4 items from 2010
Derren Brown: Hero at 30,000 Feet | 4Od
U Be Dead | ITV Player
Mad Men | iPlayer
Bouquet of Barbed Wire | ITV Player
This is England '86 | 4Od
You're in a plane, terrified of flying, sipping water in tiny bird sips to manage the panic attack and thinking, instead, of sex (it's the only thing that helps, honest), trying desperately not to hear those sounds, the too-loud flaps and creaks and hydraulic jerks unaccountably designed to sound precisely like "a wing starting to fall off". Quite unbeknown to you, everyone else on board apart from the crew is an actor, and wired and miked up to catch your fear, and all in on the game: and then even the genuine captain pretends to be dying, slumped comatose, and the steward is begging you, yes, you, the »
Deadline and HeatVision are both reporting that the actress is in negotiations for the X-Men role.
The film has been officially described as a prequel though, interestingly, HeatVision calls it a relaunch, suggesting the story may depart from the continuity of the existing X-Men films.
- David Bentley
My friend Elizabeth Chater, who has died aged 83, was known to the acting world by the stage name Elizabeth Havelock. She would light up any screen – for instance, as the fortune teller in an early episode of the 1970s TV detective series Shoestring. Lighting up her environment was a characteristic of Elizabeth's, I realised, when we met in 1999 at a poetry reading. She was elegant and warm, but with a toughness that had something of the stiletto to it.
She was born Elizabeth Devonshire Jones in Bath. As a girl, she rode horses and model trains – her father, a businessman and landowner, and a train fanatic, had built his own steam railway. Elizabeth's mother at one point had two grand pianos, but with her father's death in 1948, the family lost everything.
Elizabeth, then in her 20s, turned to antique dealing. This continued for nearly 60 years of Sundays throughout her acting and family life. »
The Waking the Dead star turns out to be one of the Beeb's highest-paid stars
Appearance: Disgraced Gp on unpaid leave.
Is that what he is, then? No, he's an actor.
Never heard of him. He first wormed his way into our hearts playing a private detective in the much-loved late-70s television series Shoestring.
Before my time, mate. More recently he has starred as Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd in all eight series of the police drama Waking the Dead.
I don't really watch that much television, to be honest. You know what? There's no point – let's just stop here.
Just kidding. I know exactly who you mean. What about him? He's just been outed as the BBC's highest-paid actor.
Trevor? Never. He is. He gets £700,000 per series of Waking the Dead, according to the Daily Mail. Or even £1m, according to the Sun. Industry insiders say it's probably less than that, »
4 items from 2010
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