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5 items from 2009


Brian Cox and Anna Maxwell Martin to star in MPs' expenses drama

8 December 2009 11:13 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Satirical BBC film to tell story of freedom of information campaigner Heather Brooke

He is perhaps best known for his roles as Hannibal Lecter in the movie Manhunter and a scheming CIA boss in the Bourne films.

Now the Dundee-born actor Brian Cox is to take on a role rather closer to home, playing fellow Scot Michael Martin, the former Speaker of the House of Commons, in a forthcoming BBC satirical drama about MPs' expenses affair.

Martin, who was forced to resign in May over his handling of what became the biggest political scandal for years, fought to keep details of MPs' expenses out of public view.

After the Daily Telegraph revealed a litany of questionable claims amid a public outcry, he stepped down from the Speaker's chair, quit his Glasgow seat and has since been ennobled as Lord Martin of Springburn.

The satirical BBC4 drama, Bringing Down the House, »

- Chris Tryhorn

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Our Mutual Friend and Calling Time On Student Bars | Radio review

9 November 2009 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Woman's Hour drama that started today is a great winter warmer, says Elisabeth Mahoney

It's good that the weather has turned properly chilly in time for Our Mutual Friend in the Woman's Hour Drama slot (Radio 4). A month-long treat just right for winter, this adaptation is stylish and gripping from the start and Alex Jennings is brilliantly cool as Dickens. "Let's throw a stone into this pool," he says, observing his characters and relishing the ripples to follow. Almost every character and event is greeted with strong drink, with hot gin the favoured tipple when there's a nip in the air.

Drink was also to the fore in Calling Time On Student Bars (Radio 4), in which Ed Byrne reported on the dwindling allure and viability of student-union bars. Byrne returned to Glasgow, where he had been a student, and found himself steeped in nostalgia. "Drinking a pint through a sock, »

- Elisabeth Mahoney

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Gambon to star in new Bennett play

20 August 2009 4:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sir Michael Gambon has been hired to star in Alan Bennett's new play The Habit of Art alongside Alex Jennings, it has emerged. The Harry Potter actor will play Auden in the production, which opens at the National Theatre in November. The play will be directed by Nicholas Hytner, who helmed Bennett's last script The History Boys. The National Theatre said: "Alan Bennett's new play (more) »

- By Mayer Nissim

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The Disappeared United Kingdom Premier

28 May 2009 6:30 PM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

"The Disappeared," from writer and director Johnny Kevorkian, will make an early showing at the Institute of Contemporary Arts beginning June 17 and ending on the 28 of June. At its heart "The Disappeared," is a ghost story involving the possible abduction of young Tom Felton. Already picked up by IFC Films for North American distribution all the characters from "The Disappeared," can be seen in the United Kingdom starting in the summer while a North American wide release is forthcoming. Have a look at a mysterious trailer for the film inside and prepare for a roller coaster ride through the dark alleys of the imagination.

A partial synopsis for "The Disappeared," here...

Matthew Ryan's (Harry Treadaway) life is devastated after the disappearance of his younger brother, Tom. Matthew's father had left him to look after Tom and now Matthew feels responsible. His father is trying to hold back the anger »

- Michael Ross Allen

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Whitechapel Movie Review

10 April 2009 8:00 PM, PDT | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

Whitechapel is a gripping and darkly atmospheric thriller directed by the brilliant Sj Clarkson (Life on Mars) who leads a stellar cast inlcuding Rupert Penry-Jones, Phil Davis, Steve Pemberton, Johnny Harris, Alex Jennings, Claire Rushbrook, Branko Tomovic, Tameka Empson, Sally Leonard and Paul Hickey through the gloomy streets of London's East End. Jack the Ripper has come back. A series of horrific crimes suggest someone is carrying out copycat murders 120 years after the killer struck. A modern police force is fighting an old adversary, an adversary who was never caught. The murders are »

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