11 items from 2011
Comic Strip Presents: The Hunt for Tony Blair (C4) | 4oD
Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey (ITV1) | Stv Player
Who Do You Think You Are: Tracey Emin (BBC1) | iPlayer
We see so little of the Comic Strip ensemble these days that it's easy to forget how long they've been in the trenches of British spoof, tossing out a grenade every now and then, as if cursed to spend the rest of their days striving to match the perfection of their hilarious first episode, Five Go Mad in Dorset, which introduced high jinks to Channel 4's inaugural broadcast in 1982 and the term "lashings of ginger beer" to the cultural memory.
The Hunt for Tony Blair – a parodic splicing of noughties politics and »
- Phil Hogan
Tony Blair's on the run, accused of murder. He has also bedded Mrs Thatcher. It can only mean one thing – the Comic Strip crew are back. They talk to Vicky Frost
"I'm getting too old for this nonsense," sighs Robbie Coltrane, as he adjusts his stick-on moustache, straightens his lapels and draws himself up for the camera, clearly not meaning a single word of it. The sound of Rik Mayall exuberantly working on a scene drifts down the corridor towards us, and Coltrane grins, clearly revelling in collaborating with his old cohorts.
Coltrane is taking part in The Hunt for Tony Blair, a new Comic Strip Presents film, in which he performs alongside Jennifer Saunders, Nigel Planer and Mayall. "It's a bit like a family reunion," he says. "We've known each other for 29 years. Can that really be right? »
- Vicky Frost
McGowan is a self-confessed football addict and was most recently seen on TV as part of the BBC's Wimbledon commentary team.
You Cannot Be Serious has been commissioned as a pilot for ITV and will mean the star returning to his first love - impressions. He has a repertoire of more than 100 including Portsmouth manager Tony Adams and BBC commentator John Motson.
McGowan came to fame »
- Lisa O'Carroll
Last night I sat and watched Shooting Stars and despite the odd chuckle the review remains the same as last week’s. Just like the show you need to swap last week’s guests for Ronni Ancona, Sam Faiers, Ashley Banjo and Chris Tarrant. The jokes remain the same.
Entourage – Series 8, Episode 7 – Second To Last
Last night the penultimate episode ever of Entourage aired on Sky Atlantic and despite the show heading for eternity on the shelf it doesn’t seem to be building towards any big finale.
Entourage has graced our screens for the last 8 years and has never really had any major story lines, so maybe it would be daft to think that they would start now. However, with the story on the chopping block I did expect things to build towards some sort of big finale for Vince, but instead he’s trying to woo a girl. »
- D.J. Haza
Celebrities from the worlds of drama, comedy, conservation, television, sport, fashion and journalism will be burning bright at the year’s most exotic fundraising event for wild tiger conservation in London on Thursday (March 3).
Joanna Lumley, Bill Bailey, Bill Oddie, Nicholas Parsons, Jimmy Greaves, Ronni Ancona and Alistair McGowan, Jimmy Choo, Virginia McKenna and Will Travers, Donal MacIntyre, Liz Bonnin and Steve Backshall will all be in attendance at the exclusive Gala Night at London’s prestigious Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
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The nine celebrities taking part in the BT Red Nose Desert Trek have completed their fundraising challenge across North Kenya's Kaisut Desert. The group - Dermot O'Leary, Olly Murs, Kara Tointon, Craig David, Nadia Sawalha, Lorraine Kelly, Peter White, Scott Mills and Ronnie Ancona - finished their 100 kilometre journey this morning. Having faced temperatures of up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, the celebrities arrived at a sight camp where they met residents who are awaiting treatment for their conditions. "They've done it! 100km and the desert is awash with tears. Well Done Team Camel (more) »
- By Ryan Love
Nadia Sawalha fell sick during day one of the fundraising BT Red Nose Desert Trek. The TV presenter, who is walking with Ronni Ancona, Craig David, Lorraine Kelly, Scott Mills, Olly Murs, Dermot O’Leary Kara Tointon and Peter White on the Comic Relief challenge, caught a stomach bug and didn't get any sleep on her first night in the desert. "After a night spent more on the toilet than in my tent, it was good to get the trek underway, although I was nervous and felt unwell when I started this morning," she said. "The rest of the team really helped me through. It has been really tough and rocky terrain so far. The rock slide was a bit of a shock and even after all the briefings we've had about snakes I didn't expect we'd (more) »
- By Alex Fletcher
As few as 3,200 tigers survive in the wild today. That’s why wild tigers need all the friends they can get, and on March 3, 2011 celebrities, conservation leaders and campaigners will attend an exclusive Gala Night in London to raise funds for this critically endangered species.
Showing their support for tigers at the Gala will be stars including Joanna Lumley, Bill Oddie, Jimmy Greaves, Ronni Ancona and Alistair McGowan, Jimmy Choo, TV chef Ching-He Huang, Virginia McKenna and Will Travers, Donal MacIntyre, Liz Bonnin and Steve Backshall.
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A bunch of British stars are about to embark on a hot and sweaty trek across a desert as part of a celebrity charity initiative for Comic Relief’s annual Red Nose Day.
Olly Murs, Craig David, Lorraine Kelly, Kara Tointon and X Factor presenter Dermot O’Leary will be joined by Ronni Ancona, radio DJ Scott Mills, Peter White and Nadia Sawalha to trek across the Kaisut Desert in Northern Kenya later this month.
The stars will walk over 100 kilometers across the barren land in temperatures that will soar to over 38C (100F).
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Many TV shows struggling to find a following work out different ways to build a connection between its characters and audience which typically comes about by strong personality-driven episodes and the slow unraveling of their pasts. If the audience doesn’t care about the characters, they don’t care about the show. In Volume 1 and Volume 2 of Skins managed to keep us deeply involved in the lives of the troubled teens that populated its world of sex and drugs, but it wasn’t a success they wanted to dwell on. So with the third season they got a new batch of characters (centered on the younger sister of one of the main characters from the original bunch). With those characters established, we move on to the fourth season and unlike the first two, there’s just not enough interest in the characters to keep people coming back.
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- Lex Walker
Details of John Nettles's final episode of ITV1 detective series Midsomer Murders have been revealed. Nettles's character Dci Tom Barnaby will make his final appearance in 'Fit For Murder', which will air on Wednesday, February 2 at 8pm. Nettles has played the role for over 14 years and 80 episodes. Co-stars Jane Waymark and Laura Howard, who have played Barnaby's wife and daughter, will also bid farewell to the show next month. Guest stars in 'Fit For Murder' will include Geraldine James, Lesley Manville, Jason Durr, Ronni Ancona and Shaun Dingwall. It will also feature the first appearance from Neil Dudgeon, who will take over as the lead in the show, playing Dci John Barnaby, Tom's cousin. Jason Hughes will continue as sidekick Di Ben Jones. Speaking about his departure, Nettles said: "I wanted to die in noble fashion (more) »
- By Alex Fletcher
11 items from 2011
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