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Do you think it’s a bit of a “Smash” overkill lately? Yeah, we can see how you’d feel that way. Here, have a baby otter.

Better? Good, then you’ll certainly appreciate the fact that Jack Davenport has made it on the cover of TV Guide Magazine!

But wait, there’s more – the cover comes with a brand new “Behind the Scenes” video and lots of Jack Davenport!

Have fun!

Once again, very special thanks to LulubellNYC and all the other gentle souls who keep us updated.

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JACK DAVENPORT ON FLASH FORWARD

“If I tell you anything small Disney ninja assassins may abseil into the building and kill us,” says Davenport, as he orders coffee in his new home town of Venice, California.

Is he happy with the new fame?

Davenport says he shies away from amplifying his public profile. “You need people to forget about you. Being a good actor is partly about doing a disappearing act.”

Playing a leading part in this season’s most-hyped new show on US television = disappearing act? Hm. Well, maybe we can help him out there:

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Groucho Davenport as Lloyd Marx in "Flash Forward at the Opera".

Jack Davenport also talks about the lack of creative ambition in British TV drama:

“We really are at the sharp end of multiculturalism: it’s a tiny country and people from all over the world now live in the UK. From a dramatist’s point of view, what a brilliant stew of stuff to explore,” he says. “And yet, you know, it’s all about The X Factor. We can mine Charles Dickens’s back catalogue for a little while longer, but there’s a reluctance to commission things that hold a mirror up to nature. I think we’re missing a trick.”

So, in conclusion:

Given the state of British television, though, it is equally unlikely that he’ll be rushing back to London soon.

*sigh*

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“With a scandalous uncle, a bohemian childhood on Ibiza and marriage to a comedy star, Jack Davenport has plenty to draw on when acting the part of duplicitous bounder, stuffed shirt or buffoon. Marianne Macdonald meets an old-fashioned player…”

Bookmark the following link for your lunch break! Long article, interesting interview and, you’ll be pleased to hear that, three new pictures.

JUST JACK

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I’m beginning to fear that I’m the only person on this planet who absolutely hates sushi….

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News can be found in the most obscure sources – for example in the “Car Clinic” column over at The Sunday Times.

“(…) I bought it over the phone from a film director in Ealing who had used it as a prop in a film starring Dexter Fletcher, David Soul and Jack Davenport. I drove it for a few months, couldn’t afford its thirst and sold it for 300% profit.

Until this letter I hadn’t given it or the film a second thought. I’ve discovered it was called Three Men in a Restaurant and was about three no-hopers trying to make a film. It has since had its name changed to That Deadwood Feeling and is due to hit cinemas next year, complete with Cadillac. (…)”

Don’t ask me about cars, I don’t even own a driving license. And if I had one, I’d drive a 1948s Citroën deux-chevaux (commonly known as “The Duck”) – a green one, of course – or a VW Beetle. Anyway, of course this made me scratch my head for various reasons:

Looks like a canard, doesn’t it? But wait…

Amazon UK takes preorders for the “That Deadwood Feeling” DVD, to be released on 16 March, 2009!

Houston, we’re having a “quoi?!” moment.

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What’s the secret behind “Deadwood”?
Did the Cadillac audition for the job?
And if “Deadwood” should really hit the cinemas – would the cinemas hit back?

So many questions, so little time…

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36 screencaps of Jack Davenport as Harry Fairfield in the BBC production of Sheridan LeFanu’s “Wyvern Mystery”. The mystery-factor is low and the story so far-fetched that the import taxes were probably higher than the production costs, but the costumes are nice to look at. As is Jack Davenport.

Click the pic below to get to the “Wyvern Mystery” gallery – and please no hotlinking.

“STELLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!”

In addition to the gallery, we’ve unearthed an interview with Jack Davenport in the “Independent”, where he talks about “The Wyvern Mystery”, “This Life”, a brand-new sitcom called “Coupling” and pigs. Furthermore, it delights me to no end that Jack also likes Curly Wurlys. I feel less geeky now.

JACK BE NIMBLE, JACK BE SLICK

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SWINGTOWN / MARIE CLAIRE MAGAZINE

If you don’t know what to read when next visiting your hairdresser, the September-issue of “Marie Claire” would be a good choice (if you’re living in the USA, that is). Why? Because the “Swingtown”-cast parades fashion. See Jack Davenport wearing a $ 475 shirt and looking like either a funeral director or a math teacher. Considering that he’d look five times better in a t-shirt, he will hopefully only pose for Marie Claire, not follow their fashion tips. The ladies look fantastic, though. And we learn that Grant Show’s moustache has been baptised “Sebastian”. Knowledge we couldn’t have lived without.

Click the small pic to get the big one.

SWINGTOWN DVD. SWINGTOWN DVD?

“Swingtown – The First Season” is now up for pre-order on Amazon US, with a scheduled release date of 16 December. Price is USD 22.89, format Region 1 (Curse! Darn! Drat! Damnation!)

That’s great news for the fans of the show, but please keep in mind that “The First Season” doesn’t necessarily mean there will be a second (though we all hope it, of course, maybe with exception of the Concerned Citizens for Crispy Clean TV). I have so far not found an official source confirming the release, but it looks good. Keep your fingers crossed! Hat-tip to Dnique for finding this tidbit.

THE BOAT THAT ROCKS

Guess who’s a Twatt… click the pic and surf over to actor William Ilkley’s website to find out.

Ken mailed us. He came across Jack Davenport in his hometown during the filming of “The Boat that Rocked” and wants the world to know that Jack’s a great guy, even on a bad day and in lousy weather. Jack’s welcome to return anytime. Cheers!

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In connection with the recent “Home Time – Photography Finding A Home” exhibition at the Getty Images Gallery in London, “Marie Claire” runs an article in its June issue about both the exhibition and “Barnardo’s”, the charity promoting adoption in the UK.

It kind of baffles me that one even has to promote adoption. If you needn’t to be married for five years, “unwillingly childless” and have the income of a bank director where I live, I’d done it long ago. Anyway, initiator of this event was/is photographer Cambridge Jones, and many celebrities participated in this exhibition, among them Jack Davenport and Andrew Lincoln.

If you’re interested in adoption, please check out Barnardo’s. It’s a good thing, folks.

“(…) It’s vital that people are reminded about adoption – there are so many children in the UK in need of a loving family. It can change lives in the profoundest way imaginable. – Jack Davenport (…)”


Jack Davenport with Aaron, ten, and Sasha, four


Andrew Lincoln with Janet, five


Rageh Omaar with Adrian, seven, Hassan, two, and Rita, five

If you want to learn more about the background of the exhibition and the “Heart Gallery” project, please surf over to have a look at Cambridge Jones’ portfolio.

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