Producers call time on making a big screen version of the Bafta-winning E4 series Misfits

Plans to make a movie version of the hit E4 series Misfits have finally been abandoned, RadioTimes.com understands.

A script for the big screen outing of the British drama – which centred on a group of teenage delinquents who acquired superhuman powers after a mysterious storm – had been written by the show’s creator Howard Overman.

Misfits began in 2009, with the final episode of series five airing on 11 December 2013. It won a number of awards including the Bafta best drama series prize in 2010.

The movie version was said to involve a variety of the characters who appeared in the five series, including the original line up of Antonia Thomas, Iwan Rheon, Lauren Socha, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Robert Sheehan.

However it is understood that the project will now not happen because of a number of issues, one of which is said to be cast availability.

Antonia Thomas, the actress who played Alisha Daniels in the first three series, told RadioTimes.com that she believed the project had been shelved.

She said: “There was all sorts of talk about it. We read scripts and I think it’s now not happening. I haven’t heard anything. I think it’s just difficult to get everybody together. Everybody is doing such different things. Maybe they think everybody has moved on, I don’t know. You never say never but I have not heard anything of it of late.

“It was a really cool script, kind of getting the old gang back together, it could have been a lot of fun.”

Thomas can, however, be seen in the new Channel 4 comedy Scrotal Recall as Evie, the love interest of the central character, Dylan Witter, played by folk singer Johnny Flynn.

In the six-part comedy Dylan has just been diagnosed with the STD Chlamydia and has to track down all his former sexual partners to warn them that they may also be infected.

Thomas said that she would like to make another series of Scrotal Recall if the first is a success: “There is so much room for at least a second series and we would want to explore it more.”

Scrotal Recall stars on Channel 4 on Thursday 2nd October




Peep Show’s Daniel Ings and singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn will also appear in the series from The Midnight Beast writer Tom Edge.

Antonia Thomas, best known for playing Alisha Daniels in E4 comedy-drama Misfits, is to star in new comedy Scrotal Recall, RadioTimes.com can exclusively reveal.

The six-part series from Channel 4 follows hapless Dylan Witter who must find every girl he’s ever slept with to tell them he’s contracted Chlamydia. Played by actor and singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn, Dylan is aided by best friends Evie (Thomas) and Luke (Peep Show actor Daniel Ings).

Each 30-minute episode will see him tracking down a different girl from his sexual past, forcing him to recall romantic encounters he’d much rather forget. Evie and Luke decide to help Dylan out with his “labour of love” by offering dodgy relationship advice as he uses his quest to make sense of all his past romantic car-crashes.

Channel 4 comedy’s acting deputy head Fiona McDermott said, “Scrotal Recall is a brilliantly written, modern comedy, a skilful mix of compelling love story, instantly original characters and erm….. STDs. We’re totally thrilled that we’ve got such a talented and exciting cast to ring it all to life.”

“This is a unique comedy with a fantastic cast, brimming with humour, heart and mild genital discomfort,” added Murray Ferguson, chief executive for Clerkenwell Films.

The new series, written by The Midnight Beast’s Tom Edge, is currently filming in Scotland and will air on Channel 4 this autumn.




 

James Bond actor Colin Salmon has signed up for the new series of hit BBC drama The Musketeers.

The star, who appeared in three 007 films playing Charles Robinson, will guest star as a character called Tariq described by show bosses as “a mysterious interloper on the run from Spain” and Misfits actress Antonia Thomas will play his daughter, Samara.

The show’s executive producers Adrian Hodges and Jessica Pope said: “We’re excited to welcome an actor of Colin’s reputation to The Musketeers. He will bring wonderful charisma and sense of mystery to the role.

“We’ve also been aware for some time of Antonia’s wonderful work in films and TV series such as Sunshine On Leith and Misfits among numerous others. She brings such intelligence and vibrancy to every role she plays and we are thrilled to have her as Samara.”

The show, based on the stories by Alexandre Dumas, pulled in around six million viewers for each episode in the first series and has been sold to 78 countries around the world – including France.

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I have added captures of Sunshine On Leith to the gallery.  This film is one of my favourite films ever.

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Sunshine on Leith is based on the sensational stage hit of the same name, featuring music by pop-folk band The Proclaimers. The film follows the stories of Davy and Ally, who have to re-learn how to live life in Edinburgh after coming home from serving in Afghanistan. Both struggle to learn to live a life outside the army and to deal with the everyday struggles of family, jobs and relationships.

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Antonia Thomas is telling Clash about how she responded to the news that she’d earned a Best Female Newcomer nomination at the Empire Awards earlier this year.

What? That was my reaction,” she exclaims. “Really?”, “Oh my God!” and “Wow!” soon followed. She’d been shortlisted for her role in Dexter Fletcher’s 2013 musical based around the music of The Proclaimers, Sunshine On Leith.

Initially known for her performance as Alisha in E4’s hit series Misfits, Thomas’s Empire nomination has inevitably elevated her to a higher level of recognition, partially because of the company she’s been keeping. “All of the other ladies that were nominated are extremely wonderful, so it’s lovely to be in the same category as them,” she says of the shortlist that also includes Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years A Slave, The Wolf Of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie and her Sunshine On Leith co-star Freya Mavor.

Although the phrase Best Newcomer is inevitably associated with an overnight success story, it’s usually the case that anyone who has that honour bestowed upon them has grafted for years to earn the nomination. Thomas is no different. Performance seems to be inherent within the family genes. Her older sister, Emma, is trained in musical theatre and urged Antonia to do likewise, while her father David is an opera singer (or, as she clarifies, “a classical baroque bass singer”) of some repute. She initially learned towards musical theatre too, spending two months touring Japan with a production of Pendragon at the age of just 14, before moving her focus onto acting.

Thomas relocated from her family home in Greenwich to study at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She repeatedly auditioned for Misfits in her final year and finally landed the part of Alisha the day after she finished her studies.

“It was terrifying, and amazing,” she recalls, her face reflecting a very palpable combination of overwhelmed wonder. “It wasn’t what I thought I’d be doing immediately. We did a little bit of TV training at drama school, but they can’t in any way prepare you for what it’s really like. It was an incredible experience and the best way to learn.”

Combining sex, drugs and telepathy, the character of Alisha wasn’t “exactly a wilting wallflower”, in Thomas’s words. “It was a steep learning curve,” she recalls, “and I was thrown in at the deep end, so the next thing I did wasn’t as scary.”

Misfits immediately placed Thomas in the public eye. It was, she admits, really strange to be repeatedly recognised in public throughout the show’s three series. “Fame has never really been something that’s interested me,” she affirms. “It’s a by-product of the job and if it happens to you, you have to just get used to it. It comes with the territory. But it’s really lovely: you appreciate people’s appreciation of your work.”

Such interest still occurs sporadically over two years after her character departed in a gruesome (“and very sad”) ending. Yet with the award nomination and the success of Sunshine On Leith, the next wave of public attention can’t be too far away.

When the possibility of featuring in Sunshine On Leith first appeared, Thomas’s reaction was one of enthusiastic bewilderment. “I did think that it was quite random and I didn’t really know their music, but I’d love to go in for it. In England we know ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’, ‘Letter From America’ – we know the big hits. I didn’t really realise that The Proclaimers are huge in Scotland.”

Thomas plays Yvonne, who together with recently discharged serviceman Davy – performed by another new star, George MacKay – is one of three pairs of couples who are experiencing the rocky road of romance. It’s no surprise that their Will they? / Won’t they? relationship culminates with the film’s uplifting flash-mob set-piece performance of ‘(I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles’.

The cast spent a week pre-recording their vocal performances in the studio. The big numbers in which most of the cast perform together – ‘Over And Done With’, ‘500 Miles’ – are obviously, as Thomas says, “just a lot of fun”. But the more intimate songs, such as ‘Misty Blue’, were a much bigger challenge. As for the reasons behind film’s surprise success?

“When we first started, I thought we might get a really gritty Scottish musical, like Fish Tank the musical. No!” she chuckles. “Although it’s a musical – you can’t really get away from an element of cheese because of that – Dexter wanted to keep it as real and as grounded as possible. He wanted the songs and the music to really come from out of a truthful acting moment. I just think it was a collaboration of really great things that all worked.”

Also confirmed as part of the cast of Survivor, a film based around a terrorist plot and headlined by Milla Jovovich, Thomas had spent the day of our interview rehearsing for her second season in Home, a play which runs at The Shed at The National Theatre until the end of April. It uses the real-life testimonies of young people to explore the issue of homelessness in London.

“The situation of the hostels since we first did it last summer has changed: the government keeps cutting the funding and people have been evicted, the situation is getting worse and worse. We’re really hoping to get some policy makers along and to try to make a difference to it. It feels like one of the most important jobs that I’ve done.”

Thomas’s future ambitions are varied. She’d love to perform Shakespeare at The National’s Olivier Theatre, and would like to return to another music based-role (there’s also been Spike Island, Coldplay’s Charlie Brown video and the upcoming Northern Soul), this time playing a singer or jazz musician. Most of all, though, she’d love to work with 12 Years A Slave and Shame director Steve McQueen. Go on, Steve, pick up the phone…

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