Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard a few names thrown around in regards to James Bond. Ladbrokes have now added a “odds-on” favourite for the role.
Irish actor Aidan Turner (Poldark, Being Human), is now the top contender. A spokesperson for Ladbrokes said:
“Money talks, and it’s the Poldark man that punters want as their next Bond. Turner’s been shaking and stirring the betting for the last week and it’s not a huge surprise to see he’s been backed into odds-on.”
I interviewed Aidan at the recent MCM Expo, interestingly, the press were banned from asking him about James Bond…
In which Martyn, along with 15 other journalists interview the cast of Being Human. Russell Tovey talks about waking up to find an Italian woman in his house, Aidan talks about Poldark and what we can expect from series 2. Lenora Critchlow talks about the joys of living alone and her favourite memory of Being Human.
Being Humanwas a supernaturalcomedy-dramatelevision series. It was created and written byToby Whithouse.
“Fill a bowl with boiling water and washing up liquid, this is two sets of Marigold problem”.
Being Human returns at the end of the week and gets off to a flying start. Tom, Hal and Alex (Michael Socha, Damien Molony and Kate Bracken) return as our supernatural trio.
The story picks up a few weeks after the events of series 4. Tom and Hal are still grieving for Eve and Annie-though neither are mentioned, which is a very smart move. Series 5 is about as distant as we could get from the original show and, that’s no bad thing.
Michael Socha and Damien Malony reprise their roles effortlessly. Hal and Tom have managed to inject the humour that vanished in the later part of George and Mitchell’s tenure. Kate Bracken is brilliant as Alex and is a million miles away from Annie.
This is a great first episode and will no doubt win over any George and Mitchell fan-girls, or general naysayers that felt Being Human had lost its spark. I’m going to call it now, a sixth series is a given.
Being Human returns to BBC Three, February 3rd at 10 pm
Fast Girls is a film that tried to cash in on the Olympics but was not allowed to use the words “Olympics,” “London,” and “2012.” As a result, the film revolves around a group of female athletes training for the fictional 2011 World Championships. Co-written by Noel Clarke and directed by newcomer Regan Hall, the movie is billed as a comedy/drama, but it fails to deliver on both fronts.
The film stars Lenora Crichlow (Being Human) as Shania, a talented sprinter from the ‘wrong side of the tracks’ who is approached by relay coach Tommy (Clarke) to join the team. However, she struggles to be a team player. While it is refreshing to see a British production with strong female leads, Fast Girls quickly becomes a cliché-ridden film. The romance between Shania and Carl feels contrived, and the movie falls back on the same old tropes we’ve seen in countless other films.
Noel Clarke’s performance as Tommy is rather bland, and it feels like he wasn’t the original actor cast for the role. Phil Davis has little more than a cameo as Shania’s original coach, and it’s a waste of his talent. While the film does engage the audience at times, it’s hard to stay interested when the plot is so predictable. The “feel good” climax is the icing on the cake of this disappointing film.
Overall, Fast Girls is a film with potential, but it fails to deliver on its promises. The strong female leads are refreshing, but the plot is predictable and clichéd, and the performances are lackluster. If you’re looking for a film about female athletes that delivers on its promises, this one falls short.
Behind the Scenes: Cast Training/ Costume Design/ The Relay/ Fast Girl Championship/ Night Shoot.
The BBC has released some pictures from episode 5 of Being Human. Click on the image to enlarge.
Thanks to BBC pictures. Catch up with the last series on LoveFilm
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