Thursday 28 February 2019
February 28, 2019, Seoul, Korea – Netflix Inc., the world’s leading internet entertainment service, announced today that it is bringing two new Kids & Family Original Series from Korea in March.
On March 1st, season 2 of the widely beloved animated series Larva Island will debut globally. The zany adventures and slapstick humor of Red and Yellow continue with 13 new episodes. Larva Island, a spinoff of the globally beloved animated series ‘Larva’ - produced by Korean studio TUBAn - was first launched on Netflix in 2018, and has been massively popular by audiences all over the world.
YooHoo to the Rescue, based on the popular Korean brand ‘YooHoo and Friends’, is also launching globally on March 15th. YooHoo to the Rescue, originally created by Korea’s Aurora World, follows five animal friends who live in the magical land of YooTopia. They travel around the world using a wide variety of gadgets to help other animals in trouble. A total of 26 eleven minute episodes will feature characters based on endangered species.
Larva Island Season 2 and YooHoo to the Rescue will only be available on Netflix.
Posted by JD at 11:18
After much anticipation, ITV2 and Talkback (part of Fremantle) today confirmed that Paddy McGuinness (Take Me Out, Top Gear) will be the new team captain on the award-winning panel show, Celebrity Juice. Stacey Solomon (Loose Women) will also join the team as a series regular.
Joining host Keith Lemon and fellow team captain Holly Willoughby, Paddy takes over from Fearne Cotton who, at the end of last year, announced she was leaving the show after ten fun filled years.
Paddy McGuinness says: “I was a guest on the first ever episode and I’ve done every series since so I’ve always felt like part of the Juice family. Keith’s one of my best mates, I love Holly and we all have a natural rapport. I’m looking forward to the chaos!”
Stacey Solomon added: “I’m so bloomin’ excited to be joining the Juice family. I have loved the show since it began and always enjoyed being a guest so to get to be part of the furniture is a dream come true. So here goes nothing. Wahoo.”
Viewers will be able to see the exciting new line up on the most outrageous show on the telebox when Celebrity Juice returns to our screens in March. Across the 10x45 min series, viewers can expect the usual mix of hilarious games, stunts, challenges and celebrity guests.
Other celebrity panellists across the new series include Amanda Holden, Emily Atack, Will Mellor and Johnny Vegas with more guest stars to be announced.
Jonno Richards, Talkback’s Director of Programmes said: “We can’t wait to get started with Paddy, Holly and Keith on a brand series of Juice. With this line-up, anything could happen!”
Saskia Schuster, ITV’s Comedy Controller added: “We welcome Paddy and Stacey to the Celebrity Juice gang. All we can predict is unpredictability as they take their seats for the new series. Bring it on!"
The brand-new series of Celebrity Juice was ordered for ITV2 by Saskia Schuster, Controller, Comedy. It is made for ITV2 by Talkback (part of Fremantle) and executive produced by Leon Wilson, Jonno Richards and Dan Baldwin. The Series Producer is Jessie Swanson.
The third series of multi-Emmy, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-winning US drama The Handmaid’s Tale returns to Channel 4 in 2019.
At the end of last series, we finally saw the strength of Gilead failing as the women started to rise up and collaborate against the dictatorial regime. Aunt Lydia received the comeuppance she deserved. Amidst the chaos, Serena helped June and Nichole escape – only for June to send Nichole away with Emily in the hope she will have a better life, leaving her to return to Gilead to save Hannah. What will the future hold for June, and will the revolution finally take place? Did Aunt Lydia survive? Will June ever see her daughters again?
The Handmaid’s Tale has won nearly 50 awards, including the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Elisabeth Moss), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Ann Dowd) and Writing for a Drama Series; Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Drama, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama (Elisabeth Moss); and a BAFTA for Best International Programme.
Season three stars Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Alexis Bledel, Madeline Brewer, Amanda Brugel, Ann Dowd, O-T Fagbenle, Max Minghella, Samira Wiley and Bradley Whitford. The series was created for television by Bruce Miller (The 100), who serves as the series’ showrunner. The Handmaid’s Tale season three is executive produced by Miller, Warren Littlefield, Elisabeth Moss, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, Ilene Chaiken, Eric Tuchman, and Mike Barker. Margaret Atwood is a co-executive producer for the third season of the series. The Handmaid’s Tale is produced by MGM Television and internationally distributed by MGM.
Saturday 23 February 2019
Currently in production on Season Two, ALTERED CARBON, the compelling and sophisticated sci-fi drama starring Anthony Mackie as Takeshi Kovacs confirms the return of fan-favorites Renée Elise Goldsberry as Quellcrist Falconer and Chris Conner as Poe.
Also joining the cast: Simone Missick as Trepp; Dina Shihabi is Dig 301, Torben Liebrecht as Colonel Carrera; and James Saito is Tanaseda Hideki. Additional cast to be announced.
ANTHONY MACKIE is TAKESHI KOVACS
A former Protectorate CTAC soldier who became a revolutionary Envoy, and then a mercenary for hire, Kovacs swears allegiance to no man or woman except one: Quellcrist Falconer. His undying quest to reconnect with her spans multiple centuries, planets and sleeves.
RENÉE ELISE GOLDSBERRY as QUELLCRIST FALCONER
A fierce revolutionary leader with a deep bond to Takeshi Kovacs, Quell is driven by her desire to reset the balance between life and death.
CHRIS CONNER as POE
A centuries-old, highly-evolved A.I. and loyal companion to Takeshi Kovacs, Poe strives to understand what it means to be human.
SIMONE MISSICK is TREPP
An expert bounty hunter, Trepp is known for her ability to track down anyone in the Settled Worlds, for the right price.
DINA SHIHABI is DIG 301
An out-of-work A.I. programmed to assist human archeologists, Dig finds a new purpose when she meets Poe.
TORBEN LIEBRECHT as COLONEL IVAN CARRERA
The dogged leader of a Protectorate Special Forces unit known as the “Wedge,” Colonel Carrera is on the hunt for Takeshi Kovacs.
JAMES SAITO is TANASEDA HIDEKI
A centuries-old Yakuza boss, Tanaseda controls organized crime on the planet of Harlan’s World and shares a history with Takeshi Kovacs.
Based on the classic science fiction novels by Richard K. Morgan, ALTERED CARBON is from Skydance Television. Alison Schapker, Laeta Kalogridis and James Middleton serve as executive producers for the series, alongside David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross for Skydance.
Friday 22 February 2019
Produced by Playground (Wolf Hall, Howards End, Little Women), Lucy Kirkwood’s Chimerica is a powerful and timely four-part thriller about a photojournalist who tries to salvage his career when he’s accused of doctoring one of his award-winning photographs. The series is due to launch on Channel 4 in the spring.
SAG Award-winning Alessandro Nivola (American Hustle, A Most Violent Year, Face/Off) stars as Lee Berger, a dedicated American photojournalist and passionate idealist who has lost his way after years of working in war zones while trying to live up to his early success with the electrifying photograph he took as a young man nearly 30 years ago in Tiananmen Square – an image of a man in a white shirt, a carrier bag in each hand, standing up to the might of the Chinese military, referred to as the Tank Man. But when accusations of fake news are levelled against him, his world falls apart. Desperate to reclaim his credibility, and remember the photographer he used to be, Lee sets out on a journey to find the Tank Man, convinced he is alive and well and living in New York City.
Emmy Award winner Cherry Jones (Transparent, The Handmaid’s Tale, 24) stars as Mel Kincaid, Lee’s old friend and colleague, fiercely intellectual and recently sober. Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda, The Hollow Crown, The Slap) stars as Tessa Kendrick, a corporate-minded Market Analyst who crosses Lee’s path in China and at home in NYC. Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham (Homeland, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Inside Llewelyn Davis) stars as Lee’s long-time mentor, News Editor Frank Sams, and Terry Chen (Jessica Jones, Unreal) is Zhang Lin, a friend from Lee’s time abroad in China. Young Lee Berger is played by Ty Simpkins (Jurassic World, Iron Man 3).
Based on Lucy Kirkwood’s critically-acclaimed and Olivier Award-winning stage play, Chimerica is a powerful 4 x 60’ thriller that explores not just the relationship between East and West, but also some of the most urgent issues affecting society today. Set against the run-up to the 2016 US Presidential election, the original play has been updated to reflect the giddying political changes of the last two years. The fictional series will bring into even sharper focus vital issues such as fake news, the criminalisation of political protest, our growing ease with the manipulation of fact and image, and the battle between present and future superpowers.
Chimerica is directed by BAFTA nominee Michael Keillor (Line of Duty, Strike, Critical), with Colin Callender and Sophie Gardiner as Executive Producers. Lucy Kirkwood also serves as an Executive Producer. The producer is Adrian Sturges (Fearless, The Enfield Haunting, The Disappearance of Alice Creed).
Wednesday 20 February 2019
Trailer for new Channel 4 comedy Home, created and written by Rufus Jones. Sami, an asylum-seeker from Syria arrives in Britain and finds himself living with a family in Dorking, Surrey. Over the next few months, while Sami waits for his application to be processed, he learns more than he expected about the people he’s living with, himself, and his own family somewhere in Europe.
Tuesday 19 February 2019
Explain a little bit about what your new documentary is all about.
In what must be the strangest school exchange ever, I went and lived for seven days with Jack Sen, who is a British Nationalist and former member of UKIP and the BNP. I lived with him and his family – his wife, his daughter and his mother – and I went about his business with him in an attempt to understand and dissect his motivations for being drawn to the far right wing of political thought.
Why did you want to make this programme?
It felt like a really pertinent time. The opportunity arose, first of all, which felt like an opportunity that isn’t extended to you very often. And it felt important because of what’s going on in the world around us. The far right seem to be edging closer to mainstream politics in lots of different parts of the world – Brazil, Hungary, America of course – and I suppose people would think of me as being in a leftie bubble, with my job in media, living in Central London, doing a podcast about porn – so it kind of felt like my curiosity got the better of me. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and see what leads people to these views. I also wanted the challenge of trying to extract as much humour from this bizarre set up as possible and believe it or not there was some.
Why Jack Sen, and how did it come about?
I wouldn’t have known who Jack Sen was before making this film. When we were looking at the far right, the producers were talking to a lot of people in the nationalist movement and beyond, and one name that kept coming up was Jack Sen. He’s not a household name, but he’s someone who’s very connected to power players across the nationalist movement. He’s in regular contact with Dr David Duke, former leader of the KKK. We have an electrifying moment with Nick Griffin, who he does his radio show with. And generally, he is a very, very intriguing man, because he doesn’t really fit the portrait of what perhaps you would think a British nationalist would look or sound like. He’s got an American accent, he’s part-Indian, he’s got a Ukrainian wife, so he felt like a really fascinating subject. And it’s not really a film about politics, it’s film about identity at the heart. So this wasn’t just a chance for someone to recite their manifesto or have a platform to repeat their rhetoric, it had to be about two people getting to know each other. We’re an odd couple, to say the least, so the film is entertaining, and has these strange moments of dark humour. He is a fascinating character, but also somebody who has opinions that are obviously troubling and dangerous, it’s makes for a tense and unique hour.
Why do you think he agreed to it?
I think he hoped that it was going to be an opportunity to disseminate his beliefs on a large scale, a national broadcast platform for him to preach on. I think anybody who has political aspirations, or anyone who has previously been in politics, probably sees it as a great moment to reach some new ears. However, this film definitely isn’t a soapbox for Jack Sen, what we do manage, is to peel back some of the layers of that bravado to see what he is really all about.
He also thought that I was going to be quite a soft touch – there was one point at which he did say he was glad it was me, and he was glad I was a woman, because he thought I’d be maternal. I’m not sure he thought of me in that motherly role by the end though.
How did you get on with the family?
You’re in this really, really strange position, because you’re a houseguest on one level, and you want to be polite and you want to help with dinner, and you want to make sure you’re abiding by all the rules of being a good guest. On the other hand, we’re talking about some incredibly heavy things that you don’t agree with, that you know that you’re going to ultimately end up arguing over. Jack’s mum Faye is a very sweet woman in spite of her beliefs, and we spent some nice time together. She made me cups of tea and a hot water bottle and generally made sure I was okay. But the house was claustrophobic, there was a real tension in the air, and I think that put a pressure on us all.
Faye, in particular, is an enigma, isn’t she?
Yeah, she really is an incredibly intriguing woman. She’s a polyglot, she’s a poet, she watches Fox News on a loop most of the day, she was in a interracial marriage, she’s lived in America and Germany, she is a Nationalist.
She was very kind to us, firstly letting us live in her house for a week but also just the courtesy and patience that she extended to us in conversation. She identifies as a nationalist, but I think our discussions were a lot calmer and a lot more empathetic than those I had with Jack.
Jack is very security conscious – you had a 7pm curfew so he could put on the alarm each night. Is that paranoia, or are there elements out to get him?
As the week progressed, everything became less clear, more smoke, more mirrors. Was there an alarm that was automatically activated at 7:07pm every evening, and deactivated at 9:09am so we were confined to the house? That had a direct call out to the police, which he couldn’t override except with 48 hours’ notice? I’m not sure, I think almost definitely not. That was just another intriguing part of that week, another attempt for control, another power struggle. A lot of things changed and moved and shifted, so it was always quite hard to pin Jack down and pin the facts down.
Were you ever scared?
I wouldn’t say I was scared for my safety. There were moments when the hairs on my neck stood up because we were in very, very heated conversations, and his mood changed quite dramatically. I was there with the director, we stayed together in the house, I was never on my own. And we had protocols if we needed to step out somewhere else, and the production team rented a house nearby, should we need to go there. That scene where he shouts in my face and calls me an extremist, it was really unpleasant but actually quite rewarding as I felt he showed his true colours, we saw past the supposedly rational veneer.
Towards the end, that very, very electric scene where we talk about Jack’s birth name, I definitely felt the most discomfort then, because he was raging, furious and I think probably a little bit scared in truth. Although I wouldn’t say I ever felt physically in danger, he can do some shocking things online, as we discussed in the film. I told him I was worried that he might disseminate false information about me on the internet that was false, but that could be damaging. I know he has the power and the contacts to make a real impact, reputationally, online. Which is perhaps a more relevant fear in 2019. Not that he’s going to ‘get me’ but that he can push out some vicious things about you on the internet. And also mobilise some nefarious characters to do it for him.
What was the biggest surprise for you, in this whole experience?
I didn’t really expect to make a breakthrough. I didn’t actually think that would happen. He’s so well-rehearsed, he’s made tonnes of speeches before. I didn’t know if we’d ever break through that Nationalism rhetoric, and see Jack, the man. I never really wanted to make a film about the far right, I wanted to make a film about Jack Sen, and use him to see how this happens.
And actually, by the end, we do make a breakthrough, we’re sat on his sofa, and he’s essentially saying to me he felt persecuted, he felt isolated, he felt like he didn’t belong and he didn’t like that feeling. And I thought “That, in itself, is a valid point. We’ve all felt lonely, all felt like we weren’t part of a greater group, felt excluded.” I just don’t think that that’s race-based. I didn’t expect us to ever bond, because I knew we were too politically and ideologically opposed, but actually, at that moment, I thought maybe I understood him a little bit. I thought his framework for breaking down those feelings was flawed, but I understood the core feelings. But not everyone who feels excluded or isolated comes to such extreme views.
So did you finish off the project more or less concerned about the rise of the far right?
It would be easy to dismiss these opinions as niche. People feeling isolated or disenfranchised, or the feeling that this is a very hard moment to be a white man, that is a genuine feeling out there, whether I think it’s valid or not. If you can find a belief system that explains that for you, that is a very powerful thing. And if that framework has hate woven into it, that is a very dangerous thing.
Is Jack going to take over the world single-handedly or become the leader of a huge party – maybe not. But I think all of these conversations, these micro-movements, are really concerning. So it did make me worry about what can catch light. Traditional political forums aren’t the only place that these conversations can have an impact. It doesn’t need to be legitimised members of the establishment on television, making speeches anymore. Social media can be an incredible tool but also a really troubling one.
This is a very different direction for you from a lot of your work. Did you enjoy it, and would you like to do more factual stuff?
I really enjoyed it, once I was out of there. At the time, it was incredibly intense. I think what we’ve ended up with is a really fascinating film. I think it’s a really different take on the far right, on British nationalism. I haven’t seen a film like this before. There’s a lot of places where you can go to understand and to learn what it is that British nationalists believe and feel, and to see them in a political setting. That’s not what this was about. That’s why I was in there. I’m not a journalist or a politician or an activist. I really loved the challenge of it, so I think the next thing I do will be something different.
Lastly, do you ever think Jack has listened to My Dad Wrote a Porno?
I think Jack would be absolutely repulsed by My Dad Wrote a Porno. I think he’d think that it was the beginning of the end. He struggled with me identifying as a feminist, so I’m not sure how he’d cope with My Dad Wrote a Porno. He had very traditional ideals of family life. I think a young woman talking openly about sex? No! He’s quite the prude. He actually said that to me.
Thu 28 Feb 2019
9.00pm - 10.00pm
“It’s so difficult - you’re looking into a darkened car, it’s night-time conditions, you’ve got a little light on the end of your gun, and you’re searching the entire people in that car to make sure they’re all reacting as they should. And if they’re not, what are they doing? Are they hiding something, or are they reaching for a weapon to shoot you with it? And you’ve got to make that split-second decision.” - Pc Clive, South Yorkshire Police armed officer
Part of ITV’s Crime & Punishment strand, this new documentary fronted by Ross Kemp, goes inside tactical firearms teams and out on the beat with officers to investigate whether or not all police should be armed.
For last year's ITV documentary Ross Kemp And The Armed Police, he was given exclusive access to specialised armed police units, and in this follow-up film he goes on the frontline with officers whose experiences of being confronted with lethal weapons have been captured on their body cameras to ask whether police at any level can be left unarmed today.
With armed officers now a more regular presence on Britain’s streets, in stations and at airports, Ross goes out on a raid with a mobile undercover unit used to tackle new dangers with pre-emptive and confrontational tactics. He also gains exclusive access to their military-style training facility.
First, he sees how two unarmed officers deal with a violent man who is threatening them with a kitchen knife, revisiting the scene with two constables, Alex and Debbie, of Northamptonshire Police. After pepper spray proved ineffective against the man who they suspected had taken cocaine, he was restrained with the use of batons. Debbie says: “I honestly thought that Alex was going to be killed, and I tried everything within my power to protect Alex and get some kind of control over this male. At the end of the day Alex and I have worked together a long time, he’s like family to me… If it came to having to use a firearm or wanting to leave the force, I would take the firearm.”
Ross goes out with a covert MASST (Mobile Armed Support To Surveillance Team) on the trail of an individual they suspect has a gun in the West Midlands. After waiting several hours for the raid, then arresting the man using aggressive tactics, one of the anonymous officers says: “We’ll get intelligence from that tonight, and it puts them on the back foot, because they don’t know when the next strike’s going to come, and occasionally we get the intelligence and we get lucky, we get a good seizure of drugs and or firearms and then we’re able to put them in prison and protect the public, which is what we’re here to do.”
Ross asks Dave Sturman, West Midlands Police’s detective superintendent in charge of the team, whether using aggressive tactics and 15 armed officers on one raid is overkill. He says: “Firearms tactics can on the face of it seem to quite aggressive but that is designed with a purpose to get control quickly. You need that domination effect to make it absolutely clear to the opposition that we are in charge and we are going to take them into custody. One of the key factors here is to put the fear back on to them that they are going to get caught and convicted, we must do that if we are going to suppress this problem properly.”
Det Supt Sturman also says the problem is escalating and that the force has had 16 firearms discharges in the last month. Ross visits a counter-terror police training base for the first time - designed to instil military-style tactics into everyday police officers. Ross watches as officers use explosives to gain access to a building and acts as a hostage in a practice raid. Before the officers burst in using stun grenades, Ross says: “It’s actually tense doing this, I mean I know what’s about to happen. Can you imagine what in a real hostage situation they’d actually feel?”
Ross asks one of the officers if he had imagined ever doing such extreme training. The anonymous officer says: “This is a very high-end tactic that you’ve seen us do. The very next day we could be dealing with relatively low-level gun crime, and we go into places that have got plenty of innocent people in there - friends, family, associates - and we still need those policing skills to be able to deal with those people as well. So it’s not always at that level.”
Ross joins Pc Jemma Follows on the beat in Northampton, who says she doesn’t believe all police should be armed - despite an almost daily barrage of assaults. She tells him about the time in late 2017 when she faced down a man who pointed a gun at her - later discovered to be an imitation firearm. Ross asks her if she would have shot him if she was carrying a firearm. She says: “I would have most likely have shot him. That would have been purely because at that moment that gun was pointed at me and I thought for a moment that I’m going to be shot.”
Ross interviews Simon Chesterman, the national lead on armed policing, who says he believes if the threat level continues to increase, all officers could end up being armed, partly down to public and media pressure to act. He says if there are more armed police, it will inevitably lead to more police shooting incidents. He says: “Ultimately, they don’t discharge firearms very often, these are not trigger-happy people. However if you put more armed officers out there, inevitably we’re going to get to more high-risk incidents quicker, and the chances are we will see more police shootings.”
Ross also interviews constables Rob and Gary from Northamptonshire Police, who were involved in an incident that left Rob fighting for his life after being stabbed in the leg with a sword, piercing his femoral artery, which was depicted on their body cams. The man was arrested - but Rob says it could have ended differently if they had been armed. He says: “Certainly colleagues that I have spoken to on the armed response units have said if that had been any one of us there on that night, and received the injury in that way, we’d have drawn our pistols and shot.”
But he explains he wouldn’t want all officers to be armed - just more to be trained in using guns. He says: “The number of incidents that we’re now seeing involving gang violence, they’re carrying guns and yet we’re still deploying with a small can of pepper spray and a baton.”
Ross also meets constable Laura, who has just qualified as an armed officer after ten years on the South Yorkshire force, and is going on her first patrol with her colleague Clive, which results in a dramatic arrest. Ross asks how her family cope with her new role, and Laura says: “My son understands that mummy’s got a gun at work, and I don’t think it’s really sunk in that much at that age, but there will come a point where it will.”
This is a Renegade Pictures/Freshwater Films programme for ITV
Posted by JD at 11:45
Monday 18 February 2019
Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentlemen, Happy Valley) joins the all-star cast in the second series of Sky original production Bounty Hunters, written by writing duo Freddy Syborn and Jack Whitehall (Bad Education) and produced by Tiger Aspect.
Series two of the Sky One comedy thriller from writing team Jack Whitehall and Freddy Syborn will see Barnaby Walker (Jack Whitehall) and Nina Morales (Rosie Perez) return with a bang ready for more adventures and scrapes in the second instalment of this hit show.
The five-part drama which was filmed in Spain and in the UK, is scheduled to air weekly from 14 March 2019 exclusively on Sky One and TV streaming service NOW TV in the UK and Ireland.
Steve Pemberton joins the stellar cast as Colin McQueen, a history teacher at Eton College whose interests lie more in the ‘specialist’ end of the antiques market which had previously brought him into contact with Nigel Walker (Robert Lindsay). Now, with the freewheeling Nigel dead, Colin wants to get his hands on that final, elusive piece of art and Nigel’s son, Barnaby, might be the man to help him.
Steve Pemberton said: “It was a thrill to be asked by Jack and Freddy to play a sinister private-school teacher with an unhealthy interest in Nazi memorabilia - frankly they had me at ‘sinister’ - and it proved a peach of a role which I devoured (apart from the stone, that would be unhealthy).
A link to the first look trailer can be found here:
The first series, which launched in 2017 to an audience of 1.38 million, became Sky One’s biggest sitcom launch for six years. Series one, which is currently available to watch On Demand on Sky and NOW TV, ended with Barnaby (Jack Whitehall) and Nina (Rosie Perez) restraining Angel (Christian Ochoa) and abducting him, whilst Leah Walker (Charity Wakefield), ended up in her own predicament as she found herself locked up in a Mexican prison.
Bounty Hunters writers Freddy Syborn and Jack Whitehall said: “We are thrilled to be given an opportunity to delve deeper into the characters we had such fun with in series one. The second series of Bounty Hunters allows us to build on the characters and also gives the audience a glimpse into other storylines.”
Bounty Hunters is produced by Tiger Aspect, the makers of The Other One, Man Like Mobeen and Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father and part of The Endemol Shine Group. Executive producers are Pippa Brown and Ben Cavey. The series is written by Freddy Syborn and Jack Whitehall with Jeremy Dyson and Keith Akushie joining the writing team for series two.
Both series of Bounty Hunters have been commissioned for Sky by Commissioning Editor Morwenna Gordon and director of programmes for Sky entertainment UK & Ireland Zai Bennett and are internationally distributed by Endemol Shine International.
A Place to Call Home - Series 6 is released on 25th February
And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies to give away.
In the final series of the critically acclaimed, award-winning drama, Marta Dusseldorp resumes her role as resilient nurse Sarah Nordman, finally marrying wealthy landowner George Bligh. But as Sarah takes her place as Lady of Ash Park, George's mother, Elizabeth, feels pushed out of the household that she ran for decades. George s son, James, returns from abroad to start a new business in Sydney, while his daughter, Anna, lives in Hawaii with her sister-in-law, hiding a secret from the rest of the family. As the Blighs journey back to each other, they face tragedies, betrayals, and new beginnings that will challenge their relationships and change the courses of their lives. Set in 1959 Australia, A Place to Call Home blends A-Grade period drama (The Guardian) with Pointed social critique (The New York Times).
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Saturday 16 February 2019
The Derry Girls have a new fella joining the family - celebrated Irish comedian and actor Ardal O’Hanlon (Father Ted) is set to appear in Series 2. O’Hanlon will make a special guest appearance as Eamonn; the awkward, middle-aged mummy’s boy of the Quinn/McCool extended family.
Series 2 of the hit Channel 4 comedy has wrapped filming and will return to screens with 6x30’ new episodes in March 2019.
Fans will have to wait and see what shenanigans the gang get up to, but rest assured, Erin Quinn (Saoirse Monica Jackson), her cousin Orla McCool (Louisa Harland) and friends Clare Devlin (Nicola Coughlan), Michelle Mallon (Jamie-Lee O'Donnell) and Michelle’s tag along English cousin, aka The Wee English Fella, James Maguire (Dylan Llewellyn) will be back, navigating their teens in 1990’s Derry in their hilarious, unique, yet all too familiar fashion.
Derry Girls is the creation of acclaimed writer Lisa McGee who has mined her own experiences to create a candid, one-of-a-kind, family-centred comedy set against the backdrop of The Troubles.
Wednesday 13 February 2019
Coleen Nolan and Victoria Derbyshire took part in the first female show last year (Image: ITV)
Legendary tennis icon Martina Navratilova, EastEnders star Laurie Brett, Love Island’s Megan Barton-Hanson, So Solid Crew’s Lisa Maffia, TOWIE’s Danielle Armstrong, and Benidorm’s Crissy Rock are gearing up to put their inhibitions aside and lay their bodies and emotions bare, to boost awareness of women’s cancers.
Planning a brand-new routine for this award-winning show, Coleen Nolan, Victoria Derbyshire and Ashley Banjo will be showing the ladies the ropes and providing support and motivation to inspire them to put on the performance of their lives and, in doing so, encourage women to examine their breasts, have regular cervical smear checks and be more health aware regarding their bodies.
This year Coleen and Victoria are determined that their women, for all of whom women’s cancers are close to their hearts, will make Ladies Night bigger and better than ever before and are planning to out-dance and out-perform the men to prove She Who Bares, Wins!
Coleen Nolan said:
"I can't quite believe I'm putting myself through this again! But the response last year from millions of women feeling empowered to check themselves was so incredible that I’m absolutely thrilled to be back leading our new line-up of fabulous ladies help break down barriers and get women talking about health checks. Having seen first-hand how critical finding cancer early can be, I really hope we can reach and encourage as many women as possible to check their breasts as last time, which ultimately can save lives.”
Victoria Derbyshire said:
“I’m so, so proud of how many women took on board our message of checking themselves after last year’s show that I’m totally thrilled to be part of it again.”
Ashley Banjo said:
“Helping last year’s incredible set of women pull together their performance really was one of my proudest moments; that makes me nervous but also extremely excited to be on this journey with this year’s brave group of women. They have got a lot of hard work in front of them but they know it will be worth it in the end, raising awareness of women’s cancers to millions. With Victoria and Coleen back, leading the team, I think it’s going to be another very special moment. I can’t wait!”
The shows with the most front on British television are back and more ballsy then ever for 2019! Ashley Banjo, Alexander Armstrong, Victoria Derbyshire and Coleen Nolan are once again joining forces to persuade a brand new line-up of celebrities to take to the stage and bare all for the biggest and most daring extravaganza yet all to raise awareness of cancers in intimate areas of the body.
A fresh set of male and female stars will learn whole new super-sized routines from scratch, before revealing all to the nation in two 90-minute specials to demonstrate the importance of shedding body inhibitions and making checks in intimate areas to prevent cancer.
With a new name, a new line-up and all new routines the BAFTA-nominated programme will see Alexander and Ashley lead the men, marshalling the famous novices through their moves and whipping them into shape to perform a frenzy-inducing striptease. They hope to build on the impact of last year to keep key health messages about regular checks for testicular and prostate cancer at the forefront of the nation’s minds.
This year will see Love Island winner Jack Fincham, Emmerdale’s Kelvin Fletcher, King of the Jungle Joe Pasquale, Strictly Come Dancing’s Gorka Marquez, snooker legend Willie Thorne, Crimewatch’s Rav Wilding, Dancing on Ice star Matt Evers, footballer Jason Cundy, prepare to put on their dancing shoes and take off their pants. All of them have stories to tell about how cancer has touched the lives of them or those around them.
Following the Ladies show’s recent Broadcast Award for Best Popular Factual Programme of 2018, this time the competition between the men and the women will heat up as Victoria, Coleen and Ashley lead the ladies and offer support and motivation to inspire them to give the performance of their lives. Like the men, each of the women has seen how cancer can affect people close to them, so every garment they shed is aimed at encouraging women to check their breasts, keep to their cervical smear appointments and be more health aware regarding their bodies.
As the men and women dare each other to bare for live examinations on daytime TV and plot to each pull off the most impressive dance moves, the pressure is on to see who can create the most show-stopping performance and who will overcome their nerves and inhibitions to reveal all for a good cause.
Ashley Banjo said: “It’s such a privilege to be able to be a part of this fantastic series. This show has been a life changing experience for me and hopefully for many other men around the country who have been checked or had conversations about cancer that they wouldn’t have had otherwise. Every year I plan something I hope will be better than the last, but this time Xander and I really have gone full out to make this the biggest and best yet!”
Alexander Armstrong said: “I am absolutely delighted this series will be returning following last year’s successful show in raising awareness of male cancer. I am proud to be a part of such a great cause alongside Ashley and I am looking forward to being involved in another fantastic show. With this year’s group of lads we will be looking to raise the bar and ensure it’s a night no one will forget!”
ITV Factual Commissioner Kate Teckman said: “ITV are so proud to announce our annual spectacular to remind us all to keep checking ourselves and those we love. As we raise more awareness about cancer than ever before, this year’s cast are being pushed to the limit, so expect plenty of boobs and cock ups, but
whatever happens we will have a ball.”
Posted by JD at 13:20
Tuesday 12 February 2019
Episode: 1 of 4
Thu 21 Feb 2019
9.00pm - 10.00pm
Britain’s best loved bromance are back in action as reality TV favourites Chris and Kem reunite to go head to head with the viewing public in a brand new series of You vs Chris and Kem.
The four part series, which returns to ITV2 in 2019, sees the loveable duo embrace their competitive spirits as they team up to take on the viewers in a series of outlandish, impulsive and no holds barred challenges that put their teamwork to the test.
Travelling up and down the country in their specially designed ‘Bro Mobile’, the Love Island double act will be assigned each challenge via their social media channels, in real time.
With only clues to guide them, Chris and Kem must decide whether to take on the challenge, knowing little about what exactly it will entail and who they will be competing against.
Having formed their unbreakable friendship during Love Island 2017, Chris and Kem have already collaborated on a one off rap single, before hitting the road for a You vs Chris and Kem special this Summer, which saw their various challenges include camel riding, gravy wrestling and speed eating donuts.
Kem said “Chris and I have always said we’ve got an unbeatable bromance and we’re ready to prove that to anyone that dares take us on. We’re ready to win whatever the challenge.”
Chris added “There isn’t a challenge Kem and I have said no to yet, so we’re looking forward to seeing what the people of Britain have to throw at us this time. Bring it on.”
You vs Chris and Kem is executive produced by Antonia Hurford-Jones and Duncan Gray for Twenty Six03 Entertainment and was ordered by Amanda Stavri and Paul Mortimer.
Friday 8 February 2019
ITV Studios Australia secures sixth season recommission of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! on Network Ten following epic fifth run
Unprecedented success of UK season 18 and equally strong season 13 in Germany echoed Down Under.
A sixth season of ITV Studios (ITVS) Australia’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! has been commissioned by Network Ten following a record-breaking fifth run which is still in production and will air its finale on 17 February.
Created in the UK by ITV Studios Entertainment, I’m a Celebrity….Get Me Out of Here! has run for 18 seasons on ITV winning multiple awards. Rounding out its most-watched season ever, the 18th season finale was the third highest-viewed programme (live TV Viewing) across the entire of 2018 (behind two World Cup fixtures) with a peak audience of 12.1m and a 56% share.
The number one entertainment show in Germany also, I’m a Celebrity….Get Me Out of Here! recently enjoyed its 13th successful run on RTL, peaking with 6.4m viewers.
Produced in a total of 12 territories worldwide a new season of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! will go into production for TF1 by ITV Studios France in the coming months.
All three seasons of the US irreverent comedy Speechless are coming to E4. Maya DiMeo (Minnie Driver) is a mom who will do anything for her husband, Jimmy (John Ross Bowie), and kids Ray (Mason Cook), Dylan (Kyla Kenedy), and JJ (Micah Fowler), her eldest son who has cerebral palsy.
In season one, as Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for themselves, and search for just the right person to give JJ his "voice." In the second season, it’s the start of a new school year and the DiMeos, who have always been on the search to find the right school support for JJ, are faced with a new and unfamiliar reality… the DiMeo kids are going to continue at the same school! This is unchartered territory for the DiMeos but, as always, they will find a fun balance in everything they do while adjusting to the concept of becoming actual members of a community. As season three begins, the family – along with JJ’s, aide Kenneth (Cedric Yarbrough) – head to London to meet up with Maya’s long-estranged father, Martin, to ask him to help them in their time of need. Will they even reconcile? Maya grapples with the fact her children are growing up fast and JJ will be heading off to college soon, leaving her a lot more free time on her hands to focus on Ray and Dylan.
Scott Silveri (Friends) writes and is executive producer of the show, along with Fresh Off the Boat's Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar. The series is from Twentieth Century Fox Television.
Speechless is coming soon to E4
Thursday 7 February 2019
The BRIT Awards 2019 with Mastercard today announced that multi-million selling global pop icon P!NK will be honoured with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at this year’s ceremony, which takes place Wednesday 20th February. P!NK will be the first international artist to receive this award.
Seven studio albums and one greatest hits album on since her debut in 2000, totalling over 60 million global sales, over 8 million in the UK alone along with over 12 million UK single sales, P!NK is a musical force to be reckoned with. With seven Top Five albums - with two going No. 1 (Funhouse and the most recent platinum-certified Beautiful Trauma), three UK No. 1 singles (‘Just Like A Pill’, ‘So What’, ‘Lady Marmalade’) and 32 Top 40 singles, 19 of which going Top 10, including ‘Try’, ‘Just Give Me A Reason’ and ‘What About Us’, P!NK has become one of the UK’s best-selling female artists and one of the world’s greatest singers, with her inimitable powerhouse vocals and show-stopping stage performances.
Over 2 million tickets sold in the UK alone to date, nine BRIT nominations, and one win for International Female Solo Artist in 2003, and a string of other prestigious awards and accolades including three GRAMMY awards (20 nominations) and two Billboard Music Awards, P!NK’s career sees no sign of letting up with her first UK stadium tour in five years booked for this summer, including two nights at London’s Wembley Stadium.
P!NK said: “I am so honored to be recognized with the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award at the 2019 BRITs! Since the beginning of my career the British fans have been some of the most fierce and loyal in the world. I am humbled to receive this honor and be in the company of an illustrious group of British icons!”
BRITs Chairman and Chairman & CEO of Sony Music UK and Ireland Jason Iley said: “P!NK is a trailblazer, a phenomenally talented singer and songwriter, and truly one of the greatest artists of our time. It is a real pleasure to honour her at this year’s BRIT Awards with the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award. With her remarkable career spanning nearly 20 years, P!NK is one of the most successful artists in the world, consistently releasing multi-million-selling albums and selling out tours all over the globe. I am really excited to welcome her back to The BRITs and to recognise her prodigious success.”
P!NK joins an illustrious list of previous BRIT Awards Outstanding Contribution to Music recipients including Sir Elton John, David Bowie, Queen, Spice Girls, U2, Sir Paul McCartney, Oasis, Robbie Williams and Blur. The award was rested in 2013 to make way for a Special Recognition for War Child to mark the charity’s 20th anniversary. P!NK will be the first international artist to receive the honour, a decision taken by the BRITs committee to open the award up to overseas acts who have achieved long term success in the UK, and P!NK will be awarded in recognition of her significant impact on British music and her incredible musical repertoire over the past two decades.
Like all winners on the night, P!NK will be presented with an exclusive trophy designed for this year only by Sir David Adjaye OBE, and she will close the show with an exclusive performance on the night, showcasing her extraordinary talent which continues to wow audiences all over the world.
P!nk brings her Beautiful Trauma World Tour to the UK this summer. Kicking off at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on the 20th June, she then plays two nights at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, before bringing the UK tour to a close with two epic nights at London’s Wembley Stadium. Tickets on sale now.
The BRIT Awards 2019 with Mastercard take place Wednesday 20th February at The O2 Arena, London, broadcast exclusively on ITV and hosted by Jack Whitehall. Clara Amfo and Alice Levine will be back to host this year’s Red Carpet show on ITV2 on the night of the awards for the third year running.
Posted by JD at 13:09
CBeebies has announced that Luke Evans is the latest star to read a CBeebies Bedtime Story.
The Welsh actor will read I Love You Already by Jory John and illustrated by Benji Davies on Thursday 14 February. It’s a story about Bear who loves nothing more than relaxing on his own but his best friend, Duck, has different ideas.
Luke Evans’ career began in musical theatre, but he’s known for his roles in films and TV series, including Beauty and the Beast, The Hobbit and Girl on a Train.
He says: “Filming CBeebies Bedtime Stories was such a pleasure - what a fun experience! I’m so pleased to bring these books to life for families all across the UK, and of course all my family’s and friend’s kids, and my own awesome godchildren”
Previous Valentine’s Day appearances on the much-loved slot have been by Natalie Dormer in 2018 and Tom Hardy in 2017.
CBeebies Bedtime Stories is on daily at 6.50pm.
Posted by JD at 13:08
Wednesday 6 February 2019
James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr squared up on top of the world-famous O2 today ahead of their much-anticipated fight inside the arena on February 23.
Going toe-to-toe with the stunning London skyline as the backdrop, the pair faced off 52 metres above ground level on the Up At The O2 walkway - with the city’s brooding clouds a perfect match for the fight’s title - A Storm Is Coming.
The boxers set foot on the landmark’s famous canvas roof as they count down the weeks before they enter the ring staged beneath it on 23 February where they will each aim to send the other tumbling to the canvas in defeat.
Donning ITV Box Office-branded robes and gloves for the event, the fighters continued the build-up to their electrifying Super Middleweight clash with a few words to each other as they were filmed by a drone as part of the channel’s fight promotion ahead of its exclusive live coverage.
James DeGale said: “This is a great view - but the best sight for me will be when the referee raises my arm at the end of the fight. By knockout or points, either way I’m leaving the ring the winner. Having the London skyline as the backdrop is entirely appropriate - I’m aiming for the stars, but first I aim to conquer Chris Eubank Jr at The O2."
Chris Eubank Jr said: “I’m right at the the top of my game - and I want the city to shake with the impact of my punches. The only view that’s going to stick in his mind is looking up at me from the canvas after I lay him out.”
The fight will be shown exclusively live on ITV Box Office and features a full undercard including Lee Selby’s big ring return against Omar Douglas, a heavyweight collision between Commonwealth Champion Joe Joyce and challenger and Former World Champion Bermane Stiverne and the British Light-Heavyweight Title Eliminator between Andre Sterling and Ricky Summers.
As a bonus for fight fans, later in the evening ITV Box Office will feature live coverage of the WBC Super Middleweight title fight between Anthony Dirrell and Avni Yildirim. All the action from this clash will come live from Minneapolis, Minnesota following the conclusion of DeGale v Eubank Jr.
Meanwhile, legendary boxing International Hall of Fame ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr has been confirmed as the master of ceremonies for the evening.
For ITV Box Office, Mark Pougatch hosts live from ringside, with commentary from Ronald McIntosh and Duke McKenzie, and reporting from Gabriel Clarke.
Brought to you by ITV Box Office, Premier Boxing Champions and promoted by Poxon Sports, access to the event is priced at £19.95 and is now available to buy for Sky customers.
Richard Poxon said: “Fight fans can expect a feast of boxing - with an all-British headline fight between two of the country’s greatest fighters in recent years, a full undercard, and then the switch to the WBC title contest between Dirrell and Yildirim. It’s a huge night for the Super Middleweight division and it’s all on ITV Box Office.”
Full details on how to access the event are found in Notes To Editors at the end of this release.
Late last year, ITV announced a ground-breaking new deal with Haymon Sports and Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) to bring exclusive coverage of exciting PBC world-class boxing events to ITV viewers and fight fans in the UK.
The unique collaboration is the first time that Haymon Sports and PBC has partnered with a UK broadcaster to stage boxing events regularly in the UK. The exclusive three-year deal will guarantee a minimum of 15 televised events each year, drawing from PBC’s unrivalled group of over 160 of the best boxers in the world, which includes more than 60 current and former world champions in matches staged both in the UK and the US. PBC, the sports’ pre-eminent boxing brand, is broadcast over cable and network television in the United States.
The world-class action from events for the next three years will include free-to-air broadcasts on ITV’s channels, including ITV main channel and ITV4 and ITV Hub, and will also include pay per views on ITV’s PPV channel, ITV Box Office.
This new deal for boxing adds to ITV Sport’s portfolio of first class events, which includes exclusive free to air coverage of the England football team’s qualifiers for both the European Championship and World Cup, the 6 Nations and exclusive coverage of the Rugby World Cup, UK horse racing, the Tour de France and the French Open.
Posted by JD at 13:39
Tuesday 5 February 2019
12 strangers, one island and a hidden secret…
Hit Channel 4 series The Island with Bear Grylls returns later this year, but this time there’s a twist. For the first time there’s money at stake and it’s everyone for themselves.
The reimagined series will be called Treasure Island with Bear Grylls and will once again see 12 ordinary members of the public marooned for a month on a tropical island, battling for their survival under the watchful eye of Global Adventurer Bear Grylls. But this time £100,000 in cash - hidden across the remote Pacific Ocean island - is up for grabs.
The Islanders will not only have to survive the forces of nature but will be pushed to their physical and mental limits as they endeavour to find the ‘treasure’. And just finding it isn’t enough: if they leave early, they must leave empty-handed. Only those who make it to the very end, can keep their share of any loot they find.
Will the Islanders work together to increase their chances? Or try to go it alone, and ditch those who are perceived to be weakest? When they are stripped of modern day comforts will money lose its meaning? Or will greed corrupt some of the group? Whatever happens, this adventure promises to be one of the most extraordinary chapters in these islanders’ lives.
Bear Grylls said: “This radical new twist on the Island experience will test whether human nature really is ruled by the quest for financial gain, or whether co-operation and altruism in the face of adversity can bring their own reward.”
Ian Dunkley, Channel 4 commissioner, said: “Being marooned on The Island has always been one of the most extreme but rewarding experiences on British television. After five successful series, it feels like now is the right time to reinvent the format – and this fascinating new twist promises to shake things up in unpredictable ways."
Tim Whitwell, Creative Director for Shine TV, said: “Just when you thought The Island couldn’t get any harder this intriguing development will push our everyday heroes to new limits. Adding money, the most powerful force in modern day society, to the equation will challenge more than just the ability to survive.”
Treasure Island is a 6x60’ series. It is being made by Shine TV, part of Endemol Shine UK, and will broadcast on Channel 4 later this year.
Monday 4 February 2019
John Barrowman will host a brand new All Star Musicals alongside a panel of critics compiled of some of the West End and Broadway's most distinguished talent, led by theatre legend Elaine Paige.
Seven celebrities will be flexing their theatrical muscles as they embark on the ultimate musical theatre masterclass in a show stopping one night spectacular.
The show, produced by Shiver, the award-winning ITV Studios label, will see a crop of famous faces take to the legendary London Palladium stage to perform an iconic musical number. Each of the celebrities, all of whom have been selected based on their stand out performance skills, will be aiming to impress the West End audience, as well as the panel.
The show will feature numbers from a range of famous musicals, both contemporary and traditional, with the theatre audience deciding at the end of the night whose performance wowed them the most.
All Star Musicals will also feature very special performances from John and Elaine, as well as other critics due to be confirmed in due course.
The celebrities will be supported by a spectacular West End chorus line and, in the lead up to their big performance, will receive training from expert choreographers and vocal coaches.
John Barrowman said "I can’t wait to bring something fabulous to the TV screens, working with new friends and teaming up with some special old friends, this should be a great night of entertainment - let’s make All Star Musicals Fabulous."
Elaine Paige added "All Star Musicals is the perfect opportunity for me to channel two of my greatest passions - musical theatre and mentoring. I'm looking forward to following the celebrities on their journey to performing on London's most prestigious stage, and of course it's an added bonus to have a front row seat on the night itself!"
Siobhan Greene, Head of ITV Entertainment said "I love this show and it's brilliant to have it back for another night at the Palladium. An 'OMG' cast of celebrities to be announced, a "Fabulous" host in John Barrowman and a panel that are all the absolute real deal.... this is going to be a five star treat."
Richard Hastings, Creative Director, Shiver said “All Star Musicals is back at a time when musical theatre is in rude health in the U.K and who better to mentor our celebrities than the legend that is Elaine Paige? Elaine is an icon of both the West End and Broadway and will give the programme an extraordinary authenticity, as well as add a massive sprinkling of stardust to proceedings.”
All Star Musicals is commissioned by Siobhan Greene, Head of ITV Entertainment, Louise Major, Assistant Commissioner and Peter Tierney, Assistant Commissioner. Executive producers for Shiver are Richard Hastings and Leanne Witcoop and Series Producer is Lewis Thurlow.
Posted by JD at 13:29
The second series of award-winning time-travelling comedy Timewasters will return to ITV2 in March
This time round our time-travelling jazz band are transported to 1950’s London where the future has arrived: the birth of the teenager, slick-haired Teddy Boys, the vibrant Windrush crowd, box-fresh televisions and - crucially - the dawn of Rock n’ Roll.
The band are back for another spin through time in series two: Daniel Lawrence Taylor (Cockroaches, Uncle) plays Nick, Kadiff Kirwan (Chewing Gum, Crims) plays Jason, Adelayo Adedayo (Skins, Some Girls) as Lauren and Samson Kayo (Famalam, The Javone Prince Show) as Horace.