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Two Doors Down: Season Two Renewal for UK Comedy Series

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BBC Two has renewed the Two Doors Down TV show for a second season. Set in Scotland, this sitcom features a couple and their insufferable neighbors. The cast of Two Doors Down includes: Arabella Weir, Alex Norton, Elaine C. Smith, Doon Mackichan, Sharon Rooney, Jonathan Watson, Jamie Quinn, and Harki Bhambra.

Filming is set for mid-August, on location in Glasgow and at BBC Scotland's Dumbarton Studios. Two Doors Down is written by Gregor Sharp and Simon Carlyle. The season two recommissioning is for six 30-minute episodes.

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Appreciation: Joan Rivers, 1933-2014

Comedian and writer Arabella Weir remembers the trailblazing American comic and salutes her craft and personal strength

It's unusual to find a female comic as completely fearless as Joan Rivers. The fact that we're still talking about her at 81 is both heartening and depressing: you would think that at her age she wouldn't be so relevant, but women in comedy are still such a rarity.

Standup lends itself well to the classic male persona because the act is in itself so aggressive. The whole notion of standing up in front of strangers and asking to entertain them with nothing other than a mic and your brain is so counter to what people are accustomed to from women. Girls are told to be nice and pretty, whether you're an actor or an accountant.

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Mr Sloane, The Fast Show Special

Marvel's Agents of Shield: Channel 4, 8pm

Tonight's penultimate episode before the season finale sees the action move ever closer to an epic conclusion.

As Coulson's team goes undercover, Ward's betrayal and Hydra's shocking secrets are revealed. Will their mission leave anybody unscathed?

Mr Sloane: Sky Atlantic, 9pm

The first episode of a new comedy series starring Nick Frost, Olivia Colman and Peter Serafinowicz airs tonight on Sky Atlantic.

As the 1960s draw to a close, Jeremy Sloane (Frost) finds himself with a failed career, failed marriage and even a failed suicide attempt.

Equipped with a new job as a substitute teacher and a prospective love interest's phone number, Mr Sloane comes to realise that his luck may be about to change.

The Fast Show Special: BBC Two, 10pm

Tonight is the first instalment of a Fast Show two-part reunion, starring Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Arabella Weir, Simon Day,
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The Fast Show returns! Here are six of the best sketches

BBC2 will be airing material new to television this Friday, but what are your favourite old sketches?

Sketch fans, rejoice. After 13 years, The Fast Show will soon be back on our television screens. The much-loved comedy classic returns on BBC2 this Friday (May 23rd, 10pm) with original cast members Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Simon Day, Arabella Weir and John Thomson reuniting for an hour of stuff new to TV the characters were originally revived as part of the Foster's online series in honour of BBC2's 50th year and their 20th. As you would hope, they will be delivering the greatest hits.

Achingly awkward groundsman Ted and his aristocratic employer Ralph rekindle their unrequited love affair, Jazz Club is back and Rowley Birkin QC articulates two words in every 10 while inaudibly recounting tales of his drunkenness. I can't wait.

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Tudor Monastery Farm Christmas; Two Doors Down – TV review

Festive overeating was even more indulgent – and enjoyably gruesome – 500 years ago

Thank the figgy pudding that's all over then. And that it's not 500 years ago, when there would still be another four days of bingeing to go, as I'm learning from Tudor Monastery Farm Christmas (BBC2). I guess it's why they thought it didn't matter putting the programme out after the main event. Of course you didn't see it, it was New Year's Eve. I'll tell you about it …

Actually, this time of year looks quite good back then. No turkey for one, but a nice pig's head to go in the centre of the table. First it needed preparing and there were some fun jobs involved in that. Like twisting it – the pig's head – off. Off the pig. And then removing the skull – gently cutting it out, so as not to damage the pig's face, which then had to
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Rewind TV: The Great Train Robbery; Food and Drink Christmas Special; Masters of Sex – review

True-crime drama was derailed by irony, Michel Roux led a wild goose chase and Masters of Sex reached a joyless climax

The Great Train Robbery (BBC1) | iPlayer

Food and Drink Christmas Special (BBC2) | iPlayer

Masters of Sex (c4) | 4oD

The BBC's Great Train Robbery wasn't great (though I suppose it was timely, given the death of Ronnie Biggs last week). It didn't help that it came puffing in the tracks of the excellent Lucan, ITV's pre-Christmas crime drama based on real and infamous bygone events. But even its two parts – one the tale of robbers, the other of cops, both written by Chris (Broadchurch) Chibnall – exposed disparities of quality and tone. The opening scene, an arch, stylised caper in which half-a-dozen men wearing identical bowler hats and moustaches marched in single file into the Boac building to wait for a cashbox to arrive, seemed to have strayed in from The Avengers.
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Guardian profile: David Tennant, our favourite Doctor … his time has come

Actor returns to face old foe in Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special, possibly the TV event of 2013, then is off to crack Us

Regularly acclaimed as the nation's favourite Time Lord, the former Doctor Who star David Tennant is accustomed to travelling through space and time. But even if he had a real-life Tardis it is unlikely that he would travel beyond the here and now, such is his ubiquity across screen and stage.

From his lead role in the ITV murder mystery Broadchurch to his return to the Royal Shakespeare Company in Richard II, via leading parts in BBC dramas The Politician's Husband and The Escape Artist, Tennant's tilt at world domination is enough to make the Daleks jealous.

Tennant will return to face the old foe in Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special – reunited with his companion, Billie Piper, alongside incumbent Matt Smith and guest star John Hurt.
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Scorchio! BBC's Fast Show poised to return | Media Monkey

Charlie Higson hints that 90s comedy hit created by Paul Whitehouse could be back to celebrate its 20th anniversary

It seemed like The Fast Show had uttered its final "scorchio!" on BBC2 after its "last show ever" in 2000 featuring Johnny Depp. But now it appears that the 90s comedy smash – home of characters such as Ted and Ralph, Swiss Toni, Patrick Nice, Competitive Dad and Ron Manager and responsible for catchphrases such as "suit you sir" and "Today I will mostly be ..." – is poised to return to mark its 20th anniversary. The comedy originally ran from 1994 to 1997 with a special in 2000, but was revived online for Foster's lager in 2011. Charlie Higson, one of the show's stars alongside Paul Whitehouse, Mark Williams, Simon Day, John Thomson, Arabella Weir and Caroline Aherne, told the British Comedy Guide: "It's also the 50th anniversary of BBC2, so they're going to be doing a lot
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'The Fast Show' to return for 20th anniversary in 2014?

Charlie Higson has tipped The Fast Show to return in 2014.

The classic sketch series marks its 20th anniversary next year, and co-creator Higson hopes that BBC Two may bring it back for a one-off special.

"It's also the 50th anniversary of BBC Two, so they're going to be doing a lot of stuff looking at the history of the channel and comedy," Higson told British Comedy Guide.

"We will be doing something around The Fast Show - probably using the stuff we did for Foster's."

He added: "I doubt I will ever do anything else in comedy that would have quite the impact that The Fast Show has. You only really get one chance of that in your lifetime."

Paul Whitehouse, Mark Williams, Simon Day, Caroline Aherne, Arabella Weir and John Thomson also starred in the original series.

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It ran from 1994 to
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Comedy needs more female writers, says Veep's Armando Iannucci

As Smack the Pony writer joins his hit Us show, women in the UK are also taking lead writing roles

Julia Louis-Dreyfus's heels may clatter down the corridors of power in the American sitcom Veep – now back for a second season – but her gender is not the prime theme. Although her Emmy-winning character, vice-president Selina Meyer, is clearly operating inside a male world, the show's creator, Armando Iannucci, has placed a woman comfortably at the centre of a political story without making it the dominant issue.

Now women writers in television comedy are pulling off a similar trick. While they remain rare, female scriptwriters are being commissioned to write sitcoms on both sides of the Atlantic.

To create the new series of Veep, Iannucci has called on the services of one of Britain's leading women comedy writers, Georgia Pritchett.

He wanted Pritchett, who has worked on Smack The Pony and Spitting Image,
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Drifters

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Drifters is a brand new six-part comedy series coming to E4 this autumn, about three best friends living in Leeds who’ve graduated, had a year out and are struggling to find a job that doesn't suck, a place to live that is half decent and a boyfriend they actually like.

Initially billed as a female Inbetweeners, the show explores the very funny, very humiliating experiences of Meg, her eccentric cousin Bunny and their friend Laura, as they discover that life might just be a bit tougher than they had imagined…

From demeaning Promotions jobs complete with mad outfits (well, have you ever dressed as a mobile phone to pay the rent?) to pursuing the men of their dreams - yet dating the men of their nightmares - the girls face #Fml-worthy disasters in both their work and personal lives.

Comedy writer and actress Jessica Knappett (represented by United Agents
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Medieval Lives: Birth, Marriage, Death; Fat for Cash – TV review

I was nodding off – then this medieval Midwives turned into Game of Thrones

Childbirth does big business on TV: The Midwives, Call the Midwife, One Born Every Minute ... you can't turn over without seeing huffing, puffing and stirrups, which leads to inevitable weeping (mine) at the joy of a new life. With huffing and puffing of a different sort, the medieval period is also enjoying a moment, with Camelot, The White Queen and Game of Thrones making it seem like a non-stop shag-fest in which people are as likely to lose their corsets as they are their heads. In TV, if two formats work independently, it is only a matter of time before an executive smooshes them together, like when Dragons' Den and Antiques Roadshow fused into Four Rooms, or when ITV gave The Prime Ministerial Debates an X Factor-style makeover. So here is BBC4's medieval childbirth hybrid: Medieval Lives: Birth,
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TV highlights 28/01/13

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Moving On | Great British Menu | Rory and Will – Champions of the World | Revenge | Storyville: The Queen of Versailles | Girls

Sam Wollaston on last night's TV

Moving On

2.15pm, BBC1

Prepare to swerve Dickinson's Real Deal for the week; yes, this absorbing daytime drama is that good. In these five stand-alone stories from Jimmy McGovern's stable, it's the everyday situations that hook you in. Matthew Kelly and Barbara Flynn are compelling and believable as a couple whose priorities gently switch from selling their house to helping a grieving mother, when their front garden becomes a shrine after a man is killed on the road outside. More goodies follow every day this week with Robert Glenister and Johnny Vegas among those on directing duties. Hannah Verdier

Great British Menu

7.30pm, BBC2

After a regal start cooking for the Queen, it seems to have become increasingly difficult for Great British Menu to
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'Doctor Who' Matt Smith: 'I don't think a female Doctor is likely'

'Doctor Who' Matt Smith: 'I don't think a female Doctor is likely'
Doctor Who star Matt Smith has said it's unlikely that a woman will be cast as The Doctor in the near future. Rumors of a possible female Doctor date back into the 1980s, but no actress has ever landed the role aside from Arabella Weir in a non-canonical audio play. Smith discussed the possibility of The Doctor shifting sexes while speaking to reporters recently, according to The Mary Sue. "I think there are many actresses that could play it because there are so many wonderful actresses," he said. "I mean, it would change the role because she would be a woman so when you put her in a room full of men, it's a different scenario than if you put a man in a room full of men, because she's a different sex." Smith continued: "Would it change the fundamentals of the character? No. But it's an interesting idea, if
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Julia Davis: laughing in the dark

Julia Davis is famous for creating some of the most uncomfortably bleak comedies of recent times. Now the star of Nighty Night is turning her dark powers to period drama in her new series Hunderby

The writer and performer Julia Davis is too good-natured to show it much, but she's plainly exasperated by descriptions of her work as "bleak" or "dark". They make it sound as if she's deliberately trying to be edgy, and this doesn't chime with her sense of herself. She enjoys watching old episodes of Friends, she insists; she's partial to 1980s movies and upbeat self-help books, and when she writes, she just writes what comes naturally. "I would never say, ooh, let's do something really dark," she says. Yet she is responsible for what are, without doubt, some of the most unsettling characters in contemporary comedy: smiling suburban sociopaths; meddlesome cold-eyed narcissists; horrifyingly mistreated spouses whose
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Julia Davis: laughing in the dark

Julia Davis is famous for creating some of the most uncomfortably bleak comedies of recent times. Now the star of Nighty Night is turning her dark powers to period drama in her new series Hunderby

The writer and performer Julia Davis is too good-natured to show it much, but she's plainly exasperated by descriptions of her work as "bleak" or "dark". They make it sound as if she's deliberately trying to be edgy, and this doesn't chime with her sense of herself. She enjoys watching old episodes of Friends, she insists; she's partial to 1980s movies and upbeat self-help books, and when she writes, she just writes what comes naturally. "I would never say, ooh, let's do something really dark," she says. Yet she is responsible for what are, without doubt, some of the most unsettling characters in contemporary comedy: smiling suburban sociopaths; meddlesome cold-eyed narcissists; horrifyingly mistreated spouses whose
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Catch-up TV Guide: From The Bridge to Sounds Of The 70s

TV: The Bridge

Another successful Euro import for BBC4, this stylistically cold but warmly received Scandinavian crime drama draws to a close this week. Fortunately, latecomers can binge on the whole thing via iPlayer's series catch-up service.

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Audio: The Moth

Similar in tone to This American Life, but always performed live, The Moth continues to showcase some of the strongest longform storytelling around. Recent episodes include comedian Lizz Winstead recounting an embarrassing incident in a Moroccan spa and the tale of a rebellious eight-year-old's role in the Iranian revolution.

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TV: Classic Doctor Who

Netflix are quietly amassing an extensive library of classic Who, with over 50 episodes available. At present they're only up to the Patrick Troughton years, but Pertwee, Baker, Baker and the rest are expected soon.

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TV: Spaced

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright have finally reunited to film The World's End, the concluding
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'The Fast Show' John Thomson, Simon Day hoping for another series

'The Fast Show' John Thomson, Simon Day hoping for another series
The Fast Show stars John Thomson and Simon Day have said that they hope the programme will return following its brief online comeback. A new series of the classic sketch show, which also stars Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Caroline Aherne and Arabella Weir, launched on the Foster's Funny website last November. The episodes mark the first original material from the Fast Show gang since a one-off special in 2000. Its last full series concluded in 1997. Speaking to Digital Spy about working on the show again, Thomson declared: "It was great, it was a joy. I forgot I got paid for it. It was like stepping into a comfortable pair of slippers again. "It was a little bit of history coming back again, so it was very exciting. And we hope that the show gets picked up." On the Fast Show's chances (more)
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Pixie Lott, Tinchy Stryder to guest on 'Let's Dance for Sport Relief'

Pixie Lott, Tinchy Stryder to guest on 'Let's Dance for Sport Relief'
The lineup for the March 3 Let's Dance for Sport Relief show has been revealed. Olly Murs and Scott Mills, comic Omid Djalili, Outnumbered's Tyger Drew Honey, Dani Harmer and The Fast Show's Arabella Weir complete the lineup for the third heat. Popstars Tinchy Stryder and Pixie Lott will perform their track 'Bright Lights' on the show, while singer Chris Isaak is also confirmed to perform. Guest judges on the third show will include musical stand-up Tim Minchin and comic and former (more)
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Doctor Who complete reviews: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe

It's two days after Christmas and having recovered after the annual bloated festive hoopla, it's back to the sofa for the lucky repeat of this year's festive Who offering. It begins with a great big flamey bang – coming straight after the repeat omnibus of EastEnders, I'm convinced that somehow slimy freak Yusef has survived the devastating inferno at Patrick Trueman's B&B and gone on to wreak pyromaniacal havoc aboard a spaceship. We're never told, but The Doctor's in big, big trouble here – the only way out is to grab hold of a handy protective spacesuit and float towards the Earth like a futuristic version of the Bullseye mascot.

Compare that to the two approaches to the Christmas specials. Russell T Davies, for the most part, looked to familiar movies and movie genres for his Crimbo tales – Independence Day for The Christmas Invasion , screwball comedies for The Runaway Bride and
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