Wednesday, December 27, 2006


Whilst delighting generations of children with her books, Beatrix Potter kept her own story locked carefully away. Directed by Chris Noonan (Babe) and starring Academy Award® winner Renée Zellweger (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Cold Mountain) and Ewan McGregor (Star Wars, Moulin Rouge!), Miss Potter is the enchanting love story inspired by Beatrix Potter’s life and love affair with her publisher Norman Warne

IN CINEMAS EVERYWHERE JANUARY 5 – visit for more info.

Sunday, December 17, 2006 meets Tony Blair

Well, not the real one. Michael Sheen who plays the part of Tony Blair very convincingly in the movie The Queen. I had a chance to meet him this morning at the Bafta screening of the film and ask him about his role. I will write it up soon. Bottom line: A very honest and human account of the events surrounding the death of Princess Diana with a plausible insight into how the Royal family reacted. A great film.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Love and Money

Sara-Mae Tuson was at the press night last night of Love And Money at the Young Vic in London. See her review online in our What's On section at

Monday, October 23, 2006

Can film reinvent itself like the music industry ?

Tonight at the Bafta Princess Anne Theatre, the lofty subject of how the film industry could do what the music industry have done was hotly debated. It was fuelled by UKFILM.TV producer Danny King who fired the debate with his extensive understanding of the business and detailed knowledge of making it happen. The industry is looking for new ways of distribution, cheaper routes to market and putting the profits back in the hands of the creators. It was an interesting discussion and a good forum to help shape what we are doing with UKFILM.TV and UKGIGS.TV. Watch this space.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

The Royal Albert Hall

At first I was hesitant, then I plucked up the courage. . . to put the roof down in my car, put on some Jack Johnson and drive across London. I couldn't have done it without my trusty sat nav which took the stress out of not having the faintest idea of where I was. However I was soon delighted with my choice as I pass the Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and then the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington. The Welsh Male Voice Choir are entertaining London tonight. Tickets are still available at the box office for 38 quid in the stalls. Quite cheap really as the parking is 15 quid while you watch it! Anyway, enjoy your weekend wherever you are, I hope it's as sunny a day as it is in London.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Last King Of Scotland

A fantastic movie with a great cast, this one will win awards next year. The picture shows from left to right; Forest Whitaker who becomes Idi Amin right in front of your eyes; Kerry Washington who plays one of his many wives was passionate about the story behind the movie; Kevin Mcdonald who has directed a number of great movies and shows his talent in a new way; and James McAvoy the Scots doctor who finds himself deep in the heart of an evil dictator with no way out. A great night among great company at the London Film Festival.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

London Calling

My New Neighbourhood !

Yes, I have made the jump and I am now London based with a free diary for interviews, reviews, filming and auditions.

Ashlee Simpson is on my interview hot list now that she is performing in Chicago. It's a long shot but she cancelled her birthday party after Posh pulled out, so she should be available !?

If you hear of the opening of an envelope going on, be sure to let me know.

Douglas McFarlane

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Comedy at the fringe

Even having a quiet drink can be entertaining at the fringe. Comedienne Deborah Frances-White is seen here pulling in more audiences before her 715pm show at the Underbelly. Deborah's quick sense of humour had everyone she spoke to laughing afterwards. She has been doing well this year and is hoping to have a great final week before heading home to relax with her feet up.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

South Africa entertains

The South African Youth Choir entertain the crowds visiting this years Edinburgh Fringe. Check out for the latest reviews and video clips coming online each day.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

They come from near and far

We often forget how widely known the Edinburgh Fringe has become. I have just finished reviewing Third From The Left who are from Los Angeles, and walked along the Royal Mile and watched the South African youth choir before asking for the picture above from South Korean performers of The Train. The sun is shining the audiences are plentiful, it looks like the fringe has managed to get even bigger and better this year.

Hey Diddle Diddle

Liverpool based national students theatre give an impromptu performance me their musical on a mobile stage on the royal mile. Performers can book a slot to attract audiences.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Entertainment while you wait

The 'Past half remembered' cast play music and offer free vodka to drum up last minute ticket sales and entertain their waiting audiences at the Pleasance Courtyard at 4pm.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Edinburgh Fringe - Bill Hicks -

UKTheatre.TV clip of Bill Hicks performance at the Edinburgh Fringe 2006 which has just opened.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Bats let loose on Royal Mile

Some of the cast of Bat Boy The Musical take a break and get some sunlight.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Edinburgh Castle

In between walking between venues dont forget to take in a bit of the amazing scenery in Edinburgh. This is the castle from Princes Gardens.

I've just came from a sold out show at the Traverse. A comedy drama Strawberries in January and it was as sweet as the title suggests. Booking advised.


Saturday, August 05, 2006

The festival that never sleeps

Saturday, another day for the actors to get on the streets of Edinburgh and plug their show. Its a tough job so give them your support and encouragement by taking one. You can always put it in the nearest bin :-)

Love labours won is still by far the best show I've seen and I am still smiling from the experience. Magic !

The Edinburgh review team have lots of others to tell you about and I have a full schedule tomorrow at the Traverse with my brother who will be sharing some of the review duties with me.

Visit the website for updates and I will send a newsletter out on Monday.


Friday, August 04, 2006

Rogue Shakespeare

Love Labours Won at the Gilded Balloon at 3pm.

I met with Producer, Author and Director Ryan J-W Smith (pictured on right) after a thoroughly entertaining show this afternoon. If you are in Edinburgh make sure you put this on your list to see. If not, look out for our review and online footage coming soon.

Canadian actor Adam D Millard is on the left.


Thursday, August 03, 2006

Summer nights at the Pleasance

For those who've been to the fringe, I'm sure you will have visited the Pleasance Courtyard and experienced the buzz and electric atmosphere of this unique venue.

The UKTheatre.TV crew were filming yesterday and again today so that we can bring you even more of that atmosphere to your Internet pages and IPODs.


Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Strangers on the street


Its that time of year. The streets of Edinburgh become strange and wonderful.

Stay tuned for your daily Uktheatre blog pic and update from the heart of the fringe festival.

Our first video podcasts start production tonight so be sure to setup your internet tv and ipods to receive our trailers and previews and email if you need any help in doing so. Remember if you upgrade to gold you will automatically be upgraded to platinum and you will not only be receiving great theatre in your inbox but you will have access to all the online features all year round.


Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Important Web Service Update

Good morning

I have just noticed that the UKTheatre.Net web service is not active this morning and it may be a few hours before the problem has been identified and the service restored. I apologise for any inconvenience.

Your MySite.UKTheatre.Net is still in action, as is your @UKTheatre.Net email.

If you have articles or opportuntities you planned to put online today, just email it to me and I'll take care of it when service is restored.

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Douglas McFarlane

Monday, July 24, 2006

Abbey Fest Intro

Have a look at Abbey Fest 2006.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Abbey Fest 2006

A quick intro to first performance at the Abbey Fest on during the Summer.

Friday, July 21, 2006

UKTheatre.TV - Get Ready for Guys and Dolls where you are

Guys and Dolls

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Guys and Dolls with Claire Sweeney

A short clip to tell you about Guys and Dolls.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


From the Metro this morning. Its the first time that UKFILM.TV has been mentioned in the press. Look out for a new review section and film trailers coming soon. Get up to the minute details of those films making the news. In a few months, all the latest BAFTA nominated films will be featured as well as the latest news from the Oscars. Independent films will also be brought to your inbox from the best of our youtube and myspace friends. To keep in touch enter our competition to win one of TEN DVDs of PROOF. See UKFilm.TV for details.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Saturday, July 08, 2006

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Peter wallder, festival Director and founder of the Abbey fest talks to Josephine while Danny makes some adjustments to the camera.

Friday, July 07, 2006

UKTheatre.Tv @ Abbey Fest

Its 9pm on a sunny London evening and Josephine Rogers has just been interviewing Festival Director Peter Wallder (pictured above). This is the first night of our tour around the festivals in the UK and we will be interviewing and previewing and filming and writing for your pleasure. Look out for more online over the summer months. Today was an amazing day. I secured another 14 performances, regular West End interviews and a feature in this weeks Metro. I love London :-) ps did you like the instant email ? A quick mention for cameraman Danny King who is covering the Abbey Fest.

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Theatre on a Laptop and IPOD

UK Theatre Network is leading a revolution that’s bringing theatrical performances online.

(PRWEB) July 3, 2006 -- With songs hitting the charts purely from downloads, and television episodes abounding in cyberspace, it was only a matter of time before theatre went online as well. UK Theatre Network (UKTN) is the first to put live theatrical performances on the internet, allowing people to see previews and clips of shows that are happening across the country.


The first major event to go online was the opening of the new National Theatre of Scotland, and more are planned this summer. Three theatre festivals are due to go live on the site in the next few months – South

London’s Abbeyfest, the 24:7 Theatre Festival in Manchester, and a portion of the Edinburgh Fringe. 800 people have already downloaded a podcast of Hamlet since it was launched on the site a month ago. The founder of the UK Theatre Network site, Douglas McFarlane, has been leading a debate in the US on a Broadway website about the prospect of theatre going online. It’s causing something of a storm between those who think theatre’s all about the live performance and those who want it to expand the medium.
McFarlane feels theatre needs to go online if it’s going to continue competing with film and music (both now downloadable): “Theatre can’t just sit back and lose out on this one, it’s a massive opportunity for expanding audiences. Everyone seems to be watching the latest film while they’re on the move nowadays, why not the latest West End show as well.”

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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Fimbles Live - Competition

Win family tickets for 4 to see Fimbles Live in Manchester, Bristol and Southampton. Watch the video to the end for the question you need to answer (the name of the presenter should be send to - competition open during July/August 2006.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

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Monday, March 20, 2006

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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Oscar Nominations in 2006

Here are some of the films, actors and actresses who have been successful in being nominated for the 2006 Oscar awards ceremony in March. Posted by Picasa