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4 items from 2010


Looking back at Lethal Weapon 2

15 November 2010 4:40 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Diplomatic immunity! Mark revisits the 1989 sequel, Lethal Weapon 2. But how does it compare to the classic original? And has Patsy Kensit improved?

It's a scene that could only have been written in the 80s. In truth, there have been many great bathroom-based sequences put to celluloid, but if there is a better one than the standout scene in Lethal Weapon 2, I haven't seen it yet.

The sequence in which Sergeant Murtaugh is trapped on a booby-trapped loo, trading jokes and sentiments with Riggs, is the one that Lethal Weapon 2 will always be remembered for, and rightly so. For in that one moment, the film's over-the-top, hyperreal sensibility is laid bare for the viewer, and it's a master class in suspense, entertainment and emotion.

For here is one of the series' many touching buddy moments between its two leads, and it works a treat, juxtaposing the ridiculousness of »

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Doctor Who | Britain's Got Talent | Robot Chicken | Soccer Aid 2010 | Cameron's Black Tory and more | Watch this at the weekend

4 June 2010 10:45 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Doctor Who | Britain's Got Talent | Robot Chicken | Soccer Aid 2010 | Cameron's Black Tory and more

Saturday 5 June

Fifa World Cup Official Films 1974-1990

2.15pm, Espn

Espn try to make up for their lack of coverage from South Africa 2010 by screening five of Fifa's official World Cup docs, starting in 1974. So watch the history on offer as thesps including Joss Ackland and Sean Connery describe the majesty of Cruyff, Maradona, Terry Butcher et al. As the 1982 film would have it in its title … G'olé!

Doctor Who

6.40pm, BBC1

The bad news: there were no previews of this episode in which the Doctor and Amy and Vincent Van Gogh team up to battle aliens in Provence. Now, the good news: it's Vincent Van Gogh! How brilliant is that? They could even stick his ear back on with nanogenes! And the even better news, potentially? It's written by Richard Curtis – one writer, at least, »

- Will Dean, Ali Catterall, Julia Raeside, John Robinson, Phelim O'Neill, Jonathan Wright, David Stubbs, Andrew Mueller, Martin Skegg

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The Haycast 2010: find out whom we'll be speaking to, and how to submit your questions

21 May 2010 3:39 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Our daily Haycasts - podcasts from the festival site - were the highlight of our coverage of last year's Guardian Hay festival. This year, we're heading back to Wales to bring you more of the same - but this time we'd like to hear your questions for the authors we're interviewing

Here's our full list of interviewees:

Joss Ackland

Simon Armitage

Antony Beevor

Helen Dunmore

Ranulph Fiennes

Rick Gekoski

Roy Hattersley

Charlie Higson

Peter Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens

Kazuo Ishiguro

James Lovelock

Henning Mankell

David Mitchell

Ben Okri

Yotam Ottolenghi

Mal Peet

Kjartan Poskitt

David Remnick

Sue Townsend

Robert Winston

Once we're at the festival, we'll blog and tweet every morning asking for your questions for the authors we're speaking to on the day day, but if you can't wait until then, please email your questions to books.editor@guardianunlimited.co.uk. We hope to include one audience question per interview, »

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Under Suspicion: The Red Dahlia | Only Connect | Dear Diary | TV Review

4 January 2010 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Murderers, the BBC, journalists – Lynda La Plante's got it in for all of them

Above Suspicion: The Red Dahlia (ITV1) is based on one of Lynda la Plante's novels. I didn't realise she was a novelist, but apparently she writes one a year, which reminds me of Dame Edna Everage's remark to Melvyn Bragg, another dogged novelist: "Don't write any more, Melvyn darling. Give us a chance to catch up."

Lynda La Plante has secured some lively publicity for The Red Dahlia, transmitted on three successive days, by giving the BBC a good kicking. (To get the general idea, read on to see how DC Anna Travis treats the reporter who betrays her confidence.) Radio Times, who had proposed to print a Point of View by Lynda La Plante, seem to have decided against it. Feeling, perhaps, it may be too pointed.

I was tickled to »

- Nancy Banks-Smith

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