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‘The Naked Civil Servant’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: John Hurt, Liz Gebhardt, Patricia Hodge, Stanley Lebor, Katherine Schofield, Colin Higgins, John Rhys-Davies, Stephen Johnstone, Antonia Pemberton | Written by Quentin Crisp, Philip Mackie | Directed by Jack Gold

When John Hurt died we lost a true legend of film, and an actor loved by both young and old. Some knew him for his role as Kane in Alien, John Merrick in The Elephant Man, and even Doctor Who. Perhaps his most daring role though was as Quentin Crisp, The Naked Civil Servant.

The Naked Civil Servant is the story of Quentin Crisp, a shamelessly (and famously) homosexual man who was never afraid to be himself, even at a time when it was illegal. Looking at his coming of age and growth into old age the film celebrates the life of a truly inspirational individual.

Quentin Crisp is anything but shy, you get to see this in The Naked Civil Servant
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TV News Roundup: Lily James Returns to ‘Downton,’ ‘Once Upon a Time’ Casts Hercules

TV News Roundup: Lily James Returns to ‘Downton,’ ‘Once Upon a Time’ Casts Hercules
A “Downton” regular comes home for the finale, and “Once Upon a Time” has some Herculean casting. Plus, Oprah, Jennifer Lopez and more stars are being honored by “Entertainment Tonight,” in today’s TV news roundup. . .

Casting News:

“Once Upon a Time” has added newcomer Jonathan Whitesell as Hercules and “Hannibal” alum Kacey Rohl as Megara for the 13th episode of Season 5, according to TV Line. The mythological hero is described as a “a dashing, strapping young man” while Meg is reportedly “a plucky young adventurer with a sly sense of humor.” The news lends credence to fan speculation that the recently cast Greg Germann is playing “Hercules” villain Hades. Showrunners Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis recently hinted at the show’s upcoming “Hercules” twist in an interview with Variety.

Lily James, whose character Rose grew into a proper young wife and headed for America at the end of last season,
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Downton Abbey Series Finale Plot Revealed: Expect 'Love' and 'Loss'

Downton Abbey Series Finale Plot Revealed: Expect 'Love' and 'Loss'
With Downton Abbey‘s series finale set to air across the pond in less than six weeks, Masterpiece is revealing new details about the 90-minute swan song.

The sendoff, which will air in the U.S. on March 6 (9/8c, PBS), offers “all the love and loss, happiness and heartbreak of Downton Abbey, and, as the family and servants prepare to welcome 1926, they celebrate an unforgettable New Year.s Eve together at the great house,” per the official logline.

Production spent a week at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, which doubled as the location for Brancaster, the setting of last season.’s
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Downton Abbey Series Finale Details Revealed: Who's Back and What to Expect

Downton Abbey Series Finale Details Revealed: Who's Back and What to Expect
This is it, Downton Abbey fans. The final episode ever of Downton Abbey is set to air in the United States on Sunday, March 6 and Carnival Films and Masterpiece have finally revealed the guest stars and details of the TV event. Lily James and Matt Barber return as Lady Rose and Attics Aldrige, as does Peter Egan as Shrimpie, Lady Rose's father. Patricia Hodge also guests as Bertie Pelham's mother in the final episode. The series finale is airing on Christmas in the United Kingdom. "The last ever episode offers all the love and loss, happiness and heartbreak of Downton Abbey, and as the family and servants prepare to welcome 1926, they celebrate an unforgettable New Year's Eve together at the great...
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‘Downton Abbey’ Christmas Special Casts Bertie’s Mom, Brings Back Prior Stars

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‘Downton Abbey’ Christmas Special Casts Bertie’s Mom, Brings Back Prior Stars
Merry Christmas, “Downton Abbey” fans: The concluding British drama is bringing back several guest stars for its last-ever episode. The upstairs/downstairs show has also cast Patricia Hodge as Bertie’s mother. Lily James, Matt Barber and Peter Egan will return to say goodbye, along with the rest of the regular cast. The last-ever episode will see the family and its servants ringing in 1926. The final season will premiere in the U.S. on Sunday, Jan. 3, culminating with the series finale on March 6. “Downton” Abbey has always ended its seasonal runs with a Christmas special. Overseas, the show hit a two-year ratings.
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Jamie Dornan, Miranda Hart and Boy George go wild for a special edition of Gogglebox: Funniest Nsfw moments

Gogglebox is pretty epic on a normal night, but throw in some celebrities with our usual favourites and you've got one crazy Nsfw TV show.

In aid of Channel 4's Stand Up To Cancer telethon, that's exactly what we had tonight (October 9) and Twitter was quick to explode with happiness at the presence of one particular celebrity:

1. It's Mr Christian Grey himself - Jamie Dornan. And he isn't keen on Strictly:

Jamie Dornan and Nick Frost on a couch together. Have my dreams come true? lol #Gogglebox #goggleboxcelebrity#su2c

— Samantha Walford (@SammWalford) October 9, 2015

Jamie Dornan on Gogglebox? Yes please

— Louisa. (@xx_Louisa_xx) October 9, 2015

2. Dornan was paired with Nick Frost, prompting some concern for Frost's usual comedy partner Simon Pegg:

Cats are up to something, clearly, but Jamie Dornan is on to them... Celebrity #Gogglebox, 9pm.

https://t.co/8ZNiIoYcQM

Channel 4 (@Channel4) October 9, 2015

Would love
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Jamie Dornan, Miranda Hart, Nick Frost and Lee Mack join Celebrity Gogglebox

Jamie Dornan and Miranda Hart are among the latest stars announced for Friday's Gogglebox episode.

The actors will be joined on Channel 4's Stand Up to Cancer special by Nick Frost and Lee Mack.

Hart is taking to the sofa with on-screen mother Patricia Hodge - Penny in BBC sitcom Miranda - as well as her real mum Diana.

Meanwhile, Mack will be accompanied by comedian Bobby Ball.

Boy George, Geri Halliwell and Marilyn were previously confirmed for the special edition.

Kate Moss, Noel Gallagher and Naomi Campbell were among the famous faces who popped up in last year's corresponding Gogglebox.

Channel 4 also revealed that Alexandra Burke and Anthea Turner will be looking for love in Celebrity First Dates.

In 2014, Stand Up to Cancer's live event - hosted by Davina McCall, Alan Carr and Dr Christian Jessen - raised more than £14 million for Cancer Research UK.
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6 spoiler-free teasers for Downton Abbey's series 6 premiere

And now, the end is near for Downton Abbey as it prepares to enter its final series on ITV.

Before we enjoy one last autumn of cosy Sunday nights with the Downton theme blaring through our tellys, Digital Spy was treated to a special screening of the first episode of series six, and here are a few spoiler-free teasers to get you excited.

1. The times they are still-a-changing

As Downton enters 1925, Robert ponders whether their way of living is far too out of date with the rest of the world (well, duh).

After seeing a familiar face hit with a financial crisis, there may be talk of downsizing the staff at Downton, a notion that concerns everyone from Thomas to Spratt. Is Downton preparing to shut up shop and force the Crawleys to fend for themselves?

2. Maggie Smith's one liners are in fine form

You'll be happy to hear
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‘Downton Abbey’ Team Approach End with Pride, Tears

‘Downton Abbey’ Team Approach End with Pride, Tears
London — The cast and production team of “Downton Abbey,” including actors Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Joanne Froggatt, and writer-creator Julian Fellowes, looked back at the show’s achievements with mixed emotions at Friday’s London press launch of the hit show’s sixth and last season.

Fellowes said: “The characters have been so real to me for six years. So I do think you have a little sadness. You do feel rather sorry to say goodbye to these people because I’ve enjoyed the creation. I’m sorry to see them go. I’m very unlikely to be involved in anything that is as successful again and so, of course, I say goodbye to these golden years with a slight pang. But it seems the right time to go while we’re still firing.”

The drama is the most nominated British show in Emmy history with 59 nominations, collecting 11 wins
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Here's your first look at the final series of Downton Abbey

ITV has given fans a first glimpse at the final series of Downton Abbey.

Eight new promotional pictures have been unveiled ahead of the period drama's return this autumn.

Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess looks like she's in deep thought as she sits in her bedroom, while the ladies of the Crawley family - Mary, Cora and Edith - are pictured together.

Earlier this week, the cast of ITV's beloved series, including former star Dan Stevens, reunited for a special BAFTA tribute night to mark the end of the show.

Speaking at the event, creator Julian Fellowes hinted that there may be more to come from Downton Abbey and its characters following its farewell series.

There have been rumours of a Downton Abbey movie ever since ITV confirmed that series six would be the last, but executive producer Gareth Neame has claimed that there are no immediate plans to take
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Miranda's Patricia Hodge will appear in Downton Abbey's final ever episode

Patricia Hodge will appear in the final ever episode of Downton Abbey.

The Miranda actress will join the cast for the conclusion of the period drama on Christmas Day.

Everything we know about the final series of Downton Abbey - and plans for the future

However, it is currently unknown who Hodge will play and whether she'll be spending her time upstairs or downstairs.

Earlier this week, the cast of the ITV hit reunited for a special BAFTA event honouring the series.

At the event, creator Julian Fellowes teased that there may be "some afterlife" for the show and its characters.

There has been a great deal of speculation that Downton Abbey could head to the big screen following its farewell series, but executive producer Gareth Neame has insisted that there are no immediate plans yet.

Meanwhile, Maggie Smith has admitted that she is "surprised" to have made it through
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Joe Pasquale says I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! is 'popcorn for the eyes'

Christopher Biggins and Patricia Hodge were among the celebrities to pay tribute to Lynda Bellingham at a memorial service yesterday (11.02.15). The 66-year-old actor and the 'Miranda' star were among the 300-strong congregation at the service, which was held at St. Stephen's Church - where she married husband Michael Pattermore in 2008 - in central London to celebrate the life of the actress, who passed away from colon cancer in October at the age of 66. Leading the tributes was Lynda's husband Michael who said: ''Six years and nine months ago I stood here, about to marry the most beautiful woman in
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Christmas Gift Guide: 41 Essential Presents For 2014

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year (again), and as usual it’s getting to those last few weeks before the big day when creative ideas and planning make way for frantic grabs at whatever is left on the shelves after the Black Friday zombie hordes have cleared everything out.

But fear not: because the best of Christmas is watching movies, re-watching old TV specials and trying hard to forget that George Lucas ever decided that anyone wanted a Star Wars Christmas show, there’ll always be a helping hand round these parts for those who want it.

So if you’re buying for a difficult brother, a picky sister or just for the film, gaming or TV fan in your life, what follows is a compendium of the finest gift ideas for this year’s festivities, as usual there are massive opportunities to win most of what has been included…
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Miranda Hart confirms sitcom will end with two Christmas specials

Miranda will come to an end with two Christmas specials.

The sitcom's star Miranda Hart confirmed the news during an interview to promote a new book about the series.

When asked by BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright why she had chosen to release The Best of Miranda, the award-winning comic actress explained: "Well, [it's] because I'm actually coming to the end of the whole sitcom.

"This is the first time I'm saying it out loud, so it's a bit weird!"

Hart continued by saying: "So I'm doing two Christmas specials, but they are going to be the finale of the show, full stop. So I wanted to do a book to celebrate the series and celebrate all the people who have supported it and watched it, so they get to see the scripts and some backstage gossip and all that sort of thing."

Miranda debuted on BBC Two in 2009, moving to
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Wendi Peters 'hated' her Coronation Street character

Miranda Hart has announced the two Christmas specials she is doing will mark the end of her eponymous BBC sitcom. The 41-year-old comedian confirmed that 'Miranda' - which also stars the likes of Sarah Hadland, Tom Ellis and Patricia Hodge, and first aired on the BBC in November 2009 - will conclude over the festive season. Miranda - who's produced a book that gives fans of the show an insight to the sitcom - explained to BBC Radio 2: ''I'm actually coming to the end of the whole sitcom. This is the first time I'm saying it out loud, so it's
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Miranda Hart: My, What I Call Live Show review – 'a triumph of old-school entertainment'

Miranda Hart's party-popping Everywoman intimacy is perfectly at home in the huge O2

I last saw Miranda Hart performing live standup at the Edinburgh fringe in 2004, before her Radio 4 show Miranda Hart's Joke Shop paved the way for the television sitcom that turned her into the kind of star who can sell out the O2. Back then she was hosting a Funny Women gig to a room of about 30 people, performing snippets of her own comedy in between introducing the other acts. Even in that intimate venue she possessed a formidable stage presence, though her material was unusual in how retro it seemed compared with the prevailing currents of standup. Eschewing whimsy, politics or the urge to shock, Hart gave us a very English upper-middle-class comedy of embarrassment. Much of it centred around her posh mother's tendency to make unwittingly homophobic or racist comments in a loud voice,
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Betrayal – review

Ethel Barrymore theatre, New York City

Daniel Craig and a starry cast get the tone completely wrong in this rendition of Pinter's great play about a seven-year affair

Mike Nichols and his cast get so much wrong in the Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's Betrayal (1978), let's start with what goes right. It's a handsome physical production, with large, well-appointed interiors by Ian MacNeil wafting in and out to composer James Murphy's moody noodling and glowing with Brian MacDevitt's evocative lighting. Daniel Craig shucks off his 007 persona to become Robert, a successful book publisher whose wife, Emma (Rachel Weisz) conducts a seven-year affair with Robert's friend Jerry (Rafe Spall), a literary agent. The compact, rugged Craig hasn't shrunken from years behind the camera: he projects himself fully and muscularly to the back stalls. Craig even enlivened vastly inferior material when last he was on the Great White Way,
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Falklands on film: how broadcasters have handled Margaret Thatcher's war

BBC and ITV enraged the government with early portrayals of the conflict but it is being supplanted by recent conflicts

British TV deployed rapidly – and with frequent controversy – to attack the Falklands war as a subject. The assiduous historical website British Television Drama records, in the decade after the war, 10 dramas based on the conflict.

The BBC screened five plays within five years of the events, which may surprise those who now associate the corporation with editorial caution and at the time clearly astonished the Ministry of Defence, which made numerous objections and obstructed access to actual locations and equipment.

The earliest pieces were oblique, with Don Shaw's The Falklands Factor dramatising an 18th-century dispute over the islands, and Maggie Wadey's The Waiting War focusing on military and naval families. ITV also enraged the MoD and the government with a children's series, Jan Needle's A Game of Soldiers,
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Miranda Hart: 25 reasons why I love Comic Relief

As Comic Relief celebrates 25 years of fundraising, Miranda Hart shares her favourite things about Red Nose Day

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• I love the idea of doing something Funny for Money to raise cash for Comic Relief. Right now, I'm on The BT Red Nose Challenge: Miranda's Mad March, being set ridiculously fun but tough challenges around the UK. On my first day, I tried to set a new Guinness World Record by waxing 16 armpits in less than three minutes. It was pretty hairy. I got closer to "real" beauty than anyone should ever have to.

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• I love all the Smithy sketches for Red Nose Day. I was open mouthed as I watched him berate the England football squad, and tell off the entire audience of Sports Personality of the Year. But my favourite has to be the infinite round
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TV highlights Boxing Day

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Live Football Special | Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2012: The Modern Alchemist | Miranda | The Girl | Doors Open | Moominland Tales: The Life | Midnight In Paris | The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

• Plan your Christmas and New Year viewing with our interactive guide to festive television

Live Football Special

5pm, Sky Sports 1

Time was when the Boxing Day fixtures were not so much a footballing contest but a test of which team had managed to turn up less hungover, as some bizarre and high-scoring results attested. No such fun nowadays, though neither of today's featured fixtures are immune from the possibility of surprise. The generally hapless but occasionally inspired Aston Villa meet Spurs, high-flying but prone to slip-ups; while Liverpool go to Stoke City – a team who try but currently fail to play football against a team who succeed in not doing so. DS

Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2012: The Modern Alchemist

8pm,
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