Category Archives: TV

George goes to Downton

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Yep, that’s George Clooney on the set of Downton Abbey.

He’s joining the cast for a one-off special that will be broadcast on ITV as part of the broadcaster’s annual fundraiser, Text Santa.

And if that small glimpse of George with the Lord isn’t enough, ITV have kindly released a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it clip.

Text Santa is on ITV on December 19.

Chris keeps writing

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Glee’s Chris Colfer has signed a new five-book deal for his Land of Stories books.

Colfer launched the series in 2012 and has already released three sequels with another due out next year.

As part of his new deal he’ll write the fifth and final book in the franchise plus some spin-offs before turning his attention to a new Young Adult novel about a young television actor, who is joined by fans on a once-in-a-lifetime cross-country road trip.

Brad helps out Rihanna

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Brad Pitt is set to introduce Rihanna at a big fundraising gala in aid of her Clara Lionel Foundation.

Pitt and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel will introduce Rihanna’s performance at the event in Beverly Hills on December 11.

“It is such an honour to have Jimmy Kimmel host this event,” Rihanna said in a statement.

“There is no one more hilarious to make the first annual Diamond Ball an incredible night. I’m blessed by his support. Brad Pitt is not only a phenomenal talent, but I admire him and am inspired by his philanthropic work,” she added.

Stars at the BFI

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Jeremy Irvine and Phoebe Fox will attend a screening of the new film The Woman in Black: Angel of Death at the BFI.

The screening takes place on December 11.

The new film is set 40 years after the events of The Woman in Black, with Eel Marsh House acting as a school for children during the Second World War.

Meanwhile Steve Pemberton and Miranda Richardson will be at the BFI on December 10 for the screening of their drama, Mapp and Lucia.

The BBC drama, which is due to be shown over Christmas, also features Anna Chancellor and Mark Gatiss.

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Fallon’s Lip Sync show

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Jimmy Fallon’s giving his epic Lip Sync battles their own show.

Fallon’s joining forces with John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant to executive produce the show which will air on US network Spike TV – all three are expected to appear on the show at some point.

If you’ve never seen one of the battles they’re pretty awesome, the best are the one Fallon did with Emma Stone or with The Voice mentors Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton.

Buble and Babs get festive

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Michael Buble appeared on Barbra Streisand’s recent album Partners and now she’s repaying the favour by performing on his annual Christmas TV show.

The one hour special, Michael Buble’s Christmas in New York, will also feature Ariana Grande, Miss Piggy and the famous Rockettes.

The show airs in the US on NBC on December 17. I hope one of the UK broadcasters will show it too.

Hamm heads back to Pawnee

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Jon Hamm is returning to Pawnee.

His character Ed appeared in the last episode of Parks and Recreation’s sixth series when he was fired by Leslie.

He’ll be among a host of stars appearing in the final series including Rob Lowe, Rashida Jones and Megan Mullally.

Meanwhile, Hugh Laurie is currently filming a special appearance on Veep.

We don’t know anything about his role yet but pictures of him with Julia Louis Dreyfus and the rest of the cast have started popping up on Twitter.

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The Royals – on the small screen and in the Big Apple

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The writer of The Queen and The Audience is creating a new drama series about the British monarchy for Netflix.

The Crown is being written by Peter Morgan and each series of the drama will look at the political rivalries and personal intrigues across a decade of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, beginning with the young princess who is faced with leading the royal family as well as trying to develop a relationship with Winston Churchill.

The series should be available from 2016.

Does anyone think Call The Midwife’s Jessica Raine might be a good choice for the young queen?

Meanwhile William and Katherine will be traveling to New York in December.

The three day visit to the Big Apple will include a gala dinner benefiting their former university, St Andrews, a visit the 9/11 memorial and a stop-off at a basketball game in Brooklyn in support of an ongoing collaboration between their Royal Foundation, United for Wildlife and the NBA.

Sadly Prince George won’t be joining his parents on the trip which takes place December 7-9.