Gilmore Girls: Who the Hell Wrote Emily That Letter?

Warning: Spoilers follow! If you ask any Gilmore Girls fan what they did when Netflix announced Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, their answer would probably include popping Champagne, bingeing the first seven seasons, or planning a viewing party months in advance. True fans would've done all three. Not only does the revival allow viewers to return to charming Stars Hollow, but it also ties up a few loose ends. We finally see Lorelai and Luke get married, Michel's sexuality is confirmed, and we are able to mourn the tragic loss of Richard Gilmore (and actor Edward Herrmann). But with closure came more questions. First and foremost, who is the father of Rory's baby? Will Lorelai expand the Dragonfly Inn? Will Michel actually move to New York? Is there any hope that Paris and Doyle will reconcile? Though still unknown, many of these questions have plausible answers. But
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Ghostwatch: director Lesley Manning interview

Craig Lines Oct 31, 2016

24 years after infamous UK horror TV event Ghostwatch aired on the BBC, we chat to its director Lesley Manning...

Although Ghostwatch aired in 1992 and was never shown again on TV, its legacy endures. From the excellent Behind The Curtains documentary to its frequent appearances on “Scariest Moments” lists, people love to talk about what still remains the most controversial drama in broadcast history (and retains the record number of viewer complaints).

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To celebrate the BBC releasing it, at last, through their online store, Den Of Geek talked with director Lesley Manning about making the programme and its enduring influence…

How does it feel that every few years, so many people want to talk to you about Ghostwatch?

Well, because Stephen [Volk, writer] and I felt like lepers for a few years afterwards,
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Martyn Auty on Richard Broke's 'impish humour and gossipy good fun'

During his time as head of Screen One at the BBC, in 1991 I pitched Richard Broke a project called A Foreign Field, with an ageing cast that included Alec Guinness, Leo McKern, Lauren Bacall and Jeanne Moreau. "I'd better commission that now" said Richard, "or they'll all croak before we shoot it."

Throughout the production, in France and at Pinewood, Richard's impish humour and gossipy good fun sustained the whole cast and crew.

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Jonathan Powell on Richard Broke: 'He did not seek controversy but, when it found him, he was not afraid to confront it'

Richard Broke belonged to that generation of producers who inherited the mantle of BBC Drama after the noise and bustle of Sydney Newman's innovatory regime. Richard was intensely loyal to the idea that the single play or film, as it later became known, should lie at the heart of the BBC's offering, representing the corporation at its best, and presenting the finest writing, acting and directing talent in a manner befitting the world's premier broadcaster. He did not set out to seek controversy but, when it found him, he was not afraid to confront it.

Both Tumbledown and The Monocled Mutineer became flashpoints for a more general, concerted and, on occasion, virulent attack on the BBC's perceived leftwing bias and, by implication, its suitability to continue being sustained through public funds. The accuracy and credibility of the films were picked apart in public: their crime was to undermine the
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Richard Broke obituary

Film and TV producer behind such politically controversial BBC dramas as The Monocled Mutineer and Tumbledown

Richard Broke, who has died aged 70, not only produced and script-edited some of the most significant and politically controversial television dramas; he did so from a wheelchair, after being injured in a car crash in his 20s, and became a fierce campaigner for better access in public places, particularly in the theatre, one of his great loves.

As a young assistant stage manager, before his accident, he helped Laurence Olivier launch the first Chichester Festival theatre season. The stellar cast included Olivier himself, Joan Plowright, Michael Redgrave, Sybil Thorndyke, André Morell, Lewis Casson, Joan Greenwood, John Neville and Keith Michell. One of his treasured possessions was the 1962 programme of Uncle Vanya, signed by them all.

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The Feeling star breaks hand in fall

The Feeling star breaks hand in fall
The Feeling bassist Richard Jones has broken a bone in his hand after injuring himself in a fall. The musician, who is married to popstar Sophie Ellis-Bextor, underwent surgery following the incident outside his London home last week. Jones was admitted to hospital after consulting doctors. The bone was reportedly rebroken and set to allow it to heal properly. "Hey folks. We just wanted to let you know that Richard broke (more)
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