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Tuesday’s best TV: Motherland; The A Word

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Scabrous sitcom about school mums continues; Joe faces the mild peril of a change to his routine. Plus: Music on 4’s The Great Songwriters looks at the Flaming LipsWayne Coyne

Frenemy at the gates. The scabrous sitcom about school-mum rivalry continues, with the usually heroically apathetic Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin) abruptly inserting herself into the organisation and execution of a fundraising night in an attempt to ingratiate herself with an old friend. Will the Auction of Promises go off without a hitch? With Liz (Diane Morgan) manning the bar while nursing a grudge against alpha mum Amanda, probably not. Graeme Virtue

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The week in TV: Motherland, The A Word, Detectorists and more

Bad mums never looked so good, Trump emerged a more rounded chump, and Lance and Andy did very little… rather beautifully

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Trump: An American Dream (C4) | All 4

The Girlfriend Experience Amazon

Duking it out for the title of Good Bad Mother of the Week were Anna Maxwell Martin and Morven Christie, in what turned out to be rather a good week for mothers everywhere. After all, doesn’t every mother think of themselves as a good bad mother, torn between the complex bugger-me impossibilities of life and, simply, the urgency of love?

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The best TV this week: Sharon Horgan and Graham Linehan's Motherland

An uproarious tale of school runs, alpha mums and child care starts on BBC2, while 1920s Berlin is the setting for Sky Atlantic’s latest drama

Last year’s pilot clearly wasn’t a fluke: this sitcom, created by Sharon Horgan and Graham Linehan, is an uproarious treat. Anna Maxwell Martin is Julia, a middle-class mother floundering through a suburban hell of caterpillar cakes, oversized kids’ parties and judgmental supermums. Diane “Philomena Cunk” Morgan offers support.

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Anna Maxwell Martin Joins Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens as Beelzebub

For those who may be unaware, “Good Omens” is an upcoming Amazon series based on the best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman (Coraline, “American Gods”) and Terry Pratchett. Today we have news that Anna Maxwell Martin (see below) has joined the… Continue Reading →

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Good Omens casts its Beelzebub and Horsemen

The adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens has just filled out several more of its cast.

The series has found three of four Horsemen of the Apocalypse as well as the ultimate demon Beelzebub for the Amazon and BBC Two series. Anna Maxwell Martin (Becoming Jane) will star as Beelzebub while Mireille Enos (The Killing) will play War, Lourdes Faberes (Knightfall) as Pollution and Yusuf Gatewood (The Originals) as Famine.

On Martin’s casting, Gaiman said “We already have a stellar cast, and now Anna Maxwell Martin will be the Beelzebub of our dreams. Well, nightmares.”

“A script this clever, this smart, this current is very rare,” said Enos. “How could I turn down playing one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse??? Especially with the incredible group who’s come together to make it. It’s going to be Fun!”

“It’s a gift for
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‘Good Omens’: Amazon & BBC Two Cast Their Beelzebub & Horsemen Of The Apocalypse

The ultimate battle of Good vs. Evil has some fresh blood. Amazon and BBC Two said today that Anna Maxwell Martin (above) has joined their upcoming fantasy drama series Good Omens as the demon Beelzebub and Mireille Enos, Lourdes Faberes and Yusuf Gatewood are saddling up as Horsemen of the Apocalpyse. Enos will play War, Faberes is Pollution and Gatewood is Famine — but what about that fourth Horseman? "We are hoping that Death will be played by Death," writer-showrunner…
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Good Omens Casts Catch, Originals Actors as Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Good Omens Casts Catch, Originals Actors as Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Amazon’s Good Omens has cast Beelzebub and the Horsemen of the Apocalypse — but there’s a Catch… actor involved.

The Catch‘s Mireille Enos and The OriginalsYusuf Gatewood will play the Horsemen of War and Famine, respectively, in Amazon’s forthcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel, TVLine has learned.

RelatedJon Hamm Joins Amazon’s Good Omens in Expanded Angelic Role

“A script this clever, this smart, this current is very rare,” Enos said via statement. “How could I turn down playing one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse??? Especially with the incredible

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'Give me intravenous wine!' … Anna Maxwell Martin on playing a frazzled 'alpha mum' in Motherland

The queen of period drama is casting off her bonnet and venturing into sitcom with Motherland. She talks about brutal parenting, competing with Cate Blanchett – and misbehaving on set

When Anna Maxwell Martin was shooting the pilot for the new sitcom Motherland, she took the role of a stressed-out mum a little too far. “I’d got so …” She starts moving her arms up and down in a frantic motion. “… that I threw myself into a bush.” Graham Linehan, who co-wrote and directed, couldn’t believe it. “He went, ‘No, no, no – why did you throw yourself into the bush?’ I was like, ‘I’m sorry! I’m sorry!’” she howls, her long, loud laugh filling the air.

The Anna Maxwell Martin familiar to viewers tends to be a signal of quality British television. She’s done period dramas and literary adaptations. She’s won the best leading actress Bafta twice,
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Good Omens: Reece Shearsmith cast as Shakespeare

Kirsten Howard Michael Ahr Nov 3, 2017

Reece Shearsmith will be Shakespeare in the TV adaptation of Good Omens, Neil Gaiman has announced...

The adaptation of Good Omens, a collaborative novel written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, is heading to the small screen at a brisk pace.

See related Paddington 2 review Paul King interview: Paddington 2

Arguably the best thing to come out of Hull, Inside No.9 and League Of Gentlemen mastermind Reece Shearsmith has hopped aboard Amazon's ambitious project this week, playing none other than William Shakespeare.

Here's a look at him in costume on set (click to embiggen)...

Delighted to welcome @ReeceShearsmith to the Good Omens family as an Elizabethan playwright whose name escapes me. #alrightItsShakespeare pic.twitter.com/sjcaUk3Iug

Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) November 2, 2017

"Delighted to welcome @ReeceShearsmith to the Good Omens family as an Elizabethan playwright whose name escapes me. #alrightItsShakespeare," captioned the author along with the news.
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Chubby Funny Review

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Author: Samuel Spencer

Chubby Funny, apart from being my username on all major online dating profiles, is a film directed by Harry Michell. The story concerns Charlie (Augustus Prew) and Oscar (Michell), struggling actors living on the outskirts of London, Zone Four in name but shot a lot around Camden. Oscar makes a pact to give himself a year in London, saying “if I don’t even appear in Holby City I’ll go back to Kent”.

Oh and it stars Dave Benson Phillips in a small role, previously of iconic gunge-based TV show ‘Get Your Own Back’. Also showing their support through cameo roles are Alice Lowe, of previously great work like ‘Prevenge’, ‘Sightseers’ and ‘Horrible Histories’, plus Julian Rhind Tutt, Anna Maxwell Martin and Jemma Redgrave.

It’s easy to see why they would support the major new comedy talent that has been unearthed by this film. We
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Trailer Watch: Sharon & Rob Duke it Out in “Catastrophe” Season 3

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Last season of “Catastrophe” saw everyone’s favorite foul-mouthed couple in a pretty depressing state. Rob’s (Rob Delaney) workplace flirtation took a vicious turn and he ended up losing his job. And Sharon (Sharon Horgan) may or may not have slept with another man — but she definitely got blackout drunk on a revenge bender. Luckily, a trailer for Season 3 of the romantic comedy with claws reveals that these two aren’t done with each other quite yet.

After blaming her bad behavior on Brexit and Trump, a contrite Sharon offers to sleep on the couch while she and Rob sort things out. “Or we could sleep in the same bed,” she says, “but just, you know, head to toe?”

“No,” Rob blanches. “I don’t want you to lacerate my face with your White Walker toenails.” Even when they fight, Sharon and Rob riff better than any other couple on TV.

Working on their marriage isn’t the only obstacle the two will face in the upcoming season of the series, which Horgan and Delaney co-created. The trailer gives us a glimpse of Carrie Fisher, who plays Rob’s gambling, inappropriate mother, Mia. Fisher died last December, and it seems likely that the show will deal with it directly.

Catastrophe” has already received a fourth season from Amazon and Channel 4, where it airs in the UK. Horgan and Delaney, who write every episode together, were nominated for an Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Emmy in 2016.

Horgan’s comedy series “Motherland” was given a full-season order by the BBC last fall. The six half-hour episodes explore the ups and downs of motherhood and stars Anna Maxwell Martin (“The Bletchley Circle”), Diane Morgan (Thea Sharrock’s “Me Before You”), and Lucy Punch (Lorene Scafaria’s “The Meddler”). Horgan also created HBO’s Sarah Jessica Parker-starrer “Divorce,” currently in production for its second season.

Season 3 of “Catastrophe” will be available on Amazon April 28. The full trailer is below, as is a promotional video which sees Horgan and Delaney playing the Newlywed Game.

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The Frankenstein Chronicles: Season Two Production Begins for Sean Bean Series

ITV is headed back to the 19th century. Recently, the UK network announced filming has begun on season two of The Frankenstein Chronicles.The drama stars Sean Bean as John Marlott, a London police inspector who discovers a dark underworld within the city. The cast also includes Anna Maxwell Martin, Charlie Creed-Miles, Eloise Smyth, Samuel West, and Vanessa Kirby.Read More…
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The Observer Christmas screen quiz 2016

What made Ben Affleck feel sad, and why did people get naked on national television? Test your knowledge of this year’s film and TV with these questions

In a year heavy on sequels and remakes, which one stands as the UK’s top grosser of 2016?

Captain America: Civil War

Bridget Jones’s Baby

Finding Dory

The Jungle Book

A social media war over which film led to Twitter’s permanent suspension of alt-right poster boy Milo Yiannopoulos for racist trolling?

Suicide Squad

Central Intelligence

Moana

Ghostbusters

Dubbed “Sad Affleck” on the internet, a reaction shot from a Ben Affleck interview went viral in 2016. What had the interviewer been asking about at the time?

The reviews of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Reviews of The Accountant

His future as Batman in the DC Comics “extended universe”

His brother Casey’s Oscar buzz for Manchester By the Sea

Which film
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The Observer Christmas screen quiz 2016

What made Ben Affleck feel sad, and why did people get naked on national television? Test your knowledge of this year’s film and TV with these questions

In a year heavy on sequels and remakes, which one stands as the UK’s top grosser of 2016?

Captain America: Civil War

Bridget Jones’s Baby

Finding Dory

The Jungle Book

A social media war over which film led to Twitter’s permanent suspension of alt-right poster boy Milo Yiannopoulos for racist trolling?

Suicide Squad

Central Intelligence

Moana

Ghostbusters

Dubbed “Sad Affleck” on the internet, a reaction shot from a Ben Affleck interview went viral in 2016. What had the interviewer been asking about at the time?

The reviews of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Reviews of The Accountant

His future as Batman in the DC Comics “extended universe”

His brother Casey’s Oscar buzz for Manchester By the Sea

Which film
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Hannah Farrell Promoted at David Thompson’s Origin Pictures

Hannah Farrell is to step up to the role of head of film and television at David Thompson’s Origin Pictures, whose credits include “Woman in Gold,” starring Helen Mirren. She replaces Ed Rubin, who is leaving the company for a new role elsewhere, which is expected to be announced next week.

The company’s latest movie, “The Sense of an Ending,” will be released by CBS in the U.S. and Studiocanal in the U.K. early next year. Based on Julian Barnes’ Booker Prize-winning novel, adapted by Nick Payne and directed by Ritesh Batra, the film stars Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockery and Emily Mortimer, and was financed by FilmNation and BBC Films.

Past film productions include “X + Y,” starring Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall, Asa Butterfield and Eddie Marsan; “What We Did on Holiday,” starring Billy Connolly, David Tennant and Rosamund Pike; “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,
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Porridge, Motherland, A Brief History of Tim: BBC Orders New Programming

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The Beeb is amping up the laughs. The BBC has commissioned three new comedy TV programs. BBC One has ordered the Porridge TV show revival from creators Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais. The original prison-set series, starring Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale, ran on BBC One from 1974 to 1977. The Porridge reboot stars Kevin Bishop as Nigel ‘Fletch’ Fletcher, grandson of Barker’s iconic Norman Stanley Fletcher.BBC Two ordered the Motherland TV series, written by Graham Linehan and Sharon Horgan, Helen Linehan, and Holly Walsh, the show features the the trials and traumas of motherhood. The pilot, which aired as part of The BBC's "Landmark Sitcom Season," starred Anna Maxwell Martin, Lucy Punch, Diane Morgan, Paul Ready, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, and Oliver Chris.Meanwhile, BBC Three has commissions the first season of the A Brief History of Tim TV show,
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BBC orders full series of Motherland and Porridge reboot

Louisa Mellor Oct 6, 2016

Brilliant! The BBC has ordered a full series of new comedy Motherland, and of its rebooted Porridge starring Kevin Bishop...

Two new comedies are coming to the BBC: Motherland, written by the winning combination of Graham Linehan, Sharon Horgan, Holly Walsh and Helen Linehan, and a rebooted version of Porridge, from original creators Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais

Both part of the BBC's recent Landmark Sitcom season, the pilot for Motherland took an acerbic look at modern middle-class parenting. Starring Anna Maxwell Martin--an absolute treat to see in a comedic role--as harassed working mother of two Julia, it showed her dealings with playground queen bee Amanda (Lucy Punch), chaotic social outcast Liz (Diane Morgan) and eager-to-please stay at home dad Kevin (Paul Ready). 

Sharp, well-observed and caustic about the smug, competitive cliques that form in the world of play dates and PTA committees, it was
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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: April 18-24

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At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"The Revenant"

Leo's ready to come home with you this week. Leonardo DiCaprio had a bear of a time making this historical drama, but he won his first Oscar for it, and Alejandro Inarritu won his second in a row for directing. "The Revenant," which also picked up an Oscar for Cinematography, is finally out on DVD/Blu-ray on April 19. Blu-ray extras include "A World Unseen," a documentary of "The Revenant."

"The Lady in the Van"

Maggie Smith plays Miss Shepherd in this British dramedy based on the true story of an eccentric elderly woman who "temporarily" parks her van in Alan Bennett's driveway and proceeds to live there for 15 years. The critically acclaimed film, based on Bennett's memoir,
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And Then There Were None Review

Both nights of the miniseries were provided prior to broadcast.

Even though it might not have been represented in direct name, for decades there have been countless spiritual successors and adaptations of Agatha Christie’s airtight whodunnit And Then There Were None. TV versions go so far back that the novel’s original British title seemed decent enough for the small screen. More modern interpretations – CBS’ slick summer slasher Harper’s Island – have kept its structure and enhanced the splatter.

There have been Family Guy episodes, crappy Ya updates, and now BBC One and Lifetime have joined forces for a co-production of the novel. There’s a lurid new sex-and-violence bent to pull the material into the modern world it’s airing in (and Lifetime’s lineup), but writer Sarah Phelps has largely stayed close to Christie’s biggest turns. It’s a mouse trap set-up that can’t help
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TV Review: ‘And Then There Were None’

TV Review: ‘And Then There Were None’
If you were to take the charismatic cast of “And Then There Were None” and strand them in a remote country house with cameras but no pre-written lines, the footage that resulted would probably still be worth watching. But what if smart producers took the likes of Charles Dance, Miranda Richardson, Noah Taylor, Anna Maxwell Martin, Aidan Turner, Burn Gorman and Sam Neill, and gave them a streamlined, supple script that ekes every ounce of suspense, commentary and pathos from the classic Agatha Christie novel?

The results are astoundingly and almost absurdly entertaining. This two-night BBC miniseries — snared for the U.S. by co-producer Lifetime — is as addictive as anything likely to air on either side of the Atlantic this year. “And Then There Were None” is wise not to overstay its welcome, but it still ends much too soon.

There are twists aplenty in this tale, which adds several
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