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New Who Review – “Death in Heaven”

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When there’s no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the Earth. As Cybermen. See what he did there? The Master is back, and has been working on this plot for Quite a long time. Some old friends return for the fight, we say goodbye (for now, anyway) to some others, and oh goodness, were there still surprises. I don’t know why you’d be reading this recap before you saw the episode, but if you are, don’t. Because it makes much more sense to know about the…

Death In Heaven

By Steven Moffat

Directed by Rachel Talalay

As things rather ended in the moment last week, this week’s adventure starts just the same. Clara, when discovered by the newly minted Cyberman, takes the lessons she’s learned throughout the year and put them to use – she lies through her teeth. She claims to be The Doctor,
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Updated: Sanjeev Bhaskar to guest star in Doctor Who series 8

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The Kumars' Sanjeev Bhaskar has Tweeted about filming Doctor Who series 8 with Peter Capaldi...

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Update: The BBC has officially confirmed that Bhaskar will be appearing in the series eight finale. Read more about it, here.

This one comes straight from the horse's mouth, well, Twitter account. Actor and writer Sanjeev Bhaskar (Goodness Gracious MeThe Kumars At No. 42The Indian Doctor) Tweeted the following not hours ago:

"So. I can finally reveal that I've spent part of this week flying about w/ this guy @bbcdoctorwho #DrWho #nospoilers" The Tweet was accompanied, for clarity, by a Peter Capaldi pic.

Though the as-yet-undisclosed guest role will be Bhaskar's first in the TV series, the actor previously provided the voice of Dr Avishka Sangakkara in Eighth Doctor Big Finish Audio Adventures The Eight Truths and Worldwide Web.

Doctor Who is also keeping it in the family with this particular guest star,
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Material leaves iTunes users in stitches

A family owned textile shop on the verge of bankruptcy and an aspiring Muslim stand-up comedian feature in Material which was written and directed by Craig Freimond (Gums & Noses). The South African comedy screened at The World Film Festival in Montreal and Busan International Film Festival; originally released in 2012, the movie has now entered the digital realm of iTunes.

It’s Ebrahim’s (Vincent Ebrahim) dream for Cassim (Riaad Moosa) to take over the shop, but Cassim has discovered a talent for stand-up comedy, and he soon finds himself in direct conflict with his father, his family and his community.

Ebrahim Kaif has been embroiled with a 30 year feud with his brother which threatens to bankrupt him. Cassim seeks solace in humour where his experiences being a Muslim in South Africa provides him with satirical material that enables him to launch a career making club patrons laugh; he also with
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The HeyUGuys Interview: Vincent Ebrahim on Material

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One recent Friday afternoon HeyUGuys had the privilege to round off our week in conversation with Vincent Ebrahim, star of South African comedy Material.

Vincent discussed with us the inspirational moments that led him on the path to acting, the role and influence of poetry, stepping out of his comfort zone, returning to work in South Africa and looking ahead to taking up the pen.

Why a career in acting? Was there that one inspirational moment?

There was not necessarily one inspirational moment, but rather a series of moments. When I was at school and considering a career I was originally planning to be a marine engineer. Then in high school I lost track of that ambition, and being good at English I became more interested in the drama society. So I began my performing life reading poetry in a poetry group. Then with marine engineering having gone out of the window,
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Daniel Radcliffe, Chevy Chase Among Celeb Guests For Sky’s Reboot Of ‘The Kumars’

  • Deadline TV
The follow-up to International Emmy and Peabody Award-winning comedy/talk show hybrid The Kumars At No. 42 will bring the Kumar clan back to television after a seven-year break. The new show, titled The Kumars, is a six-part series that will air on the UK’s Sky1 HD from January 15th. The original ran on the BBC for 53 episodes and was also broadcast on BBC America. There is no U.S. deal yet, but given the earlier show’s popularity and the caliber of guests, it wouldn’t be surprising to see it land Stateside. The original scripted and improvised show centered on three generations of a British Indian family. Sanjeev Bhaskar played the thirtysomething son whose parents support his dream of being a talk show host by building a TV studio onto the back of their home. Celebrity guests were greeted with fanfare at the family’s front door,
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The Kumars return to television after seven-year hiatus

Former BBC2 comedy show based on British Indian family to relaunch on Sky1 this autumn

Sky is to revive comedy series The Kumars after a seven-year absence from television screens.

Sky1 is to bring back the show, which ran for seven series on the BBC under the title The Kumars at No. 42, with a new six-part series set to air this autumn.

"The entire Kumars family are very excited to have moved into a new home on Sky 1," said Sanjeev Bhaskar, who plays the son in the now Hounslow-based fictional British Indian family. "We are currently repainting the flat in anticipation of great guests, new members of the extended family and anyone else we can get to flog the tat from Dad's shop downstairs. Granny's wind problems are almost under control so all are welcome."

The show ran for 53 episodes on BBC2, and later BBC1, between 2001 and 2006. It is
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TV on Tap: It’s “Hollywood Game Night” with a “Sharknado” Warning

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Rory Kinnear might be gamblers’ top pick to take over the lead role in Doctor Who, but Kinnear told The Independent that he hasn’t been approached for the role and he isn’t particularly interested, having never watched the show.

Rory Kinnear

Chi McBride is joining the cast of Hawaii Five-0, EW reports. McBride will play Swat Captain Lou Grover, a character from the original Five-o series.

Bravo is working on another adaptation for its next potential scripted pilot. After looking at turning Heathers, The Joneses and the Danish series Rita (so far, only Rita looks like it will film the pilot), the channel is developing a modern-day version of Charles DickensBleak House.

Lisa Edelstein will appear in a multi-episode story arc on the upcoming season of Castle, according to TVLine. She’ll play a Federal Investigator who works with Beckett as she debates taking that Washington DC job.
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TV BAFTAs 2013: Live Blog

It's that time of year when TV stars dig out their best suits and practice their best 'loser's smile face' - the TV BAFTAs are back.

Graham Norton is our host for the evening, and stars from Last Tango In Halifax, Game of Thrones, Homeland and The Thick of It are among the talent competing for the main gongs.

Join us live from 8pm on Digital Spy when we'll be live blogging the TV BAFTAs.

22:03Well, that's just about it! Aside from quite an underwhelming performance from Graham Norton and a dodgy Tetris-esque stage, that was a throughly enjoyable evening if I may say so. Thanks for joining Digital Spy, and don't forget to write below who you think deserved to win and who was robbed. Goodnight, all!

22:02And so to the annual tack-on bit at the end where some of the more boring credible people and programmes
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'Doctors' guest roles for Wendy Craig, 'Kumars' stars

'Doctors' guest roles for Wendy Craig, 'Kumars' stars
Doctors has more familiar faces popping up in guest roles over the coming months. Digital Spy can confirm that Butterflies actress Wendy Craig appears in the episode airing on Tuesday, February 26 - taking on the part of Edith Jessop. Edith is the overprotective mother of Heston Carter's friend Rory. She is determined to break up her son's potential relationship, but will she succeed? Meanwhile, The Kumars at No. 42 stars Indira Joshi and Vincent Ebrahim have (more)
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MTV Greenlights Talk Show Hosted By ‘Jersey Shore’s Vinny Guadagnino

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With Jersey Shore nearing its end, another cast member of the blockbuster reality series is staying at MTV with a new show. The network has greenlighted hybrid talk show/reality series The Show With Vinny hosted by Jersey Shore‘s Vinny Guadagnino. Executive produced by Jersey Shore mastermind SallyAnn Salsano of 495 Prods, the series will be set at Guadagnino’s family home in Staten Island, NY. The Show With Vinny, which sounds a lot like UK’s The Kumars At No. 42, combines the reality of Guadagnino’s home life with off-the-cuff and unscripted interviews with stars invited over to break bread. It will feature a host of real characters from Guadagnino’s personal life, from his ultimate hostess mother Paula to party boss Uncle Nino and more. Celebrities will share a meal and a candid conversation about whatever comes up complete with lots of commentary from Vinny’s peanut gallery of loved ones.
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Special Report: Royal Shakespeare Company’s Much Ado About Nothing – Bollywood style

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BollySpice joined the best of British Asian artists last night in central London for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Gala Premier of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing – bollywood style! Featuring Meera Syal as Beatrice, amongst a stellar cast of great British Asian talent, this re-enactment of Shakespeare’s classic comedy of love and deceit is transformed to India and is currently showing at the Noël Coward Theatre, London.

For those of you who aren’t aware of the original play, or may have read it many years ago and need some memory jogging, Much Ado About Nothing was one of the many classic comedies which Shakespeare wrote. It focuses around two cousins Beatrice (Meera Syal) and Hero (Amara Karan) and their two lovers Benedick (Paul Bhattacharjee) and Claudio (Sagar Arya). Whilst Beatrice and Benedick scorn each other, they are nonetheless tricked into confessing their love for one another. On
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Is Citizen Khan Racist?

Welcome to the first edition of Comedy Corner, What Culture’s new fortnightly column about various aspects of both modern and classic comedy. The focus of this week’s piece is the debate around BBC One’s latest sitcom Citizen Khan.

It seems these days that making a comedy centred around a minority group is a real minefield. On the one hand, you may find yourself being praised to the hilt for doing something new and different. But on the other hand, you run the risk of coming under fire from the political correctness brigade and the especially humourless members of the minority in question. The bulk of the media attention surrounding new BBC One sitcom Citizen Khan seems to be the latter.

The character of Sparkhill’s self-proclaimed community leader Mr Khan first appeared in Radio 4’s spoof phone-in show Down The Line in 2008. Following this, the character migrated
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Monty Python alum Terry Jones talks getting the gang (and Robin Williams) together for 'Absolutely Anything'

Monty Python alum Terry Jones talks getting the gang (and Robin Williams) together for 'Absolutely Anything'
What made this time right for the cinematic coming-together of the Monty Python comedy troupe for the first time in 16 years? “I just like having friends around,” says Terry Jones, the Python vet who is directing John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, and presumably Eric Idle (though that deal has not been inked yet) for the upcoming Absolutely Anything. EW spoke with Jones and producer Chris Chesser about the film, which centers on a pack of aliens who grant absolute power to an unwitting Englishman then sit back and watch what havoc he wreaks.

The Python guys will lend their
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Blu-ray Review: London Boulevard – Borrows Liberally But Passionately Performed & Well-Scripted

A screenwriter any actor would jump to work with, William Monaghan shot to the scribing A-list following his Oscar win for his magnificent work on Martin Scorsese’s Best Picture winning remake of Infernal Affairs; The Departed. London Boulevard, his latest foray into crime fare – this time set on our turf, ostensibly – is overflowing with talent, and though Monahgan’s directorial debut is a considerably lesser work than his previous, there is still plenty to applaud in this wincingly brutal albeit uneven film.

London Boulevard is released today on Blu-ray and DVD. Here is our review…

Mitchell (Colin Farrell) has just been released from prison after a 3-year stint for GBH. Quickly reconnecting with old mate Billy (Ben Chaplin), he nevertheless rejects his old ways in favour of a cleaner lifestyle, serving as a bodyguard and pap-buffer for the reclusive, constantly hounded actress, Charlotte (Keira Knightley). However, motivated by the murder of an old friend,
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Indian-themed comedies a new TV trend

Indian-themed comedies a new TV trend
They are the two comeback stories of this pilot season, projects developed years ago that have been resurrected and have landed orders at the broadcast networks.

The two comedies -- "Nirvana" at Fox and "Outsourced" at NBC -- have something else in common: They both are ensemble shows about Indians and Indian Americans.

A third project, a U.S. version of popular British comedy "The Kumars at No. 42," about an immigrant Indian family, also is poised for revival. Eight years after NBC took a stab at the format, the show's British producers are shopping it to U.S. networks, including FX.

Is it a coincidence or a delayed "Slumdog Millionaire" effect?

"I do think that 'Slumdog' had a lot to do with it," a TV studio executive said of India's rapid emergence on the U.S. pop culture scene. "It was boiling, hovering there, with the increasing popularity of Indian clothing,
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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Five

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Hippie Hippie Shake

Opens: 2010

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Sienna Miller, Max Minghella, Emma Booth, Lee Ingleby

Director: Beeban Kidron

Summary: Follows the love story of Oz editor Richard Neville and Louise Ferrier. Neville and his cohorts launch the London edition of Oz amidst the 1960s counterculture and are subsequently put on trial for distributing a sexually explicit issue.

Analysis: One of the most troubled productions in Working Title's history, 'Hippie' began development back in 1998 but failed to get beyond script stage both in 1999 and in 2002 when "Elizabeth" helmer Shekhar Kapur was attached to direct. Filming finally got underway late 2007 with director Beeban Kidron in charge and shooting seemed to proceed without issue aside from feminist author Germaine Greer being vehemently unhappy about being depicted on film.

Actually the film scored quite a bit of free press for a skinny dipping scene where full-frontal shots of actress Sienna Miller shooting the sequence
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Matt LeBlanc joins Showtime's 'Episodes'

Matt LeBlanc joins Showtime's 'Episodes'
Matt LeBlanc is reteaming with "Friends" co-creator David Crane for "Episodes," a Showtime/BBC comedy series spoofing the TV business.

Showtime has ordered six half-hour episode of the series, which Crane created with Jeffrey Klarik, for a 2010 premiere on Showtime and BBC Two.

"Episodes," which will start production in January in London and Los Angeles, centers on a successful British husband-and-wife comedy team thrilled by the prospect of producing an U.S. version of their hit series. But they are soon forced to replace the erudite British lead in the original with the quintessential U.S. comedy star, Matt LeBlanc, who will be playing a version of himself. They begin to sink deeper into the quicksand that is the Hollywood TV business ruled by a legion of network and studio executives.

"We jumped at the chance to get involved with this cockeyed look at network television told through the eyes
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O'Donoghue to Run Nbcu International Production

  • The Wrap
Will lead television productions and strategic TV content partnerships across all territories outside the U.S.

By Wrap Staff

NBC Universal International Thursday named Denise O’Donoghue president of International Television Productions.

London-based O’Donoghue, co-founder and former chief executive of independent production company Hat Trick, will begin work in her new position on Sept. 14, the company announced on Thursday.

O’Donoghue worked on such shows as “Have I Got News for You” and “The Kumars at No. 42” and fits within Nbcu’s plans to grow internationally.

As head of the international production division, O'Donoghue will le...
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Acclaimed Writer Sardana Dies

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Acclaimed Writer Sardana Dies
Emmy Award winning TV writer Sharat Sardana has died at the age of 40. British-born Sardana collapsed at his father’s home on Friday after suffering from a streptococcal virus. He passed away on Tuesday at London's Whipps Cross University Hospital, surrounded by family and friends.

Sardana penned cult U.K. TV comedy Goodness Gracious Me, and won a coveted International Emmy award and three BAFTA nominations for its follow-up, The Kumars at No.42.

He was believed to be working on a new TV series, billed as a male version of Sex & The City, when he died.

No further details were available as WENN went to press.

Hat Trick's O'Donoghue steps down

LONDON -- Denise O'Donoghue, one of producers behind such shows as The Kumars at No. 42, Have I Got News for You? and Father Ted is leaving Hat Trick Prods., the company she co-founded in 1986, it was announced Monday. Amid speculation that she may be about to join BBC3 as channel head, O' Donoghue would only confirm that she was leaving Hat Trick at the end of January. O'Donoghue and Hat Trick joint managing director Jimmy Mulville each made more than £11 million when they sold 45% of the production company to private equity firm Kleinwort Capital.
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