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Star Trek’s George Takei To Voice Panda In Animated Kids’ Series ‘Love Monster’

Star Trek’s George Takei To Voice Panda In Animated Kids’ Series ‘Love Monster’
Star Trek’s George Takei is moving to Fluffytown to voice a panda in an animated kids’ series for the BBC.

Takei, who played Sulu in the classic sci-fi series, will voice Elder Panda in preschool series Love Monster, which is a co-production by the British public broacaster’s kids’ channel CBeebies, Boat Rocker Studios, and China’s UYoung.

The 54-part series, which will air in January 2020, is based on Rachel Bright’s Love Monster series. It follows the adventures of hairy hero, Love Monster, as he navigates the challenges of being the only monster in Fluffytown – a world of cute baby animals. With a lot of help from his friends, Love Monster learns to follow his heart rather than his slightly ‘over-thinky’ head, as he searches for the right thing to do.

Elsewhere, Episodes star Tamsin Greig narrates, while Javone Prince (PhoneShop), Sarah Hadland (Miranda), Lewis Macleod (Postman Pat
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‘Big Bang’s Mayim Bialik & Jim Parsons Reteam For Fox Comedy Series ‘Carla’ Based On UK’s ‘Miranda’

‘Big Bang’s Mayim Bialik & Jim Parsons Reteam For Fox Comedy Series ‘Carla’ Based On UK’s ‘Miranda’
Shamy is back! The Big Bang Theory stars Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik, who played adorably nerdy couple Sheldon and Amy on the it CBS sitcom, have partnered for Carla, a new multi-camera comedy from Big Bang studio Warner Bros. TV based on Miranda Hart’s BBC series Miranda.

In a highly competitive situation, with all broadcast networks bidding, the project, starring and executive produced by Bialik and executive produced by Parsons, just landed at Fox with a series order for fall 2020. The network’s willingness to step up in a big way erases any doubt about its commitment to live-action comedy under CEO Charlie Collier and Entertainment President Michael Thorn.

On the show, written by Darlene Hunt, Carla (Bialik) is a 39-year-old woman who struggles every day against society and her mother to prove that you Cannot have everything you want — and still be happy. Which is why she
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Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans gets a new poster and trailer

Ahead of its UK theatrical release next month, Altitude Films has revealed a new poster and trailer for director Dominic Brigstocke’s upcoming historical comedy Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans which stars Sebastian Croft, Emilia Jones, Nick Frost, Craig Roberts, Kim Cattrall, Kate Nash, Rupert Graves, Alex Macqueen, and Derek Jacobi; take a look here…

Atti (Croft) is a Roman teenager with brains but very little brawn. When one of his schemes falls foul of Emperor Nero (Roberts) Atti is forced to join the army and sent to miserable, cold, wet Britain. Things go from bad to worse when Atti is captured by Orla (Jones), a feisty teenage Celt desperate to prove herself as a warrior. Meanwhile a furious Nero is determined to crush the British rebellion, led by Boudicca (Nash). As the Romans prepare for an historic showdown with the Celts at the Battle of Watling Street the
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Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans gets a poster and trailer

The first trailer and poster have been released for Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans. Based on the bestselling children’s historical comedy book series, the film is directed by Dominic Brigstocke and stars Sebastian Croft, Emilia Jones, Nick Frost, Craig Roberts, Kim Cattrall, Kate Nash, Rupert Graves, Alex Macqueen, and Derek Jacobi; check them out here…

Atti (Croft) is a Roman teenager with brains but very little brawn. When one of his schemes falls foul of Emperor Nero (Roberts) Atti is forced to join the army and sent to miserable, cold, wet Britain. Things go from bad to worse when Atti is captured by Orla (Jones), a feisty teenage Celt desperate to prove herself as a warrior. Meanwhile a furious Nero is determined to crush the British rebellion, led by Boudicca (Nash). As the Romans prepare for an historic showdown with the Celts at the Battle of Watling Street
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‘The Queen’s Corgi’ Adds Jack Whitehall, Julie Walters, Ray Winstone to Voice Cast (Video)

‘The Queen’s Corgi’ Adds Jack Whitehall, Julie Walters, Ray Winstone to Voice Cast (Video)
Jack Whitehall, Julie Walters and Ray Winstone have joined the voice cast of “The Queen’s Corgi,” an animated family comedy about the Queen of England’s beloved pet dogs.

Whitehall (“Jungle Cruise”) voices the main character, Rex, a lovable yet spoiled and mischievous short-legged puppy who starts to take the attention away from the other corgis in the Queen’s court. Walters, who will next be seen in “Mary Poppins Returns” and was also in “Paddington 2” and “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” earlier this year, voices the Queen. Winstone, Sheridan Smith and Matt Lucas voice the other canine-co-stars Tyson, Wanda and Charlie. Walters is also joined by Tom Courtenay as the voice of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Rounding out the voice cast are Jon Culshaw (as President Trump) and Debra Stevenson (as Melania Trump), Sarah Hadland (as Mitzy),Colin McFarlane (as Chief), Nadia Wadia (as Patmore), Iain McKee
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Kim Cattrall, Derek Jacobi & Kate Nash Among Cast For Altitude-BBC-Amazon Tie-Up ‘Horrible Histories’

Kim Cattrall, Derek Jacobi & Kate Nash Among Cast For Altitude-BBC-Amazon Tie-Up ‘Horrible Histories’
Production is under way on Altitude Film Entertainment and Citrus Films’ family movie Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans, based on the popular children’s book series by Terry Deary and illustrated by Martin Brown.

Shooting now on location in the UK and Bulgaria, the film will cast the antics of the Roman Empire in a comedic light. It will follow Atti, a Roman teenager with brains but very little brawn. When one of his clever schemes falls foul of Emperor Nero, he is forced to join the army and is sent to miserable, cold, wet Britain where the natives are revolting – quite literally. Things go from bad to worse when Atti is captured by Orla, a feisty teenage Celt desperate to prove herself as a warrior.

Dominic Brigstocke, director of the TV version of the series, will make his feature directorial debut. Script comes from Jessica Swale together with Giles Pilbrow and Caroline Norris.
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Horrible Histories: the 15 greatest songs

Catherine Pearson Nov 20, 2017

With reports of a Horrible Histories feature film in development, we salute the genius songs of a magnificent show...

Ah, Horrible Histories. The show that brings all the slapstick humour and wordplay of Blackadder and Monty Python to a young audience. It’s a rare and marvellously British televisual feast (points for citing the reference, there): a bunch of hugely talented actors charging around in historical outfits, singing songs and starring in genius pop culture-inspired spoofs to deliver the darker side of history to school children.

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Terry Deary’s famous books were an obvious choice for a Cbbc adaptation, but it was a bold choice to assemble a writing team and cast known for their work in the
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Inside No. 9 series 3 episode 4 review: Empty Orchestra

Louisa Mellor Mar 7, 2017

All change for Inside No. 9 series 3, which delivers a quasi-musical in karaoke-themed instalment, Empty Orchestra…

This review contains spoilers.

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3.4 Empty Orchestra

“When you’ve cut someone’s bum off and eaten it, you kind of go, well, better try something different!” Steve Pemberton told us at the Inside No. 9 series three launch. In Empty Orchestra, a (whisper it) love story with a (keep whispering) happy ending, something different is exactly what he and Reece Shearsmith have done.

Compared to the thoroughgoing nastiness of The Riddle Of The Sphinx, this one’s as refreshing as a sea breeze. The baddies are punished, the goodies are rewarded, and the viewer can skip happily to bed
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Rowan Atkinson sings as Henry VIII for Cbbc's Horrible Histories

Rowan Atkinson will appear as Henry VIII in the next series of Horrible Histories.

Not only that, but the actor will also sing about the 16th century king's reign in the style of Elvis Presley for the Cbbc show.

Atkinson is one of several guest stars due to appear in the historical comedy programme's sixth series.

Ben Miller has been lined up to play King John, while Kevin Eldon will take the role of William the Conqueror. Sanjeev Bhaskar will also feature in an unconfirmed cameo role.

Lorna Watson and Kathryn Drysdale will have roles as Boudicca and Cleopatra during the series, which will also focus on historical figures such as George III, Napoleon and Winston Churchill.

Meanwhile, series regulars Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby and Sarah Hadland will continue to feature.

Horrible Histories returns to Cbbc on Monday (May 25) at 7.45am and 5pm.
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Jeremy Paxman and David Mitchell to lead Channel 4's election coverage

Jeremy Paxman and David Mitchell are to lead Channel 4's coverage of the general election.

Former Newsnight host Paxman will host a night of comedy and entertainment with Peep Show's Mitchell for Channel 4's Alternative Election Night on May 7.

Paxman, who recently interviewed David Cameron and Ed Miliband in a joint Channel 4 and Sky News programme, said: "Elections matter, but that doesn't mean the coverage has to be dull. I hope there'll be room for both insight and laughter."

Mitchell previously co-hosted Channel 4's election coverage in 2010, which also featured Jimmy Carr, Charlie Brooker and Lauren Laverne.

Cathy Newman and Gary Gibbon from Channel 4 News will join the hosts, along with guests including Last Leg presenter Adam Hills, Pointless host Richard Osman "providing his interpretation of events", and Fonejacker star Kayvan Novak.

The Channel 4 News team "will be on the ground in key electoral battlegrounds,
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Miranda's Sarah Hadland: "I'm hopeful that we do a film"

Miranda's Sarah Hadland:
Sarah Hadland has stated that she is keen on the idea of a Miranda film.

Speaking on Alan Carr: Chatty Man tonight (Friday, April 17), the actress believes that the sitcom will continue in some form after it came to an end earlier this year.

"I'm hopeful that we do a film," Hadland said. "There will be something else. Yeah, I'm sure. I think there will be something in the future definitely."

Hadland also recalled how emotional things were on set during the Miranda Hart show's final days.

"I know it's really cheesy, but we really are a close cast so it was really sad," she explained.

"I see her all the time, so I wasn't that sad because I was like, 'I'll see you tomorrow when we go for a coffee'. [But] the last recording was horrific.

"We were all crying - it was horrendous. Really, really sad."

The final episode
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Miranda's Sarah Hadland: "I'm hopeful that we do a film"

Sarah Hadland has stated that she is keen on the idea of a Miranda film.

Speaking on Alan Carr: Chatty Man tonight (Friday, April 17), the actress believes that the sitcom will continue in some form after it came to an end earlier this year.

"I'm hopeful that we do a film," Hadland said. "There will be something else. Yeah, I'm sure. I think there will be something in the future definitely."

Hadland also recalled how emotional things were on set during the Miranda Hart show's final days.

"I know it's really cheesy, but we really are a close cast so it was really sad," she explained.

"I see her all the time, so I wasn't that sad because I was like, 'I'll see you tomorrow when we go for a coffee'. [But] the last recording was horrific.

"We were all crying - it was horrendous. Really, really sad."

The final episode
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The Last Leg to return for 3 General Election specials on Channel 4

The Last Leg is to return for three specials later this month.

The Channel 4 topical comedy show will discuss the build-up to the General Election, launching on Thursday, April 23 at 10pm.

Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker will all return for their usual alternative review of the week.

For each episode, they will be joined by celebrity guests and politicians as they look back at the latest election news.

Channel 4 will also air political sitcom Ballot Monkeys in the run-up to the General Election. Sarah Hadland and Ben Miller will star as politicians campaigning in their respective buses.

Meanwhile, Dame Judi Dench and Mark Gatiss are to star in a new stage play that will be broadcast live on More4. The Vote - set in a fictional polling station - will make theatrical history when it is shown live on TV on election night (May 7) as polls close from 8.30pm.
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New election sitcom Ballot Monkeys to air on Channel 4

Channel 4 has commissioned a new political sitcom.

The satirical Ballot Monkeys will focus on politicians campaigning for the four main parties in the run-up to the General Election.

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Trevor Cooper, Ben Miller, Sarah Hadland and Hattie Morahan star as candidates for Labour, Lib Dem, Ukip and the Conservatives. The show will intercut between the various campaign buses.

Drop The Dead Donkey and Outnumbered creators Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin will write the five-episode sitcom.

The pair said: "We're very excited about this. We don't think anyone's done anything like this before, although we may find out why."

Fiona McDermott, Channel 4's commissioning editor for comedy, added: "We haven't yet decided whether we're brave or bonkers but a real-time satirical sitcom like Ballot Monkeys could only be handled by the remarkable Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin.

"We are thrilled to have them
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Casualty, Harry & Paul, Line of Duty win at Rts Programme Awards

Line of Duty, Casualty and Harry Enfield & Paul Whitehouse have won at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards 2013-2014.

The event - which honours excellence across all genres of television programming - took place at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on Tuesday (March 17), hosted by John Sergeant.

Line of Duty picked up Best Drama Series, Best Actress went to Happy Valley's Sarah Lancashire and Best Actor was won by Tom Hollander (A Poet in New York).

Casualty beat Coronation Street and EastEnders to claim Best Soap, while comedy Harry & Paul's Story of the Twos received two awards from its three nominations.

Strictly Come Dancing's Claudia Winkleman also took home Entertainment Performance, The Graham Norton Show won for Entertainment Programme and The Island With Bear Grylls triumphed in the Popular, Factual and Features category.

Sky Sports' Gary Neville collected Best Sports Commentator for the second year running, and the Lifetime
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The Job Lot recommissioned for third series on ITV2

The Job Lot has been recommissioned for a third series.

The ITV2 comedy will begin filming new episodes in the spring, with Sarah Hadland and Russell Tovey set to return as Trish and Karl.

Laura Aikman, Jo Enright, Angela Curran, Martin Marquez and Sophie McShera will also reprise their roles in the new series.

The second series concluded with Tovey's Karl finally getting together with deputy manager Natalie, played by Aikman. The third series will see their relationship put to the test in the workplace.

Saskia Schuster, ITV's Comedy Commissioner, said: "We're really happy to bring back this delightfully warm comedy set in a Midlands job centre. The scripts are yet again superbly written as we catch up with our favourite characters."

Angela Jain, Director of Digital Channels and Acquisitions, said "The Job Lot is a brilliantly sharp comedy and we're really pleased to have it back for a third series.
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Rowan Atkinson and Ben Miller to guest star in Horrible Histories

Rowan Atkinson is to appear in the next series of Horrible Histories.

The Blackadder star will feature in the upcoming sixth series of the BBC's historical comedy children's show, playing Henry VIII.

Ben Miller will also appear in the series as King John, while Kevin Eldon will play William the Conqueror. Sanjeev Bhaskar will also feature in an unconfirmed cameo role.

Lorna Watson and Kathryn Drysdale will have roles as Boudicca and Cleopatra during the series, which will also focus on historical figures such as George III, Napoleon and Winston Churchill.

Meanwhile, series regulars Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby and Sarah Hadland will continue to feature.

Jessica Ransom, Adam Riches, Naz Osmanoglu, Jalaal Hartley, Louise Ford, Natalie Walter, Tom Stourton and Tom Palmer (Totally Tom) complete the lineup.

Cbbc controller Cheryl Taylor said: "Horrible Histories has a well-earned reputation as one of the most popular TV shows of a generation, delighting children and adults alike.
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Christmas Gift Guide: 41 Essential Presents For 2014

Universal Pictures

It’s the most wonderful time of the year (again), and as usual it’s getting to those last few weeks before the big day when creative ideas and planning make way for frantic grabs at whatever is left on the shelves after the Black Friday zombie hordes have cleared everything out.

But fear not: because the best of Christmas is watching movies, re-watching old TV specials and trying hard to forget that George Lucas ever decided that anyone wanted a Star Wars Christmas show, there’ll always be a helping hand round these parts for those who want it.

So if you’re buying for a difficult brother, a picky sister or just for the film, gaming or TV fan in your life, what follows is a compendium of the finest gift ideas for this year’s festivities, as usual there are massive opportunities to win most of what has been included…
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Miranda Hart confirms sitcom will end with two Christmas specials

Miranda will come to an end with two Christmas specials.

The sitcom's star Miranda Hart confirmed the news during an interview to promote a new book about the series.

When asked by BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright why she had chosen to release The Best of Miranda, the award-winning comic actress explained: "Well, [it's] because I'm actually coming to the end of the whole sitcom.

"This is the first time I'm saying it out loud, so it's a bit weird!"

Hart continued by saying: "So I'm doing two Christmas specials, but they are going to be the finale of the show, full stop. So I wanted to do a book to celebrate the series and celebrate all the people who have supported it and watched it, so they get to see the scripts and some backstage gossip and all that sort of thing."

Miranda debuted on BBC Two in 2009, moving to
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Wendi Peters 'hated' her Coronation Street character

Miranda Hart has announced the two Christmas specials she is doing will mark the end of her eponymous BBC sitcom. The 41-year-old comedian confirmed that 'Miranda' - which also stars the likes of Sarah Hadland, Tom Ellis and Patricia Hodge, and first aired on the BBC in November 2009 - will conclude over the festive season. Miranda - who's produced a book that gives fans of the show an insight to the sitcom - explained to BBC Radio 2: ''I'm actually coming to the end of the whole sitcom. This is the first time I'm saying it out loud, so it's
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