Cast announced for Russell T Davies’ adaptation of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

BBC One has announced a stellar cast for Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies’ upcoming A Midsummer Night’s Dream film. The 90-minute TV adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic play will star Maxine Peake (Silk) as Titania, Matt Lucas (Little Britain) as Bottom, John Hannah (Atlantis) as Theseus, Eleanor Matsuura (Spooks) as Hippolyta and Hiran Abeysekera … >

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‘Doctor Who’ team adapting ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ for BBC One

BBC One has commissioned a new one-off adaptation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream from Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies. The 90-minute film is described as “bold and accessible” with “attitude and invention”, and will be a “truthful version of the play”, using the original words. The commission was announced by Charlotte Moore, … >

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What are David Tennant and Russell T Davies doing in Cardiff?

Doctor Who actor David Tennant and former showrunner Russell T Davies have been spotted in Cardiff this week. Davies’ final work on the show was 2010’s ‘The End of Time: Part 2’, featuring the Tenth Doctor’s regeneration into Matt Smith, while Tennant was last seen in 2013’s ‘The Day of the Doctor’. The pair were … >

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‘Doctor Who’ audio story review: ‘Damaged Goods’

Big Finish has just released its latest set of novel adaptations, the first of which is ‘Damaged Goods’. A Seventh Doctor story starring Sylvester McCoy accompanied by two new-to-audio companions Chris Cwej (Travis Oliver) and Roz Forrester (Yasmin Bannerman), the significance of this story is in its origin – the original New Adventure story was … >

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21st century ‘Doctor Who’: A decade with the Doctor

Not even two years after its 50th anniversary, Doctor Who is now celebrating its (second) tenth birthday, a scenario normally reserved for the timey-wimey plots of the show itself. Of course, 26 March 2015 marks a decade since Doctor Who returned to our screens; bringing with it a brand new Doctor and companion, reaching out … >

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‘Banana’ Episode 8 review: ‘Vanessa and Zara’

The Cucumber gang’s home is no more, and the final episode of Banana digs through the wreckage and tidies up in their wake. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what to make of it. The episode sees the return of Vanessa (Lynn Hunter), tasked with emptying and cleaning up the building. She is assisted … >

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‘Cucumber’ Episode 8 review

And so we come to the final episode of Cucumber: the one which, following the events of Episode 7, didn’t seem strictly necessary. Was it worth it? No, but we’ll come to that later. Before that, there is the matter of Henry’s attempts at social engineering, and the fact that – having clearly read too … >

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‘Banana’ Season 1 episode guide

From Queer as Folk writer Russell T Davies, E4’s Banana is a series of eight witty, heartfelt and unique stand-alone stories covering different aspects of LGBT life. > Order Banana on DVD on Amazon. Featuring exciting and emerging talent from the fields of acting, writing and directing, Banana offers an intriguing and often unexpected peek … >

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‘Cucumber’ episode guide

Queer as Folk writer Russell T Davies returns to Channel 4 with Cucumber, a new drama series exploring the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life. > Order Cucumber on DVD on Amazon. Cucumber follows 46 year old Henry, played by Vincent Franklin (The Thick of It, Twenty Twelve) and his long-suffering boyfriend Lance, … >

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