The week in TV: Decline and Fall; Line of Duty; Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad and more – review

The BBC’s superb Decline and Fall couldn’t be more timely, Line of Duty has a new secret weapon, and in talking openly about grief, Rio Ferdinand scores the goal of his career

Decline and Fall (BBC1) | iPlayer

Line of Duty (BBC1) | iPlayer

The Good Fight (More 4) | All 4

Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad (BBC1) | iPlayer

University Challenge (BBC2) | iPlayer

Fake! The Great Masterpiece Challenge (Sky Arts)

A grand surprise arrived on Friday in the shape of Decline and Fall. It shouldn’t, perhaps, have been that much of a surprise, given that the man responsible for adapting Evelyn Waugh’s first published (and most splenetically Welsh-hating, liberal-baiting) novel was James Wood, also responsible for the ever-subtle Rev., and that the casting was able to plumb such glorious heights as Stephen Graham, Douglas Hodge, David Suchet and Eva Longoria.

David Suchet reacted to freedom from all those dreary Poirots
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Decline and Fall: Eva Longoria Confirmed for BBC Two Comedy

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As expected, Eva Longoria has joined the cast of the Decline and Fall TV show comedy at BBC Two. James Wood is the first writer to adapt the late Evelyn Waugh's novel for television. Production in Wales begins in July. Decline and Fall is slated for a late 2016 debut. Longoria's recent sitcom, Telenovela, was cancelled by NBC after one season.

The Decline and Fall TV series cast also includes: Jack Whitehall, David Suchet, and Penny Dreadful's Douglas Hodge. Decline and Fall is planned as a three-part comedy satire. Ben Cavey, Will Gould, and Wood are executive producing, with Guillem Morales directing.

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Top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time: 40 - 21




Wesley counts down the penultimate 20 entries in the top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time list: from number 40 to 21...

Read entries 100 - 81 here, entries 80 - 61 here, and entries 60 - 41 here.

Since the medium’s infancy, viewers have enjoyed sharing holidays with their favourite television characters. We grow invested in our friends on screen over the years; spending Christmas with them is a rite of passage, a chance for us to share tradition from our world with the fictional ones we see on screen. Some shows embrace the season wholeheartedly, characters in good spirits and enjoying the trappings of the season; others skew a little darker, bringing the more oppressive, burdensome side of the holidays to life. Either way, Christmas episodes tend to demonstrate the strengths of our favourite series, and it’s long been a festive ritual of mine to wheel out old DVD sets and settle
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‘Rev’ Star, Co-Creator Tom Hollander, Hannah Pescod Launch Bandstand

‘Rev’ Star, Co-Creator Tom Hollander, Hannah Pescod Launch Bandstand
Writer-actor Tom Hollander, who is best known for BAFTA-winning comedy series “Rev.,” but has also appeared in two “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies and “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,” and producer Hannah Pescod, who won a BAFTA for “That Summer Day,” have launched production company Bandstand Prods.

Pescod and Hollander first worked together on BBC show “Rev.,” which won a BAFTA for best situation comedy, and earned three BAFTA nominations for Hollander. The series was co-created by Hollander, who was also an executive producer, with writer James Wood. Pescod joined the “Rev.” team in the early stages of development, producing the first two seasons before becoming executive producer on the third and final season.

Former Shine Group chief Alex Mahon joins Bandstand as non-executive chair, and the company has entered into an exclusive first-look deal with leading distributor All3media International.

In a joint statement, Hollander and Pescod said: “We are excited to continue our creative collaboration,
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120 Essential Horror Scenes Part 1: Transformations

It starts with a cry of pain. Then a look of terror or ecstasy. And then the body starts to change. Hair grows from the knuckles. Maybe the eyes turn black. Sometimes fangs sprout. Before you know it, the person in front of you isn’t a person anymore. The Transformation can be the most horrific moment in a horror film because it’s where the internal becomes the external. No more false faces. No more hiding. And depending how fearsome the new being is, no more running as well.


An American Werewolf in London (1981)– London wolf calling

It starts out so innocently. Knowing that a full moon is approaching, David Kessler (David Naughton) locks himself in the home of nurse Alex Price (Jenny Agutter) in order to be able to transform into a werewolf peacefully, not killing any innocent people and proving that he doesn’t have to commit
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The Gamechangers review

Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton star in The Gamechangers, a drama about the making of the Grand Theft Auto series. Any good? Not exactly...

Nb: The following contains spoilers.

How do you make an interesting film about coding a videogame? It sounds like a difficult subject to dramatise on the face of it. But ultimately, all great stories are more about the relationships between characters than what they do for a living. A movie that contained nothing but boxing matches for 100 continuous minutes would leave audiences reeling. The Rocky movies were approximately 90 percent drama to 10 percent boxing, and audiences, for the most part, flocked to see them.

BBC's The Gamechangers takes the Rocky approach to Grand Theft Auto - specifically, the making of 2004's hit sequel San Andreas, the controversy surrounding a hidden sex scene on the disc, and the legal tussle that followed. In its dramatisation of real events,
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Grand Theft Auto maker Rockstar Games is angry with the BBC over The Gamechangers: 'This is made-up bollocks'

It's fair to say that Rockstar Games - the developer behind Grand Theft Auto - isn't happy with the BBC for making The Gamechangers.

The one-off drama film, which aired on Tuesday night (September 15), stars Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar producer Sam Houser. It follows the company's tricky period while making San Andreas back in 2002.

Daniel Radcliffe's The Gamechangers review: Tense, nostalgic drama is Grand Theft Auto meets The Social Network

As the movie went to broadcast, Rockstar Games sent the BBC the following tweet: "Was Basil Brush busy? What exactly is this random, made up bollocks?"

@BBC Was Basil Brush busy? What exactly is this random, made up bollocks?

— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) September 15, 2015

Rockstar also filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the BBC, as reported in May, after saying that no-one at the gaming firm was consulted about The Gamechangers.

The film, from director Owen Harris and writer James Wood,
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Daniel Radcliffe's The Gamechangers review: Tense, nostalgic drama is Grand Theft Auto meets The Social Network

Video gaming isn't the subject of many films (and we're not talking Pixels), but considering that Grand Theft Auto V became one of the world's best-selling entertainment products ever in 2013, it was only a matter of time.

Daniel Radcliffe sports a beard that his old mate Hagrid would be proud of as Rockstar producer Sam Houser in this one-off BBC film, which follows the company's difficult encounters while developing San Andreas back in 2002.

The film makes it very clear that it is in no way authorised by Rockstar, and so one can expect a certain degree of poetic licence in this tale of a bunch of white Brits making a game steeped in black American culture.

Director Owen Harris and writer James Wood must have been influenced by The Social Network in some way or another. David Fincher's 2010 film focused on another tech genius as he created something the whole world would eventually want.
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Daniel Radcliffe Invents Grand Theft Auto in 'Gamechangers' Trailer

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Daniel Radcliffe Invents Grand Theft Auto in 'Gamechangers' Trailer
Just five months after we reported Daniel Radcliffe was circling the Grand Theft Auto legal drama The Gamechangers, the first trailer has surfaced on YouTube channel NewTrailersBuzz. The TV movie is slated to debut September 15 on the UK network BBC 2, but it isn't clear when it may debut in the U.S. This project will give fans of the beloved Grand Theft Auto video game series new insight into the legal trouble that Rockstar Games founder, Sam Houser (Daniel Radcliffe) found himself in.

The story is set in 2002, centering on Houser's legal battles with a Florida lawyer named Jack Thompson (Bill Paxton), who embarked on a crusade against the violence and profanity found in the video game series. The attorney had already made headlines before, attacking media companies for glorifying rap music and putting violent content on television. He was eventually disbarred in 2008 for inappropriate behavior.

David Jones and Sam Dailly created Grand Theft Auto,
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Daniel Radcliffe Stars As Controversial GTA Co-Creator In New Trailer For The Gamechangers

Love it or loathe it, Grand Theft Auto is a bona fide sales juggernaut in the video game industry, standing as one of the best-selling franchise of all time. Its meteoric rise to prominence has not been without controversy, though, and that’s an area BBC Two is aiming to explore with its upcoming docu-drama, The Gamechangers.

Putting the overly bland title to one side for the time being, Daniel Radcliffe toplines the cast as one of the creative team that brought GTA into existence: Sam Houser. As this brief, 30-second clip reveals, The Gamechangers will place a laser focus on a court battle between Houser and anti-video game lawyer, Jack Thompson (Bill Paxton).

Genius or sadist? Thompson believes Sam Houser belongs to the latter camp, and takes the video game developer to court where he holds Grand Theft Auto at least partially responsible for Devin Moore’s actions in
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Fox Intl. Channels to Launch First Free-to-Air Channel in the U.K.

London — Fox Intl. Channels is to launch its first free-to-air channel in the U.K. on Oct. 1. The entertainment channel, YourTV, is primarily aimed at women.

YourTV will provide viewers with “sensational real-life stories, irresistible experiences and thrilling tales,” said Fic. “From uplifting relationship features to shocking accounts of wrongdoing, audacious characters to inspirational advice.” The channel will air for 20 hours each day across the U.K., from 7 a.m. until 3 a.m. It joins Fic’s U.K. portfolio that also includes pay TV channels Fox, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild and Baby TV.

Jeff Ford, managing director Fox Intl. Channels U.K., said: “I am thrilled to announce the launch of YourTV, our first free-to-air channel, an exciting next step in the evolution of our U.K. brand portfolio. Providing a daily treat of compelling scripted and unscripted series for viewers, YourTV is a fresh new destination for entertainment.
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The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 31 – Pearls of the Czech New Wave, Part One

This podcast focuses on Criterion’s Eclipse Series of DVDs. Hosts David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett give an overview of each box and offer their perspectives on the unique treasures they find inside. In this episode, David and Trevor conclude their two-part discussion of Eclipse Series 32: Pearls of the Czech New Wave.

About the films:

Of all the cinematic New Waves that broke over the world in the 1960s, the one in Czechoslovakia was among the most fruitful, fascinating, and radical. With a wicked sense of humor and a healthy streak of surrealism, a group of fearless directors—including eventual Oscar winners Miloš Forman and Ján Kadár—began to use film to speak out about the hypocrisy and absurdity of the Communist state. A defining work was the 1966 omnibus film Pearls of the Deep, which introduced five of the movement’s essential voices: Věra Chytilová, Jaromil Jireš, Jiří Menzel,
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Daniel Radcliffe's Grand Theft Auto drama to be called Game Changer

Good news for all the Grand Theft Auto fans out there - the BBC has confirmed a title and new details for the forthcoming drama focusing on the acclaimed game franchise.

BBC Two's factual drama, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton, will be named Game Changer.

The show will explore the court battles between Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar and Miami lawyer Jack Thompson, as well as the wider cultural significance of the game.

The BBC has described Grand Theft Auto as "arguably the greatest British coding success story since Bletchley Park".

Radcliffe will play Rockstar co-founder and president Sam Houser, while Paxton plays Thompson in the 90-minute drama.

Misfits and Black Mirror director Owen Harris will begin production in South Africa.

Game Changer is written by James Wood (Rev, Ambassadors). Jim Spencer will serve as producer, with Mark Hedgecoe as executive producer.

The project is part of the Make It Digital initiative,
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Daniel Radcliffe, Bill Paxton to Star in ‘Grand Theft Auto’ Drama

Daniel Radcliffe, Bill Paxton to Star in ‘Grand Theft Auto’ Drama
London — Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton are to star in TV movie “Game Changer,” which tells the story of the guys behind the videogame “Grand Theft Auto” and those who sought to muzzle it.

The BBC has greenlit the 90-minute drama, which focuses on a bunch of British gaming geniuses centered around Sam Houser (Radcliffe).

For those who do not know, “Grand Theft Auto” offers gamers the chance to step into a fantasy world where they can behave like criminals, gun down rival gangsters and cops, hijack cars and venture deeper into an imaginary American underworld.

The game has been a massive commercial success. In autumn 2013, its latest iteration — “GTA:v” — earned $1 billion in its first three days, becoming the fastest-selling entertainment product in history.

The TV film tracks how the violent gameplay coupled with its commercial success leads to fierce opposition: from parents worried about children immersing themselves in such a violent world; from politicians,
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Daniel Radcliffe to Star in TV Movie on 'Grand Theft Auto' Controversy

Game on, Harry Potter. Daniel Radcliffe has signed on to play Sam Houser, one of the British video game developers behind the hit "Grand Theft Auto" series, in a new BBC TV movie.

According to Variety, the 90-minute drama currently has the working title "Game Changer." (Too close to the political book/TV movie "Game Change"?) Bill Paxton will star opposite DanRad as lawyer Jack Thompson, who is determined to do whatever he can to stop the relentless rise of "Grand Theft Auto."

So the TV movie will follow both the mega-successful game developers and the moral campaigners who oppose the gameplay, which glamorizes violence and the criminal underworld. It should be pretty fascinating. The script was written by James Wood ("Rev, "Ambassadors"), and directed by Owen Harris ("Misfits"). No word yet on when this might air, but we'll keep an eye on it.
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Bill Paxton In Talks To Star Opposite Daniel Radcliffe In Grand Theft Auto

The Grand Theft Auto video game franchise has been targeted by BBC Films for adaptation. If that alliance strikes you as odd, then that’s because the proposed movie won’t be a direct lift from the games’ bloody vehicular antics. The film is instead set to take its cues from a real-life legal battle revolving around the moral issue of video game violence.

One man who took umbrage with Rockstar Games – the folks behind GTA – was Miami lawyer Jack Thompson, who THR reports will be played in the film by Bill Paxton. The Miami activist took offense to the games produced by Rockstar and in particular to its founders Ben and Sam Houser. The siblings stumbled upon immense success in the industry through their hyper-stylized series of games, including Max Payne and Red Dead. Shortly thereafter, their GTA franchise came under fire from Thompson who decried the titles for their glamorization of violence.
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Bill Paxton In Talks To Join Daniel Radcliffe In Grand Theft Auto

Bill Paxton In Talks To Join Daniel Radcliffe In Grand Theft Auto
A scant few days ago, a report arrived that Daniel Radcliffe was considering playing Grand Theft Auto creator Sam Houser in a drama about the battle between the Rockstar Games president and a lawyer who fought to have the title banned as part of a drive to clean up the media. With Radcliffe now signed, Bill Paxton is in talks to play the legal eagle.BBC Films is producing this one, with director Owen Harris working from a script by James Wood that chronicles Houser’s stand-off with Miami lawyer Jack Thompson, who went on a crusade against rap and sex, then turned his attention to video games. His unorthodox actions eventually led to him being disbarred in 2008. Grand Theft Auto, meanwhile, has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of the biggest franchises in the gaming world. Currently titled Grand Theft Auto, the film represents the closest we’re
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Bill Paxton Joins "Grand Theft Auto" Film

Bill Paxton is in negotiations to star opposite Daniel Radcliffe in BBC Films' "Grand Theft Auto," the true-life account of the fight between the creator of the popular "Grand Theft Auto" video game series and a Miami lawyer who wanted to ban video game violence.

Radcliffe plays Sam Houser, the British co-founder and president of Rockstar Games which created that game along with other franchises like "Max Payne" and "Red Dead Redemption".

Paxton will play activist attorney Jack Thompson who made his name blasting media companies for pushing rap and sex onto the airwaves before turning his attention to video games. He frequently targeted Houser and was ultimately disbarred in 2008 for inappropriate behavior.

Owen Harris ("Black Mirror," "Misfits") will helm the project from a script by James Wood that is based on David Kushner's book "Jacked". Shooting begins next week.

Source: Heat Vision
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Daniel Radcliffe in Talks to Play 'Grand Theft Auto' Creator

To his credit, Daniel Radcliffe has worked hard to re-establish himself post-Harry Potter, solely based on his acting chops and not by crude antics or shock performances. However, the British actor will soon play Sam Houser, a man who popularized himself by letting others engage in lewd acts and once-shocking behavior galore... in the video game world that is. Houser is the co-founder and president of Rockstar Games, and the film is named after the company's most popular title, Grand Theft Auto. The BBC biopic doesn't center on Houser's life specifically, but more on his real-life legal battle with Jack Thompson, a Miami attorney and activist who attempted to ban violence in video games. The latter's role has yet to be cast. amz asin="0470936371" size="small"At the helm of this true-life story is Owen Harris, a television director behind episodes of "Misfits" and "Black Mirror." This will be his second feature,
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Daniel Radcliffe linked with lead role in BBC's Grand Theft Auto drama

Daniel Radcliffe is reportedly in talks to star in the BBC's Grand Theft Auto drama.

The BBC Two production will explore the court battles between GTA developer Rockstar and Miami lawyer Jack Thompson.

Our GTA 5 review: A welcome return to San Andreas

According to The Hollywood Reporter, former Harry Potter star Radcliffe is in talks to play Rockstar co-founder and president Sam Houser. The role of Thompson is yet to be cast.

The 90-minute drama will be directed by Owen Harris, whose previous credits include Misfits and Black Mirror.

Penned by James Wood, and produced by Jim Spencer and Mark Hedgecoe, filming on the project will begin later this month.

The project is part of the Make It Digital initiative, which was created to inspire the younger generation to get involved with coding and programming.

Other projects confirmed include BBC Three talent show Girls Can Code and a BBC Two documentary on Gordon Welchman,
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