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9 items from 2010


TV review: Eiger: Wall Of Death and Waterloo Road

1 September 2010 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Worried about being stuck on the Eiger? Well, don't worry, there's an escape hatch

I love a good mountain, and a good mountain tale. So I was pretty much won over as soon as I saw the title of Eiger: Wall of Death (BBC4). Mountains don't get much better than the Eiger with its legendary north face, a near vertical mile of rock and ice, haunted by savage winds and the ghosts of dead climbers. "Every ledge of the Eiger is covered in the sediment of history," says the mountaineer Stephen Venables, who is unusually forthcoming for a climber and has a lovely way with words. He was good on the the BBC's live rock climb in the Outer Hebrides last weekend (five hours of nail-biting drama).

More than 60 people have died attempting the Eiger's north face. Most agonising was the death of the German Toni Kurz in 1936. Kurz had »

- Sam Wollaston

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Six to watch: TV schools

1 September 2010 5:42 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As a new term begins at Waterloo Road, which are the programmes it should it be taking lessons from?

This week the nation's kids return to school, all bright-eyed and smelling of hope. Ditto the cast of Waterloo Road – basically Holby City for former soap actors who don't have complexions that suit medical scrubs – which will also return for its sixth series tonight.

It's all change at the school, with Amanda Burton's fiery new headteacher replacing Eva Pope's fiery old headteacher, and the likes of Angela Griffin and Denise Welch replaced by someone from Waking the Dead and, later in the series, him out of Spandau Ballet. Still, at least Grantly Budgen – the marvellously gloomy English teacher with a face that resembles a melting waxwork of Geoffrey Palmer with gout – is still around. That's something.

So let's ring in the new term – at Waterloo Road and elsewhere – by »

- Stuart Heritage

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Vintage TV Launches | The Tony Blair Interview With Andrew Marr | Alex Higgins: The People's Champion | Tonight's TV highlights

31 August 2010 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Vintage TV Launches | The Tony Blair Interview With Andrew Marr | Waterloo Road | First Love | Alex Higgins: The People's Champion | Burn Notice

Vintage TV Launches

6pm, Sky 369, Freesat 515

Tracks from 1940 to 1989 are the focus of this new retro music channel, which is filling its playlists with the likes of Nat King Cole, Elvis, the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd. They've got round the problem of pop videos not existing for a lot of the earlier songs by making their own with the help of news footage and period clips. Paul Gambaccini is kicking things off, followed by Tony Blackburn at 8pm, Kim Wilde at 9pm and Lesley-Ann Jones meeting Rick Wakeman at 10pm. Louis Armstrong's live concert from the 1970 Newport Jazz Festival rounds things off at 10.30pm.

The Tony Blair Interview With Andrew Marr

7pm, BBC2

The former prime minister kicks off the publicity campaign for his memoirs by »

- Richard Vine, Andrew Mueller, John Robinson, David Stubbs, Phelim O'Neill

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New Principal Of Waterloo Road Speaks

26 August 2010 8:58 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Next week will see the return of popular BBC Television drama series "Waterloo Road," which takes place in a high school somewhere in Rochdale, North Manchester, on a rough housing estate. Last season of the hit show saw the departure of several key characters, most noticeable will be the departure of school principal Rachel Mason, who was played by former "Coronation Street" actress Eva Pope. Taking on her duties will be new Principal Karen Fisher, who will be played by veteran performer Amanda Burton, who is perhaps better known for her role as Sam Ryan in the hit series "Silent Witness." In a recent interview for television listings magazine What.s On TV, Burton called Waterloo Road »

- Ian Cullen

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Amanda Burton: 'Waterloo Road is unique'

26 August 2010 4:22 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Waterloo Road star Amanda Burton has admitted that she did not enjoy her time at school. The actress recently joined the cast of the BBC drama as new head teacher Karen Fisher. "I think I was rather challenging at school, as I really didn't like it very much," she told What's On TV. "I wasn't very academic, but I did lots of plays and debates to break the monotony." Burton joked that she has now "outranked" her sisters who work as teachers. "I can understand young people's restlessness, it's not for everyone," she said. "My sisters are teachers and are amused I've finally made it in the (more) »

- By Ryan Love

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Amanda Burton: 'Waterloo Road is unique'

26 August 2010 4:22 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Waterloo Road star Amanda Burton has admitted that she did not enjoy her time at school. The actress recently joined the cast of the BBC drama as new head teacher Karen Fisher. "I think I was rather challenging at school, as I really didn't like it very much," she told What's On TV. "I wasn't very academic, but I did lots of plays and debates to break the monotony." Burton joked that she has now "outranked" her sisters who work as teachers. "I can understand young people's restlessness, it's not for everyone," she said. "My sisters are teachers and are amused I've finally made it in the (more) »

- By Ryan Love

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Burton explains 'Waterloo Road' character

6 August 2010 8:09 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Amanda Burton has described her Waterloo Road character as a mother figure. Burton is joining the show in the next series as new headteacher Karen Fisher, the replacement for Rachel Mason (Eva Pope). The actress explained that she was drawn to the role because it focuses on the difficulties of balancing a career and a home life. "I think one of the interesting things about the character is she is very much a mother in the series," she said. "Having three children means you see her domestic life and all that goes with that." She continued: "It's been a very good counter-balance, as you are not just seeing a woman who is holding down (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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Ian Puleston Davies joins 'Waterloo Road'

6 August 2010 4:37 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Coronation Street actor Ian Puleston Davies has been confirmed for series six of Waterloo Road. Puleston Davies, who only recently started appearing as Owen Armstrong on Corrie, will play cheating husband Charlie to Silent Witness star Amanda Burton's new character Karen Fisher, who replaces Eva Pope's Rachel Mason when the show returns in the autumn. Elsewhere, the BBC also revealed the casting of a "sexy, opinionated" (more) »

- By Paul Millar

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Robson Green works out for Waterloo romance

30 July 2010 4:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Robson Green has embarked on a strict fitness regime to get in shape for 'Waterloo Road'. The British actor is desperately working out in a bid to get his body in tip-top condition for his hunky new role, and although exact details of his character are unknown, he will have plenty of saucy scenes with his screen lover Amanda Burton, portraying new headmistress Karen Fisher. He said: ''I think I'm in reasonably good shape but there's looking good and there's looking good for the HD lens, that's now used to film TV dramas. And those HD lenses pick out the tiniest details! ''So I'm .. »

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