Friday, September 30, 2011


Shot within the U.K. by Red-colored Push. Co. for Sky Living HD. Executive producer, Nicola Shindler producer, Matthew Bird director, John Strickland authors, David Allison, Neil Johnson, Chris ParkerJed Harper - Theo JamesRyan McAllister - Will YoungKate Bettany - Charlotte now SaltMolly Lucas - Ashley MadekweWarren Bettany - Hugo SpeerA former mental asylum is changed into luxury flats for pretty youthful Britons stupid enough to disregard the apparent symptoms of haunting in U.K. import "Bedlam." A kind of "Melrose Place" meets "Ghost Whisperer" by means of "Being Human," this derivative drama is just mildly spooky and never nearly soapy enough to lure any however the most devoted genre fans and Anglophiles to some six-week operate on BBC America. The greatest title within the cast, a minimum of across water-feature, is inaugural "Pop Idol"-switched-so-so actor Will Youthful, playing 1 of 3 roommates completely not aware they are discussing their appropriately named abode, Bedlam Levels, with spirits. However the true star and standout artist is Theo James like a youthful drifter using the looks of the male model and also the "Sixth Sense"-ant capability to see dead people. He's attracted to Bedlam Levels with a rash of mysterious texts warning that his cousin (Charlotte now Salt because the bitchy building manager) is within danger. A bunch of ghostly shenanigans follow, mostly cribbed from Japanese horror as well as their Hollywood remakes ("The Ring," "The Grudge," "Dark Water"). Phantoms appear in mirrors, walls drip with eco-friendly water, ominous music surges the soundtrack and also the editors get into overdrive. Bad we have seen everything before, with increased inspired execution and interesting figures. Designers David Allison, Neil Johnson and Chris Parker range from realm of British night time soaps, all working at some point on youthful sudser "Hollyoaks," along with a superficial focus on pretty faces and banal personal dramas carries right here. However with its small core cast and ghost-of-the-week structure, "Bedlam" shows little possibility of the juicer twists and turns that provide the very best soaps their addictive appeal. A minimum of the frequently shirtless James -- who were built with a brief but memorable turn like a Turkish diplomat in season among "Downton Abbey" -- will do the job like a pretty-boy lead, and advantages of representing the only real character having a compelling hook. His supernatural gift enables him to assist ghosts solve their troubles and move onto the following realm. Within the opening hour, James' peers, including Ashley Madekwe, now a set regular on ABC's "Revenge," are simply card board cutouts with periodic sexual urges. The only real person in the cast over 40, Hugo Speer ("The Entire Monty"), stays his time hiding within the shadows because the building owner who most likely knows much more about the eerie occasions than he allows on. The six-episode first season of "Bedlam" came marginal rankings in the operate on U.K.'s Sky Living captured. There is no word yet on when or maybe another season is going to be created.Camera, Jono Cruz production designer, Martyn John editor, Crispin Eco-friendly music, Vince Pope casting, Beverley Keogh. 60 MIN. Contact the range newsroom at

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