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Books of the year

27 November 2010 4:24 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jonathan Franzen's family epic, a new collection from Seamus Heaney, Philip Larkin's love letters, a memoir centred on tiny Japanese sculptures ... which books most excited our writers this year?

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In Red Dust Road (Picador) Jackie Kay writes lucidly and honestly about being the adopted black daughter of white parents, about searching for her white birth mother and Nigerian birth father, and about the many layers of identity. She has a rare ability to portray sentiment with absolutely no sentimentality. Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns (Random House) is a fresh and wonderful history of African-American migration. Chang-rae Lee's The Surrendered (Little, Brown) is a grave, beautiful novel about people who experienced the Korean war and the war's legacy. And David Remnick's The Bridge (Picador) is a thorough and well-written biography of Barack Obama. The many Americans who believe invented biographical details about Obama would do well to read it. »

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Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story red carpet interviews: Derren Brown, Phill Jupitus and Eddie Izzard

19 November 2010 5:01 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We sent Rachel along to the red carpet premiere of Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story, where she met Derren Brown, Phill Jupitus and Izzard himself for a brief chat...

It was a very cold evening at London’s Cineworld Haymarket, as celebrities gathered to celebrate the DVD launch of Sarah Townsend’s film directorial debut, Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story.

Believe is a documentary following British comedian Eddie Izzard as he delves into his past, the loss of his mother when he was a young boy, his frankly incredible feat of carving a name for himself on the British, and subsequently international, comedy and film scenes. 

He has created, almost single handedly and with sheer determination, what is now one of the best and most prolific careers of any British performer.

The film itself was screened at every Cineworld in the country simultaneously, with a live Q&A with Sarah Townsend and Eddie Izzard, »

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Psychoville live chat: Reece Shearsmith

29 October 2010 5:44 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Reece Shearsmith answered your questions ahead of Sunday's Psychoville Halloween special. You'll find him in the comments field as @ReeceShearsmith

In pictures: Psychoville Halloween special

What better time than Halloween for a new instalment of Psychoville, the award-winning BBC2 show written by and starring Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton? Fans will have to wait until next year for the show to return for a full second series, but in the meantime there are ghost stories to be told as a documentary team turn up at Ravenhill psychiatric hospital … The Halloween special promises to be everybit as spooktacular as you would hope.

Shearsmith's career includes his collaboration with Mark Gattis, Jeremy Dyson and Pemberton as The League of Gentlemen – the quartet met at drama school and the show began on stage before moving to radio and then television. Early next month he will be taking the lead role in Ghost Stories in London's West End, »

- Vicky Frost

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Derren Brown: 'I'm being honest about my dishonesty'

17 October 2010 11:59 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The magician, hypnotist and illusionist talks about trickery and mindgames – and keeping an audience entertained

I wasn't sure what to expect from a book by Derren Brown, but it certainly wasn't the great waves of self-loathing that roll out of its pages. Opening with the line, "I loathed myself again," Confessions of a Conjuror expands into a merciless prosecution of the author's shortcomings – "my own excruciating personality as a young magician," the occasional "revolting burst of intellectual smugness", and his "hateful" failure to sparkle socially in the presence of larger personalities. He recalls taking stock of himself at 30, and finding himself "full of nonsense, preposterous in many ways". To this day, he admits that something as simple as mislaying a pen in his "monstrous London uber-pad" can trigger a whole new wave of furious self-hatred.

Brown is also, his book reveals, prone to a strange affliction of tics, rituals and other patterns of obsessive behaviour, »

- Decca Aitkenhead

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Stephen Fry Plays Holmes Too in ‘Sherlock 2′

27 September 2010 6:31 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

In the unstoppable sequel to Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, the master of Brit wit, Stephen Fry, has signed on to play Sherlock’s older (and often smarter) brother, Mycroft Holmes, where he’ll join Noomi Rapace (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo).

“Considering Robert Downey Jr.’s Holmes is a grungy low-class brawler, it’ll be fun to see Fry, who Bleeding Cool fittingly describes as “the pop cultural embodiment of esoteric erudition,” play foil. Though what would that leave Watson?”

Fry broke this news himself on the BBC’s 5 Live radio show, where he quipped:

“I’m playing Mycroft in the sequel to the Sherlock Holmes film Guy Ritchie directed with Robert Downey Jr., and that sort of part is fun, but just once in a while to play a genuine all round sort of lead figure with complexity and tragedy and wit and all the sort of things »

- Kristy Puchko

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Derren Brown show investigated over railway stunt

15 September 2010 7:20 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Ofcom receives complaints that scene featuring hypnotised man chained to train tracks was dangerous

Ofcom is investigating Derren Brown's latest Channel 4 TV show after receiving complaints about a scene featuring a man in a straitjacket chained to train tracks.

Last Wednesday's show, Hero at 30,000 Feet, involved psychological illusionist Brown hypnotising a "regular Joe" over 30 days to the point that in a staged incident he volunteered to take over landing a plane when the pilot appeared to die.

During the show the man was put in a variety of situations in which he was hypnotised in the buildup to the final aircraft test. One scene showed the man donning a straitjacket and being chained to railway tracks.

Ofcom received 11 complaints from viewers that the scene was dangerous as there was a lack of any obvious protection systems or a clear rationale for why the stunt was being performed.

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- Mark Sweney

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Rewind TV: Derren Brown: Hero at 30,000 Feet; U Be Dead; Mad Men; Bouquet of Barbed Wire; This is England '86

11 September 2010 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

From David Morrissey to Derren Brown, it's been a dramatic week for the power of suggestion

Derren Brown: Hero at 30,000 Feet | 4Od

U Be Dead | ITV Player

Mad Men | iPlayer

Bouquet of Barbed Wire | ITV Player

This is England '86 | 4Od

You're in a plane, terrified of flying, sipping water in tiny bird sips to manage the panic attack and thinking, instead, of sex (it's the only thing that helps, honest), trying desperately not to hear those sounds, the too-loud flaps and creaks and hydraulic jerks unaccountably designed to sound precisely like "a wing starting to fall off". Quite unbeknown to you, everyone else on board apart from the crew is an actor, and wired and miked up to catch your fear, and all in on the game: and then even the genuine captain pretends to be dying, slumped comatose, and the steward is begging you, yes, you, the »

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TV ratings – 8 September: Critical hosannas fail to lift Mad Men on series debut

9 September 2010 7:07 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Fourth season of Us drama begins with 350,000 viewers – a good rating for BBC4, but slightly down on start of last run

Us drama Mad Men returned to BBC4 for its fourth series with just over 350,000 viewers last night, Wednesday 8 September.

Despite continuing to be showered with critical praise and awards and BBC4 bringing forward transmission of the new series by four months, Mad Men was slightly below the ratings for the launch of the previous run in January.

Last night's episode averaged 355,000 (1.9%) on BBC4 and BBC HD from 10pm. The HD channel's share of this audience was 19,000 (0.1%).

The third series debuted with 370,000 (1.8%) in the same Wednesday slot in late January. The show was also simulcast on BBC HD, but the figures are not available.

Elsewhere yesterday, the audience for ITV1's new breakfast show, Daybreak, slipped back slightly compared with Monday's launch edition.

Daybreak, fronted by Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley, »

- Jason Deans

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Derren Brown's Hero at 30,000 Feet: liveblog tonight

8 September 2010 3:29 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

We're following Derren Brown's Hero at 30,000 Feet live from 10pm tonight. Join us for 70-minutes of mindbending TV and the obligatory "Did that just happen?" moments

Pre-show preamble...

During his previous series of mindbending specials, Derren Brown was pretty clear about what he was going to do - beat a casino, guess the lottery numbers (although whether he did so is, of course, less clear), and generally keep us entertained with his bonkers but highly entertaining mix of misdirection and showmanship. This evening's events are rather murkier around the edges, but I think we can be pretty hopeful of seeing something we won't have seen before.

Brown is apparently going to take an ordinary person and set them a series of challenges - the biggest one will be to decide whether to take control of a Boeing 737 full of passengers set to crash at 500mph. As you do.

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- Heidi Stephens

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Bang Goes the Theory | Gilbert And Sullivan: A Motley Pair | Time Shift: The North On A Plate | Mad Men | Derren Brown Live | Words Of The Blitz | Tonight's TV highlights

7 September 2010 4:04 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Bang Goes the Theory | Gilbert And Sullivan: A Motley Pair | Time Shift: The North On A Plate | Mad Men | Derren Brown Live | Words Of The Blitz

Bang Goes the Theory

7.30pm, BBC1

What's that Wssssshh sound? It's the collective sound of popular science fans drawing breath at the return of Bgtt. In this first episode, the team explore the repercussions of the Bp oil spill and entertain the general public with science experiments involving Russian dolls and weighing scales. The best bit comes when presenter Dallas Campbell, who is travelling to New Zealand with an atomic clock (the most accurate timepiece available) to illustrate the theory of relativity, declares: "It's worse than travelling with a small child!"

Gilbert And Sullivan: A Motley Pair

8pm, Sky Arts 2

A great opening to a five-part series about Britain's greatest librettist/composer duo. Veteran G&S player Simon Butteriss presents with an appropriate level »

- Martin Skegg, Will Dean, John Robinson

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Derren Brown: Hero at 30,000 Feet

6 September 2010 6:10 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Derren Brown is back on Channel 4 this Wednesday. So what does he have in mind for his latest show, Hero at 30,000 Feet?

Last year he appeared to predict the National Lottery numbers, reducing the nation's conversation to just one topic: how did he do that? And on Wednesday Derren Brown is back with a new 70-minute Channel 4 special: Hero at 30,000 Feet.

Brown will take an ordinary person and set them a series of challenges. These will culminate in a split-second decision as to whether to take control of a Boeing 737 full of passengers that the person believes is about to crash at 500mph.

On his blog Brown says: "I hope it's a show that people take something from. We easily let life pass us by, and ultimately this is about engaging with life and understanding that it is the choices we make right now that define us, not »

- Vicky Frost

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Gatiss: 'Sherlock is like Derren Brown'

6 August 2010 1:39 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sherlock's Mark Gatiss has claimed that Sherlock Holmes's modern-day counterpart is Derren Brown. Speaking to What's On TV, the show's writer also teased the events of the final episode of the three-part series. He revealed: "There's a comparison between Sherlock and Derren Brown. They both say something outrageous and then show you how they worked it out. "Sherlock can fit things together and make massive leaps. It's very exciting and when you think in his mindset (more) »

- By Paul Millar

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Glastonbury 2010: Grace Dent's liveblog from the sofa

25 June 2010 4:59 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Grace Dent watches the first evening of music from Glastonbury 2010 from the comfort of her sitting room, thereby avoiding early-morning smoothie stall DJ sets. Join her at 7pm

1.03am: I have a feeling this is not the textbook state of mind to be in charge of the Guardian live blogging system. *eyes struggling to focus on the screen, slurping booze* And as this is the third time I've seen Hot Chip it may be time for bed. Ah 'bed'. A Real bed. One I can get to without a 57 minute round trip via the Bingly-Bongly tent on a wild goose chase to see Joy Orbison DJ, a near broken ankle on a guy rope and the gentle wake up call of someone urinating on the side of my tent. Then a shower in the morning, with soap, leaving me unclaggy of armpit and pant district. Staying at home is amazing. »

- Grace Dent

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Remembering Lou Gentile - See The Paranormal Investigator's Final Project Now

21 June 2010 1:23 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

June 28th marks the one-year anniversary of the death of paranormal investigator, and my good friend, Lou Gentile. There was just nobody like him, man, and when he finally succumbed to cancer, not only did I lose one of my dearest friends, but the field of paranormal research lost one of its biggest assets. Before he died, though, Lou worked on a TV show that was shot for the UK called "Derren Brown Investigates". We now have the program for you to see in its entirety.

The show popped up on YouTube recently, and Lou's wife, Antoinette, was kind enough to alert us to its viewing availability. Even though Mr. Brown seems to have less of an open mind and more of a need to try and discredit anything that's brought before him, we can't think of a more fitting way to celebrate Lou's legacy than an hour spent with »

- Uncle Creepy

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'FlashForward' bows out to 1.5 million

2 June 2010 8:25 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The series finale of FlashForward was watched by over 1.5m on Monday night, according to the latest viewing figures. The last episode of the time-jump drama, which has been cancelled in the Us, averaged 1.54m (7.9%) for Five in the 10pm hour, up 310k week-on-week. Britain's Got Talent dominated primetime, with 10.2m (41.1%) watching the talent show's first semi-final on ITV1 between 7.30pm and 9pm. The half-hour results show pulled in 9.75m (38%) for the channel from 9.30pm. Spinoff programme Britain's Got More Talent brought in 716k (3.7%) to ITV2 from 10pm and 118k (1.2%) on timeshift. On Channel 4, the second episode of new factual series Genius Of Britain delivered 1.09m (4.3%) in the 9pm hour and 147k (0.8%) on timeshift. It was followed by Derren Brown Investigates, which appealed to 1.24m (6.7%) and 237k (2.5%) on timeshift. (more) »

- By Andrew Laughlin

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TV ratings - 31 May: Coronation Street's HD debut draws more than 500,000 viewers

2 June 2010 2:10 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Start of 'Siege Week' scores success as double helping of Britain's Got Talent attracts ITV1 HD's biggest audience yet

Coronation Street's first night of high-definition broadcasting proved an instant hit with viewers, with the 9pm edition attracting more than 500,000 viewers to the ITV1 HD channel on Monday 31 May.

The ITV1 soap's first ever 9pm outing attracted 9.655 million viewers and a 38.2% share on the main network, with a further 509,000 (2.1%) on digital channel ITV1 HD.

This topped the previous ratings high for ITV1 HD, 459,000 (2%) for live coverage of last Monday's England friendly against Mexico.

Last night's double helping of Britain's Got Talent either side of Coronation Street brought two higher audiences to ITV1 HD, with 559,000 viewers (2.2%) for the 7.30pm outing and 574,000 (2.3%) for the 9.30pm results show.

On ITV1, the first Britain's Got Talent semi-final drew 10.153 million viewers (40.9%) from 7.30pm and 9.746 million (38%) for the 9.30pm edition.

All three shows more than doubled »

- Jason Deans

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Eurovision 2010: Liveblogged

29 May 2010 3:48 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Eurovision 2010: we goggled at the outfits, celebrated some predictably awful songs, and cooed over Germany's Lena

The costumes! The songs! The ridiculous lyrics! The moment where it suddenly gets serious as it becomes clear the UK are not going to win again. We'll be living all the drama of Eurovision 2010 here on the blog, and we're hoping that you'll be living it with us. (Supporting the UK is not at all mandatory: choose your country and cheer for it loudly).

Being as we have such a special – and more importantly long – evening ahead of us we'll be liveblogging in a kind of relay formation, which will hopefully help to avoid Eurovision fatigue and allow time for food/drink consumption. You are welcome to dip in and out in this manner too, of course. Tim Lusher will be master of ceremonies for the first hour of proceedings, before passing on to Stuart Heritage, »

- Tim Lusher, Vicky Frost, Stuart Heritage

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What to see in summer 2010

24 May 2010 9:36 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Stevie Wonder hits the UK, Toy Story goes 3D, and it's the last ever Big Brother – our critics pick the unmissable events of the season

Pop

Stevie Wonder

Anyone who can't face braving Glastonbury to see the Motown legend's Sunday-night set can head to London's Hyde Park for this headlining show. It's likely to be heavy on the hits, but a little too heavy on the audience participation, if complaints from disgruntled punters at Wonder's recent shows are anything to go by. And be warned: Jamiroquai seems to have been enticed out of retirement to provide support. Hyde Park, London W2, 26 June. Box office: 020-7009 3484.

T in the Park

This beloved Scottish festival is prized as much for its atmosphere as its lineup. And they're certainly wheeling out the big hitters this year: Eminem, Muse, Kasabian, Jay-z, Black Eyed Peas, Florence and the Machine, La Roux, Dizzee Rascal and Paolo Nutini, »

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What to see in summer 2010

24 May 2010 9:36 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Stevie Wonder hits the UK, Toy Story goes 3D, and it's the last ever Big Brother – our critics pick the unmissable events of the season

Pop

Stevie Wonder

Anyone who can't face braving Glastonbury to see the Motown legend's Sunday-night set can head to London's Hyde Park for this headlining show. It's likely to be heavy on the hits, but a little too heavy on the audience participation, if complaints from disgruntled punters at Wonder's recent shows are anything to go by. And be warned: Jamiroquai seems to have been enticed out of retirement to provide support. Hyde Park, London W2, 26 June. Box office: 020-7009 3484.

T in the Park

This beloved Scottish festival is prized as much for its atmosphere as its lineup. And they're certainly wheeling out the big hitters this year: Eminem, Muse, Kasabian, Jay-z, Black Eyed Peas, Florence and the Machine, La Roux, Dizzee Rascal and Paolo Nutini, »

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Derren Brown: 'I'm darker on television'

24 May 2010 2:45 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Derren Brown has revealed that he appears on television "in character". Speaking to the Daily Record, the illusionist explained that he is completely different to his TV persona. "People think I am creepy and weird but I am more like how I am on stage than how I am on television," he said. "On TV it's quite controlling, a bit serious, and dark." He continued: "I am not like that. I don't play up to that kind of character. I don't walk around reading people's minds or trying to influence them in real life. I can have a normal conversation with somebody. It's definitely something (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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