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Movie Review – Mindhorn (2016)

Mindhorn, 2016.

Directed by Sean Foley.

Starring Julian Barrett, Essie Davis, Russell Tovey, Andrea Riseborough, Jessica Barden, Harriet Walter, Kenneth Branagh, and Steve Coogan.

Synopsis:

A has-been actor best known for playing the title character in the 1980s detective series “Mindhorn” must work with the police when a serial killer says that he will only speak with Detective Mindhorn, whom he believes to be a real person.

There’s a moment late on in MindhornJulian Barratt and Simon Farnaby’s farcical master class-in which Barratt’s Richard Thorncroft, a washed up actor drunk on nostalgia, finds himself duct taped into the costume that once made him famous, his skin painted a Tango-tinge of orange, his hair covered in sofa-interior fluff. Hoping to be rescued by his accomplice, he begins to squawk. It’s fantastically absurd and gelastic, and only places further emphasis on what makes Mindhorn so joyful in its rib-tickling silliness.
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Mindhorn: Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby interview

Rob Leane May 4, 2017

The Mighty Boosh’s Julian Barratt and Yonderland’s Simon Farnaby talk to us about their Isle of Man action comedy, Mindhorn...

When you get to chat to two comedy geniuses at once, it doesn’t feel much like an interview. It’s more like sitting in on some well-honed hilarity, and trying not to make a tit of yourself when you try and interject with a question. This is what it felt like when I sat down with Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby for twenty minutes, in a snazzy central London meeting room, to talk about Mindhorn.

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The film, if you’re unfamiliar, casts The Mighty Boosh alum Barratt as a washed up actor by the name of Richard Thorncroft. His heyday was way back in the 1980s, when
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Strictly Come Dancing 2016: week one, show two – as it happened

It’s Ed Balls time! But did his first dance win over the judges? We followed the action as the remaining nine couples danced for the first time

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So that’s It for Week One! Some great performances over the last couple of nights, this is lining up to be a corker of a series. Next week’s show kicks off at 6.20pm, and it’s a two hour dance marathon so bring plenty of supplies.

Thank you everyone who joined in this evening, am off to drink wine and read your comments. Come and say hello @heidistephens on Twitter if you’re passing, otherwise I’ll see you on Wednesday for Bake Off, or next Saturday for Strictly! Have a great week, Hx

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Goodness there’s a lot of them. The beginning of a new Strictly season always feels a bit overwhelming, can’t we
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Terry Wogan turned down for BBC2 job in 1965 by David Attenborough

Attenborough, who was then controller of the channel, responded to Wogan’s application explaining the station already had an Irish presenter

Terry Wogan may have gone on to become one of the most recognised voices on British radio, but his career could have got off to a very different start if another BBC legend hadn’t been put off by the young broadcaster’s Irish accent.

Letters from the BBC archive dug up by the Radio Times reveal that Sir David Attenborough turned down a request from Wogan for a job on BBC2 in 1965 because the channel, which had only been running for a year, already had a presenter who was “also from Dublin”.

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Wogan and the Doctor

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It’s been a week of tributes to Terry Wogan, the broadcaster who died on January 31st and who had been a regular presence on British television and radio for well over four decades. His career encompassed two lengthy spells as BBC Radio 2 breakfast show host, his Wogan chat show which ran in an early evening...

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Terry Wogan's rise to fame: Irish grocer's son to legendary broadcaster

Famously outspoken, he was knighted after dominating TV and radio for decades, and even became an unlikely pop star

The son of an Irish grocery shop manager, Terry Wogan began his career in banking before securing a job as a newsreader and announcer with Irish broadcaster Radio Éireann (Rte). Wogan worked on news and documentaries with Rte, with a brief stint as a radio DJ, before moving to Britain.

At 29, Wogan became one of the presenters in the original lineup of BBC Radio 1 when it launched in 1967. Other DJs included breakfast host Tony Blackburn and John Peel.

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Sir Terry Wogan: tributes to BBC broadcaster dead aged 77 - as they happened

All the reaction and tributes to the BBC TV and Radio presenter Terry Wogan, who has died of cancer aged 77, best known for his chat show Wogan, the Eurovision Song Contest and Children In Need.

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We’re going to end this live blog now, thank you very much for all the touching contributions via GuardianWitness, especially the insights into the world of TOGs.

For 50 years Sir Terry graced our screens and airwaves. His warmth, wit and geniality meant that for millions he was a part of the family.

We are all so terribly sad upon hearing of the passing of Terry. I can’t put into words how the whole Radio 2 family is feeling.

None of us were expecting this, come out of a clear blue sky, so it’s really hard to take in.

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Iconic Broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan Dies at 79

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Iconic Broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan Dies at 79
Sir Terry Wogan was a broadcasting institution and cultural iconoclast. He hosted a multitude of television and radio programs, including the quiz show Blankety Blank, as well as the charity program Children in Need, which was first broadcast in 1980, and which he continued to host after his retirement from regular broadcasting. With that singular Irish Blarney and an irreverent whimsy, he helped make the Eurovision Son Contest, for which he provided acerbic commentary for the BBC from 1971 to 2008, relevant again, long after Brits ceased to take the program seriously. "Who knows what hellish future lies ahead?" he mused at the beginning of the 2007 contest. "Actually, I do. I've seen the rehearsals."Wogan, who died of cancer at 79 on Sunday, was an ubiquitous presence in England and Ireland. He had a brilliant ability to coax celebrities into saying things that adorned morning headlines, and would deliver lacerating
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Terry Wogan: the intriguingly subversive national treasure

Inspired by satirist Brian O’Nolan, Wogan was often considered cosy but knew a gentle tone can distract from bold content

Sir Terry Wogan, who has died at the age of 77, owed much of his success to one stereotypical attribute of the Irish: a fluent and mellifluous delivery. But his enduring popularity was also underwritten by another quality found more often in his home country than most others: a love of language and literature.

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Children in Need: we'll miss Terry Wogan but we're in safe hands with Dermot O'Leary

Presenting the BBC’s annual charity marathon is one of the hardest acts on television, so it’s good news that while Wogan recuperates he is being replaced by the very capable dancing Dermot

Tonight’s Children in Need might be hard to sit through. Usually, that’s the whole point – as a television programme, it exists purely to destabilise you with such an unrelenting volley of conflicting emotions that you end up flinging money at it in a kind of sobbing fugue state – but, this year, the discomfort will be much less intentional. Because, this year and for the very first time, Terry Wogan won’t be hosting it.

Thanks to poor health – a procedure on his back means that he won’t be able to remain on his feet for the full six-and-a-half-hour broadcast – Wogan has dropped out of the show at the last minute. And that’s a terrible shame,
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Scott Mills to defy gravity as he aims to abseil Blackpool Tower for BBC Children in Need

Scott Mills got more than he bargained for on his Radio 1 show today (October 26).

None other than Sir Terry Wogan phoned in to challenge the DJ to abseil down Blackpool Tower for BBC Children in Need.

Mills will be joined by Royal Marines for the 400ft abseil.

"I would say I'm really excited to be part of Children in Need this year, but to be honest, I am ridiculously nervous about what I am taking on," Mills noted.

"If facing my fear and abseiling the Blackpool Tower inspires even just one person to donate then it will be absolutely worth it... especially when I get to the ground!"

Viewers will see if Mills can conquer his fear of heights during the Children in Need show on November 13.

Wogan will be hosting this year's broadcast alongside Fearne Cotton, Tess Daly, Rochelle Humes and Nick Grimshaw.

It will see Sir Bruce Forsyth
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Call the Midwife does Strictly Come Dancing for Children in Need

There's a huge amount in store for Children in Need viewers this year, after BBC One announced the lineup for the night of charity programming next month.

Sir Terry Wogan, Tess Daly, Fearne Cotton, Rochelle Humes and Nick Grimshaw will host the action-packed special on Friday, November 13 at 7.30pm.

The evening will see Sir Bruce Forsyth return to Strictly Come Dancing to host a Call the Midwife special.

Stars of Call the Midwife Jenny Agutter, Laura Main, Stephen McGann and Jack Ashton will all strut their stuff for charity, fighting to win the Pudsey Glitter Ball trophy.

Elsewhere, there's a host of musical talent on offer too, with Years & Years, Rod Stewart and Selena Gomez all due to perform on the night.

Shane Filan and Nadine Coyle will also perform their duet 'I Could Be'.

Meanwhile, Harry Hill will present a one-off comedy special, and there'll be performances from the West End cast of Beautiful,
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Tuesday’s best TV

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Exploring the wilderness that is India: Nature’s Wonderland, naughty schoolkids in Educating Cardiff, and Wogan and cabby on the road in Terry And Mason’s Great Food Trip. Plus: the business of marriage in Desperate For Love: Secrets Of China and opulent weddings in How The Rich Get Hitched

Cornering the celebrity cab driver racket admirably, Mason McQueen heads out on the road with Terry Wogan. Who put this pair together – and why – may not be known, but it’s affable enough stuff as “Tel” quips his way around the country with Mason, eating all that comes his way and following the writings of postwar gastronome Samuel Chamberlain, as laid out in his book British Bouquet. This week it’s Weymouth, where they encounter the devastating Naga chilli. Ben Arnold

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Terry Wogan, Sharon Horgan and John Sessions join Moone Boy series 3

Sir Terry Wogan, Sharon Horgan and John Sessions have joined the cast of Moone Boy.

They will star in the forthcoming third series of the Sky1 sitcom, which premieres on March 2.

Moone Boy was created and co-written by Chris O'Dowd, who also stars in the show.

Wogan plays a TV host on the show, while Horgan plays a Yoga-loving entrepreneur, and Sessions plays conspiracy theorist Dr Steven Gnot.

Wogan recently made headlines when he claimed that Conchita Wurst turned last year's Eurovision Song Contest into "a freak show".

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Watch Chris O'Dowd and David Rawle discuss Moone Boy below:
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Brass Eye, Brits and Boyle: What is the most shocking TV moment ever?

Channel 5 will count down the Most Shocking TV Moments tonight (Monday, December 1) from 10pm.

In the 3-hour special, celebrities will recall Tom Cruise's sofa jump, Charles Ingram's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? con, Oliver Reed's drunken chat show antics and much more.

Digital Spy can reveal which shock moments have made the top ten, though you'll have to tune in tonight to find out which order they come in, and which has claimed the top spot.

Michael Jackson's performance at the 1996 Brit Awards is interrupted by a stage invasion from Pulp's Jarvis Cocker

Strictly Come Dancing professional Kristina Rihanoff is surprised to be partnered with John Sergeant back in 2008

Diana, Princess of Wales gives a revealing interview on Panorama in November 1995

A Blind Date contestant believed to be a secretary is revealed to be a journalist writing an article for Cosmopolitan magazine

The Bee Gees
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Children in Need: See Tom and Jerry face Strictly Come Dancing judges

An all-new Tom and Jerry cartoon has premiered on BBC Children in Need.

Fearne Cotton introduced the new short, featuring "the legends" Tom and Jerry, during the BBC broadcast on Friday (November 14).

The cat and mouse were enlisted by Sir Terry Wogan to help Children in Need mascot Pudsey Bear to raise money for this year's telethon.

The subsequent adventure saw the duo fail to impress The Apprentice's Lord Alan Sugar, EastEnders's Danny Dyer and the Strictly Come Dancing judges with their madcap antics.

Tom and Jerry have been a popular animated duo around the world since their creation in 1940 by Hanna-Barbera.

BBC Children in Need aired from Elstree Centre in Hertfordshire. Wogan, Cotton, Tess Daly, Nick Grimshaw and Rochelle Humes oversaw the proceedings.
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Nick Grimshaw and Fearne Cotton for Children in Need baking competition

Nick Grimshaw and Fearne Cotton are to take part in a celebrity baking contest for Children in Need.

Sir Terry Wogan, Tess Daly, Matt Baker and Alex Jones will also join forces in an attempt to get the nation baking their favourite cakes.

Each celebrity will back one of the country's best-loved cakes, and will ask the public to get behind their team by holding a bake sale with their chosen cake.

Wogan - who will be backing #TeamLemonDrizzle - said: "My own wife's lemon drizzle cake is a thing of beauty, so, I am asking you, the Great British public, to get behind me and bake, bake, bake, to make a lemon drizzle to remember, for BBC Children in Need this year!

"Think of all the money we can raise together for disadvantaged children and young people all across the UK."

The aptly-named Matt Baker will front #TeamFruitCake, while Cotton will join #TeamCarrotCake.
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Terry Wogan's 'strange appendage' causes giggles on Draw It!

Sir Terry Wogan's drawing skills, or lack of them, are enough to cause plenty of titters on Channel 4's new gameshow Draw It!.

The show features celebrities and members of the public taking part in drawing challenges, but Wogan's scribblings of a "strange appendage" leave everyone in the studio scratching their heads.

We can't have been the only ones thinking the final answer was something much ruder. And drawing an arrow to the 'right area' didn't help with our sniggers.

Hosted by Mel Giedroyc, Draw It! is a new weekday quiz on Channel 4, which airs at 4.30pm.

The show's winner takes home a £5,000 prize.
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Eurovision 2014 - Conchita wins: As it happened

Turn off that Abba CD, dig out your cheapest bottle of booze and prepare yourselves for some bearded drag queens, saucy Polish ladies and the most barking mad stage designs that Europe has to offer.

Eurovision, the nuttiest night of television every year, is back and this year promises to be an absolute corker.

Eurovision is no fun on your own, so we'll be here all evening live-blogging the best, the worst and the weirdest acts that those crazy Europeans have to offer.

23:30So, it's Austria 2015. Bring. It. On. We're off to tuck into a Curly Wurly cake. We hope you enjoyed the evening. See you next year.

23:29"We Are Unstoppable!" A lovely end to another crazy show from Eurovision as Conchita dedicates her award to everyone who wants peact. It all gets a bit political, but in a nice way. It's truly heartwarming stuff.

23:28But it's not about Molly tonight.
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The Trip to Italy TV review

It's funny business as usual, as Coogan and Brydon impersonate their way through Italy in this reinvented travelogue

"We're not going to be doing any impersonations are we, cos we talked about that," says Steve Coogan to Rob Brydon, as they drive their convertible Mini along a twisty Piedmond road near the start of The Trip to Italy (BBC2). Except they are, obviously, because Brydon has just slipped into Tom Jones. And Ronnie Corbett and Al Pacino and of course Coogan can't help joining in.

Good, because the impersonations are one of the brilliant things about The Trip. Not so much the impersonations themselves, but rather the way Coogan and Brydon do them, slipping in a Wogan here, a Morrissey there. Or both doing Michael Caine in a Caine-off. And the other will take on an opposite role, a camp assistant director to Tom Hardy's incomprehensible Bane in The Dark Knight Rises,
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