MOJO in the NYT

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Check out the below extracts from Ben Brantley’s fantastic review in the New York Times of West End production Mojo, currently showing at the Harold Pinter Theatre until the 8th February and starring BEN WHISHAW and RUPERT GRINT:

“Mojo”…turns out to be the West End’s version of a quad espresso, laced with steroids. When I stepped out onto Panton Street after a matinee performance of Jez Butterworth’s 1995 play, directed by Ian Rickson and performed by a deliciously caffeinated cast led by BEN WHISHAW, I felt jittery, elated and scarily strong…[it] seems to dose its audience with amphetamines…it pulses with infectious energy that makes words physical. Those words hurtle, crash and explode as delivered by a dream ensemble that includes RUPERT GRINT in an auspicious West End debut. They’re all priceless. But Mr. WHISHAW — best known for portraying sensitive plants (in “Hamlet” and “The Pride” onstage, as John Keats in the movie “Bright Star”) — is an eye opener as Baby, the club owner’s son. It becomes ever more clear that Baby is seriously damaged goods, and in a pyrotechnic performance, Mr. WHISHAW suggests the sources and consequences of that damage. He demonstrates that for the right actor, there are revelatory layers to be mined within Mr. Butterworth’s flashy language.

Click here to read the full review.

A SMALL FAMILY BUSINESS

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HH Client NIGEL LINDSAY will star in Alan Ayckbourn’s riotous comedy A Small Family Business at the National Theatre this Spring. Playing in the Olivier Theatre from 1st April (with Press Night on 8th April), NIGEL will star as Jack McCracken in Ayckbourn’s exposure of entrepreneurial greed that first premiered at the venue in 1987.

Written during the height of Thatcherism, A Small Family Business tells the story of Jack’s journey from a man of principle to rampant self-interest and corruption with the discovery his extended family is no more than a group of thieves and adulterers.

Directed by Adam Penford, whose directing credits include Island at the National Theatre and The Hostage at Southwark Playhouse, London stage regular NIGEL returns to the beloved South Bank venue following roles in The Pillowman, The London Cuckolds, Blue Remembered Hills and Dealer’s Choice. He has just finished starring as Bolingbroke in the RSC’s Richard II and he will be starring in A Small Family Business alongside HH client DEBRA GILLETT as well as Gawn Grainger, Amanda Hadingue, Amy Marston, Gerard Monaco, Samuel Taylor and Niky Wardley.

Click here for full dates and to buy tickets.

BABYLON Pilot – Airs 9th Feb

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Channel 4 has unveiled its brand new trailer for the Danny Boyle-directed comedy-drama series Babylon (watch below). The pilot episode will air at 9pm, 9th February on Channel 4 and stars HH clients BERTIE CARVEL, PATERSON JOSEPH and NAVIN CHOWDHRY alongside Brit Marling, Jimmy Nesbitt, Adam Deacon and Jill Halfpenny.

Babylon centres on a London police force in desperate need of a spruced-up public image. A new-media savvy American is brought in to revolutionise the force’s PR department as it attempts to uphold the peace under constant scrutiny in one of the world’s busiest capital cities. BAFTA winners Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong wrote the pilot, with a 6-part series going into production this spring.

Don’t miss the pilot on the 9th!

Doon Bakes Off TONIGHT!

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Make sure you tune in tonight for the final episode of The Great Sport Relief Bake Off - the charity version of the BBC’s hugely popular reality television contest The Great British Bake Off.

Tonight’s episode features our very own DOON MACKICHAN as one of the final quartet of celebrity contestants. Watch DOON as she pulls on her apron and pits her baking wits against impressionist Alistair McGowan, ex-Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton and Rochelle Humes from The Saturdays, with comedian Ed Byrne on stirring duties. And as ever, judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood have the final say. Tonight, the bakers must make pizzas for their signature challenge, eccles cakes in the technical challenge and showstopping tiered cakes that represent sporting equipment!

Who will be crowned champion? Tune in tonight to find out… 8pm on BBC2. C’mon DOON!

 

BAFTA Awards 2014

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It’s that time of year again and the shortlist nominees have been announced this week for the 2014 BAFTA Awards.

Massive congratulations go to EMMA THOMPSON who has been nominated for the Best Leading Actress award for her magnificent performance as P.L. Travers in Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks. She is nominated alongside Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Sandra Bullock and Amy Adams. Saving Mr. Banks is also nominated for Outstanding British Film, Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer (for Kelly Marcel [Writer]), Original Music and Costume Design.

Huge congrats also go to WILL POULTER who is nominated for this year’s EE Rising Star Award. This award is voted for by the public so please do cast your vote here.

Also nominated in the Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Prouducer category are: Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson (Writers) for Good Vibrations, which stars KERR LOGAN, and Kieran Evans (Director/Writer) for Kelly + Victor, which stars JULIAN MORRIS.

The Butler, which stars DAVID OYELOWO, is nominated for Make Up & Hair and The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, starring STEPHEN FRY, is also nominated for Make Up & Hair as well as Special Visual Effects.

Winners will be announced at this year’s ceremony on 16th February 2014 at Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House. Our very own STEPHEN FRY will be hosting again.

Good luck everyone!

MR SELFRIDGE Series 2

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ITV’s hit period drama Mr Selfridge will return to UK television screens on Sunday 19th January for its eagerly-awaited second series.

The doors of the Selfridges department store will be thrust open once again as Jeremy Piven’s beaming entrepreneur returns, selling his wares to the wartime inhabitants of London. Series 2 is set five years after Series 1 and sees Mr. Selfridge celebrating of the store’s fifth anniversary whilst the nation teeters on the brink of World War I.

Two HH clients reprise their roles in this second series: GREGORY FITOUSSI returns as head window dresser Henri Lecalir and AMY BETH HAYES is back as department store assistant Kitty. The show also welcomes new character Delphine Day, played by HH client POLLY WALKER. Delphine is a bohemian novelist and businesswoman who takes Mr. Selfridge’s wife Rose under her wing.

Series two is a ten part season and episode one premieres on Sunday 19th January at 9pm on ITV. Don’t miss it! Here’s a trailer to show you what’s in store (pun definitely intended!)

HH Christmas & New Year Guide 2013

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone here at Hamilton Hodell!

Below is your festive guide to this season’s HH treats, with listings for all upcoming movies, television programmes and theatre shows starring Hamilton Hodell clients over the holiday season. So be sure to tune in, set your Sky+, buy tickets and enjoy all the festive treats on offer over the next three weeks.

Saturday 21st December

6:30pm, ITV
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Starring RUPERT GRINT and EMMA THOMPSON
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Sunday 22nd December

6:30pm, Sky1
The final episode of Yonderland
Written by and starring MATHEW BAYNTON
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7:30pm, ITV
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Starring RUPERT GRINT
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1:30pm, BBC1
The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Starring TILDA SWINTON, GEORGIE HENLEY and SKANDAR KEYNES
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3:30pm, CBBC
The Lost Christmas
Starring CHRISTINE BOTTOMLEY
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8pm, ITV
Midsomer Murders: “The Christmas Haunting”
Starring GWILYM LEE
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9pm, BBC2
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Hosted by STEPHEN FRY
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6:15pm, BBC1
Call The Midwife Christmas Special
Starring PAM FERRIS
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8:30pm, ITV
(and repeated at 4:45pm on Friday 27th December)
Downton Abbey Christmas Special
Starring MICHELLE DOCKERY, RAQUEL CASSIDY and JANET MONTGOMERY
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8:30pm, Channel 4
(and repeated at 7pm on Sunday 29th December)
Bear’s Wild Weekend with Stephen Fry
Starring STEPHEN FRY
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10:45pm, ITV
Love Actually
Starring EMMA THOMPSON
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7:15pm, ITV
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Starring RUPERT GRINT
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9:35pm, ITV
Bridget Jones’ Diary
Starring SHIRLEY HENDERSON
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9pm, BBC1
Two Doors Down
Starring DOON MACKICHAN
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Hot Fuzz
Starring NICK FROST
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New Year’s Day 2014

8pm, ITV
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Starring RUPERT GRINT
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HAMILTON HODELL at the Movies

Three great holiday films now showing at a cinema near you:
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug – starring STEPHEN FRY
Saving Mr. Banks – starring EMMA THOMPSON
The Butler – starring DAVID OYELOWO

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HAMILTON HODELL on DVD and BluRay

If you’re looking for a last minute Christmas present, or just want to sample all of the excellent 2013 releases starring our clients, then check out our Clients ON DVD page where you can browse through a year’s worth of DVD and BluRay releases starring HH clients, with links to purchase at Amazon, Play.com and iTunes.

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HAMILTON HODELL at the Theatre

And finally, if you fancy a great night out at the theatre during the festive season, have a browse through our Clients ON STAGE page to see who is currently performing, and where.

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See you all in 2014!

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The Great Train Robbery – Starts Tonight!

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The first episode of brand new two-part heist drama The Great Train Robbery premieres tonight on BBC1 at 8pm, starring MARTIN COMPSTON and JACK GORDON.

This new interpretation retells the infamous true story of the 1963 ‘Great Train Robbery’ from the perspective of its perpetrators and also of their pursuers. The film is split into to halves: the first part, “A Robber’s Tale”, focuses on Bruce Reynolds as he plans the now folkloric raid on a London-bound Royal Mail train that netted a then-record haul of £2.6 million. Meanwhile “A Copper’s Tale”, the second film of the double bill, concentrates on DCS Tommy Butler, the detective chief superintendent charged with bringing the robbers to justice.

The show marks the 50th anniversary of a crime that still resonates today and has become something of a long-running soap opera, with some of the culprits evading justice even after being apprehended.

MARTIN stars as robber Roy James. With a promising career as a racing driver, having won a series of trophies in 1963, James was instead sentenced to 30 years for his part in The Great Train Robbery. He served 12. JACK stars as Ronnie Biggs, a gentleman who had all but retired from crime when the rest of the gang approached him to join them. Having spent most of his life in prison before the Great Train Robbery, Biggs was very much an outsider in the Train Robbery Gang and was initally recruited purely to bring the train driver on board. Luke Evans and Jim Broadbent also star in the films.

Tune in tonight at 8pm on BBC1 for Part One and tomorrow night (Thursday 19th December) at the same time for Part Two. Here’s the trailer:

WhatsOnStage Awards – 2014 Nominations

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The nominations are out for the 2014 WhatsOnStage Awards, covering “the best of the 2013 theatre-going year”. It’s a very impressive list this year and includes a multitude of shows in which HH clients starred. Big congratulations to all our nominated clients and the shows in which they appeared.

Check out the full list of HH-related categories below. The awards are now open to the public vote, and you can CAST YOUR VOTES HERE. Exciting!

Nominated for Best Actress In A Play:
HAYLEY ATWELL for The Pride at Trafalgar Studios

Nominated for Best Actor In A Play:
BEN WHISHAW
for Peter & Alice at the Noël Coward Theatre / Mojo at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Nominated for Best Supporting Actor In A Play:
KYLE SOLLER for Edward II at The National (Olivier)

Nominated for Best Actress In A Musical:
ZRINKA CVITESIC for Once at the Phoenix

Nominated for Dewynters London Newcomer Of The Year:
RUPERT GRINT for Mojo at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Other nominees include:

Best New Play
Chimerica at the Almeida/Harold Pinter (which starred ANDREW LEUNG)
Peter And Alice at the Noël Coward (which starred BEN WHISHAW)

Best New Comedy
Jeeves & Wooster In Perfect Nonsense at the Duke Of York’s (which is currently starring MATTHEW MACFADYEN)
The Lyons at the Menier Chocolate Factory (which starred BEN ALDRIDGE and TOM ELLIS)

Best New Musical
Once (currently starring ZRINKA CVITESIC)

Best Play Revival
Mojo (currently starring BEN WHISHAW and RUPERT GRINT)
The Pride (which starred HAYLEY ATWELL)

Best Musical Revival
Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter (which starred MARK UMBERS)

Best Shakespearean Production
Julius Caesar at the Donmar Warehouse (which starred SUSAN BROWN)

Best Off-West End Production
#aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei at the Hampstead Theatre (which starred ANDREW LEUNG)

Best Regional Production
My Fair Lady at the Sheffield Crucible (directed by DANIEL EVANS)
Richard II - RSC at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon (which starred NIGEL LINDSAY)

18th Annual Satellite Awards (Nominations)

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The nominations are out for the 18th Annual Satellite Awards, and big congratulations go to MATHEW BAYNTON and EMMA THOMPSON, both of whom have been nominated for acting awards.

MATHEW is nominated for Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical for his role in television comedy series The Wrong Mans. The show – which MATHEW co-wrote – has also been nominated for Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical. Congrats on both nominations!

EMMA is nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, for her role in Saving Mr. Banks.

The 18th Annual Satellite Awards ceremony will be held on March 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Check out the full list of nominees here. Good luck guys!

December Documentary Double

This December sees the airing of two fantastic new three-part television documentaries, each narrated by a Hamilton Hodell client.

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The first is Liberty Of London, narrated by HAYLEY ATWELL. This new three-parter for Channel 4 is a fascinating look behind the scenes of Liberty, one of London’s most indulgent department stores. The prices are steep in this opulent store, where silk scarves start at £175, Art Deco rings go for £70,000 and a life-sized cuddly bear sells at £1,995!  As we learn in this fly-on-the-wall documentary, Liberty is where the store’s wealthier customers do their weekly shopping and the cameras are on board to capture the organised choas in the run-up to Christmas. From shoe-shopping with the boss to tête-à-têtes about shoulder pads with the zany haberdashery department, nothing, it seems, is off limits.

Episode One has already aired and you can watch it again on 4OD. And don’t miss episodes Two and Three, airing Mondays 9 and 16 December at 9pm on Channel 4.

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The second documentary series is Wild Burma: Nature’s Lost Kingdom, narrated by PATERSON JOSEPH. For the first time in over 50 years, a team of wildlife filmmakers from the BBC’s Natural History Unit and scientists from the Smithsonian Institution have been granted access to venture deep into Burma’s impenetrable jungles for this three-parter for BBC2. On a mission to scour the forests and create a diverse species list to present to the country’s policy makers, they hope to help get these forests protected. Their challenges include discovering whether the mountains and dense bamboo forests of western Burma are home to a population of notoriously grumpy Asian elephants that could prove critical to the survival of the species. As the teams uncover Burma’s natural riches, they could change the future of the country’s wilds forever…

Again, Episode One has already aired and you can watch it now on BBC iPlayer. Episodes Two and Three will air on Fridays 6 and 13 December at 9pm on BBC2.

Singing Psychos!

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Check out this fab image of BEN ALDRIDGE, as featured in online journal Mr Porter this week.

BEN is one of the stars of the upcoming American Psycho, a stage musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’s iconic novel (which was made into a feature film starring Christian Bale in 2000) chronicling the trials and tribulations of Patrick Bateman, a psychopathic New York investment banker obsessed with business cards, facial peels and Whitney Houston! Bateman is played by former Doctor Who star Matt Smith and this new musical thriller will premiere at London’s Almeida Theatre on December 3 2013 and run until January 25 2014.

Roopert Goold has directed the show and the composer is Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening). BEN stars as Paul Owen, one of Bateman’s colleagues at their firm Pierce and Pierce. Owen handles the most important accounts, yet he can never remember Bateman’s name!

Magazine/journal Mr Porter is a production sponsor for American Psycho and you can check out the full article from which the above image was taken, here. Be sure to book your tickets for the show, which is guaranteed to have everyone talking come December.

2013 ES Award Winners

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Huge congratulations to ANDREW LEUNG and MARK UMBERS, both of whom starred in productions that won Evening Standard Theatre Awards at last week’s 2013 ceremony.

The Alemida Theatre’s Chimerica (starring ANDREW) won the Best Play award, whilst the Menier Chocolate Factory’s Merrily We Roll Along (starring MARK) picked up the award for Best Musical.

Both productions also transferred to the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre earlier in the year after their hugely successful sell-out runs in their respective theatres.

Congrats to both!

MUPPETS: MOST WANTED

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The first trailer is out for the eagerly anticipated new ‘Muppets’ movie. Disney’s Muppets: Most Wanted will hit UK cinemas on March 28, 2014 and follows on from 2011′s smash hit The Muppets, which saw some of the world’s most beloved characters return to the big screen for the first time in twelve years.

This time around, the characters are back in an all-new hilarious spy thriller, featuring Ricky Gervais, Tiny Fey and Ty Burrell and packed with celebrity cameos including one from our very own TOM HIDDLESTON. The Muppets gang take a global tour, including stops in Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. But mayhem follows them overseas as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine, the World’s Number One Criminal, and dead-ringer for Kermit. The film features music from Academy Award®-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie. Check out the trailer below:

Dhafer Hosts THE CUBE

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HH client DHAFER L’ABIDINE has just wrapped shooting the Emirates version of British television game show series The Cube, as the show’s host. The BAFTA-winning British game show series, hosted in the UK by Philip Schofield, has just transferred to the Emirates and DHAFER can be seen hosting the show weekly on Dubai TV from the beginning on January 2014.

Dubai TV is watched by a wide audience across the Arab World, and the show’s contestants have been chosen to participate from across all the Arab countries. Contestants hail from the Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon,Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

DHAFER was chosen to host The Cube after the success of his two recent Arabic TV series: Vertigo (Dream TV & Dubai TV) and, most recently, Niran Saddiqua (MBC & Dream TV), for which he was voted by the viewers of MBC Channel as ‘Best Arab Actor (New Face)’ for this year’s productions.

Congrats DHAFER! We look forward to seeing the show in January.

BIFA Nom For Shirley!

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Big congratulations to SHIRLEY HENDERSON who has been nominated for the Best Supporting Actress award at the 2013 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), for her role in Filth.

Filth (which also stars HH clients MARTIN COMPSTON and IAIN DE CAESTECKER) is the 2013 British crime comedy-drama film written and directed by John S. Baird and based on Irvine Welsh’s 1998 novel of the same name. SHIRLEY gives a fantastic performance as Bunty, a sexually frustrated housewife-vamp.

The nominations for the 16th BIFAs were announced by Ewan McGregor at a ceremony in London on Monday this week. The awards ceremony will be hosted by actor James Nesbitt on Decemeber 8th at the Old Billingsgate in London. Good luck Shirley!

You can see the full list of nominees here.

BREAKFAST WITH JONNY WILKINSON

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Check out the official trailer below for brand new independent British feature film Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson, starring NIGEL LINDSAY.

It’s 2003 and the Rugby World Cup Final between England and Australia is about to kick off down under. Meanwhile, back home at lowly Greyhawks Rugby Club, efforts to follow the match on TV are being undermined by a sudden outbreak of sex, scheming and the supernatural. NIGEL stars as the hilarious Nigel Maitland, an English rugby fanatic.

Written by Chris England, Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson is released in UK cinemas from the 22nd November 2013.

“Hilarious” Daily Telegraph
“Wonderful comedy…beautifully written” The Spectator
“More twists and turns than a fly-halfs jinking run!” Evening News

YONDERLAND – Starts November 10

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Yonderland is Sky 1 HD’s upcoming comedy series created by the acclaimed lead cast of Horrible Histories.

The brilliant new television series is co-written by and stars HH client MATHEW BAYNTON and features puppets from Baker Coogan, long-time collaborators with the Jim Henson Company.

Yonderland follows 33-year old Mum Debbie Maddox (Martha Howe-Douglas) who unexpectedly finds herself in an extraordinary world inhabited by a collection of eccentric (and usually idiotic) characters, some of whom happen to be puppets. When a wildly enthusiastic Elf appears from a kitchen cupboard telling her that she is needed in another world (for she is their unlikely saviour, prophesied to save the world from the dark forces that are gathering to subdue it), Debbie is convinced that there has been some kind of mistake. Nevertheless, she decides that whatever the Elf might need her to do can’t be any worse than watching another episode of ‘What’s in the Box?’, so she lets him drag her through a portal to the other world. As she does her best to help incompetent knights, monks who are incapable of lying and a race of people intent on firing the cleverest amongst them into the sun, the question is: can she fulfil the prophecy, and will she make it back to the real world in time for the school pick up?

Just like in Horrible Histories, MATHEW stars in the show in a number of hilarious and eccentric roles.

Yonderland will launch on Sky1 on Sunday 10 November at 6.30pm with a double bill. Put it in the diary and you can check out the trailer below:

Aaron Is Quicksilver

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We’re thrilled to announce that AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON will be playing Pietro Maximoff, better known as Quicksilver, in Marvel’s movie sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Quicksilver is one of two new characters that director Joss Whedon is introducing in the sequel, along with the Scarlet Witch (played by Elizabeth Olsen). They are twins whose father is Magneto (though the iconic X- Men villain will not appear in this Avengers sequel). Like DC Comics’ character The Flash, Quicksilver possesses superhuman speed.

AARON now officially joins Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and James Spader for the movie. Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released in May 2015.

Scottish BAFTA Noms For Iain and Martin

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The nominations for the 2013 Scottish BAFTA Awards have been announced! Huge congratulations go to HH clients MARTIN COMPSTON and IAIN DE CAESTECKER, both of whom are nominated for the Best Film Actor Award.

MARTIN is nominated for his portrayal of Glasgow gangster Paul Ferris in the feature The Wee Man and IAIN is nominated for his role as child-hating school teacher Roddy in Not Another Happy Ending.

Winners will be announced at the ceremony in Glasgow on Sunday November 17th. Good luck to both!

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