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UK film and TV: ‘Expect lots of dramas in space or under the sea’

UK film and TV: ‘Expect lots of dramas in space or under the sea’

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Big changes to working practices in the UK film and TV industry will soon be reflected on our screens, say a leading producer, screenwriter, and union leader.Emmerdale; one of the popular shows which has been stalled since March due to the Covid-19 pandemic, started its "phased return to filming" this week, adhering to strict new social distancing guidelines on episodes showing characters dealing with lockdown.The new era will pose great "challenges", according to Pact union boss John McVay, but he's backing his colleagues to "creatively rise" to them, and continue to be "ambitious" and "innovative" in their approach."We will have to creatively change what we're doing," says McVay, whose organisation represents 550 independent TV...
Piers Morgan’s lockdown behaviour ‘irresponsible and disgusting’, Lord Sugar says

Piers Morgan’s lockdown behaviour ‘irresponsible and disgusting’, Lord Sugar says

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Lord Alan Sugar has accused Piers Morgan of "scaremongering" during the coronavirus pandemic, calling his behaviour "disgusting".Speaking to Sarah-Jane Mee on her new Sky News podcast In This Together, The Apprentice star said: "He's just gone completely over the top and in the early stages of [the COVID-19 pandemic] scaremongering, and his constant hammering of the government is absolutely irresponsible and disgusting to be honest." Image: Lord Sugar appeared on Piers Morgan's Life Stories When asked by Mee whether their friendship was beyond repair, Lord Sugar said: "I basically don't care really, to be perfectly frank. I think he's enjoyed it, enjoyed trying to make a name for himself."When this is all over who knows. Do I care? N...
Tony Slattery ‘moved’ by reaction to documentary

Tony Slattery ‘moved’ by reaction to documentary

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Comedian Tony Slattery has said he's been "genuinely moved" by the reaction to the documentary about his battles with depression and drug addiction.What's the Matter with Tony Slattery?, on BBC Two's Horizon on Thursday, was broadcast following a revealing article in The Guardian in 2019.The programme followed the Whose Line Is It Anyway? star as he attempted to connect the dots between his undiagnosed bipolar tendencies, drug and alcohol use, and the abuse he suffered as a child by a priest."I'm genuinely moved by all your messages of love, kindness, & support," he wrote on Twitter on Friday, paying special homage to his long-time partner Mark - "the love of my life".Slattery was an improvisational stand-up comedy TV star of the 80s and 90s, but with...
Tenet: Trailer for Christopher Nolan film arrives minus release date

Tenet: Trailer for Christopher Nolan film arrives minus release date

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A second trailer for Christopher Nolan's mysterious new film Tenet has been released, giving more clues about its complex time travel narrative.Unlike the teaser trailer released in December, however, the new promo does not end with confirmation of the film's scheduled 17 July release date.The trailer instead merely states it will be "coming to theaters" [sic].The three-minute trailer was launched on popular video game Fortnite before being made available elsewhere.Cinemas around the world are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and it is unclear when they will reopen.Earlier this month the CEO of the Vue chain expressed hopes it will be able to reopen its cinemas in July. Vue Cinemas hoping for mid-July reopening Vue sets out...
Harry Potter first edition found in skip sells for £33,000

Harry Potter first edition found in skip sells for £33,000

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A first edition Harry Potter book has sold for £33,000 at auction - after being found in a skip.The rare hardback copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was salvaged from the skip at a Buckinghamshire school, and was sold with four other novels from the series that were also discovered dumped. Two Philosopher's Stone paperback first editions went for £3,400 and £3,000 respectively.And first edition copies of the Chamber of Secrets and the Prisoner of Azkaban made £360. Image: The second and third books in the series also sold in the auction. Pic: Hansons Due to coronavirus restrictions, bidders took part in the international auction by phone and online.