It’s still over a month away but excitement is already brewing for this year’s British Academy Television Awards, as the nominations are announced. The one to beat is the BBC’s period drama Cranford, with the show’s stars Dame Judi Dench and Dame Eileen Atkins both up for the Best Actress award. Interestingly Coronation Street is omitted from the Continuing Drama category, while Stephen Merchant is acknowledged for his work in the Extras Christmas Special but not star Ricky Gervais. New sitcom on the block Gavin + Stacey is up for two prizes, while the BBC’s popular Strictly Come Dancing is competing in three categories.
For those of you keen to have your say on proceedings, the Programme of the Year is open to a public vote. The contenders are Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain, The Apprentice, Britain’s Got Talent, Cranford, Gavin + Stacey and Strictly Come Dancing. To pick a favourite head on over to www.bestonthebox.com. We won’t know the winners and losers until the big bash on April 20th, but for the full list of nominees head on over to the Radio Times website.
It’s now nearing the end of its run, but for those of you yet to experience the excellent drama that is Damages – remember it’s never too late. Damages is a critically acclaimed and award-winning legal drama that follows New York’s toughest litigator Patty Hewes (Glenn Close), in her bid to bring justice against Arthur Frobisher, a wealthy company chief accused of swindling money from his employees, played, in a role against type, by Cheers star Ted Danson.
Recruited to aid Patty in her work is fresh-faced and innocent law graduate Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne from films Troy and 28 Weeks Later), who soon learns what it takes to compete in the ruthless world of high-profile litigation. The show has earned a strong reputation and loyal following in its 10.35pm Monday night slot on BBC1. So if you’re not ready for bed after the news, try keeping up with all the suspense in Damages. For further info on the show, see the BBC website.
It might not be an official holiday here in England, but for many today is a time for celebration – as it is St. Patrick’s Day. For those keen to acknowledge the best-loved Patron Saint of Ireland, traditions include wearing green and getting plenty of Guinness down you (as if you need an excuse!) Of course, these customs vary all over the world, with some countries enjoying street parades while others keep it more socially conscientious with Charity events.
Many events have already honoured the day here in England, with London hosting a parade and a festival yesterday. However, for those of you still keen to get involved in some Irish fun tonight, The Dublin City Working Man’s Band will be performing at the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith while the Annual Met Police Concert will also be in full swing at the Barbican Centre. For more information on these London-based events and all things St. Patrick’s, head on over to the website.
For those of you less than interested in Sport Relief tonight, there is always the option to visit your local cinema and enjoy some silver screen fun. We’re still some months away from the big blockbusters of the summer, with UK cinemas traditionally showing more varied content at this time of year, but for those of you hankering for some impressive special effects and high-tempo action antics, look no further than 10,000 B.C. This neanderthal romp from director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) might have left critics cold, but it proved a hit in the US and looks set to repeat strong business here.
Other new options include the British low-budget comedy/ horror The Cottage and Brian De Palma’s examination of the Iraq war in Redacted. For more family friendly fare, Dr. Seuss animation Horton Hears a Who boasts the vocal talents of comedians Jim Carrey and Steve Carrell, while current Disney hot property Miley Cyrus continues to charm the pre-teen crowd with Hannah Montana/ Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour. For news on these and all other cinema releases, visit the IMDb website.
Sport Relief has been pushed by the Beeb for what seems like ages, and tonight the big show is upon us. People will be getting involved in sporty endeavours to raise money for charity, most notably the Sport Relief Miles happening on Sunday 16th up and down the country, and from 7pm this evening it will be up to the celebs to entertain us. After swimming the English Channel last time, Little Britain comedian David Walliams has given himself a new physical challenge: a triathlon from England to Africa, accompanied by Olympic Gold-winning rower James Cracknell.
Elsewhere, X Factor winner Leona Lewis will sing the official song Footprints in the Sand, Jonathan Ross will coerce Michael Parkinson out of retirement to co-host a chat show together and Top Gear goes green-fingered. The celebrity version of The Apprentice will conclude and they’ll be the likes of Gary Linekar and Davina McCall urging us to donate pennies to the worthwhile causes. To find out all you need to know about this year’s Sport Relief, visit the website.
Nowadays Britney Spears seems to be more of a fixture in gossip columns than on the dance floor, but that could be all set to change with her single, Break the Ice. The third release from the Blackout album, Britney doesn’t appear in the video and instead vamps it up as an anime character. Whether the animated version actually resembles the star is up for debate, but with a catchy uptempo beat it does remind you more of classic Britney than some of her other recent efforts.
Fans have complained that the animation is too busy, that it doesn’t compliment the song and that it is too similar in style to previous Daft Punk videos. Similarly, those keen to see the star are disappointed at her absence and have accused her of laziness. Decide for yourself if the criticisms are valid with this look at the new music video for Break the Ice.
There’s still plenty of time until Easter, but here at The New Pink our bellies are rumbling at the prospect of so much yummy chocolate. Last week we brought you some of the tasty treats being offered by high street chain Hotel Chocolat and now we turn our attention to Thorntons. Like all good chocolatiers they offer a mouth-watering range of cocoa delights, but for those with a designer bent comes the Henry Holland egg.
The designer has produced a special egg complete with his personal motto and family coat-of-arms to be auctioned off on eBay. Other celebrities including David Beckham’s tattooist, Louis Molly, have also been whipping up their own contributions, with all proceeds being donated to Barnado’s. For info on this and all Thorntons offers, head on over to the official site.
Madonna has been inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Material Girl was introduced to the stage by recent collaborator Justin Timberlake (the pair’s single Four Minutes to Save the World is out soon) who enjoyed a joke or two at the expense of Madonna wannabes such as his ex, Britney Spears. The honour was celebrated by punk band Iggy Pop and the Stooges who covered two of her singles Burning Up and Ray of Light, while the Queen of Pop turned the air blue with some typically outrageous language in her acceptance speech.
Artists are only eligible once their career has spanned 25 years – remarkable really to think that she’s been around so long. Well done and congratulations to Madonna. Check out the event in the below news clip.
Fans of Radiohead are in for a treat as the band is performing a special one-off gig at the BBC for FREE! Yes, free dear readers. You read correctly, so no need to pinch yourself or book an eye test. The Beeb is giving away 75 pairs of tickets to attend the special event on Tuesday 1st April in the BBC Radio Theatre. The group will perform twice (matinee and evening performances), with the tickets being allocated at random.
For your chance to attend, call 08700 100 200. The line closes at 10pm tomorrow night, and for those of you that can’t be there in person, enjoy all the fun on Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie’s radio show. And if you do go, bump into Thom and the boys and run off with them to start a life of musical adventures, try to remember where you first heard about it.
In the UK, we know her as Zoë Slater on soap Eastenders, but in the US actress Michelle Ryan is better known as the Bionic Woman. The English actress secured the lead role in the re-make of the classic sci-fi series which debuts tonight on ITV2 at 9pm. Ryan plays Jaime Sommers, a young woman struggling to make ends meet whose world is turned upside down by a devastating car accident. Close to death, she is saved by some innovative surgery that replaces her damaged limbs with prosthetic versions that soon bless her with superhuman powers.
Finding herself capable of kicking ass, Jaime becomes the Bionic Woman only to be faced with the vengeful Sarah Corvus – the first Bionic Woman. The show has been advertised on the ITV network for months to generate buzz, and with two strong female leads, The Bionic Woman could be a big hit for the station. To learn more about the show and its star, visit the ITV website.