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I’m having way too much fun with this. Unfortunately, there’s still neither news nor information regarding Jack Davenport’s character in “The Boat That Rocked”, but considering that said character is called “Twatt”, it’s very likely he’s working for the government… 60ies Norrington, hunting down radio pirates – one of them being Davy Jones…

Anyway, the posters – neat stuff! Ian Macmillan had ten minutes to take the legendary picture of The Beatles gracing the cover of “Abbey Road”; I suppose Rankin was allowed a little more time for this great hommage to the Fab Four. Rankin the photographer – not the cricket player. (Now there’s a fun idea…)

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There are also some fantastic individual shots (see below). My favourite is the one of Rhys Ifans – FTW, mate!

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Pictures used with permission.

In 1966, arguably British pop music’s finest era, the BBC played only two hours of rock and roll every week. But pirate radio blasted rock and pop from the high seas 24 hours a day. And 25 million people, more than half the population of Britain, listened to these pirates every single day.

The Boat That Rocked is an ensemble comedy in which the romance takes place between the young people of the ’60s and pop music. It’s about a band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that, incomprehensibly, preferred jazz.

Richard Curtis directs and all star cast including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Kenneth Branagh and Nick Frost. The film also stars Tom Sturridge, Jack Davenport, Ralph Brown, Chris O’Dowd and January Jones.

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THE BARRISTERS
14th November, 9pm, BBC2

“The Bar is one of the most powerful professions in the country, producing prime ministers, millionaires, campaigners and the judges who shape our law. It is a glamorous world which attracts thousands of would-be barristers every year, but just one in five students will ever get to present a case in court; only the brightest and the very best survive.”

Jack Davenport is the narrator (so you’ll probably hear but not see him) – especially fans of “This Life” will be delighted. Why, hello thar, Miles!

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Good news – you can listen to the play even if you’re not in the UK. Just click the link below, lean back and enjoy.

PARLEZ-VOUS BRITISH?
Read by Jack Davenport

Catch it now as it’s online, BBC is a fickle provider and might take it down after a couple of days.

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