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Oct 30, 2014

Some of the finest music of the 80s as interpreted by… well, this lot

Listen, it's not out until 10th November, but it's nice to be ahead, isn't it? What it is is... The Sounds of the 80s, a two-CD (remember those?) compilation of songs like 'Bette Davis Eyes', 'Islands in the Stream', 'Lucky Star' and 'How Will I Know' as re-done by stars of today. Sam Smith, Kylie Minogue, Olly Murs, Will Young. Names, sweetie, names. The results? Erm, mixed...

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Oct 30, 2014

Jake Gyllenhaal turns ugly. Not literally, obviously!

They call it a comedy but it mostly doesn't seem that funny. More terrifying. It's called Nightcrawler - not to be confused with 70s LA-based serial killer Night Stalker, though that would have worked just as well as a title - and it is the story of a news photographer (think paparazzo but not showbiz) who will stop at nothing - NOTHING, you hear? - to get his story. Five stars across the board.

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Oct 30, 2014

Seven naked men live on stage. Oh and a dash of cannibalism!

How long do you think it would take you to get over the idea of seven completely stark naked men rolling around on stage, right there, in front of you? With The Curing Room, imported to the really-rather-lovely Pleasance Theatre from Edinburgh, it takes about ten minutes. And then the horror kicks in...

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Oct 30, 2014

Grayson Perry, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways…

So, what are you going to wear for all the Grayson Perry stuff that's coming up? We're going basic cerise with paintbox splashes of colour and just a whiff of very chunky jewellery. Smart for town! We will be wearing something along those lines for his Channel 4 series (Wednesdays 10.05pm) and for his show at the National Portrait Gallery. Well, they refer to it as a 'display' rather than a show...

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Oct 22, 2014

It’s winter, it’s Pride, it’s Winter Pride!

If you made it down to the first ever Winter Pride Awards last, well, winter you'll know what we're talking about. If not, fools. Anygay, this year's Winter Pride Awards is almost upon us, and as we - yes, Jake. That's us! - are deeply involved in said Winter Pride Awards, we'd like to suggest you get yourselves down there. And seeing as all profit from the night goes to charity, you'll be doing a very good thing to boot.

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Oct 22, 2014

Warwick Rowers, just for you.

Hello. So, that Warwick Rowers calendar thing? Quite the thing, isn't it? Well, we've only gone and bagged a bunch of tickets to the glittering premiere of their 2015 thing, at The May Fair hotel, where there'll be booze, men in Lycra (whatever that means) and Sir Ian McKellen hisself who is a big supporter of Sports Allies (what the whole Warwick Rowers thing is in aid of). There now follows information, some of it quite useful...

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Oct 09, 2014

The most legendary week in television is almost upon us

It is a golden week in TellyV history this week with premieres each and every night of the live-long week starting on Sunday with series 4 of Homeland, the first one since old ginger nuts got bumped off (assuming he did get bumped off; we've never actually seen it). The reviews of the new series are in and they are stellar. But that's just the start of it.

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Oct 03, 2014

Fancy being on telly? And it’s Channel 4, so not any old shit!

Fame is good for the soul. Ask anyone. So, basically, if you fancy a taste of the limest of light, kinda like food and are available for filming late October/early November, this might be for you. Or even you!

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