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13 items from 2012


Doctor Who complete reviews: The Power Of Three

27 September 2012 5:04 PM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

“Three. That's the magic number.” So claimed legendary rappers De La Soul in the Daisy Age of 1989. And it would seem that everyone's favourite Time Lord agrees too. Back in 1972, three incarnations of The Doctor were needed to defeat the awesome might of Time Lord pioneer Omega and his lumbering jellies. Three is normally the number of seconds afforded by gun-totin' maniacs such as The Brigade Leader, before the trigger is pulled. And in Earth's future, it seems that only three Daleks are needed to create fear and terror throughout the land, while hiding in a cramped metal box.

The Power Of Three extended to the latest triple whammy shenanigans in Doctor Who. Now this doesn't relate to a killer phone network, nor does it relate to a clandestine Time Lord code – in fact, it refers to the penultimate hurrah of the ongoing Tardis trio. The Power Of Three revolves »

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A movie version of Dad's Army?

16 August 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

You may find the new Ben Stiller movie The Watch strangely familiar. But that's not necessarily a good thing

You might be forgiven for thinking that you've seen The Watch before. Not because Ben Stiller's character is the same uptight blowhard that he has played in everything for the past 15 years, or because Richard Ayoade is basically just Moss from The It Crowd again, or because Vince Vaughn remains content to sit back and bibble out the same directionless patter that has been his stock in trade for what seems like centuries.

No. The reason is because, once you've scraped away all the sex jokes and clanging Costco product placement, you're basically left with Dad's Army. Both are essentially stories about a group of ill-prepared middle-aged incompetents trying to escape the monotony of their day-to-day lives by fudging together a defence against an enemy they don't fully understand. With The Watch, »

- Stuart Heritage

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Is The Watch just a movie version of Dad's Army?

16 August 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

You may find the new Ben Stiller movie The Watch strangely familiar. But that's not necessarily a good thing

You might be forgiven for thinking that you've seen The Watch before. Not because Ben Stiller's character is the same uptight blowhard that he has played in everything for the past 15 years, or because Richard Ayoade is basically just Moss from The It Crowd again, or because Vince Vaughn remains content to sit back and bibble out the same directionless patter that has been his stock in trade for what seems like centuries.

No. The reason is because, once you've scraped away all the sex jokes and clanging Costco product placement, you're basically left with Dad's Army. Both are essentially stories about a group of ill-prepared middle-aged incompetents trying to escape the monotony of their day-to-day lives by fudging together a defence against an enemy they don't fully understand. With The Watch, »

- Stuart Heritage

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A film festival in a town with no cinema?

14 August 2012 10:50 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Yep. They've found plenty of other great places for screenings as local likely lad Ian la Frenais returns home for the third Whitley Bay Film Festival. Alan Sykes potters round

Having a film festival in a town with no cinema might not seem the most obvious idea. However, organisers of the Whitley Bay Film Festival make a virtue of necessity by using some of the town's most iconic venues for screenings instead. In their first year they showed Steven Spielberg's Jaws on the beach in front of Spanish City. One local resident, after last year's festival, commented:

I doubt that any screening in the country could match the pleasure of seeing The Fog at St Mary's lighthouse.

Now in its third year, the festival's screenings and events take place at venues including the attractive 125 foot high St Mary's Lighthouse, the astonishing grandeur of Vanbrugh's Seaton Delaval Hall, a shopping mall, »

- Alan Sykes

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Doctor Who actor Mary Tamm's husband dies hours after her funeral

9 August 2012 5:40 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Marcus Ringrose dies of suspected heart attack after delivering eulogy at funeral of wife, who played Doctor's companion

The husband of the Doctor Who actor Mary Tamm has died hours after giving a eulogy at her funeral, her agent has said.

Marcus Ringrose is believed to have had a heart attack at home in Battersea, south London, after the funeral on Tuesday.

Barry Langford said Ringrose had been at his computer replying to wellwishers who wrote to him after his wife's death, when he collapsed.

Tamm, 62, who was best known for playing Romana, the first incarnation of the Doctor's companion, alongside Tom Baker, had been suffering from cancer for 18 months when she died last month.

She had a long career on stage and screen, with roles in films including The Odessa File and The Likely Lads, and a recurring role in the soap Brookside as Penny Crosbie.

The couple leave a daughter, »

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R.I.P. Mary Tamm, Doctor Who's Romana

27 July 2012 9:48 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

British actress Mary Tamm, known for playing the first incarnation of Romana during Doctor Who’s “Key To Time” season in 1978 and 1979, has died of cancer. She was 62. The child of Estonian refugees, Tamm graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, starting her career in the early 1970s with appearances in British TV shows like Coronation Street, as well as the films The Odessa File and The Likely Lads. She joined Doctor Who in the sci-fi series’ sixteenth-season opener “The Ribos Operation” as the haughty but inexperienced Time Lady Romanadvotrelundar—"Romana" for short—who »

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Doctor Who star Mary Tamm dies aged 62

26 July 2012 4:13 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor played Doctor's companion Romana opposite Tom Baker and also starred in The Odessa File and The Likely Lads

Mary Tamm, the actor best known for her role as the first incarnation of Doctor Who's companion Romana in the late 1970s, has died aged 62.

Tom Baker, who played the Time Lord to Tamm's Time Lady – she too was from Gallifrey – led tributes to an actor who had a successful stage, TV and film career for more than 40 years.

He said: "She was a darling companion and wonderfully witty and kind. I'm so sorry to hear of her death."

His successor, Colin Baker, tweeted: "Shellshocked to hear Mary Tamm is gone. A funny, caring, talented, lovely and down to earth lady."

Tamm's agent, Barry Langford, said the Bradford-born actor died at her home in Battersea after suffering from cancer for 18 months.

Her husband, Marcus Ringrose, said: "Mary was truly beautiful in every way. »

- Mark Brown

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Mary Tamm obituary

26 July 2012 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor best known as the glamorous Time Lady Romana in Doctor Who

The actor Mary Tamm, who has died of cancer aged 62, enjoyed two stints on popular television, first as the glamorous Time Lady Romana in Doctor Who (1978-79), and then in the more down-to-earth environs of Brookside Close in Channel 4's soap opera, where she was Penny Crosbie, the upper-class resident who enjoyed a dalliance with the neighbourhood "bad boy" Barry Grant (1993-95).

Tamm was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire. Her Russian mother was a former opera singer and her father an Estonian landowner who worked in a woollen mill upon arriving in Britain in 1945. Tamm started acting at primary school and then at Bradford girls' grammar school, before being accepted by Rada in London in 1969, where her classmates included her immediate predecessor as a Doctor Who companion, Louise Jameson.

Upon graduation, Tamm spent 1971 at the Birmingham repertory theatre, »

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Doctor Who: Actress Mary Tamm dies at 62; David Bradley reveals he will play space pirate in seventh series

26 July 2012 7:47 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Tributes have been paid to Doctor Who actress Mary Tamm, who died in a London hospital today at the age of 62 after an 18-month battle with cancer.

She played Romana (pictured above and below), a Time Lady who was companion to Tom Baker's fourth Doctor from 1978 to 1979. Tamm opted not to return for another series and the role was recast with Lalla Ward.

The daughter of Estonian refugees, Bradford-born Tamm trained at Rada. Her first professional job was at the new Birmingham Repertory theatre where she spent nine months working alongside Derek Jacobi, Joan Sims and Ronnie Barker.

She also appeared on the big screen in The Odessa File and The Likely Lads and after leaving Doctor Who was in numerous other TV shows including EastEnders, Brookside and Wire in the Blood.

Doctor Who returns to our living rooms for a seventh series in August, with guest stars including Stratford-upon-Avon actor David Bradley, »

- David Bentley

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'Doctor Who' actress Mary Tamm dies, aged 62

26 July 2012 1:04 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Mary Tamm has died at the age of 62. The former Doctor Who star lost her 18-month battle with cancer in London this morning (July 26), her agent confirmed. Tamm was perhaps best known for her role as Romana, the companion of Tom Baker's Doctor in the 1978-79 Key to Time series. "She had a great zest for life. She was a fantastic actress - she played stage parts of such range, parts that would take your breath away. She could play any role, and do so wonderfully," her longtime agent Barry Langford told Pa. The stage and screen actress starred in a number of films including The Odessa File and The Likely Lads. Following Tamm's role in Doctor (more) »

- By Tom Eames

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Doctor Who star Mary Tamm dies aged 62

26 July 2012 12:42 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor played Doctor's companion Romana opposite Tom Baker and also starred in The Odessa File and The Likely Lads

The Doctor Who actor Mary Tamm has died aged 62, her agent has said.

Tamm, who played the Doctor's companion Romana alongside Tom Baker, died at a hospital in London on Thursday morning. She had been suffering from cancer for 18 months.

The actress was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, the daughter of Estonian refugees, and had a long career on stage and screen. She starred in the films The Odessa File and The Likely Lads and had recurring roles in the soaps Brookside and EastEnders.

Tamm leaves her husband Marcus Ringrose, daughter Lauren and seven-year-old son Max.

Barry Langford, her agent of 22 years, said: "She had a great zest for life. She was a fantastic actress – she played stage parts of such range, parts that would take your breath away. She could play any role, »

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David Tennant, Janet Montgomery cast in 'The Spies of Warsaw'

3 April 2012 7:18 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

David Tennant and Janet Montgomery have been cast in an adaptation of The Spies of Warsaw. The Doctor Who and Human Target stars will appear in two 90-minute instalments of Alan Furst's novel to air on BBC Four and Poland's Tvp. Tennant is set to portray Colonel Jean-Francois Mercier, a decorated war hero who begins an affair with Montgomery's Parisian lawyer Anna in the run-up to World War Two. The Spies of Warsaw, which takes place in London, Paris, Berlin and Poland, is penned by The Likely Lads writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais. BBC Four controller Richard Klein said: "Spies of Warsaw is Alan Furst at his best - a tense, passionate and sexy love story set against the increasingly strident clang of coming war. "I think David Tennant playing Mercier and Janet Montgomery (more) »

- By Daniel Sperling

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Putting the accent on comedy: why the BBC is going regional

10 March 2012 4:15 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Fired by the success of such sitcoms as Gavin & Stacey, the corporation is launching a new wave of regional comedy

Comedy shows such as The Likely LadsThe Liver Birds, Bread, Rab C Nesbitt and The Royle Family are all widely regarded as popular television classics. Character-based and filmed traditionally in the studio, they let the strong regional voices of British humour into the nation's living rooms.

Now, prompted by the success of the Anglo-Welsh sitcom Gavin & Stacey and the Dublin-set ratings hit Mrs Brown's Boys, the BBC is heralding a return to this kind of regional sitcom as a series of brand new comedy shows set in the north of England and in Scotland go into production.

Last week the corporation announced the commissioning of Hebburn, a show created by the standup comedian Jason Cook and set in the north-east. The sitcom, which will revolve around a cast »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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