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Richard Ayoade may still be best known for his comic performances in the likes of The It Crowd and Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, but his directorial debut Submarine raised enough eyebrows to gather some serious attention. His second feature looks like an organic progression, as he mixes dark visuals and humour as Jesse Eisenberg deals with his almost exact double. The only problem is that nobody else seems to notice the connection and his doppelganger seems to be more accomplished and popular in every single way.
And as is often the case, life has imitated art with The Double getting its own double in the similarly themed Enemy starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Both have some serious talent behind them and look like they are both worth some serious watchness. Besides that, many superhero fans will be watching Eisenberg for essence of Lex Luthor in the upcoming sequel to Man Of Steel. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Want to make sure you don't miss anything great on the telly in the next seven days? Never fear, because Tube Talk has done all the hard work for you and smushed all of this week's must-see TV into one snappy rundown. Check out what you should be checking out below...
Also check out: Channel 4 boldly goes where no broadcaster has gone before with the Live from Space season. First up is Astronauts: Living In Space (Wednesday, March 12 at 9pm), then we head to Nasa's mission control centre in Astronauts: Houston We Have a Problem (Thursday, March 13 at 9pm), and finally Dermot O'Leary hosts a live link-up with the International Space Station in Lap Of The Planet (Sunday, March 16 at 7.30pm).
The Michael McIntyre Chat Show: Monday (March 10) at 10.35pm on BBC One
“The Boxtrolls is a 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid animated feature based on Alan Snow’s bestselling fantasy adventure novel Here Be Monsters. The Boxtrolls is being directed by Anthony Stacchi (co-director of the hit animated feature Open Season) and Graham Annable (story artist on Coraline and ParaNorman), and produced by David Ichioka and Mr. Knight. The voice cast includes Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley, Academy Award nominee Toni Collette, Elle Fanning (marking her fourth movie with Focus), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Game of Thrones), Emmy Award nominee Jared Harris (Mad Men), Simon Pegg (Star Trek), Nick Frost (of Focus’ upcoming The World’s End), Richard Ayoade (The It Crowd), and Tracy Morgan (30 Rock).
The Boxtrolls is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, »
- Jonathan James
Anghus Houvouras on how spoilers are ruining film sites....
I've been pretty ambivalent about the spoiler outrage that has gripped the online communities since their existence. Even when they were microscopic. No doubt at some point in 1992 there were four film fans on a Bbs Bulletin Board and one of them ruined The Crying Game for the other three. Probably with a Ascii picture of a penis. The fundamental truth here is that spoilers exist. And in the internet age of always-on 24 hour streaming information, they are getting harder and harder to miss. They make the rounds on every film site. They hit the front page of Reddit. They pop up in your social media feeds. Spoilers are everywhere. They are inevitable. To be online is to expose yourself to potential spoilage. No doubt at some point in 1992 there were four film fans on a Bbs Bulletin Board and one »
- Gary Collinson
We are unabashed fans of UK writer-director-performer Richard Ayoade in these parts, having been won over by his comic performances in Garth Marenghi's Dark Place, The It Crowd and others back in the days before he shifted his focus to work behind the camera. Ayoade's debut film as a director, Submarine, was an outright charmer while his sophomore picture The Double is an altogether darker beast that nonetheless won us over wholeheartedly when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new...
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Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee James Franco (127 Hours, Milk), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, The It Crowd) Leighton Meester (Country Strong, Gossip Girl) and Tony Award winner Jim Norton (The Seafarer) star in John Steinbeck’s landmark American play. Adapted from his own classic novel, John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is an essential adventure, an inspirational portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship. Of Mice and Men tells the story of George (Franco) and Lennie (O'Dowd), an unlikely pair of friends drifting from job to job across The Farms and fields of California, holding fast to their dream of one day having an acre of land they can call their own. Of Mice & Men is directed by Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro (Broadway’s »
- Pietro Filipponi
The Double has released a new trailer.
His physical twin is more confident and clever, and is soon threatening to steal his job and the girl of his dreams Hannah (Mia Wasikowska).
The Double will arrive in the UK on April 4 and in the Us on May 9. »
Kind of a good news/bad news situation this week. Bad news for those of us who like to watch sitcoms of 30 minutes in length whilst we eat dinner during the week, Channel 4 has decided to remove most of its good content including Peep Show, The It Crowd and Black Books from Netflix and Lovefilm as of February 15th. You can still watch these online but you have to go through their frankly useless 4Od app which I have never managed to watch a full episode of anything on without it crashing at the bloody adverts. Whilst its admirable that Channel 4 are taking things back in-house, they really need to improve their software first, or maybe they already have because I gave up on it back in 2012 and never finished season two of The Killing.
The good news is that Netflix have debuted season two of political drama House of Cards, »
- Chris Holt
The Newsroom won't be back until the fall, but there are other ways to get your Emily Mortimer–on-hbo fix, namely her new miniseries Doll & Em. Mortimer and real-life best friend Dolly Wells (The It Crowd, Peep Show) wrote and star in the semi-improvised comedy about what happens when one part of a duo becomes a famous actress and the other half becomes her assistant. The show sort of looks like Extras, but with human decency and affection and meaningful relationships and warmth. »
- Margaret Lyons
Channel 4's licenses are to expire on both streaming services, according to VODzilla. They will be removed from Netflix on Saturday (February 15), followed a few days later on LoveFilm.
The Inbetweeners, Shameless and Green Wing are said to also be among the longlist of shows to be removed from the services.
The move follows Channel 4's recent removal of content from YouTube, leaving the only option to watch shows on 4oD.
Channel 4 recently said to Wired about the YouTube removals: "As a not-for-profit broadcaster funded by advertising, we put our money back into the programmes themselves. To make the best of this investment, we've decided to focus on bringing online viewers of our full-length shows to our own 4oD apps - such as those on iOS, »
The second season is set two years after the counter-culture title character, Cuckoo — played by “Saturday Night Live” comedian Andy Samberg — disappeared in the Himalayas, leaving wife Rachel (Tamla Kari) to start a new life without him. Her parents Ken (Davies) and Lorna (Baxendale) and brother Dylan (Tyger Drew-Honey) are getting back to normal when Lautner’s character shows up.
The show aired on youth-skewed channel BBC3, and was one of its highest rating comedy.
BBC3 controller Zai Bennett said: “‘Cuckoo’ was one of BBC3′s most stand-out comedies, so I’m delighted to welcome it back »
- Leo Barraclough
The multi-talented English comedian Richard Ayoade (of TV’s “The It Crowd”) is following his warmly-received directorial debut "Submarine" with the new thriller "The Double," which stars Jesse Eisenberg as both lead and villain. The film is based on a novella by Fyodor Dostoyevky and seems to have adopted the Russian author’s taste for dark humor. Despite beginning with a mysterious voice-over and visual tones of horror, the trailer quickly shows signs of comedy, particularly with appearances by Wallace Shawn and Noah Taylor. Playing the self-deprecating outsider will be easy for Eisenberg (an Oscar-nominee for "The Social Network"), but it should be fun to see him antagonize himself as the more self-assured doppelgänger who begins to take over his life. The film also features the lovely Mia Wasikowska (recently seen in another thriller, "Stoker") in addition to supporting players Sally Hawkins (currently an Oscar nominee for “Blue Jasmine”), Chris »
- Melina Gills
For me the most wonderfully puzzling thing about watching this very noir, very artsy trailer for The Double (an adaptation of a Fyodor Dostoyevsky novella) was then reading that it was a comedy about a man’s descent into madness. Of course with director, screen writer and funny man Richard Ayoade (actor in The It Crowd, The Watch) behind the scenes it will most definitely be brilliant. Here’s the poster, followed by the teaser trailer.
Teaser: The Double
- Jess Orso
The It Crowd actor has claimed that some fans of the ITV talent show appear to be prejudiced against black hopefuls.
O'Dowd told Radio Times: "I'm a big X Factor fan. Generally my favourites go out in the first few weeks and, of course, because the viewing public is so racist, all the black, strong singers go out in round five every year."
Producers of the show have dismissed O'Dowd's comments, with an insider stating: "The X Factor has a long standing record of celebrating a diverse range of artists including two former winners, Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke, and numerous others who have reached the final stages of the competition including this year's semi-finalists Rough Copy, »
Samberg exits the show after one series, following the huge success of his Fox sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Many predicted the BBC Three comedy would end with his departure.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: 9 reasons to watch E4's hilarious new Us comedy
The first series of Cuckoo won a record-breaking launch audience for BBC Three and also earned two British Comedy Award nominations.
Lautner is cast as "a handsome and mysterious young stranger" in Lichfield, who shakes up the fragile equilibrium. »
Anyone who’s experimented with watching modern British sitcoms at all knows who Richard Ayoade is. As more and more people get hip to things like Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and The It Crowd, more and more people fall in love with his peculiar energy and geeky charm. It turns out acting isn’t the only skill that Ayoade has in his bag of tricks though. He’s also been writing and directing movies recently, with his 2010 film Submarine being both a strong debut for a filmmaker and an underrated coming of age tale that more people probably still need to see. It looks like fans of Ayoade’s acting who have been slacking when it comes to getting hip to his career as a filmmaker are going to have another chance to hop on board soon enough though, because the second film that he served as writer/director on, The Double »
- Nathan Adams
One positive side-effect of the controversial casting of Jesse Eisenberg (Now You See Me) as Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman is that greater attention has been brought to the other films that Eisenberg has worked on recently, including one that has somewhat slipped under the radar.
This spring, Eisenberg will star as the lead(s) in The Double, an adaptation of the novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, in which a government clerk finds his entire life unravelling after he encounters a man who appears to be his doppelganger. The Double was directed by Richard Ayoade, who made his feature directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed coming-of-age drama Submarine, but who is better known for his role as Moss on geek comedy series The It Crowd.
The first trailer for The Double, which was set to the moody tones ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
Review Ryan Lambie 6 Feb 2014 - 08:31
Looking for a refreshingly different bit of British telly? Look no further than the new comedy drama series Inside No. 9, Ryan writes...
In a modern world where media, news stories, tweets and animated gifs of cats whistle past our eyes with increasing speed, Inside No. 9 emerges as a bold and refreshingly different bit of British telly.
Written by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton - two members of The League Of Gentleman and the warped imaginations behind the wonderful Psychoville - it harks back to an earlier age of carefully-wrought, austere TV drama, where great acting and screenwriting take centre stage.
Although set in a rambling country mansion, Inside No. 9's opening episode takes place entirely in one room. In the midst of a terribly posh engagement party, bride-to-be Rebecca (The It Crowd's Katherine Parkinson) is playing a game of Sardines. »
What a finale! At last we know who was behind the biological weapon eco-terror plot – or do we? And what will become of Saga and Martin?
Spoiler Alert: This is for people watching The Bridge at BBC4 pace. Don't read on if you haven't seen episodes nine and ten of the second season.
Read Stuart Jeffries' blog for episodes seven and eight
Oh dear. And I thought Pernille was going to have a lovely flingette with Martin after Mette told him she didn't love him any more. But no. The Bridge doesn't roll that way. It's not quite unremittingly bleak, but these superb two final episodes can't have done much for the Malmö or Copenhagen tourist industries. The glowering grey exteriors, the bleached-out interiors, the body count, the corruption, betrayal, lies and vilely virtuosic viral murders all made for superb TV. But as for a city break, I'll stick with Bruges or Bath. »
- Stuart Jeffries
Never heard of veteran vaudeville star Count Arthur Strong? Don’t feel bad. He was never exactly a household name in his native U.K. Also? He doesn’t exist.
Count Arthur Strong is in fact the creation of British comedian Steve Delaney who over the past decade has played the character in seven seasons of the BBC radio sitcom Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show! and is now reprising the role on the small screen with the sitcom Count Arthur Strong, which premieres on Hulu today.
We caught up with Delaney to talk about the past, present, and future of Count Arthur Strong. »
- Clark Collis
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