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We've had the John Lewis advert, the supermarkets are filled with Quality Street tins and Bob Geldof has gathered together a load of popstars to sing about Africa. There's no point hiding and denying it, Christmas is very nearly here.
Even if you're a festive grinch, one of the best parts of Christmas is that it means a bumper selection box of great telly. The BBC has released first look pictures today of its seasonal highlights, and here are 14 picks of what you can look forward to over the holidays.
3. Esio Trot
Another of Roald Dahl's classics gets adapted »
Dame Judi Dench ''loved'' showing off her breasts in 'Esio Trot'. The 79-year-old actress plays Mrs. Silver in the BBC One adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic alongside Dustin Hoffman, and Dame Judi has admitted to ''loving'' her character's racy wardrobe. She said: ''I loved my costumes, they are very unlike me. I was offered one of these dresses to take with me but it hangs in my wardrobe and I think, 'Where am I ever going to wear that?' '' However, Dame Judi told The Sun newspaper she's been donning low cut dresses for over six decades. She joked: ''I have showed my »
Not the arena-scaled production of the Petipa-Ivanov classic that English National Ballet regularly perform at the Albert Hall, but Derek Dean’s far more traditionally staged version. Efficiently told, with full space given to the choreography, this Swan Lake comes with some fine casts: Alina Cojocaru paired with Ivan Vasiliev; Tamara Rojo with Alban Lendorf. Liverpool Empire (0870-606 3536), to 22 November; Coliseum, London WC2 (020-7845 9300), 7-18 January.
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- Guardian critics
Despite a drop in viewers compared with Thursday's show, I'm a Celeb attracted a healthy 34.5% audience share. A further 424k (2.6%) watched on ITV+1, while 745k (5.4%) watched ITV2's 10pm spinoff show.
Elsewhere on ITV, Secrets from the Sky was seen by an average audience of 2.65 million (12.4%) at 8pm.
The evening continued with 2.78 million (12.7%) for Citizen Khan at 8.30pm; an evening high of 3.77 million (16.1%) for Have I Got News for You at 9pm; and 3.14 million (13.7%) for Not Going Out at 9.30pm.
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Henrik Pabst is to take sole charge at international TV sales and financing company Red Arrow Intl., whose slate is led by The Weinstein Co./BBC show “Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot,” starring Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench, Netflix’s “Lilyhammer,” Amazon’s “Bosch,” and ABC’s “The Taste.”
Joint chief Irina Ignatiew-Lemke will step down at the end of the month. Ignatiew-Lemke has been with the company since 2012, most recently leading the company’s scripted distribution business.
Red Arrow Intl. has launched a raft of shows in the past year, including “Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot,” “Bosch,” a crime series based on Michael Connelly’s novels, and starring Titus Welliver, “100 Code,” which was created by Bobby Moresco, and stars Michael Nyqvist and Dominic Monaghan, “Married at First Sight” and “Video Game High School.”
Red Arrow Intl. has co-produced and provided production financing to an array of scripted and non-scripted projects, »
- Leo Barraclough
By Anjelica Oswald
Several Oscar contenders are heading to New York and the Broadway stage as the Oscar season progresses in Hollywood. With projects on both coasts, these contenders could score both Tony and Oscar nominations during the upcoming awards season.
Director Bob Fosse won two Tony Awards and an Oscar in 1973. The two Tonys were for direction and choreography for Pippin and the Oscar was for directing Cabaret. Director Stephen Daldry won an Oscar for The Reader and a Tony for Billy Elliot the Musical in 2009.
Five actresses have won both awards in the same year: Shirley Booth won a Tony for The Time of the Cuckoo and an Oscar for Come Back, Little Sheba in 1953; Audrey Hepburn won a Tony for Ondine and an Oscar for Roman Holiday in 1954; Ellen Burstyn won a Tony for Same Time, Next Year and an Oscar for Alice Doesn’t »
- Anjelica Oswald
By Anjelica Oswald
The transition from television star to cinematic award-winner is often difficult. Where actors in feature films tend to be regarded as prestigious, the actors you catch on a television show every week become almost like friends and are more relatable. This personal appeal can hinder prospective Oscar chances, as TV actors are denigrated as being less-than qualified for the statues than their featured peers.
Some 21st century exceptions to the rule include George Clooney, who rose to fame as Dr. Doug Ross on NBC’s ER, is now a two-time Oscar winner, one for his supporting role in 2005’s Syriana and the other for best picture for 2012’s Argo; Jennifer Lawrence, who starred as the oldest daughter on The Bill Engvall Show before it ended in 2009, is now a three-time Oscar nominee, winning once for her lead role in 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook; Melissa Leo, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Tucked away on Channel 4's late-night Monday schedule is Toast of London, a brilliantly absurd sitcom about a fading middle-age actor reduced to taking increasingly undesirable voiceover jobs and acting roles.
The brainchild of Matt Berry and Father Ted co-creator Arthur Matthews, Toast is a classic British sitcom character in the mould of David Brent, Alan Partridge and Basil Fawlty - the more his dignity gets shredded, the funnier it gets.
With the prestigious Rose d'Or prize under its belt, six nominations at this year's British Comedy Awards and a dedicated fanbase who flood social media with Toastisms, the surreal comedy show has momentum.
One recurring gag that's fast become a hallmark is the titular luvvie's voiceover sessions with Scramble Studios duo Danny Bear (Tim Downie) and Clem Fandango (Shazad Latif). The latter, a work experience boy who dishes out orders to the veteran thesp, has proven to be a potent comedy hand grenade. »
BAFTA Scotland's annual awards ceremony on Sunday saw James McAvoy take home the best actor gong for his turn as a corrupt, drug-taking and alcoholic cop in Filth, adapted from Irvine Welsh’s novel. The best actress award went to relative newcomer Sophie Kennedy Clark for her performance in Philomena, in which she played the younger version of Judi Dench's titular character. Read more James McAvoy Heads Back to London Stage in 'The Ruling Class' Broadchurch star David Tennant won the TV actor award for BBC drama The Escape Artist, while Shirley Henderson, also one of McAvoy’s co-stars in Filth,
- Alex Ritman
The boyband will chat to the talk show host on Friday, December 5 at 10.35pm on BBC One, while also performing new single 'Night Changes'.
Nicole Scherzinger will provide the music, performing her latest single 'Run' on Friday, December 12.
Judi Dench has admitted that she hates being told that she should retire.
The Philomena actress told Sky News that age is "just a number", adding that she would rather people let her "have a go" at things, rather than tell her she can't do it.
She explained: "It drives me absolutely spare when people say 'Are you going to retire?' or 'Don't you think it's time you put your feet up?' or tell me my age.
"I loathe it. I don't want to be told that I'm too old to do something; I want to try it first and then, if I don't succeed, then I can be told I can't do it.
"Otherwise, because you get to a certain age, it's 'Oh well, you mustn't do that because you might have a fall or you can't learn the lines or you can't see'. Let me have a go. »
Judi Dench turns 80 next month, but when it comes to her acting career, she has no plans on taking things easy, and she would rather people didn't tell her too either. “I don’t want to be told I’m too old to try something," she said adding, "I want to see for myself if I can’t do it rather than be told you might have a fall or you can't learn your lines. Let me have a go. Let us all have a go." Speaking at a screening of the BBC's Esio Trot, the Radio Times reported Dench saying that her age
- Abid Rahman
Dame Judi Dench reveals her wild side.
Dame Judi Dench revealed her wilder side when she claimed she got a tattoo of a celebrity's name on her bum.
Upon accepting the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment at the Britannia Awards, the 79-year-old divulged that she has Hollywood heavy-hitter Harvey Weinstein's name inked on her behind.
Dench recalled being told that she would never make it in the movie business because her "face isn't properly arranged." It wasn't until director John Madden hired the actress to play Queen Victoria in the 1997 TV movie Mrs. Brown that she got her big break. "Blessed Harvey Weinstein, whose tattoo I still have on my bum, said it would be a proper [theatrical] film and it was," she said the film producer taking Mrs. Brown to the big screen.
"Well, he asked »
Did Dame Judi Dench just say what we think she said?! The legendary British actress, known for her talents and impressive wit both on and off-screen, made an appearance at last week's BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards. As she accepted her Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment, the 79-year-old revealed that a famous person thought she would never succeed in the industry. "I've never actually divulged who this person was but somebody very, very famous…said to me, 'I'm so sorry but I need to tell you this. You'll never make a film because your face isn't quite properly arranged,'" she shared onstage at the Beverly Hilton »
Offering over 50 Shakespeare productions, the platform is the first to ever to be offered by a theatre in the world.
Shakespeare’s Globe has become the first theatre in the world to offer an on-demand platform for digital content.
Globe Player features full-length HD films of over 50 Shakespeare productions at the Globe to rent or buy. Every foreign-language production from 2012’s ‘Globe to Globe’ festival has been made available, alongside the main productions from the 2009-2012 summer seasons including Twelfth Night [pictured], starring Stephen Fry, and Much Ado About Nothing, starring Eve Best.
The main 2013 titles - The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth - will be made available in the coming months.
Dominic Dromgoole, artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe, commented: “Whether we’re touring the world, inviting the world to the Globe, or being the first to experiment with low ticket prices with our £5 groundling tickets, the Globe is always looking for bold new »
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The actress - who played Hermione Granger in the eight-part movie series - dedicated her British Artist of the Year award to Millie, an on-set hamster who had a heart attack during shooting for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
The 24-year-old explained how the set decorators built a small, mahogany coffin with a velvet lining and an engraved silver plaque for Millie.
"What I'm trying to say is that you're all very special to me and that your vote of confidence means a lot," Watson said to the audience, which consisted of stars including Robert Downey Jr and Dame Judi Dench, who both won awards.
"I take it as such a great honour that you're giving me this award tonight. Thank you very, very much and rest in peace Millie, »
Maybe it was the hour-late start time of 9:30 pm – or perhaps the very British dinner served of steak wrapped in a pastry crust – but the 2014 Britannia Awards were decidedly not the typical award-season fare. Held Thursday night at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, the annual event feting standout personalities in entertainment as chosen by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) celebrated six distinct talents this year: Robert Downey Jr., Julia Louis-Dreyfus, director Mike Leigh, Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson and Dame Judi Dench. The room was peppered with stars like
- Stacey Wilson
British royalty mingled with Hollywood royalty at the Britannia Awards on Thursday night at the Beverly Hilton.
Watson, who grew up on the “Harry Potter” film franchise described how her pet died during filming of the third movie. “The set decorators made a tiny coffin for my hamster,” she said. “The British film industry is not just an industry but also a family where I grew up.”
- Shalini Dore
Hollywood got a touch of British class on Thursday night as Robert Downey Jr., Mike Leigh, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson and Dame Judi Dench all were honored at the 2014 Britannia Awards. The event held at the Beverly Hilton was a lively affair put on annually by BAFTA-la. Hosted in fine style for the second year by British comedian/actor Rob Brydon (My Trip To Italy) who welcomed the crowd by claiming he was really Renee Zellweger, the awards show also served to be a nice stop early in the Oscar/BAFTA season for potential contenders like honorees Robert Downey Jr. (The Judge), Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), and director Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner). If you’re in the race, it never hurts to turn up at these things already looking like a winner and getting to make an acceptance speech. And though they didn’t sport any winners of this »
- Pete Hammond
At Thursday night's Britannia Awards, Julia Louis-Dreyfus summed up one of the pleasures of the honors that are handed out this time of year, before awards season gets ultra-competitive. “It's nice that they tell you you've won ahead of time,” she said, “so you don't have to practice your ‘I'm so happy for Lena Dunham’ face.” Louis-Dreyfus was one of the six winners who came to the Beverly Hilton knowing that they were being given honors by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles. The others were Robert Downey Jr., Dame Judi Dench, Mike Leigh, Emma Watson and. »
- Steve Pond
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