Sarah Connor Lives!

Sunday, 24 February 2008 21:47

Virgin 1 has bagged the UK premiere of the TV spin-off from the Terminator film franchise - The Sarah Connor Chronicles. It makes its debut at 10.00pm on Thursday 21 February. There is also a raft of "another chance to see" repeats of this premiere episode on Friday 22 February at 10.00pm, Saturday 23 February at 8.00pm, and Monday 25 February at 9.00pm (all are one-week-only happenings), with a regular repeat screening at 11.00pm on Wednesdays from 27 February.

Lauded by the critics, trade paper Variety hailed the drama as “exhibiting a tight pace, with impressive and abundant action, convincing effects and, frankly, plenty of eye candy between (Summer) Glau and (Lena) Headey, sure to be enjoyed by teenage boys of all ages”.

The New York Times proclaimed the show as “taut, haunting, relevant and an exploration of adolescent exceptionalism rendered without the cheerleading uniforms and parody of Heroes”.

The Stateside launch of the show on 13th January 2008 achieved a ratings smash of over 18 million viewers, giving its network Fox the strongest debut on any US network this season-to-date, beating 24’s performance in the same slot last year and trouncing the recently launched Bionic Woman on NBC by over four million viewers!

The Sarah Connor Chronicles stars British actress Lena Headey as Sarah Connor and picks up two years after the events "Terminator 2: Judgment Day", with Sarah and her 15 year old son John (Heroes' Thomas Dekker) on the run and preparing for a possible future war against the rise of the machines.

At the end of "Terminator 2: Judgment Day", Sarah, John and the Terminator successfully destroy the T-1000 and the arm and computer chip from the first Terminator. Sarah and John watch as the Terminator is lowered into a molten steel pit in an attempt to destroy all future technology that could be used to create Skynet.

Sarah and John now find themselves alone in a very dangerous and complicated world. As fugitives from the law, they are confronted with the reality that more enemies from the future, and the present, including Skynet, could attack at any moment.

Now focusing all their efforts on stopping the birth of a technological enemy, Sarah and reluctant hero John try and track down the true source of Skynet’s activation and hopefully change the fate of humanity.

Pursued by tough talking FBI agent James Ellison who believes Sarah and John are deranged, and aided by Cameron (Firefly and The 4400’s Summer Glau), a fearless new female Terminator who poses as a student at John’s school and whose sole mission is to protect mankind’s future leader, the trio make a time jump from 1998 to modern day Los Angeles 2006 – naked, in an effort to help fulfil John’s destiny and save the world from an unstoppable war.

The series is executive produced by Josh Friedman (writer of the Tom Cruise "War of the Worlds") and David Nutter (of X Files, Smallville and Supernatural fame), along with the producers behind the smash-hit "Terminator" movie franchise.

The show's star, Lena Headey, recently starred in the box office hit "300" as Queen Gorgo. She also played teacher Miss Dickinson in the recent "St Trinian's" movie, alongside Russell Brand's superb version of Flash Harry, in a contemporary update of the popular 1950s film franchise about an all-girls school.

Headey's upcoming films include the psychological horror movie "The Brøken", in which she stars as a woman whose life is thrown into turmoil when she sees her exact double on the streets of London, and "Der Rote Baron". Headey co-produced and appears in the short film "The Devil's Wedding". She also stars alongside Jamie Foreman and Bill Sykes in Roman Polanski's "Oliver Twist". Her previous credits include the horror thriller "The Cave", the fantasy-adventure "The Brothers Grimm" and the British romantic comedy "Imagine Me and You".

Headey made her feature film debut in 1992's "Waterland", playing the younger version of the Jeremy Irons character's wife. Mary. She was also seen that year in the BBC telefilm "The Summer House". In 1993, she appeared in the period drama "Century" and the award-winning Merchant Ivory film "The Remains of the Day".

Her first leading role came in the 1994 live-action version of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book". She has starred in the independent films "Mrs Dalloway", "Face", "Onegin", "Gossip", "Possession", "Ripley's Game" and "The Actors".

Headey has also starred in a wide range of television projects, including the BAFTA-nominated "The Long Firm", "The Gathering Storm", Merlin, Loved Up and Band of Gold.

Over 300 actresses auditioned for the role of Sarah Connor. Series creator Josh Friedman described the actress he was looking for was someone "who embodied that spirit and who was believable in that role and not just some glammed up, Hollywood, actressy thing". Very soon, thanks to Virgin 1, you'll have the opportunity to see if he achieved his ambition!

 

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