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Eye of the Needle

The chase is on: a mix of icy ruthlessness and warm romanticism enliven Ken Follett's novel of pre-invasion esponage intrigue. Kate Nelligan heats up the screen with Donald Sutherland, the 'seventies most unlikely sex star. Plus a lush and wondrous music score by Miklos Rozsa. Eye of the Needle Blu-ray Twilight Time 1981 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 112 min. / Street Date September 13, 2016 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store29.95 Starring Donald Sutherland, Kate Nelligan, Christopher Cazenove, Ian Bannen, Philip Martin Brown, Bill Nighy, Stephen MacKenna, Sam Kydd. Cinematography Alan Hume Original Music Miklos Rozsa Written by Stanley Mann based on the novel by Ken Follett Produced by Stephen Friedman Directed by Richard Marquand

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

We're all familiar with this kind of thriller -- over shots of fresh-faced troops moving off to war, a portentous scrolling text tells us about the desperate situation of London -- and the Free World -- as Hitler's Luftwaffe threatens.
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Endeavour series 2 episode 1 review: Trove

Review Gem Wheeler 1 Apr 2014 - 07:00

The new series of Endeavour maintains the tricky balance between satisfying Morse fans and drawing in new viewers...

This review contains spoilers.

2.1 Trove

Behind each of the cases solved by the young Endeavour Morse in 1960s Oxford lies a bigger mystery, one that taxes the audience’s puzzle-solving skills even as the detective remains blissfully unaware of the need to crack it. It is, of course, the enigma of Morse himself. John Thaw’s iconic portrayal of Colin Dexter’s dour, embittered yet thoroughly decent detective needs no real introduction, but Morse’s past exists for us only in outline: a broken engagement, a difficult Oxford career, an abiding resentment of the top brass who obstructed him at every turn.

Endeavour’s first series established Shaun Evans as a fine Morse, well able to capture the character’s established idiosyncrasies while making the role his own.
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'Waterloo Road' star Mark Benton: 'I do miss the show'

'Waterloo Road' star Mark Benton: 'I do miss the show'
Waterloo Road star Mark Benton has admitted that he is missing the show's cast after bowing out as Maths teacher Daniel 'Chalky' Chalk. The actor filmed his final scenes for the BBC One drama last autumn, but will remain on screen for a few more weeks as his fostering storyline with Kevin Skelton (Tommy Lawrence Knight) continues. Speaking on ITV's Lorraine today (January 31), Benton explained that his decision to bow out for new projects was a difficult one to make. Asked whether he is missing the show, Benton replied: "I am! [I had] two years on and off - I've done 50 episodes. "Because we moved up to Glasgow, we were all up there together, and I miss that. I still miss them and talk to them. I was talking to Philip Martin Brown and Jason Done just yesterday." He continued: "I think it's one (more)
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'Waterloo Road' Grantly actor calls for Denise Welch return

'Waterloo Road' Grantly actor calls for Denise Welch return
Waterloo Road's Philip Martin Brown has outlined his desire to reprise his on-screen partnership with Denise Welch. Celebrity Big Brother star Welch, who played incompetent French teacher Steph Haydock, starred on the BBC school drama between 2006 and 2010. Speaking to Digital Spy, the actor revealed: "I would always like Steph Haydock to make a shock return, yeah! The 56-year-old added: "I've been really, really lucky with the females that I've played against on Waterloo (more)
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'Waterloo Road' star Philip Martin Brown recalls epilepsy struggle

'Waterloo Road' star Philip Martin Brown recalls epilepsy struggle
Waterloo Road star Philip Martin Brown has spoken of how epilepsy almost destroyed his theatre career. The actor, best known for playing strict teacher Grantly Budgen on the BBC One show, was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy at the age of 19. He later had to quit the stage as his seizures became increasingly frequent. Brown told The Sun that doctors finally cleared him for successful brain surgery 15 years after he was first diagnosed. "Epilepsy affected my life, my career, everything," he explained. "It took away a lot of confidence because I never knew where it would happen or who I would be with." Recalling one occasion when he suffered a seizure on stage, Brown continued: "I'm told the cast covered for me and the audience didn't (more)
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'Waterloo Road' Philip Martin Brown promises emotional Grantly plot

'Waterloo Road' Philip Martin Brown promises emotional Grantly plot
Waterloo Road star Philip Martin Brown has revealed that fans can expect an "emotional rollercoaster" for his character Grantly Budgen in the show's new series. A new storyline on the BBC One drama will see Grantly clash with dinner lady Maggie Croft, before their spark takes a romantic twist as they develop feelings for each other. The possibility of a new relationship puts Grantly in a difficult position as he must also consider his wife Fleur, who has Alzheimer's. Teasing the Grantly and Maggie plot, Brown told TV Choice: "I can tell you that their rivalry develops. It's the whole 'will they, won't they'? They spark off one another, and Melanie Hill - who plays Maggie - is great fun." (more)
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'Waterloo Road' newcomer Linda 'has a dark side'

'Waterloo Road' newcomer Linda 'has a dark side'
Waterloo Road newcomer Sarah Hadland has warned that her character Linda Radleigh has a "dark side". Linda causes a stir at the school in next week's episode when she is appointed as the new Head of English, leaving Grantly (Philip Martin Brown) furious that she was hired without the position even being advertised. Hadland told TV Times of her character: "All I can say is that she's had a past with head teacher Michael Byrne and more will be revealed about that. "There is quite a dark side to Linda - she's a fantastic teacher, but she ruffles a few feathers quite quickly." Hadland continued: "It's really interesting and great fun to play somebody who rubs people up the wrong way (more)
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'Waterloo Road' Grantly: 'I hope to stick with show after Scotland move'

'Waterloo Road' Grantly: 'I hope to stick with show after Scotland move'
Waterloo Road star Philip Martin Brown has confirmed that he is hoping to stick with the show following its move to Scotland. The actor has played the role of strict English teacher Grantly Budgen since the drama's first series, but the news that Waterloo Road will be leaving its home of Rochdale next year has led to speculation over the future of the current cast. Yesterday, it was announced that a surprise storyline due to air in early 2012 will result in a group of existing pupils and teachers setting up an independent school in Scotland, which will also use the Waterloo Road name. Brown wrote on Twitter: "Wr north of the border will be great - just (more)
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Strictly Come Dancing: who would join Pippa Middleton in your ideal lineup?

With rumours Pippa Middleton has been approached to take to the Strictly dancefloor, who else would make your toes tap for joy?

It would surely be dream casting for the BBC if Pippa Middleton were to slip on her dancing shoes and join the raggletaggle of celebrities taking part in Strictly Coming Dancing. And according to reports, producers of the Beeb's ballroom behemoth have approached the Duchess of Cambridge's sister to do just that.

Amid copious references to her posterior ( 'It's Strictly bum dancing', 'pert Pippa's not-so-bum deal' and the like), the Sun has claimed the future queen-in-law has been offered "a five-figure sum" because clad in skimpy sequinned costumes, P-Middy would boost ratings – not to mention send tabloid hacks scurrying for the "buttock" section of their thesauruses regardless of where she'd finish on the leaderboard. (Bottom, obviously.)

This got us thinking – who else would we like to see being
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Russell Kane gets Let's Dance off to flying start

If the stand-up's rendition of Beyonce's Crazy in Love is anything to go by, we're in for a treat with this C-list extravaganza

The weeks leading up to Red Nose Day are a trying time. They are full of exhortations to sponsor colleagues for this zany stunt, join in with that madcap activity, do some other annoying thing possibly involving Lenny Henry. In recent years, however, this testing period has been leavened by the invention of Let's Dance For Comic Relief.

This harmlessly daft celebrity prance-off sees C-listers recreate "iconic" dance routines – mainly meaning ones from pop promos or movies. Both previous series were won by unconvincingly cross-dressed comedians. The inaugural contest in 2009 memorably saw Robert Webb's bewigged, leotard-clad Flashdance triumph. He was succeeded last year by the hitherto never knowingly funny Rufus Hound, with his hirsute impression of Cheryl Cole.

Host Steve Jones was back, with his odd
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Katie Price Joins Celebrity Charity Dance Show

Katie Price will pull on her dancing shoes for Comic Relief’s Let’s Dance spectacular.

Hosted by Alex Jones and Steve Jones, the third series of the celebrity charity show will highlight malaria as it raises money for Comic Relief. Over three weeks, the stars will dance in front of a live studio audience, hoping to secure a place in the grand final.

Joining Katie in the series will be TV star Joe Swash, The Mighty Boosh’s Noel Fielding, Lulu, TV host Penny Smith, Marcus Brigstocke and Philip Martin Brown.

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Katie Price signs up for ‘Let’s Dance for Comic Relief’

Katie Price is to star in ‘Let’s Dance for Comic Relief’.

The former glamour model is reportedly hoping taking part in the charity dance spectacular will help her win back fans after her bitter split from ex-husband Alex Reid after just 11 months of marriage.

Joining a string of stars in the three-part BBC One show – including former ‘EastEnders’ actor Joe Swash, ‘The Mighty Boosh’s Noel Fielding and ‘Waterloo Road’ star Philip Martin Brown – Katie will be seen working alongside a choreographer to learn famous dance routines.

According to The Sun newspaper, the moves will then be performed over a three-week period from February 19, with a public vote deciding who will land a place in the show’s final.

‘Let’s Dance for Comic Relief’ – which was won by comedian Rufus Hound last year – will be hosted by Steve Jones and ‘The One Show’ presenter Alex Jones and will raise cash for malaria victims.
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Katie Price and Joe Swash join Let’s Dance For Comic Relief

Katie Price, Marcus Brigstocke, Joe Swash and Waterloo Road’s Philip Martin Brown are getting ready to don their dancing shoes and take on their other competitors for this year’s Let’s Dance for… Comic Relief.

This year’s series kicks off on Saturday 19 February on BBC One. Celebrities already limbering up for the show include: Noel Fielding, Russell Kane, Colin and Justin, Penny Smith, Andi Osho, Ed Byrne, Rebecca Front, Lulu, Caroline Flack, Adrian Edmondson, Lee Nelson and an Eighties super group of Toyah Wilcox, Clare Grogan, Chesney Hawkes and Limahl.

Alex Jones (presenter of The One Show) will join Steve Jones to host this year’s show.

Jo Wallace, BBC executive producer, said: “We’re so excited to announce these latest names, they add to an already fantastic line-up and this year’s show is shaping up to be a fun packed, high energy event all in the name of charity.
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'Waterloo Road' star teases Grantly plot

'Waterloo Road' star teases Grantly plot
Waterloo Road star Philip Martin Brown has revealed that his character Grantly Budgen will soon end up with a new-found appreciation for his colleague Ruby Fry. Speaking on This Morning today, Brown explained that Ruby steps in to support Grantly in forthcoming scenes after his poor hygiene and unkempt appearance sparks gossip at the school. Grantly has recently endured troubled times in his personal life as his wife Fleur is now in a care home, meaning that he now has to fend entirely for himself. Discussing the impact on Grantly, Brown explained: "He's not used to it at all. He is the old-fashioned hunter gatherer, and Fleur was the homemaker. And now that Fleur is no longer (more)
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Katie Price joins 'Let's Dance' lineup

Katie Price joins 'Let's Dance' lineup
Katie Price is among the latest names confirmed for the new series of BBC's Let's Dance for... Comic Relief. The former glamour model is joined by Marcus Brigstocke, Joe Swash and Waterloo Road star Philip Martin Brown on the lineup. Previously-announced names include Noel Fielding, Caroline Flack and Lulu. Jo Wallace, BBC executive producer, said: "We're so excited to announce these latest names, they add to an already fantastic (more)
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