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Well after yesterday’s momentous news, here’s a short silly item from the Daily Mail that for all we know was made up:

Helen says I don’t

Curvaceous Helen McCrory may have to delay walking down the aisle with handsome Old Etonian and Forsyte Saga star Damian Lewis.

For less than a year after giving birth to their daughter Manon, the actress is pregnant again.

The new arrival in October has upset plans for a summer wedding. Helen, 38, who played Cherie Blair in the film The Queen, once said she would rather be “skinny and drunk” than “fat and sober” on her wedding day.

“They haven’t sent out wedding invitations yet because they are still deciding whether to postpone it until after the baby is born,” says a friend of the couple, who have moved into a five-bedroom house in North London to accommodate their growing family.

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It’s official: NBC has picked up Life!

Damian should be at Rockefeller Center on Monday when NBC officially unveils its fall prime-time line-up!

» The Hollywood Reporter “NBC picks up four dramas; ‘Friday’ back”

» New York Times “NBC Orders Five Dramas for Next Season”

» Guardian “Upfronts: US TV networks unveil their fall 2007 line-ups”

So what does this mean? NBC has made an initial commitment to 13 episodes. However if ratings are not good, they can cut it and based on the production contract, film only 6 episodes, for instance. If it does well in its time period, the “back 9” will be picked up by mid-November to complete a full season of 22 episodes. Now if it doesn’t do so well, but it gets good critical acclaim and NBC believes in it, it has a chance of still staying on the schedule like the drama Friday Night Lights did this year. More details should come Monday, but assuming it’s a fall show, shooting should start in early to mid-August (unless there’s a writers strike).

For more information on the series, click here for our Life project page and here for the drama’s one-sheet.

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  • Episode 1 of the 2-part BBC Radio 4 Classic Serial production of Daphne du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel featuring Damian Lewis is now available for download (in both RealPlayer and MP3 formats) at the Multimedia Audio page – thanks to Kaz and Selene! The final episode will air next Sunday, May 13th.

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  • Damian Lewis will be interviewed on the Start the Week program with Andrew Marr on BBC Radio 4 on Monday, May 14 at 9AM (UK time). The program will also be available for online download at Listen Again. (Thanks to Hal4King for the head’s-up!)
  • The region 1 (US/Canada) DVD of The Situation starring Damian Lewis is now available for pre-order on with a July 31st release date.
  • Tbe first episode of the 2-part BBC radio drama My Cousin Rachel featuring Damian Lewis is now available online for one week; episode 2 will air on May 13th.
  • Here’s another article about British actors, including Damian Lewis, on American television for the upcoming 2007-08 season.

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  • This review in the Winston-Salem Jounal for the Normal For Norfolk screening at the
    River Run International Film Festival in North Carolina says:

    “…The other highlight of the program is Normal for Norfolk, a dark British comedy about a man who breaks free on Halloween while he’s being transferred from one insane asylum to another. Very funny stuff…”

    Normal For Norfolk is a short film written and directed for Picture Farm by Gareth Lewis, featuring Helen McCrory and produced by Damian Lewis and Adrian Sturges; click
    here to view the film online.

  • Reminder, fans all over the world will have opportunities to enjoy Damian Lewis performances this weekend:

    » In the US BBC America is repeating Much Ado About Nothing starring Damian Lewis as the charming Benedict at 3am ET Sunday, May 6th – set your recorders!

    » Starting Sunday, May 6th at 10:35pm, ABC in Australia will begin broadcasting The Forsyte Saga, Series 2 with Damian Lewis as the sympathetic, annoying, exasperating, and very attractive Soames Forsyte.

    » BBC Radio 4 will air the first part of My Cousin Rachel with Damian Lewis as the romantic Ambrose on Sunday May 6th, the program will be available online to Listen Again for one week.

    » In the US, cable television subscribers are enjoying Damian Lewis this month as the evil, JLo-beating (but handsome!) Gary in An Unfinished Life on Starz, Encore and On Demand.

    If you think that it’s just not possible for Damian Lewis to play an unattactive character, just check out his portrayal of the very unsexy Prime Minister Tony Blair in Confessions of a Diary Secretary (he’s very convincing and funny but not at all attractive – hard to believe, but true!)