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Miles Jupp webchat – your questions answered on comedy, class and Balamory

The comedian, actor and News Quiz host discussed bias at the BBC, his well-loved children’s television show, and the geography of Mozambique

2.19pm BST

Thanks very much for your questions. I think it's good that people throw in the odd snarky one - it makes it a bit more like real conversation! I'm sorry that I'm not Doctor Who or someone, but you know, there we are. Back to work everybody!

2.16pm BST

Gretsch83 asks:

You’re a fellow Edinburgh University alumnus of Gordon Brown, Pippa Middleton and Julius Nyerere. Out of these three, who would you say you are most similar to and why?

I've always thought of myself of a cross between Gordon Brown and Pippa Middleton, for reasons that are, I hope, extremely obvious.

2.14pm BST

ID6440291 asks:

What was the programme you were recording near Teddington Lock about three years ago? Did it ever see the light of day?
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Trailer for British crime thriller North v South

Last week we brought you an exclusive clip from Steven Nesbit’s hard-hitting British thriller North v South [watch it here], and now ahead of its release later this month we have the official trailer; check it out here…

The rival criminal underworlds from the North and South of the UK have a long history of hostility but an unspoken, grudging understanding keeps them from all out gang-warfare. It s a fine line that must never be crossed, and if it is, all hell will break loose.

North v South is on general release from October 16th, with a cast that includes Brad Moore, Bernard Hill, Steven Berkoff, Freema Agyeman, Elliott Tittensor, Charlotte Hope, Keith Allen, Geoff Bell, Steve Evets and Greta Scacchi.
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Exclusive clip from hard-hitting British thriller North v South

To celebrate the upcoming release of Steven Nesbit’s hard-hitting British thriller North v South – which had its World Premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival and is set for general release later this month – we’ve got an exclusive clip from the film, which you can watch below…

The rival criminal underworlds from the North and South of the UK have a long history of hostility but an unspoken, grudging understanding keeps them from all out gang-warfare. It s a fine line that must never be crossed, and if it is, all hell will break loose.

North v South is on general release from October 16th, with a cast that includes Brad Moore, Bernard Hill, Steven Berkoff, Freema Agyeman, Elliott Tittensor, Charlotte Hope, Keith Allen, Geoff Bell, Steve Evets and Greta Scacchi.
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

Hot projects on Screenbase

New films on Screenbase this week include thriller Long Time Coming and a new adaptation of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood.

UK thriller Long Time Coming – North vs South recently, from writer-director Steven Nesbit and producers Benjamin Foottit and Mark Foligno, recently wrapped shooting.

Cast on the feature includes Bernard Hill, Steven Berkoff, Greta Scacchi, Keith Allen, Steve Evets, Elliot Tittensor, Charlotte Hope, Geoff Bell, Oliver Cotton, Brad Moore, Freema Agyeman and Sydney Wade.

The film focusses on the battle between a group of brutal northern hard men and their southern criminal enemies, during which two star-crossed young lovers from the rival families carry out an illicit affair.

Dylan Thomas adaptation

Principal photography on an adaptation of Under Milk Wood, starring Rhys Ifans, has begun in Wales.

Based on Dylan Thomas’s classic radio drama, the film stars Ifans as First Voice/Captain Cat, an old sea captain who dreams of his deceased crew members and lost
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Long Time Coming wraps

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Long Time Coming wraps
Exclusive: Elliot Tittensor, Charlotte Hope and Steven Berkoff among cast of ‘Romeo and Juliet’-style thriller.

Shoot has wrapped in Manchester and Leeds on UK thriller Long Time Coming – North vs South, from writer-director Steven Nesbit and producers Benjamin Foottit and Mark Foligno.

Cast on the feature includes Bernard Hill, Steven Berkoff, Greta Scacchi, Keith Allen, Steve Evets, Elliot Tittensor, Charlotte Hope, Geoff Bell, Oliver Cotton, Brad Moore, Freema Agyeman and Sydney Wade.

The film focusses on the battle between a group of brutal northern hard men and their southern criminal enemies, during which two star-crossed young lovers from the rival families carry out an illicit affair.

Former Screen Star of Tomorrow Tittensor (Spike Island, Shameless) and rising star Charlotte Hope (Testament of Youth, Game of Thrones) play the film’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ characters.

Budgeted at around $2m, the independently financed film is produced by Benjamin Foottit through his London-based production company North South Films, alongside
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UK thriller Long Time Coming wraps

  • ScreenDaily
UK thriller Long Time Coming wraps
Exclusive: Elliot Tittensor, Charlotte Hope and Steven Berkoff among cast of ‘Romeo and Juliet’-style thriller.

Shoot has wrapped in Manchester and Leeds on UK thriller Long Time Coming – North vs South, from writer-director Steven Nesbit and producers Benjamin Foottit and Mark Foligno.

Cast on the feature includes Bernard Hill, Steven Berkoff, Greta Scacchi, Keith Allen, Steve Evets, Elliot Tittensor, Charlotte Hope, Geoff Bell, Oliver Cotton, Brad Moore, Freema Agyeman and Sydney Wade.

The film focusses on the battle between a group of brutal northern hard men and their southern criminal enemies, during which two star-crossed young lovers from the rival families carry out an illicit affair.

Former Screen Star of Tomorrow Tittensor (Spike Island, Shameless) and rising star Charlotte Hope (Testament of Youth, Game of Thrones) play the film’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ characters.

Budgeted at around $2m, the independently financed film is produced by Benjamin Foottit through his London-based production company North South Films, alongside
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Rev – TV review

It's very gentle –not rolling-in-the-aisles or falling-off-the-pew funny – but maybe that's no bad thing

Been off for a bit – doing a spot of procreation, would you Adam 'n' Eve it? Like Adam Smallbone (Tom Hollander) at the start of the frighteningly overdue third series of Rev (BBC2). Well, it's not Adam (or me) actually giving birth, of course, though I do think the emotional pain a man goes through does go underappreciated. He's still at work at St Saviour's, hitching a couple, accompanied by Vivaldi, while Mrs Rev, Alex (Olivia Colman), rushes to hospital in a taxi.

She's labour-twerking on the back seat, accompanied by all the usual undignified noises that go with that – as well as by Archdeacon Robert (Simon McBurney), whom she wants to have a look at her "area", as a Twitter mate of mine, @KiriThomas (recommended), tells me is the polite way of referring to "down there". Though perhaps,
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Selfish Giant, The | AFI Fest Review - AFI Fest 2013

Borrowing her film's title from Oscar Wilde children’s fable, writer-director Clio Barnard utilizes the fantastic milieu of a landscape that is perpetually shrouded in the misty grayness of a fairytale to convey the brutally grim reality of this story. Barnard sheds the religious subtext of Wilde's story, trading it for a scathing socio-economic commentary. Considering that the majority of this film's audience might not be familiar with the downtrodden livelihoods in the West Yorkshire city of Bradford, a lot of the story's key elements could feel more like magic realism than neo-realism; so Barnard uses the social realism techniques of Ken Loach and Alan Clarke to ensure that the audience comprehends the true levels of authenticity within this story. (Barnard based the two protagonists on two scrappers she had befriended in Bradford while making The Arbor and cast the protagonists with nonprofessional actors recruited from Bradford’s council estates.
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The Selfish Giant – review

Clio Barnard's affecting take on Oscar Wilde's fable sees a pair of outsiders scrabble to survive on a poor Bradford estate

Director Clio Barnard's first feature, The Arbor, was an extraordinary account of the hard life and times of the playwright Andrea Dunbar which pushed at the boundaries of documentary film-making. A "verbatim drama" which included extracts from Dunbar's work performed on Bradford's Buttershaw estate, the film used audio interviews with the late playwright's friends and family to which actors performed note-perfect lip-synched "readings", creating a haunting and disorienting fusion of fact and fiction. On the surface, Barnard's latest feature is more formally conventional, drawing on the neorealist tradition of Ken Loach (the ghost of Kes hovers overhead) to tell the story of two young boys from Bradford who turn to the scrap metal trade to support their struggling families. Yet scratch the surface and those same cross-generic fluidities are still present,
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

DVD Review: In the Flesh

Genre: Horror | Drama

Original Broadcast Network: BBC America

Discs: 1

Run time: Approximately 180 minutes (3 episodes)

Release date: October 8, 2013

Creator/Writer: Dominic Mitchell

Director: Jonny Campbell

Synopsis:

In The Flesh, BBC America’s three-part series that Wired called “the thinking person’s Walking Dead,” is a unique take on a zombie apocalypse: what happens when humanity survives the uprising… and so do the zombies? When 18-year-old Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry, Anna Karenina, Quartet) committed suicide four years ago, his friends and family thought they’d never see him again – that is, until the dead began to rise. After a catastrophic war, imprisonment, and months of rehabilitation and medication, hoards of brain-craving undead have returned to a lucid state. The zombies, now known as Pds (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferers, are gradually being introduced back into a society that so recently fought them off for survival. For Kieren, returning home means confronting the community
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Film Review: 'Spike Island'

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★★★☆☆ It would seem that 2013 is shaping up to be the true second coming of legendary Manchurian outfit The Stone Roses. Following triumphant reunion gigs and an equally lauded documentary, Made of Stone, into the mix comes Roses-tinged teen tribute-cum-standalone rites of passage tale Spike Island (2012). It's the summer of 1990 and the streets are filled with the sights and sounds of The Stone Roses, in both an aural and visual sense (the band's Jackson Pollock-inspired, signature abstract paint splashes imaginatively invade the frame). Thus, anticipation is naturally high for six school chums on the cusp of adulthood.

Not only are the boys harbouring plans for pop world domination with their own band, Shadowcaster, but their musical heroes The Stone Roses have a huge outdoor gig planned at Spike Island. The gang are eager to get tickets, although frontman 'Tits' is in a quandary about making the date, owing to the
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TV Review: In the Flesh, Parts 1-3

Genre: Sci-Fi | Drama

Air Date/Time: Thursday-Saturday, June 6-8, 10/9c (three episodes), with a block rebroadcast Sunday afternoon, June 9 at 2/1c

Network: BBC America

Creator/Writer: Dominic Mitchell

Director: Jonny Campbell

Synopsis:

BBC America’s co-production, In The Flesh, tells a very human story…about the undead. The mini-series springs to life with the channel’s special broadcast event, premiering over three consecutive nights. Zombie teenager Kieren Walker isn’t comfortable in his ‘undead’ state. After months of re-habilitation and medication, the zombies, now known as Pds (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferers, are gradually being returned to their homes. When Kieran returns, he is forced to confront his family, the community that rejected him and the haunting flashbacks of what he did in his untreated state. BBC America’s special three-night premiere event of In The Flesh begins Thursday, June 6, 10:00pm Et/Pt.

Emily Bevan (The Thick of It), Steve Evets
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Review: “In the Flesh”

Review: “In the Flesh”
The metaphorical aspects of the supernatural have already been given quite a workout in “True Blood,” which is why BBC America’s three-part “In the Flesh” appears to be following a well-trod path by contemplating the alienating aspects of being a zombie. Too earnest and serious to work as satire, this character-driven study — treating what the government has dubbed Partially Deceased Syndrome as just another way of being “different” — certainly doesn’t fit into neat boxes, but its real-world, zombies-as-gay parallels play a bit heavy-handed. Although not bad per se, those with a genre appetite should be forewarned: “The Walking Dead,” this isn’t.

The program’s conceit picks up some time after the point at which most such tales begin. Zombies — who rose from the dead and munched on human flesh, in what was called “The Rising” — have now been successfully treated for their condition, using a medical cocktail
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Watch the First Three Minutes of BBC America's In the Flesh

We've already seen a few sneak peeks of "In the Flesh," premiering on BBC America this Thursday night, June 6th, but now we have the opening three minutes of the series and some new artwork to share. Check 'em out, and let us know if you'll be tuning in.

Synopsis:

"In the Flesh" explores a post-zombie-uprising - from the zombie’s perspective. The series follows 18-year-old Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry; Anna Karenina, Quartet), a Partially Deceased Syndrome (Pds) sufferer who, now treated with the medication Neurolax, is deemed ready to return to his parents’ home in the small village of Roarton. Since the passing of the Pds Protection Act, the government has set an agenda of acceptance and tolerance, one that is at odds with the communities abandoned at the time of The Rising and the bloody battle between zombies and humans that ensued. A cauldron of brutal anti-zombie sentiment boils in Roarton,
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Maxi-Sized Gallery for Zombie Mini-Series In the Flesh

While it shows off more of the humans than the zombies in BBC America's upcoming three-part mini-series "In the Flesh," this image gallery does give you a sneak peek of what the undead will generally be looking like on the show. So check it out and get ready for June 6th, 7th, and 8th!

Synopsis:

"In the Flesh" explores a post-zombie-uprising - from the zombie’s perspective. The series follows 18-year-old Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry; Anna Karenina, Quartet), a Partially Deceased Syndrome (Pds) sufferer who, now treated with the medication Neurolax, is deemed ready to return to his parents’ home in the small village of Roarton. Since the passing of the Pds Protection Act, the government has set an agenda of acceptance and tolerance, one that is at odds with the communities abandoned at the time of The Rising and the bloody battle between zombies and humans that ensued.
See full article at Dread Central »

Get a Sneak Peek at BBC America’s Zombie Mini-Series In The Flesh

As we are being continually overrun with zombie movies and shows, it has been expected that we’d be getting some kind of backlash, something highlighting the more sensitive side of the undead. There was the Warm Bodies movie recently, and now we have BBC America gifting us with a 3-night mini-series about “”Pds (Partially Dead Syndrome) sufferers” and their re-entry into civilization, entitled In the Flesh.

Here’s a clip, followed by the BBC America press release:

Clip: In the Flesh

BBC America’S In The Flesh Three-night Zombie Mini-series Event Begins Thursday, June 6

For the undead…life begins again.

“I don’t feel ready. But that’s why they say I am ready…because I’m feeling.”

–Zombie Teenager Kieren Walker, Pds (Partially Deceased Syndrome) Sufferer

BBC America’s co-production, In The Flesh, tells a very human story…about the undead. The mini-series springs to life with the channel’s special broadcast event,
See full article at ScifiMafia »

Get a Sneak Peek of Episode 1 of BBC America's In the Flesh

In just one week BBC America kicks off its three-night "In the Flesh" zombie event, and we have a nearly three-minute long sneak peek of Episode 1 along with another promo that introduces us to Rick.

Synopsis:

"In the Flesh" explores a post-zombie-uprising - from the zombie’s perspective. The series follows 18-year-old Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry; Anna Karenina, Quartet), a Partially Deceased Syndrome (Pds) sufferer who, now treated with the medication Neurolax, is deemed ready to return to his parents’ home in the small village of Roarton. Since the passing of the Pds Protection Act, the government has set an agenda of acceptance and tolerance, one that is at odds with the communities abandoned at the time of The Rising and the bloody battle between zombies and humans that ensued. A cauldron of brutal anti-zombie sentiment boils in Roarton, the home of the ‘rotter’ hating Human Volunteer Force (Hvf). Can
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Another Promo Shambles in for BBC America's In the Flesh

Ready for another look at "In the Flesh," BBC America's three-night zombie event that begins next week? In England the dead aren't just rising from the grave... They're returning home!

Synopsis:

"In the Flesh" explores a post-zombie-uprising - from the zombie’s perspective. The series follows 18-year-old Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry; Anna Karenina, Quartet), a Partially Deceased Syndrome (Pds) sufferer who, now treated with the medication Neurolax, is deemed ready to return to his parents’ home in the small village of Roarton. Since the passing of the Pds Protection Act, the government has set an agenda of acceptance and tolerance, one that is at odds with the communities abandoned at the time of The Rising and the bloody battle between zombies and humans that ensued. A cauldron of brutal anti-zombie sentiment boils in Roarton, the home of the ‘rotter’ hating Human Volunteer Force (Hvf). Can Kieren’s neighbors forgive
See full article at Dread Central »

Second Teaser Promo for BBC America's In the Flesh

A second teaser promo has arrived for BBC America's three-night "In the Flesh" event that introduces us to the character Amy, portrayed by Emily Bevan. Will you be watching when it begins on Thursday, June 6th?

Synopsis:

"In the Flesh" explores a post-zombie-uprising - from the zombie’s perspective. The series follows 18-year-old Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry; Anna Karenina, Quartet), a Partially Deceased Syndrome (Pds) sufferer who, now treated with the medication Neurolax, is deemed ready to return to his parents’ home in the small village of Roarton. Since the passing of the Pds Protection Act, the government has set an agenda of acceptance and tolerance, one that is at odds with the communities abandoned at the time of The Rising and the bloody battle between zombies and humans that ensued. A cauldron of brutal anti-zombie sentiment boils in Roarton, the home of the ‘rotter’ hating Human Volunteer Force
See full article at Dread Central »

First Teaser Promo for BBC America's In the Flesh

BBC America has released its first teaser promo for "In the Flesh," which is airing as a special three-night premiere event beginning Thursday, June 6th, at 10:00pm Et/Pt. Check it out, and let us know if you're planning to watch. We certainly are!

Synopsis:

"In the Flesh" explores a post-zombie-uprising - from the zombie’s perspective. The series follows 18-year-old Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry; Anna Karenina, Quartet), a Partially Deceased Syndrome (Pds) sufferer who, now treated with the medication Neurolax, is deemed ready to return to his parents’ home in the small village of Roarton. Since the passing of the Pds Protection Act, the government has set an agenda of acceptance and tolerance, one that is at odds with the communities abandoned at the time of The Rising and the bloody battle between zombies and humans that ensued. A cauldron of brutal anti-zombie sentiment boils in Roarton, the
See full article at Dread Central »
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