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Reboot, revive, repeat: has retromania really taken over TV?

Modern culture has long been accused of failing to move on from the past – and new versions of The Generation Game and The Price is Right would suggest that TV is no different. But in fact the opposite is true

The current, much-discussed spate of reboots has convinced many that British TV is eating itself, feasting on the goose of its golden age. The Generation Game was brought back, albeit to decidedly mixed reviews, with Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins taking up the Bruce Forsyth role. There is talk also of a new series of The Price Is Right, starring Alan Carr, following a Christmas pilot. There’s a similar concern across the pond as well, with recent revivals of Roseanne and Will & Grace, as well as impending resuscitations of Magnum Pi, Murphy Brown and Cagney & Lacey. It’s the typical Big TV narrative: reaching back to the tried, the familiar,
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U.K. Talent Agent Meryl Hoffman Joins Curtis Brown

U.K. Talent Agent Meryl Hoffman Joins Curtis Brown
Meryl Hoffman’s agency Mhm Management will become part of Curtis Brown. The deal will see Hoffman and her roster of clients, including Zoe Ball and Larry Lamb, and her Mhm associate Sofia Ricci transition to Curtis Brown, which is leading industry consolidation. It has previously acquired Debi Allen’s Daa Management, bringing talent including Sue Perkins and Bradley Walsh into its fold.

Hoffman began her career at Princess Productions before moving to John Noel Management. She then joined DawBell PR and created its talent division, before setting up Mhm in 2012.

“I have long admired Cb as one of the leading multi-service agencies,
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U.K. Talent Agent Meryl Hoffman Joins Curtis Brown

U.K. Talent Agent Meryl Hoffman Joins Curtis Brown
Meryl Hoffman’s agency Mhm Management will become part of Curtis Brown. The deal will see Hoffman and her roster of clients, including Zoe Ball and Larry Lamb, and her Mhm associate Sofia Ricci transition to Curtis Brown, which is leading industry consolidation. It has previously acquired Debi Allen’s Daa Management, bringing talent including Sue Perkins and Bradley Walsh into its fold.

Hoffman began her career at Princess Productions before moving to John Noel Management. She then joined DawBell PR and created its talent division, before setting up Mhm in 2012.

“I have long admired Cb as one of the leading multi-service agencies, they are forward thinking and lead with a very personal hands-on style,” she said. “I am looking forward to collaborating with other agents and exploring new and exciting opportunities for my clients.”

Specifically, Mhm Management has been acquired by Original Talent, the parent company of Curtis Brown.
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2018 BAFTA TV Awards Honor ‘Peaky Blinders,’ ‘This Country,’ ‘Handmaid’s Tale’

The 2018 Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards took place in London May 13, with BBC Two’s “Peaky Blinders” winning the prestigious Best Drama Award. The ceremony was sponsored by the The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (better known as BAFTA) and hosted by Sue Perkins at the Royal Festival Hall in London. British television’s big night had many winners, but was an especially big night for BBC Three’s “This Country,” a mockumentary style television show depicting life in rural Britain. It won the BAFTA for Scripted Comedy, and one of the stars, Daisy May Cooper, took home the award for Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme. U.K. Greenlit: ‘Peaky Blinders,’ Timothée Chalamet’s Next Film + More Casting for 2018 Shoots Three-part drama series “Three Girls” was the other standout of the night; written by Nicole Taylor and directed by Philippa Lowthorpe, the BBC One mini-series
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BAFTA TV Awards 2018: The Complete List of Winners

BAFTA TV Awards 2018: The Complete List of Winners
And the winner is... The 2018 BAFTA TV Awards were held in London last night, five weeks after nominations were announced. Line of Duty went into the night with four nominations, more than any other series. Sue Perkins hosted the ceremony from the Royal Festival Hall, and in her opening monologue, she tackled everything from politics to sexual harassment. At one point, she brought up Jodie Whittaker being cast as the first female Doctor in Doctor Who. "I think Jodie is the perfect choice," she joked. "If anyone has experience fighting off grotesque monsters, it's an actress!" Here is the complete list of winners: Drama Series Line of Duty Peaky Blinders —...
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‘Peaky Blinders’ Triumphs at BAFTA TV Awards

The BBC’s “Peaky Blinders” triumphed at BAFTA’s British Academy Television Awards, which were handed out Sunday night. The crime drama won best drama series, beating out Netflix’s “The Crown,” which missed out on the big prize for the second consecutive year.

“The Crown’s” Claire Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth II, was also passed over for the second year running as the leading actress award went to Molly Windsor for BBC true-life miniseries “Three Girls,” about three young girls who were groomed, sexually abused and trafficked by a group of men. “Three Girls” also took home the award for best miniseries,
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2018 BAFTA TV Awards backstage report: Behind the scenes at British TV’s biggest night

While the 2018 BAFTA TV Awards ceremony kicked off at 7 p.m. in London, it didn’t start airing on the BBC until just after 8 local time (a technical glitch kept it off the air for two minutes). Perhaps nervous TV types spent that time editing host Sue Perkins, who swore three times in her opening monologue. This one-time host of “The Great British Bakeoff” has been pretty funny so far, taking swipes at producers and executives and throwing in some good ol’ self-deprecation.

The winners are being announced thick and fast here, though it’s still slow-going here at the Winners’ Press Conference, where Her Majesty’s Press await with pens, laptops, recording devices and a salacious licking of the lips. The lack of star power, compared to last year at least, is being noted by journalists and BAFTA staff alike – with one writer proclaiming “this is why the Emmys are better.
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2018 BAFTA TV Awards full list of winners (and nominees too!) [Updating Live]

2018 BAFTA TV Awards full list of winners (and nominees too!) [Updating Live]
The 2018 BAFTA TV Awards programs took place at London’s Festival Hall on Sunday, May 13. “The Great British Bakeoff” presenter Sue Perkins hosted this celebration of the best of British television for the second year running. Scroll down to see the complete list of BAFTA TV Awards winners (and nominees).

As with the Emmys, the British academy divides its TV awards into two parts. The BAFTA TV craft awards which are equivalent to the Creative Arts at the Emmys, were handed out in a ceremony on April 22 that was emceed by Stephen Mangan (“Episodes”). The lavishly produced drama series “The Crown,” which screened on Netflix on both sides of the pond, won three of its seven races at these kudos honoring the best behind-the-scenes artists and professionals.

The Crown,” which chronicles the first years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, also leads the BAFTA TV Awards nominations for the
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2018 BAFTA TV Awards complete list of nominations: Every show and performer in the running

2018 BAFTA TV Awards complete list of nominations: Every show and performer in the running
The BAFTA TV Awards honor programs across a wide range of genres. Winners will be revealed in a ceremony at London’s Festival Hall on Sunday, May 13 with “The Great British Bakeoff” presenter Sue Perkins hosting for the second year running. See the full list of BAFTA TV Awards nominations below and come back to Gold Derby for complete coverage of the ceremony.

See 2018 BAFTA TV Awards full list of winners (and nominees too!) [Updating Live]

The historical drama “The Crown,” which chronicles the first years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, leads the BAFTA TV Awards nominations for the second year in a row with bids for Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actress (Claire Foy) and Best Drama Supporting Actress (Vanessa Kirby). Not surprisingly, this lavishly produced series, which screened on Netflix on both sides of the pond, won three of its seven races at last month’s BAFTA TV
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2018 BAFTA TV Awards preview: Will ‘The Crown’ reign again after craft wins?

2018 BAFTA TV Awards preview: Will ‘The Crown’ reign again after craft wins?
As with the Emmys, BAFTA divides its TV awards into two parts, with the main ceremony taking place in London on Sunday, May 12. At the craft awards on April 22, the big winners were the drama series “Game of Thrones” and “The Crown” and the limited series “Three Girls.”

The Crown” contends in the marquee category of Best Drama Series against “The End of the F***ing World,” “Line of Duty” and “Peaky Blinders.” “Line of Duty” and “The Crown” also picked up bids for Best Actress, in Thandie Newton and Claire Foy, respectively. The four acting categories on the drama side are highly competitive as they include performances in series, limited series and telefilms.

The Crown” scene-stealer Vanessa Kirby contends in supporting for her portrayal of Princess Margaret. And the Best Actor race also features a thespian nominated for playing a royal, with the late Tim Pigott-Smith cited for “King Charles III.
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Get your hands off my double entendres! Is the smutty pun now under attack?

It is Britain’s favourite type of humour, the go-to gag for everyone from Carry On stars to Bake Off hosts. But are fnarr fnarr jokes just another example of male sexual entitlement?

If you want a double entendre, I’ll give you one. They pop up all over the place: on risque chat shows hosted by Graham Norton and Alan Carr, on the Radio 1 mainstay Innuendo Bingo and on Mrs Brown’s Boys, the hit BBC sitcom saturated in smut that attracts seven million viewers.

You can’t watch an episode of The Great British Bake Off without having soggy bottoms, moist ladyfingers and manhandled dough balls shoved down your throat. Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins may have gone, taking with them such exclamations as “Time to reveal your cracks!”, but Noel Fielding has cheerfully filled their hole. “If there’s an opportunity for exposed bottoms, we should embrace it,
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BAFTA TV Awards 2018: The Complete List of Nominees

BAFTA TV Awards 2018: The Complete List of Nominees
Actors Michelle Keegan and Ore Oduba announced the nominations for the 2018 BAFTA TV Awards in London Wednesday morning. Line of Duty received the most recognition, with four nominations, followed by Black Mirror, The Crown and Three Girls, which earned three apiece. Winners will be announced live on May 13, when Sue Perkins hosts the yearly award ceremony. Here is the complete list of nominations: Drama Series Line of Duty Peaky Blinders The Crown The End of the F--king World Leading Actor Jack Rowan, Born to Kill Joe Cole, "Hang the DJ" (Black Mirror) Sean Bean, Broken Timothy Pigott-Smith, King Charles III Leading...
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2018 BAFTA TV Awards nominations: Full list led by ‘Black Mirror,’ ‘Line of Duty,’ The Crown,’ ‘Three Girls’

2018 BAFTA TV Awards nominations: Full list led by ‘Black Mirror,’ ‘Line of Duty,’ The Crown,’ ‘Three Girls’
The BAFTA TV Awards honor programs across a wide range of genres. Winners will be revealed in a ceremony at London’s Festival Hall on Sunday, May 13 with “The Great British Bakeoff” presenter Sue Perkins hosting for the first time. The Craft Awards winners will be announced on Sunday, April 22 at an evening presided over by “Episodes” star Stephen Mangan. (Read the full report on the BAFTA TV Awards nominations here.)

Best Drama Series

The Crown

Line of Duty

Peaky Blinders

“The End of the F***ing World”

Best Mini-series

Howards End

The Moorside

The State

Three Girls

Best Single Drama

Against the Law

Black Mirror (Hang the DJ)”

“King Charles III”

Murdered for Being Different

Best Drama Actor

Sean Bean, “Broken

Joe Cole, “Black Mirror

Tim Pigott-Smith,” King Charles III”

Jack Rowan, “Born to Kill

Best Drama Actress

Claire Foy, “The Crown

Sinead Keenan, “Little Boy Blue

Thandie Newton,
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2018 BAFTA TV Awards nominations: ‘The Crown’ reigns again, ‘Black Mirror’ shines

2018 BAFTA TV Awards nominations: ‘The Crown’ reigns again, ‘Black Mirror’ shines
The historical drama “The Crown,” which chronicles the first years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, led the BAFTA TV Awards nominations for the second year in a row, with three bids including Best Drama Series. SAG and Golden Globe winner Claire Foy reaped a Best Actress nomination for her sensitive portrayal of the young monarch. And Vanessa Kirby contends for her scene-stealing turn as younger sister Princess Margaret. However, Matt Smith was snubbed again for his subdued take on Prince Phillip.

Not surprisingly, this lavishly produced series, which screened on Netflix on both sides of the pond, also reaped seven bids at last month’s nominations for the BAFTA TV craft awards which honor the best behind-the-scenes artists and professionals; these are equivalent to the Creative Arts Awards at the Emmys.

With its 10 episodes, “The Crown” easily crossed the threshold of six installments required to qualify as a
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The Generation Game returns to the BBC on Easter Sunday

Slapstick family favourite revived with just two episodes after bumpy ride

The Generation Game will return to the BBC this Easter, four years after the broadcaster first announced its revival.

It will be hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins in their first big BBC show together since The Great British Bake Off. It is the latest on the conveyor belt of revivals to hit the small screen.

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Celebrities Call For A Fur Ban In The UK

This week, British Prime Minister Theresa May received a letter from 31 of Britain’s biggest stars urging her to introduce a UK ban on animal-fur imports.

Fur farming has been illegal in the UK since 2000, but since then Britain has imported over £650 million worth of fur from countries such as China and Poland, where animals are typically bred in appalling conditions on fur farms.

The stars signed the open letter to show their support for the #FurFreeBritain campaign run by a group of prominent animal charities – Humane Society International UK, the Rspca, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Four Paws, Animal Aid, Brian May's Save Me Trust, Viva!, The Jane Goodall Institute UK, and Open Cages – and supported by social network Care2.

The following celebrities have added their names: Alesha Dixon, Alison Steadman OBE, Sir Andy Murray OBE, Bill Bailey, Chris Packham, Douglas Booth, Evanna Lynch, Fearne Cotton,
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The Generation Game: Basil Brush to make TV comeback

Kirsten Howard Feb 6, 2018

Mel and Sue and Basil Brush, too. The new Generation Game will feature the boom boom fox of yore, it's been revealed...

Basil Brush will be a rather surprising new addition to the revamped Generation Game, set to air on BBC One later this year.

Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins are to host the new version of the classic game show, and The Sun had the scoop on Basil's re-emergence from the shadows, as puppeteer Michael Winsor broke down the skinny on the fox's decision to unretire for the new series:

"It’s top secret at the moment. We are doing pop-ups to surprise Mel and Sue," he confirmed, before adding "We did one episode and he was such a success we ended up doing four. They want us back on Saturday nights. We want to get the family together watching again. We’re fed up with Bgt and Pointless.
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Sue Perkins and the Chimp Sanctuary review – cruelty, survival and plenty of tears

A moving tale of mistreatment – from the chimpanzee infected with HIV in a lab to another kept locked in a garage for 15 years – with the presenter and keen animal lover

Meet 24-year-old Jill, or as she was known in the Us research laboratory where she was born, No 1555. A shy, sweet-faced chimpanzee with soulful eyes more human (certainly more humane) than human eyes. And here is animal lover Sue Perkins – not shy, but pretty soulful as TV presenters go – meeting her for the first time. Perkins squats down to make herself smaller. Extends a submissive hand. Now alpha male Pierre (who, we are later assured, has the heart of a teddy bear) is spitting at her in an awesome territorial display.

What does Jill do? A chimp used for hepatitis C research since she was two years old, whose medical records run to more than 250 pages, “alarm-barks” to warn Sue.
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Paul Hollywood: A Baker’s Life review – all about his great passions: baking, and himself

This vanity project perks up when old blue eyes gets down to some fancy baking – and Prue, Sandi and Noel turn up

Paul Hollywood has a new show, a great British spin-off. It’s about his great passions: baking, and himself. It’s called Paul Hollywood: A Baker’s Life (Channel 4). The timing might not be ideal, a show about his life outside the Great British Bake Off, coming soon after announcing the split from his wife. It’s difficult to watch without a bit of that in mind.

She doesn’t feature, and he doesn’t mention Mrs H. He does talk about another painful separation though – from Mary, Mel and Sue, when the Bake Off moved from the BBC to Channel 4. And in this one he was the victim, apparently. “For the three of them to walk away from me, and walk away from the tent,
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Princess, love, girl – when is a term of endearment not welcome? | Rebecca Nicholson

While it’s possible that Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins and Mary Berry enjoyed being referred to as ‘the girls’ by Paul Hollywood, gendered terms are usually patronising and possessive

When I think of Paul Hollywood, TV’s floury-haired fox and staunch upholder of a strong crumb, I think of a man who only ever seems to be one pint of bitter away from turning into your dad hitting the dancefloor at the end of a very long wedding. The Bake Off judge has been all over the tabloids this week – happily, not for wearing a Nazi uniform as fancy dress this time (it was an ’Allo ’Allo!-themed night and he’s sorry, Ok) – but it was one particular answer in one particular interview that raised the bristles on my broad, lefty, feminista chest. You’ll remember that when the Bake Off moved to Channel 4, Hollywood was the only
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