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Taskmaster review – a cheap, childish comedy miracle

A gang of comics play silly games, then squabble about them. This is totally pointless comfort TV – but that’s precisely why it’s become a hit

Television is a world of minor miracles, of odd little triumphs and things that shouldn’t work but do. Take Taskmaster. A show where comedians are filmed playing stupid games, then gather on a stage to argue over the footage is somehow into its eighth season on the jolly banter channel Dave. It evidently costs about £65 to make, it is a completely ephemeral waste of everyone’s time, and its continued existence offers an invaluable means of escape.

What worrying or stressful consequences can come from discovering whether the narrator of Love Island can fashion a sexier ventriloquist’s dummy from everyday objects than that guy from The Inbetweeners? Or from knowing who is quicker at finding the other half of a baby monitor,
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Bodyguard named best new drama at National Television awards

BBC One drama’s star Richard Madden and EastEndersDanny Dyer also among the prize winners in London

The BBC thriller Bodyguard has been named best new drama at the National Television awards, and its male lead, Richard Madden, won in the best drama performance category.

The awards were presented at a ceremony at the O2 in London on Tuesday evening. Also among those honoured were This Morning, Strictly Come Dancing and Peter Kay’s Car Share.
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Wheel life: the strange power of films set inside cars

The King, a documentary about the state of the Us filmed from Elvis’s Rolls-Royce, is just the latest film set mostly inside a car. Is it the perfect vehicle for examining our cultural landscape?

If there is a rule of thumb in the commissioning of modern visual content, it is this: two legs bad, four wheels good. Jerry Seinfeld is now on the 10th series of his mobile chatshow Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, in which he drives, drinks and shoots the breeze with a different comic performer in each episode. James Corden has found the perfect outlet for his particular blend of informality, irreverence and sycophancy in the Carpool Karaoke segment of his Late, Late Show, in which he chauffeurs pop stars while duetting with them on their greatest hits. And one of the most affecting TV successes of recent years was Peter Kay’s Car Share, a
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Driving profits: how the car-cam became comedy's favourite vehicle

From James Corden and Peter Kay to Jerry Seinfeld, comedians are using the cheap and simple device to make lucrative TV

Jerry Seinfeld’s formula for Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which returns to Netflix this week, is beautifully simple. Load up a car with GoPro cameras, drive one of your pals around, go and get a drink, repeat. Not every episode is a success – in the case of Christoph Waltz’s episode, it may actively stink – but it’s only 15 minutes long. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is rickety and disposable and it will probably end up being one of the definitive shows of the age.

That’s because Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is one of a clutch of beloved car-cam shows. Peter Kay’s final Car Share special in May was so breathlessly anticipated that the whole thing barely even bothered with a story. When James Corden
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The week in TV: King Lear; Jonathan Meades on Jargon; The Battle for Britain’s Heroes; Peter Kay’s Car Share

Anthony Hopkins is a model of restraint in a superb contemporary King Lear, Jonathan Meades gives jargon a good kicking, and Peter Kay shares his car for the final time

King Lear (BBC Two) | iPlayer

Jonathan Meades on Jargon (BBC Four) | iPlayer

The Battle for Britain’s Heroes (C4) | All 4

Peter Kay’s Car Share (BBC One) | iPlayer

One aspect of King Lear that can always puzzle is this: just why would anyone put up with the petulant old sod in the first place, never mind when he’s in the throes of fast-onset Alzheimer’s disease? His casual, easy charm? No. His unselfish generosity? No in italics. His being king? That’ll be a bit of it, though it still doesn’t wholly explain the fondness, the love even, so felt towards him by, among others, his loyal Fool, his faithful Gloucester.

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Peter Kay's Car Share reaches end of the road

Resisting the drive towards sentimentality, Kay delivers a high achievement in 21st century TV comedy

Three years and 12 TV half-hours ago, supermarket assistant manager John Redmond (Peter Kay) first gave sales rep colleague Kayleigh Kitson (Sian Gibson) a lift to work as part of their company’s carshare scheme. On Monday at 10.29pm, their flirtatious friendship, as stop-start as the Lancashire traffic they negotiate in morning and evening rush hours, was finally resolved in what the BBC1 continuity announcer billled as the “final ever episode” of Peter Kay’s Car Share.

Kay, a proper scholar of TV comedy, knows that the one of the biggest decisions in a sitcom is how far the show departs from the central situation. There’s a tension for viewers in threat that the successful set-up will be jettisoned. With typical sophistication, Kay and co-star Gibson (who have written the series with Paul Coleman and
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2018 BAFTA TV Awards: ‘Peaky Blinders’ in upset over ‘The Crown’ but Vanessa Kirby still pulls off win

2018 BAFTA TV Awards: ‘Peaky Blinders’ in upset over ‘The Crown’ but Vanessa Kirby still pulls off win
The Crown” won only one of its three races at the 2018 BAFTA TV Awards on May 13 when Vanessa Kirby claimed the supporting actress prize for her riveting portrayal of Princess Margaret. While this lavish historical drama had taken home three BAFTAs at last month’s TV Craft Awards, it was bested here for Drama Series by another period piece, “Peaky Blinders.” And although Claire Foy has already collected a Golden Globe and SAG Award for capturing the essence of Queen Elizabeth II, she lost Best Drama Actress to Molly Windsor who won for the docudrama “Three Girls,” which was named Best Miniseries. (See the full list of BAFTA TV Awards winners.)

There is a threshold of six installments to qualify as a drama series at these kudos; the cap is 19, after which a show is deemed to be a continuing drama. Also up for Best Drama Series were the police
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2018 BAFTA TV Awards full list of winners (and nominees too!) [Updating Live]

2018 BAFTA TV Awards full list of winners (and nominees too!) [Updating Live]
The 2018 BAFTA TV Awards programs took place at London’s Festival Hall on Sunday, May 13. “The Great British Bakeoff” presenter Sue Perkins hosted this celebration of the best of British television for the second year running. Scroll down to see the complete list of BAFTA TV Awards winners (and nominees).

As with the Emmys, the British academy divides its TV awards into two parts. The BAFTA TV craft awards which are equivalent to the Creative Arts at the Emmys, were handed out in a ceremony on April 22 that was emceed by Stephen Mangan (“Episodes”). The lavishly produced drama series “The Crown,” which screened on Netflix on both sides of the pond, won three of its seven races at these kudos honoring the best behind-the-scenes artists and professionals.

The Crown,” which chronicles the first years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, also leads the BAFTA TV Awards nominations for the
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2018 BAFTA TV Awards complete list of nominations: Every show and performer in the running

2018 BAFTA TV Awards complete list of nominations: Every show and performer in the running
The BAFTA TV Awards honor programs across a wide range of genres. Winners will be revealed in a ceremony at London’s Festival Hall on Sunday, May 13 with “The Great British Bakeoff” presenter Sue Perkins hosting for the second year running. See the full list of BAFTA TV Awards nominations below and come back to Gold Derby for complete coverage of the ceremony.

See 2018 BAFTA TV Awards full list of winners (and nominees too!) [Updating Live]

The historical drama “The Crown,” which chronicles the first years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, leads the BAFTA TV Awards nominations for the second year in a row with bids for Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actress (Claire Foy) and Best Drama Supporting Actress (Vanessa Kirby). Not surprisingly, this lavishly produced series, which screened on Netflix on both sides of the pond, won three of its seven races at last month’s BAFTA TV
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Car Share Unscripted review: ad-lib show stalls at the lights

Scripted element of Peter Kay and Sian Gibson’s effort far outshines the improvised material

Before Car Share Unscripted (BBC1), Peter Kay briefly appears on screen to introduce the off-the-cuff half-hour programme, describing it as “Sian and myself, doing some improvisation”.

But the best bits of this comedy experiment starring Kay as John, and Sian Gibson as his work colleague Kayleigh, turn out to be the pre-planned elements, often leaving the ad-libbed material stalled at the traffic lights.

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2018 BAFTA TV Craft Awards: Full winners list led by ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Crown,’ ‘Three Girls’

2018 BAFTA TV Craft Awards: Full winners list led by ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Crown,’ ‘Three Girls’
The BAFTA TV Craft Awards honor skills in 19 different categories. Nine of these are devoted to fictional programming, another four to factual, and six are in combined fields. Winners were revealed during a ceremony on Sunday, April 22 hosted by “Episodes” star Stephen Mangan. Nominations for the BAFTA TV Awards were announced on Wednesday, April 4 with that ceremony taking place on Sunday, May 13.

Fiction

Costume Design

The Crown

X – “Game of Thrones

Peaky Blinders

Taboo

Director (Fiction)

Jane Campion, “Top of the Lake: China Girl”

Mackenizie Crook, “Detectorists

Paul Whittington, “Little Boy Blue

X – Phillipa Lowthorpe, “Three Girls

Editing (Fiction)

The Crown

Line of Duty

Peaky Blinders

X – “Three Girls

Makeup And Hair Design

Gunpowder

“The Miniaturist – The Forge”

Peaky Blinders

X – “Taboo

Photography And Lighting (Fiction)

Against the Law

Black Mirror

X – “The Crown

Taboo

Production Design

Black Mirror

The Crown

X – “Game of Thrones

The State

Sound (Fiction)

Black Mirror
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BAFTA TV Craft Award Winners Include ‘Game Of Thrones’ & ‘The Crown’

Updated With Full Winners: Game of Thrones scored its first BAFTAs, winning two awards at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts TV Craft Awards.

HBO’s fantasy drama won in the Costume Design category for Michele Clapton and in the Production Design category for Deborah Riley and Rob Cameron.

Netflix period drama The Crown won in the Sound: Fiction category and director of photography Adriano Goldman received the award for Photography and Lighting: Fiction.

Elsewhere, BBC drama Three Girls, the drama based on true-life events in Rochdale, was the big winner on the night, picking up three awards including Philippa Lowthorpe winning in the Director: Fiction category, Úna Ní Dhonghaíle receiving the BAFTA for Editing: Fiction and Nicole Taylor recognised in the Writer: Drama category.

Game of Thrones and The Crown were joined by Blue Planet II, Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me, and World War One
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2018 BAFTA TV Craft Awards: Behind the scenes at these precursor prizes

2018 BAFTA TV Craft Awards: Behind the scenes at these precursor prizes
Low-key is the phrase which comes to mind when attending the 2018 BAFTA TV Craft Awards on April 22, especially when compared to the BAFTA Film Awards several months back. Low-key, undoubtedly more relaxed but yet, just as classy. It’s also looser, so to speak.

It’s currently 22 degrees Celsius here in a rather sticky in London – that’s roughly 72 Fahrenheit to you guys over in America. And it is not a good day to be wearing a suit. We’re used to complaining about rain, so it’s tricky for us Brits to adjust and complain about heat. But we manage.

Everyone still manages to look glamorous despite the heat, with tonight’s nominees clad in their best frocks, gowns, suits and the occasional kilt. I’ve just seen “Game of Thrones'” Hannah Murray (Gilly) step out of her car in a gold dress and she looks lovely. Gold
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Peter Kay surprises fans with appearance at Car Share screening

Comedian takes to stage at Blackpool Opera House, which was showing finale of hit TV series

Peter Kay has made a rare public appearance at a charity screening of his comedy series Car Share.

The comedian, who cancelled his live tour due to “unforeseen family circumstances” in December, took to the stage at the Blackpool Opera House on Saturday evening.

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Nominations announced for the BAFTA’s British Academy Television Awards

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the nominations for the 2018 BAFTA Television Awards, with the likes of The Crown, Black Mirror, Line of Duty and Three Girls scoring multiple nods.

The Crown and Line of Duty will contest Best Drama alongside Peaky Blinders and The End of the F***ing World, while Three Girls, Howards End, The State and The Moorside are up for Best Miniseries, and Big Little Lies, Feud: Bette and Joan, The Handmaid’s Tale and The Vietnam War are up for Best International Series.

Here’s the full list of nominations…

Drama Series

Line Of Duty Production Team – World Productions / BBC One

Peaky Blinders Production Team – Caryn Mandabach Productions / Tiger Aspect Productions / BBC Two

The Crown Production Team – Left Bank Pictures / Netflix

The End Of The F***Ing World Production Team – Clerkenwell Films / All 4

Leading Actor

Jack Rowan Born to Kill – World
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2018 BAFTA TV Awards nominations: Full list led by ‘Black Mirror,’ ‘Line of Duty,’ The Crown,’ ‘Three Girls’

2018 BAFTA TV Awards nominations: Full list led by ‘Black Mirror,’ ‘Line of Duty,’ The Crown,’ ‘Three Girls’
The BAFTA TV Awards honor programs across a wide range of genres. Winners will be revealed in a ceremony at London’s Festival Hall on Sunday, May 13 with “The Great British Bakeoff” presenter Sue Perkins hosting for the first time. The Craft Awards winners will be announced on Sunday, April 22 at an evening presided over by “Episodes” star Stephen Mangan. (Read the full report on the BAFTA TV Awards nominations here.)

Best Drama Series

The Crown

Line of Duty

Peaky Blinders

“The End of the F***ing World”

Best Mini-series

Howards End

The Moorside

The State

Three Girls

Best Single Drama

Against the Law

Black Mirror (Hang the DJ)”

“King Charles III”

Murdered for Being Different

Best Drama Actor

Sean Bean, “Broken

Joe Cole, “Black Mirror

Tim Pigott-Smith,” King Charles III”

Jack Rowan, “Born to Kill

Best Drama Actress

Claire Foy, “The Crown

Sinead Keenan, “Little Boy Blue

Thandie Newton,
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2018 BAFTA TV Awards nominations: ‘The Crown’ reigns again, ‘Black Mirror’ shines

2018 BAFTA TV Awards nominations: ‘The Crown’ reigns again, ‘Black Mirror’ shines
The historical drama “The Crown,” which chronicles the first years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, led the BAFTA TV Awards nominations for the second year in a row, with three bids including Best Drama Series. SAG and Golden Globe winner Claire Foy reaped a Best Actress nomination for her sensitive portrayal of the young monarch. And Vanessa Kirby contends for her scene-stealing turn as younger sister Princess Margaret. However, Matt Smith was snubbed again for his subdued take on Prince Phillip.

Not surprisingly, this lavishly produced series, which screened on Netflix on both sides of the pond, also reaped seven bids at last month’s nominations for the BAFTA TV craft awards which honor the best behind-the-scenes artists and professionals; these are equivalent to the Creative Arts Awards at the Emmys.

With its 10 episodes, “The Crown” easily crossed the threshold of six installments required to qualify as a
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BAFTA TV Nominations Announced: ‘The Crown’, ‘Black Mirror’ Lead The Way

The 2018 BAFTA TV nominations have been announced in London. Netflix’s prestigious drama The Crown is featured in the main category of Best Drama Series, alongside the BBC’s Peaky Blinders and Line Of Duty, and All 4’s superb The End Of The F***ing World. The Crown was also nominated in various other categories, including Leading Actress for Claire Foy, and Best Supporting Actress for Vanessa Kirby. Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror also managed a nomination in three categories – Leading Actor for Joe Cole in the ‘Hand The DJ’ episode, Supporting Actor for Jimmi Simpson in the ‘USS CAllister ‘episode and Single Drama, also for ‘Hang The DJ’.

Big Little Lies, Feud: Bette and Joan, The Handmaid’s Tale and Ken BurnsThe Vietnam War all came up in the international category.

The 2018 BAFTA TV Awards will be dished out at the Royal Festival Hall in London on May 13th.
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Peter Kay reveals charity screening of new Car Share episodes

Comedian invites fans to roll up for Blackpool show following cancellation of his tour last year

The comedian Peter Kay has announced a charity screening of new episodes of his hit TV show Car Share.

In his first post on Twitter since the comic cancelled a national tour late last year, Kay said that a charity screening of the new episodes would take place early next month in Blackpool.

Related: Peter Kay cancels UK and Ireland tour over 'family circumstances'

Exciting news: A charity screening of new Peter Kay’s Car Share episodes will be held at Blackpool Opera House on Saturday 7th April.

Tickets on sale Saturday at 9am. https://t.co/F1n5Mq82w9https://t.co/0WkRWzEeij pic.twitter.com/gJLqteRQXI

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'The Crown' and 'Taboo' lead Bafta TV Craft nominations

Netflix and BBC1 dramas to face off in four categories.

Netflix’s The Crown and BBC1’s Taboo are to go head-to-head in four categories at this year’s Bafta TV Craft Awards.

Left Bank Pictures’ royal saga will be looking to repeat last year’s success in Costume Design and Special, Visual & Graphics Effects. It will face the Scott Free/Hardy Son & Baker drama in both categories as well as Photography & Lighting: Fiction and Sound: Fiction.

Nominations in full below

The Crown leads the way in this year’s nominations with seven nods compared to Taboo’s six and
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