Paterson Joseph interview: Good Omens, Doctor Who, Neil Gaiman

Paterson Joseph chats to us about Good Omens, Peep Show, being cut from Paddington, and why he'd "never say never" to playing the Doctor...

Where do you begin with Paterson Joseph? Be it on stage or the small screen, he’s popped up everywhere from Shakespeare to Survivors, from Casualty to Green Wing. To some, he’s the suave, sharply dressed and, latterly, lapsed alcoholic Alan Johnson in Peep Show. But to others, this writer included, he’ll always be the mysterious, flamboyant swashbuckler, the Marquis de Carabas, from Neil Gaiman’s rich sub-London fantasy Neverwhere.

Now, he’s appearing on BBC Radio 4 in a festive double bill of prestige productions. First, he’s giving voice to fast-food mogul and horseman of the apocalypse Famine in Good Omens, adapted from the novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Then, on New Year’s Day, he’s Pierre, the passionate protagonist
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The Essay: The Book that Changed Me – radio review

Even the most hardened cynic couldn't fail to be moved by Alan Johnson's story of his tough upbringing

• The Essay: The Book that Changed Me

"David Copperfield entered my life at the time my mother left it."

As a series opener, Alan Johnson's first line for The Essay: The Book that Changed Me sets the bar pretty high in the emotive stakes. Not only does the former home secretary construct a portrait of turmoil and grief, drawing parallels between his own childhood and Dickens's, but he manages it in a way that chips away at the cynicism reserved for politicians. It's just all too sincere and heartfelt. "When [Dad] ran off with the barmaid from the village pub in 1958, [Mum] saw it as a defeat. We saw it as a victory; life would be better without him."

Johnson rails against his dad (a drunk, gambler and cheat, in that order
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Peep Show: 12 reasons we'll miss the El Dude Brothers

After 10 years and eight series, Peep Show is expected to bow out in 2014 with a final farewell for the world's worst flatmates, Mark and Jeremy. The El Dude Brothers may well be no more.

Launching the careers of David Mitchell and Robert Webb and making every 30-something loser feel a lot better about themselves, the show is quite rightly considered one of Channel 4's greatest ever comedies. Here are 12 reasons that we're going to miss it terribly.

1. Because Jeremy is the greatest Big Brother contestant that never was

"I'm basically an upmarket Bubble".

2. Super Hans. And everything he's taught us about the music scene.

"The whole industry is run by suits. Sitting behind their big marble desks, ties done up to 11, clicking their fingers to the f**king Lighthouse Family, getting their d**ks sucked by a big Alsatian dog. They're all perverts, mate."

3. Alan Johnson. The Johnson is here.
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Edinburgh international book festival announces 2013 lineup

Life and work of Iain Banks to be honoured at 30th festival, with Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood and Neil Gaiman also featuring in two-week event partnered by the Guardian

The life and works of the late Iain Banks will be celebrated by close friends including Ian Rankin and Val McDermid in a special event at this August's Edinburgh international book festival, for which the Guardian is media partner.

"Scotland and the world were rocked by his death last weekend," said Nick Barley, the festival director. "We'd been planning a celebration anyway as we're marking our 30th birthday, and his first novel, The Wasp Factory, was out in 1984. I spoke to him many times about what he'd like to do. He wanted to be there – sadly he can't be."

Instead, the event on the festival's closing Sunday will see Scottish authors including Rankin, McDermid and Ken MacLeod looking back over Banks's 29-year career.
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Neverwhere: box set review

In a parallel world beneath London, talking rats and brutal assassins run wild in Neil Gaiman's delightfully bonkers BBC2 series that draws on Alice in Wonderland and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in equal measure

Richard Mayhew is a hangdog office nobody who comes across an injured girl in the street and finds himself drawn downwards into a place called London Below. In this murky underworld, a parallel city to the one above, we encounter a strange array of characters: the Earl of Earl's Court, ruling his fiefdom from a tube carriage; the Black Friars, guarding their secrets in their abbey; and the shepherds of Shepherd's Bush, who terrify everyone.

Part Alice in Wonderland, part Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Neverwhere was created by Neil Gaiman and (wait for it) Lenny Henry. Gary Bakewell, who played Paul McCartney in Backbeat, is the Alice/Arthur Dent character and it's all
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TV highlights 03/04/2013

  • The Guardian - TV News
Youngers | Coast | Scott & Bailey | Hillsborough: Never Forgotten | Hidden Killers Of The Victorian Home | Armageddon Outfitters


7.30pm, E4

Episode three of E4's music comedy-drama is packed full of teen awkwardness. A scorned Jodie circulates Jay's (Calvin Demba) collection of BlackBerry selfies, rendering him a Peckham pariah. Meanwhile, there are cringeworthy scenes galore for Yemi (Ade Oyefeso) as he continues to court Davina under the pretence of advancing her musical career. He can hardly conceal his crush, resorting to a fake phone call to feign popularity. Comedic, convincing take on today's teens, lapses in common sense and all. Hannah J Davies


8pm, BBC2

Coast is given its subject by the UK coastline, but the show mines its theme smartly, digging up no end of interesting stories. Wildlife is cool and everything, but the human stories are best, and Nick Crane's visit to Guernsey to uncover stories about the
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Looking back at BBC Two's Neverwhere

Feature Michael Leader 19 Mar 2013 - 07:00

Michael revisits the 1996 incarnation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, a magical BBC series that was ahead of its time...

Spoiler warning: While this article is about a 17-year old TV programme, it inevitably discusses plot points that are also present in the currently-broadcasting radio drama remake.

“Let me tell you a story. No, wait, one’s not enough. I’ll begin again...”

So reads the back-cover blurb of Neil Gaiman’s 2006 short story anthology Fragile Things, but it’s as apt a beginning as any for an expedition back through the knotted overgrowths of time to the author’s 1996 foray into television: the six-part miniseries Neverwhere.

Now, let’s get this out of the way first: there is no single, true ‘Neverwhere’. Like its signature setting, a semi-mythological, hidden version of London that exists below the streets of Britain’s capital, Neverwhere is a
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John Lydon fails to bring anarchy to Question Time

The punk rocker put in a game display as a panellist – but those hoping for a Bill Grundy moment were disappointed

The presence of John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten on Thursday night's Question Time, broadcast from Derby, seemed to offer the guarantee of profanity, controversy and danger.

Younger viewers were doubtless wondering why a public fondness for butter should be sufficient qualification to appear on a current affairs discussion programme. But for others Lydon's appearance prompted some mouth-watering speculation. Would the programme makers ditch the usual theme tune in favour of a few bars of Pretty Vacant? No such luck – the producers were presumably waiting to use that for Chloe Smith's next appearance.

How would the man who had been so dismissive of Her Majesty, dismissing her as not even a human being in God Save the Queen, treat the quasi-regal David Dimbleby – another beneficiary of the hereditary principle?
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Netflix Nuggets: Who’s Up For a Miramax Marathon?

Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films made available by Netflix for instant streaming.

Sorry, folks… there are simply too many great films streaming this week to post an image for them all, but that’s a good thing, eh? You’ve got your movie watching work cut out for you, due in great part to Miramax releasing damn near their entire catalog of films on one day!

B. Monkey (1999)

Streaming Available: 05/01/2011

Director: Michael Radford

Synopsis: Good-hearted schoolteacher Alan Furnace (Jared Harris) desperately wants some excitement in his life — and he may just get some. One lonely night at a London bar, Alan spies the raven-haired beauty Beatrice (Asia Argento) arguing with two friends, Paul (Rupert Everett) and Bruno (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers). Beatrice quickly befriends Alan and
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The Mel Brooks Collection Blu-ray Review

Watching the Fox Mel Brooks Collection on Blu-ray, two things become readily apparent. One is that Mel Brooks loves movies. He doesn’t just like them, he loves them. Sure, you can hold his adaptation of the Ernst Lubitsch film To Be or Not to Be against him, but can you think of another filmmaker who would make a silent film ever, much less in the mid-70’s? His greatest films are movie-centric satires that show a great affection for old Hollywood and when he strays he tends to fall flat. The second part of the equation that is Mel Brooks is presented after the jump.

And that second part of Mel Brooks is this: he started strong and lost his way. Something of a gag writer, when paired with Gene Wilder the two made their best works - on their own Brooks made films with a lot of gags,
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Fiona Phillips unhappy with C4 newsreader

Fiona Phillips has blasted Channel 4 news anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy after he mocked her role at the Labour Party conference. The former GMTV host introduced home secretary Alan Johnson at the Brighton event last Tuesday. Writing in her column for The Mirror, Phillips revealed: "Apparently, Channel 4's smug Krishnan Guru-Murthy - apologies if you haven't a clue who he is - reckons was 'excruciating'." (more)
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Top 10 Best Adam Sandler Movies

The top 10 best Adam Sandler movies. Comedian. Actor. Musician. Singer. Writer. Producer. Swell guy (probably). The sum of all these parts makes Adam Sander who he is today; a much loved and much viewed working entertainer. He makes us laugh. He makes it look easy. There are few comedic actors when have been at the top of the box office for as long as The Sandman, so let’s appreciate this multi-talented dude.

10. 50 First Dates (2004)

50 First Dates (not to be confused with the similar-sounding 51st State starring Samuel L. Jackson) is the 2nd collaboration between the Sandman and Drew Barrymore after The Wedding Singer.

Set in Hawaii, Sandler is Henry Roth, a ladies man (!) who falls for Drew’s character Lucy Whitmore. After managing to romance her, he wakes up the next morning to find she has forgotten who he is and has no prior knowledge of the previous day’s events.
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Radio star Michael Savage allowed to travel to Britain

The ban on radio personality Michael Savage to Britain has been lifted. United Kingdom Home Secretary Alan Johnson reportedly has lifted the edict for Mr. Savage, according to Mr. Savage was lumped in a varied group of Islamic hate preachers, racial bigots and terrorists. With an estimated 8 million listeners and broadcast on 400 radio stations, Mr. Savage hosts the nation's third most popular radio talk show in the U.S. According to the website, Mr. Savage was involved in a lawsuit with previous UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith for libel, who put Mr. Savage in the ban list described as the "least wanted" visitors to the country. Smith, according to the website, admitted she was not
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Meet Drag Racing's Unlikeliest Sponsor

The biggest name in American drag racing is an unfamiliar one: Sheik Khalid bin Hamad Al-Thani. The 22-year-old son of the emir of Qatar has a deep love of fast cars and even deeper pockets—his new team's budget is estimated at $10 million, reports the Wall Street Journal . "That's the ultimate sponsor, because he's the guy who loves drag racing and has unlimited funds," says one competitor. The all-American world of cars that hit 300mph in 4 seconds might not seem the logical place for a Middle Eastern royal, but Alan Johnson Al-Anabi Racing has received a warm welcome....
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