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Thursday, 30 April 2020

Exclusive Chinese series The Victims' Game debuts worldwide today


Today marks the global premiere of Netflix’s exclusive Chinese series The Victims’ Game. The series is produced by Greener Grass Production, a winner of numerous Golden Bell Awards in Taiwan. The story is inspired by The Fourth Victim, a bestselling book written by Taiwanese mystery novelist INFINITY.

Starring accomplished actors like Joseph Chang, Wei-Ning Hsu and Shih-Hsien Wang, and featuring one of the most watched Chinese TV actresses, Ruby Lin, this exciting 8-episode mystery and investigation series is set to blow your mind.

Chief Executive Producer Han-xian Zeng says:
“Apart from eye-catching entertainment elements such as serial murder incidents, suspense reasoning plots, as well as stylised character settings, the essence of the story told in The Victims’ Game lies in humanity and love. The main character is a talented forensic expert and a father unable to express his feelings. By hunting down the perpetrators in a series of cases, he tries to rescue those in society who have given up on themselves. However, he also has a hidden agenda unknown to others.

What will happen next? With a level of emotional arousal rarely achieved in the crime investigation genre, this series hopes to resonate with audiences from Taiwan and the rest of the world and take them on a 9-hour mind-striking journey.

Chief producer Sheng-jung Tang adds that:
“The Victims’ Game not only preserves its original Taiwanese features, but also embraces a global perspective. This crime based series set in the local investigation environment of Taiwan, providing a brand-new vision to audiences throughout the world in a narrative way like no other. It is definitely a production that deserves worldwide attention. We hope that global audiences would come to know these talented cast and crew through this series!”

Netflix’s exclusive Chinese Series The Victims’ Game will be premiering globally on 30 April.

About The Victims’ Game
As a forensic detective with Asperger’s syndrome, Fang Yi-Jen detects key evidence in a mysterious murder and discovers that the evidence links to his estranged daughter. In order to find out the truth without being noticed by his police colleagues, he takes risks by utilising his forensic knowledge to mislead his irritable detective partner Chao Cheng-Kuan who is also on this case. In the meantime, he sets out to co-investigate with Hsu Hai-Yin, an adventurous journalist who holds important clues to the case. Fang Yi-Jen eventually realises that the key to the truth is not his excellent forensic knowledge but the feelings and emotions that have been long suppressed…



Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Tom Allen to explore 65 years of TV adverts


Comedian Tom Allen is to delve into the advertising archives in a new series produced by Boundless for Channel 4.

Tom Allen: Ad Man (w/t) celebrates 65 years of the nation’s best-loved and most outrageous TV adverts, charting the changing values and attitudes of the UK along the way.

During a romp through six decades of the TV ads that made us gasp, laugh, cry and buy, Tom reveals what some of Britain’s most iconic ad campaigns really say about us. Over four episodes, he’ll take a smart look at the infamous and the long-forgotten, unearthing ads that could be baulked at or banned today, as well as revisiting the nostalgic, the heart-warming and the uplifting.

Tom will make viewers think as well as laugh, as he delves into the issues of gender, race, class and Britishness, and explores how our evolving attitudes to these issues have been reflected in the ads beamed into the nation’s living rooms.

Filmed from the comfort of Tom’s own home, Tom Allen: Ad Man (w/t) will feature playful spoofs and lots of laughs, alongside thought-provoking observations. It will be filmed with a self-shooting kit while Tom is self-isolating in the home he shares with his parents.

Tom Allen said: “I’m delighted to be analysing the world of advertising which, in our consumer age, has really dictated how we see ourselves. I don’t even know who I am unless I’m buying something! If I buy Ski Yoghurt - does that make me a health freak? If I choose Diet Coke - does that mean I should take my top off? Would drinking Cinzano make me Joan Collins??! Anyway, fingers crossed it’s just as glamourous as the programme Mad Men, but here’s hoping I don’t start smoking, drinking Scotch during the day and having an affair with my secretary.”

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

BBC re-makes Alan Bennett’s masterpieces - Talking Heads


Starring Jodie Comer, Monica Dolan, Martin Freeman, Tamsin Greig, Sarah Lancashire, Lesley Manville, Lucian Msamati, Maxine Peake, Rochenda Sandall, Kristin Scott Thomas, Imelda Staunton and Harriet Walter (L-R, above).

Filming begins today on new productions of Alan Bennett’s critically acclaimed and multi-award-winning Talking Heads monologues, which first aired on BBC Television in 1988 and 1998. Ten of the original pieces will be remade, with the addition of two new ones written by Bennett last year. They are produced by Nicholas Hytner’s London Theatre Company and Kevin Loader and will air in the coming months on BBC One.

As the British public service broadcaster, the BBC has a key role to play in continuing to offer new programming for our audience at this time of national crisis. The contained nature of Bennett's monologues allowed the opportunity to tell timely and relevant stories while following the latest government guidelines on safe working practices during Covid-19.

Alan Bennett says: "In such difficult circumstances, that the BBC should choose to remount both series of Talking Heads, and produce two entirely new ones, is a comfort and a huge compliment. I hope a new generation of actors will get and give as much pleasure as we did 20 and 30 years ago."

Nicholas Hytner, Bennett's long-term collaborator and Lead Director and Producer, says: "Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads are among the masterworks of one of the very greatest writers in TV, film and theatre history.

"It has been a profound and fascinating experience to work out a way of making them again, this time with a company of phenomenal actors who are the equal of those who first made them; with a group of leading theatre directors, colleagues and friends of long standing; and with a team behind the camera that represents the best of the British TV and film industries.

"It is a wonderful bonus that two of the 2020 Talking Heads are totally new, written only a short time before the current crisis began. Everyone involved has been working in an unprecedented way, rigorously observing social distancing, entirely rethinking ways of filmmaking that until a few weeks ago seemed routine. The shoot will never bring any of us within touching distance of each other, but I hope that in every other way it will reach out and touch millions of viewers. We are all of us beyond grateful to the BBC for setting us this challenge."

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, says: "Covid-19 has laid waste to drama production in the UK, but it has also posed a challenge: how do we adhere to restrictions while still offering British viewers the chance to lose themselves in great stories at this time of national need?

"Full of insight, wit, daring and compassion, these are stories of individual lives - but of great resonance. I am so grateful to Alan, Nicholas Hytner, Kevin Loader and the whole team for the caution, ingenuity and wisdom which they have shown in bringing these stories to the screen."

The Talking Heads monologues were first broadcast on the BBC in 1988 and 1998, breaking new ground for television, and widely celebrated as Alan Bennett’s masterpieces. They had a stellar cast including Patricia Routledge, Maggie Smith, Stephanie Cole, Julie Walters, Thora Hird, Eileen Atkins, David Haig and Penelope Wilton, alongside Bennett himself. The monologues won two Baftas, an RTS award and have also since been included on the A-level and GCSE English Literature syllabus.

The monologues which will air on BBC One in the coming months are as follows, in alphabetical order:

Jodie Comer in Her Big Chance (1988), directed by Josie Rourke
Monica Dolan in The Shrine (2019), directed by Nicholas Hytner
Martin Freeman in A Chip In The Sugar (1988), directed by Jeremy Herrin
Tamsin Greig in Nights In The Garden of Spain (1998), directed by Marianne Elliott
Sarah Lancashire in An Ordinary Woman (2019), directed by Nicholas Hytner
Lesley Manville in Bed Among The Lentils (1988), directed by Nicholas Hytner
Lucian Msamati in Playing Sandwiches (1998), directed by Jeremy Herrin
Maxine Peake in Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet (1988), directed by Sarah Frankcom
Rochenda Sandall in The Outside Dog (1998), directed by Nadia Fall
Kristin Scott Thomas in The Hand Of God (1998), directed by Jonathan Kent
Imelda Staunton in A Lady Of Letters (1988), directed by Jonathan Kent
Harriet Walter in Soldiering On (1988), directed by Marianne Elliott

Monday, 27 April 2020

Channel 4 announces 100 Ways to Make a Baby


Channel 4 has commissioned a 1x60 film which follows the journey of Jake and Hannah Graf as they become Britain’s most prominent transgender parents. Jake and Hannah announced the birth of their baby, Millie, on April 16th 2020, but their path to parenthood has had some unique challenges along the way.

Made by Parable and filmed over a year by director Gussy Sakula-Barry, the documentary follows the pair as they strive to turn their dream of starting a family into a reality, using Jake's embryos that he had frozen. As they embark on their unique experience, the couple face up to various ideas of what it means to be a parent in modern Britain and explore the options for surrogacy open to British people in the UK and abroad. With their Belfast-based surrogate's due date rapidly approaching and the country in lockdown, they have to race to Northern Ireland to make it in time for the birth.

Jake and Hannah married in 2018. Jake is a writer, filmmaker and actor known for his roles in The Danish Girl and Colette. Hannah was one the highest-ranking transgender officers in the British Army and has an MBE for her work with LGBT army personnel.

Jake and Hannah Graf said: “When we began the nail biting journey to parenthood, we could never have imagined the rollercoaster ride that would follow and the additional pressures and challenges that came with having our baby during a global pandemic. From finding our surrogate through lockdowns, C sections and struggling to register our baby, there has never been a dull moment, and this film will one day be the most incredible memento for the star of the show, our beautiful daughter Millie.”

Sunday, 26 April 2020

The A Word series three returns to BBC One on Tuesday 5 May


Two years on and things have changed for our A Word family. Joe is 10 years old and living in two places at once, processing the seismic change in his life through the filter of his autism.

His parents Alison and Paul are divorced and live 100 miles apart. Nicola has moved to London, Eddie lives with his dad. Only Maurice is holding it together. And if Maurice is the one holding it together, you know you are in trouble.

A family is always a puzzle and this one needs piecing back together, albeit in a different shape.

New faces joining this series include Julie Hesmondhalgh, Sarah Gordy and David Gyasi.

Filming for the new series of The A Word took place in the Lake District and Manchester.

The A Word series three returns on Tuesday 5 May at 9pm on BBC One and the full boxset will be available on BBC iPlayer.

Catch up on series 1 & 2 at
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BBC announces plans for a Springwatch like no other series


Springwatch will return to BBC Two this May, with a special series of live programmes which aim to keep the UK connected to native wildlife offering real comfort viewing, at a time of heightened uncertainty for the country.

Due to the Coronavirus crisis the BBC has found an innovative new way to ensure the series will continue to broadcast live for three weeks on BBC Two. With the presenters no longer able to gather together in the Springwatch hub, they will be staying on home-turf and broadcasting live from their local areas, across the country.

This special series of Springwatch, will document a spring like no other, as the native wildlife of the UK adjusts to life in both towns and in the country without the presence of people. The stories of this spring will be presented by Chris Packham, live from his New Forest patch, Gillian Burke live from a Cornish base and Iolo Williams, from his home in mid-Wales.

This year Michaela Strachan, who is locked down in South Africa, will be unable to join the team in person. However, she will send a message of support to the viewers and the series will revisit some of her favourite Springwatch highlights from past years.

Across the three-week run, the team will be joined by special guests presenters.

The series will celebrate both the wildlife and the science stories that showcase the diversity of UK habitats and species and will feature a number of pre-recorded wildlife films, captured just prior to the Government restrictions on movement, as well as more recent content shot in accordance with the official guidance on self-distancing.

Chris Packham says: “This Springwatch will be a series like no other. As the country experiences lockdown the natural world offers solace to so many. I’m delighted that through the magic of modern technology, the Springwatch team will be able to share the splendour of spring with the nation again this year. And broadcasting live from the New Forest, I’m looking forward to showing viewers some of the best British wildlife from my neck of the woods.”

Gillian Burke says: “This is certainly a unique spring and one that has presented the whole nation with some really tough challenges. With so many of us stuck indoors, Springwatch will bring the bright energy and colour of a season that is the very symbol of hope and resilience itself. I can’t wait to share this spring with everyone!”

Iolo Williams says: I’m delighted that Springwatch is going ahead next month. With everyone in lockdown, the natural world has provided a soothing escape for so many people. It will be a pleasure to re-join the ‘Watches team and bring the best of British wildlife into the nation’s living rooms.”

Friday, 24 April 2020

BBC Three commissions How’s Your Head, Hun? with Michelle Visage


Desperate times call for desperate measures. Big ones, in large glasses. So make Tuesdays your cocktail day, mix yourself a large Quarantini, don your comfiest pyjama bottoms and sashay over to BBC Three where Michelle Visage and family are at home in LA, determined to lift your spirits during lockdown. You are all cordially invited to her weekly house party!

With her Drag Race life temporarily on hold, Michelle’s high energy has been refocused on her family and keeping things light in worrying times. They too are trying to find some kind of rhythm as they settle in for the long haul of lockdown. Michelle is with her husband, David, her teenage daughter, Lola, Lola’s newish boyfriend and a menagerie of pets. Michelle’s older daughter Lily, is away at college, and so she’s ensuring daily motherly contact with not just her, but a large bunch of her nearest and dearest.

She may be physically distanced, but Michelle is doing her utmost to look after her family, keep herself busy, and stay in touch with her friends across both sides of the Atlantic. It’s her way of coping, and she’s inviting you along for the ride too as she asks: “How’s your head, hun?”

Michelle has enlisted her family as both camera operatives and co-hosts. Cameras have been rigged around her house (safely, of course) and there is a non-existent fourth wall. Each week you can join her for a family progress report, and high jinks. Michelle will also be attempting new 'lockdown projects' each week, because much like the rest us, she has taken up new projects with gusto and mixed results.

For Michelle some of it is new territory, such as the kitchen. She’s baked banana bread, is learning Italian; planting pomegranate trees, reorganising her extensive wardrobes, de-cluttering the house, investing in very glamorous loungewear, researching new ways to maintain her diva looks and training her newly adopted dog. She’s staying in with style!

Just like you, Michelle’s had her bad days and good days in lockdown, but we’re all in this together. Let’s stay in and stay sane together. Anybody fancy a vogue?

Michelle says: “I am SO excited to give everyone's anxiety and worry a rest with How's Your Head, Hun? When you see how quarantine life is with MY family and friends, we will all be laughing together! Get ready!”

The series is expected to air in May 2020 on BBC Three.
Will have eight episdoes in total, with each installement being 30 minutes long in length.
Michelle's new series will be available to watch via the BBC iPlayer.

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Captain Tom's War

Captain Tom's War

Fri 08 May 2020 - 8.00pm - 8.30pm

Captain Tom Moore, Britain’s new national treasure, will tell the story of his part in World War Two for this new ITV documentary to be shown on VE Day.

The former British Army Officer who raised more than £28million for the NHS by walking 100 lengths of his garden with his frame, actually fought in Burma and shares his memories of the conflict to draw attention to the “forgotten war” on the occasion.

Airing just a week after his own centenary celebrations, in this new programme Tom looks back on his time during the War in the brutal Burma campaign, as a million Allied troops from 40 nations attempted to repel the invading forces of Imperial Japan from the British colony over almost three years, between 1941 and 1944.

Captain Tom honours the soldiers who fought in what has since become known, with so much focus on the European battlefront and on VE Day, as 'The Forgotten War’, which finally came to an end in August 1945. 

The fact the Burma campaign, fought in what is now known as Myanmar, remains relatively unknown is a real bugbear for the Yorkshireman, which is why he committed to redressing the balance by making the programme.

Captain Tom’s War will also feature Tom’s daughters, Lucy and Hannah, who reveal family photos from their trip back to Burma.

Captain Tom entered officer training in 1940 at the age of 20, going on to serve in India before reaching Burma. There he was involved in the massive amphibious assault on Arakan, the instrumental part of recapturing the colony, before pushing on with his troops to the capital, Rangoon.

Featuring Captain Tom's recollections interwoven with archive footage, this programme aims to provide a stirring and vivid insight into both the conditions for those who went into battle, and the man himself.

This is a North One production for ITV

Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker present from around the globe in The Last Leg: Locked Down Under

THREE HOSTS ACROSS THREE DIFFERENT LOCATIONS AND ACROSS TWO HEMISPHERES….

The multi award-winning and triple BAFTA nominated entertainment series The Last Leg is returning to Channel 4 on Friday 8th May – but not quite as we know it. 

The Last Leg: Locked Down Under (4 x 60’) will attempt a TV first, a live comedy show with three hosts in three different locations at the same time. The show will take viewers on a global tour from Melbourne, to London and finally Huddersfield, as hosts Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker present from their respective homes to offer their unmatched satirical insight to current world events. In each episode, Adam, Josh and Alex will be joined by special guests, and as always, the audience at home will be encouraged to get involved using their Twitter hashtag #isitok.

Ian Katz, Director of Programmes at Channel 4 said, “Adam, Josh and Alex will surely be setting a new record for the most socially distanced entertainment show on the planet by broadcasting live from their homes in Melbourne, London and Huddersfield. What can possibly go wrong?”

Richard & Judy: Keep Reading and Carry On starts Monday 4th May at 5.30pm on Channel 4

One of the country’s most loved couples, Richard and Judy are returning to teatime on Channel 4 to reveal their best reads to help the nation whilst we are all staying at home.  The 5x30’ fast turnaround series from Label1 will air over one week starting from 4th May.

Shot from their home, seasoned TV hosts and self-confessed bookworms Richard and Judy will be joined virtually by authors and celebrity guests who will discuss new releases and share their top recent reads.  

Richard Madeley said: “It is no secret that Judy and I are avid readers and we are excited to return to Channel 4 to share what we love with viewers. “

Judy Finnigan said: “Books can transport you to incredible places from the comfort of your sofa and so there is no better time to share our top picks for lockdown reads and hear from viewers, celebrities and authors about the books that have helped them whilst staying at home.”

Jimmy Carr: Comedian (2007) FULL SHOW


Live from London's Bloomsbury Theatre (in 2007, when it was filmed): Jimmy Carr - Comedian (Live) sees funnyman Jimmy Carr sharing his cynical, but always hilarious, take on life's little absurdities.

But don't let his deadpan delivery fool you--beneath that air of smug superiority lies a razor-sharp wit that he wields like a comedy Samurai, carving out little gems of sarcasm with each swipe.

Monday, 20 April 2020

Normal People - The highly anticipated adaptation of Sally Rooney’s literary phenomenon


Starring Daisy Edgar-Jones (Cold Feet, War Of The Worlds) as Marianne and Paul Mescal in his first Television role as Connell, the series is a highly anticipated adaptation of Sally Rooney’s international literary phenomenon, Normal People.

Directed by Oscar-nominated Lenny Abrahamson (Room) and award-winning Hettie Macdonald (Howard’s End), Normal People tracks the tender but complicated relationship of Marianne and Connell from the end of their school days in a small town in the west of Ireland, to their undergraduate years at Trinity College. Marianne is lonely, proud and intimidating whilst Connell is well-liked and popular. A strange connection grows between the two teenagers - one they are determined to conceal.

Sally Rooney co-wrote the first six episodes with Alice Birch and executive produced the remaining episodes, which were written by Alice Birch. Episode 11 was written by Mark O’Rowe.

Filming took place last year in Dublin, Sligo, Sweden and Italy and will air on BBC Three on Sunday 26 April, and Hulu on 29 April. Normal People will also air on BBC One.

Series synopsis
In a school in a small-town west of Ireland, Connell (Paul Mescal) is a well-liked, good looking and athletic football player. Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) is a proud, intimidating and unpopular loner who actively avoids her classmates and challenges teachers’ authority.

Sparks fly between the two when Connell comes to pick up his mother Lorraine (Sarah Greene) from her job at Marianne’s house, and a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers - one they are determined to conceal from their peers.

A compulsive modern love story, Normal People sees the pair weave in and out of each other’s lives, and explores just how complicated intimacy and young love can be.

Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins Series 2 - Programme Billings (1st two episodes)



EPISODE 1: DISCIPLINE

Monday 20 April, 9pm, Channel 4

Once again 12 Celebrities will leave their glamorous lives behind to take on the challenge of this unique version of SAS selection.

Chief Instructor Ant and his team of directing staff don’t care about their status, how successful they are or how big their fan base is. They will be asking the recruits to take on tougher challenges than they will have ever faced in their lives, pushing them to their limits. But can any of these famous recruits make it through to the end?


EPISODE 2: MINDSET

Monday 27 April, 9pm, Channel 4

In this second phase of SAS Selection, the celebrity recruits are tested on their mental and physical strength and whether they have the right mindset to complete selection.

This episode focuses on the youngest recruit, 24 year old YouTuber Jack Maynard, and the two oldest recruits on the course, 56 year old former footballer John Fashanu and 59 year old TV presenter, Anthea Turner, as they try and tackle the course with their very different mindsets. Not all of them will make it.

Each will face brutal tasks, including, a backwards helicopter dive into near freezing water, and a high adrenaline firearms task where they must make the life-changing decisions whether to shoot or not. Then showing some of the most aggressive behaviour witnessed in all of SAS: Who Dares Wins history, the celebrities struggle to control their aggression and the DS punish them. The episode starts with all 12 celebrities, but ends with just 9 recruits remaining.

Saturday, 18 April 2020

First Look trailer released for Code 404, a Sky original comedy, launches on Sky One and NOW TV on 29 April


Today, Sky has released the First Look trailer for new original comedy, Code 404, starring Stephen Graham, Daniel Mays and Anna Maxwell Martin. All episodes will air on Sky One and streaming service NOW TV 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.

Horizon: The Great British Intelligence Test


BBC Two’s The Great British Intelligence Test is measuring the brainpower of the nation in one of the largest intelligence experiments of its kind, giving us extraordinary new insights into the nation's mental abilities and what we can all do to make ourselves a bit cleverer.

Devised in conjunction with leading scientists from the Department Of Brain Sciences at Imperial College, London, over 250 000 people around the nation have taken part so far in the online test - revealing important new science about the nation’s changing intelligence.

In this Horizon special, Dr Hannah Fry and Michael Mosley put the public to the test, pitting young versus old, male and female, and tech lovers and readers against each other in a battle of wits. The audience will also be able to play along online.

The results reveal new scientific findings about how our intelligence changes throughout our life. Which mental abilities peak in our 80s? And at what age can adults be outsmarted by 10 year-olds? It explores how our gender can affect our intelligence and it uncovers groundbreaking new science on how our lifestyle and love of technology is changing our brain. Which of our digital habits are improving our mental abilities, and which are harming us?

With the very latest science, The Great British Intelligence test reveals the best ways to boost your brainpower.

There will also be an opportunity for the viewers to test their own intelligence during the programme at www.bbc.co.uk/intelligencetest

Horizon: The Great British Intelligence Test will air this May on BBC Two.

Thursday, 16 April 2020

Saved By the Bell Reboot - Official Teaser Trailer (Mario Lopez, Elizabeth Berkley)


Here's the first teaser trailer for Peacock's upcoming reboot of Saved By the Bell. When California governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the highest performing schools in the state — including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the over-privileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality.

All-star cast heads to The Real Marigold Hotel, starting 30 April on BBC One


Hit BBC One series, The Real Marigold Hotel, produced by Twofour, returns to BBC One with an all star line up.

The four-part series will follow former movie star and Bond girl Britt Ekland; Dragons’ Den star and entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne; fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes; Chuckle Brother Paul Chuckle; cricket commentator Henry Blofeld; EastEnders actor John Altman; actress Susie Blake; and singer Barbara Dickson, as they road test retirement in India.

Six thousand miles away from home and in the colourful coastal city of Puducherry and in Rishikesh in the foothills of the Himalayas, the group have time to reflect on the ups and downs of life, open up to each other and find out if they could spend their golden years there.

Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries, History and Religion, says: “I’m delighted to announce a new series of this hugely successful BBC One series. Our cast of famous senior citizens bring a wonderful blend of warmth and wit and wisdom to this latest adventure in Puducherry, India that is simply a joy to watch.”

David Clews, Twofour’s Creative Director and Executive Producer for The Real Marigold Hotel brand, says: “Every series it’s a joy to see the finest group of celebrities come together on an unforgettable adventure and this series doesn’t disappoint. Household names combined with royalty from the creative industries all promise to see hearts open and some unlikely friendships blossom. Our cast members deliver a journey of reflection and warmth, with laugh out loud adventures and life changing results.”

The brand has gone from strength to strength with four series and three spin-offs - with the last series kicking off with an average of 4.8 million viewers, 87% up on slot average and taking a 23% audience share.

Clara Amfo, Claudia Winkleman and Dermot O’Leary to present BBC One coverage of One World: Together At Home


Clara Amfo, Claudia Winkleman and Dermot O’Leary will present BBC One’s coverage of One World: Together At Home.

Ellie Goulding, George the Poet, Jess Glynne, The Kingdom Choir, Little Mix, Michael Bublé, Rag‘n’Bone Man, Skip Marley, Tom Jones and more will also give exclusive performances for the BBC One programme, which will also feature interviews with, and surprises for, front line workers.

One World: Together at Home is a special event from Global Citizen, being held in support of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, led by the World Health Organisation and is curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga. It will celebrate and support the heroic efforts of healthcare workers in around the world in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will support the COVID-19 Response Fund, set up by the UN Foundation.

BBC One will air coverage from the live US event (which takes place on Saturday 18 April) on Sunday 19 April, from 7.15-9.15pm.

Lorna Clarke, Controller, BBC Pop, says: “I’m delighted that three of the UK’s best loved presenters, Clara, Claudia and Dermot, will be fronting BBC One’s coverage of One World: Together at Home - bringing viewers some exclusive performances from some of the world’s most popular artists. Our two-hour programme promises to be a very special way to support and thank frontline healthcare workers at this challenging time.”

Clara says: "Music holds the power to be uniquely restorative and unifying and I'm so looking forward to seeing that in full effect with One World: Together At Home. Do make sure you tune in this Sunday at 7.15 pm on BBC One as Claudia, Dermot I present you with special performances for our extra special healthcare workers from all over the world."

Claudia says: “What a privilege to be joining Clara and Dermot to present such a powerful and uplifting programme in these challenging times. I can’t wait to be a part of this unique dedication to those on the front line of the global fight against COVID-19.”

Dermot says: “I’m thrilled to be hosting BBC One’s coverage of One World: Together At Home. Clara, Claudia and I will bring UK viewers even more unique performances from the likes of Ellie Goulding, George the Poet, Jess Glynne, The Kingdom Choir, Little Mix, Michael Bublé, Rag‘n’Bone Man, Skip Marley and Tom Jones to name a few. It will be a fitting tribute to those who are giving and sacrificing so much for our society.”

TRAILER - Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins | Starts Monday 20th April 9pm


Twelve famous faces face one of the toughest tests of their lives, for Stand Up To Cancer. New series starts Monday 20th April 9pm.

Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins is back on Channel 4 with twelve new well-known faces who think they have what it takes to pass SAS Selection. They will embark on the toughest test of their lives, facing a gruelling course in the challenging terrain of Scotland’s rugged West Coast.

The new celebrity recruits are TV personalities Katie Price and Joey Essex; TV presenters, Anthea Turner and Helen Skelton; ballroom dancer, Brendan Cole; former Premiership Footballer, John Fashanu; Hollyoaks actress, Nikki Sanderson; Youtuber, Jack Maynard; Paralympic Athlete, Lauren Steadman; Locksmith from Rudimental ; Radio 1Xtra DJ, Yasmin Evans and former boxing champion, Tony Bellew

Putting them through the toughest course yet is Chief Instructor, Ant Middleton and his team of Directing Staff, Foxy, Billy, Ollie and newest member Jay. The DS don’t care how famous the recruits are, how many followers they have or what they have done before this. As soon as they enter the selection process, their celebrity status will be stripped away.

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Normal People Release Date Announced


BBC One have confirmed the TX date for Element Pictures’ highly anticipated TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s international literary phenomenon Normal People. The series will air weekly on BBC One from Monday 27 April at 9pm with two 30 minute episodes.

Starring Daisy Edgar-Jones (War Of The Worlds, Cold Feet) as Marianne and Paul Mescal, in his first television role, as Connell, Normal People will also land as a boxset on BBC Three on 26 April and Hulu in the US on 29 April, as previously announced.

Produced by award-winning International production company Element Pictures, and adapted by Sally Rooney alongside writers Alice Birch and Mark O’Rowe, Normal People is a 12-part drama for BBC Three in partnership with Hulu, and tells an exquisite and compulsive modern love story about how two people can profoundly impact each other’s lives.

Normal People tracks the tender but complicated relationship of Marianne and Connell from the end of their school days in a small-town west of Ireland to their undergraduate years at Trinity College. At school, he’s well-liked and popular, while she’s lonely, proud and intimidating. But when Connell comes to pick up his mother from her cleaning job at Marianne’s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers - one they are determined to conceal. A year later, they’re both studying in Dublin and Marianne has found her feet in a new social world but Connell hangs at the side lines, shy and uncertain.

Honest, smart and intoxicating, Normal People sees the pair weave in and out of each other’s lives and explores just how complicated intimacy and young love can be.

Directed by Oscar nominated Lenny Abrahamson (Room, The Little Stranger, Frank) and award-winning Hettie Macdonald (Howard’s End), with Catherine Magee (Resistance, Rebellion) serving as series producer, filming for Normal People took place in Dublin, Sligo, Italy and Sweden.

Tom Hardy returns to CBeebies Bedtime Stories - snuggle down for six brand new stories with the award-winning actor


CBeebies’ most popular Bedtime Stories reader, Tom Hardy, is returning to screens with a selection of brand new stories to settle the nation’s children down before they make their weary way to bed.

The actor first appeared on CBeebies back in 2016 and since then his Bedtime Stories have been requested an incredible one million times on BBC iPlayer.

Tom wanted to play a part in keeping the children of the UK entertained at this challenging time and will read a new story each day starting on Monday 27 April to Friday 1 May, with the date of his sixth, and final, story yet to be confirmed.

Tom, who was accompanied by his adorable French bulldog, Blue, for some of the stories will read his first, Hug Me, by Simone Ciraolo on Monday 27 April at 6.50pm on CBeebies. It is about Felipe the young cactus who really needs a hug but his family just isn't the touchy-feely kind so he sets off to find a friend of his own - and a hug.

Tom opens the story by saying: “Hello. I’m Tom. Sometimes, on a day like this, I feel strong and happy. But on other days, I just need somebody to give me a hug. Tonight’s bedtime story is all about a little cactus called Felipe, who just wants a hug too.”

He concludes the story by reassuring viewers: “So, in the end Felipe found someone to hug. It’s not always possible to hug the ones that you love. But they’re always there, in your heart.”

Other stories include: Under The Same Sky by Robert Vescio and Nicky Johnston on Tuesday 28 April, about two children on opposite sides of the world who crave friendship. Is it possible to be friends across the miles?; There’s A Tiger In The Garden by Lizzy Stewart is on Wednesday 29 April and is about the power of imagination being able to take you anywhere, even for Nora who doesn’t believe her Grandma when she says she’s seen a tiger in the garden; and Don’t Worry, Little Crab by Chris Haughton is about mustering the courage to try something new and how saying: "Don’t worry, I’m here" can help tentative little crabs discover the brilliant worlds that await when they take the plunge.

Concluding ‘Tom Week’ on Friday 1 May, is The Problem With Problems by Rachel Rooney and Zehra Hicks. Tom tells the bold, humorous and insightful story about how to deal with problems.

Cheryl Taylor, Head of Content, BBC Children’s, says: “It goes without saying how thrilled we are to have Tom reading more stories for us. It’s during challenging times like this that the BBC serves its purpose to entertain the whole of the UK and these new stories are guaranteed to do just that with their themes of long distance friendship, sharing problems and true courage in overcoming seemingly impossible challenges.”

The filming of Tom’s new stories was carried out in his garden and in line with the social distancing guidelines.

CBeebies Bedtime Stories in on each weekday at 6.50pm on the CBeebies channel and is also available on BBC iPlayer.

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Presenters confirmed for The Big Night In on BBC One


The presenting line-up for BBC One’s The Big Night In has been confirmed today; Matt Baker, Zoe Ball, Lenny Henry, Davina McCall and Paddy McGuinness will be hosting the show live on Thursday 23 April.
Matt Baker says: “At a time when in my generation, the UK has never felt more together we’re inviting everyone to share a Big Night In. As a board member of BBC Children in Need for many years the very purpose of what we do is to be there for those who need us the most at a time when they need us the most. Through the power of TV together with Comic Relief we’ll support, give thanks and acknowledge how we’re making the best of the situation we find ourselves in. It’s my honour to host The Big Night In.”

Zoe Ball says: “We are always so blown away by folks generosity each year supporting comic relief and children in need and now during these extraordinary times more than ever folk in our communities are in need of our love and support. So join us from the comfort of your sofas superheroes, for a night of daft joy, entertainment and inspiration & help us raise some much needed dosh for those projects helping our loved ones in our local communities.”

Lenny Henry says: “I’ve been part of the Comic Relief family for years, and at times like these it’s so important we all come together to support one another, which is why we’ve joined forces with BBC Children in Need for The Big Night In. We want to shine a light on the amazing things communities are doing and keep you entertained whilst you can't leave your homes. Both charities will be supporting a huge number of smaller charities and projects that will be protecting the most vulnerable people in society, so it’s going to be a brilliant night for a great cause.”

Davina McCall says: “The Big Night In is an amazing way for us all to come together and show how much of an impact we can make on the lives of those who need our support. We all get to celebrate our friends, families and neighbours who are doing such incredible work in the community - join us from your living rooms, it’s going to be a really special evening!”

Paddy McGuinness says: “I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to show my appreciation. Thank you to all the amazing key workers out there and our fantastic NHS.”

The Big Night In will celebrate the acts of kindness, humour and the spirit of hope and resilience that is keeping the nation going during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic with a special night of programming for BBC One. This is the first time the BBC’s biggest charitable partners, BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief, have come together and the aim of the evening is to celebrate and reward those going the extra mile to support their communities in these troubled times.

Celebrities already confirmed to be taking part on the night, from the safety of their homes, are Peter Kay, Catherine Tate and Gary Barlow, and there are a huge host of famous names yet to be announced. The star-studded show will feature musical acts, money can’t buy prizes, comedy sketches and lots more surprises on the night.

The UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced last Wednesday at the government’s daily press briefing that the UK Treasury would match pound for pound any contributions the public decide they are able to make.

Viewers will have the opportunity to donate, should they feel able to do so, to help support vulnerable people of all ages and backgrounds across the UK who will be significantly impacted by the crisis.

Funds raised on the night will be split equally between BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief to provide essential support to local charities, projects and programmes across the UK to help those most in need. This funding will not only provide vital emergency support to ensure vulnerable people of all ages are safe, warm and fed, but will also ensure that they are able to continue to learn, and stay connected in order to combat isolation and loneliness.

Monday, 13 April 2020

Gemma Collins is a Diva on Lockdown


ITV today announced the return of Diva Forever to ITVBe, with new title Diva on Lockdown.

The brand new series, made by Lime Pictures, will follow the nation's favourite diva and Queen of memes, Gemma Collins, as she deals with the Coronavirus lockdown and finds new ways of sharing her lifestyle with the nation.

Viewers will see how the icon of Essex has adapted to the UK being in lockdown. As working from home becomes the norm and with schools, restaurants and shops closed across the country, the GC says farewell to her film crew and instead, fixed-rig cameras will capture the nation’s favourite diva at home.

Before the lockdown, successful business woman Gemma Collins was searching for her new dream home and not only rubbing shoulders with famous faces, she was also mixing in Royal circles.

With Gemma closing the doors to her Brentwood shop, will the lockdown put her dream home and future in jeopardy?

Gemma Collins said:
“We were in the middle of filming my new series of Diva with loads of exciting stuff planned. But as you know, we’ve found ourselves in the middle of a pandemic. So here we are now…I’m standing in my living room, with fixed rig cameras all over my house to bring you Diva on Lockdown. You want the GC, so the GC found a new way of working. You’re going to see everything that I do in isolation. We’ll all be on our journey together.”

Gemma continued:
“I’m being filmed and I’ve also got the producers speaking in my ear so if it sounds as if I’m talking to myself…well maybe sometimes I am. I can guarantee though, what you see will definitely be 100% authentic GC. I hope it cheers you up in these difficult times.”

Tributes to Tim Brooke-Taylor


Statement from Tim Brooke-Taylor’s agent: “It is with great sadness that we announce Tim’s death early today from COVID-19. Joining Footlights in 1960 took him to providing a huge variety of splendid entertainment - television, radio, theatre, film, books, DVDs, CDs, quizzes, etc. - all of which he undertook with energy and a great sense of fun. We will remember him for so much but must just mention The Goodies and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. He had, of course, many fans whom he always treated cheerfully even after long and exhausting rehearsals and recordings. He was an exceptional client and a pleasure to represent. We’re grateful that we have so much of his work to view, read and listen to. In all the time with us and in all his showbiz work, he has been supported by Christine, his wife.”

Sioned Wiliam, Radio 4’s Commissioning Editor for Comedy, added: “Tim Brooke-Taylor had a long and distinguished career in comedy. He was charming, quick witted and a hugely skilful comic. He was much loved both by our listeners and by his colleagues, and he will be sorely missed by all at Radio 4.”

Graeme Garden said: “I am terribly saddened by the loss of a dear colleague and close friend of over 50 years. Tim and I met at Cambridge University in the early 1960s and have enjoyed working together almost constantly from that time onwards, on radio, stage, and TV. He was a funny, sociable, generous man who was a delight to work with. Audiences found him not only hilarious but also adorable. His loss at this dreadful time is particularly hard to bear, and my thoughts are with Christine, Ben, Edward and their families.”

Jack Dee said: “It has come as devastating news to hear that Tim has succumbed to this dreadful virus - especially when we all thought he was recovering. Tim was a delightful man and never anything but great company. It has always been one of the great joys of my career to work with someone who was part of the comedy landscape of my childhood. I can’t bear the thought of introducing I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue without being able to say: 'And on my right, Tim Brooke-Taylor…' Tim brought a unique quality to Clue. He was a proper team player, very generous as a performer, never egotistical and always more than delighted to set himself up as the butt of the joke. For me, his great comedy gift was playing the injured innocent and he did it with brilliance and a characteristic lightness of touch. It’s always heartbreaking to lose a loved one, but these times have created the cruelest of circumstances for that to happen in and my thoughts are with his wife Christine and all his family.”


Competition: Win The Good Karma Hospital - Series 1-3 Box Set on DVD


The Good Karma Hospital - Series 1-3 Box Set is out on DVD on 20th April.

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

Synopsis
For a spoonful of sun-drenched TV medicine, it’s time to head back to The Good Karma Hospital and the stunning shores of South India for a third series of the popular ITV drama. Following its run this spring, The Good Karma Hospital Series 3 arrives on DVD thanks to Acorn Media International, alongside The Good Karma Hospital Complete Series 1 – 3 DVD Box Set on 20 April 2020.

The close-knit, hardworking team at the run down, but resourceful medical centre in the tropical Indian coastal town, led by the formidable Dr Lydia Fonseca (Amanda Redman – New Tricks), and junior doctor Ruby Walker (Amrita Acharia – Game of Thrones), must face their most shocking case yet when one of their own team is injured in a vicious acid attack.

Meanwhile, Ruby’s simmering relationship with Dr Gabriel Varma (James Krishna Floyd – Of Kings and Prophets) must contend with the arrival of Dr Aisha Ray (Priyanka Bose – Lion), a glamorous older surgeon from Gabriel’s past who sweeps into town on the miracle train, which provides life-saving surgeries with the latest equipment.

Lydia’s boyfriend Greg (Neil Morrissey – Line of Duty) has his life turned upside down when his whirlwind daughter Tommy (Scarlett Alice Johnson – Eastenders) blows into town out of the blue, forcing him to reconnect with his past. But when a surprise illness strikes, no beloved character is safe…could it be the end for one our favourites?

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Friday, 10 April 2020

ITV2 invites viewers to Home Alone with Joel Dommett


ITV2 announced today ‘Home Alone with Joel Dommett,’is set to transmit on Sunday nights from 19th April at 10pm.

Comedian Joel Dommett hosts this anarchic show providing the perfect antidote to being stuck indoors. With the country heeding stay at home advice, people are becoming increasingly inventive with filling their days in entertaining ways and this show will celebrate the best of them!

Broadcasting straight from the house he shares with his wife Hannah, Joel will give a hilarious window into his home life and provide a celebration of the uplifting, fun and ridiculous things Britain is getting up to as they pass the time.

From celebrity call-ins to comedy interviews and games with self-isolated viewers, Home Alone with Joel Dommett will bring everyone together at home with a much needed dose of joy and warmth.

Joel Dommett said: “I'm so excited to try and cheer up the nation in this extraordinary time from my own home. I have limited resources - a camera, the internet and my wife. We could either make porn, or a show for ITV2.  We decided on the latter - although both would make people laugh.”

First Look: The Real Housewives of Cheshire Series 11


Series 11 of the hit series launches on ITVBe this spring.

The Real Housewives of Cheshire are back for series 11 of the hit ITVBe show with even more fun, frolics and fabulousness. Launching this spring, the 7x60’ series will be followed by the Reunion show.

Dawn Ward, Ester Dohnalová, Hanna Kinsella, Rachel Lugo, Seema Malhotra and Tanya Bardsley will all return to our screens for series 11. They will be joined by beloved housewife Lauren Simon, who is also set to come back and Christine McGuiness who returns as a guest. But how will the ladies fare when another housewife is brought into the fold?

New addition, Nicole Sealey is famous in Cheshire for her no-nonsense attitude. Business woman, mother and self-proclaimed ‘ball-buster’, Nicole isn’t your typical Cheshire Housewife. Originally from London, she is a recent addition to the affluent golden triangle, after she moved to Wilmslow five years ago with her husband, Joe, son of Manchester United legend Les Sealey. Together with her husband, Nicole owns a personal training company, NEON PT and gym. She also runs her own railway recruitment company. In addition to these businesses, the couple have recently put in a bid to takeover Macclesfield Town Football club. If they are successful, Nicole will become the third woman in the UK to own a football club.

Nicole Sealey commented:
“Since moving to Cheshire five years ago with my family, I’ve come across many of The Real Housewives, but joining the show is a brilliant opportunity to get to know all of them better. I’m proud to join such an amazing and powerful group of women. I can’t wait to get started!”

The new series picks up with life as busy as ever at Warford Hall. As Dawn and the Ward family start to plan for Darby’s wedding, it’s time for Ester to move out as she starts to question her place in Cheshire and where her future lies. Newlywed Hanna starts to consider how becoming a mother might impact on her perfect life with Martin, whilst Rachel starts to explore the dating scene. Seema and Tanya also look to expand their businesses – but will Tanya’s new crystal venture stimulate the excitement she hopes for? And how will Lauren settle back in?   

Lauren Simon commented:
“Having been a cast member since the very beginning, I’m honoured to be making my return to the show. The cast and crew are like a family to me and after a particularly difficult year, I’m over the moon to be able to come back and have some fun with my girlies!” 

That Peter Crouch Podcast returning for series four


That Peter Crouch Podcast will return for series four on Wednesday 15 April.

Recorded from their own homes, Peter Crouch, Chris Stark and Tom Fordyce to help keep the nation entertained through the UK lockdown

*Two brand new episodes per week, every Wednesday and Friday
*Big special guests to feature on the podcast every Friday
*Crouch to tell stories behind classic football shirts collected in his career

With the UK population in lockdown, Peter Crouch, Chris Stark and Tom Fordyce have announced the swift return of their podcast.

Recording from their own homes, the boys will be #BackStronger, releasing two episodes every week on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Peter Crouch says: “Normally, we’d have a few months off between series. But these aren’t normal times, as me currently acting as my children’s maths teacher indicates… so we’re pulling our fingers out and recording series four of the podcast from our separate homes. I’ll be plugging in devices I don’t understand and hoping they work. If nothing else, it’s got to be better than me teaching maths.”

As well as the usual football chat and insights, Peter, Chris and Tom will share what’s been keeping them occupied whilst in self-isolation.

This week, Crouch discusses re-discovering the vast collection of football shirts that he’s acquired throughout his career. Each Wednesday starting next week, Crouch will wear one shirt of particular significance and share the story and context behind it. Listeners can expect windows into big moments and players from his career, as well as the usual conversational tangents. These episodes will also feature listener questions for Crouch, as well as ongoing chats about their day-to-days in self-isolation.

On Fridays, the boys are set to be joined by special guests from the footballing world. Last series saw Premier League referee Mike Dean guest in a one-off episode, as well as contributions from the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Lucy Benjamin and Lloyd Grossman during the series finale Parched special.

Peter Kay’s Car Share returns with a special audio-only episode


Peter Kay’s Car Share: Audio Special will be available on BBC iPlayer at 7pm, Friday 10 April.

Peter Kay says: “It’s a horrific situation right now we’re all going through and like so many I felt compelled to try and do something positive in an effort to cheer people in some way.

“Sian Gibson, Paul Coleman and myself got together via t’internet and wrote a new short episode of Car Share in an effort to try cheer people up.

“It’s all happened very quickly, in fact it didn’t exist a week ago. “Obviously we weren’t able to film anything because of the lockdown but I hope people will use their imagination and enjoy listening.

“I’ve given the episode to the good people at BBC iPlayer and it’ll be available to listen from Good Friday 10th April.

“Here’s hoping people enjoying having John & Kayleigh back. Lord knows we need it right now.”

Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy, says: “We can’t thank Peter enough for giving up his time and effort to make this extra special treat happen in donating some much needed cheer to everybody for free.”

The A Word returns to BBC One on Tuesday 5 May


BBC One has announced that the third series of The A Word will return on Tuesday 5 May with series one and two arriving as boxsets on BBC iPlayer from 9 April. Written by the multi-award winning Peter Bowker and produced by Fifty Fathoms Productions and Keshet Productions.

Two years on and things have changed for our A Word family. Joe (Max Vento) is 10 and living in two places at once, processing the seismic change in his life through the filter of his autism.

Alison (Morven Christie) and Paul (Lee Ingleby) are divorced and live 100 miles apart. Nicola (Vinette Robinson) has moved to London. Eddie (Greg McHugh) lives with his dad. Only Maurice (Christopher Eccleston) is holding it together. And if Maurice is the one holding it together, you know you are in trouble. A family is always a puzzle and this one needs piecing back together, albeit in a different shape.

New faces this series include Julie Hesmondhalgh (Broadchurch, Coronation Street) Sarah Gordy (Call The Midwife, Holby City) and David Gyasi (Troy: Fall Of A City, Man In An Orange Shirt).

Filming for the new series of The A Word took place last year in the Lake District and Manchester with Fergus O’Brien as lead director and Clare Shepherd as producer. Lucy Richer executive produces for the BBC with Patrick Spence, Peter Bowker and Marcus Wilson for Fifty Fathoms Productions and Howard Burch, Avi Nir and Keren Margalit for Keshet International.

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

One World: Together At Home - a special event from Global Citizen and the World Health Organisation, curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga


BBC One has secured the first UK television broadcast of One World: Together At Home - a global televised and streamed entertainment special, curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga, which will celebrate the heroic efforts of community health workers around the world.

The event will support the COVID-19 Response Fund, powered by the UN Foundation, in the global fight to end COVID-19.

Lorna Clarke, Controller BBC Pop, says: “I’m thrilled that BBC One is to broadcast coverage of this very special event, featuring some of the world’s most loved musicians, to show support to care workers all over the world at this challenging time.”

The live global special will take place on Saturday 18 April 2020 and will be broadcast live on ABC, Bell Media, NBC, ViacomCBS Networks and iHeartMedia in North America. It will feature appearances from stars including Alanis Morissette, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Burna Boy, Chris Martin, David Beckham, Eddie Vedder, Elton John, FINNEAS, Friends of Sesame Street, Idris and Sabrina Elba, J Balvin, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kerry Washington, Lang Lang, Lizzo, Maluma, Paul McCartney, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Shah Rukh Khan and Stevie Wonder.

The global broadcast will then be adapted and broadcast on BBC One on Sunday 19 April.

The BBC One programme will feature highlights from the live event, as well as exclusive performances from UK artists and interviews with front line workers. More information about the content of the BBC One programme will be announced in due course.

Additional performances from the global broadcast on Saturday 18 April will be shown on BBC iPlayer from Sunday 19 April.

Monday, 6 April 2020

Competition: Win Babylon Berlin - Series 3 on DVD


Babylon Berlin - Series 3 is out on DVD on 13th April.

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

Synopsis
SEX, DRUGS and jazz club hedonism, welcome back to the Weimar Republic. The critically acclaimed, multi award winning hit German period drama Babylon Berlin returns for its third series as Inspector Gereon Rath delves deeper into the tangled web of political corruption of inter-war Berlin.

Making waves at home and internationally, having cracked the 100-territory mark in 2019, Babylon Berlin Series Three is set to arrive on digital 11 April and DVD 13 April 2020 courtesy of Acorn Media International after its run on Sky Atlantic, alongside the Babylon Berlin Series One to Three Box Set.

The lavish, 40 million dollar series is Germany’s most expensive drama to date, and explores a metropolis in turmoil: poverty stands in stark contrast to the excessive indulgence of the night life in a city on the brink.

Series three begins in the Autumn of 1929, during the tumultuous weeks before Black Friday’s stock market crash, and 10 months after the turbulent events of the second series. Inspector Gereon Rath (Volker Bruch) and Charlotte Ritter (Liv Lisa Fries) are assigned to investigate the violent death of a silent film actress. As talkies start conquering the big screen and Berlin becomes a hub of modern cinema, the pair soon realise the film industry is as rotten as the criminal underworld they are all too familiar with.

In the meantime, political extremists regather their forces and democracy itself is under more threat than ever. As the rise of national socialism confronts growing communist factions, time is ticking inexorably towards the inevitability of war once more…

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Saturday, 4 April 2020

BBC One daytime announces Daily Kitchen Live, to help viewers through lockdown


BBC One daytime is launching Daily Kitchen Live from Cactus TV, the makers of Saturday Kitchen, to screen each weekday on BBC One this month for two weeks.

Chef Matt Tebbutt will entertain and inform audiences, from the familiar surroundings of the Saturday Kitchen Live set. He’ll be joined by Jack Monroe, the journalist and author of Tin Can Cook and Cooking On A Bootstrap, who will provide inspiration for people struggling at home with limited food resources.

The series will be live each weekday morning and will be responding to lockdown challenges facing viewers such as cooking on a budget and providing insights into how to make a little go a long way. Staying true to the entertainment values of Saturday Kitchen Live, it will also be reflecting the constantly evolving challenges facing people at home.

Daily Kitchen Live will dish up healthy, wholesome and accessible meals in each episode, using ingredients we know are available in the shops, accompanied by tips for cooks of all levels. Viewers will be able to pose questions and also offer up their own advice. There will also be an opportunity to challenge Matt and Jack to come up with ideas using what they have lurking in their cupboards, and show their own efforts.

Daily Kitchen Live will hook up with the Food Heroes who are stepping up to the plate to help others and will celebrate everyone in the food chain, doing their best to keep the nation fed.

There will also be some tasty treats from the BBC food archive.

To ensure the safety of staff and presenters the production will ensure strict social distancing rules are complied with both on and off screen.

Matt Tebbutt says: “I am really excited to be hosting this new show for the BBC. It’s going to be a great way to share some fun each morning with the viewers, while also sharing our ideas for quick and simple recipes that will get the whole family cooking.”

Jack Monroe says: “The way some of us cook has changed dramatically over the last few weeks, and rustling up nutritious, no-nonsense dinners in the current climate can be a challenge - but it's incredibly important! I'll be giving simple ingredient swaps, conjuring up recipes from whatever you may have in your cupboard and taking questions from viewers. I can't wait to get started!”

Carla-Maria Lawson, Head of BBC Daytime and Early Peak says: “Through Daily Kitchen Live, viewers will be able to tool themselves up with the knowledge they need to adapt to the challenges of isolation. Our talented experts will not only be dishing up healthy and achievable meal options but will be calming and cheering company when we need it most.”

Daily Kitchen Live (10x45’) is a Cactus TV production. It was commissioned for the BBC by Carla-Maria Lawson, and the BBC Commissioning Editor is Alex McLeod. The Executive Producer for Cactus TV is Amanda Ross.

Daily Kitchen Live will air each weekday at 10am on BBC One for two weeks from Monday 13 April.

Thursday, 2 April 2020

All-star line-up announced for the new series of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins


Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins is back on Channel 4 with twelve new well-known faces who think they have what it takes to pass SAS Selection. They will embark on the toughest test of their lives, facing a gruelling course in the challenging terrain of Scotland’s rugged West Coast.

The new celebrity recruits are TV personalities Katie Price and Joey Essex; TV presenters, Anthea Turner and Helen Skelton; ballroom dancer, Brendan Cole; former Premiership Footballer, John Fashanu; Hollyoaks actress, Nikki Sanderson; Youtuber, Jack Maynard; Paralympic Athlete, Lauren Steadman; Locksmith from Rudimental ; Radio 1Xtra DJ, Yasmin Evans and former boxing champion, Tony Bellew

Putting them through the toughest course yet is Chief Instructor, Ant Middleton and his team of Directing Staff, Foxy, Billy, Ollie and newest member Jay. The DS don’t care how famous the recruits are, how many followers they have or what they have done before this. As soon as they enter the selection process, their celebrity status will be stripped away.

With this series returning to Scotland - the homeland of the SAS - the celebrity recruits will leave their glamourous lives behind and live together in a derelict farmstead on the remote island of Raasay, where they will be exposed to Scotland’s unforgiving weather, harsh landscape and volatile seas.

Facing a series of terrifying and brutal challenges, they’ll be forced to confront surprising truths about themselves, to discover their true self. Will they have what it takes to make it through this unique version of SAS selection?

Chief Instructor, Ant Middleton said: “If these celebrities turn up with an ego, they won’t last 24 hours.  There are no short cuts, there are no easy options.  They think they know what’s coming but trust me, they are going to get the absolute shock of their lives.”

Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins is a Minnow Films production for Channel 4. The Executive Producers are Sophie Leonard, Grace Reynolds and Warren Smith, the Series Producer is Hannah Lowes and Channel 4 Commissioner for Specialist Factual is Jonah Weston.

Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins will return to Channel 4 soon.

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Lennie James' award-winning 'Save Me Too' returns tonight + Lesley Manville joins stellar cast


LENNIE JAMES makes a welcome return to our screens for the hugely anticipated second series of his gripping, gritty thriller Save Me. The hit Sky original drama is set to have audiences enthralled once again as Save Me Too hits TV screens this Spring.

From the multi-award-winning producers of Line Of Duty this unflinching British drama is written by and stars the multi-talented Lennie James (The Walking Dead, Line of Duty) as our favourite yellow jacket wearing East End charmer Nelson “Nelly” Rowe, who will stop at nothing to save his loved ones.

The new series, which is set to air on Sky Atlantic and arrives on DVD and digital on 8 June 2020, sees the stunning ensemble cast of great British acting talent return, including Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster, Scott & Bailey), Stephen Graham (White House Farm, The Irishman) Susan Lynch (Killing Eve, Happy Valley) , Kerry Godliman (Adult Material, After Life), Jason Flemyng (The Missing, A Christmas Carol) and Adrian Edmonson (Eastenders, Bancroft). They are joined by award-winning actor Lesley Manville (Mum, Phantom Thread), who takes a pivotal role in the thriller.

Following the disappearance of Nelly Rowe’s 13-year-old daughter Jody and his heart wrenching, dangerous quest to find her, we return to the heart of the East End where he’s still desperately searching for answers. It’s seventeen months since Nelly rescued vulnerable young woman Grace whilst looking for Jody. Can she provide clues to Jody’s fate, or will she derail his fraught mission to find his daughter at any cost – with potentially terrible consequences for him and those close to him? Special features include: Behind-the-scenes feature

All episodes of Save Me Too are available on Sky Atlantic on demand and NOW TV on 1st April