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The Crown Casts Harry Potter Star As Queen Elizabeth For Seasons 5 And 6

Despite season 3 having only recently premiered on Netflix, there’s already talk about the upcoming runs of the hit biographical show The Crown. Currently, Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman is playing the role of Queen Elizabeth II in a series that depicts the royal’s life from the 1940s onward.

Now, news is spreading that Imelda Staunton will be taking over the role for The Crown‘s fifth and sixth seasons. Yes, diabolical Dolores Umbridge herself will be donning the titular royal headgear as she portrays her Majesty, according to a report from The Guardian.

It seems a little premature for the creators to be thinking so far ahead, but it obviously means the streaming giant have high hopes for the show’s continued success, and Staunton’s name on the bill is bound to draw some attention. This news also comes shortly after Netflix dismissed the report as mere rumors and speculation.
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Daisy May Cooper Signs On for BBC Comedy ‘The Witchfinder’

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Daisy May Cooper Signs On for BBC Comedy ‘The Witchfinder’
Daisy May Cooper, the star of hit BBC comedy “This Country,” is to play a suspected witch being escorted to trial in 17th-century England in new BBC Two comedy series “The Witchfinder.”

Cooper will star alongside actor and comedian Tim Key, who plays a failing witch hunter transporting her to a trial that could change his fortunes forever. But his captive is the worst possible travel companion: an inquisitive, uncouth woman whose ability to prick his pomposity and ask uncomfortable questions turns a straightforward journey into a life-changing ordeal.

Set in 1647, in the middle of the English Civil War, “The Witchfinder” is created by Neil and Rob Gibbons, the writers and directors of Steve Coogan-starring “This Time With Alan Partridge.”

The six-part series is produced by Coogan’s production company, Baby Cow, whose credits include “The Trip,” starring Coogan and Rob Brydon, as well as features “Alpha Papa” and “Philomena.
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How ‘Succession’ Turned Rich-People Problems Into TV’s Most Satisfying Drama (Column)

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It was only as the credits rolled on the Season 2 finale of “Succession” that I realized I was standing. At some point during the exhilarating final scene, I’d apparently leapt to my feet, radiating with the thrill of watching the last meticulously placed domino fall. It was startling to understand just how invested I’d become in the show, especially because just a few months ago, I didn’t care about “Succession” at all. In fact, I was an active skeptic, having watched three episodes before discarding the series for one of the dozen others waiting on the backburner. But once it became clear that “Succession” wasn’t about to be ignored, I dove back in, and within days became the kind of wild-eyed “Succession” evangelist who forced me to reconsider it in the first place.

So what is it about this show, yet another in a long line
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The 10 Most Underrated Episodes Of Peep Show

Peep Show as a series is already underrated. While it is a favorite among Brits, most in the Us have yet to discover the insane and cringy goodness of Mark Corrigan and Jeremy Usbourne. But, even among die-hard fans of the sitcom, some episodes have gone unappreciated.

Related: Peep Show: The 10 Best Side Characters, Ranked

Throughout its nine-season run, there has been at least one episode per season that hasn't fully gotten its dues. Whether it features Olivia Colman drunkenly swimming in a ball pit or David Mitchell wearing blue eye shadow, the series has a ton of underrated gems. Here are the top ten underrated episodes of Peep Show, organized by season chronology.
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Peep Show: The 10 Best Side Characters, Ranked

There's no doubt that Peep Show is almost entirely about Mark and Jez. It is through their eyes and experiences that the stories are told, and, through them, we get the most laughs. But, there are tons of side characters throughout the series that get a lot of time to shine.

Some of the best moments come from Sophie, Dobbie, and Super Hans, and a few of them are even funnier than Mark and Jez. Over the course of nine seasons, Mark and Jez have unfortunately touched the lives of many. Here are the best of the best when it comes to Peep Show's supporting characters.

Related: Peep Show, Every Season Ranked
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Will Arnett Joins BBC Comedy ‘The First Team’ From ‘The Inbetweeners’ Producers

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Will Arnett Joins BBC Comedy ‘The First Team’ From ‘The Inbetweeners’ Producers
Will Arnett and Chris Geere will star as the chairman and coach of an English soccer team, respectively, in “The First Team,” a new comedy for the BBC from the producers of “The Inbetweeners.”

The series will follow the off-the-field misadventures of three young soccer players played by Shaquille Ali-Yebuah (“The Feed”), Jack McMullen (“The Souvenir”) and Jake Short (“This Is the Year”).

The six-parter is being written by Iain Morris and Damon Beesley through their Fudge Park shingle. It is their first projects as co-writers since “The Inbetweeners” series and films. Emmy Award-winning producer Tom Werner (“Roseanne”) and Caroline Leddy (“Derry Girls”) are exec producing. Sam Pinnell (“Motherland”) is producing.

The cast also features Tamla Kari (“The Inbetweeners”), Vadhir Derbez (“How To Be A Latin Lover”), Phil Wang (“Task Master”), Neil Fitzmaurice (“Peep Show”), and Yetunde Oduwole (“Enterprice”).

Morris and Beesley said: “We’re so lucky to be working with such an incredible bunch,
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The British Invasion Continues As Half Of Awards On Main Emmy Telecast Handed To UK Shows & Talent

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The British Invasion Continues As Half Of Awards On Main Emmy Telecast Handed To UK Shows & Talent
The 2019 Primetime Emmys on Sunday felt more like the BAFTAs as half of the awards were handed to Brits or Brit-produced shows.

“This is getting ridiculous,” said Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who was certainly the toast of Hollywood, picking up four awards for BBC/Amazon co-pro comedy Fleabag, while Killing Eve, which she created, also scored for Jodie Comer.

Waller-Bridge was talking about the number of awards that the Two Brothers Pictures-produced show won, but she could well have been talking about the entire British invasion.

Brits were involved in some 13 of the 27 awards including Fleabag, Chernobyl, the HBO/Sky co-production produced by Jane Featherstone’s Sister Pictures, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Succession, created by Shropshire-born Jesse Armstrong, Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and A Very English Scandal.

Armstrong, the co-creator of Channel 4 comedy Peep Show, summed it up when he won outstanding writing for a
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Tiff Review: ‘Greed’ is an Unsubtle Movie for Unsubtle Times

Starring Steve Coogan as a billionaire who is literally named “Rich,” Greed cannot be accused of being a subtle movie—but then, these are not subtle times. Reusing a comically raspy, manly baritone from The Trip, and kitted out with a set of absolutely blinding false chompers, Coogan is Sir Richard “Greedy” McCreadie—“King of the High Street,” per an opening exposition-via-YouTube, a flashy fast-fashion magnate obviously modeled on Sir Philip Green, the Topshop chairman notorious for asset stripping and general fat-cat arrogance. In Greed, McCreadie’s teetering empire is signified through flashbacks to Parliamentary testimony covering his shady dealings and reliance on sweatshop labor, intercut throughout the looming hubristic disaster of his 60th birthday weekend. You might groan at the symbolism of a modern-day robber baron throwing a multimillion-dollar toga party, was the concept not in fact directly lifted from Green’s 50th.

Here, the island is Mykonos,
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‘Succession’ Composer Nicholas Britell on Making Music for the One Percent

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The Roys, the media empire family at the heart of HBO’s “Succession,” are ridiculously rich. They’re manipulative and cruel. They’re also a bit delusional and absurd.

When Nicholas Britell conceived the show’s score, he wanted to capture all of that.

“I wrote in this almost late-1700s, dark classical zone,” says Britell, the Oscar-nominated composer of “Moonlight” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.” “I was kind of imagining: what is the music that the Roy family would imagine for themselves? What’s the music that they think they sound like?”

But this “dark courtly” elegance is often also infused with fat hip-hop beats, an 808 drum machine, detuned piano — all piano is performed by Britell — and modern filters and samples. This is music for the delusions of Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong), who has a predilection for rap, but intentionally exaggerated.

“There really needed to be this seriousness,
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Peep Show, Every Season Ranked

Time and time again, the El Dude Brothers find ways to ruin their lives in their pursuit of love, money, and stability. If Mark ends a season on a high, it usually follows with Jez ending the series on a low. Occasionally, both flatmates will suffer equally, but Peep Show has an ebb and flow that always keeps the series fresh.

Related: It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Every Season Finale, Ranked

That said, no show is without sin and Peep Show is no exception. While no season is outright bad, some are very clearly worse than others. Never on a whole, but always due to a few episodes dragging things down. With only six episodes per season, a single bad episode really can make a difference. Even at their worst, though, it’s also worth checking in on Mark and Jez every so often.
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Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss Confirmed for Fourth ‘Matrix’ Film

Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss Confirmed for Fourth ‘Matrix’ Film
Get ready for a whole new pill to swallow when The Matrix returns for a fourth installment, with both Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss set to reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity, Variety reports. Filmmaker Lana Wachowski, who co-directed the original film with her sister Lilly, will write and direct the sequel. Production is expected to begin in early 2020.

Wachowski will co-write the Matrix 4 script with Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell (Lilly will ostensibly not be involved as she focuses on a new project, Work in Progress). Hemon works
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Olivia Colman Will Play a Femme Fatale Who Falls for Homer in ‘The Simpsons’

Olivia Colman Will Play a Femme Fatale Who Falls for Homer in ‘The Simpsons’
From playing a completely graceless stepmother in “Fleabag” to embodying the tragic, gout-ridden Queen Anne in “The Favourite,” British actress Olivia Colman can do it all. And now, the Academy Award winner and 2019 Primetime Emmy nominee will lend her voice to the 31st season of “The Simpsons,” adding to an enviable guest roster that will include John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Jason Momoa, Bob Odenkirk, John Mulaney, and Jane Goodall.

The Simpsons” executive producer James L. Brooks tweeted that Colman will play “the most down home femme fatal [sic] ever who attracts every man she’s ever met but falls hard, harder than she ever imagined, for Homer Simpson.” Brooks also teased the performance to say, “Just this second came from recording one of the best guest appearances in Simpson’s [sic] history. No kidding, I am flying.”

Olivia Colman is currently an Emmy nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for “Fleabag,
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‘Succession’ season 2 reviews: Critics say it’s ‘frighteningly good,’ ‘scabrous as ever’ and back ‘in top form’

‘Succession’ season 2 reviews: Critics say it’s ‘frighteningly good,’ ‘scabrous as ever’ and back ‘in top form’
Season two of “Succession” premieres on August 11 with a higher profile than it entered season one with last summer. Created by Oscar nominee Jesse Armstrong (“In the Loop”) with direction and production by Oscar winner Adam McKay, this drama about the lust for power in an expansive media empire has earned Emmy, Critics’ Choice and Television Critics Association nominations for Best Drama Series, in addition to receiving honors from the American Film Institute, the Directors Guild and even the BAFTAs. So where does the show stand with critics now?

As of this writing “Succession” season two has a MetaCritic rating of 88 based on eight reviews counted thus far — all of them positive. That’s almost 20 points higher than the 70 score received by the first season, though that rating was based on 29 reviews, more than triple the number that have been counted for the second season so far.

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Peep Show: The 10 Most Cringeworthy Moments

Sitcoms are exactly what their names imply: Situation Comedies. Sure, it's the characters that often suck viewers in, but the situations and hijinks that these characters fall into are why they stick around. When it comes to British sitcoms, few do this better than Peep Show.

Related: 15 Great British TV Series Available to Stream on Netflix

Following the misadventures of odd couple Mark and Jez, Peep Show showcases the awkward moments that make up our 20s and 30s. Bad dates, workplace embarrassments, and verbal faux pas are one thing, but the self-destructive behavior of these two is something else entirely. The series is full of cringe-worthy scenes and moments that are as hilarious as they are embarrassing.
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Peep Show: Jez's 10 Most Hilarious Quotes

Screenwriting gurus often say that the great thing about William Goldman’s script for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is that he has two central characters who work together to represent both sides of one protagonist. The same could easily be said of Peep Show.

Related: 15 Great British TV Series Available to Stream on Netflix

Not to overthink a sitcom, but Mark Corrigan and Jeremy Usborne represent the darkest impulses of each side of the human mind. Their conflict is always logic versus reason. Whereas Mark is intelligent and neurotic and thinks before he acts, Jez is care-free and moronic and acts before he thinks. So, here are Jez’s 10 Most Hilarious Quotes.
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Peep Show: Mark's 10 Most Curmudgeonly Quotes

There’s a little bit of all of us in Peep Show’s Mark Corrigan. He struggles to maintain stable relationships with anyone, he has niche interests, and every social situation seems to make him miserable. In our own way, we can all relate. Mark is like Britain’s answer to Seinfeld’s George Costanza.

Related: 8 Best Olivia Colman Roles You Never Knew About

Co-creator Sam Bain has even said, “There’s probably a bit of George Costanza’s DNA in Mark Corrigan.” All nine seasons of Peep Show are available to binge-watch on Amazon Prime in the U.S. (and it’s highly recommended – it’s one of the most underrated sitcoms of the 21st century). Anyway, here are Mark’s 10 Most Curmudgeonly Quotes.
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Interview: Director Patrick Brice & Writer Sam Bain On ‘Corporate Animals’ [Sundance London]

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When the megalomaniac CEO of a small company dictates that all her staff attend a strenuous team building course in the New Mexico desert and decides to come along herself, what could possibly go wrong? In the case of Corporate Animals, shown at Sundance London, one heck of a lot.

Trapped in an underground cave, the group have to find ways of surviving as well as escaping and their methods are less than conventional. Thn’s Freda Cooper grabbed a few minutes at this year’s Sundance London with the film’s director, Patrick Brice, and screenwriter Sam Bain who is best known for TV’s Peep Show. They talked about the influence of British comedy on the movie and Demi Moore‘s involvement in the project, as well as some of the film’s more surprising aspects, such as the unexpected role played by actor
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Let’s hope the gender-flipped Us version of Peep Show isn’t a bad joke | Arwa Mahdawi

Female losers deserve to be represented but Us TV doesn’t have a good track record when it comes to adapting much-loved British comedies

I regret to inform you that the Americans are at it again. After rebooting and ruining a slew of beloved British TV shows (I am still traumatised by the way they mangled Skins and The Inbetweeners), they have decided to remake Peep Show. Sam Bain, co-creator of the original Bafta-wining sitcom, broke the news in a recent article he wrote for the Guardian, revealing that the new version will be developed by Portlandia writer Karey Dornetto for the FX network.

This, by the way, isn’t the first attempt at adapting Peep Show for a stateside audience – it’s the fourth. Fox made a (highly embarrassing) pilot in 2005; Spike TV gave it a shot in 2008; Starz tried in 2016. Somehow, the British nihilism always seems to get
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FX developing gender-swapped Us remake of Peep Show

Peep Show co-creator Sam Bain has revealed that the U.S. TV network FX is working on a gender-swapped remake of the cult British comedy, which is being written by Karey Dornetto (Portlandia).

“People sometimes ask if I look at my earlier work differently now – whether my shows would have been better if they had been more diverse. What would Peep Show have been like with women as the two leads? It’s a great question – and it’s one I’ll shortly have the answer to, because there is a script in development for a U.S. Peep Show with two female leads. It’s at FX Networks and it will be written by top comedy brain Karey Dornetto.”

Peep Show ran on Channel 4 between 2003 and 2015 and starred David Mitchell and Robert Webb as the socially awkward Mark Corrigan and juvenile slacker Jeremy Usborne, two dysfunctional friends who share a flat in London.
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Cult British Comedy ‘Peep Show’ In Development At FX With Karey Dornetto Writing Gender Reversal Remake

Cult British Comedy ‘Peep Show’ In Development At FX With Karey Dornetto Writing Gender Reversal Remake
Cult British comedy Peep Show is getting another chance at a U.S. adaptation with a script in development at FX. The series, which ran for nine seasons on Channel 4, is getting a gender role reversal with the two leads – played by David Mitchell and Robert Webb in the UK original – set to be played by women.

Portlandia and Superstore writer and co-exec producer Karey Dornetto is writing the adaptation.

It is the latest attempt after Starz attempted a remake in 2016, while Fox took a run at a pilot, starring The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki, in 2005 and Spike gave it a chance in 2008.

Sam Bain, who created the series with Jesse Armstrong (Succession), revealed the development in a self-penned article in The Guardian about diversity. “People sometimes ask if I look at my earlier work differently now – whether my shows would have been better if they had been more diverse.
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