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4 items from 2017


Netflix Buys British Comedy ‘Amar Akbar and Tony’

1 June 2017 2:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Netflix has acquired international rights to the British coming-of-age comedy “Amar Akbar & Tony” from Kino Lorber, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film, directed by Atul Malhotra, stars Rez Kempton as a Sikh, Sam Vincenti as a Muslim, and Martin Delaney as an Irish Catholic. Set in contemporary London, the trio — who were childhood friends — face unforeseen changes to their lives, such as interracial marriage, near-fatal accidents, and prison, that test old friendships and family values.

Netflix will release the film internationally on June 20 and on DVD in North America. The film, produced by Victoria Barrell and Malhotra, is touted as the first western film to feature a turbaned Sikh in the lead. The title is an homage to the 1977 Bollywood film “Amar Akbar Anthony,” which centered on the reunification of three separated brothers.

Amar Akbar & Tony” also stars Karen David and Laura Aikman. Co-stars are Amrita Acharia (“Game of Thrones”), Meera Syal, »

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Deadliest Place to Deal review – the carnage at the heart of Duterte’s war on drugs

23 March 2017 12:20 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Livvy Haydock trails the cops, vigilantes and victims caught up in the Filipino president’s drive to rid his country of drugs. Plus The House That £100k Built

As a documentary presenter, Livvy Haydock is no stranger to risk. She has made films about girl gangs and prison smuggling. She has been to war zones and worked with Ross Kemp. But throughout Deadliest Place to Deal (BBC3) she looked profoundly ill at ease, as if the Philippines was the last place she wanted to be.

It is not hard to imagine why. It has been eight months since the foul-mouthed populist Rodrigo Duterte was elected president on a platform of eliminating crime, corruption and drugs. “He promised that all of that would be gone in six months,” a local journalist tells Haydock. “He also promised it would be bloody.”

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The month in soaps: the real father of the Battersby baby is revealed

15 March 2017 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

From love children to the fab Fox sisters, the world of lather was ticking every great storyline box there in February

Related: Tony Warren: Coronation Street's 10 best moments

The rules of soap decree that the woman who says: “I am not having a baby in this lift!” is the woman who’s about to have a baby in a lift. Which is exactly what happened to Leanne Battersby, Coronation Street’s bump-holder-in-heels, who gave birth to baby Ollie while marooned in Victoria Court. A towering emblem of gentrification it may be – soaps, eh, always keeping with the times – but, just like real life, maintenance isn’t a priority and phone signal is as rare as truffle mushrooms.

Related: Ross Kemp: ‘People still think I’m Grant Mitchell

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- Hannah Verdier

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Ross Kemp: Libya’s Migrant Hell review – a deeply powerful plea

21 February 2017 11:10 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The actor’s style may be as subtle as a sledgehammer, but it’s just right for an issue as huge, horrifying and urgent as the refugee crisis. Plus: Inside No 9 returns

Ross Kemp loves danger the way the rest of us love suspending our disbelief in front of a long-running BBC soap. So, it’s no surprise that after pursuing gangs, pirates, Isis fighters, British troops in Afghanistan, illegal loggers in the Amazon, drug dealers, Tiffany and a whole lot of publicity, the actor-turned-investigative-journalist turns his attention to the deadliest migrant route in the world. The 1,000 miles of Libyan desert, a journey more dangerous than the sea, followed by the treacherous Mediterranean crossing from Tripoli to Italy in rubber boats unfit for purpose. Three thousand people make this journey every week. Twelve die each day.

In Ross Kemp: Libya’s Migrant Hell (Sky1, 9pm), which should really be called Refugees’ Libyan Hell, »

- Chitra Ramaswamy

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