- Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart inhabit No Man’s Land
Our most read content of the year so far was shared by Sir Ian on his Facebook page and was a Shakespeare BFI Q&A with him in April. We’ve seen him many times filming Vicious at ITV Studios on the South Bank but never on stage in the theatre – until now and this Broadway transfer. Runs 8/9 to 17/12 at Wyndham’s Theatre. Picture via No Man’s Land. Tickets here.
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2. The Fall BFI Q&A
We’re not sure when the third series of this BBC2 thriller returns but it must be soon because we’re at a BFI Q&A with its stars Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan (pictured above) where we’ll see episode 1 in September. Tickets here. Picture via Facebook courtesy The Fall.
3. Billy Joel plays Wembley Stadium
The first we remember of Billy Joel was Uptown Girl in 1983 and we’ve only really explored his back catalogue recently when we knew we were at this gig. Piano Woman, Just The Way You Are and She’s Always A Woman are particular favourites. Tickets here.
4. Meet Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Familia
Ellis Bextor’s current single (above) is our single of the month and her fifth solo album, Familia, is out 2/9 before a 8/9 Bush Hall gig. Tickets here.
5. We go Inside No 9
It’s our second BFI Q&A with authors Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith (pictured above with guest star Rula Lenska) after two episodes of series three. At the last one we went a little off topic asking Pemberton about the possibility of a second series of the exquisite Anna Chancellor/Miranda Richardson-starrer Mapp and Lucia. Unfortunately there wasn’t.
6. Strictly returns for series 14
At the time of writing we know six of the celebrities in judge Len Goodman’s final season and our favourite is Will Young (above) although we’re very much looking forward to former Eternal star Louise Redknapp and BBC Breakfast sports presenter Ore Oduba also. Melvin Odoom was fun on The Xtra Factor last year also.
7. The Tempest rages
The Donmar breaks out in a new King’s Cross venue for this all-female season featuring The Tempest, Henry IV and Julius Caesar starring Harriet Walter. Runs 23/9 to 17/12 tickets here. Picture via Facebook courtesy Donmar Warehouse.
8. Poldark airs
We first appreciated Aidan Turner (pictured above) in BBC3’s Being Human and were delighted when he shot to fame in Poldark. Season two airs 4/9 and we’re looking forward to more beautiful sights of the Cornwall countryside as well as Turner topless.
9. Bridget Jones’s Baby arrives
- Helen Fielding gave birth to singleton Bridget Jones in a column in The Independent in 1995 and this third film starring Renee Zellweger is especially exciting for us because one scene was shot last autumn in our local coffee shop. Film out 16/9, looks formulaic from the trailer although Emma Thompson is always welcome and the cast includes monstagigz faves Celia Imrie, Jessica Hynes, Sarah Solemani and Ed Sheeran.
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