Photo Flash: Lara Pulver and Gemma Sutton Join Imelda Staunton in West End's Gypsy

Joining Imelda Staunton, who stars as the indomitable Momma Rose in the West End transfer of Jonathan Kent's production of Gypsy, are Lara Pulver and Gemma Sutton who reprise the roles of Louise and June respectively in the five star Chichester Festival Theatre production, while Peter Davison joins the cast to play Herbie. The cast also features Dan Burton as Tulsa, Billy Hartman as Uncle Jocko, Jack Chissick as Mr Goldstone, Anita Louise Combe as Tessie Tura, Harry Dickman as Pop, Lucinda Shaw as Mother, Roger Dipper as L.A., Louise Gold as Mazeppa, Clare Halse as Majorie May, Tom Hodgkins as Mr Weber, Kieran Jae as Yonkers, Julie Legrand as Electra, Danielle Morris as Geraldine, Luke Street as Little Rock, Damien Poole as Kansas, Lauren Hall as Delores and Natalie Woods as Agnes. Ensemble members include Liz Ewing, Lauren Ingram, Tom Murphy and Phillip Catchpole. The casting of
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DVD Review - Slaughter High (1986)

Slaughter High, 1986.

Directed by George Dugdale, Mark Ezra and Peter Litten.

Starring Caroline Munro, Simon Scuddamore and Billy Hartman.


A high school reunion turns into a bloodbath when a former student seeks revenge against the pranksters who left him disfigured.

Slaughter High is one of those rare cult oddities, it is a cheap little slasher which underneath all of its bad accents and obvious British locations, still manages to have a little charm. Sometimes charm can go a long way. I will hold my hands up and admit that I had never even seen or heard of Slaughter High until it saw it mentioned on a social networking site. Since I am a fan of all things that are sleazy and badly made, I felt I best seek this little beauty out.

Directed by no less the three separate directors (George Dugdale, Mark Ezra and Peter Litten) this little
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Blu-ray & DVD News: Slaughter High / The Funhouse (Arrow Video)

Arrow Video have released details of their forthcoming DVD release of the highly regarded, but little seen (at least uncut) slasher starring Caroline Munro (Maniac), Slaughter High and Blu-ray release of the former video nasty directed by the Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Tobe Hooper, The Funhouse – both of which are released this month.

Slaughter High

DVD release date: 11th July 2011

A gory guilty pleasure from the golden age of the slasher movie genre, Slaughter High comes to DVD completely uncut for the first time in the UK and featuring a host of Special Features that includes audio commentaries by co-writer/co-director Mark Ezra and the film’s star, legendary Scream Queen, Caroline Munro. Co-directed by George Dugdale (Living Doll), Mark Ezra (House Swap; Savage Hearts) and Peter Litten (To Die For; Living Doll) and starring Munro (Maniac) alongside Emmerdale’s very own late Terry Woods, Billy Hartman (Highlander), the film
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Payne: 'Emmerdale exit was an anti-climax'

Deena Payne has admitted that she was disappointed by her on-screen exit from Emmerdale. Viewers saw Viv Hope killed off last night, as the blaze started by DC Nick Henshall spread through the village. She perished alongside Terry (Billy Hartman), who bravely attempted to rescue her from the flat above the shop. In an interview with The Mirror, Payne slammed her final episodes as an "anti-climax" after spending 18 years playing the character. "I was very disappointed with my departure," she said. "And I think the viewers will be, too. Having followed Viv for so long and travelled with her on her ups and downs, I think they'd want a better build-up so they could really get into it and give her a good send-off." She continued: "I was promised a big storyline. Instead it's probably the easiest exit in soap history because I didn't (more)
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Hartman: 'Emmerdale has been wonderful'

Hartman: 'Emmerdale has been wonderful'
Billy Hartman has confirmed that he will look back fondly on his long stint playing Terry Woods in Emmerdale. Earlier tonight, Terry met a tragic end as he became a casualty of the soap's shock fire storyline, which saw a blaze spread through a row of cottages at the heart of the village. Terry lost his life while trying to save Viv Hope (Deena Payne) as the flames consumed her flat - but she also lost her life in the disaster. Reflecting on his time at Emmerdale, Hartman commented: "I don't (more)
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'Emmerdale' announces shock arson plot

'Emmerdale' announces shock arson plot
Lives will be lost in Emmerdale in the New Year when a massive fire causes terror and tragedy, it has been announced. The shock new storyline will see a blaze rip through a row of cottages in the heart of the village in some of the soap's most spectacular scenes ever. Show bosses have confirmed that at least two characters will perish in the inferno, although the identities of the casualties will be kept closely under wraps until transmission. Betty Eagleton (Paula Tilbrook), Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) and Gennie Walker (Sian Reese-Williams) are just three of the villagers who have been named as possible victims of the flames. Brenda Walker (Lesley Dunlop) and Terry Woods (Billy Hartman) will also be in danger when the fire spreads to their home, while Viv Hope (Deena Payne) is another (more)
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