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Friday, 20 September 2019

Cast announced for BBC One's Worzel Gummidge


Casting has been announced for the dazzling, modern adaptation of Worzel Gummidge, which will be enchanting BBC One viewers later this year.

Set to broadcast in two one-hour films, this family treat is inspired by the classic books of Barbara Euphan Todd and is pegged to be the TV event of the season. Mackenzie Crook has taken Scatterbrook farm and the infamous characters of this well-loved tale and injected them with a tender and authentic charm. This is the perfect family adventure, packed with a fun, mischievous spirit and delivered with an environmental message.

Mackenzie Crook, (Pirates Of The Caribbean, Detectorists) who has written, directed and stars as Worzel Gummidge, has gathered a host of both accomplished and brilliant actors who are set to appear in this eagerly anticipated adaptation.

Playing The Green Man, creator of the scarecrows, who arrives to Scatterbrook in episode two, is comedy legend Sir Michael Palin. He says: "It's a lovely part for me, but the whole script is very memorable and touching, and very funny too. It quite skillfully weaves in something for everybody all the time."

Zoë Wanamaker (My Family, Harry Potter And The Philosophers Stone) will play the eccentric local aristocrat, Lady Bloomsbury Barton in episode two. She says: "The whole thing is so charming and inventive. It's the sort of thing I'd watch. I'm sure it will be a huge success. I know it will - it's divine."

Vicki Pepperdine (Getting On, The Windsors) takes on the role of the formidable Aunt Sally in episode one. She says: "There's something for everybody. It's got this heart to it, and you'd be hard pushed as an adult not to engage with it."

Steve Pemberton (League Of Gentleman, Benidorm) will play Mr Braithwaite, the farmer. He says: "This is the kind of show the whole family can enjoy together. It has a lot of humour, a lot of visual humour too, and I think kids will enjoy watching the children being central to the story."

Rosie Cavaliero (Gentleman Jack, Cleaning Up) will play Mrs Braithwaite, she added: "It's a story about the imagination, and children escaping into this different world. Mackenzie's version is totally contemporary."

Ones to watch India Brown (Hetty Feather) and Thierry Wickens (making his TV debut) will play Susan and John, two city children spending their summer at Scatterbrook farm who quickly befriend Worzel and begin a summer of adventures.

The first episode, The Scarecrow Of Scatterbrook, sees two young strangers arrive in the village of Scatterbrook. It's not long before Susan and John encounter Worzel Gummidge, the Scarecrow of Ten Acre Field. Their world is sent spinning into confusion when they realise Gummidge comes to life. The only person more shocked is Worzel, when he discovers that the children are not in fact fellow scarecrows but humans.

Their worlds should never commune but fate has conspired to create an extraordinary union. The seasons have stopped and the harvest hasn't arrived. The rhythm of the natural world is out of kilter and this unlikely trio must try to put it right. Magic, mystery and mayhem unfurl.

The second episode, The Green Man, welcomes another mysterious arrival to Scatterbrook. The Green Man is the creator of scarecrows and keeper of scarecrow lore. He isn't at all happy that Worzel is consorting with humans. Elsewhere, local aristocrat Lady Bloomsbury Barton is holding a fete, with a Scarecrow competition that Worzel is determined to win. What will The Green Man and Worzel's most competitive rival, Soggy Bogart make of it all?

Worzel Gummidge is written and directed by Mackenzie Crook and is a Leopard Pictures, Treasure Trove Productions and Lola Entertainment production for BBC One. It is Executive Produced by Kristian Smith for Leopard Pictures, Lisa Thomas for Lola Entertainment, Mackenzie Crook for Treasure Trove Productions, with rights holders Patrick D. Pidgeon and Eric S. Rollman executive producers for Pidgeon Entertainment, Inc. It is produced by Georgie Fallon and Alex Moody is the Commissioning Editor for the BBC.

Further casting:

Francesca Mills - Earthy Mangold
Tim Plester - Clarty
Colin Michael Carmichael - Soggy Bogart
Andrew James Spooner - Flat Alistair
Phil Hulford - Hannah Harrow
Tom Meeten - HMS Odney
Christopher-Robert Barlow - Rag Bag
Kiran Shah - Chopper and Root Bound
Charlie Mayhew - Rustle Sprouter
Lucy Montgomery - Jackie Pudding
Gus Brown - Oswald Pollypop
Malik Ibheis - Trike
Ben Langley - Driver
Mariam Haque - Receptionist

The Circle S2: Interview with new host Emma Willis


The stand out TV show of last year, The Circle, is back for a second series. New host Emma Willis takes the reins of this innovative game, where up to £100k is on offer for the winner, so the stakes are high. In the game where anyone can be anyone, who will win The Circle?

In this interview Emma Willis explains what to expect from the new series and tells all about the highs and lows of social media.

The Circle starts live on Channel 4, Tuesday 24th September at 9:15pm

Welcome to The Circle. What did you think of the show when you heard about it?

Well, I totally missed it because I was doing Big Brother and it was our competition! Then lots of my friends that used to work on Big Brother but had left to work on other things said they were watching it. I said, "What do you mean you're watching that? What about Big Brother?", and they went, "Oh no, we're watching that too, but it's really good and you'd love it." I didn't think I would and then I watched it after Big Brother finished and I couldn't stop watching it!

 

How did you feel when they asked you to host the show?

It just felt like a natural thing to do, to be honest. I know there's this kind suggestion it is just a replacement for Big Brother for me but I view it quite differently. The thing with Big Brother is that for me, I always viewed it with the purist mentality, it was a social experiment. That is always how I watched Big Brother. But this, I very much watch it as a game. I hated Big Brother being compared to a game but this is clearly a game with the interaction of people, how they'll react in certain scenarios and then seeing who is going to be themselves and who is going to play it to try and be the most popular and win that money.

 

For people who missed the show last time around, how would you describe the format?

It's a game show where someone can win a hundred thousand pounds. The way they will win that is either by being themselves or by pretending to be someone else who they think would be the most popular person in the Circle. The Circle is not a circle. It's a block of flats, and they all live on their own and they never meet until the end of the game. But one of my favourite parts of the show is when a player has been blocked, meaning they're not very popular. They can get to go knock on the door of one other person that's in the circle to find out if it's really them or not. It's the most exciting part of it for me because they're talking to somebody that they think is one person, for example, last series Dan was talking to this hot chick that he fancied, and she's been really forward with him and kind of putting it out there and saying what she wanted and stuff. Anyway, she was actually a woman in her 50s who was pretending to be younger. He was like, "Wow, she is full on. She's proper putting it out there and telling me what she wants." So, she got blocked and she knocked on his door, walked in and he was like, "Holy shit!" Those moments are crazy but it's also so lovely to see when they come face to face with who they think they've been talking to and it is genuinely them, they're so happy that they haven't been lied to and they have had a real connection. Those moments are really, really good.

 

What do you make of the format of the show?

Before I'd watched it, I was like, "This is glorifying what is wrong with social media, where anyone can be anyone. You don't know who you're talking to". But I hadn't watched it and that was just my opinion. Then I watched it and I thought "This is a glowing beacon to teach people, do not trust who you're talking to online. Because you just don't know!" So I think it's a brilliant vehicle for education in the way that a game is showing you that you should be so wary of anything that you're doing online, who you're talking to. It's fascinating to see what people are going to do. How are they going to play it, who will be themselves? What I also loved about the first series was there was the game play element, there was the social interaction element, but then there were also the human stories. Like Genelle, she wanted to know what it was like to not just be seen as a mum. You know? Yes, she's a mum. That is a massive part of her life, but she's also herself. And Freddie wanted to know what it was like to be seen as a man rather than a gay man and have those tags assigned to you. I really loved that part of it last year as well. So I'm hoping there's more elements of that this year and people playing it for that reason.

 

In a way do you think it's a social experiment for modern society, like Big Brother was when it first started?

It is, it's based on the world that we live in now. Most of the time you're keeping up with your mates by what they've just posted, you know? Or picking up the phone and texting them. You're like, "Oh, she's on holiday…have you had a nice time?" That's it. So I think it's going to be interesting and fun to watch.

 

What do you think of social media?

I think I have quite a healthy relationship with social media. I can see how it can be addictive but I also like to keep it at an arm's length. I like to use it for work and I like to use it for personal use as well. I'm always conscious of being realistic on it and painting a true picture of my life, rather than a version of you. I think that's the responsibility we should all be taking. Even if you have that strength I think we can all still get sucked into it.

 

Do you ever find yourself looking at your likes and wondering why you didn't get as many as you'd thought you might?

I try not to bother with it. I think I'm a bit old, I mean, I'm not because obviously social media I'm a part of, but I didn't grow up with it, if that makes sense. So it's not all consuming for me, which is why I think I probably have quite a healthy attitude towards it. I think I enjoy it, but I'm not stuck to my phone constantly. I don't go, "Oh, why hasn't that one got that many...?" What I find interesting is what gets a lot of likes. I'm not like, "I want that one to get more than that one", I just question what is it about that particular post that is liked more than the other. If I do look at my likes, I wonder, "What is it? Is it because Matt's in that picture that it's got more likes rather than the picture of my scones with cream and jam?" What makes a picture popular? I haven't got a bloody clue!

 

It can get addictive…

It totally does. It should be enjoyable and it should be either a tool for your trade or some way where you can express the things that you enjoy or that you're into or feel good about or to connect with somebody that's similar to you or to stay in touch with friends. I think if it could all be a positive platform, it would be wonderful.

 

Have you got a favourite social media platform?

Instagram's my favourite. I was against it for such a long time. I actually find Instagram a much more positive place than Twitter. I think because it's all based on a picture, that's much easier and people want to see nice pictures, not nasty ones.

 

What types of characters are you hoping to see on the show this year?

I'd like diversity. I'd like differences, you know? Older, younger, different backgrounds, different sexualities. Variety, I think, is always good in things like this otherwise it's just a whole group of people who are exactly the same. You need difference. You need variety. You want people being themselves. You want to see how people will play the game by taking on a different personality.

 

Do you think because the contestants aren't living together that this series is perhaps not as naughty as other shows?

Yeah, it is PG. But there are certain conversations that might happen that I wouldn't want my 10 year old to be watching! She probably needs to be a little bit older for this. What's brilliant to watch is seeing if people go in with one objective and that is to win the money and then does their conscience kick in? Are they're like, "I literally can't do this, I'm lying to them and I can't do this anymore". Then they might switch again and remember it's for a hundred grand. It's for the money that, to an extent, drives that decision. It's like Big Brother in the sense you can go in thinking, "I can do this, I can win this money". And then you get into that situation and soon realise you don't actually want to win anymore and get out. Or, start by thinking I'm going to lie my whole way along and then, do you know what? I can't lie anymore. This is a massive game at the end of the day so you need your tactics but you also need to adapt.

 

The contestants live alone, could you cope well in that environment?

No, I'm too paranoid! I second guess everything. So talking to someone online, I wouldn't trust them. I wouldn't trust anyone. I guess I am anti-social on social media! I talk to people I know, but I'm of the older generation, I don't trust anyone.

 

Social media is constantly evolving, do you think that this series can evolve as social media does and could run for years?

To try and second guess what is going to happen in the world of social media, I can't even go there. Somebody was talking about the TV show Years and Years earlier, which I haven't watched yet, I'm scared to watch it because of what people told me about it. I don't want to possibly see the insight into where things can go. I just want things to be happy and level out. I hope the show lasts and it has legs and I hope it is a game show that has a positive spin on social media and a positive viewpoint on social media but makes it educational as well.

 

Do you worry about your career and what you'll do next?

No, because I never thought I was going to have it, so I should just enjoy it. One day it will end and I'll have had a bloody good time doing it!

Oscar nominated Naomie Harris joins Sky Studios and HBO original drama The Third Day


Sky Studios and HBO announce that Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated actress Naomie Harris (Moonlight, Skyfall), will join the cast of The Third Day, alongside Jude Law.

BAFTA award winning director Philippa Lowthorpe (The Crown, Three Girls) is also confirmed to direct three episodes, joining previously announced BAFTA award winner Marc Munden (National Treasure, Utopia).

The Third Day is a story told over six episodes and in two distinct halves. The first – ‘Summer’, directed by Marc Munden, sees Sam (Law), a man drawn to a mysterious island off the British coast where he encounters a group of islanders set on preserving their traditions at any cost.

The second – ‘Winter’, directed by Philippa Lowthorpe, follows Helen (Harris), a strong-willed outsider who comes to the island seeking answers, but whose arrival precipitates a fractious battle to decide its fate.

Cameron Roach, Director of Drama, Sky Studios, said: ‘We are thrilled Naomie is joining the cast of Third Day, it’s a real testament to the combined vision of Dennis Kelly and Felix Barrett. The prospect of Naomie and Jude Law, alongside an array of incredible British talent, with Philippa Lowthorpe and Marc Munden directing really demonstrates the quality and ambition of this distinctive, original drama.’

Creator Felix Barrett, Artistic Director at Punchdrunk International said: “Filming for The Third Day has begun and it’s been a remarkable experience seeing our shared vision come to life. We’ve followed both Naomie’s and Philippa’s careers for several years, and we are thrilled they will be joining the production.”

The six-part limited series will air in the UK and Ireland next year on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW TV and in the US on HBO.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Don’t Hate The Playaz - Series 2 To Air Wed 25 Sep 2019


Don’t Hate The Playaz, the hip hop comedy entertainment show returns for its second series.

Filmed in a gig-environment and hosted by Jordan Stephens, two teams made up of comedians, hip-hop legends & celebrity hip-hop lovers battle it out in front of an audience with DJ Shortee Blitz on hand to drop the tracks live.

The two teams are led by Maya Jama and Lady Leshurr with London Hughes as a regular alongside new guests appearing on the teams each week.

This series features guests including: Katherine Ryan, Michael Dapaah, Roman Kemp, The Sugarhill Gang & The Furious 5, Ms Banks, Cariad Lloyd, Judi Love, Natasia Demetriou, Fleur East, Jay 1 and Aitch.

Cristiano Ronaldo meets Piers Morgan


Cristiano Ronaldo meets Piers Morgan, airing on Tuesday 17th September at 9pm on ITV.

Cristiano Ronaldo is widely regarded as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, footballers ever to play the game, winning five Ballon d’Or awards, four golden boots, six league titles in three countries, five European Champions Leagues and one European championship with his national team Portugal.

He’s also one of the most famous people on the planet, with more Instagram followers than anyone else.

Now he meets the most outspoken man in Britain to open up about his life, loves, struggles and the beautiful game.

King of Football Ronaldo sits down with the King of Conversation, Piers Morgan in Turin for a rare interview.

Cristiano Ronaldo meets Piers Morgan, produced by Plum Pictures, promises to be a must see watch.

Piers Morgan said: ‘Ronaldo is a football genius and a global superstar. He’s also a compelling character and this is the most revealing interview he has ever given. Prepare to laugh and cry and to be shocked and inspired.’

Doc Martin - Returns Wed 25 Sep 2019


Martin Clunes returns to play the nation’s favourite grumpy medic in a brand new series of Doc Martin for ITV.

He stars as Dr Martin Ellingham, the GP with a brusque bedside manner and a phobia of blood, in eight new episodes of the successful drama produced by Buffalo Pictures, and set in the idyllic hamlet of Portwenn in Cornwall.

Picturesque Port Isaac provides the beautiful backdrop for the popular series, with all regular members of the cast reprising their roles.

Caroline Catz plays Doc Martin’s wife, Louisa Ellingham, who has resigned from her job as headmistress at the local school to pursue a new career in child counselling.

Returning to this ninth series, Dame Eileen Atkins plays Doc Martin’s formidable Aunt Ruth. Ian McNeice is back to play Bert Large, with Joe Absolom as his son Al. John Marquez is PC Joe Penhale, Jessica Ransom is the doctor’s receptionist Morwenna Newcross and Selina Cadell is pharmacist Mrs Tishell.

They are joined by special guest stars Danny Huston, Conleth Hill, Caroline Quentin and Tom Conti. Danny plays Robert Brooke, a man who is shot by a farmer who thinks he is stealing eggs. Caroline returns to the series to star as vet Angela Sim, Conleth plays a GP who comes to assess Martin and Tom Conti plays Bernard  Newton, an eminent surgeon who is also assessing the Doc.

Episode 1: To the Lighthouse
In the first episode of this new series the Dr Marrtin Ellingham’s (Martin Clunes) career is hanging in the balance. His future as a GP is under scrutiny from the General Medical Council following complaints about his irascible approach to patients, and his blood phobia.

 A representative from the GMC, Rebecca Hedden (Hermione Gulliford) has come to assess both Martin and his surgery. The Doc thinks the assessment is a complete waste of time and is quick to make his views clear to Dr Hedden.

Meanwhile his wife Louisa (Caroline Catz) is pursuing a new career as a child counsellor. She is also concerned that their son James Henry is becoming too much like his father, and considers whether they should try for a little brother or sister. But is now the right time with her career change and Martin under review?

Morwenna (Jessica Ransom) is helping out at the pub, the Crab and Lobster, while Al (Joe Absolom) tries to find extra staff. Morwenna feels taken for granted, and in an attempt to show her his appreciation, Al accidentally proposes to her, setting the village buzzing with their wedding plans.

Mrs Tishell (Selina Cadell) decides to go on a date with Donald (Simon Chandler), whom she met at Book Club.  But their trip to a  lighthouse turns to disaster when Mrs Tishell suffers a terrible accident. The Doc has to commission a fishing boat, with PC Joe Penhale (John Marquez), to sail out to the lighthouse to treat her. Dr Hedden insists on joining them to monitor the Doc at work, but faces a life threatening situation herself.

The episode is written by Jack Lothian, the producer is Philippa Braithwaite, the director is Nigel Cole and the executive producer is Mark Crowdy.

United Kingdom confirmed for Eurovision 2020


The BBC has confirmed the United Kingdom’s participation in the 65th Eurovision Song Contest which will be held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in May 2020.

BBC Studios will once again produce the BBC’s coverage of the biggest and most watched song competition in the world.

Also announced is a brand new collaboration between BBC Studios and music company BMG in order to find a song and artist(s) to represent the United Kingdom in next year’s contest.

Following a process in which BBC Studios approached a number of record labels to pitch ideas for 2020, it was clear that BMG shared the BBC and BBC Studios’ vision of selecting a song with broad international appeal and securing an artist who embodies the spirit and values of the Eurovision Song Contest.

BBC Studios will be working alongside BMG’s UK music publishing and frontline recordings team based in London to select the United Kingdom’s Eurovision 2020 entry which will then be released and published by BMG.

BMG has a proven track record in worldwide hits, publishing songs such as Someone You Love (Lewis Capaldi), Don’t Call Me Up (Mabel), Shotgun (George Ezra) and I’ll Be There (Jess Glynne), and also masterminding Kylie Minogue’s recent number one album Golden. No strangers to Eurovision, BMG published the 2015 winning entry for Sweden, Heroes performed by Mans Zelmerlow and signed Eurovision winner Netta following her win in 2018.

Kate Phillips, Controller Entertainment Commissioning for the BBC, says: “Our commitment to finding the right song has never been higher and this collaboration with BMG, who have access to world class songwriters, is a genuinely exciting prospect and I am certain that together we can find the best song and artist possible for 2020.”

Mel Balac, Creative Director for BBC Studios, says: “The Eurovision Song Contest is a huge global event and our collaboration with BMG marks an important turning point for the UK at Eurovision. We very much hope this marks the start of an exciting new chapter.”

Alistair Norbury, President, Repertoire & Marketing UK for BMG, says: “Eurovision is the biggest television showcase for music in the world and it’s an honour to be selected to help choose the UK’s entry at Rotterdam 2020. Eurovision plays to our strength as the only fully-integrated publishing company and record label. We can’t wait to get started working with the BBC to give it the best possible shot we can.”

The 65th Eurovision Song Contest will take place in May 2020, with further details due to be announced in due course.

Gemma Arterton takes the lead role in new BBC and FXP drama Black Narcissus


An adaptation from Bafta award-winning writer Amanda Coe of Rumer Godden’s iconic tale of sexual repression and forbidden love for BBC One and FX Productions.

From Bafta award-winning writer Amanda Coe (The Trial Of Christine Keeler, Apple Tree Yard), DNA TV and director Charlotte Bruus Christensen comes a new three-part adaptation of the 1939 classic literary novel Black Narcissus, Rumer Godden’s iconic tale of sexual repression and forbidden love.

Gemma Arterton (The King’s Man, The Escape) leads the all-star cast in the role of Sister Clodagh. Joining Arterton is Alessandro Nivola (American Hustle, Chimerica) as Mr Dean, Aisling Franciosi (The Nightingale, I Know This Much Is True) as Sister Ruth, Diana Rigg (Game Of Thrones, Victoria) as Mother Dorothea, Jim Broadbent (Paddington, Paddington 2, The Iron Lady) as Father Roberts, Gina McKee (Catherine The Great, Bodyguard) as Sister Adela, Rosie Cavaliero (Prey, Unforgotten) as Sister Briony, Patsy Ferran (Tom And Jerry, Jamestown) as Sister Blanche, Karen Bryson (MotherFatherSon, Safe) as Sister Philippa and Dipika Kunwar as Kanchi who makes her television debut.

Charlotte Bruus Christensen makes her directorial debut having previously been Director of Photography on hit films such as Girl On A Train, A Quiet Place, Fences as well as DNA and BBC Films’ Far From The Madding Crowd.

Returning this haunting love story to its original setting in the 1930s, Black Narcissus follows Sister Clodagh (Arterton) and the nuns of St Faiths, who travel to Nepal to set up a branch of their order in the remote palace of Mopu.

In the unfettered sensuality of the so-called House of Women, Sister Clodagh finds herself increasingly attracted to the handsome and damaged land agent, Mr Dean (Nivola). But as the repressed memories of Clodagh’s past become entangled with the tragic history of Princess Srimati, history seems doomed to repeat itself.

Are there really ghosts here in the Himalayas, or are the nuns just succumbing to long-repressed primal desires? And which of them is prepared to die - or kill - for love?

Announcing the project, writer Amanda Coe says: “I’m thrilled to be adapting Black Narcissus for BBC One. It’s a truly extraordinary love story, as well as a brilliantly unsettling piece of 20th century gothic about the power of a place to get under your skin and the dangers of refusing to learn from history.”

Black Narcissus is a 3x60’ drama adaptation for BBC One produced by DNA TV and FX Productions. Executive Producers are Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich and Amanda Coe for DNA TV and FX Productions and Lucy Richer for the BBC. Filming starts in October in Jomsom, Nepal and Pinewood Studios, UK.

Black Narcissus was previously adapted for screen in 1947 by Powell and Pressburger and subsequently won two Oscars for Cinematography (Jack Cardiff) and Art Direction (Alfred Junge).

Competition: Win Der Pass - Season 1 on DVD


Der Pass - Season 1 is out on DVD on September 23rd

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

Synopsis
From the award-winning makers of hit drama The Dark comes a thrilling new German-Austrian spin that takes the initial premise to the brand-new gripping heights of Der Pass.

This Sky Original garnered exceptional viewing figures when it premiered in Germany, earning critical acclaim and now it’s set to take the UK by storm.

When a gruesomely staged, dead body is found in a mountain pass in the Alps near the German-Austrian border, two detectives from either side are brought in to investigate.

Not only are they from two different countries, they are worlds apart in their careers…German detective Ellie (Julia Jentsch) embraces the case as the first real challenge of her profession, while her Austrian counterpart Gedeon (Nicholas Ofczarek) is jaded and seems to have lost any ambition.

They soon discover more crime scenes with symbolically posed victims, which appear reminiscent of pagan rituals. Are they all part of a much bigger, sinister plan?

Ellie puts herself under increasing pressure to try and understand the deranged murderer’s motives so she can stop them killing again, and as the hunt goes on the detectives are drawn deeper into the dark valleys and archaic Alpine customs – and the paranoid world of the killer.

Set against a majestic backdrop, the eight-part series is produced by the Academy Award-winning Max Wiedemann and Quirin Berg (The Lives of Others) and won the award for Best TV series at Austria’s ROMY TV Awards.

Make the darkly enthralling Der Pass your new favourite ritual.

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For your chance to win just answer the question below.

What is the name of the character played by Julia Jentsch in Der Pass?

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

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1. Closing date 30-09-19
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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.


Sunday, 15 September 2019

The first official trailer for The New Pope, from Academy Award winning director Paolo Sorrentino


The first official teaser trailer from the Sky, HBO and Canal+ original limited series, The New Pope, has been revealed, featuring Jude Law and John Malkovich.


The New Pope, written by Paolo Sorrentino with Umberto Contarello and Stefano Bises, marks Sorrentino’s second limited series set in the world of the modern papacy.

All nine episodes are directed by Paolo Sorrentino. 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.

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Competition: Win Deep Water - Original TV Soundtrack


Deep Water - Original TV Soundtrack is out on CD on September 20th

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

Synopsis
Deep Water, a raw and unpolished score to ITV’s gripping new drama starring Anna Friel, Sinead Keenan and Rosalind Eleazar.

Multi-award winning actresses Anna Friel, Sinead Keenan and Rosalind Eleazar star in the gripping, emotional thriller, Deep Water. Set against the beautiful and imposing backdrop of the Lake District, the series is written by BAFTA-nominated Anna Symon (Indian Summers, Mrs Wilson) and adapted from the Windermere series of novels by critically-acclaimed author Paula Daly.Toydrum are a Brighton based electronic music duo formed in 2013 by Pablo Clements and James Griffith. The pair met in 2007 when they were both recruited for UNKLE for live and in the studio work. Clements and Griffith both instantly clicked and knew they had something special. After they exited UNKLE they decided to build a studio on the Brighton seafront. Recent scores from them include London Fields, Detour, Future World and Prevenge, the latter featuring on a number of end of year lists for score of the year.

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For your chance to win just answer the question below.

What is the name of the 13th track on the album? (Hint check the amazon link above)

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

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1. Closing date 30-09-19
2. No alternative prize is available
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4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.


Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Jenna Coleman, Billy Howle and Ellie Bamber join The Serpent - an astonishing crime drama for BBC One and Netflix



Jenna Coleman (Victoria, The Cry, Doctor Who), Billy Howle (MotherFatherSon, Dunkirk, On Chesil Beach) and Ellie Bamber (Les Misérables, Nocturnal Animals, The Falling) have been cast in lead roles in The Serpent.


Filming has now begun on the Mammoth Screen-produced series, which as previously announced will co-star Tahar Rahim as Charles Sobrhaj, one of the most elusive criminals of the 20th century.

Jenna Coleman will play Marie-Andrée Leclerc, Sobhraj's partner and frequent accomplice, with Billy Howle and Ellie Bamber cast as Herman and Angela Knippenberg.

Charles Sobhraj (Rahim) was the chief suspect in the unsolved murders of up to 20 young Western travellers across India, Thailand and Nepal's 'Hippie Trail' in 1975 and 1976. Psychopath, con man, thief and master of disguise, having slipped repeatedly from the grasp of authorities worldwide, by 1976 serial killer Sobhraj was Interpol's most wanted man and had arrest warrants on three different continents.

When Herman Knippenberg (Howle), a junior diplomat at the Dutch Embassy in Bangkok, unwittingly walks into Sobhraj's intricate web of crime, he sets off an extraordinary chain of events that will see Knippenberg seek to bring Sobhraj to justice for his terrible crimes.

On joining The Serpent, Jenna Coleman says: "The Serpent intoxicated me into the dark seductive world of Charles Sobhraj. I'm so looking forward to delving into hippie trail depths and bringing to life this unfathomable real life story alongside Tahar, Billy, Ellie, Tom, Richard and the wonderful cast and production team for the BBC and Netflix."

Billy Howle says: "When I heard about the story behind The Serpent, I couldn't believe what I was reading. What an interesting role, in a fascinating story, with a brilliant team behind it - shooting in such a great part of the world, as well. I feel really fortunate to be a part of this project."

Ellie Bamber says: "I'm so honoured to join forces with Billy, Jenna, Tahar and The Serpent's incredibly accomplished cast and production team. Discovering the Knippenbergs' story has been every bit as inspiring as it is fascinating.

Emeli Sandé’s Street Symphony




Multi-award-winning singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé mixes a diverse melting pot of musical talent in an inspiring new four-part BBC Scotland series.


In Emeli Sandé's Street Symphony, the renowned recording artist tours the streets of Scotland and hand-picks her six favourite busking performers spanning the genres of pop, soul, country, classical, funk and rock.

Bringing several musical worlds together in harmony, she then gives her selected soloists, duos and groups the opportunity to join her for a uniquely uplifting concert with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, under the guidance of world-class orchestral conductor John Logan, at the illustrious City Halls in Glasgow.

The result is a truly magical musical journey, where songs and stories merge to celebrate the connection between people from different walks of life and their shared passion for music.

The series starts a four-week run on the BBC Scotland Channel at 10pm on Thursday 19 September, just after the 13 September release of the singer's third studio album, Real Life.

Executive Producer David Staite says: "Street Symphony explores the stories behind the musicians we see on our streets every day and looks at how their raw, pared-back performances can be escalated to something spine-tingling.

"Emeli was the perfect fit for the programme because she is genuinely appreciative of the talent that's out there on our streets and she's passionate about giving our buskers the recognition they deserve.

"Over the course of the programmes, we also invite Emeli to recall her own musical story, to look back over her early years growing up in Alford, Aberdeenshire, and at her time as a student at Glasgow University. She explains how people and places shaped her during that time and influenced the performer and writer that she is today."

All episodes of Sky original Catherine The Great starring Helen Mirren launch on Thursday 3 October


All episodes of the four-part Sky original drama Catherine The Great have been confirmed to air on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW TV on Thursday 3 October, with a linear playout at 9pm.

Starring Academy Award® winner Helen Mirren as the iconic Russian Empress alongside Jason Clarke, Gina McKee and Rory Kinnear, the series follows the latter years of the Catherine The Great’s reign and her passionate affair with Grigory Potemkin (Jason Clarke), amid a backdrop of scandal, intrigue and immense conflict.

Unable to publicly marry, Catherine and Potemkin’s story is one of obsessive love for each other and their country as they develop a unique and devoted relationship, overcoming their adversaries to build Russia’s reputation as one of the great European powers of the 18th Century.

Written by Nigel Williams (Elizabeth I) and directed by BAFTA and Emmy® Award-winning Philip Martin (The Crown), Catherine The Great is produced by Origin Pictures and New Pictures. It is the third commission from Sky and HBO’s global drama partnership, which to date has included The Young Pope and Chernobyl, which recently received 19 Emmy® Award nominations.

Monday, 9 September 2019

Competition: Win UFO - Original TV Soundtrack on Audio CD


UFO Original TV Soundtrack is out on CD on September 13th

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

Synopsis
After a decade of creating pioneering puppet series made for children, Gerry & Sylvia Anderson took their first steps into live-action, with the 1969 feature film Doppelganger (re-titled outside Britain as Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun).

This science-fiction film approached its outer space subject matter with a gritty realism, and would set the tone for what was to be their first live-action television series: UFO. This new series took as a starting point the pioneering work of Dr Christiaan N. Barnard, the surgeon who performed the world's first heart transplant operation. In UFO a dying race of aliens travel across vast distances of space to harvest organs from human beings to help ensure their own survival. To combat this threat the United Nations created SHADO, a top-secret organisation utilising the latest technology available to defend the Earth.

To complement the series, the Andersons frequent musical collaborator Barry Gray created a multifaceted score that gave the programme its own musical identity. Elegantly crafted and a firm favourite with Barry Gray fans, the sound of UFO, particularly its ethereal "World Music" closing credits is, quite simply, a joy. Includes a bonus track, Trampoline performed by The Spencer Davis Group from the episode Ordeal.


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Tuesday, 3 September 2019

DIRECTOR HWANG DONG-HYUK TO PRODUCE NEW KOREAN ORIGINAL SERIES, ROUND SIX


Award-winning director Hwang Dong-hyuk will produce a new Korean original series, Round Six.

Round Six is a story of people who fail at life for various reasons, but suddenly receive a mysterious invitation to participate in a survival game to win ten million US dollars. The game takes place at an unknown location, and the participants are locked up until there is a final winner. The story will incorporate popular children’s games from the 1970s and 1980s of Korea, such as squid game, literal translation of its Korean name, which is a type of tag where offense and defense use a squid-shaped board drawn in the dirt.

Director Hwang Dong-hyuk is known for his latest work, The Fortress (2017), for which he won numerous prestigious awards, including best screenplay at Blue Dragon Film Awards. For audiences outside Korea, Hwang is also well associated with a huge box office hit Miss Granny (2014), which has been adapted in many Asian countries, such as China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

“I’m already thrilled at the prospect of introducing Round Six to global audience through Netflix. I also have high expectations for the great collaborative work I’ll be having with them,” explains Hwang as this is his first time working with the global entertainment company.

Round Six will be available only on Netflix, with its launch date to be announced at a later time.


Uriel Emil joins cast of BBC One’s Casualty as new paramedic Lev


Uriel Emil joins the long-running BBC One medical drama this Autumn as new paramedic Lev.
Steely and tough but gentle at heart, Lev certainly makes an entrance on his first day on the job when Jan and Ruby catch him in a scrap with someone outside the ambulance station. A devoted family man, Lev will have his world rocked on all fronts in the coming year.

Uriel Emil says: “I feel privileged and honoured to be part of the Casualty clan and I hope the viewers will enjoy the fresh angle explored through my storyline”.

Simon Harper, Executive Producer of Casualty and Holby City says: “Uriel brings a fantastic, exciting energy to the table in his portrayal of the troubled Lev. As a Russian paramedic with a stormy past he’s a really fresh and unique character in the Casualty mix, and I’m so looking forward to the audience getting to know him in what’s going to be an explosive series.”

Casualty viewers will see Uriel on screen as Lev in September on BBC One.

BBC One daytime’s Crimewatch Roadshow Live is back to crack the UK's biggest unsolved cases


Crimewatch Roadshow Live returns to BBC One daytime on Monday 9 September. Every weekday morning for three weeks, the series appeals to the public to help solve the UK’s biggest unsolved cases.

In the studio, former detective Rav Wilding will reveal the latest crime fighting gadgets and techniques, and ask the audience to identify crooks caught on CCTV. He’ll also be appealing for your help to find individuals sought by the police in the daily wanted faces gallery.

Rav says: “It’s great to be back with the team for a new series. As someone who’s worked in the police, I know just how important the public are to solving crimes. They really can make a difference! I’ve been involved in the Roadshow since it began, but I continue to be amazed by the sheer dedication of the police and emergency teams that work to make all our communities safer.”

Reporter Michelle Ackerley is also gearing up for three weeks of live shows on the road. She’ll travel the country, meeting detectives determined to solve crimes in their area. She’ll also go behind the scenes with police and emergency services; getting hands-on experience of the many ways they’re working to protect the public.


Michelle Ackerley says: “It’s a real privilege to be part of a programme that helps the police to solve numerous crimes year on year. Crimewatch Roadshow Live also gives audiences a real insight into the incredible work emergency service teams do across the UK. I’m extremely proud to be a part of such a hard working team and am really looking forward to my 5th series.”

The Roadshow kicks off the first week of the series in the north of England where we meet the teams tackling a UK-wide increase in violent offences.

On the 20th anniversary of the murder of a Suffolk schoolgirl, Crimewatch Roadshow Live interviews her parents, making their emotional appeal for information which could finally bring her killer to justice. Live on the programme, detectives will also reveal exclusive new footage which has come to light since the investigation was reopened.

The team also has the exclusive in-depth story of how police caught the UK’s most prolific cat burglar – the notorious Wimbledon Prowler. The programme hears from the detective who headed up the investigation which finally led to his capture.

As latest figures show a dramatic rise in illegal puppy farming, we join the RSPCA teams who investigate this growing problem. Puppies from these farms often end up suffering horrific health problems due to lack of proper care in their first weeks. We meet one woman whose designer pup nearly died.

Crimewatch Roadshow Live is also out on the beat with the new Metropolitan Police team catching up with the capital’s most dangerous drivers. And in Staffordshire the crew meet police dog Audi who was attacked on duty earlier this year. His case recently resulted in the first successful prosecution under the newly introduced Finn’s Law which has seen tougher sentences introduced for people who attack service animals, including police dogs and horses.

Cast revealed for His Dark Materials daemons and animal characters


Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials explores a world in which sentient, talking animals are found in two ways.

Daemons
Each human is accompanied by their daemon; the physical manifestation of a person’s soul, a reflection of their inner self and their lifelong companion through the world.

Daemons take on the appearance of an animal, but with the voice and the intelligence of a human. In childhood, a daemon can change its animal form at will, but at a certain stage of adolescence a daemon settles into its final form - forever reflecting the character of their person.

Alongside the previously announced cast for the series (Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy And Lin-Manuel Miranda) are some of the world’s finest acting talent - who will voice these animalistic daemon characters within the series.

Helen McCrory (Harry Potter) voices Stelmaria, Lord Asriel’s Snow Leopard, while David Suchet (Poirot) is Kaisa, gyrfalcon daemon to the witch Serafina Pekkala (played by Ruta Gedmintas).

Aeronaut Lee Scoresby’s daemon is an arctic hare called Hester, voiced by American comedian Cristela Alonzo and Lyra Belacqua’s unsettled daemon, Pantalaimon, is voiced by Kit Connor (Rocketman).

Although Mrs Coulter’s mysterious Golden Monkey doesn’t speak or have a name, his animal noises and vocal characteristics will be created by Brian Fisher (Detective Pikachu), who is also lead puppeteer and CFX coordinator on the series. Puppets were used on set to help the actors form a relationship with their daemon before being created in CGI by Framestore.

Armoured Bears
Finally, in the frozen wilderness of the North exist a race of armoured bears (or panserbjørne). Both skilled metal workers and fierce warriors, they have their own culture and laws. Notable to the series is Iorek Byrnison, a bear who Lyra meets on her quest who will be voiced by Joe Tandberg (The Innocents).

Lyra (Dafne Keen) is the young protagonist of the story who lives in Jordan College, Oxford. Placed there at the request of her Uncle, Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) she lives a sheltered life amongst the scholars and college staff while under the watchful protection of The Master (Clarke Peters) and Librarian Scholar Charles (Ian Gelder).

When the glamorous and mesmeric Mrs Coulter (Ruth Wilson) enters Lyra’s life she embarks upon a dangerous journey of discovery from Oxford to London. Here she meets Father Macphail (Will Keen), Lord Boreal (Ariyon Bakare) and journalist Adele Starminster (Georgina Campbell) at a glittering society party where she first hears about the sinister General Oblation Board.

Lyra is subsequently thrown into the nomadic world of the boat dwelling Gyptians - Ma Costa (Anne-Marie Duff), Farder Coram (James Cosmo), John Faa (Lucian Msamati), Raymond Van Geritt (Mat Fraser), Jack Verhoeven (Geoff Bell) and Benjamin de Ruyter (Simon Manyonda) who take her North in her quest. Once in the North she meets charismatic aeronaut and adventurer Lee Scoresby (Lin-Manuel Miranda) who joins them on their epic journey and who becomes one of Lyra’s closest allies.

His Dark Materials is produced by Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema for BBC One and HBO.

Charlie Condou joins BBC One’s Holby City as Ben


Charlie Condou joins the long-running BBC One medical drama this winter as Ben, a new locum surgeon on the Keller ward.

Ben is a charming, alpha consultant who will be stirring up the dynamics in the hospital, and it won’t be long before he catches the eye of someone in the team…

Charlie Condou says: “I’m over the moon to be joining Holby City as suave new Doctor Ben Sherwood. He’s a good guy but will definitely be ruffling a few feathers over the coming months. I can’t wait to get started!”

Simon Harper, Executive Producer of Holby City and Casualty, says: “Charlie’s a very fine actor and well known popular TV face - and we are very lucky to have tempted him to Holby. I can’t wait to see him as Ben, both causing a stir and getting under the skin of his colleagues on Keller!”

Holby City viewers will see Charlie on screen as Ben from December on BBC One.

Holby City is a BBC Studios Production.

Friday, 30 August 2019

BBC Sounds and BBC Radio 1 launch Future Sounds Collective


BBC Sounds and BBC Radio 1 launch the Future Sounds Collective - a monthly evolving music mix curated by artists, producers, and DJs.

This brand new listening experience will allow listeners to discover what their favourite artists and those in the industry are really listening to on their personal playlists, with a message from each contributor about why they just can’t get enough of their chosen track.

Spearheaded by DJ and presenter of BBC Radio 1’s Future Sounds, Annie Mac, (Radio 1, Mon-Fri, 7pm-9pm) the mix brings together artists, producers and DJs across genres to create a totally unique mix of music championed by those at the heart of the industry, with new additions updated monthly.

The first edition of Future Sounds Collective features recommendations from Yungblud, HAIM, Robyn, Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes, High Contrast, Jordan Rakei, Michael Kiwanuka, Frank Carter, AJ Tracey, Tierra Whack, Blossoms, Martyn, Jamz Supernova, Sea Girls, BBC Radio 1Xtra’s DJ Target, and BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Annie Mac.

Annie Mac says: “Every weeknight on Radio 1’s Future Sounds we provide two hours of the best new music in the world for our listeners to discover. The Future Sounds Collective playlist is the perfect companion piece to the show, bringing together the tracks our favourite artists love for you to fall in love with too. I can’t wait to listen!”

Listen to Future Sounds Collective exclusively on BBC Sounds, with new mixes every month. Download the free app, or listen online at bbc.co.uk/sounds

Andrew Neil to host new BBC political programme


Andrew Neil, widely hailed as one of Britain’s finest political analysts and interviewers, is to host a new prime-time political programme from next week (Wednesday 4 September).

With in-depth analysis and forensic questioning of key political players, The Andrew Neil Show, on BBC Two at 7pm every Wednesday, will run through the autumn as the country approaches 31 October, the date of the UK’s scheduled departure from the European Union.

The 30-minute programme will round up the events of the political week, including that day’s Prime Minister’s Questions or the party leaders’ conference speeches, and will feature interviews with key political players.

Andrew Neil says, “The Autumn of 2019 is destined to be one of the most intriguing and significant in British politics for at least a generation. I’m delighted to be fronting a weekly show in prime time on BBC Two that will be on top of the story, whatever direction it takes”

Fran Unsworth, Director of BBC News, says, “Andrew’s one of the best political journalists in the UK, and we’re thrilled he’ll be on our screens for a prime-time BBC Two series.

“Andrew’s special programme with the Conservative leadership candidates was hailed as a masterclass of political interviewing. As Britain moves towards the Brexit deadline, this show will be a must-watch for anyone who wants to understand what’s going on.”

Andrew Neil presents Politics Live on BBC Two every Thursday lunchtime. This Week, which he hosted, recently ended after 16 years following Andrew’s decision to step down from late-night broadcasting.

Hairy Bikers Route 66


In this brand new six-part series The Hairy Bikers fulfil a long-held ambition: to take on the world’s most iconic road trip, America’s Route 66, which spans over 2,000 miles of tarmac from Chicago to California.

With a large helping of their signature warmth and humour, Si King and Dave Myers explore modern America via the ‘Mother Road’ and learn how it drives you into America’s past, meeting the communities, cultures and cuisine along the way.

As the Bikers ride from place to place, they share their passion for good food and have some incredible experiences which give them the real taste of America.

From joining modern day cowboys on a thrilling cattle drive through the vast prairies of Oklahoma and experiencing the staggering scale of the Mojave Desert and Monument Valley, to cooking with the Amish community and sampling the very latest LA food trends, the Bikers have an unforgettable adventure.


The Capture - In a post-truth world can we really believe what we see?


An acutely timed six-part surveillance thriller that looks at a troubling world of fake news and the extraordinary capabilities of the intelligence services. In this ‘post-truth era’, can we really believe what we see?

When soldier Shaun Emery’s (Callum Turner) conviction for murder is overturned because of flawed video evidence, he returns to life as a free man with his young daughter.

But when damning CCTV footage from a night out in London comes to light, his life takes a shocking turn - and he must fight for his freedom once again.

DI Rachel Carey (Holliday Grainger) is drafted in to investigate Shaun’s case, but she quickly learns that the truth can be a matter of perspective: should she trust Shaun Emery?


An introduction from Ben Chanan, series creator, writer and director
"Video evidence is one of the most successful ways to convict a criminal. Video fakery is becoming ever more convincing. So what happens when these two developments collide? What happens to criminal justice if we can no longer trust what we see?

When I began writing The Capture two years ago, these questions felt firmly like the stuff of hypothetical ‘what if’ drama. I think they still are, but maybe not for long. Now, barely a week goes by without a new warning about the potential horrors of facial recognition, deep-fakes or fake news. Perhaps we will soon have to find new ways to judge the veracity of video footage.

My characters, in their efforts to uncover the truth, fall back on more fundamental, human faculties: memory, trust, instinct. But these things are hardly infallible. Can the traumatised soldier rely on his memories? Can the idealistic police detective trust the institutions that surround her? Eventually, the soldier and the detective will come to question everything they know and believe in.

This turbulent scenario reflects how the world feels to me at the moment. Several years ago, when the foundations for this idea were laid, I was working on a documentary about counter terrorism, interviewing retired agents from US Homeland Security and the CIA. I got a clear sense of where they all were politically - generally Hawkish, George W Bush-era Republicans. Now many of those same spymasters are commentators for CNN. Routinely they lambast a Republican administration, whose President has professed a love for Wikileaks. Up is indeed down, black is white.

My ambition starting out was to create a modern-day conspiracy thriller that evoked the mood and paranoia of my favourite 1970s post-Watergate movies, The Parallax View and Three Days Of The Condor. I had no idea our current era would turn out to be such a good fit."

Monday, 26 August 2019

Competition: Win Keeping Faith - Series 2 DVD


Keeping Faith - Series 2  is out on DVD on September 2nd

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

Synopsis
FOLLOWING THE runaway success of the first series last year, the critically acclaimed Welsh drama Keeping Faith, starring Eve Myles as the eponymous lead, returns for its second enthralling six-part series.

Originally airing on BBC Wales, series one was the most popular show on the channel in more than 25 years, as well as the most downloaded non-network show on BBC iPlayer since records began and boasted a large audience on BBC One.

We return to stunning rural Wales, to catch up with tenacious lawyer, wife and mother Faith Howells, played with élan by the brilliant Eve Myles (Broadchurch, Torchwood). 18 months after her life was turned upside down by the sudden disappearance of her husband, Evan (Bradley Freegard ­– Under Milk Wood), Faith is  drawn into a new mystery, taking on the case of Madlen Vaughan (Aimee-Ffion Edwards ­­– Peaky Blinders),  a local farmer accused of murdering her husband in cold blood.

With Madlen’s murder trial, the prospect of Evan’s return and her conflicted emotions towards former criminal Steve Baldini (Mark Lewis Jones – Chernobyl) Faith must take a stand. Putting her children, her business and even her life on the line, will she find the truth or lose everything and everyone she loves?

You’ll be Keeping Faith in this addictive thriller.

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Sunday, 25 August 2019

The king of magic, Dynamo, returns to TV screens in an explosive new Sky original



After five years away from TV due to a career-threatening illness, award-winning magician Dynamo returns to screens next year with a new, jaw-dropping three part special, Project 7 (w/t), for Sky One and NOW TV that promises to change the face of magic on television.


The Sky original will take viewers on a journey across the globe to watch Dynamo perform close-up miracles, impossible predictions and unbelievable feats of magic that will have a lasting effect both on him and the people he interacts with.

The ambitious, visually stunning special co-produced by Phil McIntyre Television, Inner Circle Films and Motion Content Group will air on Sky One and streaming service NOW TV in the UK and Ireland in 2020.

Dynamo says: "This show has been a passion project of mine for almost 3 years and represents a whole new approach to the genre. I believe that now more than ever people need a sense of magic in their lives so I can't wait for everyone to see what I've been working on."


Inside Man created by multi-award-winning writer Steven Moffat announced for BBC One




Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, announced at Edinburgh TV Festival a brand new original crime thriller Inside Man from Bafta and Emmy award-winning writer Steven Moffat (Dracula, Sherlock, Doctor Who).


In this four-part mini-series produced by Hartswood Films for BBC One, a prisoner on death row in the US and a woman trapped in a cellar under an English vicarage, cross paths in the most unexpected way…

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, says: "In our ongoing relationship with Steven and Sue (Vertue), they sent us this mini-series which Steven had written on spec and we commissioned it instantly. The script is a page-turner and grips you from the outset, and Charlotte and I couldn't resist bringing this story to BBC One."

Produced by Hartswood Films for BBC One, this four-part serial will go into production in late 2020.

BBC Three announces new original horror series Red Rose




Red Rose is an original horror series written by the Clarkson twins - Michael and Paul - for BBC Three.


The eight-part series was commissioned by Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama and will be co-produced by Eleven (Sex Education, The Enfield Haunting) and global independent studio Entertainment One, eOne (Sharp Objects).

The story follows a disparate group of teenagers, adrift in the long hot summer following GCSEs, hanging out on the Bolton moors with little sense of direction or purpose now that school is over. Rumours circulate of the Red Rose app, an urban legend that blooms on the smartphones of teenagers, encouraging them to undertake a series of challenges increasingly dangerous in its demands. On the fringes of her group of friends, Rochelle Jackson downloads the mysterious app, naively inviting darkness into her life. What she sets in motion is a series of events that take the town by storm, and bring the friends together to battle the unseen forces of a seemingly supernatural entity.

Red Rose will explore the precarious relationship between teenagers and their online lives, the seductive power of what is not real versus what is and often less exciting; but ultimately it is a story of friendship told through the prism of a classic horror-thriller.

The Clarkson twins say: "We're thrilled that our first show will be with the BBC. We've been working in LA for a while now, so the opportunity to return to the UK for our own show is incredible. Red Rose is a love letter to our hometown and childhood. We get to explore what challenges face the bright but opportunity starved teenagers of today. Working on the Haunting Of Hill House has prepared us well to undertake this genre driven challenge. We can't think of a better home for it than the BBC. It's gonna be well good!"

Hugh Laurie to star in political thriller Roadkill by David Hare



Award-winning actor Hugh Laurie (House, The Night Manager) will play a Conservative minister in a major new political thriller for BBC One written by David Hare (Collateral) and produced by The Forge (Collateral, National Treasure, Kiri).

Roadkill is a four-part fictional thriller about a self-made, forceful and charismatic politician called Peter Laurence (Hugh Laurie). Peter's public and private life seems to be falling apart - or rather is being picked apart by his enemies. As the personal revelations spiral, he is shamelessly untroubled by guilt or remorse, expertly walking a high wire between glory and catastrophe as he seeks to further his own agenda whilst others plot to bring him down. However events show just how hard it is, for both an individual and a country, to leave the past behind. With enemies so close to home, can Peter Laurence ever out-run his own secrets to win the ultimate prize?

Monday, 19 August 2019

Netflix Is Producing A He-Man Masters of the Universe Anime Series




Masters of the Universe: Revelation. The show will follow unresolved stories from the classic '80s era, and it will follow many of your favorite characters right where they left off when the show ended.

"I'm Eternia-ly grateful to Mattel TV and Netflix for entrusting me with not only the secrets of Grayskull, but also their entire Universe," declared Smith in a press release. "In Revelation, we pick up right where the classic era left off to tell an epic tale of what may be the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor! Brought to life with the most metal character designs Powerhouse Animation can contain in the frame, this is the Masters of the Universe story you always wanted to see as a kid!"

Eric Carrasco (Supergirl), Tim Sheridan (Reign of the Supermen), Diya Mishra (Magic the Gathering), and Marc Bernardin (Alphas) will serve as writers on the new series. Powerhouse Animation, the studio behind Netflix's Castlevania series will be doing the animation.

The popular novel The Chestnut Man from Søren Sveistrup becomes a new Danish Netflix Original.




Copenhagen, August 19, 2019 -- Earlier today Netflix announced its second Danish original series, The Chestnut Man, at Copenhagen TV Festival. The Chestnut Man is based on the debut novel by award winning writer Søren Sveistrup (The Killing) and the series will debut exclusively on Netflix worldwide. Production is slated to begin in Denmark in 2020 with the executive production team SAM Productions, who is also behind the coming Norwegian Netflix original series Ragnarok.

The Chestnut Man is set in the quiet suburb of Copenhagen, where the police make a terrible discovery one blustery October morning. A young woman is found brutally murdered in a playground and one of her hands is missing. Above her hangs a small man made of chestnuts. The ambitious young detective Naia Thulin is assigned to the case, along with her new partner, Mark Hess. They soon discover a mysterious piece of evidence on the chestnut man - evidence connecting it to a girl who went missing a year earlier and was presumed dead - the daughter of politician Rosa Hartung.

Søren Sveistrup, author of The Chestnut Man: "Netflix has shown a strong, genuine interest in my book and I'm excited about the deal and confident that Netflix will be the perfect place for The Chestnut Man."

Casting announced on series 2 of ITV’s hit drama The Bay




Casting for Series Two of The Bay, has today been announced by ITV and Tall Story Pictures. Morven Christie (The A Word, The Replacement) returns to lead the cast, alongside Daniel Ryan (Mount Pleasant, Black Sea), Lindsey Coulson (Funny Cow, Bulletproof), Imogen King (Clique), Art Parkinson (Game of Thrones, Zoo) and Taheen Modak, who made his professional screen debut in Series One.

Joining Christie are; Joe Absolom (A Confession, Doc Martin), James Cosmo (His Dark Materials, The Name of the Rose, Game of Thrones), Stephen Tomkinson (DCI Banks, Trollied), Sharon Small (Trust Me, Mistresses), Sunetra Sarker (Ackley Bridge, Informer), Owen McDonnell (Killing Eve, My Mother and Other Strangers), Steven Robertson (Shetland, T2: Trainspotting), Amy James-Kelly (Safe, Military Wives Choir), Kerrie Taylor (Fallen, Where The Heart Is), Wendy Kweh (Silent Witness, Holby City) Julia Haworth (Clink, Coronation Street) and Jack Archer, making his professional screen debut.

Written by award-winning writer and playwright Daragh Carville (Being Human, The Smoke, Cherrybomb), the first series of The Bay achieved consolidated audiences of 7 million viewers with a share of 26% across six episodes.

Series 2 begins with Lisa Armstrong at a low ebb: forced to do menial police work whilst she watches Med go from strength to strength. But a new case involving a shocking murder within a loving family brings Lisa unexpectedly back into the front line. She must get under the skin of a new family and prove her worth; to her colleagues, to her family and to herself.

Sir Michael Morpurgo’s Mimi And The Mountain Dragon to be ‘BBC One festive treat’




Airing this winter on BBC One, a special 2D animated adaptation of Sir Michael Morpurgo's children's book Mimi And The Mountain Dragon is to have its television premiere this festive period as part of a wider literature focus on the BBC in 2019-20.
The (1x25') story on BBC One will have an introduction from the award winning writer himself, Sir Michael Morpurgo (War Horse), and will be narrated through classical music in an original score written by Oscar award-winning composer, Rachel Portman (The Little Prince). It will be performed by the BBC Philharmonic featuring singers from the Hallé's family of choirs and will be recorded at Media City UK, Salford.

Based on original illustrations by Emily Gravett and adapted for the screen by novelist, poet, and playwright, Owen Sheers, Mimi and the Mountain Dragon is a story about a village that quakes in fear of the mighty Mountain Dragon. One winter, a shy little girl called Mimi finds a tiny baby dragon asleep in her family woodshed. Mimi takes the perilous journey through blizzard and darkness to return the baby dragon to her mother who all the villagers fear.

The newly animated film from Leopard Pictures and Factory started life when Jan Younghusband, Head of Commissioning for BBC Music TV, approached Sir Michel Morpurgo and asked him if he would write a children's story that could be set to classical music for BBC television. Inspired by a trip to a village in Switzerland some years before, Michael Morpurgo wrote Mimi And The Mountain Dragon which was also released as a children's book.