Friday, 23 October 2020
David Tennant and Michael Sheen, or should that be Michael Sheen and David Tennant return with more Staged for BBC One
Actors Michael Sheen and David Tennant return with more Staged from Infinity Hill and GCB Films for BBC One.
The new series sees the pair attempt to navigate their 'new normal' at home with their increasingly exasperated families whilst simultaneously trying to tackle the world of 'virtual Hollywood' and their ever more fragile egos.
Also returning for the new series are Georgia Tennant, Anna Lundberg and Lucy Eaton alongside Nina Sosanya and Simon Evans with new addition to the regular cast Primetime Emmy-winner Ben Schwartz, playing the assistant to Michael and David's American agent.
Following on from the surprise appearances in series one of Judi Dench and Samuel L Jackson this series sees the regulars joined in their virtual hell by a whole host of unexpected guests.
The series hopes to capture our shared feelings of frustration and confusion at a world not quite ready to re-open. Moments that promise normality dashed before they can take hold. The tantalising prospect of comfort kept at bay.
Michael Sheen says: "It's been so great to see how much people enjoyed the first series. Seemed like the laughs were much appreciated. It made us really excited about taking it further and going in some surprising and hopefully enjoyable directions this time."
Georgia Tennant adds: "The prospect of getting my husband back into employment alongside the divine Ben Schwartz and the hairy, Welsh legend that is Michael Sheen all makes me very happy to be back for series two!"
Created by Simon Evans and Phin Glynn, Staged is written and directed by Evans and is an Infinity Hill/GCB Films/No Mystery production for BBC One. It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, BBC Chief Content Officer. The producers are Phin Glynn, Victor Glynn and Georgia Tennant. David Tennant and Michael Sheen are also executive producers of the series. Executive Producers for Infinity Hill are Axel Kuschevatzky and Cindy Teperman and for GCB, Geoff Iles.
Transmission details for Staged will be announced in due course.
Posted by JD at 13:42
Ant & Dec star in a brand-new trailer for the upcoming series of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! This year's series will come from stunning Gwrych Castle in North Wales rather than its usual New South Wales location in Australia.
However, it seems that neither Ant or Dec are aware of the show's change of location.
Continuing their journey north to Gwrych Castle, Ant & Dec spot a telephone box and decide to call Kiosk Kev for directions but they don't get the response they were hoping for!
I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! will start on ITV in November 2020.
Channel 4's BAFTA award-winning comedy Stath Lets Flats back on the market
Critically acclaimed and BAFTA award-winning comedy, Stath Lets Flats from award-winning writer-performer and comedian Jamie Demetriou (Fleabag) and BAFTA award-winning RoughCut TV has been recommissioned for a third series for Channel 4.
Joining Jamie in reprising their roles are Natasia Demetriou (What We Do In The Shadows), Al Roberts (King Gary), Christos Stergioglou (Dogtooth), Katy Wix (Ghosts), Kiell Smith-Bynoe (Ghosts), and Ellie White (The Other One).
The series (6x30') will pick up from the shock cliff-hanger ending of series two, as incompetent letting agent Stath (Demetriou) is faced with rescuing the family business, Michael & Eagle, and his relationship with Katia, while expecting his first child by Carole. Meanwhile his sister, Sophie, and best friend, Al, deal with the fallout of finally declaring their feelings for each other.
Stath Lets Flats took home three prestigious awards at this year's BAFTA ceremony: Best Male Actor in a comedy, Best Writer of a Comedy and the programme itself won the award for Best Scripted Comedy.
Jamie Demetriou said: "This is lovely. I love Channel 4. Thanks so much for having us back for a series 3. Sorry the title is still hard to say. Love Jamie Demetriou from Stalph Les Flav".
(Stath) added: "Thank you so truly for this energetically and development news. I never seen something on Channel For (4) in my life, but someone told me they done a programme about people being embarrassed about their body. Which is a shame. I'm proud of my body, even though my eyebrow is a bit too wide and I'm panickin' it's joinin' to my head hair."
Posted by JD at 13:32
Wednesday, 21 October 2020
Following the phenomenal ratings success and critical acclaim of Des and White House Farm, ITV's Head of Drama Polly Hill has commissioned The Yorkshire Ripper from the same producers, award winning independent production company, New Pictures in association with all3media international.
The drama will depict one of the most notorious and shocking serial killer cases in the world, the hunt for Peter Sutcliffe, dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper, between October 1975 and January 1981, police undertook the biggest manhunt in British criminal history. The search for Sutcliffe lasted five years, involved over a thousand officers and changed the way the British police worked forever.
Written by acclaimed screenwriter George Kay (Criminal), The Yorkshire Ripper is a true crime drama which will follow the desperate, cat and mouse hunt for Sutcliffe focusing upon the police investigation and the lives of the victims who fatally crossed his path.
Commented Polly Hill: "I am delighted to be working with Willow and Paul again, after they made the brilliant White House Farm. This promises to be a definitive look at this infamous case, and will be sensitively dramatised for ITV by this formidable team, who have a proven track record in bringing these true stories to screen."
Posted by JD at 12:22
Mon 26 Oct 2020
9.00pm - 10.00pmITV
How far would you go to keep a secret?
One rainy evening, Nathan is surprised by an unwelcome face from the past.
Nathan has never been able to forget the worst night of his life: a party that led to the sudden, shocking death of a young woman.
Only he and Bob, an eccentric old acquaintance, know what really happened… and they've resolved to keep it that way. But years later, Bob appears at Nathan's door with terrifying news that threatens to tear Nathan's world apart. Because Nathan has his own secrets now.
Secrets that could destroy everything he has desperately fought to build for himself and his family.
The four-part series is written by Neil Cross and is inspired by the novel Burial, also written by Neil Cross (Luther, Hard Sun, Spooks, Mama). Executive Producers are Euston Films Managing Director Kate Harwood (Dublin Murders, Hard Sun, Baghdad Central), alongside Executive Producer for Euston Films, Noemi Spanos (Dublin Murders), and Neil Cross. The series is directed by Niall MacCormick (The Victim, The Durrells, Doctor Thorne) and produced by Jonathan Curling (Tin Star, Baghdad Central).
The Sister is a Euston Films production for ITV and is distributed internationally by Fremantle. The series was commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill.
Nathan seems to have it all — a loving wife, a beautiful home and a solid, if unexciting, career. But Nathan has never been able to forget the worst night of his life: a party that led to the sudden, shocking death of a young woman… the sister of the woman who is now his wife. Only he and Bob, an eccentric old acquaintance, know what really happened — and they've resolved to keep it that way. Until one rainy evening, years later, when Bob appears at Nathan's door with terrifying news. They're digging up the woods.
Nathan (Russell Tovey)
Bob (Bertie Carvel)
Elise (Simone Ashley)
Holly (Amrita Acharia)
Jacki (Nina Toussaint-White)
June (Amanda Root)Graham (Paul Bazely)
Posted by JD at 12:20
Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Emmy® award-winning drama series EUPHORIA will return to Sky with two special episodes, with the first debuting this December on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV.
In the aftermath of being left by Jules at the train station and relapsing, the first special episode follows Rue (played by Emmy®-winner Zendaya) as she celebrates Christmas. Written and directed by series creator Sam Levinson, the episode, titled "Trouble Don't Last Always," also stars Colman Domingo, who appeared in season one. The title and date of the second episode are forthcoming. Both special episodes were produced under COVID-19 guidelines.
EUPHORIA received three Primetime Emmy® Awards this year, including Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series (Zendaya), Outstanding Contemporary Makeup (Non-Prosthetic) and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.
EUPHORIA is created and written by Sam Levinson, who also serves as executive producer; executive producers Ravi Nandan, Kevin Turen, Drake, Future the Prince, Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Ron Leshem, Daphna Levin, Tmira Yardeni, Mirit Toovi, Yoram Mokady and Gary Lennon; Will Greenfield serves as a co-executive producer. Produced in partnership with A24 and based on the Israeli series of the same name, which was created by Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin, from HOT.
Posted by JD at 15:40
This Morning's resident chef Phil Vickery will undertake a new mission this October as he travels the length and breadth of the nation to discover Britain's Best Tart in a brand new four-part strand of the same name.
Throughout the new series Phil - a firm favourite on This Morning for 21 years - will also discover the history behind some of the best traditional tarts that Britain has to offer including the Bakewell tart, the Manchester tart, the Gypsy tart and finally the Yorkshire curd tart.
Each week Phil will visit the birthplace of these sweet treats and take viewers on a historic journey to the Derbyshire Dales, Manchester, Kent and Yorkshire, where he will meet those in the know who will share the secret recipes that date back hundreds of years. Once equipped with the local knowledge, an inspired Phil will return to the kitchen to create his own version of each tasty tart.
Posted by JD at 15:39
A new BBC documentary series featuring Yorkshire firefighters will use the latest technology to bring viewers closer than ever to real emergencies and the men and women dealing with them.
The four-part documentary series has been commissioned by BBC England and BBC Two and follows the work of the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.
The programme will be made by Leeds-based independent production company Wise Owl Films and will show what it means to be a firefighter in 2020 and the challenges they face every day to keep people safe.
With access to firefighters working at emergencies, the series will take viewers from the control room to the front line. Firefighters will wear the latest helmet-mounted heat resistant cameras, transporting viewers into the heart of the action.
The West Yorkshire Fire And Rescue Service has over 900 firefighters and is a close-knit community with a diverse range of personnel dedicated to serving the public - often in highly dangerous and life-threatening situations. A specialist Urban Search And Rescue Dog called Jessie and water rescue unit are part of a team responding to an increasingly wide range of incidents. Expect drama and jeopardy - but also plenty of Yorkshire warmth and humour too.
West Yorkshire Fire And Rescue Service serves some of England's biggest cities including Leeds and Bradford and some of the North's most beautiful countryside.
Aisling O'Connor, Head of TV Commissioning for England, says: "Being a firefighter is now so much more than fighting fires. We're going to use the latest technology to show viewers exactly what it takes to be a firefighter today.
"The programme will put audiences right at the centre of emergencies and the work of the fire service with special helmet-mounted 'firecams', footage taken from fire engines and the control room. I can't wait to see what unfolds."
Mark Robinson, Executive Producer for Wise Owl Films says: "In 2020, being a firefighter is so much more than just about fighting fires. Today's skilful and dedicated firefighters face a wider range of callouts than ever - from road traffic collisions to floods and water rescues.
"Using technology that wouldn't have been available just a few years ago, we want to show viewers just what daily life is like for a West Yorkshire firefighter. They often come from the communities which they serve, and there is a family spirit within each Watch which comes from putting absolute trust in each other on a daily basis."
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton says: "We are really excited to be part of this project and we hope it will give us a great opportunity to show what life is like behind the scenes of a modern day fire and rescue service, and to explode some dated myths."
Posted by JD at 15:38
BBC One has commissioned This Is MY House, a new primetime entertainment format hosted by Stacey Dooley.
This Is MY House (6x60) is an addictive guessing game format created by Richard Bacon and Nick Weidenfeld, and produced by Expectation, in which four people walk into a home and say, "This Is MY House". The catch, only one of them is telling the truth.
Stacey Dooley will host the hour-long programmes which will see a team of celebrity judges work together to figure out who is the honest homeowner and who are the imposters.
A fresh modern show like no other, with a guessing game that will keep everyone playing along from their own homes. This Is MY House promises plenty of laugh out loud moments as each of the four opponents tries to prove that they are the real deal. It's a fun show that challenges our prejudices and asks a simple question. Can the truth win?
Richard Bacon, Creator and Executive Producer says: "This Is MY House is a game show with only one contestant - the homeowner. To win all they have to do is prove 'This is MY house!'. But it's not that simple. Three actors will turn up, steal the contestant's name and claim that the house and everything in it belongs to them. They all have competing stories. Our judges have one job. To uncover the truth. It couldn't be easier. Right?"
Kate Phillips, Acting Controller BBC One says: "This terrific new format will give everyone the ability to join in alongside our celebrity sleuths, navigating red herrings and surprises throughout!"
Stacey Dooley says: "Feel so excited to be fronting this new entertainment show! I love to see inside people's houses so I'm made up to be involved in a gig that allows us to do that in a format that will bring some fun, humour and warmth at a time when we are all so craving escapism. Can't wait!"
Hollyoaks announces soap-star reunion as Denise Welch joins the cast to play Nikki Sanderson's on-screen mum.
A dance teacher by trade, 'Trish' arrives in Hollyoaks under the ominous shadow of boyfriend, Brad who immediately takes a shine to Maxine (played by Nikki). Will he drive a wedge between mother and daughter?
Denise and Nikki previously worked together on Coronation Street when they played Natalie Barnes and Candice Stowe.
But that's not Denise's only Hollyoaks connection, as she's also starred with Chelsee Healey (Goldie) in Waterloo Road and is a Loose Woman alongside Kelle Bryan (Martine).
Speaking about her new role, Denise said: "I am thrilled to be joining the cast of Hollyoaks in this, their 25th year.
"I'm looking forward to working with some old friends and making new ones. The character of Trish Minniver is an actor's dream and I can't wait to introduce her to you."
As well as acting credits including Soldier Soldier, Waterloo Road, ground-breaking Boy Meets Girl and Benidorm, plus 18 years as a panellist on Loose Women, Denise is also a Sunday Times bestselling author.
'Trish' will first appear on screen in January 2021 much to the shock of Maxine, who since arriving in Hollyoaks in 2012 and saying farewell to sister, Mitzeee (Rachel Shenton), has fought many battles without her immediate family around her.
Posted by JD at 15:14
The next chapter begins. Start streaming the new season of #TheMandalorian Oct. 30 on #DisneyPlus.
The Mandalorian Season 2 trailer teases action-packed footage as Mando reunites with Cara Dune and Greef Carga to protect The Child.
Pedro Pascal returns as the title character, who continues his quest to find a safe home for the beloved character who has no official name, but has come to be known as Baby Yoda.
Sunday, 18 October 2020
Thu 22 Oct 2020
10.00pm - 10.50pmITV2
Outrageous and inimitable host Keith Lemon returns with a new series of Celebrity Juice alongside brand-new team captains Laura Whitmore and Emily Atack.
Joining them this week for more games, fun and anarchy will be actor and Celebrity Juice legend Will Mellor, Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo, musician Tom Grennan and the hilarious Jimmy Carr.
Thu 29 Oct 2020
10.00pm - 10.50pm
10.00pm - 10.50pm
Joining them this week for some spooky games, fun and plenty of tricks and treats will be Strictly's scariest judge Craig Revel Horwood, presenter Maya Jama, Queen of the Jungle Jacqueline Jossa and Take That's Howard Donald.
Posted by JD at 15:49
Thu 29 Oct 2020
9.00pm - 10.00pmITV2
A terrifying comedy travelogue in which rapper Lady Leshurr, comedian Darren Harriott and reality star Jordan Davies go on a ghost hunting mission in one of Eastern Europe's most haunted places, Kerotas Prison.
They'll be led by the Ghost Bus Tour guide Anton, a super freaky local who will introduce the celebs to a host of unhinged witnesses and experts.
Their goal is to summon three disturbing spirits - a cannibal who used to eat his cellmates, a demon cleaner who extracts the souls of only buff men and a sadistic scientist who was x-rayed to death by vengeful patients.
The Ghost Bus Tour culminates with the celebrities being abandoned and left to spend the night in the evil prison.
Will they ever see Anton again? Can they survive on their own? Will Jordan ever stop screaming? The three celebrities are left in no doubt that ghosts are real and they should not be annoyed.
Posted by JD at 15:46
The Likely Dads is a new, frank and funny series of conversations about parenting from the perspective of fathers, hosted by broadcaster, former Blue Peter presenter and father to twins, Tim Vincent.
Tim has undertaken many challenges throughout the course of his life - from painting Blackpool Tower and snow survival training with the army in Norway, to flying in Tornado jets and running the New York marathon. His latest challenge - being the middle-aged father to two-year-old twin boys.
Host Tim Vincent says: "The Likely Dads is a place where men can muse, pontificate and share humorous stories. The series shows that men can be good parents as well as sobbing emotional wrecks when it comes to their children. Not all is harmony and agreed opinions, there's a sharp divide and judgment on your preference of Bing versus Peppa Pig. Either way the show will make you laugh, maybe spit out your tea and hopefully have you nodding silently in agreement."
Sioned Wiliam, Radio 4's Commissioning Editor for Comedy adds: "Hearing these dads chat, let off steam and share the funny side of parenting makes for a really enjoyable and interesting listen whether you're a parent or not."
Joining Tim as regular panellists will be award-winning comedians Russell Kane and Mick Ferry. Guests across the series include actors Chris Bisson (East Is East, Shameless, Emmerdale), Craig Kelly (Queer As Folk, Titanic) comedians John Thomson, Prince Abdi, Che Burnley, Scott Bennett and Laurence Clarke, health and wellbeing coach Mr. Motivator and more.
In the first episode Chris Bisson recalls approaching fatherhood like his acting roles: "This kid malarkey, I thought I'll just do a bit of research, learn my lines and I'll be able to deal with it. Of course, none of that is true and they throw the most unexpected things at you."
In a regular feature, the programme asks the children of one of The Likely Dads a series of questions to determine which of them knows their children better - and vice versa. Chris' four year old daughter Ella is asked how old her dad is, her response: "He's not very old, 800 maybe?"
Across the series The Likely Dads and guests cover topics such as parenting at different ages, education, holiday mishaps, keeping children entertained and much more.
Thursday 29 October
The Likely Dads
BBC Radio 4
Tim Vincent, Russell Kane and Mick Ferry with guests Chris Bisson and Che Burnley.
Posted by JD at 15:45
Saturday, 17 October 2020
Following the news of the return of the iconic children's television show HOW, the presenting team are now revealed with Vick Hope, Sam Homewood and Frankie Vu in front of the camera along with a welcome back, for Fred Dinenage.
Produced by Terrific Television (TT), the new series will be shown on CITV and simulcast on ITV from November and available on ITV Hub.
Vick (The X Factor), Sam (Scrambled), Frankie (Disney Channel) and Fred bring a mix of freshness, experience and familiarity to HOW's target audience. Nic Ayling and Driana Jones, Founders of Terrific Television, say the line-up of presenters brings together a great team worthy of the HOW brand, which occupies a unique place in children's television.
Vick Hope - As backstage presenter and of ITV's The X Factor 2019, Vick Hope will be known to HOW's young audience. A former Capital Breakfast presenter, she has also presented Crufts, The Voice UK, Trending Live, FYI Daily on ITV2 and was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2018. A multi-talented TV and Radio presenter, Vick is also a journalist and published author.
Sam Homewood - As well as presenting numerous programmes for adults, Sam is a familiar face in children's television. He fronts ITV's CITV flagship kids weekend breakfast show, Scrambled and presented Use Your Voice Live – an online campaign to encourage young people to vote in the last election.
Frankie Vu - An obsessive sports fan, tech geek and music lover. A live sports presenter and regular on CBBC and Disney XD, he is your go-to guy for playful, intelligent TV presenting. Frankie appeared on Disney Channel US, taking audiences behind the scenes on the sets of the latest Disney blockbusters in Movie Surfers.
Fred Dinenage MBE – Television presenter, broadcaster and author Fred has earnt himself status as a UK national treasure having celebrated his 50th anniversary as reporter/presenter with ITV in 2014. Fred has presented the regional news for ITV in the south for 36 years and been a TV Presenter non-stop for 56 years.
Fred is part of the fabric of HOW and will be the only presenter to have appeared on all three versions of HOW. Fred has been a household name Co-Presenting ITV Meridian since 1993 and presented programmes including Tell the Truth, Pass the Buck, World of Sport, Gambit and appeared on Tiswas.
Posted by JD at 10:41
ITV's award-winning hit show The Cube is back and promising higher stakes than ever before with a life-changing one-million-pound jackpot.
Host Phillip Schofield will return to preside over the high-octane gameshow, which sees contestants attempt seemingly simple tasks within the high-pressure confines of the iconic Perspex box.
Pairs of contestants, from the same household, take on The Million Pound Cube. As well as facing solo games, they will also face brand new two player challenges.
Each pair will have nine lives to complete seven games, each worth an increasing amount of money, as they move closer to the huge jackpot. Players will have to overcome extreme nerves and frustration as they take on deceivingly simple tasks such as throwing a ball into a container, balancing on a beam or stopping a clock at precisely 10 seconds. But will they have what it takes to beat the mighty Cube?
Brothers Adam and Jon have their teamwork put to the ultimate test, whilst twin sisters Priya and Shreya endure a nerve-shredding journey in their quest to win one million pounds. Just seven games stand between both pairs and a fortune – but can they handle the pressure and beat the Cube?
Posted by JD at 10:39
Friday, 16 October 2020
Scarlett Moffatt announced as the host of ITV2's new cookery dating show, Love Bites
ITV2 today announced that TV favourite Scarlett Moffatt will host brand-new cookery dating show - Love Bites - a 30 x 60" series made by Ricochet, a Warner Bros. International Television Production UK Company.
Airing this autumn, Love Bites will see three suitors battle it out to win a date by each cooking a three-course meal using the same box of ingredients, in a bid to win a date with a single foodie.
Culinary skills will be put to the test, and Scarlett will be there every step of the way as she guides the singletons through the experience as they cook up a storm in the pursuit of love.
Scarlett Moffatt said: "I am beyond excited to be hosting ITV2's new show Love Bites which is coming to your screens this autumn. I've always been obsessed with both dating and cookery shows so this rolled into one really is the dream gig for me.
"I've had such a blast filming with the daters and watching them whip up a storm in the kitchen. Make sure you stay tuned to check it out in all its glory, it's a culinary and dating delight served with lots of LOLs so perfect TV for the colder months."
Posted by JD at 13:10
Jimmy Carr, Alison Hammond and Amanda Holden announced as the celebrity panel for BBC One’s I Can See Your Voice
Trio join host Paddy McGuinness in the brand-new mystery music game show.
TV presenter and comedian Paddy McGuinness will soon be taking the reins of the brand-new mystery music game show I Can See Your Voice and now, BBC One and producers Thames and Naked (part of Fremantle) can confirm joining Paddy on the series' celebrity panel will be the king of comedy Jimmy Carr, the inimitable Alison Hammond and national treasure Amanda Holden.
Jimmy Carr says: "I think a silly, crazy, fun hour of telly is just what we all need. And it doesn't come any more silly, crazy or fun than this."
Alison Hammond says: "I Can See Your Voice is going to be great fun and I am thrilled to be taking part. I'm a good judge of character and reckon I'll be able to spot who can sing or not straight away, so the players are in good hands if they hope to win that cash prize!"
Amanda Holden says: "I've seen first hand over my many years as a judge, how acts can shock you with an incredible voice. With my experience on stage, television and radio I think I have one of the best pair of eyes in the business for spotting talent so the masqureaders will really have to up their game to fool me!"
I Can See Your Voice will see two players aiming to win a cash prize by guessing who can and can't sing from a group of mystery singers standing before them. But there's a catch… can they predict who has the voice of an angel or who will leave them covering their ears in horror all without ever hearing them sing a note? Alison, Amanda and Jimmy will be helping the players along the way and will be joined each week by a different popstar.
As the singing sensations and musical masqureaders navigate through a round of lip sync challenges, they will be offering entertaining hidden clues to the celebrity panel who will help the players whittle down the group until there's only one singer left. The chosen one will then perform a duet with the popstar to reveal whether they can or can't sing. If the players have picked a good singer then they will take the prize… but if a bad singer is revealed, the imposter will pocket the cash.
I Can See Your Voice promises a whole new take on the singing game show genre as well as lots of music, comedy and play-along fun for the whole family to enjoy. It's the show that will prove that when it comes to singing talent, what you see isn't always what you get!
The show will be co-produced by Thames and Naked (part of Fremantle) for the BBC and will air in 2021. The 8x60' series was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content and Kate Phillips, Controller Entertainment Comissioning. The Executive Producers are Amelia Brown and Louise Hutchinson for Thames. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Rachel Ashdown.
The series is based on a South Korean format from CJ ENM, debuting on Mnet in February 2015. Since the premiere, it has widely received acclaim with an International Emmy nomination for Best Non-scripted Entertainment Program, and increasing interest for local adaptations. It has been successfully commissioned in over 10 countries including Germany and the USA with a popular launch for the Amercian version this September. The show was number one show in it's time slot and the best unscripted Autumn debut in the all important 18-49 demographic.
Posted by JD at 13:09
A first look image is released today for BBC One and PBS MASTERPIECE from the upcoming series, Ridley Road, a thriller set against the backdrop of a swinging sixties London we haven't seen: an East End world where far right fascism is on the rise.
Written by Sarah Solemani, produced by RED Production company and adapted from the Jo Bloom novel, the series is currently in filming in the UK. Rory Kinnear, Tamzin Outhwaite, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Eddie Marsan, Samantha Spiro, Rita Tushingham star in the brand new thriller which is due to air in 2021.
The image features a distressed Vivien Epstein played by Aggi O'Casey throwing a battered suitcase from a roof top. Inspired by the struggle of the 62 Group, a coalition of Jewish men who stood up against rising neo-Nazism in post-war Britain, Ridley Road sees Vivien starting to work with them when she realises that Jack, her missing boyfriend (played by Tom Varey), has been badly injured. Vivien infiltrates the NSM, a neo-Nazi movement which is becoming increasingly prominent in London, risking everything for her beliefs and for the man she loves.
Photo credit: Aggi O 'Casey as Vivien Epstein in Ridley Road, photographer Ben Blackall.