13 items from 2013
International Test Cricket: South Africa vs India
8.25am, Sky Sports 1
Away from England's Ashes breakdown and incapability to do anything other than be skittled out for pathetic scores, there's another, less infuriating cricket clash to gorge on. The two top-ranked Test sides in the world clash in Johannesburg. For India it's a case of life after Sachin Tendulkar, who hung up his pads in November. For South Africa it's a chance to extend their lead at the top of the rankings and take inspiration from their brilliant one-day form. Lanre Bakare
Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall wrote this stylised take on the Great Train Robbery, all thick-rimmed glasses, excessive use of jazz, twill and clunky robber's slang. Luke Evans plays heist mastermind Bruce Reynolds, »
- Lanre Bakare, Ben Arnold, Julia Raeside, Rachel Aroesti, Ali Catterall, Mark Jones
Agatha Christie's Poirot: ITV, 8pm
The final curtain is coming down on David Suchet's Poirot as he takes on his last case in the series finale. The Belgian detective and Captain Hastings return to Styles, where the two first met on a case 30 years ago.
Poirot discovers that a murderer is afoot in the house, and must use all that he has left to solve the case.
The Tunnel: Sky Atlantic, 9pm
The remake of The Bridge is now mid-series as detectives Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane) and Elise Wasserman (Clemence Poesy) plan on using teenage Sophie to help catch the killer, who is exploiting a sick young man.
In order to find Veronica's whereabouts, Chuks takes Stephen Beaumont's computer.
Crackanory: Dave, 10pm
The show - pitched as an adult version of the classic children's series Jackanory - contains funny and twisted tales about life in the 21st century told by their star narrators. It begins next month.
Watch the first trailer below:
Crackanory will feature part live-action, part-animated tales, performed by celebrities.
Watch the second trailer below:
Crackanory will premiere on Wednesday, November 13 at 10pm on Dave. »
The show - pitched as an adult version of the classic series Jackanory - will debut on Dave on Wednesday, November 13 at 10pm.
"The art of storytelling is far from dead; in fact Dave's bringing it back bigger and better," said Dave general manager Steve North.
"Crackanory gives it a brand new, contemporary twist, in what could be described as an ingenious adult adaptation of well-loved children's programme Jackanory.
"Weird and wonderful tales delivered by the funniest people on television, Dave viewers are sure to find this a delicious combination."
Crackanory will feature part live-action, »
A report criticising TV comedies for their negative depictions of fathers is at once joyless and opportunistic
Last week I was infuriated by a study. I'm not talking about the type of room – I wasn't maddened by a den or seething at the sight of a home office. I was annoyed by a "survey", a "report", some "research". It was given all sorts of titles in the press, none of which was "pile of sanctimonious crap", which is a shame because that's what it was.
Some people at Netmums, which I'm guessing is the Pepsi to Mumsnet's Coke (irresponsible though it is of me to mention either high-sugar drink when children might be reading), had decided the world might be a better place if they found some way of slagging off The Simpsons. And, while they were at it, The Flintstones and Peppa Pig and The Gruffalo and My Family and Outnumbered. »
- David Mitchell
Britain's Got Talent was easily the most watched show on Sunday evening, overnight data has revealed.
An average of 8.14 million viewers (38.0%) tuned in to see Simon Cowell and his fellow judges pick their finalists at 8pm. However, this is 700,000 less than last Saturday's (May 19) episode. A further 431k (2.0%) tuned in on +1.
Earlier, Stephen Mulhern's Celebrity Catchphrase entertained 4.23m (24.9%) at 7pm.
BBC Two's Ice Age Giants brought in 1.59m (7.1%) at 8.30pm, followed by Australia with Simon Reeve with 2.34m (11.8%) at 9.30pm.
Channel 5's cricket coverage scored 661k (3.9%) at 7pm, »
'Mock The Week' is returning for a 12th series. The topical quiz show is to make a comeback with six episodes later this year, starting on June 13, which will see Chris Addison, Hugh Dennis and Andy Parsons return to the panel with Dara O'Briain back in the presenter's chair. The 'Mock The Week' Twitter account stated: ''Remember, our next new series begins on Thurs 13th June - that's just 25 days time! Line-ups Tbc Asap (sic)'' With the new series comes a new location as the programme - which will be filmed entirely in HD for the first time - is moving »
Mock the Week will be back for a 12th series in the summer, it has been confirmed.
The Dara O'Briain-hosted panel show will air for the first time in HD and will be filmed for the first time at London Studios on the South Bank rather than BBC Television Centre.
The BBC press release for the show jokes: "There'll be the traditional array of hilarious games, running jokes and topical barbs to ensure that Mock the Week will be as much a part of the summer of '13 as that annoyingly catchy song by Daft Punk and people saying, 'I miss the Olympics'."
A show producer added: "2013 is going to be an amazing summer: there'll be a royal baby to celebrate, »
Shot in indifferent 3D, this inoffensive musical takes a sackload of American high-school cliches and attempts to transplant them into a London comprehensive where Hugh Dennis is the uncomprehending, unimaginative headmaster. The plot has six kids putting on a show to save their squeaky-clean local social centre from being turned into a car park. Will the sharp young hero reunite his separated parents? Will the heroine's parents let her stay at the comp instead of sending her to a fee-paying school? Will the men with the bulldozers hold back until the show is over? It's very sub Grange Hill and Waterloo Road.
ComedyDramaAshley JensenPhilip French
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- Philip French
Not even the appearance of John Barrowman can bring this formulaic family dance movie to life
Good-natured, well-meaning, but fundamentally and inescapably a bit ropey: that's really the only conclusion possible for this British urban dance movie for family audiences.
It sticks to a time-honoured formula: local youth club is going to be demolished unless the kids can raise money with a talent show. (Er, huh? Anyone over eight years, or eight months, old can see how nonsensical that is … but strict plot credibility isn't the issue.)
Theo Stevenson and Akai Osei-Mansfield do their level best as the youthful heroes, and the grownup cast includes Ashley Walters, Ashley Jensen and Hugh Dennis as, respectively, tough parent, long-suffering club director and grumpy headteacher. There are some interesting and ambitious "fantasy" sequences, including a Fred'n'Ginger dance routine with none other than John Barrowman opposite his screen daughter, played by Fleur Houdijk.
- Peter Bradshaw
Junior wannabe hipster Ethan (Horrid Henry's Theo Stevenson) is drawn into an unlikely alliance with frustrated street dancer Jaden (Akai Osei-Mansfield) to save their East London youth centre - The Garage - from the wrecking ball of property developers. Combing the streets for local talent to join their All Stars crew, they count on raising enough cash for a special show to save the club. This warm-hearted kids' caper gets added star wattage from the likes of Extras' Ashley Jensen and Outnumbered's Hugh Dennis. »
Ethan (Theo Stevenson) and Jaden (Akai) have a plan – recruit a dance crew, stage a talent show, raise lots of money and save their youth club ‘The Garage’ from demolition…all whilst Ethan impresses the girl of his dreams with his dancing skills. The trouble is… Ethan can’t dance, Jaden’s parents have banned him from dancing and the other four members of their new crew the ‘All Stars’ turn out to be totally uncoordinated! Together, they must overcome these many obstacles, starting with convincing Gina (Ashley Jensen), the manager of The Garage, that their plan even stands a chance.
All Stars is a funny, heart-warming, spectacular 3D roller coaster ride with eye feasting dance sequences! Also featuring a »
Hitting cinemas at the start of May, All Stars is one of the first family-friendly films of the year produced on our shores.
The 3D dramatic comedy debuted its first teaser trailer at the end of last year. And with just over a month before it arrives, Vertigo have debuted a new full-length trailer, along with All Stars’ UK quad poster.
Ethan (Theo Stevenson) and Jaden (Akai) have a plan – recruit a crew, stage a talent show, raise lots of money and save The Garage (their youth club) from demolition…all whilst Ethan impresses the girl of his dreams with his dancing skills.
The trouble is Ethan can’t dance, Jaden’s parents have banned him from dancing, and the other members of their new crew the ‘All Stars’ turn out to be totally uncoordinated! Together, they must overcome these many obstacles, starting with convincing Gina (Ashley Jensen), the manager of The Garage, »
- Kenji Lloyd
13 items from 2013
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