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13 items from 2013


Posterized: Judi Dench, Leading Lady

22 November 2013 9:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Good things come to those who wait. For Judi Dench that good thing would be movie stardom. She's been acting on stage since 1957 (as Ophelia in Hamlet at the age of 23), on tv since 1959 (the title role in Hilda Lessways), and on the silver screen since 1964 (The Third Secret)...  but it wasn't until 1997/1998 when Dench hit her sixties that true movie stardom happened, prompted by the double whammy of her first Oscar bid (Mrs Brown) and its follow up "oops sorry about last year" Oscar win for Shakespeare in Love (recently discussed). Isn't her career trajectory unheard of? Who doesn't even start being a movie star until their sixties? Dame Judi thats who.

Though she may soon retire (she's turning 80 a year from now) she's still in her movie prime. Her latest starring role is as Philomena, the story of a woman seeking the grown son she gave up for adoption, »

- NATHANIEL R

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Birgitte Hjort Sørensen: 'People in Britain have really taken to Borgen's strong female leads'

16 November 2013 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Her crusading reporter Katrine Fonsmark in Borgen is ambitious, hardworking, exercises too much, eats too little. "Which is certainly not the case for me," says Birgitte Hjort Sørensen

Birgitte Hjort Sørensen is already sitting in a booth at the back of a Japanese restaurant when I arrive for our lunch in Mayfair. It was her choice of venue and I'd assumed it was because sushi is the preferred diet of calorie-conscious actresses on perpetual detox.

But I notice Sørensen, 31, already has a glass of champagne in front of her and a twinkle in her eye. Another glass is immediately produced by a solicitous waiter. We clink and each take a swig.

It rapidly becomes clear that we are going to get along.

Within a few minutes, the Danish actress has told me that she loves London, because "I like the structure – I like knowing that you have to stand on »

- Elizabeth Day

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BBC announces 'Moving On' as first drama to premiere on iPlayer

18 October 2013 12:55 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC One has announced a new series of Jimmy McGovern's Moving On.

The fifth run of the daytime series will be the first drama to premiere in its entirety on BBC iPlayer.

As with previous series, the drama will consist of five stand-alone films, produced by Accused creator McGovern.

Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street), Anita Dobson (EastEnders), Anthony Flanagan (The Village) and Jo Joyner (EastEnders) will be among the new series' stars.

Lee Ingleby (Inspector George Gently), Duncan Preston (Love And Marriage), Ray Fearon (Harry Potter), Emma Cuniffe (The Lakes), Sharon Horgan (Pulling) and Craig Kelly (Coronation Street) will also appear.

The lineup is completed by Taj Atwal (Stella), Amy Nuttall (Downton Abbey), Ramon Tikaram (White Heat), Jo-Anne Knowles (Waterloo Road) Rosalind Ayres (Outnumbered), Emma Lowndes (Cranford) and Keith Barron (The Chase).

Johnny Vegas and Robert Glenister will also direct two of the films.

BBC Daytime's Damian Kavanagh said: "Moving On »

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Aussie actor headed to New York

5 October 2013 2:04 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Ditch Davey has joined the cast of the Us network series The Black Box, which stars Sherlock Holmes' Kelly Reilly as Elizabeth Black, a neuroscientist who struggles to hide her mental illness from her fiancé and family.

Vanessa Redgrave will play Dr. Hartramph, Elizabeth's psychiatrist. Davey is cast as Dr. Marc Bickman, a brilliant neurosurgeon.

Davey played Nemetes in Spartacus: War of the Damned, the New Zealand-produced 'sword and sandal' show which recently wrapped its third and final season.

He was a regular in Sea Patrol, All Saints and Blue Heelers and appeared in Justin Dix.s thriller Crawlspace. His other credits include Underbelly. Files, Satisfaction and Wilfred.

The Us network ABC commissioned The Black Box. Shooting of the 13 episodes starts in New York later this month, produced by Bold Films.

The show was created by Amy Holden Jones, whose screenwriting credits include Mystic Pizza, The Relic and Indecent Proposal. »

- Don Groves

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Francesca Annis, actor – portrait of the artist

18 June 2013 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Stage and screen actor Francesca Annis talks about the cult of celebrity, going nude for Roman Polanski and the pressure of playing a famous beauty

What first drew you to acting?

It happened by chance. I was brought up as a dancer, and was studying Russian ballet at a school, Corona, when an agency asked me to audition for Cleopatra [the 1963 film]. I went along two hours early to tell them I couldn't go since I had to go and buy ballet shoes. The director, Joseph L Mankiewicz, was just going out the door. We had an informal chat, and the next thing I knew I had an acting career.

What was your big breakthrough?

Doing a musical with Jane Birkin in a West End show called Passion Flower Hotel. It put me on the map – not least because Barbra Streisand's recording of the lead song, How Much of the Dream Comes True, »

- Laura Barnett

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Francesca Annis, actor – portrait of the artist

18 June 2013 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Stage and screen actor Francesca Annis talks about the cult of celebrity, going nude for Roman Polanski and the pressure of playing a famous beauty

What first drew you to acting?

It happened by chance. I was brought up as a dancer, and was studying Russian ballet at a school, Corona, when an agency asked me to audition for Cleopatra [the 1963 film]. I went along two hours early to tell them I couldn't go since I had to go and buy ballet shoes. The director, Joseph L Mankiewicz, was just going out the door. We had an informal chat, and the next thing I knew I had an acting career.

What was your big breakthrough?

Doing a musical with Jane Birkin in a West End show called Passion Flower Hotel. It put me on the map – not least because Barbra Streisand's recording of the lead song, How Much of the Dream Comes True, »

- Laura Barnett

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Julia Sawalha's kitchen nightmare

19 April 2013 10:59 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As Saffy in Ab Fab, Julia Sawalha despaired in her mother's kitchen. In real life, buying her own upmarket kitchen became a personal drama

In her role as strait-laced Saffy in long-running sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, Julia Sawalha spent a great deal of time in one of the most famous kitchens on British television, with its champagne-filled fridge and little-used oven. But the actor is now embroiled in a real-life kitchen drama.

Sawalha told Guardian Money she faced losing up to £15,000 after she decided to cancel an order for a new kitchen for the property she is restoring when the company upped the price after the deal was agreed.

She told us she was being "excessively penalised" after the firm refused to refund her £10,000 deposit then demanded she pay a further £5,000 to buy herself out of the contract. Sawalha claims the "appalling" way she was treated had left her in tears. »

- Rupert Jones

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Emmys Reverse Acting Rule Change in Movies-Minis

18 April 2013 10:09 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Lead and supporting performers in the miniseries-movies genre will compete in separate categories at the Primetime Emmys, reversing a rules change by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Board of Governors last year.

A year ago, the board decided to – effective in 2013 – combine the lead and supporting actor categories in miniseries-movies into one acting competition, doing the same for lead and supporting mini-movie actresses. The decision was a somewhat surprising one, given that it risked eliminating awards for supporting thesps in the genre, assuming the probability that a lead performer would prevail.

For example, if the system had been in place last year, assuming 2012 lead actor winners Kevin Costner (“Hatfields & McCoys”) and Julianne Moore (“Game Change”) still prevailed, they would have prevented fellow Emmy winners in supporting Tom Berenger (“Hatfields”) or Jessica Lange (“American Horror Story”) from doing the same.

It was the performers peer group that engineered the recommendation last year, »

- Jon Weisman

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This Week's Must-See TV: 5 Shows You Shouldn't Miss

3 March 2013 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Goodbye Being Human, but hello Parks and Recreation. This week's Must-See TV is a little bit of an emotional rollercoaster, mixing long-awaited arrivals with some sad, sad departures and gritty murder mysteries with some controversial comedy.

Plus, there's two big Comic Relief TV events taking place in advance of the big day itself on March 15 - Russell Brand's Give It Up gig (Wednesday, March 6 at 10pm on BBC Three) in aid of beating addiction and Comic Relief's Big Chat with Graham Norton, all six hours of which will air live on BBC Three on Thursday, March 7 from 7pm, with highlights following Friday at 10.35pm on BBC One.

Mayday: Monday (March 4) at 9pm on BBC One

This edition of TV picks technically goes from the week commencing Monday, March 4, buuuuut we're going to do a bit of cheating here to make sure you don't get left behind on this dark, »

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BBC One to strip new drama 'Mayday' across one week

15 February 2013 8:49 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC One is to strip new five-part drama Mayday across a single week.

The thriller series stars Sophie Okonedo (The Slap), Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones), Peter Firth (Spooks) and Lesley Manville (Cranford).

Penned by Whitechapel writing duo Ben Court and Caroline Ip, Mayday tells the story of a missing teenager and the hunt for the abductor, told through the eyes of a close-knit community.

"I am very excited that they are screening Mayday over five days," said star Okonedo. "I think it will suit the piece enormously.

"It has a lot of twists and turns and things are not always as they seem. The reality is often heightened with a cliffhanger at the end of every episode."

Mayday has been directed by Black Mirror's Brian Welsh and produced by Chris Fry (Spooks).

The series premiere on Sunday, March 3 on BBC One.

> The Village, White Queen, Mayday: First »

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Call the Midwife commissioned for third series and Christmas special

11 February 2013 11:14 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Hit BBC1 show, starring Miranda Hart, will go on despite running out of original memoirs on which it is based

Call the Midwife screenwriter Heidi Thomas has run out of the original memoirs on which the series is based, but that has not stopped the show being commissioned for a third series and Christmas special.

The hit BBC1 show, starring Jessica Raine and Miranda Hart, is the channel's biggest new drama for more than a decade, watched by around 9 million viewers in its Sunday night slot.

Thomas adapted the series from the three collections of memoirs written by Jennifer Worth, the retired nurse who died in 2011 before the first show was broadcast.

By the time the second run of the maternity drama set in London's East End comes to an end next month, Thomas will have exhausted the original source material.

But she told the new issue of Radio Times: "Don't worry. »

- John Plunkett

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Simon Hoggart's week: a stalking horse from the same stable

1 February 2013 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Adam Afriyie denies he's plotting to oust David Cameron. Why replace one wealthy Tory smoothiechops with another?

✒There is something hilarious about the Tories' anguish over their leadership, and especially hilarious that the stalking horse may turn out to be the backbencher Adam Afriyie, a half-Ghanaian multimillionaire. Somebody must have sat down in a bar, or perhaps a hotel room swept for bugs, and said "look, the public are fed up with the country being run by a wealthy smoothiechops. What we need to do is replace him – with another wealthy smoothiechops! That'll show how inclusive we are. When it comes to millionaires, we Tories are colour blind!"

✒It's one of those trick pub quiz questions like "into which ocean does the western end of the Panama Canal flow?" The answer is, surprisingly, the Atlantic, as the canal runs more or less north to south but on a slant. Another is "what is 10 in London, »

- Simon Hoggart

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Rewind TV: Call the Midwife; Louie; Howard Goodall's Story of Music – review

26 January 2013 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Call the Midwife picked up where it left off, deftly making drama out of a crisis

Call the Midwife (BBC1) | iPlayer

Louie (Fox)

Howard Goodall's Story of Music (BBC2) | iPlayer

It's a rule of thumb among people who clench their teeth at the words "popular drama" that no good can come of switching on a TV at 8pm on a Sunday. But Call the Midwife – despite the title, which needs only a cheerful exclamation mark to send the wary viewer scurrying to a documentary about metallurgy on BBC4 – cuts the mustard more than most. Perhaps it's the newborn babies that do it – slippery, red and alarmed, as if braced for this world of hardship in 1950s east London, the camera discreetly peering round a meaty leg to catch their yowling maws. But the writing is good, with nimble dialogue and efficient interlocking of stories and themes.

Heidi Thomas, who won »

- Phil Hogan

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