The Collection: Latin America launch news

News sources online here and here have reported that The Collection will launch on BBC First in Latin America on May 23rd 2017, via DirecTV LATAM. 

The Collection, the first season and the premiere of the second of Doctor Foster and Happy Valley, will gain distribution across Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. All three series will be broadcast through the linear channel OnDirecTV.

The first season of Happy Valley is set to air today, while the first episode of Doctor Foster will premiere 18 April, while second seasons’ arrival hasn’t been unveiled yet. The Collection will air on 23 May.

“OnDirecTV is the perfect platform to target viewers who love British drama, which is why the agreement with DirecTV gives us a great opportunity to bring some of our latest content hits to Latin America,” said Anna Gordon, EVP and GM, BBC Worldwide Latin America/US Hispanic.

Happy Happy 36th Birthday Tom Riley!!

Happy Happy 36th Birthday to Tom.

As we have done since 2008, we are sending the charming, talented and witty Tom Riley birthday wishes from the website, forum, facebook, twitter, tumblr, instagram...hoping today opens a wonderful new chapter of love, happiness and much prosperity.

As a birthday gift to Tom, please consider joining with the website and forum, by donating to Whither Would You Go for UNHCR, the charity event he recently supported and performed at in Los Angeles. Every little helps this worthy cause. 

Alternatively, another charity Tom and his family have promoted,, currently need funds to help those suffering in the famine of East Africa. Happy Birthday Tom!!

The Collection: Australian & Netherlands DVD release dates revealed

According to several Australian websites, The Collection series 1 region 4 DVD will be released on May 3rd 2017. It seems that the extras included are the same as the UK region 2 release - available to buy from Amazon today!

The Collection region 4 DVD is available to preorder from, has been classified to include sex and nudity, and will be 425 minutes long.

Just Entertainment are releasing The Collection on DVD (region 2) in the Netherlands and Belgium on April 25th 2017. Details of the release can be read here

Dark Heart: sold to Canada's Super Channel

World Screen has shared the good news that ITV Studios has sold Dark Heart to Canada's Super Channel, which will apparently broadcast the drama in the summer. 

Canada’s Super Channel has landed the rights to the ITV Encore and Hulu co-commission Harlots, along with two other dramas from ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE). The series, produced by Monumental Film & Television, will air exclusively on the premium pay-TV channel in Canada this May. The network also picked up the ITV Studios dramas Tutankhamun and Dark Heart, both set to air this summer.

“British drama has always resonated with Canadian viewers and Harlots has all the hallmarks of the very best British storytelling,” said Craig Bohland, VP of sales for Canada at ITVS GE. “Through its rich characters and sumptuous production values, it gives a new insight into a fascinating period of time. We’re excited to work with Super Channel to launch the series, along with Tutankhamun and Dark Heart, in Canada.”

The Collection: dressing the cast

In advance of tomorrow night's premiere of The Collection on BBC First South Africa, an interesting new article has been shared online, discussing the costumes and designs for the show. Tom's costume for his character Claude is mentioned - dressed as a biker from the 40's. Read the article in full here. South African fans, watch The Collection on DSTV tomorrow night. 

Creating the costumes

"There are many levels of costumes in this show. First, there is ‘the collection’ which we had to draw like we were fashion designers rather than costume designers and so the inspiration comes from putting ourselves back in time. The process for this began with iconography, which came in the form of over 2,000 documents that we took from a special library in Paris specifically for costume in film. We went through all of the documents of that specific year, 1948, and all of the fashion of that era. We’ve been looking at Dior and Balenciaga and the designers of the time even unknown ones through old Vogue magazines and other documentation we have from that period, "says Chattoune