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13 items from 2011


Thoughts on... Bronson (2008)

30 September 2011 9:36 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Bronson, 2008.

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.

Starring Tom Hardy, Kelly Adams, Matt King, James Lance, Amanda Burton and Jonathan Phillips.

Synopsis:

An artistic biopic of Michael Peterson, a.k.a. Charles Bronson, the man who was sentenced to 7 years in prison for robbing a Post Office, but over 30 years on remains behind bars for his violent behaviour.

Despite being placed under the umbrella of ‘biopic’, it is clear that Bronson is in fact Nicolas Winding Refn’s interpretation – focusing not on being completely factually accurate, but instead concentrating on a man’s desire to be known, to be famous. Back in the 70s when the film is set; you couldn’t just file in a Big Brother audition tape to get yourself known. No, Charles Bronson felt the best way to become famous was to cause chaos. By attacking prison guards and taking hostages, Charles Bronson is highly feared, and »

- flickeringmyth

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Doctor Who and Sherlock win at TV Choice Awards

14 September 2011 6:08 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Doctor Who co-star Karen Gillan, who plays companion Amy Pond, took home the trophy for best actress at last night's TV Choice Awards.

Also nominated in that category were Elisabeth Sladen of Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures, Amanda Burton (Waterloo Road) and Vicky McClure (This is England '86). Sladen died of cancer in April at the age of 63.

The event, presented by Ben Miller at the Savoy Hotel in central London, was a good night for Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat with the long-running sci-fi show named best family drama and Sherlock, which he co-writes with Mark Gatiss, named best new drama.

Also up for family drama were Merlin, Casualty and Waterloo Road, while the other new drama contenders were The Walking Dead, Downton Abbey and Single Father.

In addition, previous Time Lord David Tennant was named best actor for his role in Single Father, beating Matt Smith »

- David Bentley

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TV Choice Awards 2011 - The winners

13 September 2011 2:29 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The full list of winners at the 2011 TV Choice Awards, in association with Daz, are as follows: Best New Drama

Downton Abbey (ITV1)

Sherlock (BBC1) - Winner!

Single Father (BBC1)

The Walking Dead (FX/C5) Best Drama Series

Being Human (BBC3) - Winner!

Glee (E4/C4)

Misfits (E4/C4)

Shameless (C4/E4) Best Family Drama

Casualty (BBC1)

Doctor Who (BBC1) - Winner!

Merlin (BBC1)

Waterloo Road (BBC1) Best Actor

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock)

Colin Morgan (Merlin)

Matt Smith (Doctor Who)

David Tennant (Single Father) - Winner! Best Actress

Amanda Burton (Waterloo Road)

Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) - Winner!

Vicky McClure (This Is England '86)

Elisabeth Sladen (The Sarah Jane Adventures) Best Entertainment Show

An Idiot Abroad (Sky1)

Celebrity Juice (ITV2) - Winner!

The Graham Norton (more) »

- By Tom Eames

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Strictly Come Dancing: who would join Pippa Middleton in your ideal lineup?

28 June 2011 3:31 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

With rumours Pippa Middleton has been approached to take to the Strictly dancefloor, who else would make your toes tap for joy?

It would surely be dream casting for the BBC if Pippa Middleton were to slip on her dancing shoes and join the raggletaggle of celebrities taking part in Strictly Coming Dancing. And according to reports, producers of the Beeb's ballroom behemoth have approached the Duchess of Cambridge's sister to do just that.

Amid copious references to her posterior ( 'It's Strictly bum dancing', 'pert Pippa's not-so-bum deal' and the like), the Sun has claimed the future queen-in-law has been offered "a five-figure sum" because clad in skimpy sequinned costumes, P-Middy would boost ratings – not to mention send tabloid hacks scurrying for the "buttock" section of their thesauruses regardless of where she'd finish on the leaderboard. (Bottom, obviously.)

This got us thinking – who else would we like to see being »

- Michael Hogan

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TV Choice Awards 2011 - Nominees in full

27 June 2011 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The full shortlist of nominations for the 2011 TV Choice Awards, to be hosted by Ben Miller on September 13, is as follows: Best New Drama

Downton Abbey (ITV1)

Sherlock (BBC1)

Single Father (BBC1)

The Walking Dead (FX/C5) Best Drama Series

Being Human (BBC3)

Glee (E4/C4)

Misfits (E4/C4)

Shameless (C4/E4) Best Family Drama

Casualty (BBC1)

Doctor Who (BBC1)

Merlin (BBC1)

Waterloo Road (BBC1) Best Actor

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock)

Colin Morgan (Merlin)

Matt Smith (Doctor Who)

David Tennant (Single Father) Best Actress

Amanda Burton (Waterloo Road)

Karen Gillan (Doctor Who)

Vicky McClure (This Is England '86)

Elisabeth Sladen (The Sarah Jane Adventures) Best Comedy

Benidorm (ITV1)

The Inbetweeners (E4/C4)

Miranda (BBC2)

The Ricky Gervais Show (E4/C4) Best Reality Show

The (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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Amanda Burton: 'I've loved Waterloo Road'

16 June 2011 1:51 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Amanda Burton has spoken about her upcoming exit from Waterloo Road, saying that she has "massively enjoyed" her time on the school drama. Burton confirmed her exit from the BBC One series in April, with the actress having already filmed her final scenes. The former Brookside actress told TV Times that it just felt right for her character Karen Fisher to leave the drama. Burton said: "I massively enjoyed my time at Waterloo Road and Karen has been really good fun to play. There's a huge family attachment which is something I've really enjoyed, but I just loved the story of my 30 episodes, so I felt that it was a very good thing to leave it there." Speaking about playing Karen in her final series, she added: "Yes, I've been able to lighten her up quite a lot and have much more fun with her. When we first met Karen »

- By Tom Eames

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Robson Green backs 'Waterloo Road' love plot

23 May 2011 8:43 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Robson Green has praised his ongoing Waterloo Road romance plotline, hailing it as a "proper old-fashioned" love story. The actor's character Rob Scotcher has developed a slow-burning attraction to headteacher Karen Fisher, played by Amanda Burton, since being taken on as Waterloo Road's site manager at the beginning of the latest series. Speaking to Take It Easy about the story, Green commented: "I think Amanda is a wonderful actress and the great thing about my character's relationship with her character is that it's a proper old-fashioned romance, without any of the bitterness you so often see in TV dramas. "It's just a genuine, loving relationship between two people who are attracted to one another." Green went on to confirm that he filmed Waterloo Road last summer and will only feature in the first (more) »

- By Daniel Kilkelly

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New 'Waterloo Road' term begins with 4.9m

5 May 2011 2:39 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Waterloo Road returned with a strong audience on Wednesday night, the latest overnight data has revealed. Debuts for Robson Green and Mark Benton in an episode which saw Karen Fisher (Amanda Burton) deal with a school pupil abandoning her baby was seen by 4.91 million (22.8%) at the earlier time of 7.30pm - representing an 800k increase on the number that watched last month's series six finale. However, Emmerdale still easily topped the soap ratings chart with 6.69m (35.2%) at 7pm for the jury's shock verdict on village rapist Derek. Meanwhile, 952k (5.2%) watched Mercedes make (more) »

- By Paul Millar

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Robson Green teases 'Waterloo Road' romance

28 April 2011 6:53 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Robson Green has teased an "awkward" romantic plot for his new Waterloo Road character Rob Scotcher. The actor, who recently appeared in BBC Three hit Being Human, will make his debut as the school's new site manager when the seventh series of the programme begins next Wednesday. Discussing the series, Green told What's On TV that Rob will find himself romantically involved with head teacher Karen Fisher - played by Amanda Burton. "Yes, there's a frisson that gets us together and he does ask her out to dinner," he revealed. "And yes, there are kissing scenes! But we kind of didn't go for the obvious, we went for the awkward. "There's something about getting to that stage of your life and the sexual pursuit becomes awkward, or stressful."

Above: Robson Green (more) »

- By Ryan Love

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Amanda Burton quits 'Waterloo Road'

27 April 2011 1:10 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Amanda Burton has quit her role as Waterloo Road's Karen Fisher, it has been announced. The actress, who was cast in the BBC drama in late 2009, has already filmed her final scenes as school head teacher Karen, The Sun reports. Sources told the newspaper that Burton had struggled spending time away from her family home in London while filming the programme in Rochdale, Greater Manchester. Meanwhile, Burton's agent confirmed her departure, explaining that she had decided not to renew her contract. A show insider added: "It's a shame as viewers really liked her character." Karen was on screen throughout series six of Waterloo (more) »

- By Daniel Kilkelly

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How to be … a TV teacher

6 April 2011 7:06 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Teachers and Waterloo Road can give you an education in how to become a wild young rebel or a curmudgeonly old grump

The slogan for the Teacher Training Agency used to go "Those who can, teach". This is a lie. Anyone can teach, even those who can't or probably won't. All your life, television has been feeding you so many shows about teachers that you've already unconsciously absorbed all the necessary qualifications to become one yourself. Here's what it's taught you so far.

Gain plenty of life experience

Teachers are like politicians – you shouldn't trust them if that's all they've ever done. Kids get a much richer learning experience if their teacher knows about life outside the classroom. That's why Waterloo Road is possibly the best school in the country – in 2006 its headteacher was Jason Merrels, who used to be a hospital receptionist in Casualty. He was replaced by Eva Pope, »

- Stuart Heritage

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'Waterloo Road' to explore Bex's past

31 January 2011 9:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Waterloo Road star Tina O'Brien has confirmed that the "seedy" past of her character Bex Fisher will be fully explored when the show makes its return. Bex - daughter of school headmistress Karen (Amanda Burton) - has so far only appeared briefly on screen but will soon be seen enrolling at Waterloo Road as a pupil. Speaking to We Love Telly about her alter ego's storyline, O'Brien explained: "[She'd] disappeared and (more) »

- By Daniel Kilkelly

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TV review: Silent Witness and Above Suspicion: Deadly Intent

4 January 2011 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Five stiffs in the first half hour, and no idea how they're related – Silent Witness just gets better

The new year may not bring much in the way of good news in the real world – a Vat increase, hundreds of thousands of public sector redundancy notices, renewed sightings of George Osborne – but at least the TV picks up after several weeks of repeats and celebrity specials. Most drama series are dying on their feet by the time they reach their 14th year, yet Silent Witness (BBC1) has been going from strength to strength ever since Sam Ryan (the deadpan Amanda Burton) hung up her scalpel a while ago and left the field clear to her colleagues Leo Dalton (William Gaminara), Harry Cunningham (Tom Ward) and her replacement Nikki Alexander (Emilia Fox).

Silent Witness works well as an ensemble piece and over the years there has been some diverting inter-character byplay, »

- John Crace

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