12 items from 2014
TVs favourite schoolboys came in to answer your questions, revealing what wrestling move theyd use on Thatcher, who has the fittest mum and the difficulties of punching a fish
Thank you to everyone for submitting questions. Simon, James, Blake and Joe must head off, but a big thank you to them for coming in to answer your questions.
That's it you lot. Thanks for your questions.
James (or any of you really): Are there any hot new indie artists/bands I should be checking out?
James: My faves at the moment are The Milk, and States of Emotion.
Which one of you is most likely to be brutally murdered in a Game of Thrones cameo appearance?
Blake: I hope it's me. But only if the other three kill me.
I just love Friday Night Dinner, »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Sian Cain
The Homeland star looks forward to the day he longer has to address the race issue in the casting of UK television roles
Three years ago, when I first mentioned the lack of diversity in British television at a Bafta screening of the first episode of Homeland, I thought, perhaps innocently, that I was merely shining a light on an issue that needed to be addressed. I was very candid that night and suggested that I probably wouldn't have been given such an authoritative, leading role as head of intelligence David Estes had the show have been made in Britain. I gave what I thought were justifiable reasons for thinking this and pretty much forgot about what I'd said almost immediately. I certainly didn't think my comments were as inflammatory as reported in the press the following day. "Harewood accuses TV bosses of racism," ran one headline, while others used »
- David Harewood
Joel McHale is still buzzing after the comedy gig of a lifetime. Earlier this year, he got the call from Barack Obamas office to do a turn at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner (previous performers: Jay Leno, Conan OBrien, Bob Hope). It was the most exhilarating and weirdest moment of my life, he says. It was like someone said, Hey, ever parachuted before? Nope. And then you just get pushed off a cliff.
McHale will be known to TV comedy aficionados as overbearing egotist Jeff Winger in Community, but the role that scored him the White House gig is his weekly stint as host of the E! channels live TV-recap show The Soup essentially a trendier, »
- Huw Oliver
Dora Bryan, who has died aged 91, started out as a dancing and singing actress, making her first professional appearance at the age of 12 in Manchester with the 23 other girls of the Eileen Rogan Drury Lane Babes in Jack and the Beanstalk. She excelled as the plain-speaking young woman from the north, and the presence this gave her brought a wide range of work on stage and screen in the decades following the second world war.
Her basic stage personality bright, streetwise but unworldly was squeezed into Restoration comedy, the Hello Dolly! lead in the West End (twice), Jb Priestley's An Inspector Calls at the Chichester Festival theatre and Meg, the guesthouse keeper oblivious of the sexual and other power-play in Pinter's The Birthday Party at the National Theatre. In 2001 she contributed to the »
- Dennis Barker
TV, stage and movie actress Dora Bryan has passed away.
She was awarded an OBE for services to drama in 1996.
Bryan's manager David Hill has paid his respects to her via Twitter, saying: "As her agent / manager, but above all her friend, I'm so sad to announce that #DoraBryan has died today. A legend, an icon & a true star!"
The actress died at a nursing home in Hove today (July 23), with her sons Daniel and William Lawton telling The Argus: "It was heartbreaking but it was peaceful. She just left us.
"She was a tiny woman but her constitution was incredible. She loved being on stage, »
Adapted from a comic strip by Paco Roca, this traditional cel animation from Spain is a surprising thing indeed an intelligent, entertaining, altogether unsentimental evocation of the experience of old age. With its crisply drawn, unfussy visuals, Wrinkles is about Emilio, an elderly ex-bank manager who reluctantly enters a retirement home and tries to hide the onset of Alzheimer's. Oh yes, all the joyous things are here dementia, incontinence, callous adult offspring and yet Wrinkles is a tender, life-affirming piece, mischievous although it never tries to package its theme in a falsely cheery Last of the Summer Wine fashion. The American dubbing is done by Martin Sheen, as sobersided Emilio, and Matthew Modine as his son but the winning turn is by veteran George Coe, as charismatic and often downright obnoxious old cynic Miguel.
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- Jonathan Romney
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
12 items from 2014
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