8 items from 2015
This week, Lord Sugar laid on an opportunity for the teams to open a discount store and turn products into profit in two days
Next week the dolts are party planning and cheery Selina barks, “I don’t have children. I don’t like them.” Did any of the men say anything about this or are we just defaulting to the stereotype of the child-free woman here? I wonder.
Join me next week when, minus Sam, they’ll be back to put themselves (and us) through all of this nonsense again. Just four more times for luck.
The other chumps await their returning heroes on the roof terrace even though it is obviously freezing and they are all shivering and trying to stop their Viognier wobbling.
We all knew it about 45 minutes ago didn’t we? No big surprises this week. Brett and Scott »
- Julia Raeside
Unit, shape-shifters and the Doctor cosplay. Here are the geeky bits and pieces we spotted in Doctor Who's The Zygon Invasion...
For at least the third time this series, one or all of the characters you care about on this show are dead. So what better way to celebrate than to read through our weekly list of callbacks, allusions, shared themes and generally interesting (if tenuous) nonsense? As ever, feel free to leave your own contributions in the comments below!
The Old-Who Invasion
This is the third appearance of the Zygons in Doctor Who; they first menaced the fourth Doctor in 1975’s Terror Of The Zygons, a story which revealed the Loch Ness Monster to be one of the Skarasen, a race from the Zygon homeworld. Unit also featured in that tale, with Kate’s father Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart revealing his Scots heritage in a fetching kilt. »
Cilla Black was a hugely popular entertainer for over five decades, presenting some of the biggest variety shows and teaming up with the biggest stars.
As the country says goodbye to 'Our Cilla' today (August 20) at her funeral in Liverpool, we've chosen a bunch of hilarious and moving moments from her successful career.
Blind Date was known for its wacky contestants looking for love, and you can't get much wackier than Geoff Carter. Despite wearing a ludicrous shellsuit and carrying a Sooty puppet, he managed to win a date to the Seychelles. Suffice to say, they didn't get married.
2. Owning an undercover journalist on Blind Date
Cilla had her major comeback with Blind Date, a show which had so many memorable moments. One of the most controversial was when Cilla publicly outed a Cosmopolitan journalist who posed as a contestant, »
‘My guiltiest pleasure? Watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians with my daughter’
Born in London in 1964, Rebecca Front, 51, studied at Oxford University. A comic actor and writer, her work includes The Day Today, Knowing Me, Knowing You With Alan Partridge and Nighty Night. In 2010, she won a Bafta for her role in The Thick Of It. She lives in London with her husband and their children. Her book Curious: True Stories And Everyday Oddities is out in paperback on 16 July.
When were you happiest?
Last night, having dinner with the family round the kitchen table.
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- Rosanna Greenstreet
To celebrate the return of W1A, we salute the top 10 comedy characters who talk absolute mother-thumping rubbish…
Yesnobrilliantverygoodverystrong. As satirical BBC mockumentary W1A returns tonight for a triumphant second series, we celebrate TV comedy’s rich lineage of jargon fans.
Drawn from across the political spectrum and from TV’s most biting depictions of the worlds of business, government, technology and the media, these guys are master obfuscators. They're neologism-coiners and proponents of the kind of abuses to the English language that, in a just world, would see them locked up and force fed copies of The Elements Of Style.
From The Thick Of It to Peep Show, Yes Minister, The Office, Nathan Barley, The Day Today, and Drop The Dead Donkey, across the Pond to 30 Rock and Silicon Valley, we present TV comedy's top ten full-of-it jargon-meisters.
Stewart Pearson - The Thick Of It
Who is he? »
For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.
Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...
Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians
Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with »
Crash! Bang! Wallop… What a campaign!
Partridge - a man who knows his Rovers from his Mini Metros - seems a natural replacement, doesn't he?
Lorn MacDonald launched the petition on change.org, claiming the broadcaster should hire Steve Coogan's iconic comedy creation due to his "diversity of experience and his noted passion for cars".
In an open letter to the BBC, MacDonald writes: "Alan has a strong track record for broadcast presenting, from his relaxed professionalism with guests on BBC chat show Knowing Me Knowing You to his effortless banter on his talk shows at Radio Norwich.
He has good experience with motoring TV, after his brilliant work on 'Crash! Bang! Wallop! (What a video)'. His work as sports presenter on news programme The Day Today also shows »
To celebrate the release of the truly terrifying Clown – on DVD & Blu-ray 2nd March 2015 – we have a DVD copy to giveaway courtesy of Studiocanal. From splatter-maestro Eli Roth (Hostel; Grindhouse) and starring Peter Stormare (Fargo; Jurassic Park: The Lost World), horror fans will rejoice as Clown sets out to break taboos and churn stomachs all at once!
“A killer of a clown movie” Horror Channel
“The most terrifying clown since Pennywise” Box Office Buz
“Gutsy, gory horror… strictly no funny business” The Hollywood News
Clown is available to order on Amazon today: http://amzn.to/1BZxC6q The limited edition Blu-ray is available to order exclusively on Zavvi: http://bit.ly/1EqtA4O
To win Clown on DVD, just answer the following question:
Email your answer to NerdlyComps@gmail. »
- Phil Wheat
8 items from 2015
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