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Rodney Bewes obituary

Actor and comedian best known for his role as Bob Ferris in TV’s The Likely Lads

Rodney Bewes, who has died aged 79, will be most remembered for playing Bob Ferris, the well-intentioned and socially aspiring half of The Likely Lads, the BBC television series which at its 1960s peak and beyond regularly attracted 27 million viewers. He would later talk with gratitude about how the show, featuring the economic, emotional and amatory ups and downs of two working-class lads in the north-east, had made his career.

The Likely Lads (1964-66) and its successor, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973-74), cast Bewes alongside James Bolam. In 1975 there was a BBC radio version, since reheard on Radio 4 Extra, and the following year a feature film. But Bolam, who played Ferris’s derisive and self-limiting mate Terry Collier, could not later bear any reference to his presence in the show. He did
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Letter: Richard Gordon was bowled over by praise from PG Wodehouse

I can well recall the initial rebuff that Richard Gordon (obituary, 16 August) gave in response to Eamonn Andrews’ ambush for the TV show This Is Your Life in 1974. However, it may not have been just the influence of the writer’s wife that persuaded him to change his mind and join the guests brought in for the live broadcast.

He may also have been told that among the awaiting accolades was a recorded tribute from the Us by that legend of the comedy genre, PG Wodehouse. While the author of Doctor in the House received most of the show’s visitors with a sort of dutiful bemusement, he was clearly bowled over by the maestro’s glowing praise.

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On a Road of Personal Discovery in First Trailer for 'In Search of Fellini'

"This is your life - what do you want to do?" Ambi Media Group and Spotted Cow Entertainment debuted an official trailer for an indie coming-of-age film called In Search of Fellini, which is indeed about a young woman's search for Fellini. Ksenia Solo stars as a shy small-town Ohio girl who discovers Federico Fellini's "delightfully bizarre films" (see IMDb) and sets off on a journey across Italy to find him. Along the way, she discovers herself and romance and tasty Italian candy and much more. The cast includes Maria Bello, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Beth Riesgraf, Andrea Osvárt, and David O'Donnell. This looks quite adorable, and cute, very much a film-lovers adventure, though it does seem a bit cliche with its story. Enjoy. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Taron Lexton's In Search of Fellini, direct from YouTube: In this coming-of-age adventure, Lucy (Ksenia Solo), a shy
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Brock Lesnar WWE return revealed, Kurt Angle vs Samoa Joe teased… – WWE Raw, June 5, 2017 review

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

Roman Reigns beat Bray Wyatt

Now Extreme Rules is out of the way, Raw can finally start with fresh matches that aren’t just the same people facing each other over and over again…

Oh Come On!

While Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt actually had a very good match, this is still the Big Dawg’s yard, in which Wyatt was beaten clean in the middle.

The Miz Elbow Drops A Clock

The Intercontinental Title feud was wonderfully woven through the night’s episode, with Dean Ambrose initially interrupting a Drifter song to demand his rematch, but then being sent home to ‘cool off’ by Kurt Angle.

In a welcome change, the Miz’s Championship Celebration segment was designed to get the babyface over rather than just letting the heel make everyone feel bad for 15 minutes.
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Brock Lesnar vs Samoa Joe confirmed, Bayley buried – WWE Extreme Rules 2017 review

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

Kalisto beat Apollo Crews

Apollo Crews and Kalisto actually had a pretty exciting match on the kickoff show. It’s crazy what happens when you give very talented wrestlers more than three minutes. Kalisto beat Crews yet again because of Titus O’Neil’s over-managing at ringside.

The Miz beat Dean Ambrose

There’s no better way to telegraph Dean Ambrose no longer being champion than Michael Cole saying ‘Dean Ambrose is currently WWE’s longest running champion’ on commentary before the match. With the title being able to change hands on a Dq, Miz made attempt after attempt to get Ambrose disqualified. In the end, though, it was a relatively clean finish with Miz hitting the Skull Crushing Finale on a distracted Ambrose. This was a fun match, despite often tripping up over its own stipulation,
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WWE Extreme Rules 2017 Predictions

Liam Hoofe predicts the results for this Sunday’s Extreme Rules WWE event…

WWE will air their 9th annual Extreme Rules show this weekend and what an underwhelming card it is. The absence of the Universal title once again leaves a Raw PPV without its biggest draw, and a main event with all 5 of the brand’s big stars in it robs the upper mid card of any key matches.

The night even appears fairly uninspired on the stipulation front, with only three matches on the card really having any sort of ‘extreme’ match stipulations.

After a terrible go home show this past week, Raw will really have to deliver a good show this Sunday. Whether it will or not remains to be seen, but let’s take a look at each match and see who is likely to walk away the victors.

Main Card

Sasha Banks and Rich Swann
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Worst WWE segment of the year so far? WWE stars return – WWE Raw, May 29, 2017 review

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

Dean Ambrose & Hardy Boyz beat Miz & Sheamaro

After hyping his non-Extreme Rules Extreme Rules match against Dean Ambrose this Sunday, Miz welcomed Sheamus and Cesaro to Miz TV. All three men ran down Ambrose and the Hardy Boyz until the Lunatic Fringe himself came down to interrupt. Where is this going? There’s only one of you, Dean, and three of them. You’d need two more wrestlers on your side to even the odds, preferably ones that really don’t like Sheamus and Cesaro. I can’t see how you’re getting out of this one!

Yes, Raw opened with yet another obvious in-ring promo set up for a tag match, playas. The Hardys won as they have done since they returned at Wrestlemania, which would usually hint they’re losing on Sunday.

Corey Graves
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Bill Pertwee obituary

Actor best known for playing the officious Arp warden William Hodges in Dad's Army

In his early days as a cabaret artist, the actor Bill Pertwee, who has died aged 86, did a manic cricket revue sketch at a fashionable club in central London. A haughty and inebriated diner kicked over his stumps and shouted: "How's that?" Pertwee punched him in the stomach and was escorted out by the head waiter, who informed him that the customer was always right. "As far as I'm concerned, he isn't!" retorted Pertwee.

This bubbling belligerence was successfully incorporated into the bossy character that made Pertwee famous: Arp Warden William Hodges in the celebrated BBC television series Dad's Army (1968-77), written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft. As Hodges, he perpetually clashed with Captain George Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe) of the Home Guard.

The inspiration for the way Pertwee played the warden came from his boyhood during the second world war,
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Bill Pertwee obituary

Actor best known for playing the officious Arp warden William Hodges in Dad's Army

In his early days as a cabaret artist, the actor Bill Pertwee, who has died aged 86, did a manic cricket revue sketch at a fashionable club in central London. A haughty and inebriated diner kicked over his stumps and shouted: "How's that?" Pertwee punched him in the stomach and was escorted out by the head waiter, who informed him that the customer was always right. "As far as I'm concerned, he isn't!" retorted Pertwee.

This bubbling belligerence was successfully incorporated into the bossy character that made Pertwee famous: Arp Warden William Hodges in the celebrated BBC television series Dad's Army (1968-77), written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft. As Hodges, he perpetually clashed with Captain George Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe) of the Home Guard.

The inspiration for the way Pertwee played the warden came from his boyhood during the second world war,
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Frank Thornton obituary

Actor best known as the haughty department store supervisor Captain Peacock in the TV comedy Are You Being Served?

The actor Frank Thornton, who has died aged 92, had a flair for comedy derived from the subtle craftsmanship of classical stage work. However, he will be best remembered for his longstanding characters in two popular BBC television comedy series – the sniffily priggish Captain Peacock in Are You Being Served? and the pompous retired policeman Herbert "Truly" Truelove, in Roy Clarke's Last of the Summer Wine.

Robertson Hare, the great Whitehall farceur, told him: "You'll never do any good until you're 40." And, said Thornton, "he was quite right." In the event, he was 51 when David Croft, producer of another long-running British staple, Dad's Army, remembered the tall, long-faced actor from another engagement and decided to cast him as the dapper floor-walker in charge of shop assistants played by Mollie Sugden, Wendy Richard,
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Frank Thornton obituary

Actor best known as the haughty department store supervisor Captain Peacock in the TV comedy Are You Being Served?

The actor Frank Thornton, who has died aged 92, had a flair for comedy derived from the subtle craftsmanship of classical stage work. However, he will be best remembered for his longstanding characters in two popular BBC television comedy series – the sniffily priggish Captain Peacock in Are You Being Served? and the pompous retired policeman Herbert "Truly" Truelove, in Roy Clarke's Last of the Summer Wine.

Robertson Hare, the great Whitehall farceur, told him: "You'll never do any good until you're 40." And, said Thornton, "he was quite right." In the event, he was 51 when David Croft, producer of another long-running British staple, Dad's Army, remembered the tall, long-faced actor from another engagement and decided to cast him as the dapper floor-walker in charge of shop assistants played by Mollie Sugden, Wendy Richard,
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Looking after Les Dawson's legacy

When Les Dawson died, his daughter was eight months old. His wife, Tracy, was determined to keep the comic's presence alive as little Charlotte grew up – there was even a cardboard cutout of her dad next to the cot

With her false eye-lashes, minuscule frame and windswept mane of curly hair, the tiny 19-year-old shivering on the seafront at Lytham St Annes bears scant resemblance to the thick-set brass statue of Les Dawson she's hugging with her mother, Tracy. But when she curls her bottom lip, rolls her eyes into a familiar cartoonish gurn and bursts into a spontaneous guffaw there's no mistaking her genetic heritage.

"I can see Les so strongly all the time in Charlotte," says Tracy, who spent six years – four of them married – with Dawson, the Manchester-born national treasure, before his sudden death, aged 62, in June 1993. "I see him in her mannerisms, the things she says,
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Can a change of presenter ever improve a show?

Losing a host can make a series wither – after Jimmy Doherty left Food Factory to plough a new furrow, will the show flourish under Stefan Gates?

Last night, Jimmy's Food Factory became plain old Food Factory. Jimmy Doherty has abandoned the show in order to shout at supermarkets on Channel 4. And, even though Food Factory remains a pop science show about mass-produced food, Jimmy's absence has changed the feel of the show entirely.

Food Factory was much more downbeat under Doherty's watch – the whole idea of mass-produced food seemed to disgust and repel him. But new host Stefan Gates, formerly of kid's shows Gastronauts and Incredible Edibles, has changed all that. He practically cartwheels through episodes, fizzing with so much enthusiasm for orange squash and Cup-a-Soups that you end up spending the entire episode worrying about him. At one point during a trip to a salt factory, his exuberance
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What happens when successful TV shows outlive their creators and stars?

As 56 Up director Michael Apted prepares to hand over the baton, which shows have outshone their original formats

There's a tradition in sport known as "retiring the shirt", in which the squad number worn by a particularly influential player is taken out of circulation: in American basketball, the vest in question will sometimes be symbolically raised into the rafters above the court. A similar issue arises in TV when a format becomes connected with particular personnel and the dilemma is represented twice in next week's schedules.

While promoting the return of 56 Up (Monday, 9pm, ITV1), director Michael Apted showed commendable lack of ego and squeamishness, in addressing a sensitive technical question.

As the now almost 50-year-old project was intended to follow a group of children through their lives and Apted was three times the age of his subjects at the beginning, a majority of the participants are likely to outlive him.
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Louie Ramsay obituary

Actor known for her role as Dora, the wife of Inspector Wexford in the popular TV series

Louie Ramsay, who has died aged 81, was a dynamic musical comedy actor who became a dramatic linchpin of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre Company at the Old Vic and then found wider fame as Dora Wexford, the wife of Inspector Wexford, in The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, starring George Baker, who became Louie's second husband.

She was noted for her warmth, elegance and sense of humour, describing herself as a small woman with a big voice – the loudest in the chorus, said Mary Martin, whom she understudied as Nellie Forbush in the West End premiere of South Pacific. She also convinced Rendell that she should make her role in Wexford less passive: in one of the 23 episodes, screened between 1987 and 2000, Dora became the target of environmental terrorists and was taken hostage.

Louie was born in Molteno,
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BBC Four's 'Hattie' captivates 1.6m

BBC Four's 'Hattie' captivates 1.6m
A BBC Four drama on the life of Carry On actress Hattie Jacques was seen by more than 1.6 million on Wednesday evening, the latest audience data has revealed. Hattie, starring Ruth Jones, averaged 1.66m (7.1%) for BBC Four between 9pm and 10.30pm, by far the biggest multichannel audience of the night. An episode of This Is Your Life on Hattie Jacques brought in 1.15m (6.6%) on the channel from 10.30pm. Live coverage of Arsenal's Fa Cup replay victory against Leeds was watched by 5.14m (22.2%) between 7.30pm and 10.15pm, outperforming a screening of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which had 4.74m (19.9%) on BBC One from 8pm. Earlier on BBC One, The One Show entertained 4.4m (20.4%) from 7pm, before Rip Off Britain pulled in 5.03m (23.7%). Film 2011 with Claudia Winkleman grabbed 1.31m (10.4%) from 10.45pm. On Channel 4, Will (more)
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Norman Wisdom - a life in clips

Norman Wisdom, one of the Britain's best-loved comedy stars, has died aged 95. We look back over his career in clips

Rex Harrison urged him to take up a career in showbiz; Charlie Chaplin named him his favourite clown. Yet Norman Wisdom remained that most modest of British superstars, unpretentious, full of humility, despite a dizzying rise to international fame. Or, rather, extreme popularity in the UK, and extraordinary adulation in other slightly unlikely other countries, most notably Albania, where he was, notoriously, the only Western actor whose films were allowed in the country during the dictatorship of Enver Hoxha.

Wisdom had a tough upbringing - sleeping in the same room as his whole family; a spell in a children's home, then employment by the Merchant Navy at a young age - which left little time for him to be a child. It seems striking then that his stage and screen
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Norman Wisdom - a life in clips

Norman Wisdom, one of the Britain's best-loved comedy stars, has died aged 95. We look back over his career in clips

Rex Harrison urged him to take up a career in showbiz; Charlie Chaplin named him his favourite clown. Yet Norman Wisdom remained that most modest of British superstars, unpretentious, full of humility, despite a dizzying rise to international fame. Or, rather, extreme popularity in the UK, and extraordinary adulation in other slightly unlikely other countries, most notably Albania, where he was, notoriously, the only Western actor whose films were allowed in the country during the dictatorship of Enver Hoxha.

Wisdom had a tough upbringing - sleeping in the same room as his whole family; a spell in a children's home, then employment by the Merchant Navy at a young age - which left little time for him to be a child. It seems striking then that his stage and screen
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

A Report from the Edgar Wright Saves the World Event at Laff With J.J. Abrams

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Last night was an awesome event at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Billed as “Edgar Wright Saves the World,” the event featured writer/director J.J. Abrams and Edgar Wright on stage together and it was two hours of Abrams asking Wright questions about his career. You could have called the event “Edgar Wright: This is Your Life” and it would have worked. Either way, it was very cool to watch two directors that I love talk in front of a packed house. What made the night even better was Wright world premiered 9 minutes from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and a very cool viral clip for the movie. While I hate using the words like awesome or cool when describing something…the clip looked awesome and very, very cool!

Of course the two hour discussion was not just about Scott Pilgrim, as Abrams had Wright talking about how he got into making movies,
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The Pull List Comic Reviews: ‘Atom and Hawkman’, ‘Fantastic Four’, ‘Green Lantern’ and More!

The siege of Asgard continues, Indigo becomes the new choice of color and Captain America “officially” returns in this latest edition of The Pull List Comic Reviews! Due to time constraints and unforeseen delays, this week’s column is abbreviated. As always, Warning: Spoilers Ahead.

Pull Of The Week:

Atom & Hawkman #46

DC Comics – $2.99 Us

Writer: Geoff Johns

Artist: Ryan Sook

Score: 9/10

Ray Palmer, known better as the Atom, has been knocked down more than most during his career as a costumed crime-fighter, but he always manages to pick himself up. Not surprisingly, that compassion of his has earned him an Indigo ring, and with the dead seemingly winning the war, Ray has figured out a way to swing the battle to the good guys; even if the good guys aren’t all necessarily “good” to begin with.

I would never have thought that, of all the Blackest Night-themed “continuation” issues,
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