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"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.
Watch a deleted scene from Big School below: »
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. »
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 Mars’ Philip 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
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 »
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
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 »
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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Football: England v Moldova
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
8.30pm, Sky Arts 1
- Gwilym Mumford, Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Jonathan Wright, Martin Skegg, John Robinson, Ali Catterall, Julia Raeside, Bim Adewunmi
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
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. »
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.
A fine cast is ill-served by David Walliams's new comedy
Big School (BBC1) | iPlayer
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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
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
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
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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
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, »
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).
Watch a Big School preview: »
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.
BBC Comedy's Mark Freeland said that it had been an "absolute privilege" working with Walliams and the cast.
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
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.
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. »
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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