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Worst Witch to Return to Television with Game of Thrones’ Lyanna Mormont

2 Sep

bella-ramsey-game-of-thronesBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

The Worst Witch will be making its return in a fresh new series on Netflix. The series is based on the books by acclaimed children’s author Jill Murphy and will be targeted at a tween audience. The Worst Witch will follow the ever-clumsy Mildred Hubble and her adventures as a first year student at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches. Bella Ramsey who was critically acclaimed for her role as Lyanna Mormont in Season 6 of the HBO series Game of Thrones, will play Mildred. Actress Clare Higgins (Doctor Who) will play the role of Potions teacher Miss Cackle, and Downton Abbey‘s Raquel Cassidy will play Deputy Head, Miss Hardbroom. According to The Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com) other cast members will be Wendy Craig (The Royal) as Chanting teacher Miss Bat, Jenny Richardson as Mildred’s rival Ethel Hallow, and Meibh Campbell and Tamara Smart will play Mildred’s best friends Maud Moonshine and Enid Nightshade.

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Davies’ Wizards Vs. Aliens Nominated for Three Bafta Cymru Awards

2 Aug

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind Up Geek)

wizards_vs_aliensThe hit CBBC series Wizard’s Vs. Aliens has been nominated for three Bafta Cymru Awards which is a UK award that recognizes achievement by performers and production staff in Welsh-made films and television programs. WvA has been nominated in Production Design (Arwel Wyn Jones), Costume Design (Ray Homan) and Children’s Programme.

The show was a replacement for The Sarah Jane Adventures after the death of its lead, Elisabeth Sladen, ended the series. Created by Russell T. Davies, who breathed new life into Doctor Who, and lead SJA writer Phil Ford, the series was well received by audiences. A second series is expected to appear in late 2013 with 14 new episodes. WvA sees 16-year-old wizard Tom Clarke (Scott Haran) and his scientist best friend Benjamin “Benny” Sherwood (Percelle Ascott) pair up as they battle the Nekross, an alien race who have invaded earth to devour anything and anyone that contains magic.

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