Yer man Cumberbatch reiterated that the 'end of an era' to which he was referring centred on the idea that Sherlock is a series that cannot be feasibly produced in any regular kind of pattern. He was, he said, 'only conveying what was already apparent' to anyone paying attention to the workload that both Cumberbatch his very self and his co-star, Martin Freeman, are tackling both on TV and in the cinema. 'We love doing the show and all I'll say about it is that we're all very busy, we're all doing other things now and you have to see the fourth season to realise why, for now, it's not going to happen again in the same regularity that it has been happening. But, we'll never say never and, when it's right and if it's right we'll do more.' Which is what everyone with half-a-brain who isn't a tabloid scum journalist assumed that he'd said in the first place. This blogger, for instance, Keith Telly Topping noting on this very blog: 'So, to sum up, then, the next series of Sherlock might be the last ... but it probably won't be. Which is, pretty much, what everyone connected to the hugely popular drama has been saying for the last few months.' Earlier this year, of course, Sherlock co-creator The Lord Thy God Steven Moffat (OBE) also spoke about the possibility that the fourth series might be the last, saying that he wasn't sure 'how long we can keep it going.' But, he also said, very specifically, that he would be 'moderately surprised' if the fourth series of Sherlock were to be the last and yet the screamed headlines failed to reflect that. A month later, he hinted that some plot elements he and co-creator Mark Gatiss had devised for Sherlock and John had been kept back for a possible fifth series: 'In terms of a specific plan, there are ideas that we haven't gotten to yet,' The Moff said.
Richard Daly as a bet simply to get a word that he'd made up into the dictionary. 'So, really, when the police say they're quizzing a suspect, that's wrong isn't it?' asked Alan Davies. No, Sandi pointed out, because that use of quiz comes from 'inquisitive' and 'inquisition.' 'You've got it! You're in the right chair,' Alan said with a sly little grin concerning Sandi's illustrious predecessor. 'I've got a cold feeling now!' Later, Alan - who won the episode - came up with a correctly correctington answer about the word 'Nazi' having actually been coined by German exiles as something of an insult and, therefore, that no self-respecting member of The Third Reich would have described themselves as such. 'All this time, you've been intimidated,' suggested Cariad Lloyd to an Alan now free from Stephen Fry's horrifically repressive influence. Phill Jupitas then attempted to throw Alan off his game with a quick General Melchett impression. 'After fourteen years, he finally understands the format!'
Production on the new eight-part series will begin in Manchester in March. Bullen added: 'We all said we only wanted to bring Cold Feet back if we could maintain the standard previously set. I've been blown away by the show's reception among viewers and critics alike. It has exceeded even my hopes. This recommission confirms that we didn't screw it up. I shall take a moment to bask in the warm glow, okay, done that. Now the hard graft resumes.' ITV's director of television Kevin Lygo said: 'It's with some trepidation that you return to much-loved shows, but Mike Bullen's contemporary take on the five friends and their lives has been a wonderful thing. We were obviously delighted that the audience agreed and we're pleased to be able to confirm that Cold Feet will return again for a further series.' The channel said that the programme had been their most successful drama launch so far this year. In August, Fay Ripley told the BBC that returning to the programme after more than a decade felt like 'putting on an old jumper.' Presumably, a nice comfortable and well-maintained one rather a dirty, stinking one that'd been in the cupboard for a decade and was full of holes.
The six hundredth episode of The Simpsons has been broadcast in the US, making it one of only two scripted primetime shows to reach the milestone. The other, Gunsmoke, ran for twenty seasons from 1955 to 1975 and holds the record for the most episodes, with six hundred and thirty five a record which, at the current rate, The Simpsons should pass in about eighteen months time. The Simpsons, which began as a series of shorts of The Tracy Ullman Show in 1987 (you knew that, right?) has more series than Gunsmoke to its name, but currently has fewer total episodes. The animated comedy broadcast a Hallow'een special, Treehouse Of Horror XXVI, to mark its six hundredth show. The annual Treehouse Of Horror episodes have become a staple of The Simpsons, broadcast each October and featuring parodies of thriller and horror movies and TV shows. Sunday evening's episode included parodies of The Hunger Games and the Colin Firth film Kingsman. Assuming The Simpsons is renewed for another series - and, there's probably more likelihood of FOX cancelling FOX News than there is of The Simpsons getting the chop any time soon - it will overtake Western drama Gunsmoke sometime in 2018. The Simpsons recently overtook Lassie, which broadcast five hundred and ninety one episodes, to become second longest-running scripted primetime series behind Gunsmoke. Earlier this year, it was announced the first hour-long episode of The Simpsons would be broadcast in 2017.
cringeworthy and buttock-clenchingly embarrassing moment occurred on Monday morning's show when he attempted to relay Catherine Tate's most famous catchphrase back to her, only to quote from Little Britain instead. Ooh, elementary schoolboy-type error, matey.
'Our dream is to make a whole series,' they wrote on Kickstarter. 'But TV is really spendy - it involves a lot of people. The more money we get, the more we can spend on the production.' The show, which tells of a single mother raising a large family in Wolverhampton, was named best sitcom at the Rose d'Or awards last month. 'We were like, "Okay. You know what - let's do this. Let's do Raised By Wolves 3 - through Kickstarter!"' the Morans continued. Well, presumably one of them did, unless they chanted it in unison. Which, let's face it, would be just weird. 'They do it all the time in the US. Let's be the first UK show to give it a go.' As of Tuesday morning, just over forty grand had been raised towards the goal. So, just another two hundred and eighty grand to go.
John is one of the leading male roles, but it is very much a supporting role to Edith.' It is believed that the sitcom is in 'the early stages of development' and the title character is yet to be cast. And, according to the BBC's head of comedy, Cleese is 'in discussions' to appear in the sitcom. Earlier this year, Shane Allen, the BBC's comedy head, told the Daily Torygraph: 'We're in discussions about a piece that he might be in. It's a sitcom and it's very early days. He's a comedy God and the door is always open to him. There are certain people who have earned their badges, who have got the right to do what they want.' It comes after Cleese criticised the Beeb's comedy department as 'an awful lot of crap' in 2014 and claimed that executives had 'no idea' what they are doing. He also told ShortList last year: 'There's no way I want to work in TV, especially at the BBC. I have a nasty feeling a large proportion of the commissioning editors have no idea what they're doing.' But now, seemingly, he's happy to take their money. So, no quite staggering sick hypocrisy there, then.
Loach added that nostalgic dramas were 'the opposite of what a good broadcaster should do, which is stimulate and invigorate.' And entertain, you forgot that one, mate. The whinging filmmaker also said that broadcasters should 'diversify' so regions could create their own dramas. 'The directors I know in television say it's a nightmare. That's true for all the broadcasters, but the BBC is a rotten place for a director.' What the Hell is it about people in the TV industry who seem to believe that the best way to get viewers to watch their stuff is by dissing the hard work of other TV professionals? As a fully paid up member of the general public, this blogger had to tell bitter old whinging Red Ken Loach - and others who indulge in this sort of crass malarkey - that such comments usually have exactly the opposite effect on me. The BBC said, rather wearily, in a statement: 'Oh Christ, is that whinging old fart still alive? We hoped he's died years ago.' Well, no, they didn't actually but it would have been really funny if they had. In fact, they said: 'The quality, range and ambition of BBC Drama is evidence of an organisation in top creative form that supports both the director's voice and reflects the whole of the UK. From world-class British directors like Peter Kosminsky redefining period drama with Wolf Hall, or Julian Farino's BAFTA-winning Marvellous, visionary directors have a home on the BBC and this means we also attract directors from across the world like the EMMY-winning Susanne Bier on The Night Manager to Oscar winner Jane Campion. BBC Drama is produced across the nations and regions of the UK from Happy Valley to Peaky Blinders, The Fall, Shetland, Poldark, The A Word, Last Tango in Halifax and Ordinary Lies.' Or, in other words, whinging old Red Ken Loach is talking a right load of crap. Just like all whinging old Reds frequently do. Take Jezza Corbyn, for one. This blogger imagines bitter old whinging Red Ken Loach is a big fan. Loach also 'took aim' at the BBC over its news output. And again, big surprise. 'Its notion of news has got to be challenged. The BBC is very aware of its role in shaping people's consciousness, it's manipulative and deeply political,' he added. The BBC, rather wearily one suspects, said: 'BBC News is independent and adheres to clear published editorial guidelines including on impartiality. The BBC is consistently rated the most trusted and accurate news provider by the majority of people in the UK.' So, to sum up then, bitter whinging old Red Ken Loach is talking a right load of crap. Again. To repeat, what were the odd?
'I bet you well over half our drama output will always have in some way crime at its heart,' he added. But, he claimed, such programmes 'don't have to be quite so brutalised. I'm a bit tired of endless murders where in the first five minutes someone, always a woman or a child, is abducted, raped, knifed, killed or bludgeoned,' said Lygo. 'In comes a hard-bitten cop with a drinking problem or a woman who never got over the fact that her parents were murdered and couldn't solve the crime and in six weeks they find the killer and it ends up being Pauline Quirke around the corner. There are brilliant versions of that show and not great versions and I just feel: enough. They will always be around but the success of The Durrells was a positive thing, a sweet, happy, well-made brilliantly performed show, perfect for a Sunday evening.' There has been lots of debate over the last couple of years about the perceived prevalence of rape and sexual violence in contemporary TV drama, including a recent opinion piece by Radio Times TV editor that awful Graham woman, who suggested 'the brutal opening scene in ITV's new crime drama Paranoid is one murder too many.' One column in the Daily Scum Mail described BBC2 drama The Fall as 'an invitation to share an extended rape fantasy.' This,of course, from a newspaper that supported Hitler. But the drama's writer, Allan Cubbit, came out fighting and defended the programme in an interview last month. 'There has been one female death in The Fall across the first eleven episodes and that was the character of Sarah Kay. The other ones are reported, but I only showed the murder of one woman on-screen, which I needed to do to show what it was that Paul Spector was about. I don't expect to be applauded for my restraint, but I do think that compared with a great many other dramas I could mention The Fall has never indulged itself in that way.'
In its ruling, IPSO said: 'While the columnist's opinion was undoubtedly offensive to the complainant - and to others - these were views he had been entitled to express.' Manji said she feared for her safety after the MacKenzie column was published. In her appeal letter she says: 'Pundits called radio stations to talk about my being "lynched" in support of MacKenzie. This report was a devastating personal attack on me, highly prejudicial and pejorative, designed to cause me significant distress by linking me to terror. It is clearly prejudicial and pejorative to link me to the murder of eighty four people because I happen to be a Muslim and wear a hijab. Not only that, it prejudicially and inaccurately links me to a terrorist attack, which the vast majority of Muslims (including myself) believe to be absolutely abhorrent and against the teachings of Islamic principles. Indeed many of the victims of this attack were Muslims themselves, including a woman who like me was named Fatima and also wore a headscarf.' It added: 'There is also no consideration that the publication of this column led to fears about my physical safety in general given the current climate of Islamophobia and the risk that my being depicted next to the words "terror" could lead to unwarranted attention or even abuse on the streets. Indeed my family and employer took precautions to ensure my safety in the days following the publication of this column.' A spokesman for IPSO confirmed that it had rejected Manji's appeal. He said: 'The appeal has already been dealt with as part of the process. Any review that she has within the process has been exhausted.' In its ruling, IPSO said: 'The article did not include a prejudicial or pejorative reference to the complainant on the grounds of religion. The article did refer to the complainant but it did so to explain what triggered the discussion about a legitimate subject of debate: whether newsreaders should be allowed to wear religious symbols. In the committee's view, the columnist was permitted to identify what prompted his discussion, rather than merely raising it in the abstract. Furthermore, he was entitled to express his view that, in the context of a terrorist act which had been carried out ostensibly in the name of Islam, it was inappropriate for a person wearing Islamic dress to present coverage of the story.'
Former page three model Emma Morgan, who plans to sue Mahmood over a drugs sting in the 1990s, said: 'As far as a guilty man receiving fifteen months jail, of which he's going to serve seven-and-a-half months, at the end of his career, I don't think it's quite the same as what he gave me in a sense. It was a life sentence at the very beginning of my career.' Mahmood's lawyer, John Kelsey-Fry QC, had said his client stood before the court as 'a very frightened man. Whatever people say of him today, that career has provided some valuable service,' he claimed. One or two people even believed him. 'He has brought catastrophe upon himself and a lifetime's work will be forever tarnished.' During the trial at London's Old Bailey, the court heard that Contostavlos had been 'targeted' by Mahmood, posing as an influential film producer who wanted her to star in a Hollywood blockbuster. Mahmood met the singer at the Metropolitan Hotel in London in 2013 and she allegedly arranged for him to be sold half-an-ounce of cocaine by one of her contacts for eight hundred quid. The former N-Dubz singer and The X Factor judge was later arrested and charged with being concerned in the supply of a class A drug, after Mahmood handed 'evidence' to police. But her trial was eventually thrown out, the Old Bailey was told, after driver Smith was found to have changed his police statement, removing comments that she made to him expressing her disapproval of hard drugs. A News UK spokesman said that Mahmood was 'originally suspended pending an internal inquiry' after the Tulisa Contostavlos trial collapsed, but the inquiry had been 'superseded' by the criminal process. Mahmood, they claimed, had led 'scores of successful investigations' during his twenty five-year career with the company which had 'led to the exposure of criminality and wrongdoing. It is a source of great regret that his time with the company should end in this manner,' he said.
'There was even a time when he didn't get an EMMY for his TV programme three years in a row and he started tweeting the EMMYs were rigged against him.' In 2004 and 2005 The Apprentice was denied the award for outstanding reality-competition programme, losing on both occasions to The Amazing Race. In 2006 the programme was nominated again, this time for its cinematography, only to miss out once more to the globe-trotting contest show. Trump has made reference to the snub on several occasions since, dubbing The Amazing Race 'a piece of crap' in an episode of The Apprentice last year. 'I got screwed out of an EMMY,' he was heard saying in an episode broadcast last January. 'Everybody thought I was going to win it. And then they announced the most boring show on television' - the name of which was beeped out when the show was broadcast. The reference to Trump's long-standing whinge prompted contradictory responses from both Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her former Seinfeld co-star Jason Alexander. 'The EMMYs are not rigged,' wrote the former, who has won the outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for the last five years for her political satire Veep. Alexander joked that he 'knew the EMMYs were rigged,' having missed out on an award at seven consecutive ceremonies for his Seinfeld role. Others to have commented include television producer Greg Berlanti, who made reference to Alec Baldwin's impersonation of Trump on Saturday Night Live. 'The closest Donald Trump will ever get to an EMMY is when Alec Baldwin wins one for playing him,' tweeted the executive producer of Supergirl and Arrow.
reassured fans that, contrary to Internet reports this week he is not, in fact, dead. Which is, obviously, jolly good news for Brendan.
co-presented the BBC's swimming and diving coverage at the Olympics in Rio, will fill the hot seat on Lorraine from 24 to 28 October. The thirty three-year-old said was 'so excited' to filling Kelly's shoes and looking forward to the show's cookery items. Lady Gaga, James Arthur, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Jodie Kidd will be among her guests. She will also speak to former Coronation Street actress Tracy Brabin, the new Labour' MP for the Batley and Spen after this week's by-erection prompted by the senseless murder of Jo Cox. Fiona Phillips, Gaby Roslin and Lisa Snowdon took turns to host Lorraine when Kelly last took time off in August.
later said that a letter had been sent to one of RT's suppliers, not RT itself, and no accounts had been frozen.
Shpock. God, that woman's voice is so bloody annoying. Get a proper job, love.
this chap appears not to be a fan of it or of the people using it. 'It's like a magnet for retards.' Gosh, he's very cross, isn't he?
the one with the smelly son and the one with the hipster with a dodgy car. Why would any actor, no matter how desperate for work they are, want to appear in annoying nonsense like this? Quick, quick, think. Oh yes, the wonga. Stupid of me to ask, really.
Meanwhile, there's a very good piece by the Independent's Martin Hardy - author of Touching Distance and Tunnel Of Love - on The Rafa Revolution. How Rafa Benitez Reconnected Newcastle United With Its City To Take Them Top Of The Championship Table can be checked out here. Recommended.
repeat previously withdrawn allegations about Neil Warnock, the former Crystal Palace and current Cardiff City manager made by the footballer Jason Puncheon. Because, unlike when you're on Loose Women, if you're an MP and are covered by parliamentary privilege you can say whatever you like, no matter how libellous, and not get done for it. Though, you can get publicly ridiculed for 'talking crap,' admittedly. Allardyce's stint as England manager lasted only one match following his appointment in July. The former West Hamsters United, yer actual Keith Telly Topping's beloved (though unsellable) Newcastle United, Notts County, Blackburn Vindaloos and Blunderland manager was filmed in July 2016 telling undercover reporters it was 'not a problem' to bypass rules on third-party player ownership and claimed that he 'knew' of agents who were 'doing it all the time.' The Torygraph investigation also claimed that a four hundred thousand knicker deal was 'struck' for Allardyce to represent the Far East firm the reporters claimed to work for and to be a speaker at events, although Allardyce said that he would have to 'run that by' the FA first. Allardyce said he 'made a significant error of judgement,' but that 'entrapment had won' following his departure from the England job. He added: 'Although it was made clear during the recorded conversations that any proposed arrangements would need the FA's full approval, I recognise I made some comments which have caused embarrassment.' Clarke said the FA is still waiting for the Torygraph and police to release the full information from their investigation. Answering questions from MPs at a Commons select committee into football governance, Clarke said that Allardyce was given a pay-off when he left England, but refused to disclose the sum. On Friday, FA vice-chairman David Gill told BBC Sport that Allardyce's exit was 'a complete disappointment' and that 'no-one saw it coming.' Well, except the Torygraph, obviously.
asked to rename their products or risk being refused halal certification. The Malaysian Islamic Development Department, a religious government body, said that it had adopted the ruling after 'complaints' from Muslim tourists. Director Sirajuddin Suhaimee said that the name 'might cause confusion.' But, only to the terminally stupid. 'In Islam, dogs are considered unclean and the name cannot be related to halal certification,' he said. Malaysian halal food guidelines say 'halal food and halal artificial flavour shall not be named or synonymously named after non-halal products such as ham, bak kut teh, bacon, beer, rum and others that might create confusion,' local media said. Muslim-majority Malaysia practises a moderate form of Islam but conservative attitudes are on the rise. On Monday, popular pretzel store franchise Auntie Anne's was refused halal certification unless it renamed its 'Pretzel Dog.' Suhaimee said it was 'more appropriate' to call it a 'Pretzel Sausage.' A representative of the US chain described it as a "minor issue" and said the firm was fine with changing the name on the menu. Malaysian Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz slammed the ruling, calling it 'stupid and backward.' Yep, pretty much. 'Hot dog is "hot dog lah". Even in Malay it's called hot dog - it's been around for so many years. I'm a Muslim and I'm not offended,' he told reporters, adding that there was 'no reason' for the religious body to take offence at the word. 'It comes from the English language. Please do not make us seem stupid and backward.' I'm afraid that ship's already sailed, Nazri me auld dear. The ruling has also 'garnered ridicule' and 'stirred debate' among Malaysians on social media. But, nobody gives a knickers what some people on Twitter think about pretty much anything.
a Panasonic DMR-EX97EB - a lovely beast which, thanks to Keith telly Topping having a load of Argos gift tokens left over from doing some market research for an online company some months ago only cost this blogger about twenty five quid in real terms. In the mean time, Keith Telly Topping also decided to get in a new telly since the old one (a Phillips) is starting to show some signs of being one the verge of konking out. Thing is. this blogger has always rented his TV sets from Radio Rentals (or, Box Clever as they are now) ever since we first moved into Stately Telly Topping Manor. Mainly because it's a big item and if it should ever blow up they will replace it within twenty four hours. So, this blogger rang them up, spoke to the lovely Lucy, got everything sorted and that will be delivered next week. Then, a sudden thought hit Keith Telly Topping in the mush like a wet haddock. The Stately Telly Topping Manor Sky box, is an really old'un and works off a scart-lead unlike the new DVD and the new telly, both of which are HDMI. Bugger. So, about thirty minute and two phone calls to Box Clever technical support later, we discover that there is, in fact, a scart-to-HDMI cable available which they will happily provide me with (free of charge an'all which was nice of them). But, what a sodding faff! Technology. This blogger hates the advance of it and wishes we could all go back to the stone age. Or, the 1970s, whichever is cheaper.