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Fisherman’s Friends are first British band since The Beatles to inspire two films

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ACornish sea-shanty group have become the first British band to inspire two films since The Beatles. Fisherman’s Friends were the inspiration for the 2019 film, starring Daniel Mays, James Purefoy and David Hayman.

© Fisherman’s FriendsPort Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends looking suitably nautical in one of their first publicity photos for Island Records in 2010, shot taken by the Platt around the corner from the Golden Lion pub

The group began performing in their hometown of Port Isaac in 1995, before securing a record deal with Universal Music’s Island Records in 2010. Made up of brothers John and Jeremy Brown, John Lethbridge, Jason Nicholas, Toby Lobb, John McDonnell, Jon Cleave and Pete Hicks, they have previously played at The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and Glastonbury.

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The film saw cynical London music executive Danny, played by Mays, 44, discover a singing group of 10 Cornish fisherman while on a stag weekend and followed his attempt to have them believe they can achieve a to-10 hit. The film’s sequel, Fisherman’s Friends: One And All, is set for release on August 19 and will see Purefoy, 58, reprise the role of Jim, alongside other returning cast members including Maggie Steed, Dave Johns, Sam Swainsbury, Jade Anouka and Hayman, 74.

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The second film, which finds the group struggling with their second album after the high of performing on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, will also feature a number of new cast members including Richard Harrington as the new band member Morgan as well as Ramon Tikaram, Joshua McGuire and Irish singer-songwriter Imelda May, in her debut acting role. May, 48, also joins Fisherman’s Friends for three songs on the film’s accompanying soundtrack album – and the band’s 10th – which will be released alongside the film.

Bernard Cribbins could take one more trip in the time machine in Doctor Who

Craig Simpson – Yesterday 19:28

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© Adrian Rogers Photography UK MobBernard Cribbins stars in Doctor Who, The End of Time, in 2009 – Adrian Rogers Photography UK Mob

Bernard Cribbins is expected to make a posthumous appearance in a Doctor Who special after dying at the age of 93.

The death of The Wombles and The Railway Children star was announced by his agent on Thursday, promoting an outpouring of tributes to the veteran of British television, who has been described as a “legend”.

Cribbins may yet star on-screen in the final role of his seven-decade acting career, it is understood, with a posthumous appearance on Doctor Who.

A recurring cast member on the BBC’s science fiction series, the actor was spotted filming a Doctor Who 60th anniversary special just months before his death, and it is thought fans may be able to see this final footage when the programme airs next year.

It would be the last in a line of performances stretching back to his first forays into acting at the repertory theatre in his hometown of Oldham – having left school at 13 – in a career that has included appearances on Worzel Gummidge and Fawlty Towers.

© Provided by The TelegraphA recurring cast-member on the BBC’s science fiction series, the actor was spotted filming a Dr Who 60th anniversary special just months before his death – Can Nguyen/Capital Pictures

The BBC’s Doctor Who team stated that the actor left behind a “long legacy”, and the programme’s showrunner Russell T Davies paid tribute to Cribbins’s lengthy career on Thursday, remarking that “a legend has left the world”.

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Mark Gatiss, who wrote episodes of Doctor Who in which Cribbins starred as Wilfred Mott, said that “there was no one quite like Cribbins”, and described him as a “gifted comic actor with an incredible seam of pathos and real heart”.

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