The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart to attend Rosewater London premiere

September 3, 2014 by  
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Comedian and The Daily Show presenter Jon Stewart will arrive in the UK next month for the European premiere of Rosewater, his directorial debut.

The film has been chosen for a gala screening under the ‘debate’ strand of the London Film Festival on October 12, taking place at the Odeon West End in Leicester Square.

The announcement was made today by festival director Clare Stewart during the launch of the full programme for the 58th edition of Britain’s leading film event.

Rosewater is based on the memoir Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari, a BBC journalist arrested and accused of being a spy whilst reporting on Iran’s ultimately unsuccessful Green Revolution in 2009.

As Stewart explains in the trailer below, the story has a very personal connection, as it was in part a satirical interview that Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones conducted with Bahari that the Iranian government used to justify the latter’s 118-day incarceration – 107 of which were spent in solitary confinement .

Due for release in the US on November 7 (a UK release has yet to be confirmed), Rosewater stars acclaimed Mexican actor as Bahari.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Stewart explained his choice for the lead: ”I saw some great Iranian actors, but because I know Maziar, I felt like I was casting a person.

“The one thing that I was really having trouble finding was someone who was able to have that distance, who, within the horror of what was happening to them, maintained a certain light. And when Gael came in to read, it was kind of immediate.”

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Simon Webbe joins Strictly Come Dancing

August 21, 2014 by  
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Simon Webbe is the fifth celebrity to be confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2014. He made the announcement this morning, speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.

Best known as a member of boy band Blue, Simon shot to fame in 2001 with the release of their debut single “All Rise”. The band went on to achieve 40 number ones worldwide and sold 16 million records, including hits such as “One Love” and “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word”, featuring Elton John.

The band separated in 2004 but reformed once again in 2009. They represented the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest in Germany in 2011, finishing in 11th place and have also recently taken part in ITV’s Big Reunion documentary and arena tour. They toured 21 countries, played 173 shows to over 600,000 people.

“I am so happy to be joining the team and I cannot wait to get started. I’m hopeful that Strictly Come Dancing will help me to improve on my daddy dancing skills. I want to make my daughter proud and no doubt she will be teaching me a pirouette or two along the way” said Simon.

Simon previously tested his dancing skills on the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special in 2011, when he danced the cha-cha with professional partner Katya Virshilas.

Black Mirror is coming down the chimney

August 21, 2014 by  
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Black Mirror, Channel 4′s Emmy-winning ‘Twilight Zone for the modern age’, returns in the form of a feature-length film for Christmas. Three interwoven stories of Yuletide techno-paranoia collide in the most chilling and mind-bending Black Mirror yet.

Creator Charlie Brooker said: “I always enjoy a good ghost story at Christmas, and I’m a sucker for the Amicus’ compendium horror movies of the 70s. Our aim is to create the Black Mirror equivalent of that.

Phil Clarke, Channel 4’s head of comedy said “I’m delighted that we have a Black Mirror Special this Christmas. Charlie Brooker has penned a dystopian future festive tale, that intertwines three stories to deliver a dramatic and thrilling twist. It’s satirical, comic, disturbing, and thought provoking. Not to be missed.”

Gala break the World Record for Bingo at Coronation Street

August 21, 2014 by  
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Coronation Street set

On July 18th Gala Bingo teamed up with Coronation Street and the Male Cancer Awareness Campaign charity in order to smash the Guinness World Record for a game of bingo using the biggest balls ever used. The biggest balls World Record idea is in conjunction with the message to get males to check their “balls” in order to fight against male cancer. Through donating 20% of all profits from their Corrie based games, Gala Bingo raised and donated a grand total of £10,375 to the charity. The event itself helped to promote Male Cancer Awareness with a little extra help from MCAC ambassador and glamour model Rhian Sugden who was on hand to collect the donation.

During the game, 45 players took part and a total of 90 had a special ‘golden ticket’ which gave them a once in a lifetime opportunity to tour around the set of Coronation Street by one of the ex-stars of the show. The set of Coronation Street has moved to their new £10 million set, so being able to venture around the original set was quite a privilege. The event was accompanied by some celebrity guests and ex-Corrie stars such as Steven Arnold who played Ashley Peacock, Adam Rickett who played the original Nick Tilsley, Sunitta from Corrie, Angela Griffiths, Sherry Hewson & This Morning’s Alison Hammond. All of these special guests were at the event to take part in the Bingo game to witness winning the spectacular World Record. The ex-Coronation Street stars dropped the large balls out of the windows on the famous cobbled street as the game was in-play. Gala Bingo had ninety 70cm sized bingo balls made especially for the event. This led to them winning the world record of the ‘bingo game with the largest set of balls’ and Guinness World Records were on hand to adjudicate the bingo game and to confirm that they had smashed the world record. Director of, Alison Digges, said: “We wanted to do something special for the launch of Corrie Bouncy Balls, something involving balls! We love the innovative, educational approach MCAC takes, so we’re delighted to work with them. And a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title attempt seemed like a good way to get everyone’s attention. So we’ve organised a bingo game on Coronation Street, invited some ex-cast members and have raised money for charity, all at the same time!” Every fun moment of the event was snapped and all pictures from the successful world record attempt can be found on Gala Bingo.

Thanks to Gala Bingo breaking the World Record for a game of bingo with the biggest balls, a lot of money and awareness have been raised for the MCAC. According to ITV, Coronation Street has moved set but viewers are unlikely to notice any difference. Breaking the Guinness World Record was a great way in which to close the doors on one of the most famous places on television.

Official shortlist for the TV Choice Awards 2014

July 20, 2014 by  
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Corrie tv choice awards

The Big Bang Theory (E4)
Game of Thrones (Sky Atlantic)
Modern Family (Sky 1)
The Walking Dead (FOX)

Happy Valley (BBC1)
The Crimson Field (BBC1)
The Musketeers (BBC1)
The Widower (ITV)

Call The Midwife (BBC1)
Downton Abbey (ITV)
Sherlock (BBC1)
Waterloo Road (BBC1)

Educating Yorkshire (C4)
One Born Every Minute (C4)
The Call Centre (BBC3)
The Supervet (C4)

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV)
Celebrity Juice (ITV2)
Gogglebox (C4)
The Graham Norton Show (BBC1)

Gordon Ramsay’s Home Cooking (C4)
Mary Berry Cooks (BBC2)
Saturday Kitchen (BBC1)
The Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventure (BBC2)

24 Hours In A&E (C4)
Big Brother/Celebrity Big Brother (C5)
I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! (ITV)
Made In Chelsea (E4)

Bad Education (BBC3)
Benidorm (ITV)
Birds Of A Feather (ITV)
Derek (C4)

Britain’s Got Talent (ITV)
Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1)
The Great British Bake Off (BBC2)
The X Factor (ITV)

Pointless (BBC1)
The Jeremy Kyle Show (ITV)
The Paul O’Grady Show (ITV)
This Morning (ITV)

Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock
Allen Leech Downton Abbey
David Tennant The Escape Artist
Bradley Walsh Law & Order: UK

Laurie Brett Waterloo Road
Joanne Froggatt Downton Abbey
Sarah Lancashire Happy Valley
Judy Parfitt Call The Midwife

Danny Dyer, Mick Carter, EastEnders
David Neilson Roy Cropper, Coronation Street
Kieron Richardson, Ste Hay, Hollyoaks
Adam Woodyatt, Ian Beale, EastEnders

Lindsey Coulson, Carol Jackson, EastEnders
Julie Hesmondhalgh Hayley Cropper, Coronation Street
Michelle Keegan Tina McIntyre, Coronation Street
Nikki Sanderson Maxine Minniver, Hollyoaks

Maddy Hill Nancy Carter, EastEnders
Michael Parr Ross Barton, Emmerdale
Kirsty-Leigh Porter Leela Lomax, Hollyoaks
Sam Strike Johnny Carter, EastEnders

Hayley’s Cancer, Coronation Street
Killer Cameron/The Woolpack Siege, Emmerdale
Maxine & Patrick’s Domestic Abuse, Hollyoaks
Who Killed Lucy Beale? EastEnders

Coronation Street (ITV)
EastEnders (BBC1)
Emmerdale (ITV)
Hollyoaks (C4)

Paul Whitehouse to star in Nurse

July 19, 2014 by  
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BBC Two announced today that Nurse is in production. It is a bittersweet comedy drama, created by and starring Paul Whitehouse in multiple character roles, alongside Esther Coles in the central role of Liz, a community psychiatric nurse.

The series is based on the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 series of the same name, which aired in February this year and was commissioned for BBC Two shortly after.

Nurse is written by Paul Whitehouse and David Cummings, who have collaborated many times in the past on The Fast Show, Down The Line and Happiness. The patients will be a mixture of returning characters from the radio series, plus many new characters.

It follows Liz (Esther Coles) as she does her daily rounds visiting the homes of her patients (or ‘service users’ in today’s jargon). It recounts the humorous, sometimes sad and often frustrating daily interactions with the nurse, whose job is to assess their progress, dispense medication and offer comfort and support.

Paul Whitehouse takes on the roles of Liz’s patients or their relatives. With supporting roles from Simon Day (The Fast Show), Cecilia Noble (Waking The Dead), Rosie Cavaliero (Inside No.9), Jason Maza (The Hooligan Factory), Vilma Hollingberry (Psychoville), Ben Bailey-Smith (Law & Order: UK) and Colin Hoult (Being Human).

Paul Whitehouse said ”Nurse is a project close to my heart, it’s an opportunity to explore issues and characters at a deeper level, while trying to find humour and hope in difficult situations.’’

Wes Bentley to join American Horror Story: Freak Show

July 18, 2014 by  
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American Beauty and The Hunger Games actor Wes Bentley will be showing off his dark side.

Bentley is joining American Horror Story: Freak Show. He will play Eddie, a tormentor from Kathy Bates’ character’s past who is seeking revenge, and will appear in the Halloween two-part episode.

Tyger Drew-Honey, Amy Nuttall and Natalie Gumede Head To Paradise…

July 16, 2014 by  
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With filming underway for the hotly-anticipated fourth series of Death in Paradise for BBC One, it has been announced today that the stellar line-up of guest stars will include comedy actor and presenter Tyger Drew-Honey, Strictly Come Dancing runner-up Natalie Gumede and Downton Abbey star Amy Nuttall.

Filmed on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, the sun-soaked drama starring Kris Marshall has gone from strength to strength over the past three series pulling in an average consolidated figure of almost 8.5 million viewers to cement its position as one of BBC One’s highest rating midweek dramas.

Commenting on his role in the series, Tyger Drew-Honey said: “I am delighted to be a part of such a successful and original show and I can’t wait to work with the fantastic cast and crew. Death in Paradise is very different from anything I’ve done before so it is the perfect choice as my first TV drama project since finishing Outnumbered. Filming on the sunny shores of Guadeloupe will certainly make a change from those leafy London suburbs that I’ve been used to!”

As the series returns, the endearingly clumsy but brilliant DI Humphrey Goodman (Marshall) is struggling to contain his growing feelings for DS Camille Bordey (Sara Martins) who in turn finds herself battling the dating scene all thanks to her well meaning mother.

Officer Dwayne Myers (Danny John-Jules) is striving to cope as he is left holding the fort following the departure of Sergeant Fidel Best (Gary Carr), who has left Saint Marie for a new job on a neighbouring island.

However, Comm. Selwyn Patterson (Don Warrington) is keen to step up and exercise his investigative muscles once again, much to Dwayne’s frustration! The police department also welcomes new recruit, Sergeant Florence Cassell played by popular French actress Josephine Jobert (Sous Le Soleil de Saint-Tropez).

Yonderland gets a second series

July 4, 2014 by  
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Described by The Guardian as a “wondrous, surreal joy” and hailed by The Independent as “a family television classic” Yonderland follows the adventures of mum, aka The Chosen One, Debbie Maddox (Martha Howe-Douglas) who at the end of series one, rescued Elf and Nick the Stick from try-hard overlord Negatus’ lair and came face to face for the first time with his boss, the evil Imperatrix. Series two will see Debbie fighting an increasingly hard battle to keep her family life and her job as world saver separate.

As husband Peter’s (Dan Skinner) paranoia about strange goings on in the kitchen cupboard grows, Imperatrix intensifies her efforts to rid the realm of the final obstacle to total domination: Debbie of Maddox (the ‘of’ is optional). And all this while Debbie is being endlessly called upon by the Council of Elders to help them with tasks that reach well beyond her Chosen One remit.

Vicar Harriet gets jealous on Emmerdale

July 2, 2014 by  
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Ashley Thomas (John Middleton) is soon to find love when he meets Carole played by Ex-Coronation Street actress Tracy Brabin.

Hesitant Ashley is reluctant to introduce Carole to his friends but Vicar Harriet (Katherine Dow Blyton) soon stirs things up by texting Carole from Ashley’s phone. Soon Carole is in the village but Harriet’s meddling backfires when things go well for Ashley and Carole and Harriet realises she is jealous.

Tracy Brabin “It is a total delight to be playing Carole back in my home town of Leeds. She’s funny and sexy with a dark secret. Ever since I played Trisha in Coronation Street, it’s been a personal and professional ambition to work with the wonderful actors and writers of Emmerdale. I hope the public take to Carole as much as I have.”

Tracy will first appear on Wednesday 23 July.

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