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Tut review – ‘ It’s tosh, but jolly tosh’

4 hours ago

Even some Luxor casting can’t entirely raise this epic of pyramid scheming, sex and bloodshed from the tomb, but it’s fun while it lasts. Which is quite a long time

Egypt 1332 BC, and in front of a rowdy crowd a man awaits his execution, for poisoning Akhenaten, the pharaoh. The man is defiant though, so first his wife is dragged to her death behind a chariot. Ouch. Then the Thebes Poisoner is sliced open in the middle and his guts spill out with gurgling gut-spilling sound. His son needs to go too, and the job of dispensing with him falls to young Tutankhamun, the next pharaoh. But the boy is not in the mood for killing. To be fair, he is only nine, and he has just been told that he has to marry his sister. Still, he needs to man up if he’s going to rule with honour and distinction. »

- Sam Wollaston

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Catch-up TV guide: from Wet Hot American Summer to Inside The Ku Klux Klan

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From an all-star reboot of the 2001 summer-camp comedy on Netflix to the depressing but unintentionally hilarious Klan documentary on All4

Remember how the stars of 2001 satirical comedy Wet Hot American Summer were all a touch old for their roles? Well now they’re all plenty older still and, in most cases, plenty more famous. Which, on the basis of the opening episode, looks likely to make this Netflix prequel even dafter and even funnier. With Amy Poehler, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Cooper, Jon Hamm, Janeane Garofalo and many more on board, this now looks a stellar cast. Willingly, they travel back to 1981. Camp Firewood is full of the usual slackers, misfits and geeks. Just over the way, there’s preppie, stuck-up Camp Tigerclaw. Let the illicit liaisons, burping contests and air guitar marathons commence.

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- Rachel Aroesti, Phil Harrison & Luke Holland

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What do Katie Hopkins and a Sheffield brothel have in common?

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Answer: they’re both just trying to make a living. But one way is much more invidious than the other...

If you hold any truck with the idea of a professional troll, then Katie Hopkins has cornered the market. When she walked out of the Apprentice boardroom to a squall of public hatred, she thought: “You’ve got to work with what you’ve got.” Since that moment, Hopkins has thrown herself into it, chucking more and more putrid shit on to her toxic brand, grasping at hate speech like a Titanic survivor scrambling for a bit of wardrobe, inviting attention from cultural commentators (“Hmm, what drives this evil?”) and the Un commissioner for human rights (“Wind your neck in, Katie”) alike.

Pumping out seven, hour-long instalments of controversial bile for new show If Katie Hopkins Ruled The World (Thursday, 10pm, TLC) is a feat even by her standards. Each »

- Filipa Jodelka

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Cilla Black: the sparky Liverpudlian we came to know as 'our Cilla'

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Cilla Black, as pop star and TV presenter, was known for her smiling kindness, although behind her public breeziness she had taken some hard knocks

When Cilla Black achieved her two UK number ones in 1964, the records she knocked off the top of the charts were Diane by the Bachelors and Juliet by the Four Pennies. The contrast between the relatively low name recognition today of those musical rivals and the enduring celebrity held until death by Cilla – she was recognised by first-name alone long before Madonna – is a mark of the determination and adaptability that lay behind her everyday manner.

Showbiz is so fickle that it is impressive to achieve one burst of sustained fame, as Cilla did with her singing career. It is therefore extraordinary to have also succeeded in adding a pair of number one TV shows in the 1980s to match her chart-topping songs. For almost a decade, »

- Mark Lawson

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Monday’s best TV

8 hours ago

Competition between three Scottish chefs heat up; a pilot flies into the ‘world’s most dangerous airport’; young people describe the impact on them of life-changing injuries. Plus A Very British Brothel touches on Sheffield’s erogenous zones

A 10th series for the culinary contest where top chefs face off for the chance to cater for a special event. The first regional heat takes place in Scotland, where returning contestant Jak O’Donnell takes on fellow Glaswegian Jimmy Lee and Graham Campbell from Oban for the chance to cook a banquet marking the centenary of the Wi. As such, the trio’s first task is to create starters that pay homage to classic home cooking, whipping up everything from brioches to hearty broths. Continues throughout the week. Hannah J Davies

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- Hannah J Davies, Jonathan Wright, Ali Catterall, Julia Raeside, Jack Seale, Andrew Mueller, David Stubbs

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