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Keely Hawes, Sally Phillips & Jill Halfpenny Join IFC & C4 Comedy ‘Year Of The Rabbit’

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Keely Hawes, Sally Phillips & Jill Halfpenny Join IFC & C4 Comedy ‘Year Of The Rabbit’
Keely Hawes, one of the breakout stars of Bodyguard, Veep’s Sally Phillips and Three GirlsJill Halfpenny have joined IFC and Channel 4’s comedy series Year of the Rabbit.

The trio have joined the show, which stars Toast of London’s Matt Berry, as it goes into production on location in the UK.

Hawes stars as the mysterious Lydia, Phillips is Princess Juliana of Bulgaria, and Halfpenny features as Rabbit’s ex, the deadly Flora.

The six-part series follows a group of Victorian detectives; Berry, who stars in Jim Hosking’s An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn and Matt Groening’s Netflix animation Disenchantment, plays Detective Inspector Rabbitt, a hardened booze-hound who’s seen it all, and his new, hapless, by-the-books partner, played by Parade End’s Freddie Fox. While investigating a local murder, the chief of police’s lewd but insightful adoptive daughter, played by Chewing Gum’s Susan Wokoma,
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‘Fleabag’ Dark Comedy Acquired By IFC From Creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge

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IFC has acquired Fleabag from creator, writer, and actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The BAFTA-winning, six-part series about a dry-witted and unfiltered woman navigating life and love in London will premiere on IFC on Boxing Day, Wednesday, Dec. 26.

All six episodes of the series will air beginning at 11:00 pm and encore again in late night.

Adapted from her play of the same name, the dark but hilarious Fleabag follows Waller-Bridge through London as she tries to cope with recent tragedy. In addition to Fleabag, Waller-Bridge is also the writer and executive producer of Killing Eve, which earned her an Emmy nomination for outstanding writing for a drama series, a Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice nomination for Best Drama, and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for star Sandra Oh. Killing Eve airs on IFC’s sister network, BBC America.

“Darkly witty and slyly subversive, Fleabag is unlike anything else on telly,
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IFC Picks Up Matt Berry-Fronted Cult British Comedy ‘Toast Of London’

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Comedy network IFC has acquired British cult comedy Toast of London, starring The It Crowd and Disenchantment’s Matt Berry.

The cable broadcaster has picked up all three seasons of the show, totalling 18 episodes, in a deal with All3Media International.

The series, which is produced by Objective Fiction, is set to launch in 2019. Episodes have previously been available via Netflix in the U.S.

Created by Arthur Mathews and Berry, the BAFTA award winning comedy stars Berry as Steven Toast, an eccentric, middle-aged actor with a sketchy past who spends more time dealing with his problems off stage than performing on it.

The show has been a cult hit on Channel 4 in the UK and has included guest appearances from the likes of Mad Men’s Jon Hamm and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme.

IFC’s Svp of Original Programming, Christine Lubrano said, “Matt Berry is absolutely the toast of IFC,
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Sundance London: ‘An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn’ Review: Dir. Jim Hosking (2018)

An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn review: Crazy comedy for the Channel 4 generation.

An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn review by Freda Cooper.

An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn review

Beverly Luff who? We’re promised an evening with him, a magical one even, so he must be somebody special. A magician, maybe? As it turns out, he doesn’t have a magic wand, but in the past he’s cast something of a spell over Lulu Danger (Aubrey Plaza) and she’s never got over it.

In An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn, the latest from the ever so slightly warped imagination of Jim Hosking, we don’t uncover that crucial little nugget for some time. Initially, it looks like we’re thrust into a crazy crime caper, involving Lulu’s husband Shane (Emile Hirsch channeling his inner Jack Black), who manages the local coffee chain store but robs the nearby grocery store.
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Shazad Latif

Shazad Latif is a British actor who was born in London on July 2, 1988. He rose to prominence when he landed the lead role of data analyst Tariq Masood in the hit BBC series ‘Spooks’ and it is for this role for which he is still best-known. He also played Clem Fandango in ‘Toast of London’ and had roles in ‘Penny Dreadful’ and ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’. He has recently been cast in ‘Star Trek: Discovery’, which is a CBS All Access television series. He will play the roles of both Chief of Security Ash Tyler and the

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Shazad Latif
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FX orders pilot for What We Do In the Shadows U.S. TV series

THR is reporting that FX has ordered a pilot for a U.S. TV series based upon Taika Waititi’s acclaimed vampire mockumentary What We Do In the Shadows.

The pilot for the half hour comedy will be directed by Waititi, with Jemaine Clement writing the script, and the duo will both serve as executive producers. It’s not clear however if they will reprise their on screen roles, as the series will feature a new cast which includes Kayvan Novak (Thunderbirds Are Go), Matt Berry (Toast of London), Natasia Demetriou (Year Friends) and Harvey Guillen (The Internship).

In addition to this project, plans continue for the spinoff sequel We’re Wolves, as well as another small screen project in Wellington Paranormal, a series following the two police officers from the movie.

Waititi is coming off the back of the Marvel blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok, and is next set to direct Bubbles,
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What We Do In The Shadows TV show: Doug Jones joins the cast

Kirsten Howard Feb 8, 2018

Star Trek: Discovery's Saru, Doug Jones, will also star in the What We Do In The Shadows TV series, it's been announced...

In news that had us throwing our phones across the room in excitement last month, it was confirmed that FX had ordered a pilot of a new What We Do In The Shadows TV series (not to be confused with the New Zealand-set spin-off in development).

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Further casting details have arrived this week, with Variety confirming that Doug Jones - currently playing Saru in CBS All Access' Star Trek: Discovery - will also star in the series. 2018 has been a great year for Jones so far, as he also plays the central amphibian in Guillermo Del Toro's Oscar contender The Shape Of Water, too.

No details about Jones' character have been released, but joining him
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/Filmcast Ep. 445 – The Shape of Water (Guest: Kristy Puchko from Riot Material)

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/Filmcast Ep. 445 – The Shape of Water (Guest: Kristy Puchko from Riot Material)
Devindra and Jeff team up with Kristy Puchko to figure out The Shape of Water. Also, they discuss Netflix’s Voyeur and Godless, and Jeff discovers the wonders of Toast of London. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook! Download or Play Now in your Browser: Shownotes Intro What We’ve Been Watching (03:30) […]

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Toast of London: Season Four? Matt Berry Says Comedy Series Will Return

Will there be more Toast of London? Recently, co-creator and star Matt Berry told BBC Radio there will be a fourth season of the UK TV show, Deadline reports.The comedy, which airs on Netflix in the U.S., stars Berry as Steven Toast, an egocentric, middle-aged actor who thinks he's the talk of the town. The cast also includes Doon Mackichan, Roberth Bathurst, Harry Peacock, Tim Downie, and Shazad Latif. Jon Hamm, Jude Law, and Martin Freeman have guest starred.Read More…
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Matt Berry Reveals British Comedy ‘Toast Of London’ Is To Return

Critically acclaimed British comedy Toast Of London, which has featured guest appearances from A-listers including Mad Men's Jon Hamm and Jude Law, is returning for a new series, according to creator and star Matt Berry. It had been thought that series three, which airs on Channel 4 in the UK and Netflix in the U.S, was likely to be the last season of the esoteric comedy. However, Berry, speaking on BBC Radio 6 Music, confirmed that he was writing more episodes of the…
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‘Toast of London: Series Three’ DVD Review

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There is something very likable about Matt Berry, and it’s not just his awesome voice. The fact that we see him in many British comedies shows just how talented he is, and with Toast of London: Series Three we see him at his best.

It would be easy to believe that Steven Toast is Matt Berry, the character feels like the ones we’ve seen him play before. In Toast of London though we see him sending up the stereotypical “Luvvies” acting community that we usually see haunting the streets of London looking for their next job.

Each episode of the show typically sees Toast being given a job by his “old school” agent Jane Plough (Doon Mackichan) and given some bad advice by his housemate Ed Howzer-Black (Robert Bathurst). What makes Toast of London interesting though is not only the outlandish characters that we meet, but also
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Win Toast Of London Series 3 On DVD

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To celebrate the release of Toast of London Series Three on DVD, available to own from 26th December 2015, we have 3 copies to give away.

The third series of the BAFTA® and Rose d’Or winning comedy, Toast Of London, sees Matt Berry play Steven Toast, an eccentric actor with a chequered past who spends more time dealing with problems off stage than performing on it. Written by Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry, the supporting cast includes Doon Mackichan, Robert Bathurst, Tracy-Ann Oberman and Harry Peacock.

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Rosie Cavaliero’s favourite TV: ‘Bring back Play For Today’

The star of Julia Davis’s black comedy Hunderby on Dallas, The Bridge and a lifelong obsession with The Sound Of Music

I’m a sucker for the dark Scandi stuff, so I’m really loving The Bridge at the moment, and also River, which has echoes of Scandinoir even though it’s set in London. In terms of comedy, Peep Show is bowing out on a hysterical high. And I’m loving Catastrophe and Toast Of London as well. I don’t go out much!

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Toast of London and Jon Hamm: the making of great TV guest stars

The Mad Men star is on Channel 4 on Wednesday, putting a spin on a gag that stretches from Morecambe and Wise to The Simpsons and Friends

It was at about this time of year, in the television of the 70s, that speculation began about who might be the guest stars in the Morecambe & Wise Christmas Show, with some of the impressive answers to this question being entertainment stars (Glenda Jackson, Elton John) or politicians, including, in 1978, a recent prime minister, Sir Harold Wilson.

Celebrity cameos, though, are not just for Christmas, and Wednesday’s early-December edition of Toast of London (10.30pm, Channel 4) boasts a notable loan signing, in a turn from the actor Jon Hamm.

Related: Toast of London reviews Michael Fassbender’s Macbeth: 'Utterly, utterly dreadful'

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Josh Widdicombe: in praise of landlords

To some they’re the bane of modern renting, but for me landlords are just great. For serving up comic material, at least

In recent years the humble landlord has become a symbol of everything that is wrong with the spiralling property market, third only in the blame league to Russian oligarchs and Kirstie Allsopp. But as someone who spent over a decade living in houseshares I have a strange fondness for landlords. Nothing unites a group more than a common enemy, be it the Soviet Union or Nasty Nick from Big Brother. Having an awful landlord can be a good thing, it can bring you together as a household.

Related: Toast of London review: not as well done as it was, but Toast is still delicious

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Toast of London reviews Michael Fassbender’s Macbeth: 'Utterly, utterly dreadful'

Justin Kurzel’s new take on Shakespeare’s finest gets a resounding two thumbs down from veteran actor Steven Toast. Mind you, he only watched the trailer

First of all, I must declare a personal interest here. My agent met one of the producers of this latest big-screen Shakespeare adaptation some years ago (in the Earls Court branch of Oddbins), who intimated that I was very much “in the frame” to star in the title role. I have played the Scottish king on stage literally 100 times, and felt I had successfully immersed myself in the character’s determination and single-mindedness. (I also added a humorous touch and sense of playful mischievousness to Macbeth, which many actors don’t bother with).

He fails to get any laughs out of “Macca” at all, and was clearly going through the motions on set

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Doctor in the House, The Frankenstein Chronicles and I'm a Celebrity: TV review – video

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In his review of the week’s TV, telly addict Andrew Collins attempts to ascertain the differences between two near-identical medical makeover shows, BBC’s Doctor in the House and Channel 4’s Doctor in Your House; gets stuck into the ‘Hammer Horror Ripper Street’ The Frankenstein Chronicles on ITV Encore; lasts for an hour and 20 minutes of I’m A Celebrity; finds Masterchef: The Professionals better than expected; toasts Toast of London; and finds Zen in a Swedish rap on The Muppets

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The week in TV: The Bridge; The Man in the High Castle; Toast of London

Scandinavia’s coolest cop is back with a new partner… and did the allies really win the second world war?

The Bridge BBC4 | iPlayer

The Man in the High Castle Amazon Prime

Toast of London C4 | 4oD

One must assume it’s the calm before the storm. This normally happens only in the uncomfortable dewlap days of early August, when there is quite nothing on The Telly – nothing, nada, zip, bumski – and so I dispatched a jaunty telegram to all my editors. “Nothing interesting or new on telly likely to send a zephyr twitching up your or my skirts. Off to Seychelles with purloined credit card, seven thrillers and a hankering for rum cocktails and well-turned ankles”, only to be hauled back pre-airport by all my electronic tags. This actually hurts more than they’d promised. Coccyx and underarm. Bastards.

Tensions mount, but Saga’s still the best in the
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Toast of London review: not as well done as it was, but Toast is still delicious

Matt Berry’s unhinged creation is a slice of bonkers brilliance, though the freshness is starting to fade; Josh Widdicombe’s flatshare sitcom is rather cosy

So it’s true. Or it’s not true, depending on how you look at it. The 1969 Nasa Apollo 11 moon landing never happened. A fake, all filmed at Pinewood Studios by Stanley Kubrick, just as he would later fess up to – or at least hint at – in The Shining.

How do we know? Because a young Steven Toast – Toast of London (Channel 4) – was also at Pinewood that day; to film some sex comedy probably, it’s hard to remember, he was smoking a lot of children in need (weed, I’m assuming) at the time. Anyway, he wandered on to the wrong set, Studio D instead of Studio B; right on to the surface of the moon in fact, where Stanley K
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Egos, cameos and flogging cigs to the Congo: why Toast of London is so funny

The misadventures of actor and would-be lothario Steven Toast return for a third series. And it is as uproariously absurd as ever

Now and then, a comic character emerges with an ego so inflated you wonder whether they might be on the verge of spontaneous combustion: Alan Partridge, David Brent, Jeremy Clarkson. If you’re not already familiar with Steven Toast, he’s another to add to the list.

The owner of a 70s tache and grey-streaked barnet, this overconfident actor and would-be lothario ekes out a living through bit parts and low-rent voiceovers. Since Channel 4’s luvvie comedy Toast of London began airing in 2013, he and his bevy of ridiculously named friends and foes have gained a cult following among UK audiences. Although the show pulled in a rather modest 400,000 viewers when its second series premiered last November, creator and star Matt Berry scooped a Bafta for best
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