Rogue One lands and the best of holiday telly: London on Screen this month
Date posted: 07.12.2016
Christmas is coming ten days early for Star Wars fans this year! While we get our lightsabers ready for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, we’ll also see London on screen in true story Lek and the Dogs, along with the return of Sherlock and a host of favourite London-set films on TV.
Rebels with a cause
The highly anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits the big screen on Thursday 15 December with a location that is certainly a familiar sight to many Londoners – Canary Wharf underground station. Directed by Gareth Edwards, Rogue One is the first of the Star Wars standalone films from Lucasfilm, and sees a group of unlikely heroes band together to steal the plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction, the Death Star. The action-packed adventure stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, and Alan Tudyk.
Also coming to screens this month is Lek and the Dogs, based on Hattie Naylor’s award-winning play Ivan and the Dogs. This film is based on the true story of Ivan Mishukov, a boy who left his Moscow apartment at the age of four and lived on the city streets for two years before he was adopted by a pack of wild dogs. Filmed around London and incorporating archive footage from Russia, Lek and the Dogs premieres on Friday 16 December.
Holmes for New Year
2017 is getting off to the smartest possible start, with Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss slipping a fourth season of Sherlock into our stockings. The return of our favourite high-functioning sociopath kicks off the new run of three episodes with 'The Six Thatchers' on BBC One on Sunday 1 January at 8.30pm.
One of the best thing about the holidays is curling up on the sofa with your tenth mince pie of the day and catching up with some favourite films on TV. This year we are looking forward to seeing some classic London on the small screen with the full Harry Potter series on ITV, Pride on BBC2, Ethel and Ernest on BBC1, Lady in the Van on BBC2, Shaun of the Dead on ITV, Muppets Most Wanted on BBC1, and Skyfall on ITV2.
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