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Tonight's terrestrial telly tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 21/09/2009 - 09:32

As a nation we have a reputation for producing "great British eccentrics", but nutters come from elsewhere too. Dutchman Wim Hof is one such - the kind of bloke you look at and think, "mad! Just barking!" I'm sure he's a lovely person but he's the star of Channel 4's Daredevils tonight (9pm) and the subtitle, The Ice Man, is a bit of a giveaway as to his nuttiness. For Hof decided last March to run a marathon 200 miles inside the Arctic Circle. So? What's so nutty about that? Only the fact that Hof did it wearing sandals and shorts, and went shirtless to up the ante a tad. This film is about Hof's preparation and

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Rage: The world's first interactive multi-venue film premiere

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 20/09/2009 - 15:45

Rage Premiere

By Vicky Seymour-Hunt

The world's first completely interactive and multi-venue film premiere will take place across the UK and Europe on Thursday, September 24. Sally Potter's new film, Rage, will be broadcast live via satellite from London's BFI Southbank to up to 30 different digitally-equipped venues, in an unusual one-night-only screening.

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Tonight's terrestrial telly tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 20/09/2009 - 08:43

The most engaging prospect in the schedules this evening is Kevin McCloud's Grand Tour (Channel 4, 9pm). In the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, our young aristocracy would embark on the "grand tour" of Europe before returning home to a lifetime of running their stately homes, our nation and the empire. Here, the design pundit follows in their footsteps to find out exactly what they got up to when unleashed in the great cities across the channel (clue: it wasn't all learning about art and languages, it involved a lot of sex and drugs and their equivalent of rock 'n' roll). This looks to be both educational and entertaining. The four-parter begins tonight in Paris as McCloud traces the trip made by architect Inigo Jones.

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Tonight's terrestrial telly tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sat, 19/09/2009 - 08:12

Blow the trumpets and send in the jousting knights! For by Camelot, Merlin is back on BBC1 tonight at 6.40pm. Setting aside the very splendidness and all-round brilliance of Doctor Who, Merlin is simply the best family viewing to have graced early Saturday night screens in yonks. Yes, it's all daft fantasy that bears little resemblance to the meagre known truth of Arthur's court, but it's incredibly well-made daft fantasy. It's well scripted, the fabulous CGI comes from The Mill (which does Who and Torchwood), it'll scare your kids the right amount in all the right places and

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WIN one of 5 double passes to The Crimson Wing screening plus Q&A

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 18/09/2009 - 21:19

To celebrate the release of Disneynature’s first film, The Crimson Wing, Screenjabber is giving five lucky people the chance win a pair of tickets to a screening of the film followed by a Q&A with co-directors, Matt Aeberhard and Leander Ward.

This exclusive screening of The Crimson Wing will take place at London's Cineworld Haymarket on Monday September 21 at 6:30pm. Doors will open at 6pm.

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News: Waveriders bags top surf award

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 18/09/2009 - 11:59

Irish surf film Waveriders bagged the Best Documentary Prize at the 37th Annual Surfer Poll and Video Awards held in California on Wednesday (September 15).

Directed by Joel Conroy and narrated by Cillian Murphy, the film charts the story of legendary Irish-Hawaiian lifeguarding pioneer George Freeth, the man credited as the "father of modern surfing", who was responsible for the rebirth of the Hawaiian Sport of Kings in the early 20th century and for introducing surfing to the sunny shores of California.

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Film Industry News Bites

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 18/09/2009 - 07:36

Damon feeling lucky to be working with Eastwood
Matt Damon
has signed to star in Clint Eastwood's latest producing/directing project, Hereafter. It marks a move for Eastwood into the supernatural thriller territory, and is being described as being in a similar tone to Sixth Sense. Shooting will begin this Autumn. More at Variety.

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Tonight's terrestrial telly tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 18/09/2009 - 07:09

Music fans are in for several treats this evening. BBC4 has devoted its entire output to music, starting 7.30pm with the Leeds International Piano Competition. Folk music is having a major revival right now - a new series of Transatlantic Sessions at 8.30pm showcases the legendary James Taylor plus Aly Bain, Dan Tyminski and more. At 9pm, How A Choir Works unveils the workings of singing together. Then it's back to the Scottish season for Caledonia Dreamin' at 10pm, a look at the iconic post-punk pop label that was Postcard Records, followed by Home Again, the truly inspiring story of how Edwyn Collins reclaimed his life and music following two devastating brain haemorrhages.

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E20-20 Vision

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 17/09/2009 - 09:31

Walford goes live

Diederick Santer, Eastenders' executive producer, has announced that the soap's 25th anniversary in February 2010 will be marked with a live episode.

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Tonight's terrestrial telly tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 17/09/2009 - 08:13

The Scottish season continues apace on BBC4 and tonight's hot pick is not only Scottish but also is about film. Scotland on Screen is presented by home-grown film star Alan Cumming, who takes us on a tour of a huge range of locations used for shooting movies in the land of tartan. There's the inevitable appearance by Bill Forsyth but watch out too for other giants of Scottish film popping up to chat about the places that had a starring role. Films include The Wicker Man, Trainspotting, Braveheart and Rob Roy (with a comparison of the two) and more. It's a shame the film that follows is Gregory's Girl - charming as it is, it's trotted out too often as the epitome of Scottish cinema and it would have been nice to see a more imaginative choice to follow the documentary.

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