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December 11, 2006

News that happened while I was away and over the weekend

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Some of it you might know, some of it could well be news:

Runway Bride Torchwood

Doctor Who

  • Jessica Stevenson, who is 5'6" and has grey/green eyes, is filming a two-part Doctor Who episode.
  • There's going to be a hint of Torchwood in this Christmas's episode (see pic. Click on it to make it bigger and look for the logo at the back).
  • Newsround has a load of publicity shots from that episode, too.
  • The Daily Mail (and other 'newspapers') are claiming that new companion Martha Jones and the Doctor are going to wind up in bed together - fully clothed, mind. Adds The Sun, ”TV Biz can reveal feisty Martha (Freema Agyeman) has a huge crush on the doc (David Tennant). The pair are forced to bunk up together in one scene and Martha moves in for the kill. But her love intentions are ruined — by a monster.“
  • There's an interview with Dan Zeff, director of Love and Monsters, over on Ain't It Cool News.
  • There's a clip from The Sarah Jane Adventures available from the Beeb's Doctor Who web site.

Film

  • There's a preview of Mitchell and Webb's Magicians over on Ain't It Cool News, based on a test screening.

British TV

  • Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse are re-uniting for a new sketch show.
  • The Beeb is planning a show about Merlin. It's going to be a ”3g“ show, which now means ”three generations“ apparently. Because that's what family television needs more of - shows about slightly dodgy wizards that live their lives backwards and have a demon for a dad.
  • Instead of doing something sensible like getting State of Play 2 together, Paul Abbott has created another bollocktile drama for ITV1 (cf the UK version of Touching Evil). Called Butler Did It, this ”three x 120-minute returnable franchise“ (urgh) tells the story of a top MI5 officer who is ”imprisoned for murder but, after the government realises his potential as a powerful weapon, he is reprogrammed as a ruthless, state-controlled assassin“.
  • Lucy Davis, star of The Office and rising star of Studio 60, got married on Saturday at St Paul's Cathedral - handily, her dad Jasper Carrott is an OBE.
  • Matt Lucas is reportedly being lined up to play Friar Tuck in the next series of Robin Hood. He's already set to appear as Toad in The Wind in the Willows this Christmas.

US TV

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December 6, 2006

All the news I can write before I have to leg it for the train

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December 5, 2006

ABC adapting a British show that hasn't even been made yet

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Life On Mars

Here's odd. ABC is creating a new show, Ordinary Joe, centred on a guy who has a choice of two women to go out with. Twelve years later, the show picks up the plot. But rather than just one plot, it picks up three: what if he'd gone out with his secret love, what if he'd gone out with the woman chasing after him, and what if he'd stayed single.

Sounds cool, doesn't it? It should be: it's British! (Cue tuneless rendition of the National Anthem which slowly falls apart as we realise it's an ITV show… but picks up again when we hear it's from Kudos, who make Spooks, Hustle and Life on Mars!… but then ends disastrously and with potential deaths when we learn Caleb Ransom, the creator of The Outsiders, is writing it).

The curious thing about this British show is that it hasn't been made yet. The series is still being developed as we speak. We've now reached the point where we're selling series formats before they're even shown to be a success. Still, it's a good idea. Let's see which is the better version.

Talking of Kudos, incidentally, my old mag, Dreamwatch, has an exclusive, it claims: Kudos is allegedly creating a follow-up series to Life on Mars set in the 80s. Called Ashes to Ashes, it will feature some of the Life on Mars characters later on in their careers and will air in a 9pm slot in 2008.

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