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Friday 31 August 2018

Holly Willoughby to co-host this year’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!


Holly Willoughby to co-host this year’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

ITV today confirmed that Holly Willoughby will be joining Declan Donnelly in Australia to co-host this year’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

Holly will join Dec for the upcoming series as Ant McPartlin takes a break from TV presenting.

Holly Willoughby said:
“I couldn’t be more excited to have been asked to stand alongside Dec for the next jungle adventure. I love Ant and want to send him my best wishes and support for a continued recovery. These are big shoes, not to fill, but just to keep warm for a little bit... Honestly, I’m a huge fan of ‘I’m a Celebrity’ and actually feel like I’ve won a competition to go and hang out on my favourite show! When is it a good time to tell Dec I’m scared of everything that moves?!”

Declan Donnelly said:
“I am hugely grateful to Holly for agreeing to accompany me to Australia this year. She was at the top of my list and I’m thrilled she said yes. It will be a different kind of series but we will try our best to ensure it is no less fun and eventful for our loyal viewers. I am also pleased to hear Holly is scared of everything. I am almost stupidly excited at the thought of watching her during the eating trials!”

ITV’s Director of Television, Kevin Lygo said:
“Holly is a brilliant presenter with a wicked sense of humour who has always enjoyed a great friendship and rapport with Ant and Dec – I have no doubt she will take to Jungle life, if not the critters, really quickly.”

Plans for This Morning will be announced in due course.

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! returns to ITV this Autumn.


Queen of the World - New ITV series Queen of the World will offer a unique insight into Her Majesty The Queen


New ITV series Queen of the World will offer a unique insight into Her Majesty The Queen’s role as a figure on the global stage and the baton she is passing to the younger members of the Royal Family as they continue to build the Commonwealth connection.

Filmed over more than a year by Oxford Films [whose ITV documentaries include Our Queen and Our Queen at 90 and Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy] with privileged access to The Queen, her family, her staff and her residences, this landmark series tells the story of how the Commonwealth has been a central focus and passion throughout Her Majesty’s life.

Queen of the World [2x60] features behind-the-scenes moments with the Sovereign and other members of the Royal Family, including the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Princess Royal, and the Countess of Wessex.

As the family and world leaders discuss the importance of the Commonwealth to the Queen, the series will document the way in which she passes her knowledge and experience to the younger generations.

Drawing on cine footage from The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's private film archives and treasures of the Royal Collection, the series will offer a unique perspective on the Queen’s early years as Head of the Commonwealth when Her Majesty had the symbols of the then eight Commonwealth countries embroidered on to her Coronation gown. We will see how that number had risen to 53 by the time the Duchess of Sussex had flowers of the Commonwealth represented on her wedding veil in 2018.

The Queen of the World is commissioned for ITV by Jo Clinton-Davis, Controller of Factual and Sue Murphy, Head of Factual Entertainment.

Jo said: “The Queen is a unique figure on the world stage, with a huge depth of experience having met more global leaders than any previous British monarch and serving longer than  all of them.  This film is a rare opportunity to see Her Majesty up close and behind the scenes in this role, which means so much to her and has been so significant for Britain and the Commonwealth.”

Nicolas Kent, Creative Director for Oxford Films and Executive Producer for Queen of the World, said: “The Queen is the most well-travelled monarch in history and it’s been fascinating to see how she has passed on her experience to the younger generations of the royal family.  With the Duke and Duchess of Sussex about to embark on their first Commonwealth Tour to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific exactly sixty-five years after the Queen’s first Commonwealth Tour, this series could not be more timely.”


Thursday 30 August 2018

9-1-1 Season 2 "Nowhere To Hide" Trailer (HD) Jennifer Love Hewitt joins cast


From creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk (the “American Horror Story” franchise, “Nip/Tuck”), new procedural drama 9-1-1 explores the high-pressure experiences of police officers, paramedics and firefighters who are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations. These emergency responders must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in their own lives. The provocative series stars Academy and Emmy Award nominee Angela Bassett (“American Horror Story,” “What’s Love Got to Do with It”) and Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated actor Peter Krause (“The Catch,” “Six Feet Under”).

Wednesday 29 August 2018

The Great British Bake Off: the first baker leaves the tent

In Tuesday’s night’s episode of The Great British Bake Off on Channel 4, Manon was named Star Baker and Imelda, 33 was the first baker to leave the tent.

“I’m disappointed to be the first off, but it was better to be there for one week rather than not at all. Even though it was short and sweet, I feel that I learned a lot about baking and also meeting new people and making friends for life.

‘I have to say it was 100% one of the best experiences of my life. I didn’t have a bucket list, but if I did, this would be a big tick off it!

‘I have always found social situations awkward, but since being on Bake Off they really don’t scare me as much. Being on the show has totally changed me as a personality, it has made me more confident. If I wanted to set myself a personal challenge – then this was it, and I would say it has really worked for me.

‘My best moment overall was meeting the other bakers, and when I got positive feedback from both Paul and Prue for my Signature challenge. I was beaming, as I am so proud of my oatmeal biscuits!

‘My worst moment was obviously when my name was called out, but I did know it was coming. I knew I was going home, I did mouth it to one of the other bakers, and that was all fine.

‘If I did it all again, I just wish I had done more with the Selfie Biscuit. I think I should have been a bit more creative, and I took the challenge too literally! Afterwards I didn’t want to take the biscuit home absolutely not, I never want to look at it again!

‘I definitely wanted to impress Paul the most as I have loved watching all his programmes over the years. I have grown up watching him on TV, and I am so impressed with his expertise on baking bread. I hated baking biscuits before I went into Bake Off, it’s always been my pet hate, and I couldn’t believe that I was facing biscuits in my first week, and I don’t think I will ever bake biscuits again! Just my luck that in this series, they decided to make Biscuit Week the first episode!

‘The family have been so pleased by the media reaction to the show and they are so proud of me. My daddy has enjoyed the whole experience, and he is super proud of me. Piaras my son is enjoying it and I think his friends think it is a bit cool, but I couldn’t ever say that! He has shown a bit of interest in baking, but his main interest is eating the bakes, and there are always clean plates in our house!

‘I am from the West part of Northern Ireland so it’s been so lovely to represent the rural community and for them to get some recognition which they so much deserve. I regularly make soda bread, oatmeal biscuits, and a pie with seasonal berries, at the moment it’s blackcurrants. I make jam and pies with them, my auntie grows them and gives them to me, it’s truly a family affair.

‘If I had stayed in the tent, I was particularly looking forward to bread week, as I would say that’s my strongest area, but sadly it wasn’t to be. But hey, it won’t stop me making bread from here on.

‘Years ago, I remember watching the very first episode of Bake Off, and I thought yes this is my kind of TV, but never ever in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever be on it.

‘I am so thankful to have been involved in such a special group of people that have actually got into the tent and achieved the experience of all of that. I have to say for me it is a dream come true. I even genuinely enjoyed the audition process and especially meeting all the bakers. It’s really been phenomenal, and I won’t forget a moment of it.

‘I will be watching it every week from now, and seeing it as a viewer. And of course supporting all the bakers, that’s really important to me, and I can’t wait to see how it unfolds from here.

‘I am so looking forward to going on An Extra Slice, I absolutely love Jo Brand, I think she is brilliant.

Imelda will join Jo Brand on The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice on Friday 31 August - Channel 4 at 8.00 pm.


Biography:
IMELDA, 33
COUNTY TYRONE, NI
COUNTRYSIDE RECREATION OFFICER
Imelda is one of four siblings and grew up in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, where she learned to cook and bake from her mother, in their family home. Now juggling a busy job and family life, Imelda spends her evenings and weekends making soda breads, biscuits and treats for her father and son, and cakes that she takes into work to share with her colleagues. She lives surrounded by aunts, uncles and cousins, which means catering for friends and family at large sociable gatherings is just part of normal, everyday life.


The X Factor Returns 1st of September



ITV - 8.00pm - 9.15pm
The search for a new music superstar gets underway as The X Factor returns to ITV. Heralding the start of a new era for the nation’s most talked about entertainment show, is a brand-new panel with Robbie Williams, Ayda Williams and Louis Tomlinson joining music mogul Simon Cowell as judges.

Returning as host is Mr Saturday Night, Dermot O’Leary, who will be on hand to guide viewers and contestants alike through their X Factor journey, providing them with a word of advice or a much-needed hug as the contestants perform in front of the judging panel.

This series sees the return of the arena auditions at The SSE Arena, Wembley, where the hopefuls will have to perform not only for the judges but live in front of members of the public, making it the biggest audition of their lives. Should they impress and secure three or more ‘yeses’ they will go through to the judge’s deliberation, where the judges will review and decide who gets to perform in the Six Chair Challenge. This is all before the competition really heats up and culminates with the live shows later in the year.

Expect outstanding vocals and sensational performances, as the judges and contestants go all out in a bid to be crowned The X Factor Champion 2018.


Tuesday 28 August 2018

Legacies (The CW) Inside Preview HD - The Originals spinoff


For the last decade, the iconic heroes and villains of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals have captivated audiences worldwide. They left an enduring legacy of love and family in their wake, which continues in LEGACIES, a thrilling new drama that tells the story of the next generation of supernatural beings at The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted.

It’s here that Klaus Mikaelson’s daughter, 17-year-old Hope Mikaelson; Alaric Saltzman’s twins, Lizzie and Josie Saltzman; and other young adults — including political scion MG and the mysterious Landon Kirby — come of age in the most unconventional way possible, nurtured to be their best selves…in spite of their worst impulses. Will these young witches, vampires and werewolves become the heroes they want to be — or the villains they were born to be?

As they fight to protect their secret, their town of Mystic Falls and eventually the world, they will have to rely on ancient folklore and tales to learn how to battle their far-reaching enemies. LEGACIES stars Danielle Rose Russell, Jenny Boyd, Kaylee Bryant, Quincy Fouse and Aria Shaghasemi, with Matt Davis.

Competition: Win 100 Greatest Science Fiction Themes on Audio CD


100 Greatest Science Fiction Themes is out on CD on 31st August 2018. And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 2 copies on CD to give away.

Synopsis
Performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic and London Music Works, this comprehensive 6 CD collection features music from the latest Sci-Fi blockbusters; from Ready Player One, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Blade Runner 2049, all the way back to 1950s classics The Day The Earth Stood Still and Forbidden Planet.

This release brings together the best selection of Science Fiction music spanning almost a century, through a thorough overview of musical styles, themes and techniques. It spotlights music from Hollywood heavyweights and classically trained legends (John Williams, John Barry, Ennio Morricone, Bernard Hermann), electronic experimenters (Bebe & Louis Barron, Vangelis) and Jazz influenced composers (Bill Conti, Henry Mancini) to the new generation, who combine orchestral sounds with electronics (David Arnold, Johann Johannsson, Ramin Djawadi, Steve Jablonsky, Hanz Zimmer, Clint Mansell).

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For your chance to win just answer the question below.

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Sunday 26 August 2018

Ozark Season 2 Trailer (HD) Jason Bateman Netflix crime drama


Ozark Season 2 releases August 31st on Netflix. After his business partner cheats a dangerous client, financial adviser Marty must devise a radical plan to save the lives of himself and his family.

About:
Created by Bill Dubuque ("The Accountant," "The Judge"), this drama series stars Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde, a financial planner who relocates his family from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Ozarks. With wife Wendy and their two kids in tow, Marty is on the move after a money-laundering scheme goes wrong, forcing him to pay off a substantial debt to a Mexican drug lord in order to keep his family safe. While the Byrde's fate hangs in the balance, the dire circumstances force the fractured family to reconnect.


Friday 24 August 2018

ITV serves up a Full English - Starring John Barnes, David Seaman, Robbie Fowler, Mark Wright and More


Eleven big names and one big game, this could be the biggest comeback ever.

"They’re Slimming for England”

A team of England legends, whose waistlines have expanded since they hung up their boots, will take on the challenge of getting back in shape and back on the pitch for a brand new ITV series.

This England team, led by manager Harry Redknapp, is a who’s who of former 80's and 90's international legends including; John Barnes, David Seaman, Robbie Fowler, Mark Wright, Matthew Le Tissier, Chris Waddle, Rob Lee, Ray Parlour, Lee Sharpe,Mark Chamberlain, Paul Merson, and Razor Ruddock.  Our all-star eleven are getting together for one last job, but this time their goals are more about their waistlines than the touchlines.

Viewers will watch as the lads, who played in an era when a few pints and kebabs were all part of the working week, will be yanked out of their very comfortable zone and plunged into a new regime akin to that of present day professional footballers.

The extreme change to their fitness and diet routines will shed light on how important it is for everyone to maintain a healthy balanced diet and fitness routine as you approach middle age. The players will be constantly monitored to see how well they’re keeping on track ahead of the big match.

Will the pride of old English lions be able to fit back into their 90's England kits and beat a team of 90s international rivals?

ITV have commissioned Talkback to produce this exciting new two-part special. Can this group of old pro’s stick to the rigid training regime or revert back to their familiar unhealthy lifestyles – will they find it as easy as pie and bring home the bacon or is there only a slim chance they’ll have the stomach for the challenge?

Kate Teckman, ITV’s commissioning editor of Factual Entertainment says: "Classic ITV, entertaining, with scale and purpose, and moreover we are finally going to answer the age old question "Who ate all the pies?"

Leon Wilson, Managing Director of Talkback: “We’re thrilled to be working with ITV on this unique and epic new series. Bringing together some of England’s greatest footballers of all time, we’re looking forward to seeing if they can ditch their unhealthy habits, to get match fit, back in their kits and on the pitch, doing what they do best.”

ITV announces The Man, by Mike Bartlett. Ken Nwosu to star in the lead role


ITV and Tall Story Pictures today announced the commission of a new three-part Mike Bartlett (Doctor Foster, The Town) drama, The Man, to be directed by Julia Ford (Safe) with Ken Nwosu (Christopher Robin, Killing Eve, An Octoroon at the National Theatre) in the lead role of Thomas Benson.

Following the success earlier this year of Tall Story Pictures’ and Bartlett’s collaboration Trauma starring Adrian Lester and John Simm, the team have reunited to explore the corrosive effects of bullying in this brand new three-part contemporary workplace drama for ITV.

The three-part psychological drama is focused on the competitive world of middle management. Set in a business park in Reading, The Man centres on the personal and professional life of Thomas Benson; a hard-working father and husband. Reliant on bonuses and winning pitches, Benson often finds himself leading the team when trying to win new business.  When he freezes during a pitch the fall out is monumental.

Determined to win back the client Thomas goes to increasingly desperate lengths to remain successful. But as he does, he begins to feel undermined, under attack and out of control. Has he lost his confidence and just feeling paranoid or is his own team, and maybe the wider world, now out to get him?

Executive Producer, Catherine Oldfield, said, "After the success of Trauma, I'm delighted to be reunited with Mike to work on The Man for ITV. Mike's created a fantastically taut, contemporary thriller about bullying. Given the current climate, it feels exactly the right time to explore something that affects so many people, all with Mike’s brilliant ability to mix dark humour with intense paranoia to dramatic effect. I can't wait to see the hugely talented Ken bring Thomas to life"

Mike Bartlett added, “Having written about bullying in the workplace previously for the stage, it feels fantastic to tell a new story that explores the potential cruelty of commercial competition, and the effect that has on our psychology, and humanity."

ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill said, “The Man is another gripping story by Mike, that explores the complex subject of workplace bullying. It brilliantly moves between being very funny to very painful, and will have viewers hooked. I am also delighted that the very talented Ken Nwosu is playing Thomas and that Julia Ford is directing. Together with Tall Story, this is a fantastic team that promises to make an unmissable drama.”

The Man is a Tall Story Pictures production for ITV and will be produced by Colin Wratten (The Witness for the Prosecution, Killing Eve). Catherine Oldfield (Trauma, Tutankhamun) will executive produce the new series alongside Mike Bartlett. The Man has been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill. ITV Studios Global Entertainment is handling international distribution. Tall Story Pictures is part of ITV Studios.

The series begins filming in September 2018.

Paul Abbott's No Offence returns for Series 3


The third series of Paul Abbott‘s award-winning Channel 4 series NO OFFENCE returns with the brilliant and unbreakable crime fighting family of Friday Street coppers in 6 brand new episodes.

The extremities of DI Viv Deering’s (Joanna Scanlan) world are governed not only by thugs, but by politicians too. Same goes for all of us. In our crowded world enemies can be almost invisible. Deering and her team adopt equally covert tactics to expose a few bare-faced truths.

Paul Abbott says: “Series 3 is about the void left by political parties, clusters of ignorance streamlined in to soldier ants. Whether it’s a real or perceived void doesn’t matter. Predators will always exploit a weakness. Viv Deering really earns her wages in making her voice heard to diverse cultural factions.”

The fabulous three return: “let’s not pigeon shit all over the facts” Deering (Joanna Scanlan), impulsive DC Dinah Kowalska (Elaine Cassidy) and astute DS Joy Freers (Alexandra Roach). At their sides in the crumbling Friday Street cop-shop are the adrenaline fuelled team: moral compass DC Spike Tanner (Will Mellor), genius Miller (Paul Ritter); and the uniforms big hearted Jonah (Ste Johnston), switched on Stuart (Tom Varey), force of nature Tegan (Saira Choudhry), off-the-wall Dr Peep (Kate O’Flynn) and gentle office manager Gavin (Conor MacNeill). Swooping in to micromanage the Friday Street team is the sharp new Superintendent Marilyn Merchant (BAFTA-nominated Claire Rushbrook - My Mad Fat Diary, Home Fires, Whitechapel). They’re having to play smarter than ever to keep the lid on a city at fragile breaking point.

Mayoral hustings in Cinderly, an inner-city area of Manchester, is a tinderbox ready to ignite. Fuelling the chaos in the community is leader of the extreme Far Right group Albion, Dennis Caddy (Neil Maskell - Utopia, Humans, The Mimic), his outspoken girlfriend Bonnie (Tamara Lawrance – Cordelia, Ian McKellen’s King Lear CFT; Viola - Twelfth Night RNT) and his mouthy sister Faye (BAFTA Scotland-winning Sharon Rooney - My Mad Fat Diary, Two Doors Down, Brief Encounters).

The febrile atmosphere in Cinderly ignites as the mayoral candidate anti-establishment, local girl-done-good politician Caroline McCoy (Lisa McGrillis - Inspector George Gently, Mum, Hebburn) goes head to head for the high-stakes electoral ward, with woolly liberal Mayor Karim Hassan (Ace Bhatti – Love, Lies And Records, EastEnders). In their midst is the master puppeteer, mercenary Far Right fanatic Ralph Beckett (Darren Connolly – Moorside, Peaky Blinders), forcing Viv and the team to fight toe to toe as he wages his war on both the cops and culturally-vulnerable targets - with devastating consequences.

Viv and Friday Street find themselves pawns in a political chess match, which is the last thing they need as incidents of hate crime soar in the city. Clashing once more with the underworld and the upper brass alike, Viv's never had it so tough and finds she must deploy every weapon in her arsenal to keep her team together and restore peace to a community wracked with political and xenophobic uncertainty.

Further casting includes: Patrick Baladi (Marcella, Stella, The Office), Phil Dunster (Murder On The Orient Express), Dave Johns (Title role in I, Daniel Blake), Bethany Black (Cucumber, Banana and Tofu), Charlotte Harwood (Deep State, Doctors), Kate Coogan (Emmerdale), Nigel Lindsay (Victoria, Four Lions), Elizabeth Lomas as Dinah’s now wayward teenager Tessa and 15 year old Sophie Andrews as Miller’s daughter Lena.

NO OFFENCE is written and created by Paul Abbott and produced by his company AbbottVision. Executive Producers are Paul Abbott, Martin Carr and Paul Coe for AbbottVision; with Philip Leach as Producer. Directing episode 1 and 3 is Catherine Morshead (No Offence, Fungus The Bogeyman), Rob Quinn (DCI Banks, Jekyll And Hyde) directs episodes 2 and 4 and Misha Manson-Smith (Kiss Me First, Barbados) directs episodes 5 and 6. Head of Channel 4 Drama is Beth Willis, Commisioning Editor is Lee Mason and Commissioning Executive is Jonny Richards. Writers: Paul Abbott, Paul Tomalin, Tom Grieves and Julie Rutterford. NO OFFENCE was filmed on location in Manchester.

Castlevania: Season 2 | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix


Raise hell! Castlevania Season 2 — join our awakening October 26, only on Netflix.

A vampire hunter fights to save a besieged city from an army of otherworldly beasts controlled by Dracula himself. Inspired by the classic video games.

Starring: Richard Armitage, James Callis, Graham McTavish

Thursday 23 August 2018

Channel 4 recommissions The Big Narstie Show


Following a successful first outing, Channel 4 has commissioned a brand new series of The Big Narstie Show, the alternative late night anarchic entertainment show presented by Grime musician Big Narstie and stand-up comedian Mo Gilligan.

The studio series, from Expectation and Dice Productions Entertainment, will feature more celebrity guests and musical performances alongside straight-talking segments on the news of the week, TV, showbiz, trends and food and laugh out loud sketches.

Previous guests across the first series included Ed Sheeran, David Schwimmer, Thandie Newton, Richard Ayoade, Craig David, Not3s, Giggs, Krept and Konan and Lady Leshurr.

The Big Narstie Show was one of Channel 4’s most popular programmes for young audiences. It was up 94% on share of 16-24 years old viewers, up 129% on share for BAME viewers and up 144% on share for black audiences.

Big Narstie and Mo will be back later this year with a one off Christmas special.

Big Narstie said, “If you thought the first series was GASSED this ones gonna be MAJORLY gassed with some intergalactic flavours with base.”

Syeda Irtizaali, Commissioning Editor, Channel 4 says, “Six episodes of The Big Narstie Show wasn’t quite enough to showcase the inimitable and captivating talents of Big Narstie and Mo Gilligan so we’re delighted to be bringing it back for a second run. Every week of series one was an adventure in itself and I can’t wait to see how series two develops.”

Ben Wicks, Creative Director, Comedy Entertainment at Expectation and Executive Producer, added, “Big Narstie brought so much chaos and charisma to series 1 – everyone involved in the show is still reeling. He and the outstandingly quick Mo Gilligan have re-energised the chat show and I’m thrilled that thanks to Channel 4 we get to make a second series which will be bigger, bolder and continue the evolution of an on screen duo who love nothing more than pausing any interview to slam each other, with the guest looking on, in bits. This is 100% what TV should be. Bring on series 2.”

Obi Kevin Akudike and Nathan Brown, Joint MDs of Dice Productions Entertainment said, “Making The Big Narstie Show was a great experience – in series 1 we made history and with the next, we want to leave a legacy!”

The Big Narstie Show S2 was commissioned for Channel 4 by Ed Havard, Head of Entertainment with Syeda Irtizaali, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment and Events and Shaminder Nahal, Commissioning Editor, Specialist Factual. It is a co-production with Expectation and Dice Productions Entertainment, executive produced by Ben Wicks for Expectation and Obi Kevin Akudike and Nathan Brown for Dice Productions Entertainment and series produced by Aoife Bower.

Wednesday 22 August 2018

Vanity Fair | This September | ITV



ITV commissions seven part drama Vanity Fair from Mammoth Screen, starring Olivia Cooke as Becky Sharp
 
“A world where everyone is striving for what is not worth having.”
 
A new adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s, Vanity Fair, has been commissioned as a seven-part drama for ITV by the broadcaster’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill.
 
Written by Gwyneth Hughes (Dark Angel, The Girl, Miss Austen Regrets) and produced by leading production company Mammoth Screen, Vanity Fair is being made with Amazon Studios.
 
Olivia Cooke - the 23 year old Oldham-born actress and star of Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming film Ready Player One - plays Thackeray’s timeless heroine Becky Sharp. 
 
Gwyneth Hughes’ adaptation of Thackeray’s literary classic is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, and follows Becky Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society. Her story of “villainy, crime, merriment, lovemaking, jilting, laughing, cheating, fighting and dancing”, takes her all the way to the court of King George IV, via the Battle of Waterloo, breaking hearts and losing fortunes as she goes.

C4 commissions second series of hit drama The End of the F***ing World


Channel 4 has confirmed that the RTS Award-winning and BAFTA-nominated series The End of the F***ing World will return. As well as being All 4’s best performing exclusive single series (which enjoyed the best launch week ever for any All 4 exclusive single series or stunt launch) the show garnered a legion of committed fans, making it All 4’s most-binged show of any exclusive single series. The End of The F***ing World was co-commissioned by Netflix and Channel 4.

The first series saw teen outsiders James (Alex Lawther - Black Mirror, The Imitation Game) and Alyssa (Jessica Barden - The Lobster, Ellen, Penny Dreadful) embark on a road trip which descended into darkly comic chaos. After finding themselves embroiled in a series of violent events they are soon trailed by two uniquely mismatched police detectives, played by BAFTA-winning Wunmi Mosaku (Damilola Our Loved Boy, Kiri) and Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones, The Moorside). After a shocking series finale, only one thing is certain…expect the unexpected.

Ian Katz, Director of Programmes at Channel 4, said: “Lurching between black and joyous, The End of The F***ing World was one of the most original and beguiling pieces of drama to emerge from Britain in years. I’m so proud that Channel 4 brought it to the screen and beyond excited that Charlie and the brilliant team at Clerkenwell are giving us a second helping.”

Beth Willis, Head of Drama at Channel 4, commented: “The End of The F***ing World is a truly special show that constantly intrigues. It has an almost alchemical blend of pitch-black humour and beautifully warm tenderness which marks it out as a truly unique show. We’re so proud that this global success story began at Channel 4 and that a second series is on its way. Charlie’s witty, wonderful world is back and we can’t wait to see where she takes it next.”

Murray Ferguson, Chief Executive of Clerkenwell Films: said: “The love for this show is amazing and has gone from strength to strength, and from right across the globe. We can’t wait to tell the next chapters of the story…”

Charlie Covell, writer, added: “I’m completely thrilled that we’re going again and I’m delighted to be back working with such a great team."

The End of the F***ing World series 2 will be written by Charlie Covell and inspired by the characters from the award-winning series of comic books by Charles Forsman. The series will be produced by Clerkenwell Films and Dominic Buchanan Productions. The Executive Producers will be Murray Ferguson, Ed Macdonald, Andy Baker, Charlie Covell, Dominic Buchanan and Jonathan Entwistle. The series is commissioned by Beth Willis, Head of Drama at Channel 4 and Lee Mason, Commissioning Editor for Channel 4 Drama.

Channel 4 commissions a third series of Ackley Bridge for 2019


Channel 4 has confirmed that Ackley Bridge will return for a third series in 2019, with 8 brand new episodes commissioned from The Forge.

The first series was nominated for an RTS Award for Best Drama Series and won Best Drama, Best Actor, Best Director Fiction and Best Music and Use of Music at the RTS Yorkshire Awards. Series two, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, concluded on Tuesday 21st August.

The idea for Ackley Bridge was inspired by schools in Lancashire and Yorkshire that were set up to integrate the white and Asian communities in some of the most divided towns in the country. It has won praise for the way it explores the lives of pupils and teachers alike with irreverence, wit, close to the knuckle humour and punchy, big hearted stories.

Manpreet Dosanjh, Commissioning Editor, says, “We’re thrilled that our beloved Ackley gang are returning to Channel 4 next year for what is sure to be another joyful, outrageous and unmissable series. This bold and ballsy show reflects modern Britain in all its diverse glory and does so with wit, grit and its heart firmly in the right place.”

George Ormond, Executive Producer, says, “Making Ackley Bridge gives us the chance to tell stories about a part of multicultural Britain that doesn’t get seen on TV very often, and do it with humour, guts and a big heart. We’re particularly proud to have given six writers their first hour of television drama in the first two series, five of whom are from diverse backgrounds.”

Ayub Khan Din, Executive Producer, added, “I'm so pleased to be given continued support by Channel 4. The Ackley Bridge curriculum gives you the three "R's" Race! Religion! and Rioting! Like a good Chicken Tikka Massala it has all the best ingredients with just the right amount of spice!"

Dave viewers granted unprecedented access to the US / Mexico border in Borderforce: America’s Gatekeepers


Borderforce: America's Gatekeepers (10x60') is a brand-new observational documentary series for Dave featuring unprecedented access to the United States' border force. This exhilarating and eye-opening series follows the Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection agency as they operate on the twenty-eight bridges connecting the United States of America and Mexico. This team of officers leave no stone unturned, revealing all manner of illegal contraband, whether concealed in passenger vehicles or hidden amidst legitimate merchandise - Dave viewers will be allowed unrestricted entry into their world.

Produced by Stampede Productions, Borderforce: America's Gatekeepers is a unique and thrilling look at the United States' frontline officers. It is commissioned for UKTV by Hilary Rosen, deputy director of commissioning and ordered by Richard Watsham, director of commissioning, and Luke Hales, Dave channel director. Series director is Cary Bell with executive producer for Stampede Productions, Stewart Morris.

UKTV's deputy director of commissioning Hilary Rosen said:
The jaw-dropping daily drama captured across the episodes is absolutely compelling. The Mexican US border is a hot topic and it's testament to Stampede's determination and hard work that they have been granted rare access to the bridges to fully document it.

Dave channel director Luke Hales said:
This is an illuminating series and we know Dave viewers will be fascinated at the real-life issues at stake in each episode."

Executive producer for Stampede, Stewart Morris, said:
This has been a project that's been three years in the making and we're delighted that it has found a home on Dave. The access given to us by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was unprecedented, allowing us to tell the incredible stories of the men and women who have the momentous job of protecting America's southern border. It is a privilege to be able to share their lives and experiences with the British public, who have an insatiable appetite for real, hard-hitting stories like these.

Through our close relationship with both UKTV and DHS we are bringing one of the most talked about places in the world directly to viewers - surprising and entertaining them along the way. What happens on this border is the stuff of fiction but couldn't be more real. We are genuinely excited to share this long-crafted series with audiences.

Tuesday 21 August 2018

The Great British Bake Off Series 9: Interviews with judges


Paul Hollywood Q&A

* It’s your second series filming together and how has that been, more laid back?

If we were more laid back we would be lying flat. There was a big pressure last year on the move to C4 but this year we have all relaxed into our roles and we have had a really good time filming this time round, everyone has found their niche quite easily and naturally.

*And the Hollywood Handshake?

I don’t know when the Hollywood Handshake really started, I shook a baker’s hand once to say well done, and it’s followed on from there. It’s normally given out when they are pretty much perfect. This series I have had moments when I have given out 3 in a challenge, and I have given one out in a Showstopper.

Even Prue now says ‘go on, give them a Hollywood Handshake’, but I won’t unless I feel they have really earned it.

*It’s very rare to get a foursome who gel so well how would you describe why the 4 of you work

I don’t know why it works so well. We are a dysfunctional family and it shouldn’t work but it does. The camaraderie is very tight, it’s very natural and genuine and we enjoy each others’ company. At Christmas last year we even had our own Christmas Bake Off lunch at Sandi’s for a Danish roast which was delicious and some excellent wines. I think it’s my turn this year!

We spend so much time together, and we are all very different personalities. It’s naturally happened, nothing is forced. Noel and I share an arty side, and the comedy element across all 4 is the binding thing, we share the same sense of humour.

*And the chemistry between you and Prue?

I am similar to Prue as we have such a love of food. We hit it off from the first moment we met, I knew there was something there. She is so natural and very easy to work with. She knows her stuff, what is right and what’s wrong. Prue is great and steps up to the mark every time.

*Paul you always knew that it would work with Prue – how do you feel when it was received so well last August?

Justified! Initially we did a lot of casting with a variety of different people, and they were all fantastic. But I just felt with Prue that she was the one, and the way we were chatting off camera - I just knew it would work. I did help her at the beginning of last series, a bit of initial hand holding, but I don’t need to do any of that now.

*Why and when did you first get the baking bug?

I think it was when I was standing on a chair watching my mum on a Sunday making apple pie or ginger biscuits. It was invariably after a roast chicken dinner, the apples would be from the garden and the pastry would be crispy and perfect.

*From this year’s series are there any trends from the Bakers that have come through?

There is a lot of spice this series, and there has been a lot of frangipane used this year. The ideas and flavour combinations this year are excellent.

*How skilled are the Bakers this year?

The baking standard overall is fantastic, they are a really talented bunch. I can honestly say that the bakers have been exceptional this year. They are highly skilled in flavour combinations and they have worked outside the box and have ignored the fact that I like citrus flavours, which is fine.

*Do you both pretty much agree when it comes to judging the Bakers?

We do from the beginning to the end, and we give marks at the end of each bake, and they are always within half a point of each other.

*What’s your favourite Bake Off moment?

I loved Lee Mack on Celebrity Bake Off earlier this year, the exchange between us talking about his wife’s sponge. He cracked me up, the same with Harry Hill talking about Camilla Parker-Bowles when they were on a desert island. They both made me laugh so much, it was hard to keep it together.

*You are referred as bad cop always getting the pantomime villain role, how do you react to that?

Everyone has always tried to wrap me up as that role inside and outside of Bake Off. I am not a villain, I am straight down the line. When it comes to judging I am always fair.

*Anything you wouldn’t eat?

Not really. The only thing I wouldn’t want to eat is tripe, and I don’t really get that offered on Bake Off.

*Describe Prue, Sandi, Noel in 3 words

Prue – Charming, Beautiful, Knowledgeable

Sandi – Intelligent, Small, Humourous

Noel – Odd, Funny, Artistic

*The show is very popular amongst young people why do you think that is and what are they like when they meet you?

They are very complimentary. A lot of the younger bakers in the tent like Selasi and Liam end up having a fan club. Younger people are baking more, and I think Bake Off really has got people baking and made it popular, and there is a genuine interest. The last series we doubled the youth viewing figures and I think that is predominantly down to Noel!

*What’s next in your baking or anything else world?

Next for me is a series of US Bake Off, then another series of Celebrity Bake Off. And I will be filming a road trip across America for UKTV.



Prue Leith Q&A

* It’s your second series filming together and how has that been, more laid back?

Absolutely. It’s so much more relaxed, we are so settled into our roles now. Paul and I have a really good relationship, I followed his lead at the beginning but now it’s very even handed. He has been absolutely sweet and so professional to work with.

*What do you think you brought to the show?

I am a huge admirer of Mary, she is an expert cake maker. Paul is a brilliant bread maker, but I am more of a cook, so I am much more light hearted about the judging and I can tease Paul about banging on about crumb. I just feel it’s about the essence, the balance of flavours, what makes your mouth water, and it has got to taste fantastic.

*And the chemistry between you and Paul?

Sometimes I think we are like schoolkids, he can say some mad things to get a rise out of me. He is constantly teasing me. I think we have a great natural chemistry and we both respect each other’s baking knowledge.

*What was the audition process like the first time?

When I started I had no idea that Paul had been auditioning with other people, which of course because of the kind of show it is, there would have been. When I was asked to meet Paul Hollywood to see how we would get on, I thought we might meet and have an informal chat in a pub. When I got there it was makeup, clothes and cameraman. I did get a bit of a shock, but Paul made me feel really relaxed about it, and I felt less nervous. He told me to go for it and not just follow him. He knew I had more oomph and experience than I was showing, and encouraged me to show more of myself.

*Why and when did you first get the baking bug?

The very first time I made a cake was at school - a Christmas cake and come Christmas Day - my father tried to cut in to the cake but because I hadn’t put any glycerine in the icing it was then rock solid. As my father hit the cake, the knife which was a family heirloom split in two, so in the end we turned it over and scooped out the cake, with a half inch thick bowl of icing left.

*What's your favourite recipe that you would bring to the table

Pavlova with pineapple and passion fruit, the family always love it.

*From this year’s series are there any trends from the Bakers that have come through?

Cardamom and coconut are popular and a citrus flavour Yuzu has been big this year.

*How skilled are the Bakers this year?

They are exceptional, and skilled in different ways. I can’t talk about them separately but they all bring something individual and different to the table. Some bring strong and exotic flavours, and others bring intricate flavours with delicate icing.

*Any recipes you have taken from the show?

I loved Steven’s caramel cake from last year. And last year one of the home economist’s made an amazing moist chocolate sponge cake which I now make at home regularly using her recipe. And I have pinched a few from this series too.

*Do you both pretty much agree when it comes to judging the Bakers?

Yes we do, it’s a bit uncanny but we are pretty much together from beginning to end even though we come from such different baking backgrounds. There might be occasional shades of difference, we tend to rank every baker in the same order.

*Anything you wouldn’t eat.

Nothing.

*Paul - how has he helped you?

He helped me find my feet and I have learned such a lot from him. He is an absolute genius when he sums up the judging with few words…..it’s straight to camera, no errms or arrhs , he is so succinct. Whereas I go round the houses with lots of words so I have tried to pick up on his critique and absorb it! I am not as good as him, but I think I am getting there now.

*Describe Paul, Sandi, Noel in 3 words

Paul - Soft-centred, professional, masculine

Sandi - Humourous, loyal, caring

Noel - Quirky, daft, clever

*Being around a show that has so much noise around it, was that daunting?

I have had such a great experience on this series, and I haven’t found any of it daunting as everyone has been so professional and welcoming. The crew and production team are so brilliant, I really admire them all. Working with Paul, Sandi and Noel - it’s a pleasure to do. The only downside is that I just don’t want any of the bakers to leave!

*The show is very popular amongst young people why do you think that is and what are they like when they meet you?

They absolutely love Noel, and I think that they love the show because it’s unthreatening and happy. Everyone is lovely when they meet me, supportive about the show, and it’s wonderful to be asked to pose for a selfie!

*What’s next in your baking or anything else world?

Next I’m bringing out my first cookbook in 25 years, Prue: My All-Time Favourite Recipes, and I’m also working on another cookbook with my baker niece Peta to come out next year. I have just finished my eighth novel, to be published in the Spring, The Lost Son, the third book in a trilogy.

The Great British Bake Off starts Tuesday 28th August at 8pm on Channel 4


Channel 4 commissions Jack Thorne's new 4-part series The Light


BAFTA-winning writer Jack Thorne (National Treasure, Kiri, Cast Offs) will return with the third in his trilogy of compelling, penetrating and timely 4-part dramas for Channel 4. The Light (w/t) will look at disability and focus on the repercussions of a catastrophic disaster that befalls a community in a small Welsh town which has seen more prosperous times.

The disaster claims the lives of many, children included and, as personal and communal grief gives way to a torrent of anger and blame, the community finds itself torn apart.

The Light (w/t) will explore the complex web of decisions and circumstances, both political and personal, that led to the fatal event. The community feels powerless in the face of seemingly inexorable political and business forces but the drama asks to what extent they are complicit in their own fate.

Like Kiri and National Treasure, the drama will look at how the media spotlight in the wake of such a disaster can affect a community. And if National Treasure was about shame and Kiri was about blame, The Light (w/t) will be about justice and will focus on the repercussions of a catastrophic disaster that befalls a community in a small Welsh town which has seen more prosperous times. It will also take a searching look at our attitudes to disability in the wake of the tragedy.

Beth Willis, Head of Drama at Channel 4, says: “We are delighted to be working once more with the immensely talented Jack Thorne. Jack has a singular ability to explore some of the most complex and challenging topics facing modern Britain today with warmth and empathy, and also with sharp insight and fearless scrutiny. The Light (w/t) promises to be another powerful examination of guilt, blame, responsibility and culpability.”

Jack Thorne, writer, says: “I cannot believe Channel 4 has afforded us this opportunity. At the beginning of National Treasure we started talking about the possibilities of a trilogy which peeked behind the curtains of this country and tried to ask difficult questions about who we are and how the media paints us. I am so delighted we are going to get to finish that trilogy off. I’ve loved working with Beth, Channel 4 and The Forge on this.”

George Ormond, Executive Producer, says: “Jack’s a thrilling writer to work with not only because of his ability to put his finger on the pulse of what is worrying us as a nation, but because he manages to do so with characters that take our breath away, make us laugh, and then leave us wrung dry as we travel with them through the story. We’re over the moon to be getting the chance to complete the trilogy with The Light (w/t).”

Channel 4 to get high at The Drugs Café


Set in a Dutch coffee shop, The Drugs Café will invite adults of all ages and backgrounds to take marijuana, sometimes for the first time. Testing the theory that cannabis could bring about more harmonious human relationships, every visitor will have a clear and heartfelt motivation for trying the high, whether they’re looking for a peaceful way to settle a dispute, hoping to take the sting out of a surprising revelation or simply looking to strengthen an existing bond.

From parents aiming to connect more with their child in 24 hours than twenty-four years, to a group of grandmas wanting to tick the adventure off their bucket list, the range of visitors will be a fascinating cross section of British society. Their experiences and interactions over the course of their visit will be captured in intimate detail by a fixed rig.

The 2x60’ series will be made by Tuesday’s Child and was commissioned by Channel 4 Head of Formats Dom Bird and Formats commissioning editor Lee McMurray. Steph Harris will executive produce The Drugs Café.

Lee McMurray said: “This Channel 4 series aims to explore the taboos around cannabis at just the moment when societies around the globe are questioning their attitudes towards the drug. Shot through with wit, warmth and humour, it will also be a fascinating study of human relationships.”

Steph Harris added: “We're bringing the hotly debated topic of UK drug policy into the mainstream and opening the conversation in homes across Britain with this frank, informative and legitimate new relationship format which is sure to be very revealing, entertaining and wholly unpredictable.”

James Martin’s American Adventure - 07 Sep 2018 Finale Preview



Episode 10 - New York
James ends his epic, coast-to-coast exploration of the great USA with a visit to one of his all-time favourite foodie hotspots: New York City. After a bite of pizza at a popular pizzeria in Greenwich Village, James cooks on one of New York's famous piers. James also tries the city's fine dining ahead of reminiscing on his journey of over three thousand miles.

Series overview
Following the success of his French Adventure, chef James Martin is setting off on the next leg of his journey - the U S of A.

This is a trip that James has been longing to take and it’s a road trip as road trips are meant to be! He’ll travel with a range of different machines - including a 70s Pontiac and a vintage Porsche.

Starting in Napa Valley, James and his trusty crew will head to LA, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, New Orleans, The Hamptons and more, all culminating in New York.

Monday 20 August 2018

Single Parents (ABC) "Baby Cry" Promo HD - Leighton Meester, Taran Killam comedy series


An ensemble comedy that follows a group of single parents as they lean on each other to help raise their seven-year-old kids and maintain some kind of personal lives outside of parenthood. The series begins when the group meets Will, a 30-something guy who’s been so focused on raising his daughter that he’s lost sight of who he is as a man. When the other single parents see just how far down the rabbit hole of PTA, parenting, and princesses Will has gone, they band together to get him out in the dating world and make him realize that being a great parent doesn’t mean sacrificing everything about your own identity.

Cast announced for epic new six-part ITV drama Beecham House


Beecham House -  co-created, written and directed by one of the UK’s most respected filmmakers, Gurinder Chadha OBE

Tom Bateman, Lesley Nicol, Gregory Fitoussi, Adil Ray, Marc Warren, Pallavi Sharda, Dakota Blue Richards, Leo Suter and Bessie Carter have been cast in ITV’s epic new drama Beecham House, from award winning production company, Bend It TV.

Set on the cusp of the 19th century in Delhi before the British ruled in that region, the drama depicts the fortunes of the residents of Beecham House, an imposing mansion surrounded by acres of exotic woods and pristine lawns. 

Tom Bateman (Vanity Fair, Jekyll and Hyde) takes the role of enigmatic, soulful John Beecham, a handsome former soldier who has purchased the magnificent mansion, Beecham House, to begin a new life with his family.

Wealthy and distinguished, John has witnessed profiteering and exploitation during his time with the controlling East India Company and has resolved to conduct his business as a trader in a more equitable manner. Determined to escape his previous life, John appears haunted by his past, but is inspired to become an honourable member of the region’s trading community.

In spite of John’s good intentions his life is shrouded in mystery and when he arrives at the house with an ‘olive-skinned‘ child named August and two Indian nursemaids, Chanchal (Shriya Pilgaonkar) and Maya (Trupti Khamkar), it causes speculation and gossip amongst the servants that he may be the boy’s father. One of the Indian nursemaids, the beautiful Chanchal, is overly protective and particularly fond of the child. Could she be John’s lover and the mother of August?

Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey) is John’s robust, interfering mother Henrietta who has travelled from England to India to stay with her son. She is accompanied by a young family friend Violet, played by Bessie Carter (Les Miserables) who she is determined to help form a union with John.

The pair are accompanied by an old friend of John’s, Samuel Parker, played by Marc Warren (Safe, Hustle) who has also left the East India Company and has returned to India for a fresh start. Samuel helps John to find his brother Daniel who he has not seen for 10 years. John convinces Daniel, Leo Suter, (Victoria) to leave the East India Company and join him at Beecham House.

Gregory Fitoussi (Mr Selfridge, Spiral) plays General Castillon, a French mercenary working for the Emperor at a time when the French are challenging the East India Company for India. Castillon is suspicious of John and his motives and conspires to stop John being granted a trading licence.

Adil Ray (Citizen Khan, Ackley Bridge) is John’s neighbour Murad Beg who dislikes General Castillon intensely and agrees to help John secure a trading licence. Murad’s daughter, Roshanara, (Kanika Kapur) has an English governess Margaret Osborne, played by Dakota Blue Richards (Endeavour) whose beauty and intelligence catches John’s attention. However, when beautiful Chandrika (Pallavi Sharda) arrives at Beecham House with her entourage she is shown to luxurious guest quarters and immediately insists on seeing August.  What secrets does Chandrika bring with her to Beecham House?

Beecham House has been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill.


The Durrells return to Corfu


ITV returns to the blue skies of Corfu for more animal antics next month as filming begins on what has been confirmed to be the final series of much-loved drama, The Durrells.

Produced by successful drama indie, Sid Gentle Films Ltd. in a co-production with Masterpiece, the new series will see acclaimed actress Keeley Hawes (The Missing, Bodyguard) reprise her role as matriarch, Louisa Durrell, for a final set of sun-soaked episodes.

She will once again be joined by young acting talents Josh O’Connor (Les Miserables), Callum Woodhouse (Cold Feet), Daisy Waterstone (And Then There Were None) and Milo Parker (Mr Holmes) who play her unruly and spirited on-screen children in the ITV drama.

Other cast set to return include Alexis Georgoulis (My Life In Ruins) as the charming Spiros, Miles Jupp (Howards End) as hapless cousin Basil, Anna Savva (Genius) as housekeeper Lugaretzia, Yorgos Karamihos (Love Is...) as Dr. Theo Stephanides and Lucy Black (Jericho) as Florence Petridis.

Based on conservationist and author Gerald Durrell’s trilogy of books about his family’s time in Corfu during the 1930s, the fourth series will once again be written by BAFTA award nominee Simon Nye (Men Behaving Badly, Reggie Perrin) and filmed on the beautiful Greek island.

Following the events of the last series, the future is looking bright for the Durrells, with all of the family channelling their heartbreak in different ways. Choosing to keep herself busy, Louisa has opened the doors of the family villa as a guest house, but with Basil as their only paying guest, the business is still to find its feet and customers.

Meanwhile, Larry (Josh O’Connor), struggling to get his risqué Black Book published, is enjoying the love of two ballet dancers, whilst heartbroken Leslie (Callum Woodhouse) has thrown himself back into his job and shooting. True to form, Gerry (Milo Parker) continues to collect animals, ambitiously planning to open a zoo with a new owl and some lemurs joining the menagerie, and Margo (Daisy Waterstone) seeks a new challenge, starting her own beauty salon.

Reflecting on this being the final series of the acclaimed drama, Executive Producer Sally Woodward Gentle says: “We’re going back to Corfu for one last firefly fuelled adventure of love and mishap. It has been such an incredible journey following this warm and enchanting family come of age, but their adventures on the island have reached a natural conclusion. I can't think about it without crying though...”

Actor and Executive Producer, Keeley Hawes added: “I'm delighted to be heading back to Corfu for a final series of The Durrells. It's been such a wonderful series to work on and I'm so pleased that viewers have taken the family to their hearts as much as we have. I have no doubt that the brilliant Simon Nye will give the family a fitting and fabulous farewell.”

ITV’s Senior Drama Commissioner, Victoria Fea, also commented: “We are going to Corfu for one final sojourn with the Durrells - where they will entertain us with more emotional highs and lows, family spats, mishaps and romantic tribulations.  It's been a privilege and a pleasure to have them on ITV, and this valedictory series promises to be the best yet."

Described as “pitch-perfect period escapism” by The Guardian and “a warm-hearted creation with a steely core and mischievous twinkle” by The Times, The Durrells has received critical acclaim and proven hugely popular since its launch in 2016.

The fourth series of The Durrells will be executive produced by Sid Gentle Films Ltd.’s CEO Sally Woodward Gentle (Killing Eve) and Managing Director Lee Morris (SS-GB), together with Keeley Hawes and Simon Nye. Roger Goldby (Call The Midwife) directs and Steve Barron (Treasure Island), who directed the first episode of season one will return to direct the series finale. Christopher Hall returns as producer.

Top 10 Gags Of The 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Revealed


UKTV's award-winning entertainment channel Dave has announced the winner of the eleventh annual Dave's Funniest Joke of the Fringe award.

Adam Rowe's witticism about the irony of being fired from a job centre was voted the winner:

Working at the JobCentre has to be a tense job - knowing that if you get fired, you still have to come in the next day.

It was crowned the funniest of the Fringe with 41% of Brits voting it the top tickler, after it was nominated from his show Undeniable at Just The Tonic @ The Caves.

In its mission to find the most hilarious one-liners, Dave enlisted the help of an expert panel of ten judges, consisting of the UK's foremost comedy critics. They scoured venues at the world-famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe to nominate their six favourite jokes, with the shortlisted gags, which are listed anonymously, then voted on by 2,000 Brits to reveal the jokes they found funniest.

Dave's Top 10 Funniest Jokes of the Fringe Festival 2018:
1. Working at the JobCentre has to be a tense job, knowing that if you get fired, you still have to come in the next day. Adam Rowe: 41%

2. I had a job drilling holes for water - it was well boring. Leo Kearse: 34%

3. I took out a loan to pay for an exorcism. If I don't pay it back, I'm going to get repossessed. Olaf Falafel: 29%

4. In my last relationship, I hated being treated like a piece of meat. She was a vegan and refused to touch me. Daniel Audritt: 28%

5. What do colour blind people do when they are told to eat their greens? Flo and Joan: 26%

6. I've got a new job collecting all the jumpers left in the park at the weekends, but it's not easy. They keep moving the goalposts. Darren Walsh: 25%

6.Trump said he'd build a wall but he hasn't even picked up a brick. He's just another middle-aged man failing on a DIY project. Justin Moorhouse: 25%

8. I lost a friend after we had an argument about the Tardis. I thought it was a little thing, but it seemed much bigger once we got into it. Adele Cliff: 24%

8. Why are they calling it Brexit and not The Great British Break Off? Alex Edelman: 24%

10. I think love is like central heating. You turn it on before guests arrive and pretend it's like this all the time. Laura Lexx: 24%

Saturday 18 August 2018

Shameless Season 9 Promo (HD)


Shameless Season 9 premieres September 9th at 9/8c only on Showtime.

Thursday 16 August 2018

Mayans MC (FX) "Roadside" Teaser HD - Sons of Anarchy spinoff


Mayans MC is the next chapter in the Sons of Anarchy saga, Kurt Sutter’s award-winning series. The first season of the new drama from Sutter and Elgin James will premiere on FX in 2018. Set in a post Jax Teller world, where EZ Reyes -- fresh out of prison -- is a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the Cali/Mexi border. Now EZ must carve out his new outlaw identity in a town where he once was the golden boy with the American Dream in his grasp.

Tuesday 14 August 2018

9-1-1 Season 2 "Have You Ever Seen Anything Like This?" Promo (HD)


From creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk (the “American Horror Story” franchise, “Nip/Tuck”), new procedural drama 9-1-1 explores the high-pressure experiences of police officers, paramedics and firefighters who are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations. These emergency responders must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in their own lives. The provocative series stars Academy and Emmy Award nominee Angela Bassett (“American Horror Story,” “What’s Love Got to Do with It”) and Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated actor Peter Krause (“The Catch,” “Six Feet Under”).

Interview with Lenny Henry - The Lenny Henry Birthday Show


In 1975, a 16 year-old Lenny Henry bunked off school to appear on TV talent show New Faces, beginning a long and glittering career in comedy, theatre and film. In 2018 Sir Lenny is 60 - the perfect excuse to celebrate a man who has made a unique impact on British entertainment.

Hosted by Sir Trevor McDonald in front of a studio audience, the programme takes a lighthearted look back at a career that started 43 years ago and hasn’t stopped since, as well presenting some brand new sketches on a range of topical subjects.  


Happy birthday Lenny! How does it feel to reach 60 and have a celebratory show about your life and career?

It’s fantastic. It’s a real honour. You never imagine you’re going to be 60 when you’re a kid. I started when I was 15 years old, so to be 60 years old and having a commemorative show is a fantastic thing. It was a joy to do and I got to be interviewed by one of my heroes, Sir Trevor McDonald, and to do some silly sketches. It was lovely.


What can you tell us about the show?

It’s a lot of me talking to Sir Trevor about things that have happened to me, my love of music, growing up in Dudley, my audition for New Faces, my relationship with my mum, and what it was like growing up in a Jamaican household and then suddenly having to integrate with a predominately white Dudley. I talk about diversity - it’s quite a wide-ranging conversation. There are a lot of funny things but there are some serious things too. I didn’t want to rely on archive, I wanted to do some stuff that was present.

I’m crazy about Marvel comics so I wanted to do Black Panther. I thought Bishop Michael Curry at the wedding was hilarious, and I’m a fan of Stormzy. I’ve met him a couple of times - he always calls me uncle - so we did him and Stevie Wonder, who I’m also a big fan of. I always did music parodies so I wanted to do that.


Can you give us a sneak preview or hints into any new additional characters that make an appearance in this celebratory show?

There are some treats! There’s lots of me reminiscing and talking to Sir Trevor McDonald. There’s a lot of laughing - there are some lovely little sketches and there’s an extended opening sequence which I can’t wait for people to see!

We’ll be going to Wakanda in the interview. We’ll be revisiting the recent royal wedding with one of the stars from that… although there’s no stand-up in the show there's a lot of me chatting about stuff. It’s more sit-down now though. I don’t charge around like I used to, especially when I can sit down and tell you stories, it’s fun.

I think there is lots to look forward to in this show - although I would say that!


Can you share with us some of your all-time favourite clips?

I remember Michael Jackson’s Thriller. It was freezing cold and we shot during the night between one and four o’clock in the morning. It was such fun - I like direct parodies, they’re great.

I remember the Prince video. We did Purple Rain and I was a huge guy trying to be Prince. It was not right to have Prince be that big. I did Barry White and Prince for Comic Relief!

Working with Robbie Coltrane on Live & Kicking was wonderful. Robbie had this energy. For a big guy he was incredibly light on his feet, and when he was fighting you he was fighting for real! When he was grabbing your nipples - he literally grabbed them, he didn’t just pretend to grab them. But working with Robbie was a joy - he was spot on.

And anything with Tracey Ullman. Any sketches when we were husband and wife, or boyfriend and girlfriend, she invested them with such truth and honesty you couldn’t help but rise to the occasion.

Working with Ellen (Mrs Johnson) - she’s good fun to work with!


Is it easy to get back into the swing of things with classic characters?

Because the characters generally come out of me it’s quite easy to slip in and out of them. Mr Donovan is based one of my uncles so they’re all me really.

But doing Chadwick Boseman Black Panther, because they’re is a certain thing he is doing which is kind of Nelson Mandela, part new African, sort of Zulu, sort of South Africa - it’s a mixture of things.

And Bishop Michael Curry is by turns sonorous and incredible deep and then incredible excited and he starts to move his hands around a lot. He’s very dramatic! I really like silly stuff so to me they’re all aspects of me that give me chance to act the goat. I just tend to act now, so acting the goat is fun!


Do you have an all-time favourite character?

I think Deakus was a good character - he was based on the guy who used to deliver bread to our house. It was a nice higher voice. It’s very funny because when I used to do Deakus I’d be in makeup for ages and now if I was to do him they’d be like, ‘yeah you’re fine’. He was about 60 and I thought, oh he’s an old man, but now I’m 60 I don’t feel like Deakus, I feel like Len who’s relatively young still. He was always wonderful to do.


Sir Trevor McDonald is hosting your birthday special. You’ve both come a long way from when he surprised you as Trevor McDoughnut on Tiswas - how was it to reminisce with him again?

I’ve known him since he appeared as the real Trevor McDoughnut on Tiswas and he’s a friend of mine. We don’t see each other a lot but when we do meet we chat warmly about the past and what we’re doing now so he’s very good company. The only bit that was missing from the interview was a nice bottle of red wine and a bag of crisps. We really enjoy each other’s company, and he’s a great host. He makes easy transitions between subjects so it wasn’t difficult to be with him, and he laughed a lot which is lovely.


How important is it to keep reinventing characters for a new younger audience?

I think it keeps me on my toes. If you’re a comic its really easy to become complacent and think, well, I’m just going to act now and not do that stuff that I used to do, but it’s very important to know what you like. I watch The Bridge, Game Of Thrones, The Handmaids Tale. I pop in on EastEnders, Corrie, and Junior MasterChef. As a comic you need to know what you like so you can transfer that into your performance. If you’re not watching telly anymore and you’re being a bit lazy then the things don’t spring to mind.

When I was a kid it was like, well I’m going to do Michael Jackson - it was no-brainer. And you need to have that when you’re a comedian. You need to be aware of what people are watching and listening to.

Music is very important. I’ve seen most videos and I know what’s going on music-wise. There are some surprises in the show!

Morven Christie to star in new six-part drama The Bay


Morven Christie to star in new six-part drama The Bay, from Tall Story Pictures.

Written by award-winning writer Daragh Carville

ITV and Tall Story Pictures today announced casting for The Bay, an original drama written by award winning writer and playwright Daragh Carville (Being Human, The Smoke, Cherrybomb) and co-created by Richard Clark. Morven Christie (The A Word, The Replacement) will lead the cast as Detective Sergeant Lisa Armstrong, a fierce and hard-working Family Liaison Officer. Joining Christie are; Jonas Armstrong (Troy, Ripper Street), Tracie Bennett (Scott & Bailey, Coronation Street), Lindsey Coulson (Funny Cow, Bullet Proof), Chanel Cresswell (This is England ’90, Murdered For Being Different), Louis Greatorex (Last Tango in Halifax, Safe), Adam Long (Happy Valley, Peterloo), Taheen Modak making his professional screen debut, and Daniel Ryan (Mount Pleasant, Black Sea).

The Bay is set in the unique coastal town of Morecambe and will be executive produced by Catherine Oldfield (Trauma, Home Fires) for Tall Story Pictures. Produced by Philip Leach (Wire in the Blood, No Offence) with episodes 1-3 directed by Lee Haven Jones (Shetland, Vera) and episodes 4-6 directed by Robert Quinn (Home Fires, Endeavour, No Offence). Filming will begin in August in and around the Morecambe area, and Manchester.

When Detective Sergeant Lisa Armstrong is assigned to a missing persons investigation, at first it seems like any other – tragic, but all too familiar. As a Family Liaison Officer, she’s trained never to get emotionally involved. Her job is to support families during the worst time of their lives whilst also to be the eyes and ears of the police investigation; a cuckoo in the nest. But there’s something very different about this particular case. With horror Lisa realises she’s got a personal connection with this frightened family; one that could compromise her and the investigation. As she grapples to get justice for the grieving family, Lisa discovers it could come at a cost.

Morven Christie said: ““Lisa is such a refreshingly real character - brilliant and flawed, trying to make everything work, and often failing. I adore her. And I loved Daragh’s scripts, rooted in the families and community of this distinctive town. I can’t wait to get stuck in with Lee and the team, and this fantastic cast he has put together. I hope we’re going to make something that feels raw and real, as well as being a hugely compelling story.”

Executive Producer Catherine Oldfield said: “We are so thrilled to have the hugely talented Morven Christie to lead the cast as DS Lisa Armstrong. Daragh's wonderful writing and Lee's brilliant vision for the show have drawn this amazing cast to The Bay and we can't wait to see them bring the scripts to life for ITV.”

Daragh Carville added:  “I’m beyond proud that this brilliant cast is coming on board to tell the story of The Bay. I can’t wait to welcome them to Morecambe.”

The Bay has been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill.

Commented Polly Hill: “It’s always a challenge to find a fresh take on crime, but Daragh Carville has written a very real crime story about family and community, which is distinctive, compelling and beautifully crafted. I’m delighted Morven Christie has agreed to play DS Lisa Armstrong alongside a very impressive ensemble cast.”

ITV Studios Global Entertainment is handling international distribution. Tall Story Pictures is part of ITV Studios.


Sunday 12 August 2018

Last Man Standing Season 7 "Campfire" Teaser Promo (HD) Tim Allen FOX Comedy Series


Multi-cam comedy LAST MAN STANDING, starring Tim Allen, will air on FOX during the 2018-2019 season. A fan-favorite for six seasons, LAST MAN STANDING stars Allen as MIKE BAXTER, a married father of three girls, who tries to maintain his manliness in a world increasingly dominated by women. Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, the series also stars Nancy Travis, Jonathan Adams, Amanda Fuller, Christoph Sanders and Jordan Masterson.