- Breaking Bad and Arrested Development stars line up for new animation BoJack Horseman - video
See the first trailer for the new Netflix original show BoJack Horseman, which has been exec-produced by and stars Arrested Development's Will Arnett and Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul. This dark animated comedy follows the misfortunes of failed 90s sitcom star (and horse) BoJack, who is attempting to stage a comeback. The cast also features Alison Brie (Mad Men/Community), Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy) and Paul F Tompkins (Best Week Ever) All 12 episodes of BoJack Horseman will premiere on Netflix on 22 August Aaron Paul and Will Arnett on the set of BoJack Horseman in pictures Continue reading... Bojack Horseman Photograph: NetflixBojack Horseman Photograph: Netflix
- Inside No 9: a gutsy dark comedy of misery and mayhem box set review
Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, makers of The League of Gentlemen, return with a collection of unrelated tales of morality and mortality, and a legion of ghoulish mishaps There's something about these short, sharp shockers that gets under the skin. The BBC has already repeated A Quiet Night In, the remarkable, almost dialogue-free instalment of the series, which is starting to accrue awards. This DVD release should help spread the word: it's very lendable. Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton the show's creators, writers and stars eschew the current TV trend for long, involved story arcs, choosing instead to resurrect the once-popular anthology format. In the 70s and 80s, there were plenty of TV short-story strands, from Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected to Nigel Kneale's Beasts, not to mention Hammer House of Horror. Here, over six episodes, we get unrelated 30-minute tales of morality and mortality, all with different characters, but set in some sort of number nine: a dressing room, a flat above some shops, a gothic mansion, and so on. Apart from the number, there's no thematic link, other than things going very badly indeed for some well, most of the characters. Continue reading... Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton return with a collection of darkly comedic tales. Photograph: BBC/Gary MoyesReece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton return with a collection of darkly comedic tales. Photograph: BBC/Gary Moyes
- The Stuarts review the BBC suddenly remembers how much it loves Scotland
Clare Jackson's historical series was an engaging piece of factual storytelling but was there a subtext from the Beeb we were supposed to pick up on as well? In any other year, starting a documentary series just as most viewers go away on holiday might look like the kiss of death. Or, if you're a suspicious type, a good time to bury a turkey. But these are not ordinary times. They are Scottish times. First the referendum campaign and now the Commonwealth Games these are times when the BBC remembers how much it loves Scotland after all. With its intermittent historical re-enactments, there were moments when The Stuarts (BBC2) threatened to be a follow-up to the heaving- bosomed, too-well-scrubbed drama series The Tudors. There were other occasions its slow-motion leitmotif of horses, for example when The Stuarts became a caricature of a student documentary. But for the most part, it was a serious and engaging piece of factual storytelling. This was Dr Clare Jackson's first time out in front of camera and it showed. She often looked terrified, but she has a rare gift for marshalling a mass of difficult material and presenting it in a coherent way. Continue reading... Programme Name: The Stuarts - TX: 06/08/2014 - Episode: The Stuarts (No. 2/3) - Picture Shows: Dr Clare Jackson in Worcester Cathedral - (C) BBC Scotland - Photographer: *** 4072397 Photograph: ***/BBC ScotlandProgramme Name: The Stuarts - TX: 06/08/2014 - Episode: The Stuarts (No. 2/3) - Picture Shows: Dr Clare Jackson in Worcester Cathedral - (C) BBC Scotland - Photographer: *** 4072397 Photograph: ***/BBC Scotland
- The Wire creator David Simon announces new drama, Show Me a Hero
Paul Haggis will direct Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener in the six-hour HBO miniseries, which will explore racial friction in Yonkers, New York See David Simon at the Observer's Ideas festival, 12 October With his New Orleans-set drama Treme having come to a close earlier this year, David Simon who also created The Wire has announced his new HBO TV series, Show Me a Hero. Simon, who will co-write the show with William F. Zorni, has assembled some blue-chip talent to back him up. Paul Haggis, whose 2004 film Crash won a best picture Oscar, is to direct, with Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener to take starring roles. Isaac broke through with his leading role in the Coen brothers' film Inside Llewyn Davis, and is currently filming Star Wars: Episode VII, while Keener is celebrated for her subtle work in anything from broad comedy (The 40 Year-Old Virgin) to drama (Synecdoche, New York). Continue reading... David Simon, whose series Show Me a Hero has just been announced. Photograph: Graham Jepson for the GuardianDavid Simon Photograph: Graham Jepson for the Guardian
- The Honourable Woman's Maggie Gyllenhaal on The Daily Show video
The star of Hugo Blick's eight-part Middle East thriller talks to Daily Show host Jon Stewart about the inspiration for the drama, how it has been received in the UK so far and whether it has 'gone too far to one side or the other' in its treatment of the conflict The Daily Show is on in the UK at 00.30am, weekdays, Comedy Central Extra Continue reading... Maggie Gyllenhall on the Daily Show Photograph: Comedy CentralMaggie Gyllenhall on the Daily Show Photograph: Comedy Central
- TV shows based on internet memes are a sign of producers giving up
Vine celebrity Dapper Laughs has been given his own ITV2 show but copy-and-pasting internet clips onto the small screen is almost always a terrible idea Dapper Laughs is an internet sensation. Hes fitfully amusing, albeit in an unbearably laddish way, on Vine , violently self-obsessed on Instagram , an obsessive praise-retweeter on Twitter and hes released an objectively terrible single called Proper Moist. And now hes got his own TV show . On The Pull, according to ITV2, will see Dapper out and about causing trouble and helping the Great British public perfect the art of pulling. Fans will be thrilled as Dapper unleashes a host of brand new fearless sketches, bringing his hilarious Vines to ITV2. Which is fair enough. People watch and enjoy The Only Way is Essex, and Dapper Laughs is essentially a funnier and slightly more self-aware version of that, so theres every chance that the new show will do well. But its the last six words of that description that worry me. Continue reading... Dapper Laughs.Dapper Laughs.
- Lets face it, Sharknado 2 is the future of television
It didnt matter if the sequel was any good it just mattered that they made it and we could all snark along live on social media Is Sharknado 2: The Second One any good? No, by any critical measure it is not. Is it entertaining? Yes, and wildly so. Much like Lucy, a laughably bad blockbuster that is currently stinking up cineplexes across the world, the schlocktacular sequal to the social media phenomenon has an utter pop culture craziness that has fans snickering all the way to heaven with non-stop action and a plot that only makes a whiff of sense. Continue reading... Ian Ziering, as Fin Shepard, battles a shark on a New York City street in Sharknado 2: The Second One. Photograph: Syfy/APIan Ziering, as Fin Shepard, battles a shark on a New York City street in Sharknado 2: The Second One. Photograph: Syfy/AP
- Thai junta unamused by comedian John Oliver's royal jibes
British performer and host considered a threat by government for 'undermining the royal institution' with jokes about prince The British comedian John Oliver has come under fire in Thailand after mocking members of the royal family and poking fun at the ruling junta's so-called "happiness" campaigns two jokes that may have landed the satirist on a government blacklist. Talking last month on his late-night HBO show Last Week Tonight , Oliver ridiculed Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha's "dystopian nightmare" of a government, called Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn a "buffoon" and an "idiot", and ridiculed a clip of a contentious home video of the prince and his semi-naked wife at a poolside birthday party for their pet poodle Foo Foo. Continue reading... British comedian John Oliver called Thailand's prince Maha Vajiralongkorn a 'buffoon' and an 'idiot' on his HBO show. Photograph: Reed YoungBritish comedian John Oliver called Thailand's prince Maha Vajiralongkorn a 'buffoon' and an 'idiot' on his HBO show. Photograph: Reed Young
- The Great British Bake Off series five: meet the contestants in pictures
With the Bake Off moving to BBC1 on 6 August, we take a look at the contestants lining up to impress Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry with their kitchen prowess. Who will be the master baker and who will be stuck with the wooden spoon? The Great British Bake Off 'Mary Berry demands a golden throne' Continue reading... The Great British Bake Off contestants.The Great British Bake Off contestants.
- After Manimal, which other 1983 TV shows should Will Ferrell reboot?
The actor and comedian is planning to reprise the ultimate naff 80s action-adventure as a comedy. But there are plenty of others he could have gone for Master of the secrets that divide man from animal, animal from man Manimal has been a symbol of TV naffness for so long that Will Ferrell producing a big-screen reboot feels almost pre-ordained . Repositioning it as a comedy is a smart way of leveraging the shows mushrooming online reputation try to keep a straight face while watching the original credits but whats really impressive is the fact that Ferrell has tracked down a TV show from 1983 that hasnt already been rehashed. The A-Team, Fraggle Rock, Bananaman, Inspector Gadget, LeVar Burtons Reading Rainbow and Bob Holnesss Blockbusters all debuted that year, and all have either been remade or are being prepped for some sort of comeback. ITV even rebooted Good Morning Britain, for all the good it did . But there are still a handful of overlooked TV gems from 1983 that Ferrell should consider remaking after Manimal replaces the Twilight series as the greatest zoological shapeshifting movie of all time. Continue reading... Simon MacCorkindale in the original Manimal. Photograph: AlamySimon MacCorkindale in the original Manimal. Photograph: Alamy
- Yemen Swap Marriages a tradition that makes and breaks families
The ancient Shegar practice where the children of one family marry those of another often means that homes and support systems can be torn apart in the blink of an eye The high cost of getting married within a closed society is the subject of Mai Noman's documentary Yemen Swap Marriages (BBC World Service). The programme follows the practice of Shegar, an ancient tradition where the children of one family marry those of another, or to quote Noman's friend Hassan: "I marry your sister if you marry mine, but if you divorce my sister, I divorce yours." Yemen is one of the poorest, least-developed countries in the Arab world and Shegar presumably exists as a way out of paying marriage dowries. But, as Noman discovers, there are more complicated factors at play. We meet Waleed and Nora, siblings who married their cousins in Shegar. "I felt uncomfortable, but my parents wanted me to marry someone they knew," says Waleed. "And we're not the type of children to say 'no' to our parents." Nora found out she was going to have a baby just as Waleed decided to divorce his wife. As a result, Nora in the throes of a traumatic pregnancy was ejected from her marital home and parted from her loving husband. Continue reading... A Yemeni wedding. Photograph: AFP/Getty ImagesA Yemeni wedding. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
- Aaron Paul and Will Arnett on the set of BoJack Horseman in pictures
A behind-the-scenes look at the recording of the new Netflix animation, BoJack Horseman, starring Will Arnett, Aaron Paul and Communitys Alison Brie Breaking Bad and Arrested Development stars line up for new animation BoJack Horseman video All 12 episodes of BoJack Horseman will premiere on Netflix on 22 August Continue reading... Alison Brie, Aaron Paul, Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Paul F. Tompkins BoJack Horseman. Saeed Adyani for Netflix.Alison Brie, Aaron Paul, Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Paul F. Tompkins BoJack Horseman. Saeed Adyani for Netflix.
- TV highlights 31/07/2014
Golf: Bridgestone Invitational | BBC Proms Masterworks: Bach's St John's Passion | Beavers Behaving Badly Natural World | The Yorkshire Ripper: Born To Kill? | The Honourable Woman | Scandal | Kids And Guns | Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy 2 Akron, Ohio is best known in the world of sport for being where Lebron James first learned to slam dunk, but today golf rolls into town. The Bridgestone Invitational is a tournament that Tiger Woods still manages to dominate (he has won here eight times and took the title last year) and after a tough time on the links during the Open, the wide fairways of the Firestone Country Club will be welcome relief for the tour pros with Woods, Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth all in the field. Lanre Bakare Continue reading... Kids and Guns looks at the implications for children in the US of the 'right to bear arms'. Photograph: Pro Co/Channel 4Kids and Guns looks at the implications for children in the US of the 'right to bear arms'. Photograph: Pro Co/Channel 4
- All reality television reunion specials should be banned forever
Nothing happens in these reunion shows. And if something is going to happen, its going to be fairly dangerous Last night, along with many other reality television fans, I endured the first part of the Real Housewives of New York City reunion special. It was dreadfully boring, but I watched all the same. You know the type, where the cast of a reality show especially those of the fighting women genre sit on couches and dissect the events of the season after theyve all watched it air on television with the rest of us. These specials are actually quite dangerous and destructive and, along with other things that are dangerous and destructive, they should be banned. Nothing happens in these reunions. Nothing. Sure the shows feature plenty of verbal altercations and heated arguments, but that is all a reunion has to offer, these women yelling across a coffee table making a cacophony worse than slaughtering day at a chicken farm. On the actual program we can see events unfold and the women go to dinner parties and on vacations and shopping excursions and you can understand how their behavior leads to an argument. There is no behavior here. There are only words. And the various factions of an argument have their sides so well rehearsed that there is no convincing the other side to back down. Continue reading... Simpler times with the ladies of New York Citys season one, when reunion specials were just a glint in Andy Cohens eye ...Simpler times with the ladies of New York Citys season one, when reunion specials were just a glint in Andy Cohens eye ...
- Allison Williams to play Peter Pan in live NBC broadcast
Girls star to play alongside Christopher Walken in NBCs follow-up to their live production of The Sound Of Music Open contributions: Why or why not? Allison Williams has been cast in the lead role for NBCs live musical performance of Peter Pan. She will star alongside Christopher Walken, who will play Captain Hook, in the December 4 broadcast. Continue reading... Allison Williams, right, with fellow Girls stars Zosia Mamet and Lena Dunham. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesAllison Williams, right, with fellow Girls stars Zosia Mamet and Lena Dunham. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images
- What The Evil Dead needs to do to work as a TV series
For the classic horror movie to succeed on the small screen, Sam Raimi must ensure there's a decent plot and plenty of humour in with the horror. But, most of all, he needs Bruce Campbell at its heart Of all the revelations at this year's Comic-Con, perhaps the most intriguing was Sam Raimi's confirmation that both he and his long-time collaborator (and brother) Ivan are beavering away on a TV adaptation of The Evil Dead. While a tentative cause for geeky celebration in itself, the news that Bruce Campbell, who played Ash Williams in the original, will also be involved means that gore fans globe-wide are now dribbling into their laps. The Evil Dead franchise received an overhaul last year, of course, with Fede Alvarez's sequel-remake, a decent if slightly humourless take on Raimi's original cabin in the woods claret-cabaret. The film's surprise post-credits sting starring Campbell was the first time Ash had been seen since 1992's splatter-comedy classic Army of Darkness, meaning, if the TV show decides to put Ash front-and-centre, it could pick up his narrative where Army of Darkness left off. Continue reading... Bring him back: Bruce Campbell as Ash in the 1981 film The Evil Dead. Photograph: New Line Cinema/Sportsphoto/AllstarBring him back: Bruce Campbell as Ash in the 1981 film The Evil Dead. Photograph: New Line Cinema/Sportsphoto/Allstar
- The Stuarts: is it still possible to make a 'British' TV programme on the history of Scotland?
The BBC's three-part documentary risks causing further tension under the heat of the referendum debate A three-part documentary that starts on Wednesday The Stuarts (8pm, BBC2) looks, on the surface, like a pretty modest offering: a series previously shown in Scotland and now given a UK-wide showing as filler in summer schedules still dominated by sport . And yet few other series in TV history will have been watched with such intense scrutiny by special-interest groups. In this case, three of them: the "yes" and "no" sides in the Scottish independence debate because this is an account by the British Broadcasting Corporation of the union between England and Scotland and the so-called Humphrysists, named after the Radio 4 Today programme presenter who recently launched a campaign against historians who talk about the past in the present tense . For example, from The Stuarts: "James writes a book for his son." Or, as John Humphrys would harrumph, "wrote" a book for his son, as the ink dried more than 400 years ago. Continue reading... Dr Clare Jackson presents The Stuarts. Photograph: BBC ScotlandDr Clare Jackson presents The Stuarts. Photograph: BBC Scotland
- TV highlights 30/07/2014
The Stuarts | This Old Thing: The Vintage Clothes Show | The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway | The Mimic | Inquisition | Sharknado 2: The Second One | Football: Manchester City v Liverpool Dr Clare Jackson presents this new series about "the first family of Great Britain". When Elizabeth I died without an heir, her distant cousin James VI of Scotland inherited her lands all with their own histories of conflict and set about trying to unite them. While the film-makers do some striking work with slowed-down footage of snorting horses, Jackson reveals the nature of James through his Basilikon Doron, a treatise on government. The upshot? Try and keep a middle course between Papists and Puritans. John Robinson Continue reading... The Stuarts, BBC2 Photograph: ***/BBC ScotlandThe Stuarts, BBC2 Photograph: ***/BBC Scotland
- Is there any TV worth watching in silly season?
With little but repeats, sport and gardening on the schedules, I've fallen out with my TV. But rewarding viewing is still out there if you look beyond the mainstream channels Television and I are not getting along. This is a committed relationship, and I know we're in it for the long haul, but I'm starting to find the small things irritating. I'm less interested in spending time together. I remember when it would pull out the stops to dazzle me. But over the past few weeks, something has shifted. I come home to a lazy slob, languishing in its trackie bottoms and eating cereal from the box. It's become routine. It's a chore. I've started to practise the "it's not you, it's me" speech, even though secretly I don't feel like it's me, at all. Newspapers call it silly season and stick children with funny-shaped rashes on the front page, but for television, summer is a barren time too, dominated by sport, and frankly, I'm all sported out. I watched Queens, and I watched Wimbledon. I loved the World Cup and not just because I had nabbed Germany in the Guardian sweepstake. But boules, swimming and hockey, all day and all night, the hours and hours of gentle competition, are leaving me cold. Viewing figures for BBC1's primetime Commonwealth coverage are hovering under five million, so I am not the only one. And the terrestrial channel alternatives are harrowing: Kirstie's Fill Your House for Free. Love Your Garden. Holby City. A Sarah Millican repeat. Undercover Boss, series 597. (Hint if that new recruit with rich-person teeth and a St Lucia tan turns up on his or her first day with a camera crew, they are your boss.) Continue reading... A particular delight: David O'Doherty on Stewart Lee's Alternative Comedy Experience. Photograph: PublicityA particular delight: David O'Doherty on Stewart Lee's Alternative Comedy Experience. Photograph: Publicity
- Utopia recap: series two, episode four
This week we got a glimpse into the life of a Network sleeper agent, while Milner laid down the law for Wilson Spoiler alert this blog is for viewers who have seen the fourth episode of the second series of Utopia on Channel 4. Catch up with the earlier episodes here . Continue reading... Ready to kill Adeel Akhtar as Wilson in Utopia. Photograph: Ryan McNamaraReady to kill Adeel Akhtar as Wilson in Utopia. Photograph: Ryan McNamara
- Ross Burden obituary
Chef who found fame through the TV series Ready Steady Cook Ross Burden, who has died aged 45 after undergoing treatment for leukaemia, was a celebrity chef who espoused the virtues of using local seasonal produce. He first came to public attention as a contestant in the TV cookery competition MasterChef, then became a regular on the BBC series Ready Steady Cook and a favourite private chef of stars such as Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Known for his charm as much as for the culinary skills he had learned from his grandmother as a child, he was once dubbed "the tastiest man in Britain". Born in Taradale, in the Hawke's Bay region of North Island, New Zealand, he was adopted by Kelvin Burden, an electrician, and his wife, Anne, and described his childhood as idyllic. He told a New Zealand magazine: "As a kid, we had a bach [beach house] in Mahia. We'd have breakfast, then bugger off for the day, either to the beach or the swamp to catch frogs. A pocket knife, stick of bamboo and piece of string could keep you entertained for hours." Continue reading... Ross Burden in the kitchen, 1995. Photograph: GTV/RexRoss Burden in the kitchen, 1995. Photograph: GTV/Rex
- Guardian reader event: Ruby Wax and Colin Blakemore
Monday 8 September, 7pm Greenwood Theatre, London SE1 Continue reading... Ruby Wax and Colin Blakemore.Ruby Wax and Colin Blakemore.