• R.I.P. Frank Kelly, a.k.a. Father Jack

    R.I.P. Frank Kelly, a.k.a. Father Jack

    Veteran stage and screen actor, Frank Kelly, best known for playing the elderly, ranting, foul-mouthed alcoholic priest, Father Jack Hackett in the comedy sitcom Father Ted, has died at the age of 77. Kelly, most recently seen in Emmerdale and Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie, spent years working as a subeditor at Irish newspapers before beginning an acting career that spanned […]

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  • R.I.P. Alan Rickman (1946-2016)

    R.I.P. Alan Rickman (1946-2016)

    When I read the news about Alan Rickman’s passing yesterday, my initial reaction was to channel Howard Beale, open the window and shout, “I’m mad as hell and not going to take it any more!” First David Bowie and now Alan Rickman. In just a few short days, Planet Earth lost two incredibly talented and […]

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  • Getting to know your Dowager Countess, a.k.a. Dame Maggie Smith

    Getting to know your Dowager Countess, a.k.a. Dame Maggie Smith

    As Planet Earth prepares for the final series of Downton Abbey which begins on Sunday (3 January) on PBS’ Masterpiece series, if, like the Dowager Countess herself, you haven’t seen the series, it’s quite possible that you’d be surprised to know that the Dowager Countess was not Dame Maggie Smith’s first role. When it comes […]

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  • A young Luke Skywalker visits Blue Peter to ‘explain’ Star Wars to British children

    A young Luke Skywalker visits Blue Peter to ‘explain’ Star Wars to British children

    With Star Wars: The Force Awakens already taking Planet Earth by storm, Radio Times dug deep into the Blue Peter vault to find a young Mark Hamill attempting to explain Star Wars to Blue Peter host, Lesley Judd. Judd hosted the longest running children’s television show in the world from 1971-1978. Given the mania that generally surrounds each addition to the Star […]

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  • A day without Patrick Stewart is like a year without Christmas

    A day without Patrick Stewart is like a year without Christmas

    With immediate thoughts dancing in my personal mind palace of the popular Christmas song, We Need a Little Christmas (right this very moment), which had its origination in the Jerry Herman Broadway musical, Mame, we bring you more Patrick Stewart gold this holiday season. As the calendar ticks off each day bringing us closer and closer to 25 December […]

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  • Could Star Wars’ Hans Solo be Sherlock’s biggest fanboy?

    Could Star Wars’ Hans Solo be Sherlock’s biggest fanboy?

    Back in 2013, Harrison Ford and Benedict Cumberbatch were both ‘rumored’ to be getting ready for the possibility of a new Star Wars movie. When their paths crossed on The Graham Norton Show in October of that year, little did they know just how much of a mutual admiration society meeting it was about to be. When Benedict Cumberbatch […]

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  • Einstein’s general theory of relativity as explained by…The Doctor!

    Einstein’s general theory of relativity as explained by…The Doctor!

    In 1905, Albert Einstein published his special theory of relativity. Unsatisfied, Einstein started thinking about how to incorporate gravity ‘into the equation’. It wasn’t until a decade later, in November of 1915, that the 36-year old physicist published what became widely known as Einstein’s field equations which proposed that gravity between objects is caused by curvatures in space and time, or, […]

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  • Till Death Us Do Part’s Warren Mitchell dies at 89

    Till Death Us Do Part’s Warren Mitchell dies at 89

    Warren Mitchell, best known for his controversial role as Alf Garnett, a working-class bigot in the TV series Till Death Us Do Part, died early Saturday at the age of 89. Mitchell, who served in the Royal Air Force and attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, jumped at the chance to portray the ‘likable bigot’. “The script […]

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