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BAFTA TV Awards Winners: Complete List

8 May 2016 1:57 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — In another strong year for British television, historical drama “Wolf Hall,” Shane Meadows’ “This Is England ‘90” and “Peter Kay’s Car Share” came up trumps at the BAFTA Television Awards, which unspooled on May 8 in London’s Royal Festival Hall.

The ceremony, which was hosted by Graham Norton, saw BBC2’s “Wolf Hall” win best drama series as well as leading actor for Mark Rylance’s depiction of Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power through Henry VIII’s royal court.

Upon receiving the award for best drama series, helmer Peter Kosminsky attacked the U.K. government’s treatment of the BBC, warning that its future was “under threat, make no mistake about that.”

On May 12, Blighty’s government is due to publish its white paper on the future of the Beeb, with the scope and funding of the corporation under threat. Kosminsky noted that government proposals that threatened the »

- Diana Lodderhose

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Our TV heroes – who we think should win big at the Baftas on Sunday

6 May 2016 5:22 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Will Wolf Hall or Peter Kay be the runaway winner? Will it be David Attenborough’s night? Join us for live coverage here on Sunday evening … but until then, here’s who really deserves to take home the gongs

Like jurors in murder trials, Bafta judges are told to make their decisions based only on the evidence before them, ignoring all extraneous issues or instincts. In practice, though, even if the selectors in the Specialist Factual category were unaware that Sir David Attenborough’s 90th birthday falls on the actual day of this year’s TV awards (Sunday at 8pm, BBC1) they would have found it hard to avoid the sense that the naturalist is a giant who dwarfs any shortlist.

Perhaps they will gamble that the event will honour the nonagenarian some other way – bumps? – but whatever the merits of Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners, Grayson Perry’s Dream House »

- Mark Lawson

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UK poster and trailer for Desert Dancer starring Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie and Tom Cullen

4 March 2016 10:15 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A UK poster and trailer have arrived online for director Richard Raymond’s upcoming biographical drama Desert Dancer, which stars Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie and Tom Cullen. Take a look below…

Based on the incredible life story of Afshin Ghaffarian, who risked it all to fight for his dreams.

Set in Iran, where it is forbidden to dance, Desert Dancer follows Afshin and his friends, who despite the dangers, form an underground dance company in a hidden basement. Through proxy servers the group hack the government firewalls into YouTube, where they learn from the very best – Michael Jackson, Pina Bausch, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev. Reveling in the freedom of expression that dance gives them, they set out to put on a performance deep in the desert, away from the watchful eyes of the ruthless Basij militia. However, this simple act of courage and defiance will set in motion events »

- Amie Cranswick

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Last of the red-hot myths: what gossip over Rudolph Valentino's sex life says about the silents

22 February 2016 2:44 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

As Ken Russell’s quasi-biopic is released on Blu-ray, even the director noted that Valentino, possibly the silent era’s biggest star, was best appreciated in fiction

Rodolfo Guglielmi was born in 1895 in a farmhouse in Castellaneta, southern Italy. He died 31 years later in New York City, a heart-throb known to millions as Rudolph Valentino. The combination of beauty and an early death can transform any star into a legend. But Valentino was more than just a star to begin with. In his adopted homeland of America, he was an object of both devotion and open hatred. Thousands of young women turned out to mourn Valentino at his funeral and some reportedly killed themselves in despair when they heard the news. But while America’s daughters were sobbing, many American men were delighted to see the back of him.

Ken Russell’s lurid, but gorgeously art-directed quasi-biopic Valentino (1977), which is released on Blu-ray this week, »

- Pamela Hutchinson

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