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John Hurt Honoured At Radio Awards


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The British star, who appeared in a BBC radio production of Leo Tolstoy's novel War and Peace last year (15), picked up the Outstanding Contribution Award at the ceremony, which was held at the BBC's Radio Theatre venue on Sunday (31Jan16).

"I like working in radio drama because one is using what is fast becoming the actors' forgotten weapon - the voice," Hurt tells the Press Association.

Another British acting veteran, Carry On star June Whitfield, was also honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Sunday's ceremony.

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Joanna Lumley 'insisted' On Absolutely Fabulous Movie


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Joanna Lumley is the driving force behind the 'Absolutely Fabulous' movie.

Jennifer Saunders is currently re-writing the script for the much-anticipated movie, but has revealed it was her co-star who been encouraging her to transform the iconic sit-com into a film.

Jennifer - who played Edina Monsoon in the BBC show - explained to the Radio Times: ''I think I have everyone [from the original cast] back on board.

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Cara Delevingne Wants Cameo In Absolutely Fabulous Movie


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Cara Delevingne wants a cameo role in the 'Absolutely Fabulous' movie.

The 22-year-old beauty is eager to star in the much-anticipated film, in a move that would see her follow in the footsteps of Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, both of whom appeared in the popular TV sitcom.

Cara is a huge fan of the show - which was created by comedian Jennifer Saunders - about two selfish middle-aged women.

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Absolutely Fabulous Script Is Written, Says Jennifer Saunders


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Jennifer Saunders has finished the first draft of the 'Absolutely Fabulous' movie script.

The 56-year-old comedian has been working on the script for the past 12 months and has revealed she felt ''euphoric'' after finishing writing, while she also confirmed that the eagerly-awaited movie would be called 'Edina and Patsy'.

She said: ''I've finished the first draft. I'm feeling euphoric.

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Opening Night Of 'The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time' At The Gielgud Theatre

June Whitfield - Opening Night of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time' at the Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 8th July 2014

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Celebrities At The ITV Studios

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Jennifer Saunders: Absolutely Fabulous Film Won't Happen


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Jennifer Saunders insists the proposed 'Absolutely Fabulous' movie will never happen.

The comic actress worries the show's legacy would be ''ruined'' if a spin-off movie was produced, despite revealing two years ago - when the sit-com was revived for a series of 20th anniversary specials - she was working on a script for a feature film.

She said: ''The film will never happen. 'Ab Fab' is in such a nice place now.

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Russ Abbot To Join Onscreen 'Grey Mates' For Newly Commissioned BBC One Comedy


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Acting veteran Russ Abbot has been confirmed to join the cast of an upcoming BBC One comedy, provisionally titled Grey Mates, will also star June Whitfield and Stephanie Beacham, rounding out a trio of pensioners living out their twilight years on the Norfolk coast. The premise is that each of the seniors faces his or her golden years in a different way. And OK, it might not sound that exciting, but let’s all think back to the original premise of Downton Abbey. There might still be some potential here too.

Alison Steadman, Philip Jackson, Paula Wilcox and James Smith will join Abbot to complete the principal cast of the series. Controller of BBC One Charlotte Moore said for BBC News: "Comedy has a unique ability to make the ordinary extraordinary and Grey Mates delivers that with a big hit of characters."

She added that the onset of retirement is "hilariously brought to life by a stellar cast whose relationships are tested in a multitude of ways."

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'Oldie Of The Year Awards'

June Whitfield - 'Oldie of the Year Awards' - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 12th February 2013

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'Oldie Of The Year Awards' - Inside

Geoffrey Palmer, June Whitfield and Gilly Cooper - 'Oldie of the Year Awards' - Inside - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 12th February 2013

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Run For Your Wife UK Film Premiere

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Danny Dyer: Run For Your Wife Is 'ultimate' British Comedy


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Danny Dyer thinks 'Run For Your Wife' is the ''ultimate'' British film.

The 35-year-old actor enjoyed shooting the upcoming comedy caper - which features cameo appearances from the likes of Dame Judi Dench, June Whitfield and Rolf Harris - and admitted being in the presence of such theatrical greats made him feel creatively inspired and more ''intelligent''.

Speaking at the London Evening Standard British Film Awards at the London Film Museum on Monday (04.02.13), Danny exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ''I loved it. It's a completely different film for me, I've never really done anything like that before. Just to be around the people that I was around - I love that lovey, thespian type of people.

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June Whitfield Honoured For Lengthy Career


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Veteran British actress June Whitfield was honoured for her lengthy career at the U.K.'s Television and Radio Industries Club awards on Tuesday (13Mar12).

The 86 year old is a small screen favourite, appearing in popular shows including Absolutely Fabulous, and also starred in several Carry On films.

She was handed the Tric Special Award at the London ceremony in honour of her achievements.

Other winners at the event included Aussie pop star Peter Andre (Satellite/Digital TV Personality) and hit period drama Downton Abbey (HD Drama Programme of the Year).

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Tennant & Lewis Up For First Radio Awards Prizes


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Former Doctor Who David Tennant, BAND OF BROTHERS star Damian Lewis and veteran British TV star June Whitfield are among the nominees who will compete for prizes at the inaugural Bbc Audio Drama Awards.

Tennant, who will also host the awards ceremony in London on 29 January (12), has been recognised for his role in Kafka: The Musical by Murray Gold, while Lewis is nominated for Giovanni's Room. They will compete with Rory Kinnear for his role in Terence Rattigan's Flare Path, which also landed a Best Supporting Actor nod for Rupert Penry-Jones.

Absolutely Fabulous star Whitfield is mentioned for her role in A Monstrous Vitality.

The judges deciding on the awards winners include actresses Maxine Peake and Imogen Stubbs and screenwriter Andrew Davies.

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Jennifer Saunders Reunites With Ageing Ab Fab Cast


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Jennifer Saunders says she was delighted to reunite with her Absolutely Fabulous co-stars to shoot a Christmas special, but admits she couldn't help but notice a few signs of ageing, reports the Press Association.

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