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Idris Elba to star in Sky comedy series In the Long Run

Variety is reporting that Idris Elba is teaming up with Sky to star in In the Long Run, a new comedy series which he has created, and is loosely based on his own childhood in London.

The series takes place in the 1980s and follows the Easmon family, immigrants from Sierra Leona. Elba is set to play the father, Walter, who works in the local factory alongside friend and neighbor Bagpipes (Bill Bailey). His son Akuna hangs out in the housing project, playing soccer and dodging the local thugs, until his brother Valentine arrives in the UK, bringing chaos in his wake and igniting a passion for music in Akuna.

“I’m really happy to be in comedy, bringing some joy into a world that needs some laughs,” said Elba. “With a great team behind it I look forward to people seeing it.”

“We’re honored to be working with
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Thursday’s best TV: Educating Greater Manchester; Tin Star

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Impressive tough love from Harrop Fold school’s student development team. Plus Tim Roth as a Rocky mountain cop

Did you ever come across a beautiful woodland clearing and think: “I know what’s missing here: a huge pile of Lego”? This week, the teams must build a spectacular display for an Essex nature walk, possibly incorporating a Madagascan crocodile and, under the watchful eyes of guest judges Bill Bailey and Lego artist Sean Kenney, as many miniature plants and creatures as can be made in 45 minutes, using just 15 bricks each. Ali Catterall

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Skins: revisiting E4’s teen anthology 10 years on

Caroline Preece Jan 25, 2017

Skins debuted on E4 10 years ago. We revisit a bold and unique adolescent drama that kick-started countless careers...

It’s been a decade since Skins, E4’s controversial teen drama, premiered. At the time, it was a source of anxiety for parents about what teenagers were getting up to when they weren’t looking, but for television executives it was pure gold. It achieved that rare feat - it got young people to watch and talk about it - and, after seven years of drinking, drugs and general debauchery, it bowed out in 2013.

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Now it’s simply another teen drama of the past, perhaps remembered by most for the real-world ‘Skins Parties’ it inspired rather than the steps it took or the ground it broke. Whether it was casting complete unknowns,
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We Tried it: Becoming One of the Cats on Broadway for a Day

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What It Is: Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s iconic musical Cats returned to Broadway this summer, with British chanteuse Leona Lewis making her debut on the Great White Way as Grizabella, The Glamour Cat. (Her run in the show ended last month, and School of Rock actress Mamie Parris has since taken over the “Memory”-making role.) I went behind the scenes at the theater and got a crash course in stage makeup, skin-tight unitards and choreography before making my own debut on a Broadway stage.

Who Tried It: Jeff Nelson, Music Writer-Reporter

Why I Tried It: I’ve always been
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Bill Bailey: ‘The worst thing anyone’s said to me? “You’re that bloke off the Hairy Bikers”’

The comedian on mistaken identity, his love of birds and his disappointment at being overlooked for the role of 007

Born in Bath, Bill Bailey, 52, was nominated for a Perrier award at the 1996 Edinburgh fringe, and went on to star in the TV sitcom Black Books. He has appeared regularly on Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Qi, and his recent live shows include Qualmpeddler and Limboland. His book, Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide To British Birds, has just been published. He is married with a son, and lives in London.

What is your greatest fear?

Being attacked by enraged bears.

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Bill Bailey interview: No Man’s Sky, Bond villains, gaming

Simon Brew Aug 15, 2016

From Edge Of Tomorrow to Commodore 64s and Bond villains - we chat to Mr Bill Bailey about No Man's Sky...

The mighty Bill Bailey is always a busy man, and right now, he's finishing off his latest tour. But he's also been working with Sony, on the launch of the colossal new videogame, No Man's Sky. What's more, Sony arranged for us to have a little chat with the man himself. And every now and then, we remembered to talk about No Man's Sky as part of it.

Take heed at the part at the bottom of this interview, too. Bill Bailey for Mayor of Den Of Geek, anyone?...

I’ve just been watching the promotional video for No Man’s Sky [it's down at the bottom if you've not seen it]. And I know I’m supposed to start off talking about that, but the video brought to mind the moment where Manny assimilated The Little Book Of Calm.
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Bill Bailey's Hawaiian Christmas

Bill Bailey enjoyed an Hawaiian-themed Christmas in 2014. The British comedian opted to have a themed big day last year - but has revealed it nearly turned into a disaster. He explained: ''We decided to have a themed Christmas. We went for a Hawaiian theme. We had the whole works. We had Hawaiian shirts, the garlands, glassware.'' Asked how the big day unfolded, Bill said: ''It was nearly disastrous because some friends came round and they brought a trifle. They left it outside because it was hard to carry and said: 'Oh Bill, there's a trifle outside in a big glass bowl.' So
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Bill Bailey enjoyed an Hawaiian-themed Christmas in 2014. The British comedian opted to have a themed big day last year - but has revealed it nearly turned into a disaster. He explained: ''We decided to have a themed Christmas. We went for a Hawaiian theme. We had the whole works. We had Hawaiian shirts, the garlands, glassware.'' Asked how the big day unfolded, Bill said: ''It was nearly disastrous because some friends came round and they brought a trifle. They left it outside because it was hard to carry and said: 'Oh Bill, there's a trifle outside in a big glass bowl.' So
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Bill Bailey's Mexican-themed Christmas

Bill Bailey would like a Mexican-themed Christmas. The 51-year-old comedian has admitted he would like to mark the special day by doing something out of the ordinary, like wearing a sombrero and eating burritos. Asked if he'd like to have a themed Christmas, he said: ''Yeah, Mexican. I think Mexican would be fun. You know, the whole sombreros, margaritas, tamales, burritos - just go the full works.'' Bill also recalled the strangest gift he's ever received on December 25. He said: ''One of the strangest was a knitted praying mantis, which is a beautiful thing. It was a big praying mantis, but knitted. It
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Bill Bailey would like a Mexican-themed Christmas. The 51-year-old comedian has admitted he would like to mark the special day by doing something out of the ordinary, like wearing a sombrero and eating burritos. Asked if he'd like to have a themed Christmas, he said: ''Yeah, Mexican. I think Mexican would be fun. You know, the whole sombreros, margaritas, tamales, burritos - just go the full works.'' Bill also recalled the strangest gift he's ever received on December 25. He said: ''One of the strangest was a knitted praying mantis, which is a beautiful thing. It was a big praying mantis, but knitted. It
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Dara O Briain interview: comedy, Isle Of Man, IMDb

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Dara O Briain chats to us about tough gigs, writing books, touring, and comedy...

Dara O Briain's latest stand-up show, Crowd Tickler, makes it onto DVD this week, having already enjoyed a digital release. It's an excellent show, and a week or two back - just as the UK leg of his tour was drawing to a close - we got the chance to speak with the man himself about it. Here's how it went...

I caught a really good Ed Byrne gig the other week. And what impressed me about it most is that it's a long time since I've seen a comedian have to battle uphill for a good hour and a half against as dead a crowd as I've seen in a long time.

Really?

Yeah. A Tuesday night in a place you have to drive to. Not a very giving crowd.

Do
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25 great movie performances by actors in multiple roles

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From Thomas F Wilson in Back To The Future to Nicolas Cage and John Travolta in Face/Off - when actors play multiple roles...

The dramatic use of actors playing multiple characters is a bold and rather theatrical device that has its ups and downs. It goes at least as far back as Captain Hook being played by the same actor who plays the Darling children's father in stage productions of Peter Pan, a technique largely adopted in film adaptations of the story, too (hello to Jason Isaacs).

It's used a lot in cinema too. Done well, it's impressive, but when it's bad, it's Jack & Jill. Whether used in comedy or drama or outright horror, there are countless examples of actors delivering terrific performances in more than one role at once, and that's before we even get past Cloud Atlas. Still, we've had a go at totting up 25 of the best.
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Beverley Knight returns to the role of Grizabella in ‘Cats’

Beverley Knight is back in the role of Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats for an exclusive 11 week run at the London Palladium. The show will run until January 2nd.

The cast joining Beverley Knight (Grizabella) comprises Madalena Alberto (alternate Grizabella), Jack Butterworth (Rumpus/Alonzo), Danielle Cato (Cassandra), Javier Cid (Macavity/Admetus), Luke Cinque-White (Carbucketty), Emma Lee Clark (Bombalurina), Jon-Scott Clark (Bill Bailey), Gabrielle Cocca (Tantomile), Harry Francis (Mungojerrie), Tarryn Gee (Jemima), Evan James (Skimbleshanks), Matt Krzan (Munkustrap), Georgie Leatherland (Rumpelteazer), Adam Linstead (Old Deuteronomy), Paul F Monaghan (Gus/Growltiger/Bustopher Jones), Jane Quinn (Jennyanydots), Mark John Richardson (Quaxo/ Mistoffelees), Clare Rickard (Jellylorum), Jordan Shaw (Pouncival), Hannah Kenna Thomas (Victoria/ White Cat), James Titchener (Coricopat), Marcquelle Ward (Tugger) and Anna Woodside (Demeter). They are joined by Megan Armstrong, Lindsay Atherton, Lucy Brushett, Oliver Ramsdale, Alex Pinder and Barry Haywood as swings.

Beverley Knight (Grizabella) in Cats, photo Alessandro
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Get out your Little Book of Calm, Black Books is 15! Bill Bailey reflects on the cult comedy

Not to make you feel old, but Black Books turns 15 today. That's right, every slob and pessimist's hero Bernard Black first emerged on our TV screens back on September 29, 2000 on Channel 4.

Dylan Moran and Graham Linehan's comedy has become a cult classic over the years, and we will forever be quoting Bernard, Manny and Fran's struggles through life, especially when we're hungover ("Shut up all of you, I'm dying").

Digital Spy recently caught up with Manny himself Bill Bailey and spoke to him about the show's continued popularity, and whether it could one day make a comeback.

"It's been wonderful watching it have this big long life after it went out on TV," Bill told us. "It's developed this cult following around the world. I get security guards in airports in Eastern Europe rubbing the breasts going 'Bernard Bernard Bernard Bernard'."

When asked what he thought of the
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Matt Damon posed for some tourists - but they just wanted him to take their photo

Matt Damon posed for some tourists - but they just wanted him to take their photo
Matt Damon has revealed that he once posed for a pair of tourists... but they actually only wanted him to take their photo.

The Hollywood superstar was asked on The Graham Norton Show, which returns tonight, about being recognised in public.

"I was in a London park with just my wife and daughter.  We were alone in the park when a young Spanish couple came along, saw me, had an exchange and then pulled out a camera," Damon said.

"I said to my wife, 'Here we go'. It was only after I put my arm around the woman to pose for a picture and the husband gave me an odd look that I realised they had no idea who I was and just wanted a photographer to take their picture!"

He quipped: "I was so glad my wife was there to witness that!"

Damon also told Norton about the time
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Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and Nicole Kidman join Graham Norton on his sofa next month

The Graham Norton Show is lining up some serious Girl Power for an October episode.

Graham Norton is set to welcome Suffragette cast members Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan to his sofa on October 9 at 10.35 pm.

Nicole Kidman will join the trio to discuss her West End run in Anna Ziegler's Photograph 51.

Kidman last sat down with Norton last November, while Streep and Mulligan visited earlier this year.

The Graham Norton Show kicks off its 18th series on Friday (September 25) with guests Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Bill Bailey and The Weeknd.

On October 2, Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hiddleston, Sir Kenneth Branagh and The Shires are scheduled to drop by the BBC chat show.
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Bill Bailey interview: The Jungle Book, Doctor Who, Star Trek

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We met the actor and comedian Bill Bailey (the same person), to talk about his role as Baloo in a new Jungle Book audio production…

Bill Bailey has had a soft spot in geek hearts since time immemorial (aka the 1990s), with roles in Spaced, Black Books and Doctor Who complimenting his uncountable appearances on Never Mind The Buzzcocks and other assorted panel shows. Of course, the man can put on a hell of a show by himself, as well.

Now, Bill Bailey has signed up for the role of Baloo in Audible’s new audio production of The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories. We met up with Bill Bailey at Audible’s recording studios to discuss The Jungle Book, the chances of him cameo-ing in Star Trek Beyond, and a whole lot more besides…

So, what made you want to get involved with The Jungle Book?

Well! Well,
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16 amazing moments from Never Mind the Buzzcocks: Huey smashes a mug, Preston storms off, Dappy flies in

Never Mind the Buzzcocks has been cancelled after 28 series, with the BBC confirming the much-loved show will not be returning.

The ingenious - and often hilarious - pop music panel quiz arrived on screens way back in 1996, and ran for over 260 episodes.

Hosts including Mark Lamarr, Simon Amstell and Rhod Gilbert have appeared alongside team captains Phil Jupitus, Sean Hughes, Bill Bailey and Noel Fielding. Here are some of the greatest moments.

1. Boys will be boys!

Preston took an immediate dislike to being described by Simon Amstell as a "professional celebrity" on introduction, before Amstell joked that his band The Ordinary Boys have no fans.

But it was when he began to read extracts from Preston's then-wife Chantelle Houghton's biography - with the line "The photoshoot was for the Daily Mail, which made me feel really posh and upmarket" - that he stormed off the show in disgust.
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BBC axes Never Mind the Buzzcocks after 20 years

Music panel show, which has featured team captains including Phill Jupitus, Noel Fielding, Sean Hughes and Bill Bailey, has run to 28 series

The BBC has pulled the plug on Never Mind the Buzzcocks after 20 years and 28 series of the music panel show.

The show, which has been presented by Mark Lamarr, Simon Amstell and, in its latest incarnation Rhod Gilbert, has featured team captains including Phill Jupitus, Sean Hughes, Bill Bailey and Noel Fielding.

Related: Never Mind the Buzzcocks: top five moments

Related: Phill Jupitus interview: 'I am not everyone's cup of teA'

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Never Mind the Buzzcocks has been cancelled after 18 years on BBC Two

Never Mind the Buzzcocks has been cancelled.

Channel controller Kim Shillinglaw and BBC entertainment controller Mark Linsey have confirmed the end of the show, Broadcast reports.

A BBC spokeswoman said: "After 28 series we've decided not to bring Never Mind the Buzzcocks back to the BBC. This will create space for new entertainment formats in the future.

"We'd like to thank the team at Talkback, Rhod Gilbert, all the brilliant hosts over the years and of course Noel and Phill for the years of enjoyment they've given BBC Two viewers."

The pop music panel quiz first aired in November 1996, and has run for over 260 episodes over 28 series.

It was hosted by Mark Lamarr for its first 17 series. Guest presenters took over for the 18th run, before Simon Amstell took over hosting duties for four series.

The show returned to having guest hosts for series 23 to 27 and Rhod Gilbert took the role
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