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Bernard Cribbins is completing the Telegraph crossword when I arrive. He looks up. "What bloody time d'you call this?" I apologise. He grins. He knows the trains have been delayed at Waterloo. "Six down, enzyme, must be. Bobobobobom, bobobobobom," he sings, to no recognisable tune. It's a brute of a summer's day, and Cribbins' pink shirt is sweat-patched, and there's a rivulet dripping from his forehead. He has a full head of white hair, a beard like brambles and a crippling handshake.
He is 85 now and industrious as ever. This week, appropriately enough, he stars in the first CBeebies Prom as Old Jack, eponymous hero of the BBC show Old Jack's Boat. Appropriate because no »
- Simon Hattenstone
The part live-action, part-animated show sees celebrities narrating adult versions of bedtime stories in the style of the children's classic Jackanory, which first came to TV screens in 1965.
The second series could also feature a story told by Rik Mayall, who recorded an episode before he passed away last month.
Dave bosses previously explained that they were carefully considering when to schedule the episode in question, with general manager Steve North calling it a "complete privilege" to work with Mayall.
Watch a trailer for the first series of Crackanory below: »
The period June 9th to 15th 2014 was an unpleasant raid on the collective VHS cassette memory of our youth. Not only did Eric Hill, the creator of Spot the Dog, pass away, but so too did Casey Kasem, who for forty years had been the voice of Scooby-Doo's snack wingman Shaggy. Francis Matthews, the stiff upper lip behind Captain Scarlet's stiff puppet lip, departed to be with a different angel squadron. And before that Earth lost Rik Mayall, who performed the best Jackanory ever. Sorry Prince Charles. He did.
So if you felt a part of your formative years had suddenly melted away like a Funny Feet ice cream abandoned on a see-saw, then that's perfectly normal. It's always sad and strangely personal »
Bosses of TV channel Dave are deciding when to air an episode of a show that Rik Mayall filmed before he died.
The comedian recorded an episode of Crackanory, a grown-up version of children's story-telling show Jackanory, before his sudden death on Monday (June 9).
A spokesperson for the channel said they would discuss a suitable time to screen the episode with his family before airing it as a tribute to Mayall.
Dave general manager Steve North said: "It was a complete privilege for Dave to work with Rik for Crackanory. Clearly at this tragic time our thoughts are with his friends, colleagues and family."
"The tragic news of Rik's death is a huge blow for the show, and indeed for British comedy, »
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 »
The star of The Young Ones and Bottom has died aged 56. We look back on some of his best roles, including scene-stealing turns in Blackadder, The New Statesman and yes, Jackanory. Share your favourites below
Rik Mayalls death wasnt just a shock because he was relatively young, but because his onscreen performances were so full of life. His characters werent neatly drawn sketches: they were vast mad scribbles, jammed to the margins with noise and energy. He was the naughty uncle, the childrens entertainer who would scare the grownups. If you are under 40, youd be forgiven for feeling as if a part of your childhood has died with him.
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Andrew counts down some of the best roles of Sean Bean's career, from the ones you'll know to the ones you probably won't...
Love him, fear him, smell him: the man breathes fire. And acting.
But what is Sean Bean? Well, adhering to a skeptical epistemology, we simply don't know, but for the purposes of this article he's the bloke who played Errol Partridge in Equilibrium, still to this day his defining role in Equilibrium.
While everyone at Den of Geek loves Equilibrium slightly more than they love each other, Sean Bean is only in it but for a moment. Unfortunately he mistakenly believes that holding up a book in front of his face will stop a bullet, when all he had to do to stop Christian Bale from shooting him was impersonate a puppy. Really, it's hard to argue that the film wouldn't be considerably »
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“Urgh, I’m so hungover. I’m going to sit in my pants and watch movies all day”
So invariably goes at least one entry on my Twitter feed every Saturday or Sunday morning. Yes, lying about all day watching TV is great but nine times out of ten when someone writes something like this, I can guarantee that they don’t have kids. For those of us with small children, the television we regularly watch throughout the day comes from a vastly different landscape. To the childless, names such as Makka Pakka, Tree Fu Tom and Yo Jo Jo may mean very little. To some us though they’ve become household names, as our lives are filled »
Broadcaster Geoffrey Wheeler has died, aged 83.
The presenter was best known for hosting Songs of Praise and quiz show Top of the Form among others.
His son confirmed that he passed away at a care home in Prestbury, Cheshire, after a long illness on December 30.
He later presented the show himself for a year in 1987, having previously provided the voiceover.
"He was an absolute gentleman and that's the conclusion that everybody who dealt with him came to," his son Robin told BBC News.
Wheeler started his broadcasting career on BBC Radio in the 1950s, producing around 200 programmes while studying law at Manchester University.
Geoffrey Wheeler is survived by his son, »
9 items from 2014
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