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The ‘IT Crowd’ star could be the saviour Channel 4 needs to keep ‘Bake Off’ fans happy.
Richard Ayoade has reportedly become the frontrunner to host ‘The Great British Bake Off’ and fans of the show are welcoming the news.
After the departure of Mary Berry and hosts Mel Geidroyc and Sue Perkins, many viewers said they would boycott the show when it moves to Channel 4, but Ayoade may be the key to keeping the fan base happy.
Richard Ayoade is said to be the frontrunner to host the 'Great British Bake Off'
Much of TV is now a geek's dream, we look at the shows loved by both geeks and the wider mainstream.
Geeks: once the deeply awkward and much-maligned members of society- ridiculed by Jocks and long stereotyped on TV and film as socially inept weaklings with a love of bow ties, thick-rimmed glasses and high-waisted slacks. But oh how things have changed. Ever since Adam Brody’s intensely loveable Seth Cohen appeared on screens in the mid noughties as the lonely, quick-witted, Death Cab For Cutie loving geek on The O.C, the tables have been well and truly turned. ‘Geek Chic’ prevails, the once laughable clothing choices of society’s most brainy and introverted have been re-appropriated by the masses. Everyone is falling over themselves to replicate a look that twenty years ago would have posited the wearer of such garments as a human punch-bag for meat-headed bullies.
Adam Brody has been credited with helping makes geeks cool through his O.C character Seth Cohen
In the world of TV, sci-fi shows such as Star Trek and Stargate are geek staples but the recent role reversal of geeks as the cultural vanguard posits fantastical shows that would have more likely been derided several years ago as universally acclaimed hits. Game Of Thrones is arguably the biggest TV show in the world whilst The Big Bang Theory, which maintains the long-held geek stereotypes has made veritable superstars of its cast. Here then, is a list of those geeky TV shows that we just can’t get enough of.
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Luxury Comedy is back and this time it’s even better.
Noel Fielding is back on E4 tonight (July 31st) bringing the second series of his ‘Luxury Comedy’ with ‘Tales from Painted Hawaii’. One half of The Mighty Boosh and Never Mind the Buzzcock’s team captain, Noel has never been one to go for the conventional laugh as 'Luxury Comedy’s' first series proved. But this time around he’s found a different way to present the weirdness and thankfully the results are just as hilarious.
Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy' is back, this time in a coffee shop
When ‘Luxury Comedy’ debuted on E4 in 2012 the reaction from viewers and critics was mixed. Some just really didn't get Fielding’s eccentric mix of characters and off-beat jokes, while others simply dismayed that “it wasn't the Mighty Boosh!”, as if it had ever intended to be. But for those who did appreciate Fielding’s first solo effort, a whole new world full of colours and characters had been opened up to them, just like in Mighty Boosh’s earliest days.
Eggs is a young boy living in the dairy loving, wealthy town of Cheesbridge. He was adopted as a baby and is a perfectly ordinary boy - apart from the fact that he was brought up in a sewer by an unusual group of foster parents. The Boxtrolls are underground creatures feared throughout the town as sinister and dangerous monsters, but in truth they are remarkably kind and so shy that they spend most of their time hiding in the boxes they wear as shells and venturing out at night so that they don't bump into the Cheesebridge residents. All they wish to do is collect discarded rubbish and turn it into incredible machines. Unfortunately, despite their harmlessness, a vicious exterminator named Archibald Snatcher is after their heads when the town's council insists on their removal. Eggs must help save his family, but first he's got to start behaving like a regular boy.
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We'll always remember the 'IT Crowd' even if its left our screens for good
In 2006 'The I.T Crowd' welcomed us into the basement of Reynholm Industries to meet Moss, Roy and Jen and make sure we’d ‘tried switching it on and off again' first. The successful Channel 4 comedy brought us four series of laughs and ridiculous scenarios before bidding us goodbye with a special episode late last year. Entitled, ‘The Internet Is Coming’, its just picked up four BAFTA nominations, including one for best sitcom, giving a fitting tribute to one of the decades funniest and unique sitcoms.
Richard Ayoade played Maurice Moss in the 'IT Crowd'
Created by Graham Linehan, one half of the duo that gave us 'Father Ted', the 'IT Crowd' delved in to the world of computer nerdom, celebrating it in a way that British television had never seen before. Set in the IT department of Reynholm Industries, confined to the building’s basement, Jen, played by Katherine Parkinson served as our guide into the world of computers and the internet, even though she didn't know what IT stood for. Jen was faced with the role of being relationship manager to Moss and Roy, the socially inept IT technicians who would fix any computer problem in their own time and if they could be bothered. The two best friends, played by Richard Ayoade and Chris O’Dowd were bonded together by their love of computer games and all things geeky and also the fact that no one else could really put up with them.
Continue reading: After BAFTA Nominations, We Remember 'The I.T Crowd'
The fun-filled trailer gives us a good look at those 'Boxtrolls'.
The trailer for the latest film to come from Laika, Phil Knight's Hillsboro animation studio, has hit the web. ‘Boxtrolls’ tells the story of a group of goblins that live underground, feeding off grubs and various bugs, and using boxes to appear greater than the sum of their parts.
He's not a boxtroll, but he sort of is, is Eggs
The trailer gives us a further look at the beautifully crafted, almost dickensian world that the talented guys at Laika have created. The fantastical setting is intriguing as soon as we see the cobbled roof tiles, and becomes even riper for exploring the further we go down, even below the street, where those adorable (yet thoroughly disgusting) Boxtrolls.
Continue reading: Hidden Below The Streets Are The 'Boxtrolls' [Trailer + Pictures]
Simon is already running the risk of seeing his life crash and burn around him, with his reticent personality forcing away any love interests (or even friends), attracting much disappointment from his mother and losing him support in his career, but things are about to go further downhill very soon. A new employee named James has taken up a position at his workplace but, to Simon's horror, he looks and sounds identical to him - only with a more extroverted disposition and captivating character. Simon's too afraid to try and change things in his life, feeling comfortable (if a little depressed) with remaining in the shadows, but when James starts to take over everything he holds most dear, he is forced to try. But can he battle his demons while remaining sane at the same time?
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Being diffident, introverted and generally awkward in social situations, Simon finds his life increasingly difficult as he feels unappreciated in his work life, disparaged by his disappointed mother and rejected by his only love interest. Unable to find the courage to turn his life around, things are about to get much, much worse as a new employee at his company named James shows up. James is Simon's ultimate doppelganger, and his appearance only serves to make Simon increasingly more nervous as, although they are identical in looks, they are total opposites in personalities with James possessing a much more confident and magnetic character. Gradually, James starts to infiltrate Simon's life, taking over everything he holds most dear with Simon being driven completely insane in the process.
Continue: The Double - Teaser Trailer
Eggs is a young orphaned boy who had possibly the most unusual upbringing one could ever think of; he was raised by a group of inhuman trash collectors called the Boxtrolls who live in a dingy by cosy underground cave. However, The Boxtrolls, named so because of the large cardboard boxes they wear on their torsos, find their rubbish filled paradise under huge threat when a ruthless exterminator by the name of Archibald Snatcher decides to wipe out these unusual creatures for good. Eggs must do everything within his power to stop him and save his friends (and family) from certain death.
Continue: The Boxtrolls - Teaser Trailer
The hit Channel 4 sitcom is coming to an end, but not before a special finale episode is aired later this month
Graham Linehan's beloved Channel 4 sitcom The IT Crowd is sadly coming to an end after seven years and four seasons. Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson, Chris O'Dowd, Matt Berry and the rest of Denholm Industries will be saying goodbye for good at the end of this month, when a special, feature-length episode airs as part of C4's 'A Night of the IT Crowd.'
Stars Chris O'Dowd (L) and Richard Ayoade (R) have found success outside the show
Originally scheduled for an October air, and having been filmed earlier in the year, the show will come to air a few days earlier as per a tweet made by series creator Graham Lineham this week. He tweeted on Wednesday (4 September) that the final ever episode of the hit series will "be on telly at the end of this very month."
Continue reading: Channel 4 To Air 'The IT Crowd' Farewell Episode Later This Month
Stiller stars as Evan, an overachiever who can't bring himself to tell his loving wife (DeWitt) that he's sterile. When there's a murder in the super-store he manages, he forms a neighbourhood watch group with three losers: Bob (Vaughn) is struggling to cope with his teen daughter, Franklin (Hill) has an unhealthy obsession with guns, and Jemarcus (Ayoade) is a goofy sex addict.
All three would rather drink beer and play stupid games than keep their community safe. But then they discover that the killer was actually an alien who is leading an invasion of Earth.
Continue reading: The Watch Review
The Watch are Costco manager Evan, father of a teenage daughter Bob, police reject Franklin and Jamarcus who seeks the love of a beautiful woman. Evan formed the Watch after his wife Abby forced him to move to the suburbs of Glenview, Ohio in an attempt to escape the mundaneness of his daily family life. The others, with same mindset, soon followed despite the persistent mockery from local kids and police officers that came along with it. Once they obtain their team jackets that truly scream don't-mess-with-us with their tiger/ wings/ fire emblems 'All on the same logo!', they are ready to sniff out the covert aliens of the town. What they weren't betting on was actually finding anything so when their vehicle collides with something in the road, coming across a splatter of your average mysterious green slime came as a bit of a surprise. They discover a mystifying ball of some sort that they eventually recognise as a deadly weapon after obliterating a cow with a beam of energy. The Watch realise that they must be the ones to defend their planet from this extra-terrestrial threat.
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Oliver (Roberts) is a fairly typical teen who hasn't quite figured out who he is meant to be. While waiting to discover what his "thing" is, he falls for Jordana (Paige), a girl who's far cooler than he is. And he can't believe his luck when they start developing a relationship. But at the same time, he realises that his parents (Hawkins and Taylor) seem to be falling apart, as his mother is spending a little too much time with a hippie-ninja neighbour (Considine) who happens to be her ex.
Continue reading: Submarine Review
15 year old Oliver sees himself as something of a cool child prodigy, when in fact, he might be smart but he's also a loner. Oliver's mother Jill is thinking of leaving her husband for a new age mystic called Graham as her relationship grows closer to him day by day whilst his father seems to be falling into a deeper depression.
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Stephen (Hogg) has locked himself in his flat for a year, refusing to go outside. Then something disrupts his compulsive routine, and he starts reminiscing about a road trip he took with his chucklehead pal Bunny (Farnaby) just before he withdrew from life. Travelling around Europe, Bunny indulged in sex and rampant gambling, and it wasn't until they got to Poland that Stephen met a girl, Eloisa (Echegui). As they drove her home to Spain, they met various colourful people and had some life-changing adventures.
Continue reading: Bunny & The Bull Review
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Being diffident, introverted and generally awkward in social situations, Simon finds his life increasingly difficult...
Eggs is a young orphaned boy who had possibly the most unusual upbringing one could...
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