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Stephen Poliakoff on Dancing on the Edge: 'I can come across as arrogant'

He has unparalleled creative freedom within the BBC. But, as Stephen Poliakoff's latest lavish drama reaches our screens, what does he make of his reputation for being a control freak?

'I'm quite sure," Stephen Poliakoff giggles, "there are people within the BBC who run down the corridors blocking their ears when they see me coming." His reputation certainly precedes him – a great galloping colossus of media folklore, variously casting the writer as a genius, control freak, force of nature or diva, sometimes all at the same time. Descriptions of his appearance err towards cartoonish caricature – dishevelled, wild-haired, fidgety, like a mad professor who has accidentally electrocuted himself – only adding to the mythology of a wild man of letters. But to everyone about to fall in love with his latest drama, Poliakoff may well soon be at real risk of becoming a national treasure.

Dancing on the Edge is set
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Stephen Poliakoff on Dancing on the Edge: 'I can come across as arrogant'

He has unparalleled creative freedom within the BBC. But, as Stephen Poliakoff's latest lavish drama reaches our screens, what does he make of his reputation for being a control freak?

'I'm quite sure," Stephen Poliakoff giggles, "there are people within the BBC who run down the corridors blocking their ears when they see me coming." His reputation certainly precedes him – a great galloping colossus of media folklore, variously casting the writer as a genius, control freak, force of nature or diva, sometimes all at the same time. Descriptions of his appearance err towards cartoonish caricature – dishevelled, wild-haired, fidgety, like a mad professor who has accidentally electrocuted himself – only adding to the mythology of a wild man of letters. But to everyone about to fall in love with his latest drama, Poliakoff may well soon be at real risk of becoming a national treasure.

Dancing on the Edge is set
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Why Emily Blunt can't believe her luck

When she was a teenager, Dame Judi Dench took her under her wing. A decade later, she's the toast of Hollywood – and married to actor John Krasinski. Life would be perfect, she says, if it hadn't made her so superstitious

Emily Blunt is describing her Ocd with a humorous wryness. "It's very weird. It's only happened in this past year. I've started getting very superstitious and fixating on things. I used to do it as a kid. I'd get these obsessive moments where I'd be in the car with my dad or something, and every time we went past a lamp-post I'd go like this…" She pauses to make six clucking noises with her tongue, flipping her head with each one to acknowledge the lamp-posts she's mentally passing. "And my dad would be like: 'What are you doing?' And I'd go, 'Sorry, I can't…" she clucks, "…stop."

She rolls her eyes and laughs drily.
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Emily Blunt tipped to join Hollywood A-list

The London-born actress, currently starring in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, is poised to break through into the big time this year, say industry-watchers

Just as Emily Blunt hits UK screens this week in her biggest role to date, a string of movies coming out in the United States look set to catapult her to the Kate Winslet category of stardom.

The 29-year-old, who stars in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen with Ewan McGregor, co-stars with Bruce Willis, Jason Segel and Colin Firth in three forthcoming movies, while she is negotiating to appear opposite Tom Cruise in All You Need Is Kill, a potential sci-fi blockbuster, and to play Nora Charles in a remake of The Thin Man starring Johnny Depp, according to Variety.

Blunt will be appearing in cinemas again soon, alongside Segel in a romantic comedy, The Five-Year Engagement, about a couple who have promised to marry each
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Talkback Thames' Heggessey quits

London -- In a shock move that has prompted speculation about the future of the Rtl-owned indie production company Talkback Thames, its chief executive Lorraine Heggessey quit Tuesday.

Talkback declined comment beyond saying that chief operating officer Sarah Geater will take over the CEO position on an interim basis, reporting to Fremantle Media chief executive Tony Cohen.

Heggessey, a highly respected former controller of BBC1 who has been chief executive of Talkback Thames for five years, had been thought of as a possible candidate to take over either Channel 4 or ITV when their CEO positions became available last year.

Although she did not surface among the final candidates, she remains highly thought of, having overseen such blockbuster shows as "The Apprentice," "The X Factor," and Britain's Got Talent," as well as dramas including "Gideon's Daughter." Last year ITV cancelled Talkback's longest-running show, the police procedural drama "The Bill."

At
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Emily Blunt: 'Everyone wants first bite'

Wolfman star Emily Blunt talks about her date with a blockbuster beast, and why she feels movies are a lot of silliness

Emily Blunt is curled up on a sofa in a West End hotel suite, wearing a cream dress peppered with black dots. It is a few weeks before her 27th birthday; she has long brown hair and blue Cleopatra eyes laced with a knowing wit. (Those eyes once prompted an ex to nickname her "Garfield".) On screen Blunt has some­times cultivated a certain haughtiness, which she has described in the past as her "head girl demeanour", but in person she's fizzy and easily amused, without a hint of the withering cruelty displayed in The Devil Wears Prada or My Summer of Love.

Hers may be the sole face on the poster for The Wolfman, the remake of the whiskery 1941 horror favourite, but she would surely be the
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Reactions from Golden Globe nominees

Reactions from Golden Globe nominees
Golden Globe noms announced

Complete list of film and TV nominees

"I'm pumped!" James Cameron said before hopping a plane from New York to Los Angeles, where he hoped to celebrate with the cast and crew of best drama nominee "Avatar" at a screening Tuesday night. "It's been a 4 1/2-year journey, and this is not typically the kind of film that critics love, it being a genre movie and being seen as a big commercial movie." Cameron, also nominated for a best director Golden Globe, was pleased the movie also got some love in the music category. "I think this is James Horner's best score to date," he says. But he says he is sad his actors got short shrift. "Maybe there's a sense that acting for performance capture isn't the same as acting for a lens, which is going to take an education. I think that will eventually go away.
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Sandra Bullock, Robert Downey Jr. React To Golden Globe Nominations

Emily Blunt, Quentin Tarantino, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and others also celebrate their nods.

By Eric Ditzian

Sandra Bullock

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The 2010 Golden Globe nominations have been very kind to Sandra Bullock. The 45-year-old actress has two hit films this year and was blessed with nods for both: Best Actress in a Drama ("The Blind Side") and Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical ("The Proposal").

"I am beyond stunned," Bullock said in a statement. "Just to be included in the company of these amazing women I have so admired thru the years, has left me slack jawed with awe. It is Truly an honor just to be nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press, and I will cherish this moment with all the artists I have worked with behind the scenes, who truly make me look good!"

2010 Golden Globe Nominees

Robert Downey Jr. has won two Globes in the
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Stephen Poliakoff interview

'What really buys you freedom is being successful. So long as you deliver, they leave you alone'

For someone best known for Shooting the Past, a television drama apparently so slow and un-televisual that BBC executives begged him to speed it up, Stephen Poliakoff is a very fast talker. Sentences tumble into one another, thoughts jerkily digress, regroup and change their angle of attack. Ideas flit in and out of focus as all the while a plastic drinking straw is furiously twiddled between his fingers. Outlining details of his latest venture, Glorious 39, his first feature film for 12 years, Poliakoff makes glancing references to George W Bush, Bulldog Drummond, the history of the wire tap and Norfolk's evergreen oaks in expressing his fascination and horror at the aristocratic and establishment appeasers who, in the run-up to the second world war, mounted a desperate last effort to do a deal with
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Bill Nighy: 'I am not suddenly the greatest actor in the world'

The star of Stephen Poliakoff's forthcoming Glorious 39 on his neuroses, playing educated toffs and why he digs David Hare

"A machiavellian dandy . . . Pure coldheartedness . . . Fabulously insincere." As I read out reviews of an old Bill Nighy performance, the actor grimaces and drums his knuckles on the table. "If ever a face was made for villainy, it's Bill Nighy's," I continue. "Wow," he murmurs. "Nighy's decadently long jaw and narrow, sneaky eyes serve him well . . ." He snorts, amused. "Sneaky eyes! Long decadent jaw! My God. I didn't know I had a decadent jaw."

Perhaps it is how Glorious 39 unfolds around him that makes you never quite trust Nighy as Alexander Keyes, a devoted father and aristocratic Conservative MP in Stephen Poliakoff's sumptuous new thriller about appeasement, set on the eve of the second world war. But perhaps Nighy has a singular talent for projecting unreliability into charming characters.
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Stephen Poliakoff attacks 'Kafkaesque' BBC committees

Award-winning writer Stephen Poliakoff says BBC has gone to 'ludicrous opposite extreme' after deception scandals

The award-winning screenwriter and director Stephen Poliakoff has hit out at "Kafkaesque committees" at the BBC, saying the corporation is stifling creativity and underestimating viewers' intelligence.

Poliakoff, whose award-winning BBC dramas include The Lost Prince and Gideon's Daughter, said it had over-reacted in the wake of a string of viewer deception scandals, on shows such as Children in Need and Comic Relief, and had now gone to the "ludicrous opposite extreme".

He added that writers and producers were being given "strange lectures about how to make factually based drama" that were "completely unnecessary".

The BBC's response to the scandals, which first surfaced in 2007, also included the Safeguarding Trust scheme, a mandatory editorial training programme for the corporation's entire workforce as well as outside contributors and independent producers.

"The Safeguarding Trust policy that was instigated to
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Emily Blunt earns BAFTA/LA honor

Emily Blunt earns BAFTA/LA honor
Emily Blunt will be honored as British Artist of the Year at the 2009 BAFTA/La Brittania Awards on Nov. 5 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. Blunt's upcoming films include "The Young Victoria" and "The Wolfman."

"In just a few short years, Emily Blunt has gone from breakout success in 'My Summer of Love' to blockbuster hits like 'The Devil Wears Prada' and the upcoming 'The Young Victoria' and 'The Wolfman'," BAFTA/La chairman Peter Morris said. "Emily continuously demonstrates an impressive range in her performances and with each movie solidifies her status as one of the best actresses of her generation."

Blunt began her career at the 2002 Chichester Festival, where she played Juliet in a production of "Romeo and Juliet" and made her West End debut opposite Judi Dench in "The Royal Family." Her TV credits include "Gideon's Daughter," for which she won a Golden Globe as
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Globes feel pretty with TV nods

Globes feel pretty with TV nods
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. ushered in the new on the comedy side and stuck with the old in the drama field, bestowing top TV honors to ABC's blockbuster drama hit "Grey's Anatomy" and hot freshman comedy "Ugly Betty."

"Betty" star America Ferrera and Alec Baldwin -- star of another rookie comedy, NBC's "30 Rock" -- won the top comedy acting prizes, while the leads of established hits, Hugh Laurie of Fox's "House" and Kyra Sedgwick of TNT's "The Closer," were named top actors in the drama races.

ABC's leading three trophies were matched by HBO, whose Emmy-winning period drama "Elizabeth I" was the most-heralded TV program with three Golden Globes -- for best miniseries or TV movie, star Helen Mirren and supporting actor Jeremy Irons.

This is the second consecutive year that ABC and Touchstone TV swept the top series categories at the Globes, having accomplished the feat last
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BBC inks multiple Dutch deals

BBC inks multiple Dutch deals
CANNES -- BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, licensed more than 170 hours of programming to Dutch broadcasters NOS, RTL, SBS and Talpa, it was announced here Monday. National broadcaster NOS has picked up series including the new season of Ricky Gervais starrer Extras and anarchic comedy Little Britain, as well as the second season of police drama Life on Mars and family drama Doctor Who. NOS also has acquired Stephen Poliakoff's widely acclaimed new projects Gideon's Daughter and Friends and Crocodiles. In its largest deal to date with BBC Worldwide, John de Mol's Talpa channel has acquired 26 hours of factual programming including such shows as Surviving Disaster, The Rise and Fall of Rome and One Life. In addition, Worldwide has sold Hotel Babylon to commercial network SBS and presold the science docudrama Superstorm to RTL. BBC Worldwide's territory manager for the region, Claudia Danser, said the deals extend its "successful and important relationship" with Dutch audiences.

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