News

This Time With Alan Partridge: Lynn set to return

Kirsten Howard Feb 20, 2018

Steve Coogan is bringing Alan Partridge back to the BBC with a brand new series, and Felicity Montagu will be at his side...

Last August, Steve Coogan revealed he was writing a new Alan Partridge series for the BBC, and we had word last week that production had begun on 6 new half-hour episodes, that are set to air later on this year. Yes, a quarter-century after he first appeared on the Beeb, Partridge will return in This Time With Alan Partridge.

See related Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 episodes 1 & 2 review: Orientation

This week, Coogan also confirmed that Felicity Montagu will be back as Alan’s long-suffering assistant, Lynn. The comedian announced Montagu's return at BBC Worldwide’s Showcase in Liverpool at a TV comedy panel.

The actress, who just recently popped up in the acclaimed series The End Of The F***ing World, will reprise the
See full article at Den of Geek »

Dangerous Visions: new sci-fi season coming to BBC Radio 4

Louisa Mellor Jun 19, 2017

BBC Radio 4 will scratch your sci-fi itch with a whole season of programming including Ray Bradbury, Kafka, and original comedy and drama…

Escape the rapidly unfurling dystopia outside by tuning into a season of sci-fi on BBC Radio 4. Dangerous Visions, the BBC’s yearly dose of classic and original sci-fi radio programming, returns this week… with a difference. The nation being sorely in need of a laugh, Dangerous Visions 2017 has made the decision to include some comedy alongside the existential nightmares.

See related Pokemon Go has already made $14m

First up on the comic side of things is a version of Kafka’s absurd satire The Metamorphosis starring Tim Key, Tom Basden and Felicity Montagu. Alongside that is original dystopian comedy Perimeter, a tale of two siblings living in a city divided by an enormous electric fence, written by and starring Liam Williams and Josie Long.

A new reading of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is joined by two original dystopian dramas, Siege and Culture. The former is a three-part thriller telling the story of the Far Right coming to power in 2020 France, while the latter is a vision of the world in which antibiotics have stopped working and the lives of those without medical insurance are decided by the shadowy ‘Quartermaster’. Finally, there’s an adaptation of Arthur Koestler’s 1940 totalitarian nightmare Darkness At Noon.

The season kicks off on Saturday the 24th of June with Kafka’s Metamorphosis at 2.30pm. Here's a short clip to whet your appetite.

All episodes will be available to listen to on BBC iPlayer for a period after transmission and the full listings can be found here.

BBC Radio 4
See full article at Den of Geek »

Theatre Review: Pride and Prejudice (UK Tour)

Pride and Prejudice review: ‘It is a truth universally accepted that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife’.

Simon Rede’s most recent adaptation of the novel by Jane Austin of the same name is a play to be greatly enjoyed. It is a humorous tale of life in Georgian England through the eyes of Mrs Bennet and her five daughters all of marriageable age, whose challenge is to see her daughters make good marriages.

Felicity Montagu is excellent as Mrs Bennet and fusses and attends to her daughters and husband’s needs, but seems frustrated at times by the role dictated to her by society. Her five daughters seem to echo the different strands of her personality, which is all gently tolerated by Mr Bennet (Matthew Kelly). The arrival of Mr Bingley (Jordan Mifsud) gets Mrs Bennet’s hopes up that one of her daughters,
See full article at The Hollywood News »

Pride and Partridge: Felicity Montagu's comedy gold with Coogan and Austen

She played the loyal Pa to Norwich’s deluded DJ and the cake-scoffing vicar’s wife in Nighty Night. Now back on stage as Mrs Bennet, Felicity Montagu explains why humour is a deadly serious business

“I don’t want to scene-steal,” Felicity Montagu tells me. But perhaps she just can’t help herself, given the whirlwind of accents – Aussie, northern, estuary, Rp – that she uses to animate her anecdotes in our hour together. Certainly, she has pinched scenes from some of comedy’s biggest names – whether as Lynn, the tight-lipped, long-suffering Pa to Alan Partridge, or as Sue, the voluptuous, cake-scoffing vicar’s wife in Nighty Night. Then there’s that hugely satisfying scene in the first Bridget Jones film, where Montagu’s sloaney Perpetua – all Alice band, pearls and raised eyebrows – rises sharply from her swivel chair to witness Bridget quit her job. “Because if she gives one inch,
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

Filming begins on Hank Zipzer Christmas Special

  • ScreenTerrier
Filming has begun in Dewsbury, Yorkshire this week on a feature length Christmas special of Cbbc’s popular series Hank Zipzer.The 90-minute film 'Hank Zipzer’s Christmas Catastrophe' joins Hank (played by Nick James) in the run up to Christmas as he prepares for a new baby brother. But Hank’s life never runs smoothly and soon Miss Adolf (played by Felicity Montagu) is turning Mr Rock’s Rudolph the Rock’n’Roll Reindeer into a one-woman Christmas Carol – two school inspectors are getting injured in a bizarre sleighing accident and Mr Joy (played by Javone Prince) is trying to cancel Christmas altogether. In his attempt to drag triumph from the glittering jaws of doom, Hank will ice skate into disaster, nearly crash a Christmas tree into a crowd, get himself and his best friends arrested, get his favourite teacher sacked and lose the love of his life.
See full article at ScreenTerrier »

Dad's Army review

facebook

twitter

google+

The new take on Dad's Army gives a standout role to Toby Jones. Here's our review of the new comedy.

Don't panic! Oliver Parker's big screen version of classic British sitcom Dad's Army (48 years old this year) is remarkably faithful to Jimmy Perry and David Croft's much-loved original and by no means the travesty that some had feared. It benefits chiefly from a note-perfect cast and a warm glow of reverential nostalgia that pervades the entire project, but it's slightly let down by a meandering script and the playing-it-safe comedy moments tend to generate amused smiles rather than out-and-out laughter.

Set in 1944, in the fictional seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea, the film stars Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring, the leader of an elderly platoon of the Home Guard that comprises Oxford-educated Sergeant Wilson (Bill Nighy), doddery Private Godfrey (Michael Gambon), excitable Lance Corporal Jones (Tom Courtenay
See full article at Den of Geek »

Dad’s Army trailer; A new look at the comedy coming in 2016

Dad’s Army trailer

The new Dad’s Army trailer has been released, and gives us a more detailed look at the movie adaptation of the classic TV sitcom, which arrives on our shores in February. The much-loved TV series was originally transformed into a feature back in 1971, but with the new 2016 version, obviously featuring a brand new cast, looks likely to delight as much as the originals, with some decent-looking performances from its all-star cast.

Here’s the synopsis, followed by the new Dad’s Army trailer.

It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then – to patrol the Dover army base – is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits,
See full article at The Hollywood News »

Dad’s Army character posters introduce the new cast

Just yesterday we brought you two magnificent UK posters for the upcoming movie version of the much-loved British sitcom Dad’s Army. Today, we can share four new character posters for the film, which will open next February (watch the trailer here).

Here’s the synopsis, courtesy of Universal:

It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then – to patrol the Dover army base – is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits, setting the pulses racing and putting the local women on red alert. MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea. There’s a spy on the loose! The outcome of the war is suddenly at stake,
See full article at The Hollywood News »

New Dad’s Army Poster; The British Empire Strikes Back

New Dad’s Army Poster: Captain Mainwaring an co. are back in the big-screen version of the classic British sitcom. New Dad’s Army Poster

Universal have shared the first one-sheet poster for the upcoming big-screen version of the classic British sitcom, Dad’s Army. The new Dad’s Army poster comes with the tagline ‘The British Empire Strikes Back,’ no doubt cashing in on the new Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer that debuted earlier on this morning.

We’ve already seen a few bits from the film, which arrives on British shores in February, including a superb first teaser, as well as an initial poster for the film.

It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then – to patrol the
See full article at The Hollywood News »

Don’t Panic! The Dad’s Army trailer is here

I’m not sure how well the upcoming Dad’s Army movie will fare anywhere other than the UK, but the TV show on which it is based is absolutely loved here, and judging by the first teaser trailer for the film, which has just been released, we’re all in for a treat.

The teaser doesn’t feature much footage, but from what we can see, the cast, particularly Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring and Michael Gambon, who is absolutely spot-on with Godfrey.

Here’s the synopsis:

It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then – to patrol the Dover army base – is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits,
See full article at The Hollywood News »

Thursday’s best TV

  • The Guardian - TV News
Bake Off’s Paul Hollywood explores his family tree in Who Do You Think You Are?, Nigel Havers and friends consider Very British Problems and more celebrity shepherds compete in Flockstars. Plus: back in the briney with Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean On Earth and Glee bows out with a sentimental double-bill

The series adapted from children’s books by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver returns for a second season. Based on Winkler’s own experiences growing up with dyslexia, but with events transposed from the Us to Yorkshire, it also stars the man who was Fonzie as teacher Mr Rock, an understanding counterpoint to Ms Adolf (Felicity Montagu). In today’s opener, McKelty ruins Hank’s school photograph by spraying him with pop. Hank (Nick James) is determined to get himself cleaned up and back in front of the camera. Jonathan Wright

Continue reading...
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

First look at Dad’s Army as first teaser poster is released

Dad’s Army Teaser Poster: First look at the upcoming comedy starring Bill Nighy and Toby Jones, which arrives in cinemas in February 2016. Dad’s Army Teaser Poster gives us our first look at the upcoming comedy

It’s been a bit quiet of the Dad’s Army movie front of late. The film is well in the can ahead of its February release in the UK, but don’t panic, as today we can bring you the first teaser poster for the film, which is based on the popular TV show of the same name.

We’ve also got an official synopsis for the film, which you can read below.

It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then – to patrol
See full article at The Hollywood News »

Henry Winkler's Hank Zipzer is returning for a second series on Cbbc

Hank Zipzer will be back for a second series of episodes on Cbbc in August, and a third series has already been commissioned.

The show is based on the New York Times best-selling book series Hank Zipzer: The World's Greatest Underachiever, which is co-written by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver.

It follows the adventures of 14-year-old Hank Zipzer, who has dyslexia and looks at the world differently to other people, causing problems with his school teachers Mr Love (Nick Mohammed) and Miss Adolf (Felicity Montagu), as well as his parents Rosa (Juliet Cowan) and Stan (Neil Fitzmaurice).

Winkler co-stars as music teacher Mr Rock, who understands and supports Hank.

Series two will see the arrival of new headteacher Mr Joy, played by Phone Shop's Javone Prince.

Hank Zipzer returns to Cbbc in August with a 13-episode run of 30-minute shows.
See full article at Digital Spy - TV news »

First look: David Walliams and Kate Moss in The Boy in the Dress

The first trailer for David Walliams's The Boy in the Dress has debuted.

Kate Moss, Jennifer Saunders and Meera Syal all feature in the cast of the BBC One comedy, which will air on BBC One this Christmas.

The story follows a 12-year-old boy, Dennis, who enjoys cross-dressing, and focuses on how his family and friends react to it at home and school.

Billy Kennedy will make his debut as Dennis, while Walliams - who wrote the 2008 children's book - will also make an appearance in the one-hour special.

The Inbetweeners star James Buckley, Tim McInnerny, Steve Speirs and Felicity Montagu will also feature in the cast.

The Boy in the Dress follows the BBC's adaptations of Walliams's other stories Mr Stink and Gangsta Granny, which both attracted over 7 million viewers.

The Boy in the Dress will air on Boxing Day at 6.55pm on BBC One.
See full article at Digital Spy - TV news »

Take Your First Look At The ‘Dad’s Army’ Movie

I must admit that I cringed a little when news reached us that they were going to turn classic British sitcom Dad’s Army into a motion picture in 2015, but after seeing these first images from the film, I feel more than a touch of nostalgia and excitement in my anticipation for it.

The film stars Bill Nighy as Wilson, Catherine Zeta Jones (pictured) as Rose, Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring, Tom Courtenay as Corporal Jones, Michael Gambon as Godfrey, Blake Harrison as Pike, Danny Mays as Walker, and Bill Paterson as Fraser. Sarah Lancashire, Alison Steadman , Mark Gatiss , Annette Crosbie, Felicity Montagu, Julia Foster, Holli Dempse, Oliver Tobias and Emily Atack also appear.

Here’s the plot.

It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low.
See full article at The Hollywood News »

Dad’s Army first look

  • ScreenDaily
The first images from comedy reboot Dad’s Army have been released as well as fresh cast details.

Universal Pictures, Screen Yorkshire and DJ Films have released the first images from British comedy reboot Dad’s Army.

The ensemble playing the Home Guard during the Second World War includes Bill Nighy as Wilson, Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring, Tom Courtenay as Corporal Jones, Michael Gambon as Godfrey, Blake Harrison as Pike, Danny Mays as Walker and Bill Paterson as Fraser.

The other image shows Jones as Mainwaring leaning against a car with Catherine Zeta Jones, who plays journalist Rose.

Other previously announced cast includes Sarah Lancashire, Alison Steadman , Mark Gatiss and Annette Crosbie.

New cast announced today includes Felicity Montagu (Bridget Jones’s Diary), Julia Foster (Alfie), Holli Dempsey (Derek), Oliver Tobias (Arthur of the Britons) and Emily Atack (The Inbetweeners).

Oliver Parker directs the new take on the classic British sitcom, which ran from
See full article at ScreenDaily »

The Boy In The Dress

  • ScreenTerrier
Newcomer Billy Kennedy from London has landed the lead role in the new BBC dramatisation of David Walliams' book The Boy In The Dress, which has just started filming in London.

Billy (represented by Esta Charkham Associates) previously played Toots in the National Theatre's production of Emil and the Detectives, and Weeping William in Horrid Henry:The Movie but this is his TV debut.

The Boy In The Dress tells the story of 12-year-old Dennis, an ordinary boy, who lives in an ordinary town – but he feels different. A chance view of a fashion magazine introduces him to a whole new world of colour and creativity, but can a boy wear a dress, and what will the Headmaster, his Dad, and his friends in the football team think if they find out?

Following on from the success of previous David Walliams books TV adaptations Gangsta Granny and the BAFTA-nominated Mr Stink,
See full article at ScreenTerrier »

Jennifer Saunders, Kate Moss for David Walliams BBC One Christmas comedy

Kate Moss and Jennifer Saunders have joined the cast of David Walliams's upcoming BBC One comedy.

Walliams's book The Boy in the Dress is being adapted to television for the Christmas period, following his BAFTA-nominated Mr Stink.

The story follows a 12-year-old boy who enjoys cross-dressing, and how his family and friends react to it at home and school.

Billy Kennedy will make his debut as main character Dennis, while Tim McInnerny, Meera Syal, Steve Speirs, James Buckley and Felicity Montagu will also star, alongside Walliams himself.

The one-hour special will be filmed in London later in the autumn by King Bert Productions and BBC In-house Comedy.

Walliams said: "We have put together a dream cast for this, the first of my children's books - and for many still my best. It is a funny and poignant story about what it is to be different. I hope it will make everyone who sees it,
See full article at Digital Spy - TV news »

Miranda Richardson, Anna Chancellor, Mark Gatiss for BBC One comedy

Miranda Richardson and Anna Chancellor are to star in an upcoming BBC One comedy drama.

Blackadder star Richardson and The Hour's Chancellor will lead the cast of Steve Pemberton's adaptation of Ef Benson's Mapp and Lucia.

Mark Gatiss will also reunite with Pemberton on the project, playing Raj Army veteran Major Benjy, while Pemberton will play Lucia's chief courtier Georgie Pillson.

Chancellor - who will play Lucia in the project - said: "I am thrilled to be playing the glorious Lucia. I hope I can do justice to Ef Benson's wonderful creations."

Richardson added: "I am so looking forward to a summer of hard work and I hope, great fun, working with the ensemble on Steve's masterly adaptation of Ef Benson's delicious confection. I cannot wait to get my teeth into Mapp... and of course, Lucia!"

Gatiss said of his role: "Ef Benson's tales of life in Tilling
See full article at Digital Spy - TV news »

Film Review: British Import ‘Alan Partridge’ With Steve Coogan is Just Plain Silly

Chicago – Before earning Oscar nom validation for his “Philomena” screenplay last year, British comedian Steve Coogan led a separate life as Alan Partridge, a dopey media personality who symbolized the danger of empowering clowns like him with a microphone, whether on a news program, a late night show, or in a radio booth.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

A daffy concoction co-created by Armando Iannucci (of HBO’s “Veep” and the satirical film “In the Loop”), the character has bopped around different BBC series for years, until now getting his first feature film. With Coogan given a rare opportunity to show his prowess stateside as a lead comedian (he has appeared in “The Other Guys,” “Tropic Thunder,” and “Our Idiot Brother” in side roles), this British comedy does have a special charm. But even a certified comedian can only take a spotty collection of bits so far.

The latest adventure for Partridge finds him
See full article at HollywoodChicago.com »
loading
An error has occured. Please try again.

See also

Credited With | External Sites