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A great actor once said “never work with children or animals.” This episode features both, and once again, the axiom proves true. The students of Coal Hill School have a sleepover in the museum of natural history, and wake up…
In The Forest Of The Night
Directed by Sheree Folkson
London, and indeed the whole world, ha been engulfed by dense, fireproof forests overnight. The Doctor assumes it’s an act of aggression, but with the help of the kids of Coal Hill School, including one very sensitive girl, the real threat to Earth is identified. But are they too late to realize they’ve been attacking the wrong side?
This is another episode where the main plot and the threat of the week is almost overwhelmed by the staggering character work. Wonderful camera work from the director (the steadi-cam run around the top deck of the »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Series 8's winning streak continues with a Frank Cottrell Boyce-penned episode that has a great deal to say...
In The Forest Of The Night brings to an end a run of four Doctor Who series 8 episodes from writers who'd never penned an adventure for the show before before. On the basis of all four stories they came up with, every one of them should be warmly welcomed back in the future.
This latest comes from Frank Cottrell Boyce, whose extensive and hugely impressive writing career to date has taken him from Coronation Street and the wonderful, wonderful Millions, through to Welcome To Sarajevo and Code 46. And it would be fair to say that by the time he sat down to write In The Forest Of The Night, he had plenty of things he wanted to say. To his credit, he's squeezed a great many of them into a 45 minute Doctor Who adventure. »
The cast of a long-rumoured film based on classic British comedy series Dad’s Army has been revealed.
Toby Jones, best known for roles in The Hunger Games and Harry Potter franchises, will take the leading role of Captain Mainwaring, a stiff-upper-lipped veteran who oversees the Home Guard in a small village toward the end of the Second World War.
Both were previously rumoured to be attached to the project, an adaptation of a BBC comedy series than ran from 1968-77, but Catherine Zeta Jones is newly attached to the film as journalist Rose Winters.
The all-star British cast will also include Tom Courtenay as Corporal Jones, Harry Potter »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Oscar-winning directors and actors are among the star guests due in Sarajevo next month for the 20th anniversary edition of the Bosnian city's film festival. Academy award winners, actress Melissa Leo (The Fighter)and directors Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) and Danis Tanovic (No Man's Land) will be rubbing shoulders with top international talents that include actors Gael Garcia Bernal, Bérénice Bejo, Ariane Labed and directors Mike Leigh, who will present a screening of his latest film, Mr Turner, and Michael Winterbottom, whose career was launched in 1997 with Welcome to Sarajevo, a film set during the city's wartime siege.
- Nick Holdsworth
All but one of the writing slots for Doctor Who series eight have already been announced, with Steven Moffat joined by Phil Ford, Mark Gatiss, Steve Thompson, Gareth Roberts, Peter Harness and Jamie Mathieson for the new run. It now looks as though the last remaining place - for episode ten in the series - has gone to a particularly interesting writer: Frank Cottrell Boyce.
The Liverpool Echo reports that native son Boyce (24 Hour Party People, Tristram Shandy: A Cock And Bull Story, The Railway Man) has provided a script for series eight. The screenwriter is quoted as saying "It’s like joining a family. It’s a great thing to be involved with. I grew up loving Doctor Who, and my teenage son was a big fan of it too. »
My earliest memory? Giving my sister 'Smarties' that I knew were pills
Stephen Dillane, 57, grew up in London. He studied at Exeter University, then joined the Croydon Advertiser but left to enrol at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. In the early 1990s, his performance in the National Theatre's Angels In America and his Hamlet for the Peter Hall Company attracted critical acclaim. In 2000, he won a Tony award for his role in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing. His films include Welcome To Sarajevo (1997) and The Hours (2002). Since 2012, he has played Stannis Baratheon in TV's Game Of Thrones, and he starred in the Sky Atlantic thriller The Tunnel, which is out on DVD. He has two sons with the actor Naomi Wirthner.
When were you happiest?
Playing football in the school playground at lunchtime.
What is your earliest memory?
Giving my sister "Smarties" that I knew were pills.
- Rosanna Greenstreet
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