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John Thomson, Kate Adie for Christmas University Challenge

5 December 2014 4:12 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

John Thomson and Kate Adie are among the famous faces who will take part in this year's Christmas series of University Challenge.

Notable graduates from 14 universities and colleges will compete to become the series champions - and earn Jeremy Paxman's approval, of course.

Thomson will be fighting for the honour of Manchester Metropolitan University along with Gordon Taylor from the Professional Footballers' Association, actor Bernard Hill and Eddie Morland from the Health and Safety Laboratory.

Meanwhile, Adie is batting for Newcastle along with journalist Giles Fraser.

Other teams competing include King's College, Cambridge; Trinity Hall, Cambridge - featuring actor Dan Starkey; Royal Holloway - with a team including broadcaster Francis Wheen; and York, who will include broadcaster Adam Hart-Davis in their squad.

Warwick University have novelist Jonathan Coe in their ranks, while Leeds University, Balliol College, Oxford, Surrey University and Goldsmiths, London will also all field teams.

Meanwhile, actor Samuel West, »

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Keith Lemon: Beavers, Celebrity Juice and how Hugh Jackman inspired him

10 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Keith Lemon is a very busy man at the moment - but somehow he still managed to find the time to write not one, but two books! Not only has he released his childhood memoir Little Keith Lemon, but he's also penned a safe-for-little-ones kids' book, The Beaver and the Elephant. To celebrate, we caught up with Keith ("I look worse than Kelly Brook in the morning," he complained) to chat about his books (and how Hugh Jackman inspired them), his new sketch show, why he regrets choosing a beaver for his book, Celebrity Juice and much, much, much more...

1. Keith on... why he wanted to write a childhood memoir

"Well, it's a prequel to the last book I did called Being Keith which is more about the TV years. This one's more about growing up in Leeds rather than telly gossip, whereas the last one was telly gossip. This »

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Afm: Jason Statham’s ‘Mechanic: Resurrection’ Set for Jan. 22, 2016

8 November 2014 6:41 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate has dated Jason Statham’s “Mechanic: Resurrection” for release on Jan. 22, 2016

Shooting started in Bangkok, Thailand on Nov. 4 with Statham reprising his title role as a master assassin who faked his death, in an attempt to walk away from his former profession, in order to lead a peaceful and quiet retirement.

Millenium Films is selling foreign rights at Afm.

Jessica Alba  and Tommy Lee Jones also star. Dennis Gansel directs the thriller from a screenplay by Philip Shelby, Tony Mosher, Rachel Long and Brian Pittman.

“Mechanic: Resurrection” is being produced by William Chartoff, David Winkler, John Thompson and Frank DeMartini. The executive producers are Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson and Mark Gill. Line producer in Thailand is Tom Waller of De Warrenne Pictures.

The 2011 original grossed $62 million worldwide.


- Dave McNary

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Micky Flanagan talks Detour De France: "I refuse to call it a travelogue"

28 October 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Micky Flanagan is the latest star to front a 'comedian and his mate go on a trip' show in Detour De France, in which he and close pal Noel Lynch cycle the route of the iconic French competition.

However, he freely admits that the show is definitely "not a travelogue", and more of a "jolly". Digital Spy had a chat with him about the new Sky1 show, and whether it has made him a changed man.

The show was basically one big holiday

"A travelogue suggests information and research. We did none of those. We were given a sheet of paper and a general route, and sometimes we didn't even use the sheet of paper. I refuse to call it a travelogue because that felt like we had done some real work.

"I've always watched travel shows and thought, 'That must be really good fun to go somewhere and have it all laid on, »

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Two Amigos: A Gaucho Adventure review the sordid reality of mid-life crises happening abroad

31 August 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

If only there were some way of revoking this demographic's passports while they're away, our austerity years would be over

In part 27 of the BBC's occasional series The Decline of British Masculinity, comedians John Thomson and Simon Day appeared as two middle-aged gringos bent on reupholstering their effete derrieres to become hard-assed gauchos. Or at least having a jolly in Argentina at the licence fee payers' expense.

If things went to plan in Two Amigos: A Gaucho Adventure (BBC2), the two Fast Show stars would mutate from Billy Crystal to Jack Palance in City Slickers, from loquacious nebbishes into uncommunicative cowboys so leathery you could mistake faces for saddles, with amusing consequences. By the end of their sojourn they would be, ideally, clearing their noses without hankies, expectorating on to the pampas, and cleaning their teeth with very big knives, while cursing in idiomatic Spanish. Then, spiritually renewed, they would »

- Stuart Jeffries

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Strange Hill High: The best kids' show on television

28 August 2014 10:28 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

"Kids' TV isn't what it used to be."

We've all said it, our rose-tinted spectacles firmly affixed - but there's an animated show airing right now on Cbbc that's earned plaudits across the board.

Strange Hill High - a fantasy mystery series created using a combination of puppetry and digital effects - was nominated for a BAFTA in 2013 and has been branded "sharp, funny" and "a sure-fire success" by critics.

Set in a school filled with fantastical secrets, the series follows the quick-witted and street smart Mitchell Tanner (Doc Brown), ever-confident Becky Butters (Emma Kennedy) and class nerd Templeton.

"It's my favourite thing that I've ever done - even more than The Simpsons," says head writer Josh Weinstein, who penned some of the Springfield clan's most memorable episodes - 'Who Shot Mr Burns?' , '22 Short Films About Springfield' and more - and worked as showrunner on the long-running animation »

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Thn Talks ‘The Mimic’ With Terry Mynott

14 July 2014 12:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Channel 4′s The Mimic returns with its second series. We had a chat with Terry Mynott, who plays Martin on the show, about series two, impressions and being in TV’s most unconventional comedy cast.

Hi Terry. What can we expect from Martin in series two of The Mimic?

We see a very exciting nemisis played by John Thomson. We also have a love interest coming in and we basically join him not doing as well as we thought he was going to do in series one.

Do you feel like you have found your footing with Martin going into series two?

Yeah I definitely think we have…not that I’ve hit many second series (laughs) but it feels like everybody knows what they’re doing. We feel like we know what we’re doing and the foot on the accelerator is either taken off on some elements »

- Lucy Cave

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Young cast leads new Sky1 sitcom After Hours

23 June 2014 1:11 PM, PDT | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

James Tarpey leads the young cast in a new Sky1 sitcom series After Hours which has just started filming in Manchester.

He stars as Willow Hannigan, an 18 year-old jobless music lover who's just had his heart broken for the first time.

James (represented by United Agents) is a graduate of the Brit School, he played a young Eddie Marsan in Brit sci-fi comedy feature film World's End, and will next be seen in sci-fi action feature Our Robot Overlords.

Georgina Campbell (represented by Bloomfields Welch Management) plays Willow's ex-girlfriend Jasmine. Georgina, appeared in ITV's The Ice Cream Girls, and can currently be seen starring in the harrowing BBC Three docudrama Murdered By My Boyfriend.

Newcomer Fergus Van Gelder plays Willow's best friend Chris.

There are no jobs in the small Northern town Willow lives in, his beautiful ex-girlfriend has moved on to someone new and most of his mates have »

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Ardal O'Hanlon, John Thomson to star in new Sky1 comedy

23 June 2014 2:37 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Ardal O'Hanlon and John Thomson are to star in a new Sky1 sitcom.

After Hours will be directed by The Royle Family's Craig Cash, and will be centred around growing up in a small Northern English town.

Jaime Winstone will also star in the six-episode series, alongside newcomer James Tarpey.

The show will follow Willow Hannigan (Tarpey), an 18-year-old music fan who has just had his first heartbreak. O'Hanlon will play his father Peter, who is an unemployed former milkman.

Thomson will star as Peter's best friend Geoff, while Winston will play Lauren, who runs the local internet station from a canal boat. The only thing that keeps Willow sane is listening to Lauren's radio show After Hours.

After Hours is written by Molly Naylor and John Osborne, who previously staged the Fringe show John Peel's Shed.

The series will launch on Sky1 in 2015.

Lucy Lumsden, Sky's head of comedy, »

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The new Kingsmill 50/50 ad, because bread will never walk out on you

15 February 2014 12:21 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

'When his own children think of him – his children, for crying out loud – they automatically think of a slice of white Kingsmill bread'

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John Thomson is alone. The mother of his children isn't around any more – let's assume she took off with her tennis coach – and he's too much of a pudgy sadsack to meet anyone else. So, as a last resort, the kids make him an internet-dating profile. But how to describe him? How best to capture the tender, vulnerable qualities of a man who's dedicated his life to raising them at the expense of his personal life? His children – the children who've witnessed him putting on a brave face during the agony of separation and his slow realisation that he'll be alone for ever – start to list his best attributes. "A big softie," his daughter offers. "Crusty!" yells her cheeky younger brother. »

- Stuart Heritage

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John Thomson thinks proposal was 'absolutely ridiculous'

7 February 2014 8:15 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

John Thompson thinks some of the ideas on 'The Proposers' are ''absolutely ridiculous''. The former 'Fast Show' comedian narrates the new series which sees hopeful romantics seek the help of Daisy Amodio and Tiffany Wright, who assist them in coming up with unique and often elaborate proposal ideas, and he says some of the ideas are outrageous. He said: ''It was laugh out loud funny sometimes. There was one I thought was absolutely ridiculous ... one guy whose budget was a bit less gave the girls the brief that, 'Well my girlfriend likes Disney and she likes small dogs', so they went »

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: 5 Things To Know About Him

4 February 2014 12:47 PM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

Microsoft has finally named their new CEO and it’s taken them months of searching! We can finally tell you everything you need to know about this tech genius!

Satya Nadella has some big shoes to fill. Satya has actually worked at Microsoft for two years, running their enterprise and cloud businesses, according to USA Today. It sounds like former CEO, John Thomson and founder Bill Gates gave their stamp of approval.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella — Five Things To Know

The 47-year-old hails from India and he’s worked at Microsoft for over 20 years. has the top five facts about this new Microsoft head that will leave you with enough to sound like a smarty pants in the next convo with your man.

Satya Nadella’s Biggest Challenge Take Our Poll

1. Satya was born in Andhra Pradesh, India, and earned an Ms in Computer Science from the University »

- Chloe Melas

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Microsoft Taps Satya Nadella To Be CEO

4 February 2014 6:47 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

After a search process that seemed as drawn out as a season of American Idol, Microsoft decided to stick with an insider to replace Steve Ballmer in the software company’s top job. A 22-year veteran of the company, Satya Nadella was Evp of the Cloud and Enterprise group, and formerly oversaw the Bing search service. Microsoft also says that Bill Gates will become more active in a new role on the board as Founder and Technology Advisor, where he’ll help Nadella “in shaping technology and product direction.” An independent director, John Thompson, will replace Gates as board chairman. The execs have their work cut out for them: Over the last five years Microsoft shares have lagged rivals led by Apple and Google as the company’s Windows-based products struggled to find a foothold in the world of smartphones and tablets. “The opportunity ahead for Microsoft is vast, but to seize it, »

- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor

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Microsoft Names Satya Nadella as CEO

4 February 2014 6:35 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Microsoft named former cloud and enterprise computing executive Satya Nadella as its CEO Tuesday. Nadella replaces retiring CEO Steve Ballmer. Microsoft's board of directors also announced that former board chairman Bill Gates will assume a new board role as founder and technology advisor, devoting more time to the company and supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction. The new board chairman will be lead independent director John Thompson. Video: Paul Allen Says Microsoft CEO 'Is One of the Toughest Jobs in the World' Nadella, formerly evp of Microsoft's cloud and enterprise group, also becomes a member of the board

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Microsoft Board Close to Naming New CEO

31 January 2014 6:30 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Microsoft Corp is likely to appoint its cloud-computing head, Satya Nadella, as its next chief executive, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, as the board concludes a five-month search for a tech-savvy heavy-hitter to lead the world’s largest software company. As part of the move, co-founder Bill Gates may step aside as chairman and be replaced by lead independent director John Thompson, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity because the process is private. Gates would remain a director, the source added. Bloomberg first reported the news on Thursday. Rising star Nadella, a native of Hyderabad, »

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James McTeigue's Survivor begins shoot

20 January 2014 12:35 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Thriller from V For Vendetta director stars Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan and Dylan McDermott.

Production started today in London on Survivor, a thriller starring Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, Dylan McDermott, Angela Bassett and Robert Forster.

James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) is directing from a screenplay by Philip Shelby

Survivor is a thriller about a State Department employee newly posted to the American embassy in London, where she is given responsibility for stopping terrorists from getting into the Us. That puts her in the line of fire: targeted for death, framed for crimes she didn’t commit, discredited and on the run. She must find a way to clear her name and stop a large scale terrorist attack set for New Year’s Eve in New York’s Times Square.  

The producers are Irwin Winkler (The Wolf of Wall Street, Rocky, Goodfellas), Charles Winkler, Boaz Davidson and Matt O’Toole.

Executive producers are Jason Bloom, Avi Lerner, [link »

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