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Kelsey Grammer, Hannah Waddingham & More to Record Songs From The Grinning Man

Hot on the heels of last week's celebrity recordings announcement, more stars have jumped on board to perform their own versions of songs from the West End's newest British musical, The Grinning Man. Matt Lucas, Kelsey Grammer and Hannah Waddingham have now joined Harry Enfield, Alexander Armstrong and Louise Dearman in a star-studded line-up of celebrities releasing unique versions of their favourite tracks from The Grinning Man.
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Adrian Edmondson webchat – your questions answered on Rik Mayall, hate mail and what's in a Peperami

The former Young One revealed who he’d like to thwack with a frying pan, his guitar battles with heavy metal legends and what he makes of today’s sitcoms

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Thank you to everyone who took part.

Right, I'm off to hide in your hard drive and have a bloody good look at your internet history!

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usefulmirage asks:

Will your Malvolio be sympathetic or pompous?

I keep changing him. He's not a very nice man really is he? But he is badly abused. Should you abuse nasty people? I'm playing him as the kind of puritanical bastard he is. Although one line I'm trying to inject is that he is genuinely in love with Olivia and has been all his life really because she's about half his age. I think he's been holding a candle for her for ever. So like most mean-spirited people he's to be pitied.
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Win The Windsors series 1 & 2 on DVD

Outrageous satirical comedy The Windsors starring Harry Enfield arrives on DVD from 28th August. Series 1 and 2 are packaged in a two-disc set along with the Christmas special and to celebrate we have 2 copies to giveaway!

It’s the royal family as you’ve never seen them before featuring an all-star comedy cast including Enfield as Prince Charles, Haydn Gwynne as Camilla, Morgana Robinson as Pippa, Hugh Skinner as William, Louise Ford as Kate and Richard Goulding as Harry, with Katy Wix as Fergie.

The Windsors are divided: Prince Charles wants his son Will to show a more regal detachment but Wills wants to fly the air ambulance and mingle with the people. Kate is trying to find acceptance in the royal family, and Camilla alarmed at Wills and Kate’s popularity, is plotting to destroy them. Meanwhile, Harry is chasing Pippa Middleton’s famous arse, Prince Edward’s fallen on hard times,
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Wednesday’s best TV: Hyper Evolution – Rise of the Robots; Fargo

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A look into artificial intelligence around the world. Plus: the superb season finale of an immensely satisfying show

No royal goes unmocked as the family plan a gathering at Balmoral. Camilla (Haydn Gwynne) wants revenge on Theresa May, and Charles (Harry Enfield, giving it the bumbling brilliance) makes waves in Scotland when it’s revealed he’s wearing “nae skiddies” beneath his kilt. Prince Harry’s relationship with Meghan Markle reaches new heights when the actor gets a part in Hollyoaks, but Pippa plans to scupper their love. Gloriously silly stuff. Hannah Verdier

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Wednesday’s best TV: The Windsors; Fargo; Sarah Payne – A Mother’s Story

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Vicki Pepperdine and Harry Enfield stand out in royal roles, and the Coen brothers go supernatural. Plus: a mother on the kidnap and murder of her eight-year-old

New series, in which present-day confectioners (among them, wedding cake designers and chocolatiers) explore Britain’s relationship with sugar and experience life as sweet-makers in epochs past. Tonight they’re at Derbyshire’s Haddon Hall, using period equipment to prepare such original Tudor delicacies as sugar goblets, candied roses and medlars (Aka the “open arse fruit”). A deliciously bawdy hour all round. Ali Catterall

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Wednesday’s best TV: Thronecast – War Room; Joanna Lumley’s India

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Sue Perkins convenes a meeting of Game of Thrones celebrity superfans to air their views on season seven, while the Ab Fab actress revisits Mumbai. Plus, more from Harry Enfield-led royal satire The Windsors

Channel 4’s answer to Waterloo Road – about an academy in West Yorkshire – reaches its season finale. Clearly there has been common ground with the BBC1 show, but the original setting (cows grazing on council estate verges etc) and strong characters – Jordan is a less cool, more downtrodden and believable version of Grange Hill’s Tucker Jenkins – make it a cut above. Tonight, the plot’s chickens come home to roost at an open day for parents of prospective pupils. John Robinson

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Doctor Who series 10: Mark Gatiss interview

Louisa Mellor Jun 6, 2017

A few weeks ago, we chatted to Mark Gatiss about his Doctor Who series 10 episode, The Empress Of Mars…

This Saturday evening, Mark Gatiss will take us on a trip to Mars. 1881 Mars, to be precise, where the Doctor and Bill find themselves mystified by the presence of a group of Victorian colonists. Gatiss’ ninth Doctor Who episode is space historical The Empress Of Mars, which features the return of some familiar foes.

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A few weeks ago, we chatted to Gatiss about the episode, whether it will be his last for Doctor Who, series ten’s satirical side, and his take on the Steven Moffat era…

As a writer, you’re big on research, particularly for your Who historicals - you read up a lot on
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Full list of winners from BAFTA’s 2017 British Academy Television Awards

The Crown may have led the nominations going in to BAFTA’s 2017 British Academy Television Awards, but the Netflix series ended the night empty handed, losing out on Best Drama Series to Happy Valley, which also saw Sarah Lancashire named Best Leading Actress.

Damilola, Our Loved Boy also picked up two awards in Best Single Drama and Best Supporting Actress (Wunmi Mosaku), while Adeel Akhtar (Murdered by My Father) and Tom Hollander (The Night Manager) were named Best Leading Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively.

Check out a full list of winners here…

Leading actor

Adeel AkhtarMurdered By My Father (BBC3)

Babou Ceesay – Damilola, Our Loved Boy (BBC1)

Benedict CumberbatchThe Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses (BBC2)

Robbie ColtraneNational Treasure (Channel 4)

Leading actress

Claire FoyThe Crown (Netflix)

Jodie ComerThirteen (BBC3)

Nikki Amuka-BirdNw (BBC1)

Sarah LancashireHappy Valley (BBC1)

Supporting actor

Daniel Mays
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‘The Crown’ Loses Out at BAFTA TV Awards; ‘Happy Valley’ Scores

‘The Crown’ Loses Out at BAFTA TV Awards; ‘Happy Valley’ Scores
Netflix’s “The Crown” lost out in all the categories it was nominated in at BAFTA’s British Academy Television Awards, which were handed out Sunday night. The Netflix show had gone into the night a favorite after scoring five nominations in four categories, the most nominations of any show this year.

The Crown” lost out to BBC crime drama “Happy Valley” in best drama category, while Claire Foy was beaten by “Happy Valley” star Sarah Lancashire in the leading actress category. John Lithgow, Jared Harris and Vanessa Kirby all lost out in supporting categories.

Foy came away empty-handed for a second consecutive year in the leading actress category, having been nominated last year for “Wolf Hall” but losing to “Doctor Foster’s” Suranne Jones. In her acceptance speech, Lancashire acknowledged Foy, a Golden Globe winner for her role as a young Queen Elizabeth II, saying: “Claire Foy, you’ve given me my best 10 hours under a
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Alan B’Stard: 'When Rik Mayall died, we thought the idea died with him'

The creators of The New Statesman on how B’Stard was a Tory ‘hero’ and why they’re bringing back the show for the satire-starved post-truth era

Satire can sometimes end up strengthening the people it’s supposed to be smashing. Sarah Palin only took on her full iconic form under Tina Fey’s truthy parody. Tory MP Norman Tebbit drew glamour from his truncheon-wielding bovver-boy Spitting Image caricature. Harry Enfield’s Loadsamoney quickly became a Sun-endorsed fanfare for the common man rather than a biting grotesque. To which list you could easily add Rik Mayall as Sir Alan Beresford B’Stard MP.

From 1987 to 1992, ITV’s unhinged sitcom The New Statesman centred on the scheming of B’Stard, a Conservative MP who revelled in every “greed is good” and “Tory sleaze” cliche of the time. The tale of a shameless, shagaholic money-grubber, the show began with B’Stard nobbling
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The Crown leads BAFTA nominations for the 2017 British Academy Television Awards

BAFTA has today announced the nominations for the 2017 British Academy Film Awards, with Netflix’s original drama The Crown leading the pack with five nods in total for Best Drama Series, Leading Actress (Claire Foy), Supporting Actress (Vanessa Kirby) and Supporting Actor (Jared Harris and John Lithgow). There are also multiple nominations for Damilola, Our Loved Boy, Fleabag, Happy Valley and Murdered By My Father. Check out a full list of the nominations here…

Leading actor

Adeel AkhtarMurdered By My Father (BBC3)

Babou Ceesay – Damilola, Our Loved Boy (BBC1)

Benedict CumberbatchThe Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses (BBC2)

Robbie ColtraneNational Treasure (Channel 4)

Leading actress

Claire FoyThe Crown (Netflix)

Jodie ComerThirteen (BBC3)

Nikki Amuka-BirdNw (BBC1)

Sarah LancashireHappy Valley (BBC1)

Supporting actor

Daniel MaysLine of Duty (BBC2)

Jared HarrisThe Crown (Netflix)

John LithgowThe Crown (Netflix)

Tom HollanderThe Night Manager
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Movie Review – Get Out (2017)

Get Out, 2017.

Directed by Jordan Peele.

Starring Daniel Kaluyya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, LilRel Howery, Betty Gabriel, and Caleb Landry Jones.

Synopsis:

When a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Sicario) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams, Girls), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Catherine Keener, Captain Phillips) and Dean (Bradley Whitford, The Cabin in the Woods).At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

Forget ghosts, vampires, zombies or other supernatural shenanigans. The terror presented in Jordan Peele’s terrific
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Emma Thompson joining the cast of Upstart Crow

Louisa Mellor Jan 27, 2017

The glorious Emma Thompson will appear in series two of Ben Elton's Shakespeare sitcom, Upstart Crow...

Ben Elton's BBC Two Shakespeare sitcom starring David Mitchell has scored an enviable guest star for its 2017 Christmas special. Emma Thompson will join the ranks of Dame Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett and Miranda Richardson when she plays Queen Elizabeth I in the festive episode.

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The Mighty Boosh's Noel Fielding will also appear in the second series alongside regulars Mitchell, Liza Tarbuck, Harry Enfield, Gemma Whelan and Helen Monks, playing English composer Thomas Morley.

Here's the official synopsis for the currently filming second series, which continues to follow William Shakespeare's journey to establishment acceptance in London and Stratford-upon-Avon, and is due to air later this year.
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Skins: revisiting E4’s teen anthology 10 years on

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.

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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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Logan will never get an Oscar nomination, because comic book movies will never get Oscar nominations

Luke Owen on Logan’s “Oscar chances”…

Amidst all the news and rumours of a possible Deadpool cameo in Logan [see here, here and here], Ryan Reynolds announced that he had seen some of the film and praised what he saw. “Logan looks like a movie that might break that [Oscars] glass ceiling,” he told Variety. “I know first-hand that it’s amazing. I’ve seen some of it. It’s mind-blowing. It relies a lot on character.” It’s an interesting comment as it raises the discussion as to whether a comic book movie or tentpole picture could worm its way into the ‘illustrious’ Best Picture category at the Academy Awards. Perhaps even a Best Actor nod for Hugh Jackman, who has dedicated the last seventeen years of his career to this one role that is very special to him.

But let’s be honest, Logan – or any other comic book movie for that matter
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Giveaway – Win props from Swallows and Amazons, a signed poster and Blu-rays

To celebrate the release of Swallows and Amazons on both Blu-ray and DVD we have some fantastic prizes to give away courtesy of Studiocanal which include props from the film, Blu-rays and a signed poster.

Adapted from the classic children’s tale by Arthur Ransome, Swallows and Amazons tells the story of the Walker children, along with their mother (Kelly MacdonaldBrave, Anna Karenina), who embark on a summer trip to the beautiful Lake District. Desperate to escape the tedium of the holiday they sail out on their own for the first time aboard the marvellous Swallow. On their explorations they land ashore a seemingly deserted island and claim it as their own. However they soon realise that they are not alone, with two other children who captain their own vessel; Amazon, claiming the island to be theirs, leading to a battle of wits to determine who will triumph and
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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: spoiler-free season 1 review

Patrick Sproull Dec 15, 2016

Forget that it's an adaptation and this new, overstuffed Dirk Gently series is actually an agreeably daft watch...

Despite the perpetually stuck sofas and the alien ghosts and time travelling, Douglas Adams’ delightfully nutty book Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency somehow completely hangs together. For all its weird digressions and laundry list of characters it was clear there was a method to the madness, and with Adams we were always in safe hands. There was never the sense that either Dirk Gently or the follow-up, The Long Dark Tea-Time Of The Soul was too scattershot and ultimately, Adams more or less pulled his various narrative strands together. Could the latest attempt to adapt the story for TV pull off the same thing?

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Walliams & Friend review – ooh matron, it's Sheridan Smith's turn

With a skit called Carry On Up the Sexual Harassment Tribunal, this was a very, very silly sketch show. But the weirder things got, the funnier it all was

With Alan Carr’s Happy Hour acting as a less obnoxious version of Tfi Friday over on Channel 4, there’s a retro feeling to Friday night television, and David Walliams’ primetime sketch show Walliams & Friend (BBC1) is chipping in with 70s-style ribaldry. In place of Matt Lucas, the comedy partner with whom Walliams became a household name and catchphrase merchant in Little Britain, is a rotation of guests who each take on an episode’s worth of co-starring. After Jack Whitehall and Harry Enfield, it’s Sheridan Smith’s turn, and there’s a Variety performance showmanship to her that complements Walliams’ “ooh matron” leanings nicely.

Related: Why is almost nobody making TV sketch comedy any more?

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Friday’s best TV: The Story of UB40; Walliams & Friend

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The 1970s reggae-pop darlings rake over the ashes of their career; and Harry Enfield, perhaps inevitably, steals the show from David Walliams

Formed in 1978, UB40’s early, impassioned pop-reggae tracts lambasted global injustice and saw them rocket to fame. They set up their own studio and split royalties evenly; but despite worldwide success, they found themselves bankrupt, with millions unaccounted for. Ali Campbell left the group with two others and a bitter court battle for rights to their name is ongoing. Both sides put their case in this sad yet gripping documentary. David Stubbs

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Joke's over: how the TV panel show fell from grace

Its edgy back-and-forth once dominated our screens, but now the format is suffering a severe ratings dip. Why has this comedy staple lost its lustre?

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The panel show’s death knell may well have been sounded by Harry Enfield. A man with an unwavering knack for zeroing in on the zeitgeist, in his and Paul Whitehouse’s 2014 tribute to BBC2, the Story Of The Twos, the pair mashed up every hackneyed panel show ingredient – from a gurning, pen-tapping Ian Hislop to the Buzzcocks item where abuse is hurled at a lineup of extras – into a Frankenstein’s monster of a programme that oscillated between soullessly automated performance and crowd-pleasing inanity. The echoing refrain was Paul Merton’s smug non sequitur of a punchline. “Is it a dolphin in a bathtub?” he mooted repeatedly,
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