10 items from 2013
Few TV detectives have been as well loved as Poirot; and when the final episode airs this week, after 25 years, no one will be sorrier to say goodbye than David Suchet. He talks to Emma John about his defining role. Plus, famous cast and crew explain what the little Belgian means to them
David Suchet likes to think of life as a spider's web. The spider, you see, spins his web from behind; he can't see what he's creating. "The only time he can check what led to what is when he turns around," says Suchet pensively. "So in our life. We don't know what we're spinning, what we touch, what we do…"
It's a philosophy that is particularly on his mind today. Twenty-five years ago, Suchet was asked to play Agatha Christie's fussy little Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, in an ITV drama series set eternally in his late-1930s world. »
- Emma John
Things are going to get hairy. They always do in Movember, the charity sprout-a-thon that has somehow made moustaches not only respectable but also aspirational. So if you're thinking about taking part and are looking for a bristling example on which to model yourself, here are some of the most notable 'staches from TV history. Think of it as the Tufty Club.
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Every list of eminent moustaches (on TV or otherwise) always begins or ends with one man: former Navy Seal turned Hawaiian housesitter Thomas Magnum. In a show packed with memorable signifiers – lurid shirts, lush scenery, a goddamn Ferrari – Magnum's luxuriant moustache still dominated, setting off »
- Graeme Virtue
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Sherlock Holmes is a classic literary figure and a cultural phenomenon . The Great Detective has had an incredible influence over the decades, inspiring everyone from Doctor Who to House M.D. Furthermore he is one of the most portrayed characters of all time, with over seventy actors playing him on screen through the years. However one of the all time great adaptations, along with the Basil Rathbone and Jeremy Brett versions, has to be the ongoing tv series ‘Sherlock’.
Written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, both of whom are heavily involved with Doctor Who, this is a modern day adaptation of the original Arthur Conan Doyle novels. The programme has been heavily praised for giving the character a resurgence in popularity, by proving that the stories were always about more than the Victorian setting. This was a series with unique mysteries »
- Michael Burns
Rex Harrison hat on TCM: ‘My Fair Lady,’ ‘Anna and the King of Siam’ Rex Harrison is Turner Classic Movies’ final "Summer Under the Stars" star today, August 31, 2013. TCM is currently showing George Cukor’s lavish My Fair Lady (1964), an Academy Award-winning musical that has (in my humble opinion) unfairly lost quite a bit of its prestige in the last several decades. Rex Harrison, invariably a major ham whether playing Saladin, the King of Siam, Julius Caesar, the ghost of a dead sea captain, or Richard Burton’s lover, is for once flawlessly cast as Professor Henry Higgins, who on stage transformed Julie Andrews from cockney duckling to diction-master swan and who in the movie version does the same for Audrey Hepburn. Harrison, by the way, was the year’s Best Actor Oscar winner. (See also: "Audrey Hepburn vs. Julie Andrews: Biggest Oscar Snubs.") Following My Fair Lady, Rex Harrison »
- Andre Soares
Feature Gem Wheeler 5 Aug 2013 - 07:30
If Sherlock could survive a nasty fall – however he managed it – surely Moriarty could withstand a self-inflicted bullet to the head? Sadly for fans of Andrew Scott’s mesmerising performance as the consulting detective’s nemesis, it seems that the Napoleon of crime really did come to a sticky end. Though some would doubtless be happy to watch our languid hero lounge about 221B all day, we all know Sherlock doesn’t do bored. That means only one thing – there’s got to be a new adversary for a man never short of enemies among the criminal fraternity. And now, after a very, very long wait, we know who it’s going to be. »
Exec producer Sue Vertue announced the first major piece of series three casting news yesterday (July 29), revealing that Dane Lars Mikkelsen would be joining the show as dastardly villain Charles Augustus Magnussen.
But what do we know about Magnussen? And for anyone who doesn't know their Forbrydelsen from their Borgen, who is Mikkelsen? Digital Spy has all the details that every Sherlockology fanatic needs to know.
1. Lars Dittman Mikkelsen was born on May 6, 1964 in Denmark.
He graduated from the National Theatre School of Denmark in 1995 and he is married to actress Anette Støvelbæk.
2. Oh. And did we mention he has quite a famous brother called Mads?
3. He is best known »
But while Trek fever will have died down by autumn, Cumberbatch fever is unlikely to follow suit: he's got a spectacularly awards-baiting trio lined up with Julian Assange biopic The Fifth Estate, Steven McQueen's Twelve Years A Slave and Meryl Streep/George Clooney drama August: Osage County.
With that bright future in mind, Digital Spy takes a look back over Cumberbatch's five most memorable roles to date.
Cumberbatch earned his first BAFTA nomination for playing physicist Stephen Hawking in the BBC's bio-drama, which begins with Hawking's diagnosis with motor neurone disease at the age of 21 and follows him throughout his doctoral years at Cambridge. It's a remarkably physical performance from Cumberbatch, who tracks »
This is expected to be an adaptation "The Adventure Of The Empty House," Doyle's first story following the seeming death of Holmes at Reichenbach Falls.
Gatiss says: "There’s certain things about The Adventure Of The Empty House which feel set in stone, because that’s how Sherlock comes back. At the same time we feel free to invent and to introduce new stuff to it."
The assassin Colonel Sebastian Moran, an employee of Moriarty, is the main villain of Doyle's story. In the book, he is one of the few who knows that Holmes survived. He sets out to kill him when he re-emerges at 221B Baker Street via firing an air rifle from a house across the street.
The previous definitive screen adaptation of the story »
- Garth Franklin
If there is debate about who is the greatest literary detective, there can be no dispute as to who is the most recognisable. An IMDb search for adaptations of Gk Chesterton's Father Brown stories yields one 1950s film, two television series (one of which has just started on BBC1), a clutch of American Masterpiece Mystery shows, and an American TV movie. A similar hunt for Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes turns up an immediate 200 hits, with many more following: there's Young Sherlock, Robert Downey Jr, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeremy Brett, Basil Rathbone and Billy Wilder, as well as the Baker Street Irregulars, all the spoofs, the debunkings, the modernisations, and so on and on. Even Tom and Jerry have met Holmes.
The reasons for Holmes's on-screen triumph over the diminutive »
- Michael Newton
“That way madness lies… I think that’s the thing, isn’t it? If you have an over preoccupation with perception and trying to please people’s expectations, then you can go mad. We’ve got J.J. Abrams, and he’s already beautifully cracked that nut in the first film, and I think it pleased a lot of the varying camps: people who were coming to the franchise for the first time, the J.J. Abrams fans and the Star Trek fans, so that was a big comfort to me… It’s always a »
- Laura Frances
10 items from 2013
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