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How Older Women, an Oft-Forgotten Demo, Are Leading the Charge on Boutique Streaming Service Britbox

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You think streaming television, you think hip millennials giving the middle finger to cable services. You think British television, you think retirement-aged women, sipping tea while watching period dramas while wearing a lot of very interesting hats.

And yet, several streaming services find themselves battling it out by combining the two concepts. BritBox, owned by British networks BBC Worldwide and ITV, launched last year in a busy field that also includes companies like Acorn, Walter Presents and others focused on international titles.

Entering an already-crowded streaming landscape, those digital services have opted to go after narrower enthusiast audiences rather than try to compete with the monolith that is Netflix. Niche comes with its own challenges, however, as evidenced by attempts like Seeso (a NBC Universal service aimed at young comedy fans), which shut down after failing to attract a large enough subscriber base.

But Seeso targeted a young audience that
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Jonathan Creek review – suitably silly, scary, arch and pleased with itself

It’s not easy pulling off the classic Christmas combo of spooky and cosy, but this special makes it look (super)natural. Also, James May fails to get The Christmas Reassembler together

Hang on a minute. Is this Jonathan Creek or a Hammer horror pastiche? First up, a raven, red velvet curtains, flickering candle, and a mustachioed director called Nathan Clore introducing us to a B-movie called Brides of the Damned. Meanwhile our reluctant straggly-haired sleuth is nowhere to be seen. I realise it has been two years since the last special and about 200 since Alan Davies first graced our screens as the proto-Cumberbatchian Sherlock, but this is a rise from the dead too far.

Once the opening credits have rolled, however, everything becomes clearer. Or rather Creekier. A car drives to a stately pile in the rain. Stephen and Alison Belkin, a young, sexy-nerdy couple who are basically Brad
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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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Jonathan Creek Christmas Special review: Daemons' Roost

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Dec 28, 2016

This year's Jonathan Creek Christmas Special proves that there's life in the old duffel coat yet. Here's our spoilery review...

Warning: this review contains spoilers.

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The last full series of Jonathan Creek, back in 2014, divided critics and audience; at the time our own reviewer complained that the central mysteries lacked the intricacy and peril of previous instalments, and there was a feeling that the spark had gone out of the show ever since Creek put away his duffel coat and moved out of the windmill.

The signs are there from the outset that this is going to be a more exciting affair: a big spooky house, a mystery involving several deaths and a Satanic ritual,
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Passengers review

Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence on a spaceship with Michael Sheen serving the drinks. We take a look at the sci-fi romance, Passengers...

It’s not a very scintillating title, Passengers, is it? Especially for a film about a kilometre-long ship hurtling through space with the two romantic leads trapped inside it. Love’s Labour's Lost In Space might have suited it better, had Futurama not beaten screenwriter Jon Spaihts to the punch by about 17 years. So Passengers it is: the latest film from Norwegian director Mortum Tyldum, who previously brought us the superb Jo Nesbo-adapted thriller Headhunters and Oscar-nominated Alan Turing drama, The Imitation Game.

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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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UK football feature 'The Bromley Boys' kicks off

UK football feature 'The Bromley Boys' kicks off
Exclusive: Shoot underway on crowd-funded feature starring Game Of Thrones’ Brenock O’Connor, Alan Davies, Martine McCutcheon and Adam Deacon.

Itchy Fish Film and Scanner Rhodes Productions have begun principal photography on feature The Bromley Boys.

Inspired by the autobiographical book by author David Roberts, The Bromley Boys follows fifteen-year-old Roberts and his love for one of the worst football teams in Britain at the turn of the 1970s.

The film stars Game Of Thrones’ Brenock O’Connor. It is directed by Steve Kelly (City Rats) and produced by Tj Herbert (The Cutting Room) and Dean Fisher (One Crazy Thing).

The supporting cast includes Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek), Martine McCutcheon (Love Actually), Jamie Foreman (Layer Cake), Adam Deacon (Annuvahood), and several up and coming actors, including Betsy Blue-English, discovered through E4’s structured reality show Stage School.

Herbert, a Bromley supporter himself, obtained the rights to the film after discovering the story in a local bookshop. He then
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Crime Traveller: celebrating an underappreciated 90s sci-fi

Alastair Stewart Nov 21, 2016

Anthony Horowitz's Crime Traveller deserves to be better remembered in the history of British sci-fi...

The 1990s are Doctor Who's lost decade. Although the eponymous Timelord found a brief home with Paul McGann's American pilot in 1996, the revival was never picked up. So began an even longer winter on the long road to 2005's regeneration under Russell T. Davies with Christopher Eccleston. The rest, as they say, is history.

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What is seldom remembered, however, is that while the failed reboot had proven the franchise hadn't recovered from 33 years worth of plot, nor had there been any marked improvement on the production, the entire exercise had given a
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Jonathan Creek returns for 'spookiest ever' one-off episode

Alan Davies returns as the deadpan detective in a one-off special, alongside Sarah Alexander and Warwick Davies

Alan Davies will once again try to unpick a fiendish crime as lateral-thinking sleuth Jonathan Creek, which is returning to the BBC for the first time since 2014.

He stars alongside Sarah Alexander and Warwick Davies in the one-off episode Daemon’s Roost, about a horror director who dies in a haunted house that may once have been used for satanic rituals.

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Jonathan Creek: first image from upcoming revival

Rob Leane Nov 25, 2016

Alan Davies will return as super sleuth Jonathan Creek in a 90-minute special, and here's the first pic to prove it...

We learned back in August that Jonathan Creek is set to return to our screens soon.

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Today, the BBC has backed that announcement up by releasing the first image from the show's upcoming special, Daemon's Roost. Here it is, courtesy of CultBox...

Back in August, the BBC broke the news of Jonathan Creek's return in interesting fashion, by emailing us this case file stuffed with exciting details...

There's a lot to deduce there: we'll be getting a 90-minute special entitled Daemon's Roost, which has already started shooting. Alan Davies will return as the eponymous investigator,
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The ‘Qi Elves’ are getting their own TV series

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No Such Thing As The News is BBC Two’s new topical news show from Qi’s famous fact finders...

Here’s an interesting one. Qi’s team of researchers – often referred to as the ‘Qi Elves’ by Mr Stephen Fry – are spinning out into their own TV show.

BBC Two has picked up No Such Thing As The News for five episodes. Qi brainboxes James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray, Anna Ptaszynski and Dan Schreiber will appear on-screen and recount funny stories from the week’s news.

The show has been described as “fast, intelligent, hilarious television, completely unlike any other show on air” which “aims to do for the news what Qi does for the universe at large.”

This is what producer John Lloyd had to say about the new comedy series...

“The last time I started a topical TV comedy show with four exceptionally talented
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Alan Davies wants to bring back Jonathan Creek

Alan Davies wants 'Jonathan Creek' to return. The mystery drama series - which aired from 1997 to 2004 - was one of the BBC's most popular shows and the main star of the show has revealed there's a possibility of a comeback as the writer ''hasn't killed off Jonathan''. Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper, he said: ''Our writer David Renwick keeps his cards close to his chest but he hasn't killed Jonathan off. So there's the possibility of more. ''It's amazing how long it's been going and it's fantastic people like it.'' Last year the show came back for a special
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"Huntsman" Gets Three New Dwarves

Rob Brydon ("The Trip"), Alexandra Roach ("Cuban Fury") and Sheridan Smith ("Jonathan Creek") have all signed on to play three new dwarfs in Cedric Nicolas-Troyan's "The Huntsman," the upcoming prequel to 2012's "Snow White and the Huntsman" which is in development at Universal Pictures.

Nick Frost has already signed on to reprise his dwarf role from the original, at the time it was indicated that the film would only feature two dwarfs. Seems that stance has been reconsidered, though Frost is the only actor who played a dwarf in the first film who is coming back for the sequel.

Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Ian McShane, Johnny Harris, Ray Winstone and Brian Gleeson played the other dwarfs in 'Snow White' and aren't expected back - though Jones and Marsan were said to have been contacted about the job.

Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron will reprise their roles as The Huntsman
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Caroline Quentin enjoying sex more in her 50s

Caroline Quentin is enjoying sex more now she's in her 50s. The actress noticed a change in men's attitudes to her when she reached the landmark age, insisting lots of guys stopped viewing her as a sexual woman. However, the former 'Jonathan Creek' star - who is married to Sam Farmer, who is 12 years younger than her - says her love life has never been better and has improved as she has gotten older. Caroline, 54, said: ''Once you're over 40, and over 50 particularly, people don't perceive you as a sexual being any more. It's certainly not true in my
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Julie Hesmondhalgh excited by Corrie mentions

Caroline Quentin is enjoying sex more now she's in her 50s. The actress noticed a change in men's attitudes to her when she reached the landmark age, insisting lots of guys stopped viewing her as a sexual woman. However, the former 'Jonathan Creek' star - who is married to Sam Farmer, who is 12 years younger than her - says her love life has never been better and has improved as she has gotten older. Caroline, 54, said: ''Once you're over 40, and over 50 particularly, people don't perceive you as a sexual being any more. It's certainly not true in my
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Alan Davies: Soaps 'responsible' for sitcom 'death'

Alan Davies thinks soaps are ''responsible'' for the ''death of the sitcom''. The 'Jonathan Creek' star claims long-running shows such as 'EastEnders' and 'Coronation Street' are filling up precious time slots that could be better used for new comedy series. Insisting he and his family are not fans, he said: ''Any soap gets turned off. Just the theme tune of 'EastEnders' is enough ''I hold soaps responsible for the death of the sitcom. All the best slots have been taken by the soaps. The actors are doing their best in an impossible situation, with so many lines to learn in not enough time.'' The
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24 great comedy shows that deserve more love

We asked Den Of Geek’s writers to recommend brilliant comedy shows that deserve to have more of a fuss made about them. Here they are...

Banging a drum about stuff we love is more or less our remit on Den Of Geek - hence what many readers have started referring to as the ‘inexplicably regular' appearance of Statham, squirrels and Harold Bishop from Neighbours on these pages.

To that end then, we asked our writers which comedy shows (past and present, UK or otherwise, on TV, radio, or online…) deserved more praise, and here are the ones they chose. You might already like them too, or you might discover something new to dig out and enjoy. That’s the fun of it.

Please note that this list isn’t ranked in any order, nor is it exhaustive. It’s compiled from the opinions of a group of different people,
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11 TV shows on Netflix to give you Halloween chills

In America, Halloween is a fun day, an excuse for a party and a close third behind Thanksgiving and Christmas when it comes to annual celebrations. In Britain, it's more a case of shutting your curtains and hoping that the kids down the road don't egg your windows.

But that negative approach to Halloween needs to end now. What we lack in pumpkins and parties, we can make up for with an evening of hiding under the duvet with scary TV shows.

While there might not be much actual horror programming on October 31 (although a new series of Citizen Khan on BBC One is frightening us in a different way), a quick delve into the world of Netflix (other streaming services are available, yadda, yadda) means that there are frights and thrills on tap for anyone who wants to get into the spooky spirit of things.

Here are 11 spine-chilling treats
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National Television Awards 2015 voting opens: The full longlist

The National Television Awards 2015 longlist nominations have been announced and voting is now (October 14) open.

Hosted by Dermot O'Leary, the NTAs celebrate the best and most popular TV and are exclusively voted for by viewers. The 2015 awards take place at London's O2 on January 21.

The Nta shortlist will be announced in January when the final round of voting begins. Viewers can vote for free online at nationaltvawards.com or by calling the Nta vote form request line 0844 646 2060.

Full list of 2015 nominations:

Chat Show Host

Adam Hills

Alan Carr

Graham Norton

Jonathan Ross

Michael McIntyre

Paul O'Grady

Piers Morgan

Sarah Millican

Comedy

Benidorm

Big School

Birds of a Feather

Blandings

Boomers

Citizen Khan

Derek

Mrs Brown's Boys

Not Going Out

Outnumbered

The Big Bang Theory

The Wrong Mans

W1A

Daytime

Animal Saints and Sinners

Antiques Road Trip

Bargain Hunt

BBC Breakfast

Coach Trip

Escape to the Country

Father Brown

Fifteen to One

Flog It!
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Once Upon a Time, Glee, Jonathan Creek: Tube Talk Q&A

If TV executives giving you the silent treatment about your favourite shows is getting you all hot under the collar, all you need to do is to get in touch with the Q&A, and we'll sort 'em ahhhht (...when we can).

This week, we've got scoop on Jonathan Creek, Glee, Once Upon a Time and more!

Any news on when Jonathan Creek will be back on our screens?

We put this question to the Creekster himself, Alan Davies, at the launch of his new Dave series As Yet Untitled and were informed that the future of Jonathan Creek is very much in the hands of series writer David Renwick.

Though critical reaction was mixed, the first full Creek series for ten years pulled in strong ratings earlier this year - around the 7-8m mark - so BBC One is eager for more, but Alan told us: "It's always
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