Monday news digest

Exorcisms on the BBC

Ultraviolet creator and former Doctor Who director Joe Ahearne has written and directed a new two-part supernatural series for the BBC, starring Martin Shaw.

Shaw plays a Jesuit priest whose job is to ascertain whether particular miracles are real, who meets a girl convinced that her father is possessed by a demon. Tony Wood, creative director of Lime Pictures which is producing the series, says, “Joe Ahearne has created a gripping story of mystery and intrigue which raises as many questions as it answers.”

There is no confirmed air date as yet, though weÆre told it should be on ours screens in late January. There will be more news and excclusive interviews about Apparitions in SFX 165.

Joe Ahearne directed five episodes of the Christopher Eccleston series of Doctor Who, including “Dalek”, “Father’s Day” and “Parting of the Ways”.

Garner to face the Truth

According to Variety , Jennifer Garner (Alias) is in final negations to star opposite Ricky Gervais in the comedy movie This Side of Truth. It stars the Office creator as a man who discovers he can lie in a world where lying doesn’t exist. So, Ricky, who’s been eating all the porky pies?

Bruce Willis returns to SF

The Die Hard star has signed up for an SF thriller called Surrogates, to be directed by Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3), according to Variety . The film is set in a world where reclusive humans only interact with the aid of robot surrogates. Willis plays a detective tempted out of solitude to uncover a conspiracy.