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Jackboots on Whitehall – review

9 October 2010 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Made in 1963, Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo's classic "what if" movie, It Happened Here, was a serious fantasy for people who remembered the second world war about what life would have been like had the German invasion succeeded. Jackboots on Whitehall is a cheeky, pretty pointless yet oddly touching comedy for people for whom the last war belongs in the distant past, the audience for the 2004 comedy Churchill: The Hollywood Years or, at a slightly higher level, Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. With movie references ranging from Braveheart to Zulu, it's a stop-action puppet film featuring some of the British cinema's most distinctive voices, in which Churchill (Timothy Spall) withdraws to Hadrian's Wall for a final showdown with the Nazis after defeat in the Battle of Britain. Some of the detail is remarkable; the puppets' costumes have the rough texture of clothes run up during wartime austerity. It's overlong, though, and »

- Philip French

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The Battle of Britain: how BBC2 looked beyond the myth | James Holland

22 September 2010 4:04 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Historian James Holland reveals the difficulty of putting together a documentary which looks at the war from both sides

In the summer of 1940, Britain defied Hitler's Nazi Germany in a crucial battle that became a critical turning point in the entire war. Over the intervening years it has become a well-told story of Spitfires and Hurricanes tussling against the over-mighty Luftwaffe in the sun-drenched skies of southern England. But the reality was far more complex – and even more exciting and dramatic. So while 70 years on, it is absolutely right that we should still commemorate those incredible days, it is also time to look beyond the myth. And that is what we have done in Battle of Britain - The Real Story, which is broadcast on BBC2 tonight.

Researching the Battle of Britain from a UK perspective is a straightforward affair: there are a plethora of books on the subject (Britain »

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Sunday night's 'X Factor' tops 11.5m

20 September 2010 3:22 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The X Factor attracted a total of 11.58m (42.8%) to ITV on Sunday night, according to the latest audience data. Coverage of the final auditions averaged 10.99m (39.8%) for ITV1 between 7.45pm and 9pm, while 593k (2.1%) tuned in on HD. The talent show had a combined peak audience of 12.13m (43.8%) at 8.15pm. In an evening dominated by ITV, new drama Joe Maddison's War pulled in 5.8m (25.4%) from 9pm and 286k (1.3%) on ITV1 HD. Earlier on the channel, The Cube grabbed 4.85m (21.4%) from 6.45pm and 176k (0.8%) in HD. BBC One documentary Battle Of Britain appealed to 4.27m (16.3%) between 8.30pm and 10pm, while 133k (0.5%) tuned in on BBC HD. Countryfile grabbed 5.62m (25.7%) on BBC One from 6.45pm and 115k (0.5%) on BBC HD, before Antiques Roadshow mustered 5.55m (20.8%) and 125k (0.5%) in HD. Channel 4's Celebrity Come Dine With Me (more) »

- By Andrew Laughlin

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Rewind TV: The Special Relationship; The Road to Coronation Street; First Light; Wellington Bomber | Observer TV review

18 September 2010 4:04 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Michael Sheen and Peter Morgan sealed the deal on Blair's legacy, while the BBC took a delightful stroll down Coronation Street

The Special Relationship | iPlayer

The Road to Coronation Street | iPlayer

First Light | iPlayer

Wellington Bomber | iPlayer

Is anyone bored with Tony Blair yet? I thought I might be getting there as the opening credits rolled on Peter Morgan's attempt to squeeze a remarkable third helping of interestingness out of his long-time favourite subject. The Special Relationship, itself a sort of milestone on the journey Blair has been flogging these past weeks, offered much to the fatigued cynic in the way of a friendly slap. If Blair can be said to have a myth, Morgan, with his trilogy of compelling dramas – this latest, an Emmy-nominated follow-up to The Deal and The Queen – has added his own lustre to it, not least in encouraging the belief that Blair is too »

- Phil Hogan

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Spitfire Women | Stephen Hawking's Universe | The Special Relationship | The Battle of Britain | Life Unexpected and more | The weekend's TV highlights

17 September 2010 10:45 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Spitfire Women | Stephen Hawking's Universe | The Special Relationship | The Battle of Britain | Life Unexpected and more

Saturday 18 September

Spitfire Women

8pm, BBC4

It wasn't just men who flew Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancasters during the second world war. The 168 women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary (Ata) were among those responsible for delivering aircraft to the frontline during the darkest hours of the conflict. This was dangerous work. One in 10 of the women died flying for the Ata, including Amy Johnson, with cloudy conditions a particular danger for pilots operating without navigation equipment. Mixing interviews and archive footage, Spitfire Women is a fine tribute to pioneers whose flying ambitions were, post-1945, curtailed by the era's sexist attitudes.

Stephen Hawking's Universe

8pm, Channel 4

Debut of a new series by the esteemed physicist. Tonight, he piles straight into the big one: extraterrestrial life, and the likelihood of its existence. Hawking gets his »

- Jonathan Wright, Andrew Mueller, David Stubbs, Will Hodgkinson, Will Dean, John Robinson, Martin Skegg, Phelim O'Neill, Rebecca Nicholson

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Tonight's TV highlights: Wellington Bomber | The Young Ones | First Light | 1960 – Year Of The North | Sons Of Anarchy | This Is England '86

13 September 2010 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Tonight's TV highlights

Wellington Bomber

8pm, BBC4

A stirring profile of the Wellington, the aircraft that served as the Raf's principal bomber in the early years of the second world war. The story of the many Wellingtons is reduced to one, Ln 514, built from scratch in under 24 hours as part of a filmed propaganda stunt. The surviving workers from the Vickers-Armstrongs factory in Broughton are reunited to watch the film and remember what they did, and the men who flew the Wellingtons recall the plane's astonishing durability. Valuable context is provided by Max Hastings, whose book on Bomber Command should be the next stop for the curious.

The Young Ones

9pm, BBC1

Celebrity pensioners Derek Jameson, Dickie Bird, Sylvia Syms, Kenneth Kendall, Liz Smith and Lionel Blair move into a 1970s time capsule house to re-enact a scientific experiment. Can living in the past significantly improve their cognitive ability and »

- Andrew Mueller, Julia Raeside, Jonathan Wright, Will Dean, Phelim O'Neill, Ali Catterall

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'Heartbeat' bows out to over 5.7m

13 September 2010 4:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The final ever episode of Heartbeat was watched by more than 5.7 million viewers on Sunday night, according to the latest audience data. The long-running drama, which was cancelled by ITV in June, bowed out to 5.58m (23.1%) on ITV1 in the 8pm hour and 139k (0.6%) on ITV1 HD. After the programme, new drama Albert's Memorial appealed to 4.63m (20%) on ITV1, while 151k (0.6%) watched in HD. Earlier on the channel, David Jason: The Battle Of Britain brought in 4.13m (19.6%) in the 7pm hour and 125k (0.6%) on ITV1 HD. On BBC One, coverage of the star-studded A Concert For Heroes averaged 5.61m (23.3%) between 8pm and 10pm. A further 295k (1.2%) watched the programme on BBC HD. The Antiques Roadshow mustered 4.03m (22.4%) on BBC One in the 6pm hour, before Countryfile appealed to 4.95m (23.3%) from 7pm and 135k (0.6%) on BBC HD. Over at a post-Big (more) »

- By Andrew Laughlin

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'Heartbeat' bows out to over 6m

13 September 2010 4:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The final ever episode of Heartbeat was watched by more than 6 million viewers on Sunday night, according to the latest audience data. The long-running drama, which was cancelled by ITV in June, bowed out to 5.58m (23.1%) on ITV1 in the 8pm hour and 139k (0.6%) on ITV1 HD. After the programme, new drama Albert's Memorial appealed to 4.63m (20%) on ITV1, while 151k (0.6%) watched in HD. Earlier on the channel, David Jason: The Battle Of Britain brought in 4.13m (19.6%) in the 7pm hour and 125k (0.6%) on ITV1 HD. On BBC One, coverage of the star-studded A Concert For Heroes averaged 5.61m (23.3%) between 8pm and 10pm. A further 295k (1.2%) watched the programme on BBC HD. The Antiques Roadshow mustered 4.03m (22.4%) on BBC One in the 6pm hour, before Countryfile appealed to 4.95m (23.3%) from 7pm and 135k (0.6%) on BBC HD. Over at a post-Big (more) »

- By Andrew Laughlin

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TV ratings – 28 August: The X Factor slips from record peak – but stays well on top

31 August 2010 6:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Simon Cowell's X Factor loses more than a million viewers from season return, which means it still has a 43.5% share

The second episode of the new series of The X Factor lost more than a million viewers from its record-breaking season return but still swept all opposition before it on Saturday 28 August.

Simon Cowell's talent show, which has been hit by a row over Auto-Tune technology, averaged 9.781 million viewers, a 43.5% share of the audience, between 7.30pm and 8.45pm, of whom an average of 439,000 were watching on ITV1 HD and the rest on ITV1.

The final of BBC1's Tonight's the Night, hosted by John Barrowman, had just 2.312 million viewers, a 10.1% share, between 7.50pm and 8.40pm.

Channel 5's cricket highlights programme, Cricket on Five, averaged 1.034 million, a 5% share between 7.15pm and 8pm, boosted by the record-breaking performance of England's Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad.

A 70th anniversary showing for »

- John Plunkett

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The Culture Show at Edinburgh | Mistresses | Coming Up | Would Like to Meet and more | Tonight's TV highlights

12 August 2010 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Culture Show at Edinburgh | Mistresses | Coming Up | Would Like to Meet and more

The Culture Show At The Edinburgh Festival

7pm, BBC2

It's that time of year again, when Scotland's capital gets arty. But what is worth seeing? Sue Perkins hosts the first of three Culture Show specials, and also asks comedy stars to recall their festival fringe debuts. The Edinburgh international festival also opens on Friday. Expect reports on such highlights as Caledonia, the National Theatre of Scotland's story of an ill-fated Scottish attempt to found a colony at Darien in Panama in 1698, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's performance of El Niño, John Adams's musical take on the nativity.

Mistresses

9pm, BBC1

No fewer than three different couples do that "quivering in close proximity to each other's faces" thing tonight. Will the various parties be able to control their hair-trigger libidos or will it all end in a big face-fondling suck-fest? »

- Jonathan Wright, Julia Raeside, John Robinson, Rebecca Nicholson, David Stubbs, Martin Skegg

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A backwards salute to recruitment films | Mark Simpson

11 August 2010 6:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A delve into the archive of British army propaganda sparks ambivalence about the current nostalgia for a regimented past

As a boy growing up in the 1960s and 70s I was raised to fight the second world war all over again. Airfix models. Commando comics. Air tattoos in June. Watching The Battle of Britain and The Longest Day on telly with my dad, just so I'd know what to do if I ever found myself pinned down on a Normandy beach or with an Me109E on my tail.

All of which made me easy prey to an Raf recruiting film about a buccaneer squadron training sortie from Gibraltar, set to a Vangelis soundtrack. I promptly signed up to the air cadets and spent Tuesday afternoons and a week or two in the summer hols wearing itchy shirts and a Frank Spencer-style beret, learning how to march without falling over. »

- Mark Simpson

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Sdcc 2010: Clark Gregg Interview Thor

26 July 2010 10:18 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

In the films of the Marvel universe, Agent Coulson is the glue holding all of the characters of S.H.I.E.L.D. together, and actor Clark Gregg is having a great time playing the role. Having just found out that he will be a part of The Avengers, he spoke at a roundtable, following the big Marvel Comic-Con panel, about how surprised he is with every bit he learns of his character’s evolution, as the individual bringing all of the Avengers together. He also gave a few hints about how he fits into the story in Thor.

Check out what he had to say after the jump:

Question: Since you’ve had some directing experience, have you ever thought directing a Marvel movie?

Clark: Yeah, I’ve thought about it more than they have. I wrote and directed this movie Choke, that was a small indie comedy from this Chuck Palahniuk book of the same name and, »

- Christina Radish

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BBC2 goes back to school for new season

14 July 2010 7:32 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Highlights for autumn and winter include Gareth Malone and John Humphrys documentaries, plus Troubled Families season

BBC2's forthcoming autumn and winter schedule is putting education, history and troubled families at the heart of its programming.

But science and country life also continue to feature with a live stargazing series from professor Brian Cox and A Dream Life in the Country, which gives winning couples the chance to run a smallholding for a year.

As children return to school after the summer break BBC2 will launch an education season focusing on "the tough choices parents have to make".

Programmes will include Gareth Malone's Extraordinary School For Boys, in which Malone becomes a primary school teacher for a term, and Mind the Gap, in which John Humphrys will examine why some children are being failed by the education system.

Education expert Dylan Wiliam sets up an experimental secondary school in The Classroom Experiment, »

- Tara Conlan

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Spain's World Cup win pulls in 7m

30 June 2010 5:02 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Spain's World Cup win against Portugal was watched by nearly 7m on Tuesday night, according to the latest viewing figures. Coverage of the game, which saw Spain move into the tournament's quarter-final stages, averaged 6.86m (32.1%) for BBC One between 7pm and 10pm. On ITV1, Piers Morgan On Shanghai pulled in 2.3m (10.5%) in the 8pm hour, and it was followed by The Bill, which took 2.65m (11.4%). Tennis highlights programme Today At Wimbledon averaged 940k (4.3%) for BBC Two from 8pm, before reality series Tribal Wives attracted 1.66m (7.1%) in the 9pm hour. Comedy series Miranda, which stars Miranda Hart, returned to 1.1m (5.5%) on BBC Two between 10pm and 10.30pm. Gok's Fashion Fix secured 1.74m (7.9%) for Channel 4 in the 8pm hour and 248k (1.1%) on timeshift. It was followed by The Untold Battle Of Britain, which took (more) »

- By Andrew Laughlin

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Review: The Untold Battle Of Britain

29 June 2010 9:14 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Synopsis: The story of 303 squadron, 34 Polish fighter pilots who overturned Raf prejedices to earn their chance to fight in the Battle Of Britain, in which they shot down 126 Luftwaffe Aircraft. "Battle of Britain" is part of Channel Four.s bloody foreigners season, a series of hour-long documentaries which illustrate the roles that refugees from other nations played in helping Britain win during the various conflicts taken place over history. The first in the series, which aired Monday, June 29, showed how a few Black slaves played a key role in helping the British win at the Battle Of Trafalgar, which to this day distinguishes just what a force the British Navy was. For this »

- Ian Cullen

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Disappearing Dad: Timeshift | The Untold Battle of Britain | True Stories: Love The Beast | Mongrels | Imagine | The Good Wife | Watch this

29 June 2010 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Disappearing Dad: Timeshift | The Untold Battle of Britain | True Stories: Love The Beast | Mongrels | Imagine | The Good Wife

Disappearing Dad: Timeshift

9pm, BBC4

Entertaining polemic by novelist Andrew Martin, tracking the changing role of fathers as reflected in fiction. The father has traditionally been a remote, fearsome figure, upholder of standards and enforcer of discipline. As Martin notes, this runs counter to the ideal of the empathetic, hands-on modern dad. Martin contrasts the patriarchs of Victorian literature with those who appear in modern novels, and detects a total inversion of the father-son relationship: "In the traditional model, the father intimidated the child. In the literature of modern fatherhood, it seems to be the other way round." Am

The Untold Battle Of Britain

9pm, Channel 4

On 31 August 1940, 303 Squadron entered the fray just as the Battle of Britain entered its most critical phase. Made up of Polish pilots, the squadron »

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New Releases June 20 Through 26, 2010

21 June 2010 2:43 PM, PDT | GameRant | See recent GameRant news »

The exhilarating, maddening onslaught of E3 2010 is now a thing of the past, and all we have to replace it with is… a fairly solid week of new releases.  That’s right, it’s time to get back out there and start buying games again.  As always, Game Rant is here to help.  Check out the new releases for June 2o through 26, 2010, broken out by platform and date.

Mac

Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse Ep. 3: They Stole Max’s Brain! 6/22

Microsoft Xbox 360

Field & Stream: Total Outdoorsman Challenge 6/22 Transformers: War for Cybertron 6/22 Duke Nukem Manhattan Project 6/23 Risk: Factions X360 6/23 Naughty Bear X360 6/25

Nintendo DS

Legendary Wars: T-Rex Rumble 6/21 Super Swap! 6/21 Art of Murder: FBI Top Secret 6/22 Dragon Ball: Origins 2 6/22 Puzzle Quest 2 6/22 thinkSMART 6/22 Transformers: War for Cybertron – Autobots 6/22 Transformers: War for Cybertron – Decepticons 6/22 Wipeout: The Game 6/22 Discovery Kids: Snake Safari 6/24

Nintendo Wii

Art Style: Rotozoa 6/21 The Tales of »

- Jeff Schille

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Ewan McGregor and brother star in new Battle of Britain film

10 June 2010 7:50 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor is to swap starfighters for Spitfires as he flies in vintage planes for a new BBC film about the Battle of Britain.

McGregor, who played Obi Wan Kenobi in the space saga prequels, will take to the skies with his Raf pilot brother Colin for the one-off BBC1 documentary.

The pair will relive the experiences of young airmen to find out what it was like to live through the days of the historic air battle.

Their programme is part of a season to mark the 70th anniversary of the Second World War air campaign.

The brothers will fly in the fighter aircraft of the time to taste the pressures and strains of air combat, and compare skills with those of modern jet fighter pilots.

McGregor, whose previous TV travels have been on his motorbike, said: "The Battle of Britain was a dramatic turning point in »

- David Bentley

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2010 Memorial Day TV Marathons

28 May 2010 7:45 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Some lucky people are getting out of town for Memorial Day 2010. But some of us are staying at home. Luckily, all your favorite channels are doing mega marathons of all your favorite shows.

Zap2it is the one-stop shop for all your Memorial Day programming. From delightfully bad reality TV like "Real Housewives" and "Jersey Shore" to the quirky 1990s dramedy "Twin Peaks" to the serious TCM salute to war movies, there's something for everyone on TV this weekend. All times Eastern, but check your local listings for times and channel numbers.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

A&E (11 a.m. - 6 p.m.): Flip This House

Animal Planet (1 p.m. - 7 p.m.): River Monsters

BBC America (8 p.m. - 8 a.m.): Doctor Who

Bet (10 a.m. - 7 p.m.): Everybody Hates Chris

Biography (8 p.m. - 3 a.m.): Celebrity Ghost Stories

Bravo (9 p.m. - 2 a. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Film festival picks of the week

16 April 2010 4:09 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Italian Film Festival, Scotland

No gimmicks here – just the chance to see some world-class Italian films from directors old and new. From veteran Enzo Castellari, director of the original Inglourious Basterds, comes Eagles Over London, the film that invented the "macaroni combat" genre by dazzlingly recreating the Battle Of Britain. There's also a four-film tribute to legendary actor Vittorio GassmanIl Mattatore, as he's affectionately known – with screenings of the little-seen swashbuckler For Love And Gold and the original Scent Of A Woman, which won Gassman the Best Actor award in Cannes. More recent titles include director Federico Bondi's Mar Nero, a touching tale of the relationship between an elderly lady and her youthful carer, and Cinema Paradiso director Giuseppe Tornatore's dark, modern thriller The Unknown Woman. And, for the more traditional, there's a screening of everyone's favourite Italian classic, La Dolce Vita.

Various venues, Fri 16 to »

- Andrea Hubert, Phelim O'Neill

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