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The 50 best TV shows of 2016: No 1 Planet Earth II

With amazing camera work and David Attenborough’s guiding words, 2016’s most outstanding television series made its rapt audience – and, most impressively, teenagers – re-engage emotionally with the animal kingdom

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To understand why scenes and scenarios in Planet Earth II were so affecting, I found myself reaching into an emotional vault I haven’t accessed since the 1980s. The fairy tern, who had come back to her massacred egg and continued to incubate it, even while its yolk was dripping off her feet, brought back a horrible scene in Fortunes of War, identical in every respect except with people instead of birds and Nazi shells instead of predators. Almost everything involving a monkey reminded me of a Godfather film. The great bower bird, not great at all, a bit Ocd and usually wrong, was The Diary of a Nobody.
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Kenneth Branagh Pitches ‘Return Of The Native’ Adaptation During PBS ‘Wallander’ Panel – TCA

Masterpiece exec producer Rebecca Eaton, still upstairs at the TCA hotel in Pasadena with the flu, again missed panels today for her franchise’s panels at the confab, including one in which Kenneth Branagh came to discuss Wallander, The Final Season, airing May 8-22. This was particularly disappointing for Eaton, given that Branagh had starred in the very first program she acquired in her three-decade tenure at Masterpiece, Fortunes Of War, which also had been her first…
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Emma Thompson to receive Bifa honour

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Oscar-winning UK actress and writer to receive Richard Harris Award.

Emma Thompson is to receive The Richard Harris Award at The Moët British Independent Film Awards on Dec 7.

The award, introduced in 2002 in honour of actor Richard Harris, recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor. Previous winners have included, John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon and Julie Walters.

Thompson is known for both acting and screenwriting and is the only artist to date to have received an Oscar for both acting and screenwriting.

Speaking about the Richard Harris Award, Thompson said: “This is a very special award, in name of an incredible actor who inspired so many people during his career. I am honoured to follow in the footsteps of my peers who have received this award before me.”

Thompson received her first Oscar in 1993 for her leading role in Merchant Ivory adaptation Howard
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BAFTA To Host ‘A Life In Pictures’ With Emma Thompson

She’s unequivocally one of the best British actors of our generation and so we’re proud to announce that Emma Thompson, triple-bafta and double-Oscar winning actress, will be discussing her craft and career at a ‘BAFTA A Life In Pictures’ event on Sunday 24th November. The event, sponsored by Deutsche Bank, will take place at BAFTA’s headquarters, 195 Piccadilly in London.

‘BAFTA A Life In Pictures’ is a long-running series of onstage interviews in which some of the film world’s leading talent discuss their life and career and share insights into the experiences that helped them hone and develop their crafts. The series has hosted leading names including Dustin Hoffman, Martin Scorsese, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Kenneth Branagh and Helen Mirren.

Emma Thompson is a multi-award-winning actress of stage and screen, whose career to date has spanned over thirty years. She received her first BAFTA at
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BAFTA to host Emma Thompson event

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BAFTA to host Emma Thompson event
Saving Mr Banks star to talk on stage about her career on stage and screen.

BAFTA and Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson is to discuss her craft and career at a BAFTA A Life In Pictures event on Nov 24. The event will take place at BAFTA’s headquarters in London’s Piccadilly.

Thompson received her first BAFTA at the British Academy Television Awards in 1988 for her work on Tutti Frutti and Fortunes of War, and gained a British Academy Film Award in 1993 for her performance in Howards End, for which she was also awarded her first Oscar and Golden Globe.

In 1996 Emma Thompson took home her third BAFTA for Best Actress for Sense and Sensibility, and her BAFTA-nominated script for the film also earned her the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and a second Golden Globe.

She was also BAFTA-nominated for her roles in The Remains of the Day and Love Actually, and won an
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Emma Thompson to Discuss Her Career at U.K. BAFTA Event

Emma Thompson to Discuss Her Career at U.K. BAFTA Event
London – Double Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson will be center of attention for a BAFTA "A Life In Pictures" event later this month. Having won three British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards herself, Thompson will discuss her 30-year screen career onstage at BAFTA's central London HQ. Photos: 11 British Actors Invading Hollywood's 'It List' Thompson picked up her first BAFTA at the British Academy Television Awards in 1988 for her work on Tutti Frutti and Fortunes of War, and won a British Academy Film Award in 1993 for her turn in Howards End, for which

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Take five: classic TV drama box sets

There's plenty of top-class British TV if you want to dodge this summer's sport, from Brideshead Revisited to House of Eliott

If no amount of British sporting fortitude, personal triumph and parental tear-fountains can make you love the Olympics or Paralympics then you'll be looking for other ways to fill your flat-screen between now and mid-September. These classic British box sets will transport you from Lycra-based festivals of sport to somewhere altogether more tweedy. Britain is not just brilliant at cycling and rowing; we also make some quite brilliant TV drama.

Brideshead Revisited (1981)

Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews star as university friends in this pleasingly languorous adaptation of the Waugh classic. Charles Ryder (Irons) becomes entangled with the aristocratic Flyte family when he befriends the peculiar Sebastian (Andrews) at Oxford. There follows 659 minutes of Catholic symbolism, forbidden love and beautiful photography set against the backdrop of the titular homestead, played
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Philip Madoc obituary

Actor with a flair for transformation, from Doctor Who aliens and the Dad's Army U-boat captain to Lloyd George and King Lear

The actor Philip Madoc, who has died aged 77 after a short illness, became one of Wales's best-known faces through playing villains and officers on television for half a century. His rich, sonorous voice was heard to marvellous effect when he took the role of King Lear in a 2007 BBC radio broadcast: it was as ideal for Shakespeare as it was for light comedy or reciting the prose of Dylan Thomas, at which he was masterly.

His television work brought him four different roles in Doctor Who, but he really made his name as the vicious Huron warrior Magua in the 1971 BBC series The Last of the Mohicans. He swaggered dangerously, semi-naked, in dark body make-up, and a shaven hairstyle with Mohican brush that pre-empted punk by several years.
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Six to watch: TV soldiers

With Eddie Redmayne's performance in Birdsong dividing viewers, we take a look at the dramas featuring some of TV's finest soldiers

The BBC is having something of a happy new year when it comes to Sunday-night drama, with Call the Midwife providing bumper ratings, and Sherlock giving drama fans a welcome January filip. This weekend sees the final part of the corporation's two-part dramatisation of Sebastian Faulks's first world war drama Birdsong, adapted by the screenwriter of the moment, Abi Morgan. Viewers – and critics – have been split in their reactions to it: some praising the drama's long, painterly shots and sparse dialogue; others criticising the slow pace and Eddie Redmayne's central performance.

Whichever side of the divide you fall, there's little arguing that the scale and waste of the first world war is still laid bare for the viewer. Perhaps that's why many of the six TV
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Anthony Burgess archive reveals vast body of previously unseen work

Gifted by the author's widow, the resource includes a great deal of music writing, as well as new literary gems

A greatly expanded slang lexicon for the delinquent droogs of the novel A Clockwork Orange has been unearthed in a vast archive of the work and life of Anthony Burgess held in Manchester, alongside the libretto and score of an unseen opera about Leon Trotsky, and the script for an unmade TV series about Attila the Hun.

In preparation for next year's 50th anniversary of his notorious novel, one of the most controversial modern works in the English language, the small team at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation have been working to organise and catalogue hundreds of papers, letters and original compositions, ready for an influx of international visitors.

The extraordinary resource, which has been left to the foundation by Burgess's widow Liana, is newly housed in a renovated building
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In praise of… celebrating Kenneth Branagh

In any other country Branagh's achievements would be a source of acclaim and collective pride

Is there something about Kenneth Branagh that justifies the sour press that has so often mugged him – including, let it be admitted, on occasion in the Guardian? Or does the intermittent Branagh-bashing say more about media culture than the man himself? In any other country, Mr Branagh's achievements would be a source of full-throated acclaim and collective pride – and indeed he has rarely been out of favour with the public. Mr Branagh may not be the supreme actor-director of his generation – but then, though he has few peers, he has never claimed to be. At 50, the record is already too prodigious to list in full: highlights include a memorable breakthrough in Fortunes of War, a succession of fine Shakespeare roles on stage and screen, compelling TV roles as the explorer Ernest Shackleton, the fascist Reinhard Heydrich and,
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Kenneth Branagh Interview Wallander II: Faceless Killers; Reveals He’s Screening Thor Tonight for the Studio

In Series 2 of Wallander, Kenneth Branagh returns to PBS’s Masterpiece: Mystery, premiering on October 3rd, as detective Kurt Wallander, a man who battles crimes and his own demons, in the rural yet brutal seaside town of Ystad, Sweden.

Based on the novels by best-selling author Henning Mankell, the producer/star won a BAFTA for Best Actor for his portrayal of the moody, brilliant, intuitive and troubled man. Wallander continues his relationship with Masterpiece, which goes back eight years to Fortunes of War, and has been so successful that Series 3 is already in the works, scripts are currently being written and the hope is to shoot it a year from now.

Prior to the panel for Wallander at Wednesday’s PBS portion of the Television Critics Association Press Tour, it was announced by the network that, although Kenneth Branagh was taking time out to answer some press questions in support of the show,
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Alan Plater dies at 75

Playwright and author of TV dramas including The Beiderbecke Affair and Fortunes of War

Alan Plater, whose TV credits in a writing career spanning 50 years included The Beiderbecke Affair, Fortunes of War and the screenplay for A Very British Coup, has died, his agent confirmed to the BBC today.

Plater, 75, wrote novels and for film and theatre, but will be best remembered for a profilic body of television drama spanning six decades, starting with TV play The Referees for BBC North in 1961.

His final TV drama, Joe Maddison's War, starring Kevin Whately and Robson Green and set on the eve of the second world war in the north-east, where Plater was born, is currently in post-production for ITV.

Plater was born in Jarrow in 1935 and moved with his family as a young child to Hull, where he grew up.

He studied architecture at Newcastle University and worked for a short
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Alan Plater dies at 75

Playwright and author of TV dramas including The Beiderbecke Affair and Fortunes of War

Alan Plater, whose TV credits in a writing career spanning 50 years included The Beiderbecke Affair, Fortunes of War and the screenplay for A Very British Coup, has died, his agent confirmed to the BBC today.

Plater, 75, wrote novels and for film and theatre, but will be best remembered for a profilic body of television drama spanning six decades, starting with TV play The Referees for BBC North in 1961.

His final TV drama, Joe Maddison's War, starring Kevin Whately and Robson Green and set on the eve of the second world war in the north-east, where Plater was born, is currently in post-production for ITV.

Plater was born in Jarrow in 1935 and moved with his family as a young child to Hull, where he grew up.

He studied architecture at Newcastle University and worked for a short
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Alan Plater obituary

Popular northern dramatist for TV, theatre and radio, his works guaranteed humour, heart and humanity

Alan Plater, who has died of cancer aged 75, was one of a handful of writers, including Jack Rosenthal, Dennis Potter and Simon Gray, who truly made a difference on British television in the golden age of comedy, drama series and the single play. Like the other two Alans – Bennett and Bleasdale – his name guaranteed a quality of humour, heart and humanity, usually matched by high standards of acting and production values. And like them, he was definitely "northern".

He wrote 18 episodes of the BBC's pioneering police series Z Cars between 1963 and 1965, and 30 episodes for its sequel, Softly Softly. His gift of writing supple, salty dialogue for working-class characters was similarly displayed in Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt (1976-77), a series developed from his own single play and starring Bill Maynard as the inept handyman with the thumbs-up catchphrase "Magic!
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Mark Lawson on Alan Plater: 'Bright, socialist and proudly northern'

Throughout his long and varied career the TV writer helped maintain high standards across the industry

Alan Plater, who has died of cancer, was a notably versatile writer. Frequently employed on police series, his career spanned pioneering episodes of Z Cars and Softly Softly to an episode of ITV's Lewis screened in the final months of his life.

This was appropriate because, as well as being one of British TV's key dramatists, he also operated for five decades as a sort of drama cop.

As president of the Writers' Guild and a willing media pundit, Plater policed the schedules and statements of broadcasting executives, as well as the opportunities and conditions for fellow scriptwriters.

He kept the tone and behaviour of the industry higher than it might otherwise have been. Plater refused to accept that multi-channel television and the popularity of Simon Cowell's dancing dogs made it necessary to
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Competition: Win the books that inspired ‘The Pacific’

To accompany the launch of Blogomatic3000’s new book section, today we have loads of books to giveaway.

To celebrate the arrival of The Pacific on Sky Movies HD, which airs at 9pm on April 5th 2010 only on Sky Movies HD, we have copies of the books that inspired the series to giveaway – With the Old Breed by E.B Sledge and Helmet For My Pillow by Robert Leckie. Don’t forget to check out our review of the first two episodes of The Pacific right here.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning a copy of With the Old Breed or Helmet For My Pillow, is to answer this simple question:

The Pacific is the follow-up to which critically acclaimed HBO series?

a) Band of Brothers

b) Fortunes of War

c) Tour of Duty

Send your answer – along with your name and address – to competition@blogomatic3000.com,
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