Tuesday, 22 August 2017


ITS normally only for telly people but Edinburgh International Television Festival is opening its doors to a number of public sessions and exclusive screenings. 


Theshowbizlion.com has attended the TV Festival ever since our cub days and we often go wild at the bash which sees telly execs and celebs converge in Scotland's capital for August. 

Now the festival is offering access to an exclusive preview screening and Q&A from celebrated TV series Red Dwarf and the first two episodes of The Tick, brand new to Amazon Prime Video, as well as sessions at the EICC including Fleabag: How to Create an International Hit Comedy with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Black Mirror Masterclass with Charlie Brooker, and Jon Snow’s 2017 James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture.

 Chairing the screening of Red Dwarf will be fan of the show, comedian Nick Helm, and Red Dwarf writer, director and co-creator Doug Naylor; and actors Craig Charles, and Robert Llewellyn, will be on hand to answer any questions.

 The Tick will be launching on Amazon Prime Video on 25th August, but you can see the first two episodes in an Edinburgh TV Festival exclusive.

 As well as the screenings taking place, a number of sessions will be available to the public at the EICC, including: The James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture delivered by award-winning journalist and broadcaster, Jon Snow. In addition, in Satire! What is it Good For? the best minds in political comedy including Rory Bremner, Matt Forde and Nish Kumar will discuss the tension created by Brexit and Trump, The Steve Hewlett Debate: Fake News, will be hosted by Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy, and Russell Kane will be chairing this year’s EdTalks session on Failure.

 YouTube stars Dan and Phil talk with Sue Perkins about how to engage young audiences and what it’s like being your own writers, editors and commissioners, and YouTuber Humza Arshad and global Head of Diversity at YouTube Oona King will share their experiences and hacks to staying relevant and inclusive in today’s media entertainment landscape.

 In drama, Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones will discuss their hit series in a Black Mirror Masterclass, Fleabag creators Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Vicky Jones are in conversation about How to Create an International Hit Comedy, and actor Vicky McClure and script-writer Jed Mercurio talk about the plot twists of unmissable series Line of Duty.

 Russell T Davies will be in conversation with Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson as he collects his Outstanding Achievement Award, and Rio Ferdinand will discuss how we consume content in BT Sport’s Digital Masterclass.

 Sir David Attenborough will join Head of The Natural History Unit Julian Hector in conversation looking at the past, present and future of natural history programme-making, and Award-winning comedian, writer, actor and broadcaster, Russell Brand, will address the Edinburgh International Television Festival in the prestigious Alternative MacTaggart.

 Comedy Central President Kent Alterman talks to comedian Jimmy Carr about his phenomenal career to date and how he has helped emerging stars break through, and Senior Vice President of Original Programming at Marvel, Karim Zreik will talk about bringing the vast Marvel Cinematic Universe to television with ABC Studios. 

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Friday, 18 August 2017


US Stars from Netflix series Orange Is The New Black couldn't resist trying out some Scots lingo on the eve of Glasgow Pride. 

Actors Danielle Brooks, who plays Taystee, Uzo Aduba who plays 'Crazy Eyes' and Laverne Cox, who plays Sophia Burset in the massively popular series, looked more than amused after being given lessons in Scottish slang.

 They sent a very special video message to the thousands of revellers who are expected to attend Glasgow Pride tomorrow on aglasgow Green. 

The actors who also promoted the latest season of the prison drama cracked up as they tried to get their head round some popular Glasgow phrases. 

Laverne told Glasgow Pride-goers to "get yourself over to Glasgow Green" to "glug Irn Bru" while Danielle added "lang may yer lum leek".

 B*witched perform at this weekend's event in Glasgow Green alongside Buck Fizz, Collabro, Saara Aalto and  Kelly Llorenna.

 Loads of businesses have also got behind the diversity parade including Tesco, Smirnoff, Skittles, and Silverburn. Scots first minister Nicola Sturgeon is also set to make a historic speech at the event. 

Tuesday, 15 August 2017


MOTHERWELL striker Louis Moult and ex Hamilton Accies legend Jose Quitongo helped put smiles on the faces of sick kids at a supercarday. 

Businessmen and women from across Scotland brought 120 cars worth twenty million pounds of cars to Hamilton Park racecourse to entertain 125 kids for the Les Hoey MBE Dreammaker Foundation. 

Motherwell striker Louis who brought his wife Carlie and two and a half year old daughter Isla with him said: "It's great to see all the kids today and to be able to help out. I left my own car in the car park because it wasn't up to scratch."

He refused to comment on rumours he might be joining Rangers but said he was enjoying his time in Scotland.

Amongst the kids who lapped up the atmosphere were David Carr, 8, from Grangemouth who had been going through treatment for two years for a brain tumour. 

He said: "It's really good. I saw some expensive cars I'd definitely not like to drive when I'm an adult because I feel I wouldn't have a license after I drove them."

Nine year old William Crossan from Neilston  who was also diagnosed with a brain tumour was also eyeing up the blue Audi R8. His mum Rachael said: "He has a hospital appointment tomorrow and a day like today takes his mind off it."

Les Hoey MBE added: "This event has got bigger every year. It's sad when you see how many kids there are but it helps them to forget about their illness during the time they are here."

Sunday, 13 August 2017


IT is one of the most recognisable voices in the world.

So when American actor Michael Brandon was asked to perfect a Scottish accent for a children's television show, he immediately knew who his inspiration would be.

The Dempsey and Makepeace star, who is hosting a one-man show at the Edinburgh Fringe, mimicked Sir Sean Connery for the US version of Thomas the Tank Engine.

Brandon, 72, who famously married his onscreen co-star Glynis Barber from the 1980s detective series, admitted: 'On the US version of Thomas The Tank Engine I did Ronald and Donald, the two Scottish trains, who would say things like 'Och, there's a tree on the track'. The crew used to laugh hysterically at that one.

'I have never worked with Sean but I have met him a few times.' Brandon, whose stand-up show Off-Ramps is on at the Assembly Rooms all this month, also revealed he is missing his wife - and is looking forward to her joining him in Edinburgh later this week.

He joked: 'I did the laundry, my sheets, pillowcase and towels. Boy, that's hard work.

'I don't cook and I don't clean but at the Fringe I do. I'm not going to tell my wife about it. If I show any talent in that area I'm a dead man.'

Excerpts of this article have since appeared in the Scottish Mail on Sunday 

From Scotland with Love - theshowbizlion.com


A Scots photographer reckons her 100 year old doll might be haunted - but she's vowed not to get rid of her because she loves her.

Natalie Mellon, 33, from Glasgow inherited the antique doll after her father in law's friend found her in an old attic.

But ever since she's had her in the house, weird things keep happening.
Natalie who has now dubbed the doll 'Annabelle' after the horror movie where a seemingly innocent doll has a life of its own, said: "Annabelle was given to me about a year ago by one of my father in law's friends who found a load of things in an old attic. I've always loved old antiques and loved her straight away. She does look a bit creepy but I wasn't freaked out when I saw her. I have four big dogs but they are absolutely terrified of her and won't go in the same room. We sarcastically named her Annabelle after the doll in the horror film."

Natalie, who lives in the Irish countryside, has always been interested in the supernatural but has never actually encountered anything strange before.

She said: "I've stayed in supposedly haunted houses before but nothing has ever happened. As well as my dogs barking incessantly at Annabelle she has got up to a few wee tricks. One of my friends stayed the night and heard a tapping noise outside the bedroom. There were no windows or doors open but in the morning she found Annabelle outside the room and she said she wasn't there before she went to bed. She thought I'd put her there for a laugh but I was sound asleep."
Most recently Annabelle appeared to have made a kitchen cupboard open and a knife slide off a shelf while Natalie was messing around taking selfies on her phone.
The incident was captured on video.

Natalie said: "I was literally taking a selfie but hit record by mistake and just went with it to make a video. Then the knife flew off the shelf and the cupboard door swung open. and I just about wet myself and shouted on my partner to come through."
She added: "I'm not easily terrified and found it quite funny afterwards. I'm sure there's got to be a logical explanation."

After Natalie made a video telling us about Annabelle she said there was a huge bolt of lightening outside.

She said: "I actually put her away last night for the first time. I swear im a ballsy little s*** and always stayed myself in the countryside bit when I came into this kitchen last night I swear I was freaked out. I kept looking at that cupboard and if it had done that again when I was here by myself I'd have died with my legs in the air. Annabelle can stay out in the shed for now."

Excerpts of this article have since appeared in the Daily Record, The Star, ITV and BBC.

From Scotland with Love - theshowbizlion.com

Wednesday, 9 August 2017


WE love it when a new restaurant opens up in Scotland and theshowbizlion.com is going wild about the launch of Edinburgh's Vapiano.
 The global restaurant biz is set to open its latest slice of the Italian dining phenomenon in the Scottish capital this October, bringing its relaxed and easy-going approach to Italian food to the heart of the capital, and creating around 50 jobs for the city.
 St Andrews Square is the location of the restaurants first Scottish venue, in an 8,770sq ft. space over three floors, with Finkernagel Ross the lead architects using the classic Vapiano design.

If you've not tried it,  the restaurant offers you the chance to order directly from chefs while they make up your meal right in front of you.
For control freaks and fussy eaters like theshowbizlion.com this is the perfect thing and it means customers get the freshest range of pizzas, pastas, antipasti and salads at the made fresh in front of them.

Founded on a love of honest, good and supremely fresh food; Vapiano presents a laid-back vibe, with large, long oak tables, each with their own herb garden. Classic favourites join new takes on the irresistible Italian menu, and the bar area is a natural place to enjoy the company of friends.

At the end of each diner’s visit, payment is made via the smart-card system, which sees everything added to your card as you order. Before you leave the restaurant, you’ll also be treated to a spoonful of yummy gummy bears, a sweet treat to round off your visit to Vapiano.

Phil Sermon, Managing Director at Vapiano, said: “Edinburgh has one of the greatest restaurant scenes in Europe so we’re thrilled to be joining it. This is a city that enjoys eating out and we can’t wait to welcome new customers through the door. We’re also delighted that our opening will be creating 50 new opportunities for people to develop great careers in hospitality.

“According to an Italian proverb, ‘If you have an easy-going and relaxed approach to life, you’ll live more healthily and longer.’ This is the attitude that Vapiano lives and breathes. We hope our new customers relax into our new home and enjoy the abundance of delicious Italian dishes.”

The first Vapiano restaurant opened in Hamburg, Germany in 2002. Since then, the business has developed a portfolio of 186 Vapianos in 31 countries on 5 continents, and is popular with young workers, students and celebrities alike. The new opening in Edinburgh will be the first in Scotland and the fifth in the UK, following London and Manchester.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017


SCOTS singer Annie Lennox has sent out a cry to help fellow singer Sinead O Connor after watching a video of her having a public breakdown in a US motel.
The Irish songwriter who rose it fame with the hit Nothing Compares To You posted a 12-minute video on her Facebook page tearfully explaining she has been “fighting for her life” and living in a Travelodge motel in New Jersey.
Eurythmics singer Annie has admitted she was distressed by the video and has now appealed to fans to come to Sinead's aid.
In a post on her Facebook she said: "I just watched this truly distressing call for help by Sinead O'Connor, from a motel room in New Jersey, where she says there's no one there to help her, with the exception of a psychiatrist and a doctor.
The Sweet Dreams singer added: "I realise that Sinead has some serious mental health issues, but she appears to be completely out on a limb and I'm concerned for her safety.
Are there no close friends or family who could be with her to give her some loving support? It's terrible to see her in such a vulnerable state."
Sinead sparked a police investigation and search last June after she disappeared after going on a bike ride with friends in Chicago