News archive for November 2012

Philip Palmer's 45' legal drama BEARING WITNESS, broadcast on Radio 4 on 12th Dec and available on iPlayer (, is set in The Hague in 2000 and takes us inside the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) as a defence lawyer is challenged by the moral and legal complexities of defending a man accused of war crimes.

Carol Rocamora’s translation of Anton Chekhov’s IVANOV, which is currently being performed by the Classic Stage Company in New York, has had its run extended into December. The production stars Ethan Hawke and Joely Richardson and is directed by Austin Pendleton.

“Fascinating early Chekhov. Ethan Hawke EXUDES A SOLAR ENERGY that has made him a formidable stage presence. Joely Richardson finds a lovely broken poetry, giving A GEM OF A MULTILAYERED PORTRAITURE. The production also features two expertly carved studies in eccentricity by George Morfogen and Roberta Maxwell.- The New York Times

“AN ENERGETIC, SHARP REVIVAL. Ethan Hawke’s potent energy fuels the show. Joely Richardson is remarkable; Juliet Rylance, luminous.” - The New York Post

“One of the most DEEPLY SATISFYING theatrical unions in recent years is the mingling of Anton Chekhov, director Austin Pendleton and Classic Stage Company. Pendleton and his LUSCIOUS CAST layer the lights and abysses of Chekhov with masterly complexity.” - Newsday

“Austin Pendleton’s production has the BEAUTIFUL AND ELUSIVE SPIRIT of his prior outings at Classic Stage Company.” - Variety

“ETHAN HAWKE SOARS. Juliet Rylance is OUTSTANDING. Pendleton and cast illuminate the Chekhovian mix of humour and pathos.” - Associated Press


Channel 4's four part conspiracy thriller SECRET STATE, written by Robert Jones and inspired by Chris Mullins' 1982 novel, A VERY BRITISH COUP is currently airing on Channel 4. The serial was produced by Company Pictures and Newscope Films and stars Gabriel Byrne, Douglas Hodge, Gina McKee, Charles Dance, Rupert Graves and Ruth Negga.

**** "Secret State’s opening epsiode suggested a cracking series. With the hairs already prickling on my neck, I’m definitely booking my seat for the rest of what promises to be a thoroughly entertaining conspiracy thriller" - The Telegraph

"It looked great, its pace did not let up and the distractingly starry cast acted its socks off" - The Times

"Did exactly what any opening of a political thriller should: it took your lapels in a vicelike grip" - The Arts Desk

"Secret State saw an impressive cast (Charles Dance, Rupert Graves, Gabriel Byrne) join forces for a highbrow, high-octane drama" - Metro 

"A gripping four-part conspiracy thriller [...] A top-notch cast" - The Daily Star

Sita Brahmachari's stunning novel JASMINE SKIES has been longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. It is the second year in a row she has made the longlist, last year ARTICHOKE HEARTS was nominated. It is a great honour to be in such good company and we will be keeping our fingers crossed for the shortlist!