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23 best and worst Bond theme songs ranked: Which are classics and which need their 00 status revoked?

23 best and worst Bond theme songs ranked: Which are classics and which need their 00 status revoked?
James Bond is finally back in Spectre and, like all Bond films, it boasts a high-profile theme tune from an artist-of-the-moment. But where does Sam Smith sit in the illustrious ranks of Shirley Bassey, Paul McCartney and Rita Coolidge (!)? We've gone back through every single 007 song to find out which ones are earworms and which need their 00 status revoked.

A quick point to note: we've discounted instrumentals so the opening credits pieces from Dr No and On Her Majesty's Secret Service are not on the list.

23. 'Another Way to Die' - Jack White & Alicia Keys (2008)

The first and only duet in the entire Bond theme back catalogue, on paper this sounded great but what emerged was a sludgy, lifeless and unremarkable track that went in one ear and out the other.

22. 'Die Another Day' - Madonna (2002)

Compounding the horror of her on-screen cameo in this stinker of a
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Calling Alan Partridge! Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubank is now a reality

Someone pick up the phone to Alan Partridge, because Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubank has finally happened in real life.

Well, sort of.

Former boxing champion Chris was left baffled earlier this month as Twitter users quizzed him over a famous scene in I'm Alan Partridge where Steve Coogan's hapless broadcaster pitches some downright baffling ideas for TV shows to BBC controller of programmes Tony Hayers.

However, Alan's dream has now become a reality - and it seems like Chris enjoyed his visit to the Yha in Brighton, testing out the bunk beds and the WiFi as well as entertaining the guests.

"My inaugural visit to a youth hostel was enlightening and delightful!" he wrote on Twitter. "Expect the unexpected!"

David Schneider, who played Tony in 'A Room with an Alan', was absolutely delighted by the surprising turn of events.

Behold! It has happened. #DeliberatePartridge

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22 best and worst Bond theme songs ranked: Every single's here, but which are classics and which need their 00 status revoked?

22 best and worst Bond theme songs ranked: Every single's here, but which are classics and which need their 00 status revoked?
According to Spectre director Sam Mendes, we'll soon find out who'll be joining the illustrious ranks of Shirley Bassey, Paul McCartney and Rita Coolidge (!) in belting out a James Bond theme.

To mark the occasion, we've gone back through every single 007 song to find out which ones are earworms and which need their 00 status revoked. A quick point to note: we've discounted instrumentals so the opening credits pieces from Dr No and On Her Majesty's Secret Service are not on the list.

22. 'Another Way to Die' - Jack White & Alicia Keys (2008)

The first and only duet in the entire Bond theme back catalogue, on paper this sounded great but what emerged was a sludgy, lifeless and unremarkable track that went in one ear and out the other.

21. 'Die Another Day' - Madonna (2002)

Compounding the horror of her on-screen cameo in this stinker of a film is Madonna's
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Mel Gibson pranks, historical blunders and Jason Patric: 20 facts about Braveheart

Mel Gibson pranks, historical blunders and Jason Patric: 20 facts about Braveheart
Can you believe it? Mel Gibson's Braveheart premiered 20 years ago today in the Us, fast becoming a box office hit, a multi-Oscar winner and genuine pop culture phenomenon.

To celebrate the '90s classic's big birthday, we dive into Braveheart trivia to find out who nearly took on the role of William Wallace, the role originally earmarked for Sean Connery and which celebs count the Gibson flick among their all-time favourites.

1. Randall Wallace came up with the idea for the film while on holiday in Scotland in 1983. Visiting Edinburgh Castle, he asked a tour guide to tell him the story behind the statues of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. The guide did just that, and the rest is movie history!

2. Terry Gilliam turned down the chance to direct Braveheart after being offered the role while he was working with Gibson on an abandoned film version of A Tale of Two Cities.
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Great TV and film for St George's Day on Netflix

St Patrick's Day gets a lot of love, what with all the pub going and the Guinness drinking. In comparison, England's St George's Day tends to be a much more low-key affair, but there is a benefit to this: an evening free to catch up on some great TV.

To celebrate dragon slaying and all the other things that make our country great, we've put together a list of the best films and television shows from the UK available to watch on Netflix right now:

Sherlock

Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have redefined Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary detective for the 21st century.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have both been heaped with praise for their roles as the dynamic duo of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, in stories that bring a modern twist to the classic mysteries.

Doctor Who

Digital Spy readers hardly need us to list the virtues of Doctor Who.
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13 British comedy stars lured to Hollywood in the 1990s

Hollywood went hunting for lots of British comedy talent in the 1990s - and lured the likes of Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson...

For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.

Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...

Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians

Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with
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Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: Best of the Rest

Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year is always a hotly-contested list - with only 25 spots to allocate, many of our favourites miss out by a whisker.

Here's a smattering of series that almost made the final countdown - these are the best of the rest.

Additional material by Tom Eames

Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 5-1

Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 10-6

Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 15-11

Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 20-16

Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 25-21

The Fall

Though we'd never go so far as to say that familiarity breeds contempt when it comes to The Fall, it is true to say that the second series of Allan Cubitt's crime thriller lacked a little of the impact of the 2013 run.
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Stephen Mangan: "I get 'Dan!' shouted at me almost every day"

Stephen Mangan:
Stephen Mangan has revealed that Alan Partridge fans still regularly yell out "Dan!" to him - despite the sitcom moment being more than ten years old.

Mangan - who has since appeared in Green Wing and Episodes, and voiced the title character in Postman Pat: The Movie - played Dan Moody, a kitchen salesman who tried to lure Partridge into a menage a trois in I'm Alan Partridge.

"I get 'Dan' shouted at me almost every day," Mangan told Digital Spy, adding that festivals are "a dangerous area for me".

"If it gets around the crowd that I'm there, I've had 6,000 people shouting 'Dan' at me. Maybe it will morph into 'Pat'?" he said in reference to his role as Greendale's premiere postman.

Postman Pat: The Movie will open in cinemas on May 23.
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Stephen Mangan: "I get 'Dan!' shouted at me almost every day"

Stephen Mangan has revealed that Alan Partridge fans still regularly yell out "Dan!" to him - despite the sitcom moment being more than ten years old.

Mangan - who has since appeared in Green Wing and Episodes, and voiced the title character in Postman Pat: The Movie - played Dan Moody, a kitchen salesman who tried to lure Partridge into a menage a trois in I'm Alan Partridge.

"I get 'Dan' shouted at me almost every day," Mangan told Digital Spy, adding that festivals are "a dangerous area for me".

"If it gets around the crowd that I'm there, I've had 6,000 people shouting 'Dan' at me. Maybe it will morph into 'Pat'?" he said in reference to his role as Greendale's premiere postman.

Postman Pat: The Movie will open in cinemas on May 23.
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Q&A: Stephen Mangan

'My greatest fear? Being trapped in a lift with Donald Trump'

Stephen Mangan, 41, was born in London. He studied law at Cambridge, then went to Rada. In 2001, he played Adrian Mole in a BBC adaptation of The Cappuccino Years, and went on to appear in Green Wing, I'm Alan Partridge, Dirk Gently and Episodes, a new series of which has just started on BBC2. In 2009, he was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in The Norman Conquests on Broadway, and he recently starred as Bertie Wooster in the West End production Perfect Nonsense. His films include Billy Elliot, Confetti and Rush, and he voices the title role in Postman Pat: The Movie, which opens on 23 May. He lives in London with his wife, the actor Louise Delamere, and their two sons.

Continue reading...
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The Office, Top Gear and more: BBC Two's Greatest Ever Shows

BBC Two is 50 - the British Broadcasting Corporation's second eldest child hits the half-century mark today - Sunday, April 20.

Picking out the greatest shows from five decades of broadcasting seems like a near-impossible task, but never say that Digital Spy is easily cowed. These are - in our humble opinion - the channel's finest ever offerings.

BBC Two is 50: The Hour, Bottom and more shows to bring back

The rules are as follows: shows like Red Dwarf that originated on BBC Two are eligible, but shows better associated with another channel are not - say Top of the Pops, which aired on BBC One for the majority of its run but shifted to the sister channel for its final episodes.

Oh, and we're talking only original commissions - so no Us imports either. But even that barely narrows it down, so if you think there are any glaring omissions,
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Robot Wars was the start of the weekend! DS readers' BBC Two memories

BBC Two celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend and we've been asking our readers for their fondest memories and favourite ever shows from the channel.

Here is just a small sample of your replies.

The Day Today - Snossis

"No one's mentioned The Day Today! Groundbreaking stuff! Also, I'm Alan Partridge was probably the best sitcom of the 90s."

Robot Wars was the start of the weekend! - Bassebuwa

"Everyone born in the late 80s/early 90s will remember having their tea in front of The Simpsons, Fresh Prince and - to mark the start of the weekend - Robot Wars. BBC Two used to be incredible. It's a shame it's now a shadow of its former self."

Bring back Red Dwarf! - Pointy

"Red Dwarf and The Mary Whitehouse Experience meant a lot to the 11-year-old me. Thank you, BBC Two."

I miss BBC Ceefax - Kessuki

"Buffy The Vampire Slayer,
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Alan Partridge: Coogan's Comic Brit Ass Beats Our Stateside Variety

Alan Partridge: Coogan's Comic Brit Ass Beats Our Stateside Variety
Any Yanks concerned that the Brits outclass us may find relief in Alan Partridge, an import comedy that at first seems to stand as evidence of some over-there comic superiority. Compared to our broad Ron Burgundys, Steve Coogan's local broadcast ass Alan Partridge stands as sharp, incisive parody, a desperate, thin-skinned, self-involved, utterly detestable radio host who specializes in forgettable on-air palaver — and who, once the microphone is off, leaves a trail of smarm after him like a slug's slick. The character's well-pitched awfulness is exemplified in this killer joke from the BBC's I'm Alan Partridge: Every story he tells in his low-selling memoir ends with, "Needless to say, I had the last laugh."

A miserable medium between Will Ferrell's Burgu...
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Exclusive: Steve Coogan is 'Alan Partridge' in Poster for British Comedy

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Exclusive: Steve Coogan is 'Alan Partridge' in Poster for British Comedy
The chronicles of Alan Partridge, the local radio DJ and one-time talk show host, are culminating on the big screen. After over 20 years parading through BBC Radio 4's "On the Hour," the "I'm Alan Partridge" show, and numerous spoof interviews, Steve Coogan's popular character has landed in a feature film. And according to the tagline, someone is trying to kill him. Magnolia Pictures acquired the North American rights to the film last August (read more here). The film premiered in North America at the 2013 New York Film Festival, a month after it was released in the UK. It is set for Us theatrical release on April 4, 2014. Here's the official synopsis below: Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) has had many ups and downs in his life. National television broadcaster. Responsible for killing a guest on live TV. Local radio broadcaster. A nervous breakdown in Dundee. His self-published book, 'Bouncing Back', subsequently remaindered and pulped.
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Gavin and Stacey may return as a film, says co-creator and star Ruth Jones

Hit sitcom could follow Alan Partridge into cinemas as Jones, aka Nessa, hints at show's return after four-year hiatus

BBC sitcom Gavin and Stacey could become the latest television series to be made into a film, according to co-creator and star Ruth Jones.

The Welsh actor, who created the series with co-star James Corden, hinted in an interview with the Radio Times that the show deserved to be brought back after a four-year hiatus. Gavin and Stacey's last episode screened in 2010 following a two-and-a-half-year run for the series on BBC3, BBC2 and BBC1, but Jones said she hoped to work with Corden again.

"We haven't any concrete plans but we will at some stage," she said. "It might be a Gavin and Stacey special or it might be a film ..."

Gavin and Stacey follows the long-distance relationship of its two title characters, played by Mathew Horne and Joanna Page. It
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Flickering Myth's Top Ten Movies of 2013

With 2013 coming to an end in just a few short hours, it's that time of year where the the team here at Flickering Myth to reveal our picks for the very best cinematic offerings of the past twelve months.

As usual, the writing team here have put together individual lists of their personal favourites, which we've used to compile our overall selection for the Top Ten Movies of 2013. However, unlike previous years, we've made a slight change this time around; with most of our writers being UK based, we've always used UK release dates as the basis for our list, meaning that films from the previous calendar year have often made the cut.

This is something we've debated at length, and this time around our we've decided to go with UK release dates once again, but omitting 2012 movies from the final top ten (although you can see how that list
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On my radar: Jack Huston's cultural highlights

The actor on his enduring love for Guns N' Roses, the brilliance of The Wire, and the appeal of artist Eric Roux-Fontaine

Jack Huston, 30, is the grandson of the Hollywood film director John Huston and nephew to actors Anjelica and Danny Huston. He is best known for his role as Richard Harrow, a disfigured war veteran turned assassin, in the HBO Prohibition drama Boardwalk Empire. Huston was born in London in 1982, the son of Lady Margot Lavinia Cholmondeley and Walter Anthony (Tony) Huston. He decided he wanted to be an actor at the age of six after playing the lead role in a school production of Peter Pan. He began to get major film roles in his early 20s and has since appeared in 19 films and almost every episode of Boardwalk Empire's four seasons. He can currently be seen in Strangers on a Train by Craig Warner. Directed by
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On my radar: Jack Huston's cultural highlights

The actor on his enduring love for Guns N' Roses, the brilliance of The Wire, and the appeal of artist Eric Roux-Fontaine

Jack Huston, 30, is the grandson of the Hollywood film director John Huston and nephew to actors Anjelica and Danny Huston. He is best known for his role as Richard Harrow, a disfigured war veteran turned assassin, in the HBO Prohibition drama Boardwalk Empire. Huston was born in London in 1982, the son of Lady Margot Lavinia Cholmondeley and Walter Anthony (Tony) Huston. He decided he wanted to be an actor at the age of six after playing the lead role in a school production of Peter Pan. He began to get major film roles in his early 20s and has since appeared in 19 films and almost every episode of Boardwalk Empire's four seasons. He can currently be seen in Strangers on a Train by Craig Warner. Directed by
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Alan Partridge interview: On surviving sieges and '50 Shades of Grey'

Norwich found itself at the centre of media attention earlier this summer when local DJ Pat Farrell took employees of radio station Shape (formerly North Norfolk Digital) hostage for a tense siege that drew in former BBC chatshow host Alan Partridge.

As his exploits come to DVD and Blu-ray in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Digital Spy asked the man himself about his hectic danger day, his current taste in music and how - as the writer of autobiography I, Partridge - he feels about the literary success of a certain El James...

Did the events of Alpha Papa change your perspective on life?

"Not particularly. My colleague Pat Farrell held up a radio station, but I already knew that within every Irishman lies the potential to go loco with a firearm. That's just how they are.

"I was also pretty cool with the risk of death. I've had a good career,
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Alan Partridge interview: On surviving sieges and '50 Shades of Grey'

Norwich found itself at the centre of media attention earlier this summer when local DJ Pat Farrell took employees of radio station Shape (formerly North Norfolk Digital) hostage for a tense siege that drew in former BBC chatshow host Alan Partridge.

As his exploits come to DVD and Blu-ray in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Digital Spy asked the man himself about his hectic danger day, his current taste in music and how - as the writer of autobiography I, Partridge - he feels about the literary success of a certain El James...

Did the events of Alpha Papa change your perspective on life?

"Not particularly. My colleague Pat Farrell held up a radio station, but I already knew that within every Irishman lies the potential to go loco with a firearm. That's just how they are.

"I was also pretty cool with the risk of death. I've had a good career,
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