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Back review – Mitchell and Webb return with a glorious mix of fun and filth

The double-act’s return to the small screen has been created by Peep Show co-writer Simon Blackwell – leading to inevitable comparisons

Laurie is dead. Laurie was the popular pub landlord in a pretty English village. Now it’s time for son Stephen (David Mitchell) to step up to the plate, in the pub, in the village, as head of the family. Trouble is Stephen’s not much of a stepper-up-to-the-plate. More of a faff-around-the-edges kind of chap. It doesn’t help that he keeps on turning into his roughly 12-year-old self (nice touch, that). He has never really grown up, broken away, achieved anything, taken any risks or responsibilities, asserted himself.

And it really doesn’t help when Andrew (Robert Webb) shows up at the funeral. Andrew is a smooth-talking, jetset high-achiever (he says) who was once fostered for a few months by the family. He says. Stephen doesn’t
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Back: premiere date set for Mitchell and Webb's new series

Kirsten Howard Aug 29, 2017

Back, starring Peep Show's David Mitchell and Robert Webb, starts next week on Channel 4...

In 2015 we bid a sad goodbye to Mark and Jeremy, as Peep Show's ninth series came to a close, and after the cult success of the David Mitchell and Robert Webb-starring Pov sitcom, what better way to move forwards than to go Back

In Back, a new series with Mitchell and Webb front and centre, the two will reuinite with writer Simon Blackwell on Channel 4, and it's now been revealed that it'll start next week, on Wednesday September 6th, at 10pm.

Here's the first trailer we had for the show, revealed by David Mitchell over on Twitter...

We'll find Mitchell as cheery as ever playing divorced Stephen, who has failed in his career to become a lawyer and arrives home after the passing of his father to take over the family pub.
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Downton Abbey: Christmas episode plot and cast details revealed

ITV has announced details of this year's Downton Abbey Christmas Day episode.

The two-hour episode will rejoin the Crawley household in the early autumn of 1924 and sees Alun Armstrong (New Tricks, Braveheart) and BAFTA nominee Jane Lapotaire (Blind Justice, Shooting Fish) join the cast.

Armstrong will play Stowell, the butler of Lady Rose's husband Atticus Aldridge and his family, while Lapotaire stars as the much-discussed Princess Irina, the lost wife of Prince Kuragin (played by Rade Sherbedgia).

The episode sees Rose's father-in-law Lord Sinderby rent out Brancaster Castle for grouse shooting season, inviting the Crawley family for a shooting party. It soon becomes apparent that butler Stowell has a serious axe to grind, while a scandalous secret threatens to ruin the holiday for everybody.

Back at Downton, where the servants are holding the fort, Bates is forced to take drastic measures in order to save his beloved wife Anna from
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TV Review: Ripper Street Episode 1.3, ‘The King Came Calling’

This week Ripper Street’s H Division contended with a Victorian plague of poisoning believed to be the return of “King Cholera”, possibly inspired by the 1854 Broad Street cholera outbreak after a public well had been contaminated by a leak from an old cesspit that was only three feet from the well. The episode opens with a man dying, vomiting and convulsing in a fit of hysteria. It is pronounced to be cholera by the preacher who had been describing the water from the well as a “signifier of unity” of different people from different backgrounds and class; in this instance you begin to believe it is indeed, a union through death. Indeed, with the squalor conditions of Ripper Street’s Victorian London you would attribute cholera to the deaths and making the usual bustling streets become vacant. Having fought off a sexually depraved killer (I Need Light) and the
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Joe Melia obituary

Outstanding actor of stage and screen who made his name as Bri in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

The British theatre changed for ever when Joe Melia, as the sardonic teacher Bri, pushed a severely disabled 10-year-old girl in a wheelchair on to the stage of the Glasgow Citizens in May 1967 and proceeded to make satirical jokes about the medical profession while his marriage was disintegrating. The play was Peter Nichols's A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, which transformed the way disability was discussed on the stage. It made the names overnight of its author, the director Michael Blakemore, and Melia. Albert Finney took over the role of Bri on Broadway.

Flat-footed, slightly hunched, always leaning towards a point of view, Melia, who has died aged 77, was a distinctive and compassionate actor who brought a strain of the music hall to the stage, a sense of being an outsider.
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Joe Melia obituary

Outstanding actor of stage and screen who made his name as Bri in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

The British theatre changed for ever when Joe Melia, as the sardonic teacher Bri, pushed a severely disabled 10-year-old girl in a wheelchair on to the stage of the Glasgow Citizens in May 1967 and proceeded to make satirical jokes about the medical profession while his marriage was disintegrating. The play was Peter Nichols's A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, which transformed the way disability was discussed on the stage. It made the names overnight of its author, the director Michael Blakemore, and Melia. Albert Finney took over the role of Bri on Broadway.

Flat-footed, slightly hunched, always leaning towards a point of view, Melia, who has died aged 77, was a distinctive and compassionate actor who brought a strain of the music hall to the stage, a sense of being an outsider.
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Dominic West to return for West End run

Dominic West to return for West End run
Dominic West is due to return to the stage in London's West End from June. The actor, known for appearances in HBO's The Wire, 300 and Centurion, will take on the role of Ben Butley in a new production of Simon Gray's award-winning comedy Butley, alongside stage actress Penny Downie and Withnail And I's Paul McGann. Starting its run at the Criterion Theatre from June 1, the play promises a "razor-sharp and (more)
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Free Blu-Rays, DVDs to BBC’s ‘Hamlet’ With David Tennant, Patrick Stewart

Chicago – Following our rave review this week of the new BBC and Royal Shakespeare Company production of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” we have secured for you a rare opportunity to win two Blu-rays and two DVDs for four winners!

This “Hamlet” features “Doctor Who” star David Tennant, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” star Patrick Stewart, Penny Downie, Oliver Ford Davies, Peter De Jersey, Mariah Gale and Edward Bennett. It was written by William Shakespeare and directed by Gregory Doran. The Blu-ray was released on May 4, 2010 from BBC Home Video. The film is not rated.

To win your free “Hamlet” Blu-ray or DVD courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, all you need to do is answer a question in this Web-based submission form. That’s it! Directions to enter this HollywoodChicago.com Hookup and immediately win can be found beneath the graphic below.

David Tennant and Patrick Stewart star in BBC’s “Hamlet
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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Hamlet’ With ‘Doctor Who’ Star David Tennant

Chicago – Having been a theater major who openly knelt at the altar of William Shakespeare for many of my formative stage years and then later became a film critic, I believe the number of versions of “Hamlet” I have seen to number around eight - three times on stage and five on celluloid. And yet I still was blown away by BBC’s production of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre version of the timeless play.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.5/5.0

The first version of “Hamlet” available on Blu-ray (Branagh’s 1996 version will be available in August) also happens to be the best in years. The modernized-but-faithful telling of the Bard’s classic tale of betrayal and revenge was a critical smash when it premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and someone at the BBC was smart enough to suggest that perhaps a filmed record of the show might be in order.

To be fair,
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Review: 'Hamlet' starring David Tennant and Patrick Stewart

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For geeks like us here at ComicMix, a real-life mash-up can be too good to be true. So, the notion of Captain Jean-Luc Picard sharing the same stage as The Doctor is just too good to be true, even if it means watching yet another production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

What many forget, though, is that Stewart is a classically trained actor so this is like mother’s milk to Sir Patrick. Tennant is also an accomplished performer and Shakespeare veteran who most certainly has greater range than what we’ve been familiar with these last five years (I strongly recommend you all go find Einstein and Edington to see what I mean).

When the two genre icons appeared on stage in London, it stirred up quite a buzz. Better yet, it was recorded and broadcast just last week on PBS’ Great Performances.

Recognizing the new era we consume entertainment in,
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He, Claudius

For any actor overlooked and underappreciated in his or her early days, take heart. Patrick Stewart has tales for you. Bypassed by the Royal Shakespeare Company twice while a young actor, he finally won the chance to understudy there and became a core member years later. Through the help of others, through his own perseverance, he became the noted star of today, earning the admiration and respect of actors of all generations. But he started humbly—in life and as an actor. He eventually garnered supporting roles on television, diligently building a résumé of fascinating characters, from the darkly silent Karla in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" through the scheming Sejanus in "I, Claudius." Then came his leading roles, creating Captain Picard on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," headlining his own series "Eleventh Hour," and playing Professor Xavier in the vast "X-Men" franchise. He has meanwhile been a gift to the theater,
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 25 ‘Invictus’ Chicago Passes With Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman

Chicago – In our latest biography/sports edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 25 admit-two passes up for grabs to the advance Chicago screening of “Invictus” from director Clint Eastwood with Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman!

Invictus” also stars Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng, Matt Stern, Julian Lewis Jones, Adjoa Andoh, Marguerite Wheatley, Leleti Khumalo, Patrick Lyster, Penny Downie, Bonnie Henna, Shakes Myeko, Louis Minnaar and Danny Keogh. The film opens on Dec. 11, 2009.

To win your free pass to the advance Chicago screening of “Invictus” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just answer our trivia question below. That’s it! This screening will be held on Monday, Dec. 7, 2009 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. Directions to enter this Hookup and immediately win can be found beneath the graphic below.

Invictus” from director Clint Eastwood stars Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman.

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From director Clint Eastwood,
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Gold Derby nuggets: 'August: Osage County' vies for West End kudos | Dave Karger: 'Amazing achievement' of 'Precious' | 'Avatar' is half billion dollar baby

Gold Derby nuggets: 'August: Osage County' vies for West End kudos | Dave Karger: 'Amazing achievement' of 'Precious' | 'Avatar' is half billion dollar baby
• Tony and Pulitzer prize winner "August: Osage County" landed on Monday's short list for the Evening Standard awards honoring the best of West End theater. Also vying for the top prize of best play are "Enron," "Jerusalem" and "Punk Rock." Deanna Dunagan earned a nod for recreating her Tony-winning performance as a manic matriarch in "August" and competes against three British talents -- Penny Downie ("Helen"), Juliet Stevenson ("Duet for One") and Rachel Weisz ("A Streetcar Named Desire"). Unlike the Oliviers in the spring which are akin to the Tony Awards, these prizes sponsored by London's top-selling local paper focus primarily on plays. The awards -- judged by a panel of theater critics --...
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News: Swapping 10 for 8

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Tenth Doctor David Tennant's celebrated starring role in the RSC's production of Hamlet in 2008 saw the Doctor Who actor playing opposite Penny Downie as Gertrude - opposite Eighth Doctor Paul McGann! Downie is playing the title role in Frank McGuinness' new production of Euripides' Helen, which begins performances at Shakespeare's Globe from August 2nd - and joining her Paul McGann plays Menelaus in the play that rewrites the established legend of Helen of Troy. Seven years have passed...
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Tennant, Jacobi share Shakespeare gong

David Tennant and Derek Jacobi have both won the Critics' Circle Theatre Award 2008 for the best Shakespearean performance. Tennant picked up the prize for his turn in the title role of the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Hamlet, which showed at Stratford-upon-Avon and the Novello in London. Jacobi was recognised for his performance as Malvolio in Twelfth Night, which was staged by Donmar Warehouse at Wyndham's Theatre. Tennant was unable to receive his award in person, but his "stage mum" Penny Downie read his acceptance speech on his behalf at the ceremony at the Prince of Wales Theatre (more)
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