Our Girl actress is set to play the iconic character alongside Phillip Schofield and Ant and Dec.
Fresh from her role in period drama Tina and Bobby, Michelle Keegan is set to play yet another strong female. The star will don the iconic hair buns and play Star Wars favourite Princess Leia, a role made famous by the late Carrie Fisher. However, she hasn’t landed a part in the new Star Wars remakes, she’s set to star in a new ITV parody. The Keith and Paddy Picture Show will see celebrities join Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness as they recreate their favourite films for a new comedy series.
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi will be one of the last spoofs of the five part series and it’s set to be a star-studded affair. Joining Michelle, Keith and Paddy for the show will be Phillip Schofield as Yoda, and David Dickinson as The Emperor.
Ant and Dec will be Ewoks, while Jeremy Kyle will play himself. Speaking about her brand new role, Mark Wright’s wife said: “I’m excited to be part of this new show with Keith and Paddy and thrilled to be taking on the iconic role of Princess Leia, a strong, female heroine and all round Star Wars legend. “I had so much fun and we had such a laugh filming that I can’t wait for everyone to see the final result.”
The series will also see classic 80’s movie Ghostbusters be remade for viewing pleasure.
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The five-part drama, inspired by musician PJ Harvey’s Kosovan notebooks, was written by Fin Kennedy and is told over a week in January 2017.
On Kosovo Field is a new drama written by Fin Kennedy that grew out of the body of work created by PJ Harvey on and after a journey to Kosovo, told over five episodes this January and featuring unreleased song demos from the musician woven through. It stars Michelle Keegan (Our Girl) and Nico Mirallegro (Rillington Place, Common).
Harvey’s latest album The Hope Six Demolition Project and her book of poetry The Hollow Of The Hand draws from several journeys undertaken by Harvey over a four-year period from 2011-2014; one of those journeys was to Kosovo. The inspiration and starting point for the drama came from Harvey’s notepads from her trip to Kosovo, her poetry and song lyrics and her Kosovan song demos.
BBC Radio Producer Nadia Molinari and writer Fin Kennedy used the materials to develop a drama about two Kosovan siblings and their journey.
Commenting on her process of gathering materials during her trips, PJ Harvey has said: “When I’m writing a song I visualise the entire scene. I can see the colours, I can tell the time of day, I can sense the mood, I can see the light changing, the shadows moving, everything in that picture. Gathering information from secondary sources felt too far removed for what I was trying to write about. I wanted to smell the air, feel the soil and meet the people of the countries I was fascinated with.”
Writer Fin Kennedy’s starting point was Harvey’s rich material, and the images from the songs and poems are weaved through the drama as well as the song demos themselves. Kennedy and producer Nadia Molinari also travelled to Kosovo, where they retraced some of Harvey’s steps and also spent time talking to journalists, politicians and human rights activists currently working on conflict resolution and reconciliation in Kosovo.
On Kosovo Field is the search for an identity via a road trip back through a lost heritage. The two central characters are two Kosovan-born siblings Rebeka (played by Michelle Keegan) and her younger brother Dardan (played by Nico Mirallegro) who were brought to Manchester as unaccompanied minors under a special evacuation programme during the conflict in 1999. The siblings, now adults, return to Kosovo after a mass grave is discovered close to their native village.
They discover a young nation striving to forge a path for hope and reconciliation and realise that they too must journey into their past to move on. They carry a set of keys, given to them by a neighbour before they left, offering the chance to unlock their home and, with it, their memories. They are forced to confront the painful truth of what happened to their parents.
Writer Fin Kennedy says: “The ‘play cycle’ as an idea takes its inspiration from the traditional song cycles of the Albania/Kosovo region. By the end of the cycle we come to understand that the siblings are a metaphor for Kosovo itself, the newest country in Europe, poignantly searching for an identity after centuries of conflict.”
Jeremy Howe, Radio 4 Commissioning Editor for Drama, says: “Seventeen years ago Kosovo, a place that few of us had ever heard of, was all over the headlines, then the news juggernaut moved on and the place was forgotten. On Kosovo Field shows how drama can get underneath the news headlines and explore with real emotional depth how the politics we hear about in the news, the war that is glimpsed in thirty second bulletins, affects real people.”
On Kosovo Field is broadcast on Radio 4 Monday 9 – Friday 13 January at 10.45am and the five episodes are repeated each day at 7.45pm. It’s produced by Nadia Molinari, BBC Radio Productions and written by Fin Kennedy.
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Michelle Keegan has been a busy bee of late and now she’s added another project to her line-up of TV work – but this one is TOTALLY different to what we’re used to seeing Keegs in!
The actress – who is currently winning ace reviews for her performance in BBC drama Our Girl – has signed up for a one-off revival show of The Crystal Maze. As in the gloriously bonkers 1990s game show which saw contestants face challenges in a series of themed zones to collect crystals and win prizes.
This revival is all for a good cause though. Michelle, 29, will play the game alongside former footballer Rio Ferdinand, comedian Josh Widdicombe, DJ Sara Cox and Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock in aid of Channel 4’s Stand Up To Cancer fundraiser.
The Office star Stephen Merchant will present the show, which is set to be broadcast next month.
It looks like the celebs filmed the special episode on Thursday though as Michelle hinted that she’d had a ball by retweeting a photo from the set…
Fans are pretty excited to see Keegs take on the challenge and many are hoping she managed to beat the clock in each zone.
‘Hope you didn’t get locked in Michelle,’ one Twitter user commented.
Another posted: ‘Michelle Keegan is enough of a reason to watch The Crystal Maze special later in the year’
Michelle hasn’t spoken about her latest project as of yet but we can’t wait to see how she gets on!
It’s certainly something VERY different for the actress, who has been racking up some impressive performances ever since she left Coronation Street in 2014.
After appearing in drama Ordinary Lies last year, 2016 has been very busy for Michelle and she’s been wowing viewers with her portrayal of army medic Georgie Lane in Our Girl.
The TV star has also been filming upcoming ITV series Tina And Bobby and even proved she’s got comedy chops earlier this year with roles in Plebs and Drunk History.
Who’d have thought we’d next be seeing her running around a maze trying to earn crystals, eh?
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Michelle is set to star in yet another much anticipated series, chronicling the life of legendary England captain Bobby Moore, in which she will play the sportsman’s wife, Tina.
ITV confirmed she will feature opposite 26-year-old actor Lorne MacFadyen – who is best to known to viewers from Grantchester – in a new drama series to be filmed in Manchester this summer.
After England won the World Cup in July 1966, the captain and his wife were catapulted to national fame and became the country’s original golden couple.
Tina And Bobby relates the story of the England and West Ham legend’s life with his childhood sweetheart from their humble beginnings to the heights of stardom.
Mark Wright’s wife will be joined on set by Holby City and Emmerdale’s Patsy Kensit, who will play Tina’s mother Betty and David Bamber, who takes on the role of England Manager Alf Ramsey.
The three episode drama is based on Tina’s memoir, Bobby Moore: By The Person Who Knew Him Best.
Growing up in Essex, Tina first met Bobby aged just 15 when he was 17 and four years later the couple married in June 1962.
Former West Ham and Manchester United full back Noel Cantwell was best man and other guests included football manager Malcolm Allison and the entire West Ham team.
In 1965 the footballing star was diagnosed with testicular cancer and his captaincy of the national side a mere year before the World Cup hung in the balance.
But, against all the odds, he fought his way back to fitness and led the England team to their first and only World Cup triumph.
ITV Studios executive producer, Kieran Roberts, said: ‘Most people will know the story of Bobby Moore’s achievements as captain of club and country – the only Englishman ever to lift the football World Cup.
‘Far fewer will know the story of his life with Tina – a love story every bit as dramatic and epic as Bobby’s exploits on the pitch.
‘We are delighted to be dramatising Tina and Bobby’s amazing story for ITV and, in Michelle and Lorne, we think we have the perfect casting of the golden couple and we are thrilled.’
If you’ve been missing Miss Keegan’s face gracing your TV screens since her departure from Coronation Street back in May, have no fear, the wait will soon be over! News broke this week about the new BBC One drama series, Ordinary Lies, which is set to air in 2015. Ordinary Lies is a six part series from the creative minds behind Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax, RED Production Company, and Shameless director Danny Brocklehurst. Filming for the show will start this week.
Michelle took to her HELLO! blog to share her excitement and give a little insight about what the project is all about. “It’s set in the offices of a motor showroom, and is about the little white lies that people tell and how they can spiral out of control. The writing is amazing (the series is written by Emmy and BAFTA winner Danny Brocklehurst) and there’s a fantastic cast including Mackenzie Crook, Max Beesley, Jason Manford and Sally Linsday. My character is called Tracey, but I can’t tell you anything else about her just yet, don’t want to give anything away! I’m honoured to be working with such a talented group of actors and can’t wait to start filming… Oh and another great thing about this job is that it’s being filmed in my home town of Manchester! Yep, it’s back up the M6 for me for a while…!”
According to Digital Spy, Michelle’s character Tracey works at the motor showroom as a receptionist, and is a wannabe WAG who dreams of a life of luxury. What do you think of Michelle’s new gig? 2015 can’t come soon enough!