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The Back to the Future legend will be among the stars who will tell naughty tales in the third series of the Dave comedy.
A full list of the show's 12 stars will be announced by Dave in the coming weeks.
Crackanory will air on Dave later this year. Watch a promo for the show below: »
Robert Lindsay is making a comedy comeback in a new show on Gold later this year.
The My Family actor will be joined by Maureen Lipman in Bull, a new three-part sitcom from writers Gareth Gwynn and John-Luke Roberts.
The studio comedy is centred around Rupert Bull (Lindsay), a man who runs a struggling antiques shop alongside his inept staff.
UKTV's Simon Lupton said of the show: "What could possibly go wrong in a quintessentially English antiques shop managed by an energetic eccentric and staffed by a bizarre bunch of characters?
The answer is quite a lot – and that is the premise for this fast-paced, contemporary sitcom, written with verve by a new writing partnership. Robert Lindsay is one of our most versatile and funny actors, »
With E4 sci-fi comedy commissions, Tripped and Aliens, and in-development Channel 4 projects, Space Ark and Graham Linehan/Adam Buxton collaboration The Cloud, in the works, a new crop of sci-fi sitcom could be making its way to UK TV.
Making funny sci-fi on a small-screen budget is tough enough without the additional pressure of having to attract viewers more traditionally down-to-earth in their sitcom tastes. Sci-fi sets and effects can be seen as prohibitively expensive by comedy commissioners (which is perhaps why the best UK sci-fi sitcoms of recent years has been on BBC Radio), and the genre’s niche status doesn’t scream mainstream hit. Over the years, one or two stand-outs have managed to straddle the sci-fi and comedy TV worlds, but plenty more have stumbled in the attempt. »
"Game of Thrones" star Lena Headey and HBO comedy show host John Oliver are set to lend their voices to the upcoming revival of hit 1980s animated series "Danger Mouse" which will premiere on Cbbc in the UK this Fall followed by a U.S. Netflix launch in Spring next year.
The series follows the world's greatest super spy, the eye patched and white Danger Mouse (Alexander Armstrong) and his reluctant civil servant hamster sidekick Penfold (Kevin Eldon) as they take on a host of villains. Headey will provide the voice of Us Secret Agent Jeopardy Mouse, while Oliver is mad scientist wolf Dr Augustus P. Crumhorn III. Stephen Fry also lends his voice as the character of Colonel K.
Lena Headey says: "I wanted to do it [Danger Mouse] because it was pure nostalgia for me. I have children now and it's just a treat to be involved in something that »
- Garth Franklin
If you watched Danger Mouse as a kid in the 80s then your childhood was probably pretty cool. UK national treasure David Jason originally voiced the secret agent mouse during its decade long run from 1981 to 1992. It was announced last year that well known British comedian and television show host Alexander Armstrong would take over from David Jason in the BBC’S upcoming reboot and now we have a couple of other big names joining the ranks.
Deadline is reporting that Lena Headey – better known as Cersei Lannister, the baddest bitch in all of Westeros – will lend her voice to the new show as Us special agent Jeopardy Mouse. The Daily Show‘s John Oliver will also join the cast, voicing the recurring adversary Dr. Augustus P. Crumhorn III.
The news was first announced late Sunday night during a Sdcc panel. Headey explained her decision to join the show:
- Gavin Logan
"The fate of the entire galaxy rests in the hands of our greatest, most beloved, heroes..."
Fresh on the tail of the latest casting news for Cbbc's new Danger Mouse series (Lena Headey and John Oliver are the latest to join up) comes this first-look teaser trailer of the revamped show.
The action starts following a Star Wars episode VII parody ("Penfold, we're home!"), and it's looking good. From what little we see of them, Alexander Armstrong and Kevin Eldon are great choices for the roles of Dm and Penfold, the original theme song is intact, and so, by the looks of this brief teaser, is the sense of humour.
See what you think below:
Danger Mouse comes to Cbbc in the UK and Netflix (where the original series »
The Game of Thrones star and Us talk show host are to voice characters in the revival of the cartoon hit
It’s already signed up Stephen Fry, Alexander Armstrong and Kevin Eldon, and now the revival of Danger Mouse continues to attract A-list British talent: Game of Thrones star Lena Headey and talk show host John Oliver have both been added to the cast.
The announcement was made at a panel at Comic-Con over the weekend, with Headey saying: “I wanted to do it because it was pure nostalgia for me. I have children now and it’s just a treat to be involved in something that you loved as a kid and be able to share it. Those moments as an actor that come along once in while are not to be missed.”
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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
London — Satirical presenter and talk-show host John Oliver (“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”) and “Game of Thrones” actress Lena Headey are set to join the voice-cast of the BBC’s revamped animated series “Danger Mouse.”
Oliver will take the part of mad scientist wolf Dr. Augustus P. Crumhorn III, while Headey will be the voice of U.S. Secret Agent Jeopardy Mouse. “Danger Mouse” will air on the BBC’s kids’ channel Cbbc in the fall.
Oliver said: “I’ve loved ‘Danger Mouse’ my whole life. ‘Danger Mouse’ was a significant part of my childhood. So to get a chance to do it is like getting a chance to step into your childhood, which is both a magical and a potentially hazardous thing.”
Headey said: “I wanted to do it (‘Danger Mouse’) because it was pure nostalgia for me. I have children now, and it’s just a treat »
- Leo Barraclough
Headey will play Us Secret Agent Jeopardy Mouse, while Oliver will play the mad wolf scientist Dr Augustus P Crumhorn III.
Headey said: "I wanted to do it [Danger Mouse] because it was pure nostalgia for me.
"I have children now and it's just a treat to be involved in something that you loved as a kid and be able to share it. Those moments as an actor that come along once in while are not to be missed."
"So to get a chance to do it is like getting »
Not only that, but the actor will also sing about the 16th century king's reign in the style of Elvis Presley for the Cbbc show.
Atkinson is one of several guest stars due to appear in the historical comedy programme's sixth series.
Horrible Histories returns to Cbbc on Monday (May 25) at 7.45am and 5pm. »
To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of Set Fire To The Stars, we’re giving five lucky WhatCulture.com readers the chance to win a copy of the film on DVD.
Set in 1950s New York, the film follows John Malcolm Brinnin (Elijah Wood) an aspiring young American poet who finds his ordered world shaken when he embarks on a week-long retreat to save his hell raising hero, Dylan Thomas, played by Celyn Jones.
The film also features established British acting talent including Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes, Flight), Steven Mackintosh (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Kick Ass 2), Kevin Eldon (Hugo, Hot Fuzz) and Shirley Henderson (Bridget Jones Diary, Trainspotting).
Visually stunning and shot entirely in black and white to an original score by Gruff Rhys, Set Fire To The Stars is about the dirty business of celebrity, and what may have happened in an East Coast boathouse when »
- Simon Gallagher
Everyone loves second-hand bookshops, don’t they? The satisfaction of leafing through some dusty volume of antiquarian musings, the rich scent of aged leather bindings, redolent of the past… Add to all that the opportunity to indulge in some intellectual posing and impress the philosophy student lounging in the corner, and you’ve got yourself a full Saturday afternoon’s entertainment.
That is, of course, unless you happen to find yourself in one particular Bloomsbury establishment, presided over by a certain Bernard Black. Make no mistake: our Bernard (Dylan Moran) may have an aesthete’s tousled pallor, but there’s nothing remotely poetic about his attitude to running a shop. Only dimly familiar with the concept of customer service, he rules his domain with a rod of iron. »
The Blackadder star will feature in the upcoming sixth series of the BBC's historical comedy children's show, playing Henry VIII.
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