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Premiere Interviews: Joanne Froggatt, Tom Riley & more on the Starfish red carpet

We present our interviews from the red carpet of the premiere of Bill Clark’s Starfish held this evening in London’s Curzon Mayfair. The film stars Coronation Street and Downtown Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt, Tom Riley and Michele Dotrice. Starfish is the true and incredibly moving story of Tom and Nicola Ray (Tom Riley, Joanne Froggatt), whose […]

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Michael Crawford to reprise role of Frank Spencer after 40 years off-screen

Michael Crawford is to reprise his role of Frank Spencer for a one-off special of 'Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em'. The 74-year-old actor was last seen playing the loveable buffoon in the hilarious sitcom 40 years ago but is set to return to his routes for a special episode in aid of Sport Relief on March 18. He explained to The Sun newspaper: ''I am delighted to be asked to bring Frank back for Sport Relief.'' The accident-prone character will return alongside his wife Betty, played by Michele Dotrice, as they find themselves in a number of catastrophic situations before meeting top cyclist
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Inside No 9 series 2 gets airdate on BBC Two

Inside No 9 will return to BBC Two later this month.

The second series of the dark comedy series from Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith will premiere on March 26.

A new series of twists and turns from @ReeceShearsmith and Steve Pemberton, #InsideNo9 returns Thursday 26 March. pic.twitter.com/2e2wQdvYFT

BBC Two (@BBCTwo) March 11, 2015

Reece Shearsmith: 'TV commissioners fixate on things you don't care about'

The news was revealed via Twitter, with BBC Two posting: "A new series of twists and turns from ‪@ReeceShearsmith and Steve Pemberton, ‪#InsideNo9 returns Thursday 26 March."

It was previously announced that Sheridan Smith and Jack Whitehall will be among the guest stars of Inside No 9's second series.

Alice Lowe, Alison Steadman, Claire Skinner, David Warner, Jane Horrocks, Jim Howick, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Mark Benton, Michele Dotrice, Paul Kaye and Tom Riley will also feature in the series.

The first series of Inside No 9 ran for
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Sheridan Smith, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Jack Whitehall for Inside No 9 series 2

Sheridan Smith and Jack Whitehall will be among the guest stars of Inside No. 9's second series.

Principal photography has begun on the dark comedy series from Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, which returns later this year on BBC Two.

Alice Lowe, Alison Steadman, Claire Skinner, David Warner, Jane Horrocks, Jim Howick, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Mark Benton, Michele Dotrice, Paul Kaye and Tom Riley will also feature throughout the series.

Each story in the series will be set in a different location with new characters, including a sleeping car on a French train, a 17th century village and a volunteer call centre.

Making their joint directorial debut on two episodes of the series, Pemberton and Shearsmith said: "We are delighted to be handing over the keys to six new No. 9's, we hope they will amuse, shock, horrify and surprise... but not necessarily in that order.

"Once again we have
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Upcoming British film cinema release calendar

Den Of Geek Jul 20, 2016

Want to know what British films are coming out this month? Then look no further than our UK movie release calendar...

Welcome to our regularly updated calendar of all the British movies due for release in UK cinemas over the coming months. So if you're keen to keep up-to-date on the latest in home grown cinema - from documentaries to dramas, and comedy horror to science fiction - this is the ideal post for you. 

So here's what's coming up in the future.

22 July 2016

The Bfg

Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Rebecca Hall, Mark Rylance, Bill Hader

Details: An adaptation of the Roald Dahl book, this is a Us/UK/Canada co-production, but we're having it anyway.

K-Shop

Director: Dan Pringle

Cast: Ziad Abaza, Scot Williams, Darren Morfitt, Reece Noi

Details: The son of a kebab shop owner seeks revenge.

29 July 2016

The Intent

Director: Femi Oyeniran, Kalvadour Peterson

Cast: Dylan Duffus,
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‘Before Dawn’ & ‘Rites Of Spring’ Lead The Horror Channel’s Impressive Cult Season

We’ve received the details of The Horror Channel’s superb Autumn’s line-up. It’s a season celebrating the genre’s cult classics which includes Nic Roeg’s The Man Who Fell To Earth and Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom. However, we must make a shout out to Dominic Brunt’s intense and intimate zombie thriller Before Dawn and Padraig Reynolds’ head-twising harvest horror and festival fave, Rites Of Spring. Both indie offerings are well worth a watch and make their UK television premieres this November. You can also click on those two titles to read my reviews.

Horror Channel celebrates British horror classics with a Brit-cult season

Plus UK TV premiere for Dominic Brunt’s zombie love story Before Dawn

November on Horror Channel sees network premieres for a memorable collection of strange cult oddities and forgotten British horror classics, kicking off with the network premiere of Nicolas Roeg
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Horror channel to air UK horror season this November

November on Horror Channel sees network premieres for a memorable collection of strange cult oddities and forgotten British horror classics, kicking off with the network premiere of Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth, starring David Bowie. Joining Bowie in the realm of the weird and wonderful is Roy Boulting’s psychological ground-breaker Twisted Nerve, Michael Powell’s controversial (and classic) Peeping Tom, Robert Fuest’s Hitchcockian And Soon the Darkness and Jimmy Sangster’s Hammer classic Fear in the Night.

Also, there are UK TV premieres for Emmerdale actor Dominic Brunt’s directorial feature film debut Before Dawn, Lulu Jarmen’s disturbing Bad Meat (review) and Padraig Reynold’s festival favourite Rites of Spring (review).

The line up in full:

Fri 1 Nov @ 22:55 – The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976)

Based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis, this cult classic stars David Bowies (in
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“The Worst Holiday Breaks in Film” – by Kim Newman

To celebrate the release of Retreat, in which Thandie Newton and Cillian Murphy unwisely try to patch up their failing marriage by spending time alone in the only cottage on a remote Scots island, here’s a guide to the movies’ worst holiday destinations compiled by film critic and author Kim Newman. These films tell you all the things you don’t see in the brochures.

And Soon the Darkness (1970)

Destination: Northern France | Holidaymakers: Pamela Franklin, Michele Dotrice | Major snag: Psycho Killer

This is a cautionary tale about the perils of venturing abroad, especially if you happen to be two English girls in short shorts who decide to go on a cycling tour of an area of France where several young women have mysteriously disappeared. It’s a slow burn of a movie, beginning with the petty discomforts – unfriendly guest-houses, leering locals, squabbles – of a shared trip, then escalating to cat-and-mouse with a maniac.
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Liz Sladen: "Don't forget me"

Liz Sladen says goodbye to Tom Baker's Doctor at the end of The Hand Of Fear:

Elisabeth Sladen, Doctor Who's very own plucky Metropolitan journalist and all-time great companion, has passed away at the age of 63.

Born in Liverpool on February 1st 1948, Elisabeth's performing roots started at a very young age, with a keen interest in dancing and one appearance with the Royal Ballet. Drama school beckoned after this, and by the early 1960s, she was working at the Liverpool Playhouse repertory company - where she met her husband Brian Miller (Dugdale from Snakedance).

Liz's first on-screen work was as an uncredited extra in Gerry And The Pacemakers film, Ferry Cross The Mersey in 1965. By the early 1970s, she was starting to gain roles in popular TV series such as Coronation Street, Doomwatch and Z Cars. She nearly won the role of Betty in popular sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em,
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Bikini Clad Amber Heard and Odette Yustman Hot Up And Soon The Darkness

'And Soon the Darkness' has certainly brightened up since this freshly new pic of it's two lead hotties Amber Heard and Odette Yustman was revealed. It gives us a glimpse of the two bikini clad ladies relaxing on a beach getting that all important tan before their trip takes a turn for the worse in Marcos Efron's kidnapping thriller. Based on the Brit flick from 1970, that starred Pamela Franklin and Michele Dotrice, this baby will be hitting both theatres and DVD shelves this month across the Us. Karl Urban, Adriana Barraza ('Drag Me To Hell'), Gia Mantegna and Michel Noher round off the main cast. Now get some Heard and Yustman flesh below!...
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Stars Turn Out For Woodward Memorial

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Stars Turn Out For Woodward Memorial
Stars including Simon Pegg and veteran British actress Barbara Windsor turned out in force on Thursday to celebrate the life of late actor Edward Woodward at a London memorial.

The 79 year old, best known internationally for his roles in cult horror film The Wicker Man and cult TV series The Equalizer, passed away in hospital in November following a long battle with illness.

Pegg, who cast the actor in his 2007 film Hot Fuzz, led tributes to Woodward at a special event at London's Theatre Royal Haymarket, recalling the times he would watch Woodward on TV as a youngster.

He told the star-studded crowd, "I remember thinking, 'Could Edward Woodward be any cooler?'"

Other speakers included Woodward's widow, actress Michelle Dotrice, and beloved British thespian Sheila Hancock, who read the poem The Owl and the Pussycat as a tribute to her late friend.

Stars to celebrate Edward Woodward

Stars to celebrate Edward Woodward
An event celebrating the life and career of late actor Edward Woodward is to be held in London today. The memorial has been organised by Woodward's widow Michelle Dotrice and is to take place at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Along with Dotrice, who is best known for her role as Betty Spencer in classic comedy Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, a number of other showbiz faces are expected to be in attendance - including June Whitfield, Sheila Hancock, Simon Pegg and Paul O'Grady. (more)
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Rest in Peace, Edward Woodward

Rest in Peace, Edward Woodward
The Equalizer Edward Woodward has passed away at the age of 79, having lost his battle against illness in a hospital near his home in Cornwall, England. A statement from agent Janet Glass said: "He was equally fine and courageous in real life, never losing his brave spirit and wonderful humour throughout his illness." He is survived by his second wife, actress Michele Dotrice, and four children.

But while I lead off with the actor's famed television role, Woodward was more than a television star ... even if he once told The Associated Press that he's probably done "more television than any actor living. I've done over 2,000, could be 3,000 now, television productions," and earned a number of Emmy nominations and a Golden Globes win for The Equalizer. Woodward was the man who played Sergeant Howie in the original 1973 film The Wicker Man -- a performance that inspired director Robin Hardy to eulogize:
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''Wicker Man,' 'Equalizer' Actor Edward Woodward Dies

London (Reuters) - British actor Edward Woodward, best known for roles in 1973 cult classic "The Wicker Man" and U.S. television series "The Equalizer," died Monday aged 79.His agent Janet Glass said the veteran of stage and screen had been ill for several months and passed away in hospital surrounded by members of his family."I knew him a very long time and he was a superb human being," Glass told Reuters."That integrity shone through in the roles he played. I can't ever remember, in all the productions he undertook, anyone having a bad word to say about him and he never had anything bad to say about anyone else either."Woodward played police sergeant Neil Howie in occult thriller The Wicker Man, a story of his search for a missing girl on an isolated island.The movie, famous for its final scene in which Howie is burned alive,
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Cult movie star Edward Woodward dies

The actor Edward Woodward, best known for his roles as a virginal policeman in The Wicker Man and a trenchcoated vigilante in the 1980s TV series The Equalizer, has died, his agent confirmed .

The Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor, who was 79, had been suffering from a number of illnesses including pneumonia, Janet Glass said, and died in hospital near his home in Cornwall.

She said he had been "universally loved and admired" in a career of "unforgettable" roles, adding: "He was equally fine and courageous in real life, never losing his brave spirit and wonderful humour throughout his illness," she said in a statement. He is survived by his wife, the actor Michele Dotrice, and four children.

Woodward, who was born into a working class family in Croydon, south London, attended Rada and was already a successful stage actor when, in 1967, he won the part of the unsmiling assassin
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Cult movie star Edward Woodward dies

The actor Edward Woodward, best known for his roles as a virginal policeman in The Wicker Man and a trenchcoated vigilante in the 1980s TV series The Equalizer, has died, his agent confirmed .

The Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor, who was 79, had been suffering from a number of illnesses including pneumonia, Janet Glass said, and died in hospital near his home in Cornwall.

She said he had been "universally loved and admired" in a career of "unforgettable" roles, adding: "He was equally fine and courageous in real life, never losing his brave spirit and wonderful humour throughout his illness," she said in a statement. He is survived by his wife, the actor Michele Dotrice, and four children.

Woodward, who was born into a working class family in Croydon, south London, attended Rada and was already a successful stage actor when, in 1967, he won the part of the unsmiling assassin
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Edward Woodward obituary

Popular actor known for his roles in Callan, The Equalizer and The Wicker Man

Edward Woodward, who has died aged 79, was an actor with possibly far more potential than was ever realised on screen, but he became a popular television star in Callan and The Equalizer and enjoyed cult success with the film The Wicker Man. For many years, he was part of the comfortable community of jobbing actors, directors and producers which could be called the "Teddington set" – those who worked for the BBC, ABC and Thames TV studios in west London in their heyday – and so found it comparatively easy to get parts which were financially rewarding but not too stretching.

Presentable, but sombre in appearance, he played loners on the edges of society, and even sanity, who were in their different ways concerned with justice – either sympathetically or not. He was a man who, like many of his most memorable roles,
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Edward Woodward obituary

Popular actor known for his roles in Callan, The Equalizer and The Wicker Man

Edward Woodward, who has died aged 79, was an actor with possibly far more potential than was ever realised on screen, but he became a popular television star in Callan and The Equalizer and enjoyed cult success with the film The Wicker Man. For many years, he was part of the comfortable community of jobbing actors, directors and producers which could be called the "Teddington set" – those who worked for the BBC, ABC and Thames TV studios in west London in their heyday – and so found it comparatively easy to get parts which were financially rewarding but not too stretching.

Presentable, but sombre in appearance, he played loners on the edges of society, and even sanity, who were in their different ways concerned with justice – either sympathetically or not. He was a man who, like many of his most memorable roles,
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Rip: Edward Woodward Has Passed Away

British actor Edward Woodward, best know among genre fans for his portrayal of Sergeant Howie in Robin Hardy's classic The Wicker Man, has passed away at age 79 in Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, Cornwall, England.

Per BBC News, the star, who was born June 1, 1930, in Croydon, Surrey, England, had been suffering from various illnesses, including pneumonia. His agent, Janet Glass, said he had been ill for several months and passed away surrounded by members of his family.

His Wicker Man co-star, Sir Christopher Lee, described Woodward as "a very good friend and a splendid actor".

Ms. Glass adds, "I knew him a very long time, and he was a superb human being. That integrity shone through in the roles he played. I can't ever remember, in all the productions he undertook, anyone having a bad word to say about him, and he never had anything bad to say about anyone else either.
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Woodward Dead At 79

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Woodward Dead At 79
Veteran British actor Edward Woodward has died at the age of 79.

Woodward, best known for his roles in cult horror film The Wicker Man and hit TV series Callan and The Equalizer, passed away in hospital on Monday after battling illnesses including pneumonia.

In a statement, his agent Janet Glass says: "Universally loved and admired through his unforgettable roles in classic productions such as Breaker Morant, The Wicker Man, Callan, The Equalizer and many more, he was equally fine and courageous in real life, never losing his brave spirit and wonderful humour throughout his illness.

"He was further sustained by the love of his wife, Michele, children, Tim, Peter, Sarah and Emily, his grandchildren and numerous friends. His passing will leave a huge gap in many lives."

After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Woodward launched his career as a theatre actor in Shakespeare plays across the U.K. and made his London stage debut in Where There's A Will in 1955.

He then made several appearances on Broadway in shows including the Tony Award-winning musical High Spirits and landed a clutch of film roles before starring as devout Christian Police Sergeant Neil Howie in 1973's The Wicker Man. Several movies parts followed, including the title role in Australian drama Breaker Morant in 1980.

Woodward was also a prolific TV actor, appearing in more than 2,000 productions, most notably as David Callan in spy series Callan and as former secret agent Robert McCall in The Equalizer. This latter role earned him a 1987 Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Dramatic TV Series and four Emmy Award nominations from 1986 to 1990.

He was made an Order of the British Empire in 1978.

Woodward's most recent roles included a part in 2007 comedy Hot Fuzz and an appearance in hit British soap opera EastEnders earlier this year. In addition to acting, Woodward was also an accomplished singer and recorded 12 albums.

He suffered two heart attacks and underwent triple bypass surgery in 1996, and in February 2003 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Woodward died at a hospital near his home in Cornwall, south west England on Monday. He leaves behind two sons - Tim and Peter - and daughter Sarah, from his first marriage to Venetia Barrett, and daughter Emily Beth, from his second marriage to Michele Dotrice.
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