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Anne Reid: 'Why am I cast as dreadful mothers? I’m adorable!’

She’s played Valerie Tatlock in Coronation Street and Daniel Craig’s lover in The Mother, and now stars in the thriller Kaleidoscope. Anne Reid talks to Rebecca Nicholson about awards, Victoria Wood and why it’s good to show older people falling in love on screen

‘What can I tell you without giving the whole plot away? That’s the problem,” smiles Anne Reid. We’re meeting to talk about Kaleidoscope, a knotty, taut and claustrophobic thriller starring Reid and Toby Jones, directed by his brother, Rupert Jones. It’s the kind of brilliantly insidious film that reveals its secrets slowly and cleverly. It’s far better to see it knowing absolutely nothing at all about it. Which, of course, makes it very difficult to talk about. “Well, let’s not tell people then,” Reid decides, firmly. “I play the mother of Toby Jones. It was a great part.
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Review: The Ritual (2017)

The shadow of The Blair Witch Project certainly looms large over any Horror movie that ventures into the woods. Be it the countless Found Footage capers set inside a dark, treacherous, vegetative coated hell on earth or the other entries in the genre that feature young people lost at nature being dispatched by something gruesome and (mostly) unseen. So doing something different with the setting is a big ask but we’ll settle for just an interesting addition to the pile and while The Ritual is flawed and not exactly original, it boasts something many of its ilk do not…strong characters.

Starting with an unexpected but thoroughly interesting narrative set-up, The Ritual immediately grabs your attention with a ruthless moment of realistic nastiness, which leads onto the plot ahead. Based on the Horror novel by Adam Nevill, the film sees four guys reunite abroad for an ‘at one with nature’ holiday,
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Red Dwarf: creating the pop culture of the future

Andrew Moir Oct 26, 2017

Andrew takes a nerdy dive into the pop culture real and fictional that's made its way into the world of Red Dwarf...

Creating culture within science-fiction can be tricky. It’s potentially alienating, with the audience required to understand allusions without a reference point. Then again, if you throw in too many contemporary references, the future starts to look dated pretty quickly. Red Dwarf has walked that fine line, building its own stars and entertainment but chucking in the familiar, just to keep the world grounded. We take a look at humanity’s future culture as seen through the eyes of Lister, Rimmer, Cat, Kryten and Holly.

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Red Dwarf set out its fictional musical world early on with the opening scenes of the first episode
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Suzan Farmer obituary

Hammer horror film actor who went on to take a variety of roles in popular television series, including Coronation Street, The Saint and Blake’s 7

Suzan Farmer, who has died aged 75 of cancer, was a vocally precise actor with beguiling eyes who starred in a number of films for Hammer, the British company that specialised in memorable gothic horror.

In particular she was the heroine of Terence Fisher’s Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), the second of Hammer’s productions with Christopher Lee as the evil count. The target of the vampire’s lust, she bravely resisted him with the help of her screen husband Francis Matthews, before shooting the ice off a frozen moat and plunging Dracula into the freezing water below at the film’s climax. Farmer also provided, in post-production, the screams supposedly uttered by her co-star Barbara Shelley.

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Doctor Who, and the casting of soap stars in the show

Mark Harrison Oct 24, 2017

As Doctor Who series 11 adds a trio of soap opera stars to its cast. And it makes sense...

What do Mandip Gill, Tosin Cole and Bradley Walsh have in common? Other than the fact that they're all joining Jodie Whittaker's Doctor as part of the regular cast of Doctor Who's next series, they've all acted in soap operas. Even 12 years since the show was revived by a former Coronation Street writer, that still makes some fans nervous.

Whatever your thoughts on Corrie, EastEnders and other serial dramas (to give them their proper name – the nickname comes from an outdated observation about soap companies sponsoring many of them), they're the best, most relevant training ground for young actors in British television. It's also more relevant to the experience of working on Doctor Who than you might necessarily expect.

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‘Doctor Who': Jodie Whitaker’s Co-Stars Are Revealed

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‘Doctor Who': Jodie Whitaker’s Co-Stars Are Revealed
BBC announced three new cast members for the thirteenth season of “Doctor Who” and the first female Doctor, Jodie Whitaker, in 2018. Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill are joining the cast, playing Graham, Ryan and Yasmin, respectively. Details about their characters are still being kept close to the vest. Also Read: 'Doctor Who' Spinoff 'Class' Canceled After One Semester Walsh is best known for playing London Police Sgt. Ronnie Brooks from 2009-14 on “Law & Order: UK,” as well as the role of Danny Baldwin on “Coronation Street” from 2004-06. He also appeared on the “Doctor Who” spinoff,
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Doctor Who Casts Three New Series Regulars, One 'Returning Role'

Doctor Who Casts Three New Series Regulars, One 'Returning Role'
Jodie Whittaker won’t be the only fresh face to the Doctor Who franchise when it returns for Season 11.

BBC America on Sunday revealed three new series regulars that will join Whittaker as she begins her journey as the Thirteenth Doctor: Bradley Walsh (Law & Order: UK, Coronation Street) as Graham, Tosin Cole (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Ryan and Mandip Gill (Hollyoaks) as Yasmin. Additionally, Sharon D. Clarke (Holby City) is joining the series in an unspecified “returning role.” Further character details have not yet been divulged.

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Red Dwarf cast and co-creator interview: series Xii, the future

Rob Leane Oct 18, 2017

We interview Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Robert Llewellyn, Danny John-Jules and Doug Naylor about Red Dwarf Xii and more...

It’s a good time to be a Red Dwarf fan. After years off our screens, and talk of a movie that ultimately came to naught, the show made its return with Back To Earth in 2009. UKTV Freeview channel Dave was revealed as the new home of the show, and it’s fair to say that they’ve treated the small rouge one very well in the years since the big comeback.

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Red Dwarf X followed in 2012, and Red Dwarf XI in 2016. Both series gave fans what they wanted to see: character-driven episodes, stuffed with creative insults,
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Bobby Knutt obituary

Comedian and actor who enjoyed a 40-year career appearing in popular television shows such as Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Benidorm

Bobby Knutt, who has died aged 71, was a northern club performer before finding fame as a standup comedian on television, then acting in dramas and sitcoms. He was instantly recognisable for his large spectacles and thick curly hair and moustache, which over the years turned from dark brown to grey.

The switch to acting came when Ken Loach auditioned comedians for straight roles in his two-part drama The Price of Coal, written by Barry Hines, set in the coalfields of Knutt’s native South Yorkshire and screened in 1977, the year of the Queen’s silver jubilee. It was a process the director had followed for many years, as when he cast Duggie Brown in the 1969 film Kes (Brown was also in The Price of Coal), impressed by these performers’ lack
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Vera Duckworth was as common as muck – and what fun she had | Barbara Ellen

Liz Dawn, who died last week, gave us a masterclass in reality in Coronation Street

It was sad to see that Liz Dawn, who played Vera Duckworth in Coronation Street, has died. I had the pleasure of meeting Dawn with her on-screen husband, Jack (the late Bill Tarmey) at the Corrie set and they were both good humoured and warm, exactly as you’d imagine.

Our soaps can be much underrated, yet when done right, they celebrate a slice of British life and people that would otherwise be lost. But the magic can’t happen without the right casting.

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Liz Dawn: Corrie royalty who played Vera with a loud mouth and a light touch | Lucy Mangan

For more than 30 years, the star nagged, screamed and brilliantly embodied the endless frustrations and black humour of generations of northern women

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Almost a decade after her alter ego Vera Duckworth left us, Coronation Street actress Liz Dawn has died.

She played Vera, wifely battleaxe to Bill Tarmey’s henpecked husband Jack, for more than three decades. Vera had a loud mouth, a tight perm, a generous heart and a gullible streak, all of which allowed Dawn to show her full range – from comedy to tragedy and back again – many, many times over the years.

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Liz Dawn Dead: Vera Of ‘Coronation Street’ Dies At 77

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Beloved actor Liz Dawn, who played Vera Duckworth on long-running British soap opera “Coronation Street” for 34 years, has died at the age of 77. Her family released a statement saying that Dawn died peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by loved ones, on Monday evening. “We are devastated and heartbroken at the passing of our much-loved […]
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'What a wonderful lady': Liz Dawn, Corrie’s Vera Duckworth, dies aged 77 – video report

Liz Dawn, known for her portrayal of Coronation Street favourite Vera Duckworth, has died aged 77. She starred in the ITV soap for 34 years before leaving in 2008 due to health problems

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Liz Dawn obituary

Actor best known for playing the loud and fiery Vera Duckworth in ITV’s Coronation Street who constantly nagged and sparred with her husband Jack

The actor Liz Dawn, who has died aged 77, had no early formal training, but drew on her own north country background to play one of the best-loved figures of British television soap opera, the motormouth Vera Duckworth, with her frequent catchphrase “ta-ra, chuck”, in Granada TV’s Coronation Street. Dawn played the role for more than three decades, starting in 1974 as a warehouse packer in Mike Baldwin’s factory. She became a permanent and fully developed character from 1979, and retired in 2008 only because of illness.

For some years, short of breath, she had struggled through the television recordings, helped by the actor Bill Tarmey, who played her fictional husband, Jack Duckworth.

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Tony Booth, English Actor and Father of Tony Blair's Wife, Dies at 85

Tony Booth, the English actor who starred in the BBC sitcom Till Death Us Do Part in the 1960s and 1970s has died. He was 85. 

Booth had been suffering from Alzheimer's for more than 10 years. 

Across a 50-year career, Booth appeared in numerous TV shows, including soaps Coronation Street and Eastenders, but he was most widely known for Till Death Us Do Part, centering on a working-class family in London, and the Confessions sex comedy film series in the 1970s. 

Booth was also the father of Cherie Blair QC, the wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair,...
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Liz Dawn, Coronation Street's Vera Duckworth, dies aged 77

Liz Dawn, Coronation Street's Vera Duckworth, dies aged 77
Actor, who starred in long-running ITV soap for 34 years, dies at home, her family announces

Liz Dawn, who played Vera Duckworth in Coronation Street for 34 years, has died aged 77.

A statement from her family said the actor died peacefully on Monday night. “We are devastated and heartbroken at the passing of our much-loved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother, the incredible Liz Dawn,” said the family.

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Report Reveals ‘Class-Shaped Hole’ in UK Acting Industry

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Tracy Brabin has been Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire since 2016 after a by-election triggered by the murder of Jo Cox. She considers herself part of “the exciting influx of Labour MPs in the last year, most of whom have done other jobs”. Tracy’s other job was as an actor, coming to the Labour Party after a 20 year career; breaking through in the 1989 comedy-drama “A Bit of a Do”, becoming a regular in “Coronation Street”, “Emmerdale” and “Eastenders” and later writing for “Tracey Beaker”, “Heartbeat” and “Shameless”. Last month the results of her and fellow MP Gloria de Piero’s inquiry into access and diversity in the acting industry were published, evidencing what many have known for some time: “There is a class-shaped hole in the industry”. Backstage spoke to Tracy from the Houses of Parliament about the report, an important production of “Les Mis
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Red Dwarf: looking back at the past and ahead to the future

Jamie Andrew Sep 20, 2017

With Red Dwarf Xii on its way, one fan revisits his love of the short rouge one, through the highs to the lows and back again...

If not for Doctor Who and Star Trek – two low-key franchises of which I'm sure you're dimly aware – Red Dwarf would be the longest-running, (still in production) sci-fi television series of all time. As a consolation, Red Dwarf can at least claim the distinction of being the longest-running sci-fi television series of all time in which the core cast hasn't been replaced, re-booted or regenerated. But to what extent is this Usp a curse? Thirty-one years is a hell of a long time for a group of guys to be marooned in deep space all wearing the same faces, especially when those faces have visibly sagged and etched and wrinkled over the fast-rolling decades (except in the case of Danny John Jules,
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