@sam1pm Thanks - glad you liked it. I wish we could have made more.
'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 British Comedy Awards were held last night, presented once again by Jonathan Ross. It saw a room of the country's funniest people come under one roof to celebrate and ridicule one another, as is the British tradition.
Twenty Twelve and The Thick of It have been compared since the former hit screens in 2011. It satirises the shambolic organization of this year's the Olympic games, while The Thick of It satirises the inner workings of the British government. However, despite audiences loving Twenty Twelve and it receiving four nominations in the three categories that it's eligible for, it failed to take home anything. Both Olivia Colman and Jessica Hynes from the show were nominated for Best Actress, but they lost out to The Thick of It's Rebecca Front. It seems an odd snub given that everyone has been celebrating all things Olympic since it was revealed that London got the deal.
Another surprise was Jack Whitehall's voted win of King of Comedy for 2012. He was up against some serious comedy heavy weights that have done the circuit for years: Alan Carr, Lee Mack, David Mitchell, Graham Norton and last year's Queen of Comedy, Sarah Millican. Initial speculation had assumed David Mitchell would get the prize, for his many panel show appearances, Peep Show and That Mitchell and Webb Look. However, Whitehall has really broken through this year, with popular shows Bad Education and Fresh Meat, which are a lot better than they sound.
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@sam1pm Thanks - glad you liked it. I wish we could have made more.
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That should be a handy announcement for those without internet access but whose local town crier reads out Twitter.
Episode 3 of the current series of Unbelievable Truth, which has been on iPlayer for a week, is being broadcast on @BBCRadio4 at 6.30 today.
To all those asking, I didn't also draw my column's accompanying illustration. That was David Foldvari and was wrongly credited to me.
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It's got @JohnFinnemore, @LouSanders, @henningwehn & Miles Jupp in it, as you have already had ample opportunity to find out.
The 2nd ep of the new series of Unbelievable Truth is on @BBCRadio4 at 6.30pm today. But it's been on iPlayer for ages so this is old news.
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