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What's New This Week: Movies, Shows And Doctor Who

11/08/2010 10:31 | Updated 22 May 2015

So we're in that late summer lull - the weather isn't what it was, and a tidy bedroom is a figment of everyone's imagination. With rain clouds on the horizon, you may be in search of some indoor entertainment, so let's take a look at what's new to keep your family occupied this week.

Toy Story 3 has been the big family movie of the summer - you can read our review here. But now there are some fresh contenders making their way to your cinema screens.

Cats and Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore is out now in cinemas, a sort of animal James Bond spoof, where the aim of the game is to stop an evil cat (voiced by Bette Midler) from taking over the world. This has had some 'ruff' reviews, so pack plenty of popcorn to keep you going.

A much better bet for children aged 10 and over is The Sorcerer's Apprentice. It stars Nicolas Cage and is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, so that means high concept action adventure and amazing CGI special effects, but not too many explosions since it's a PG.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice opens around the UK on 11th August. Check out the trailer below, it looks totally amazing:

The BBC have announced a great new game to tide over Doctor Who fans til the next new episodes: it's the Amy Pond History Hunt. You can download this game for free here at the BBC website . The Doctor has disappeared and taken his sonic screwdriver, and players have to crack a code to open a safe. Historical figures from the TV show get involved, including Agatha Christie, Vincent Van Gogh and Winston Churchill. Boys and girls aged 7 and over will love this.

So there's plenty around for older children, but what about the littles?

Earlier this year we previewed the new In The Night Garden live show. This has proved to be so popular that new London dates have just been announced, with 10,000 extra seats available. You'll find all the info about this here

And for children of all ages, the Kids Week scheme has been extended by another week, so it now runs from 13th August-3rd September. This is a great chance to take your child to see a London show for free, as you get a free child's ticket for every adult ticket you buy. I'm taking my ten year old to see the musical Wicked - West End shows tend to be so pricey, so Kids Week is probably the only time we could do this. Full details on participating shows here.

Tamzin Outhwaite (pictured here), who is currently playing Sweet Charity at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, said: "I know how you can fall in love with the excitement of theatre at an early age, I know because I did. Kids Week is the perfect summer treat and gives children an amazing opportunity to experience theatre up close."

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