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6 items from 2014


Pointless: World Cup, Eurovision stars for celebrity specials

2 April 2014 3:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The list of celebrities taking part in the latest Pointless specials has been announced.

Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman will be joined by famous faces for six new primetime episodes of the hit game show, kicking off on Saturday, April 12.

The first special will have a 1970s theme, with Wizzard and Yes stars Roy Wood and Rick Wakeman facing actors Paul Henry and Madeleine Smith, and Sally Thomsett and Anna Karen, and children's television stars Ed Stewart and Sally James.

Elsewhere, Sir Geoff Hurst and George Cohen MBE will team up in the World Cup special, facing Peter Shilton and Steve Bull, Hope Powell and Casey Stoney, and Graeme Le Saux and commentator Jonathan Pearce.

The Eurovision Pointless special is a thing to behold, with Bucks Fizz's Cheryl Baker and Mike Nolan trying to prove their wits against Martin Lee and Sonia Evans, Dana and Johnny Logan, and Jemini's Chris Cromby and Gemma Abbey. »

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Jonathan Creek series 5 episode 3 review: The Curse Of The Bronze Lamp

15 March 2014 11:47 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Rachel Bowles 15 Mar 2014 - 18:44

Jonathan Creek concludes its fifth series with a satisfying, comic noodle-scratcher...

This review contains spoilers.

5.3 The Curse Of The Bronze Lamp

After a disappointing start to the new series, Jonathan Creek seemed to return to form last week in The Sinner And The Sandman with a much more recognisable setup with one key mystery to solve. Despite not being the most exciting of mysteries, nor one of the most bloodthirsty; The Sinner and The Sandman certainly turned in some great performances, notably from John Bird. Alan Davies seemed more enthusiastic in the role as the eponymous hero and the whole setup felt a lot less perilous with far fewer contrived jokes or plot points.

Despite a more positive start to the episode, The Curse Of The Bronze Lamp still lacked pace and excitement. It has often been the case with previous series of Jonathan Creek »

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Jonathan Creek series 5 unveils first trailer - watch

14 February 2014 10:42 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The first trailer for the fifth series of Jonathan Creek has been released online.

The 30-second clip teases a number of cases and characters set to feature in forthcoming episodes of the BBC murder mystery drama.

Jonathan Creek: Tube Talk Gold

Alan Davies will resume his role as the magician's-assistant-turned-crime-solving-sleuth when the programme returns to screens in the coming weeks, with Sarah Alexander starring as Creek's wife Polly.

The trailer also confirms that June Whitfield and John Bird will appear in guest roles.

Davies first announced his and Alexander's involvement on Twitter last October.

Last summer, the 47-year-old admitted that the latest run of the show had been hit by budget cuts, meaning a number of sets needed to be scaled back. »

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John Fortune obituary

2 January 2014 8:15 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Comedian and actor best known for the satirical television show Bremner, Bird and Fortune

John Fortune, who has died aged 74 after a long illness, was a distinguished member of the Oxbridge generation of brainy comedians who turned British entertainment inside out in the early 1960s, along with his friend, college contemporary and writing partner, John Bird, as well as Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller, Alan Bennett, David Frost, Eleanor Bron and John Wells.

From his earliest days on Ned Sherrin's Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life, the successor in 1964-65 to the satirical television magazine That Was the Week That Was, through to the comedy shows with Rory Bremner in the 1990s and beyond, he was a fixture of barely surprised indifference, with a wonderful line in deflationary, logical understatement. Tall and gangly, with a warm and ready smile but a performance default mode of aghast, »

- Michael Coveney

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In praise of … George Parr | Editorial

1 January 2014 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

His was the voice of the establishment and from his mouth issued the most flatulent of hypocrisies

When John Fortune died earlier this week, so too did one of the great satirical characters of recent times. The ineffable George Parr, Sir George, Admiral Sir George, General Sir George and sometimes just George Parr MP (Conservative), was played either by Fortune or more often by his partner in comedy John Bird, parrying Fortune's questions. His was the voice of the establishment and from his mouth issued the most flatulent of hypocrisies, the most absurd of justifications and usually something very close to the brutal truth. Explaining the case for the European fighter aircraft prompted by a toy elephant, or unravelling the 2008 crash with an analogy involving rancid milk and incontinent grandfathers, Parr represented all the unmerited sense of entitlement and confounded affront on being challenged that marked a class still mentally »

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John Fortune obituary

31 December 2013 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Comedian and actor best known for the satirical television show Bremner, Bird and Fortune

John Fortune, who has died aged 74 after a long illness, was a distinguished member of the Oxbridge generation of brainy comedians who turned British entertainment inside out in the early 1960s, along with his friend, college contemporary and writing partner, John Bird, as well as Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller, Alan Bennett, David Frost, Eleanor Bron and John Wells.

From his earliest days on Ned Sherrin's Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life, the successor in 1964-65 to the satirical television magazine That Was the Week That Was, through to the comedy shows with Rory Bremner in the 1990s and beyond, he was a fixture of barely surprised indifference, with a wonderful line in deflationary, logical understatement. Tall and gangly, with a warm and ready smile but a performance default mode of aghast, »

- Michael Coveney

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