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Sky1 has unveiled official details of its Christmas and New Year schedule for 2013/14.
A new episode of The Simpsons, Trollied's festive special and the series one finale of Yonderland will all air over the holiday, alongside Ray Winstone drama Moonfleet and Mad Dogs' series four finale.
On Sunday, December 22, The Simpsons' episode 'The Changing of the Guardian' will air at 6pm. The series one finale of Yonderland will follow at 6.30pm, as danger looms for Debbie in the magical realm.
Strike Back: Shadow Warfare broadcasts at 9pm on Monday, December 23. The action show sheds light on the virus and Al-Zuhari's planned attack.
A new episode of All Aboard: East Coast Trains will air on Christmas Eve at 8pm, followed by the Christmas special of Trollied at 9pm.
The supermarket sitcom will see a brewing snowstorm threaten to derail everyone's holiday plans.
On Christmas Day, a trio of Little Crackers will air from 9pm. »
Martin Freeman will play his own father in an upcoming autobiographical short for Sky1.
The Hobbit actor will write, act in and direct the Christmas short, titled Little Crackers.
The 15-minute film will be set during Christmas, 1977, and will also include behind-the-scenes footage.
Freeman's short will join a series of other festive comedy shorts to be broadcast on Sky1.
Meanwhile, the actor is poised for the return of his BBC show Sherlock, the third series of which begins this autumn.
His movie The World's End has been released in the UK and comes out in cinemas in the Us on Friday (August 23). Watch a trailer below: »
Former BBC2 comedy show based on British Indian family to relaunch on Sky1 this autumn
Sky is to revive comedy series The Kumars after a seven-year absence from television screens.
Sky1 is to bring back the show, which ran for seven series on the BBC under the title The Kumars at No. 42, with a new six-part series set to air this autumn.
"The entire Kumars family are very excited to have moved into a new home on Sky 1," said Sanjeev Bhaskar, who plays the son in the now Hounslow-based fictional British Indian family. "We are currently repainting the flat in anticipation of great guests, new members of the extended family and anyone else we can get to flog the tat from Dad's shop downstairs. Granny's wind problems are almost under control so all are welcome."
The show ran for 53 episodes on BBC2, and later BBC1, between 2001 and 2006. It is »
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Sky1 has announced its slate for autumn and winter 2013.
The Kumars will make their Sky debut, returning to television in a new six-part series following a seven-year absence.
"The entire Kumars family are very excited to have moved into a new home on Sky1," said Sanjeev Bhaskar.
Sky's director of entertainment channels Stuart Murphy has revealed that the broadcaster is seeking a new star-led sitcom.
Murphy announced that he wants to commission a "Sky version" of popular BBC comedies such as Miranda and Not Going Out.
"On Sky1, we're looking for an audience sitcom with a big star at the centre," Broadcast quotes him as saying.
"I love Miranda and Not Going Out, so a Sky version of those shows would be bigger, funnier, probably [have] a longer run and [be of] higher quality."
"We also like the silly and physical humour that you get in Airplane or The Man with Two Brains," he said. "We definitely want more of that silly stuff."
Sky1 is developing a full series of The Daltons starring Sheridan Smith.
The comedy was originally launched via a 2011 edition of Sky's Little Crackers strand.
The Daltons - written by Michael Wynne and inspired by Smith's own memories - starred the actress and her Royle Family co-star Ralf Little as a country and western duo.
Sky's director of entertainment channels Stuart Murphy announced plans for a full series yesterday (July 2), Broadcast reports.
Watch a behind-the-scenes clip for The Daltons below: »
Sit.com will focus on a family addicted to technology, according to Broadcast.
Baddiel's last TV effort was an instalment of Sky1's Little Crackers in 2010.
In recent years, the 49-year-old comic also wrote 2010 film The Infidel and has penned four novels.
Sketch show Smack the Pony could also be revived by the channel, reports suggest. »
Iconic Japanese actor Akira Takarada, who starred as Hideto Ogata in director Ishiro Honda's 1954 classic Gojira, Aka Godzilla, King of the Monsters, joins the cast of Gareth Edwards' upcoming remake.
Veteren actor Takarada has appeared in several Godzilla movies, including Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964), Godzilla vs. Monster Zero (1965), Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966), Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) and Godzilla: Final Wars (2004). However, his role as Ogata in the original is the one he is best remembered for. There’s no word on whether his character will be a link to the original Godzilla continuity or not, but it’s a great coup to have him there, either way.
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8 items from 2013
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