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Walking on Sunshine… with Dinobots!

27 Jun

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Today sees the theatrical release of two big films featuring Ealing Live veterans.

The biggest of these is Michael Bay’s latest mega-budget sfx extravangaza, Transformers: Age of Extinction - starring Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles and our very own James Bachman as Gill Wembley.  The film sees those metal giants hunted down by the humans, and the rise of the Dinobots at last!

The film is released in most territories today, with UK release following next week, and much of Europe throughout July – for a full list of release dates, check out imdb.  Bachman and his wife attended the US première in New York City earlier this week, and pictures of the pair are all over Getty images if you’re thataway inclined.

Here in the UK, romantic musical comedy Walking on Sunshine (originally titled Holiday) finds its way into cinemas today, featuring Katy Brand as part of its ensemble cast, which also features former X-Factor winner Leona Lewis and Being Human star Annabel Scholey.  The feel good flick features a variety of 80s pop classics reworked to drive its ‘boy-meets-girl’ narrative along, including songs by Madonna, The Human League, Duran Duran and Roxette.

You can see trailers for both very different films below, and whilst there’s no news of a wide release for Walking on Sunshine across the world just yet, a handful of other countries have been announced, and we’ll bring you news of release in major territories should we find it.

 

Bachman To Feature In Scandinavian Film

14 Apr

James Bachman will be appearing in a new Norwegian feature film by director Jan Vardoen, called ‘Heart of Lightness’.

The movie is an adaption of Henrik Ibsen’s ‘Lady From The Sea’. It follows the story of a group of British actors, who arrive in the Arctic Circle to perform in a film adaptation of the play; however, they have never been to Norway before and have no idea that the sun won’t set for the next month. Bachman plays the part of Max Buchanan.

The film will receive its World Premiere at the Colosseum Kino in Oslo on 28th May 2014, and will open throughout Norway 30th May. For information about international screenings please check out your local cinema listings. In the meantime, here’s the trailer to whet your appetite:

For updates on the Heart of Lightness, including photos and interviews with the cast and crew, take a look at the film’s Facebook page.

Onion Land Catch Up

11 Mar

The past week has seen a smattering of TVO regulars make appearances across television and radio we didn’t have chance to warn you about ahead of transmission, plus a couple of shows you should already be watching have been airing too.

As such, we thought it prudent to give you a quick catch-up, starting with the incredibly popular detective comedy drama Jonathan Creek. The show, starring Alan Davies as the titular sleuth, returned for it’s fifth series recently, with Davies now accompanied by his new co-star (and comedy legend) Sarah Alexander.

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Episode two, The Sinner And The Sandman, featured James Bachman as Rev Hugh Chater, whose vicarage is being plagued by tales of a strange hump-backed beast that has been seen prowling in the garden by night.  You can see the episode for yourselves via iPlayer now, and it’s also available to pre-order on dvd now via The Velvet Onion Amazon Store for release next week!

Elsewhere, another veteran of Ealing Live cropped up on topical discussion show Loose Ends on Radio Four.  The show’s usual presenter, Clive Anderson, was absent, but in his place were Nikki Bedi and Emma Freud – who pronounced over a panel of very talented women.

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Film director Gurinder Chada (Bend It Like Beckham), actress Imelda Staunton (Pyschoville) and artist Victoria Melody joined our very own Katy Brand on the panel. Brand was discussing her long awaited crowd-sourced novel, Brenda Monk Is Funny, which can still be ordered over yonder. If you want to jump straight to Katy, you can find her 39 minutes, 40 seconds in on iPlayer now.

Sticking with the Beeb for a moment, let’s not forget that Inside No. 9 - the latest stroke of genius from Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton – is almost at an end, with Episode Six airing this Wednesday (12th March).  Previous episodes – including appearances by Katherine Parkinson and Julia Davies amongst others, can be seen again via iPlayer now.

© BBC / Des Willie

© BBC / Des Willie

Inside No. 9 is also available on dvd as of next Monday, with pre-orders possible now via The Velvet Onion Amazon Store.  Shearsmith & Pemberton are also undertaking a dvd signing at HMV Oxford Street on March 20th, so if you want a chance to tell them how great the show is, and get a squiggle on your box, that’s as good a time as any.

That’s not the only BBC2 comedy of the moment to have TVO connections. The glorious Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle returned recently, and the inimitable comic genius is regularly grilled each week by Chris Morris in-between chunks of his stand-up routines.  Regular collaborators Kevin Eldon and Paul Putner are also involved, appearing in sketches at the end of every episode.

© BBC / Colin Hutton

© BBC / Colin Hutton

The first two – focusing on Shillbottle and a certain “political” party – are available to watch on iPlayer now, and we’ll keep you posted on an eventual dvd release.

Finally, for now, whilst we recently bid goodbye to House Of Fools, The Life Of Rock and The Midnight Beast, there are two other very fine shows featuring TVO regulars still underway on Sky channels.

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© Baby Cow

Moone Boy is currently airing on Sky One, and features co-creator/writer Chris O’Dowd as the imaginary friend of a young boy in early 90s Ireland. A delightful little gem, this show has quite rightly won almost every award thrown at it, and if you can’t catch up via Sky Go, you can at least pre-order the dvd release, due out on March 31st.

Whilst it hasn’t yet won any awards, it would be criminal if the critically acclaimed Doll And Em doesn’t pick some up before the year is out.

© King Bee Productions / Sky Living HD / HBO

© King Bee Productions / Sky Living HD / HBO

Currently airing on Sky Atlantic, the show features Dolly Wells and Emily Mortimer as hyper-exaggerated versions of themselves, and features cameo appearances from big name Hollywood stars as well as Tom Meeten, Laura Patch and Noel Fielding.

Again, the show is available on Sky Go, but there’s sadly no sign of a dvd release yet. It’s due to air on HBO shortly, so perhaps we’ll hear more then. Stay peeled… and if you see any shows with our regulars we miss, do get in touch so we can spread the word!

Paddingtease

5 Mar

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The teaser trailer for Paul King‘s second feature film, Paddington, has been released.

Based on the ever popular books by Michael Bond, the long-gestating film tells the tale of an impeccably polite, marmalade loving bear from Peru who arrives at Paddington station and is taken in by the Brown family.

It features Colin Firth as the voice of the titular fuzzy one, alongside an interstellar who’s-who of British acting talent.

Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters and Peter Capaldi head up the cast, which also features Nicole Kidman and a couple of TVO regulars in cameo roles.

Rufus Jones and James Bachman are set to appear as dastardly geographers, and we wouldn’t put it past King sneaking in a few other recurring collaborators too.

Produced by the man behind the Harry Potter franchise, David Heyman, you can expect this one to go intersellar on release in November.  The first teaser, can, as promised, be seen below.

Kill Phil Vol. 2

22 Feb
© Phil Whelans

© Phil Whelans

The sublime comedy play Kill Phil returns next month at legendary London venue The Hen & Chickens.

The show is the brainchild of Pros From Dover veteran (and writer/star of My First Planet), Phil Whelans, and co-stars Marny Godden of brilliant sketch troop The Grandees and TVO’s very own Stephen Evans and James Wren.

The plot is simple: Hector and Laramie Van Heusen’s mysterious death and the bequeathing of their only begotten son – who is a man – to a complete stranger – who is another man – sets in motion a murderous train of destruction, slapstick, betrayal, puns, communion with the dead and betrayal by pun that can only end badly.  Except, the show has a good ending.

Featuring a murder, a funeral, a will-reading and a séance, the show is a gloriously witty delight, in turns truly inspired and downright nonsensical in the best possible way. Every cast member has a moment or three to shine, and the fourth wall is positively left in rubble by the time the play is over!

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The show first ran at The Hen & Chickens back in January, and it is here it stages a triumphant return from Wednesday 5th to Saturday 8th March. Tickets are available now!

Trailer Roundup

3 Feb

Recent weeks have seen a smattering of new trailers featuring TVO regulars from mega-budget Hollywood productions to low-budget independent productions. Here’s a quick round-up.

First off the block here is one which has sent the internet into meltdown, as Optimus Prime rides a Dinobot in the Superbowl trailer for Transformers: Age Of Extinction. As we revealed back in SeptemberJames Bachman will be playing a character called Gill Wembley, but we know precious little else yet – beyond the release date of June 27th, 2014.

A few weeks before that, on June 6th, comes another cgi-filled sci-fi epic in the form of Tom Cruise vehicle The Edge Of Tomorrow. Partially shot in London in December 2012, the film features Tony Way as a character called Kimmel. The first full trailer can be seen below.

Way is also set to reprise his role as shamed drunken knight Dontos Hollard in the fourth season of the omnipopular fantasy series Game Of Thrones which returns in April…

Bringing things a bit more down to earth again, the ever busy Chris O’Dowd appears alongside Brendan Gleeson, Dylan Moran and Game Of Thrones regular Aiden Gillan in forthcoming Irish comedy drama Cavalry due out April 11th. Again, the first trailer is below.

We’ll aim to bring you more news on these productions as and when we can. As always, stay peeled…

Brand & Bachman In International Waters

19 Jan

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Not a story about sailing the seven seas – no, this week Katy Brand and James Bachman were guests on pop culture comedy quiz show International Waters.

The pair join host Dave Holmes and competing teams of comedians from the US and UK in a lively test of pop culture knowledge. Imagine a more random version of Buzzcocks and you’re loosely there (-ish). It’s part panel show, part trivia quiz – with large dollops of comedy in-between.

Brand and Bachman represent Team UK on Episode 18 of the show, while and Wham Bam Pow’s Ricky Carmona and Rhea Butcher hold up Team USA. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here.  And if you enjoy it, why not check out International Waters’ Facebook page?

Cult Comedy Marathon

12 Jan

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If you’re into funny telly shows and you enjoy sitting in the dark, then this will be right up your street! Totally Serialized is running an afternoon of cult comedy viewing at Ciné Lumière in London on Saturday, 18th January.

Starting at 2pm, the Cult Comedy Marathon includes TVO-connected shows Saxondale (S1 Ep1), Nighty Night (S1 Ep1) and Spaced (S1 Ep1) – plus The Office (S1 Ep4).

There will also be a couple of short-coms from France (apparently a very popular format across the Channel): Un Gars, use Fille, starring Jean Dujardin before he achieved international fame, and Bref.

Tickets for the event cost just £5 (£3 conc) and can be purchased here.

While you’re at it, why not stick around for the Totally Serialized 6pm Special Screening of the entire series of Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, plus Q&A with Matthew Holness? What a way to celebrate the show’s 10th Anniversary!? For more details, take a look at our earlier post.

TVO’s Review Of The Year 2013: Part Four

4 Jan

Hello and a warm welcome to the final part of our Review of 2013. Although October to December may feel like it only just happened, prepare to be amazed by how much you’ve forgotten. We were, but then we’re getting on a  bit.

So here are the best bits from the fourth quarter of the year – cherry-picked from news stories about both our regulars and a few new faces too. Enjoy.

OCTOBER

October was the month that Booshmania returned.  Just as the fantastic Behind the Boosh exhibition started its run at Proud Camden, showcasing the history of that most Mighty of comedic troops via the majesty of Dave Brown‘s photography, the boys were back in town.  Or rather, on the pier, as The Mighty Boosh went from the Soho Theatre to Tenacious D’s Festival Supreme in LA. A final (chaotic) UK warm-up show and a further run through at The Comedy Store, almost halted by a Visa saga, paved the way for a live performance that turned out to be one of the Festival’s highlights. Fan forums and social media platforms were buzzing with photos, footage and reviews of the show.

Another announcement that got us more than a bit over-excited in October was the news that Ben Wheatley is to direct the first 2 episodes of the next series of Doctor Who, starring the new Time Lord, Peter Capaldi. How good is that!?  We’re itching to see what happens when you combine one of the UK’s finest directors with its biggest export, now in the capable hands of an Oscar-winning acting legend to boot.  You can see the moment Capaldi became the Doctor in the 2013 Xmas special below…

More telly stuff, with the launch of Matt Berry’s new series, Toast Of London.  We’d been itching to see it since the pilot back in 2012, and it did not disappoint…

Elsewhere, Richard Ayoade established himself as a permanent fixture on prime time panel shows with a stint as team captain on Was It Something I Said? on Channel 4. Ayoade’s intellectual sparring with host David Mitchell certainly made our Sunday evenings feel a bit more highbrow!

What else?  Well, in movie news, there was an update on the cast for Paul King‘s long-awaited Paddington Bear feature film, which included mention of Rufus Jones and James Bachman. To end the month, TVO artists offered us a veritable smorgasbord of comedy options for Halloween night’s out, with special spooky performances from Colin Hoult and Richard Sandling.  And we were sad to lose the talented comedy actor Felix Dexter, who died at the too-young age of 52. He left behind an incredible legacy of great TV performances on shows like Bellamy’s PeopleAbsolutely Fabulous, The Fast ShowKnowing Me Knowing You… With Alan Partridge, Mongrels and Alexei Sayle’s Merry Go Round to name but a few. He will be much misse, and would typically hate all this fuss about him, so let’s remember him with one of his silliest moments – dancing for Sport Relief alongside Rhys Thomas and Lucy Montgomery.  What a dude.

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Santa Bachman!

6 Dec

© Microsoft

It’s official. James Bachman is Santa Claus.

Fresh from his ‘appearance’ in the latest Assassin’s Creed game, and the current run of That Mitchell And Webb Soundthe ever busy Bachman has donned the big red suit and a power beard to play an incredibly convincing Little Saint Nick in a series of adverts for Windows Tablets.

Detailing the importance of organisation in a modern Christmas, the multi-part ‘adventure’ sees Santa get into full swing with Windows 8 when communication errors mean he almost has to cancel Christmas.

You can see Episode One, and a preview of the whole shebang via the handy links below.

For more info on the campaign, keep an eye on the Windows UK YouTube channel.

The Return Of Mitchell And Webb

21 Nov
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© bbc.co.uk

David Mitchell and Robert Webb are returning to radio next week in a new 4 part series of That Mitchell and Webb Sound. After a six-year break they are back on Radio 4 at 6.30pm on Tuesday.

As well as Mitchell and Webb the show also stars regulars Olivia Colman and James Bachman.

Further information and preview clips can be found at the BBC Website, and the show will be available on iPlayer after broadcast.

Bachman’s Bonnet

8 Nov

© Ubisoft / Assassin’s Creed Wiki

James Bachman lends his voice and motion-captured movements and facial expressions to a character in hit new game Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

The fourth game in the stealthy action series takes on a swashbuckling vibe, and features historical pirate legends galore.  Amongst its top-notch voice cast are Mark Bonnar (Psychoville), Shaun Dingwall (Doctor Who) and Ralph Ineson (Game Of Thrones), and our very own James Bachman.

James portrays gentlemen pirate Stede Bonnet, and according to lead writer Darby McDevitt, the cast were paramount to the game’s success.  He told NowGamer: “We have a huge cast of characters, a really impressive, fantastic British cast. [Bachman is] in our game as a fantastic character. And this is actually the second Assassin’s Creed game with full performance capture. We get all the actors in a room, they play out the scene together and we capture their face and voice at the same time.”

The multi-platform game is available now for Xbox360 and Playstation3, in both standard and deluxe editions, and is scheduled to arrive for Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Wii U and PC on November 22nd, with the first two also getting the deluxe treatment of their predecessors.  All formats can be ordered now from The Velvet Onion Amazon Store, via the links handily placed beneath this gameplay video featuring Bachman, just below.

Xbox 360 & 360 Skull Edition || Playsation 3 & PS3 Skull Edition

Xbox One & One Skull Edition || Playstation 4 & PS4 Skull Edition

 Nintendo Wii U || PC

Onions In Peru… More Paddington Castings Revealed

8 Oct

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We’ve been getting a bit excited about the forthcoming Paddington Bear movie. Partly driven by our love of all things Paul King-directed, and partly driven by our 70s and 80s childhoods, the film about the bear from deepest, darkest Peru can’t come soon enough.

So far we’ve had confirmation of the identity of the lead cast members; today we received news that there may be some other TVO connections amongst the cast! Rufus Jones has been confirmed as “a dastardly geographer”, and  James Bachman‘s name has also been mentioned in connection with the movie.

As soon as we hear any more about the film we’ll be sure to pass on the news. Rumour has it that the script is a real corker, so watch this space for updates…

That Mitchell & Webb Sound Returns

20 Sep

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Just as we’re reeling from the return of The Mighty Boosh, and the impending reunion from The Fast Show, here comes yet another gang getting back together, as the team behind That Mitchell & Webb Sound are to make new episodes for Radio 4.

The show is, obviously, the brain child of megastars David Mitchell & Robert Webb, and also stars Olivia Colman (Bad Sugar) and James Bachman, and began back in 2003 for four series, alternating with four series of its television counterpart, That Mitchell & Webb Look from the same team.

The fifth series will be recorded later this month, and will feature all four stars, as well as the work of regular writers Toby Davies, Joel Morris, Jason Hazeley and Mark Evans.  It’s set to air on Radio 4 at 6:30pm on November 26th.

Bachman In Disguise

11 Sep

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James Bachman will be appearing in forthcoming 3D Imax spectacular, Transformers: Age of Extinction.

The Ealing Live alumni has a long and glorious history across British comedy, with roles in everything from Saxondale and The Mighty Boosh through to Mount Pleasant and Sorry, I’ve Got No Head.

He’s incredibly versatile, of course, as often our regulars are, which may be why he’s been cast in Michael Bay’s latest blockbuster.

Age of Extinction will be the fourth film in Bay’s version of the Transformers universe, acting as both a sequel to the previous film, Dark of the Moon, and something of a reboot too – replacing original stars Shia LeBouf and John Turtorro with new leads Mark Wahlberg and Kelsey Grammer.

Bachman’s character is, like much of the film, mysteriously underwraps, but we can confirm he will be playing someone called Gill Wembley.  We’ll no doubt find out more when the film opens in cinemas on June 27th, 2014.

Peeder Jigson – Wrap Party

23 Aug

© Peeder Jigson

Peeder Jigson, the famous director of The Hubbard, has posted a video of the wrap party for the film, showing some lovely comments from the cast members.

While you’re watching, look out for some familiar faces, who might not be who they are supposed to be!

Also appearing are Simon Kane and Yonderland writer Toby Davies.

To see the wrap party in full swing, click here.

It’s Your Choice At The TV Awards

27 May

It’s time for you to do the choosing… as the voting for the annual TV Choice Awards is open once again!

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The TV Choice Magazine’s awards are open for voting for the 17th time and this year’s ceremony will be hosted by Ben Miller. The event will take place on September 9 but fans have the opportunity to vote for their favourite shows and actors until midnight, June 14.

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As always, we bring you the news because a variety of TVO regulars have made it onto the longlist. In the first category ‘Best New Drama’ we have Utopia which featured Simon Farnaby and Dan Tetsell, and will go up against Mr. Selfridge and The Village.

Unsurprisingly, the category of ‘Best Comedy Series’ proves to be jam-packed with members of our roster. You can vote for Friday Night Dinner (Matthew Holness), Sky sitcom Mount Pleasant (Alex Kirk, James Bachman), Chris O’Dowd‘s award winning sitcom Moone Boy. As if that’s not enough, you can also find Julia Davis‘s amazing (and well-deserving of all the awards) series Hunderby in this category.

‘Best International Series’ includes worldwide smash hit Game Of Thrones which features the talented Tony Way and, as of the current third series, Paul Kaye.

Neil Maskell from Utopia and Kill List can be found in the category ‘Best Actor’ while Hollyoaks with regular cast member Dan Tetsell is up for ‘Best Soap’.

So get those voting fingers ready but note that you can only vote once per person so make it count. You have until midnight on June 14 to cast your vote over at the TV Choice Awards’ website.

Richards Perfect Geekatorium

24 May
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© Leicester Square Theatre

Richard Sandling will be at the Leicester Square Theatre not once but twice in the coming week!

On Sunday 26th he will be a guest at the Geekatorium, a monthly celebration of science, comedy, music and popular culture, hosted by Paul Gannon.

Richard will be reading through some of a sitcom he has written which has never been performed to anyone before, so it’ll be an historic occasion!

As well as Richard the guests this month are Self Confessed Geek Songstress Helen Arney and Catie Wilkins author and comic lady of awesome.

They will also be recreating 80′s ITV quiz classic 3…2…1, including Dusty Bin and prizes!

So what are you waiting for? It’s a Bank Holiday on Monday so get down there on Sunday at 8pm. Tickets are £10 and available here.

For more information see the Facebook page.

If that’s not enough Sandling for you, he’s back at the theatre on Wednesday 29th May at 8.30pm for this months Perfect Movie show.

Guests this month are Tiernan Douieb, James Bachman, Tom Meeten, Pete Dillon-Tenchard and director Peeder Jigson.

Tickets are £8, and can be found by following this link.

Fundraiser Quest

7 Jan
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© BBC Audio

Kevin Eldon will be joined by Robin Ince, Norman Lovett, Simon Munnery, John Otway, Howard Read and Peter Buckley-Hill on Wednesday 9th January at 7.30pm at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London.

The Event is to raise funds for the Free Fringe, which has become a big part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It gives performers who can’t afford to pay to appear at The Fringe a chance to show their talents during the Festival.

The line-up is still subject to change, so there may be more acts added before the show.

Tickets cost £15, concessions £12.50, and is recommended for over 16′s only. More information and tickets can be found here.

If you need to see more live Kevin Eldon then you could try your luck at getting free tickets to the recordings of Elvenquest, the fantasy sitcom starring Mr Eldon alongside Stephen Mangan, Alistair McGowan, Darren Boyd and Dave Lamb.  James Bachman appeared in the first series so may be there too.

The show features a band of Questers on their journey to find the Sword of Asnagar, the only thing that can rid Lower earth from the tyranny of the evil Lord Darkness. Kevin Eldon has two roles in the show – Dean the Dwarf, one of the Questers and Kreech, servant of the evil Lord Darkness.

The show is being recorded on 15, 20 January and 3 February at the BBC Radio Theatre in London.

If you’ve never heard Elvenquest before or want to hear it again, you can get the CD’s from TVO Store.

Bleak Interviews

22 Dec
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Mark Evans

You may remember our  previous post about the fifth series of Bleak Expectations currently airing on BBC Radio 4, and the book of the series.

To complement this we’re pleased to find a lovely in-depth interview with the series writer and creator Mark Evans over on The British Comedy Guide. Here you can find out how Mark writes Bleak Expectations, how he got into comedy and what the deal is with swans.

If you want to know even more about Mark and his career, there is also an interview on Wales online, where he shares his ambitions of being an astronaut.

The book and CD’s of series 1 to 4 are available from The Velvet Onion Store.

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