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David Walliams comedy Big School gets second series on BBC One

2 December 2013 5:10 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

David Walliams comedy Big School is to return for a second series.

Charlotte Moore - Controller of BBC One - made the announcement today (December 2) at a BAFTA session.

"We've recommissioned Big School," she said. "I loved the fact that we were in a new precinct and environment, with a stellar cast."

Moore also claimed that Big School could have a "long" run, with more series in the planning stages.

BBC One has also ordered a third series of its comedy Citizen Khan, plus new sitcom Grey Mates starring Russ Abbot.

Big School was co-created by David Walliams and stars the comic as bumbling chemistry teacher Mr Church.

Catherine Tate and Philip Glenister also featured in the first six-part series, which aired on BBC One between August and September.

David Walliams's Gangsta Granny: New Miranda, Robbie Williams pictures

Watch a deleted scene from Big School below: »

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Philip Glenister to host car show for Channel 4

2 December 2013 4:48 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Philip Glenister has signed up to host a show about British cars on Channel 4.

The series, currently called Cars, will see the Life on Mars star examining the history of six iconic British cars.

It will follow the 50-year-old as he attempts to save the vehicles he believes are vital to telling the story of post-war Britain: the Ford Escort Mexico, Mgtc, Mini Cooper MK1, Triumph Stag and the DeLorean.

Restorer Ant Anstead will be given the task of rebuilding the cars, while the end of the series will see the vehicles being auctioned off to motor fanatics.

Meanwhile, Glenister will meet past and present owners of the cars to find out why they are so important and what impact they had on Britain.

Glenister is also currently working on BBC drama From There to Here, which follows two families caught in the aftermath of the 1996 Ira bomb attack on Manchester city centre. »

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The Minister of Chance Film News

30 September 2013 9:21 AM, PDT | Kasterborous.com | See recent Kasterborous news »

James Lomond is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

The live action film of Radio Static’s Doctor Who spin-off Minister of Chance is progressing apace… . The highly successful spin-off from Death Comes to Time has been entirely funded by donations and sports an impressive cast including Jenny Agutter, Life on MarsPhilip Glenister, Tamsin Greig, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann and Julian Wadham as

The post The Minister of Chance Film News appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »

- James Lomond

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'Big School': Exclusive deleted scene from David Walliams comedy

23 September 2013 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Digital Spy has an exclusive deleted scene from David Walliams comedy Big School.

The clip - entitled 'The Cheese Moment' - was cut from the BBC One sitcom's first episode for timing reasons, but is available to watch on the Series One DVD release.

However, Walliams has described it as "one of [his] favourite scenes" because of the way it sets up the dynamic between his character Mr Church, Catherine Tate's Miss Postern and Philip Glenister's Mr Gunn.

"We tried to make Miss Postern and Mr Church sympathetic," the star explained. "They are two people you would like to see together. They're not bad people - they're sweet.

"It's lovely when the audience are willing two characters to get together. We can see it from the outside, but the characters can't because they're too socially awkward."

However, Walliams added that it is "probably best to keep [Church and Postern] apart".

"You always »

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Sky's Anne Mensah: 'It's about creating a drama habit on Sky'

15 September 2013 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The head of drama reveals how she is carving out a brand, her obsession with heroes, and how she measures success

Anne Mensah is ready to show her hand. From an eight-part series set in a London fire station to an Ian Fleming biopic starring Dominic Cooper, the Sky head of drama's commissions will premiere in the next few weeks and months.

This month Mensah hands the reins to drama commissioner Cameron Roach while she takes a six-month sabbatical, after spending the past two years since joining BSkyB developing new shows to expand the range and depth of its UK-originated drama offering.

The slate of programmes Roach will inherit from her reflect a strategy of doing for drama what Sky has already tried with comedy, pumping tens of millions of pounds into homegrown series to convince viewers that the broadcaster is not just about movies and sport. "What we are »

- John Plunkett

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'Life on Mars' Glenister, White reunite for BBC's 'From There To Here'

14 September 2013 6:08 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Life on Mars stars Philip Glenister and Liz White are to reunite for upcoming BBC drama From There To Here.

BBC One confirmed the three-parter, which depicts the lives of two families caught in the aftermath of the 1996 Ira bomb attack on Manchester city centre.

Lord of the Rings actor Bernard Hill joins the cast alongside Glenister and White, as well as Luther stars Steven Mackintosh and Saskia Reeves. Daniel Rigby (Eric and Ernie) and Morven Christie (Hunted) will also appear.

From There To Here explores the lives of Glenister's character Daniel Cotton and his father Samuel, played by Hill, Daniel's wife Clare (Reeves), son Charlie (Rigby) and daughter Louise (Christie).

Daniel's brother Robbo - portrayed by Mackintosh - has a strained relationship with Samuel and is involved in parts of the darker side of Manchester as a nightclub manager.

After Daniel, Samuel and Robbo are caught in the blast »

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A teacher's view on Big School

8 September 2013 10:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The staffroom stereotypes may be spot on, but even David Walliams can't save a show that laughs at teachers more than with them, says Sarah Jones

At first, I didn't like this new BBC comedy, set in an urban secondary school. I'm usually a fan of David Walliams, who plays nerdy science teacher Mr Church, but the humour just fell flat. There is a scene, early on, where Pe teacher Mr Gunn, played by Philip Glenister, gets an erection while giving Catherine Tate, playing French teacher Miss Postern, a very closeup massage. That's not just sexual harassment, it's abuse – and I certainly didn't find it funny.

Things did get a little warmer as the show progressed, but I still think it's more about laughing at teachers than with them. I suppose some people might find that funny, but I don't think we teachers need any more sticks to be beaten with. »

- Laura Barnett

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TV highlights 06/09/2013

5 September 2013 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Football: England v Moldova | In Conversation | Meet The Monkeys: Natural World | Secrets Of The Pickpockets | Big School | The Joy Of Disco | Trial By Fire: Lives Re-Forged | Paul Chowdhry: What's Happening White People?

Football: England v Moldova

7.30pm, ITV

Despite being drawn in a World Cup qualifying group dismissed by many as easy, Roy Hodgson's England side look to be in a position of real vulnerability with four games remaining. Their final trio of fixtures are against fellow qualification hopefuls Ukraine, Montenegro and Poland, all of which are eminently losable, so this fixture, against a weak Moldova side, is unambiguously a must-win. Much will be expected of forward Daniel Sturridge after his fine start to the season with Liverpool. Gwilym Mumford

In Conversation

8.30pm, Sky Arts 1

Harmony Korine shot to infamy with his screenplay for Kids, about a gang of hedonistic teens, and thereafter seemed to head into the heartlands of Us indie. »

- Gwilym Mumford, Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Jonathan Wright, Martin Skegg, John Robinson, Ali Catterall, Julia Raeside, Bim Adewunmi

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Web Series Wednesday: Minister Of Chance

28 August 2013 1:00 PM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Welcome back to the series of posts here at SciFi Mafia that we’re calling Web Series Wednesday where we devote a space to the wonderment of the web series. Every Wednesday we’ll cover an awesome web series and give you all the info to get into it.

If you’ve got a favorite web series you’d like us to cover, head on over to the Contact Us page and shoot us your request. To catch up on past Web Series Wednesday posts click here.

This week we’re covering Masters of Chance.

Today we’re taking a break from the vast amounts of wonderment that YouTube provides and taking a dip into the podcast world. The Minister of Chance is an unofficial Doctor Who spin-off following one of five Time Lords to have survived the destruction of Gallifrey.

Originally voiced by Stephen Fry in the BBC’s »

- Jess Orso

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Unofficial Doctor Who spin-off heading to film?

22 August 2013 2:34 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

News Simon Brew 23 Aug 2013 - 07:16

Plans are afoot to take The Minister Of Chance to the big screen - and you can get involved!

Over the past couple of years, a small and dedicated team has been working on The Minister Of Chance, a podcast series which gave a universe of his own to the character that first appeared in the BBC's Doctor Who webcast audio drama Death Comes To Time. The Minister was then voiced by Stephen Fry, playing a Time Lord who survived the destruction of Gallifrey. 

Now with Julian Wadham taking on the role from Stephen Fry (courtesy of a regeneration), the cast attracted to the six-part series (funded entirely by fans) has included Sylvester McCoy, Paul Darrow, Jenny Agutter, Philip Glenister, Tamsin Greig and Paul McGann.

It's a terrific series, and you can download the six episodes that are available entirely for free right here. »

- simonbrew

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'Kumars' new series, 'Mad Dogs' finale for Sky1 in late 2013

22 August 2013 9:10 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Sky1 has announced its slate for autumn and winter 2013.

The Kumars will make their Sky debut, returning to television in a new six-part series following a seven-year absence.

"The entire Kumars family are very excited to have moved into a new home on Sky1," said Sanjeev Bhaskar.

Sherlock's Martin Freeman will also star in a film for Sky's Little Crackers strand, the broadcaster confirmed.

Returning series for Sky1 includes Moone Boy with Chris O'Dowd, Stella starring Ruth Jones, Ross Kemp's Extreme World and action-drama Strike Back.

Mad Dogs will also draw to a close in a final two-part adventure, with Max Beesley, Philip Glenister, John Simm and Marc Warren all set to return.

Among the new commissions are comedy Yonderland, firefighter drama The Smoke and Ray Winstone-starrer Moonfleet.

Lee Mack will also host new panel quiz Duck Quacks Don't Echo, with Sky1 regular Ashley Banjo fronting new »

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Big School; Fightback Britain; Benefits Britain 1949; Breaking Bad – review

19 August 2013 9:05 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A fine cast is ill-served by David Walliams's new comedy

Big School (BBC1) | iPlayer

Fightback Britain (BBC1) | iPlayer

Benefits Britain 1949 (C4) | 4Od

Breaking Bad (Netflix)

I severely wanted to like Big School, if only to celebrate on the BBC's behalf their having launched two successful comedies in a row, the other of course continuing to be the sublime Family Tree. If so, it would have represented an almost unique triumph (yes, yes, but I've consulted my inner pedant and he reluctantly allows this) after a couple of years of embarrassing twock.

But I didn't. Despite a highly promising cast – Philip Glenister, showing he can "do" comedy; Daniel Rigby (the "annoying one" off the BT Broadband ads) showing he can actually "do" real acting, and rather good he is; the wonder that is Frances de la Tour, somehow growing increasingly sexy with age; Joanna Scanlon (the sublime Terri from The Thick of It »

- Euan Ferguson

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Big School: what education dramas tell us about ourselves

16 August 2013 10:15 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

From the classic Grange Hill to David Walliams' new comedy, school-based television holds up a mirror to Britain in more ways than one

Late in his life, the great American author John Updike would reflect with bemusement that the piece of his writing that had brought most public acclaim and reaction was not any of his 23 novels (including his masterpiece, The Rabbit Quartet) or hundreds of short stories but a comment piece for the New Yorker about the increasing impenetrability of anti-child safety lids on pill bottles.

The lesson of that story is that people often like to recognise their own experience in entertainment, which is why there is so much fiction – on the page and on screen – about losing and finding love. And, as those other inevitabilities, death and taxation, are considered too grim for peak-time TV, it also explains why there are so many TV shows set in classrooms and/or staffrooms. »

- Mark Lawson

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TV highlights 16/08/2013

15 August 2013 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Big School | Building the International Space Station | Friday Night at the Proms | The Burrowers | Punk Britannia | Low Winter Sun | Hard | Live Golf: Solheim Cup

Big School

9pm, BBC1

School-set sitcom created by David Walliams, featuring a supergroup of supporting players. The action in this opener centres on timid chemistry teacher Mr Church (Walliams), hoping to engineer some chemistry between himself and new French tutor Miss Postern (Catherine Tate). Soon finding himself competing with prickly Pe master Mr Gunn (Philip Glenister) for her affections, Church turns to his class for seduction tips. If this debut is anything to go by, this looks a spiritual sibling to long-forgotten 90s class-com Chalk. It's that poor. Mark Jones

Building the International Space Station

7pm, Channel 5

Once the stuff of Moonraker or, more frighteningly, 2001: A Space Odyssey, the International Space Station is a dream made startlingly real for generations of stargazers. This documentary from »

- Mark Jones, Ben Arnold, Andrew Mueller, Rachel Aroesti, David Stubbs, Hannah Verdier

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David Walliams on 'Big School': 'It's more subtle than Little Britain'

11 August 2013 12:37 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

David Walliams has described his new sitcom Big School as "slightly subtler" than his previous work.

The Britain's Got Talent judge said his character in the series is "a lot more real" than his personas in Little Britain.

Walliams stars alongside Catherine Tate, Philip Glenister and Daniel Rigby in the new series, which begins on BBC One on Friday (August 16).

He told Pa: "This character has got to be a lot more real because you're going to spend a lot more time with him.

"I hope that people find it funny but enjoy that it's a slightly subtler thing from me."

Walliams - who co-wrote the series - plays teacher Mr Church, who falls for Tate's character in the series.

"I wanted to do something a bit like The Remains of the Day - the story of these two servants who were in love with each other but can't quite express it, »

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David Walliams, Catherine Tate comedy 'Big School' air date confirmed

1 August 2013 4:47 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

David Walliams and Catherine Tate's new BBC One sitcom Big School has been given an official launch date.

The secondary school-based comedy kicks off on Friday, August 16 at 9pm.

Big School features Walliams playing chemistry teacher Mr Church, who has taught at Greybridge School for years.

On the day he is preparing to hand in his notice, he changes his mind suddenly when he falls in love at first sight with new arrival, French teacher Miss Postern (Tate).

Philip Glenister plays lothario gym teacher Mr Gunn, and Frances de la Tour is cast as the headmistress Ms Baron.

Joanna Scanlan, Daniel Rigby and Steve Speirs are also among the cast.

Watch a Big School preview: »

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David Walliams, Catherine Tate sitcom 'Big School': First look - video

26 July 2013 2:50 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The first footage from David Walliams and Catherine Tate's new BBC One sitcom Big School has been released by the broadcaster.

Big School is co-written by Walliams and centres around a dysfunctional staff room and the unrequited love of Walliams's chemistry teacher Mr Church and Tate's French teacher Miss Postem.

Mr Church is just about to quit the school, but stops himself from handing in his notice after falling in love at first sight with Miss Postem.

The show's ensemble cast includes Life on Mars star Philip Glenister as lothario gym teacher Mr Gunn, Frances de la Tour as no-nonsense headmistress Ms Baron and The Thick of It actress Joanna Scanlan as drama teacher Mrs Klebb.

Daniel Rigby (Eric and Ernie) and Steve Speirs (Cemetery Junction) will also star.

BBC Comedy's Mark Freeland said that it had been an "absolute privilege" working with Walliams and the cast.

Big School »

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Doctor Who: 5 Awesome Candidates For The New Doctor

30 June 2013 2:27 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

As always happens when the current Doctor decides to leave the show, speculation is rife as to who will be regenerating into the Twelfth Doctor. I almost don’t want their identity revealed until the regeneration, because that way they would be avoiding all the hate that Matt had to go through when Tennant left and he stepped into the Converse trainers.

I won’t lie; when I discovered that the new Doctor was going to be so young, I had some hate going on too because I’ve watched the show since childhood and none of the other Doctors have been under the age of possibly thirty-five. Perhaps a little older.

Matt, however, surprised everybody. He managed to be a 900+ year old Time Lord and he managed to do it perfectly. He was – if anything – Patrick Troughton all over again (he even borrowed Troughton’s dress sense and a lot of his quotes, »

- Gemma Wright

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Discovering Mad Dogs

29 June 2013 7:29 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Dedicated television viewers know that there will always be shows that everyone wants you to watch, either it’s a cult show, a show that ended way before it’s time, or seems to grab everyone’s attention but yours. However many viewers find themselves stumbling upon these shows either years later or late into a shows run. I’ve compiled a list of ten shows, published once a week, that have become classics or are on their way to doing so and have recently been discovered by this writer.

Mad Dogs

Created by Chris Cole

Original run February 2011-Present

Four friends from school, who don’t really like each other and have drifted apart and into middle age come together when a fifth friend invites them to his villa in Majorca. Alvo (Ben Chaplin) is celebrating his early retirement after making a lot of money in some very shady ways. »

- Tressa

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ITV repeats Emmerdale after technical hitch | John Plunkett

5 June 2013 5:19 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Channel re-shows soap at 10.30pm after transmission 'flop' leaves millions of viewers without early evening programmes

Millions of cable and satellite TV viewers were unable to watch ITV on Tuesday night, prompting the broadcaster to schedule a hastily rearranged repeat of an hour-long Emmerdale.

The channel went missing from Sky and Virgin Media homes in areas around the country for two hours, beginning about 6.20pm.

ITV blamed "technical problems" at transmitter company Arqiva.

The broadcaster said different ITV regions were affected for differing lengths of time, with some, understood to include ITV London, entirely unaffected.

Viewers who lost their standard definition feed were still able to watch on ITV HD, however. Freeview homes were not affected.

With viewers taking to Twitter to complain they had not been able to watch Emmerdale, which pulled in 5.3 million viewers at 7pm, ITV repeated the soap at 10.35pm, with its French Open Tennis highlights put back, »

- John Plunkett

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