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This BBC audience reaction report was one of the first nails in Doctor Who's coffin in the late eighties…
“Not for publication” is printed at the top of the 1988 audience reaction report for Doctor Who’s 24th season. It’s there for the purposes of BBC confidentiality, but could equally be a pain-saving instruction to save Sylvester McCoy fans the distress of reading the show’s three-page death sentence.
Because this report is painful stuff. Compiled in February 1988 after the broadcast of McCoy’s first four serials as the Doctor (from Time And The Rani to Dragonfire), it doesn’t mince its words in describing audience apathy and antipathy towards late-eighties Doctor Who. Looking back with the knowledge that the wilderness years were around the corner, each unimpressed audience response and scathing comment feels like another nail being hammered into classic Who’s coffin.
To begin with, the numbers weren’t good. »
The Musketeers picks up the slack and delivers a surprising, eventful and engaging episode in A Marriage Of Inconvenience...
This review contains spoilers.
2.7 A Marriage Of Inconvenience
Last week’s Through A Glass Darkly was a slight blip on what has been a strong season for The Musketeers and it is with some relief that A Marriage Of Inconvenience returns the series, if not to its peak, then at least some way to it.
Directed by Edward Bennett (Waking The Dead, Silent Witness) and written by, Steve Bailie (Casualty, Primeval), A Marriage Of Inconvenience is a surprising episode in that it had me raging for the first half hour, but then as the twist became more clear it forced me to see it in a new light. This was an episode that caught me unawares and I liked it the more for it.
So what was going on? Well, in »
When was the last time you found yourself excited by a medical drama? BBC stalwarts Casualty and Holby City limp round once a week, while Grey’s Anatomy continues to untangle its various romances. The schedules are stuffed with crime dramas – from the cosy to the darkly complex – but it seems the poor hospital drama has fallen from favour. Even medical dramas don’t want to be medical dramas: ABC’s Forever, ostensibly a medical show, is actually about an immortal examiner trying to unravel the mystery of his eternal life.
So where is the programme to give the medical drama the shot of adrenaline it so desperately needs? In the Us, they’re hoping the answer to that question is “right around the »
- Sarah Hughes
★★★☆☆ For his second feature as director - following on from the Emma Thompson-starring The Winter Guest (1997) - Alan Rickman brings audiences the period folly A Little Chaos (2014), a film as mildly diverting and inoffensive as its title suggests. Based on a true story and adapted from ex-Casualty star Alison Deegan's debut screenplay, the film tells of a most ostensibly mundane period of King Louis Xiv's tenure at Versailles, doing so in an entirely lightweight and likable manner that, though befitting a casual ITV costume drama, is saved by a wealth of assured hands both on and off screen. Set in 1682, Academy Award winner Kate Winslet plays widowed, green-fingered landscape designer Sabine De Barra.
- CineVue UK
They’ve been crushed, blown up, drowned, plunged to the bottom of fiery warehouses, fallen from rooftops, collapsed in restaurants, fallen downstairs, and generally been the victims of an uncaring deity determined to wring every ounce of tension and drama from their demise; yes, it’s a hard, albeit short lived life being a guest star on...
- Andrew Reynolds
Detective Sam Cross (Wakefield) never got the chance for revenge. Twenty years ago, her sister became the last victim of serial child killer Edward Jansen, moments before he was shot dead by a police Swat team. But now, decades later, he’s back. Luke Denham (Horn) is a normal guy living a normal life until he wakes up one morning to find a mutilated corpse in his bathroom. When the police find Jansen’s DNA all over the crime scene, Luke and Sam are thrown together on a mission to uncover the truth and stop the long-dead psychopath who stalks and taunts them…
- Phil Wheat
The Voice UK blind auditions continued with more than 8.7 million last night (February 14), according to overnight figures.
The BBC One singing competition appealed to 8.76m (41.3%) from 7.15pm.
It was followed by The National Lottery: Win Your Wish List and Casualty, which managed 4.94m (24.3%) and 4.87m (24.7%) respectively.
The Jonathan Ross Show managed 2.18m (11.1%) from 9.20pm.
The latest episode of Channel 5's CSI was caught by 932k (4.6%).
The EastEnders actress will play the historical figure in reconstructions of her intimate life.
The documentary, currently known as Armada, will air on BBC Two this spring.
Historian Dan Snow will front the three-part programme with a selection of experts, while CGI will also play a role.
She also took part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2009.
Dobson said: "Elizabeth I is a gift of a role, and one I've always hoped I'd get the opportunity to play.
"It's been a real honour to work with the BBC History team to recreate these pivotal moments in history, and playing a queen was one of the most enjoyable times I've had!" »
Actress will play the lead in the much-anticipated DC comics series about Superman’s cousin
The very buzzy new entry into television’s superhero offerings, “Supergirl,” has found its heroine.
Also Read: DC vs. Marvel: Universes Collide in Epic Mashup Movie Trailer (Video)
- Jethro Nededog
Since then, we've had plenty of shows that focus on the lives of a group of youths, from Skins to Misfits to Made in Chelsea. But there was one show that arguably kickstarted the modern teen drama without getting the kudos it deserves, and that show was As If.
Last year marked the 10th anniversary since the series came to an end, and so Digital Spy decided to look back on the show and find out what happened to some of its main cast members.
As If launched on January 22, 2001 on Channel 4 in the midweek early evening slot, and was later repeated on Sunday afternoons on T4. From series two onwards, it stayed as a T4 staple, but maintained its young adult themes, running for »
"I'll have [the award] Monday and Wednesday, you'll have it Tuesday and Thursday. I'll have it weekends," he joked to Bright in his acceptance speech.
He continued: "I want to thank my kids… Without them, I'd be a tenth of the man I am today. And that ain't much, I'll tell you!"
Bright previously denied any rivalry between herself and Dyer over the award, explaining that she was simply pleased that both were nominated.
For the next three hours, the best of 2014's television will be celebrated at a lavish ceremony starring everyone from Danny Dyer to the bloke from The Chase.
So grab a cup of tea, prepare for madness and enjoy Ant & Dec winning the Best TV Presenter(s) trophy, as Digital Spy takes you through the evening from 7.30pm.
22:03So there we have it for another year! A pretty darn well-run ship by Dermot, and a generally enjoyable show. What did you think of the winners? Any big snubs? All in agreement? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for joining us!
22:02Of course, one more mention of Mrs Brown before the end.
22:00Claudia Winkleman can be seen going "What? »
The cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens keeps growing by the day, with Yahoo! UK reporting that The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death actress Leanne Best, who plays the title character in that horror movie, has signed on for an unspecified role in the sci-fi sequel. The news was revealed in a press email for the actress' upcoming ITV series Home Fries, where it mentioned that she will also be in director J.J. Abrams' highly-anticipated Star Wars movie. Naturally, we have no word on what character she may be playing, or how she fits into the story. Here's an excerpt from the press email below.
"Brit actor Leanne Best [is] available for interview. Best known for her role as Jane Cobden on BBC's award-winning Ripper Street, Leanne is currently starring as the woman in black in The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death showing in theatres worldwide. »
Star Wars: The Force Awakens officially wrapped production last November, but we still seem to be hearing about new actors being outed as cast members on a fairly regular basis. The latest is British actress Leanne Best, who was named in a recent PR-email (via Total Geeks). "Brit actor Leanne Best [is] available for interview,” it reads. “Leanne is currently starring as the woman in black in ‘The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death’ showing in theatres worldwide. With a number of film projects on the horizon, 2015 will also see Leanne in J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated ‘Star Wars VII’.” No details on her role are given of course, but it's most likely a pretty minor one. Best is now most familiar as the ghost from The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death, but she made her name appearing in British TV shows such as Casualty, Wire In The »
The singing competition attracted 8.46m (38.5%) from 7pm, an increase of more than 400k compared to last week's series premiere.
The National Lottery: Win Your Wish List followed with 4.92m (23%), before Casualty was watched by 5.04m (23.6%).
BBC Two's snooker coverage of The Masters averaged 1.31m (6%) across the night.
On Channel 5, a CSI repeat appealed to 569k (2.6%) from 8pm, before the latest Celebrity Big Brother instalment earned 2.24m (10.3%).
The multichannels were topped by ITV3's Midsomer Murders, which garnered 1.24m (5.7%) from 8pm. »
The Musketeers' winning streak continues this week, but is the supporting cast starting to eclipse the Musketeers themselves?
This review contains spoilers.
2.3 The Good Traitor
Last week’s An Ordinary Man brought excitement and danger through some strong writing and performances, and could certainly be considered up there with the best the series has had to offer. It was a good example of how a Musketeers’ story can be told that reflects the excitement and adventure of the source material but in a manner that modern audiences would enjoy – exactly what we’ve been wanting from this adaptation. The question was of course – is this a one-off? Have they peaked early ? Well, in The Good Traitor the cast and writers have done an excellent job of picking up where An Ordinary Man left off – certainly being the equal in writing, performance and direction.
On the surface, there is a »
Filming has begun in Cardiff for Season 9 of Doctor Who and includes a star-studded guest cast. The new season will be back on BBC One in Autumn 2015. The episodes currently being filmed are written by Toby Whithouse (The Game, Being Human), produced by Derek Ritchie and directed by Daniel O'Hara (Silent Witness 2015, The Game, Being Human). Here's what Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, had to say in a statement.
"An amazing guest cast for a brilliantly creepy two-parter by Toby Whithouse. Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman are back in Cardiff, back in the box, and back in action - for one of our scariest adventures yet!"
On set filming for the new series, Peter Capaldi added the following statement.
"The adventures begin again for myself and Jenna and I'm delighted to be back filming my second series of Doctor Who."
Paul Kaye who played Thoros of Myr in »
Filming has officially begun in Cardiff on the ninth season of "Doctor Who" which is due to air this Fall.
A two-parter is currently being shot that has been penned by Toby Whithouse ("Being Human") and guest stars Paul Kaye ("Game of Thrones"), Arsher Ali ("The Missing"), Morven Christie ("Grantchester"), Sophie Stone ("Casualty)" and Colin McFarlane ("Eastenders").
Show runner Steven Moffat says the episodes are a "a brilliantly creepy two-parter" and that fans should be excited as "Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman are back in Cardiff, back in the box, and back in action - for one of our scariest adventures yet."
Source: The BBC »
- Garth Franklin
Gurinder Chadha’s hit film Bend It Like Beckham is being readied for the West End stage and following a host of auditions and workshops, the cast for the highly anticipated stage version Bend It Like Beckham the Musical has been formally announced.
Natalie Dew will play football crazy Jess with Lauren Samuels as Jules, a player with the Harriers, a local women’s football team, and Jamie Campbell Bower as their coach Joe. The three young leads will be supported by some familiar faces, including comedian Ronni Ancona who plays Paula, Jules’s Mum, with Jamal Andréas as Jess’ good friend Tony.
Preeya Kalidas who appeared in the original film as one of the cousins, will take on the role of Pinky, Jess’ sister and Tony Jayawardena andNatasha Jayetileke take on the all important roles of her parents, Mr and Mrs Bhamra.
Jess needs extra time. She is facing »
- Press Releases
A new name has come up as a possible candidate for the leading role of Kara Zor-El in CBS’s Supergirl, from executive producers Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler. 30-year-old British actress Gemma Atkinson (Casualty, Night of the Living 3D Dead) is reportedly being considered for the role, according to the British tabloid, The Sun, which had previously stated that Atkinson was in talks to star in Emmerdale, a long-running British soap opera. “Gemma is a huge fan of comic books so this is something she’d jump at. It will make her huge Stateside,” the tabloid states, citing a source close to Atkinson. “She said next year will be her best yet whatever happens. If she gets Supergirl it will be amazing or if she begins working on Emmerdale that will be great too.” As with all casting rumors, this news should be taken with a grain of salt. »
- Chris King
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