Archive for the ‘David Mitchell’ Category

Bleak Old Shop of Stuff: coming soon

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

The Bleak  Old Shop of Stuff is currently filming and getting a bit of attention online. Nice piece by Aaron (hello!) at The British Comedy Guide here which tells us that there are four episodes, one of which is an hour long launch special for Christmas Eve, and it’s pretty much Torchwood to Bleak Expectations’ Doctor Who. Bad comparison from me but I am a geek and maybe I should just explain that it’s set in the radio show’s ‘universe’ but with different characters.  It’s written by the familiar (to this blog) Mark Evans, produced by That Producer Gareth Edwards, directed by That Director Ben Gosling-Fuller and stars the also familiar Robert Webb and Katherine Parkinson with appearances from the not-remotely-unknown David Mitchell, Sarah Hadland, The Actor Kevin Eldon and Celia Imrie. Radio Times did a piece too and added a Webb quote: “I’m really looking forward to working with my all-time hero David Mitchell. Apparently Stephen Fry is in it too, which is nice.”

The BBC Comedy Blog has a behind the scenes article which is very nice, and includes this image:

There is also this phrase: “Urchins are scampering about.”

Are you tempted yet?

How about some of James Bachman’s on-set imagery from Twitter?

Looking good.

That Mitchell & Lawson chat

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Mark Lawson Talks to David Mitchell is on BBC Four next Tuesday (22nd March) at 10pm. The title says it all but here’s the blurb from the Radio Times:

Mark Lawson Talks to David Mitchell

Tuesday 22 March
10:00pm – 11:00pm

The comedian tells Mark Lawson about his life and work. He traces his progress from imitating newsreaders as a child to the award-winning success of That Mitchell and Webb Show, and Peep Show. He also talks about how he met his comic partner Robert Webb at a Footlights audition in Cambridge and why he has remained loyal to TV.

When is it on and is it pre-recorded?

Friday, January 7th, 2011

The clue’s in the name, regarding this new thing that starts next Thursday, featuring The One Who Is Not Webb:

10 O'Clock Live!/TenOClockLive


Sunday, December 19th, 2010

The Guardian / Observer have published their Questions For David Mitchell thing today and it’s rather good. It’s all here on this link but here are some previews:

You’ve been pretty successful – are you surprised you haven’t been taken down by the naysayers? Ben Horton, south London

Now there’s the internet, everyone has been shot down in flames. I’m not too proud to self-Google every so often, and I don’t always like what I read. I read in the Mail that Peter Hitchens had referred to me as a “so-called comedian”. That particularly annoyed me, because it doesn’t work. He can disagree with whether I’m funny. But I just am a comedian! You might as well say “so-called dentist”.

What kind of process do you and Robert Webb use when you are writing a sketch for your television show? Do you have a method or is it just comedic chaos? Stephen Clarke, Nanjing

The ideas come out of group meetings with other writers, or pub sessions. You never sit down at a computer unless you know what sketch you’re going to write, because that’s when the blank page is terrifying. That’s the extent of the method.

That David Mitchell With Pizza Blog

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Weird but then I like weird. And pizza. Mmmmm….

That Cheese Burying Sound

Monday, June 21st, 2010

We went to see the pilot of Pauline Pepys’s Dowry recorded for Radio 4 and luckily it was rather good and funny and that. I liked it so much I made an image for this blog post, blimey!

Bloody good cast certainly helped: Olivia Colman, David Mitchell, Sharon Horgan (from the excellent and much missed Pulling), Katherine Parkinson (IT Crowd) , Tom Hollander (them films where he shows off a bit),  Rebekah Staton (Pulling, Doctor Who: Human Nature) and Dave Lamb (Channel 4 voice of sarcasm) and I swear some of it seemed written for the actors as it played to their strengths. I don’t know much about the production as when I Googled it I mostly found my previous blog entries and the now out of date BBC Tickets page but I know that it was produced by ‘TV’s Mr Fire Exits’ Gareth Edwards who added a description of the exit sign figure “running… calmly! to his repertoire along with some cheese-burying facts to get the audience whooping. It was written by Amy Shindler and Beth Chalmers (is she the same Beth Chalmers who is the new ‘lost’ Doctor Who companion for Big Finish? I hope so) who were tweaking a few lines during the recording and did a great job as I am a fussy git when it comes to liking radio sitcoms for some reason.

I don’t want to do big spoilers but the blurb from when tickets were available tells you what it is about, as if you hadn’t guesssed:

London, 1660. Meet Pauline Pepys, less famous sister of Samuel. Her love life is in tatters, her sister-in-law wants her to move out of the spare room, and her best friend is her worst enemy. Oh, and there’s a nasty spot of plague about. A new situation comedy about some age old problems.

It will go out in the Tuesday comedy slot on Radio 4 on 10th August, radio fans! I recommend a listen if you like Olivia Colman doing her crying noises (and faces for the radio), David Mitchell getting a bit miffed about something, Katherine Parkinson being bossy, Sharon Horgan being a bit naughty,  Rebekah Staton being funny and laughing at other people’s lines (not that you’ll be able to see that), Tom Hollander being oddly blond (film role?) and Dave Lamb doing a gay voice.

That Colman and Mitchell Radio Sitcom Pilot: forthcoming

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Going to the recording of this Radio 4 comedy in a week and a bit, will report back:

Pauline Pepys’ Dowry

Olivia Colman, David Mitchell, Sharon Horgan, Katherine Parkinson, Tom Hollander and Rebekah Staton star in a new situation comedy by Amy Shindler and Beth Chalmers, produced by Gareth Edwards.

London, 1660. Meet Pauline Pepys, less famous sister of Samuel. Her love life is in tatters, her sister-in-law wants her to move out of the spare room, and her best friend is her worst enemy. Oh, and there’s a nasty spot of plague about.

A new situation comedy about some age old problems.

Observer, but not the usual column

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

The Observer’s My Body & Soul column features David this week so I found an appropriate photograph and pasted the mini interview below:

Table of Reds
My body & soul: David Mitchell

The comedian and actor, 35, on vanity, how often men think about sex, and why therapy is not like dentristy

Laura Potter The Observer, Sunday 14 February 2010

Are you healthy? I have relatively good health despite, rather than because of, my habits. I probably have quite a bad diet and I probably drink too much, but you can be reasonably unhealthy for the first 35 years of life and still count yourself unlucky if you die.

Any notable accidents? I think when I was one and a bit I took a corner too fast on my walker and smashed my head on a skirting board. I still have a very slight mark between my eyebrows from that, but I’ve been quite timid and careful since.

Do you worry about your weight? No. I had a very bad back a couple of years ago, and lots of people advised different things, but the one thing everyone agreed on was walking. By walking for an hour every day, and still eating my horrific diet, I was able to get a bit thinner. I was slightly ashamed of being pleased about the weight loss, because the reason was my back, not vanity; nevertheless, that vanity is in me, otherwise I wouldn’t be pleased.

What is your attitude to smoking? I’ve been an on and off social smoker for ages and never got hooked, so I reserve the right to have one on a fun night.

And drugs? When I was at university I would occasionally have some cannabis, but I don’t think I ever determined what being stoned felt like, because I never had any when I was sober. Your dedicated pothead wouldn’t sully his palate with lager.

Have you ever had therapy? No. Some people can be massively helped by therapy, but I don’t agree that everyone should get some – it’s not like dentistry.

How do you feel about cosmetic surgery? I think it’s stupid and it almost always looks shit. It’s a trend entirely based on vanity, and vanity is not an admirable trait at all.

Is sex important to you? Yes, but I would hesitate to say it’s more important than average. People say men think about sex every six seconds; I can’t believe that – it takes longer than six seconds to think about it properly once.

NHS or private? NHS. I don’t have an ethical problem with private healthcare, though. Considering I’m self-employed I should probably have some sort of health insurance sorted out, but at the same time I should’ve learnt how to drive a car.

The Bubble is a comedy news quiz hosted by David Mitchell, Fridays on BBC2 at 10pm

The Bubble: Will it blow?

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

David’s latest not-a-comedy-sketch-show-or-sitcom project The Bubble starts next Friday at 10 on BBC2…

The Bubble is a new comedy news-quiz for BBC Two which plays on the fact that some news stories are so hard to believe you’d think they’d been made up. In this show some of them have. Each week three celebrity contestants are locked away in a media-free zone for four days. When they’re brought out, they’re shown a series of media stories. All they have to do is identify the true ones from the fakes. Show one guests are: Frank Skinner, Reginald D Hunter and Victoria Coren.

The Radio Times website has loads of photographs of David, because they can.

Those Other Mitchell (& mostly not with Webb) Books

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

As is usually the case in that sort of thing, the Harper Collins book deal also included David writing a memoir… and a bloody novel too! And another M&W book next year… .

From The Bookseller:

HC acquires David Mitchell memoir and novel
14.10.09 Katie Allen

HarperCollins has acquired a memoir and novel from “Peep Show” com­edian David Mitchell for a “very significant sum”.

World rights for the memoir were bought by ­Carole Tonkinson, pub­lisher of Harper Non-Fiction and Hannah Black, Harper Non-Fiction publishing director. The novel was bought by Nicholas Pearson of Fourth Estate. Both books were acquired from Ivan Mulcahy of Mulcahy Conway Associates. They will be published in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Black said: “David Mitchell has always made me laugh, and in everything he does there’s a care for
language which is for me the mark of a natural-born writer.” Pearson added: “I am delighted to be working with David on what I feel sure will be the start of a successful career as a novelist.”

Tonkinson said Mitchell’s profile had reached “a massive pitch” after appearances on BBC2’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” and Channel 4’s “Peep Show”. “We see him as the next generation Stephen Fry. He has intelligence, understated humour and people just love him,” she said, adding: “I think his humour translates around the world. Ricky Gervais and Russell Brand are increasingly popular in the US and Australia. I don’t see why David should be any different.”

Mitchell said: “I’m looking forward to working with the brilliant team at HarperCollins and Fourth Estate, who are apparently impressed by my neurotic world-view. There’s a saying that everyone’s got a book in them. Assuming that’s a mean, I will be reducing some poor sod to zero, but then that’s nothing to Barbara Cartland, who made hundreds voiceless.”

Fourth Estate has just published This Mitchell and Webb Book, a collection of comic writing from Mitchell and his comedy partner Robert Webb. A second Mitchell and Webb title is lined up for Christmas 2010.