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Red Dwarf Xii episode 6 review: Skipper

Mark Harrison Nov 16, 2017

Here's our review of Red Dwarf Xii's funny, fan-pleasing finale, available now to stream on UKTV Play. Spoilers...

This review contains spoilers. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode 6, which is available now on UK TV Play.

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12.6 Skipper

“Gordon Bennett. Nobody's dead, Arnold. Nobody is dead."

The future of Red Dwarf remains open, but unconfirmed. Short of UK TV announcing a Day Of The Doctor style special to go out in the next twelve months, it looks like Skipper is as the closest thing we'll get to a 30th anniversary special from Doug Naylor and the gang. If that's the case, it fills those boots rather spectacularly, while simultaneously playing as fast and loose with continuity as it always has.

As
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Red Dwarf XI episode 2 review: Samsara

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Sep 29, 2016

Samsara simultaneously harks back to classic Red Dwarf while trying something new, resulting in some outstanding comedy moments...

This review contains spoilers.

11.2 Samsara

The television landscape has changed a lot since Red Dwarf made its debut back in 1988. One of the more interesting developments of the 21st century has been that, thanks in no small part to shows like Lost, non-linear storytelling is now as much a part of the language of television as the cliff-hanger or the third-act twist. In a series that has, with rare exceptions, always featured at least one of its regulars in any given scene, Samsara breaks with Red Dwarf convention in a major way.

The Epg description for Samsara will tell you that it’s a story in which the crew find an escape pod which leads them to a crashed space ship (the titular Samsara), and the Cat and
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May DVD Releases: Judi Dench and Doc Martin

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Doc Martin season 5

Kieran Kinsella

British TV’s best loved non-Gallifreyan doctor is back in a bumper sized boxset from Acorn Media. Doc Martin: Special Collection – Series 1 – 5 + The Movies includes the entire saga so far. It is the ideal gift for Doc Martin fans who have grown frustrated at the show’s infrequent airings on select PBS stations.

Doc Martin began life as a bit part character in the film Saving Grace. At the time, his last name was Bamford and he kept the same name for two spin-off BSkyB produced made for TV movies. Bamford was a younger, slimmer, happier, more relaxed version of the Doc Martin most of us are now familiar with. The character alterations occurred when BSkyB’s drama unit went the way of the Dodo and ITV chiefs decided to develop their own version of the show. It was decided that the Doc should
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Brenda Blethyn, Simon Callow and Penelope Keith on DVD

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Philip Madoc in A Mind to Kill. Acorn Media DVD

Kieran Kinsella

The late Philip Madoc was a fantastically talented actor who specialized in playing dark and brooding characters. A familiar face on British TV, Madoc appeared in everything from Doctor Who to Dad’s Army but he saved his best performances for the crime drama A Mind to Kill. Two versions of the series were made with one being in English and the other in Madoc’s native Welsh tongue.

Madoc’s character was Detective Chief Inspector Noel Bain – an old-school detective who unhappily faces up to the fact that the world is a darker and scarier place than it was when he first walked his beat. Much to his chagrin, his daughter Hannah, (Ffion Wilkins) eventually decides to follow in his footsteps and become a police officer. The duo have a difficult relationship away from the office and
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Acorn Release Agatha Christie and P G Wodehouse Classics on DVD

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Poirot

Kieran Kinsella

Acorn Media have released numerous Agatha Christie tales on DVD but this month they are upping the ante by releasing a box set that is like manna from Heaven for fans of Britain’s favorite mystery writer. Their six disc, 16 hour long, January 29 release contains some of the best loved stories involving both Marple and Poirot. Two super sleuths squeezed into one novel sized box.

The six Poirot tales include my personal favorite – The ABC Murders, and Christie’s best loved tale – Murder on the Orient Express. I had never seen Four and Twenty Blackbirds or The Mysterious Affair at Styles before but both were very good. The former revolved around the double murder of two elderly brothers while the latter involved the murder of an early 20th century “cougar” who may or may not have been “done in” by her toy boy. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
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Doc Martin Collection – Series 1-4 DVD Review And Giveaway

For all the British television that makes some effort to cross the pond, some shows simply can't be reworked for American audiences. Luckily, most of them make it to us anyway, and the latest, brilliant effort to come by way of PBS (and of course, DVD) is Doc Martin.

Starring the by now legendary Martin Clunes, who has been a part of so many amazing British series that it boggles the mind, Doc Martin is the story of a star surgeon who suddenly develops a blood phobia. With little choice in his career path, he takes the job of Gp for the small village of Portwenn, where he spent much time as a young lad with his aunt (Stephanie Cole).

Hoping that the rural doctor life will consist largely of colds and the odd bruise, Martin hopes that with blood at a minimum he can overcome his problem and return to surgery.
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Stephanie Cole makes Corrie debut

Stephanie Cole makes Corrie debut
Coronation Street's new recruit Stephanie Cole filmed her first scenes for the soap yesterday. The actress - best known for roles in Doc Martin, Tenko and Waiting for God - has been cast in the part of Roy Cropper's mother Sylvie on the ITV1 soap. Writing on Twitter yesterday evening, Andrew Lancel, who plays businessman Frank Foster, confirmed that Cole had made her debut in (more)
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Like mother, like daughter for Mike Leigh's new production

TV favourite Ruby Bentall takes stage role with director who cast her mother 30 years ago in the classic comedy Abigail's Party

The distinctive plays and films of Mike Leigh have introduced many strong female characters to audiences down the years. In fact, the director has often returned to work with a small group of actresses whom he can trust to create memorable roles – Alison Steadman, Sheila Kelley, Lesley Manville and Imelda Staunton.

But this year, as he works on a new play for the National Theatre, Leigh has found a new star – the daughter of one of his funniest muses.

Ruby Bentall, whose mother is actress Janine Duvitski, will have a lead role at the National in the new play, which so far has no name or an announced subject, but will be written and directed by Leigh. Bentall is already known to viewers for playing Minnie in BBC1's
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Like mother, like daughter for Mike Leigh's new production

TV favourite Ruby Bentall takes stage role with director who cast her mother 30 years ago in the classic comedy Abigail's Party

The distinctive plays and films of Mike Leigh have introduced many strong female characters to audiences down the years. In fact, the director has often returned to work with a small group of actresses whom he can trust to create memorable roles – Alison Steadman, Sheila Kelley, Lesley Manville and Imelda Staunton.

But this year, as he works on a new play for the National Theatre, Leigh has found a new star – the daughter of one of his funniest muses.

Ruby Bentall, whose mother is actress Janine Duvitski, will have a lead role at the National in the new play, which so far has no name or an announced subject, but will be written and directed by Leigh. Bentall is already known to viewers for playing Minnie in BBC1's
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Roy Cropper's mum cast in Corrie

Roy Cropper's mum cast in Corrie
Doc Martin star Stephanie Cole is to join the cast of Coronation Street, taking on the role of Roy Cropper's mother Sylvie, it has been announced. The actress - also known for her parts in Tenko and Waiting for God - will begin filming with the soap in the New Year and make her first appearance on screen in March, when Sylvie turns up in Weatherfield to stay with Roy and Hayley. According to Corrie's official website, Sylvie has an outspoken attitude and soon makes her mark on the street following her arrival. Speaking of her casting, Cole commented: "I am absolutely delighted to be joining. In any great drama - be it on television or on the stage - the writing comes first, and Coronation Street is brilliantly written. "When I worked at Granada Television a lot in the 1980s, I used to play bridge with Doris Speed
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Sweetest Tongue Has Sharpest Tooth: A Look Back At “The Company Of Wolves” – Part Two

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For Part One of my look back at The Company of Wolves click here before reading on.

And so, what of the aformentioned FX?. Whilst time has, understandably, not been the kindest to them the sheer creativity on display is enough to make up for any technical shortcomings. Only 3 years earlier Rick Baker had wowed audiences with his stunning work on John Landis’ “An American Werewolf In London” (still, arguably, the greatest man to wolf transformation scene ever comitted to celluloid) and so it was perhaps wise for the FX team to avoid a similarly extended, fully lit transformation sequence.

Nonetheless the finished film does boast some extraordinary, albeit dated, scenes including Stephen Rea tearing the very skin from his face (his eventual metamorphosis sadly looks decidedly mechanical), a gypsy woman transforming an entire wedding party into a pack of slobbering wolves (the decision to shoot parts of this scene
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Graham Crowden, British Character Actor, Dead At 87

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Graham Crowden, the distinguished British character actor of stage, screen and TV has died at age 87. Crowden toiled in many films for years before finding late career success in the 90s British sitcom Waiting For God. He had also once turned down the chance to play Doctor Who, succeeding John Pertwee in the role. Crowden's big screen appearances include If..., Oh Lucky Man, Out of Africa, Jabberwocky and the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only. Click here for more on his life and career
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Graham Crowden obituary

Actor with great stage presence who found his metier in comic and satirical roles

There was something extra-terrestrial about the character actor Graham Crowden, who has died aged 87 – a mix of the ethereal eccentricity of Ralph Richardson and the Scottish lunacy and skewiff authoritarianism of Alastair Sim. He specialised in portraying doctors, lawyers or teachers in a satirical way.

Crowden was a tall, red-haired, serious and sometimes professionally diffident man – he turned down the opportunity of succeeding Jon Pertwee as the fourth Doctor Who, remarking that working with a lot of Daleks did not sound like much fun. He had a tremendous stage presence, always moving with an emphatic, loping gait.

Despite his eminence in plays at the Royal Court and the National Theatre, where he introduced roles in works by Nf Simpson and Tom Stoppard, and in films directed by Lindsay Anderson, he did not become widely familiar until
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Actor Graham Crowden dies at 87

Career of actor best known for TV roles in Waiting for God and A Very Peculiar Practice spanned more than 50 years

Actor Graham Crowden has died aged 87, his agent said today.

The Edinburgh-born actor was probably best known for his roles in the television shows Waiting For God and A Very Peculiar Practice.

His agent Sue Grantley said: "He was a wonderful, wonderful man and a brilliant actor and we will miss him terribly."

In a career spanning more than half a century, he appeared in films including the cult 1968 movie If … and the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only.

He turned down the role of the Doctor in Doctor Who after the departure of Jon Pertwee but later appeared in an episode of the longrunning science fiction series as a villain opposite Tom Baker.

He leaves a wife and several children including a daughter, Sarah, who followed him into acting

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Actor Graham Crowden dies at 87

Career of actor best known for TV roles in Waiting for God and A Very Peculiar Practice spanned more than 50 years

Actor Graham Crowden has died aged 87, his agent said today.

The Edinburgh-born actor was probably best known for his roles in the television shows Waiting For God and A Very Peculiar Practice.

His agent Sue Grantley said: "He was a wonderful, wonderful man and a brilliant actor and we will miss him terribly."

In a career spanning more than half a century, he appeared in films including the cult 1968 movie If … and the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only.

He turned down the role of the Doctor in Doctor Who after the departure of Jon Pertwee but later appeared in an episode of the longrunning science fiction series as a villain opposite Tom Baker.

He leaves a wife and several children including a daughter, Sarah, who followed him into acting

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Sitcoms, 'Raging Bull' part of new Vision

TORONTO -- Canadian multifaith channel Vision TV is aiming to make worship more entertaining and appealing to advertisers by scheduling more dramas and comedies and less factual shows in primetime, programmers said Tuesday.

New installed vp of programming Mark Prasuhn said that the cable channel will more than double its fictional programming this fall, with an eye to boosting ratings.

"The ratings after a few years of growth have started to slip in the past year, so we're driven by a desire to turn that around," he said.

That means a shift away from factual programming in primetime. Such traditional programming, which appeals to about 70 faith groups, including Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus, will instead be offered during the daytime or on weekends.

This fall, Vision TV will add the homegrown comedy Waiting for God, which portrays two elderly eccentrics refusing to grow old gracefully in a Toronto retirement home. And the Canadian channel will be preaching to the choir with the new British comedy Sorry!, starring Ronnie Corbett and Barbara Lott.

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