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TV: Line Of Duty
Unbelievable as it might seem, there was a time when doubts were expressed over whether a second series of Line Of Duty could work without the brooding presence of Lennie James. Then Keeley Hawes (pictured, right) rocked up as conflicted Di Lindsay Denton. Clive James thinks Hawes will win "every award going" for her performance, while the Guide's Paul MacInnes reckons Denton "might be the best character to emerge from a British drama in years". Sure, sure, but is she guilty? Find out by catching the second series in full on the iPlayer, where it will remain until Wednesday.
As the first series of Andrew Haigh's critically lauded gay drama comes to an end you really should take the chance to get up to date with what Patrick, »
- Gwilym Mumford, Lanre Bakare
If you have been watching this weekly half hour of droll polemic (now in its third glorious series), you're either a dedicated fan of the standup comedian Stewart Lee or you hate his smug, sing-song delivery and smirking repetition and you just enjoy being angry. There seldom seems to be a middle ground where Lee's concerned.
Like the first two series of Comedy Vehicle, this one takes segments of low-lit standup in front of a club audience and punctuates them with often avant garde VTs exploring an idea that comes from his monologue. In the first series, and to a lesser extent the second, this used to take the form of elaborate sketches featuring usual collaborators such as Kevin Eldon and Simon Munnery. »
- Julia Raeside
Harry & Paul's Story of the Twos will see the comic duo mocking classic BBC Two stars to mark the channel's 50th anniversary.
The hour-long programme's title is a nod to Simon Schama's History of the Jews, while Enfield will narrate the show as Schama.
Among the 'programmes' featured on the show include Men Behaving Likely Ladly, The Old Grey Wrinkled Testicle and Grumpy Old Hasbeens.
Characters including Gerald Manley Paxman, John Cleese-Shop-Sketch, Mark Egghead, Germaine Dreary and Russell Somebody will also appear.
Sky Arts HD is getting ready for its annual Playhouse Presents series which returns to the channel this May. The showcase is devoted to one-off comedies and dramas with talent lined up this year to include Matthew Perry, Billie Piper, Ben Wishaw, Mark Strong, Jo Brand, Simon Callow, Cara Delevingne, Lindsay Duncan, Kevin Eldon, Jane Horrocks, Daniel Mays, Sylvia Syms, Ashley Walters, Jason Watkins and Richard Wilson. Previous editions have had such names as Jon Hamm, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Thompson, Idris Elba and David Tennant. This year also involves the writing talents of Oscar-winner Peter Straughan, among others. Perry, who’s prepping his Odd Couple pilot at CBS, will make his UK TV comedy debut with The Dog Thrower, the story of a man who finds fame, then infamy, when he starts throwing his dog. It’s produced by Runaway Fridge. Among the other offerings, Piper and Whishaw will star in Foxtrot from Sprout Pictures, »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Always a pleasure to see gracing the silver screen, the brilliant and hilarious Nick Frost steps away from pals Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright to dance his way into director James Griffiths’ Latin-fused musical comedy Cuban Fury. The British funny man, best known for his roles in the ace Cornetto trilogy, stars as the under-confident and overweight Bruce Garrett and whose love for hot-stepping salsa dancing now lays dormant. However, when he learns his beautiful new boss (played by Rashida Jones) shares the same passion, he finds that romantic spark reignited… if he can beat off competition from work colleague Chris O’Dowd.
Cuban Fury dances into UK cinemas from the 14th February. Check out this latest clip, featurettes and poster for the film co-starring Olivia Colman, Ian McShane, Alexandra Roach, Rory Kinnear, Steve Oram, Kevin Eldon and Kayvan Novak.
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- Craig Hunter
This new clip let’s us join Frost’s Bruce as he’s back on the floor and not exactly keeping up with the pace. We’ve got a really insightful featurette with all the stars, which makes me want to see it even more! Cuban Fury also stars one hell of a fiery cast including Rashida Jones, Ian McShane, Chris O’Dowd, Olivia Colman, Alexandra Roach, Rory Kinnear, Steve Oram, Kevin Eldon and Kayvan Novak. It’s set for UK cinemas on Valentines Day but is still awaiting a Us release date at the moment!
Watch them below and remember #RealMenDance:
Cuban Fury opens in the UK on February 14th!
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- Dan Bullock
Despite sounding like the sub-title to a sequel of Brian DePalma’s gangster classic Carlito’S Way, Nick Frost’s latest film, Cuban Fury, is in fact an outrageous romantic comedy co-starring Irish funny man Chris O’Dowd. The comedic geniuses are set to fight for the affections of their new boss – played by Rashida Jones – with Frost’s overweight office worker Bruce finding his early teen latin fire reignited when learning she loves to salsa dance!
1987: Poised to sweep the floor at the UK Junior Salsa Championships, 13-year-old Bruce Garrett has fire in his heels and the world at his feet… Until a freakish bullying incident robs him of his confidence and his life is diverted down a very different path. So it is that 22 years later, having locked away his boyhood dreams, Bruce finds himself out-of-shape, »
- Craig Hunter
7 items from 2014
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