Channel 5 have today announced they will broadcast the big autumn TV show Gotham very soon. The show has been received very well in the US on the 22nd of September with very high ratings and generally well received reviews. Channel 5 will show the pilot episode of the show on Monday the 13th of October 2014 at 9PM and we’ll be watching every episode.
Gotham tells the story of young Detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie, The O.C., Southland, Batman: Year One) a former resident of Gotham City who returns after more than 10 years away to join the Homicide Unit of the Gotham City Police Department. His partner in the G.C.P.D. is street savvy Detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue, Vikings, Law & Order: S.V.U., Sons of Anarchy) a detective with connections to underworld characters including Nightclub owner Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett-Smith, The Matrix Revolutions, Scream 2, Collateral), a character newly created for the show. In Fish’s employ are Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord-Taylor in a break out performance) a well-known character from the comics who will eventually become crime boss The Penguin and her right hand man Butch Gilzean (played by Drew Powell who previously worked with Ben McKenzie on Southland).
Other members of Gotham City Law enforcement include Detectives Renee Montoya (Victoria Cartagena) and Crispus Allen (British actor Andrew Stewart-Jones) who we at Gotham TV podcast had the pleasure of interviewing recently you can listen to the interview in the player below. As members of the Major Crimes Unit they have a distrustful relationship with anyone outside of their tight knit partnership including Detective Allen’s former partner Harvey Bullock. Captain Sarah Essen (Zabryna Guevara) heads up the Gotham City Police Department providing guidance for the team. The detectives work closely with the intelligent yet inscrutable Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) another character well-known to comic book and Batman fans as the future Riddler.
With the help of his fiance Barbara Kean (Welsh actor Erin Richards), Jim Gordon will try to navigate the dangerous mob run streets of Gotham to investigate the murder of 12-year-old Bruce Wayne’s (David Mazouz, Touch) aristocratic parents Dr. Thomas and Martha Wayne.
Left in the care of his butler, former soldier in the British SAS Alfred Pennyworth (British Actor Sean Pertwee, Dog Soldiers, Event Horizon) the young Bruce Wayne will find it difficult to grow up without guidance.
The city of Gotham and it’s characters from young Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova), mob boss Carmine Falcone (John Doman, The Wire) to his rival Salvatore Maroni (David Zayas, Dexter) will make a great backdrop to what we expect to be a fascinating look at the time in Gotham before the Batman and what led a young man with a score to settle to don a cape and cowl to patrol the streets of this lost city.
Join us after the premiere of Gotham on Channel 5 on the 13th of October for our review of the episode. If you want to listen to our podcasts that have been leading up to the release of the show so far and give background information on the major players from comic book appearances to events with the cast you can listen here or subscribe in iTunes. You can send us your thoughts on the episodes at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re getting very excited to see what Gotham has to offer we’ll be attending the Gotham panel at New York Comic Con on the 12th of October 2014 for some final news before the season starts in the UK and Ireland on Channel 5.
Derek & John