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Iain Softley’s psychological thriller, Trap for Cinderella, is just a few weeks away from hitting cinemas in the UK, and what we’ve seen so far suggests it’s going to be a memorable new entry for the genre.
The first trailer was released earlier in the month, giving us an excellent first look at Softley’s upcoming return. And now Lionsgate have released the film’s first poster, with Tuppence Middleton front and centre.
Micky (Tuppence Middleton) is a fun-loving photographer, living a party lifestyle in London until a chance encounter with a childhood friend changes her world forever. The opposite to life-and-soul Micky, Do (Alexandra Roach) is a quiet bank clerk, with little by way of a social life. Yet much to the annoyance of her DJ boyfriend Jake (Aneurin Barnard), Micky is all too delighted to reacquaint herself with Do, embracing her old friend with typical gusto. »
- Kenji Lloyd
We’ve got the first look at Trap For Cinderella and judging by this trailer, we’re in for one hell of a twisted ride. We’re set up with Micky played by Tuppence Middleton, she’s a photographer, living it up in London but when she randomly bumps into a old childhood friend, her life changes completely. The friend is the oddly named Do (Alexandra Roach), who’s a bank clerk and quite the opposite of Micky. As their old friendship hits the heights of years gone by, they travel to France to recollect those memories from their youth but then… tragedy strikes.
From the trailer, we’re definitely into a deep, psychological trip with unsubtle hints of an erotic thriller. There’s memory loss, exploding buildings and all kinds of debauchery and, for me, echoed the feel of Shallow Grave and Trance which is interesting because it also stars Kerry Fox. »
- Dan Bullock
Iain Softley returns to the big screen this summer with an anticipated psychological thriller, Trap for Cinderella, marking yet another intriguing direction for the writer-director to take, whose career includes the likes of sci-fi, drama, family adventure, and mystery.
Micky (Tuppence Middleton) is a fun-loving photographer, living a party lifestyle in London until a chance encounter with a childhood friend changes her world forever. The opposite to life-and-soul Micky, Do (Alexandra Roach) is a quiet bank clerk, with little by way of a social life. Yet much to the annoyance of her DJ boyfriend Jake (Aneurin Barnard), Micky is all too delighted to reacquaint herself with Do, embracing her old friend with typical gusto.
But when they return to the tranquil »
- Kenji Lloyd
Live Wta Tennis: The Internazionali Bnl d'Italia
10am, British Eurosport
The most high-profile red clay contest in tennis behind the French Open, the Internazionali Bnl d'Italia (or Italian Open) should provide a strenuous workout for those heading to Roland Garros later this month. In the women's draw (televised on British Eurosport) world No 3 Maria Sharapova seeks to retain her title for a third consecutive year, while over on Sky Sports 1, the resurgent Rafael Nadal is after a record seventh victory in the men's tournament. Gwilym Mumford
12 Again School Days Special
If you're someone who's relieved to have made it through childhood into the world of grown-ups, where at the least the bullying and backbiting is usually more subtle, 12 Again may not be for you. That's because it features celebrities »
- Gwilym Mumford, Jonathan Wright, Ali Catterall, Julia Raeside, Rachel Aroesti, Hannah J Davies, Mark Jones
Two brothers from rural Devon fall for the same woman but are reunited on the battlefields of Flanders in this moving adaptation of the novel by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo. Jack O'Connell and George Mackay lead a fine British cast as the once-inseparable Peaceful boys whose bond is put to the ultimate test by romantic rivalry and the injustice of war. Alexandra Roach plays the object of their affections while Maxine Peake, Frances de la Tour and the late Richard Griffiths all make their mark. »
ITV's bold move in putting two new sitcoms on together at peak time has not paid off in terms of laughter
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The problem with comedy on television is that it's not taken very seriously. The prevailing attitude seems to be "It's just a laugh", and perhaps that's why it provides so few of them. But ITV1 has taken a bold step in putting two sitcoms back-to-back, at peak time on Monday night, in the slot just vacated by the hugely popular Broadchurch.
That design may well be a consciously ironic reference but it didn't make the setting any more appealing. »
- Andrew Anthony
Two new comedies from ITV. Vicious is only new in that it hasn't been on before; it doesn't feel new at all. We're talking very trad sitcom here. The "sit" part is the sitting room of a grand central London flat, where the two central characters reside. There are various ways in and out of the room – the flat's main door out on to the landing, doors to other rooms. And there's a telephone (landline).
The "com" comes from the exchange of banter and one-line gags between the two principals, and from the arrival and departure of subsidiary characters through the various entrances and exits, and from the odd telephone conversation. The com is marked by uproarious studio laughter (No! Why? In 2013!).
What's (a bit) interesting about Vicious is that the leads – Freddie and Stuart – are »
- Sam Wollaston
I’m a huge fan of eccentric people – otherwise known as “me”. It’s all the more better when they’re eccentric gay people – otherwise known as “me”, I think. This new show Vicious only attracted me because of the involvement of both Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi, veterans of stage and screen and damn fine actors to boot. They play Freddie (McKellen) and Stuart (Jacobi), a couple who have spent the past forty-eight years living in a flat in Covent Garden’s and survive by mocking each other and being generally vicious. This show also features, as Freddie and Stuart’s friend Violet, famed-by-Harry Potter actress Frances de la Tour and as their neighbour Ash, Iwan Rheon. It is created by Mark Ravenhill, primarily known for his work on the stage and writer Gary Janetti, producer of Will & Grace.
The idea of two legends (as-well as actual gay men »
- Quinn Steers
When I first heard that legends of stage and screen Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi were to play a bickering old couple in a new sitcom, I was genuinely excited - you can't question the acting pedigree of either man and McKellen had previously shown quite a flair for self-parody in BBC Two's Extras.
But unfortunately Vicious is not the catty, cutting comedy it could have been - what we have instead is an uncomfortable blend of coarse humour and '70s sitcom-style cosiness.
The jokes veer from the obvious but inoffensive - old people don't know who Zac Efron is - to the more dubious. Tonally, we're mostly in territory that wouldn't feel out of place in Are You Being Served? - but on occasion, Vicious strays into edgier territory and it just feels wrong - those rape jokes should've been excised, for one.
It feels like »
Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen are Stuart and Freddie, a bitchy, bitter couple holed up in their dingy London flat. In this first episode, the pair become fixated with a handsome young neighbour, as does their brazen friend Violet (Frances de la Tour). With all the very loud talking and theatrical self-pity, this could have been a superbly camp sitcom, but the characters aren't nearly outrageous or monstrous enough. That is clear from their pedestrian put-downs: "At least I'm not from Leytonstone," being Freddie's stock comeback. Rachel Aroesti
1.45pm, Channel 4
Return of the more hipsterish Flog It, in which Joe Public brings unusual items to sell to rich dealers. In this series, they're rotating 12 expert buyers, with four »
- Rachel Aroesti, Julia Raeside, Ben Arnold, David Stubbs, Andrew Mueller, Ali Catterall
We've got acting legends camping it up and cross-dressing bald men (amongst other things) in this week's Must-See TV, which will give you the skinny on the likes of Doctor Who, The Following and other telly highlights.
Read on for full details of the shows you really should take a peek at this week...
Vicious: Monday (April 29) at 9pm on ITV
The humour may not exactly be top drawer, but the cast list of ITV's latest stab at primetime comedy can't be argued with. Sir Ian McKellen - Gandalf! Magneto! - and Sir Derek Jacobi - Claudius! The Master! - together... surely it can't be that bad?!
The Sirs play geriatric gay couple Freddie and Stuart, who in this opening episode decide to throw a camp and catty wake for their recently deceased friend. Gurning Misfits actor Iwan Rheon also appears as sprightly leather jacket fan Ash, who's just moved in upstairs, »
If someone asked you to come up with a pair of acting legends to star in a sitcom, you couldn't do much better than to suggest Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi. The heavyweights of the dramatic world have signed up to star as a couple in ITV's new comedy Vicious, which starts tomorrow (April 29).
But the amazing cast doesn't stop there - we also get treated to the likes of Frances de la Tour and one of our favourite Misfits stars, Iwan Rheon. We caught up with Iwan recently to find out what Vicious is all about, why filming the show was scary, and whether he'd be up for a Misfits movie...
If someone on the street came up and asked you what Vicious is about, what would you tell them?
"It's basically about a mature gay couple who have been together for 48 years and who are quite vicious with each other, »
TV thriller Broadchurch was an extraordinary hit. Perhaps most surprising was the fact that it was on ITV, not always seen as the home of edgy entertainment. But that's changing
There was something out of the ordinary about Broadchurch, the TV murder mystery that kept nearly 10 million viewers guessing until the killer of 11-year-old Danny Latimer was revealed this week. The work almost entirely of a single writer – unusual for an eight-part drama – it featured only one murder (the average episode of Midsomer Murders has four).
Most surprising of all, perhaps, was that Broadchurch was on ITV, not necessarily a channel known to viewers as the home of edgy (or edge-of-your-seat) thrills. At the risk of hyperbole, ITV claims it is the most tweeted-about TV drama ever, with a reported 260,000 tweets from 137,000 people – making it, to use a pre-Twitter phrase, genuine watercooler television.
ITV's director of television, Peter Fincham, who »
- John Plunkett
Sir Ian McKellen has revealed that the comedy in his new show about a gay couple comes from the characters themselves rather than from their sexuality.
The actor said that while past sitcoms have made fun of gay characters, the men in Vicious are funny in their own right and "just happen to be gay".
The 73-year-old - who stars alongside Sir Derek Jacobi in the upcoming ITV series as ageing partners who have lived together for almost 50 years - is glad that TV has advanced in this way.
"For me, it is as if TV has grown up," he told The Sun.
"In the past, gay characters in sitcoms have been figures of fun. They were funny because they were gay. But I like the fact that these characters are funny because of the people they are. That's a real advance."
He also said that the programme is a »
There's no feeling in the world that compares to finding out that your favourite show is about to come back on air. Seriously, it's a life highlight. For example, when we found out Homeland had been renewed for a third season, we jumped up in the air and the legs were out there... it was magic.
When will we know if new Dallas is being renewed - awesome show!
It'll probably be a little while yet - following the triumphant return of Dallas in 2012, we got definite word on a second season in late June, before the first run had even wrapped...
But it's no secret that Dallas has had a rougher ride this year on both sides of the Atlantic, »
For years, Undressed was the most innovative thing that MTV had put on the air. And it was gay inclusive and launched the career of tons of today's stars, including these 25 people you may have forgotten were on the show, like Brandon Beemer.
In Briefs we mentioned the story about the man who was arrested and removed from the bedside of his civil partner in the hospital in Missouri. The hospital has doubled down on the idea that he was interfering with the care of the patient, but a Medicare/Medicaid spokesman say they are aware of the issue and are moving quickly to investigate the incident. The Obama administration made rules requiring hospitals that receive Medicare/Medicaid monies to allow same sex partners access to patients and medical decisions.
Some people think that sexbots are going to be on the market by 2030. A recent survey says that hooking up »
ITV has released a first trailer for its new sitcom Vicious.
ITV's Myfanwy Moore said: "'ITV is thrilled this exciting and bold sitcom, with stellar performers and writing talent is to join the increasing slate of new-look comedy shows on the channel."
In yet another type of cross-border series – this one a sitcom – Family Guy and Will & Grace exec producer Gary Janetti’s Vicious premiered for buyers at Mip-tv last night. The six-part comedy stars veteran British thesps Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi in quite a departure from the likes of X-Men and Shakespeare. The pair plays a constantly bickering, but ultimately loving couple who’ve lived together in a small London flat for nearly 50 years. Their young upstairs neighbor is played by Misfits‘ Iwan Rheon and their best friend by Frances de la Tour of the Harry Potter films. Shine Group’s Brown Eyed Boy produced the show in association with Kudos Film and TV and Nickelby Inc. for the UK’s ITV. In keeping with current hit UK sitcoms like Mrs. Brown’s Boys, it’s shot in front of a live studio audience. There’s no U.S. outlet yet, »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
British stage, film and television actor Richard Griffiths died yesterday due to complications in the aftermath of heart surgery at Coventry hospital. He was 65 years old. Though best remembered for his performance as Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter flicks, Griffiths was a well-respected name on the British stage, having won a number of awards ( Tony. Laurence Olivier, and Drama Desk awards.) for playing a free-spirited gay teacher -- who likes his male teenage students a tad too much -- in Alan Bennett's play The History Boys. (Pictured above: Griffiths in the film version of The History Boys, co-starring Dominic Cooper.) Griffiths was also a well-regarded movie actor -- though not as a result of his work on the Harry Potter movies. His prestige lay on his work on low-budget, independently made British efforts such as Nicholas Hytner's outstanding film adapation of The History Boys (released in 2006) and »
- Andre Soares
Catherine Tate Set For ‘Big School’ The Office’s Catherine Tate is set to star in a new BBC One sitcom created by David Walliams, who’ll also star. Big School is a six-part comedy set in a secondary school about a dysfunctional staff room, unrequited love and interactive white boards. Walliams will play a chemistry teacher who has taught at Greybridge School for years, Tate plays the school’s enthusiastic new recruit, who despite being a French teacher has never actually been to France. Also starring are Life On Mars’ Philip Glenister, The History Boys’ Frances de la Tour, The Thick Of It’s Joanna Scanlan and Cemetery Junction’s Steve Speirs. Big School is a BBC Production in association with Bert Productions. Jo Sargent is producing and Mark Freeland is exec producer. Ka-Ching: Tom Stoppard Pens Radio Play Based On Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
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