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Saturday 20 April 2024

Amanda Holden and Alan Carr Take on Their Biggest Challenge Yet in "Amanda and Alan's Spanish Job"

Amanda Holden and Alan Carr

BBC Factual has announced that Amanda Holden and Alan Carr are embarking on their most ambitious project yet. In the third series of their immensely popular show, the dynamic duo will be leaving the UK behind and heading to the sunny south of Spain. Their mission? To take on a rambling, run-down property in the province of Andalusia.

With many rural areas suffering from depopulation, Amanda and Alan hope to breathe new life into the region and attract tourists by showcasing some of its unloved and forgotten areas around the Costa del Sol in "Amanda and Alan's Spanish Job."

Their latest challenge involves renovating their biggest house yet, learning new DIY skills, and stepping out of their comfort zones once again. Their goal is to transform the dilapidated property into a magical oasis. This year, their interior design will be inspired by the rich Moorish influences of the region's bygone eras.

But it's not all hard work for Amanda and Alan. After a day of DIY, they'll immerse themselves in Spanish traditions, exploring the diverse landscape of Andalusia. From the Sierra Nevada mountains to whitewashed coastal villages and historic Moorish towns, they'll indulge in local cuisine, join summer festivals, and get to grips with the local traditions. Sangria sipping, Flamenco dancing, and karaoke singing are all on the agenda for Amanda and Alan's Spanish adventure!

Amanda Holden expresses her excitement, saying, "It's wonderful how often I'm stopped in the street and told how much people love our show. Alan and I have the best time filming it, and to have reached series three already is beyond the dreams of our lockdown pitch to the BBC! Bring on the Spanish sun, we can't wait to get started and continue to help Comic Relief and Children In Need along the way."

Alan Carr adds, "It's always exciting when a show you love gets recommissioned, but the fact that we will be bringing our unique DIY expertise to a whole different country makes it even more special. We are saying ciao for now and Hola España! Can't wait to grab our power tools and get our hard hats on and bring some much-needed TLC to a casa in Spain!"

Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Factual Entertainment and Live Events, expresses her enthusiasm, stating, "We're absolutely delighted that Amanda and Alan are heading to Spain for their biggest and most ambitious renovation project yet. With their passion for interior design, DIY, and discovering local life, audiences are in for a real treat."

"Amanda and Alan's Spanish Job" will be an 8x30' series airing on BBC One and iPlayer. The show is produced by Voltage TV Productions, commissioned by Catherine Catton, and executive produced by Claire Walls, Sanjay Singhal, and Tom Cullum, with Ricky Cooper serving as the Commissioning Editor.



TRAILER: The Responder Series 2 - Starring Martin Freeman

Get ready! The Responder returns for its second series!

Martin Freeman leads the cast as an urgent response officer determined to stay on the right path. However, when he clashes with a notorious drug dealer, he finds himself slipping back into old habits.

Don't miss The Responder on BBC iPlayer and BBC One, starting May 5th.

Catch up on series 1 at https://amzn.to/4b0aNlI


Apple TV+ Announces Premiere Date for New Mystery Thriller Series "Sunny"

Rashida Jones

Apple TV+ has revealed that its highly anticipated mystery thriller series, "Sunny," will premiere globally with its first two episodes on Wednesday, July 10, 2024. The show, created by Katie Robbins ("The Affair," "The Last Tycoon"), promises a gripping narrative with a darkly comic edge.

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Executive produced and directed by Lucy Tcherniak ("Station Eleven," "The End of the F***ing World"), "Sunny" stars Emmy Award nominee Rashida Jones ("On the Rocks," "The Other Black Girl," "Quincy") in a multifaceted role. Jones, who also serves as an executive producer, is joined by a talented cast including Hidetoshi Nishijima, Joanna Sotomura, Judy Ongg, You, Annie the Clumsy, and Jun Kunimura.


The series follows Suzie, portrayed by Rashida Jones, an American woman residing in Kyoto, Japan. Suzie's life takes a drastic turn when her husband and son vanish in a mysterious plane crash. To alleviate her grief, she is presented with Sunny, a cutting-edge domestic robot manufactured by her husband's electronics company. Initially resistant to Sunny's attempts to fill the void left by her family's disappearance, Suzie eventually forms an unexpected bond with the robot. Together, they delve into the unsettling truth behind Suzie's family's fate, leading them into a perilous world previously unknown to Suzie.

"Sunny" is produced for Apple TV+ by A24 and is based on the book "The Dark Manual" by Colin O'Sullivan, an award-winning Irish writer based in Japan. The series is written and executive produced by Katie Robbins under her production company, Babka Pictures, with A24 and Rashida Jones also serving as executive producers.


This collaboration marks the second project for Apple, A24, and Rashida Jones, following the global success of Sofia Coppola's acclaimed film "On the Rocks." Rashida Jones also recently starred in Apple's hit series "Silo," based on Hugh Howey's bestselling dystopian trilogy.

With its intriguing premise, talented cast, and the creative forces behind it, "Sunny" promises to be a must-watch series, sure to captivate audiences when it premieres on Apple TV+ on July 10, 2024.

Friday 19 April 2024

Netflix Announces Production of "The Witcher" Season 4 and Season 5, Promising Epic Conclusion

Excitement is brewing among fans of "The Witcher" as Netflix officially kicks off production for the highly anticipated Season 4 of the hit fantasy drama series. Alongside this announcement comes the news that Season 5 has been greenlit, marking the final chapter in Geralt's captivating journey.

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The recent table read provided a sneak peek of the cast coming together for the upcoming seasons, setting the stage for what promises to be an epic and satisfying conclusion to Netflix's adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski's beloved books.

Seasons 4 and 5 will delve into the remaining novels in Sapkowski's series, including "Baptism of Fire," "The Tower of the Swallow," and "Lady of the Lake." These adaptations aim to provide viewers with a thrilling continuation of the story, exploring the war-torn Continent and the challenges faced by Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri as they navigate their separate paths.


Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, creator, showrunner, and executive producer of "The Witcher," expressed her pride in embarking on the penultimate season of the series. With a stellar cast led by Liam Hemsworth as Geralt of Rivia, Hissrich is eager to deliver a conclusion that honors Sapkowski's rich storytelling while pushing the characters to their limits.

"It wouldn't be our show if we didn't push our family of characters to their absolute limit," Hissrich remarked. "Stay tuned to see how the story ends."

The cast lineup for Seasons 4 and 5 features familiar faces alongside exciting new additions, including Liam Hemsworth as Geralt of Rivia, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg, and Freya Allan as Princess Cirilla of Cintra. Notable additions to the cast include Laurence Fishburne as Regis, Eamon Farren as Cahir, and Sharlto Copley as Leo Bonhart, among others.


As production gears up for the final chapters of "The Witcher," fans can expect a gripping narrative that delves deeper into the complex relationships and intricate world-building that have made the series a global phenomenon.

With its blend of captivating storytelling, dynamic characters, and breathtaking visuals, "The Witcher" continues to captivate audiences worldwide. As Season 4 and Season 5 promise to deliver an unforgettable conclusion, fans eagerly await the next chapter in Geralt's saga on the Continent.

Stay tuned for more updates as "The Witcher" Season 4 and Season 5 journey toward their highly anticipated premieres, only on Netflix.


Apple TV+ Renews "For All Mankind" for Season Five and Announces Spinoff Series "Star City"

For All Mankind

Exciting news for fans of space drama as Apple TV+ announces the renewal of its hit series "For All Mankind" for a fifth season. Alongside the renewal comes the revelation of a brand-new spinoff series titled "Star City," expanding the rich universe of the show. Created by Ronald D. Moore, Matt Wolpert, and Ben Nedivi, both series promise to captivate audiences with their unique blend of alternate history storytelling.

"After the success of our fourth season, we're thrilled to continue the journey of 'For All Mankind' with a fifth season," said the executive producers Wolpert and Nedivi. "Our exploration of the Soviet space program has led us to uncover fascinating stories, and we're excited to delve deeper into this alternate history with the 'Star City' spinoff."

"Star City" will serve as a propulsive, paranoid thriller, offering viewers a glimpse behind the Iron Curtain during a crucial moment in the alt-history retelling of the space race. Showcasing the lives of Soviet cosmonauts, engineers, and intelligence officers, the series promises to unravel the risks and sacrifices made to propel humanity forward.

Matt Cherniss, head of programming for Apple TV+, expressed his excitement for the expansion of the "For All Mankind" universe, praising the high-quality storytelling of Moore, Wolpert, and Nedivi. "There is so much to explore," Cherniss said, "and we can't wait to dive into this next chapter with our partners at Sony."

Since its debut, "For All Mankind" has garnered critical acclaim, with season four holding a perfect 100% Certified Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes. The series, created by Emmy Award winner Ronald D. Moore, has been praised for its compelling narrative and meticulous attention to detail.

In addition to the renewal and spinoff announcement, Apple TV+ revealed that all four seasons of "For All Mankind" are now available for streaming globally. The latest season propelled the series into the new millennium, focusing on the capture and mining of mineral-rich asteroids while navigating tensions between Earth and Mars.

Watch For All Mankind at https://apple.co/3wm1gnu



Channel 4 and Peacock Unveil First Look Images and Details for Season Two of "We Are Lady Parts"

We Are Lady Parts

Excitement is brewing as Channel 4 and Peacock unveil the first look images and details for the highly anticipated second series of the award-winning and critically acclaimed show, "We Are Lady Parts." Created, written, executive produced, and directed by the talented Nida Manzoor, the series promises to captivate audiences once again with its unique blend of humor, music, and exploration of identity.

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Returning to the screen is Anjana Vasan, who brilliantly portrays Amina Hussain, the unlikely lead guitarist of the Muslim punk band Lady Parts. Joining her are Sarah Kameela Impey as Saira, Juliette Motamed as Ayesha, Faith Omole as Bisma, and Lucie Shorthouse as Momtaz, completing the band's dynamic lineup.


The second season of "We Are Lady Parts" delves deeper into the band's journey as they navigate newfound challenges and pursue their artistic mission with renewed vigor. From the highs of their first UK tour to facing off against a rival band, the series promises to deliver a rollercoaster of emotions as Lady Parts embarks on recording their first album while juggling personal ambitions.


One of the highlights of the upcoming season is the inclusion of cameos from renowned figures such as Malala Yousafzai, the education activist and co-founder of the Malala Fund, and comedy legend Meera Syal. Their appearances add an extra layer of depth and excitement to an already stellar cast.


Nida Manzoor, the mastermind behind the series, shares her enthusiasm for the upcoming season, expressing her desire to push the boundaries even further. With a focus on exploring the interior lives of each character and delving into the complexities of success, Manzoor promises a bold, silly, and thought-provoking journey for viewers.


Originally conceived as a Channel 4 Blap in 2018, "We Are Lady Parts" has garnered widespread acclaim, earning multiple BAFTA Television and RTS Programme Awards, the prestigious 2021 Edinburgh TV Award for Best Comedy Series, the Rose d'Or Emerging Talent Award for Manzoor, and a Peabody Award for Entertainment.


Fans both old and new can mark their calendars for the release of the second series of "We Are Lady Parts," streaming exclusively on Channel 4 in the UK and on Peacock in the US starting May 30th. And for those who can't wait to dive into the world of Lady Parts, the entire first series is available for streaming now on Channel 4 and Peacock.


As anticipation builds for the next chapter in this groundbreaking series, audiences can expect an exhilarating ride filled with laughter, music, and plenty of surprises. "We Are Lady Parts" is set to reaffirm its status as a must-watch show that celebrates the power of friendship, identity, and the universal language of music.


Thursday 18 April 2024

BBC Acquires Two Gripping Swedish Crime Dramas for BBC iPlayer and TV Channels

The allure of Nordic Noir continues to captivate audiences worldwide, and the BBC is set to offer its viewers a taste of this dark and mysterious genre with the acquisition of two thrilling Swedish crime dramas: "End of Summer" and "Jana – Marked for Life". These acquisitions, from Viaplay Content Distribution, promise to deliver gripping narratives, complex characters, and stunning cinematography, adding to the rich tapestry of Nordic storytelling available on BBC iPlayer and TV channels.

"End of Summer" unfolds as a six-part psychological thriller, adapted from former police officer Anders de la Motte's bestselling Swedish novel of the same name. The story plunges viewers into the heart of rural Sweden in the summer of 1984, where the disappearance of 5-year-old Billy sets off a chain of events that reverberate through the decades. Starring Julia Ragnarsson and Erik Enge, the series follows Billy's sister, Vera, as she confronts haunting memories and seeks to unravel the truth behind her brother's vanishing. With its atmospheric setting and compelling performances, "End of Summer" promises to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Viaplay, in collaboration with Harmonica Films, SF Studios, and Film i Skåne, brings "End of Summer" to life under the direction of Jens Jonsson and Henrik Georgsson. Lead writers Stefan Thunberg and Björn Carlström infuse the series with tension and intrigue, crafting a narrative that explores the depths of familial bonds and the enduring scars of the past.

Meanwhile, "Jana – Marked for Life" delves into the world of public prosecution and the haunting legacy of a former child soldier. Based on the bestselling novel by Emelie Schepp, the series follows protagonist Jana as she grapples with the complexities of her own traumatic past while investigating a chilling murder case. Led by Madeleine Martin, Pernilla August, and August Wittgenstein, the cast delivers nuanced performances that bring the characters to life against the backdrop of a gripping thriller.

Created for television by Felix Herngren and Henrik Björn, "Jana – Marked for Life" offers a compelling blend of suspense and introspection. With a talented team of writers including Maria Karlsson and Daniel Sawka, the series navigates themes of justice, identity, and redemption with skill and nuance. Viaplay and FLX join forces to produce this six-part saga, supported by Wild Sheep and Reaz, under the guidance of producers Sussan Treschow and executive producers Elin Kvist, Erik Barmack, and Martin Rea.

Sue Deeks, Head of BBC Programme Acquisition, expresses her enthusiasm for the additions to the BBC's Nordic Noir lineup, praising "End of Summer" for its complexity and absorbing mystery, and hailing "Jana – Marked for Life" as an intriguing and suspenseful thriller. These acquisitions underscore the BBC's commitment to delivering high-quality international content to its audiences, further enriching its catalogue of diverse and compelling programming.

As viewers prepare to immerse themselves in the chilling landscapes and intricate mysteries of Swedish crime drama, "End of Summer" and "Jana – Marked for Life" stand poised to captivate and enthrall audiences on BBC iPlayer and TV channels. With their gripping narratives and standout performances, these series promise to leave an indelible mark on the ever-expanding world of Nordic Noir.