.jpgSince all of my crackers are trapped in an ice-cold bucket (my doggy abhors loud explosions) and I got a few hours all to myself after that busy run-up to Christmas I thought it a good idea to send everyone some Happy New Year’s cheers.

To be frank so far it has been a lousy one and I don’t except it to get any better whilst it’s taking its last breath. I had a lovely time being busy with myself (those of you who follow the forum might just have noticed that) and I’m not happy about that at all.

Now I will settle in with a bottle of champagne and all those pretty Christmas lights that are still glowing around me and try to keep in mind all the positively good that came towards me in my absolutely-not-OK days – and in this positive spirit I’m focusing on the next year to come.

As promised I'm trying to keep you updated on Nat's latest TV project "The TV Book Club". The show's team is currently working on its own homepage which will go public shortly. Even more importantly though the book list has just been revealed. Among the authors of the ten first titles chosen for the inaugural series of Channel 4's “The TV Book Club” are Sarah Waters, Nick Hornby and “The Wire” writer George Pelecanos.

The start show will feature Sarah Waters’ Man Booker-shortlisted "The Little Stranger"  with Hornby's "Juliet, Naked" and Pelecanos' "The Way Home" following, alongside more unsung titles such as Matthew Quick's "The Silver Linings Playbook" and Roma Tearne’s "Brixton Beach". The list is dominated by the big publishing houses, with two coming from Random, four from Hachette, and one each from Harper, Penguin, Macmillan and Bloomsbury.

Just a short one to keep you updated on the screening details of Nick Tomnay's "The Perfect Host" at the Sundance Film Festival. Here's a short synopsis: Warwick Wilson is the consummate host. He carefully prepares for a dinner party, the table impeccably set and the duck perfectly timed for 8:30 p.m.

John Taylor is a career criminal. He’s just robbed a bank and needs to get off the streets. He finds himself on Warwick’s doorstep posing as a friend of a friend, new to Los Angeles, who’s been mugged and lost his luggage. As the wine flows and the evening progresses, we become deeply intertwined in the lives of these two men and discover just how deceiving appearances can be.

new_poster.jpgAs the nominations for this year's Golden Globe have just officially been announced, I'm very honoured to tell you that Anna Paquin is in a very exclusive team of contenders for this year's Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Competing with her are the fine actresses Joan Allen – Georgia O'Keeffe; Drew Barrymore – Grey Gardens; Jessica Lange – Grey Gardens and Sigourney Weaver – Prayers For Bobby. To all our deepest respect for their outstanding performances.

 

  Stars of stage and screen joined The Salvation Army at London’s Royal Albert Hall to celebrate the start of the Christmas season with the international church and charity’s annual Carol Concert.

International ice-skater and television commentator Robin Cousins was the host for ‘Celebrating Christmas with The Salvation Army 2009’ on Sunday 29 November and the Christmas story was re-told by three of Britain’s best known actors.

Jenny Agutter, whose early appearance in The Railway Children has led to an international film career was joined by one of the country’s most cherished actresses June Whitfield, originally of ‘Terry and June’ fame and last but not least Nat.

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