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A dreadful tradition that dates back to On The Buses is enthusiastically updated
Every now and then I find myself in a pop-cultural blind spot. Confessions: I didn’t know there were Captain America movies until the trailer for the third one came out; I thought Jeffrey Dean Morgan was Robert Downey Jr well into the 2010s; and I still don’t know what an Owl Of Ga’Hoole is. But no major film in recent years has caught me quite as unawares as The Bad Education Movie, a Jack Whitehall-starring adaptation of a BBC3 sitcom I’d never heard of, made on a not-insignificant budget and released into cinemas this August.
I watched the film on DVD this week, ashamed at having become the kind of “casual viewer” I normally disdain – the sort who actively benefits from the avalanche of exposition that kicks off each and every big-screen »
- Charlie Lyne
Actor whose career was dominated by the role of Blakey in On the Buses
Stephen Lewis, who has died aged 88, spent much of his long career playing variations of the character of Inspector Cyril “Blakey” Blake that he created so memorably in the long-running ITV 1970s comedy series On the Buses, his face contorted in a rictus of impotent rage as he muttered “I ’ate you, Butler” or “I’ll get you for this, Butler” at the slipshod and uncaring driver Stan Butler, played by Reg Varney. However, he first came to prominence as a playwright with Joan Littlewood’s leftwing Theatre Workshop, in the East End of London.
After the success of Frank Norman’s award-winning Fings Ain’t What They Used T’Be, with music by Lionel Bart, which transferred from the Theatre Royal, Stratford, to the West End in 1960, Littlewood was looking for another vibrant slice of working-class London life. »
- Stephen Dixon
TV star best known for role as Inspector Cyril ‘Blakey’ Blake, and as ‘Smiler’ on Last of the Summer Wine, dies aged 88
Lewis died peacefully at 1.50am on Wednesday in the Cambridge nursing home, in Wanstead, east London.
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- Press Association
Stephen Lewis has died at the age of 88. The 'On the Buses' actor - who played Inspector Cyril 'Blakey' Blake - passed away peacefully in the early hours of yesterday (12.08.15) morning at the Cambridge Nursing Home in east London, and was ''in high spirits'' until the end, his great-niece Rebecca Lewis has confirmed. She added: ''He was always singing and joking. We just want people to remember him.'''' Rebecca initially broke the news about her uncle - who was also known for playing Clem 'Smiler' Hemmingway in 'Last of the Summer Wine' and Harry Lambert in 'Oh, Doctor Beeching!' - on »
His family has confirmed to multiple media outlets that Lewis passed away on Wednesday (August 12) at a nursing home in East London.
Lewis's niece Rebecca told the press that the actor remained in "high spirits" in his last days, adding: "He was always singing and joking."
Through more 50 years in front of the camera, Lewis was best known for portraying Cyril 'Blakey' Blake in the ITV comedy On the Buses and its three spinoff films.
Shaun the Sheep Movie, 2015
Written and directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak
When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.
There are several words that can best describe Shaun the Sheep Movie, but “wonderfully British” seems to sum the whole thing up perfectly. As it has been proven time and time again, you cannot go wrong with Aardman – and Shaun the Sheep Movie, the first big screen outing for the Cbbc woolly hero, is further proof of that. Charming, hilarious and rich with joyful glee, »
- Luke Owen
6 items from 2015
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