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Thursday, 6 August 2020

CBS announces new premiere date for season two of Love Island

CBS announced today the second season of LOVE ISLAND will kick off with a two-hour premiere Monday, August 24 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Following the premiere, episodes will air nightly* (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), including a two-hour episode each Saturday (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), featuring the best moments of the week, exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage. The season will be available to stream live and on-demand on CBS All Access.

Host Arielle Vandenberg and narrator Matthew Hoffman will return with an all-new cast of Islanders for the U.S. version of the international reality sensation that will shoot its second season in Las Vegas sequestered in a “bubble” at Caesars Entertainment’s boutique hotel, The Cromwell. The cast will be announced closer to premiere.

LOVE ISLAND features a group of single “Islanders” who come together in a stunning setting, ready to embark on a summer of love, friendships and, ultimately, relationships. Every few days, the Islanders must couple up – those who fail to find a partner to couple up with risk being dumped from the island. Islanders are on the lookout for romance, but the road to love doesn’t always run smoothly. Challenges abound with new Islander arrivals and dramatic twists as friendships and relationships form. In addition to choosing their partners wisely, Islanders must also win the hearts of viewers who have the opportunity to shape events on screen and ultimately crown one lucky couple the winner, who will then have the chance to walk away with both love and the cash prize.

New Comedy Slice PRU confirmed for BBC Three

PRU is a comedy about a group of teens struggling to navigate adolescence in a Pupil Referral Unit, a school for excluded children.

This brand new Comedy Slice will authentically capture the unpredictable nature of PRU life, a world seldom seen by the public. It will be told through the eyes of four beautifully complex but seemingly self-destructive kids who say the unsayable and do the undoable.

The four teen leads will be found through an open casting process which will begin this week with Fully Focused putting out an online call for talent on its social pages.

Fully Focused are a youth-led production company at the forefront of online content creation. They are committed to centring underrepresented young voices in their work and the entire team behind PRU, from the writers (Alex Tenenbaum and Nathaniel Stevens) to the director (Teddy Nygh) have extensive experience of working with a wide range of young people, including in Pupil Referral Units, giving PRU unrivalled authenticity.

Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning at the BBC, says: “This script crackles with terrific dialogue from sharply drawn characters in a world we haven’t seen before in sitcomworld - all imbued with truth, heart and hilarity. Fully Focused bring their ethos and emphasis on authenticity and representation of young voices both on and off camera and we’re excited to go on this journey with them.”

Fiona Campbell, Controller BBC Three, says: “We’re hugely passionate about investing in young people at BBC Three, giving a platform to new stories and voices. We’re looking forward to working with Fully Focused on this sharp and authentic script.”

Leah Henry, Executive Producer, says: “Fully Focused are incredibly excited to be working with Shane Allen and his team to produce PRU for BBC Comedy. This show will take BBC audiences into the world of the Pupil Referral Unit, looking past the stereotypes of kids who can’t behave and showcasing the wit, charm, frenetic energy and beautiful chaos of young people from all walks of life, we’re also looking forward to unearthing fresh new talent through the open casting call. Created by a team who know this world inside out, developed with our young creatives aged 18-25 years old and providing paid training positions for young people throughout production, PRU is as genuine and authentic as it gets.”

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

"Big Brother: All-Stars" House Theme Revealed!

BIG BROTHER: ALL-STARS ups the game for season 22, as returning Houseguests vie for another shot at victory while living together in an "All-Star Loft" designed for the veteran VIPs. In a first for the hit summer series, the season premiere will air live, and the All-Star cast will be revealed during the two-hour move-in premiere event, Wednesday, August 5 (9:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

"The All-Star Loft is amazing!" said Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan, Executive Producers, BIG BROTHER. "It not only has an artistic nod to BIG BROTHER past, but this house actually holds the key to some new twists that will keep these All-Stars on their toes all season long!"

Building on the All-Stars theme, the house gets an A-list makeover befitting this season's group of returning BIG BROTHER Houseguests. Production designer Scott Storey designed the colorful BIG BROTHER All-Star Loft, which is inspired by the working arts lofts of downtown Los Angeles and features 16-foot tall warehouse windows and one-of-a-kind installation pieces.

In the living room, the Houseguests will get literal "star treatment" with a gigantic wall full of 1,152 illuminated pegs, as well as a massive star field created from hand-painted rods, which pepper the backlit wall. The living room also features vintage star-shaped tin signage, as well as a sleek new model of the iconic BIG BROTHER chess set.

This year's kitchen pays homage to some of the biggest All-Star moments of the past two decades, with splatter-paint street murals adorning the walls that illustrate players during unforgettable events, such as Dan Gheesling's funeral, Dr. Will Kirby acting as puppet master, and Rachel Reilly's call to "floaters" to grab a life vest.

This season, the lounge celebrates the show's infamous "showmances," a term coined by Dr. Will during season two, with LED-lit hearts, red velvet seating, and custom monogrammed throw pillows highlighting enduring couples from seasons past. In the bathroom, the fan-favorite "BIG BROTHER rubber duck" finally gets its due, with hundreds of ducks adorning the walls, from the showers to the sinks.

For the first time, the house will feature four bedrooms, instead of three. The first bedroom showcases the superhero side of BIG BROTHER Houseguests, with back issues of BB comics illustrating the walls, including images of memorable Houseguests Swaggy C, Devin Shepherd and Frankie Grande. Custom-printed duvet covers, spider web-like framing, and 3D-printed rocket ships make this room the perfect hero's headquarters or villain's lair.

The side bedroom celebrates a major symbol of the game - the BIG BROTHER key - with key-shaped columns capped by glass globes breaking up the padded leather walls, and 41 framed house keys sprinkled throughout the room, as a reminder that only one houseguest will have his or her key pulled at the end of the season. The back bedroom centers around the one feature BIG BROTHER could not exist without: the camera. Also known as the "photo memory room," this room is filled with 127 black-and-white photos that highlight pivotal moments spanning the show's 20-year history, as well as 45 35-millimeter cameras, including one prominently displayed wall-sized lens that not so subtly reminds houseguests all eyes are on them.

If an All-Star wants true VIP treatment, they will want to win the coveted Head of Household title and move into the luxurious HOH suite, which features raked skylights revealing a twilight-lit city skyline, a plush king-sized bed, and a royal blue velvet sofa - the ideal spot for what will surely be many late-night strategy sessions.

Finally, the front of the house has undergone a high-tech redesign featuring millions of LED pixels, giving the BIG BROTHER home major curb appeal. Throughout the season, the LED screens will display milestones in the game and provide viewers with an ever-closer, clearer look at the All-Star players.

Following the two-hour live move-in premiere event Wednesday, August 5 (9:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT), BIG BROTHER will air Sundays and Wednesdays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and Thursdays (8:00-9:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT), featuring the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen Moonves.

Total Wipeout: Freddie And Paddy Takeover - Q&A with hosts Freddie Flintoff & Paddy McGuinness

Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness bring their unique banter to classic Total Wipeout episodes as plucky contestants take on the Big Red Balls for the chance to win £10,000!
Coming to BBC One from Saturday 8 August at 7.10pm.

Q&A with host Freddie Flintoff

Can you tell us a bit about what to expect from this new series of Total Wipeout?

I think most people have seen Wipeout before - I remember watching it and it’s just fun isn’t it? You’ve got people doing stuff on this water place which is just ridiculous; you don’t stop laughing at it. It’s hard! Some of the stuff people go through, from getting punched off a wall to falling on them big red balls, all to win ten grand! This time round it’s the best episodes from 10 years ago and then me and Paddy have done the voiceover.

I’ve seen a few people saying they're introducing it to their kids for the first time over lockdown, so hopefully it’s good timing?

I think a lot of things have been tried over the years… but nothing's been as good as Wipeout! Hence bringing it back, and even watching the old episodes, it just doesn’t date. It’s still very funny. It’s fun, there’s a bit of jeopardy and it’s quite hard so hopefully it’ll go well and who knows - they might make it again!

Were you excited to get involved and to be working with Paddy again for this project?

I’m never excited to work with Paddy! It’s interesting isn’t it, because the two of us are doing Top Gear now and we’ve so much fun on that and it’s so good to do. And then we got the chance to do Wipeout and for both of us it was a no brainer. We both know the show. It’s quite strange you’ve got one from Preston, one from Bolton doing all these shows now - long may it continue!

It’s a real takeover!

The Northern takeover. We’re coming, it’s great!

Have you always been a fan of the show and what are your memories of watching it?

It was really bizarre watching. Obviously you see the big red balls and you remember all those things, but there was a person on it when I watched the series and it’s a friend’s daughter! There was a cricketer in the 80s and early 90s called Alan Lamb, he had a big moustache, bit of a character, and I know Alan and I know his daughter. And she was on! I remember at the time watching and saying, “Oh it’s Lamby’s daughter!” I was in the voiceover studio and we were doing that episode so I’m commentating and talking about someone I know, 10 years on. So that was a bit different.

Does one of you play good cop and the other bad cop when commenting on the contestants? What type of contestant do you root for?

A little bit, we tend to get behind a few people – there are some characters! When they were filming, it’s almost as if some of the contestants weren’t aware it’s being filmed! Some of the things they do, some of things you can get people to do on the start line, or doing a little piece to camera to introduce themselves is amazing. I'm not sure if people would do that now! But yeah it’s bizarre, Paddy gets stuck into a few people, as do I to be honest!

Have there been many funny moments whilst recording together? Does the other person have any habits that get on your nerves or have the separate recording booths helped?

Yeah I think separate booths are good…but this has been fun. There’s a team of people behind it and there's people writing scripts and that…but there is a lot of room where you can just talk and riff with each other. And sometimes you’re just falling about laughing.

Did you have a favourite contestant across the series?

Katie (Lamb), yeah she was definitely mine. She was a standout!

It seems like there is a great mix of fun contestants in there?

Yeah some of the dances people do and some of the things people say, it’s bizarre! If they do it again they should get all the same people back.

Which obstacles would particularly suit you and which would you fail at on the Wipeout course?

The easiest one is when you get onto the course you just slide down but after that it’s all hell. It’s all balance, it’s bouncing, it’s jumping. I think the only one I might have a chance with is that wall where they punch you, just trying to stay on the wall. I think that’s the only one, but then if anyone saw me boxing, they’d probably disagree.

Do you have any special rituals you do before a recording / do you have a routine together now as you’ve worked together for quite a while?

No Paddy never sees what I do before we start because he’s always late! So whatever I do, Paddy’s oblivious, and then Paddy waltzes in and then just starts as if we’ve got the call time wrong. So there’s no warm ups, there’s no nothing, we’re just sat there waiting for Paddy and then he comes in and we start.

He keeps you on your toes. So that's the warm up?

No not on our toes, he keeps us frustrated!

Will either of you have a catchphrase for the show?

No, but that's the thing with catchphrases, I don’t think I have. But sometimes you listen back and you say things more than you thought you did. So I don’t think I have, but we’ll wait and see!

What other shows like Wipeout do you feel bring a good mix of comfort and silly watching?

I think it’s on its own Wipeout. I did a show called Cannonball a few years ago which was water based but it just wasn’t Wipeout.  And then you’ve got your Ninja Warriors, I present that in Australia. But that's become more of a sport over there, it’s so difficult and it’s so hard and it’s for people who just spend their life in the gym training. But with Wipeout it’s fun and you can have a go at it. I think that's the charm of the show where people sit at home thinking, “I’d love to do that” or “I could do that” and they genuinely could do and they’d enjoy it. I don’t there’s too many shows out there like that.

How do you hope audiences will react to the show?

Do you know what, everyone that I’ve spoken to when they mention Wipeout and that me and Paddy are doing it, they’re excited by it. They just reminisce about Wipeout and they've all got a memory of watching so hopefully we’re starting from a good point and it’s going to be similar to when it first went around. You’re sat in the voice booth watching it and apart from probably a few outfits and a pair of trainers it hasn’t dated - maybe a haircut here and there - but you wouldn’t know. I hope everyone will get into it.

Quickfire round on your co-host:

What would Paddy’s biggest strength and biggest weakness be?

His biggest strength would be that he’s really competitive. His biggest weakness is that his ambition outweighs his ability.

What nickname would he have?

You know the cartoon character Foghorn Leghorn? He just shouts. That’s who Chris (Harris) likens him to. I’m going to throw Chris under the bus here, so Chris reckons he’d be Foghorn Leghorn!

What would be the first thing he’d spend his money on?

He’d probably get some more trainers with studs on the back or a new denim jacket. Or he loves a leather jacket as well Paddy – he doesn’t really dress age appropriate bless him!

Q&A with host Paddy McGuinness

Were you excited to get involved and to be working with Freddie again?

There was a great response when the news was announced so I really hope people enjoy seeing it back on BBC One. We need those big red balls back in our lives! The show, not Fred?

What do you think makes this format so popular with viewers?

Wipeout is all about not taking yourself too seriously and going for it. It’s silly, pure comfort TV and I think more than ever that’s the kind of telly people have an appetite for.

Have you always been a fan of the show/what are your memories of watching it?

I’ve always loved the mix of contestants that take part in the show - they’re up for anything and aren’t afraid of looking daft, bit like myself and Fred. I think the brilliant thing about it is you can’t really prepare for the course or the obstacles – you have to leave your pride at the door and give it your all! It brought back loads of happy memories watching it, felt really nostalgic.

Which one of you plays good cop/bad cop when giving commentary on contestants? What type of contestant do you root for?

I can probably be a bit harsher on some of the contestants than Fred. I see it more as tough love.

Do you have any special rituals you do before a recording/ do you have a routine together now as you’ve worked together for quite a while?

Fred still has a lot to learn from me so part of that routine is him getting the chance to sit back and watch a professional at work. But really it’s always fairly easy for us to get stuck in and get the job done while having a laugh.

What would be your 3 top tips for tackling the Total Wipeout course?

My tips would be, don’t be self-conscious, don’t over think it and definitely try to get in swimming practice beforehand as most people end up stuck in the water at some stage or another!

How do you hope audiences will react to the show?

I hope that it’s one parents introduce to their kids and that it gives people the chance to sit down and have a laugh together. For anyone that’s seen before, it’s nostalgic and it’s actually even funnier and more ridiculous than I remembered.

Quickfire round on your co-host:

What would be their strength as a contestant?

His biggest strength would be his ability to stride across the big red balls with ease.

What would be their biggest weakness as a contestant?

His biggest weakness would be getting not being able to maintain his blue steel look for the entire course.

What would they do with the prize?

Use it to pay for the dry-cleaning bill.

What nickname would they have?

Freddie Falloff? The Lanky Lancastrian. So many to choose from really!

Monday, 3 August 2020

Lucifer Season 4 Recap | Netflix

Get caught up on the last season of Lucifer before all hell breaks loose. Season 5 Part 1 premieres August 21 only on Netflix.

Bored with being the Lord of Hell, the devil relocates to Los Angeles, where he opens a nightclub and forms a connection with a homicide detective.

Starring:Tom Ellis,Lauren German,Kevin Alejandro

COMPETITION: Win The Secrets She Keeps on DVD

The Secrets She Keeps is out on DVD on August 10th

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 Copies on DVD to give away.

THE CAT is out the bag…Brand-new nail-biting drama The Secrets She Keeps is set to have viewers hooked this summer. This six-part small-screen adaptation of Michael Robotham’s best-seller follows the lives of two pregnant women in wildly different circumstances, whose meeting may be more than a coincidence. This ‘domestic noir’ drama arrives on digital 8 July and DVD 10 August 2020 from Acorn Media International, following its run on BBCOne.

Successful mummy-blogger Meghan (Jessica De Gouw – The Crown, Vienna Blood) meets shelf-stacker Agatha (Laura Carmichael – Downton Abbey, The Spanish Princess) in the supermarket of her affluent Sydney suburb. The pair are both pregnant, bonding over the similar due dates of their babies, but as they grow closer, Agatha becomes more and more obsessed with Meghan’s “perfect” life. However under the surface, problems with her high-flying TV exec husband Jack (Michael Dorman – Patriot, The Invisible Man) and tension with his best friend Simon (Ryan Corr – Cleverman, Hacksaw Ridge) mean Meghan is keeping plenty of secrets of her own…

Meanwhile, the father of Agatha’s child, Hayden (Michael Sheasby – The Luminaries, A Place to Call Home) is away on duty and might not be as excited about the baby as Agatha is, forcing her to confront the question: when the life you want isn’t yours, how far will you go to get it?

A fascinating exploration of female friendship, urban class divide, social media, and motherhood, all wrapped up in an edge-of-your-seat thriller, you’ll be guessing The Secrets She Keeps until the very end.

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What is the name of the actor who plays mummy-blogger Meghan in The Secrets She Keeps?

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Thursday, 30 July 2020

Taskmaster - New Cast Revealed!


Alex Horne’s International Emmy and triple BAFTA nominated show Taskmaster has revealed the latest quintet of contestants who will feature in the brand new series set to launch this Autumn in its new home on Channel 4.

Perched on their gleaming thrones will be Greg Davies as the incomparable and all-powerful Taskmaster, and Alex Horne as his faithful sidekick and general dogsbody, scoring the efforts of five top comedians as they tackle perplexing and extraordinary challenges in the name of critically acclaimed entertainment.

Hoping to impress the Taskmaster and be crowned the next champion are: BAFTA winning actress and writer Daisy May Cooper (This Country, BBC Three), acclaimed comedian, writer and director Johnny Vegas (Benidorm, ITV), BAFTA winning actress Katherine Parkinson (IT Crowd, Channel 4), comedian and actor Mawaan Rizwan (Live At The Apollo, BBC Two), and comedian, multi-award-winning podcaster and writer Richard Herring (RHLSTP). Wax seals will open, dreams will be made and/or broken, and Little Alex Horne will be wrapped around his master’s little finger providing stats and moral support in the most ridiculous and ferociously fought game show on television.