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Win a copy of A Hard Day's Night on Blu-ray

Posted by Competitions | Sun, 20/07/2014 - 14:41

In 1964, the biggest band on the planet made their big screen debut with A Hard Day's Night, a groundbreaking film that presented a typical day in the life of The Fab Four as they tried to outrun screaming fans, find Paul's mischievous grandfather, deal with a stressed TV producer and make it to the show on time.

To mark the home entertainment release of the 50th Anniversary Restored Edition of A Hard Day's Night, and thanks to Second Sight, we have TWO copies on Blu-ray to give away.

A quasi-verité document of The Beatles at the height of Beatlemania, A Hard Day's Night is the unlikeliest of triumphs. The fact that director Richard Lester makes the disparate elements work is tantamount to a cinematic miracle. The odds were aligned against him; a pop group who hadn't acted, an overbearing manager and an almost entirely plotless narrative. Indeed, the film is a rare instance of the stars perfectly aligning; a form of artistic alchemy predicated on the director's broad still set and his mainline into the zeitgeist of the Swinging Sixties.

A Hard Day’s Night follows a ‘typical’ day in the life of the Fab Four as they try to make it to their big show. As the title track roles we see John, Paul, George and Ringo mobbed by a group of fervent  fans as they catch a train to London along with their manager Norm (Norman Rossington), his assistant Shake (John Junkin) and Paul’s troublesome Grandfather (Wilfred Bramble).  A series of hilarious escapades follow, with Grandfather bribing a butler for his clothes to go to a casino, Ringo leaving the band to go solo and ending up in a police station and John’s disagreements with a disgruntled TV producer (Victor Spinetti). Will the boy’s make it in time for their big concert?

As part of its 50th Anniversary, the film has been given a 4k digital restoration approved by Lester, with newly created stereo and 5.1 surround mixes.

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That's Showbiz! With Jenny

Posted by Jenny Priestley | Sun, 20/07/2014 - 13:54

By Jenny Priestley

Could Neil Patrick Harris be joining the cast of American Horror Story: Freak Show? Well it seems possible after NPH revealed he would love to appear on the show and creator Ryan Murphy replied he has a role that would be perfect for the former How I Met Your Mother star. Harris revealed in an interview with American radio that he has written to Murphy asking if he can be on the show, Murphy then tweeted him saying: "Of course you can be on Freak Show. I have a role I think you'll love." The ball's now firmly in NPH's court.

★ The Hobbit actress Evangeline Lilly is turning author with the release of her debut children's book, The Squickerwonkers. The story follows Selma of the Rin-Run Royals as she wanders into a carnival ride and meets a clan of travelling marionette puppets. The book's been illustrated by WETA's Johnny Fraser-Allen – head over to evangelinelilly.com for a preview, it looks beautiful. The book also has a foreword by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens (along with illustrations of the three). It's out in the US in November.

Two new films about the life of JRR Tolkien look set to do battle for our bucks. Fox Searchlight is working on Tolkien, which is currently in the writing stage. Meanwhile, a British production company has hired director Simon West to take on Tolkien & Lewis about the relationship between Tolkien and his friend and contemporary CS Lewis. West, whose last film was Expendables 2, seems a strange choice of director to me – especially as the film is apparently going after a "faith-based" audience. Anyone else reckon Ian McKellen could be a good Tolkien? No? Just me then...

It's going to start getting very busy for Oscar watchers over the next few weeks. The autumn film festival circuit is really hotting up with lots of anticipated films premiering around the world. Toronto is due to announce some of its key films on Tuesday, while Venice announces its line-up on July 24. Meanwhile, New York has stolen a march on both by announcing it's opening with the world premiere of David Fincher's Gone Girl, and then added insult to injury by revealing it's also got Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice. Personally, I'm starting to get excited for early September when we find out what London has in store for us. 

★ John Hannah and Suranne Jones will attend a preview of the new series of Touch of Cloth at the BFI on July 29. They'll be joined by series creator Charlie Brooker at the event which will launch the third series of the Sky One comedy. Karen Gillan joins the cast for the new series (but she won't be at the screening).

I've been going on about All The Way a lot in recent columns – it's the Broadway play starring Bryan Cranston as former US president Lyndon Johnson. It's being turned into a TV film which will be produced by Steven Spielberg and now it's been announced HBO have brought the rights to broadcast it in the US. 

★ Some more details of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's first film together in almost 10 years have been revealed. It's called By The Sea and Angelina is also taking on writing and directing duties. Not a lot's known about the plot, although it seems it will focus on a couple's relationship.

★ Robert Vaughn, Robert Powell, Celia Imrie and James Fleet will be appearing at this year's Edinburgh Fringe. They're all due to make guest appearances in the play Forgotten Voices. Taken from the Imperial War Museum’s oral testimonies of the veterans of World War I, the play includes accounts of battle and its terrible aftermath recited by the actors. Julian Sands and Christopher Timothy are also due to appear in the play, which is on at Pleasance Courtyard from July 30 to August 25.

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Terrestrial TV Highlights 19-25 July

Posted by Louise Bolotin | Sat, 19/07/2014 - 10:51

By Louise Bolotin

Look away now if you don’t like sports – the Commonwealth Games start this week (see below) and most of the top picks for this week are for assorted, not necessarily sporty, programmes linked to the games in the run-up to them.

And what better way to kick it all off than with a massive party? Live at Edinburgh Castle (Saturday, BBC1, 8.30pm) has a staggeringly impressive lineup of artists, who’ll be playing on the stage at the castle’s esplanade. Take your pick from Smokey Robinson, Rizzle Kicks, Katherine Jenkins, Kaiser Chiefs, Paloma Faith and Il Divo, to name a few, plus comedy from Bill Bailey Fred McAuley. This week’s must-see boxset is Bafta winner The Long Firm (Drama, 9pm). First shown in 2004 and set in the 1960s, the four-parter is the story of gay gangster Harry Starks, in a thinly fictionalised allusion to the Krays. Starring Derek Jacobi, Phil Daniels and Mark Strong, the tale unfolds as seen from five different points of view.

I had some reservations about The Mill (Sunday, C4, 8pm) last year, with its basis in true stories about the grim lives of workers at Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire but it turned out to be surprisingly good at dramatising working class life and rebellion during the Industrial Revolution. The second series starts with an episode about migrant workers heading north to look for work (in a neat reversal of modern day fortunes) as the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 wreaks its effects and threatens to drive wages down. Socialist and engineer Daniel Bate (Matthew McNulty, above) continues to push for a trade union. Life at pirate radio station Kurupt FM is the focus of spoof comedy People Just Do Nothing (BBC3, 10.45pm), where all the DJs and staff are inept and there is a constant battle to keep their location secret to avoid being closed down and prosecuted. In The Seven Wonders of the Commonwealth (BBC1, 9.10pm) presenters including Dan Snow and Clare Balding visit some jaw-droppingly beautiful places such as Fingal’s Cave and the Namibian desert in an hour-long travelogue.

Sir Chris Hoy: How to Win Gold (Tuesday, BBC1, 10.45pm) examines how the Olympian – our most successful ever – achieved his extraordinary success. His medal tally of six golds and one silver is inspiring a new generation and Hoy talks to other current medallists about how his wins have had an impact on them. With contributions from Rebecca Adlington, Andy Murray, Sir Steve Redgrave and Lennox Lewis, whose combined insights illustrate just what the magic formula is – peak physicality and psychological confidence.

And so to the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony (Wednesday, BBC1, 8pm). It’s a three-hour spectacle live from Glasgow’s Celtic Park presented by Clare Balding, Gary Lineker and Hazel Irvine. The Queen’s Baton (surely borrowed from the Olympic flame…) arrives after travelling round the commonwealth, the participating countries’ teams will parade into the stadium and the queen will officially open the Games. The ceremony also includes entertainment called Window on the Commonwealth, featuring a 100-metre TV screen and the inevitable fireworks.

The Commonwealth Games start properly on BBC1 and BBC3 on Thursday from 9am – the first day includes judo, swimming, triathlon and cycling (note that everything else has been wiped from these channels for the duration). Best pick away from the sport, if you’re not glued to The Honourable Woman on BBC2 , is Diamond Geezers (ITV, 9pm), a look at the jewellery trade in London’s Hatton Garden, a tiny area that’s been the UK’s jewellery quart for centuries.

The Secret History of Our Streets ((Friday, BBC2, 9pm) returns for a short run of three episodes exploring particular streets in Scotland. Tonight, there’s a look at the exquisite Georgian architecture of Moray Feu in Edinburgh’s New Town. Built two centuries ago for the Scottish capital’s wealthy families, the five-story terraces have seen changes of use down the decades and many are currently split into flats or offices. This week’s music pick is Northern Soul: Living for the Weekend (BBC4, 9.30pm), a potted history of possibly the finest and most uplifting dance music ever. Talking us through its heyday in the 1970s and its fall and rise again are the likes of veteran northern soul DJs Ian Levine, Richard Searling and Colin Kurtis plus torch singer Marc Almond, hitmaker Pete Waterman and others, all to a glorious soundtrack. Keep the faith, indeed.

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Win a copy of The Zero Theorem on Blu-ray

Posted by Competitions | Fri, 18/07/2014 - 16:57

The Zero Theorem is available on Blu-ray and DVD on from July 21. And thanks to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, we have THREE copies of the Blu-ray to give away.

From visionary director Terry Gilliam, The Zero Theorem stars two-time Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst.

Living in isolation in a burnt-out church, Qohen is obsessively working on a mysterious project personally delegated to him by Management aimed at discovering the meaning of life – or the lack thereof – once and for all.

Increasingly disturbed by unwanted visits from people he doesn't fully trust including the flirtatious Bainsley (Mélanie Thierry), Management’s wunderkind son Bob (Lucas Hedges), his unpredictable colleague Joby (David Thewlis) and would-be digital therapist Dr Shrink-Rom it's only when he experiences the power of love and desire that Qohen is able to understand his own reason for being.

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Win a copy of The Stag on Blu-ray

Posted by Competitions | Fri, 18/07/2014 - 12:27

Ever wondered what happens when metrosexual man meets the great outdoors? Well, Fionnan is about to find out when The Stag arrives on Blu-ray and DVD from July 21.

And thanks to Arrow Films, we have TWO copies of The Stag on Blu-ray to give away.

Badgered into a stag do by his bride-to-be, Fionnan (Hugh O’Connor) is determined to avoid the clichés of booze, babes and more booze and defers to his best man, Davin (Andrew Scott), to organise a sedate sojourn in the Irish countryside. All goes to plan until Fionnan’s soon-to-be brother-in-law, The Machine (Peter McDonald) invites himself along – and with The Machine travels mayhem which materialises in the form of lost clothes, lost dignity and some hopelessly ill-equipped and very lost men...

Featuring pitch-perfect performances from a host of well-known faces, The Stag is a heart-warming and genuinely hilarious look at the twin modern curses of lost masculinity and unrequited love, set amongst the stunning scenery of County Wicklow. Reassuring proof that not every Irishman loves U2, The Stag is the year’s best bromance – and with enough naked male flesh to get the girls interested, too.

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Interview | The Hooligan Factory

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 15/07/2014 - 18:22

Screenjabber's Mark Searby talks to actor Jason Maza about his leading role as football hooligan Danny in the spoof British film The Hooligan Factory. He talks about why now is the time to spoof the hooligans, how Danny is actually part of the audience, the big fight scenes and if he is part of the prawn sandwich brigade.

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US Box Office Report

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 13/07/2014 - 19:03

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes grabs a mighty $73m opening

By Rich Matthews

Original franchise prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes opened to $54m three years ago – and was considered a surprise, both commercially and critically. Directed by Cloverfield's Matt Reeves, the sequel is topping it both in terms of stellar notices and with a $73m opening weekend. As good as that is for both Fox and moviegoers – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is that rare film that both audiences and critics like – sadly the US domestic box office continued to underperform, with the equivalent weekend last year scoring 24 per cent more coin.

Starring the returning (and mo-capped) Andy Serkis, Apes may have the best stamina of any other summer blockbuster if receipts reflect quality – great news for the studio, as Fox has hit $1bn in box office faster than at any other point in its history, thanks to X-Men: Days Of Future Past's $700m-plus gross.

Coming in second, Paramount and Michael Bay's demi-reboot Transformers: Age of Extinction scored $16.5m to cross the $200m mark at home – which takes its global tally to a massive $752.5m, already the biggest film of the year. Following up behind Mark Wahlberg and the Autobots at number three, Melissa McCarthy's Tammy managed to hold on to 60 per cent of its opening gross to take $12.9m for a domestic gross of $57.4m (so far it's only taken $2.5m elsewhere), with fellow comedy 22 Jump Street continuing its hot streak at four, the Jonah Hill/Channing Tatum cop-com cuffing an $6.7m. Worldwide, the 21 Jump Street sequel has assembled $253.7m, something of a coup for studio Sony. Rounding out the top five, DreamWorks' How To Train Your Dragon 2 grabbed $5.9m for a domestic tally of $152.1m and a global gross of $349.5m, still some $140m off the final total of the original.

The remainder of the top 10 saw cutesy family alien drama Earth To Echo drop to six with $5.5m ($25m), future Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson's possession horror Deliver Us From Evil hitting seventh with $4.7m ( $25m), Angelina Jolie's revisionist Disney epic Maleficent magicking up a further $4.2m ($222m, $669m), Keira Knightley singing for Mark Ruffalo in indie Begin Again at nine with $2.9m ($5.3m), and Clint Eastwood's lacklustre adaptation of Broadway smash Jersey Boys taking $2.5m ($41.7, $48.7m).

Of note outside the top 10, Richard Linklater's unique 12-year study of adolescence, Boyhood, posted the second-highest location gross of the year, pipped only by Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. Destined to maintain the funk at the US box office, next weekend sees Disney sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue, horror sequel The Purge: Anarchy and Jason Segel/Cameron Diaz R-rated laffer Sex Tape take on the monkeys and megabots.

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That's Showbiz! With Jenny

Posted by Jenny Priestley | Sun, 13/07/2014 - 13:58

By Jenny Priestley

★ Guillermo Del Toro's new TV series will be broadcast in the UK. The drama The Strain, which stars David Bradley, Sean Astin and Corey Stoll, has been bought by UKTV. The vampire-horror is based on the books by Del Toro and Chuck Hogan and debuted in the US this week. The show is expected to debut on Watch in the autumn.

★ Jon Hamm, Kevin Hart, Sarah Silverman, Danny McBride and Josh Gad look set to join Zach Galifianakis in a remake of The Incredible Mr Limpet. The project is being directed by Richard Linklater – definitely a change from his current film, Boyhood. Galifianakis is expected to star as Larry Limpet, a beach bum trying to save the fish population. When he's turned into a fish, Limpet sets out on an adventure to save his town and the sea world.

This year's Venice Film Festival will open with Birdman, starring Michael Keaton. The film also features Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough and Naomi Watts and is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. The story follows an actor struggling to stage a Broadway show. The trailer looks great and I'm hoping this will be included in this year's London Film Festival as well!

A few details about the fourth season of Homeland have begun to surface. As fans of the show know, Damian Lewis won't be back as Brody which means producers are taking the opportunity to shake up the show. Season four will see Carrie (Claire Danes) working in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) is joining the cast as a medical student while Corey Stoll (he gets everywhere) will be playing a CIA station chief in Islamabad.

The cast for season two of True Detective looks to be taking shape with Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch expected to take two of the lead roles. More casting is expected to be announced this week.

I am already far too excited about Ian McKellen as Mr Holmes and now the film's added some great actors to its supporting cast. Roger Allam, Hattie Morahan, Phil Davies and Frances de la Tour will also appear in the film which follows Sherlock Holmes at the age of 93. It's being directed by Bill Condon who previously worked with McKellen on Gods And Monsters.

Fan of super cars? To mark the DVD release of Need For Speed, a range of super cars are to tour the UK. Six supercars will go head-to-head during the two day stint, where fans will be encouraged to vote for their favourite, ensuring their chosen supercar has the most retweets/votes by the time the convoy hits London. The ‘convoy winner’ will be unveiled at a secret London location. The even kicks off at Liverpool’s Albert Docks on Wednesday July 16 before moving on to Manchester (MediaCity), Birmingham (M6 Toll) and Warwickshire (PRODRIVE racetrack) and finishes on Thursday 17th July. Find out more via @NeedForSpeed_UK.

★ Robert Redford is to play legendary US newsman Dan Rather in a new film. Truth will also star Cate Blanchett and it follows the scandal that erupted after Rather reported on his news programme, 60 Minutes II, that George W Bush had been given preferential treatment that put him in the National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft. The ensuing scandal during Bush’s reelection campaign ended with the show's producer being fired and Rather’s reputation in tatters. The film's being made by first-time director James Vanderbilt.

Hands up if you haven't been cast in the Coen Brothers' new film? The cast list for Hail, Casear! is becoming so epic it seems easier to talk about who hasn't been given a role. George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum have already been cast and now it looks like they're being joined by Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill.

Meanwhile, the cast for Mission: Impossible 5 is starting to take shape. Alec Baldwin is being lined up to play the head of the CIA and Rebecca Ferguson is expected to play the female lead. You may not know Ferguson that well, she played the lead in the BBC's adaptation of The White Queen

A new film about Nic Cave (right) will have a gala premiere at London's Barbican Hall on September 17. The preview of 20,000 Days on Earth will also be broadcast into 150 cinemas around the UK. The event will  include a live performance by Cave and a Q&A with the film's directors, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard

★ Richard Ayoade and Jemaine Clement are among the speakers at this year's Behind The Screens talks as part of Film 4 Summer Screen at Somerset House. Ayoade will take guests on a guided tour of his cinematic inspirations and influences ahead of one of his favourite films, The 400 Blows. Flight of the Conchords star Clement will join comedian Taika Waititi to talk about their careers in comedy as well as their vampire mockumentary, What We Do in the Shadows.

Well it doesn't look like Ryan Gosling is giving up his acting career for fatherhood just yet. He's expected to star opposite Russell Crowe in The Nice Guys, directed by Shane Black. The story follows a private eye investigating the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles who uncovers a conspiracy. Sounds a bit like LA Confidential to me.

Fans of Game of Thrones, you may have heard that creator George RR Martin has said the TV series could end with a big-budget film. Speaking at a film festival in Europe this week, Martin said if the show continues to do well the it could transfer to the big screen to round things off. But now HBO bosses have said there have been no discussions about the idea and they're committed to continuing with the show on TV. So we'll see what happens.

★ Watership Down is being turned into a new animated series by the BBC. The classic story following a group if rabbits forced to leave their warren and search for a new home is expected to broadcast in a "family-friendly" slot on BBC One.

If you're off to the San Diego Comic Con later this month, then I hate you. The TV line-up is looking great, but the film lime-up has me very excited – not least because there are a lot of rumours around a certain Benedict Cumberbatch and the Marvel panel. Plus, Peter Jackson will be previewing The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (squeal). Do you think I can persuade Stuart to send me over?

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Terrestrial TV Highlights 12-18 July

Posted by Louise Bolotin | Sat, 12/07/2014 - 09:00

By Louise Bolotin

If you’ve been glued to House of Cards on Netflix, which stars the brilliant Kevin Spacey, then you really ought to catch the original House of Cards (Saturday, Drama, from 7pm), starring the equally brilliant Ian Richardson as Tory party chief whip Francis Urquhart. And what a slimy, manipulative, Machiavellian toad he is. Urquhart is both a modern Iago and an ur Malcolm Tucker, pushing MPs into doing his bidding while fending off a persistently nosy journalist. Shown in 1990 and set in the tail end of the Thatcher government, it looks as good now as it did then (ignore the fashions that date it). All four episodes back to back will keep you sofa-bound till midnight. If I wasn’t so glued to The Honourable Woman right now, this would be my drama of the week. On day two of T in the Park (BBC3, from 8pm), the stages play host to sets from Pharrell Williams, Rudimental, Katy B and Paolo Nutini. Investigative journalist Jacques Perretti, formerly on the trail of obesity and diets is now after The Men Who Made Us Spend (BBC2, 9pm). The explosion of consumer culture and why we keep buying stuff comes under scrutiny in this three-party series, starting with a look at sales techniques and built-in obsolescence.

If the World Cup Final (Sunday, BBC1/ITV, 7pm) is not to your taste, fear not – there is respite. There’s a reshowing of The Nightwatch (BBC2, 9pm), a feature-length adaptation of Sarah Waters’ haunting tale of four women in London in the 1940s. Their tales are intertwined, with love and loss amid the Blitz affecting them all in different ways. The A-list cast includes Anna Maxwell Martin, Claire Foy and Kenneth Cranham. A Century in Film: from Scotland with Love (BBC4, 9pm) captures, in a kind of audio-visual postcard, the lives of Scottish people using archive footage – some commercial, some cinema, some amateur – and photographs. A lovely immersive documentary. On the final day of T in the Park (BBC3, from 8pm), Bastille, Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg and Tinie Tempah play live.

It’s been 18 months since Channel 4’s smash hit cult conspiracy thriller Utopia (Monday, C4, 10pm) was on our screens. This second series opens in 1974, with a prequel that explores the genesis of the conspiracy – a radical plan to prevent overpopulation, codenamed Janus. Watch out for the visual treats – Arby the hitman as a baby and the eyeball logo for the show, yes, the one Wilson Wilson had gouged out in the very first episode. If you donate your cast-offs to charity shops, you’ll find The Secret Life of Clothes (BBC2, 9pm) an eye-opener – very few actually get sold on here. The vast majority are baled up and shipped to Africa, where a vast trade in “dead white man’s clothes” generates fortunes for the local dealers, who struggle to keep up with demand. The cost is the disappearance of traditional dress and the destruction of the native textile industries. On the foodie front, Chocolate Perfection with Michel Roux Jr (BBC4, 9pm) sees the chef set out to develop his own flavour while musing on the popularity of the stuff. He meets hardcore chocolatiers and artists who sculpt chocolate on his journey – choc porn for the small screen. Roux Jr also returns in the second half of magazine show Food and Drink (BBC2, 8.30pm), which was inexplicably cut in half earlier this year.

The horrors of the detention and deportation of teenage asylum seekers is the subject of youth drama Glasgow Girls (Tuesday, BBC3, 10pm). Based on a true story and in the format of a musical, seven schoolgirls take action when their friend, 15-year-old Agnesa, a refugee from Kosovo, is taken away by border control police in a dawn raid. They begin a campaign to get her released and given permission to stay. It may seem off to tackle such a serious topic in such a light-hearted format and yet, weirdly, it works. It’s stirring, emotional and has a cracking soundtrack. The secret life of bees is revealed in Hive Alive (BBC2, 8pm), presented by beekeeping journalist Martha Kearney and Chris Packham. Bees are increasingly under threat from environmental change and pollution so understanding them better is vital to ensuring this important species survives.

Two documentaries are Wednesday’s top picks. Operation Cloud Lab: Secrets of the Skies (BBC2, 8pm) investigates the role of clouds in our increasingly extreme weather. A team of crack meterologists fly a giant airship across America to better understand our changing weather patterns. The science is eye-popping and the quirky facts come thick and fast. Meanwhile, London’s Crossrail is the focus of The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway (BBC2, 9pm). This huge engineering project – delivering a new underground railway connecting different parts of the capital – is fascinating in its complexity. Thousands of construction workers manoeuvre 900-tonne boring machines deep below the surface, weaving carefully past Tube lines and avoiding the foundations of listed buildings. A compelling three-part series full of drama.

Ah, the Joy of the Guitar Riff (Friday, BBC4, 9pm). It’s been described as “the DNA of rock 'n' roll”, the glue and the melody of countless compositions. In a documentary that traces 60 years of riffing history, the line-up of A-list axe-wielders discussing their love for their instrument includes Brian May, Dave Davies, Hank Marvin, Joan Jett (above), Nile Rodgers, Tony Iommi, Robert Fripp, Johnny Marr, Nancy Wilson, Kevin Shields, Ryan Jarman, Tom Morello and many more. Lauren Laverne narrates and it’s followed by an hour’s worth of archive clips of great rock guitarists playing. It’s also the First Night of the Proms (BBC2, 8pm). The entire season looks excellent, with an impressively eclectic line-up of musicians from places as far apart as South Korea, Lapland and Qatar, plus homegrown talent that includes the Pet Shop Boys and Paloma Faith. Andrew Davies conducts the opening prom at the Royal Albert Hall, with a rare performance of Elgar’s The Kingdom.

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Trips of the Week

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sat, 12/07/2014 - 06:00

By Stuart O'Connor

Each week, the Screenjabber inbox gets overloaded with emails containing new film trailers, or clips of films or upcoming Blu-ray/DVD/VoD releases. Here are a few of those trailers and clips (hence trips) that caught our eye this week ...

Ghostbusters: 30th Anniversary trailer


Wakolda trailer


Guardians of the Galaxy: Zoe Saldana is Gamora


Welcome to New York trailer


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Survivor featurette


Movie Preview Show episode 11


The Expendables 3: World Cup TV Spot


Northwest trailer


Gone Girl trailer


Sex Tape clip: No One Understands The Cloud


Under The Skin trailer

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