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Film Review: ‘Letters from Baghdad’

After the misfire of biopic “Queen of the Desert,” it was clear that intrepid traveler and influential Arabist Gertrude Bell, reductively known as “the female T.E. Lawrence,” needed her reputation rescued from Werner Herzog’s ill-advised effort. In stepped directors Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbühl with “Letters From Baghdad,” a carefully researched documentary that uses an extraordinary wealth of appealing archival footage accompanied by Tilda Swinton’s voiceover as Bell. The directors’ backgrounds as editor (Krayenbühl) and photographer (Oelbaum), together with their appreciation for the lands Bell felt most attached to, are clearly on display in the largely sensitive way they handle the material on visual and historical levels.

Getting Swinton on board doing double duty as voiceover actor and executive producer was a wise marketing decision, while the involvement of Thelma Schoonmaker and Kevin Brownlow assured appropriate attention would be given to the artistic and archival sides. The film
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Cold Feet: Where are the cast of ITV's hit series now?

Is ITV really going to bring back Cold Feet?

That's the rumour, with the broadcaster apparently looking to plug the Downton-shaped hole in its schedule with a revival of the popular comedy-drama.

If it's true, they'll have a job bringing the cast back together - some have gone on to be huge telly and film stars, while others have stepped out of the spotlight entirely...

James Nesbitt

Nesbitt's carefree lothario Adam Williams met his match in Helen Baxendale's Rachel - the couple overcame infidelity and infertility but were denied lasting happiness when Rachel was killed in a traffic accident.

Since Cold Feet wrapped, Nesbitt has become one of British television's most in-demand leading men.

He fronted BBC One's gritty cop series Murphy's Law from 2003-07, led Steven Moffat's supernatural thriller Jekyll - also in 2007 - and played the title character in ITV's short-lived medical drama Monroe (2011-12).

Of late,
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First Look: Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III in 'Hollow Crown: Wars of the Roses'

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First Look: Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III in 'Hollow Crown: Wars of the Roses'
Benedict Cumberbatch is mounting up as Richard III. The "Sherlock" star sports long locks as the English monarch in the first image from "The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses" (embedded below), a followup to 2012's BAFTA-winning BBC telefilms "The Hollow Crown." This new installment of Shakespeare adaptations will feature filmed versions of the playwright's first tetralogy of historical plays: "Henry VI, Part I," "Henry VI, Part II," "Henry VI, Part III" (the three of which will be released in two parts) and "Richard III." Principal photography on the films began Wednesday in the U.K. In addition to the image, a round of new cast members have been announced for the adaptations including Michael Gambon, Philip Glenister, Andrew Scott, Jason Watkins, Samuel West, Stanley Townsend, Adrian Dunbar, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Ben Daniels, Ben Miles, Sam Troughton, Stuart McQuarrie, Anton Lesser, Kyle Soller, Phoebe Fox, James Fleet and Lucy Robinson.
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"Hollow Crown: War of Roses" Begins Production

Principal photography is now underway on "The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses," the upcoming second set of telemovies based on Shakespeare's historical plays. Neal Street, Carnival/NBCUniversal and Thirteen are producing the project for BBC Two with shooting to take place in locations around the UK.

The three film adaptations cover Henry VI (in 2 parts) and Richard III. Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Sophie Okonedo, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Keeley Hawes and Tom Sturridge are already set for the project which will be transmitted on PBS.

Also announced today are Michael Gambon, Philip Glenister, Andrew Scott, Jason Watkins, Samuel West, Stanley Townsend, Adrian Dunbar, Geoffrey Streatfield, Ben Daniels, Ben Miles, Sam Troughton, Stuart McQuarrie, Anton Lesser, Kyle Soller, Phoebe Fox, James Fleet and Lucy Robinson.

The first official image is also out of actor Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III in the production. You can see that below:

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First Look at Benedict Cumberbatch in 'The Hollow Crown'

First Look at Benedict Cumberbatch in 'The Hollow Crown'
Principal photography has begun on The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses, a Neal Street co-production with Carnival/NBCUniversal and Thirteen for BBC Two, filming in locations around the UK.

In the Us, the series will be transmitted on PBS by Great Performances, produced by Thirteen Productions LLC for Wnet.

Following an outstanding critical and audience reaction to the BAFTA Award-winning The Hollow Crown series in 2012, Neal Street Productions and Carnival Films/NBCUniversal bring the concluding part of this ambitious cycle of Shakespeare's History plays to the screen in three further filmed adaptations, Henry VI (in 2 parts) and Richard III.

Assembling some of the UK's finest acting talent and, in addition to the stellar cast recently confirmed - Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Sophie Okonedo, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Keeley Hawes and Tom Sturridge - new names revealed today are - Michael Gambon as Mortimer, Philip Glenister as Talbot,
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First Look At Benedict Cumberbatch As Richard III In The Hollow Crown

First Look At Benedict Cumberbatch As Richard III In The Hollow Crown
Now is the winter of our Benedict content, made glorious summer by this new look at Sir Cumber of Batch playing Richard III as part of the new cycle of the Beeb’s The Hollow Crown. For this second set of Shakespeare adaptations – subtitled The Wars Of The Roses – we’ll see Richard’s tale plus Henry VI, in two parts rather than three.In addition to Cumberbatch, the cast for this new set of films features a rich assortment of talent including Judi Dench, Sophie Okonedo, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Keeley Hawes and Tom Sturridge, Michael Gambon, Philip Glenister, Andrew Scott, Jason Watkins, Samuel West, Stanley Townsend, Adrian Dunbar, Geoffrey Streatfield, Ben Daniels, Ben Miles, Sam Troughton, Stuart McQuarrie, Anton Lesser, Kyle Soller, Phoebe Fox, James Fleet and Lucy Robinson. That’s quite a gathering of Equity, right there. And yes, it means that with Scott’s inclusion, Moriarty
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Robert Robinson: tributes are paid to doyen of the quiz show

Liverpool-born, London-raised TV host and radio presenter whose voice defined an era has died at 83

Admiring colleagues and nostalgic fans have paid tribute to Robert Robinson, the veteran journalist and quiz show host, who died aged 83 on Friday. Robinson, the archetypal 1940s grammar school-boy-made-good, died at St Mary's hospital, Paddington, after a long illness.

For radio critic Elisabeth Mahoney, Robinson was "an unsung national treasure". When he stepped down from chairing Brain of Britain on Radio 4 a year ago, she argued in the Guardian that his trademark, old-fashioned use of the competitors' "honorifics and surnames" gave the show "an in-built quaintness that long outlived the era it might have belonged to".

For Private Eye, though, Robinson, who won the title of radio personality of the year in 1974 for introducing a combative interviewing style when he held a presenter's job on Today, was for ever "Smuggins": the man who gave
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Six to watch ... TV dogs

As the makers of Pineapple Dance Studios bring us their 'dogumentary' A Different Breed, we pick our favourite TV pooches

I love dogs – but I've never actually owned one. Real-life mutts might be able to roll over, beg on command and fetch the morning paper, but man's best friend simply can't compete with tellyland's pooches. They just don't seem quite so exciting when when compared with the mystery-solving, Martini-swilling, child-saving fidos that inhabit the small screen. So in honour of A Different Breed – Sky's new dogumentary from the brains(?) behind Pineapple Dance Studios – here's our rundown of the small screen's best pedigree chums. Did your favourite hound make our list, or did we overlook a pivotal puppy? Let us know if we're barking up the wrong tree in the comments below.

Bouncer – Neighbours (1985 – present)

One of the best actors to tread the Ramsay Street tarmac, Neighbours' faithful golden retriever was
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TV review: Love, Virtually

Beneath the candy coating of this show lay a taste of hell

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Love, Virtually was – and do try to stay with me here – a semi-mockumentary based on the cyber-dating trials and tribulations of Lucy Robinson, who blogs for Marie Claire magazine. I know – it's like all your media platform Christmases have come at once.

Lucy was played by an actor (Claire Wood), but her story was based on real life (at least as she blogged it – first-year media students, I must pass discussion of that one over to you, for, alas, in this primitively papery medium, my word count is finite) and the talking heads who peppered the film were real women telling real anecdotes. Got it? Good.

It opened with Lucy performing that most exquisitely painful of tasks – constructing her online profile. Some parameters were clear – "If you say you're curvy, you get biffers. 'Cuddly' means obese,
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BBC Proms | Love, Virtually | The It Crowd | Would I Lie To You? | Watch this

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Humpbacks From Fire And Ice

11am, Eden

The bull whale is no gentle giant, as we discover in this stunningly photographed documentary, travelling from Hawaii (Fire) to Alaska (Ice). Sir David Attenborough narrates in his lovely, mellowed tones, on images that aren't quite so mellow, such as clashing bulls causing the kind of watery crescendos an industrial tractor might make if chucked into a swimming pool. But it's not all macho posturing: the plaintive cries of a young whale abandoned by her mum to fend for herself will break your heart.

BBC Proms 2010

7.30pm, BBC4

The recent recordings of Beethoven's piano concertos by Liverpudlian pianist Paul Lewis have been deservedly garlanded – all were named Editor's Choice by Gramophone magazine – so this may well be a highlight of this year's Proms. Lewis will play Beethoven's First and Fourth piano concertos,
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The best TV dogs

Paul O'Grady's dog Buster – as much a star as the presenter himself – has sadly died. We celebrate other brilliant TV canines

Paul O'Grady's dog, Buster, has been put down, leaving O'Grady "devasted", the Sun reported today. Poor Buster – and poor Paul, whose dog was almost as much a part of his daytime show as the presenter himself; viewers could even win a nodding Buster. O'Grady's other dogs, Olga and Bullseye, are to take over Buster's studio duties – but which other TV dogs have we grown to love?

Bouncer (Neighbours)

A gift to Lucy Robinson, Bouncer joined the Neighbours team in 1987, and appeared on screen for six years. Famously saved Madge Bishop from a house fire by barking down the phone for help.

Lassie

The original TV dog, Lassie began on-screen life as a film in 1943, before moving to television in 1954, before becoming an animated series in 1972. Clearly not
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