Radio BBC7 : Bill Nighy Season

UPDATE: Bill Nighy will be interviewed and introducing each play on Saturday and Sunday at 1pm for two weekends (this is confirmed by BBC).

Here are the broadcasting times for the BBC7 Bill Nighy specials, as you could see announced on the Bill Nighy Experience:

Saturday 13th of August
Bill Nighy Season
Almost Always African: Lenny Henry joins Bill Nighy in this comedy about cultural cross purposes and the music industry. [Rptd Sun 1.00am]

Bill Nighy Season
Vongole: Comedy starring Bill Nighy as Professor Swann, whose favourite pastime is seducing students over spaghetti vongole. [Rptd Sun 2.00am]

Sunday – 14th of august
Bill Nighy Season
Killing Maestros: Wagner’s Tristan Und Isolde is the ‘Scottish Play’ of the opera world. Conductor Sergei is convinced he’ll be next to suffer. [Rptd today 10.45pm, Mon 5.45am]

Bill Nighy Season
Spy Nozy and the Poets: Suspicious behaviour by new residents in a Somerset village leads to the arrival of a Home Office spy. [Rptd today 10.00pm, Mon 5.00am]

Check it out on BBC7 (everything is repeated during the night – so it should be able to catch it):

If you’re not in the UK you can hear BBC7 live through internetradio. You can hear the shows on “Listen Again” if you miss it (but do so within 7 days).

Just notice that the announced times are GMT times, there will probably be a timedifference if you live outside the UK !

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Website The Constant Gardener launched

Bill Nighy / Sir Bernard Pellegrin in The Constant Gardener

The website for the upcoming The Constant Gardener has now been launched. There is one more picture of Bill Nighy as Sir Bernard Pellegrin (see above), and you find more backgroundinformation about the cast and the film.

Check the site: The Constant Gardener

Opening date : 26th of august 2005 (US) / 7th of October 2005 (UK).

See also:
New Trailer for The Constant Gardener

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Nighy just doesn’t seem to be acting …

In connection to The Girl In The Cafe:

“But I was surprised that I haven’t latched onto Bill Nighy as a major talent before this. He’s been working steadily, mostly in British flicks and TV, since the early ’80s. Perhaps it’s because he’s just not the leading-man type, or more likely, because he fits with such quiet perfection into every part he’s given, kinda like Michael Caine does. Nighy just doesn’t seem to be acting, which is the greatest compliment one can give an actor, I think.”

Carl Larsen / Augusta Free Press

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Hitchhikers is spreading

Finally the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy is spreading across cinemas in Europe too.

“Slartibartfast is a real craftsman, and sometimes views with dismay the newer flashier planets. If truth be told, Slartibartfast would rather be left alone to build beautiful coastlines with intricale fjords. After all, he’s won awards for them”.

Some reviews:
BBCi – Films
San Francisco Examiner [Jeffrey M. Anderson]
eye WEEKLY [Jason Anderson]
San Francisco Chronicle [Mick LaSalle]
The Village Voice [Jessica Winter]
NY Times (Manohla Dargis)

And reviews from “normal” people:
Yahoo Movies User Ratings and Reviews
IMDB HHGG User Reviews

Pictures from the movie:
82 at At Yahoo (there are 2 of Bill Nighy)

After seeing the movie myself yesterday, I can only say : See it, if it comes to a theatre near you. It’s very funny, and the sequences with Slartibartfast are alone reason enough to see it, Bill Nighy is fantastic as the experienced planet builder.

Did you see this movie ? Come over and talk about it in the brand new BillBoard forum. It’s sound a bit hollow over there, because it hasn’t been decorated yet. But – working on it !

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Bill Nighy artwork for sale on charity auction

When Daisy Bell’s uncle died while helping people during the Boxing Day tsunami, she decided to do something positive to help the aid charity he directed. She send a stack of blank postcards to a number of british celebrities, and asked them to paint/draw something on it. All those artworks are now going to be sold on an auction, and the money raised will go to CARE International.

Among the quite impressing collection of artworks (with right now 200 artworks) are works of Bill Nighy and Paul McCartney.

More info:
An article in the scotsman : Artists unite to help victims of tsunami horror
The official website for the Art of Care project
The Gallery with all the artworks

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New trailer for The Constant Gardener

Bill Nighy, as Sir Bernard Pellegrin, a member of the British High Commission

M&C MOvies has a second trailer for The Constant Gardener. And has more information about the film too.

Bill Nighy plays Sir Bernard Pellegrin, a member of the British High Commission.

The new trailer is here.. You can spot Bill 4 times in the trailer this time, and the film seems like something to look forward too.

The films release date is 26th of august 2005 (US) / 7th of October 2005 (UK).

More info with links to articles in the Filmography : The Constant Gardener

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More Meerkat Manor

It’s Discovery : Animal Planet which is going to broadcast Meerkat Manor.

They have a little more information on it :

Meerkat Manor is a soap opera with a difference – the main protagonists are twelve inches high, live underground in burrows and live on a diet of worms, insects and lizards. Meerkats are by nature real characters – comic, endearing, inquisitive and enormously popular with TV audiences. This series takes one group of meerkats living in the Kalahari Desert and follows their everyday dramas in a highly engaging and often hilarious on-going soap. We’ll get to know each individual character as intimately as any human soap star but here the relationships, births, deaths and conflicts are for real.

Bill Nighy is narrating this soap. Broadcast dates are unknown.

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Here’s Davy Jones

If you are curious to know how Bill Nighy will look like in the Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest, here you go (click on the picture for a larger version).

Well he definetely looks “groovy”.

Bill Nighy about his role in Pirates :

“I am a very, very, very, very bad man and I am there to make people suffer in all new ways, in ways that you won’t have seen before,” he smiled. And while he wouldn’t clarify in which horrendous ways Jones would wreak this vile havoc, for fear of alerting producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s crack spoiler-preventing SWAT team, he did admit that, “I have a boat and I have a crew, and they are really evil buggers.”

More interestingly, though, is Nighy’s revelation that although he’ll be playing the part of Jones with – presumably – his usual blend of suave insouciance and regal mystery, he’ll have a little help from his friends at ILM. “I’m so computer generated that you might have trouble spotting me. You’ll know it’s me, but you might have to check the credits afterwards,” he laughed. “But they’re cracking stories, they’re great stories. If you liked the first one, you’ll love this.”

Source : Canmag and Movieweb

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Kate Beckinsale on Underworld : Evolution

Bill Nighy as Victor in Underworld : Evolution

About Bill Nighy’s Role in “Underworld: Evolution:” “Sadly, he’s not in it as much as he was. We’d visit him a bit and that was very [nice]. …He’s just a kind of rock star god to us. We were sorry to see him go so quickly. We sliced his head in half last time. If we had only known he was going to be so cool we wouldn’t have done that.”

We’re sorry too !

Underworld Evolution IMDB
Underworld Evolution (official website)

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Bill is narrating a meercat soap

ALTHOUGH Bill Nighy is busy filming for the Pirates Of The Caribbean, he’s got time for an animal project.

Bill Nighy is going to narrate a new serie for the Discovery Channel, called Meercat Manor, it’s about a family of meercats.

He tells us: “They’re very charismatic animals and have all been given names. It’s a bit like a meercat soap – you have to tune in next week to find out who’s got pregnant etc. ”

“It’s been researched by Cambridge scientists and is rather good.”

(Source : The Mirror and thanks to Sara)

This can’t get anything else then hillariously funny …

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Bill Nighy in Pirates

A bit more information about Bill Nighys role as Davey Jones in Pirates of the Carribean. Seems like it’s going to be a computergenerated Davey Jones we are going to get, unfortunately …

“In a conversation with Orlando Bloom a while back, Bloom mentioned that they have created some characters that will out-due the skeletons from the original Pirates. Bill Nighy followed up this information by stating that his character Davey Jones will be a squid like person who is so computer generated that we won’t know that it is him under there until the credits. So what kind of character(s) should we be expecting here? Well, thanks to the teaser poster sent over below, we can now get an idea on the direction Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer are going. ”

Source : Canmag

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