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14 items from 2012


Sheridan Smith uncut: "I've played mainly slappers and chavs"

29 December 2012 4:38 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Sheridan Smith made her name with a girl next door turn in Gavin and Stacey. Now her star has risen in the West End – from Legally Blonde to Hedda Gabler. Dustin Hoffman sees her future in Hollywood. Here, she tells Megan Conner about the most incredible 12 months of her life

Exactly 12 hours before I'm due to meet Sheridan Smith, the actor takes to her Twitter page. "Oh I can't stop crying. Hate myself sometimes, just can't be myself. I can only play characters. Wish I had more confidence when I'm being me," she writes. Within minutes, a stream of her some 310,000 followers are tweeting furiously.

"Omg, don't beat yourself up!" they say. "Stop stop stop that now," another instructs. One user, @Londontheatre1, has some helpful advice: Smith should draw on the strength of her characters, Ronnie Biggs's long-suffering ex-wife in the ITV drama Mrs Biggs, or Elle Woods, the »

- Megan Conner

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Sheridan Smith uncut: "I've played mainly slappers and chavs"

29 December 2012 4:38 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Sheridan Smith made her name with a girl next door turn in Gavin and Stacey. Now her star has risen in the West End – from Legally Blonde to Hedda Gabler. Dustin Hoffman sees her future in Hollywood. Here, she tells Megan Conner about the most incredible 12 months of her life

Exactly 12 hours before I'm due to meet Sheridan Smith, the actor takes to her Twitter page. "Oh I can't stop crying. Hate myself sometimes, just can't be myself. I can only play characters. Wish I had more confidence when I'm being me," she writes. Within minutes, a stream of her some 310,000 followers are tweeting furiously.

"Omg, don't beat yourself up!" they say. "Stop stop stop that now," another instructs. One user, @Londontheatre1, has some helpful advice: Smith should draw on the strength of her characters, Ronnie Biggs's long-suffering ex-wife in the ITV drama Mrs Biggs, or Elle Woods, the »

- Megan Conner

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Strictly Come Dancing Christmas lineup includes Fabrice Muamba, Jls Jb

28 November 2012 10:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Former Premier League footballer Fabrice Muamba, Jls star Jb Gill, S Club 7 popstar Rachel Stevens and veteran TV comic Bobby Ball are among the stars lined up for this year's Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special. This year's festive edition of the BBC ballroom dance show, which will air on Christmas Day, will feature six new stars taking to the dancefloor and a team of Strictly All Stars from previous series, who will dance a group routine.

Ex-Bolton Wanderers star Muamba, who collapsed on the pitch during an Fa Cup match earlier this year, comic Katy Brand, actress Sheila Hancock, TV presenter Helen Skelton, popstar Jb Gill and Bobby (more) »

- By Alex Fletcher

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Lucy Davis, Mathew Horne, Hannah Spearritt for 'Death in Paradise'

5 October 2012 7:08 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Office star Lucy Davis and Primeval's Hannah Spearritt are among the guest stars for series two of Death in Paradise. The BBC One comedy-drama - which returns in early 2013 - stars Ben Miller as Di Richard Poole, a stuffy English detective who is relocated to an idyllic Caribbean island. Davis, Spearritt and Gavin & Stacey's Mathew Horne will all appear in the second series, alongside James Fleet (The Vicar of Dibley), Lucien Laviscount (Waterloo Road), Neil Pearson (Drop the Dead Donkey), Ralf Little (The Royle Family) and Shaun Parkes (Human Traffic). "It's great to be working with such a fantastic cast against the beautiful backdrop of Guadeloupe," said Davis. "Being filmed on location really offers a sense of authenticity and adds to the (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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S Club 7's Hannah Spearritt denies reunion plans

12 June 2012 3:46 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Hannah Spearritt has admitted that she has no plans to reunite with S Club 7. The group were rumoured to be reforming following the recent success of Steps, but the singer-turned-actress has denied reports that they will reunite any time soon. Asked if she has seen any of her former S Club 7 bandmates recently, Spearritt told TV Choice: "I have. I saw Jon Lee recently and I speak to Tina Barrett. "It's cool that bands like Steps are getting back together, because it's worked out for lots of people. But I don't (more) »

- By Lewis Corner

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Hannah Spearritt on 'Primeval' future: 'No news on sixth series'

12 June 2012 3:40 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Hannah Spearritt has cast doubt on the future of Primeval. A fifth series of the sci-fi drama will debut on ITV1 on Saturday (June 16), a year after the episodes aired on digital channel Watch. On the prospect of a sixth run, Spearritt told TV Choice: "There's been no mention of it to me. It's a difficult one. We've had five series and it would be lovely if it did carry on. [But] it's kind of tough though because I hope it hasn't lost momentum. "If we made another one, by the time it's shown again, all the fans will have been waiting a couple of years and I don't know if that's entirely fair." A new Primeval spinoff - subtitled New World (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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'Primeval' series five to air on ITV1 a year after Watch broadcast

31 May 2012 7:37 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The fifth series of Primeval is to finally air on ITV1. The sci-fi drama's most recent run will premiere on June 16, producers Impossible Pictures have confirmed. The show was renewed for two more series by ITV and digital channel Watch in 2009. Under the joint agreement, ITV had first broadcast rights on Primeval's fourth series, with Watch then being able to air the episodes at a later date. Watch would then air the fifth series first - which it did between May and June 2011 - with ITV having second run rights. The six latest episodes - starring Andrew-Lee Potts, Hannah Spearritt and Ciarán McMenamin - will now air on ITV1 over a year after their first digital broadcast. The future of the original Primeval is currently unclear with no further episodes (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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S Club 7 reunion should happen, say Digital Spy readers

22 March 2012 9:10 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

S Club 7 reforming later this year is a good idea, Digital Spy readers have said. Over 5,000 of you voted in our poll, with an overwhelming 66.2% supporting the news that the band may reunite for a series of gigs and possibly an album later this year. S Club 7 were founded by music mogul Simon Fuller in 1998 and featured Tina Barrett, Paul Cattermole, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O'Meara, Hannah Spearritt and Rachel Stevens. They enjoyed 11 hit singles and four albums before splitting (more) »

- By Robert Copsey

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S Club 7 'reuniting in summer for tour, two albums'

21 March 2012 1:43 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

S Club 7 have reportedly secured a seven-figure deal to reunite later this year. The 'Reach' group are said to be planning a series of UK gigs in the summer, as well as the possibility of releasing two albums, including a new Greatest Hits collection. The group consisting of Hannah Spearritt, Paul Cattermole, Jo O'Meara, Rachel Stevens, Tina Barrett, Jon Lee and Bradley McIntosh have reportedly decided to reunite to coincide with landmarks events in the UK this summer, such as the Olympics and Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. "The guys have been inundated with approaches and offers over the past three years, but always said no," a source told The Mirror. "But following a series of talks and meetings, they decided to go for it. What with the Olympics coming up and the Queen's Diamond (more) »

- By Tom Eames

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Celebrity pictures: January Jones, Rihanna, Jon Hamm, S Club

14 March 2012 5:38 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Today's celebrity pictures include former S Club stars Jon Lee and Tina Barrett supporting Hannah Spearritt as she performs in One Man, Two Guvnors at the Haymarket Theatre, London, and a chilly Sam Faiers in a bikini to promote her new swimwear line at Northcliffe House. Across the pond, Beyoncé and baby Blue Ivy wear similar shoes in New York, Rihanna covers up her roots as she greets fans outside her hotel, and a summery (more) »

- By Naomi Gordon

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Rachel Stevens on 'Strictly' role: 'I could fill Alesha Dixon's shoes'

9 February 2012 3:50 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Rachel Stevens has said that she could "definitely" replace Alesha Dixon on the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel. Dixon quit the BBC competition last month, taking up a new role on the Britain's Got Talent lineup, sitting alongside Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and David Walliams. Former S Club 7 star Stevens competed in the 2008 series, placing second to Holby City actor Tom Chambers. Speaking to Digital Spy, the 33-year-old hinted that she could possibly join remaining judges Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli. "I could definitely fill Alesha's shoes," she said. "I could give that a good go. Definitely!" Adding that she "couldn't possibly say" if she had spoken to the BBC, Stevens said: "I'd love the opportunity (more) »

- By Ryan Love

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Primeval Volume Three

2 February 2012 10:01 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Thank goodness the wicked Helen did not bring about the end of mankind and civilization as we knew it. This meant the characters of ITV’s Primeval could come back for a fresh go-round. The show took a breather after the third season ended in 2009 and came back in seven and six episode arcs, making for abbreviated fourth and fifth seasons respectively and they are now available as a combined third volume in either standard DVD or, for the first time, as a Blu-ray option from BBC Video.

I find myself enjoying the series more for the characters than the writing, which either leaves holes as big as the anomalies the heroes deal with or are overly convoluted, leaving me wishing for a happy middle ground.

Season three ended with three of our heroes – Connor Temple (Andrew Lee Potts), Abby Maitland (Hannah Spearritt), and Danny Quinn (Jason Flemyng) – trapped in »

- Robert Greenberger

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Primeval: Win Seasons Four and Five on DVD!

2 February 2012 8:36 AM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

At the start of the fourth season of Primeval, we find it's been one year since the death of Johnson (Belinda Stewart-Wilson) and the Arc has been shaken by the long-term disappearance of Abby (Hannah Spearritt), Connor (Andrew Lee Potts) and team leader Danny (Jason Flemyng). The government has appointed entrepreneurial-scientist Philip Burton (Alexander Siddig) to take charge of the operation, with a brand new building and new team. Ex-soldier and zoologist Matt (Ciaran McMenamin), the highly efficient if unconventional Jess (Ruth Kearney), the mysterious Gideon (Anton Lesser), and anomaly-travelling Ethan (Jonathyn Byrne) all join the team, but are they ready for the challenges ahead?

As Connor and Abby finally escape the terrifying creatures of the Cretaceous to an uncertain welcome back at the Arc, Danny continues to fight his way through a Pliocene age Rift Valley, desperate to return to the team with a vital secret »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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TV on DVD Round-up: ‘The Adventures of Merlin,’ ‘An Idiot Abroad,’ ‘Primeval’

16 January 2012 3:40 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – We’re back with another DVD Round-up of recently released titles that may catch your attention when you’re browsing the DVD store this week. (Do they still have DVD stores?) This time, read this entire piece aloud in a British accent. Once again, these round-ups are designed as informative, to let you know about releases that might not get as much attention and what special features to expect if you pick them up. Having said that, this is a particularly strong round-up. Ricky Gervais, Camelot, and dinosaurs? You really can’t go wrong with any of these choices.

All three titles were released on January 10th, 2012.

The Adventures of Merlin: The Complete Third Season”

The Adventures of Merlin: The Complete Third Season

Photo credit: BBC

Available: DVD

Starring: Bradley James, Angel Coulby, Katie McGrath, Richard Wilson, Colin Morgan, Anthony Head, and the voice of John Hurt. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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