Q&A: Unforgotten featuring Nicola Walker & Sanjeev Bhaskar at the BFI & Radio Times TV Festival

WHERE? BFI, BFI & Radio Times Television Festival, London

WHEN? 13/4/19

We’re at the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival which is an appropriate location because hit ITV cold case series Unforgotten was born here when writer Chris Lang pitched it to producer Laura Mackie (2nd from left and far right below) over coffee.

  • Read on for reasons including the unlikely inspiration for the central conceit of the series

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Q&A: Derry Girls at the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival

WHERE? BFI IMAX, BFI & Radio Times Television Festival, London

WHEN? 14/4/19

Derry Girls writer and creator Lisa McGee had never really seen anything on television that represented her growing up in the 90s in Northern Ireland and so set about writing it.

  • Read on for reasons including the similarities between Derry Girls and Channel 4’s Father Ted

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THEATRE REVIEW: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie starring Luke Latchman, Faye Tozer & Bianca Del Rio

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE? Apollo Theatre RUNTIME: 2 hours and 40 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)

WHEN? 10/5 and booking until 25/1/20

Faye Tozer is a member of pop supergroup Steps who was a runner-up in 2018’s Strictly Come Dancing and now takes on a West End role as a teacher in this award-winning musical.

  • Read on for reasons including whether the cast changes work for this fabulous show

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THEATRE REVIEW: Sweet Charity starring Anne-Marie Duff & Arthur Darvill at the Donmar

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE? Donmar Warehouse RUNTIME: 2 hours and 28 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)

WHEN? 6/5, runs to 8/6/2019

‘Sensational’ is the 1-word review we hear Tony and Olivier Award winner Jonathan Pryce utter as he leaves the Donmar after this farewell production by outgoing Artistic Director Josie Rourke – and we agree wholeheartedly.

  • Read on for reasons including what we think Josie Rourke should do next

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THEATRE REVIEW: Death Of A Salesman starring Sharon D. Clarke & Arinze Kene at the Young Vic

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE? Young Vic RUNTIME: 185 minutes (including a 15-minute interval)

WHEN? 3/5, press night 9/5, runs to 29/6/19 (now extended to 13/7)

We were at the Royal Albert Hall last month for the Olivier Awards and the prize we were most pleased to see received was Sharon D. Clarke’s for Best Actress In A Musical and, as if to prove it, her performance of Lot’s Wife from Caroline, Or Change stole the show.

  • Read on for reasons including how this production emphasises the mental health element of the classic play

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FILM REVIEW: Wild Rose starring Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters & Sophie Okonedo

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

RUNTIME: 101 minutes

OUT?: 12/4/19

Lady Gaga won our Best TV/Film Actress monsta for A Star Is Born last year and her performance has been much compared with Jessie Buckley’s in this story of an aspiring country singer from Glasgow.

  • Read on for reasons including how the female characters at this film’s heart turn tradition on its head

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THEATRE REVIEW: Rosmersholm starring Hayley Atwell, Tom Burke & Giles Terera

WORTH A LOOK?: ****1/2

WHERE? Duke Of York’s RUNTIME: 2 hours and 30 minutes (with 20-minute interval)

WHEN? 29/4, opens 2/5 and runs until 20/7

It’s the night before the election and representatives of rival newspapers are visiting a grieving pastor whose story – and how it is told – they believe could influence the vote.

  • Read on for reasons including how now the subject matter of this 130-year-old play feels

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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for May 2019

  1. Death Of A Salesman starring Sharon D.Clarke and Arinze Kene

D. Clarke (pictured 2nd from right, top) won our Best Actress monsta last year as well as the Olivier for Best Actress In A Musical for her star turn in Caroline, Or Change and is here directed by Marianne Elliott (pictured left in video, hot from Company) and appears alongside Arinze Kene (winner of our Best Actor monsta for Misty and far left in the picture). Their revival of the Arthur Miller classic runs 1/5 through 29/6 at the Young Vic. ReviewTickets

  • Read on for reasons including Madonna, Eurovision, Anne-Marie Duff, Faye Tozer and Oti Mabuse

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Q&A: Josh O’Connor at the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival

WHERE? BFI & Radio Times Television Festival

WHEN? 13/4/19 The Durrells airs on ITV at 8pm on Sundays, finishing 12/5/19

Josh O’Connor plays Prince Charles in the next series of Netflix’s The Crown and if he met the royal he would want to compare ear stories.

  • Read on for reasons including what happened when O’Connor auditioned for the film version of Les Miserables

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