Review: Aladdin, New Wimbledon

“I’m anybody’s for a pint of semi-skimmed and a walnut yoghurt”

Coming out of Puss in Boots, I said this will be the last panto I see this year. Oh no it wasn’t… The New Wimbledon has built up a reputation to rival the Lyric Hammersmith and the Hackney Empire in London pantomimes, producing slickly professional productions starring high-profile names such as David Hasselhoff, Dame Edna and last year, Priscilla Presley. This year though, the celebrity wattage is homegrown in the form of Jo Brand, who takes the role of the Genie of the Ring in Aladdin

And with someone who actually understands what pantos are all about (Presley’s air of bemusement at the whole shebang was hilarious), the dynamic of the show feels like a properly old-school affair. Brand’s hugely dry wit makes her perhaps too laconic a presence for the kids but she certainly makes the adults laugh, the presence of two Britain’s Got Talent acts lends a variety feel to the whole affair and in Matthew Kelly’s Widow Twankey, there’s a game dame indeed. Continue reading “Review: Aladdin, New Wimbledon”

2011 British Academy Television Awards winners

Best Actor
Daniel Rigby – Eric and Ernie as Eric Morecambe (BBC Two)
Jim Broadbent – Any Human Heart as Logan Mountstuart (Channel 4)
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock as Sherlock Holmes (BBC One)
Matt Smith – Doctor Who as The Doctor (BBC One)

Best Actress
Vicky McClure – This is England ’86 as Lorraine “Lol” Jenkins (Channel 4)
Anna Maxwell Martin – South Riding as Sarah Burton (BBC One)
Natalie Press – Five Daughters as Paula Clennell (BBC One)
Juliet Stevenson – Accused : Helen’s Story as Helen Ryland (BBC One) Continue reading “2011 British Academy Television Awards winners”

2011 British Academy Television Awards nominations

Best Actor
Jim Broadbent – Any Human Heart as Logan Mountstuart (Channel 4)
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock as Sherlock Holmes (BBC One)
Daniel Rigby – Eric and Ernie as Eric Morecambe (BBC Two)
Matt Smith – Doctor Who as The Doctor (BBC One)

Best Actress
Anna Maxwell Martin – South Riding as Sarah Burton (BBC One)
Vicky McClure – This is England ’86 as Lorraine “Lol” Jenkins (Channel 4)Natalie Press – Five Daughters as Paula Clennell (BBC One)
Juliet Stevenson – Accused : Helen’s Story as Helen Ryland (BBC One) Continue reading “2011 British Academy Television Awards nominations”

2010 British Academy Television Awards nominations

Actor
Kenneth Branagh — Wallander (BBC One)
Brendan Gleeson — Into the Storm (BBC Two)
John Hurt — An Englishman in New York (ITV)
David Oyelowo — Small Island (BBC One)

Actress
Helena Bonham Carter — Enid (BBC Four)
Sophie Okonedo — Mrs Mandela (BBC Four)
Julie Walters — A Short Stay in Switzerland (BBC One)
Julie Walters — Mo (Channel 4) Continue reading “2010 British Academy Television Awards nominations”