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Kim Cattrall, Derek Jacobi & Kate Nash Among Cast For Altitude-BBC-Amazon Tie-Up ‘Horrible Histories’

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Kim Cattrall, Derek Jacobi & Kate Nash Among Cast For Altitude-BBC-Amazon Tie-Up ‘Horrible Histories’
Production is under way on Altitude Film Entertainment and Citrus Films’ family movie Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans, based on the popular children’s book series by Terry Deary and illustrated by Martin Brown.

Shooting now on location in the UK and Bulgaria, the film will cast the antics of the Roman Empire in a comedic light. It will follow Atti, a Roman teenager with brains but very little brawn. When one of his clever schemes falls foul of Emperor Nero, he is forced to join the army and is sent to miserable, cold, wet Britain where the natives are revolting – quite literally. Things go from bad to worse when Atti is captured by Orla, a feisty teenage Celt desperate to prove herself as a warrior.

Dominic Brigstocke, director of the TV version of the series, will make his feature directorial debut. Script comes from Jessica Swale together with Giles Pilbrow and Caroline Norris.
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Sacha Baron Cohen’s Spelthorne Community TV Gets ‘Outrageously Funny’ For Viacom’s C5

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Sacha Baron Cohen’s Spelthorne Community TV Gets ‘Outrageously Funny’ For Viacom’s C5
Exclusive: Fresh from mocking Roy Moore and Jason Spencer on his Showtime series Who Is America?, Sacha Baron Cohen is setting his sights on the UK by producing a series for Viacom’s Channel 5.

I hear Baron Cohen’s indie Spelthorne Community Television, which he set up with former Channel 4 commissioner and Objective Media chief Andrew Newman, is making Outrageously Funny for the British broadcaster.

The six-part show, which was ordered by factual commissioner Greg Barnett, will celebrate Britain’s most genre-defining and boundary pushing comedians. However, it does not feature Baron Cohen himself, who is known for playing characters including Ali G, Borat and Brüno. Outrageously Funny is exec produced by Newman and Matt Edmonds and is the company’s debut commission for C5.

It comes hot on the heels of Who Is America?, the political satire series that Spelthorne produces, which has aired three episodes of so far.
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Horrible Histories: the 15 greatest songs

Catherine Pearson Nov 20, 2017

With reports of a Horrible Histories feature film in development, we salute the genius songs of a magnificent show...

Ah, Horrible Histories. The show that brings all the slapstick humour and wordplay of Blackadder and Monty Python to a young audience. It’s a rare and marvellously British televisual feast (points for citing the reference, there): a bunch of hugely talented actors charging around in historical outfits, singing songs and starring in genius pop culture-inspired spoofs to deliver the darker side of history to school children.

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Terry Deary’s famous books were an obvious choice for a Cbbc adaptation, but it was a bold choice to assemble a writing team and cast known for their work in the
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Win The Windsors series 1 & 2 on DVD

Outrageous satirical comedy The Windsors starring Harry Enfield arrives on DVD from 28th August. Series 1 and 2 are packaged in a two-disc set along with the Christmas special and to celebrate we have 2 copies to giveaway!

It’s the royal family as you’ve never seen them before featuring an all-star comedy cast including Enfield as Prince Charles, Haydn Gwynne as Camilla, Morgana Robinson as Pippa, Hugh Skinner as William, Louise Ford as Kate and Richard Goulding as Harry, with Katy Wix as Fergie.

The Windsors are divided: Prince Charles wants his son Will to show a more regal detachment but Wills wants to fly the air ambulance and mingle with the people. Kate is trying to find acceptance in the royal family, and Camilla alarmed at Wills and Kate’s popularity, is plotting to destroy them. Meanwhile, Harry is chasing Pippa Middleton’s famous arse, Prince Edward’s fallen on hard times,
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Sherlock Series 4 Episode 2 Review – ‘The Lying Detective’

Tori Brazier reviews the second episode of Sherlock series four…

After the rather uneven opening episode of Sherlock series four, Sunday’s ‘The Lying Detective’ managed to provide its audience, on the whole, with what we came to expect of the show in earlier series: namely a clever and more coherent plot which, although acting as a bridge between first and last episodes (so soon!), had its own pacing, tension and resolution within this episode. Throw in villain Toby Jones and his maniacal glee, plus a couple of genuine and well-executed shocks, and even ardent Sherlock fans should be satisfied. If you’ve not yet seen the most recent episode, read no further as key plot details will be covered!

‘The Lying Detective’ started off, as of old, with a peek into the crime and criminal: a teaser of what’s coming Sherlock’s way, if you will. Dubiously slimy
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Sherlock: 34 nerdy spots in The Lying Detective

Louisa Mellor Jan 10, 2017

We've scoured The Lying Detective for details and noticed a few interesting titbits. Spoilers ahead...

Once again, we’ve clued for looks in the latest Sherlock episode The Lying Detective and noticed some fun details and references to the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories. Here goes…

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1. The episode’s very first shot of a smoking gun – which we assume is that of Vivian Norbury in The Six Thatchers as remembered by John Watson – is actually the gun shot at John Watson by Eurus Holmes in the episode’s final shot. (The same shot also features in the series four opening credits and is briefly edited in to the scene of Sherlock and ‘Faith’ sitting by the Thames after he’s thrown her gun into the water.)

2. A vase of white roses,
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Katy Wix: 'I’ve written women who swear and are allowed to be intelligent'

She plays the naive Daisy in Not Going Out and stars in sitcoms Together and Fried. But Katy Wix has also created dozens of her own comic characters, based on her friends and herself

You’ve just published a second volume of comic monologues for women. How did the idea come about?

I found that a lot of performers couldn’t find the material they wanted for auditions and all sorts of things, so it came about as a practical necessity. I’d meet someone and ask what what sort of thing they wanted, and make a bit of extra cash from it. The more I did it, the more I realised that this sort of material doesn’t really exist.

After the first book [published in 2014], I got so many emails and letters, especially from students, who said it’s nice to perform something that’s contemporary and my sense of humour,
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Not Going Out series 8 talks are going on, says star Katy Wix

Not Going Out has become quite the sleeper hit. Despite slipping under the radar somewhat, it has lasted seven series and a couple of Christmas specials.

Katy Wix, who plays the insanely ditzy Daisy in the BBC One sitcom, is hopeful that it will return for an eighth - and apparently there are talks happening.

"I think there are discussions in rooms going on, in the corridors of power at the BBC," she told Digital Spy. "So I'm waiting to hear myself, I suppose."

Creator Lee Mack stars in the comedy as Lee, a fictional version of himself, alongside his love interest and flatmate Lucy (Sally Bretton). Tim Vine left the show after five series as Lucy's brother Tim.

Speaking about the sitcom's lasting power and continued popularity, she said: "What's really lovely about it is it's always such a warm response from members of the public and stuff. It could be Twitter,
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Not Going Out star Katy Wix takes on fast food in new series Fried: 'People thought it was a real chicken shop'

Katy Wix is best known for playing the nice-but-dim character Daisy in Not Going Out, and she will next be seen taking the lead in BBC Three's new sitcom Fried.

The comedy centres around a group of employees at a typical fried chicken shop, an environment that Wix herself doesn't know much about.

"It's a world I'm not familiar with, I'll be honest with you," she told Digital Spy. "I don't think I've ever been in a fried chicken shop, I'll be honest, before this!

"Maybe I've just never been that pissed before, to wander in! But I thought 'oh, that sounds like a really good idea', and I know that there was something on Channel 4 wasn't there? It was a documentary, and I wonder if that inspired the idea in the writers' heads, I don't know. Because, that was amazing as well, that was full of all human life!
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Ashley Jensen to return for full Agatha Raisin series on Sky1

Ashley Jensen will return as Agatha Raisin in an upcoming Sky1 series.

A full eight-part series has been commissioned by the channel, following last year's one-off Christmas special The Quiche of Death.

The quirky crime drama will shoot the hour-long episodes in the Cotswold in the summer.

Agatha Raisin is adapted from Mc Beaton's stories by writers Stewart Harcourt and Chris Murray.

Full casting has yet to be officially announced, but the Christmas special also starred Hermione Norris, Mathew Horne, Robert Bathurst, Katy Wix and Jamie Glover.

The Quiche of Death followed follows Agatha (Jensen), a PR whizz who gives up her life in London to move to the seemingly tranquil village of Carsley, but soon finds herself embroiled in a murder mystery.

She inadvertently becomes a suspect in the murder case when she enters the village's annual quiche-making competition. She sets out to clear her name and solve the
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Bill Bailey, Abbey Clancy and Tinie Tempah for BBC iPlayer exclusives

Bill Bailey, Abbey Clancy and Tinie Tempah will front new exclusive programming on BBC iPlayer.

Victoria Jaye, Head of TV Content for the service, has announced 16 new titles for 2015, including nine original comedy shorts to coincide with Valentine's Day.

The Funny Valentine series will see Bailey and other comedians create a short film offering their unique take on Valentine's Day. Matt Berry, Romesh Ranganathan, Sara Pascoe, Limmy, Nick Helm, Modern Toss, Russ Abbott and Katy Wix will also feature.

Meanwhile, Tinie Tempah will offer an insight into Alexander McQueen's forthcoming V&A exhibition, Savage Beauty, in Private View.

Abbey Clancy will return to front iPlayer's coverage of London Fashion Week later this year, which is being produced in collaboration with the British Fashion Council.

Speaking about the commissions, Jaye said: "BBC iPlayer presents a huge creative opportunity to push the boundaries of storytelling and engage audiences in new ways.
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Watch Sky1's first trailer for Christmas drama Agatha Raisin

Sky1 has debuted the first trailer for its Christmas drama Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death.

Ashley Jensen leads the cast of the special, which also features Hermione Norris, Mathew Horne, Robert Bathurst, Katy Wix and Jamie Glover.

Agatha Raisin is described as "contemporary and quirky", and is based on the Mc Beaton novel series.

It follows Agatha (Jensen), a PR whizz who gives up her life in London to move to the seemingly tranquil village of Carsley, but soon finds herself embroiled in a murder mystery.

She inadvertently becomes a suspect in the murder case when she enters the village's annual quiche-making competition. She sets out to clear her name and solve the murder mystery once and for all.

Describing her character, Jensen said: "Agatha Raisin is a strong, forthright, independent, driven, successful woman, who is both funny and flawed - a real woman of our time."
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Not Going Out return date confirmed by BBC One

Not Going Out will return for its seventh series next month.

BBC One has confirmed that the new series of the channel's current longest-running sitcom will launch on Friday, October 17.

Lee Mack and Sally Bretton will return as Lee and Lucy in the 10-part series, along with Katy Wix as Daisy and Bobby Ball as Lee's dad.

Hugh Dennis and Abigail Cruttenden join the cast as new neighbours Toby and Anna, who soon struggle to deal with sharing a building with Lee and Lucy.

During the series, Lee and Daisy appear on the quiz show Pointless, while the Christmas season finale will finally reveal if Lucy and Lee will get together.

Mack will embark on a national stand-up tour in the autumn, playing 84 dates including eight shows at London's Hammersmith Apollo.
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Fried, CBB: Live Eviction

Big School: BBC One, 9pm

The second series of David Walliams's surreal school sitcom continues tonight, with flame-haired French teacher Miss Postern sulking because no-one remembered it's her birthday. Meanwhile, the arrival of a handsome new geography teacher has Walliams's embattled Mr Church distressed - as he's potentially yet another rival for Miss Postern's affections.

A League of Their Own: series 8, 2 of 8 - Sky1, 9pm

England midfielder Andros Townsend, presenter Laura Whitmore and comedian Mickey Flanagan are the guests on James Corden's irreverent sports panel show tonight, and no-one is safe from the ludicrousness that ensues. This week the challenges include a netball match at Wembley's Sse Arena, a game of street soccer, and a back-to-school sports day between the reds and the blues.

Celebrity Big Brother: Live Eviction - Channel 5, 9pm

It's time for the fourth Celebrity Big Brother eviction, but who will follow David McIntosh,
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Hermione Norris and Mathew Horne join Sky1's Agatha Raisin

Hermione Norris and Mathew Horne have joined the cast of Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death.

They join Ashley Jensen in Sky1's upcoming crime drama, which will air at Christmas.

Norris will star as long-suffering housewife Jo Cummings, while Horne will play Agatha's former assistant Roy.

Meanwhile, Robert Bathurst will play Andy Cummings, Katy Wix will star as Gemma, and Jamie Glover has joined the cast as James, a love interest for Agatha.

Jason Barnett and Matt McCooey will appear as Di Wilkes and DC Bill Wong.

The drama is described as "contemporary and quirky", and is based on the Mc Beaton novel series.

It follows Agatha, a PR whizz who gives up her life in London to move to the seemingly tranquil village of Carsley, but soon finds herself embroiled in a murder mystery.

She inadvertently becomes a suspect in the murder case when she enters the village's annual quiche-making competition.
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The return of Not Going Out

Feature Simon Brew 5 Apr 2013 - 06:30

Lee Mack's Not Going Out returns to the BBC for its sixth series this evening, with an episode that proves there is life after Tim Vine...

The shadow of My Family hangs over the long-running British sitcom. It shouldn't do, but there's little getting around it: there's a perception that the longer a show goes on, the happier it is to rest on familiarity, rather than continuing to work hard at making people laugh. Granted, there are exceptions to the rule, but it's surely no coincidence that many of the most fondly remembered British situation comedies left the stage before they went stale. Even Only Fools And Horses, generally regarded - with some justification - as Britain's most warmly thought of long-running sitcom only had seven actual series, with the last few years of its run made up of specials. 

Which brings us to Not Going Out.
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This Week's Must-See TV: Five Shows You Shouldn't Miss

Happy Easter, everybody! Today may be the only day where you can get away with overdosing on wonderful, chocolatey things, but happily there's some equally delicious telly treats to enjoy, without guilt, over the entire week.

Yes, the next seven days sees not only the return of Game of Thrones and Jonathan Creek, but also the sure-to-be-thrilling conclusion of The Walking Dead's third season. And of course no Tube Talk rundown would be complete without a mention of the latest Doctor Who episode.

'The Rings of Akhaten' (Saturday, April 6 at 6.15pm on BBC One) sees the Doctor (Matt Smith) and new assistant Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) on a day trip with a dark twist when they go to check out a festival on the rings of a faraway planet.

Jonathan Creek: Monday (April 1) at 8.30pm on BBC One

It's been three years since Alan Davies last donned the duffle
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Catch-up TV guide: from The Railway: Keeping Britain On Track to The Challenger

The Railway: Keeping Britain On Track | Anna & Katy | Way Out West: The Bristol Underground Story | Real Time With Bill Maher | Suits | The Challenger

TV: The Railway: Keeping Britain On Track

Profiling some of Britain's busiest stations and lines, this excellent eight-parter basically confirms that, yes, our rail network is held together by little more than gaffer tape and goodwill. That said, the people who try to keep our trains running on time against all the odds are absolute saints. So stop shouting at them, yeah? Catch the lot over on iPlayer before it expires on Tuesday.

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TV: Anna & Katy

We're in the middle of a bit of a sketch show monsoon at the moment, with It's Kevin, the forthcoming Watson And Oliver, and this effort from duo Anna Crilly and Katy Wix, who embrace a lively Vic and Bob-style surrealism. The first three episodes of Anna & Katy are on 4oD.
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From Hunderby to It's Kevin: how TV comedy learned to be silly again

Bland workplace and domestic sitcoms are out, and 'weird' stuff is in again. Could this be the beginning of a new golden age?

Something has happened to TV comedy lately. A small spurt of silliness, that began last year with shows such as Hunderby and Cardinal Burns, is threatening to become a full-blown gush of surreal exuberance. Limmy's Show aside – and that had a Scotland-only transmission – TV has been a wasteland so far as "out there" comedy is concerned. Channel commissioners just seemed to go off the "weird" stuff after Reeves and Mortimer.

As Shooting Stars fizzled out on BBC2 so apparently did all peculiar, offbeat comic output, in favour of a parade of variations on the workplace sitcom, the domestic sitcom and, very occasionally, the sketch show. Not to mention a glut of those post-Gavin and Stacey comedy dramas designed to warm the cockles but devoid of any actual jokes.
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TV highlights 06/03/2013

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America's Poor Kids | Michael Grade And The World's Oldest Joke | Show Dogs: The Road To Crufts | Russell Brand's Give It Up For Comic Relief | Parks And Recreation | First Among Equals: The Laurie Cunningham Story | Anna & Katy

America's Poor Kids

9pm, BBC2

This documentary opens with a statistic that feels scandalous, recession or no recession: 16 million American children live within the technical definition of poverty. Jezza Neumann's affecting but unsentimental film is a companion to a study he made of poor British children in 2011. He meets young Americans doomed, through no fault of their own, to lives of struggle. In no case is the American dream entirely extinguished, but it's horrible to listen to children being so grimly pragmatic about their prospects. Andrew Mueller

Michael Grade And The World's Oldest Joke

9pm, BBC4

The former chief exec of Channel 4 goes in search of the origins of the
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