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‘Back’ Review: ‘Peep Show’ Team Reunites for a Bleak Brother Comedy with a Delayed Reward

‘Back’ Review: ‘Peep Show’ Team Reunites for a Bleak Brother Comedy with a Delayed Reward
Like any other most recent output from an established comedy duo or writing team, it’s impossible not to see back the latest series from stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb without a consideration of the titanic work they’ve done in the past. Written by long time collaborator and “Veep” writer Simon Blackwell, “Back” is a fainter echo of their work on the legendary “Peep Show” and their sketch shows across different media. Bringing some of that previous sensibility to a more conventional comedy may not be the most satisfying use of their talents, but this is still a twisted dark family comedy that’s worth a shot for die-hards.

Back” tells the simple, spiraling story of Stephen (Mitchell), a man dealing with the aftermath of his father’s death. The family-owned John Barleycorn pub is set to come under his control, right as he’s starting to be
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‘Back’ Review: ‘Peep Show’ Team Reunites for a Bleak Brother Comedy with a Delayed Reward

‘Back’ Review: ‘Peep Show’ Team Reunites for a Bleak Brother Comedy with a Delayed Reward
Like any other most recent output from an established comedy duo or writing team, it’s impossible not to see back the latest series from stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb without a consideration of the titanic work they’ve done in the past. Written by long time collaborator and “Veep” writer Simon Blackwell, “Back” is a fainter echo of their work on the legendary “Peep Show” and their sketch shows across different media. Bringing some of that previous sensibility to a more conventional comedy may not be the most satisfying use of their talents, but this is still a twisted dark family comedy that’s worth a shot for die-hards.

Back” tells the simple, spiraling story of Stephen (Mitchell), a man dealing with the aftermath of his father’s death. The family-owned John Barleycorn pub is set to come under his control, right as he’s starting to be
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The Ghoul – The Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

When I first picked up this film I assumed it was a horror film because of the title. Apparently many other viewers made the same assumption. However, The Ghoul isn’t really a horror film as much as it is a character study…or a drama…or a detective thriller. Actually, I’m not quite sure how to categorize the film, which for some viewers will be a problem. It wasn’t a problem for me.

The film opens with a detective investigating a double murder. The crime apparently occurred several weeks before as the house is now clean, with a fresh coat of paint to disguise the blood spatters from multiple gunshots fired during the crime. The detective, Chris, is actually being shown about by the realtor who tells him the weird story of the crime. It seems the criminal had broken into the house
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The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy: new Radio 4 series confirmed

Kirsten Howard Oct 12, 2017

Douglas Adams’ cult classic The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy will return next year in a new Radio 4 series...

Radio 4 have got a real treat in store for us in the spring: they're in the midst of creating a new series of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, featuring the original cast.

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Six instalments of Hexagonal Phase will debut in 2018, adapted from the spin-off book And Another Thing by Eoin Colfer. They'll also include some unpublished bits and bobs from the much-missed Adams, drawn from various notebooks and writings that are currently being kept safe in the St. John’s College library in Cambridge.

Simon Jones will be back as Arthur Dent in the series, with Geoff McGivern as Ford Prefect, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox and Sandra Dickinson as Trillian. There'll also be guest stars, including
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Blu-ray Review – The Ghoul (2016)

The Ghoul, 2016.

Directed by Gareth Tunley.

Starring Tom Meeten, Alice Lowe, Geoffrey McGivern, Rufus Jones, Paul Kaye, Niamh Cusack, and Dan Renton Skinner.

Synopsis:

A cop goes undercover as a patient in order to investigate a psychotherapist involved in a strange murder case.

With Ben Wheatley (A Field in England/Kill List) credited as executive producer you can guarantee that The Ghoul, the directorial debut feature from Gareth Tunley, isn’t going to be an easy or straightforward viewing experience. Opening on a police investigation of a double murder in a suburban house in London, the story centres on Chris (Tom MeetenSightseers), a burned-out homicide detective no longer on the force but brought in by his friend Jim (Dan Renton SkinnerHigh-Rise) to help out as Jim cannot figure out how two people were shot three times each and still managed to walk towards the front door of the house.
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Interview: Gareth Tunley talks ‘The Ghoul’

In his latest podcast/interview, host Stuart Wright talks to writer/director Gareth Tunley about his mind bending murder hunt directorial debut The Ghoul.

Chris (Tom Meeten) is a homicide detective called to London and shown around an old murder scene by a colleague. The victims seemed to keep moving despite taking bullets to the chest and head. On a hunch and with the help of an old colleague (and ex) Kathleen (Alice Lowe), Chris decides to go undercover as a patient to investigate a suspect’s psychotherapist, the mysterious Alexander Morland (Geoff McGivern) But, as his therapy sessions continue, the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur and he begins to question his own identity..

Starring Tom Meeten, Alice Lowe, Paul Kaye, Niamh Cusack, Geoffrey McGivern and Rufus Jones; and exec produced by Ben Wheatley (Free Fire, Kill List), The Ghoul is in UK cinemas from today, Friday 4th August.
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Movie Review – The Ghoul (2016)

The Ghoul, 2016

Directed by Gareth Tunley

Starring Tom Meeten, Alice Lowe, Rufus Jones, Niamh Cusack, Geoffrey McGivern

Synopsis:

A detective investigating an unusual double murder, goes undercover as a mental patient in order to get closer to a psychotherapist, but soon finds his very perceptions of reality crumbling away.

Another bracing new talent, rising through the ranks of the Cult British Cinema Class of the 2010s (the movement lead by none other than Ben Wheatley, Alice Lowe and Steve Oram), Gareth Tunley’s feature debut is a really startling piece of work. Backed in some capacity by Wheatley himself (the fabled executive producer credit is always a little ambiguous), The Ghoul certainly boasts shades of Kill List and the other low-rent Brit-thrillers that put him on the map. But by its second act, Tunley begins to unlock something very, very different. The Ghoul is an expertly executed exercise in precisely
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Poster and trailer for the Ben Wheatley-produced thriller The Ghoul

A new poster has debuted for the upcoming Ben Wheatley-produced British thriller The Ghoul. Directed by Gareth Tunley the film stars Alice Lowe, Tom Meeten, Paul Kay and Geoffrey McGivern and Niamh Cusack; check it out here…

Chris (Tom Meeten) is a homicide detective called to London and shown around an old murder scene by a colleague. The victims seemed to keep moving despite taking bullets to the chest and head. On a hunch and with the help of an old colleague (and ex) Kathleen (Alice Lowe), Chris decides to go undercover as a patient to investigate a suspect’s psychotherapist, the mysterious Alexander Morland (Geoff McGivern) But, as his therapy sessions continue, the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur and he begins to question his own identity..

Update: And here’s the trailer…

The Ghoul is set for release on August 4th.
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Arrow takes multiple territories on 'The Ghoul'

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Arrow takes multiple territories on 'The Ghoul'
Ben Wheatley executive produced Gareth Tunley’s debut feature which was Bifa nominated and premiered at Lff.

Arrow Films has acquired UK, Us and Canadian rights to Gareth Tunley’s debut feature The Ghoul.

The film, which world premiered at the BFI London Film Festival and later played at Film4’s Film Fear in Manchester, is produced by Primal Pictures.

Tunley, who has previously acted in Down Terrace and Kill List, wrote and directed the British psychological thriller. Tom Meeten, previously known for comedic work such as in Paddington, plays a more serious lead role, as a detective going undercover to therapy sessions who starts to question reality and fantasy.

The cast also features Alice Lowe (Sightseers), Dan Skinner (High-Rise), Geoff McGivern (Grantchester), Niamh Cusack (Testament Of Youth), Rufus Jones (Bill) and Paul Kaye (Game Of Thrones).

The film was nominated for the Discovery Award at the 2016 BIFAs.

Francesco Simeoni, director of Content
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Film Acquisitions Rundown: Sony Picks Up Tom Hanks’ ‘Greyhound,’ Lionsgate Acquires ‘Rally Car’ and More

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Film Acquisitions Rundown: Sony Picks Up Tom Hanks’ ‘Greyhound,’ Lionsgate Acquires ‘Rally Car’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

-Sony Pictures is acquiring the worldwide rights to “Greyhound,” the World War II drama written by Tom Hanks, Deadline reports. Hanks will also star in the film, which will be directed by Aaron Schneider (“Get Low”), and produce with his Playtone partner Gary Goetzman.

In the film, Hanks plays George Krause, the commander of a Navy destroyer called the Greyhound. Sony acquired the rights to the film at the Berlin International Film Festival’s European Film Market.

Read More: Shia Labeouf, Rooney Mara and More: 10 Hot Projects at Berlin’s European Film Market

-Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to action film “Rally Car,” starring Keanu Reeves. The film will be directed by Olivier Megaton (“Taken 2,
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Lose Your Mind in Trailer for Ben Wheatley-Produced Thriller ‘The Ghoul’

After releasing a divisive apocalyptic romp with High-Rise and the upcoming rip-roaring Free Fire, writer-director Ben Wheatley is also trying on a different hat. He’s executive produced Gareth Tunley‘s directorial debut The Ghoul, which has now received a first trailer.

Also penned by Tunley — who has directed a few short films as well as being in front of the camera for a number of Wheatley’s own projects — the thriller looks to be a mind-bending, twisting journey through the psychological underbelly of the U.K.

As noted below in an extended synopsis, Tunley looks to be paying homage to British genre-blenders that have blazed a cinematic trail before him such as Wheatley himself — largely with Kill List and Sightseers — as well as Nicolas Roeg.

See the trailer below.

Low budget Brit thriller, The Ghoul is an atmospheric slow-burn crime film more interested in psychology and the occult than in solving crimes.
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First Trailer for Crime Thriller 'The Ghoul' Produced by Ben Wheatley

"Just because we're plumbing the depths of the unconscious mind doesn't mean we can't have a cup of tea." BFI has debuted a trailer for a little crime thriller from the UK called The Ghoul, the feature debut of actor Gareth Tunley. The film stars Tom Meeten as a detective who goes undercover as a patient to investigate a psychotherapist. However, he gets in over his head and the "line between fantasy and reality begins to blur." Also featuring Alice Lowe, Rufus Jones, Niamh Cusack and Geoffrey McGivern. This seems to be a very trippy psychological thriller with sleek cinematography that will mess with your own mind. Take a look. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Gareth Tunley's The Ghoul, originally from the BFI: A British thriller with a mind of its own, get inside the head of The Ghoul at #Lff https://t.co/XNgojhJYRp pic.twitter.
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Dan Dare coming to Big Finish in December

Big Finish has announced today that we will be seeing Dan Dare arrive as a brand new audio production from B7 Media which will star Ed Stoppard as the titular hero alongside Geoff McGivern as Digby, Heida Reed as Professor Peabody and Raad Rawi as the villainous Mekon.

Created by Frank Hampson, Colonel Daniel McGregor Dare appeared in the British action comic The Eagle from 1950 – 1967. In 1977 Dan Dare continued his adventures in the 2000Ad comic under the helm of a cluster of writers and artists, including Pat Mills and Dave Gibbons. You can check out our review of Dan Dare – The 2000Ad Years – Vol. 1 here and read our Pat Mills interview too.

Jason Haigh-Ellery (Big Finish Managing Director) explained, “My first introduction to Dan Dare was at the age of nine through the pages of the legendary comic 2000Ad. He was the pilot of the future and artist Bellardinelli brought
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Disney's The Lodge: Music Mystery Drama Coming to Disney Channel in October

Check out photos for Disney's The Lodge TV series, coming to Disney Channel, in September and October. In the Us, the first season of The Lodge premieres Monday, October 17, 2016 at 5:00pm Edt. In UK and Canada The Lodge debuts Friday, September 23, 2016. Check local listings.A music-filled mystery drama series, filmed in Ballynahinch, Northern Ireland, The Lodge stars: Sophie Simnett, Jade Alleyne, Thomas Doherty, Luke Newton, Jayden Revri, Joshua Sinclair-Evans, Bethan Wright, Clara Rugaard, Sarah Nauta, and Tom Hudson.The supporting cast includes Martin Anzor, Emma Campbell-Jones, Marcus Garvey, Dominic Harrison, John Hopkins, Cameron King, Geoff McGivern, Dan Richardson, Laila Rouass and Ellie Taylor.Read More…
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Musical Mystery Series ‘The Lodge’ to Be Distributed Globally by Disney Channel

Disney Channel has commissioned “The Lodge,” a serialized music-filled mystery drama that is based on Disney Channel Israel’s series “North Star,” Variety has learned.

“The Lodge,” which is produced in North Ireland, will air on Disney Channels in the U.K., Canada and the U.S. this fall, before launching in over 100 countries by the end of year. (Friday, Sept. 23 is the premiere date for U.K. and Canada; Monday, Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. is the stateside premiere.)

“Our global team marshals its creative resources to deliver compelling, relatable stories that entertain kids and families and reflect Disney brand values while transcending cultures and borders,” said Paul DeBenedittis, Senior Vice President of Programming and Content Strategy for Disney Channels Worldwide. “Our creative hub in London delivered an ambitious series that has it all — drama, mystery, singing, dancing and outdoor adventures including kayaking, mountain climbing and biking, all with a talented cast and relevant theme for kids
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Stephen Fry, Ben Miller in This Is Jinsy - pictures

New pictures of Ben Miller and Stephen Fry in the second series of This Is Jinsy have been revealed.

Miller stars in the second episode of the show as the Chief Accountant of Jinsy, along with his sister - a drunk, hefty, buck-toothed accountant called Berpetta.

Fry appears in the first episode of the run as Dr Bevelspepp, a character who uses his encyclopaedic knowledge of Jinsy to help save the island from an invasion of rampaging hair.

The Sky Atlantic show returns on Wednesday, January 8 with a double bill at 10pm.

This Is Jinsy was created by Chris Bran and Justin Chubb and directed by Matt Lipsey. It follows Arbiter Maven (Chubb) and Sporall (Bran), the residents of an extraordinary island.

The first pictures of Greg Davies as "sinister figure" Jennitta Bishard were unveiled yesterday.

Other guest stars confirmed for the eight-episode second series include Katy Brand, Eilieen Atkins,
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Greg Davies in This Is Jinsy - first look, more guest stars confirmed

The first images of Greg Davies as Jennitta Bishard in This Is Jinsy have been released.

The comedian will appear across several episodes of the second series of the Sky Atlantic show, which returns on Wednesday, January 8 with a double bill at 10pm.

Bishard is described as "a delightfully sinister figure who delivers punishments to residents across the island from the safety of her TV studio".

This Is Jinsy was created by Chris Bran and Justin Chubb and directed by Matt Lipsey. It follows Arbiter Maven (Chubb) and Sporall (Bran), the residents of an extraordinary island.

Other guest stars confirmed for the eight-episode second series include Stephen Fry, Ben Miller, Katy Brand, Eilieen Atkins, Rob Brydon, Stephen Mangan, Derek Jacobi, Phil Davis and Olivia Colman, who join series regulars Alice Lowe as Soosan Noop, Janine Duvitski as Mrs Goadion and Geoff McGivern as Trince.

The details of the guest appearances
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Stephen Fry, Rob Brydon, Olivia Colman for new 'This Is Jinsy' series

Stephen Fry and Rob Brydon are among the stars who will feature in the second series of This Is Jinsy.

The comedy series from Chris Bran and Justin Chubb will return to Sky Atlantic in January 2014.

Olivia Colman, Sir Derek Jacobi and Stephen Mangan will also make guest appearances in the show.

This Is Jinsy centres around Arbiter Maven (Chubb) and Sporall (Bran) as they attempt to handle the residents of a unique island, based on the writers' experiences of living in Guernsey.

Consisting of eight episodes, the new series will see Stephen Fry portray Dr Bevelspepp, who uses his encyclopaedic knowledge of Jinsy to help save the island from an attack.

Katy Brand, Dame Eileen Atkins, Phil Davis, KT Tunstall and Greg Davies will also guest star throughout the series.

Among the returning stars are Alice Lowe as Soosan Noop, Janine Duvitski as Mrs Goadion and Geoff McGivern as Trince.
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TV highlights 14/06/2012

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Britain's Lost Routes With Griff Rhys Jones | Country House Rescue | The Men Who Made Us Fat | The Bridges That Built London With Dan Cruickshank | Playhouse Presents: The Other Woman | Dead Boss

Britain's Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones

8pm, BBC2

Continuing his mission to dominate the TV schedules, Griff Rhys Jones hops over from his new Channel 4 panel show to this, a more typically Beeb adventure in which he treks 250 miles from the Isle Of Skye to Falkirk, via the Highlands. Rebecca Nicholson

Country House Rescue

8pm, Channel 4

If proof were needed for the government's assertion that "we're all in it together", then this series, which attempts to help the landed gentry with their financial woes, could be it. Simon Davis – businessman and hospitality consultant – is the troubleshooter

for this fourth series and he begins with Colebrooke Park, a stern neoclassical house in Northern Ireland. It's the
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