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Mark counts down 15 great episodes of The Simpsons from its often-overlooked past 15 years...
Last week, we counted down our list of the top 50 episodes of The Simpsons ever made. It's a tough list to make, picking out less than 10 percent of the 552 episodes broadcast to date, to select the very best of the best. This is despite the off-hand consensus of some viewers that the series has been total rubbish since season 10.
We don't hold much truck with this assumption. The Simpsons is an institution and to suggest that more than half of it is garbage is more than a bit reductive. Admittedly, there's much to support the argument that few episodes produced in the twenty-first century can quite stand up to the genius of the earlier canon, but anything would suffer in comparison to that golden age of the show.
If you're one of the people who stopped watching the series after the nineties, »
Cilla Black has spoken about ITV's upcoming drama about her life.
The 70-year-old said that she thinks Sheridan Smith is the right choice to play her in the three-part drama.
Speaking to Digital Spy at the Out in the City and G3 readers' awards, she said of Smith: "I love her. She's fabulous. We went to dinner and I gave her my cell phone number.
"I said, 'If you ever fall down on anything and you want a little of advice', but she hasn't phoned me yet, so everything must be going swimmingly."
She added that she is familiar with Smith's previous work in shows, revealing that she was a fan of BBC Three's Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.
Asked for her thoughts on the biopic, she described it as "wonderful and "fantastic".
"I'm very flattered. I read the script and loved it," she said. "It's »
The climax of Sherlock's best man's speech is a satisfying payoff to a rather erratic episode. But does the upbeat ending mean there is misery in store next week?
Has Sherlock jumped the shark? Cast your vote
In previous series, we've seen Sherlock's brilliance challenged mostly by fellow sociopaths operating outside of social norms, be it Moriarty, Mycroft or The Woman. But now the social norms come crashing down on him. With no security crises to neutralise or military testing sites to infiltrate, he is stumped instead by a test of old-fashioned charm and wit: the best man's speech. He hates it, prompting a full police backup to arrive at his front door, just because he can't think of any funny anecdotes.
'The point I'm trying to make is that I am the most unpleasant, rude, ignorant and all-round obnoxious arsehole that anyone could possibly have the misfortune of meeting'
His speech doesn't begin smoothly. »
- Sam Wolfson
3 items from 2014
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