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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!


I’M A CELEBRITY…GET ME OUT OF HERE! Starts Sunday 17th November at 9pm on ITV I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! is back which can mean only one thing… the time has come for a brand new cast of celebrities to head down under and battle it out in TV’s toughest entertainment challenge.

Leaving their plush pads and luxuries far behind, our celebrity campers will spend up to three weeks taking on the harsh surroundings of the Australian Jungle, with a whole host of brand new nasty surprises created just for them.

The ten celebrities heading into the Jungle for the new series are:
Ex footballer and broadcaster – Ian Wright MBE
Pop star – Nadine Coyle
‘Rak-Su’ singer – Myles Stephenson
Radio 1 DJ – Adele Roberts
Comedian – Andrew Maxwell
Soap Star– Jacqueline Jossa
Capital Radio DJ – Roman Kemp
Olympian and TV personality – Caitlyn Jenner
Ex England rugby player – James Haskell
TV and radio presenter – Kate Garraway

Last year’s highlights included John Barrowman being ‘fabulous’, Noel Edmonds and Harry Redknapp’s bromance, Fleur East and Emily Atack’s original Jungle song ‘I Like My Bum’ and much-loved Harry Redknapp being crowned King of the Jungle.

Whoever does end up in the terrifying and legendary Jungle camp will find themselves cut off from the outside world and praying the public doesn’t send them straight into a dreaded Bushtucker Trial.

Who will be crowned this year’s King or Queen of the Jungle? Find out this Autumn on ITV.

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly will present all the big stories live from the Jungle every night.

And remember - I'm A Celebrity...Extra Camp is back every night on ITV2 with a brand new presenting line up directly after the ITV show.


Steve Pemberton, Nina Wadia, Adrian Edmondson and Louise Brealey take a trip to Paradise


Alexander Vlahos, Samantha Bond, Nell Hudson, Jade Anouka, Samuel West and Javone Prince also star in BBC One’s award-winning murder mystery hit, Death In Paradise.

Series nine of BBC One’s smash hit crime drama, Death in Paradise, welcomes a raft of acting talent alongside series regulars Ardal O’Hanlon, Aude Legastelois, Tobi Bakare, Shyko Amos, Elizabeth Bourgine and Don Warrington - as well as new lead detective, Ralf Little. The star-studded series will return to BBC One early next year.

Produced by Red Planet Pictures the upcoming series will showcase a wealth of guest stars including Steve Pemberton (Inside No.9), Nina Wadia (EastEnders), Javone Prince (PhoneShop), Jade Anouka (Cleaning Up), Adrian Edmondson (The Young Ones), Alexander Vlahos (Versailles), Nell Hudson (Victoria), Samuel West (Mr Selfridge) and Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey).

Renowned for its clever murder mysteries against an idyllic Caribbean backdrop, Death In Paradise remains one of television’s highest-rated dramas since launching in 2011 and the tenth series will go into production in 2020.

The award-winning series will also see EastEnders star, Nina Wadia join for not one, but several episodes in a guest role.

Nina Wadia says: “It’s been wonderful playing Anna, who in having to start her life over, rediscovers herself whilst unexpectedly finding romance on the island! I laughed my way through it all; how could I not with that fantastic cast?”

Steve Pemberton says: “Death In Paradise is such a well-loved and established show and it was a pleasure to be part of series nine. The cast and crew were brilliant and with the bonus of filming in Guadeloupe with my old pal Ralf, it was an opportunity that I couldn’t miss.”

Alexander Vlahos says: “I’m thrilled to have been invited to be part of this wonderful series. I had an absolutely joyous time on the island, working with Ardal and the rest of the team. I can’t wait to see the episode!”

Filmed on the picturesque French-Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, this series will feature new intriguing puzzles for the team to solve including a mysterious masked attacker who strikes twice at a family rum distillery and a survival camp trip gone wrong!

BBC One and Magic Light announce Zog And The Flying Doctors for Christmas 2020


Magic Light Pictures, the multi Oscar-nominated and Bafta Award-winning production company, has announced that an animated adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s children’s book Zog And The Flying Doctors, the companion title to Zog, is set to premiere on BBC One for Christmas 2020.
The animated half hour will be produced by Michael Rose and Martin Pope of Magic Light, and directed by Sean Mullen. Animation services will be provided by Giant Animation in Dublin. The special has been acquired by Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content and Tommy Bulfin, Commissioning Editor, BBC Drama.

The first Zog film was a roaring success from Christmas 2018 and has recently been nominated for an International Kids Emmy and won a number of other awards.

In the new film Zog, Pearl and Gadabout are now a flying doctor trio, caring for creatures including a mermaid, a unicorn and a sneezy lion. However when bad weather forces them to land at the palace, Pearl is locked up by her uncle, the king. Zog and Gadabout try to set her free. However when their attempts fail, Pearl has to come up with the best way of all to regain her freedom.

Charlotte Moore, Director of Content, BBC, says: "BBC One will be home to another favourite Donaldson and Scheffler adaptation for Christmas 2020, once again continuing our collaboration with the award winning Magic Light Pictures on the fabulously original sequel to the best-selling Zog - Zog And The Flying Doctors."

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

BBC opens new cases of The Mallorca Files


A second series of the Balearic cop drama has been commissioned for BBC One Daytime and BBC iPlayer, as series one is confirmed for broadcast on Monday 25 November.

They may have different approaches to policing, but Detectives Blake and Winter (Elen Rhys and Julian Looman) have proved a winning combination for the BBC, with a second series of the feel-good crime drama series set on the UK’s favourite holiday island already commissioned. Filming begins today.

Dan McGolpin, BBC Controller Programming and iPlayer, has commissioned the second series penned by Dan Sefton (The Good Karma Hospital, Trust Me) and with the ten episodes from series two appearing on screens in 2020.

All ten episodes of series one will be available on BBC iPlayer after the first episode airs on BBC One at 2.15pm on Monday 25 November.

Dan McGolpin says: "With the nights drawing in, the time is right to transport yourself to sunnier climes by watching The Mallorca Files on BBC One and on BBC iPlayer from later this month. People are going to love spending time with Miranda and Max in this exciting and stylish first series and I’m delighted to announce that our crime-fighting duo will return for more capers in 2020.”

Key cast members Elen Rhys (DC Miranda Blake), Julian Looman (DC Max Winter) and Maria Fernández-Ache (Police Chief Ines Villegas) will be reprising their roles alongside series regulars Tabata Cerezo (Carmen Lorenzo) and Tanya Moodie (Abbey Parker) and Denis Schmidt (Christian). Meanwhile the second season promises British viewers some well-known faces, with guest stars such as Phil Daniels (Sliced, EastEnders, Quadrophenia) and Josette Simon (Nightflyers, Broadchurch, Blake’s Seven) set to join the adventures on the Balearic island.



Monday, 11 November 2019

Kylie Minogue to spend a Secret Night with Channel 4 this December

Fresh from her Glastonbury legends slot triumph and a raft of sold our tour dates throughout the world, the quintessential pop princess Kylie Minogue will cap off a Golden 2019 as the subject of a very special secret night this December on Channel 4.

A must see spectacular, Kylie’s Secret Night, produced by BBC Studios, will allow viewers to celebrate with Kylie like never before. The 90-minute programme, filmed in front of an audience of passionate – and unsuspecting – fans will see a specially invited audience arrive for what they believe is a Kylie themed fan extravaganza hosted by Alan Carr. Little do they know they’re going to be spending a secret evening with the lady herself…

Over the course of the show Kylie will treat her guests to the ultimate thank you through heartfelt and hilarious conversation with Alan, memorable performances, surprise money can’t buy gifts, hidden camera VTs and laugh out loud stunts.

Throughout the episode, we’ll hear from a cross section of Kylie fans who will regale her and the audience with moving, uplifting and heart-warming tales of how she’s touched their lives including inspirational Barnsley music teacher and superfan Simon who runs Kylie music classes for adults with learning difficulties. He got the shock of his life recently when a surprise guest made at an appearance at one of their rehearsals.

Some very special fans will be joining Kylie on the night including a select group of people who’ve been named in homage to her and some very shocked people will also be taking a cab share trip like no other. 

Encouraged to do so by Alan and the audience, Kylie will also reveal which of her tracks is her personal favourite and there may well be some surprises of her very own in store too.

And if that’s not enough of a treat then immediately after the show ends, Channel 4 will be showing the UK television premiere of Kylie’s smash hit Golden tour. Packed full of incredible hits, spectacular visuals and fabulous choreography, we’ll see just why she’s the original pop princess.

Kylie Minogue said, “This was such an incredible show. It made me laugh, it made me cry. It was like time stood still and I was able to hear some amazing fan stories, reminisce and really take stock of the journey we’ve been on together. All in all, a wonderful celebration, and a reminder of what a privilege it is to be able to connect with people over time and borders and to inspire me to do it all again!”

Ant and Dec, Susan Sarandon and Taron Egerton among the stars joining Jamie and Jimmy for a Friday Night Feast


Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty are back with a new series of Friday Night Feast, welcoming a variety of famous faces into the kitchen. Over 11 weeks, stars from the worlds of film, TV, comedy and sport join the boys in their new-look, pop-up bistro at the end of Southend Pier to create a mouth-watering feast to kick-off the weekend.

Hollywood royalty Susan Sarandon, Rocketman actor Taron Egerton and three-time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan will be cooking up a storm alongside Jamie and Jimmy, with Taron Egerton featuring in a Christmas special to air in December.

TV favourites Ant and Dec and Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkleman will also be showing off their foodie credentials in the end-of-pier bistro, along with former Spice Girl Mel B and comedians Joe Lycett, Rob Beckett and Jack Dee.

Disproving the adage ‘too many cooks’, queen of all-things culinary Mary Berry joins Jamie and Jimmy to create the ultimate cookery masterclass, while world champion boxer Amir Khan hopes to prove he can handle the heat of the kitchen.

Each episode, Jamie and Jimmy chat to their guests about their love of food and their favourite meals, as well as grilling them with questions from diners in ‘Spill the Beans’. Jamie and Jimmy will also be back out on the road in their Ford Capri to experience culinary delights around the UK, in addition to rustling up delicious recipes themselves, from easy snacks to full-on feasts - the perfect way to start the weekend.

The new series of Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast begins on Channel 4 this December with a Christmas Feast.

Competition: Win Billy Connolly: Made in Scotland on Blu-ray


Billy Connolly: Made in Scotland is out on DVD and Blu-ray on November 18th

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and a copy on Blu-ray to give away.

Synopsis
An intimate, deeply personal and funny portrait of the great comedian.

In the world of comedy there is no one quite like Billy Connolly. Put simply, through sheer talent and force of personality he changed the face of British comedy forever. He s been called the Beatles and Jesus of comedy by his peers and an immature manure mouth by the leader of the Scottish Zion Baptist Church. Say what you like about him you can t deny everyone wants to know him. Weaved around private interviews, this special series find Billy returning to Scotland to reveal the influences and motivations that turned him from being Billy Connolly the welder to Billy Connolly the Big Yin!

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For your chance to win just answer the question below.

In which major city in Scotland was Billy Connolly born?

Send your name, address and of course the answer to competition@jonn.co.uk

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1. Closing date 25-11-19
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.

Competition: Win Dublin Murders on DVD


Dublin Murders is out on DVD on November 18th

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

Synopsis
Adapted from leading crime novelist Tana French’s internationally bestselling books, Dublin Murders is a darkly enthralling new drama, set to grip audiences when it airs on BBC One and arrives on DVD and digital this winter from Acorn Media International.

Screenwriter extraordinaire Sarah Phelps (The ABC Murders, Great Expectations), brilliantly blends the first two novels in the Dublin Murder Squad series – In The Woods and The Likeness – to deliver an engrossing eight-part series full of psychological mystery and darkness, with its roots sunk deep in Ireland’s past.

Starring a stellar line up of acting talent including Killian Scott (Strike, Ripper Street), Sarah Greene  (Penny Dreadful, Rebellion), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Avengers: Endgame, Peaky Blinders) Moe Dunford (Vikings, Patrick’s Day) and Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones, Suits), Dublin Murders will be available as a two-disc DVD on 11 November 2019 as well as being available to buy on digital.

Summer 2006, at the height of the Celtic Tiger financial boom…two driven detectives Rob Reilly (Scott) and Cassie Maddox (Greene), are called in to investigate a child’s murder in Knocknaree, Dublin, but there’s more to this disturbing case than meets the eye.

On an altar in the middle of an archaeological site lies the body of a local teenage girl, a talented young ballet dancer, Katy Devlin, 13.

Knocknaree is an area blighted by poverty and unemployment for generations. The historical site is under threat from developers looking to build a new motorway. This is the not the first loss to blight the community…21 years earlier, in a very different Ireland, three children went missing. Only one came back alive and the crime was never solved…could this horrendous new crime be connected?

The Dublin Murders devastated a community and as the investigation deepens, old wounds that never properly healed are about to be ripped open.

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For your chance to win just answer the question below.

Who plays Rob Reilly in Dublin Murders?

Send your name, address and of course the answer to competition@jonn.co.uk

Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 25-11-19
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Tommy Fury and Curtis Pritchard reunite for brand new ITV2 show The Boxer & The Ballroom Dancer



Tommy Fury and Curtis Pritchard reunite for brand new ITV2 show The Boxer & The Ballroom Dancer

Not only did Tommy Fury and Curtis Pritchard find romance with Molly-Mae Hague and Maura Higgins in the Love Island villa this summer; they also found a bromance. For this brand new 3 x 60' series coming to ITV2 later this year, the pals will undertake a new challenge as they switch jobs.

Professional boxer, Tommy, will be swapping his boxing gloves for dancing shoes as he'll take to the floor, training with a professional dancer for a ballroom competition

Meanwhile, former Dancing With The Stars professional, Curtis, will be entering the boxing ring. The gloves are off and he'll be doing the rounds with a boxing coach - and have a little bit of help and guidance from world champ, Ricky Hatton - to get him ready for the fight of his life.

Girlfriends, Molly-Mae and Maura, will be supporting the boys as they discuss the trials and tribulations of learning a new skill that is so far out of their comfort zone.

Curtis says:

"I am so excited to have my own show coming on ITV2 with my best mate Tommy. It is a dream come true. I am so up for the challenge and cannot wait to get in that boxing ring. I have been training with the best of the best and am looking forward to showing everyone my boxing ability!"

Tommy says:

"I am loving taking on the challenge of swapping my boxing gloves for dancing shoes and to do it all alongside my mate, Curtis, has been amazing. I can't wait for everyone to see what we've been working so hard for!"

James Nesbitt to star in BBC One's Northern Irish crime thriller Bloodlands



James Nesbitt (The Missing, Cold Feet) will star in Bloodlands, a major original crime drama for BBC One, created by exciting new writer Chris Brandon and produced by HTM Television.

When a car containing a possible suicide note is pulled out of Strangford Lough, Northern Irish police detective Tom Brannick (James Nesbitt) quickly connects it to an infamous cold case with enormous personal significance. Bloodlands follows his dogged hunt for a legendary assassin, an explosive cat-and-mouse game where the stakes have never been higher.

Bloodlands is Chris Brandon's first original drama series commission and the first drama from newly formed production company HTM Television. It was commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama and Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC Content. The executive producers are Jed Mercurio, Jimmy Mulville and Mark Redhead for HTM Television and Tommy Bulfin for the BBC.

James Nesbitt says: "It's great to be back making a drama in and about Northern Ireland, which now has a film and television industry as good as any in the world. We have compelling scripts from a brilliant young writer who was raised in County Down, which are very exciting and psychologically complex. I can't wait to start."

Vienna Blood coming to BBC



Vienna Blood (3x90') is written by acclaimed screenwriter Steve Thompson (Sherlock, Deep State). Based on the best-selling Liebermann novels by Frank Tallis, the series will air on BBC Two this winter.

Starring Matthew Beard (The Imitation Game, And When Did You Last See Your Father?) and Juergen Maurer (Vorstadtweiber, Tatort), Vienna Blood is set in 1900s Vienna: a hot bed of philosophy, science and art, where a clash of cultures and ideas play out in the city's grand cafes and opera houses.

Max Liebermann (Matthew Beard) is a brilliant young English doctor, studying under the famed psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. Max is keen to understand the criminal mind and begins to observe Oskar Rheinhardt (Juergen Maurer), a Detective Inspector in the Vienna Police Department, who is struggling with a perplexing case. Max's extraordinary skills of perception and forensics, and his deep understanding of human behaviour and deviance, help Oskar solve Vienna's most mysterious cases.

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK confirmed for second series on BBC Three



BBC Three and World of Wonder have today confirmed that a second-series of the UK version of the award-winning global hit RuPaul's Drag Race will air in 2020.

Having brought RuPaul's Drag Race UK to British screens for the first time to critical acclaim, BBC Three have opened applications to find another set of sickening queens to compete in the Olympics of drag.

Series one has slayed audiences and is a runway success for BBC Three with 6.5 million total requests on iPlayer just over half way through the series.

This first series has seen the queens face a myriad of challenges designed to test their drag ability to the max, and they've served regal runway realness, formed two fierce girl bands, performed Downton Draggy and so much more.

RuPaul says: "I want to thank the BBC and all our fans for their overwhelming support of RuPaul's Drag Race UK. This season's queens proved that Britain's Got Charisma Uniqueness Nerve and Talent and I want to see more! Here's to another season of love, laughter and light!"

Mortimer and Whitehouse cast off for third series


The critically acclaimed, Mortimer And Whitehouse: Gone Fishing is to return with six episodes for a third BBC Two series.
Over the summer, Gone Fishing once again charmed the nation with consolidated audiences of 2.2 million tuning in to see lifelong friends and comedic royalty, Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse return to the riverbanks.

The series received universally positive reviews and audiences that increased throughout the series run.

Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two says: "When Paul and Bob first came to see us three years ago with the idea of making a series about fishing, we couldn't have imagined their daft idea would become one of the most loved shows on TV. Brimming with friendship, care, beauty, escape and a bit of fishing, it's a show we are so proud of on BBC Two."

Fourth series of “Rick and Morty” to land on Channel 4 in early 2020


Channel 4 has today confirmed that the highly anticipated fourth series of award-winning sci-fi hit Rick and Morty will air exclusively in the UK on Channel 4 in January 2020.

Split over two parts consisting of five episodes in each, Rick and Morty will air on Channel 4, with repeats on E4 and episodes will be available to stream on All 4.

Created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, the Emmy-winning animated comedy series follows a sociopathic genius scientist who drags his inherently timid grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe.  

Ian Katz, Director of Programmes said: "Millions of fans have been waiting for more than two years for a new series of Rick and Morty, the most brilliantly bonkers show on television. We're thrilled that it will be aired exclusively on Channel 4 and I promise it will be worth the wait."

Monday, 4 November 2019

First-look image of Maisie Williams in her new Sky original comedy Two Weeks to Live


Sky has today released the first look image of its upcoming original comedy Two Weeks to Live as production begins in Kent and London.

The 6x30 series which is being produced by Kudos, part of Endemol Shine UK,  is due to air on Sky One and streaming service NOW TV in 2020.

Starring Emmy Award® nominee Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Two Weeks to Live tells a comic tale of love and revenge born from a seemingly harmless prank that goes terribly wrong.

Joining the cast includes Emmy Award® nominee Sian Clifford (Fleabag), who takes on the role of Tina, Kim’s mother.

Alongside Maisie and Sian, cast members include Mawaan Rizwan (Nicky), Taheen Modak (Jay), Kerry Howard (Beth), Thalissa Teixeira (Thompson) and Jason Flemyng (Brooks).

Created and written by Gaby Hull (Cheat), the six-part series will be produced by Kudos, part of Endemol Shine UK, and revolve around Kim Stokes (Williams), a strange young misfit who was just a little girl when her father died in murky circumstances. Following his death, her mother Tina whisked her away to a remote rural life of seclusion and bizarre survival techniques.

Now all grown up, Kim sets out into the real world for the first time to begin a secret mission of honouring her father’s memory. Meanwhile, socially awkward Nicky (Rizwan) isn’t good at impressing girls, and when Kim walks into his and brother Jay’s (Modak) local pub, it sets in motion a chaotic series of events that puts all their lives in danger. Who would have thought a few drinks and an ill-judged prank could go so violently wrong?

Tina arrives in search of Kim and the unlikely crew soon find themselves on the run from murderous gangsters and the police with a massive bag of stolen cash. But Kim is no ordinary fish out of water – she’s more like a great white shark who knows how to strip a Smith & Wesson SDVE pistol in 6 seconds flat and skin a deer to make a sleeping bag whilst perfectly reciting the lyrics to ‘I Will Survive’.  With her in their team, they might all just get out of this alive.

A new trailer for Sky original The New Pope


A new trailer for the upcoming season of The New Pope, the HBO-SKY-CANAL+ series, has been unveiled today. The New Pope is produced by Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani for Fremantle’s Italy-based producers Wildside, and co-produced by Haut et Court TV and The Mediapro Studio.

All nine episodes of The New Pope are directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino. The limited series is written by Sorrentino with Umberto Contarello and Stefano Bises, and marks Sorrentino’s second limited series set in the world of the modern papacy.

The cast features two-time Academy Award® nominees Jude Law and John Malkovich. Returning cast from “The Young Pope” include Silvio Orlando, Javier Cámara, Cécile de France, Ludivine Sagnier and Maurizio Lombardi. New cast for the limited series are Henry Goodman, Ulrich Thomsen, Mark Ivanir, Yuliya Snigir and Massimo Ghini. Sharon Stone and Marilyn Manson guest star.

Fremantle is the global distributor for The New Pope.

The New Pope will debut in January 2020 on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV.

Super model Jourdan Dunn, actors Christopher Meloni, Helen Monks, Pippa Bennett- Warner and Javone Prince join O-T Fagbenle in new E4 comedy Maxxx


A stellar cast will join writer, director and actor O-T Fagbenle (Black Widow, The Handmaid’s Tale, NW, Looking) in his brand-new E4 comedy series.

Maxxx centres around a formerly famous boyband star played by O-T Fagbenle who tries to make his music come back in a bid to win back his famous Super model ex-girlfriend Jourdan Dunn and prove to the world that he isn’t a washed-up old has-been!

To get his career back on track Maxxx enlists the help of his cousin-slash-superfan-slash-stalker Rose, played by Helen Monks (Raised by Wolves, Upstart Crow), and tries to convince his former manager Don Wild played by Christopher Meloni (Happy!, The Handmaid’s Tale, Law & Order, Oz) to take him back but he has other ideas and recruits the help of wannabe manager Tamzin, played by Pippa Bennett- Warner (MotherFatherSon, Harlots). Maxxx is also hunted by Lucky played by Javone Prince (Phone Shop, The Javone Prince Show) who is Maxxx’s former bandmate.

O-T Fagbenle, writer, director and star, says: “It’s a dream to write and direct for a cast of extraordinary actors from seasoned pro’s like Christopher Meloni and Javone Prince to new acting talent like Alan Asaad and Jourdan Dunn. The talent of Helen, Pippa and a wish list of guest stars and cameos have been a gift to Maxxx, I can’t wait for people to see!”

Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy at Channel 4, commented: “A show we were already stoked about making has just got stronger.  A phenomenal cast, we couldn’t be more excited to be working with them all.”

Competition: Win Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing Series 1 & 2 on DVD


Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing Series 1 & 2 is out on DVD on November 1th

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

Synopsis
The complete collection of the much-loved Mortimer & Whitehouse Gone Fishing, series one and two, is coming to DVD.

In this hilarious and heart-warming series, following their life-changing heart surgeries, comedy legends and lifelong friends Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse embark on a relaxing yet epic journey around Britain, eating great food, discussing life and death, and attempting to catch some of the nation's iconic fish. Bob is a keen apprentice and eager to learn, while experienced angler Paul has his patience tested time and again as he tries to teach Bob the rules of the river.

Set against the backdrop of the stunning British countryside, Mortimer & Whitehouse Gone Fishing shows two comedy giants in their element and as you’ve never seen them before.

Dazzler Media presents Mortimer & Whitehouse Gone Fishing Series One & Two Boxset, available on DVD & Digital from 11th November

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For your chance to win just answer the question below.

What are the first names of Mortimer & Whitehouse?

Send your name, address and of course the answer to competition@jonn.co.uk

Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 18-11-19
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.

Friday, 1 November 2019

The Witcher - New Trailer and Images - Netflix 8 Part TV Series


Fans at Lucca Comics and Games convention in Lucca, Italy were treated to the brand new main trailer for the highly anticipated new series ​The Witcher ​on Thursday 31st October 2019 when showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich unveiled the footage during a panel discussion with cast members Anya Chalotra (Yennefer) and Freya Allan (Ciri).


The trailer also gave fans the first confirmation that all eight episodes of the series will debut on Netflix globally on 20th December 2019.


About The Witcher:
B​ased on the best-selling fantasy series of books, THE WITCHER is an epic tale of fate and family. The story of the intertwined destinies of three individuals in the vast world of ​The Continent, where humans, elves, witchers, gnomes, and monsters battle to survive and thrive, and where good and evil is not easily identified.



Henry Cavill (M​ission Impossible - Fallout​, M​an of Steel​) leads the cast of ​The Witcher saga, playing the role of Geralt of Rivia, alongside other main cast members, Anya Chalotra (T​he ABC Murders, Wanderlust​) as Yennefer and Freya Allan (T​he War of the Worlds, Into The Badlands)​ as Ciri. Other previously announced cast include ​Jodhi May (​Game of Thrones, Genius)​ as Calanthe,​ Björn H​lynur Haraldsson (​Fortitude)​ as Eist, ​Adam Levy (K​nightfall, Snatch​) as Mousesack, MyAnna Buring (Ripper Street, Kill List) ​as ​Tissaia), ​Mimi Ndiweni (Black Earth Rising)​ as Fringilla, Therica Wilson-Read (Profile​) as Sabrina,and Emma Appleton​(The End of The F**king World) as Renfri, Eamon Farren (​The ABC Murders, Twin Peaks​) as Cahir, Joey Batey (K​nightfall, Strike​) as Jaskier, Lars Mikkelsen (​House of Cards, Sherlock​) as Stregobor, Royce Pierreson (​Wanderlust, Judy)​ as Istredd, Maciej Musiał ​(1983)​ as Sir Lazlo, ​Wilson Radjou-Pujalte (Jamillah & Aladdin, Dickensian​) as Dara, ​and Anna Shaffer (Harry Potter​) as Triss.





Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Competition: Win Moominvalley Complete Series 1 on DVD


Moominvalley Complete Series 1 is out on DVD and Blu-ray on November 4th

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 2 copies on DVD to give away.

Synopsis
Moomintroll, Snufkin, Little My and all the family are back!

The much-loved Moomin family star in a new animated family drama, Moominvalley based on the hugely popular work of Tove Jansson.

The 13-part series follows the curious and idealistic Moomintroll with his extraordinary family and whimsical friends, as they take us on an adventure into the magical world of Moominvalley, where we can learn more about our own humanity, relationships and emotions and especially about love.

This fantasy drama series is full of life and laughter for lifelong Moomin fans, and complete newcomers alike.

Featuring the voice talents of Taron Egerton, Matt Berry, Rosamund Pike, Kate Winslet, Will Self, Warwick Davis, Richard Ayoade, Akiya Henry, Jennifer Saunders & many more.

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For your chance to win just answer the question below.

Competition Closed

Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 11-11-19
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.

Monday, 21 October 2019

Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey


The two-part special will see the UK’s best loved duo embark on a surprisingly emotional journey of discovery in Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey this November.

Viewers will see Ant and Dec navigate a tougher terrain than the Australian jungle.  Guided by expert genealogists and historians, the pair will follow their maternal and paternal blood lines using their DNA to search their ancestral history.   

As their travels take them to Ireland and the US, including The United Nations Headquarters, the pair will not only delve into their past but will also meet relatives they had no clue even existed, unveiling some truly shocking revelations that only their DNA could unlock.

As Ant & Dec embark on their journey, viewers will be treated to a rare and personal glimpse into this truly remarkable friendship with their warmth and infectious humour that has not only captured the nation over the years, but has seen them achieve huge success resulting in a multitude of awards and accolades. 

The Chase’s Jenny joins The X Factor: Celebrity Live Shows


On Saturday night [19/10], viewers saw the judges go through the agonising deliberation round where they made the difficult decision to send Hayley Hasselhoff and Cole and Edwards home as well as telling Jenny Ryan they could, at that point, not give her a yes.

However, after considering the celebrities’ performances again, Simon, Nicole and Louis decided that one of those acts still deserved a coveted spot in the LIVE shows… The Chase Vixen, Jenny Ryan.

Jenny – who performed Queen classic Somebody To Love at Judges Homes – now joins the remaining celebrity acts as they go LIVE for the first time this Saturday [26/10] . The 13 acts – including Jenny and footballer-turned-film star Vinnie Jones - will now hope to win the votes of the public in the coming weeks as they bid to triumph and receive that prestigious record contract.

Mentor Nicole said: “Jenny was just brilliant at her audition in LA. That voice of hers is one of a kind, and she's an amazing person to get to know. So it was such a tough decision to make. After a lot of discussion we all agreed we had to put her through. The Overs are gonna smash it this year!"

Jenny said: “I’ve loved every moment of The X Factor and I’m delighted to be able to get the opportunity to perform live. The response from the public has been amazing – what an incredible experience. I’m so pleased it’s continuing!”

The X Factor: Celebrity goes LIVE Saturday 26th October on ITV.

Sunday, 20 October 2019

The Royal Variety Performance 2019


Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan to host The Royal Variety Performance 2019 with performances from Rod Stewart, Harry Connick Jr and the cast of multi award-winning musical Mary Poppins

Two of the UK’s best loved comedians Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan are to host this year’s Royal Variety Performance marking the first time in over thirty years two comedians have hosted together. As is tradition, the world’s longest running entertainment show will be held in the presence of members of the Royal Family.

The event will come from the iconic London Palladium, which is hosting for the 43rd time.

The show promises to be an unforgettable evening of the best UK and international musical performers, extraordinary theatre and brilliant comedy as well as a number of surprises along the away.

Stars lined up to appear include international music sensation Rod Stewart who is celebrating fifty years as a solo artist.  Soon to make its much-anticipated return to the West End, Mary Poppins, the world’s favourite Nanny, makes a ‘supercalifragilistic’ return to the Royal Variety Performance. Joining Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins and Charlie Stemp as Bert, will be Petula Clark, who will feed the birds, heading a show-stopping performance from the cast of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s multi-award-winning musical Mary Poppins.

Making his Royal Variety debut a special performance from award winning US composer and entertainer Harry Connick Jr.

Also taking to the stage is the much-celebrated and oldest ever winner of Britain’s Got Talent Colin Thackery, a unique collaboration from Emeli Sandé and Manchester’s Bee Vocal choir formed to inspire those experiencing mental health difficulties. There’s more music from two of 2019’s hottest talents Lewis Capaldi and Mabel who will each perform their record breaking singles, Hollywood star Luke Evans, comedy act Flo and Joan and a performance from the Tony and Olivier award winning musical Come From Away. Rounding off this evening of extraordinary entertainment is an exclusive extract from Cirque Du Soleil’s Luzia as well as comedy from the cast of hit West End show Groan Ups, plus comedians Kerry Godliman and Frank Skinner. 

Rob Beckett said:
“I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to be hosting the Royal Variety Performance with one of my best friends and best comedians in the country Romesh Ranganathan. My Mum and Dad love Rod Stewart more than me and can’t wait to see him perform. Fingers crossed they will stay and watch me and Rom host the rest of the show once Rod has finished his set.”

Romesh Ranganathan said:
“It is obviously amazing to be asked to host The Royal Variety Performance. Being asked to do so alongside Rob Beckett is both exciting as well as slightly taking the gloss off the honour.”

The event is staged in aid of the Royal Variety Charity, whose Patron is Her Majesty The Queen.  The money raised from the show helps those people from the world of entertainment in need of care and assistance in the United Kingdom.

The star studded spectacular will take place on Monday 18th November and will be screened on ITV in December. It will be produced by ITV Studios.

Saturday, 19 October 2019

ITV2 is getting sensationally scary this Halloween with brand new show, Killer Camp


ITV2 is getting sensationally scary this Halloween with brand new show, Killer Camp.

In this reality event, airing across five nights leading up to Halloween, 11 unsuspecting contributors will be dropped into an 80s inspired lakeside lodge where, after an explosive twist, they learn it’s not the Summer Camp they’d envisaged but a Killer Camp with a secret murderer amongst them.

The aim of the game is to earn cash whilst avoiding being killed and therefore eliminated from the game. Over five bloody nights the murderer will bump off their fellow campers in ever more extreme, hilarious and inventive ways; it’s the job of the innocents to work out who is responsible before it’s too late...

Can the innocents find the killer amongst them and walk away with a big money prize? Or will the killer remain undetected and steal their cash?

Comedian Bobby Mair takes on presenting duties as Camp Counsellor. He says:

“Being a presenter, Camp Counsellor and facilitator of murder is the job I was born to do! I really hope ITV2 viewers have as much fun watching this show as much as I had getting to make it.”

Thursday, 17 October 2019

The ITV2 Blood Squad is back


The spookiest time of year is upon us and as the nation prepares to scare each other senseless for Halloween, the ITV2 Blood Squad has assembled to once again eliminate the fears that surround blood donation.

Last year, ITV2 and NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) came together in a bid to dispel young peoples’ reservations about giving blood. During the campaign an enormous 31,000 people registered as blood donors, a 19% increase in registrations compared to the year prior.

As a result of the enormous rise in donor registrations, the ITV2 Blood Squad is back for a second year running, to encourage more young donors to register and book an appointment at one of the 23 donation centres across England.

This year’s squad is led by I’m A Celebrity…Extra Camp hosts Emily Atack and Joel Dommett and comprises an array of other fangtastic famous faces who are urging young people to register and donate.

Love Island’s Tommy Fury, Molly-Mae Hague, Curtis Pritchard, Amy Hart, Anna Vakili, Yewande Biala and ITV2 Blood Squad veteran Dr Alex George are joined by Ibiza Weekender’s Jordan Davies and David Potts as well as Don’t Hate The Playaz’s Lady Leshurr, proving that the ITV2 Blood Squad is ultimate #SquadGhouls.

The fresh, Halloween-themed promos produced and created by award winning ad agency, ITV Creative, see the squad debut their scariest looks yet leaving some of them completely unrecognisable. The promos will run on air, in cinema, and across digital and social media from 17th October in the lead up to Halloween.

The Witchfinder coming to BBC Two


The Witchfinder is an original new comedy for BBC Two following a witchfinder and his suspect on a road-free road trip through an England gripped by civil war, famine and plague.

It’s the year of our Lord 1647 and fear of witchcraft is rife. Puritanical Christianity, deep-seated superstition and a willingness to scapegoat outsiders have created a tinderbox of suspicion in which few are safe. In this environment, witchfinding has flourished, as self-appointed witch experts achieve hero status by investigating accusations of witchery and extracting confessions.

A failing witchfinder (Tim Key) transports a suspected witch (Daisy May Cooper) across 1640s East Anglia to a trial that could change his fortunes forever. But his captive is the worst possible travel companion: an inquisitive, uncouth woman whose ability to prick his pomposity and ask uncomfortable questions turns a straightforward journey into a life-changing ordeal.

The Witchfinder is created by Neil and Rob Gibbons, the writers and directors of This Time With Alan Partridge.

Daisy May Cooper says: “I cannot wait to be starring in The Witchfinder with the absolutely brilliant Tim Key. I've always wanted to be a witch, my mother says I've got the nose and chin hair for it. I dabbled a bit in witchcraft when I was in my teens and ended up accidentally inviting an incubus into my house. He was an absolute prick.”

Tim Key says: “I’m delighted to be working with the mercurially talented Gibbons brothers again, particularly on something set in 17th century England - which they seem to have a fairly loose grasp of - and I'm excited to do a road trip but on horses (I can’t ride a horse). I love the idea of Daisy May Cooper being a pissed-off witch anyway so the fact that I’m playing her antagonist is the icing on the cake. Can’t wait to saddle up.”

Caroline Flack to present The Surjury for Channel 4


Caroline Flack is to present Channel 4 factual entertainment series The Surjury, the series where a 12-strong jury of the public must decide if people get to undertake the cosmetic surgery they’ve always dreamed of.

The Surjury, commissioned from Gobstopper television, allows people to explore their choices more thoroughly and to take measured advice from their peers, some of whom may previously have gone under the knife themselves and will happily share their views and experiences.

Candidates requesting surgery must secure the majority of the jury vote in order to get their procedure. Months later they’ll be invited back to show the results.

Caroline will introduce those wanting the surgery to the Jury, sharing facts about the procedures and the cosmetic surgery that they are requesting.

Caroline Flack said: “I’m over the moon to be hosting this exciting brand new show and my first for Channel 4.“

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

WIN A COPY OF THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE RELEASED FOR THE FIRST TIME ON DVD ON THE 21st OCTOBER!


Hailed as “one of the best horror TV series we’ve seen in years” (Sci-fi Now), THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE arrives on Blu-Ray™ and DVD from 21st October 2019 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

To celebrate the release of THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE we’re giving you the chance to win a Blu-Ray™, packed with special features, including exclusive bonus content including three extended episodes and director commentary from creator and director Mike Flanagan on four episodes.

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE is the critically acclaimed, modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s legendary novel, published in 1959, about five siblings who grew up in the most famous haunted house in America. Now adults, they’re reunited by the suicide of their youngest sister, which forces them to finally confront the ghosts of their pasts… some of which lurk in their minds… and some of which may really be lurking in the shadows of the iconic Hill House.

Certified Fresh with a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and nominated for six Saturn Awards, including Best Streaming Horror & Thriller Series, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE has been renewed by Netflix as an anthology series, telling a new story each season.

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For your chance to win a DVD copy of THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE simply answer the following question:

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THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD on 21st October 2019.

I’m A Celebrity…Extra Camp returns to ITV2 this Autumn with a brand new presenting line up


I’m A Celebrity…Extra Camp returns to ITV2 this Autumn with a brand new presenting line up.

This year, the nightly live show sees the return of Extra Camp host and comedian Joel Dommett, alongside actress, comedienne and last year’s runner up Emily Atack and 2016 Jungle favourite Adam Thomas.

All three hosts are funny, lively straight talking Jungle fanatics who will bring their own unique take on what’s happening in camp, with none of them afraid to speak their own mind as they dissect the day’s drama.

They’ll get all the latest behind the scenes gossip with unseen clips, exclusive interviews and the insiders guide to the dreaded Bushtucker Trials.
 
Viewers are invited to join the lively debates via social media and the app as well as putting their questions directly to the campmates live in the studio once they’ve left the Jungle.  The entertaining hosts will also be joined in Australia by various celebrity guests.

Joel Dommett said:
"So excited to be heading back to the Jungle this year - this time with a new bunch of amigos. I can’t wait to show Emily around and keep reminding Adam that I beat him in 2016. It’s such a huge privilege to do this show and I truly love it. I can’t wait to find out who we are watching!"

Emily Atack said:
"I'm thrilled that I get to make more amazing memories in a place that means so much to me. I've loved working with Joel on Singletown, we're like brother and sister, and Adam has got such amazing energy. The three of us are going to have the best time ever!"

Adam Thomas said:
“I can't believe that I'm heading back to the Jungle, this is something I never saw coming my way! I'm so excited to be reunited with my campmate Joel and to also work alongside Emily. We're going to have so much fun...just keep me away from those spiders!"

Monday, 14 October 2019

Competition: Win Oil In The Blood on DVD


Oil In The Blood is out on DVD and Blu-ray NOW! 

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 2 copies on DVD to give away.

Synopsis
Director and life-long biker Gareth Maxwell Roberts takes us on a fascinating road trip to discover the rarely seen on screen, world of contemporary custom motorcycles and the people who have Oil In The Blood. This new rip-roaring feature documentary takes us on an eye-opening thrill ride and is set to arrive on Blu-ray, DVD and digital.

This little-known scene has experienced a huge renaissance in recent years, and what was once a niche subculture now bears a significant influence on the international mainstream motorcycle industry. We can experience the wonderful world of custom motorcycles as Oil In The Blood is released worldwide on 14 October 2019, courtesy of Revelation Films, who also produced the film.

This is not just a film about motorcycles, it’s a film about motorcycle people.

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For your chance to win just answer the question below.

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Sunday, 13 October 2019

ITV announces details for new factual drama White House Farm


ITV’s six part factual drama, White House Farm, produced by New Pictures revolves around one fateful night in August 1985 when five members of the same family were murdered at an Essex farmhouse;  Sheila Caffell, her twin six-year-old sons, Daniel and Nicholas, and her parents, Nevill and June Bamber.

The series will seek to provide fresh insight into this family tragedy and the contested accounts of the events that took place at White House Farm. Based on extensive research, interviews and published accounts including, ‘The Murders at White House Farm’ by Carol Ann Lee with additional material from ‘In Search of The Rainbow’s End’ by Colin Caffell, husband of Sheila and father to Daniel and Nicholas Caffell.

Essex Police initially believed that Sheila, who had mental health problems, had murdered her own family before turning the gun on herself. But Detective Sergeant Stan Jones had doubts about the murder-suicide theory, and about Sheila’s brother Jeremy Bamber, who first called the police to the farm. Eventually it was Jeremy Bamber who was charged and convicted of the murders of his own parents, sister and nephews. Bamber is currently serving life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. He is one of the few prisoners in the UK subject to a whole-life order. Bamber still maintains his innocence.

Freddie Fox takes the role of Jeremy Bamber with Mark Addy as DS Stan Jones and Stephen Graham as DCI ‘Taff’ Jones. Gemma Whelan, Mark Stanley, Alexa Davies, Cressida Bonas, Alfie Allen, Amanda Burton and Nicholas Farrell also take roles in the drama.

White House Farm will air on ITV in early 2020.

I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! 2019 Promo - First Look


Ant & Dec are heading to the Australian Jungle and they need your help to get there!

The brand new I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! on air promo (30") will premiere this Saturday on ITV and in an interactive first for the show viewers will have the chance to vote for what happens next at the end of the promo.

In the first promo that airs this Saturday viewers will see Ant & Dec sailing in a boat to Australia when their map gets blown away at sea.  At the end of promo, viewers will be asked to head to the official IAC App where they can vote for what happens next - will Ant & Dec face 'Tropical Tides' or 'Artic Antics'? The scenario with the most public votes will then be the second promo that airs on screen in a few weeks time.

Ant & Dec have filmed 7 different promos and the viewers get to decide which ones are seen on screen by voting on the official IAC App. Viewers will get the chance to vote 3 times over the next month with different scenarios listed on the IAC App after each promo has aired on screen.

The first choice for viewers will be if they'd like Ant & Dec to face 'Tropical Tides' or 'Artic Antics' on their journey to the Australian Jungle.

I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! returns November on ITV.




BBC Four acquires Norwegian drama Wisting


BBC Four has acquired ten-part Norwegian crime drama Wisting from Banijay Rights.
The drama, which stars Sven Nordin and Carrie-Anne Moss, is based on the best-selling books The Caveman and The Hunting Dogs by writer Jørn Lier Horst. Set in the unique and stunning landscape of Norway, this series follows homicide detective William Wisting as he wrestles with the most challenging and shocking case of his career: a wanted American serial killer preying amongst them.

Hollywood actress Carrie-Anne Moss, known for her roles in the Matrix and more recently Marvel’s Jessica Jones, plays FBI Agent Maggie Griffin alongside British actor Richie Campbell (Anuvahood, The Frankenstein Chronicles) who plays Special Agent John Bantham. The pair are brought in to help Wisting and his team apprehend the infamous killer who has eluded capture for years. Leading Norwegian theatre and film actor Sven Nordin (Valkyrien) stars as Detective William Wisting.

Meanwhile, Line - Wisting’s intrepid journalist daughter - is chasing headlines, leading her straight into the path of the serial killer.

Suddenly, an old case comes back to haunt Wisting, and a dreadful accusation is hurled at him. How will Wisting save other lives when he finds himself suspended and fighting for his own reputation, career and life?

Sue Deeks, Head of BBC Programme Acquisition, says: 
"Wisting has already been a tremendous success in Norway, and we have no doubt that BBC viewers will be equally engaged by such a likeable, emotionally complex lead character, and a compelling plot full of twists and turns."

Chris Stewart, Commercial Director, Scripted, comments,
“Wisting is a multi-layered drama, that is sure to keep BBC audiences in suspense throughout. It’s a classic cat-and-mouse thriller interwoven with some scintillating character performances from a stellar cast. I’m sure the UK audience will embrace this fantastic screen adaptation with equal enthusiasm."

BBC Radio 2 reveals the official biggest studio albums of the 21st century for National Album Day


To mark National Album Day on Saturday 12 October, Paul Gambaccini will present a very special Pick Of The Pops, from 1pm-3pm on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds, counting down the 40 biggest studio albums of the millennium so far.

The chart, compiled by the Official Charts Company, is based on the number of physical sales as well as digital downloads and streams since the 1st January 2000.

Adele’s 2011 album 21 is Number One in the chart, with her 2015 album 25 coming in at Number Three, and a total of three albums ranking within the Top 40 most popular records of the 21st century.

Ed Sheeran also has two albums, x and ÷, in the Top 10. James Blunt, Michael Bublé, Dido, David Gray, Leona Lewis, and Amy Winehouse all feature in the Top 10, which is 50% male/female.

Over 70% of artists featured in the Top 40 and all artists in the Top Five are British.

Jeff Smith, Head of Music, Radio 2 and 6 Music says: “We are delighted to reveal the nation’s 40 favourite albums of the millennium here on Radio 2 for National Album Day 2019 and it’s heartening to see so many British artists in the chart, proving that home-grown music is still as popular as ever. ”

Speaking before the show, Paul said: "Here comes your running total of the top forty biggest albums of the 21st century so far! Even with streams factored in to what is called equivalent sales, the first decade of the century has outperformed the second by 28 albums to 11. The remaining album is a hangover from the 1990s. What is it? We'll find out together on our Pick Of The Pops special on the 12 October. And, of course, we'll find out which artist has two of the top three and who has the most entries in the top forty. This is the kind of suspense I like!"

The list of the Top 10 biggest albums of the 21st century are:

Official Albums Chart – 2000-2019 (week 39)

1. 21 - Adele (2011)
2. Back To Black - Amy Winehouse (2006)
3. 25 - Adele (2015)
4. x - Ed Sheeran (2014)
5. ÷ - Ed Sheeran (2017)
6. Back To Bedlam - James Blunt (2004)
7. Spirit - Leona Lewis (2007)
8. Crazy Love - Michael Bublé (2009)
9. No Angel - Dido (2000)
10. White Ladder - David Gray (1999)

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

John Barrowman joins the Dancing on Ice panel for 2020 series


Dancing on Ice has a ‘Fabulous’ new addition to its sparkling ice panel as John Barrowman takes a seat alongside Torvill and Dean and Ashley Banjo for the 2020 series.

A veteran of stage and screen, John Barrowman will be providing his very own expert critique as a fresh assortment of famous faces take to the ice next year.

The speculator skating competition, which sees celebrities paired with a professional skating partner in a bid to be crowned champion of the ice, returns in a blaze of glory next year.

John will be joined on the judging panel by head judges and skating legends Torvill and Dean, and dance supremo Ashley Banjo, as they cast their eye over the class of 2020 in a bid to find a superstar skater to follow in the footsteps of previous champions James Jordan and Jake Quickenden.

John Barrowman MBE said:
“I am so excited to be returning to the Dancing On Ice family. Unlike most I have been through the rigorous task of skating live as a contestant in the first series. This is a thrilling adventure for me and I hope to bring a Fresh, Fun and Fab-u-lous angle to the judging panel.”

Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment Commissioning, ITV, said:
“John’s quick wit, inimitable talent and all round fabulous personality make him the perfect addition to Dancing on Ice’s all star panel and we’re looking forward to seeing him bring his own brand of sparkle to the show.”

The Wall Hosted by Danny Dyer, the ultimate combination of strategy, knowledge and luck


Hosted by EastEnders star Danny Dyer, The Wall (6x45') is the ultimate combination of strategy, knowledge and luck and will see the questions voiced by TV legend, Angela Rippon.

Wildly unpredictable with heart stopping jeopardy, The Wall gives and The Wall takes away. Expect colossal wins and heart-breaking losses, this new game show really can change people’s lives in an instant.

In this game, pairs need the right answers, the right bounces and cast-iron trust in each other to win a life-changing cash prize.

The Wall, an original format created by SpringHill Entertainment and Andrew Glassman’s Glassman Media in collaboration with Universal Television Alternative Studio, was first shown in America on NBC in 2016. The most travelled format of 2017 and 2018, The Wall is an international hit and has sold to 24 territories around the globe.

The Wall has been commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content and Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Rachel Ashdown. The Executive Producer for Remarkable is Richard Hague. The Series Producer is Stephen Lovelock.


The format
In each show one pair take on The Wall in three rounds that are the ultimate combination of strategy, knowledge and luck.

Freefall (Round one)
A pair of contestants start out playing together for fast cash in freefall. A multiple-choice question with two possible answers is asked as three balls fly down The Wall. The balls fall randomly towards slots of varying cash amounts. The players have until one ball has reached the money to lock in their answer. If they’re correct, the balls turn green and money is added to their prize pot. However, answer a question incorrectly and the ball turns red, deducting the amounts of the slots they land in. There are five questions in freefall and the only rule is that players must finish the round with cash to progress.

Round two
The money slots have larger cash amount added. The pair of contestants separate. One goes into isolation, the other stays with the host. The player gets two free green balls to try and accumulate cash. But whichever slots they drop from at the end of the round, two red balls will also have to drop the same slots. The players then face three questions. The player in isolation, under intense pressure, will answer the questions whilst their partner takes risks on The Wall.

For each question, the player in front of The Wall is shown three possible answers, before deciding which slots to place the balls, based on whether they think their partner is going to answer the question correctly or not. The more confident they are, they should place them to the right - closer to the higher amounts. The less confident they are, they place them to the left - nearer the smaller amounts. If the isolation player is correct the ball turns green, if they’re wrong, the ball turns red - but the isolation player never knows if they’ve answered correctly. For questions two and three, The Wall player has the chance to double up and then triple up - players make this decision after seeing the possible answers to the question and must decide based on their confidence in the isolation player. The balls are all played on the same number. At the end of the round, The Wall player must drop the two red balls from the same number as the free green balls at the top of the round. These will subtract the amount of whatever they land in.

Round three
The money slots have larger cash amount added. Round two works in a similar way to the previous round but this time players get three free green balls to drop, in order to try and maximise their cash winnings. But whichever slots they drop the balls from they will have to drop three red balls from the same slots at the end of the round. The players face three more questions, this time with four possible answers. As before, the player in isolation will answer the questions while their partner takes risks on The Wall. Again, for questions two and three, The Wall player has the chance to double up and then triple up - players make this decision after seeing the possible answers to the question and must decide based on their confidence in the isolation player.

The contract
In the final round before the final three red balls are dropped, the isolation player is sent the contract. If the isolation player signs it, the pair take home the sum that was banked in the freefall round, plus a cash amount for every correct answer they gave over the course of the game - this is the guarantee. However, they’re in isolation so they don’t know how well (or badly) they’ve played and what the final value of the guarantee is. If the isolation player tears it up, they take the risk that their partner has been more successful and they will take home whatever is left on The Wall. If there’s any money left in play on the wall, the player must drop the three red balls from the same number as the free green balls at the top of the round. These will subtract the amount of whatever they land in.

The players are reunited at the end of the game and the isolation player explains how and why they came to their decision. Their partner then tells them what was on The Wall and they either celebrate or commiserate - depending on whether the isolation player made the right decision to take the most out of the game.

BBC Radio 2 announces Rylan’s 24 hour karaoke challenge for BBC Children in Need


Radio 2 presenter and bona fide karaoke king, Rylan Clark-Neal will sing in a 24 hour non-stop karaoke extravaganza to raise money for BBC Children in Need 2019.

The challenge will kick off at the end of the Zoe Ball Breakfast show at 9am on Tuesday 12 November, with Rylan belting out karaoke classics through to 9am on Wednesday 13 November.

The marathon sing-a-long will take place at the Radio 2 studios in Wogan House, London and be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds, and streamed live in vision on the BBC Red Button where viewers can watch Rylan and his guests perform. Viewers will also be able to send in messages of support for Rylan, which will scroll across the screen, along with details of how to donate via text. Audiences will be able to donate to support Rylan via text donation and through the BBC Children in Need website.

Expect surprise appearances from famous faces and voices across the day, as they drop in to Wogan House and join former X Factor contestant Rylan in song, as he raises funds for BBC Children in Need.

Rylan says: “My love of karaoke is absolutely no secret and so I’m incredibly excited to take to the microphone and raise as much as I possibly can for BBC Children in Need. Tune in to BBC Radio 2 or via BBC Red Button from 9.30am on the 12 November to hear me - and my special guests - serenade the Radio 2 family with as many karaoke classics as I can fit into 24 hours. And don't forget to donate!”