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News Archive: April 2006
Bleak House leads Bafta Craft Award nominations
Posted at 9:20 AM (PDT) on Tuesday, April 11, 2006

By Liz Thomas
The Stage

Bleak House, Doctor Who, Elizabeth I and To The Ends of Earth are all up for four or more Bafta TV Craft Awards, with the BBC Charles Dickens’ adaptation leading the field with eight nominations.

Costume Design: Bleak House - Andrea Galer for BBC1, Elizabeth I - Mike O’Neill for Channel 4, The Queen’s Sister - James Keast for Channel 4, To the Ends of the Earth - Ros Ebbutt for BBC2.

Director: Justin Chadwick - Bleak House for BBC1, Joe Ahearne - Doctor Who for BBC1, Brian Percival - Much Ado About Nothing for BBC Drama Northern Ireland, Simon Cellan Jones - The Queen’s Sister for Channel 4.

Editing Fiction/Entertainment: Bleak House - Paul Knight for BBC1, Casanova - Nick Arthurs for BBC3, The Ghost Squad - Adam Recht for Channel 4, To the Ends of the Earth - Philip Kloss for BBC2.

Make Up and Hair Design: Bleak House - Daniel Phillips for BBC1, Casanova - Christine Allsopp for BBC3, Help - Vanessa White for BBC2, Elizabeth I - Fae Hammond for Channel 4.

Photography and Lighting (Fiction/Entertainment): Bleak House - Kieran McGuigan for BBC1, The Girl in the Cafe - Chris Seager for BBC1, To the Ends of the Earth - Ulf Brantas for BBC2, Twenty Thousand Streets under the Sky - John Daly for BBC4.

Production Design: Bleak House - Simon Elliott for BBC1, Elizabeth I - Eve Stewart for Channel 4, Rome - Joseph Bennett for BBC2, To the Ends of the Earth - Donal Woods for BBC2.

Sound Fiction/Entertainment: Bleak House sound team for BBC1, Colditz sound team for ITV1, Spooks sound team for BBC1, To the Ends of the Earth - Clive Derbyshire, Paul Hamblin, Rory Farnan and Craig Butters for BBC2.

Writer: Andrew Davies - Bleak House for BBC1, Russell T Davies - Doctor Who for BBC1, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant - Extras for BBC2, Peter Kosminsky - The Government Inspector for Channel 4.

The awards take place on 19 May at The Dorchester hotel in London.


Alinyiikira Junior School Update: Electricity!
Posted at 11:02 AM (PDT) on Sunday, April 9, 2006

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Dear All,


I would like to thank you all for all your contributions that have enabled the School to finally get connected to the Electricity Grid. The School is now fully connected and the pupils plus the parents are all very excited about this new development. In addition to the Electricity connection, the work of plastering the building and cementing of the floor has also been completed. A big THANK YOU to you ALL. In fact, we are short of words to use to express our happiness for that big achievement for the school. This has been possible because of your kind assistance. We just pray to the good LORD to reward you abundantly. You will always be part of our prayers.

Attached please find the photos showing the Substation (transformer) that steps down the electricity, transmission line, cables connected to the building from the transmission pole up to the meter box that is connected to one of the buildings, a teacher teaching in class after connecting the power, a pupil switching on the power in class, plus other photos of the plastered building taken at different angles to show the front, back and the side of the building.

Wishing you all the best.

Godfrey Ssemakula

Gillian's Alma Mater
Posted at 10:59 AM (PDT) on Thursday, April 6, 2006

Gillian Anderson, B.F.A. 1990, starred with Kellum Lewis, M.F.A. 1992, in The Theatre School Showcase production of "A Flea in Her Ear" in May, 1990.

Acting up for 80 years
By Sara Burrows
Pioneer Press Online

In 1925, New York was still theater capital of the country. The thriving Broadway stage gave us "No, No Nanette" with a charming, new song, "Tea for Two," while one of the year's smash hits was a show called "The Cocoanuts," featuring music by Irving Berlin, and a wild quartet known as the Marx Brothers.

Actors and other theater folk had begun heading West, too. A dusty hamlet called Hollywood was cranking out new-fangled, moving pictures like Charlie Chaplin's "The Gold Rush" and "The Phantom of the Opera," with Lon Chaney as the musically-inclined madman.

Halfway between the coasts, the first students filed into the new Goodman School of Drama at the Art Institute of Chicago. Funded by William Owen and Malvina Sawyer Goodman, the school honored their playwright son Kenneth Sawyer Goodman, who died at age 25 in 1918.

For the next half-century or so, the Goodman Theatre and its school were theater-central in Chicago. In 1926, Goodman added a regularly performing children's theater, one of the first in the country. It wasn't long before the school became the nationally-respected training program for theater professionals that it is today as part of DePaul University in Lincoln Park. Each year some 300 students, working with more than 100 faculty members, produce more than 200 productions open to the public. During 2005 and 2006, the school has been celebrating its 80th season of performances and education.

"They come to us with passion for, excitement about and commitment to theater. As they should," says John Culbert. "I think that's probably the same way it was 20 or 50 or 80 years ago." Culbert is dean of The Theatre School of DePaul -- since 1978, the incarnation of Goodman Theatre School.


Bleak House Wins a Peabody Award
Posted at 6:51 AM (PDT) on Thursday, April 6, 2006

65th Annual Peabody Awards Winners Announced

ATHENS, Georgia - The winners of the 65th Annual Peabody Awards were announced today by the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The winners, chosen by the Peabody board as the best in electronic media for 2005, were named in a ceremony in the Peabody Gallery on the University of Georgia Campus.

The Peabody recipients - from three continents and in seven languages - reflect the international scope of the competition. They range from television stations in Biloxi, Miss., and New Orleans, La., that provided heroic coverage of Hurricane Katrina's devastating landfall and aftermath, to "Yesterday," a South African film that personalized the continent's AIDS crisis. They include a Spanish documentary about China, the dramatic serials "Battlestar Galactica" and "Bleak House," Martin Scorsese`s "No Direction Home - Bob Dylan," and WNYC's Radio Rookies Project, which enables young people to find voices on radio. Multiple citations were awarded to HBO, the BBC and WGBH-Boston.

Bleak House BBC: "Absolutely compulsive viewing" said the Peabody board of this masterful, faithful-yet-modern adaptation of Charles Dickens' serial about a never-ending London law suit. A BBC, WGBH-Boston co-production in association with Deep Indigo.

The awards will be presented June 5 at a luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Jon Stewart, anchor of Comedy Central's two-time Peabody Award winner, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," will be the master of ceremonies.

About the Peabody Awards: Today the George Foster Peabody Awards are often cited as the most prestigious awards in electronic media. Each year, from more than one thousand entries, the Peabody Board selects outstanding works exhibiting excellence, distinguished achievement, and meritorious service by radio and television networks, stations, cable television organizations, producing organizations, and individuals. Though there is no set number of awards, no more than 36 have ever been presented in a single year.


Gillian at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards
Posted at 6:26 PM (PDT) on Sunday, April 2, 2006

Gillian attended the Broadcasting Press Guild Television and Radio Awards on March 31st at the Theatre Royal in London.

Photos courtesy of Marie and Philiater.

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