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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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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
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, »
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.
"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:
"Exposure" Tank Top:
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- Tamika Jones
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.
Today we learnt that the show will premiere in the UK on Sunday the 14th of June, at 9pm, on Channel 4. »
It's all about household robots (or 'Synths' as they're known is this world), and the problems that new technology brings to society.
Today, AMC - who will broadcast the show in America - released a new trailer for the show, giving us a better look at Fresh Meat's Gemma Chan, Oscar-winner William Hurt and The It Crowd's Katherine Parkinson's characters. You can see it here...
Humans is expected to arrive in June. More news as it comes in.
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Press Release (via TV By the Numbers) -- New York, NY – May 14, 2015 – "AMC today announced its new eight-part drama series “Humans” will premiere Sunday, June 28th at 9:00 p.m. Et/Pt. Set in suburban London, “Humans” takes place in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a Synth – a highly developed, artificially intelligent servant eerily similar to its living counterpart. Penned by British writing partners Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (“Spooks,” Spooks: The Greater Good) and based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama “Real Humans,” the series explores the emotional impact that comes as the lines between humans and machines become increasingly blurred. This bold new series is produced in conjunction with the »
- Derek Anderson
Last night, ABC announced a lot of great news for Marvel fans. Both “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Agent Carter” were renewed for another year. But there was one casualty: the S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off starring Mockingbird (Adrianne Palicki) and Hunter (Nick Blood) is dead in the water. Considering even fans like myself were questioning the need for Two shows starring S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, this isn’t too much of a surprise. However! Perhaps now ABC will be looking for another Marvel property to acquire and bake into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Lucky for them, I happen to have this handy list of Marvel lore just begging for the small screen treatment! #1. Stark Industries Image Credit: Marvel Entertainment Place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Any time you see Black Widow with a new piece of tech on her suit, or Captain America with a new outfit, »
- Donna Dickens
To celebrate the return of W1A, we salute the top 10 comedy characters who talk absolute mother-thumping rubbish…
Yesnobrilliantverygoodverystrong. As satirical BBC mockumentary W1A returns tonight for a triumphant second series, we celebrate TV comedy’s rich lineage of jargon fans.
Drawn from across the political spectrum and from TV’s most biting depictions of the worlds of business, government, technology and the media, these guys are master obfuscators. They're neologism-coiners and proponents of the kind of abuses to the English language that, in a just world, would see them locked up and force fed copies of The Elements Of Style.
From The Thick Of It to Peep Show, Yes Minister, The Office, Nathan Barley, The Day Today, and Drop The Dead Donkey, across the Pond to 30 Rock and Silicon Valley, we present TV comedy's top ten full-of-it jargon-meisters.
Stewart Pearson - The Thick Of It
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AMC has debuted the first look at new drama Humans.
In this society, the latest must-have gadget is a Synth - a highly developed and lifelike robotic servant. The drama sees one strained family decide to buy a refurbished Synth in the hope of improving their lives - but they soon find that sharing life with a machine can have very chilling consequences.
We like comedian and musician Matt Berry, and it's a good time to be a fan of him and his buttery-smooth baritone. He's currently strutting his stuff in the surreal Vic & Bob's House Of Fools, and his Rose D'Or winning comedy Toast Of London returns for a third series later this year.
Now he's in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water, voicing a magic space dolphin called Bubbles. Now there's a sentence you rarely find yourself typing. So naturally we had to talk to him to find out all about it...
I've followed your work ever since Snuff Box, and The SpongeBob Movie might be the craziest role you've played, would you agree?
I don't know, I get involved in some fairly far-out things, namely in »
One potential highlight of MipTV’s major focus on drama at this year’s Cannes TV-digital trade fair, “Modern Family’s” co-creator and executive producer Steven Levitan will deliver a keynote – to be followed by a Comedy Masterclass: A Serious Savoir-Faire.
Speaking Monday, April 13, Levitan, whose credits include “Wings,” “Frasier,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Just Shoot Me” and “Greg the Bunny,” will focus on “Modern Family’s” hit-status longevity, and how it is now traveling as a scripted format.
Featuring producers, commissioners and comedic talent working on local and global levels, and from web to TV, the Comedy Masterclass’ confirmed panelists are Joe Lewis, head of comedy, Amazon Studios; Jill Offman, managing director, Comedy Central U.K., and senior VP of comedy, Viacom International Media Networks; and Ash Atalla, managing director & executive producer, Roughcut Television (“The It Crowd,” “The Office”).
A two-day event, drama at MipTV takes in showcases from producers and broadcasters, »
- John Hopewell
Katherine Parkinson is to join new BBC family comedy The Kennedys.
The multi-generation comedy is created and written by actress, writer and TV presenter Emma Kennedy and is loosely based on her memoirs The Tent, The Bucket and Me.
The show sees the Kennedy family move to a new estate in Stevenage, New Town. Delighted at the prospect of being considered middle class, the Kennedys soon get to work organising activities for their new neighbourhood.
Entitled "The Cloud," the story follows the crew of Cloud Station 13 which is in orbit around Earth. The station is set up to protect the vast amounts of information humanity now hoards on its devices - the majority of which comprises selfies, pictures of kittens and porn.
The disparate group manning the hub are aren't technical geniuses, a big problem as the largely voice-activated ship is unreliable at best.
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- Garth Franklin
All good things... as the saying goes. It's been confirmed today that Channel 4's university-set comedy series Fresh Meat will end at the conclusion of its fourth series, due to arrive later this year.
The show, which stars Zawe Ashton, Joe Thomas, Jack Whitehall, Charlotte Ritchie, Kimberley Nixon and - in series 3 - the brilliant Faye Marsay, arrived in 2011. Over three series so far, it's told the story of a bunch of Manchester freshers (and Howard) finding themselves against a messy backdrop of student life, ill-advised hook-ups and even more ill-advised soul patches.
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Everyone loves second-hand bookshops, don’t they? The satisfaction of leafing through some dusty volume of antiquarian musings, the rich scent of aged leather bindings, redolent of the past… Add to all that the opportunity to indulge in some intellectual posing and impress the philosophy student lounging in the corner, and you’ve got yourself a full Saturday afternoon’s entertainment.
That is, of course, unless you happen to find yourself in one particular Bloomsbury establishment, presided over by a certain Bernard Black. Make no mistake: our Bernard (Dylan Moran) may have an aesthete’s tousled pallor, but there’s nothing remotely poetic about his attitude to running a shop. Only dimly familiar with the concept of customer service, he rules his domain with a rod of iron. »
NBC previously attempted to adapt the Channel 4 sitcom for a 2007 pilot, producing a near shot-for-shot remake, but Linehan told Digital Spy that he wants the network's second attempt to diverge from the UK series.
"It's one of the few things I've done that could translate," he said. "You just have to pull back on the surrealism and concentrate more on the character comedy - the Americans do character comedy so beautifully, so I think you have to adapt it to suit that.
"So I'm going over [to Los Angeles] to say to them, 'Please don't do my show' - or do my show, just a suitable American version.
"I'm really glad they're giving me the chance to pitch that to them - it's better to start off with a template that actually gives you a chance. »
When an actor can make a line as simple as "father!" into a quotable highlight of an episode, he is surely a favourite to writers. It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, then, that Graham Linehan loves working with Matt Berry.
Now, Mr Linehan has gone so far as to suggest a spin-off for Douglas Reynholm from The It Crowd.
"I'd really love to do a Douglas spinoff of The It Crowd," he said. See? We weren't lying or anything.
Elaborating a bit, he added that "I could easily spend an hour, or half an hour, with Douglas. He's my favourite way of making fun of people that I really loathe, like Rupert Murdoch and Donald Trump. I basically just have happen to him all the things that I'd love to happen to them, »
Inventive and well-acted sitcom bows out after 20 episodes, blending traditional slapstick with painfully funny originality
The final episode of a hit comedy (Friends, The It Crowd, Gavin and Stacey) is usually a lap of honour round the media, collecting the valedictory gifts of extended episodes and spin-off documentaries in which celebrities nominate golden moments.
But there’s another sort of show for which the laments of the goodbye back-slappers risk being drowned out by the backlashers holding their own leaving party. It will happen to Mrs Brown’s Boys and Derek and it happened to Miranda.
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- Mark Lawson
Miranda Hart’s sitcom will receive a mixed farewell when it ends for good on New Year’s Day, but I salute its originality and scholastic fascination with comedic conventions
The final episode of a hit sitcom is usually a lap of honour round the media: The It Crowd, Friends and Gavin & Stacey were awarded some or all of the traditional valedictory gifts of extended episodes, background documentaries and celebs choosing golden moments.
But there is another sort of show for which the laments of the goodbye back-slappers risk being drowned out by the backlashers holding their own goodbye celebration. In a preview of what will happen to Mrs Brown’s Boys and Derek, this two-faced departure applies to Miranda. Miranda Hart’s self-starring, self-written and self-named comedy will leave TV in a final episode on New Year’s Day.
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- Mark Lawson
19 items from 2015
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