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Ron Moody in Mel Brooks' 'The Twelve Chairs.' The 'Doctor Who' that never was. Ron Moody: 'Doctor Who' was biggest professional regret (See previous post: "Ron Moody: From Charles Dickens to Walt Disney – But No Harry Potter.") Ron Moody was featured in about 50 television productions, both in the U.K. and the U.S., from the late 1950s to 2012. These included guest roles in the series The Avengers, Gunsmoke, Starsky and Hutch, Hart to Hart, and Murder She Wrote, in addition to leads in the short-lived U.S. sitcom Nobody's Perfect (1980), starring Moody as a Scotland Yard detective transferred to the San Francisco Police Department, and in the British fantasy Into the Labyrinth (1981), with Moody as the noble sorcerer Rothgo. Throughout the decades, he could also be spotted in several TV movies, among them: David Copperfield (1969). As Uriah Heep in this disappointing all-star showcase distributed theatrically in some countries. »
- Andre Soares
1979 is our "Year of the Month" and this post was way way too much fun to research. Before the main course of the Supporting Actress Smackdown (pushed to June 7th), let's marinate a little in the year that was.
original print ad for Kramer vs. Kramer (available on eBay)
Best Movies According To...
Oscar: Kramer vs Kramer*, All That Jazz, Apocalypse Now, Breaking Away, and Norma Rae were the best pictures nominees but they also loved La Cage Aux Folles, The China Syndrome, Manhattan, Being There and The Black Stallion
- NATHANIEL R
Birds of a feather... cry together! Willie Robertson and his wife Korie recently stopped by Us Weekly's NYC headquarters, where the Duck Dynasty stars discussed their latest endeavor, Duck Commander Musical: How Faith, Family and Ducks Built a Dynasty. Korie told Us that the idea of a musical first started after the couple released their best-selling eponymous book in 2012. "Our agent read it," Korie recalled, "and she just came to us and said: 'I think your family story has what it takes to make a [...] »
UKTV's Drama channel will join the company's on-demand service UKTV Play.
Drama joins fellow UKTV channels Dave, Yesterday and Really on the service which is available on iOS, Android, PC and YouView.
UKTV's director of commercial and business development Dan Fahy said: "UKTV Play is proving popular with viewers and we want to give them even more access to UKTV's great programming, when and where they want.
"The addition of Drama's well known and loved programming reinforces UKTV Play's position as a must-have on-demand service for our audience, especially as we continue to launch UKTV Play on to more platforms."
NBC is set to ease on down the road with its next live musical, with the network announcing Monday that it will stage an adaptation of "The Wiz" in December -- with a special assist.
NBC revealed that "The Wiz" will once again be produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (the duo behind the network's previous live efforts, "Sound of Music Live!" and "Peter Pan Live!," and the past three Oscars telecasts). But this year, the network is pulling out all the stops for the broadcast, which will also feature a collaboration with acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil.
And the ambitious plans don't stop there: After the live staging airs on NBC in December, the show will then move to Broadway for the 2016-2017 season. Tony winner and Broadway veteran Harvey Fierstein ("Mrs. Doubtfire," "La Cage aux Folles," "Hairspray") will work on adapting the show's original book by William F. Brown, »
- Katie Roberts
Clive Owen will make his Broadway debut in a revival of Harold Pinter’s Old Times, directed by Tony Award winner Douglas Hodge (La Cage Aux Folles). Previews for the Roundabout Theatre Company production will begin September 17, followed by the official opening on October 15. "My first season with Roundabout included Old Times, our first Broadway season opened with The Homecoming and we opened the first Laura Pels Theatre with Moonlight,” said Roundabout artistic director… »
Birds of a Feather The Complete ITV Series Two is out to own from Monday 23rd February, and to celebrate, we have a DVD copy for one lucky winner!
Kicking off with a promised Christmas trip to Tenerife, courtesy of Dorien’s continued income as ‘Sixty Shades of Green’ author Foxy Cohen, the Birds share their many successes and failures, including Sharon’s interview to become a spy, Tracey’s trip to jail and a traditional cockney knees-up with London’s Pearly Kings and Queens. But there are life-changing surprises too as Dorien comes face-to-face with someone she thought she’d never see again and a heart-stopping scare for both the Chigwell sisters in a poignant and hilarious two-part finale.
All 8 episodes of the series are included in this DVD.
Pre-order Birds of a Feather series 2 on DVD via Amazon.
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- Gary Collinson
Birds of a feather...flock to Carnival! Somehow, between fighting with Khloe Kardashian and strutting her stuff in a slit-to-there chainmail frock at fashion week, Amber Rose found time to fly to Trinidad for the wild and crazy Trinidad Carnival, where she showed off her famous curves in a skimpy but elaborate feathered costume. The model, 31, flaunted her bod in a blue reptile-print bikini adorned with several strands of turquoise-and-gold beaded fabric, which crisscrossed around her neck and encircled her waist. She also wore various green-and-blue feathered [...] »
Death in Paradise stayed top of the ratings on Thursday (February 12), according to overnight figures.
The BBC One drama stayed around level with last week's episode at 6.66m (30.2%) at 9pm. Earlier, Eat Well For Less? appealed to 4.72m (21.2%) at 8pm, while Question Time was watched by 2.41m (24.3%) at 10.45pm.
ITV's The Kyle Files interested 2.48m (11.8%) at 7.30pm (115k/0.5% on +1), while the latest series of Birds of a Feather concluded with 3.87m (17.3%) at 8.30pm (116k/0.5%). Car Crash Britain brought in 3.02m (13.7%) at 9pm (235k/1.5%).
Over on Channel 4, Location, Location, Location gathered 1.41m (6.4%) at 8pm (272k/1.2%). Cucumber rose slightly to 560k (2.5%) at 9pm (94k/0.6%), while My Tattoo Addiction interested 750k (4.9%) at 10pm (41k/0.5%).
Benefits Britain: Life on the Dole was watched by 655k »
Fancy stitching in The Great British Sewing Bee, trouble in the classroom in Britain’s Biggest Primary School, and a look at the life of Shakespeare’s mother. Plus Birds of a Feather draws to a close and chilling encounters in Fortitude
With Annie on the first train home, the remaining sewers are tasked with putting together garments that require practically sub-atomic levels of intricacy. That is to say, items of clothing for children. Firstly, seemingly due to the kids in question hailing from the aristocracy, a bespoke waistcoat skitters out of the machines. That’s followed by the task of jazzing up a dowdy T-shirt, and finally a fancy dress challenge designed to introduce a menagerie of Seussian creatures to Metropolitan Wharf. Mark Jones
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- Mark Jones, Hannah Verdier, Julia Raeside, Jack Seale, Andrew Mueller, Hannah J Davies, Paul Maciness
Death in Paradise was the clear winner in the primetime ratings on Thursday (January 29), according to overnight figures.
The BBC One drama was watched by 7.01 million and attracted a 29.9% audience share at 9pm.
Earlier, documentary Eat Well for Less interested 4.77m (21.1%), while Question Time drew in 2.41m (22.7%) at 10.45pm.
ITV's The Kyle Files gathered 2.6m (12.1%) at 7.30pm (151k/0.7% on +1), while Birds of a Feather entertained 3.93m (17.2%) at 8.30pm (132k/0.6%). Bring Back Borstal continued with 1.7m (7.3%) at 9pm (178k/1.1%).
On Channel 4, Location, Location, Location interested 1.69m (7.5%) at 8pm (252k/1.1%), and The Mega Brothel fascinated 1.19m (7.4%) at 10pm (180k/2.1%).
Death in Paradise easily won the Thursday ratings outside soaps, overnight data reveals.
The BBC One drama attracted an average 6.72 million viewers (29.4%) at 9pm, down around 200,000 from last week's return.
Earlier, Watchdog appealed to 3.85m (17.0%) at 8pm, while Question Time was seen by 2.99m (25.5%) at 10.35pm.
On BBC Two, Masters Snooker coverage scored 1.02m (4.8%) at 7pm, followed by Nature's Weirdest Events with 1.67m (7.4%) at 8pm. Super Rich & Us interested 1.61m (7.1%) at 9pm, while the finale of Never Mind the Buzzcocks amused 909k (5.1%) at 10pm.
ITV's Kyle Files attracted 2.45m (11.2%) at 7.30pm (104k/0.5% on +1). Birds of a Feather tickled 4.22m (18.2%) at 8.30pm (142k/0.6%) and Bring Back Borstal was seen by 1.76m (7.7%) at 9pm (155k/1.0%).
Channel 5's Benefits fascinated 1.16m (5.2%) at 8pm (217k/0.9%), followed by Celebrity Big Brother »
‘There are certain events when I know people are expecting part-Lesley, part-Dorien, so I will Dorien-esque myself up. It will normally involve a bit of leopardskin’
I have a process: choose outfit, have bath, moisturise, apply makeup, put on clothes, sort hair, panic, take everything off and start again. I can get changed about five times. I am not very good at making decisions. There are times when I get to a function and think I’ve made the wrong choice, then worry about it for the whole evening. I once turned up to an awards ceremony wearing mismatching shoes. It wouldn’t have mattered, but I had to present an award. I got up on stage and said, “Ladies and Gentleman, as you can see, I obviously get dressed in the dark”, and got a round of applause.
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- Abigail Radnor
Death in Paradise returned with high ratings to top Thursday evening, overnight data reveals.
The BBC One crime drama attracted an average 6.91 million (29.7%) at 9pm. This is down from last year's launch of 7.13m (29.7%), but is still its third-highest ever audience.
Earlier, Would I Lie To You? brought in 4.19m (18.9%) at 8pm, while Question Time gathered 2.80m (23.4%) at 10.35pm.
BBC Two's Somerset: After the Floods interested 1.57m (6.9%) at 8pm, followed by Super Rich & Us with 1.73m (7.4%) at 9pm.
On ITV, Jeremy Kyle's new series The Kyle Files attracted 2.61m (12.2%) at 7.30pm (115,000/0.5% on +1). Birds of a Feather amused 3.47m (10.0%) at 8.30pm (159k/0.7%), and Bring Back Borstal intrigued 2.23m (9.6%) at 9pm (330k/2.0%).
Channel 4's Location, Location, Location was seen by 1.80m (7.9%) at 8pm (172k/0.7%), followed by Shut-Ins: Britain's Fattest People with 1.42m (6.1%) at 9pm (215k/1.3%). Sex Party Secrets fascinated 1.38m (8.3%) at 10pm (166k/1.8%).
On Channel 5, Secrets of the Egyptian »
The one-hour soap episode attracted 8.53 million (32.3%) at 8.30pm, before Mrs Brown's Boys scored 7.3m (32.4%) from 9.30pm
The finale of Miranda entertained 7.27m (27.6%) from 8pm, after a TV adaptation of Roald Dahl's Esio Trot attracted 6.47m (26.8%).
After the news, 3.91m (27.0%) watched Chelsea implode in a 5-3 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Match of the Day from 10.45pm
On BBC Two, 1.28m (5.0%) watched Tigers About the House at 7.30pm, 2.40m (8.9%) watched University Challenge at 8.30pm and 2.40m watched Dustin Hoffman's Quartet at 9pm. 1.30m (7.7%) watched Julie Walters: A Life at 10.30pm.
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