This Week's Mix Up Theatre TV Picks! + Netflix/Amazon

Updated: 5 days ago

So we're all probably going to be watching a bit more television for a little while, but make sure you don't overdo it! Give yourself a break in between: to read, take a walk, listen to/play music and do your homework!!!

However because we work in the Arts, watching a good film or TV show is homework for us :)

We'll run a Top 10 of things definitely worth checking out on TV each week and we can all have a chat about these shows and Movies in the forum.

I'm really keen to have some Young Film Critics - so let's check out your writing skills.

Also, I'll pick an Actor of the Week, so a film or TV actor worth looking into for some tips. One of the best acting lessons you can get is watching an excellent actor's performance.


1. The Great British Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer

Tuesday 24th March, Channel 4, 8pm

Queer Eye's Tan France, actress Caroline Quentin, comedian Joel Dommett and British tennis number one Johanna Konta take part in the charity culinary challenge, under the watchful eye of hosts Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding and judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. For the signature challenge, they must prepare a batch of classic eclairs, while the technical round will test their skills with puff pastry. Finally, for the showstopper challenge, they must immortalise their greatest fear in cake form.

Any bakers in the group? If so, why don't we start our own baking challenge? How about these scrumptious Vanilla Cupcakes from BBC GOODFOOD
Take pics of anything you bake this week and send in to us. Or even Host your own baking show like Sandi & Noel while you bake: Send us your Videos HERE!
You can watch all the Channel 4 JUNIOR BAKE OFF episodes for inspiration or use this:

2. FILM: Isle of Dogs (2018)

Tuesday 24th March, Sky Cinema Family, 9:35pm

Wes Anderson’s feel-good family adventure. The film takes us to a dystopian Japan and tells the story of a young boy who meet man’s best friend – or rather, an entire island full of them. Isle of Dogs features an all-star cast including the likes of Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray and Jeff Goldblum and has drawn critical acclaim for its dead-pan comedy, inspired story and its animation.

I love this film, even if it is a movie about dog-flu! I'm thinking we should do a show about the animals taking over the world while we're all stuck inside!
Young Critics - Review the film HERE
Do you have a dog? Send us a pic of yours HERE! Here's Stewart's lazy dog, Ziggy:

3. FILM: Enchanted (2007)

Saturday 21st March, Sky Cinema Family, 8:00pm

Sunday 22nd March, Sky Cinema Family, 12:30pm

Tuesday 24th March, Sky Cinema Disney, 9:50am & 6:10pm

An eternally cheerful fairy-tale princess is magically transported from her cartoon world to the grim reality of present-day New York - where happy endings are far from guaranteed. Luckily, a lawyer and his daughter come to her aid and romance blossoms. Part-animated fantasy comedy spoofing Disney movies, starring Amy Adams, James Marsden and Susan Sarandon.

This is a nice twist on the Disney formula and a great star making lead performance by Amy Adams.
Young Critics - Review the film HERE
Actor of the Week: AMY ADAMS

4. Born to Be Different

Thursday 26th March, Channel 4, 9:00pm

Part one of two. Catching up with the children featured in the documentary as they enter adulthood. Zoe is moving out for the first time to start a law degree, and has opted to go it alone entirely, refusing the help of a care team while she is at university. Hamish is moving into a student house in New Zealand while training for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, and William has moved to his own flat with a care team.

We're making our own documentary at Mix Up. Details are HERE - Come be a part of it.

5. FILM: Finding Nemo (2003)

Friday 27th March, Sky Cinema Disney, 8:00pm

Clownfish Nemo becomes separated from his friends on the Great Barrier Reef - but the thrill of being able to swim freely and away from his overprotective father turns to horror when he is netted by a diver. His distraught dad sets out on a mission to find him, while the youngster finds himself in a dentist's tropical tank. Pixar animated adventure, with the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe and Geoffrey Rush.

Young Critics - Review the film HERE
Play Dory's Memory Game:

6. FILM: The Fifth Element (1997)

Monday 23rd March, Channel 5, 11:05pm

In the 23rd century, the world faces destruction from a seemingly unstoppable force of pure evil. Meanwhile, a New York cab driver encounters a mysterious woman destined to save the Earth from its fate, and has to protect her from a scheming arms dealer and a horde of alien mercenaries. Luc Besson's sci-fi adventure, starring Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich and Gary Oldman.

Young Critics - Review the film HERE
What do you think of the film's famous Diva Dance song? Favourite Movie Soundtracks? - CLICK HERE

7. Growing Up Gifted

Wednesday 25th March, BBC2, 9:00pm

Part one of two. Catching up with the children featured in the documentary as they enter adulthood. Zoe is moving out for the first time to start a law degree, and has opted to go it alone entirely, refusing the help of a care team while she is at university. Hamish is moving into a student house in New Zealand while training for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, and William has moved to his own flat with a care team.

How was your last day at school? Click HERE

8. The Pet Talent Agency: Barking Mad

Thursday 26th March, Channel 4, 10:00pm

Documentary following Karen Chamberlain, owner of the Barking Mad pet talent agency, which supplies everything from cute pooches to cuddly cats for films, TV and ad campaigns. Whether the casting call is for dogs, sheep, ponies, donkeys or alpacas - no job is too big, too small or too ambitious for Karen. But after a troubling dry spell at the agency, Karen and husband Pete's dwindling savings account is keeping the company afloat, so it's make-or-break time for the couple. Will a Guinness World Record attempt for Lorraine Kelly, and a high-profile job for a potential new London mayor, help improve the agency's fortunes?

Does your pet have any talents worthy of the Pet Talent Agency? Or is it just as lazy as Ziggy! Send your videos in to us - HERE

9. West Side Stories: The Making of a Classic

Sunday 22nd March, BBC4, 10:00pm

West Side Story is one of the best-loved musicals of all time, with its timeless story and exhilarating dance and music continuing to excite audiences around the globe. Songs such as Maria, Somewhere, Tonight and America having become some of the biggest hits in showbusiness and yet the musical had an uneasy birth and was even turned away by producers when it was first put together in the 1950s. In this documentary, Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli and Radio 3 presenter Suzy Klein examine the origins of West Side Story, which brought together the talents of Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins.

What's your favourite musical? Discuss HERE
Hollywood film director, Steven Spielberg, has a new film version of West Side Story being released this year. So long as the cinemas reopen! Here's some pics - looks great!

10. Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema: British History Movies

Thursday 26th March, BBC4, 9:00pm

Mark looks at some of the best films about British history in the order of when they are set, tracing the story of Britain from the Roman invasion to the modern era, via medieval times, the Tudors, the Civil War and the 18th and 19th centuries.

Mark Kermode is arguably the UK's best film critic so our young film critics may want to listen to his podcast: Kermode and Mayo's Film Review
In last week's episode, Mark looked at Superhero movies - catch the episode on BBC iPlayer


The Great British Bake Off

Need more baking inspiration this week?

All 7 seasons of the show are on Netflix now. Delicious!

Queer Eye (Rated 12)

This week's celebrity baker, Tan France, is one of 5 gay guys who changes people's lives in this fun (more than a) makeover show.

Get some style tips from Tan - Fab-u-lous!

Julie & Julia (Rated 12)

Baking? Check! Amy Adams? Check! Blogging? Check!

It's like this film was made for us this week!

A quirky true story which also features a fantastic Meryl Streep.

Whose Line is it Anyway? (Rated 12)

A classic improvisation game show. We do lots of these games in class but maybe there's a few we haven't tried?

Look out for Bake Off's host Sandi Toksvig as a guest.

Travel Man: 48 Hours in...

Meanwhile Toksvig's co-host, Noel Fielding, turns up in Series 2 of comedian Richard Ayoade's wacky travel show.

Though seeing most of us are having to cancel our holiday plans - is this a good thing to watch or will it fill the gap for now...

Justice League (Rated 12)

Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the JL's first DC Universe adventure. It's not great and actor of the week, Amy Adams is barely in the story as Lois Lane. But maybe it's deserving of a re-evaluation.

Though I doubt Mark Kermode was a fan. Are you? DC or Marvel?

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