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Tim Minchin is to star in an upcoming BBC sitcom titled 88 Keys.
88 Keys will centre around Charlie (Minchin), who has big dreams of success alongside his colleague Amy at the Carlton Arms Hotel.
The pair are described as "monstrous rampaging ego-morons" whose connection causes "unseen complications".
The show will have a non-broadcast pilot produced by Big Talk (Him & Her, Spaced).
"Tim Minchin is without doubt one of the most multi-talented performers in the world and we are »
Comedian and musician Tim Minchin will star in his first sitcom as a loudmouth cocktail pianist in 88 Keys for the BBC.
Novak will play a barman in the comedy starring Minchin as Charlie the cocktail pianist who has grand ambitions, alongside his work colleague at the Carlton Arms Hotel, "walking failure" Amy.
The pair of "monstrous rampaging ego-morons" are brought together by a rare fruit which causes "unseen complications".
Born in the UK but raised in Australia, Minchin is best known for his musical comedy and his role as composer and lyricist of the award-winning musical, »
- John Plunkett
Sky has introduced E4 and Film4 live channels to its Sky Go service.
The stations follow Channel 4 and More4 onto the online TV platform and take its number of available live channels to 49.
Popular E4 shows including Misfits, Black Books and Peep Show have also been made available on-demand through Sky Go.
Available for tablets, smartphones, PCs, and Xbox 360, Sky Go attracts more than 3.3 million unique quarterly users.
The broadcaster is currently running a promotion that enables Sky Go subscribers to upgrade to Sky Go Extra, which makes the service accessible on four devices rather than two, for an additional £5 per month.
Sky Go was launched in 2011. »
The announcement was made official by the show’s co-creator Grahem Linehan who tweeted confirming that the final episode would be broadcasting on Friday 27th September.
The It Crowd revolves around three members of staff in an It Department deep in the sub basement of the ambiguous company of Reynholm Industries. The main cast include a social awkward computer wiz Maurice Moss (Richard Ayoade), a sloth-like, disgruntled, co-worker Roy (Chris O’Dowd), their inept boss Jen Barber (Katherine Parkinson), and sexually driven boss Douglas Reynholm (Matt Berry). The show also includes actors such »
- Callum Daly
Exclusive: There probably won’t be as much drinking and smoking as he’s done on UK TV, but Dylan Moran has closed a deal that could see him on American TV in the not-to-distant future. The BAFTA-winning Irish comic has signed an agreement with ABC Studios to create and write a pilot for him to star in for ABC, Deadline has learned. This would be Moran’s inaugural move into television on this side of the Atlantic. The details of the deal also have Moran producing the half hour pilot and series if they are ordered. The star and co-writer of the 2000-04 Channel 4 series Black Books in the UK, Moran has also appeared in the 2004 Edgar Wright-directed Shaun of the Dead and with Shaun star Simon Pegg again in 2007’s Run Fatboy Run. He’ll next be seen in the John Michael McDonagh-directed upcoming black »
- DOMINIC PATTEN AND JEN YAMATO
The Lead Balloon and Kelly + Victor star on her telly swoons and swerves
Top Of The Lake. It's the most beautiful, poetic thing ever. It's like a long film divided up into six or seven episodes. And The Returned. So good. The fact that it's in French, and such a huge audience is going, "Oh, I want to watch a French TV show," is amazing. I think the best American television show ever is Big Love. Polygamy fascinates me. The fact that you start to stop caring about who these people are and you go into their world and start to root for them as individuals. That's the beauty of it, to root for them despite the fact that we would disagree with polygamy.
Black Books. I think it should have gone on forever. It's like anything that I crave more of – you know, when you »
- Gwilym Mumford
Do we really want to see any more small-town whodunnits about child killing? Well, maybe just this one…
The Guilty (ITV) | ITV Player
Rebuilding the World Trade Centre (C4) | 4oD
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The Guilty was a guilty pleasure indeed. It has been a splendid summer for drama across all channels, during a season normally draped in the salty and slightly niffy flannel of so-so. There was – forgive me if I've got any wrong – Broadcliffe, Southchurch, Cliffdeath, Deathchurch, Laketop-Church, Deathcliffville, Southkill – and if I ever had to inexplicably leave my post and go to bed, there was always the BBC World Service telling me at 4am in sonorous voices, indefatigably those of Orla Guerin, about the death of a child in some yakhole I can't presently do anything about.
But did we need another murdered-child drama, »
- Euan Ferguson
News Louisa Mellor 4 Sep 2013 - 12:04
The It Crowd, Father Ted, Black Books and Count Arthur Strong's Graham Linehan just announced those very words on Twitter. The special final episode of the workplace comedy then, is coming to Channel 4 at the end of September, slightly earlier than first thought.
At forty minutes, The It Crowd finale is a double-length special. Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson and Matt Berry will all be returning in the send-off episode. We'll bring you more as it arrives.
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Fans and fellow writers have paid tribute to Us crime writer Elmore Leonard after he died yesterday, from complications associated with a stroke suffered in July.
Award-winning crime writer Ian Rankin told the Guardian: "Elmore Leonard could write hard-boiled and soft-boiled. He could make you laugh at a one-liner and wince at a scene of brutal violence. He could write westerns, crime stories, and political satire. And all of it in the leanest prose imaginable. In short, he was a master."
The style and humour of Leonard's writing won him fans across the globe during a 60-year career in which he wrote 45 novels, including Get Shorty in 1990, which catapulted him to fame when it became a blockbuster film starring John Travolta.
In the Guardian, Mark Lawson wrote: "The plots … were »
- Liz Bury
Additional payments will be made based on Big Talk's financial performance over the next five years.
ITV said the acquisition is an "important step forward" in its strategy of building a strong international content business.
Big Talk Productions was founded in 1995 by Nira Park, who holds a joint 65% stake with chief executive Kenton Allen. Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright will each receive just over £150,000 from the sale as part of a group of investors that owns 10%.
The UK commercial broadcaster has fended off competition from Big Talk’s other suitors, including News Corp-owened Shine Group.
ITV will pay an initial cash consideration “in the region of” $19.2m (£12.5m), which will dependent on Big Talk’s 2012/13 financial performance.
It will make further “capped cash payments” over the next five years which could double its investment to around $45m (£25-£30m) if the independent production company can hit certain growth targets.
The indie’s five-year output deal with BBC Worldwide was up for renewal in August. The BBC’s commercial arm will continue to have a relationship with the indie as it continues to own rights to productions developed »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Big Bad World finds Ben with no job, no girlfriend and living with his parents after his years away at uni.
When the pilot was commissioned, Andrew Newman of Objective Productions said: "Comedy Central already have many of the best comedy shows from around the world and we are very proud to be making a new British one for them."
This weekend see’s the release of The World’S End, the final installment of Edgar Wright’s ‘Three Flavours Cornetto‘ trilogy. You’ll notice several themes, motifs and jokes are woven between all three films, but none are more evident than the cast. Wright and Pegg have a proclivity for casting their mates, going all the way back to Spaced. And with chums like these, who could blame them.
Part One can be read here. Have a Part Two. And a Bourbon.
Well fuck-a-doodle-doo! You’ll probably recognise his face but you will certainly recognise his voice. He is probably most famous for providing the vocals for Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, which he recycled to wonderful effect in Spaced and Black Books. His best work has been on Science spoof Look Around You, featuring a plethora of folks from the Cornetto-verse, »
- John Sharp
With Edgar Wright's whip-panning, crash-zooming camerawork and dense, cineliterate scripts from Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes, it was all but inevitable that the team behind Spaced would make the leap to the big screen. The spirit of Channel 4's cult sitcom lives on in Shaun of the Dead, Wright and Pegg's rom-zom-com that set a relationship breakdown against the backdrop of a zombie apocalypse. It was Tim Bisley's amphetamine-fuelled Resident Evil 2 session in Spaced (alongside a hefty dose of George A Romero's classic Dead trilogy) that inspired this film... And what a film!
Shaun of the Dead is one of those rare occasions when the movie Gods align and everything just clicks. Wright's film manages to be whip-smart, scary and - despite being incredibly funny - never resorts to spoofing the zombie movie genre it's so firmly rooted in.
The slackerdom explored by American indie darlings Kevin Smith »
Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are frying up some gold in preparation for The World’S End. The trio are back for the final instalment of, what has become known as, ‘The Three Flavours Cornetto’ trilogy. Shaun Of The Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007) and now The World’S End may not be linked by narrative or characters like classic trilogies Back To The Future (1985-1990), Star Wars (1997-1983) or Thunder In Paradise (1993-1995). But they are bound by themes, recurring jokes and references. Most notably, though, is the cast. Pegg and Frost have starred as unlikely companions in all three films and their supporting cast are essentially a troop of actors dating back to one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, Spaced.
- John Sharp
Steve Delaney brought his much-loved Radio 4 comedy creation Count Arthur Strong to TV screens for the first time last night (July 8) and split viewers and critics in half with his old-fashioned and rather quaint sitcom.
Brought to TV with a helping hand from Graham Linehan (Father Ted, Black Books), the show's first episode was loved by some for its mix of silliness and pathos. However, other viewers were left cold and found the studio audience laughter grating.
Here's a snapshot sample of what Twitter, the forums and critics are saying.
The Daily Telegraph
"It is a measure of Delaney's standing in comedy circles that, for this zany and long-overdue sitcom, none other than Father Ted creator Graham Linehan has joined him to co-write and direct. And, on the evidence of last night's first episode of Count Arthur Strong, the Count's transition to the telly is looking, if not perfect, »
Kaleidoscope Film Distributors has released the full trailer for Paul Hyett's acclaimed new shocker The Seasoning House (review here), and we have a look at the goods for you right here. Check it out.
Written and directed by Paul Hyett (award-winning special makeup FX designer for The Woman in Black, Dog Soldiers, Doomsday, Attack the Block, Eden Lake, Centurion, and more) and starring Sean Pertwee (Equilibrium, Doomsday, Mutant Chronicles, Devil’s Playground, 22.214.171.124.), Rosie Day (Black Books, Fallen Angel, Harley Street), Anna Walton (Hellboy II - The Golden Army, 5 Days of War, Mutant Chronicles, Crusoe), Kevin Howarth (Gallowwalker, The Magnificent Eleven, The Last Horror Movie), and Jemma Powell (Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, The Symmetry of Love), The Seasoning House is produced by Michael Riley (Vampire Diary, Outlanders, Sugarhouse, Lava, In a Land of Plenty) of London-based Sterling Pictures.
- Uncle Creepy
News Louisa Mellor 7 May 2013 - 13:30
Graham Linehan confirms that the much-anticipated It Crowd special is due to film in just three weeks' time...
Spotted by the good folk of Bleeding Cool yesterday was news that Father Ted and Black Books writer/director Graham Linehan has officially confirmed that the forty-minute finale special of The It Crowd is due to begin filming later this month.
Linehan and co. found themselves in something of a Sherlock situation when the careers of leads Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson, and Matt Berry took off both in front of and behind the camera, not to mention Linehan's own packed stage and TV slate, making scheduling for the finale tricky.
Now all the main players are due back in the Reynholm Industries' basement for the episode, which, according to a statement made by Linehan during a Q&A at the re:publica German conference, is »
The TV special was commissioned by departing controller of BBC One Danny Cohen, as well as newly appointed BBC head of Comedy Shane Allen. The production will be In-House and is scheduled to be screened later this year.
Fronted by the same team who made Mr Stink – which has secured a BAFTA nomination – the script will be written by Kevin Cecil & Andy Riley, who also co wrote Gnomeo & Juliet & Black Books. David Walliams will also be lending his writing hand too.
Speaking in a BBC press release, David Walliams talks about his excitement of seeing Gangsta Granny being made for TV;
“Gangsta Granny has proved to be the most popular of all my books. It is an adventure story about two unlikely thieves, Granny and her grandson, Ben. It should make for exciting family viewing at Christmas. »
- Connor Macgregor
Now I've thought about this carefully and I'm happy to be corrected, but I don't think a British standup comedian has ever made a decent sitcom. And this isn't because they've not been trying. Sue Perkins delivered six episodes of Heading Out in February, which will be (for some reason) released on DVD next week. Tonight, Lee Mack returns to BBC1 with a sixth series of Not Going Out, which – let's give it time – may yet show that the first five were just a lengthy warm-up.
This is starkly different from how things are in America. There, a stage career is basically an audition for one on television – or even in movies – where the fame and money is. Often the transition may even improve a comic's work, »
- Leo Benedictus
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