Peter Kay’s Car Share first series to air on BBC iPlayer before BBC 1

TV programmes that premier online before TV look set to become a real trend this year. For in the wake of the Netflix House Of Cards exclusive the BBC has just announced that that a new sitcom from Peter Kay called Car Share  will premiere on BBC iPlayer.

You will be able to see it online before it makes its way to BBC One. This makes it the first  first-ever series to premiere on BBC iPlayer in its entirety before a linear transmission.

The series, which has been created by Tim Reid and Paul Coleman, Car Share is directed by and stars Peter and Sian Gibson, who play John and Kayleigh who have been thrown together in a company car share scheme, as they journey to their respective jobs at a major out-of-town supermarket.

Just like Kay’s classic C4 Phoenix Nights series Car Share is set and will be filmed in the north-west.

Peter Kay says about the series: “To be finally working with the BBC on a new comedy is a great opportunity. And the idea of two people car sharing to work each day really appealed to me, as it highlights the comedy in the minutiae of the daily trek and allows the spiralling conversations of life to unwind in all of their glory.”

LOVEFiLM to bring Peep Show and Inbetweeners to Instant service thanks to Channel 4 deal

LoveFilm Instant’s catalogue of on-demand streaming titles gets a boost today with the announcement of a new content deal with Channel 4.

The Amazon-owned streaming service will now offer its members access to choice cuts from Channel 4’s 4oD online TV archive, including shows such as Peep Show (right), Father Ted, The Inbetweeners and Friday Night Dinner.

Older shows such as BAFTA award-winning Drop the Dead Donkey, drama Queer As Folk, and all four series of Teachers will also be available.

“Our TV offering has gone from strength to strength and this deal will bring even more iconic British content to the service,” said Jim Buckle, Managing Director at LOVEFiLM. “We’re proud to offer more diverse and exciting instant television programming to our members than any other subscription service.”

The new 4oD content will be housed in a branded collection on the LoveFilm Instant service, and will expand over time to include more Channel 4 TV shows including Shameless and The IT Crowd in their entireties.

“We’re very proud of our rich archive of shows on 4oD and we’re delighted to find another platform for many of them on LOVEFiLM,” Sarah Rose, Director of Commercial & Business Development at Channel 4 added

“Our growing mix of classic comedy, drama and documentary spanning 30 years of broadcasting, complements LOVEFiLM’s already diverse range of great programmes and films.”

Wondering what else is available through LoveFilm Instant? Check out our handy guide to every Netflix and LoveFilm Instant movie or TV show available in the UK now.

Via Tech Digest

The 10 Best Musical Moments On TV

Forget the X Factor, forget the Brit Awards, forget Top Of The Pops (what do you mean, you have already?) – when it comes to great, memorable musical moment s on your tellybox all of them come from non-musical shows.

Supposed ‘musical programming’ is all well an good but it’s the times when the music surprises you, makes you laugh or moves us that really stick in the mind. Don’t believe us? check this list…

The Simpsons – monorail song

Morecambe and Wise – Andrew Preview

The Office – David Brent’s dance

Our friends in the north – Don’t Look Back In Anger

The Royle Family – Mambo no. 5

Alan Partridge – Nobody Does It Better

Monty Python – The Lumberjack Song

The Muppets – Mannah, mannah

Les Dawson plays the piano

Adler and Perlman perform Summertime on Parkinson

Comedians Morecambe and Wise recreated by artists as, er, breakfast. Why, of course.

Here’s Morecambe and Wise as you’ve never seen them before – as breakfast. OK it’s a stunt to raise awareness for TV channel’s Gold latest tribute to the late, great comedians, Bring Me Morecambe and Wise. But as stunts go it’s quite impressive.  The theme for the picture follows a survey of 2000 comedy fans who named the breakfast scene as the most iconic of the duo’s sketches. Whatever next? The Two Ronnies as lunch or The X Factor as a dog’s dinner?

The artwork was painstakingly built by artist Carl Warner and his team of four food stylists over two days.  The team used a variety of foods which featured in the original sketch, from scrambled eggs to sausages and grapefruit.

The lapels on Eric and Ernie’s suits were created from the fillets of 17 smoked mackerel and complemented with stylish 70s jackets made from six kippers. More than two dozen eggs were also employed for the pairs’ shirts – with one half scrambled to recreate the frilly fronts, and the other cooked into an extra buttery omelette to form the retro collars.

One of the most challenging things for Carl was to ensure a likeness of the British comedy legends. A variety of sausages, from cocktail and chipolata to Lincolnshire were used to create the duo’s facial features, with gammon steaks forming the shape of their heads and bacon contouring their cheeks and chins. Carl finished off the masterpiece with a smattering of All Bran for Eric’s hairline and an abundance of Shredded Wheat for the luscious locked Ernie.

Blanched almonds, mushrooms and sultanas created remarkably realistic eyes and teeth, whilst Eric was finished off with a pair of his infamous glasses – courtesy of vanilla pods. The duo were finally lit in their on-stage setting by several white grapefruits, complemented by seven cans of baked beans and an astonishing 150 roasted tomatoes.

The stunning artwork was commissioned to mark the launch of the channel’s new series Bring Me Morecambe & Wise – featuring rare and unseen footage of Britain’s favourite comedy duo alongside the much loved extracts they are most famous for. Here’s the full list of ingredients:

•           Heads: 3 x gammon steaks

•           Faces: 15 x back and 15 x streaky bacon rashers

•           Eric’s glasses: 6 x vanilla pods

•           Eric’s hair: All Bran

•           Ernie’s hair: Shredded Wheat

•           Jacket lapels: 17 x smoked mackerel fillets

•           Jackets: 6 x kippers

•           Shirts: collars (omelette) / frilly fronts (scrambled) – total of 2 dozen eggs

•           Eyes: 1 x mushroom, 4 x sultanas

•           Teeth: 20g of blanched almonds

•           Bowties/noses/lips: 25 sausages (a mixture of cocktail, chipolata and Lincolnshire)

•           Background: 1.5 x white grapefruit, 7 x cans of baked beans, 150 x tomatoes

The making of Morecambe and Wise can be found here: []

Lots of Laughs

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Summer may be over but that doesn’t mean it has to be all doom and gloom from now on. With a stellar line-up of comedy in London this autumn, you can book into one of the capital’s many hotels and enjoy a whole weekend of laughter. From now until Christmas, many of the country’s best comedians are putting on shows, beginning with Kevin Bridges on 28th September:

28th September – 1st October: Kevin Bridges ‘The Story Continues…’

In less than a year, he’s gone from playing a 50-seat room at the Edinburgh Fringe last year to performing in front of 10,000 people in his home town, and now Scottish comic Kevin Bridges is continuing his journey up the comedy ranks with a show at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.

1st – 20th October: Paul Merton ‘Out of My Head’

His first solo show for quite some time, the ‘Have I Got News For You’ star and master of improvisation returns to his stand-up roots at the Vaudeville Theatre. He’ll be joined by Comedy Store Players regulars Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster for the show which comprises sketches, music and magic.

19th October – 27th October: Dara O Briain ‘Craic Dealer’

The ‘Mock the Week’ presenter is a comedy legend and he will no doubt sell-out the Hammersmith Apollo for his honest, intelligent wit.

24th – 25th October: John Bishop ‘Rollercoaster’

For two nights Liverpudlian comic John Bishop will be bringing his life-affirming everyman observations to The O2 as part of his arena tour.

4th November: Alan Davies ‘Life is Pain’

Having been off stage for 12 years, the ‘QI’ and ‘Jonathan Creek’ star is back on the road with a London show at the Richmond Theatre. An hour of nostalgia, Davies reminisces about childhood holidays and phones with dials to make for a terrifically poignant show.

28th November – 3rd December: Michael McIntyre

The hugely popular comic is continuing his 58-date arena tour at the O2 Arena in Greenwich. Slick, silly, posh and baby-faced, he will undoubtedly have everyone in the huge audiences roaring with laughter.

With so much funny stuff to choose from, there’s no need to give into those winter blues just yet. Why not book into one of the many London hotels on offer and make a weekend of it?

Geoffrey Hughes, best known as Coronation Street’s Eddie Yeats, passes away

The actor behind one of the best-loved Coronation Street characters has passed away. Geoffrey Hughes, who played lovable rogue Eddie Yeats from 1974 to 1983, died over the weekend after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 68.

Geoffrey brought a charm and likeability to the character of Eddie and his partnership with Stan and Hilda Ogden, with whom Eddie lodged, was responsible for some of the most memorable character comedy in the soap’s history. It was Eddie who created Hilda’s ‘muriel’ on which was mounted her famous flying ducks and he was always to be found trying to earn a dodgy crust by selling suspect goods while working as a window cleaner or bin man.

As well as Eddie Yeats, Geoffrey is remembered for his turns as Ounslow in Keeping Up Appearances, as Vernon Scripps in Heartbeat and as Twiggy in the Royle Family. In an early role he even provided the voice of Paul McCartney in the Yellow Submarine animated film.

Away from acting, Geoffrey owned a small holding, ran a wood supply company and was even made Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the Isle Of Wight, where he lived with his with Sue.

Here are some classic clips of Geoffrey in action.

Comedian Eric Sykes RIP. 1923-2012

Eric Sykes, who had died today (4/7/2012), collecting his CBE from the Queen in 2005

Eric Sykes died today aged 89 after a short illness, his manager Norma Farnes said.

One of the most endearing and popular comic actors of his generation, Sykes was still appearing on the West End stage into his 80s, even though he became almost totally deaf and nearly blind.

Sykes found fame in a series of TV sitcoms from the 1950s, including Sykes And A… alongside Carry On star Hattie Jacques.

Sir Bruce Forsyth paid tribute to the star, calling him “one of the greats of comedy in this country”.

“He was universally loved here,” the entertainer continued. “He was just one of the funniest men ever.”

Comedian Stephen Fry wrote on Twitter: “Oh no! Eric Sykes gone? An adorable, brilliant, modest, hilarious, innovative and irreplaceable comic master. Farewell, dear, dear man.”

Actor Bernard Cribbins, who starred in two of Sykes’ comedy shorts, The Plank (1979) and It’s Your Move (1969), also paid tribute: “I just wish him a lot of rest up there with all the other comics, Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe. They will all be up there, having a laugh together.”

Sykes’ film credits include Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (2005) and Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines (1965). He was also a novelist, director and producer.

Here he is being interviewed by Des O’Connor:

Image: Andrew Parsons/PA Wire

Arrested Development Season 4 to come Netflix all at once

The long-awaited fourth season of US sitcom Arrested Development will be released in its entirety by Netflix upon release, the streaming giant has confirmed.

Rather than drip feed the ten new episodes week by week, Netflix subscribers will be able to watch the latest misadventures of the Bluth family all at once when the show returns in 2013 after a six-year absence.

Netflix inked an exclusive deal for the show back in November, with their plan to offer all ten episodes at once clearly setting themselves apart from rivals like cable TV and the US streaming service from HBO.

The move follows the Netflix-only release of their original show Lillyhammer, starring Sopranos actor Steven Van Zandt, which was also released in its entirety in the US back in February. Lillyhammer will hit UK shows after completing a run with the BBC first.

Hopefully when Arrested Development lands, we’ll get it at the exact same time as our pals across the pond. Here’s a compilation clip from one of our favourite episodes to whet your appetite:

RIP Frank Carson. It was the way he told them

Frank Carson, who has died, aged 85. Image: PA

Much loved comedian Frank Carson died today, aged 85, his agent has announced.

The Belfast-born stand up, famous for his catchphrase ‘It’s the way I tell them’ had been battling stomach cancer for some time. He passed away this morning at home near Blackpool, Lancs.

The Irish comic rose to fame in the 1960s after winning talent show Opportunity Knocks three times.

A spokesman said: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Frank Carson.

“Frank will be remembered for being a wonderful stand-up comedian from the golden era of light entertainment on television shows such as The Comedians, Tiswas, Opportunity Knocks and many, many more.”

He added: “His audience and friends alike will remember him as a genuine, kind-hearted and generous man who was also very funny because of ‘the way he told ’em’.

“We will remember him as one of the nicest people in showbiz, a gentleman and a friend.”

Plans are being made for a funeral in his home town of Belfast.

Via Daily Mirror

Ricky Gervais to sign Channel 4 deal after Life’s Too Short ratings flop

The 50-year-old comic has filmed a pilot for a new sitcom for the network and is said to be “very pleased” with the show, which has a working title of Derek.Ricky Gervais is set to sign a deal with Channel 4. 

Channel 4 chief Jay hunt is reportedly “thrilled” with the show, which is set in an old people’s home and features Ricky as elderly and confused resident Derek Noakes. The show features the comic’s sidekick Karl Pilkington in his debut acting role and is expected to feature a series of guest stars, including the likes of Sir Sean Connery.

The proposed move to Channel 4 comes after Ricky’s last series, Life’s Too Short – which starred Warwick Davies – was a ratings flop for the BBC in comparison to the funnyman’s previous shows The Office and Extras.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “There have been many meetings in a bid to discover why it missed the mark. No one really knows. Some you win, some you lose.”

Despite recording the pilot, Channel 4 executives insist they have not yet commissioned Derek for a full series.

A spokesperson said: “This is a continuation of our relationship with Ricky Gervais.”