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The Den of Geek Christmas 2017 UK TV and radio guide

Louisa Mellor Dec 13, 2017

We’ve taken a highlighter to this year’s Christmas and New Year TV schedules and circled what we’ll be watching this festive season…

Amid the cosy repeats and cranberry-stuffed cookery shows on TV over the next few weeks are a few gems. There’s no Sherlock or Charlie Brooker’s TV Wipe this year, but there are plenty of treats, not least the return of The League Of Gentlemen for a three-part anniversary series and Peter Capaldi’s last hurrah in the Tardis in the Doctor Who Christmas episode.

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Over on Netflix, six new episodes of Black Mirror are coming to usher in the New Year, two days into which we welcome the return of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s genius anthology Inside No. 9.

Not to gloss over a spooky M.R. James night on BBC Four,
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Movie Review – Spent (2017)

Spent, 2017.

Written and Directed by Lisa Mikitarian.

Starring Darren Barzegar, Connie Lamothe, Nick Nerangis, Madeline Mikitarian, and Tony Villa.


Mother and son duo Evelyn and Lonnie Schumacher (Connie Lamothe and Darren Barzegar) have been on a wild spending spree. However, the money is not theirs; it is Evelyn’s husband and Lonnie’s father Herbert’s (Nick Nerangis). But it doesn’t matter, Herbert has a severe brain tumour and won’t be around for much longer. Or so they think. Then, just before the 4th of July, Herbert’s tumour miraculously disappears, leaving Evelyn and Lonnie in quite the predicament.

I’ll be honest, when I read the synopsis for Spent, I imagined a film far darker than the one I ended up watching. I envisioned a film akin to the works of Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, full of darkly comedic musings on death and greed. What
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BBC Christmas 2017 TV line-up announced

Louisa Mellor Nov 28, 2017

Here's a pick of the BBC's drama and comedy for this Christmas, including Doctor Who and The League Of Gentlemen...

Get ready to mentally circle a few items in the festive TV planner; the BBC has officially announced its Christmas 2017 line-up.

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Our priorities first: Peter Capaldi’s outgoing Doctor Who episode in the leading role, Twice Upon A Time. The episode is written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay and stars Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Mark Gatiss and David Bradley.

According to the official synopsis, Twice Upon A Time will see Twelve and Bill “team up with the first ever Doctor to battle the enchanted glass people before he regenerates into the 13th Doctor”. Expect that to air on December the 25th as usual (we’ll confirm the time as soon as it’s announced).

Next up are three (hooray!
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Creeped Out: unmissable new horror anthology on Cbbc

Louisa Mellor Oct 31, 2017

A chat with the creators of Creeped Out, an eerie new thirteen-part collection of stories destined to be loved by geeks of all ages…

“The family who lose their mouths in The Twilight Zone.”

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“Oh! The candy-striper vampire one in Are You Afraid Of The Dark? And the clown, The Ghastly Grinner!”

“The magician one in Amazing Stories. Definitely.”

“There’s one about a pool and this horrible, fleshy skeleton came out of it and grabbed these kids. Still now, if you Google it, it’s one of the most horrifying things I’ve ever seen, I can’t believe it was ever on telly.”

“The Never-Ending Story had something called The Nothing, that was really nothing, literally and figuratively. It stuck with me and freaked me out as a kid, the idea that things were disappearing and nothing was in its place.
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Martin Freeman & Andy Nyman Tell Terrifying ‘Ghost Stories’ [BFI London Film Fest Review]

The line between comedy and horror has always been a thin one, and few in the last twenty years have proven that better than British comedy group, The League Of Gentlemen. Their macabre and often terrifying characters made them a cult sensation in the UK. While they never broke out beyond comedy experts in the U.S, you’ve likely seen some of their work since: Mark Gatiss, one of the quartet, went on to co-create “Sherlock,” while Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith are behind the terrific, similarly-toned series “Inside No.

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Celluloid Screams 2017: The Endless, Mayhem, Tragedy Girls

The genre festival year in the UK would appear to be very end heavy, what with the first blow out at the end of Summer and two key events that rise from the crypts right before Hallowe'en. One of those is from our friends at Celluloid Screams and the festival unveiled this year's line up the other day.    Notable films in the program include Benson and Moorhead's awesome The Endless. Tyler MacIntyre's hot streak continues with his horror comedy Tragedy Girls. Joe Lynch's Mayhem also continues its lengthy festival run as well.    Other standout events include, and I am so mad I live in Canada right now, Inside No. 9 - A Special Anthology Screening with writers and actors Reece Shearsmith and Steve...

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Line-up announced for ‘Grimmfest 2017′

Grimmfest, Manchester’s Festival of Horror, Cult and Fantastic Film is back; bigger, bolder, and bloodier than ever before. As the Printworks once again find itself under siege by blood-soaked hordes of horror enthusiasts and film freaks, as Team Grimmfest unleashes…the Ninth Configuration! The festivals latest and greatest line-up yet of dark, dangerous, wild, weird, witty, thrilling, chilling, blood-spilling movies, every one of them a premiere or cult classic of one kind or another.

Highlights include: World Premieres!

Grimmfest is proud to be presenting the world premiere of the remarkable and utterly unique Borley Rectory. Using an elaborate mixture of live action, stills, paintings, and model work, it’s an immersive, eerily atmospheric, and elegantly retro-styled exploration of the Most Haunted House in Britain. Over six years in the making, it’s a real labor of love for its creator, Ashley Thorpe. Featuring a score by Ex-Banshee Steve Severin,
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The League of Gentlemen and Alan Partridge returning to the BBC

Having been rumoured back in 2015, the BBC has now officially announced that the cult comedy The League of Gentlemen is set to return for three special new episodes in celebration of its 20th anniversary.

“I think there is still an appetite for it, people still remember it, we are all still great mates and I see no reason why not,” Steve Pemberton told the Daily Mirror, confirming that he will be reuniting with his co-creators Mark Gatiss, Jeremy Dyson and Reece Shearsmith. “We won’t rush it, it’s something we want to go get it right.”

The League of Gentlemen originally launched on BBC Radio 4 back in 1997, before making the jump to the small screen for three series on BBC Two between 1999 and 2002. As yet, it’s unclear when we can expect the new episodes to air.

Meanwhile, Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy, has also confirmed that Steve Coogan
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League of Gentlemen and Alan Partridge returning to BBC

Royston Vasey residents to return for 20th anniversary, as pride of Norfolk comes back ‘to make sense of Brexit and political unrest’

The League of Gentlemen and Alan Partridge are to return to the BBC it has been announced.

The long-rumoured reunion of the cast of the League will be for a series for special episodes to mark the 20th anniversary of its debut on the BBC. It will see Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith and Jeremy Dyson reunite revive the strange residents of Royston Vasey in three episodes of the black comedy.

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BBC Acquires John Singleton’s ‘Snowfall,’ Commissions New ‘League of Gentlemen’

The BBC has acquired John Singleton’s “Snowfall” for BBC Two and commissioned five new productions for the channel, including the return of cult comedy “The League of Gentlemen,” it was announced Wednesday by the controller of BBC Two, Patrick Holland. Holland said BBC Two had “a mission to question and innovate” and was evolving to become “ever more timely, challenging and mischievous.”

“These new commissions demonstrate my ambition for BBC Two – to bring the increasingly complex and changing world to the audience through challenging perspectives, human engagement and great storytelling,” said Holland, speaking at the Edinburgh Intl. Television Festival.

Snowfall” (pictured) marks Singleton’s first TV drama and is set to air on BBC Two in the fall. The 10-part drama, set in Los Angeles in 1983, follows an ensemble cast of characters set on an intense collision course, exploring the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and the major impact it had on American society and
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Good Omens: first look at Jon Hamm as Archangel Gabriel

Kirsten Howard Michael Ahr Dec 1, 2017

Clap your eyes on a newly-released pic of Mad Men star Jon Hamm in the TV adaptation of Good Omens...

The adaptation of Good Omens, a collaborative novel written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, is heading to the small screen at a brisk pace.

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We've now got our first look at Mad Men's Jon Hamm as the Archangel Gabriel in the upcoming series...

“Gabriel is the leader of the angels, and the most stylish and impeccably dressed of all of them, so we chose an immaculately tailored suit that Jon Hamm wears to perfection, in light colours, along with lilac accessories to bring out Gabriel's unnerving violet eyes,” remarked costume designer Claire Anderson.

He looks spiffing!

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Good Omens release date

Six episodes of Good Omens are now eyeing a 2019 premiere, first
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge now bookmakers’ favourite for the next Doctor in Doctor Who

With Peter Capaldi set to make his exit from Doctor Who in this year’s Christmas Special, the speculation as to who will be the next actor to take on the iconic role of the Time Lord is really heating up.

Although Death Valley star Kris Marshall was widely tipped to have already secured the role of the Thirteenth Doctor, we now have a new bookies’ favourite in Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, while Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum) and Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) have both entered the betting after an influx of bets pointing towards the first ever female Doctor.

“A female Doctor Who definitely looks to be in the making as women dominate the betting after a massive reshuffle off the back of Peter Capaldi filming his final scenes as the time lord,” said Aoife Heffron of BoyleSports. “When the news broke that Capaldi would be stepping down as Doctor Who,
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Edgar Wright interview: Baby Driver, Jason Statham, directing

James Hunt Jun 28, 2017

Edgar Wright chats to us about making Baby Driver, and its long journey to the big screen. Plus the Statham question, of course...

Following a much-publicised departure from Ant-Man, Edgar Wright is back with a new film which he has both written and directed. Baby Driver stars Ansel Elgort alongside the likes of Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx. We had 15 minutes with Wright to talk about the film's long gestation and how he took it from Wood Green Dhss to the big screen...

So this one's been on the slate for a while. I hear you had the idea for it something like 20 years ago now?

Yeah, it's funny, when I've mentioned that kind of timeline - having the idea 22 years ago - it's true in a sense that I heard a song and visualised a car chase, which is John Spencer Blues Explosion's Bellbottoms,
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Hitman developer Io Interactive is now an independent studio

Matthew Byrd Jun 19, 2017

Danish developer Io Interactive will retain the rights to the Hitman franchise, as it announces it's going independent...

Hitman developer Io-Interactive will become a fully independent studio which will retain the rights to the Hitman franchise. 

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The announcement comes on the heels of reports which suggested that Square Enix was shopping around the Hitman franchise and was considering selling it separately from developer Io if the right offer came along. 

It's not entirely clear why Square Enix decided to let the property and studio go, but Io CEO Hakan Abrak did make an official statement regarding the transition which sheds a little light on the studio's future. 

"I am proud to announce today that Ioi is now officially an independent studio," said Abrak. "We have successfully concluded our negotiations with Square Enix and have agreed to a management buyout. Crucially, we will keep all of the rights to the Hitman IP."

Abrak went on to call this a "watershed moment for Ioi" and confirmed that the studio now has complete creative control over Hitman and the direction of the studio in general. 

This is great news for fans of the studio and especially fans of the Hitman franchise, but it's not the end of this story quite yet. Now that Io is independent, they do have the option of either striking a deal with another parent studio or offering up the exclusive rights to future Hitman games. 

Whether or not the studio will actually offer up either is a matter of how they stand financially and whether or not they have any interest in being associated with any one company. While Io is obviously doing well enough to arrange a buyout, they may indeed choose to secure their future by striking some kind of deal with Sony or Microsoft that will help secure the development of their next project. 

More on Hitman and Io as we get it.
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The League Of Gentlemen: celebrating a work of comedy genius

Catherine Pearson Jun 14, 2017

With an anniversary reunion in the pipeline, we celebrate macabre, inventive, brilliant comedy series The League Of Gentlemen...

“Would you describe yourself as an egregious person?” I asked Reece Shearsmith at a recent Q&A. I was nervous. Everyone else had asked questions about his writing, complimented his performances and asked about the upcoming series of Inside No 9. I just wanted to see how he’d respond. “Piss off,” he said. Actually, I shouldn’t put that in quotation marks because that’s not really what he said. What he really said was much more blue but very jovial and the audience all laughed. Phew. I was initially apprehensive that no one would get the reference but I needn’t have been. It turns out The League Of Gentlemen has a timelessness to it and a special place in the hearts of comedy fans that no other show,
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League Of Gentlemen revival: plot details unveiled

Kirsten Howard Louisa Mellor Rob Leane Dec 7, 2017

Three brand new League Of Gentlemen episodes will be heading our way very soon. We have local info, for local people...

We'll be returning to Royston Vasey for some new League Of Gentlemen action in just under a fortnight, and ahead of that, the Beeb have released a trailer for the revival.

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Watch it below...

Synopses for the three upcoming instalments have also now been released...

Episode 1: Return To Royston Vasey

Monday 18th December - 10pm

In this opening episode, familiar faces return to Royston Vasey, settling old scores and digging up some old friends – with more bad blood than an abattoir with septicaemia.

Episode 2: Save Royston Vasey

Tuesday 19th December - 10pm

The fight to save the community from administrative annihilation comes from unexpected and surprising directions…
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Peter Kay's Car Share: a rare treat of a sitcom

Gem Wheeler May 3, 2017

With series two over and no further episodes on the horizon, we salute funny, warm, clever sitcom Peter Kay's Car Share...

Everyday life may be full of funny moments, but it’s fair to say that most of them aren’t found during the commute to work; traffic jams, roadworks and incompetent drivers raise stress levels like little else. The prospect of watching two people make small talk in a confined space as inane radio jingles play gooseberry in the background doesn’t sound like a promising start for a comedy series. Yet somehow, Peter Kay's Car Share won a huge audience for its first series on BBC One back in 2015. After a dramatic ending to its second run this week, fans were desperate to learn what would become of star-crossed couple John and Kayleigh’s burgeoning romance, only to have those hopes dashed when star, co-writer
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Film industry reacts to Jonathan Demme's death

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Film industry reacts to Jonathan Demme's death
Martin Scorsese, Edgar Wright, Kevin Smith among those to pay tribute to director.

Following the news that American director Jonathan Demme has died at the age of 73, the film industry has taken to social media to mourn the loss.

Martin Scorsese issued a statement that read: “Whenever I ran into Jonathan, he was filled with enthusiasm and excitement about a new project. He took so much joy in moviemaking. His pictures have an inner lyricism that just lifts them off the ground – even a story like The Silence Of The Lambs.

“I have great admiration for Jonathan as a filmmaker – I love the freshness of his style and his excellent use of music, from Buddy Holly to Miklos Rozsa. There’s so much more to be said, and I hardly know where to begin. I also loved him as a friend, and to me he was always young. My young friend. The idea that
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Film industry mourns Jonathan Demme

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Film industry mourns Jonathan Demme
Edgar Wright, Kevin Smith, Elijah Wood among those to pay tribute to director.

Following the news that American director Jonathan Demme has died at the age of 73, the film industry has taken to social media to mourn the loss.

Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright referred to Demme as a “great”, adding that “he could do anything”, in a tweet.

The Lord Of The Rings actor Elijah Wood took to Twitter to simply post that he was “sad to hear that Jonathan Demme has passed.

Tribeca Film Festival’s official account posted a tribute tweet, quoting Demme as saying “The chance to make a film that deals in an imaginative way with stuff you care tremendously about is a real high.”

David Simon, the creator of The Wire, stated that Demme was “a warm, gracious man”, expressing that he wished he’d had the chance to work with the director, though had come close twice.

Clerks director
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Inside No. 9 series 3 episode 6 review: Private View

Louisa Mellor Mar 21, 2017

Spoilers ahead in our review of the final series 3 episode of Inside No. 9, which takes us to the world of modern art…

This review contains spoilers.

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Inefficiency. It’s a criticism often levelled at the BBC by a certain species of rapacious vulture who sees the corporation not as the lustrous national gem it is, but as an unjust barrier to the extent to which they’re able to feather their own nests. The BBC is full of waste, they caw. The BBC must be more efficient!

If any of the vultures had the nous to watch BBC Two at 10pm on a Tuesday night for the past few weeks, they’d have been delighted. Well, not delighted.
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