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Graham Linehan To Adapt ‘The It Crowd’ For NBC

The It Crowd creator Graham Linehan has confirmed that NBC is developing a remake of the British comedy – the third attempt in the U.S, although the first penned by the Irish writer. Linehan will write and exec produce the series alongside August: Osage County producer Patrick Daly and Jon Rolph, who runs FremantleMedia UK's Retort, which produced the original Channel 4 series. Universal Television will produce. The workplace comedy, which revolved around two computer…
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Graham Linehan confirms The It Crowd is set for Us remake

Writer is on board for NBC’s ‘reimagining’ of the British comedy, which will be the channel’s third attempt to deliver the show to an American audience

Graham Linehan and Us network NBC are teaming up for an American version of the British comedy The It Crowd.

Variety has reported that Linehan will write and executive produce a “reimagining” of the original that will move the setup, about the creaking It department of a large corporation, to the Us.

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Sally Phillips interview: Ferdinand, Taskmaster, Smack The Pony, Veep

Louisa Mellor Dec 15, 2017

We chatted to actor and writer Sally Phillips about comedy, European accents, special cuddles, writing films and more...

“I’m quite keen to meet a Finnish shaman, have you seen them?” asks Sally Phillips three minutes into an interview that’s supposed to be about her role in new family animation Ferdinand. Scrolling through her phone, she presents me with a photograph of a fearsome looking woman with Pris from Blade Runner eye make-up, wearing an elaborate headdress and holding a tambourine.

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“Look at the expression! Very, very miserable, tambourine, excellent eye make-up” says Phillips, delighted. “I play a character who looks a bit like that in Zapped! and I did something else recently where they painted a black chicken on one eye. I thought, well, it’s slowly, slowly happening, I’m turning into a Finnish Shaman.”

Despite not having visited Finland,
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Motherland: a vision of child rearing that is panic-inducingly scary

There’s something exhilarating about how Sharon Horgan, Graham Linehan and co don’t even try to make these people likable

‘I really want the children to be brought up like I was – by my mother,” sighed Julia in last year’s pilot episode of Motherland (7 November, 10pm, BBC2). Now she’s back for a full series and her life still stinks. Motherland is a six-part illustration of the unadulterated hogwash that is the concept of “having it all”. It’s Butterflies for the 21st century, where burnt rice puddings and the fantasy of an affair are small potatoes among working mothers for whom getting through the day without anyone dying is a triumph.

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The best TV this week: Sharon Horgan and Graham Linehan's Motherland

An uproarious tale of school runs, alpha mums and child care starts on BBC2, while 1920s Berlin is the setting for Sky Atlantic’s latest drama

Last year’s pilot clearly wasn’t a fluke: this sitcom, created by Sharon Horgan and Graham Linehan, is an uproarious treat. Anna Maxwell Martin is Julia, a middle-class mother floundering through a suburban hell of caterpillar cakes, oversized kids’ parties and judgmental supermums. Diane “Philomena Cunk” Morgan offers support.

7 November, 10pm, BBC2

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'Give me intravenous wine!' … Anna Maxwell Martin on playing a frazzled 'alpha mum' in Motherland

The queen of period drama is casting off her bonnet and venturing into sitcom with Motherland. She talks about brutal parenting, competing with Cate Blanchett – and misbehaving on set

When Anna Maxwell Martin was shooting the pilot for the new sitcom Motherland, she took the role of a stressed-out mum a little too far. “I’d got so …” She starts moving her arms up and down in a frantic motion. “… that I threw myself into a bush.” Graham Linehan, who co-wrote and directed, couldn’t believe it. “He went, ‘No, no, no – why did you throw yourself into the bush?’ I was like, ‘I’m sorry! I’m sorry!’” she howls, her long, loud laugh filling the air.

The Anna Maxwell Martin familiar to viewers tends to be a signal of quality British television. She’s done period dramas and literary adaptations. She’s won the best leading actress Bafta twice,
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International Newswire: Finland Selects ‘Tom of Finland’ as Oscar Entry

International Newswire: Finland Selects ‘Tom of Finland’ as Oscar Entry
In today’s International Newswire, Dome Karukoski’s biopic ‘Tom of Finland’ reps Finland in the Oscar race, former ‘Doctor Who’ showrunner Russell T. Davies is honored, and Alexandre Henin takes a senior kid’s content role at Federation.

Finland has selected Dome Karukoski’s “Tom of Finland,” a biopic of artist Touko Laaksanon, as its candidate for the best foreign-language film Oscar. Next up, Karukoski is helming J.R.R. Tolkien biopic “Tolkien,” starring Lily Collins and Nicholas Hoult, for Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment.

Tom of Finland” chronicles the life of Laaksanon, who, as Tom of Finland, created homoerotic art that had a major influence on 20th-century gay culture. The film follows the artist, played by Pekka Strang, from postwar Finland to Los Angeles, where his work becomes widely popular and fans the flames of the gay rights movement.

The film, which opened the Gothenburg Film Festival in January, was written by Aleksi Bardy, who
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International Newswire: Finland Selects ‘Tom of Finland’ as Oscar Entry

International Newswire: Finland Selects ‘Tom of Finland’ as Oscar Entry
In today’s International Newswire, Dome Karukoski’s biopic ‘Tom of Finland’ reps Finland in the Oscar race, former ‘Doctor Who’ showrunner Russell T. Davies is honored, and Alexandre Henin takes a senior kid’s content role at Federation.

Finland has selected Dome Karukoski’s “Tom of Finland,” a biopic of artist Touko Laaksanon, as its candidate for the best foreign-language film Oscar. Next up, Karukoski is helming J.R.R. Tolkien biopic “Tolkien,” starring Lily Collins and Nicholas Hoult, for Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment.

Tom of Finland” chronicles the life of Laaksanon, who, as Tom of Finland, created homoerotic art that had a major influence on 20th-century gay culture. The film follows the artist, played by Pekka Strang, from postwar Finland to Los Angeles, where his work becomes widely popular and fans the flames of the gay rights movement.

The film, which opened the Gothenburg Film Festival in January, was written by Aleksi Bardy, who
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The BBC have cancelled Count Arthur Strong

Kirsten Howard Aug 8, 2017

Series 3 of Graham Linehan and Steve Delaney's Count Arthur Strong will be its last, the BBC have revealed...

Sad news for fans of Count Arthur Strong, we're afraid: the BBC have decided not to pursue a fourth series of the cult show.

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"There are no current plans for a further series of Count Arthur Strong on the BBC," a BBC spokesman said, with a source adding, "It's just sadly reached the end of the line for now. Count Arthur Strong is such a loved character amongst the fans, I'm sure he'll live on beyond the series."

The series does seem to have been given its best possible chances, having moved
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Save ‘Underground,’ And Don’t Piss Off David Simon — The Week in Showrunner Tweets

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Save ‘Underground,’ And Don’t Piss Off David Simon — The Week in Showrunner Tweets
One fascinating aspect of today’s media landscape is that many creators and executive producers enjoy using Twitter to engage with their audiences, share behind-the-scenes information about their shows, chat about politics, and otherwise communicate about what matters to them. So, each week, we’ll compile some of our favorite exchanges representing the wide variety of discourse seen on social media.

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This week: “BoJack Horseman” reveals its Fyc campaign (and it’s pretty great), while “Underground” fights for a new home and showrunners celebrate Jessica Chastain.

#UndergroundOnNetflix

The disappointing news that Wgn America will not be green-lighting a third season of “Underground” led to social media calls for other services and networks to pick up the series.

One person who thinks that sounds like a great idea? “Dear White People” creator Justin Simien, who even made sure to
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Save ‘Underground,’ And Don’t Piss Off David Simon — The Week in Showrunner Tweets

Save ‘Underground,’ And Don’t Piss Off David Simon — The Week in Showrunner Tweets
One fascinating aspect of today’s media landscape is that many creators and executive producers enjoy using Twitter to engage with their audiences, share behind-the-scenes information about their shows, chat about politics, and otherwise communicate about what matters to them. So, each week, we’ll compile some of our favorite exchanges representing the wide variety of discourse seen on social media.

Read More: Mindy Kaling Has Some Thoughts on Hugh Jackman’s Career

This week: “BoJack Horseman” reveals its Fyc campaign (and it’s pretty great), while “Underground” fights for a new home and showrunners celebrate Jessica Chastain.

#UndergroundOnNetflix

The disappointing news that Wgn America will not be green-lighting a third season of “Underground” led to social media calls for other services and networks to pick up the series.

One person who thinks that sounds like a great idea? “Dear White People” creator Justin Simien, who even made sure to
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Count Arthur Strong series 3 air date confirmed

Louisa Mellor May 4, 2017

Series 3 of Count Arthur Strong will start on BBC One on Friday the 19th of May at 8.30pm

Series three of Steve Delaney and Graham Linehan's extremely funny, warm-hearted sitcom Count Arthur Strong was completed last year and has been waiting in the BBC vaults for a suitable time slot.

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And lo! What a slot has been found: Friday nights at half past eight on BBC One, starting from the 19th of May. It's the perfect position for the family-friendly show, which was pushed out at a bemusingly late hour last series, following its move from BBC Two to the flagship channel after the first run.
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Doctor Who: Smile geeky spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Apr 22, 2017

Doctor Who series 10 remains in fine form with Smile - and we've been hunting for nerdy Easter eggs and spots in the episode. Spoilers!

This article contains lots of spoilers.

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Smile, folks - it’s that time of the week again where we take tonight’s episode of Doctor Who and shake it repeatedly until all of its hidden secrets fall out of its pockets - as well as callbacks and generally interesting observations. And if you think we’ve missed something, let us know in the comments below!

Happiness Will Prevail

If you’re reading this, you’re likely to fit into one of two categories – those of you who love and understand emojis and those of you (myself included) who have resigned
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The Observer Christmas screen quiz 2016

What made Ben Affleck feel sad, and why did people get naked on national television? Test your knowledge of this year’s film and TV with these questions

In a year heavy on sequels and remakes, which one stands as the UK’s top grosser of 2016?

Captain America: Civil War

Bridget Jones’s Baby

Finding Dory

The Jungle Book

A social media war over which film led to Twitter’s permanent suspension of alt-right poster boy Milo Yiannopoulos for racist trolling?

Suicide Squad

Central Intelligence

Moana

Ghostbusters

Dubbed “Sad Affleck” on the internet, a reaction shot from a Ben Affleck interview went viral in 2016. What had the interviewer been asking about at the time?

The reviews of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Reviews of The Accountant

His future as Batman in the DC Comics “extended universe”

His brother Casey’s Oscar buzz for Manchester By the Sea

Which film
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The Observer Christmas screen quiz 2016

What made Ben Affleck feel sad, and why did people get naked on national television? Test your knowledge of this year’s film and TV with these questions

In a year heavy on sequels and remakes, which one stands as the UK’s top grosser of 2016?

Captain America: Civil War

Bridget Jones’s Baby

Finding Dory

The Jungle Book

A social media war over which film led to Twitter’s permanent suspension of alt-right poster boy Milo Yiannopoulos for racist trolling?

Suicide Squad

Central Intelligence

Moana

Ghostbusters

Dubbed “Sad Affleck” on the internet, a reaction shot from a Ben Affleck interview went viral in 2016. What had the interviewer been asking about at the time?

The reviews of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Reviews of The Accountant

His future as Batman in the DC Comics “extended universe”

His brother Casey’s Oscar buzz for Manchester By the Sea

Which film
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Craig Roberts interview: Red Oaks season 2, directing, British film

Louisa Mellor Nov 11, 2016

As Red Oaks season 2 arrives on Amazon Prime Video, we chatted to lead Craig Roberts about his character, directing and more…

What Netflix’s Stranger Things is to 80s sci-fi horror, Amazon’s Red Oaks is to 80s coming-of-age romantic comedy. Without slipping into parody, both are a continuation of a familiar style of storytelling featuring characters and themes we know and love. If Stranger Things takes its cues from Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter, Red Oaks has made itself the inheritor of John Hughes, Rob Reiner and Amy Heckerling. (In a neat connection, Heckerling has directed multiple episodes of Red Oaks, which also stars Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Dirty Dancing’s Jennifer Grey, stitching it firmly into that continuity.)

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Porridge, Motherland, A Brief History of Tim: BBC Orders New Programming

The Beeb is amping up the laughs. The BBC has commissioned three new comedy TV programs. BBC One has ordered the Porridge TV show revival from creators Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais. The original prison-set series, starring Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale, ran on BBC One from 1974 to 1977. The Porridge reboot stars Kevin Bishop as Nigel ‘Fletch’ Fletcher, grandson of Barker’s iconic Norman Stanley Fletcher.BBC Two ordered the Motherland TV series, written by Graham Linehan and Sharon Horgan, Helen Linehan, and Holly Walsh, the show features the the trials and traumas of motherhood. The pilot, which aired as part of The BBC's "Landmark Sitcom Season," starred Anna Maxwell Martin, Lucy Punch, Diane Morgan, Paul Ready, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, and Oliver Chris.Meanwhile, BBC Three has commissions the first season of the A Brief History of Tim TV show,
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BBC orders full series of Motherland and Porridge reboot

Louisa Mellor Oct 6, 2016

Brilliant! The BBC has ordered a full series of new comedy Motherland, and of its rebooted Porridge starring Kevin Bishop...

Two new comedies are coming to the BBC: Motherland, written by the winning combination of Graham Linehan, Sharon Horgan, Holly Walsh and Helen Linehan, and a rebooted version of Porridge, from original creators Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais

Both part of the BBC's recent Landmark Sitcom season, the pilot for Motherland took an acerbic look at modern middle-class parenting. Starring Anna Maxwell Martin--an absolute treat to see in a comedic role--as harassed working mother of two Julia, it showed her dealings with playground queen bee Amanda (Lucy Punch), chaotic social outcast Liz (Diane Morgan) and eager-to-please stay at home dad Kevin (Paul Ready). 

Sharp, well-observed and caustic about the smug, competitive cliques that form in the world of play dates and PTA committees, it was
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BBC's Motherland to return as full series

Sharon Horgan and Graham Linehan’s parenting sitcom will be back alongside more episodes of Porridge reboot and Tim Renkow’s A Brief History of Tim

Motherland, a critically acclaimed one-off comedy about the competitive and crazy side of having children, is to return as a series on BBC2.

Written by an award-winning writing team including Graham Linehan, who also directs, and Sharon Horgan, Motherland attracted a consolidated audience of 2 million viewers when it appeared as part of the New on Two strand of the Landmark Sitcom Season.

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Count Arthur Strong and the comforts of traditional sitcom

Louisa Mellor Sep 26, 2016

When life hurts, well-crafted, traditional sitcom like Count Arthur Strong can be an indispensable salve…

There’s a period a little while after a family death, after the days spent in a traffic jam of errands, decisions and phone calls, when you have to merge back into the regular lane. Normal life demands to re-start. The fridge needs filling and the lawn needs mowing, even if, impossibly, the person who usually does both has vanished forever.

For my family like most others, normal life means watching television. Telly is the cradle that rocked us through the decades. Whatever happened to us happened against a backdrop of soaps and sitcoms.

Losing our dad though, changed things. In the flayed-skin sensitivity of the days around his funeral, flicking through the channels meant running a gauntlet. A murder on EastEnders brought unwelcome ambulances and coroners back into our living room.
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