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Win a copy of Afflicted on DVD

Posted by Competitions | Thu, 09/10/2014 - 22:22

From the producer of Insidious and Sinister, Afflicted – out now on DVD – reinvents a familiar horror genre with a smart and stylish combination of pulse-pounding action and bloody terror.

And thanks to eOne Home Entertainment, we have TWO copies of Afflicted on DVD to give away.

Best friends Derek and Clif embark on the trip of a lifetime, planning to travel to the ends of the earth, see the world, and live life to the fullest, while documenting their adventures via video footage posted to their website.

But things take a dark and bloody turn when, following an amorous encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris, Derek starts to show signs of a mysterious affliction. Now, thousands of miles from home, they must race to uncover the source of Derek’s illness before it consumes him completely.

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Win a copy of Saints And Soldiers: The Void on Blu-ray

Posted by Competitions | Thu, 09/10/2014 - 22:22

Based on true events and capturing the spirit of wartime movie classics such as Kelly’s Heroes and A Bridge Too Far, this sequel to the acclaimed, award winning and phenomenally successful Saints And Soldiers is an explosive saga of brotherhood and heroism.

And thanks to 101 ilms, we have TWO copies of Saints And Soldiers: The Void on Blu-ray to give away.

Germany, May 1945, deep in the Harz mountains a US tank crew discovers a platoon of Germans preparing to ambush US supply trucks. Joined by a British officer, cut off from his unit, a deadly game of cat and mouse quickly unfolds as the Allies find themselves out-gunned and out-manned by three German tanks.

Tension and fear begin to grow as the crew reluctantly decide they must stop the enemy from executing their deadly plan. Knowing that hundreds of lives are at stake they must put aside their differences and work together to fight a desperate battle against the greatest odds they have ever faced.

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The competition will close at NOON on Sunday October 26, 2014. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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Win a copy of The Wind Rises on Blu-ray

Posted by Competitions | Mon, 06/10/2014 - 20:29

The Wind Rises is now available in DVD and Blu-ray Doubleplay formats along with a limited edition collectable Doubleplay Digipack. And thnks to StudioCanal, we have THREE copies of The Wind Rises on Blu-ray Doubleplay to give away.

The first film directed solely by Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki since Ponyo (2008), The Wind Rises became the highest grossing Japanese film of last year in Japan and went on to earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature as well as nominations for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and Japan Academy Prize for Animation of The Year.

Miyazaki takes as his inspiration the historical figures of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the famous Mitsubushi Zero fighter plane series, and novelist Tatsuo Hori, whose novel The Wind Has Risen tells the tragic story of a young woman in a TB sanitarium in the mountains of Japan. Inspired by a single quote from the real Horikoshi: “All I wanted to do was to make something beautiful,” by adapting his own manga of the same name he has crafted a vibrant anime exploring 1930s youth in a period of tremendous upheaval.

SYNOPSIS: In The Wind Rises, Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and thus unable to become a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers.

The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events including The Great Kanto earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic, and Japan’s plunge into war. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo.

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US Box Office Report

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 06/10/2014 - 09:02

Gone Girl makes an appearance at the top spot

By Rich Matthews

David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's hot-button novel has given the Fight Club and Social Network director the biggest opening weekend of his career. Pulling in $38m, the kidnapping/murder/marital strife potboiler is also a notable triumph for star Ben Affleck, with his biggest opening since his notorious turn as blind Marvel superhero Daredevil opened to $40m in 2003. Certainly, with Affleck's performance earning plaudits and the film opening so well, suits over at Warner Bros in charge of Batman vs Superman must be high-fiving in anticipation.

However, Affleck and Fincher were given a close run for their returns by Warner Bros' own killer doll horror Annabelle, a spin-off from The Conjuring, which took in $37.2m at number two – a massive overperformance considering it only cost $6.5m to make. Which, by the way, is nearly 10 times less than Gone Girl's budget of $61m. But GG's legs look likely to prove strong given that both Fincher and Affleck's recent movies have all been slow burners – notably Affleck's Oscar-winning Argo.

The only other entry into the top 10 was Nicolas Cage thriller Left Behind, which opened at six with a weak $6.9m. Left Behind was directed by renowned stunt coordinator Vic Armstrong, veteran of Bond, Indiana Jones and recent big hitters like Thor. The top five was rounded out by Denzel Washington continuing to right wrongs at three in The Equalizer, which declined 44 per cent to take $19m for a healthy domestic US haul of $64.5m and a worldwide total of $104.1m, Laika's grimy, gloopy stop-motion fairy tale The Boxtrolls with $12.4m, $32.5m US and $58.5m global, and Young Adult sci-fier The Maze Runner at five with $12m for a home tally of $73.9m and a pretty impressive global gross of $175.5m.

After Nic Cage being Left Behind at six, Shawn Levy's starry-eyed ensemble book adap This Is Where I Leave You landed at seven ($4m, $29m US), Warner Bros stablemate Dolphin Tale 2 at eight ($3.5m, $38m, $41m), the summer's biggest hit, Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy still busting a few blocks at nine ($3m, $323.4m, $654m) and Idris Elba thriller vehicle No Good Deed at 10 ($2.5m, $50.2m, $51.3m).

Next weekend sees a few big release jostling for pole position – and it could to any of them – including Luke Evans in Dracula Untold, Robert Downey Jr in The Judge and Steve Carell in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

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Devil’s (K)not the film to watch about the West Memphis Three

Posted by Tom Mimnagh | Sun, 05/10/2014 - 06:44

By Mark Searby

With the release of Devil’s Knot, starring Colin Firth and Reece Witherspoon, I have to wonder why the Paradise Lost documentary trilogy has never even raised a flutter outside of the US on DVD or TV. Devil’s Knot and West Of Memphis have some big names attached to them, but the history behind the three Paradise Lost documentaries is far more interesting and intriguing. 

Back in 1993 documentary makes Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky didn’t have the facility of the internet to help them along with their research into the devilish crime that sentenced three males to the death penalty in West Memphis, Arkansas. The story came to Berlinger through a small clipping from the New York Times, sent to him by HBO documentary department head Shiela Nevins, and on this clipping it was pretty basic. The article was written as very much an open and shut case. No two ways about it, these boys were guilty. So the duo set off to Arkansas to make a documentary about, what they thought, would be about three young men on death row. It was only when they started to unravel evidence from the interviews they were being given that it appeared anything but a closed case. They shot for eight months before the trial had even started.

The first HBO documentary Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hill was released in the summer of 1996 and caught the attention of some influential entertainment figures, including Johnny Depp, Eddie Vedder and Metallica (Paradise Lost was the first time ever Metallica allowed their music to be used in a film). The ground swell to save these boys had begun thanks in part to the hype for the documentary, yet nothing had moved in the case to save these boys. Berlinger told The Huffington Post “I was convinced that within a year they’d be out. Then we watch as we received all these awards...knowing the film hadn’t done anything. That’s when we thought ‘Okay, we’ve got to make another film.”

2000 saw the release of Paradise Lost: Revelations. This was the only film to not receive a theatrical release; it went out on HBO in the middle of March. Berlinger commented to AVClub.com that “When we went back to make the second film, we were literally spit upon. They thought we had made [The people of Arkansas] look bad. That we had an agenda.” By the end of filming for Revelations the West Memphis Three had still not been released from prison. When Berlinger gave an interview to the Huffington Post around the time of the second documentary he said “Going back, the second film to me was advocacy in search of a story. I don’t think it’s the strongest of the three films. The purpose to make the second film was to help as opposed to go make a cinematic story”. 

With no positive outcome after the release of the second documentary, Sinofsky and Berlinger set back to work in 2004 to make the third documentary about the West Memphis Three. However, this one was fraught with problems for the duo. They were denied access to the prison for a few years, as the prison officials changed during that time and wanted to keep a tighter lockdown on their three infamous inmates. Interviews with the inmates didn’t happen until 2009. But this is where the waters become a bit muddy in the documentaries on the subject. As West Of Memphis, the documentary by Amy Breg and co-produced by Peter Jackson, was also in production around this time. Watching both of them it feels like Berlinger and Sinofsky might have been sidelined by one of the West Memphis Three in order that he could appear more in the other documentary. It’s doubtful that is actually the case, but watching Paradise Lost 3 I can’t help but feel that there isn’t equal involvement from all three parties as there previous were in the other two Paradise Lost docs. The other issue West Of Memphis suffers from is that it feels like it’s a bit late to the proceedings. Whilst it’s a massive boost for the case that is so needed, I couldn’t help but feel it is an overview of the entire case that has a large amount of hindsight on its side. However, Berlinger is happy to admit it’s their time to bow out. He commented to AVClub.com that “There’s a machine much larger than us. Peter Jackson [has] made a film. Atom Egoyan [has] made a film. I feel it’s our time to pass the baton to other people who want to shine a light.” Berlinger and Sinofsky have fielded calls from lawyers asking them to look over cases that they have been dealing with for years. They both freely admit that 20 years on one case is enough for either of them 

Devil’s Knot and West Of Memphis still help to keep the story in the media spotlight. Yet both films cannot do justice to a story that needs more than 2 hours dedicated to a case that has been rumbling on for a couple of decades and shows no signs of stopping. Sinofsky and Berlinger were already well versed in documentary making, and this shows in the three documentaries. Sadly the Paradise Lost trilogy is not available here in the UK, so it is a case of importing the DVD’s from America. But if you are at all interested in this subject, then forget Devil’s Knot and West Of Memphis instead head straight for those HBO documentaries that do/did more for the case than anything since. 

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That's Showbiz! With Jenny

Posted by Jenny Priestley | Sat, 04/10/2014 - 15:22

By Jenny Priestley

★ Big news for fans of Twin Peaks – it's looking increasingly likely that the show is coming back. Creator David Lynch has been tweeting cryptic quotes from the original series leading fans to speculate the show will return. Now I hear an announcement is imminent from US network Showtime with a probable eight new episodes on the way. I'm not sure yet if it will be a reboot or a remake – although Lynch has previously been quoted saw saying he'd like to continue the story 25 years later.

★ A musical based on Doctor Who is heading to the London stage. I Need a Doctor: The Whosical has previously been performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and will make its debut at the Leicester Square Theatre on October 28. The musical comedy follows two actors as they attempt to stage a Doctor Who musical without breaking BBC copyright.

★ Daniel Radcliffe will be attending the MCM Comic Con at London's Excel later this month. He'll be promoting his new film, Horns. The event runs from October 24 to 26 with Radcliffe attending on the Friday afternoon. Horns is released in cinemas on October 29.

★ Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Anthony Hopkins are to co-star in a new BBC adaptation of The Dresser. The acting Knights will appear together on screen together for the first time in the drama about a theatre dresser (McKellen) and a domineering actor/manager. The drama is expected to be directed by Sir Richard Eyre. No word yet on when we'll get to see it.

Meanwhile, Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie are expected to star in an adaptation of a John Le Carre novel for the Beeb. The drama will be based on The Night Manager, about a former British soldier who gets caught up with a black market weapons seller. The series is expected to be developed in conjunction with one of the US networks.

★ Outnumbered actor Hugh Dennis looks set to make his theatre debut in the West End premiere of French farce La Verite (The Truth). Dennis is in talks to appear in the play which is about a man caught up in a four-way love affair, after discovering his mistress' husband is also sleeping with his wife. It's expected to open in the West End next year, no further casting has been announced yet.

★ Eric Bana is joining Chris Pine and Casey Affleck in Disney's new disaster-at-sea movie. The Finest Hours is about a rescue mission that was launched when a pair of oil tankers split in two off the coast of Cape Cod in 1952. Craig Gillespie will direct.

★ Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace and Elisabeth Moss have joined the cast of a new film about a scandal involving George W Bush and legendary US news anchor Dan Rather. Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett have already been cast in Truth, which follows the scandal that erupted after Rather reported on his news programme, 60 Minutes II, that 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. Filming begins this week.

★ Steve Martin is to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. He'll have a while to wait though as he won't pick it up until June.

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US Box Office Report

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 29/09/2014 - 21:28

Denzel shoots to the top in The Equalizer

By Rich Matthews

There was nothing equal about Denzel Washington bruising his way to the top spot at the US box office this weekend, with his remake (in name only) of the Edward Woodward 1980s TV series The Equalizer being his third biggest opening ever at $35m, behind American Gangster ($43m) and Safe House ($40m).

Also taking $17.8m overseas, Washington's latent franchise has opened to a healthy $52.8m worldwide. The reunion of Denzel with his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua (whose last film, Olympus Has Fallen, won the White House under siege battle last year) will need to have real staying power to beat Gangster ($130m) or Safe House ($126m) but it should certainly outperform Washington's recent Flight ($93.8m) from Robert Zemeckis and 2 Guns ($75.6m) with Mark Wahlberg.

The other big opener of the weekend was Laika's stop-motion animation The Boxtrolls, which grossed $17.3m for third place, taking its global tally up to $35m. Previous efforts from the Oregon-based animation house, Coraline and ParaNorman, amassed $75m and $56m from openings of $16.8m and $14m, respectively, which bodes well for the icky kiddie fable.

The two newcomers were separated at number two by YA holdover The Maze Runner, which dropped a respectable 46 per cent to gross $17.5 and take its US domestic haul to $58m and its worldwide tally to a very healthy $148.7m.

The remainder of the top 10 saw a slight shuffling of last weekend's order, with, from four to 10, Warner Bros occupying the fourth and fifth spots with Shawn Levy's Jason Bateman/Tina Fey ensemble comedy This Is Where I Leave You ($7m, $22.6m US) and family sequel Dolphin Tale 2 ($4.8m, $33.7m), followed by Sony's Idris Elba thriller No Good Deed at sixth ($4.6m, $46.6m) and Universal's Liam Neeson vehicle A Walk Among The Tombstones ($4.2m, $20.9m, $25.9m worldwide) at seven, plus three summer season holdovers bringing up the rear – Marvel's megahit Guardians Of The Galaxy ($3.8m, $319.2m, $644.3m), Warner's Jake Johnson/Damon Wayans Jr comedy Let's Be Cops ($1.5m, $79.6m, $105.6m) and Paramounts reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ($1.5m, $187.2m, $342.1m).

Next weekend will see if David Fincher's Gone Girl can be as big a success in cinemas as the novel was in bookstores (well, Amazon anyway), or if The Conjuring spin-off Annabelle can scare up greater business.

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That's Showbiz! With Jenny

Posted by Jenny Priestley | Sun, 28/09/2014 - 19:17

By Jenny Priestley

★ Antonio Banderas is to star in the new film from the director of Chariots of Fire, Hugh Hudson. It's called Altamira and is about an amateur archaeologist and his daughter who discover early cave art. To begin with the family is feted for the find but soon face a backlash from the Catholic Chuch, scientists and other forces. Filming begins on September 29 in Spain.

★ Bill & Ted star Alex Winter says the planned third film is moving forward – slowly. Winter says the storyline is all worked out: “The conceit is really funny," he says. "What if you’re middle-aged, haven’t really grown up and you’re supposed to have saved the world and maybe, just maybe, you kinda haven’t?” The film's been in development since 2010 with Keanu Reeves on board and Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot expected to take the reins. But still no sign of a filming date...

★ Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Dominic West and Guy Pearce are among the cast of a new film from acclaimed theatre director Michael Grandage. It's about the relationship between novelist Thomas Wolfe (Law) and his editor, played by Firth. Pearce will play F Scott Fitzgerald, while West will portray Ernest Hemingway. Filming begins in October at Shepperton Studios.

★ Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon will join Sir Michael Caine at a special evening looking back over his career. The event will also feature performances from Joss Stone, Quincy Jones and the London Symphony Orchestra. It takes place at the Royal Albert Hall on October 1 and more tickets have just been released. It's all to raise money for the NSPCC.

★ Russell Brand will also be at the Royal Albert Hall on November 14 for an event to launch his children's book, a new take on the Pied Piper of Hamelin. In Brand's version Hamelin is "a pompous and ugly town, where the grown-ups are all stuck up their own backsides and their greedy, bum-scratching offspring are usually squirrelling up their own noses" – until it is invaded by a "badass band of anarchic rats". The launch event will include "an interactive and unpredictable dramatised reading of the tale featuring other live performance elements". Tickets are on sale now.

★ Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Garner will help pay tribute to Matthew McConaughey at the American Cinematheque Award gala next month. The event is being hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and takes place at the Beverly Hilton on October 21.

In case you missed it: Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell have been confirmed in the two male leads I'm True Detective 2. Rachel McAdams is believed to be in talks for one of the female leads.

Meanwhile, Jessica Chastain's new film, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, has been added to this year's LFF line-up. The film follows the trials and tribulations of a couple's relationship and has been released in the US in three versions: Her, Him and Them. Chastain's co-star James McAvoy will attend the screening on October 17.

★ Peter Dinklage is to star in new thriller, The Thicket. The story is set in East Texas in the early 20th century and follows a a young man who goes on a quest to rescue his sister after she has been kidnapped by a violent killer. He enlists the help of a crafty bounty hunter named Shorty (Dinklage), a grave-digging alcoholic son of an ex-slave and a street-smart prostitute to help him on his mission. No further casting has been announced yet.

★ Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista is to star alongside Robert De Niro in Bus 657. The cast also includes Kate Bosworth, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Gina Carano. It's about a father unable to pay for his daughter’s medical treatment. He joins forces with a co-worker to rob a casino and when the two hijack a bus the plan starts to give wrong. De Niro will play Frank “The Pope”, owner of the casino. Filming begins on October 13.

★ Jacki Weaver is to star alongside Sir Patrick Stewart in a new TV series from Seth MacFarlane. Blunt Talk will also feature British actor Adrian Scarborough. The show follows cable news anchor, Walter Blunt, who never quite makes the right decision. 

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Win a copy of Space Station 76 on DVD

Posted by Competitions | Sun, 28/09/2014 - 16:18

Take a strange journey into the future with Space Station 76, out on DVD on October 6. And thanks to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, we have THREE copies of Space Station 76 on DVD to give away.

This unique and hilarious space-age dramedy takes a twist on the future with a 1970s flare, including groovy tunes and wide-leg pants. With over-the-top personalities on board, chaos ensues on the Omega 76 as a brand-new assistant captain comes aboard (Liv Tyler), setting off an inter-galactic adventure.

The film is directed by actor/producer Jack Plotkin and features a stellar cast: Tyler, Patrick Wilson, Jerry O’Connell and Matt Bomer.

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Small-Screen Jabber 27 September — 3 October

Posted by Louise Bolotin | Sat, 27/09/2014 - 12:30

By Louise Bolotin

Popstar Boy George is the subject of Worried About the Boy (Wed, BBC4, 10.30pm), a feature-length play that charts his rise from an impoverished teenage suburbanite through his years as New Romantic clubber to his eventual superstardom as Culture Club’s flamboyant singer. First shown in 2010, George is portrayed with great sensitivity and Douglas Booth sits well in the role. Watch out for Mark Gatiss as Malcolm McClaren and Marc Warren as Steve Strange. Peaky Blinders (Thurs, BBC2, 9pm) returns for a second series. Cillian Murphy (left) stars as Thomas Shelby, the head of a Birmingham gang in the 1920s renowned for their use of razor blades, it was a plagued somewhat first time round with its wobbly Brummie accents but who cares? It’s a compelling, well-acted and stylish looking drama, with its gorgeous sepia tones. Worth watching for Murphy alone, and not just for his physical beauty.

Telling your sexual conquests you have chlamydia is never going to be easy. Scrotal Recall (Thurs, C4, 10pm) turns the task into a entertaining six-part sitcom starring Johnny Flynn as 20-something Dylan, who has just been diagnosed with the STD. Nowhe has to track down an assortment of ex-girlfriends and one-night stands to break the bad news. Going head to head is another sitcom, The Detectorists (Thurs, BBC4, 10pm) about a pair of metal detector nerds. The nerds in question are played by Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones, so it’s already off to a good start, and they are obsessed with unearthing a Saxon treasure hoard. The plot meanders gently, it has great cinematography and the supporting cast includes Sophie Thompson, Rachel Stirling and Gerard Horan.

Is Your Brain Male of Female? (Mon, BBC2, 9pm) is the big question Horizon is asking this week. Michael Mosley and Prof. Alice Roberts look at the gender differences in brain-led behaviour, the thrust being how much is nature and how much nurture. They conduct some interesting experiments that seem to point to one conclusion but then they are confounded by an opposing one. Bedfordshire police let the cameras into the cells in Luton for 24 Hours in Custody (Mon, C4, 9pm) in a five-part series that covers a range of police investigations and subsequent arrests and chargings. It lifts the lid on aspects of policing rarely shown on TV.

Often cited as the decade that had the most impact on post-war society, The Sixties (Tues, Yesterday, 9pm) is a major 12-part series looking at every aspect of the social and political upheavals that took place. It’s based on archive clips, produced by Tom Hanks and launches with the Cold War, the erection of the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis. In the present day, vigilante Stinson Hunter tracks down child molesters in The Paedophile Hunter. He poses as underage children online to lure sexual predators, trap them, film them and expose them on Facebook before alerting the police. A murky look at grooming that raises tough questions about the role of citizens in crimefighting.  

In a week notable for 1980s music (Boy George and this week’s edition of Oh You Pretty Things), there’s also a repeat of the 2009 documentary Wild Boys: the Story of Duran Duran (Fri, BBC4, 9pm). One of the spearheads of the New Romantic youth cult, the Durannies conquered the charts with a string of lush pop hits such as Rio and Save A Prayer while dressed in frilly shirts and pirate trousers. They also helped pioneer the video promo and sold 60 million records. Wild Boys looks their career trajectory, the makeup and clothes, the sex and drugs and how fame affected five mostly working class Birmingham boys. The band offer their recollections and there are contributions from Lou Reed, Debbie Harry, Nile Rodgers and other celebrities.

Booker Prize-winning author Hilary Mantel discusses her work in Hilary Mantel: Case Histories (Sat, BBC2, 7.30pm). In conversation with James Runcie, she reveals that her characters in her historical novels share an underlying theme of needing to confront their past and talks about her latest collection of short stories – including the controversial one about her fantasy of assassinating Margaret Thatcher. Actor Kim Cattrall discusses her love of the Bard in My Shakespeare (Mon, Sky Arts 1, 9pm) and her performance as Cleopatra in a Janet Suzman production.

Music quiz Never Mind the Buzzcocks (Mon, BBC2, 10pm) returns for its umpteenth series. Although the format never changes it still has its side-splitting moments and the best bit is usually the ID parade where the panels have to identify a former rockstar – there’s something naughtily delicious about seeing how someone looks now. The show finally has a permanent host again in standup Rhod Gilbert. Also back for the next 10 weeks is Have I Got News For You (Fri, BBC1, 9pm), with Jennifer Saunders anchoring this week’s edition.

If you’re watching Strictly Come Dancing, then you won’t want to miss It Takes Two (week nights, BBC2, 6.30pm) – Zoe Ball hosts the backstage bits, with clips, interviews, previews and all the gossip. Michelin-starred pub chef Tom Kerridge’s first series went down well enough to earn him a second. Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes (Fri, BBC2, 9pm) demonstrates yet more of his heart signature dishes. He offers lots of useful tips and tricks, too, for getting the recipes just right. You’ll barely recognise him, though – the once very portly chef has shed half his body weight between series…

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