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TV newcomer Elliot Sprakes from Sheffield has landed the title role in Billionaire Boy, the latest adaptation of one of David Walliams' childrens books, which will be screened at Christmas.
Filming begins next week in Sheffield and Rotherham for broadcast this Christmas on BBC One. Local school children from Oakwood High School, Rotherham, have also been cast to appear in the production as Joe’s class mates.
Elliot (represented by Cieka Bailey Associates) plays 12 year old Joe, the son of Len (played by John Thomson) who has made a billion by invented a new toilet roll. Joe appears to have everything he could want but what he really needs is a friend. This is Elliot's first major TV role, he recently filmed a Cbbc pilot Scraps. »
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Walliams himself will star in the dramatisation of his 2010 children's book, which tells the story of wealthy 12-year-old Joe, who's on a quest to find something money can't buy – friendship.
The Little Britain star will play the 'dirty and old' dinnerlady Mrs Trafe on the show.
Walliams said: "I am thrilled we have put together another all-star cast of comedy greats for this adaptation.
"The script is bigger and better than the book, and I am excited for everyone to see it on BBC One at Christmas."
'Straight Outta Compton' poster. Weekend box office: 'Straight Outta Compton' to beat weak competitors, but still far from being top blockbuster directed by black filmmaker If you thought last weekend was bad at the U.S. and Canada box office, you should see what's in store for this weekend, Aug. 28-30, '15. For starters, only one movie, F. Gary Gray's sleeper hit Straight Outta Compton, is expected to earn more than $10 million. The rest – and that includes Zac Efron, Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan, and the Power of (Christian) Prayer – will perform quite powerlessly indeed. In case Straight Outta Compton reaches the box office gurus' estimated $15 million, it will get close to the $140 million mark. Bear in mind there's no guarantee that will happen; despite basically no competition, the drop-off rate of Gray's hip hopping film was steeper than expected last weekend. (See updated weekend box office estimates.) Now, some »
- Zac Gille
After over 20 years in the TV wilderness and reports of rehab and resentments, the BBC broom cupboard’s iconic gopher looks set for a return
Gordon the Gopher, the 80s children’s TV puppet known for his irritating squeak and lively fashion choices, is to return to the BBC in a new web-only comedy pilot, according to the Sun.
The newspaper reports that Gordon will appear as a washed-up celeb who has has recently returned from a spell in rehab and is jealous of the success found by his former Children’s BBC co-presenter Phillip Schofield. For the first time, the rodent will also be given a speaking role, voiced by Life’s Too Short actor Warwick Davis.
Related: You’re Back In The Room: Phillip Schofield brings hypnosis to primetime
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- Guardian TV
Many happy returns to Daniel Radcliffe, who celebrates his 26th birthday today (July 23)! He may have made a name for himself as heroic wizard Harry Potter, but in the years since Deathly Hallows - Part 2, he's excelled in indie roles and displayed something of a flair for comedy.
To mark Daniel's big day, we look at nine times he's managed to tickle our funny bone...
1. Don't give up the day job, Daniel!
"I'm not Lauren, I'm like a cut-price much less efficient version of Lauren." Daniel gave the staff of Nylon magazine something of a surprise when he took on an emergency shift behind the front desk. The whole thing was filmed, with a bewildered Daniel struggling with deliveries, pick-ups and what to do with Joe Jonas. Bring back Lauren!
2. Rapping 'Alphabet Aerobics' by Blackalicious
Who'd have thought Daniel was a big rap fan? During an appearance on The Tonight Show »
With an active effort made to cut down on the excessive swearing of the last few episodes, the lads deliver the usual movie related banter, as well as providing a massive Comic-Con round up, including some tune changing about a certain superhero team up, and much gushing about, you guessed it, Star Wars. All this and Tom’s Trivia Three – Learn more about The Iron Giant, Warwick Davis, and The Big Lewbowski. Reviews – Ted 2A critically acclaimed screen actor quotes lines from movies he hasn’t starred in – This week, our acclaimed actor takes on Predator.News – We take a look at all the big news from this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Subscribe on iTunes – Click here (Click view in iTunes and the click Subscribe) If you’re already a subscriber, the latest episode is ready to download. iPhone / iPad Users– Click here to open your iTunes podcast app and click Subscribe! »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
You may have heard that Star Wars: The Force Awakens descended upon Comic-Con today for a panel presentation in Hall H. All that we knew going into the panel was that director J.J. Abrams, producer and LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan would be present to discuss the highly-anticipated sequel, with the tantalizing tease of "special guests" also showing up. What we didn't know is that the entire main cast would arrive, with John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford taking to the Sdcc stage, with the filmmakers also presenting a wonderful three-minute behind-the-scenes video from the set.
The video gave us our first official look at Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia, who has not been featured in the first two trailers released thus far. The video also confirmed a long-believed rumor that Simon Pegg, who starred »
After months of anticipation, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast and filmmakers put on a show-stopping panel at Comic-Con today, in front of a packed Hall H crowd. As previously reported, there was no new trailer shown during the one-hour panel, but fans did get to see a fascinating three-minute behind-the-scenes video, which gave us our first look at Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, and confirmed a long-held rumor that Simon Pegg does, in fact, have a role in the movie. It isn't known exactly what he plays, but, judging by the costume he's wearing, it seems unlikely that we'll see his face in the movie.
The photos also give us new looks at the beloved R2-D2, C-3Po, the ball droid Bb-8 and even Mark Hamill, but unfortunately he is out of costume. We also see Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong'o as a mysterious motion capture character, »
New Star Wars The Force Awakens Images Leaked. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) movie pictures have been leaked (or released through subterfuge) featuring Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), The General (Domhnall Gleeson), and X-Wing Pilot (Greg Grunberg). The Han, Rey, and Finn photograph is the most iconic. The Phasma, General picture is the most interesting. The pictures featuring previously unannounced characters, Nien Nunb and Admiral Ackbar, are interesting.
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What happens in this sequence Swu is showing us above?
Chewbacca is in the back recuperating from his injury with the pirates on the Gigantic Freighter. »
- Rollo Tomasi
In 1982, a strange video was created during the filming of “Return of the Jedi.” A pseudo-documentary starring 11-year old Warwick Davis, “Return of the Ewok” is a fictional account of how the boy landed his role as Wicket and came to be part of the final Star Wars film. Clocking in at 24 minutes, the rare behind-the-scenes footage includes cameos by Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher…all in costume. You can watch the glorified home video in its entirety below, but the footage of the main cast begins around the 7:30 minute mark. In costume, Davis approaches Harrison Ford’s trailer for advice non where Ewoks live, but the actor has no idea what an Ewok is. Neither Hamill nor Fisher have any clue either, though Carrie takes the initiative and sends Davis to probable doom in the wastes of Tatooine. Should you choose to follow Warwick Davis' »
- Donna Dickens
There are many different divisive elements within the Star Wars universe, but certainly ranking near the top is the existence of the furry little aliens known as Ewoks. Introduced in Return of the Jedi, the creatures are seen by some as cute little rebel allies, while others find them to be too kid-friendly and stupid. If you fall into the latter category, you may want to brace yourselves, as a new rumor has cropped up saying that the Ewoks - specifically Warwick Davis' Wicket - may have a presence in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This should all be taken with a grain of salt, but the story comes from the folks over at Making Star Wars, who make the claim of having two pieces of evidence suggesting that Wicket will show up in the seventh chapter of the Star Wars saga. The first comes »
Sunday Night at the Palladium: ITV, 8pm
In the last Sunday Night at the Palladium of the series, Jack Whitehall presents as a whole host of talented stars take to the stage.
Tonight's episode sees tensions between the pair when Strange becomes obsessed with the Raven King's magic and Norrell doesn't approve.
Strange tries to cure mad King George III, but soon realises that »
'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' poster. With Daniel Radcliffe. Rupert Grint. Emma Watson. 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' quiz question: Does state-of-the-art CGI equal movie magic? (Oscar Movie Series) Alfonso Cuarón seems like an odd choice for director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third installment in the Harry Potter movie series. That is, if one thinks only of Cuarón's pre-Harry Potter sleeper hit, the François Truffaut-esque Y tu mamá también, while ignoring two of his earlier efforts, the critically acclaimed A Little Princess and the moderately respected Great Expectations. This time around, working with a reported $130 million budget (approx. $163 million in 2015), state-of-the-art special effects, and the Harry Potter franchise, Cuarón surely could do no wrong. At the box office, that is. For although Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is stylistically superior to Chris Columbus' previous work in the series, »
- Andre Soares
UK TV ratings roundup – data supplied by Barb
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell showed a sharp week-on-week ratings drop this Sunday (May 24), according to overnight data.
Match of the Day, featuring highlights from the final day of the Premier League season, was seen by 3.09m (27.6%) at 10.30pm.
Over on ITV, episode four of World War II-era drama Home Fires led the night for the channel, with 4.47m (22.6%) tuning in at 9pm.
UK TV ratings roundup – data supplied by Barb
Big Brother: Timebomb's latest eviction was seen by an average audience of 1.06 million (5.6%).
The live episode, which ran from 9 until 10.30pm on Channel 5, peaked with 1.17 million viewers (5.9%) at 10pm, as Adjoa was evicted.
A further 440k (3.6%) stuck around for Big Brother's Bit on the Side, while 220k (2.8%) tuned in to watch live footage from the house.
Have I Got News for You entertained 4.2 million (20.8%) viewers at 8.30pm.
A second episode of Rhs Chelsea Flower Show 2015 was seen by 2.09 million (10.5%) on BBC Two at 8.30pm.
Warwick Davis was an interesting foil for Ricky Gervais, but seems equally at home in more mainstream fare – even if it means some uncomfortable situations. For the last episode of his travel show, he’s on the Isle of Wight, where Davis continues to prove himself a good sport: whether that means attempting a headstand on a paddleboard or being hoisted up the mast of Shirley Robertson’s yacht. After that, paragliding looks positively straightforward. John Robinson
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- John Robinson, Ali Catterall, Graeme Virtue, David Stubbs, Ben Arnold, Jonathan Wright, Jack Seale
The new cooking show was seen by an average audience of 2.3 million and secured an 11.8% audience share at 8pm.
It was sandwiched between Antiques Road Trip with 1.09 million (6.3%) and Gardeners' World with 2.13 million (10.5%).
Britain's Greatest Generation and The Clare Balding Show were seen by 1.15 million (5.6%) and 870k (4.9%).
The Graham Norton Show rounded things off with 3.34 million (26.3%) at its usual time of 10.35pm.
Over on ITV, Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davis continued with 2.33 million (11.9%) at 8pm, »
Have I Got Election News for You was Friday's (May 8) highest rated show outside of soaps.
Hosted by Jo Brand, the topical panel show was seen by an average audience of 4.49 million (21.9%) at 9.30pm.
It was preceded by Question Time Election Special with 3.16 million (15.4%) from 8.30pm.
Over on ITV, Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davis was seen by 2.56 million (13%) at 8pm, while Slow Train Through Africa with Griff Rhys Jones picked up an average audience of 2.21 million (10.8%) at 9pm.
BBC Two's evening began with 770k (4.2%) for Iolo's Great Welsh Parks at 7pm, followed by 910k (4.8%) for The Cenotaph - Highlights at 7.30pm.
May the 4th - the day Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister of the UK in 1979; the date of the first Grammy Awards in 1959; the anniversary of the first ever Daily Mail in 1896.
But forget all that, it's Star Wars Day!
Fans of the sci-fi series have flocked to social media today - along with a few cast members past and present - to celebrate the occasion. Expect royal baby/Princess Leia jokes, Stormtrooper emoticons and many, many Photoshopped lightsabers.
Digital Spy rounds up some of the best Star Wars Day tweets below:
It being may the 4th, forths me to thay to all you lithpers in Thpain & out, radioActivity may thoon be our thole meansth of exthmerthize
— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) May 4, 2015
May the fourth be with you... always. Actually, not always because tomorrow is May 5th and that doesn't really work. #StarWarsDay #YubNub
— Warwick Davis (@WarwickADavis) May 4, 2015
For you all on the Fourth, »
Have I Got News for You was Friday's (May 1) highest-rated show outside of soaps.
Hosted by Alexander Armstrong, the topical panel show attracted an average audience of 4.07 million (19.8%) from 9pm.
A repeat showing of Wallace & Gromit: A Grand Day Out filled the void left by Masterchef at 8.35pm, and managed to secure an average audience of 2.12 million (10.9%).
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