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Sheridan Smith is feeling ''broody'' after appearing on 'Who Do You Think You Are?' The 33-year-old actress took part in a traumatic search for her ancestors while appearing on the BBC One show and after finding records of her banjo-playing great great-grandfather, she revealed her desire to have children of her own. According to the Daily Mirror newspaper, she said: ''I'm so proud of how talented he was. This link is so special to me. ''I feel like I want to learn to play, I feel like I have to. It's almost compulsory now. ''The gene has been passed down through my great great grandfather. ''It's »
The BBC is developing a drama on Shannon Matthews, the Yorkshire child who endured a hoax kidnapping ordeal organised by her own mother.
Sheridan Smith, the award-winning actor who is about to be seen in the lead role in ITV's Cilla Black biopic, may play the part of Karen Matthews, jailed for the abduction and drugging of her then nine-year-old daughter in February 2008, a crime described as "despicable and inconceivable" by the judge.
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- Tara Conlan
Actor talks about playing her friend, the blogger Lisa Lynch, who died last year, in The C Word
Actress Sheridan Smith says it was the least I could do to shave her head and her eyebrows to play her late friend, the cancer blogger Lisa Lynch in forthcoming BBC drama The C Word.
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- Tara Conlan
A trailer featuring Smith taking on the role of the pop singer during her rise to fame in 1960s Liverpool has also been released, giving viewers a taste of Jeff Pope's three-part drama.
Aneurin Barnard (The White Queen, Citadel, We'll Take Manhattan) stars as Cilla's husband Bobby, Ed Stoppard (The Politician's Husband, Silent Witness, Branded) plays Brian Epstein, John Henshaw (Downton Abbey, Midsomer Murders, South Riding) is Cilla's father, John White and Melanie Hill (Waterloo Road, Hebburn, Merlin) is Cilla's mother, Priscilla.
"I am thrilled to be playing Cilla, »
Fortissimo Films has acquired a slate of films it plans to launch at the Venice, Toronto or San Sebastian film festivals. The pics include , a Venice premiere from director Naji Abu Nowar about a boy’s journey to adulthood after the death of his father, which includes a treacherous journey across the Arabian Desert. Also on the slate is Toronto debutant Ned Rifle, the third film in director Hal Hartley’s trilogy that began with Henry Fool and Fay Grim. This one follows Henry and Fay’s teenage son Ned, who emerges from a witness-protection program with a single purpose: to kill his father for ruining his mother’s life. The company also will present Atlantic, windsurfing-themed romantic road movie from Jan-Willem van Ewijk, also bowing at Toronto, and San Sebastian premiere Foodies, a documentary from co-directors, Thomas Jackson, Charlotte Landelius and Henrik Stockare, which focuses on the world of great food, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Sheridan Smith will star in new ITV drama Black Work.
The three-part story follows Smith's character as she sets out to discover who murdered her husband Ryan, an undercover policeman who was shot dead in mysterious circumstances.
Jo, who also works as a police officer, must face the difficult truth about her marriage as she continues with her investigation. She is wracked with guilt following her attachment to one of Ryan's colleagues.
The drama will also explore Jo's strained relationships with her daughter and stepson in the wake of Ryan's death.
Charman said: "Sheridan Smith is a dream to write for because as an actress there's really nothing she can't do.
"And Black Work is a story that pushes her to the limit - it makes her character Jo Gillespie doubt herself, her family, her friends, »
Actor Katherine Kingsley was born in Cambridge and studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. In 2009, she earned her first Olivier nomination for her portrayal of Marlene Dietrich in the Donmar production of Piaf. Her turn as Lina Lamont in the Chichester Festival theatre production of Singing in the Rain led to a second Olivier nomination in 2012, followed by a third earlier this year for her performance in Michael Grandage Company's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, opposite David Walliams and Sheridan Smith. She has also made numerous television appearances and toured with The 39 Steps. Kingsley is currently starring with Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy theatre.
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- Leah Harper
If TV executives giving you the silent treatment about your favourite shows is getting you all hot under the collar, all you need to do is get in touch with the Q&A, and we'll sort 'em ahhhht (...when we can).
Read on to discover what we found out this week...
Ooh, you guys are plucky! Dates, you may remember, was the Channel 4 drama series that saw the likes of Sheridan Smith, Andrew Scott, Will Mellor and Katie McGrath go out on a number of overlapping first dates.
The show very much had a 'one-off' feel about it, coming as part of the channel's special 'Mating Season' in June 2013. However, its fans are refusing to let go, and the renewal of its stablemate, reality series First Dates, continues to give them hope. However, a Channel 4 spokesperson »
Game of Thrones will be making its debut at the Edinburgh TV Festival this year, it has been confirmed.
HBO's programming chief Mike Lombardo will head a panel with special guests, discussing the phenomenal success of the fantasy series and revealing some behind-the-scenes secrets for one of the most buzzed-about TV shows of all time.
Talent involved in the series who are taking part in the panel will be announced soon.
Other events at this year's Edinburgh TV Festival include writer Jeff Pope and Sheridan Smith in discussion, Dynamo giving a TV masterclass, stars of Gogglebox Steph and Dom talking about the show's incredible success and Line of Duty writer Jed Mercurio taking part in a panel about writing the very best drama.
The Edinburgh TV Festival started in 1976 and is attended by 2,000 delegates and top TV executives from around the world.
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The family history series will celebrate its 10th anniversary and its 100th episode in the upcoming series on BBC One this summer.
Maxine Watson, BBC Commissioning Editor of Documentaries, said: "Since its launch in 2004, audiences have savoured the often unexpected and emotional journeys into family history.
"As we celebrate 10 fantastic years in 2014, another 10 famous faces discover more about themselves through their past. The new series promises to continue to deliver BBC One audiences the laughter, »
The Mrs Briggs star said that the offer was made when the pair had dinner, but she was too shy to take the 71-year-old up on it, The Express reports.
"She gave me her number and said to call her if I needed but I was too shy," Smith recalled.
"I am thrilled to be playing Cilla. She is a British icon. In the 1960s, as a young girl from Liverpool, she had numerous number ones and sang with The Beatles. Her life story is fascinating."
The 32-year-old is also recording a version of Black's song 'Anyone Who Had a Heart' for the three-part biopic.
Black previously stated that she didn't see much of herself in Smith, »
Talking to people immediately after they’ve won a BAFTA is a surreal experience to say the least. On the one hand, they are at their very best, delighted with the win and more than happy to gush about the wonderful team they worked with and the television show that resulted. On the other hand, they are often completely shell-shocked and still processing what’s just happened.
The teams behind both Broadchurch and Doctor Who remained tight-lipped about what fans can expect in the future so sadly no intriguing plot reveals here for series two of Broadchurch or the new Peter Capaldi-led Doctor Who, other than the fact that everyone involved is clearly beside themselves with excitement!
- Amanda Keats
Speaking at last night's Arqiva BAFTA Television Awards 2014, Black was asked how she felt about having Smith play her in the upcoming ITV three-part drama about her life.
Aaron Paul's selfie hell! What we saw at the BAFTAs after-party
She said: "It's a great honour - I'm so excited. She's such an incredible actress - she's a BAFTA-winning actress."
The 70-year-old was then asked if she saw any of herself in Smith, to which she said: "No, I didn't, 'cos she's very shy and I'm very upfront - you know me, in your face!
"But she went to Abbey Road to do the recording - my son Robert went and said she was marvellous."
Cilla Black was presented with a special achievement award at the BAFTA ceremony last night, for her 50 years in the industry. She received a standing ovation as she accepted the award. »
Pretty much the first thing Digital Spy saw when making our way down the stairs to the Grand Room in London's Grosvenor House, location of the TV BAFTAs after-party, was Danny Dyer posing with a young boy as his dad took a picture, presumably making the little guy beam by complimenting his "lovely" mini tux.
That's the kind of event we're talking about here - an event where a star arguably still best known for playing violent, foul-mouthed British gangsters can take a moment to make some kid's night. Everyone was happy. Everyone was in a friendly mood. And everyone was ready to party.
But first, these people needed some food. Some hit the red carpet way back at 5pm after a good couple of hours of preparation, and then had to sit through an entire awards ceremony. If Claudia Winkleman displays half as much passion about Strictly as she did about dessert, »
Okay, so we might not be wearing our gladrags and we might not be sipping champagne, but who says a onesie and a takeaway can't be glamorous?
It's BAFTA night, and while we're not at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane with all the best and brightest from the last year of television, at least we can join the party from our sofas. Yep, we'll be blogging along with the awards - which start at 8pm on BBC One - so grab your slippers and a cuppa and join in by tweeting @digitalspy and leaving your comments below...
And as a reminder, the awards actually start in "real life" at 7pm - but we'll be doggedly going along with the television broadcast and pretending we're not an hour behind everyone else, so there's no fear of spoilers. If you want things as they happen, we'll be updating our winners' list here. »
Cilla Black has said that she would be happy to die in four years' time.
The TV presenter - who turns 71 later this month - spoke of comments she made at 60, in which she said that she liked the idea of dying at 75.
"75 is a good age to go, I still think that way," she told The Mirror. "If things are starting to drop off - like the hearing - and I've got twinges in the morning, I do think that."
However, she said her eldest son and manager Robert does not agree, saying: "Our Robert says to me, 'You know, it's terribly selfish of you, don't you want to see your grandchildren grow up?' And I think it is a bit selfish.
"But secretly I don't want to linger. I don't want to be a burden on anybody. I know 75 is only four years away but I take »
ITV Encore has announced details of its upcoming launch week highlights.
Broadchurch will air for the first time since its original transmission last year, airing all eight parts across Monday to Thursday from June 9.
The episodes will air in double bill slots on the new subscription channel, which will be available on Sky Channel 123.
The new channel will focus on the best of ITV's drama series of recent years.
ITV's Director of Television Peter Fincham said: "Drama is a genre that we know audiences love, and we have worked with some fantastic talent, both on and off screen, »
The actress and singer, who will be honoured at the 2014 Arqiva BAFTA Television Awards for her outstanding contribution to television entertainment over the last 50 years, was also the person who pushed to get the show on UK television.
"Blind Date was based on an Australian show called Perfect Match, which I first saw when I was on tour there," Black told The Guardian.
"I couldn't understand why it wasn't on British TV."
"Later, he told me that when he was trying to come up with the right presenter he tried to think of the most sexless person on TV," Black continued. "He said it was me. »
Cilla Black will receive the Special Award at the 2014 Arqiva BAFTA Television Awards.
The presenter, singer and actress will be honoured for her outstanding contribution to television entertainment over the last 50 years.
Following a successful music career, Black made her television debut with Cilla in 1968, when she became the first woman to host a primetime chat show on BBC One.
She has since presented popular Saturday night shows like Blind Date and Surprise Surprise, and has become one of the most watched women in British television history.
She has hosted more than 500 television shows, as well as making around 400 guest appearances on others.
On hearing that she will receive the Special Award, Black said: "I am thrilled to be honoured with this Award… I am totally delighted. I've been very fortunate to have a long and full career in television and this means the world to me."
Andrew Newman, Chairman of BAFTA's Television Committee, »
Cilla Black has spoken about ITV's upcoming drama about her life.
The 70-year-old said that she thinks Sheridan Smith is the right choice to play her in the three-part drama.
Speaking to Digital Spy at the Out in the City and G3 readers' awards, she said of Smith: "I love her. She's fabulous. We went to dinner and I gave her my cell phone number.
"I said, 'If you ever fall down on anything and you want a little of advice', but she hasn't phoned me yet, so everything must be going swimmingly."
She added that she is familiar with Smith's previous work in shows, revealing that she was a fan of BBC Three's Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.
Asked for her thoughts on the biopic, she described it as "wonderful and "fantastic".
"I'm very flattered. I read the script and loved it," she said. "It's »
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