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80% #OutOf100: Richie Campbell & Chu Omambala Lend Solid Support to ITV’s Latest Thriller “Liar”

From Two Brothers Productions comes Liar, ITV’s latest ’emotional thriller’, starring Joanne Froggatt, (Downton Abbey) and Ioan Gruffudd (UnREAL, Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer, Fantastic Four) with central support from Zoë Tapper (Mr. Selfridge), Warren Brown (Luther) and TBB Favourite Richie Campbell (NW, The Frankenstein Chronicles). Set in and around Kent, Laura Nielsen (Froggatt) is an attractive, smart woman, a dedicated, popular teacher, outspoken and strong-willed, with an independent streak. She is also a committed solo kayaker. She has a wry wit, which she is quick to use at any approach from a man. She is emerging...

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92% #OutOf100: Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Jeanine de Bique Shine With The “Chineke! Orchestra” in Prom 62

On August 30th, the late night Prom hosted the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts debut of the Chineke! Orchestra, and it was an unequivocal triumph, despite its disappointing time slot! Classical Nigerian-Irish Londoner and double bassist Chinyere Adah “Chi Chi” Nwanoku, OBE, has an eclectic, distinguished career, which goes from strength to strength. As a professor of Historical Double Bass Studies at the Royal Academy of Music and founder-member, her latest triumph comes after the incredible achievement of pulling together not just Britain’s, but Europe’s, first professional (and associated junior) BME-majority classical orchestra. Named the Igbo translation of “God makes/creates“,...

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Iconic London Restaurant ‘The Ivy’ Still In Safe Hands With Exec Chef Gary Lee In Its Centenary Year!

Gary Lee is the executive chef at one of London’s most iconic and sought-after restaurants – The Ivy, on the Covent Garden/Cambridge Circus border. The Chingford native was busy being mediocre in art at school, when some friends suggested he join them in home economics. He finished top of the class and never looked back.

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60% #OutOf100: Boyega Underused in Bigelow & Boal’s Baffling “Detroit”

Detroit, set in July 1967, 24 years after the Detroit race riots of 1943, begins when an African American detective, Officer Frank (Chris Chalk), leads the raid of an overcrowded ‘blind pig’ (illegal club lock-in) on 12th Street, organised to celebrate the safe return of two African American war veterans. Someone from the growing crowd of onlookers hurls a petrol bomb towards the authorities, triggering civil unrest, looting and vandalism across 100 square blocks of the poorest African American neighbourhoods. It lasts five days. A day later, we meet Officers Philip Krauss (Will Poulter), Demens (Jack Reynor) and Flynn...

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80% #OutOf100: Shelia Atim and Arinzé Kene Showcase Impressive Musical Talent In “Girl From The North Country,” Old Vic Theatre

Conor McPherson’s Latest Melo(dic)drama Is Built Around 20 Songs By Bob Dylan Take the back catalogue of a 20th century counter-culture musical icon, add an award-winning playwright and you don’t necessarily get your run-of-the-mill juke box musical. Old Vic artistic director Matthew Warchus explains in the programme foreword, that Girl from The North Country isn’t really a musical, but a singing-and-speaking collaboration across time. He wants to call it a melodrama, with ‘melo’ meaning melody or music, which is a recognised secondary meaning of the word. However, he concedes that its modern primary use, describing sensational drama with exaggerated...

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88 #TBBOutof100: Revelatory Documentary “The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire”, A Must-See

The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire is Michael Oswald’s newest revelatory feature documentary – one which is as important to Britain as Ava Du Vernay’s 13th (2016) is to Americans. Both place national history into a disturbing modern context! It parallels Du Vernay’s deduction that in giving up overt slavery, American elites subverted the 13th Constitution of the United States to utilise the judicial system to funnel unpaid prison inmate labour into the business sector, thereby subsidising rising production costs and preserve the  lost profits. It also restricted the power of white society’s ‘unwanted elements’ through incarceration. Spider’s Web exposes similar practices up to a point. It is narrated by actor Andrew Piper and features contributions from leading experts, academics, former insiders (including one financial investigator who went undercover for 10 years!) and campaigners for social justice, to tell our story. Oswald uses stylized b-roll, archive and contemporaneous footage to illustrate their points as they discuss how the irretrievable decline of the British Empire (at its height one of the largest in history) led to an increasing loss of income for the City of London. The City, responsible for the UK’s financial services industry and representing its own interests, was incited to compensate itself by creating a whole new monetary system – the Eurodollar; a new market for a new investment system – the London Euromarket; and a safe, regulation-free zone in which...

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100% #OutOf100: Nairobi Thompson Sets African-Caribbean War Record Straight In “Bayonets, Mangoes And Beads” Summer Poetry Salon

Nairobi Thompson’s presentation of 14 of 60 wonderful poems taken from her book Bayonets, Mangoes And Beads which should grace the bookshelf of every African, Caribbean and Diasporic home, is an important gift.

Whilst the brutality and futility of war cannot be denied, what the Great Wars taught the British about themselves was that ordinary people could rise above and act with compassion, camaraderie and resilience, and that is always seductive.

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