Films, TV shows and their soundtracks to look forward to this week.
9 January 2019
After a break over the Christmas period, there are film and TV releases aplenty this week, so let's keep this short. Wednesday will see the release of Keira Knightly's hotly anticipated next appearance in Wash Westmoreland's Colette. Composer Thomas Adés has been nominated for a Satellite Award and has already won a Hollywood Music In Media Award so we're on the edge of our piano stools to hear it!
11 January 2019
Interestingly, the other two films out this Friday have been underscored by the same composer! American composer Rob Simonsen has been busy with a long list of credits to his name including Love, Simon (2018), Tully (2018) and Foxcatcher (2014). Now we can hear his latest work in Neil Burger's The Upside starring Nicole Kidman, Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston, and Jason Reitman's The Front Runner starring Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga and J. K. Simmons. The soundtrack for The Front Runner is out now, however we're still waiting for that of The Upside.
7 January 2019
This week is massive for TV. Tomorrow night, Channel 4 will hold the premiere of Brexit: The Uncivil War starring Benedict Cumberbatch as political strategist Dominic Cummings. British composer Daniel Pemberton has taken the musical helm who has recently been in the spotlight thanks to his score for the recent animated Spiderman film: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018). The soundtrack is not currently available.
The fourth series of BBC's Two Doors Down is also set for release tomorrow. Beth, Eric and their insufferable neighbours return along with Ian Masterson's music. Masterson has worked on a range of TV series including Birds of a Feather, The Windsors and Boomers. The soundtrack is not currently available.
8 January 2019
After a booked up night on Monday, make sure you also cancel your plans for Tuesday. Like Rob Simonsen, Oli Julian has also been busy having composed the scores for two series out on Tuesday. British drama Living the Dream returns to Sky One for its second series while Channel 4's Catastrophe is returning for its fourth series. Neither soundtrack is currently available.
11 January 2019
This Friday, Netflix UK will be unveiling the second series of American mid-life comedy Friends From College. Michael Andrews also will be making a return as the series composer who is probably best known for his scores for Donnie Darko (2001), Bridesmaids (2011) and Sex Tape (2014). The soundtrack is not currently available.
Also out on Netflix on Friday is teenage superhero series Titans. Returning for its second series, American composer Kevin Kiner and British composer (and Illicit Sound favourite) Clint Mansell underscore the gritty series. Kiner has worked on a range of high profile series including Narcos: Mexico and Making a Murderer while Mansell has worked on cult films such as Requiem for a Dream (2000), Black Swan (2010) and Ghost in the Shell (2017) as well as Black Mirror's award-winning San Junipero episode. The soundtrack is not currently available.
And finally, ITV's Grantchester will return for a fourth series on Friday. Scottish composer John Lunn is set to continue to underscore the series who has a large soundtrack catalogue of big names including Jamestown, Downton Abbey and The Last Kingdom. The soundtrack is not currently available.
13 January 2019
ITV's Vera will return on Sunday for its incredible ninth series. More murder mysteries will hit our small screens underscored by Ben Bartlett who is well-exercised in the soundtrack business. His back-catalogue includes Stan Lee's Lucky Man, Mad Dogs and the famous Walking with Dinosaurs back in 1999! The soundtrack is not currently available.