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Following last year’s 40th Anniversary Special, the BBC commissioned a full six-episode series of Still Open All Hours, the sequel to the classic sitcom Open All Hours, and ahead of its Boxing Day premiere a trailer has arrived online, which you can watch right here…
Still Open All Hours reunites creator Roy Clarke with surviving cast members David Jason as Granville and Lynda Baron as Gladys Emmanuel, while other cast members include James Baxter, Stephanie Cole, Maggie Ollerenshaw, Johnny Vegas, Kulvinder Ghir, Brigit Forsyth and Tim Healy.
- Gary Collinson
The broadcaster and actor will play the secret service boss when the show makes its comeback next year for a new generation of young viewers. Alexander Armstrong is lined up to play the show’s title character, originally voiced by David Jason, will be reunited with his co-star on BBC1 quiz Pointless as Richard Osman has a guest role.
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- Press Association
In a conversation that took us from incomplete movies on a Saturday night to taking a perilous Wrong Turn, Roxanne took us behind the scenes of her craft as she reflected on the art of performance on stage and screen.
Why a career as an actress? Was there that one inspirational moment?
I have never had a defining moment – it was who I was from day one. I was never one of those kids that had to sit down with a teacher and discuss what they could be.
I was an only child, and so I was a constant exhibitionist. I was always pretending to be dead at the bottom of the stairs, and my »
- Gary Collinson
In the new Canadian horror movie Septic Man, Jason David Brown plays a sewage worker who falls into a septic tank and gradually mutates into a monstrous beastie. Brown won Best Actor in a Horror Film award at last year’s Fantastic Fest genre festival for his performance—but this gross-out film is not one to watch while you’re eating. Then again…
“At Fantastic Fest they actually handed out chocolate pudding in the middle of the screening,” recalls Septic Man director Jesse Thomas Cook. “It was a funny touch to see people eating chocolate pudding while Septic Man was knee-deep in the sewage. »
- Clark Collis
The upcoming Danger Mouse reboot may feature female characters who were previously male.
The move is said to fit into the BBC's plans to make female characters more prominent in children's shows, reports The Guardian.
Cbbc will air 52 new episodes of the classic 1980s cartoon in 2015. The original series featured very few female characters.
"Characters that might have been male in the past will now be female characters," Cbbc controller Cheryl Taylor said.
However, she did not specify which characters could see gender swaps.
CBeebies controller Kay Benbow said of the move: "I still feel the default tendency is for there to be a male lead or a male presenter."
The new series will see Danger Mouse and Penfold still stationed at their iconic red post box. However, it will be filled with modern technology, including the title character's eye patch being replaced by a multi-function 'iPatch'.
It’s been a very quick turnaround of news for BBC’s reboot to Danger Mouse. Following the announcement of the new show we were given a promotional image and now it seems we’re going to see some character changes for this new vision.
In an interview with British newspaper The Guardian, Cbbc Controller Cheyrl Taylor said that, “characters that might have been male in the past will now be female characters”.
Kay Benbow, controller of sister station CBeebies was quoted as saying, “I still feel the default tendency is for there to be a male lead or a male presenter”. She went on to say how they were looking to commission more shows with female lead characters and with their name in the show title in an effort to make females more prominent in their programming.
There is no news on which character(s) will be getting the gender swap. »
- Luke Owen
The period June 9th to 15th 2014 was an unpleasant raid on the collective VHS cassette memory of our youth. Not only did Eric Hill, the creator of Spot the Dog, pass away, but so too did Casey Kasem, who for forty years had been the voice of Scooby-Doo's snack wingman Shaggy. Francis Matthews, the stiff upper lip behind Captain Scarlet's stiff puppet lip, departed to be with a different angel squadron. And before that Earth lost Rik Mayall, who performed the best Jackanory ever. Sorry Prince Charles. He did.
So if you felt a part of your formative years had suddenly melted away like a Funny Feet ice cream abandoned on a see-saw, then that's perfectly normal. It's always sad and strangely personal »
First Bananaman now Danger Mouse? This is a good time for fans of '80s Brit-toons. The show is being rebooted by Ireland’s Boulder Media, with Horrible Histories‘ Ben Ward on script duty. No word yet on who'll be providing the voices, but one would hope British comedy icon David Jason might consider returning to bring Dm back to life again. »
Over two decades since it wrapped, much loved 1980s British cartoon series "Danger Mouse" is coming out of retirement with FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment teaming with the BBC to produce a 52-episode new series to air on Cbbc next year in the UK.
A parody of the Bond films and TV's "Danger Man", the Cosgrove Hall Films production followed an eye-patched white mouse who is also the world's greatest secret agent. He and his bespectacled and reluctant hamster assistant Penfold work out of their base within a red postbox.
Together they battled the evil machinations of the wheezy voiced toad Baron Silas Greenback and his crow assistant Stiletto Mafiosa. On occasion the vampire Count Duckula was the antagonist, and he went on to score his own spin-off series.
161 episodes were produced over a decade and the show proved to be an international hit, even in the United States market where »
- Garth Franklin
In a move sure to delight readers of a certain age, cult cartoon Danger Mouse is headed back to TV. Following the misadventures of an intrepid rodent with a talent for espionage, the tongue in cheek format saw the title character take on the machinations of the evil Baron Greenback, all the while assisted by his fragile hamster assistant Penfold.
Voiced by David Jason and Carry On star Terry Scott, the show had quite a pedigree and though casting has yet to be confirmed it’s a likely bet Jason will return. He is reviving his Granville character for a full series of rebooted sitcom Still Open All Hours and is probably in nostalgic mood. As it only takes a quick trip to the recording studio I can see him lending his wily vocal talents to “Dm” once more. Scott is sadly no longer with us, so if Jason decides »
- Steve Palace
The much-loved British children’s show Danger Mouse is set to return to TV screens, with FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment partnering up with the BBC to develop a new version of the classic series, which will air on Cbbc.
“When I helped to create Danger Mouse I had no idea the show would be such a huge success both in the UK and overseas,” said Brian Cosgrove, co-creator of the original show. “I am delighted that a whole new generation will be introduced to his daring deeds and thrilled to be part of this new 21st century series. I can’t wait to find out what he’s been up to for the last 23 years.”
- Gary Collinson
Danger Mouse will return next year with a new 52-episode series on Cbbc.
The original Cosgrove Hall Films production ran for ten series from 1981 to 1992, on Citv in the UK and Nickelodeon in the Us.
"I am delighted that a whole new generation will be introduced to his daring deeds and thrilled to be part of this new 21st century series.
"I can't wait to find out what he's been up to for the last 23 years."
The rights to the Danger Mouse character are now owned by FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment, which is collaborating with the BBC on the new series.
Fremantle had teased the possible return of the character in March 2013, following »
Cbbc has revived Cosgrove Hall's Danger Mouse for a 52-episode new series to air in 2015...
Thunderbirds, Morph, and now Danger Mouse... The UK is officially only a Super Gran reboot away from full nostalgic kids' TV submersion. Cbbc has announced it's bringing back Cosgrove Hall's murine super spy for fifty-two new eleven-minute instalments, due to air in 2015.
It's a mighty thirty-three years since the series, about a Bond-like super agent mouse who lived in a secret lair underneath a red post box aided by his trusty er, hamster? friend Penfold zipped around the world besting foes, first aired on ITV.
Horrible Histories' Ben Ward is leading the writing team, and there's no official confirmation yet on who will be voicing the titular character (if it isn't David Jason, Cbbc may well have an angry thirty-something riot on their hands, providing we can all get babysitters that is).
The reboot, »
We’ve not heard from Steven Spielberg since 2012′s Lincoln and his adaptation of Robopocalypse has been put on indefinite hold, but we now know the release dates of his next two movies, including his live-action adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved book The Bfg.
First up is Spielberg teaming up with Tom Hanks (Captain Philips) in an untitled Cold War thriller based on the real-life story of James Donovan, who was sent on a next-to-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot by the CIA. It may not have a title, but it will hit cinemas on October 16th 2015.
After that, Spielberg will be helming the live-action version of The Bfg, which is set for release on July 1st 2016, tells the fantastical story of a Big Friendly Giant who befriends a young orphan girl. Dreamworks acquired the rights to the book in 2011 with Kathleen Kenedy »
- Luke Owen
Sir David Jason insists he has no plans to retire after 50 years in the TV business. The 'Only Fools And Horses' legend, who will start filming a new series of 'Still Open All Hours' later this year, is busier than ever with the paperback version of his autobiography out and a children's TV show about to launch. He told The Sun newspaper: ''I've got no intention of retiring, why would I? ''I'd really like to find another great role, another leading character. If the right project comes along I'm ready to do it. ''Touch wood, I'm in good health. Long may it »
Sir David Jason has suggested that Only Fools and Horses will not return.
However, Jason said that a return wouldn't be possible as writer John Sullivan died in 2011.
Speaking on Lorraine, he said: "The thing that happened with [the Sport Relief episode], it was a script that John Sullivan was working on with his son... it was a Sullivan script.
"John Sullivan was a one-off. He wrote those characters and there isn't anybody else, I don't think, that could do it."
Jason also spoke about how the ambition of actors has changed since he started his own career, explaining: "When I started I was in Rep [theatre], and it was to me like a religion that I had to be an actor. That's all I wanted.
"Fame and fortune, »
Step inside the dream factory for a chat about Noel Edmonds' beard and probability theory...
My first memory is of my dad getting into a fight with Noel Edmonds on the set of Telly Addicts. He had gotten so bored with the endless trivia that he fell asleep during one question, and woke up during another, and ran onto the stage to complain that David Jason wasn’t The Fugitive. If he found a colourful 80s gameshow boring, good lord knows what he makes of random guesstheboxathon Deal Or No Deal. He would probably implode into a coma.
But is it really just a game of chance? Unfortunately, try as you might, you can never get away from that agonising itch that it’s all just a completely random number guessing game. Albeit one with a delusional man who has phone conversations with a non-existent financial warlord, and 4000 gallons of tears. »
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Steven Spielberg has named his next directing gig, an adaptation of Rald Dahl’s classic children’s story The Bfg. The project, housed over at Dreamworks will be a live-action adaptation of the popular children’s author’s 1982 novel of the same name. Melissa Mathison, who wrote one of Spielberg’s most beloved tales E.T. will adapt the novel for the big screen.
Here’s the book synopsis.
The Bfg is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants—rather than the Bfg—she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. »
- Paul Heath
In an unexpected move, Steven Spielberg has signed up to direct a new version of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, The Bfg. E.T. screenwriter Melissa Mathison has written the script, meaning expectations will be very high on this one. The Bfg (short for big, friendly giant) previously appeared in an animated British film back in 1989 (which the lumbering dream-catcher voiced by David Jason). Spielberg’s version is reported to be live-action, although it’s unclear at this early stage whether the Bfg will be created with CGI,...
- Matt Maytum
Legendary British actress and national treasure Julie Walters is set to receive the BAFTA Fellowship, the British Academy’s highest accolade, this May during the annual Television Awards ceremony in London. The award is granted to those who have made “an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games.”
“I am honored to receive this prestigious award and extremely shocked.” said Walters. “I’ve worked with some brilliant people over the years and have been very fortunate to have had the opportunities to work on such a variety of projects
Not content with living the life of a movie star, Walters continued to stay true to her roots appearing on British TV in a plethora of comedic performances alongside long »
- Gavin Logan
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