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HBO, Cinemax Get Busy

HBO and Cinemax announced several upcoming programming events.

Filming started in London on two new dramas written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff produced by talkback THAMES for HBO Films and the British Broadcasting Corp.: Gideon’s Daughter and The Lost Prince.

Both films feature Michael Gambon (HBO’s Path to War, Gosford Park), Maggie Smith (HBO’s My House in Umbria, Gosford Park), Rupert Penry Jones (Spooks), Kelly Reilly (Pride and Prejudice, Mrs. Henderson Presents), David Walliams (Little Britain), Ruth Wilson (Jane Eyre), Rebecca Hall (HBO Films’ Starter for Ten, The Prestige) and newcomer Danny Lee Wynter.

Original two-part miniseries Tsunami, The Aftermath will debut on HBO Sunday, Dec. 10 and 17, at 8 p.m. (EST/PST).

The miniseries is also a collaboration between HBO Films and BBC, and it stars Tim Roth (Academy Award nominee for Rob Roy, Dark Water), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Kinky Boots, Dirty Pretty Things), Sophie Okonedo (Academy Awardnominee for Hotel Rwanda), Hugh Bonneville (Notting Hill), Gina McKee (Scenes of a Sexual Nature), Samrit Machielsen, Grirggiat Punpiputt and Toni Collette (Academy Award nominee for The Sixth Sense, In Her Shoes).

And Cinemax Reel Life presentation Positively Naked -- in which nearly 100 HIV-positive men and women assembled at a downtown Manhattan restaurant with artist Spencer Tunick to be part of an ensemble nude photograph to be featured on the cover of POZ magazine’s 10th-anniversary issue -- will debut on Cinemax on World AIDS Day, Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.