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Sky Atlantic confirms transmission dates for Boardwalk Empire season 3

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Exciting times ahead for those of you hooked on HBO’s prohibition drama Boardwalk Empire. Season 3’s first episode will air on Sky Atlantic on Saturday the 29th of September at 9PM.

The new season will pick up a year after the dramatic events at the end of season 2, which saw Atlantic City’s de facto boss Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) kill rival/ surrogate son Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt). Expect the repercussions to play a big part in the new series. Al Capone (Stephen Graham) will also be much more involved in the machinations in the new series.

Terence Winter, the creator of the show said: “Dramatically we think of Season 3 as the night before the morning after – it’s basically the big party before the hangover. People still haven’t confronted their actions from season 2… Things have changed in the world and in the world of bootlegging – it’s a much more violent world, a much more competitive world, all of these things converge and it ultimately culminates in a really, really exciting season.”

Here is the trailer and below is a feature on the making of season 3.

Alan Partridge returns to TV tonight: Here are some of his best bits

Monday, June 25th, 2012

It’s been a few years (10 in fact) since Alan Partridge has been on our TV screens. In the meantime he’s toured the country as part of creator Steve Coogan’s live show and appeared in a series of internet only programmes.

Now he returns to Sky Atlantic with a series of specials, starting tonight at 9PM with Alan Partridge: Welcome to the places of my life. To celebrate we’ve trawled the archives to find some of his best bits. Enjoy, and A-Ha!

 

 

Alan Partridge ‘apologises’ to upset farmers

After upsetting the Norfolk farming community Alan interviews farming a union representative (played by Chris Morris) and digs himself even further into the hole.

 

Alan insults the Irish

While trying to land an Irish TV deal Alan manages to display his complete ignorance of the history of the country to two very embarrassed TV executives.

 

Dan!

Alan somehow makes shouting ‘Dan’ for a minute hilarious.

 

Alan previews the World Cup

From his first TV outing, The Day Today, Alan talks about the upcoming World Cup. Please note that the clip contains light swears.

 

Monkey Tennis

Alan lists potential TV programmes to the head of programming at the BBC. You should note that some of these have actually been made into programmes now (Gordon Behind Bars = Cooking in Prison).

Introducing Veep – Armando Iannucci’s new political comedy

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

After the BBC comedy The Thick Of It and it’s big screen spin off In The Loop took a satirical sledgehammer to UK politics, creator Armando Iannucci is looking to do the same in the US with new show Veep.

Veep starts this Monday (25th) at 10 PM on Sky Atlantic and stars Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the titular Vice-President Selina Meyer. Like The Thick Of It, the show is set within the corridors of government and uses a hand-held, semi-improvised style to mock the shenanigans of political bigwigs. It also has plenty of swearing, for those who like that sort of thing.

Already a big hit in the USA, where it aired earlier in the year, it has already been recommissioned for a second series. You can see a trailer for the show below.

 

First view of the new Alan Partridge TV series

Monday, June 11th, 2012

The first teaser clip of the new Sky Atlantic series featuring Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge has been released.

After the hugely successful series of the Youtube only mini-shows Mid Morning Matters, Partridge is back in his first full TV outings for a decade. The one-hour special, Alan Partridge: Welcome To The Places Of My Life, will air in the next few weeks. You can watch a clip below.

Another special, Alan Partridge On Open Books With Martin Bryce, will follow and then a re-edited series of Mid Morning Matters. Steve Coogan says: “Alan has been off the TV for too long but he is even more excited than me about his chance to have a second bite of the cherry. Alan feels the second decade of the millennium is the right time.”

Out of Luck: Hoffman hit cancelled due to horse deaths

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Just when viewers were beginning to get to grips with new HBO horse racing drama Luck it has been cancelled during filming of the second series due to the death of a race horse. Two horses died during the making of the first series of the Dustin Hoffman-starring show last year, prompting complaints from animal welfare groups. Now a third horse has died in an accident prior to going in front of the cameras so show makers HBO have decided to cancel the show and launch a full investigation.Luck

HBO released a statement saying that they believe the safety of the horses was not compromised by filming but they will nevertheless not be continuing with production. A statement says: ‘It is with heartbreak that executive producers David Milch and Michael Mann together with HBO have decided to cease all future production on the series Luck. Safety is always of paramount concern. We maintained the highest safety standards throughout production, higher in fact than any protocols existing in horse racing anywhere with many fewer incidents than occur in racing or than befall horses normally in barns at night or pastures. While we maintained the highest safety standards possible, accidents unfortunately happen and it is impossible to guarantee they won’t in the future. Accordingly, we have reached this difficult decision.’

The show has been a hit in several countries despite complaints from viewers and critics that it is difficult to follow. We reported last week that the NY Times critic had described the show as ‘unnecessarily opaque’, but viewers on social networks have indicated that it becomes clearer as the first series unfolds. It seems that they will now not get the chance to enjoy a second series of the show.

 

Anne Widdecombe on Cleverdicks: Is she the worst quiz show host ever?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

If you’ve seen Anne Widdecombe hosting Sky Atlantic’s new quiz show Cleverdicks you’ll know how spectacularly bad she is. If you haven’t, don’t think you’re missing something – you’re not, she’s just awful.Cleverdicks

 

From the stilted ‘banter’ with the contestants to the stuttering pace to the terrible screech of Anne’s voice (which Dylan Moran once described as sounding like a Stegosaurus on fire) it’s just a disaster. Anyone making the mistake of tuning in will even struggle to concentrate on the questions and answers, so bad is Anne’s first crack at hosting.

 

Is she, though, the worst quiz show host ever? We’ve been racking our brains and we can only think of a handful who come close to being as bad – Robert Kilroy-Silk was terrible on Shafted and (despite Transatlantic success) Anne Robinson has always been rubbish on the Weakest Link. Can you think of any other contenders? Please let us know.