Worzel Gummidge is being rebooted

Here’s a blast from the past: remember Worzel Gummidge? The talking scarecrow brought to the screen by the late, great Jon Pertwee? Well, he’s heading back to TV screens. A new take on Worzel is coming courtesy of Mackenzie Crook, who is both developing the new show, and set to take the title role. He’ll … >

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Channel 4 to celebrate 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth

Channel 4 has ordered a one-off film celebrating Roald Dahl’s 10 best-selling children’s books, hosted by David Walliams. The 90-minute special will bring together a host of stars to mark the 100th anniversary of Dahl’s birth, including Stephen Spielberg, Julie Walters, Richard Curtis, Mackenzie Crook, Jarvis Cocker, Johnny Vegas, Jessica Hynes and Miriam Margolyes. Roald Dahl’s Most Marvellous Book will climax with the nation … >

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BBC One orders second season of ‘Ordinary Lies’

Shameless writer Danny Brocklehurst’s drama Ordinary Lies will return for six new episodes next year. The first season launched on BBC One in March, averaging a consolidated audience of over 6 million. > Order Ordinary Lies on DVD on Amazon. Writer and executive producer Danny Brocklehurst commented: “The audience response to the first series of … >

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‘Detectorists’ cast begin filming Season 2

Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones have started shooting the new season of BBC Four’s comedy Detectorists. Written and directed by Crook, six new episodes and a one-off Christmas special will be filmed in Suffolk, Essex and London this summer. Detectorists launched last October and follows the relationship between two friends who share a passion for … >

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‘Ordinary Lies’ Season 1 episode guide

Set in a car showroom, BBC One’s Ordinary Lies is a new six-part drama from Shameless writer Danny Brocklehurst. With drama, tragedy, warmth and humour, each episode focuses on one of the colleagues and friends of JS Motors. From party-loving receptionists, Tracy and Viv, to enigmatic salesman, ‘Paracetemol’ Pete, each new and individual story questions … >

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‘Ordinary Lies’ Episode 5 review: ‘Pete’

Mackenzie Crook’s ‘Pete’ has been spotted fleetingly in background scenes over the past four episodes of Ordinary Lies, but this week he’s centre stage. When two wide boys looking like club bouncers turn up at JS Motors to try out the cream of Mike’s fleet, anyone could see that they were up to no good. … >

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‘Ordinary Lies’ Episode 4 review: ‘Rick’

At JS Motors this week Mike goes one step further for his workforce by opening up his home to mechanic Rick, who’s recently split up with his wife because she likes the curtains fully closed. Mike lives in palatial splendor, or what a footballer’s house in Warrington would look like. His wife Alison and two … >

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‘Ordinary Lies’ Episode 3 review: ‘Kathy’

This week’s installment of Danny Brocklehurst’s Ordinary Lies lets another former Rover’s barmaid show off her acting chops. Sally Lindsay is delicious as Kathy, the busy-body of the motoring world with a secret double life. On the surface Kathy is the dog loving, cardigan wearing, listening at the door with a glass, type of receptionist. … >

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‘Ordinary Lies’ Episode 2 review: ‘Tracy’

Following the lives of the JS Motors employees, this week’s episode of  Danny Brocklehurst’s Ordinary Lies centres around young party loving receptionists Tracy and Viv. The girls jump at the chance to go on an all expenses paid fortnights holiday to the Dominican Republic – in exchange for them bringing back some drugs. Simple. Oh girls, … >

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