News: Man Like Mobeen Star Lands Straight Role In New Drama

The star and writer of hit BBC sitcom Man Like Mobeen Guz Khan has landed a role in a major drama for Sky.

Khan will appear in Curfew, which sees an ensemble cast also including Sean Bean (Broken, Game of Thrones), Adrian Lester (Riviera, Hustle), Phoebe Fox (Blue Iguana, Intrigo: Samaria), and Malachi Kirby (Black Mirror, Roots) going head to head in the ultimate contest.

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TV: Inside No. 9 – Series 4, Episode 4, To Have And To Hold, BBC2

Firstly an apology. I got into a tiny puddle of hot water after giving away a little too much of last week's Inside No. 9 plot in my write-up so I'm going to tread very delicately here and steer clear of as many spoilers as possible for the fourth episode in this consistently astonishing series, entitled To Have And To Hold.

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News: Vic Reeves aka Jim Moir Settles Phone Hacking Case

Jim Moir – aka comedian Vic Reeves - has settled his case over phone-hacking allegations just before it went to court.

Moir was one of a number of celebrities whose case was due to be heard in the High Court today. The others were Coronation Street's Rajan Harkishindas, TV presenter Kate Thornton and talent manager Chris Herbert.

It had been alleged that they were victims of unlawful information gathering.

The settlement was agreed for an undisclosed sum. The other claimants have also settled.

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News: Man Gear-Changing Badly? Martin Clunes Driving School Comedy

Martin Clunes is to return to the BBC to star in a new sitcom.
 
He will play Warren Thompson, a pedantic driving instructor who thinks the world is against him, in the titular Warren.

Clunes' character is forced to move from the south up to Preston when his partner Anne’s father falls ill.

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News: Jason Donovan to Appear At Slapstick Festival

Superstar Jason Donovan is to appear at this month’s Slapstick festival of silent and classic film and TV comedy in Bristol after agreeing to stand in for the advertised host of its showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Colston Hall on Saturday 27 January (8.15pm for 9pm).   

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News: Satire Klaxon – Mash Report & Newsjack Both Return

The Mash Report is to return later this month.

The new run of the satirical news show will once again be anchored by Nish Kumar. Pictured is the team of Jason Forbes, Steve N Allen, Ellie Taylor, Pierre Novellie, Nish Kumar, Rachel Parris, Andrew Hunter Murray and Greig Johnson.

The new series will start on January 18 on BBC2 at 10pm. Apply for free tickets to filming of episodes here.

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News: Controversial Comedian's Latest Move – Children's Theatre

Controversial performer Kim Noble's latest project is every bit as surprising as his previous projects.

Noble, who won the Perrier Best Newcomer Award with Stuart Silver in 2000, has previously made waves with shows about suicide and his mental health issues. His ground-breaking multi-media performances have been sexually explicit and graphically transgressive.

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News: Leicester Mercury Comedian Of the Year Finalists Announced

The line up has been announced for the 2018 Leicester Mercury Comedian Of the Year Final at the Leicester Comedy Festival

The final takes place in Leicester on February 24.

Previous winners include Josh Widdicombe, Jason Manford, Seann Walsh, Miles Jupp, Johnny Vegas, Romesh Ranganathan and Rhod Gilbert. Previous finalists include Greg Davies and Reginald D Hunter.

This year's hand-picked eight finalists are:

News: Big Tour in 2018 For Jarlath Regan's Organ Freeman

Following a run at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, award-winning comedian and podcaster Jarlath Regan has announced a nationwide tour with his show Organ Freeman, including a performance at London’s Leicester Square Theatre on 19th January.

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News: Champion Punster Gets Radio Show

UK Pun Champion 2017 Lovdev Barpaga is to join Free Radio Birmingham's new breakfast show, launching in 2018.

The new show will also feature TV presenter Tim Warwood, actor Lauren Crace and newsreader Mitch Rushton and local comedian Barpaga (pictured right), who won the UK Pun Championships at the Leicester Comedy Festival earlier this year.

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