11 items from 2014
Heather is a shy lady who works in a helpline call centre. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man, she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever.
Watch it and you’ll feel like you’ve been run over by a Mack truck.
In April, this 20 minute tear-jerker won Best Narrative Short at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.
“This film demonstrates the sheer power of the human voice to convey compassion and understanding via a one-on-one telephone conversation. We have selected it for its simplicity and directness in showing how emotional bonds can be formed by empathetic communication and for its beautifully-measured performances.”
- Melissa Thompson
The series launched in 2014, following Piper as she meets people who regret their body modifications. The contributors are introduced to those who are about to undergo similar procedures.
The new run will also feature Piper finding out about the latest strange beauty procedures in the UK, and meeting people addicted to extreme body modifications.
John Sergeant is to host a new ITV travel series.
Barging About Britain will be an eight-part series with Sergeant journeying through the UK's most iconic waterways in a canal boat.
The former political broadcaster will travel through Somerset and the Hebrides, while discovering the history of eight different routes.
ITV commissioning editor Andrew O'Connell said: "There's nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats and what better way to do it than on an English narrowboat."
Ian Lamarra from production company Alaska TV added: "John has huge warmth, massive broad appeal and is enthusiastic about the subject. He's even sleeping on the barge. Shooting in the summer months is a real treat, the end result will look amazing and showcase the best of the British Isles."
★★★★★Sometimes a film comes along where the viewer can do nothing but sit back and let the whole blissful business wash over them. Hobson's Choice (1954) - director David Lean's spirited screen adaptation of playwright Harold Brighouse's humorous drama about Victorian social mores - is one such film. This witty delight, starring Charles Laughton, Brenda de Banzie, John Mills and a young Prunella Scales - restored by StudioCanal to mark its sixtieth anniversary - is every bit as sharp and relevant as when it was first released. Following his wife's death, Henry Hobson (Laughton) runs both his house and his successful shoemaker's business in suburban Manchester with an iron fist.
- CineVue UK
Let Me Entertain You: ITV, 6pm
Premiering tonight and hosted by Michael Underwood, the brand new ITV show celebrates all things musical.
Viewers opt to send in clips of themselves, their children or even their grandparents participating in a musical act, be it singing or dancing, and then have it broadcast on the show.
Britain's Got Talent: ITV, 7pm
Ant and Dec continue the nationwide search for talent in the third instalment of weekly auditions.
Tune in to see more singing, dancing, magic and other downright crazy acts this week.
Britain's Funniest Comedy Characters: Channel 5, 9.15pm
Counting down the nation's 50 funniest comedy characters is a whole host of celebrities, writers, producers and showbiz critics.
Narrated by Olivia Colman, they »
BBC Two has announced a series of special programmes to mark its 50th anniversary.
The channel celebrates the milestone on April 20, and will broadcast several one-off programmes featuring the likes of Dara Ó Briain and Sue Barker.
Earlier today (March 19), it was announced that Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse will star in a spoof look back at the history of the channel in The Story of the Twos, while there will also be a one-off Goodness Gracious Me reunion.
50 Years Of BBC Two Comedy will look back at the channel's biggest comedy programmes and performers, including Fawlty Towers, Spike Milligan, Shooting Stars, The Office, Victoria Wood, and The Fast Show.
The two-hour special will feature Armando Iannucci, »
Great Canal Journeys was a bitter-sweet journey that took us into deeper waters
As Prunella Scales and Timothy West puttered in their canal boat at 4mph towards Devizes, summery Somerset has never looked better. The lushness was outrageous, the stone bridges mellowed by the sun, and not even the occasional bloke on the towpath who had gone topless, the better to advertise his beer gut, could spoil the view.
It was 24 years since the couple had made this journey. In 1990 the Kennet and Avon Canal had just been reopened after being saved from dereliction by, West explained, volunteers, boy scouts and convicts. He recalled that he and Pru had removed 80 shopping trolleys from the canal, and there was old footage of the pair from 1990 in a canal boat passing over the submerged wreck of a Ford Escort.
And now, in the year of their golden wedding, the couple wer e »
- Stuart Jeffries
'Fawlty Towers' star Prunella Scales is suffering from dementia. The actress, who played hot-headed hotel manager Basil Fawlty's patient wife Sybil in the classic sitcom, has been struggling with the degenerative memory loss illness, her husband of 50 years Timothy West has revealed. Speaking in new TV documentary 'Great Canal Journeys', he explained: ''When you think this person that I loved and enjoyed this and that and the other with doesn't really exist anymore, that's quite painful. ''Prunella can't remember things very well but you don't have to remember things on the canal. You can just enjoy things as they happen - so »
Stage and screen actor West, 79, talks about Scales' condition in a new More4 documentary, Grand Canal Journeys.
The actress, now 81, is best known for her role as Basil Fawlty's wife Sybil in the comedy Fawlty Towers but has continued to notch up screen roles.
West, who last year appeared in Coronation Street and has since joined EastEnders, tells the programme, which is broadcast later this month, that Scales suffers from "a sort of mild Alzheimer's", the Radio Times said.
The couple have been navigating Britain's canals on a slow boat ever since they first sparked a passion for the hobby when they borrowed a friend's boat for a fortnight in the 1970s. »
Drama chief stresses need for breadth as he defends mix of classics and new work from Jimmy McGovern and others
If the answer is Agatha Christie, then what is the question? For the BBC, which revealed a new long-term partnership with the Christie estate last week, it was "how do we rejuvenate peaktime drama on BBC1?".
Whether Christie is the solution remains to be seen. It is a safe bet, no doubt, to turn to the woman described by the BBC's controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson as the "bestselling novelist in the world ever".
BBC1 has to be broad, as Stephenson was keen to point out at. But does it have to be safe? There's been no shortage of Christie on the box of late, nearly all of it (Poirot, Marple) on ITV.
It was also ITV which last adapted Christie's Tommy and Tuppence tales (in 1983, starring Francesca Annis »
- John Plunkett
Jerome Willis, who has died at the age of 85, was an actor who might have described himself, without bitterness, as an "attendant lord". He was a natural Shakespearean, in possession of a strong physique and the ability to speak verse with enviable confidence. In a distinguished career spanning almost 60 years, he brought to every part he undertook a perceptive intelligence that illuminated even the smallest cameo. He also became a familiar face on television from 1974 to 1978 as Charles Radley, the deputy governor of Stone Park prison in Within These Walls, with Googie Withers as his boss.
Jerome began his career as a disc jockey, newsreader and actor by turns, posted to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1946 for his national service in the Raf and serving in communications for the Ceylonese station Radio Seac. »
- Paul Bailey
11 items from 2014
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