‘Quiz,’ ‘Brexit’ Writer James Graham Sets BBC Drama ‘Sherwood’

James Graham, creator of hit ITV, AMC and Sony show “Quiz,” and writer of Emmy nominated “Brexit: The Uncivil War,” has created crime drama “Sherwood” for U.K. broadcaster BBC.

Inspired in part by real events, the six-part series is set in the Nottinghamshire mining village where Graham grew up. The contemporary series sees two murders shatter an already fractured community leading to one of the largest manhunts in British history. Suspicion is rife and the tragic murders threaten to inflame historic divisions sparked during the miners’ strike that tore families apart three decades before.

Graham reunites with House Productions, the company behind “Brexit,” for the series. He will serve as an executive producer on the series. Lewis Arnold (“Time”) is lead director and an executive producer, and the producer is Rebecca Hodgson (“The Irregulars”). Juliette Howell, Tessa Ross and Harriet Spencer are executive producers for House Productions and Ben Irving

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Switzerland’s timeless art mechanics embraces 3D future

In his snow-bound workshop, Swiss master Francois Junod’s moving mechanical artworks whir into action: birds whistle, historical luminaries write poetry — traditional craftsmanship newly recognised as being among the world’s cultural heritage.



a person holding a piece of cake on a table: Art mechanics has survived the advent of digital technology by embracing the possibilities opened up by computer simulations and three D printing


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Art mechanics has survived the advent of digital technology by embracing the possibilities opened up by computer simulations and three D printing



a close up of an engine: Swiss art mechanics master Francois Junod is working on an automaton of Leonardo da Vinci


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Swiss art mechanics master Francois Junod is working on an automaton of Leonardo da Vinci

In the Jura mountains running along the French-Swiss border, the precision skills behind some of the planet’s finest watches and automatons have been handed down through the generations.



a dining room table in front of a window: Switzerland's traditional art mechanics craftsmanship has been added to UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity


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Switzerland’s traditional art mechanics craftsmanship has been added to UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

The region’s historical pre-eminence in a field combining science, art and technology has also been given a boost by the United Nations.

In December,

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Josh Duhamel takes over role in J.Lo’s ‘Shotgun Wedding’

Josh Duhamel will step in to star opposite Jennifer Lopez in “Shotgun Wedding,” after Armie Hammer dropped out of the film in the wake of multiple abuse allegations.

Lionsgate, the studio producing the upcoming comedy, announced the casting update in a press release Tuesday.

“We couldn’t be happier for our bride and groom of this ‘Shotgun Wedding,’ ” Erin Westerman, the president of production for the Lionsgate Motion Pictures Group, said in a statement. “We know Josh and Jennifer will make a compelling and sexy on-screen couple and they will be fun sparring partners as their dream destination wedding erupts into a memorable nightmare.”

Duhamel, who has previously acted in the “Transformers” franchise and “Love, Simon,” also stars in the upcoming Netflix superhero drama series “Jupiter’s Legacy.”

USA TODAY has reached out to Hammer’s reps for comment.

Hammer, 34, was originally slated to star in the film, but confirmed his

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Front-line workers honored with ‘combat paper’ art made from scrubs, military uniforms

A small arts studio nestled in the hills of Branchburg, N.J. is giving U.S. veterans a platform to share their stories and experiences through the art of making paper.

Nearly a decade ago, Frontline Arts began working with veterans through its flagship program, Frontline Paper, to have them deconstruct military uniforms and turn them into paper.

“I’d made artwork all my life, but I’d never really considered myself an artist,” Walt Nygard, studio manager of Frontline Arts and a veteran, told Fox News. “I always had jobs. But I am an artist. I can say that, in all honesty.”

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Nygard’s journey began in 2011 when he was handed a piece of “combat paper” and he knew he was holding something special.

The Marine veteran who served in Vietnam and trained as an artist said he “immediately

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