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There comes a time to turn away from the horrors of the world and retreat underneath the soft, comforting duvet of nostalgia. That time is Friday. That metaphorical duvet is below.
Here are fifty of the best kids’ TV theme songs (spread over two pages and in arbitrary order) of the 1980s. Some, like Alan Hawkshaw’s distinctive Grange Hill intro, are unarguable classics of the era, while others, like Mike Harding's Count Duckula, only started in the late-eighties and spent the rest of their run in the next decade.
Obviously, there being only 50 on this list, we may have missed out your favourite (deliberately or otherwise). Let us know if so, but remember that links may take a while to appear in the comments thread because »
Noir comes to Holby as the veteran hospital drama tries its hand at something a little out of the ordinary. But can such tricksy pastiches revive a flagging patient?
Casualty will be 30 next year. How much longer the Saturday-night medical soap can soldier on must be a question asked regularly in top-level BBC pow-wows: so is its current yen for special, spoof and spin-off episodes a celebratory show of strength or a cry for help?
This week’s edition is entitled Holby Sin City – written in an opening caption using a crimson font mimicking the Sin City graphic novels and 2005 film. The episode is entirely taken up with fussy registrar Ethan (George Rainsford) and his interaction with long-term patient and femme fatale Bonnie (Renee Castle), a 1940s-style sex bomb who might have committed murder. Rain lashes the hitherto rarely glimpsed neon mean streets of downtown Holby. It’s what the »
- Jack Seale
The idea of Vin Diesel inheriting Telly Savalas’s iconic role as Lt. Theo Kojak fills us with both the idea of intriguing possibilities and the nagging image of Kojak saying “Who loves ya, baby?” while enjoying a lollipop as a car careers off a rooftop. Still the one-man movie machine remains committed to taking it on, and has writer Philip Gawthorne working on a new draft of the script.Universal – which we imagine will indulge almost any whim of Vin’s these days given the potent box office for Fast & Furious 7 – is backing the project which at one point the actor (according to his Facebook page) wanted Ang Lee to direct. We’re not there by a long stretch, but development is continuing, with playwright and EastEnders/Casualty veteran Gawthorne scoring job after job in Hollywood. He’s already at work on the Cube remake for Lionsgate and »
Telly Savalas may not be around anymore to remind you, but it.s becoming abundantly clear that Vin Diesel certainly loves ya, baby. It.s been in the works for a while, but the Fast & Furious franchise star.s feature film remake of Savalas. most famous project, Kojak, is still moving forward, and the big screen adaptation has hired a new screenwriter. According to Deadline, Philip Gawthorne has been hired to construct a new draft of the Kojak script for Diesel and Universal. A playwright with a history of writing for British television with shows like Eastenders, Casualty, and Waterloo Road, Gawthorne is also currently working on a remake of Vincenzo Natali.s twisted 1997 sci-fi thriller Cube for Lionsgate, as well as a spec medieval action flick called World Breaker. With all of this on his resume, it.s going to be interesting to see how he brings a tough, »
Ron Moody in Mel Brooks' 'The Twelve Chairs.' The 'Doctor Who' that never was. Ron Moody: 'Doctor Who' was biggest professional regret (See previous post: "Ron Moody: From Charles Dickens to Walt Disney – But No Harry Potter.") Ron Moody was featured in about 50 television productions, both in the U.K. and the U.S., from the late 1950s to 2012. These included guest roles in the series The Avengers, Gunsmoke, Starsky and Hutch, Hart to Hart, and Murder She Wrote, in addition to leads in the short-lived U.S. sitcom Nobody's Perfect (1980), starring Moody as a Scotland Yard detective transferred to the San Francisco Police Department, and in the British fantasy Into the Labyrinth (1981), with Moody as the noble sorcerer Rothgo. Throughout the decades, he could also be spotted in several TV movies, among them: David Copperfield (1969). As Uriah Heep in this disappointing all-star showcase distributed theatrically in some countries. »
- Andre Soares
After more than three years in development, Deadline reports that Universal Pictures is finally moving forward with its adaptation of the beloved 1970s TV series, Kojak, with the studio hiring Philip Gawthorne to write the screenplay. The project will be a modern-day take on the Kojak TV series, which ran for five seasons between 1973 and 1978. No further plot details have been released at this time. Vin Diesel has been attached to star in the project since December 2012.
The original show followed Telly Savalas as Lieutenant Theo Kojak, a hard-nosed New York City detective who had an affinity for Tootsie Pops. His classic line "Who loves ya, baby?" became a popular catch phrase throughout the 1970s. The show was briefly revived in 2005, with Ving Rhames taking over as the title character, but it only lasted for one season. It isn't known how closely Vin Diesel will stick to the original character. »
“Kojak” is being produced by Diesel’s Universal-based One Race Films with Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the writing team behind James Bond films including “The World Is Not Enough” and “Skyfall,” joined the project in 2012 to write a previous draft.
- Dave McNary
Following up his award winning debut feature, Trampoline, cameras have started rolling on director Tom Ryan's latest indie feature, Twice Shy, a comedy/drama about a young couple who set off on a trip to London after an unplanned pregnancy disrupts their lives. Taking in locations in both Ireland and England, the first stop for the production is Ryan’s home town of Nenagh, Co. Tipperary (much of Trampoline was shot there), where they will spend the next filming in and around the surrounding area, including Lough Derg, which was the first location to be filmed at. The team behind the movie, including London based producer, Fionn Greger, are also pleased to announce two more cast members, with Paul Ronan (Love/Hate) and Gemma-Leah Devereaux (Casualty) joining leads Murray Corcoran and Iseult Casey. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain has sent a stern letter to BBC Director General Tony Hall to introduce the national minimum wage for writers on its so-called “shadow scheme” for long-running series. The letter is in response to reports from members that the pay they receive is about the equivalent of £2-£3 ($3.06-$4.60) an hour for the program that covers soaps EastEnders and Holby City and series Doctors and Casualty. The shadow schemes see writers — often… »
Bernie Corbett, the general secretary of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, has written a letter to BBC director general Tony Hall calling for scriptwriters on so-called “shadow schemes” for long-running TV series to be paid the minimum wage.
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- Mark Sweney
Wrapping up its most watched season in seven years, The CW Network presented its 2015-16 broadcast schedule today to advertisers, affiliates and national media at New York City Center in New York City. The indie-pop band Of Monsters and Men kicked off the presentation with a live performance of their latest single "Crystals," and their international hit song "Little Talks." Here's what CW's Mark Pedowitz had to say in a statement.
"This has been a terrific season for The CW, and is a result of a strategy we set in motion a few years ago to broaden out and grow our audience. We had our most watched season, and our highest-rated season among men, in seven years. We launched The CW's most watched series ever with The Flash, and with The Flash and Jane the Virgin, we received more critical acclaim than ever before. The CW is heading into »
The stars of the small screen gathered in London last night as BAFTA presented the 2015 House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards, and you can check out a full list of the winners (highlighted in red) right here…
Georgina Campbell – Murdered by My Boyfriend
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- Gary Collinson
Digital Spy presents a list of the winners and nominees at this year's House of Fraser BAFTA Television Awards, which were presented on Sunday, May 10 in Central London:
BAFTA TV Awards 2015 as they happened: Live blog
It’s just concluded tonight in London and so we’ve got the full list of those hard-working stars of the small screen, who excel in one of the fastest changing formats of entertainment and impressing more and more all the time, it’s the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2015 winners! The ceremony was hosted by Graham Norton at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and was broadcast on BBC HD.
There were two awards for The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, with Jason Watkins receiving his career-first BAFTA in the hotly contested Leading Actor category. In the Supporting Actress category Gemma Jones, who was last nominated in 1977, received her first ever BAFTA, for Marvellous, the feature-length biopic of Neil Baldwin. Marvellous was also successful against strong competition in the Single Drama category. Georgina Campbell won the BAFTA for Leading Actress for her harrowing portrayal of a victim of »
- Dan Bullock
The BAFTA TV Awards took place on Sunday in London, hosted by Graham Norton. Going into the awards, top nominees included “Happy Valley,” “Marvelous,” “The Missing” and “Line Of Duty,” all with three nods each.
“Happy Valley” ended up taking home one of the top prizes, for drama series, while “Detectorists” won for scripted comedy. In the acting categories, Georgina Campbell won leading actress for her work in “Murdered by My Boyfriend,” with “The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries'” Jason Watkins beating out Benedict Cumberbatch for lead actor.
See below a full list of winners.
Happy Valley (Winner)
Georgina Campbell – Murdered by My Boyfriend (Winner)
- Variety Staff
The CW jumped into the fall 2015-16 fray on Thursday, ordering three pilots to series including Arrow/Flash spinoff DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
PhotosFall TV Preview: Your Guide to Next Season’s New Shows and Stars
DC’S Legends Of Tomorrow
When heroes alone are not enough… »
The CW officially ordered three new dramas on Thursday afternoon, but the big news is the pick-up we all already new was coming. The "Flash"/"Arrow" spinoff has officially been ordered to series and after having been called various permutations on "untitled," it finally has a title: Say hello to "DC's Legends of Tomorrow." I'll remind you of the details on "Legends of Tomorrow" in a minute, but The CW also ordered "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" and "Cordon" to series. Since The CW already has 10+ returning shows on tap for the 2015-2016 season, the network isn't announcing schedule timetables or episode counts yet. We'll see if that news comes at The CW's upfront presentation to advertisers next Thursday. Let's get details: "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" focuses on time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter, who has to recruit a rag-tag team of heroes and villains to help prevent an apocalypse that could impact not only Earth, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Actor Nigel Terry has passed away at the age of 69.
He worked extensively at the Royal Court in the '70s in productions such as Edward Bond's The Fool and Caryl Churchill's Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, and for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore and Julius Caesar.
The Long Good Friday, 1980.
Directed by John Mackenzie.
A ruthless English gangster’s empire starts to fall after a series of bombings over the Easter weekend.
Britain has always made good gangster films but there was always an angle to them, a little something that the filmmakers honed in on so they offered slightly more than the ultra-violent mob movies coming out of America. But in 1980 The Long Good Friday arrived and gave British crime movies a new, for the UK anyway, edge; a gangster film that was actually about gangsters and what they do.
But despite the gritty nature of the script and the raw production values it was the central performance by a then relatively unknown Bob Hoskins as Harold »
- Gary Collinson
Nigel Terry, best known for his portrayal of King Arthur in John Boorman’s 1981 film “Excalibur,” passed away on April 30, 2015 of emphysema, according to The Guardian. He was 69. A star of stage, film and television, Terry appeared recently in several British productions, including “Agatha Christie’s Marple,” “Doctor Who” and “Casualty.” His most prominent television role in the United States was in the lead role on the short-lived 1992 medievial-set series “Covington Cross,” where he played Sir Thomas Grey. IMDb His film debut came in 1968 alongside Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn, portraying the teenaged Prince John in Anthony Harvey’s “The Lion. »
- Jason Hughes
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