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EastEnders on Tuesday night was really about rising tension between Walford regular Denise and teen troublemaker Keegan. It started with some desecrated daffodils and ended with an old-fashioned clip around the ear. But it was a short scene in between that turned heads. In it, Danny Dyer’s landlord Mick Carter is cleaning graffiti from the Queen Vic’s doors, where a sign advertises a Polish night. “Poles Go Home,” the words read. “It’s like the end of the world round here at the moment,” says Donna, a market trader. “Or it’s the Britain we live in now,” adds Konrad, a Polish shopkeeper who had helped plan the event.
It was the latest attempt to represent the national debate about Brexit in soap opera. »
- Simon Usborne
Ladbrokes has updated its odds with regards Peter Capaldi’s replacement in Doctor Who. According to the bookmaker, the new favourite is Doctor Strange star Tilda Swinton, which would put her in the history books as the first ever female Doctor.
Keep in mind that these are just betting odds founded on a great degree of research, taking into account statements from actors, historical trends, and the push to finally give audiences a female Doctor (Ladbrokes are offering just 5/4 that a female actress will be cast).
Who would you like to see as the Thirteenth Doctor? Let us know in the comments below… »
- Robert Kojder
Even in its 13th series, the revelations on Wdytya? remain as varied, heartbreaking and unpredictable as ever. Tonight, actor Warwick Davis delves into his family’s past, discovering a link to a fellow performer that proves unexpectedly problematic. Was one of his forebears a bigamist? And what was the reason for his great-grandfather’s untimely death? A gentler journey than that of, say, Danny Dyer, but an engaging one nonetheless. Hannah J Davies
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- Hannah J Davies, Ben Arnold, Graeme Virtue, Jonathan Wright, Jack Seale, Mark Gibbings-Jones, David Stubbs and Paul Howlett
Andrew Blair Feb 15, 2017
Readers of this site may have read last week's news that there's to be a new Star Wars spoof. This film comes from the team who brought us Date Movie, Epic Movie, and apparently something called The Starving Games which blissfully passed me by. Jason Friedberg and Aaron Selzer make relatively cheap movies that, despite critical maulings, tend to make money at the box office. When I worked at a cinema, an eleven year old boy went to see Meet The Spartans three times, proclaiming it the best film he had ever seen.
Rounding up this weekend’s big news stories…
War Is Coming
With production now in full swing, Marvel decided to kick off the promotion for its hugely-anticipated superhero epic Avengers: Infinity War, releasing a first-look behind-the-scenes featurette from the first day of filming, complete with concept artwork, and on-set comments from Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Tom Holland (Spider-Man) and Chris Pratt (Star-Lord). You can watch the featurette here, and check out Samuel Brace’s ‘Trying to Remember the Virtues of the Marvel Cinematic Universe‘ and Anghus Houvouras’ ‘Why Thanos Will Make or Break Avengers: Infinity War‘.
Well, in the director’s chair, at least. Yes, just a couple of weeks after Ben Affleck decided to vacate the director’s chair on The Batman, Warner Bros. has enlisted Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War of the Planet of the Apes helmer Matt Reeves to »
- Gary Collinson
With Peter Capaldi announcing that he’s calling time on his role as The Doctor, the bookmakers wasted little time in drawing up a shortlist for his potential successor on the long-running BBC sci-fi Doctor Who.
“I think I could do it easy,” Dyer told The Daily Star. I’d keep my accent too.”
See Also: The Outsider’s Opinion: Who Can Play the New Doctor Who?
- Gary Collinson
Before I start this column, let me just tell you about a crazy dream I had the other night. Only joking … I know that nobody wants to hear about someone else’s dream. I’m fully versed in the words of 1980s poet and philosopher Pauline Mole, who said: “There’s only one thing more boring than listening to other people’s dreams, and that’s listening to their problems.” But without wanting to cast doubt on Pauline’s sagacity, she undoubtedly neglected to mention that there is another thing even more boring than other people’s dreams. And that’s listening to other people’s baby stories.
I know this because I watched some episodes of Parenting For Idiots (Thursdays, 10pm, Channel 4 »
- Tim Jonze
Caroline Preece Jan 25, 2017
Skins debuted on E4 10 years ago. We revisit a bold and unique adolescent drama that kick-started countless careers...
It’s been a decade since Skins, E4’s controversial teen drama, premiered. At the time, it was a source of anxiety for parents about what teenagers were getting up to when they weren’t looking, but for television executives it was pure gold. It achieved that rare feat - it got young people to watch and talk about it - and, after seven years of drinking, drugs and general debauchery, it bowed out in 2013.
Now it’s simply another teen drama of the past, perhaps remembered by most for the real-world ‘Skins Parties’ it inspired rather than the steps it took or the ground it broke. Whether it was casting complete unknowns, »
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