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Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Comedian Bert Kreischer is back, and shirtless once again, in his second Netflix Original comedy special

Comedian Bert Kreischer is back, and shirtless once again, in his second Netflix Original comedy special, Bert Kreischer: Hey Big Boy. Bert candidly shares hilarious stories about his daughter’s period party, a pushy arms dealer, and an inside joke with a Starbucks barista.

Ever the stand-up party animal, comic Bert Kreischer riffs on parenting and family life, being a gun and pet owner, his dad discovering pot, and more.

Bert Kreischer: Hey Big Boy premieres globally on Netflix on March 17, 2020.


The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show | Official Trailer | Netflix Comedy Series

Hold on to your top knot and grab your remote for the upcoming six-part sketch series, The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show. Executive produced and starring comedian Iliza Shlesinger who leads her ensemble cast in this hilarious satire filled series packed with insane original characters who inhabit the landscape of all the content we love to consume and make fun of. From bizarre exercise plans to the over-simplified DIY shows to “reality” TV at its best/worst, The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show celebrates/skewers the TV stereotypes that fill our screens big, small, and tiny.

Kim Gamble, Kara Baker, David Martin, Richard Allen-Turner, and Jon Thoday also executive produce.  The series is directed by Laura Murphy (Girl Code; Adam Ruins Everything)

The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show premieres globally on Netflix on April 1, 2020.


Code 404, a Sky original comedy, launches on Sky One and NOW TV on 29 April

Starring Stephen Graham, Daniel Mays and Anna Maxwell Martin

Sky has confirmed that new original comedy, Code 404, starring Stephen Graham, Daniel Mays and Anna Maxwell Martin will air on Sky One and streaming service NOW TV, with all episodes available from Wednesday 29 April.

Detective Inspectors DI John Major (Mays) and DI Roy Carver (Graham) are the top crime fighting duo in the Unit. But when an undercover sting goes horribly wrong, Major is gunned down on the job and killed. Full of guilt and regret about Major’s untimely death, Roy turns to the only person who understands him, John’s wife, Kelly (Maxwell Martin). However, John gets a reboot. Chosen by the police as the prototype for a new A.I. driven initiative, John is brought back from the dead – much to the surprise of Roy and Kelly. He’d like to believe he’s better than ever, but something isn’t quite right…

The 6 x 30-minute police comedy is directed by Al Campbell and written by Daniel Peak. Executive producers include Tom Miller and Sam Myer for Water & Power Productions, Phil Temple for Kudos, part of EndemolShine UK and Morwenna Gordon for Sky. The series was commissioned by Jon Mountague, Director of Comedy at Sky Studios and Zai Bennett, MD of Content at Sky UK & Ireland

Alma’s Not Normal - Q&A with Sophie Willan

Alma’s Not Normal follows Boltonian wild-child, Alma Nuthall and her family of eccentric, unruly women.
After a recent break-up, Alma tries to get her life back on track. But with no job, no qualifications and a rebellious streak a mile wide, it’s not going to be easy. Meanwhile her mum, who is battling a heroin addiction, has been sectioned for arson and her vampish Grandma Joan wants nothing to do with it.

Alma’s Not Normal offers a bitingly funny and unflinching take on class, sexuality, mental health and substance abuse. It celebrates women dealing with the hands they’ve been dealt while doggedly pursing their dreams.

Alma’s Not Normal is an Expectation Entertainment production for BBC Two written and Executive Produced by Sophie Willan. The Executive Producer for Expectation is Nerys Evans and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Kate Daughton.

Q&A with Sophie Willan

Can you tell us a bit about your journey from winning the BBC’s Caroline Aherne Bursary to creating Alma’s world for the pilot?

Oh it’s been fabulous! I’ve wanted to write this sitcom for years, so as soon as I won the bursary I went straight into planning mode! I remember sitting with Kate Daughton, Commissioning Editor for BBC Comedy, just after I’d won it and excitedly talking her through my ideas; playing her bits of music, talking her through the characters, even acting bits out! It must’ve been quite intense for her to be honest! I then started to work with producer Nerys Evans at production company Expectation and script editor Andrew Ellard on a pilot script. After that we did a rehearsed reading for the BBC in front of an invited audience and Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two. The cast were amazing and the show was surprisingly raucous and anarchic for a random Tuesday afternoon in a brightly-light church hall. After the read through Patrick decided to give us an on the spot pilot commission for it to be filmed and bobbed on BBC Two! It was a wonderful moment! BBC and Expectation then worked hard to find me a fantastic team to go into production with. I had the shit-hot Gill Isles producing it and the super talented Andrew Chaplin directing it - and a full production of truly brilliant people, not to mention a stellar cast! So I felt in great hands going into production. I absolutely LOVED filming it and editing it. I learnt so much whilst also having the autonomy to make sure it came out exactly how I wanted it to. The perfect scenario really!

Have you always wanted to write for television?

Yeah - since I was a kid. But I found being from my background and experience has a glass ceiling. I couldn’t seem to break through to television until this award. It got me in the room with commissioners so I could tell them directly who I was and what I wanted to make. I didn’t have to know the right people, speak the right way, have the bank of mum and dad on my side. It was a direct line to people who could make my ideas happen. Amid an elitist industry where working class people are underrepresented, and often misappropriated by middle-class careerists, this award was a beacon of hope for me!

Can you tell us a bit about the lead character Alma, is she based on you? What do you admire about her?

Alma certainly shares a lot of my characteristics and life experiences but there are differences too. She is actually more like me when I was younger. Or who I could’ve been if I’d made different choices; stayed with the ex, not moved to Manchester, not been to therapy, etc.

What I like about her is her undiluted enthusiasm and optimism. She hasn’t quite come to that point in life where she doesn’t suffer fools, and there’s something lovely about that. She is incredibly raw, whole-hearted and unapologetically herself. She wants to be loved, wants to be normal, wants to be understood and wants to connect. I think we can all relate to that on some level. I certainly can.

Can you tell us a bit about the vibrant female characters in Alma’s inner circle?

I’m really excited by the female leads in this show! Alma’s Mum and Grandma are not the type of characters you’ll have seen women play on telly often - if ever. I certainly haven’t. They don’t fit into the boxes we often provide for women. Alma’s mum, Lin for instance who is battling a heroin addiction - she is a constant contradiction. She is as rough and dodgy as she is eloquent and creative. She’s funny and smart and her vulnerability is palpable. But she’s also dangerous, selfish and manipulative. You’re not sure how to love her, but you do. Siobhan Finneran plays Lin and just absolutely nails it - she’s an incredible actress with great comic timing and I think this pilot really shows that off. Alma’s Grandma, Joan, is played by Lorraine Ashbourne and Alma’s best friend Leanne is played by Jayde Adams. Both of them play strong unapologetic characters beautifully - with balls, comedy, honesty and nuance. I have absolutely loved seeing my strong female characters brought to life by incredible, strong female actors.

The show is set in Bolton where you are from - how important was it for you that this story took place in the North of England?

Very. It’s my home. It’s what I know! The North (particularly Bolton in my opinion) has its own humour and way of coping - it always has had. We’re naturally funny people. It’s in the DNA. We have a strong sense culture and I’m proud of that. But also, that culture has evolved a lot and I personally haven’t seen any modern, cutting edge comedy in the North since Shameless... and that first aired nearly twenty years ago! I want to remind people that we can tell interesting, important, intelligent stories, whilst being funny and Northern too!

Do you feel there’s a gap for more regional voices in UK comedy?

Yes. And for more regional female voices - definitely yes. It’s about time we saw strong, funny, dark, female-lead stories, outside of London and/or the middle/upper class. I’m not saying those shows don’t have a place too - they do. In fact, Fleabag is one of my favourite sitcoms of all time, but we need variety. We need to represent more people. In my 2017 stand up show, Branded, I talked about how the conversations around feminism feel dominated by the voices of white, middle class women, who set the ideals for all of us based on their own experience and what’s been made possible for them. I want to explore feminist issues without judgement or even final, decisive points. I want to ask questions and tell stories through people like Alma. People like me. People who don’t often get asked their perspective on these issues.

Your stand-up has often been informed by topics personal to you, and your pilot has also drawn from these experiences. What was different about how you wanted to approach these topics for television?

The topics around women, class, mental health, relationships and growing up through the care system are the same - most of the stories shared are too. But because you’re setting up a whole world and a character based on your past experiences that lives now, it immediately becomes fiction. And finding the fiction was what really freed me up when writing the pilot. Also, when you do stand-up about someone you know, you act out them out yourself as you remember them. With a sitcom, actors bring new things to characters that you never imagined and that’s very exciting.

The programme tackles a lot of tough topics from substance abuse to mental health challenges - do you think humour can play a valuable role in helping start discussions on these areas?

Definitely. 'You’ve got to laugh' as my Great Granny Alice always used to say, in a slightly dark way, never quite finishing the sentence. But it’s true. You do. Humour is honest. It allows us to say the boldest, bluntest things without pissing people off. It keeps us sane when life has gone to shit. I think my ability to laugh and be funny has genuinely saved my life at times.

How did it feel seeing your words come to life on set with your co-stars?

Fabulous! I couldn’t ask for a more talented, brilliant and supportive group of actors to work with.

Did you have people in mind for those roles?

Yeah - Leanne. That role was very clearly written for Jayde Adams. I’d seen her years ago doing a comedy performance with opera and just thought she was fantastic! This role taps into all Jayde’s strengths as a comedian, but also shows off her acting chops too. We have a great chemistry together on screen - you can tell we’re friends and we’ve been pissed together!

Did you have any stand-out moments from the filming process?

Yeah. One of my favourite scenes to do was with Lorraine (Lin), Siobhan (Grandma Joan) and Nick (Jim) in the park. Lorraine was just beautiful in that scene. So was Siobhan. It was dead funny and full of heart. And also, in the scene, I’d written in that we all ate pasties from my favourite pasty shop in Bolton so we ate them continually for an hour. Another scene though, me and Jayde had to eat cold kebabs for an hour of filming in the freezing cold and that was not so nice. You wouldn’t know though - we look happy as Larry chomping down on those kebabs. Jayde is fantastic as Alma’s best mate - such a natural actor, great support to me and bloody funny throughout.

What would you say is at the heart of this story?

I think love, resolve and humour. It’s about celebrating women dealing with the hand they were dealt while doggedly pursing their dreams and making people laugh while they do it.

What should audiences expect from Alma’s Not Normal? What makes this programme different?

Considering the topics of the show and the complex characters, it doesn’t take itself too seriously or miss out on laughs. It’s funny and Northern and optimistic. It’s loud, unapologetic and full of heart - just like Alma.

CLIP: The Steph Show launches on Channel 4 from Steph McGovern's living room!

Watch the opening moments of The Steph Show, live from Steph McGovern’s home in Yorkshire

Channel 4’s new daytime programme, The Steph Show, launched today, broadcast live from the home of its presenter Steph McGovern.

Steph opened the show in her living room in Yorkshire, saying: “This is my actual house where for a long time I’ve just been living here, in a lot of chaos because of the baby and now we’re doing a show from here.”

She went on to say: “Like a lot of people I’m now working from home, and these are strange times so I wanted to create a show from my front room that’s a power hour of positivity where we celebrate the brilliant people out there... whether it’s a key worker grafting on the frontline or someone helping the neighbours out with their shopping, we want to come together to say thank you. So let’s have a laugh, get inspired and maybe learn a few things as well.”

Steph also showed viewers around the make-shift studio in her front room, which contains cameras but no operators.

She said: “It’s just me in this room with camera. So this is like the Yorkshire Big Brother with just one contestant and hopefully no evictions otherwise it will be really awkward.”

There are five cameras being operated remotely, with the production team work in her garage and some trucks outside.

Steph said: “We really are doing this with the minimum people we safely can so please forgive us if things are a bit rough around the edges. But that’s how I’ve been described from most of my career!”

The first episode of The Steph Show featured guest appearances, via Skype, from Keith Lemon and his mum and Strictly Come Dancing star Anton du Beke who gave viewers a cha cha cha lesson.

Steph also spoke to a Dundee family with 10 children to find out how they’re getting on with home schooling, as well as an advisor from debt charity Step Change who offered guidance to those worried about their finances at the moment. And in the first ‘Steph Show Shout Outs’, Steph paid tribute to heroes on the front line of the coronavirus crisis.

Watch The Steph Show daily at midday on Channel 4. Catch up on All 4.

Monday, 30 March 2020

Competition: Win London Kills - Series 2 on DVD

London Kills - Series 2 is out on DVD on 6th April.

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

Following the huge success of the first series of London Kills, the hit police drama returns to the BBC for its second exciting instalment. The crack team of detectives take on more of the capital’s worst crimes, as they struggle with their own demons and are forced to address shocking concerns in their most difficult case to date.

London Kills Series 2 is set to arrive on digital 31 March and DVD on 6 April 2020 from Acorn Media International alongside London Kills 1 & 2 Complete box set, following its run on BBC One.

This slick, thrilling mystery series sees the world’s most exciting city as the backdrop for a string of killings – all investigated by an elite murder squad. The team is lead by long serving, brooding Detective Inspector David Bradford (Hugo Speer – Britannia, The Full Monty), alongside ambitious Detective Sergeant Vivienne Cole (Sharon Small – Flesh and Blood, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries), seasoned crime-solver Detective Constable Rob Brady (Bailey Patrick – The Nest, Good Omens) and warm-hearted Trainee Detective Constable Billie Fitzgerald (Tori Allen-Martin – Unforgotten, Pure).  Jennie Jacques (Vikings) returns as Amber Saunders.

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

For your chance to win just answer the question below.


Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 13-04-20
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.

Competition: Win The Windsors Series 3 on DVD

The Windsors Series 3 is out on DVD on 6th April.

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

BRITAIN IS divided, everyone’s down in the dumps, so who better to cheer us up than The Windsors?

Returning to Channel 4 for a third series, the satirical sitcom takes us beyond the palace gates for a hilarious inside peek at the riotous royals to see what really goes on. The Windsors Series Three and
the Complete Series One – Three Box Set (including Wedding & Christmas Specials) arrive on DVD and digital 6 April 2020 from Acorn Media International.

Ever wondered what the real reason behind Megxit was? Or whether David Beckham has a shot at a knighthood? All is revealed as The Windsors take on family feuds, pay disputes, uncomfortable truths and royal weddings with their usual panache.

Meghan (Kathryn Drysdale – Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps) and Harry (Tom Durant-Pritchard – Judy), who is looking like a new man after an alcohol-free retreat, might break up the Fab
Four and head to America…but why are they so angry at Wills (Hugh Skinner – Fleabag) and Kate (Louise Ford – Crashing)? And who is really pulling the strings?

Meanwhile, Charles (Harry Enfield – Harry Enfield and Chums) is on strike with his siblings demanding higher pay, and Beatrice (Ellie White – Stath Lets Flats) and Eugenie (Celeste Dring – Wanderlust) set
up a disastrous drinks brand ahead of Beatrice’s big wedding, where Fergie (Katie Wix – Agatha Raisin) might have to take on more responsibility than expected after all the “unpleasantness” with Andrew.

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

For your chance to win just answer the question below.


Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 13-04-20
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.

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Killing Eve returns to BBC iPlayer on Monday 13 April and will air from Sunday 19 April on BBC One

The third series of Killing Eve will be available to stream in the UK exclusively on BBC iPlayer from Monday 13 April - the day after it launches on BBC America.

Episodes will drop weekly and be available to stream every Monday from 6am. Killing Eve will air on BBC One on Sundays at 9pm, starting from Sunday 19 April.

Killing Eve is BBC iPlayer’s biggest non-continuous drama programme of all-time - with nearly 110m requests to view both series one and two to date. The award-winning hit show stars Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer and Fiona Shaw and is based on the Codename Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings. It is produced by Sid Gentle Films Ltd for BBC America and distributed by Endeavor Content.

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, says: “The fierce women of multi-award-winning Killing Eve are returning exclusively to BBC iPlayer and BBC One once again, to entertain the nation with more explosive action and breathtaking cliffhangers. I promise you that series three of this unmissable drama has been worth the wait!”

The third series continues the compelling cat and mouse story of two women with brutal pasts now trying desperately to live their lives without the other. For Villanelle (Jodie Comer), the assassin without a job, Eve (Sandra Oh) is dead. As for Eve, the ex-MI6 operative is hiding in plain sight, hoping that Villanelle will never find her. All seems fine until a shocking death sets them on a collision course yet again. The journey back to each other will cost both of them friends, family, and allegiances. And perhaps a share of their souls.

Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw, Kim Bodnia, Sean Delaney and Owen McDonnell return with new cast additions including Dame Harriet Walter (Succession), Danny Sapani (Harlots), Gemma Whelan (Game Of Thrones), Camille Cottin (Call My Agent), Steve Pemberton (Inside No. 9), Raj Bajaj (A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding), Turlough Convery (Ready Player One), Pedja Bjelac (Harry Potter) and Evgenia Dodina (One Week And A Day).

Friday, 27 March 2020

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway - Preview Video

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway airs 7pm this Saturday on ITV.

Tomorrow night's Saturday Night Takeaway features the finale of Men in Brown and some of Ant & Dec's favourite SNT moments including Richard Madeley's 2015 I'm A Celebrity...Get Out Of Me Ear.

Hosts Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly present hilarious sketches on various issues, interact with celebrity guests and invite the audience members to play games.

Dr Hilary joins the Britain Get Talking campaign to urge the nation to keep in touch with neighbours

Dr Hilary Jones is joining forces with the ITV Britain Get Talking campaign to encourage the nation to reach out to those in isolation, at a time when a phone call could make all the difference. He encourages people to check on their neighbours and offer essential support.

The campaign, which re-launched on Saturday night to 9.5 million viewers off the back of Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, is urging members of the public to share messages of love and support as we adapt to the challenges faced by the Coronavirus crisis.

Dr Hilary, who has been widely praised for his daily medical updates and reassuring demeanour across ITV’s daytime shows Good Morning Britain and Lorraine, is now linking up with the mental wellness initiative to ensure that, even though we are currently apart, we never feel alone.

The Silver Line, a dedicated 24/7 helpline charity for older people, joins mental health charities Mind and YoungMinds in supporting the brand-new advert, which will debut on ITV on Friday 27th March.

Since its return to ITV the Britain Get Talking campaign has received support from famous faces including Ant and Dec, Davina McCall, Susanna Reid, Lorraine Kelly, Gordon Ramsay and soap stars Sally Dyvenor, Lisa Riley, Ali Mardell, Sam Aston, Ryan Prescott, Chris Bisson, Dolly Rose Campbell and Michelle Hardwick.

The campaign website, itv.com/BritainGetTalking also hosts advice on how to help safely, and information on sources of support for viewers who can’t rely on family and friends.

In the advert, Dr Hilary says:
“Right now we all need to stay at home and we all have to find new ways to connect, especially with people who are self isolating. If you’re well and not at risk, why not pop a note through your neighbour’s door offering essential support. Let your neighbours know that you’re there for them. A phone call could make all the difference. So Britain please, Get Talking.”

Thursday, 26 March 2020

New Angry Birds Animated Series coming to Netflix in 2021

Netflix and CAKE in partnership with Rovio Entertainment announced a new animated series, Angry Birds: Summer Madness based on the iconic world of the Angry Birds mobile video game.

The 40 x 11 minute episode series will debut globally starting in 2021, taking its cue from the humor and tone of The Angry Birds Movie franchise while revealing a fresh new look.

Angry Birds: Summer Madness sees much-loved birds Red, Bomb and Chuck, as well as a cast of brand new feathered friends, as tween birds at summer camp under the questionable guidance of their counsellor Mighty Eagle. Explosive antics, improbable pranks and crazy summertime adventures see the birds pushing boundaries and breaking all the rules while fending off the brash and obnoxious Pigs on the other side of the lake, who seem hell-bent on causing as much mayhem as possible!

Ed Galton, CCO & Managing Director, CAKE said, “Angry Birds are about to smash the small screen and we are thrilled to be making the journey with Netflix as our global partner.” 

Ville Heijari, CMO, Rovio said, Angry Birds animated content plays a key role in our long-term franchise strategy. After more than a decade in hit games, blockbuster movies and licensed products, this is the Angry Birds' first foray into a long-form series. We’re delighted to continue our partnership with CAKE and can't wait to unveil the world of Angry Birds: Summer Madness to viewers on Netflix."

Curtis Lelash, Director of Original Animated Series, Netflix said, “Angry Birds have been a true phenomenon for kids around the world and we’re excited to bring them home to the nest at Netflix where they will be angrier and bird-ier than ever.”

Pilgrimage: The Trip to Istanbul Coming to BBC Two on Friday 27 March

Hot on the heels of the first two critically acclaimed series which saw well known personalities embark on a journey of discovery, firstly to Santiago and then to Rome, Pilgrimage is back!

Seven new famous faces will take to the open road, as they follow an ancient military route to the historic city of Istanbul. This time, journalist Adrian Chiles, a converted Catholic; former politician Edwina Currie, a lapsed Jew; Olympian and practicing Christian Fatima Whitbread; broadcaster Mim Shaikh and television presenter Amar Latif, both Muslims; and two confirmed atheists, comedian Dom Joly and actor Pauline McLynn, will live as simple pilgrims. Donning backpacks and walking boots, they’ll stay in basic hostels and sleep in shared dorms.

Now a modern-day path of peace, Pilgrimage: The Road To Istanbul follows a largely untrodden route which was formed just over ten years ago and aims to promote tolerance for all faiths and cultures. Starting in Serbia’s capital city Belgrade, the pilgrims will travel through Bulgaria and the mountainous Balkans, before crossing the border into Turkey, with their goal of reaching Istanbul and the magnificent Suleymaniye Mosque.

With just over two weeks to complete their pilgrimage, it will be a once in a lifetime experience for our pilgrims. They’ll visit historical monuments and buildings and see first-hand how religions have clashed over the centuries, from the Ottomans right up to more recent, 20th century conflicts. But how will the pilgrims cope with the physical challenge and will this journey change how they feel about themselves and their beliefs?

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Lucy Bronze wins BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2020

Lucy Bronze, who plays for England and Olympique Lyonnais, has been crowned the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2020.

The annual award from the BBC World Service - now in its sixth year - is voted for by football fans from around the world.  It is the second time that Bronze has won the award, having also scooped the prize in 2018.

In previous years, winners have found out they’ve won when the BBC’s Sarah Mulkerrins visits them in person to surprise them in front of the cameras. But this proved more difficult this year as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, and Bronze instead found out she was the winner in a surprise video interview set up over the internet. With Olympique Lyonnais’ matches postponed, their training centre temporarily closed, and players told to self-isolate, Bronze has returned home to England, and says she is trying to keep fit at home.

On finding out she had won, the 28 year-old defender said: “I'm definitely surprised - I wasn't expecting it. It's pretty special (being a public vote) and quite amazing. All the girls that have been nominated are global superstars. I look at the list now and think everyone knows who these girls are so that's pretty special.”

On self-isolation, she said: “The players have been given some time off and all been told to stay in our homes and that’s what I’m doing the majority of the time. I’m now home in England, I’ve got my dog here and I’ve two girls who live with me in my house so we’re doing things to keep fit. I have been sent a fitness programme from the club. I’ve got some gym equipment, astroturf in the back garden so not completely away from football.”

When asked about her highlight of the last year Bronze said: “Winning the Champions League for a successive year. I was pleased with my performance and we put on a real good show for women's football. The World Cup hit me hard (losing in the semi-finals with England) but it's motivated me to do more.

“I'm really proud in my career the fact there was a time I had to pay to train on a pitch twice a week to now the heights of being paid to play in another country, winning the Champions League, playing at Wembley. To see where women's football is now, I would never have dreamt about it when I was first getting in to football when I was 12 years old. It's part of the reason I don't want my career to end with the buzz that's around women's football.”

On winning the award for a second time she added: “Winning the first time was a surprise - and it is now - but to win a trophy twice is really special as it's so much harder, to stay at the top level is so difficult, it's not something that's easy and I don't take it for granted one bit.”

Bronze emerged as the winner from a five player shortlist of the top names in women's football. Vivianne Miedema came in second, Megan Rapinoe came in third place in the public vote. Julie Ertz and Sam Kerr were also nominated.

Bronze’s achievements last year include winning the domestic double and the Champions League with her team Olympique Lyonnais, being the first English player to win the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year award, and runner-up in the World Cup Golden Ball and Ballon d’Or. She helped England win the She Believes Cup before guiding her country to the semi-finals of the World Cup in France, losing to eventual winners USA.

Before moving to France to play for Olympique Lyonnais, she won the FA’s Women’s Super League three times - twice while playing with Liverpool and once with Manchester City. Before starting her senior career, she played college football for the North Carolina Tar Heels in the USA.

Big Show stars in "The Big Show Show" only on Netflix

The World's Largest Athlete takes on a new role in "The Big Show Show," premiering Monday, April 6, only on Netflix.

The Big Show Show is an upcoming English-language comedy television series starring WWE wrestler, Big Show.

The show is produced by WWE Studios and will air on Netflix. Josh Bycel and Jason Berger are executive producers and showrunners, with Susan Levison and Richard Lowell serving as executive producers for WWE Studios.

In September 2019, Big Show announced on Steve Austin's podcast that the show has filmed three episodes and will premier around the time of WrestleMania 36.

The show will feature Big Show as a fictional version of himself. The premise will feature his teenage daughter moving in with him, his wife and an additional two daughters

Sunday, 22 March 2020

ITV to suspend production of Coronation Street and Emmerdale

Press release from ITV

“ITV has sadly taken the decision to suspend production of the soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale with effect from Monday 23 March 2020.

We’ve been doing our best to carry on filming, whilst adhering to the Government’s latest health guidelines, to ensure we’ve episodes of both soaps airing on ITV until at least the early summer.

However, the health and well-being of the production teams, actors, crew and their families is of paramount importance to us and we now feel that the time has come to stop filming.

We’d like to thank our viewers for their support and hope they continue to enjoy both soaps in the coming months.“

ITV Daytime to stop broadcasting Lorraine and Loose Women

Finally some good news!

ITV Press Release

ITV Daytime has taken the decision to stop broadcasting Lorraine and Loose Women live from Monday 23rd March.  This decision has been made to minimise the number of staff travelling in and out of our studios and working together on shift at any one time.

We're focusing our efforts on providing to viewers the latest news on the rapidly changing situation which aims to offer some stability and continuity in all our lives whilst so many of us are at home right now. That’s why we have taken this tough decision to protect our GMB News programme in the morning and keep This Morning on air for as long as possible.

From Monday we will be running an extended version of Good Morning Britain from 0600 until 10am. At 9am Lorraine Kelly will join Piers in the GMB studio for the last hour and then hand straight over to the This Morning studio with Phillip and Holly as usual running from 10am until 1230pm. We will then run some of our most favourite repeat episodes of Loose Women from 12.30pm to 1.30pm to give viewers something to smile about each day at lunchtime.

We have been reducing our crew numbers over the last week and these changes will enable us to reduce them further and help us build further resilience with the aim of  Daytime content continuing to air for as long as possible.

Safeguarding the well-being of everyone involved with our programmes is our priority and in this dynamically developing situation we will obviously continue to review these new arrangements on a day by day basis and follow at all times the latest PHE and WHO guidelines.

Malory Towers - Enid Blyton's iconic Malory Towers books brought to life on CBBC

Malory Towers is a new 13-part drama based on the iconic novels by Enid Blyton and following the adventures of Darrell Rivers as she leaves home for the first time to attend an all-girls’ boarding school.
The series is set in post-war Britain on the sun-drenched cliffs of the Cornish coast and explores a nostalgic world of midnight feasts, lacrosse, pranks, a mystery ghost and lasting friendships.

Both aspirational and inspirational, the show has also been given a contemporary twist telling the story of universal experiences such as shifting cliques, FOMO, bullying, crushes, peer pressure, and self-doubt. The girls keep an eye on each other and, like a family, are forever connected by their shared experiences.

The series opens with 12 year-old Darrell Rivers settling into her first day at Malory Towers. She is always in the thick of things and her hot temper causes her lots of problems. But she is also a responsible, hard-working girl and very popular, much to the annoyance of Gwen, who is also new to the school and jealous of Darrell’s popularity and friendships.

In awe of Malory Towers, Darrell keeps her past at her old school, St. Hilda’s, a closely guarded secret but with Gwen on the case will it come back to haunt her?

Malory Towers has exploits and excitement around every corner and Darrell’s dreams of adventure and independence are soon realised with the school surpassing all her expectations. However, Darrell quickly finds the expectations she has of herself are far harder to live up to.

The first episode airs on CBBC at 5.30pm on 6 April when the full series also lands on BBC iPlayer. The series has been made for CBBC by King Bert Productions and WildBrain in association with Family Channel. It has been adapted for television by Rachel Flowerday and Sasha Hails.

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Trailer released for Sky Comedy series Run starring Merritt Wever and Domnhall Gleeson

Run, written and produced by Vicky Jones (Killing Eve, Fleabag), starts on Wednesday 15th April on Sky Comedy and NOW TV. The two-minute trailer released today features funny moments and intrigue from the upcoming series from HBO.

Starring Emmy® winner Merritt Wever (Godless, Nurse Jackie)and Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Ex Machina), Run is a romantic comedic thriller about a woman, Ruby Richardson (Wever) who walks away from her ordinary life in the suburbs to revisit her past with her college boyfriend, Billy Johnson (Gleeson), with whom she made a pact 17 years prior that if either one of them texted the word “run” and the other replied with the same, they would drop everything and meet in Grand Central Station and travel across America together.

Coming soon to Sky Comedy and streaming service NOW TV, Run is executive produced by Vicky Jones, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jenny Robins, Kate Dennis, Emily Leo and Oliver Roskill of Wigwam Films, Run is produced by eOne, the studio behind acclaimed HBO series Sharp Objects.

In 2013, Jones directed Waller-Bridge’s stage production “Fleabag,” which was later adapted into an Emmy®, BAFTA and Golden Globe-winning television series. Jones also served as a writer on Killing Eve, the Emmy® nominated drama series, which was created by Waller-Bridge.

Friday, 20 March 2020

Mister Winner - New comedy coming to BBC Two on Wednesday 25 March at 10pm

Leslie Winner is an eternally-optimistic butter-fingered bungler whose heart is in the right place.

Somehow, despite his calamitous nature, he has found love with his fiancée Jemma and they are preparing for their wedding. The pressure is on Leslie to find, and keep, a job to pay for the honeymoon and wedding.

Episode one opens as Leslie joins his father-in-law Chris on a house clearance job. When Leslie finds finds an abandoned piano, he quickly comes up with a scheme to make some money from it. What could go wrong?

Mister Winner stars Spencer Jones (Upstart Crow, The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk) in the lead role of Leslie Winner.

Lucy Pearman (The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk) stars alongside him as his fiancée Jemma, with Shaun Williamson (EastEnders, Extras) as Jemma’s father Chris, Harriet Thorpe (The Brittas Empire, Absolutely Fabulous, French And Saunders) as Leslie’s mother Sharon, Oliver Maltman (Back, The Crown, The Kevin Bishop Show) as Sharon’s younger boyfriend Steve, and Leon Annor (The End Of The F***ing World), as Leslie’s best mate Cooper.

Eating With My Ex is commissioned for a third series

The Bafta-nominated BBC Three show will be making a big return to screens next year.

Eating With My Ex, the dating show with a difference, is set to return to BBC Three for a third series where ex-couples will once again be reunited over a meal, as they are tasked with answering some very awkward questions to find out exactly why their relationship went wrong.

The 10 x 30-minute series made by Thames (part of Fremantle) will include four celebrity specials, where famous exes will be put through their paces - resulting in unmissable viewing.

Amelia Brown, Managing Director, Thames, says: "We have seen a tremendous appetite for dating reality shows, particularly those in the 16-24 age demographic, and Eating With My Ex is truly leading the pack here. The wonderfully diverse participants and stories that feature on the show has helped it to become one of the most talked about series on BBC Three and we know series three will be just as entertaining.”

Kalpna Patel-Knight, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment at BBC said: "I’m really excited that Eating With My Ex is coming back for another bigger and better series with brand new celebs and even more dishes, dramas and break-ups. We’ll all be asking will they or won’t they get back together?"

Thames, producers of Eating With My Ex are looking for willing participants to feature in season three. Whether it’s closure, unanswered questions or simply an apology, Thames would like to hear from anyone who might want to take part in the critically acclaimed series. Participants just need to get in touch using the email address thamescasting@thames.tv.

Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On

Starting at teatime this Monday on Channel 4 Jamie Oliver is set to show the nation some easy-to-follow recipes, tips and hacks, specifically tailored for the unique times we’re living in with so many people staying at home.

In Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On Jamie will show viewers how to make the most from kitchen staples and how to be creative with whatever ingredients they’ve got at home, and whatever their budget. From ingenious ideas for frozen food, to recipes drawn entirely from the store-cupboard, Jamie will be on hand to show home cooks how to make nutritious and delicious food using simple ingredients.

And for those feeling a little more ambitious, Jamie will also be showing viewers just how easy it is to make a simple bread dough and pasta from scratch with what they already have to hand.

Jamie Oliver said: "Cooking nutritious meals for yourself and your loved ones has never been more important. This show will be packed with easy and delicious recipes that the whole family can enjoy, plus loads of tips, tricks and hacks for simple swaps and ways you can make the recipes work with what you've got. Let's big up those store cupboard and freezer faves and hero recipes you can take lots of ways."

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

ITV orders documentary Manhunt: The Raoul Moat Story

The impact of Raoul Moat’s murderous rampage across the North East is the focus of a new current affairs documentary commissioned by ITV from MultiStory Media Cymru, part of ITV Studios.

A decade on from the Moat case, the new 60-minute programme explores the police and public reaction to the drama as it unfolded tragically in July 2010.

Fronted by journalist Nicky Campbell, Manhunt: The Raoul Moat Story, which is being produced out of MultiStory Media Cymru’s base in Cardiff, speaks to police officers who led the hunt for Moat, who went on the run after shooting dead his ex-girlfriend’s new lover Chris Brown, and severely wounding her.

Containing exclusive new interviews with family members, witnesses and journalists who covered the hunt as it unfolded, the programme seeks to piece together the tragic events which gripped the nation and ultimately led to Moat shooting himself dead while surrounded by armed police.

Using new and rare archive footage and stills, this 60-minute documentary which airs in Summer 2020 explores the consequences for those caught up in the violent and tragic events to provide a vivid insight into Moat’s mindset, and to get the inside track on how he was finally found.

Executive Producer for MultiStory Media, Mike Blair says: 
“This documentary is the latest in a line of programmes to come out of our base in Cardiff and thanks to the experience and skill of the team there, it will provide a revealing and sensitive insight into a manhunt which gripped the nation - but which had a tragic backstory.”

BBC Two commissions Inside Monaco and The Countess And The Russian Billionaire

Inside Monaco and The Countess And The Russian Billionaire to offer unprecedented access into the lives of the world’s super-rich.

Inside Monaco is filmed over a season of grand events that Monaco is famous for, such as the Grand Prix weekend, Red Cross Ball and the international yacht show. It will shine a light on this glitzy, glamorous and extremely wealthy corner of the Mediterranean.

Home to more millionaires than any other nation, the series will examine the legacy Prince Albert (pictured below) inherited from his parents Prince Rainier and Princess Grace, and what life is like for a modern-day Head of State. We will see the huge amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to make this jet-set destination relevant to today’s generation of the rich and famous.

The three-part series from Spun Gold Television and Whisper will be an extraordinary and fascinating glimpse into life in Monaco from the challenges facing the Prince to those of his residents. The population of 40,000 is drawn from 120 different nationalities and we get to know some larger-than-life characters, discover what brought them to this place and what life is really like in one of the most desirable places in the world.

The Countess And The Russian Billionaire, also for BBC Two, steps inside the secret world of Sergei Pugachev, a Russian oligarch, and his British partner Countess Alexandra Tolstoy, mother to their three children.

Filmed between the UK, France and Russia, it sets out to tell the story of their Russian romance, unimaginable wealth and privileged lifestyle. Sergei, once known as Putin’s banker, amassed a $15 billion fortune, owning one of Russia’s largest private banks, shipyards, a coal mine and designer brands until his fall from favour with the president.

His empire now at risk from the Russian government, and threats to his life see Sergei flee to his chateau in France in a bid to fight back. Alexandra is left behind with the children in London, and the pressure on their relationship soon starts to show, with events quickly taking over their fairy-tale story of power, money and love.

Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two, says: “Both these documentaries promise the very best filmmaking, engaging with worlds that often hide themselves from view. It’s great to have such exclusive and hard-won access on the channel."

Emma Loach, Commissioning Editor for the BBC, adds: "The team is thrilled to be bringing two new and exciting commissions to BBC Two. The compelling films give audiences an insight into the extravagant lifestyle of an oligarch, and behind the pomp, privilege and pageantry of a Royal family."

Great British Menu is back, and it's bigger than ever!

The heat has been well and truly turned up in the Great British Menu kitchen as more chefs than ever before compete for their chance to cook for famous names from the literary world in the exciting new series of Great British Menu later this March.

The 32 chefs will be sharpening their knives and curating their perfect literary based menus, in the hope that they will be chosen by an expert panel of judges to cook at the Great British Menu banquet at the end of the series.

Located in Exeter College, Oxford, the city that inspired Phillip Pullman, CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien and Lewis Carroll, the banquet will feature the very best dishes from across the series and will see celebrity judges, authors and more vote on their favourite dish so one chef is ultimately crowned champion of champions.

There are also some format changes for the new series that make the competition more intense than ever, with any mistake potentially leading to an early exit for even the best of chefs.

Great British Menu will also be reflecting a more contemporary tasting menu this series, with an amuse-bouche and pre-dessert palate cleanser added to the courses, challenging the chefs’ skills and creativity even further.

Friday, 13 March 2020

BBC Three announces Zara McDermott: Revenge Porn

Zara McDermott caught the nation’s eye on Love Island in 2018, and the series propelled her to instant fame. But as soon as she left the villa, Zara was told that naked photos of her had been posted online and had gone viral. She had become a victim of revenge porn. The incident left Zara devastated and looking for answers.

Revenge porn - the sharing of explicit or sexual images or videos without consent - is raging practically unchecked in the UK. Cases reported to police have more than doubled in the last four years, yet from 2017-18 only seven percent of reports resulted in a charge. A recent study found nearly 10 percent of people in the UK have experienced this invasive and deeply personal humiliation. Nearly all the victims are women.

Zara is ready to confront her past and move forward with her life.

She wants to understand the motivation behind sharing such photos and make a difference for the thousands of young people across the country who are being so publicly victimised.

Zara says: "I feel passionate about helping other people in the situation I was in, so I’ll be sharing my story in detail for the first time. Confronting issues head-on is the only way we can make change and I am putting my heart into this documentary in the hope that it will make people think twice about revenge porn."

Fiona Campbell, Controller, BBC Three, says: "With thousands of women across the country having faced injustices as a result of revenge porn, it’s more important than ever for BBC Three to be exploring this issue. We’re grateful to Zara for sharing her story with us and hope it will make a difference to young lives around the UK."

Adult Material first look - Online trailer released

Channel 4 has today released the first-look trailer from Lucy Kirkwood’s brand new drama, Adult Material.

Set in modern Britain, the series from Fifty Fathoms delves inside the porn industry from the perspective of a woman who has been working in it her entire adult life and has seen it grow from an illegitimate backroom enterprise to a mainstream and highly profitable arm of the telecommunications industry. Adult Material will interrogate what’s real, what’s fake, what’s up for sale and the impact that these things have on the individuals involved.

Hayley Squires plays Jolene Dollar, a regular mother of three, who is proudly the breadwinner of the family. But Jolene doesn’t have the most conventional of careers: she is one of the top porn performers in the UK. Adult Material ventures into Jolene’s world - to a place that influences all of our lives, whether we know it or not, but none of us ever truly see.

One day on set, Jolene is introduced to Amy (played by Siena Kelly). Amy is 19, not much older than Jolene’s oldest daughter, Phoebe (played by Alex Jarrett). Jolene looks after Amy the way that she looks after every new girl on set, but she can’t protect Amy from her own choices, and soon her relationship with this unstable young woman will see Jolene’s own career and home life start to unravel.

Rupert Everett plays Jolene’s long-term friend, producer and businessman, Carroll Quinn. Carroll has been in the business a long time and has seen the porn industry change to a multi-million-dollar proposition.  He’s constantly trying to keep up with the times and technology. Joe Dempsie plays Rich, Jolene’s loving and dedicated long-term partner. Julian Ovenden plays the US porn Kingpin, Tom Pain, a man from porn’s most extreme quarter, for whom ‘no’ doesn’t exist. Kerry Godliman plays MP, Stella Maitland, whose life becomes intertwined with Jolene’s when they form an unlikely friendship. Stella comes to her defence when Jolene’s career, family, and reputation are in tatters.

Thursday, 12 March 2020

First look at Dynamo in striking teaser for Sky original Beyond Belief launching next month

Three-part special heads to Sky One and NOW TV with all episodes available on 9th April

To celebrate Dynamo’s return to television, the first teaser for the new Sky original, Dynamo: Beyond Belief, with all episodes available on 9th April, has been released today.

Beyond Belief is a three-part magic special that combines jaw-dropping magic with the story of Dynamo’s road to recovery after the career threatening onslaught of chronic arthritis.

Throughout the three episodes, stunning moments of magic are intertwined with Dynamo’s brutally honest back story narrative. The gripping series slowly reveals Dynamo’s journey from the start of his illness, through to the height of his hospitalisation where he created over 200 new magic ideas sketched from his hospital bed, and finally to his return to health.

From the neon lights of Tokyo to the Day of the Dead festival in San Miguel De Allende, Dynamo visits extraordinary and dramatic places all over the world. He performs a spine tingling encounter with a Geisha in one of Tokyo’s royal tea rooms, makes vodka shots turn to ice in the heart of Moscow’s underworld and embarks on a daring adventure in one of Mexico’s notorious Barrios.

Two of the key moments in the show, and the most dangerous pieces Dynamo has ever undertaken, include a terrifying, high-octane blindfold reverse drive in a yellow taxi through central Moscow and a breath-taking Fast & Furious-style underground ‘Tokyo Drift’ car meet in Japan where he attempts to stop a high-powered car with his bare hands, whilst a live audience look on astounded.

Travelling around the world, the locations throughout Beyond Belief include Tokyo, Chiba, Dubai, Moscow, Mexico City, San Miguel De Allende, London and Los Angeles. In addition to Dynamo’s preparation, he learned Japanese, Russian and Spanish before filming to create a deeper connection with his global audiences.

ITV commissions crime drama Professor T starring Ben Miller and Frances De La Tour

Based on the hit Belgian series of the same name, Professor T is set against the stunning backdrop of one of the world’s most prestigious educational institutions, Cambridge University.

Ben Miller (Johnny English, Death in Paradise) plays the genius OCD criminologist, Professor Jasper Tempest, alongside Tony award-winning actress Frances de la Tour (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The History Boys) as his colourful but overbearing mother, Adelaide. Emerging star Emma Naomi who is currently appearing on the London stage in Blithe Spirit, takes up the role of Detective Inspector Lisa Donckers with rising star Barney White cast as her police sidekick Dan Winters.

The series will be directed by leading Belgian director, Indra Siera, and will be filmed in Belgium and Cambridge during the summer of 2020.  Eagle Eye Drama aims to create another household name to add to ITV’s impressive roster of renowned detectives and returnable crime series.

ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill has commissioned the series for the channel.

The series is produced by Eagle Eye Drama and is supported by Screen Flanders and the Belgian tax shelter. PBS Distribution holds the North American rights. Beta Film will distribute the series worldwide.

Commented Executive Producer and CEO of Eagle Eye Drama Walter Iuzzolino:

“Professor T is my all-time favourite detective – a tortured genius wrestling with a mystery childhood trauma. It’s a unique crime series with a core of wonderful warm characters at its heart and I am delighted to be working with our hand-picked European production team to make this for ITV and international audiences.”

The Good Karma Hospital - Series 3 Episode 1 Announcement

Starts Sunday 15 March 2020
8.00pm - 9.00pm

Series overview
The Good Karma Hospital series three finds our tropical Indian hospital busy as ever, with several big new arrivals causing a stir. The team faces their most shocking case yet when one of their own nursing team – young, idealistic Jyoti Gill – survives a violent attack. Lydia and Nurse Mari are particularly affected and struggle to provide the care she needs. Mari has to set aside herprejudices to support her friend, while Lydia must revisit some emotional places in her own past to show Jyoti the way forward.

Dr Ruby Walker faces a tricky dilemma over where her home lies – with her newfound Indian family, or at the bustling hospital? It’s made all the more difficult by her simmering relationship with Dr Gabriel Varma. The series will see the couple get closer than ever before, only to be blindsided by the arrival of a talented, glamorous older surgeon from Gabriel’s past. Can the relationship survive the threat?

Series three also introduces us to a visiting Brit, Ted Dalrymple, an older man on a mission to find a love from his past. As Ruby manages his deteriorating health, she’ll aid him on his quest. Edward’s journey is moving and poignant, showing that it’s never too late to reinvent yourself and follow your
heart, even across 50 years and thousands of miles.

Greg is in for a big surprise this series, forced to reconnect with long neglected family. Can he finally step up to long avoided responsibilities? And after months of being away at medical school, AJ will return to the hospital as a junior doctor, desperate to impress his dad. Can Ram finally be proud of
his wayward son?

The series goes to darker places than ever before, but it is through the bonds of family and friendship – rekindled and strengthened over the series – that the team weather their biggest challenges yet.

Episode 1
After months away with her family, Ruby returns to the hospital for her pregnant sister to give birth. When a life and death medical crisis unfolds, it will force Ruby to see where her loyalty lies. Plus, Greg gets a surprise family visitor.

Dr Lydia Fonseca - Amanda Redman
Dr Ruby Walker - Amrita Acharia
Dr Gabriel Varma - James Krishna Floyd
Dr Ram Nair - Darshan Jariwalla
Mari Rodriguez -     Nimmi Harasgama
Barsha - Ritu Arya
Jyoti - Sayani Gupta
Tommy - Scarlett Alice Johnson
Greg - Neil Morrissey
Mr Palaty - Rod Silvers
Amit - Rajat Kapoor
Manisha - Auritra Ghosh
Ketan - Paritosh Tiwari
Kapil - Eraj Gunewardena
Dinesh - Migara Cabral

Chris Ramsey announced as host of Little Mix The Search

Chris Ramsey is set to host the live shows of the brand new entertainment show Little Mix The Search which is coming to BBC One this spring.

Fresh from having reached the semi-finals of Strictly Come Dancing, the critically acclaimed stand-up comedian and award-winning podcaster will be appearing alongside global superstars Little Mix as they search for incredibly talented singers to become members of bands.

Chris says: “Since the moment I heard their first single, I knew I wanted to be the fifth member of Little Mix... sadly it looks like I’m going to have to settle for just hosting their new show with them!”

Little Mix The Search will see the multi-award winning group (Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock) creating bands and becoming mentors to a new wave of talent. The singers who make it into new bands will live together and gain access to Little Mix’s inner circle who have contributed to their phenomenal success, including vocal coaches, song writers and producers.

Little Mix say: “We’re so happy Chris has come on board to present The Search. He’s genuinely one of the funniest peoplewe know and he’ll bring loads of his South Shields charm to the show. We can’t wait.”

Little Mix The Search is a ModestTV production for BBC One, commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content and Kate Phillips, Controller Entertainment Commissioning. The Executive Producers for ModestTV are Andrea Hamilton and Leanne Witcoop, and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Jo Wallace.

Little Mix The Search is coming to BBC One and BBC iPlayer in Spring 2020.

Strictly Come Dancing’s 2020 Professional Dancers revealed

Strictly Come Dancing will be back on BBC One this autumn with the professional dancer line up revealed as AJ Pritchard, Aljaž Škorjanec, Amy Dowden, Anton Du Beke, Dianne Buswell, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Janette Manrara, Johannes Radebe, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Luba Mushtuk, Nadiya Bychkova, Nancy Xu, Neil Jones, and Oti Mabuse.

Sarah James, Executive Producer, BBC Studios, says: “It’s wonderful to welcome back so many talented individuals within this year’s line-up of Strictly Come Dancing professional dancers. They are each at the top of their game and as a cast are simply incredible. We can’t wait to see what magic they will bring to the ballroom this year. Strictly 2020 promises to be an unforgettable series, with more exceptional choreography and world-class dancing.”

Kate Phillips, Controller of BBC Entertainment, says: “We are very proud of Strictly Come Dancing and our professional dancers. They are undoubtedly in a class of their own and they’ll be back in force this autumn to put our class of 2020 through their paces, providing another series of unmissable TV!”

Matt Lucas to join The Great British Bake Off

Famous for wearing blackface and performing as racist stereotypes, Matt Lucas is trying to get away from that disgusting brand of entertainment and will be joining Noel Fielding and judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood in the Bake Off tent.

Much like creating a successful bake, a successful presenting partnership is all about chemistry and Matt and Noel have it by the oven-load.

Matt Lucas said : ‘I’m chuffed to bits to be joining the most delicious show on television. I can’t wait to break bread with Noel, Prue and Paul and meet the brilliant bakers. And bearing in mind my love of cake, I’ve already ordered some much larger trousers in anticipation. See you in the tent!’

Welcoming Matt to the team, Noel said “I love Matt. I love his warmth and his comedy and his big joyful smile. I think if we play our cards right we could become the next Chas and Morph.

Paul said “I’m a genuine fan of Matt’s, it is such great news he will be joining us in the tent, he’s a fantastic addition to the team.”

Prue commented “The combination of Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding! Will we stop laughing and get any filming done?”

Richard McKerrow, CEO and Executive Producer, Love Productions added: It's extremely exciting to have Matt joining the Bake Off family, he's a phenomenal talent with a huge heart and we can't wait to enjoy the mischief and mayhem he and Noel will inevitably create in the tent. Our new batch of bakers will be in very safe hands.

Channel 4’s Director of Programmes, Ian Katz, welcomed Matt saying “We’re thrilled that one much loved national institution is joining another. Matt has everything it takes to be a great Bake Off presenter: he’s warm, hilarious and loves cake.”

Filming for the eleventh series of The Great British Bake Off begins this spring.

Putin: A Russian Spy Story

Putin: A Russian Spy Story tracks and dissects the conflict between Putin and his many enemies, hearing the stories of those who have opposed him. Russian politician Vladimir Kara-Murza suffered two near-fatal poisonings in Moscow, which he believes were “retribution for my political activity in the Russian opposition”. He comments, “Vladimir Putin’s background is the Soviet KGB, one of the most repressive organisations in the history of humanity. He’s doing what he was taught to do. Manipulate, lie, recruit, repress.”

We hear from Marina Litvinenko, wife of Alexander Litvinenko, a former officer of the Russian FSB secret service who stood up to Putin and winds up dead on British soil. His final photo made worldwide front pages. Marina explains, “I was so against take a picture of him. But, Sasha said, ‘No, Marina. We should do this because people need to see what they did to me”.

We see how Putin’s presidency becomes his life, as he distances himself from his wife, who he eventually divorces, he begins promoting a hyper masculine image of himself in a series of TV stunts, and ensures he is surrounded by his former KGB colleagues in office.

As president, Putin set about ‘making Russia great again’ and repositioning it on the world stage. He has outlasted three American presidents and four British prime ministers. His political playbook is admired and imitated by leaders ranging from Donald Trump to Rodrigo Duterte to Mohammed Bin Salman to Boris Johnson, making him arguably the most influential leader of his time. But he is also accused of purveying fake news, interfering in elections and ruthlessly silencing his opponents. Putin and the Russian government have vehemently denied suggestions of corruption and accusations of foul play, as Putin says, ‘This spy story, as we say, is not worth five kopecks. Or even five pounds for that matter.’

As Putin makes himself the most formidable president Russia has ever seen, the question is will he truly ever be able to step away from power?

Putin: A Russian Spy Story starts Monday 23rd March, 9pm on Channel 4

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

REVIEW: Finding Joy - Series One - Starring Amy Huberman

Review by Jon Donnis
As you will know we are currently running a competition for Finding Joy, (I hope you have entered) and the very good people at Acorn Media sent the series for me to review. Now usually it's a risk asking me to review something I am also running a competition on, as I am brutally honest, as I am sure most of you will know if you follow me on Twitter (@JonnOnTV), but Finding Joy is something a bit special.

From almost the first scene of the first episode, you will know that you are going to love this show, and how will you know that, well there is a super cute dog, a.k.a. "Canine Aidan" (Voiced by Peter McDonald – Dublin Murders) and you can hear his thoughts, and that is brilliant. Who doesn't love a talking (thinking?) dog? Each episode starts and ends pretty much with Canine Aidan.

The story is an engaging one, Joy, played by the wonderful Amy Huberman is a journalist turned vlogger (Video Blogger for all you boomers), she has split up with her boyfriend Human Aiden (Played by Lochlann O'Mearáin) and we are following her life after this major event. We get the odd flashback that slowly fills us in on parts of her life. But rest assured this is a comedy, although there are some sad moments.

From episode Two she is joined by new flatmate Amelia, (Played by the hilarious Aisling Bea) and that's when the show really hits it's stride.

Comedy shows really are some of the hardest shows to get right, and Finding Joy just seems to hit the nail on the head from the opening scene. I watched all 6 episodes in one go, that is how much I liked it, and my only complaint is that there was only 6. Luckily series two is being filmed as we speak, and will be released later in the year.

I really cant recommend Finding Joy enough, absolutely loved it.


By Jon Donnis

Finding Joy is out on DVD on 16th March.

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

Monday, 9 March 2020

BBC Two orders series six AND seven of Inside No. 9

Series six and seven of the multi award-winning and critically acclaimed anthology Inside No. 9 have been commissioned by BBC Two.

The two brand new series will promise more fantastically twisted tales from the brilliant minds of Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith.

The announcement comes ahead of the series five finale this evening (Monday 9th March 2020) on BBC Two at 10pm.

Since Inside No. 9 first launched in 2014, over 30 episodes have now been broadcast including the incredibly ambitious live episode Dead Line. The latest series has again received plaudits from fans and critics alike.

Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton said: “Little did we know when we started Inside No. 9 in 2014 that we would end up with as many episodes of it as Countryfile. We are delighted and exhausted in equal measure at the prospect of two more series-worth of tall tales and fearsome fables. However, we will endeavour to showcase the very best of what the BBC can do in every genre with 30 minutes of story-telling and some half-decent wigs. We might even try a Countryfile episode, no one would expect that…”

Shane Allen, Controller, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning says: “With over 30 distinctive and dazzling shows to date, their ability to master and nail every genre of story-telling with brevity, invention and flair is unparalleled. Oscars have been won for less than Reece and Steve manage to conjure up with each original concept for every single show. Quite simply they have the most fertile minds in British comedy and god knows what magic the next series will bring.”

Josh Cole, Head of Comedy, BBC Studios says: “Reece and Steve continue to make and break all the rules of comedy in ever more spectacular and horrifying fashion, and we are delighted that the BBC have given us the opportunity to make two more series. To paraphrase the show itself, not since the escaped cow has there been such excitement. Long live Inside No. 9!”

Series six and seven will stay true to show’s anthology format with each series containing six brand new half hour films, each set in a different location. The style and tone changing each week, combining a different mix of horror, thriller, drama and comedy - always aiming to surprise, delight, unnerve and amuse.

As ever, a host of talented actors will join Reece and Steve, with series five including actors such as Jenna Coleman, David Morrissey, Ralf Little, Fionn Whitehead, Maxine Peake and Phil Davis. Series five also included a surprise Psychoville cross-over episode, Death Be Not Proud, which saw the unexpected return of fan favourites David and Maureen Sowerbutts and Mr Jelly.

Competition: Win Baghdad Central on DVD

Baghdad Central  is out on DVD on 16th March.

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

Chaos rules on the streets of occupied Baghdad, where soldiers and secrets run unchecked amidst the aftermath of war. Baghdad Central is a gripping new adaptation of the novel by Elliott Colla, created by BAFTA nominated writer Steven Butchard (The Last Kingdom). The six-part crime thriller airs this February on Channel 4, and comes to DVD and digital from Acorn Media International on 16 March 2020.

November 2003, Saddam Hussein has gone into hiding. The US-led invasion has left no one in charge and there is no effective rule of law. During the war, ex-policeman Muhsin al-Khafaji (Waleed Zuaiter – Altered Carbon) lost everything, and is battling to keep himself and his sick daughter Mrouj (July Namir – Homeland) safe. But when he discovers that his estranged older daughter Sawsan (Leem Lubani - Omar) is missing, his desperate search leads him to uncover the dangerous hidden life she had been leading…

Khafaji is recruited by British officer Frank Temple (Bertie Carvel – Doctor Foster) to help rebuild the local police force alongside the abrasive American Military Police Captain John Parodi (Corey Stoll – House of Cards), so he agrees to collaborate with the occupying forces, risking everything to find out what happened to his daughter. Khafaji turns to his daughter’s enigmatic professor, Zubeida Rashid (Clara Khoury – Homeland)…but whose side is she on?

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1. Closing date 23-03-20
2. No alternative prize is available
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