ERC ft Maxine Peake launch 100 years electronic music celebrations – 17th May 2013

Noise of Art’s 100 years of an Art of Noises Launch Party with:

Eccentronic Research Council ft Maxine Peake – LIVE
Fil OK (Nag Nag Nag)
Deadstock 33s (Justin Robertson)
Jim Stanton (The Cock)
Scottee (Anti Social)
Severino (Italia/ Horse Meat Disco)
Ben Osborne (Noise of Art)
Your Mum
Mark Scott Wood
and more to be announced

8.30pm – 4am Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3PQ
Get Tickets will be on sale HERE soon and are available HERE now…

Noise of Art starts its celebration of 100 years of electronic music with a rare as hens teeth chance to see the Eccentronic Research Council, featuring Maxine Peake, live
Marking a century since Luigi Russolo, the Italian futurist, published his ‘Manifesto for An Art of Noises’ (1913) and designed what many hold to be the first synthesiser, the celebrations will see a series of music and cross platform art events taking place over the next year. The Launch party references the role Sheffield played in electronic music and the era defining music that came out of London’s clubs at the turn of the 21st Century.
Headlining the show is the Eccentronic Research Council, featuring film, stage and TV star Maxine Peak on vocals. Amongst her many roles, Peake has starred in Shameless, Dinner Ladies, Clubbed and Silk, and is about to headline the 2013 Manchester International Festival.
This is the first time Eccentronic Research Council has played in London (having turned down every previous offer) and will be the only chance to see the cross-platform band perform their acclaimed ‘1612 Underture’ in the Capital. If you miss this you have really missed out.
Aside from being a Quietus LP of the year, front cover of the Guardian Guide and being the subject of a feature on the BBCs Culture Show, Eccentronic Research Council have produced a seminal electronic concept album and show based on the Pendle Witches, which has garnered praise from every quarter.
The core of Eccentronic Research Council, apart from Maxine, are Dean Hohner and Adrian Flanagan, two vintage synth enthusiasts who are themselves part of Sheffield’s electronic and leftfield heritage, having been members of band’s such as I Monster, Kings Have long Arms, The Chanteuse & The Crippled Claw and All Seeing Eye. They count Sheffield legends such as DJ Parrot, Jarvis Cocker and Phil Oakey in their circle.
Keeping kids partying all night long, will be a core collection of London DJs from the most legendary London nightclubs at the start of the 21st Century.
Pioneering what was at times called electroclash, electro house, indie dance, new rave, disco punk, the Hoxton sound, Berlin sound and, simply, electro (but all the while trying to wriggle out of having a name at all), the clubs rebelled against the over-produced dance music of the late Nineties and looked back to early synthesiser music for inspiration; something they have in common with ECR’s love of vintage analogue sounds – plenty of which will be on hand tonight.
The clubs, such as Nag Nag Nag , The Cock, Trash and Anti Social, all returned to electronic music’s dirtier sounding roots, but came back with different takes.
Representing these clubs tonight will be Fil Ok, resident DJ and founder of the legendary Nag Nag Nag. Jim Stanton, DJ and creator of The Cock, one of the clubs, alongside Trash, responsible for the sound in London, and Scottee, the DJ and performance artist who, along with Buster, was behind Anti Social, the maddest and baddest new rave club of them all.
Justin Robertson, legendary DJ, Bugged Out resident and original Hacienda Acid houser, will be wearing his Deadstock 33’s hat, a new nom de plume that sees him delve back to the heyday of New York anti-disco in a way that only he could. Check out his sublime new LP on Munk’s seminal imprint, Gomma, to see what we mean.
Meanwhile the DJ’s DJ, Italian stallion Severino, who alongside Jim Stanton was a founder member of Horse Meat Disco (the night that brought disco back), will be flying the flag for his synthesiser inventing and electronic music fathering compatriot, Luigi Russolo.
DJ and Noise of Art founder Ben Osborne will be intervening at various points, incorporating some of the electronic sounds created by Luigi Russolo into his contemporary dancefloor set. And there’s more to be announced…
Details of the next event to be announced shortly.


New article, ‘The Village’ begins on Easter Sunday on BBC1

A very British Heimat: Will BBC drama The Village be as epic as the German saga?

Heimat followed a single family over the 20th century. Peter Moffat hopes that his new First World War drama for BBC1 will be just as epic

We may like to think of long-form television drama as a 21st- century innovation, that it was born at HBO with The Wire and The Sopranos, and that subtitled drama on British television only began with Spiral or The Killing. But back in the mid-1980s, German director Edgar Reitz’s epic saga Heimat, having been exhibited as a 16-hour marathon in a London cinema, was shown in its entirety over 11 consecutive nights on BBC2. It made better serial television than cinema, and even at a time when Dennis Potter was busy doing dazzling things to the medium, Heimat was life-enhancing in its originality and artistic vision.

Subsuming the entire mid-20th-century German Götterdämmerung, but set entirely in one village in a remote region of Rhineland, Reitz’s saga followed one extended family – rural people leading ordinary lives – from 1919 to 1982, from the Weimar Republic to the Federal Republic.

It seemed as slow as time itself, and capriciously stylish at times – switching, seemingly at random, between colour and black and white.

And when five years ago the barrister-turned-writer Peter Moffat, the Bafta-winning creator legal dramas Criminal Justice and Silk, told me that was talking to BBC1 to create a “British Heimat”, set in one Derbyshire village, I was both excited and doubtful. A British Heimat? On BBC1?

“We can’t make 13-episode seasons (as in America), but you can make six and then another six, if you’re lucky, and then another six – hopefully eventually we will have 42 hours of television drama,” says Moffat when we meet again to discuss how, like Reitz, he is also attempting to follow just one village through the tumult of the 20th-century. Unlike Heimat, however, there won’t be any black and white interludes in The Village(“That was soon dismissed,” says Moffat. “The BBC said ‘you can go slowly but no black and white’, “), while Moffat’s series won’t be shown over consecutive nights, but over six weeks.

Extending from 1912 to 1916 (with a final episode set in 1920), the first series of The Village stars John Simm and Maxine Peake as impoverished, alcoholic Peak District farmer John Middleton and his wife, Grace, and Juliet Stevenson as the lady of the local manor.

These names apart, the cast is largely unfamiliar, including two standout newcomers – 13-year-old Bill Jones as young Bert Middleton (whose long life will be central to Moffat’s project) and Irish actor Charlie Murphy as headstrong suffragette Martha – as well as dramatist Jim Cartwright (The Road) as the local publican. “I was very keen to have lots of faces we don’t know because you’re arguing ‘here is a slice of real life’, ” says Moffat.

This first – it is hoped – of many series covers roughly the same timespan as the opening series of Downton Abbey, but there the similarities end. This is working-class history, although aristocrats are necessarily involved (John’s oldest son works in the local big house), but without the anachronistic Downton-style fraternisation with the servants. Instead, these domestics are expected to face the walls when the master of the house passes by.

“I think we need to re-calibrate the way we look at history… particularly this period,” says Moffat. “It’s seen now as officer-class history. I don’t think there are enough of John Simm-type characters who, after all, make up most of the population. We’ve got lots of lovely Upstairs Downstairs stuff, so let’s have ‘how is it for a farm labourer?’.”

“I believe that you need to be away from the centre in order to look at people’s histories,” Edgar Reitz told me in a 2005 interview about Heimat. This, Moffat understands, especially when it comes to the unimaginable suffering of the First World War. “I don’t think you can do that war on screen,” he says. “I don’t think you can show us, without embarrassment, the Western Front. But you can do it by not being there… people who come back from it and have relationships with people who didn’t go. I really wanted to write about the First War and I knew I couldn’t it by having men in trenches and pretend mud.”

The mud was only too real in the waterlogged late autumn in the Peak District settlements of Glossop and Hayfield. But why choose Derbyshire? “Well, it’s incredibly beautiful,” says Moffat. “But also I didn’t want a place that was too overly described by any one thing – so I didn’t want a fishing village or a coal-mining village. And there’s the proximity of urban life… you can walk in the Peak District and come over a hill and there is Sheffield.”

Moffat researched locally and at the Imperial War Museum, and within his own family (his mother provided the detail of left-handed schoolchildren having their knuckles rapped until they became ambidextrous), while John Simm delved into a book by local historian Margaret Wombwell, Milk, Muck and Memories. “That was invaluable because they were first-hand accounts of working farmers from the period,” says Simm, who also learned how to scythe corn.

“Back-breaking work,” he says. “But quite satisfying… you’ve been working the soil. John Middleton talks about it a lot – the earth and the land.”

The hard-drinking Middleton is violent towards his wife, Grace, a storyline that worried Maxine Peake. “I have a difficulty with those roles… I’ve played a few now. But I was promised that she would blossom politically as the series went on… find her voice.”

This is the third time – after Silk and Criminal Justice – that Peake has led a drama series by Peter Moffat, who describes her as “simply the best actress of her generation”. Peake returns the compliment: “His characters are so unusual,” she says, “and you don’t really know where his script is going.” But has Moffat written a British Heimat? It’s a tall order but the first two episodes suggest that he is skilful and intelligent enough a writer to pull this one off.

Future series would be set in the 1920s, the 1930s, the Second World War, post-war Austerity Britain and beyond. The hope is that enough people watch this opening six episodes to give BBC1 drama bosses the confidence to allow him to fulfil this epic ambition.

‘The Village’ begins on Easter Sunday on BBC1


Maxine Peake to star in ‘Keeping Rosy’

Maxine Peake is to star in psychological thriller Keeping Rosy with Inbetweeners actor Blake Harrison.

Peake, best known for her roles in BBC dramas Silk, The Hollow Crown and Little Dorrit, will play ambitious advertising executive Charlotte, whose life disintegrates after a series of unfortunate events.

Credit: Sebastian Solberg

Principal photography commenced today in London and will continue throughout March and April.

It marks the directorial feature debut of Steve Reeves, who has directed more than 400 commercials including an ad for Agent Provocateur starring Kylie Minogue that received more than 360 million hits online.

Keeping Rosy is the third collaboration from producers Richard Holmes and Isabelle Georgeaux following culinary comedy Jadoo, which made the official selection at this year’s Berlin Film Festival; and Wales-set Resistance.

The script is penned by commercials copywriter Mike Oughton who is also making his feature film debut.

Joining the crew are Academy Award nominated DoP Roger Pratt (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The End of the Affair) and editor Paul Watts (Under the Skin).


Manchester International Festival: Maxine Peake, Adam Curtis and Inne Goris speak at launch – video

Actor Maxine Peake – star of star of Silk, and Shameless – documentary-maker Adam Curtis and artist Inne Goris speak about their roles at Manchester International Festival 2013, a biennial festival which takes place from 4 to 21 July. Peake will recite Shelley’s political poem The Masque of Anarchy near the site of the Peterloo massacre that inspired it.



IBMT to release a new CD featuring Maxine Peake

Thanks Sylvia for the heads-up!

The International Brigades Memorial Trust is holding a special event to mark the 75th anniversary of George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia.

The Len Crome Memorial Lecture, ‘George Orwell: Homage to Catalonia 75 Years On’, will be held on Saturday 2 March 2013 at the Manchester Conference Centre.

The day will include discussions on May Day and the British battalion, the reception and impact of Homage to Catalonia, and the other ILP volunteers. Speakers include Dr Richard Baxell, Professor Paul Preston, Dr Tom Buchanan and Chris Hall while Professor Mary Vincent will chair the event.

The conference costs £10, or £25 with refreshments and lunch (concessions available). The deadline for booking is 31 January 2013.

Further information and booking forms from:

Hilary Jones:; 0161 224 1747

Dolores Long:; 0161 226 2013

The IBMT are also releasing a new CD featuring singer Billy Bragg and actor Maxine Peake to salute the anti-fascist volunteers of the Spanish Civil War.

IBMT CDBragg performs ‘Jarama Valley’, the famous song of the British battalion, and on ‘Brigadista Reprise’ Peake delivers La Pasionaria’s emotional farewell speech to the International Brigades over a dub backing track by The Urban Roots.

The CD is available exclusively from the IBMT and can be ordered for £5 plus £1.99 p&p. Go to the IBMT merchandise page to order.

The International Brigade Memorial Trust was formed in 2002 from the veterans of the International Brigade Association, the Friends of the International Brigades Association, representatives of the Marx Memorial Library, and historians specialising in the Spanish Civil War.

For more information go to:

Information on the CD:

Jarama Valley/ Brigadista Reprise CD Single
Billy Bragg performs the famous song of the British Battalion, plus Maxine Peake delivers La Pasionaria’s emotional farewell speech to the International Brigades with a dub backing from The Urban Roots.


Maxine Peake nominated as Best Actress for BPG Award

Great news everyone, Maxine has been nominated as best actress for a BPG Award! 🙂 Below you can find the press release and the list of all nominees.

The Broadcasting Press Guild is Britain’s professional association of journalists who write about TV and radio, and our awards are the biggest event in our annual calendar. The awards present a rare opportunity to the hacks who vote in them: the chance to be unstintingly nice about the programmes that we select.

I chair the Nominations Committee which, by comparison to the judging processes for other TV awards, has an odd role to play. It neither creates the shortlists, which are published today, nor picks the winners. Both of those things – again, I believe, uniquely to the BPG – are done by democratic votes of all our members. What the Nominations Committee does is to whittle down the entirety of a year of British television, to longlists of 15 to 20 programmes. We invite broadcasters’ nominations of their finest work, but we also add suggestions from our broader membership – and from the nominations committee members themselves.

It was a cold January night when we gathered in Soho for this year’s meeting. But things soon warmed up, with – how shall I put this delicately – divergent views expressed passionately around the table. Our Nominations Committee members have very different tastes – and thank goodness for that – but what they all have in common is a deep and broad expertise in evaluating TV programmes. This year I was joined by Vicky Frost from The Guardian, Steve Clarke from Variety, Alison Graham from Radio Times, Robin Parker from Broadcast, The Guardian’s John Plunkett and Simon Horsford from The Daily Telegraph.

What I realised was that 2012 had been a vintage year for British TV. The biggest scoop of the year – about Jimmy Savile’s unsavoury activities – came from an ITV documentary. Contemporary events had also been parodied with biting skill, in BBC Two’s The Thick of It and Twenty Twelve. And then, of course, there were the Games themselves, from the first strains of Jerusalem in Danny Boyle’s Olympic opening ceremony to the last song by Coldplay as the Paralympics closed. Surely only in Britain do we have not one but two public service broadcasters, of the calibre of the BBC and Channel 4, to put on such a magnificent show. Last year also reaffirmed the scale and quality of the output from Britain’s pay-TV broadcasters such as Discovery Channel, who are supporting the BPG awards.

The BGP Shortlist 2013 – who gets your vote?

Best Single Drama
Best Possible Taste: the Kenny Everett Story (BBC Four)
The Hollow Crown: Richard II (BBC Two)
Loving Miss Hatto (BBC One)
Murder (BBC Two)

Best Drama Series
Last Tango in Halifax (BBC One)
Line of Duty (BBC Two)
Parade’s End (BBC Two)
Sherlock (BBC One)

Best Single Documentary
Arena: Jonathan Miller (BBC Four)
Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile (ITV1)
London: The Modern Babylon (BBC Two)
Storyville: Fire in Babylon (BBC Four)

Best Documentary Series
Grayson Perry: All in the Best Possible Taste (Channel 4)
Inside Claridge’s (BBC Two)
Meet the Romans with Mary Beard (BBC Two)
Putin, Russia and The West (BBC Two)
Secret History of Our Streets (BBC Two)

Best Entertainment/Comedy
Fresh Meat (Channel 4)
Twenty Twelve (BBC Two)
The Thick of It (BBC Two)

Best Multichannel
Dynamo: Magician Impossible (UKTV/Watch)
Hunderby (Sky Atlantic)
Moone Boy (Sky1)
Stella (Sky1)

Best Factual Entertainment
Great British Bake Off (BBC Two)
MasterChef: The Professionals (BBC Two)
Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC One)
Paul O’Grady: for the Love of Dogs (ITV1)

Best Actor
Roger Allam (Parade’s End, The Thick of It)
Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It, The Hour)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Parade’s End)
Ben Whishaw (The Hollow Crown: Richard II, The Hour)

Best Actress
Anna Chancellor (Pramface, The Hour)
Olivia Colman (Accused, Twenty Twelve)
Rebecca Hall (Parade’s End)
Sienna Miller (The Girl)
Maxine Peake (Silk, Room at the Top)

BPG Writer’s Award
John Morton (Twenty Twelve)
Sir Tom Stoppard (Parade’s End)
Sally Wainwright (Last Tango; Scott & Bailey)
Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Sherlock)

BPG Breakthrough Award
Clare Balding, Olympics & Paralympics presenting
Adam Hills, The Last Leg (Paralympics)
Jack Whitehall, Fresh Meat & Bad Education

Once our Nominations Committee had created the longlists, they went to the membership for a first-round vote, which results in the shortlists you see today. There’s then a second-round vote to pick the ultimate winners, which will be announced on March 14 at a glamorous winners’ lunch in central London.

The great virtue of democracy, of course, is that each individual member hopes to see some choices on the final shortlists that they have been cheering all along: I’m delighted to see Sally Wainwright nominated in the writers’ category – and her pitch-perfect drama series about septuagenarian love in my native Yorkshire, Last Tango in Halifax, up for best Drama Series. And the remarkable access of Inside Claridge’s is a worthy nod in the Best Documentary Series category.

Of course, only my fellow members can decide whether they agree and we’ll be all be tweeting on the day, with tweets gathered on the BPG website. So for now, it’s time for me to hang up my chairman’s robes – and wait to find out who, in 2013, will be the worthy Broadcasting Press Guild Award winners.

The BPG awards take place on Thursday 14th March 2013 and are sponsored by Discovery Channel which champions intelligent entertainment. Discovery Networks UK has 12 channel brands in the UK covering factual, lifestyle and entertainment programming.


New article, Maxine Peake drumming for new role

Maxine Peake has apparently been learning the drums with former The Smiths star Mike Joyce for a new acting role.

Mike revealed to The Sun that he has been teaching the Silk actress how to beat the perfect rhythm.

He said “She was looking to go for a part as a drummer and I gave her some tuition.

“I think Meg White [Jack White’s partner in The White Stripes] got the part – but that’s pretty good if you’re being pipped to a role by Meg White. I think another six months’ lessons and Maxine could have got it.”

Maxine is due to return as feisty barrister Martha Costello in BBC drama Silk later this year.


Maxine Peake among nominees for Manchester Theatre Awards

Congrats to Maxine who is nominated as Best Actress for a Manchester Theatre Award!

Maxine Peake, Imogen Stubbs and Lysette Anthony will battle it out for the title of best actress at the 2012 Manchester Theatre Awards.

Peake has been nominated for her performance in Miss Julie, Stubbs for hers in Orpheus Descending and Anthony for her role in Lady Windermere’s Fan, which all ran at the city’s Royal Exchange Theatre.

Also nominated in the best actress group is Victoria Elliott for her performance in Two – again at the Royal Exchange – and Lucy van Gasse for her part in Wonderful Town at the Lowry.

Meanwhile, in the category for best actor in a visiting production, John Owen-Jones and Robert Bathurst will compete for their performances in The Phantom of the Opera and Blue/Orange respectively. They are up against Ray Fearon for his role as Mark Antony in Julius Caesar and Karl Davies for his performances in Henry V and The Winter’s Tale.

The Royal Exchange Theatre and the Lowry have received the most nominations across all of the 19 award categories, which include best musical, best studio production, best ensemble and groups for dance and opera too.

The Manchester Theatre Awards are chosen by a panel of nine independent regional theatre critics.

Winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony at Manchester Opera House on March 26.

To see the shortlisted nominations in full go to

Source: the

TV preview: what to expect in 2013 – ‘The Village’

Period drama will get grittier

Forget your dainty Downtons; next year, costume drama gets its hands grubby. Writer Peter Moffat’s new project for BBC1, The Village, stars John Simm and Maxine Peake as an impoverished couple in rural 1920s Derbyshire.


DOWNLOAD: Eccentronic Research Council & Maxine Peake – Black ChristMass

Sheffield’s Eccentronic Research Council, along with actress Maxine Peake, released one of our top albums this year, with the 1612 Underture’s musical inquiry into the story of the Pendle Witch Trials.

As tQ ed John D says, the ERC’s Adrian Flanagan and Dean Honer “conjured up a beguiling brew of elektronische, keyboard led psych, synth pop and analogue ambient to act as the musical accompaniment to a prose poem… a genuinely unhinged, unique and deliciously weird pop album.”

To cap of the year, they’ve delivered us and all you readers an early Christmas present in the shape of ‘Black ChristMass’ (artwork above), which essentially takes the phrase “Merry Christmas” and shoves it where the sun don’t shine. It’s a driving synth pop call to arms to get unfestive, where shakin’ sleigh bells get taken out in the first four seconds and Peake intones “no to the TV ads’ sincere banjo desecrations of alternative hits of the 80s, for the demographic of spoiled, fur-wearing plebeians crying wanking into their mulled wine” over sneering organ and dentist’s drill synth waves, all hurtling to the refrain of “what a load of rubbish”.

Download, and don’t dare glean the faintest hint of mirth while you’re at it, below:

Say the ERC: “We wish you & your reader(s) a strong but beautiful jaw line for 2013 and less tolerance to fucking zany idiots from Eton in Blue ties…

Love, your incredible chums in The North.

Adrian, Dean & Maxine for The ERC.”

The collective will be setting out for a couple of dates next year, on their 1612 Under Tour – here are the dates:

Fri 18 – Queens Social Working Men’s Club, Sheffield
Sat 19 – The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge

Additionally, they were also recently featured on the BBC’s Culture Show – have a watch of the feature below: