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The Walking Dead: World Beyond spin-off debuts 10 years after apocalypse with sisters Iris and Hope

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The Walking Dead: World Beyond spin-off premiered Sunday on AMC giving fans of the zombie franchise a look at life 10 years after the apocalypse. 

Its heroines, sisters Iris and Hope Bennett (Aliyah Royale and Alexa Mansour), initially seemed to live a normal existence, attending school, throwing parties and staying far away from zombies, called ’empties,’ whom they rarely encounter in daily life.

Underneath the surface, however, it became clear that everything was ruled by the Civic Republic Military, a group fleetingly seen in the precursor show, which has come to rule the United States.

Spin-off premiere: Aliyah Royale as main character Iris is shown in a still from The Walking Dead: World Beyond spin-off that premiered Sunday on AMC

Spin-off premiere: Aliyah Royale as main character Iris is shown in a still from The Walking Dead: World Beyond spin-off that premiered Sunday on AMC

Spin-off premiere: Aliyah Royale as main character Iris is shown in a still from The Walking Dead: World Beyond spin-off that premiered Sunday on AMC

The CRM has forged an ‘Alliance of Three,’ which includes settlements in Portland, Oregon, and Omaha, Nebraska, where the girls’ suburban school campus was designated a colony.

Helping to lead CRM is the mysterious Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth Kublek (Julia Ormond), who from the start seemed to possess a shadowy agenda.

Before long, the girls have realized not all is what it seems, and flee their safe haven to find their father, a professor working for CRM in a ‘science exchange’ who appears to be in danger. 

To survive, Iris, a type-A former CRM acolyte, learns to fight zombies for the first time.

Ten years: Alexa Mansour as Hope was trying to navigate life 10 years after the zombie apocalypse

Ten years: Alexa Mansour as Hope was trying to navigate life 10 years after the zombie apocalypse

Ten years: Alexa Mansour as Hope was trying to navigate life 10 years after the zombie apocalypse

‘I’m finally living for me, in the now, searching for my own truth,’ she said as she stabbed at her first empty. ‘And do you know what? It feels good!’

Iris had long believed in CRM’s new world order, not knowing what else to do.

Ten years before, on ‘The Night the Sky Fell,’ she and Hope fled through a chaotic scene of death and destruction brought on by the sudden onset of the zombie apocalypse.

Sky fell: Ten years before, on 'The Night the Sky Fell,' Iris and Hope fled through a chaotic scene of death and destruction brought on by the sudden onset of the zombie apocalypse

Sky fell: Ten years before, on 'The Night the Sky Fell,' Iris and Hope fled through a chaotic scene of death and destruction brought on by the sudden onset of the zombie apocalypse

Sky fell: Ten years before, on ‘The Night the Sky Fell,’ Iris and Hope fled through a chaotic scene of death and destruction brought on by the sudden onset of the zombie apocalypse

As they ran through explosions, grasping their parents’ hands, a plane crashed in their midst, and the sisters were separated from each other.

Over the next few minutes, Hope watched her mother die, horribly and senselessly.

That loss played on Iris’ mind as the CRM visited the colony for Monument Day, an upcoming event commemorating the start of the apocalypse and the memory of the dead.

Special guest: Annet Mahendru as Huck, Nico Tortorella as Felix and Iris welcomed the CRM

Special guest: Annet Mahendru as Huck, Nico Tortorella as Felix and Iris welcomed the CRM

Special guest: Annet Mahendru as Huck, Nico Tortorella as Felix and Iris welcomed the CRM

As Student Council president, Iris led her peers on a bus trip to welcome the incoming CRM.

Hope, who hid in the bus’ luggage compartment, amended their welcome banner to read, ‘The Civil Republic Sucks A**,’ which irritated Iris.

At their destination, Hope visited a makeshift cemetery and left flowers on her mother’s grave.

Makeshift cemetery: At their destination, Hope visited a makeshift cemetery and left flowers on her mother's grave

Makeshift cemetery: At their destination, Hope visited a makeshift cemetery and left flowers on her mother's grave

Makeshift cemetery: At their destination, Hope visited a makeshift cemetery and left flowers on her mother’s grave

She spotted five CRM helicopters overhead, one of which landed with Elizabeth in it.

‘I’m sure you’re tired,’ said Felix Carlucci (Nico Tortorella), a colony security officer. ‘It was probably a long trip from… wherever you’re from.’

‘It was,’ Elizabeth returned, signaling her men to shoot some approaching zombies.

 

In charge: Helping to lead CRM is the mysterious Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth Kublek (Julia Ormond)

In charge: Helping to lead CRM is the mysterious Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth Kublek (Julia Ormond)

In charge: Helping to lead CRM is the mysterious Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth Kublek (Julia Ormond)

Zombie sighting: A zombie appeared but was quickly dispatched by CRM security

Zombie sighting: A zombie appeared but was quickly dispatched by CRM security

Zombie sighting: A zombie appeared but was quickly dispatched by CRM security

‘We fire disruption charges to scatter the sound,’ she reassured Felix. ‘We won’t draw any more. We’re quite good at this, wherever we’re from.

In the distance, Elizabeth saw Hope flip her the bird.

The lieutenant colonel said there had been talk of having government officials join them, but the CRM ‘wasn’t comfortable sending civilians.’

Secret passenger: Hope stowed away on the bus, but her sister was part of the delegation

Secret passenger: Hope stowed away on the bus, but her sister was part of the delegation

Secret passenger: Hope stowed away on the bus, but her sister was part of the delegation

She then met with the students, whose updated sign read, ‘The Civic Republic US.’

At home, Iris chided Hope for changing the banner, reminding her that their father was working with the CRM to end the zombie plague.

He kept a fax, pager and radio tuner hidden in his university office just to send them messages.

Absent father: At home, Iris chided Hope for changing the banner, reminding her that their father was working with the CRM to end the zombie plague

Absent father: At home, Iris chided Hope for changing the banner, reminding her that their father was working with the CRM to end the zombie plague

Absent father: At home, Iris chided Hope for changing the banner, reminding her that their father was working with the CRM to end the zombie plague

Iris prepared to give a speech for Monument Day—so named, she said, ‘because we are all monuments to the past. We survived, and the rest didn’t.’

Iris barely remembered the world before apocalypse, but felt sure she could change the future.

In her notebook, she drew a crashed plane, a DNA strand, an opening gate, and a map of the US, with question marks around everything that wasn’t Portland, Omaha or CRM territory.

Strong personalities: Iris barely remembered the world before apocalypse, but felt sure she could change the future, while Hope didn't trust authority and wanted more freedom

Strong personalities: Iris barely remembered the world before apocalypse, but felt sure she could change the future, while Hope didn't trust authority and wanted more freedom

Strong personalities: Iris barely remembered the world before apocalypse, but felt sure she could change the future, while Hope didn’t trust authority and wanted more freedom

The next day, Iris visited her dad’s office and again found no pager messages from him.

From her backpack, she took out ‘The Lost Rocks,’ a 2011 book which investigated what happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke, Virginia.

Her father had left messages in it, the last one apologizing for missing Monument Day, and offering, ‘Sending these messages are a risk, but I need you both to know I’m okay.’

Iris went off to class, where she learned that Hope was busted for making alcohol in her room.

Illegal alcohol: Hope was busted for making alcohol in her room and was temporarily jailed

Illegal alcohol: Hope was busted for making alcohol in her room and was temporarily jailed

Illegal alcohol: Hope was busted for making alcohol in her room and was temporarily jailed

Felix, who held Hope in a cell, was the sisters’ temporary guardian, having also dated Will, the head of their father’s security detail.

Iris got Hope out and they ran into Elizabeth, who thanked them for allowing their father to help the CRM, praised Iris’ studiousness, and complimented Hope’s distillery.

‘I don’t need to listen to this crap,’ Hope spat, telling her sister, ‘She is part of the reason why we’re never gonna see Dad again. And deep down inside, you know that.’

In a visit to her psychologist, Dr. K (Beth Leavel), Iris confessed that she’d been having dreams she was ‘stumbling around dead,’ and her doctor urged her to speak to Hope about their loss.

Death dreams: In a visit to her psychologist, Dr. K (Beth Leavel), Iris confessed that she'd been having dreams she was 'stumbling around dead,' and her doctor urged her to speak to Hope about their loss

Death dreams: In a visit to her psychologist, Dr. K (Beth Leavel), Iris confessed that she'd been having dreams she was 'stumbling around dead,' and her doctor urged her to speak to Hope about their loss

Death dreams: In a visit to her psychologist, Dr. K (Beth Leavel), Iris confessed that she’d been having dreams she was ‘stumbling around dead,’ and her doctor urged her to speak to Hope about their loss

Iris remembered The Night the Sky Fell, and how she had been so afraid of zombies she broke free from her mother in the crowd and never saw her again.

Dr. K worried that a traumatized Iris had been so focused on the future and helping others that she neglected herself. She urged her to remember how precious time was.

‘It’s your life,’ Dr. K affirmed. ‘Only you can figure out how to give it meaning.’

Sage advice: Dr. K worried that a traumatized Iris had been so focused on the future and helping others that she neglected herself and urged her to remember how precious time was

Sage advice: Dr. K worried that a traumatized Iris had been so focused on the future and helping others that she neglected herself and urged her to remember how precious time was

Sage advice: Dr. K worried that a traumatized Iris had been so focused on the future and helping others that she neglected herself and urged her to remember how precious time was

In the school gym, Hope was also thinking about her mother, and how they walked through the wreckage of the downed plane, with its pile of zombies and dead bodies.

She had been learning from Huck how to fight the dead, and yearned to see the world outside.

Heading to her dad’s office, she found Iris in front of the fax machine, reading a message from him that said, ‘My safety is not assured!’

Horrible memory: In the school gym, Hope was also thinking about her mother, and how they walked through the wreckage of the downed plane, with its pile of zombies and dead bodies

Horrible memory: In the school gym, Hope was also thinking about her mother, and how they walked through the wreckage of the downed plane, with its pile of zombies and dead bodies

Horrible memory: In the school gym, Hope was also thinking about her mother, and how they walked through the wreckage of the downed plane, with its pile of zombies and dead bodies

Classmates Elton Ortiz (Nicholas Cantu) and Silas Plaskett (Hal Cumpston) also spotted the fax, and vowed not to tell.

Elton even revealed his own secret: He regularly snuck outside the school’s borders.

Hope grew frustrated with Iris’ allegiance to the CRM, and told her she had seen five CRM helicopters flying around the day before—not one, as Elizabeth had suggested.

Offering support: Classmates Elton Ortiz (Nicholas Cantu) and Silas Plaskett (Hal Cumpston) also spotted the fax, and vowed not to tell

Offering support: Classmates Elton Ortiz (Nicholas Cantu) and Silas Plaskett (Hal Cumpston) also spotted the fax, and vowed not to tell

Offering support: Classmates Elton Ortiz (Nicholas Cantu) and Silas Plaskett (Hal Cumpston) also spotted the fax, and vowed not to tell

After consulting with Felix, they reluctantly decided it would be best not to help their dad.

Outside, Hope yelled at Iris, ‘How can you not see this? They are bad people, Iris, and they have our dad!’

Elizabeth strolled out of the dark. ‘Are you talking about us? The Civic Republic? One of your Alliance partners? C’mon, tell me. How are we bad, exactly?’

Surprise appearance: Elizabeth strolled out of the dark. 'Are you talking about us? The Civic Republic? One of your Alliance partners? C'mon, tell me. How are we bad, exactly?'

Surprise appearance: Elizabeth strolled out of the dark. 'Are you talking about us? The Civic Republic? One of your Alliance partners? C'mon, tell me. How are we bad, exactly?'

Surprise appearance: Elizabeth strolled out of the dark. ‘Are you talking about us? The Civic Republic? One of your Alliance partners? C’mon, tell me. How are we bad, exactly?’

Iris faced her. ‘You don’t let anyone in or out. You won’t let people communicate with your people. Or vice-versa. You don’t tell anyone where you are, and you have our dad.’

Elizabeth told the girls she had a daughter who was a CRM soldier, and while she was often scared for her, she felt emboldened by the bravery she showed.

She let them know that their father was teaching at the CR research facility in New York, and risked jail time by handing them a coded map with her own stamp and watermark.

Risky map: She let the girls know their father was teaching at the CR research facility in New York, and risked jail time by handing them a coded map with her own stamp and watermark

Risky map: She let the girls know their father was teaching at the CR research facility in New York, and risked jail time by handing them a coded map with her own stamp and watermark

Risky map: She let the girls know their father was teaching at the CR research facility in New York, and risked jail time by handing them a coded map with her own stamp and watermark

Elizabeth then conceded that she was drunk on champagne from Hope’s own stash.

‘You really are your father’s daughter,’ she told the girl. ‘You both are.’

The sisters retreated to their father’s office for brandy, passing out and waking up to another message.

Father's daughters: 'You really are your father's daughter,' Elizabeth told the girl. 'You both are.'

Father's daughters: 'You really are your father's daughter,' Elizabeth told the girl. 'You both are.'

Father’s daughters: ‘You really are your father’s daughter,’ Elizabeth told the girl. ‘You both are.’

‘It’s all gone bad,’ it said. ‘Keeping my head down. I’ll find help. Don’t tell the Council. Don’t tell Felix. I love you girls.’

Iris went to see Dr. K, but found to her horror that the woman had turned into a zombie.

Numb from the discovery, she scrapped her cheery Monument Day speech and improvised a new one about how Dr. K had taught her to seize control of her life.

Zombie now: Iris went to see Dr. K, but found to her horror that the woman had turned into a zombie

Zombie now: Iris went to see Dr. K, but found to her horror that the woman had turned into a zombie

Zombie now: Iris went to see Dr. K, but found to her horror that the woman had turned into a zombie

‘The Night the Sky Fell, I was just a little kid, and I just jumped to living for the future,’ Iris said as Elizabeth sat nearby. ‘I think a lot of us did. And what I figured out? I have to start with now. And I think ”now” starts with the truth.’

She turned to the CRM leader. ‘The truth is I don’t trust you. I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you’re doing.’

Elizabeth said Iris would know ‘someday,’ but the aspiring scientist insisted that wasn’t enough.

The truth: 'The truth is I don't trust you. I don't know who you are. I don't know what you're doing,' Iris said during her speech

The truth: 'The truth is I don't trust you. I don't know who you are. I don't know what you're doing,' Iris said during her speech

The truth: ‘The truth is I don’t trust you. I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you’re doing,’ Iris said during her speech

‘Science is about finding the truth, not just deciding on it,’ Iris noted, acknowledging it was hard to wait. ‘But someone once told me that I’m brave. So I’m gonna keep working in the now to find it.’

Iris took her sister aside and told her they needed to go save their dad.

She apologized for letting her suffer through the loss of their mom alone.

Big day: Elizabeth was the featured speaker for Monument Day

Big day: Elizabeth was the featured speaker for Monument Day

Big day: Elizabeth was the featured speaker for Monument Day

‘I’m glad you didn’t have to see it,’ Hope said.

Hope knew that on the night in question, her mother had tried to commandeer a truck to find her husband and daughter, but a pregnant lady who wanted the vehicle held a gun on them.

When Hope rushed her, she discharged the gun, killing Hope’s mom. Hope picked it up and aimed it at the woman just an explosion went off, and she fell dead.

Gun violence: Hope witnessed her mother get shot and picked up the gun and aimed it at the woman who fired it

Gun violence: Hope witnessed her mother get shot and picked up the gun and aimed it at the woman who fired it

Gun violence: Hope witnessed her mother get shot and picked up the gun and aimed it at the woman who fired it

Elton and Silas asked to join the sisters on their journey, offering to help them escape the gates.

The girls left a note for Felix, who immediately set about looking for them with Huck.

Outside, Silas stumbled across a strange object, a triceratops horn Elton had bought years before for his unborn sister.

Heading out: Outside, Silas stumbled across a strange object, a triceratops horn Elton had bought years before for his unborn sister

Heading out: Outside, Silas stumbled across a strange object, a triceratops horn Elton had bought years before for his unborn sister

Heading out: Outside, Silas stumbled across a strange object, a triceratops horn Elton had bought years before for his unborn sister

‘We weren’t together,’ Elton said of his mom, looking at a photo of the same pregnant woman Hope had shot. ‘I never saw her again.’

He strapped the horn to the barrel of his weapon, and Iris used it to kill her first zombie.

In their absence, a massacre had occurred on campus. A tank drove through the gate, and students and zombies were stabbed by MRC soldiers. Monument Day banners were torched.

Through it all, Elizabeth walked calmly, killing zombies at random.

Calm killer:  Elizabeth walked calmly killing zombies at random after a school massacre

Calm killer:  Elizabeth walked calmly killing zombies at random after a school massacre

Calm killer:  Elizabeth walked calmly killing zombies at random after a school massacre

‘We’ve searched every building on campus and the surrounding areas,’ a soldier told her. ‘We can’t find her.’ 

‘Good,’ Elizabeth replied.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond will return next week on AMC.

Zombie killer: Iris volunteered to kill the first zombie they approached after leaving

Zombie killer: Iris volunteered to kill the first zombie they approached after leaving

Zombie killer: Iris volunteered to kill the first zombie they approached after leaving

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Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian show off the backside of their bikini looks

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Khloe Kardashian and sister Kourtney Kardashian are not done showing off their bikini looks from their sister Kim Kardashian‘s 40th birthday, despite all the criticism.

On Friday, the pair showed off the backside of their bikini ensembles in yet another throwback to the controversial getaway.

Kourtney, 41, posted the snap of the pair as they posed by two palm trees, against the turquoise waters at Marlon Brando’s The Brando Resort in Tahiti. 

Proud: Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian show off the backside of their bikini looks... from sister Kim's tone deaf 40th birthday bash in Tahiti

Proud: Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian show off the backside of their bikini looks... from sister Kim's tone deaf 40th birthday bash in Tahiti

Proud: Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian show off the backside of their bikini looks… from sister Kim’s tone deaf 40th birthday bash in Tahiti

Earlier this week, Khloe displayed her taut midriff in a fuchsia bandana print bikini which was embossed with the iconic double C Chanel logo and came complete with black straps, in another series of snaps. 

She let her brunette tresses tumble down in a straight hairstyle, and rocked a flawless make-up look that highlighted her bronzed complexion. 

Shortly after posting the images, Khloe turned off the comment section- most likely due to the backlash she received for flaunting their luxurious vacation amid global lockdown restrictions.  

No shame: Despite the criticism, the family have continued to share shots from the party

No shame: Despite the criticism, the family have continued to share shots from the party

No shame: Despite the criticism, the family have continued to share shots from the party

Paradise: Kourtney, 41, posted the snap of the pair as they posed by two palm trees, against the turquoise waters at Marlon Brando's The Brando Resort in Tahiti.

Paradise: Kourtney, 41, posted the snap of the pair as they posed by two palm trees, against the turquoise waters at Marlon Brando's The Brando Resort in Tahiti.

Paradise: Kourtney, 41, posted the snap of the pair as they posed by two palm trees, against the turquoise waters at Marlon Brando’s The Brando Resort in Tahiti.

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Followers took to social media to brand their recent trip- reportedly worth $1million- as ‘tone deaf and insensitive’, while the likes of Colin Hanks and Ronan Farrow mocked Kim for captioning her holiday snap as, ‘girls just wanna have sun’.

Meanwhile British rocker Peter Frampton advised her that sharing the images was ill-timed: ‘Are you that insensitive you don’t realize this is not what the majority of people during the worst covid spike yet want to hear? People are going to food banks not private islands.’ 

Their getaway even became a trending topic on social media as Kim’s closest family and friends were flown out to the $20,000 a night island extravaganza.

Despite the fear of contagion, a source from Page Six confirmed that all guests on the trip were ‘repeatedly tested for COVID.’   

Her holiday snaps happened to be posted on the same day a new preview for their show Keeping Up With The Kardashians was released – where Khloe revealed she tested positive for coronavirus.  

Backlash: Followers took to social media to brand their recent trip as 'tone deaf and insensitive', while the likes of Colin Hanks and Ronan Farrow mocked Kim for captioning her holiday snap as 'girls just wanna have sun'

Backlash: Followers took to social media to brand their recent trip as 'tone deaf and insensitive', while the likes of Colin Hanks and Ronan Farrow mocked Kim for captioning her holiday snap as 'girls just wanna have sun'

Backlash: Followers took to social media to brand their recent trip as ‘tone deaf and insensitive’, while the likes of Colin Hanks and Ronan Farrow mocked Kim for captioning her holiday snap as ‘girls just wanna have sun’

The episode was filmed months ago, with the star saying her symptoms included vomiting and headaches. 

She said: ‘I just found out that I do have corona, I have been in my room … it was really bad for a couple of days, vomiting and shaking and hot and cold.     

‘I suffer from migraines but this was the craziest headache, I wouldn’t say it was a migraine.

‘The coughing – my chest would burn when I coughed. My throat is still not fully recovered clearly, let me tell you that sh** is real but we are all going to get through this. 

‘I pray if we follow orders and listen we’re all going to be OK.’

Sun-kissed: She let her brunette tresses tumble down in a straight hairstyle, and rocked a flawless make-up look that highlighted her bronzed complexion

Sun-kissed: She let her brunette tresses tumble down in a straight hairstyle, and rocked a flawless make-up look that highlighted her bronzed complexion

Sun-kissed: She let her brunette tresses tumble down in a straight hairstyle, and rocked a flawless make-up look that highlighted her bronzed complexion

Revealing: Her holiday snaps were posted the same day a new preview for their show Keeping Up With The Kardashians was released - where Khloe revealed she tested positive for Covid

Revealing: Her holiday snaps were posted the same day a new preview for their show Keeping Up With The Kardashians was released - where Khloe revealed she tested positive for Covid

Revealing: Her holiday snaps were posted the same day a new preview for their show Keeping Up With The Kardashians was released – where Khloe revealed she tested positive for Covid

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Stephen Fry reveals he will make a cameo in The Simpsons

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Stephen Fry is set to make a cameo in The Simpsons after recording a special segment for the show during lockdown.

The 63-year-old actor has revealed he recently recorded his small role for an upcoming episode of the long-running cartoon comedy.

Appearing as a guest on The Chris Moyles Show on Radio X, Stephen said: ‘I think I’m allowed to reveal that I did an episode of The Simpsons a few weeks ago.

Exciting project: Stephen Fry is set to make a cameo in The Simpsons after recording a special segment for the show during lockdown

Exciting project: Stephen Fry is set to make a cameo in The Simpsons after recording a special segment for the show during lockdown

Exciting project: Stephen Fry is set to make a cameo in The Simpsons after recording a special segment for the show during lockdown

‘It was extremely enjoyable, working with Dan Castellaneta who voices Homer Simpson.’

Stephen – who has previously starred in a string of popular comedy shows, including Blackadder and A Bit of Fry & Laurie – admitted to relishing the experience.

He shared: ‘That was just, again, like a marvellous moment.’

The actor recorded his cameo appearance from home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Iconic: The 63-year-old actor has revealed he recently recorded his small role for an upcoming episode of the long-running cartoon comedy

Iconic: The 63-year-old actor has revealed he recently recorded his small role for an upcoming episode of the long-running cartoon comedy

Iconic: The 63-year-old actor has revealed he recently recorded his small role for an upcoming episode of the long-running cartoon comedy

Revelations: Appearing as a guest on The Chris Moyles Show on Radio X, Stephen said: 'I think I'm allowed to reveal that I did an episode of The Simpsons a few weeks ago'

Revelations: Appearing as a guest on The Chris Moyles Show on Radio X, Stephen said: 'I think I'm allowed to reveal that I did an episode of The Simpsons a few weeks ago'

Revelations: Appearing as a guest on The Chris Moyles Show on Radio X, Stephen said: ‘I think I’m allowed to reveal that I did an episode of The Simpsons a few weeks ago’

He explained: ‘I’m very lucky, I do have a little … I wouldn’t call it a studio, that’s going a bit far, it’s a booth, an audio booth that works very well.

‘It’s got a proper mic and this magical thing called Source-Connect, which is like going down the line so you can record in real time with studios around the world.’

Stephen also hailed the talents of the show’s cast, including Harry Shearer and Nancy Cartwright.

New role: Stephen - who has previously starred in a string of popular comedy shows, including Blackadder and A Bit of Fry & Laurie - admitted to relishing the experience

New role: Stephen - who has previously starred in a string of popular comedy shows, including Blackadder and A Bit of Fry & Laurie - admitted to relishing the experience

New role: Stephen – who has previously starred in a string of popular comedy shows, including Blackadder and A Bit of Fry & Laurie – admitted to relishing the experience

He said: ‘It’s just so extraordinary. It’s particularly wonderful because of the Zoom thing. When you see Dan’s face, and the scenes I had were with him as Homer and with him as Abe, his father, Gramps. 

‘And to see him just moving from one to the other, his face alters slightly as well, and the voices, it’s miraculous.

‘They’re lovely people. And Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith as well, who play Bart and Lisa … that’s so strange because, you know, it’s a different gender in the case of Nancy and Bart Simpson, and it’s perfect. 

‘You just watch the voice coming out of her and it’s a miracle.’ 

Just chatting: Stephen made the revelation on The Chris Moyles Show on Radio X

Just chatting: Stephen made the revelation on The Chris Moyles Show on Radio X

Just chatting: Stephen made the revelation on The Chris Moyles Show on Radio X

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Jodie Turner-Smith to play Anne Boleyn in Channel 5 drama series

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Jodie Turner-Smith has landed the role of Queen Anne Boleyn in a new Channel 5 drama series.

The British actress, 34, is to play the second wife of English King Henry VIII – whom he infamously had beheaded – in the convention-defying three-part psychological thriller, which is set to give a feminist insight into the historical figure’s life.

Jodie described Queen Anne Boleyn as ‘formidable and fierce’ as she spoke about her decision to take on the role.  

Leading lady: Jodie Turner-Smith, 34, has landed the role of Queen Anne Boleyn in a new Channel 5 drama series (pictured in February)

Leading lady: Jodie Turner-Smith, 34, has landed the role of Queen Anne Boleyn in a new Channel 5 drama series (pictured in February)

Leading lady: Jodie Turner-Smith, 34, has landed the role of Queen Anne Boleyn in a new Channel 5 drama series (pictured in February)

Anne, mother of Elizabeth I, was executed in 1536 at the Tower of London after falling out of favour with the Tudor king and losing a battle at court with enemies such as Thomas Cromwell.

The mini-series, written by Eve Hedderwick Turner, is being produced by Fable Pictures (who created Stan & Ollie) and will air on Channel 5 in due course. 

Speaking about taking on the role, Jodie said: ‘Delving deeper into Anne Boleyn’s immense strengths while examining her fatal weaknesses and vulnerabilities, Eve’s scripts immediately captured my imagination.

‘The legend of this formidable queen and fierce mother will be seen as a deeply human story that is still so relevant for today,’ Turner-Smith said.

Historical figure: The British actress is to play the second wife of English King Henry VIII - whom he had beheaded - in the convention-defying three-part psychological thriller

Historical figure: The British actress is to play the second wife of English King Henry VIII - whom he had beheaded - in the convention-defying three-part psychological thriller

Historical figure: The British actress is to play the second wife of English King Henry VIII – whom he had beheaded – in the convention-defying three-part psychological thriller

In a statement, Channel 5 said: ‘The drama will explore the final months of Anne Boleyn’s life from the eponymous queen’s perspective.

‘The psychological drama follows her as she struggles to survive, to secure a future for her daughter, and to challenge the powerful patriarchy closing in around her.’  

Henry VIII’s love for Anne changed the course of English history: he split with the Catholic Church in 1533 to marry her after divorcing Catherine of Aragon.

The day after Anne’s beheading, Henry married Jane Seymour. 

A feminist insight: Jodie described Queen Anne Boleyn as 'formidable and fierce' as she spoke about her decision to take on the role

A feminist insight: Jodie described Queen Anne Boleyn as 'formidable and fierce' as she spoke about her decision to take on the role

A feminist insight: Jodie described Queen Anne Boleyn as ‘formidable and fierce’ as she spoke about her decision to take on the role

News of Jodie’s new role comes after five months after she welcomed her daughter, Janie, with Fringe actor husband Joshua Jackson, 42.

In the October issue of Vogue, the British model and actress confirmed child’s name for the first time in print, and reflected on what it’s been like to parent a newborn in the midst of the pandemic. 

‘I had to learn how to breastfeed and how to be a mum—it really worked out for my baby,’ Turner-­Smith said of the past few months during lockdown with her baby and husband. 

The article reported that after giving birth in April, Jodie’s mother Hilda came to stay with them for three months amid the pandemic, and while protests began erupting around the world in the fight of social justice and racial equality. 

New mum: News of Jodie's new role comes after five months after she welcomed her daughter, Janie, with Fringe actor husband Joshua Jackson, 42 (pictured November 2019)

New mum: News of Jodie's new role comes after five months after she welcomed her daughter, Janie, with Fringe actor husband Joshua Jackson, 42 (pictured November 2019)

New mum: News of Jodie’s new role comes after five months after she welcomed her daughter, Janie, with Fringe actor husband Joshua Jackson, 42 (pictured November 2019)

The Queen & Slim star reflected that it was a ‘comfort’ to have both her mother and husband with her and the baby during that time, without the outside pressures of work and amid a time of change and upheaval. 

‘It doesn’t make sense that we still have to be screaming to the world that our lives matter. It doesn’t make sense that Black people are being senselessly mowed down by the police,’ Jodie said, expressing her feelings on the Black Lives Matter movement. 

‘It doesn’t make sense, this country’s response to the global pandemic,’ she went on. ‘It doesn’t make sense that so many people are unemployed, and the government is bailing out corporations. 

‘But what did make sense, inside of that, was the love of my family,’ she concluded. 

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