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New Trailer For Ghost Stories Promises A Spooky Watch

If catching him as Everett Ross in Marvel’s upcoming blockbuster Black Panther isn’t enough for those fans of the Sherlock and Hobbit actor out there, Martin Freeman is set to scare us out of our wits as well in the upcoming British horror anthology movie, Ghost Stories.

Co-written, co-directed by and co-starring Andy Nyman, Ghost Stories combines three tales of terror via a wraparound narrative, featuring Nyman as a skeptic psychologist investigating ghost sightings. Needless to say, we imagine his character will have his disbelief tested when he comes face to face with the supernatural.

Martin Freeman nails top billing, of course, in his role as Mike Priddle, while the rest of the cast is filled out with comedian Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther (The Imitation Game) and Jill Halfpenny. Ghost Stories is based on the hit stage show that received rave reviews during its five year run from 2010 to 2015 and for more,
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New Ghost Stories UK Quad and Global Trailer Launches

Having been lucky enough to catch the original Olivier nominated stage production in London on several occassions it's a great privilege to be able to bring you the new global trailer and poster for the forthcoming horror adaptation of Ghost Stories. The highly anticipated British horror movie, based on the original stage show by Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson ('The League of Gentlemen'), arrives in theatres on Friday 13th April 2018 and if the new trailer is anything to go by it seems poised to send plenty of shivers down unsupecting viewers' spines...
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Inside No. 9 series 4 episode 2 review: Bernie Clifton’s Dressing Room

Louisa Mellor Jan 9, 2018

Inside No. 9 continues on excellent form with this bittersweet play about a lost showbusiness friendship. Spoilers ahead…

This review contains spoilers.

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4.2 Bernie Clifton’s Dressing Room

In 2006, comedy double act Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball gave an interview to The Independent reminiscing about their stage and TV career. In their 1980s heyday, the pair had a serious falling-out, something “every double act goes through,” said Ball, “it’s like a marriage”. The piece concluded with Ball’s bittersweet line, “We've become really like brothers now. It's sad to say, but I'll bury him or he'll bury me.”

It probably wasn’t—Inside No.
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The week in TV: Feud: Bette and Joan; Shamed; The League of Gentlemen and more

Feud brilliantly revives the famed enmity between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, Shamed pokes at fresher wounds, and it’s farewell Royston Vasey

Feud: Bette and Joan (BBC2/iPlayer)

Shamed (C4) | All 4

The League of Gentlemen (BBC2) | iPlayer

Darcy Bussell: Looking for Fred Astaire (BBC1) | iPlayer

Alternativity (BBC2) | iPlayer

The World’s Best Christmas Lights (C4) | All 4

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away – in truth, California, in that seemingly endless early-60s sunshine that splashed the world in Kodachrome – some real star wars were being fought out, between real stars. Not just Twitter-spats: there was real, poisonous, physical on-set kicking, toxic briefings to either Hedda Hopper or Louella Parsons, in the days when one snide columnist could make Hollywood careers, or break entire studios. And, when Joan Crawford died of a heart attack in her early 70s, Associated Press telephoned Bette Davis to ask for her reaction.
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The League of Gentlemen: did the revival work?

From its Brexit undertones and resurrection of Legz Akimbo, to Pauline’s precious pens and the return of Pop, the three-night trip return to Royston Vasey packed a lot in. How was it for you?

The return to Twin Peaks might have proved 2017’s televisual highlight for many fans of more out-there TV, but coming up the rear (quite literally in the case of those Peri-Peri olives) was a welcome revival to the UK’s own kookiest community: Royston Vasey. With such a wealth of characters to revisit, we barely have space to even mention Luigi’s plight at the hands of Stella, Scott, Charlie and Gordon’s complex multi-sexual love quadrangle … or the exploding hedgehog. With that said, I’ve done my best to round up the top five moments.

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The League Of Gentlemen series 4 episode 2 review: Save Royston Vasey

Catherine Pearson Dec 19, 2017

There's more comedy brilliance from The League Of Gentlemen in part two of the new episodes. Spoilers ahead in our review...

This review contains spoilers.

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4.2 Save Royston Vasey

The credits have rolled on the second instalment of The League Of Gentlemen’s Christmas Special and, cor, where to start? The tone of the episode is considerably different from the first, as instead of reintroducing much-loved characters the show is now neck-deep in drama. Terrible deeds are afoot and everyone is in their own personal hell, be it living with trauma or in a literal living death.

One character we do get to see for the first time since the early noughties is Ollie Plimsolls, and boy is it good to have him back… although he does seem to have an axe to grind where
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The League of Gentlemen review – Royston Vasey: just as terrifying as ever

Edward and Tubbs are squatting, and the jobcentre has been relocated. Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith and Jeremy Dyson have had fun deciding what the years have done to their monsters

Benjamin Denton and his Auntie Val are coming back to Royston Vasey. As we are too, 15 years on, for a three-part, three-night The League of Gentlemen (BBC Two) 20th birthday celebration. No Uncle Harvey – he has (not so) sadly died. They are coming back for the funeral.

The creepy girls, Chloe and Radclyffe, are still there in the house, but much older now. “Hello, Benjamin, it’s nice to see you again,” they say creepily, in unison, like the twins from The Shining who inspired them. “We’ve had no one to play with, for years and years and years.”

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The League Of Gentlemen series 4 episode 1 review: Return To Royston Vasey

Catherine Pearson Dec 18, 2017

The League Of Gentlemen is back with comedy writing at its finest - sinister, tragic and very, very funny. Spoilers ahead...

This review contains spoilers.

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4.1 Return To Royston Vasey

League Of Gentlemen fans rejoice! The dark comedy that first hit our screens in 1999 is back, and while our beloved Royston Vasey has had to move with the times a bit, it’s still a dilapidated cesspit home to some of our much-loved oddballs. Come and join the celebration. We’re all local here…

What a way to begin the much-anticipated reunion of writers Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith. Just as he did 18 years previously, Benjamin sits on the train and reads a message from his off-the-wall Auntie Val. This time, he’s not holding a letter but a smart phone and,
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Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 episode 4 review: A Life Earned

Marc Buxton Dec 18, 2017

The cosmic Shield saga gets even more intense as an old friend returns and Mack is tested like never before. Spoilers ahead...

This review contains spoilers.

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5.4 A Life Earned

Whoa, now that’s an ending. In a week where the future of the Marvel Universe is on everyone’s mind thanks to the Fox/Disney merger, Marvel’s Agents Of Shield delivers an episode that reminds fans that the present rocks as well. This week, we get treated to a look into the heart and mind of Deke, a look into the damage done to Mack after he left the Framework, a battle that Agent May might not have survived, and the return of an old friend.
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Netflix UK scoop up a whole bunch of shows

Kirsten Howard Dec 15, 2017

Netflix UK is adding more TV shows in January than previously planned, including new DC series Black Lightning...

Netflix UK seem to have a bit of cash left over in their 2017 budget, as they've decided to grab a handful of extra shows to drop in January 2018.

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The streaming giant's UK base has announced that The CW's latest DC series Black Lightning will be coming to your telly box next month, if you're looking for a new superhero outing to take a chance on. That'll premiere on 23rd January.

Period drama Underground has also been snagged, along with Outsiders, another drama that focuses on a group of isolationist mountain folk. Both were cancelled
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Capcom wants to bring more classic games to Nintendo Switch

Matthew Byrd Dec 18, 2017

Street Fighter and Resident Evil publisher Capcom wants to bring classic games to the Nintendo Switch...

Capcom is looking to bring even more of their classic games to the Nintendo Switch

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According to Dr Serkan Toto, CEO of Kantan Games, Capcom CEO Kenzo Tsujimoto told Japanese publication The Nikkei that "the home + portable console concept works better than expected and that Capcom wants to port games to the Switch that were not available on Nintendo consoles previously."

Tsujimoto did not clarify which games that statement refers to. 

What we know for sure is that Capcom is working on a Switch port of the Mega Man Legacy Collections and the upcoming Mega Man X Collection.
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League Of Gentlemen, The Local Show For Local People, Returns to BBC

Brilliant news for fans of the comedic and horrific oddity The League of Gentlemen. Hinted at by its creators over the past few months the Beeb has officially announced that the show will return to Royston Vasey for three episodes. Mark Gatiss hinted at an anniversary special back in the Spring. Later, Reece Sheersmith chimed in early in the Summer, saying he was back to writing material for the show. The other two original members Steve Pemberton and Jeremy Dyson are also returning. Pemberton told the Daily Mirror, “As it gets closer to a 20 year anniversary, and that’s coming up, we will want to mark that in some way. I think there is still an appetite for it, people still remember it,...

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The League of Gentlemen and Alan Partridge returning to the BBC

Having been rumoured back in 2015, the BBC has now officially announced that the cult comedy The League of Gentlemen is set to return for three special new episodes in celebration of its 20th anniversary.

“I think there is still an appetite for it, people still remember it, we are all still great mates and I see no reason why not,” Steve Pemberton told the Daily Mirror, confirming that he will be reuniting with his co-creators Mark Gatiss, Jeremy Dyson and Reece Shearsmith. “We won’t rush it, it’s something we want to go get it right.”

The League of Gentlemen originally launched on BBC Radio 4 back in 1997, before making the jump to the small screen for three series on BBC Two between 1999 and 2002. As yet, it’s unclear when we can expect the new episodes to air.

Meanwhile, Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy, has also confirmed that Steve Coogan
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League of Gentlemen and Alan Partridge returning to BBC

Royston Vasey residents to return for 20th anniversary, as pride of Norfolk comes back ‘to make sense of Brexit and political unrest’

The League of Gentlemen and Alan Partridge are to return to the BBC it has been announced.

The long-rumoured reunion of the cast of the League will be for a series for special episodes to mark the 20th anniversary of its debut on the BBC. It will see Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith and Jeremy Dyson reunite revive the strange residents of Royston Vasey in three episodes of the black comedy.

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Cults, human sacrifice and pagan sex: how folk horror is flowering again in Brexit Britain

From Kill List to Blood on Satan’s Claw, celebrate May Day with a journey into the dark heart of the English countryside

Folk horror sounds like a contradiction in terms, like a blend of Aran knitwear and paranoia, morris-dancing and carnage. Mark Gatiss popularised the phrase, which is apt, since The League of Gentlemen helped seed the genre’s recent revival. The League found the funny in The Wicker Man, though it wasn’t hard to locate: it was always difficult to take seriously a movie where a strutting, bewigged Christopher Lee sonorously orders Edward Woodward, disguised as a dour jester in a Punch costume, to: “Cut some capers, man! Use your bladder!”

According to Gatiss, folk horror’s central trinity consists of three films from the late 1960s and early 70s: Michael Reeves’s Witchfinder General, a brooding tale of sadism and revenge in East Anglia during the
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Doctor Who Christmas special: new sneak peek

Kirsten Howard Louisa Mellor Simon Brew Rob Leane Dec 18, 2017

The BBC has released a new sneak peek at this year's Doctor Who Christmas special, Twice Upon A Time...

Earlier in the month we got confirmation that, as expected, the Doctor Who Christmas special - Twice Upon A Time - will be 60 minutes long, and air on Christmas Day. We were just waiting on exact transmission time from the Beeb, and now we finally have it: 5.30pm! So you can pop that in your diary, if you fancy.

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The BBC has released a new sneak peek this week. You can watch that below...

Here's the latest trailer, too...

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Twisted spine-chiller Inside No 9: ‘A laugh is the same as a scream’

As the darkly funny anthology series returns, creators Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith explain why comedy and horror is a marriage made in hell

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Like all the most exciting TV shows of the moment, Inside No 9 is a comedy that doesn’t try very hard to be funny. Instead, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith’s series – filed under the genre seemingly for admin purposes (the BBC don’t have an irreverently spooky anthology department) – is all about pushing buttons. Each episode, which tells a standalone story about pretty much anything at all, yields intrigue, amusement and – most notably – a torrent of goosebump-inducing horror.

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Martin Freeman and George Mackay to star in Ghost Stories

Screen Daily is reporting that Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) and George MacKay (Pride) have joined the cast of Ghost Stories, an adaptation of the supernatural stage production from Andy Nyman (Death At a Funeral) and co-writer and director Jeremy Dyson (The League of Gentlemen). Nyman will also reprise his role as Professor Phillip Goodman.

In Ghost Stories, Phillip Goodman (Nyman), professor of psychology and arch-skeptic has his rationality tested to the hilt when he receives a letter apparently from beyond the grave. His mentor Charles Cameron, the ‘original’ TV parapsychologist went missing fifteen years before, presumed dead and yet now he writes to Goodman saying that the pair must meet.

Cameron, it seems, is still very much alive. And he needs Goodman to find a rational explanation for three unsolved cases that have shaken Cameron to his core. As Goodman investigates, he meets three haunted people, each with a tale more frightening,
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A ‘Ghost Stories’ Film Is On The Way From Andy Nyman

Ghost Stories film: A feature film version of Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s hit stage show is being planned. Martin Freeman and George MacKay will star.

I remember catching the stage show Ghost Stories at the Lyric in Hammersmith many years ago, before its successful couple of runs in the West End, and couldn’t believe how amazing it was – and how scary. Well, now it seems like a Ghost Stories film is on the way courtesy of Andy Nyman, the genius that co-created the original play.

Nyman, an accomplished actor (he appeared in Severance, Black Death and Death At A Funeral), and frequent collaborator with TV mentalist Derren Brown, will direct and reprise his role of Professor Phillip Goodman from the original play, a character described as ‘a psychology academic and skeptic who sees his belief in the rational tested when his old mentor, Charles Cameron, sends him a letter.
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Update: The League of Gentlemen set for TV return in 2017

It looks like we’ll be taking a trip back to Royston Vasey in 2017, with Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and Jeremy Dyson set to mark the 20th anniversary of The League of Gentlemen with new episodes.

“I think there’s still an appetite for it, we’re all still great mates and I see no reason why not,” Pemberton tells the Daily Mirror. “We talked about doing a reunion and said, ‘Let’s do it.’ We won’t rush it, we want to do to it properly so it might be a couple of years – but it will happen.”

The League of Gentlemen initially aired on BBC Radio 4 in 1997, before heading to BBC Two for three series, which ran between 1999 and 2002.

Update: It seems the Mirror may have been twisting the truth, with Reece Shearsmith posting on Twitter that: “The story in the paper about the League coming
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