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Nominations announced for the BAFTA’s British Academy Television Awards

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the nominations for the 2018 BAFTA Television Awards, with the likes of The Crown, Black Mirror, Line of Duty and Three Girls scoring multiple nods.

The Crown and Line of Duty will contest Best Drama alongside Peaky Blinders and The End of the F***ing World, while Three Girls, Howards End, The State and The Moorside are up for Best Miniseries, and Big Little Lies, Feud: Bette and Joan, The Handmaid’s Tale and The Vietnam War are up for Best International Series.

Here’s the full list of nominations…

Drama Series

Line Of Duty Production Team – World Productions / BBC One

Peaky Blinders Production Team – Caryn Mandabach Productions / Tiger Aspect Productions / BBC Two

The Crown Production Team – Left Bank Pictures / Netflix

The End Of The F***Ing World Production Team – Clerkenwell Films / All 4

Leading Actor

Jack Rowan Born to Kill – World
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BAFTA TV Nominations Announced: ‘The Crown’, ‘Black Mirror’ Lead The Way

The 2018 BAFTA TV nominations have been announced in London. Netflix’s prestigious drama The Crown is featured in the main category of Best Drama Series, alongside the BBC’s Peaky Blinders and Line Of Duty, and All 4’s superb The End Of The F***ing World. The Crown was also nominated in various other categories, including Leading Actress for Claire Foy, and Best Supporting Actress for Vanessa Kirby. Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror also managed a nomination in three categories – Leading Actor for Joe Cole in the ‘Hand The DJ’ episode, Supporting Actor for Jimmi Simpson in the ‘USS CAllister ‘episode and Single Drama, also for ‘Hang The DJ’.

Big Little Lies, Feud: Bette and Joan, The Handmaid’s Tale and Ken BurnsThe Vietnam War all came up in the international category.

The 2018 BAFTA TV Awards will be dished out at the Royal Festival Hall in London on May 13th.
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‘The Crown’ and ‘Black Mirror’ Scoop Multiple BAFTA TV Nominations for Netflix

Netflix shows “The Crown” and “Black Mirror” each landed three nominations Wednesday for BAFTA Television Awards, as did BBC dramas “Line of Duty” and “Three Girls.”

Royal chronicle “The Crown” received nominations for best drama; for Claire Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth II, as leading actress; and for Vanessa Kirby, who plays Princess Margaret, as best supporting actress. “Black Mirror,” the dark, dystopian anthology series, also bagged nominations in the leading actor, single drama, and supporting actor categories.

Police drama “Line of Duty’s” trio of nominations included one for drama series and one for lead actress Thandie Newton. “Three Girls,
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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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Addams Family Reunion: the sequel that time forgot

Simon Brew Nov 15, 2017

After Addams Family Values struggled at the box office, another film still followed a few years later. But Addams Family 3 this was not...

Were the world right, then in 1993, Addams Family Values would have got both the rich acclaim and enormous box office it merited. A deliciously playful sequel, it’s 94 minutes of tightly put together comedy, with a bunch of performers that come close to defining ‘perfectly cast’. Christina Ricci, clinging to a fence as she’s threatened with the Harmony Hut, remains a comedy highlight of 1990s cinema.

But the film didn’t really hit. As much as it was liked, its box office was less than half of the original. It was released the week before Mrs Doubtfire in the Us, and it was the latter that become the widely seen family comedy of Christmas 1993. Addams Family Values would do okay at best, but
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Tracey Ullman's Show

Network: HBO. Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: October 28, 2016 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Tracey Ullman, Daniel Lawrence Taylor, Gwen Taylor, Aaron Neil, Zahra Ahmadi, Lucy Montgomery, Jason Forbes, Sue Elliott-Nichols, Elizabeth Berrington, Tony Gardner, Joan Linder, Katherine Jakeways, Samantha Spiro, Laurence Rickard, Jamie Demetriou, and Emily Atack. TV show description: A British sketch comedy series, Tracey Ullman's Show features the actress, comedian, and singer starring as a variety of people, from the everyday, to the rich and famous, and even the infamous. In UK, the program premiered on BBC One, on January 11, 2016. While providing a peek at life on the other side of the
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Today! Mark Kermode & Den Of Geek live on stage!

Den Of Geek Oct 17, 2017

Join Mark Kermode and some bloke from Den Of Geek for an evening of nerdy movie chat...

We're joining forces with Mark Kermode for a special evening of movie nerdy joy, live on stage in London! It's called Movie Geek, features special guests, and with clips, ranting, love for films that not enough people love and maybe even a few giveaways, it promises to be quite the evening!

We are now also delighted to confirm that Ben Willbond and Laurence Rickard - Bill! Horrible Histories! Yonderland! And More! - will be joining us as special guests for a segment of the show.

If you buy a ticket that also includes our Movie Geek book, Mark and the Den Of Geek team will sign it for you at the end.

It takes place this evening, Tuesday 17th October 2017 at the Prince Charles Cinema in London. And you
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Yonderland: has come to an end, say creators

Louisa Mellor Feb 17, 2017

Yonderland's creators thank fans in a message confirming that the fantasy comedy has come to an end...

Sad news for Yonderland fans: Sky's brilliant fantasy comedy series has closed its doors after three blisteringly great series. 

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Co-creator and actor Laurence Rickard Tweeted this fond goodbye message to the show's many devotees and those who helped to make it happen, signed "six idiots":

Our hearty congratulations and thanks go to the entire Yonderland team. You were just brilliant.

And additionally, don't think we won't be holding you to this "next adventure" promise. The world needs much more of your particular brand of joy and silliness. Please don't be strangers!

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Yonderland Christmas Special review: It's The Thought That Counts

Rachel Meaden Dec 24, 2016

Tis the season both on both sides of the portal as Debbie is gearing up for Christmas and Yonderland is celebrating Thanktival…

Hooray! Yonderland is back! And for an hour long Christmas special no less!

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Christmas is a stressful time for all of us but it’s doubly headache-inducing for Debbie Maddox aka the Chosen One. We meet back up with Debbie as she’s getting the Maddox household ready for an imminent Christmas Eve party and angrily tracking an undelivered Christmas present for her in-laws. In Yonderland, our favourite idiot Elders are preparing for ‘Thanktival’ a Yonderland festival where (in true Yonderlandian style) people buy presents to thank their friends and family for all they’ve done for them throughout the year but before they can open them they’re gobbled up by a Monster called Chompus.
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Den Of Geek’s Christmas 2016 UK TV and radio picks

Louisa Mellor Dec 12, 2016

We’ve taken a pen to the UK Christmas TV and radio schedules and circled the shows we’re looking forward to. Add yours below!

Amid the cosy repeats, big movies and inescapable cranberry-stuffed cookery shows on TV this month are a few original gems. Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s Inside No. 9 festive special The Devil Of Christmas (Tuesday the 27th of December, 10pm, BBC Two) is top of our must-watch list. Hot on its heels is Yonderland’s family friendly Yonder Yuletide (Saturday the 24th of December, 6.30pm, Sky One). Another for families on Sky is the Christmas Day Jasper Fforde adaptation The Last Dragonslayer, while Channel 4 has the non-festive-but-essential-for-fans-of smart-sci-fi Humans series two finale (Sunday the 18th of December, 9pm).

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Not to forget, of course, the Doctor Who Christmas Special, a brand-new series of Sherlock,
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Yonderland series 3 episode 7 review: Miss Smashing

Rachel Meaden Nov 27, 2016

It’s the penultimate episode of Yonderland series 3 and we’re finally getting some answers to what Cuddly Dick is getting up to…

This review contains spoilers.

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3.7 Miss Smashing

Yonderland does beauty pageants in episode 7 but something about it doesn’t feel quite right when all the rejected contestants start going missing…

This week sees the re-emergence of a Televised Beauty Contest Yonderland called Miss Smashing. Debbie thinks that something about the show smells a bit fishy and endeavours to get to the bottom of it. Meanwhile Negatus is a double agent working for Cuddly Dick once again and trying to decide if he should
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Yonderland series 3 episode 3 review: The Bird And The Bee

Rachel Meaden Oct 30, 2016

Yonderland's third series is its most confident, consistently fun outing yet. Here's our look at the latest episode...

This review contains spoilers.

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After the Ocean’s Eleven spoof of last week we return to a more familiar (but no less great) episode in the shape of The Bird And The Bee.

After being chased out of Yonderland by an angry mob, the Elders are still camped out in Debbie’s loft and The Chosen One is, understandably, getting a bit peeved about it (particularly when they’re eating all her Christmas tree ornaments and trying on her clothes). To test the waters Debbie pops back through
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25 underappreciated family movies of the last 20 years




From Flushed Away and Hunchback to Titan A.E. and Sky High - the family movies that don't get the love they deserve...

When I sit through a film such as Zootropolis, Rango, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Eddie The Eagle or Coraline, I can’t help but be thankful somebody has bothered. As a parent as well as a movie lover, I’ve grown to really dislike family movies that just turn up to act as a surrogate babysitter for 90 minutes, with no intention of becoming anybody’s favourite film. The films I'm going to talk about are the family movies therefore that I think both try and do something a bit more, yet continue to fly under many people's radar.

A bonus mention before we get going, and number 26 in the list, much to my surprise: Alvin & The Chipmunks 4. I was expecting next to zero from it, courtesy
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Bill: the battle to get a brilliant smaller film noticed




Director Richard Bracewell chats to us about Bill, and the behind the scenes struggle to bring it to the screen.

Regular readers of Den Of Geek will well know that we're sizeable fans of the comedy Bill. It's available on DVD now, and we can't recommend it highly enough.

What wasn't so well known at the time of its release was that Bill went through a distributor change last year, which at one stage looked like it might derail a wide cinema release, and thus keep the movie away from many people's eyeballs. We thus spoke to director Richard Bracewell about the film, and the behind the scenes story of just what was going on...

Can we dig into the untold story underpinning Bill? In particular, the problems that most didn't see, about simply getting the film released? Can you take us through what happened? Because we
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Bill DVD Review

Director: Richard Bracewell

Starring: Mathew Baynton, Helen McCrory, Martha Howe-Douglas, Laurence Rickard, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Jim Howick, Damian Lewis

If thou hast seen Horrible Histories

Or know this troupe from TV’s Yonderland,

Thine eyes hast been treated to comedies

And never hast thou heard a laughter canned.

For Bill is that most rare a lucid dream;

A family film fine for young and old.

And not since Python have we seen a team

Whose humorous tales have been so well told.

These players do play many parts herein

To see them do so well is utter bliss.

And I must thank them for bringing their kin-

Helen McCory, Damian Lewis.

The writing too, is worthy of a king.

Like times before, ‘tis true! The play’s the thing!

For Shakespeare fans, the nods are very clear.

And younger ones will laugh at the word ‘bum.’

If running gags ye seek,
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Win Bill And Deutschland ’83 On DVD


To celebrate the release of Bill and Deutschland ’83, both available to own on DVD from 15 February 2016, we are giving you the chance to win 1 of 5 bundles of both DVDs.

Bill follows the rise of the world’s most famous playwright, William Shakespeare, as you’ve never seen him before. The star-studded British ensemble cast includes Mathew Baynton (The Wrong Mans, You, Me and the Apocalypse), Simon Farnaby (Paddington), Martha Howe-Douglas (Doctor Foster), Jim Howick (Peep Show, Stag), Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Peaky Blinders) and Damian Lewis (Homeland). Bill was written by two of its stars – Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond.

Deutschland ’83 – It’s 1983. The Cold War is hot. Russian SS20 Missiles in East Germany are already pointed West. American Pershing II Missiles will soon be placed in West Germany, pointing East. The threat of nuclear conflict looms. Our hero, Martin Rauch (Jonas Nay), is 23. Born and raised in East Germany,
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Yonderland series 3: image and clip tease Stephen Fry's character

Simon Brew Sep 14, 2016

Stephen Fry is playing a character named Cuddly Dick in Yonderland series 3. We've got proof, too...

Here's a recap of some rather excellent news: not only is the sublime Yonderland returning to Sky 1 for a third series, but it's been revealed that Stephen Fry is to join the cast.

We've now learned that he'll playing a character named Cuddly Dick, who has been revealed with this teaser trailer and image combo...

Yonderland, which is quite wonderful if you've not had the chance yet, stars Mathew Baynton, Simon Farbaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Ben Willbond and Laurence Rickard (who write the show and perform the vast bulk of roles in it). 

More on Yonderland as we hear it. And do check out Bill, from the same team, which is now available on DVD. We like Bill, too.
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Yonderland series 3: Stephen Fry joining the show




Yonderland will be returning - and Stephen Fry is joining in the fun.

Well, this is rather excellent news. Not only is the sublime Yonderland returning to Sky 1 for a third series, but it's now been revealed that Stephen Fry is to join the cast.

Yonderland, which is quite wonderful if you've not had the chance yet, stars Mathew Baynton, Simon Farbaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Ben Willbond and Laurence Rickard (who write the show and perform the vast bulk of roles in it). It's unclear as of yet just where Stephen Fry fits in, as his involvement hasn't been officially announced by Sky 1 itself. But here's the Tweet from Mr Fry....

Let us cast off these cumbersome robes. I%u2019m delighted to be joining the cast of #Yonderland for Series 3 on @sky1

Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) January 25, 2016

More on Yonderland as we hear it.
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The underrated film acting performances of 2015




Rosario Dawson, Hugh Jackman and Blake Lively lead our look at 2015's best under the radar acting performances in film...

This article contains mild spoilers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. We've kept these as vague as possible, but if you haven't seen the film yet, you might wish to skip the entry pertaining to that.

2015 was a particularly exemplary year for all kinds of movies, but particularly in genre and blockbuster cinema. When there's so much to talk about, it's inevitable that some of the really good stuff gets lost in the mix of awards season chatter, but that's especially true when there's still some residual stigma about movies outside of the 'worthy' release schedule that will arrive in UK cinemas between now and the Academy Awards ceremony in February.

There are a couple of likely breakthrough geek movies for this year's Oscars, in the
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The making of Bill: "wrestling an octopus into a carrier bag"

Laurence Rickard Dec 23, 2017

Ahead of the brilliant Bill screening on BBC Two, a look at how the film itself got made...

Here's something rather exciting. Writer/actor Laurence Rickard of Horrible Histories, Yonderland and now Shakespeare comedy Bill has written a guest article for us, all about the making of the film. And here is it...

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"They won't just say 'that sounds great, let's do it.'"

It was April 6th 2011 – my first day in what I shall call 'the movie business' (because I can't think of a less knobby term) – and those were the words of Tony Bracewell, producer of Bill... That afternoon we went in to see the lovely people at BBC Films, who said 'that sounds great, let's do it'. It remains the only time Tony's been wrong, so I like to remind him about it.
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