4 items from 2015
Michelle Gomez, seen last year as Doctor Who’s havoc-causing, murderous Missy, has a memorable history of bananas TV roles behind her. There’s been Green Wing’s Sue White, Bad Education’s Pickwell, and more recently Psychobitches’ meth-head Mary Queen Of Scots and projectile-vomiting Margaret Thatcher.
If you were to make a Venn diagram depicting the crossover between deeply funny and fundamentally unhinged TV characters, you'd likely end up with just a .gif of Gomez, gnashing her teeth and riding a camel.
In new web series Heather’s American Medicine, she takes on another comic persona, that of a straight-talking online agony aunt doling out highly questionable advice to America’s troubled citizens.
We caught up with Gomez, whose take on The Master is confirmed to be returning to Doctor Who this year, »
A chilling glimpse into 21st-century religious warfare, a new satirical puppet show, Green Wing creator Victoria Pile’s obs and gynae sitcom, and new Freeview channel Spike’s celebs miming to pop hits. Plus a moving documentary follows children undergoing experimental immunotherapy for complex cancers
A gripping but depressing This World film by Jane Corbin, examining one of the human consequences of resurgent jihadism in the Middle East. The region’s Christian populations, along with their cultural artefacts, have been deliberately and ruthlessly targeted by Islamic State and various fellow-travellers. Corbin meets Christians determined to survive in the place where their faith was founded, among them some who have fled the rampage. A chilling glimpse into 21st-century religious warfare. Andrew Mueller
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Sigthseers' Steve Oram will unleash his Ape-ified Romeo & Juliet epic upon us sometime in 2015, and today we've got this splendid poster to ogle over.Shot last spring, Aaaaaaaah! sees The Mighty Boosh's Julian Barratt and Green Wing's Julian Rhind-Tutt playing rival clan leaders, with Oram's regular comedic partner Tom Meeten and Australian actress Lucy Honigman also starring. When Todd reported on the film over a year ago it was stated that it would be performed with no discernible human dialog, with the actors going full ape. Now that the film is nearing screens, this one has certainly spiked on the ol' anticipation-meter. ...
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The actress currently plays Pepa Marcos in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, which debuted at London's Playhouse Theatre last night (January 12).
"I think comedy is the perfect vehicle for that which is slightly beyond life," she explained to Digital Spy and other press.
"I think going from doing TV and straight plays to Shakespeare is weird enough because you have this heightened language and you are telling a story through metric poetry. But I think music is that place beyond poetry.
"And I think comedy's a little like that. It's that place slightly beyond poetry where everything is heightened. So yeah, I mean, Green Wing the musical... who wouldn't do that?"
4 items from 2015
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