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TV review: The Nativity; Come Rain Come Shine

21 December 2010 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The stars line up for a new take on the story of the Nativity. And it's Malcolm Tucker as Balthasar!

Something extraordinary is happening in the night sky over Babylon. Regulus, Saturn and Jupiter are all lined up. "The prophesy is clear," says one of the Magi. "A star will come out of Jacob and a sceptre will rise out of Israel."

"Well hurry the fuck up then, and let's fuck the fuck off to fucking Bethlehem," says another, in broad Glaswegian.

Actually, he doesn't say that. But I was sort of expecting him to. Because that wispy grey beard and all the Babylon gear isn't fooling anyone; Balthasar in The Nativity (BBC1) is Peter Capaldi – Malcolm Tucker from The Thick of It.

It's pathetic, I know; that's what actors do, they play different parts, sometimes even different types of characters. And I'm not seeing Joseph (Andrew Buchan) as Garrow, »

- Sam Wollaston

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Three join HBO 'Veep' pilot

20 December 2010 2:59 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Three actors have joined the cast of forthcoming HBO comedy pilot Veep. The project, written by The Thick of It creator Armando Iannucci, will star Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, a former Us Senator who becomes the Vice President. Deadline now reports that Reid Scott, Tim Simons and Matt Walsh will all appear alongside Louis-Dreyfus and the previously cast Anna Chlumsky. Scott, (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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Tom Hollander: why he made the headlines in 2010

18 December 2010 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Tom Hollander's unworldly vicar, star of his 'dramedy' Rev, has become one of TV's most lovable comic characters

I meet Tom Hollander at London's Old Vic, where he's starring in A Flea in Her Ear by the French playwright Georges Feydeau, who is remembered (if not in my house) for his hilarious farces. "The perfect Christmas show," he says with a smile. But we are here to talk about something else: the acclaimed Rev, one of the year's big TV comedies, in which Hollander played the wide-eyed vicar of an inner-city parish in London.

Critics have fallen over themselves with love for the series and for Hollander's character, Adam Smallbone, vicar of St Saviour's in the Marshes. Lily Allen tweeted about it. The Archbishop of Canterbury declared it "rather good". Euan Ferguson, of this newspaper, said: "If this isn't recommissioned, I'll have a boob job." There's a 2.2 million BBC »

- Phil Hogan

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British Cinema: In the Loop (2009)

18 December 2010 2:35 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the Loop, 2009.

Directed by Armando Iannucci.

Starring Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Chris Addison, Mimi Kennedy, Gina McKee, Steve Coogan, Anna Chlumsky and James Gandolfini.

Synopsis:

An MP inadvertently stirs tensions over a conflict in the Middle East and finds himself caught in the middle of the pro- and anti-war factions on both sides of the Atlantic.

Imagine a world in which Tesco invaded Denmark. That’s right the supermarket, grabbing itself a piece of prime Scandinavian real estate. Imagine television listings brightened by the presence of celebrity game show, Rape An Ape, complete with catchy theme tune. Imagine a political landscape in which David Cameron was a forgotten has-been like the Conservative leaders that preceded him and Tony Blair roams the streets of Baghdad, bearded, greying and haunted by his contorted legacy. These mad and brilliant ideas are all generated by the brain of Armando Iannucci for his hilarious »

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Peter Capaldi: 'I had a sense of inferiority which went back to not being English'

11 December 2010 4:02 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Thick of It star tells Mariella Frostrup about the Scottish psyche and the dangers of camels

I glance up from my newspaper to see a hit man striding towards me. Black coat, grey trousers, dark shades, short hair and the graveyard complexion of one who spends too long indoors cleaning his Colt. With winter sunlight reflecting on the black ebony and gilding of its 20s mobster interior, the one-time Wolseley car showroom, now a restaurant on London's Piccadilly, is the perfect setting for such a strike.

It's only metres from here that the Russian Alexander Litvinenko was fed his lethal polonium. I comfort myself with knowledge that I haven't said a public word about Germaine Greer, my own devoted adversary recently, so begin to wonder why this professional is making a beeline for my table.

At the last second, as a smile flickers across the granite countenance the meticulously »

- Mariella Frostrup

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Full list of Broadcast Awards nominees

1 December 2010 8:11 AM, PST | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

Misfits has picked up three nominations for the 2011 Broadcast Awards.

The BAFTA-winning E4 series was listed in the categories for 'Best Drama Series or Serial', 'Best Multichannel Programme' and 'Best New Programme'.

The full list of nominees for the 2011 Broadcast Awards, to be held on February 2 2011, is as follows:

Best Music Programme

Children In Need Rocks The UK (BBC One)

Evo Music Rooms (Channel 4)

Glastonbury 2010 (BBC)

Must Be The Music (Sky1)

Rigoletto Live from Mantua (BBC Two)

Songbook (Sky Arts 1)

Best Sports Programme

Indian Premier League Final (ITV3)

Isle Of Man Tt 2010 (ITV4)

Tour De France (ITV4)

Winter Olympics (BBC Two)

World Cup 2010 (BBC One)

World Cup Match Of The Day (BBC One)

Best News Programme

Election Special - New Prime Minister (BBC One)

Five Days That Changed Britain (BBC Two)

ITV News At Ten: Haiti (ITV1)

Our War, Their War: Afghan (Channel 4)

Raoul Moat Recordings (ITV »

- noreply@blogger.com (ScreenTerrier)

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The Morgana Show: why we need more female comedians

30 November 2010 6:10 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Channel 4's new Morgana Robinson-fronted sketch show is funny and cutting – qualities many male-led comedies struggle to achieve

In general I find women funnier than men. Given a video bargain bin choice between The Fast Show or Smack the Pony I'd chose the latter every time; I prefer the layered ennui of the female-dominated Getting On to the bullying of The Thick of It; I believe Linda Smith should be mourned as loudly as Bill Hicks; my favourite character in The It Crowd by a mile is Jen; and I'd much rather be sworn at by Jenny Eclair than Frankie Boyle. And now I can add Morgana Robinson – the star of The Morgana Show which starts tonight on Channel 4 – to my list of favourite impressionists. Although admittedly, it is a very short list.

Like deep sea fishing, snooker and model train building, professional comedy is a male-dominated pursuit. »

- Johnny Dee

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Peter Capaldi: 'I'm not Malcolm Tucker'

29 November 2010 3:48 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Peter Capaldi has admitted that some people confuse him with his The Thick Of It character Malcolm Tucker. In an interview with the Daily Record, Capaldi explained that he "never felt typecast" by Malcolm but confessed that he tries to keep the role separate from the rest of his life. "I've lost count of the times I've been asked to 'be' Malcolm Tucker, to go on a political programme on television, presumably in order to be the character and give opinions as him," he said. "I've run a mile from doing so in the past and will continue to do so. It's not that I don't like the guy or didn't enjoy playing him - I loved it. But I'm Peter Capaldi. He's a TV character for whom (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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Glamour model Keeley Hazell to star in comic short Venus and the Sun

25 November 2010 9:19 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Page 3 lovely Keeley Hazell will make her film debut this coming January with Venus and the Sun, a contemporary comic retelling of Ovid's classic Venus and Adonis myth. Based on a screenplay by theatre writer Reuben Grove and directed by Adam Randall (director of the award-winning short Hooded), the short is described as "a mix of live-action and animation that celebrates the animation that celebrates the power of stories and explores themes of vanity, identity and societies obsession with image".

The film follows Keeley (starring as herself), who thinks she's solved all her problems by taking up an unexpectedly high-brow hobby: translating Latin. The language has given her magical powers, enabling her to ward-off the frenzied attention of her adoring fans, and the British Library offers an ideal refuge. But when she meets Adam, the one Sun-reader in the country she hadn't bargained for, Keeley is given a lesson »

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TV review: Storyville: Mandelson – the Real Pm?

24 November 2010 1:59 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Up close and personal with Peter Mandelson. So why give him such an easy ride?

Catchup with Mandelson - the Real Pm on iPlayer

It's the yoghurt pot moment that stands out in Storyville: Mandelson – The Real Pm? (BBC4). Peter Mandelson has finished his yoghurt, after spilling a spot on his tie ("how annoying"), now he wants rid of the empty pot and the spoon. So he holds it up until someone called Marie takes it from him. He's not handing it to her, there's no "would you mind?". Both would be too much effort on his part. He simply holds it up in the air, like Julius Caesar. And then when she takes it, he gives her a withering lizardy look as well. Poor Marie, she probably thought she was getting into politics, but it's turning out to be more about yoghurt pot removal. She's going to have to »

- Sam Wollaston

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True Blood Promotes Jessica Tuck to Series Regular; Julia Louis-Dreyfus is Veep for HBO; Miranda Otto Joins Locke & Key

23 November 2010 10:28 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

As HBO works on the upcoming fourth season of their hit vampire series True Blood, one recurring cast member just got promoted to series regular while three more ladies have also joined the cast. Deadline reports Jessica Tuck (who plays Nan Flannigan) will now be a series regular on the HBO drama along with Janina Gavankar who will play Luna, a super-sexy public school teacher and shapeshifter who is first seen attending an informal gathering with others like her. Someone should start a pool to figure out how long into her debut we’ll see her naked. In addition, Alexandra Brecekenridge (Dirt) and Vedette Lim (As the World Turns) have joined the series as recurring characters. Brecekenridge will play Daisy, a member of a wiccan group founded by Marnie (who we found out will be played by Fiona Shaw) while Lim will play Naomi, a fierce fighter who participates in underground cage matches for money. »

- Ethan Anderton

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'Being Human' scoops Writers' Guild award

22 November 2010 1:06 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Being Human has been named 'Best Television Drama' at the 2010 Writers' Guild Awards. The show, which is penned by Toby Whithouse, beat Doctor Who and Ashes To Ashes to take the crown. The ceremony was held last night and also celebrated the BBC Four show Getting On, which triumphed over Peep Show and The Thick Of It to be named 'Best Television Comedy/Light Entertainment'. Peter Bowker's (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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Storyline planned for new 'Thick Of It'

18 November 2010 3:17 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Armando Iannucci has confirmed that the plot for the next series of The Thick Of It has already been planned. The comedy writer told ShortList that the fourth series of the political satire would reflect the current coalition government in the UK. Iannucci said: "We haven't started the physical act of writing it yet - we're about to get going - but we've got a storyline worked out. The third series ended with the election called and the opposition ready to take over. Obviously now we need to introduce a third party. "If Peter Mannion [Roger Allam] is in power at long last, finally has his hands on the levers, he'll be mightily (more) »

- By Mayer Nissim

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Keeley Hazell's magical literary journey

16 November 2010 7:28 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Former Page 3 Girl and glamour model Keeley Hazell is set for an improbable journey into the world of magic in a short film to be released online in January of 2011.

Venus And The Sun is reportedly a new take on the ancient 'Venus And Adonis' poem from Ovid's Metamorphoses, wherein the beauteous goddess, infatuated with the equally attractive Adonis, tries to steer him away from his perilous passion for hunting. The synopsis for Venus And The Sun reads:

...Keeley who thinks she's solved all her problems by taking up an unexpectedly high-brow hobby: translating Latin. The language has given her magical powers, enabling her to ward-off the frenzied attention of her adoring fans, and the British Library offers an ideal refuge.

But when she meets Adam, the one Sun-reader in the country she hadn't bargained for, Keeley is given a lesson in not judging books by their covers. »

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Stewart Pearson's Media Notebook

1 November 2010 7:19 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Thick of It's opposition PR guru has been keeping a diary …

Monday Lock-in with the Weather Guys, our team of digital analysts plotting cultural climate change. Useful prep for the forthcoming Media Policy Refresh. Aiming to roll this out after Christmas, when everyone's more receptive to notions of shrinkage, frugality, Less Is More etc. Rethinking points already emerging. The Quango is dead. Long live The Hub. Out: "public consultation". In: "forward niche matrixing". Goodbye, tropegeist. Hello, Pixelated Society.

Quick fruit lunch, then we're back on the synapse highway. More rethinking points: triangulations, forecasts, aftercasts, podcasts. Now we're mantra-sifting: Sympathise, Empathise, Synthesise, Synergise. Synergy? Is that still viable as a concept? Maybe rethink synergy. Winergy? Does that even make sense as a word?

Three o'clock. Blood sugar low. Take five, have 75% of a Mars bar. Leave it there for the day.

[Memo: Lucy. Could you Google/Wiki: Pixelated Society, winergy. Need to sweep the path ahead for any unexploded intellectual copyright mines.]

Tuesday To the BBC for an informal mental kickabout. »

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Rewind TV: Getting on, Attenborough's Journey, Wonderland: Mad Cats and Englishwomen, How to Get a Head in Sculpture, Child Genius: Five Years On

30 October 2010 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Phil Hogan is dismayed at the cleanliness of the hospital ward in the otherwise superb Getting On, and laughs at David Attenborough's jokes in a profile of the veteran broadcaster

Getting On | iPlayer

Attenborough's Journey |iPlayer

Wonderland: Mad Cats and Englishwomen | iPlayer

How to Get a Head in Sculpture | iPlayer

Child Genius: Five Years On | 4Od

Virtue has been rewarded with a return to the schedules for BBC4's dark and unglamorous hospital comedy Getting On, launched last year with three superbly measured episodes of low-key wit and broad hilarity. Who (of the 19 people who saw it) can forget the fun had with the self-important Dr Moore's faecal stool research programme or the eloquently brief wrangling over the ethics of eating a dead woman's birthday cake, or those oases of tedium, ticking with wicked purpose.

The first thing I noticed, though – even as the great Richard Hawley title song »

- Phil Hogan

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Exclusive extracts from new The Thick Of It book

29 October 2010 4:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Excerpts from a secret DoSAC dossier belonging to The Thick of It's Malcolm Tucker – including confidential emails, Glenn's experiences with Twitter, and Malcolm's briefing on TV interviews

@Pulsefinger: Glenn joins Twitter

From: Ollie [mailto:olliereeder@dosac.gov.uk]

To: Malcolm [mailto:mtucker@gov.org.uk]

Subject: Urgent: Glenn Is The New Stephen Fry

Malcolm, thought you should know that there might be a problem looming. Glenn Cullen (20th-century blundering Luddite who still hits his keyboard as if it's a 1949 Olympia typewriter) has joined Twitter (21st-century social network that spreads gossip faster than sneezed norovirus). I don't think Glenn gets the crucial difference between private and public posts. Or the inevitability that people will find out who "@Pulsefinger Location: Grapevine Central" actually is. He's also confused/combined concepts of pissed/off-piste. He scribbled down his user name and password on a Post-It and stuck it on his monitor. I've pasted his timeline below. Best, Ollie.

@Pulsefinger

Haiku Of The Day: »

- Armando Iannucci, Malcolm Tucker

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Iannucci's Veep Gets The Green Light From HBO!

29 October 2010 12:57 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

This is officially a spectacular day. HBO has just officially greenlit a pilot for Veep, a new comedy set in the White House to be written, directed and produced by Armando Iannucci. Armando who? Only the creator of The Think Of It and In The Loop and, in my mind, one of the three top political satirists in the world today, a list that Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert fill out spots four and five on. Iannucci, bluntly, is a genius and also hysterically funny and any new Iannucci is a good thing.

Yes, this is still in pilot stage so not a full go ahead, but I'll be surprised if it doesn't work out. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Julia Louis-Dreyfus will star as "a female senator who becomes vice president of the United States and finds the job is "nothing like she expected and everything everyone ever warned about. »

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Iannucci's Veep Gets The Green Light From HBO!

29 October 2010 12:57 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

This is officially a spectacular day. HBO has just officially greenlit a pilot for Veep, a new comedy set in the White House to be written, directed and produced by Armando Iannucci. Armando who? Only the creator of The Think Of It and In The Loop and, in my mind, one of the three top political satirists in the world today, a list that Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert fill out spots four and five on. Iannucci, bluntly, is a genius and also hysterically funny and any new Iannucci is a good thing.

Yes, this is still in pilot stage so not a full go ahead, but I'll be surprised if it doesn't work out. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Julia Louis-Dreyfus will star as "a female senator who becomes vice president of the United States and finds the job is "nothing like she expected and everything everyone ever warned about. »

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HBO Picks Up Female Vice President Pilot That Could Star Julia Louis-Dreyfus

29 October 2010 10:30 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

HBO has picked up Veep, a D.C.-set comedy pilot about a female Vice President of the U.S. from British comedian, writer and director Armando Iannucci. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is in talks for the lead in the project, set "very near the White House" and centered on former Senator Selina Meyer who finds being Vice President is nothing like she expected and everything everyone ever warned her about. Iannucci co-wrote and will direct the pilot as well as executive produce with Chris Godsick and Frank Rich under the New York Times columnist's deal with HBO. Iannucci has long political satire experience. His popular and BAFTA-winning British comedy series The Thick of It satirizes the inner workings of the British government. (Ianucci wrote Veep with one of his top writers on that series, Simon Blackwell). The Thick of It spawned the 2009 feature spinoff In the Loop starring Tom Hollander and »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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