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Mark Wigmore's Top 3 - Week of January 16th

Monday, 16 January 2017 10:20

It’s Monday and that means Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore shares his top picks for your arts and entertainment week ahead.


Starting with something for the darkness of January at the Bloor Cinema. It’s ‘The Big Shadow, The World of Film Noir’ hosted by film writer and critic Geoff Pevere. The French were the ones who took note that something dark and seductive was happening in American film post World War II, and what a service that was for cinema history. Film Noir helped us to love damaged characters, sultry fashion and doomed fates.

Tuesday morning at 10am at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, Part 1 of the 6 part series, focusing on the origins of Film Noir.  Other installments look at gender in the genre, Neo Noir, and Noir on Television. Learn more here.


It was a huge night for the Netflix series “The Crown” last weekend at the Golden Globes. If monarchy drama is your cup of tea, then Mirvish has something for you.

Peter Morgan is the man behind the ambitious series dubbed “Crownton Abbey”. The story tracks the last 80 years of the British Royal family. Lucky for us, Peter Morgan also wrote a play about Queen Elizabeth. It’s titled ‘The Audience’, and it fascinates over the meetings her Majesty has had with British Prime Ministers over the decades. ‘The Audience’ stars Canadian acting royalty, Fiona Reid.

‘The Audience’ opens Tuesday at the Royal Alexandra Theatre (go figure). Click here for info.


Baseball fans, we are still two months away from spring training, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your Josh Donaldson fix. The 2015 MLB American League MVB will star in this Wednesday’s episode of ‘Vikings’ on the History Channel. Big Daddy will portray Hoskuld, a Viking warrior of great skill! Josh got his hands dirty with this one and truly looks the part, using his signature bulk and hair style to build his character.

Vikings airs Wednesday at 9pm on History Channel. More info here.

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