13 December 2009

Today's Sunday Times Magazine has a 16-page photographic special on the stars of British theater. I'm happy to report that Ruth Wilson is included. I have scanned in the four Ruth-flavoured pages.

Don't forget Small Island Part 2 tonight!

12 December 2009

Another find from Barbie. Ruth Wilson was a guest at "a private dinner at Asprey's for Mark Yeoh". You can see a photo at www.thisislondon.co.uk.

8 December 2009

There's an interview with Ruth in the Scotsman newspaper. It's a good long article. You can read it at www.scotsman.com

Small Island part 1 was broadcast on Sunday night. It was a solid piece of work and if the two lead actresses are not nominated for everything next year I will be very surprised. I am looking forward to part 2 next Sunday.

The following article has word on the healthy viewing figures: www.guardian.co.uk

Thanks to Barbie.

Masterpiece Theater will be showing Small Island in April 2010: www.pbs.org

2 December 2009

Here are the four Small Island pages from the current issue of the Radio Times. I've actually been meaning to scan this since the weekend but kept putting it off due to the less than expected Ruth content. Small Island is also covered in most of the other TV listings mags this week. Anyway, here are the scans...

Remember, part 1 is on next Sunday!

25 November 2009

There is a Ruth Wilson interview (dated October) on the BBC press office website. Thanks to Barbie for the alert.

Getty images have some new photos. First of all here is Ruth at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

Secondly, at the Prada Book Launch Party.

You can see all their Ruth images at www.gettyimages.co.uk.

22 November 2009

Thanks again to Lorna who send me the following scans of Ruth Wilson from the A Streetcar Named Desire programme.

The RUTH WILSON Appreciation Society on facebook reports the broadcast dates for Small Island are December 6th and December 13th, 9:00pm on BBC 1.

18 November 2009

Thanks to Lorna for sending in these photos of Ruth Wilson in A Streetcar named Desire.

The new version of The Prisoner has been just been shown in America. No news yet on when ITV will show it but in the meantime there is a lot of content over at http://www.amctv.com/originals/the-prisoner/.

Beware of spoilers, but here are three fairly non-spoilerish photos of Ruth that I have "borrowed".

I'm quite a fan of the original so I'll be interested to see what they have done with the new show. I have noticed that the episode titles are one-word titles based on the some of the original ones.

And finally a reminder that Small Island should be on the BBC in December. I have just found this article about the series at http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/production/on-location/small-island-bbc1/5006581.article.

7 November 2009

A BBC press release date yesterday contains the news that Ruth will be appearing in a new BBC1 TV series called Luther in 2010.

Best of British line up for Luther

Idris Elba (The Wire) is joined by an all-star cast as filming begins in London on BBC One crime thriller Luther: Ruth Wilson (Small Island, Jane Eyre), Steven Mackintosh (Criminal Justice), Indira Varma (Rome), Warren Brown (Occupation), Paul McGann (Withnail and I), Saskia Reeves (Bodies), all star in Neil Cross' thrilling, new six-part series, made by BBC Drama Production for BBC One.

Kate Harwood, Controller of Series and Serials, says: "Neil Cross's new series takes a bold new look at the detective show with great characters and intense psychological drama.

"I'm delighted we've attracted such a strong cast to bring these characters to life."

Idris Elba stars as John Luther, a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

Ruth Wilson is Alice Morgan, beautiful, extraordinarily intelligent and a key witness in Luther's first investigation.

Indira Varma is Zoe Luther, who's had the strength to walk away from the man she still loves.

Paul McGann is Mark North, unafraid to compete with Luther for Zoe's love.

Steven Mackintosh is DCI Ian Reed, a loyal friend.

Saskia Reeves is DSU Rose Teller, Luther's risk-taking boss, and Warren Brown is DS Justin Ripley, Luther's loyal, awestruck new partner.

In each exciting and fast-moving story, the murderer's identity is known from the start – focussing the drama on the psychic duel between hunter and quarry, who sometimes have more in common than either would like to think.

Creator and writer Neil Cross is an acclaimed suspense novelist and was lead writer for the last two series of Spooks.

"I'm delighted that BBC One is bringing Luther to life," he says.

"It's an intense psychological thriller which examines not only human depravity but the complex nature of love... and how it's often this – our finest attribute – that leads us into darkness."

Luther is a six x 60-minutes series and will film in and around London for transmission next year on BBC One.

Luther was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning, and Jay Hunt, Controller, BBC One.

The BBC executive producer is Phillippa Giles and the producer is Katie Swinden.

BBC Drama Production is a world leader in producing much-loved and critically-acclaimed dramas including recent productions: A Short Stay In Switzerland, The 39 Steps, Little Dorrit, Waking The Dead, Silent Witness and Criminal Justice 2 on BBC One; House Of Saddam and Desperate Romantics on BBC Two. Forthcoming dramas include: Cranford 2, Survivors 2, Five Days 2 and Lark Rise To Candleford.

Source: www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice

5 November 2009

There are three larger photos of Ruth at the screening of The Prisoner at www.contactmusic.com, 12 at www.zimbio.com and 19 at www.life.com.

If you can speak French there is an interview at www.unificationfrance.com

I seem to have put myself on a Prisoner mailing list because this arrived in my inbox tonight:

Think You're Free? Think You're Safe? Think You're in Control?

Immerse yourself in the world of The Prisoner with brand new footage: www.amctv.com/originals/the-prisoner/premiere

Explore The Village with this map, highlighting twenty Village destinations. You'll find everything from the Palais (where Two hangs his hat) to the Village Shop: www.amctv.com/originals/the-prisoner/village-map

Test your spying aptitude with S.W.A.T. - Surveillance Watcher Aptitude Tests: www.summakor.com

Help solve the mystery of The Village at www.thevillagewiki.org

The Prisoner premieres on Sunday, November 15 at 8pm/7c.

The Prisoner will air over three consecutive nights, with two episodes each evening, from 8PM to 10PM ET on AMC.

A man, known as "Six," finds himself inexplicably trapped in "The Village" with no memory of how he arrived. As he explores his environment, he discovers that his fellow inhabitants are identified by number instead of name, have no memory of any prior existence, and are under constant surveillance. Not knowing whom to trust, Six is driven by the need to discover the truth behind The Village, the reason for his being there, and most importantly -- how he can escape.

Two-time Academy Award nominee Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings, X-Men) plays the role of Two, and Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ, The Thin Red Line) plays the role of Six.

4 November 2009

There are lots of photos of Ruth attending a screening of The Prisoner in New York on sites such as Gettyimages. Check out the link below for more.

See all the thumbnails at www.gettyimages.com. Thanks to Barbie for the original alert.

Ruth plays Lika in BBC Radio 3's The Promise on Sunday 08 November, 8:00-9:30pm.

Small Island should be on our screens in December.

11 October 2009

I'm in the habit of checking the magazines that are included with newspapers on Saturdays and Sundays. Sometimes it pays off as it did this morning. Today's Sunday Telegraph magazine came with a Ruth Wilson cover and four page article.

Here are the inevitable scans:

The article covers most of Ruth's work paying special attention to Capturing Mary and A Real Summer. The Prisoner's "difficult" shoot and Small Island also get name-checked as does Ruth's continuing theater work.

9 October 2009

Ruth Wilson will be one of the actors taking part in The Old Vic's 24 Hour Plays Celebrity Gala event on November 1. Six short plays will be conceived, written, cast, rehearsed and then performed in 24 hours.

Read more at www.google.com.

30 September 2009

"AMC's 'Prisoner' to air on Nov 15. Remake of cult classic to run over three nights."

AMC's remake of 1960s cult classic "The Prisoner" will launch Nov. 15. With a cast led by Jim Caviezel in the title role and Ian McKellen as controller of the "Village" that holds him captive, "Prisoner" will air from 8-10 p.m. on three successive nights. Ruth Wilson, Hayley Atwell, Jamie Campbell-Bower and Lennie James also star.

Nick Hurran directed "Prisoner," with Bill Gallagher scripting. AMC co-produced the project with Granada and ITV. Granada Intl. is distributing the series worldwide.

AMC has been offering all 17 episodes of the original "Prisoner" online.

Source: www.variety.com

25 September 2009

The new issue of SFX magazine has an article on The Prisoner remake. Somehow they managed to mix up Ruth and Hayley Atwell and caption their photos incorrectly. The article itself doesn't reveal very much about what to expect.

19 September 2009

This week sees the publication of the Small Island tie-in edition and a cover has finally turned up online. As I hoped Ruth Wilson is on the cover. In fact the cover image mirrors the photo on the earlier editions but this time substitutes the actresses. So here's the cover:

The tie-in book was officially published on 17 September 2009 and Amazon UK seems to have the best price at the moment.

According to today's Times newspaper Small Island will be on the BBC in "early November".

9 September 2009

"Actresses Emma Thompson and Ruth Wilson are teaming up to launch a festival of dramas written and directed by women."

Read the article at www.thestage.co.uk.

6 September 2009

Nylon magazine are covering the new season's TV offerings in their September 2009 issue. This includes a page on The Prisoner featuring our Ruth. You can see it at community.livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt (scroll down a good bit).

Thanks to spiffyjellybean.blogspot.com what posted the news.

31 August 2009

Ruth is in the cast for a BBC Radio 3 play called "The Promise".

Top British actors to appear in BBC Radio 3’s autumn drama Published Sunday 30 August 2009 at 09:47 by Matthew Hemley

Toby Jones, David Morrissey, Russell Tovey and Ruth Wilson are set to appear on BBC Radio 3 as part of the broadcaster’s autumn drama season, which includes productions of Marlowe’s Edward II and Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera.

Jones will star as Edward in Marlowe’s play, alongside Patrick Kennedy, while Morrissey will appear with Toby Stephens in Jean Anouilh’s Becket, which will be broadcast in October.

Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera will be conducted by HK Gruber, who is to succeed James MacMillan as the BBC Philharmonic’s composer and conductor, starting in September 2009.

The cast includes Joseph Millsom, Zubin Varla, Conrad Nelson and Austrian singer Ute Gfrerer.

Elsewhere Tovey and Wilson will star in The Promise by Alexei Arbuzov.


12 August 2009

Michael has started a Ruth Wilson Appreciation Society over on facebook. Head over there now and join.

I found this video of Ruth signing autographs after a performance of A Streetcar Named Desire.

29 July 2009

Thanks to Barbie for telling about all the reviews for A Streetcar Named Desire You can get a list of them at news.google.co.uk and news.bbc.co.uk has a summary of them.

26 July 2009

Check out www.bscreview.com for a nine minute preview of The Prisoner. It appears that US TV viewers will see the series in November.

23 July 2009

The Official London Theater Guide has a (literally) big interview with Ruth Wilson. It's dated 22 Jul 2009. Here's a snippet:

It is an odd sensation, chatting to Ruth Wilson; part admiration, part jealousy, part self-loathing and part-dumbfoundedness, writes Matthew Amer.

Every other sentence the actress, who leapt to fame in the BBC adaptation of Jane Eyre and is currently playing Stella in the Donmar Warehouse production of A Streetcar Named Desire, reels out a story, an anecdote or an idea that she has somehow managed to cram into a life so packed it makes a tin of sardines look as spacious as Wembley Stadium three hours after the end of a Take That concert.

Whether it be freeing leopards or quadbiking in Namibia, chatting with Wilson makes me feel slightly inadequate at every turn. If she had the merest hint of complacency or a self-congratulatory air about her, I could revel in disliking this charmed existence. But she hasn’t. She is, of course, a delight, and slightly confused as to why each successive story brings a wide grin to my face or draws a laugh.

You can find the complete article at http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/news/latest/view/item106767/

11 July 2009

The BBC press office website has a trailer for Small Island and lots of other stuff from the Autumn 2009 schedule. Thanks to http://spiffyjellybean.blogspot.com/ where I saw the link.


Today's Independent newspaper (at least I assume it's today's) has an article about Ruth's travels.


9 July 2009

Thanks to Barbie for this.

There is an article called ‘A sticky, sweaty play’ at the Spectator magazine where Ruth Wilson talks about her role as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire.

If Ruth Wilson doesn’t very soon become a major force to be reckoned with, as an actress, director, producer, screenwriter (probably all four), I’ll eat my entire, quite extensive collection of hats. She is bursting with talent and possesses a gleefully voracious appetite for a challenge. This is probably just as well as she is about to take on the role of Stella at the Donmar Warehouse in Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire.

You can read the whole article at www.spectator.co.uk.

28 June 2009

Thanks to Barbie for finding this Ruth Wilson article:

Ruth Wilson might have attracted attention playing Jane Eyre in the BBC’s 2006 adaptation of the dark, Victorian novel, but the 27-year-old actress is keen to prove her abilities extend beyond the small screen. In July, Wilson will take on the iconic role of Stella Kowalski in “A Streetcar Named Desire” at London’s Warehouse Theater. She’ll star alongside Rachel Weisz as Blanche DuBois, and Elliot Cowan, who plays Stanley Kowalski. “It’s such a brutal play, full of passion [and] violence,” says Wilson. “With theater, you have that adrenaline kick — you’ve only got you, your voice and that’s it, so it’s quite scary. But I like scaring myself.”

QUICK STUDY: A former history student, Wilson researches her roles thoroughly. The actress took a road trip around America’s Deep South to prep for the part, taking in South Carolina, Mississippi and New Orleans. “New Orleans is an incredible place. You can understand why Tennessee Williams wrote about it,” says Wilson. “It’s got music coming out of every corner.”

SMALL SCREEN: Wilson hasn’t left her television roots behind. The actress will play Queenie in “Small Island,” a BBC adaptation of the Andrea Levy novel set in post-World War II London, which will make its debut on British screens in the fall. She also shot a remake of the Sixties spy show “The Prisoner,” with Sir Ian McKellen and Hayley Atwell. “It’s quite weird,” says Wilson. “We all have numbers rather than names. To some people it will make no sense, to other people it will be some kind of philosophical story.”

BIG PLANS: Frustrated by what she sees as a lack of compelling roles for women, Wilson says she’s working on putting on a film festival for female writers with Atwell and Emma Thompson. “Producers [say] women don’t bring in the money,” says Wilson. “That’s the aim of the festival: for writers to start improving women’s roles. And not to write boring dramas…[but] action movies and genre movies.” The actress also says she plans to direct films of her own at some point. “It’s probably a bit about control, actually,” says Wilson with a laugh. “Wanting to know from start to finish what the hell’s going on.”


30 May 2009

Ruth has made a blog post at www.guardian.co.uk about performing a rehearsed reading of Through a Glass Darkly at Stockholm's first Ingmar Bergman theatre festival

Barbie sent in a link to some info on Ruth and her role in A Streetcar Named Desire. See ms4ws.blogspot.com/2009/05/stellaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.html

23 May 2009

There's a couple of photos of Ruth attending the after party on Press Night for "When the Rain Stops Falling" at the Almeida Theatre, London, England on 21st May 2009. Go to www.whatsonstage.com and click through to pictures 18 and 19.

21 May 2009

Next week Ruth Wilson will be taking part in a reading, script in hand, of a stage adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s film Through A Glass Darkly.

Through a Glass Darkly describes 24 hours in the life of a family vacationing on the island of Fårö, off Sweden's south east coast. Karin [played by Ruth] has been brought to the remote island by her family in order to facilitate her recuperation from a psychotic episode. However, the family’s already fragile ties are tested; with Karin’s father, husband and younger brother so consumed by their own frailties that they cannot prevent her relapse.

The reading will be on May 28 at 6.00 pm & May 29 at 8.00 pm at the Ingmar Bergman International Theater Festival.

Source: http://www.bergmanfestival.com/sv/Bergmanfestivalen-en/Programme/Performances/Reading-Sasom-i-en-spegel/

I was flipping through one of the TV listings mags here in the UK (it might have been TV and Satellite Week) when I spotted a photo of Numbers 2 and 6 from the new version of The Prisoner on the back page. The text noted that the series is expected "early next year". That's a bit disapointing if true, but I guess we'll have to wait...

17 April 2009

Updates have been a bit thin on the ground, but here's news of what Ruth is up to after finishing Small Island.

Grandage also announced further casting for Rob Ashford's production of A Streetcar Named Desire. The previously announced Rachel Weisz (as Blanche DuBois) will be joined by Elliot Cowan as Stanley Kowalski, Barnaby Kay as Mitch and Ruth Wilson as Stella.

Source: www.variety.com

According to www.donmarwarehouse.com A Streetcar Named Desire runs from 23 July - 3 October 2009.

27 March 2009

Here's a Small Island production update:

Filming will wrap this week on ‘Small Island’, a new 2 x 90-minute drama produced by Ruby Films for the BBC which has been shooting in Northern Ireland since mid February. The production will move to Jamaica at the end of this week.

Source: The Irish Film & Television Network

Sadly Ruth never took me up on my offer to buy her a coffee!

13 February 2009

Some Small Island production news:

Watch out for...

David Oyelowo, Naomie Harris, Benedict Cumberbatch and Ruth Wilson, who lead the TV drama based on Andrea Levy's novel Small Island.

The drama has a series of intertwining tales about Jamaican Gilbert Joseph, who joins the RAF and fights for Britain during WWII. Later, his wife Hortense joins him in the UK.

'Gilbert tries to settle in Britain after the war and it's like: "Oh, are you still here?" That's the sense he gets from the Brits, even though he was in the war,' Mr Oyelowo told me during a break from rehearsals.

Filming begins next week on locations in Belfast and London.

Source: www.dailymail.co.uk

Interesting. I work in Belfast. Ruth, I'll buy you a coffee if you want. Well, it's worth a try!

4 February 2009

Thanks to Derek for telling me that Ruth's The Doctor Who Hears Voices is now on youtube in seven parts: www.youtube.com/watch?v=si_tCGuPg9E

3 February 2009

A couple of bits of Ruth news for you. Firstly Barbie sent in a link to a new prisoner video on the AMC website. Here are a couple of screen grabs of Ruth:

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I counted at least five glimpses of her. You can see the new video at www.amctv.com.

In other news Barbie tells me (via spiffyjellybean.blogspot.com via www.bbc.co.uk) that Ruth is performing in a BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour Drama called The Lady of the Camellias. It's on all this week (2-6 Feb.) Weekdays 10.45-11.00am, repeated 7.45-8.00pm. Follow the radio 4 link above to "listen again" for 7 days.

10 January 2009

There seems to be some press events happening for The Prisoner.

www.afterelton.com has the following photo of Ruth with her co-stars and the news that 'The Prisoner doesn't debut until November'.

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If you want more details then uk.tv.ign.com has a run-down on some of the info revealed.

Starting tomorrow the Daily Mail newspaper in the UK is giving away more classic drama DVDs, starting with 2007's Cranford. Later Ruth's 2006 Jane Eyre will be included in this promotion.

You can read the complete list of DVDs at www.dailymail.co.uk.