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T.H. White’s Arthurian fantasy classic will air as a six-part radio drama on BBC R4 this November…
Following on from its Dangerous Visions sci-fi season, and before this December’s Good Omens adaptation, the BBC Radio 4 drama department is serving up yet more glorious geek fare in the form of a six-part dramatisation of T.H White’s The Once And Future King.
White’s tetralogy of books, largely written in the early Second World War though first published collectively in 1958, tells the legend of Arthur’s apprenticeship to wizard Merlyn as a young boy, the inception of the Round Table at Camelot and King Arthur’s struggles as ruler, dealings with Morgause and Mordred, and the relationship between Queen Guenever and Sir Lancelot.
As well as wry humour and action romps, a thread of political debate over the philosophy that “might is right” runs throughout White’s book, »
Update August 14: Broadway will go dark: The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in memory of Lauren Bacall on Friday, August 15, at exactly 7:45 p.m. for one minute.
One of the leading ladies of Hollywood’s Golden Age died today after a stroke. The sultry, fiery Lauren Bacall was 89. MSNBC’s Thomas Robert broke the news in a tweet, and the Bogart estate has confirmed it. She was famous for starring — onscreeen and off — with Humphrey Bogart in such 1940s classics as The Big Sleep, To Have and Have Not, Dark Passage and Key Largo. In one of Hollywood’s great love stories, they married in 1945 and stayed together until his death in 1957. Four years later she married another acting legend, Jason Robards Jr.; they divorced in 1969.
Related: Reactions to Lauren Bacall’s Death
Bacall worked in films consistently through the mid-1960s and »
- Erik Pedersen
Revenue, profit surge as demand at “unprecedented level”.
Pinewood Shepperton’s audited results for the year ended 31 March 2014 reveal a surge in revenue and pre-tax profit off the back of busy film and TV bookings and healthy media engagements at the studios.
Revenue increased to £64.1m from £55m in the equivalent period last year, operating profit grew to £4.9m from £3.8m and pre-tax profit rose to £3.6m from £1.32m in 2013.
Net debt rose from £33.1m to £40.2m and the company has declared a final dividend of 1.9p per share compared with 1.5p in 2013.
Highlights of the year included the completion of Pinewood’s 45,000 sq ft Q Stage, Camelot entering the TV3 stage from September 2013, appointment by the Welsh government to advise, promote and market its new £30m Media Development Budget and construction commencing on Pinewood Atlanta Studios.
Crucially, on 19 June 2014 the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government granted planning permission for Pinewood’s £200m expansion »
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Imagine if Twitter existed in 1968, around the time that producers decided that Sean Connery's retirement from the James Bond franchise couldn't possibly be the end of the character's movie life. First there'd have been the uproar at the shortlist of names, which included Anthony Rogers just off a hit with Camelot, John Richardson, who'd been in One Million Years B.C., and Hans de Vries, who would have seemed the most absurd since he had been an extra as one of Blofeld's staff in You Only Live Twice. Outcry continued when it was revealed that the unknown George Lazenby got the gig. "Who?" would have been a common tweet that day. Nowadays the Bond franchise's situation, currently on its sixth actor in the role, is used as a precedent anytime...
- Christopher Campbell
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