A long lost six-minute Walt Disney animation has been discovered by a researcher browsing through the BFI’s National Archive. The 1928 Sleigh Bells features the first-ever Disney character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, a long-eared precursor to Mickey Mouse. In partnership with Disney, a restored version of the film will be screened on December 12 at BFI Southbank in London. Oswald was invented by Walt Disney in 1927 and was known for his mischievous and rebellious personality. Disney and Ub Iwerks were the animators on Sleigh Bells and later went on to create Mickey, following a contractual disagreement with Universal, for whom they had created the Oswald films.
When BBC One’s Doctor Foster concluded its run last month, it had an average weekly audience of 8.2M. That made it the highest-rated of any new UK TV drama this year, across all channels. In the consolidated figures, it’s bumped up to 10.1M viewers. And that’s good enough for the BBC to order a second season. Produced by Drama Republic, and created by Olivier Award winning playwright Mike Bartlett, the series stars Suranne Jones and Bertie Carvel as Doctor Gemma Foster and her husband Simon. Gemma is a respected GP who’s the heart of her village. When she suspects Simon has been having an affair, she’s determined to find out the truth and thrusts herself into an investigation that propels her, her family, and even some of her patients, into chaos. Bartlett says of Season 2, Gemma “will discover to her cost, every action has its consequences eventually. No one comes through hell unscathed.”
Louis Theroux is turning his focus back to Jimmy Savile, the late BBC host who was revealed to have been a predatory sex offender in a scandal that rocked the corporation three years ago. Theroux in 2000 made the documentary When Louis Met Jimmy and maintained a friendship with Savile through 2004. That original film had set out to find the real Savile, and asked questions that hadn’t been asked before, about his private life and allegations about pedophilia. However, the darkest side of the celebrity once known as Saint Jimmy eluded Theroux. Now, he will set out to understand the truth more fully by talking to the people Savile knew and worked closely with as well as some of his victims, friends and family. The film is being made for BBC Two by BBC In-House Documentaries. Theroux’s credits include The Most Hated Family In America, Transgender Kids and By Reason Of Insanity.
Entertainment One has renewed its content deal with Amazon Video under which Amazon Prime subscribers in the UK get early access to new features from eOne. Films in the pact will include Steven Spielberg’s The BFG, Ricky Gervais’ David Brent: Life On The Road; Trumbo starring Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren; and Oscar hopeful, Spotlight. EOne and Amazon have already been in partnership on The Twilight Saga and Divergent franchises, as well as Oscar winner 12 Years A Slave.
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