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Rewind TV: Derren Brown: Hero at 30,000 Feet; U Be Dead; Mad Men; Bouquet of Barbed Wire; This is England '86

11 September 2010 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

From David Morrissey to Derren Brown, it's been a dramatic week for the power of suggestion

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 »

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Alice Eve to play Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class

28 June 2010 3:54 PM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Alice Eve is set to play Emma Frost in 20th Century Fox's X-Men: First Class.

The 28-year-old Brit - daughter of Shoestring detective series star Trevor Eve - starred in romantic comedy She's Out of My League and was also in Sex and the City 2.

Eve (pictured below) had been in line to appear as love interest Peggy Carter in Marvel's Captain America film but lost out to Hayley Atwell.

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.

Emma Frost, played by 24-year-old Tahyna Tozzi in a cameo role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, has telepathic powers and, in the early comics, was a villain who took the name White Queen; as a »

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Elizabeth Chater

15 April 2010 10:33 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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. »

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Pass notes No 2,723: Trevor Eve

3 February 2010 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Waking the Dead star turns out to be one of the Beeb's highest-paid stars

Age: 58.

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, »

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