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Behind the scenes on the Coronation Street set – a photo essay

Coronation Street came into the world on 9 December 1960. Confounding original expectations, it has enjoyed the longest life of any British TV drama serial. Photographer Sarah Lee gained exclusive access to the set. Essay by John Sutherland

In its glory days of the 1980s, Coronation Street attained peaks of 20 million-plus viewers. The series set in “Weatherfield” (a quasi-Salford) was gold for Manchester’s Granada TV. Currently the show peaks at about 7.5–8 million viewers, marginally ahead of its main rivals EastEnders (London) and Emmerdale (Yorkshire). The red rose wins by a neck.

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Movie Review – Dark River (2018)

Dark River, 2018.

Written and directed by Clio Barnard.

Starring Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley and Sean Bean.


After the death of their father, two siblings engage in a power struggle for control of the dilapidated farm their parent left behind.

The first two features from Yorkshire-born filmmaker Clio Barnard marked her out as a real talent to watch in British cinema. Experimental documentary The Arbor and kitchen sink drama The Selfish Giant both made an impact, with the latter especially boasting an impactful emotional punch. Her latest movie, Dark River stays true to her rural English roots, with the tale of two siblings struggling over the ownership of a farm previously run by their father. That might sound like an Emmerdale B-plot, but it’s the starting point for a potent work of purely emotional filmmaking.

Ruth Wilson plays Alice, who has returned to the secluded farm where she once
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Emmerdale acid attack episode prompts 200 complaints to Ofcom

ITV defends scene in which nearly 7 million viewers saw Ross Barton character disfigured

A scene in the family soap Emmerdale that featured a disfiguring acid attack has prompted more than 200 complaints to the broadcasting regulator, Ofcom.

The episode, which aired on Thursday night and was seen by almost 7 million viewers, saw Ross Barton left with a disfigured face after having acid thrown at him by the drug dealer Simon McManus.

In the event of an acid attack, it's important to act quickly. The first step in response is to douse the victim in running water or saline (salt water) to dilute the acid. Keep washing the affected area with cool water continuously until it becomes less painful. This can take 45 minutes or even longer. Do not try to brush the acid off with your hands as it could result in you getting burned too. Do not attempt to add cream to soothe the burns.
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Here's Where You've Seen Oscar Nominee Lesley Manville

The nominations are in for the 90th Academy Awards, and there are a few familiar names, including Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, and Octavia Spencer. One name you might be seeing everywhere but may not recognize, however, is Lesley Manville. Manville is nominated for best supporting actress for her role in Phantom Thread. She plays Cyril, the sister of Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis). She's the perfect sidekick: the sassy, and a bit b*tchy, right arm of the wedding dress designer. Although this is Manville's first Oscar nomination, she has been nominated for numerous BAFTA Awards, among other coveted titles. In case you are new to the Manville appreciation club, the now Oscar-nominated actress is 61 years old. She was born in Brighton, England, and has done her fair share of film roles, as well as TV gigs, throughout her career. Her first role was on one episode of Village Hall back
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Horror-On-Sea 2018 Interview: Chris Jupp discusses ‘Beast’

Beast is new gothic thriller from writer and director Chris Jupp, which has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival for its World Premiere on Sunday 21st January. I got chance to ask Chris a few questions about why he chose to do a reworking of Skare (2007) for his first feature, the difficulties of shooting on a budget and some of the memorable moments from on set.

What can we expect from the film?

Entertainment! Although this was my first film, I knew exactly what I wanted from it. Humour, believable characters, real gore FX, a good story that keeps you guessing, but most of all a satisfying end to the story. There’s nothing I hate more than an enigmatic finale.

Beast is a reworking of the Michael J. Murphy film Skare (2007). Why did you choose this as your first feature film?

Mike and I had become good friends since we met,
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Den Of Geek’s festive viewing traditions!

Den Of Geek Dec 22, 2017

Which TV episode or film do you have a date with every December? We asked our writers to share their Xmas viewing traditions…

Push through all the shopping and boozing and tinselly over-indulgence, and deep down, everybody knows the true meaning of Christmas.

It's television.

Our viewing traditions are what makes Christmas special. For you, that might mean chortling your way through whatever festive tyre-fire is playing out on Albert Square, or rewatching for the millionth time that snowy episode of Buffy where Sarah Michelle-Gellar had her fringe cut weirdly short.

Perhaps you and yours never miss It’s A Wonderful Life. Maybe you set record for the You’ve Been Framed Santa Special (nothing feels more festive than a solid hour of cats destroying Christmas trees). Whatever it is, it’s yours, to enjoy solo or with loved ones, and it means Christmas has arrived.
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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.

We won't go so far as Doctor Who
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Grimmfest 2017: Attack of the Adult Babies: Dir Dominic Brunt

Attack of the Adult Babies review: Emmerdale’s Dominic Brunt steps behind the camera for film number three, but how does it fair?

Attack of the Adult Babies review by Luke Ryan Baldock, October 2017.

Attack of the Adult Babies Review

Dominic Brunt’s third feature as a director furthers him into a bizarre brand of horror all of its own. After the wonderfully simplistic and emotional Before Dawn, and the brutal and powerful Bait, he brings us Attack of the Adult Babies. You may think the title says it all, but you’d be way off. A simple premise is extended into social commentary before juggling bizarre animated sequences and visual odes to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Clearly presented as a satirical comedy, nothing comes close to the cleverness of the tagline “It’s time for a change.” But then again, perhaps the vile grossness that is so well employed,
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Grimmfest 2017: Habit Review: Dir. Simeon Halligan (2017)

Habit Review: A young man finds himself drawn into Manchester’s dangerous criminal underworld in Habit, the film which opens this year’s Grimmfest.

Habit review by Kat Hughes.

Habit Review

Habit debuts at this year’s Grimmfest, having been filmed mere meters away from the venue, and suitably has the prestige of opening the Manchester-based film festival. Directed by Simeon Halligan, the film follows one man on his descent into madness as he frantically tries to find his place in the world.

Michael (Elliot James Langridge) is a young man down on his luck. After witnessing the death of his mother as a small boy he has struggled to fit in with the rest of society. Unable to hold down a job, he exists in a world divided by the job centre and the pub. After collecting his latest round of benefits he decides to treat himself to a
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Interview: Simeon Halligan discusses Northern horror ‘Habit’

In a follow-up to last weeks podcast/interview, Britflicks podcast host and Nerdly team member Stuart Wright talks to writer/director Simeon Halligan about his new film Habit, an adaptation of Steven McGeagh’s cult novel, which is set in a neon-drenched dystopian Manchester.

Alongside Elliot James Langridge (Northern Soul), Habit features an incredible Northern cast of actors, including Roxanne Pallet (Emmerdale), Jessica Barden (Penny Dreadful, The Lobster) and Sally Carmen (Shameless). The film’s cast also includes William Ash (Waterloo Road), Andrew Ellis (This Is England), Robert Beck (Home Fires), Joanne Mitchell (White Settlers), and Louis Emerick (Layer Cake).

Habit follows the story of Michael, played by Elliot James Langridge (Northern Soul), jobless and down on his luck, he is irresistibly drawn into the city’s seedy underworld and is groomed by a subculture who have a dark secret, a bloody addiction that they intend Michael to share.

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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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First look at Simeon Halligan’s ‘Habit’

Director Simeon Halligan’s latest horror opus, Habit, will receive its premiere at Grimmfest on Thursday 5th October, as the opening night gala for the festival. The film is an adaptation of Steven McGeagh’s cult novel, which is set in a neon-drenched dystopian Manchester. Alongside Elliot James Langridge (Northern Soul), the production features an incredible Northern cast of actors, including Roxanne Pallet (Emmerdale), Jessica Barden (Penny Dreadful, The Lobster) and Sally Carmen (Shameless). The film’s cast also includes William Ash (Waterloo Road), Andrew Ellis (This Is England), Robert Beck (Home Fires), Joanne Mitchell (White Settlers), and Louis Emerick (Layer Cake).

Habit follows the story of Michael, played by Elliot James Langridge (Northern Soul), jobless and down on his luck, he is irresistibly drawn into the city’s seedy underworld and is groomed by a subculture who have a dark secret, a bloody addiction that they intend Michael to share.
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Report Reveals ‘Class-Shaped Hole’ in UK Acting Industry

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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Preacher Season 2 Will Raise Hell on Blu-ray and DVD This November

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Jesse Custer may have the heavenly power of Genesis, but that doesn't stop him from raising a little (or a lot of) hell wherever he goes, especially with the Saint of Killers hot on his trail in the second season of Preacher, coming to Blu-ray and DVD beginning November 14th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment:

Press Release: Culver City, Calif. (September 18, 2017) – The genre-bending, critically acclaimed supernatural series Preacher: Season Two arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD November 14 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The extended second season is an absurdly twisted, action packed thrill-ride following Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper, TV’s “Agent Carter,” Captain America: The First Avenger), a small-town preacher with a criminal past who sets out to find God upon learning He is absent from Heaven. Along for the ride are his ex-girlfriend Tulip (Academy Award® nominee Ruth Negga, Best Actress, Loving, 2016, TV’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) and
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First trailer, poster and images for British horror Habit

Ahead of a festival run later this year, we’ve got a first-look poster and trailer for Habit, the new Manchester-set British horror from director Simeon Halligan (White Settlers), which is based on the novel of the same name from Stephen McGeagh and stars s Elliot James Langridge (Northern Soul, Let’s Be Evil), Jessica Barden (Penny Dreadful, The Lobster), William Ash (The Tunnel, Hush), Roxanne Pallett (Wrong Turn 6, Emmerdale) and Joanne Mitchel (Before Dawn, Attack of the Adult Babies). Check them out here, along with a batch of stills…

Michael, jobless and down on his luck is irresistibly drawn into the city’s seedy underworld and is groomed by a secretive subculture who have a dark secret; a bloody addiction that they intend Michael to share.

Habit will be screening at the likes of Grimmfest, Cambridge Film Festival, Celluloid Screams, Dulin Horrorthon, NYC Film Festival and more, with a
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Spotlight: Humane Society International's Celebrity Supporters

Humane Society International and our partner organizations together constitute one of the world’s largest animal protection organizations-backed by 11 million people. Hsi works to protect all animals-including animals in laboratories, farm animals, companion animals, and wildlife-and our record of achievement demonstrates our dedication and effectiveness. With the support of our advocates and donors, we have advocated for strong legislation to protect animals. For example, in 2009 we helped achieve a European Union ban on trade in seal products, a major step toward ending the annual commercial seal slaughter in Canada. We work with local animal organizations in countries all over the world to provide direct, hands-on care to animals in need and spread the culture of compassion. Our campaigns strike at the root of problems affecting animals by providing the tools and resources to prevent animal suffering both now and in the future.

Sir Paul McCartney – has actively supported Hsi’s
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Joseph Gilgun

It is easy to assume that stars of film and television have few struggles in life. However, just because their talent and hard work has given them fame and fortune does not mean that they do not have struggles like the rest of us. One star who has overcome some significant challenges to see remarkable success as an actor is the highly talented Joseph Gilgun. Gilgun has achieved incredible popularity with performances in shows like Emmerdale, Misfits, and Preacher. His frank attitude and self-confidence have earned him just as many fans as his powerful performances. While he has a significant

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Joseph Gilgun
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Preacher's Joe Gilgun: 'I don’t want to be a sexy vampire'

The This is England actor is back as the alcoholic vampire Cassidy in the second series of Seth Rogen’s comic-book adaptation. He explains how not all TV executives are bad – and why he nearly turned the role down

Hey Joe, how are you?

I’m hungover, man.

Related: Emmerdale misfit Joe Gilgun is most at home with the This Is England gang

Related: The problem with Preacher: why no one's talking about the best show of the year

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Full list of winners from BAFTA’s 2017 British Academy Television Awards

The Crown may have led the nominations going in to BAFTA’s 2017 British Academy Television Awards, but the Netflix series ended the night empty handed, losing out on Best Drama Series to Happy Valley, which also saw Sarah Lancashire named Best Leading Actress.

Damilola, Our Loved Boy also picked up two awards in Best Single Drama and Best Supporting Actress (Wunmi Mosaku), while Adeel Akhtar (Murdered by My Father) and Tom Hollander (The Night Manager) were named Best Leading Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively.

Check out a full list of winners here…

Leading actor

Adeel AkhtarMurdered By My Father (BBC3)

Babou Ceesay – Damilola, Our Loved Boy (BBC1)

Benedict CumberbatchThe Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses (BBC2)

Robbie ColtraneNational Treasure (Channel 4)

Leading actress

Claire FoyThe Crown (Netflix)

Jodie ComerThirteen (BBC3)

Nikki Amuka-BirdNw (BBC1)

Sarah LancashireHappy Valley (BBC1)

Supporting actor

Daniel Mays
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‘The Crown’ Loses Out at BAFTA TV Awards; ‘Happy Valley’ Scores

‘The Crown’ Loses Out at BAFTA TV Awards; ‘Happy Valley’ Scores
Netflix’s “The Crown” lost out in all the categories it was nominated in at BAFTA’s British Academy Television Awards, which were handed out Sunday night. The Netflix show had gone into the night a favorite after scoring five nominations in four categories, the most nominations of any show this year.

The Crown” lost out to BBC crime drama “Happy Valley” in best drama category, while Claire Foy was beaten by “Happy Valley” star Sarah Lancashire in the leading actress category. John Lithgow, Jared Harris and Vanessa Kirby all lost out in supporting categories.

Foy came away empty-handed for a second consecutive year in the leading actress category, having been nominated last year for “Wolf Hall” but losing to “Doctor Foster’s” Suranne Jones. In her acceptance speech, Lancashire acknowledged Foy, a Golden Globe winner for her role as a young Queen Elizabeth II, saying: “Claire Foy, you’ve given me my best 10 hours under a
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