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Successful scripted comedy is, for the most part, built on firmly established characters that an audience grows to loathe, love or basically care one jot about. Which is why Inside No 9 is such a wonderful anomaly.
The BBC Two anthology series – written by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith – invites the audience into six standalone and terrifyingly bonkers worlds where the only constant is the number on the door of the house / booth / train carriage.
The first episode in the returning series, which begins tonight, is every bit as farcical, dark and hilarious as the comedy we've come to expect from Pemberton and Shearsmith.
'La Couchette' sees irritable Dr Maxwell (Shearsmith) trying and failing to fall asleep on an overnight train from Paris to Bourg St Maurice. He has an important job interview the following morning at the World Health Organisation.
Any chance of actually getting to sleep is thwarted by »
Universal Pictures has continued to push forward with its prequel tale to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman by adding three actors into the mix to form part of the new dwarfs set to feature in The Huntsman.
Similarly to the original film, three British actors have been cast in the roles alongside the returning Nick Frost as Nion. Gavin & Stacey stars Rob Brydon and Sheridan Smith have joined the cast, as has Alexandra Roach who co-starred in 2013’s One Chance.
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan makes his directorial debut with the film, which has Chris Hemsworth (The Hunstman) and Charlize Theron (Ravenna) reprising their roles from the original, joined by Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow) and Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year).
The prequel is set in the same world as the previous film, but tells a new chapter in the story which focuses on the Huntsman and Ravenna’s lives before »
- Scott J. Davis
Rob Brydon ("The Trip"), Alexandra Roach ("Cuban Fury") and Sheridan Smith ("Jonathan Creek") have all signed on to play three new dwarfs in Cedric Nicolas-Troyan's "The Huntsman," the upcoming prequel to 2012's "Snow White and the Huntsman" which is in development at Universal Pictures.
Nick Frost has already signed on to reprise his dwarf role from the original, at the time it was indicated that the film would only feature two dwarfs. Seems that stance has been reconsidered, though Frost is the only actor who played a dwarf in the first film who is coming back for the sequel.
Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Ian McShane, Johnny Harris, Ray Winstone and Brian Gleeson played the other dwarfs in 'Snow White' and aren't expected back - though Jones and Marsan were said to have been contacted about the job.
- Garth Franklin
Here are the three new faces.
There's no Kristen Stewart this time, given that the film is set »
The cast of The Huntsman, the prequel to the 2012 fantasy Snow White and the Huntsman, already has a solid cast. Chris Hemsworth is reprising his title role, with Charlize Theron back as Ravenna and newcomers Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain coming aboard. And while all the dwarves from the first film aren't back, Nick Frost is at least back as Nion. Now some more dwarves are entering the mix as THR reports The Trip star Rob Brydon, Quartet actress Sheridan Smith and The Iron Lady supporting star Alexandra Roach have all taken roles as the gruff ensemble of dwarves this time. Yeah, there's some female dwarves! As of now, there aren't a lot of specifics on the story, but the prequel takes place before Snow White ever crosses paths with Ravenna and will follow the huntsman Eric as he is sent on a quest to find the stolen magic mirror, »
- Ethan Anderton
Less than a month after actor Nick Frost signed on to reprise his Snow White and the Huntsman dwarf role Nion in Universal Pictures' sequel The Huntsman, Rob Brydon, Alexandra Roach and Sheridan Smith have signed on to play three new dwarfs. We reported in January that the sequel will only feature two dwarfs, but it seems Universal has reconsidered that stance. No details were given regarding these new characters, but this is the first time female dwarfs are being introduced into the fairy tale storyline.
In Snow White and the Huntsman, Nick Frost, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Ian McShane, Johnny Harris, Ray Winstone and Brian Gleeson played the seven dwarfs. Our report from January revealed that Toby Jones could not come to terms with the studio to reprise his role, while Eddie Marsan had scheduling complications with the Showtime series Ray Donovan. It isn't known why the others »
The prequel was originally supposed to be directed by Frank Darabont, but he quit the project in January.
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Universal’s The Huntsman, a spinoff of 2012’s Snow White And The Huntsman, has secured a brand new roster of dwarves to accompany returning dwarf Nick Frost. Much like Disney’s Beauty And The Beast remake is crowded with Brits, it seems that Universal are chasing down a similar idea as Rob Brydon, Alexandra Roach and Sheridan Smith have all signed on to appear.
Their involvement on The Huntsman makes for interesting news in light of previous reports suggesting there would be a distinct lack of dwarves in the movie. Nevertheless, the trio are enlisted and ought to be in for a cracking time. Two of the newest cast, Brydon and Smith, will be reunited after they both starred in the BBC comedy series Gavin & Stacey. Brydon can be also seen in Disney’s live-action Cinderella which opened last weekend. Roach’s biggest role to date was in Margaret Thatcher »
- Gem Seddon
The Huntsman is getting an influx of dwarves. Rob Brydon, Alexandra Roach, and Sheridan Smith are joining the Snow White and the Huntsman prequel as three dwarves, along with returning cast member Nick Frost. Also reprising their roles from the first film are Chris Hemsworth as Eric (the titular Huntsman) and Charlize Theron as Ravenna. In […]
The post ‘The Huntsman’ Picks Up Three More Dwarves appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Back in January, there was some concern that the Snow White And The Huntsman prequel – simply called The Huntsman – would be rather lacking in the dwarfular department thanks to story directions and scheduling issues. Good news on that front! Nick Frost, who played Nion in the first film, will be back for this one, with Sheridan Smith, Rob Brydon and Alexandra Roach also signing on. This news signals that the likes of Ian McShane, Ray Winston, Johnny Harris, Eddie Marsan and Brian Gleeson are unlikely to return, though we’re counting none of them out given the change in Frost’s status.Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is handling directorial chores for this one, which finds Chris Hemsworth’s title character in the years before he first met Snow, and his early encounters with Charlize Theron’s beguiling, dangerous Ravenna. Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain are also set for the film, which will »
Plot details are vague beyond that the film reveals how two characters, the Huntsman Eric (Hemsworth) and Ravenna (Theron), intersected before they met Snow White. Details on Chastain’s character are also under wraps.
Brydon was most recently seen in Disney’s “Cinderella” and »
- Justin Kroll
Universal's sequel to Snow White and the Hunstman will simply be titled The Huntsman as it sets out to tell a prequel story centered on the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and Ravenna's (Charlize Theron) lives before the arrival of Kristen Stewart's Snow White. We already knew Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain had joined the cast and Nick Frost was expected to return as Nion, one of the dwarves featured in the first film. Now we learn of three new names joining the cast those being Rob Brydon (Trip to Italy), Alexandra Roach (Cuban Fury) and Sheridan Smith (Hysteria) all as dwarves alongside Frost. Rumors as far as the plot are concerned suggest Chastain will be playing a character similar to the Hunstman, her specialty being with a bow, and they've teamed in an effort to obtain a "magical MacGuffin" before Emily Blunt's evil, frosty Queen can get her hands on it. »
- Brad Brevet
Universal's The Huntsman has cast three British actors, Rob Brydon, Alexandra Roach and Sheridan Smith, as dwarves alongside Nick Frost, who is reprising his role as Nion from Snow White and the Huntsman. Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron are reprising their roles as the Huntsman and Ravenna, respectively. Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain have joined the film, which returns to the world of Snow White and the Huntsman, but presents a new chapter of the story, focusing on the Huntsman and Ravenna's lives before the arrival of Snow White. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan will direct The Huntsman from a script by
- Rebecca Ford
The event - which honours excellence across all genres of television programming - took place at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on Tuesday (March 17), hosted by John Sergeant.
Strictly Come Dancing's Claudia Winkleman also took home Entertainment Performance, The Graham Norton Show won for Entertainment Programme and The Island With Bear Grylls triumphed in the Popular, Factual and Features category.
Sky Sports' Gary Neville collected Best Sports Commentator for the second year running, and the Lifetime »
Inside No. 9 returns to BBC Two on Thursday the 26th of March for six more ingenious genre slices of horror, suspense and psychology. Those who were rattled and gripped by the first round of half-hour plays from Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith know to expect to be skilfully sucker-punched with sharp, tricksy writing and well-drawn characters.
Viewers engrossed by the psychological character focus of series one’s Tom & Gerri, the jump scares of series finale The Harrowing, and the unexpected emotional sting of opener Sardines have lots to look forward to from the second series’ first brace of episodes. La Couchette and The 12 Days Of Christine tell the respective stories of a fraught overnight train journey and a woman plagued by a mysterious visitor, featuring guest roles from Mark Benton, »
Mays, who starred as Ronnie Biggs opposite Sheridan Smith in ITV’s Mrs Biggs, will play Sergeant Danny Waldron, a “highly proficient leader of an armed response unit whose unpredictable behaviour is becoming a threat to colleagues and suspects”.
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- John Plunkett
Smith and Jones both won for biopics – Smith for her role as Cilla Black in ITV’s Cilla, Jones for his role as Stoke City kit man Neil Baldwin in BBC2’s Marvellous. Smith also starred in ITV’s The Widower and Jones in BBC4 comedy, Detectorists.
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- John Plunkett
Benefits Street and Sheridan Smith were among the winners at the 2015 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.
Meanwhile, Lenny Henry was honoured at this year's event with the Harvey Lee Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting award.
See the winners list in full below:
Best Factual Entertainment
Best Single Drama
Best Drama Series
Best Single Documentary
Baby P: The Untold Story
Best Documentary Series
Best Multichannel Programme
Radio Programme of the Year
Germany: Memories of A Nation »
Inside No 9 will return to BBC Two later this month.
A new series of twists and turns from @ReeceShearsmith and Steve Pemberton, #InsideNo9 returns Thursday 26 March. pic.twitter.com/2e2wQdvYFT
— BBC Two (@BBCTwo) March 11, 2015
Reece Shearsmith: 'TV commissioners fixate on things you don't care about'
The first series of Inside No 9 ran for »
A host of celebrities will be battling it out to be crowned National Treasure 2015 at this year's Comic Relief.
David Walliams said: "To make a good Comic Relief sketch you need something special, you need big guest stars and something you can only see on that one day of the year - Red Nose Day. For me, this is hopefully all of those things.
"I'm really excited about this year's Red Nose Day campaign because it's a real bumper year for comedy, and the whole reason that I loved Comic Relief at school and beyond was because I loved comedy. »
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