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Interview: Martin Freeman On Appearing In Alan Bennett's Talking Heads

Martin Freeman plays Graham in A Chip In The Sugar, the classic Alan Bennett monologue in the series Talking Heads. It airs as part of the new series starting on Tuesday 23 June on BBC One. Watch it here, where all episodes are now available.

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TV: Breeders, Sky One

My partner and I had a right old exchange of views about the new parenthood comedy Breeders. A bit like the disagreements that Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard have in the show but with less swearing. I lost count of the number of fucks that Freeman in particular comes out with, but if this was intended as authenticity then parents swear a fuck of a lot more now than they did when I was first a dad. 

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News: Watch Trailer for New Martin Freeman And Daisy Haggard Comedy Breeders

Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard star in a new Sky original comedy, exploring the paradox that every parent knows but never admits; you would willingly die for your children, but quite often you also want to kill them. Martin Freeman stars as Paul, a caring father discovering he’s not quite the man he thought he was. His partner in this impossibly steep parental climb is Ally (Daisy Haggard), who runs a recording studio, makes Paul laugh and can read a story to their children while she's technically asleep.

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News: Martin Freeman & Daisy Haggard To Star In New Comedy

Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard are to star in new comedy Breeders, created by Freeman alongside comedian Chris Addison and writer Simon Blackwell.

The 10-part series, which will be produced by Avalon Television and will air on Sky One, will expose the paradox of parenting that it is possible to love your child and be infuriated by them at the same time. Freeman stars as a caring father discovering he’s not quite the man he thought he was.

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News: Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse & Andy Nyman Star In Film Version Of Stage Chiller

Principal photography has started  on Ghost Stories, the film based on the original Olivier nominated stage production. The film is co-written and directed by Jeremy Dyson (writer The League of Gentlemen, Psychobitches) and Andy Nyman (The Commuter, Severance) who co-wrote and directed the original stage production.

News: Brian Pern Comes to BBC2

A transmission date has been confirmed for the second series of Brian Pern: A Life in Rock. The new series will start on BBC2 on December 9. 

News: Happy Birthday Shaun

It is hard to believe it, but it is ten years ago that zombie apocalypse romcom classic Shaun of the Dead was first released. The UK release was on April 9, 2004. To mark the occasion the scripts of Shaun, alongside the scripts of the other two films in “The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy” – Hot Fuzz and The World’s End – have now very kindly been made available to download free, complete with previously unseen sketches, lesser known facts, curious squiggles and background trivia.

Classic Interview: Martin Freeman

Actors who appear in hit sitcoms often have difficulties shaking off the role that makes their name. Beyond The Joke recently wrote about the way that Father Dougal still casts a shadow over Ardal O'Hanlon's work. But Martin Freeman has had no such issues. I doubt if that many people still think of him primarily as Tim from The Office these days. Even though that was a major role in a landmark series Freeman has recently shaken Tim off with starring parts in The Hobbit movies and BBC1's Sherlock.

Classic Interview: Benedict Cumberbatch

I came across my interview with Benedict Cumberbatch from The Times, November 2007, in my archive and thought it might be of some interest. Back then Cumberbatch was a fast-rising star of stage and screen rather than the all-conquering superstar he is today. I'll always remember the first time I spotted him – it was when I watched him playing Stephen Hawking in a BBC drama in 2004.

Review: The Job Lot, ITV1

Well, you can't win them all. ITV1 might be on a bit of a roll at the moment, but I'm not convinced that new sitcom The Job Lot is going to keep up their hit rate. Then again, no living creature has ever pressed the ITV1 button on the remote expecting anything groundbreaking or cutting edge so maybe The Job Lot is the right sitcom on the right channel at the right time.

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