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Going Forward: Jo Brand's sitcom is mouldy, miserable... and very funny

Picking up where she left off with the Bafta award-winning Getting On, Brand’s domestic comedy finds the best laughs in grim despair

Starting, excitingly, this week is Going Forward, a spin-off from the Bafta award-winning but still severely slept-upon comedy Getting On. The title, apart from being a nod to the tyranny of managerial buzz phrases, refers to the shift from the geriatric ward to domestic life for Kim Wilde (Jo Brand), as she undertakes the duties of her new job as a community domiciliary care assistant. In other words, a very stretched agency carer tending to the needs and suppurating the bedsores of her elderly clients. On the face of it, the home setting, children, husband Dave (Omid Djalili) and sister Jackie (Helen Griffin), who shares Her Majesty Dorian Green’s tendency to let herself in through the back door and start prattling on about her problems, plays
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Stan Lee’s Lucky Man renewed for second season

Deadline is reporting that Sky1 has ordered a second season of Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, the original drama series starring James Nesbitt as a police detective who is granted the ability to control luck.

The show, which is produced by Carnival Films from an original idea by comic book legend Lee, has proven to be Sky 1’s highest-rated original drama series ever, and is also the most-watched programme on the Now TV streaming service.

In addition to Nesbitt, the first season of Stan Lee’s Lucky Man also starred Eve Best (Nurse Jackie, The Honourable Woman), Sienna Guillory (Fortitude, Luther), Amara Karan (The Darjeeling Limited), Darren Boyd (Fortitude), Omid Djalili (Moonfleet), Jing Lusi (Holby City) and Kenneth Tsang (Die Another Day).
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Going Forward

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Comedian, writer and actress Jo Brand returns as Kim Wilde in a spin-off from her award winning BBC series Getting On. Going Forward is a brand-new three-part comedy for BBC Four that turns the spotlight on the Cinderella of the NHS, domiciliary care, along with the patched-up domestic lives we all lead.

Holby City and Grantchester star Imogen Byron (represented by Byron's Management) and newcomer Ben Colbert, who trained at the Miskin Theatre in Dartford (pictured above) play two of her three children, with Omid Djalili as her private-hire driver husband Dave. The cast also includes Drama Centre graduate Harry Haynes (represented by Aha) and Tom Davis.

Employed by a failing outsource provider as a Care Assistant in the community, Kim receives little more than the minimum wage for a package which consists of unpaid overtime, management bullying and horrendous shifts. Her daily slog is matched only by that of her husband,
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Jo Brand to return to BBC4 in comedy Going Forward

The comedian is reprising her Bafta-winning role as Kim Wilde, first seen in acclaimed sitcom Getting On

Jo Brand will return to her Bafta-winning role as nurse Kim Wilde in a sequel to her acclaimed BBC4 comedy Getting On.

Brand will star alongside Omid Djalili in the three-part spin-off, Going Forward, which will air on BBC4 later this year.

Related: Getting On is not just funny – it's radical, profound, a masterpiece | Deborah Orr

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Stan Lee’s Lucky Man episode 2 review: Win Some, Lose Some

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If only Stan Lee’s Lucky Man would fully commit to its pulp silliness, it could be an invigorating, fun watch…

This review contains spoilers.

1.2 Win Some, Lose Some

The moment a strip club owner (Omid Djalili, playing his character from Black Books) delivers the line “why don’t you put the cuffs on me and we can cha-cha?” is the moment a TV series loses any claim to credibility. Handily for Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, credibility is overrated. If only this show would realise that and fully commit to its pulp leanings.

It clearly wants to, but like a self-conscious toe-tapper on the edge of a dancefloor, it can’t quite bring itself to jump in with both feet and start having any real fun. Until it does, it’s doomed to remain in the uncomfortable no-man’s land between entertaining schlock and serious crime thriller,
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First trailer for Stan Lee’s Lucky Man starring James Nesbitt

The first trailer has arrived online for Sky One’s upcoming superhero drama crime series Stan Lee’s Lucky Man starring James Nesbitt. Check it out below after the official synopsis…

BAFTA® nominated actor James Nesbitt stars in a bold new crime drama co-created by legendary comic book writer Stan Lee and Neil Biswas and produced by the makers of Downton Abbey.

Brilliant but troubled cop Harry Clayton (Nesbitt) is a compulsive gambler in danger of losing the thing he values the most: his family. Then, one night at the casino, just as he is approaching rock bottom, Harry meets the beautiful and enigmatic Eve (Sienna Guillory), who gives him a mysterious bracelet said to endow the wearer with immense luck.

To his great surprise, this lucky charm seems to work and Harry sees his fortunes begin to shift. However, this kind of luck comes with a price and soon
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Exclusive Retrospective featurette with director Garrick Hamm and star Emilia Fox

After being shown at La Shorts Fest and Rhode Island Film Festival last year, Garrick Hamm’s short Retrospective is now available to stream on We Are Colony, and we have an exclusive featurette which sees the director and star Emilia Fox discussing the film…

Directed by Garrick Hamm (The Man Who Married Himself), the film features an all star British cast lead by Charles Dance (‘Game Of Thrones’), Emilia Fox (‘Silent Witness’), Vincent Regan (Snow White And The Huntsman, 300) and Omid Djalili (Sex And The City 2). It follows Jonathan Hoyle (Charles Dance), who has been a war photographer in some of the world’s most troubled places, but it is in London, the night before a retrospective of his life’s work, that he is taken off the street by an armed man. Hoyle is about to learn that his photographs were not without consequences, and whether he
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Sam Smith unveils Spectre theme ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ to mixed online reaction

British soul singer Sam Smith has unveiled his official theme song for the new James Bond movie Spectre, which is entitled ‘Writing On The Wall’. You can hear the song on Spotify.

The song mixes Smith’s baritone and falsetto and has a title that likely refers to an image from the Spectre trailer in which Bond’s name is ominously spray painted on a cenotaph.

Smith tweeted that he had been “dreaming of this moment for a long long time” after unveiling the track on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw.

Former Bond Roger Moore praised the song, calling it “haunting and wonderfully orchestrated”, whilst comedian Omid Djalili said the song had left him “in a broken heap”.

Not everyone was so positive about ‘Writing’s On The Wall’, with comic David Schneider referring to the song as “James Bland” and composer Nick Harvey dubbing it “all
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Comedy starring The Inbetweeners' James Buckley underway

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Comedy starring The Inbetweeners' James Buckley underway
The Comedians Guide To Survival also features Paul Kaye, MyAnna Burin and Neil Stuke.

Principal photography is underway in London on The Comedians Guide to Survival, starring The InbetweenersJames Buckley, Paul Kaye, MyAnna Buring and Neil Stuke.

Buckley stars as a failed comedian who travels the world to discover the secret of comedy.

The film, which also shot in Canada at the Montreal Just for Laughs comedy festival in July, features cameos from international comedians including Jimmy Carr, Omid Djalili and Gilbert Gottfried.

Mark Murphy (The Crypt) wrote and directs. Alan Latham produces through Yorkshire-based Gsp Studios in association with Solar Productions.

Financing came through Red Rock Entertainment, Premiere Pictures and Goldfinch Pictures. Gsp Studios International, led by Simon Barnes, will handle international sales.
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Comedy from Inbetweeners star James Buckley underway

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Comedy from Inbetweeners star James Buckley underway
The Comedians Guide To Survival also features Paul Kaye, MyAnna Burin and Neil Stuke.

Principal photography is underway in London on The Comedians Guide to Survival, starring The InbetweenersJames Buckley, Paul Kaye, MyAnna Buring and Neil Stuke.

Buckley stars as a failed comedian who travels the world to discover the secret of comedy.

The film, which also shot in Canada at the Montreal Just for Laughs comedy festival in July, features cameos from international comedians including Jimmy Carr, Omid Djalili and Gilbert Gottfried.

Mark Murphy (The Crypt) wrote and directs. Alan Latham produces through Yorkshire-based Gsp Studios in association with Solar Productions.

Financing came through Red Rock Entertainment, Premiere Pictures and Goldfinch Pictures. Gsp Studios International, led by Simon Barnes, will handle international sales.
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'Molly Moon' Clip Starring Dominic Monaghan | Exclusive

'Molly Moon' Clip Starring Dominic Monaghan | Exclusive
After appearing in the magical Disney adventure Tomorrowland earlier this summer, young actress Raffey Cassidy takes the beloved role of Molly Moon in an adaptation of Georgia Byng's best selling novel Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism. Today we have an exclusive clip where young Molly makes a fascinating discovery, one she tries to hide from a nefarious bank robber named Nockman (Dominic Monaghan). The adaptation hits theaters on August 14 from Arc Entertainment.

Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism tells the story of a young orphan girl, Molly Moon, who comes across a book 'Hypnotism, An Ancient Art'. Learning its lessons, she hypnotizes her way to stardom in London and becomes rich and famous. But little does she know that an unscrupulous man wants her book. He tracks her to London, kidnaps her dog, Petula and blackmails Molly. In order to get her dog back,
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'Shaun the Sheep Movie' (2015) Movie Review

Though clever and cheeky like most Aardman Animations' productions, Shaun the Sheep Movie is a decidedly more slight, if ever quaint, effort for the company. A ruminant character spawned from the Wallace & Gromit short film A Close Shave and later the titular star of the television series "Shaun the Sheep," Mark Burton and Richard Starzak's big-screen debut for the wool-covered once-sidekick deliberately focuses as mightily as it can on keeping itself as snappy and pun-enthused as possible -- with barely a moment wasted with its comedy during the 85 minute running time. Every second crackles with energy and enthusiasm, keeping its playful spirits up high and bewitchingly captures the silly spunk the stop-motion purists provide best in gracious handfuls. But as passionate and loving as the production often becomes, the heart never quite pops out as vitally as it would so plentifully during Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
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Giveaway: Win a 'Shaun the Sheep Movie' Prize Pack

Giveaway: Win a 'Shaun the Sheep Movie' Prize Pack
Arriving in theaters this week is Lionsgate's Shaun the Sheep, the latest animated movie from Aardman Animation. To help celebrate this release, we have a contest lined up where fans can win a prize pack that includes a $50 Fandango gift card, so you can see Shaun the Sheep with your friends this weekend. The prize pack also includes children and adult t-shirts, a headband, a book and the Shaun the Sheep soundtrack.

When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan, and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home. The voice cast includes Justin Fletcher as Shaun and Timmy, John Sparkes as The Farmer and Bitzer, Omid Djalili as Trumper,
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A Glorious Opening Night for Bend It Like Beckham: The Musical

The critically acclaimed five star West End production, Bend It Like Beckham: The Musical, opened to a packed house last night at London’s Phoenix Theatre Amongst the audience were familiar faces including Omid Djalili,Naughty boy, Madhu & Sulaiman from Signature, Anita Anand, Nihal, Adil Ray, Vanessa Feltz, Graham Norton, Juliet Stevenson, Lily Collins, Indira Verma and Manish Bhasin.

Adapted by Gurinder Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges from the 2002 smash hit film of the same name, Bend it Like Beckham: The Musical follows Jess, a talented young football player torn between following in the footsteps of her hero David Beckham, or living up to family expectations of university, career and marriage.

Scored by Howard Goodall (Love Story, The Hired Man) with the collaboration of pioneer of the British Bhangra sound, composer and performer Kuljit Bhamra and lyrics by Charles Hart (Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Love Never Dies
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TV News: Heroes, Con, Doc, Rush, Dickensian

Heroes Reborn

Sendhil Ramamurthy is set to reprise his role of geneticist Dr Mohinder Suresh in the upcoming NBC event series "Heroes Reborn". The character is the fifth from the original show due to appear in the upcoming series along with Jack Coleman's Noah Bennet, Masi Oka's Hiro Nakamura, Greg Grunberg's Matt Parkman and Jimmy Jean-Louis' The Haitian. [Source: Deadline]

Comic-Con TV Panels

Fox has unveiled its Comic-Con TV panel line-up for the year with comedy horror anthology series "Scream Queens" set to premiere along with a joint Scream Queens/American Horror Story: Hotel panel session with Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Skyler Samuels, Keke Palmer, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Matt Bomer all on hand.

Also slated to premiere is the "Minority Report" pilot followed by a Q&A, along with panels for "The Last Man On Earth," "Family Guy," "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,
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Shaun The Sheep The Movie DVD Review

Directors: Richard Starzak & Mark Burton

Starring: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili

Certificate: U

Special Features: Making The Shaun Movie, Meet The Characters, Join Shaun Behind The Scenes, Meet The Crew

Shaun The Sheep first turned up in Aardman’s A Close Shave and since then has gone onto individual animal stardom in his own TV series. It wasn’t one of theirs I expected to see as a full-length movie but they’ve successfully managed to move the mischievous sheep into the film world with huge heart and comical calamities.

Shaun The Sheep The Movie sets us up by showing how every day is the same at the Mossy Bottom Farm. One day Shaun decides he wants some time away from the old routine and therefore sets it up so the Farmer is distracted and sent to sleep by the cunning use of sheep jumping over a fence
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Caroline Quentin, Peter Firth and more join BBC One's Charles Dickens drama

Caroline Quentin, Peter Firth and Pauline Collins have all been added to the cast of a new Charles Dickens drama.

The 20-episode series for BBC One has also cast BAFTA award winner Stephen Rea.

Dickensian brings together some of the writer's most iconic characters as their lives interweave in 19th Century London.

Characters from a range of classic tales will appear in the programme, including Scrooge, Fagin and Miss Havisham.

Rea, who plays Inspector Bucket from Bleak House, said: "Dickensian is the most beautiful re-working of the world of Dickens that you could ever imagine. The characters take on a fresh life, and any actor would be mad not to accept the challenge these great scripts offer."

Collins, who plays Martin Chuzzlewit's Mrs Gamp, added: "You don't need to know Dickens' novels to fall in love with the stories we're telling. It's going to be a real treat to watch.
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All wool be revealed! Thn chats to ‘Shaun The Sheep Movie’ directors Richard Starzak & Mark Burton

Shaun The Sheep Movie is about to be released on DVD and Blu-ray after a baa-rilliant reception on the big screen. In many ways the original farm heroes saga, its story follows Shaun and the gang as they head into the big city to rescue their gibberish-speaking custodian, the Farmer.

The film was praised for its echoing of old school slapstick comedy and hopes are high for a follow up. So while the gears of the studios whirr in contemplation over that, we sat down with writer/directors Richard Starzak and Mark Burton for a good old bleat…

Shaun The Sheep on TV is only a few minutes long. How did you go about expanding the concept to feature length?

Richard: That was the big challenge. That’s why I think me and Mark work as well together. Mark’s had much experience of writing feature scripts and we had
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Omid Djalili on Mel Smith: comedy's answer to Man Utd's dream team

A master of set-ups and punchlines, Smith had the crossing ability of David Beckham and the goal-scoring precision of Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole

Not the Nine O’Clock News was the first comedy show I truly responded to when I was a teenager. I watched it avidly not just for pleasure but also for kudos. I knew we’d talk about it at school the next day. Griff Rhys Jones once told me the show had been targeted at teens, specifically my generation at the time. With just about every sketch, they hit the comedy bullseye.

Anything Rowan Atkinson touched turned to gold. His timing was impeccable and there seemed to be a deep intelligence behind what he was doing. Griff Rhys Jones had a rawness about him that made him appear the most unhinged – someone who was struggling with something deep within but able (just about) to keep a lid on it.
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Interview: Mark Burton and Richard Starzack talk Shaun the Sheep Movie

Flickering Myth sat down with the directors of Shaun the Sheep Movie…

Out now in cinemas, Shaun the Sheep makes the leap from TV to the silver screen with Shaun the Sheep Movie (read our review here) and Flickering Myth Deputy Editor Luke Owen caught up with its directors Mark Burton and Richard Starzack, who also wrote the movie. Check out the interview on the Flickering Myth Podcast and read what they had to say below…

Lo: Are we calling the film Shaun the Sheep Movie, or Shaun the Sheep: The Movie?

Mb: We thought everyone would call it The Shaun the Sheep Movie, but we ended up getting snowed under by “the”. So it’s Shaun the Sheep Movie. That was actually the first six months of development – just getting the “the” in the right place! (laughs)

Lo: You’re both first time feature directors, this is quite
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