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9 items from 2014


Lisa Daniely obituary

25 February 2014 3:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

My friend Lisa Daniely, who has died aged 84, was a familiar face in the films of the 1950s and 60s. She also appeared on stage and continued working as an actor well into her late 70s.

She was born Elizabeth Bodington in Reading, Berkshire, to an English solicitor father and a French mother. She was educated in Paris, where she trained at the Sarah Bernhardt theatre, and made her film debut in 1950 at the age of 21 in the title role of Lilli Marlene. Her film-star looks were on the cover of Picturegoer the following year. Her notable films included High Jump (1959) with Richard Wyler (who also acted under the name Richard Stapley), The Lamp in Assassin Mews (1962) with Francis Matthews, Stranger in the House (1967) with James Mason and Geraldine Chaplin, and, perhaps most famously, Hindle Wakes (1952) with Leslie Dwyer.

On the stage she played Madame Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard, »

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Lisa Daniely obituary

25 February 2014 3:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

My friend Lisa Daniely, who has died aged 84, was a familiar face in the films of the 1950s and 60s. She also appeared on stage and continued working as an actor well into her late 70s.

She was born Elizabeth Bodington in Reading, Berkshire, to an English solicitor father and a French mother. She was educated in Paris, where she trained at the Sarah Bernhardt theatre, and made her film debut in 1950 at the age of 21 in the title role of Lilli Marlene. Her film-star looks were on the cover of Picturegoer the following year. Her notable films included High Jump (1959) with Richard Wyler (who also acted under the name Richard Stapley), The Lamp in Assassin Mews (1962) with Francis Matthews, Stranger in the House (1967) with James Mason and Geraldine Chaplin, and, perhaps most famously, Hindle Wakes (1952) with Leslie Dwyer.

On the stage she played Madame Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard, »

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Looking back at The Baker Street Boys

18 February 2014 7:53 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Alex Westthorp 19 Feb 2014 - 07:00

Nostalgia ahoy! With Sherlock Holmes more popular than ever, Alex looks back at eighties children's drama, The Baker Street Boys...

The BBC's contemporary take on Arthur Conan Doyle's short stories has made Sherlock the most popular television drama series in many years. Benedict Cumberbatch has made Sherlock his own, his approach to the role as radical for the current era as the late, great Jeremy Brett's was a generation ago. Martin Freeman has banished our memories of his role as Tim Canterbury in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's The Office, with his wonderful re-assessment of Dr John Watson. The corporation is making the most of the Conan Doyle franchise. After from two rather lacklustre yuletide cases, firstly with Richard Roxburgh in 2002 then Rupert Everett in 2004; they finally have a hit on their hands. The benchmark hitherto has always been Granada Television »

- louisamellor

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Elementary, Sherlock and the adaptation problem

13 February 2014 6:01 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Gem Wheeler 14 Feb 2014 - 07:00

Gem compares Elementary and Sherlock's approach to adapting Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories...

Warning: contains plot details for Sherlock series three and Elementary season two.

Unless you’ve been hiding out in a mysterious foreign country since 2012, you’ll know that Sherlock recently concluded its third series by presenting us with another tantalising mystery. The last time this happened, it was the thorny question of how Sherlock managed to survive his leap from the roof of St Bart’s. This year, we’re left to wonder how Moriarty apparently brushed aside the small matter of a self-inflicted bullet wound to the head. It’s comforting to know that times may change, but Sherlock’s capacity to induce fevered speculation and waves of online outrage will be with us for some time to come. 

We’ve been granted no fewer than three recent interpretations of the consulting detective. »

- louisamellor

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I never dreamt I'd be upset when they called time on Millionaire | David Mitchell

8 February 2014 6:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Now that Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? approaches its final episode to my surprise I find myself sad – even though I never enjoyed the show

On reading last week that Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? has ended its final run, I was amazed to find myself caring. To my surprise, it made me sad. I didn't know I gave a damn about that show – I certainly never particularly enjoyed it – but it turns out I'd been quietly assuming that it would continue and, unbeknownst to my conscious brain, deriving comfort from that assumption. Suddenly it was gone and I missed it, like an old pot plant that you only remember is there when it dies.

Mind you, I'm glad I didn't watch it more – on the dozen or so occasions I caught an episode, I mildly regretted the time spent. It wasn't very entertaining, just moreish – the televisual equivalent of Twiglets. »

- David Mitchell

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Sherlock: updating Charles Augustus Milverton

19 January 2014 12:59 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Louisa Mellor 20 Jan 2014 - 07:00

An in-depth look at how His Last Vow, Sherlock’s series 3 finale, adapts the Doyle story of Charles Augustus Milverton

Warning: contains major spoilers for Sherlock series three.

Having ticked off Moriarty, the Woman and the hell-hound in series two, Sherlock’s third run was in need of a villain. Enter Charles Augustus Magnussen, a Scandi take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s detestable master blackmailer played to grotesque perfection by The Killing’s Lars Mikkelsen.

Though perhaps the most despicable, Mikkelsen wasn’t the first on-screen version of the Doyle character. Barry Jones gave an arch, cruelly playful turn as the blackmailer in the 1965 BBC adaptation with Douglas Wilmer and Nigel Stock as Holmes and Watson.  Robert Hardy, recognisable to many as Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter series, was an odious, amused Milverton in the 1992 television film with Jeremy Brett »

- louisamellor

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'Sherlock' Season 3: Steven Moffat recognizes Benedict Cumberbatch's sexy edge

19 January 2014 11:30 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mysteries are about a lot of things -- crime, clues, social mores, thrilling adventures, weird science and colorful villains. But at their heart is the friendship of two lonely men: wounded war veteran Dr. John Watson and eccentric consulting detective Sherlock Holmes.

Thrown together as flat mates, the two men become investigative partners, confidants and the stars of their own stories, written by Watson. But as close as friends can be, they remain separate people. Sooner or later, life -- and death -- will intrude.

On Sunday, Jan. 19 (check local listings), PBS and the BBC's version of "Sherlock," starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson, returns to "Masterpiece Mystery!" for a third season of three 90-minute episodes, paired with another blockbuster hit, "Downton Abbey."

In the opener, called "The Empty Hearse," Holmes has faked his death in a leap from the roof of St. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Sherlock series 4 predictions: What's next for Sherlock and John?

19 January 2014 2:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It's been a week. The third series of Sherlock ended last Sunday with Steven Moffat's 'His Last Vow', and now all that awaits is yet another painfully indefinite hiatus.

We're promised that series four and five are in the works, but neither has yet been officially confirmed by the BBC, and Moffat certainly didn't skimp on the cliffhangers with his finale. Replacing the overwhelming question mark of series two's 'How did he do it?" was a more general sense of "Wtf?" Is Moriarty really back? Are John and Mary really going to have a child? Does anyone on this show ever stay dead?

Below, we've pulled together our speculation on what's to come at 221B Baker Street.

Moriarty

Did you miss him? The strange thing about Andrew Scott's Moriarty is that he was never an integral enough part of Sherlock in its first two series for his absence »

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Sherlock Holmes is the archetypal scientist – brilliant but slightly scary | Sarah Day

1 January 2014 11:51 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

We are comforted by his ability to solve intractable problems, but our love of Sherlock, and science, is tinged with apprehension

More than 75 different actors have taken him on, making him the most portrayed character on film and television ever. Ian McKellen will be the latest to add his name to the roster, playing an elderly Sherlock Holmes in a film set in 1947. The BBC's Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is back on New Year's Day for a third season, and there are rumours of a third film in the Robert Downey Jr franchise.

We can't get enough of Sherlock Holmes. But why? On paper, Holmes is an unlikely hero. He is callous, arrogant, bad tempered, never has love affairs and shuns society. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle described his character as "a calculating machine". Perhaps this is his appeal – Holmes is not just a solver of mysteries, but a mystery himself. »

- Sarah Day

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