9 items from 2014
The British have perfect the art of inappropriate behavior--at least when it comes to comedy. From angry Irish bookshop proprietor Bernard Black’s constant verbal and physical abuse of his loyal assistant Manny (not to mention his own customers) on Black Books, to Hr nightmare David Brent’s insensitive comments to his various employees on The Office, to spin doctor Malcolm Tucker’s ability to take vile cursing to new artistic heights on The Thick of It, British comedy thrives upon the dark humor that can be found in the awkward, the rude and the socially inept. You wouldn’t welcome these characters into your home in person, but inviting them in via your television set is downright delightful. Perhaps some of it has to do with those exceedingly polite-sounding accents, which are capable of making even the worst insults sound almost palatable. Nonetheless, in the wake of England’s latest, »
- Lee Jutton
He’s got one of the most distinctive voices in modern British acting, but surprisingly very few people really know who Peter Serafinowicz is.
A comedic actor, Serafinowicz is perhaps best known for his role in the Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg zom-rom-com Shaun Of The Dead, where he played Shaun’s endlessly boorish housemate, and eventual walking corpse. In reality, Serafinowicz has cropped up in a great many other places which will be recognisable to fans of not just British comedy, but modern day blockbuster cinema too.
In fact, the actor has appeared in one of the biggest blockbusters of all time. Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. Didn’t see him? That’s not surprising since Serafinowicz only leant his voice talents to the movie, giving the menacing voice to the villain of the film, Darth Maul (played in person by Ray Parks). Whilst he only has a few lines of dialogue, »
- David Agnew
Feature Sarah Dobbs 3 Apr 2014 - 07:00
It’s been ten years now since author, visionary, and dreamweaver Garth Marenghi’s legendary horror TV show, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, was rescued from a vault in Peru and broadcast to a largely unappreciative audience.
Or, you know, in the reality we actually inhabit, it’s been ten years since a group of comedians donned 80s costumes and pretended to be aging filmmakers commenting on their own ‘lost’ series. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was a perfect send-up of both trashy low-budget horror and science fiction productions and pompous creators, as a bewigged Matthew Holness straight-facedly explained the unique genius of his horror writing alter ego even as his greatest creation, Dr Rick Dagless M.D., mugged away in the background.
It was a ludicrously high concept show, »
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Europa League Football: Tottenham Hotspur v Benfica
A proper, old-order European tie as Tottenham, twice winners of the old Uefa Cup, take on Portuguese giants Benfica. Spurs have glided into the final 16 of this competition without ever looking impressive, but in Christian Eriksen, Andros Townsend and a resurgent Emmanuel Adebayor, boast enough attacking talent to concern any backline. Benfica will be looking to maintain the form that has seen them dominate the Portuguese Primera Liga this season. Gwilym Mumford
Astronauts: Houston We Have A Problem
9pm, Channel 4
Channel 4's Live From Space season continues with this one-off about how astronauts cope when things go wrong. As we know, these are the people with the right stuff, »
- Gwilym Mumford, John Robinson, Bim Adewunmi, Ben Arnold, Ali Catterall
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Also check out: Channel 4 boldly goes where no broadcaster has gone before with the Live from Space season. First up is Astronauts: Living In Space (Wednesday, March 12 at 9pm), then we head to Nasa's mission control centre in Astronauts: Houston We Have a Problem (Thursday, March 13 at 9pm), and finally Dermot O'Leary hosts a live link-up with the International Space Station in Lap Of The Planet (Sunday, March 16 at 7.30pm).
The Michael McIntyre Chat Show: Monday (March 10) at 10.35pm on BBC One
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
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