4 items from 2014
To some he will always be a Droog. To others, Dalziel. It’s a tribute to the acting abilities of Warren Clarke that he was able to inhabit such a diverse range of characters through his long career on screens both big and small. The actor has died at the age of 67.After leaving school at 15, he initially worked as a copy boy at the Manchester Evening News and had dreams of being a footballer before the acting bug bit and he began performing in amateur dramatics at the Huddersfield Rep and the Liverpool Playhouse. The Oldham-born actor soon took to the small screen, getting his start on venerable soap Coronation Street and appearing in ITV series such as Play Of The Week and Playhouse before moving to a wide range of guest shots on TV series including The Avengers, Softly, Softly, The Sweeney and Minder, among many others.He »
By 2009, the new version of Doctor Who had become not only an integral part of Saturday night television and a huge Christmas ratings winner but also an international success all over again. David Tennant, who had played the Time Lord since 2005 and was, arguably, more popular than any Doctor since the mighty Tom Baker hung up his scarf in 1981, had announced his resignation from the part he loved in October 2008. Many wondered how the incoming showrunner, Steven Moffat, would follow Tennant and what kind of show would emerge.
Tennant spent much of 2009 on stage in Hamlet and was only able to devote small amounts of time to Doctor Who. Occasional specials »
Feature Alex Westthorp 28 Mar 2014 - 07:00
We know them best as the twelve very different incarnations of the Doctor. But all the actors who've been the star of Doctor Who, being such good all-rounders in the first place, have also had film careers. Admittedly, some CVs are more impressive than others, but this retrospective attempts to pick out some of the many worthwhile films which have starred, featured or seen a fleeting cameo by the actors who would become (or had been) the Doctor.
William Hartnell was, above all else, a film star. He is by far the most prolific film actor of the main twelve to play the Time Lord. With over 70 films to his name, summarising Hartnell's film career is difficult at best. »
Broadchurch and I'm a Celebrity also contribute to main ITV channel's 16.2% share of all viewing in 2013
ITV's main network increased its audience share last year for the first time since 1990, on the back of successful shows including Downton Abbey, Broadchurch and I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!
The channel had a 16.2% share of all viewing (including the ITV HD simulcast channel and ITV1+1 timeshift service) in 2013, compared with 15.7% the previous year.
The last time ITV's annual share of viewing grew, John Major was prime minister and the broadcaster dominated British television with shows such as London's Burning, Jeeves and Wooster and Minder, starring George Cole – and The Big Match was still must-see football viewing. At the time, there were still only four terrestrial channels and BSkyB's satellite service was in its infancy.
In 1990, ITV had a 44% audience share and Coronation Street was the most popular show on TV, »
- Jason Deans
4 items from 2014
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