Sunday scattershooting: British comedy, Doctor Who and more….


David Tennant to the big screen in Fright Night re-do

David Tennant, who can currently be seen on the London West End stage in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing with Catherine Tate, will take his considerable talents to the big screen next month in Fright Night, a remake of the 1985 cult classic. The film centers on a teenager who suspects that his neighbor might be a vampire. The movie will debut in the US on August 19 and September 2 in the UK. Tennant will star as magician, Peter Vincent, alongside Colin Farrell as ‘the vampire’. In addition to his stage and screen talents, Tennant, who starred as The Tenth Doctor, has also hinted that he wouldn’t mind a return visit to Doctor Who in the future.

John Barrowman seeks role for Captain Jack in Doctor Who 5oth

Speaking at Comic-Con 2011, Torchwood star, John Barrowman, was quite clear in his desire to be a part of any 50th anniversary plans for Doctor Who in 2013. Barrowman said, “Torchwood and Captain Jack were born from the mother ship, which I always called and referenced as Doctor Who. I think it would be an interesting thing. I would love to do it.” He added, “If Matt was welcome to it, because he is The Doctor now, I think it would be great. I think it would be a different kind of dynamic there with Jack and The Doctor. So, yes, I’m totally up for it.” Barrowman also mentioned that he had spoken to current Doctor Who exec Steven Moffat and former series producer, Russell T Davies, about the possibility. Stay tuned…..

Comedy to keep an eye on….Trollied

Valco, a fictional supermarket in the north-west of England, is the setting for Trollied, a comedy with a lot of potential. Premiering Thursday, 4 August on Sky1, the series has greatness on both sides of the camera. Starring the brilliant Jane Horrocks (AbFab), Mark Addy (Full Monty, Robin Hood, The Thin Blue Line) and Jason Watkins (Being Human), Trollied is exec produced by Ash Atalla, who has had a hand in a few other ‘minor’ British comedy hits, both exec producing and producing various seasons of The Office and The IT Crowd.