Monday’s best TV: Game of Thrones finale; Nadiya’s British Food Adventure

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Westeros faces impending doom in the feature-length season seven closer, while Nadiya Hussain dares to put apple in a Cornish pasty and serve up a tropical twist on a cream tea

Alan Yentob meets Margaret Atwood, presently enjoying an even greater degree of acclaim than usual thanks to the TV adaptation of her 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale. Like many pathfinders, Atwood has always been just outside – or ahead of – the mainstream. In the most depressing imaginable ways, reality appears to have caught up with her, making this a very pertinent profile. Andrew Mueller

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London Short Film Festival programme annnounced by Amber Wilkinson - 2016-12-17 09:51:17

We Are The Lambeth Boys The London Short Film Festival has announced the full programme for its 14th edition, which will run from January 6 to 15 2017.

Among the festival highlights is a night entitled David Bowie Sound & Vision, a series of screenings at 19 Picturehouse cinemas across the UK. The showcase, featuring Michael Armstrong's The Image, Alan Yentob's The Cracked Actor and Julien Temple's Jazzin' For Blue Jean, aims to tell the story of his career, taking in three decades, from his experimental beginnings of the Sixties to the golden era of the Seventies to his world of domination in the Eighties.

Also dipping into the archives are two evenings celebrating youth culture across the decades - the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies night will feature Karel Reisz's We Are The Lambeth Boys while the Eighties, Nineties, Noughties and beyond includes Heavy Metal Parking Lot by Jeff Krulik and John Heyn along with.
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Tuesday’s best TV: Breaking the Silence Live; What Britain Earns With Mary Portas

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A group of deaf people will have new cochlear implants turned on, live on TV; meanwhile, Mary Portas noses around to find out the nation’s salaries. Plus: Alan Yentob talks to the artist William Kentridge

Coming live from Manchester Royal Infirmary, this documentary brings together a group of profoundly deaf people – ranging in age from 32 to 78 – who have chosen to have cochlear implants fitted. We will witness the moment they are switched on and the recipients’ reactions. In some cases, they might immediately be able to hear speech clearly; in others, mere whistles and beeps that will resolve later. For all, it will be life-altering. David Stubbs

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Analogue Sci-Fi in a Digital Age: Revisiting The Man Who Fell To Earth

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Nic Roeg’s subversive, seminal sci-fi, The Man Who Fell To Earth has been gifted with a gorgeous 4K makeover and a combined cinema/Blu-ray release for its fortieth anniversary. Based on Walter Tevis’ novel, Roeg’s film features the big screen debut of David Bowie and sees the milk quaffing rock god from Alan Yentob’s Cracked Actor, […]

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6 More Filmmaking Tips from Werner Herzog

6 More Filmmaking Tips From Werner Herzog

If there’s anyone who deserves a second Filmmaking Tips column, it’s Werner Herzog. It’s been almost four years since we posted the first list of his advice to fellow soldiers of cinema, and there’s just so much more to learn from the legend. He actually has his own Rogue Film School, where he directly imparts his wisdom to students during weekend seminars. He also leads a new online course at MasterClass, which began this week, where he talks about all facets of fiction and nonfiction filmmaking in a six-hour video course. He does many interviews (this week he participated in a Reddit Ama) and shares his philosophies and strategies often. Not even two of these columns properly sums it all up.

So, as is often the case, this is just an introduction to some essential tips from a unique artist and craftsman. Herzog
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Charlotte Moore To Lead BBC Channels, iPlayer; BBC2 Chief Shillinglaw Exits

The BBC has today announced a management reorganization across the channel portfolio with Charlotte Moore stepping up to Controller, TV Channels and iPlayer. At the same time, BBC Two and BBC Four Controller Kim Shillinglaw is leaving the corporation. This is the latest exec shake-up at the BBC following the November departure of Director of Television Danny Cohen and the subsequent resignation of Creative Director Alan Yentob in December. Moore, a longtime BBC exec who…
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David Bowie’s ‘Man Who Fell to Earth’ Co-Star on His ‘Heavenly’ First Movie Role

David Bowie’s ‘Man Who Fell to Earth’ Co-Star on His ‘Heavenly’ First Movie Role
When actress Candy Clark talks about co-starring with David Bowie in Nicolas Roeg’s 1976 sci-fi masterpiece “The Man Who Fell To Earth,” the 40 years that have passed since the film’s New Mexico production melt away and the vibrancy of the experience is alive with details and insights.

“Nic’s (Roeg) original idea for the role of the alien, Thomas Jerome Newton was the author Michael Crichton, because he was tall and a little bit unworldly. But my recollection is that film producers Arlene Sellers and Alex Winitsky were talking to Nic and I about the casting and I believe it was Alex who said, “Have you thought about David Bowie?”

That was quickly followed-up, says Clark, who had previously co-starred in John Huston’s “Fat City” with Jeff Bridges and the hit George Lucas ‘50s homage, “American Graffiti,” with a real-live Bowie encounter.

“We were fortunate in that Bowie was staying in L.
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David Bowie: The Fascinating Filmography of a Cracked Actor

David Bowie: The Fascinating Filmography of a Cracked Actor
David Bowie’s relationship to cinema and acting was characteristically complex and knotty even before he started: He famously had to change his name from Davy Jones because there was already a British actor with that name making major waves in music as part of the mega-hit TV manufactured band, the Monkees.

For an artist who transformed rock and roll music to great acclaim and financial rewards, David Bowie’s work as an actor never matched the notoriety and success of his recordings and concerts. But Bowie accomplished a feat that eluded Elvis and many other pantheon rockers who attempted to crossover from rock stardom to films and starred in a movie that has endured as a legitimate work of art: Nicolas Roeg’s 1976 sci-fi masterwork, “The Man Who Fell To Earth.” (The other contender for that distinction is Mick Jagger, whose “Performance” is ranked as a masterwork of British
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The Voice symbolises lack of risk-taking at BBC, says Michael Grade

Corporation’s former chairman says should not make programmes aiming for popularity by copying formats from other broadcasters

Michael Grade has criticised The Voice as being symbolic of a lack of risk-taking at the BBC - and said that media’s treatment of Alan Yentob has been “very unfair”.

Lord Grade, the former chairman of the BBC, said that the BBC should be making shows that appeal to a mass-market but not by airing copycat shows like The Voice.

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BBC Creative Director Alan Yentob Resigns Amid Charity Controversy

BBC executive Alan Yentob has been with the corporation since 1968 and held the post of Creative Director for the past decade. Today, his departure was announced amid an ongoing scandal surrounding the Kids Company charity. Yentob is the latest senior executive to leave the BBC following the sudden departure of Danny Cohen as Director of Television in October. Yentob, who was also the chairman of the board of trustees of Kids Company, has been accused of a conflict of…
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BBC Creative Director Alan Yentob Steps Down from Post

London — Alan Yentob, the creative director of U.K. broadcaster the BBC, has stepped down from his post. The senior executive has been mired in a controversy regarding children’s charity Kids Company, of which he was chairman.

The scandal, which involved allegations that Yentob used his position to influence BBC news coverage of the charity’s financial management, came at a time when the BBC management, led by director general Tony Hall, is negotiating a new agreement, known as the BBC Charter, with the U.K. government.

Kids Company, which was run by Camila Batmanghelidjh, went bust in August, and its former bosses faced a barrage of media reports that alleged financial mismanagement, which Batmanghelidjh and Yentob deny.

Yentob said in a statement: “The BBC is going through particularly challenging times and I have come to believe that the speculation about Kids Company and the media coverage revolving around
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Tuesday’s best TV: The Secret Life of Four-Year-Olds; River; The Great Pottery Throw Down; Britain’s Biggest Sexists

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Complex, occasionally tear-stricken dramas from a typical nursery; Sara Cox gets her innuendos out for the pottery Bake Off; #ladbantz gets its comeuppance. Plus: Alan Yentob meets Anthony Gormley

A follow-up to the one-off film of the same name, which took an in-depth look at the complex, occasionally tear-stricken dramas that take place in a typical nursery. This series focuses on three groups of children, aged four, five and six. First up, the four-year-olds. Tia has the air of a future leader about her, but wants to start leading now. Then there is rambunctious duo Nathaniel and Jack, as well as sociable Theo, determined to drag introverted Tyler out of his shell. David Stubbs

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Tuesday’s best TV: Eamonn and Ruth – How the Other Half Lives; Professor Green – Suicide and Me; Catastrophe

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Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford hang out with the super-rich, Professor Green talks about his dad’s suicide and the new series of Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan’s comedy gets underway. Plus: Alan Yentob and Howard Jacobson on Shylock

Put telly couple Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford together and they’re a warm and likable duo. In this new series, they get a taste of the super-rich lifestyle and, despite not being exactly penniless themselves, marvel at the extravagance of it all. This week, Ruth goes shopping with a pair of Nigerian socialites, while Eamonn test-drives a £20m sports car and meets Emin Agalarov, a billionaire who is funding his dream of becoming a pop star. Hannah Verdier

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Imagine: Toni Morrison Remembers review – proof of a divine being

There’s no greater testament to Morrison’s personal power and charisma than the fact that Alan Yentob kept himself in the background for the entire hour

Toni Morrison makes me believe in God. She makes me believe in a divine being, because luck and genetics don’t seem to come close to explaining her. It’s as if someone or something just kept ladling talent, wit, wisdom, grace, beauty, dignity, eloquence, clarity of thought, passion, intelligence and anything else customarily doled out only in meagre spoonfuls, and had no one around to say: “That would do, you know, mate.” And it would also explain why you want to fall at her feet and worship as she talks.

She is both a Nobel laureate and Pulitzer prizewinner, and was awarded the presidential medal of freedom in 2012, but greater testimony to her personal power and charisma and professional status there cannot
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Writer Kay Mellor and actor Cathy Tyson: how we made Band of Gold

‘There weren’t many writers who wanted to put northern prostitutes on TV. Alan Yentob turned me down’

I was going to a party with my husband and we drove up Lumb Lane in Bradford, which was famous for prostitution. As we drove, I saw this young woman – she’d got a miniskirt on in November and her legs were mottled blue. When she looked right in our car it was as if somebody punched me in the solar plexus. She was a child. It bothered me all night.

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Den Of Geek Book Club: Seeing The Blossom by Dennis Potter

A transcript of television writer Dennis Potter's final interview is Aliya's non-fiction book club choice for this month...

Dennis Potter was a television writer who shaped British TV drama over three decades. His final interview took place in April 1994, only a few weeks before his death. He knew there wasn't long left, and he had things he wanted to say about his life, his writing, and the society he lived in. It was that rarest of moments - a chance to evaluate everything that has gone before without having to worry about what will come after.

It's a moving interview to watch, but I found at the time of viewing it that it was almost too much to take in. As much as you're listening to what he's saying and engaging with it, you're also looking at a very ill person and your thoughts are also taken up with
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We love W1A. But, dear BBC, is it wise to lay bare your foibles so mercilessly? | Charlotte Higgins

The gloriously self-mocking comedy is a sign of the corporation’s maturity. But in the current climate, it could be a godsend for detractors

It was with joy that a month ago I settled down to watch the second series of W1A, John Morton’s painfully brilliant comedy about the internal workings of the BBC: shown, needless to say, on the BBC. I spent 2013-14 researching the corporation, spending more time inside Broadcasting House than in the Guardian’s own offices. (A line in the show, uttered by a BBC media correspondent, describes Broadcasting House as a “highly secretive, some might say frankly incomprehensible building” – which chimed with me.)

During that period I became habituated to its panopticon-like layout, its meeting rooms emblazoned with images of TV favourites (there’s no Frankie Howerd room, as W1A has it, but there is a Captain Mainwaring room). Alan Yentob did seem always
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W1A premiere review: BBC's self-flagellating satire finally hits its stride

When held up to the heady heights of its BAFTA-winning spiritual predecessor Twenty Twelve, the first series of W1A fell short on occasions.

But with a new series opener in which a high-level management power struggle starts simmering alongside the usual japes, hi-jinks and gaffes at Broadcasting House, the BBC's self-flagellating satire is at last hitting its stride.

Hugh Bonneville's still the star of the show as Ian Fletcher, keeping a sharp focus on charter renewal as his contemporaries in the Way Ahead Task Force fall over themselves (almost literally at one point) to get one over on their professional rivals. There's whispers of a new senior post at stake, and everyone seems to have their eye on it.

Following his fall from grace at the end of the last series after a newspaper sting exposing both his handsome salary and close relationship with his former Olympic Deliverance Commission Pa Sally,
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W1A gets return date on BBC Two

W1A has been given a return date on BBC Two.

The second series of the comedy will premiere on Thursday, April 23 at 9pm with a one-hour special.

W1A stars Hugh Bonneville as BBC's head of values Ian Fletcher.

Bonneville recently revealed that the upcoming series will feature a Jeremy Clarkson storyline, but is unsure whether it will remain following Clarkson's "fracas" with a Top Gear producer.

"Jeremy Clarkson is mentioned quite a bit but he won't be in it himself," Bonneville explained. "We'll have to see if he is cut out."

The first series of W1A featured cameos from Carol Vorderman, Clare Balding and Alan Yentob.

Watch a clip from W1A below:
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