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Richard Briers

The veteran actor may be jumping out of his deckchair to kill zombies in his new film – but don't, whatever you do, call him cool

Hello Richard! I like your new film (1).

Ooh yes, it's very good, isn't it? (2)

It's better than I thought it'd be.

That's exactly what I thought! I thought I wasn't going to like it at all, but I went with the grandchildren and we had a really good time.

What attracted you to Cockneys Vs Zombies?

Well, I don't often get the chance to play someone of my age. I'll be 80 in January, so I was playing this silly old fool in an old people's home. I was having a very nice time because the sun came out, and I was in a deckchair doing bugger all. And then people started shouting "There's a zombie! The zombie's after you!" It was lovely for me because zombies are very very slow,
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TV review: My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas; Money; and Imagine: Books - the Last Chapter?

Christmas weddings are like normal weddings but – wait for it – more so

I'm going to take all the money I saved by not having a 15st diamond-encrusted dress made from a mile of tulle for my wedding (my life, looking back, already seems a forlorn landscape littered with wasted opportunities) and set up an award for long-underlauded voiceover artistes. It shall be known as the Barbara Flynn Trophy For Maintenance of Studied Neutrality Under Extreme Duress.

Flynn is Jill Swinburne from The Beiderbecke Trilogy and bisexual Rose Marie who set her bra at Peter Davidson's hapless doctor in A Very Peculiar Practice. I loved her then and I love her now as she does, in essence, all the voiceovers not done by Lucy Briers, Her From That Thing and No, Not Her, Her From That Other Thing. Most famously and most recently, she provided the narration for My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.
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[TV] Pride and Prejudice (DVD)

For the record, this is the same feature and package as offered in last year's Blu-ray release of the same title. The only difference to be noted between the two is the video resolution, which only suffers a minor detriment in this version for not having been in hi-def. With that said, read on.

Some women would try to deny it, but truth be told Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, is the stereotypical woman's holy grail of films. The flowery speech, the witty conversation, and the dreamy Colin Firth constitute the 5 hour and 23 minute filmed version of Jane Austen's romantic classic. Men, if you couldn't figure out how Colin Firth was so popular after starring in mediocre [read: crappy] chick flicks like Bridget Jones's Diary then you missed the boat. Firth has ridden the brooding manliness he established with Pride & Prejudice ever since. It's not your fault
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[DVD Review] Pride and Prejudice

Some women would try to deny it, but truth be told Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, is the stereotypical woman's holy grail of films. The flowery speech, the witty conservation and the dreamy Colin Firth constitute the 5 hour and 23 minute filmed version of Jane Austen's romantic classic. Men, if you couldn't figure out how Colin Firth was so popular after starring in mediocre [read: crappy] chick flicks like Bridget Jones's Diary then you missed the boat. Firth has ridden the brooding manliness he established with Pride & Prejudice ever since. It's not your fault if you never understood the allure of Mr. Firth if you've never seen Pride & Prejudice. Well, actually the average woman would say it's your fault for not having seen the greatest story ever told on film - but they're somewhat biased on that account. For those of us less swayed by a timeless tale of romance,
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