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Jack Thorne, the prolific British writer behind HBO and BBC drama His Dark Materials, has said that he is receiving treatment for what he believes to be coronavirus.
The writer, whose other credits include Channel 4’s The Virtues and feature film The Aeronauts, said he has suffered from a high temperature, cough and exhaustion, which has aggravated his asthma. Thorne has been given a course of steroids and said his health is improving, but he remains out of sorts.
“Seem to have Covid, which is not reacting great with my asthma. Amazing treatment from my GP over the phone, taking the time to give me all sorts of tests THEN consulting with a colleague before prescribing. Feel like I've been run over by an elephant but in total awe of the NHS,” he tweeted on Monday.
In an update today, Thorne said: “Feeling better after two days of steroids. Still v tired, but the elephant has been replaced by a mountain lion. Of course it could not be Covid wish we had Germany's resources in which case this is not reassuring to anyone. But, for me, at this moment, the drugs have worked.”
Thorne has not been tested because the UK’s testing regime is not as sophisticated as other countries, including Germany and South Korea, but said his doctor has been “amazing” throughout the process. His asthma means he is considered an “increased risk” individual by the health service. Thorne also suffers from a condition called cholinergic urticaria, which means he is allergic to heat and his own body movement. He calls it an “invisible disability.”
The writer has received hundreds of well-wishes on Twitter. “Sorry to hear this, Jack. Wishing you a rapid recovery,” said Bodyguard writer Jed Mercurio. Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon added: “Look after yourself and rest.” Good Omens scribe Neil Gaiman also commented: “Sending love and worried get well wishes by the bucketload.”
Thorne, who penned the Harry Potter And The Cursed Child play, has written Damien Chazelle's Netflix music drama The Eddy, the feature film Radioactive, starring Rosamund Pike as Marie Curie for Amazon and Studiocanal, and the Marc Munden-directed adaptation of The Secret Garden. He is currently adapting Charles Dickens' classic novel A Tale of Two Cities with Legendary Global.
Insiders are wondering: Why now? And who will replace him at 7 p.m. on the network?
Some 21 hours after Chris Matthews' sudden resignation from MSNBC, media and political insiders are still digesting the news.
Here are some of the biggest questions they've been asking:
Matthews had been on MSNBC for more than 20 years, but over the last few months it began to seem probable — if not likely — that he would leave the network in the near future. "We all knew that this day was coming," a source familiar with the situation told The Hollywood Reporter.
Leaving MSNBC after the presidential election in November would have provided a far smoother transition, but his departure was clearly expedited by a series of recent misstatements and controversies.
The first sign that Matthews could leave the network was visible on Saturday night. While he hosted Hardball from South Carolina on Friday night, he did not appear on the network's Saturday night coverage of the state's crucial Democratic primary.
So, while Matthews' departure was shockingly abrupt, there were clues.
Who will MSNBC replace Matthews with at 7 p.m.?
For now, the network will lean on a rotating group of hosts to fill in for Matthews, though his hour will be taken up with Super Tuesday special coverage on Tuesday night, hosted by Rachel Maddow, Brian Williams and Nicolle Wallace. Wednesday night's 7 p.m. programming could provide some insight into who the network is considering for the spot.
A recent precedent is the 3 p.m. slot on Fox News, which MSNBC tested with a handful of different hosts before landing on Bill Hemmer as Shepard Smith's replacement.
Steve Kornacki, a national political correspondent for NBC News/MSNBC, had the difficult task of taking over hosting duties for Matthews after his sudden announcement on Monday night. According to Page Six, Kornacki is being considered for the 7 p.m. hour, though as the network's popular data wiz, his skill-set might not be best suited for a traditional hosting role.
Weekend host Joy Reid, who once hosted a daily show, is also reportedly a candidate. Reid has filled in for Matthews, so his audience "knows her," says someone who has worked with Reid at MSNBC. "I'm sure she's being considered."
Another strong candidate is 4 p.m. host Nicolle Wallace. "There's a lot of talk about where to put Nicolle generally, because she has a ton of talent and is on the rise in a less-than-ideal time slot," a network veteran says.
The wild-card candidate is Smith, who — like Matthews — abruptly resigned in October and seems to be a contender for jobs at both MSNBC and CNN. Smith is said to be eligible to take a new gig sometime this summer, meaning that MSNBC would have a few months to fill before he could take over the slot.