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The painful but hilarious Peep Show returns to Channel4 for its ninth and final series this week, and to mark the fact Jay Brooks was asked to shoot its stars, Robert Webb and David Mitchell, for Shortlist magazine.

The idea for the feature was for the two actors to pick their favourite and funniest moments from the Peep Show archives but as soon as they slipped back into their roles as Croydon’s oddest couple they had a row.  Of course they did!

Anyway here are a few classic Peep Show moments

1.“Fancy dress? It’s like a joke for people with no sense of humour” (Mark, Series 7, episode 6).

2. “I suppose doing things you hate is the price you pay to avoid loneliness.” (Mark, Series 3, episode 2).

3. “A new boiler. Surely the least enjoyable way to spend £1,000. At least throwing the money out of the window you’d see the scrabbling mass, the hate-filled faces.” (Mark, Series 6, episode 2).

4. “If text kisses were real kisses then the world would be an orgy!” (Mark, Series 6, episode 6).

5. “Why do the people who want to talk about things always win?” (Jeremy, Series 3, episode 4).

6. “No, not the Hootenanny. Never the Hootenanny.” (Jeremy, Series 7 episode 6).

7. “[Politicians] should be more honest. You know, if they were more honest, then maybe people would vote and not switch straight over when the news comes on.” (Jeremy, Series 1, episode 4).

8. “Let’s face it, we’re all falling apart piece by piece. Doesn’t matter if you’re single or in a couple. You. Are. Going. To. Die.” (Mark, Series 1, episode 3).

9. “Socks before or after trousers, but never socks before pants, that’s the rule. Makes a man look scary, like a chicken.” (Mark, Series 1, episode 2).

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10. “People like Coldplay and voted for the Nazis. You can’t trust people” (Super Hans, Series 3, episode 2).

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The painful but hilarious Peep Show returns to Channel4 for its ninth and final series this week, and to mark the fact Jay Brooks was asked to shoot its stars, Robert Webb and David Mitchell, for Shortlist magazine.

The idea for the feature was for the two actors to pick their favourite and funniest moments from the Peep Show archives but as soon as they slipped back into their roles as Croydon’s oddest couple they had a row.  Of course they did!

Anyway here are a few classic Peep Show moments

1.“Fancy dress? It’s like a joke for people with no sense of humour” (Mark, Series 7, episode 6).

2. “I suppose doing things you hate is the price you pay to avoid loneliness.” (Mark, Series 3, episode 2).

3. “A new boiler. Surely the least enjoyable way to spend £1,000. At least throwing the money out of the window you’d see the scrabbling mass, the hate-filled faces.” (Mark, Series 6, episode 2).

4. “If text kisses were real kisses then the world would be an orgy!” (Mark, Series 6, episode 6).

5. “Why do the people who want to talk about things always win?” (Jeremy, Series 3, episode 4).

6. “No, not the Hootenanny. Never the Hootenanny.” (Jeremy, Series 7 episode 6).

7. “[Politicians] should be more honest. You know, if they were more honest, then maybe people would vote and not switch straight over when the news comes on.” (Jeremy, Series 1, episode 4).

8. “Let’s face it, we’re all falling apart piece by piece. Doesn’t matter if you’re single or in a couple. You. Are. Going. To. Die.” (Mark, Series 1, episode 3).

9. “Socks before or after trousers, but never socks before pants, that’s the rule. Makes a man look scary, like a chicken.” (Mark, Series 1, episode 2).

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10. “People like Coldplay and voted for the Nazis. You can’t trust people” (Super Hans, Series 3, episode 2).

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Dad’s Army the movie will, as it says on the poster, be ‘reporting for duty’ in February 2016 but the poster images shot by Jay Brooks are out now.

In the roles of Captain Mainwaring and his men it features an extraordinary stellar company of British acting talent including Bill Nighy as Sergeant Wilson, Tom Courtney as Corporal Jones and Michael ‘Dumbledore’ Gambon as Private Godfrey.  It even has Catherine Zeta-Jones as Private Pike’s mum!

As Jay remembers, the shoot was a big day out in Bridlington. ‘Catherine Zeta-Jones was first, followed by a delivery of guns, replica of course, but eight World War Two rifles with their own munitions expert. Next was Bill Nighy and a box of moustaches followed by Toby Jones, some tin hats, some leather boots, Michael Gambon and the camouflage.

Tom Courtney, Daniel Mays and Blake Harrison quickly joined the party, followed soon after by Bill Paterson and the binoculars.

By noon we had 8 great British actors all under one roof and an armoury big enough to mount an invasion of a small English village.’

Dad’s Army is a Universal Pictures production and opens on February 5th next year

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The producers of #Strictly Come Dancing commissioned Ray Burmiston to produce these glittering and glamourous images of the couples contesting this year’s competition.  But as we know it is hell out there in the world of ballroom, no quarter asked or given, and some have already fallen.  It’s back on again this weekend of course.  Who will be for the drop this time?

We don’t know but less of our money is on Ainsley and more on Jay  ex-out of The Wanted.  We would like to point out that the pictures above are in no particular order!

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Shoot is really excited about Pip‘s latest directorial project, a truly outstanding commercial for The Scotsman newspaper which was released this week.

We love it because it brilliantly combines all the best elements of Pip’s work. Above are some still frames from the spot that are clearly and characteristically Pip.

He spent a week in Scotland and shot a hugely diverse series of portraits of real people from all over the country to celebrate modern Scotland and its inhabitants.  The voiceover consists of a poem, ‘Can You Hear It’, written by Billy Letford and performed by none other than the great scot himself, David Tennant.

To see ‘Can You Hear It’ click here

Congratulations to Pip and to his film reps and producers Agile Films

Producer: Victoria Lynn @ Agile

Line Producer: Julia Macleod @ Location Scotland

DoP: Luis Posada

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Strictly Come Dancing – yes there’s more – sets off on its incredible ‘journey’ this Friday with a new cast of sequined and lycra-ed contestants.  See above captured by Ray Burmiston in all their hyper coloured glory.

Shoot’s money, for what it’s worth, is on Ainsley Harriot!

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Rebecca Miller shot the divine and delightful Ophelia Lovibond – Guardians of the Galaxy and W1A – for The Untitled Magazine’s mega Girl Power edition.

Styling was by Holly Ounstead from Frank, with make up by Justine Jenkins and hair Fabio Nogueira also from Frank.

The Untitled Magazines’s Girl Power edition is out now with added controversy (see the Mail Online side bar for details).

 

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Pip photographed hard working actor Joe Dempsie for GQ in the dramatically ‘Blade Runner’ wind tunnels at Farnborough.

We don’t usually see Joe looking this sharp, here styled by Dan Blake, as his recent roles have included Chris in the very dark Southcliffe and the luckless Gendry in Game of Thrones, and he is about to reappear as Higgy in Shane Meadows This Is England 90.

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Jay Brooks and the cast of This Is England 90 suffered an acute attack of action painting for Shortlist magazine.  Thomas Turgoose, Vicky McClure and Joe Gilgun got splattered in a Pollack styled nod to the cover of the first Stone Roses album.  Why?  Because the series is set against the background of ‘Madchester’ and the rave scene so Stone Roses are, unsurprisingly, a big part of the soundtrack.

This is England 90 is the last installment in director Shane Meadows legendary saga of growing up working class in England in the 1980’s which began with the feature film set in 1983.  Although he never planned to make a TV series out of his most successful film, once he’d started doing so, he knew he wanted to get to the 90s. He had a vision of an opening shot of someone putting an ecstasy tablet on to someone else’s tongue.

‘Yeah that does happen.’ he told Miranda Sawyer in The Guardian. ‘There are four episodes in This Is England 90, and the summer episode is when the E thing kicks off. It’s not cool, though. At one point I thought, Yeah, I’ll hire 50,000 extras and get a proper rave going. But then I thought, No. In real life, the first time I went to a rave I got lost and ended up at a Pagan festival by mistake. And This Is England is like an antidote to cool, it’s like, this is what actually happened, and it was a bit wank.’

This Is England 90 airs on Sunday 13th September at 9pm.

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Jay Brooks has created the image for the Lyric Theatre‘s new production ‘Tipping The Velvet‘ which brings Sarah Waters’ audacious bestselling novel to the stage in an electrifying new adaptation by playwright Laura Wade (Posh, Royal Court/West End), directed by Lyndsey Turner (Chimerica, Almeida/West End).

What’s it about?  Well, according to the Lyric website ‘It’s 1887 and Nancy Astley sits in the audience at her local music hall: she doesn’t know it yet, but the next act on the bill will change her life. Tonight is the night she’ll fall in love… with the thrill of the stage and with Kitty Butler, a girl who wears trousers.

Giddy with desire and hungry for experience, Nancy follows Kitty to London where unimaginable adventures await.’

Intriguing – and we are also warned that the play contains scenes of a sexual nature.

A Lyric Hammersmith & Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh co-production ‘Tipping The Velvet’ opens on 18th September.

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Pip shot this crisp and classical portrait of Emily Berrington for Grazia.  Emily stars in Channel4‘s cult hit series Humans playing Niska, a ‘synth’ or super realistic robot.  The series takes place in a parallel present and as The Independent put it ‘It’s all a bit dystopian and Black Mirror-esque’ as the lines between Humans and robots blur.

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Jay Brooks shot the rich and elegant portraits of the cast for the National Theatre‘s production of Three Days in the Country.  The play, based on Turgenev’s A Month in the Country, stars Mark Gatiss and John Sim and is adapted and directed by Patrick Marber, his first theatrical work for eight years.  It is produced in association with Sonia Friedman Productions.

 

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Jay Brooks photographed Sir Ben Kingsley for Tatler‘s current issue.  Jay opted for a classical, painterly approach as befits a national treasure and grandee of both stage and screen like Sir Ben. However, he is both humble and self deprecating about his achievements even at this stage in his career saying ‘I still feel like an apprentice.’

A very private man, don’t expect him to take to Instagram any time soon, he is dismissive of social media in general, ‘because I broadcast myself so much as a performer, it’s important for me to get back to the private me. I am seen by a lot of people and that is my contribution. I don’t think my contribution is what I had for breakfast.’

Sir Ben can currently be seen being villainous in the movie Self/Less.

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Ray Burmiston has been working with Discovery Channel and the actor Idris Elba on his new show Idris Elba : No Limits.  The show reveals that Idris, apart from being an acclaimed and accomplished actor is an unashamed petrol-head who often does his own car stunts and harbours a strong desire to enter the world of motor sport.

In each of the four episodes Idris tackles a different life threatening discipline: rally driving, aerobatics, drag racing and a land speed record attempt in a Bentley on a beach.  Throughout the series and in various locations Ray was tasked with recording and capturing moments as Idris took on the various challenges, ‘Armed,’ as Discovery put it,’ with no experience but an abundance of courage, grit and determination.’

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Pip‘s shoot with the divinely named Ms Ophelia Lovibond features in the June issue of  Marie Claire.

Ophelia Lovibond – you just can’t write it often enough – can currently be seen on TV and cinema screens in the BBC sit com about the BBC, W1A , and in the new Simon Pegg movie Man Up.

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Jay Brooks shot American satirist Jon Stewart for The Guardian.

Jon Stewart talked about his retirement from The Daily Show and his upcoming film Rosewater, the story of journalist Maziar Bahari’s brutal imprisonment in an Iranian gaol.

The American nation is in mourning Stewart’s departure from the The Daily Show, but he remains upbeat and excited to talk about the new film he has written and directed.

For the full interview head here

Rosewater is released the 8th May starring Gael Garcia, Kim Bodnia and Dimitri Leonidas 

 

 

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Derby Ambassadors announced.

The ambassadors for the 2015 Investec Derby at Epsom Downs Racecourse have been announced: Frankie Dettori, Laura Whitmore, Millie Mackintosh, Denise Lewis and Michel Roux Jr. The chosen figures champion sport, food and fashion, a combination that makes the world famous Derby Festival a distinguished event in the British social and sporting calendar.

As Michel Roux Jr said: “A day at the Derby isn’t just about racing, it’s about food, wine, fashion and a great atmosphere.”

The Ladies’ Day on Friday 5th June combines high style with the world of horse racing. Elegant and fashionable attendees compete to take the title of ‘Best Dressed Lady’ and the coverage is seen world wide, followed by the race on the 6th June with the champion taking winnings of 1.25 million.

More information about the 2015 Epsom Derby can be found here

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Jay Brooks‘ work for the London theatre scene has dominated the walls of the Underground in the recent months, with his portraits of Martin Freeman in Trafalgar Transformed’s Richard III, and Richard Armitage the Old Vic’s The Crucible.

The posters have now been released for the second part of the Trafalgar Transformed season, East is East, starring Jane Horrocks and the play’s author, Ayub Khan Din in ‘a modern classic comedy about growing up in multicultural England.’


 

We recently posted some great shots from Jay’s shoot with Tamsin Greig, for Playhouse Theatre’s season of Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, and now we can show you the finished product! Keep your eye out for this around.

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Next up for Jay – Urinetown!

 

 

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Rebecca Miller was commissioned to shoot legendary British designer Dame Vivienne Westwood and her muse, actress Christina Hendricks, for The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Designer A-List’ issue.  The shoot took place in Vivienne’s London workshop, where she created the pieces Christina was photographed in.

Of the dresses, Christina said “I enjoy this dress because I’m quite a woman of soft curves and I love these sharp little angles on me that contrast who I am.”

Rebecca previously shot a Vivienne Westwood dress for this couture fashion story.

 

 

 

 

 

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We have the first look at Tamsin Greig as Pepa Marcos in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdownopening in January 2015 at the Playhouse in London.

Jay Brooks worked with Tamsin and the play’s creative team to put together a series of fantastic images – more to come later.  Jay’s stunning first image has been featured by the Guardian, Vogue and The Stage.

More footage of the shoot, and Tamsin’s transformation, can be seen here. Tickets for the musical are on sale now, from the Playhouse Theatre’s website.

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‘I remember it as being one of the nicest photo shoots ever.  Richard Attenborough was a delightful man, he was concerned, warm, did everything we asked of him, told brilliant stories with casts of the ultra famous, charmed the pants off everyone concerned, called me darling and left after forty minutes in a haze of profuse apologies because he had to go to lunch.  I only met him once and not for long but it’s something I will always remember and be proud of.’  Paul Rider

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Ray Burmiston‘s images of Peter Capaldi in his role as the 12th Doctor Who have travelled to every corner of the globe in the last few weeks.  And now, the day before the New Doctor lands, the excitement is going into overdrive! (Or maybe, underdrive? Check this out.)

These are the images released so far by the BBC, and there will be more to come from Ray’s shoot at the set (which we heard was amazing), with Peter and Jenna Coleman, who reprises her role as the doctors companion, Clara Oswald.

Doctor Who series 8 begins Saturday 23rd, 7.50 pm on BBC One.

 

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No need to hang out for late night reruns, the Inbetweeners are BACK!  Following the huge box office success of their first movie, The Inbetweeners 2 will follow the boys on their Australian gap year, which they describe as “generally having a ball in a very British boys on holiday kind of way”.

To kick off the countdown to the release of their new movie, Shoot photographer Pip shot the group (in a rarely seen well-dressed state) for the cover of this week’s Shortlist Magazine.

The Inbetweeners 2 is out in cinemas on August 6th. Get ready, friends!

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Glastonbury is upon us! And to celebrate the start of the festival, Ray Burmiston shot this great cover for Radio Times, featuring the legendary Dolly Parton and British pop superstar Lily Allen.

Ray managed to sneak in a quick shoot with the pair while Dolly was visiting The One Show recently.

Both will be taking to the Pyramid Stage during this week, Lily performing on Friday evening and Dolly taking the stage on Sunday afternoon.

 

She’s pretty excited:

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Jay Brooks recently shot the cover of the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine, featuring renowned actors Richard Wilson and Simon Callow.

Here are some of the outtakes!

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In their interview Callow and Wilson discuss Space Age, a futuristic story of pensioners sent into space to organise alternative living arrangements for mankind:

‘Set in a distant future in which earth is threatened by over-population, Space Age focuses on a radical solution, the sending of elderly volunteers – men and women who have no wish to live out their last years in nursing homes – to prepare new worlds for human settlement.’

Space Age will air on Sky Arts channel as part of it’s Playhouse Presents season.

 

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Pip recently photographed Mr Sloane star Ophelia Lovibond when she was interviewed for Matches Fashion’s Style Report.

In the story, Lovibond talks writer Ivy Storvik through her style rules and fashion influences, and the pain of not being able to keep her costumes, whilst Pip photographs her in these summery outfits styled by Ursula Lake, exhibiting what she calls a ‘personal style heavily influenced by the 1960’s, but I add modern touches through accessories’.  In April she shared her wardrobe with Vogue UK for the month in their ‘Today I’m Wearing’ photo blog.

Of her current role, the free spirited San Franciscan, Robin, she says; ‘we wanted her to be as colourful as possible, to accentuate that she is the polar opposite from Sloane, who’s always dressed in brown and grey’. Nick Frost stars as the slightly sad Mr Sloane, and BAFTA winner Olivia Colman as his estranged wife.

Mr Sloane airs on Sky Atlanic, Friday 9pm.

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Double bill: Jay Brooks‘ photographs Martin Freeman and Jane Horrocks for this retro, comic-book style poster for the second season of Jamie Lloyd’s Trafalgar Transformed.

Never heard of it?

Curated by Artistic Director Jamie Lloyd, Trafalgar Transformed is a season of politically-charged, socially conscious theatre located in the iconic Trafalgar Studios on Whitehall. The season aims to thrill audiences while stimulating open debate and dialogue around the issues central to each play. Through pertinent programming and accessible pricing Trafalgar Transformed is also enabling the development of a new, more diverse audience and welcoming one and all to London’s West End.

Keep an eye out for more of Jay’s theatre work coming soon!

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Pip shot Helen McCrory, whose multitude of credits on stage and screen include Harry Potter and the Bond movie Skyfall.  The results appear on the cover of the April edition of Vantage magazine.

See more Pip’s portraits here.

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Being a scoundrel never looked so good!

Jay Brooks had the pleasure of shooting actor Robert Lindsay and comedian Rufus Hound along with their co stars Katherine Kingsley, Samantha Bond, and John Marquez for the poster of the new hit West end musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which is an adaptation of the 1988 film starring Michael Cain and Steve Martin.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is currently showing at the Savoy Theatre

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Pip recently shot Ben Drew (Plan B) for The Big Music Project – a lottery funded initiative that endeavors to connect young people through music. Ben is an ambassador for the initiative in conjunction with his own charity Each One Teach One.

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Continuing his work with The Old Vic, Jay Brooks shot the theatre’s Artistic Director –  Kevin Spacey as he prepares to take the stage himself in the one-man play Clarence Darrow.

Previews of Clarence Darrow begin on 28 May