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The BBC’s Watership Down gets a first trailer

The BBC has released the first trailer for its star-studded CG animated adaptation of Richard Adams’ beloved 1972 novel Watership Down. Directed by Noam Murro, it features an impressive voice cast that includes James McAvoy, Daniel Kaluuya, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley, John Boyega, Olivia Colman, Taron Egerton, Rosamund Pike, Gemma Chan, Peter Capaldi, Gemma Arterton, Tom Wilkinson, Miles Jupp, Freddie Fox, Mackenzie Crook, Anne-Marie Duff, and Rory Kinnear; watch it here…

BBC One’s star-studded new adaptation of Watership Down uses Richard Adams’ bestselling novel as its source to bring an innovative interpretation to the much loved classic.

Adapted for the screen by Tom Bidwell and directed by Noam Murro, this tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of rabbits as they flee the certain destruction of their home.

Watership Down premieres on December 22nd.

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‘Watership Down’: First Trailer For Netflix & BBC One Animated Rabbit Drama

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‘Watership Down’: First Trailer For Netflix & BBC One Animated Rabbit Drama
When they catch you, they will kill you… but first they must catch you. Ominous words in the first trailer for the remake of classic animated drama Watership Down.

The trailer for the Netflix and BBC One co-pro gives off an almost Game of Thrones vibe as it follows the adventure, courage and survival of a band of rabbits on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home.

The series, which airs around Christmas on both the British public broadcaster and Svod service, has an A-list cast including James McAvoy, Daniel Kaluuya, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley, John Boyega, Gemma Arterton, Rosamund Pike, Gemma Chan, Peter Capaldi, Taron Egerton, Miles Jupp, Freddie Fox, Mackenzie Crook, Olivia Colman, Anne-Marie Duff, Rory Kinnear, Tom Wilkinson, Jason Watkins, Craig Parkinson, Henry Goodman, Lee Ingleby, Charlotte Spencer and Daniel Rigby.

Set in the idyllic rural landscape of southern England,
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The BBC’s Watership Down adds Taron Egerton, Rosamund Pike, Gemma Chan and Peter Capaldi

The BBC and Netflix’s upcoming animated Watership Down adaptation has extended its already hugely impressive cast, with Taron Egerton, Rosamund Pike, Gemma Chan and Peter Capaldi all signing on to the two-part Christmas special, while Sam Smith is set to perform the original theme song ‘Fire to Fire’.

The new additions join a previously announced cast that includes James McAvoy, Daniel Kaluuya, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley, John Boyega, Olivia Colman, Gemma Arterton, Tom Wilkinson, Miles Jupp, Freddie Fox, Mackenzie Crook, Anne-Marie Duff, and Rory Kinnear.

“It’s a real testament to the caliber of this adaptation of ‘Watership Down’ that it has attracted such an exciting roll call of names to bring these much loved characters to life,” states Ben Irving, Executive Producer for BBC One. “Now — in Sam Smith — we have one of the world’s most successful recording artists, with the perfect new song to serve as the series’ theme.
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Sam Smith Records Theme Song for BBC and Netflix’s ‘Watership Down’; Peter Capaldi Joins All-Star Cast

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Sam Smith Records Theme Song for BBC and Netflix’s ‘Watership Down’; Peter Capaldi Joins All-Star Cast
Peter Capaldi has joined the all-star voice cast for the BBC and Netflix adaptation of “Watership Down,” and Sam Smith is recording the theme song for the animated miniseries.

News had already leaked about other voice cast members, including James McAvoy, John Boyega, Olivia Colman, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Daniel Kaluuya, and Taron Egerton. The BBC has now confirmed these and the addition of former “Doctor Who” star Capaldi. Sam Smith’s musical input, and the first images from the series, were also revealed Thursday. The series’ director is Noam Murro (“300: Rise of the Empire”).

Richard Adams’ classic book was first published in 1972 and tells the story of a group of rabbits fighting for survival as their habitat is threatened. A 1978 animated movie adaptation was well-received and featured the Simon and Garfunkel song “Bright Eyes,” which was a No. 1 single in the U.K.

Smith has written and recorded “Fire on Fire,
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‘Watership Down’: Rosamund Pike, Peter Capaldi, Gemma Chan & Taron Egerton Join Cast As First Images Revealed

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‘Watership Down’: Rosamund Pike, Peter Capaldi, Gemma Chan & Taron Egerton Join Cast As First Images Revealed
A Private War star Rosamund Pike, Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi, Crazy Rich Asians’ Gemma Chan and Kingsman’s Taron Egerton have joined the voice cast of the BBC and Netflix’s adaptation of Watership Down.

It comes as the first images of the show are revealed. The quartet join the likes of James McAvoy, Daniel Kaluuya, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley, John Boyega and Gemma Arterton, which is produced by 42 and Biscuit Entertainment.

Pike will play The Black Rabbit Of Inlé, Capaldi plays seagull Kehaar, Egerton joins as El-Ahrairah and Chan plays Dewdrop.

Elsewhere, Miles Jupp, Freddie Fox, Mackenzie Crook, Olivia Colman, Anne-Marie Duff, Rory Kinnear, Tom Wilkinson, Jason Watkins, Craig Parkinson, Henry Goodman, Lee Ingleby, Charlotte Spencer and Daniel Rigby round out the A-list cast.

Adapted for the screen by Tom Bidwell (My Mad Fat Diary), Watership Down uses Richard Adams’ bestselling novel as its source to bring a
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Daniel Kaluuya, Rosamund Pike Join Animated Netflix/BBC Miniseries 'Watership Down'

Daniel Kaluuya, Rosamund Pike Join Animated Netflix/BBC Miniseries 'Watership Down'
Daniel Kaluuya, Rosamund Pike, Taron Egerton and former Doctor Who Peter Capaldi have joined the voice cast of the BBC and Netflix's animated miniseries Watership Down.

The latest adaptation of Richard Adams' classic allegorical bunny adventure novel will be a CGI series, with John Boyega, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult and Ben Kingsley previously announced as voicing a group of rabbits, led by the brave Hazel (McAvoy) and visionary Fiver (Hoult). Written by Tom Bidwell, the series also will feature the vocal talents of Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace), Freddie Fox (Pride), Anne-Marie Duff (Suffragette), Miles Jupp (The Thick of It) ...
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Movie Review – Ideal Home (2018)

Ideal Home, 2018.

Directed by Andrew Fleming

Starring Steve Coogan, Paul Rudd, Jack Gore, Jake McDorman and Alison Pill.

Synopsis:

An affluent gay couple have their lives turned upside down when they have to look after a ten year old boy. Their glamorous lifestyle is at odds with the demands of the child, who also happens to be the estranged grandson of one of them.

We all love Paul Rudd, don’t we? Cinema’s favourite Mr Nice Guy – despite his recent efforts to jokingly undermine his reputation – has hardly put a foot wrong so far. Good looking, eminently likeable, with great comedy chops and more than enough acting ability to do something more serious as well. What’s not to like? His latest outing, Ideal Home, that’s what.

Admittedly, you get plenty of Rudd for your money, so fans won’t be disappointed in that sense. He’s a TV director,
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Howards End

Network: Starz. Episodes: Four (hour). Seasons: One. TV show dates: April 7, 2018 — April 29, 2018. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Hayley Atwell, Philippa Coulthard, Alex Lawther, Tracey Ullman, Julia Ormond, Matthew Macfadyen, Joseph Quinn, Rosalind Eleazar, Joe Bannister, Donna Banya, Bessie Carter, Yolanda Kettle, Sandra Voe, Gavin Brocker, Miles Jupp, William Belchambers, Hannah Traylen, and Jonah Hauer-King. TV show description: An adaptation of the E.M. Forster classic, the Howards End TV show centers on two unique, self-reliant sisters, as they try to make their way, in a world in flux. Bright and optimistic, Margaret (Atwell) and Helen Schlegel (Coulthard) live in Edwardian London, with their younger brother, Tibby (Lawther), who is a hypochondriac.
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Movie Review – Journey’s End (2018)

Journey’s End, 2018.

Directed by Saul Dibb.

Starring Asa Butterfield, Sam Claflin, Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, Tom Sturridge, Robert Glenister, Miles Jupp, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Jake Curran, Rupert Wickham, Oliver Dimsdale, Nicholas Agnew, Andy Gathergood, Adam Colborne, Derek Barr, and Toby Jones.

Synopsis:

Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, it is the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, as they await their fate.

Journey’s End certainly isn’t a new story; it’s also a world-renowned play and novel, but there’s one singular striking reason as to why it continues to be retold in new and different exciting ways. No, it’s not just because it’s a popular World War I tale surrounded by entertainment mediums more fascinated by its successor, but specifically in part to the raw authenticity in both the production design and characterizations that juxtapose
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Sport Relief Is Back With The Challenge Of All Challenges

Sport Relief is back and for the first time ever is asking the entire nation to take on a huge collective challenge – beating a billion steps a day, every day, from 17th-23rd March.

A host of famous faces including Zoe Ball, Greg James and Alex Jones will lead the charge and take on their own epic challenges to raise money and inspire the public to make their steps count as part of Team Sport Relief.

Running, dancing, dog walking or Zumba-ing all count towards the step total as the nation comes together to raise money and help vulnerable people, across the UK and the world, to live happier, healthier and safer lives.

To help the nation keep track of their hard earned steps and ensure they count towards the national total, the brand new Sport Relief App will be available to download for free. Packed with innovative challenges, exclusive
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Movie Review – Journey’s End (2017)

Journey’s End, 2017.

Directed by Saul Dibb.

Starring Sam Claflin, Paul Bettany, Asa Butterfield, Stephen Graham, Toby Jones, Tom Sturridge, Robert Glenister and Miles Jupp.

Synopsis:

In France in 1918, a group of soldiers under the command of a disintegrating officer, are given a mission by their Colonel which they’re told will help bring about the end of World War I. The days count down as they await their fate.

R C Sherriff’s Wwi play, Journey’s End, first saw the light of day back in 1928. Since then, it’s become a novel and has made it onto the screen a number of times, although its last big screen outing was in 1930. In the year that marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, it’s back in cinemas in a new version with a powerful British cast.

The claustrophobic setting is a trench on the front line in France.
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Claflin, Butterfield, Bettany in Us Trailer for Wwi Film 'Journey's End'

"You must stay where you are for as long as you can." Good Deed Entertainment has released a brand new official Us trailer for the Wwi drama titled Journey's End, from director Saul Dibb, which first premiered at the Toronto and London Film Festivals last year. The film is based on a seminal British play about Wwi, set mostly in a dugout in Aisne, France in 1918. The story is about a group of ragged British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, who are awaiting their fate in this wretched place. The three officers are played by Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, and Tom Sturridge, and the cast includes Sam Claflin as a Captain, plus Asa Butterfield as a young new officer; as well as Toby Jones, Robert Glenister, Oliver Dimsdale, and Miles Jupp. This looks like a thoroughly harrowing Wwi drama with some intense, gritty war scenes. It
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The Man Who Invented Christmas – Review

Dan Stevens (left) stars as Charles Dickens and Christopher Plummer (right) stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in director Bharat Nalluri’s The Man Who Invented Christmas, a Bleecker Street release. Photo credit: Kerry Brown / Bleecker Street ©

Dan Stevens gives a frenetic performance as Charles Dickens racing to finish writing “A Christmas Carol” in time to publish before the holiday, in The Man Who Invented Christmas. Directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day), this film has all the Christmas color and Victorian period costumes and sets you could want in a Christmas film. The film is mostly a clever way to retell the famous tale, as characters spring from the author’s imagination while he struggles with his own family issues and races to meet a pre-Christmas release deadline, but it also touches on how his short novel transformed a once-minor holiday into the tradition we know today.
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Movie Review – The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

The Man Who Invented Christmas, 2017.

Directed by Bharat Nalluri.

Starring Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce, Simon Callow, Morfydd Clark, Miriam Margolyes, Donald Sumpter, Bill Paterson, Cosimo Fusco, Ian McNeice, Annette Badland, Justin Edwards, Ger Ryan, Miles Jupp, and Valeria Bandino.

Synopsis:

The journey that led to Charles Dickens’ creation of “A Christmas Carol,” a timeless tale that would redefine the holiday.

There aren’t enough variations of A Christmas Carol *sarcasm* so here’s another one dubbed The Man Who Invented Christmas, directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) exploring the creation of the widely celebrated holiday fable. Beauty and the Beast‘s Dan Stevens stars as revered author Charles Dickens (previously known for the beloved book Oliver Twist before penning arguably the greatest and most important Christmas story ever told), going through a writing career slump while continuing to deal with the falling out between
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The Man Who Invented Christmas movie review: but would Charles Dickens approve?

MaryAnn’s quick take… There’s charm and wit in its fanciful depiction of the creative process, but the film downplays the social activism that Dickens fully embraced in his work. I’m “biast” (pro): love Dickens and A Christmas Carol

I’m “biast” (con): haven’t been the biggest fan of Dan Stevens

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Did Charles Dickens really invent our modern observance of Christmas? Well… he certainly contributed to it, with his beloved 1843 novella A Christmas Carol bringing to it a spirit of family celebration and togetherness and moving the holiday away from its religious grounding to a more secular one focused on ecumenical kindness and generosity. But we also have Prince Albert to thank, for importing his German Yuletide customs — such as evergreens and Christmas trees — to England when he married
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Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield in UK Trailer for Wwi Film 'Journey's End'

"We won't last five minutes if the Germans attack..." Lionsgate UK has unveiled a new trailer for a Wwi drama titled Journey's End, which just premiered at the Toronto and London Film Festivals this fall. The film is based on a seminal British play about Wwi, set mostly in a dugout in Aisne, France in 1918. The story is about a group of ragged British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, who are awaiting their fate in this wretched place. The three officers are played by Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, and Tom Sturridge, and the cast includes Sam Claflin as a Captain, plus Asa Butterfield as a young new officer; as well as Toby Jones, Robert Glenister, Oliver Dimsdale, and Miles Jupp. This looks like a solid, emotionally draining, riveting drama that is once again about the brutal horrors of war, specifically the trench warfare of Wwi. I really want to see this,
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NextUp: can it become the Netflix for British standup comedy?

NextUp will stream live comedy sets for a low subscription fee. Standups are excited, and will share 50% of the income – but will the new service attract a big enough audience to succeed?

Miffed that Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle is no more? Vexed that Live at the Apollo and its ilk offer barely a glimpse of the creative diversity of live comedy? Salvation may be at hand in the form of NextUp, a new live comedy streaming service (a “Netflix for new British comedy,” says the press officer), which launches this week.

NextUp’s stated aim is to find a wider audience for the many fine shows that populate the Edinburgh fringe each year, tour if they’re lucky, then – for want of production resources or a DVD deal – sink without trace. Now, with NextUp’s help, they’ll be available to all of us; the channel’s roster at
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Miles Jupp webchat – your questions answered on comedy, class and Balamory

The comedian, actor and News Quiz host discussed bias at the BBC, his well-loved children’s television show, and the geography of Mozambique

2.19pm BST

Thanks very much for your questions. I think it's good that people throw in the odd snarky one - it makes it a bit more like real conversation! I'm sorry that I'm not Doctor Who or someone, but you know, there we are. Back to work everybody!

2.16pm BST

Gretsch83 asks:

You’re a fellow Edinburgh University alumnus of Gordon Brown, Pippa Middleton and Julius Nyerere. Out of these three, who would you say you are most similar to and why?

I've always thought of myself of a cross between Gordon Brown and Pippa Middleton, for reasons that are, I hope, extremely obvious.

2.14pm BST

ID6440291 asks:

What was the programme you were recording near Teddington Lock about three years ago? Did it ever see the light of day?
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ChickLit review – mummy-porn shenanigans fail to arouse

This Britcom about a bunch of locals trying to save their village pub by writing a Fifty Shades of Grey-style bestseller is hammily acted and clunkily scripted

There are one or two moments of amiably daft silliness here, but really this British comedy is ropey: dully and depressingly lit, hammily acted and clunkily scripted (except for one or two lines that I suspect are down to Miles Jupp who provided “additional material”). It is nowhere near TV standards. Yet film-maker Tony Britten has assembled quite a cast, including Eileen Atkins as a Peggy-Ramsay-style literary agent and John Hurt as her boozy, moustachioed colleague.

Continue reading...
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What happened to Alan Bennett in Nick Hornby’s Love, Nina?

He is one of Britain’s most famous authors, depicted in films, plays and books – including Nina Stibbe’s hit memoir. So why doesn’t Bennett appear in its new TV adaptation?

Versions of Alan Bennett have been hard to escape over the last six months. First came Nicholas Hytner’s film of The Lady in the Van, featuring three depictions of its author – Alex Jennings as both “Alan Bennett”, a diffident north London resident in the 70s and 80s, and “Ab” the observing writer, plus a present-day cameo from Bennett himself.

Besides his 2015 diary in the Lrb, edited by his friend Mary-Kay Wilmers, subsequent sightings have included a regional revival of the autobiographical play Untold Stories, and the Radio 4 comedy Boswell’s Life of Bennett, in which the time-travelling biographer (Miles Jupp) repeatedly urges the Yorkshireman (Alistair McGowan) to reveal his secrets – “the cream cracker under the settee” – only
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