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The Poirot Collection: Blu-ray box set

(Sidney Lumet, John Guillermin, Guy Hamilton, 1974-82; StudioCanal, PG)

The production partnership of John Brabourne (the Eton-educated seventh Baron Brabourne) and Richard B Goodwin (who started out as a teenage tea boy with the Rank Organisation) is one of the most interesting in the British cinema. Its highlights include David Lean's A Passage to India and the two-part Little Dorrit, but its most popular works were the period Agatha Christie pictures that brought all-star casting and unfashionably high production values to the whodunit and set new standards for the string of TV productions that followed. Brabourne's father-in-law Lord Mountbatten helped secure the rights from Dame Agatha, and the three best are the Hercule Poirot mysteries in this Blu-ray set. Ustinov plays the Belgian sleuth both in John Guillermin's Death on the Nile (1978), scripted by Anthony Shaffer and superbly photographed by Jack Cardiff, and in Guy Hamilton's bland
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Roger Hammond obituary

Actor known for his roles as clergymen, favourite uncles and tragic-comic characters

There is a great tradition in the rotundity of actors, and Roger Hammond, who has died aged 76 of cancer, stands proudly in a line stretching from Francis L Sullivan and Willoughby Goddard through to Roy Kinnear, Desmond Barrit and Richard Griffiths, though he was probably more malleably benevolent on stage than any of them.

He reeked of kindness, consideration and imperturbability, with a pleasant countenance and a beautiful, soft voice, qualities ideal for unimpeachable clergymen, favourite uncles and tragic-comic characters such as Waffles in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (whom he played in a 1991 BBC TV film, with David Warner and Ian Holm), a man whose wife left him for another man on his wedding day but who has remained faithful to her and forgiving ever since.

Hammond grew up in Stockport, Lancashire. His chartered accountant father was managing director of his own family firm,
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Roger Hammond obituary

Actor known for his roles as clergymen, favourite uncles and tragic-comic characters

There is a great tradition in the rotundity of actors, and Roger Hammond, who has died aged 76 of cancer, stands proudly in a line stretching from Francis L Sullivan and Willoughby Goddard through to Roy Kinnear, Desmond Barrit and Richard Griffiths, though he was probably more malleably benevolent on stage than any of them.

He reeked of kindness, consideration and imperturbability, with a pleasant countenance and a beautiful, soft voice, qualities ideal for unimpeachable clergymen, favourite uncles and tragic-comic characters such as Waffles in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (whom he played in a 1991 BBC TV film, with David Warner and Ian Holm), a man whose wife left him for another man on his wedding day but who has remained faithful to her and forgiving ever since.

Hammond grew up in Stockport, Lancashire. His chartered accountant father was managing director of his own family firm,
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Dickens on screen: the highs and the lows

There have been more than 400 film and TV adaptations so far, and counting, some brilliant, some memorably awful

The opening credits of BBC1's new three-part adaptation of Great Expectations (27-29 December) show a chrysalis cracking open to reveal a pair of trembling wings. A few seconds later this delicate emergence is replaced on screen by the escaped convict Magwitch (Ray Winstone) erupting from the stagnant waters of the Essex marshes. Covered in blood and slime, he is at once the monster of nightmares and a huge misshapen baby gasping its first breath.

In a single sequence, the director Brian Kirk gets to the heart of Dickens's novel as a fable of rebirth and renewal. Together with Sarah Phelps, the screenwriter, he has created a world in which characters are forever seeking to transform themselves – or each other. A spookily young Miss Havisham (Gillian Anderson), still cocooned in her tatty wedding dress,
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Jonathan Cecil obituary

Versatile actor and writer often called upon to play toffs and bumbling clerics

The actor Jonathan Cecil, who has died of pneumonia aged 72 after suffering from emphysema, spent much of his career playing upper-class characters. That is hardly surprising since his father was Lord David Cecil, Goldsmiths' professor of English literature at Oxford University, and Jonathan's grandfather was the 4th Marquess of Salisbury. Although often typecast as a comic blueblood, there was infinitely more to Jonathan than that. He excelled in Chekhov and Shakespeare, and four times played Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, always investing the character with a silvery pathos. In 1998 he had an outstanding season at Shakespeare's Globe, where he appeared in As You Like It and Thomas Middleton's A Mad World, My Masters, in which he played Sir Bounteous Progress – "gazing benignly", as John Gross wrote, "on almost everything, even his own undoing".

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Fancy owning a piece of film history?

Sands Films, a London movie studio facing closure because of rising rents is seeking help from small investors

In the old laundry room skilled seamstresses are finely stitching costumes for this autumn's production of Anne Boleyn at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. In the studio Keira Knightley is rehearsing for director Joe Wright's big-screen adaptation of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. In the basement of the Grade II-listed former granary facing the Thames a volunteer archivist pores over a unique reference collection of 19th century images, photographs and magazine clippings. Upstairs, crushed into a warren of rooms, lies an unparalleled collection of costumes used in films such as Little Dorrit, A Passage to India, Pride and Prejudice and The Young Victoria.

Yet this old curiosity shop of the UK film industry is threatened with destruction by landlords keen to turf out Sands Films and redevelop it, maybe into another Tesco Express,
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2009 Emmys winners, Grey Gardens, Mad Men and 30 Rock score

The Emmys have come and gone. Noticeably not there or included was the brilliant FX show, "Sons of Anarchy." Happy to see the HBO effort "Grey Gardens" get recognized for excellence. Also very happy to report the brilliant actress Toni Collette took the win for Best Actress in a comedy for Showtime. Bryan Cranston winning for AMC's amazing series "Breaking Bad" made my night. Comedy Series"Entourage""Family Guy"Flight of the Conchords""How I Met Your Mother""The Office"Winner: "30 Rock""Weeds" Drama Series"Big Love""Breaking Bad""Damages""Dexter""House""Lost"Winner: "Mad Men" Miniseries"Generation Kill" (HBO)Winner: "Little Dorrit" (PBS) Actor In A Comedywinner: Alec Baldwin - "30 Rock" (NBC)Steve Carell - "The Office" (NBC)Jemaine Clement - "Flight Of The Conchords" (HBO)Jim Parsons - "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)Tony Shalhoub -
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'Mad Men', 'Little Dorrit' win Emmys

Mad Men has led the way at this year's Emmy Awards, winning the 'Best TV Drama' gong for the second year running. Other shows recognised at last night's event in Los Angeles included comedy 30 Rock and the Us adaptation of British sitcom The Office. The 'Best Drama Actor' prize was given to Bryan Cranston for his part in Breaking Bad while Hollywood star Glenn Close won the 'Best Drama Actress' prize for Damages. The Office (more)
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Emmy Awards 2009: The Winners

Digital Spy presents the list of winners from the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards, held last night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Outstanding Comedy Series

30 Rock Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series

The Office Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series

ER Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special

Little Dorrit Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Series

American Idol Outstanding Drama Series

Mad Men Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program

Jeff Probst - Survivor

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Brendan Gleeson - Into The Storm

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

Toni Collette (more)
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The 61st Primetime Emmy Award winners.

The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards took place on Sunday, September 20th at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Programs taking multiple awards included "Little Dorrit" with seven total awards, followed by "Grey Gardens" with six, the "30 Rock" with five. Taking home four total awards were the "81st Annual Academy Awards," "American Idol" and "Pushing Daisies." Of those totalling three awards were "102 Minutes that Changed America," "Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony," "Generation Kill" and "Mad Men." The following received two awards in total from September 12th and September 20th: - "Breaking Bad" - "Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger" - "Into the Storm" - "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" - "Saturday Night Live" - "So You Think You Can Dance" - "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" - "United States of Tara"
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The winners of the 61st annual Primetime Emmys

At the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles tonight the winners of the 61st annual Primetime Emmys were announced. While Neil Patrick Harris was certainly a better host than last year's quintet of reality show hosts, there weren't many spectacular moments that stood out during the broadcast. The same could be said of the Emmy winners; most of the shows and talent that won a statue were the ones that critics predicted. For example, AMC's Mad Men, last year's winner for Best Drama Series, won it again. So did 30 Rock for Best Comedy Series. To no one's surprise The Daily Show nabbed a couple more statues in the variety categories and The Amazing Race took its seventh consecutive Emmy, continuing its domination of reality program honors.

Even so, it wasn't a complete yawn when Kristin Chenowith won an award for her work on the dearly departed Pushing Daisies. Another surprise came
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Emmy Awards 2009 Winners

Outstanding Drama Series Winner: "Mad Men" (2007) Outstanding Comedy Series Winner: "30 Rock" (2006) Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series Winner: Bryan Cranston for "Breaking Bad" (2008) Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series Winner: Glenn Close for "Damages" (2007) Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series Winner: Cherry Jones for "24" (2001) Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series Winner: Michael Emerson for "Lost" (2004) Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series Winner: "The Daily Show" (1996) Outstanding Miniseries Winner: "Little Dorrit" (2008) Outstanding Made For Television Movie Winner: Grey Gardens (2009) (TV) Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie Winner: Jessica Lange for Grey Gardens (2009) (TV) Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie Winner: Brendan Gleeson for Into the Storm (2009) (TV) Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie Winner: Ken Howard for Grey Gardens (2009) (TV) Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie Winner: Shohreh Aghdashloo for "House of Saddam" (2008) Outstanding Reality Competition Program Winner: "The Amazing Race
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Alec Baldwin and Kristin Chenoweth Among 2009 Primetime Emmys Winners

At 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 20, Alec Baldwin has grabbed prize for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, being awarded for his starring role as Jack Donaghy on famous TV series "30 Rock". Delivering his award acceptance speech, the senior actor took his statuette from presenter Rob Lowe and told the crowd, "I'd trade this to look like him."

Additionally, Kristin Chenoweth, who starred on ABC's canceled show "Pushing Daisies", also took home a gong from the annual awards show, which was kicked off at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Attending the event by wearing a sparkling dress, the 41-year-old beauty got kudo for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category.

When giving an acceptance speech, Kristin said, "I don't know why I'm crying. I'm unemployed now, and I'd like to be on 'Mad Men'. I also like 'The Office' and '24.' " After thanking her parents,
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'30 Rock' and 'Mad Men' Crown Emmy Night

In a night of fun but few surprises, "30 Rock" and "Mad Men" were named TV's top comedy and drama, respectively, at the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles Sunday night -- and "The Insider" was there! Click Here for a complete list of winners. "Mad Men" trumped "Big Love," "Breaking Bad," "Damages," "Lost," "House" and "Dexter," and in accepting the Emmy, show creator Matthew Weiner told the audience, "we worked very hard not to have it stink in the second year," adding, "it is an amazing time to work in TV." "30 Rock" won Outstanding Comedy Series, besting "Family Guy," "How I Met Your Mother," "Weeds," "Flight of the Conchords" "Entourage" and "The Office." "Whew! That was a nailbiter," joked Tina Fey as she accepted on behalf of the cast and crew and thanked their families for putting up with their busy work schedule. "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston
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Mad Men and 30 Rock Win Emmys Again for Best Drama and Best Comedy So No One Will Be Upset

Imagine if the same six or seven movies and their actors, writers, directors, etc. kept getting nominated for Oscars every year. There would be slight deviations but for the most part, Academy members would just take their ballot from last year, peruse a couple of For Your Consideration ads, maybe read a critic’s list or two as a second source to make sure they weren’t making any selection deemed interesting, and you’d wonder if they just showed a repeat except they somehow replaced Jon Stewart with Hugh Jackman.

“TV’s Finest Night” is always a repeat and you cherish just about anyone who hasn’t won an Emmy in the past no matter the quality of the show. Yes, “Mad Men” and “30 Rock” are excellent shows but barring a steep decline in quality, I already know who’s going to win next year because the Emmys are
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Emmy Live Blogging: Swine Flu Fever Edition (Pt 2)

part one

refresh screen regularly

9:03 I recently flew home to visit my parents who were moving out of my childhood home. One of my brother's friends was living in their basement. Killing time one night, I watched How I Met Your Mother on the ancient TV system. It only seemed to carry the broadcast networks. It's like the TV had absorbed my parents refusal to join the modern world. Anyway... while watching the show, my brother's friend comes in the room and says "this is a funny show but you know what the funniest show is? Two and a Half Men. I Love that show."

This is why people like Jeff Probst win "Best Host of a Reality TV Program"

9:07 Gilles Marini is thrusting so often on that clip from Dancing With the Stars I feel like he should be punished on an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
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Emmy Loves '30 Rock,' 'Mad Men' ... and HBO

  • The Wrap
By Wrap Staff

(See TheWrap's complete Emmys coverage.)

 

It was another year of deja vu for the Emmys, with HBO again dominating the overall tally with 21 honors overall and critical faves "Mad Men" and "30 Rock" repeating as best comedy and drama.

PBS also cleaned up at the 61st Annual Emmy Awards, thanks to "Little Dorrit," a little-hyped British co-production that snagged a total of seven statuettes -- more than any other program this year. HBO, which normally dominates longform, could still celebrate with six a...
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Fresh Faces Liven Up the Emmy Race

  • PEOPLE.com
With Family Guy the first animated show to be nominated as best comedy series in nearly half a century, things are looking a little different for this year's 61st annual Primetime Emmys. TV's biggest night - which CBS will broadcast live Sunday starting at 8 p.m. - is still expected to shower plenty of gold upon NBC's comedy 30 Rock and AMC's drama Mad Men, just like last year, but with How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris as the ceremony's first-time host after his stellar turn emceeing June's Tony Awards, the evening should also benefit from some categories starring new contenders.
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Emmy winners' reactions

Emmy winners' reactions
Tina Fey's NBC series "30 Rock" took home its third trophy for best comedy, but the star/writer/executive producer said that having more nominees in the category this year made for "a more surprising and exciting night." She also refused to believe the Web chatter that her show was the front-runner: "The Internet is always wrong." Meanwhile, she said her dream guest star is Meryl Streep, who could play a love interest for Alec Baldwin's Jack Donaghy. Remembering that the two are doing just that in the upcoming film "It's Complicated," Fey changed her mind, saying Streep maybe could play Grizz Chapman's love interest. But Fey added: "We've been lucky to have so many guest stars, but this year we're really trying to focus on the (regular group of) characters."

Alec Baldwin   "Paul McCartney. We're working on it." That was lead actor in a comedy winner Alec Baldwin
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