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San Sebastian –- “Harry Potter” star Rupert Grint will lead the English-language voice-cast of Juan Jose Campanella’s animated 3D feature “Foosball,” which bowed to strong applause and cheers at San Sebastián Friday, opening the Spanish Festival.
Grint will play “Foosball’s” hero Amadeo, a shy table soccer genius whose table soccer figures come alive to help him save his local town and win his childhood sweetheart, both threatened by a preening soccer mega-star.
Anthony Head (“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) limns the international soccer ace, dubbed Flash, who is also out for revenge after Amadeo beat him at table soccer as a kid, “Foosball” producer Jorge Estrada Mora announced Friday at San Sebastian.
An up-and-coming English actress, Eva Ponsoby (“The White Queen”) will dub Amadeo’s childhood sweetheart, Laura.
- John Hopewell
Taggart, the world's longest-running cop show, was decades ahead of its time. If only it was still around to bear witness to Glasgow's continuing regeneration
If you'd tuned in to ITV on 6 September 1983, you would have seen the first episode of Taggart. It wasn't called Taggart then; it was "Killer". In the opening shots, the camera swoops past a stony, snowy landscape before hovering over the smog-choked sprawl of Glasgow. Soon, there is another imposingly craggy sight: the face of Mark McManus, starring as a local cop called up to investigate a body dumped by the river Kelvin.
"Strangulation by ligature," offers his university-educated sidekick. "We don't have ligatures in Maryhill," barks McManus, setting a no-nonsense tone that would endure for 109 episodes. A former miner and a proficient amateur boxer, McManus was entirely plausible as a hard-bitten detective unafraid to get up in suspects' faces. The Killer pilot was commissioned for a full series, »
- Graeme Virtue
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