6 items from 2014
BBC One has announced details of a new Comedy Playhouse season.
Comedy commissioning controller Shane Allen said: "BBC One delivers enormous audiences for comedy and this season revival reflects our commitment in mainstream to do new and daring projects.
"We want BBC One to fly the flag of popular British comedy and want this dedicated space to promote tomorrow's classic comedy today."
BBC weatherman Bill Onion (Dennis) is fired »
Review Louisa Mellor 7 Mar 2014 - 15:00
In The Flesh returns to BBC Three in May with twice the episodes and every bit of the charm of series one…
Un-zombie drama In The Flesh arrived on BBC Three last year fully-formed, having sprung Athena-like from the head of creator Dominic Mitchell. Similar to a carved miniature or a Swiss Army Knife, its containment - a complete story of grief, prejudice and acceptance folded neatly into three hour-long episodes - was part of the attraction.
Doubling the length and broadening the scope for series two then, was a dangerous prospect. A second run of In The Flesh risked being a bloated, diluted version of the first, a drama that had made its point, outstayed its welcome, and was hanging around only to weaken the good work of its predecessor.
Danger averted. The second run is nothing of the sort. In the most natural of ways, »
It hasn't been a show about cars for years, but last night's return confirmed that Top Gear no longer has any grounding in reality whatsoever
The 21st series of Top Gear began last night and, at first glance, it was business as usual. There were the usual cars. There were the usual legitimately harrowing shirts. There was the usual studio audience, all craning and tiptoeing to see past the usual wall of attractive young women that the producers always use as a front row. Years from now, last night's episode of Top Gear will become completely indistinguishable from all the other episodes of Top Gear. It'll be repeated on Dave and viewers won't even blink.
And yet, if you looked closely enough, you might have been able to see one tiny difference. Perhaps it was a one-off for the first episode, and things will be back to normal next week, »
- Stuart Heritage
The Top Gear phenomenon is showing no signs of slowing down, even as it heads into its 21st series. It remains the BBC's biggest show on iPlayer and it still managed to haul in over 5 million viewers for BBC Two last night, even when head-to-head with Call the Midwife.
So just how does a show that features James May in the worst shirt on television since Timmy Mallett in the '80s and Jeremy Clarkson chatting to Hugh Bonneville about number plates on Volvos still have such a hold over audiences after all these years?
It is largely down to self-confidence and a complete faith from the show's producers in the format. Nothing ever changes in Top Gear land.
From Clarkson's horrendous taste in jeans to the Lad Banter in the news section, from Hamster Hammond's constant crashing to the same old jokes about sandal-wearers, Lexus-owners and James May being a very old man, »
With I, Frankenstein in theatres, The Creature is sure to be on a lot of people's minds; and if you're in the UK, you'll soon get a chance to check out Michael Sarrazin in the role when 1970's TV movie Frankenstein: The True Story finally arrives to your shores.
One of the most acclaimed versions of Mary Shelley’s classic tale, Frankenstein: The True Story, featuring a stellar all-star cast including James Mason and Leonard Whiting, makes its UK DVD debut on 10 March 2014 thanks to Second Sight Films.
Originally airing on NBC in 1973, this much lauded film also stars David McCallum ("The Man From U.N.C.L.E."), Jane Seymour ("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman"), Tom Baker ("Doctor Who"), Ralph Richardson (Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes), John Gielgud (Ghandi), Peter Sallis (Last of the Summer Wine), and Michael Sarrazin (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?; Feardotcom) as The Creature.
In 19th century England, »
- Debi Moore
Midsomer Murders | 24 Hours In A&E | The Tomorrow People | The Hidden World Of Britain's Immigrants | Hurricanes And Heatwaves: The Highs And Lows Of British Weather | This Is Jinsy | Hens Behaving Badly | Wta Tennis: Apia International Sydney
Gentle, long-enduring and filled with familiar faces, Midsomer Murders has become Last Of The Summer Wine, but with a higher body count. This new film reaffirms that position, a spooky investigation with quality casting. There's Rebecca Front as Martha the vicar, drama perennial Michael Jayston and even a turn from Roy Hudd as a busybody concerned about rising water levels. Flooding isn't the only thing for people to worry about here though, with the discovery of a medieval fresco unleashing a tidal wave of biblically-themed murder. John Robinson
24 Hours In A&E
9pm, Channel 4
It's Red Nose Day at King's College Hospital in the first of the new series of 24 Hours In A&E. »
- John Robinson, Ben Arnold, Julia Raeside, Jonathan Wright, Ali Catterall, David Stubbs, Hannah Verdier, Gwilym Mumford
6 items from 2014
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