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Yes, it has only just finished, but can you think of a better way to spend Christmas than by revisiting the time that Stuart Baggs gnawed on a showerhead? Or the time that Stuart Baggs tucked his jumper into his jeans and discovered that champagne revolted him? Or the time that Stuart Baggs invented the phrase "Hasta la vista, gravy"? Or the time that Stuart Baggs threatened to summon up a field full of imaginary ponies and make them charge into Alan Sugar as a way to demonstrate his aptitude for business? No, of course you can't.
It might not be to everyone's taste, but Miranda Hart's latest bout of broad slapstick silliness has been winning over a frightening number of viewers of late. You »
- Stuart Heritage
One Born Every Minute was one of this year's TV highlights and the Christmas edition is a welcome alternative to standard festive fare
One Born Every Minute, Channel 4's eye-in-the-delivery-room documentary, was one of the best things on the telly this year. So the appearance of the show in its festive guise this Christmas is a hugely welcome alternative to the standard diet of yuletide programming.
Taking the form of five hour-long, as-they-happen broadcasts from the hospital on Christmas Eve through Christmas Day, One Born at Christmas may even bring a baby's arrival – if the production team is lucky. Call me mushy, but there's no way Blackadder, Agatha Christie or even Doctor Who can compete with that.
The series earlier this year was a compelling, intimate portrait of birth in Britain, focusing on the pain, the stamina, the difficulties of being a halfway-useful birth partner, and the ongoing debate »
- Joanna Moorhead
Channel 4 has revealed plans for a new hotel docusoap, which will be based in the Lake District. The programme, which will involve 50 hidden cameras catching the activities of guests and staff, is intended to "remodel" the docusoap genre. Produced by Dragonfly TV and Film, the show will use similar camera techniques to shows such as The Family and One Born Every Minute, according to The Guardian. The show will apparently focus on stories such as marriage proposals and parents attempting to deal with problematic teenagers. "This series is the hotel docusoap remodelled for the 21st century," said Simon Dickson, Channel 4's commissioning editor and deputy head of documentaries. "It will (more) »
- By Alex Fletcher
Fly-on-the-wall series to use more than more than 50 cameras hidden in the walls of a Lake District hotel
Channel 4 will snoop on what hotel guests get up to in their bedrooms next year in a documentary series employing more than 50 cameras hidden in the walls of an establishment in the Lake District.
The eight-part series, which the broadcaster says aims to "remodel" the docusoap genre for the 21st century, was filmed in the hotel over five weeks this summer.
Using the same fixed-camera fly-on-the-wall filming techniques deployed by Channel 4's observational documentary series The Family and One Born Every Minute, filming takes place in all areas of the hotel including guest bedrooms.
The influx of guests – all of whom have agreed to the experiment – promises a range of stories including marriage proposals and families trying to build bridges with their teenage children, according to Channel 4. The hotel »
- Ben Dowell
Misfits has picked up three nominations for the 2011 Broadcast Awards.
The BAFTA-winning E4 series was listed in the categories for 'Best Drama Series or Serial', 'Best Multichannel Programme' and 'Best New Programme'.
The full list of nominees for the 2011 Broadcast Awards, to be held on February 2 2011, is as follows:
Best Music Programme
Children In Need Rocks The UK (BBC One)
Evo Music Rooms (Channel 4)
Glastonbury 2010 (BBC)
Must Be The Music (Sky1)
Rigoletto Live from Mantua (BBC Two)
Songbook (Sky Arts 1)
Best Sports Programme
Indian Premier League Final (ITV3)
Isle Of Man Tt 2010 (ITV4)
Tour De France (ITV4)
Winter Olympics (BBC Two)
World Cup 2010 (BBC One)
World Cup Match Of The Day (BBC One)
Best News Programme
Election Special - New Prime Minister (BBC One)
Five Days That Changed Britain (BBC Two)
ITV News At Ten: Haiti (ITV1)
Our War, Their War: Afghan (Channel 4)
Raoul Moat Recordings (ITV »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (ScreenTerrier)
Chosen to direct The Empire Strikes Back, he turned in one of the best sequels – and highest box-office earners – of all time
The film director Irvin Kershner, who has died aged 87, was known in the trade as a hired gun. His most famous film, The Empire Strikes Back (1980), the fifth episode in the Star Wars saga, is most commonly linked to its executive producer, George Lucas. Never Say Never Again (1983) is celebrated as the film in which Sean Connery made his comeback as James Bond after 12 years away from the role, the director merely providing the vehicle. Kershner's first feature, Stakeout On Dope Street (1958), was made under the aegis of Roger Corman, who usually gained the main credit for the films he produced. Yet, eclectic as Kershner seemed, his best films reveal a visual flair, with an eye for the telling detail and a sympathy for the rebel.
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- Ronald Bergan
Misfits has picked up three nominations for the 2011 Broadcast Awards. The E4 series, which focuses on a group of community service participants who get special powers, was listed in the categories for 'Best Drama Series or Serial', 'Best Multichannel Programme' and 'Best New Programme'. Sherlock and This Is England 86 both picked up nods for 'Best Drama Series Or Serial' and 'Best New Programme'. The drama category also includes Five Daughters, Luther and Skins, while the 'Best New Programme' list also features Got To Dance, James May's Toy Story and One Born Every Minute. Meanwhile, Misfits will fight Being Human, Four Weddings, Pineapple Dance Studios, Getting (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
Irvin Kershner, who directed "Empire Strikes Back," the 1980 sequel to George Lucas' original "Star Wars" film, died Saturday at his Los Angeles home after a 3-year battle with lung cancer. He was 87. "The world has lost a great director and one of the most genuine people I've had the pleasure of knowing," Lucas said in a statement. "Irvin Kershner was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. I knew him from USC - I attended his lectures and he was on the festival panel that gave the prize to my Thx short. I considered him a mentor." During his four-decade career, Kershner also directed "The Flim-Flam Man" (1967), "Up the Sandbox" (1972), "Eyes of Laura Mars" (1978), "The Return of a Man Called Horse" (1976) and "Never Say Never Again" (1983). In June, Kershner received a lifetime achievement award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. At the time of his death, »
It’s understandable that movie fans are in a bit of an existential crisis – trying to decide whether to watch Airplane! in memory of Leslie Nielsen or to watch The Empire Strikes Back in memory of Irvin Kershner. That’s why we always keep two televisions handy at Reject HQ. It’s also understandable that your hand would race to the E-section of your alphabetized film collection after hearing the sad news about Kershner, but he had a handful of other great films that are worth celebrating. None are quite like Empire (in every way that can be read), but if you’re a fan, you owe it to yourself to peruse his other movies to find something new to love. The Flim-Flam Man (1967) The Pitch: I saw The Flim-Flam Man on accident when it came on television during a particularly boring afternoon back in high school. It was the opening scene with George C. Scott as »
- Cole Abaius
Irvin Kershner has died at the age of 87. He leaves behind some recognizable films (The Flim Flam Man with George C. Scott; Eyes of Laura Mars with Faye Dunaway) and several sequels of various prominence (The Return of a Man Called Horse, Robocop II and the renegade James Bond film Never Say Never Again), never afraid to explore and extend the story of someone else's work. So, really, it's not a huge surprise in hindsight that he accepted the challenge of The Empire Strikes Back, the 1980 effort continuing the story that George Lucas started three years earlier with Star Wars . But could anybody have expected Kershner to knock this particular sequel out of the f*cking park? »
Irvin Kershner, who directed The Empire Strikes Back, has died at age 87. Many Star Wars fans consider this to be the high point of the series and bemoan the fact that Kershner never directed another film in the franchise. Kershner, who also dabbled in acting, made relatively few films for a man with a resume extending back to the 1950s. Among his movies: Up the Sandbox, The Eyes of Laura Mars, Robocop 2, Return of a Man Called Horse, A Fine Madness, The Luck of Ginger Coffee and The Flim-Flam Man. In 1983 he also directed the troubled James Bond remake of Thunderball titled Never Say Never Again which brought Sean Connery back to the role of 007 for one last time after a 12 year absence. For more and to view trailers for Nsna and Empire, as well as a link to a recent Vanity Fair interview with Kershner, click here »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Born in Philadelphia, Pa in 1923, Kershner's first love was music. He studied the violin, viola, and composition at Philadelphia's Temple University. He later moved on to painting and then photography, where he attended the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Finally, Kershner began his film career at University of Southern California's acclaimed School of Cinematic Arts.
After a foray into government-sponsored still photography projects in Iran, Kershner returned to the States and co-developed a documentary film series called Confidential File. This led to Kershner directing the short-lived television series The Rebel, as well as several TV pilots, including Peyton's Place and Philip Marlowe. A feature film career followed, with Kershner at the helm of such films as The Flim-Flam Man, »
Channel 4 has announced that it will air a special edition of One Born Every Minute on Christmas Day. The Guardian reports that One Born At Christmas will include pre-recorded and live sections. A primetime show on Christmas Eve will introduce a number of expectant mothers and four hours of programming on Christmas Day will be devoted to the series. A special studio will be set up at Southampton's Princess Anne Hospital to document some births live as they happen. An interactive map called Gurgle Earth will allow viewers to post details of Christmas births around the country and people will be encouraged to contact the show (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
A member of the medical staff from a Southampton maternity hospital will deliver this year's alternative Christmas message on Channel 4.
The Princess Anne hospital will form a large part of Channel 4's Christmas Day schedule, with the alternative message and a marathon of One Born Every Minute Christmas specials called One Born At Christmas. The coverage will feature both pre-recorded and live elements, including babies being born.
A specially constructed studio at the hospital will document Christmas Day births as they happen.
One Born At Christmas will begin with a peak-time special on Christmas Eve and follow the stories of a number of expectant mothers through a four-hour show on Christmas Day.
An interactive map, dubbed Gurgle Earth, will plot Christmas births up and down the country, and viewers will be encouraged to call, »
- Josh Halliday
Big Brother didn't die. Its many, many cameras are still pointing at all of us
We are entering an age where television is massively rigged. No, on this occasion I'm not talking about The X Factor – disappointing though that may be to the thousands of people currently signing up to Facebook groups called things such as I Hate Bananaface, Die, Kaytie, Die!!! Lol and If 1,000,000 People Join This Group I'll Take a Run At Katie Waissel With a Bomb Belt.
No, the sort of "rigged" I'm talking about is as in rigged up, or rigged out: television made in schools or hospitals that have been wired up so every room and corridor, every corner and cubby-hole has a TV camera pointing at it. Sort of Cctvtv, if you like.
The pioneer of this wave of shows was last year's One Born Every Minute. Did you see it? They had rigged »
- Sam Leith
Shine Network, the L.A.-based international production arm of Britain's Shine Group, has promoted Paula Warwick to the newly created role of creative director and made two appointments to reflect the unit's growing focus on international formats such as "Masterchef," "Biggest Loser" and "Got to Dance."
The moves follow a number of management shifts and hires in recent weeks at the U.S. branch of the Elisabeth Murdoch-owned company and comes as the unit prepares for the Mipcom trade show in Cannes.
Warwick, previously an executive producer in the team, will oversee international production and co-production across Shine's slate of shows both in territories where Shine produces and where the shows are made under license through Shine International.
- By Elizabeth Guider
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg in the fifth of a five part feature... read parts one, two, three and four.
“I admired [Stanley] Kubrick for the sheer variety of his films,” stated Steven Spielberg of the reclusive and revered American filmmaker. “Paths of Glory  was the best antiwar film ever made… Lolita  was, for me, the best picture about the social mores in America. It was way ahead of its time.” Spielberg had an opportunity to meet his cinematic idol. “I was happy to find that he was a nice guy, that he laughed and liked movies. He talked about the movies he liked, as opposed to so many of my other contemporaries who are haughty, supercilious about films, critical of them, and don’t give much credit to other people.” The two men collaborated on A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), an adaptation of a short story »
Amongst all the MTV Movie Awards hoopla on Sunday, June 6, did you know there was another awards show happening? The 63rd annual British Academy of Film and Television Awards.
"American Idol," "Britain's Got Talent" and "X Factor" judge Simon Cowell (pictured left being cheeky with fiance Mezhgan Hussainy) was honored with a special award recognizing his development of new talent. Check out his acceptance speech below. And apparently Simon Cowell is not finished with merely conquering the U.K. and U.S.
According to London paper the Sun, Cowell wants to start taking contestants from all the "Got Talent" franchises from around the world and pitting them against each other in a global competition. The Sun cites a source close to the mogul saying, "This has been Simon's dream. It will be the biggest reality show the world's seen."
This is a British paper, so take it with a grain of salt. »
Female performance in a comedy role
Male performance in a comedy role
EastEnders – BBC1
Mad Men (BBC4)
Inside Nature's Giants (Channel 4)
Masterchef: The Professionals (BBC2)
Exclusive: I hear Lifetime's new president and general manager Nancy Dubuc is close to greenlighting One Born Every Minute, a documentary-style reality series from Reveille, which is executive produced by Elisabeth Murdoch, CEO of Reveille’s parent company Shine. One Born Every Minute chronicles life in a maternity ward 24/7, going behind the scenes as expectant mothers go through their last stage of pregnancy and as the staff are guiding them through delivery. The series is based on a format by another Shine company, U.K.’s Dragonfly Film & Television Prods. The original series, whose title is based on the fact that every minute a child [...] »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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