Published On: Mon, Jan 27th, 2014

Stephen Fry Appointed UK Prime Minister

Fry has been chosen to play the part of the  British Prime Minister in the hit television drama 24- alongside  Kiefer Sutherland

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Stephen Fry, the enigmatic British actor has confirmed recent media speculation that he has been handed the role of UK Prime Minister Trevor Davies in the next series of the television drama 24, starring Kiefer Sutherland who once again will  play the hero Jack Bauer.

The last series of 24 was shot in 2010, and most TV critics reckoned that it had disappeared from the screen, which now appears to be not the case.

In the latest version of the long-running series, entitled Live Another Day, counter-terrorist expert Bauer finds himself in London, a fugitive from the American  CIA.

According to media reports, Live Another Day will be one of the shortest versions of 24, with only 12 episodes planned instead of the standard 24, which has been the formula in the previous eight versions of the series.

On the other hand Live Another Day is crammed with action spread out over a period of an action packed period of just 24 hours, jam packed with flashbacks and fast forwards.

Stephen Fry describes his character, Trevor Davies as a  “strong and charismatic leader” who has to weigh up his responsibility to the British people against his personal friendship with US President James Heller, played by William Devane.

News that the new series would be shot in London has heated up recently when Kiefer Sutherland was spotted filming in the center of London, although Fry being chosen to play the part of the UK Prime Minister has been regarded by the British media as a surprise, but a pleasant one.

24- Live Another Day is due to make its television premiere in the United States, on the Fox TV channel during the first week in May, opening the season  with a two-hour special, and will be shown not long after in the UK  on the Sky 1 television channel

24 was a regular feature television channels between 2001 and 2010, with 192 episodes being shot as well as a television film based on the series entitled Redemption which appeared between the sixth and seventh episodes. Howard Gordon, the long-time producer of 24,  will also be the producer for Live Another Day.

 

Stephen Fry began his career in entertainment in the most unlikely setting of Queens’ College, Cambridge, whilst studying English literature. Whilst at Cambridge,   Fry’s comedy talents attracted him to join the world-famous  Cambridge Footlights, where he formed a long-term friendship and collaboration with well-known TV and film actor Hugh Laurie.

After completing university the duo co-wrote and co-starred in  the comedy series A Bit of Fry & Laurie, with Fry later taking the role of legendary English butler Jeeves alongside Laurie’s Bertie Wooster in the outstanding hit British TV series Jeeves and Wooster.

Over the years Fry’s talents have diversified appearing in a number of classic movies, including being nominated for a Golden Globe award for his role in the life story of Oscar Wilde.

Fry, as well as appearing in some of the U.K.’s most popular comedy series, and playing in TV dramas, Fry has also shown his serious sides by writing and producing a number of documentaries, with the best-known undoubtably being “Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive”, describing his personal experiences battling mental illness for which he won an Emmy award.

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