Friday, October 31, 2008

MARTIN SHAW ON APPARITIONS

Apparitions is the new BBC One series about a Roman Catholic priest, played by Martin Shaw, involved in exorcisms. Here he reveals his thoughts about the series.

What kind of character is Father Jacob?

Jacob is a priest who is just trying to do his job, which is to promote people for sainthood. He is undeniably a good man. His bosses feel that he embraces exorcism but he is actually quite wary of it. He feels so strongly that we are all susceptible to the forces of Satan, that there are times when it is the only option.



What attracted you to the role?

Well I had the original idea to play an exorcist and I've felt for a long time that we need something very different on television. Nowadays it's very difficult to find producers who are willing to take a chance on something that challenges the norm but Tony Wood at Lime Pictures was prepared to take that chance and we've managed to create something that I think viewers will like, but will also force them to think and engage in the programme rather than view it passively.



This is quite a different role to what viewers will know you for, do you enjoy challenging yourself with different characters?

I not only enjoy it but I think it's absolutely vital. It's very easy to forget that acting is actually an art form and you have to train for it. You do need to explore, it's all too easy just to stay in the same place and stay in the comfort zone



Who do you think is the most intriguing character in Apparitions?

I think all of the characters in Apparitions are very complex and multi-dimensional. Michael (Rick Warden) is particularly intriguing because when we first meet him he is so fully possessed that he doesn't actually know who he is any more. His actions, his words – none of it is really him and there are times when he actually wants to be saved from himself. Liam is also an interesting character as initially many people probably wouldn't consider him to be possessed. He represents the anti-religious views of many people and he is a good father, although he is possessed by demons I feel that the audience will empathise with him in a way that just isn't possible with Michael.



How have you found filming?

I've been working with a great cast, crew, producer and director so you can't really ask for better than that. We've all worked incredibly hard to ensure that we do justice to this fantastic script and create something that is believable.



Which scene did you find most difficult/interesting to film?

The exorcism scenes were possibly the most difficult, particularly as in one of them I was connected to a high wire! I had to be thrown across a room and hit a wall with quite a bit of force so we needed the special effects to make it look completely real. The second exorcism was also interesting as everyone involved in the scene was so submerged in the words and the actions that their reactions were almost instinctive – it almost felt like we were doing it for real!



Does religion and spirituality play a part in your personal life?

Religion doesn't play a part in my life but spirituality does. I follow a spiritual path which is right at the centre of my life. I believe in God and I have a huge respect and love for all religions so from that respect it plays a part in my life but not the man-made, ceremonial and controversial aspects of religion.

AARDMAN JOINS UP WITH YOU TUBE

Aardman Animations has joined forces with YouTube to launch a channel called Aardman's Darkside. The channel will show some of the company's more surreal content including The Adventures of Jeffrey, Rex the Runt, A Town Called Panic and Angry Kid. The move follows last month's launch of The Aardman Channel - which offers more mainstream content such as Wallace and Gromit: Cracking Contraptions and Creature Comforts.

Monday, July 21, 2008

DAILY NEWS 21/07/08

DAILY NEWS
Are You Being Served S7 DVD
Before the days of “Suits you sir!” came “I’m free!” the well known and Much-repeated catchphrase of British comedy favourite Are You Being Served?. The catchphrase was made famous by Mr Humphries, the camp senior sales assistant played by John Inman. Enjoy the seventh series of this classic sitcom on DVD from 25th August 2008.

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Vampyr (Masters Of Cinema) Is Released On DVD On 25 August 2008 A new digital transfer of master Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer's horror masterpiece in its original aspect ratio, which has only previously been circulated incomplete and in tattered prints is presented in the latest film restoration for the first time on DVD in the UK on the Masters of Cinema Series from Eureka Entertainment.

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Wild At Heart Is Back For A Fourth Series
The Trevanions are back at Leopard’s Den for a fourth series of the much-loved, ratings winning ITV drama WILD AT HEART and this series there is

a new vet on the scene.

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2 Stories From Armchair Thriller
Network have announced the next two DVD installments in the hugely popular ITV suspense anthology. Armchair Thriller: The Girl Who Walked Quickly (12) and Fear Of God (PG), will be released on 11th August 2008.

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Alfred Hitchcock's Sabotage
Legendary director Alfred Hitchcock is best known for his high profile thrillers, horrors and espionage chillers and use of icy, beautiful, blonde Hollywood movie stars. But before Hollywood, his huge body of work in England is as much masterpieces of their own right as his better known oeuvres from Hollywood. Network is releasing Alfred Hitchcock’s Sabotage (PG) on DVD on 18th August 2008

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Julie Walters (Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story; Mamma Mia!) is set to star in A Short Stay In Switzerland for BBC One, a drama inspired by the true story of Dr Anne Turner by award-winning writer Frank McGuinness.

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Starting on August 1, Channel 4 is to broadcast a month-long season of shows designed to break new creative talent. Dubbed Generation Next, the season will commence with a broken comedy series called Tonightly. There will also be seven dramas from new writers and directors in a strand called Coming Up and a run of 12 documentaries from emerging film-makers in the First Cut strand. Film4 meanwhile will show films from directors who specialise in low-budget, self-distributed films shot on digital cameras.

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Writer Alan Bleasdale (Boys From The Blackstuff; GBH) has been signed up to write his first drama for the BBC in 22 years. The new project, called Laconia, is a two-part drama for BBC2 based on factual accounts of the attack and sinking of RMS Laconia in 1942. It will be produced by talkbackTHAMES and Teamworx for BBC Wales.

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London's Burning Series 8
The brave men and women of Blue Watch blaze back into action with riveting results in London's Burning – The Complete Eighth Series (15), released by Network as a four-disc set on 4th August 2008. All fifteen tension-filled episodes are included.

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The Barbara Taylor Bradford Collection On DVD 15 September
Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE, is the first author in publishing history to record 23 consecutive best selling novels in both the UK and US and has sold more than 80 million copies worldwide. Proof of her extraordinary talent lies in the popularity not only of her books, but all the onscreen adaptations of them. The Barbara Taylor Bradford Collection will be released on 15 September 2008, courtesy of Acorn Media.

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ITV Commissions Major New Event Drama Serial From Greenlit Rights iTV has commissioned a major new event drama serial from leading UK producer Greenlit Rights. Called Collision, the 5x60’ series is Peter Fincham’s first new independent drama commission,

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Black Five The Last Days Of Steam
Three films by Paul Barnes that celebrate and regret the final days of steam on the railways – preserved by the BFI National Archive and newly re-mastered for DVD release to mark the 40th anniversary of the end of steam in Britain.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

DAILY NEWS 16/07/08

Annie Leibovitz: Life Through A Lens (Out On DVD 8 September 2008)
A fascinating portrait of the life and work of the iconic American photographer, Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens is set for DVD release on 8 September 2008 courtesy of ICA Films. Directed by Annie’s sister Barbara Leibovitz, the film takes us on a journey of discovery in which a highly talented young art school student becomes the premiere photographer and chronicler of her generation.

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Asterix At The Olympic Games On DVD From 18 August
Dynamic duo; Asterix and his big friend Obelix are back on another one of their action-packed adventures...but this time they are going to take on the Olympic Games! Starring Gerard Depardieu (Green Card, Vivaldi) and Clovis Cornillac (Bellamy, Cash), the hilarious family comedy ASTERIX AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES comes to DVD on 18 August from Pathe Distribution Limited.

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Stargate Continuum On DVD On 18 August 2008
The eagerly anticipated multi-million dollar sci-fi production Stargate: Continuum is released on DVD and Blu-ray on 18 August from MGM and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Stargate: Continuum sees the return of past and present cast members including the reunion of Richard Dean Anderson as Jack O’Neill with Stargate favourites Amanda Tapping (Colonel Samantha Carter) and Beau Bridges (Major General Hank Landry).

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In Production: Trinity ITV2
From Roughcut TV, Ash Atalla’s (The Office, The IT Crowd ) new production company, comes Trinity, a brand new drama for ITV2. Set in the gothic, oak panelled halls of residence and lecture theatres of the fictional Bridgeford University, Trinity College, the 8 part series will bring a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘first term nerves.’

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New giveaways now live include Saving Grace and The Closer.

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DAILY NEWS 15/07/08

A Year In Tibet On DVD
Discover the lives of ordinary Tibetans across one extraordinary year in this landmark five-part documentary. This breathtaking series opens a window on the medieval Gyantse, Tibet's third largest town, and the beautiful Baijin monastery. Examining the reality of life today for Tibetans living under Chinese rule and giving remarkable insight into the significance of Buddhism in everyday life, A Year in Tibet is released as a double-disc DVD on 28th July 2008.

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Animal Planet September Highlights
Shamwari: A Wild Life gives viewers the chance to 'live their dream' as the series follows the amazing work of a very special group of people who are lucky enough to call Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa both work and home. Their office is 45,000 acres of pristine wilderness, teeming with the world's most incredible animals and their houses are surrounded by electric fences to keep out the lions and elephants.

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"Stargate Atlantis" ratings blast off
The fifth-season premiere of Sci Fi's "Stargate Atlantis" on Friday night attracted 1.8 million total viewers, a 6% increase over the premiere of its fourth season. The show drew 1.05 million viewers in the 25-to-54-year-old demographic, the fourth-best performance in the demo that night.

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A&E hoping to clean up with new series
A&E tonight will debut "The Cleaner," a hard-hitting drama series starring Benjamin Bratt as a tough guy who battles his past addictions while helping others with theirs. The program is part of a five-year campaign by the network to reinvent its image, lower the age of its key demographic target and increase ad revenue.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

DAILY NEWS 14/07/08

CSI Miami Season 5 Part 2 On DVD From 8 September
The pace hots up as the barometer reaches boiling point in the climactic episodes of CSI: Miami, Season 5 as the final episodes are released on DVD by Momentum Pictures on 8 September. CSI Miami is the second most watched drama around the globe, only runner-up to the original series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Susan Sarandon And Burt Lancaster: Atlantic City
Winner of two BAFTAs and nominated for five Academy Awards™, Network has announced the release of Louis Malle’s poignant but strangely sweet tale of a decaying city and the dreams of the deviant characters that reside within its walls with the release of Atlantic City (15), out to buy on DVD on 4th August 2008

Peter Owen Publishers release 'Godfather of the Revolution' on July 14th, 2008, Bastille Day in France. This is the first English-language biography of arch-anglophile Phillipe Egalité to be published for many years. While there are hundreds of books on Louis XVI, Marie Antionette et al, the crucial role of the Duc Orléans - the man who actually funded the French Revolution - has been inexplicably overlooked.

Criminally overlooked in the years since its initial theatrical release, the first big budget movie from controversial director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant; The Driller Killer), KING OF NEW YORK is set to re-establish itself as a gangster genre classic on a par with the likes of Scarface, Goodfellas and The Godfather this September when it is released as a two-disc Special Edition steelbook DVD, boasting fully remastered image and audio, plus a definitive audio commentary by Ferrara.

Cool Hand Luke, the searing prison drama starring Paul Newman in one of his quintessential roles as a defiant chain-gang convict suffering a "failure to communicate," will be released as a Deluxe Edition in both Standard Definition and Blu-ray(TM) Hi-Def on September 15 2008 from Warner Home Video. Newly remastered, the film boasts all-new featurettes, including "The Making of Cool Hand Luke," a profile of novelist, co-screenwriter and the real "Cool Hand Luke" Donn Pearce.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

DAILY NEWS 13/07/08

If you are in the big smoke tomorrow then to celebrate Monday’s release of The Cottage on DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen) and Paul Andrew Williams (London to Brighton) will be appearing for a signing at Zavvi on Oxford Street, central London from 6pm 14 July 2008.

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Jon Green, author of (Match Wits with the Kids: A Little Learning with All the Family) and the Icon Books team are planning on giving away 500 free copies of Match Wits with the Kids outside the Department for Children, Schools & Families on Tuesday 15th July. It certainly is a PR stunt that ties in with the advent of the Summer hols but also promotes a really good book to boot!

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Acclaimed expedition leader Sir Ranulph Fiennes, will be signing copies of Portraits of Adventure at its exclusive launch at Stanfords on 21 July, 12.30-1.30pm.

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A new online competition to promote the UK launch of Charlie Bone and the Shadow of Badlock by Jenny Nimmo is now live on www.charlie-bone.com.

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New competitions now live include The Hunt For HMAS Sydney, Charlie Jade, Medium Season Three, Numbers Season Three.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

COMP AND GIVEAWAY NEWS

Lots of new competitions and giveaways at the moment over at mission control with a chance to win Framed photos from the archives of Warner Bros, Weeds and Secret Diary of a Call Girl goodies, as well as DVD's featuring Gumby, Spooks and Gordon Ramsay, plus lots more...

MICHAEL PALIN ON ART

Michael Palin combines his passion for travel and art in three fascinating films on great forgotten artists in a new 2 disc DVD set Michael Palin on Art.

The set features Michael Palin on The Colourists, Palin on Redpath and Michael Palin and The Mystery of Hammershøi. Coinciding with the first EVER Hammershøi exhibition to go on public display in the UK, Palin On Art is released on DVD from 7th July 2008.

TV PILOT FOR BBC THREE

Danny Cohen and Lucy Lumsden have commissioned a pilot for BBC Three featuring Japanese silent comedy sensation Gamarjobat. The half hour show will be shot in September after their Edinburgh Fringe run and will be co-produced by Komedia Entertainment and Baby Cow (producers of the highly acclaimed The Mighty Boosh and Gavin and Stacey).

The Life of A Long Distance Writer: The Authorised Biography Of Alan Sillitoe

Peter Owen Publishers publish their lead non-fiction title for 2008 on September 15th. Written with the close co-operation of Alan Sillitoe himself, The Life of a Long Distance Writer is not only the definitive work on the legendary writer in his 80th birthday year, it promises to be perhaps the most controversial literary biography of the last decade.

Turner Classic Movies to Pay Tribute To Musical Star Cyd Charisse

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will devote its Friday, June 27, primetime lineup to a three-film tribute to legendary dancer and musical star Cyd Charisse. The tribute will include Singin’ in the Rain (1952), in which she joins Gene Kelly for the famed “Broadway Melody Ballet” sequence; The Band Wagon (1953), Vincente Minnelli’s colorful backstage musical that pairs Charisse with Fred Astaire; and Silk Stockings (1957), a musical remake of Ninotchka that features another sterling Charisse-Astaire collaboration. Charisse died in Los Angeles on Tuesday at the age of 86.

“Cyd Charisse was one of the few who managed to have it all: a great career, a place in movie history, respect from her peers and a husband who adored her,” said TCM host Robert Osborne. “My last time seeing her just a few months ago in New York said it all, with photographers snapping pictures of the movie star while she smiled brightly on the arm of her husband of 60 years, Tony Martin.”

The following is the complete schedule for TCM’s June 27 memorial tribute to Cyd Charisse:

8 p.m. Singin’ in the Rain (1952) – starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor.

10 p.m. The Band Wagon (1953) – starring Fred Astaire, Oscar Levant and Jack Buchanan.

Midnight Silk Stockings (1957) – starring Fred Astaire, Janis Paige and Peter Lorre.

Billy Wilder's classic movie The Apartment gets cinema re-release

Billy Wilder's bitter sweet comedy classic The Apartment (1960) is making a welcome return to cinema screens in a newly restored version.

Jack Lemmon stars as C.C. Baxter, an office clerk who carries favour with the executives in his office by giving them the key to his small apartment for the odd afternoon dalliance. Among them is his callous boss, J.D. Sheldrake, who Baxter eventually learns is using his place to sleep with Miss Kubelik, the sweet elevator operator the clerk has loved from afar. Lemmon and MacLaine both give career performances and Fred MacMurray is memorable as the blandly smiling snake. The Apartment was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won 5, including Best Picture.

The Apartment will be opening from 11 July at Curzon Mayfair, Screen on the Green, Screen on the Hill, Filmhouse Edinburgh, IFI Dublin and key cities.

USA 1960, 125 minutes, BBFC Certificate: PG

HARD TIMES AT DOUGLASS HIGH

HBO Documentary HARD TIMES AT DOUGLASS HIGH: A No Child Left Behind Report Card Premieres Monday, June 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

The No Child Left Behind Act was created to boost academic levels of American schoolchildren by setting standardized goals across the nation – and holding states, districts and schools accountable for performance. For urban schools in high-poverty areas, reaching these goals has proven to be a daunting task, and many now face the real possibility of being taken over by the state – or being shut down altogether.

Produced and directed by Oscar-winners Alan and Susan Raymond, Hard Times at Douglass High: A No Child Left Behind Report Card reveals troubles and triumphs in the classrooms, hallways and offices of Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore, MD – from the celebrations of drum lines and debate teams to the worries of faculty who know that 50% of their freshman will not return for their sophomore year. This immersive documentary cautions that education is inevitably an achievement of people, not policy.

ROBIN'S NEST - THE COMPLETE FOURTH SERIES

Network is releasing ROBIN’S NEST – THE COMPLETE FOURTH SERIES on 21st July 2008. This humorous ITV sitcom from the 1970s tracks the ups and downs - both personal and professional - of married couple Robin and Vicky. Included are all seven episodes from Series 4 plus a Christmas special, complete and uncut.

Spitting Image Series 2 On DVD 28th July 2008

Network have announced the release of the entire second series of SPITTING IMAGE on 28th July 2008 for the first time. Many critics argue that this is when the show really found its feet.

All eleven episodes of SPITTING IMAGE – THE COMPLETE SECOND SERIES will be available in a two-disc set.

Other upcoming Network releases include a third volume of episodes from Pipkins, all 13 episodes of Doctor At Sea, the third and final volume of episodes of the Fenn Street Gang and the complete series of Jason King.

Monday, May 19, 2008

7 New Giveaways

We've got a septet of great giveaways for you to ogle over at
Memorable TV.

THE UNTOUCHABLES SEASON ONE VOLUME ONE
THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO SEASON ONE VOLUME ONE
CRISS ANGEL MINDFREAK COMPLETE SERIES TWO
SECRET ARMY SERIES ONE
DAME EDNA'S WORK EXPERIENCE
JUDI DENCH BBC OSCAR WINNERS COLLECTION
HELEN MIRREN BBC OSCAR WINNERS COLLECTION

And don't miss our Bionic Woman giveaway coming next week.

"Mrs Palfrey At The Claremont" From Acorn Media Released On DVD July 7th

Region 2 DVD News...
ACORN MEDIA have announced a date, 7 July 2008, for the UK DVD release of Dan Ireland’s award-winning bittersweet comedy-drama Mrs Palfrey At The Claremont, a heart-warming tale of an unlikely friendship, starring esteemed actress Dame Joan Plowright and up and coming star Rupert Friend.

Berry And Fulcher's Snuffbox, Available On DVD, June 16th

Region 2 DVD News...

Twisted anti-heroes Matt Berry and Rich Fulcher met when they both starred in The Mighty Boosh, and from there the world of Snuff Box was born. Set in a gentleman’s hanging club, Berry and Fulcher guide us through an array of surreal scenes and musical clips which interweave to form one of the most unique sketch shows you've ever seen.

ITV Epic TV Mini Series Masada Starring Peter O'Toole

Region 2 DVD News..
Universal Playback have announced the release of the multi-award winning, epic TV mini-series Masada, starring screen legend Peter O’Toole. The drama will be presented as a fantastic two-disc set featuring more than six hours of action and will be released on 7 July 2008.

Naked Lady Godiva's In Hyde Park

The young film director, Vicky Jewson, caused quite a stir in Hyde Park today as 20 women stripped off all their clothing and rode through Hyde Park naked. The naked ride raised money for Maggie’s Cancer Support Centre; and launched the release of Vicky Jewson film, Lady Godiva, on DVD.

Fiona's Story On BBC One

In Production News...
Bafta-nominated Gina McKee (The Street, Tsunami) and acclaimed actor Jeremy Northam (The Tudors, Gosford Park) will star in Fiona's Story – a powerful one-off drama for BBC One exploring one woman's fight to hold her family together after her husband is accused of downloading indecent images of children from the internet.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Purves & Pekkala - New Scottish Drama For BBC One

Filming has begun in Edinburgh on Purves & Pekkala, a new 75-minute murder mystery written and directed by acclaimed writer Annie Griffin (The Book Group, Festival) – her first drama for BBC One.

Grand Designs - Series 4 Released On DVD 5th May

Property shows have come and gone but one constant with us since 1999 and stronger and bigger than ever is the elite home design Channel 4 television show Grand Designs, presented by design expert Kevin McCloud. Now the fourth series of "The only worthwhile property related programme on television" (The Times) comes to DVD on 5th May courtesy of Fremantle Home Entertainment, just in time for the Grand Designs Live show at the Excel centre in London from 3rd through to 11th May.

UK premiere of SANCTUARY

ITV4 today announce that they have acquired the UK premiere of SANCTUARY, a new sci-fi series from the creators of Stargate: SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis.

The 13-part series is based on the world's first high-definition science-fiction Web series and will be the first television series to use live-action actors against mostly virtual sets.

Adventures Of Pink Peter By Stuart Miles

Former presenter of the BBCs Blue Peter the worlds longest running children's TV show Stuart Miles presents his first three-woman comedy show. All performances include free tips on fashion, humanitarian work and cosmetic surgery makeovers. Warning: This show contains gratuitous scenes of cross-dressing and wanton exaggeration.

Prison Break Season 3 On DVD From 19 May

Region 2 DVD News

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment have announced the release date for the third season of the Golden Globe and Emmy nominated TV series – Prison Break. Wentworth Miller returns as long-running fugitive Michael Scofield, alongside cast members Dominic Purcell, Robert Knepper, Wade Williams and William Fichtner.

Pete Doherty Has Left A Music Event Nearly £50,000 Out Of Pocket

Troubled rocker Pete Doherty has left a music event nearly £50,000 out of pocket after he was sent to prison this week. Doherty was booked to appear on stage at the GoBusker.com UK Battle of the Bands on April 27th at east London venue 93 Feet East, but now the whole event is in turmoil because he was sent down for 14 weeks.

The South Bank Show: The Damned United

The Damned United is a South Bank Show coming up on ITV1 very soon on the writings of the beautiful game. The film centres round the novel, The Damned United by David Peace, one of the most compelling portraits in British sporting literature.

The novel follows the revered and feared football manager Brian Clough and Melvyn Bragg interviews David Peace at Elland Road, Leeds United’s ground, where the novel’s action takes place.

Ben Shephard Runs His First Ever Marathon

Whilst the London Marathon was underway, 130 runners took to the Island of Tresco to run the world’s smallest marathon to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. GMTV presenter Ben Shephard, who is a patron of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, came in 31st with a fantastic finishing time of 3 hours and 47 minutes.

Primeval Series Three Goes Into Production

Season three of the critically acclaimed, smash hit adventure series Primeval begins filming today.

Having taken a monster size chunk out of Saturday nights in 2008, Douglas Henshall, Hannah Spearritt, Ben Miller, Andrew-Lee Potts, Lucy Brown and Juliet Aubrey are back.

And with an extended run of ten episodes, the action continues to evolve with more new faces joining the team.

COMPETITIONS A-GO-GO

We've just gone giveaway doolally at the moment over at Memorable TV

Latest giveaways include

scary Stephen King thriller 1408
Quirky Southland Tales
classic TV with Rich Man, Poor Man Book One
cult movie Stone
80's TV with Dynasty, Family Ties
70's TV with The Love Boat and The Odd Couple

Find out more at
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Sunday, March 30, 2008

MY FAVORITE MARTIAN SEASON ONE GIVEAWAY

One of the first ever scifi sitcoms comes to DVD in the shape of a six disc box set of the first season of My Favorite Martian, just released by Umbrella, we have four copies to give away over at
Memorable TV My Favorite Martian Season One Giveaway

FERN BRITTON ON ALL STAR MR AND MRS

Soon to return to ITV is classic 1970's gameshow Mr and Mrs only with an All Star twist, we spoke to Fern Britton (one of the co-hosts) about the new series.

Fern Britton was a big fan of the original series of Mr & Mrs and is thrilled to be co-hosting the brand new series on ITV1:

“It’s funny because Phillip called and said they’re thinking of doing Mr & Mrs and shall we do it together. At that stage I didn’t know it was celebrities and I said “wow that would be such a laugh,” because it’s one of those shows that’s in your mind and we all have certain memories of it.

“I think if we revisited that series now it might look a bit dated, so I just hope that Phillip and I can bring it up to date and make it popular in people’s memories again.

“I remember Derek Bately [the original host] who was absolutely lovely and immaculate. You could imagine him smelling of wonderful soap and cologne, and he always had beautiful pink shirts on. I used to love the sound proofed booth where they’d have to go and put their big headphones on and people would get really agitated about the questions, which colour is your toothbrush and so on, I absolutely adored it. It’s the simplest format which just works so well and it’s so engaging – you can’t beat it.”

If Fern could hand pick anyone in the world to take part in the show, she would love to quiz the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh:

“I think they would make fascinating interviews and to ask them half a dozen of these little questions would be so very revealing. So if your Majesty is reading this I would love that. Or Charles and Camilla – that would be good wouldn’t it?”

From the couples that really are taking part in All Star Mr & Mrs, Fern is very excited about all of them but especially a certain few:

‘William Roach and his wife Sarah will be fantastic and David Coulthard will be interesting. Julie Goodyear and her husband will be brilliant because she blows me away - I mean she’s an icon isn’t she? So just to see how she’s reacting to married life, even though they have been together for a very long time. Lovely Shane Lynch from Boyzone will be good too, apparently he’s very particular and likes things very organised and very well sorted so I’m interested to hear about that. Vic and Nancy who are the sweetest couple and very funny. Their whole persona, well when we see them anyway, is just laughing and joking and bouncing off each other in a very happy way.’

Fern is very used to interviewing celebrities on This Morning but she reveals how this prime time show is different:

“I don’t really know any of them [guests on This Morning] really well. They come in and be guests, whereas the questions we’ll be asking on this are much more intimate and much more intrusive actually, much more revealing without being horrible hard questions. Everybody who says yes they’ll come and do it obviously has a sense of humour because otherwise they wouldn’t say yes.”

Fern doesn’t have any plans to bring her own husband Phil Vickery on to the show but admits it would be fun:

“It would be fun to play with my Phil actually. I believe we are very compatible and know quite a lot about each other, so I’d be surprised if he didn’t know quite a lot about me, and I didn’t know quite a lot about him. But it would be fun to have a go, we always sit and read those newspaper and magazine quizzes together which is just such fun.”

All Star Mr & Mrs sees Fern and Phil moving into a brand new Saturday night prime time slot and Fern explains how thrilled she is to be doing this with her good friend Phillip Schofield:

‘I’m delighted to be presenting the show with Phillip, I really am because we’re daytime partners obviously, but we didn’t know each other very well at all before we started doing This Morning together. The first day he came into the studio, we’d met each other maybe two or three times that was all, never had a conversation together and we just got on like a house on fire straight away. So I’m very very fond of him and very close to him. He’s one of my greatest friends and if I was in any kind of trouble I would ask for his advice. He is a very good sounding board and a very good friend so I’m very grateful to be working with somebody who I’m that close to and can enjoy being with.”

Despite this Fern admits to feeling slightly nervous:

“Well on the night, naturally, I’ll be nervous before we actually go in to the studio and record because that’s a natural thing. But I think the thing I’m most nervous about is people not enjoying it. I want people to really love it and have an hour of fun. I want them to really enjoy that bit of entertainment and have a laugh.”

DAMAGES SEASON ONE BLU-RAY GIVEAWAY

The Glenn Close starring series Damages has been a major joy this year, Told in flashback Damages sees Close playing Patty Hewes, America's top and most feared litagist whilst Rose Byrne is her up and coming protege Ellen Parsons. When their firm becomes involved in a lawsuit with a major currupt CEO it sets in motion a series of events that lead to murder. We have two blu-ray box sets to giveaway over at
Memorable TV Damages giveaway

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Untitled Van Helsing Project

Philip Glenister (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes) returns to ITV in a fantastical new drama series: a contemporary spin on the legacy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula set above and beneath the streets of modern-day London. Glenister plays Rupert Galvin, a larger-than-life American with a tragic past and a zero tolerance policy to the rabble of mythical “half-life” entities that exist all around us.

ANIMAL PLANET MEETS AARDMAN

Animal Planet International, is announcing the launch of its latest initiative, Animals Save the Planet – an innovative, informative and engaging series of short films focused on celebrating and protecting the natural world. Produced by Academy Award-winning studio Aardman Animations (Wallace & Gromit) and narrated by comedienne Dawn French these funny and engaging short animations feature animals, in their own habitats providing tips on greener living.

NEW GIVEAWAYS NOW LIVE

More than a dozen new giveaways posted at Memorable TV
Everything from classic TV like Thriller, The Young Doctors, Dr Who's Davros Collection and Sons and Daughters to great new TV like Dexter, wonderful children;s tv like The Beatrix Potter Collection, Bob the Builder, Pingu and Barney. Plus lots more besides.

Monday, February 4, 2008

ASHES TO ASHES - YES THERE IS LIFE ON MARS

Life on Mars was quite simply one of the best shows of recent times but after two series it came to a natural end, however, there was too much fun to be had with the character of DCI Gene Hunt, we are moving on though from the 1970's to the early 1980's. In fact it's 1981: the year of the Royal Wedding, the Brixton riots, Bucks Fizz winning the Eurovision Song Contest – and the year that Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) takes the Met by storm.

Gene Hunt, the politically incorrect, loud-mouthed, sexist DCI from the hit TV drama Life On Mars, was, on the surface, an unlikely cult figure. However, the combination of his winning personality and somewhat "traditional" approach to policing helped to firmly establish him in the national consciousness.

Jane Featherstone, joint MD of Kudos Film & Television and executive producer of both Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes, explained the genesis of the new series.

"As Life On Mars was drawing to an end, the BBC approached us and asked if we thought there could be a sequel or follow-up with the character of Gene Hunt, but a few years later," explains Jane. "We sat down and all realised that it could be brilliant to bring Gene into the early-Eighties – a fascinating time of cultural, musical and political transition."

From the start, the production team knew that Ashes To Ashes had to offer viewers a totally new journey, and say new things about the much-loved Gene Hunt. Life On Mars had offered very little information on Gene's past and personal life, making him something of an enigma.

The introduction of a female DI, Alex Drake (Keeley Hawes), meant that a totally new dynamic could be created without garnering comparisons to the good cop/bad cop, "buddy" relationship experienced by Sam and Gene.

"The relationship between Gene Hunt and Alex Drake is critical to Ashes To Ashes," continues Jane. "It is tumultuous, sexy, intellectual, instinctive and totally different to his relationship with Sam."

As the creative process continued, it became clear that the sexual tension between the two characters would be one of the key hooks to the series.

Jane explains: "Gene has never come across a woman like Alex before and she rocks his world. How is it possible to work with someone so incredibly confident and attractive, not to mention posh and from London, and, bloody hell, a woman?! Through Alex's presence at the station, we see a different side to Gene – a more complex, gentler side, a man with dreams, hopes and fears."

Despite a new era and leading lady being added to the mix, it's not all change and Gene Hunt still offers his unique take on the ghost of England's past. Beth Willis, the show's producer, says:

"We thought we'd bring him to London where his northern views would come into sharp conflict with 'the southern ponces' he finds there. And, of course, he should take his A-team of Ray Carling and Chris Skelton with him."

With the series set in the early Eighties, the production team recognised a great opportunity to display the change in policing since 1973 – changes which have, perhaps, had an impact on the once supremely cock-sure Gene.

Writer and co-creator Ashley Pharaoh explains: "All the research we did indicated that the police knew the Scarman Report was on its way, and they knew it wasn't going to be good news, so the threat of that hangs over the whole series.

"A very specific era of policing is coming to an end. I think there's a slight sense of melancholy to Gene at times – he misses the North and the old days, but he's a fighter and refuses to give up."

The next challenge was how to take Alex Drake – a police psychologist and thoroughly modern woman of the 21st century – into the world of Gene Hunt, a world she knows about only through her sessions with the now deceased Sam Tyler.

Matthew Graham, co-creator, writer and executive producer for Monastic Productions, realised that the premise would have to be water-tight to work on screen: "Through Sam, Alex has learnt all about Gene Hunt, Ray Carling and Chris Skelton.

"Alex is called to an intense hostage crisis involving a drug dealer who shoots her in the head at point-blank range. Next thing she knows, she's in 1981."

As if waking up dressed as a prostitute in the early Eighties with Ultravox ringing in your ears isn't bad enough, Alex is forced to confront a much larger problem.

Matthew continues: "Alex is horrified to discover that sharing her delusion are the very characters she heard about from Sam Tyler, in particular a certain DCI Gene Hunt! Furthermore, 1981 was the very year her parents were killed in a car bomb – is that somehow connected to her presence there?"

But, in the meantime, Alex must find a way to get on with her new boss, concludes Jane: "Alex finds that Gene is a compassionate man, fighting for justice and what he thinks is right, despite his incredibly dated views of womanhood. The result is funny, electric and surprising."

It's time to dig out that Rubik's Cube – 1981 here we come!

Friday, February 1, 2008

DIG OUT THE PUGIL STICK

Gladiators is back. The iconic US format which last appeared on British screens in the 1990s is to be relaunched by cabsat channel Sky One. It will be produced by Shine, the fast-growing indie producer led by Elisabeth Murdoch.

DVD NEWS

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American Gangster (Region 2)

AMERICAN GANGSTER REGION 2 DVD NEWS

Directed by Ridley Scott and starring two cinema giants in the shape of Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington, American Gangster comes to Region 2 DVD on 10 March 2008 in a specially extended by 17 minutes version that comes in a two disc and single disc version.

American Gangster tells the epic and true story of notorious drugs’ lord Frank Lucas. Starting out as a humble chauffeur, Frank Lucas is a man with a mission. Rising from quiet apprentice to mentor Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson, a gangster who runs much of Harlem, to become the richest of businessmen Lucas has a steely work ethic, intelligent determination and a deadly, ruthless streak. Following Bumpy’s death, he seizes the opportunity to build his own base of power and wealth. Hitting on a heroin importation scheme stretching from New York to war-torn Vietnam, Lucas personally travels to South-East Asia. With the help of his cousin, an Army Senior NCO, he successfully negotiates a deal with a Thai general. So begins the importation of “pure heroin, “a product that’s better than the competition at a price that’s lower than the competition”.

Federal investigator Richie Roberts works on the other side of the law. Incorruptible, dedicated and shunned by his department after he turns in nearly $1 million in unmarked bills, Roberts is a rare being in 1970s New York, an honest cop. An outsider who operates by his own rules and has a work ethic which mirrors that of Lucas, Roberts is tasked to investigate and stop drug trafficking in New York City. When Lucas abandons his deliberate conservatism for one fateful night, Roberts’ watchful eye takes in that he not only mixes with but appears more powerful than the highest level criminals. As Roberts’ attention focuses and his grip tightens on his worthy adversary, it’s only a matter of time before predator catches up with prey…

American Gangster is a captivating, ultra-slick and well-crafted insight into the true story of one of America’s most powerful men and the man set on bringing him down.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Little Dorrit – A Dickensian Drama For BBC One

BBC Drama Productions have announced the commission of a large-scale, ambitious adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic Little Dorrit, to be written by acclaimed writer Andrew Davies for BBC One.

Following in the triumphant footsteps of Cranford and Sense And Sensibility, Little Dorrit tells the story of the Dorrit family and the rich array of characters they encounter on their way from rags to riches and back again.

BBC Two Drama Event Marks 10 Days To War

A leading cast including Kenneth Branagh, Harriet Walter, Art Malik and Toby Jones feature in an innovative series of short dramas to mark the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq – in the first collaboration of its kind between BBC Vision and BBC News

Alex Kingston And Colin Salmon To Guest Star In Two Episodes Of Doctor Who

Alex Kingston, best known for roles in ER and Moll Flanders will appear in a Steven Moffat penned two-parter as River Song – a mysterious character who meets The Doctor on an expedition to uncover the secrets of an abandoned library. She is joined by James Bond regular, Colin Salmon who also stars in the two episodes.

LARK RISE TO CANDLEFORD GETS SECOND SEASON

The BBC has announced a second series of the long-running Sunday night drama Lark Rise To Candleford. The series stars Julia Sawalha, Olivia Hallinan, Dawn French, Brendan Coyle, Olivia Grant, Mark Heap, Ben Miles and Liz Smith in Bill Gallagher's adaptation of Flora Thompson's magical memoir of her Oxfordshire childhood.

TAMSIN EGERTON AND VINCENT REGAN FOR TRIAL AND RETRIBUTION

Filming has just begun on the latest Trial And Retribution. DCI Roisin Connor and DCS Mike Walker arrive at the site of a horrific crash involving an ambulance to find two dead paramedics, and the man they were treating shot in the head. His fiancée, celebrity heiress and paparazzi fodder, Imogen Buller-Turi is distressed, but alive – the innocent victim in what appears to be a shocking case of road rage.

WATERLOO ROAD SEASON TWO ON DVD THIS MARCH

Trouble is brewing in both the classroom and playground. Ex-pupil and private investor Roger Aspinall has promised the money that will secure the school's future, in return for a seat on the governing body. Could Aspinall's charm and sharp suits hide a more duplicitous purpose?

Maintaining the all star cast from the first series, including Jason Merrells and Angela Griffin, Waterloo Road The Complete Series 2 is released on DVD from 10th March 2008.

NEW ITV COMMISSIONS

Director of Drama for ITV, Laura Mackie, has just announced three new drama commissions for ITV1; they will form part of the Autumn season, alongside powerful single dramas and original new series.

Whitechapel stars Rupert Penry Jones in a crime drama with a difference. The Children stars Kevin Whately, Geraldine Somerville and Lesley Sharp in Lucy Gannon’s new domestic thriller. And Sharpe starring Sean Bean is back for a brand new adventure set in India.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

WHAT'S NEW SCOOBY DOO SEASON THREE

With season three of this classic animation just released we have three copies to give away.

Once again the guys better known as the Mystery Inc. gang are busy fighting crimes and solving mysteries as they travel the world and find themselves in a number of exciting, sports-themed settings. In Diamonds are a Ghouls Best Friend, the gang travels to Russia for the International World Cup hockey event and come face-to-face with the ghost of a Russian hockey player who does his best to ruin the event. Block-Long Hong Kong Terror finds the gang on a trip to Hong Kong where they encounter a giant Chinese New Year’s dragon that has mysteriously come to life. In Gentlemen, Start Your Monsters, Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma find themselves in a haunted stock car race.

What's New Scooby Doo Season Three

BE MY VALENTINE CHARLIE BROWN

We have three copies of this classic animation for you to win.

Having made its original television debut in 1975, Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, which stars the lovable Peanuts clan, focuses on the gang’s preparations for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday. Everyone has high hopes of having their dreams of love and friendship fulfilled. Charlie Brown wants to get a Valentine from anyone and patiently waits by his mailbox. Linus is on a mission to find a perfect Valentine’s gift for his favorite teacher, Miss Othmar. Lucy wants Schroeder to finally notice her. Will they be satisfied to their heart’s content or are they headed for heartbreak?

Be My Valentine Charlie Brown

ALL NEW SUPER FRIENDS HOUR VOLUME ONE

Originally airing on ABC, the All-New Super Friends Hour was a huge ratings success for the network and an instant fan favorite. Featuring the World’s Greatest Super Heroes, the show also introduced a slew of new characters including Zan and Jayna (aka The Wonder Twins), and their space monkey Gleek. With their iconic exclamation “Wonder Twin Powers Activate!,” the twins would touch fists in a burst of light transforming Jayna into the shape of any animal and Zan into any form of water imaginable.

Just released by Warner we have three copies for you to win here
All New Superfriends Hour Volume One

FAIRPORT CONVENTION - BEYOND THE LEDGE

This classic Cropredy concert from 1998 sees Fairport perform almost two hours of classic material (“Matty Groves”, “Who Knows Where the Time Goes”, “Meet on the Ledge”), along with newer songs including “Dangerous”, “John Gaudie” and “The Hiring Fair”. Capturing the warmth and magic of the Fairport’s annual music extravaganza, this DVD also features interviews with the band along with the fans enjoying this fabled Brit-folk festival.

We have five copies available to win at Fairport Convention - Beyond The Ledge

THE DORIS DAY SHOW SEASON FIVE

Classic sitcom from the golden age of TV, five copies to win of its final season.
The fifth and final series sees Doris continue as a reporter for Today’s World magazine with editor Cy Bennett (John Dehner) and mischievous secretary Jackie Parker. Her love life is heating up with both Dr. Peter Lawrence (Peter Lawford) and political candidate Jonathan Rusk (Patrick O’Neal); while her home life is never dull thanks to fussy landlord, Mr. Jarvis. Among the stellar role of guest stars are Andy Griffith, Lee Meriwether, Ed Begley Jr., Julie Adams, Dick Van Patten and Bernie Kopell.

The Doris Day Show

ATTACK FORCE Z

5 copies of this classic aussie movie to win.

Directed by the legendary Tim Burstall (after replacing original director Philip Noyce) the movie sees Mel in charge of an elite military team dispatched during WW II to locate and rescue the survivors of a crashed plane shot down over a South Pacific island occupied by the Japanese. One of the castaways, a defecting Japanese official, holds the secret to ending the war, and must be saved at all costs.

Attack Force Z

Sunday, January 13, 2008

NEW YEAR... MORE GOOD STUFF

A belated Happy New Year to everyone after our extended and very relaxed New Years holidays, in fact we can still hear the beach calling to us right now, but back to work unfortunately but that does mean more excellent competitions for you to get your hands on.

Today we bring you Next a tense thriller starring Nicolas Cage and the sexy Jessica Biel.
And Highlander The Source A revival of the Adrian Paul starring TV series.

Stay tuned for more very soon...

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

ITV'S NEW SCHEDULE FOR 2008 AND THE RETURN OF NEWS AT TEN

ITV today unveiled a new look schedule for its flagship channel, ITV1, with increased focus on week day peak time hours and a revitalised weekend line up.

The main revisions to the ITV1 Winter 2008 schedule include:

• The return of News at Ten
• More 60 minute dramas at 21.00
• More comedy, drama and entertainment Friday to Sunday
• Coronation Street and Emmerdale move from Sunday evenings
• Dancing On Ice moves to Sunday night
• More investment in acquired programming post 22.30

It has been confirmed today that News At Ten will return to ITV1 from Monday 14th January. As well as returning an iconic and much loved ITV brand to the heart of peak, this move allows ITV to invest further in original, hour long drama at 9pm. This month sees the launch of a number of new titles in this slot including The Palace, a contemporary drama set in a fictional Buckingham Palace; interlinked comedy and soap Moving Wallpaper and Echo Beach, and Honest, a new six part comedy drama starring Amanda Redman.

As part of wider changes to a revamped weekend line up designed to be distinct from the week day schedule, there will be a later evening news bulletin Friday to Sunday to allow comedy, entertainment, drama and feature films to be played uninterrupted.

Weekends on ITV1 will be given a noticeably different look and feel with a renewed focus on new comedy, entertainment and drama. The reinvigorated Friday to Sunday schedule allows greater freedom and a broader programme mix, with hit entertainment shows like Dancing On Ice moving into Sunday night and remodelled Friday nights featuring more comedy and entertainment, starting with the new series of Al Murray’s Happy Hour at 10pm from Friday 11 January.

Saturday nights retain their place as the centrepiece of ITV’s weekend entertainment line up, with brand new prime time quiz show Duel launching this month. January also sees the return of family drama to Saturday evenings with the second series of Primeval and fresh new comedy as Paul Merton makes a welcome return to ITV1 in improvisation show Thank God You’re Here.

As entertainment moves into Sunday evenings from mid-January, Coronation Street moves from Sunday nights to a second episode at on 8.30pm on Fridays and Emmerdale also moves from Sunday night, meaning a reduction in the number of nights ITV soaps are broadcast without reducing the number of episodes. Drama still plays an important part in the Sunday night line up, however, with the return of last year’s highest rating new drama, Kingdom and a new series of Wild At Heart this month.

The move of the news also opens up a window for more factual programming, films and acquired programming on ITV1 at 10.30pm.

The new schedule will be supported by extensive off-air marketing activity, with campaigns created by ITV’s newly appointed agency BBH launching this week for Moving Wallpaper/Echo Beach, Honest and Primeval.

ITV Director of Television, Simon Shaps said: “One of the principal ideas behind these changes is to make the weekends on ITV1 feel special. We have always been the home of Saturday night entertainment and we want to broaden that out to make the whole weekend on ITV1 something to look forward to. This has meant a wholesale spring clean for Friday nights with new comedy, drama and feature films to get the weekend started, and a much fresher look to Sunday evenings with entertainment shaking up the historically drama-led schedule.

“The restructuring of the peak time schedule and the return of News at Ten means that we’ve got a great opportunity to recapture some lost ground at 9pm and we’ve responded to viewer feedback on Coronation Street and Emmerdale so that fans can catch up with their favourite soaps over fewer nights.

“The new shape allows greater freedom and flexibility to create new hits within the schedule. In all, these changes make for a more streamlined, user friendly schedule that plays to ITV1’s strengths as an entertainment powerhouse and the home of original drama.”