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Feature Alex Westthorp 19 Feb 2014 - 07:00
The BBC's contemporary take on Arthur Conan Doyle's short stories has made Sherlock the most popular television drama series in many years. Benedict Cumberbatch has made Sherlock his own, his approach to the role as radical for the current era as the late, great Jeremy Brett's was a generation ago. Martin Freeman has banished our memories of his role as Tim Canterbury in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's The Office, with his wonderful re-assessment of Dr John Watson. The corporation is making the most of the Conan Doyle franchise. After from two rather lacklustre yuletide cases, firstly with Richard Roxburgh in 2002 then Rupert Everett in 2004; they finally have a hit on their hands. The benchmark hitherto has always been Granada Television »
An exploration of the sexualisation of pre-adolescent girls, St Vincent winds up her tour, and Lars von Trier is back
Opening this week
■ Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model
Bryony Kimmings on fine kick-ass form as she explores the sexualised female role models pushed upon pre-adolescent girls and, with the help of her 10-year-old niece, considers whether there might be alternatives. Bristol Old Vic Studio (0117-987 7877), Thursday to Saturday. Then touring.
Everyone is in love with Orlando, a young boy in the court of Queen Elizabeth, including the old queen herself. But when Orlando wakes up one day as a woman, it is the start of an odyssey across countries and centuries. Virginia Woolf's novel is adapted by Sarah Ruhl. Royal Exchange, Manchester (0161-833 9833), Thursday to 22 March.
■ Birmingham Royal Ballet: Three of a Kind
The actor, who appears in the new Ian Fleming biopic, is a big fan of technology but does not think it makes him happier
How has technology changed the life of an actor?
Our work, particularly in film and television, has become more and more last minute, so technology is vital. It has made us much more flexible. I've reduced my paper output massively by reading scripts on iPad. Researching roles, especially historical ones, is a lot easier online. I've just done Lucan on ITV, so spent a lot of time surfing the web, reading up on my character, painter Dominick Elwes. Auditioning over Skype is becoming a lot more common too. My latest job was Rogue, an American cop drama with Thandie Newton, and I had to do a Skype meeting with the showrunner for that.
Are there any apps to help you learn your lines?
Yes, there's one called Line Learner, »
- Michael Hogan
The Voice UK: BBC One, 7pm
This rejuvenated series continues tonight, as new judges Kylie Minogue and Ricky Wilson battle with will.i.am and Tom Jones over fresh vocal talent. But the real worry is, as ever, how many fit people they'll accidentally not turn around for.
The Bridge: BBC Four, 9pm
The Scandinavian crime drama heats up tonight as Saga (Sofia Helin) and Martin (Kim Bodnia) race to track down a potential bomber, as well as a key witness in their ongoing case. Tonight marks the penultimate double bill before next week's finale.
Splash!: ITV, 6.45pm
The fourth and final heat of the celebrity diving competition. Stars including Paralympic gold medallist Richard Whitehead and The Saturdays singer Una Foden aim to impress the judges - and coach Tom Daley - to secure a place in the semi-finals.
The Kumars: Sky1, 10pm
Now in a new home »
The prostitutes of London's red-light district are being evicted. Here, Rupert Everett argues, with wit and vehemence, that closing down the brothels has nothing to do with protecting women
The other night I watched Stephen Ward at the Aldwych Theatre, a morality musical about the destruction of an innocent man by the combined forces of Her Majesty's Government, her judiciary and her Metropolitan police force. Written by Lord Lloyd Webber, directed by Sir Richard Eyre, it is the best sort of British story, set against a world of stately homes and Soho drinking clubs, of peers, politicians, prostitutes and bent cops – with a few thrilling Jamaicans wielding guns thrown in – all ending up at the Old Bailey, where that deep wave of British hypocrisy (masquerading as fair play and crested by the usual police bullshit) drags Ward out to sea and drowns him. Convicted of being a pimp – he was »
Easy Peasy: Stein Returns to High School Hallways for Sweet Hearted Message Movie
Five years before Mean Girls brought the monstrous high heeled bitch posse back to the forefront of PG-13 blockbuster entertainment, director Darren Stein’s 1999 film Jawbreaker explored the morbid universe of a trio of black hearted murderous maidens in the delightful R tradition of Heathers. In his first feature since then, Stein goes back to the hallways of high school with G.B.F., once again revisiting the formula of the popular female triumvirate, only this time aligning himself with the spirit of John Hughes. Many aspects of high school life may seemingly never change, but Stein’s latest rendering, while extolling a message that seems deliriously obvious to the adult world, cheerfully proposes that even this rigid, socially conditioned environment has had opportunity to grapple with progressive notions of equality.
The three most popular girls in high-school, ‘Shley »
- Nicholas Bell
6 items from 2014
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