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Apr. 19th, 2014

Doctor Donna

Peter Capaldi's cloak

I'd seen gifs from this, but have only just found the clip they came from. Peter Capaldi discusses his costume from The Musketeers, and demonstrates how a cloak should be worn. Well swished, sir.

Nov. 12th, 2013

Fred and Ginger

*waves hello to fellow Histories fans*


The Elizabethan play Thomas of Woodstock will have a rehearsed reading on stage at the Barbican during the RSC’s run of Gregory Doran’s production of Richard II next month.

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May. 28th, 2013

long speech

for Shakespeare and Doctor Who fans...

I've just seen a press release about the RSC's new cinema deal: productions to be shown live in cinemas, and also streamed free into UK schools. No surprise to learn that the first screening will be Richard II with David Tennant, directed by Gregory Doran.  The production will be filmed on 13 November and screened in the UK, North America, Australia, Japan and Europe. There will also be behind-the-scenes footage and extras. Cinema listings and booking will be at www.onscreen.rsc.org.uk, though it doesn't seem to be live yet. This is the start of an ongoing programme, with the next two titles to be announced in September.

ETA: angevin2 points out the Guardian story about this, with interview with Doran.

Mar. 6th, 2013

Fred and Ginger

Being Human

I've been enjoying this series of Being Human. One of my favourite things has been Alex the ghost. I feel the writing team got bogged down when writing Annie, the previous ghost, whose powers waxed and waned and who kept getting sidelined. They've done much better with Alex, so I was delighted to find some bonus videos of Alex and her housemates, exploring her ghostly unfinished business.

The series ends this Sunday, so I'm cherishing all the extras I can find. Most of these show off our trinity being adorable. The last one leads into the series finale, and is spoilery for episode 5.

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Feb. 26th, 2013

Castell Coch

Peter Capaldi as Cardinal Richelieu!

I've been eyeing the BBC's new Three Musketeers adaptation with some suspicion - press releases have been short on facts and uncertain in tone. But now they've started casting it, I'm in.

Peter Capaldi as Cardinal Richelieu!  JOY!  Also Merlin's Santiago Cabrera as Aramis and Tom Burke as Athos. I assume Tamla Kari and and Maimie McCoy will be Constance and Milady (or vice versa) but I don't think I've seen their work.


Update: the BBC has put out a press release with more detail. I'm relieved to see mention of 17th century Paris, and intrigued to see Anne of Austria presented as "shrewd adviser" rather than embodiment of romance.

Jan. 31st, 2013

Fred and Ginger

Peg Leg Bates

The joy of YouTube: I'd heard of the one-legged tap dancer Peg Leg Bates (1907-1987), but I'd never seen any footage of him until now. He's amazing: such range and variety, from the swivel-hipped soft-shoe shuffle to the big, swooping hops. Wow.

Jan. 13th, 2013

Doctor Donna


As Stuart Ian Burns points out on his blog, someone has petitioned the Obama administration about building a Death Star. The response (headed "This isn't the petition response you're looking for") is entirely gorgeous:

The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

  • The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
  • The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

And so on. The whole thing can be read here: I'm cooing.

Jan. 9th, 2013

Fred and Ginger

Privates, Bechdel and Cracker

I'm charmed by Privates, a tv drama currently airing on BBC One in an afternoon slot, and therefore not getting much attention. It's about a group of young men, the last intake in Britain's National Service. I started watching because it stars Alexander Vlahos, who was grown-up Mordred in the last series of Merlin, but I'm enjoying the whole show, which is fast-paced, fresh and bouncy.

There's a lot of familiar territory, sure - young men from different backgrounds having their hair cut off and going through basic training, rock'n'roll music, the changes of the 1960s starting to happen. The writing and direction is having fun with it: there's a lovely shot of the newly-shorn men gazing at their relection in the washroom mirror, expressions ranging from "appalled" to "well, I can work with this". Keenan, very well played by Vlahos, is a left-wing CND supporter who is *not* permitted to be the show's voice of righteousness; he tries holding forth about the wrongness of the bomb to a young army nurse, who is profoundly unimpressed. When he writes diary entries with Deep Thoughts, it's rather d'awww: he's clever and sincere but rather naive.

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Nov. 18th, 2012

Fred and Ginger

things that are unexpected

There are lots of stories about journalists asking Judi Dench what she did before being M in James Bond. Since I'm a British Shakespeare nut, I knew she'd done plenty, but hadn't realised that included being the first London Sally Bowles in Cabaret. And hurray, someone has posted footage to YouTube.

 It's from 1968, and looks very unofficial; the sound vanishes now and then. The production is the pre-Liza Minnelli stage Cabaret, so Sally Bowles is British and not supposed to be much good as a singer. I'd never seen Dench do anything this straightforwardly vampy - and though she's not a dancer, she can move.

Jul. 18th, 2012

long speech

Timon of Athens

I saw Timon of Athens at the National Theatre last night. It's a marvellous production, unexpectedly funny and fab. No, really. I have seen Timon before, and remember almost nothing about it. Lots of ranting and Timon standing in a trench, but beyond that, really not a lot. So this was a revelation.

Simon Russell Beale! Nicholas Hytner! Gleeful updating!Collapse )

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