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14 items from 2015


Five most memorable celebrity holiday specials

7 December 2015 12:38 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

With Christmas just around the corner, there is an expectation that we’re going to be treated to hordes of holiday TV specials. Over the years there have been many surprise cameos in one-off festive specials, or long-running TV series that have been adapted to either raise money for a charity, or guarantee big viewership for TV channels.

The first on our list is a relatively new example. Debuting on the streaming service Netflix just a couple of days ago, A Very Murray Christmas is a Christmas special headed up by none other than former Ghostbuster Bill Murray. Murray pulls in a whole host of celebrity pals to contribute to his special, including George Clooney, Chris Rock and a scene-stealing Miley Cyrus. The special is directed by Sofia Coppola, who of course directed Murray in the superb Lost In Translation back in 2003. That film saw Murray play the role of »

- The Hollywood News

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Sony Plans A Danger Mouse Movie

7 October 2015 3:01 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Recently revived on TV with Alexander Armstrong, Kevin Eldon and Stephen Fry among the voice cast, Danger Mouse is also set to storm the big screen. Sony Pictures Animation and StudioCanal have hatched a plan for a movie, with producers Neal Moritz and Toby Ascher overseeing the diminutive super-spy shenanigans.Starting life as an animated series from Cosgrove Hall in the early '80s, Danger Mouse was a secret agent, channelling James Bond and Danger Man, and getting involved in a lot of very silly nonsense on a weekly basis.He lived underneath a pillar box on Baker Street and drove a flying car; his sidekick was the blundering hamster Penfold; his "M" was Colonel K. (a chinchilla); and his arch enemy was the wheezy toad Baron Greenback, who had a crow henchman called Stiletto and was always up to dastardly schemes like trying to melt the North Pole. Occasional secondary villains included Count Duckula, »

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Danger Mouse episode 1 review: Danger Mouse Begins... Again!

28 September 2015 12:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Danger Mouse is back! This slick, self-aware, modern revival boasts plenty of action and jokes...

It’s been over a year since the BBC announced it was remaking Danger Mouse, a show which has a special place in the hearts of a generation of children. Understandably, there’ve been nerves; can Danger Mouse thrive without David Jason and Terry Scott? Will the new team stick with what made the show great in the first place? Is there a place for Danger Mouse on television today? Will this ruin childhoods?

Based on the first episode of the revived series, the answer to all of those questions is tentatively ‘yes’. Except that last one; as we’ve said before on this site, even the worst remake can’t have any genuine impact on your childhood. And, happily, Danger Mouse is far from being the worst remake.

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Very British Problems: How one man's hilarious Twitter feed became a star-studded TV show

13 August 2015 4:15 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Very British Problems, the 1 million follower-plus @soverybritish Twitter feed turned best-selling book of Britons' daily woes, hits our small screens tonight (August 13).

Starring Jonathan Ross, James Corden and a variety of famous funny Brits moaning creatively in a Grumpy Old Men stylee, the Channel 4 series looks to bottle the retweet phenomenon for a non-social audience.

I meet its London-based creator Rob Temple to find out how that's going to work and, to be honest, exactly how it all got this far. Over a beer, not an under-heated cup of tea ("I don't even like tea," laughs Temple), I ask how the idea started. "Well, it started it in 2012, cause you told me to."

Now, this is sort of true. Full disclosure: I used to work with Rob. And I did implore him to start a Twitter feed, as despite having never seen it himself, his dry, pithy humour was clearly a good fit. »

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Arthur Daley, Del Boy and Rumpole – three characters straight out of Dickens

7 August 2015 8:17 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

George Cole’s death is a reminder of a trio of brilliant comic creations who could easily have graced the great writer’s novels

The death of the actor George Cole has rightly resulted in a rush of clips and memories of his stand-out TV role: the bumbling crook Arthur Daley in Minder. But, for me, thoughts of Cole’s frequently belittled Mr Big always blur with two other peak-time characters of the same era who also had a comically troubled relationship with the law: David Jason’s Del Boy Trotter in Only Fools and Horses and Leo McKern’s Horace Rumpole in Rumpole of the Bailey.

Apart from the fact that they competed for audiences and awards over a period of more than a decade, a Venn diagram representing these three vivid creations would have other shared areas. Arthur overlapped with Del Boy as con artists with a low »

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Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey lends her voice to Danger Mouse reboot

13 July 2015 4:56 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

If you watched Danger Mouse as a kid in the 80s then your childhood was probably pretty cool. UK national treasure David Jason originally voiced the secret agent mouse during its decade long run from 1981 to 1992. It was announced last year that well known British comedian and television show host Alexander Armstrong would take over from David Jason in the BBC’S upcoming reboot and now we have a couple of other big names joining the ranks.

Deadline is reporting that Lena Headey – better known as Cersei Lannister, the baddest bitch in all of Westeros – will lend her voice to the new show as Us special agent Jeopardy Mouse. The Daily Show‘s John Oliver will also join the cast, voicing the recurring adversary Dr. Augustus P. Crumhorn III.

The news was first announced late Sunday night during a Sdcc panel. Headey explained her decision to join the show:

“I »

- Gavin Logan

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Animated Classic ‘Danger Mouse’ Coming Back, Cast Announced

13 July 2015 3:33 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

HBO star John Oliver (“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”) and Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones” Queen Cersei) are cast as voice over talent for the BBC and FremantleMedia’s revamped animated series “Danger Mouse.” The beloved 80s cartoon was about a secret agent mouse and his hamster friend Penfold and was originally voiced by David Jason and Terry Scott.The announcement was made at Comic-Con International in San Diego, California. Oliver is reportedly cast as scientist wolf Dr. Augustus P. Crumhorn III, and Headey will voice the U.S. Secret Agent Jeopardy Mouse. “Danger Mouse” will air on the BBC’s kids’ channel […] »

- April Neale

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Steven Spielberg and Disney combine for first time on The Bfg

14 April 2015 1:36 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story will star Mark Rylance, Rebecca Hall and Penelope Wilton

Steven Spielberg has found himself directing a Disney movie for the first time after the Hollywood studio joined upcoming Roald Dahl adaptation The Bfg, reports Deadline.

The first big-screen outing for Dahl’s whizzpopping giant - British firm Cosgrove Hall produced a much-loved David Jason-voiced film for television in 1989 - was announced last year. Stage icon and Wolf Hall star Mark Rylance will play the Bfg, with newcomer Ruby Barnhill as Sophie.

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Sir David Jason thanks family values for Only Fools and Horses success

30 January 2015 8:15 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Sir David Jason believes family values are to thank for the success of 'Only Fools and Horses'. The 74-year-old actor, who played wide boy Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter in the popular comedy, admits telling the story of Del and his brother Rodney's (Nicholas Lyndhurst) journey through life allowed viewers to connect with them, resulting in its success. He said: Nobody had done one before about families and, of course, everyone has a family. You've either got a family or in a family. One of the things that [writer] John [Sullivan] put his heart into was that he knew London, and he knew »

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Sir David Jason is 'proud' of Only Fools and Horses' legacy

25 January 2015 1:15 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Sir David Jason is ''proud'' that new generations find 'Only Fools and Horses' funny. The 74-year-old actor starred as Del Boy in the comedy series from 1981 to 2003 and admits he's happy the humour has stood ''the test of time''. He said: ''I'm very proud. I think we're all proud of that job. It's setting fire to a new generation, which is exciting. Young kids, 11, 12 [years old], they're watching it and enjoying it, so long may it continue.'' The 'Still Open All Hours' star also confessed that while he doesn't seek out the Christmas specials during the festive season, »

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Danny-Boy Hatchard: Working on EastEnders like working at a factory

22 January 2015 8:15 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Sir David Jason is ''proud'' that new generations find 'Only Fools and Horses' funny. The 74-year-old actor starred as Del Boy in the comedy series from 1981 to 2003 and admits he's happy the humour has stood ''the test of time''. He said: ''I'm very proud. I think we're all proud of that job. It's setting fire to a new generation, which is exciting. Young kids, 11, 12 [years old], they're watching it and enjoying it, so long may it continue.'' The 'Still Open All Hours' star also confessed that while he doesn't seek out the Christmas specials during the festive season, »

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David Jason: 'Only Fools and Horses holds up to the test of time'

22 January 2015 1:23 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

David Jason has admitted that he sometimes watches Only Fools and Horses if he happens to catch a repeat on television.

The actor said that he watches the comedy "more by accident than by design", but is always "proud" to see what the cast produced.

Speaking to reporters including Digital Spy at the National Television Awards, he said: "What happens to me is that sometimes I'm looking through to find a programme to watch and I accidentally come across a Fools.

"And just before I change channels I stop. And I go, 'These guys are not too bad really!' And I sit there and I watch it. It's, like, more by accident than by design, although I must say like most people that it still holds up to the test of time, I'm very, very pleased to say."

He added that the BBC comedy - which returned to screens »

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National Television Awards 2015: As it happened

21 January 2015 11:21 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

For the next three hours, the best of 2014's television will be celebrated at a lavish ceremony starring everyone from Danny Dyer to the bloke from The Chase.

The 2015 National Television Awards will reward the very best (or highest-voted) soaps, dramas, comedies and more. Dermot O'Leary will once again host the event live from The O2 in London on ITV.

So grab a cup of tea, prepare for madness and enjoy Ant & Dec winning the Best TV Presenter(s) trophy, as Digital Spy takes you through the evening from 7.30pm.

22:03So there we have it for another year! A pretty darn well-run ship by Dermot, and a generally enjoyable show. What did you think of the winners? Any big snubs? All in agreement? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for joining us!

22:02Of course, one more mention of Mrs Brown before the end.

22:00Claudia Winkleman can be seen going "What? »

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Foyle's War, Last Tango in Halifax

11 January 2015 4:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Still Open All Hours: BBC One, 7.30pm

David Jason reprises his role of Granville in this follow-up to the classic sitcom.

Tonight, Granville reveals his big ambition to open his own coffee shop, causing quite a stir in the neighbourhood.

Foyle's War: ITV, 8pm

Michael Kitchen is back as Christopher Foyle in this eighth series of adventures from writer Anthony Horowitz.

Part two of three - when the son of a high-profile Jewish businessman is attacked in the grounds of a university, Foyle must consider whether the attack was racially motivated.

Last Tango in Halifax: BBC One, 9pm

The latest series of Happy Valley writer Sally Wainright's BAFTA-winning drama continues.

Celia (Anne Reid) is determined not to attend the wedding and remains at home, brooding, while Caroline (Sarah Lancashire) refuses to let her mum's selfish behaviour ruin her big day.

Celebrity Big Brother: Channel 5, 9pm

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