Here’s the latest Harry Hill news in mini egg form:
- Edna Dore, who played Nana Hill in Harry’s Hill Fruit Corner, passed away aged 92 last weekend. She also starred as Frank Butcher’s mum on EastEnders and alongside Paul O’Grady on Eyes Down. For more, visit BBC.
- Chris Addison, talking about his new show and co-star Jo Joyner to TV Choice, has said he missed her as Tanya Branning on EastEnders after having enough of soaps after writing for TV Burp.
- The Harry Hill Movie has been mentioned in the roundup of DVDs for The Guardian and Salisbury Journal and Bradford Telegraph and Argus have done reviews.
- Metro have discussed TV transfers to movies that have worked, starting off by saying The Harry Hill Movie didn’t!
- Mark Lawson for The Guardian has discussed the rise of life stories appearing in the West End, discussing I Can’t Sing.
- TNT has reviewed I Can’t Sing.
- Further to recent rumours, it has been suggested by Radar Online that I Can’t Sing will transfer to Broadway and also it wouldn’t take the same approach as the British version, as there are reporting that Cheryl Cole and Dermot O’Leary are unhappy with their characters and Simon Cowell would not want the same for a US version.
- And finally, here are a few more Easter Eggs – with a rather special one to finish:
The Harry Hill Movie is out now on DVD and Blu-Ray, a perfect gift for Easter.
The film revolves around Harry’s hamster, who only has a week to live, and a road trip to Blackpool, where Harry meets his evil twin Otto, played by Little Britain’s Matt Lucas, who was separated from Harry at birth and brought up by Alsatians.
Harry is joined by his Nan, played by comedy great Julie Walters, and along the way, meets a vet, played by The Inbetweeners’ Simon Bird, canine superstars The Dachsund Five and indie rock band The Magic Numbers, who run a Bed and Breakfast, and Harry falls in love with an undersea shell person, played by Jonathan Creek star Sheridan Smith.
The all singing, all dancing movie also features Shirley Ghostman comedian Marc Wootton, The Might Boosh’s Julian Barratt and The Iron Lady star Jim Broadbent.
As I Can’t Sing rolls through its first month, we’ve got a few more reviews, bits of news and also some other Harry Hill news:
- Simon Edge for the Daily Express has discussed the difficulties the theatre critics have with reviewing I Can’t Sing after many have not had the benefit of watching X Factor before.
- The Mail On Sunday has discussed ticket sales, commenting that its sources have suggested that some performances have been half or two thirds full. Marcus Brigstocke has also suggested Harry was “safe”, picked by Simon due to this and Marcus would have made it more “dark and cynical” as well as giving it an edge, though as has been widely reported, Harry approached Simon rather than the other way round and it was unlikely to get anywhere if it was too negative, as Simon wouldn’t have authorised it.
- John Nathan (The Jewish Chronicle) - ★★★★★
In other news:
- Adrian Edmondson, talking to the Daily Express, has talked about comedy and that the last person to surprise him was Harry and commenting that he has “kind of stopped now.”
- A post for Wig Wednesday has been spotted:
- And finally, here are a few more Harry Hill eggs from Twitter:
With the latest figures from BFI omitting The Harry Hill Movie, the film has now left the box office chart after 15 weeks.
Having been showing weekends over the last few weeks, it concluded last week at number 77 in 4 cinemas. The box office figures finished up with a total of £2,541,759.
The movie is out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Monday, just in time for Easter.
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We’ve got more news from I Can’t Sing, plus a few new bits:
- What’s On Stage spoke to Harry, Simon, Steve and Sean at the launch.
- Harry has spoken to Stuart McGurk for GQ on the musical.
- Rosie Millard for The Independent has mentioned the musical when discussing the age old question of if TV is bad for children.
- Sir Tim Rice has talked to The Telegraph about the benefit of having an existing audience from another media when launching a new musical and discusses I Can’t Sing, Billy Elliott and The Bodyguard.
- The Guardian Extra has mentioned the paper’s review and discussed I Can’t Sing.
- Talking to Hello (via TV3), Louis Walsh believes his character is too old.
- Simon has responded to suggestions that the hunchback in I Can’t Sing is based on James Arthur, which he has confirmed is not the case and that none of the characters are inspired by him, which was also reported by the Mirror.
Plus, here are a few more reviews:
In other news:
- Harry’s tour missed out to Micky Flanagan at the Chortle Awards.
- Gromit Unleashed has raised £3.8m for Bristol Children’s Hospital, which Harry took part in with his A Close Shave Gromit.
- Harry’s art is currently on show at Century Club in London.
- Geoff Cox for Buckingham Advertiser has recommended the Harry Hill Movie on DVD (pre-order here).
- Tom Lamont and Robert Muchmore for The Guardian has cited Harry’s children books as a good example of celeb children’s books.
- Harry is in a new book, Comedy Snapshot by Steve Best, which features a selection of photos and short chats with the best and brightest from the comedy world. Others in the book include Milton Jones, Shane Ritchie, Jon Richardson, Sean Hughes and Justin Moorhouse. An exhibition is on for the launch at Nancy Victor Gallery and runs until Monday, where you can also buy the book. Harry popped in earlier in the week:
There is another new episode of You’ve Been Framed this week.
Another new one hour special episode, You’ve Been Framed Presents…, will air from 6pm on Saturday. Here are the details:
Classic comedy from the mind of Harry Hill, inspired by viewers’ home videos. Showcased in this episode are some of Harry’s most absurd thoughts on a variety of subjects – from the population of Gibraltar to an opinionated foetus.
Keep it Harry Hill Fansite for more listings for new YBF!
With less than two weeks until its release on DVD and Blu-Ray, The Harry Hill Movie is still showing at 4 cinemas in the latest figures from BFI.
As reported last week, it is now showing at weekends only, but managed to rise 3 places to number 77. Takings of £218 were seen, with a site average of £55.
Total takings so far for the movie are £2,541,759. We’ll keep following the movie until it leaves the charts.
Here is a summary of the takings so far:
|Period||Gross||Rank||Number of Cinemas||Site Average||Total Gross To Date|
|Weekend 1 – 20th to 22nd December||£549,736||7||330||£1,666||£549,736|
|Week 1 – 23rd to 26th December||£430,126||-||-||-||£979,862|
|Weekend 2 – 27th to 29th December||£404,946||9||332||£1,220||£1,384,808|
|Week 2 – 30th December to 2nd January||£520,585||-||-||-||£1,905,393|
|Weekend 3 – 3rd to 5th January||£315,919||12||309||£1,022||£2,221,312|
|Week 3 – 6th to 9th January||£60,245||-||-||-||£2,281,557|
|Weekend 4 – 10th to 12th January||£100,166||18||279||£359||£2,381,723|
|Week 4 – 13th to 16th January||£5,637||-||-||-||£2,387,360|
|Weekend 5 – 17th to 19th January||£60,952||21||227||£269||£2,448,312|
|Week 5 – 20th to 23rd January||£2,765||-||-||-||£2,451,077|
|Weekend 6 – 24th to 26th January||£37,135||25||139||£267||£2,488,212|
|Week 6 – 27th to 30th January||£1,751||-||-||-||£2,489,963|
|Weekend 7 – 31st January to 2nd February||£10,296||32||68||£151||£2,500,259|
|Week 7 – 3rd to 6th February||£250||-||-||-||£2,500,509|
|Weekend 8 – 7th to 9th February||£1,657||53||11||£151||£2,502,166|
|Week 8 – 10th to 13th February||£351||-||-||-||£2,502,517|
|Weekend 9 – 14th to 16th February||£386||75||3||£129||£2,502,903|
|Week 9 – 17th to 20th February||£1,097||-||-||-||£2,504,000|
|Weekend 10 – 21st to 23rd February||£22,826||30||82||£278||£2,526,826|
|Week 10 – 24th to 27th February||£3,102||-||-||-||£2,529,928|
|Weekend 11 – 28th February to 2nd March||£10,310||40||79||£131||£2,540,238|
|Week 11 – 3rd to 6th March||£267||-||-||-||£2,540,505|
|Weekend 12 – 7th to 9th March||£168||88||4||£42||£2,540,673|
|Week 12 – 10th to 13th March||£196||-||-||-||£2,540,869|
|Weekend 13 – 14th to 16th March||£320||77||5||£64||£2,541,189|
|Week 13 – 17th to 20th March||£0||-||-||-||£2,541,189|
|Weekend 14 – 21st to 23rd March||£352||80||4||£88||£2,541,541|
|Week 14 – 24th to 27th March||£0||-||-||-||£2,541,541|
|Weekend 15 – 28th to 30th March||£218||77||4||£55||£2,541,759|
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It’s that time of year and to give you some inspiration for your Easter creations, here is our selection of Harry Hill Easter eggs from years gone by:
If you are creating a Harry inspired Easter Egg or anything else Harry related, get in touch with us via email, contact form, Twitter or Facebook.
I Can’t Sing will be amongst the items on the final The Review Show.
Airing tonight at 8pm on BBC Four, Martha Kearney and guests will be discussing the musical along with Urinetown, The Double, The Crimson Field and more.
The show will end with tonight’s episode after 20 years.
To watch again, visit BBC iplayer.
Also, Steve Brown appeared on Loose Ends earlier this week, which can be listened to again here.
We’ve searched the web and pulled together all of the latest from I Can’t Sing for your Sunday reading.
First up is all of the news:
- Joining Simon Cowell, Harry Hill, Steve Brown and the cast at the launch night were a plethora of celebrities. They included: Louis Walsh, Sinitta, Laura Silverman, Amanda Holden, Carol Vorderman, Caroline Flack, Myleene Klass, Lizzie Cundy, Jessica Wright, Mark Wright, Stacey Solomon, Cilla Black, Jamelia, Kate Garraway, David Walliams, Brian McFadden, Vogue Williams, Kate Beckinsale, Ashley Roberts, Union J, Matt Richardson, Matt Cardle, Rusell Kane, Joanna Page, James Thornton, Gok Wan, Ronnie Corbett, Anne Hart, Sir Terry Wogan, Lady Helen Wogan, Vanessa Feltz, Ben Ofoedu, Lorraine Kelly, Kerry Ellis, Cassie Compton, Sarah Jane Crawford, Gemma Arterton, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Terri Seymour, Jimmy Carr, Christopher Biggins, Sir Philip Green, Adrian Edmondson, Jennifer Saunders, Richard Desmond and Rylan Clark. Rex Features have a full selection of the photos, including Sinitta’s wardrobe malfunction.
- Cheryl Cole was reported away recording, thought in an interview with The Sun, Simon said she “bottled it” and Dermot O’Leary did not also attend.
- Mark Lawson for The Guardian has talked about TV talent shows escaping from the TV into new forms, discussing the musical.
- Talking to The Stage, Simon has said he hoped that the likes of I Can’t Sing will encourage more risks in the West End.
- The PA has spoken to Simon also, who has said the musical was like his second baby, he is pleased with the Twitter feedback and commented that it is a little embarassing, but he has a thick skin.
- Harry’s Vogue photoshot is now available online.
- Michael Coveney has discussed the musical for What’s On Stage and so has Tabard for The Stage.
- Time Out has the musical as one of the 25 spring things to do.
- The Guardian have an audio slideshow from the musical.
- BT have a story with regards to a complaint on a carbon monoxide joke in the musical.
- The musical was covered by several BBC local news shows.
- Harry has done an interview with Time Out.
- Nigel and Simon have spoken to See Tickets.
- Harry, Steve, Simon and Louis have talked to the BBC on the musical.
Plus, we’ve got a few more reviews:
- The Upcoming (Theodora Munroe) - ★★★★★
- The Guardian (Kate Kellaway) - ★★★★★
- Theatre People (Glenn Rice)
- The Hollywood Reporter (Stephen Dalton)
- Londonist (Danny Hilton)
- Official London Theatre (Matthew Amer)
- The Sunday Times (Christopher Hart)
And finally, Simon has told the Daily Star he would be interested in turning the musical into a movie - I Can’t Sing, The X Factor Movie, here we come!