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We’ve scanned the UK Christmas TV and radio schedules for the festive fortnight and circled a few programmes you may enjoy…
We’ve taken our glittery pen to the pages of this year’s festive TV Listings guide to circle a selection of shows that might tickle your Christmas fancy.
Supplement your festive box-set viewing with appearances from the Doctor and Clara, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Dame Judi Dench, Professor Danielle George, the work of Roald Dahl, Charlie Brooker, David Attenborough, the much-missed Rik Mayall, and many more...
The tenth annual Doctor Who Christmas Special since the show’s 2005 return, and Peter Capaldi’s first real festive Tardis adventure. Nick Frost, Michael Troughton, Dan Starkey and Nathan McMullen all co-star in this Father Christmas North Pole caper, alongside Capaldi and Jenna Coleman. Watch the latest trailer, here.
When’s it on? 6.15pm on Christmas Day, »
The cast for Showtimes Billions continues to look very flush.
Maggie Siff, whose credits include of course a six-year ride on Sons of Anarchy as well as a stint on Mad Men has joined the buzzy drama pilot, which already counts Emmy winners Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Paul Giamatti (John Adams) among its cast.
Taking a forensic look at the world of high finance, Billions tracks the approaching collision between hard-charging U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (played by Giamatti) and brilliant/ambitious hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis).
Siff will play the central character of Wendy Rhoades, Chuck’s wife, »
Having given the history of the "New World" in Part I, it seems wise to preface Part II with some words about how the symphony is constructed. The movements are:
I. Adagio; Allegro molto II. Largo III. Scherzo: Molto vivace IV. Allegro con fuoco
Unusually, every movement starts with an introduction. The first movement's is the most famous: starts with a striking slow introduction that establishes the current of nostalgia for, or homesickness for, the composer's native Bohemia. Another reminder of this comes with the famotus flute solo -- or does it? Some have remarked on its similarity to "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," but this is not so much a quote as a paraphrase, so to speak; small bits of "Chariot" are elided into something new that mingles many flavors: African-America spiritual, yes, but also Native American music and Bohemian folk music, which share a pentatonic flavor.
Note that the »
The BBC has announced an adaptation of Zadie Smith's Nw.
The 2012 novel focuses on four diverse characters from North West London, whose lives interweave unpredictably.
The characters are barrister Natalie, council flat resident Leah, recovering addict Felix and suspicious character Nathan.
Mammoth Screen has previously worked with the BBC on And Then There Were None, Blandings and Remember Me. »
An early leak discovered via an online CV and reported by Doctor Who TV though, has revealed that screenwriter Catherine Tregenna (Torchwood, Casualty, Inspector Lewis) is one of the names on said list.
Tregenna, whose Torchwood episodes include the terrific Out Of Time, Captain Jack Harkness, Meat and Adam, numbered amongst our list of writers we'd most like to see a Who episode from back in 2013, so halloo hallay for that.
With two »
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a trailer for ZombieWorld, casting updates on The Private Eye and Desolation, DVD release details announced for Fantasm, a teaser poster from One Night of Fear, a Q&A with writer, Duncan Ralston, and much more:
ZombieWorld Trailer and DVD Release Details: “ZombieWorld is a horror anthology focusing on survivors across the world as they struggle to overcome horrifying circumstances when a pandemic brings forth a zombie apocalypse. The collection of blood, guts and mayhem will be brought to life by a group of new and up-and-coming directors from around the world that Ruthless Pictures and Dread Central will handpick from short film entries received between April 21, 2014 and May 30, 2014 on Dread Central.com. The work of each chosen director will be featured in the film and will bring »
- Tamika Jones
This year's extravaganza features an exclusive BBC-themed Tom and Jerry cartoon, a ghostly EastEnders special with Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt), and the hotly-anticipated reunion of pop legends S Club 7.
Hosted as ever by national treasure Sir Terry Wogan, as well as turns by Tess Daly, Fearne Cotton, Nick Grimshaw and The Saturdays' Rochelle Humes, the show also features Gareth Malone's All Star Choir singing official Children in Need single 'Wake Me Up'.
Action-packed Us drama following the adventures of a skilled team of agents from a global law enforcement organisation as they investigate super-human individuals and unusual events.
Phil Coulson and his team race against Hydra to get to Donnie Gill, a dangerous individual living in Morocco who is gifted with the ability to freeze objects, while Simmons is caught in the crossfire. »
Das Gespenst (1982)
“I always have a simple story, but I tell it so fanatically and wildly and tenderly and cursingly and on fire and in need of being loved that you’ll find a slice of life in front of you.”
The first time I saw Herbert Achternbusch he was hypnotizing a chicken in Werner Herzog’s The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser. Anybody who has seen the film might recall the chicken, but who is Herbert Achternbusch? It is a question that cannot be simply answered. Achternbusch captions his entire artistic output with a paradox: ‘You don't have a chance, but use it’. Trying to make sense of his work, this epigram sounds appropriate.
Matters are not helped by the unavailability of most of his films on DVD. In Germany, a boxset devoted to Achternbusch is now out of print, although two key works—Heilt Hitler (1986) and Das Gespenst (1982)—remain in circulation. »
- Yusef Sayed
Towie stars have been photographed enjoying a double date at Thorpe Park while filming the latest episode for the reality TV show.
The couple were joined by Lewis Bloor and George Harrison - the pair recently had a holiday kiss despite Lewis still being with Lauren Pope at the time - even though we all thought George was now going out with Tom Pearce after he recently taught her how to make sushi (for real, not a euphemism).
The group looked terrified on the theme park's upside-down roller coaster Colossus, and also competed against each other in the Angry Birds bumper cars. They then won themselves a giant stuffed Tweety Bird before posing with their prize in a foursome selfie. »
Kevin Whately has hinted he may be set to retire from his role in 'Lewis'. The 63-year-old actor has starred as Robert 'Robbie' Lewis for 27 years, first taking on the role in 'Inspector Morse' before becoming the titular character in the spin-off, but he's now revealed he's thinking of retiring. Speaking about the upcoming eighth series, he said: ''There might be more Lewis after this series but there won't be a lot more. ''Not with Lewis himself. Who knows what the others will do but I think I'm coming to the end of the road. ''There may be on more series, possibly, we'll »
The cast of The Only Way Is Essex have been busy sunning themselves in Ibiza - and, for one particular cast member, in areas where the sun doesn't usually shine - for the Towie special tonight (October 7).
Here is some of the tear-stained drama that will unfold in this evening's episode:
Chloe and Mario dated (for around five seconds) earlier this year until the serial dater and ladies' man broke things off. He questions why Chloe has cut their friendship short, and awkward tension develops between him and Elliott.
The ongoing feud between Chloe and frenemy Ferne continues, seeing Chloe become »
Winchester joins DNA TV as head of TV development having overseen script development for British crime drama series Midsomer Murders.
He worked with writers including Margaret Atwood, Lucy Kirkwood, Jack Lothian and the recent Bafta and Rts Award winners Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan and Marlon Smith after being appointed by the All3Media-owned indie Bentley in 2012.
A former Hat Trick Productions and Tiger Aspect exec, Winchester worked as a script editor for Mammoth Screen on shows including Lewis, Bouquet of Barbed Wire and Margot. He also developed Lewis prequel Endeavour for ITV.
DNA owner Andrew Macdonald said: “We are looking forward to building a vibrant British TV business with Tom.”
Winchester said: “DNA »
Tom Winchester is to become the head of TV development at DNA TV, DNA’s television production arm.
Winchester’s TV career began at Hat Trick Prods. before joining Tiger Aspect Prods. as drama coordinator. He then worked as script editor at Mammoth Screen Prods. on a range of shows including “Lewis,” “Bouquet of Barbed Wire” and “Margot.” He oversaw three further series of “Lewis” and developed the hit ITV series “Endeavour.”
As head of development at Bentley, Tom established a new development slate, working with a diverse selection of writers including Margaret Atwood, Lucy Kirkwood, Jack Lothian and the recent BAFTA and Rts award winners Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan and Marlon Smith. Whilst at Bentley, Tom also oversaw script development for “Midsomer Murders” — the U.K.’s most popular drama export — including the 100th episode special.
- Leo Barraclough
Laurence Fox has said that he hopes to star in American projects in the near future.
"We went for two weeks, we went and got managers, so we now both have American management, and then we came back, and then we got jobs again here," he told Digital Spy and others.
"They seem to make more stuff in America. I've got lots of friends out there who are working. My best friend is out there working, but ultimately, the minute we start to sit down and we've got five minutes to talk about it, invariably somebody gets a job, and you can't do it. So one day."
Fox joked that he may get hired to play fellow British actor Tom Hiddleston in a future biopic, »
The Inspector Morse spinoff returns for its eighth series on ITV later this month, with Whately's title character now retired.
Whately revealed to Digital Spy and others that he was concerned about returning for another series, after the seventh run appeared to have a potential conclusion.
"It is a big worry for me because I'm past retirement age and there are an awful lot of geriatric policemen on British telly at the moment," Whately said.
"We're all a bit long in the tooth and it worries me slightly. I don't wanna be a 70-year-old cop."
Speaking about the cast's decision to return for a new series, Whately continued: "The »
October is officially upon us, and we're in for an entire new slew of television premieres -- not to mention a few finales. This month is packed with returning favorites and a crop of freshman shows that are poised to be hits ("The Affair," anyone?) and Moviefone's rounded up a day-by-day schedule so you can prepare in advance for a major TV binge. Check out what's on October's docket right here -- and pssst brand new shows are in bold, plus we included a few must-watch previews!
October 2 8/7c The Vampire Diaries (CW) 9/8c Bad Judge (NBC) 9/8c Gracepoint (Fox) 9/8c Reign (CW) 9:30/8:30c A To Z (NBC)
October 3 8/7c Last Man Standing (ABC) 8/7c On The Menu (TNT) 10/9c Kendra on Top (We)
October 4 9/8c Survivor's »
- Mehera Bonner
Has Lewis Bloor been playing away? Because the latest stills from Towie's Ibiza special show a teary-eyed Lauren Pope being consoled by best friend Vas J Morgan.
Or perhaps she's just recovering after spotting co-star Bobby's ball bag bouncing on the beach...
In the upcoming scenes, Lauren is seen having dinner with Towie newbie and fashion blogger Vas, before he reveals rumours of her boyfriend Lewis's infidelity.
Lewis wooed Lauren with a teddy bear on their first date in the last series, and although she was initially reluctant due to their eight-year age gap, the pair soon began dating.
But Vas has since dropped the bombshell that he has been cheating behind her back.
The cast are currently filming in the Balearic Islands for the spinoff, set to kick-start the next series of Towie. It will air on ITV's brand new lifestyle and reality channel ITVBe on October 8.
Watch the new trailer, »
Again written by Lewis creator and Inspector Morse writer Russell Lewis, the show will pick up from series two's cliffhanger which saw Endeavour Morse framed for a murder he did not commit, and Di Fred Thursday being shot in the chest.
"I'm really excited to be revisiting the '60's as young Morse," said star Shaun Evans.
"The audience reaction to Endeavour has been fantastic and this series promises to be the best we've made so far. It'll be well worth the wait!"
"As 'Oxford's finest' encounter friends and foes both old and new, our next quartet of mysteries will take the audience on a psychedelic Summer of Love fairground ride, filled with twists and turns, shrieks and scares. For something wicked this way comes..."
Director of »
As the Toronto International Film Festival gets underway with North American and World debuts of films that will hit Awards Season and beyond,a good number of seasoned films that have traveled the festival circuit are finally making their way into the Specialty Box Office. Drafthouse Films will open Cannes ’13 title The Congress starring Robin Wright and Harvey Keitel in a dozen locations this weekend, while SXSW’s Juliette Lewis starrer Kelly & Cal will open exclusively in NYC. Sundance’s Last Days In Vietnam will have a theatrical run before heading to PBS next fall and the Guadalajara Film Festival’s Frontera is taking advantage of a timely topic in the U.S. Venice financed its 2013 premiere Memphis, opening exclusively this weekend in NYC. And China Lion hopes to take a successful template for romantic dramas and apply that to But Always.
Director-writer: Ari Folman
Writer: Stanislaw Lem (novel)
Cast: Robin Wright, »
- Brian Brooks
It will be produced by Blueprint Pictures and directed by Iain Softley.
Mackay plays Lewis, who is 10 years old when his mother Elizabeth (Morahan) dies, leaving him his father Gilbert (Wise) who he barely knows.
Gilbert remarries Alice (Brown Findlay), while Lewis relies on his friendships with neighbouring children Tamsin and »
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