Veteran British cast features Anthony Head as Sir Simon of Canterville
First limited series in four parts for Halloween
PROVO, Utah, September 1, 2021 / PRNewswire / – BYUtv, a family entertainment network available via cable, satellite and free streaming, today announced that it has ordered a new modern four-part narrative from that of Oscar Wilde “The Canterville Ghost” by BBC Studios Productions, produced in the UK with a cast by notable UK actors. The limited series will receive a Halloween premiere on Sunday October 31 To 9 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT. Adapted by Jude tindall, the series marks the first UK drama commission by the non-commercial, value-based television network, bringing inspiring and uplifting entertainment to more than 50 million homes across America.
“’The Canterville Ghost’ brings together the acclaimed storytelling for which BBC Studios Productions is well known with BYUtv’s unique family entertainment brand,” said Andra Johnson Duke, Content Manager at BYUtv. “We are honored to partner with BBC Studios Productions to create a special, unmissable event of supernatural proportions filled with humor and heart that every member of the family will enjoy.”
The accomplished cast of “The Canterville Ghost” includes Antoine Head (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) as Sir Simon of Canterville; James lance (“Ted lasso“) like Hiram otis; Caroline catz (“Doctor martin“) like Lucy otis; Laurel Waghorn (“Holby City”) like Virginie otis; Carolyn pickles (“Broadchurch”) as Mrs. Umney; Haydn gwynne (“The Windsors”) as Lady Deborah of Canterville; Jack Bardoé (“Belgravia”) as the Honorable Cecil Canterville; Harry gostelow (“The Crown”) as Lord St. John Canterville; Lizzy connolly (“Call the midwife”) as Lady Henrietta Stilton; Fred fergus (“Wonder Woman”) as Viscount Ralph Stilton; Jeff Rawle (“Harry potter and the Goblet of Fire “) as Bluey, the Duke of Stilton; Harry taurasi (“The Borgias”) like Django lovell; Cathy Tyson (“Mona Lisa“) as Masilda Lovell; and the voice of Jonty Stephens (“Life on Mars”) as Cesspitt; and present Joe and Tom Graves like Frank and Théo Otis, and Harriette and Charlotte Robinson like Patience and charity Lovell.
Set in leafy 21st rural century England, “The Canterville Ghost” sees American tech billionaire Hiram otis buy Canterville Chase, unaware that the content includes a malicious family ghost, Sir Simon of Canterville, who has haunted the place for centuries. Or that his family will face all the power of the English aristocracy: united against the American upstarts. The contemporary reinvention of the classic Oscar wilde the comedy revolves around three families – the aristocratic Canterville, the Romani Lovell and the American Otises – who must unite to find redemption and heal the past.
Despite its modern setting, it’s an old world, bound by strict social conventions and archaic traditions. A world of house parties and cricket matches, fox hunting and pheasant shooting. The stately homes of the aristocracy and a resident ghost …
“It is Oscar wilde meets “Downton Abbey,” said Trottera, executive producer for BBC Studios Productions. “It’s full of gothic horror, romantic comedy and pathos. We are thrilled to be working with BYUtv on such an exhilarating drama for the whole family, and we hope it will make BYUtv audiences laugh a lot.”
“The Canterville Ghost” is a four-part, one-hour limited series commissioned by the Content Manager Andra Johnson Duke for BYUtv, and comes from the award-winning team behind hit shows like “Father Brown” and “Shakespeare & Hathaway”. It is produced by BBC Studios Productions, written by Jude tindall (“Father Brown”, “Shakespeare & Hathaway”) and executive produced by Trottera (“Father Brown”, “Shakespeare and Hathaway”, “Doctors”). “The Canterville Ghost” will be brought to the screen by the directors Paul Gibson and Suri Krishnamma. The screenwriter is Neil Irvine, and the series producer for BBC Studios Productions is Sue howells. BBC Studios distributes the series internationally.
In addition to “The Canterville Ghost”, BYUtv’s original lineup includes a new scripted workplace comedy with puppets “9 Years to Neptune”; “An Evening with Mary” – a special symphonic concert by the beloved performer Marie osmond; and the long-running viral sketch comedy series “Studio C”.
BYUtv is available nationwide via cable, satellite, and several digital media platforms. For a full list of BYUtv’s lineup and to see full episodes, visit www.byutv.org or download the app. BYUtv streams for free with no subscription, in-app purchase, or advertising. The network is still broadcasting live and the past and current seasons are all available to binge. Press access to videos, photos and other resources is available at www.byutv.org/pressinfo.
BYUtv offers families over 2,000 hours of entertaining and engaging programming they can enjoy together. The content of the network is reliable, contemporary and clean, but smart and sophisticated enough to inspire children and parents. BYUtv’s diverse portfolio of original, co-produced and acquired content includes scripted and unscripted dramas and comedies, over 700 hours of live HD college sports, game shows and TV specials, docudramas and concerts. . BYUtv is available in over 50 million homes in every state nationwide on DISH Network, DirecTV, and 139 other major cable systems. A digital pioneer, BYUtv was the first American television network to broadcast all of its content live and unencrypted over the Internet. Today, BYUtv has over two million YouTube subscribers and two billion views and is available for free live and on demand across multiple digital platforms including Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Windows. Media, digital applications. for iOS and Android, and BYUtv.org. Situated at Provo, Utah, BYUtv is part of BYU Broadcasting, which is owned by Brigham Young University.
About BBC Studios
BBC Studios, a global content company with bold British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group, bearing licensing fees and improving programming for UK audiences. Able to take an idea from thought to screen and beyond, its activities span content financing, development, production, sales, branding services and props for both its own productions and for programs and formats produced by high quality UK independents. The award-winning UK programs produced by the company are internationally recognized across a wide range of genres and specialties, with brands including Strictly Come Dancing / Dancing with the Stars, Top speed, Doctor Who and Blue. BBC Studios has offices in more than 20 markets around the world, including ten production bases in the UK and production bases or partnerships in seven other countries around the world. The company, which typically produces around 2,000 hours of content per year for the BBC and third parties including Apple, Netflix and Migu, is a champion of British creativity around the world. It is also a committed partner to the UK independent sector through a mix of equity partnerships, content investment and international distribution for program titles.
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