"God, you know what kids are like these days." Without the slightest touch of irony, Ami Metcalf, 18, throws a conspiratorial eyeroll. Saving a dramatic sigh specially for the supposed excesses of modern youth, Metcalf is sitting in the west London offices of a TV production company, romanticising the appeal of being a teenager some 30 years ago. "It's such a different time, it was simpler then. Just two friends together on their own, not having to impress each other."
Back in 2010, Ami played a teenage Kathy Burke in Sky1's series of celebrity Christmas shorts, Little Crackers. Sky was so impressed with Burke and her onscreen mini-me, it commissioned a standalone series: Walking And Talking, a semi-fictionalised look at Kathy's life, aged 14, scrapping on the streets of Islington in 1979. The series itself was written entirely by Burke,
Young Kathy harboured a dream to be an actress, but circumstance and her upbringing made it an unlikely dream.
The four-part Walking and Talking tells stories inspired from her teenage years - time spent skiving from school with her best friend, talking about boys and planning for the future. Her Little Cracker told of how a chance meeting with The Clash changed her life.
17 year old Ami Metcalf (represented by Kelly Management) will reprise her role starring as the young Kathy with Aimee-Ffion Edwards (Sketch from Skins) again playing her best friend.
Kathy Burke herself will also appear in each episode as Angry Nun, alongside Sean Gallagher (Coronation Street, Linda Green, Death in Paradise) who will play Pretty Nun,
Along with almost everyone else, I would imagine, I had tears in my eyes at the "reveal" of the first episode of the new series of The Secret Millionaire (Channel 4). You'd be hard pushed to find two more deserving recipients of Sean Gallagher's £75,000 than Richard and Tracy, who set up their own charity, Abbie's Love, after their daughter died of epilepsy three years ago. And Sean seemed a genuinely decent bloke, too. So why does The Secret Millionaire still leaves me feeling rather uneasy?
Partly it's that the programme feels unnecessarily manipulative. What were the chances of Sean, who has never properly grieved the death from epilepsy of his own sister more than 25 years ago, pitching up in Middlesbrough from London in the very week that a husband-and-wife epilepsy charity,
El Alamein: The Soldier's Story
The two battles of El Alamein in 1942 were a turning point of the second world war: as Rommel's Afrika Korps beat a hasty retreat towards Tunisia, Winston Churchill remarked that while it wasn't the beginning of the end, it might be the end of the beginning. As this documentary demonstrates, El Alamein had another significance – it was among the first battles to be filmed, as it occurred, by both accredited correspondents and soldiers. This documentary meets some veterans of the battle. Predictably enthralling. Andrew Mueller
True Stories: Nuclear Eternity
What exactly do you do with 250,000 tonnes of radioactive refuse that's going to remain dangerous to human life for at least 100,000 years?
America Lost And Found: The Bbs Story (Criterion) Perhaps the best DVD box set released this year, this ultimate cinefile stocking stuffer offered up by Criterion, the Rolls-Royce of home video labels, features seven seminal works from the late ‘60s-early ‘70s that were brought to life by cutting edge producers Bert Schneider, Steve Blauner and director/producer Bob Rafelson, the principals of Bbs Productions. In chronological order: Head (1968) star the Monkees, the manufactured (by Rafelson, et al), American answer to the Beatles who, like it or not, did make an impact on popular culture, particularly in this utterly surreal piece of cinematic anarchy (co-written by Jack Nicholson, who has a cameo), which was largely dismissed upon its initial release, but is now regarded as a counterculture classic. Easy Rider (1969) is arguably regarded as the seminal ‘60s picture, about two hippie drug dealers (director Dennis Hopper
The network has given a series order to "The Real Housewives of D.C." and a second-season order to "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." Both are set to premiere next year, with production under way.
Additionally, Bravo said Monday that it has picked up "Top Chef" for a seventh season, with open calls slated to begin Oct. 18, and that it has locked in Nov. 16 as a launch date for another unscripted cooking series, "Chef Academy."
"D.C." was announced as in development; Washington publications have speculated that cast members will include Lisa Wernick Spies, wife of Republican fundraiser Charlie Spies, and Lynda Erkiletian, president of a Washington modeling agency. Bravo would not confirm castings.
As for "New Jersey," a pickup has been expected. The show's freshman season ranks as the highest-rated "Housewives" season average to date, pulling in 2.6 million total viewers and
Roughly a month after losing the top editor of its flashy new website, the Los Angeles Times today named her replacement.
In a memo to staffers Monday, editor Russ Stanton said that Sean Gallagher, currently the managing editor of LATimes.com, has been promoted to the “masthead level” position of managing editor/online.
Stanton replaces Meredith Artley, who earlier this month announced she was leaving for CNN.com.
Stanton said Gallagher played a key role in ov...
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