Benedict Cumberbatch and James Nesbitt head 'Leading Actors'.
The BAFTA Television Award nominations for 2015 have finally been announced, including the usual entertainment favourites, some easily predictable names and a few surprises along the way that represent the very best of British television.
James Nesbitt's 'The Missing' leads the nominations
We're never tired of hearing his name at awards ceremonies; 'Sherlock' star Benedict Cumberbatch is once again nominated for his exceptional performance as the modern-day sleuth on a show that the public has also put up to receive the Radio Times Audience Award. More Leading Actor nominations feature Toby Jones in 'Marvellous', which is also in the Single Drama category and Best Supporting Actress with Gemma Jones.
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As James Corden looks set for stateside presenting glory, we look at some of the lesser known facts about this comedy Brit.
Rumours are rife of James Corden’s appointment as the new host of the CBS chat programme, The Late Late Show. Reports have suggested that Corden is taking over the slot from current host, Craig Ferguson, although representatives for the British comedy actor and CBS have yet to confirm the situation.
Reports suggested that James Corden will be the next host of CBS' The Late Late Show
Already a big hit in the UK from Gavin and Stacey, Americans seem as yet unsure about the potential new face on their screens as they know little about him. So, to help our stateside counterparts and to give us Brits a little bit more information about this comedy favourite, here are 10 things that you didn’t know about James Corden.
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See what the press have been saying about ITV's latest serialised dramatisation.
The new three-part ITV drama, ‘The Widower’ aired last night (March 18, 2014). The show aims to tell the story of Mark Webster, who was convicted for the murder of his first wife, and the attempted murder of his second. But what have the critics made of this, the latest attempt by ITV to dramatise horrific, real-life events.
Reece Shearsmith Is Excellent as Mark Webster
The show sees Reece Shearsmith in the lead role, who, as Mark Monahan of The Telegraph notes, looks nothing like Webster. But it “Shearsmith’s quietly depraved, just about plausible central performance that made last night’s first episode really rather watchable,” he added in his three-star review.
Sheridan Smith is "really honoured" and "thrilled to be playing Cilla, as she is a British icon," in the upcoming Jeff Pope-written three part series for ITV, which will follow the early years of the Liverpool native's career.
The 32 year-old actress will portray the Liverpool native's "rocky rise to fame and will capture the essence of 1960s Liverpool."
The upcoming series, which was penned by BAFTA winner and 'Philomena' writer Jeff Pope, will focus on her younger years, emerging on the famed Merseyside music scene when she went by her real name, Priscilla Black.
Continue reading: Sheridan Smith To Star As Cilla Black In ITV Three-Part Series
While women in the audience may find resonance in the comical prickliness, this film remains more of a stage play than an actual movie. Indeed, playwright Hirons has adapted the script from her play When Women Wee, but it's such a broad farce that we never quite believe any of it on-screen. Although two of the actresses nicely underplay their characters for the cameras.
The story takes place almost entirely in the ladies' room at a British nightclub, where the disorganised Sam (Smith) is having a night out with her friends: shameless maneater Chanel (Winstone), trashy Saskia (Hoare) and the too-nice Paige (Steele). Then Sam runs into the posh Michelle (Nash) and her gorgeous French friend Jess (Chaplin), and decides to ditch her pals. But the club isn't big enough to avoid them for long, and things get increasingly messy for everyone as the night progresses. Meanwhile, the restroom attendant (Fiori) just laughs at their melodrama.
With Sam at the centre, every other woman is essentially a stereotype carefully written to convey some aspect of femininity. By contrast, the men are barely defined at all, so only two register, both of them unusually nice: Sam's ex (Warren) and a guy (Balfour) she chats to in the smoking area. But in this large ensemble, only Sheridan and Winstone manage to give their characters three dimensions, mainly because they create properly cinematic performances that rely on understated details rather than histrionics.
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The latest take on Shakespeare's historic play is a hit with critics and audiences at the Noel Coward Theatre in London
The latest stage version of William Shakespeare's historic epic Henry V is currently playing to packed-out audiences at the Noel Coward Theatre on London's West End, with critics being particularly taken by lead man Jude Law, who portrays the embattled monarch in Michael Grandage's take on the show.
Jude Law is being roundly praised for his depiction of Henry V
The last instalment of the Michael Grandage Company’s season on the West End, it may also be the best too, thanks largely to the star performance from its lead performer. After a successful 15-month season, consisting of five plays each performed at the Noel Coward Theatre, Henry V marks the end of Grandage's triumphant run, but he couldn't have ended things on higher note. Whilst praise has been distributed to the direction and stage design for the show, it is Law's lead performance that has captured critics and audiences alike, as the Dom Hemingway actor continues his good run of form as a critically acclaimed acting talent.
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Smith's Titania in the Shakespeare adaptation has been described as "excellent."
Michael Grandage's updated take on William Shakespeare's centuries old comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, has finally premiered at London's Noel Coward theatre. Set in the 60s, the psychedelic and confusing aspects of the play work well with the bright costumes, joint smoking and dress up games; the fairies are reimagined as a group of stoner, free-loving hippies with actress Sheridan Smith as Titania at the helm.
Sheridan Smith's Shakespearean Performance Is A Delight.
The story, written in the 16th century, follows the exploits of four young Athenian lovers who become embroiled in a romantic mismatching after they enter the woodland realm of a civilisation of mischievous and meddling fairies.
It's a raunchy, dark (literally) comedy about a lady's restroom. If that doesn't make you want to see it...
Powder Room is a neon-lit, booze-soaked revelation into what goes on in the lives of women when no one is looking in a story set, as you may have guessed, mostly in a nightclub restroom. Or so the trailer would have us believe, at least. The film, based on the appropriately titled play When Women Wee, by Rachel Hirons, takes place within a single club in the space of one night.
The Harry Hill Movie looks like a riot!
Forget The Fast & The Furious! This week, comedian Harry Hill and British movie legend Julie Walters took to their scooters and powered through a quiet London suburb to film scenes from Hill's new movie Harry Hill The Movie. In a pretty hilarious looking scene, the comedian drives a yellow mobility scooter in typically slapstick fashion, falling off it at one point as Walters - who plays his grandmother - cackles away.
Iconic actress Walters was almost unrecognizable in a white frizzy wig, dark sunglasses and purple jacket while Hill was dressed as, well, Harry Hill. The comedian opted for his signature suit with big collared shirt and creeper shoes. The movie follows Harry and his grandmother as they attempt to get his pet hamster from London to a vet in Blackpool before the clock winds down. It's seems a pretty silly premise, though Harry has assembled quite for the cast for the movie, including revered actor Jim Broadbent, comedian Matt Lucas and recent Olivier award winner Sheridan Smith.
Directed by Steve Bendelack and co-written by Harry, Jon Forster and James Lamont, the movie is due to hit cinemas later in the year.
The Harry Hill Movie has begun filming, with the film out by the end of the year.
Harry Hill is trying his hand at movie writing, with the TV Burp comic said to have begun filming on his first ever big screen attempt. The Harry Hill Movie has lined up a who's who of British comedy talent to star alongside Hill, who is staring in and co-writing the film.
Julie Walters, Matt Lucas, newly crowned BAFTA queen Sheridan Smith and Jim Broadbent are just some of the stars who have agreed to the film, with Walters starring as the comic's nan, and Lucas his estranged Alsatian-raised twin brother Otto. The film will see the funnyman embark on a road trip to Blackpool with his alcoholic grandmother after discovering that his hamster only has one week to live.
Harry Hill will hopefully release a more entertaining film than Keith Lemon managed.