4 items from 2009
For 10 years, Kathryn Flett held her dream job: watching the box… and being paid for it, too. Now she has written her last dispatch from the sofa. Here she presses the rewind button…
I didn't plan it this way, honest, but the very last word of the final sentence of the review that turned out to be my last as the Observer's TV critic was "Cowell", and as he currently occupies a metaphorical throne at the centre of primetime TV (though technically, of course, Simon is always on the far right of the screen, next to Cheryl) it feels as though the c-word is a fitting pay-off after frittering away 10 years of my life in front of the telly.
But indulge me while I rewind to the summer of 1999, not only a previous century and a technological aeon ago (when I used to watch the bulk of TV programmes on Vcr, »
- Kathryn Flett
Amanda Burton has joined the cast of Waterloo Road in a leading role, the BBC has confirmed. The 53-year-old, who previously starred in Silent Witness, begins filming next month for her role as head teacher Karen Fisher. "I'm very excited to join Waterloo Road which is such a well-known and well-loved series," Burton said. "I can't wait to get started on the programme and am very much looking forward to my first day on set with the cast and crew." The BBC's (more) »
- By Dan French
Helen West (played by Amanda Burton) is a compassionate lawyer dedicated to her profession and pretty much out of control of her personal life. In this DVD series of three .cases. based on the crime novels of Frances Fyfield, viewers enter Helen.s world and see first-hand how she manages adroitly to find solutions to her cases, but has trouble keeping her romance with Chief Superintendent Bailey (Conor Muller) on track. Helen.s mission of pursuing truth and justice sometimes conflicts with both her job and her relationships. Each of the three dramas presented in this set are intriguing, well written, have a unique story and perspective. Following a time honored pattern of revealing clues as the story progresses, the »
- June L.
DVD Playhouse—July 2009
Do The Right Thing: 20th Anniversary Edition (Universal) Spike Lee’s groundbreaking fable about race relations in an ethnically mixed Brooklyn neighborhood during a sweltering New York summer remains as potent, timely and prescient as it was in 1989. Lee is among the cast, which also includes John Turturro, Danny Aiello, Samuel L. Jackson, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, and Rosie Perez (to name a few), that provide the tableaux-like framework for this stunning work. Criminally ignored by Oscar (it wasn't even nominated for Best Picture, but did garner nods for Supporting Actor Danny Aiello and Lee’s screenplay), it endures as a timeless classic. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Commentary by Lee, Ernest Dickerson, Wynn Thomas, Joie Lee; Documentary; Deleted and extended scenes; Featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS 5.1 surround.
Coraline (Universal) A young girl moves into an old Victorian house with her parents »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
4 items from 2009
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