Lost Abroad: The Parents’ Story Review

March 31, 2010 by  
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LOST ABROAD: THE PARENTS’ STORY: Thursday April 1st, Channel 4, 9pm ALERT ME

Receiving news that their child has been killed is every parent’s blackest nightmare. But when this happens in a foreign country, the circumstances surrounding their death can be even more difficult to comprehend.

Lost Abroad centres on two British families who have both been placed in this heart-rending situation.

Lindsay Hawker, a 22 year old teaching English in Japan was found half buried in a bath tub full of sand in a balcony in Tokyo in 2007. The prime suspect, Tatsuya Ichihashi eluded police by running past them as they tried to gain access to his flat. Read More…

Who Needs Fathers? Review: The Parents Trapped

March 31, 2010 by  
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One in three British children has parents who are separated: an unsurprising statistic of our times which will be explored in this three-part series Who Needs Fathers? In tonight’s opening episode, we look at two families who are coping with separation in very different ways.

One is locked in a long battle in the Family Courts, where every move comes with a court order and sometimes the police are brought in to manage the mess. The other family is determined to avoid any legal battles and deal with the divide themselves.

The parents are shown at their worst, with petty squabbles amplified at the expense of the children. The kids, who all seem secure and well-rounded, are never asked for their views and seem bemused at the presence of a film crew. Read More…

The Pacific Clip: “Here’s What The Japs Aren’t Expecting…”

March 31, 2010 by  
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We have been awaiting the debut of Sky Movies miniseries The Pacific for several months now and that anticipation has been heightened by the generally stellar reviews it has already received in the US.

So with less than a week to go before the mayhem begins, we can bring you this clip of some classic American sabre-rattling.

William Sadler may be most famous for playing that oaf in Shawshank but here he delivers a stirring speech as Lieutenant Colonel Lewis ‘Chesty’ Puller, the most decorated man in the history of the US Navy.

Jordan To Be In Neighbours?!

March 31, 2010 by  
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Despite being attacked by several harmless yet minging animals on her last trip to Oz, Katie Price seems set to appear in the legendary Aussie soap Neighbours.

According to reports, the lastest series of her reality show What Katie Did Next has been received very well down under, and Neighbours bosses are lining her up for a cameo performance when she travels to Australia to film the next run of episodes for her reality show later this year.

“The guys on Ramsay Street are keen to get her on for a one-off. Like Lily Allen last year. Who knows, Katie and Alex could be the next Kylie and Jason,” said a show source.

Jordan’s fans will be relieved to hear that she will be playing herself and not a new Erinsborough resident. Anyone who has watched the latest series of What Katie Did Next will know that her talent for accents is not good. Too put it mildly.

New Doctor Who Pics

March 31, 2010 by  
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The Tardis will be returning to BBC1 on 3rd April and out of it will step a child wearing his dad’s clothes. Sorry, that’s Matt Smith who’ll be playing the Doctor.

While we can hardly wait to see more space-based action with Doctor Who, we’re still not convinced on the casting but I’m sure after we see the first episode, we’ll be in love.

The first episode of the new series, which is titled ‘The Eleventh Hour’, we’ve got some pictures to show you.

SPOILER ALERT! If you want to be totally unspoiled when you tune into Doctor Who then you best turn away now. Get a better look at The Doctor and new sidekick Amy Pond and see if you can play ‘spot the bad guy’. Read More…

Matt Damon To Guest Star On 30 Rock

March 31, 2010 by  
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If you’re not watching 30 Rock then you really should be – it’s one of the funniest shows around. Lead by SNL comedy writer and star of the upcoming Date Night, Tina Fey, 30 Rock follows hapless TV writer Liz Lemon as she tries to hold her show together.

It’s already had a whole host of guest stars like Jennifer Aniston, Steve Martin, Salma Hayek and Oprah and now Matt Damon is joining its celebrity ranks.

According to Entertainment Weekly, The Green Zone star agreed to do a guest spot on an upcoming episode when he heard that Fey really wanted him on the show.

Damon commented on a possible role, saying, “I would do [30 Rock] in a heartbeat if they asked me to come on. She should call my people – or even better me. Or I could call her. Let’s make this happen.”

I guess dreams really do come true as he’ll be appearing in an episode close to the end of the fourth series. Liz Lemon will probably be drooling all over him and so will we. In related news, Fey will be appearing as a guest on Friday Night With Johnathan Ross to promote Date Night.

Canoe Man Review: Plenty Of Paddle

March 31, 2010 by  
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CANOE MAN: Wednesday 31st March, BBC4, 9pm ALERT ME

Canoe Man tells us the intriguing tale of that guy who faked his own death to elope to Panama with his wife. Yer know – the one who got caught out by a celebratory estate agent photograph.

Having not seen any adverts or blurb for this, I was anticipating real testimonies and interview. However, Canoe Man is entirely acted, with reasonable success.

From the outset, Bernard Hill who plays John – the central dominating fraudster – appears as a wooden and rather comical actor. He also really looks like John Thaw. Therefore, for the first eight minutes I was utterly distracted. Absolutely anything could have happened – but I wouldn’t be able to tell you. Read More…

New Family For Hollyoaks

March 30, 2010 by  
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A new family is coming to Hollyoaks headed by Footballers’ Wives actress Phina Oruche.

Producer Paul Marquess confirmed the name of the new mixed-race clan as The Sharpes.

They are due to arrive in the fictional Chester suburb in the summer months in “dramatic circumstances? reports Digital Spy.

Oruche, 37, will play the family’s mum Gabby Sharpe alongside a yet-unnamed screen husband and two teenage kids Taylor and Amber.

Marquess said: “We will meet Gabby Sharpe – and her teenage children Taylor and Amber – in dramatic circumstances. Their arrival in Hollyoaks will change the life of a much loved character forever.?

The new arrivals follow a major cast cull which will see 16 characters depart including the whole Valentine family, Zak Ramsey and Barry ‘Newt’ Newton.

Marquess said the Sharpes will be bringing “glitz, glamour and great stories” to the programme.

Louie Spence Shoots Chat Show Pilot

March 30, 2010 by  
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Britain’s campest man Louie Spence has filmed a pilot for a new chat show with ex-Spice girl Emma Bunton.

According to The Sun, the 40-year-old is in talks with broadcasters about signing up for a series.

It would follow Sky1’s Pineapple Dance Studios documentary which finishes next month.

Reports claim Dancing On Ice judge Bunton sat on the loo during filming at the dancer’s tiny flat, with Spence posing questions from the shower cubicle.

A source told the tabloid: “Broadcasters are really interested in the show because it’s great fun. With all Louie’s celebrity pals, the guestlist would be chock-full of big name stars.”

Glee Hits Series High

March 30, 2010 by  
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Everybody’s favourite singing sensation Glee hit its highest ever viewing figures with last night’s episode.

1.47 million people tuned in to see McKinley High’s glee club, New Directions, reach and win the Sectionals competition, the highlight of which was Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) performing Don’t Rain On My Parade.

Other songs in the episode were And I Am telling You I’m Not Going, You Can’t Always Get What You Want and My Life Would Suck Without you.

The show has gone from strength to strength and but we’ll have to wait until 19th April to see what happens next.

But if you really can’t wait then you can get all the Glee gossip you can handle at OTB.

To tide you over, here’s a clip from Sue’s Corner, where demonic cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester explains why she doesn’t like ‘sneaky gays’.

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