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Feature Caroline Preece 17 Dec 2013 - 07:00
E4’s seminal sci-fi dramedy Misfits has finally closed the doors to its community centre for good (or until there’s a movie and/or an American remake) and, while its end didn’t make the impact it may have done a couple of years ago, it’s leaving a massive gap in the television schedules. After five years on the air, the series is still being talked about as being something unique, never looking tired when measured against fresh new shows hoping to ape some of its early success. There’s a reason for this – there are no other shows like it; it doesn’t look as if anyone’s even tried.
Back in 2009, Misfits was a bit of a revelation. Originally billed and advertised as Skins-meets-Heroes, »
Tina Malone has given birth to a baby girl. The 50-year-old actress took to her Twitter account today (17.12.13) to announce she has welcomed a daughter into the world two weeks before her due date, and she is looking forward to celebrating her and 31-year-old husband Paul Chase's new arrival over the festive period. She tweeted: ''proud to announce the arrival of our Baby Girl,cant wait to spend xmas as a family.xxxx (sic)'' The former 'Shameless' star's good news comes just three days after she wrote in her newspaper column that she hoped her little one didn't arrive early. In »
The steely durability of J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan mythology gets mightily flexed in this willfully imaginative fantasia of Victorian music hall tropes, modern mash-up gestures, Story Theater techniques and period nancy humor. Shameless puns, alliteration, spoonerisms and daft nonsequiturs abound. Molly (Megan Stern), a preternaturally precocious pre-adolescent, accompanies her father Lord Aster (Nathan Hosner) on a secret mission for the Queen, conveying a trunk full of starstuff, potentially catastrophic should it fall into the possession of evil hands, of whom there are no shortage during their voyage to the Kingdom of Rundoon. The ever resourceful Molly endeavors
- Myron Meisel
News Louisa Mellor 29 Nov 2013 - 07:01
Here's what we know (or think we know) so far about next year's series of Doctor Who...
We're leap-frogging Christmas Special, The Time Of The Doctor, somewhat to round up what we know so far about the forthcoming new series of Doctor Who.
It's news to no-one who hasn't kept their head in a bucket of fish fingers and custard for the last six months that Peter Capaldi will be taking over from Matt Smith in The Time Of The Doctor. Filming with Capaldi in the Tardis, as far as we know, is still due to start in January 2014 with Jenna Coleman back as companion Clara, and return appearances from the Paternoster Gang of Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax. Alex Kingston has also teased a potential return for River Song, announcing on a BBC America video "I look forward to sharing more of [River] with you in future, »
Music Composed by: Murray Gold
Formats: Digital Download
Number of Discs: 2 (32 tracks, approx. 1 hour 7 minutes)
Label: Silva Screen Records
At one time Christmas Day in the Us meant the Yule log and It’s a Wonderful Life, a time for families to gather around the TV together. But in the modern era that mantle has now been taken by the Doctor Who Christmas Special.
This release brings together the music of the last two which were broadcast on Christmas Day 2011 and 2012 and were watched by a joint audience of close to 20m in the UK alone. This ninth release in the series brings the full canon of Murray Gold’s prolific output up to date, eight years of elaborate and dazzling scores for one of the BBC’s most popular shows worldwide. The booklet for this release is reversible to allow the display of a separate cover for The Doctor, »
- Jess Orso
Music Composed by: Murray Gold
Formats: CD and Digital Download
Number of Discs: 2 (74 tracks, approx. 2 hours 14 minutes)
Label: Silva America
Murray Gold’s phenomenal output as a composer began close to twenty years ago and he has stacked up five BAFTA nominations (two for Doctor Who) plus three Royal Television Society nominations and a win for Queer As Folk. In 2013, Murray Gold celebrated one his greatest musical accomplishments with a third Doctor Who Prom at the Royal Albert Hall.
About the Composer:
Murray Gold was born in Portsmouth in 1969. He has worked primarily in the theatre, film and television. He has been round the world three times and now lives in London.
He is »
- Jess Orso
ITV is reportedly planning to produce a Shaun Ryder biopic.
The broadcaster is looking into adapting the Happy Mondays frontman's autobiography Twisting My Melon, according to The Sun.
In his book, Ryder speaks about several strange and eventful incidents in his life, including dealing drugs, being arrested for possessing cocaine and kidnapping someone who tried to steal his band's tour bus.
Ryder recently fronted History show Shaun Ryder On UFOs, exploring his passion for aliens and touring the world meeting fellow believers, experts and enthusiasts.
Happy Mondays will play a number of shows in November and December to mark the 25th anniversary of their album Bummed.
Watch Shaun Ryder discuss UFOs with Digital Spy below: »
Helen Flanagan has become the latest in a line of celebrities to be tricked by magician Ben Hanlin for his ITV2 show Tricked.
The actress and model is caught out after being taken to an old haunted house to do a photoshoot. Watch below:
Ben, who told her he's filming backstage footage at the shoot, fools Helen into seeing a ghost and she screams and flees the house.
"Helen was genuinely terrified," said Ben. "I didn't expect her to run from the house. When she realised afterwards that the 'ghost' was actually created by magic, she took it really well. She was a good sport."
Robinson, who during Lost Season 5 came onto and then cold-cocked/captured Naveen Andrews‘ alter ego, will appear in the Jafar-centric Nov. 7 episode as Amara, a powerful sorceress from Agrabah. Teases series cocreator Adam Horowitz, “Jafar had to learn magic from someone….”
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…
- Vlada Gelman
Genre: Horror | Drama
Original Broadcast Network: BBC America
Run time: Approximately 180 minutes (3 episodes)
Release date: October 8, 2013
Creator/Writer: Dominic Mitchell
Director: Jonny Campbell
In The Flesh, BBC America’s three-part series that Wired called “the thinking person’s Walking Dead,” is a unique take on a zombie apocalypse: what happens when humanity survives the uprising… and so do the zombies? When 18-year-old Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry, Anna Karenina, Quartet) committed suicide four years ago, his friends and family thought they’d never see him again – that is, until the dead began to rise. After a catastrophic war, imprisonment, and months of rehabilitation and medication, hoards of brain-craving undead have returned to a lucid state. The zombies, now known as Pds (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferers, are gradually being introduced back into a society that so recently fought them off for survival. For Kieren, returning home means confronting the community »
- Erin Willard
Once Upon a Time fans will soon meet the man behind Rumplestiltskin.
TV Guide confirms that British actor Stephen Lord (Shameless) will guest star on Once Upon a Time Season 3 as the father of a young Rumplestiltskin, the man whose cowardice initially inspired his son to go in the opposite direction… only for Rumplestiltskin to end up just like dead old dad when he faked an injury to avoid fighting in war.
Look for Lord to appear in flashbacks on the November 17th installment of this ABC drama and for viewers to delve even deeper into his troubled father/son relationship.
Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8/7c on ABC
Did you catch last night's strong episode? »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Richenthal)
Former ABC Studios Evp Barry Jossen, now an ABC Studios-based producer, has sold a second project, ABC drama Sins. Written by Philip Levens, it is a dark, twisted, sexy soap about a modern day black widow who seduces a wealthy man while struggling to stay one step ahead of his District Attorney sister and the ghosts of her past. Sins joins Jossen’s legal drama with Barry Schindel at CBS. ABC is taking on another Latin American format with Los Roldán, an hourlong dramedy based on the 2004 Argentine telenovela/comedy series. It hails from another former ABC Studios executive, Svp drama Michael McDonald, who stepped down in July to become an ABC Studios-based producer. The Los Roldán adaptation, written by Sarah Hooper (UK’s Shameless), will be set in Miami and feature a predominantly Latin cast. It is expected to stay true to the Upstairs/Downstairs-themed original, in »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Clio Barnard's The Arbor charted the troubled life of working-class playwright Andrea Dunbar. Her new film, The Selfish Giant, about two boys who scavenge to survive on a Bradford estate, has been called 'a Kes for the 21st century'. Here she talks about the appeal of the margins
Back in 2010, when Clio Barnard was shooting her first feature film, The Arbor, on the Buttershaw estate in Bradford, a young local lad caught her eye. "I first saw him when he was just 14, when I went to Buttershaw to do a workshop at a school," she recalls. "There was just something about him that was different from the other lads I met. He was a bit volatile, but enigmatic too and he really made his presence felt. When I went to Brafferton Arbor [the street on which The Arbor is set] for the first time, there he was, wearing his rigger boots and really dirty clothes. It was pure attitude, »
- Sean O'Hagan
Review Dave Adamson 12 Oct 2013 - 21:10
Death and intrigue underpin this week's Atlantis, which is a massive step above the first two episodes...
This review contains spoilers.
1.3 The Boy Must Die
This week, Hercules, Jason and Pythagoras have offended Poseidon’s favourite servant and they must face their fate which, if the last two weeks are anything go by, will include a turgid script and inconsequential scenes building to a limp climax.
Their fate actually involves learning to bull fight - or, just leap over bulls in a way that would make Spelbound cringe - and surviving the attack of the bull. Only if the rag-tag group of our three heroes and a bunch of slaves survive will they be set free. The odds are against them as this group of thrown-together misfits can’t get on for reasons that are never really explained.
A moment of heroics from Jason »
Sixties-set medical drama Breathless premiered on ITV1 in the UK on Thursday night with 3.7M viewers (including +1s) for a 17.5% share in the overnights. That was consistent with the slot average and was enough for the show to top other entries at 9 Pm. Co-produced by ITV Studios and Masterpiece, the six-part drama about a group of doctors and nurses working in a London hospital draws inevitable comparisons to Mad Men given the stylish period look – not to mention the tag line, “Perfect lives built on lies.” It kicks off in 1961 and focuses on the changing roles of women at a time when abortion was still illegal, the contraceptive pill was only just available to married women and moral codes were shifting. Breathless is co-created, written and exec produced by Paul Unwin who was in Cannes at the Mipcom TV market earlier this week to talk up the series along with »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
It looks as though Don Draper might have a doctor cousin across the pond.
In the first U.K. trailer for "Breathless," coming to PBS' "Masterpiece" in 2014, Jack Davenport ("Smash") arrives as a brilliant surgeon in early '60s London, caught up in a cauldron of lies and guilty secrets, driven by love, ambition and sex. Sound like someone we know?
"Television dramas that tell good stories about women's lives in the 20th century are endlessly interesting to me ... and apparently to lots of other people -- look at the appeal of 'Call the Midwife' and 'Mad Men,'" "Masterpiece" executive producer Rebecca Eaton says. "We're all fascinated by the enormous changes that happened just a short time ago. 'Breathless' is a sharp, visually rich portrait of a group of people on the cusp of change."
Davenport is joined in the cast by "Downton Abbey" alumni »
ITV Studios and Masterpiece teamed to co-produce Breathless, the upcoming six-part drama about a group of doctors and nurses working in a London hospital in the 1960s. Jack Davenport leads an ensemble cast that includes Game Of Thrones‘ Iain Glen, Downton Abbey‘s Zoe Boyle and Natasha Little (Kidnap And Ransom). The series is set in a busy gynecology unit in 1961, a time when abortion was still illegal, the contraceptive pill only just available to married women and moral codes were shifting. Breathless was co-created and written by Paul Unwin (Shameless). Unwin, Rebecca Eaton and Kate Bartlett are exec producers. ITV starts airing it on October 10 and will trot out some of the key players at next week’s Mipcom; no U.S. airdate has been set: »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Macbeth, Atonement, X-Men… James McAvoy's range is astonishing. Now he brings us Irvine Welsh's abusive, drug-fuelled cop in Filth – a film so shocking it almost didn't get released. Craig McLean talks to the star about his gruelling year
In a drab building in central Scotland, one afternoon in the armpit of winter, an actor who looks a lot like nice-guy James McAvoy is persuading a room full of blokes to – I'm paraphrasing here – Xerox their cocks.
"Come on!" he roars, all pouchy of eyes, gingery of beard and 80s of suit. A Christmas hat is jammed on his head, a bottle in his hand, as he leers malevolently in their faces. His beery challenge: where's their party spirit? Are they men or are they mice? They are, in fact, neither. They're coppers in possibly the worst police station in the world and, true to herd-like form, they duly »
- Craig McLean
The film, directed by newcomer Rowan Athale, centres on four close friends plotting a heist at a working men's club in Leeds. Lewis revealed that it was Athale's script that made him want to get involved in the film.
"Rowan attracted me to it, meeting him and hearing what he wanted from it," the former Harry Potter star said.
"He didn't want it to fall into that group of being the same old South London hoodie or football hooligan story, he didn't want that. We don't have any guns in it, we tried to keep it as much to his experience of growing up in Barnsley as possible."
Treadaway added that the film was "as much about their friendship as it is about the heist".
The Attack the Block star admitted that fans »
Welcome back to Manchester’s most notorious estate for the last ever epic 14-part series, out to own on DVD! Shameless 11 is as celebratory, defiant and unapologetic as ever. With the hilarious energy of the stalwarts thriving in the double dip recession – always a law unto themselves, always with family at their core, living in their robust micro climate.
To celebrate this release of Shameless, on an impressive eleventh series, we’ve got 3 DVDs to giveaway!
The comings and goings on the Chatsworth Estate, and the exploits of feckless Frank Gallagher, his errant brood of children, and the other colourful characters living on the estate have provided plenty of entertainment over the past 10 years. Channel 4’s longest running series has been key to the careers of many British screen stars including James McAvoy, Anne-Marie Duff and Maxine Peake, not to mention the team of high profile writers and directors. »
- Dan Bullock
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