‘The Out-Laws’ review: Hit Belgian TV drama is quirky and outrageous

The appeal of this darkly comic Belgian drama lies in its quirky characters and outrageous plot, revolving around a formidable foursome of sisters who conspire to kill the husband of their fifth sister, the long-suffering Goedele.

Jean-Claude Delcorps is a nasty piece of work and as the narrative progresses, we learn more about how he earned this nickname “De Kloot” (no prizes for guessing the translation.) The list of people he has wronged increases with each episode, to include not only his relatives but also his neighbours, co-workers and even the owner of the local Chinese takeaway.

These incidents are shown in flashbacks, as we know from the outset that Jean-Claude ends up dead, we just don’t know whodunnit, or how, but the more we learn about him, the more there is to despise. His hobbies include making anonymous crank calls for his own amusement, including a tip-off to the police which results in his friend being arrested. All four sisters have their own reasons for wanting to kill him and we share their anguish when their failed attempts have unfortunate repercussions.

Jean-Claude’s death is being investigated by two life insurance men and suspicion soon falls on the sisters. They carry out a series of interviews in the hope of finding a reason to avoid paying out on the policy, as this would be the last nail in the coffin for their cash-strapped company.  When one of them takes a fancy to Bekka, the youngest of the five sisters, this adds further complications to the tangled web of intrigue.

The script is strong enough to overcome the minor setback of having to follow the dialogue through subtitles, and when the characters start cursing, it’s entertaining to hear how many Anglo-Saxon swear words find their way into in the conversation.

The …

‘Red Dwarf XI’ Episode 4 review: ‘Officer Rimmer’ is another strong entry

In ‘Officer Rimmer’, an act of cowardice committed by Rimmer gets mistaken for an act of bravery and results in him being promoted to the rank of officer.

Naturally the power goes right to his head, to the annoyance of the rest of the crew, and access to a high-tech bio-printer gives Rimmer the ability to fill the ship with endless copies of himself.

Following a very funny scene in Starbug’s cockpit, with Rimmer describing his recurring dreams that are definitely nothing to do with sex, this episode launches straight into the action, as the crew encounter an unusual ship in a tricky situation.

The ship rather efficiently bio-prints crew members as and when they’re needed, and we get a cracking visual gag when the printer jams and leaves the poor man it produces with a face on top of his head. As the Cat puts it, he looks like he’s “wearing a toupee made of face!” This is a nice example of new, real-world technology (in this case 3D printing) giving rise to new sci-fi ideas in the show.

‘Officer Rimmer’ is really Chris Barrie’s episode from beginning to end, and once Rimmer gets his undeserved promotion he’s at his insufferable best. The concept of multiple Rimmers is something we’ve seen before in Red Dwarf (most memorably in ‘Rimmerworld’ from Season VI and ‘Blue’ from Season VII) but it’s never been as technically impressive as it is here. The officers’ club packed with Rimmers, including a disgruntled waiter and a barbershop quartet, is a particular highlight.

Although it’s undoubtedly Chris Barrie in the spotlight this week, the rest of the crew get some great lines along the way too. One standout moment sees Lister discover that his own body is on the bio-printer’s database, because he once “flogged his …

‘Our Girl’ Season 3 confirmed for 2017

The BBC has ordered a third season of Our Girl.

The army drama returned to BBC One last month and Season 2 concluded on Wednesday night.

Buy Season 2 on DVD on Amazon here.

Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan, who replaced original lead Lacey Turner, will return as Georgie Lane in Season 3 next year, the BBC has confirmed.

Keegan commented: “I’m so happy that we’ll be back for another series as I think there’s definitely more stories to tell with Georgie. The reaction to the show has been overwhelming and I’m really thankful to everyone who’s watched and supported it.”

She added: “It was an amazing experience filming with such an incredible group of people and I can’t wait to do it all over again.”

Our Girl creator Tony Grounds recently revealed: “While the British Army is out there in the world, there are more stories to tell. [Our Girl] can go on for as long as the British Army can.”

Buy Season 1 on DVD on Amazon.

Buy 2013’s feature-length Our Girl special on DVD on Amazon.

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Watch first trailer for new ‘Doctor Who spin-off ‘Class’

The first teaser for Class has been released this afternoon.

Set in contemporary London at Coal Hill Academy, BBC Three’s new Doctor Who spin-off will premiere online on Saturday 22 October.

The 40-second clip features the Doctor warning: “Time has looked at your faces. And time never forgets…”

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The BBC confirmed last month that Peter Capaldi will guest star in the eight-part YA sci-fi drama’s opening episode, which is titled ‘For Tonight We Might Die’.

Capaldi commented: “The Doctor Who family is growing, and it’s fantastic to be able to welcome the young new cast of Class in to the Whoniverse.”

The official tagline for Class says: “Coal Hill acts like a beacon across all of space and time to any being who might want to use it for mischief….you’ll have to be on your guard.”

The cast is led Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah as four Sixth Formers, with Katherine Kelly (Coronation Street) playing physics teacher Miss Quill.

The new season of Doctor Who is currently filming in Cardiff and begins on BBC One in April 2017.

Here’s everything we know so far about Doctor Who Season 10.

The first footage from this year’s Christmas special was also unveiled today.

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Watch first trailer for ‘Doctor Who Christmas ep: ‘The Return of Doctor Mysterio’

The first footage has been unveiled from this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special.

2016’s festive adventure began filming in Cardiff last month and features the return of Matt Lucas as Nardole alongside Canadian actor Justin Chatwin (Shameless, American Gothic) as a “superhero character.”

The episode is titled ‘The Return of Doctor Mysterio’ and is written by showrunner Steven Moffat.

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The new season of Doctor Who will begin in April 2017.

Here’s everything we know so far about Season 10.

A trailer for new Doctor Who spin-off Class was also released this afternoon.

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‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ return date confirmed for Season 3

ITV has confirmed that the new season of Thunderbirds Are Go will begin later this month.

A further 26 episodes were commissioned following the success of CITV’s reinvention of the classic children’s show when it launched in April 2015.

Buy the complete original Thunderbirds collection on Amazon here.

The new season starts at 3.30pm on Saturday 22 October on ITV with ‘Earthbreaker’.

The episode sees a geological survey team get trapped when a huge Earthbreaking vehicle causes them to fall into a narrow crevice. Scott, Virgil and Kayo take off in Thunderbird 1, Thunderbird 2, and Thunderbird Shadow after the Earthbreaker takes out the responding GDF fliers. The vehicle’s controller, known only as The Mechanic, attacks and damages Thunderbird 2, leaving Virgil no choice but to make an emergency crash landing back on Tracy Island. Meanwhile, Lady Penelope and Parker visit the Hood in Parkmoor Scrubs prison to find out more about this mysterious new villain. In the end, Scott evacuates the survey team while Kayo takes on the Mechanic. They barely make it out when the villain sets his vehicle to self-destruct.

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Cast announced for BBC One’s Barbara Windsor life story drama ‘Babs’

BBC One has revealed the cast for EastEnders writer Tony Jordan’s new one-off film about the life of Barbara Windsor.

The 90-minute drama “will tell the heart-warming story of Barbara Windsor, the Cockney kid with a dazzling smile and talent to match.”

Jaime Winstone and Samantha Spiro will play Barbara Windsor alongside two child actors. Dame Barbara Windsor will also be making a cameo.

Winstone commented: “It is a complete honour to play Dame Barbara Windsor. It is a role I have manifested for years and am so excited to step into her national treasure shoes! I have always been a huge fan of Barbara and to be able to play her throughout this stage in her life is gonna be very special. I can’t wait to start filming”

Spiro – who previously portrayed Barbara in the 1998 stage play Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick and in the television production of Cor Blimey! – added: “It’s absolutely thrilling to be playing Barbara again. Tony Jordan has written a beautiful celebration of her life, but it’s not your usual biopic, lots of surprises! She is so adored, so I hope we get it right and that Barbara herself loves it!”

The official synopsis reads: “Preparing to perform in the theatre one cold evening in 1993, Babs takes us on a journey of all the people and events that have shaped her life and career: taking us through fifty years from 1943 to 1993, she contemplates her lonely childhood and WW2 evacuation, her complicated relationship with her father, her doomed marriages, capturing the attention of Joan Littlewood and becoming the blonde bombshell in the Carry On films.

“Babs, ever the consummate professional, never lets her fans down whatever her personal anguish and steps on the stage to rapturous applause. A finely woven …

Maggie Smith has signed up for ‘Downton Abbey’ movie

It looks like the long-rumoured Downton Abbey movie is actually happening!

Dame Maggie Smith has reportedly signed on to appear in a big screen version of the period drama as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham.

Speaking at BBC America’s BAFTA Party in West Hollywood, actor Michael Fox told DailyMail.com: “[Maggie Smith] elevates it to something else, because she is such a legend and a national treasure. It becomes a different show and she puts a stamp on it of quality.”

Fox, who played Andy Parker, added: “[Maggie Smith] is one of those actors you look at, and say, ‘How on earth does do they do it?’ Everyone says Maggie gets the best lines – they are funny on the page, but she makes them exceptional – she is really special. The film without her would still be good with all the other actors, but it puts a stamp of quality with her in it.”

The final episode of Downton Abbey aired last Christmas on ITV.

Buy the complete Season 1-6 box set on Amazon here.

Michelle Dockery, who played Lady Mary in all six seasons, revealed earlier this year that she would “wholeheartedly consider” appearing in a movie spin-off.

She commented: “The thing that I miss the most are my cast members. But we are all still very close.”

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Check out the super-spooky escape room in ‘Dracula, Escape the Castle’ trailer

Dracula, Escape the Castle is the bloodcurdling new show on Insight TV.

Hosted by TV presenter Brendan Moar, it’s based on the current trend for escape room adventures and features brave contestants trapped in an authentic Romanian castle, with only one night to escape ‘Dracula’.

To celebrate the launch of Dracula, Escape the Castle earlier this month, INsight brought a live Dracula escape room experience to the House of Detention in Clerkenwell, London!

The sold out event used real puzzles and props from the show, flown in from Dracula’s castle in Transylvania, including a coffin, creepy dolls and skulls. Visitors were challenged to complete five tasks in a race against the clock before Dracula caught them.

Watch some of the best moments and reactions from the experience…

Dracula, Escape the Castle is airing at 10pm on Sunday nights on Insight TV (Sky 564).

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‘Downton Abbey’ writer says the movie will have ‘a larger scale’

The long-rumoured Downton Abbey movie is set to begin filming next year.

Speaking at BBC America’s BAFTA Party in West Hollywood, the show’s creator Julian Fellowes said: “I think it will be fun to get everyone together, and move it to a larger scale because you have got more money to spend.”

Production on the big screen version of the period drama is expected to begin in 2017.

Discussing when the movie will arrive in cinemas, Fellowes commented: “[Executive producer Gareth Neame] knows more than I do. I am just the humble pen usher.’

The final episode of Downton Abbey aired last Christmas on ITV.

Buy the complete Season 1-6 box set on Amazon here.

Dame Maggie Smith has reportedly signed on to return as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, and Laura Carmichael is keen to revisit Lady Edith Crawley, commenting: “It will be exciting to see how she is doing.”

Michelle Dockery, who played Lady Mary, revealed earlier this year that she would “wholeheartedly consider” appearing in a movie spin-off.

Which characters do you want to see return in the Downton Abbey movie? Let us know below…