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Once Upon a Time, Glee, Jonathan Creek: Tube Talk Q&A

19 June 2014 9:42 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

If TV executives giving you the silent treatment about your favourite shows is getting you all hot under the collar, all you need to do is to get in touch with the Q&A, and we'll sort 'em ahhhht (...when we can).

This week, we've got scoop on Jonathan Creek, Glee, Once Upon a Time and more!

Any news on when Jonathan Creek will be back on our screens?

We put this question to the Creekster himself, Alan Davies, at the launch of his new Dave series As Yet Untitled and were informed that the future of Jonathan Creek is very much in the hands of series writer David Renwick.

Though critical reaction was mixed, the first full Creek series for ten years pulled in strong ratings earlier this year - around the 7-8m mark - so BBC One is eager for more, but Alan told us: "It's always »

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Rik Mayall 1958-2014 obituary: A true one-off and comedy eccentric

9 June 2014 2:50 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

There's something horribly grim about stalking somebody's social media accounts after they've died, but it is fitting of the late Rik Mayall that a glance at what might have been a brief foray into the world of Twitter should provide much amusement.

Assuming it was actually his, Mayall's journey into Twitter lasted a single tweet back in 2010 and it was suitably brash, uncompromising, sweary and laugh-out-loud funny. Exactly like the man who so many TV viewers had grown to love over the last 30 years.

Opening my very own Twitter to stop another bastard from doing it. So fuck off & don't expect to hear from me any time soon. Love Rik x

Rik Mayall (@rikmayall) April 13, 2010

Mayall grew up in Harlow, Essex, but it was as a drama student at Manchester University where his career began as he forged a long-standing friendship and comedy double act with Ade Edmondson. The duo »

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Rik Mayall, Star of ‘The Young Ones,’ Dead at 56

9 June 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rik Mayall, the beloved British comedian, writer and actor, has died at the age of 56, according to a statement from his management, Brunskill.

“We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Rik Mayall who passed away this morning,” Brunskill said in a statement acquired by the BBC. “We will be issuing a further statement in the fullness of time.”

Mayall was the co-creator and star of cult U.K. comedies “The Young Ones” and “Bottom,” which he appeared in alongside his comedy partner Adrian Edmondson. He also headlined British political satire “The New Statesman” and was a member of the comedy troupe The Comic Strip, with Edmondson and other notable British comedians such as Dawn French, Nigel Planer, Peter Richardson, Jennifer Saunders and Alexei Sayle.

Mayall and Edmondson’s double act, “The Dangerous Brothers” was featured on “Saturday Live,” the UK version of “Saturday Night Live,” which helped launch »

- Variety Staff

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R.I.P. Rik Mayall

9 June 2014 8:28 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

British comedy legend Rik Mayall has died at just 56. A spokesman for his management company confirmed that Mayall passed away this morning. Mayall is survived by his wife and three children.

The actor and comedian is best remembered for his small screen roles such as the obnoxious poetry-writing anarchist Rick in cult sitcom "The Young Ones," the sex-crazed arrogant Lord Flashheart in several versions of "Blackadder," the sociopathic right-wing back bencher Alan Beresford B'Stard in "The New Statesman," and the perverted Richie in "Bottom". Other TV credits include "Jonathan Creek" and "Filthy Rich & Catflap"

Mayall also appeared in several films, most famously as the title character in "Drop Dead Fred". He also appeared in "Carry On Columbus," "Guest House Paradiso," "The Wind in the Willows," "Shock Treatment," "Errors of the Human Body" and even a tiny role in "An American Werewolf in London".

Mayall was left seriously ill after a »

- Garth Franklin

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British Comic Rik Mayall Dead At 56

9 June 2014 8:14 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


Sad news has just broken via the BBC that Rik Mayall, beloved British comic actor, known for his irreverent, often outrageous style has died, according to his manager.

There are no details concerning the cause of death yet, but Mayall was only 56 years old.

Mayall will be most fondly for his performance in seminal British comedy The Young Ones, which cemented him and his fellow players as the cutting edge of the alternative comedy movement, as well as the creation of memorable grotesques like Alan B-Stard in The New Statesman and Richie opposite long-term collaborator Adrian Edmonson ingloriously obnoxious cult sitcom Bottom. He also rightly stole every scene in Blackadder as anti-hero Lord Flashheart.

In film terms, Mayall starred in Drop Dead Fred as a grotesque imaginary friend opposite Phoebe Cates, and was unjustly cut from the Harry Potter franchise when Peeves the Poltergeist was deemed surplus to requirements. »

- Simon Gallagher

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R.I.P Rik Mayall – 1958-2014

9 June 2014 8:12 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We are very sad to report that British comedy legend, writer and actor Rik Mayall has passed away at the age of 56. The news was confirmed by his management company, although no cause of death has been released.

Mayall was a star of the small screen in the UK in the 80s and 90s and shot to fame with shows like The Young Ones and The New Statesmen, but is perhaps best know for playing Richie alongside Adrian Edmondson in Bottom which ran from 1991 to 1995. The show also spawned some live spin-offs.

He also had a few big-screen outings, most notably the 1991 comedy Drop Dead Fred and Guest House Paradiso which saw him and Edmundson attempt to recreate the Bottom humour on a larger scale.

Mayall will also be remembered for playing the pompous Lord Flashhart in the BBC comedy series Blackadder and was more recently in an episode of »

- Luke Owen

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Rik Mayall dies, aged 56

9 June 2014 8:01 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Terrible news: Rik Mayall has died at the age of 56.


Horrible, horrible news. Comedian, actor and writer Rik Mayall has died at the age of 56.

The news has been confirmed by a spokesman for his management company, to the Press Association.

Mayall sprung to fame for many of us through The Young Ones. But heck: there's so much that he did. Bottom. Drop Dead Fred. The New Statesman. More recently, his work in Jonathan Creek. And his scene stealing Lord Flashheart in Blackadder too - one of many roles that's going to be enjoyed for many decades to come. Just watch this for proof.

One of the most gifted comedy actors of his generation - and legitimately a unique one - Mayall is survived by his wife and three children.

Mayall's death is a terrible loss, and a shocking one at such a young age. Our thoughts are with »

- simonbrew

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The Young Ones star Rik Mayall dies, aged 56

9 June 2014 7:56 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Rik Mayall has died at the age of 56.

The British comedy icon - best known for his roles in The Young Ones, Bottom and The New Statesman - passed away today (June 9), his management company has confirmed.

A statement from Mayall's management, Brunskill, said: "We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Rik Mayall who passed away this morning.

"We will be issuing a further statement in the fullness of time."

A Scotland Yard spokesman said officers were called by London Ambulance Service to a house in Barnes, south-west London at around 1.20pm, where "a man, aged in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene". He added that the death is not believed to be suspicious.

A London Ambulance Service spokesman also stated that they had been called to the house at 12.07pm.

Mayall began his career on stage in the late 1970s with long-term comedy partner Adrian Edmondson, »

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Caroline Quentin would "love to go back" to Jonathan Creek

19 May 2014 2:13 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Caroline Quentin has revealed that she would "love to go back" to Jonathan Creek.

The actress told Graham Norton on his BBC Radio 2 show on Saturday (May 17) that she would be interested in a return to the hit detective series.

"I would love to go back and do it," she said. "I basically left to give birth.

"Things moved on I suppose [for the writers] and they cast other people. Consequently I've never returned to it.

"Given the opportunity I'd love to but at the moment I haven't heard from them at all."

Quentin, who appeared as Maddy Magellan in the mystery series between 1997 and 2000, also told Norton that she was "surprised and delighted" the popularity of the show has endured.

Alan Davies, who plays Jonathan Creek, recently said that his character "will never meet anyone quite like Maddy again".

Watch a classic clip of Caroline Quentin in Jonathan Creek below: »

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Sherlock, Poirot: Who is the UK's favourite detective?

17 April 2014 11:11 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The British public's top ten favourite TV detectives have been revealed.

Britain's Favourite Detectives - a celebration of the UK's greatest fictional crime solvers - will air on Saturday, April 19 on Channel 5.

Benedict Cumbarbatch's dashing Sherlock Holmes, David Suchet's intellectual Hercule Poirot and Life on Mars double-act Sam Tyler (John Simm) and Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) are among the top 'tecs featured.

Digital Spy can reveal who has made the top ten - though you'll have to tune in at 9.25pm on Saturday to find out which order they come in, and which detective has claimed the top spot.

The top ten list is as follows...

Jonathan Creek (Jonathan Creek)

Miss Marple (Marple)

Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock)

Inspector Morse (Morse)

Di Alec Hardy (Broadchurch)

Di Frost (A Touch of Frost)

Sam Tyler & Gene Hunt (Life on Mars)

Hercule Poirot (Poirot)

Dci Tom Barnaby (Midsomer Murders)

Detective Columbo (Columbo)

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Jonathan Creek series 5 episode 3 review: The Curse Of The Bronze Lamp

15 March 2014 11:47 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Rachel Bowles 15 Mar 2014 - 18:44

Jonathan Creek concludes its fifth series with a satisfying, comic noodle-scratcher...

This review contains spoilers.

5.3 The Curse Of The Bronze Lamp

After a disappointing start to the new series, Jonathan Creek seemed to return to form last week in The Sinner And The Sandman with a much more recognisable setup with one key mystery to solve. Despite not being the most exciting of mysteries, nor one of the most bloodthirsty; The Sinner and The Sandman certainly turned in some great performances, notably from John Bird. Alan Davies seemed more enthusiastic in the role as the eponymous hero and the whole setup felt a lot less perilous with far fewer contrived jokes or plot points.

Despite a more positive start to the episode, The Curse Of The Bronze Lamp still lacked pace and excitement. It has often been the case with previous series of Jonathan Creek »

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Jonathan Creek: Is it time for the detective show to bow out?

14 March 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jonathan Creek's latest series came to a conclusion tonight (March 14) with 'The Curse Of The Bronze Lamp'. But has Alan Davies's magical magician lost some of his old charm?

In recent years, the show has been reduced to hit-and-miss specials and the latest three-episode run from writer David Renwick has picked up some of the programme's worst ever reviews from fans and critics.

The ratings are still solid, but not spectacular, and there's a growing sense that the show may have reached its sell-by-date. The opening episode of the current series, 'The Letters Of Septimus Noone', poked fun at the success of Sherlock with a spoof Benedict Cumberbatch-style character making a hash of a mystery.

Creek in its prime could have got away with such a gag - Sherlock is sometimes a bit pompous and the show is due a send-up. If Creek was still at its witty, »

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Agents of Shield, Gogglebox

14 March 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Marvel's Agents of Shield: Channel 4, 8pm

Agents of Shield returns to UK television after its mid-season break in the Us.

The evil centipede group have taken Coulson as their hostage, and are interrogating him about his mysterious survival in a bleak and creepy desert wasteland. As Coulson learns some vital information regarding his survival, a member of his team may have to pay the ultimate price for this knowledge.

Unknowingly, the team are planning a full-scale mission for Coulson, but Skye ends up having to take action alone.

Jonathan Creek: BBC One, 9pm

The series five finale airs tonight and Jonathan is drawn into the kidnapping case of a government minister's wife. The case takes an interesting turn as Jonathan follows a lead to his eccentric cleaner, played by Josie Lawrence.

Polly also suffers from jealously after she sees Jonathan greeting an old female friend rather too warmly for her liking. »

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Gogglebox return draws show's biggest audience to date | TV ratings - 7 March

10 March 2014 3:45 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Channel 4 documentary series pulls in 2.7 million viewers, nearly twice the audience of ITV's 80s drama Edge of Heaven

Gogglebox returned to Channel 4 in its new Friday night slot with 2.7 million viewers, its biggest audience to date, sweeping aside ITV drama Edge of Heaven.

The TV show about people watching TV, which was a breakout hit for Channel 4 last year, has been moved from Wednesdays to a new peaktime slot at the end of the week.

Gogglebox pulled in 2.7 million viewers, a 10.8% share of the audience, between 9pm and 10pm, up on the 2.3 million (12.1%) who saw the last episode of its second series on 18 December.

It had nearly twice the audience of ITV's 80s drama Edge of Heaven, starring The Inbetweeners' Blake Harrison, which had just 1.5 million viewers, also between 9pm and 10pm.

Stephen Lambert of Studio Lambert – whose previous credits include Wife Swap and Faking It »

- John Plunkett

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Jonathan Creek dips but remains Friday night leader with 5.57 million

8 March 2014 3:38 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jonathan Creek's latest episode continued to attract high ratings for BBC One last night (March 7), coming in as the highest-rated TV show outside of soaps.

The second of three episodes in the series - starring Alan Davies and Sarah Alexander - brought in 5.57 million viewers (26.2%), slightly down on last week's 6.33 million return.

BBC One also entertained 2.04 million people at 10.45pm (20%) with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds's romantic comedy The Proposal.

Meanwhile, ITV's new documentary series Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages wowed 2.66 million viewers (12.6%) from 8pm, as first-year trainee Kelly dealt with the challenges of nursing. A further 118.6k (0.6%) tuned in an hour later on ITV+1.

The channel maintained much of the audience at 9pm, as 2.19 million (6.3%) stayed to watch Edge of Heaven. An extra 150.8k (0.9%) caught the episode an hour later, as Alfie and Michelle go their separate ways in an attempt to keep their kiss under wraps from Carly. »

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Catch-up TV guide: from Jonathan Creek to Inside No 9

7 March 2014 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Jonathan Creek | Veronica Mars | Fantastic Man: A Film About William Onyeabor | The Taste | Coronation Street: A Moving Story | Inside No 9

TV: Jonathan Creek

After a decade of occasional one-offs and Christmas specials, Alan Davies's magician/sleuth finally returned for a new Sherlock-style mini-series last month, beginning with a neat spin on that old favourite, the locked door mystery. Unfortunately, Creek disappears off into the shadows again after Friday's final episode, but anyone suffering withdrawal symptoms can catch the show's first four series over on Netflix.

BBC iPlayer, Netflix

TV: Veronica Mars

Another unorthodox crime-solver making an all-too-brief return this week is Kristen Bell's high-school private eye Veronica Mars, with a crowdfunded feature film receiving a limited UK run this Friday. For those unable to catch Mars on the big screen, meanwhile, Sky is releasing the film at the same time on demand over on its Sky Store service. »

- Gwilym Mumford

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How Jonathan Creek is inverting the English whodunnit

7 March 2014 7:35 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Creator David Renwick upset some fans of the detective drama by showing whodunnit (and how) near the beginning, rather than the end, of the latest episode – but it's so well written that it's still great fun watching Creek unravel the mystery

The duffel coat may have been mothballed but Alan Davies is still able to duff up the opposition – in the ratings, at least. After a long period of mopey silence and intermittent one-offs, the first proper series of Jonathan Creek in a decade began last Friday, dominating its timeslot by a margin of over 4 million viewers (admittedly, the competition wasn't that strong – it's up against the new series of Gogglebox this week).

That sounds like a win for Davies and Creek creator David Renwick. But not everyone was thrilled that the central mystery in the first episode – how a West End actress was stabbed while alone in her locked »

- Graeme Virtue

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TV highlights 07/03/3014

6 March 2014 11:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Paralympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony | Crufts 2014 | Backyard Oil | Gardeners' World | Jonathan Creek | Gogglebox | Storyville: Muscle Shoals – The Greatest Recording Studio In The World | Nurse Jackie

Paralympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony

3.30pm, Channel 4

After covering the 2012 summer paralympics, Channel 4 has also bagged the winter version. Hopefully lacking the gaffes that saw #sochiproblems trending up a storm during the Winter Olympic opening festivities, it's the turn of Paralympians to don garish winterwear and wave at the audience as athletes from more than 40 countries assemble for the lighting of the Paralympic cauldron. The appropriately monikered Jon Snow presents. Mark Jones

Crufts 2014

7.30pm, Channel 4

Clare Balding helms extensive coverage of the annual, easily mocked dog show, which this year is about much more than simply watching pampered pooches trot around an area. Dog health and welfare reporters are on hand to file reports on responsible breeding and how to care for puppies, »

- Mark Jones, Sam Richards, Andrew Mueller, Jonathan Wright, John Robinson, Hannah J Davies, Bim Adewunmi

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Jonathan Creek returns to 6.33 million on BBC One

1 March 2014 5:56 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jonathan Creek was Friday's (February 28) highest-rated TV show outside of soaps.

Starring Alan Davies and Sarah Alexander, the returning mystery series was viewed by an average of 6.33 million people (29.2%) at 9pm on BBC One.

BBC One kicked off the evening with 4.36 million (21.7%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 3.04m (14.2%) for A Question of Sport immediately after.

Elsewhere, Room 101 was seen by 3.61m (15.9%) at 8.30pm, while The Graham Norton Show, which featured guests such as Ant and Dec, Naomi Campbell and Aaron Paul, entertained 3.77m (28.4%) at 10.35pm.

For the second week running, Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages was ITV's highest-rated show outside of soaps, picking up an average of 2.75m (12.4%) at 8pm.

After the evening's second visit to Weatherfield at 8.30, the latest episode of Edge of Heaven was viewed by 1.75m (8.3%) from 9pm.

Over on BBC Two, Permission Impossible attracted 1.26m (6%) at 7pm, Mastermind secured an evening high of 2.17 (9.8%) viewers at 8pm, »

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Jonathan Creek review – 'An intricate machine with hundreds of pieces'

28 February 2014 11:01 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Someone in the new Jonathan Creek has Sherlock delusions of grandeur – but it's not Alan Davies

Alan Davies is back from his skiing holiday in Sochi and is Jonathan Creek (BBC1) again. It's been a while. There has been the odd one-off special, but the last time there was a series was a decade ago. That's practically a Great Hiatus.

Sherlock Holmes gets a big nod in this one. The son of a friend of the Creeks (who becomes Jonathan's not entirely welcome work-experience boy) fancies himself as a bit of a sleuth and adopts Holmes's powers of deduction. For example, he knows that Jonathan and new missus Polly (Sarah Alexander) have recently returned from Reykjavik, by their scars and their watches and what he can see in Polly's bag. Thing is, he couldn't be more wrong. They haven't been anywhere near Iceland. He's alway wrong: it's very funny, the best joke here. »

- Sam Wollaston

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