Maxine Peake dominates the screen as producer and star of this painful, angry film written by Tony Pitts and directed by Adrian Shergold, about a fictional female club comedian fighting her way to the top, or at least the middle, in 1970s Britain.
Maybe without Peake this would have looked merely strident or chaotic; and to be frank, even with Peake, it does flirt with some age-old cliches. Comedians are traditionally given centre stage in a drama on condition that they reveal themselves to be unhappy or empty inside. But Peake gives it a fierce, blazing energy and holds everything together through the magnetic force of her performance. Jim Moir, John Bishop, Kevin Eldon and Diane Morgan provide cameos (perhaps to underline the project’s comedy credentials) and the excellent
If your memory of past Thrones seasons is fuzzier than you’d like, here’s a refresher on key background relevant to this week’s ep…
Warning: contains spoilers for Game Of Thrones 7.5 Eastwatch.
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As it builds towards its endgame, Game Of Thrones is now mining almost seven seasons of eventful intrigue, conspiracy and action. Plot-points disregarded for years are poping up and long-absent characters are returning to the fold. If your recall of what’s happened in seasons past isn’t as sharp as it could be, we’re here to help.
From Gendry, to Sansa’s season one letter to Robb, from Gilly’s unwitting discovery to the mystery reappearance of (hooray!
Filming is well underway on the fourth series of the brilliant Inside No. 9. Here's who to expect among the guest cast...
Series one and two of Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith's consistently inventive, continually surprising anthology strand Inside No. 9 have recently landed on Netflix UK, which will hopefully bring it to the attention of those who didn't catch it on the first run. If you're among them, then run, don't walk, etc. It's simply one of the best shows around.
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And thrillingly, more of it is incoming. Hot on the heels of the recently aired third series, filming is already well underway on a fourth, to comprise six new standalone stories.
As soon as there's a sniff of an official broadcast date,
Directed by Mark Murphy
Starring James Buckley, MyAnna Buring, Kevin Eldon, Paul Kaye and James Mullinger.
James Mullinger, entertainment journalist by day, failing stand-up comedian by night, embarks on a journey of self-discovery to figure out if he should be making people laugh after all…
Not many people believe me when I tell them I lived with two stand-up comedians for almost a year. In fact, Australian comic Brendon Burns, who appears as himself in The Comedian’s Guide to Survival, once did a packed out gig in my kitchen in the suburbs of Wolverhampton. True story. The life of a comedian, I can confirm by proxy, is a strange one, and many of the experiences James Buckley’s protagonist James Mullinger goes through in this semi autobiographical film by Mark Murphy (based on his and Mullinger’s book), I recognise from my
To mark National Poetry Day in the UK, we celebrate a dozen of TV’s best worst fictional poets…
The best words in their best order. That’s how Samuel Taylor Coleridge summed up the task of a poet.
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12. Charlie and Dee – It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
Makeup... smearin'/No power steerin'/He be talkin'/but we don't be hearin'/Speaks like Zeus/Smells like poops/Rage all over from his head down to his shoes.
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s alliances between Dee and Charlie are always excellent value. She’s ridiculous,
Neverwhere prequel How The Marquis Got His Coat Back and Stardust are the next Neil Gaiman dramas coming to BBC Radio 4...
That BBC Radio 4 is following up its successful 2013 Neverwhere adaptation with a one-off audio dramatisation of a Neverwhere prequel short story has been something of an open secret* these past months.
How The Marquis Got His Coat Back produced and directed by Dirk Maggs and Heather Larmour, featuring voice performances from Adrian Lester, Paterson Joseph, Don Warrington, Bernard Cribbins and more, will be broadcast in November.
BBC Radio 4 evidently hasn't finished raiding Gaiman's archives either. A two-part dramatisation of his 1999 novel Stardust, which was made into a 2007 film directed by Matthew Vaughan, will come to the airwaves this Christmas.
Matthew Beard and Sophie Rundle will be playing leads Tristan and Yvaine in the fantasy romance, which is recording this week in London. Joining them are Charlotte Riley,
The first episode of Red Dwarf XI is an ideal series opener in which everyone gets a moment in the spotlight...
This review contains spoilers.
The history of Red Dwarf is a series of jarring transitions, with the series evolving over the years to fit in with its surroundings (and, of course, its budget). The sprawling sci-fi of Red Dwarf V was different to the claustrophobia of Red Dwarf VI and VII, which underwent a massive transformation into the populated world and broader humour of Red Dwarf VIII, at which point the show went off air until the super low-budget real-world antics of Back to Earth… You get the idea.
The shift from Red Dwarf X to Red Dwarf XI echoes the biggest (and still the most divisive) of these regenerations - that of Red Dwarf II to Red Dwarf III. When Red Dwarf X
The road between Westeros and Channel 4’s Horseferry Road headquarters is a well-travelled one. Sean Bean will play a thinly-veiled version of his Game of Thrones role, Ned Stark, in E4’s bong shop comedy, Wasted, while Kevin Eldon, who played a comedy Ned in the HBO series’ play within a TV show, will co-star in Jo Brand’s Channel 4 social worker sitcom, Damned. Coming soon: Jaime and Cersei Lannister on the Gogglebox sofa.
For Bean it is a rare venture into a comic role. For Channel 4, says its head of comedy Phil Clarke, it is quite a coup. “Sean Bean, in his Ned Stark, Game of Thrones persona, is the spirit guide to one of the characters and appears whenever he passes out,” says Clarke. “Sean was brilliant by all accounts,
Cbbc has ordered another pile of Danger Mouse episodes, with Alexander Armstrong and Kevin Eldon set to return...
Cbbc’s Danger Mouse revamp has been renewed for a second series. You’d expect the show’s impressive voice cast – including Alexander Armstrong, Kevin Eldon, Dave Lamb, Stephen Fry and Lena Headey – to assemble once again.
Alexander Armstrong is definitely coming back, and he had this to say about the renewal:
“I have had enormous fun playing Danger Mouse, whose style, bravery and wit I greatly admire. I am almost unbearably excited about what new magnificent missions and terrifying situations the writing team will come up with for Danger Mouse and Penfold in series two!”
Penfold himself, Mr Kevin Eldon, added this:
“It’s a funny old world. You get no series of Danger Mouse for 23 years and then two come along at once. All right, there’s been 18 months between them,
Directed by Jack Bender
Written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
If there’s one thing I love in any fiction, it’s time travel. If there’s one thing I love even more, it’s when time travel is used to deliver a payoff you’ve spent years waiting for, and boy does Game of Thrones deliver on that front in this episode. It’s actually a payoff you never probably imagined might exist until this season, when David Benioff & D.B. Weiss threw the open question out there from Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) – how did Hodor (Kristian Nairn) become Hodor exactly? The answer has always been assumed to simply be learning difficulties, but the truth is as surprising as it is devastating – as theorised in my article wondering about Bran’s exploits through history, it was Bran who made Hodor into Hodor, thanks to some much needed
We delve in to the mysteries revealed in the latest Game Of Thrones episode: The Door. Major spoilers ahead...
Warning: contains spoilers for Game Of Thrones season 6 episode 5 episode, The Door.
I never thought that having read A Song Of Ice And Fire affected my enjoyment of watching Game Of Thrones. Why should it? There was still miles of spectacle, diverting dialogue and violence to enjoy. Seeing how events were rendered was almost as good as finding out how they unfurled in the first place. Surprise, I reasoned, wasn’t everything.
More fool me. Watching Game Of Thrones without having a rough idea of where the big surprises are coming from is a much better time. There’s no more of the ongoing internal stock-take comparison of what’s stayed true to the source material and what’s changed, no more thinking ‘he’s seconds from getting
With a month to go before the premiere, AMC's TV series adaptation of the acclaimed "Preacher" comics has released multiple photos and launched a new promo counting down to the start of what will hopefully be an acclaimed run. Ruth Negga can be seen in the clip in her role as ex-girlfriend Tulip O'Hare, one of three major roles which also include Dominic Cooper as the preacher himself Jesse Custer, and Joe Gilgun as his hard-drinking Irish vampire buddy Cassidy.
"Happy Endings" creator David Caspe, "Horrible Bosses" director Seth Gordon, Black List writer Jordan Cahan and "Life In Pieces" executive producer Aaron Kaplan are all teaming for the half-hour buddy action comedy series "Manhunt" at Showtime. Specifics of the plot are under wraps. Caspe and Cahan penned the project, Gordon will direct while all four will executive produce. [Source: Deadline]
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If you got a dozen top lads from Matlock and I rounded up a dozen “faces” from Darley Dale, who’d win the resultant “off”?
I guess it would have to take place on Bakewell Road, halfway between Darley Dale and Matlock. And I'm going to say Matlock would win, because it's the best place in the universe.
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Brian Blessed and Richard Ayoade join the cast of Danger Mouse for its new Christmas Special, a festive classic in the making...
When we reviewed the pilot for the revived Danger Mouse back in September, it seemed like a promising start to the new series, albeit not one without issues: it was a bit too self-aware and the voices would take some getting used to. Fifteen episodes later, the team are unleashing Danger Mouse’s first-ever Christmas special upon the world, and we’re pleased to report that it’s set to go down in the grand pantheon of TV Christmas specials as a classic.
Running at twice the length of a regular episode, The Snowman Cometh features guest star Richard Ayoade as the titular Snowman, one of Danger Mouse’s least fearsome nemeses, whose initial attack on London is met with derision from rodent superspies and members of the public alike.
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