European Netflix subscribers will finally be able to get hooked onShowtime’s Penny Dreadful. Announced today, CBS Studios International and Netflix signed a multi-territory licensing deal for CBS and Showtime series in Netflix’s six new Euro markets: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, as well as the Netherlands. Under the agreement, Netflix obtains exclusive first-window rights toPenny
Dreadful in these territories. Other series licensed from CBS Studios International to Netflix include Elementary, Under The Dome, Ray Donovan, Dexter, Deadwood and Jericho. Said CBS Global Distribution Group president and CEO Armando Nuñez in a statement, “We’re excited to have CBS’ world-class programming and Showtime’s acclaimed original series be part of Netflix’s launch in these territories.”
Former Doctor Who star Billie Piper says her friend Jenna Coleman is “brilliant” as current companion Clara Oswald.
The actress formerly known as Rose Tyler should know – she’s regularly voted the best companion of all time. And she’s not alone in praising Coleman’s performance.
Since the return of Doctor Who in August, Clara’s popularity among both fans and critics has soared as her character has become more independent and well-rounded.
Her resurgence has coincided with her pairing with new Doctor Peter Capaldi, and Piper thinks the two work perfectly together.
“Everything I’ve seen [of the new series] I’ve thought is brilliant,” Piper told RadioTimes.com. “I think Jenna Coleman is brilliant and I really like her as well – we know each other socially and she’s lovely – and I think her and Peter together is kind of perfect.”
Billie was seen arriving at Heathrow Airport yesterday after a brief trip to Dublin for filming of ‘Penny Dreadful’.
Do you think any of your children will get into acting?
“I don’t know. I think the youngest one is more so. I think the eldest one will probably be a genius craftsmen or something. He’s so focused and the youngest one is a bit of a lovely show-off. He’s a bit too young to take but to a five-year-old you can go ‘shhh, when they say quiet please’ whereas with a two-year-old they just say ‘No!”.
Would you work with your wife Billie again?
“Yes, I would. If there was an amazing job that required it. But we don’t walk around trying to work with each other.”
And are you the same with your wife… do you not speak about work much?
“Not really, occasionally. It’s work. Some people go home and talk about work all the time but others go home and put the TV on and have a bit of dinner and chill out. We’re a bit more like that.”
You’ve said some really interesting things in your previous interviews. WOP – we love this phrase?
“Yes, Women of Power. I’ve got WOP-adile tears too. That’s when women of power cry and they’re not really upset.”
How do you balance family life with a busy career? Are there any rules like ‘no phones’ at the dinner table?
“No, but it’s not easy, it works somehow. We do what we can do. We’re still married, it’s just not easy. That’s the sign that it hasn’t gone completely tits up. It’s f**king hard work and that’s the answer to that question.”
Good grief, she’s only just turned 32, but Piper has already packed in a lot, parlaying her teenage pop stardom into an acting career that hit twin early heights with Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Doctor Who. This year she was seen in Penny Dreadful, and onstage in the National Theatre’s hacking drama Great Britain. She also has two children with husband Laurence Fox.