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Big & Small Screens / Your favourite TV since 2000
« Last post by patch on Today at 12:32:47 AM »
From Peaky Blinders to Phoenix Nights: your favourite TV since 2000
The Shelbys in Birmingham, a spine-tingling Sean Bean, cowboys in space ... here are Guardian readers’ top shows of the century so far

Broken (2017)

 Even if only for Sean Bean’s spine-tinglingly superb acting, Broken was a brilliant serial. Each character was clearly defined and deeply human. It was impossible not to sympathise with the dilemmas of the working-class characters, and it made even a tough old broad like me cry, and the ending was deeply moving.This should have featured in this list, right at the top.

Bean Polls / Re: Who is the Best Actor of British Tv Series 2019?
« Last post by lasue on September 17, 2019, 12:50:49 PM »
Another day, another couple of votes for SEAN !! He now has 12,084 VOTES !! Were getting closer to 12,100 VOTES !!
Television / Re: World On Fire
« Last post by patch on September 17, 2019, 02:24:37 AM »
Sean Bean reveals which of his character deaths he thinks is the best ever

Decapitated by his own sword in Game of Thrones, splattered on a satellite in GoldenEye and impaled by an anchor during Patriot Games: Sean Bean doesn’t exactly have the best on-screen health and safety record.

Through his four decades of fatalities in TV and film, the Broken actor has built up a reputation for playing killable characters, portraying men that have been shot, stabbed and, in 1990’s The Field, trampled off a cliff by a herd of rampaging cows.

But which on his many on-screen deaths is his best? You’ve probably got a personal favourite, but now the actor himself has revealed to which of his deaths he thinks is definitively the best. And turns out there’s one on-screen fatality that rules them all: that of Boromir from Lord of Rings.

 “I thought his death was very heroic and triumphant and poignant. It had pathos. And the [frame rate] slowed down and it had great music playing really loud. And it was great to try and fight back – he went on forever,” Bean told us, while miming Boromir’s dying sword strokes. “I was very happy with that! Better than a quick death!”

About World On Fire
It’s worth noting that this is obviously only Bean’s favourite death so far – the actor could be killed off even more spectacularly in the coming years. But it’s not likely. As Bean admitted, he’s well aware of the trope and has actually asked writers of his recent projects whether his character dies before signing on (miming turning through scripts to check if they contain a death, he said “I just start at the end!”)

In fact, that’s exactly what Bean did before joining the cast of his new seven-part series, World On Fire. A BBC1 drama delving into the first year of the Second World War, the show will see Bean take the role of Douglas Bennett, a widowed veteran of the First World War and an ardent pacifist by 1939, World on Fire’s start point.

“He’s a firm believer that war isn’t a solution to the world’s problems. That’s basically because he’s been coloured by his past experiences, horrors and bloodshed in the trenches,” explains Bean. “He’s ostracised and abused in his own community for it.”

However, while Bean says he can understand his character’s viewpoint, he doesn’t necessarily agree with Douglas about the war. “Douglas doesn’t know about the horror and the [Nazi] brutality… he’s thinking of the First World War and how futile that was. You can’t blame him for that. It was one of the few wars that was a justifiable war…there’s not been many since, but that was a good ‘un.”
In other words, don’t expect a Boromir-style fight to the death from him in World on Fire. Unless the show rectifies history just to accommodate an obligatory Sean Bean death, he might, just might, get out of this one alive.

World on Fire is on BBC1 this Autumn

World on Fire: From filming locations to full cast list, release date and trailer - Everything you need to know about BBC One’s epic World War II drama
Actor Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, Broken) agreed: “It’s not so much a war story as a montage of how it affected ordinary people in so many different countries.

“It’s not a retelling of history, it’s a reflection of the effects of the brutality of war, and also the courage, friendship, and aspirations, of all these people from different countries, fighting against a common enemy.”

And like Manville, Sean Bean was also ‘pretty much always’ the actor that Bowker had in mind for the role.

Of casting Bean in the role of the troubled former soldier Douglas Bennett, Bowker said: “I knew I wanted to write somebody who had PTSD, or shell shock as it was known at the time.

“I was interested in a character who you’re asking big questions of. I wanted somebody who we felt had immense power, and partly because Sean has that, and because of seeing him in Broken… his main concern when I rang him was that he didn’t die.”

 At the launch of the show, creator Peter Bowker confirmed that there are plans to do more seasons of World on Fire.

He explained: “The plan is to do a series for each year of the war. We’ve mapped out six seasons, for six years of the year, and what happens with these characters. Although there may be some fatalities with it being a war, but I’m not at liberty to say [who].”

Executive producer Helen Zielger added: “[By continuing with one series for one year of the war], we’re trying to connect those events in history, and really see the cause and effect of them, rather than thinking of these separate, huge moments. It tells the story of what it was like to live at the time.”

World on Fire—a war drama about people, not patriotism
The Second World War figures large in popular culture. But rarely do we see a war story that focuses on ordinary people rather than the event as a whole.

World on Fire—the BBC’s offering for the eightieth anniversary of the outbreak of war—aims to do just that.

This series tells the story of the first year of the war—from the Nazi invasion of Poland to the Battle of Britain. It features an all star cast.

Oscar winner Helen Hunt plays a US war correspondent desperately trying to spread the news of Poland’s invasion, while Sean Bean plays an anti-war shell-shocked veteran.

The first episode opens with two young activists disrupting an Oswald Mosley fascist rally before being thrown in jail by police.

In Poland, we see soldiers defending Danzig in scenes that don’t shy away from depicting the horror that took place.

In Warsaw a young waiter—Kasha—has to choose between escaping Poland or sending her little brother to safety.

World on Fire promises to be an unflinching look at what the war was like for the people who fought it, and those caught in the crossfire. The variety of actors from different backgrounds makes it all the more authentic and interesting.

It doesn’t suffer from the pitfalls of a heroic British narrative. Instead it allows us to think about how Britain benefits from the conflicts it has a hand in.

World on Fire focuses on real human stories—and does it in a way that avoids a gung-ho viewpoint well.

When one character insists that this war is different Bean replies, “All wars are different, until they aren’t.”

On BBC1 from 29 September and on BBC iPlayer

Meet the cast of World on Fire
Sean Bean plays Douglas Bennett

“Douglas is just an ordinary man except the fact that he serves as a soldier in the First World War,” Bean told “He was shell-shocked – the victim of a mustard gas attack.

He added: “He’s a pacifist and conscientious objector, he’s very clear about that and he takes it upon himself to become an activist. He’s ostracised in his own community for his pacifism but those are the lengths he’s prepared to go to.”

Marty's Sports Grill / Re: Sheffield United
« Last post by patch on September 17, 2019, 12:01:03 AM »
Sheffield United ownership: Prince Abdullah wins court battle
  Saudi prince has won a High Court battle over the control of Premier League side Sheffield United.

Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah Bin Mosaad Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud were locked in a legal battle over their 50-50 ownership of the Blades.

Mr Justice Fancourt ruled Mr McCabe must now sell his stake to Prince Abdullah for £5m.

Mr McCabe, a lifelong Blades fan, said he was "bitterly disappointed" and was considering an appeal.

The court heard Sheffield-born Mr McCabe had invested £100m in the club over a number of years.

He met Prince Abdullah in 2013 while looking for fresh investment in the club, then in League One.

Prince Abdullah, a member of the Saudi royal family, invested £10m but the two men fell out in 2017.

Sheffield United Ltd, the company run by Mr McCabe and his family, eventually made an offer to buy out the prince for £5m.

But the offer also gave the prince's company, UTB LLC, the option to buy Mr McCabe's shareholding at the same price and a counter notice was served in January 2018.

Mr Justice Fancourt said Mr McCabe had "injected tens of millions of pounds into the club out of love and loyalty, not for financial return".

But he ruled the contract of sale and purchase of Sheffield United Ltd's shares could not be set aside.

He also dismissed a claim for damages, saying UTB LLC had not conducted affairs in a manner unfairly prejudicial to the interests of Sheffield United Ltd.

The judge said UTB LLC would also have to buy the club's property assets from Sheffield United Ltd. This includes the Bramall Lane stadium and the Sheffield United hotel.

In a 138-page judgment, delivered in London on Monday, Mr Justice Fancourt said the club was now worth "in the region of £100m".

In a statement issued after the ruling, a spokesman for Mr McCabe said: "He has supported Sheffield United through thick and thin going back to the 1950s and wishes nothing more than success for the club, its supporters and the many staff employed by it.

"Mr McCabe sincerely hopes that he is proved wrong in relation to his deep misgivings about the suitability of Prince Abdullah as an appropriate custodian of Sheffield United."
Prince Abdullah, a grandson of modern Saudi Arabia founder King Abdulaziz, said he was delighted by the judgement.

"No owner, director, coach or player is bigger than the club but together with the fans, we all share the common desire to make the club ever greater," he said.

Sheffield United released a statement saying the judgement "brings an end to the uncertainty over Sheffield United's future ownership and allows us to focus our full attention on the season ahead".

Club statement
This morning, the High Court of Justice, Business and Property Courts of England and Wales, issued its judgment requiring Sheffield United Limited (SUL), a company controlled by Mr Kevin McCabe, to sell its shares in Blades Leisure Limited (Blades), the parent of Sheffield United Football Club Ltd, to UTB, LLC, a company owned by H.R.H. Prince Abdullah bin Mosa'ad bin Abdulaziz Al Sa'ud.

The judgment also dismissed all of the claims which SUL had made against Prince Abdullah, UTB and SUFC and Blades board member Mr Yusuf Giansiracusa.

After over 20 months of contentious litigation, the Club is delighted that this judgment brings an end to the uncertainty over Sheffield United's future ownership and allows us to focus our full attention on the season ahead.

The full text of the judgment mat be found at
Bean Polls / Re: Who is the Best Actor of British Tv Series 2019?
« Last post by lasue on September 16, 2019, 11:05:47 AM »
HAPPY MONDAY !! A little BETTER today SEAN now has 12,082 VOTES !!
Bean Alert / Re: Sean Bean interview
« Last post by patch on September 16, 2019, 06:03:59 AM »
Photo Shack / Re: Get the Picture?
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Stormy Monday

Bean Alert / Re: Sean Bean interview
« Last post by patch on September 15, 2019, 01:28:25 PM »
Sean Bean: ‘Turning 60 was a relief. It’s all right really’
The actor talks to Robert Crampton about the advantages of ageing

Sean Bean is in London for the premiere of World on Fire, a big-budget BBC drama that he stars in this autumn. He’s staying at the Soho Hotel, where we meet, in the modest room that he’s occupying for a couple of days before heading home to Somerset. After more than 30 years in London, arriving from his native Sheffield to attend Rada in 1981, Bean quit the capital five years ago. Now 60, he doesn’t miss life in the big city. He is, he admits, a committed homebody.

“We live in the heart of the countryside,” he explains in his mellow south Yorkshire tones. “We don’t have any neighbours and I quite like that. That’s why I got out of London; the neighbours in…

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The full interview: 'Turning 60 was a relief. It's all right really'
Bean Alert / Re: Sean Bean interview
« Last post by bratty1973 on September 15, 2019, 07:03:02 AM »
Thank you Patch  <3
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