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12 items from 2014

Now TV adds Nickelodeon and Nick Jnr to Entertainment Month Pass

24 July 2014 8:37 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Now TV has added Nickelodeon and Nick Jnr content to its Entertainment Month Pass line-up.

Both channels are available to stream via the Sky-owned service, with catch-up content also available on demand.

Episodes of Nickelodeon shows such as Sanjay and Craig and Spongebob Squarepants can be streamed on demand, as well as episodes of Nick Jnr programming including Peppa Pig and Dora the Explorer.

The Now TV Entertainment Month Pass grants access to live and catch-up from other satellite channels like Sky Atlantic, Sky 1, Disney and UK Gold for £4.99 per month with no contractual obligation.

Now TV is available on iPad, iPhone, Android, the Now TV boxes, Roku, LG Smart TVs, PC and Mac, PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360.

The service is set to launch on Xbox One in the near future. »

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Doctor Who series 8: Frank Cottrell Boyce confirmed

4 July 2014 8:25 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Frank Cottrell Boyce completes the line-up of writers for Doctor Who series 8...


As teased earlier in the week, novelist and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce (24 Hour Party People, Millions) is indeed the writer of an episode in Doctor Who's new series.

Now the news is official, the BBC has released a smattering of details about Boyce's episode, which will feature a cast of child actors including young Harley Bird (the actress who lends her voice to CBeebies character Peppa Pig), and is to be directed by Sheree Folkson (Casanova, The Decoy Bride).

In the official press bumf about the news, Steven Moffat gave Boyce's script a raving endorsement as "pure magic - and everyting I could have hoped for from the genius behind the Olympics opening ceremony!! Doctor Who is born anew in the mind of a genius".

Boyce joins fellow series eight writers Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Phil Ford, »

- louisamellor

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Doctor Who: Frank Cottrell Boyce is a genius, says Steven Moffat

4 July 2014 3:52 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC One has confirmed that Frank Cottrell Boyce will script an episode of Doctor Who.

Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, described the award-winning novelist as a "genius".

Cottrell Boyce recently let slip that he would be penning an episode of the sci-fi series, calling it "a pleasure" to write for Peter Capaldi's new Doctor.

Known for his work in children's fiction and for his collaborations with film director Michael Winterbottom, he also worked with Danny Boyle in scripting the well-received Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

"Doctor Who is born anew in the mind of a genius!" said Moffat. "Frank's script is pure magic - and everything I could have hoped for from the genius behind the Olympics Opening Ceremony!"

Cottrell Boyce added: "I was flabbergasted to be asked to write an episode - partly because I've been so absorbed in the last few »

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Prince Charles backs Nfts diversity drive

18 June 2014 5:24 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Letter from the Prince of Wales read at Ntfs Gala event.

Prince Charles has praised the work of the National Film and Television School (Nfts) in their ongoing campaign to improve levels of diversity in the industry.

Baroness Floella Benjamin took to the stage at the Nfts’s annual gala event, held at Old Billingsgate in London, to read the letter of support from the Prince of Wales.

It said: “I am delighted at the long standing commitment the Nfts has made to training of the highest standard. I am very conscious of the generous help that is provided to ensure that the courses you offer are available to those of the greatest potential talent whatever their means.

“Any successful industry is only as good as the people within it and its future success depends on the quality of those whom it attracts to join the profession now.

“So I could not be more pleased at the »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Viacom buys Channel 5 for $760m

1 May 2014 5:24 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Viacom has confirmed it is to acquire Channel 5 in a £450m ($760m) deal that will make it a major player in the free-to-air TV market.

The broadcaster, which operates pay-tv channels in the UK including Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon, has swooped for the Northern & Shell-owned business four years after it was bought by Richard Desmond for £103.5m ($175m).

Viacom president Philippe Dauman said the momentum of C5 was “indisputable.”

“C5’s management and employees have done an outstanding job building their brand and we are pleased to welcome them to our team,” he said. “Viacom’s global resources, technology and expertise will help Channel 5 develop even more compelling programming and provide content to consumers in exciting new ways.”

Dauman added that the deal would result in a “dramatic” increase in the amount Viacom spends in the UK on original content.

“We look forward to partnering with local producers to introduce more UK-created content to global audiences »

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Rachel Weisz, Toni Collette join comedy Miss You Already

23 April 2014 2:26 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Rachel Weisz and Toni Collette will star in Miss You Already.

Catherine Hardwicke has signed on for the comedy drama, reports Variety.

The film centres around two friends living in London whose relationship is disrupted when one falls ill and the other becomes pregnant.

UK television actress Morwenna Banks (Peppa Pig, Skins) wrote the Miss You Already script.

Collette will next be seen alongside Melissa McCarthy in Tammy, while Weisz most recently starred in Oz: The Great and Powerful.

Hardwicke's previous directorial outings include Twilight and Red Riding Hood.

Miss You Already will begin shooting in the UK in September. »

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Peppa Pig: wallowing in bad language? | Media Monkey

10 March 2014 6:04 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Mother complains after her daughter imitates cartoon character apparently saying the F-word

After an incident last year in which a Peppa Pig theme park's Facebook page was hacked, the popular cartoon porker is in the headlines again over bad language. The Sun reports that a toddler from Cardiff shocked her parents by saying what sounded like the F-word after watching the show on DVD. Natalie Cox, who claimed her daughter repeatedly said "fucking gazelles", told the paper: "I couldn't believe my ears. She kept saying it over and over. I took the children out of the room and put on the DVD. One of the characters clearly says it. How on earth did it get past the editors?" In the episode, playgroup teacher Madame Gazelle has a leaving party and Welsh father Mr Rabbit mentions that she used to play in a band called the "Rocking Gazelles". A Peppa Pig »

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U.S. Animation Execs Seek Out Partners in London

3 March 2014 8:07 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Film London, a publicly-funded agency that supports the film and TV biz in the U.K. capital, is hosting six animation execs from the U.S. this week.

The visit is part of the agency’s drive to encourage more international production to come to the city on the back of the introduction of the tax reliefs for high-end television and animation announced last year.

The visitors, who include senior reps from the Jim Henson Company, DreamWorks Animation, Amazon Studios, Frederator Networks, NBC Universal’s Sprout and Mattel’s Playground Productions, will take part in a three-day program designed to promote London’s animation sector.

The program includes one–to-one meetings with London animation houses, including Collingwood & Co., Blink Industries, Lupus Films and Karrot Entertainment, and presentations from Tony Orsten, the chief executive of motion-capture facility The Imaginarium (Warner’s “Godzilla”), and Alan Dewhurst, producer of “Peter and the Wolf, »

- Leo Barraclough

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10 great TV shows to enjoy with your kids

25 February 2014 7:23 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Glen Chapman James Stansfield 26 Feb 2014 - 07:00

From Adventure Time to Old Jack's Boat, James and Glen talk us through ten modern kids' TV shows that geek parents can enjoy too...

“Urgh, I’m so hungover.  I’m going to sit in my pants and watch movies all day”

So invariably goes at least one entry on my Twitter feed every Saturday or Sunday morning. Yes, lying about all day watching TV is great but nine times out of ten when someone writes something like this, I can guarantee that they don’t have kids. For those of us with small children, the television we regularly watch throughout the day comes from a vastly different landscape. To the childless, names such as Makka Pakka, Tree Fu Tom and Yo Jo Jo may mean very little. To some us though they’ve become household names, as our lives are filled »

- louisamellor

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World Cup celebrated on ITV with new animated football comedy

23 February 2014 4:01 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV is building up to the 2014 Brazil World Cup with a new animated football comedy from Simon Nye, the writer of Men Behaving Badly.

Warren United follows the fortunes of Warren Kinglsey, an overweight kitchen salesman and dedicated football fan. It will air on ITV.

Written by David Quantick and Dominic Holland, the show will feature the voices of Darren Boyd (Spy), Morgana Robinson (House of Fools), Morwenna Banks (Peppa Pig), Johnny Vegas and Eleanor Lawrence (Common Ground).

The production comes from Baby Cow (Uncle, Gavin and Stacey, Mighty Boosh and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa) and Canadian animation house Smiley Guy.

The show will launch on April 22.

Henry Normal, co-founder of Baby Cow productions, said: "New animated narrative series in this country are so rare. So are comedies about football, while those about fans even rarer. On several counts, therefore, we're trying something unusual."

ITV's director of digital channels Angela »

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10 Horror Movies That Were So Unscary It Actually Hurt

27 January 2014 6:03 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Ultimately horror film fans want frights – what is the point of horror films that don’t at least try to scare you? Yes there are horror-comedies where the emphasis is more on humour and provoking laughter, but a truly skilful horror-comedy frightens the audience as well as making them laugh. Think of American Werewolf in London and Evil Dead 2 – they were funny and scary in equal measures.

All of the great horror movies are very frightening, this is why they are great. And critics usually give good reviews to movies that scare them because this is the fundamental point of horror movies.

The movies below feature horror-comedies and straight horror films which are both unfunny and as scary as an episode of Peppa Pig. Please add your own unscary films below if you can make it through the agony…


10. Jason X (2001)

New Line Cinema

Unbelievably the 10th instalment of the »

- Clare Simpson

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Bagpuss, Mr Benn, Paddington Bear to appear on special stamps

7 January 2014 6:43 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Bagpuss and Mr Benn are among the classic children's TV characters that appear on a new stamp set.

Characters from 12 shows feature in the new series, including Postman Pat, Paddington Bear and Bob the Builder.

The stamps are part of the Royal Mail's celebration of 60 years of children's television, and have been released today (January 7).

Old favourites such as Dougal from the The Magic Roundabout and Andy Pandy also appear, along with current stars Peppa Pig and Shaun the Sheep.

The lineup is completed by Ivor the Engine, Great Uncle Bulgaria from The Wombles, and Windy Miller from Camberwick Green.

"For over 60 years, Britain's children's TV characters have brought cheer to generations of viewers," said Royal Mail Stamps' Andrew Hammond.

"It feels appropriate to celebrate all of these unforgettable characters on a set of very special stamps."

The Magic Roundabout celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014, while Bagpuss turns 40.

Postman Pat »

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