Happy Birthday, Harry Hill!

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© Adam Johnson/Slapstick Festival

Today is Mr Harry Hill’s birthday! Many happy returns and have a great day.

Harry Hill Becomes Prof For BBC One Christmas Drama

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The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branest...
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Harry Hill will become Professor Branestawm for a star studded BBC One drama special this Christmas.

Bringing to life the character from Norman Hunter’s classic children’s books, he will appear in the 60 minute family film of the same title (w/t) that has been penned by Fast Show and Young Bond’s Charlie Higson

Described as the “original mad professor”, the character is an inventor who builds the most ridiculous creations that do have a habit of going wrong, which seems to go unnoticed by the professor. Joining Harry in the film are Getting On’s Vicki Pepperdine as Mrs Flittersnoop, the professor’s long suffering housekeeper, The Fast Show’s Simon Day as his loyal friend Colonel Dedshott and Madelline Holliday as Connie, Mrs Flittersnoop’s science loving niece who helps the professor with a health and safety obsessed local councillor who is threatening the professor’s future in Great Pagwell.

Other names including Ben Miller as Mr Bullimore, Miranda Richardson as Miss Blitherington, David Mitchell as Harold Haggerstone, Sophie Thompson as Aggie, Adrian Scarborough as the Vicar and Charlie as the mayor.

On the drama, Harry has said:

As a budding schoolboy scientist and inventor myself I loved the Professor Branestawm books as a kid, I was fascinated by Heath Robinson’s wonderful illustrations too. It’s a thrill for me to be playing the prof in Charlie Higson’s brilliant TV adaptation. Best Christmas present ever!

Charlie Higson said

I loved Norman Hunter’s Professor Branestawm books when I was a kid, and I loved reading them to my own kids, who found them as funny as I did. These were the books that inspired me to write comedy of my own, and I’ve always wanted to adapt them for the screen. To bring Heath Robinson’s brilliant illustrations to life and share Norman Hunter’s amazing inventiveness with a wider audience is a dream come true for me.

Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, said:

In recent years BBC One has produced some truly wonderful adaptations which have been huge hits with our audience and I have no doubt that Charlie Higson’s take on Professor Branestawm, starring the brilliant Harry Hill, will prove to be just as magical and popular.

Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning, said:

This classic of children’s literature has found its perfect match in Charlie Higson’s inventive adaptation and a kindred lead with the eccentric, warm and hilarious Harry Hill. It’s great knockabout fun to bring the family together.

Keep it Harry Hill Fansite for the latest on the project!

Pictures: Backyard Comedy Club + Best Of Instagram

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It’s time for another roundup of the latest Harry Hill pictures from Twitter and Harry’s Instagram – enjoy!

Harry’s set at Backyard Comedy Club:

Harry has been with Yoko Ono:

Harry spots a “TV Comic” fancy dress:

Finally, Harry has spotted a less than complimentary review:

The Harry Hill Movie Comes To Sky Movies + Now TV

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The Harry Hill Movie

The Harry Hill Movie has arrived on Sky Movies and Now TV.

Having debuted on both Sky Movies Premiere and Now TV yesterday, it will be on the channel and platform over the next few weeks.

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.

For the listings, visit skymovies.sky.com.

You’ve Been Framed Returns With New Look Tomorrow

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New You’ve Been Framed returns for a brand new series tomorrow night, with a brand new look introduced.

The show, which will air at 6.30pm on ITV, will feature fresh graphics that include a bigger focus on Harry. Here are the first listing:

Comedian Harry Hill introduces a brand new run of the nation’s favourite home video show, with an all new look and features. Will you be the star of the show tonight? In this episode, there is trouble in church with the language barrier bride, Nan gets run over by a fire engine, and a dog steals a smartphone to film his own video! And what did one viewer find at breakfast inside an egg?

@YouveBeenFramed (Twitter)

The series’ website has also been revamped, ready for your submissions, and has also joined Twitter at @youvebeenframed.

The series has a new sponsor in Smyths Toy Superstores also.

To submit your videos and more information, visit itv.com/youvebeenframed.

Repeats air through the week on ITV2 +

keep it Harry Hill Fansite for the latest listings every week!

Hogarth’s House Show Harry Hill’s Small Self

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Hogarth and Pug

Harry Hill is one of the famous names who has contributed his Small Self to an exhibiton at Hogarth’s House.

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of William Hogarth’s death, names including Harry, Peter Blake, Cath Kidston, Jacqueline Wilson, Mike McCartney, Joanna Lumley and Vic Reeves have contributed a self portrait for the exhibiton.

The exhibition is free and open Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm to 5pm, until 11th January.

For more, visit hounslow.info.

Here is a preview of Harry’s portrait:

Video: Harry Hill Wants You For Stars In Their Eyes

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Stars In Their Eyes

Harry Hill wants you…for the new series of Stars In Their Eyes!

ITV has now released an advert asking for entries for the new series, which will air in 2015. Harry is looking for the nation’s best singalikes who will undergo a transformation after going through the famous doors!

You also have an extra few weeks to enter, as the deadline has been moved to 31st October at 5pm.

Here’s the video in full:

 

To enter, visit starsintheireyes.com.

Web Burp: Return to Backyard, 20 Years On TV + ELO

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Backyard Comedy Club

Here are the latest bits of Harry Hill news:

 

  • The British Comedy Society celebrated 20 years of Harry on the telly on Twitter:

  • Over on Instagram, Harry visited the Rowland Emmet exhibition in Birmingham:

  • Finally, Harry was at BBC Radio 2’s Hyde Park show last weekend, as mentioned in the Evening Standard and on Harry’s Instagram, where he showed his delight at seeing ELO:

Enjoy!

Best Of Instragram: Gary’s Surgery + Lovely Kent

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Here are a few pictures from Harry’s Instragram, which is up at mrharryhill:

Gary has had a little accident!

Harry at his honorary graduation for the University of Kent

 

Web Burp: Live Comedy, I Can’t Sing, Lee Nelson + TV Burp

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Matthew Kelly

Here are the latest bits for your Sunday reading:

  • Harry Hill is back at The Harrison on Tuesday for another night of comedy that features the return of Karl Schultz’s character Matthew Kelly. They will be joined by Beth Vyse, Ben Target and Will Franken. To get your tickets, visit WeGotTickets.
  • Victoria Elliott from I Can’t Sing has been talking to The Advertiser on the musical.
  • Simon Brodkin, known as Lee Nelson, has been discussing how Harry was involved in his early comedy career to The Mirror.
  • Go Think Big has got Harry as one of their six celebrities that changed their careers, as Harry used to be a doctor!
  • Finally, TV Burp producer Spencer Millman has been tweeting about TV Burp and the latest series of Celebrity Big Brother: