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DVD Review – How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)

How to Get Ahead in Advertising, 1989.

Written and Directed by Bruce Robinson.

Starring Richard E.Grant, Rachel Ward, Richard Wilson, John Shrapnel and Tony Slattery.


A young advertising executive is overcome with stress when attempting to develop a new campaign for a brand of pimple cream. His extreme anxiety eventually leads to a boil growth on his shoulder that begins to talk and act…

A unique selling point (Usp) is, as those in the know will constantly tell you, essential in the world of marketing and advertising. Occasionally this dread inducing marketing speak can be applied to cinema and filmmaking as well. In the case of Bruce Robinson and Richard E Grant’s follow up to the redoubtable Withnail & I, the Usp (released here in a restored DVD/Blu-ray dual format edition) here is the continued strident and frenetic form of darkly tinctured slapstick that has more than a few f-yous to modern society.
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'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' returns! Celebrate by watching the show's 10 greatest classic clips

'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' returns! Celebrate by watching the show's 10 greatest classic clips
Whose Line Is It Anyway? — which introduced a generation to both improvisational comedy and Ryan Stiles’ blue shoes — had an extraordinarily long life, as entertainment franchises go. It began as a British radio program (sorry, programme) in 1988, quickly morphed into a TV series that lasted 10 years, then hopped the pond for an eight-season run on ABC and ABC Family. The series’ last new episode aired just six years ago.

But in an age when nostalgia can be fairly instantaneous — note the tale of Les Misérables, which ran from 1987 to 2003 on Broadway, then was revived from 2006-2008, and will be revived
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Inside story of deals that built coalition set to be a TV drama

Wallander writer creates screenplay while the hunt is on for stars to play party leaders

Britain stood on a political cliff-edge three years ago as the three main parties negotiated to forge a government. Now a television drama will attempt to show the conflict and tensions inside Downing Street as the country waited to hear who would form a coalition.

The drama, adapted by Richard Cottan, writer of the BBC's praised Wallander, is to be based on the recent book by former New Labour minister Andrew Adonis. After a fraught bidding war between television production companies, the rights to turn 5 Days in May into a screenplay were secured last week by the people behind the BBC police drama Line of Duty and the post-second world war spy series The Bletchley Circle.

The coalition drama will centre on the frantic deals being cut by a small cast of characters – including Gordon Brown,
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Kingdom Complete Series DVD Review

For ease of explanation, if you happen to be a fan of Doc Martin, Kingdom is a show you’re almost guaranteed to enjoy. It doesn’t have the snarkiness (Stephen Fry‘s Peter Kingdom is the most jovial fellow you’re going to run into) but there are a lot of similarities. Most obvious, before you know anything, is the inclusion of a wildly popular British comedian in a role that leans toward drama. Both shows also take place in small towns, and both main characters are professionals occupied mostly by the curious antics of the local eccentrics.

Fry plays a solicitor, which opens more doors, and he has an assistant, Lyle (Karl Davies), whose youthful ambition and spunky disposition are as much a hinderance as a virtue. Where Doc Martin incorporates a mildly crazy populace (like the chemist with the permanent neckbrace), Kingdom not only brings them from the outside,
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Films To Watch Before You Die #98 - The Crying Game (1992)

D.J. Haza presents the next entry in his series of films to watch before you die...

The Crying Game, 1992.

Directed by Neil Jordan.

Starring Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Miranda Richardson, Forest Whitaker, Jim Broadbent, Ralph Brown and Tony Slattery.

The Crying Game is Neil Jordan’s sensational psychological thriller about an Ira footsoldier who, after the killing of a British soldier, decides to visit his girlfriend in London and strikes up an unexpected romance fraught with difficulties and complications. The film won Jordan an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and became a sleeper hit in the Us, earning £39 million off its tiny £2.3 million budget.

Fergus (Rea) is the Ira man charged with keeping an eye on British soldier Jody (Whitaker) as the group hold him hostage. As the two men talk, a bond builds between them; Jody tells Fergus about his girlfriend back in London, Dil (Davidson), and makes
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'Give Us A Clue' for panel show marathon

'Give Us A Clue' for panel show marathon
Lionel Blair and Una Stubbs will reunite in a special edition of Give Us A Clue, as part of David Walliams's 24 Hour Panel People. As part of Comic Relief, Walliams will perform in a panel show marathon, which will see a host of classic programmes resurrected and reinvigorated alongside current favourites. Blair and Stubbs will be joined by Walliams and Christopher Biggins for their segment of the event. Other highlights will see David Frost and Lloyd Grossman return to Through The Keyhole, Nick Hancock hosting sports quiz They Think It's All Over, and Clive Anderson, Tony Slattery (more)
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Gordon Brown – the movie

How would you cast the prime minister's biopic?

Now that Gordon Brown's political career is traversing the final segment of its narrative arc, it can't be long before someone proposes a film (or TV drama, more likely) charting its highs and lows. It may be too soon to write the ending of the prime minister's story, but it's not too early to start thinking about the cast. Who would play whom?

Gordon Brown Brown has been assayed by a surprising number of actors already, including David Morrissey, Peter Mullan and Tony Slattery. But based on the idea that, from an acting point of view, the latter-day Brown is basically Nixon with a Scottish accent, either Frank Langella or Anthony Hopkins would serve. Failing that, Philip Seymour Hoffman – he could probably play anyone.

Sarah Brown As a quiet, dignified, stabilising presence, Sarah Brown really isn't much of a part. Emma Thompson
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