Pippa and the Shadow Dancer provide thrilling night in London

Aug 14, 2012
The Mole

Political editors heap praise on movie version of colleague Tom Bradby's Northern Ireland drama

THE LONDON political media crowd took the night off yesterday to join Tom Bradby, political editor of ITN, at the movie premiere of his thriller, Shadow Dancer. And this morning, instead of aiming the wrecking ball at our political leaders, they're falling over themselves to praise the film.

Arch rival Adam Boulton, political editor of Sky News, tweeted: "Tom Bradby ITN not just a pretty face, his script of his book 4 film #shadowdancer gripping thriller, great acting esp Andrea Riseborough."

The audience included C4's bicycling presenter Jon Snow and fellow broadcasting A-listers Matt Frei, Martha Kearney, Katie Derham, Ben Brown and Julie Etchingham.

Kate Silverton tweeted: "First night out with hubby since Clemency born !!!! And what a fabulous night - v proud to attend premiere of @tombradby film #shadowdancer".

Daily Mail deputy political editor Tim Shipman posted: "Been to my first film premiere tonight. I can heartily recommend Shadow Dancer the new film of Tom Bradby's novel. Brilliant tense thriller."

The Sun's hard-nosed political digger Dave Wooding even gave us a hint as to what the film might be about when he tweeted: "Just been to premiere of @tombradby film #shadowdancer - a gripping portrayal of The Troubles in NI. Brilliant stuff, Tom.

All this effusive praise is coupled with some star-gazing. Paul Waugh, editor of Politics Home, tweeted: "Seriously hot guest list at
@tombradby premiere. Just clocked Pippa Middleton!"

Bradby, who juggles the ITN day job with writing bestsellers, is a pal of Prince William, hence the showing of the prince's sister-in-law. It was the leak of a message Bradby left on William's mobile phone about a sporting injury that first exposed the existence of celebrity phone hacking by News International and led to the Leveson Inquiry. Bradby was rewarded for his loyalty with an invitation to the royal wedding last year.
Oh well, it's back to reality today - trade figures, the euro crisis, and the coalition government at war.

  • Shadow Dancer, directed by James Marsh and starring Aidan Gillen, Andrea Riseborough, Clive Owen and Gillian Anderson, opens at UK cinemas on 24 August.

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