With 2013 just around the corner, here’s our look ahead at what is coming up for David Tennant fans in the New Year
Spies Of Warsaw
David Tennant and Janet Montgomery star in this high anticipated pre-war thriller coming to BBC Four in January. The drama was adapted from the novel by Alan Furst by award winning writing duo Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement and was directed on location in Poland by Coky Giedroyc.
David Tennant plays Colonel Jean-Francois Mercier, a chevalier, decorated war hero and the French military attaché to Warsaw. He also works as a secret agent, charged with uncovering schemes by the Nazis who are gathering their forces outside Poland. His life is further complicated when he meets and falls for a beautiful lawyer Anna Skarbek (Janet Montgomery)
The cast also includes Burn Gorman, Anton Lesser, Fenella Woolgar and Julian Harries alongside Polish stars Marcin Dorocinski and Miroslaw Zbrojewicz. The drama also benefits from the beautiful Polish scenery – from the period intricacies of the Old Town of Warsaw to the glory of the Palace at Nieborow to the mountains and steam trains of Kasina Wielka. The result is a convincing, brooding thriller where David’s agent struggles to balance the elements of his life and to work out who he can and can’t trust as the German forces make their inevitable advance on the city.
Spies Of Warsaw comes to BBC Four at 9pm on Wednesday 9th January, with the second concluding part at the same time on Wednesday 16th. It will also be shown on TVP1 in Poland at 8.30pm on Fridays from 11th January and on BBC America from early February. In France it will screen on Arte and in Australia on UKTV with airdates to be confirmed.
Watch out for David on the Jonathan Ross Show on ITV1 on Saturday 5th January where he will be talking about the drama.
Read more about the drama on our Spies Of Warsaw page
David Tennant stars as DI Alec Hardy in this eight-part drama for ITV who locks horns with colleague DS Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) when he is brought in to investigate the death of a young boy in a small coastal town. The drama was written by Chris Chibnall and was directed by James Strong and Euros Lyn. It was filmed from the late summer through to early December on location in Bristol, North Somerset and in Bridport in Dorset. The drama boasts a jaw-dropping cast with Arthur Darvill, Vicky McClure, Will Mellor, Andrew Buchan, Pauline Quirke, Jodie Whittaker and Jonathan Bailey among those taking part.
Chris Chibnall says of the series “Broadchurch focuses on a small British community which finds itself at the eye of a storm. In the wake of one boy’s death, the residents of Broadchurch come under scrutiny and suspicion. It’s a story of scale and intimacy, as the lives of the characters are laid bare.”
Jane Featherstone, executive producer adds, “We’re proud to have cast an outstanding array of Britain’s finest performers to appear in Broadchurch. The drama is a snapshot of modern Britain. Its community represents a microcosm of life as we know it with the character of Ellie part of the fabric of Broadchurch. She’s lived amidst the people in this coastal town all her life so when the fabric begins to tear it’s Ellie who will feel the impact the hardest.”
Broadchurch is scheduled to screen on ITV1 in spring 2013. Find out more on our programme page.
The Politician’s Husband
David Tennant and Emily Watson will star as husband and wife in Paula Milne’s new drama The Politician’s Husband, a three part serial about marriage, power and politics for BBC Two.
The drama explores what happens in a political marriage when the wife becomes more successful than her husband. Aiden Hoynes, a senior Cabinet Minister, married to Freya, a junior Minister who has consistently put her own career ambitions on hold for the sake of Aiden’s career and their family. Aiden focused on his career when the couple’s son Noah was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome as a place to hide from the problems at home. When Aiden’s career path to the top echelons comes to an abrupt halt, the power balance within his marriage is irrevocably shifted as he witnesses his wife’s political career soar. In his desperation to cling to power, Aiden risks destroying everything he holds most dear.
The drama also stars Ed Stoppard, Roger Allam, Jack Shepherd and Oscar Kennedy.
The Politician’s Husband is due to screen on BBC Two later in 2013. Read about the series on our programme page
New to US viewers, the six-part documentary series exploring some of Shakespeare’s best loved plays comes to PBS early in 2013. Each episode is presented by a well-respected Shakespearean actor or director, including Jeremy irons, Ethan Hawke, Sir Derek Jacob, Trevor Nunn and Joely Richardson. David Tennant explores Hamlet in his episode talking to fellow actors Jude Law and David Warner and director Gregory Doran to discover what makes Hamlet Shakespeare’s greatest play.
Shakespeare Uncovered begins on PBS at 9pm ET on Friday 25th January, with David’s Hamlet episode on Friday 8th February at 9pm ET.
How To Steal A Dragon’s Sword
Originally scheduled for 2012, David was unable to fit the recording of this audiobook into his diary. However, he has personally and exclusively assured us that he will be in the studio in early January to tape the next instalment of Cressida Cowell’s ever popular How To Train Your Dragon series. His biggest worry is that he will run out of regional accents for the Viking tribes! The audiobook and download will be available some time in 2013.
Tree Fu Tom
A second series of the hit CBeebies preschool show is already under production for 2013 – Sophie Aldred confirmed that the cast had already started work towards the end of 2012. A range of books, toys and a second DVD release is also due this year.
According to the show’s stars Justin Roiland and Kari Wahlgren, David has already recorded a voice part for the Disney animated series Fish Hooks. The third season is expected to air on the Disney Channel in the US some time in 2013
And what else? Knowing David there are bound to be some projects already completed that we have yet to find out about! Apart from that there are plenty of rumours. Word is that he has signed up for a new BBC project which begins shooting early in 2013. Aside from that there are plenty hoping for a return to Doctor Who for the 50th Anniversary Special. Whether he does or not, he will no doubt be taking part in the celebrations in some way or another. And there are also whispers of a return to the stage, something that David himself has indicated that he would love to happen soon.
All we can say is that 2013 is going to be a year to remember for David Tennant fans around the world!