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Sheridan Smith review – force of nature brings laughs, tears and cheek

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Presenting numbers from her recent covers album, the actor and singer can’t hold back the tears after a difficult two years – but her voracious talent turns the show into an exhilarating emotional rollercoaster

Wartime show tunes set the mood, before Sheridan Smith bounds on with a spotlight lighting her from behind and making her blonde locks glow like a halo. Her big hair, wiggly walk, red dress and lipstick ooze an old-fashioned, Marilyn Monroe sort of glamour. Only the tattoos creeping down each arm suggest that we are in 2018, but then that’s Smith all over. As one of the UK’s most accomplished actors, she is equally at home playing comic period characters such as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl or a council estate rough diamond in hard-hitting Shannon Matthews kidnap drama The Moorside.

This two-hour show of orchestrated covers, laughs and introductory stories, though,
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‘Pagan Peak,’ ‘Giants,’ ‘Cleaning Up’ Set for MipDrama Buyers’ Summit

Sky Germany’s “Pagan Peak,” Movistar +’s “Giants” and ITV’s “Cleaning Up” will be sneak-peaked at the inaugural MipDrama Buyers’ Summit, a series-in-production showcase which also highlights Russia’s “Trigger.”

The country with the biggest presence at the Summit is, however, Finland, sporting “Arctic Circle” and “Bullets,” both co-financed by Elisa Vilhde.

This is a sign of how Scandinavia still punches way above its geographic weight in drama series production. It also flags the building drive into high-end drama investment by European telecoms which account, between Telefonica’s Movistar + and Elisa, for half the titles at the MipDrama Buyers’ Summit.
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James Corden Has This Actor to Thank For Meeting His Wife, Julia

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James Corden Has This Actor to Thank For Meeting His Wife, Julia
If you're looking for love, it may be closer than you think. Many of our favorite celebrity couples first met when their mutual friends played cupid. This is definitely true for The Late Late Show host James Corden and his wife, Julia Carey, who were introduced by none other than Preacher star Dominic Cooper. James and Dominic shared a flat in London in the early 2000s after starring together in The History Boys. Julia, who is an actress and producer, had reportedly known Dominic for some years before he made introductions. It is said that the couple started dating around 2009 after James's on-off relationship with Fat Friends costar Sheridan Smith ended. James and Julia went on to marry in September 2012 and now share three children after their latest addition to the family was born in December.
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The Den of Geek Christmas 2017 UK TV and radio guide

Louisa Mellor Dec 13, 2017

We’ve taken a highlighter to this year’s Christmas and New Year TV schedules and circled what we’ll be watching this festive season…

Amid the cosy repeats and cranberry-stuffed cookery shows on TV over the next few weeks are a few gems. There’s no Sherlock or Charlie Brooker’s TV Wipe this year, but there are plenty of treats, not least the return of The League Of Gentlemen for a three-part anniversary series and Peter Capaldi’s last hurrah in the Tardis in the Doctor Who Christmas episode.

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Over on Netflix, six new episodes of Black Mirror are coming to usher in the New Year, two days into which we welcome the return of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s genius anthology Inside No. 9.

Not to gloss over a spooky M.R. James night on BBC Four,
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Here's Why You Recognize Luke From The Handmaid's Tale

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Here's Why You Recognize Luke From The Handmaid's Tale
If you watched The Handmaid's Tale, you probably found yourself falling for Luke, Offred's husband. You probably also found yourself thinking, "Where have I see that guy before?" The answer, if you grew up watching UK TV, is everywhere. As well as making some seriously impressive stage appearances, Rada-trained O-t Fagbenle has been on and off of our TV screens for over a decade, and you may have seen him in anything from As If to Doctor Who. He starred in teen comedy Grown Ups with Sheridan Smith, appeared in the BBC's fashion drama Material Girl, and played the tough guy in The Interceptor. More recently, he had a role in the San Francisco-set Looking, and the adaptation of Zadie Smith's novel Nw. The Handmaid's Tale has seen his star rise even further (you couldn't have failed to notice him smouldering on the Emmy's red carpet recently), but he's not resting on his laurels.
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Eiff announces screenwriter-in-residence by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-08-24 22:04:16

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Edinburgh International Film Festival announced Glasgow-born screenwriter Nicole Taylor, whose Three Girls recently aired on BBC1, as the new Eiff Screenwriter-in-Residence.

Taylor will receive a bursary of £7,500 and access to the four Edinburgh universities between now and June 2018, when the 72nd edition of the festival will take place. During this time she will have the opportunity to develop project ideas with science and humanities researchers.

Nicole Taylor Taylor's three-part Three Girls, about the Rochdale grooming scandal, garnered a strong critical response and a consolidated audience of 8.1 million on BBC1 and more than 9.3 million requests for the series were made on BBC iPlayer.

Prior to that Taylor’s multi-bafta nominated single drama, The C Word, starring Sheridan Smith, was produced for the channel. She has also written on numerous series, including Indian Summers for Channel 4, The Hour for BBC2, and Ashes to Ashes for BBC1.

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BBC Orders Scottish Dramas, Plus New True-Life Drama on London Serial Killer

The BBC has ordered up a new true-life drama about a London serial killer from the team behind British ratings sensation “The Moorside,” along with two new Scottish dramas for flagship channel BBC One. Charlotte Moore, the broadcaster’s director of content, announced the new commissions Thursday at the Edinburgh Intl. Television Festival.

The Barking Murders” will be a new three-part factual drama from Jeff Pope (“Philomena”) and Neil McKay, the team behind “The Moorside,” which broke BBC viewing records for a new drama earlier this year. “The Moorside” (pictured), starring Sheridan Smith, dramatized the 2008 search for a missing British schoolgirl. “The Barking Murders” will tell the story of convicted serial killer Stephen Port from the point of view of the families of his four victims, focusing on the fight to uncover the truth about the deaths.

McKay said of the project: “Four young men with their entire future ahead of them lost their lives in a
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Toby Kebbell to play twin brothers in sci-fi 'Extrasensory'

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Toby Kebbell to play twin brothers in sci-fi 'Extrasensory'
Drama written, directed by team behind controversial BBC documentary Ghostwatch.

Toby Kebbell has been cast as twin brothers in sci-fi film Extrasensory from Genesius Pictures.

Lesley Manning directs from an original screenplay by Bafta-winning writer Stephen Volk.

The duo worked together on Ghostwatch, the infamous drama-mockumentary presented by Michael Parkinson that received over 30,000 complaints when it aired on BBC1 in 1992.

Kebbell plays twin brothers who are recruited for a top-secret experiment by Soviet Russia to test the power of telepathic communication.

Harry Gregson Williams (The Martian, Prometheus) will write the score. Produced by Debbie Gray (Northern Soul) and Myf Hopkins, former head of production at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, Extrasensory has been developed with and is supported by Film Cymru Wales.

Shooting will commence in late October 2017.

Genesius has also announced that Elbow front man Guy Garvey and I Am Kloot’s Peter Jobson have written the score for upcoming comedy drama The More You Ignore Me, starring
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Theatre Review: Funny Girl (UK Tour)

Funny Girl theatre review: Natasha J. Barnes is Fanny Brice in the highly-anticipated transfer of the beloved musical Funny Girl.

Funny Girl theatre review by Paul Heath, New Victoria Theatre, Woking.

Funny Girl theatre review // Image: Paul Coltas

Following a stunning revival in 2016 at London’s Savoy theatre, Funny Girl takes to the road in 2017 taking in 22 venues along the way. Touring until August, the show features two actresses stepping into the role of Fanny Brice, Sheridan Smith and Natasha J. Barnes, the latter of which takes centre stage for its current run at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking, which we caught on Tuesday evening.

Originally staged on Broadway in 1964 before moving onto the West End just two years later, Funny Girl is based on a remarkable true story, revolving around New York stage star Fanny Brice, originally played by screen and theatre legend Barbra Streisand both on Broadway
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Doctor Who: Smile geeky spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Apr 22, 2017

Doctor Who series 10 remains in fine form with Smile - and we've been hunting for nerdy Easter eggs and spots in the episode. Spoilers!

This article contains lots of spoilers.

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Smile, folks - it’s that time of the week again where we take tonight’s episode of Doctor Who and shake it repeatedly until all of its hidden secrets fall out of its pockets - as well as callbacks and generally interesting observations. And if you think we’ve missed something, let us know in the comments below!

Happiness Will Prevail

If you’re reading this, you’re likely to fit into one of two categories – those of you who love and understand emojis and those of you (myself included) who have resigned
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Exclusive Interview: Jonathan Sothcott for We Still Steal The Old Way

This week sees the release of British action sequel We Still Steal The Old Way on digital download, with DVD and Blu-ray following on 17th April. The film is a follow-up to the 2014 crime drama We Still Kill The Old Way and sees the return of the old-school Archer gang, led by the charismatic Richie Archer, who this time hatches a plan to pull off an audacious robbery. Halfway through the heist, the gang get caught, and they’re sent down. So far, so good – now they’re in prison they can put into motion their plot to spring fellow inmate George, who desperately needs to get out before his wife dies. Trouble arises when Richie’s arch enemy Vic Farrow gets himself transferred into the prison, wanting to settle some old scores.

We caught up with the film’s producer Jonathan Sothcott to talk about his new film, reuniting the cast,
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Network: The CWEpisodes: Nine (half-hour)Seasons: OneTV show dates: July 9, 2015 -- August 6, 2015Series status: Cancelled/EndedPerformers include: Will Mellor, Oona Chaplin, Neil Maskell, Sheridan Smith, Ben Chaplin, Andrew Scott, Greg McHugh, Katie McGrath, Gemma Chan, Montanna Thompson, and Sian Breckin.TV show description: A romantic drama, this TV show is set in modern-day London. It revolves around the first dates between two people who have met on an online dating service.Read More…
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The week in TV: The Moorside, Roots, Apple Tree Yard and more

Sheridan Smith and Gemma Whelan stand out in the BBC’s controversial Shannon Matthews drama. Plus, the towering remake of Roots

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Karen Matthews was presented with a “good parent certificate” from her local Dewsbury council, which perhaps tells us all we need to know about such good-citizenry guff, an unsavoury melange of censorious preaching and all-must-have-tickboxes acclaim for low achievement. Karen Matthews, as we all now must know, was the mother who hoaxed the kidnapping of her nine-year-old daughter, Shannon. For three weeks in 2008, Shannon lay drugged and hidden in the base of a divan bed in the nearby home of Karen’s dreadful boyfriend’s dreadful uncle, while the Sun ramped the reward money up to £50,000.

Roots is angry and beautiful, shameful and shaming, bloody and leathery and viciously vital
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This Shannon Matthews drama continues TV’s fixation with people on benefits | Zoe Williams

New media is blamed, but mainstream dramas on the underclass are creating fervid, rightwing views

The Moorside, a drama billed by the BBC as the untold story behind the Shannon Matthews mystery, has its detractors, not least Shannon’s grandparents. They feel that, to a young woman who has been voluntarily under the care of a local authority since 2008, who has quite literally lost her identity and is having to navigate her teenage years with a false one, this raking over of the coals – her deliberate kidnapping by her mother and a male accomplice, in the hope of tabloid reward money – might have a deleterious effect.

The first episode aired on Tuesday night. The producers, I’m sure, would argue that their consciences were clear. They showed a community that was, in the words of the local reverend, Kathy Robertson (speaking on the Today programme), “quite resilient, quite compassionate, coming
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BBC admits real-life characters in Shannon Matthews TV drama were paid

Admission comes as cousin of kidnapped schoolgirl’s mother says The Moorside should not have been broadcast

The BBC has admitted that some of the real-life characters depicted in a controversial dramatisation of the fake abduction of the schoolgirl Shannon Matthews were paid for their cooperation.

ITV Studios, the production company behind The Moorside, which aired on BBC1 on Tuesday, paid “small fees” to some people who had been involved in real life, a BBC spokeswoman told the Guardian.

Related: The Moorside review – Sheridan Smith finds a new way into the familiar, awful Shannon Matthews story

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Tuesday’s best TV: The Moorside; Britain’s Greatest Hoaxer

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Sheridan Smith stars in a dramatisation of the Shannon Matthews fake abduction story; Lee Nelson lobs Nazi golf balls at Donald Trump

With the new year’s gym crowds dwindling by the second, the ever-enthusiastic Anna Richardson and Amar Latif – a blind entrepreneur-turned-tv personality who will be a familiar figure to viewers of The Last Leg – present this introduction to all of the exciting forms of exercise you could be doing in 2017. A nice idea, although obviously the pair can’t provide the motivation to get off your sofa and go and do it all. Hannah J Davies

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The Moorside: why the Shannon Matthews abduction drama is TV at its finest

The duo who tackled Fred and Rose West are now telling the harrowing story of Shannon Matthews, with Sheridan Smith on mesmerising form. Mark Lawson on the power – and the pitfalls – of docudrama

The only boring thing about The Moorside, a BBC drama that will surely already have TV awards judges twitching, is its title.

It’s easy to imagine other networks opting for something like 24 Days in Captivity: the Kidnapping of Shannon Matthews – immediately reminding potential viewers of a major UK news story from 2008, when a nine-year-old from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire was reported missing by her mother, Karen.

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Olivia Colman the bookies’ favourite to succeed Peter Capaldi in Doctor Who

Earlier in the week Peter Capaldi announced that he will be calling time on his stint as the Doctor in this year’s Christmas Special, and now bookmakers William Hill has released its odds for the thirteenth incarnation of the Time Lord in Doctor Who, with Broadchurch star Olivia Colman leading the pack with odds of 8/1.

Should the BBC opt for Colman, it would be the first time a female has portrayed the character – something long overdue in the eyes of many fans. Other actresses in the betting including Phoebe Waller-Bridge (14/1), Hayley Atwell (20/1), Sheridan Smith (20/1), Vicky McClure (20/1), Gemma Arterton (25/1), Helena Bonham Carter (25/1), Tilda Swinton (33/1) and former companions Billie Piper (33/1) and Catherine Tate (33/1).

Other candidates who the bookies seem to think have a chance include James Norton (10/1), Reece Shearsmith (10/1), Richard Ayoade (10/1), Rory Kinnear (12/1) and Andrew Scott (16/1). And if you want to waste some cash, you can also back the likes of
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Sheridan Smith Teams With Sister Pictures, ITV For ‘Clean Break’

Brit actress Sheridan Smith is set to star in new six-part drama series Clean Break for ITV. The drama, which is produced by Sister Pictures, focusses on an ordinary working class woman who is caught between two worlds – the everyday life of a devoted and loving mother and the darker, dangerous world of insider trading. Smith plays office cleaner Sam, one of an invisible army of cleaners on a zero-hours contract who clean in the early hours. She struggles with an online…
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Celebrating the chilling ghost stories of M.R. James

Gem Wheeler Dec 21, 2016

We celebrate the work of M.R. James, whose eerie ghost stories were made into a festive tradition by the BBC...

A shadow lurking just beyond the edge of the vision. Dusty manuscripts bearing fragments of ancient testimony, conflicting and confounding. The sickening touch of a decayed hand, grasping at us from the darkness. The imagery of the ghost story may differ between cultures, but the sense of creeping dread left by the most effective tales remains universal.

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One name stands out in the grim roster of English purveyors of the form: Montague Rhodes James, an eminent medievalist with a sideline in
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