Vote for David in the Radio Times TV Champion Vote

The Radio Times online are currently running a TV Champion contest and in the comedy category you can vote for David! Show your support by clicking the link below, as I type David is currently in the first round of group three against Jim Parsons (of The Big Bang Theory fame) and he’s winning!

http://www.radiotimes.com/comedychampion2016

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Upstart Crow to return for a second series + Christmas special

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BBC2’s continuity announcer revealed at the end of the final episode of Upstart Crow that it will return for a second series! The Radio Times online then also confirmed a Christmas special. Both are quoted as airing in 2017, although it is not yet clear if the Christmas special will be for this Christmas, or the following Christmas in 2017. Some of the scripts seem to already have been written (or at least the stories are planned out). The Radio Times quotes that series two will: ‘include characters like Othello and Falstaff and plays like Henry V and The Taming of the Shrew.’

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BBC controller of comedy commissioning Shane Allen said of the recommission: “What with the brilliant response to Ben’s re-imagination of Will Shakespeare’s world and the uniquely entertaining cast, it would be madness not to bring Upstart Crow back for a second series.”

Whilst Ben Elton said: “Making a sitcom for the BBC is the holy grail of British comedy writing. I am absolutely thrilled that Upstart Crow has earned a second series and am sorry for some of the things I thought about the Bard while studying for my English Lit O Level.”

David himself simply said he was ‘thrilled’ by the recommission.

Good news all round I say Mitchell fans!

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Time Spanner Recording Report

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Photograph by Amanda Benson of the cast

Time Spanner is a new Radio4 sitcom pilot written by and starring Simon Kane (pictured above second from the left) as Martin Gaye, the reluctant Time Traveller whose name definitely does not sound like Marvin Gaye at all. Framing the story we have the brilliant John Finnemore as the dead dog that was sent to space, who acts as narrator to the show. London Hughes, who plays Martin’s love interest and David Mitchell as Daniel Kraken (not 100% sure on the spelling to be honest), the (slightly) evil head of the storage empire (who can’t seem to find his trousers) that Martin works for. Daniel tricks Martin into becoming a test subject for his new time machine and from there Martin goes to heaven and embarks on a crazy adventure.

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Simon Kane, David Mitchell and John Finnemore photograph by Amanda Benson

It was a wonderful recording; Gareth Edwards came out and did a little warm up for the audience which was fun! The cast were amazing! London Hughes worked very well with Simon Kane, and John played a perfect Dog! David plays a great villain here, I loved his delivery, almost in a superhero type voice. I think there was a line where he said ‘Marty’ instead of ‘Martin’ which was a really nice little Back To The Future joke. Also the jokes about his previous test subject were very, very funny. There was also fantastic line about watches and swans from John Finnemore which i won’t spoil, but was particularly amazing. The only problem was, it was over so quickly! It really left you wanting more.

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John Finnemore as the Dead Dog. Photograph by Amanda Benson

You can tell just by looking at twitter how well the show was received! I’m sure it will get broadcast, although, we didn’t hear any information on that matter, and it is a pilot after all. Regardless I think this show is well on it’s way to a full series! I hope everyone gets to hear this brilliant pilot in the not too distant future (see what I did there?) Thanks to Amanda for letting me use her great photographs! https://twitter.com/cheesescientist

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David reading his script. Photograph by Amanda Benson