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Exiting the cosy surrounds of Little Britain, via an uncertain visit to the States, David Walliams and Matt Lucas arrived on BBC One last year with a new show, with all new characters and some very high expectations.
Come Fly with Me is far more than an airport bound Little Britain Part Two as the documentary format allows for some slow burning character development which wasn’t always a feature of the preceding show. One Vicki Pollard sketch was much like another and there’s mileage in the catchphrase comedy, particularly with these two clearly having the time of their lives and choosing to rarely simply rely on the characters doing nothing but spouting the usual lines, but Cfwm is a little different, and is all the better for it.
With Come Fly with Me their scene is set in and around an airport with low-cost airline Fly-lo providing the »
- Jon Lyus
It changed its name but failed to attract any more viewers as Lord Sugar's Young Apprentice began its second series with 4 million viewers.
Monday night's opener – it was previously called Junior Apprentice – began with the same audience as the original series launch last year, a 15.6% share between 9pm and 10pm on BBC1.
Neither the young apprentices nor their master were any match for ITV1's Doc Martin.
The penultimate episode of the fifth series – is that all? – of the Martin Clunes drama had 8.7 million viewers (34.2%) rising to 9 million with ITV1 +1.
Grandad's a mummy
Channel 4's Mummifying Alan: Egypt's Last Secret, which featured the mummification of a dead Torquay taxi driver, attracted 1.4 million viewers, a 6.1% share, between 9pm and 10.40pm. It drew 1.8 million viewers when Channel 4 +1 is included.
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- John Plunkett
As two of Den of Geek’s writers prepare to tie the knot, we find out what the movies can teach us about weddings and marriages…
You’re going to have to forgive us a mighty indulgence today, friends, as this weekend, two of Den Of Geek’s finest are tying the knot.
Serial Jason Statham aggravator Duncan Bowles is marrying Robert Downey Jr botherer Rachel Trippitt, in a wedding for which we pitched literally pounds for the rights to. Sadly, they knocked us back, muttering something about “restraining orders” and “bloody good security”.
Nevertheless, we felt we should still pay them a tribute.
Here, then, is the official Den Of Geek guide to movie weddings and marriages, which is dedicated to the mighty Duncan and the majestic Rachel. May you have many long and happy years together, something you can increase your chances of by following our top tips right here… »
The new series of Doc Martin again proved a ratings winner for ITV1 on Monday night, while Big Brother stayed steady for Channel 5, according to overnight data. Doc Martin, starring Martin Clunes as Dr Martin Ellingham, averaged a healthy 8.55m (34.5%) for ITV1 in the 9pm hour and 230k (1.3%) on +1, easily outperforming The Queen's Palaces's 2.79m (11.3%) on BBC One. Big Brother stayed steady on Channel 5, attracting 1.44m (8.2%) in the 10pm hour, before Big Brother's Bit On The Side entertained 615k (6.9%) from 11pm. Elsewhere on Channel 5, Pawn Stars captivated 312k (1.4%) from 7.30pm, and The Gadget Show switched on 843k (3.5%) in the 8pm slot. Jack The Ripper: The Definitive Story interested 833k (3.4%) from 9pm. Bang Goes The Theory logged 2.8m (12.7%) for BBC One from 7.30pm and Little (more) »
- By Andrew Laughlin
The actor, 49, on having a sunny disposition, buying a dressage horse, and finally going to Madagascar
I live on a farm in Dorset. The nearest neighbour is a quarter of a mile away. It's really quiet, with an amazing view – can't see a pylon, can't see a road. Blockbuster's an event in our house, when the little blue envelope comes in.
We have 14 horses. It's a nebulous world, in television and acting, it's all made up. So to sit on a tangible horse and worry about your tangible arse falling off is a good release. I've come off, but Chester and I have an understanding. I don't ask much of him and he lets me stay on.
If Men Behaving Badly came back, I think it might be a bit seedy. People in their 50s with the thinking of teenagers. It would be hard to do people's memory justice. And, »
- Alex Clark
I was flipping around TV the other day and came across a promo for the ITV show Doc Martin. I’ve never seen it but apparently it’s about a curmudgeonly small-town doctor who learns the true meaning of England, or something. I’ve heard of the show before, and I think maybe one reason I’ve never had any great desire to see it is this: the title alone always bothered me a little because the actor playing the title role is Martin Clunes. Which means that all through the show, other characters will be going around calling him Martin onscreen, and that’s one of those little things that rub me the wrong way. Whenever an actor has the same first name as the character he or she is portraying, I think, What the hell is this? He can’t remember to respond to a different name? Now, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Doc Martin is doing great.
The British series, which stars Martin Clunes and Caroline Catz and airs on ITV, is sort of a British version of House, albeit with more lovable characters and more realistic scenarios. The show's a kind-hearted piece of escapism. Even tragic deaths are handled with darkly humorous, yet amiable, moments of levity.
Audiences continue to respond to the show. The season 4 finale, which posted a series best of 10.37 million viewers (which would be fantastic even on American TV), hasn't been topped yet, but series 5 is already working on it. The second episode of series 5 posted viewership that was an improvement on the first episode, with a jump from 8.73 million to 9.08 million, according to Atv Today. As you can probably guess, this is unusual; seasons usually hit their high points with premiere episodes; only very rarely do ratings rise throughout the season (a recent and memorable American »
- Sam McPherson
The new series of Doc Martin again proved a ratings winner for ITV1 on Monday night, piling on around 300,000 viewers on last week's debut episode, according to overnight data. The drama, starring Martin Clunes as Dr Martin Ellingham, averaged a healthy 8.81m (35.3%) for ITV1 in the 9pm hour and 269k (1.6%) on +1, easily outperforming The Queen's Palaces's 3.14m (12.6%) on BBC One. Bang Goes The Theory deduced 3.4m (15.2%) on BBC One from 7.30pm and Little England had 3.1m (13%) on ITV1 from 8pm. Panorama mustered 2.2m (9.1%) on BBC One from 8.30pm and A Question of Sport fetched 2.31m (16.3%) from 10.45pm. Big Brother stayed strong on Channel 5, attracting 1.4m (8%) in the 10pm hour, before Big Brother's Bit On The Side entertained 543k (5.8%) from 11pm. Elsewhere on Channel 5, Pawn Stars captivated (more) »
- By Andrew Laughlin
Buddha In Suburbia
Lelung Rinpoche is one of Tibetan Buddhism's three principal reincarnations, a 40-year-old lama on a mission to recover the scattered teachings of his predecessors. In Dharamsala, he's honoured as a holy man, yet in recent years Lelung has spent more time in Ruislip, as a garden shed-dwelling guest of the Dušek family. Cameras follow Lelung on a trip to India, Mongolia and China, and it's a life that seems less contradictory than you might imagine, perhaps because its principal has a kind of steely modesty that makes him at home everywhere he travels. Jonathan Wright
Gypsy Eviction – The Fight For Dale Farm: Dispatches
8pm, Channel 4
The brouhaha of Dale Farm sounds specifically concocted to nudge the Daily Mail towards apoplexy. The Essex settlement is »
- Jonathan Wright, Andrew Mueller, David Stubbs, Phelim O'Neill
Martin Clunes returns as ITV's socially inept, yet popular, doctor, but The Queen's Palaces were less than regal
The Cornish-set drama had 8.4 million viewers on ITV1 between 9pm and 10pm, a 32.4% share of the audience, rising to 8.73 million when timeshift channel ITV1 +1 is included.
The launch of the fifth series of Doc Martin – and the first since 2009 – wiped the floor with the opposition, BBC1's new series The Queen's Palaces, fronted by Fiona Bruce, which managed a less-than-regal 3.9 million – a 14.9% share – also between 9pm and 10pm.
Doc Martin's audience was 149% up on ITV1's average in the same slot during the past three months. The Queen's Palaces was down at 49% of BBC1's three-month slot average.
Going off the boil?
Celebrity MasterChef, BBC1, 2.15pm – Having tinkered with the format, »
- John Plunkett
The return of Doc Martin proved a ratings winner for ITV1 on Monday night, while Big Brother kept afloat on Channel 5, according to overnight data. The Martin Clunes-starring drama averaged a healthy 8.43m (32.4%) for ITV1 in the 9pm hour and 304k (1.7%) on +1, easily outperforming The Queen's Palaces, which had 3.86m (14.9%) on BBC One. Bang Goes The Theory deduced 3.13m (13.9%) on BBC One from 7.30pm and new series Little England launched with 3.31m (13.6%) on ITV1 from 8pm. Panorama mustered 2.89m (11.7%) on BBC One from 8.30pm and A Question Sport fetched 2.52m (17.2%) from 10.45pm. Big Brother stayed strong on Channel 5, attracting 1.43m (7.6%) in the 10pm hour, before Big Brother's Bit On The Side entertained 570k (6.2%) from 11pm. Elsewhere on Channel 5, How Do They Do It? captivated 477k (2.1%) (more) »
- By Andrew Laughlin
The Queen's Palaces | Doc Martin | Embarrassing Bodies | Britain's Youngest Undertaker | Law & Order: Los Angeles | Entourage
The Queen's Palaces
It's property porn by appointment as Fiona Bruce wanders around the Queen's three official residences and tells the buildings' stories. She begins with Buckingham Palace, built on what was once boggy land where Henry VIII liked to hunt. However, it was under George IV that the palace took shape, as the profligate monarch replaced an existing grand house on the site. A documentary that often gets too Antiques Roadshow as it lingers on some of the (admittedly fabulous) objects, but which has a neat line in did-you-know facts: James I's elephant had a gallon-a-day wine allowance.
- Jonathan Wright, Ali Catterall, Ben Arnold, Phelim O'Neill
John Madden's entertaining reimagining of the Bard's creative process makes enough witty allusions to recorded events to keep all but the most severe students of Shakespeare happy
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Director: John Madden
Entertainment grade: A–
History grade: C+
William Shakespeare is generally acknowledged to be the greatest English language writer of all time.
It's 1593, and Will Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) is scribbling away at his desk, working out how to spell his name. He crumples his efforts up into a ball and throws them at a novelty mug bearing the words: "A Present from Stratford-upon-Avon". You may get the idea that this movie isn't going to take its history too seriously. Funnily enough, it does care a bit. The characters surrounding Will – including teenage proto-Gothic playwright John Webster, full-of-themselves actors Richard Burbage (Martin Clunes) and Ned Alleyn (Ben Affleck), and oddball theatre manager Philip Henslowe (Geoffrey Rush) – are all real and well researched. »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
I usually tend to avoid ITV’s cosy Sunday night drama – but last night’s Appropriate Adult looked to be something of a departure. This wasn’t a neatly constructed regional detective drama, plus there was no sign of Martin Clunes or Robson Green. Instead, ITV have produced a complex and disturbing two-part film, based on serial killer Fred West. It wasn’t so much the controversial subject matter which attracted me, but rather its intriguing line up of quality actors – being well above what you’d expect from the usual fare.
The casting of Dominic West as Fred West – known by many for his portrayal of Baltimore cop Jimmy McNulty in HBO’s The Wire – was simply genius. Sporting a pair of crooked fake teeth, curly hair and a West Country accent, Dominic West’s performance is frighteningly close to the actual recordings of Fred West. »
- Stephen Leigh
Doc Martin, which will soon be coming out with a fifth series, has an amazing story behind it, one which many of the show's U.S. fans probably don't know. Spun off from a non-integral character in the 2000 film Saving Grace, Doc Martin first went on to television movies which focused on Martin Clunes' character, who was then not quite so brash, and was suffering from a cheating wife, rather than a fear of blood.
In Saving Grace, Doc Martin is simply the local doctor, and rather a fun-loving one at that. The first Doc Martin movie introduces us to Dr. Martin Bamford, a London obstetrician who soon learns that his wife is having affairs with at least his three best friends. He ventures to Port Isaac (the same actual location in all three incarnations, later to be known as Portwenn) to get away from his life. He takes up with a lobster fisherman, »
- Marc Eastman
In a recent interview with NPR, Doc Martin star Martin Clunes dropped a surprising bombshell regarding the show's recently filmed fifth series: one beloved character won't be returning. Martin's Auntie Joan (Stephanie Cole) won't be returning to the show in series 5, he confirmed, though he promised an explanation for her absence.
Departing characters are nothing new to the series. Actress Lucy Punch, who played the ferociously incompetent receptionist Elaine Denham, departed the series after the first series, and was replaced in the second series by her character's cousin, Pauline Lamb (Katherine Parkinson). Parkinson is reportedly not returning for the show's fifth series either, and will be replaced by Jessica Ransom as new receptionist Morwenna Newcross.
Similarly, Stewart Wright, who played PC Mark Mylow for the first two seasons of the show, departed before the show's Christmas special and was replaced by John Marquez, who portrayed the agoraphobic, narcoleptic PC Joe Penhale. »
- Sam McPherson
Unique works of art created by 100 celebrities will be auctioned by author Jeffrey Archer on the 15th September at the Drawn…to Darfur Celebrity Charity Art Auction in London to help the forgotten children of Darfur.
Lord Archer offered to help when he heard that nearly 100 celebrities – including His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, Prince Charles, Prime Minister David Cameron, Melvyn Bragg, Martin Clunes, Rolf Harris, Anne Heche, Eamonn Holmes, Kelly Holmes, Ken Howard, Robert Lindsay, Julian Lloyd-Webber, Joanna Lumley, Ruth Rendell, Cliff Richard, Prunella Scales, Chris Tarrant and many more – have been drawing for Darfur as part of UK based charity Kids for Kids’ 10th Birthday celebrations.
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The 51-year-old actor on big hands and working-mum roles
I worry about where my next job is coming from. A while back I didn't work for 10 months and I thought the bubble had burst. I thought, "I'm 50, maybe it's all over." In the current climate, if there's work I feel lucky to have a sniff of it.
I'm very aware that I've cornered the market in working mum roles for the past 10 years. Before that I had the bolshy girlfriend market. The 10 years before that I did a fine line in working-class tarts.
I laugh a lot. I love it when people get to the nub of why I'm a twit. Martin Clunes always hits the nail on the head over my weaknesses. It's so wonderful when someone knows you and trusts you enough to take the piss out of you.
I'm very intolerant of people in my industry who »
- Alice Fisher
Neil Morrissey wants the BBC to bring back 'Men Behaving Badly'. The 48-year-old actor - who played womaniser Tony Smart in the 90s sitcom - thinks it would be a great idea to catch up with Tony and his former flatmate Gary Strange (Martin Clunes) to see how the men are coping with middle age. He said: "I would love it to happen again. It would be great to explore what all the characters are doing and what is going on in their life." The sitcom - which ran from 1992-98 - also starred Deborah Ash as Tony's love interest Deborah Burton and »
The stag party that goes disastrously wrong is a movie commonplace. Think of Staggered (imminent groom Martin Clunes wakes up naked on a distant Scottish island) and the even less funny Very Bad Things (prostitute accidentally dies as pre-wedding revellers frolic in Las Vegas). But two years ago the writers and director of The Hangover had a major financial and critical success after adding amnesia to the stag party plot. Three chums wake up in Vegas to discover that a trail of terrible mishaps the night before included a run-in with the mob, a marriage, a stolen police car and a missing groom who had to be delivered in Los Angeles the following day. Childish stuff in the Animal House/American Pie manner, but gloriously, inventively funny.
The Hangover Part II sees the same ingredients shaken up in the kaleidoscope, but a less attractive and far less amusing pattern emerges. »
- Philip French
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