27/11/2006, 15:52pm GMT
Ruby In The Smoke BBC Press Release
Billie Piper and Julie Walters star in
this thrilling adaptation of Philip Pullman's much-loved novel.
Sally Lockhart (Piper) has just struck
a man dead – not with a weapon, though she has a pistol and probably the heart to use it. No, Sally killed Mr Higgs
with just three words: "The Seven Blessings". He died of fear but, unfortunately, Sally has no idea what the words mean.
They were sent to her by her father, just
before he drowned in the South China Seas, in a letter warning Sally of danger to come. The only other person to witness this
strange turn of events is Jim Taylor, the young company dogsbody at the Lockhart And Selby shipping firm. With a passion for
solving mysteries, Jim sets out to help Sally answer the questions surrounding her father's death and, together, they are
quickly drawn into a mystery filled with opium, Chinese Triad gangs, secrets from Sally's own past – and, at the heart
of it all, the Ruby of Agrapur, which was hidden by her father.
However, Sally is not the only person
trying to locate the priceless stone. Her nemesis, a sinister old hag named Mrs Holland (Walters), is desperate to get her
hands on it – and will stop at nothing.
Together, Sally, Fred (a young photographer
who helps Sally escape from Mrs Holland) and Jim pit their wits against the old woman's deadly plans. But, as they are drawn
deeper into the mystery, they realise that Lockhart And Selby was involved in dark and treacherous dealings in the Far East
– dealings which bring them face to face with a villain altogether more terrifying than Mrs Holland and whom Sally will
have to overcome if she is to learn the truth about her father's murder and solve the riddle of her own identity.
Ruby In The Smoke has been adapted by
Adrian Hodges and also stars JJ Feild as Fred Garland and Matt Smith as Jim Taylor.
26/11/2006, 16:39pm GMT
Piper Headlines New ITV Schedule
Billie Piper, Catherine Tate and Christopher Eccleston
are among the stars headlining ITV1's winter season.
Johnny Vegas and Keith Allen also feature in a schedule
that "aims high, takes risks and is less predictable", said director of TV, Simon Shaps.
Richard Madeley fronts "prime-time big money series"
Fortune, which sees the public battle to win a share of £1m funded by successful business people.
Jeffrey Archer and Dragon's Den star Duncan Bannatyne
are among the judges.
Ann Summers founder Jacqueline Gold, Crystal Palace chairman
and owner Simon Jordan and the MOBO Awards founder Kanya King complete the panel of real-life millionaires who will decide
which contestants most deserve the prize money.
Mr Shaps promised "the return of prime-time comedy to
ITV1", with Catherine Tate starring in The Bad Mother's Handbook, an adaptation of the best-selling novel, and fellow comic
Johnny Vegas in new comedy Benidorm.
Lisa Tarbuck stars is a series called Bonkers, about
people obsessed with sex, and comedian Al Murray hosts his own prime time chatshow, Al Murray's Happy Hour.
Meanwhile, Confessions Of A Diary Secretary takes a "saucy
look" at the affair between Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott and his diary secretary Tracey Temple.
On the drama front, former Doctor Who actress Billie
Piper stars in a forthcoming Jane Austen season and ex-Doctor Christopher Eccleston stars in thriller Perfect Parents.
Singer Hannah Spearritt stars alongside Douglas Henshall
in new six-part drama Primeval, which follows a team of government scientists investigating the reappearance of extinct creatures.
ITV1 has been struggling with falling revenue, advertising
sales and viewing figures but has been boosted by the recent success of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here.
24/11/2006, 17:19pm GMT
Billie Is Hot Property In TV World!
Billie has been named one of TVs hottest talents
in a list of TV's hottest stars! The list was part of the Hot 100 of television by trade "bible" Broadcast magazine.
It was compiled from the magazine's own experts as well
as leading figures within the business.
The Top 10 is as follows:
1 Russell Brand - E4 TV presenter and Radio 2 show
Jonathan Ross - BBC1 talkshow host and Radio 2 show
3 John Barrowman - actor, star of Torchwood, Dancing on Ice
Chiles - BBC radio and TV presenter including Match of the Day 2
5 Fearne Cotton - host of Top of the Pops, Love Island
Damian Lewis - actor, star of BBC play Friends and Crocodiles, hosted Have I Got News For You
7 Sam Nixon & Mark Rhodes
- presenters of BBC kids' TV show TMi
8 Sarah Smith - newsreader on More 4 News
9 Billie Piper - actress, star of Doctor Who and, next year, Mansfield Park
10 Simon Amstell -
host of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, C4's Popworld
New scans of Billie from The Inside Story Book are now available in the Photo Archive.
Treats Tickets On Sale For Theatre Roal, Windsor
Tickets for Billie's new play Treats are now on sale via lastminute.com
The tickets are for The Theatre Royal in Windsor January 18th - January 26th. Click
here to view details.
The play will be touring the UK before moving to the West End.
We have uploaded two new articles to the Interviews section.
One is a fantastic article about Billie's character from Doctor Who, Rose Tyler,
the other is a brand new interveiw with Billie!
22/11/2006, 16:28pm GMT
Christmas Is Coming!
The BBC Press Office have released details of the fantastic
Christmas schedule and one of the jewel's in the BBC's crown is The Ruby In The Smoke starring Billie as Sally Lockhart.
Transmission dates are not yet known.
Doctor Who Soundtrack Release Details!
In what will be music to the ears of many, we can finally reveal initial details of the upcoming Doctor Who
Released by Silva Screen Records on 04 December 2006, the album will feature Murray Gold's version of the
Doctor Who theme, plus many of his various incidental scores from Series 1 and 2.
The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon contributes a version of Song for Ten (from last year's Christmas special)
and Love Don't Roam, which will feature in the Runaway Bride.
Also included is the much-requested Doomsday - the song that played during Rose's trip to Bad Wolf Bay in
Episode 13 of Series 2.
Other tracks include Cassandra's Waltz, Harriet Jones, Prime Minister, plus the themes specially created for
the Doctor and Rose.
New Wallpapers Update
Here are a couple of new wallpapers featuring Billie as Rose Tyler
in Doctor Who.
08/11/2006, 15:29pm GMT
A Real Treat!
Further to news that Billie will be appearing in the
play Treats WhatsonStage.com have the following article:
Billie Piper may have left TV’s Doctor Who, but
theatregoers won’t have to wait long to catch up with the time traveller’s faithful sidekick. The pop star-turned-actress
will make her theatrical debut, torn between two men, in a revival of Christopher Hampton’s 1976 play Treats in the
The three-hander opens at the Theatre Royal Windsor where
it runs from 16 to 27 January 2007 ahead of a brief regional tour and West End transfer (exact dates and venues to be confirmed).
In Treats, when young newspaper professional Ann (Piper)
loses her egotistical ex-boyfriend Dave, she tries to rebuild her shattered confidence by forming a rebound relationship with
Patrick, the office bore. All is going as expected until Dave returns on a macho mission to try and win her back. With a barrage
of belittling mockery unleashed on Ann’s new love interest, and home truths mercilessly revealed at every turn, the
question is who – if anyone – will conquer this testosterone-charged battleground and ultimately get the girl.
Piper first shot to pop fame at the age of 15. She had two number 1 singles and several other hits before quitting music
to focus on an acting career. For her Doctor Who role as Rose Tyler, opposite first Christopher Eccleston and then David Tennant,
she won a National Television Award for Most Popular Actress.
Her other TV credits have included The Canterbury Tales,
Much Ado About Nothing, Things to Do Before Your 30 and an upcoming adaptation of Mansfield Park.
DWM Bids Farewell to Rose Tyler!
The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine is out tomorrow,
9th November 2006, and Billie takes pride of place as cover girl as they bid a fond farewell to Rose Tyler and as they put
it 'The extraordinary adventures of and ordinary girl and the Time Lord she loved..'
Prepare to get misty eyed as they look back on Rose's time with the Doctor and see
how Rose Marion Tyler went from London Shopgirl to defender of the Earth, from her very first meeting with the Doctor to her
tear jerking finale at Bad Wolf Bay.
Also in the issue are reviews of the latest Who books which feature Rose and an
insight on what to expect from the forthcoming Series Two Box Set!
01/11/2006, 18:22pm GMT
National Television Awards Update!
Lots of news stories today about last night's National
Television Awards! We have collected all the best ones and put them together for you to read here!
You can also see some photos of Billie at the awards
in the Image Archive!
Don't forget that the awards will be shown on ITV tonight:
01/11/2006 The NTA's Red Carpet & Backstage
Jack and Kelly Osbourne catch up with the celebs on the red carpet.
01/11/2006 The National Television Awards (UK)
Trevor McDonald hosts the star studded ceremony from The Royal Albert Hall.
Doctor Who stands a good chance
of glory with three nominations.
The NTA's Backstage Exclusive (UK)
Jack and Kelly Osbourne chat to the celebs at the aftershow