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‘Toast of London: Series Three’ DVD Review

31 December 2015 11:18 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

There is something very likable about Matt Berry, and it’s not just his awesome voice. The fact that we see him in many British comedies shows just how talented he is, and with Toast of London: Series Three we see him at his best.

It would be easy to believe that Steven Toast is Matt Berry, the character feels like the ones we’ve seen him play before. In Toast of London though we see him sending up the stereotypical “Luvvies” acting community that we usually see haunting the streets of London looking for their next job.

Each episode of the show typically sees Toast being given a job by his “old school” agent Jane Plough (Doon Mackichan) and given some bad advice by his housemate Ed Howzer-Black (Robert Bathurst). What makes Toast of London interesting though is not only the outlandish characters that we meet, but also »

- Paul Metcalf

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8 Bizarre TV Pilots That Were Doomed To Fail

12 December 2015 1:26 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Television pilots are important. They’re used by networks in order to assess the financial merits of a concept. A good pilot has the power to spawn a potentially brilliant new TV series. A bad one can sink a show before it ever gets a chance to breathe.

Over the years there have been tons of terrible TV pilots. Take How I Met Your Dad, for example, a female spin-off of How I Met Your Mother. Or what about the American version of Graham Linehan’s brilliant The It Crowd? That was a pilot so humourless it managed to destroy an already tried and tested concept.

But the history of television has proved difficult to predict. Who would have thought there’d be such huge audiences for surreal shows like Twin Peaks or Tim And Eric? Or that a show about a man who time travels in »

- Brian Wilson

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‘Wolf Hall’ Wins Judges’ Award at U.K.’s Royal Television Society

1 December 2015 12:24 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Company Pictures and Playground Entertainment’s “Wolf Hall” was honored with the Judges’ Award at the craft and design awards of the Royal Television Society, which is an organization that represents senior executives in the U.K. television industry.

The costume drama, which chronicles the life of Thomas Cromwell and is based on the books by Hilary Mantel, was praised by the judges for its overall devotion to craft skills.

“Director Peter Kosminsky and director of photography Gavin Finny embraced the darkness of the times and with unerring confidence slowly unfurled this captivating political intrigue in a series of beautiful and bejewelled scenes reminiscent of Vermeer and Rembrandt,” the judges said.

“The attention to detail in every aspect of production was immaculate and the jury felt this drama was highly creative, distinctive and a demonstration of expert craft skills across all production disciplines.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Dennis De Groot, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Richard Ayoade to Host 2015 British Independent Film Awards.

18 November 2015 9:18 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Bifa-winning writer, director, presenter and actor Richard Ayoade will host the 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards. Richard was nominated for two BIFAs and a BAFTA for his debut film "Submarine" and won the Bifa for Best Screenplay. He starred in "The Watch" with Jonah Hill and co-wrote and directed "The Double," starring Jesse Eisenberg. He won a BAFTA for playing Moss in "The It Crowd" and featured in "Nathan Barley," "Time Trumpet" and "The Mighty Boosh," as well as Garth Marenghi’s "Dark Place," which he also co-wrote and directed. His first book, "Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic »

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Richard Ayoade to host BIFAs

18 November 2015 2:45 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Director and comic actor to take over hosting duties for the 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards.

Bifa-winning writer, director, presenter and actor Richard Ayoade is to host the 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards, set to take place on Dec 6 at Old Billingsgate in London.

Ayoade was nominated for two BIFAs and a BAFTA for his debut film Submarine and won the Bifa for Best Screenplay.

He starred in The Watch with Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill, and co-wrote and directed The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg.

Ayoade won a BAFTA for playing Moss in The It Crowd and featured in TV comedies Nathan Barley, Time Trumpet and The Mighty Boosh, as well as Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place, which he also wrote and directed.

His first book, Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey, was published by Faber & Faber in 2014.

Ayoade said: “I have come to accept that I am now contracted to host this year’s Moët »

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

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Channel 4 orders new sci-fi comedy from Graham Linehan and Adam Buxton

3 November 2015 9:56 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Father Ted’s Graham Linehan and The Adam And Joe Show’s Adam Buxton are writing The Cloud, a new comedy series for Channel 4

Here’s some exciting news. Channel 4 has picked up new sci-fi comedy, The Cloud, from Father Ted and The It Crowd creator Graham Linehan and Adam Buxton of Adam Buxton's Bug and The Adam And Joe Show. Mr Buxton is also much praised, in this writer’s household at least, for engineering this chuckle-inducing moment in Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

"We have commissioned the series but we have no word yet on casting, though we can assure you that it will still be set in space," an informative Channel 4 source told the Radio Times.

We’ve also learned that “The Cloud follows the fairly hapless crew of Cloud Station 13, a data hub floating in space, set up to protect »

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New Us streaming service buys Oz comedy

18 October 2015 1:39 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Sticky Pictures. Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane is among the first acquisitions by a new Us online comedy channel.

The six-part musical comedy will screen on NBCUniversal.s SeeSo, an ad-free subscription service which will launch in January 1 on streaming platforms and connected devices for $US3.99 per month.

Commissioned by the ABC, the first live-action prime time series from Sticky Pictures centres on two mismatched housemates: Sammy J, a hopeless, down-and-out lawyer who, six years into his legal career, is yet to win a case, and Randy, a cheating, gambling, drinking divorcee who happens to be a purple puppet. Written by and starring Sammy J and Randy and produced by Donna Andrews, the series airs on ABC on Wednesdays at 9.30pm. The cast includes. Nathan Lovejoy (This is Littleton, At Home with Julia), Georgia Chara (Wentworth, Home and Away), Samantha Healy (Mrs Biggs, McLeod.s Daughters) and an alpaca named Kerry. »

- Don Groves

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BFI London Film Festival 2015: ‘SNL’ doc ‘Live from New York!’ lacks bite

7 October 2015 5:53 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Live from New York!

Directed By Bao Nguyen

USA, 2015

Many successful comedians and comics are incubated in nurturing, yet deeply competitive environments. The various comedy clubs on the East and West coast of the Us spawned many of the post-war titans, such as Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers and George Carlin, bathing them in the blood of occasionally hostile, alcohol-fueled, combative audiences. In the UK, since the 1970’s both the Oxford and Cambridge performing arts groups have produced class-connected troupes and entities as diverse as Monty Python, Fry & Laurie, The It Crowd, Peep Show, and even John Oliver of Last Week Tonight, a solid grounding which would often lead to high profile series and sitcoms on UK terrestrial television.

In the USA, however, all roads lead to Saturday Night Live, the most famous and ingrained cultural osmosis of comedy and contemporary culture, which has gestated talents as diverse as Dan Aykroyd, »

- John

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Sacha Baron Cohen Sets Up Production Company Spelthorne Community Television

7 October 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes — Sacha Baron Cohen and Andrew Newman, the former chief executive of Objective Productions, have set up U.K.-based production company Spelthorne Community Television, in which Channel 4 has taken a minority stake.

Spelthorne Community Television, which is named after the district from which Baron Cohen’s character Ali G came from, will specialize in creating scripted TV comedy and comedy entertainment content with a “strong focus on innovation and new ideas.” Through this company the duo will support new and emerging comedy writers and performers with “bold ambition.”

Baron Cohen’s relationship with Newman and Channel 4 reaches back to the 1990s. Baron Cohen made his debut in 1998 on Channel 4’s “The 11 O’clock Show,” where he worked with Newman, who was the show’s producer. Baron Cohen’s TV series “Da Ali G Show” also aired on Channel 4. It won two BAFTA TV awards and »

- Leo Barraclough

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Brian Blessed will play Matt Berry's dad on Toast of London series 3

29 September 2015 9:52 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Two of the best Big Shouty Men in the business, Matt Berry and Brian Blessed, are teaming up for series three of Channel 4 sitcom Toast of London.

Blessed will play the father of Berry's character, Steven Toast, in an episode that also has a cameo from Jon Hamm, the Radio Times has revealed.

That's right: Brian Blessed and Jon Hamm will feature in the same episode of Toast of London. Fingers crossed they get in the recording booth and shout "Fire the nuclear weapons!" while Clem Fandango looks on.

For those not in the know, Toast of London is a thoroughly bonkers sitcom that sees Matt Berry (The It Crowd, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, The Mighty Boosh) as a bumbling actor whose distinctive voice sets him apart from pretty much everyone - apart from Brian Blessed, that is.

Jon Hamm, incidentally, will play himself in the show, with the joke »

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The Martian review: MacGyver meets Robinson Crusoe in Ridley Scott's thrilling science lecture

28 September 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Martian is Ridley Scott's best film in nearly 15 years. Part science lesson, part Robinson Crusoe drama, this is exciting and engaging filmmaking that reminds you just how good the seminal sci-fi director can be with the right script and the right story.

Helping this Matt-Damon-left-on-Mars survival thriller is a who's who of acting, producing and writing talent. From producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sherlock Holmes) to screenwriter Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods, Daredevil), there's no weak link.

The crew that accidentally leave Damon's biologist Mark Watney on the red planet - Jessica Chastain, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie - are good enough to warrant their own spin-off movie (though that would make absolutely no sense), while the Nasa bods back home are similarly strong, notably space programme head honcho Jeff Daniels, PR guru Kristen Wiig and Mars mission supervisor Chiwetel Ejiofor. »

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Danger Mouse sneak peek video shows new-look characters: Is he still the strongest, the quickest, the best?

24 September 2015 3:22 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Get a sneak peek at the new Danger Mouse revival with this video of the new voice actors.

The clip shows stars Alexander Armstrong (Danger Mouse) and Kevin Eldon (Ernest Penfold) bringing their characters to life in the booth and on screen.

We also get a look at Stephen Fry as Colonel K, Shauna Macdonald as Professor Squawkencluck and Come Dine with Me's Dave Lamb as the Narrator.

Game of Thrones' Lena Headey stars as Jeopardy Mouse and Armstrong's Pointless co-star Richard Osman voices Professor Jelly.

The show will also star Ed Gaughan as the villainous Baron Greenback, Facejacker's Kayvan Novak and The It Crowd's Richard Ayoade.

A James Bond-themed trailer for the show premiered earlier this month.

The new series of Danger Mouse will start on September 28, the 34th anniversary of the premiere of the original series. Watch a promo below: »

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Katherine Parkinson: ‘Comedy is instinctive – you don’t have to do any homework’

20 September 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The actor talks sitcoms, clay modelling – and her knack of making a mess in the kitchen

Katherine Parkinson is an actor who works across comedy and drama, on stage, film and TV. A stalwart of The It Crowd, she has also appeared in Humans and The Honourable Woman and stars in new sitcom The Kennedys, a family comedy set in the 70s.

You’re a fan of Carla Lane’s 1970s sitcom Butterflies. Are you a student of sitcoms?

Yes I love Butterflies but I wouldn’t say I’m a student of sitcoms in the way that many people who work in comedy are. Some people have an extraordinary knowledge, almost geeky. But I’ve never been geeky about anything. It’s not in my nature. That said, growing up, sitcoms were what we watched together as a family: Only Fools and Horses, Dad’s Army and things like Butterflies, »

- Andrew Anthony

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Netflix Is Retiring All These Movies in September! Check Out the List Before It's Too Late

14 September 2015 6:00 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Every month, Netflix retires a handful of movies and shows. This month, a ton of great titles are disappearing, including The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Star Trek Into Darkness, and High Fidelity. Basically, you don't have as much time as you thought to catch up on The It Crowd or The Slap. Don't make the mistake of waiting until If I Stay is gone! Check out the full list of titles below - before it's too late. Once you've stocked up your list with all these movies, take a look at the new ones coming in September! Expired Sept. 1 Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Doomsday Preppers, seasons one through three Ink Master, season two Jackie Brown Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Mortal Kombat: The Movie Patch Adams Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Rules of Engagement School of Rock She's the One Sleepless in Seattle The It Crowd, »

- Maggie Pehanick

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What's Leaving Netflix in September 2015

31 August 2015 4:38 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

As you've likely heard, a slew of high-profile movies, including "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "World War Z" are leaving Netflix in September, thanks to the expiration of a deal with Epix.

Also going bye-bye, TV series including "Coach," "Undeclared," and Britcom "The It Crowd."

Leaving September 1

"Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London" (2004)

"Bratz: Rock Angelz" (2005)

"Care Bears: Big Wish Movie" (2005)

"Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-Lot" (2004)

"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000)

"Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!" (2009)

"Doomsday Preppers": Season 1-3

"Electrick Children" (2012)

"FernGully: The Last Rainforest" (1992)

"Ink Master": Season 2

"Jackie Brown" (1997)

"Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" (1998)

"Mortal Kombat: The Movie" (1995)

"Patch Adams" (1998)

"Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" (2006)

"Rugrats in Paris: The Movie" (2000)

"Rules of Engagement" (2000)

"Rumpelstiltskin" (1987)

"Sarah's Choice" (2009)

"School of Rock" (2003)

"She's the One" (1996)

"Sleepless in Seattle" (1993)

"The It Crowd": Series 1-4

"The Lost Boys" (1987)

"Total Recall" (1990)

"W." (2008)

Leaving September 2

"Cheech & Chong's Hey Watch This »

- Sharon Knolle

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FrightFest announces launch titles for FrightFest Presents

25 August 2015 9:52 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Icon Film Distribution and FrightFest, the UK’s leading horror fantasy film festival, have announced the first films which will be released under the curated banner ‘FrightFest Presents’. The seven titles – Aaaaaaaah!, The Sand, Afterdeath, Landmine Goes Click, Emelie, The Lesson and Estranged – will all have their UK theatrical premieres at the FrightFest five day festival in August, before being released across the UK and Ireland via the distributor’s digital partners including iTunes, Virgin Movies, Sky, Google Amazon, Xbox , Blinkbox, Google, Wuaki, TalkTalk and Volta.

Here are the seven titles, from the official press release…

Aaaaaaaah!, the world premiere and feature directorial debut of Steve Oram, co-writer of Ben Wheatley’s cult UK hit and British Independent Film Award-winning and Cannes selection feature Sightseers. Oram also stars with Noel Fielding (The It Crowd, The Mighty Boosh), Alice Lowe (Sightseers), Lucy Honnigman (The Ex-pm), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Lucy), Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh, »

- Gary Collinson

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On my radar: Richard Ayoade’s cultural highlights

27 June 2015 11:59 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The actor and film-maker on Björk’s powerful brilliance, the gritty films of Mike Nichols and the perfect sound of Ts Eliot’s poetry

Richard Ayoade was born in London in 1977. He read law at Cambridge, where he was president of Footlights, and co-wrote a Perrier-nominated show at the Edinburgh fringe in 2000. Part of the original cast of The Mighty Boosh, he also appeared on The It Crowd as Moss for four seasons, receiving a Bafta in 2014. He began a parallel career as a director, first for music videos by Arctic Monkeys and Vampire Weekend, and later in features including Submarine and The Double. The paperback of his first book, a satirical take on movie biographies, Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey (Faber), is out now.

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- Interview by Priya Elan

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13 presenters who could join Chris Evans on Top Gear, from Jodie Kidd to Steve Coogan

17 June 2015 5:23 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The BBC has finally made an official announcement regarding the future of Top Gear, with DJ Chris Evans becoming the show's new lead host.

Following Jeremy Clarkson's departure, it also looks as if James May and Richard Hammond will not be returning, although this has yet to be officially confirmed.

Evans has said that a female co-host will "definitely" be joining him, but who is in line for one of the biggest TV shows in the world? Here's a list of potential options tipped by bookmakers and fans alike.

1. Jodie Kidd

One of the most popular choices at the bookies, Kidd is a good friend of Clarkson and the Top Gear team, and knows her stuff when it comes to motors.

Primarily known for her modelling work before a career in TV, she is a keen motor racer and has taken part in the Gumball 3000 several times. At one stage, »

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Round-Up: They Live Apparel, Trailers for Humans, Mad Max Video Game

30 May 2015 7:37 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Cavity Colors and Van Orton Design have released limited T-shirts and tank tops inspired by the aliens from John Carpenter's film, They Live. Also in this round-up: trailers for AMC's Humans and the Mad Max video game.

They Live Apparel: A special collaboration, the "Exposure" clothing features a split, futuristic take on the aliens from They Live:

"Exposure" T-shirt:

"The left side of the image represents the first time Rowdy Roddy Piper puts on the infamous sunglases, and he sees the subliminal imagery and aliens in grayscale. The color side represents when you finally see “Them” in full color and fully exposed to the world!"

Priced at $24, this limited maroon shirt is printed on 100% cotton fabric and is prone to sell out quickly. To learn more about the Cavity Colors' They Live T-shirt, visit:

http://cavitycolors.com/collections/t-shirts/products/exposure-t-shirt?variant=3071969025

"Exposure" Tank Top:

Also priced at »

- Tamika Jones

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Humans: Channel 4 confirm premiere date for robot drama

29 May 2015 12:27 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Channel 4's Humans, a show about domestic robots that was co-produced with AMC, will premiere on Sunday the 14th of June...

Here at Geek Towers, Humans is a show that we've been looking forward to for a while. If you're unfamiliar - Humans is a co-production between Channel 4 and AMC (Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Walking Dead), with UK production company Kudos (Broadchurch, Utopia) involved too.

The show is set in a world where you can pick up domestic robots (known as 'Synths') at your local shopping centre, and promises to delve into issues of technology-dependance as well as some scary robot stuff.

Among the cast are former Merlin star Colin Morgan, Oscar-winner William HurtFresh Meat's Gemma Chan, and Katherine Parkinson of The It Crowd

Today we learnt that the show will premiere in the UK on Sunday the 14th of June, at 9pm, on Channel 4. »

- rleane

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