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Tuesday’s best TV: Next of Kin; Inside No 9

  • The Guardian - TV News
Finale of doctor-caught-up-in-terrorism drama; last episode of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s anthology series. Plus: return of Back in Time for Tea

It is the finale of the strong if occasionally cliched drama about middle-class doctor Mona (Archie Panjabi), who becomes embroiled in her terror-suspect nephew’s world. Following last night’s episode, in which Danny tried to stall the attackers, tonight finds both him and Mona in peril. Will they survive? And can the counter-terror police stop further bombings? Regardless of whether the door is left open for a second run, Panjabi’s excellent performance may well see her enter TV’s big leagues. Hannah J Davies

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Inside No. 9 renewed for series 5

Louisa Mellor Feb 6, 2018

BBC Two has renewed its excellent anthology Inside No. 9 for a fifth series. Top work all round...

Inside No. 9 is stunning television. It's ever surprising, clever and inventive, and to judge by its excellent fourth series, which concludes tonight at 10pm on BBC Two, it's only getting better.

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Knowing a good thing when it has one, the BBC has renewed the anthology show for a fifth series, six new episodes of which are due to air in 2019. Tremendous news.

The official press bumf promises that series five will "stay true to the show's anthology format, with each episode bringing an original story, a new raft of characters and surprising twists" with yet more top-notch guest stars. Adam Tandy will once again produce.

Here's what series creators Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith had to say on the renewal:

"Having tried and
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First 7 films announced for the 2108 MidWest WeirdFest

The organisers of the MidWest WeirdFest have revealed the first 7 films for their 2018 event. The second annual festival – a cinematic celebration of all things fantastic, frightening, offbeat, and just plain weird – takes place March 9-11, 2018 at the Micon Downtown Cinema in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Says fest founder and veteran programmer Dean Bertram:

We are delighted to unveil this first glimpse at some of the 2018 festival’s incredible program. The selection encapsulates MidWest WeirdFest’s mission of showcasing a heady combination of the latest and most original horror, sci-fi, underground, and documentary films. We can’t wait for the festival’s audience to journey with us on another twisting, terrifying, and at times hilarious journey through the cutting-edge of this season’s weird cinema.

The first seven feature films announced are:

3 Dead Trick Or Treaters

(dir: Torin Langen)

After stumbling upon the graves of three murdered trick or treaters, a
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Inside No. 9 series 4 episode 5 review: And The Winner Is…

Louisa Mellor Jan 30, 2018

Inside No. 9 does well-observed industry satire in its latest episode. Spoilers ahead in our review…

This review contains spoilers.

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4.5 And The Winner Is…

“What’s more important, awards or a massive audience?” I asked Inside No. 9’s creators in 2017. Simultaneously, without missing a beat, “Awards!” they answered to a chorus of laughs. “Can’t put an audience on your shelf!” said Pemberton.

However serious that answer, it’s not a stretch to see why TV awards-giving might be ripe for satire here. Inside No. 9 has won a number of prizes (Rose d’Or, Rts, Writers’ Guild, Banff Rockies, comedy.co.uk…), but there’s still a baffling gap where a Bafta might be. It’s a matter of genre, Reece Shearsmith suggested. As a dramatic comedy/comedic drama, Inside No. 9
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Tuesday’s best TV: Inside No 9; Art, Passion & Power

  • The Guardian - TV News
More spleen-squeezing unease in the latest episode of the black comedy, a look at the splendours of the royal collection and a three-part examination of the Saudi royal family draws to a close

Irony defines Adrian’s life. As a wedding photographer, he provides undying records of newlyweds’ blossoming bliss – a high-contrast counterpoint to the lack of love left in his own marriage to Harriet. She struggles to reignite an emotional flame long extinguished, but Adrian is reluctant to leave his basement darkroom. The spleen-squeezing unease in this latest episode of Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith’s anthology leaves little room for laughter, but is as essential a visit to No 9 as ever. Mark Gibbings-Jones

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Tuesday’s best TV: Britain’s Favourite Dogs: Top 100; Inside No 9

  • The Guardian - TV News
Sara Cox and Ben Fogle reveal the country’s supreme canine, while Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith serve up a Swiss watch of comedy horror

Hopefully this is intended to create a sense of unity, rather than carve the nation into angry, militant factions based on our dog breed preferences. Sara Cox and Ben Fogle will preside over the revelation of the Top 100, leading to the crowning of a supreme canine, while celebrities including Louis Smith, Geri Horner, James Martin, Gabby Logan, Phillip Schofield and Gok Wan will quite literally trot out their hounds to show them off. Ben Arnold

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Inside No. 9 series 4 episode 2 review: Bernie Clifton’s Dressing Room

Louisa Mellor Jan 9, 2018

Inside No. 9 continues on excellent form with this bittersweet play about a lost showbusiness friendship. Spoilers ahead…

This review contains spoilers.

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4.2 Bernie Clifton’s Dressing Room

In 2006, comedy double act Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball gave an interview to The Independent reminiscing about their stage and TV career. In their 1980s heyday, the pair had a serious falling-out, something “every double act goes through,” said Ball, “it’s like a marriage”. The piece concluded with Ball’s bittersweet line, “We've become really like brothers now. It's sad to say, but I'll bury him or he'll bury me.”

It probably wasn’t—Inside No.
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When good TV goes bad: how The League of Gentlemen became no laughing matter

After two successful seasons, the eccentric sketch show adopted an ambitious concept for the third – at the expense of its best gags

When The League of Gentlemen hit our screens in 1999 it was like watching Monty Python remake The Wicker Man from inside Alan Bennett’s fever dream. Set in the fictional northern town of Royston Vasey, the sketch show was a weekly parade of monsters, tragicomic oddballs and one-off grotesques. Its most outrageous characters stuck most firmly in the popular imagination: Tubbs and Edward, serial-killing proprietors of the “local shop for local people”; Harvey Denton and his wife Val, urine-drinking toad breeders obsessed with the prevention of masturbation; sadistic Jobstart adviser and hater of “dole scum” Pauline. There was also poignancy in the form of failed musician Les McQueen, ex-rhythm guitarist of Crème Brulee (Eurovision heats finalists, 1981), and the cavern tour guide who suffers from Ptsd in the most deadpan fashion.
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Inside No 9 review – a gleeful dismemberment of Shakespearean farce

Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith toy entertainingly with the Bard’s verse and narrative tropes. Also, Prince: Last Year of a Legend fails to move us

Like a selection box you have lost the little paper menu for, Inside No 9 (BBC Two) is full of surprises. Behind every shiny wrapper is a new take on an old genre, and no two are alike. One minute, writers and stars Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith are clowning around, giving it the full spinning bow tie, the next they’re scaring the life out of you or plumbing the depths of utter turpitude. Or just skilfully and cruelly breaking your heart, as they did in series two’s astonishing episode, The 12 Days of Christine: still one of the finest half-hours of television ever made. Seek it out.

I approach every series with the same gluttony I do the festive chocolates, but also the
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Inside No. 9 series 4 episode 1 review: Zanzibar

Louisa Mellor Jan 2, 2018

This comedy farce written in verse shows that custom cannot stale Inside No. 9’s infinite variety. Spoilers…

This review contains spoilers.

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4.1 Zanzibar

In series one’s The Understudy, Inside No. 9 gave us an updated take on Macbeth. Here, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton put their own twist on Shakespearean comedy with an episode set entirely in a hotel corridor and written entirely in iambic pentameter, the clever sods. Regular brilliance clearly wasn’t presenting these two enough of a challenge.

It’s a challenge they pull off with relish. The writing’s smart and self-aware (“Like this iambic foot, I’m stressed, you’re not”) while the gags are a bawdy delight. Shakespeare never rhymed ‘bum’ with ‘Magnus Magnusson’, but you know he would have done,
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Tuesday’s best TV: Prince: Last Year of a Legend; Inside No 9

  • The Guardian - TV News
Documentary featuring George Clinton and CeeLo Green sheds light on the life of a musical icon; plus Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith return

The death of Prince in a lift – admittedly his own lift, in his own nine-acre studio complex/folly/compound – was a slightly prosaic end to this extraordinary life. As this doc – featuring pals such as George Clinton and CeeLo Green – reveals, Prince didn’t rest on his laurels. In his last year, he played a solo tour, performed for Obama and released two albums. The film also details the events which led to his painkiller-related death. John Robinson

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The League of Gentlemen review – Royston Vasey: just as terrifying as ever

Edward and Tubbs are squatting, and the jobcentre has been relocated. Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith and Jeremy Dyson have had fun deciding what the years have done to their monsters

Benjamin Denton and his Auntie Val are coming back to Royston Vasey. As we are too, 15 years on, for a three-part, three-night The League of Gentlemen (BBC Two) 20th birthday celebration. No Uncle Harvey – he has (not so) sadly died. They are coming back for the funeral.

The creepy girls, Chloe and Radclyffe, are still there in the house, but much older now. “Hello, Benjamin, it’s nice to see you again,” they say creepily, in unison, like the twins from The Shining who inspired them. “We’ve had no one to play with, for years and years and years.”

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The League Of Gentlemen series 4 episode 1 review: Return To Royston Vasey

Catherine Pearson Dec 18, 2017

The League Of Gentlemen is back with comedy writing at its finest - sinister, tragic and very, very funny. Spoilers ahead...

This review contains spoilers.

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4.1 Return To Royston Vasey

League Of Gentlemen fans rejoice! The dark comedy that first hit our screens in 1999 is back, and while our beloved Royston Vasey has had to move with the times a bit, it’s still a dilapidated cesspit home to some of our much-loved oddballs. Come and join the celebration. We’re all local here…

What a way to begin the much-anticipated reunion of writers Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith. Just as he did 18 years previously, Benjamin sits on the train and reads a message from his off-the-wall Auntie Val. This time, he’s not holding a letter but a smart phone and,
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Monday’s best TV: The League of Gentlemen; Myanmar – The Hidden Truth

  • The Guardian - TV News
The grotesques of Royston Vasey return, as eerie as ever – plus, an upsetting but important portrait of the plight of the Rohingya Muslims

It says as much about the cultural inertia of this century as well as the passing of time that, crikey, it’s almost 19 years since the League of Gentlemen first graced our screens, making stars of Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and Mark Gatiss. They return in their grotesque guises to Royston Vasey; the fact that the actors have aged adds an extra layer of eeriness (and makeup) to their familiar creations. David Stubbs

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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.

Synopsis:

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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