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

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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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‘Law & Order: Svu’s Christopher Meloni & Supermodel Jourdan Dunn To Star In E4 Comedy ‘Maxxx’

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‘Law & Order: Svu’s Christopher Meloni & Supermodel Jourdan Dunn To Star In E4 Comedy ‘Maxxx’
Law & Order: Svu star Christopher Meloni and supermodel Jourdan Dunn have joined Channel 4 comedy Maxxx.

The six-part series, written, directed and starring The Handmaid’s Tale’s O-t Fagbenle, centers around a formerly famous boyband star, played by Fagbenle, who tries to make his music comeback in a bid to win back his famous supermodel ex-girlfriend, played by Dunn, and prove to the world that he isn’t a washed-up old has-been.

To get his career back on track Maxxx enlists the help of his cousin/superfan/stalker Rose, played by Raised by Wolves’ Helen Monks and tries to convince his former manager Don Wild, played by Meloni to take him back but he has other ideas and recruits the help of wannabe manager Tamzin, played by Harlots’ Pippa Bennett-Warner. Phone Shop’s Javone Prince plays former bandmate Lucky.

Maxxx is produced by Luti Media, founded by Fagbenle’s younger brother Luti.
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‘The Crown’s Anna Chancellor & ‘Black Mirror’s Daniel Rigby Join Second Season Of British Comedy ‘Timewasters’

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‘The Crown’s Anna Chancellor & ‘Black Mirror’s Daniel Rigby Join Second Season Of British Comedy ‘Timewasters’
The Crown’s Anna Chancellor and Black Mirror’s Daniel Rigby have joined the second season of British comedy Timewasters after ITV2 recommissioned the series.

Chancellor, who played Lady Rosse in the Netflix royal drama and also recently starred in Trust, and Rigby, who starred in Black Mirror episode The Waldo Moment, are joined in the six-part series by Javone Prince (PhoneShop) and Ellie White (The Windsors).

BAFTA-nominated comedy Timewasters, which is produced by Friday Night Dinner producer Big Talk Productions, follows a group of Londoners who are transported back to the 1950s to play in a jazz band. Original cast members including Daniel Lawrence Taylor, Kadiff Kirwan, Adelayo Adedayo and Samson Kayo.

The second season follows the band as they start a jazz club. Nick discovers that his one true love from the 1920s is alive and well and has a 32 year old son, Lauren is on a roll
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Bafta names 18 UK writers from under-represented groups on Elevate programme

Last year’s inaugural scheme supported female directors.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) has named 18 UK writers to receive support through its Elevate campaign.

Participants include Rachel De-Lahay, co-writer of Channel 4 series Kiri, who is writing an episode of The Eddy for Netflix with Jack Thorne, to be directed by Damien Chazelle.

Also selected is Smita Bhide, whose previous work includes writing and directing The Blue Tower, winner of best UK feature at Raindance film festival in 2008.

The 18 names were chosen by a panel of industry experts from almost 200 applicants. They will receive networking opportunities,
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BAFTA Under-Represented Writers Scheme, Irish Film & TV Plan, Ifta Execs Renewed — Global Briefs

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has revealed the names of the 18 writers it will be supporting for the next 12 months through BAFTA Elevate, a program that aims to back individuals from under-represented groups to the next stage of their career. They will benefit from networking opportunities, introductions, mentoring, tailored panel discussions, masterclasses and workshops to help them achieve their career goals. They are:

* Bisha Ali

* Clare McQuillan

* Dominique Moloney

* Emma Reeves

* Faryal Velmi

* Grace Ofori-Attah

* Janice Okoh

* Javone Prince

* Karissa Hamilton-Bannis

* Lisa Hammond & Rachael Spence

* Rachel De-Lahay

* Sarah Farinha

* Sian Harries

* Smita Bhide

* Suhayla El-Bashra

* Tahsin Guner

* Tyrell Williams

The Irish government has published an Audiovisual Action Plan carried out by independent consultants which will act as a guide to help boost Ireland’s film, TV and animation sectors. The plan calls for a potential extension of Ireland’s Section 481 tax relief, as well as increasing the expenditure ceiling,
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Tom Hardy to get Sticky with new BBC adult animated comedy series

According to THR, Tom Hardy has joined the voice cast of the adult animated comedy pilot Sticky, where he’ll feature alongside Kayvan Novak (Four Lions, Fonejacker), Charlotte Riley (Edge of Tomorrow, Peaky Blinders) and Javone Prince (Phoneshop, The Javone Prince Show) – along with “guest appearances” from Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

Sticky follows “four best friends who attend a college in the fictitious London borough of Shatford. When the internet suddenly disappears, the world is thrown into chaos. Can the friends cope offline? Who would kidnap the web, and why? How long do we really expect the planet to survive without internet porn? Only the gang can solve these questions as they embark on a thrilling rescue mission to infiltrate the headquarters of the mysterious perpetrators of this heinous web-based crime.”

Sticky is being produced by Too Tall Productions for the digital channel BBC Three.
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Sticky: Tom Hardy cast in BBC's new animated show

Kirsten Howard Jul 27, 2017

Taboo and Peaky Blinders star Tom Hardy is set to lend his voice to a brand new animated show for the BBC...

The BBC are throwing some money into a bunch of new comedy shows for the various channels in their stable, and one of them is an animated series called Sticky.

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Voicing the main characters will be Tom Hardy and his real life wife Charlotte Riley - who have also appeared together in Peaky Blinders - along with Javone Prince (PhoneShop) and Kayvan Novak (Four Lions). They'll play four best mates who go to college in the fictional town of Shatford and vow to get to the bottom of why the internet has suddenly disappeared.

Here's a promotional pic from the BBC...

“Although based in reality, the freedom that animation brings allows Sticky to present an unlimited
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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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Filming begins on Hank Zipzer Christmas Special

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Filming has begun in Dewsbury, Yorkshire this week on a feature length Christmas special of Cbbc’s popular series Hank Zipzer.The 90-minute film 'Hank Zipzer’s Christmas Catastrophe' joins Hank (played by Nick James) in the run up to Christmas as he prepares for a new baby brother. But Hank’s life never runs smoothly and soon Miss Adolf (played by Felicity Montagu) is turning Mr Rock’s Rudolph the Rock’n’Roll Reindeer into a one-woman Christmas Carol – two school inspectors are getting injured in a bizarre sleighing accident and Mr Joy (played by Javone Prince) is trying to cancel Christmas altogether. In his attempt to drag triumph from the glittering jaws of doom, Hank will ice skate into disaster, nearly crash a Christmas tree into a crowd, get himself and his best friends arrested, get his favourite teacher sacked and lose the love of his life.
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Full list of winners from the BAFTA TV Awards 2016

The BAFTA Television Awards took place in London last night, with Wolf Hall taking home two honours in Best Drama Series and Best Leading Actor (Mark Rylance). This Is England ’90 also scooped two awards in Best Miniseries and Best Supporting Actress (Chanel Cresswell), while there were also wins for Don’t Take My Baby (Best Single Drama), Transparent (Best International Series), EastEnders (Best Soap), Suranne Jones (Best Leading Actress, Doctor Foster) and Tom Courtenay (Best Supporting Actor, Unforgotten). Check out a full list of the winners here, highlighted in red…

Leading actor

Idris Elba, Luther

Stephen Graham, This is England ’90

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Ben Whishaw, London Spy

Leading actress

Claire Foy, Wolf Hall

Suranne Jones, Doctor Foster

Ruth Madeley, Don’t Take My Baby

Sheridan Smith, The C-Word

Supporting actor

Tom Courtenay, Unforgotten

Anton Lesser, Wolf Hall

Ian McKellen, The Dresser

Cyril Nri, Cucumber

Supporting actress

Chanel Cresswell, This is England ’90

Michelle Gomez,
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Full list of nominations for the BAFTA TV Awards 2016

BAFTA has today announced the nominations for the 2016 BAFTA TV Awards, with the BBC’s Wolf Hall leading the field with four nods, followed by Peter Kay’s Car Share and Shane Meadows’ This Is England ’90 with three apiece. Check out a full list of the nominations here…

Leading actor

Idris Elba, Luther

Stephen Graham, This is England ’90

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Ben Whishaw, London Spy

Leading actress

Claire Foy, Wolf Hall

Suranne Jones, Doctor Foster

Ruth Madeley, Don’t Take My Baby

Sheridan Smith, The C-Word

Supporting actor

Tom Courtenay, Unforgotten

Anton Lesser, Wolf Hall

Ian McKellen, The Dresser

Cyril Nri, Cucumber

Supporting actress

Chanel Cresswell, This is England ’90

Michelle Gomez, Doctor Who

Lesley Manville, River

Eleanor Worthington-Cox, The Enfield Haunting

Entertainment performance

Leigh Francis, Celebrity Juice

Stephen Fry, Qi

Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show

Romesh Ranganathan, Asian Provocateur

Male performance in a comedy programme

Hugh Bonneville, W1A

Toby Jones,
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Russell T Davies’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream: cast announced

Bernard Cribbins! Matt Lucas! Maxine Peake! The BBC has announced an impressive cast for Russell T Davies’ Midsummer Night’s Dream…

Russell T Davies is returning to the BBC’s Doctor Who base in Cardiff. But he’ll be dabbling in Shakespeare, not spaceships. The cast for his new version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been announced.

For Who fans, the most exciting news is a reunion between Russell T Davies and Bernard Cribbins, who will play Tom Snout, an amateur performer who memorably portrays a wall in a play within the play. Let's hope Cribbins isn't bricking it, eh?

Elsewhere in the cast, you’ve got Maxine Peake as Titania, Matt Lucas as Bottom, and John Hannah as Theseus. Eleanor Matsuura of Spooks will play Hippolyta and Hiran Abeysekera (seen in Lion In The Tent) will portray Puck.

Cucumber alum Fisayo Akinade has been cast as Flute,
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9 reasons why you must watch Katie Hopkins' new TV show

1. Um... Hang on. We can't think of any.

2. We're sure there was a reason to watch Katie Hopkins' new TV show.

3. Nope. It's gone. Meanwhile, here's a funny video of a primitive creature peeing in its own mouth for attention. No idea what made us think of that.

4. Where were we? Oh yes! The reason to watch Katie Hopkins' appalling attempt at making TV. No, it's gone again. Sorry.

5. She really is annoying, right? In fact, we're not even going to mention when the show is on or what channel it's on. We're with Lord Sugar on this one.

6. You should however make sure to watch the The Javone Prince Show at 10pm on BBC 2 tonight. It's absolutely hilarious.

7. Or you could watch Person of Interest at 10pm on Channel 5. It's excellent. A real gripper. And the last ever episode of Glee is also on at 10pm on
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Cracking jokes and the Candy Dance: have you been watching The Javone Prince Show?

This new comedy sketch show offers parodies, cringe-inducing moments about matters of race in middle England – and the opportunity to dance to Cameo

Amid the dearth of minority-led entertainment in the UK, this new sketch show on BBC2 starring Javone Prince (Aka Jerwayne from cult E4 comedy Phoneshop, and also an alumnus of Little Miss Jocelyn, the black-led sketch show which ended in 2008) is an exciting proposition. With energy and just the right amount of chutzpah, he enthrals a crowd at London’s Rivoli Ballroom with anecdotes and guests, segueing into slick, pre-filmed sketches.

It’s a platform not only for Prince, but for the show’s other regular black cast members, Samson Kayo, Jason Barnett, Akemnji Ndifornyen and Ann Akin. As well as a diverse cast, black voices were a crucial part of the writers’ room: the show’s creator, Phil Bowker (who also masterminded Phoneshop) enlisted Prince, Kayo,
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Henry Winkler's Hank Zipzer is returning for a second series on Cbbc

Hank Zipzer will be back for a second series of episodes on Cbbc in August, and a third series has already been commissioned.

The show is based on the New York Times best-selling book series Hank Zipzer: The World's Greatest Underachiever, which is co-written by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver.

It follows the adventures of 14-year-old Hank Zipzer, who has dyslexia and looks at the world differently to other people, causing problems with his school teachers Mr Love (Nick Mohammed) and Miss Adolf (Felicity Montagu), as well as his parents Rosa (Juliet Cowan) and Stan (Neil Fitzmaurice).

Winkler co-stars as music teacher Mr Rock, who understands and supports Hank.

Series two will see the arrival of new headteacher Mr Joy, played by Phone Shop's Javone Prince.

Hank Zipzer returns to Cbbc in August with a 13-episode run of 30-minute shows.
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Javone Prince: ‘It’s lovely to make people belly laugh’

The PhoneShop star hopes to shake up primetime with a new BBC 2 sketch show about young black Britain

When we were writing this show, we were sitting around talking about experiences we had as young black men growing up,” Javone Prince tells the audience in one of the studio segments of his new BBC2 sketch show. “And believe me when I tell you: everyone in the room had the next thing happen to them.” The sketch that follows sees a preternaturally cringeworthy white man and woman approach a pair of black friends at a house party to ask them – on the basis of nothing at all, apart from the colour of their skin – if they can supply them with drugs. “Hands up if that’s ever happened to you,” says Javone afterwards, back in the studio. “Almost all the men in the room,” he observes.

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - The Outcast, Humans

The Outcast: BBC One, 9pm

It's the concluding part of the two-part drama adapted from Sadie Jones's novel of the same name.

After serving his time in prison, Lewis (George MacKay) is returning home a changed man. While he tries his best to make amends, the residents aren't too pleased to see him return.

Humans: Channel 4, 9pm

Wait it's Sunday again? That can only mean one thing - another episode of the human and synth drama.

After last week's events, Joe (Tom Goodman-Hill) is in exile and Laura (Katherine Parkinson) decides to come clean with her children, with consequences for Anita (Gemma Chan). Meanwhile, a betrayal leads to the ultimate sacrifice.

Marvel's Agent Carter: Fox UK, 9pm

The second episode has Peggy back doing what she does best, being a spy.

Peggy (Hayley Atwell) must recover Howard Stark's (Dominic Cooper) deadliest weapon from enemy territory in a race against time,
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E4's PhoneShop could still return for a special: "Never say never"

If you were a fan of E4's PhoneShop, the good news is that the show might not be done quite yet.

Launching with a pilot episode on Channel 4 in 2009, three series of the sitcom aired on E4 between 2010 and 2013.

Series creator Phil Bowker described the experience of working on PhoneShop as "fantastic" and refused to rule out a possible return.

"It would take me six months to write it, and then it would take six months to make it - so it leaves very little time for anything else," he told Digital Spy.

"But we'd never say never because it was such great fun. We might revisit PhoneShop and see what became of the characters."

Bowker has re-teamed with one of the show's stars, Javone Prince, for new BBC Two sketch comedy series The Javone Prince Show.

"Maybe we'll do a PhoneShop special - who knows?" Prince said.
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Javone Prince: The sketch show is not dead

Javone Prince is looking to bring back the sketch show with a vengeance, with his new BBC Two vehicle The Javone Prince Show.

PhoneShop star Prince has re-teamed with that show's creator - writer Phil Bowker - for his new series, which blends sketches with stand-up and musical performances.

"There's been a lot of talk over the last few years about the sketch show being dead," Bowker says. "I don't think it's dead at all.

"I think we got to a point where sketch shows got a little bit cool and ironic, and almost forgot to be funny - and so this was a deliberate attempt to roll back to those days when Javone and I used to watch Morecambe and Wise and Dave Allen.

"With all of those things, what was at the heart of those shows was the personality of the host."

Prince agrees: "You know, when you see Morecambe and Wise,
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Cannes: Shoreline to sell 'AmStarDam'

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Cannes: Shoreline to sell 'AmStarDam'
Exclusive: Stoner comedy marks the debut feature of the Lennox Brothers with a cast including Alice Lowe and Billy Boyd.

La-based Shoreline Entertainment has acquired world sales rights to UK comedy AmStarDam and will begin sales at the Cannes Marché next week.

The film, in post-production, marks the feature debut of the writer/directors the Lennox Brothers and was shot at London’s 3 Mills studios and Amsterdam.

Combining classic fairytales with the wild side of Amsterdam,the fantasy-comedy is billed as a coming-of-age adventure with a twist.

Jonathan Readwin stars as a young man who arrives the Netherlands capital in search of his father, played by Sean Power. Through a momentary magical encounter he discovers the secret weapon that could turn around their ailing marijuana coffee shop.

Producer Zorana Piggott said Shoreline shared its “passion and excitement for this wonderfully crazy film”.

The cast also includes Lord of the Rings’ Billy Boyd, Sightseers’ [link
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