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Beauty and the Beast: Who Plays the Enchantress?

Image Source: Walt Disney Studios Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast hits theaters this weekend, and there are quite a few adjustments from the original version. Not only is there an "exclusively gay moment" in the upcoming film, but some of the characters get more of a backstory, including the enchantress who cast the infamous curse. Even though we only get a glimpse of her in the first scene when Prince Adam transforms into the Beast, by the end of the film it is revealed that she's actually been keeping a close eye on the castle by disguising herself as a townsperson named Agathe in the nearby village where Belle lives. So, who plays the magical woman? It's English actress Hattie Morahan. If you fancy British series, then you might recognize her for her roles on Ballot Monkeys, Arthur & George, and Outnumbered. And this isn't her first Disney live-action movie either.
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Inside No. 9 series 4 casting news; first image

Louisa Mellor Apr 7, 2017

Filming is well underway on the fourth series of the brilliant Inside No. 9. Here's who to expect among the guest cast...

Series one and two of Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith's consistently inventive, continually surprising anthology strand Inside No. 9 have recently landed on Netflix UK, which will hopefully bring it to the attention of those who didn't catch it on the first run. If you're among them, then run, don't walk, etc. It's simply one of the best shows around.

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And thrillingly, more of it is incoming. Hot on the heels of the recently aired third series, filming is already well underway on a fourth, to comprise six new standalone stories.

As soon as there's a sniff of an official broadcast date,
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Top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time: 80 - 61

Wesley Mead Dec 20, 2016

Looking for some TV to fill you with festive cheer? Here are the next 20 episodes in our list of the top 100 Xmas TV episodes ever...

This article first appeared in December 2015. Read entries 100 - 81 on this list, here.

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Since the medium’s infancy, viewers have enjoyed sharing holidays with their favourite television characters. We grow invested in our friends on screen over the years; spending Christmas with them is a rite of passage, a chance for us to share tradition from our world with the fictional ones we see on screen. Some shows embrace the season wholeheartedly, characters in good spirits and enjoying the trappings of the season; others skew a little darker, bringing the more oppressive, burdensome side of the holidays to life. Either way, Christmas episodes tend to demonstrate the strengths of our favourite series,
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Top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time: 80 - 61

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Looking for some TV to fill you with festive cheer? Here are the next 20 episodes in our list of the top 100 Xmas TV episodes ever...

Read entries 100 - 81 on this list, here.

Since the medium’s infancy, viewers have enjoyed sharing holidays with their favourite television characters. We grow invested in our friends on screen over the years; spending Christmas with them is a rite of passage, a chance for us to share tradition from our world with the fictional ones we see on screen. Some shows embrace the season wholeheartedly, characters in good spirits and enjoying the trappings of the season; others skew a little darker, bringing the more oppressive, burdensome side of the holidays to life. Either way, Christmas episodes tend to demonstrate the strengths of our favourite series, and it’s long been a festive ritual of mine to wheel out old DVD sets
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Outnumbered: Reunion Special Planned for 2016

Outnumbered is a British sitcom that aired its fifth and final season in 2014, but fans of the series will see a new one-off special for the series next year.

Andy Hamilton spoke about the special during an interview with Fubar radio, according to The Sun.

He said:

"We hope to visit the family for a kind of one-off. Me and Guy, on our wall, in our office, we have a list of ideas we are trying to work out. We’ve done a few Christmas specials, but you kind of disappear in a big gap of Christmas programming. We’re kind of inclined to do it somewhere else if we can. That’ll be a discussion me and Guy have to have between ourselves and then the BBC. We’re hoping to film it next year."

The series will update fans on
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'Outnumbered' is to return for a one-off special. Andy Hamilton - who created the comedy series with Guy Jenkin - has revealed they are working on ideas for a new special so that fans can catch up with the chaotic Brockman family following their decision to cancel the show last year. Speaking on Fubar radio, Andy said: ''We hope to visit the family for a kind of one-off. Me and Guy, on our wall, in our office, we have a list of ideas we are trying to work out. ''We've done a few Christmas specials, but you kind of disappear in a big
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'Doctor Who' Season 9 Trailers Have Maisie Williams in a Viking War

'Doctor Who' Season 9 Trailers Have Maisie Williams in a Viking War
Last night's new Doctor Who episode, The Girl Who Lived, marked the debut of guest star Maisie Williams as Ashildr. The Girl Who Lived was the first entry of a two-part episode, with the actress returning for next week's The Woman Who Lived, airing Saturday, October 24 on BBC and BBC America. Today, BBC revealed two new trailers for The Woman Who Lived, featuring Maisie Williams and series star Peter Capaldi.

The Woman Who Lived is set in 1651 England, where the deadly Highwayman 'The Knightmare' and his sidekick stalk the dark streets of London. But when they find loot that's not of this world, they come face to face with The Doctor. Who is the Knightmare in league with? And can the Doctor avoid the hangman's noose and protect Earth from a devilish betrayal? Rufus Hound and Todd Kramer also guest star in next week's new episode.

The previous episode, The
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Maisie Williams Is a Viking in 'Doctor Who' Season 9 Trailer

Maisie Williams Is a Viking in 'Doctor Who' Season 9 Trailer
Back in March, BBC America announced that Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams will be guest starring in a Season 9 episode of Doctor Who. While we saw Maisie Williams pop up in a recent trailer, we still haven't heard much about who she's playing in the beloved series. Today, the network has released a new trailer for this week's episode, The Girl Who Died, which gives us another look at her character, who, according to TV Line, is named Ashildr.

The episode centers on the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman), who have been captured by Vikings. The Time Lord and his companion step up to help protect their village from Space Warriors from the future, known as the Mire. Outnumbered and outgunned, their fate seems inevitable. So why is the Doctor preoccupied with a single Viking girl? Presumably, Maisie Williams' Ashildr is this "single Viking girl," who
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Win Friday Download The Movie (Up All Night)

Spirit Entertainment Limited

To celebrate the release of the action-packed comedy adventure Friday Download The Movie (Up All Night), yours to own on DVD from 19th October 2015, we have 5 copies to give away courtesy of Great Point Media and Spirit Entertainment.

It’s summer and the Friday Download gang Dionne Bromfield, Richard Wisker, Shannon Flynn, George Sear and Bobby Lockwood, pack their bags and hit the road for a trip of a lifetime but things don’t quite go to plan.

A mysterious power, beyond their control, plays havoc with their sat nav, the van gets totalled and soon they’re knocking on the door of Hill House, a creepy old mansion in the middle of nowhere where they encounter brother and sister Caleb (Tyger Drew Honey – Outnumbered) and Clara (Louisa Connolly-BurnhamWolfblood), who invite them to stay the night while they get their van repaired. But the strange pair
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Tyger Drew-Honey slams plans to axe BBC Three

Tyger Drew-Honey has slammed plans to axe BBC Three. The 'Outnumbered' star has spoken out against the broadcaster's plans to make the channel online only, to insist it would make more sense to get rid of BBC Four. Tyger exclusively told Bang Showbiz: ''I'm not particularly happy about the plans to get rid of BBC Three. I think it's got a really good balance of content for a wide range of ages and I think they'd have been far better off axing BBC Four. I know BBC Four's a lot more cultured but it gets a lot less viewers. ''Also, I think
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Daniel Craig doesn't 'give a f***k' who replaces him as James Bond

Tyger Drew-Honey has slammed plans to axe BBC Three. The 'Outnumbered' star has spoken out against the broadcaster's plans to make the channel online only, to insist it would make more sense to get rid of BBC Four. Tyger exclusively told Bang Showbiz: ''I'm not particularly happy about the plans to get rid of BBC Three. I think it's got a really good balance of content for a wide range of ages and I think they'd have been far better off axing BBC Four. I know BBC Four's a lot more cultured but it gets a lot less viewers. ''Also, I think
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Claire Skinner: ‘50 does not look like a woman in a cardigan’

The Outnumbered star on roles for women, tackling Alzheimer’s in The Father – and playing someone with no chldren

Born in Hemel Hempstead in 1965, the daughter of a shopkeeper and a secretary, Claire Skinner hid her shyness by doing impersonations. She went on to study at Lamda and joined the RSC, after which Mike Leigh cast her in the films Life Is Sweet and Naked. On stage she has appeared in Pinter’s Moonlight and as Desdemona in Othello at the National. Best known as the mother in BBC1’s Outnumbered, she is married to director Charles Palmer, son of actor Geoffrey Palmer, and has two sons. She next appears in the West End transfer of The Father, opposite Kenneth Cranham, after successful runs at the Ustinov Studio, Bath, and the Tricycle, London.

The Father was written by French playwright Florian Zeller about the devastating effect of Alzheimer’s. Are
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‘What We Did On Our Holiday’ fumbles its ending, but the charm is too much to resist

What We Did on Our Holiday

Written by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin

Directed by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin

U.K., 2015

Were Bill Cosby’s name not synonymous with mud right now, What We Did on Our Holiday could be easily titled Kids Say the Darndest Things. Big names like Rosamund Pike and David Tennant headline the film, but it’s the kids who steal the show. Writer/directors Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin take their experience from running BBC’s Outnumbered and utilize the improvisational skills of youngsters Emilia Jones, Bobby Smalldridge and Harriet Turnbull to pair off against legend Billy Connolly to make a charming summer comedy.

Gordy MacLeod’s (Billy Connolly) seventy-fifth birthday is coming up, and Doug (Doug Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike, far removed from her Oscar-nominated performance as Amy in Gone Girl, playing a loving mother of two) are taking their three children
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Hugh Dennis expects Outnumbered specials: 'I'm confident it will happen'

Hugh Dennis reckons Outnumbered will return for a number of special episodes.

The family sitcom aired on BBC One for five series, before it ended last year in March.

Speaking on Loose Women, Dennis said: "I think it's completely done as a series - but there will be specials.

"I'm confident there will be specials."

When asked what it was like filming the last episode of the final series, Dennis commented that he wasn't aware that it was the end.

"We didn't know," he explained. "As far as I remember, there were various scenes in the last show and there was one little bit of dialogue, where I turn to [Claire Skinner's character Sue] and go, 'We've not done badly, have we?' And you think, 'Oh, that sounds a bit [final]'.

"But we weren't formally told, as far as I remember, until after we recorded it, which was probably quite a good thing.
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Ballot Monkeys: did the first episode get your vote?

A new topical satire from the creators of Drop the Dead Donkey and Outnumbered promises last-minute political gags from the general election campaign

Channel 4’s new election comedy Ballot Monkeys has an awful lot going for it. Its cast is rammed with talent. It’s written by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, settling back into their political roots after the cosy time-out of Outnumbered. Its subject matter could barely be any more timely. Plus it’s set entirely on four buses, so it’s probably quite cheap to make.

And yet there was only one real reason why I watched Ballot Monkeys last night. I wanted to see the join. Portions of each episode are written on the day of transmission for topicality, and then scattered throughout the existing material. And, as unkind as it sounds, I wanted to see how badly these bits stood out.

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Channel 4 to air 'real-time' election comedy starring Ben Miller

Drop the Dead Donkey writer returns with satirical show Ballot Monkeys incorporating events and bungles on the campaign trail

Channel 4 is to air a “real-time” political comedy in the runup to the general election starring comedians Ben Miller and Hugh Dennis and created by the writers of cult hit Drop the Dead Donkey and sitcom Outnumbered.

The topical five-part series, Ballot Monkeys, will follow in the footsteps of successful political satires such as The Thick of It, focusing on the frenetic scheming and machinations of a group of managers, press officers, strategists and spin doctors on the campaign trail in the runup to polling day.

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New election sitcom Ballot Monkeys to air on Channel 4

Channel 4 has commissioned a new political sitcom.

The satirical Ballot Monkeys will focus on politicians campaigning for the four main parties in the run-up to the General Election.

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Trevor Cooper, Ben Miller, Sarah Hadland and Hattie Morahan star as candidates for Labour, Lib Dem, Ukip and the Conservatives. The show will intercut between the various campaign buses.

Drop The Dead Donkey and Outnumbered creators Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin will write the five-episode sitcom.

The pair said: "We're very excited about this. We don't think anyone's done anything like this before, although we may find out why."

Fiona McDermott, Channel 4's commissioning editor for comedy, added: "We haven't yet decided whether we're brave or bonkers but a real-time satirical sitcom like Ballot Monkeys could only be handled by the remarkable Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin.

"We are thrilled to have them
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Sky1 announces launch date for Jed Mercurio's Critical

Sky1 has confirmed the launch date for new series Critical.

The medical drama will premiere on the channel on Tuesday, February 24.

The 13-part series is told in real-time like 24 and focuses on a hospital's trauma unit.

The series is written by Line of Duty's Jed Mercurio and reunites him with actor Lennie James, who stars as trauma consultant Glen Boyle.

The show also stars Catherine Walker (Strike Back), Claire Skinner (Outnumbered) and Kimberley Nixon (Fresh Meat).

The Critical cast is completed by Neve McIntosh, Prasanna Puwanarajah, John MacMillan, Ellen Thomas, Mali Harries, Paul Bazely, Danny Kirrane, Peter Sullivan, Emma Fryer, Orion Lee and Juliet Oldfield.

Critical is Mercurio's first medical drama since his work on Bodies in 2006. He also wrote Cardiac Arrest for the BBC between 1994 and 1996.
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DVD Review: 'What We Did on Our Holiday'

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★★★★☆ The debut feature from BBC veterans Andy Hamilton and Guy Jerkin, What We Did on Our Holiday is one of 2014's most big-hearted, surprising and thoroughly likable films. While in many ways essentially the big screen version of an acclaimed, subtly developed sitcom - In this case, Outnumbered - it skips around the traps that befell the likes of The Inbetweeners (2011) or The Simpsons Movie (2007). Those films most resembled out of control episodes of their parent television shows, where jokes were allowed to repeat, fester and wear thin on even thinner story arcs. This feature uses allows the themes of the show to crystallise; the writers pushing the boundaries of the classic British family film.
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What We Did On Our Holiday DVD Review

Directors: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin

Cast: David Tennant, Rosamund Pike, Billy Connolly, Ben Miller, Emilia Jones, Bobby Smalldridge, Harriet Turnbull

Certificate: 12

Running Time: 95 minutes

Extras: Directors audio commentary with Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, cast and crew interviews, deleted scenes

Following the phenomenal success of their BBC series Outnumbered, Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin bring their comedy prowess to the big screen with What We Did On Our Holiday, a lighthearted comedy with a deeper meaning.

Doug (Tennant), his wife Abi (Pike) and their children visit the Scottish Highlands to celebrate Doug’s father Gordie’s (Connolly) 75th birthday. The couple intend to keep their impending divorce a secret from the unwell Gordie during their trip, but soon discover that with three quick-witted children in tow honesty might have to be the best policy.

Much like the Outnumbered series, What We Did On Our Holiday is suitable for most of the family,
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