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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 Still v tired, but the elephant has been replaced by a mountain lion.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.
Those who are hoping for more Tiger King have had their wish granted by Investigation Discovery. The network has announced a new special titled Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic, which will seek to answer some of the questions viewers of Netflix's hit true crime series were left with. Namely, is Carole Baskin behind the disappearance of her husband?
Tiger King debuted on Netflix on March 20 and has blossomed into a massive pop culture sensation. It has topped the streaming service's top 10 most-watched list for more than two weeks and currently boasts a 91 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. With that, the news of a follow-up, even though it won't be a true sequel to the Netflix docuseries, should come as welcome news to viewers. Henry Schleiff, Group President ID, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America, had this to say in a statement.'Viewers are understandably riveted by Netflix's Tiger King, but the millions of true crime fans around the world were left wanting more. ID is the perfect place to find the inevitable sequel to this drama, featuring a missing husband, a hit man, and the illegal business of exotic animals. It's time to let the cat out of the bag and address the lingering questions that viewers demand be answered.'
The special will focus on Joe Exotic, the private zoo owner at the center of Netflix's Tiger King, as well as Carole Baskin. Heresa McKeown and Colin Whelans serve as executive producers of the special, with Rebecca Sirmons on board as co-executive producer. Investigation Discovery also revealed a description of Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic, which reads as follows.'This is the investigation you didn't get to see, revealing the secrets only Joe knows, the exclusive footage that has never been shown and the search to answer the one question every person in America is asking themselves right now: although she's denied it, is Carole Baskin responsible for the disappearance of her husband, Don Lewis? But neither the mystery nor the investigation stops there. What skeletons is Joe still hiding within his untold past? Is his conviction truly justified? Who is Jeff Lowe and what does the FBI really know? What secrets lie hidden within Doc Antle's walls?'
This comes not long after it was revealed by Jeff Lowed that Netflix will be adding a new episode of Tiger King sometime in the next week. The series originally consisted of seven episodes. So it seems that viewers will have quite a bit more to enjoy in the coming weeks until Hollywood gets around to making the inevitable movie or limited series about Joe Exotic.
This shows just how popular the show has become, with celebrities such as Dax Shephard throwing their hats in the ring to play Joe Exotic, when the time comes. Investigation Discovery has not yet revealed a premiere date for Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further...
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