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Christopher Eccleston on Drive with Raf Epstein
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Christopher Eccleston, star of HBO's The Leftovers, Doctor Who, and endless films, now leads a new BBC drama 'The A Word'. He joins Raf Epstein on 774 ABC Melbourne's Drive program.

'The A Word' screens on BBC First on Sunday evenings at 8.30pm. Learn more at:

This interview aired on 774 ABC Melbourne's Drive with Raf Epstein, broadcasting weekdays 3-6pm AEST.
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Christopher Eccleston and Aardman Animations team up to battle dementia
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Video on the above link.

The makers of Wallace and Gromit have produced a short film to address people's misconceptions about dementia.

The makers of Wallace and Gromit have produced a short film to address people's misconceptions about dementia.

The online video from Aardman Animations features former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston, whose father Ronnie died following a 14-year battle with the illness.

The 90-second film for Alzheimer's Research UK uses stop motion techniques to show an orange being stripped away to demonstrate how diseases that cause dementia physically attack the brain.

The brain of an Alzheimer's sufferer can weigh around 140 grams less than a healthy brain - about the weight of an orange.

Eccleston, 51, said he hoped the film would "fight the misunderstanding and fatalism that surrounds dementia in our society".

He said: "We have to think differently about dementia. We have to stop believing dementia is an inevitability - something that simply happens to us all as we grow older. If we don't, we're never going to truly fight it.

"Dementia is caused by diseases and diseases can be beaten. We've tamed diseases like cancer and heart disease and a diagnosis of either is no longer a certain death sentence.

"People with dementia deserve this same hope. This film aims to show that dementia is caused by physical processes that scientists can put a stop to."

Hilary Evans, chief executive of Alzheimer's Research UK, said: "Major breakthroughs have been made in the battle against Aids and cancer, and research will bring these same life-changing advancements in the field of dementia.

"To get there, we must stop fearing dementia as something that just happens as we age, and focus on fighting the diseases, most commonly Alzheimer's, that are the root cause of it.

"There are still no treatments that can slow or stop the disease processes in the brain, but with the support of a nation, Alzheimer's Research UK will win the fight against dementia."

Aardman, the Oscar-winning animation studio based in Bristol, developed the film with Alzheimer's Research UK and creative agency ais London.

Alzheimer's Research UK has asked people the share the video on social media by using the hashtag #sharetheorange.

Actor Christopher Eccleston granted quickie divorce
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Actor Christopher Eccleston granted quickie divorce -

Actor Christopher Eccleston has been granted a quickie divorce from his wife Mischka in a hearing that lasted just two minutes.

The former Doctor Who star was given a decree nisi on the grounds that the marriage had broken down due to her "unreasonable behaviour".

Neither the 51-year-old actor nor Mischka, 31, was present at the Central Family Court in London when District Judge Richard Robinson pronounced decrees for 21 couples. They were seventh on the list.

The couple, who lived in north London, were married in November 2011 and have two children, a son aged three and a two-year-old daughter.

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BBC drama The A Word starring Christopher Eccleston to tackle autism.
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Former Doctor Who star says he is ‘proud’ to star in the six-part series looking at a family struggling to cope when the youngest son is diagnosed with autism.

Former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston has said he is “proud” to star in The A Word, a new six-part BBC1 drama with autism at its heart.

Revolving around the Hughes family, The A Word depicts their struggle to come to terms with life when the youngest son is diagnosed with autism.

Described as “a funny and thought-provoking series about parenthood and childhood”, it will tell the story of how the Hugheses learn to communicate properly with each other in order to communicate with their autistic family member.

Talking about the project, Eccleston said: “I’m very proud to be reunited with writer Peter Bowker on The A Word. This is a special job for us all. We hope the audience take us to their hearts.”

Rounding out the cast of The A Word is Our Zoo’s Lee Ingleby, Grantchester’s Morven Christie and Fresh Meat’s Greg McHugh.

The original series, Pilpelim Tsehubim, was broadcast in Israel in 2010. It was written and created by Keren Margalit, who will be an executive producer on the UK version.

In addition to writing duties, Bafta winner Bowker, who won for BB2 drama Marvellous, will also executive produce.

Twice Academy award-nominated Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty, Rev) will direct.

Bowker said: “We have the opportunity here to make something funny, tough, realistic and inventive about contemporary family life and autism. In a society where imperfection increasingly comes with blame attached, it seems timely to look at how autism is regarded both within a family and the wider community - and to give some insight into how that experience might be for the child on the autism spectrum.”

He added: “It’s a drama full of ideas – about parenthood, about disability, about communication, about community – and will emphatically engage an audience whatever their experience of the subject.”

The A Word will be shot on location in The Lake District and also at Manchester’s Space Project.

Stage door shut to poor children, says Christopher Eccleston.
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Stage door shut to poor children, says Christopher Eccleston

Former Doctor Who actor slams ‘bland culture’ of white, middle-class males filling classical roles

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Acting was an escape for Christopher Eccleston, and he bemoans the lack of opportunities for working-class children. Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian

Actor Christopher Eccleston, known for his portrayal of Doctor Who, has criticised the lack of opportunities for working-class children trying to become actors.

“Acting was a huge escape for me,” he said in an interview with Reader’s Digest.

Eccleston, 51, was born into a working-class family in Salford, Lancashire and attended a local comprehensive school.

“Nowadays, if you’re from my background, the door is almost shut,” he said.

“All the classical roles in London’s West End go to white, middle-class males and we get a culture that is resultantly bland. To be honest, I find it very disturbing.”

He also spoke about Legend, the forthcoming biopic about 1960s gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray, starring Tom Hardy as both twins.

Eccleston plays DCI Leonard “Nipper” Read, the man who arrested the brothers. The actor criticised the past glamorisation of the Krays, calling them “vile criminals”.

Bad Wolf Chris fansite updated.
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Three interviews have been uploaded to my Chris related website, these are:

What turns me On - Christopher Eccleston.
Call of the Wild. - Interview for Safe House.
Interview for Thor: Dark World.

Christopher Eccleston: My family values
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Christopher Eccleston: ‘I’m a very hands-on dad. That’s where the love is – the nappies, the sleepless nights. The more you do, the closer you are to your children.’ Photograph: Gareth Iwan Jones

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Friday 17 April 2015 12.59 BST Last modified on Tuesday 21 April 2015 11.12 BST

Being from Salford is a big part of who I am and who my family are. Not Manchester, Salford – we’re a city in our own right. The values I live by come from that sense of identity. Hard work, honesty and loyalty were the three pillars. When I was seven months old, we moved to Little Hulton. But we never let go of Salford. I grew up with this sense that “we aren’t from here”. It made me feel like of a bit of an outsider.

There wasn’t always huge political debate in our house but there was a very strong sense that we were Labour. My dad said: “The Labour party is the party of the working man,” and that was that. The first time he turned up to my mum’s house he was wearing a suit with a red shirt and my grandma thought he was a communist. My dad’s family were Catholic. My mum was very Church of England – still is – but it doesn’t work for me.

I grew up thinking our family was a bit special because we had the twins, my brothers Keith and Alan. They’re identical but I’ve always been able to tell them apart. I worshipped them but because they’re eight years older than me, I was too young to tag on. I owe all my musical taste to them. They brought me Marvyn Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Al Greene, soul reggae.

My parents, Elsie and Ron, worked hard and met at work, in the Colgate-Palmolive factory. My mum had heard about my dad, and one day the lift opened and there he was. She looked at him and thought, “He’s all right, he looks a bit moody.” She said that as the gates closed he never took his eyes off her, he just kept looking and looking …

The way my parents were with us has had a massive effect on the way I am with my own children [Albert, three, and Esme, 19 months]. I had a great childhood – and it makes it easier for you to pass that happiness on to your own kids. As a boy, I was hugely loved and I knew it; it was always there, wrapped around everything we did.

My relationship with my dad was navigated through football. I knew I wasn’t as good as him (he’d been a great centre forward) but I tried hard and played – for Salford Boys – and he always supported me. I remember sitting at his feet, at my Nanna’s house in Blackpool when I was 14. She asked what I wanted to do when I grew up so I said, “play for [Man] United”. My dad looked at me and said, “Yeah but unless he gets a bit better we might have to think about something else.” It was said so caringly, it was a relief; he was letting me off the hook.

When I said I wanted to act, my parents backed me all the way. They bought me a Complete Works of Shakespeare. My dad told the woman on the till, “It’s for my lad, he’s an actor.” When I made Jude, they saw it at the pictures in Bolton. My dad told the other couple in there, “That’s my lad.” I don’t know if they believed him, but it was nice to know he was proud.

My mum is one of the most amazing people I know. For the last 14 years of his life my dad had dementia and she cared for him. Once he was diagnosed, we realised the dementia had been manifesting itself for two or three years. It wasn’t easy, but my mum kept him at home. She did that for all but the last year of his life.

I’m a very hands-on dad. That’s where the love is – the nappies, the sleepless nights. The more you do, the closer you are to your children and I’m enjoying every minute of it. I don’t know if I would have been ready in my 30s – I’m mellower and more patient than I was. There are only 19 months between Albert and Esme and my wife, Mischka, and I like that – we hope they’ll always have each other.

Christopher Eccleston stars in Safe House, a four-part drama on ITV1 from 20 April.

Unlocking Big Fish games.
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Do you have problem with unlocking Big Fish games on iPad/iPhone/iPod? If so then read on for a possible solution which worked for me.
Back story: I began having problems unlocking Big Fish games from the trial to full version with iOS 7 but it was only the odd game, come iOS 8 all BF games refused to unlock, money would be taken but unlock didn't complete. If I reset the device settings I could get my bought game but doing that every time was tedious so decided to try & discover which setting was the culprit. All setting were fine until I changed the time from 24 hour to 12 hour, then games stopped unlocking, changed setting back to 24 hour clock & everything was fine again.
Now I leave things on the 24 hour clock & have NO problems unlocking old or new games.

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Jeremy Paxman to lead jury in Trial of Macbeth with Christopher Eccleston.
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Jeremy Paxman is to trade broadcasting for acting in an upcoming London production.
The former Newsnight host will appear as the head juror in Trial of Macbeth, a one-off event from the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

Newsnight, Jeremy Paxman

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Jeremy Paxman

Christopher Eccleston at the World Premiere of Thor: Dark World, at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.

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Christopher Eccleston stars as Macbeth, while Haydn Gwynne will play Lady Macbeth.
The courtroom drama will focus on the case of whether Macbeth murdered King Duncan. Witness statements will be written by Jonathan Myerson.
SSF creative director Dominic Fitch said that the QCs "won't reveal their lines of questioning until the night - just like a real trial".


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