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Tag: drama

March 7, 2017

Jan Harvey

by General

Penzance born actress Jan Harvey is married to her Howards’ Way co-star Stephen Yardley. She played Jan Howard in the popular series that depicted Thatcherite, nouveau riche excess from 1985 to 1990, has also appeared in Inspector Morse and Lovejoy and was pushed off a balcony to her death in Eastenders in 2016. In 2013, … Continue reading “Jan Harvey”

March 6, 2017

The Excitement Builds

by Jon Vine

New contributor Jon Vine previews next week’s Cheltenham Festival   There is no sound in sport that evokes more tension and excitement than the hooves of twenty equine athletes thundering around the final bend at Prestbury Park. Simply remembering all the great names who have bolted up the Cheltenham straight to claim Festival glory makes … Continue reading “The Excitement Builds”

March 18, 2016

Upping the Auntie

by Matthew Steeples

The BBC needs to look to history if it wishes to regain the nation’s adulation

December 28, 2015

Ellen Perry

by General

Award-winning film director, producer and writer Ellen Perry made her name with her brilliantly insightful documentary film The Fall of Fujimori in 2005.

May 17, 2015

The Worst Marriage in Georgetown

by Matthew Steeples

Story of the 2011 murder of 91-year old socialite Viola Herms Drath by her 47-year old bisexual fraudster husband Albrecht Gero Muth to be made into a film produced by Christoph Waltz

March 9, 2015

Aidan Turner

by General

Despite tweeting just twice, Dublin born actor Aidan Turner has over 21,000 followers on Twitter.

August 20, 2014

Josh Bowman

by Matthew Steeples

Born in Berkshire, Josh Bowman is a rugby player turned actor who briefly dated Amy Winehouse in 2009. Having spent two years in the BBC’s Holby City, he moved to Los Angeles to take up the main role of Daniel Grayson in the popular American ABC series Revenge in 2011. His co-star Emily VanCamp has … Continue reading “Josh Bowman”

August 3, 2014

Caught in court

by Matthew Steeples

“More than impertinent” barrister Ian West slammed for his behaviour   Courtrooms, despite being places where justice ought to be taken seriously, are often the scenes of comical farce. Whilst Rolf Harris unconvincingly sought to win over the jury in his case by singing Jake the Peg and imitating his wobble-board, the case of a … Continue reading “Caught in court”

July 17, 2014

Messing about in boats

by Matthew Steeples

Thameside cottage where ‘Lewis’ was filmed for sale   Two episodes of the Inspector Morse sequel, Lewis, were filmed at Thatched Cottage at Mile End Reach, Henley-on-Thames. The cottage – last sold in 2000 for £1,075,000 – is now on the market for £3,600,000

December 31, 2013

Pottery and drama

by Matthew Steeples

£3 million castle once owned by the Wedgewood family comes to the market   Robin MacDonald, the current owner of Caverswall Castle in Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire is a man once described as “having it all”. He’s also a man who plainly attracts drama and with the sale of his castle, a new chapter looms for his … Continue reading “Pottery and drama”

October 28, 2013

The genius of Homeland

by Matthew Steeples

Twist in latest episode of ‘Homeland’ was pure genius   Since its inception, Homeland has never failed to impress. Some might say the second series was a let down. I’d disagree. The end of last night’s episode, however, was pure genius

October 17, 2013

Bonneville’s super ride

by Matthew Steeples

Hugh Bonneville can celebrate after Gothic wins at Leicester   This morning, The Telegraph’s ‘Mandrake’ reported on the latest success of the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Petrushka Syndicate and one of its investors, Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville, at Leicester.

October 7, 2013

Homing on Downton

by Matthew Steeples

Sunday night’s viewing was a mixed bag   Last night Homeland went head to head with Downton Abbey. The winner, in our view, was clearly Homeland but though both had their moments, both had clear weaknesses.

July 31, 2013

Looking for Lucan

by Matthew Steeples

ITV’s claims to have a solution to the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Lord Lucan are pure fantasy   There have been countless suggestions as to what happened to Lord Lucan after he disappeared without trace on 8th November 1974. As part of publicity for a forthcoming two-part drama starring Rory Kinnear, ITV, though, claim … Continue reading “Looking for Lucan”

March 17, 2013

Jim Bowen (born Peter Williams)

by Matthew Steeples

This witty Northern comedian began his career as deputy headmaster at Caton Primary School in Lancashire. Best known as the host of Bullseye between 1981 and 1985, Bowen’s back in the limelight as many suggest he’s a lookalike of the new Pope. His BBC Radio Lancashire show was axed in 1999 after he referred to … Continue reading “Jim Bowen (born Peter Williams)”

Sandi Toksvig

by Matthew Steeples

In 2013, this Danish-British former Liberal Democrat author and presenter stated: “The Duchess of Cambridge lacks a single [relevant] opinion”. The nation were far from impressed. “Toxic Toksvig”, as some refer to her, is a Cambridge educated lesbian and mother of three whose works number Hitler’s Canary and Heroines & Harridans. She started her career … Continue reading “Sandi Toksvig”

March 15, 2013

Kathy Clugston

by Matthew Steeples

Belfast born Clugston is known as “The Posh Radio 4 Lady” or “The PR4L” and is BBC Radio 4’s continuity announcer. This witty lady’s voice is familiar to millions as a result of this but she’s also the female Irish voice for TomTom satellite navigation systems and the creator of the “Radio4minus1letter” Twitter based game. … Continue reading “Kathy Clugston”

March 5, 2013

Michelle Dockery

by Matthew Steeples

This Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress came to prominence as Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary Crawley in September 2010 and is now considered “one of the most chattered-about women on television”. Born in Romford, Essex, Dockery has also appeared in television series’ including Heartbeat and Dalziel and Pascoe and films such as Anna Karenina with … Continue reading “Michelle Dockery”

December 26, 2012

A Robin Reliant of a drama

by Matthew Steeples

Our view on the Christmas episode of Downton Abbey   Christmas Day is meant to be a time for celebration and joy. After feasting likes kings, many of us sat down to a cheery cartoon or drama. With that in mind, watching Downton Abbey seemed like a good option.     8.1 million Brits viewed … Continue reading “A Robin Reliant of a drama”

December 14, 2012

The brilliance of Brooks

by Matthew Steeples

Our thoughts on the £10.8 million payout to Rebekah Brooks   Rebekah Brooks is a lady who is variously described as looking like Lady Macbeth and Merida, the animated hero of Pixar’s Brave.   Brooks is of working class extraction but rose to find herself in the company of the likes of Gordon Brown, Tony … Continue reading “The brilliance of Brooks”

December 4, 2012

Dame Judi Dench CH, DBE, FRSA

by Matthew Steeples

Undoubtedly best known as one of the greatest actresses of the post-war period, Yorkshire born Dench briefly played Pru Forrest in the BBC’s The Archers. She’s an advocate for “more progressive drug policies” and only took the role of Lady Catherine de Bourgh in Pride & Prejudice after director Joe Wright wrote to her and … Continue reading “Dame Judi Dench CH, DBE, FRSA”

November 29, 2012

A Gipsy flies

by Matthew Steeples

The story of a 1929 bi-plane with a truly fascinating pedigree   Britain’s best-known wartime Prime Minister piloted a Gipsy Moth aeroplane that will be sold by auctioneers Bonhams in February 2013 at a guide of £120,000. The same craft was also featured in an iconic 1980s film and was also supposedly flown by a … Continue reading “A Gipsy flies”

November 20, 2012

Ecstasy and Babycham

by Matthew Steeples

A marine residence with a history tied to the Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy, the Special Operations Executive and Babycham   The House on the Shore on Thorns Beach at Beaulieu in Hampshire is a home that wouldn’t look out of place in the Hamptons or Rhode Island. Dramatically situated next to the Solent waters to … Continue reading “Ecstasy and Babycham”

May 7, 2012

The Rt. Hon. The Lord Archer

by Matthew Steeples

Jeffrey’s invented a lot of tales but is rightly renowned for spinning them brilliantly. This former politician wrote some brilliant diaries whilst in prison and now is mostly likely to be found doing charitable deeds. His shepherd’s pie and Krug parties are still the stuff of legends.

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