Maxine Peake supports the Big Ride for Palestine

Maxine supports the Big Ride for Palestine:

Maxine Peake

Is an English stage, film and television actress

I am supporting the Big Ride as it is essential to show the Palestinian people that we are appalled by the long and horrendous suffering they have endured at the hands of the Israeli government.

Hopefully this terrific event will go some way to forcing our government to wake up and take responsibility.

I wish all the participants a fun packed ride and may your bum be not so numb!

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Maxine Peake in upcoming BBC Shakespeare Festival in April

The event is part of the BBC Shakespeare Festival which will take place in April to mark 400 years since the writer’s death.

The live television event will be hosted by David Tennant and directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran, and will feature Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Joseph Fiennes, the English National Opera and more.

Also announced to perform as part of the event are Rufus Wainwright, Tim Minchin, Al Murray, Meera Syal, Alison Moyet, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Paapa Essiedu, Pippa Nixon, Alexandra Galbraith, Noma Dumezweni, The Royal Ballet and The Orchestra of the Swan.

The BBC Shakespeare Festival takes place throughout April 2016 across TV, radio, online and the world.

On BBC One, Russell T Davis is adapting on of Shakespeare’s best loved plays A Midsummer Night’s Dream which will star Maxine Peake as Titania, Matt Lucas as Bottom and John Hannah as Theseus. Elaine Paige, Javone Prince, Nonso Anozie, Hiran Abeysekera, Richard Wilson and Bernard Cribbins complete the cast.

The cream of UK talent, Hugh Bonneville, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench and Michael Gambon, will star in The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses on BBC Two, a series of three new Shakespeare adaptations, Henry VI (in two parts) and Richard III.

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Gallery Update: The Village 2×06 HD Screen Captures

I’ve added 335 HD captures from the sixth and last episode of The Village’s second series. Enjoy!

Lady Clem makes it clear that she will block any divorce as Martha moves back with her father, who is now living with Joy Dangerfield. Caro demands to see her son but the family informs her that he is dead and she attempts suicide. She is rescued by Bairstow who locates the child and brings him to Caro, who in turn takes him to see the Middletons, John making a full recovery, thanks to Phoebe’s speech therapy. Edmund attempts to sack Bairstow but is thwarted when the agent threatens to reveal his sexuality. Bill Gibby, whose party is out of power but is leader of the city council in Sheffield, returns. He is anxious to build a reservoir to bring clean water to Sheffield but it will involve flooding the village as Grace discovers, announcing the plan to the villagers, who give her whole-hearted support in opposing it. Sour Norma Hankin has cause to smile though on discovering that she is pregnant, Martha and Gerard flee the country to work in Africa and Bert proposes to Phoebe, who accepts.

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WIN A Pair Of Tickets To Manchester Film Festival’s Opening Gala Night

You could be turning up to the gala opening of Manchester Film Festival and walking down the red carpet at AMC Great Northern before enjoying a cocktail reception to celebrate the launch.

The screening will also include the shorts Strange Weather, starring Maxine Peake, I’m Sorry To Tell You, by Manchester-based actor and director, Ben Price and the world première of Break, starring Sir John Hurt.

Afterwards, enjoy exclusive access to meet the stars of the festival at the after-party which is held at the Hilton Hotel’s Cloud 23 bar. Enjoy a complimentary drink and take in the atmosphere of one of the city’s most important cultural events.

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Maxine Peake and Jeremy Irons urge Britain to ‘show the love’

A new short film aims to inspire us to protect the people, places and life we love from climate change for generations to come.

Actors Jeremy Irons and Maxine Peake have joined forces to help make a powerful video about climate change.

Former children’s Laureate and ‘War Horse’ author Michael Morpurgo, Oscar-winning composer Rachel Portman and director Stuart Rideout of film production company Ridley Scott Associates also helped create the powerful five-minute film – which aims to inspire us to protect the people, places and life we love from climate change for generations to come.

In ’I wish for You…’ a grandfather (Jeremy Irons) writes a poignant letter to his granddaughter, declaring his love for her and describing the world that he wishes her to grow up in – and that climate change threatens. In later life, the grandchild (Maxine Peake) rediscovers the letter and resolves to do all she can to fulfil her grandfather’s wishes for the world.

The film is part of a BT-supported campaign from The Climate Coalition – which includes WWF, ActionAid, RSPB, Oxfam, the National Trust, The WI and Christian Aid – which will turn hearts green this February, inspiring the British public to ‘show the love’ for all they hold dear but could lose to climate change. The campaign is calling for 100% clean energy within a generation.

In the run-up to Valentine’s Day, designers from Wayne Hemmingway to Celia Birtwell, school children, artists, Premier League football clubs, churches, arts institutions and businesses will make, wear or share green hearts to kick start conversations about the things they love and want to protect. Green hearts will also appear in unexpected locations – from playgrounds to mountainsides, football pitches to beaches.

Jeremy said: “So much we love is still under threat from climate change. December’s historic agreement in Paris might lead some people to believe that the job is done – but Paris simply set the direction of a journey we must now all take together.

“I took part in this film to show my love for the world that climate change threatens. My grandchildren won’t be safe and secure unless we take proper care of our one and only planet.”

Maxine added: “This film is a celebration of the bonds between us and the world that sustains us. Climate change is hitting the world’s poorest people first and worst – so we owe it not just to our own families, but to families everywhere, to act fast to protect them.

“75% of people in the UK support renewable energy – but only 9% think there is that much backing for change. By watching and sharing this film, we can spread the message that if we act together, it’s not too late to build a cleaner, fairer future.”

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Bolton actress Maxine Peake swaps the theatre for the streets to sell Big Issue

SHE calls the Royal Exchange Theatre her second home, but Bolton actress Maxine Peake is usually treading the boards there, not selling the Big Issue outside it.

Maxine was selling the magazine as part of a campaign to support its sellers who are homeless.

The star, who won rave reviews for her performances in Hamlet and The Skriker at the theatre in Manchester was one of a number of celebrities to take part in the magazine’s Vendor Week campaign.

It also featured poet Lemm Sissay, who crew up in care in Leigh and Atherton and is now the chancellor of the University of Manchester, radio DJ and Inspiral Carpets keyboardist Clint Boon and Tony Lloyd, the interim Greater Manchester Mayor.

They all spent an hour selling the Big Issue in Manchester city centre to find out what it is like for the magazine’s regular sellers.

Maxine said it was “really hard” but an enjoyable experience to spend time with seller Monica, who she has met before while performing at the theatre.

She said: “It was fun, it was great to spend time with Monica, who is a Big Issue seller outside the stage door at the Royal Exchange, who I’ve known for a few years.

“People ignoring you and blanking you or looking at you quite disgruntled is quite a difficult thing. I did it for about an hour and I know Monica does four or five hour shifts. It’s destroying in some ways.

“People were lovely as well, so you’ve got that mix, somebody being a bit grumpy and then somebody being absolutely, so its quite difficult.”

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