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Victoria Wood - The opening of the National Theatre's production of Great Britain at the Theatre Royal Haymarket - Arrivals at Theatre Royal, Haymarket, Theatre Royal Haymarket - London, United Kingdom - Friday 26th September 2014

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Victoria Wood - The British Academy Television Craft Awards held at The Brewery - Outside Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 27th April 2014

Svengali Review

There's enough charming energy in this loose London music scene comedy to keep us entertained, but the plot drives us round the bend by refusing to go anywhere. Yes, this is one of those achingly British films that pulls the rug out from under its characters (and indeed its audience) every time they're threatened with even a moment of happiness.

Our hero is Dixie (Jonny Owen), who leaves rural Wales when he discovers a band on YouTube that he thinks he can manage into stardom. In London, he discovers that the Premature Congratulations (Michael Sosha, Dylan Edwards, Joel Fry and Curtis Thomson) are four hapless young men who make great music but have barely a whiff of common sense between them. So his efforts to promote them are more difficult than expected, especially since his record-exec childhood friend Horsey (Roger Evans) won't give him the time of day. Then just as Dixie's girlfriend Shell (Vicky McClure) gets fed up with his debt-incurring ways, The Prems suddenly become the hottest unsigned band in London.

Not that Dixie is capable of getting them signed to one of the labels clamouring for them. No, this is one of those movies in which everything goes wrong on cue. Not only does success remain tantalisingly out of reach, but Dixie also has problems with a loan shark (Michael Smiley) and a surly record-shop boss (Martin Freeman). And his father is dying too. These are far too many obstacles for a scruffy little movie, and not one of them feels either relevant or necessary. It's merely Owen the screenwriter torturing Owen the actor. He may be relentlessly charming on-screen, but it's all so contrived that we know it's pointless to care about anything.

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Male Dominated BBC Panel Shows Facing a Change

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BBC bosses have decided that males dominate their panel shows, and it’s about time that changes. Starting soon, there will be “no excuse” for an all male panel on their various shows.

Lee MackLee Mack might not be too popular with his comments on the matter

BBC entertainment controller Mark Linsey said: “Comedy panel shows are always better for having a good mix of people and of course that must include women. I’m making it clear to production teams that there’s just no excuse for delivering all male guest lists.”

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Victoria Wood - South Bank Sky Arts Awards held at the Dorchester - Arrivals. - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 12th March 2013

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Victoria Wood Friday 30th March 2012 38th Annual Broadcasting Press Guild Awards 2012 held at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane - Arrivals

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Jennifer Saunders, Victoria Wood and London Fashion Week - Jennifer Saunders and Victoria Wood London, England - London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2008 - Betty Jackson - Front Row Tuesday 12th February 2008

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