EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that former Sinbad star Elliot Knight has landed (and I’m told already completed shooting) a guest lead on the seventh season of ITV’s Law & Order: UK. The exact nature of Knight’s role is being kept under wraps but one source tells me he was “a joy to work with.” A relative newcomer, Elliot Knight, repped by Affirmative Entertainment and Payne Management, is best know for playing the eponymous lead character on Sky1’s action series Sinbad, which was cancelled by the broadcaster last week. Law & Order: UK, produced by Kudos Film and Television and Wolf Films, is based on the well known US series Law & Order and follows the investigation of a major crime by the Metropolitan Police Service and the subsequent prosecution undertaken by the Crown Prosecution Service. The series was renewed by ITV with an 8 episode order back in August, with the broadcaster eyeing a May premiere.
Peter Symonds has booked a guest role on ITV’s Poirot: The Big Four. My source has described the part as a “minor but significant role.” Symonds will be playing Jonathan Whalley, one of the many murder victims in the movie. Poirot: The Big Four is one of the final four adaptations being produced for ITV, the movie was adapted by Mark Gatiss and Ian Hallard and is being directed by Peter Lydon. In the movie Poirot (David Suchet) finds himself plunged into a world of global espionage where he uncovers a tale of murder, secrets, lies and love, set against the backdrop of the impending World War II. As a deadly game of chess unfolds, Russian grandmaster, Dr Ivan Savaranoff (Michael Culkin) meets a shocking end, sending the public spiralling into panic, as suspicion is cast upon Peace Party stalwarts Abe Ryland (James Carroll Jordan) and Madame Olivier (Patricia Hodge). In one of his toughest challenges yet, Poirot must work out who the good guys are from the bad, as a complex plot sees a host of international figures used like pawns by a gang of dangerous dissidents tagged “The Big Four”. The Big Four also stars Philip Jackson, Tom Brooke, Sarah Parish, Nicholas Burn, Teres Banham and Simon Lowe.
Finally, Greg Kolpakchi has landed a guest role on the new season of the Sky1/Cinemax action series Strike Back. Kolpakchi will play Victor, one of the terrorists being tracked by Section 20. I’m hearing rumblings that it may be a recurring role, but I’ve been unable to confirm that. Kolpakchi’s previous credits include Waterloo Road and World War Z. Based on the novel of the same name by Chris Ryan, Strike Back follows the exploits of Section 20, an elite counterterrorism unit as it spans the globe to stop potential threats, often behind enemy lines. The drama series is produced by Left Bank Pictures in association with BSkyB & HBO/Cinemax and stars Phillip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton and Rhona Mitra. As TVWise previously reported, Robson Green has also joined the cast as a series regular playing Lieutenant Colonel Phillip Lock, the new CO of Section 20. The new season is under the reins of new showrunner Michael J. Basset after former showrunner and co-executive producer Tony Saint left the show to begin work on a new 8 part drama series for BBC One titled The Interceptor.