“The beast must die” ends after 5,000 Covid tests
BritBox UK’s first original drama, The Beast Must Die, has completed filming on the Isle of Wight with no coronavirus interruptions. The Jared Harris and Cush Jumbo vehicle, produced by New Regency Television International and Ridley Scott’s Scott Free, ran 5,000 Covid tests on its 190-strong cast and 700 extras during a 61-day shoot. The Beast Must Die will premiere in 2021 and is an adaptation of the 1938 novel of the same name by Nicholas Blake, the nom de Plume of the poet Cecil Day-Lewis, father of Daniel Day-Lewis. It tells the story of a grieving mother who infiltrates the life of the man she believes killed her son. The five-part series was written by Gaby Chiappe. Executive producers are Ed Rubin and Emma Broughton for New Regency, Marina Brackenbury and David Zucker for Scott Free, and Nathaniel Parker and Chiappe.

Netflix orders Sophie Toscan Du Plantier Doc Series
Sophie Toscan du Plantier, a French film and television producer who was killed a few days before Christmas 1996 in her remote vacation home in West Cork, Ireland, is believed to be the subject of a three-part Netflix series. The Lightbox-produced documentary will merge contributions from her family with those of Ian Bailey, the man at the center of the investigation. My Scientology film director, John Dower, is leading the project, while executive producers are Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn and Suzanne Lavery. Sarah Lambert produces. “As the only documentary project ever made with the blessing of Sophie’s family, we believe it is important to properly understand who Sophie was as a person and what events led to her terrible fate,” said Simon Chinn.

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