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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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Inside No. 9 series 4 casting news; first image

Louisa Mellor Apr 7, 2017

Filming is well underway on the fourth series of the brilliant Inside No. 9. Here's who to expect among the guest cast...

Series one and two of Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith's consistently inventive, continually surprising anthology strand Inside No. 9 have recently landed on Netflix UK, which will hopefully bring it to the attention of those who didn't catch it on the first run. If you're among them, then run, don't walk, etc. It's simply one of the best shows around.

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And thrillingly, more of it is incoming. Hot on the heels of the recently aired third series, filming is already well underway on a fourth, to comprise six new standalone stories.

As soon as there's a sniff of an official broadcast date,
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Sherlock Series 4 Episode 1 Review – ‘The Six Thatchers’

Tori Brazier reviews the first episode of the eagerly-awaited fourth series of Sherlock

It’s been three years since the last series of Sherlock aired, and with suggestions that this fourth run could be the last, expectations are at their peak. Last January the BBC aired a one-off, stand-alone Victorian-set Sherlock caper – ‘The Abominable Bride’ – to a mixed reception. The scope was vast, the timelines Inception-esque in their confusion, and the production design deliciously gothic and macabre. Things then ended rather disappointingly when the episode seemed to suggest – rather bizarrely – that feminism was the ‘bad guy’…?

‘The Six Thatchers’ follows on directly from the frantic and high-speed events of 2014’s series finale, and the government (i.e. Mark Gatiss’s smarmy Mycroft) are in cover-up mode when it comes to the death of blackmailer Magnussen. That storyline tidily disposed of, things zoom forward through Mary’s pregnancy and the birth
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Vicious: PBS Slates UK Comedy Series Finale for June (Photos)

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He who laughs last, laughs best. The Vicious TV show, which was cancelled after two seasons on ITV and PBS is returning for a special hour-long TV series finale, Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 8:00pm Et. Check your local listings to confirm when your PBS affiliate has scheduled the Vicious TV series finale.

PBS says the Vicious series finale episode, "A Year," covers, "...a year in the lives of the beloved leading partners Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi), and their friends Violet (Frances de la Tour), Ash (Iwan Rheon), Penelope (Marcia Warren) and Mason (Philip Voss). Check out all these photos from the Vicious TV series finale.

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Full List of "Absolutely Fabulous" Film Cameos

Ahead of the trailer dropping for the film this week, Fox Searchlight Pictures has revealed the full list of celebrities set to make cameo appearances in the upcoming "Absolutely Fabulous" movie - a list that includes the likes of Kate Moss, Gwendoline Christie, Joan Collins, Barry Humphries, Jerry Hall and Jean Paul Gaultier.

In the film Edina and Patsy are blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party and become entangled in a media storm. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forevermore.

Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks and June Whitfield lead the cast of the film, joined in major roles by Kathy Burke, Helen Lederer, Harriet Thorpe, Celia Imrie, Mo Gaffney, Chris Ryan and both Emma Bunton and Lulu as themselves.

The full list of celebs are: Abbey Clancy,
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Kate Moss, Perez Hilton to Have Cameos in ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’

Kate Moss, Perez Hilton to Have Cameos in ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’
London — Fox Searchlight Pictures has revealed that Kate Moss, Jerry Hall, Jean Paul Gaultier, Perez Hilton and Stella McCartney are among the celebrities making cameo appearances in “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,” which stars Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks and June Whitfield.

Other leading lights from the worlds of acting, music and fashion appearing in the film include: Abbey Clancy, Alesha Dixon, Alex Jones, Alexa Chung, Alice Dellal, Anya Hindmarch, Barry Humphries (a.k.a. Dame Edna Everage), Beattie Edmondson, Bip Ling, Brix Smith-Start, Bruno Tonioli, Camilla Rutherford, Chris Colfer, Daisy Lowe, Daniel Lismore, Dawn French, Ella Eyre, Foxes, Giles Deacon, Gwendoline Christie, Jade Parfitt, Jamie Laing, Janette Tough, Joan Collins, Jodie Harsh, Jourdan Dunn, Kathy Lette, Kelly Hoppen, La Roux, La Voix, Lara Stone, Lily Cole, Marcia Warren, Miquita Oliver, Nick Grimshaw, Nick Mohammed, Orla Guerin, Ozwald Boateng, Pam Hogg, Poppy Delevingne, Richard Arnold, Robert Webb, Rylan Clark,
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Here are the cameos you can expect to see in ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’

Absolutly Fabulous: The Movie hits cinemas in the UK this summer, and ahead of the release, Fox Searchlight, who are distributing the film, have revealed the cameos that we can expect to see in the hugely anticipated movie.

Joining Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks and June Whitfield in their first cinematic adventure are returning cast members Kathy Burke as Magda, Helen Lederer as Catriona, Harriet Thorpe as Fleur, Celia Imrie as Claudia Bing, Mo Gaffney as Bo, Chris Ryan as Marshall as well as Emma Bunton and Lulu as themselves.

In true Ab Fab style, the cast will be joined by a host of stars from the acting, music and fashion worlds including: Abbey Clancy, Alesha Dixon, Alex Jones, Alexa Chung, Alice Dellal, Anya Hindmarch, Barry Humphries aka Dame Edna Everage, Beattie Edmondson, Bip Ling, Brix Smith-Start, Bruno Tonioli, Camilla Rutherford, Chris Colfer, Christopher Biggins, Daisy Lowe,
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Vicious: Season Two Coming to PBS

ITV in the UK re-commissioned Vicious for a second season so PBS has decided to air it next summer.

Here's the press release:

PBS to air second season of Shine International's boisterous sitcom "Vicious" Stateside, summer 2015

- Sir Derek Jacobi and Sir Ian McKellen Return in Critically Acclaimed Comedy -

Arlington, Va; October 31, 2014 - PBS and Shine International announced today that the second season of ITV's acclaimed British sitcom Vicious will be coming to PBS in 2015, kicking-off a star-studded summer lineup of British programming on the U.S. network.

Following a re-commission by UK broadcaster ITV, Vicious will return with Freddie (Sir Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Sir Derek Jacobi) delivering more biting remarks, snide comments and cruel asides. Joined by friends Violet (Frances de la Tour), Ash (Iwan Rheon), Penelope (Marcia Warren), Mason
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Writer/Creator Gary Janetti Brings “Vicious” Brit Gay Sitcom Stateside

The pairing of acting legends Sir Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi is a match made in heaven, but putting them together in a bawdy, bitchy British sitcom playing lovers who have been together for nearly 50 years? Yes, please!

Vicious aired last year in the UK and had its share of fans and critics. American viewers are finally getting a chance to decide for themselves if this show is the gay sitcom that we’ve been waiting for. (One good sign is that Vicious already has a second season order and will start shooting this fall. Hopefully the Us airings will garner solid ratings to continue airing beyond the first season).

TheBacklot sat down recently in West Hollywood with series creator Gary Janetti, who you know as a writer on such comedies as Will & Grace and Family Guy as well as being partnered with celebrity stylist/TV personality, Brad Goreski. Janetti
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ITV Comedy: Edge of Heaven

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Edge of Heaven ITV

Camille Coduri (Nuns on the Run) is set to star in the new ITV sitcom “Edge of Heaven.” Wham! Fan Judy (Coduri) runs an 80s themed Bed and Breakfast with her husband Tandeep (Nitin Kundra). The building’s permanent residents include the duo’s adult offspring Ann-Marie and Alfie. She’s a former solder while he’s a lovesick loser. The cast also includes Adrian Scarborough (Upstairs, Downstairs) and Marcia Warren (Vicious). Writer and creator Robert Evans (Stella) also appears in the show which is set to debut this Spring.

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Olivier-nominated Ladykillers to tour UK and Ireland

Theatrical farce adapted from the classic Ealing comedy set to tour into 2013 after record ticket sales in the West End

Little old landladies are to get their revenge all over the country after Graham Linehan's stage adaptation of The Ladykillers, currently playing at the West End's Gielgud theatre, announced that it will embark on a tour of the UK and Ireland.

After receiving five Olivier award nominations last week, The Ladykillers will start its tour in Plymouth on 14 September. The production will continue to tour into 2013, with further dates to be announced.

As well as garnering positive reviews, Linehan's adaptation, which turns the classic Ealing comedy into a theatrical farce, has already proved a big earner for its producers Fiery Angel. Following a pre-West End run in Liverpool, the show recouped its entire £750,000 outlay only six weeks after opening in London. During the Christmas period, it broke the Gielgud's box office record,
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Matilda Leads Olivier Awards Nominations

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Matilda Leads Olivier Awards Nominations
Schoolgirl stage show Matilda The Musical is top of the class at the 2012 Olivier Awards, landing 10 nominations.

The musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved book received the maximum possible nods, including best actor in a musical for Bertie Carvel and best supporting actor in a musical for Paul Kaye.

Young actresses Kerry Ingram, Sophia Kiely, Cleo Demetriou and Eleanor Worthington Cox share the title role in the production and received a joint best actress in a musical nomination. They will be up against Kat Fleetwood, Sarah Lancashire and Scarlett Strallen.

Featuring songs by funnyman Tim Minchin, Matilda the Musical, which focuses on a schoolgirl who has magic powers, has been a huge hit after opening in London's West End last year, and will head to Broadway in 2013.

The nominations for the Olivier theatre awards, which celebrate the best of the year's British stage shows, were announced on Thursday.

One Man, Two Guvnors and The LadyKillers received five nominations each including best play, while the musical adaption of hit 1990 movie Ghost scored four nods

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch and Trainspotting actor Jonny Lee Miller received a joint best actor nomination for Frankenstein, and will compete against Jude Law, James Corden, David Haif and Douglas Hodge for the award.

Kristen Scott Thomas, Celia Imrie, Lesley Manville, Marcia Warren and Ruth Wilson are vying for the best actress honour.

The award ceremony takes place on 15 April at London's Royal Opera House, and will be hosted by Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton.

Why it's the theatre that's given us a Ladykillers to die for

Graham Linehan's stage adaptation of The Ladykillers succeeds where the Coen brothers failed: it's actually funny

Graham Linehan's new stage adaptation of the classic 1955 Ealing movie The Ladykillers, directed by Sean Foley, is up and running in London's West End. My colleague Michael Billington has delivered his verdict and I went to see it the other day. The questions this production throws up – apart from "Wasn't that brilliant?" and "When for goodness' sake can I see it again?" – are "How has Mr Linehan bucked the trend of film-to-play adaptations being so cynical and awful?" and "How has he succeeded where the Coen brothers failed?"

Joel and Ethan Coen produced their own remake of The Ladykillers in 2004. The original had a wacky criminal gang, led by Alec Guinness's loopy professor, renting a room in a tumbledown old house in London's King's Cross from a sweet old lady, whom
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How Graham Linehan dynamited The Ladykillers

How do you adapt classic film The Ladykillers for the stage? First, blow the whole thing up

The story of The Ladykillers came to screenwriter William Rose in a dream. Four criminals planning a robbery hole up in an old lady's house, deciding to kill her when she discovers their secret. Unable to do the deed, however, some of them end up killing each other, and all of them end up dead. Rose woke his wife, Tania, gabbled the story to her – and immediately fell asleep again. She, thankfully for him and all of us, flew from their bed and typed the whole thing out before it had a chance to go cold. The next morning, she told the story to her husband, and he listened amazed, as if hearing it for the first time.

Fittingly, the classic 1955 film has a dreamlike, flowing quality, but with a robust logic that
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Graham Linehan on staging The Ladykillers

Now more than 50 years old, Ealing comedy The Ladykillers is one of Britain's best-loved films. So how will Graham Linehan, writer of The It Crowd and Father Ted, rework it for the theatre?

In the vaulting back room of a church off Islington's Upper Street in north London, five bad bogus men are plotting to bump off a little old lady. It is a hugely ambitious undertaking. Not only is The Ladykillers one of Britain's best-loved films, but the cast of the 1955 production – Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom and Danny Green – did include one or two actors that modern film programmes like to wrongly refer to as "legends", even if (pedantry aside) you know what they mean.

But this won't be a film; it's a stage version. And it's far from a knock-off of the film. The story's pretty much the same, of course – criminals posing as
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Ealing comedy The Ladykillers reborn on the stage

Alec Guinness classic crime caper re-cast as stage play in Liverpool by Father Ted and It Crowd writer Graham Linehan

It might be about criminals exploiting a sweet old lady so they can rob a bank, but The Ladykillers is regularly named as one of the nation's favourite comedy films. Now the Ealing classic is to be brought to the stage in a new version written by Father Ted and The It Crowd writer Graham Linehan.

Producers will announce that the memorably dark and stylish 1955 film is being adapted for the stage, with Peter Capaldi in the role of the charming but sinister gang leader Professor Marcus, played first by Alec Guinness.

The stage play will be very much Linehan's version. "I wanted the film to haunt the play rather than it be a transcription," he said.

There will also be more laughs. Linehan had been asked by producers if
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Ealing comedy The Ladykillers emerges in West End

Alec Guinness seedy gang classic to become stage play, written by Father Ted author Graham Linehan

It might be about gangsters exploiting a sweet old lady to commit an ugly armed robbery, but The Ladykillers is regularly named as one of the nation's favourite comedy films. Now the Ealing classic is to be brought to the stage for the first time in a new version written by Father Ted and The It Crowd writer Graham Linehan.

Producers will announce that the memorably dark and stylish 1955 film is being adapted for the stage, with Peter Capaldi taking on the role of the charming but utterly sinister gang leader Professor Marcus, played originally by Alec Guinness.

The stage play will be very much Linehan's version. "I wanted the film to haunt the play rather than it be a transcription," he said.

There will also be more laughs. He had been asked by
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