its second season over in the US, UK fans of the grim Bat-prequel are still waiting for it to arrive on this side of the pond. We don’t have much longer to wait as Channel 5 has confirmed the new episodes will air from Monday, January 11.
The series stars Ben McKenzie as a young Jim Gordon, who slowly climbs through the ranks of the GCPD whilst facing off against several of Batman’s fledging villains.
Breaking Bad’s Michael Brown and Orange is the New Black’s Lori Petty are just two of the fresh faces set to appear in the upcoming season, along with Paul Ruebens, who will reprise his role as The Penguin’s father Tucker Cobblepot from Batman Returns.