ITV orders conspiracy thriller ‘White Dragon’ from makers of ‘The Missing’

ITV has announced the commission of a new eight-part drama series from the makers of The Missing and One of Us.

Written by newcomers Mark Denton and Jonny Stockwood, White Dragon is described as an “ambitious and timely conspiracy thriller.”

The Missing creators Harry and Jack Williams commented: “We’re delighted to be bringing Mark and Jonny’s incredible debut series to life. Their writing is rich and intelligent and combines a narratively taut thriller with a characterful emotional journey that we hope will draw audiences in.”

The Missing returned to BBC One for a second season last night.

 

White Dragon will begin filming on location in Asia in autumn 2017.

The official synopsis reads: “Professor Jonah Mulray’s life is turned upside-down when his wife, Megan, is killed in a car-crash in Hong Kong. Although she lived and worked there half the year, Jonah’s never been. He lives a small, sheltered life, and his fear of flying has kept him in London. But now he has no choice but to cross the ocean to identify the body of the woman he loved.

“Not long after arriving in Hong Kong, Jonah makes a shocking discovery about his wife. Over the course of eight thrilling hours, Jonah is drawn deeper and deeper into a web of conspiracy as he comes to terms with this utterly alien and unfamiliar environment, battling to uncover the truth about his wife’s death.”

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‘In the Club’ writer Kay Mellor returns to ITV with new drama ‘Girlfriends’

ITV has announced the commission of a brand new series from Fat Friends creator Kay Mellor.

The six-part drama will follow three women, Linda, Sue and Gail, each pushing 60 and struggling to cope with what life has to throw at them.

Mellor commented: “I’m delighted that after a long time away I’m once again working for ITV.

Girlfriends is a topic that’s dear to my heart being a woman of a certain age. I did a conference recently where there were a lot of women saying that they felt invisible, both in life and on screen. There was nothing on television that they could relate to; older women were playing characters that were mothers or grandmothers of the main protagonists.

“So I wanted to change things around a bit and put them centre stage – to make the invisible, visible. Linda, Sue and Gail are in the autumn of their lives and in many ways their lives should be sorted, but instead each year brings another set of problems. There are plenty of secrets, lies and revelations that send shockwaves through their friendship – it’s a delicious drama to write and I hope the audience enjoy watching it as much as I’m enjoying writing it.”

The official synopsis reads: “Whilst enjoying a celebratory anniversary cruise, Linda’s husband Micky disappears from their cabin. He’s been hitting the booze hard at the Captain’s table and when he heads back to his cabin on the pretext of finding his glasses Micky is nowhere to be seen.  With the balcony door open, an overturned chair and the curtain billowing aimlessly in the wind, has Micky committed suicide? Or has he accidentally toppled into the sea having consumed one too many cocktails?

“Sue is still a fine looking woman.  She’s never married but …

Cheri Casino

Wynn Las Vegas Cheri Casino

 

 

 

The casino mogul who brought to this desert oasis such over-the-top hotels as the Mirage and Bellagio kicked it up another notch just after midnight Wednesday with the opening of the world’s most expensive casino resort, a $2.7 billion behemoth that had guests’ mouths agape as they filed through an ornate front hallway bedecked with more than 10,000 flowers.

 

Even by Las Vegas’ larger-than-life standards, the scale of the curved, copper-colored 49-story structure attains new heights of sorts.

 

A 180-foot man-made mountain covered with full-grown Aleppo pine trees looms like a regiment of guards blocking the hotel’s entrance from the street, forcing visitors to come inside to see, for instance, the 100 parasol light fixtures hanging from the ceiling that mechanically dance up and down to music.

 

The Cheri Casino mountain also provides the backdrop for a series of what Wynn calls “experiences” such as a water-and-light show, a 70-foot waterfall and a 3-acre lake.

 

The 217-acre property is more than twice as expensive as the proposed 1, 776-foot Freedom Tower to be built on the site of the World Trade Center disaster, and just under the $3 billion price tag of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai — which, among other services, squires guests to a hotel restaurant via submarine.

 

The cost to build the 2,716 rooms — minimum size 630 square feet and many appointed with multiple flat-screen LCD televisions — was $1 million each. That eclipses the previous world record of $775,000 per room at the Grand Wailea Resort in Maui, Hawaii.

 

Naturally, there’s an 18-hole golf course — designed by Wynn and famed golf course architect Tom Fazio — plus the only Manolo Blahnik shoe store outside Manhattan, a Ferrari-Maserati dealership and 18 restaurants. Some of …