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Comedy stars to take part in Whodunnit spoof play

A number of comedians are due to guest star in Whodunnit [Unrehearsed], a new murder mystery spoof coming to London's Park Theatre.

British Comedy Guide, 30th May 2019

New film of Blithe Spirit announced

A new, re-imagined film adaptation of the iconic Noël Coward play Blithe Spirit has been announced. Stars include Dame Judi Dench, Dan Stevens and Isla Fisher.

British Comedy Guide, 15th May 2019

Madden's twinkly comedy takes an A-list of Brit thesps - Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and all - and plonks them in a crumbling hotel in Rajasthan, seeking a cheaper retirement. The contrived antics don't quite do the illustrious cast justice, but it charmed its way to a sequel.

Paul Howlett, The Guardian, 2nd December 2017

"I think a little bit of humour does the world a lot of good," says Billy Connolly in this hour-long tribute to his 50 years in comedy. Quite right too, and ITV has found many people who would suggest that a little bit of Billy does them a lot of good. Alongside a new interview, in which the Big Yin reminisces about his career, are video diary extracts from fans all over the world, from Lesley in Glasgow and Stewart in Bognor Regis, to Judi Dench, Eric Idle and David Tennant (or that should be: Jdui, Surrey; Eric, Los Angeles; David, London).

Chris Bennion, The Times, 18th April 2017

If only someone had laughed at Hitler, says the Big Yin. Laughter is so powerful that if just one person had snorted while Adolf was his ranting and raving, the course of history might have changed.

Despite his age and illness, Billy Connolly is still laughing. This show celebrates the comedian by offering us a big messy mix of interviews, clips from his stand-up and chat show appearances, and favourite memories of fans from all over the world, from East Kilbride to Qatar.

We hear from celebrity fans such as Eric Idle, Judi Dench, Andy Murray, Elton John and Peter Kay, but while these jolly messages are nice, the best moments come when it's just Connolly.

He is also interviewed, and he recalls how it was impossible to walk down the street in Glasgow without everyone saying hello ... and his wee girl marvelling at how daddy knew everybody!

Julie McDowall, The National, 18th April 2017

This may be the end of the current series of Ullman's refreshingly cliche-free sketch comedy, but lessons refuse to be learned for the varied personas she inhabits. Merseyside money-magnet Pam Garrity continues to singlehandedly fuel George Osborne's northern powerhouse, Dame Judi Dench wreaks smartphone-based havoc on a double-decker, while the unfortunately named Isis Model Agency continues to raise alarm among potential catwalk strutters. A second series has already been commissioned.

Mark Gibbings-Jones, The Guardian, 15th February 2016

Third helping of repatriated ribaldry from Ullman's new series, and the recurring characters continue to bed in. Tonight's treats include Dame Maggie Smith's new green screen-ready showreel, events unfolding inside the HQ of a corporation stamping twee slogans on to premium earthenware, Dame Judi Dench's ongoing crime spree, and a raucous rock opera documenting Rebekah Brooks's return to the Chipping Norton set. Ullman's impressive ability to inhabit contrasting personas again outshines a patchy script.

Mark Gibbings-Jones, The Guardian, 25th January 2016

The lovable collection of silvery expats returns for an inevitable sequel. Dev Patel's Sonny is expanding his Jaipur hotel business, with the help of Maggie Smith's Muriel; foxy old Richard Gere may be able to help them with that. Meanwhile, Judi Dench and Bill Nighy dither around romance, while Celia Imrie's Madge has her choice of men. Twinkly charm is guaranteed, but that's enough now.

Paul Howlett, The Guardian, 22nd January 2016