Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London is set to star in a new documentary about himself, it has been revealed by the Sun newspaper.
The BBC documentary, which is set to air later this month, will centre on the politician as he discusses his personal life as well as his career in an interview with Michael Cokerell.
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There’s great news for fans of Channel 4’s Black Mirror and the BBC’s Alex Polizzi: The Fixer because both shows are back on our screens next week.
The award-winning Black Mirror returns on Monday, February 11th at 10pm with Be Right Back, the first of three brand new films.
In Be Right Back, Martha (Hayley Atwell) and Ash (Domhnall Gleeson) are a young couple who move to a remote cottage, where Ash’s parents used to live.
Ash is a big user of social media, tapping away on his phone, just a bit too much. Martha doesn’t really mind, she loves him and they’re looking forward to their new life together. The day after the move, Ash is killed, returning the hire van… Read more & comment »
If you’re a fan of Alfred Hitchcock, there’s a good chance you’re going to want to watch The Girl, which airs tonight on BBC2 at 9pm.
Alfred Hitchcock was at the height of his fame and creativity when, in 1962, he chose an unknown fashion model to star in his most ambitious film – The Birds.
But as he sculpted Tippi Hedren into the perfect Hitchcock blonde of his imagination, he became obsessed with the impossible dream of winning the real woman’s love.
His failure pitched them both into an emotional nightmare and damaged both of their careers. Screenwriter Gwyneth Hughes has interviewed Tippi Hedren and surviving members of Hitchcock’s crew.
This film tells their full tragic story for the first time… Read more & comment »
Fans of Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch – and that of course includes his fabulous group of Twitter followers, @Cumberbitches who are all, to a man/lady, awesome – will doubtless be pleased to see their hero in pictures from forthcoming wartime drama, Parade’s End…
You can see the piccies after the jump, but for those of you who haven’t heard about Benedict’s role in the adaptation of Ford Madox Ford’s classic books, he will play the role of Christopher Tietjens, who is described as “an accidental hero.”
Adapted for television by Sir Tom Stoppard, Parade’s End will air on BBC2 later this year, and of it, and his character Christopher, Benedict recently told the BBC, “I have such a huge affection for Christopher, more so than almost any other character I’ve ever played.
“I sympathise with his care, sense of duty and virtue, his intelligence in the face of hypocritical, self serving mediocrity, his appreciation of quality and his love for his country… Read more & comment »
Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is hot, hot, hot property right now – given he’s the thinking woman’s pin up – so his fans will doubtless be pleased to hear that he’s starring in a new made-for-TV drama, which is an adaptation of Ford Madox Ford’s classic, Parade’s End.
In it, Benedict plays the role of “accidental hero” Christopher Tietjens, of whom Benedict told TV Biz, “He’s not just another toff in a period drama.”
Branding the character of Tietjens a “fat blockhead” Benedict added, “I have such a huge affection for Christopher — more so than almost any other character I’ve played.
“I sympathise with his care, his sense of duty and virtue, his intelligence in the face of hypocritical, self-serving mediocrity and his love for his country.
“That is what leads me to love this fat, baggy bolster of a blockhead… Read more & comment »
It’s been revealed today that hit political satire show The Thick of It is to return to our screens for a fourth series this autumn.
Starring Peter Capaldi as acerbic spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker, the news series is made up of seven 30-minute episodes, will air this autumn on BBC Two.
Also coming back for the new series are show regulars Rebecca Front as Nicola Murray MP, and Roger Allam as Peter Mannion MP, who’s trying to cope with life as a minister in a new coalition government. His new coalition partne,r Fergus Williams MP, is played by former Spooks star, Geoffrey Streatfeild… Read more & comment »
The BBC is in trouble yet again for airing scenes depicting nudity before the 9pm watershed…
This time, it was content aired during a screening of a movie version of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice – starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons – which aired last Saturday on BBC2 at 1.45pm.
The scenes that attracted complaints reportedly included several which featured topless women, and one in which a male character “groped” a woman who was playing the role of a prostitute.
You may recall that earlier this week, we reported that an episode of Sherlock – A Scandal in Belgravia – which featured actress Lara Pulver appearing naked as her character Irene Adler became the most watched programme of the year on BBC’s catch-up service iPlayer. And inevitably, that was in no small part thanks to the complaints received about it… Read more & comment »
On tonight’s edition of Newsnight on BBC2, terror suspect Babar Ahmad is interviewed for “just a few minutes” having been taken from his top security prison to spend seven hours talking to the show’s journalists.
And that outing cost licence fee and tax payers half a million pounds.
The Sun reports that prison staff and civil servants had to be “taken off normal duties” so that Ahmad could be interviewed at Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire last week.
A source said, “The whole job was a massive headache and took up most of the day. Ahmad was delighted to be the centre of attention.”
The whole saga began when the BBC applied to officials to be allowed to interview Ahmad. That application was rejected, but overturned at the High Court after a judicial review that cost taxpayers thousands in legal fees.
Ahmad, who was arrested in 2004, is wanted by the US for allegedly plotting kidnap and murder. US officials also want to interrogate Ahmad about suspected money laundering and aiding terrorists. Read more & comment »
The BBC have just announced that Gillian Anderson – who shot to fame in US cult series, The X Files – has been cast in the lead role of new BBC2 drama, The Fall.
Written by Allan Cubitt, The Fall is described as “a gripping psychological thriller that forensically examines the lives of two hunters.”
One of those “hunters” is a serial killer, who stalks his victims in and around Belfast, while the other is a talented female Detective Superintendent Gibson – Anderson – who’s on secondment from the MET.
The Fall consists of five episodes which will follow the police investigation while uncovering the intricate story of the lives that become entangled by the horrific murders, including how they affect both the killer’s and the victims’ families… Read more & comment »
Alex Polizzi is arguably best known on TV for her hit show, The Hotel Inspector, however, in an upcoming new series on BBC2, Alex will try to turn around the fortunes of small businesses who are struggling in the current economic crisis.
And today, TV Choice magazine have an interview with Alex in which she talks about the new show, and why she chose to take on the project.
First, when asked what prompted her to work with the BBC on the new show, Alex said, “I just saw it as a different project.
“I mean, I am in no way denigrating Channel 5 [on which Alex appeared in The Hotel Inspector]… Read more & comment »
God Bless Ozzy Osbourne airs on BBC2 on Sunday, January 29th at 10pm, and for fans of Ozzy, it’s a must see.
Made by his son Jack, the film chronicles Ozzy’s colourful life, from his rise to fame in rock band Black Sabbath brought him mixed fortunes…
He of course became insanely wealthy, but he also developed drug and alcohol addictions, which would dog him in the later years of his life.
And of course, the film tells the story of Ozzy’s marriage to Sharon, and of the turbulent – but solid – relationship that saw the couple raise three children; Aimee, Kelly and Jack.
The BBC’s press release about the film reads…
This is the first time British terrestrial TV viewers will be able to see this insightful and sometimes brutally honest documentary, which had a theatrical and DVD release in 2011.
The film takes an unrivalled look at the notorious Black Sabbath front man’s life and his sometimes extreme behaviour. It features interviews with Ozzy’s brothers and sisters, as well as wife Sharon and children Jack, Aimee and Kelly Osbourne… Read more & comment »
Janice Hadlow, Controller, BBC Two, today announced a major new documentary series with unique access to London Underground.
The 6×60-minute series, The Tube, takes viewers behind the scenes of the world’s oldest, biggest and busiest underground train network.
Made by Blast! Films, the series will tell the inside story of one of the most critical moments in the tube’s history as the underground network undergoes the biggest upgrade of any railway system ever planned in the world.
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BBC2’s The Great British Bake Off – which is hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins – has reportedly prompted Britons to rush out and buy baking equipment.
During the show’s second series, department store John Lewis has reported a hike in sales of baking goods – such as muffin trays and cake tins – of 15%.
The Sun adds, “Vintage-style tins and stands have proved even more popular with sales doubling this year. Equipment for jam-making is also on the up.” Read more & comment »
Stephen Fry – who of course presents QI – is to star in a new BBC2 comedy alongside The Peep Show stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb.
Entitled ‘The Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff, the new series is described as a “Dickensian comedy adventure”.
The first four episodes will aired as a Christmas special with the remaining installments to air early in 2012.
Other stars lined up for roles on the show include Johnny Vegas, Father Ted’s Pauline McLynn, Miranda’s Sarah Hadland, Blackadder’s Tim McInnerny and The IT Crowd’s Katherine Parkinson. Read more & comment »
Coming soon to BBC2 is Paula Milne’s ambitious adaptation of The Night Watch, which was written by Sarah Waters.
It’s a poignant tale of liberation and loss, following the lives of four young Londoners throughout different stages of the Second World War.
It is directed by Richard Laxton and stars Anna Maxwell Martin as Kay, Claire Foy as Helen, Jodie Whittaker as Viv and Harry Treadaway as Duncan.
The drama opens in 1947 as the country is trying to rebuild itself after the war; we find Kay mysteriously roaming the streets, haunted by some traumatic personal loss.
Meanwhile, Helen and Viv run a marriage bureau, helping people rebuild their shattered lives by finding love. But their own complicated love lives are less easy to solve… Read more & comment »