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Monday, 18 November 2019

UNIVERSAL AND DREAMWORKS ANIMATION RECRUIT CAST FOR NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES FAST & FURIOUS: SPY RACERS



November 18, 2019 - Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation have announced the cast of the Netflix original series Fast & Furious: Spy Racers, based on Universal's multi-billion dollar franchise.  The series is executive produced by Vin Diesel, Neal H. Moritz, Chris Morgan, Tim Hedrick and Bret Haaland and is slated to debut on Netflix December 26.


Teenager Tony Toretto follows in the footsteps of his cousin Dom when he and his friends are recruited by a government agency to infiltrate an elite racing league serving as a front for a nefarious crime organization bent on world domination. Hedrick (DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender) and Haaland (All Hail King Julien) serve as executive producers and showrunners. The series is also executive produced by Diesel, Moritz and Morgan, who have all served as producers on the live-action Fast & Furious film franchise.

The cast features Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) as Dom's younger cousin turned spy racer Tony Toretto; Camille Ramsey (American Vandal) as Layla Gray, a notable underground racer who works for SH1FT3R, Luke Youngblood (Harry Potter) as Frostee Benson, a 13-year old tech genius; Charlet Chung (Overwatch) as Echo, a master artist and natural spy; Jorge Diaz (Jane the Virgin) as Cisco Renaldo, both the muscle and the sweetheart of the crew; and Manish Dayal  (The Resident) as Shashi Dhar, the leader of the criminal organization SH1FT3R

The series also features an array of guest voices, including Similce Diesel as Frostee's younger sister Sissy; Renée Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton) as the team's secret agent liaison Ms. Nowhere; and Jimmy Tatro (American Vandal) as local knucklehead Mitch. Carlos Alazraqui (The Fairly OddParents), Eric Bauza (The Adventures of Puss in Boots), Grey Griffin (DC Super Hero Girls), Kevin Michael Richardson (Trolls: The Beat Goes On!), Fred Tatasciore (Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia), and Tru Valentino (Archibald's Next Big Thing) also guest star.

First look at Nick Mohammed’s new comedy series Intelligence starring David Schwimmer



Sky has released a first look image of its upcoming original comedy Intelligence, due to air on Sky One and streaming service NOW TV on 18th February.

Created and written by Nick Mohammed, Intelligence is a workplace comedy set in the UK's GCHQ — a kind of weedier, geekier version of MI5, where they tackle international and domestic Cyber Crime from a desktop.

When an arrogant, maverick NSA agent Jerry (David Schwimmer) comes over from the U.S. to join the team, he enlists an inept and tactless computer analyst Joseph (Nick Mohammed) in a power grab that threatens to disrupt the team's ability to combat cyber terrorism.

The 6x30 Sky original series also stars Sylvestra Le Touzel, Jane Stanness, Gana Bayarsaikhan, Oliver Birch, Eliot Salt and Colin Salmon.

David Schwimmer said: "I think you'll find this is the best TV comedy made in the last two hundred years. You can't see my face, but I'm super serious."

Nick Mohammed said: "Given that David is most well-known for his dramatic roles, it's nice to see him finally have a go at comedy. Hopefully it'll lead to more work of this quality"

Competition: Win Balance, Not Symmetry on DVD

Balance, Not Symmetry is out on DVD on 25th November.

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

Synopsis
Using a groundbreaking concept, Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil worked alongside director Jamie Adams to create Balance, Not Symmetry, a film and album of the same name, using both as inspiration for each other to create two wonderful works of art.

Following its premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival, the film is set for its release on DVD and digital thanks to Pinpoint Films via Sparky Pictures, with rising Hollywood stars Laura Harrier (BlacKkKlansman, Spider-Man: Homecoming) and Bria Vinaite (The Florida Project, The OA) taking the leads.

When he announced the project, Neil said: “The record will influence the film and then feed back to the music. It’s an unusual way to make a record, and that’s why I’m buzzing about it – it’s a different way to feel inspired.”

Harrier plays Caitlin, an American student who must return to her studies at the Glasgow School of Art following the death her father. Leaving behind a grieving mother (Kate Dickie – The VVitch, Prometheus) and supported by her fun-loving flatmate Hannah (Vinaite), Caitlin struggles to navigate grief and inspiration.

With an end of year art project failing to come together, budding romance in the air, and a growing resentment towards her best friend, will Caitlin be able to find her voice through her art? The words of Scotland’s best loved rock band, “reinvigorated and exploring thrilling new territory” ensure that “there is magic here, unquestionable magic” (NME).

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Who is the director of Balance, Not Symmetry?

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Most Terrifying Ghost Towns in the World


Throughout history, in one way or another, entire villages disappeared or were devastated by natural disasters, radioactive threats, entire populations fled for fear of death.

These places became intriguing and often adventurous sources for many intrepid people who dare to visit them.

Here are some of the creepiest sites around the globe.

Japan: Hashima Island
This site had its peak at the end of the 18th century due to its known underwater coal mines. The island had its population peak in 1960 reaching about 5000 individuals, including miners and their respective families.

Years later, the mines began to dry up, and around 1974 almost the entire population had to emigrate. After this, the prosperity of the island went out.

Now abandoned, Hashima Island is visited by tourists who walk its streets, visit its abandoned houses and shops. A certain air of terror sets the former mining town.

Italy: Craco
This city was founded around the 8th century but was devastated by several natural disasters, including:

1963: Evacuation of the city due to a significant landslide.
1972: A flood conditioned the stay of the locals.
1980: The city was completely abandoned due to a strong earthquake.

The city, currently located on the tip of a hill, miraculously saves the bust of the Virgin Mary, due to which, it still gathers visitors to celebrate religious festivals throughout the year.

Namibia: Kolmanskop
With an out of place aspect, this ghost town had its peak in the early 1900s. The German miners were those who inhabited the town in the middle of the desert to look for the precious diamonds in the area.

The Germans brought their architecture, which gave a singular air to the place in the middle of nowhere.

After World War I, the city began to lose its peak. In 1928 the real decline began due to the discovery of a new area along the coast, rich in diamonds, leaving a gloomy and abandoned city.

In the nearby city of Lüderitz, you can book walks to Kolmanskop, which was gradually being eaten by the vast desert.

Alaska: Kennecott
This city, now of terror, was known for its mills. During the years 1911 and 1938, it produced millions of dollars for copper production, until the day the supply was exhausted. By becoming a city without much to offer, residents began to leave their homes and small businesses, leaving behind a desolate city sad and corroded with terror.

The city was totally like a ghost town in the 50s. Finally, in 1986 it became a National Historic Landmark in charge of the National Park Service, offering tourist tours.

Ukraine: Pripyat
This city is probably the most sadly famous ghost town in the world. It was home to approximately 50,000 people, who were evacuated when part of the Chernobyl Nuclear Station exploded in April 1986.

This disastrous event resulted in the immediate evacuation of the population due to high levels of radiation, leaving practically everything behind.

In recent years, radiation levels dropped considerably, leaving the area marked by scientists as a "safe zone".

Today travelers from all over the world travel through the creepy city. At the same time, it served as inspiration for many horror stories and movies.

As the main attraction, the New Safe Confinement was built with an area equivalent big enough to hold three football stadiums from any of the teams in the NFL betting odds.

Final thoughts
There are many other ghost cities or small creepy towns around the world, desolate and dark, full of sad stories and terror, often of madness.

No doubt the world is full of surprises for people who dare to discover them again or to stay away and forgotten due to their sad outcomes.

Would you visit any of these places?

Competition: Win Catherine the Great on Blu-ray


Catherine the Great is out on Blu-ray and DVD November 25th

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

Synopsis
Epic and romantic drama about the power, politics, and passions of the legendary monarch.

Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren (The Queen) stars as one of the greatest rulers in history, the legendary mother of the Russian Empire, Catherine The Great, a lavishly realised limited series with incredible creative credentials.

With Emmy® Award- winners Nigel Williams (Elizabeth I) writing and Philip Martin (The Crown) directing Jason Clarke (Mudbound) stars alongside Gina McKee (Bodyguard) and Rory Kinnear (Guerilla).

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Who stars as Catherine the Great?

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Competition: Win Doc Martin - Series 9 on DVD


Doc Martin - Series 9 is out on DVD November 25th

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

Synopsis
Dr. Martin Ellingham (Clunes - Men Behaving Badly, Warren), is back for eight new episodes of the ratings winning drama as the sole GP of a sleepy town. With a brusque bedside manner and a phobia of blood, he continues to treat and challenge the community of the idyllic hamlet of Portwenn in Cornwall.

Caroline Catz (DCI Banks, In Fabric) once again stars as 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. Concerned that their son James Henry is becoming too much like his father, she considers whether they should try for a little brother or sister. But with her career change and Martin under review from the General Medical Council following complaints from his patients, is now the right time?

Returning cast include Dame Eileen Atkins (The Crown, Robin Hood) as Doc Martin’s formidable Aunt Ruth, Ian McNeice (Rome, Dune) as Bert Large, with Joe Absolom (Eastenders, Vincent) as his son Al, Jessica Ransom (Horrible Histories, The Armstrong and Miller Show) plays receptionist Morwenna Newcross, Caroline Quentin (Jonathan Creek, Dickensian) as vet Angela Sim and Selina Cadell (The Lady in the Van, Wild Child) as pharmacist Mrs Tishell.

They are joined by a roster of special guest stars: Danny Huston (Wonder Woman, Stan & Ollie) plays Robert Brooke, a man who is shot by a farmer who thinks he is stealing eggs, Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones, Dublin Murders) plays a GP who is sent to assess Martin and Tom Conti (Paddington 2, Four Seasons) plays an eminent surgeon.

Settle in for your dose of Doc Martin – on the doctor’s orders.

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Who stars as Doc Martin?

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

BBC opens new cases of The Mallorca Files


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

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

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

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

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

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



Monday, 11 November 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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In which major city in Scotland was Billy Connolly born?

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Competition: Win Dublin Murders on DVD


Dublin Murders is out on DVD on November 18th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Who plays Rob Reilly in Dublin Murders?

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Thursday, 7 November 2019

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



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

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

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

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

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

Curtis says:

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

Tommy says:

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

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



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

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

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

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

Vienna Blood coming to BBC



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Mortimer and Whitehouse cast off for third series


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Monday, 4 November 2019

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A new trailer for Sky original The New Pope


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

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

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

Fremantle is the global distributor for The New Pope.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Buy from Amazon by clicking here (Opens in a new window)

For your chance to win just answer the question below.

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

Friday, 1 November 2019

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


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


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


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



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