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Microwave feature 'Sick(er)' rounds out cast, shoot underway (exclusive)

Lucy Brydon’s debut feature looks at the mother-daughter-grandmother dynamic through an anorexic protagonist.

Filming is underway on Sick(er), the family drama commissioned through Film London’s low-budget Microwave scheme.

Principal photography began on April 30, filming will take place on location in London and Essex.

Cast include Sian Brooke (Sherlock), Amanda Burton (Silent Witness), Fabienne Piolini-Castle (2: Hrs) and Nick Blood (Babylon).

The story follows the anorexic Stephanie (Brooke), who balances relationships with a mother preparing to marry and a teenage daughter in the context of her eating disorder.

Sick(er) is the first feature from writer/director Lucy Brydon,
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How I deciphered Silent Witness … using football and a spreadsheet

When the Guardian’s football tactics wizard wanted a way to unwind between assignments, the BBC’s pathology drama seemed like the perfect foil. Then he noticed some giant plot holes and former Southampton striker Neil Shipperley

Last year, I watched my first episode of Silent Witness – largely because I’d run out of Poirots, Marples, Veras, Rebuses, Morses and Endeavours. It had always been there, vaguely in the background for the previous 21 years, but it was never something that had much concerned me. But it was good, just preposterous enough – ideal for a football journalist looking for something to watch over lunch while working from home or to wind down in another featureless hotel room after a game.

I watched season 20 first, then 19, and then went back to the start when, rather than the ensemble based around Dr Nikki Alexander (Emilia Fox), the main character was Dr Sam Ryan
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Ruth Wilson webchat – your questions answered on The Affair, Idris Elba and Marmite

The Olivier-nominated actor joined us live from the National Theatre to talk about crying on cue, why American TV takes so many risks and what she has in common with Hedda Gabler

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Thanks for reading! And watching. Great answering all your questions - au revoir!

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helizsct asks:

Do you find parallels between the characters you play – ie Stella and Hedda? Both are destructive in their own way. Do you ever draw on your experiences playing other characters with whom you can see similarities?

Sometimes there are similarities, but I've never put those two together. I've seen moments of Alice in Hedda, and moments of Alison in Hedda - in their self loathing. Alice is a psychopath, and is slightly different, she enjoys it and doesn't have a conscience; Alison and Hedda have a deep sense of self-loathing, with Hedda it's quite far down and she doesn't recognise it.
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The Level

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Karla Crome leads the cast of a new ITV thriller The Level which has just started filming in London and Brighton.

Karla (represented by Troika), stars as Detective Sergeant Nancy Devlin who has a secret double life. Her exemplary police career masks a covert attachment to shady businessman and drugs trafficker, Frank Le Saux (Philip Glenister). Inextricably linked to Frank from childhood as the father of her best friend, Hayley, played by Laura Haddock, and the father figure she herself craved.

Nancy has been playing a dangerous game to ensure that Frank always remains off the police radar.

Nancy soon finds herself at the centre of an investigation which puts her at risk of exposure and sees her stalked by a killer intent on destroying her. Nancy’s complicated love life and relationships with colleagues creates further tension as she doesn’t know who she can trust..literally with her life.
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20 TV Shows to Watch While You Wait for 'Sherlock' to Return

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"Sherlock" may not return for its fourth season until -- say it ain't so -- 2017, due to the hectic film schedules of in-demand stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. In the meantime, you can rewatch all three seasons and soon you can binge on Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game" and Freeman in "The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies." But what then?

If you're craving more veddy British crime solving, you don't have far to look. Here are some of the best series the BBC (and ITV) has to offer, with private detectives, psychiatrists, cops, spies, and forensic pathologists all cracking cases, catching criminals and drinking lots of tea.

1. "Sherlock Holmes" (1984-1994)

If it's more Sherlock you crave (and not just Mr. Cumberbatch), then you must see Jeremy Brett's intensely intellectual (and equally arrogant) period-appropriate take on the legendary detective. This Watson is also solid, especially in "The House of the Baskervilles.
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Christopher Biggins, Jls Jb, Jodie Kidd in Celebrity MasterChef lineup

Christopher Biggins, Jls singer Jb, model Jodie Kidd and former soap star Todd Carty are among the celebrities taking part in Celebrity MasterChef this year.

Made In Chelsea's Millie Macintosh, actress Leslie Ash and former Coronation Street star Ken Morley have also signed up to be judged by hosts John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

The full list of 20 celebs also includes: Tina Hobley, Alex Ferns, Amanda Burton, Sophie Thompson, Emma Barton, Kiki Dee, Jason Connery, Alison Hammond, Tania Bryer, Russell Grant, Charley Boorman, Wayne Sleep and Susannah Constantine.

Six weeks of shows will see the celebrities whittled down through a series of challenges, which will include cooking for past MasterChef champions, the first ever Relay Invention Test, facing the dreaded restaurant critics and feeding the "Italian cooking-mafia" - Antonio Carluccio, Aldo Zilli, Theo Randall and Giorgio Locatelli.

The winner will follow in the footsteps of previous champions Ade Edmondson,
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Silent Witness; Restoration Home – One Year On – TV review

We deserve more than to see the flabby, predictable mess that this once watchable programme has become

Now in its 17th series, I've come to enjoy Silent Witness (BBC1) as much for its many sins as despite them. The wooden acting, pioneered by Amanda Burton as Sam Ryan – who can forget her trademark cold stare? – has been boldly maintained by Emilia Fox as Nikki Alexander. The revolving door of lead characters: Nikki might want to check if someone has increased her life insurance, as she must be next for the exit. The increasingly desperate search for ever more macabre ways to die. The abandonment of any pretence that the Lyell Centre pathologists are basically cops with great postmortem skills. All these things, I've come to love; the show's unintentional humour is part of its appeal.

But this season something has changed. Me and Silent Witness are on the verge of
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Downton Abbey takes advantage of the loss of two familiar characters

Recasting or writing out popular characters in long-running series was once considered unthinkable. But as Taggart showed in the 90s, it can bring new energy to a show

This blog contains minor spoilers for episode one, season four of Downton Abbey.

In American television, where repeats and syndication are a more regular feature of the schedules than in Britain, the formula "all new episode" was developed to help viewers negotiate between the reruns. In the current UK season, there's another helpful clue that this is fresh material: familiar characters have vanished.

Except for the presence of Dennis Waterman, next week's edition of New Tricks (Tuesday, 9pm, BBC1) could even carry the tagline "all new cast". With Nicholas Lyndhust and Denis Lawson having already replaced Alun Armstrong and James Bolam, Amanda Redman left this week, to be succeeded by Tamsin Outhwaite, with the result that only 25% of the original acting quartet remains.
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Your next box set: Brookside: Most Memorable Moments

You probably remember the lesbian kiss – a first for pre-watershed British TV – and the body under the patio, but I bet you've forgotten that time when Barry kissed Terry

Remember when Beth kissed Margaret? Of course you do: the first lesbian kiss on pre-watershed British TV is an iconic moment, seen in 1994 by six million viewers, perhaps two of whom wrote to Channel 4 claiming this sweet, even diffident, snog transformed Merseyside into Sodom and Gomorrah.

But I bet you've forgotten, as I had until I saw this two-disc compilation of 16 Brookie episodes from the soap's 21 years of existence, the even more extraordinary moment later the same year when Barry kissed Terry. That's one of the great things about this 394-minute box set: realising you'd forgotten what you thought was indelibly written on your heart, in my case the plot of each episode.

Picture the scene. Barry, a kind of
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Armando Iannucci's Bafta lecture 2012 – full transcript

The creator of The Thick of It spoke in central London on Monday night, with the talk titled 'Fight, Fight, Fight'

Well as you can see I am a lot shorter than people might expect. Television exaggerates people's heights so to give you some idea of my actual height take my measure against this podium here. This podium is one foot high, so that gives you an idea. Thank-you very much, Bafta, for your incredible kindness in not only inviting me to give this year's Television Lecture, but of laying on such a magnificent parade through central London leading up to it. I know how deeply the British public share our concerns about the digital future and the challenge of multi-platform delivery, which is why I'm sure they turned out in the large numbers they did this afternoon.

Now, my predecessor in this spot, Peter Bennett-Jones, argued last year that
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Acorn Media British TV DVD Releases for Spring 2012

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Single Handed Season 2 Acorn Media

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Single Handed, Set Two

Originally, Single Handed was produced by Rte for broadcast in Ireland but London based ITV bought the rights to show the rural cop drama and it quickly became a hit in Britain. Season two was co-produced by the UK network along with the Dublin based team that were responsible for the original.

In the drama, Owen McDonnell plays Jack Driscoll who is a surprisingly laid back police officer who is for the most part single-handedly keeping the folks of the West of Ireland on the straight and narrow. In this box set, Jack Driscoll solves three mysteries each of which lasts two episodes. The stories are real and involve issues such as arson, long lost relatives and out of control teenagers. The setting
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Winding Refn Eyed Doctor Who Director Stint

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Winding Refn Eyed Doctor Who Director Stint
Drive filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn's dreams were dashed after his plea to direct an episode of Doctor Who was turned down.

The Danish-born director is a big fan of the British sci-fi series and was desperate to step behind the camera and take charge of an episode - but his offer was snubbed by show bosses.

He tells Shortlist magazine, "I would have loved to direct Doctor Who but they didn't want me - turned me down last year. Maybe if they revive (U.K. sci-fi programme) Blake's 7, I could do that. I love it. It's great. That could be fun to update."

Winding Refn is no stranger to U.K. TV shows - he once directed small screen adaptations of murder mysteries featuring Agatha Christie's fictional sleuth Miss Marple.

He adds, "I did two episodes of Marple back to back because, basically, I needed the money. It was fun - a good experience. I really liked working with Geraldine McEwan, she was a great actress. And Amanda Burton too."

Thoughts on... Bronson (2008)

Bronson, 2008.

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.

Starring Tom Hardy, Kelly Adams, Matt King, James Lance, Amanda Burton and Jonathan Phillips.

Synopsis:

An artistic biopic of Michael Peterson, a.k.a. Charles Bronson, the man who was sentenced to 7 years in prison for robbing a Post Office, but over 30 years on remains behind bars for his violent behaviour.

Despite being placed under the umbrella of ‘biopic’, it is clear that Bronson is in fact Nicolas Winding Refn’s interpretation – focusing not on being completely factually accurate, but instead concentrating on a man’s desire to be known, to be famous. Back in the 70s when the film is set; you couldn’t just file in a Big Brother audition tape to get yourself known. No, Charles Bronson felt the best way to become famous was to cause chaos. By attacking prison guards and taking hostages, Charles Bronson is highly feared, and
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Doctor Who and Sherlock win at TV Choice Awards

Doctor Who co-star Karen Gillan, who plays companion Amy Pond, took home the trophy for best actress at last night's TV Choice Awards.

Also nominated in that category were Elisabeth Sladen of Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures, Amanda Burton (Waterloo Road) and Vicky McClure (This is England '86). Sladen died of cancer in April at the age of 63.

The event, presented by Ben Miller at the Savoy Hotel in central London, was a good night for Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat with the long-running sci-fi show named best family drama and Sherlock, which he co-writes with Mark Gatiss, named best new drama.

Also up for family drama were Merlin, Casualty and Waterloo Road, while the other new drama contenders were The Walking Dead, Downton Abbey and Single Father.

In addition, previous Time Lord David Tennant was named best actor for his role in Single Father, beating Matt Smith
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TV Choice Awards 2011 - The winners

TV Choice Awards 2011 - The winners
The full list of winners at the 2011 TV Choice Awards, in association with Daz, are as follows: Best New Drama

Downton Abbey (ITV1)

Sherlock (BBC1) - Winner!

Single Father (BBC1)

The Walking Dead (FX/C5) Best Drama Series

Being Human (BBC3) - Winner!

Glee (E4/C4)

Misfits (E4/C4)

Shameless (C4/E4) Best Family Drama

Casualty (BBC1)

Doctor Who (BBC1) - Winner!

Merlin (BBC1)

Waterloo Road (BBC1) Best Actor

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock)

Colin Morgan (Merlin)

Matt Smith (Doctor Who)

David Tennant (Single Father) - Winner! Best Actress

Amanda Burton (Waterloo Road)

Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) - Winner!

Vicky McClure (This Is England '86)

Elisabeth Sladen (The Sarah Jane Adventures) Best Entertainment Show

An Idiot Abroad (Sky1)

Celebrity Juice (ITV2) - Winner!

The Graham Norton (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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TV Choice Awards 2011 - Nominees in full

TV Choice Awards 2011 - Nominees in full
The full shortlist of nominations for the 2011 TV Choice Awards, to be hosted by Ben Miller on September 13, is as follows: Best New Drama

Downton Abbey (ITV1)

Sherlock (BBC1)

Single Father (BBC1)

The Walking Dead (FX/C5) Best Drama Series

Being Human (BBC3)

Glee (E4/C4)

Misfits (E4/C4)

Shameless (C4/E4) Best Family Drama

Casualty (BBC1)

Doctor Who (BBC1)

Merlin (BBC1)

Waterloo Road (BBC1) Best Actor

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock)

Colin Morgan (Merlin)

Matt Smith (Doctor Who)

David Tennant (Single Father) Best Actress

Amanda Burton (Waterloo Road)

Karen Gillan (Doctor Who)

Vicky McClure (This Is England '86)

Elisabeth Sladen (The Sarah Jane Adventures) Best Comedy

Benidorm (ITV1)

The Inbetweeners (E4/C4)

Miranda (BBC2)

The Ricky Gervais Show (E4/C4) Best Reality Show

The (more)
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Amanda Burton: 'I've loved Waterloo Road'

Amanda Burton: 'I've loved Waterloo Road'
Amanda Burton has spoken about her upcoming exit from Waterloo Road, saying that she has "massively enjoyed" her time on the school drama. Burton confirmed her exit from the BBC One series in April, with the actress having already filmed her final scenes. The former Brookside actress told TV Times that it just felt right for her character Karen Fisher to leave the drama. Burton said: "I massively enjoyed my time at Waterloo Road and Karen has been really good fun to play. There's a huge family attachment which is something I've really enjoyed, but I just loved the story of my 30 episodes, so I felt that it was a very good thing to leave it there." Speaking about playing Karen in her final series, she added: "Yes, I've been able to lighten her up quite a lot and have much more fun with her. When we first met Karen
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Robson Green backs 'Waterloo Road' love plot

Robson Green backs 'Waterloo Road' love plot
Robson Green has praised his ongoing Waterloo Road romance plotline, hailing it as a "proper old-fashioned" love story. The actor's character Rob Scotcher has developed a slow-burning attraction to headteacher Karen Fisher, played by Amanda Burton, since being taken on as Waterloo Road's site manager at the beginning of the latest series. Speaking to Take It Easy about the story, Green commented: "I think Amanda is a wonderful actress and the great thing about my character's relationship with her character is that it's a proper old-fashioned romance, without any of the bitterness you so often see in TV dramas. "It's just a genuine, loving relationship between two people who are attracted to one another." Green went on to confirm that he filmed Waterloo Road last summer and will only feature in the first (more)
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New 'Waterloo Road' term begins with 4.9m

New 'Waterloo Road' term begins with 4.9m
Waterloo Road returned with a strong audience on Wednesday night, the latest overnight data has revealed. Debuts for Robson Green and Mark Benton in an episode which saw Karen Fisher (Amanda Burton) deal with a school pupil abandoning her baby was seen by 4.91 million (22.8%) at the earlier time of 7.30pm - representing an 800k increase on the number that watched last month's series six finale. However, Emmerdale still easily topped the soap ratings chart with 6.69m (35.2%) at 7pm for the jury's shock verdict on village rapist Derek. Meanwhile, 952k (5.2%) watched Mercedes make (more)
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