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Best Brit TV streaming service Acorn TV ramps up, Midsomer Murders, Set 21 out Jan. 8

30 December 2012 5:52 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Acorn.s top series, Midsomer Murders, debuts Set 21 on January 8. British TV specialist Acorn Media has the newest episodes of Midsomer Murders, Set 21 on DVD/Blu-ray. The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries. Inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham, modern master of the English village mystery, the series stars Neil Dudgeon (Life of Riley) as the capable Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby, with Jason Hughes (This Life) as his young partner, Detective Sergeant Ben Jones. Guest stars include Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey), David Warner (Titanic), Edward Fox (Ghandi), Phyllida Law (Love at First Sight), and Pam Ferris (Rosemary & Thyme). Called .Simply the most entertaining »

- April MacIntyre

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Doctor Who and Call the Midwife: Christmas TV turns into a weep-along

25 December 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Sentimentality ruled this year's Christmas specials, so thank goodness for Room on the Broom's grouchy cat

• When did Christmas telly become so sentimental? I found myself asking unfestively, rather in the manner of Room on the Broom's brilliantly grouchy kitty – harrumphing at the schedules and rolling my eyes as everyone else gently dabbed at theirs.

In fact things would have been markedly improved by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's cat, a star turn in BBC1's animated afternoon drama, bursting into other shows: sadly shaking his beautifully rendered head in the face of the many outbreaks of Christmassy kindness on show.

Instead, I'll have to make do with watching again this lovely adaptation of the book by Donaldson and Scheffler (of The Gruffalo fame), with its starry cast and brilliant gags. (The cat's almost throwaway needle-in-a-haystack discovery tickled me particularly.)

• The Doctor, retired to a cloud above the world »

- Vicky Frost

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On the set of Call the Midwife with Suzanne Moore

21 December 2012 4:01 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Call the Midwife returns to our screens next week with its big Christmas special. Fans Suzanne Moore and daughter Angel go on set to discover the secrets of its success

At the beginning of the year, I discovered a programme my daughter and I can watch together. She has just gone 12. This may not sound like a big deal, but trust me, it is. There are only so many old episodes of Friends I can watch. She loves New Girl, whereas I find that Zooey woman the most irritating person in the world. Life is too short to try to appear ironic and hip and endure the moneyed banality of the nightmarish Kardashians. These days, apparently, I even ruin The X Factor for her by repeatedly asking, "What happened to … ?" The Big Bang Theory is about as good as its gets.

So when we started watching a drama series about midwives in the 1950s, »

- Suzanne Moore

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The PBS Winter/Spring Lineup Includes the Return of 'Downton Abbey' and 'Call the Midwife,' Premiere of 'The Central Park Five'

6 December 2012 9:54 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Any fan of repressed British emotional drama and period costumes knows that "Downton Abbey" is set to make its season three return to U.S. television on PBS on Sunday, January 6 at 9pm. But the new PBS lineup for winter and spring brings other welcome news. "Call the Midwife," a BBC medical drama set in 1950s East London and starring Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Cliff Parisi, Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris, Judy Parfitt and Vanessa Redgrave, will be back for a second season in March. Doc "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" will premiere via Independent Lens in February, as will "Girl Model," via Pov, in March and Ken and Sarah Burns' acclaimed "The Central Park Five" in April. Programming highlights are below (descriptions courtesy of PBS). Read More: 'Downton Abbey' Renewed for a Fourth Season Secrets Of Highclere Castle Sunday, January 6, 2013, 8:00-9:00 p.m. Et It may »

- Alison Willmore

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The PBS Winter/Spring Lineup Includes the Return of 'Downton Abbey' and 'Call the Midwife,' Premiere of 'The Central Park Five'

6 December 2012 9:54 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Any fan of repressed British emotional drama and period costumes knows that "Downton Abbey" is set to make its season three return to U.S. television on PBS on Sunday, January 6 at 9pm. But the new PBS lineup for winter and spring brings other welcome news. "Call the Midwife," a BBC medical drama set in 1950s East London and starring Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Cliff Parisi, Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris, Judy Parfitt and Vanessa Redgrave, will be back for a second season in March. Doc "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" will premiere via Independent Lens in February, as will "Girl Model," via Pov, in March and Ken and Sarah Burns' acclaimed "The Central Park Five" in April. Programming highlights are below (descriptions courtesy of PBS). Read More: 'Downton Abbey' Renewed for a Fourth Season Secrets Of Highclere Castle Sunday, January 6, 2013, 8:00-9:00 p.m. Et It may »

- Alison Willmore

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David Tennant To Swap A Sonic Screwdriver For A Lightsaber?

20 November 2012 1:30 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

With a lot of news circling David Tennant today, you’d be forgiven for thinking he has a film to promote (Nativity 2 Danger In The Manger; read our review here). In a recent talk with the BBC, Tennant discussed recording a voice for Star Wars: The Clone Wars playing a droid named Huyang. When asked if he would like a role in the upcoming films Tennant responded:

It’d be great.Star Wars is such a key part of my childhood and my entire life.These are the fairytales of our era.

Sounds like he’d be up for it, and I know it would make me exceptionally happy. To hell with it! I say they just make a Doctor Who/Star Wars crossover. After all, Doctor Who and Star Trek recently got a comic series. Let’s hope his vocal performance gets him in good stead with those at LucasFilm. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Nativity 2: Danger In The Manger Review

19 November 2012 5:15 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Debbie Isitt

Cast: David Tennant, Joanna Page, Jessica Hynes, Marc Wootton, Pam Ferris

Running Time: 109 minutes

Certificate: U

Synopsis: The national ‘A Song for Christmas’ competition is taking applications and the enthusiastic Mr Poppy is determined that his class will be there. Will the children’s new teacher, Mr Peterson, be able to avoid being swept along against his better judgement…?

Much like Mr Peterson (Tennant), I love Christmas – the tree, the trimmings, those really cool knitted jumpers with snowmen carefully woven in. And of course Christmas movies. The festivities just don’t seem right without watching Clark Griswold falling off a roof or Rizzo the Rat dancing on a rotating chicken (or strangely enough The World’S Strongest Man competition. I feel Christmas hasn’t truly begun until I’ve seen a steroid infused Scandinavian lifting a car above his head).

And that brings us to Nativity 2: Danger In The Manger… »

- Steve Shepherdson

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School Of Hard Knocks – Thn’s Double Hard Teachers

9 November 2012 1:30 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

‘Stop whining! You kids are soft. You lack discipline!’ – John Kimble, Teacher

Every child needs a great educator to inspire them. Not just in their studies, but in life. And sometimes, just sometimes, those lessons will include how to open up a can of whoop-ass. Academia is vital, but when cornered by a bunch of low-lifes, knowing the Pythagorean Theorem ain’t gonna do squat. As Kevin James demonstrates in Here Comes The Boom, you need a professor who will stand up and fight. You need one tough tutor who will help you graduate The School Of Hard Knocks. With a mortar board made of fists.

Kevin James isn’t the only bad-ass educator with lessons in ‘laying the smackdown.’ Here’s Thn’s Top 5 Double Hard Teachers.

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Here is a principal so vile and sadistic, Michael Gove cracks one out to her every morning (at least »

- John Sharp

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Call the Midwife Season 1

26 October 2012 10:18 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 6, 2012

Price: DVD $34.98, Blu-ray $39.98

Studio: BBC Home Entertainment/Warner Home Video

BBC’s acclaimed television series Call the Midwife quickly garnered almost as many fans in the U.S. as fellow British period TV show Downton Abbey.

Based on the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, Call the Midwife follows Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine, The Woman in Black), a new midwife in poverty-stricken 1950s East London. Jenny is part of an order of nursing nuns who provide the poorest expectant mothers the best possible care and often at home.

Through their cases, the midwives learn about their patients, including a woman on her 25th pregnancy and a prostitute who gets pregnant at 15 years old. And like in Downton Abbey, this East London community is on the brink of huge social change.

Narrated by Vanessa Redgrave (Anonymous), the TV show also stars Pam Ferris (The Raven), Helen George »

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Blu-ray Review: John Cusack Can’t Save Derivative Formula of ‘The Raven’

24 October 2012 7:13 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – John Cusack is an enormously likable actor, and for the first third of James McTeigue’s period thriller, he holds audience interest long enough to inspire hope for a better two thirds. Alas, the film crash lands soon after that, as McTeigue proves to have little to no interest in his central subject, one of the greatest writers in the history of literature.

Edgar Allan Poe’s tormented life as an orphaned genius turned struggling literary critic would make fine subject matter for a first-rate feature, and it’s clear that the intentions behind “The Raven” were promising enough. By creating a fictional narrative that forces Poe to deconstruct his own psychology in order to solve a string of ghastly crimes, screenwriters Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare aimed to explore the writer’s persona by trapping him in one of his own dark tales. Unfortunately, Livingston and Shakespeare made »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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The Raven and Distraction: A Movie Review (Blu-ray)

23 October 2012 9:52 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

*full disclosure: a Blu-Ray screener of this film was provided by 20th Century Fox for review. Director: James McTeigue. Writers: Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare. Cast: John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson, Kevin McNally, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Jimmy Yuill, Sam Hazeldine, Pam Ferris, Brendan Coyle, Adrian Rawlins, Aidan Feore, and Dave Legeno. Tagline: "The only one who can stop a serial killer is the man who inspired him." The Raven originally released in theatres in April, 2012. The film was well received; but, this title was by no means a hit. Recently, this feature was released for the first time on home video formats (October 9th). The Raven is light entertainment. Although Edgar Allan Poe was a famous American writer with an interesting history, the film here is a fictional account of Poe's final days. Poe must track down his nemesis by revisiting his best works such as "The Raven »

- noreply@blogger.com (Michael Allen)

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BBC plans to beat ITV in Christmas ratings

17 October 2012 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

BBC bosses are determined to beat ITV in the Christmas ratings war. They plan to broadcast a festive special of new drama 'Call The Midwife' in a bid to outshine ITV's popular 'Downton Abbey' in the 9pm slot. Executive producer of 'Call the Midwife' Pippa Harris said: ''Christmas celebrates one particular birth, and so it's fitting for BBC1 to pay a visit to these much-loved characters, whose lives revolve around the joys and tribulations of childbirth.'' The Christmas special of the hospital-based period drama - which stars Miranda Hart, Pam Ferris and Jessica Raine - will foreshadow the second series which starts in »

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'Call the Midwife': Is PBS' BBC import just what the doctor ordered?

30 September 2012 7:25 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

On a busy premiere night for both broadcast and cable networks, PBS unveiled the first episode of BBC import "Call the Midwife." The six episode series was a smash hit in the U.K., hitting even higher ratings than the first season of "Downton Abbey."

The compelling period drama, based on a memoir by Jennifer Worth, follows novice midwife Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine) as she starts work alongside nuns and other midwives at Nonnatus House, a nursing convent in a poverty striken area of East London in the 1950s.

While the first episode of "Midwife" may have lacked the soapy twists that helped make "Downton" a U.S. phenomenon, it was still an involving, offbeat and well-made hour. It's perfect for the PBS faithful, and deserves a shot at developing a following on this side of the pond. Raine is an appealing leading lady and a supporting cast including formidable character actresses Jenny Agutter, »

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Pippa Harris interview: 'People quite liked being made to cry'

22 July 2012 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The co-founder of Neal Street Productions on the success of Call the Midwife and The Hollow Crown

"It's all been a bit overwhelming actually," says the drama producer Pippa Harris happily, reflecting on response to The Hollow Crown, BBC2's Shakespeare tetralogy that came to a close on Saturday. Made by Neal Street Productions, the indie Harris founded almost a decade ago with her childhood friend Sam Mendes and former Donmar Warehouse executive producer Caro Newling, the films have attracted widespread praise for their ambition and quality.

While the BBC considers commissioning further Shakespeare adaptations, Neal Street is not short of projects, including the late Nora Ephron's last film script. Set up in 2003 primarily for film and theatre productions, the indie is also behind Call the Midwife, BBC1's hit Sunday night drama based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, that over six weeks increased its audience to more than 11 million. »

- Vicky Frost

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 35 Pairs of Chicago Passes to ‘The Raven’ With John Cusack

18 April 2012 9:55 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 35 admit-two movie passes up for grabs to the advance screening of the stylish thriller “The Raven” with John Cusack! Cusack plays Edgar Allan Poe.

The Raven” also stars Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson, Luke Evans, Kevin McNally, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Jimmy Yuill, Sam Hazeldine, Pam Ferris, Brendan Coyle, Adrian Rawlins, Aidan Feore and Dave Legeno from director James McTeigue and writers Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare. The film opens nationwide on April 27, 2012.

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Films To Watch Before You Die #71 - Children of Men (2006)

25 March 2012 11:31 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

D.J. Haza presents the next entry in his series of films to watch before you die...

Children of Men, 2006.

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón.

Starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Claire-Hope Ashitey, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Pam Ferris and Danny Huston.

Children of Men is set in a futuristic world not too far from our own. Almost 20 years of human infertility has left society in a mess, with Britain becoming a militarized police state and illegal immigrants being detained in camps. A group of activists fight for the rights of immigrants, but the Government rule with an iron fist.

Theo (Owen) is a British civil servant and former activist who is requested by his estranged wife Julian (Moore) to create a safe passage for a young refugee named Kee (Claire-Hope Ashitey). Julian is still very active in her role as political activist and the young girl is pregnant. Theo has access »

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Luther the movie – is a move to the big screen a good idea for the detective?

22 March 2012 7:40 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The creator of the BBC1 detective show starring Idris Elba has revealed that the third TV series will be the character's last before a film project

First the bad news: the next series of Luther will apparently be the last. Idris Elba will only get to brood and seeth and chronically overuse everyone's name for a few more hours, and then he'll be away from our screens forever.

And now for the good news: after the third series, creator Neil Cross plans to make a Luther movie. He told Radio 4's Front Row programme that "We'll wrap up Luther as a TV show, but I think we'll then probably make the leap to the big screen with John Luther."

Obviously, this is brilliant news. Often, when television programmes become films, it's cause for worry. Despite the runaway popularity of The Inbetweeners Movie, the idea of turning a show into a »

- Stuart Heritage

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Huge The Raven Photo Gallery

21 March 2012 1:25 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Relativity Media has unveiled a huge new gallery of photos from James McTeigue's, The Raven, which stars John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. Take a look.

The Raven: Movie Pictures GallerySee All 38 Photos »

The story follows a madman who begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's (John Cusack) darkest works, a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) joins forces with Poe in a quest to get inside the killer's mind in order to stop him from making every one of Poe's brutal stories a blood chilling reality. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, which escalates when Poe's love (Alice Eve) becomes the next target.

The Raven comes to theaters April 27th, 2012 and stars John Cusack, Alice Eve, Luke Evans, Brendan Coyle, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kevin McNally, Pam Ferris, Dave Legeno. The film is directed by James McTeigue. »

- MovieWeb

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Fifth The Raven TV Spot

19 March 2012 12:24 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Relativity Media has released the fifth TV spot for The Raven, director James McTeigue's literary thriller which hits theaters nationwide April 27. Take a look at this 60-second TV spot with new footage featuring star John Cusack as poet Edgar Allan Poe.

The Raven: TV Spot 5

The Raven comes to theaters April 27th, 2012 and stars John Cusack, Alice Eve, Luke Evans, Brendan Coyle, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kevin McNally, Pam Ferris, Dave Legeno. The film is directed by James McTeigue. »

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The Raven Masquerade Ball Photos with Alice Eve and John Cusack

14 March 2012 9:58 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Relativity Media has released three new photos from James McTeigue's thrilling murder mystery The Raven, which finds John Cusack starring as Edgar Allan Poe, who gets swept up in a case based on his own iconic writing. Here, we see John Cusack attending a Masquerade Ball with the lovely Alice Eve.

The Raven comes to theaters April 27th, 2012 and stars John Cusack, Alice Eve, Luke Evans, Brendan Coyle, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kevin McNally, Pam Ferris, Dave Legeno. The film is directed by James McTeigue. »

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