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Fast Girls

13 November 2011 9:08 AM, PST | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

Shooting is about to start in and around London on Fast Girls, a feature film about a rivalry on the athletics track between two girls from different backgrounds, scripted by Noel Clarke, Jay Basu and Roy Williams and directed by commercials director Regan Hall.

Two worlds collide on the athletics track when streetwise Shania meets ambitious, middle-class Lisa. The two girls eventually overcome their rivalry and unite to achieve their ultimate dream of reaching a championship final.

Lenora Crichlow (Being Human), represented by Bwh, takes the lead role of Shania, a 100m sprinter from the London ghetto.

Guildhall drama school graduate Lily James (represented by Tavistock Wood) who received rave reviews for her portrayal of Desdemona opposite Dominic West in The Sheffield Crucible's production of Othello, stars alongside her as Lisa. Lily played Ethel Brown in last year's Cbbc drama Just William.

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2011 Children's BAFTA nominations

24 October 2011 9:18 AM, PDT | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

12 year old Daniel Roche, star of Outnumbered, has been nominated for a best Performer BAFTA for his portrayal of William in the BBC's Just William. The Cbbc series has also been nominated for Best Drama along with the Just William series writer Simon Nye.

Combat Kids and House of Anubis are also up for best drama against Just William and regular nominee The Sarah Jane Adventures, which last year lost out to Tracy Beaker Returns.

Cbbc's Sadie J has a nomination for best comedy but faces stiff competition from the acclaimed Horrible Histories.

These awards get chosen by the BAFTA judges and the winners will be announced at a ceremony on Sunday 27 November at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

But kids also get a chance to vote for their favourite Film, TV Show, Video Game and Website of the last year from the shortlists (which include long-standing favourites The Sarah Jane Adventures, »

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Outnumbered returns for fourth series

17 August 2011 2:59 PM, PDT | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

Outnumbered, the multi-award-winning comedy series from Hat Trick Productions, which captures the turbulent chaos of family life, is back on BBC One with a new six-part series starting on Friday 2 September and followed by a Christmas special.

In the new series, the family is confronted by an array of issues ranging from death, drugs, terrorism and getting old, to food science, Top Gear, the joy of ventriloquism and the perils of Subbuteo.

The casting director avoided stage-school talent, instead undertaking a lengthy audition process which involved lots of game playing, determined to find children who would enjoy the filming process. So the three juvenile leads came out at the top of the fairly exhausting casting process. Andy: "They're all really interesting to watch and they've all got very interesting, funny personalities. Confident, but also excellent actors." 

Tyger Drew-Honey returns as Jake Brockman

Tyger was born Lindzi James Tyger Drew-Honey, he is now 15 years old, »

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Cars 2: The Video Game – review

24 July 2011 7:22 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS, Disney, cert 7, out now

The vocal talents of veteran actor Martin Jarvis, whose velvet purr can be heard narrating Just William or Jeeves in Manhattan on BBC Radio 4, pops up here on Disney/Pixar's Cars 2 doing an impersonation of Michael Caine (playing an animated Aston Martin). Is this the moment where licensed video games become a proper art form or was the pay good?

The target audience won't give a flying flugelhorn as they are nine-years-old, probably male and definitely hyperactive. All they care about is revving engines and squealing tyres, which this game delivers in large doses. More akin to Mario Kart than Gran Turismo, stage after stage is packed with cartooney, crash-bang-wallop and the fun is accessible for multiple players whether online or in the same room.

Years of bitter experience have taught us to give licensed games a wide berth, but this »

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Children's TV is growing up – is that a good thing?

31 May 2011 4:38 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Horrible Histories' move to primetime shows how sophisticated kids' shows have become. Would you rather watch Cbbc?

There used to be a certain stigma about working in children's TV – traditionally seen as a graveyard of languishing careers, hardly known for its stratospheric heights of glamour. Subscribe to that view these days, however, and you'll be surprised.

For not only has children's TV has proven itself to be fertile ground for emerging talent such as Miranda Hart (who made an eccentric appearance in Cbbc's Hotel Trubble in 2008), but over recent years it has also started to attract more established actors and comedians. Take the vocal talents of James Corden (Little Charley Bear) on CBeebies, Rebecca Front's role in Cbbc's remake of Just William or Larry David's cameo in Hannah Montana - they're queuing up, but why?

The most obvious answer (as was the case for Larry David) is »

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Outnumbered back for fourth series

2 April 2011 10:06 AM, PDT | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

Outnumbered, the multi-award-winning comedy series from Hat Trick Productions is back in production for BBC One with a new six-part series and a Christmas special.

Two parents and their three children are locked in an unequal battle. Using elements of improvisation, Outnumbered sees the world as much from the children's as the adults' point of view.

In the new series, the family is confronted by an array of issues ranging from death, drugs, terrorism and getting old, to food science, Top Gear, and the joy of ventriloquism.

All three of the young stars have been busy since the last series:

Tyger Drew-Honey recently filmed a role in Horry Henry:The Movie.

Daniel Roche starred in the acclaimed BBC adaptation of Just William, as well as playing the young Stephen Fry in Sky's Little Crackers.

And Ramona Marquez was most recently seen as the young Princess Margaret in Oscar-winning The King's Speech. »

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