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Rebecca Front gives her best evil turn in the latest episode of Kay Mellor’s drama. Plus: the Luftwaffe’s bombing raids on Clydebank.

You know him as Ross Noble, lethargic Tyneside comedian. In fact, he has an alter ego: lethargic Tyneside comedian on motorcycle. A rider of some experience and talent, here he attempts to complete the Scottish Six Days Trial – a gruelling off-road challenge, involving long rides with intermittent obstacle sections. Noble (and team) find the right line between knowing glances to camera and serious engagement with an extremely difficult challenge. John Robinson

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The Other One review – a sisterly sitcom driven more by narrative than gags

Rebecca Front steals the show from a fine ensemble cast in a comedy about coming to terms with the results of a loved one’s infidelity

There is a lovely start to The Other One (BBC2). Well, it’s not lovely for Colin, or really a start for him, more like an end, the end. It’s his birthday; his wife and daughter are throwing him a surprise birthday party. Trouble is, the surprise party exposes the Big Lie that Colin has been harbouring. Not only is he cheating on his wife but he has a whole other family, a mistress and another daughter (also called Catherine Walcott, to avoid mix-ups). The shock of suddenly being so publicly found out is too much for poor Colin; he has a heart attack, and sadly dies. Surprise!

The end – of the show – is rather nice, too. Colin’s ashes are scattered, by his daughters,
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Poldark series 4: filming gets underway in Cornwall

Kirsten Howard Sep 5, 2017

Production has officially begun on the highly-anticipated fourth series of Poldark...

We were pleased to learn a wee while back that 2018 would bring us a fourth season of Poldark, and even more pleased to learn today that it's been set in stone, with the first picture from the set arriving as filming begins in Cornwall...

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And action! #Poldark Series 4 is rolling%u2026 pic.twitter.com/QePp2a2NrV

— Official Poldark (@PoldarkTV) September 5, 2017

Aiden Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson will reprise their roles as Ross and Demelza when the show returns next year, and the stakes will be higher than ever, with Poldark trying to defend Cornwall from George Warleggan (Jack Farthing).

Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It) will also be a new addition to the cast, it's been announced. She'll be playing Lady Whitworth, Ossie's mother.
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BBC America Boards BBC’s ‘Queers’ As Co-Producer

BBC America will co-produce Queers, an eight-part short film series about the British gay experience, set to premiere October 14. In Queers, curated and directed by Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), eight established writers respond to the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act which partially decriminalized homosexual acts between men in the UK. Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw, Rebecca Front, Russell Tovey, Gemma Whelan, Ian Gelder, Kadiff Kirwan and Fionn Whitehead star. The films…
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26 new UK TV shows to look out for

Louisa Mellor Jun 1, 2017

Some exciting new UK drama and comedy commissions are making their way to TV over the next year or so…

We know, we know. You still have two episodes of Fargo season two before you can think about starting season three. You’ve already fallen behind on American Gods. Your planner memory is chock-a-block with Big Little Lies and that Oj Simpson thing and some Spanish prison series your workmate bullied you into recording. You’re struggling to make time for Twin Peaks. New Game Of Thrones is just around the corner. And guess what, Netflix UK have just added a whole new season of It’s Always Sunny, those sods. You need a list of new TV show recommendations like you need a hole in the head.

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And yet, as long as they keep making them, we’ll keep recommending them.
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Doctor Who: The Pyramid At The End Of The World geeky spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard May 27, 2017

Doctor Who series 10: we go Easter egg hunting in The Pyramid At The End Of The World

Spoilers lie ahead...

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The Monks have taken over the planet, and I forone welcome our new decomposing overlords. Fortunately they’ve given us permission to publish this list of references, similarities and generally interesting things that we found inside The Pyramid At The End Of The World. They’ve also asked that we let you know it is your duty to leave anything that you feel we’ve missed in the comments section...

There’s a president for that

The Doctor’s role as president of the world comes into play again here; it was first established in 2014’s Death In Heaven
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Ben Whishaw, Alan Cumming, Russell Tovey to Headline BBC’s ‘Queers’

Ben Whishaw, Alan Cumming, Russell Tovey to Headline BBC’s ‘Queers’
Ben Whishaw, Alan Cumming and Russell Tovey are set to headline “Queers,” a new series of one-off monologues for BBC Four curated and directed by “Sherlock” co-creator Mark Gatiss.

The eight-episode series, which is currently in production, is produced by BBC Studios in partnership with London’s famous Old Vic theater, which will stage all eight 15-minute monologues in July ahead of their television transmission.

The series was commissioned by the BBC to mark the 50th anniversary this year of the U.K.’s landmark Sexual Offenses Act, which partially de-criminalized sex between men. The monologues, written by eight different new and established writers, including Gatiss, will explore some of the most poignant, funny, tragic and riotous moments of British gay history and the personal rites of passage of British gay men through the last 100 years.

“James Bond” star Whishaw, who won a BAFTA Television Award for best actor for his role as Richard II in “The Hollow Crown
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TV News Roundup: ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Spinoff ‘Mayans Mc’ Casts Jd Pardo in Lead Role

TV News Roundup: ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Spinoff ‘Mayans Mc’ Casts Jd Pardo in Lead Role
In today’s TV News Roundup, “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff “Mayans Mc” casts its lead, former Disney Channel star Debby Ryan lands a role in a CW pilot, Netflix releases the premiere date for part two of “The Get Down,” and more…

Casting

The “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff and FX show “Mayans Mc” has cast Jd Pardo in the lead role of Ez Reyes.

In the show, which is set after the events of “Sons of Anarchy,” Ez Reyes is a prospect in the Mayan Mc charter on the California/Mexico border who struggles with his desire for vengeance against the cartel as well as his need for respect from the women he loves.

Pardo joins a cast which already includes Edward James Olmos and Clayton Cardenas, with “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter set to co-write the pilot with Elgin James as well as directing.

The Suite Life on Deck” and “Jessie” star Debby Ryan has
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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 2 Declares "I Can Fix This" Broken Heart

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 2 Declares
The return of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is nigh—and it's Ok to get excited about it because Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) is not your crazy ex-girlfriend. The second season of The CW's breakout hit premieres Friday, Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. and E! News has your first look at season two's new poster. There's Rebecca front and center with a broken heart. "I can fix this," the tagline reads. But can she? Season one of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend ended with Rebecca finally getting what she came to West Covina for: Josh (Vincent Rodriquez III). The two had sex after his sister's wedding (and after he broke up with his fiancé and Rebecca and Greg had their issues) and Rebecca came clean to Josh about her...
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On The Hour: revisiting a brilliant radio comedy

Andrew Blair Oct 17, 2016

Armando Iannucci & Chris Morris' BBC Radio 4 news spoof not only gave rise to Alan Partridge but also launched countless comedy careers.

If you haven’t heard of On The Hour, you’ll have seen or read the work of the people who made it: Brass Eye, The Thick Of It, Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Veep, Four Lions, that bit on the train at the end of Mission: Impossible, Closer, Jam, the Leicester Square Theatre Podcasts, the movie version of Notes On A Scandal; the NME, TV Burp, the videos for Little Baby Nothing by the Manics and Kung Fu by Ash, Smack The Pony, and Alan Partridge to name a few.

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Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne: Period Series Coming to Amazon

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At least one doctor still makes house calls, thanks to Amazon. Watch a preview of the Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne TV show, coming to Amazon, Friday, May 20, 2016. The series, inspired by Anthony Trollope's book series aired as Doctor Thorne in UK on ITV, in March.

Tom Hollander, Rebecca Front, Ian McShane star, and Alison Brie star in the new three-part drama, Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne, adapted for television by Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes. Watch a preview, below.

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News Bits: Thorne, Fml, River, Oswald, Status

Doctor Thorne

Amazon has confirmed that "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes' new period drama series "Doctor Thorne" series will be added to its lineup of Amazon Original Series with the premiere scheduled to air May 20th. Tom Hollander, Ian McShane, Alison Brie,, Rebecca Front and Richard McCabe star. [Source: Amazon]

Fml

YouTube star Bart Baker, a popular musical parody comedian, has joined the cast of the road trip comedy "Fml" at Digital Riot Media. Jason Nash is directing from his own script. Brandon Calvillo, Busy Philipps, Andy Daly, Jennifer Irwin, Greg Cromer and Manon Mathews also star in the film which is currently shooting.

The story follows a 40-something man (Nash) as he treks across the United States with a nineteen-year-old (Calvillo) to gain a million followers; allowing the man to take care of his family and the kid to land the girl of his dreams. Baker plays Swagg, an overnight social media millionaire,
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10 TV Programmes You Don’t Want To Miss In 2016

2015 brought a real mixture of programmes to our TV screens – from edge-of-your-seat, nail biting dramas to laugh out loud comedies and fascinating documentaries. The year saw much loved Peep Show, Downton Abbey and This is England come to an end, and new five-part drama Doctor Foster grab the nation’s attention while reality TV show Hunted brought something new and original with its social experiment.

If you missed any of these shows and struggled to keep up with the conversations at work as a result, here are 10 TV programmes you definitely don’t want to miss in 2016:

The Hollow Crown: Wars of the Roses (BBC 2)

This year sees the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and, as part of this, the BBC will be showing the concluding part of their successful adaptation of Shakespeare’s history. The show, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III, first aired four years ago.
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Rebecca Front on the joys of family holidays

The Thick of It star loves nothing more than spending time with her children, so family holidays are her idea of heaven. Apart from that time in Sicily …

Most summers, when I was a child, we would go to North Yorkshire to stay with my mum’s old college friend. She had a house on the edge of the moors, not far from Richmond. It felt a world away from where we lived in Gants Hill, north-east London, and we loved it – all cream teas and massive walks. I was scared of dogs, but they had this lovely springer spaniel called Fergus. I totally fell in love with him and used to pretend he was mine. It was idyllic – apart from the terrible weather!

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I’m an addictive parent and adore being with my children, so for me having time together on holiday
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War And Peace: Tolstoy’s epic goes bite-size

For those who haven’t read it, help is at hand: the Beeb is squeezing all 649,753,975 pages into six handy episodes

I think you’ll all agree when I say that historical dramas are getting totally rinsed right now. Casually flicking through the channels nowadays, you can’t move for velvet swags and draped pantaloons. This week alone, there are three major new adaptations – Beowulf (monster with post-festive figure lolloping round some sand dunes), Jericho (cashing in on vague post-festive Victorian feels), and the heaviest fruit on the tree of historical rinsement, that universal shorthand for wading through treacle, War And Peace (Sunday, 9pm, BBC1).

As a reader of the Guide, the most cerebral of the supplements, you won’t be needing a plot synopsis of the epic work. Obviously, you’re already familiar with the inner machinations of the Rostovs, the Kuragins, the Bezukhovs, the Bolkonskys, and the Drubetskoys.
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Doctor Who 9.8 Blog: The Zygon Inversion [Contains Spoilers]

Writer: Peter Harness

Director: Daniel Nettheim

Cast: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Ingrid Oliver, Jemma Redgrave, Rebecca Front

Synopsis: With the Doctor’s plane shot out of the sky and Clara Oswald presumed dead at the hands of a rogue Zygon, all hope seems lost. As the rebel Zygons continue their search for the Osgood box to disrupt the ceasefire, it appears war is inevitable…

Verdict:

I’ll preface this review with an admission: unlike fellow Doctor Who blogger Matt, I wasn’t so struck with the show’s political allegories in last week’s The Zygon Invasion. Like later seasons of The Simpsons, attempting to relate the script to specific current affairs might inflate its relevance at the time of airing, but reduces its capability for repeat viewings to zero. In essence, the show loses its timelessness.

Thankfully, the second half of this entertaining two-parter goes some way to
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War and Peace: Lifetime, A&E, History to Simulcast BBC Series

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BBC One will begin airing its limited series adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, in UK, sometime this winter. In January 2016, A&E Networks will simulcast the adaptation, written by Andrew Davies, on its channels Lifetime, A&E, and History, for its Us audience.

The War and Peace cast includes: Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent, Rebecca Front, Paul Dano, Lily James, James Norton, Kenneth Cranham, Aneurin Barnard, Tuppence Middleton, Callum Turner, Jessie Buckley, Brian Cox, Ken Stott, Stephen Rea, Ade Edmondson, Greta Scacchi, Jack Lowden, Tom Burke, and Aisling Lotus. Continue on for a press release from A&E Networks. Read More…
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Watch the trailer for BBC drama War & Peace starring Paul Dano and Lily James

The first trailer has arrived online for the upcoming BBC drama series War & Peace. The six part adaption of Leo Tolstoy’s literary classic is directed by Tom Harper and stars Paul Dano, Lily James, Jim Broadbent and James Norton. Check it out below…

Widely regarded as one of the greatest novels of all time, BBC One’s War & Peace will bring this classic to life on a truly epic scale in a thrilling, funny and heartbreaking story of love, war and family life.

War & Peace is set to air this winter on BBC One and features a cast that also includes Gillian Anderson, Rebecca Front, Kenneth Cranham, Aneurin Barnard, Tuppence Middleton, Callum Turner, Jessie Buckley, Brian Cox and Ken Stott.
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Watch: First Trailer For Epic Miniseries 'War & Peace' Starring Paul Dano And Lily James

"War And Peace" is one of those books everyone probably should read, but the sheer size of the thing is intimidating. So The Weinstein Company and BBC Cymru Wales Drama are hoping to make the story more manageable size with an upcoming six-part miniseries, and the first trailer has arrived. Read More: BFI London Film Festival Review: Tom Harper & Jack Thorne's Gripping 'War Book,' Starring Sophie Okonedo & Ben Chaplin    Paul Dano, Lily James, James Norton, Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent, Stephen Rea and Rebecca Front star in the saga about the tumultuous rise of Pierre Bezukhov and his romance with Natasha Rostova. Basically, there will be some great costume and set design, and equally ornate emotions to go with it. Don't think I'm being glib, because it's right up my alley. Tom Harper ("Peaky Blinders," "Women In Black: Angel Of Death") directed "War And Peace," which will air
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"War and Peace" Mini-Series First Trailer

Paul Dano, Lily James, James Norton, Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent, Stephen Rea and Rebecca Front star in a new and lavish six-part miniseries adaptation of Tolstoy's "War and Peace" for The Weinstein Company and BBC Cymru Wales.

Ahead of the premiere, the first trailer for the project has arrived in this big-budget epic about the rise of Pierre Bezukhov and his romance with Natasha Rostova. Tom Harper ("Peaky Blinders," "Women In Black: Angel Of Death") helms the project which will air on the BBC in the U.K. and on both A&E and the History Channel in the U.S. later this year.
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