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A lesser-known property from the late Douglas Adams (creator of The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy), Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency was nevertheless a novel Adams thought would be easier to film than his revered sci-fi opus. Previously turned into radio plays with Harry Enfield as the gumshoe, BBC4 have decided to put Dirk Gently on-screen for the first time, adapted by in-demand screenwriter Howard Overman (Misfits, Vexed). Stephen Mangan (Green Wing) plays the eponymous sleuth, who believes in “the fundamental interconnectedness of all things”, and applies this theory of quantum mechanics to solve superficially innocuous crimes.
Overman has wisely excised much of the book’s budget-swallowing imagination into something achievable on a frugal budget; bringing the idea down-to-earth as an eccentric cousin to the BBC’s Sherlock update. Purists may grumble this isn’t the Dirk Gently they wanted to see, but it’s more accessible and practicable. »
- Dan Owen
Watching Michael Barrymore dragging up old ghosts is difficult, painful, fascinating – and that wallpaper is still giving me nightmares
James Donaghy: Dirk Gently should get a full series
God, what happened to Michael Barrymore? He's looking decidedly lived-in: bloated, blotchy, edgy and a bit slurred. I guess that's what happens – with age, all the living, the troubles, alcoholism and everything else, the limelight, then the limelight being switched off so suddenly and dramatically. It all takes its toll. He's in The House That Made Me (Channel 4).
The house that made Barrymore was knocked down, but they've done up another flat on the same Dickens estate in south London to look exactly like the one he grew up in – with all the same things in it, and the same wallpaper. Actually, that wallpaper – orange, geometric and hellish – may account for a lot; I'm having nightmares just thinking about it.
- Sam Wollaston
John Stape will be connected to Joy Fishwick's death. The 'Coronation Street' teacher - played by Graeme Hawley - will reportedly be involved when Joy (Doreen Mantle) suffers a suspected heart attack as she investigates the disappearance of her son Colin. Earlier this year, John buried Colin's body in the factory after he collapsed and died when he confronted his old friend about stealing his identity to land a teaching job. Next month, John will attack Charlotte Hoyle (Becky Hindley) - who knows the truth about Colin - with a hammer, though he tells doctors she was injured in the tram crash which is .. »
Coronation Street star Graeme Hawley has said that his troubled character John Stape experiences "hell on earth" when his latest predicament arrives in next week's episodes. On Monday, fans will see Colin Fishwick's elderly mother Joy (Doreen Mantle) arrive at the Stape house in a bid to seek answers about where her son could be. Colin died during a heated confrontation with John and Charlotte Hoyle (Becky Hindley) back in the summer, prompting them to conceal his body at Underworld and scramble to cover up the truth. Joy's shock appearance at the Stapes' comes on John's birthday, which is already an unhappy occasion for him due to continued harassment from Charlotte, his secret stalker. Speaking to Corrie's official website, Hawley commented: "In the middle of (more) »
- By Daniel Kilkelly
Doreen Mantle is joining 'Coronation Street'. The actress - who is best known for her role as Jean Warboys in 'One Foot in the Grave' - has signed up to the ITV1 soap to portray Joy Fishwick, the mother of tragic Colin Fishwick (David Crellin). While the details of her character are yet to be finalised out, it is believed she will come to Weatherfield after growing concerned about her missing son, unaware he is actually dead. The 'Coronation Street' website revealed: ''Doreen has already begun filming and will be on-screen in the next few weeks. ''Will she discover John's dark secret, as the .. »
Doreen Mantle's Coronation Street character will leave John Stape horrified by asking some awkward questions when she arrives on the cobbles, it has been revealed. Earlier this week, it was announced that the former One Foot in the Grave star had joined the soap's cast in the role of Colin Fishwick's mother Joy. Details of the actress's storyline were originally unknown, but according to The Sun today, Joy will turn up on the Street after deciding to investigate her son's disappearance. Joy is (more) »
- By Daniel Kilkelly
Former One Foot in the Grave star Doreen Mantle has been cast as Colin Fishwick's mother in Coronation Street. The actress, best known for her role as Jean Warboys in the classic sitcom, has already started filming with the ITV1 soap and will appear on screen within the next few weeks. In an episode which aired earlier this month, viewers discovered that Colin's mum Joy was desperate to get in contact with her son after not hearing from him for weeks. Unbeknown to Joy, Colin died during a heated confrontation with John Stape (Graeme Hawley) back in the summer. The shock storyline subsequently saw John hide the teacher's (more) »
- By Daniel Kilkelly
Paris -- William Hurt and Isabella Rossellini have teamed up to star in French director Julie Gavras' sexagenarian romantic comedy "Late Bloomers," the film's co-producer, Gallic distributor and international sales agent Gaumont said Friday.
Written by Gavras and Olivier Dazat, "Late Bloomers" is produced by Sylvie Pialat for Les Films du Worso and Bertrand Faivre in a co-production with Gaumont, The Bureau's Tristan Goligher and Be-Films' Christophe Louis in Belgium.
The film shoots on location starting March 19 in and around London for six weeks through late April. Gaumont will handle distribution in France plus international sales. »
- By Rebecca Leffler
8 items from 2010
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