11 items from 2016
Llinos Cathryn Thomas Aug 5, 2016
Thirty years since it ended, we revisit much-loved 80s historical fantasy series Robin Of Sherwood...
The Robin Hood legend has been retold in countless ways, but one of the most memorable of modern times is Richard Carpenter’s hugely influential 1980s imagining, telling the story of Sherwood’s band of outlaws with a combination of realism and luminous fantasy with its roots in British folklore.
Made by Htv in association with production company Goldcrest Films (which was also behind Chariots Of Fire and Gandhi), its 26 episodes ran on ITV from 1984 to 1986, garnering a positive critical reception and inspiring a fan following that’s still enthusiastically active today.
Much of the success of the show was down to the spot-on casting and the chemistry between the performers. Michael Praed’s charismatic-yet-otherworldly presence as Robin was the perfect match for the show’s aesthetic, and the more down-to-earth Little John, »
Idris Elba is shaken (not stirred) by the push for him to become the next James Bond.
“It is the wildest rumor in the world,” he said on Good Morning America Thursday, adding that there have not been any “talks with me and studios about any of that.”
Still, Elba seemed overwhelmed by the amount of people who have asked him about the potential casting. “Everywhere I go people want that to happen.”
The actor, who is currently on a press tour for “Star Trek Beyond” in which he plays the villain, Krall, joked around that he has aged out of the role. “If I’m really honest, I think I’m too old for that,” he said. “Running around and cars and ladies and martinis… who wants to do that? Sounds terrible.”
In August of last year, Elba told Variety during a cover story interview that he would have his fans to thanks. »
- Seth Kelley
Simon Brew Jul 21, 2016
Simon Mayo is a man of many talents. To cinema folk, he's one of the two voices behind Wittertainment, the BBC's flagship film programme (wassup, etc). To others, he plays choice songs on Radio 2. To me: he was also chairman of Melchester Rovers. And to a growing number of people, he's the author of some really fine works of fiction.
His latest, Blame, sees him heading into the world of Young Adult. And over a hot drink (him: civilised green tea, me: coffee caffeine rocket fuel concoction, no biscuits) we had a chat about what could almost be an accidental shift into non-fiction...
The last time I interviewed you I messed up my opening question when I tried to follow the Simon Mayo interview handbook, but I think I’ve got this nailed now. »
Mix two royals, five Michelin-star chefs and one grand country house and you have a recipe for the ultimate summer date night. Princess Kate and Prince William stepped out on Wednesday for a gala evening hosted by their friends, the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley, at the aristocrats' stately home, Houghton Hall. Leaving their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte at their nearby country house, Anmer Hall, the royal parents drove the four miles to Houghton Hall for the evening of entertainment and fine dining. Kate, in a dazzling Jenny Packham rewear from 2011, suggested William was looking forward to a »
- Simon Perry, @SPerryPeoplemag
A select group of Michelin-starred chefs are set to conjure a very special meal for Princess Kate and husband Prince William, along with about 90 invited guests, at a grand house a short drive from the royal couple's country home in Norfolk. The dinner is set to take place this Wednesday - the day after William turns 34 - and will thank supporters of one of Kate's favorite charities, East Anglia Children's Hospices. The charity, which hopes the evening will bring in around $700,000, is focused on raising around $14 million to build a new hospice. Kate helped launch that appeal back in 2014. The evening, »
- Simon Perry, @SPerryPeoplemag
Bromance burgeons in this Spooks-meets-Starsky and Hutch show; a documentary on musicians from the remoter regions of Romania; Bettany Hughes investigates the life and times of Marx. Plus: England v Wales
Combining the visual style of Spooks with the mutually maverick buddy-cop dynamic of Starsky and Hutch, Anthony Horowitz’s new series has some familiar antecedents. No matter, this second episode is hugely entertaining (albeit credulity-stretching) as we watch young investigators Stefan and Rash probing dark dealing within the pharmaceutical industry. With a bromance burgeoning between the leads, this looks like a series to stick with. Jonathan Wright
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- Jonathan Wright, Andrew Mueller, John Robinson, Jack Seale, David Stubbs, Hannah J Davies, Graeme Virtue and Paul Howlett
They are cocky, competitive and fit in all senses – but I think I prefer my detectives world-weary and old
Mumbai. Well I think it’s Mumbai. It’s quite hard to tell, the way it’s all been chopped about and slowed down, speeded up, stopped, zoomed in on, mashed up, with a high Bpm dance track. You know the style. Everyone else is seeing it – the opening of Anthony Horowitz’s thriller series New Blood (BBC1) – like that too, right? Maybe I’ve been slipped something, or I’m part of an involuntary drugs test.
It is Mumbai, and these six young backpackers are taking part in a (medical) drugs test – voluntarily, they’re getting paid £600 for it. But for one of them it goes wrong, something happens – a stabbing. Six years later, London, and suddenly the same people start dying. Not as a side effect this time, unless murder is a side effect. »
- Sam Wollaston
Two young professionals take on the murky world of big pharma. Plus: Peaky Blinders reaches a Godfather-like conclusion
A very well put-together new series, this, in which corrupt dealings in the pharmaceutical industry are the backdrop for a character story about two young professionals. The story begins with backpackers taking part in a drug trial in India. Fast forward six years and we’re back in London with a murder at a tower block and one of our drug guinea pigs in quite a bad way. Can Stefan (Mark Strepan) and Arash (Ben Tavassoli) find out how the conspiracy all fits together? Written by Foyle’s War creator Anthony Horowitz. John Robinson
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- John Robinson David Stubbs Hannah Verdier Ali Catterall Hannah J Davies Mark Gibbings-Jones Ben Arnold Paul Howlett
The Foyle's War TV show on ITV was cancelled after eight seasons, because of rising production costs. Creator Anthony Horowitz tells Digital Spy he was ready for the British detective drama series to end. In the Us, some seasons of Foyle's War aired on PBS. The complete Foyle's War TV series is available for streaming on Acorn.TV (but Acorn's series numbering is confusing).
Foyle's War is set during and after World War II, with the eighth and final season set in 1947. Michael Kitchen stars as detective Christopher Foyle. The Doyle's War TV series cast also includes: Honeysuckle Weeks, Ellie Haddington, Tim McMullan, Daniel Weyman, Jeremy Swift, Rupert Vansittart, and Hermione Gulliford.
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Silverman, Sarah Silverman. The actress showed James Bond who's boss while introducing Sam Smith's performance of Spectre song "Writing's on the Wall" during the 2016 Oscars on Sunday. After announcing she hadn't seen Spectre, the latest film in the iconic and lengthy spy franchise, Silverman said, "I guess I was a Bond girl, in that I had sexual intercourse with James Bond followed by never hearing him again, ever. Like never, not even a text." She continued, "And I know he has a cell phone - he has four of them. It's fine whatever." "Maybe he likes sleeping with vulnerable »
- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble
With the entertainment industry currently embroiled in a debate over the lack of diversity in film, UK pay TV network Sky Arts may have picked the wrong time to announce that British actor Joseph Fiennes will play pop icon Michael Jackson in a new half-hour comedy special.
The project, “Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon,” will center around an unlikely road trip that Jackson and friends Elizabeth Taylor (Stockard Channing) and Marlon Brando (Brian Cox) allegedly took from New York to Ohio in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.
In a statement regarding Fiennes’ casting, Sky Arts said, “‘Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon’ is a Sky Arts comedy which takes a light-hearted look at a reportedly true event; Joseph Fiennes is cast as Michael Jackson. It is part of a series of comedies about unlikely stories from arts and cultural history. Sky Arts gives producers the creative freedom to cast roles as they wish, »
- Variety Staff
11 items from 2016
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