Apple Tree Yard episode 1 review

Louisa Mellor Jan 23, 2017

Emily Watson and Ben Chaplin star in the BBC’s new four-part thriller Apple Tree Yard, adapted from Louise Doughty’s novel…

This review contains spoilers.

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Pfwoar! The BBC’s latest bonk-buster sizzled onto screens this weekend. Sunday nights are now sin-day nights thanks to this steamy shag-fest starring Emily Watson, 50, as a cheating, knicker-dropping mother-of-two. Viewers were shocked to see married granny-to-be Yvonne on the receiving end of regular knee tremblers in racy outdoor romps with Ben Chaplin’s sexy smooth operator. One saucy scene even saw the flirty fifty-year-old ditch her underwear and go commando. Literally. She took off her knickers. Where her lady parts are kept. And did it. Loads of times. With a man. And she’s fifty. Fifty.

We’re not grown-up enough to be cool about sex in the UK. Unlike our pals in continental Europe,
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Grange Hill: revisiting 12 memorable school trips

Alex Westthorp Nov 16, 2016

Remember when Grange Hill went to the Isle Of Wight? Or the escaped puma? Here are 12 memorable school trip episodes from the early years...

With just over thirty years worth of screen time, there are plenty of memorable moments in Grange Hill. From its inception in February 1978 the programme proved both entertaining and controversial. It tackled many difficult subjects head-on: bullying, vandalism, racism, censorship, shop-lifting, school uniform protest, teenage pregnancy and - most famously of all - drugs. However, every now and again it would attempt to give viewers a break from the everyday and head off on a day trip or weekend excursion.

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Join us and H5 on a bit of escapism then,
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Review: Punk Is Alive In The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead

Near the ending of Wes Orshoski’s new documentary The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead, guitarist and former bassist Captain Sensible - the wildest/funniest founding member of punk pioneers The Damned -, says that in the late seventies, “there should have been a car crash and we should have ended up in an early grave after making one fantastic album.” However, and after so many years of lineup changes, conflicts and great music, The Damned remains very much alive today. Hence this story is really about all the things that came after the brief moment in history when punk rock exploded in England. Orshoski perfectly understands that The Damned are nowhere near as popular as the Ramones, the Sex Pistols or The Clash,...

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Film Review: ‘The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead’

Film Review: ‘The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead’
The first U.K. punk band to release a record, and perhaps the only such first-generation act still active 40 years later, the Damned nonetheless never quite achieved the notoriety or commercial success of contemporaries like the Sex Pistols and the Clash. Wes Orshoski’s documentary “The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead” chronicles that very long run in a mix of archival, interview and on-the-fly materials. Even those unfamiliar with the subject may find sufficient entertainment value in this portrait of a band whose umpteen personnel changes and (not unrelated) interpersonal conflicts make for a colorfully convoluted history.

Indeed, the pic’s first showing at SXSW was continually interrupted by lead guitarist Captain Sensible’s loud commentary in the auditorium whenever a moment or a former band member he didn’t like appeared onscreen — underlining that some of the energies that kept the Damned alive for so
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Fifteen to One, Catchphrase: Which other game shows should be revived?

It's game show heaven on television right now. Not only do we have all sorts of new formats making their way to screen, but some old favourites are getting a second lease of life, too - from Fifteen to One (airing daily on Channel 4) to the second series of the revived Catchphrase (Sundays on ITV.) But it got us thinking - what other game shows would we like to see return to our living rooms?

Well, we asked that very question to Fifteen to One's Sandi Toksvig and Catchphrase's Stephen Mulhern - and then had a bit of office debate about our own favourites...

You Bet! - Stephen Mulhern (Host, Catchphrase)

"This is an easy question: You Bet! It was one of my favourite TV shows and Matthew Kelly was one of my favourite presenters. I love it.

"I can give you some great examples that still amaze me to this day.
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Basically, Johnny Moped: the perfect tribute to punk rock's idiot savants

Fred Burns's frank, unflinching documentary is the real – and sometimes surreal – deal, writes Adrian Deevoy

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"Listen, Johnny Moped were better than the Clash and the Pistols put together," a young Shane MacGowan assured me 30 years ago. I can't remember if he was drinking, but he had a point.

Johnny Moped, punk rock's idiot savants, embodied the daft Diy essence of the times better than any other group. Not for them the artful defiance of Vivienne Westwood's costly clobber or the political posturing of Juanabe conquistadors – the Mopeds came from Croydon and made music for drunk people. Press play on your download of Basically, Johnny Moped and there's Shane in 1977, all self-conscious sneer and spit-spattered shirt up front at the Roxy, pogoing in approximate time to the Mopeds' ramshackle constructions: Incendiary Device, Groovy Ruby, Vd Boiler and Darling Let's Have Another Baby.
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This week's new film events

Sheffield Doc/Fest | Dunoon film festival | A Nos Amours | Seret – The London Israeli film and television festival

Sheffield Doc/Fest

Sheffield doesn't quite have the same ring as Cannes or Venice, but in documentary terms it's a fair comparison. This is a market and a meeting place for professionals, and guests this year include Walter Murch, Jonathan Franzen, Trevor McDonald and Captain Sensible, as well as just about every British documentarian you can think of. But this is also the place to see the latest in non-fiction film: 120 films, many of them premieres, on topics ranging from Pussy Riot to Uri Geller's CIA missions, Indonesian genocide, and Bradley Wiggins.

Various venues, Wed to 16 Jun

Dunoon film festival

Edinburgh and Glasgow festivals bring world cinema to Scotland, but this inaugural festival brings Scottish cinema to Scotland, and helps put a seaside town on the cultural map. There are some recent international releases,
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The Five-Year Plan: October Albums

Yes, I have too much time on my hands. Here's a new feature that was fun to put together (though quite time-consuming, which makes me worry about my ability to do this every month). I look back at rock, pop, and R&B albums that came out five years ago, ten years ago, etc.


Buffalo Springfield: Again (Atco)

There was much chaos surrounding the creation of this quintet 's second album. Bassist Bruce Palmer, in some ways the soul of the band, was unavailable due to a drug charge deportation, and a string of session players took his place. Stephen Stills, who saw himself as the leader of the group, was feuding with Neil Young, who considered himself an equal, and Young actually quit -- but returned. And that's without getting into the fiasco that was the band's management team.

Nonetheless, it was a quantum leap forward from their debut,
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How did a woman lie dead and undiscovered for three years?

When the film-maker Carol Morley read that the skeleton of a young woman had been found in a London bedsit, she knew she had to find out more…

On 25 January 2006, officials from a north London housing association repossessing a bedsit in Wood Green owing to rent arrears made a grim discovery. Lying on the sofa was the skeleton of a 38-year-old woman who had been dead for almost three years. In a corner of the room the television set was still on, tuned to BBC1, and a small pile of unopened Christmas presents lay on the floor. Washing up was heaped in the kitchen sink and a mountain of post lay behind the front door. Food in the refrigerator was marked with 2003 expiry dates. The dead woman's body was so badly decomposed it could only be identified by comparing dental records with an old holiday photograph of her smiling. Her
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Fantasia 2010: Wes Orshoski Talks Lemmy

[Our sincere thanks to the Fantasia Festival and Kier-La Janisse for offering up some of the excellent, exclusive materials from the festival blog for wider consumption here at Twitch.]

Hard rock will probably never have an icon as enduring as Lemmy Kilmister. As the mutton-chopped frontman for Motorhead, ejected bass player for Hawkwind, hard-drinkin', toy-collecting composer of the immortal Ace of Spades (theme song of Montreal's own Zombie Nightmare) and cab driver of the apocalypse, Lemmy has acquired an almost supernatural status in the rock pantheon. Two young fans - Wes Orshoski and Greg Olliver - were brave enough to approach him with the idea of making a documentary, and lived to tell the tale.

How did you go about approaching Lemmy with this doc idea? At any point did he get uncomfortable being filmed?

Wes Orshoski: We approached his manager, Todd Singerman, who with the band's creative consultant, Steffan Chirazi, sort of interviewed Greg and I over the phone a couple times... We sort of auditioned for them and for Lemmy. Both Todd and Steffan told us that
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