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The Last Kingdom series 2: politics, battles and arselings

Louisa Mellor Mar 16, 2017

Bernard Cornwell series The Last Kingdom returns to BBC 2 tonight. We chatted to its cast about what to expect...

This interview contains spoilers for The Last Kingdom series one.

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It’s a year of inadvertent real-world relevance for escapist TV drama. As right wing nationalism bleeds into European politics, SS-gb happens to imagine an England occupied by Nazis. As Donald Trump sits in the white House, American Gods happens to show a con-man’s rise to power in the Us. And as the UK flounders through Brexit and the Scottish government moves to hold a second referendum on independence, The Last Kingdom happens to dramatise King Alfred’s ninth-century campaign to unite a divided England into a single country. None of it was intentional,
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Teachers: funny, honest, unglamorous comedy drama

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A fond look back at UK comedy drama Teachers, starring a pre-The Walking Dead and post-This Life Andrew Lincoln...

Fifteen years ago, Andrew Lincoln wasn’t the guy from The Walking Dead. He wasn’t even the creepy guy from Love Actually (the one with the signs. Not any of the other creepy guys). No, he was the guy from This Life that was getting a show all of his own in which to charm the viewing masses. That show was Teachers. And charm us he did.

Set in a secondary school in Bristol, Teachers was good enough to make us actually want to go back to school – or, for those of us who were still at school when it started, to wonder if some of the ridiculous rumours we were making up about the staff shagging each other might actually be true after all.
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Vic Reeves and Jody Latham join Inspector George Gently

Jim Moir and Jody Latham have joined the cast of Inspector George Gently.

Moir - who is also known by his stage name Vic Reeves - will appear in the third episode of the drama's eighth series as a shady pawnbroker.

Meanwhile, Jody Latham (Shameless) will play Jonjo Burdon, described as a "skin head maniac", in the fourth and final episode of the series.

Inspector George Gently's eighth series will air on BBC One in early 2015, and is comprised of four feature-length episodes.

Sherlock's Louise Brealey, Emma Cunniffe, Anthony Flanagan, Adrian Bower, Paul Brennen, Danny Cunningham and Lucian Msamati will also feature in the new episodes.

Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby will return for the new series, which is set in Durham in 1969.

Written by Peter Flannery and based on Alan Hunter's novels, the drama follows the titular London inspector solving crimes in the north east of England.
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - The Leftovers, Bad Education

The Leftovers: Sky Atlantic, 9pm

HBO's provocative look at human loss and grief finally hits our shores tonight, and it's worth the wait. The world of The Leftovers is still coming to terms with the unexplained disappearance of 2% of the global population, and places focus on the residents of a small town in Massachusetts - each affected differently by the disaster.

In this first episode, a memorial service for the lost brings all the simmering tension to the boil. Justin Theroux (above) and Liv Tyler star.

Mount Pleasant: Sky Living, 9pm

The fourth series of the thoroughly British suburban dramedy kicks off tonight. Greg (Adrian Bower) is released from prison after being wrongly implicated in drug dealing, while Lisa (Sally Lindsay) and Dan (Daniel Ryan) struggle to prepare for the birth of their baby after their estranged son Robbie (Daniel Ings) makes a surprising return.

Later Live... with Jools Holland: BBC Two,
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'How I Met Your Mother', 'A Touch of Cloth', 'Dracula': Tube Talk Q&A

If you've got plans to go out, like, at all this week, ditch 'em - winter's here, the weather's horrid and there's plenty of good telly on. "But when is it on?", you cry! "And what can we expect from our favourite shows?", you bellow!

We hear ya - check out the latest edition of the Tube Talk Q&A for UK premiere dates, insider TV scoop and anything else we've seen fit to cram in here.

Any ideas when the UK will get to see season two of Unforgettable, please?

We do have a vague notion and sorry to be the bearers of bad news, but UK Unforgettable fans won't be reunited with Carrie Wells (Poppy Montgomery) any time soon...

Season two - the first to air since the show was brought back from the brink by CBS - started airing in July in the Us., but Sky Living
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Exclusive: Hard Boiled Sweets Featurette

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Exclusive: Hard Boiled Sweets Featurette
We have an exclusive featurette from the upcoming British crime drama Hard Boiled Sweets, debuting September 25 on VOD, Amazon, iTunes, Blockbuster, CinemaNow, Playstation, Vudu, XBox, and Zune. Scot Williams stars as Johnny, an ex-con forced into stealing $1 million from mob boss "Shrewd" Eddie (Paul Freeman). Johnny comes to learn that a host of other criminals are also planning on stealing the cash.

Hard Boiled Sweets - Exclusive Story Featurette

Ex-con Johnny is forced into pulling a heist he wants nothing to do with. Mob boss 'Shrewd' Eddie has one million in dirty cash stashed at his home, just waiting to be stolen. But what Johnny doesn't know is that seven other very dangerous criminals also have plans to steal the money...

Hard Boiled Sweets was released September 25th, 2012 and stars Philip Barantini, Elizabeth Berrington, Adrian Bower, Liz May Brice, Paul Freeman, Ty Glaser, Laura Greenwood, Ian Hart. The film is directed by David L.G. Hughes.
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Exclusive Featurette on Hard Boiled Sweets

Writer/director David L.G. Hughes' British crime film Hard Boiled Sweets will be available On Demand Tuesday, September 25 and we've got an exclusive featurette that you can watch below. In the film, ex-con Johnny is forced into pulling a heist he wants nothing to do with. Mob boss 'Shrewd' Eddie has one million in dirty cash stashed at his home, just waiting to be stolen. But what Johnny doesn't know is that seven other very dangerous criminals also have plans to steal the money... Philip Barantini, Elizabeth Berrington, Adrian Bower, Liz May Brice, Paul Freeman, Ty Glaser, Laura Greenwood, Ian Hart, Nathaniel Martello-White, Danny Sapani, Scott Williams, Peter Wrght and René Zagger star.
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Hard Boiled Sweets Official Poster

Check out the official poster for the upcoming independent drama Hard Boiled Sweets, featuring an ensemble cast including Paul Freeman, Ty Glaser and Scot Williams.

Ex-con Johnny (Scot Williams) is forced into pulling a heist he wants nothing to do with. Mob boss ‘Shrewd’ Eddie (Paul Freeman) has one million in dirty cash stashed at his home, just waiting to be stolen. But what Johnny doesn’t know is that seven other very dangerous criminals also have plans to steal the money…

Additional cast include Philip Barantini, Elizabeth Berrington, Adrian Bower, Liz May Brice, Laura Greenwood, Ian Hart, Nathaniel Martello-White, Danny Sapani, Peter Wrght, and René Zagger.

Here’s the synopsis for the film:

Mob Boss is used to getting whatever he wants; he runs Southend, gets all the best women including the gorgeous, sought after Porsche The Sherbet Lemon and has one million pounds in dirty cash stashed in a briefcase at his home.
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Charlie Brooker's 'A Touch of Cloth' gets two more specials on Sky1

Charlie Brooker's 'A Touch of Cloth' gets two more specials on Sky1
Sky1 has ordered two more instalments of Charlie Brooker's cop spoof A Touch of Cloth. The series, starring John Hannah and Suranne Jones, will debut with a 90-minute special in August. A second two-parter - currently titled Cloth Undercover - has already begun filming and is scheduled to air in 2013. The third Cloth outing - a two-hour TV film - has also been commissioned. Julian Rhind-Tutt (Green Wing), Adrian Bower (Mount Pleasant), Navin Chowdhry (Teachers) (more)
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Blu-ray Review: Hard Boiled Sweets

Hard Boiled Sweets

Stars: Philip Barantini, Elizabeth Berrington, Adrian Bower, Paul Freeman, Liz May Brice, Laura Greenwood | Written and Directed by David L.G. Hughes

Guy Ritchie has a lot to answer for. Following the success of his British gangster flick Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels we’ve had a myriad of rip-offs and wannabes of which Hard Boiled Sweets is one. Taking inspiration from Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction and Guy Ritchie’s aforementioned gangster flick, the film weaves together a number of different stories and characters into this tale of seaside gangsters – the trouble is right from the get-go you know exactly where the film is headed and how all the plot threads will come together; watching everything pan out as you’ve already guessed makes for very dull viewing!

The film follows mob boss ‘Shrewd’ Eddie (Freeman), a Southend-on-Sea gangster who is used to getting whatever he wants; he runs the town,
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Hard Boiled Sweets Blu-Ray Review

Director: David L.G Hughes

Starring: Paul Freeman, Peter Wight, Ty Glaser, Nathaniel Martello-White

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 84 minutes approx

Extras: Pick n’ Mix: The Making Of Hard Boiled Sweets, Deleted Scenes, A Girl And A Sweet Documentary, A Girl And A Gun short

British gangster films are ten-a-penny; since Guy Ritchie burst onto the scene with Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998) there have been a truly hideous amount of films that have tried to give us something new, and few have been as successful as Ritchie’s debut. Hard Boiled Sweets (2011) is David L.G Hughes attempt at freshening up the genre, utilising Ritchie’s multi-character, multi-story structure.

Hard Boiled Sweets sets out its stall early on, beginning with an old-school boss, Jimmy ‘The Gent’ (Wight), being threatened by Leroy (Danny Sapani), ‘the new boss’, and Jermaine (Martello-White), the second in command, for monies owed. One of the debtors,
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Exclusive Clip: Hard Boiled Sweets

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Hard Boiled Sweets is hitting DVD and Blu-ray 30th April. It has a great cast which includes Philip Barantini, Elizabeth Berrington, Adrian Bower, Liz May Brice, Paul Freeman and Ty Glaser. In this exclusive clip from the movie, we get to see a particularly nasty Paul Freeman (who i will always knows as Dr. René Belloq from Raiders of the Lost Arc) enforcing his authority!

Mob Boss, ‘Shrewd’ Eddie – ‘The Gobstopper’ (Paul Freeman; Hot Fuzz, Raiders of the Lost Ark) is used to getting whatever he wants; he runs Southend, gets all the best women including the gorgeous, sought-after Porsche – ‘The Sherbet Lemon’ (Ty Glaser; Secret Diary of a Call Girl), and has one million pounds in dirty cash stashed in a briefcase at his home. However, nothing in this world comes without a price, and this weekend his boss and top-dog London Mobster, Jimmy The Gent (Peter Wight; My Week With Marilyn,
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This week's new films

John Carter (12A)

(Andrew Stanton, 2012, Us) Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Mark Strong, Dominic West, Samantha Morton, Ciarán Hinds. 132 mins

Despite the technological might of Pixar, this Martian epic still feels closer to retro fare such as Flash Gordon or Dune. It's a cumbersome hero's journey fully of silly names, skimpy costumes and princesses in peril – stuff we've seen recycled so many times since Edgar Rice Burroughs first wrote this, it now feels laughably quaint. Still, it's always fun to see an expensively rendered alien world, even if cheesy myth-making comes with the territory.

Trishna (15)

(Michael Winterbottom, 2011, UK) Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed, Roshan Seth. 113 mins

Hardy's Tess looks a comfortable fit with modern-day India in this naturalistic drama, which takes liberties with the text but finds new resonances, as Pinto's subdued villager struggles to find happiness with a wealthy young British-Indian.

The Raven (15)

(James McTeigue, 2012, Us) John Cusack, Alice Eve, Luke Evans.
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Charlie Brooker detective spoof 'Touch of Cloth' arrives on Sky1

Charlie Brooker detective spoof 'Touch of Cloth' arrives on Sky1
Charlie Brooker has produced a spoof British detective show titled A Touch of Cloth for Sky1. John Hannah, Suranne Jones, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Adrian Bower are among the cast for the classic cop show parody. Based on Boris Starling's Messiah, Brooker and Daniel Maier (Harry Hill's TV Burp) have penned the script, which was commissioned by Sky's Head of Comedy Lucy Lumsden. "Witty, naughty and unashamedly silly - Charlie Brooker gives the British TV detective genre a right good comedy kicking with this one-off special for Sky 1 HD," Lumsden said. Hannah stars as Dci Hack Cloth, a maverick, heavy-drinking loner, who throws himself into work following the mysterious death of his wife, while Jones is cast as no-nonsense sidekick DC Anne Oldman. It is billed as "an all-encompassing parody of every police procedural (more)
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Slingers Sizzle Reel: A Massively Stylish ’60s Heist Movie, in Space, on TV

Slingers Sizzle Reel: A Massively Stylish ’60s Heist Movie, in Space, on TV
I'm sure someone else has thought of setting a 1960's style heist story in the '60s of the future -- the 2260s, say -- but I'm not sure anyone has done it with this much raw style. What we've got here is the sizzle reel for a proposed TV show called Slingers, the pilot for which hopes to shoot next year. Sean Pertwee stars, Mike Sizemore writes and Steve Barron directs. I want to see this. Now. Check the reel after the break. The show takes place in 2263, and this reel sees the characters aboard the Raja Pleasure Ship, a deep space cruiser. A deeper rundown, dated from July of this year, follows the embedded reel. Some of the details have changed, but I'll give you the basic idea. I pulled it from Sizemore's blog, which has a wealth of other material, images and ruminations. Adrian Bower, Tom Mison,
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Slingers Is Rat Pack And Oceans 11 Awesome

Holy crap. When I watched this test and funding bait loop for the soon may be piloted Brit Sci-Fi “Slingers”, my immediate thought was, (after I stopped hyper blinking) This thing is too good to succeed. Maybe I’m old, crusty and cynical. Take a look for yourself and be prepared for full frontal awesome. A team of British gangster hipsters take on the galaxies riches with wicked tech and 60’s style. Mike Sizemore created the thing and this is his snapshot of the further processes. It’s directed by Steve Barron and stars Sean Pertwee, Adrian Bower, Tom Mison, Margo Stilley, Haruka Abe, Gun and Junior. The outstanding conceptual design was by Arran and Corran Brownlee. The music is by The Mummers. And yeah I’m the creator/writer/idiot who came up with it. Sleepydog are the guys running the show. To quickly answer the most obvious question,
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