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Sunday, 31 May 2020

Competition: Win Flack - Series 1-2 Box Set on DVD


Flack - Series 1-2 Box Set is out on DVD on 8th June.

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

Synopsis
JUGGLING WITH Saturday evening TV presenters harbouring dark secrets and an elderly environmental celebrity who may or may not have got a bit too hands on, as well as a romantic tryst between a high profile couple and a sporting superstar that resulted in a baby… It’s all in a day’s work for Robyn (Anna Paquin – True Blood, X-Men) and the Mills Paulson PR agency.

The queens of spin are back to help to fix those PR nightmares in W Channel’s darkly comic drama Flack which returns after its critically acclaimed first series gripped audiences last year. Flack Series 2 arrives on DVD thanks to Acorn Media International, alongside the Flack Series 1 and 2 DVD Box Set on 8th June 2020.

Following the success of Scorsese’s The Irishman, Hollywood star Anna Paquin returns to the small screen as Robyn, the high-flying publicity guru at Mills Paulson PR, who can make her clients' bad situations better with some expert spin, but when it comes to her own life things are never quite so straightforward.

Sophie Okonedo (Chimerica, Wanderlust) continues her reign as tyrannical boss Caroline, while hedonistic PR powerhouse Eve (Lydia Wilson – Requiem, Ripper Street) and naïve intern Melody (Rebecca Benson – Game of Thrones, The White Princess) are back for more crazy crisis management in the wild world of high stakes public relations.

And as well as wrestling with celebrities’ problems and issues, the staff at Mills Paulson have their own problems, there’s Robyn’s life changing situation, a face from the past returning and the threat of an ownership battle for the agency itself.

Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actor Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, Peaky Blinders), joins the cast as Caroline’s ex Duncan, while guest stars include Jane Horrocks (Little Voice, Absolutely Fabulous) and Daniel Dae Kim (Lost, Hawaii Five-0).

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COMPETITION CLOSED

Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 15-06-20
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 Bulletproof - Series 2 on DVD


Bulletproof - Series 2 is out on DVD on 8th June.

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

Synopsis
DIVE DEEP undercover with London’s finest, Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters, as they return to the crime-filled streets in the second series of Bulletproof. Mixing drama, action and comedy in a fresh take on the police buddy genre, Bulletproof Series 2 and the Series 1 and 2 Box Set arrive on DVD & digital 8 June and 15th June from Acorn Media International.

Acclaimed actor, writer and director Noel Clarke (Kidulthood, Star Trek: Into the Darkness) and chart-topping rapper turned respected actor Ashley Walters (Top Boy, Hustle), lead the action as two undercover cops tasked with bringing down the East End's toughest criminals in this Sky original series co-created by the pair.

Adrenalin-fuelled and packed with laughs as well as high-octane action, as all buddy-cop aficionados know, the key to its success is the bromance and banter between Officer Ronnie Bishop (Clarke) and Senior Officer Aaron Pike (Walters). By-the-book, family man Pike and raised-on-the-streets Bishop may come from different backgrounds, but they work brilliantly together…even if things don’t always go to plan.

Picking up a year after the events of the explosive first series, series two finds Bishop burying himself in work and one-night-stands, while Pike tries to balance his job with his family. Soon the pair are drawn into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the Markides, a notorious and elusive crime family who exist in the shadowy world of narcotics, people-trafficking and money-laundering. As the lines between good and evil, friend and foe, become blurred, will going undercover push the boys to breaking point?

New additions to the team include a young officer with questionable intentions, and a new Deputy Director who takes a keen interest in our team…but will he help or hinder them? Facing love, loss, and ghosts of the past, Bishop and Pike must go further than they ever have before to save those they love, and each other. It’s a good thing they’re Bulletproof.

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For your chance to win just answer the question below.

COMPETITION CLOSED

Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 15-06-20
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.

Friday, 29 May 2020

Reality Z - Official Trailer - Netflix Brasil


Netflix's first Brazilian zombie series, Reality Z got an official trailer this Wednesday. Set to premiere on June 10th, Reality Z is adapted and developed for a continuous series format by the award-winning Brazilian director, screenwriter and executive producer Cláudio Torres, based on the acclaimed British horror miniseries Dead Set, created by Charlie Brooker (Black Mirror). A tribute to fans of the genre, the visceral show combines British irony with Brazilian tropicalist anthropophagy, and has the city of Rio de Janeiro as the background for the story.

An ode to horror, humor and pop culture, Reality Z narrates in 10 episodes a zombie apocalypse that imprisons participants and producers of a reality show called Olympus. On one eviction night, the studio becomes a safe haven for those seeking salvation in a city where madness and horror come to reign.

In the video revealed today, it is possible to cross the walls that isolate the reality show participants from the exterior world and get to know the great self-sustaining fortress, now threatened by the zombies outside and by the vile human nature inside. Witness what other survivors are willing to do to take over the Greek-inspired palace. In addition to satire on reality shows, the series delves into what is the most profound aspect in the zombie genre: the human drama.

With striking Brazilian characters as in the fantastic cinema, who were incorporated into the reboot in an unprecedented way, the series has a great cast. The list includes Anna Hartmann (Nina)​, Luellem de Castro (Teresa), Guilherme Weber (Brandão), Emílio de Mello (Alberto Levi), Ravel Andrade (Léo)​, João Pedro Zappa (TK), Julia Ianina (Cristina), Pierri Baitelli (Robson), Jesus Luz (Lucas), special guest Sabrina Sato (Divina), special guest Carla Ribas (Ana), Gabriel Canela (Marcos), Natália Rosa (Veronica), Leandro Daniel (Augusto), Hanna Romanazzi (Jéssica), Arlinda Di Baio (Cleide), and Wallie Ruy (Madonna).

Reality Z is executive produced by Cláudio Torres and Renata Brandão. Cláudio also shares the series direction with Rodrigo Monte, and signs the script with João Costa. This is the first collaboration between Netflix and Conspiração, Brazilian independent producing company that has the highest number of International Emmy nominations in the market.


The Third Special From Jo Koy Is Set To Premiere Globally On Netflix June 12, 2020


For the first time ever, comedian Jo Koy takes Netflix to the Philippines in his new special, Jo Koy: In His Elements. Koy celebrates his heritage by telling jokes about life as a Filipino-American while highlighting the culture of Manila. Koy uses this opportunity to shine a light on other Filipino-American performers by welcoming to the stage famed breakdancer Ronnie, Grammy-winning producer !llmind, singer/songwriter Iñigo Pascual, and comedians Andrew Lopez, Joey Guila, and Andrew Orolfo. Jo Koy:

In His Elements premieres globally on Netflix on June 12, 2020.

More at www.netflix.com/JoKoyInHisElements

The filming of the first Icelandic Netflix series Katla has begun

Photo Credit: Netflix / Lilja Jonsdottir

The filming of the first Icelandic Netflix series Katla has begun. The cast includes Guðrún Ýr Eyfjörð, Íris Tanja Flygenring, Ingvar Sigurðsson, Þorsteinn Bachmann, Sólveig Arnarsdóttir, Guðrún Gísladóttir, Baltasar Breki and Björn Thors from Iceland and Aliette Opheim and Valter Skarsgård from Sweden among others. The series is created by the award winning director Baltasar Kormákur (Trapped, Everest) and produced by RVK Studios.

One year after the outbreak of a violent eruption of the subglacial volcano Katla, the peace and tranquility in the small town of Vík has been dramatically disturbed with the eruption still active.  The ice near the volcano has been melting, the area has been evacuated and only a few remaining people manage to provide the necessary community service in the village, which is now only accessible by crossing the Markarfljót river.  The grand area has turned out to be somewhat apocalyptic and Vík is declared a danger zone.     

Mysterious elements, that have been deeply frozen into the glacier from prehistoric times, start to emerge from the melting ice with consequences no one could ever have foreseen

– I‘m really excited about being a part of this ambitious project. My part as GRÍMA is certainly a challenge, but working with Baltasar you just know that it will turn out right. He‘s really great to work with as director.  While he gives his actors space to develop their characters and is always open to ideas and suggestions, he knows exactly how he wants things done and you can always be sure that he’ll catch you if you go off track and direct you right back on it, says Guðrún Ýr Eyfjörð.

Photo Credit: Netflix / Lilja Jonsdottir

Katla  is created by internationally recognized and acclaimed director Baltasar Kormákur.

– After extensive casting sessions, we put together an amazing ensemble cast, mixed with some of Iceland‘s finest and most experienced actors as well as brilliant young emerging talent. I‘m very confident with the choices we made and thoroughly enjoy working with all of them, says Baltasar Kormákur.

The cast also includes Haraldur Ari Stefánsson, Birgitta Birgisdóttir, Helga Braga Jónsdóttir, jörn Ingi Hilmarsson and Aldís Amah Hamilton along with the 9-year old Hlynur Atli Harðarson.

The team writing the story behind the eight part series is in addition to Baltasar Kormákur, co-creators Sigurjón Kjartansson, Davíð Már Stefánsson and  Lilja Sigurðardóttir and produced by RVK Studios.  Katla will launch on Netflix worldwide. Launch date is still to be announced.

 Find out more about Katla on www.netflix.com/katla

Sky Sports will show 64 live Premier League games, and make 25 available free to air


The Premier League season will provisionally restart on Wednesday 17th June, and as the UK’s leading football broadcaster, Sky will make 25 games available ‘free-to-air’ for everyone in the UK to enjoy, including Everton v Liverpool on the opening weekend.

With 92 Premier League matches of the current season remaining, Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch 39 exclusive live games with a further 25 available more widely via Sky’s free-to-air ‘Pick’ Channel and simulcast on Sky Sports, allowing the whole nation to be part of the return of live sport.

To celebrate the return of the Premier League, Sky Sports will also launch a host of innovative new features and updates to give fans an even more immersive experience and share the moments live with family and friends on virtual platforms.

Since live football games were postponed in early March, Sky has supported the Premier League’s ambition to restart when Government health and safety advice allowed.

Sky CEO and EVP, UK and Europe, Stephen van Rooyen said: “The return of live sport is a big moment for the country, and we want the nation to join us. Sky has partnered with the Premier League and its clubs for nearly thirty years, and the strength of our partnership has never been more important. Our commitment to showing 25 matches ‘free to air’ for the first time in the history of Sky Sports recognises the unique times we are in, and our desire to play our part.

“We have developed some terrific new innovations to give football fans the very best experience of watching live sport, when going to the match with family and friends isn’t possible, and we look forward to sharing these with football fans shortly.”

ITV Racing to broadcast 21 races on first weekend as British racing resumes


ITV Racing is planning to resume broadcasting with three days of top class racing from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 June showing seven races a day and including three Group Ones, The Coronation Cup and Qipco 2000 and 1000 Guineas.

The show will be presented by Ed Chamberlin and Francesca Cumani and they will be joined by expert Jason Weaver. The team will be based at home, as will the direction and production team of the show, using innovative technology and adhering to social distancing guidelines. Richard Hoiles will be based off site in a commentary booth.

The Opening Show will also return on Saturday 6 June on ITV4 9.30-10.30am, presented from home by Oli Bell and joined by Matt Chapman, Jason Weaver and Richard Hoiles.

Full schedule listed below.

ITV Racing was last broadcast on ITV4 on Saturday 21 March from Thurles in Ireland.  The Virtual Grand National, shown on ITV on Saturday 4 April was watched by 4.8 million people. 

Friday 5 June, ITV4, 1.30-4pm

Newmarket
1.50 The Race Five Handicap Stakes
2.25 The Abernant Stakes (Group 3)
3.00 The Paradise Stakes (Listed)
3.35 The Coronation Cup Stakes (Group 1)

Lingfield Park
2.05 The East Grinstead Handicap Stakes
2.40 The Oaks Trial Fillies’ Stakes (Listed)
3.15 The Derby Trial Stakes (Listed)

Saturday 6 June, ITV, 1.30-4pm

Newmarket
1.50 The Palace House Stakes (Group 3)
2.25 The Dahlia Fillies’ Stakes (Group 2)
3.00 The Newmarket Stakes (Listed)
3.35 The Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes (Group 1)

Newcastle
2.05 The Washington Handicap Stakes
2.40 The Sagaro Stakes (Group 3)
3.15 The New Harrington Handicap Stakes

Sunday 7 June, ITV, 1.30-4pm

Newmarket
1.50 The Buckhounds Stakes (Listed)
2.25 The Barrow Handicap Stakes
3.00 The Ebf Pretty Polly Fillies’ Stakes (Listed)
3.35 The Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes (Group 1)

Haydock Park
2.05 The Pinnacle Stakes (Group 3)
2.40 The Brigadier Gerard Stakes (Group 3)
3.15 The Spring Trophy Stakes (Listed)

Live Premier League football on BBC TV for the first time ever


For the first time since the Premier League’s inception in 1992, the BBC has confirmed that it will be broadcasting free to air live games upon the league’s return next month.

Four live games in total will air on the BBC alongside a bumper crop of Match Of The Day highlight programmes.

Director of BBC Sport, Barbara Slater, says:
“This opportunity creates an historic moment for the BBC and our audiences. At a time when sports fans across the country are in need of lift, this is very welcome news. We are delighted and excited to have the chance to show live Premier League games on the BBC. This will offer audiences, who haven't had the opportunity in the past, live, free to air access to the best football league in the world, as the BBC continues to keep the country entertained during these unprecedented times.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, football fans last taste of Premier League action was March 9. The BBC will be working closely with the Premier League to ensure all appropriate safety measures are adhered to in the broadcasting of these games.

Before the Premier League era, the last time a live, top-flight league football match was broadcast during the 1987-88 season; not forgetting Match Of The Day’s highlights and analysis which has been a staple of football culture since 1964. These Premier League games sit alongside the BBC’s existing live FA Cup offering, which we also hope to welcome back to screens soon.

New date and host confirmed for British Academy Television Awards 2020


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has today confirmed the new date for this year’s Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards, originally scheduled for Spring 2020, when they were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The awards will now take place on Friday 31 July and will be broadcast as-live on BBC One that evening with the nominations announced on Thursday 4 June.

In accordance with current restrictions, the Awards ceremony will take place as a closed studio, socially-distanced show, with nominees invited to accept their awards virtually.

BAFTA and the BBC in a joint statement said: "we delighted to announce that for the first time Richard Ayoade, the presenter, comedian, writer, actor and director, will take the helm as host of the TV Awards"

Richard Ayoade says: “I am as surprised as you are that this is still going ahead.”

Richard won a BAFTA for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for The IT Crowd, and has been nominated for a BAFTA on two other occasions - once in the British Academy Film Awards, for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Submarine, and again for Travel Man, which was also nominated for Best Feature in the Television Awards in 2017.

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Alan Carr's Epic Gameshow


Sat 30 May 2020
Play Your Cards Right
8.15pm - 9.15pm

Series overview
Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow sees the brilliant Alan Carr at the helm of five of the nation’s all-time favourite gameshows.

The series will see contestants hoping to win either big-cash rewards or top-of-the-range prizes. Alongside the entertaining, hilarious and nail-biting contests that viewers know and love, each episode will climax with an all-new epic endgame, bringing these iconic shows bang up to date.

From Play Your Cards Right and The Price is Right, to Take Your Pick, Strike it Lucky and Bullseye, players will be taking on each show for the chance to win some truly epic prizes.

Episode 1: Play Your Cards Right
Starting with a Play Your Cards Right Celebrity Special, Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow promises excitement, drama, scale and big family laughs. Playing for charity, morning television stalwarts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, comedian Chris Ramsey and his wife Rosie, presenter Ore Oduba and his wife Portia, and singer and actor Martine McCutcheon and her husband Jack McManus all take on the deck of cards, and go “higher or lower” for the chance to win the £30,000 jackpot on the turn of a single card.

Long Lost Family Special: Born Without Trace


Mon 01 Jun 2020
9.00pm - 10.00pm
ITV

Series overview:
Foundlings are people abandoned as babies, often in the first hours and days of their lives. Born without trace, with no identifying information, they have had no way of unlocking the secrets of their past. But in this new ground-breaking documentary series, presented by Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell, the team behind Long Lost Family combine the latest DNA technology with painstaking detective work, to enable four foundlings to finally uncover their identities.

This two-part series features the incredible true story of a man who was left in a car on the outskirts of Belfast, and a woman left the other side of the Irish border in a telephone box in Dundalk. Also, a woman found at just two hours old in a ladies public toilet in Warminster and a man found in a corned beef box outside a railway tavern in Greenhithe. All four are searching for answers to the most fundamental questions: when’s my birthday; where do I come from; who are my parents and who am I?

BBC One’s Celebrity MasterChef serves up lineup for Summer 2020


Across five weeks John Torode and Gregg Wallace will be putting their own taste buds through a range of lip-smacking, and possibly distasteful dishes, as they discover which celebrities have the palate and skill to chop, slice and sizzle their way to lifting the iconic Celebrity MasterChef trophy.

The 20 celebrities hoping to follow in the footsteps of last year’s champion Greg Rutherford, are:

Actors Shyko Amos, Phil Daniels and Felicity Montagu
Actor and comedian Crissy Rock
Comedian Judi Love
Recording artist Myles Stephenson
Musician Lady Leshurr
Conductor for the Kingdom Choir, Karen Gibson
Television presenters Gethin Jones and Dom Littlewood
Travel presenter Amar Latif
Television and radio presenter Jeff Brazier
Broadcaster and internet personality Riyadh Khalaf
Olympic gold medallists and sports presenters Sam Quek MBE and Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE
RuPaul UK finalist and drag artist Baga Chipz
Reality personality Pete Wicks
Apprentice star and entrepreneur Thomas Skinner
Tennis coach Judy Murray OBE
Football legend John Barnes MBE

Filmed before COVID-19 lockdown, the first four heat weeks concentrate on whittling down the celebrities; testing their abilities until only the best go through to the final stages.

This year the top celebrity cooks must endure more nerve-racking and exhilarating challenges during the Semi and Final Week stages, including:

Mass catering from tents for one hundred people for a special anniversary lunch
A tricky take-away themed Invention Test
And cooking for one of country’s most popular chefs, Aldo Zilli

BBC One commissions two new entertainment shows from Jack Whitehall


Jack Whitehall is bringing two new entertainment shows to BBC One in the next few months.
Jack Whitehall’s Father’s Day will be a celebration of the special day in our current unusual circumstances. Then, with all sport cancelled under lockdown, he will treat us to a six-part series exploring some of the country’s best sports stories in Jack Whitehall’s Sporting Nation.

BBC One to celebrate Father’s Day with Jack Whitehall
Father’s Day is traditionally the time we celebrate our fathers, grandfathers and father figures by coming together to spend time with one another, but that’s going to be tricky for a lot of people during lockdown.

Enter Jack Whitehall who knows the importance of maintaining a good father-son relationship, no matter how challenging the father is. He’s a man who’s been through a lot with his father, Michael, they’ve travelled the world together and he like the rest of us is going to miss being with his dad on Father’s Day.

In Jack Whitehall’s Father’s Day, Jack will visit Michael the lockdown way by setting up on the pavement outside Michael’s front door to spend some quality time together. They’ll reminisce over old family photos, awkward home video footage and tell some classic Whitehall tales.

Jack and Michael will also be catching up with a number of famous faces, taking part in a special Father's Day edition of MasterChef and surprising key workers who can’t be with their loved ones this year.

Let’s not allow lockdown and coronavirus to ruin Father’s Day this year; join Jack and Michael in making it a truly memorable one.

Jack Whitehall’s Sporting Nation
Jack Whitehall is bringing a comedic celebration of a kingdom united by sport to BBC One.

2020 has been a strange year for sport with every professional league suspended and an entire summer of iconic events wiped out. The whole nation is itching for some sporting action - step forward Jack Whitehall, with the entirety of sports history at his fingertips.

Jack Whitehall’s Sporting Nation is BBC One’s new comedy retrospective in which Jack Whitehall, the ultimate armchair fan, tells the story of the United Kingdom through its greatest sporting moments. Looking back on decades of glorious action, in this nostalgia-filled and light-hearted take on our heritage, Jack invites us to relive our most incredible sporting achievements together while exploring what our love of sport says about us as a nation.

In collaboration with some of the UK’s most exciting sports writers, Jack will take us on a journey through six themes that unite us; from loving the underdog to hating the Australians. The show will bring together rich cultural nostalgia, social commentary and top-class athleticism to create a feel-good dive into our sporting past that will remind us just how much we love it, and how we can’t wait for it to return.

Jack says: “The British public has lost over a hundred hours of sport this summer with the Olympics, Euro 2020 and Wimbledon being wiped off the schedule. So we thought what do people need in this barren summer and we came up with this. I’ve worked with some of the country’s most talented sports journalists to create six compendiums of British sport. From Super Saturday to super overs this will be pure unadulterated nostalgia!”

Saturday, 23 May 2020

In The Long Run set to return to Sky One on 22 July


In The Long Run will make a welcome return to Sky One and streaming service NOW TV for a 3rd series, transporting us back to 1980s East London – the decade of shell-suits and turtlenecks. All episodes of the third instalment will be available to watch from 22 July.

Creator and executive producer Idris Elba is back on our screens as Walter Easmon, alongside wife Agnes (Madeline Appiah), younger brother Valentine (Jimmy Akingbola) and making her debut this series, Walter’s mum (Ellen Thomas). Bill Bailey returns as Bagpipes with wife Kirsty (Kellie Shirley), work colleague Rajesh (Neil D’Souza) and Kobna (Sammy Kamara) back on the decks.

Idris Elba said: “Nothing beats a funny story from someone who was there! I can’t wait for viewers to see series three.”

The third series of this semi-autobiographical Sky One comedy, loosely based on Idris’ own childhood, sees the welcome arrival of Walter’s mum from Sierra Leone with Walter desperate to impress. Bagpipes has a near death experience that makes him question the meaning of life. Valentine finally finds love and Kirsty sets up her own catering business all while Agnes gets suspicious as some developers start taking an interest in the Eastbridge Estate, threatening the very existence of the community.

Series 1, 2 and the Christmas Special of In The Long Run are available now to watch on Sky and NOW TV.


Blue Peter teams up with McLaren to launch ‘Supercar of the Future’ Competition


A lucky Blue Peter viewer has the chance to win a ride in a McLaren supercar driven by Top Gear’s famous racing driver, The Stig.

Blue Peter is teaming up with McLaren, one of the leading car creators in the world, to launch a unique competition asking young viewers to design their ‘Supercar of the Future’.

Once restrictions are lifted by the UK government, the winner will have the opportunity to meet with McLaren’s leading designers and engineers and see their winning design brought to life as a 3D scale model, to be unveiled on Blue Peter. They will also win an incredible ride in a McLaren supercar with one of the most famous drivers in the world, The Stig from Top Gear.

The prize also includes a VIP tour of the world-famous McLaren Technology Centre and McLaren Production Centre to see how real supercars are made. The winner will also be awarded the coveted orange Blue Peter competition badge.

In Thursday’s Blue Peter (5.30pm, Thursday 21 May, CBBC and BBC iPlayer), presenter Richie Driss goes behind the scenes at McLaren to find out how you get started in supercar design. Filmed before lockdown, Richie meets Rob Melville, McLaren Automotive’s Design Director, who explains that a supercar should look fantastic, have sensational performance and push the boundaries of what already exists.

Also in the film, Ella Podmore, McLaren’s materials engineer, talks about the importance of choosing materials which can make a car lighter and faster.

Lighter vehicles can give passengers better performance and are also more energy efficient potentially leading to less fuel being used. Entrants to the competition are therefore asked to consider how their car is powered, the impact on the environment and to describe what materials it is made from. They are also asked to choose one outstanding feature of their design and explain why they are proud of it.

Blue Peter Editor, Ellen Evans, says: “This is such an exciting Blue Peter competition with an amazing prize to see behind closed doors at McLaren and experience the thrills and fun of Top Gear too. The judges are going to be looking for designs that are full of imagination, with a great story and we want to see that they have given some thought to the science behind the design too. I can’t wait to see what the amazing, creative Blue Peter kids come up with!”


David Tennant and Michael Sheen set to lead cast in Staged, a new comedy series for BBC One


The BBC today announced a brand new lockdown "comedy", Staged, from Infinity Hill and GCB Films for BBC One.

Starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen, Staged features the cast of a play - the cream of the crop of British acting talent - who are furloughed when their upcoming West End production is suddenly brought to a halt. The series follows the cast as they try their best to keep the rehearsals on track in lockdown.

Absurd and humorous in equal measure, Staged takes on the challenges of creating a drama in lockdown, on stage and off, with a line-up including Georgia Tennant, Lucy Eaton and Anna Lundberg. The show will also have a selection of guest stars including Nina Sosanya, with more to be confirmed in due course.

Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content says:
“It’s vital that the BBC provides moments of light relief and this mischievous idea shows what great sports Michael and David are in sending themselves up.”

The series will air in June 2020 on BBC One and will be available as a box set on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

In The Footsteps of Killers with Emilia Fox and Professor David Wilson


Channel 4 will be returning to the scene of the crime with Emilia Fox and Professor David Wilson in a new series from Alaska TV that looks at several unsolved murders.

The series will be shot like a drama, with each episode seeing Silent Witness star Fox and criminologist Wilson (Interview With A Murderer) reopen a cold case.

In The Footsteps of Killers will use the latest in forensic science and criminological research to shed new light on these troubling cases, looking for new leads the original investigation may have missed. Travelling to the locations of the crime, Emilia and David will interview the witnesses, suspects and friends and family of the victims, and attempt to build a picture of what exactly happened.

The series is currently in pre-production remotely and filming is planned to start in the Summer. Production will be adhering to the most up to date Government guidelines on social distancing, personal safety and filming restrictions.

Emilia Fox Said: “I am delighted that Alaska and Channel 4 have given David and I the chance to explore and shed light on these fascinating unsolved cases. We will use this platform to raise awareness and hopefully bring new evidence to these true crime cases which have gone under the radar.”

Professor David Wilson said: “I am delighted to be working again with Emilia and now back on Channel 4 where in 2017 I presented the award-winning Interview with a Murderer. It’s like coming home. This series is going to take true crime in a different direction by using new criminological techniques to shine a light on unsolved cases which have for too long remained in the dark.  Our goal in every episode is to get justice for the victims and I sincerely believe that is possible. This true crime is crime fact that looks like crime fiction, but we never forget that these are genuine cases that we are discussing and that real people died.”

Jamie Kennedy: Stoopid Smart - Official Trailer


Actor-comedian Jamie Kennedy’s new stand-up comedy special Jamie Kennedy: Stoopid Smart will premiere exclusively on the #1 free streaming app Tubi TV on Monday, May 25, 2020.

Loved by audiences for his ‘90s classics Kickin’ It Old School and Malibu’s Most Wanted, Jamie Kennedy takes center stage in this one-hour installment directed by Kurt Kubicek. Stoopid Smart features Kennedy’s hilarious jokes about life as an unmarried man, being recognized in an Olive Garden, Alexander Graham Bell’s thoughts on sexting, and America’s most bizarre college majors.

The comedy special was filmed in Orange County’s REC ROOM when Kennedy embarked on a nationwide headlining stand-up tour.

To coincide with the release and his 50th birthday on May 25, Kennedy will participate in a CYA livestream HERE: https://www.cya.live/event/1970

Jamie Kennedy: Stoopid Smart will also be available on Amazon, iTunes and Digital platforms in June 2020.

Monday, 18 May 2020

Competition: Win The Nest DVD


The Nest is out on DVD on 25th May.

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

Synopsis
TV favourites Martin Compston (Line of Duty, Mary Queen of Scots) and Sophie Rundle (Gentleman Jack, Peaky Blinders) star in gritty, new BBC thriller The Nest, from BAFTA-winning writer Nicole Taylor (Three Girls, Wild Rose), that will have viewers hooked.

This gripping, five-part drama, sees a wealthy couple make a pact with a teenage girl that will change all of their lives forever. Following its run on BBC One it arrives on DVD 25 May 2020 from Acorn Media International.

Dan (Compston) and Emily (Rundle) are crazy about each other. They live in a huge house, in a beautiful location just outside Glasgow and want for nothing. All that’s missing is a baby...but they’ve been trying for years.

When a chance encounter leads the couple to Kaya, played by rising-star Mirren Mack, an 18-year-old from the other side of the city, their luck could be about to change. Her life is as precarious as theirs is comfortable, so when Kaya agrees to carry their baby, it feels like they were meant to meet...but who really is Kaya, and could there be more to her motivation than meets the eye?

The brilliant cast also includes Shirley Henderson (The ABC Murders, Happy Valley), Katie Leung (Chimerica, Strangers), David Hayman (Fisherman’s Friends), Fiona Bell (Shetland), James Harkness (Wild Rose), Bailey Patrick (London Kills), Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones), Paul Brannigan (Under The Skin) and Samuel Small (Game of Thrones).

Mired in the tensions between two very different sides of Glasgow, The Nest is a thrilling take on the life- changing world of surrogacy and the lengths people will go in their desperation to be parents.

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Friday, 15 May 2020

Interview with Victoria Vertuga


How hard is it out there for an actor to snag jobs? Via her new series Disgraced (available on YouTube and Amazon Prime), Victoria Vertuga explains…


For those that haven’t seen the series, what is it and where can they find it?

DisGraced is about an actress who got what she thought was her big break as the lead in the third installment of an action franchise, but it was a huge flop and she became persona non grata. Our series takes place five years later as she's attempting to claw her way back up. It's a dark, cringey, uncomfortable comedy and a satire of the entertainment industry.

You can find it on YouTube and Amazon prime. 
Youtube.com/c/DisGracedTheSeries


And are we seeing the REAL you in Disgraced? 
Yes and no! It was obviously inspired by real events that I experienced as an actress working in this industry, and Grace definitely is a piece of who I am, but we're also different in many ways as well.


What has been the highlight of your career so far?

I've really enjoyed transitioning into writing and producing. As an actor there are so many things that are completely out of your control. You have no say in whether or not you book a job, make the final cut of something you book, the quality of the projects that you're involved in, how well they do, etc. So it's been really amazing and empowering to step into a position where I'm able to man the ship, so to speak. I love being able to set the tone on my set, work with talented and amazing people, be able to do all the little things I wish were done for me on sets, and treat people the way I wish I were treated. I really love that part of it.


Have doors opened as a result of DisGraced?

It's very early days as we just released it, but the response so far has been wonderful. We've had a few streaming services interested in picking it up and been introduced to some producers who we may be able to work with on other projects going forward. We're definitely excited to see what else happens.


Do you have a passion project you’d like to get off the ground, if everything falls into line?

The next thing Eric and I are working on is a feature length horror film. We're polishing the script right now and then we'll be trying to get some actors attached to the smaller roles and financing in place. Eric will be directing and I'll be starring. It's a very dark, weird, interesting project and we're looking forward to be able to wear fewer hats with this one and really focus on our artistry.


How hard has it been for you, as an actress and creator, during the pandemic? How have you been keeping busy?

Crazy times we find ourselves in, that's for sure. Obviously the industry, and many others, has had to shut down. It'll be interesting to see what lasting changes the pandemic will have caused going forward. I've been overwhelmed by the generosity of so many people during this time- there have been so many open calls and general meetings and info sessions happening. It's been wonderful to see that. You could be on zoom meetings all day long with the amount of people doing stuff right now. I've been trying to use this time to be productive and do all the housekeeping stuff that tends to get ignored during busier time. And write! We've been polishing a lot of our scripts. Fortunately writing is one thing you can do at home that doesn't require other people LOL.

Watch the Episode 1 Pilot below

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Mwaka Mudenda joining Blue Peter as its 39th presenter.


Lockdown hasn't stopped Mwaka Mudenda joining as Blue Peter as its 39th presenter.

Blue Peter unveils a brand new presenter on its show tomorrow (Thursday 14 May) - but it won’t involve the usual reveal in the famous studios.

Normally a new presenter is live with the other co-hosts showcasing their first major challenge, such as jumping out of a plane or swimming with sharks, but for Mwaka Mudenda, the 39th presenter of the longest running children’s TV show in the world, the challenge will be how to ‘join’ fellow presenters Lindsey, Richie and Henry the dog without actually getting together in person.

As the presenters continue the CBBC show from their homes during lockdown, Mwaksy, as she is known, says: “There is only one word to describe being the new Blue Peter presenter and that is mind-blowing!

"Despite lockdown, I’ve felt so welcomed by the incredible behind-the-scenes team that help run and deliver such a wonderful show - and I already feel like a big part of the Blue Peter family. I’m so excited to begin my adventure, with all the fun challenges it has in store. The chance to be a part of such a well-loved programme that has such an inspiring and creative young audience is a real blessing."

Mwaksy, 25, was already working behind the scenes for BBC Sport at MediaCityUK as an assistant producer when her talent was spotted.

Originally from South London she moved to Manchester to study anthropology before getting her job at the BBC in 2018. She enjoys playing netball and often visits her family in Zambia, where she enjoys the food, people and culture. She loved Blue Peter as a child and had always wanted a badge, so is "more than thrilled" to be joining the team, even if she won’t get to meet Lindsey, Richie and Henry in person on her first show.

However, every Blue Peter presenter faces a ‘first challenge’ and, despite lockdown, this time it is no different. Mwaksy will be tasked with breaking a world record, and viewers and Mwaksy will find out what the challenge is in her first show on Thursday.

BIG BROTHER’S BEST EVER EPISODES TO LAND ON E4, CELEBRATING 20 YEARS SINCE LAUNCH



BB Icons Davina McCall and Rylan Clark-Neal will help choose and dissect classic episodes of the original ‘lockdown show’

British public – this is Big Brother, please do not swear when we tell you that classic episodes of the original ‘lockdown show’ will be landing on E4 this summer, as a big old celebration of the show’s 20th anniversary.

Big Brother: Best Shows Ever Show, will allow E4 audiences to get their reality fix for the summer revisiting some of the juiciest, most memorable Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother episodes. Big Brother Icons Davina McCall and Rylan Clark-Neal will introduce each show reflecting on some of their favourite moments and reliving the drama.

Davina McCall said: “I lived and breathed Big Brother for 11 years of my life.  I didn’t miss one single episode. Not one week goes by when I don’t quote big brother in some form. It made me laugh, it made me cry and most importantly it taught me to never judge a book by its cover. I love the show with all of my heart and can’t wait to share it with a whole new audience. And of course, all you diehard fans out there...It’s good to be back. Big Brother’s missed you.”

Rylan Clark-Neal said: “After being off air for nearly two years I’m so excited to be bringing some much-needed Big Brother back to our lives. Over the years Big Brother has brought ground breaking television moments for many reasons, but now so more than ever whilst we’re all playing the role of housemates, let’s go back and rewind the clock to some of our favourite ever episodes. There will be laughs, tears and drama, but most of all we get to relive some of Big Brother’s greatest episodes.”


Tuesday, 12 May 2020

The Twilight Zone! Season Two to Premiere on CBS All Access Thursday, June 25


Beginning Thursday, June 25, travel through another dimension when season two of THE TWILIGHT ZONE launches exclusively on CBS All Access, CBS' digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service. All 10 episodes of the original anthology series will drop at once, the service announced today. The series' official trailer and key art was also revealed today in celebration of National Twilight Zone Day.

Executive producers Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg's modern re-imagining of the classic TV series continues the legacy of socially conscious storytelling. The series' second season uses introspection and self-exploration to usher viewers into a dimension filled with endless possibilities.

Peele will return as the host, joining a stellar guest cast, including Morena Baccarin, Kylie Bunbury, Jenna Elfman, Ethan Embry, Sky Ferreira, Tavi Gevinson, Topher Grace, Tony Hale, Gillian Jacobs, David Krumholtz, Thomas Lennon, Sophia Macy, Natalie Martinez, Joel McHale, Chris Meloni, Gretchen Mol, Paula Newsome, Billy Porter, Jimmi Simpson, Jurnee Smollett, Daniel Sunjata, Damon Wayans Jr. and more.

The original "The Twilight Zone" series premiered on Oct. 2, 1959 on CBS.

Season one of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, as well as the entire original series, is available to stream now on CBS All Access.

Graham Norton will be on hand to kick off a night of Eurovision-themed programmes on BBC television on Saturday 16 May.


On BBC One in Eurovision: Come Together the British public will get the opportunity to take part in a live online vote to choose their all-time favourite Eurovision song from the past 64 years. This eclectic shortlist of songs has been selected by a panel of Eurovision experts and super fans including Radio 2’s Ken Bruce, Eurovision semi-final commentators Rylan Clark-Neal and Scott Mills, former UK Eurovision acts SuRie and Nicki French, along with uber fans Mel Giedroyc and Radio 1’s Adele Roberts.

Following that, Graham will providing commentary for Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light, which replaces this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and will honour all 41 songs that would have competed in the 2020 contest as well as providing plenty of surprises for fans and viewers at home.

Later on BBC Two, Rylan Clark-Neal will narrate a guide to all things Eurovision in this brand new compilation of Eurovision highlights in The A-Z Of Eurovision.

Moving through the alphabet Rylan will take a light hearted yet affectionate sideways look at the greatest singing competition on the planet, and serves up some of the most memorable, and sometimes forgotten classic moments from the show’s 64 year history.

Plus on Radio 2 there will be a host of Eurovision programmes including Eurovision Kings and Queens of Pop with Rylan Clark Neal and a Eurovision Collection broadcast on Radio 2 and on BBC Sounds, featuring fantastic programmes from the archive.

Tomer Sisley (Messiah) takes the lead in BALTHAZAR hit French crime drama - Series 1 Exclusive UK Premiere on Acorn TV 25th May


Acclaimed actor director and comedian Tomer Sisley (Messiah, The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch) takes the titular lead in BALTHAZAR, one of France’s highest rated dramas in 2018, reaching some six million plus viewers on TF1. Now Series 1 of this critically acclaimed, gripping drama will make its UK Premiere on Acorn TV on Monday, May 25.

Drawing comparisons to The Mentalist and Bones, this must-see drama, set in Paris, follows the handsome, intelligent and quick-witted forensic pathologist Raphaël Balthazar, who can make the dead speak like no one else.

Assisting on disturbing, violent murder investigations, Balthazar works in his own irreverent way, defying convention, which causes problems for the new, no-nonsense police commander Hélène Bach (Hélène de Fougerolles, Le Secret d’Elise, VA Savoir), who must collaborate with him on some of the most complicated cases the force have to handle.

Using his superlative skills alongside the most advanced technology, Balthazar must help uncover evidence that the police can’t glean from a crime scene. Determined to uncover the truth at any cost, he speaks to the dead during the autopsies and they in turn respond to him.

Although a playboy, Balthazar still mourns his late wife Lise (Pauline Cheviller, Le Secret d’Elise), who was murdered 13 years ago, drawing comfort from imagined conversations with her about mundane everyday things and shared interests… but he’s conflicted. While questioning whether the man in prison was really the perpetrator, he continues the search for her real killer.

Called a “glorious streaming service… an essential must-have” (The Hollywood Reporter), AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is North America’s most popular streamer focused on British and international television.

Series 2 will stream on Acorn TV later this summer.

UK Premiere: Monday, May 25, 2020
Episodes: 6 (one-hour each, English subtitles)


Monday, 11 May 2020

I May Destroy You - new drama by Michaela Coel for BBC One


I May Destroy You (12 x 30) is created, executive produced, stars and is co-directed by Bafta Award-winning Michaela Coel. This fearless, frank and provocative series explores the question of sexual consent in contemporary life and how, in our modern landscape of dating and relationships, we make the distinction between liberation and exploitation.

When a piece of her writing garners online acclaim, Arabella Essiuedu (Coel) - easily distracted, non-committal and carefree - finds herself fêted as the ‘voice of her generation,’ with an agent, a book commission and a helluva lot of pressure.

But when she is sexually assaulted in a nightclub, her life changes irreversibly and Arabella is forced to reassess everything: her career, her friends, even her family. As she struggles to come to terms with what has happened, Arabella begins a journey of self-discovery.

Bafta Award-winning Coel (Black Earth Rising, Chewing Gum) leads the cast. She is joined by Weruche Opia (Inside No9, Sliced) and Paapa Essiedu (Kiri, Press) as well as Aml Ameen (Yardie, Mazerunner), Adam James (Belgravia, Doctor Foster), Sarah Niles (Catastrophe, Rocks) and Ann Akin (Career Of Evil, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams: The Commuter).

The drama also stars Harriet Webb (White Gold, Plebs), Ellie James (Giri/Haji, C.B Strike), Franc Ashman (Peep Show, Apple Tree Yard), Karan Gill (Flesh & Blood), Natalie Walter (Horrible Histories, Jonathan Creek) and Samson Ajewole, who makes his television debut.

I May Destroy You is a BBC and HBO co-production. It has been commissioned by Piers Wenger for BBC One and produced by Various Artists Ltd and Falkna for the BBC and HBO. It is executive produced by Michaela Coel for Falkna Productions, Phil Clarke and Roberto Troni for Various Artists Ltd, and Piers Wenger and Jo McClellan for BBC One. I May Destroy You will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, excluding the UK and Ireland where the series will be distributed by BBC Studios. BBC Studios brokered the deal with HBO for US, Canada and International distribution.

It will debut on Monday 8 June on BBC One and BBC iPlayer at 10:45pm. The second episode will air on Tuesday 9 June at 10.45pm. Episodes will then air on Mondays and Tuesdays for the remainder of the series.


Friday, 8 May 2020

Sky News announces release of eye-opening documentary The Plastic Nile



Sky News has announced the release date of an exclusive documentary – The Plastic Nile – presented by award-winning Special Correspondent Alex Crawford. The documentary is one of the first to air on Sky Documentaries on 1st June at 9pm.

The Plastic Nile follows Crawford through Africa as she leads an investigation into the issues of plastic pollution from the river’s source of Lake Victoria, north to the mouth of the Nile in Egypt. As the team examines the knock-on effect of single-use plastic for the millions of people and wildlife that rely on the river for their survival, the revelations are more disturbing than anyone could have imagined.

From exposing the harm caused to food chains, to shining a light on the illegal black-market plastic bag trade in Kenya, this documentary reveals how human habits are destroying one of the world’s largest, oldest and most important waterways.


As the threat of plastic pollution and microplastics becomes a recognised global issue, The Plastic Nile is a visual reminder of the danger plastic waste poses to our world. From beginning to end, this documentary is a stark reminder of how quickly time is running out.

Sky News’ Special Correspondent Alex Crawford said: “The documentary was filmed before the global coronavirus pandemic but it is sobering to note that while we are understandably consumed by fears and worries about the spread of COVID-19, all the while the world’s plastic problem has not stopped. The world will eventually get a coronavirus vaccine – and let us hope that that is sooner rather than later - but so far there’s no antidote to the plastic which is choking the planet’s rivers and seas. It is another global challenge and one we increasingly cannot ignore.”

John Ryley, Head of Sky News added: “We’re proud to be able to bring The Plastic Nile to our audiences. Alex’s tenacious journalism reveals some truly shocking realities of the damage that plastic pollution causes.


“At Sky News we’re committed to reporting on the issues that matter. Through Sky Ocean Rescue we’ve helped to inform the world of the pressures our oceans are under. And now, with the Sky Zero campaign and dedicated journalism like ‘A New Climate’, we are highlighting the devastating effects of climate change on our planet.”

Sky has been campaigning for the environment for more than a decade, from Rainforest Rescue to Sky Ocean Rescue, and now with its commitment to go net zero carbon by 2030 cutting the emissions created by people using Sky, its suppliers across the world and by its business.

Sky Ocean Rescue will continue to champion ocean health with WWF, and rally people to #BeAnOceanHero by pledging to help save our oceans. And Sky’s £25million impact investment fund Sky Ocean Ventures will continue to support innovations stopping the flow of plastic into the sea.

The Plastic Nile will be distributed internationally by NBCUniversal Global Distribution on behalf of Sky Studios.

Watch The Plastic Nile exclusive premier at 9pm on June 1st on Sky Documentaries and streaming service NOW TV.


The First Team - The highly-anticipated brand-new original comedy from the creators of The Inbetweeners


The First Team is a brand new BBC comedy from The Inbetweeners creators, Iain Morris and Damon Beesley.

We follow three young footballers Mattie, Jack and Benji and their adventures with terrifying team hard-man Petey, mercurial Italian manager Cesare and eccentric chairman Mark Crane.

The First Team, is produced by Fudge Park and written by the award-winning duo Iain Morris and Damon Beesley. This series is their first as co-writers since their massive success with The Inbetweeners series and films.

Starring Shaquille Ali-Yebuah (The Feed, The Children Act) as Benji Achebe, Jack McMullen (The Souvenir, Ford v Ferrari/Le Mans '66) as Jack Turner, Jake Short (SuperCool, This Is the Year) as Mattie Sullivan, Theo Barklem Biggs (Sliced, White Gold) as Petey Brooks, Chris Geere (You’re The Worst, Modern Family) as Chris Booth, and six-time Emmy nominee Will Arnett (Arrested Development, BoJack Horseman) as Chairman Mark Crane, are set to star in BBC Two’s The First Team.

The cast also features Tamla Kari (The Inbetweeners, The Musketeers) as Olivia Talbot, Vadhir Derbez (How To Be A Latin Lover) as Carlos Velez, Phil Wang (8 Out of 10 Cats, Task Master) as Brian, and Neil Fitzmaurice (Peep Show, Mount Pleasant) as Darren.

Emmy award-winning producer Tom Werner (Roseanne, That ‘70s Show) and Caroline Leddy (Inbetweeners, Derry Girls) have executive produced and Sam Pinnell (Flowers, Derry Girls, Motherland) has produced the series, which was commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy, and Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two. Gregor Sharp is the BBC Commissioning Editor.

Romesh Ranganathan’s topical comedy show, The Ranganation, returns to BBC Two for a second series.


Romesh Ranganathan’s topical comedy show, The Ranganation, returns to BBC Two for a second series. However, as the current climate dictates, Romesh will be broadcasting from his new studio at home - his garage.

The Ranganation (Romesh's hand-picked focus group) and two special guests - all of them in lockdown - will be beamed into Romesh’s makeshift studio to mull over the lighter end of the news spectrum from the comfort of their own homes.

Representing a wide cross section of modern Britain, The Ranganation, including Romesh's mum, 'Privileged', 'Small Town Girl’, ‘Never Voted’ and ‘Wheeler Dealer’, will share real and entertaining insights from their life in lockdown. Past discussions with The Ranganation have covered such disparate areas as smartphone addiction, whether alien life exists, artificial intelligence and the divisive subject of whether or not you should wash your legs in the shower.

Special guests scheduled to appear on the series include Danny Dyer, Aisling Bea, Freddie Flintoff, Mel Giedroyc, and Jon Richardson.

With a cast of loveable characters chewing over the lighter elements of the week's news, The Ranganation aims to offer some funny, optimistic entertainment during these uncertain times.

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

First teaser released for Brave New World, a Sky original coming in 2020 to Sky One and NOW TV


Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Jessica Brown Findlay, Harry Lloyd and Demi Moore

Sky today released a teaser for Brave New World, a Sky original, coming in 2020 to Sky One and streaming service NOW TV. View the teaser here.

Based on Aldous Huxley’s groundbreaking 1932 novel, Brave New World imagines a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family, and history itself. The series features an all-star cast including Alden Ehrenreich (Solo: A Star Wars Story), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones) and Demi Moore (Ghost).

As citizens of New London, Bernard Marx (Harry Lloyd) and Lenina Crowne (Jessica Brown Findlay) have only ever known a rigid social order, a perfect pharmaceutical called Soma, and a culture of instant gratification and ubiquitous sex. Curious to explore life beyond the strictures of their society, the two New Worlders embark on a vacation to the Savage Lands, where they become embroiled in a harrowing and violent rebellion. Bernard and Lenina are rescued by John the Savage (Alden Ehrenreich), who escapes with them back to New London. John’s arrival in the New World soon threatens to disrupt its utopian harmony, leaving Bernard and Lenina to grapple with the repercussions. The three become entwined in a fraught relationship that awakens them to the dangers of their own conditioning.

Celebrity Gogglebox USA coming to E4 from 13th of May


Celebrity Gogglebox USA will feature celebrities including Meghan Trainor, Rob Lowe and Raven-Symoné with further names to be announced.

Attention Gogglers – the show which sees the sharpest armchair critics share their thoughts on the best of recent telly, is to head across the pond and step into the homes of a selection of familiar celebrity faces.

Produced by Studio Lambert, each hour-long episode on E4 will dive straight into the news and events on television, that are currently taking America by storm. Much like the Gogglebox we know and love, the celebrities will share insightful, funny and sometimes emotional critiques of the most popular and topical TV shows and news stories all from the comfort of their own sofas.

We’ll hear opinions from a cracking list of famous faces and their families including Rob Lowe, Meghan Trainor, Joe Buck, Raven-Symoné, Master P and Romeo, JoJo Siwa, Steve Wozniak, Curtis Stone, and Robert and Kym Herjavec. Further names will be revealed in the coming days.

Karl Warner, Controller of E4 said: “Gogglebox is the constant comfort everyone’s loving at the moment and I’m thrilled we’re able to offer America’s take on it with some of its biggest stars exclusively on E4 and All 4”

Celebrity Gogglebox USA starts on E4 on the 13th May at 9pm and will run for ten weeks. Episodes will also be available to stream on All 4.

Space Force - Official Teaser - Netflix


Steve Carell, welcome to Space Force.

From the crew that brought you The Office, Space Force is coming soon to Netflix.
A four-star general begrudgingly teams up with an eccentric scientist to get the U.S. military's newest agency — Space Force — ready for lift-off.

Monday, 4 May 2020

Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill - New Trailer for Netflix Special


Jerry Seinfeld’s new hour-long special, Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill, reinforces his reputation as the precision-craftsman of standup comedy. Premiering on May 5, 2020, only on Netflix, the special features a spectacular arrival to the Beacon Theatre in New York City, and showcases Seinfeld’s sharp angles on everyday life, uncovering comedy in the commonplace.

www.netflix.com/JerrySeinfeld23HoursToKill


ITV2's Love Island moved to 2021



ITV announced today that series seven of Love Island will move to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kevin Lygo, Director of Television at ITV said:

"We have tried every which way to make Love Island this summer but logistically it's just not possible to produce it in a way that safeguards the wellbeing of everyone involved and that for us is the priority.

“In normal circumstances we would be preparing very soon to travel out to the location in Mallorca to get the villa ready but clearly that’s now out of the question. "

“We are very sorry for fans of the show but making it safely is our prime concern and Love Island will be back stronger than ever in 2021. In the meantime Love Island fans can still enjoy all six series of Love Island on BritBox.”

BBC Radio 1 launches brand new Scarlett Moffatt Wants To Believe podcast


Scarlett Moffatt and her boyfriend Scott have teamed up with Radio 1 on a brand new podcast which launches on BBC Sounds on 11 May.

Conspiracy obsessed Scarlett will attempt to uncover the truth behind some of the most weird, wonderful and outright absurd conspiracy theories alongside her non-believer boyfriend Scott.

With a new episode landing on BBC Sounds every Monday, listeners can expect topics from alien autopsies and our lizard overlords to Scarlett’s personal favourite - mermaids. Each week Scarlett will be teasing out the truth to be scrutinised by Scott and celebrity guests.

Scarlett is best known from Gogglebox and being crowned Queen of the Jungle on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2016. She previously presented RuPaul’s DragRace UK: The Podcast for BBC Sounds in 2019. Scarlett’s boyfriend and co-host Scott is a serving police officer.

The teaser episode will be available on 4 May on BBC Sounds with episode one launching on 11 May.

Scarlett Moffatt says: “I’m so excited to finally be able to share my Radio 1 podcast with everyone. The name: Scarlett Moffatt Wants To Believe, because it’s all about conspiracy theories. I’m absolutely obsessed with conspiracies and have been since I was a kid. I’m in my element on this podcast as we cover everything from aliens to the illuminati to mermaids. My boyfriend Scott on the other hand is definitely a ‘non-believer’ so there’s some fun arguments, sorry debates, that make for an interesting listen!”

COMPETITION: Win Blood - Series 2 on DVD


Blood - Series 2 is out on DVD on 11th May.

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

Synopsis
Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar returns following the huge success of Blood for a second gripping series of the hit Irish drama. This psychological thriller from award-winning writer Sophie Petzal (The Last Kingdom, Riviera) arrives on DVD and digital after its run on Channel 5 as Blood Series Two and the Series One and Two Box Set on 11 May 2020 from Acorn Media International.

After the life-changing events of the first series, when Jim Hogan (Dunbar – Broken, Line of Duty) is placed under suspicion for the death of his wife (Ingrid Craigie – Striking Out, The Dead) by his younger daughter Cat (Carolina Main – Unforgotten, Temple), the Hogan family are still a long way from finding peace. Series Two sees Jim return after a year away to find his dutiful older daughter Fiona (Gráinne Keenan – Black Mirror, The Foreigner) is slowly succumbing to the same Motor Neuron Disease that afflicted her mother.

When Fiona is involved in a catastrophic car crash, the family gather again at the bedside of a loved one, but a shocking revelation means the newly promoted Detective Dez Breen (Seán Duggan – Normal People, Clean Break) must delve into the tangled past of this troubled family once more in pursuit of the elusive truth.

Could Fiona’s husband Paul (Ian Lloyd Anderson – Love/Hate, Herself) be caught up in a criminal enterprise, or is the past simply repeating itself? Either way, there is a dead body to contend with, and someone has Blood on their hands.

This enthralling whodunnit will keep you guessing: is Blood really thicker than water?

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