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Father Ted, to some people, is more than a TV show. Fittingly enough, for a show that satires the Roman Catholic Church in a way that would never be permitted in today’s politically correct age, and the influence of its three series have reached almost a biblical scale in the sixteen years since the final episode.
Co-creator Graham Linehan has continued to leave his mark on British and Irish comedy with the wonderfully outrageous Black Books, and the slightly more conventional It Crowd. He can never be accused of resting on his laurels, but he could have retired from the world of comedy long ago with a perfect legacy in Father Ted.
Set on a remote island off Ireland’s west coast, the fictional Craggy Island was where Linehan stumbled upon his magic formula – the slightly manic Father Ted Crilly, played by the late Dermot Morgan, »
- Gerard Walton
Kind of a good news/bad news situation this week. Bad news for those of us who like to watch sitcoms of 30 minutes in length whilst we eat dinner during the week, Channel 4 has decided to remove most of its good content including Peep Show, The It Crowd and Black Books from Netflix and Lovefilm as of February 15th. You can still watch these online but you have to go through their frankly useless 4Od app which I have never managed to watch a full episode of anything on without it crashing at the bloody adverts. Whilst its admirable that Channel 4 are taking things back in-house, they really need to improve their software first, or maybe they already have because I gave up on it back in 2012 and never finished season two of The Killing.
The good news is that Netflix have debuted season two of political drama House of Cards, »
- Chris Holt
Channel 4's licenses are to expire on both streaming services, according to VODzilla. They will be removed from Netflix on Saturday (February 15), followed a few days later on LoveFilm.
The Inbetweeners, Shameless and Green Wing are said to also be among the longlist of shows to be removed from the services.
The move follows Channel 4's recent removal of content from YouTube, leaving the only option to watch shows on 4oD.
Channel 4 recently said to Wired about the YouTube removals: "As a not-for-profit broadcaster funded by advertising, we put our money back into the programmes themselves. To make the best of this investment, we've decided to focus on bringing online viewers of our full-length shows to our own 4oD apps - such as those on iOS, »
The surprising international box-office success of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in 2012 led Fox Searchlight the realise there was a niche in the market. A sequel was swiftly green lit (the specialist indie studio’s first ever) with director John Madden and screenwriter Ol Parker returning. While the first film was based on the novel by Deborah Moggach, the follow-up will be an original story centring on returnees Dev Patel and Maggie Smith co-managing “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful”. Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Diana Hardcastle, Tena Desae and Lillete Dubey are also back.
Another trio have have also booked up for a spot at the idyllic location with Richard Gere and Black Books Tamsin Greig playing a couple who manage to land the last room available. Veteran David Strathairn, soon to be seen in Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, is also joining the cast. »
- Craig Hunter
4 items from 2014
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