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The It Crowd getting a U.S. remake at NBC

NBC is hoping it will be third time lucky in its efforts to remake the British sitcom The It Crowd for American audiences, with Variety reporting that the network has tapped original series creator Graham Linehan to write and executive produce a reimagining of the cult show.

The It Crowd premiered on Channel 4 in 2006 and ran for four seasons, followed by a one off special in 2013. The show takes place in the offices of the fictional Reynholm Industries, and featured a cast that included Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson, and Matt Berry.

NBC originally produced a pilot for a U.S. remake in 2007, with Ayoade starring alongside Joel McHale and Jessica St. Clair, although it failed to move forward. The network took a second stab in 2014, but again the project failed to get off the ground.

In addition to The It Crowd, Linehan’s other credits include Father Ted,
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Should Star Trek use the F word?

Juliette Harrisson Oct 21, 2017

For the very first time this week, Star Trek: Discovery broke a linguistic taboo. Did it shock, annoy or amuse you?

Spoilers for Star Trek Discovery episode 5 lie ahead

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In one of the lighter moments in last week’s episode of Star Trek: Discovery, while working on a way to use Discovery’s spore drive without the tardigrade known as Ripper, Cadet Sylvia Tilly exclaimed, “You guys, this is so fucking cool!” Suddenly realising she was on duty in a military workplace, she immediately apologised, and Lt Paul Stamets reassured her, “It is fucking cool”. It was the first time anyone has ever used ‘the F word’ in canon on Star Trek. Some were amused. Some were horrified.
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Aidan Gillen to play comedian Dave Allen in new biopic

The BBC has announced that Game of Thrones alum Aidan Gillen is set to portray the controversial Irish comedian Dave Allen in an upcoming one-off drama set to air on BBC Two.

Entitled Dave Allen at Peace, the one-hour drama is being directed by Andy De Emmony (Fantabulosa!) from a script by Stephen Russell (We’re Doomed: The Dad’s Army Story) and will be framed around Gillen’s Allen perched on a stool as he looks back over his life and his 40-year career.

As per Deadline, it will ” explore how his comedy genius was shaped by the tragic loss of his father, his brother — and his finger — and how he survived decades of the Roman Catholic Church’s wrath, death threats from the Ira and a ban by Irish and Australian TV.”

See Also: Aidan Gillen set to play James Joyce in James and Lucia

Filming on Dave Allen
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The Great British Bake Off 2017, episode four – as it happened

Caramel week in the tent. But who met a sticky end?

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Well there we go. The thoroughly well-deserved Star Bakersanship award goes to Kate, while, in a surprise to no one, Tom’s back on the sleeper to Edinburgh. Is he from Edinburgh? Who cares. He’s from somewhere, and he’s back there now. Thanks to all of you for the Btl bantz, armchair psychology and comments subsequently removed by a moderator.

I’m off to down some syrup to cut through all this caramel. Or maybe I’ll borrow some of Prue’s lemons; she looks like she’s always got a few on the go. Come say hello on twitter, facebook or Instagram. Or just wiretap my house, and log a transcript of all my calls. That’s the sort of world we voluntarily live in now, isn’t it.

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I meant The Oa,
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International Newswire: Finland Selects ‘Tom of Finland’ as Oscar Entry

International Newswire: Finland Selects ‘Tom of Finland’ as Oscar Entry
In today’s International Newswire, Dome Karukoski’s biopic ‘Tom of Finland’ reps Finland in the Oscar race, former ‘Doctor Who’ showrunner Russell T. Davies is honored, and Alexandre Henin takes a senior kid’s content role at Federation.

Finland has selected Dome Karukoski’s “Tom of Finland,” a biopic of artist Touko Laaksanon, as its candidate for the best foreign-language film Oscar. Next up, Karukoski is helming J.R.R. Tolkien biopic “Tolkien,” starring Lily Collins and Nicholas Hoult, for Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment.

Tom of Finland” chronicles the life of Laaksanon, who, as Tom of Finland, created homoerotic art that had a major influence on 20th-century gay culture. The film follows the artist, played by Pekka Strang, from postwar Finland to Los Angeles, where his work becomes widely popular and fans the flames of the gay rights movement.

The film, which opened the Gothenburg Film Festival in January, was written by Aleksi Bardy, who
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International Newswire: Finland Selects ‘Tom of Finland’ as Oscar Entry

International Newswire: Finland Selects ‘Tom of Finland’ as Oscar Entry
In today’s International Newswire, Dome Karukoski’s biopic ‘Tom of Finland’ reps Finland in the Oscar race, former ‘Doctor Who’ showrunner Russell T. Davies is honored, and Alexandre Henin takes a senior kid’s content role at Federation.

Finland has selected Dome Karukoski’s “Tom of Finland,” a biopic of artist Touko Laaksanon, as its candidate for the best foreign-language film Oscar. Next up, Karukoski is helming J.R.R. Tolkien biopic “Tolkien,” starring Lily Collins and Nicholas Hoult, for Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment.

Tom of Finland” chronicles the life of Laaksanon, who, as Tom of Finland, created homoerotic art that had a major influence on 20th-century gay culture. The film follows the artist, played by Pekka Strang, from postwar Finland to Los Angeles, where his work becomes widely popular and fans the flames of the gay rights movement.

The film, which opened the Gothenburg Film Festival in January, was written by Aleksi Bardy, who
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From Del Boy’s cap to Steve Martin’s arrow – what happened to the comedy trademark?

Comedians once embraced a signature quip or look, so why have such tropes fallen out of favour?

Related: Stand down: when comics make unfunny big-screen comedies

Imagine a museum devoted to the iconography of comedy. There would be glass cases containing Del Boy’s flat cap, Father Ted’s dog collar and a perfectly preserved set of fork handles. There’d be an animatronic mannequin of Basil Fawlty, performing his impression of the Führer on a permanent loop. And on the public address system, echoing around the exhibits, a collection of immortal catchphrases: “Suits you, sir … You stupid boy … I don’t Believe it.”

Related: Alan Partridge on Noel Edmonds – ‘He is a total wazzock and I cannot stand him’

Related: The It Crowd – box set review

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Save ‘Underground,’ And Don’t Piss Off David Simon — The Week in Showrunner Tweets

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Save ‘Underground,’ And Don’t Piss Off David Simon — The Week in Showrunner Tweets
One fascinating aspect of today’s media landscape is that many creators and executive producers enjoy using Twitter to engage with their audiences, share behind-the-scenes information about their shows, chat about politics, and otherwise communicate about what matters to them. So, each week, we’ll compile some of our favorite exchanges representing the wide variety of discourse seen on social media.

Read More: Mindy Kaling Has Some Thoughts on Hugh Jackman’s Career

This week: “BoJack Horseman” reveals its Fyc campaign (and it’s pretty great), while “Underground” fights for a new home and showrunners celebrate Jessica Chastain.

#UndergroundOnNetflix

The disappointing news that Wgn America will not be green-lighting a third season of “Underground” led to social media calls for other services and networks to pick up the series.

One person who thinks that sounds like a great idea? “Dear White People” creator Justin Simien, who even made sure to
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The week in TV: To Walk Invisible; The Witness for the Prosecution; Delicious; Maigret’s Dead Man; Mrs Brown’s Boys – review

Sally Wainwright’s Brontë sisters drama was a triumph, and a dark Agatha Christie classic was brilliantly revived, but Dawn French was badly miscast as an Italian chef

To Walk Invisible (BBC1) | iPlayer

The Witness for the Prosecution (BBC1) | iPlayer

Delicious (Sky 1) | sky.com

Maigret’s Dead Man (ITV) | itv.com

Mrs Brown’s Boys (BBC1) | iPlayer

Mark Twain had Jane Austen and all her mimsy fripperies nailed about right when he said: “Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.” The Brontës are, on the other hand, a phenomenal tale, often told, but never better than in this week’s offering from Sally Wainwright.

Chloe Pirrie as Emily bestrode the moors in seven-league boots, dominating every frame with her anger, her tenderness

Sentimental to retching point, homophobic, achingly unfunny… it made The Vicar of Dibley
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Count Arthur Strong and the comforts of traditional sitcom

Louisa Mellor Sep 26, 2016

When life hurts, well-crafted, traditional sitcom like Count Arthur Strong can be an indispensable salve…

There’s a period a little while after a family death, after the days spent in a traffic jam of errands, decisions and phone calls, when you have to merge back into the regular lane. Normal life demands to re-start. The fridge needs filling and the lawn needs mowing, even if, impossibly, the person who usually does both has vanished forever.

For my family like most others, normal life means watching television. Telly is the cradle that rocked us through the decades. Whatever happened to us happened against a backdrop of soaps and sitcoms.

Losing our dad though, changed things. In the flayed-skin sensitivity of the days around his funeral, flicking through the channels meant running a gauntlet. A murder on EastEnders brought unwelcome ambulances and coroners back into our living room.
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Can it! Why studio laughter has no place in modern sitcoms

From Friends to Father Ted, some of the greatest sitcoms of all time have had laughter included on the soundtrack. But audiences have grown more sophisticated – and TV needs to follow their lead

Related: America: where British sitcoms go to die

Last month I made a mistake in a review of Going Forward, the sitcom starring and co-written by Jo Brand – and I’m still not totally convinced it was a mistake. I wrote: “The days when sitcom meant a door opening, someone walking in and delivering a one-line, then pausing for the canned laughter, are nearly over, thankfully.”

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Game of Thrones Season 6 – Episode 4 Review – ‘Book of the Stranger’

Book of the Stranger

Directed by Daniel Sackheim

Written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss

Jon & Sansa

How awesome is it to have a section title with those two names together? A genuinely emotional moment for everyone as Sansa (Sophie Turner) rode into Castle Black and gave a loitering, listless Jon (Kit Harington) what he very much needed – not just a reminder of the past, not just a reminder he’s always been a Stark, but a rallying cry; he doesn’t just have a reason to leave behind a Night’s Watch he has no faith in, he has a reason to keep fighting given he knows Rickon is at Ramsay’s mercy, a reason to oddly enough become what he always wanted to be – more than just a bastard (not that he ever was, but we still haven’t seen R+L=J confirmed. It’s coming, it’s coming…
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Four Kids And It Starring Michael Caine, Bill Nighy And Matthew Goode To Begin UK Photography In August

Two-time Academy Award winner Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules, The Dark Knight, Youth), BAFTA Award Winner and Golden Globe Winner Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Pirates Of The Caribbean) and Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game, The Good Wife, Downton Abbey) will star in the family action adventure film Four Kids And It directed by BAFTA Award nominee Andy De Emmony (Father Ted, West Is West), it was announced today.

Produced by Dan FilmsJulie Baines and Anne Brogan of Kindle Entertainment, the screenplay is written by Simon Lewis and adapted from the novel “Four Children and It” by best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson. Additional writing is provided by Mark Oswin.

The film is slated to begin principal photography in August on location in the UK.

13 Films is handling worldwide rights to the project outside of the UK and is actively selling the film to buyers at the Cannes Market.
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Hail to the housekeeper! A tribute to TV's sidelined heroines

Move over Sherlock, hello Mrs Hudson – the time has come to bring the true geniuses of telly into the limelight

Here she comes. The unbrushed, talc-encrusted, low-heeled, apron-wearing matriarch of the tea tray. The one who gets all the gossip, the best one-liners, steals every scene, asks the case-solving question, puts everyone in their place and still has time to rustle up a tray of custard creams and a pot of watery tannin.

In so many of our best-loved comedies, crime dramas and soaps, that archetypal figure stalks in the background, just itching to steal the show: Father Ted’s Mrs Doyle, Sherlock’s Mrs Hudson, Poirot’s Ms Lemon, EastEnders’ Dot Cotton and Grantchester’s Mrs Maguire. These women – peach hosiery magnets for words like “indomitable”, “staunch” and “stately” – are a quintessential counterpart to that other figure: the monkish bachelor, the troubled hero. Where he locks himself away in
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Victoria Wood dies – latest tributes and appreciations

Victoria Wood dies – latest tributes and appreciations
The much-loved comedian, whose comic range stretched from clever musical spoofs to sharp observational standup, has died after a short cancer fight. Follow our liveblog to read all the tributes and share her best moments

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Among her many projects, Ted Robbins recalled working with Wood on 2000’s Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings, in which she took on the role of Anne Widdicome at one point. Here’s that memorable moment:

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The actor and presenter, Ted Robbins, has been remembering the woman who have him his first chance in comedy more than three decades ago, when Wood and Walters allowed him to be their warm-up act.

While saying that it was clear that she was “hilarious”, he told the BBC: “She was also a great writer, her words were so crafted. She did not mind who got the laughs. She wrote wonderly lines for other people.
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: a comedy remedy for what ails you

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The second season of Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt arrives on Friday. Here’s what made the first run such unmissable good value…

“We need Kimmy. Stat.”

That was the verdict when a bunch of us emerged battle-worn from a screening of the emotionally draining Room, the Fritzl-inspired story of a woman kidnapped as a teenager and held captive for many years.

Room is a powerful and distressing film. Thanks to actors Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, perhaps even more so than the novel from which it was adapted. It’s a film that leaves you feeling as if you’ve been staring too directly at a bright light. When you blink, the anguish remains imprinted in negative inside your head.

To shake the lingering wretchedness, we needed a Newtonian solution. A reaction opposite and equal to the poignant pain of Room. And in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,
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Doomwatch: revisiting a UK 'sci-fact' classic

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Ground-breaking, intelligent, prescient 1970s drama Doomwatch, now out on DVD, is a British television classic...

Playing on the public's fear that 'this could actually happen', Doomwatch had a veneer of credibility unusual in the escapist television drama landscape of the late 60s/early 70s. This spring sees the most comprehensive haul of Doomwatch episodes released on DVD for the first time. The nickname for the "Department for the Observation and Measurement of Scientific Work", the series first appeared on BBC1 on Monday 9th February 1970 at 9.40pm. It followed half an hour of comedy from Kenneth Williams, which must have surely heightened its dramatic impact.

The series would run in tandem with the early Jon Pertwee era of Doctor Who; the first episode made its debut two days after part two of Doctor Who And The Silurians. The two shows undoubtedly shared a synergy of ideas - not to mention cast and crew.
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6 Irish TV Shows to Binge-Watch This St. Patrick's Day

When I was growing up, St. Patrick's Day always inspired a mix of emotions in my house. On the one hand, America's take on St. Patrick's Day always struck us as kind of weird and comical (seriously, lads, where did you come up with the whole "top of the morning" thing?). But on the other hand, March 17 inspired an annual bout of homesickness for the country my parents had left - and that I'd always considered my second home. Ever reluctant to assimilate (at least within the privacy of their own home), my parents would stock up on Irish bacon and Barry's tea bags and blast the RTÉ (Raidió Teilifís Éireann) morning show on our kitchen speakers. While it helped, nothing could compare to the therapeutic value of television. Irish wit and sentimentality translate pretty well onto the small screen, and curling up on the couch watching Father Ted never
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Horror Channel presents Laugh or Die season this month

The Horror Channel has announced a ‘Laugh or Die’ season for this month, which features a collection of extremely bloody and funny films spearheaded by the UK TV premiere of Jon Wright’s Grabbers, a Father Ted vs. Aliens monster romp from Ireland, and the network premiere of Jake West’s gore-ridden, exuberant zomcom Doghouse, starring Danny Dyer, Noel Clarke & Horror Channel’s Emily Booth. The season also includes the network premiere of Idle HandsRodman Flender’s stoner comedy horror starring Jessica Alba and the network premiere of Jay Lee’s Zombie Strippers starring Robert Englund and Jenna Jameson.

Sat 5 March @ 10.55pm – Grabbers (2012) *UK TV Premiere

The day after a meteor lands in the ocean and a group of fisherman go missing, Garda Lisa Nolan (Ruth Bradley) and Garda Ciarán O’Shea (Richard Coyle) start investigating strange occurrences happening around the remote fishing community. Pretty soon it becomes clear
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Frank Kelly obituary

Veteran stage and screen actor best known for playing the ranting, drunken Father Jack in the Channel 4 television comedy Father Ted

The actor Frank Kelly was best known as Father Jack Hackett, the demented, drunken old cleric bellowing “Drink! Girls! Arse! Feck!” from his armchair in the priests’ house on Craggy Island. But there was far more to Kelly, who has died aged 77. He had been a versatile television and radio star, stage actor, writer, satirist and singer in Ireland for more than 20 years before his breakthrough role in the classic Channel 4 series Father Ted (1995-98), written by Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews.

A gentle, urbane and analytical person, Kelly once told me: “Father Ted is not a lampoon of the church at all. It’s a dysfunctional little family, and it’s a very convenient umbrella to bring these people together under. Ted is a guy who
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