In 2007 The Killing was first broadcast on Danish television. The series follows Detective Inspector Sarah Lund (Sofie Gråbøl) and The Copenhagen police force as they attempt to unravel a murder case.
The series has since received cult status particularly in the UK, and in 2011 received a US TV remake. What I found particularly enthralling with The Killing was, unlike similar British crime dramas, it was spread over 20 episodes whereby the storyline didn’t simply focus on the actual murder, but expanded the depth of the story by introducing a focus on friends and family members; all of whom possibly have a reason to have undertaken the murder. The result was a dark, slow-burning, ever-twisting and highly watchable series that may possibly have had something to do with the style and plot of the latest ITV crime drama.
David Tennant & Olivia Colman star in Broadchurch as two investigating police officers. Tennant has a dark past that he has attempted to flee, while Colman holds a bitter grudge towards him after losing promotion to the newly arrived inspector from Scotland.
Broadchurch is a fictitious small coastal town of 15,000 people where everyone knows each others’ business and no one has reason to consider there may be a sinister underbelly beneath the surface. That is until the suspected murder of 11 year old Danny Latimer begins to take effect on a sleepy, quiet town in shock.
Spread over eight hourly episodes, Broadchurch doesn’t focus so much on the actual murder but the individuals, their stories and how the murder affects the community.
After watching the second episode of Broadchurch tonight I’m totally hooked and considering this may be the best new British crime drama for many years. So…whodunit?
TV Celebrity Chefs Cook Up Some Fun For Comic Relief
Red Nose Day 2013 is heading your way on Friday 15th March when the great British public will once again be asked to Do Something Funny for Money.
Raising cash this Red Nose Day can help to change lives forever. That’s because Comic Relief spends the money raised to help change the lives of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa.
Comic Relief was launched on Christmas Day in 1985, live on BBC One. At that time, a devastating famine was crippling Ethiopia and something had to be done. That something was Comic Relief.
The idea was simple – Comic Relief would make the public laugh while they raised money to help people in desperate need. Before too long, Red Nose Day was created and the first ever event in 1988 raised a staggering £15m. This year, 2013, marks the 25th anniversary of Red Nose Day which has raised over £600m and helped to change lives both in the UK and Africa.
Ten of Britain’s favourite celebrity chefs and cooks have joined forces and swapped their kitchens for the camera lens in aid of Comic Relief for a fun-packed photoshoot to celebrate Emma Bridgewater’s stunning homeware range for Red Nose Day 2013, available to buy now from HomeSense stores nationwide.
Those championing the campaign to get the nation cooking using the Emma Bridgewater Red Nose Day products are (pictured left to right): Angela Hartnett, Michael Caines, Raymond Blanc, Valentine Warner, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Allegra McEvedy, Antonio Carluccio, Glynn Purnell, Aktar Islam and Monica Galetti.
HomeSense launched in the UK in April 2008 and has 24 stores in the UK. HomeSense operates a unique “off-price” concept which offers quality and branded homeware for less than the recommended retail price. These savings are passed on to customers through a combination of opportunistic buying, established relationships with manufacturers and simple, no-frills operation.
Emma Bridgewater’s Red Nose Day range consists of six different mug designs, two tea towels and apron designs, an oven glove and a bag for life, all designed for Red Nose Day to encourage the great British public to ‘Do Something Funny For Money’. The money donated from sales of the products will be spent by Comic Relief to help people living incredibly tough lives across Africa and here in the UK.
Renowned cook and food author Valentine Warner says:
“By purchasing these lovely Emma Bridgewater Red Nose Day products from HomeSense stores you’ll be doing your bit to help raise millions of pounds to help people who need it most in this country and Africa, and that is a really important thing. I urge everyone to go out and buy a bag for life and a mug and some oven gloves. No, in fact, buy one for yourself and one for all your family and your friends, too! Let’s raise as much money as we possibly can for this great cause.”
The products are available from Red Nose Day official partner HomeSense the homeware retailer selling leading brands at up to 60% off the RRP and are already proving to be a massive hit with baking and cooking enthusiasts throughout the country who are helping raise money whilst looking fabulous and getting creative in the kitchen.
Emma Bridgewater Red Nose Day Range
Mugs £9.99 with at least £4 going to Comic Relief
Bag for life £9.99 with at least £4 going to Comic Relief
Tea towels £4.99 with at least £2 going to Comic Relief
Double Oven Glove £7.99 with at least £4 going to Comic Relief
Apron £12.99 with at least £6.50 going to Comic Relief
James Bond is a seasoned gambler and in his 23 films at least 11 of them have scenes set in casinos. We say at least as we have not yet seen Skyfall, so we don’t know if it includes one. Here we will look at the different games that he plays in these various scenes.
In Casino Royale the game is Texas Hold’em Poker, and he does pretty well in it too – collecting a cool $150 million only to have it stolen by his girlfriend. The scene is probably the most memorable gambling scene out of the entire collection of Bond Movies. In his final show down with the villainous banker Le Chiffre he makes use of Le Chiffre’s unusual poker tell.
Chemin de Fer must be one of Bond’s favourite games, but then it is a game that favours the high rollers. He plays it in a number of films including Thunderball, Dr No, For Your Eyes Only and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The casino scene in Dr No is set at the Les Ambassadeurs Club in London, but his game with the lovely Sylvia Trench has to be cut short when Bond receives and urgent message. His opponent in Thunderball is Emilio Largo and in Thunderball a man called Bunky. His biggest win on Chemin de Fer was 1 million drachma in For Your Eyes Only.
You would expect James Bond to be a cool Blackjack player and you wouldn’t be wrong. In Licence to Kill he is attempting to connect with Felix Sanchez, the film’s villain, at the local casino, which is good, sice it would be quite a challenge online in http://www.luckynuggetcasino.com/au/online-blackjack/. He sits down at one of the Blackjack tables and soon starts reeling in the cash and he is soon up by $250,000.
Interestingly, to date (with the possible exception of Skyfall where he might well play the game at an online casino) we have not seen Bond play roulette in any of the movies. This is a little strange, for according to his creator Ian Fleming, Bond was quite partial to the game. Even in the opening scene in his first book, Casino Royal, we find Bond sitting at the roulette table where he had been playing all through the night.
Sky Arts announces a new documentary exploring Dave Stewart’s adventures in songwriting and capturing the recording processes behind his albums The Blackbird Diaries and The Ringmaster General.
Dave Stewart: The Ringmaster General captures Dave Stewart through the whirlwind recording process at John and Martina McBride’s Blackbird Studios, of two explosive albums The Blackbird Diaries and The Ringmaster General.
This tongue-in-cheek documentary follows Stewart’s adventures in songwriting, letting the viewer witness his eccentric but compelling methods of creativity.
This extraordinary documentary features contributions from Bob Dylan, Alison Krauss, Reece Witherspoon, Martina McBride, Colbie Caillat, The Secret Sisters, Joss Stone, Stevie Nicks, Jessie Baylin, Diane Birch and Orianthi.
The road that led to The Ringmaster General begins in London with the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Dave Stewart was grounded there with no hope of getting home to Los Angeles. A fortuitous encounter in a vintage guitar shop opened Dave’s eyes to the stories of a guitar’s previous owner, an eccentric country and western star named Red River Dave. From there, a chance flight to Nashville and the start of a fascinating journey of exploration of this city of music.
A thoroughly-engrossing documentary bursting with passion and fascinating stories, Sky Arts is delighted to premiere this extraordinary piece on the channel.
About Sky Arts Sky Arts seeks to connect with culture on the ground; creating and collaborating with the best of the arts in the UK and Ireland to bring new experiences to life. It offers an eclectic mix of the best music, arts, biographies, chat shows, film, drama and comedy.
Dave Stewart: The Ringmaster General is on Thursday 1st November at 10pm on Sky Arts 1.
Based on a true story, King of Devil’s Island follows the hope and friendship of the boys of Bastøy in the face of adversity. This absorbing Norwegian film stars Stellan Skarsgård, Kristoffer Joner, Benjamin Helstad, and Trond Nilssen.
King of Devil’s Island is the latest stunning offering from Scandinavia. Set in 1915 enter the unsettling world of a group of young delinquents banished to the remote prison of Bastøy.
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