November 21st, 2011

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Rev: Series 1 - DVD out today (Monday)

FINALLY, just what we have all been waiting for, the Rev Series 1 DVD is out in shops today.

Synposis cut and pasted from Amazon:

It’s hell being a vicar…

Meet The Rev. Adam Smallbone. He’s a Church of England Vicar, newly promoted from a sleepy rural parish to the busy, inner-city world of St Saviour’s in Hackney, East London. It’s a world he has no experience of. And it shows. It really shows.

Rev. is an authentic (albeit highly comic) portrait of the life of a modern, inner-city vicar. Heavily researched and supported by anecdotes from a number of working city vicars and church insiders it lifts the lid on how the modern church actually functions, and what life is really like in a dog collar.

Raks's take

I love Rev! It is genius. The writing is sharp and witty. Tom Hollander is brilliant. The ensemble cast are outstanding. And it tackles hard-hitting social issues in a light entertainment programme.

Highly highly recommended.

Buy it from Amazon here:

I pre-ordered mine and so it arrived on Saturday - I literally cannot wait to relive Series 1!

If you want further information, the official Rev Series 1 website is here:
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Eastenders: Branning Week

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Eastenders is another programme that I have been wanting to talk about for a LONG time. I have never watched a single episode of Coronation Street and have no intention of ever doing so but I have watched well over 75-80% of Eastenders episodes over the 25 years the show has been on the air. I love Eastenders, Albert Square and the Queen Vic!

That said, for the best part of a year, I have been away (absent without leave) from Albert Square, due to theatre, film and religious commitments. It is about time I returned to Albert Square and what better time to do so than Branning Week?

Max Branning, who is played by Jake Wood, is one of my favourite characters and this week Max is returning to the Square (like me!). If you want a quick guide to Max Branning it is here:

Cut and pasted from the Eastenders website:
Max's roving eye (particularly for Stacey Slater) has landed him in trouble time and again, but he never learns. His smooth talking wore thin with wife Tanya – so much so that she buried him alive. You can’t keep a good man six feet under though, and after a brief exile, Max waltzed back to Walford - only to find Tanya giving his sexy sibling Jack a bit of brotherly love. Tanya saw the light, divorced naughty Max, and married his polar opposite – nice Greg. Even though Max’s charming ways and classic one liners are a hit with the ladies, it’s Tanya, the muvver of his children that he wants to grow old with in Chez Branning. Will he ever manage to get her back? Max is the king of wriggling out of trouble, and always seems to get his own way – you can’t keep a good (ish) man down!

I obviously LOVE Max because he is a complete charmer and an incorrigible womaniser - which is actually just the way I like my men!

Eastenders is here:

Their news blog is here:

I am inviting everyone I know to join me in Albert Square at the Queen Vic so we can all enjoy Branning week together. Come on down - you KNOW you want to!
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Kali Theatre Company

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With a BIG thank you to Operation Black Vote for bringing this to my attention.

Cut and pasted from the Kali Theatre Company website:

Kali Theatre was founded in 1990 to encourage, support and promote new theatre writing by women from a South Asian background. Kali is the UK’s only theatre company dedicated to championing women writers from a South Asian background. They seek out original writers who challenge perceptions. They focus on content and ideas as much as on style to present memorable theatre based on challenging and innovative ideas.

Talkback 2011.
21-26 November 2011.

Now an annual event, Talkback is the culmination of Kali’s Writer Development Programme, a year long series of workshops and dramaturgy for new and emerging writers.

Seven selected plays will be presented over five nights in an ambitious week of rich and diverse plays for tomorrow by some of the freshest and most original voices in new theatre writing.

Follow the link for more details:

Read the Operation Black Vote feature on the Kali Theatre Company here:

I am going to this:

Awakening by Sharon Raizada. Directed by Janet Steel. Monday 21 November 8pm.

How English are you? As the English Defence League march against Muslims in Luton, brave Sikh girl Sonia is secretly filming in their HQ. Her black boyfriend is trying to stop her. The EDL leader enjoys the attention but his lieutenant suspects Sonia’s motives. When his brother arrives on a burning mission for Christ, a potent mixture of rage, race and religion threatens to explode.
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London Evening Standard Theatre Awards: Congratulations Benedict! (continued)

With HUGE thanks to as per usual for doing all my work for me ... Here are the photos of Benedict receiving his London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor, jointly with his co-star Jonny Lee Miller, for Frankenstein.

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