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Character actors sometimes step out from the shadows to play prominent roles in popular television dramas, providing a bedrock for productions that feature ensemble casts. Bernard Gallagher, who has died of pneumonia aged 87, performed that role in Casualty when it began in 1986, playing Ewart Plimmer, consultant and “father” of Holby hospital’s A&E department. “We’re in the frontline, goddamn it!” were the first words viewers heard from him.
Gallagher’s character was usually seen barking out orders or sitting in his poky office, feet up at an untidy desk and listening to music through a personal stereo. Long hours and dedication to his job led Ewart’s wife to throw him out. In the second series, his battles with the hospital’s new administrator, Elizabeth Straker (played by Maureen O’Brien), turned into a relationship, »
- Anthony Hayward
Life, as the introductory voiceover in “A Hundred Streets” informs us, ultimately amounts to little more than “long periods of waiting broken up by brief moments of change.” In the spirit of that observation, director Jim O’Hanlon’s earnestly conceived but often banal British ensemble drama counts on a handful of contrived narrative jolts to activate its ambling gallery of slender, slightly entangled character sketches. Seemingly modelled as London’s more polite answer to Paul Haggis’s “Crash,” complete with one fateful road collision but minus the burning sociopolitical rhetoric, this brightly shot diversion would just about pass muster as a midweek television serial. As a feature film, however, “A Hundred Streets” seems oddly unequal to the status of its charismatic name cast, headlined by Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton.
Still, it’s the stars’ presence — particularly that of a cruising Elba, who also offers his services as producer and music supervisor, »
- Guy Lodge
Idris Elba has spent most of 2016 lending his voice to animated projects, such as Chief Bogo in “Zootopia,” Shere Khan in “The Jungle Book” and Fluke in Pixar’s “Finding Dory.” But before the year is over, Elba also stars in the new film “100 Streets,” about three different stories in London. He plays Max Moore, a retired rugby player who struggles to adjust to his new life. He soon spirals out of control with alcohol, drugs and womanizing, losing his wife (Gemma Arterton) and kids in the process. Out of anger and frustration, he soon turns violent. Watch a trailer for the film below.
The film is directed by Jim O’Hanlon, who has mostly directed TV projects, including episodes of “A Touch of Cloth,” “Casualty” and “Coronation Street.” It co-stars Tom Cullen (“Weekend”), Franz Drameh »
- Vikram Murthi
Will Lord Sugar’s ‘process’ lead to chaos for the new batch of boardroom lemmings? Follow every moment with us
Thank you so much for joining the fun and not leaving me alone with these despots. Come back next week for Sugar on sugar. It’ll be sweet(s). See you in the comments!
Next week, the contestants go fully Wonka with a confectionery challenge. My gums hurt just thinking about it.
“It’s not how hard you hit, it’s how hard you can get hit,” grins Karthik in the people carrier home. What does that even mean? He wants us to hit him? I think there’d be a queue the length of the Millennium Bridge, dude. Don’t advertise that fact.
As is traditional, Sugar hovers some more, like a drone which may or may not deploy a stink bomb. »
- Julia Raeside
Actor whose best known role in a seven-decade career came in a Harry Potter film in her 80s
The actor Hazel Douglas, who has died aged 92, landed her most prominent role in her 80s, when she joined the starry cast of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010), as Bathilda Bagshot, the author of A History of Magic, a textbook used at Hogwarts school, and great-aunt of the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. And there were more performances to come in a stage and screen career that altogether spanned seven decades.
In the ITV series Vicious, Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi played Freddie and Stuart, a longstanding and quarrelsome couple. Hazel joined them in 2013 as Mildred, Stuart’s no-nonsense mother, failing to understand the relationship between the two men. In Elephants Can Remember, an episode of Agatha Christie’s Poirot from the same year with David Suchet, Zoë Wanamaker and Greta Scacchi, »
- Brian Taylor
It’s a difficult task to create a short film which captivates and challenges an audience. This I know first hand. One might assume that you can pick up a camera and shoot something for nothing. In theory you could, but you leave yourself at the mercy of people working out of kindness or as a first dip of their toe into shooting something. The truth is even with short films you still need to spend money. You are fighting against a lack of demand for them. You’re trying to pull in financing for something that people will generally be loathe to finance due to a lack of perceived return. In some regards it’s hard to capture your audience too. A singular short is very truncated. If it’s not episodic, to some there is no reason »
- Gary Collinson
Nick Aldwinckle Oct 25, 2016
“Have you ever heard a frog scream?”, the tag-line to George McCowan’s 1972 ecological horror Frogs (out now on Arrow Blu-ray) should have read. Indeed, for any of you readers that have ever been rudely awoken at 2am by the sound of a traumatised frog being gifted to you by your pet cat/furry psychopath, an amphibian cry of terror is probably the second worst sound there is (behind, of course, Kaiser Chiefs).
Not that frogs themselves are inherently evil, though viewing this classic dose of seventies green-themed nastiness might convince you otherwise. Slugs are Ok, too, though we’ll get on to them later on in this month’s vague »
Three of the BBC’s longest-running shows will be the first returning series put out for competitive bids as part of a plan to shake up the public broadcaster’s production system and open up more commissions to independent suppliers.
Medical drama “Holby City,” quiz show “A Question of Sport” and religious program “Songs of Praise” are among the first series to fall under the BBC’s “Compete or Compare” strategy, which was launched by BBC Director-General Tony Hall in 2014. The initiative calls for the BBC to remove its in-house guarantee this month and begin the competitive tender of returning series currently produced by BBC Studios.
Independent producers will be invited to pitch for the shows alongside BBC Studios. The broadcaster retains all intellectual property rights to programs put out to bid, and they will continue to be broadcast on BBC channels.
Tuesday’s announcement marks a significant moment as the BBC makes parts of its schedule »
- Robert Mitchell
General practitioners have just as much drama at work as the staff of Holby City, says a new campaign to end the shortage of family medics
Gp leaders hope the initiative will dispel the idea that their members do mundane jobs that involve treating nothing more serious than colds and coughs.
The best-known Gp in British popular culture is still Dr Finlay, but that drama was 50 years ago
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- Denis Campbell Health policy editor
The first look video includes an introduction to Lowe’s character, as well as a refresher on the existing cast members populating the medical drama, including Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Leanne Rorish, the ER Residency Director at Angels Memorial Hospital, and Boris Kodjoe as Dr. Mike Campbell, the Chief of Surgery.
It was announced in July that Lowe would join Season 2 as Colonel Ethan Willis, a doctor in the U.S. Military’s prestigious Combat Casualty Care research program who has been pulled out of a combat hospital in Afghanistan and embedded at Angels Memorial to teach staff what the military has learned about combat medicine. Lowe’s hire followed a cast shakeup that saw Season 1 regulars Bonnie Somerville and Raza Jaffrey exit the series »
- Arya Roshanian
Nick Aldwinckle Sep 2, 2016
With Shark Week arguably America’s most beloved religious festival and the unprecedented worldwide cultural impact of Anthony C. Ferrante’s acclaimed Sharknado trilogy showing no sign of letting up, who could deny the necessity of the Jaws sequels finally getting a Blu-ray release?
The immediate answer is obvious (well, anyone), though this belated look at Jaws 2, Jaws 3-D, Jaws: The Revenge and Jaws 5: The Sharkening was, for this writer at least, a nostalgic journey through a world where morbidly obese fish bear grudges, Michael Caine fights a script far deadlier than any marine predator and where lines such as “Weld that sonuvabitch” are somehow deemed passable.
Generally considered the best of the sequels, perhaps Jaws 2 holds a special place in the heart of the reader who, »
Seán Breathnach's debut horror film is set to screen at the largest genre film festival in the USA, Fright Night Film Festival in Kentucky from November 25th to 27th. Written and directed by Breathnach, Beyond the Woods tells the story of a gang of friends who meet up for a weekend away in an isolated holiday home in the middle of a forest. Unfortunately for them, a fiery sink-hole has opened nearby, roads have been closed and there's a real stench of sulphur. The friends won't let a small thing like that spoil their plans to party, but as the weekend progresses some of them start acting out of character, one goes missing and little by little they realise that it's not just a sinkhole that opened up nearby but something altogether more horrific. The film stars Irene Kelleher (Game of Thrones), Ross Mac Mahon (Penny Dreadful) and Claire Loy »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Game of Thrones fans, new episodes aren’t coming for at least another year.
HBO on Monday confirmed that the drama’s seven-episode Season 7 won’t premiere until Summer 2017 as a result of a winter-imposed production delay. The move will take Thrones out of the 2017 Emmy race, seeing as how the eligibility period ends on May 31 (first day of Summer 2017 is June 21).
Prior to this, Thrones‘ latest premiere date was April 24 (for the just-wrapped Season 6.)
Code Black wasn't an out of the gate hit.
But it really put the pedal to the metal as far as the medical drama was concerned. Every week, Code Black Season 1 had a very strong medical case, sometimes involving their own characters.
Rob Lowe is about to become one of those characters. He's joined as a series regular!!
His character will be introduced on the second season premiere on September 28.
A doctor in the U.S. Military’s prestigious Combat Casualty Care research program, Colonel Ethan Willis, has been pulled out of a combat hospital in Afghanistan and embedded at Angels Memorial to teach what the military has learned about combat medicine.
His aggressive, rule-breaking style is greeted enthusiastically by Dr. Leanne Rorish (Marcia Gay Harden), but not by all the other doctors.
- Carissa Pavlica
Dr. Vegas is trying his luck at Angels Memorial.
Rob Lowe is joining CBS’ retooled Code Black as the medical drama’s new co-lead, TVLine has learned. The actor, fresh off his one-season run on Fox’s The Grinder, will play Colonel Ethan Willis, a doctor in the U.S. Military’s prestigious Combat Casualty Care research program who has been pulled out of a combat hospital in Afghanistan and embedded at Angels Memorial to teach what the military has learned about combat medicine. His aggressive, rule-breaking style is greeted enthusiastically by Dr. Leanne Rorish (Marcia Gay Harden), but not by all the other doctors. »
“Code Black” was just diagnosed with some major star power.
Rob Lowe is joining the cast of the CBS medical drama as a series regular for the second season, which premieres this fall.
Lowe will make his debut in the season premiere on Sept. 28. He will play Colonel Ethan Willis, a doctor in the U.S. Military’s prestigious Combat Casualty Care research program who has been pulled out of a combat hospital in Afghanistan and embedded at Angels Memorial to teach what the military has learned about combat medicine. His aggressive, rule-breaking style is greeted enthusiastically by Dr. Leanne Rorish (Marcia Gay Harden), but not by all the other doctors.
Lowe’s casting is one of “Code Black’s” many changes, as the series heads into its sophomore season, and »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Rob Kemp Jul 4, 2016
This review contains spoilers.
3.5 To Play The King
If we can but hope that last week’s The Queen’s Diamonds was this season at its lowest, then at least To Play The King shows some improvement, but unfortunately is still some way short of the quality of those opening few episodes and the series as a whole.
Written by Ellen Taylor (who is credited with many, many Coronation Street episodes as well as other British staples like Casualty), the story has a solid central plot and one I don’t think we’ve seen in The Musketeers before – a good, old fashioned heist. Except, it’s not just that. With unfortunate echoes of last week’s overstuffed mess, To Play The King treads a similar path and fills the hour to its absolute max, »
BrOTHERHOOD follows Sam as he faces up to the new world after Adulthood and realizes it also comes with new problems and new challenges. Sam knows that to survive he must face his issues head on, and knows he will require old friends to help him survive new dangers. Noel Clarke (Star Trek into darkness, Doctor Who, Adulthood.) reprises the role of Sam Peel with breakthrough Grime artist Stormzy appearing alongside him as Yardz. The film is written and directed by Noel Clarke who also produced alongside Jason Maza, Maggie Monteith and Gina Powell.
BrOTHERHOOD showcases a supporting cast that includes Steven Cree (Brave, 300: Rise of an Empire, Maleficent), Olivia Chenery (Penny Dreadful, The Anomaly), Tonia Sotiropoulou (Skyfall), Jason Maza (Hooligan Factory, Welcome to the Punch »
- Gary Collinson
It’S Time For #TheEnd
Two new trailers for the upcoming instalment in the ‘Hood’ series, Brotherhood, have just landed ahead of its big release in August.
BAFTA award – winning actor, writer and director Noel Clarke returns to direct the film and also stars alongside grime artist, Stormzy, Arnold Oceng (Adulthood), Jason Maza (Fishtank) and Olivia Chenery (Penny Dreadful).
Here’s the official synopsis:
BrOTHERHOOD follows Sam as he faces up to the new world after Adulthood and realises it also comes with new problems and new challenges. Sam knows that to survive he must face his issues head on, and knows he will require old friends to help him survive new dangers.Noel Clarke (Star Trek Into Darkness, Doctor Who, Adulthood.) reprises the role of Sam Peel with breakthrough Grime artist Stormzy appearing alongside him as Yardz. The film is written and directed by Noel Clarke who also produced alongside Jason Maza, »
- Paul Heath
The new film is Brotherhood, that Clarke is directing from his own screenplay. And we have both a 12A rated trailer, and a more explicit promo for the movie. Do not go watching the latter if you’re young and impressionable.
Finally, here’s the synopsis…
BrOTHERHOOD follows Sam as he faces up to the new world after Adulthood and realises it also comes with new problems and new challenges. Sam knows that to survive he must face his issues head on, and knows he will require old friends to help him survive new dangers. Noel Clarke (Star Trek Into darkness, Doctor Who, Adulthood) reprises the role of Sam Peel with breakthrough Grime artist »
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