@mrianleslie Thanks Ian - very glad you liked it.
'Peep Show' may be dead, but Mitchell & Webb are not.
‘Peep Show’ may have finally come to an end last year, but David Mitchell and Robert Webb are certainly not done yet. The comedy duo are to reunite for a new sitcom entitled ‘Back’ for Channel 4, about a dysfunctional family in the pub business.
The new show is to be written along with Simon Blackwell, who helped co-write some of the later episodes of ‘Peep Show’ which finally came to an end last December, after nine series and 12 years. He’s also a sometime collaborator with Armando Ianucci, working with him on political satires ‘The Thick of It’, its movie spin-off In The Loop and American version ‘Veep’.
Mitchell will play Stephen, who inherits the family’s pub business after the death of his father, but his plans are thrown off course when his former foster brother Andrew (played by Webb) re-appears in his life and wants to join in.
Co-star David Mitchell reveals a tearful picture of the actress on her final day of shooting
It's been a comedy staple for many a Channel 4 viewer throughout the naughties and many a tear was shed when it was confirmed that the ninth series of Peep Show was to be the last. Thankfully for avid fans it's going out the way it came in with Olivia Colman's Sophie a firm part of its final outing.
Olivia's character Sophie has been a firm part of Peep Show for nine series
David Mitchell, who has played Mark, Sophie's on-off romancer since the beginning, confirmed Colman's involvement with a tweeted picture of the actress between himself and Robert Webb who plays Jeremy in the sitcom.
Continue reading: Olivia Colman Confirmed For Final Series Of Peep Show
Spring is here and 'Friday Download' presenters Richard, Dionne, George, Shannon and Bobby decide to set out on a road trip together; a holiday that should boast fun and frolics, but things start going wrong from the off. Their van is slowly breaking down and somehow manages to get stuck up a tree outside... where else? A large and very old haunted house. They are forced to beg hospitality from the unusual homeowners, but they soon wish they hadn't when furniture starts moving on its own, books fly off shelves and strange apparitions haunt their evenings. However, they can't help but feel sorry for the owners of the house, who may be forced to allow it to be knocked to the ground if they can't raise funds to keep it. The gang decide to raise the money themselves, and host a special music event called Friday Fest, though it doesn't quite go to plan...
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O2 customer will get priority to new Channel 4 content.
As part of a new brand partnership, O2 Priority customers will get access to new Channel 4 shows before they’re shown on TV – that includes Peep Show, Fresh Meat and the hit reality show Made in Chelsea. As part of the new deal, the O2 logo will also be plastered onto All 4 content (All 4 replaces 4oD).
Gogglebox has been a big hit for Channel 4
David Amodio, Channel 4’s Digital and Creative Lead said, “This collaboration with O2 is the most exciting digital partnership in Channel 4’s history.”
Continue reading: O2 Customers Get Priority On 'All 4' Shows, Including Peep Show
Is Jonathan Franzen's new novel inspired by Edward Snowden?
Jonathan Franzen, the polarising writer considered by some as the finest of his generation, will release his new novel, Purity, next autumn. Described as a "multigenerational American epic", the book will be Franzen's fifth novel and first since 2010's Freedom stormed the bestseller chart.
Jonathan Franzen will release his fifth novel, Purity, next autumn
Purity tells the story of Purity Tyler, a young woman searching for her father - moving from American to South America and East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Jonathan Galassi, president of publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux said the story hinged on "the mystery of Pip's family history and her relationship with a charismatic hacker and whistleblower". He also suggested Purity was a "stylistic departure" for Franzen.
Continue reading: Jonathan Franzen's 'Purity' About Charismatic Hacker Set For 2015
A third of nominees for the Man Booker Prize 2014 are Americans, but Dona Tarrt did not make the list.
In the first year since opening up nominations to international writers, The Man Booker Prize has announced its longlist for 2014 with almost a third of writers coming from America. In a much criticised decision, organisers of the prestigious literary prize announced last year that the rules of eligibility were changing - prompting fears that the list would be swamped by U.S. writers.
The Man Booker Prize 2013 [Getty/WPA Pool]
Of the 13 longlisted authors for 2014, Joshua Ferris, Karen Joy Fowler, Siri Hustvedt and Richard Powers would not have been eligible under the original rules. Nevertheless, judges left of American author Dona Tartt, whose novel The Goldfinch won the Pulitzer Prize.
Continue reading: Now, Why Isn't Dona Tarrt Nominated For The Man Booker Prize 2014?
The Right Stuff will be told over 280 Tweets
In a not entirely unprecedented move - Jennifer Egan, Neil Gaiman and Philip Pullman have already done this before – David Mitchell, the award-winning author of Cloud Atlas, has written a new short story and will release it over Twitter.
David Mitchell in London for a screening of the movie adapation of his book, Cloud Atlas. Photo: Getty 2013, Stuart Wilson
The story, about a boy tripping on his mother's Valium pills, will be told Tweet by Tweet – using 280 updates, to be exact - over the next seven days. “Once the idea that I could use Twitter as a storytelling medium bit me, it wouldn't leave me alone,” said the author of his new project, according to The Guardian.
Continue reading: David Mitchell Is Going To Tell Us A Story, One Tweet At A Time
After a successful run of over ten years, 'Peep Show' will come to an end in 2014. We look back at some of our favourite 'Peep Show' quotes from over the years.
Channel 4’s hit series Peep Show is set to return for its 9th, and final, series this year. It’s almost too much to bear thinking that we may not see Mark, Jeremy, Super Hans, Big Suze and the gang again after 2014. In the meantime, while we wait for the show to return to our screens we thought we’d reminisce about some of our favourite Peep Show moments. Peep Show’s been running for over ten years now, so fortunately, there’s quite a lot of them!
Mark: (while jogging in the park) I'm brilliant, I'm a jogger. I'm running! I knew there had to be a sport for me... Oh, God, is that a stitch? I'm literally going to die, What an idiotic boob I was about 10 or 11 seconds ago!
Continue reading: The 10 Funniest 'Peep Show' Quotes
Which of the six nominees will you vote to become King or Queen of comedy?
The nominations are in for this year's British Comedy Awards King or Queen. Out of various awards for television performances, breakthrough comedians, and entertainment personalities, one comedian will rise to be crowned the year's King or Queen of Comedy at the ceremony hosted by Jonathan Ross.
Though there are 15 categories in total, only one - the King or Queen of Comedy - is open to public voting meaning British people will choose their favourite comedian of the year. Entertainers up for one of the country's most prestigious comedy awards include Jack Whitehall, David Mitchell, Sarah Millican, Graham Norton, Lee Mack and Alan Carr.
The eighth series of Peep Show kicked off on Channel 4 last night (November 25, 2012), easing viewers into the working week with a new day and timeslot. Previously, the escapades of Mark and Jez had aired on Friday evenings, though it didn't detract from the comeback of one of Britain's best loved comedies.
We picked up with Jeremy still living in Mark's South London flat, despite promising to move out to allow Dobby to move in. Mark becomes increasingly worried that his former flatmates reluctance to move on will mean his girlfriend opts to live rent free at rival Gerard's house instead. However, it soon becomes apparent that he doesn't have to worry about that any longer, because Gerard is DEAD. The former JBL man dies of the flu, leaving Mark to arrange a hasty funeral and set about buying a "wake cake." He chooses a funeral parlour because "it looks like Gerard's kind of place" before leaving the event early to attend his third interview at a toilet and bathroom sales place.
Season eight is likely to focus on the awkwardness of Mark and Dobby living together with Jez still around. Although the plot might not have the firepower of previous seasons, scribes Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain aren't likely to get any less funny and last night's first episode offered plenty of promise. When Jez visits a therapist (paid for by Mark), he convinces himself that he must discuss his main issues in life, "drugs, drinking, women, career and not being able to go to sleep properly without wearing a woolly hat".
Continue reading: TV Review: Peep Show, Series Eight, Episode One (Channel 4)
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@mrianleslie Thanks Ian - very glad you liked it.
The Observer is 225 today! Instead of a column, as part of an anniversary pull-out, here's why I think that's good. https://t.co/ANGzmWrbuT
RT @ObsNewReview: THE OBSERVER IS 225 THIS SUNDAY - LOOK OUT FOR THIS SPECIAL 36 PAGE SUPPLEMENT https://t.co/dfT1AIFjn8
@JampotsG @Bessemerband Refugees find refuge by becoming immigrants, so not a big difference no. The former are a subset of the latter.
@seanrmccoy99 Maybe one day.
I'm on tonight's #QI with all the people in this photograph. It's on @BBCTwo at 10pm and it's all about NIGHT. https://t.co/LOf2sczXVM
RT @Bessemerband: RIP Andreas Siegfried "Andrew" Sachs, a German Jewish immigrant who moved to Britain to escape the Nazis. The Daily Mail…
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@MrChrisBrand @tobydavies Yes indeed - it was great fun running away from you.
@Filiusrogeri That's quite the accusation! No, I wrote it myself, as I always do. Though for half of it I was trying to sound like Trump.
@Cattleclass Any time!
@Celeryslut Sort of. Farage was elected to a Parliament whose existence he abhors & Trump got 2nd highest number of votes in the election.
@Cattleclass Yes, it's a Sunday newspaper - the oldest in the world. Its articles are also published on the Guardian website.
In my Observer column: having pitched Farage as UK ambassador to the US, what are Trump's other recruitment ideas? https://t.co/arksiQWHKG
@FirehorseP @JazzyJaney @MaxGriffinUK There will be a second series - we're shooting it in January and February.
@jocat1980 We're shooting it next summer, so next autumn?
That's brilliant - and in an art form almost as old as the studio sitcom. @JazzyJaney https://t.co/qsO5VGiYu1
@acmgospelchoir Great working with you too - you were absolutely brilliant.
RT @WILTY_TV: Junior WILTY in full is now here! @RobBrydon @RealDMitchell & Lee Mack are joined by four children for @BBCCiN : https://t.co…
Ha ha! How about "For people who like to get it up on their own"? #avsstrapline https://t.co/2Mvwa9zSQc