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Cult Friction at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards

Posted in Features with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2009 by cultfriction

Cult Friction popped along to the Royal Television Society Awards at the Grovsner House Hotel in London for some inside scoop from some top celebs!

Rory Bremnar, Charlie Brooker, Graham Linehan, Gok Wan, Robert Webb and Bruce Forsyth all talk to Cult Friction.

Here are the award winners in full.

Scripted Comedy
Outnumbered Hat Trick Productions for BBC One
Lead Balloon Open Mike for BBC Two
Peep Show Objective Production for Channel 4

Entertainment Award

Harry Hill’s TV Burp Avalon Television Ltd for ITV1Entertainment


Strictly Come Dancing BBC Productions for BBC One
The X Factor talkbackTHAMES and Syco TV for ITV1

Writer -Comedy

Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong – Peep Show Objective Production for Channel 4Writer – Comedy
Sharon Horgan and Dennis Kelly – Pulling Silver River for BBC Three
Graham Linehan – The I.T. Crowd talkbackTHAMES Production for Channel 4

Arts award

Arena:The Agony and The Ecstasy of Phil Spector, BBC Productions/Vixpix for BBC Two
The Mona Lisa Curse Oxford Film & Television Production for Channel 4
True Stories – Derek Normal Films for More4

Documentary award

The Fallen Minnow Films for BBC TwoDocumentary
Cutting Edge: A Boy Called Alex Walker George Film for Channel 4
True Stories – Chosen True Vision Production for More4

History award

Victorian Sex Explorer Blast! Film for Channel 4History
The American Future: A History, by Simon Schama Oxford Film and TV for BBC Two
Black Power Salute Tigerlily Films for BBC Four

Constructed Factual Series

The Choir – Boys Don’t Sing Twenty Twenty Television for BBC TwoConstructed Factual Series
Banged Up Shine North for Five
Britain’s Missing Top Model Love Productions for BBC Three

Science and Natural History award

Lost Land of the Jaguar BBC Productions, Bristol for BBC OneScience and Natural History
The Genius of Charles Darwin IWC Media Production for Channel 4
Life in Cold Blood BBC Productions, Bristol for BBC One

Features and Lifestyle Series award

How to Look Good Naked, Maverick Productions for Channel 4Features and Lifestyle Series
Kevin McCloud and The Big Town Plan talkbackTHAMES for Channel 4
Mary Queen of Shops Optomen TV for BBC Two

Daytime and Early-Peak Programme award

The Estate We’re In TwoFour Productions for BBC OneDaytime and Early-Peak Programme
Masterchef: The Professionals Shine TV for BBC One
Missing Live Leopard Films for BBC One

Children’s Drama award

MI High Kudos Film & TV for CBBCChildren’s Drama
Sarah Jane Adventures BBC Productions for BBC One
Summerhill Tiger Aspect for CBBC

Children’s Programme award

ABC ‘H’ Boomerang for S4C
Get Squiggling Dot to Dot Productions for BBC Two
Lifeproof Lambent Production for Channel 4

Nations and Regions Programme winners for

A Poem for Harry by BBC WestNations and Regions Programme

Carefree University of Salford for Channel M
High Times stv Productions

Best Presenter award
Bruce Parry – Amazon with Bruce Parry Indus Films/Endeavour Productions for BBC Two
Mary Portas – Mary Queen of Shops Optomen TV for BBC Two
Phillip Schofield and Fern Britton – This Morning ITV Studios for ITV1

Digital Channel Programme Award

Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe Zeppotron Productions for BBC Four
Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show World’s End Television for ITV2
Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes World of Wonder Production for More4

Soap and Continuing Drama award

EastEnders BBC Productions for BBC One
The Bill talkbackTHAMES for ITV1
Coronation Street ITV Studios for ITV1

Drama Series award

The Fixer Kudos Film and TV for ITV1
City of Vice Hardy and Sons/Touchpaper TV Production for Channel 4
Con Passionate Teledu Apollo for S4C

Drama Serial award
The Devil’s Whore Company Pictures/Power for Channel 4
Criminal Justice BBC Productions for BBC One
Place of Execution Coastal Productions for ITV1

Single Drama award
The Curse of Steptoe BBC Productions for BBC Four
Margaret Thatcher – The Long Walk To Finchley Great Meadow Productions for BBC Four
The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall talkbackTHAMES Production for Channel 4

Actor Male
Ben Whishaw – Criminal Justice BBC Productions for BBC One
Matthew Macfadyen – Little Dorrit BBC Productions/WGBH Boston for BBC One
Rafe Spall – He Kills Coppers Ecosse Films for ITV1

Best Actor (Female)
Andrea Riseborough – The Devil’s Whore Company Pictures/Power
for Channel 4
Claire Foy – Little Dorrit BBC Productions / WGBH Boston for BBC One
Anna Maxwell-Martin – Poppy Shakespeare Cowboy Films for Channel 4

Writer – Drama award
Peter Flannery – The Devil’s Whore Company Pictures/Power for Channel 4
Simon Block – The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall talkbackTHAMES Production for Channel 4
Peter Moffat – Criminal Justice BBC Productions for BBC One

International Award
Mad Men AMC for BBC Four
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart MTV Networks USA for More4
Summer Heights High Princess Productions for BBC Three

Comedy Performance award

Peter Kay- Britain’s Got The Pop Factor (And Possibly The Next Jesus Christ Soapstar Strictly On Ice) Phil McIntyre/Goodnight Vienna Production for Channel 4
Simon Bird – The Inbetweeners Bwark Production for E4
James Corden – Gavin and Stacey Baby Cow for BBC Three and BBC One

Entertainment Performance
Alan Carr and Justin Lee Collins – Sunday Night Project Princess Production for Channel 4
Harry Hill – Harry Hill’s TV Burp Avalon Television Ltd for ITV1
Paul O’Grady – The Paul O’Grady Show Olga TV for Channel 4

Judges’ Award
Richard Holloway

Lifetime Achievement Award
Bruce Forsyth

Cult Friction at the BAFTA Video Game Awards 2009

Posted in Features with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2009 by cultfriction

A  feature I put together of the BAFTA Video Game Awards 2009 for the show. Got talking to Dara O’Briain, Charlie Brooker, Nolan Bushnell, Konnie Huq and Jonathan Ross.

Overall Winners
Gameplay: Call of Duty 4
Casual: Boom Blox
Sports: Race Driver: Grid
Story and Character: Call of Duty 4
Strategy: Civilisation Revolution
Best use of Audio: Dead Space
New Talent: Boro Toro
Multiplayer: Left 4 Dead
Best Technical Achievement: Spore
Original Score: Dead Space
Handheld: Professor Layton and the Curious Village
People’s Choice: Call of Duty 4
Artistic Achievement: LittleBigPlanet
Best Action and Adventure: Fable II
Best Game: Super Mario Galaxy

For more information on the BAFTA Video Game Awards check out

All chills, No Bite – Lesbian Vampire Killers (2009)

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2009 by cultfriction

Lesbian Vampire Killers is the new Brit Comedy/Horror flick and first feature outing for comedy duo James Corden and Matthew Horne stars of Gavin and Stacy.

Plot Summary: Fletch (Corden) and Jimmy (Horne) are two blokes looking for an escape from their urban surroundings. Taking off to an unfeasbly large woodland area (supposedly in Wales) they unfortunatly stumble upon a hoard of lesbian vampires. Their only hope lies with a manic priest (Paul McGann) and the revelation of an ancient propecy that Jimmy might be the chosen vampire slayer.

Lesbian Vampire Killers is the 21st century homage to the Hammer horror film. Unofrtunaly this comedy doesn’t quite cut corpses along with the likes of The Evil Dead Trilogy and Bad Taste.

LVK is a fallen into the rut of the already exhausted genre of the Britcom/Horror film that arguably began and frankly ended with Sean of the Dead. Unlike similar films produced by our esteemed American counterparts this film tries to take on each fantastical situation with a whim of fool hardy English one liners which frankly become tiresome towards the end of the film. Corden is ultimately the most watchable person but even his one off quips and gratuitous swearing  become predicable and a bit boring. Hornes character just seems to react bug eyed to every event that takes place around him and comes across as dull as opposed to his comedic partner. Paul McGann on the other hand does credit to his craft in the role of the Shakespearean exorcist however its a shame that his talents are to be seen wasted in such a project.

Our titular stars won’t fail to disappoint the “red blooded” male audience that this film is being unabashedly marketed at with plenty of attractive semi naked women making out in lengthy shots that after a while become a bit much to look at after the sixth of seventh time. And given the entire premise of the film it does very little for the womens lib movement with our typical blonde heroine (MyAnna Buring) ,fulfilling her role as eye candy for our protagonists, doing very little apart from the odd outburst of heroism here and there.

Visually the film doesn’t dissapoint. The special effects are far from the shoe string budgeted premise and various head splitting and limb slicing moments are sure to delight any gorno/splatter fan alike. It is however the overuse of FX that detaches the silly story from the desired impression that the box office punters were expecting. Perhaps a low budget look might have hieghend the campness and made the film better but in overall it probably would have added a mere half a star to this already starless review.

Overall LSK aint trying to be Dr Zhivago but it won’t rank alongside some of the great so bad they’re good classics which is something this film is trying really hard to be. We are sure to join Corden and Horne, already beeing touted as the new Morcambe and Wise, in more on screen high jinx in the future however it remains to be seen if they can transfer the comdey success they have enjoyed from the plasma to silver screen.

Lesbian Vampire Killers opens nationwide on the 20th of March 2009.


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