7 items from 2011
Considering the title, The Fires Of Pompeii is curiously something of a damp squib. The story revolves around a big moral dilemma which plagues The Doctor throughout. And just like that big dilemma, The Fires Of Pompeii seems to be stuck in its own indecisive rut throughout.
It just cannot make up its mind on what it wants to be. Big ethical epic? Spooky story of sisterhood shenanigans? Flamey monster tale? Well, Fires touches on all three bases, but somehow only dips its arm in the water instead of diving right in. It's also interesting in that it starts to break the mould of a by now familiar season pattern. Normally, the first historical of the season acquaints The Doctor with a famous face from the past. In this season, we'll later get Agatha Christie in The Unicorn And The Wasp. But for now, The Fires Of Pompeii takes The »
Right now, I'm disturbed by a hubbub outside the window. A whopping great tractor is trying and failing to park in a cul-de-sac just over the road. No great surprise about that in theory – except that I've seen bigger cul-de-sacs in Trumpton. Tractor guy's already getting grief from a couple of creaky old codgers waving their fists aloft like he's just threatened to crush their cottages to rubble with his clunky vehicle.
What's this got to do with Doctor Who, I hear you cry. Well now, it just so happens that I've reached the last story of the 2007 season, no less: the equivalent of an old school six-parter. A big finale that brings back The Doctor's wretched nemesis, The Master, who's now wreaking havoc in two forms: an apparently genial old fossil on a futuristic planet and then in a younger version who's evidently been living on a crash diet of chocolates, »
<iframe title=”YouTube video player” width=”600″ height=”355″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/5g6f6NZ49yw” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> The BAFTA Television Awards will be held May 22. Full list of nominees on the official site. Drama series Being Human – Rob Pursey, Philip Trethowan, Toby Whithouse, Colin Teague (BBC3/Touchpaper Television) Downton Abbey – Julian Fellowes, »
- Ryan Adams
Courtesy: Amclondon, UK (X17online) - The British Academy of Film and Television Arts television award nominees are out, and some American favorites are in the running. The U.S. is, as usual, dominating the Best International Show category. Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Glee and the Danish crime drama The Killing will compete for the award May 22 at this year's British Academy Television Awards. The question becomes if anyone can top Mad Men, which won the award in 2010 and 2009. This is the first nomination for the other three, and The Killing has received almost worldwide critical praise. See the full list of nominees in the major categories below. Main Bafta TV Nominations: Leading actor Jim Broadbent – Any Human Heart (Channel 4) Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock (BBC1) Daniel Rigby – Eric and Ernie (BBC4) Matt Smith – Doctor Who (BBC1) Leading actress Anna Maxwell Martin – South Riding (BBC1) Vicky McClure – This Is England '86 »
All the shortlists for the awards ceremony, to be held in London on 22 May
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There’s a sudden appetite for Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” to become a transmedia spectacle. Filmmaker Danny Boyle is currently directing an adaptation of the classic Victorian novel for the National Theatre (with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating roles as Frankenstein and his Creature), which was also broadcast to selected cinemas around the world. And last night, BBC3 delivered the horror-musical Frankenstein’s Wedding (a modern spin on Shelley’s masterpiece), which went out live to the nation from Leeds’ Kirkstall Abbey, where 12,000 people had gathered to be part of the performance.
There was ambition to Frankenstein’s Wedding, that much is definitely true, but this live 80-minute spectacle was a mostly laborious and underwhelming flop. A great idea, but the execution didn’t fulfill its promise. Opening on Kirkstall Abbey (after a weird intro from DJ Reggie Yates) the live audience were playing the wedding guests for »
- Dan Owen
Series 3 of Being Human has a tough job on its hands. Can its high-concept premise of a cohabiting vampire, werewolf and ghost continue to hold audience’s attention, now the novelty’s worn off and there’s a Us version snapping at its heels? If the first series was skewed towards black comedy, and the second took things into more dramatic territory, will series 3 find a happy medium? On the evidence of “Lia”, I certainly got the impression creator Toby Whithouse aims to blend the successes of previous years, as there was plenty of domestic/relationship humour, off-set with some mythology-building.
Picking up after the cataclysmic climax of series 2, where ghost Annie (Lenora Crichlow) was sucked into Purgatory and her friends — vampire Mitchell (Aidan Turner), werewolves George (Russell Tovey) and Nina (Sinead Keenan) — were forced into exile, taking refuge in a Welsh farmhouse, we quickly caught up with the foursome’s current situation. »
- Dan Owen
7 items from 2011
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